While a slew of movies of course make their way to audiences year in and year out, often times there is one particular picture that has a more significant, long-lasting impact and is ultimately better received. Back in 2000, review aggregator Metacritic began formulating annual lists of each year's best films, giving them ratings based on their composite critical reception.
Accordingly, Business Insider has now taken Metacritic's data to showcase the best movie from each year, 2000 through 2017 (so far). You'll note such standout hits as Pan's Labyrinth, The Hurt Locker, The Social Network, Zero Dark Thirty, 12 Years a Slave, and Moonlight, among many others.
See below for the top-rated film of each year and let us know what you'd change.
Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon
Critic score: 93/100 User score: 8.1/10
The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring
Critic score: 92/100 User score: N/A
Critic score: 96/100 User score: 9.0/10
The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King
Critic score: 94/100 User score: 9.1/10
Critic score: 94/100 User score: 7.0/10
The Best of Youth
Critic score: 89/100 User score: 8.8/10
Critic score: 98/100 User score: 8.7/10
Critic score: 96/100 User score: 8.6/10
4 Months, 3 Weeks and 2 Days
Critic score: 97/100 User score: 8.0/10
The Hurt Locker
Critic score: 94/100 User score: 7.3/10
The Social Network
Critic score: 95/100 User score: 8.3/10
Critic score: 95/100 User score: 8.9/10
Zero Dark Thirty
Critic score: 95/100 User score: 6.8/10
12 Years a Slave
Critic score: 96/100 User score: 8.0/10
Critic score: 100/100 User score: 7.7/10
Critic score: 95/100 User score: 8.0/10
Critic score: 99/100 User score: 7.0/10
A Fantastic Woman
Critic score: 96/100 User score: TBD
For more, dive into the best movies of 2017, according to critics.