The 100 Best Overlooked Movies of the 21st Century

Image: Mud (2012), number 39.

Yes, The Shawshank Redemption and Mulholland Drive are both fantastic movies, but what is the point of reminding you of that in every list?

Beyond frequent cult overstatements and box office revenue correlations, we decided to count down the 100 best and most unjustly little-known movies. A list of real suggestions you can make your way through.

Our purpose at agoodmovietowatch is to reference movies you haven’t yet seen, that you can watch immediately and love. To do this, we only recommend movies that have received a high rating on IMDb combined with a high score on Rotten Tomatoes. This means that these movies have been appreciated by both critics and viewers, so you can trust that they’re awesome. We also only suggest movies that didn’t make a huge splash at the box office or which didn’t get the attention they deserved, so there is little chance you have already seen them.

Directed by: Ethan Coen, 2009
Directed by: Nicole Holofcener, 2013
Directed by: Larysa Kondracki, 2010
Directed by: Ron Fricke, 2012
Directed by: Raymond De Felitta, 2009
Directed by: Paolo Sorrentino, 2015
Directed by: Steven Spielberg, 2005
Directed by: Darren Aronofsky, 2006
Directed by: Kenneth Lonergan, 2000
Directed by: Gregg Araki, 2005
Directed by: Spike Jonze, 2002
Directed by: Alex Garland, 2015
Directed by: Tony Kaye, 2012
Directed by: Rob Reiner, 2010
Directed by: Kogonada, 2017
Directed by: Alexander Payne, 2013
Directed by: Hun Jang, 2017
Directed by: Daniel Lindsay, 2011
Directed by: Haifaa al-Mansour, 2012
Directed by: Andrew Haigh, 2015
Directed by: Alfonso Gomez-Rejon, 2015
Directed by: Hirokazu Koreeda, 2013
Directed by: Andrea Arnold, 2009
Directed by: Peter Mullan, 2002
Directed by: Susanne Bier, 2006
Directed by: Francisco Vargas, 2007
Directed by: Cary Fukunaga, 2015
Directed by: Dave Grohl, 2013
Directed by: Thom Fitzgerald, 2011
Directed by: Andrew Jarecki, 2003
Directed by: Walter Salles, 2004
Directed by: Abdellatif Kechiche, 2013
Directed by: Sylvain Chomet, 2003
Directed by: Kim Jee-woon, 2010
Directed by: Fatih Akin, 2009
Directed by: Roger Donaldson, 2005
Directed by: Fatih Akin, 2007
Directed by: Dan Gilroy, 2014
Directed by: Jaco Van Dormael, 2009
Directed by: Tarsem Singh, 2006
Directed by: John Carney, 2007
Directed by: Luc Jacquet, 2005
Directed by: Darren Aronofsky, 2008
Directed by: Fabián Bielinsky, 2000
Directed by: Eugene Jarecki, 2012
Directed by: Rian Johnson, 2005
Directed by: James Ponsoldt, 2015
Directed by: Alejandro Amenábar, 2004
Directed by: Chris Morris, 2010
Directed by: Chan-wook Park, 2016
Directed by: John Carney, 2016
Directed by: Jeff Nichols, 2012
Directed by: Lenny Abrahamson, 2015
Directed by: Gabriela Cowperthwaite, 2013
Directed by: Asghar Farhadi, 2015
Directed by: Richard Linklater, 2014
Directed by: Tom McCarthy, 2007
Directed by: Tom McCarthy, 2003
Directed by: Adam Elliot, 2009
Directed by: Juliano Ribeiro Salgado, 2014
Directed by: Mamoru Hosoda, 2012
Directed by: Don Hertzfeldt, 2015
Directed by: Jared Leto, 2012
Directed by: Joshua Oppenheimer, 2012
Directed by: Gavin O'Connor, 2011
Directed by: Malik Bendjelloul, 2012
Directed by: Juan J. Campanella, 2009
Directed by: Nuri Bilge Ceylan, 2014
Directed by: Don Hertzfeldt, 2012
Directed by: Ritesh Batra, 2013
Directed by: Charles Ferguson, 2010
Directed by: Thomas Vinterberg, 2013
Directed by: Hayao Miyazaki, 2001
Directed by: Joshua Oppenheimer, 2015
Directed by: Park Chan-wook, 2003
Directed by: Marius A. Markevicius, 2012
Directed by: Bill Pohlad, 2014
Directed by: Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck, 2006
Directed by: Eric Toledano, 2012
Directed by: Asif Kapadia, 2010
Directed by: Xavier Dolan, 2014
Directed by: Asghar Farhadi, 2011
Directed by: Destin Cretton, 2013
Directed by: Paolo Sorrentino, 2013
Directed by: Sebastian Schipper, 2015
Directed by: Damián Szifron, 2014
Directed by: Denis Villeneuve, 2011