100 Best Movies on Amazon Prime (December 2020)

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You could spend a lifetime watching every Amazon Prime movie and still only end stuck somewhere in the birdsong video section, so Rotten Tomatoes is using our Tomatometer to find the very best movies on Prime! With such a vast library, it took some extensive work to narrow it down to only the movies with the highest Tomatometer scores, delivering the 100 best movies streaming on Amazon Prime right now.

The movies range from cinematic masterpieces (The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari) to contemporary classics (Leave No Trace, Mud, The Farewell). There’s beloved rom-coms (His Girl Friday), alongside movies to make you laugh (Knives Out), and movies to make you scream (Hereditary). And, of course, Amazon has been putting in the effort to build their library of originals, like The Vast of Night and Blow the Man Down.

Ultimately, all of these featured movies are Certified Fresh, meaning they maintained a high Tomatometer score after meeting a minimum critics review threshold. So, ready for not just good Amazon Prime movies, but the best movies on Amazon Prime’s streaming service? Then continue on for the 100 Best Movies on Amazon Prime Right Now!

Updated: Sound of Metal, Inglourious Basterds, Dr. No, Goldfinger, The Hurt Locker, The King’s Speechadded.

#100

Adjusted Score: 105.7%

Critics Consensus: It’s going to be a long, long time before a rock biopic manages to capture the highs and lows of an artist’s life like Rocketman.

Synopsis: ROCKETMAN is an epic musical fantasy about the incredible human story of Elton John’s breakthrough years. The film follows the… [More]

#99

Adjusted Score: 90.853%

Critics Consensus: Itzhak serves as an entertaining introduction to the life and career of a brilliant artist with a personality as warm as his music.

Synopsis: From Schubert to Strauss, Bach to Brahms, Mozart to…Billy Joel, Itzhak Perlman’s violin playing transcends mere performance to evoke the… [More]

#98

Adjusted Score: 93.175%

Critics Consensus: Intimate in setting yet ambitious in scope, the beautifully acted Marjorie Prime poses thought-provoking questions about memory, humanity, and love.

Synopsis: Eighty-six-year-old Marjorie spends her final, ailing days with a computerized version of her deceased husband. With the intent to recount… [More]

#97

Adjusted Score: 92.982%

Critics Consensus: Bone Tomahawk’s peculiar genre blend won’t be for everyone, but its gripping performances and a slow-burning story should satisfy those in search of something different.

Synopsis: When a group of cannibal savages kidnaps settlers from the small town of Bright Hope, an unlikely team of gunslingers,… [More]

#96

Adjusted Score: 95.93%

Critics Consensus: Arctic proves that a good survival thriller doesn’t need much in the way of dialogue to get by — especially when Mads Mikkelsen is the one doing the surviving.

Synopsis: A man stranded in the Arctic after an airplane crash must decide whether to remain in the relative safety of… [More]

#95

Adjusted Score: 94.998%

Critics Consensus: A dark but timely subject is handled deftly by writer/directer Owen Moverman and superbly acted by Woody Harrleson and Ben Foster.

Synopsis: An Iraq War veteran who just narrowly escaped death in combat struggles with his new post at the Casualty Notification… [More]

#94

Adjusted Score: 106.653%

Critics Consensus: A gripping story brilliantly filmed and led by a pair of powerhouse performances, The Lighthouse further establishes Robert Eggers as a filmmaker of exceptional talent.

Synopsis: From Robert Eggers, the visionary filmmaker behind modern horror masterpiece The Witch, comes this hypnotic and hallucinatory tale of two… [More]

#93

Adjusted Score: 92.065%

Critics Consensus: RUMBLE shines a long overdue spotlight on key contributions to the American musical lexicon, satisfying rock scholars while offering a fascinating — albeit sobering — primer on the foundations of a genre.

Synopsis: RUMBLE: The Indians Who Rocked the World brings to light a profound and missing chapter in the history of American… [More]

#92

Adjusted Score: 95.579%

Critics Consensus: Incendiary, subversive, and darkly humorous, If…. is a landmark of British countercultural cinema.

Synopsis: Lindsay Anderson’s If…. is a daringly anarchic vision of British society, set in a boarding school in late-sixties England. Before… [More]

#91

Adjusted Score: 94.123%

Critics Consensus: It’s solidly directed by Robert Benton and stacked with fine performances from an impressive cast, but above all, Nobody’s Fool is a showcase for some of Paul Newman’s best late-period work.

Synopsis: Paul Newman earned an Oscar nomination (and won citations from the New York Film Critics Circle and the Berlin International… [More]

#90

Adjusted Score: 92.486%

Critics Consensus: Microbe and Gasoline brings Michel Gondry’s distinctive gifts to bear on an oft-told tale, with thoroughly charming results.

Synopsis: Microbe, a shy, aspiring artist, has trouble making friends at school until he meets Gasoline, a likeminded outcast. Together they… [More]

#89

Adjusted Score: 93.221%

Critics Consensus: Brawl in Cell Block 99 rides a committed Vince Vaughn performance into the brutally violent — and undeniably entertaining — depths of prison-set grindhouse genre fare.

Synopsis: A former boxer named Bradley loses his job as an auto mechanic, and his troubled marriage is about to expire…. [More]

#88

Adjusted Score: 94.302%

Critics Consensus: Traditional in form yet effective in execution, this taut thriller updates the “danger on a train” scenario with atmospheric sense.

Synopsis: Set on the legendary express train as it travels from China to Moscow, follows an American couple who board the… [More]

#87

Adjusted Score: 95.059%

Critics Consensus: A Man Called Ove’s winsome sincerity — and Rolf Lassgård’s affectingly flinty performance in the title role — keep it from succumbing to excess sentimentality.

Synopsis: Stepping from the pages of Fredrik Backman’s international best-selling novel, Ove is the quintessential angry old man next door. An… [More]

#86

Adjusted Score: 95.414%

Critics Consensus: Epic in scope yet clear-eyed and intimate, Human Flow offers a singularly expansive — and sobering — perspective on the global refugee crisis.

Synopsis: Artist, activist and director Ai Weiwei captures the global refugee crisis–the greatest human displacement since World War II–in this breathtakingly… [More]

#85

Adjusted Score: 95.97%

Critics Consensus: While it’s plenty predictable and sentimental, The Sapphires also has an irresistible feel-good vibe, winning music and charming performances to spare.

Synopsis: Inspired by a true story, THE SAPPHIRES follows four vivacious, young and talented Australian Aboriginal girls from a remote mission… [More]

#84

Adjusted Score: 96.516%

Critics Consensus: Earnest without being didactic and uplifting without stooping to sentimentality, Pride is a joyous crowd-pleaser that genuinely works.

Synopsis: PRIDE is inspired by an extraordinary true story. It’s the summer of 1984, Margaret Thatcher is in power and the… [More]

#83

Adjusted Score: 99.412%

Critics Consensus: Free of visual or narrative embellishments, Gloria Bell rests almost completely on Julianne Moore’s performance in the title role — and she’s gloriously up to the task.

Synopsis: Gloria (Julianne Moore) is a free-spirited divorcée who spends her days at a straight-laced office job and her nights on… [More]

#82

Adjusted Score: 101.35%

Critics Consensus: Bumblebee proves it’s possible to bring fun and a sense of wonder back to a bloated blockbuster franchise — and sets up its own slate of sequels in the bargain.

Synopsis: On the run in the year 1987, Bumblebee finds refuge in a junkyard in a small Californian beach town. Charlie… [More]

#81

Adjusted Score: 100.966%

Critics Consensus: Featuring outstanding work from an excellent cast, The Departed is a thoroughly engrossing gangster drama with the gritty authenticity and soupy morality we come to expect from Martin Scorsese.

Synopsis: Legendary director Martin Scorsese takes the helm for this tale of questionable loyalties and blurring identities set in the South… [More]

#80

Adjusted Score: 104.967%

Critics Consensus: Thanks to a script that emphasizes its heroes’ humanity and a wealth of superpowered set pieces, The Avengers lives up to its hype and raises the bar for Marvel at the movies.

Synopsis: Marvel Studios presents Marvel’s The Avengers-the Super Hero team up of a lifetime, featuring iconic Marvel Super Heroes Iron Man,… [More]

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#79

Adjusted Score: 93.101%

Critics Consensus: The tense and well-acted Always Shine tells an absorbing story while making a sharp, thought-provoking statement on women’s roles in Hollywood.

Synopsis: Two women, both actresses with differing degrees of success, travel north from Los Angeles to Big Sur for a weekend… [More]

#78

Adjusted Score: 93.769%

Critics Consensus: James Cromwell and Geneviève Bujold are outstanding in this tender, affecting, insightful drama about the bonds and sacrifices of marriage.

Synopsis: In his first lead role after decades of playing supporting characters, James Cromwell gives a tour de force performance in… [More]

#77

Adjusted Score: 94.044%

Critics Consensus: Ambitious and beautifully shot, Demon delivers a gripping — and sadly final — testament to the singular talent possessed by director/co-writer Marcin Wrona.

Synopsis: Newly arrived from England to marry his fiancee Zaneta (Agnieszka Zulewska, Chemo), Peter (Israeli actor Itay Tiran, Lebanon) has been… [More]

#76

Adjusted Score: 95.679%

Critics Consensus: Journey’s End brings R.C. Sherriff’s 90-year-old play to the screen with thrilling power, thanks to director Saul Dibb’s hard-hitting urgency and brilliant work from a talented cast.

Synopsis: March, 1918. C-company arrives to take its turn in the front-line trenches of norther France, led by the war-weary Captain… [More]

#75

Adjusted Score: 96.507%

Critics Consensus: Whatever opinion you come to have of the obsessive Treadwell, Herzog has once again found a fascinating subject.

Synopsis: This documentary centers on amateur grizzly bear expert Timothy Treadwell, who periodically journeyed to Alaska to study and live with… [More]

#74

Adjusted Score: 96.931%

Critics Consensus: This is a piercingly honest, acidly witty look at divorce and its impact on a family.

Synopsis: Bernard Berkman, the patriarch of an eccentric Brooklyn family, claims to have been a famous novelist but is now reduced… [More]

#73

Adjusted Score: 96.645%

Critics Consensus: Entertaining doc about the adverse effects of eating fast food.

Synopsis: Why are Americans so fat? Two words: fast food. What would happen if you ate nothing but fast food for… [More]

#72

Adjusted Score: 100.599%

Critics Consensus: An affecting story powerfully told, The Last Black Man in San Francisco immediately establishes director Joe Talbot as a filmmaker to watch.

Synopsis: Jimmie Fails dreams of reclaiming the Victorian home his grandfather built in the heart of San Francisco. Joined on his… [More]

#71

Adjusted Score: 102.654%

Critics Consensus: An engrossing sci-fi thriller that transcends its period trappings, The Vast of Night suggests great things for debuting director Andrew Patterson.

Synopsis: In the twilight of the 1950s, on one fateful night in New Mexico, a young, winsome switchboard operator Fay (Sierra… [More]

#70

Adjusted Score: 102.098%

Critics Consensus: Much like the sport it celebrates, Fighting with My Family muscles past clichés with a potent blend of energy and committed acting that should leave audiences cheering.

Synopsis: FIGHTING WITH MY FAMILY is a heartwarming comedy based on the incredible true story of WWE Superstar Paige(TM). Born into… [More]

#69

Adjusted Score: 102.442%

Critics Consensus: With a brilliantly stark visual aesthetic to match its lean narrative, Cold War doesn’t waste a moment of its brief running time — and doesn’t skimp on its bittersweet emotional impact.

Synopsis: Cold War is a passionate love story between a man and a woman who meet in the ruins of post-war… [More]

#68

Adjusted Score: 103.286%

Critics Consensus: Smart, funny, and profoundly melancholy, Inside Llewyn Davis finds the Coen brothers in fine form.

Synopsis: INSIDE LLEWYN DAVIS follows a week in the life of a young folk singer as he navigates the Greenwich Village… [More]

#67

Adjusted Score: 103.985%

Critics Consensus: High-octane fun that’s smartly assembled without putting on airs, Logan Lucky marks a welcome end to Steven Soderbergh’s retirement — and proves he hasn’t lost his ability to entertain.

Synopsis: Trying to reverse a family curse, brothers Jimmy (Channing Tatum) and Clyde Logan (Adam Driver) set out to execute an… [More]

#66

Adjusted Score: 102.957%

Critics Consensus: The Cabin in the Woods is an astonishing meta-feat, capable of being funny, strange, and scary — frequently all at the same time.

Synopsis: Five friends go to a remote cabin in the woods. Bad things happen. If you think you know this story,… [More]

#65

Adjusted Score: 97.341%

Critics Consensus: Barbara Streisand elevates this otherwise rote melodramatic musical with her ultra-memorable star turn as Fanny Brice.

Synopsis: “Hello, gorgeous!” was Barbra Streisand’s first comment to the Oscar statuette which she won for her performance in this biopic… [More]

#64

Adjusted Score: 95.465%

Critics Consensus: Powerfully acted and rich with emotion, Invisible Life beguiles in the moment and leaves a lingering, dreamlike impression.

Synopsis: Rio de Janeiro, 1950. Eurídice, 18, and Guida, 20, are two inseparable sisters living at home with their conservative parents…. [More]

#63

Adjusted Score: 103.072%

Critics Consensus: Brought to life by delicate work from writer-director Paul Schrader and elevated by a standout performance by Ethan Hawke, First Reformed takes a sensitive and suspenseful look at weighty themes.

Synopsis: Reverend Ernst Toller (Ethan Hawke) is a solitary, middle-aged parish pastor at a small Dutch Reform church in upstate New… [More]

#62

Adjusted Score: 99.659%

Critics Consensus: A globetrotting caper that prizes its idiosyncratic pieces over the general puzzle, Charade is a delightful romp with Cary Grant and Audrey Hepburn’s sparkling chemistry at the center of some perfectly orchestrated mayhem.

Synopsis: Cary Grant and Audrey Hepburn star in this stylish comedy-thriller directed by Stanley Donen, very much in a Hitchcock vein…. [More]

#61

Adjusted Score: 95.172%

Critics Consensus: Dear Zachary is a both a touching tribute to a fallen friend and a heart-wrenching account of justice gone astray, skillfully put to film with no emotion spared.

Synopsis: Shortly after his best friend, Dr. Andrew Bagby, was slain by jealous ex-girlfriend Dr. Shirley Turner, filmmaker Kurt Kuenne was… [More]

#60

Adjusted Score: 95.537%

Critics Consensus: Beautifully photographed and majestically scored, Fateless is a haunting account of one boy’s experiences during the Holocaust and his journey to pick up the pieces in the war’s aftermath.

Synopsis: One young man’s devastating voyage through the Holocaust sets the stage for this powerful drama. Gyorgy “Gyurka” Koves (Marcell Nagy)… [More]

#59

Adjusted Score: 106.288%

Critics Consensus: The holiday classic to define all holiday classics, It’s a Wonderful Life is one of a handful of films worth an annual viewing.

Synopsis: This is director Frank Capra’s classic bittersweet comedy/drama about George Bailey (James Stewart), the eternally-in-debt guiding force of a bank… [More]

#58

Adjusted Score: 97.673%

Critics Consensus: Its infectious enthusiasm for its subjects – and Iggy Pop’s ingratiating presence – more than make up for the effortlessly entertaining Gimme Danger’s relative lack of context or depth.

Synopsis: Emerging from Ann Arbor Michigan amidst a countercultural revolution, The Stooges’ powerful and aggressive style of rock-n-roll blew a crater… [More]

#57

Adjusted Score: 98.016%

Critics Consensus: Train to Busan delivers a thrillingly unique — and purely entertaining — take on the zombie genre, with fully realized characters and plenty of social commentary to underscore the bursts of skillfully staged action.

Synopsis: TRAIN TO BUSAN is a harrowing zombie horror-thriller that follows a group of terrified passengers fighting their way through a… [More]

#56

Adjusted Score: 103.77%

Critics Consensus: Honey Boy serves as an act of cinematic therapy for its screenwriter and subject — one whose unique perspective should strike a chord in audiences from all backgrounds.

Synopsis: From a screenplay by Shia LaBeouf, based on his own experiences, award-winning filmmaker Alma Har’el brings to life a young… [More]

#55

Adjusted Score: 101.942%

Critics Consensus: Stylish, fast-paced, and loaded with gripping set pieces, the fourth Mission: Impossible is big-budget popcorn entertainment that really works.

Synopsis: This is not just another mission. The IMF is shut down when it’s implicated in a global terrorist bombing plot…. [More]

#54

Adjusted Score: 103.238%

Critics Consensus: Colin Firth gives a masterful performance in The King’s Speech, a predictable but stylishly produced and rousing period drama.

Synopsis: After the death of his father King George V (Michael Gambon) and the scandalous abdication of King Edward VIII (Guy… [More]

#53

Adjusted Score: 99.98%

Critics Consensus: Stunning visuals from Werner Herzog and an intense portrayal of the famed bloodsucker from Klaus Kinski make this remake of Nosferatu a horror classic in its own right.

Synopsis: For Werner Herzog’s 1979 remake of F.W. Murnau’s classic 1922 silent horror-fest Nosferatu, star Klaus Kinski adopts the same makeup… [More]

#52

Adjusted Score: 101.088%

Critics Consensus: Featuring plenty of the humor, action, and escapist thrills the series would become known for, Dr. No kicks off the Bond franchise in style.

Synopsis: James Bond’s investigation of a missing colleague in Jamaica leads him to the island of the mysterious Dr. No and… [More]

#51

Adjusted Score: 101.597%

Critics Consensus: A landmark Sergio Leone spaghetti western masterpiece featuring a classic Morricone score.

Synopsis: In Sergio Leone’s epic Western, shot partly in Monument Valley, a revenge story becomes an epic contemplation of the Western… [More]

#50

Adjusted Score: 98.25%

Critics Consensus: Gods and Monsters is a spellbinding, confusing piece of semi-fiction, featuring fine performances; McKellen leads the way, but Redgrave and Fraser don’t lag far behind.

Synopsis: Hollywood history comes to life in this tale of the last days of Frankenstein director James Whale, played by Sir… [More]

#49

Adjusted Score: 97.83%

Critics Consensus: Revealing yet respectful, 20,000 Days on Earth is essential viewing for any Nick Cave fan.

Synopsis: Drama and reality combine in a fictitious 24 hours in the life of musician and international cultural icon, Nick Cave…. [More]

#48

Adjusted Score: 98.801%

Critics Consensus: The Innocents isn’t always easy to watch, but its nuanced exploration of complex themes — and its refreshing perspective — are well worth the effort.

Synopsis: Warsaw, December 1945: the second World War is finally over and Mathilde is treating the last of the French survivors… [More]

#47

Adjusted Score: 100.792%

Critics Consensus: Raw, terrifying, and painfully difficult to watch, The Act of Killing offers a haunting testament to the edifying, confrontational power of documentary cinema.

Synopsis: Anwar Congo and his friends have been dancing their way through musical numbers, twisting arms in film noir gangster scenes,… [More]

#46

Adjusted Score: 100.057%

Critics Consensus: Well-acted and dramatically moving, The Pianist is Polanski’s best work in years.

Synopsis: An adaptation based on the autobiography of the acclaimed Polish composer, Wladyslaw Szpilman, who detailed his survival during World War… [More]

#45

Adjusted Score: 103.174%

Critics Consensus: The Handmaiden uses a Victorian crime novel as the loose inspiration for another visually sumptuous and absorbingly idiosyncratic outing from director Park Chan-wook.

Synopsis: From PARK Chan-wook, the celebrated director of OLDBOY, LADY VENGEANCE, THIRST and STOKER, comes a ravishing new crime drama inspired… [More]

#44

Adjusted Score: 104.107%

Critics Consensus: Casino Royale disposes of the silliness and gadgetry that plagued recent James Bond outings, and Daniel Craig delivers what fans and critics have been waiting for: a caustic, haunted, intense reinvention of 007.

Synopsis: James Bond’s first 007 mission takes him to Madagascar, where he is to spy on a terrorist Mollaka. Not everything… [More]

#43

Adjusted Score: 102.053%

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: The greatest film that Alfred Hitchcock never made, Henri-Georges Clouzot’s Diabolique is set in a provincial boarding school run by… [More]

#42

Adjusted Score: 102.139%

Critics Consensus: A haunting journey of natural wonder and tangible danger, Aguirre transcends epic genre trappings and becomes mythological by its own right.

Synopsis: The most famed and well-regarded collaboration between New German Cinema director Werner Herzog and his frequent leading man, Klaus Kinski,… [More]

#41

Adjusted Score: 102.503%

Critics Consensus: It may occasionally be guilty of coasting on pure charm, but To Catch a Thief has it in spades — as well as a pair of perfectly matched stars in Cary Grant and Grace Kelly.

Synopsis: A jewel thief is at large on the Riviera, and all evidence points to retired cat burglar Cary Grant. Escaping… [More]

#40

Adjusted Score: 98.764%

Critics Consensus: A stunning feat of modern animation, Ghost in the Shell offers a thoughtful, complex treat for anime fans, as well as a perfect introduction for viewers new to the medium.

Synopsis: In the year 2029, the world has become interconnected by a vast electronic network that permeates every aspect of life…. [More]

#39

Adjusted Score: 97.341%

Critics Consensus: A disquieting classic of Australian cinema, Wake in Fright surveys a landscape both sun-drenched and ruthlessly dark.

Synopsis: Awe-inspiring, brutal and stunning, Wake in Fright is the story of John Grant, a bonded teacher who arrives in the… [More]

#38

Adjusted Score: 98.764%

Critics Consensus: The performances in Big Night are wonderful, and the food looks delicious.

Synopsis: The brothers Primo and Secondo have come from Italy to America in hopes of running a successful, authentic Italian restaurant… [More]

#37

Adjusted Score: 97.958%

Critics Consensus: Gleason stands out among sports-themed documentaries by offering a clear-eyed look at its subject’s physical deterioration — and an intimate portrait of the family affected by his ordeal.

Synopsis: The hit documentary from the 2016 Sundance Film Festival goes inside the life of Steve Gleason, the former New Orleans… [More]

#36

Adjusted Score: 101.029%

Critics Consensus: Well-acted and thematically rich, Boyz N the Hood observes Black America with far more depth and compassion than many of the like-minded films its success inspired.

Synopsis: Director John Singleton’s debut chronicles the trials and tribulations of three young African-American males growing up in South Central Los… [More]

#35

Adjusted Score: 98.799%

Critics Consensus: Thunder Road deftly balances emotionally affecting drama against bruising comedy – and serves as an outstanding calling card for writer-director-star Jim Cummings.

Synopsis: Southern police officer, Jim Arnaud, tries to raise his daughter as a love letter to his late mom, while facing… [More]

#34

Adjusted Score: 99.262%

Critics Consensus: Sweet Country makes brilliant use of the Australian outback as the setting for a hard-hitting story that satisfies as a character study as well as a sociopolitical statement.

Synopsis: Sam, a middle-aged Aboriginal man, works for a preacher in the outback of Australia’s Northern Territory. When Harry, a bitter… [More]

#33

Adjusted Score: 100.513%

Critics Consensus: Custody uses formal restraint — and a series of searing performances — to take a hard-hitting look at the often painful bond between parents and children.

Synopsis: A broken marriage leads to a bitter custody battle with an embattled son at the center in this tense family… [More]

#32

Adjusted Score: 102.014%

Critics Consensus: Intelligent, compelling, and packed with strong performances, The Insider is a potent corporate thriller.

Synopsis: The Insider tells the true story of a man who decided to tell the world what the seven major tobacco… [More]

#31

Adjusted Score: 103.993%

Critics Consensus: The Salesman takes an ambitiously complex look at thought-provoking themes, and the well-acted results prove another consistently absorbing entry in writer-director Asghar Farhadi’s distinguished filmography.

Synopsis: Forced to leave their apartment due to a dangerous construction project in a neighboring building, a young Iranian couple moves… [More]

#30

Adjusted Score: 103.927%

Critics Consensus: A feelgood adventure brought to life by outstanding performances, The Peanut Butter Falcon finds rich modern resonance in classic American fiction.

Synopsis: A modern Mark Twain style adventure story, THE PEANUT BUTTER FALCON tells the story of Zak (Zack Gottsagen), a young… [More]

#29

Adjusted Score: 106.146%

Critics Consensus: Paterson adds another refreshingly unvarnished entry to Jim Jarmusch’s filmography — and another outstanding performance to Adam Driver’s career credits.

Synopsis: Paterson is a bus driver in the city of Paterson, New Jersey–they share the name. Every day, Paterson adheres to… [More]

#28

Adjusted Score: 109.961%

Critics Consensus: Manchester by the Sea delivers affecting drama populated by full-bodied characters, marking another strong step forward for writer-director Kenneth Lonergan.

Synopsis: After the death of his older brother Joe (Kyle Chandler), Lee Chandler (Casey Affleck) is shocked to learn that Joe… [More]

#27

Adjusted Score: 109.804%

Critics Consensus: One of the silent era’s most influential masterpieces, Nosferatu’s eerie, gothic feel — and a chilling performance from Max Schreck as the vampire — set the template for the horror films that followed.

Synopsis: F. W. Murnau’s landmark vampire film begins in the Carpathian mountains, where real estate agent Hutter has arrived to close… [More]

#26

Adjusted Score: 99.196%

Critics Consensus: Intimate in scope yet thematically expansive, Hale County This Morning, This Evening draws extraordinary insights out of seemingly ordinary moments.

Synopsis: In Hale County This Morning, This Evening, Ross offers an inspired and intimate portrait of a place and its people…. [More]

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#25

Adjusted Score: 104.309%

Critics Consensus: George A. Romero’s debut set the template for the zombie film, and features tight editing, realistic gore, and a sly political undercurrent.

Synopsis: One can only imagine the impact that Night on the Living Dead had on unprepared audiences of 1968. Here was… [More]

#24

Adjusted Score: 100.587%

Critics Consensus: As gripping as it is unique, the thrillingly kinetic The Fits marks debuting writer-director Anna Rose Holmer as a singular talent.

Synopsis: An 11-year-old girl joins a dance drill team at her local rec center but her newfound teammates and friends begin… [More]

#23

Adjusted Score: 105.168%

Critics Consensus: An evocative look at the experiences of the deaf community, Sound of Metal is brought to life by Riz Ahmed’s passionate performance.

Synopsis: During a series of adrenaline-fueled one-night gigs, itinerant punk-metal drummer Ruben (Riz Ahmed) begins to experience intermittent hearing loss. When… [More]

#22

Adjusted Score: 102.092%

Critics Consensus: The movie that catapulted Ang Lee into the ranks of upper echelon Hollywood filmmakers, Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon features a deft mix of amazing martial arts battles, beautiful scenery, and tasteful drama.

Synopsis: Taiwanese filmmaker Ang Lee took a break from making Western period dramas to fashion this wild and woolly martial arts… [More]

#21

Adjusted Score: 103.873%

Critics Consensus: Bolstered by a strong performance from Matthew McConaughey in the title role, Mud offers an engaging Southern drama that manages to stay sweet and heartwarming without being sappy.

Synopsis: Mud is an adventure about two boys, Ellis and his friend Neckbone, who find a man named Mud hiding out… [More]

#20

Adjusted Score: 106.56%

Critics Consensus: A well-acted, intensely shot, action filled war epic, Kathryn Bigelow’s The Hurt Locker is thus far the best of the recent dramatizations of the Iraq War.

Synopsis: Based on the personal wartime experiences of journalist Mark Boal (who adapted his experiences with a bomb squad into a… [More]

#19

Adjusted Score: 115.966%

Critics Consensus: Fast, sleek, and fun, Mission: Impossible – Fallout lives up to the “impossible” part of its name by setting yet another high mark for insane set pieces in a franchise full of them.

Synopsis: The best intentions often come back to haunt you. MISSION: IMPOSSIBLE – FALLOUT finds Ethan Hunt (Tom Cruise) and his… [More]

#18

Adjusted Score: 117.446%

Critics Consensus: Knives Out sharpens old murder-mystery tropes with a keenly assembled suspense outing that makes brilliant use of writer-director Rian Johnson’s stellar ensemble.

Synopsis: Acclaimed writer and director Rian Johnson (Brick, Looper, Star Wars: The Last Jedi) pays tribute to mystery mastermind Agatha Christie… [More]

#17

Adjusted Score: 99.27%

Critics Consensus: Steadily drawing viewers into its harrowing tale with equal parts grim intensity and startling compassion, Night Comes On heralds the arrivals of debuting director Jordan Spiro and her magnetic young stars.

Synopsis: Angel LaMere is released from juvenile detention on the eve of her 18th birthday. Haunted by her past, Angel embarks… [More]

#16

Adjusted Score: 103.008%

Critics Consensus: Among one of, if not the best rock movie ever made, The Last Waltz is a revealing, electrifying view of the classic band at their height.

Synopsis: Martin Scorsese chronicles the most legendary night in rock history, as an unparalleled lineup of rock superstars — including Bob… [More]

#15

Adjusted Score: 106.638%

Critics Consensus: Anchored by stellar performances from Cary Grant and Rosalind Russell, His Girl Friday is possibly the definitive screwball romantic comedy.

Synopsis: The second screen version of the Ben Hecht/Charles MacArthur play The Front Page, His Girl Friday changed hard-driving newspaper reporter… [More]

#14

Adjusted Score: 111.042%

Critics Consensus: Arguably the first true horror film, The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari set a brilliantly high bar for the genre — and remains terrifying nearly a century after it first stalked the screen.

Synopsis: In one of the most influential films of the silent era, Werner Krauss plays the title character, a sinister hypnotist… [More]

#13

Adjusted Score: 101.683%

Critics Consensus: As illuminating as it is accessible, One Child Nation probes a painful chapter in Chinese history with piercing clarity.

Synopsis: China’s One Child Policy, the extreme population control measure that made it illegal for couples to have more than one… [More]

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#12

Adjusted Score: 102.905%

Critics Consensus: Clever, funny, and original, Blow the Man Down is a cinematic journey that’s not to be missed.

Synopsis: Welcome to Easter Cove, a salty fishing village on the far reaches of Maine’s rocky coast. Grieving the loss of… [More]

#11

Adjusted Score: 102.392%

Critics Consensus: An entertaining and gripping documentary that shows being confined to a wheelchair doesn’t mean the fun has to end.

Synopsis: Like any other great sports story, ‘Murderball’ features fierce rivalry, stopwatch suspense, dazzling athletic prowess, larger-than-life personalities and triumph over… [More]

#10

Adjusted Score: 104.484%

Critics Consensus: Short Term 12 is an emphatic, revealing drama that pulls audiences into the perspective of neglected youths.

Synopsis: I Am Not a Hipster director Destin Daniel Cretton expands his 2008 short of the same name into a feature… [More]

#9

Adjusted Score: 110.811%

Critics Consensus: Funny, heartfelt, and intelligent, The Big Sick uses its appealing leads and cross-cultural themes to prove the standard romcom formula still has some fresh angles left to explore.

Synopsis: Based on the real-life courtship between Kumail Nanjiani and Emily V. Gordon, THE BIG SICK tells the story of Pakistan-born… [More]

#8

Adjusted Score: 112.64%

Critics Consensus: The Farewell deftly captures complicated family dynamics with a poignant, well-acted drama that marries cultural specificity with universally relatable themes.

Synopsis: The film follows a Chinese family who, when they discover their beloved Grandmother has only a short while left to… [More]

#7

Adjusted Score: 105.728%

Critics Consensus: Goldfinger is where James Bond as we know him comes into focus – it features one of 007’s most famous lines (“A martini. Shaken, not stirred”) and a wide range of gadgets that would become the series’ trademark.

Synopsis: To many, the quintessential Bond film and a brilliant third entry in the series. Here Bond gets his Aston Martin,… [More]

#6

Adjusted Score: 105.117%

Critics Consensus: Ash Is Purest White finds writer-director Zhangke Jia revisiting familiar themes while continuing to observe modern Chinese society with an urgent, empathetic eye.

Synopsis: A tragicomedy initially set in the jianghu-criminal underworld-setting, ASH IS PUREST WHITE is less a gangster movie than a melodrama…. [More]

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#5

Adjusted Score: 107.406%

Critics Consensus: I Am Not Your Negro offers an incendiary snapshot of James Baldwin’s crucial observations on American race relations — and a sobering reminder of how far we’ve yet to go.

Synopsis: In 1979, James Baldwin wrote a letter to his literary agent describing his next project, Remember This House. The book… [More]

#4

Adjusted Score: 105.274%

Critics Consensus: Boasting dazzling animation, a script with surprising dramatic depth, and thrilling 3-D sequences, How to Train Your Dragon soars.

Synopsis: The son of a Viking chief must capture a dragon in order to mark his passage into manhood and prove… [More]

#3

Adjusted Score: 112.314%

Critics Consensus: Eighth Grade takes a look at its titular time period that offers a rare and resounding ring of truth while heralding breakthroughs for writer-director Bo Burnham and captivating star Elsie Fisher.

Synopsis: Thirteen-year-old Kayla endures the tidal wave of contemporary suburban adolescence as she makes her way through the last week of… [More]

#2

Adjusted Score: 102.798%

Critics Consensus: Jonathan Demme’s Stop Making Sense captures the energetic, unpredictable live act of peak Talking Heads with color and visual wit.

Synopsis: Stop Making Sense was the first feature-length documentary effort of filmmaker Jonathan Demme. The director’s subject is The Talking Heads,… [More]

#1

Adjusted Score: 109.886%

Critics Consensus: Leave No Trace takes an effectively low-key approach to a potentially sensationalistic story — and further benefits from brilliant work by Ben Foster and Thomasin McKenzie.

Synopsis: Will (Ben Foster) and his teenage daughter, Tom (Thomasin Harcourt McKenzie), have lived off the grid for years in the… [More]

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