'Oldboy' Named 27th Best Movie of 21st Century

      October 29, 2010 10:19

      Korean director Park Chan-wook's 2003 thriller "Oldboy" was named the 27th best film of the 21st century by the Internet Movie Database.

      The list of the top 50 films was based on an online poll and critics' ratings, with first place going to "The Dark Knight (2008)" by Christopher Nolan. The immensely popular "The Lord of the Rings" trilogy took up the second, fourth, and seventh spots.

      James Cameron's "Avatar (2009)" ranked fifth, despite setting the all-time box-office sales record with earnings of US$2.78 billion. The Brazilian drama "City of God (2002)" came in third, and director Nolan's "Memento (2000)" sixth.

      "The Dark Knight" (left) and "Fahrenheit 9/11"

      But the Times of the U.K. has named France's "Hidden (2005)" as the best movie so far this century, while the Guardian has picked "There Will Be Blood (2007)."

      Meanwhile, U.S. website HubPages has drawn attention with its unranked list of the most controversial movies of the century.

      It includes "The Passion of the Christ (2004)," which graphically depicts the crucifiction of Jesus Christ, the George W. Bush-bashing "Fahrenheit 9/11 (2004)," and the documentary "Zeitgeist (2007)," which questions the origins of Christianity.

      The list excluded movies that were made "solely for the sake of being controversial or extreme."

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