Surprise Entry Makes Cut of Century's 25 Best Films

'40-Year-Old Virgin' cracks the NYT list; 'There Will Be Blood' is No. 1
By Newser Editors,  Newser Staff
Posted Jun 11, 2017 9:31 AM CDT
Daniel Day-Lewis, forefront, in 'There Will Be Blood.' It came in at No. 1. At No. 25? 'The 40-Year-Old Virgin.'   (Paramount)

(Newser) – The century is but 17 years old, but that's enough time for some terrific movies to have emerged. At the New York Times, film critics AO Scott and Manohla Dargis run down the 25 best films of the century so far. One notable entry: Judd Apatow's The 40-Year-Old Virgin comes in at No. 25, in part for its "desperately poignant vision of an American tragedy." Here are the top 10:

  1. There Will Be Blood, directed by Paul Thomas Anderson, 2007
  2. Spirited Away, directed by Hayao Miyazaki, 2002
  3. Million Dollar Baby, directed by Clint Eastwood, 2004
  4. A Touch of Sin, directed by Jia Zhangke, 2013
  5. The Death of Mr. Lazarescu, directed by Cristi Puiu, 2006
  6. Yi Yi, directed by Edward Yang, 2000
  7. Inside Out, directed by Pete Docter and Ronnie del Carmen, 2015
  8. Boyhood, directed by Richard Linklater, 2014
  9. Summer Hours, directed by Olivier Assayas, 2009
  10. The Hurt Locker, directed by Kathryn Bigelow, 2009
Click for the full list, along with the critics' explanations of why they made the cut. (Read more movies stories.)

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