Rotten Tomatoes has become the main source for movie reviews. Instead of one critic, you’ve got a large selection of critics from both mainstream and independent media giving reviews and coming together to score a movie “Certified Fresh” or straight up “Rotten”. It’s extremely rare for all the critics to agree, but when they do, you know the movie is worth checking out. With that in mind, we’ve curated a list of movies spanning every decade from the 1930’s to today. Here’s 25 movies rated 100% fresh on rotten tomatoes:
The Third Man (September, 1949)
Critics agree that The Third Man is one of the undisputed masterpieces of cinema. As an extremely stylistic example of classic film noir, this post-war thriller also boasts career-defining performances by Joseph Cotton and Orson Welles culminating in an exciting, witty, and thought-provoking roller coaster of a movie.
All About Eve (January, 1950)
All About Eve won six academy awards, including best picture. Bette Davis and Anne Baxter gave amazing lead performances, but most critics agree it was the script that really allowed to movie to shine as a dramatic comedy. Throw in a minor role by the iconic Marilyn Monroe and this movie is jam-packed with clever female star power!
Singin’ In The Rain (January, 1952)
Often considered the pinnacle example of the classic Hollywood musical, Singin’ in the Rain is a genuinely funny and entertaining masterpiece of a film that highlights the broad spectrum of talent in 1950s American cinema. Especially impressive was Gene Kelly’s performance as not only the star, but also the movie’s director!
The Searchers (March, 1956)
John Ford is known to be the greatest of old western movie directors. When you combine what many consider to be his greatest direction with a gritty, obsessive, borderline insane performance by the great John Wayne (long before the 70s made antiheros cool) and you’ve got a western that changed the way people looked at westerns while eventually helping to influence movies like Star Wars and Close Encounters of the Third Kind.
Seven Samurai (November, 1956)
Largely considered to be the ultimate achievement of director Akira Kurosawa (and a large part of the reason most people in the US recognize his name,) Seven Samurai combines still-relevant action sequences with an engrossing story and memorable characters to make it literally one of the most influential films ever made.