Though of course any list is bound to be subjective and to represent the listmaker’s personal taste more than anything else, I also believe that the following 20 films represent some of the best that contemporary cinema has to offer. From voicing modern anxieties about evil, corruption, and mortality, to examining the increasing influence (for good and ill) of technology on our lives, to heralding the continual power of stories to shape thought and encourage the despairing, each of these films has something to say about humanity at the dawn of the 21st century. Watch them. Enjoy their beauty and their thrills. Let them move you.