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:
Frankenstein (November, 1931)
With so many “modern” interpretations over the decades, it’s easy to forget that the original Frankenstein is an exceptional work of legitimate horror filmmaking. Boris Karloff’s performance as the monster is the stuff of movie legends and even over eighty years later, Frankenstein continues to inspire modern horror movies with its legacy while remaining a genuinely creepy viewing experience.
The Adventures of Robin Hood (May, 1938)
In 1938, long before the days when swashbucklers were consistently presented with some sort of ironic subtext, Errol Flynn defined what Robin Hood should be; a handsome, romantic, good-natured hero leading a film that is utterly committed to bringing you (and the whole family) pure adventure!
Pinocchio (February, 1940)
Pinocchio is widely regarded as the perfect benchmark of a Walt Disney classic movie and one of the crown jewels of American cinema. Even today, it is described as one of the most enchanting films ever brought to the screen and combines charm, humor, and a fair amount of legitimate fright in order to appeal to audiences of all ages.
Citizen Kane (May, 1941)
The multi-talented Orson Wells is widely considered to be one of the greatest directors in the history of Hollywood. Among his many exceptional films, Citizen Kane, his first film, may be his lifetime achievement. The poignant story of a newspaper tycoon’s rise and fall is less a movie and more an arresting work of art that has only improved over time.
The Maltese Falcon (October, 1941)
Humphrey Bogart at his finest drives this classic and iconic film that is easily one of the most influential noirs in history. Much like some modern-day movies based on books, The Maltese Falcon was the third attempt at an adaptation, and succeeded where the others failed because of superb casting and the director’s (excellent) choice to stay as close to source material as possible.
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