Check Out This List Of 50 Movies With Highest Ever Ratings On Rotten Tomatoes
The only thing people love more about movies other than watching them is debating and arguing over which one is the best. It doesn’t just stop at which one is the best. It spills over to which one is the scariest movie, or the funniest and so on. And arguably the most heated debate is on – which Star Wars movie is the best? Well, we’re not jumping into that one right now as we leave that to you to fight or decide it out. In this article, we have simply compiled a list of top 50 movies with the highest ratings on Rotten Tomatoes.
But before we dive deep into this discussion, let us first clarify how things work with Rotten Tomatoes. It collects reviews from various movie critics and then creates an aggregate score for the movie. However, the list of top 50 movies on the site depends on other factors such as genre, the year in which it came out and so on as well. Without further ado, let’s check it out now –
Black Panther (2018); 97 percent
Black Panther, starring Chadwick Boseman as the T’Challa, came out in the year 2018 and took the movie audiences across the world and critics by surprise. The majority of the cast was black (unlike all of the superhero movies that came before it), making it more than just a cinematic experience. The movie went on to earn more than $1.3 billion at the global box office, claiming the 9th rank on the list of highest grossing movies ever. Apart from the commercial success, the movie was loved by critics and went on to win several Oscars as well. It deservedly sits at the top of the list of the highest rated movies on Rotten Tomatoes.
Lady Bird (2017); 99 percent
A 2017 flick, Lady Bird mainly revolves around the relationship of a mother-daughter duo who are quite stubborn and independent. The cast includes Laurie Metcalf (mother) and Saoirse Ronan (daughter), and focuses on the daughter who wants to achieve better for herself – preferably far away from her small town in California. The movie went on to win the Golden Globe award for the best motion picture and also for the best actress (Saoirse Ronan). Thanks to the critical acclaim this movie received, it claims the second spot on this list.
The Wizard of Oz (1939); 98 percent
When the book The Wonderful Wizard of Oz was adapted and released on the big screen in 1939, not many would have believed it to become one of the most watched movies in the history of cinema. However, the movie went on to receive not just critical acclaim, but also great commercial success. In fact, it is the most watched movie in the history of movie-making, according to the Library of Congress! Although the movie couldn’t bag any awards at the Oscars that year, it has gone on to become a cult classic and will be enjoyed by generations to come.
Citizen Kane (1941); 100 percent
Many critics around the world consider the movie Citizen Kane to be the best movie that has been ever made on this planet, and hence the 100% score. Loosely based on the lives of stalwart journalists William Randolph Hearst and Joseph Pulitzer, the movie stars Orson Welles. The movie was known for its groundbreaking editing, music and cinematography. The movie shattered numerous records and went on to become a huge commercial success. At the Oscars, the movie was nominated for 9 categories, but could only win one – for the best screenplay. It continues to inspire moviemakers and movie lovers from around the world.
BlacKKKlansman (2018); 96 percent
A screen adaption of Ron Stallworth’s novel, BlacKKKlansman revolves around the first African-American police cop in the Colorado Springs Police Department who goes on to expose the Ku Klux Klan’s local chapter during the late 1970s. The movie stars John David Washington and Adam Driver, and was directed by Spike Lee. The movie was critically acclaimed both domestically and around the world, and went on to win the Oscars for the best adapted screenplay.
Get Out (2017); 98 percent
Get Out is a 2017 horror movie that was directed by Jordan Peele, who went on to become the first director of color to win the Oscars for the best original screenplay. The movie stars Daniel Kuulaya in the lead role. The plotline revolves around a black man who decides to travel to meet his white girlfriend’s parents. We don’t want to spoil the movie if you haven’t seen it yet, but just to tease you enough – things aren’t as they seem!
The Third Man (1949); 99 percent
Another classic by Orson Welles, who directed Citizen Kane amongst many others, The Third Man was also known for its path-breaking music, camera techniques and lighting that was liked by critics and audiences alike. The movie is set in a dark, post-WWII world in Vienna. The movie was nominated for various categories, but deservingly won the award for the best cinematography. In 1999, the British Film Institute nominated this movie as the best movie from Britain of all time.
Mad Max: Fury Road (2015); 97 percent
Starring Tom Hardy and Charlize Theron in leading roles, and set in a post-apocalyptic world, Mad Max: Fury Road is truly one of the finest movies ever made across the world. The major plotline revolves around the leading characters who must unite in order to get away from a crazy cult leader. The pacing of the movie was specially appreciated, apart from its original action sequences, some great humor and great acting. The movie went on to win six Academy awards – sound editing, sound mixing, production design, costume design, makeup and hairstyling, and editing.
Moonlight (2016); 98 percent
Moonlight is a movie that once again brought audiences and critics on the same page. A coming of age movie of a black gay man, the movie traces his story right from his childhood and the kind of abuses and emotional torture he went through. The movie’s take on what it is to be a black gay man in America won the hearts of millions of movie lovers from around the world. It won the Oscars for best picture, apart from several other awards as well.
Inside Out (2015); 98 percent
Possibly one of the finest animated movies ever made, Inside Out is the story of a young girl named Riley Anderson along with her five personified emotions, namely – sadness, anger, joy, disgust and fear, which try to help her move on with her life when her family decides to shift places to San Francisco. The movie was critically acclaimed for the way it portrayed how emotions change with age and maturity. The movie won several awards and was loved by audiences from around the world.
Wonder Woman (2017); 93 percent
On the 11th spot of this list is the screen adaption of one of the most iconic female superheroes – Wonder Woman. Released in the year 2017, this DC movie won the hearts of critics and audiences alike. The movie stars Gal Gadot in the leading role, and Chris Pine as a supporting actor, amongst others and was received with awe and cheer amongst audiences who were long waiting for a female superhero to take on the bad guys. This critically acclaimed movie also went on to receive multiple awards.
Metropolis (1927); 99 percent
Released in the year 1927, Metropolis is one of the very first movies in the science fiction genre. It was a silent German flick, directed by Fritz Lang, and the story takes place in a futuristic society. The movie was applauded all around the world by cinema lovers for its visual effects and the stunning use of imagery. It definitely paved the way for more science fiction movies, and currently, the genre is perhaps the most successful one.
The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari (1920); 100 percent
Another German masterpiece, The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari is often dubbed as the first true horror movie of the cinema history. The movie, though a silent one, is extremely scary and revolves around the life of a crazy hypnotist murderer. The movie was especially praised for its use of camera angles and cinematography, which created a very great sense of fear and horror amongst the audiences.
All About Eve (1950); 100 percent
Based on a short story titled The Wisdom of Eve, All About Eve is a true masterpiece, which was nominated for fourteen categories at the Oscars, and went on to actually win in six of those categories. The plot revolves around a star who is way past her prime, and feels insecure about a new, younger woman. The movie received critical acclamation and was one of the finest movies of the famous star Marilyn Monroe.
It Happened One Night (1934); 98 percent
A classic romantic comedy, It Happened One Night is perhaps the only movie in the history of Hollywood to have won all the five major award categories at the Oscars, which include the best picture, best director, best actor, best actress and the best adapted screenplay. It received great response at the box office as well, and the movie went on to receive the status of a cult classic. The movie stars Clark Gable and Claudette Colbert in the leading roles.
E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial (1982); 98 percent
If you ask ten people to name their best feel good movie, four would definitely rate E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial at the top of their lists. This Steven Spielberg classic is known for its story that focuses on love and friendship at its core. The movie held the record for the highest grossing movie of all time before Spielberg himself broke it with his next super hit movie Jurassic Park.
A Quiet Place (2018); 95 percent
Set in a post-apocalyptic world, A Quiet Place is directed by John Krasinski (The Office fame), which stars John Krasinski himself and his award-winning actress wife Emily Blunt in leading roles. The major plot of the story revolves around a family that is trying to survive this post-apocalyptic world, which is filled by blind aliens, with their sharp hearing powers. The movie is literally a quiet place as the family tries to save their lives from the extra-terrestrial creatures. The film won several awards around the world, including the Golden Globe award.
Coco (2017); 97 percent
A movie inspired by famous Mexican holiday Day of the Dead, this story is of a boy who by mistake gets transported to the land of the dead. The movie was especially careful with how they portrayed the Mexican culture, and earned praises for its amazing storytelling and also won the Oscars for the Best Animated Feature Film, apart from several others.
Dunkirk (2017); 92 percent
Dunkirk was Christopher Nolan’s dream project ever since he became a director. Unfortunately, he didn’t have the studio’s backing and the budget. Finally, he made the movie and it was loved by the audiences and the critics alike. The story revolves around the soldiers stuck at Dunkirk and their evacuation – set during the World War II. The movie was praised for its brilliant sound design and a great ensemble cast, it went on to become the highest grossing movie that was based on a World War II story. The movie received a total of eight Academy nomination and went on to win three of those, making it a truly epic movie one cannot miss.
Spotlight (2015); 97 percent
Released in the year 2015, Spotlight earned rave reviews from critics and was loved by the audiences as well. The flick revolves around a true story based in Boston where a group of journalists investigate cases of child sex abuse by priests in numerous Catholic churches. The movie starred Mark Ruffalo, Michael Keaton and Rachel McAdams in leading roles. It was praised for the way it handled the storytelling, and went on to win the Oscars for the best picture and best screenplay.
Selma (2015); 99 percent
A brave retelling of the historical events during the 1965, when Martin Luther King Jr. led a Voting Rights march, Selma is a true masterpiece. The movie unfolds this historical drama in a very unique, yet compelling manner, which makes it one of the finest historical dramas ever made. The movie was released on the 50th anniversary of the Voting Rights march, on 20th March and received critical acclaim from critics all across the world.
Casablanca (1942); 97 percent
We all love quoting movies in our everyday lives. Casablanca is one such movie where you’ll find endless quotes to use, some even call it the most quotable film to ever come out on the big screen! The story is set against a backdrop of World War II where a couple falls in love. The beautiful romantic drama went on to win three Oscars, for best picture, best director and best adapted screenplay, and continues to be known as one of the finest movies ever.
Eighth Grade (2018); 99 percent
Eighth Grade is a drama comedy released in the year 2018, which tells the story of a 14-year-old kid who is just about to go through her first year of high school. The movie explores everything associated with this generation kids, right from social media addiction and struggles with sexuality to mental health problems. The movie stars Elsie Fischer in the leading role, and the movie went on to receive accolades for its beautiful storytelling from across the world.
Modern Times (1936); 100 percent
Many consider Modern Times as one of the finest movies ever made. We couldn’t agree more. This timeless classic was written and directed by Charlie Chaplin, who also starred in it. The movie revolves around the Little Tramp person who tries his best to survive in the newly industrialized world, as he tries to overcome challenges he faces in a comical way. The movie is definitely not just limited to comedy, but gives us a great picture of the economic conditions prevailing during the Great Depression.
The Big Sick (2017); 98 percent
This 2017 romcom flick is loosely based on a real-life story of Emily V. Gordon and Kumail Nanjiani, who are an interethnic couple. The movie explores all the challenges associated with an interethnic couple and the cultural differences they face every day. The movie stars Zoe Kazan as the wife and Kumail Nanjiani, who plays himself. Things take a turn when Zoe’s character falls ill, and the movie is truly one of the finest creations of modern cinema and it went on to earn several nominations, including an Oscar nomination for the best original screenplay.
Paddington 2 (2017); 100 percent
Paddington bear is a character that is loved by everyone from around the world. Paddington 2 brought this lovable character from Michael Bond on the big screen again. The movie is a mix of live action and animated comedy, and stars several stalwarts, including Hugh Grant, Jim Broadbent, Sally Hawkins, and Hugh Bonneville amongst others. The movie was loved by audiences and revered by critics too. It went on to win several nominations at the BAFTA, including one for the best picture, best adapted screenplay, and best actor in a supporting role.
Star Wars: The Last Jedi (2017); 91 percent
Star Wars franchise is perhaps the best ever made, with each new release surpassing its predecessor by quite a margin. It was, then, of no surprise to anyone when Star Wars: The Last Jedi hit the theatre screens. The movie went on to win over the audience big time, and also received the approval of the critics. The movie became the top grossing movie of the year, and also claimed the seventh spot on the list of highest earning movies in North America. What was really new and amazing for this movie franchise was the fact that it even ended up bagging several Oscar nominations – a rare feat for this movie franchise.
The Godfather (1972); 98 percent
Even several decades after its release, The Godfather continues to be an inspiration for movie makers from around the world. Set in the New York City, The Godfather tells the story of a crime family, and is considered by many as the best movie ever made. The movie stars Marlon Brando and Al Pacino in leading roles (as son and father respectively), and was the biggest grosser of the year. It also went on to win several Oscars, including one for best picture, best actor and best adapted screenplay.
Arrival (2016); 94 percent
Ted Chiang’s Story of your life found a screen adaption in the form of Arrival in the year 2016. The story revolves around a linguist (played by Amy Adams), who is contacted by the United States Army to communicate with the aliens and negotiate peace and avoid war. The movie received critical acclaim from around the world, and the movie went on to achieve huge commercial success. It also won the Oscars for the best sound design.
La Grande Illusion (1937); 97 percent
Set against the backdrop of World War I in France and Germany, La Grande Illusion is mainly focused on the class relationship a group of imprisoned army officers share with each other. Many, including Orson Welles, consider this as the finest French movie ever made, and rightfully so, as it continues to inspire movie makers around the world. The movie was directed by Jean Renoir, and due its frank discussion on the prevailing class systems in the armed forces, the movie was banned in both France and Germany. Regardless of the ban, the movie a true masterpiece and sits on the 30th spot of the list of Rotten Tomatoes best movies ever.
Logan (2017); 93 percent
When the makers of X-Men decided to make a movie on Wolverine, it was considered to earn huge successes. However, the first two installments of the franchise were not as expected. It’s the third, and the last, that earned not only critical acclaim, but also huge commercial success. Starring Hugh Jackman and Patrick Stewart as Wolverine and Charles Xavier respectively, the movie truly deserves to sit at the top spot in list, amongst the X-Men movies. An aging Wolverine along with a critically ill Charles Xavier fight against the odds to save a young mutant girl from the world of bad people. It was especially praised for the way it handled a superhero genre movie with so much emotion and depth.
Call Me by Your Name (2017); 95 percent
Final installment in the Desire trilogy by the director Luca Guadagnino, Call Me By Your Name is a romantic drama and coming of age story. The movie is set in the Italy of 1983, where a seventeen-year-old falls in love with a twenty-four-year-old graduate. The movie explores the emotions of first love, and in this case, set in a LGBTQIA+ community. Thanks to its mature and deeply emotional handling of this sensitive topic, the movie earned great reviews and won several awards, including the Oscars, BAFTA and Writers Guild of America, amongst others.
The Shape of Water (2017); 92 percent
A Guillermo del Toro directed movie; The Shape of Water is considered by many critics as the best movie of the 21st century. The tale of a romantic fantasy/dark movie, the story traces the love story between a mute cleaner and a part-human part-amphibian creature at a top-security government facility. The movie was especially praised for its great cinematography, and top quality acting by Sally Hawkins. The movie went on to win several Oscars, for the best director, best picture, best original score and for best production design.
Incredibles 2 (2018); 94 percent
After the huge commercial and critical success, the first installment of the Incredibles received in 2004, the second was definitely expected to surpass it – and it did, quite handsomely. Incredibles 2, sequel to the 2004 movie, cashed in on the magic of the first movie and mesmerized the audiences for the second time – this time, even more. The movie was loved by critics and audiences alike, and it went on to become the 2nd highest grossing animated film of all time, and 15th highest grossing film ever.
Singin’ in the Rain (1952); 100 percent
For those who love musicals, Singin’ in the Rain occupies the top spot on the list of best movies ever made. A unique take on the Hollywood of the 1920s, Singin’ in the Rain stars Debbie Reynolds and Gene Kelly. The movie was especially well known for its amazing mix of sound design and cinematography that made this musical an all time classic. It continues to be loved by audiences all over the world, and is also a part of the Library of Congress.
Leave No Trace (2018); 100 percent
Leave No Trace is a drama based on Peter Rock’s My Abandonment. The movie stars Ben Foster and Thomasin McKenzie as father and daughter respectively, who decide to live their lives in the forests in Oregon. Foster’s character is a veteran of Iraq war, and the struggles that their relationship goes through with respect to society makes it a story worth watching. Audiences and critics both liked the mesmerizing performances by both the leading actors, and movie went on to win several accolades and nominations for its path-breaking storytelling.
Psycho (1960); 97 percent
Alfred Hitchcock was a true legend in the Hollywood industry, mostly known for his amazing thriller movies. Psycho is often considered as the best thriller movie ever made. The film mainly focusses on the story of a secretary (played by Janet Leigh), who runs away after stealing her boss’s money, and stays in the Bates Motel, where the most exciting parts of the movie take place! The movie was known for the way it portrayed violence, sexuality and crazy behavior during those times, and went on to become a timeless classic. The movie went on to receive several Oscar nominations, but did not end up winning any.
Gravity (2013); 96 percent
A Sandra Bullock and George Clooney classic, Gravity is the story of two astronauts who find themselves lost in the space. The movie was praised all over the world for its amazing cinematography, grounded yet mesmerizing score, and great acting performances all around. The movie was also a huge commercial success, and ended up on the list of top ten highest grossers of the year. The movie also received several Oscars, including ones for best score, best director, best visual effects and best cinematographer.
Laura (1944); 100 percent
Released in the year 1944, Laura is one of the finest cinematic masterpieces. The movie stars Gene Tierney and Dana Andrews in leading roles, and was a huge commercial success back in the day. The story revolves around a murder and investigation of Laura Hunt, who works as an advertising agent. The movie was and remains one of the best thriller movies ever made, and was also added to the Library of Congress. It won the hearts of critics and audiences alike.
Boyhood (2014); 97 percent
Movies that span several years or decades are usually filmed using different cast members or by using makeup to age the actor. However, Richard Linklater did something unthinkable. He filmed Boyhood over a course of 12 years! These twelve years trace the story of a young boy and his growth as an adult. The sheer raw character development, storyline, and depth of emotions made the critics and audiences love this movie a lot. It won the Golden Globe awards for the best motion picture, best director, and best supporting actress, amongst other notable awards.
A Hard Day’s Night (1964); 98 percent
Directed by Richard Lester A Hard Day’s Night was a movie about the Beatles. Starring the four Beatles – Paul McCartney, Ringo Starr, George Harrison, and John Lennon, the movie was shot as a peek into the lives of the Beatles in the form of a musical comedy. The movie was released at a time when Beatles were at their prime, making the film a much loved one across the world. It shows the Beatles running away from hundreds of excited fans, enjoying their favorite novels and riding bicycles, amongst others. The movie continues to be loved and cherished by film lovers.
The Maltese Falcon (1941); 100 percent
John Huston’s first movie as a director, The Maltese Falcon is considered as the very first noir movie to come out of Hollywood. The movie revolves around a private investigator (played by Humphrey Bogart) and his client (played by Mary Astor). The movie received success – both critical and commercial, and was nominated in several categories at the Academy Awards. The movie has also been added to the list of movies at the Library of Congress. If you haven’t watched this flick, you need to do it right now, if you are a noir movie lover!
Manchester by the Sea (2016); 96 percent
Manchester by the Sea has Casey Affleck and Michelle Williams in leading roles, and is considered one of the finest movies ever made. The movie is about a man who has recently lost his brother, and had to face severe hardships throughout his life, which he continues to encounter through flashbacks. The movie was praised for its unique storytelling and great acting by Casey Affleck, which also won him the best actor award at the Oscars. The movie also won the award for best original screenplay.
Argo (2012); 96 percent
Argo is directed by Ben Affleck, and is the story of CIA agents who masterfully rescue United States diplomats that are stuck in Iran during the infamous Hostage Crisis. The movie screenplay was adapted from The Master of Disguise, which was written by a former CIA agent Tony Mendez. We won’t disclose the plot here, but rest assured that this movie will keep you at the edge of your seat throughout the run time. The movie won several major awards, including Oscars for the best editing, best adapted screenplay and best picture.
12 Years a Slave (2013); 95 percent
A Steve McQueen movie starring Chiwetel Ejiofor and Michael Fassbender in leading roles, 12 Years a Slave is the story of slaves during the 19th century. The raw and dark portrayal of the slavery world won over the critics and audiences alike, and was nominated for several awards at the Oscars. It ended up winning the Academy award for the best actress in a supporting role, amongst others at major award ceremonies. The movie was loosely based upon the memoirs of a New York born free person who was sold in the slave market later. The movie is known for its raw, graphic storytelling and is definitely not for the faint hearted.
Thor: Ragnarok (2017); 92 percent
When we first heard about Thor having a comical tone to it, it definitely felt as if it would suck. But not when it is being directed by Taika Waititi. Known for his own unique way of directing fun movies, this Thor movie was full of wit and humor, and it ended up being loved immensely by the audiences and critics alike. Thor: Ragnarok mainly revolves around Thor – the god of Thunder, Hela – the goddess of death and how the former tries to prevent Ragnarok (apocalypse) to his world. This 17th flick in the MCU definitely won more critics for the franchise than it ever did before.
The Adventures of Robin Hood (1938); 100 percent
Who doesn’t love the age-old tale of the heroic Robin Hood, and how he led a brutal fight against the rich oppressors. Starring Errol Flynn and Olivia de Havilland in leading roles, The Adventures of Robin Hood was loved by people and critics immensely. The top notch acting performances, great music and soundtrack, and on point direction made this movie a blockbuster that it is. The movie was nominated for several awards, and ended up winning three Oscars.
Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs (1937); 98 percent
Disney has given us many reasons to smile and enjoy great stories, and Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs is probably the best for many people around the world. Based on the German story by the same name, Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs is said to be the first movie to have hand-drawn animation (cel-animation) in an entire movie. The film was released in the year 1937, and thanks to its amazing story and great music, it shattered all previous box office records, and became the highest grosser with a whopping $8 million at the time!
King Kong (1933); 98 percent
There have been numerous instances of the King Kong story being told on the big screen, but for many, this 1933 classic remains the best version. King Kong is rated amongst the top five horror movies ever, by Rotten Tomatoes, and rightly so. The story revolves around a super large ape-like creature who over time falls in love with a woman who was sacrificed to him by other island dwellers. The movie was especially praised for its groundbreaking visual effects. In fact, the visual effects were so amazing that it was after this release that the Academy decided to introduce a category for visual effects in 1938!
Nosferatu (1922); 97 percent
Another take on the classic Dracula story, a character written by Bram Stoker, Nosferatu is a German movie in the horror genre starring Max Schreck in the leading role. However, before the movie could gain any praise from around the world, it was found out that the movie was not an authorized adaptation of the book. The movie producers were sued and the movie copies deleted – except a few that were snuck out. Those who have watched this movie consider it as amongst the best horror movie they have ever seen.
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