Special Report

The 40 Greatest Movies of the 21st Century

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10. 4 Months, 3 Weeks and 2 Days (2007)
> Director: Cristian Mungiu
> Cast: Anamaria Marinca, Laura Vasiliu, Vlad Ivanov
> RT Tomatometer: 96%
> IMDb rating: 7.9 out of 10
> Domestic gross box office: $1 million

“4 Months, 3 Weeks and 2 Days” is a Romanian movie about two female college students. One is helping the other get an abortion, which is illegal in the country at the time. The drama won the prestigious Palme d’Or award at the Cannes Film Festival in 2007.

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9. The Grand Budapest Hotel (2014)
> Director: Wes Anderson
> Cast: Ralph Fiennes, F. Murray Abraham, Mathieu Amalric
> RT Tomatometer: 92%
> IMDb rating: 8.1 out of 10
> Domestic gross box office: $59 million

Filmmaker Wes Anderson scored a major hit with this comedy about a lobby boy in a luxury hotel. The stylish film won four Oscars and a Golden Globe for Best Motion Picture – Comedy or Musical. Critics gave it a 92% Freshness rating, finding it “deceptively thoughtful.”

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8. Mulholland Dr. (2001)
> Director: David Lynch
> Cast: Naomi Watts, Laura Harring, Justin Theroux
> RT Tomatometer: 83%
> IMDb rating: 7.9 out of 10
> Domestic gross box office: $7 million

David Lynch’s thriller was rejected as a TV show before he turned it into one of the most acclaimed movies of the last two decades. The film follows two women: one who is left amnesiac after a car crash, and the other, a wannabe actress, who is trying to help the woman with amnesia find out who she is.

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7. Inside Out (2015)
> Director: Pete Docter
> Cast: Amy Poehler, Bill Hader, Lewis Black
> RT Tomatometer: 98%
> IMDb rating: 8.1 out of 10
> Domestic gross box office: $356 million

This Pixar animated comedy has been called “inventive” and “powerfully moving” in Rotten Tomatoes’ Critics Consensus. A “bold, gorgeous, sweet, funny, sometimes heartbreakingly sad, candy-colored adventure,” according to critic Richard Roeper, it won an Academy Award for Best Animated Feature.

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6. 12 Years a Slave (2013)
> Director: Steve McQueen
> Cast: Chiwetel Ejiofor, Michael Kenneth Williams, Michael Fassbender
> RT Tomatometer: 95%
> IMDb rating: 8.1 out of 10
> Domestic gross box office: $57 million

“12 Years a Slave” was named best picture at the 2014 Academy Awards (the Academy also honored Lupita Nyong’o as best actress in a supporting role and John Ridley for best adapted screenplay). This powerful story of a New York state black man who is kidnapped and sent south as a slave in the 1800s was hailed as “beautifully tragic” by critic Jennifer Heaton and “absorbing and comprehensively thought-provoking,” by critic Frank Ochieng.

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