The world of cinema sees new works arriving at an incredible speed, and it is becoming more and more challenging to choose a film to watch. Some reviews seem subjective. Fortunately, reliable sources publish ratings based on viewers’ opinions, critics, and mainstream media, like the reputable movie site Rotten Tomatoes.
We at Bright Side decided to look at the 15 best films in cinema history according to Rotten Tomatoes. We are sure that these films are definitely worth watching.
1. Get Out
This horror crime film chronicles Chris, a photographer, meeting his girlfriend’s parents, Rose. What could happen? But the whole plot proves that even the most unthinkable things can happen.
The film received four Academy Award nominations and a Best Screenplay statuette. Most of the film was shot in 23 days.
2. BlacKkKlansman: I Infiltrated the Ku Klux Klan
The story is based on the book of the same name by Ron Stallworth. The film is set in late 1970s America. Ron, an ordinary policeman, and his colleague Flip infiltrate the ranks of a secret society to foil its plans.
This work has won numerous awards. The film’s creators received an Oscar for Best Adapted Screenplay in 2019 and the Grand Jury Prize at the Cannes Film Festival, where BlacKkKlansman: I Infiltrated the Ku Klux Klan even received a six-minute audience ovation.
3. Mission Impossible: Fallout
This movie is the sixth installment in the secret agent franchise. The protagonist, played by Tom Cruise, must once again save the world from a series of disasters. He must discover the plans of the enemy group and prevent them from realizing them.
The film won the 2019 Saturn Award for Best Adventure or Action Film. Moreover, Tom Cruise prepared himself carefully for the shooting to be able to carry out all the special effects without the help of stuntmen.
A powerful drama about growing up, making tough choices, and finding yourself alone: the film centers on a young girl who demands to be called Lady Bird. The heroine is on the cusp of a new stage in her life, college, which involves moving to another town and separating from her family.
The film won two Golden Globes for Best Picture (Comedy or Musical) and Best Actress (Comedy or Musical). The script has been rewritten several times since it was initially 350 pages (at least 5 hours of screen time).
5. Toy Story 4
The latest installment in an adventure franchise featuring our favorite characters. Andy gave his toys to a girl named Bonnie, and she made a new doll out of various Wilkins scraps. But the created character does not understand how to behave with the girl.
The work earned an Oscar nomination for Best Animated Feature in 2020 and also received the Saturn Award.
During a weekend in another city, a family is confronted with an inexplicable phenomenon. Each member of the family is greeted by their very unfriendly double. The unprepared spectator will find it very difficult to anticipate the unfolding of events.
It took about two months to shoot this work which became the highest-grossing horror film in the history of cinema (the film made more than $70 million at the box office in one weekend). Jordan Peele won the Saturn Award for Best Director for his work, and it’s no wonder, as Peele can rightfully be recognized as the king of contemporary horror films.
7. At Knives Out
The film’s cast is exceptional: Daniel Craig, Ana de Armas, Chris Evans, and Jamie Lee Curtis. A twisted detective story keeps viewers guessing and doubting their versions of what happens throughout the film. A private detective comes to solve a mysterious case involving the division of a wealthy man’s estate. But the deceased’s family holds too many dark secrets.
The film received strong reviews from filmmakers and was nominated for seven Saturn Awards and the National Board of Review for Best Actor.
A romantic melodrama set in times of war. A film about honor, dignity, and, of course, love. The main character is faced with a difficult choice: to act according to his principles or to save the love of his life.
This film won three Oscars: Best Picture, Best Director and Best Screenplay. This work was not an immediate success, but it is one of the most famous films in cinema history. In the early 2000s, Madonna even offered various film companies to remake the film with her, but she never got a positive response.
9. Avengers: Endgame
An incredible finale to a superhero franchise where good again triumphs over evil. Thor, Iron Man, Black Widow, and other characters come together to face the ultimate enemy: the mighty titan Thanos.
The film received praise from fans of the Marvel Universe. The film was nominated in eight categories and won six Saturn Awards and the Actors Guild Award for Best Stuntman. In addition, the film is considered one of the highest-grossing films in history, second only to Avatar. In its first five days at the box office, it made over $1 billion.
A South Korean drama that has just broken into the world of the film industry. The story revolves around a family that lives on the edge of poverty. The youngest son accidentally finds a job as a private teacher in a wealthy house. He immediately hatches a plan for his relatives to be employed there.
The film won four Oscars, a Golden Globe, and four Saturn Awards, making it one of the most award-winning films ever made. It was even the first South Korean film to win the Palme d’Or at the Cannes Film Festival.
11. The Wizard of Oz
This musical is considered the most successful adaptation of the work of Lyman Frank Baum. It’s not for nothing that it has three Oscar nominations and two wins in the Best Song and Soundtrack categories. In addition, the track “Over the Rainbow” was ranked No. 1 by the American Film Institute in its list of the 100 Greatest Songs from American Movies.
12. Citizen Kane
The action takes place around the death of the famous media magnate Charles Kane. The entire film is made up of flashbacks: episodes from the protagonist’s past that provide answers to many questions. For example, why did a reporter who wanted to tell people the truth turn into a self-centered, money-hungry person?
The film received positive reviews from critics but failed at the box office. William Hearst (Kane’s prototype) strictly forbade mention of the movie in any of his diaries. By the 1940s, newspapers were almost the only source of communication. Nevertheless, the film still received eight Oscar nominations and a statuette for best original screenplay.
13. Black Panther
The adventure film directed by Ryan Coogler takes third place in our ranking. The scenario is based on the story of a unique metal that can absorb vibrations. So naturally, everyone wanted to own it, and now T’Challa, the young prince of Wakanda, must defend his people and stop his enemies from stealing the metal.
The film won three Oscar statuettes, five Saturn Awards, two Screen Actors Guild Awards, and numerous other awards. Over 1,000 costumes were created for the film, and each character was assigned a different color.
14. Modern Times
Charlie Chaplin’s silent tragicomedy is about the age of soulless machines, the struggle of man against the system, and the endless quest for happiness. The protagonist constantly finds himself in ridiculous situations. Sometimes he gets away with it, but most of the time he gets punished. He eventually finds a partner, and together they attempt to survive a very difficult time in history.
In one of the final scenes, the main character gains and loses his voice for the first time. This marked the end of the silent film era. The film is recognized as one of Chaplin’s finest creations, and in 1989 it was selected for preservation in the United States National Film Registry.
15. New York-Miami
A romantic drama about the choices, struggles, and unexpected gifts of fate: Ellie is the daughter of a millionaire. She, against her father’s wishes, wants to marry her lover. So she runs away from home and goes to New York. Along the way, she meets a reporter named Peter. Together, they come up with a plan to help each other. But one night, everything goes wrong.
The film won five Oscars. It is considered the iconic film that influenced people’s daily lives. In one scene, Peter takes off his shirt, and there is no T-shirt underneath. This impressed the public enormously: the demand for T-shirts immediately dropped because they went out of fashion.
This selection, indeed, does not contain all the best films in history. Still, in our opinion, these films deserve special attention. So, what are the three films that you consider the best in cinema history?