Empire Magazine’s 100 Greatest Movies Of The Century Features A Lot Of Serious Duds

Taste is an interesting thing. Everyone is entitled to their opinion of course, but some people simply don’t have good taste. They’d rather eat at McDonalds than a good restaurant. This list of Empire Magazine’s 100 films of the 21st Century shows most people would rather embrace the cinematic equivalent of a fast food burger joint than enjoy a succulent well cooked meal.

Is Avengers: Infinity War, a film not even out a year, the fourth best film released in the last two decades? The answer to that is no. It’s likely that the majority of people who voted for it are young, foolish and without any real cinematic taste. It’s cinematic fast food: designed and packaged to be sold around the globe.

There’s also a lot of great films which are notable by their absence. This list doesn’t feature All Is Lost, Vanilla Sky, Enduring Love, Big Fish and Far From Heaven for example.

Duds on the Empire list include the aforementioned Anvegers film, Avengers Assemble, Wonder Woman, Iron Man, Guardians Of The Galaxy and Captain America: Civil War. All enjoyable movies in their own way, but far from being all-time greats. 

Movies In Focus will publish a list of 100 Greatest Movies of the 21st Century soon. Here’s Empire’s full list:

1. Mad Max Fury Road

2. The Lord Of The Rings: The Fellowship Of The Ring

3. The Dark Knight

4. Inception

5. Moonlight 

6. The Social Network

7. Avengers: Infinity War

8. Get Out

9. Pan’s Labyrinth

10. Lost In Translation

11. There Will Be Blood

12. No Country For Old Men

13. Whiplash

14. Eternal Sunshine Of The Spotless Mind

15. Spirited Away

16. Spider-Man: Into The Spider-Verse

17. Mulholland Drive

18. Inside Out

19. The Wolf Of Wall Street

20. Interstellar

21. Children Of Men

22. Gladiator

23. City Of God

24. La La Land

25. Call Me By Your Name

26. Memento

27. Kill Bill Volume Volume 1

28. The Irishman

29. Boyhood

30. God’s Own Country

31. Amelie

32. Avengers Assemble

33. Wonder Woman

34. Zodiac

35. Arrival

36. Lady Bird

37. Donnie Darko

38. The Grand Budapest Hotel

39. Joker

40. Up

41. Avengers: Endgame

42. Casino Royale

43. The Lord Of The Rings: The Return Of The King

44. Roma 

45. Blade Runner 2049

46. Inside Llewyn Davis

47. Scott Pilgrim Vs The World

48. Star Wars: The Force Awakens

49. In Bruges

50. The Hunt For The Wilderpeople

51. Paddington 2

52. Inglourious Basterds

53. The Lord Of The Rings: The Two Towers

54. Brokeback Mountain

55. Captain America: The Winter Soldier

56. Before Sunset

57. Drive

58. Wall-E

59. Django Unchained

60. Carol

61. Shaun Of The Dead

62. Sideways

63. Under The Skin

64. Almost Famous

65. Toy Story 3

66. The Prestige

67. Hot Fuzz

68. Apocalypto

69. The Royal Tenenbaums

70. Avatar 

71. The Raid

72. Birdman

73. Once Upon A Time In Hollywood 

74. Oldboy 

75. Training Day

76. Logan

77. Dunkirk 

78. Michael Clayton 

79. Little Miss Sunshine 

80. Before Midnight 

81. District 9

82. Skyfall 

83. Frances Ha 

84. Coco 

85. The Assassination Of Jesse James By The Coward Robert Ford 

86. Iron Man 

87. Bridesmaids

88. Sweeney Todd 

89. Her

90. Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon 

91. In The Mood For Love 

92. Baby Driver

93. Phantom Thread 

94. Batman Begins 

95. A Prophet 

96. Guardians Of The Galaxy 

97. Ex Machina 

98. Captain America: Civil War 

99. Let The Right One In 

100. Dead Man’s Shoes


Top Ten Critics Choice:

1. Mad Max Fury Road

2. The Dark Knight

3. The Social Network

4. Moonlight

5. Lord Of The Rings: The Fellowship Of The Ring

6. There Will Be Blood

7. Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind

8. Get Out

9. Inception

10. Lost In Translation


Top Ten Readers Choice:

1. The Lord Of The Rings: The Fellowship Of The Ring

2. Mad Max: Fury Road

3. Inception

4. Avengers: Infinity War

5. The Dark Knight

6. Moonlight

7. Pan’s Labyrinth

8. Get Out

9. Spider-Man: Into The Spider-Verse

10. Lost In Translation