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:
Mary Poppins (August, 1964)
As one of the great movie musicals of all time, Disney’s Mary Poppins features legendary performances by Julie Andrews and Dick Van Dyke along with graceful, cutting-edge, animation effects that have aged very well. The result is a timeless classic that retains its magic over half a century later, and is still one of Disney’s best-loved films.
Cool Hand Luke (January, 1967)
As a representation of a golden age of Hollywood filmmaking, Cool Hand Luke features one of the great Paul Newman’s most impressive performances. While the movie’s director is widely considered to have failed, the superb writing and exceptional supporting cast were enough to produce a tough, honest film with backbone and chilling dramatic power.
Playtime (June, 1973)
A subtle, artistic, and complex film cut into various highly metaphorical scenes, Playtime is a remarkable achievement in sight gags and satire. The French film is set in a futuristic Paris and is famous for it’s enormous, specially constructed set. The film’s director; Jacques Tati insisted on shooting Playtime on high-resolution 70mm film to maximize its visual impact. Though not a box-office success (partially due to the enormous cost of the set,) many movie connoisseurs consider this film to be a work of legitimate genius and Jacques Tati’s greatest achievement.
Zelig (July, 1983)
Classic, crazy, Woody Allen filmmaking at its finest, Zelig follows a man of the same name who is also known as the “human chameleon”; a man who compulsively transforms himself to blend in with anyone that he is near. The mock-documentary cleverly recreates “archive footage” from the 1920s and 30s and inserts Allen’s Leonard Zelig into scenes with everyone from Babe Ruth to Adolf Hitler. The effects are far ahead of the movie’s time and Woody Allen’s unique humor is indeed timeless.
The Terminator (October, 1984)
James Cameron’s classic, low-budget, sci-fi action movie is an iconic staple of popular culture that redefined its genre while propelling young movie greats like Arnold Schwarzenegger and Linda Hamilton to mainstream stardom. Especially notable are the relentlessly fast pace and extremely efficient, non-bloated storytelling… an art that has unfortunately proven very difficult to recreate in modern cinema.