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6 Hollywood Directors Reveal Their Favorite Films of the 21st Century

Including, errr, Love Actually and Avatar?

Despite what a lot of navel-gazing highbrow critics might have you believe (yes Vertigo is good, but get over it), there have actually been some pretty great films made in the 21st century.

So, in the name of championing modern cinema, The New York Times asked six of Hollywood's most popular and prominent directors, including Sofia Coppola and Denis Villeneuve, to list their favorite films made in the past 17 years.

The results might surprise you...because Love Actually makes the list.

Seriously, it does.

Anyway, take a look at the list below.

Sofia Coppola

  • Force Majeure
  • The White Ribbon
  • The Savages
  • Head-On
  • Daddy's Home
  • Under the Skin
  • The Incredibles
  • Together
  • Grizzly Man
  • Ida
  • Fish Tank
  • Ex Machina

Paul Feig

  • Moulin Rogue
  • Sing Street
  • Deadpool
  • This Is the End
  • Amelie
  • Love Actually
  • A Single Man
  • Moon
  • Casino Royale
  • Mustang

Denis Villeneuve

  • There Will Be Blood
  • No Country for Old Men
  • Under the Skin
  • A Prophet
  • Dogtooth
  • Dogville
  • Children of Men
  • Inception
  • Amores Perros

Antoine Fuqua

  • Fences
  • Slumdog Millionaire
  • Beasts of the Southern Wild
  • Zero Dark Thirty
  • Avatar
  • Munich
  • There Will Be Blood
  • The Pianist
  • Eastern Promises
  • Gladiator

Brett Ratner

  • The Kid Stays in the Picture
  • The Pianist
  • The Hangover
  • Borat
  • The Social Network
  • Y Tu Mamá También
  • Sexy Beast
  • Birth,
  • Roman Polanski: Wanted and Desired,
  • Kill Bill Vol 1

Alex Gibney

  • The Gatekeepers
  • Stories We Tell
  • City of God
  • Michael Clayton
  • There Will Be Blood
  • Pan's Labyrinth
  • No Country for Old Men
  • The Grand Budapest Hotel
  • I Am Not Your Negro
  • Nostalgia for the Light
  • Waltz With Bashir
  • Iraq in Fragments
  • Grizzly Man
  • Heart of a Dog
  • The Big Short

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