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

  • #20. Marriage Story (2019)

    - Where to stream: Netflix
    - Director: Noah Baumbach
    - Flixed score: 95.1
    - Metascore: 94
    - IMDb user rating: 8.0
    - Runtime: 137 minutes

    A stage director (Adam Driver) and his actress wife (Scarlett Johansson) attempt a divorce across opposing coasts, fighting over the custody of their young son as they are pushed to grueling extremes both personally and creatively. The film is thought to be a loose interpretation of director Noah Baumbach’s own divorce from actress Jennifer Jason Leigh.

  • #19. La La Land (2016)

    - Where to stream: HBO Max, DIRECTV, USA
    - Director: Damien Chazelle
    - Flixed score: 95.1
    - Metascore: 94
    - IMDb user rating: 8.0
    - Runtime: 128 minutes

    "La La Land" tells the story of Mia (Emma Stone) and Sebastian (Ryan Gosling) and their intersecting dreams of making it big through their respective passions of acting and playing jazz. But as success begins to build for both of them, their romance is put to the test. The Oscar-nominated love letter to Los Angeles had initial difficulty finding financing, with studios hesitant to back a “jazz musical.”

  • #18. Manchester by the Sea (2016)

    - Where to stream: Prime Video
    - Director: Kenneth Lonergan
    - Flixed score: 95.1
    - Metascore: 96
    - IMDb user rating: 7.8
    - Runtime: 137 minutes

    A tragic event sees Lee Chandler (Casey Affleck) returning from Boston to the fishing village where he grew up, and where he’s been named the sole guardian of his nephew (Lucas Hedges). There, Chandler reckons with the past that forced him away from Manchester-by-the-Sea, its community, and his wife Randi (Michelle Williams). The concept for the film was developed by Matt Damon and John Krasinski, who both produced the film. Damon previously worked with director Kenneth Lonergan on the 2011 film “Margaret.”

  • #17. Toy Story 3 (2010)

    - Where to stream: Disney+
    - Director: Lee Unkrich
    - Flixed score: 95.6
    - Metascore: 92
    - IMDb user rating: 8.3
    - Runtime: 103 minutes

    Woody (voiced by Tom Hanks), Buzz (voiced by Tim Allen), and co. are back in the third installment of the “Toy Story” saga, which sees owner Andy all grown up and off to college, forced to send his toys upstairs to the attic. But when the toys mistakenly end up outside with the trash, their last-minute diversion to a nursery school forces them to concoct yet another of their great escapes. The Disney Pixar film was nominated for Best Picture, one of only three animated films (including “Beauty and the Beast” and “Up”) to be nominated. It didn’t win Best Picture, but it did take home the Oscar for Best Animated Feature.

  • #16. Yi Yi (2000)

    - Where to stream: The Criterion Channel
    - Director: Edward Yang
    - Flixed score: 95.6
    - Metascore: 93
    - IMDb user rating: 8.2
    - Runtime: 173 minutes

    "Yi Yi" follows the alternating perspectives of three members of the Jian family in Taiwan as they struggle through the quandaries of everyday life. The Taiwanese drama premiered at the Cannes Film Festival in 2000, where Edward Yang won the Best Director award.

  • #15. There Will Be Blood (2007)

    - Where to stream: Netflix
    - Director: Paul Thomas Anderson
    - Flixed score: 95.6
    - Metascore: 93
    - IMDb user rating: 8.2
    - Runtime: 158 minutes

    "There Will Be Blood" is set at the turn of the 20th century in California, where ruthless oil tycoon Daniel Plainview (Daniel Day-Lewis) will stop at nothing to accumulate as much wealth as possible. Through this epic saga of his rise to power, Plainview meets his match in zealous young preacher Eli Sunday (Paul Dano), whose family resides on oil-rich land Plainview is intent on purchasing no matter the cost. The film is based loosely on Upton Sinclair’s 1927 novel “Oil!”, and was influenced in part by John Huston's film “The Treasure of the Sierra Madre.”

  • #14. Inside Out (2015)

    - Where to stream: Disney+, DIRECTV
    - Directors: Pete Docter, Ronnie Del Carmen
    - Flixed score: 95.6
    - Metascore: 94
    - IMDb user rating: 8.1
    - Runtime: 95 minutes

    Young Riley’s blissful world is upended when her parents move the family to San Francisco and she finds herself in the throes of isolation and depression. Meanwhile, the inner machinations of Riley's mind have their own agenda, each one attempting to guide Riley through this dramatic and stressful time in her life. The animated Disney film features the voice work of Amy Poehler, Bill Hader, Mindy Kaling, Phyllis Smith, and Lewis Black.

  • #13. Hamilton (2020)

    - Where to stream: Disney+
    - Director: Thomas Kail
    - Flixed score: 96.2
    - Metascore: 90
    - IMDb user rating: 8.6
    - Runtime: 160 minutes

    The hit Broadway musical finally makes its way to homes everywhere, in this filmed version of the show’s original run. The story of Founding Father and the United States’s first Secretary of the Treasury Alexander Hamilton is told in infectious hip-hop songs and the unforgettable performances from Lin-Manuel Miranda, Daveed Diggs, Renée Elise Goldsberry, Leslie Odom Jr., Jonathan Groff, and Phillipa Soo.

  • #12. Portrait of a Lady on Fire (2019)

    - Where to stream: Hulu
    - Director: Céline Sciamma
    - Flixed score: 96.2
    - Metascore: 95
    - IMDb user rating: 8.1
    - Runtime: 122 minutes

    In 18th-century France, young artist Marianne (Noémie Merlant) is tasked with painting the wedding portrait of the enigmatic Héloïse (Adèle Haenel), who recently left a convent and refuses to have her likeness painted. Marianne creates the portrait in secrecy while forming a bond with Héloïse that soon turns to romance. After premiering at the 2019 Cannes Film Festival, the "Portrait of a Lady on Fire" was selected to compete for the Palme d’Or and won the Queer Palm and Best Screenplay awards.

  • #11. Ratatouille (2007)

    - Where to stream: Disney+
    - Directors: Brad Bird, Jan Pinkava
    - Flixed score: 96.2
    - Metascore: 96
    - IMDb user rating: 8.0
    - Runtime: 111 minutes

    Remy the rat (voiced by Patton Oswald) has big dreams of becoming a Parisian chef and, despite his large rat family frowning on his cooking as an anti-rodent trade, leaves them behind when he accidentally ends up in Paris. There, he finds himself ideally situated at the restaurant of his idol: the late Auguste Gusteau, where a series of peculiar events soon allows him to put his cooking skills to the test under the toque of the restaurant’s busboy. In order to achieve animated food that looked convincingly real, the film’s animators attended cooking classes.

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