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Where you can stream the 50 best films of the 21st century

  • #40. The Diving Bell and the Butterfly (2007)

    - Where to stream: HBO, DIRECTV, Max Go
    - Directors: Julian Schnabel, Laura Obiols
    - Flixed score: 94
    - Metascore: 92
    - IMDb user rating: 8.0
    - Runtime: 112 minutes

    Elle France editor Jean-Dominique Bauby (portrayed by Mathieu Amalric) was left paralyzed after a stroke, his movement suddenly limited to use of his left eye. Bauby goes on to painstakingly dictate his memoir through his eye, his only means left of communication. "The Diving Bell and the Butterfly" is based on Bauby’s 1997 memoir of the same name.

  • #39. Call Me by Your Name (2017)

    - Where to stream: Starz
    - Director: Luca Guadagnino
    - Flixed score: 94
    - Metascore: 93
    - IMDb user rating: 7.9
    - Runtime: 132 minutes

    Starring Armie Hammer and Timothée Chalamet, Luca Guadagnino’s intimate look at first love and sexual awakening observes the romance between a 17-year-old boy and his father’s older doctoral student, set against the backdrop of idyllic 1983 Lombardy, Italy. The film won Best Adapted Screenplay at the 90th Academy Awards.

  • #38. Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon (2000)

    - Where to stream: Prime Video
    - Director: Ang Lee
    - Flixed score: 94
    - Metascore: 94
    - IMDb user rating: 7.8
    - Runtime: 120 minutes

    A missing sword is the object of a widespread chase to find it between two warriors in Qing dynasty China, leading them to the house of a young and physically skilled nobleman’s daughter. The Chinese film was nominated for 10 Academy Awards, maintaining a tie with 2018's "Roma" for most Academy Award nominations for a non-English language film.

  • #37. The Social Network (2010)

    - Where to stream: Netflix
    - Director: David Fincher
    - Flixed score: 94
    - Metascore: 95
    - IMDb user rating: 7.7
    - Runtime: 120 minutes

    The story of Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg’s (Jesse Eisenberg) rise to power is told in this dynamic bio-drama from tour de force writer/director pairing David Fincher and Aaron Sorkin, chronicling the Harvard drop-out’s quest for power at the expense of others. There are talks of a sequel currently on the table, with Sorkin and Eisenberg reportedly both on board.

  • #36. Whiplash (2014)

    - Where to stream: IMDb TV, Pluto TV
    - Director: Damien Chazelle
    - Flixed score: 94.5
    - Metascore: 88
    - IMDb user rating: 8.5
    - Runtime: 106 minutes

    Success-hungry jazz drummer Andrew Neiman (Miles Teller) has dreams of being the best but finds a challenge in his ruthless new instructor, Terence Fletcher (J.K. Simmons), who pushes Neiman to his breaking point. The drama film was based on director Damien Chazelle’s short film of the same name, which was screened at Sundance in 2013.

  • #35. The Lives of Others (2006)

    - Where to stream: Only available for rent
    - Director: Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck
    - Flixed score: 94.5
    - Metascore: 89
    - IMDb user rating: 8.4
    - Runtime: 137 minutes

    In 1984, a member of East Germany’s secret police is tasked with wiretapping a famous playwright and his actress lover under suspicions that they are not loyal to the Communist party. However, things take a turn with the officer’s burgeoning sympathy for the couple paired with his superior’s growing fixation on the actress. This German drama won Best Foreign Language film at the 79th Academy Awards.

  • #34. It's Such a Beautiful Day (2012)

    - Where to stream: Only available for rent on Vimeo
    - Director: Don Hertzfeldt
    - Flixed score: 94.5
    - Metascore: 90
    - IMDb user rating: 8.3
    - Runtime: 62 minutes

    Don Hertzfeldt’s existentialist animated experimental film follows a stick figure man as he grapples with an increasingly unreliable psyche. It was Hertzfeldt’s debut feature film, and the three chapters it was divided into were originally released independently as short films. Though the film was released for streaming on both iTunes and Netflix, it is now only available to rent on Vimeo.

  • #33. Shoplifters (2018)

    - Where to stream: Hulu, Hoopla
    - Director: Hirokazu Koreeda
    - Flixed score: 94.5
    - Metascore: 93
    - IMDb user rating: 8.0
    - Runtime: 121 minutes

    A found family of misfit thieves lives on the margins of society in Tokyo, coping with poverty by shoplifting to survive. But their bond is tested when one of them is caught and arrested, and their loyalty to one another is upended by exposed secrets. The Japanese drama won the Palme D’Or and was nominated for Best Forgein Language Film at both the 91st Academy Awards and the 76th Golden Globes Awards.

  • #32. Amour (2012)

    - Where to stream: Starz, DIRECTV
    - Director: Michael Haneke
    - Flixed score: 94.5
    - Metascore: 94
    - IMDb user rating: 7.9
    - Runtime: 127 minutes

    The strength of a long-lasting relationship between two elderly music teachers is tested, when wife Anne (Emmanuelle Riva) suffers a stroke. Though husband George (Jean-Louis Trintignant) suffers from his own ailments from old age, he dedicates himself solely to keeping Anne from returning to the hospital. At then 85 years old, actress Emmanuelle Riva remains the oldest actress to be nominated for Best Actress in a Leading Role at the Academy Awards.

  • #31. Before Midnight (2013)

    - Where to stream: Starz, DIRECTV
    - Director: Richard Linklater
    - Flixed score: 94.5
    - Metascore: 94
    - IMDb user rating: 7.9
    - Runtime: 109 minutes

    The final installment of Richard Linklater’s “Before” trilogy sees longtime lovers Celine and Jesse (Julie Delpy and Ethan Hawke returning to the roles, respectively) on an excursion to Greece, almost two decades after their chance encounter on a train to Vienna. Now married with twin girls, the pair reminisces on their time together and the choices they made. The romantic drama was nominated for Best Adapted Screenplay at the 86th Academy Awards.

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