Best and Worst Best Pictures
Adjusted Score: 93.484%
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.
One of the most popular movie musicals of all time, The Sound of Music is based on the true story... [More]
Adjusted Score: 93.653%
Critics Consensus: Though shot through with bitterness and sorrow, Robert Redford's directorial debut is absorbing and well-acted.
In this film, teenager Timothy Hutton lives under a cloud of guilt after his brother drowns while trying to rescue... [More]
Adjusted Score: 95.408%
Critics Consensus: An excessively sentimental piece of propaganda, Mrs. Miniver nonetheless succeeds, due largely to Greer Garson's powerful performance.
As Academy Award-winning films go, Mrs. Miniver has not weathered the years all that well. This prettified, idealized view of... [More]
Adjusted Score: 95.454%
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.
Self-centered, avaricious Californian Charlie Babbitt (Tom Cruise) is informed that his long-estranged father has died. Expecting at least a portion... [More]
Adjusted Score: 95.626%
Critics Consensus: A well-executed labor of love from star and director Laurence Olivier, Hamlet not only proved that Shakespeare could be successfully adapted to the big screen, it paved the way for further cinematic interpretations.
Although criticized by Shakespeare devotees upon its release because of director, producer, and star Laurence Olivier's decision to excise large... [More]
Adjusted Score: 96.25%
Critics Consensus: Flawlessly cast and brimming with dark, acid wit, American Beauty is a smart, provocative high point of late '90s mainstream Hollywood film.
A biting, penetrating and often humorous take on contemporary life in suburban America, Lester Burnham becomes intrigued by a young... [More]
Adjusted Score: 96.303%
Critics Consensus: It's predictably uplifting fare from Frank Capra, perhaps the most consciously uplifting of all great American directors -- but thanks to immensely appealing performances and a nimble script, You Can't Take It With You is hard not to love.
Moss Hart and George S. Kaufman's whimsical Pulitzer Prize-winning Broadway play +You Can't Take It With You was transformed into... [More]
Adjusted Score: 96.522%
Critics Consensus: Though it perhaps strays into overly maudlin territory, this working-class drama is saved by a solid cast and director John Ford's unmistakeable style.
Spanning 50 years, director John Ford's How Green Was My Valley revolves around the life of the Morgans, a Welsh... [More]
Adjusted Score: 96.806%
Critics Consensus: While decidedly imperfect, Bernardo Bertolucci's epic is still a feast for the eyes.
The Last Emperor is the true story of Aisin-Gioro Pu Yi, the last ruler of the Chinese Ching Dynasty. Told... [More]
Adjusted Score: 97.729%
Critics Consensus: John Schlesinger's gritty, unrelentingly bleak look at the seedy underbelly of urban American life is undeniably disturbing, but Dustin Hoffman and Jon Voight's performances make it difficult to turn away.
A con man and a Texas hustler try to survive on the tough streets of New York.... [More]
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