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100 Best Movies on HBO Max (September 2021)

HBO comes out swinging in the increasingly crowded streaming arena, with HBO Max offering the masses arguably the deepest, most far-reaching library of titles among platform competitors. That’s why we’ve combed through the entire archive and pulled out movies with the highest Tomatometer scores, creating the 100 Best Movies on HBO Max to Watch Right Now!

Our selection process for this list was simple: Certified Fresh movies only, meaning each entry’s Tomatometer score was at least 75% after hitting a review count threshold. For contemporary mainstream movies, that minimum is 80 reviews, while it takes 40 reviews for limited releases and older films for consideration. With that, take the plunge into the 100 Best Movies on HBO Max!

Update: Jurassic Park, City of God, The Conversation, Dave, Dog Day Afternoon, Election, Midnight Run, Reversal of Fortune, When We Were Kings, Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? added.

#100
#100
Adjusted Score: 100520%
Critics Consensus: Louis Malle's hypnotic debut is a noir with genuine soul, infusing its tale of best laid plans gone awry with wistful performances, swooning cinematography, and a sultry soundtrack.
Synopsis: A French war hero (Maurice Ronet) plots to kill his lover's (Jeanne Moreau) husband (Jean Wall).... [More]
Directed By: Louis Malle

#99

Godzilla (1954)
93%

#99
Adjusted Score: 102817%
Critics Consensus: More than straight monster-movie fare, Gojira offers potent, sobering postwar commentary.
Synopsis: A fire-breathing behemoth terrorizes Japan after an atomic bomb awakens it from its centuries-old sleep.... [More]
Directed By: Ishirô Honda

#98
#98
Adjusted Score: 97435%
Critics Consensus: With its epic story and breathtaking visuals, Princess Mononoke is a landmark in the world of animation.
Synopsis: A prince becomes involved in the struggle between a forest princess and the encroachment of mechanization.... [More]
Directed By: Hayao Miyazaki

#97

Best in Show (2000)
93%

#97
Adjusted Score: 97658%
Critics Consensus: A fine example of writer-director-star Christopher Guest's gift for improv comedy, Best in Show boasts an appealingly quirky premise and a brilliantly talented cast.
Synopsis: Pampered pooches and their quirky owners (Michael Hitchcock, Parker Posey, Eugene Levy) converge on Philadelphia to compete in a prestigious... [More]
Directed By: Christopher Guest

#96
Adjusted Score: 102595%
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: Frodo (Elijah Wood) and Sam march toward Mount Doom to destroy the ring, while Gandalf (Ian McKellen) and warriors prepare... [More]
Directed By: Peter Jackson

#95

Wonder Woman (2017)
93%

#95
Adjusted Score: 115714%
Critics Consensus: Thrilling, earnest, and buoyed by Gal Gadot's charismatic performance, Wonder Woman succeeds in spectacular fashion.
Synopsis: After leaving her all-female island for the first time, Wonder Woman (Gal Gadot) discovers her full powers and true destiny... [More]
Directed By: Patty Jenkins

#94

The Seventh Seal (1956)
94%

#94
Adjusted Score: 102170%
Critics Consensus: Narratively bold and visually striking, The Seventh Seal brought Ingmar Bergman to the world stage -- and remains every bit as compelling today.
Synopsis: Returning from a Crusade with his squire (Gunnar Björnstrand), a weary knight (Max von Sydow) plays chess with Death.... [More]
Directed By: Ingmar Bergman

#93

Z (1969)
94%

#93
Adjusted Score: 99787%
Critics Consensus: Powerfully effective, this anti-fascist political thriller stands out as both high-conscience melodrama and high-tempo action movie.
Synopsis: A judge (Jean-Louis Trintignant) proves a leftist's (Yves Montand) hit-and-run death was a Fascist plot.... [More]
Directed By: Costa-Gavras

#92

Western Stars (2019)
94%

#92
Adjusted Score: 96060%
Critics Consensus: A cinematic gift for Springsteen fans, Western Stars serves as a worthy companion piece to the album of the same name.
Synopsis: Backed by a band and a full orchestra, Bruce Springsteen performs all 13 songs from his new album "Western Stars,"... [More]

#91

L'Avventura (1960)
94%

#91
Adjusted Score: 99317%
Critics Consensus: L'Avventura marks a bewitchingly ambiguous milestone in Antonioni's career -- and European cinema in general.
Synopsis: Anna's (Léa Massari) best friend (Monica Vitti) and lover (Gabriele Ferzetti) become lovers after Anna disappears.... [More]

#90

Ulee's Gold (1997)
94%

#90
Adjusted Score: 97179%
Critics Consensus: Led by an outstanding Peter Fonda performance, Ulee's Gold movingly depicts a family in crisis -- and a patriarch willing to sacrifice for the good of others.
Synopsis: A Florida beekeeper (Peter Fonda) looks for the missing wife of his jailed son but finds thugs looking for stolen... [More]
Directed By: Victor Nunez

#89

Midnight Run (1988)
94%

#89
Adjusted Score: 98669%
Critics Consensus: Enlivened by the antagonistic chemistry between Robert De Niro and Charles Grodin, Midnight Run is an uncommonly entertaining odd couple comedy.
Synopsis: A scruffy bounty hunter (Robert De Niro) has five days to bring a fussy embezzler (Charles Grodin) from New York... [More]
Directed By: Martin Brest

#88
#88
Adjusted Score: 98545%
Critics Consensus: My Neighbor Totoro is a heartwarming, sentimental masterpiece that captures the simple grace of childhood.
Synopsis: Two sisters encounter a mythical forest sprite and its woodland companions when they move to rural Japan.... [More]
Directed By: Hayao Miyazaki

#87
#87
Adjusted Score: 102832%
Critics Consensus: Superman deftly blends humor and gravitas, taking advantage of the perfectly cast Christopher Reeve to craft a loving, nostalgic tribute to an American pop culture icon.
Synopsis: Jor-El (Marlon Brando) of Krypton sends his baby to Earth, where he grows up as Clark Kent (Christopher Reeve) and... [More]
Directed By: Richard Donner

#86
Adjusted Score: 103683%
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: Mental patients follow Randle P. McMurphy (Jack Nicholson), the social-misfit hero of Ken Kesey's novel.... [More]
Directed By: Milos Forman

#85
#85
Adjusted Score: 98569%
Critics Consensus: Affectionate without sacrificing honesty, Behind the Candelabra couples award-worthy performances from Michael Douglas and Matt Damon with some typically sharp direction from Steven Soderbergh.
Synopsis: World-famous pianist Liberace (Michael Douglas) takes much-younger Scott Thorson (Matt Damon) as a lover, but the relationship deteriorates when Liberace... [More]
Directed By: Steven Soderbergh

#84
#84
Adjusted Score: 100753%
Critics Consensus: Only the most hardened soul won't be moved by this heartwarming doc.
Synopsis: At the end of each Antarctic summer, the emperor penguins of the South Pole journey to their traditional breeding grounds... [More]
Starring: Morgan Freeman
Directed By: Luc Jacquet

#83
#83
Adjusted Score: 99199%
Critics Consensus: Exhilarating both stylistically and for its entertaining, moving portrayal of an everyman, American Splendor is a portrait of a true underground original.
Synopsis: Fiction and reality blend in this portrait of Cleveland-based writer Harvey Pekar, author of the autobiographical "American Splendor" comic books.... [More]

#82

Hero (2002)
94%

#82
Adjusted Score: 100747%
Critics Consensus: With death-defying action sequences and epic historic sweep, Hero offers everything a martial arts fan could ask for.
Synopsis: Flashbacks reveal how a warrior (Jet Li) stopped the elusive assassins (Tony Leung Chiu Wai, Maggie Cheung Man-yuk) who tried... [More]
Directed By: Zhang Yimou

#81

All Is Lost (2013)
94%

#81
Adjusted Score: 105376%
Critics Consensus: Anchored by another tremendous performance in a career full of them, All Is Lost offers a moving, eminently worthwhile testament to Robert Redford's ability to hold the screen.
Synopsis: During a solo voyage in the Indian Ocean, a veteran sailor (Robert Redford) must face the possibility of his own... [More]
Starring: Robert Redford
Directed By: J.C. Chandor

#80

The Dark Knight (2008)
94%

#80
Adjusted Score: 108485%
Critics Consensus: Dark, complex, and unforgettable, The Dark Knight succeeds not just as an entertaining comic book film, but as a richly thrilling crime saga.
Synopsis: Batman (Christian Bale) has to keep a balance between heroism and vigilantism to fight a vile criminal known as the... [More]
Directed By: Christopher Nolan

#79
#79
Adjusted Score: 100813%
Critics Consensus: A '60s time capsule stuffed with ideas about politics, pop culture, and the battle of the sexes, Masculine-Feminine is one of Godard's classic black-and-white films.
Synopsis: A commentary on the mores of 1960s Paris as seen through the relationship between a reporter and a would-be rock... [More]
Directed By: Jean-Luc Godard

#78

Throne of Blood (1957)
95%

#78
Adjusted Score: 101053%
Critics Consensus: A career high point for Akira Kurosawa -- and one of the best film adaptations of a Shakespeare play.
Synopsis: A Japanese version of "Macbeth" features a samurai (Toshirô Mifune), his scheming wife (Isuzu Yamada) and a flurry-of-arrows finale.... [More]
Directed By: Akira Kurosawa

#77
#77
Adjusted Score: 101387%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: A secret day job as a prostitute allows a French surgeon's (Jean Sorel) bored wife (Catherine Deneuve) to live out... [More]
Directed By: Luis Buñuel

#76

Dave (1993)
95%

#76
Adjusted Score: 100694%
Critics Consensus: Ivan Reitman's refreshingly earnest political comedy benefits from an understated, charming script and a breezy performance by Kevin Kline.
Synopsis: White House aides draft a down-to-earth double (Kevin Kline) to impersonate the president, who has had a stroke.... [More]
Directed By: Ivan Reitman

#75

Mean Streets (1973)
95%

#75
Adjusted Score: 102464%
Critics Consensus: Mean Streets is a powerful tale of urban sin and guilt that marks Scorsese's arrival as an important cinematic voice and features electrifying performances from Harvey Keitel and Robert De Niro.
Synopsis: Small-time hoods (Robert De Niro, Harvey Keitel) hang out in a bar and get into big trouble in New York's... [More]
Directed By: Martin Scorsese

#74
Adjusted Score: 100658%
Critics Consensus: Led by a volcanic performance from Elizabeth Taylor, Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? is a scathing adaptation of the Edward Albee play that serves as a brilliant calling card for debuting director Mike Nichols.
Synopsis: A professor (Richard Burton) and his wife (Elizabeth Taylor) drink and verbally assault each other in front of a younger... [More]
Directed By: Mike Nichols

#73
#73
Adjusted Score: 104025%
Critics Consensus: With its magical optical effects and enchanting performances, Jean Cocteau's Beauty and the Beast remains the most surreal -- and soulful -- of the fairy tale's film adaptations.
Synopsis: To save her father, a Frenchwoman (Josette Day) offers her life to a man (Jean Marais) under a bestial enchantment... [More]
Directed By: Jean Cocteau

#72
Adjusted Score: 97719%
Critics Consensus: Thoroughly disquieting but impossible to ignore, Going Clear: Scientology and the Prison of Belief is a searing investigative work from a master documentarian.
Synopsis: Filmmaker Alex Gibney interviews former members of the Church of Scientology and reveals abuses and strange practices within the controversial... [More]
Directed By: Alex Gibney

#71

The Artist (2011)
95%

#71
Adjusted Score: 107655%
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: The arrival of sound in motion pictures signals the end of one superstar's (Jean Dujardin) career, while a young ingenue... [More]
Directed By: Michel Hazanavicius

#70
Adjusted Score: 100565%
Critics Consensus: Visually lush, refreshingly free of family-friendly clatter, and anchored with soulful depth, The Secret World of Arrietty lives up to Studio Ghibli's reputation.
Synopsis: A secret friendship blossoms between a human boy and a tiny girl who lives with her family beneath the floorboards... [More]

#69
Adjusted Score: 104044%
Critics Consensus: The Two Towers balances spectacular action with emotional storytelling, leaving audiences both wholly satisfied and eager for the final chapter.
Synopsis: Now divided, members of a fellowship take different paths to destroy the ring and defeat evil Sauron and his pawns.... [More]
Directed By: Peter Jackson

#68
#68
Adjusted Score: 100784%
Critics Consensus: Framed by great work from director Sidney Lumet and fueled by a gripping performance from Al Pacino, Dog Day Afternoon offers a finely detailed snapshot of people in crisis with tension-soaked drama shaded in black humor.
Synopsis: A loser (Al Pacino) robs a Brooklyn bank with his stupid buddy (John Cazale) to pay for his lover's sex... [More]
Directed By: Sidney Lumet

#67

Richard III (1995)
96%

#67
Adjusted Score: 99336%
Critics Consensus: This re-imagining of Shakespeare's Crookback King relocates the story in 1930 and features an indelible star turn for Ian McKellen as the monstrous and magnetic King Richard.
Synopsis: An ambitious noble murders his way to England's throne in this adaptation of Shakespeare's play, set in the 1930s.... [More]
Directed By: Richard Loncraine

#66
Adjusted Score: 100953%
Critics Consensus: Mr. Smith Goes to Washington -- and returns with an uplifting ode to idealism that distills the strengths of its director and leading man.
Synopsis: A country bumpkin faces ridicule and corruption when he takes his idealistic views to the nation's capital.... [More]
Directed By: Frank Capra

#65
#65
Adjusted Score: 101371%
Critics Consensus: Wild Strawberries were never so bittersweet as Ingmar Bergman's beautifully written and filmed look at one man's nostalgic journey into the past.
Synopsis: An old Swedish professor (Victor Sjöström) sees his life pass by in a series of nightmarish flashbacks.... [More]
Directed By: Ingmar Bergman

#64
#64
Adjusted Score: 102190%
Critics Consensus: A complex and timely satire with as much darkness as slapstick, Ernst Lubitsch's To Be or Not To Be delicately balances humor and ethics.
Synopsis: Joseph and his acting troupe must confuse the Nazis and stop Professor Siletsky (Stanley Ridges) from handing over a list... [More]
Directed By: Ernst Lubitsch

#63

Diabolique (1955)
96%

#63
Adjusted Score: 102333%
Critics Consensus: Cruel, dark, but undeniably effective, Diabolique is a suspense thriller as effective as Hitchcock's best work and with a brilliant twist ending.
Synopsis: A wife (Vera Clouzot) and a mistress (Simone Signoret) conspire to murder the brutal headmaster (Paul Meurisse) of a school... [More]
Directed By: Henri-Georges Clouzot

#62

The Conversation (1974)
96%

#62
Adjusted Score: 102701%
Critics Consensus: This tense, paranoid thriller presents Francis Ford Coppola at his finest -- and makes some remarkably advanced arguments about technology's role in society that still resonate today.
Synopsis: When a surveillance expert (Gene Hackman) suspects that the subjects of his current job will be killed, his conscience interferes.... [More]
Directed By: Francis Ford Coppola

#61

The Fugitive (1993)
96%

#61
Adjusted Score: 103893%
Critics Consensus: Exhilarating and intense, this high-impact chase thriller is a model of taut and efficient formula filmmaking, and it features Harrison Ford at his frantic best.
Synopsis: A U.S. marshal (Tommy Lee Jones) hunts a doctor (Harrison Ford) on the run who was convicted of murdering his... [More]
Directed By: Andrew Davis

#60

Revanche (2008)
96%

#60
Adjusted Score: 98393%
Critics Consensus: With Revanche, Götz Spielmann has crafted a debut as surprising as it is suspenseful.
Synopsis: An ill-fated bank robbery links two men (Johannes Krisch, Andreas Lust).... [More]
Directed By: Götz Spielmann

#59

Goodfellas (1990)
96%

#59
Adjusted Score: 105107%
Critics Consensus: Hard-hitting and stylish, GoodFellas is a gangster classic -- and arguably the high point of Martin Scorsese's career.
Synopsis: In the 1950s an Irish-Italian hoodlum (Ray Liotta) joins the New York Mafia, but his mob career is not what... [More]
Directed By: Martin Scorsese

#58

Birds of Passage (2018)
96%

#58
Adjusted Score: 104435%
Critics Consensus: Birds of Passage traces the familiar arc of the drug crime thriller from a different direction that's as visually absorbing as it is hard-hitting.
Synopsis: The origins of the Colombian drug trade, as seen through eyes of an indigenous Wayuu family that becomes involved in... [More]

#57
Adjusted Score: 109128%
Critics Consensus: Thrilling, powerfully acted, and visually dazzling, Deathly Hallows Part II brings the Harry Potter franchise to a satisfying -- and suitably magical -- conclusion.
Synopsis: As his showdown with Lord Voldemort (Ralph Fiennes) nears, Harry (Daniel Radcliffe) may have to make the ultimate sacrifice.... [More]
Directed By: David Yates

#56
#56
Adjusted Score: 96637%
Critics Consensus: Raw and rich in decade-spanning detail, Jane Fonda in Five Acts paints a living portrait of one popular culture's most compelling figures.
Synopsis: A look at the life, work, activism and controversies of actress and fitness tycoon Jane Fonda.... [More]
Directed By: Susan Lacy

#55

Pather Panchali (1955)
97%

#55
Adjusted Score: 106412%
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: An aspiring writer (Kanu Bannerjee) seeks his fortune in the city, leaving his family (Karuna Bannerjee, Subir Bannerjee) behind in... [More]
Directed By: Satyajit Ray

#54

The Red Shoes (1948)
97%

#54
Adjusted Score: 106774%
Critics Consensus: The Red Shoes is one of the best-looking movies ever, and blends multiple moods and styles with balletic grace.
Synopsis: A ballerina (Moira Shearer) loves a ballet composer (Marius Goring) but dances for an obsessive impresario (Anton Walbrook).... [More]

#53

Breathless (1959)
97%

#53
Adjusted Score: 105205%
Critics Consensus: Breathless rewrote the rules of cinema -- and more than 50 years after its arrival, Jean-Luc Godard's paradigm-shifting classic remains every bit as vital.
Synopsis: A French hood (Jean-Paul Belmondo) kills a policeman and heads for Italy with his American girlfriend (Jean Seberg).... [More]
Directed By: Jean-Luc Godard

#52
Adjusted Score: 99769%
Critics Consensus: Kurt Cobain: Montage of Heck makes a persuasive case for its subject without resorting to hagiography -- and includes plenty of rare and unreleased footage for fans.
Synopsis: Filmmaker Brett Morgen uses material from the Cobains' personal archives in an in-depth examination of the Nirvana frontman's childhood, music... [More]
Directed By: Brett Morgen

#51

Spellbound (2002)
97%

#51
Adjusted Score: 101466%
Critics Consensus: A suspenseful, gripping documentary that features an engaging cross section of American children.
Synopsis: Filmmaker Jeff Blitz follows eight diverse children to the finals of a spelling bee in Washington, D.C.... [More]
Directed By: Jeffrey Blitz

#50
#50
Adjusted Score: 100356%
Critics Consensus: In a striking debut, Moreno carries the movie and puts a human face on the drug trade.
Synopsis: Unemployed and pregnant, a Colombian teenager (Catalina Sandino Moreno) takes a job smuggling drugs into the United States.... [More]
Directed By: Joshua Marston

#49
#49
Adjusted Score: 101926%
Critics Consensus: A haunting depiction of a disintegrating family, and a powerful argument on the elusiveness of truth.
Synopsis: In 1987, teacher Arnold Friedman and his son Jesse stand trial for sex crimes against minors.... [More]
Directed By: Andrew Jarecki

#48

Spirited Away (2001)
97%

#48
Adjusted Score: 103494%
Critics Consensus: Spirited Away is a dazzling, enchanting, and gorgeously drawn fairy tale that will leave viewers a little more curious and fascinated by the world around them.
Synopsis: Lost in a forest, a 10-year-old girl (Daveigh Chase) meets animals, ghosts and weird creatures.... [More]
Directed By: Hayao Miyazaki, Kirk Wise

#47

Modern Times (1936)
98%

#47
Adjusted Score: 119682%
Critics Consensus: A slapstick skewering of industrialized America, Modern Times is as politically incisive as it is laugh-out-loud hilarious.
Synopsis: In Chaplin's classic comedy of the Machine Age, a bolt tightener (Charlie Chaplin) fails at everything but falling in love.... [More]
Directed By: Charlie Chaplin

#46
#46
Adjusted Score: 99804%
Critics Consensus: An engrossing documentary that's as much about a time and a place as it is about a fight.
Synopsis: The Oscar-winning chronicle of the 1974 championship bout between boxers George Foreman and Muhammad Ali.... [More]
Directed By: Leon Gast

#45

My Left Foot (1989)
98%

#45
Adjusted Score: 100500%
Critics Consensus: No doubt most will come to My Left Foot for Daniel Day-Lewis' performance, but the movie's refusal to go downbeat will keep it in viewer minds afterwards.
Synopsis: Born with cerebral palsy, Irish Christy Brown (Daniel Day-Lewis) uses an unafflicted foot to paint and write.... [More]
Directed By: Jim Sheridan

#44

A Star Is Born (1954)
98%

#44
Adjusted Score: 101881%
Critics Consensus: A Star is Born is a movie of grand scope and intimate moments, featuring Judy Garland's possibly greatest performance.
Synopsis: A Hollywood star (James Mason) drinks away his career, as his singer wife (Judy Garland) becomes famous.... [More]
Directed By: George Cukor

#43

Ikiru (1952)
98%

#43
Adjusted Score: 102724%
Critics Consensus: Ikiru is a well-acted and deeply moving humanist tale about a man facing his own mortality, one of legendary director Akira Kurosawa's most intimate films.
Synopsis: A rigid clerk (Takashi Shimura) resolves to do something of lasting importance after learning that he is dying of cancer.... [More]
Directed By: Akira Kurosawa

#42
Adjusted Score: 102484%
Critics Consensus: The Young Girls of Rochefort pays colorful homage to classic Hollywood musicals while earning its own emotionally affecting place of honor in the genre.
Synopsis: Dancing/composing twin sisters (Catherine Deneuve, Françoise Dorléac) find romance in Paris, one with a sailor, the other with a U.S.... [More]

#41
#41
Adjusted Score: 106652%
Critics Consensus: One of Alfred Hitchcock's last British films, this glamorous thriller provides an early glimpse of the director at his most stylishly entertaining.
Synopsis: A young Englishwoman (Margaret Lockwood) tries to prove that an elderly governess (Dame May Whitty) was actually on a train.... [More]
Directed By: Alfred Hitchcock

#40

Blue (1993)
98%

#40
Adjusted Score: 101134%
Critics Consensus: Three Colors: Blue contains some of director/co-writer Krzysztof Kieslowski's most visually arresting, emotionally resonant work -- and boasts an outstanding performance from Juliette Binoche in the bargain.
Synopsis: A Frenchwoman (Juliette Binoche) tries to withdraw from life after her daughter and composer husband die in a car crash.... [More]
Directed By: Krzysztof Kieslowski

#39

8 1/2 (1963)
98%

#39
Adjusted Score: 105060%
Critics Consensus: Inventive, thought-provoking, and funny, 8 1/2 represents the arguable peak of Federico Fellini's many towering feats of cinema.
Synopsis: An Italian film director (Marcello Mastroianni) seeking the meaning of life retreats from his wife (Anouk Aimée), mistress and flatterers.... [More]
Directed By: Federico Fellini

#38
#38
Adjusted Score: 104151%
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 Paris surgeon (Pierre Brasseur) tries to fix his daughter's (Édith Scob) face with skin from kidnapped women.... [More]
Directed By: Georges Franju

#37

Rashomon (1950)
98%

#37
Adjusted Score: 107840%
Critics Consensus: One of legendary director Akira Kurosawa's most acclaimed films, Rashomon features an innovative narrative structure, brilliant acting, and a thoughtful exploration of reality versus perception.
Synopsis: Three parties (Toshirô Mifune, Machiko Kyō, Masayuki Mori) and a witness have four versions of a rape/murder in ninth-century Japan.... [More]
Directed By: Akira Kurosawa

#36

Wings of Desire (1987)
98%

#36
Adjusted Score: 103288%
Critics Consensus: Beyond ravishing, Wings of Desire is Wim Wenders' is aching and heartbreaking exploration of how love makes us human.
Synopsis: An angel (Bruno Ganz) meets actor Peter Falk and falls in love with a French trapeze artist (Solveig Dommartin) in... [More]
Directed By: Wim Wenders

#35
Adjusted Score: 106410%
Critics Consensus: The Passion of Joan of Arc is must-see cinema for Renée Maria Falconetti's incredible performance alone -- and an all-time classic for innumerable other reasons.
Synopsis: A French peasant girl (Renee Falconetti) opposing occupying British forces is tried for heresy and witchcraft, and burned at the... [More]
Directed By: Carl Theodor Dreyer

#34

Hoop Dreams (1994)
98%

#34
Adjusted Score: 102378%
Critics Consensus: One of the most critically acclaimed documentaries of all time, Hoop Dreams is a rich, complex, heartbreaking, and ultimately deeply rewarding film that uses high school hoops as a jumping-off point to explore issues of race, class, and education in modern America.
Synopsis: Filmmakers chronicle more than four years in the lives of two urban Chicago youths in pursuit of pro basketball stardom.... [More]
Directed By: Steve James

#33
#33
Adjusted Score: 106809%
Critics Consensus: A feverish rendition of a heart-rending story, A Streetcar Named Desire gives Tennessee Williams' stage play explosive power on the screen thanks to Elia Kazan's searing direction and a sterling ensemble at the peak of their craft.
Synopsis: Tennessee Williams' Blanche DuBois (Vivien Leigh) moves in with her sister, Stella (Kim Hunter), and brutish brother-in-law, Stanley Kowalski (Marlon... [More]
Directed By: Elia Kazan

#32

Bicycle Thieves (1948)
98%

#32
Adjusted Score: 108956%
Critics Consensus: An Italian neorealism exemplar, Bicycle Thieves thrives on its non-flashy performances and searing emotion.
Synopsis: A poor man (Lamberto Maggiorani) and his son (Enzo Staiola) search postwar Rome for the stolen bicycle he needs to... [More]
Directed By: Vittorio De Sica

#31
Adjusted Score: 106962%
Critics Consensus: Stanley Kubrick's brilliant Cold War satire remains as funny and razor-sharp today as it was in 1964.
Synopsis: President Muffley (Peter Sellers) and his advisers (George C. Scott, Keenan Wynn) man the Pentagon war room, as planes with... [More]
Directed By: Stanley Kubrick

#30

King Kong (1933)
98%

#30
Adjusted Score: 110242%
Critics Consensus: King Kong explores the soul of a monster -- making audiences scream and cry throughout the film -- in large part due to Kong's breakthrough special effects.
Synopsis: Shipped from mysterious Skull Island for display in the United States, a gigantic ape escapes from his bonds and carries... [More]

#29

The Player (1992)
98%

#29
Adjusted Score: 103961%
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: About 65 real-life movie stars fringe the satire of a Hollywood studio executive (Tim Robbins) who gets away with murder.... [More]
Directed By: Robert Altman

#28
#28
Adjusted Score: 101089%
Critics Consensus: A triumphant coda to a beloved series, Deadwood: The Movie will satisfy fans longing for a little f---ing closure.
Synopsis: Saloon owner Al Swearengen clashes with Sheriff Seth Bullock as the residents of Deadwood celebrate South Dakota's statehood in 1889.... [More]
Directed By: Daniel Minahan

#27
#27
Adjusted Score: 110066%
Critics Consensus: A Hard Day's Night, despite its age, is still a delight to watch and has proven itself to be a rock-and-roll movie classic.
Synopsis: John, Paul, George and Ringo (The Beatles) spend 36 wild hours in London, besieged by exuberant fans.... [More]
Directed By: Richard Lester

#26
Adjusted Score: 103434%
Critics Consensus: Helmed in elegant and exhilarating style by Spike Lee, David Byrne's American Utopia is a concert film that doubles as a joyously cathartic celebration.
Synopsis: Singer David Byrne and a group of international musicians perform songs from the hit Broadway musical "American Utopia."... [More]
Starring: David Byrne
Directed By: Spike Lee

#25

The Wizard of Oz (1939)
99%

#25
Adjusted Score: 118424%
Critics Consensus: An absolute masterpiece whose groundbreaking visuals and deft storytelling are still every bit as resonant, The Wizard of Oz is a must-see film for young and old.
Synopsis: After a tornado whisks Kansas farm girl Dorothy (Judy Garland) to a magic land, she must travel to the Emerald... [More]
Directed By: Victor Fleming

#24
Adjusted Score: 104972%
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: A pregnant French girl (Catherine Deneuve) must choose between her lover (Nino Castelnuovo), who is going into the service, and... [More]
Directed By: Jacques Demy

#23

The Tale (2018)
99%

#23
Adjusted Score: 101515%
Critics Consensus: The Tale handles its extraordinarily challenging subject matter with sensitivity, grace, and the power of some standout performances led by a remarkable Laura Dern.
Synopsis: A journalist stumbles across a story she wrote when she was 13 that forces her to re-examine her memories of... [More]
Directed By: Jennifer Fox

#22
#22
Adjusted Score: 109923%
Critics Consensus: A documentary-like depiction of a nation's real-life efforts to expel a colonizing force, The Battle of Algiers puts viewers on the front lines with gripping realism.
Synopsis: Between 1954 and '62, Algeria fights for independence from the French.... [More]
Directed By: Gillo Pontecorvo

#21

Citizen Kane (1941)
99%

#21
Adjusted Score: 119231%
Critics Consensus: Orson Welles's epic tale of a publishing tycoon's rise and fall is entertaining, poignant, and inventive in its storytelling, earning its reputation as a landmark achievement in film.
Synopsis: Enigmatic newspaper magnate Charles Foster Kane (Orson Welles) rises, falls and leaves behind a riddle with his dying breath.... [More]
Directed By: Orson Welles

#20

Casablanca (1942)
99%

#20
Adjusted Score: 119623%
Critics Consensus: An undisputed masterpiece and perhaps Hollywood's quintessential statement on love and romance, Casablanca has only improved with age, boasting career-defining performances from Humphrey Bogart and Ingrid Bergman.
Synopsis: A cynical nightclub owner (Humphrey Bogart) protects an old flame (Ingrid Bergman) and her husband (Paul Henreid) from Nazis in... [More]
Directed By: Michael Curtiz

#19

Gloria (2013)
99%

#19
Adjusted Score: 104838%
Critics Consensus: Marvelously directed by Sebastian Lelio and beautifully led by a powerful performance from Paulina Garcia, Gloria takes an honest, sweetly poignant look at a type of character that's all too often neglected in Hollywood.
Synopsis: An aging divorcee (Paulina García) embarks on an intense affair with a man (Sergio Hernández) she picked up at a... [More]
Directed By: Sebastián Lelio

#18
Adjusted Score: 110232%
Critics Consensus: Powerfully acted and directed, Never Rarely Sometimes Always reaffirms writer-director Eliza Hittman as a filmmaker of uncommon sensitivity and grace.
Synopsis: Faced with an unintended pregnancy and a lack of local support, Autumn and her cousin, Skylar, travel across state lines... [More]
Directed By: Eliza Hittman

#17

Henry V (1989)
100%

#17
Adjusted Score: 103368%
Critics Consensus: Pehaps Kenneth Branagh's most fully realized Shakespeare adaptation, Henry V is an energetic, passionate, and wonderfully acted film.
Synopsis: Shakespeare's king of England (Kenneth Branagh) attacks France and declares his love for the French king's daughter.... [More]
Directed By: Kenneth Branagh

#16

Open City (1945)
100%

#16
Adjusted Score: 105835%
Critics Consensus: Open City fills in the familiar contours of its storyline with three-dimensional characters and a narrative depth that add up to a towering -- and still powerfully resonant -- cinematic achievement.
Synopsis: When Nazis track down Giorgio, one of the leaders of the resistance, he asks Don Pietro Pellegrini to get him... [More]
Directed By: Roberto Rossellini

#15

The Wages of Fear (1953)
100%

#15
Adjusted Score: 106360%
Critics Consensus: An existential suspense classic, The Wages of Fear blends nonstop suspense with biting satire; its influence is still being felt on today's thrillers.
Synopsis: Four men take on the dangerous mission of driving two nitroglycerin-laden trucks through harsh terrain.... [More]
Directed By: Henri-Georges Clouzot

#14

Stagecoach (1939)
100%

#14
Adjusted Score: 105708%
Critics Consensus: Typifying the best that the Western genre has to offer, Stagecoach is a rip-roaring adventure given dramatic heft by John Ford's dynamic direction and John Wayne's mesmerizing star turn.
Synopsis: An outlaw (John Wayne), a prostitute (Claire Trevor), a drunken doctor and assorted others go through Indian country.... [More]
Directed By: John Ford

#13

Tokyo Story (1953)
100%

#13
Adjusted Score: 107020%
Critics Consensus: Tokyo Story is a Yasujiro Ozu masterpiece whose rewarding complexity has lost none of its power more than half a century on.
Synopsis: An elderly Japanese couple (Chishu Ryu, Chieko Higashiyama) visit their busy children but are not treated with respect.... [More]
Directed By: Yasujirô Ozu

#12
#12
Adjusted Score: 107362%
Critics Consensus: A technical masterpiece, Battleship Potemkin is Soviet cinema at its finest, and its montage editing techniques remain influential to this day.
Synopsis: Sergei Eisenstein's classic film depicts the mutiny aboard a czarist battleship during the failed revolution of 1905.... [More]
Directed By: S. M. Eisenstein

#11

The Gold Rush (1925)
100%

#11
Adjusted Score: 107532%
Critics Consensus: A delightful blend of slapstick humor, poignant emotion, and social commentary, The Gold Rush encapsulates Chaplin's strengths as a writer, director, and star.
Synopsis: Mostly isolated in the Yukon, the little tramp (Charles Chaplin) cooks a shoe, falls in love, hangs from a cliff... [More]
Directed By: Charles Chaplin

#10

Three Colors: Red (1994)
100%

#10
Adjusted Score: 103840%
Critics Consensus: A complex, stirring, and beautifully realized portrait of interconnected lives, Red is the captivating conclusion to a remarkable trilogy.
Synopsis: Tapped phone lines connect a Swiss law student, a model (Irène Jacob) and an ex-judge (Jean-Louis Trintignant) who eavesdrops.... [More]
Directed By: Krzysztof Kieslowski

#9

Tampopo (1985)
100%

#9
Adjusted Score: 105103%
Critics Consensus: Thanks to director Juzo Itami's offbeat humor and sharp satirical edge, Tampopo is a funny, sexy, affectionate celebration of food and its broad influence on Japanese culture.
Synopsis: Two Japanese milk-truck drivers (Tsutomu Yamazaki, Ken Watanabe) help a restaurant owner (Nobuko Miyamoto) learn how to cook great noodles.... [More]
Directed By: Juzo Itami

#8

Only Yesterday (1991)
100%

#8
Adjusted Score: 104756%
Critics Consensus: Only Yesterday's long-delayed U.S. debut fills a frustrating gap for American Ghibli fans while offering further proof of the studio's incredibly consistent commitment to quality.
Synopsis: A put-upon 27-year-old Japanese office worker travels to the countryside and reminisces about her childhood in Tokyo and what life... [More]
Directed By: Isao Takahata

#7

The Maltese Falcon (1941)
100%

#7
Adjusted Score: 109862%
Critics Consensus: Suspenseful, labyrinthine, and brilliantly cast, The Maltese Falcon is one of the most influential noirs -- as well as a showcase for Humphrey Bogart at his finest.
Synopsis: Private eye Sam Spade (Humphrey Bogart) encounters sundry characters (Mary Astor, Peter Lorre), all seeking a coveted statuette.... [More]
Directed By: John Huston

#6
Adjusted Score: 101997%
Critics Consensus: Bright Lights: Starring Carrie Fisher and Debbie Reynolds is a touching, bittersweet, and ultimately charming love story that serves as a poignantly effective tribute to the strangely complicated, uniquely resilient mother/daughter duo.
Synopsis: A portrait of Hollywood royalty Carrie Fisher and her mother, Debbie Reynolds.... [More]

#5

M (1931)
100%

#5
Adjusted Score: 108585%
Critics Consensus: A landmark psychological thriller with arresting images, deep thoughts on modern society, and Peter Lorre in his finest performance.
Synopsis: Fritz Lang's classic tells of the Berlin underworld's efforts to capture the loathsome murderer of a child.... [More]
Directed By: Fritz Lang

#4
#4
Adjusted Score: 112925%
Critics Consensus: Clever, incisive, and funny, Singin' in the Rain is a masterpiece of the classical Hollywood musical.
Synopsis: A silent-film star (Gene Kelly) loves a chorus girl (Debbie Reynolds) who dubs his squeaky-voiced co-star in a 1927 Hollywood... [More]
Directed By: Stanley Donen, Gene Kelly

#3
#3
Adjusted Score: 114544%
Critics Consensus: Offering a wonderfully witty script, spotless direction from George Cukor, and typically excellent lead performances, The Philadelphia Story is an unqualified classic.
Synopsis: A snooty socialite (Katharine Hepburn) fights with her ex-husband (Cary Grant) and flirts with a reporter (James Stewart).... [More]
Directed By: George Cukor

#2

Seven Samurai (1954)
100%

#2
Adjusted Score: 111717%
Critics Consensus: Arguably Akira Kurosawa's masterpiece, The Seven Samurai is an epic adventure classic with an engrossing story, memorable characters, and stunning action sequences that make it one of the most influential films ever made.
Synopsis: A samurai answers a village's request for protection after he falls on hard times. The town needs protection from bandits,... [More]
Directed By: Akira Kurosawa

#1
Adjusted Score: 104088%
Critics Consensus: Boasting narrative depth, frank honesty, and exquisite visual beauty, The Tale of the Princess Kaguya is a modern animated treasure with timeless appeal.
Synopsis: A tiny nymph found inside a bamboo stalk grows into a beautiful and desirable young woman, who orders her suitors... [More]
Directed By: Isao Takahata

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