The Best Films of the Century


A lot of folks have seen a recent feature in the New York Times in which two eminent critics identify their choices as the best 25 films of the 21st century… so far.   Naturally, this begs the question “how many of these films are available through the Washington and Lee University Library” — and, indeed, at least one member of our faculty asked that very question.

The list below answers that question.  In most cases, we have the film in DVD form and the title of the film links to our catalog, where you can find the call number.   A couple of films are accessible online through the Kanopy database for current W&L students, faculty, and staff and those direct links are labeled “online.”    DVD copies of the five “missing” films are being ordered.

Enjoy.    And feel free to argue.


There Will Be Blood

Spirited Away

Million Dollar Baby  (to be ordered)

A Touch of Sin

Death of Mr. Lazarescu   (online)

Yi Yi

Inside Out  (to be ordered)


Summer Hours

The Hurt Locker

Inside Llewyn Davis


In Jackson Heights  (to be ordered)


White Material


Three Times

The Gleaners

Mad Max: Fury Road


Wendy and Lucy

I’m Not There  (to be ordered)

Silent Light   (online)

Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind

The 40-Year-Old Virgin  (to be ordered)


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