Rotten Tomatoes Reveals Best-Rated Films Of The 21st Century So Far

While everyone else was busy logging the various events of 2017 into top-10 lists, Zack Sharf of IndieWire decided to round up the whole of the twenty-first century. 

Scanning Rotten Tomatoes' best-rated films from the past seventeen years, he's come up with this ranking to show what the site – which combines hundreds of reviews to award 'fresh' or 'rotten' scores – considers as the top cinema pick of each year. 

And the least we can say is that Pixar has generated a lot of love over the past two decades... Check out the list, arranged into chronological order, just below. 

2000: Chicken Run

Produced by Aardman Animations, Chicken Run, is the only non-Pixar animation to make the ranking. 

Score: 97% (170 reviews).

Followed (very) closely by: The Taste of Others, Croupier, The Life and Times of Hank Greenberg and Best in Show.

2001: Monsters Inc.

Peter Docter's Monsters Inc. is the first in a long series of Pixar movies to make it to the top of Rotten Tomatoes' annual ranking. 

Score: 96% (192 reviews).

Closely followed by: Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon.

2002: The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers 

Return of the King went on to win the Oscar for best film the following year but didn't quite manage to garner the internet support of The Two Towers

Score: 96% (250 reviews). 

Closely followed by: Spirited Away.

Andrew Stanton's Finding Nemo picked up the 2004 Oscar for best animation and remains one of Rotten Tomatoes' best-loved movies.

Score: 99% (259 reviews). 

Closely followed by: Lord of the Rings: Return of the King and Lost in Translation.

2004: The Incredibles

Lauded superhero animation The Incredibles is the first of Brad Bird's movies to make it into the list.

Score: 97% (236 reviews).

Closely followed by: Sideways, Maria Full of Grace, Spider-Man 2 and Hero. Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind surprisingly only made it to eighth place.

2005: Murderball

Murderball, directed by Henry Alex Rubin and Dana Adam Shapiro, is the only documentary to receive Rotten Tomatoes' highest honour. 

Score: 98% (138 reviews).

Closely followed by: Another documentary, Enron: The Smartest Guys in the Room.

2006: The Queen

Helen Mirren's Oscar-winning performance as Queen Elizabeth II in Stephen Frears' The Queen also won over the site.

Score: 97% (1,189 reviews).

Closely followed by: Pan's Labyrinth, Casino Royale, Deliver Us From Evil and Children of Men.

The Queen (2006). (Photo: Pathé Distribution)

2007: Ratatouille

Brad Bird's animated gem Ratatouille was the year's Oscar winner in its category. 

Score: 96% (245 reviews).

Closely followed by: Taxi to the Dark Side and No Country for Old Men.

Ratatouille (2007). (Photo: Pathé Distribution)

2008: The Dark Knight

Heath Ledger's remarkable performance took Christopher Nolan's Dark Knight trilogy to the next level.

Score: 94% (326 reviews).

Closely followed by: The Wrestler, Man on Wire and Wall-E.

The Dark Knight (2008). (Photo: TM &DC Comics, Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc.)

2009: Up

Pete Docter (Monsters Inc.) and Bob Peterson's poetic tale once again granted Pixar Rotten Tomatoes' top spot in 2009.  

Score: 98% (287 reviews).

Closely followed by: The Hurt Locker, Star Trek, Anvil: The Story of Anvil and Afghan Star.

Up (2009). (Photo: Disney/Pixar)

2010: Toy Story 3

Like its Pixar compadres Finding Nemo and Up, the third Toy Story instalment remains one of Rotten Tomatoes' best-rated movies. 

Score: 99% (291 reviews).

Closely followed by: The Social Network, Dragons, The King's Speech and True Grit.

Toy Story 3 (2010). (Photo: Disney/Pixar)

2011: Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part II

The last-ever film in the Harry Potter franchise clearly didn't disappoint. 

Score: 96% (315 reviews).

Closely followed by: The Artist.

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part II. (2011). (Photo: Warner Bros. Entertainment)

2012: Argo

Ben Affleck's multi award-winner made a serious name for itself in 2012. 

Score: 96% (317 reviews). 

Closely followed by: Skyfall, Avengers, Looper, Jiro Dreams of Sushi and The Cabin in the Woods. 

Argo (2012). (Photo: Warner Bros. Pictures)

2013: Gravity

Alfonso Cuaron's spatial odyssey Gravity wasn't the Academy's choice but it was the internet's top pick.

Score: 96% (321 reviews).

Followed (very closely indeed) by: Oscar-winning 12 Years a Slave.

Gravity (2013). (Photo: Warner Bros.)

2014: Boyhood

An intimate masterpiece, Boyhood was Richard Linklater's pet project, filmed over twelve years as an ode to childhood. 

Score: 97% (290 reviews). 

Closely followed by: The Babadook, The Lego Movie and Whiplash. Interestingly, Oscar-winner of the year Birdman only made number 12 on the list. 

Boyhood (2014). (Photo: Diaphana Distribution, Boyhood Inc. IFC Productions I, L.L.C.)

2015: Mad Max, Fury Road

George Miller's Mad Max: Fury Road, the fourth movie in the sci-fi franchise, dropped in 2015 and picked up more Oscars than any other film the following year. 

Score: 97% (374 reviews).

Closely followed by: Vice-Versa, Spotlight, Selma, Star Wars, Episode VII: The Force Awakens, It Follows.

Mad Max: Fury Road (2015). (Photo: Warner Bros.)

2016: Moonlight

Barry Jenkin's Moonlight had that little extra something winning over the hearts of movie lovers and critics alike, and earning it an impressive three Oscars.

Score: 98% (305 reviews).

Closely followed by: Zootopia, Arrival, Hell or High Water, La La Land and The Jungle Book. 

Moonlight (2016). (Photo: A24)

2017: Get Out

We feel as though Jordan Peele's social thriller is still everywhere. But, most importantly, it's also at the top of Rotten Tomatoes' ranks for 2017. Watch this space for 2018's winner. 

Score: 99% (295 reviews).

Closely followed by: The Big Sick, Dunkirk, Wonder Woman and Lady Bird.

Get Out (2017). (Photo: Universal Pictures International)