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85 Hidden Gem Movies On HBO Max

When HBO Max entered the streaming wars in 2020, it came armed with a formidable catalogue of films and TV – including, crucially, the films of Studio Ghibli and many of the Criterion Collection’s titles. And you can find many of the very best rated of those films and TV shows in our guides to the best movies on HBO Max and the best TV series on the service.

But what happens when you burn through those top-tier Tomatometer recs, and are still hungry for more? That’s where this guide will come in handy. We’ve scoured the service for some hidden gems – movies that were ahead of their time, have gone too-long under-appreciated, and those old-school favorites we were surprised to find buried under the rubble of HBO Max’s exhaustive collection. Check them out below, grouped by genre.

Found a hidden gem on HBO Max that’s not on our list? Let your fellow fans know in the comments. 


Action and Adventure

#100
Adjusted Score: 0%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: Produced over a two-year period, Kenji Mizoguchi's version of the oft-filmed Seika Mayama story The 47 Ronin was too big... [More]
Directed By: Kenji Mizoguchi

#99

Dick Tracy (1990)
63%

#99
Adjusted Score: 66.508%
Critics Consensus: Dick Tracy is stylish, unique, and an undeniable technical triumph, but it ultimately struggles to rise above its two-dimensional artificiality.
Synopsis: Based on the famed detective hero of the comics, the story finds Dick Tracy in 1938 Chicago attempting to stop... [More]
Directed By: Warren Beatty

#98
#98
Adjusted Score: 76.543%
Critics Consensus: An entertaining, topical thriller that finds director Tony Scott on solid form and Will Smith confirming his action headliner status.
Synopsis: The action producing-directing team of Jerry Bruckheimer and Tony Scott is back with another thrill-a-minute ride called Enemy of the... [More]
Directed By: Tony Scott

#96
#96
Adjusted Score: 55.161%
Critics Consensus: A formulaic actioner that's sure to please action fans. Those looking for plot, believability, or character development will have difficulty finding them.
Synopsis: This action thriller co-written by filmmaker Luc Besson stars Jet Li as Liu Jian, a Chinese intelligence officer in Paris... [More]
Directed By: Chris Nahon

#95
Adjusted Score: 81.373%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: A woman seeks the revenge that was her birthright in this action thriller from Japan. A gang of ruthless thieves... [More]
Directed By: Toshiya Fujita

#94

Miss Bala (2012)
87%

#94
Adjusted Score: 88.893%
Critics Consensus: Miss Bala's subject is loaded enough, but the frantic and muscular filmmaking puts this movie in a whole new league.
Synopsis: Miss Bala tells the story of Laura, a young woman whose aspirations of becoming a beauty queen turn against her,... [More]
Directed By: Gerardo Naranjo

#93
Adjusted Score: 94.464%
Critics Consensus: Blending brilliant physical comedy with thrillingly choreographed set pieces, Police Story makes a persuasive case for Jackie Chan as one of the all-time genre greats.
Synopsis: This was internationally famous Jackie Chan's breakthrough action film, the work that got him past the ethnic boundaries of Hong... [More]
Directed By: Jackie Chan

#92

Speed Racer (2008)
40%

#92
Adjusted Score: 48.18%
Critics Consensus: Overloaded with headache-inducing special effects, Speed Racer finds the Wachowskis focused on visual thrills at the expense of a coherent storyline.
Synopsis: The Matrix masterminds Andy and Larry Wachowski usher anime icon Tatsuo Yoshida's classic 1960s-era hit into the new millennium with... [More]

#91
#91
Adjusted Score: 74.226%
Critics Consensus: Sleek, stylish, and painlessly diverting, The Thomas Crown Affair is a remake of uncommon charm.
Synopsis: Thomas Crown is a self-made billionaire who can buy anything he wants and is irresistible to women. But there are... [More]
Directed By: John McTiernan

#90

U-571 (2000)
68%

#90
Adjusted Score: 71.799%
Critics Consensus: Excellent cinematography and an interesting plot accompanied by a talented cast and crew make U-571 a tense thriller.
Synopsis: In this World War II action thriller, American reconnaissance agents learn that a German submarine is sinking. The doomed ship... [More]
Directed By: Jonathan Mostow


COMEDY 

#89
#89
Adjusted Score: 73.725%
Critics Consensus: Sweet and spry, Adventures in Babysitting gets by on its amiable tone.
Synopsis: After reluctantly accepting a baby-sitting job, a teenager gets a call from her best friend who is stranded in downtown... [More]
Directed By: Chris Columbus

#88
#88
Adjusted Score: 99.24%
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: Harvey Pekar is file clerk at the local VA hospital. His interactions with his co-workers offer some relief from the... [More]

#87
#87
Adjusted Score: 99.893%
Critics Consensus: Like a life-affirming rock anthem, Blinded by the Light hits familiar chords with confidence and flair, building to a conclusion that leaves audiences cheering for an encore.
Synopsis: 1987. When music fanatic Javed discovers the illustrious back catalogue of The Boss his world is turned upside down; already... [More]
Directed By: Gurinder Chadha

#86
#86
Adjusted Score: 57.319%
Critics Consensus: Hawn and Streep are as fabulous as Death Becomes Her's innovative special effects; Zemeckis' satire, on the other hand, is as hollow as the world it mocks.
Synopsis: Two female rivals drink a magic potion from a beautiful enchantress that promises eternal youth. However, after they kill each... [More]
Directed By: Robert Zemeckis

#84

EDtv (1999)
64%

#84
Adjusted Score: 65.408%
Critics Consensus: If it's not as ambitious as The Truman Show in satirizing the voyeuristic nature of television, EdTV is an amiable, witty comedy with fine performances from Matthew McConaughey and Woody Harrelson.
Synopsis: The turning point in the life of Ed Pekurny (Matthew McConaughey) comes thanks to the misfortunes of the NorthWest Broadcasting... [More]
Directed By: Ron Howard

#83
#83
Adjusted Score: 89.563%
Critics Consensus: Darkly funny, solidly cast, and surprisingly thoughtful, Flirting with Disaster proved David O. Russell's Spanking the Monkey was no fluke.
Synopsis: In this wickedly funny screwball satire, Mel Coplin, his wife, their four-month-old baby, and an adoption agency psychologist embark on... [More]
Directed By: David O. Russell

#81

Last Holiday (2006)
56%

#81
Adjusted Score: 59.718%
Critics Consensus: Although Queen Latifah's bountiful life-affirming spirit permeates the film, director Wayne Wang is unable to revive this remake with any real flair.
Synopsis: Georgia Byrd lives a small life tucked inside big dreams. A shy cookware salesperson for a New Orleans retail outlet,... [More]
Directed By: Wayne Wang

#80

Life (1999)
50%

#80
Adjusted Score: 51.767%
Critics Consensus: Entertaining if not over-the-top humor from a solid comic duo provides plenty of laughs.
Synopsis: Comedians Eddie Murphy and Martin Lawrence team up for a story that wouldn't appear to have many immediate humorous possibilities... [More]
Directed By: Ted Demme

#79
#79
Adjusted Score: 89.456%
Critics Consensus: Living in Oblivion dives into the folly of filmmaking with a sharp satire that sends up indie cinema while working as an entertaining independent picture in its own right.
Synopsis: This quirky yet scathing comedy presents one hellish day in the life of an independent filmmaker. All small-time director Nick... [More]
Directed By: Tom DiCillo

#78
Adjusted Score: 83.375%
Critics Consensus: Miss Pettigrew is a breezy period comedy carried by the strong performances of Amy Adams and Frances McDormand.
Synopsis: In 1939 London, Miss Guinevere Pettigrew is a middle-aged governess who finds herself once again unfairly dismissed from her job.... [More]
Directed By: Bharat Nalluri

#77
#77
Adjusted Score: 92.586%
Critics Consensus: Lighthearted to a fault, Much Ado About Nothing's giddy energy and intimate charm make for an entertaining romantic comedy -- and a Shakespearean adaptation that's hard to resist.
Synopsis: Shakespeare's classic comedy is given a contemporary spin in Joss Whedon's film, "Much Ado About Nothing". Shot in just 12... [More]
Directed By: Joss Whedon

#76

Muriel's Wedding (1995)
78%

#76
Adjusted Score: 80.146%
Critics Consensus: Heartfelt and quirky, though at times broad, Muriel's Wedding mixes awkward comedy, oddball Australian characters, and a nostalgia-heavy soundtrack.
Synopsis: A socially inept young woman slowly learns to overcome her insecurities in this sleeper hit from Australia. The unconventional Muriel... [More]
Directed By: P.J. Hogan

#75

Papi Chulo (2019)
76%

#75
Adjusted Score: 77.304%
Critics Consensus: Papi Chulo is a cross-cultural comedy that mostly avoids the pitfalls of its premise, largely thanks to the chemistry between its well-matched leads.
Synopsis: A solitary and alienated television weatherman "hires" a middle-aged Latino migrant worker to be his friend, in this darkly comedic... [More]
Directed By: John Butler

#73

Tampopo (1985)
100%

#73
Adjusted Score: 103.84%
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: The tale of an enigmatic band of ramen ronin who guide the widow of a noodle shop owner on her... [More]
Directed By: Juzo Itami

#72
#72
Adjusted Score: 95.899%
Critics Consensus: A light, sweet, and thoroughly entertaining debut for director Tom Hanks, That Thing You Do! makes up in charm what it lacks in complexity.
Synopsis: Tom Hanks made his directorial debut in this bright comedy set in the mid-1960's about a rock group and their... [More]
Directed By: Tom Hanks

#71

Tumbledown (2016)
70%

#71
Adjusted Score: 70.589%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: Small town journalist Hannah (Rebecca Hall) has been struggling to write the biography of her late husband, an acclaimed musician... [More]
Directed By: Sean Mewshaw

#70

Withnail and I (1987)
94%

#70
Adjusted Score: 96.289%
Critics Consensus: Richard E. Grant and Paul McGann prove irresistibly hilarious as two misanthropic slackers in Withnail and I, a biting examination of artists living on the fringes of prosperity and good taste.
Synopsis: Screenwriter Bruce Robinson made his directorial debut with this British comedy. Withnail (Richard E. Grant) is an unsuccessful, pill-popping actor;... [More]
Directed By: Bruce Robinson


DOCUMENTARIES

#69

4 Little Girls (1997)
100%

#69
Adjusted Score: 100.937%
Critics Consensus: 4 Little Girls finds Spike Lee moving into documentary filmmaking with his signature style intact -- and all the palpable fury the subject requires.
Synopsis: Spike Lee's first documentary is a simultaneously wrenching and provocative account of the 1963 bombing of a Birmingham, AL church... [More]
Directed By: Spike Lee

#68

Andre the Giant (2018)
95%

#68
Adjusted Score: 92.484%
Critics Consensus: Well-crafted and entertaining, Andre the Giant is a compelling celebration of a wrestling legend.
Synopsis: A profile of pro wrestling legend Andre the Giant, born André René Roussimoff in 1946, features a look at his... [More]
Starring:
Directed By: Jason Hehir

#67
#67
Adjusted Score: 93.46%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: In 1996 Ry Cooder gathered together some of the greatest names from the history of Cuban music to collaborate on... [More]
Directed By: Wim Wenders

#66
#66
Adjusted Score: 101.133%
Critics Consensus: A haunting depiction of a disintegrating family, and a powerful argument on the elusiveness of truth.
Synopsis: The Friedmans are a seemingly typical, upper-middle-class Jewish family whose world is instantly transformed when the father and his youngest... [More]
Directed By: Andrew Jarecki

#65

Dont Look Back (1967)
100%

#65
Adjusted Score: 101.641%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: In 1965, filmmaker D.A. Pennebaker accompanied Bob Dylan to England to make a film about the singer/songwriter's British tour. At... [More]
Directed By: D.A. Pennebaker

#64

Everything Is Copy (2016)
100%

#64
Adjusted Score: 64.405%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: This moving documentary profiles multitalented writer Nora Ephron. Friends and family discuss the late Ephron's keen wit, her remarkable body... [More]

#63

Grey Gardens (1975)
94%

#63
Adjusted Score: 97.041%
Critics Consensus: Edith and Edie Beale are eccentric subjects who offer a generous amount of themselves in Grey Gardens, an inquisitive and nonjudgmental exploration of the isolated socialites' lifestyle.
Synopsis: The unbelievable but true story of Mrs. Edith Bouvier Beale and her daughter Edie, the aunt and first cousin of... [More]

#62

Hoop Dreams (1994)
98%

#62
Adjusted Score: 101.422%
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: This documentary about the aspirations of high-school basketball players from inner city Chicago won awards from the Sundance film festival,... [More]
Directed By:

#61

I Am Evidence (2017)
100%

#61
Adjusted Score: 64.333%
Critics Consensus: Eye-opening and deeply disturbing, I Am Evidence sifts through an egregious amount of evidence to craft a powerful documentary about survivors and a very broken system.
Synopsis: This documentary examines the fact that thousands of rape kits in the United States go untested each year, and looks... [More]

#60
#60
Adjusted Score: 97.344%
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: This documentary provides an intimate perspective on Jane Fonda's multi-faceted life as an award-winning actress, sex icon, political activist, feminist,... [More]
Starring: Jane Fonda
Directed By: Susan Lacy

#59
Adjusted Score: 99.987%
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: Kurt Cobain, lead singer, guitarist, and songwriter of Nirvana, remains an icon 20 years after his death. Here, we take... [More]
Directed By: Brett Morgen

#58
Adjusted Score: 95.364%
Critics Consensus: Robin Williams: Come Inside My Mind offers a poignant -- albeit tantalizingly incomplete -- peek behind the curtain of a brilliant performer's tragically curtailed life and career.
Synopsis: This documentary examines the career, life, artistry and legacy of the late Robin Williams with intimate archival footage and interviews... [More]
Directed By: Marina Zenovich


DRAMAS

#57
Adjusted Score: 99.007%
Critics Consensus: Charming and melancholy, Babette's Feast is a timeless Scandinavian treat that explores the complex relationships between people, beliefs, and what it means to be an artist.
Synopsis: The Danish/French Babette's Feast is based on a story by Isak Dinesen, also the source of the very different Out... [More]
Directed By: Gabriel Axel

#56
#56
Adjusted Score: 87.966%
Critics Consensus: Breaking the Waves offers a remarkable testament to writer-director Lars von Trier's insight and filmmaking skill -- and announces Emily Watson as a startling talent.
Synopsis: With Breaking The Waves, director Lars von Trier fashions an often disturbing tale of the singular power of love. Bess... [More]
Directed By: Lars von Trier

#55
#55
Adjusted Score: 94.625%
Critics Consensus: Stylish, seductive, and clever, Stephen Frears' adaptation is a wickedly entertaining exploration of sexual politics.
Synopsis: Adapted for stage and screen several times over the past century, French author Francois Choderlos de Laclos' 1782 novel Les... [More]
Directed By: Stephen Frears

#54

Desert Hearts (1986)
95%

#54
Adjusted Score: 96.251%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: Based on Jane Rule's novel Desert of the Heart (1964), Donna Deitch's narrative feature debut centers on a burgeoning lesbian... [More]
Directed By: Donna Deitch

#53

The Good Liar (2019)
63%

#53
Adjusted Score: 69.709%
Critics Consensus: The Good Liar is less than the sum of its prestigious parts, but Ian McKellen and Helen Mirren keep the proceedings consistently watchable.
Synopsis: Career con man Roy (Ian McKellen) sets his sights on his latest mark: recently widowed Betty (Helen Mirren), worth millions.... [More]
Directed By: Bill Condon

#52
Adjusted Score: 100.761%
Critics Consensus: Led by a standout performance from Ana Brun, The Heiresses takes a thoroughly compelling look at lives little explored by mainstream cinema.
Synopsis: Chela and Chiquita, both descended from wealthy families in Asunción, Paraguay, have been together for over 30 years. But recently... [More]
Directed By: Marcelo Martinessi

#51
#51
Adjusted Score: 93.97%
Critics Consensus: This understated romance, featuring good performances by its leads, is both visually beautiful and emotionally moving.
Synopsis: For his first film since the 1997 Hong Kong handover, auteur filmmaker Wong Kar-wai directs this moody period drama about... [More]
Directed By: Kar-Wai Wong

#50

Jane Eyre (2011)
84%

#50
Adjusted Score: 88.985%
Critics Consensus: Cary Fukunaga directs a fiery and elegant adaptation of Charlotte Bronte's classic novel, and Mia Wasikowska delivers possibly the best portrayal of the title character ever.
Synopsis: Raised by her aunt Sarah (Sally Hawkins) after her parents die of typhus, young Jane Eyre (Amelia Clarkson) is later... [More]
Directed By: Cary Joji Fukunaga

#49
#49
Adjusted Score: 92.929%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: Peter Brooks' big-screen adaptation of William Golding's classic Lord of the Flies adheres closely to the source material. After a... [More]
Directed By: Peter Brook

#48

Loving (2016)
89%

#48
Adjusted Score: 100.408%
Critics Consensus: Loving takes an understated approach to telling a painful -- and still relevant -- real-life tale, with sensitive performances breathing additional life into a superlative historical drama.
Synopsis: From acclaimed writer/director Jeff Nichols, Loving celebrates the real-life courage and commitment of an interracial couple, Richard and Mildred Loving... [More]
Directed By: Jeff Nichols

#47
Adjusted Score: 102.195%
Critics Consensus: A coming-of-age story with uncommon depth and sensitivity, My Life as a Dog is sweet, sincere, and utterly charming.
Synopsis: In 1959 Sweden, young Ingemar (Anton Glanzelius) lives with his dying mother and his nasty older brother. He survives all... [More]
Directed By: Lasse Hallstrom

#45

A Room With a View (1985)
100%

#45
Adjusted Score: 101.816%
Critics Consensus: The hard edges of E.M. Foster novel maybe sanded off, but what we get with A Room with a View is an eminently entertaining comedy with an intellectual approach to love.
Synopsis: Set during the Edwardian era of England, A Room With a View finds Lucy, a proper young British lady, facing... [More]
Directed By: James Ivory


FAMILY AND ANIMATION

#43

Anastasia (1997)
86%

#43
Adjusted Score: 89.018%
Critics Consensus: Beautiful animation, an affable take on Russian history, and strong voice performances make Anastasia a winning first film from Fox animation studios.
Synopsis: The first feature from the 20th Century-Fox animation unit in Phoenix, Arizona, this is the ninth film produced and directed... [More]
Directed By: Don Bluth

#42
#42
Adjusted Score: 68.189%
Critics Consensus: Not quite as good as the original and has some dark subject material that might not be appropriate for children.
Synopsis: In this sequel to the Academy Award -winning hit, everyone's favorite hero, Babe, sets off on a journey that takes... [More]
Directed By: George Miller

#41
#41
Adjusted Score: 90.083%
Critics Consensus: Bridge to Terabithia is a faithful adaptation of a beloved children's novel and a powerful portrayal of love, loss, and imagination through children's eyes.
Synopsis: "Bridge to Terabithia" is a fantasy/adventure story of friendship, family and the power of imagination Jess Aarons is an outsider... [More]
Directed By: Gabor Csupo

#39

Flicka (2006)
53%

#39
Adjusted Score: 55.08%
Critics Consensus: The rebellious protagonist will rally girls and children, but adults may find Flicka saddled with thin characters, over-the-top dialogue, and a plot that wanders into the countryside and never comes back.
Synopsis: Sixteen-year-old Katy McLaughlin dreams of fulfilling her family legacy by working on her father's ranch in modern-day Wyoming. But Katy's... [More]
Directed By: Michael Mayer (VI)

#38

Flushed Away (2006)
73%

#38
Adjusted Score: 77.381%
Critics Consensus: Clever and appealing for both children and adults, Flushed Away marks a successful entry into digital animated features for Aardman Animations.
Synopsis: A previously pampered society mouse must fight his way back to the comforts of Kensington after he is sent spiraling... [More]
Directed By: David Bowers, Sam Fell

#37
#37
Adjusted Score: 88.728%
Critics Consensus: Gentle and nostalgic, From Up on Poppy Hill is one of Studio Ghibli's sweeter efforts -- and if it doesn't push the boundaries of the genre, it remains as engagingly lovely as Ghibli fans have come to expect.
Synopsis: The setting is Yokohama in 1963, and the filmmakers lovingly bring to life the bustling seaside town, with its misty... [More]
Directed By: Goro Miyazaki

#35
Adjusted Score: 66.8%
Critics Consensus: Modern visuals and an old fasioned storyline make this family adventure/comedy a fast-paced, kitschy ride.
Synopsis: Academy Award-winning visual effects artist Eric Brevig makes his feature directorial debut with this adaptation of the classic Jules Verne... [More]
Directed By: Eric Brevig

#34
#34
Adjusted Score: 96.79%
Critics Consensus: The Kid Who Would Be King recalls classic all-ages adventures -- and repurposes a timeless legend -- for a thoroughly enjoyable new addition to the family movie canon.
Synopsis: Old school magic meets the modern world in the epic adventure THE KID WHO WOULD BE KING. Alex (Ashbourne Serkis)... [More]
Directed By: Joe Cornish

#33
Adjusted Score: 68.175%
Critics Consensus: Elevated by a well-cast Sophia Lillis, Nancy Drew and the Hidden Staircase leads audiences into a genially entertaining new take on the venerable character.
Synopsis: After the death of his wife, Carson Drew decides to leave Chicago behind and make a fresh start with his... [More]
Directed By: Katt Shea

#32

Only Yesterday (1991)
100%

#32
Adjusted Score: 103.901%
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: It's 1982, and Taeko (Daisy Ridley) is 27 years old, unmarried, and has lived her whole life in Tokyo. She... [More]
Directed By: Isao Takahata

#30
#30
Adjusted Score: 80.75%
Critics Consensus: A sort of Avengers for the elementary school set, Rise of the Guardians is wonderfully animated and briskly paced, but it's only so-so in the storytelling department.
Synopsis: Rise of the Guardians is an epic adventure that tells the story of a group of heroes - each with... [More]

#28

Sky High (2005)
73%

#28
Adjusted Score: 77.039%
Critics Consensus: This highly derivative superhero coming-of-age flick is moderately entertaining, family-friendly fluff.
Synopsis: An ordinary teenager finds out he's not so ordinary after all in this comedy-adventure. Will Stronghold (Michael Angarano) has his... [More]
Directed By: Mike Mitchell

#27

Time Bandits (1981)
90%

#27
Adjusted Score: 93.463%
Critics Consensus: Time Bandits is a remarkable time-travel fantasy from Terry Gilliam, who utilizes fantastic set design and homemade special effects to create a vivid, original universe.
Synopsis: A young boy joins a group of renegade dwarves on an unpredictable journey through time in this humorous fantasy. Monty... [More]
Directed By: Terry Gilliam


Horror, Thrillers, and Sci-Fi

#26
#26
Adjusted Score: 89.269%
Critics Consensus: Carnival of Souls offers delightfully chilling proof that when it comes to telling an effective horror story, less can often be much, much more.
Synopsis: Mary Henry is enjoying the day by riding around in a car with two friends. When challenged to a drag,... [More]
Directed By: Herk Harvey

#25

Cat People (1982)
61%

#25
Adjusted Score: 64.843%
Critics Consensus: Paul Schrader's kinky reimagining of Cat People may prove too grisly and lurid for some audiences, but its provocative style and Natassja Kinski's hypnotic performance should please viewers who like a little gasoline with their fire.
Synopsis: In this loose adaptation of the 1942 horror classic of the same name, a 2001-style opening montage establishes some sort... [More]
Directed By: Paul Schrader

#24

Cronos (1994)
91%

#24
Adjusted Score: 94.117%
Critics Consensus: Guillermo del Toro's unique feature debut is not only gory and stylish, but also charming and intelligent.
Synopsis: This surreal variant on the classic vampire tale is the directorial debut of Mexican filmmaker Guillermo del Toro, who garnered... [More]
Directed By: Guillermo del Toro

#23

Deep Blue Sea (1999)
59%

#23
Adjusted Score: 63.79%
Critics Consensus: Deep Blue Sea is no Jaws, but action fans seeking some toothy action can certainly do -- and almost certainly have done -- far worse for B-movie thrills.
Synopsis: Dr. Susan McAlester's experiments are on the verge of creating medical history. But to reach her goal, she has violated... [More]
Directed By: Renny Harlin

#22

The Frighteners (1996)
64%

#22
Adjusted Score: 65.622%
Critics Consensus: Boasting top-notch special effects and exuberant direction from Peter Jackson, The Frighteners is visually striking but tonally uneven.
Synopsis: Frank Bannister (Michael J. Fox) is blessed, or cursed, with the ability to see ghosts easily. He has gone into... [More]
Directed By: Peter Jackson

#21

The Hitcher (1986)
61%

#21
Adjusted Score: 63.858%
Critics Consensus: Its journey is never quite as revelatory as it could be, but The Hitcher stands as a white-knuckle vision of horror, bolstered by Rutger Hauer's menacing performance.
Synopsis: This routine slasher film is greatly enhanced by the ethereal quality of its evocative cinematography and a haunting score that... [More]
Directed By: Robert Harmon

#20

Insomnia (2002)
92%

#20
Adjusted Score: 97.751%
Critics Consensus: Driven by Al Pacino and Robin Williams' performances, Insomnia is a smart and riveting psychological drama.
Synopsis: A sleep-deprived detective is sent to a small Alaskan town to investigate the murder of a teenage girl. Forced into... [More]
Directed By: Christopher Nolan

#16

The Others (2001)
83%

#16
Adjusted Score: 88.357%
Critics Consensus: The Others is a spooky thriller that reminds us that a movie doesn't need expensive special effects to be creepy.
Synopsis: On the secluded Isle of Jersey in the final days of World War II, a young woman waits in vain... [More]
Directed By: Alejandro Amenábar

#15

Ricochet (1991)
72%

#15
Adjusted Score: 72.575%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: In this fingernail-biting suspense film, a young cop (Denzel Washington) busts an infamous psycho who, when in prison, becomes totally... [More]
Directed By: Russell Mulcahy

#14
#14
Adjusted Score: 88.815%
Critics Consensus: With Matt Damon's unsettling performance offering a darkly twisted counterpoint to Anthony Minghella's glossy direction, The Talented Mr. Ripley is a suspense thriller that lingers.
Synopsis: After the Oscar-winning The English Patient, writer/director Anthony Minghella attempted another tricky literary adaptation with The Talented Mr. Ripley, which... [More]
Directed By: Anthony Minghella

#13

Teeth (2007)
80%

#13
Adjusted Score: 81.678%
Critics Consensus: Smart, original, and horrifically funny, Teeth puts a fresh feminist spin on horror movie tropes.
Synopsis: High school student Dawn works hard at suppressing her budding sexuality by being the local chastity group's most active participant.... [More]
Directed By: Mitchell Lichtenstein


Musicals and Music Films

#11

Bessie (2015)
90%

#11
Adjusted Score: 90.23%
Critics Consensus: Strong performances, led by Queen Latifah, overpower a middling script in the entertaining and informative Bessie.
Synopsis: Queen Latifah stars in this biopic of pioneering singer Bessie Smith, depicting her tempestuous relationships and incomparable artistry in the... [More]
Directed By: Dee Rees

#9
#9
Adjusted Score: 44.724%
Critics Consensus: The music is the only saving grace in this predictable and eager-to-please comedy.
Synopsis: Darren, a morally vacant and debt-ridden advertising executive in New York, travels back to his small southern town in Alabama... [More]
Directed By: Jonathan Lynn

#7
#7
Adjusted Score: 109.097%
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: The year is 1964 and four young lads from Liverpool are about to change the world - if only the... [More]
Directed By: Richard Lester

#6
Adjusted Score: 95.43%
Critics Consensus: Hedwig and the Angry Inch may very well be the next Rocky Horror midnight movie. It not only knows how to rock, but Hedwig's story has an emotional poignancy.
Synopsis: Hedwig was born a boy named Hansel in Communist East Berlin who dreamed of finding his other half and becoming... [More]
Directed By: John Cameron Mitchell

#5

Her Smell (2019)
84%

#5
Adjusted Score: 89.3%
Critics Consensus: Held together by a gripping lead performance from Elisabeth Moss, Her Smell is challenging and admittedly uneven, but ultimately worth the effort.
Synopsis: Becky Something (Elisabeth Moss) is a '90s punk rock superstar who once filled arenas with her grungy all-female trio Something... [More]
Directed By: Alex Ross Perry

#4
#4
Adjusted Score: 94.466%
Critics Consensus: Remixing Roger Corman's B-movie by way of the Off-Broadway musical, Little Shop of Horrors offers camp, horror and catchy tunes in equal measure -- plus some inspired cameos by the likes of Steve Martin and Bill Murray.
Synopsis: It started as a 1960 Roger Corman horror comedy, filmed in two days; it then inspired a lavish 1982 Broadway... [More]
Directed By: Frank Oz

#3

Ray (2004)
80%

#3
Adjusted Score: 85.795%
Critics Consensus: An engrossing and energetic portrait of a great musician's achievements and foibles, Ray is anchored by Jamie Foxx's stunning performance as Ray Charles.
Synopsis: Born in a poor town in Georgia, Ray Charles went blind at the age of seven shortly after witnessing his... [More]
Directed By: Taylor Hackford

#2
Adjusted Score: 105.505%
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

#1

Xanadu (1980)
27%

#1
Adjusted Score: 30.311%
Critics Consensus: Not even spandex and over-the-top musical numbers can save Xanadu from questionable acting, unimpressive effects, and a story unencumbered by logic.
Synopsis: In this film, the mysterious Kira (Olivia Newton-John) appears to assist and inspire a young artist, Sonny Malone (Michael Beck).... [More]
Directed By: Robert Greenwald


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