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The Best Movies on Peacock (September 2021)

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 every Certified Fresh movie  on the service. Presenting: The best movies on Peacock!

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!

#87

Wanted (2008)
71%

#87
Adjusted Score: 79987%
Critics Consensus: Wanted is stylish, energetic popcorn fare with witty performances from Angelina Jolie (playing an expert assassin), James McAvoy, and Morgan Freeman that help to distract from its absurdly over-the-top plot.
Synopsis: After his estranged father is murdered, an office drone (James McAvoy) joins secret assassins who take their orders from Fate... [More]
Directed By: Timur Bekmambetov

#86

A Beautiful Mind (2001)
74%

#86
Adjusted Score: 82568%
Critics Consensus: The well-acted A Beautiful Mind is both a moving love story and a revealing look at mental illness.
Synopsis: Mathematics genius John Forbes Nash Jr. (Russell Crowe) has paranoid schizophrenia but becomes a Nobel laureate late in life.... [More]
Directed By: Ron Howard

#85

Rampart (2011)
74%

#85
Adjusted Score: 79463%
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: A veteran cop (Woody Harrelson) blurs the line between right and wrong as he carries out his own brand of... [More]
Directed By: Oren Moverman

#84
Adjusted Score: 84892%
Critics Consensus: While still slightly hamstrung by "middle chapter" narrative problems and its formidable length, The Desolation of Smaug represents a more confident, exciting second chapter for the Hobbit series.
Synopsis: Bilbo (Martin Freeman) and his companions continue their journey east and brave many dangers on their way to the Lonely... [More]
Directed By: Peter Jackson

#83
Adjusted Score: 78086%
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: A writer (Robert Downey Jr.) thinks about his childhood in a violent neighborhood in Queens, N.Y., when he returns home... [More]
Directed By: Dito Montiel

#82

Lone Survivor (2013)
75%

#82
Adjusted Score: 85032%
Critics Consensus: A true account of military courage and survival, Lone Survivor wields enough visceral power to mitigate its heavy-handed jingoism.
Synopsis: In the mountains of Afghanistan, a squad of Taliban fighters ambushes four Navy SEALs, who are there on a mission... [More]
Directed By: Peter Berg

#81

The Firm (1993)
75%

#81
Adjusted Score: 80359%
Critics Consensus: The Firm is a big studio thriller that amusingly tears apart the last of 1980s boardroom culture and the false securities it represented.
Synopsis: A law-school grad uncovers a sinister secret about the Tennessee firm that made him an offer he couldn't refuse.... [More]
Directed By: Sydney Pollack

#80

The Help (2011)
76%

#80
Adjusted Score: 84817%
Critics Consensus: Though it fails to fully engage with its racial themes, The Help rises on the strength of its cast -- particularly Viola Davis, whose performance is powerful enough to carry the film on its own.
Synopsis: Determined to become a writer, a 1960s Mississippi society girl (Emma Stone) turns her small town on its ear by... [More]
Directed By: Tate Taylor

#79
#79
Adjusted Score: 78892%
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: A graphic novelist /professor (Jemaine Clement) tries to navigate the unfamiliar waters of single fatherhood and dating.... [More]
Directed By: Jim Strouse

#78

Fast Five (2011)
77%

#78
Adjusted Score: 84707%
Critics Consensus: Sleek, loud, and over the top, Fast Five proudly embraces its brainless action thrills and injects new life into the franchise.
Synopsis: In Rio de Janeiro, ex-con Dom Torretto (Vin Diesel) and ex-cop Brian O'Conner (Paul Walker) join forces against a corrupt... [More]
Directed By: Justin Lin

#77

Role Models (2008)
77%

#77
Adjusted Score: 82833%
Critics Consensus: Role Models is a frequently crude, always funny comedy with the cast providing solid work throughout.
Synopsis: Forced to join a mentorship program, two irresponsible men (Seann William Scott, Paul Rudd) must help a pair of impressionable... [More]
Directed By: David Wain

#76

Fair Game (2010)
79%

#76
Adjusted Score: 84073%
Critics Consensus: It struggles with the balance between fact-based biopic and taut political thriller, but Fair Game brims with righteous anger -- and benefits from superb performances by Naomi Watts and Sean Penn.
Synopsis: Valerie Plame's (Naomi Watts) life becomes front-page news when someone leaks her status as a covert CIA operative after her... [More]
Directed By: Doug Liman

#75

Casino (1995)
79%

#75
Adjusted Score: 83929%
Critics Consensus: Impressive ambition and bravura performances from an outstanding cast help Casino pay off in spite of a familiar narrative that may strike some viewers as a safe bet for director Martin Scorsese.
Synopsis: A New York bookie (Robert De Niro) and his pal (Joe Pesci) turn a Las Vegas casino into an empire,... [More]
Directed By: Martin Scorsese

#74

Boy Erased (2018)
80%

#74
Adjusted Score: 94013%
Critics Consensus: Anchored in empathy by writer-director-star Joel Edgerton, Boy Erased proves the road to complex, powerfully performed drama can also be paved with good intentions.
Synopsis: Jared is the son of a small-town Baptist pastor who gets outed to his parents at age 19. He's soon... [More]
Directed By: Joel Edgerton

#73

Despicable Me (2010)
81%

#73
Adjusted Score: 87069%
Critics Consensus: Borrowing heavily (and intelligently) from Pixar and Looney Tunes, Despicable Me is a surprisingly thoughtful, family-friendly treat with a few surprises of its own.
Synopsis: As he tries to execute a fiendish plot to steal the moon, a supervillain (Steve Carell) meets his match in... [More]

#72

Listen Up Philip (2014)
82%

#72
Adjusted Score: 87050%
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: After refusing to promote his eagerly awaited second novel, a self-absorbed writer (Jason Schwartzman) takes up residence at the home... [More]
Directed By: Alex Ross Perry

#71

Serenity (2005)
82%

#71
Adjusted Score: 87880%
Critics Consensus: Snappy dialogue and goofy characters make this Wild Wild West soap opera in space fun and adventurous.
Synopsis: Crew members (Nathan Fillion, Gina Torres, Alan Tudyk) aboard a transport vessel get caught in a deadly conflict in the... [More]
Directed By: Joss Whedon

#70
#70
Adjusted Score: 86344%
Critics Consensus: An acute survey of the football-obsessed heartland that succeeds as both a stirring drama and a rousing sports movie.
Synopsis: A high-school football coach (Billy Bob Thornton) in Odessa, Texas, tries to lead his players (Derek Luke, Jay Hernandez) to... [More]
Directed By: Peter Berg

#69

Dead Ringers (1988)
83%

#69
Adjusted Score: 86414%
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: Twin-brother gynecologists (Jeremy Irons) are divided by a patient (Geneviève Bujold) and doomed by drugs.... [More]
Directed By: David Cronenberg

#68
#68
Adjusted Score: 86800%
Critics Consensus: The Motorcycle Diaries is heartfelt and profound in its rendering of the formative experiences that turn Ernesto "Che" Guerva into a famous revolutionary.
Synopsis: In 1952, medical student Ernesto "Che" Guevara (Gael García Bernal) and his friend Alberto Granado (Rodrigo de la Serna) embark... [More]
Directed By: Walter Salles

#67

Darkman (1990)
83%

#67
Adjusted Score: 87925%
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: An acid-scarred scientist (Liam Neeson) uses 99-minute masks to be with his girlfriend (Frances McDormand) and trap gangsters.... [More]
Directed By: Sam Raimi

#66
#66
Adjusted Score: 88512%
Critics Consensus: It doesn't offer any twists on the predictable courtroom thriller formula, but with a charming Matthew McConaughey leading its solid cast, The Lincoln Lawyer offers briskly enjoyable entertainment.
Synopsis: A lawyer (Matthew McConaughey) who operates out of the back of his Lincoln Continental lands the case of a lifetime... [More]
Directed By: Brad Furman

#65

Notting Hill (1999)
83%

#65
Adjusted Score: 87747%
Critics Consensus: A rom-com with the right ingredients, Notting Hill proves there's nothing like a love story well told -- especially when Hugh Grant and Julia Roberts are your leads.
Synopsis: A man's (Hugh Grant) life changes when an international star (Julia Roberts) walks into his bookshop.... [More]
Directed By: Roger Michell

#64

Warrior (2011)
83%

#64
Adjusted Score: 90237%
Critics Consensus: Warrior relies on many of the clichés that critics of the genre love to mock -- and it transcends them with gripping action, powerful acting, and heart.
Synopsis: An Iraq War veteran (Tom Hardy) finds himself on a collision course with his estranged brother (Joel Edgerton) when both... [More]
Directed By: Gavin O'Connor

#63

The Big Lebowski (1998)
83%

#63
Adjusted Score: 90125%
Critics Consensus: Typically stunning visuals and sharp dialogue from the Coen Brothers, brought to life with strong performances from Goodman and Bridges.
Synopsis: Bowling buddies (Jeff Bridges, John Goodman) become involved with a multimillionaire and his family wanted by mobsters in 1990s Los... [More]
Directed By: Joel Coen

#62

Jerry Maguire (1996)
84%

#62
Adjusted Score: 88907%
Critics Consensus: Anchored by dazzling performances from Tom Cruise, Cuba Gooding Jr., and Renée Zellweger, as well as Cameron Crowe's tender direction, Jerry Maguire meshes romance and sports with panache.
Synopsis: A Los Angeles sports agent (Tom Cruise) finds love with a pretty accountant (Renee Zellweger) after an attack of conscience... [More]
Directed By: Cameron Crowe

#61
Adjusted Score: 86805%
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: Caroll Spinney is the 80-year-old who has been creating the Muppet characters of Big Bird and Oscar the Grouch since... [More]

#60

In Bruges (2008)
84%

#60
Adjusted Score: 91557%
Critics Consensus: Featuring witty dialogue and deft performances, In Bruges is an effective mix of dark comedy and crime thriller elements.
Synopsis: Two hit men (Colin Farrell, Brendan Gleeson) have strange and life-changing experiences while hiding out in the medieval city.... [More]
Directed By: Martin McDonagh

#59

King Kong (2005)
84%

#59
Adjusted Score: 93255%
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: Members (Naomi Watts, Jack Black, Adrien Brody) of a film crew encounter prehistoric beasts and a gigantic ape on mysterious... [More]
Directed By: Peter Jackson

#58
#58
Adjusted Score: 90175%
Critics Consensus: The Constant Gardener is a smart, gripping, and suspenseful thriller with rich performances from the leads.
Synopsis: A mild-mannered English diplomat (Ralph Fiennes) begins a transcontinental quest to uncover the truth about his wife's (Rachel Weisz) death.... [More]
Directed By: Fernando Meirelles

#57
Adjusted Score: 88315%
Critics Consensus: Monty Python's the Meaning of Life is rude, ribald, and unafraid to take comedic risks -- which is to say it should more than satisfy fans of the titular troupe.
Synopsis: The British troupe's (Graham Chapman, John Cleese, Terry Gilliam) sketches include gluttony, birth control and total insignificance.... [More]
Directed By: Terry Gilliam, Terry Jones

#56
Adjusted Score: 89175%
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: The wife (Helen Mirren) of a gangster (Michael Gambon) meets her lover in a chef's (Richard Bohringer) French restaurant, but... [More]
Directed By: Peter Greenaway

#55

They Live (1988)
85%

#55
Adjusted Score: 89830%
Critics Consensus: A politically subversive blend of horror and sci fi, They Live is an underrated genre film from John Carpenter.
Synopsis: When two men (Roddy Piper, Keith David) put on special sunglasses they see aliens and subliminal messages.... [More]
Directed By: John Carpenter

#54

Erin Brockovich (2000)
85%

#54
Adjusted Score: 90328%
Critics Consensus: Taking full advantage of Julia Roberts's considerable talent and appeal, Erin Brockovich overcomes a few character and plot issues to deliver a smart, thoughtful, and funny legal drama.
Synopsis: A law clerk (Julia Roberts) researching a client's health case stumbles on a cover-up of a contaminated water supply in... [More]
Directed By: Steven Soderbergh

#53

Beetlejuice (1988)
85%

#53
Adjusted Score: 89181%
Critics Consensus: Brilliantly bizarre and overflowing with ideas, Beetlejuice offers some of Michael Keaton's most deliciously manic work - and creepy, funny fun for the whole family.
Synopsis: A ghoul (Michael Keaton) helps a newly dead couple (Alec Baldwin, Geena Davis) haunt the tasteless new owners of their... [More]
Directed By: Tim Burton

#52
Adjusted Score: 90297%
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: A substance-abusing cop (Nicolas Cage) is locked in a downward spiral as he probes the drug-related murders of five illegal... [More]
Directed By: Werner Herzog

#51

Big Fan (2009)
86%

#51
Adjusted Score: 88598%
Critics Consensus: Featuring Patton Oswalt's sympathetic portrayal, Big Fan humorously and effectively captures the dark and lonely world of a sports fanatic.
Synopsis: A football fan (Patton Oswalt) meets his idol in a New York strip club, where his rabid devotion is put... [More]
Directed By: Robert D. Siegel

#50

Dave Made a Maze (2017)
86%

#50
Adjusted Score: 88050%
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: When Dave builds a fort in his living room, he gets trapped inside by booby traps and creatures. With no... [More]
Directed By: Bill Watterson

#49

Inside Man (2006)
86%

#49
Adjusted Score: 94138%
Critics Consensus: Spike Lee's energetic and clever bank-heist thriller is a smart genre film that is not only rewarding on its own terms, but manages to subvert its pulpy trappings with wit and skill.
Synopsis: An enigmatic woman (Jodie Foster) threatens to push past the breaking point a volatile game between a bank robber (Clive... [More]
Directed By: Spike Lee

#48

My Friend Dahmer (2017)
86%

#48
Adjusted Score: 89469%
Critics Consensus: My Friend Dahmer opens a window into the making of a serial killer whose conclusions are as empathetic as they are deeply troubling.
Synopsis: The true, haunting story of young Jeffrey Dahmer -- the shy adolescent in high school who becomes a notorious serial... [More]
Directed By: Marc Meyers

#47
Adjusted Score: 96994%
Critics Consensus: Guillermo del Toro crafts a stellar comic book sequel, boasting visuals that are as imaginative as the characters are endearing.
Synopsis: Hellboy (Ron Perlman) and his team face an underworld prince who plans to awaken a lethal army and use it... [More]
Directed By: Guillermo del Toro

#46

John Wick (2014)
86%

#46
Adjusted Score: 96608%
Critics Consensus: Stylish, thrilling, and giddily kinetic, John Wick serves as a satisfying return to action for Keanu Reeves -- and what looks like it could be the first of a franchise.
Synopsis: New York City becomes the bullet-riddled playground of a former assassin (Keanu Reeves) as he hunts down the Russian mobsters... [More]
Directed By: Chad Stahelski

#45
Adjusted Score: 95926%
Critics Consensus: Brutal yet captivating, The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo is the result of David Fincher working at his lurid best with total role commitment from star Rooney Mara.
Synopsis: A disgraced journalist (Daniel Craig) and an investigator (Rooney Mara) for a security firm probe a 40-year-old murder.... [More]
Directed By: David Fincher

#44

Margin Call (2011)
87%

#44
Adjusted Score: 93341%
Critics Consensus: Smart, tightly wound, and solidly acted, Margin Call turns the convoluted financial meltdown of '08 into gripping, thought-provoking drama.
Synopsis: When an analyst uncovers information that could ruin them all, the key players (Kevin Spacey, Paul Bettany) at an investment... [More]
Directed By: J.C. Chandor

#43

Meet the Patels (2014)
87%

#43
Adjusted Score: 88791%
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: Filmmaker Geeta V. Patel follows her brother, Indian-American actor Ravi V. Patel, as he embarks on a quest to find... [More]
Starring: Ravi V. Patel

#42

What Maisie Knew (2012)
87%

#42
Adjusted Score: 90775%
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 child (Onata Aprile) endures neglect and emotional abuse as her bitter, self-absorbed parents (Julianne Moore, Steve Coogan) use her... [More]

#41

Field of Dreams (1989)
87%

#41
Adjusted Score: 92753%
Critics Consensus: Field of Dreams is sentimental, but in the best way; it's a mix of fairy tale, baseball, and family togetherness.
Synopsis: An inspired Iowa farmer (Kevin Costner) builds a baseball field, then sees Shoeless Joe Jackson's ghost and other marvels.... [More]
Directed By: Phil Alden Robinson

#40

Bernie (2011)
88%

#40
Adjusted Score: 95363%
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: The residents of an upscale Texas town rally behind a beloved mortician (Jack Black) after he is arrested for the... [More]
Directed By: Richard Linklater

#39
Adjusted Score: 92569%
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

#38

Let Me In (2010)
88%

#38
Adjusted Score: 96467%
Critics Consensus: Similar to the original in all the right ways -- but with enough changes to stand on its own -- Let Me In is the rare Hollywood remake that doesn't add insult to inspiration.
Synopsis: A misfit boy (Kodi Smit-McPhee) suspects that his only friend (Chloë Grace Moretz), an eerie child who only appears at... [More]
Directed By: Matt Reeves

#37

Eastern Promises (2007)
89%

#37
Adjusted Score: 96602%
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: A chain of murder and retribution uncoils when a man (Viggo Mortensen) who is tied to a crime family in... [More]
Directed By: David Cronenberg

#36

Better Watch Out (2016)
89%

#36
Adjusted Score: 91418%
Critics Consensus: Carried by its charismatic young cast, Better Watch Out is an adorably sinister holiday horror film.
Synopsis: Ashley travels to the suburban home of the Lerners to baby-sit their 12-year-old son Luke at Christmastime. She must soon... [More]
Directed By: Chris Peckover

#35
#35
Adjusted Score: 101566%
Critics Consensus: John Wick: Chapter 2 does what a sequel should -- which in this case means doubling down on the non-stop, thrillingly choreographed action that made its predecessor so much fun.
Synopsis: Legendary hit man John Wick comes out of retirement when a former associate plots to seize control of an international... [More]
Directed By: Chad Stahelski

#34
Adjusted Score: 107424%
Critics Consensus: John Wick: Chapter 3 - Parabellum reloads for another hard-hitting round of the brilliantly choreographed, over-the-top action that fans of the franchise demand.
Synopsis: Stripped of the High Table's protective services, legendary hit man John Wick must fight his way through the streets of... [More]
Directed By: Chad Stahelski

#33

Knocked Up (2007)
89%

#33
Adjusted Score: 98794%
Critics Consensus: Knocked Up is a hilarious, poignant and refreshing look at the rigors of courtship and child-rearing, with a sometimes raunchy, yet savvy script that is ably acted and directed.
Synopsis: A rising journalist (Katherine Heigl) and an irresponsible slacker (Seth Rogen) ponder their future after a boozy one-night stand results... [More]
Directed By: Judd Apatow

#32

The World's End (2013)
89%

#32
Adjusted Score: 99579%
Critics Consensus: Madcap and heartfelt, Edgar Wright's apocalypse comedy The World's End benefits from the typically hilarious Simon Pegg and Nick Frost, with a plethora of supporting players.
Synopsis: An immature 40-year-old convinces his childhood pals to join him in an epic pub-crawl, but as they make their way... [More]
Directed By: Edgar Wright

#31

Bridesmaids (2011)
90%

#31
Adjusted Score: 100505%
Critics Consensus: A marriage of genuine characters, gross out gags, and pathos, Bridesmaids is a female-driven comedy that refuses to be boxed in as Kristen Wiig emerges as a real star.
Synopsis: Though broke and lovelorn, a woman (Kristen Wiig) takes on the strange and expensive rituals associated with being her best... [More]
Directed By: Paul Feig

#30

October Sky (1999)
91%

#30
Adjusted Score: 93258%
Critics Consensus: Rich in sweet sincerity, intelligence, and good old-fashioned inspirational drama, October Sky is a coming-of-age story with a heart to match its Hollywood craftsmanship.
Synopsis: Not wanting to be a miner, a young West Virginian (Jake Gyllenhaal) builds rockets with his friends and later becomes... [More]
Directed By: Joe Johnston

#29

Parenthood (1989)
91%

#29
Adjusted Score: 96253%
Critics Consensus: Bolstered by a delightful cast, Parenthood is a funny and thoughtfully crafted look at the best and worst moments of family life that resonates broadly.
Synopsis: A middle-class man (Steve Martin), his wife (Mary Steenburgen), his father and a divorcee (Dianne Wiest) try to be good... [More]
Directed By: Ron Howard

#28

Transsiberian (2008)
91%

#28
Adjusted Score: 94826%
Critics Consensus: Traditional in form yet effective in execution, this taut thriller updates the "danger on a train" scenario with atmospheric sense.
Synopsis: A train trip from Beijing to Moscow takes a deadly turn when a couple (Woody Harrelson, Emily Mortimer) encounter a... [More]
Directed By: Brad Anderson

#27

Hotel Rwanda (2004)
91%

#27
Adjusted Score: 96145%
Critics Consensus: A sobering and heartfelt tale about massacre that took place in Rwanda while most of the world looked away.
Synopsis: Paul Rusesabagina (Don Cheadle) saves more than 1,200 Tutsi refugees from genocide by hiding them at his posh hotel in... [More]
Directed By: Terry George

#26

Drag Me to Hell (2009)
92%

#26
Adjusted Score: 102000%
Critics Consensus: Sam Raimi returns to top form with Drag Me to Hell, a frightening, hilarious, delightfully campy thrill ride.
Synopsis: After actions trigger the loss of an old woman's home, an ambitious loan officer (Alison Lohman) finds herself the victim... [More]
Directed By: Sam Raimi

#25
Adjusted Score: 100181%
Critics Consensus: Propelled by Charlie Kaufman's smart, imaginative script and Michel Gondry's equally daring directorial touch, Eternal Sunshine is a twisty yet heartfelt look at relationships and heartache.
Synopsis: A doctor's invention allows a couple (Jim Carrey, Kate Winslet) to erase the memories of their tumultuous relationship.... [More]
Directed By: Michel Gondry

#24
#24
Adjusted Score: 101522%
Critics Consensus: The Bourne Ultimatum is an intelligent, finely tuned non-stop thrill ride. Another strong performance from Matt Damon and sharp camerawork from Paul Greengrass make this the finest installment of the Bourne trilogy.
Synopsis: Jason Bourne (Matt Damon) continues his international quest to uncover his true identity while staying one step ahead of those... [More]
Directed By: Paul Greengrass

#23

Traffic (2000)
92%

#23
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

#22

Antz (1998)
92%

#22
Adjusted Score: 97934%
Critics Consensus: Featuring a stellar voice cast, technically dazzling animation, and loads of good humor, Antz should delight both children and adults.
Synopsis: A nonconforming ant disrupts colony life by impersonating a soldier and falling in love with a princess.... [More]
Directed By: Eric Darnell, Tim Johnson

#21
#21
Adjusted Score: 104422%
Critics Consensus: The Cabin in the Woods is an astonishing meta-feat, capable of being funny, strange, and scary -- frequently all at the same time.
Synopsis: Two unseen scientists manipulate the gory goings-on at a backwoods cabin inhabited by a group of unsuspecting college friends (Kristen... [More]
Directed By: Drew Goddard

#20

The Deer Hunter (1978)
92%

#20
Adjusted Score: 101924%
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 horrors of Vietnam affect three Pennsylvania steelworkers (Robert De Niro, Christopher Walken, John Savage), lifelong friends who serve together.... [More]
Directed By: Michael Cimino

#19

Men in Black (1997)
92%

#19
Adjusted Score: 98284%
Critics Consensus: Thanks to a smart script, spectacular set pieces, and charismatic performances from its leads, Men in Black is an entirely satisfying summer blockbuster hit.
Synopsis: A veteran agent (Tommy Lee Jones) and a rookie (Will Smith) protect mankind from dangerous extraterrestrials roaming the Earth.... [More]
Directed By: Barry Sonnenfeld

#18

Frost/Nixon (2008)
93%

#18
Adjusted Score: 103376%
Critics Consensus: Frost/Nixon is weighty and eloquent; a cross between a boxing match and a ballet with Oscar worthy performances.
Synopsis: An on-air battle of wits ensues when former President Richard Nixon (Frank Langella) selects British TV personality David Frost (Michael... [More]
Directed By: Ron Howard

#17
Adjusted Score: 97546%
Critics Consensus: Blessed by a brilliantly befuddled star turn from Chevy Chase, National Lampoon's Vacation is one of the more consistent -- and thoroughly quotable -- screwball comedies of the 1980s.
Synopsis: The Griswolds (Chevy Chase, Beverly D'Angelo) and family head by station wagon for the California fun park Walley World.... [More]
Directed By: Harold Ramis

#16

About a Boy (2002)
93%

#16
Adjusted Score: 99342%
Critics Consensus: About a Boy benefits tremendously from Hugh Grant's layered performance, as well as a funny, moving story that tugs at the heartstrings without tilting into treacle.
Synopsis: An irresponsible playboy (Hugh Grant) becomes emotionally attached to a woman's (Toni Collette) 12-year-old son.... [More]
Directed By: Chris Weitz, Paul Weitz

#15

Away From Her (2006)
94%

#15
Adjusted Score: 99211%
Critics Consensus: An accomplished directorial debut by Sarah Polley, Away From Her is a touching exploration of the effects of Alzheimer's, in which the tender wisdom of Polley's script is beautifully complemented by a wonderful performance from Julie Christie.
Synopsis: A man (Gordon Pinsent) becomes confused and angry when his wife (Julie Christie), an Alzheimer's patient, seems to prefer the... [More]
Directed By: Sarah Polley

#14
#14
Adjusted Score: 100764%
Critics Consensus: Smart, funny, and highly original, Being John Malkovich supports its wild premise with skillful direction and a stellar ensemble cast.
Synopsis: A puppeteer (John Cusack) and his co-worker (Catherine Keener) discover a tunnel that allows others to enter the actor's mind... [More]
Directed By: Spike Jonze

#13

Moneyball (2011)
94%

#13
Adjusted Score: 104396%
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

#12

Train to Busan (2016)
94%

#12
Adjusted Score: 99145%
Critics Consensus: Train to Busan delivers a thrillingly unique -- and purely entertaining -- take on the zombie genre, with fully realized characters and plenty of social commentary to underscore the bursts of skillfully staged action.
Synopsis: A man (Gong Yoo), his estranged daughter and other passengers become trapped on a speeding train during a zombie outbreak... [More]
Directed By: Yeon Sang-ho

#11
#11
Adjusted Score: 103257%
Critics Consensus: James Whale's classic The Invisible Man features still-sharp special effects, loads of tension, a goofy sense of humor, and a memorable debut from Claude Rains.
Synopsis: The serum that makes a scientist (Claude Rains) invisible has madness as a side effect.... [More]
Directed By: James Whale

#10

Good Hair (2009)
95%

#10
Adjusted Score: 97435%
Critics Consensus: Funny, informative, and occasionally sad, Good Hair is a provocative look at the complex relationship between African Americans and their hair.
Synopsis: Comic Chris Rock explores how hairstyles affect the self-esteem, activities and relationships of African-Americans.... [More]
Directed By: Jeff Stilson

#9

Nosferatu (1979)
95%

#9
Adjusted Score: 100046%
Critics Consensus: Stunning visuals from Werner Herzog and an intense portrayal of the famed bloodsucker from Klaus Kinski make this remake of Nosferatu a horror classic in its own right.
Synopsis: Bald, pale, tired and cursed with immortality, Count Dracula (Klaus Kinski) visits a plague of rats upon Europe.... [More]
Directed By: Werner Herzog

#8
#8
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

#7

Chicken Run (2000)
97%

#7
Adjusted Score: 104478%
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 dashing rooster and the hen he loves lead an escape from a farm in 1950s England.... [More]
Directed By: Peter Lord, Nick Park

#6

Spellbound (2002)
97%

#6
Adjusted Score: 101466%
Critics Consensus: A suspenseful, gripping documentary that features an engaging cross section of American children.
Synopsis: Filmmaker Jeff Blitz follows eight diverse children to the finals of a spelling bee in Washington, D.C.... [More]
Directed By: Jeffrey Blitz

#5

Murderball (2005)
98%

#5
Adjusted Score: 101943%
Critics Consensus: An entertaining and gripping documentary that shows being confined to a wheelchair doesn't mean the fun has to end.
Synopsis: Filmmakers Henry Alex Rubin and Dana Adam Shapiro profile members of paraplegic rugby teams in the United States and Canada.... [More]
Starring:

#4

Time Is Illmatic (2014)
98%

#4
Adjusted Score: 98173%
Critics Consensus: Comprehensive yet brisk, Nas: Time Is Illmatic offers an absorbing look at a hip-hop classic and the life of the artist who made it.
Synopsis: Rapper Nas recalls his youth in his city's housing projects, his parents' influence and the recording of his 1994 debut... [More]
Directed By: One9

#3
Adjusted Score: 113972%
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: A boy's close encounter with an alien stranded on Earth leads to a unique friendship in Steven Spielberg's Oscar-winning film.... [More]
Directed By: Steven Spielberg

#2

Starred Up (2013)
99%

#2
Adjusted Score: 104202%
Critics Consensus: Smart, hard-hitting, and queasily realistic, Starred Up is an instant classic of U.K. prison cinema.
Synopsis: An explosive teenager runs into his equally violent father after being switched to an adult prison from a facility for... [More]
Directed By: David Mackenzie

#1
#1
Adjusted Score: 102980%
Critics Consensus: Taxi to the Dark Side is an intelligent, powerful look into the dark corners of the War on Terror.
Synopsis: Filmmaker Alex Gibney examines the beating death of an Afghan cabdriver at an Air Force base.... [More]
Directed By: Alex Gibney

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