The 40 Greatest Movies of the 21st Century

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5. A Separation (2011)
> Director: Asghar Farhadi
> Cast: Payman Maadi, Leila Hatami, Sareh Bayat
> RT Tomatometer: 99%
> IMDb rating: 8.3 out of 10
> Domestic gross box office: $7 million

“A Separation” is a painful family drama about a wife who wants to leave Iran — and her husband who can’t because he has to take care of his sick father– in search for a better future. The film won an Oscar for best foreign movie.

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4. In the Mood for Love (2000)
> Director: Wong Kar-Wai
> Cast: Tony Chiu-Wai Leung, Maggie Cheung, Ping Lam Siu
> RT Tomatometer: 90%
> IMDb rating: 8.1 out of 10
> Domestic gross box office: $3 million

Wong Kar-Wai’s movie is a love story. Two neighbors who are attracted to each other but decide to keep their relationship platonic because they don’t want to stoop to the level of their cheating spouses.

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3. Boyhood (2014)
> Director: Richard Linklater
> Cast: Ellar Coltrane, Patricia Arquette, Ethan Hawke
> RT Tomatometer: 97%
> IMDb rating: 7.9 out of 10
> Domestic gross box office: $25 million

Filmed over the span of 12 years, “Boyhood” tells the story of a boy named Mason Evans Jr. as he faces the trials and tribulations of growing up. British film magazine Sight & Sound named “Boyhood” the best movie of 2014 based on the opinions of over 100 international film critics.

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2. There Will Be Blood (2007)
> Director: Paul Thomas Anderson
> Cast: Daniel Day-Lewis, Paul Dano, CiarĂ¡n Hinds
> RT Tomatometer: 91%
> IMDb rating: 8.2 out of 10
> Domestic gross box office: $40 million

“There will be blood” is a movie about greed. The film mixes love for family, religion, and the early days of the oil industry to tell the story of a man who grows from a silver miner to a self-made millionaire. Daniel Day-Lewis won an Oscar for Best Actor in a Leading Role for his performance as oil tycoon Daniel Plainview.

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1. Spirited Away (2001)
> Director: Hayao Miyazaki
> Cast: Daveigh Chase, Suzanne Pleshette, Miyu Irino
> RT Tomatometer: 97%
> IMDb rating: 8.6 out of 10
> Domestic gross box office: $10 million

“Spirited Away” is about a young girl who finds herself transported to a strange world filled with demons, spirits, and malevolent gods. It is the eighth feature film directed by Japanese filmmaker Hayao Miyazaki and won the director his sole Oscar, for Best Animated Feature, in 2003. The movie was distributed by Walt Disney Pictures in the U.S. at the urging of Pixar’s chief creative officer, John Lasseter.