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Movies That Scored 0% on Rotten Tomatoes
Plenty of bad movies get rated on Rotten Tomatoes, but it’s rare to see a movie score a flat 0% without a single critic to defend something about the flick. If you didn’t think it was possible, take a walk down the cinematic hall of shame and feast your eyes on some of the worst movies (according to Rotten Tomatoes) to date.
Each film on this list has managed to achieve a flat 0% rating, implying a time suck of epic proportions should you choose to watch them. Obviously, these movies should only be viewed at your own risk. Consider yourself warned!
Look Who’s Talking Now (1993)
Although the original Look Who’s Talking film scored a mere 57% among critics, it was a viewer favorite, which prompted the creators to make not one, but two sequels. The first two featured John Travolta, Kirstie Alley and a series of talking babies. Cute, right?
In the third film, Look Who’s Talking Now , the filmmakers instead swapped the babies out with crude talking dogs who make constant sexual references. Very kid-friendly, right? It’s impossible to understand how anyone making the film failed to consider this strategy would completely alienate the target audience and critics.
MAC and Me (1988)
Although Hollywood may occasionally be able to stomach a bad movie, there’s nothing it hates more than a blatant rip-off. Such was the case when MAC and Me was released in 1988. The story features a young, wheelchair-bound boy who meets MAC (Mysterious Alien Creature), an alien who needs help finding his way home. Sound familiar?
Apparently, the filmmakers thought that putting the poor kid in a wheelchair would keep everyone from realizing they had obviously hijacked the plot of E.T. It didn’t work — Duh! — and critics weren’t shy about letting everyone know what they thought about it.
Jaws: The Revenge (1987)
As Steven Spielberg told a film festival audience in 1975, “Making a sequel to anything is just a cheap carny trick.” The fact that he understands what so many other filmmakers fail to grasp, however, didn’t keep three sequels to his hit movie Jaws from being made by other misguided industry professionals.
The tales of terrified beachgoers just kept coming until finally Jaws: The Revenge , the franchise’s fourth movie, finally sank things once and for all. The movie’s nonsensical plot, bad special effects and sloppy execution were more than critics or moviegoers could handle with a straight face.
Staying Alive (1983)
Ever noticed that there’s something about dance movies that seems to inspire a million sequels? Before the days of the Step Up franchise, Staying Alive led the way toward insipid dance movie franchises of the future. Unfortunately, this questionable sequel to the successful Saturday Night Fever came nowhere near the success of its predecessor.
John Travolta returned as Tony Manero in a plot set six years after he won the legendary disco contest in the first film. The plot mostly serves as a filler for additional dancing that the filmmakers mistakenly counted on to carry the movie.
Poor Bo Derek. One day, her career was off to a great start, and the next, her husband, John Derek, had a not-so-brilliant idea called Bolero . Written and directed by John himself, the film features Bo as a recently graduated woman in the 1920s who traipses all over the globe in an attempt to lose her virginity.
The whole thing turned out to be one of those movies that’s funny for all the wrong reasons, and it was largely considered a huge mess by critics. On the other hand, it won six of its 10 Razzie award nominations. Maybe that counts for something — or not.
Dream a Little Dream (1989)
You know you have failed in a spectacular fashion when not even teen heartthrob Corey Feldman could save your ’80s movie. Such was the case with Dream a Little Dream , a bizarre story about an elderly couple who undertakes a mystical experiment.
As a result, they end up trapped in the bodies of two teenagers, whose lives don’t turn out to be what they had expected. Not surprisingly, the film itself turned out to be epically incoherent. Roger Ebert dubbed it “an aggressively unwatchable movie,” while other critics questioned whether the writers had any idea what they had created.
Problem Child (1990)
A couple adopts a young boy who turns out to be an absolute nightmare who is determined to make their lives hell. While this might sound like a solid premise for a horror movie — maybe it would have worked that way — Problem Child actually tried to present itself as a slapstick comedy.
The problem was that none of the jokes were the least bit funny, and the plot itself came across as more mean-spirited than fun. The result was a mess of a film with a lead character that neither adults nor children could bring themselves to understand, let alone like.
Megaforce was supposed to chronicle the tale of an elite group of international warriors, but it turned out to be something most critics had to force themselves to watch. As one reviewer put it, the film was “the kind of bad that makes you wish you were somewhere, anywhere else.”
The movie barely grossed a fourth of its $20 million budget, little of which appeared to have been used to improve anything about the film. With bad dialogue, cheesy special effects and a ridiculous plot, Megaforce ended up being the most unintentionally funny action movie of all time.
Highlander 2: The Quickening (1991)
Few movies brought fans, critics and even its own crew together in mutual disgust quite like Highlander 2 . The original Highlander at least achieved a cult following, but the sequel pretty much just borrowed the title and absolutely none of the good parts of the storyline.
The filmmakers bizarrely tossed much of the original movie’s plotline and twisted the premise to include aliens battling on an environmentally plagued Earth in 2024. Rumor has it that even director Russell Mulcahy asked to replace his name with a fake one but was forbidden by his contract from bailing out.
American Anthem (1986)
If you have never heard of this ’80’s gymnastics story, then you’re not alone. The story centers around a young male gymnast who works through various issues, meets a girl and trains for the Olympics — you know, the usual athlete coming-of-age story. Who better to play him than an actual Olympic gold medal gymnast, right?
Apparently not. While production didn’t have to worry about training Mitch Gaylord to do the gymnastics, they probably should have focused a little more on training him to act. The sloppy story and overload of cliches came in second only to his less than gold-medal acting performance.
Police Academy 4: Citizens on Patrol (1987)
You know how even the funniest joke loses all its hilarity if the same person keeps telling it over and over? That’s sort of what happened with the Police Academy franchise. While the original was hilarious, nobody was laughing anymore by the end of the sixth sequel.
Among the most painful of the follow-ups was the fourth installment, in which Commandant Lassard decides to recruit civilians to work alongside the cops. The movie seems less concerned with a plot of any sort and plays out more like a string of gags tied together in the longest YouTube compilation ever.
Based on the cover alone, Deadfall looks like a movie that could attract plenty of unsuspecting viewers. It has Nicolas Cage, James Coburn and even Charlie Sheen among its cast, not to mention a Coppola in the director’s chair.
As it turns out, it’s merely a lesson in never judging a book — or a movie — by its cover. The film is basically an attempt at film noir gone terribly wrong. Although the filmmakers managed to get the look right, they forgot the part where you really need a strong plot to make the whole thing work.
A Thousand Words (2012)
When your movie is shot four years before anyone dares to actually release it in theaters, you know you’re in for a rough ride. A Thousand Words made the mistake of taking the hilarious Eddie Murphy and pretty much forcing him to pull off an hour and a half of recorded silence.
Why? Because if his character spoke too much, he would be doomed to become a magical tree in his backyard. By the time the film was over, audiences everywhere were more desperate for Murphy to regain his speech than his character was.
Bucky Larson: Born to Be a Star (2011)
Despite its name, this film ironically did more to tank the career of lead actor Nick Swardson than help it. If you didn’t see it, fear not. It’s pretty much just one long joke that keeps struggling to tell itself for the most painful 96 minutes ever.
You get a socially challenged loser kid who moves to L.A. to follow in his porn-star parents’ footsteps. Unless the previous sentence made you laugh hysterically, then trust us when we assure you that you didn’t miss anything. Seriously, it doesn’t get any funnier from there.
Although it was released a mere two years ago, Gotti has already gained the popular vote for the worst mob movie of all time. John Travolta stars as infamous mobster John Gotti in this biopic, which attempts to cram the guy’s entire life into 105 minutes.
Gotti was many things, and an interesting guy was certainly one of them. Unfortunately, the film fails to capture this fact and also manages to be ridiculously boring in its attempt to entertain. One critic actually said he would prefer to “wake up next to a severed horse head than ever watch Gotti again.” Yikes!
Dark Crimes (2018)
In the ’90s, most of us thought of Jim Carrey as the hysterically goofy star of films like Ace Ventura: Pet Detective and Dumb and Dumber . Then, one day, he suddenly stunned the world with his obvious dramatic talent in movies like The Truman Show and Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind .
So, when Dark Crimes came along, it seemed promising. The film cast Carey as a detective, and he did a pretty good job with what he was given. That said, the film was less the thriller it was intended to be and mostly just too disturbing to actually watch.
The Ridiculous 6 (2015)
It seems like we all fell so in love with Adam Sandler during his early career that we just can’t bring ourselves to give up on him. It was probably his early success that made him rich enough to start bankrolling his own movies, and things have been going downhill ever since.
Among the worst of his creations is The Ridiculous 6 , a would-be Western satire that is just painful to watch. Aside from its lame jokes, the flick is insanely racist and disrespectful toward Native Americans — to the degree that several Native American actors walked off the set.
Max Steel (2016)
Not all superhero movies are created equal, as Max Steel will be the first to grudgingly admit. While many action films spawn toy lines, this one did things backwards and attempted to make a movie out of an old toy from the late ’90s.
The movie tells the story of a boy named Max who meets a metallic alien being that can wrap around him like a knock-off Iron Man suit. The rest of the movie follows suit with one superhero cliche after another, none of which are executed half as well as they are in the films they shamelessly mimic.
Simon Sez (1999)
Remember when Dennis Rodman was still around? Well, of course, there was someone out there who just had to ride the coattails of his 15 minutes of fame by dropping him into an action flick. Hence, Simon Sez , the sequel to Double Take , was born.
While Rodman at least had Jean-Claude Van Damme to back him up in the first film, he has to resort to teaming up with a pair of random computer hacking monks in the sequel. Prepare to spend the whole movie wishing he would just give it up and do a couple of dunks instead.
Return to the Blue Lagoon (1991)
Although The Blue Lagoon didn’t even garner a 10% fresh rating from critics in 1980, that didn’t stop someone out there from thinking a sequel would still be a great idea. 1991 saw the ill-fated release of Return to the Blue Lagoon , which fared even worse than the original.
The film plopped then-teenagers Milla Jovovich and Brian Krause onto a desert island, threw in a little romance and a lot of flesh, and hoped for the best. Unfortunately, the movie tanked and was even deemed by one critic to be “for pervs and frustrated holidaymakers only.” Ouch.
The Garbage Pail Kids Movie (1987)
Back in the ’80s, there was a card collecting trend featuring the Garbage Pail Kids. With characters meant to be knock-offs of Cabbage Patch Kids, the cards featured kids that were super gross in ways that only young boys find fascinating.
To the horror of parents everywhere, someone decided to turn the trend into a truly terrifying live-action film. While the cartoonish creatures may have looked harmless enough on the cards, their puppet counterparts were the stuff that nightmares — and years of intense therapy — were made of.
Top Dog (1994)
While Chuck Norris may have spawned a series of hysterical memos detailing his epic levels of greatness, Top Dog is his Achilles Heel that refuses to die. How could an action-comedy starring not only Norris but also an adorable dog possibly go wrong?
Well, the first mistake was inserting our heroes into a “family-friendly” film laden with Neo-Nazis terrorists and White Supremacists. (What?) The second was having the poor taste to release it two weeks after the Oklahoma City bombings. All this added up to an epic fail that was virtually booed out of the box office.
Jury Duty (1995)
This Pauly Shore flop was enough to leave most movie fans preferring actual jury duty to sticking around until the final credits rolled on this movie. The tale revolves around an uninspired slacker who gets the brilliant idea to sign up for jury duty so he can take advantage of the free room and board. (Exactly where is this jury duty?)
The rest of the film mostly focuses on him coming up with the most annoying ways possible to keep the case going, simply so he doesn’t lose his temporary digs. By the end, you’re sure to be just as frustrated as his fellow jurors.
You could almost hear the collective shatter of the hearts of Friends fans around the globe when this bad boy flop came out. The sports comedy featured Matt LeBlanc — of Joey Tribbiani fame — and a lovable, baseball-playing chimpanzee named Ed. What could go wrong?
So much. Although the premise could have been a solid kid feature in the right hands, the filmmakers fell back on a string of potty jokes and very little else to make the movie funny. The whole thing just seemed like such a waste for LeBlanc’s comedy skills, and it didn’t do the chimp any favors either.
3 Strikes (2000)
Starring Brian Hooks and written by the same guy who penned the hysterical Friday, this comedy gem seemed destined to be a winner. Wrong! By the time it was all said and done, critics were ready to lock this one up and throw away the key.
The plot centers around a two-strike felon who is trying his best to stay out of trouble, a task that turns out to be surprisingly complicated. The movie relies mostly on super lowbrow humor, which might have been excusable if it had actually managed to be funny.
You know those bargain bin DVDs that look like dollar store versions of popular movies? Redline is pretty much their king. Imagine The Fast and the Furious but without the plotline and with women depicted as nothing more than arm candy. That pretty much sums up the movie.
Rather than attempt to tell a story of any sort, the film is a blatant vanity project meant to show off a bunch of flashy cars, complete with the calendar girl side pieces. Save your time and flip through a car calendar at a truck stop instead.
The Nutcracker in 3D (2010)
Seriously, how do you even mess up The Nutcracker ? Sadly, this misguided children’s film pulled it off, much to the dismay of horrified film critics everywhere. The Hollywood Reporter called it “an apparent Scrooge-like attempt by Russian filmmaker Andrei Konchalovsky to forever ruin children’s associations with the classic Yuletide ballet.”
Despite the film’s solid cast, which included Elle Fanning and Nathan Lane, it veered so far away from the much-loved traditional tale that it became something else entirely. You had one job, Nutcracker . Step away from the 3D glasses and stick to the beloved story.
National Lampoon’s Gold Diggers (2003)
This sincerely misguided attempt at a comedy stars Will Friedle, who played the lovably bumbling Eric Matthews on Boy Meets World , and Chris Owen as the two least funny guys in any comedy ever. The hijinks begin when the boys decide to marry two older women, in hopes that they will soon die and leave them a large inheritance.
Before long, everyone is trying to murder everyone else, and the mystery of why this mean-spirited flick was ever considered a comedy just keeps getting deeper. If you want a real laugh, read the film’s Rotten Tomatoes reviews instead.
Ballistic: Ecks vs. Sever (2002)
Look no further than this 2002 gem for proof that star power alone can’t save a bad film. Starring Lucy Liu and Antonio Banderas, the movie is about two government agents who are fighting over who can get their hands on some new diabolical weapon first.
An understandable plot, however, seems to be the last thing on the filmmakers’ minds. The entire movie is more like one big string of explosions, bullets and plotlines gone rogue (and wrong). With more than 100 bad reviews to its name, if it’s not the worst movie of all time, it’s definitely pretty close.
Kirk Cameron’s Saving Christmas (2017)
As one critic summed this one up, “ Saving Christmas is basically 80 minutes of Cameron lambasting Christians for not being his equal when it comes to intolerance and close-mindedness.” The film left both believers and nonbelievers alike wondering what had just happened to the incredibly confusing last 80 minutes of their lives.
The bizarre undertaking looks more like something Cameron filmed on his phone after a few too many egg nogs and is more or less him preaching a sermon he didn’t bother to research. The whole thing comes across more like a vanity piece than an inspirational message.
Tom Selleck, the actor who resembles a real-life Ken doll, made a major mistake when he took the lead role in the incredibly problematic Folks . In the film, Selleck’s Jon Aldrich tries to manage his work and personal life while his parents, particularly his father who lives with dementia, continued to make his life more and more problematic.
Folks! was heavily panned for its negative portrayal of anyone over the age of 50, but especially for the low-brow humor at the expense of someone living with dementia. You couldn’t find any folks in the archives who had a good thing to say about this poorly-written movie.
A Low Down Dirty Shame (1994)
A movie with the likes of Keenen Ivory Wayans and Jada Pinkett Smith sounds like it would be a recipe for a good movie, right? Wrong. This action/comedy dud written, directed by and starring Wayans was panned for its terrible plot lines and story structure.
Legendary film critic had some particularly cutting words for the LAPD-focused flick: “Here is a movie about guns. Take away the guns, and the movie would be about nothing much. The plot, the dialogue and all but one of the characters are so shallow that, without murder for a punch line, they’d deflate.” What a shame.
Precious Cargo (2016)
Sigh. Poor Bruce Willis. This movie was so bad it makes other bad movies look good. Willis played the role of Eddie Filosa, who convinces a crime boss and his gang to steal $30 million in diamonds from another crime gang in exchange for a woman.
Another film whose plot points and story structure are just filled with guns and high-speed chases. The cheap dialog and intentionally funny moments turned into a piece of painful, gut-wrenching cinema. It should honestly be retitled “Total Garbage”.
A group of sexy college co-eds party abroad in a vampire-filled Romania. What could possibly go wrong? When the lead character Rusty arranges the Eurotrip so he could meet his Internet girlfriend Draguta, you realize how much actually will go wrong in this far-from-campy movie.
The movie is filled with a bunch of tired gags, monsters that aren’t scary and too many characters to develop an affinity towards any of them. For a movie from the National Lampoon franchise, this screwball comedy really fails to deliver any “mania” outside of pure nausea.
London Fields (2018)
The clairvoyant Nicola Six, played by Amber Heard, learns that she will die at the hands of a man in her life. Naturally, she begins to date three men to discover which one will be her killer. That makes total sense, right? Nothing confusing to contemplate there.
The film grossed $168,575 on its opening weekend, with a per-screen average of $261. The Independent’s critic Kaleem Aftab claimed, “Most scenes lack pace, are performed badly and are accompanied by a running commentary of action we can see for ourselves.”
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MoviePass invested in the awful “Gotti,” and then paid for it at the box office
MoviePass has shown it can persuade its members to see movies they wouldn’t otherwise watch by offering them virtually free movie tickets. Unfortunately, now that it is investing in movies like Gotti , that means paying for those movies and for people to watch them.
Gotti is the second film that MoviePass Ventures, MoviePass’s film-financing arm, has invested in. It sunk at US theaters over the weekend, after being declared a critical flop by reviewers on Rotten Tomatoes . The movie brought in about $1.67 million in the roughly 500 theaters it was released, far below its estimated $10 million budget. MoviePass members may have accounted for as much as 40% of the box office, or $668,000, Deadline reported .
The mobster movie, starring John Travolta as the infamous New York crime boss John Gotti, faced hard odds entering the weekend. Gotti received positive reviews from exactly none of the 23 critics who were included on Rotten Tomatoes . Audiences, however, did seem to kind of enjoy it: 78% of the 6,900 users who submitted reviews to the site by Monday morning said they liked it, and it earned an average of four out of five stars from audiences.
MoviePass Ventures reportedly paid in the low seven figures for an equity stake in the film in April. It gets a cut of the film’s profits—if it ever makes any. MoviePass is not only on the hook for the cost of the tickets its members used to watch the flagging film, its subsidiary MoviePass Ventures, could lose its investment if the film doesn’t pick up steam. (Gotti reportedly did best in US markets including New York, Los Angeles, and Phoenix, where MoviePass could try to boost interest in the film.)
MoviePass does not publish how much it contributes to any given film’s ticket sales, but it estimated last week that it represented more than 5% of total US box office receipts. The company said it saw that share rise to more than 30% during weeks when it was actively advertising select films to its subscribers.
MoviePass offers members a movie ticket per day for a flat fee of $9.95 per month. It pays theaters the full price for each ticket its 3 million its members use. Earlier this year, it started investing in films through MoviePass Ventures, in the hopes that it could help movies succeed by promoting them to its users, and then share in the profits and other revenue opportunities , like the rights to distribute the film internationally, on home-video, or on streaming services.
MoviePass has been hemorrhaging cash from its financially dubious, yet fast-growing, subscription model and can’t really afford to lose money on its film businesses, too. (Parent company Helios and Matheson Analytics, which is trading at around $0.35 this morning, said in a May 8 filing that it had managed to reduce the average amount of cash MoviePass is burning each month by 35% during the first week of May.) It also launched a film production house , MoviePass Films, with the studio that made Gotti , Emmett Furla Oasis Films.
The critical and financial performance of Gotti was a departure from the first movie MoviePass took a stake in, American Animals , a heist film that it picked up with distributor The Orchard at the Sundance Film Festival. The movie got a decent reception on the festival circuit and solid reviews from critics. MoviePass promoted it heavily through the app and other communications. It premiered in four theaters in New York and Los Angeles in June, concentrating audiences at those venues, and bringing in a healthy haul of $135,000, or nearly, $34,000 per theater, before expanding to other cities.
Gotti, in turn, averaged about $3,320 per theater this weekend. The movie business is hard.
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Critics’ top movies since the Tomatometer’s inception reflect various titles and tastes; each represents the state of the industry and popular culture, from timeless classics to technical feats. They include iconic award-winners like Parasite and Mad Max: Fury Road . Beside those are hits from beloved directors like Barry Jenkins , Quentin Tarantino , Jordan Peele , the Wachowskis, and the Coen brothers. Epics like The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring , Black Panther , and Paddington 2 also share their ranks.
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In the Mood for Love (2000) 92%
Spirited Away (2001) 96%
Pan's Labyrinth (2006) 95%
The Matrix (1999) 83%
The Social Network (2010) 96%
No Country for Old Men (2007) 93%
There Will Be Blood (2007) 91%
Get Out (2017) 98%
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Everything Everywhere All at Once (2022) 94%
Magnolia (1999) 82%
Whiplash (2014) 94%
Inside Llewyn Davis (2013) 92%
The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring (2001) 91%
Zodiac (2007) 90%
Inglourious Basterds (2009) 89%
The Tree of Life (2011) 85%
Paddington 2 (2017) 99%
Black Panther (2018) 96%
Arrival (2016) 94%
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To earn a certified fresh and perfect Rotten Tomatoes score is no easy accomplishment, which makes it all the more thrilling when a picture is able to do so. Nonetheless, usually, cinema’s most admired and celebrated films have achieved victory, ranging in a wide array of genres and subjects. The 1967 prison drama hit Cool Hand Luke graces the illustrious list, as do two of the best Disney movies and even an Arnold Schwarzenegger '80s action extravaganza. Let's take a look at some of the best movies that have also gotten the revered 100% Rotten Tomatoes score.
20 12 Angry Men (1957)
It's been remade for both stage and screen, but the original 1957 effort, led by Henry Fonda, takes the cake. 12 Angry Men takes place after the closing arguments in a murder trial, where the 12 members of the jury must deliberate. A guilty verdict means death for the accused, an inner-city teen. As the dozen men try to reach a unanimous decision while sequestered in a room, one juror (Fonda) casts considerable doubt on elements of the case.
What Makes It Great
Personal issues soon rise to the surface, and conflict threatens to derail the delicate process that will decide one boy's fate. In addition to maintaining a 100% rating on Rotten Tomatoes over the years, the film is also near the top of the list for best courtroom dramas by the American Film Institute. It's not to be missed, especially for cinephiles who like to consume the classics. Stream on Paramount+.
19 Cool Hand Luke (1967)
Cool hand luke.
Silver screen heartthrob, Paul Newman stars as the eponymous Luke in the critically acclaimed prison drama Cool Hand Luke , which follows decorated World War II veteran Lucas “Luke” Jackson, who is sentenced to two years in a chain gang in a prison camp for drunken misconduct but refuses to surrender to the system. The thrilling drama showcases Luke’s continuous attempts to escape the Florida prison, successfully doing so multiple times while defying and challenging the authorities every step of the way.
Newman’s performance in the picture garnered rave reviews, and helped cement his status as one of the era’s top actors; Time Out commended the prison drama, writing, “A caustically witty look at the American South and its still-surviving chain gangs, with Newman in fine sardonic form as the boss-baiter who refuses to submit and becomes a hero to his fellow prisoners.” Rent/Buy on Prime Video.
18 Leave No Trace (2018)
This amazing 2018 drama is based on the 2009 novel My Abandonment by Peter Rock, which, in turn, is based on real events. Leave No Trace tells the story of a father and a daughter who live in isolation in a forest. Will (Foster), the father, is a veteran who suffers from PTSD and wants to hide from the world, while Tom (Thomasin McKenzie), his daughter, is incredibly smart and helps her father out. One day they get caught by forest rangers and have to uproot their lives, which changes everything.
The emotional story of this father-daughter duo will touch audiences' hearts and the leads, Foster and McKenzie, deliver phenomenal performances in the intimate picture. Fans of gripping survival thrillers are sure to find themselves on the edge of their seats as they watch the struggling Tom battle against his PTSD while still trying to be present for his daughter. Interestingly, Leave No Trace is the most-reviewed film on Rotten Tomatoes to hold the prestigious 100% rating, which makes its status even more impressive. Stream on Starz.
17 Grave of the Fireflies (1988)
Grave of the fireflies.
From the beloved Studio Ghibli comes the 1988 animated war tragedy Grave of the Fireflies . It tells the haunting tale of Seita and Setsuko Yokokawa, two close-knit siblings who, after their mother is killed in the Bombing of Kobe during World War II, must fight to survive the tail-end of the conflict. Adapted from the Akiyuki Nosaka short story of the same name, the breathtaking picture offers a poignant look at human suffering and tenacity, as the orphaned duo pushes forward amid the most devastating circumstances.
Director Isao Takahata was inspired by his own personal experiences as a child with bombing raids during World War II, and he felt compelled to tell this profound story. Much like Leave No Trace , Grave of the Fireflies ' focus on familial relationships means that it packs a serious emotional punch. The movie is considered Takahata's masterpiece and is universally regarded as one of the greatest war films of all time. Rent/Buy on Apple TV+.
16 The Kid (1921)
Worldwide cinema icon Charlie Chaplin appears alongside Jackie Coogan in the sensational 1921 silent dramedy The Kid , an unforgettable picture the legendary performer also directed, wrote, and produced that centers on his memorable on-screen character, The Tramp, as he takes care of an orphaned child. Considered to be one of the finest creations of the silent era, its overwhelming success and popularity led to its six-year-old star, Coogan, becoming the first major child star in film.
Related: Best Charlie Chaplin Films, Ranked
The Kid remains a hallowed comedy juggernaut that features plenty of slapstick humor, moving dramatic moments, and stellar performances by its gifted leads. Over a century later, the Chaplin staple continues to impress and inspire the entertainment industry, and in 2011 it was selected to be preserved in the National Film Registry. As Chaplin's most personal work, it stands as the quintessential silent-era comedy, with equal parts heart and humor. Stream on Max.
15 Laura (1944)
One of the many movies that have received a 100% score on Rotten Tomatoes, Laura , stands out for being a noir murder mystery movie. This 1944 film stars Gene Tierney in the role of Laura Hunt, a successful advertising executive, who is sadly murdered by a gunshot to the face in her own apartment. This grisly crime is being investigated by an esteemed NYPD detective by the name of Mark McPherson. But as days go by, the detective starts to unfurl more and more secrets in the murder case, where nothing is as it seems.
One of the all-time best murder mystery movies, Laura more than earns the rating it has received on the website. The story of the movie will keep the audience on their toes till the last moment. Fans of a good old-school noir movie should watch Laura as soon as possible, as the knockout picture was also named by the American Film Institute as one of the 10 Best Mystery Films of All Time. Rent/Buy on Apple TV+.
14 The Philadelphia Story (1940)
Hollywood greats Cary Grant, Katharine Hepburn, and James Stewart appear in the 1940 romantic comedy The Philadelphia Story , which follows socialite Tracy Lord whose wedding plans become complicated by the simultaneous arrival of her ex-husband and a tabloid magazine reporter. The picture is considered one of cinema’s finest examples of a comedy of remarriage, a popular genre of the 1930s and 1940s in which a couple divorces, has flirtatious dalliances, and ultimately remarries.
The rom-com is one of the best Jimmy Stewart movies and was Hepburn’s first mega-hit after several flops which landed her on a notorious 1938 list of actors considered box office poison. The movie served as her highly-anticipated screen comeback with the help of Grant and Stewart. The Philadelphia Story won two Academy Awards and was remade as the 1956 musical High Society, this time starring Grace Kelly, Bing Crosby, and Frank Sinatra. Rent/Buy on Prime Video.
13 Toy Story (1995)
The 1995 spectacular animated comedy Toy Story was the first feature film from Pixar, which was approached by Disney to produce a computer-animated picture told from a small toy’s perspective. The wondrous children’s flick is set in a world where toys come to life when humans are not present, and introduces the world to the dynamic duo Woody and Buzz Lightyear: an old-fashioned pull-string cowboy doll and a modern astronaut action figure. It depicts the characters as they go from rivals competing for the affection of their owner, Andy, to friends who work together to be reunited with the boy when they get separated.
Related: The Best Movies Based On Toys, Ranked
Toy Story features dynamite voice acting performances from Tom Hanks, Tim Allen, Don Rickles, and John Ratzenberger, and was a knockout among audiences and critics alike, grossing more than $350 million. Importantly, Toy Story appeals to both children and adults, making it a favorite for parents as well as their children. Its success launched a multimedia franchise and a series of three sequels. Stream on Disney+.
12 Seven Samurai (1954)
Undeniably one of the most influential pictures of the twentieth century is the 1954 Japanese epic drama Seven Samurai . It centers on a desperate group of villagers who hire a seasoned samurai to protect them from a dangerous gang of bandits that have taken over their community. An aging but skilled rōnin, Kambei (Takashi Shimuri), recruits his fearless samurai comrades to help eradicate the criminals from the mountain village, leading to a violent and explosive showdown between the dueling forces.
Seven Samurai is one of cinema's most referenced films and has been favorably compared to the Western genre, bringing forth a new wave of storytelling and style that took both Japan and the world by storm. In 2018, the BBC conducted an international critics' poll that declared Seven Samurai the greatest foreign-language film of all time. Stream on Max.
11 His House (2020)
His House is a 2020 Netflix horror movie that is one of the very few horror movies to receive a 100% rating on Rotten Tomatoes. But there is a reason why people love it so much. This very creepy horror thriller tells the story of two African refugees Bol and Rial, who were fleeing war-torn South Sudan with their daughter but unfortunately lost her in the treacherous waters. Three months later, they are housed by the British Government in a shabby house on the outskirts of London. The problems begin when the pair starts seeing visions of their daughter and also a mysterious evil entity.
The movie takes quite a few twists and turns and takes viewers on a psychological journey through the minds of the two occupants of the house. The audience will discover a lot of secrets and lies as the movie progresses. But it is a very satisfying watch even though it has a bit of an ambiguous ending. All in all, His House is a great movie for all the psychological horror fans out there that went on to win four British Independent Film Awards including Best Director for the incredible Remi Weekes. Stream on Netflix.
10 Singin’ in the Rain (1952)
Highly regarded as the greatest classical Hollywood musical , the 1952 musical romantic comedy Singin’ in the Rain features the talents of Gene Kelly, Debbie Reynolds, and Donald O’Connor, and tells the story of three stars in late 1920s Hollywood who struggle with the transition from silent pictures to “talkies.” The lighthearted flick includes a slew of catchy tunes, most notably the titular song that Kelly performed while spinning an umbrella and splashing through puddles, all the while battling a 103-degree fever.
Related: Best Musicals of the 1950s
The musical was infamous for some on-set tension between the trained dancer Kelly and newcomer Reynolds; the actor apparently insulted her over her lack of dancing experience and upset her so much she hid under a piano and cried, only to be found by the legendary Fred Astaire. Despite production woes, Singin’ in the Rain captured the hearts of audiences and is considered one of the finest films of its genre, showcasing the unparalleled talents of both Kelly and Reynolds and introducing unforgettable toe-tapping tunes. Stream on Max.
9 How the Grinch Stole Christmas! (1966)
The 1966 beloved Christmas classic How the Grinch Stole Christmas! is an enduring holiday favorite that is adapted from the Dr. Seuss children's book , and tells the tale of how the Grinch set out to destroy Christmas for all the Whos down in Whoville. Horror icon Boris Karloff memorably voiced the mean, green misanthropic character, also serving as the narrator for the celebrated made-for-TV movie special.
Released during a resurgence in popularity of animated holiday specials ( A Charlie Brown Christmas, Frosty the Snowman , and Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer also debuted in the decade), the cartoon was praised for its stunning artwork, faithfulness to the original source and Karloff's outstanding performance. How the Grinch Stole Christmas! remains a perennial Christmas staple and continues attracting loyal viewers over fifty years later. The cartoon classic's success led to two additional television specials surrounding the enduring Seuss character. Rent on Prime Video.
8 The Last Picture Show (1971)
The last picture show.
The late great Peter Bogdanovich’s 1971 coming-of-age drama The Last Picture Show takes place in the small Texas town of Anarene in 1951 and focuses on two high-school seniors and long-time friends, Sonny Crawford and Duane Jackson, as they go through the uncertain period of life and learn hard lessons on love, jealousy and ultimately hope. Bogdanovich was fairly unknown when he landed his filmmaking duties, with only one small movie to his directorial credits (the great crime thriller Targets ), and was a 31-year-old stage actor and essayist.
Bogdanovich had discussed the project with his house guest at the time, the distinguished Orson Welles, who agreed that shooting the drama in black and white would work aesthetically despite being an unusual choice. The Last Picture Show won two Academy Awards and in 1998 was selected by the Library of Congress for preservation in the U.S. National Film Registry, and is widely regarded as the director's most acclaimed cinematic achievement. Rent on Prime Video.
7 The Tale of Princess Kaguya (2013)
The tale of princess kaguya.
The second Ghibli movie on the list, The Tale of Princess Kaguya, is also a beloved Japanese animated film that is based on A Tale of the Bamboo Cutter, an old Japanese literary tale. Equipped with a unique but picturesque animation style, the film tells the audience the story of a bamboo cutter who one day finds a very small girl inside a bamboo shoot. The bamboo cutter and his wife decide to raise her. The little child grows up very quickly and also becomes a beautiful woman as she reaches maturity. The movie slowly reveals Kaguya's real identity and how she came to emerge inside a bamboo shoot one day.
Studio Ghibli is celebrated for making magical animated classics that tug on the heartstrings of moviegoers, and this one also lives up to that reputation. The movie has some spellbinding moments, and even though the ending is quite bittersweet, audiences will still be able to finish it with a smile on their face. The breathtaking picture is an under-discussed entry in Studio Ghibli's sensational catalog and also went on to rightfully receive an Academy Award nomination for Best Animated Feature.
Stream on Max
6 The Terminator (1984)
The terminator (1984).
The Terminator is an epic action flick that spawned a lucrative franchise and helped elevate Arnold Schwarzenegger to superstar status. James Cameron’s 1984 sci-fi staple centers on the cyborg assassin as he is sent back in time from 2029 to 1984 to kill Sarah Connor, whose unborn son will one day cause the extinction of a hostile artificial intelligence and save the human world. Cameron devised the plot of the movie after he fell ill and had a fever dream about a metallic torso holding kitchen knives dragging itself from an explosion. The visionary filmmaker was also inspired by John Carpenter’s low-budget Halloween and used the dream as a “launching pad” to write a slasher-style project.
Before Schwarzenegger was cast as the notorious cybernetic android, action stars Sylvester Stallone and Mel Gibson turned down the role, and when the studio suggested O.J Simpson , Cameron — ironically — didn’t feel he would make a believable killer. The Terminator ’s success led to several sequels, a television show, comic books, and video games, and established Schwarzenegger and Cameron as Hollywood hot commodities . Stream on Max.
5 Pinocchio (1940)
Walt Disney’s 1940 animated musical fantasy film Pinocchio is based on the Italian children’s novel by Carlo Collodi and tells the heart-warming tale of a woodcarver named Geppetto who carves a wooden puppet named Pinocchio. His puppet is brought to life by a blue fairy, who informs him that he can only become a real boy if he proves himself to be “brave, truthful, and unselfish.” Along his journey to prove himself worthy, Pinocchio encounters many unusual characters, such as a wise 100-year-old talking cricket and the spoiled pet cat Figaro.
Pinocchio was a groundbreaking achievement in the area of effects animation, with lead artist Joshua Meador and animators creating everything that moves other than the characters. The picture was a hit with moviegoers and critics. Such a charming story making its big-screen debut was bound to do well, and the incredible execution allowed the movie to become the classic that it is. Stream on Disney+.
4 Before Sunrise (1995)
Before Sunrise is the first movie in the Before trilogy directed by Richard Linklater . It's a romantic drama film that follows the compelling story of two strangers, Jesse and Céline (Ethan Hawke and Julie Delpy) as they randomly meet on a train and arrive in Vienna. The only sense of conflict that the movie allows is the conflictual views of the two protagonists as they share their perspectives on life, love, sexuality, death, and a plethora of different substantial topics. The unplanned meeting of two strangers from different cultures and backgrounds sets the tone for a beautiful romantic adventure that's filled with the unpredictability and blessedness of the present moment.
Related: The 25 Best Romantic Comedies of All Time, Ranked
The central pair spend a whole night together, exploring the streets of Vienna and talking. At the end of that magical night, they confess their mutual attraction, and they surrender to the possibility that, despite their undeniable chemistry, they might never see each other again. It's no wonder this movie gained so many positive reviews and made it to the top of the list. One of the reasons for its success is because, unlike most romantic movies, Before Sunrise is more about letting go of than about holding on to a loved one. It brings calmness to the spirit and teaches the art of releasing control in relationships. Rent on Prime Video.
3 The Adventures of Robin Hood (1938)
As the name of the picture suggests, The Adventures of Robin Hood is a movie about the beloved hero Robin Hood and his escapades as the iconic Saxon knight valiantly fights against the oppressive Prince John and his greedy Norman lords. Cinema legends Erroll Flynn, Olivia de Havilland, and Basil Rathbone headline the star-studded cast, which won three Academy Awards and was celebrated by both critics and audiences alike upon its release in 1938.
This movie has everything audiences could possibly need. It has thrilling action, swoon-worthy romance, and a hero with a heart of gold. It is also one of the very few color films to come out of that age. Errol Flynn did an amazing job in the movie as the title character and further established his star power as one of Hollywood's most dynamic leading men. Rent on Prime Video.
2 Toy Story 2 (1999)
Toy story 2.
The animated comedy adventure sequel Toy Story 2 , directed by John Lasseter, is definitely a classic that will be forever etched into our memory because of just how fun it is to watch. It follows the story of Woody's kidnapping by a toy collector called Al McWhiggin and thus begins the quest to save him, led by Buzz Lightyear. Woody meets a group of new toys, including a cowgirl named Jessie. Her story of being abandoned by her owner sparks new fears for Woody, but, fortunately, his friends don't give up on him.
After the success of the first Toy Story movie, the audience simply wanted more. In fact, the sequel is a continuation of the beautiful and complex dynamic of Woody and Buzz Lightyear's relationship. Toy Story 2 is one of few sequels in which it is just as good, if not better than its predecessor, with many regarding it as superior to the original 1995 blockbuster. The addition of the brave and charismatic Jessie (Joan Cusack) garnered rave reviews, as did the return of beloved favorites Woody and Buzz.
Stream on Disney+
1 The Grapes of Wrath (1940)
The American drama film The Grapes of Wrath is iconic actor Henry Fonda's second movie to make this list. It's a delightful cinematographic adaptation of the Pulitzer Prize-winning novel of the same name written by John Steinbeck. It centers around the Joad family, a group of farmers who lost their farm business during the drought period of the Great Depression in 1930. They pack up and head to California hoping to find better opportunities there and to change their lot. Unfortunately, their plan goes horribly wrong, and Tom Joad (Fonda) ends up on the run from the authorities.
Although the film is a moving tale of poverty, injustice, and rotten luck, it definitely preserves a space where human will can make a difference. Through Fonda's final speech about justice, resilience, and refusal to be oppressed and silenced, we clearly see how the movie departs from the novel. If you can sit through watching the somber human suffering in the face of a declining economy and systemic injustice , then you will be rewarded with watching a movie that had everyone agree on its incredibly magnificent quality. Rent on Prime Video.
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1. 12 Angry Men (1957)
Approved | 96 min | Crime, Drama
The jury in a New York City murder trial is frustrated by a single member whose skeptical caution forces them to more carefully consider the evidence before jumping to a hasty verdict.
Director: Sidney Lumet | Stars: Henry Fonda , Lee J. Cobb , Martin Balsam , John Fiedler
Votes: 842,775 | Gross: $4.36M
2. 12 Years a Slave (2013)
R | 134 min | Biography, Drama, History
In the antebellum United States, Solomon Northup , a free black man from upstate New York, is abducted and sold into slavery.
Director: Steve McQueen | Stars: Chiwetel Ejiofor , Michael Kenneth Williams , Michael Fassbender , Brad Pitt
Votes: 730,101 | Gross: $56.67M
3. A Hard Day's Night (1964)
G | 87 min | Comedy, Musical
Over two "typical" days in the life of The Beatles , the boys struggle to keep themselves and Sir Paul McCartney 's mischievous grandfather in check while preparing for a live TV performance.
Director: Richard Lester | Stars: John Lennon , Paul McCartney , George Harrison , Ringo Starr
Votes: 47,413 | Gross: $13.78M
4. A Streetcar Named Desire (1951)
PG | 122 min | Drama
Disturbed Blanche DuBois moves in with her sister in New Orleans and is tormented by her brutish brother-in-law while her reality crumbles around her.
Director: Elia Kazan | Stars: Vivien Leigh , Marlon Brando , Kim Hunter , Karl Malden
Votes: 112,897 | Gross: $8.00M
5. Alien (1979)
R | 117 min | Horror, Sci-Fi
The crew of a commercial spacecraft encounters a deadly lifeform after investigating an unknown transmission.
Director: Ridley Scott | Stars: Sigourney Weaver , Tom Skerritt , John Hurt , Veronica Cartwright
Votes: 929,484 | Gross: $78.90M
6. Aliens (1986)
R | 137 min | Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi
Decades after surviving the Nostromo incident, Ellen Ripley is sent out to re-establish contact with a terraforming colony but finds herself battling the Alien Queen and her offspring.
Director: James Cameron | Stars: Sigourney Weaver , Michael Biehn , Carrie Henn , Paul Reiser
Votes: 749,450 | Gross: $85.16M
7. All About Eve (1950)
Passed | 138 min | Drama
A seemingly timid but secretly ruthless ingénue insinuates herself into the lives of an aging Broadway star and her circle of theater friends.
Director: Joseph L. Mankiewicz | Stars: Bette Davis , Anne Baxter , George Sanders , Celeste Holm
Votes: 136,801 | Gross: $0.01M
8. All Quiet on the Western Front (1930)
Passed | 152 min | Drama, War
A German youth eagerly enters World War I, but his enthusiasm wanes as he gets a firsthand view of the horror.
Director: Lewis Milestone | Stars: Lew Ayres , Louis Wolheim , John Wray , Arnold Lucy
Votes: 66,688 | Gross: $3.27M
9. Argo (2012)
R | 120 min | Biography, Drama, Thriller
Acting under the cover of a Hollywood producer scouting a location for a science fiction film, a CIA agent launches a dangerous operation to rescue six Americans in Tehran during the U.S. hostage crisis in Iran in 1979.
Director: Ben Affleck | Stars: Ben Affleck , Bryan Cranston , John Goodman , Alan Arkin
Votes: 632,365 | Gross: $136.03M
10. Army of Shadows (1969)
Not Rated | 145 min | Drama, War
An account of underground resistance fighters in Nazi-occupied France.
Director: Jean-Pierre Melville | Stars: Lino Ventura , Paul Meurisse , Jean-Pierre Cassel , Simone Signoret
Votes: 25,329 | Gross: $0.74M
11. Arrival (II) (2016)
PG-13 | 116 min | Drama, Mystery, Sci-Fi
A linguist works with the military to communicate with alien lifeforms after twelve mysterious spacecraft appear around the world.
Director: Denis Villeneuve | Stars: Amy Adams , Jeremy Renner , Forest Whitaker , Michael Stuhlbarg
Votes: 745,498 | Gross: $100.55M
12. Baby Driver (2017)
R | 113 min | Action, Crime, Drama
After being coerced into working for a crime boss, a young getaway driver finds himself taking part in a heist doomed to fail.
Director: Edgar Wright | Stars: Ansel Elgort , Jon Bernthal , Jon Hamm , Eiza González
Votes: 589,645 | Gross: $107.83M
13. Bicycle Thieves (1948)
Not Rated | 89 min | Drama
In post-war Italy, a working-class man's bicycle is stolen, endangering his efforts to find work. He and his son set out to find it.
Director: Vittorio De Sica | Stars: Lamberto Maggiorani , Enzo Staiola , Lianella Carell , Elena Altieri
Votes: 171,876 | Gross: $0.33M
14. Boyhood (I) (2014)
R | 165 min | Drama
The life of Mason, from early childhood to his arrival at college.
Director: Richard Linklater | Stars: Ellar Coltrane , Patricia Arquette , Ethan Hawke , Elijah Smith
Votes: 364,131 | Gross: $25.38M
15. Brooklyn (2015)
PG-13 | 117 min | Drama, Romance
An Irish immigrant lands in 1950s Brooklyn, where she quickly falls into a romance with a local. When her past catches up with her, however, she must choose between two countries and the lives that exist within.
Director: John Crowley | Stars: Saoirse Ronan , Emory Cohen , Domhnall Gleeson , Jim Broadbent
Votes: 148,255 | Gross: $38.32M
16. Captain America: Civil War (2016)
PG-13 | 147 min | Action, Sci-Fi
Political involvement in the Avengers' affairs causes a rift between Captain America and Iron Man.
Directors: Anthony Russo , Joe Russo | Stars: Chris Evans , Robert Downey Jr. , Scarlett Johansson , Sebastian Stan
Votes: 833,681 | Gross: $408.08M
17. Casablanca (1942)
PG | 102 min | Drama, Romance, War
A cynical expatriate American cafe owner struggles to decide whether or not to help his former lover and her fugitive husband escape the Nazis in French Morocco.
Director: Michael Curtiz | Stars: Humphrey Bogart , Ingrid Bergman , Paul Henreid , Claude Rains
Votes: 596,129 | Gross: $1.02M
18. Citizen Kane (1941)
PG | 119 min | Drama, Mystery
Following the death of publishing tycoon Charles Foster Kane, reporters scramble to uncover the meaning of his final utterance: 'Rosebud.'
Director: Orson Welles | Stars: Orson Welles , Joseph Cotten , Dorothy Comingore , Agnes Moorehead
Votes: 459,313 | Gross: $1.59M
19. Creed (II) (2015)
PG-13 | 133 min | Action, Drama, Sport
The former World Heavyweight Champion Rocky Balboa serves as a trainer and mentor to Adonis Johnson, the son of his late friend and former rival Apollo Creed.
Director: Ryan Coogler | Stars: Michael B. Jordan , Sylvester Stallone , Tessa Thompson , Phylicia Rashad
Votes: 305,268 | Gross: $109.77M
20. Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb (1964)
PG | 95 min | Comedy, War
An insane American general orders a bombing attack on the Soviet Union, triggering a path to nuclear holocaust that a war room full of politicians and generals frantically tries to stop.
Director: Stanley Kubrick | Stars: Peter Sellers , George C. Scott , Sterling Hayden , Keenan Wynn
Votes: 510,160 | Gross: $0.28M
21. E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial (1982)
PG | 115 min | Adventure, Family, Sci-Fi
A troubled child summons the courage to help a friendly alien escape from Earth and return to his home planet.
Director: Steven Spielberg | Stars: Henry Thomas , Drew Barrymore , Peter Coyote , Dee Wallace
Votes: 430,081 | Gross: $435.11M
22. Finding Dory (2016)
PG | 97 min | Animation, Adventure, Comedy
Friendly but forgetful blue tang Dory begins a search for her long-lost parents and everyone learns a few things about the real meaning of family along the way.
Directors: Andrew Stanton , Angus MacLane | Stars: Ellen DeGeneres , Albert Brooks , Ed O'Neill , Kaitlin Olson
Votes: 295,952 | Gross: $486.30M
23. Finding Nemo (2003)
G | 100 min | Animation, Adventure, Comedy
After his son is captured in the Great Barrier Reef and taken to Sydney, a timid clownfish sets out on a journey to bring him home.
Directors: Andrew Stanton , Lee Unkrich | Stars: Albert Brooks , Ellen DeGeneres , Alexander Gould , Willem Dafoe
Votes: 1,092,300 | Gross: $380.84M
24. Frankenstein (1931)
Passed | 70 min | Drama, Horror, Sci-Fi
Dr Henry Frankenstein is obsessed with assembling a living being from parts of several exhumed corpses.
Director: James Whale | Stars: Colin Clive , Mae Clarke , Boris Karloff , John Boles
25. The Bride of Frankenstein (1935)
Not Rated | 75 min | Drama, Horror, Sci-Fi
Mary Shelley reveals the main characters of her novel survived: Dr. Frankenstein, goaded by an even madder scientist, builds his monster a mate.
Director: James Whale | Stars: Boris Karloff , Elsa Lanchester , Colin Clive , Valerie Hobson
Votes: 52,222 | Gross: $4.36M
26. Get Out (I) (2017)
R | 104 min | Horror, Mystery, Thriller
A young African-American visits his white girlfriend's parents for the weekend, where his simmering uneasiness about their reception of him eventually reaches a boiling point.
Director: Jordan Peele | Stars: Daniel Kaluuya , Allison Williams , Bradley Whitford , Catherine Keener
Votes: 672,027 | Gross: $176.04M
27. Gravity (2013)
PG-13 | 91 min | Drama, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Two astronauts work together to survive after an accident leaves them stranded in space.
Director: Alfonso Cuarón | Stars: Sandra Bullock , George Clooney , Ed Harris , Orto Ignatiussen
Votes: 852,403 | Gross: $274.09M
28. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2 (2011)
PG-13 | 130 min | Adventure, Family, Fantasy
Harry, Ron, and Hermione search for Voldemort's remaining Horcruxes in their effort to destroy the Dark Lord as the final battle rages on at Hogwarts.
Director: David Yates | Stars: Daniel Radcliffe , Emma Watson , Rupert Grint , Michael Gambon
Votes: 926,616 | Gross: $381.01M
29. Hell or High Water (II) (2016)
R | 102 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller
Toby is a divorced father who's trying to make a better life. His brother is an ex-con with a short temper and a loose trigger finger. Together, they plan a series of heists against the bank that's about to foreclose on their family ranch.
Director: David Mackenzie | Stars: Chris Pine , Ben Foster , Jeff Bridges , Gil Birmingham
Votes: 246,319 | Gross: $27.01M
30. High Noon (1952)
PG | 85 min | Drama, Thriller, Western
A town Marshal, despite the disagreements of his newlywed bride and the townspeople around him, must face a gang of deadly killers alone at "high noon" when the gang leader, an outlaw he "sent up" years ago, arrives on the noon train.
Director: Fred Zinnemann | Stars: Gary Cooper , Grace Kelly , Thomas Mitchell , Lloyd Bridges
Votes: 108,758 | Gross: $9.45M
31. I Am Not Your Negro (2016)
PG-13 | 93 min | Documentary, History
Writer James Baldwin tells the story of race in modern America with his unfinished novel, Remember This House.
Director: Raoul Peck | Stars: Samuel L. Jackson , James Baldwin , Martin Luther King , Malcolm X
Votes: 23,141 | Gross: $7.12M
32. Inside Out (I) (2015)
PG | 95 min | Animation, Adventure, Comedy
After young Riley is uprooted from her Midwest life and moved to San Francisco, her emotions - Joy, Fear, Anger, Disgust and Sadness - conflict on how best to navigate a new city, house, and school.
Directors: Pete Docter , Ronnie Del Carmen | Stars: Amy Poehler , Bill Hader , Lewis Black , Mindy Kaling
Votes: 764,221 | Gross: $356.46M
33. It Happened One Night (1934)
Passed | 105 min | Comedy, Romance
A renegade reporter trailing a young runaway heiress for a big story joins her on a bus heading from Florida to New York, and they end up stuck with each other when the bus leaves them behind at one of the stops.
Director: Frank Capra | Stars: Clark Gable , Claudette Colbert , Walter Connolly , Roscoe Karns
Votes: 109,955 | Gross: $4.36M
34. Jaws (1975)
PG | 124 min | Adventure, Mystery, Thriller
When a killer shark unleashes chaos on a beach community off Cape Cod, it's up to a local sheriff, a marine biologist, and an old seafarer to hunt the beast down.
Director: Steven Spielberg | Stars: Roy Scheider , Robert Shaw , Richard Dreyfuss , Lorraine Gary
Votes: 646,505 | Gross: $260.00M
35. King Kong (1933)
Passed | 100 min | Adventure, Horror, Sci-Fi
A film crew goes to a tropical island for a location shoot, where they capture a colossal ape who takes a shine to their blonde starlet, and bring him back to New York City.
Directors: Merian C. Cooper , Ernest B. Schoedsack | Stars: Fay Wray , Robert Armstrong , Bruce Cabot , Frank Reicher
Votes: 89,571 | Gross: $10.00M
36. L.A. Confidential (1997)
R | 138 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery
As corruption grows in 1950s Los Angeles, three policemen - one strait-laced, one brutal, and one sleazy - investigate a series of murders with their own brand of justice.
Director: Curtis Hanson | Stars: Kevin Spacey , Russell Crowe , Guy Pearce , Kim Basinger
Votes: 605,766 | Gross: $64.62M
37. The Grand Illusion (1937)
Not Rated | 113 min | Drama, War
During WWI, two French soldiers are captured and imprisoned in a German P.O.W. camp. Several escape attempts follow until they are eventually sent to a seemingly inescapable fortress.
Director: Jean Renoir | Stars: Jean Gabin , Dita Parlo , Pierre Fresnay , Erich von Stroheim
Votes: 38,349 | Gross: $0.17M
38. La La Land (2016)
PG-13 | 128 min | Comedy, Drama, Music
While navigating their careers in Los Angeles, a pianist and an actress fall in love while attempting to reconcile their aspirations for the future.
Director: Damien Chazelle | Stars: Ryan Gosling , Emma Stone , Rosemarie DeWitt , J.K. Simmons
Votes: 643,158 | Gross: $151.10M
39. Laura (1944)
Passed | 88 min | Drama, Film-Noir, Mystery
A police detective falls in love with the woman whose murder he is investigating.
Directors: Otto Preminger , Rouben Mamoulian | Stars: Gene Tierney , Dana Andrews , Clifton Webb , Vincent Price
Votes: 50,228 | Gross: $4.36M
40. Lawrence of Arabia (1962)
Approved | 218 min | Adventure, Biography, Drama
The story of T.E. Lawrence , the English officer who successfully united and led the diverse, often warring, Arab tribes during World War I in order to fight the Turks.
Director: David Lean | Stars: Peter O'Toole , Alec Guinness , Anthony Quinn , Jack Hawkins
Votes: 308,205 | Gross: $44.82M
41. Logan (2017)
R | 137 min | Action, Drama, Sci-Fi
In a future where mutants are nearly extinct, an elderly and weary Logan leads a quiet life. But when Laura, a mutant child pursued by scientists, comes to him for help, he must get her to safety.
Director: James Mangold | Stars: Hugh Jackman , Patrick Stewart , Dafne Keen , Boyd Holbrook
Votes: 811,719 | Gross: $226.28M
42. M (1931)
Passed | 99 min | Crime, Mystery, Thriller
When the police in a German city are unable to catch a child-murderer, other criminals join in the manhunt.
Director: Fritz Lang | Stars: Peter Lorre , Ellen Widmann , Inge Landgut , Otto Wernicke
Votes: 165,646 | Gross: $0.03M
43. Mad Max: Fury Road (2015)
R | 120 min | Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi
In a post-apocalyptic wasteland, a woman rebels against a tyrannical ruler in search for her homeland with the aid of a group of female prisoners, a psychotic worshiper and a drifter named Max.
Director: George Miller | Stars: Tom Hardy , Charlize Theron , Nicholas Hoult , Zoë Kravitz
Votes: 1,058,598 | Gross: $154.06M
44. Manchester by the Sea (2016)
R | 137 min | Drama
A depressed uncle is asked to take care of his teenage nephew after the boy's father dies.
Director: Kenneth Lonergan | Stars: Casey Affleck , Michelle Williams , Kyle Chandler , Lucas Hedges
Votes: 303,956 | Gross: $47.70M
45. Metropolis (1927)
Not Rated | 153 min | Drama, Sci-Fi
In a futuristic city sharply divided between the working class and the city planners, the son of the city's mastermind falls in love with a working-class prophet who predicts the coming of a savior to mediate their differences.
Director: Fritz Lang | Stars: Brigitte Helm , Alfred Abel , Gustav Fröhlich , Rudolf Klein-Rogge
Votes: 182,292 | Gross: $1.24M
46. Modern Times (1936)
G | 87 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance
The Tramp struggles to live in modern industrial society with the help of a young homeless woman.
Director: Charles Chaplin | Stars: Charles Chaplin , Paulette Goddard , Henry Bergman , Tiny Sandford
Votes: 254,755 | Gross: $0.16M
47. Moonlight (I) (2016)
R | 111 min | Drama
A young African-American man grapples with his identity and sexuality while experiencing the everyday struggles of childhood, adolescence, and burgeoning adulthood.
Director: Barry Jenkins | Stars: Mahershala Ali , Naomie Harris , Trevante Rhodes , Alex R. Hibbert
Votes: 325,384 | Gross: $27.85M
48. North by Northwest (1959)
Approved | 136 min | Action, Adventure, Mystery
A New York City advertising executive goes on the run after being mistaken for a government agent by a group of foreign spies, and falls for a woman whose loyalties he begins to doubt.
Director: Alfred Hitchcock | Stars: Cary Grant , Eva Marie Saint , James Mason , Jessie Royce Landis
Votes: 340,893 | Gross: $13.28M
49. Nosferatu (1922)
Not Rated | 94 min | Fantasy, Horror
Vampire Count Orlok expresses interest in a new residence and real estate agent Hutter's wife.
Director: F.W. Murnau | Stars: Max Schreck , Alexander Granach , Gustav von Wangenheim , Greta Schröder
50. On the Waterfront (1954)
Approved | 108 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller
An ex-prize fighter turned New Jersey longshoreman struggles to stand up to his corrupt union bosses, including his older brother, as he starts to connect with the grieving sister of one of the syndicate's victims.
Director: Elia Kazan | Stars: Marlon Brando , Karl Malden , Lee J. Cobb , Rod Steiger
Votes: 161,888 | Gross: $9.60M
51. Rome, Open City (1945)
Not Rated | 103 min | Drama, Thriller, War
During the Nazi occupation of Rome in 1944, the Resistance leader, Giorgio Manfredi, is chased by the Nazis as he seeks refuge and a way to escape.
Director: Roberto Rossellini | Stars: Anna Magnani , Aldo Fabrizi , Marcello Pagliero , Vito Annichiarico
52. Pinocchio (1940)
G | 88 min | Animation, Adventure, Comedy
A living puppet, with the help of a cricket as his conscience, must prove himself worthy to become a real boy.
Directors: Norman Ferguson , T. Hee , Wilfred Jackson , Jack Kinney , Hamilton Luske , Bill Roberts , Ben Sharpsteen | Stars: Dickie Jones , Christian Rub , Mel Blanc , Don Brodie
Votes: 156,799 | Gross: $84.25M
53. Psycho (1960)
R | 109 min | Horror, Mystery, Thriller
A Phoenix secretary embezzles $40,000 from her employer's client, goes on the run and checks into a remote motel run by a young man under the domination of his mother.
Director: Alfred Hitchcock | Stars: Anthony Perkins , Janet Leigh , Vera Miles , John Gavin
Votes: 705,751 | Gross: $32.00M
54. Rashomon (1950)
Not Rated | 88 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery
The rape of a bride and the murder of her samurai husband are recalled from the perspectives of a bandit, the bride, the samurai's ghost and a woodcutter.
Director: Akira Kurosawa | Stars: Toshirô Mifune , Machiko Kyô , Masayuki Mori , Takashi Shimura
Votes: 177,109 | Gross: $0.10M
55. Rear Window (1954)
PG | 112 min | Mystery, Thriller
A photographer in a wheelchair spies on his neighbors from his Greenwich Village courtyard apartment window, and becomes convinced one of them has committed murder, despite the skepticism of his fashion-model girlfriend.
Director: Alfred Hitchcock | Stars: James Stewart , Grace Kelly , Wendell Corey , Thelma Ritter
Votes: 512,979 | Gross: $36.76M
56. Rebecca (1940)
Approved | 130 min | Drama, Film-Noir, Mystery
A self-conscious woman juggles adjusting to her new role as an aristocrat's wife and avoiding being intimidated by his first wife's spectral presence.
Director: Alfred Hitchcock | Stars: Laurence Olivier , Joan Fontaine , George Sanders , Judith Anderson
Votes: 144,138 | Gross: $4.36M
57. Repulsion (1965)
Not Rated | 105 min | Drama, Horror, Thriller
A sex-repulsed woman who disapproves of her sister's boyfriend sinks into depression and has horrific visions of rape and violence.
Director: Roman Polanski | Stars: Catherine Deneuve , Ian Hendry , John Fraser , Yvonne Furneaux
58. Roman Holiday (1953)
Passed | 118 min | Comedy, Romance
A bored and sheltered princess escapes her guardians and falls in love with an American newsman in Rome.
Director: William Wyler | Stars: Gregory Peck , Audrey Hepburn , Eddie Albert , Hartley Power
59. Rosemary's Baby (1968)
Approved | 137 min | Drama, Horror
A young couple trying for a baby moves into an aging, ornate apartment building on Central Park West, where they find themselves surrounded by peculiar neighbors.
Director: Roman Polanski | Stars: Mia Farrow , John Cassavetes , Ruth Gordon , Sidney Blackmer
60. Selma (2014)
PG-13 | 128 min | Biography, Drama, History
A chronicle of Dr. Martin Luther King , Jr.'s campaign to secure equal voting rights via an epic march from Selma to Montgomery, Alabama, in 1965.
Director: Ava DuVernay | Stars: David Oyelowo , Carmen Ejogo , Oprah Winfrey , Tom Wilkinson
Votes: 94,446 | Gross: $52.08M
61. Seven Samurai (1954)
Not Rated | 207 min | Action, Drama
Farmers from a village exploited by bandits hire a veteran samurai for protection, who gathers six other samurai to join him.
Director: Akira Kurosawa | Stars: Toshirô Mifune , Takashi Shimura , Keiko Tsushima , Yukiko Shimazaki
Votes: 360,753 | Gross: $0.27M
62. Singin' in the Rain (1952)
G | 103 min | Comedy, Musical, Romance
A silent film star falls for a chorus girl just as he and his delusionally jealous screen partner are trying to make the difficult transition to talking pictures in 1920s Hollywood.
Directors: Stanley Donen , Gene Kelly | Stars: Gene Kelly , Donald O'Connor , Debbie Reynolds , Jean Hagen
Votes: 255,487 | Gross: $8.82M
63. Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs (1937)
Approved | 83 min | Animation, Adventure, Family
Exiled into the dangerous forest by her wicked stepmother, a princess is rescued by seven dwarf miners who make her part of their household.
Directors: William Cottrell , David Hand , Wilfred Jackson , Larry Morey , Perce Pearce , Ben Sharpsteen | Stars: Adriana Caselotti , Harry Stockwell , Lucille La Verne , Roy Atwell
Votes: 211,781 | Gross: $184.93M
64. Spider-Man: Homecoming (2017)
PG-13 | 133 min | Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi
Peter Parker balances his life as an ordinary high school student in Queens with his superhero alter-ego Spider-Man, and finds himself on the trail of a new menace prowling the skies of New York City.
Director: Jon Watts | Stars: Tom Holland , Michael Keaton , Robert Downey Jr. , Marisa Tomei
Votes: 702,881 | Gross: $334.20M
65. Spotlight (II) (2017)
Spotlight is a story of a famous bollywood actress, Sana Sanyal. The story rotates around her ups and down, her relationships and the naked truth of Bollywood life.
Stars: Tridha Choudhury , Sid Makkar , Sunil Saraswat , Shalu Soni
66. Star Wars: Episode VII - The Force Awakens (2015)
PG-13 | 138 min | Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi
As a new threat to the galaxy rises, Rey, a desert scavenger, and Finn, an ex-stormtrooper, must join Han Solo and Chewbacca to search for the one hope of restoring peace.
Director: J.J. Abrams | Stars: Daisy Ridley , John Boyega , Oscar Isaac , Domhnall Gleeson
Votes: 961,831 | Gross: $936.66M
67. Sunset Boulevard
Drama, Musical | Announced
Joe is a cynical screenplay writer disenchanted by his ill luck on the Hollywood scene. Norma is a washed-up silent-film star who didn't survive the transition to talking pictures. Together... See full summary »
Director: Rob Ashford | Star: Glenn Close
68. Taxi Driver (1976)
R | 114 min | Crime, Drama
A mentally unstable veteran works as a nighttime taxi driver in New York City, where the perceived decadence and sleaze fuels his urge for violent action.
Director: Martin Scorsese | Stars: Robert De Niro , Jodie Foster , Cybill Shepherd , Albert Brooks
Votes: 896,768 | Gross: $28.26M
69. The 400 Blows (1959)
Not Rated | 99 min | Crime, Drama
A young boy, left without attention, delves into a life of petty crime.
Director: François Truffaut | Stars: Jean-Pierre Léaud , Albert Rémy , Claire Maurier , Guy Decomble
70. The Adventures of Robin Hood (1938)
PG | 102 min | Action, Adventure, Romance
When Prince John and the Norman Lords begin oppressing the Saxon masses in King Richard's absence in 1190s England, a Saxon lord fights back as the outlaw leader of a resistance movement.
Directors: Michael Curtiz , William Keighley | Stars: Errol Flynn , Olivia de Havilland , Basil Rathbone , Claude Rains
Votes: 53,674 | Gross: $3.98M
71. The Babadook (2014)
Not Rated | 94 min | Horror, Mystery
A single mother and her child fall into a deep well of paranoia when an eerie children's book titled "Mister Babadook" manifests in their home.
Director: Jennifer Kent | Stars: Essie Davis , Noah Wiseman , Daniel Henshall , Hayley McElhinney
Votes: 242,313 | Gross: $0.92M
72. The Battle of Algiers (1966)
Not Rated | 121 min | Drama, War
In the 1950s, fear and violence escalate as the people of Algiers fight for independence from the French government.
Director: Gillo Pontecorvo | Stars: Brahim Hadjadj , Jean Martin , Yacef Saadi , Samia Kerbash
Votes: 64,314 | Gross: $0.06M
73. The Big Sick (2017)
R | 120 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance
Pakistan-born comedian Kumail Nanjiani and grad student Emily Gardner fall in love but struggle as their cultures clash. When Emily contracts a mysterious illness, Kumail finds himself forced to face her feisty parents, his family's expectations, and his true feelings.
Director: Michael Showalter | Stars: Kumail Nanjiani , Zoe Kazan , Holly Hunter , Ray Romano
Votes: 141,681 | Gross: $42.87M
74. The Big Sleep (1946)
Passed | 114 min | Crime, Film-Noir, Mystery
Private detective Philip Marlowe is hired by a wealthy family. Before the complex case is over, he's seen murder, blackmail and what might be love.
Director: Howard Hawks | Stars: Humphrey Bogart , Lauren Bacall , John Ridgely , Martha Vickers
Votes: 89,321 | Gross: $6.54M
75. The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari (1920)
Not Rated | 67 min | Horror, Mystery, Thriller
Hypnotist Dr. Caligari uses a somnambulist, Cesare, to commit murders.
Director: Robert Wiene | Stars: Werner Krauss , Conrad Veidt , Friedrich Feher , Lil Dagover
76. The Dark Knight (2008)
PG-13 | 152 min | Action, Crime, Drama
When the menace known as the Joker wreaks havoc and chaos on the people of Gotham, Batman must accept one of the greatest psychological and physical tests of his ability to fight injustice.
Director: Christopher Nolan | Stars: Christian Bale , Heath Ledger , Aaron Eckhart , Michael Caine
Votes: 2,807,612 | Gross: $534.86M
77. The Godfather (1972)
R | 175 min | Crime, Drama
Don Vito Corleone, head of a mafia family, decides to hand over his empire to his youngest son Michael. However, his decision unintentionally puts the lives of his loved ones in grave danger.
Director: Francis Ford Coppola | Stars: Marlon Brando , Al Pacino , James Caan , Diane Keaton
Votes: 1,969,987 | Gross: $134.97M
78. The Good, the Bad and the Ugly (1966)
Approved | 178 min | Adventure, Western
A bounty hunting scam joins two men in an uneasy alliance against a third in a race to find a fortune in gold buried in a remote cemetery.
Director: Sergio Leone | Stars: Clint Eastwood , Eli Wallach , Lee Van Cleef , Aldo Giuffrè
Votes: 796,091 | Gross: $6.10M
79. The Grapes of Wrath (1940)
Passed | 129 min | Drama
An Oklahoma family, driven off their farm by the poverty and hopelessness of the Dust Bowl, joins the westward migration to California, suffering the misfortunes of the homeless in the Great Depression.
Director: John Ford | Stars: Henry Fonda , Jane Darwell , John Carradine , Charley Grapewin
Votes: 98,379 | Gross: $0.06M
80. The Hurt Locker (2008)
R | 131 min | Drama, Thriller, War
During the Iraq War, a Sergeant recently assigned to an army bomb squad is put at odds with his squad mates due to his maverick way of handling his work.
Director: Kathryn Bigelow | Stars: Jeremy Renner , Anthony Mackie , Brian Geraghty , Guy Pearce
Votes: 468,002 | Gross: $17.02M
81. The Jungle Book (2016)
PG | 106 min | Adventure, Drama, Family
After a threat from the tiger Shere Khan forces him to flee the jungle, a man-cub named Mowgli embarks on a journey of self discovery with the help of panther Bagheera and free-spirited bear Baloo.
Director: Jon Favreau | Stars: Neel Sethi , Bill Murray , Ben Kingsley , Idris Elba
Votes: 288,256 | Gross: $364.00M
82. The Lady Vanishes (1938)
Not Rated | 96 min | Mystery, Thriller
While travelling in continental Europe, a rich young playgirl realizes that an elderly lady seems to have disappeared from the train.
Director: Alfred Hitchcock | Stars: Margaret Lockwood , Michael Redgrave , Paul Lukas , May Whitty
83. The Last Picture Show (1971)
R | 118 min | Drama, Romance
In 1951, a group of high schoolers come of age in a bleak, isolated, atrophied North Texas town that is slowly dying, both culturally and economically.
Director: Peter Bogdanovich | Stars: Timothy Bottoms , Jeff Bridges , Cybill Shepherd , Ben Johnson
Votes: 51,427 | Gross: $29.13M
84. The Maltese Falcon (1941)
Passed | 100 min | Crime, Film-Noir, Mystery
San Francisco private detective Sam Spade takes on a case that involves him with three eccentric criminals, a gorgeous liar and their quest for a priceless statuette, with the stakes rising after his partner is murdered.
Director: John Huston | Stars: Humphrey Bogart , Mary Astor , Gladys George , Peter Lorre
Votes: 164,620 | Gross: $2.11M
85. The Night of the Hunter (1955)
Not Rated | 92 min | Crime, Drama, Film-Noir
A self-proclaimed preacher marries a gullible widow whose young children are reluctant to tell him where their real dad hid the $10,000 he'd stolen in a robbery.
Director: Charles Laughton | Stars: Robert Mitchum , Shelley Winters , Lillian Gish , James Gleason
Votes: 95,527 | Gross: $0.65M
86. The Philadelphia Story (1940)
Not Rated | 112 min | Comedy, Romance
When a rich woman's ex-husband and a tabloid-type reporter turn up just before her planned remarriage, she begins to learn the truth about herself.
Director: George Cukor | Stars: Cary Grant , Katharine Hepburn , James Stewart , Ruth Hussey
87. The Third Man (1949)
Approved | 93 min | Film-Noir, Mystery, Thriller
Pulp novelist Holly Martins travels to shadowy, postwar Vienna, only to find himself investigating the mysterious death of an old friend, Harry Lime.
Director: Carol Reed | Stars: Orson Welles , Joseph Cotten , Alida Valli , Trevor Howard
Votes: 178,977 | Gross: $0.45M
88. The Treasure of the Sierra Madre (1948)
Passed | 126 min | Adventure, Drama, Western
Two down-on-their-luck Americans searching for work in 1920s Mexico convince an old prospector to help them mine for gold in the Sierra Madre Mountains.
Director: John Huston | Stars: Humphrey Bogart , Walter Huston , Tim Holt , Bruce Bennett
Votes: 130,574 | Gross: $5.01M
89. The Wages of Fear (1953)
Not Rated | 131 min | Adventure, Drama, Thriller
In a decrepit South American village, four men are hired to transport an urgent nitroglycerine shipment without the equipment that would make it safe.
Director: Henri-Georges Clouzot | Stars: Yves Montand , Charles Vanel , Peter van Eyck , Folco Lulli
90. The Wizard of Oz (1939)
PG | 102 min | Adventure, Family, Fantasy
Young Dorothy Gale and her dog Toto are swept away by a tornado from their Kansas farm to the magical Land of Oz, and embark on a quest with three new friends to see the Wizard, who can return her to her home and fulfill the others' wishes.
Directors: Victor Fleming , King Vidor | Stars: Judy Garland , Frank Morgan , Ray Bolger , Bert Lahr
Votes: 420,310 | Gross: $2.08M
91. The Wrestler (2008)
R | 109 min | Drama, Sport
A faded professional wrestler must retire, but finds his quest for a new life outside the ring a dispiriting struggle.
Director: Darren Aronofsky | Stars: Mickey Rourke , Marisa Tomei , Evan Rachel Wood , Mark Margolis
Votes: 316,700 | Gross: $26.24M
92. Tokyo Story (1953)
Not Rated | 136 min | Drama
An old couple visit their children and grandchildren in the city, but receive little attention.
Director: Yasujirô Ozu | Stars: Chishû Ryû , Chieko Higashiyama , Sô Yamamura , Setsuko Hara
93. Touch of Evil (1958)
PG-13 | 95 min | Crime, Drama, Film-Noir
A stark, perverse story of murder, kidnapping and police corruption in a Mexican border town.
Director: Orson Welles | Stars: Charlton Heston , Orson Welles , Janet Leigh , Joseph Calleia
Votes: 108,526 | Gross: $2.24M
94. Toy Story 3 (2010)
G | 103 min | Animation, Adventure, Comedy
The toys are mistakenly delivered to a day-care center instead of the attic right before Andy leaves for college, and it's up to Woody to convince the other toys that they weren't abandoned and to return home.
Director: Lee Unkrich | Stars: Tom Hanks , Tim Allen , Joan Cusack , Ned Beatty
Votes: 876,727 | Gross: $415.00M
95. Toy Story 2 (1999)
G | 92 min | Animation, Adventure, Comedy
When Woody is stolen by a toy collector, Buzz and his friends set out on a rescue mission to save Woody before he becomes a museum toy property with his roundup gang Jessie, Prospector, and Bullseye.
Directors: John Lasseter , Ash Brannon , Lee Unkrich | Stars: Tom Hanks , Tim Allen , Joan Cusack , Kelsey Grammer
Votes: 609,035 | Gross: $245.85M
96. Up (2009)
PG | 96 min | Animation, Adventure, Comedy
78-year-old Carl Fredricksen travels to Paradise Falls in his house equipped with balloons, inadvertently taking a young stowaway.
Directors: Pete Docter , Bob Peterson | Stars: Edward Asner , Jordan Nagai , John Ratzenberger , Christopher Plummer
Votes: 1,100,796 | Gross: $293.00M
97. Vertigo (1958)
PG | 128 min | Mystery, Romance, Thriller
A former San Francisco police detective juggles wrestling with his personal demons and becoming obsessed with the hauntingly beautiful woman he has been hired to trail, who may be deeply disturbed.
Director: Alfred Hitchcock | Stars: James Stewart , Kim Novak , Barbara Bel Geddes , Tom Helmore
Votes: 419,797 | Gross: $3.20M
98. War for the Planet of the Apes (2017)
PG-13 | 140 min | Action, Adventure, Drama
After the apes suffer unimaginable losses, Caesar wrestles with his darker instincts and begins his own mythic quest to avenge his kind.
Director: Matt Reeves | Stars: Andy Serkis , Woody Harrelson , Steve Zahn , Karin Konoval
Votes: 274,978 | Gross: $146.88M
99. Wonder Woman (2017)
PG-13 | 141 min | Action, Adventure, Fantasy
When a pilot crashes and tells of conflict in the outside world, Diana, an Amazonian warrior in training, leaves home to fight a war, discovering her full powers and true destiny.
Director: Patty Jenkins | Stars: Gal Gadot , Chris Pine , Robin Wright , Lucy Davis
Votes: 688,924 | Gross: $412.56M
100. Zootopia (2016)
PG | 108 min | Animation, Adventure, Comedy
In a city of anthropomorphic animals, a rookie bunny cop and a cynical con artist fox must work together to uncover a conspiracy.
Directors: Byron Howard , Rich Moore , Jared Bush | Stars: Ginnifer Goodwin , Jason Bateman , Idris Elba , Jenny Slate
Votes: 532,608 | Gross: $341.27M
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The Top 20 Highest-Rated Movies on Rotten Tomatoes
What are the movies with the highest rating on RT and why have they endured for so long?
With the sheer amount of content permeating every facet of media, from streaming to physical media, it’s hard wading through everything to find the best of the best. Thankfully the folks at Rotten Tomatoes have created a handy list of the top-rated features on their site to give audiences a starting point for finding the enduring classics that might connect with them.
But the list is just a starting point. A bird's eye view. So we wanted to look closer at the list itself and the movies on it. What is it about them that has allowed them to rise to the top and become the highest-rated movies on Rotten Tomatoes?
It's important to note that the ranking of the list—as crafted by Rotten Tomatoes itself—was created using a movie's "Adjusted Score." RT officially explains the score as follows:
Each critic from our discrete list gets one vote, weighted equally. A movie must have 40 or more rated reviews to be considered. The Adjusted Score comes from a weighted formula (Bayesian) that we use that accounts for variation in the number of reviews per movie.
This adjustment is made to account for the volume of reviews a movie receives. So if a movie only has four reviews, but all are positive, it technically has a 100% on Rotten Tomatoes. But if a movie has 483 reviews and a 96% score, that average is technically harder to achieve given the sheer number of reviews that exist.
So without further ado, let's dig into the top 20 highest-rated movies on Rotten Tomatoes.
20. All About Eve (1950)
RT Score: 100%
One of the quintessential features about show business, All About Eve is the Single White Female of the 1950s. Legendary actress Bette Davis plays legendary actress Margo Channing who takes a shine to a sycophantic fan named Eve ( Anne Baxter ). But as Margo and her friends soon realize, Eve has more than just friendship on her mind; she actually wants to steal Margo’s career from her, and everything that comes with it.
Directed and written by Joseph Mankiewicz , All About Eve was a critical darling upon release in 1950. Critics praised the acid-tongued dialogue and the acting of all involved. It would eventually win six Academy Awards, including Best Picture. Since its release it’s often called one of the smartest films to exist with its insider-view of the theater world that many believe is synonymous with filmmaking. It holds a perfect 100% on Rotten Tomatoes, and Roger Ebert cited it as Bette Davis’ finest work. It’s a crackling story that reminds everyone to watch out because your friends and enemies might just be one and the same.
19. Dunkirk (2017)
RT Score: 92%
It might surprise many to realize this is the only feature directed by Christopher Nolan to enter this list. Nolan’s tenth feature film follows the various men from Belgium, Great Britain, and France who fought and died during the battle of Dunkirk in WWII. The film was a long-time passion project for Nolan who initially conceived of it in the early 1990s. The film’s visceral imagery was often compared to Steven Spielberg’s Saving Private Ryan , and Nolan crafted the entire narrative as something of a time puzzle. The all-star cast often takes a backseat to the sheer power of the cinematography and technical prowess.
Dunkirk went on to win three Academy Awards for sound and editing and made over $500 million worldwide. Though it holds a 92% on RT, critics at the time cited its script, direction, cinematography, and score as worthy of praise, with many considering it Nolan’s best as well as one of the foremost features on WWII.
18. E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial (1982)
RT Score: 98%
One of the most iconic images of cinema is little Elliott ( Henry Thomas ) and his friends traveling across the moon to help their alien buddy E.T. “phone home.” The Steven Spielberg -directed feature is a heartfelt, funny, and compassionate story of friendship wrapped up in a coping with divorce narrative (heavy stuff for a kid’s film). On a scant budget of just $10 million, E..T the Extra-Terrestrial has netted nearly $800 million since its release in 1982 (it was re-released in 1985 and 2002) and surpassed Star Wars as the highest-grossing film of all time. It also won four Oscars, mainly in effects and sound as well as the John Williams -created score that’s endured alongside the movie.
It’s a film that connected with audiences so much it was screened at the White House for then-President Ronald Reagan, made Princess Diana cry, and was showcased at the United Nations. Interestingly, E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial won universal acclaim upon release but boasts a 98% on RT with one negative review.
17. Coco (2017)
RT Score: 97%
The first of three Disney films on this list (excluding the Fox merger), Coco tells the story of a little boy named Miguel who wants to be a musician. Unfortunately his family, for reasons unknown to him, has placed a ban on music. So when Miguel steals the guitar of a long-dead and famous Mexican musician he is accidentally sent to the Land of the Dead where he must reunite with his ancestors and learn about his family’s past.
Coco marked the first motion picture to boast an all-Latino cast and have a nine-figure budget. It was also Pixar’s first film with a Latino lead character. Like all Pixar features Coco is a blend of humor and heart, with a final scene that is an emotional gutpunch. The songs, penned by Frozen lyricists Kristen Anderson-Lopez and Robert Lopez , are spunky and infectious with the track “Remember Me” going on to win Best Original Song at the 2018 Academy Awards; the film also won Best Animated Feature.
Coco boasts a 97% on Rotten Tomatoes receiving praise for its rich characters and colorful animation.
16. Modern Times (1936)
Whether you’ve seen one of his films or not, nearly everyone can identify Charlie Chaplin’s “the Tramp” character. The kind-hearted vagrant with a mustache and bowler hat had been Chaplin’s bread and butter since the mid-1900s. Interested in the nature of machinery, especially in the midst of the Great Depression’s unemployment, Chaplin assembled a movie wherein his Tramp character plays a factory worker struggling to deal with modern technology and the aftermath of losing his job. Chaplin hoped Modern Times would be his first “talkie,” but decided to abandon the idea and keep the Tramp silent for as long as he could. (The character’s first sound film would be four years later in The Great Dictator .)
Though it won no awards in 1936, Modern Times is considered Chaplin’s best feature and is his most popular, boasting a perfect 100% on RT. Reviews at the time were positive, though not overly effusive and it was not commercially successful in the United States with its political views on labor being cited as controversial. Modern Times is often championed for prophesying our increased dependence on machinery and automation, all seen through the eyes of one little Tramp.
15. The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari (1920)
Another 100% feature on the list, The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari is a silent German Expressionist film about a somnambulist (or sleepwalker) played by Conrad Veidt , who commits murders at the behest of the evil Dr. Caligari ( Werner Krauss ).
A landmark in horror history, The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari is usually taught in film schools as the best example of German expressionism. The movement is commonly identified for its reliance on dark and twisted imagery, sharp and oblique angles, and shadows painted directly on the sets themselves. The film is perceived to be a war allegory, with Veidt’s Cesare the German soldiers fighting in WWI and Dr. Caligari the government sending them off to their deaths. Today the feature is a creepy tale of control with a dreamlike atmosphere and stark cinematography. It’s a highly memorable silent film.
Surprisingly, the film was marketed as a standard horror film, free of artistic pretensions and captured an audience upon release in 1920. It was distributed in the U.S. the next year but was pulled from theaters after protests regarding the presentation of German features during wartime. It’s unclear how the movie was received in 1920. Some film theorists have said it was a commercial and critical success while others maintain it was a critical failure that was “too high-brow to become popular in Germany,” this per Siegfried Kracauer. Regardless, The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari has become a foundational film and a must-see for any fans of horror.
14. Casablanca (1942)
RT Score: 98%
When asked to say the first classic era film you've seen, the usual answer is this 1942 war drama directed by Michael Curtiz . Humphrey Bogart plays Rick Blaine, an apathetic bar owner in the Vichy-controlled city of Casablanca. When he’s reunited with Ilsa ( Ingrid Bergman ), the woman who got away, Rick is forced to reconcile with his past and his own response to the events going on in the city.
Casablanca remains a perfect example of why studio-era cinema has endured. Its stars are A-list and utterly flawless, the directing isn’t technologically focused but geared towards the performances, and it has serious stakes. However, while filming it was assumed that Casablanca would just be another war drama in a decade dominated by them. You might say the studio didn’t think it’d amount to a hill of beans.
Reviews in 1942 were pleasant with resident critic Bosley Crowther applauding its sentiment. Other papers, like The New Yorker , simply called the film “pretty tolerable.” With a budget of a little over $1 million the grosses were good but not spectacular. It wasn’t until the late-’50s that audiences started to appreciate the movie for the classic it is. Here’s looking at you, kid!
13. It Happened One Night (1934)
One of the funniest screwball comedies out there, there’s nothing better than It Happened One Night . Claudette Colbert plays heiress Ellen Andrews who runs away from home because she can’t marry who she wants. She meets up with reporter Peter Warne ( Clark Gable ) and the two strike a deal: if she gives him an exclusive he won’t rat her out to her dad. Thus the two end up on a cross-country adventure with Ellen realizing her privilege and the two falling in love.
Screwball comedy was popular during the Depression as it positioned the wealthy in positions of goofiness (how times have changed). Colbert’s Ellen is relatable, a princess running away from the strictures of her rigid life. Gable’s Peter is scrappy, a man’s man. The two’s chemistry is fantastic and makes for some unforgettable comedy.
Interestingly, Colbert thought the movie was “the worst picture in the world and home studio Columbia didn’t think much of it either. Reviews were pleasant, with Variety saying there wasn’t a “particularly strong plot.” Word-of-mouth and the Depression creating a need for heartwarming stories helped the film do brisk business, eventually turning it into a hit. It won five Oscars, including both Best Actor and Actress for its leads, as well as Best Picture and is labeled as one of the best comedies ever made.
12. Eighth Grade (2018)
RT Score: 99%
Director Bo Burnham blew audiences away in 2018 with his feature directorial debut, Eighth Grade . The film follows Kayla ( Elsie Fisher ), who is about to finish her last week of middle school. As the tween prepares to transition to a new school, she's forced to confront all her social awkwardness and the problems she doesn’t want to follow her to high school.
Burnham was inspired to make Eighth Grade by his own adolescent anxieties. He translated that into a feature examining the generation of children who came of age with social media. Newcomer Elsie Fisher, who’d previously been known for voicing one of the little girls in Despicable Me , became an instant star after the film’s release for her performance as Kayla, garnering a Golden Globe nomination in the process (the film would receive no Oscar nominations). Eighth Grade holds a 99% Fresh rating on Rotten Tomatoes with reviews praising its “supreme awkwardness” and “achingly honest” script.
11. Inside Out (2015)
In 2015, Disney and Pixar got psychological with Inside Out , the colorful tale about the anthropomorphic feelings that control the minds of every being on this planet. In this case, the audience meets the emotions of a girl named Riley. Joy (voiced by Amy Poehler ) wants Riley, who is moving from her hometown of Minnesota to San Francisco, to have the perfect transition. But when Sadness (voiced by Phyllis Smith ) messes things up it’s up to Joy to get the little girl’s mind back in order.
With the success of the 2009 film Up director Pete Doctor was able to pitch this movie, inspired by his daughter Elie personality change as she became a teenager. The film was a bit of a game-changer for the studio, the first to not be intensely overseen by Pixar’s former chief creative officer John Lasseter and the first to have half the story crew be comprised of women.
Inside Out premiered out of competition at the Cannes Film Festival in 2015 and grossed over $850 million worldwide with the biggest opening gross for a Pixar movie at the time. It holds a 98% Fresh rating on Rotten Tomatoes with the critical consensus being that it’s “another outstanding addition to the Pixar library of modern animated classics.”
10. Wonder Woman (2017)
RT Score: 93%
After several decades in development, Warner Bros. announced in 2010 plans to adapt Wonder Woman for the screen. With an at-the-time untested director in Patty Jenkins and a leading lady who wasn’t a household name in Gal Gadot , Wonder Woman was considered a gamble that paid off big time.
Gadot plays Diana of Themyscira, a princess living on an island of Amazonian women warriors. When a WWI spy (played by Chris Pine ) crash-lands on Themyscira it kicks off a series of events that sees Diana leave home to travel to England. Diana hopes to find a “Godkiller” weapon to stop the evil god Ares from destroying humanity.
Wonder Woman connected with audiences everywhere but none more so than women, who found the movie’s predominantly female cast and lack of male gaze to be refreshing. In a time where politics were making women fear everything, Diana and the women of Themyscira gave them hope. The film was a success financially and garnered incredibly positive reviews despite the online discourse that dominated social media. It was considered DC’s best feature at the time and kick-started a wave of discussion on the roles of women, both in front of and behind the camera.
9. Moonlight (2016)
RT Score: 99%
The Oscars mistake heard round the world is usually cited as overshadowing the sheer power of Barry Jenkins’ powerful tale of love between two African-American men. Everything in Moonlight , from the performances to Nicholas Britell’s score, to the luminous cinematography, is astounding.
Director Barry Jenkins was reluctant to tackle a second film after his 2008 feature, Medicine for Melancholy , debuted. After that he wasn’t able to get a script into production. Urged on by his producer, Jenkins took a shot at adapting Tarell Alvin McCaraney’s play In Moonlight Black Boys Look Blue . The finished product pointedly discussed black masculinity, particularly where it regards homosexuality, poverty and struggle, and the relationships between families.
On a budget of just $4 million, Moonlight grossed $65.3 million worldwide in 2016. It holds a nearly perfect 99% on Rotten Tomatoes with several reviews praising the film’s authentic and personal story. It would win three Oscars, including Best Picture where it infamously was thought to have lost to La La Land . A presenter snafu led to the most controversial Oscars ceremony in years.
8. The Third Man (1949)
Directed by the acclaimed British auteur Carol Reed with a script by Grahame Green , The Third Man is a landmark in British film noir. The Third Man follows Holly Martins ( Joseph Cotten ), a man sent to Vienna on the behest of his friend Harry Lime ( Orson Welles ). But when Holly discovers Lime’s been murdered it kickstarts a twisted and wholly unpredictable mystery.
With its stark black-and-white cinematography and heavy use of Dutch angles, The Third Man is considered one of the most expressive and cynical features to come out of post-WWII Britain. The feature is not only regarded for its look, but its acting, and a third-act twist that is still a highlight for fans today.
The Third Man became the most popular film in Britain in 1949, though the reviews were tepid elsewhere. Critics in the U.S. praised it, even if a few thought the cinematography was overwhelming. Surprisingly, the film was nominated and won just one Oscar for Robert Kasker’s “deliriously tilted” cinematography. Since its release the film is considered a masterpiece and a must-watch for film aficionados.
7. Mad Max: Fury Road (2015)
In 1979 Australian director George Miller debuted Mad Max about a post-apocalyptic world. The film had two sequels, 1983’s Mad Max 2: The Road Warrior and 1985’s Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome . The films made Miller a cult favorite who would go on to direct The Witches of Eastwick (1987) and Happy Feet (2006). Miller also was offered a chance to make a big-scale Justice League movie that legendarily crashed and burned . But in that time Miller was always working on a fourth Mad Max film. After obtaining the rights in 1995 he spent the next 20 years attempting to get the film made.
It wasn’t until 2009 that Warner Bros. offered to help Miller with the film and in 2011 Mad Max: Fury Road entered production. The film followed a new incarnation of Max (this time played by Tom Hardy ) and a woman named Furiosa ( Charlize Theron ) attempting to liberate a group of female prisoners. The intense action and physical effects remain remarkably revolutionary in an age of CGI, and numerous essays have been written on the film’s feminism.
With a $200 million dollar budget it would have been difficult for the feature to turn a significant profit and only grossed $378 million worldwide. It was cited by Forbes as “too expensive, but not really a flop.” Reviews were strong with several critics championing Fury Road as the greatest action feature ever made. The film won six Academy Awards in the tech field, including Best Costumes and Production Design and, more importantly, has introduced Max and his gang to a whole new generation. The movie has a 97% on RT.
6. Get Out (2017)
Before he was an Oscar-nominated director, Jordan Peele was best known as one half of the comic duo Key and Peele . After his comedy show went off the air in 2015, Peele transitioned to directing and burst out the gate with a movie that challenged audiences’ thoughts on race, history, and the nature of the horror movie. In Get Out , Daniel Kaluuya plays Chris, a black man invited to meet the parents of his white girlfriend. But what starts out as an awkwardly weird weekend turns into a terrifying tale of cultural appropriation.
Get Out flew under the radar right up until the moment of release, premiering at the Sundance Film Festival a month before hitting theaters nationwide. Upon release in 2017, reviews were extremely enthusiastic. Writers were praising the film from every angle, from its presentation of the white savior trope to how it looks at black culture butting up against white society. Get Out was a box office success, a critical darling and, more importantly, made Jordan Peele the fifth Black man nominated for Best Director. He won the Oscar for Best Original Screenplay, and the film currently stands at 98% on RT.
5. BlacKkKlansman (2018)
RT Score: 96%
Spike Lee has been challenging audiences’ thoughts on race since the 1980s, but it wasn’t until he adapted the story of Colorado Springs police officer Ron Stallworth that he nabbed his first Best Director nomination.
In the 1970s, Stallworth (played by John David Washington ) was the first Black man hired to the Colorado Springs police department. When he stumbles upon an ad for the Ku Klux Klan, Stallworth decided to infiltrate the organization with the help of a white fellow officer ( Adam Driver ). BlacKkKlansman is at times both painfully humorous and utterly terrifying. Lee and screenwriters Charlie Wachtel and David Rabinowitz create something that feels timely and, unfortunately, timeless.
A box office success upon release, BlacKkKlansman drew as much criticism as it did praise. Lee’s provocative story drew rave reviews from critics, while director Boots Riley took to social media to decry the director’s use of inaccurate facts for narrative entertainment. Regardless, the film holds a 96% on Rotten Tomatoes and was nominated for six Academy Awards. Lee didn’t win for Best Director but did get a chance to make a speech at the awards ceremony when the film won for Best Adapted Screenplay.
4. Citizen Kane (1941)
RT Score: 100%
If you’ve studied film in any capacity you’ve seen and/or heard “Rosebud,” the plaintive cry that anchors Orson Welles ’ filmic monument, Citizen Kane . Welles was just 25 when he wrote, directed, starred and produced Citizen Kane . Inspired by the life of newspaper tycoon William Randolph Hearst , Welles created newspaper tycoon Charles Foster Kane, an ambitious man who reaches the heights of professional glory at the expense of personal relationships.
Citizen Kane is a marvel of filmmaking from its directing to its cinematography, with director of photography Gregg Toland creating several new techniques that have become de rigueur in cinema today. The film’s release history already has several books written on it, but the movie irked Hearst immensely. He attempted to have the film stopped and when that didn’t work he banned all advertising, reviews, or mentions in any of the newspapers he owned. Several major theaters refused to screen it for fear of running afoul of Hearst and his lead gossip columnist, Louella Parsons .
When Citizen Kane finally did open it was a box office disappointment, playing to near empty houses in rural areas and major cities. Despite several good reviews at the time the film was the first (though far from the last) time Welles would be in the red. It was nominated for nine Oscars regardless of Hearst’s campaign, though it only won one for Best Original Screenplay. Now Citizen Kane is regarded as a masterpiece, the film by which all other films are judged, and Welles’ name is positioned firmly as one of the greatest directors of our time.
3. The Wizard of Oz (1939)
It’s hard to believe but The Wizard of Oz only has a 98% on Rotten Tomatoes! Who could possibly dislike the most charming, fun, sweet movie to ever exist? One that’s made a legion of children smile and has inspired nearly every movie to follow? It’s just baffling. The story of Dorothy ( Judy Garland ) and her trip over the rainbow to the land of Oz has countless books written on its production, which involved numerous directors, costume changes, and actor swaps, but the finished product remains just as dazzling today as it did in 1939.
The Wizard of Oz came out in one of the best years for cinema and, interestingly enough, is the only feature from the Golden Year to make this list. This was home studio MGM’s pony (alongside Gone With the Wind ). The movie was a massive undertaking with numerous worlds created on a studio backlot (and a revolving door of directors). Judy Garland was just 16 when she got the role of a lifetime as Dorothy Gale, taking on a role that initially was offered to Shirley Temple .
It isn’t surprising that the movie received huge praise in 1939; not from The New Yorker though who called it a “stinkeroo.” Because of its large budget it took several years for the movie to reach a profit, aided by subsequent re-releases throughout the ‘40s. It did only win two Oscars (out of a low six nominations) for Best Song and Score. But no matter because the movie now is cited as one of the best films ever made with nearly all of its cast becoming legends.
2. Lady Bird (2017)
For a generation of women in 2017, watching director Greta Gerwig’s feature Lady Bird was like being sent right back to their high school. The story of a confident young woman named Lady Bird ( Saorise Ronan ) and her desire to leave her Sacramento hometown was relatable, funny, cringe-worthy at times but always delightful. Gerwig, the star of films like Frances Ha and Mistress America , had been working on the script for years and was determined to make it her first solo directorial effort.
Lady Bird grossed nearly $80 million worldwide and was nominated for five Academy Awards including Best Picture. Greta Gerwig became just the fifth woman nominated for Best Director, the first since Kathryn Bigelow became the first woman Best Director winner for The Hurt Locker in 2009.
1. Black Panther (2018)
RT Score: 96%
By the time Black Panther was released the Marvel Cinematic Universe had been a presence for ten years. And yet, in all that time, audiences were still asking for a superhero lead of color.
All that changed with the release of Ryan Coogler ’s Black Panther , an exuberant, rich, and highly entertaining story about the citizens of the fictional country of Wakanda. Led by T’Challa ( Chadwick Boseman ) as the eponymous Black Panther, the nation of Wakanda must band together to stop the evil Killmonger ( Michael B. Jordan ).
In development since 1992 - Wesley Snipes wanted the role badly - Black Panther went through its fair share of development hell . With Snipes leaving the project in the early 2000s, Marvel finally greenlit it as part of their phase two slate in 2014 with Boseman, who had previously played Jackie Robinson and James Brown , as King T’Challa.
Black Panther grossed over $1 billion dollars in 2018, becoming the highest-grossing solo superhero film and the highest-grossing film by a black director. More iconic was its winning of three Academy Awards, including Ruth Carter ’s fantastic costume design. It also marked the first time a Marvel feature was nominated for Best Picture.
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According To Rotten Tomatoes These Are The Top 50 Movies Of All Time, And I Am Genuinely Curious To Know Which Ones You Love Or Hate
Yes, Citizen Kane is on this list, but so is Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse.
Our taste in movies is, well, subjective. There are films that you might absolutely adore that others find just awful . However, there are also movies that everyone would agree are true classics and among the greatest films ever made.
With that in mind, i put together this poll. below are the 50 top movies of all time according to rotten tomatoes — which they based on the score films got with 40 or more critic reviews. i am curious if you liked these films and agree that they're the best movies of all time..
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