Special Report

The 40 Greatest Movies of the 21st Century

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15. Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon (2000)
> Director: Ang Lee
> Cast: Yun-Fat Chow, Michelle Yeoh, Ziyi Zhang
> RT Tomatometer: 97%
> IMDb rating: 7.8 out of 10
> Domestic gross box office: $128 million

The martial arts flick about a warrior searching for his stolen sword in 19th century China was a huge hit in the U.S. It was nominated for 10 Oscars and won four, including Best Foreign Language Film.

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14. Mad Max: Fury Road (2015)
> Director: George Miller
> Cast: Tom Hardy, Charlize Theron, Nicholas Hoult
> RT Tomatometer: 97%
> IMDb rating: 8.1 out of 10
> Domestic gross box office: $154 million

Australian director George Miller returned to the Mad Max franchise to create “Mad Max: Fury Road,” which was released 36 years after the series’ first film. The movie is a wildly inventive spectacle, with numerous creatively designed vehicles and weapons that populate Miller’s post-apocalyptic world.

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13. Son of Saul (2015)
> Director: László Nemes
> Cast: Géza Röhrig, Levente Molnár, Urs Rechn
> RT Tomatometer: 96%
> IMDb rating: 7.5 out of 10
> Domestic gross box office: $2 million

A drama set in the infamous Auschwitz-Birkenau concentration camp in 1944, this film is the story of a Hungarian-Jewish prisoner forced to work in the gas chambers. One of his jobs is to bury the remains of the victims, and one day he encounters the body of a boy he believes to be his illegitimate son. Against all odds, he is determined to find a rabbi to give the boy a proper Jewish burial.

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12. Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind (2004)
> Director: Michel Gondry
> Cast: Jim Carrey, Kate Winslet, Tom Wilkinson
> RT Tomatometer: 92%
> IMDb rating: 8.3 out of 10
> Domestic gross box office: $34 million

“Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind” stands out from other films thanks to its relentless creativity, driven by the film’s director Michel Gondry and co-writer Charlie Kaufman. The clever direction and original screenwriting help highlight a story of heartbreak, in which two former lovers attempt to remove all memories of their failed relationship.

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11. The Dark Knight (2008)
> Director: Christopher Nolan
> Cast: Christian Bale, Heath Ledger, Aaron Eckhart
> RT Tomatometer: 94%
> IMDb rating: 9.0 out of 10
> Domestic gross box office: $535 million

“Dark, complex and unforgettable,” says the Critics Consensus on Rotten Tomatoes about this sequel to “Batman Begins.” “The Dark Knight” pits Batman against his archenemy, The Joker, played here by the late Heath Ledger, whose performance won him an Academy Award for Best Actor in a Supporting Role. “The Dark Knight” is “probably the smartest and most stylish action movie since ‘The Matrix,'” according to Timothy Mangan of the Orange County Register.

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