The 100 best drama movies of all time, according to critics

‘Taxi Driver’/Columbia Pictures Corporation‘Taxi Driver’ (1976).

As a cinematic genre, “drama” has taken many forms over the decades.

The list we compiled here from the review aggregator Rotten Tomatoes includes the site’s most critically acclaimed films featuring a “drama” tag. This resulted in a list that spans classic drama films, contemporary dramas, and dramadies of all sorts.

The list ranks movies by an adjusted critical score that Rotten Tomatoes derived from a weighted formula to account for the variation in number of reviews for each film.

It includes classic dramas like “Citizen Kane” and “Taxi Driver” along with recent titles like the best-picture winners “Spotlight” and “Moonlight.” At the top, there’s a conspicuous lack of movies made in the 1980s and 1990s, with the highest-rated titles being either old films or contemporary ones.

Here are the 100 best drama films of all time, according to critics on Rotten Tomatoes:


100.”Love & Friendship” (2016)

Westerly Films

Critic score: 97%

Audience score: 60%

What critics said: “Following many staid and treacly Austen adaptations, this sublime period romp adds a thrilling splash of bemused, acidic humour.” – Minneapolis Star-Tribune


99. “The Rules of the Game (La règle du jeu)” (1939)

Kino International

Critic score: 98%

Audience score: 90%

What critics said: “The word ‘Mozartean’ … gets thrown around a little too eagerly by critics, but one movie, as almost everyone agrees, deserves this supreme benediction — Jean Renoir’s ‘The Rules of the Game.'” – The New Yorker


98. “City Lights” (1931)

United Artists

Critic score: 98%

Audience score: 96%

What critics said:“Excruciatingly funny and terribly, terribly sad.” – New York Daily News


97. “Mr. Turner” (2014)

Simon Mein/Sony Pictures Classics

Critic score: 97%

Audience score: 56%

What critics said: “Mike Leigh’s biopic is so richly detailed that it feels like a documentary. Spall goes for broke in the outsize title role.” – Newsday


96. “The French Connection” (1971)

20th Century Fox

Critic score: 98%

Audience score: 87%

What critics said: “William Friedkin’s symphony of long, sharp shocks is memorable for any number of sequences.” – Time Out New York


95. “Once Upon a Time in the West” (1968)

Paramount

Critic score: 98%

Audience score: 95%

What critics said: “Leone (1921-1989) is here at the peak of his epic powers.” – New York Observer


94. “The African Queen” (1951)

United Artists

Critic score: 98%

Audience score: 86%

What critics said: “Top flight entertainment, delightful, different, always interesting.” – The Hollywood Reporter


93. “Star Wars: Episode V – The Empire Strikes Back” (1980)

Lucasfilm

Critic score: 95%

Audience score: 97%

What critics said: “It is a visual extravaganza from beginning to end, one of the most visionary and inventive of all films.” – Chicago Sun-Times


92. “Miracle on 34th Street” (1947)

Critic score: 96%

Audience score: 87%

What critics said: “It is light, it is charming, it is delightfully funny and completely captivating. It is all that, and something more.” –New York Daily News


91. “Let the Right One In” (2008)

Magnet Releasing

Critic score: 98%

Audience score: 90%

What critics said: “A remarkably moving horror tale, about a pale, bullied twelve-year-old boy (Kåre Hedebrant) and his first love (Lina Leandersson), who happens to be a vampire.” –The New Yorker


90. “The Big Sleep” (1946)

Warner Bros.

Critic score: 96%

Audience score: 91%

What critics said: “Arguably the high-water mark of Hollywood’s love affair with the infinitely slippery possibilities of the English language.” – Time Out


89. “Schindler’s List” (1993)

Universal Pictures

Critic score: 97%

Audience score: 97%

What critics said: “It’s a stunning achievement, a film that re-creates the Holocaust not as something abstract, but as felt knowledge.” –Boston Globe


88. “Gone with the Wind” (1939)

MGM

Critic score: 92%

Audience score: 93%

What critics said:“Undoubtedly still the best and most durable piece of popular entertainment to have come off the Hollywood assembly lines.” – The Atlantic


87. “To Be or Not to Be” (1942)

United Artists

Critic score: 98%

Audience score: 94%

What critics said:“Lubitsch’s guidance provides a tense dramatic pace with events developed deftly and logically throughout.” – Variety


86. “Double Indemnity” (1944)

Paramount

Critic score: 96%

Audience score: 95%

What critics said: “This shrewd, smoothly tawdry thriller, directed by Billy Wilder, is one of the high points of nineteen-forties films.” – The New Yorker


85. “Nightcrawler” (2014)

Open Road Films

Critic score: 95%

Audience score: 85%

What critics said: “A gritty urban comedy noir, a scathing, ‘Network’-worthy disembowelment of television newsgatherers that will leave you craving a shower.” – San Diego Reader


84. “Short Term 12” (2013)

Cinedigm

Critic score: 99%

Audience score: 93%

What critics said: “A sly wonder of a film. It brings you into its unique world and then slowly reveals its characters, letting them unfold gradually, organically.” – Detroit News


83. “Things to Come (L’avenir)” (2016)

IFC Films

Critic score: 100%

Audience score: 70%

What critics said: “French screen legend Isabelle Huppert scores another bullseye with this delicate tale of philosophy professor starting over.” – Rolling Stone


82. “Sweet Smell of Success” (1957)

United Artists

Critic score: 98%

Audience score: 92%

What critics said: “A lean, mean amorality tale that still goes down like a cookie laced with arsenic.” – Dallas Morning News


81. “Hidden Figures” (2017)

Universal

Critic score: 93%

Audience score: 93%

What critics said: “An assertion of humanity and civil rights that is pure cinematic nourishment for soul.” – Tribune News Service


80. “Star Trek” (2009)

Paramount

Critic score: 94%

Audience score: 91%

What critics said: “A movie that, against all odds, has miraculously resurrected a wheezing but beloved franchise.” – The Washington Post


79. “The Red Shoes” (1948)

Eagle-Lion Films

Critic score: 96%

Audience score: 92%

What critics said: “Blending impressionist art and expressionist film, blurring the barriers between theatre and cinema, body and camera, reality and dream, drawing equally on the avant-garde and the classical.” –Time Out


78. “Room” (2015)

Element Pictures

Critic score: 94%

Audience score: 93%

What critics said:“Astonishing: It transmutes a lurid, true-crime situation into a fairy tale in which fairy tales are a source of survival.” – Vulture


77. “The Social Network” (2010)

Sony

Critic score: 96%

Audience score: 86%

What critics said: “Terrific entertainment – an unlikely thriller that makes business ethics, class distinctions and intellectual-property arguments sexy.” – NPR


76. “It’s a Wonderful Life” (1946)

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Critic score: 94%

Audience score: 95%

What critics said: “The most well-loved of all Christmas movies.” – Chicago Tribune


75. “Before Midnight” (2013)

Sony Pictures Classics

Critic score: 98%

Audience score: 82%

What critics said: “Offers a remarkably intimate and provocative study of a marriage.” – Philadelphia Inquirer


74. “La Dolce Vita” (1960)

American International Picture

Critic score: 97%

Audience score: 90%

What critics said: “It is an awesome picture, licentious in content but moral and vastly sophisticated in its attitude and what it says.” – The New York Times


73. “Birdman” (2014)

‘Birdman’/ Fox Searchlight

Critic score: 92%

Audience score: 77%

What critics said: “It’s a quasi-religious fable about a man haunted by the past and facing a profound moral and existential crisis in the present, and it’s a dazzling display of virtuoso cinematic technique and showboat performances.” – Salon


72. “The Searchers” (1956)

Warner Bros.

Critic score: 100%

Audience score: 88%

What critics said: “Contains scenes of magnificence, and one of John Wayne’s best performances.” – Chicago Sun-Times


71. “Paterson” (2016)

Paterson

Critic score: 96%

Audience score: 71%

What critics said: “A filmmaker telling his story in pictures and the limitlessness of control he brings to his art. What more can one ask of cinema?” – San Diego Reader


70. “Whiplash” (2014)

Sony Pictures Classics/’Whiplash’

Critic score: 94%

Audience score: 94%

What critics said: “Revealing both the dangers and payoffs of artistic ambition, ‘Whiplash’ is sure to establish Chazelle as a directorial force to be reckoned with.” – IndieWire


69. “The Leopard” (1963)

Criterion Collection

Critic score: 100%

Audience score: 89%

What critics said: “A magnificent film, munificently outfitted and splendidly acted by a large cast dominated by Burt Lancaster’s standout stint in the title role.” – Variety


68. “Battleship Potemkin” (1925)

Amkino Corporation

Critic score: 100%

Audience score: 85%

What critics said: “A work of straightforward emotion and pulse-quickening tension.” – Salon


67. “Anatomy of a Murder” (1959)

Sony Pictures

Critic score: 100%

Audience score: 90%

What critics said: “It is the best courtroom melodrama this old judge has ever seen.” – The New York Times


66. “Cool Hand Luke” (1967)

Warner Bros

Critic score: 100%

Audience score: 95%

What critics said: “A caustically witty look at the American South and its still-surviving chain gangs, with Newman in fine sardonic form as the boss-baiter who refuses to submit and becomes a hero to his fellow-prisoners.” – Time Out


65. “Chinatown” (1974)

Paramount

Critic score: 98%

Audience score: 93%

What critics said: “Roman Polanski’s American made film, first since ‘Rosemary’s Baby’ shows him again in total command of talent and physical filmmaking elements.” – Variety


64. “Star Wars: Episode IV – A New Hope” (1977)

Critic score: 93%

Audience score: 96%

What critics said: “Not a film to be written about, it’s an experience. It’s that rare experience for both adults and kids that shortchanges neither. Go — and enjoy.” – Boston Globe


63. “The Godfather, Part II” (1974)

Paramount

Critic score: 97%

Audience score: 97%

What critics said: “An admirable, responsible production, less emotionally disturbing than its predecessor, but a grand historical epic studying the nature of power in the United States’ heritage.” – The Hollywood Reporter


62. “Creed” (2015)

Warner Bros.

Critic score: 95%

Audience score: 89%

What critics said: “It’s an invigorating piece of nostalgia that fuels a bigger adrenaline rush with its climax than any big-budget blockbuster could provide.” – The Atlantic


61. “The Hurt Locker” (2009)

Critic score: 97%

Audience score: 84%

What critics said: “Like every war before it, the U.S. invasion of Iraq has generated its share of movies. But ‘The Hurt Locker’ is the first of them that can properly be called a masterpiece.” –Miami Herald


60. “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows — Part 2” (2011)

Warner Bros.

Critic score: 96%

Audience score: 89%

What critics said: “When the movie was over, a young boy sitting behind me said, “That was great!” He was satisfied, and rightly so.” –The New Yorker


59. “The Last Picture Show” (1971)

Columbia Pictures

Critic score: 100%

Audience score: 90%

What critics said: “Director Peter Bogdanovich has seen Anarene, Texas, in the cinematic terms of 1951 — the langorous dissolves, the strong chiaroscuro, the dialogue that starts with bickering and ends at confessional.” – Time


58. “Roman Holiday” (1953)

Paramount Pictures/’Roman Holiday’

Critic score: 98%

Audience score: 94%

What critics said: “For lovers of romantic comedies through the ages, ‘Roman Holiday’ remains a favourite.” – ReelViews


57. “Carol” (2015)

The Weinstein Company

Critic score: 95%

Audience score: 73%

What critics said: “‘Carol’ possesses the same quiet, catlike powers of its magnetic title character: It swirls around to ambush you … and make you swoon.” – The Washington Post


56. “The Grapes of Wrath” (1940)

20th Century Fox

Critic score: 100%

Audience score: 88%

What critics said: “‘The Grapes of Wrath’ is just about as good as any picture has a right to be; if it were any better, we just wouldn’t believe our eyes.” – The New York Times


55. “On the Waterfront” (1954)

Critic score: 98%

Audience score: 95%

What critics said: “It’s hard to deny that Marlon Brando’s performance as a dock worker and ex-fighter who finally decides to rat on his gangster brother (Rod Steiger) is pretty terrific.” –Chicago Reader


54. “Tokyo Story (Tôkyô monogatari)” (1953)

BFI Production

Critic score: 100%

Audience score: 93%

What critics said: “The way Ozu builds up emotional empathy for a sense of disappointment in its various characters is where his mastery lies.” – Time Out


53. “Jaws” (1975)

Universal Pictures

Critic score: 97%

Audience score: 90%

What critics said: “A grisly film, often ugly as sin, which achieves precisely what it set out to accomplish-scare the hell out of you.” –Newsweek


52. “Open City” (1946)

Criterion Collection

Critic score: 100%

Audience score: 92%

What critics said: “A world cinema landmark, but that dusty, respectful word does not do justice to a film that has not lost its power to surprise and even shock.” – Los Angeles Times


51. “The Wages of Fear” (1953)

Janus Films

Critic score: 100%

Audience score: 95%

What critics said: “The film’s extended suspense sequences deserve a place among the great stretches of cinema.” – Chicago Sun-Times


50. “L.A. Confidential” (1997)

Warner Bros.

Critic score: 99%

Audience score: 94%

What critics said: “A movie bull’s-eye: noir with an attitude, a thriller packing punches. It gives up its evil secrets with a smile.” –Chicago Tribune


49. “The Wrestler” (2008)

Fox Searchlight

Critic score: 98%

Audience score: 88%

What critics said: “This sad, strong beast of a film keeps us pinned to the mat with the strength of its compassion and the overpowering force of its central performance.” – Houston Chronicle


48. “Vertigo” (1958)

Universal

Critic score: 96%

Audience score: 93%

What critics said: “It’s as much a wonder of suspense as it is a catalogue of the director’s themes and an allegory for his own art of enticement-and for the erotic pitfalls of his métier.” –The New Yorker


47. “Rashômon” (1951)

Criterion

Critic score: 98%

Audience score: 93%

What critics said: “Its virtues are still plentiful: Kurosawa’s visual style at its most muscular, rhythmically nuanced editing, and excellent performances.” – Time Out


46. “Spider-Man: Homecoming” (2017)

Sony

Critic score: 92%

Audience score: 88%

What critics said: “Marvel has finally started to figure out what the future of superhero movies might look like.” – IndieWire


45. “The Dark Knight” (2008)

Warner Bros.

Critic score: 94%

Audience score: 94%

What critics said: “An exceptionally smart, brooding picture with some terrific performances.” – CNN


44. “War for the Planet of the Apes” (2017)

Fox

Critic score: 93%

Audience score: 84%

What critics said: “The best summer blockbuster in years, a smart, thoughtful, confrontational and challenging allegory for a world run amok.” – Detroit News


43. “Rebecca” (1940)

United Artists

Critic score: 100%

Audience score: 92%

What critics said: “It is the finest job of direction accomplished by a master director and may justly be called Alfred Hitchcock’s masterpiece.” – New York Daily News


42. “Lawrence of Arabia” (1962)

Columbia Pictures

Critic score: 98%

Audience score: 93%

What critics said:remains one of the most intelligent, handsome, and influential of all war epics.” – Chicago Reader


41. “The Babadook” (2014)

IFC Films

Critic score: 98%

Audience score: 72%

What critics said: “A deftly inventive and psychologically charged horror story that trades on the ways in which the prospect of maternal failure can be just as fearsome a boogeyman as any monster under the bed.” – Buzzfeed


40. “Brooklyn” (2015)

Fox Searchlight

Critic score: 97%

Audience score: 87%

What critics said: “Although not without moments of sadness and tragedy, ‘Brooklyn’ is sublimely uplifting and life affirming.” –ReelViews


39. “Army of Shadows (L’Armée des ombres)” (1969)

Rialto Pictures

Critic score: 97%

Audience score: 84%

What critics said: “From the first sight of German soldiers goose-stepping past the Arc de Triomphe to a postscript that spells out the fate of characters whose moral confusion is all too real, ‘Army of Shadows’ is a movie of its time – and ours.” – Rolling Stone


38. “The Conformist” (1970)

Paramount Pictures

Critic score: 100%

Audience score: 91%

What critics said: “Juggling past and present with the same bravura flourish as Welles in ‘Citizen Kane,’ Bertolucci conjures a dazzling historical and personal perspective.” – Time Out


37. “A Streetcar Named Desire” (1951)

Warner Bros.

Critic score: 98%

Audience score: 90%

What critics said: “Brando’s performance as Stanley is one of those rare screen legends that are all they’re cracked up to be.” – The Washington Post


36. “Hell or High Water” (2016)

CBS Films

Critic score: 97%

Audience score: 88%

What critics said: “A film with the sort of sweeping grandeur that today’s filmmakers rarely aspire to, let alone fulfil.” – Wall Street Journal


35. “Manchester by the Sea” (2016)

Amazon Studios

Critic score: 95%

Audience score: 77%

What critics said: “The sadness of ‘Manchester by the Sea’ is the kind of sadness that makes you feel more alive, rather than less, to the preciousness of things.” – Boston Globe


34. “The Night of the Hunter” (1955)

United Artists

Critic score: 98%

Audience score: 90%

What critics said: “A garish, unbelievable but fairly exciting nightmare.” – Time


33. “The 400 Blows (Les Quatre cents coups)” (1959)

Zenith International Films

Critic score: 100%

Audience score: 94%

What critics said: “One of the first glistening droplets of the French New Wave.” –Time Out


32. “Touch of Evil” (1958)

October Films

Critic score: 96%

Audience score: 92%

What critics said: “It was Orson Welles’s last Hollywood film, and in it he makes transcendent use of the American technology his genius throve on; never again would his resources be so rich or his imagination so fiendishly baroque.” – Chicago Reader


31. “The Treasure of the Sierra Madre” (1948)

Warner Bros.

Critic score: 100%

Audience score: 93%

What critics said: “Greed, a despicable passion out of which other base ferments may spawn, is seldom treated in the movies with the frank and ironic contempt that is vividly manifested toward it in ‘Treasure of Sierra Madre.'” – The New York Times


30. “12 Angry Men (Twelve Angry Men)” (1957)

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Critic score: 100%

Audience score: 97%

What critics said: “This is a film where tension comes from personality conflict, dialogue and body language, not action.” – Chicago Sun-Times


29. “M” (1931)

Criterion

Critic score: 100%

Audience score: 95%

What critics said: “Lang’s movie is that rare thing, a nail-biting soul-searcher. While ‘M’ steers clear of analysing deviance, it is startling in its musings on which punishment fits an inhuman crime.” – Philadelphia Inquirer


28. “All Quiet on the Western Front” (1930)

Universal Pictures

Critic score: 100%

Audience score: 89%

What critics said: “From such grisly materials the popular cinema is rarely drawn. The film is monumental in the courage that risked its manufacture.” – Time


27. “Taxi Driver” (1976)

Critic score: 98%

Audience score: 93%

What critics said: “Like Werner Herzog’s ‘Aguirre’ or Coppola’s ‘Apocalypse Now,’ ‘Taxi Driver’ is auteurist psychodrama.” – Village Voice


26. “Seven Samurai (Shichinin no Samurai)” (1956)

Criterion

Critic score: 100%

Audience score: 97%

What critics said: “The greatest movie ever made about warriors and battle.” –Chicago Reader


25. “Selma” (2015)

Paramount Pictures

Critic score: 98%

Audience score: 86%

What critics said: “‘Selma’ focuses on the one thing we don’t expect in a movie about Martin Luther King Jr. – his doubts – and Oyelowo comes through with a deeply felt and quite brilliant performance.” – Boston Globe


24. “Alien” (1979)

20th Century Fox

Critic score: 97%

Audience score: 94%

What critics said: “A screamingly spooky sci-fi tale with more than a few echoes of ‘The Thing’ but echoes which enhance rather than detract.” – New York Daily News


23. “Baby Driver” (2017)

Sony

Critic score: 93%

Audience score: 86%

What critics said: “Put in your metaphorical earbuds, turn the key in the ignition, and enjoy the cinematic highlight of the summer so far.” – The Atlantic


22. “Bicycle Thieves (Ladri di biciclette)” (1949)

Criterion Collection

Critic score: 93%

Audience score: 86%

What critics said: “So well-entrenched as an official masterpiece that it is a little startling to visit it again after many years and realise that it is still alive and has strength and freshness.” – Chicago Sun-Times


21. “La La Land” (2016)

Lionsgate

Critic score: 92%

Audience score: 81%

What critics said: “I’m hoping that ‘La La Land’ will be a hit for the ages, for all ages. It’s a film that re-enacts, with rare originality, a classic role for the movie medium — escapist entertainment in troubled times.” – The Wall Street Journal


20. “Rear Window” (1954)

Paramount

Critic score: 100%

Audience score: 95%

What critics said: “It’s one of Alfred Hitchcock’s inspired audience-participation films: watching it, you feel titillated, horrified, and, ultimately, purged.” – The New Yorker


19. “Arrival” (2016)

Paramount

Critic score: 94%

Audience score: 82%

What critics said: “Amy Adams is a miracle worker-she makes us believe in this mesmerising mindbender about alien communication, directed with searching mind and heart by Denis Villeneuve.” – Rolling Stone


18. “Sunset Boulevard” (1950)

Paramount Pictures

Critic score: 98%

Audience score: 95%

What critics said: “One of Wilder’s finest, and certainly the blackest of all Hollywood’s scab-scratching accounts of itself.” –Time Out


17. “Argo” (2012)

Warner Brothers

Critic score: 96%

Audience score: 90%

What critics said: “Let’s just say that the movie’s final section is so nail-bitingly tense, thanks to a skillful combination of acting, writing and crosscutting, that it puts Affleck in the big leagues as a director.” – The Wrap


16. “Repulsion” (1965)

Royal Films

Critic score: 100%

Audience score: 86%

What critics said: “Roman Polanski’s first English-language film is still a creepy little horror masterpiece.” – Entertainment Weekly


15. “Logan” (2017)

‘Logan’

Critic score: 93%

Audience score: 90%

What critics said: “Roman Polanski’s first English-language film is still a creepy little horror masterpiece.” – Entertainment Weekly


14. “Gravity” (2013)

Critic score: 96%

Audience score: 80%

What critics said: “Unfolding as a series of terrifying object lessons in Newtonian physics, the movie lends new meaning to the phrase ‘spatial geometry.'” –The Atlantic


13. “Boyhood” (2014)

‘Boyhood’/Universal

Critic score: 97%

Audience score: 80%

What critics said: “The closest thing to a lived life that fictional cinema has yet produced.” –St. Louis Post-Dispatch


12. “The Maltese Falcon” (1941)

Warner Bros.

Critic score: 100%

Audience score: 91%

What critics said: “Frighteningly good evidence that the British (Alfred Hitchcock, Carol Reed, et al.) have no monopoly on the technique of making mystery films.” – Time


11. “The Battle of Algiers (La Battaglia di Algeri)” (1967)

Rialto Pictures

Critic score: 99%

Audience score: 95%

What critics said: “It uses realism as an effect, documentary as a style. You feel that you’re really there, and you can’t help but be moved.” – Village Voice


10. “12 Years a Slave” (2013)

Fox Searchlight

Critic score: 96%

Audience score: 90%

What critics said: “Every scene of ’12 Years a Slave,’ and almost every shot, conveys some penetrating truth about America’s original sin.” – Dallas Morning News


9. “La Grande illusion (Grand Illusion)” (1938)

Rialto Pictures

Critic score: 97%

Audience score: 92%

What critics said: “This elegy for the death of the old European aristocracy is one of the true masterpieces of the screen.” – The New Yorker


8. “Wonder Woman” (2017)

Warner Bros. Pictures

Critic score: 92%

Audience score: 88%

What critics said: “The moviegoing world deserves the best that Hollywood can deliver, and this time we’ve pretty much got it.” – The Wall Street Journal


7. “The Godfather” (1972)

Paramount Pictures/’The Godfather’

Critic score: 98%

Audience score: 98%

What critics said: “Francis Ford Coppola has made one of the most brutal and moving chronicles of American life ever designed within the limits of popular entertainment.” – The New York Times


6. “Casablanca” (1942)

Warner Bros.

Critic score: 97%

Audience score: 95%

What critics said: “Across seven decades, the Humphrey Bogart-Ingrid Bergman starrer has emerged as Americans’ default favourite movie.” – The Hollywood Reporter


5. “Spotlight” (2015)

Open Road Films

Critic score: 97%

Audience score: 93%

What critics said: “It’s not a stretch to suggest that ‘Spotlight’ is the finest newspaper movie of its era, joining ‘Citizen Kane’ and ‘All the President’s Men’ in the pantheon of classics of the genre.” – The Washington Post


4. “Metropolis” (1927)

Metropolis

Critic score: 99%

Audience score: 92%

What critics said: “A fully realised work of art whose influence on science fiction, set design and symbolism can scarcely be put into words.” – St. Louis Post-Dispatch


3. “Moonlight” (2016)

A24

Critic score: 98%

Audience score: 79%

What critics said: “A disarmingly, at times almost unbearably personal film and an urgent social document, a hard look at American reality and a poem written in light, music and vivid human faces.” – The New York Times


2. “All About Eve” (1950)

20th Century Fox

Critic score: 100%

Audience score: 94%

What critics said: “Joseph Mankiewicz was Hollywood’s midcentury master of comic drama, and All About Eve, from 1950, was one of his signal achievements.” – The New Yorker


1. “Citizen Kane” (1941)

RKO Pictures

Critic score: 100%

Audience score: 90%

What critics said: “More than a great movie; it is a gathering of all the lessons of the emerging era of sound.” – Chicago Sun-Times

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