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Seattle Cinema Survey – The Top 25 Films of the 21st Century

Recently, BBC polled a huge swathe of critics for the best films of the 21st Century. Every week, I survey local critics and writers some random thing, also often about the 21st Century film scene. So…why not ask said locals what their personal picks are for the greatest pictures to hit since Y2K.

Last week, I posted my personal top ten. For this round, I selected a deeper 25, while additionally gathering the same number from Michael Ward (Should I See It), Sara Michelle Fetters (MovieFreak/The SGN), Jason Roestel (formerly of Examiner), Tim Hall (The People’s Critic), Brian Taibl (Brian the Movie Guy) Matt Oakes (Silver Screen Riot), Brent McKnight (CinemaBlend/The Last Thing I See), Erik Samdahl (FilmJabber), Drew Powell (Drew’s Movie Blog/Queen Anne News) and Nick Tiffany (the originally titled…Nick Tiffany.com). What I received was quite a few surprising picks, including a few that cracked the top 25 of the masses multiple times), some personal head-scratchers and proof that we’re living in a time of sensational cinema.

The results were ranked with #1 selections garnering a max of 25 points, #2 getting 24 and so on until the last selection. Not a single movie cracked the Seattle 25 while only being voted on by one person, which is nice and fitting. All ties were broken by which had a higher top selection. So, without further ado, let’s count them down.

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24. A Separation

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23. There Will Be Blood

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22. Midnight in Paris

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21. The Dark Knight

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20. The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring

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19. 4 Months, 3 Weeks and 2 Days

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18. Spirited Away

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17. Zero Dark Thirty

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16. Drive

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15. Ex Machina

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14. Toy Story 3

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13 Inside Llewyn Davis

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12. Children of Men

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11. In the Mood for Love

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10. The Prestige

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9. Zodiac

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8. The Royal Tenenbaums

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7. No Country for Old Men

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6. The Social Network

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5. Inglourious Basterds

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4. Master & Commander: The Far Side of the World

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3. Before Sunset

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2. Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind

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1. Mad Max: Fury Road

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