The BBC top 100 list, and comparison with Oscar

The BBC has put up a list of the top 100 movies of the 21st century, and guess what, I have thoughts.

Now being the BBC, and driven by critics “around the globe and from every continent but Antarctica” that means any movie that has made tons of money is not on the list, unless it’s animated. Yes, Finding Nemo is the 96th movie on the list, and is the 37th highest grossing Movie of all time. Inside Out is the only other top 50 grossing movie to make it. Funny enough, I wrote that before researching, and was proven right. I love people.

I’ve seen a few on the list: List can be found here links are my reviews.

12. Zodiac (David Fincher, 2007)12 years a slave
19. Mad Max: Fury Road (George Miller, 2015)
21. The Grand Budapest Hotel (Wes Anderson, 2014)
26. 25th Hour (Spike Lee, 2002)
27. The Social Network (David Fincher, 2010)
29. WALL-E (Andrew Stanton, 2008)
30. Oldboy (Park Chan-wook, 2003)
33. The Dark Knight (Christopher Nolan, 2008)
40. Brokeback Mountain (Ang Lee, 2005)
44. 12 Years a Slave (Steve McQueen, 2013)
62. Inglourious Basterds (Quentin Tarantino, 2009)
68. The Royal Tenenbaums (Wes Anderson, 2001)
78. The Wolf of Wall Street (Martin Scorsese, 2013)
83. A.I. Artificial Intelligence (Steven Spielberg, 2001)
93. Ratatouille (Brad Bird, 2007)
96. Finding Nemo (Andrew Stanton, 2003)

So 16 of the 102 listed, since a 3 way tie for number 100 is a stupid cop-out that I just hate with a blinding passion. 100 just isn’t enough? Really? Considering we are barely 16 years into the 21st century, I would think those last 2 shoehorned in will be the first one to go.

Just for fun, let’s compare the Oscars with this list (wonder if Crash and Chicago is going to make it?)


2. In the Mood for Love (Wong Kar-wai, 2000)
8. Yi Yi: A One and a Two (Edward Yang, 2000)
25. Memento (Christopher Nolan, 2000)
35. Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon (Ang Lee, 2000)
56. Werckmeister Harmonies (Béla Tarr, director; Ágnes Hranitzky, co-director, 2000)
79. Almost Famous (Cameron Crowe, 2000)
99. The Gleaners and I (Agnes Varda, 2000)
100. Requiem for a Dream (Darren Aronofsky, 2000)

Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon was nominated, winner that year was Gladiator


1. Mulholland Drive (David Lynch, 2001)
4. Spirited Away (Hayao Miyazaki, 2001)
53. Moulin Rouge! (Baz Luhrmann, 2001)
68. The Royal Tenenbaums (Wes Anderson, 2001)
83. A.I. Artificial Intelligence (Steven Spielberg, 2001)
87. Amélie (Jean-Pierre Jeunet, 2001)

Moulin Rouge! was nominated winner was A Beautiful Mind


26. 25th Hour (Spike Lee, 2002)
28. Talk to Her (Pedro Almodóvar, 2002)
38. City of God (Fernando Meirelles and Kátia Lund, 2002)
86. Far From Heaven (Todd Haynes, 2002)
90. The Pianist (Roman Polanski, 2002)
98. Ten (Abbas Kiarostami, 2002)

The Pianist was nominated winner was Chicago

2003 oldboy sq

22. Lost in Translation (Sofia Coppola, 2003)
30. Oldboy (Park Chan-wook, 2003)
66. Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter…and Spring (Kim Ki-duk, 2003)
76. Dogville (Lars von Trier, 2003)
80. The Return (Andrey Zvyagintsev, 2003)
96. Finding Nemo (Andrew Stanton, 2003)

Lost in Translation was nominated winner was Lord of the Rings III


26. Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind (Michel Gondry, 2004)
52. Tropical Malady (Apichatpong Weerasethakul, 2004)
58. Moolaadé (Ousmane Sembène, 2004)
73. Before Sunset (Richard Linklater, 2004)

We have our first 0-fer in the Oscars winner was Million Dollar Baby


23. Caché (Michael Haneke, 2005)
39. The New World (Terrence Malick, 2005)
40. Brokeback Mountain (Ang Lee, 2005)
59. A History of Violence (David Cronenberg, 2005)

Brokeback Mountain was nominated winner was Crash


13. Children of Men (Alfonso Cuarón, 2006)
17. Pan’s Labyrinth (Guillermo Del Toro, 2006)
32. The Lives of Others (Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck, 2006)
60. Syndromes and a Century (Apichatpong Weerasethakul, 2006)

The Oscars go 0-fer again winner was the Departed


3. There Will Be Blood (Paul Thomas Anderson, 2007)
10. No Country for Old Men (Joel and Ethan Coen, 2007)
12. Zodiac (David Fincher, 2007)
15. 4 Months, 3 Weeks and 2 Days (Cristian Mungiu, 2007)
77. The Diving Bell and the Butterfly (Julian Schnabel, 2007)
92. The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford (Andrew Dominik, 2007)
93. Ratatouille (Brad Bird, 2007)

We have our first Oscar winner on the list with No Country for Old Men! There Will Be Blood was nominated. Oscar has 2 in here. Only took 7 years.


20. Synecdoche, New York (Charlie Kaufman, 2008)
29. WALL-E (Andrew Stanton, 2008)
33. The Dark Knight (Christopher Nolan, 2008)
67. The Hurt Locker (Kathryn Bigelow, 2008)
89. The Headless Woman (Lucrecia Martel, 2008)
94. Let the Right One In (Tomas Alfredson, 2008)

And back to nothing for Oscar. This was the year the Dark Knight made Oscar double the nominees, winner was Slumdog Millionare


18. The White Ribbon (Michael Haneke, 2009)
82. A Serious Man (Joel and Ethan Coen, 2009)
91. The Secret in Their Eyes (Juan José Campanella, 2009)
85. A Prophet (Jacques Audiard, 2009)
62. Inglourious Basterds (Quentin Tarantino, 2009)
65. Fish Tank (Andrea Arnold, 2009)
97. White Material (Claire Denis, 2009)

Doubling the Noms list didn’t help year one as Inglourious Basterds was the only nominated listee. The winner was The Hurt Locker. Oddly enough, Up was not on the BBC list, but Finding Nemo was?

2010Inception sq

27. The Social Network (David Fincher, 2010)
37. Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall His Past Lives (Apichatpong Weerasethakul, 2010)
46. Certified Copy (Abbas Kiarostami, 2010)
51. Inception (Christopher Nolan, 2010)
100. Carlos (Olivier Assayas, 2010)

The Social Network and Inception were nominated winner was the Kings Speech, not on the list; I guess the BBC didn’t bias the list.


7. The Tree of Life (Terrence Malick, 2011)
9. A Separation (Asghar Farhadi, 2011)
31. Margaret (Kenneth Lonergan, 2011)
43. Melancholia (Lars von Trier, 2011)
54. Once Upon a Time in Anatolia (Nuri Bilge Ceylan, 2011)
81. Shame (Steve McQueen, 2011)
63. The Turin Horse (Béla Tarr and Ágnes Hranitzky, 2011)

The Tree of Life was nominated winner was the Artist


14. The Act of Killing (Joshua Oppenheimer, 2012)
16. Holy Motors (Leos Carax, 2012)
24. The Master (Paul Thomas Anderson, 2012)
42. Amour (Michael Haneke, 2012)
57. Zero Dark Thirty (Kathryn Bigelow, 2012)
70. Stories We Tell (Sarah Polley, 2012)
71. Tabu (Miguel Gomes, 2012)
74. Spring Breakers (Harmony Korine, 2012)
95. Moonrise Kingdom (Wes Anderson, 2012)

Zero Dark Thirty was nominated winner was Argo

2013Wolf Of Wall Street

11. Inside Llewyn Davis (Joel and Ethan Coen, 2013)
44. 12 Years a Slave (Steve McQueen, 2013)
45. Blue Is the Warmest Color (Abdellatif Kechiche, 2013)
61. Under the Skin (Jonathan Glazer, 2013)
64. The Great Beauty (Paolo Sorrentino, 2013)
72. Only Lovers Left Alive (Jim Jarmusch, 2013)
55. Ida (Paweł Pawlikowski, 2013)
78. The Wolf of Wall Street (Martin Scorsese, 2013)
84. Her (Spike Jonze, 2013)

12 Years a Slave makes our second Oscar winner to make the list. Wolf of Wall Street was nominated.


5. Boyhood (Richard Linklater, 2014)
21. The Grand Budapest Hotel (Wes Anderson, 2014)
36. Timbuktu (Abderrahmane Sissako, 2014)
47. Leviathan (Andrey Zvyagintsev, 2014)
49. Goodbye to Language (Jean-Luc Godard, 2014)
75. Inherent Vice (Paul Thomas Anderson, 2014)

I’m still pissed Birdman wasn’t listed, but it did win the Oscar. Boyhood and The Grand Budapest Hotel were nominated.


19. Mad Max: Fury Road (George Miller, 2015)
34. Son of Saul (László Nemes, 2015)
41. Inside Out (Pete Docter, 2015)
48. Brooklyn (John Crowley, 2015)
50. The Assassin (Hou Hsiao-hsien, 2015)
69. Carol (Todd Haynes, 2015)
88. Spotlight (Tom McCarthy, 2015)

Our last Oscar year brings our third winner to get on the list with Spotlight. Mad Max: Fury Road continues to be overrated, Brooklyn also picks up a nomination.


100. Toni Erdmann (Maren Ade, 2016)

Maybe this is why we have a three way tie at 100?

So you average about 1 Oscar nominee a year making the list, and only 3 of the 15 Best Picture winners making the list.

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