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The Best Movies on Peacock To Watch Right Now

Peacock spreads its feathers at the busy streaming platform pond: NBCUniversal has publicly launched its subscription service, the future and foreseeable home for the likes of The Office, Saturday Night Live, and the Fast & Furious franchise, along with a film library pulled from the studio vault dating back to the silent era. Thus we’ve plucked the movies with the highest Tomatometer scores on the service. Presenting: The best movies on Peacock!

Peacock has multiple subscription tiers — including free. (To learn more, here’s everything we know). The movies featured in this guide appear within the pay and free models, and each is Certified Fresh: the Rotten Tomatoes seal of approval reserved for the most critically-acclaimed films. Within Peacock’s launch period, this includes Best Picture nominees (Atonement), action classics (the Bourne series), Universal monsters (Frankenstein), and the largest streaming collection of Hitchcock (Psycho, Vertigo, Rear Window).

Every movie on this list is Certified Fresh, meaning the film maintained a high Tomatometer score after crossing a minimum number of critics reviews. As films get added or leave the platform, we’ll update this guide, so check back often. And now, time to take flight (or at least get a robust running start) with Peacock and its best movies!

Update: All eight Harry Potter films added.

#90
#90
Adjusted Score: 77.912%
Critics Consensus: Thanks to a suitably raunchy script and a pair of winning performances from Jonah Hill and Russell Brand, Get Him to the Greek is one of the year's funniest comedies.
Synopsis: Aaron Greenberg gets things done. The ambitious 23-year-old has exaggerated his way into a dream job just in time for... [More]
Directed By: Nicholas Stoller

#89
#89
Adjusted Score: 76.802%
Critics Consensus: It may not improve on the Raymond Carver short story that inspired it, but Everything Must Go resists cliche and boasts a pair of magnetic performances from the perfectly cast Ferrell and Wallace.
Synopsis: Adapted and directed by Dan Rush, and based on a short story by Raymond Carver, Everything Must Go tells the... [More]
Directed By: Daniela Rush, Dan Rush

#88

Rampart (2012)
74%

#88
Adjusted Score: 79.247%
Critics Consensus: Rampart sends viewers plummeting into a nihilistic hell of its protagonist's creation, yet Woody Harrelson's performance in the central role is too magnetic to dismiss.
Synopsis: Los Angeles, 1999 - Officer Dave Brown (Harrelson) is a Vietnam vet and a Rampart Precinct cop, dedicated to doing... [More]
Directed By: Oren Moverman

#87

A Beautiful Mind (2001)
74%

#87
Adjusted Score: 81.201%
Critics Consensus: The well-acted A Beautiful Mind is both a moving love story and a revealing look at mental illness.
Synopsis: From the heights of notoriety to the depths of depravity, John Forbes Nash, Jr. experiences it all. A mathematical genius,... [More]
Directed By: Ron Howard

#86
Adjusted Score: 77.331%
Critics Consensus: Lock, Stock, and Two Smoking Barrels is a grimy, twisted, and funny twist on the Tarantino hip gangster formula.
Synopsis: British writer Guy Ritchie made his feature directorial debut with this crime-caper comedy-drama set in London's East End and heavy... [More]
Directed By: Guy Ritchie

#85

Monster House (2006)
75%

#85
Adjusted Score: 80.317%
Critics Consensus: Monster House welcoms kids and adults alike into a household full of smart, monstrous fun.
Synopsis: A suburban home has become physically animated by a vengeful human soul looking to stir up trouble from beyond the... [More]
Directed By: Gil Kenan

#84

Dawn of the Dead (2004)
75%

#84
Adjusted Score: 80.197%
Critics Consensus: A kinetic, violent and surprisingly worthy remake of George Romero's horror classic that pays homage to the original while working on its own terms.
Synopsis: Packed with more blood, more gore, and more bone-chilling, jaw-dropping thrills, Dawn of the Dead Unrated Director's Cut is the... [More]
Directed By: Zack Snyder

#83
#83
Adjusted Score: 77.333%
Critics Consensus: People Places Things finds writer-director Jim Strouse in peak form -- and makes the most of talented stars who help breathe fresh life into familiar narrative territory.
Synopsis: Will Henry is a graphic novelist and a professor in NYC. At his adorable twin girls' fifth birthday party, Will's... [More]
Directed By: James C. Strouse

#82
Adjusted Score: 78.666%
Critics Consensus: A Guide to Recognizing Your Saints is a lively, powerful coming-of-age tale with winning performances and sharp direction from first-timer Dito Montiel.
Synopsis: This is the story of a pivotal summer on the hot, sweaty, violent streets of Astoria, Queens--a summer that changed... [More]
Directed By: Dito Montiel

#81

Secretary (2002)
76%

#81
Adjusted Score: 80.188%
Critics Consensus: Maggie Gyllenhaal impresses in this romantic comedy with a kinky twist.
Synopsis: Sadomasochism provides the backdrop for a very unusual employer/employee relationship in this very offbeat romantic drama from filmmaker Steven Shainberg.... [More]
Directed By: Steven Shainberg

#80

Hyena (2015)
77%

#80
Adjusted Score: 77.866%
Critics Consensus: Sinking in with as much baleful bite as its namesake, Hyena offers a dark, stylish, and impressively gritty addition to the British crime genre.
Synopsis: Michael (Peter Ferdinando) is a ruthless undercover coptargeting London's most violent drug traffickers. He and his team aren't above taking... [More]
Directed By: Gerard Johnson

#79
Adjusted Score: 85.884%
Critics Consensus: It can't help but feel like the prelude it is, but Deathly Hallows: Part I is a beautifully filmed, emotionally satisfying penultimate installment for the Harry Potter series.
Synopsis: The first installment of the two-film adaptation of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows follows Harry (Daniel Radcliffe), Ron (Rupert... [More]
Directed By: David Yates (II)

#78

You're Next (2013)
78%

#78
Adjusted Score: 83.85%
Critics Consensus: You're Next's energetic and effective mix of brutal gore and pitch black humor will please horror buffs and beyond.
Synopsis: One of the smartest and most terrifying films in years, YOU'RE NEXT reinvents the genre by putting a fresh twist... [More]
Directed By: Adam Wingard

#77
Adjusted Score: 86.756%
Critics Consensus: It's not easy to take the longest Harry Potter book and streamline it into the shortest HP movie, but director David Yates does a bang up job of it, creating an Order of the Phoenix that's entertaining and action-packed.
Synopsis: Young wizard-in-training Harry Potter (Daniel Radcliffe) returns to Hogwarts for his fifth year of studies, only to find that the... [More]
Directed By: David Yates (II)

#76

Trust (2011)
79%

#76
Adjusted Score: 80.365%
Critics Consensus: Director David Schwimmer gets some gut-wrenching performances out of his actors but he still lacks the chops to fully ratchet up story tension.
Synopsis: When Annie, a 14-year-old girl, is seduced by a 41-year-old internet predator she knows only as "Charlie," it tears apart... [More]
Directed By: David Schwimmer

#75
#75
Adjusted Score: 84.676%
Critics Consensus: The Prince of Egypt's stunning visuals and first-rate voice cast more than compensate for the fact that it's better crafted than it is emotionally involving.
Synopsis: "My son, I have nothing I can give, but this chance that you may live." With these words, Yocheved, a... [More]

#74

21 Grams (2003)
80%

#74
Adjusted Score: 85.14%
Critics Consensus: Alejandro González Iñárritu deftly weaves an uncommonly structured narrative with panache in 21 Grams, a stylish, haunting drama full of fine performances.
Synopsis: College professor Paul Rivers and his wife Mary find their union precariously balanced between life and death. He is mortally... [More]

#73

Primary Colors (1998)
81%

#73
Adjusted Score: 85.096%
Critics Consensus: Well acted and suprisingly funny.
Synopsis: Director Mike Nichols and screenwriter Elaine May crafted a near-perfect adaptation of the 1996 best-seller, a hilarious and troubling fictional... [More]
Directed By: Mike Nichols

#72
#72
Adjusted Score: 86.122%
Critics Consensus: Stylish but emotionally distant, The Man Who Wasn't There is a clever tribute to the film noir genre.
Synopsis: In the summer of 1949, a tale of passion, crime and punishment... Ed Crane is a barber in a small... [More]
Directed By: Joel Coen

#71
Adjusted Score: 87.7%
Critics Consensus: Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone adapts its source material faithfully while condensing the novel's overstuffed narrative into an involving -- and often downright exciting -- big-screen magical caper.
Synopsis: The best-selling novel by J.K. Rowling (titled Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone in England, as was this film adaptation)... [More]
Directed By: Chris Columbus

#70

Talk Radio (1988)
82%

#70
Adjusted Score: 85.289%
Critics Consensus: The gripping union of a director and star at the peak of their respective powers, Talk Radio offers the viewer a singularly unlikable character and dares you to look away.
Synopsis: Monologist Eric Bogosian's one-man theater piece Talk Radio, co-written by Bogosian and Tad Savinar, is searingly brought to the screen... [More]
Directed By: Oliver Stone

#69
Adjusted Score: 84.569%
Critics Consensus: Pope Francis - A Man of His Word offers a compelling look at the pontiff's ideas and message, even if its distance from the man means it won't win many new converts.
Synopsis: Wim Wenders' new documentary, "Pope Francis - A Man of His Word," is intended to be a personal journey with... [More]
Starring: Pope Francis
Directed By: Wim Wenders

#68

Listen Up Philip (2014)
82%

#68
Adjusted Score: 86.868%
Critics Consensus: As thought-provoking as it is uncompromising, Listen Up Philip finds writer-director Alex Ross Perry taking a creative step forward while hearkening back to classic neurotic comedies of '70s cinema.
Synopsis: A complex, intimate, and highly idiosyncratic comedy, Listen Up Philip is a literary look at the triumph of reality over... [More]
Directed By: Alex Ross Perry

#67
Adjusted Score: 88.915%
Critics Consensus: Though perhaps more enchanting for younger audiences, Chamber of Secrets is nevertheless both darker and livelier than its predecessor, expanding and improving upon the first film's universe.
Synopsis: Youthful wizard Harry Potter returns to the screen in this, the second film adaptation of J.K. Rowling's wildly popular series... [More]
Directed By: Chris Columbus

#66

Dead Ringers (1988)
83%

#66
Adjusted Score: 85.589%
Critics Consensus: Dead Ringers serves up a double dose of Jeremy Irons in service of a devilishly unsettling concept and commandingly creepy work from director David Cronenberg.
Synopsis: Based extremely loosely on a true story, Dead Ringers stars Jeremy Irons and Jeremy Irons. You read right--Irons essays the... [More]
Directed By: David Cronenberg

#65

Marnie (1964)
83%

#65
Adjusted Score: 86.48%
Critics Consensus: A coolly constructed mystery revolving around a character who's inscrutable to a fault, Marnie finds Hitchcock luring audiences deeper into the dark.
Synopsis: One year after she appeared as Melanie Daniels in Alfred Hitchcock's thriller, The Birds, actress Tippi Hedren took on another... [More]
Directed By: Alfred Hitchcock

#64
#64
Adjusted Score: 89.906%
Critics Consensus: With ample laughs and sharp performances, Forgetting Sarah Marshall finds just the right mix of romantic and raunchy comedy.
Synopsis: Watch the Unrated version that you couldn't see in theaters! It's the hysterically funny look at how far one man... [More]
Directed By: Nicholas Stoller

#63
#63
Adjusted Score: 89.424%
Critics Consensus: The Constant Gardener is a smart, gripping, and suspenseful thriller with rich performances from the leads.
Synopsis: When a British diplomat's wife -- a socially-conscious lawyer -- turns up dead in Kenya, he sets out to find... [More]
Directed By: Fernando Meirelles

#62

Atonement (2007)
83%

#62
Adjusted Score: 90.302%
Critics Consensus: Atonement features strong performances, brilliant cinematography, and a unique score. Featuring deft performances from James MacAvoy and Keira Knightley, it's a successful adaptation of Ian McEwan's novel.
Synopsis: In 1935, 13-year-old fledgling writer Briony Tallis and her family live a life of wealth and privilege in their enormous... [More]
Directed By: Joe Wright

#61
#61
Adjusted Score: 85.162%
Critics Consensus: Its meditative pace and low-key approach may prove too ponderous for some, but Hide Your Smiling Faces will cast a potent spell on viewers patient enough to let it unfold.
Synopsis: After a neighborhood tragedy, two young brothers -- nine-year-old Tommy (Ryan Jones) and 14-year-old Eric (Nathan Varnson) -- confront changing... [More]

#60
#60
Adjusted Score: 89.1%
Critics Consensus: Too over the top for its own good, but ultimately rescued by the cast's charm, director John Landis' grace, and several soul-stirring musical numbers.
Synopsis: Expanding on their Saturday Night Live characters, John Belushi and Dan Aykroyd star as Jake and Elwood Blues, two white... [More]
Directed By: John Landis

#59

Darkman (1990)
84%

#59
Adjusted Score: 88.184%
Critics Consensus: Gruesome and deliciously broad, Sam Raimi's Darkman bears the haunted soulfulness of gothic tragedy while packing the stylistic verve of onomatopoeia springing off a comic strip page.
Synopsis: In this sci-fi crime melodrama, a scientist is busily doing research into using a computer to clone body parts when... [More]
Directed By: Sam Raimi

#58
Adjusted Score: 86.096%
Critics Consensus: Every bit as good-natured as longtime fans might hope, I Am Big Bird: The Carroll Spinney Story offers heartwarming behind-the-scenes perspective on a cultural icon.
Synopsis: For 45 years, Caroll Spinney has been beloved by generations of children as the man behind Sesame Street's Big Bird... [More]

#57

King Kong (2005)
84%

#57
Adjusted Score: 93.27%
Critics Consensus: Featuring state-of-the-art special effects, terrific performances, and a majestic sense of spectacle, Peter Jackson's remake of King Kong is a potent epic that's faithful to the spirit of the 1933 original.
Synopsis: One of the greatest adventure stories in Hollywood history gets a new interpretation in this action drama from Academy Award-winning... [More]
Directed By: Peter Jackson

#56
Adjusted Score: 93.305%
Critics Consensus: Dark, thrilling, and occasionally quite funny, Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince is also visually stunning and emotionally satisfying.
Synopsis: Adolescent wizard-in-training Harry Potter returns to Hogwarts for another year of schooling and learns more about the dark past of... [More]
Directed By: David Yates (II)

#55
Adjusted Score: 88.346%
Critics Consensus: This romantic crime drama may not be to everyone's taste, but The Cook, the Thief, His Wife & Her Lover is an audacious, powerful film.
Synopsis: This is probably Peter Greenaway's most famous (or infamous) film, which first shocked audiences at the 1989 Cannes Film Festival... [More]
Directed By: Peter Greenaway

#54

Dave Made a Maze (2017)
85%

#54
Adjusted Score: 86.527%
Critics Consensus: Dave Made a Maze offers decent storytelling but plunges deep into bold stylistic waters, establishing director Bill Watterson as a fresh and inventive filmmaker.
Synopsis: Dave, an artist who has yet to complete anything significant in his career, builds a fort in his living room... [More]
Directed By: Bill Watterson

#53

Imperium (2016)
85%

#53
Adjusted Score: 87.092%
Critics Consensus: The unsettling Imperium boasts troublingly timely themes and a talented cast led by Daniel Radcliffe as an undercover FBI agent infiltrating a ring of white supremacists.
Synopsis: Nate Foster (Daniel Radcliffe), a young, idealistic FBI agent, goes undercover to take down a radical right-wing terrorist group. The... [More]
Directed By: Daniel Ragussis

#52

Billy Elliot (2000)
85%

#52
Adjusted Score: 88.924%
Critics Consensus: Billy Elliot is a charming movie that can evoke both laughter and tears.
Synopsis: The life of a miner's son in Northern England is forever changed one day when he stumbles upon a ballet... [More]
Directed By: Stephen Daldry

#51
Adjusted Score: 89.54%
Critics Consensus: Befitting its unorthodox origins, this Bad Lieutenant benefits from Werner Herzog's typically fearless direction and a delightfully unhinged Nicolas Cage in the title role.
Synopsis: Abel Ferrara's cult crime drama Bad Lieutenant is given a sister film with this Werner Herzog-helmed production that takes its... [More]
Directed By: Werner Herzog

#50

Big Fan (2009)
86%

#50
Adjusted Score: 88.25%
Critics Consensus: Featuring Patton Oswalt's sympathetic portrayal, Big Fan humorously and effectively captures the dark and lonely world of a sports fanatic.
Synopsis: Paul Aufiero, a 35-year-old parking garage attendant from Staten Island, is the self-described "world's biggest New York Giants fan." He... [More]
Directed By: Robert D. Siegel

#49

Gosford Park (2001)
86%

#49
Adjusted Score: 91.16%
Critics Consensus: A mixture of Upstairs, Downstairs, Clue, and perceptive social commentary, Gosford Park ranks among director Altman's best.
Synopsis: Maverick American filmmaker Robert Altman takes a witty and absorbing look at the foibles of the British class system in... [More]
Directed By: Robert Altman

#48

Meet The Patels (2015)
87%

#48
Adjusted Score: 88.206%
Critics Consensus: Meet the Patels works on multiple levels, offering an affably entertaining documentary about one man looking for love while posing thoughtful questions about cultural assimilation and modern romance.
Synopsis: A laugh-out-loud real life romantic comedy about Ravi Patel, an almost-30-year-old Indian-American who enters a love triangle between the woman... [More]
Directed By: Ravi Patel, Geeta Patel

#47

What Maisie Knew (2013)
87%

#47
Adjusted Score: 90.855%
Critics Consensus: It's undeniably difficult to watch at times, but What Maisie Knew ultimately rises on the strength of its solidly sourced script, powerful performances, and empathetic direction.
Synopsis: A contemporary reimagining of Henry James' novel, WHAT MAISIE KNEW tells the story of a captivating little girl's struggle for... [More]

#46

Broken Flowers (2005)
87%

#46
Adjusted Score: 93.501%
Critics Consensus: Bill Murray's subtle and understated style complements director Jim Jarmusch's minimalist storytelling in this quirky, but deadpan comedy.
Synopsis: The resolutely single Don has just been dumped by his latest lover, Sherry. Don yet again resigns himself to being... [More]
Directed By: Jim Jarmusch

#45
#45
Adjusted Score: 95.463%
Critics Consensus: A beautiful, epic Western, Brokeback Mountain's love story is imbued with heartbreaking universality thanks to moving performances by Heath Ledger and Jake Gyllenhaal.
Synopsis: Set against the sweeping landscapes of Wyoming and Texas, this epic love story tells of two young men -- a... [More]
Directed By: Ang Lee

#44

Tully (2018)
87%

#44
Adjusted Score: 98.886%
Critics Consensus: Tully delves into the modern parenthood experience with an admirably deft blend of humor and raw honesty, brought to life by an outstanding performance by Charlize Theron.
Synopsis: A new comedy from Academy Award (R)-nominated director Jason Reitman ("Up in the Air") and Academy Award (R)-winning screenwriter Diablo... [More]
Directed By: Jason Reitman

#43

Sin Nombre (2009)
88%

#43
Adjusted Score: 91.432%
Critics Consensus: Part harrowing immigration tale, part gangster story, this debut by writer/director Cary Fukunaga is sensitive, insightful and deeply authentic.
Synopsis: Sayra, a teenager living in Honduras, hungers for a brighter future. A reunion with her long-estranged father gives Sayra her... [More]
Directed By: Cary Joji Fukunaga

#42

Bernie (2012)
88%

#42
Adjusted Score: 93.834%
Critics Consensus: Richard Linklater's Bernie is a gently told and unexpectedly amusing true-crime comedy that benefits from an impressive performance by Jack Black.
Synopsis: In the tiny, rural town of Carthage, TX, assistant funeral director Bernie Tiede was one of the town's most beloved... [More]
Directed By: Richard Linklater

#41

Shrek (2001)
88%

#41
Adjusted Score: 94.893%
Critics Consensus: While simultaneously embracing and subverting fairy tales, the irreverent Shrek also manages to tweak Disney's nose, provide a moral message to children, and offer viewers a funny, fast-paced ride.
Synopsis: Once upon a time, in a far away swamp, there lived an ornery ogre named Shrek whose precious solitude is... [More]

#40
Adjusted Score: 96.809%
Critics Consensus: The main characters are maturing, and the filmmakers are likewise improving on their craft; vibrant special effects and assured performances add up to what is the most complex yet of the Harry Potter films.
Synopsis: Directed by Mike Newell, the fourth installment to the Harry Potter series finds Harry (Daniel Radcliffe) wondering why his legendary... [More]
Directed By: Mike Newell

#39

One True Thing (1998)
89%

#39
Adjusted Score: 91.935%
Critics Consensus: Solid performances lift this drama to a higher level.
Synopsis: Carl Franklin directed this family drama adapted from the 1995 novel by former New York Times columnist Anna Quindlen about... [More]
Directed By: Carl Franklin

#38

Topsy-Turvy (1999)
89%

#38
Adjusted Score: 92.356%
Critics Consensus: Dressed to the nines in exquisite production value and buoyed by Mike Leigh's sardonic wit, Topsy-Turvy is rich entertainment that is as brainy as it is handsome.
Synopsis: William Schwenck Gilbert is the librettist, writing the words. Arthur Sullivan is the composer, writing the music. Gilbert is the... [More]
Directed By: Mike Leigh

#37

Eastern Promises (2007)
89%

#37
Adjusted Score: 95.652%
Critics Consensus: David Cronenberg triumphs again, showcasing the Viggo Mortensen's onscreen prowess in a daring performance. Bearing the trademarks of psychological drama and gritty violence, Eastern Promises is a very compelling crime story.
Synopsis: Russian-born Nikolai Luzhin is a driver for one of London's most notorious organized crime families of Eastern European origin. The... [More]
Directed By: David Cronenberg

#36

3:10 to Yuma (2007)
89%

#36
Adjusted Score: 96.494%
Critics Consensus: This remake of a classic Western improves on the original, thanks to fiery performances from Russell Crowe and Christian Bale as well as sharp direction from James Mangold.
Synopsis: Russell Crowe plays a desperado whose accomplices stage an ambush after he is taken into custody by a determined local... [More]
Directed By: James Mangold

#35

The Wolf Man (1941)
90%

#35
Adjusted Score: 96.3%
Critics Consensus: A handsomely told tale with an affecting performance from Lon Chaney, Jr., The Wolf Man remains one of the classics of the Universal horror stable.
Synopsis: "Even a man who is pure at heart/And says his prayers by night/May become a wolf when the wolf-bane blooms/And... [More]
Directed By: George Waggner

#34

Frenzy (1972)
90%

#34
Adjusted Score: 95.123%
Critics Consensus: Marking Alfred Hitchcock's return to England and first foray into viscerally explicit carnage, Frenzy finds the master of horror regaining his grip on the audience's pulse -- and making their blood run cold.
Synopsis: Suspenseful, disturbing, and darkly humorous, Frenzy, directed by Alfred Hitchcock, is the story of a rapist-murderer, whose distinctive murder weapon... [More]
Directed By: Alfred Hitchcock

#33

United 93 (2006)
90%

#33
Adjusted Score: 97.267%
Critics Consensus: Potent and sobering, United 93 treats the subject matter with respect, never resorting to Hollywood aggrandizement.
Synopsis: This is the story of the takeoff and hijacking of United Airlines Flight 93 by terrorists, the discovery by passengers... [More]
Directed By: Paul Greengrass

#32
Adjusted Score: 97.537%
Critics Consensus: Under the assured direction of Alfonso Cuaron, Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban triumphantly strikes a delicate balance between technical wizardry and complex storytelling.
Synopsis: After directing the first two movies in the Harry Potter franchise, Chris Columbus opted to serve as producer for Harry... [More]
Directed By: Alfonso Cuarón

#31

Transsiberian (2008)
91%

#31
Adjusted Score: 94.293%
Critics Consensus: Traditional in form yet effective in execution, this taut thriller updates the "danger on a train" scenario with atmospheric sense.
Synopsis: Set on the legendary express train as it travels from China to Moscow, follows an American couple who board the... [More]
Directed By: Brad Anderson

#30
Adjusted Score: 93.725%
Critics Consensus: Though not objective by any means, The Kid Stays in the Picture is irresistibly entertaining.
Synopsis: Robert Evans' rise from second-string actor (who really was discovered while lounging by the pool at the Beverly Hills Hotel)... [More]

#29

Reservoir Dogs (1992)
92%

#29
Adjusted Score: 97.135%
Critics Consensus: Thrumming with intelligence and energy, Reservoir Dogs opens Quentin Tarantino's filmmaking career with hard-hitting style.
Synopsis: In 1992, Reservoir Dogs transformed Quentin Tarantino practically overnight from an obscure, unproduced screenwriter and part-time actor to the most... [More]
Directed By: Quentin Tarantino

#28

Antz (1998)
92%

#28
Adjusted Score: 96.999%
Critics Consensus: Featuring a stellar voice cast, technically dazzling animation, and loads of good humor, Antz should delight both children and adults.
Synopsis: Central Park ant drone Z longs to be an individual of accomplishment, but Z's colony is a society that puts... [More]
Directed By: Eric Darnell, Tim Johnson

#27
Adjusted Score: 95.952%
Critics Consensus: Dave Chappelle's Block Party is a raucous return to the spotlight for the comic, buoyed by witty, infectious humor and outstanding musical performances.
Synopsis: A genuine crowd-pleaser, "Dave Chappelle's Block Party" spotlights comedy superstar Dave Chappelle as he presents a Brooklyn neighborhood with its... [More]
Directed By: Michel Gondry

#26

Shattered Glass (2003)
92%

#26
Adjusted Score: 96.57%
Critics Consensus: A compelling look at Stephen Glass' fall from grace.
Synopsis: The true story of journalist Stephen Glass, the twenty-something whiz kid who quickly rose from a minor writing post in... [More]
Directed By: Billy Ray

#25

Spartacus (1960)
93%

#25
Adjusted Score: 100.699%
Critics Consensus: Featuring terrific performances and epic action, Kubrick's restored swords-and-sandals epic is a true classic.
Synopsis: Spartacus (Kirk Douglas) is a rebellious slave purchased by Lentulus Batiatus (Peter Ustinov), owner of a school for gladiators. For... [More]
Directed By: Stanley Kubrick

#24

The Deer Hunter (1978)
93%

#24
Adjusted Score: 101.175%
Critics Consensus: Its greatness is blunted by its length and one-sided point of view, but the film's weaknesses are overpowered by Michael Cimino's sympathetic direction and a series of heartbreaking performances from Robert De Niro, Meryl Streep, and Christopher Walken.
Synopsis: The Deer Hunter moves from the steel mills outside of Pittsburgh to the mountains of Pennsylvania to the jungles of... [More]
Directed By: Michael Cimino

#23

Moonrise Kingdom (2012)
94%

#23
Adjusted Score: 103.985%
Critics Consensus: Warm, whimsical, and poignant, the immaculately framed and beautifully acted Moonrise Kingdom presents writer/director Wes Anderson at his idiosyncratic best.
Synopsis: Set on an island off the coast of New England in the summer of 1965, Moonrise Kingdom tells the story... [More]
Directed By: Wes Anderson

#22

Rope (1948)
94%

#22
Adjusted Score: 101.05%
Critics Consensus: As formally audacious as it is narratively brilliant, Rope connects a powerful ensemble in service of a darkly satisfying crime thriller from a master of the genre.
Synopsis: Rope, Alfred Hitchcock's first color film, was adapted from Patrick Hamilton's stage play Rope's End by no less than Hume... [More]
Directed By: Alfred Hitchcock

#21

Charade (1963)
94%

#21
Adjusted Score: 99.528%
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: Cary Grant and Audrey Hepburn star in this stylish comedy-thriller directed by Stanley Donen, very much in a Hitchcock vein.... [More]
Directed By: Stanley Donen

#20
#20
Adjusted Score: 97.575%
Critics Consensus: Impassioned and meticulously observed, In the Name of the Father mines rousing drama from a factual miscarriage of justice, aided by scorching performances and director Jim Sheridan's humanist focus.
Synopsis: True story of Irish youth wrongly convicted for IRA bombing in 1974 as he and his father are taken to... [More]
Directed By: Jim Sheridan

#19

The Sting (1973)
94%

#19
Adjusted Score: 100.326%
Critics Consensus: Paul Newman, Robert Redford, and director George Roy Hill prove that charm, humor, and a few slick twists can add up to a great film.
Synopsis: Four years after setting box offices ablaze in Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid, Paul Newman, Robert Redford, and director... [More]
Directed By: George Roy Hill

#18

Vertigo (1958)
94%

#18
Adjusted Score: 106.299%
Critics Consensus: An unpredictable scary thriller that doubles as a mournful meditation on love, loss, and human comfort.
Synopsis: Dismissed when first released, later heralded as one of director Alfred Hitchcock's finest films (and, according to Hitchcock, his most... [More]
Directed By: Alfred Hitchcock

#17

The Birds (1963)
95%

#17
Adjusted Score: 101.46%
Critics Consensus: Proving once again that build-up is the key to suspense, Alfred Hitchcock successfully turned birds into some of the most terrifying villains in horror history.
Synopsis: The story begins as an innocuous romantic triangle involving wealthy, spoiled Melanie Daniels (Tippi Hedren), handsome Mitch Brenner (Rod Taylor),... [More]
Directed By: Alfred Hitchcock

#16

It Follows (2015)
95%

#16
Adjusted Score: 104.986%
Critics Consensus: Smart, original, and above all terrifying, It Follows is the rare modern horror film that works on multiple levels -- and leaves a lingering sting.
Synopsis: After a strange sexual encounter, a teenager finds herself haunted by nightmarish visions and the inescapable sense that something is... [More]
Directed By: David Robert Mitchell

#15
#15
Adjusted Score: 101.818%
Critics Consensus: Effectively balancing humor and subtle pathos, Sofia Coppola crafts a moving, melancholy story that serves as a showcase for both Bill Murray and Scarlett Johansson.
Synopsis: After making a striking directorial debut with her screen adaptation of The Virgin Suicides, Sofia Coppola offers a story of... [More]
Directed By: Sofia Coppola

#14

Psycho (1960)
96%

#14
Adjusted Score: 109.403%
Critics Consensus: Infamous for its shower scene, but immortal for its contribution to the horror genre. Because Psycho was filmed with tact, grace, and art, Hitchcock didn't just create modern horror, he validated it.
Synopsis: In 1960, Alfred Hitchcock was already famous as the screen's master of suspense (and perhaps the best-known film director in... [More]
Directed By: Alfred Hitchcock

#13
Adjusted Score: 106.827%
Critics Consensus: Thrilling, powerfully acted, and visually dazzling, Deathly Hallows Part II brings the Harry Potter franchise to a satisfying -- and suitably magical -- conclusion.
Synopsis: Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows - Part 2, is the final adventure in the Harry Potter film series. The... [More]
Directed By: David Yates (II)

#12

Spellbound (2002)
97%

#12
Adjusted Score: 100.623%
Critics Consensus: A suspenseful, gripping documentary that features an engaging cross section of American children.
Synopsis: Eight kids of wildly disparate ethnic, class, and regional backgrounds are followed from their individual hometowns to Washington D.C. for... [More]
Directed By: Jeffrey Blitz

#11

Chicken Run (2000)
97%

#11
Adjusted Score: 103.136%
Critics Consensus: Chicken Run has all the charm of Nick Park's Wallace & Gromit, and something for everybody. The voice acting is fabulous, the slapstick is brilliant, and the action sequences are spectacular.
Synopsis: A comedy drama set on a Yorkshire chicken farm in 1950s England, the story follows the turbulent romance between Rocky... [More]
Directed By: Peter Lord, Nick Park

#10
#10
Adjusted Score: 108.086%
Critics Consensus: An eccentric, campy, technically impressive, and frightening picture, James Whale's Bride of Frankenstein has aged remarkably well.
Synopsis: Dr. Frankenstein is forced to tempt fate once again by creating a suitable mate for his monster.... [More]
Directed By: James Whale

#9
Adjusted Score: 106.397%
Critics Consensus: Director Lewis Milestone's brilliant anti-war polemic, headlined by an unforgettable performance from Lew Ayres, lays bare the tragic foolishness at the heart of war.
Synopsis: Follow a group of idealistic young men as they join the German Army during World War I and are assigned... [More]
Directed By: Lewis Milestone

#8
Adjusted Score: 110.686%
Critics Consensus: Playing as both an exciting sci-fi adventure and a remarkable portrait of childhood, Steven Spielberg's touching tale of a homesick alien remains a piece of movie magic for young and old.
Synopsis: Both a classic movie for kids and a remarkable portrait of childhood, E.T. is a sci-fi adventure that captures that... [More]
Directed By: Steven Spielberg

#7

Murderball (2005)
98%

#7
Adjusted Score: 102.385%
Critics Consensus: An entertaining and gripping documentary that shows being confined to a wheelchair doesn't mean the fun has to end.
Synopsis: Like any other great sports story, 'Murderball' features fierce rivalry, stopwatch suspense, dazzling athletic prowess, larger-than-life personalities and triumph over... [More]

#6

Short Term 12 (2013)
98%

#6
Adjusted Score: 104.5%
Critics Consensus: Short Term 12 is an emphatic, revealing drama that pulls audiences into the perspective of neglected youths.
Synopsis: I Am Not a Hipster director Destin Daniel Cretton expands his 2008 short of the same name into a feature... [More]
Directed By: Destin Daniel Cretton

#5

Rear Window (1954)
99%

#5
Adjusted Score: 107.642%
Critics Consensus: Hitchcock exerted full potential of suspense in this masterpiece.
Synopsis: Laid up with a broken leg, photojournalist L.B. Jeffries (James Stewart) is confined to his tiny, sweltering courtyard apartment. To... [More]
Directed By: Alfred Hitchcock

#4

Starred Up (2014)
99%

#4
Adjusted Score: 103.029%
Critics Consensus: Smart, hard-hitting, and queasily realistic, Starred Up is an instant classic of U.K. prison cinema.
Synopsis: 19-year-old Eric (Jack O'Connell, star of the upcoming UNBROKEN), arrogant and ultra-violent, is prematurely transferred to the same adult prison... [More]
Directed By: David Mackenzie

#3

The Lady Eve (1941)
100%

#3
Adjusted Score: 107.577%
Critics Consensus: A career highlight for Preston Sturges, The Lady Eve benefits from Barbara Stanwyck and Henry Fonda's sparkling chemistry -- and a script that inspired countless battle-of-the-sexes comedies.
Synopsis: In Preston Sturges' comedy, Henry Fonda stars as Charles Pike, the son of a beer magnate who becomes the target... [More]
Directed By: Preston Sturges

#2

Shadow of a Doubt (1943)
100%

#2
Adjusted Score: 110.445%
Critics Consensus: Alfred Hitchcock's earliest classic -- and his own personal favorite -- deals its flesh-crawling thrills as deftly as its finely shaded characters.
Synopsis: This is about the relationship between Uncle Charlie and his niece. He seems to be a good man on the... [More]
Directed By: Alfred Hitchcock

#1

Frankenstein (1931)
100%

#1
Adjusted Score: 107%
Critics Consensus: Still unnerving to this day, Frankenstein adroitly explores the fine line between genius and madness, and features Boris Karloff's legendary, frightening performance as the monster.
Synopsis: "Frankenstein" is a film about a mad, obsessed scientist, Dr. Henry Frankenstein", who creates a monster, by taking body parts... [More]
Directed By: James Whale

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