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100 Best Movies on Amazon Prime (September 2021)

You could spend a few weeks watching every Amazon Prime movie and still only end stuck somewhere in the birdsong video section, so Rotten Tomatoes is using our Tomatometer to find the very best movies on Prime, delivering to you our guide of 100 best movies streaming on Amazon Prime right now.

Ultimately, all of these featured movies are Certified Fresh, meaning they maintained a high Tomatometer score after meeting a minimum critics review threshold. Continue on for the 100 Best Movies on Amazon Prime Right Now!

Updated: Apollo 13, Arachnophobia, Do the Right Thing, Sicko, The Host, The Kids Are All Right, The Last of the Mohicans, The Social Network, Traffic, Young Frankenstein added.

#100
Adjusted Score: 92495%
Critics Consensus: Terrifying and funny in almost equal measure, John Landis' horror-comedy crosses genres while introducing Rick Baker's astounding make-up effects.
Synopsis: A New York student (David Naughton) becomes the scourge of London after being bitten by a beast on the moors.... [More]
Directed By: John Landis

#99

Crimson Tide (1995)
88%

#99
Adjusted Score: 91447%
Critics Consensus: Boasting taut, high energy thrills and some cracking dialogue courtesy of an uncredited Quentin Tarantino, Crimson Tide finds director Tony Scott near the top of his action game.
Synopsis: Two U.S. Navy officers (Denzel Washington, Gene Hackman) clash aboard a nuclear submarine bound for Russia, while that country is... [More]
Directed By: Tony Scott

#98

Coherence (2013)
88%

#98
Adjusted Score: 90770%
Critics Consensus: A case study in less-is-more filmmaking, Coherence serves as a compelling low-budget calling card for debuting writer-director James Ward Byrkit.
Synopsis: Eight friends at a dinner party experience a troubling chain of events due to the malevolent influence of a passing... [More]
Directed By: James Ward Byrkit

#97

Frozen River (2008)
88%

#97
Adjusted Score: 93594%
Critics Consensus: Veteran character actress Melissa Leo delivers a stunning performance in this powerful -- if grim -- indie film.
Synopsis: The lure of easy money leads a financially strapped mother (Melissa Leo) to join a Mohawk woman (Misty Upham) in... [More]
Directed By: Courtney Hunt

#96
#96
Adjusted Score: 97566%
Critics Consensus: Brittany Runs a Marathon is an earnest and hilarious dramedy that finally gives Jillian Bell a role worthy of her gifts.
Synopsis: A hard-partying woman receives a startling wake-up call when a visit to the doctor reveals how unhealthy she is. Motivated... [More]
Directed By: Paul Downs Colaizzo

#95

Meru (2015)
88%

#95
Adjusted Score: 90907%
Critics Consensus: Gripping visually as well as narratively, Meru is the rare documentary that proves thought-provoking while offering thrilling wide-screen vistas.
Synopsis: Three elite climbers fight through obsession and loss as they struggle to climb Mount Meru.... [More]

#94

The Abyss (1989)
89%

#94
Adjusted Score: 92959%
Critics Consensus: The utterly gorgeous special effects frequently overshadow the fact that The Abyss is also a totally gripping, claustrophobic thriller, complete with an interesting crew of characters.
Synopsis: Oil-platform workers, including an estranged couple (Ed Harris, Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio), and a Navy SEAL (Michael Biehn) make a startling... [More]
Directed By: James Cameron

#93

True Grit (1969)
89%

#93
Adjusted Score: 96883%
Critics Consensus: True Grit rides along on the strength of a lived-in late-period John Wayne performance, adding its own entertaining spin to the oft-adapted source material.
Synopsis: One-eyed Marshal "Rooster" Cogburn (John Wayne) and a Texas Ranger (Glen Campbell) help a girl (Kim Darby) find her father's... [More]
Directed By: Henry Hathaway

#92

Timecrimes (2007)
89%

#92
Adjusted Score: 90039%
Critics Consensus: Timecrimes is a low-budget thriller that's well-crafted and loaded with dark humor and bizarre twists.
Synopsis: Accidentally traveling backward in time causes unforeseen disasters for a man.... [More]
Directed By: Nacho Vigalondo

#91
#91
Adjusted Score: 94659%
Critics Consensus: Led by a marvelous performance from Maggie Smith, Lady in the Van wrings poignant, often hilarious insight from its fact-based source material.
Synopsis: In 1973 London, playwright Alan Bennett (Alex Jennings) develops an unlikely friendship with Miss Shepherd (Maggie Smith), a homeless woman... [More]
Directed By: Nicholas Hytner

#90
#90
Adjusted Score: 91977%
Critics Consensus: Sensitive, well-acted, and solidly directed, Words on Bathroom Walls is an admirable addition to a genre that too rarely does justice to its worthy themes.
Synopsis: Diagnosed with a mental illness during his senior year of high school, a witty, introspective teen struggles to keep it... [More]
Directed By: Thor Freudenthal

#89

The Souvenir (2019)
89%

#89
Adjusted Score: 98156%
Critics Consensus: Made by a filmmaker in command of her craft and a star perfectly matched with the material, The Souvenir is a uniquely impactful coming of age drama.
Synopsis: A shy but ambitious film student falls into an intense, emotionally fraught relationship with a charismatic but untrustworthy older man.... [More]
Directed By: Joanna Hogg

#88
Adjusted Score: 104086%
Critics Consensus: Bracingly elevated by a typically committed lead performance from Joaquin Phoenix, You Were Never Really Here confirms writer-director Lynne Ramsay as one of modern cinema's most unique -- and uncompromising -- voices.
Synopsis: A contract killer uncovers a conspiracy while trying to save a kidnapped teen from a life of prostitution.... [More]
Directed By: Lynne Ramsay

#87

Itzhak (2017)
90%

#87
Adjusted Score: 91103%
Critics Consensus: Itzhak serves as an entertaining introduction to the life and career of a brilliant artist with a personality as warm as his music.
Synopsis: The life and music of Israeli conductor and musician Itzhak Perlman.... [More]
Starring: Itzhak Perlman
Directed By: Alison Chernick

#86
Adjusted Score: 91603%
Critics Consensus: This documentary focuses less on the music and more on the personality clashes and in-group tensions to great, compelling effect.
Synopsis: Actor Michael Rapaport examines the music of the 1990s hip-hop group as well as the conflicts that drove the band... [More]
Directed By: Michael Rapaport

#85

Attack the Block (2011)
90%

#85
Adjusted Score: 96811%
Critics Consensus: Effortlessly mixing scares, laughs, and social commentary, Attack the Block is a thrilling, briskly-paced sci-fi yarn with a distinctly British flavor.
Synopsis: South London teenagers (John Boyega, Alex Esmail, Leeon Jones) defend their neighborhood from malevolent extraterrestrials.... [More]
Directed By: Joe Cornish

#84

The Lighthouse (2019)
90%

#84
Adjusted Score: 109908%
Critics Consensus: A gripping story brilliantly filmed and led by a pair of powerhouse performances, The Lighthouse further establishes Robert Eggers as a filmmaker of exceptional talent.
Synopsis: Two lighthouse keepers try to maintain their sanity while living on a remote and mysterious New England island in the... [More]
Directed By: Robert Eggers

#83
Adjusted Score: 92419%
Critics Consensus: RUMBLE shines a long overdue spotlight on key contributions to the American musical lexicon, satisfying rock scholars while offering a fascinating -- albeit sobering -- primer on the foundations of a genre.
Synopsis: Filmmaker Catherine Bainbridge examines the role of Native Americans in contemporary music history. She exposes a critical missing chapter, revealing... [More]
Directed By: Catherine Bainbridge

#82

Gallipoli (1981)
91%

#82
Adjusted Score: 95213%
Critics Consensus: Peter Weir's devastating anti-war film features a low-key but emotionally wrenching performance from Mel Gibson as a young soldier fighting in one of World War I's most deadly and horrifying battles.
Synopsis: Two Outback runners (Mark Lee, Mel Gibson) join Australian and New Zealand troops fighting in World War I.... [More]
Directed By: Peter Weir

#81

Sicko (2007)
91%

#81
Adjusted Score: 99373%
Critics Consensus: Driven by Michael Moore's sincere humanism, Sicko is a devastating, convincing, and very entertaining documentary about the state of America's health care.
Synopsis: Filmmaker Michael Moore diagnoses the malady afflicting America's health-care system and talks about why millions of Americans are still without... [More]
Directed By: Michael Moore

#80

Journey's End (2017)
91%

#80
Adjusted Score: 95757%
Critics Consensus: Journey's End brings R.C. Sherriff's 90-year-old play to the screen with thrilling power, thanks to director Saul Dibb's hard-hitting urgency and brilliant work from a talented cast.
Synopsis: Led by an officer whose mental health is rapidly disintegrating, a group of British soldiers await their fate in an... [More]
Directed By: Saul Dibb

#79

Human Flow (2017)
91%

#79
Adjusted Score: 95205%
Critics Consensus: Epic in scope yet clear-eyed and intimate, Human Flow offers a singularly expansive -- and sobering -- perspective on the global refugee crisis.
Synopsis: Filmmaker Ai Weiwei examines the staggering scale of the refugee crisis in such countries as Afghanistan, France, Greece, Germany and... [More]
Directed By: Ai Weiwei

#78

Gloria Bell (2018)
91%

#78
Adjusted Score: 100914%
Critics Consensus: Free of visual or narrative embellishments, Gloria Bell rests almost completely on Julianne Moore's performance in the title role -- and she's gloriously up to the task.
Synopsis: A free-spirited divorcee spends her nights on the dance floor, joyfully letting loose at clubs around Los Angeles. She soon... [More]
Directed By: Sebastián Lelio

#77
Adjusted Score: 98753%
Critics Consensus: Part satire, part shockumentary,Borat gets high-fives almost all-around for being offensive in the funniest possible way. Jagshemash!
Synopsis: Outrageous situations occur when a popular reporter (Sacha Baron Cohen) from Kazakhstan comes to the United States to film a... [More]
Directed By: Larry Charles

#76

The Elephant Man (1980)
92%

#76
Adjusted Score: 97846%
Critics Consensus: David Lynch's relatively straight second feature finds an admirable synthesis of compassion and restraint in treating its subject, and features outstanding performances by John Hurt and Anthony Hopkins.
Synopsis: Victorian Dr. Treves (Anthony Hopkins) rescues deformed Joseph (John) Merrick (John Hurt) from a London sideshow and shows him humanity.... [More]
Directed By: David Lynch

#75

Still (2012)
92%

#75
Adjusted Score: 94300%
Critics Consensus: James Cromwell and Geneviève Bujold are outstanding in this tender, affecting, insightful drama about the bonds and sacrifices of marriage.
Synopsis: A farmer (James Cromwell) fights back when local authorities hamper his efforts to build a cottage for his dementia-stricken wife... [More]
Directed By: Michael McGowan

#74

Pride (2014)
92%

#74
Adjusted Score: 99110%
Critics Consensus: Earnest without being didactic and uplifting without stooping to sentimentality, Pride is a joyous crowd-pleaser that genuinely works.
Synopsis: Realizing that they share common foes in Margaret Thatcher, the police and the conservative press, London-based gays and lesbians lend... [More]
Directed By: Matthew Warchus

#73

Grizzly Man (2005)
92%

#73
Adjusted Score: 97026%
Critics Consensus: Whatever opinion you come to have of the obsessive Treadwell, Herzog has once again found a fascinating subject.
Synopsis: Filmmaker Werner Herzog profiles grizzly bear enthusiast Timothy Treadwell, who was killed by one of the animals he studied in... [More]
Directed By: Werner Herzog

#72

Super Size Me (2004)
92%

#72
Adjusted Score: 97267%
Critics Consensus: Entertaining doc about the adverse effects of eating fast food.
Synopsis: Filmmaker Morgan Spurlock conducts an experiment in which he only eats food from McDonald's for 30 days.... [More]
Starring: Morgan Spurlock
Directed By: Morgan Spurlock

#71
#71
Adjusted Score: 96509%
Critics Consensus: This is a piercingly honest, acidly witty look at divorce and its impact on a family.
Synopsis: A teenager (Jesse Eisenberg) and his younger brother cope with the fallout from their parents' (Jeff Daniels, Laura Linney) shattered... [More]
Directed By: Noah Baumbach

#70

Traffic (2000)
92%

#70
Adjusted Score: 99034%
Critics Consensus: Soderbergh successfully pulls off the highly ambitious Traffic, a movie with three different stories and a very large cast. The issues of ethics are gray rather than black-and-white, with no clear-cut good guys. Terrific acting all around.
Synopsis: While a judge's (Michael Douglas) anti-drug campaign leads him to his own daughter, a DEA agent (Don Cheadle) targets a... [More]
Directed By: Steven Soderbergh

#69
#69
Adjusted Score: 100022%
Critics Consensus: Worthwhile as both a well-acted ensemble piece and as a smart, warm statement on family values, The Kids Are All Right is remarkable.
Synopsis: The teenage children of a lesbian couple (Julianne Moore, Annette Bening) seek out their biological father (Mark Ruffalo) and make... [More]
Directed By: Lisa Cholodenko

#68
Adjusted Score: 102914%
Critics Consensus: An affecting story powerfully told, The Last Black Man in San Francisco immediately establishes director Joe Talbot as a filmmaker to watch.
Synopsis: Jimmie and his best friend Mont try to reclaim the house built by Jimmie's grandfather, launching them on a poignant... [More]
Directed By: Joe Talbot

#67
#67
Adjusted Score: 104671%
Critics Consensus: An engrossing sci-fi thriller that transcends its period trappings, The Vast of Night suggests great things for debuting director Andrew Patterson.
Synopsis: In the 1950s, two kids search for the source of a mysterious frequency that has descended on their town.... [More]
Directed By: Andrew Patterson

#66

Cold War (2018)
92%

#66
Adjusted Score: 104237%
Critics Consensus: With a brilliantly stark visual aesthetic to match its lean narrative, Cold War doesn't waste a moment of its brief running time -- and doesn't skimp on its bittersweet emotional impact.
Synopsis: Set against the backdrop of the 1950s Cold War in Poland, two people of differing backgrounds and temperaments begin an... [More]
Directed By: Pawel Pawlikowski

#65
#65
Adjusted Score: 104748%
Critics Consensus: Smart, funny, and profoundly melancholy, Inside Llewyn Davis finds the Coen brothers in fine form.
Synopsis: In 1960s New York, a struggling folk singer (Oscar Isaac) with genuine talent sets his sights on stardom, but success... [More]
Directed By: Joel Coen, Ethan Coen

#64

Paper Moon (1973)
93%

#64
Adjusted Score: 96435%
Critics Consensus: Expertly balancing tones, Paper Moon is a deft blend of film nostalgia and finely tuned performances -- especially from Tatum O'Neal, who won an Oscar for her debut.
Synopsis: A 1930s con man (Ryan O'Neal) teams up with a precocious 9-year-old (Tatum O'Neal) who could be his daughter.... [More]
Directed By: Peter Bogdanovich

#63
#63
Adjusted Score: 101566%
Critics Consensus: Smart, vibrant, and urgent without being didactic, Do the Right Thing is one of Spike Lee's most fully realized efforts -- and one of the most important films of the 1980s.
Synopsis: Spike Lee's account of erupting racial tensions on a summer afternoon in a predominantly black Brooklyn neighborhood.... [More]
Directed By: Spike Lee

#62

Arachnophobia (1990)
93%

#62
Adjusted Score: 96219%
Critics Consensus: Arachnophobia may not deliver genuine chills, but it's an affectionate, solidly built tribute to Hollywood's classic creature features.
Synopsis: A doctor (Jeff Daniels) and his wife (Harley Jane Kozak) buy a California farm with termites and a killer spider... [More]
Directed By: Frank Marshall

#61

Funny Girl (1968)
93%

#61
Adjusted Score: 98631%
Critics Consensus: Barbara Streisand elevates this otherwise rote melodramatic musical with her ultra-memorable star turn as Fanny Brice.
Synopsis: Ziegfeld Follies star Fanny Brice (Barbra Streisand) falls for gambler Nicky Arnstein (Omar Sharif).... [More]
Directed By: William Wyler

#60
#60
Adjusted Score: 96648%
Critics Consensus: The Last of the Mohicans is a breathless romantic adventure that plays loose with history -- and comes out with a richer action movie for it.
Synopsis: Colonial guide Hawkeye (Daniel Day-Lewis), with his Indian friends, Chingachgook (Russell Means) and Uncas, rescue British sisters from the Huron... [More]
Directed By: Michael Mann

#59

Raging Bull (1980)
94%

#59
Adjusted Score: 101976%
Critics Consensus: Arguably Martin Scorsese's and Robert De Niro's finest film, Raging Bull is often painful to watch, but it's a searing, powerful work about an unsympathetic hero.
Synopsis: The violent nature of prizefighter Jake LaMotta (Robert De Niro) leads first to a boxing championship, then to a downward... [More]
Directed By: Martin Scorsese

#58

The Host (2006)
93%

#58
Adjusted Score: 97639%
Critics Consensus: As populace pleasing as it is intellectually satisfying, The Host combines scares, laughs, and satire into a riveting, monster movie.
Synopsis: A South Korean family (Song Kang-ho, Byun Hee-bong) must save a daughter (Go Ah-sung) from a horrible monster that emerged... [More]
Directed By: Bong Joon-ho

#57

Val (2021)
93%

#57
Adjusted Score: 99179%
Critics Consensus: An absorbingly reflective documentary that benefits from its subject's self-chronicling, Val offers an intimate look at a unique life and career.
Synopsis: Forty years of never-before-seen footage chronicling the life of Val Kilmer.... [More]
Directed By: Ting Poo, Leo Scott

#56

Herself (2020)
93%

#56
Adjusted Score: 101412%
Critics Consensus: Sensitively directed by Phyllida Lloyd and brought to life by co-writer Clare Dunne's starring performance, Herself charts one woman's journey with empathy and grace.
Synopsis: A young mother escapes her abusive husband and fights back against a broken housing system, and in the process, rediscovers... [More]
Directed By: Phyllida Lloyd

#55

Sylvie's Love (2020)
93%

#55
Adjusted Score: 97883%
Critics Consensus: A romance for the ages, Sylvie's Love wraps audiences in the sweet embrace of its old-fashioned romance and celebration of Black love.
Synopsis: Sylvie has a summer romance with a saxophonist who takes a summer job at her father's record store in Harlem.... [More]
Directed By: Eugene Ashe

#54

An Education (2009)
93%

#54
Adjusted Score: 100053%
Critics Consensus: Though the latter part of the film may not appeal to all, An Education is a charming coming-of-age tale powered by the strength of relative newcomer Carey Mulligan's standout performance.
Synopsis: In 1960s London a teenager (Carey Mulligan) may jeopardize her bright future when she falls under the spell of a... [More]
Directed By: Lone Scherfig

#53

50/50 (2011)
93%

#53
Adjusted Score: 100536%
Critics Consensus: A good-hearted film about a difficult topic, 50/50 maneuvers between jokes and drama with surprising finesse.
Synopsis: After learning that he has malignant tumors along his spine, a young man (Joseph Gordon-Levitt) vows to beat his illness.... [More]
Directed By: Jonathan Levine

#52
#52
Adjusted Score: 100558%
Critics Consensus: It may not boast the depth of his classic films, but the sweetly sentimental Midnight in Paris is funny and charming enough to satisfy Woody Allen fans.
Synopsis: Vacationing in contemporary Paris with his fiancee (Rachel McAdams), an insecure writer (Owen Wilson) is whisked back in time and... [More]
Directed By: Woody Allen

#51

Patton (1970)
94%

#51
Adjusted Score: 100147%
Critics Consensus: George C. Scott's sympathetic, unflinching portrayal of the titular general in this sprawling epic is as definitive as any performance in the history of American biopics.
Synopsis: Flamboyant Gen. George S. Patton (George C. Scott) receives accolades and censure as he fights World War II.... [More]
Directed By: Franklin J. Schaffner

#50

Charade (1963)
94%

#50
Adjusted Score: 100453%
Critics Consensus: A globetrotting caper that prizes its idiosyncratic pieces over the general puzzle, Charade is a delightful romp with Cary Grant and Audrey Hepburn's sparkling chemistry at the center of some perfectly orchestrated mayhem.
Synopsis: A suave stranger (Cary Grant) helps a chic widow (Audrey Hepburn) stalked by four men looking for loot in Paris.... [More]
Directed By: Stanley Donen

#49
#49
Adjusted Score: 102197%
Critics Consensus: Made with obvious affection for the original, Young Frankenstein is a riotously silly spoof featuring a fantastic performance by Gene Wilder.
Synopsis: Respected medical lecturer Dr. Frederick Frankenstein (Gene Wilder) learns that he has inherited his infamous grandfather's estate in Transylvania. Arriving... [More]
Directed By: Mel Brooks

#48
Adjusted Score: 95437%
Critics Consensus: Dear Zachary is a both a touching tribute to a fallen friend and a heart-wrenching account of justice gone astray, skillfully put to film with no emotion spared.
Synopsis: Filmmaker Kurt Kuenne creates a filmed tribute to a murdered friend, and chronicles efforts by the man's parents to gain... [More]
Starring: Kurt Kuenne
Directed By: Kurt Kuenne

#47

Invisible Life (2019)
94%

#47
Adjusted Score: 96446%
Critics Consensus: Powerfully acted and rich with emotion, Invisible Life beguiles in the moment and leaves a lingering, dreamlike impression.
Synopsis: Kept apart by a terrible lie, years pass as two sisters forge their respective paths through their city's teeming bustle,... [More]
Directed By: Karim Aïnouz

#46

Vertigo (1958)
94%

#46
Adjusted Score: 107045%
Critics Consensus: An unpredictable scary thriller that doubles as a mournful meditation on love, loss, and human comfort.
Synopsis: A former San Francisco detective (James Stewart) who dreads heights falls for a woman (Kim Novak) he is hired to... [More]
Directed By: Alfred Hitchcock

#45
#45
Adjusted Score: 106166%
Critics Consensus: The holiday classic to define all holiday classics, It's a Wonderful Life is one of a handful of films worth an annual viewing.
Synopsis: Ruined by a miser (Lionel Barrymore) on Christmas Eve, a suicidal family man (James Stewart) sees life anew thanks to... [More]
Directed By: Frank Capra

#44

Moneyball (2011)
94%

#44
Adjusted Score: 104393%
Critics Consensus: Director Bennett Miller, along with Brad Pitt and Jonah Hill, take a niche subject and turn it into a sharp, funny, and touching portrait worthy of baseball lore.
Synopsis: Faced with a tight budget, a baseball manager (Brad Pitt) and his partner (Jonah Hill) recruit bargain-bin players that scouts... [More]
Directed By: Bennett Miller

#43

Honey Boy (2019)
94%

#43
Adjusted Score: 106360%
Critics Consensus: Honey Boy serves as an act of cinematic therapy for its screenwriter and subject -- one whose unique perspective should strike a chord in audiences from all backgrounds.
Synopsis: When 12-year-old Otis begins to find success as a television star, his abusive, alcoholic father returns and takes over as... [More]
Directed By: Alma Har'el

#42

Gimme Danger (2016)
95%

#42
Adjusted Score: 98732%
Critics Consensus: Its infectious enthusiasm for its subjects - and Iggy Pop's ingratiating presence - more than make up for the effortlessly entertaining Gimme Danger's relative lack of context or depth.
Synopsis: Filmmaker Jim Jarmusch examines the history of the Stooges, the influential rock 'n' roll group from Ann Arbor, Mich., that... [More]
Directed By: Jim Jarmusch

#41

The Handmaiden (2016)
95%

#41
Adjusted Score: 105412%
Critics Consensus: The Handmaiden uses a Victorian crime novel as the loose inspiration for another visually sumptuous and absorbingly idiosyncratic outing from director Park Chan-wook.
Synopsis: With help from an orphaned pickpocket (Kim Tae-ri), a Korean con man (Ha Jung-woo) devises an elaborate plot to seduce... [More]
Directed By: Park Chan-wook

#40
#40
Adjusted Score: 97924%
Critics Consensus: The Secret of Roan Inish is a gentle fairy tale filled with optimism that's suitable for the whole family.
Synopsis: An Irish girl convinces her grandparents (Mick Lally, Eileen Colgan) to look into the mysterious fate of her infant brother.... [More]
Directed By: John Sayles

#39

To Catch a Thief (1955)
96%

#39
Adjusted Score: 102333%
Critics Consensus: It may occasionally be guilty of coasting on pure charm, but To Catch a Thief has it in spades -- as well as a pair of perfectly matched stars in Cary Grant and Grace Kelly.
Synopsis: A retired cat burglar (Cary Grant) sees fireworks with an American heiress (Grace Kelly) on the Riviera.... [More]
Directed By: Alfred Hitchcock

#38

Gleason (2016)
96%

#38
Adjusted Score: 97615%
Critics Consensus: Gleason stands out among sports-themed documentaries by offering a clear-eyed look at its subject's physical deterioration -- and an intimate portrait of the family affected by his ordeal.
Synopsis: Diagnosed with ALS, former NFL football player Steve Gleason starts to record video journals for his unborn son.... [More]
Directed By: Clay Tweel

#37

The Insider (1999)
96%

#37
Adjusted Score: 102918%
Critics Consensus: Intelligent, compelling, and packed with strong performances, The Insider is a potent corporate thriller.
Synopsis: Former tobacco researcher Jeffrey Wigand (Russell Crowe) blows the whistle about the industry to "60 Minutes" anchor Mike Wallace (Christopher... [More]
Directed By: Michael Mann

#36

Apollo 13 (1995)
96%

#36
Adjusted Score: 102119%
Critics Consensus: In recreating the troubled space mission, Apollo 13 pulls no punches: it's a masterfully told drama from director Ron Howard, bolstered by an ensemble of solid performances.
Synopsis: Astronauts Jim Lovell (Tom Hanks), Fred Haise (Bill Paxton) and Jack Swigert (Kevin Bacon) try to return to Earth after... [More]
Directed By: Ron Howard

#35

The Salesman (2016)
96%

#35
Adjusted Score: 105306%
Critics Consensus: The Salesman takes an ambitiously complex look at thought-provoking themes, and the well-acted results prove another consistently absorbing entry in writer-director Asghar Farhadi's distinguished filmography.
Synopsis: A high school teacher (Shahab Hosseini) seeks revenge against the perpetrator who attacked his wife (Taraneh Alidoosti) in their apartment.... [More]
Directed By: Asghar Farhadi

#34
#34
Adjusted Score: 107133%
Critics Consensus: Impeccably scripted, beautifully directed, and filled with fine performances, The Social Network is a riveting, ambitious example of modern filmmaking at its finest.
Synopsis: Six years after creating Facebook in his dorm room, Mark Zuckerberg (Jesse Eisenberg) becomes a billionaire, but his great success... [More]
Directed By: David Fincher

#33

Paterson (2016)
96%

#33
Adjusted Score: 107530%
Critics Consensus: Paterson adds another refreshingly unvarnished entry to Jim Jarmusch's filmography -- and another outstanding performance to Adam Driver's career credits.
Synopsis: A hardworking bus driver (Adam Driver) in Paterson, N.J., observes the city, listens to fragments of conversations and writes heartfelt... [More]
Directed By: Jim Jarmusch

#32
#32
Adjusted Score: 102000%
Critics Consensus: With help from a strong performance by Leonardo DiCaprio as real-life wunderkind con artist Frank Abagnale, Steven Spielberg crafts a film that's stylish, breezily entertaining, and surprisingly sweet.
Synopsis: An FBI agent (Tom Hanks) pursues Frank Abagnale Jr., a con man (Leonardo DiCaprio) who assumes various identities and commits... [More]
Directed By: Steven Spielberg

#31
#31
Adjusted Score: 113177%
Critics Consensus: Manchester by the Sea delivers affecting drama populated by full-bodied characters, marking another strong step forward for writer-director Kenneth Lonergan.
Synopsis: After his older brother passes away, Lee Chandler is forced to return home to care for his 16-year-old nephew. There,... [More]
Directed By: Kenneth Lonergan

#30
#30
Adjusted Score: 105999%
Critics Consensus: Love & Friendship finds director Whit Stillman bringing his talents to bear on a Jane Austen adaptation -- with a thoroughly delightful period drama as the result.
Synopsis: In the 18th century, the seductive and manipulative Lady Susan (Kate Beckinsale) uses devious tactics to win the heart of... [More]
Directed By: Whit Stillman

#29

High Noon (1952)
95%

#29
Adjusted Score: 105197%
Critics Consensus: A classic of the Western genre that broke with many of the traditions at the time, High Noon endures -- in no small part thanks to Gary Cooper's defiant, Oscar-winning performance.
Synopsis: On the verge of retirement, a marshal (Gary Cooper) stands alone to face a vengeful gunman and his gang.... [More]
Directed By: Fred Zinnemann

#28

Roman Holiday (1953)
97%

#28
Adjusted Score: 104813%
Critics Consensus: With Audrey Hepburn luminous in her American debut, Roman Holiday is as funny as it is beautiful, and sets the standard for the modern romantic comedy.
Synopsis: A young princess (Audrey Hepburn), tired of her constraints, runs off with a U.S. newsman (Gregory Peck) in Rome.... [More]
Directed By: William Wyler

#27
Adjusted Score: 99895%
Critics Consensus: Intimate in scope yet thematically expansive, Hale County This Morning, This Evening draws extraordinary insights out of seemingly ordinary moments.
Synopsis: Filmmaker RaMell Ross captures small, but nevertheless precious, moments in black lives.... [More]
Starring: RaMell Ross
Directed By: RaMell Ross

#26
#26
Adjusted Score: 104898%
Critics Consensus: George A. Romero's debut set the template for the zombie film, and features tight editing, realistic gore, and a sly political undercurrent.
Synopsis: People (Duane Jones, Judith O'Dea, Karl Hardman) hide in a house from carnivorous walking corpses revived by radiation fallout.... [More]
Directed By: George A. Romero

#25

Mud (2013)
97%

#25
Adjusted Score: 104385%
Critics Consensus: Bolstered by a strong performance from Matthew McConaughey in the title role, Mud offers an engaging Southern drama that manages to stay sweet and heartwarming without being sappy.
Synopsis: On a Mississippi River island, two young friends (Tye Sheridan, Jacob Lofland) encounter a fugitive (Matthew McConaughey) whose wild tales... [More]
Directed By: Jeff Nichols

#24

Sideways (2004)
97%

#24
Adjusted Score: 103554%
Critics Consensus: Charming, thoughtful, and often funny, Sideways is a decidedly mature road trip comedy full of excellent performances.
Synopsis: A divorced teacher (Paul Giamatti) and his soon-to-be-married friend (Thomas Haden Church) ponder their lives and relationships during a road... [More]
Directed By: Alexander Payne

#23

Sound of Metal (2019)
97%

#23
Adjusted Score: 111617%
Critics Consensus: An evocative look at the experiences of the deaf community, Sound of Metal is brought to life by Riz Ahmed's passionate performance.
Synopsis: A drummer's life gets turned upside down when he suddenly loses his hearing.... [More]
Directed By: Darius Marder

#22

The Farewell (2019)
97%

#22
Adjusted Score: 115381%
Critics Consensus: The Farewell deftly captures complicated family dynamics with a poignant, well-acted drama that marries cultural specificity with universally relatable themes.
Synopsis: Billi's family returns to China under the guise of a fake wedding to stealthily say goodbye to their beloved matriarch... [More]
Directed By: Lulu Wang

#21

Knives Out (2019)
97%

#21
Adjusted Score: 121878%
Critics Consensus: Knives Out sharpens old murder-mystery tropes with a keenly assembled suspense outing that makes brilliant use of writer-director Rian Johnson's stellar ensemble.
Synopsis: The circumstances surrounding the death of crime novelist Harlan Thrombey are mysterious, but there's one thing that renowned Detective Benoit... [More]
Directed By: Rian Johnson

#20

Night Comes On (2018)
98%

#20
Adjusted Score: 99822%
Critics Consensus: Steadily drawing viewers into its harrowing tale with equal parts grim intensity and startling compassion, Night Comes On heralds the arrivals of debuting director Jordan Spiro and her magnetic young stars.
Synopsis: Released from juvenile detention, a teen and her 10-year-old sister embark on a quest to avenge the death of their... [More]
Directed By: Jordana Spiro

#19
Adjusted Score: 105727%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: Bizarre events frustrate an ambassador (Fernando Rey), his wife (Delphine Seyrig) and friends, hoping to dine in Paris.... [More]
Directed By: Luis Buñuel

#18
Adjusted Score: 105332%
Critics Consensus: One of the best political allegories of the 1950s, Invasion of the Body Snatchers is an efficient, chilling blend of sci-fi and horror.
Synopsis: A couple (Kevin McCarthy, Dana Wynter) discover that plant-life pods from space are replacing ordinary citizens.... [More]
Directed By: Don Siegel

#17

His Girl Friday (1940)
99%

#17
Adjusted Score: 107298%
Critics Consensus: Anchored by stellar performances from Cary Grant and Rosalind Russell, His Girl Friday is possibly the definitive screwball romantic comedy.
Synopsis: An ace reporter's editor tries to stop her from remarrying in this remake of director Lewis Milestone's "The Front Page."... [More]
Directed By: Howard Hawks

#16

Jaws (1975)
98%

#16
Adjusted Score: 109124%
Critics Consensus: Compelling, well-crafted storytelling and a judicious sense of terror ensure Steven Spielberg's Jaws has remained a benchmark in the art of delivering modern blockbuster thrills.
Synopsis: A New England police chief (Roy Scheider), a shark hunter (Robert Shaw) and a scientist (Richard Dreyfuss) have a showdown... [More]
Directed By: Steven Spielberg

#15

One Child Nation (2019)
98%

#15
Adjusted Score: 102783%
Critics Consensus: As illuminating as it is accessible, One Child Nation probes a painful chapter in Chinese history with piercing clarity.
Synopsis: After becoming a mother, a filmmaker uncovers the untold history of China's one-child policy and the generations of parents and... [More]
Starring:
Directed By: Nanfu Wang, Jialing Zhang

#14
#14
Adjusted Score: 103707%
Critics Consensus: Clever, funny, and original, Blow the Man Down is a cinematic journey that's not to be missed.
Synopsis: Sisters have to cover up a crime while grieving their mother's death.... [More]

#13

Rear Window (1954)
98%

#13
Adjusted Score: 114082%
Critics Consensus: Hitchcock exerted full potential of suspense in this masterpiece.
Synopsis: Sitting in a wheelchair, his leg in a cast, a photographer (James Stewart) spies on courtyard neighbors and sees a... [More]
Directed By: Alfred Hitchcock

#12

Life Itself (2014)
98%

#12
Adjusted Score: 106760%
Critics Consensus: Rich in detail and warmly affectionate, Life Itself offers a joyful yet poignant tribute to a critical cinematic legacy.
Synopsis: Filmmaker Steve James chronicles the life of film critic Roger Ebert, especially his career highlights, his battle with alcohol, and... [More]
Directed By: Steve James

#11

The Wrestler (2008)
98%

#11
Adjusted Score: 108133%
Critics Consensus: Mickey Rourke gives a performance for the ages in The Wrestler, a richly affecting, heart-wrenching yet ultimately rewarding drama.
Synopsis: An aging wrestler (Mickey Rourke) tries to reconnect with his estranged daughter and get his battered body in shape for... [More]
Directed By: Darren Aronofsky

#10
#10
Adjusted Score: 115418%
Critics Consensus: A hauntingly powerful reflection on larger-than-life figures, One Night in Miami finds Regina King in command of her craft in her feature directorial debut.
Synopsis: On the night of Feb. 25, 1964, in Miami, Cassius Clay joins Jim Brown, Sam Cooke and Malcom X, and... [More]
Directed By: Regina King

#9

The Big Sick (2017)
98%

#9
Adjusted Score: 112933%
Critics Consensus: Funny, heartfelt, and intelligent, The Big Sick uses its appealing leads and cross-cultural themes to prove the standard romcom formula still has some fresh angles left to explore.
Synopsis: Pakistani comic Kumail becomes worried about what his traditional Muslim parents will think of his American girlfriend Emily. When Emily... [More]
Directed By: Michael Showalter

#8

Sunset Blvd. (1950)
99%

#8
Adjusted Score: 109824%
Critics Consensus: Arguably the greatest movie about Hollywood, Billy Wilder's masterpiece Sunset Boulevard is a tremendously entertaining combination of noir, black comedy, and character study.
Synopsis: Hack screenwriter Joe (William Holden) moves in with Hollywood has-been Norma (Gloria Swanson) and her chauffeur, Max (Erich von Stroheim).... [More]
Directed By: Billy Wilder

#7
#7
Adjusted Score: 112702%
Critics Consensus: With his electrifying performance in Elia Kazan's thought-provoking, expertly constructed melodrama, Marlon Brando redefined the possibilities of acting for film and helped permanently alter the cinematic landscape.
Synopsis: A conscience-stricken ex-boxer (Marlon Brando) stands up to a corrupt union boss after unwittingly participating in a fellow longshoreman's murder.... [More]
Directed By: Elia Kazan

#6
#6
Adjusted Score: 104099%
Critics Consensus: Moving without resorting to melodrama, BPM offers an engrossing look at a pivotal period in history that lingers long after the closing credits roll.
Synopsis: Nathan is a young man who joins an AIDS activist group in 1990s Paris. As he attends the weekly meetings,... [More]
Directed By: Robin Campillo

#5
#5
Adjusted Score: 106831%
Critics Consensus: Ash Is Purest White finds writer-director Zhangke Jia revisiting familiar themes while continuing to observe modern Chinese society with an urgent, empathetic eye.
Synopsis: In an industrial city in China, a young dancer named Qiao falls in love with a mobster named Bin. When... [More]
Directed By: Jia Zhangke

#4
#4
Adjusted Score: 105463%
Critics Consensus: Boasting dazzling animation, a script with surprising dramatic depth, and thrilling 3-D sequences, How to Train Your Dragon soars.
Synopsis: A misfit Viking teenager (Jay Baruchel) sees a chance to change the course of his clan's future when he befriends... [More]

#3

Stop Making Sense (1984)
100%

#3
Adjusted Score: 103533%
Critics Consensus: Jonathan Demme's Stop Making Sense captures the energetic, unpredictable live act of peak Talking Heads with color and visual wit.
Synopsis: David Byrne and Talking Heads perform "Psycho Killer," "Take Me to the River," "Burning Down the House."... [More]
Directed By: Jonathan Demme

#2

Stagecoach (1939)
100%

#2
Adjusted Score: 105708%
Critics Consensus: Typifying the best that the Western genre has to offer, Stagecoach is a rip-roaring adventure given dramatic heft by John Ford's dynamic direction and John Wayne's mesmerizing star turn.
Synopsis: An outlaw (John Wayne), a prostitute (Claire Trevor), a drunken doctor and assorted others go through Indian country.... [More]
Directed By: John Ford

#1

Leave No Trace (2018)
100%

#1
Adjusted Score: 112602%
Critics Consensus: Leave No Trace takes an effectively low-key approach to a potentially sensationalistic story -- and further benefits from brilliant work by Ben Foster and Thomasin McKenzie.
Synopsis: A man and his 13-year-old daughter are living in a park when a small mistake tips them off to authorities... [More]
Directed By: Debra Granik

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