Golden Globes Best Picture Winners by Tomatometer

Since 1943, the Golden Globes have been celebrating the biggest, brightest, and starriest movies of the year. Now, we’re taking every Golden Globe Best Motion Picture winner — including the categories for Drama, Comedy/Musical, and that brief period of unadulterated hedonism during the 1950s/1960s when Musical and Comedy were separated — and ranking them using our weighted formula, which factors each movie’s number of collected critics reviews and its original year of release. We’ve caught up with Nomadland and Borat Subsequent Moviefilm taking home the big two in 2021, and making space for 2022’s eventual winners. For now, see all Golden Globes Best Picture winners by Tomatometer!

#153

The Robe (1953)
38%

#153
Adjusted Score: 39604%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: In this biblical epic, a drunk and disillusioned Roman, Marcellus Gallio (Richard Burton), wins Jesus' robe in a dice game... [More]
Directed By: Henry Koster

#152
#152
Adjusted Score: 34380%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: Since her beloved son was killed in World War II, Bertha Jacoby (Rosalind Russell) has nursed a grudge against the... [More]
Directed By: Mervyn LeRoy

#151
#151
Adjusted Score: 38886%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: This film adaption of a Broadway play is based on the historical events surrounding the founding of the Church of... [More]
Directed By: Charles Jarrott

#150

A Star Is Born (1976)
35%

#150
Adjusted Score: 38481%
Critics Consensus: A lack of memorable music, chemistry between its leads, and an overlong runtime prompts this modish iteration of A Star is Born to fizzle out quickly.
Synopsis: A rock star on the decline, John Norman Howard has given in to drugs and excessive drinking, and his music... [More]
Directed By: Frank Pierson

#149
#149
Adjusted Score: 55737%
Critics Consensus: The Greatest Show on Earth is melodramatic, short on plot, excessively lengthy and bogged down with clichés, but not without a certain innocent charm.
Synopsis: "The Greatest Show on Earth" is a dazzling spectacle of life behind the scenes with Ringling Bros.-Barnum and Bailey Circus,... [More]
Directed By: Cecil B. DeMille

#148

The Cardinal (1963)
50%

#148
Adjusted Score: 50656%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: On his path to the College of Cardinals, Stephen Fermoyle (Tom Tryon), a newly ordained Catholic priest, is confronted with... [More]
Directed By: Otto Preminger

#147
Adjusted Score: 62161%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: In Santa Vittoria, an Italian town renowned for its vineyards, the residents discover that the occupying Nazi troops plan to... [More]
Directed By: Stanley Kramer

#146

Green Card (1990)
60%

#146
Adjusted Score: 61608%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: Urban horticulturalist Brontë Mitchell (Andie MacDowell) has her eye on a gorgeous apartment, but the building's board will rent it... [More]
Directed By: Peter Weir

#145

Evita (1996)
63%

#145
Adjusted Score: 64720%
Critics Consensus: Evita sometimes strains to convince on a narrative level, but the soundtrack helps this fact-based musical achieve a measure of the epic grandeur to which it aspires.
Synopsis: Eva Duarte Peron rises from poverty to become an Argentinian actress and the wife of powerful President Juan Peron. Through... [More]
Directed By: Alan Parker

#144

Yentl (1983)
65%

#144
Adjusted Score: 64802%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: Rebbe Mendel is a single father who teaches the Talmud, a sacred text of Judaism, to the boys of his... [More]
Directed By: Barbra Streisand

#143
#143
Adjusted Score: 64012%
Critics Consensus: The Turning Point is a handsomely-made resuscitation of Old Hollywood melodramas with a compelling duo at its center, but the formulaic script keeps this story from realizing its symphonic potential.
Synopsis: Forced to give up ballet after becoming pregnant, Deedee (Shirley MacLaine) moved from New York to Oklahoma to raise a... [More]
Directed By: Herbert Ross

#142

Porgy and Bess (1959)
73%

#142
Adjusted Score: 76896%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: This musical drama focuses on the poverty-stricken residents struggling to survive in the Charleston tenement of Catfish Row. The sultry... [More]

#141
#141
Adjusted Score: 63521%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: After landing a job singing on the radio, Jane Froman (Susan Hayward) marries musical accompanist Don Ross (David Wayne). Under... [More]
Directed By: Walter Lang

#140

Out of Africa (1985)
62%

#140
Adjusted Score: 69479%
Critics Consensus: Though lensed with stunning cinematography and featuring a pair of winning performances from Meryl Streep and Robert Redford, Out of Africa suffers from excessive length and glacial pacing.
Synopsis: Initially set on being a dairy farmer, the aristocratic Karen Blixen (Meryl Streep) travels to Africa to join her husband,... [More]
Directed By: Sydney Pollack

#139

Love Story (1970)
68%

#139
Adjusted Score: 69376%
Critics Consensus: Earnest and determined to make audiences swoon, Love Story is an unabashed tearjerker that will capture hearts when it isn't inducing eye rolls.
Synopsis: When wealthy Harvard University law student Oliver Barrett IV (Ryan O'Neal) meets Jenny Cavilleri (Ali MacGraw), a middle-class girl who... [More]
Directed By: Arthur Hiller

#138

Song Without End (1960)
83%

#138
Adjusted Score: 61435%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: Famous pianist Franz Liszt (Dirk Bogarde) is unhappily married to Countess Marie D'Agoult (Genevieve Page) and considers quitting performing in... [More]

#137
#137
Adjusted Score: 74900%
Critics Consensus: Thanks to the sparkling chemistry between its stars and Herbert Ross' gentle direction, this sweetly ambling comedy ranks among Neil Simon's finest screen adaptations.
Synopsis: Al Lewis (George Burns) and Willy Clark (Walter Matthau) are a pair of feuding vaudeville comedians (Lewis and Clark, naturally)... [More]
Directed By: Herbert Ross

#136
#136
Adjusted Score: 72853%
Critics Consensus: It's undeniably shallow, but its cheerful lack of pretense -- as well as its grand scale and star-stuffed cast -- help make Around the World in 80 Days charmingly light-hearted entertainment.
Synopsis: Victorian-era Englishman Phileas Fogg (David Niven) proclaims before his fellow members of a London gentleman's club that he can circumnavigate... [More]
Directed By: Michael Anderson

#135

Mrs. Doubtfire (1993)
72%

#135
Adjusted Score: 75136%
Critics Consensus: On paper, Mrs. Doubtfire might seem excessively broad or sentimental, but Robin Williams shines so brightly in the title role that the end result is difficult to resist.
Synopsis: Troubled that he has little access to his children, divorced Daniel Hillard (Robin Williams) hatches an elaborate plan. With help... [More]
Directed By: Chris Columbus

#134

Babel (2006)
69%

#134
Adjusted Score: 77718%
Critics Consensus: In Babel, there are no villains, only victims of fate and circumstance. Director Alejandro Gonzalez Iñarritu weaves four of their woeful stories into this mature and multidimensional film.
Synopsis: An accident connects four groups of people on three different continents: two young Moroccan goatherds, a vacationing American couple (Brad... [More]

#133

Becket (1964)
76%

#133
Adjusted Score: 77694%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: Debauched King Henry II (Peter O'Toole) installs his longtime court facilitator Thomas Becket (Richard Burton) as the Archbishop of Canterbury,... [More]
Directed By: Peter Glenville

#132

Forrest Gump (1994)
71%

#132
Adjusted Score: 78314%
Critics Consensus: Forrest Gump may be an overly sentimental film with a somewhat problematic message, but its sweetness and charm are usually enough to approximate true depth and grace.
Synopsis: Slow-witted Forrest Gump (Tom Hanks) has never thought of himself as disadvantaged, and thanks to his supportive mother (Sally Field),... [More]
Directed By: Robert Zemeckis

#131
#131
Adjusted Score: 76362%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: Cathy Timberlake (Doris Day) is en route to a job interview when a car transporting businessman Philip Shayne (Cary Grant)... [More]
Directed By: Delbert Mann

#130
#130
Adjusted Score: 85471%
Critics Consensus: Bohemian Rhapsody hits a handful of high notes, but as an in-depth look at a beloved band, it offers more of a medley than a true greatest hits collection.
Synopsis: Freddie Mercury -- the lead singer of Queen -- defies stereotypes and convention to become one of history's most beloved... [More]
Directed By: Bryan Singer

#129

Carmen Jones (1954)
77%

#129
Adjusted Score: 78625%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: Screen version of the musical "Carmen Jones," which adapted Bizet's opera Carmen for an African-American cast. A soldier falls for... [More]
Directed By: Otto Preminger

#128

Les Misérables (2012)
70%

#128
Adjusted Score: 80092%
Critics Consensus: Impeccably mounted but occasionally bombastic, Les Misérables largely succeeds thanks to bravura performances from its distinguished cast.
Synopsis: After 19 years as a prisoner, Jean Valjean (Hugh Jackman) is freed by Javert (Russell Crowe), the officer in charge... [More]
Directed By: Tom Hooper

#127

A Beautiful Mind (2001)
74%

#127
Adjusted Score: 82555%
Critics Consensus: The well-acted A Beautiful Mind is both a moving love story and a revealing look at mental illness.
Synopsis: A human drama inspired by events in the life of John Forbes Nash Jr., and in part based on the... [More]
Directed By: Ron Howard

#126

The Longest Yard (1974)
79%

#126
Adjusted Score: 81964%
Critics Consensus: Equal parts tough and funny, and led by a perfectly cast Burt Reynolds, The Longest Yard has an interesting political subtext and an excellent climax -- even if it takes too long to get there.
Synopsis: An ex-football star doing time is forced by the warden to organize a team of inmates to play against his... [More]
Directed By: Robert Aldrich

#125
#125
Adjusted Score: 81715%
Critics Consensus: A classic tearjerker, Terms of Endearment isn't shy about reaching for the heartstrings -- but is so well-acted and smartly scripted that it's almost impossible to resist.
Synopsis: Widow Aurora Greenway (Shirley MacLaine) and her daughter, Emma (Debra Winger), have a strong bond, but Emma marries teacher Flap... [More]
Directed By: James L. Brooks

#124
#124
Adjusted Score: 84735%
Critics Consensus: Director George Stevens' stately treatment of A Place in the Sun buffs out some of the novel's nuance with blunt moralizing, but riveting performances by Montgomery Clift and company give the drama a bruising punch.
Synopsis: In this classic version of Theodore Dreiser's novel "An American Tragedy," George Eastman (Montgomery Clift), the nephew of a wealthy... [More]
Directed By: George Stevens

#123

Moulin Rouge (2001)
76%

#123
Adjusted Score: 84017%
Critics Consensus: A love-it-or-hate-it experience, Moulin Rouge is all style, all giddy, over-the-top spectacle. But it's also daring in its vision and wildly original.
Synopsis: A celebration of love and creative inspiration takes place in the infamous, gaudy and glamorous Parisian nightclub, at the cusp... [More]
Directed By: Baz Luhrmann

#122
#122
Adjusted Score: 81343%
Critics Consensus: It occasionally fails to live up to its subject matter -- and is perhaps an 'important' film more than a 'great' one -- but the performances from Gregory Peck and Dorothy McGuire are superb.
Synopsis: When journalist Phil Green (Gregory Peck) moves to New York City, he takes on a high-profile magazine assignment about anti-Semitism.... [More]
Directed By: Elia Kazan

#121

Gladiator (2000)
77%

#121
Adjusted Score: 84951%
Critics Consensus: Ridley Scott and an excellent cast successfully convey the intensity of Roman gladitorial combat as well as the political intrigue brewing beneath.
Synopsis: Commodus (Joaquin Phoenix) takes power and strips rank from Maximus (Russell Crowe), one of the favored generals of his predecessor... [More]
Directed By: Ridley Scott

#120

The Hours (2002)
79%

#120
Adjusted Score: 85388%
Critics Consensus: The movie may be a downer, but it packs an emotional wallop. Some fine acting on display here.
Synopsis: "The Hours" is the story of three women searching for more potent, meaningful lives. Each is alive at a different... [More]
Directed By: Stephen Daldry

#119

Oliver! (1968)
83%

#119
Adjusted Score: 85616%
Critics Consensus: It has aged somewhat awkwardly, but the performances are inspired, the songs are memorable, and the film is undeniably influential.
Synopsis: In this award-winning adaptation of the Broadway musical based on the Charles Dickens novel, 9-year-old orphan Oliver Twist (Mark Lester)... [More]
Directed By: Carol Reed

#118

Going My Way (1944)
81%

#118
Adjusted Score: 83875%
Critics Consensus: Bing Crosby and Barry Fitzgerald are eminently likable, and film is pleasantly sentimental, but Going My Way suffers from a surplus of sweetness.
Synopsis: Father Charles O'Malley (Bing Crosby) is an easy-going, golf-playing young priest whose entry into a tough neighborhood parish in midtown... [More]
Directed By: Leo McCarey

#117

Dreamgirls (2006)
78%

#117
Adjusted Score: 86908%
Critics Consensus: Dreamgirls' simple characters and plot hardly detract from the movie's real feats: the electrifying performances and the dazzling musical numbers.
Synopsis: Deena (Beyoncé Knowles),Effie (Jennifer Hudson) and Lorrell (Anika Noni Rose) form a music trio called the Dreamettes. When ambitious manager... [More]
Directed By: Bill Condon

#116

The Goodbye Girl (1977)
78%

#116
Adjusted Score: 79566%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: Former Broadway hoofer Paula McFadden (Marsha Mason) and her young daughter, Lucy (Quinn Cummings), are outraged to find that Paula's... [More]
Directed By: Herbert Ross

#115

The Hangover (2009)
78%

#115
Adjusted Score: 87951%
Critics Consensus: With a clever script and hilarious interplay among the cast, The Hangover nails just the right tone of raunchy humor, and the non-stop laughs overshadow any flaw.
Synopsis: Two days before his wedding, Doug (Justin Bartha) and three friends (Bradley Cooper, Ed Helms, Zach Galifianakis) drive to Las... [More]
Directed By: Todd Phillips

#114

Gigi (1958)
82%

#114
Adjusted Score: 85194%
Critics Consensus: It may not be one of Vincente Minnelli's best, but the charming and flawlessly acted Gigi still offers enough visual and musical treats to satisfy.
Synopsis: Gaston (Louis Jourdan) is a restless Parisian playboy who moves from one mistress to another, while also spending time with... [More]
Directed By: Vincente Minnelli

#113

Tom Jones (1963)
82%

#113
Adjusted Score: 85612%
Critics Consensus: A frantic, irreverent adaptation of the novel, bolstered by Albert Finney's courageous performance and arresting visuals.
Synopsis: Tom Jones (Albert Finney), a bastard foundling raised by the kindly Squire Allworthy (George Devine), loves the beautiful Sophie Western... [More]
Directed By: Tony Richardson

#112

Working Girl (1988)
84%

#112
Adjusted Score: 86939%
Critics Consensus: A buoyant corporate Cinderella story, Working Girl has the right cast, right story, and right director to make it all come together.
Synopsis: Savvy New York City receptionist Tess McGill (Melanie Griffith) gives her conniving boss, Katharine Parker (Sigourney Weaver), an excellent business... [More]
Directed By: Mike Nichols

#111
#111
Adjusted Score: 86304%
Critics Consensus: While it's fueled in part by outdated stereotypes, Driving Miss Daisy takes audiences on a heartwarming journey with a pair of outstanding actors.
Synopsis: Daisy Werthan (Jessica Tandy), an elderly Jewish widow living in Atlanta, is determined to maintain her independence. However, when she... [More]
Directed By: Bruce Beresford

#110
#110
Adjusted Score: 85859%
Critics Consensus: A bird may love a fish -- and musical fans will love this adaptation of Fiddler on the Roof, even if it isn't quite as transcendent as the long-running stage version.
Synopsis: A lavishly produced and critically acclaimed screen adaptation of the international stage sensation tells the life-affirming story of Tevye (Topol),... [More]
Directed By: Norman Jewison

#109
#109
Adjusted Score: 87353%
Critics Consensus: Like a classic traditional country song, Coal Miner's Daughter draws on time-tested formula -- and undeniable talent -- to tell a solidly affecting story.
Synopsis: Raised in rural Kentucky poverty and married at the age of 13, Loretta Lynn (Sissy Spacek) begins writing and singing... [More]
Directed By: Michael Apted

#108
#108
Adjusted Score: 88074%
Critics Consensus: Solid cinematography and enjoyable performances from Paul Scofield and Robert Shaw add a spark to this deliberately paced adaptation of the Robert Bolt play.
Synopsis: When the highly respected British statesman Sir Thomas More (Paul Scofield) refuses to pressure the Pope into annulling the marriage... [More]
Directed By: Fred Zinnemann

#107
Adjusted Score: 88108%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: When a Soviet submarine gets stuck on a sandbar off the coast of a New England island, its commander (Theodore... [More]
Directed By: Norman Jewison

#106

Prizzi's Honor (1985)
85%

#106
Adjusted Score: 87898%
Critics Consensus: Disturbing and sardonic, Prizzi's Honor excels at black comedy because director John Huston and his game ensemble take the farce deadly seriously.
Synopsis: For Charley Partanna (Jack Nicholson), life in the Prizzi family is good as long as he honors the wishes of... [More]
Directed By: John Huston

#105
#105
Adjusted Score: 87608%
Critics Consensus: Dances with Wolves suffers from a simplistic view of the culture it attempts to honor, but the end result remains a stirring western whose noble intentions are often matched by its epic grandeur.
Synopsis: A Civil War soldier develops a relationship with a band of Lakota Indians. Attracted by the simplicity of their lifestyle,... [More]
Directed By: Kevin Costner

#104
#104
Adjusted Score: 88654%
Critics Consensus: Led by an unforgettable performance from Tom Cruise, Born on the Fourth of July finds director Oliver Stone tackling thought-provoking subject matter with ambitious élan.
Synopsis: In the mid 1960s, suburban New York teenager Ron Kovic (Tom Cruise) enlists in the Marines, fulfilling what he sees... [More]
Directed By: Oliver Stone

#103
#103
Adjusted Score: 88037%
Critics Consensus: Romancing the Stone reaches back to the classic Saturday morning serials of old with an action-filled adventure enlivened by the sparkling chemistry between its well-matched leads.
Synopsis: A dowdy romantic-adventure writer is hurled into a real-life adventure in the Colombian jungle in order to save her sister,... [More]
Directed By: Robert Zemeckis

#102
#102
Adjusted Score: 88505%
Critics Consensus: A beguiling tragicomedy, Vicky Cristina Barcelona charms with beautiful views of the Spanish city and a marvelously well-matched cast.
Synopsis: Americans Vicky (Rebecca Hall) and Cristina (Scarlett Johansson) arrive in Spain for a summer vacation at a friend's (Patricia Clarkson)... [More]
Directed By: Woody Allen

#101

Walk the Line (2005)
82%

#101
Adjusted Score: 90385%
Critics Consensus: Superior acting and authentic crooning capture the emotional subtleties of the legend of Johnny Cash with a freshness that is a pleasure to watch.
Synopsis: The rise of country music legend Johnny Cash (Joaquin Phoenix) begins with his days as a boy growing up on... [More]
Directed By: James Mangold

#100

Bugsy (1991)
84%

#100
Adjusted Score: 87461%
Critics Consensus: Stylishly scattered, Bugsy offers cinematic homage to the infamous underworld legend, chiefly through a magnetic performance from Warren Beatty in the title role.
Synopsis: New York mobster Benjamin "Bugsy" Siegel (Warren Beatty) leaves New York City to dip into the glamour of Hollywood, Calif.,... [More]
Directed By: Barry Levinson

#99
#99
Adjusted Score: 89981%
Critics Consensus: James L. Brooks and Jack Nicholson, doing what they do best, combine smart dialogue and flawless acting to squeeze fresh entertainment value out of the romantic-comedy genre.
Synopsis: Melvin Udall (Jack Nicholson) is an obsessive-compulsive writer of romantic fiction who's rude to everyone he meets, including his gay... [More]
Directed By: James L. Brooks

#98

East of Eden (1955)
85%

#98
Adjusted Score: 88899%
Critics Consensus: East of Eden strains to swell its story to epic dimensions, but James Dean's riveting performance gives this CinemaScope drama much of its raging heart.
Synopsis: In this film based on John Steinbeck's epic novel, Cal Trask (James Dean), the son of a California farmer (Raymond... [More]
Directed By: Elia Kazan

#97
#97
Adjusted Score: 90345%
Critics Consensus: Though it suffers from excessive length and ambition, director Minghella's adaptation of the Michael Ondaatje novel is complex, powerful, and moving.
Synopsis: The sweeping expanses of the Sahara are the setting for a passionate love affair in this adaptation of Michael Ondaatje's... [More]
Directed By: Anthony Minghella

#96

Arthur (1981)
88%

#96
Adjusted Score: 90250%
Critics Consensus: Dudley Moore brings a boozy charm to Arthur, a coming of age tale for a wayward millionaire that deploys energetic cast chemistry and spiffy humor to jovial effect.
Synopsis: Wealthy New York City playboy Arthur Bach (Dudley Moore) is perpetually drunk and completely rudderless. Dutifully supported by his sharp-tongued... [More]
Directed By: Steve Gordon

#95

Doctor Zhivago (1965)
84%

#95
Adjusted Score: 90824%
Critics Consensus: It may not be the best of David Lean's epics, but Dr. Zhivago is still brilliantly photographed and sweepingly romantic.
Synopsis: During the Russian Revolution, Yuri Zhivago (Omar Sharif), is a young doctor who has been raised by his aunt and... [More]
Directed By: David Lean

#94

Atonement (2007)
83%

#94
Adjusted Score: 91795%
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: This sweeping English drama, based on the book by Ian McEwan, follows the lives of young lovers Cecilia Tallis (Keira... [More]
Directed By: Joe Wright

#93
#93
Adjusted Score: 89876%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: Based on the popular novel by Franz Werfel, this drama focuses on Bernadette Soubirous (Jennifer Jones), a young French woman... [More]
Directed By: Henry King

#92

Johnny Belinda (1948)
91%

#92
Adjusted Score: 90579%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: In this acclaimed drama, Belinda McDonald (Jane Wyman), a young deaf-mute woman living off the coast of Canada on Cape... [More]
Directed By: Jean Negulesco

#91

The Exorcist (1973)
83%

#91
Adjusted Score: 91310%
Critics Consensus: The Exorcist rides its supernatural theme to magical effect, with remarkable special effects and an eerie atmosphere, resulting in one of the scariest films of all time.
Synopsis: One of the most profitable horror movies ever made, this tale of an exorcism is based loosely on actual events.... [More]
Directed By: William Friedkin

#90

M*A*S*H (1970)
84%

#90
Adjusted Score: 88751%
Critics Consensus: Bold, timely, subversive, and above all funny, M*A*S*H remains a high point in Robert Altman's distinguished filmography.
Synopsis: Based on the novel by Richard Hooker, "M*A*S*H" follows a group of Mobile Army Surgical Hospital officers at they perform... [More]
Directed By: Robert Altman

#89

Ben-Hur (1959)
86%

#89
Adjusted Score: 90576%
Critics Consensus: Uneven, but in terms of epic scope and grand spectacle, Ben-Hur still ranks among Hollywood's finest examples of pure entertainment.
Synopsis: Charlton Heston plays a Palestinian Jew who is battling the Roman empire at the time of Christ. His actions send... [More]
Directed By: William Wyler

#88

Scent of a Woman (1992)
89%

#88
Adjusted Score: 92456%
Critics Consensus: It might soar on Al Pacino's performance more than the drama itself, but what a performance it is -- big, bold, occasionally over-the-top, and finally giving the Academy pause to award the star his first Oscar.
Synopsis: Frank is a retired Lt. Col. in the US army. He's blind and impossible to get along with. Charlie is... [More]
Directed By: Martin Brest

#87

Heaven Can Wait (1978)
89%

#87
Adjusted Score: 93320%
Critics Consensus: A throwback to the high-gloss screwball comedies of the 1940s, Heaven Can Wait beguiles with seamless production values and great comic relief from Charles Grodin and Dianne Cannon.
Synopsis: Joe Pendleton (Warren Beatty), quarterback for the Los Angeles Rams, is killed in an auto accident. In the afterlife, Joe... [More]
Directed By: Warren Beatty, Buck Henry

#86
#86
Adjusted Score: 90395%
Critics Consensus: The divorce subject isn't as shocking, but the film is still a thoughtful, well-acted drama that resists the urge to take sides or give easy answers.
Synopsis: On the same day Manhattan advertising executive Ted Kramer (Dustin Hoffman) lands the biggest account of his career, he learns... [More]
Directed By: Robert Benton

#85
#85
Adjusted Score: 93267%
Critics Consensus: Unapologetically sweet and maybe even a little corny, The Sound of Music will win over all but the most cynical filmgoers with its classic songs and irresistible warmth.
Synopsis: A tuneful, heartwarming story, it is based on the real life story of the Von Trapp Family singers, one of... [More]
Directed By: Robert Wise

#84

The Aviator (2004)
86%

#84
Adjusted Score: 93426%
Critics Consensus: With a rich sense of period detail, The Aviator succeeds thanks to typically assured direction from Martin Scorsese and a strong performance from Leonardo DiCaprio, who charts Howard Hughes' descent from eccentric billionaire to reclusive madman.
Synopsis: Billionaire and aviation tycoon Howard Hughes (Leonardo DiCaprio) is a successful public figure: a director of big-budget Hollywood films such... [More]
Directed By: Martin Scorsese

#83

Avatar (2009)
81%

#83
Adjusted Score: 94655%
Critics Consensus: It might be more impressive on a technical level than as a piece of storytelling, but Avatar reaffirms James Cameron's singular gift for imaginative, absorbing filmmaking.
Synopsis: On the lush alien world of Pandora live the Na'vi, beings who appear primitive but are highly evolved. Because the... [More]
Directed By: James Cameron

#82

Green Book (2018)
77%

#82
Adjusted Score: 99131%
Critics Consensus: Green Book takes audiences on an excessively smooth ride through bumpy subject matter, although Mahershala Ali and Viggo Mortensen's performances add necessary depth.
Synopsis: Dr. Don Shirley is a world-class African-American pianist who's about to embark on a concert tour in the Deep South... [More]
Directed By: Peter Farrelly

#81

Chicago (2002)
86%

#81
Adjusted Score: 93819%
Critics Consensus: A rousing and energetic adaptation of the Broadway musical, Chicago succeeds on the level of pure spectacle, but provides a surprising level of depth and humor as well.
Synopsis: Nightclub sensation Velma (Catherine Zeta-Jones) murders her philandering husband, and Chicago's slickest lawyer, Billy Flynn (Richard Gere), is set to... [More]
Directed By: Rob Marshall

#80

Ordinary People (1980)
89%

#80
Adjusted Score: 93871%
Critics Consensus: Though shot through with bitterness and sorrow, Robert Redford's directorial debut is absorbing and well-acted.
Synopsis: Tormented by guilt following the death of his older brother, Buck, in a sailing accident, alienated teenager Conrad Jarrett (Timothy... [More]
Directed By: Robert Redford

#79
Adjusted Score: 95106%
Critics Consensus: Full of pith and Grand Guignol grossness, this macabre musical is perfectly helmed and highly entertaining. Tim Burton masterfully stages the musical in a way that will make you think he has done this many times before.
Synopsis: Evil Judge Turpin (Alan Rickman) lusts for the beautiful wife of a London barber (Johnny Depp) and transports him to... [More]
Directed By: Tim Burton

#78
#78
Adjusted Score: 94407%
Critics Consensus: Sharper and wittier than your average period piece, The Lion in Winter is a tale of palace intrigue bolstered by fantastic performances from Peter O'Toole, Katharine Hepburn, and Anthony Hopkins in his big-screen debut.
Synopsis: It's Christmas 1183, and King Henry II (Peter O'Toole) is planning to announce his successor to the throne. The jockeying... [More]
Directed By: Anthony Harvey

#77

The Revenant (2015)
78%

#77
Adjusted Score: 102668%
Critics Consensus: As starkly beautiful as it is harshly uncompromising, The Revenant uses Leonardo DiCaprio's committed performance as fuel for an absorbing drama that offers punishing challenges -- and rich rewards.
Synopsis: While exploring the uncharted wilderness in 1823, frontiersman Hugh Glass (Leonardo DiCaprio) sustains life-threatening injuries from a brutal bear attack.... [More]
Directed By:

#76
#76
Adjusted Score: 92750%
Critics Consensus: Bolstered by a cast of memorable stars and an impressive sense of scale, The Guns of the Navarone fires with vivid characterization and entertaining spectacle.
Synopsis: In 1943, a small commando team is sent to destroy huge German guns on the Greek Island of Navarone in... [More]
Directed By: J. Lee Thompson

#75

Platoon (1986)
87%

#75
Adjusted Score: 93591%
Critics Consensus: Informed by director Oliver Stone's personal experiences in Vietnam, Platoon forgoes easy sermonizing in favor of a harrowing, ground-level view of war, bolstered by no-holds-barred performances from Charlie Sheen and Willem Dafoe.
Synopsis: Chris Taylor (Charlie Sheen) leaves his university studies to enlist in combat duty in Vietnam in 1967. Once he's on... [More]
Directed By: Oliver Stone

#74

Tootsie (1982)
90%

#74
Adjusted Score: 94182%
Critics Consensus: Tootsie doesn't squander its high-concept comedy premise with fine dialogue and sympathetic treatment of the characters.
Synopsis: New York actor Michael Dorsey (Dustin Hoffman) is a talented perfectionist who is so hard on himself and others that... [More]
Directed By: Sydney Pollack

#73

Auntie Mame (1958)
93%

#73
Adjusted Score: 94050%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: Mame Dennis (Rosalind Russell), a progressive and independent woman of the 1920s, is left to care for her nephew Patrick... [More]
Directed By: Morton DaCosta

#72

The Last Emperor (1987)
89%

#72
Adjusted Score: 93916%
Critics Consensus: While decidedly imperfect, Bernardo Bertolucci's epic is still a feast for the eyes.
Synopsis: This sweeping account of the life of Pu Yi (John Lone), the last emperor of China, follows the leader's tumultuous... [More]
Directed By: Bernardo Bertolucci

#71

On Golden Pond (1981)
93%

#71
Adjusted Score: 96111%
Critics Consensus: Henry Fonda and Katherine Hepburn are a wondrous duo in On Golden Pond, a wistful drama that movingly explores the twilight years of a loving marriage.
Synopsis: Cantankerous retiree Norman Thayer (Henry Fonda) and his conciliatory wife, Ethel (Katharine Hepburn), spend summers at their New England vacation... [More]
Directed By: Mark Rydell

#70

Guys and Dolls (1955)
91%

#70
Adjusted Score: 92943%
Critics Consensus: An escapist and inventive cinemascope delight, Guys and Dolls glistens thanks to the charm of its ensemble.
Synopsis: Gambler Nathan Detroit (Frank Sinatra) has few options for the location of his big craps game. Needing $1,000 to pay... [More]
Directed By: Joseph L. Mankiewicz

#69

Rain Man (1988)
89%

#69
Adjusted Score: 94157%
Critics Consensus: This road-trip movie about an autistic savant and his callow brother is far from seamless, but Barry Levinson's direction is impressive, and strong performances from Tom Cruise and Dustin Hoffman add to its appeal.
Synopsis: When car dealer Charlie Babbitt (Tom Cruise) learns that his estranged father has died, he returns home to Cincinnati, where... [More]
Directed By: Barry Levinson

#68

The Music Man (1962)
94%

#68
Adjusted Score: 94873%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: When Harold Hill (Robert Preston), a traveling con man, arrives in River City, he convinces the locals to start a... [More]
Directed By: Morton DaCosta

#67

Almost Famous (2000)
89%

#67
Adjusted Score: 95754%
Critics Consensus: Almost Famous, with its great ensemble performances and story, is a well-crafted, warm-hearted movie that successfully draws you into its era.
Synopsis: Set in 1973, it chronicles the funny and often poignant coming of age of 15-year-old William, an unabashed music fan... [More]
Directed By: Cameron Crowe

#66
#66
Adjusted Score: 97039%
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: In 1963, rodeo cowboy Jack Twist (Jake Gyllenhaal) and ranch hand Ennis Del Mar (Heath Ledger) are hired by rancher... [More]
Directed By: Ang Lee

#65

The Descendants (2011)
87%

#65
Adjusted Score: 96589%
Critics Consensus: Funny, moving, and beautifully acted, The Descendants captures the unpredictable messiness of life with eloquence and uncommon grace.
Synopsis: Native islander Matt King (George Clooney) lives with his family in Hawaii. Their world shatters when a tragic accident leaves... [More]
Directed By: Alexander Payne

#64

American Beauty (1999)
87%

#64
Adjusted Score: 94769%
Critics Consensus: Flawlessly cast and brimming with dark, acid wit, American Beauty is a smart, provocative high point of late '90s mainstream Hollywood film.
Synopsis: Lester Burnham (Kevin Spacey) is a gainfully employed suburban husband and father. Fed up with his boring, stagnant existence, he... [More]
Directed By: Sam Mendes

#63

Hope and Glory (1987)
95%

#63
Adjusted Score: 96113%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: Director John Boorman drew from his own childhood experiences for this touching coming-of-age tale about a boy growing up in... [More]
Directed By: John Boorman

#62
#62
Adjusted Score: 96181%
Critics Consensus: Smart, tender, and funny in equal measure, Hannah and Her Sisters is one of Woody Allen's finest films.
Synopsis: Three successive family Thanksgiving dinners mark time for Hannah (Mia Farrow), her younger sisters Lee (Barbara Hershey) and Holly (Dianne... [More]
Directed By: Woody Allen

#61

The Graduate (1967)
87%

#61
Adjusted Score: 94127%
Critics Consensus: The music, the performances, the precision in capturing the post-college malaise -- The Graduate's coming-of-age story is indeed one for the ages.
Synopsis: Benjamin Braddock (Dustin Hoffman) has just finished college and, back at his parents' house, he's trying to avoid the one... [More]
Directed By: Mike Nichols

#60

Breaking Away (1979)
95%

#60
Adjusted Score: 98173%
Critics Consensus: At once a touching, funny coming-of-age story and a compelling sports film, Breaking Away is a delightful treat.
Synopsis: Dave (Dennis Christopher) and his working-class friends Cyril (Daniel Stern), Moocher (Jackie Earle Haley) and Mike (Dennis Quaid) spend their... [More]
Directed By: Peter Yates

#59
Adjusted Score: 106483%
Critics Consensus: Borat Subsequent Moviefilm proves Sacha Baron Cohen's comedic creation remains a sharp tool for exposing the most misguided -- or utterly repugnant -- corners of American culture.
Synopsis: Released from prison for bringing shame to his country, Kazakh funnyman Borat risks life and limb when he returns to... [More]
Directed By: Jason Woliner

#58

Midnight Express (1978)
93%

#58
Adjusted Score: 94123%
Critics Consensus: Raw and unrelenting, Midnight Express is riveting in its realistic depiction of incarceration -- mining pathos from the simple act of enduring hardship.
Synopsis: Billy Hayes (Brad Davis) is a young American caught by Turkish police while attempting to smuggle hash out of Istanbul.... [More]
Directed By: Alan Parker

#57

Cabaret (1972)
93%

#57
Adjusted Score: 97474%
Critics Consensus: Great performances and evocative musical numbers help Cabaret secure its status as a stylish, socially conscious classic.
Synopsis: In Berlin in 1931, American cabaret singer Sally Bowles (Liza Minnelli) meets British academic Brian Roberts (Michael York), who is... [More]
Directed By: Bob Fosse

#56
#56
Adjusted Score: 100593%
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: Lesbian couple Jules (Julianne Moore) and Nic (Annette Bening) have been together for almost 20 years and have two teenage... [More]
Directed By: Lisa Cholodenko

#55

The King and I (1956)
93%

#55
Adjusted Score: 94120%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: In this film adaptation of the Rodgers & Hammerstein musical, widowed Welsh mother Anna Loenowens (Deborah Kerr) becomes a governess... [More]
Directed By: Walter Lang

#54

The Defiant Ones (1958)
92%

#54
Adjusted Score: 98245%
Critics Consensus: An advocacy drama that makes its points without belaboring them, The Defiant Ones relies on its clever concept and brilliant performances to repudiate racial prejudice.
Synopsis: In 1950s America, members of a chain gang are being transported through the South when their truck crashes. Two of... [More]
Directed By: Stanley Kramer

#53
#53
Adjusted Score: 100118%
Critics Consensus: Endlessly witty, visually rapturous, and sweetly romantic, Shakespeare in Love is a delightful romantic comedy that succeeds on nearly every level.
Synopsis: "Shakespeare in Love" is a romantic comedy for the 1990s set in the 1590s. It imaginatively unfolds the witty, sexy... [More]
Directed By: John Madden

#52

Les Girls (1957)
100%

#52
Adjusted Score: 100087%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: When dancer Sybil Wren (Kay Kendall) pens a memoir about her time in a troupe with two other women, she... [More]
Directed By: George Cukor

#51

My Fair Lady (1964)
95%

#51
Adjusted Score: 100685%
Critics Consensus: George Cukor's elegant, colorful adaptation of the beloved stage play is elevated to new heights thanks to winning performances by Audrey Hepburn and Rex Harrison.
Synopsis: In this beloved musical, pompous phonetics professor Henry Higgins (Rex Harrison) is so sure of his abilities that he takes... [More]
Directed By: George Cukor

#50

West Side Story (1961)
93%

#50
Adjusted Score: 103950%
Critics Consensus: Buoyed by Robert Wise's dazzling direction, Leonard Bernstein's score, and Stephen Sondheim's lyrics, West Side Story remains perhaps the most iconic of all the Shakespeare adaptations to visit the big screen.
Synopsis: A musical in which a modern day Romeo and Juliet are involved in New York street gangs. On the harsh... [More]

#49

Spartacus (1960)
93%

#49
Adjusted Score: 99525%
Critics Consensus: Featuring terrific performances and epic action, Kubrick's restored swords-and-sandals epic is a true classic.
Synopsis: The rebellious Thracian Spartacus, born and raised a slave, is sold to Gladiator trainer Batiatus. After weeks of being trained... [More]
Directed By: Stanley Kubrick

#48
#48
Adjusted Score: 99268%
Critics Consensus: Tense, funny, and thought-provoking all at once, and lifted by strong performances from Sydney Poitier and Rod Steiger, director Norman Jewison's look at murder and racism in small-town America continues to resonate today.
Synopsis: African-American Philadelphia police detective Virgil Tibbs (Sidney Poitier) is arrested on suspicion of murder by Bill Gillespie (Rod Steiger), the... [More]
Directed By: Norman Jewison

#47
#47
Adjusted Score: 108297%
Critics Consensus: Broderick Crawford is spellbinding as politician Willie Stark in director Robert Rossen's adaptation of the Robert Penn Warren novel about the corrosive effects of power on the human soul.
Synopsis: Drama about the rise and fall of a corrupt southern governor who promises his way to power. Broderick Crawford portrays... [More]
Directed By: Robert Rossen

#46
#46
Adjusted Score: 99970%
Critics Consensus: Sense and Sensibility is an uncommonly deft, very funny Jane Austen adaptation, marked by Emma Thompson's finely tuned performance.
Synopsis: When Elinor Dashwood's (Emma Thompson) father dies, her family's finances are crippled. After the Dashwoods move to a cottage in... [More]
Directed By: Ang Lee

#45

Rocky (1976)
91%

#45
Adjusted Score: 97731%
Critics Consensus: This story of a down-on-his-luck boxer is thoroughly predictable, but Sylvester Stallone's script and stunning performance in the title role brush aside complaints.
Synopsis: Rocky Balboa (Sylvester Stallone), a small-time boxer from working-class Philadelphia, is arbitrarily chosen to take on the reigning world heavyweight... [More]
Directed By: John G. Avildsen

#44
#44
Adjusted Score: 101376%
Critics Consensus: Anchored by another winning performance from Tom Hanks, Steven Spielberg's unflinchingly realistic war film virtually redefines the genre.
Synopsis: Captain John Miller (Tom Hanks) takes his men behind enemy lines to find Private James Ryan, whose three brothers have... [More]
Directed By: Steven Spielberg

#43
#43
Adjusted Score: 100883%
Critics Consensus: One of the most influential of all teen films, American Graffiti is a funny, nostalgic, and bittersweet look at a group of recent high school grads' last days of innocence.
Synopsis: On the last day of summer vacation in 1962, friends Curt (Richard Dreyfuss), Steve (Ronny Howard), Terry (Charles Martin Smith)... [More]
Directed By: George Lucas

#42
Adjusted Score: 102798%
Critics Consensus: Visually breathtaking and emotionally powerful, The Lord of the Rings - The Return of the King is a moving and satisfying conclusion to a great trilogy.
Synopsis: The culmination of nearly 10 years' work and conclusion to Peter Jackson's epic trilogy based on the timeless J.R.R. Tolkien... [More]
Directed By: Peter Jackson

#41

Amadeus (1984)
93%

#41
Adjusted Score: 101501%
Critics Consensus: A lavish, entertaining, powerful film about the life and influence, both positive and negative, of one of Western culture's great artists.
Synopsis: Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (Tom Hulce) is a remarkably talented young Viennese composer who unwittingly finds a fierce rival in the... [More]
Directed By: Milos Forman

#40

Babe (1995)
97%

#40
Adjusted Score: 101437%
Critics Consensus: The rare family-friendly feature with a heart as big as its special effects budget, Babe offers timeless entertainment for viewers of all ages.
Synopsis: Gentle farmer Arthur Hoggett (James Cromwell) wins a piglet named Babe (Christine Cavanaugh) at a county fair. Narrowly escaping his... [More]
Directed By: Chris Noonan

#39
#39
Adjusted Score: 103110%
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: A lonely, aging movie star named Bob Harris (Bill Murray) and a conflicted newlywed, Charlotte (Scarlett Johansson), meet in Tokyo.... [More]
Directed By: Sofia Coppola

#38

Titanic (1997)
89%

#38
Adjusted Score: 101419%
Critics Consensus: A mostly unqualified triumph for James Cameron, who offers a dizzying blend of spectacular visuals and old-fashioned melodrama.
Synopsis: James Cameron's "Titanic" is an epic, action-packed romance set against the ill-fated maiden voyage of the R.M.S. Titanic; the pride... [More]
Directed By: James Cameron

#37

The Lion King (1994)
93%

#37
Adjusted Score: 101779%
Critics Consensus: Emotionally stirring, richly drawn, and beautifully animated, The Lion King is a pride within Disney's pantheon of classic family films.
Synopsis: This Disney animated feature follows the adventures of the young lion Simba (Jonathan Taylor Thomas), the heir of his father,... [More]
Directed By: Roger Allers, Rob Minkoff

#36

The Apartment (1960)
93%

#36
Adjusted Score: 100882%
Critics Consensus: Director Billy Wilder's customary cynicism is leavened here by tender humor, romance, and genuine pathos.
Synopsis: Insurance worker C.C. Baxter (Jack Lemmon) lends his Upper West Side apartment to company bosses to use for extramarital affairs.... [More]
Directed By: Billy Wilder

#35
#35
Adjusted Score: 102926%
Critics Consensus: Visually dazzling and emotionally resonant, Slumdog Millionaire is a film that's both entertaining and powerful.
Synopsis: As 18-year-old Jamal Malik (Dev Patel) answers questions on the Indian version of "Who Wants to Be a Millionaire," flashbacks... [More]
Directed By: Danny Boyle

#34

The Player (1992)
98%

#34
Adjusted Score: 103199%
Critics Consensus: Bitingly cynical without succumbing to bitterness, The Player is one of the all-time great Hollywood satires -- and an ensemble-driven highlight of the Altman oeuvre.
Synopsis: Certain that the anonymous threats he's been receiving are the work of David Kahane (Vincent D'Onofrio), producer Griffin Mill (Tim... [More]
Directed By: Robert Altman

#33

Some Like It Hot (1959)
94%

#33
Adjusted Score: 99216%
Critics Consensus: Some Like It Hot: A spry, quick-witted farce that never drags.
Synopsis: After witnessing a Mafia murder, slick saxophone player Joe (Tony Curtis) and his long-suffering buddy, Jerry (Jack Lemmon), improvise a... [More]
Directed By: Billy Wilder

#32
Adjusted Score: 100989%
Critics Consensus: The onscreen battle between Jack Nicholson and Louise Fletcher serves as a personal microcosm of the culture wars of the 1970s -- and testament to the director's vision that the film retains its power more than three decades later.
Synopsis: When Randle Patrick McMurphy (Jack Nicholson) gets transferred for evaluation from a prison farm to a mental institution, he assumes... [More]
Directed By: Milos Forman

#31
#31
Adjusted Score: 103564%
Critics Consensus: Enchanting, sweepingly romantic, and featuring plenty of wonderful musical numbers, Beauty and the Beast is one of Disney's most elegant animated offerings.
Synopsis: An arrogant young prince (Robby Benson) and his castle's servants fall under the spell of a wicked enchantress, who turns... [More]
Directed By: Gary Trousdale, Kirk Wise

#30
Adjusted Score: 106644%
Critics Consensus: This complex war epic asks hard questions, resists easy answers, and boasts career-defining work from star Alec Guinness and director David Lean.
Synopsis: Adaptation of the Pierre Bouelle novel about POWs in Burma forced to build a bridge to aid the war effort... [More]
Directed By: David Lean

#29

American Hustle (2013)
92%

#29
Adjusted Score: 103253%
Critics Consensus: Riotously funny and impeccably cast, American Hustle compensates for its flaws with unbridled energy and some of David O. Russell's most irrepressibly vibrant direction.
Synopsis: Irving Rosenfeld (Christian Bale) dabbles in forgery and loan-sharking, but when he falls for fellow grifter Sydney Prosser (Amy Adams),... [More]
Directed By: David O. Russell

#28

Sideways (2004)
97%

#28
Adjusted Score: 104632%
Critics Consensus: Charming, thoughtful, and often funny, Sideways is a decidedly mature road trip comedy full of excellent performances.
Synopsis: Struggling writer and wine enthusiast Miles (Paul Giamatti) takes his engaged friend, Jack (Thomas Haden Church), on a trip to... [More]
Directed By: Alexander Payne

#27

The Lost Weekend (1945)
98%

#27
Adjusted Score: 102039%
Critics Consensus: Director Billy Wilder's unflinchingly honest look at the effects of alcoholism may have had some of its impact blunted by time, but it remains a powerful and remarkably prescient film.
Synopsis: Writer Don Birnam (Ray Milland) is on the wagon. Sober for only a few days, Don is supposed to be... [More]
Directed By: Billy Wilder

#26
#26
Adjusted Score: 105105%
Critics Consensus: Realistic, fast-paced and uncommonly smart, The French Connection is bolstered by stellar performances by Gene Hackman and Roy Scheider, not to mention William Friedkin's thrilling production.
Synopsis: New York Detective "Popeye" Doyle (Gene Hackman) and his partner (Roy Scheider) chase a French heroin smuggler.... [More]
Directed By: William Friedkin

#25
#25
Adjusted Score: 104614%
Critics Consensus: Typically stylish but deceptively thoughtful, The Grand Budapest Hotel finds Wes Anderson once again using ornate visual environments to explore deeply emotional ideas.
Synopsis: In the 1930s, the Grand Budapest Hotel is a popular European ski resort, presided over by concierge Gustave H. (Ralph... [More]
Directed By: Wes Anderson

#24

Schindler's List (1993)
98%

#24
Adjusted Score: 108404%
Critics Consensus: Schindler's List blends the abject horror of the Holocaust with Steven Spielberg's signature tender humanism to create the director's dramatic masterpiece.
Synopsis: Businessman Oskar Schindler (Liam Neeson) arrives in Krakow in 1939, ready to make his fortune from World War II, which... [More]
Directed By: Steven Spielberg

#23
Adjusted Score: 107888%
Critics Consensus: An engrossing look at the triumphs and travails of war veterans, The Best Years of Our Lives is concerned specifically with the aftermath of World War II, but its messages speak to the overall American experience.
Synopsis: Fred, Al and Homer are three World War II veterans facing difficulties as they re-enter civilian life. Fred (Dana Andrews)... [More]
Directed By: William Wyler

#22

The Artist (2011)
95%

#22
Adjusted Score: 109162%
Critics Consensus: A crowd-pleasing tribute to the magic of silent cinema, The Artist is a clever, joyous film with delightful performances and visual style to spare.
Synopsis: In the 1920s, actor George Valentin (Jean Dujardin) is a bona fide matinee idol with many adoring fans. While working... [More]
Directed By: Michel Hazanavicius

#21

The Martian (2015)
91%

#21
Adjusted Score: 107209%
Critics Consensus: Smart, thrilling, and surprisingly funny, The Martian offers a faithful adaptation of the bestselling book that brings out the best in leading man Matt Damon and director Ridley Scott.
Synopsis: When astronauts blast off from the planet Mars, they leave behind Mark Watney (Matt Damon), presumed dead after a fierce... [More]
Directed By: Ridley Scott

#20
#20
Adjusted Score: 107965%
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: In 2003, Harvard undergrad and computer genius Mark Zuckerberg (Jesse Eisenberg) begins work on a new concept that eventually turns... [More]
Directed By: David Fincher

#19

Nomadland (2020)
93%

#19
Adjusted Score: 116741%
Critics Consensus: A poetic character study on the forgotten and downtrodden, Nomadland beautifully captures the restlessness left in the wake of the Great Recession.
Synopsis: A woman embarks on a journey through the American West after losing everything during the recession.... [More]
Directed By: Chloé Zhao

#18
#18
Adjusted Score: 105664%
Critics Consensus: The epic of all epics, Lawrence of Arabia cements director David Lean's status in the filmmaking pantheon with nearly four hours of grand scope, brilliant performances, and beautiful cinematography.
Synopsis: Due to his knowledge of the native Bedouin tribes, British Lieutenant T.E. Lawrence (Peter O'Toole) is sent to Arabia to... [More]
Directed By: David Lean

#17
#17
Adjusted Score: 108976%
Critics Consensus: The plot may be problematic, but such concerns are rendered superfluous by Gene Kelly and Leslie Caron's star power, the Gershwins' classic songs, and Vincente Minnelli's colorful, sympathetic direction.
Synopsis: Jerry Mulligan (Gene Kelly) is an American ex-GI who stays in post-war Paris to become a painter, and falls for... [More]
Directed By: Vincente Minnelli

#16
Adjusted Score: 106463%
Critics Consensus: Remade but never duplicated, this darkly humorous morality tale represents John Huston at his finest.
Synopsis: In this classic adventure film, two rough-and-tumble wanderers, Dobbs (Humphrey Bogart) and Curtin (Tim Holt), meet up with a veteran... [More]
Directed By: John Huston

#15

Chinatown (1974)
99%

#15
Adjusted Score: 105864%
Critics Consensus: As bruised and cynical as the decade that produced it, this noir classic benefits from Robert Towne's brilliant screenplay, director Roman Polanski's steady hand, and wonderful performances from Jack Nicholson and Faye Dunaway.
Synopsis: When Los Angeles private eye J.J. "Jake" Gittes (Jack Nicholson) is hired by Evelyn Mulwray to investigate her husband's activities,... [More]
Directed By: Roman Polanski

#14
#14
Adjusted Score: 110640%
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: Dockworker Terry Malloy (Marlon Brando) had been an up-and-coming boxer until powerful local mob boss Johnny Friendly (Lee J. Cobb)... [More]
Directed By: Elia Kazan

#13
Adjusted Score: 121116%
Critics Consensus: Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri deftly balances black comedy against searing drama -- and draws unforgettable performances from its veteran cast along the way.
Synopsis: After months have passed without a culprit in her daughter's murder case, Mildred Hayes makes a bold move, painting three... [More]
Directed By: Martin McDonagh

#12

Toy Story 2 (1999)
100%

#12
Adjusted Score: 107741%
Critics Consensus: The rare sequel that arguably improves on its predecessor, Toy Story 2 uses inventive storytelling, gorgeous animation, and a talented cast to deliver another rich moviegoing experience for all ages.
Synopsis: Woody (Tom Hanks) is stolen from his home by toy dealer Al McWhiggin (Wayne Knight), leaving Buzz Lightyear (Tim Allen)... [More]

#11

Sunset Blvd. (1950)
98%

#11
Adjusted Score: 109718%
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: An aging silent film queen refuses to accept that her stardom has ended. She hires a young screenwriter to help... [More]
Directed By: Billy Wilder

#10

La La Land (2016)
91%

#10
Adjusted Score: 120063%
Critics Consensus: La La Land breathes new life into a bygone genre with thrillingly assured direction, powerful performances, and an irresistible excess of heart.
Synopsis: Sebastian (Ryan Gosling) and Mia (Emma Stone) are drawn together by their common desire to do what they love. But... [More]
Directed By: Damien Chazelle

#9

1917 (2019)
89%

#9
Adjusted Score: 117279%
Critics Consensus: Hard-hitting, immersive, and an impressive technical achievement, 1917 captures the trench warfare of World War I with raw, startling immediacy.
Synopsis: During World War I, two British soldiers -- Lance Cpl. Schofield and Lance Cpl. Blake -- receive seemingly impossible orders.... [More]
Directed By: Sam Mendes

#8

Argo (2012)
96%

#8
Adjusted Score: 110952%
Critics Consensus: Tense, exciting, and often darkly comic, Argo recreates a historical event with vivid attention to detail and finely wrought characters.
Synopsis: On Nov. 4, 1979, militants storm the U.S. embassy in Tehran, Iran, taking 66 American hostages. Amid the chaos, six... [More]
Directed By: Ben Affleck

#7

12 Years a Slave (2013)
95%

#7
Adjusted Score: 110567%
Critics Consensus: It's far from comfortable viewing, but 12 Years a Slave's unflinchingly brutal look at American slavery is also brilliant -- and quite possibly essential -- cinema.
Synopsis: In the years before the Civil War, Solomon Northup (Chiwetel Ejiofor), a free black man from upstate New York, is... [More]
Directed By: Steve McQueen

#6
Adjusted Score: 121483%
Critics Consensus: Thrillingly unrestrained yet solidly crafted, Once Upon a Time in Hollywood tempers Tarantino's provocative impulses with the clarity of a mature filmmaker's vision.
Synopsis: Actor Rick Dalton gained fame and fortune by starring in a 1950s television Western, but is now struggling to find... [More]
Directed By: Quentin Tarantino

#5

Boyhood (2014)
97%

#5
Adjusted Score: 110406%
Critics Consensus: Epic in technical scale but breathlessly intimate in narrative scope, Boyhood is a sprawling investigation of the human condition.
Synopsis: The joys and pitfalls of growing up are seen through the eyes of a child named Mason (Ellar Coltrane), his... [More]
Directed By: Richard Linklater

#4
Adjusted Score: 110804%
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: After a gentle alien becomes stranded on Earth, the being is discovered and befriended by a young boy named Elliott... [More]
Directed By: Steven Spielberg

#3

The Godfather (1972)
97%

#3
Adjusted Score: 112670%
Critics Consensus: One of Hollywood's greatest critical and commercial successes, The Godfather gets everything right; not only did the movie transcend expectations, it established new benchmarks for American cinema.
Synopsis: Widely regarded as one of the greatest films of all time, this mob drama, based on Mario Puzo's novel of... [More]
Directed By: Francis Ford Coppola

#2

Moonlight (2016)
98%

#2
Adjusted Score: 123133%
Critics Consensus: Moonlight uses one man's story to offer a remarkable and brilliantly crafted look at lives too rarely seen in cinema.
Synopsis: A look at three defining chapters in the life of Chiron, a young black man growing up in Miami. His... [More]
Directed By: Barry Jenkins

#1

Lady Bird (2017)
99%

#1
Adjusted Score: 128246%
Critics Consensus: Lady Bird delivers fresh insights about the turmoil of adolescence -- and reveals writer-director Greta Gerwig as a fully formed filmmaking talent.
Synopsis: A teenager (Saoirse Ronan) navigates a loving but turbulent relationship with her strong-willed mother (Laurie Metcalf) over the course of... [More]
Directed By: Greta Gerwig

In Time

(Photo by 20th Century Fox/ courtesy Everett Collection)

All Justin Timberlake Movies Ranked

Cause for alarm: Justin Timberlake has only been in a few Certified Fresh movies in his career, projects that have really hit with critics – we hope he has a second job to fall back on.

For now, Timberlake will just have to be content with the fact he’s been in some of the really good flicks of the 2010s, like David Fincher’s Best Picture nominee The Social Network, or the Coen brothers’ wry and sly take on the folk music, Inside Llewyn Davis. And no one can blame Timberlake for not being careful in cultivating his movie brand, making a few sex comedies (The Love Guru, Friends With Benefits), throwing in a few sci-fi risks (Southland Tales, In Time), and sweetening the stew with family movies (Yogi Bear, Shrek the Third).

Timberlake’s latest film, his first in three years, certainly falls in that last category: Trolls World Tour, which took the extraordinary step of skipping theatrical and going straight to on-demand. With the movie added to this list, we’re sync as we look back on all Justin Timberlake movies ranked by Tomatometer!

#18

Runner Runner (2013)
7%

#18
Adjusted Score: 11462%
Critics Consensus: It has an impressive cast and an intriguing premise, but Runner Runner wastes them on a bland, haphazardly assembled thriller with very little payoff.
Synopsis: Believing that he has been swindled, Princeton grad student Richie (Justin Timberlake) goes to Costa Rica to confront online-gambling tycoon... [More]
Directed By: Brad Furman

#17

Edison (2005)
13%

#17
Adjusted Score: 4573%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: Ambitious young reporter Pollack (Justin Timberlake) suspects insidious corruption in his town's elite police unit, known as F.R.A.T., and finds... [More]
Directed By: David J. Burke

#16

Yogi Bear (2010)
12%

#16
Adjusted Score: 15455%
Critics Consensus: Yogi Bear's 3D effects and all-star voice cast are cold comfort for its aggressively mediocre screenplay.
Synopsis: Yogi (Dan Aykroyd) and his sidekick, Boo Boo (Justin Timberlake), are Jellystone Park's most-notorious troublemakers, hatching countless schemes to separate... [More]
Directed By: Eric Brevig

#15

The Love Guru (2008)
14%

#15
Adjusted Score: 19936%
Critics Consensus: The Love Guru features far too many gross-out gags, and too few earned laughs, ranking as one of Mike Myers' poorest outings.
Synopsis: Born in America and raised in an Indian ashram, Pitka (Mike Myers) returns to his native land to seek his... [More]
Directed By: Marco Schnabel

#14

The Open Road (2009)
29%

#14
Adjusted Score: 8918%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: While playing minor league baseball in Texas, Carlton Garrett (Justin Timberlake) receives word from his grandfather (Harry Dean Stanton) that... [More]
Directed By: Michael Meredith

#13

Wonder Wheel (2017)
31%

#13
Adjusted Score: 45875%
Critics Consensus: Wonder Wheel gathers a charming cast in an inviting period setting, but they aren't enough to consistently breathe life into a Woody Allen project that never quite comes together.
Synopsis: Four peoples' lives intertwine amid the hustle and bustle of the Coney Island amusement park in the 1950s: Ginny, an... [More]
Directed By: Woody Allen

#12

In Time (2011)
37%

#12
Adjusted Score: 42539%
Critics Consensus: In Time's intriguing premise and appealing cast are easily overpowered by the blunt, heavy-handed storytelling.
Synopsis: In a future where time is money and the wealthy can live forever, Will Salas (Justin Timberlake) is a poor... [More]
Directed By: Andrew Niccol

#11

Southland Tales (2006)
40%

#11
Adjusted Score: 43708%
Critics Consensus: Southland Tales, while offering an intriguing vision of the future, remains frustratingly incoherent and unpolished.
Synopsis: With the United States under the threat of nuclear attack, the lives of several people converge in a dystopian Los... [More]
Directed By: Richard Kelly

#10

Shrek the Third (2007)
42%

#10
Adjusted Score: 50262%
Critics Consensus: Shrek the Third has pop culture potshots galore, but at the expense of the heart, charm, and wit that made the first two Shreks classics.
Synopsis: When King Harold suddenly croaks, Shrek (Mike Myers) learns he will have to rule the land of Far, Far Away,... [More]
Directed By: Chris Miller

#9

Bad Teacher (2011)
45%

#9
Adjusted Score: 51228%
Critics Consensus: In spite of a promising concept and a charmingly brazen performance from Cameron Diaz, Bad Teacher is never as funny as it should be.
Synopsis: For most, teaching is an honorable profession -- except for Elizabeth (Cameron Diaz). The foul-mouthed, boozy woman can't wait to... [More]
Directed By: Jake Kasdan

#8
#8
Adjusted Score: 58598%
Critics Consensus: Though predictable and somewhat dramatically underwhelming, Trouble with the Curve benefits from Clint Eastwood's grizzled charisma and his easy chemistry with a charming Amy Adams.
Synopsis: For decades Gus Lobel (Clint Eastwood) has been one of baseball's best scouts -- but now his age is catching... [More]
Directed By: Robert Lorenz

#7

Alpha Dog (2006)
54%

#7
Adjusted Score: 59905%
Critics Consensus: A glossy yet unflinching portrait of violent, hedonistic teenagers. Bruce Willis and Sharon Stone chew the scenery, while Justin Timberlake gives a noteworthy performance.
Synopsis: Teenage dealer Johnny Truelove (Emile Hirsch) and his friends kidnap the impressionable younger brother (Anton Yelchin) of a junkie (Ben... [More]
Directed By: Nick Cassavetes

#6

Black Snake Moan (2007)
66%

#6
Adjusted Score: 71871%
Critics Consensus: Uninhibited performances, skillful direction, and a killer blues soundtrack elevate Black Snake Moan beyond its outlandish premise.
Synopsis: After her lover (Justin Timberlake) leaves to serve in the military, Rae (Christina Ricci) gives in to her raging libido... [More]
Directed By: Craig Brewer

#5
#5
Adjusted Score: 74315%
Critics Consensus: Friends with Benefits adds nothing new to its well-worn rom-com formula, but the chemistry between Justin Timberlake and Mila Kunis is almost enough to carry the movie by itself.
Synopsis: Jamie (Mila Kunis) is a New York-based executive recruiter who entices Dylan (Justin Timberlake), an art director from Los Angeles,... [More]
Directed By: Will Gluck

#4
#4
Adjusted Score: 81872%
Critics Consensus: A fun follow-up for fans of the original, Trolls World Tour offers a second helping of colorful animation, infectious energy, and sing-along songs.
Synopsis: Poppy and Branch discover that there are six different troll tribes scattered over six different lands. Each tribe is also... [More]
Directed By: Walt Dohrn

#3

Trolls (2016)
75%

#3
Adjusted Score: 84907%
Critics Consensus: Trolls brings its instantly recognizable characters to the big screen in a colorful adventure that, while geared toward the younger set, isn't without rewards for parents.
Synopsis: After the Bergens invade Troll Village, Poppy (Anna Kendrick), the happiest Troll ever born, and the overly-cautious, curmudgeonly Branch (Justin... [More]
Directed By: Mike Mitchell, Walt Dohrn

#2
#2
Adjusted Score: 102850%
Critics Consensus: Smart, funny, and profoundly melancholy, Inside Llewyn Davis finds the Coen brothers in fine form.
Synopsis: In 1961 New York City, folk singer Llewyn Davis (Oscar Isaac) is at a crossroads. Guitar in hand, he struggles... [More]
Directed By: Joel Coen, Ethan Coen

#1
#1
Adjusted Score: 107965%
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: In 2003, Harvard undergrad and computer genius Mark Zuckerberg (Jesse Eisenberg) begins work on a new concept that eventually turns... [More]
Directed By: David Fincher

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Blockbuster movies cost a bunch of money to make – jaw-dropping special effects and big-name actors don’t come cheap. In order to make the expense worth it, movie studios need to pull out all the stops to get moviegoers to buy tickets once the film premieres, and that typically involves a killer marketing campaign. These days, slick trailers, along with all sorts of unique real-world stunts and marketing gimmicks, can be as much of a production as the final movie itself.

These memorable marketing campaigns take different forms — sometimes it just takes a really well-done trailer and a memorable use of a song, as seen and heard in the trailer for Jordan Peele’s Us, which retools Luniz’s “I’ve Got 5 on It” in a deliciously creepy way. Other times movie marketers will stage mysterious real-world stunts to get excited fans involved. Whatever the method, a well-done marketing campaign for a well-done movie often means box office success.

Here are 10 of the most memorable movie marketing campaigns we’ve seen.


Jaws 2 (1978) 61% and Alien (1979) 98%

Universal Pictures/20th Century Fox Film Corp.

(Photo by Universal Pictures/20th Century Fox Film Corp.)

Studio: Universal Pictures / 20th Century Fox

Why you remember it: Because of two incredible taglines.

Let’s kick things off with a tie, as both films are shining examples of an older era of promotion, before viral marketing was a thing. Jaws was the first blockbuster, but Jaws 2 was briefly the highest-grossing sequel of all time until Rocky II bested it the following year. Part of the film’s success likely has to do with one of the greatest taglines of all time — “Just when you thought it was safe to get back in the water” — the work of famed and innovative producer Andrew J. Kuehn.

The following year, Alien came around with one of the other great taglines in movie history, “In space, no one can hear you scream.” Neither of these movies had real-world promotional activations, but they were united in memorable taglines that, thanks to their use of the second-person, made would-be viewers feel part of the cinematic horrors to come.

Did it work? As mentioned, Jaws 2 was a huge success, pulling in $208 million. Alien’s box office figure is a little disputed, as some creative Hollywood accounting originally recorded the film as a loss for Fox, but it went on to spawn an iconic, acclaimed sci-fi horror series. And, of course, those two taglines are now forever seared into the public consciousness.


Deadpool (2016) 85% 

Studio: 20th Century Fox

Why you remember it: Because Ryan Reynolds is Deadpool.

Deadpool is known as the Merc with a Mouth, and the film’s promotional team sure did have a lot to say about the film. There was so much marketing, and all of it projected an irreverent, slightly naughty sense of fun. There were parody posters, custom emojis, a feud with Wolverine (and Hugh Jackman), a costume reveal via faux-nude spread, and a flaming bag of poop yule log, to name just a few campaign highlights. Then there was Reynolds, who, as the person most responsible for making Deadpool happen, projected his passion for the wise-cracking hero and modeled his own social presence after the Merc.

Two years after Deadpool was released, Reynolds and the Fox marketing team went even harder with the promotion of Deadpool 2, taking over the DVD covers of other popular movies at Walmart and handling Stephen Colbert’s late-night monologue duties, before going further yet for in its meta promotion of Once Upon a Deadpool. The marketing behind the franchise is now officially one of the reasons we look forward to another Deadpool movie.

Did it work? Deadpool made $785 million at the box office and became the highest-grossing R-rated film ever. Not bad for a superhero movie.


The Social Network (2010) 96% 

Studio: Columbia Pictures

Why you remember it: Because “you don’t get to 500 million friends without making a few enemies.”

David Fincher’s moody bio-pic about Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg is really an exceptional villain origin story, and the marketing for the film made that clear. The first trailer is scored to a haunting cover of Radiohead’s “Creep” as sung by a children’s choir, illustrating how there was something unsettling behind all this “friending.” Then there’s the poster, which features Mark Zuckerberg (Jesse Eisenberg) looking at the viewer from the shadows, his face obscured by the memorable and ominous tagline in a crisp Futura font. Both the “choral cover of pop song” and “poster with words on a face” would go on to be often-imitated promotional tropes, but they were just the Google Plus to The Social Network’s Facebook.

Did it work? The Social Network made $224.9 million and was nominated for or won a host of major awards. Plus, Zuckerberg had some qualms with the movie – so that’s a success.


Psycho (1960) 96% 

Studio: Paramount Pictures

Why you remember it: Because of the secrecy and Alfred Hitchcock’s suspenseful set tour.

Modern moviegoers who were too young to remember seeing Psycho in theaters probably remember Hitchcock’s iconic slasher for the famous shower scene. Hitchcock knew that would be the case. Movie trailers weren’t what they were back then — the idea of multi-level movie marketing as we know it today didn’t really emerge until the late ’90s. But, Hitchcock was the master of suspense, and he knew how to get an audience shaking with curiosity and anticipation. The trailer for Psycho featured Hitchcock giving a tour of the Bates Motel, offering gory hints of what horrors might have happened there but stopping just short of giving anything away. That, along with a campaign to keep the shocking twist in the movie a secret – which went so far as preventing Paramount Studio execs from reading the script – had audiences eager to see what happened.

Did it work? Psycho cost about $800,000 to make and made more than $40 million during its initial release — and this is in 1960s dollars! It was a huge hit, went on to enjoy multiple theatrical reissues, and is generally regarded as a landmark horror movie. So, yeah, Hitchcock’s a great tour guide.


Borat: Cultural Learnings of America for Make Benefit Glorious Nation of Kazakhstan (2006) 91% 

Borat

(Photo by @ 20th Century Fox)

Studio: 20th Century Fox

Why you remember it: Because of Sacha Baron Cohen’s in-character interviews as Borat.

It’s fitting that a movie that blurred the lines between comedy and documentary (not to mention acting and reality) would have a similarly meta promotional campaign. Borat wasn’t a new creation, as Cohen’s character had been on the Da Ali G Show for years, but he wasn’t widely known. That let Cohen dupe the movie’s subjects — as well as many would-be ticket-buyers – into thinking that this kooky Borat character might be on the level.

Did it work? Borat made $262 million at the box office, much to Kazakhstan’s chagrin.


Cloverfield (2008) 78% 

Studio: Paramount Pictures

Why you remember it: Because of all the rampant speculation about the top-secret mystery plot.

A good marketing campaign doesn’t give everything away, it just teases some of the best stuff so that moviegoers are excited to see the rest. Cloverfield’s marketing was so memorable because it gave, well, essentially nothing away. The first trailer, which came by surprise ahead of Transformers screenings, didn’t even include the movie’s title or any plot details. This, along with some innovative virtual tie-ins (shout-out to MySpace), had fans wondering what it might be. A Lost movie? A Godzilla film? An anime adaptation? Something new?

Did it work? Like The Blair Witch Project, which pioneered this type of hype-building mystery promotion, Cloverfield was a hit. The film made $170.8 million against a budget of $25 million, and spawned a whole franchise/”universe” of sci-fi films united mostly by viral marketing, though none were as successful as the original.


Inception (2010) 87% 

Inception

(Photo by @ Warner Bros. Pictures)

Studio: Warner Bros. Pictures

Why you remember it: Because of the spinning top mind-game (and the “BWWAAHHHH” sound).

Warner Bros. spent $100 million to market Inception, an increasingly rare blockbuster that was wholly original, not a sequel nor an adaptation. To get people excited about an unknown quantity, the studio banked on Christopher Nolan’s post-Dark Knight appeal and made an online viral game involving the spinning top that diehard fans tried to solve. The game unlocked the official trailer, and that was a great piece of advertising too, in no small part because of the booming Inception sound that rightfully became a meme.

Did it work? The marketing certainly planted the idea of going to see this movie in a lot of people’s’ heads, because Inception made $828.3 million at the box office.


The Dark Knight (2008) 94% 

The Dark Knight

(Photo by @ 20th Century Fox)

Studio: Warner Bros. Pictures

Why you remember it: Because you solved an interactive mystery across a virtual Gotham City, and Heath Ledger’s untimely death.

The heroes of DC Comics save the day in fictional cities, like Metropolis. But, to promote the second (and best) of Christopher Nolan’s three Batman movies, the alternate reality game company 42 Entertainment made Gotham City real. Using websites like WhySoSerious.com, fake Gothamite newspapers, and Harvey Dent campaign materials, 42 Entertainment sent fans on a scavenger hunt all over the web and the physical United States — starting with San Diego’s Comic-Con, where one reward was the first image of the movie’s Joker. It gave fans a tantalizing glimpse of the drama to come, and let them feel like the Batman, the World’s Greatest Detective, himself. Add to that the tragedy of Heath Ledger’s untimely death ahead of the premiere of his incredible performance as the Joker, and you’ve got a super-powered level of expectations.

Did it work? The Dark Knight made over $1 billion at the box office and was popular enough to change the way the Academy Awards work.


Paranormal Activity (2007) 83% 

Studio: Paramount Pictures

Why you remember it: Because you had to demand it.

Paranormal Activity was an extremely inexpensive movie, one that seemed destined for a modest indie release and perhaps a chance at becoming a cult classic. But, the marketing team at Paramount had the bright idea of democratizing horror. Trailers were released featuring night-vision footage of shocked and delighted viewing audiences and promising a scary theater experience; would-be moviegoers had to vote on a website, hoping that there would be enough fan demand for Paramount to bring the film to their city or town. The website, which was made with the user-driven event calendar company Eventful’s help, added a sense of urgency and participation in what otherwise might have just been an overlooked found-footage flick.

Did it work? Paranormal Activity cost just $15,000 to make, and it made more than $193 million at the box office. It is, by most accounts, the most profitable movie ever made.


The Blair Witch Project (1999) 86% 

Blair Witch Project

Studio: Artisan Entertainment

Why you remember it: Because you thought it was real.

Without The Blair Witch Project’s marketing, there would be no Cloverfield, no Inception, and essentially no viral movie marketing as we know it today. In the early days of the internet, Artisan Entertainment’s scrappy online team created a website and surrounding hype campaign that claimed the story of the Blair Witch was true. There were interviews with the “missing” characters’ parents and backstories from investigators trying to solve this “true” story. In the real world, missing posters went up around colleges and at film festivals. Because of all the marketing, The Blair Witch Project wasn’t just a low-budget indie horror flick — it was a real, ongoing mystery. Moviegoers and internet users have gotten more media-savvy, so this feat likely won’t be equaled, but The Blair Witch Project was the perfect storm, a way to use technology, advertising, and psychology to turn “based upon a true story” into box office gold.

Did it work? The Blair Witch Project made $248,639,099, which is more than 4,000 times what it cost to make the movie. Also, admit it — you thought, for a second, that it was a documentary.


What were some of your favorite movie marketing campaigns? Let us know in the comments!


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This week, Chadwick Boseman stars in Marshall, a new drama chronicling an early case in the career of Thurgood Marshall, the man who would become the first African-American US Supreme Court Justice and preside over several milestone cases, including Brown v. Board of Education. To mark the occasion, we’ve put together a list of 10 more films about Americans whose monumental accomplishments and lasting legacies have impacted the country in immeasurable ways.

We meet again. Here, on the internet. What are the odds? You, me, at this junction in this series of tubes, when we could be anywhere else online: Watching a movie, scattering reasonable comments on news, or ordering replacement Encarta 95 discs. All just wonderful stuff.

But were you aware of the internet’s dark side? This Friday, Friend Request plays on every parent’s worst online fears: That their daughter will become Snapface friends with a thing that looks like a man but the thing is really the devil!! Welcome to the darkest web, triggering this week’s gallery of 24 best and worst movies about the internet by Tomatometer!

The Directors Guild of America has been in the awards game for decades – in 1938, it bestowed an “Honorary Life Member” award to the legendary D.W. Griffith, and in 1948, it inaugurated its Outstanding Achievement in Feature Film honor, which went to Joseph Mankiewicz for A Letter to Three Wives. Since then, the Guild has expanded its roster of superlatives, handing out hardware for everything from daytime soaps to documentary features. It’s also nearly flawless as a barometer for the Best Director Academy Award. Only guild members can vote for nominees, which were announced on Jan. 12, and the winners were announced in a ceremony on Jan. 29. See below to see who took home the big prize!


Best Director

Darren Aronofsky

Black Swan

Black Swan


86%

David Fincher

The Social
Network

96%

David O. Russell

The Fighter


86%

Christopher Nolan


Inception

87%

Tom Hooper


The King’s Speech

93%


For the full list of DGA winners in all categories, click here.

For all of RT’s awards season coverage, check out Awards Tour here.

Not to be confused with the golf association, the PGA is the trade union for TV and movie producers around the globe. For the past 22 years, the guild’s membership has distributed prizes to the best TV and film productions, as well as lifetime achievement awards to important figures in the industry. Nominations were announced on an. 4, and this year’s ceremony was held on Jan. 22 and hosted by super-producer Judd Apatow.


Outstanding Producer of Theatrical Motion Pictures

Danny Boyle, Christian Colson

127 Hours

127 Hours

93%

Scott Franklin, Mike Medavoy, Brian Oliver

Black Swan

Black Swan


86%

David Hoberman, Todd Lieberman, Mark Wahlberg

The Fighter


86%

Christopher Nolan, Emma Thomas


Inception

87%

Iain Canning, Emile Sherman, Gareth Unwin


The King’s
Speech


93%

Dana Brunetti, Cean Chaffin, Michael de Luca, Scott Rudin

The Social
Network

96%

Basil Iwanyk, Graham King

The Town


94%

Darla K. Anderson

Toy Story 3

99%

Ethan Coen, Joel Coen, Scott Rudin


True Grit


93%

Gary Gilbert, Jeffrey Levy-Hinte, Celine Rattray

The Kids Are All Right

The Kids Are All Right

95%


Outstanding Producer of Animated Theatrical Motion Pictures

John Cohen, Janet Healy, Christopher Meledandri


Despicable Me

82%

Bonnie Arnold



How to Train Your Dragon

98%

Darla K. Anderson

Toy Story 3

99%


Outstanding Producer of Documentary Theatrical Motion Pictures

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Client 9

90%

Reid Carolin, Deborah Scranton

Earth Made
of Glass

Charles Ferguson, Audrey Marrs

Inside Job

Inside Job

97%

Linda Saffire, Adam Schlensinger

Smash His
Camera


79%

John Battsek

The Tillman
Story

93%

Lesley Chilcott

Inside Job

Waiting
for Superman


88%



For all of RT’s awards season coverage, check out Awards Tour here.

David Fincher’s The Social Network takes home the top award at tonight’s Golden Globe ceremony.


Best Motion Picture – Drama

Black Swan

Black Swan


86%

The Fighter


87%


Inception

87%


The King’s
Speech


93%

The Social
Network

96%


Best Motion Picture – Comedy or Musical


Alice in Wonderland


51%

Burlesque


37%

The Kids Are All Right

The Kids Are All Right

95%

Red

70%

The Tourist

20%


Best Director


Darren Aronofsky

An Education

Black Swan


86%

David
Fincher

The Social
Network

96%

Tom Hooper


The King’s
Speech


93%



Christopher Nolan

Inception

87%


David O.
Russell

The Fighter


87%


Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture – Drama

Jesse
Eisenberg

The Social
Network

96%

Colin Firth


The King’s
Speech


93%

James Franco

James Franco

127 Hours

93%

Ryan
Gosling


Blue Valentine

91%

Mark Wahlberg

The Fighter


86%


Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture – Drama

Halle Berry


Frankie and
Alice

Nicole Kidman

Nicole Kidman

Rabbit Hole


89%

Jennifer Lawrence

Jennifer Lawrence

Winter’s
Bone

94%

Natalie Portman

Natalie Portman

Black Swan


86%


Michelle Williams

Michelle Williams

Blue Valentine

88%


Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture – Comedy or
Musical

Johnny
Depp


The Tourist

20%

Johnny
Depp



Alice in Wonderland


51%

Paul
Giamatti


Barney’s
Version


75%

Jake
Gyllenhaal

Love and
Other Drugs


43%

Kevin
Spacey

Casino Jack


58%


Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture – Comedy or
Musical

Annette Bening

Annette Bening

The Kids Are All Right

95%

Anne
Hathaway


Love and
Other Drugs


43%


Angelina Jolie


The Tourist

20%

Julianne Moore


The Kids Are All Right

95%

Emma Stone


Easy A

86%


Best Performance by an Supporting Actor in a Motion Picture

Christian
Bale

The Fighter


87%


Michael Douglas




Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps


54%

Andrew
Garfield


The Social
Network

96%

Jeremy Renner


The Town


94%

Geoffrey
Rush


The
King’s Speech

93%


Best Performance by an Supporting Actress in a Motion Picture

Amy Adams

The Fighter


87%


Helena Bonham Carter


The
King’s Speech

93%

Mila Kunis

Black Swan


86%

Melissa Leo


The Fighter


87%

Jacki Weaver

Animal Kingdom


96%


Best Animated Film


Despicable Me

82%



How to Train Your Dragon

98%

The
Illusionist

91%

Tangled

88%

Toy Story 3

99%


Best Original Song – Motion Picture Best Foreign Language Film

“Bound to You” from
Burlesque


Biutiful

“You Haven’t Seen the Last of Me” from
Burlesque

I Am Love

— “Coming Home” from
Country Strong


The Concert

“There’s a Place for Us” from

The Chronicles of Narnia

The Edge

“I See the Light” from
Tangled

In a
Better World

Best Screenplay – Motion Picture Best Original Score – Motion Picture

127 Hours

127 Hours

Inception


Alice in Wonderland

The Kids Are All Right

Inception

The
King’s Speech

The
King’s Speech

The Social
Network

The Social
Network


Golden Globes television nominations on page 2!

Best Television Series – Drama Best Television Series – Comedy or Musical
Boardwalk Empire The Big Bang Theory
Dexter The Big C
The Good Wife Glee
Mad Men Modern Family
The Walking Dead Nurse Jackie
30 Rock
Best Actress in a TV Series – Drama Best Actress in a TV Series – Comedy or Musical
Julianna Margulies
The Good Wife
Toni Collette
United States of Tara
Elisabeth Moss
Mad Men
Edie Falco
Nurse Jackie
Piper Perabo
Covert Affairs
Tina Fey30 Rock
Katey Sagal
Sons of Anarchy
Laura Linney
The Big C
Kyra Sedgwick
The Closer
Lea Michele
Glee
Best Actor in a TV Series – Drama Best Actor in a TV Series – Comedy or Musical
Steve Buscemi
Boardwalk Empire
Alec Baldwin
30 Rock
Bryan Cranston
Breaking Bad
Steve Carell
The Office
Michael C. Hall
Dexter
Thomas Jane
Hung
Jon HammMad Men Matthew
Morrison
Glee
Hugh Laurie
House
Jim
Parsons
The Big Bang Theory
Best TV Mini-Series/Movie Best Actress in a TV Mini-Series/Movie
Carlos Haylet AtwellPillars of the Earth
The Pacific Claire Danes
Temple Grandin
The Pillars of the Earth Judi Dench
Return to Cranford
Temple Grandin Ramola Garai
Emma
You Don’t Know Jack Jennifer
Love Hewitt
The Client List
Best Actor in a TV Mini-Series/Movie Best Supporting Actress in a TV Series/Mini-Series/Movie
Idris Elba
Luther
Hope Davis – The Special Relationship
Ian McShane
Pillars of the Earth
Jane Lynch – Glee
Al Pacino
You Don’t Know Jack
Kelly Macdonald – Boardwalk Empire
Dennis Quaid
The Special Relationship
Julia Stiles – Dexter
Edgar
Ramirez
Carlos
Sofia Vergara – Modern Family
Best Supporting Actor in a TV Series/Mini-Series/Movie
Scott Caan
Hawaii Five-O
Chris Colfer
Glee
Chris Noth
The Good Wife
Eric
Stonestreet
Modern Family
David
Strathairn
Temple Grandin

For all of RT’s awards season coverage, check out Awards Tour here.

This week brings us a few anticipated choices on home video, starting with David Fincher’s much talked about biopic of Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg. It’s since been revealed that many of the details in the film may have been fictionalized, but that hasn’t detracted from all of the Oscar buzz surrounding it. Then, we also have a surprisingly well-received horror remake by Alexandre Aja, and our last new release brings us a poorly received animated film. Aside from those, there are also a couple of new films getting the Criterion Blu-Ray treatment, a couple of classics getting anniversary editions, and a Sergio Leone drama in hi-def for the first time. Check out what’s new this week!



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The Social Network

We have so many ways of creating social alienation through media that 150 years from now anthropologists will dig up our cultural artifacts and think all this forced loneliness was intentional. At least Aaron Sorkin’s whispery and biting high-IQ script poses the issue as a self-defense mechanism; the response of a smart but sensitive wallflower to his MIT brethren’s exclusive social structures. Who better than cold-as-ice David Fincher to bring the wintery Boston college campus to stingingly sharp relief? And if you don’t care about The Social Network as “cinema” you’ll likely care that everyone’s talking about it — maybe not as much as they’re talking about Black Swan but you’ll find there’s surprisingly less lesbian action on this FaceBook than you anticipated.



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Piranha 3D

As blockbusters go, it seemed the biggest contribution Piranha 3D seemed destined to make to last summer was screening in an air-conditioned room — except that critics largely enjoyed the film to the tune of a Certified Fresh 75%. A remake of American International Picture’s 1978 classic took the already ludicrous prehistoric-fish-come-a-swimmin’ premise and added naked coeds and a crew making a deep discount version of Girls Gone Wild (the director of which suffers an explicit and moral punishment). The ultimate scene of annihilation manages to hold one solid tone of flawed logic for like… 20 minutes, which is pretty impressive. Our era’s answer to big-screen schlockmeisters, Eli Roth, appears momentarily as a DJ, and if you can believe that, Elisabeth Shue as a police chief, Doc Brown as a fish specialist and a mysterious army of death-dealing guppies will pose you no trouble whatsoever. Blu-Ray offers 3D capabilities.



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Alpha and Omega

In a year that brought us the likes of Toy Story 3, Despicable Me and How To Train Your Dragon, there was little room in the pack for this mismatched wolf adventure — as the slim box office pickings and howlingly bad critical response showed. Still, there may be enough here to please younger, more undemanding viewers, with some bright, inoffensive character design and amiable voice work from stars Justin Long and Hayden Panettiere. Maybe not the fitting epitaph for the late Dennis Hopper, sadly, but at least he has one more film in post-production to mark his final official role. Featurettes and trivia games are included in the extras.



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Once Upon a Time in America Blu-Ray

What turned out to be the great Sergio Leone’s final film (he passed away in 1989), Once Upon a Time in America began as a script he adapted while filming Once Upon a Time in the West and finally went before the cameras — it was the director’s great labor of love — in 1982. Robert De Niro and James Woods lead the epic story of two New York youths and their rise through the world of early-20th century organized crime, with supporting performances from Elizabeth McGovern, Joe Pesci and Jennifer Connelly (in her very first screen role). The film was notoriously slashed from its four hour original running time for its theatrical release, leaving a disordered version that Leone hated. Thankfully the Blu-ray release — which should look (and sound) magnificent, as per all the filmmaker’s work — includes the restored version, so you can sink deep into Leone’s vision (and Ennio Morricone’s impeccable music).



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Dances With Wolves – 20th Anniversary Blu-Ray

It was a huge hit at the box office, it solidified Kevin Costner’s status as a leading man (and a skilled director), and it won the Academy Award for Best Picture. Why, then, isn’t Dances With Wolves more respected 20 years on? For one thing, it beat out GoodFellas for the Oscar; for another, its overly reverent tone can sometimes make it seem like a quaint artifact of the Politically Correct early 1990s. Still, there’s plenty to enjoy in this sweeping, gorgeously filmed Western that features strong performances, epic scope, and painstaking attention to historical detail. Plus, if Dances With Wolves depicts Native Americans in an overly noble manner, it stands as a powerful corrective to decades of degrading images of Indians in Hollywood. The 20th Anniversary Edition Blu-Ray comes loaded with special features, including historical docs, a making-of and retrospective featurettes, commentary from Costner and others, trailers, and much more.



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Robinson Crusoe on Mars – Criterion Collection Blu-Ray

Robinson Crusoe on Mars may sound like a cheap direct-to-DVD movie to those unfamiliar with it, and its genuine sci-fi plot may skew a bit that way, but in actuality, it’s a beloved classic of the genre known for its beautiful cinematography and stunning set design. The story revolves around an astronaut, Commander “Kit” Draper (Paul Mantee), who crash lands on Mars with his colleague (a pre-Batman Adam West) and a trained monkey. Draper and the monkey, named Mona, are the only ones to survive, and the pair make the best of their circumstances, discovering previously unknown properties of the planet, as well as an enslaved alien race. Though it only has a handful of reviews, the film still boasts a 92% Tomatometer rating, and Criterion has finally brought it to Blu-Ray, complete with previously released bonuses and a couple of new ones.



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Army of Shadows – Criterion Collection Blu-Ray

Perhaps better known for his stylish crime masterpieces Le Cercle Rouge and Le Samourai, Jean-Pierre Melville traded the underworld for the underground resistance in this World War II drama — among the last few films he made — and it turned out to be one of the director’s very finest. Centered around a group of French freedom fighters battling Hitler’s regime, the movie, which was a personal piece for Melville (who served in the war), went surprisingly unreleased in the US until 2006, where it belatedly topped many critics’ year-end lists. Criterion give the restored Shadows the deluxe treatment here, with historical commentary, critical essays, on-set footage and interviews with Melville — an eccentric auteur who’s always a fascinating subject on camera himself. Essential stuff for serious film fans.



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Raging Bull – 30th Anniversary Blu-Ray

What more can be said about Raging Bull? It’s been hailed as the crowning achievement of Martin Scorsese’s career, as well as the greatest boxing movie ever made. However, if you’ve never seen it, no amount of gravitas can prepare you for what a haunting, visceral experience this rich, powerful movie is. As middleweight champ Jake LaMotta, Robert DeNiro gave one of the most raw, troubling portrayals of conflicted masculinity ever captured on film, and it’s a tribute to the great actor that even at his most disreputable, he infuses LaMotta with a certain dignity and humanity. The Raging Bull 30th Anniversary Blu-Ray features multiple commentary tracks, docs about the film, footage of LaMotta’s actual fights, and a short film about DeNiro’s interaction with the legendary fighter.

Written by Luke Goodsell, Tim Ryan, Sara Vizcarrondo, and Ryan Fujitani

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