In 2000, Mexican filmmaker Alejandro González Iñárritu hit Hollywood full force with his astronomical feature debut, Amores Perros. A fearless story of intertwining lives, the film unsurprisingly earned an Academy Award nomination for Best Foreign Film. After that, the director went on to make history time and time again, from becoming the first Mexican filmmaker to be nominated for an Academy Award for directing or producing, to being the first one to win for Best Picture or Screenplay.
Decades after Amores Perros, Iñárritu remains one of our greatest living filmmakers, churning out a new poignant, philosophical masterwork every handful of years. Each of the director’s films peels back another layer of his psyche—whether it be a contemplation on the brutal connection between man and wilderness that he explored in The Revenant, 21 Grams’ meditation on the afterlife, or Babel’s dissection of the language’s power.
Unsurprisingly, Iñárritu’s most recent film, black comedy Bardo, False Chronicle of a Handful of Truths, which studies the life and regrets of a famous documentarian, is equally thoughtful and provocative, easily re-confirming the director’s status as one of Hollywood’s giants. With Bardo proving that Iñárritu seemingly can’t make a wrong move, we saw it was high time to rank the master’s feature-length works from great to greatest.
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