Welcome to Rotten Tomatoes’ 100 best-reviewed classic movies of all time ranked by Adjusted Tomatometer! We define ‘classic’ as everything released up until the late-1960s, a tumultuous era that signaled a passing of the guard with national cultural revolutions, destruction of the Motion Picture Production Code, and the impending arrival of New Hollywood filmmakers.

Adjusted Score: 103.207%
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: The Bridge on the River Kwai opens in a Japanese prisoner-of-war camp in Burma in 1943, where a battle of... [More]
Directed By: David Lean


Paths of Glory (1957)

Adjusted Score: 103.366%
Critics Consensus: Paths of Glory is a transcendentally humane war movie from Stanley Kubrick, with impressive, protracted battle sequences and a knock-out ending.
Synopsis: When soldiers in World War I refuse to continue with an impossible attack, their superior officers decide to make an... [More]
Directed By: Stanley Kubrick

Adjusted Score: 102.37%
Critics Consensus: Rebel Without a Cause is a searing melodrama featuring keen insight into '50s juvenile attitude and James Dean's cool, iconic performance.
Synopsis: This landmark juvenile-delinquent drama scrupulously follows the classic theatrical disciplines, telling all within a 24-hour period. Teenager Jimmy Stark (James... [More]
Directed By: Nicholas Ray

Adjusted Score: 102.635%
Critics Consensus: With Akira Kurosawa's Yojimbo as his template, Sergio Leone's A Fistful of Dollars helped define a new era for the Western and usher in its most iconic star, Clint Eastwood.
Synopsis: By the time Sergio Leone made this film, Italians had already produced about 20 films ironically labelled "spaghetti westerns." Leone... [More]
Directed By: Sergio Leone


The Birds (1963)

Adjusted Score: 101.423%
Critics Consensus: Proving once again that build-up is the key to suspense, Alfred Hitchcock successfully turned birds into some of the most terrifying villains in horror history.
Synopsis: The story begins as an innocuous romantic triangle involving wealthy, spoiled Melanie Daniels (Tippi Hedren), handsome Mitch Brenner (Rod Taylor),... [More]
Directed By: Alfred Hitchcock

Adjusted Score: 102.648%
Critics Consensus: Boasting masterful cinematography to match its well-acted, wonderfully romantic storyline, Sunrise is perhaps the final -- and arguably definitive -- statement of the silent era.
Synopsis: Considered by many to be the finest silent film ever made by a Hollywood studio, F.W. Murnau's Sunrise represents the... [More]
Directed By: F.W. Murnau


The Hustler (1961)

Adjusted Score: 102.472%
Critics Consensus: Paul Newman and Jackie Gleason give iconic performances in this dark, morally complex tale of redemption.
Synopsis: As The Hustler's "Fast" Eddie Felson, Paul Newman created a classic antihero, charismatic but fundamentally flawed, and nobody's role model.... [More]
Directed By: Robert Rossen


Bringing Up Baby (1938)

Adjusted Score: 102.73%
Critics Consensus: With Katharine Hepburn and Cary Grant at their effervescent best, Bringing Up Baby is a seamlessly assembled comedy with enduring appeal.
Synopsis: Katharine Hepburn and Cary Grant star in this inspired comedy about a madcap heiress with a pet leopard who meets... [More]
Directed By: Howard Hawks


Some Like It Hot (1959)

Adjusted Score: 102.158%
Critics Consensus: Some Like It Hot: A spry, quick-witted farce that never drags.
Synopsis: Two Struggling musicians witness the St. Valentine's Day Massacre and are now on the run from the Mob. Jerry and... [More]
Directed By: John Huston, Billy Wilder


Fantasia (1940)

Adjusted Score: 102.755%
Critics Consensus: A landmark in animation (and a huge influence on the medium of music video), Disney's Fantasia is a relentlessly inventive blend of the classics with phantasmagorical images.
Synopsis: Regarded by many as Walt Disney's masterpiece, Fantasia predicted the modern music video by offering nine animated segments that were... [More]

Adjusted Score: 103.741%
Critics Consensus: Socially minded yet entertaining, The Day the Earth Stood Still imparts its moral of peace and understanding without didacticism.
Synopsis: All of Washington, D.C., is thrown into a panic when an extraterrestrial spacecraft lands near the White House. Out steps... [More]
Directed By: Robert Wise


Duck Soup (1933)

Adjusted Score: 101.825%
Critics Consensus: Fueled by inspired silliness and blessed with some of the Marx brothers' most brilliant work, Duck Soup is one of its -- or any -- era's finest comedies.
Synopsis: Arguably the Marx Brothers' funniest film, this comedy masterpiece contains several famous scenes, including the hilarious mirror sequence. A wealthy... [More]
Directed By: Leo McCarey


101 Dalmatians (1961)

Adjusted Score: 103.218%
Critics Consensus: With plenty of pooches and a memorable villain (Cruella De Vil), this is one of Disney's most enduring, entertaining animated films.
Synopsis: This Disney animated classic is based on the children's story by Dodie Smith. The story involves the canine pets of... [More]

Adjusted Score: 105.397%
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: A memorable film about the aftermath of World War II in the United States., this film opens with the homecoming... [More]
Directed By: William Wyler


Forbidden Planet (1956)

Adjusted Score: 103.888%
Critics Consensus: Shakespeare gets the deluxe space treatment in Forbidden Planet, an adaptation of The Tempest with impressive sets and seamless special effects.
Synopsis: In the 23rd century, Cmdr. J. J. Adams guides a rescue mission to faraway planet Altair-4. Twenty years earlier, Earth... [More]


Spartacus (1960)

Adjusted Score: 100.633%
Critics Consensus: Featuring terrific performances and epic action, Kubrick's restored swords-and-sandals epic is a true classic.
Synopsis: Spartacus (Kirk Douglas) is a rebellious slave purchased by Lentulus Batiatus (Peter Ustinov), owner of a school for gladiators. For... [More]
Directed By: Stanley Kubrick

Adjusted Score: 104.325%
Critics Consensus: Jacques Demy elevates the basic drama of everyday life into a soaring opera full of bittersweet passion and playful charm, featuring a timeless performance from Catherine Deneuve.
Synopsis: Jacques Demy's 1964 masterpiece is a pop-art opera, or, to borrow the director's own description, a film in song. This... [More]
Directed By: Jacques Demy

Adjusted Score: 103.615%
Critics Consensus: A horrific tale of guilt and obsession, Eyes Without a Face is just as chilling and poetic today as it was in 1959.
Synopsis: A brilliant but crazed surgeon resorts to horrifying measures to restore the beauty of his daughter's disfigured face.... [More]
Directed By: Georges Franju


8 1/2 (1963)

Adjusted Score: 103.748%
Critics Consensus: Inventive, thought-provoking, and funny, 8 1/2 represents the arguable peak of Federico Fellini's many towering feats of cinema.
Synopsis: Exhausted from the success of his latest blockbuster film, already feeling pressured to come up with another smash hit, and... [More]
Directed By: Federico Fellini


Pather Panchali (1955)

Adjusted Score: 103.919%
Critics Consensus: A film that requires and rewards patience in equal measure, Pather Panchali finds director Satyajit Ray delivering a classic with his debut.
Synopsis: Pather Panchali (Father Panchali), Indian director Satyajit Ray's first feature film, relates the story of an impoverished Bengalese family. When... [More]
Directed By: Satyajit Ray

Pages: 1 2 3 4 5 Next

Tag Cloud

Disney Channel The Arrangement romance superhero Rom-Com comiccon DirecTV based on movie AMC adventure aliens cancelled TV shows concert Trophy Talk Photos Arrowverse universal monsters Paramount Network political drama HBO 2020 mockumentary stop motion elevated horror Mindy Kaling BBC America Television Critics Association 2018 Grammys Pop TV Food Network cats Captain marvel Holiday sitcom 21st Century Fox 20th Century Fox Peacock fast and furious a nightmare on elm street WGN Starz cinemax Spectrum Originals The Walking Dead indie Logo Sundance Now Paramount WarnerMedia supernatural Mary Poppins Returns natural history cancelled indiana jones Travel Channel Brie Larson Lucasfilm Heroines canceled zombie PaleyFest cops TIFF toy story blaxploitation travel strong female leads breaking bad spy thriller Election Bravo hollywood MSNBC critics DC streaming service APB casting Extras Animation DC Universe GoT Box Office RT History classics Winners Black Mirror Turner BAFTA History San Diego Comic-Con criterion Pixar Anna Paquin Star Wars TruTV El Rey Certified Fresh YouTube Emmy Nominations Epix game show nbcuniversal werewolf CW Seed Showtime First Reviews Pop Premiere Dates The Witch BBC One space Shudder Crackle rotten movies we love comics PlayStation police drama Amazon Studios psycho A24 Stephen King emmy awards series Fantasy foreign Film Festival crime thriller Marathons Apple TV+ Biopics cults VICE Columbia Pictures batman Disney streaming service south america romantic comedy zombies versus 2019 witnail Avengers mission: impossible Trailer Toys BBC serial killer TCA Awards children's TV Musicals Music Schedule laika cartoon anthology HBO Go Amazon Prime DGA Hear Us Out FOX diversity VH1 Quiz Television Academy Sundance TV Horror OWN twilight name the review Year in Review Lifetime TV spinoff anime Video Games 45 ghosts rotten NYCC Cannes richard e. Grant movies miniseries PBS social media 2017 Song of Ice and Fire Action Baby Yoda Lifetime Christmas movies cooking Universal historical drama Apple TV Plus Christmas E! Film hispanic disaster dramedy adaptation Apple New York Comic Con Britbox Cartoon Network Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt streaming Summer Vudu BET RT21 Holidays Rocky Ovation Turner Classic Movies TLC crime drama blockbuster news Syfy Cosplay spain FX on Hulu IFC Films cars Tarantino Winter TV President worst Masterpiece Lionsgate Tubi television slashers HBO Max TV Land Sony Pictures medical drama thriller stand-up comedy Chernobyl VOD spanish language quibi animated satire MCU Western Hulu directors tv talk die hard The Purge CBS teaser NBC crime TCA Winter 2020 TV renewals YouTube Premium politics The CW Podcast Best and Worst spider-man Countdown Tumblr Mary Tyler Moore cancelled television best Black History Month Nat Geo films talk show Martial Arts documentaries award winner facebook green book TBS ITV Oscars independent revenge screenings 007 video on demand Disney jamie lee curtis Netflix Red Carpet nature Pride Month renewed TV shows Hallmark Polls and Games hist Mystery TNT war YA dc 2016 Rock christmas movies A&E video Tomatazos Spike Super Bowl all-time harry potter Family boxoffice BET Awards dceu Reality Competition American Society of Cinematographers screen actors guild IFC Disney+ Disney Plus Rocketman Amazon Nominations Infographic canceled TV shows parents singing competition kids cancelled TV series GLAAD Emmys DC Comics psychological thriller Pirates Elton John Binge Guide Classic Film technology ratings 24 frames Opinion sequels festivals Spring TV scary movies Warner Bros. CBS All Access SundanceTV TCM Writers Guild of America Kids & Family LGBTQ book Superheroes OneApp Mudbound Interview Comics on TV Discovery Channel doctor who Marvel Studios Character Guide Adult Swim Nickelodeon USA game of thrones Disney Plus MTV Calendar crossover mutant Freeform movie Mary poppins X-Men Academy Awards obituary Country latino discovery FX transformers comic theme song SXSW zero dark thirty Ghostbusters golden globes CNN free movies Fox News ABC child's play LGBT what to watch Ellie Kemper Valentine's Day 4/20 robots Musical reboot dark GIFs Marvel binge sports true crime Pet Sematary Esquire Star Trek USA Network period drama 72 Emmy Awards Awards Comic Book ABC Family vampires asian-american Crunchyroll CMT halloween sequel sag awards Marvel Television science fiction 71st Emmy Awards documentary Comedy Chilling Adventures of Sabrina YouTube Red Teen docudrama composers TCA 2017 joker stoner National Geographic dragons Watching Series ESPN unscripted Sundance Set visit TCA Shondaland Awards Tour chucky Endgame Women's History Month SDCC Thanksgiving franchise Walt Disney Pictures Amazon Prime Video Comedy Central Sci-Fi reviews dogs Dark Horse Comics Netflix Christmas movies E3 Funimation First Look Drama FXX 2015 Trivia justice league Acorn TV Superheroe Creative Arts Emmys comedies Sneak Peek Fall TV Reality finale biography See It Skip It Hallmark Christmas movies