Only Two Boston Movies on BBC’s 100 Greatest Films of the 21st Century List
Boston has produced a plethora of fantastic movies and talented stars, but apparently most of them aren’t good enough to make it onto BBC’s list of the 100 greatest films of the 21st century.
The publication surveyed 177 critics from across the globe for its rankings of the best movies since 2000, and only two films set in Boston made the cut. Spotlight, the film based on a Boston Globe Catholic Church investigation which won Oscars for Best Picture and Best Original Screenplay last year, earned the No. 88 spot on BBC’s list. Meanwhile, The Social Network, the 2010 drama about the rise of Facebook founder and famed Harvard drop out Mark Zuckerberg, came in at No. 27.
Surprisingly, several notable Boston-set films from this century failed to crack the top 100. One of the biggest omissions is Martin Scorsese’s The Departed. The crime thriller failed to get a mention despite winning the 2006 Academy Award for Best Picture, although the director’s 2013 blockbuster The Wolf of Wall Street earned the No. 78 spot.
While comedies like Ted and Fever Pitch probably never had a shot, it’s weird to think that hometown films like Gone Baby Gone, The Town, Mystic River, and The Fighter all got snubbed.
Stars from Massachusetts not named Ben Affleck or Matt Damon were able to represent Boston and the Bay State in some capacity, though. Pixar’s Inside Out, starring Amy Poehler and Mindy Kaling, came in at No. 41 and Quentin Tarantino’s Inglourious Basterds, starring Eli Roth and B. J. Novak, came in at No. 62.
Check the top 10 movies from BBC’s list of the 21st century’s 100 greatest films below.
10. No Country for Old Men
9. A Separation
8. Yi Yi: A One and a Two
7. The Tree of Life
6. Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind
4. Spirited Away
3. There Will Be Blood
2. In the Mood for Love
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