Mulholland Drive voted best movie of the 21st century

The David Lynch classic bags the top spot.

Mulholland Drive voted best movie of the 21st century
Mulholland Drive The David Lynch classic has been voted the best movie of the 21st century Image Picture Universal

David Lynch’s mind-bending classic Mulholland Drive has been voted the best movie of the 21st century.

A BBC Culture poll taking in the opinions of 177 film critics across 36 countries named the surreal noir film the greatest of the last 16 years.

Mulholland Drive arrived right at the beginning of the 21st century in 2001, while runner up in the list was Wong Kar-wai’s In the Mood for Love and Paul Thomas Anderson’s There Will Be Blood was at number three.

“We wanted to find out about the best films in recent memory.”

Lynch’s film, a trippy odyssey through Los Angeles seen through the eyes of a Hollywood starlet, was initially made as a TV pilot before being reconfigured as a feature film. It starred Naomi Watts, Laura Harring, Melissa George and Justin Theroux.

“We wanted to find out about the best films in recent memory. These are the films that most people feel strongly about,” said BBC Culture’s Matthew Anderson

“We hope that this list will spark discussion and debate, not just among critics and film aficionados, but among everyone who enjoys movies and has an opinion about what makes a good one.”

The overall list is 100 films-strong, with Anderson, Wes Anderson, Apichatpong Weerasethakul, Christopher Nolan, Michael Haneke and the Coen Brothers featuring most on the list.

You can see the whole top ten below, then head here for the entire 100.

  1. Mulholland Drive (David Lynch, 2001)
  2. In the Mood for Love (Wong Kar-wai, 2000)
  3. There Will Be Blood (Paul Thomas Anderson, 2007)
  4. Spirited Away (Hayao Miyazaki, 2001)
  5. Boyhood (Richard Linklater, 2014)
  6. Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind (Michel Gondry, 2004)
  7. The Tree of Life (Terrence Malick, 2011)
  8. Yi Yi: A One and a Two (Edward Yang, 2000)
  9. A Separation (Asghar Farhadi, 2011)
  10. Inside Llewyn Davis (Joel and Ethan Coen, 2013)
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