200 Essential Movies To Watch Now

#100
#100
Adjusted Score: 101.124%
Critics Consensus: Effectively balancing humor and subtle pathos, Sofia Coppola crafts a moving, melancholy story that serves as a showcase for both Bill Murray and Scarlett Johansson.
Synopsis: After making a striking directorial debut with her screen adaptation of The Virgin Suicides, Sofia Coppola offers a story of... [More]
Directed By: Sofia Coppola

#101

Raging Bull (1980)
95%

#101
Adjusted Score: 101.051%
Critics Consensus: Arguably Martin Scorsese's and Robert De Niro's finest film, Raging Bull is often painful to watch, but it's a searing, powerful work about an unsympathetic hero.
Synopsis: The story of Jake LaMotta, a former middleweight boxing champion, whose reputation for tenacity and success in the ring was... [More]
Directed By: Martin Scorsese

#102

West Side Story (1961)
94%

#102
Adjusted Score: 100.947%
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: This romantic musical update of 'Romeo and Juliet' won ten Oscars. The tale of a turf war between rival teenage... [More]

#103

Say Anything... (1989)
98%

#103
Adjusted Score: 100.917%
Critics Consensus: One of the definitive Generation X movies, Say Anything is equally funny and heartfelt -- and it established John Cusack as an icon for left-of-center types everywhere.
Synopsis: A high-school valedictorian begins dating an irresponsible army brat, much to the dismay of her father. After breaking off the... [More]
Directed By: Cameron Crowe

#104

The Apartment (1960)
93%

#104
Adjusted Score: 100.821%
Critics Consensus: Director Billy Wilder's customary cynicism is leavened here by tender humor, romance, and genuine pathos.
Synopsis: Widely regarded as a comedy in 1960, The Apartment seems more melancholy with each passing year. Jack Lemmon plays C.C.... [More]
Directed By: Billy Wilder

#105

Groundhog Day (1993)
96%

#105
Adjusted Score: 100.799%
Critics Consensus: Smart, sweet, and inventive, Groundhog Day highlights Murray's dramatic gifts while still leaving plenty of room for laughs.
Synopsis: Bill Murray plays Phil, a TV weatherman working for a local station in Pennsylvania but convinced that national news stardom... [More]
Directed By: Harold Ramis

#106
#106
Adjusted Score: 100.785%
Critics Consensus: Director Jonathan Demme's smart, taut thriller teeters on the edge between psychological study and all-out horror, and benefits greatly from stellar performances by Anthony Hopkins and Jodie Foster.
Synopsis: In this multiple Oscar-winning thriller, Jodie Foster stars as Clarice Starling, a top student at the FBI's training academy whose... [More]
Directed By: Jonathan Demme

#107

L'Avventura (1960)
95%

#107
Adjusted Score: 100.429%
Critics Consensus: L'Avventura marks a bewitchingly ambiguous milestone in Antonioni's career -- and European cinema in general.
Synopsis: This exceptional Italian mystery offers potent comments upon life in the bourgeoisie class and upon the isolation sometimes suffered by... [More]

#109

The Lion King (1994)
92%

#109
Adjusted Score: 100.485%
Critics Consensus: Emotionally stirring, richly drawn, and beautifully animated, The Lion King stands tall within Disney's pantheon of classic family films.
Synopsis: One of the most popular Disney animated musicals, The Lion King presents the story of a lion cub's journey to... [More]
Directed By: Roger Allers, Rob Minkoff

#110
#110
Adjusted Score: 100.009%
Critics Consensus: Featuring bravura set pieces, sly humor, and white-knuckle action, Raiders of the Lost Ark is one of the most consummately entertaining adventure pictures of all time.
Synopsis: Indiana Jones (Harrison Ford) is no ordinary archeologist. When we first see him, he is somewhere in the Peruvian jungle... [More]
Directed By: Steven Spielberg

#111

Titanic (1997)
88%

#111
Adjusted Score: 100.057%
Critics Consensus: A mostly unqualified triumph for James Cameron, who offers a dizzying blend of spectacular visuals and old-fashioned melodrama.
Synopsis: This spectacular epic re-creates the ill-fated maiden voyage of the White Star Line's $7.5 million R.M.S Titanic and the tragic... [More]
Directed By: James Cameron

#112

Children of Men (2006)
92%

#112
Adjusted Score: 100.01%
Critics Consensus: Children of Men works on every level: as a violent chase thriller, a fantastical cautionary tale, and a sophisticated human drama about societies struggling to live.
Synopsis: A futuristic society faces extinction when the human race loses the ability to reproduce. England has descended into chaos, until... [More]
Directed By: Alfonso Cuarón

#113
#113
Adjusted Score: 99.815%
Critics Consensus: Smartly directed, brilliantly acted, and packed with endlessly quotable moments, This Is Spinal Tap is an all-time comedy classic.
Synopsis: A spoof about a filmmaker making a documentary about a once-famous, now almost forgotten British heavy metal band returning to... [More]
Directed By: Rob Reiner

#114

Blade Runner (1982)
90%

#114
Adjusted Score: 100.738%
Critics Consensus: Misunderstood when it first hit theaters, the influence of Ridley Scott's mysterious, neo-noir Blade Runner has deepened with time. A visually remarkable, achingly human sci-fi masterpiece.
Synopsis: A blend of science fiction and noir detective fiction, Blade Runner (1982) was a box office and critical bust upon... [More]
Directed By: Ridley Scott

#115
Adjusted Score: 99.45%
Critics Consensus: Propelled by Charlie Kaufman's smart, imaginative script and Michel Gondry's equally daring directorial touch, Eternal Sunshine is a twisty yet heartfelt look at relationships and heartache.
Synopsis: The second feature from director Michel Gondry (Human Nature) finds the filmmaker reteaming with screenwriter Charlie Kaufman for this off-the-wall... [More]
Directed By: Michel Gondry

#116
#116
Adjusted Score: 99.455%
Critics Consensus: Anchored by another winning performance from Tom Hanks, Steven Spielberg's unflinchingly realistic war film virtually redefines the genre.
Synopsis: Steven Spielberg directed this powerful, realistic re-creation of WWII's D-day invasion and the immediate aftermath. The story opens with a... [More]
Directed By: Steven Spielberg

#117

Pulp Fiction (1994)
94%

#117
Adjusted Score: 99.114%
Critics Consensus: One of the most influential films of the 1990s, Pulp Fiction is a delirious post-modern mix of neo-noir thrills, pitch-black humor, and pop-culture touchstones.
Synopsis: Outrageously violent, time-twisting, and in love with language, Pulp Fiction was widely considered the most influential American movie of the... [More]
Directed By: Quentin Tarantino

#118

Fargo (1996)
94%

#118
Adjusted Score: 98.979%
Critics Consensus: Violent, quirky, and darkly funny, Fargo delivers an original crime story and a wonderful performance by McDormand.
Synopsis: A pregnant police chief is investigating a series of homicides across the frozen tundra. Against a sprawling Minnesota landscape, a... [More]
Directed By: Joel Coen

#119

Drive (2011)
93%

#119
Adjusted Score: 100.026%
Critics Consensus: With its hyper-stylized blend of violence, music, and striking imagery, Drive represents a fully realized vision of arthouse action.
Synopsis: Ryan Gosling stars as a Los Angeles wheelman for hire, stunt driving for movie productions by day and steering getaway... [More]
Directed By: Nicolas Winding Refn

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