This 1948 American adventure movie has a perfect rating on Rotten Tomatoes, based on nearly 50 different reviews. It follows two rough-and-tumble wanderers, Dobbs (Humphrey Bogart) and Curtin (Tim Holt), who meet up with a veteran prospector, Howard (Walter Huston), in Mexico and head into the Sierra Madre mountains in search of gold.
Their journey through the perilous Mexican wilderness brings them face-to-face with ruthless bandits, but equally dangerous are their own internal struggles, which constantly loom. “The Treasure of the Sierra Madre” won three Academy Awards, including Best Director for John Huston, along with three Golden Globes; Best Picture, Best Supporting Actress, and another Best Director Award.
One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest
Of course, we’d include this 1975 classic drama on our list. The film stars Jack Nicholson as a psychiatric patient who leads an uprising in a mental hospital. The film was based on the 1962 novel of the same name, written by Ken Kesey, and is often referred to as one of the best films of all time, both by critics and audience members.
Along with having a high score on rotten tomatoes, "One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest" won several prestigious awards, including the big five Oscars; Best Picture, Best Director, Best Screenplay, Best Actor, and Best Actress. It also won six Golden Globes, including Best Motion Picture (Drama) and Best Actor in a Motion Picture (Drama.)
The Shawshank Redemption
This film is arguably one of the best prison drama films ever made and potentially one of the best dramas period. Morgan Freeman and Tim Robbins star as two inmates serving life sentences in a rough prison. Unfortunately, one of the men (Robbins) didn’t actually commit the murders he was accused of, which makes his life particularly tough.
What's quite interesting about this film is that it proved unmarketable upon box office release; as a result, it tanked and seemed destined for obscurity. It was only after the video release that "The Shawshank Redemption" reaped the praise it so richly deserved. Could you say it's one of the best films ever made? Without a doubt, yes.
Quentin Tarantino's second film turned out to be a delirious post-modern mix of neo-noir thrills, pitch-black humor and mixes everything into one perfect package. We certainly don’t have to tell you that "Pulp Fiction" was one of the most influential films of the 1990s, but we will tell you that it scored 92% on the Tomatometer.
The dialogue really dazzles in this film and somehow, it humanizes villainous characters by showing them chatting about the most humdrum things imaginable. Needless to say, the performances from John Travolta and Samuel L. Jackson are immaculate, and the twists are continually surprising. There’s much about the film that stands the test of time.
The Last Picture Show
You know a film is good when it has a perfect 100% rating on Rotten Tomatoes out of over 55 votes. Roger Ebert also gave the film a 4/4 in his review, saying that the movie “felt new and old at the same time.” "The Last Picture Show" was first released in 1971 and somehow perfectly managed to capture the feeling of a small town in Texas.
Along with remarkable performances by Jeff Bridges and Timothy Bottoms, Peter Bogdanovich's coming-of-age story skillfully utilizes its period and setting, resulting in a poignant yet powerful classic. "The Last Picture Show" won two Academy Awards and two BAFTA Awards in 1972 for both Best Actor and Actress in a Supporting Role.