35. Elmer Gantry (1960)
> Directed by: Richard Brooks
> Starring: Burt Lancaster, Jean Simmons, Arthur Kennedy
> Genre: Drama
> Avg. critic rating: 7.8/10
Director Richard Brooks’ “Elmer Gantry” tells the story of an immoral salesman who teams up with a female preacher. The movie won three Academy Awards and was nominated for two others.
34. Punishment Park (1971)
> Directed by: Peter Watkins
> Starring: Patrick Boland, Kent Foreman, Carmen Argenziano
> Genre: Drama, Thriller
> Avg. critic rating: 7.4/10
Shot in a fake documentary style, “Punishment Park” is a drama in which authority figures round up and abuse a group of anti-establishment types in the Vietnam War era. The filmmakers had trouble finding distribution for the provocative movie, and it was also never screened on television. Today it has a 100% freshness rating on Rotten Tomatoes, however.
33. A Star Is Born (1954)
> Directed by: George Cukor
> Starring: Judy Garland, James Mason, Jack Carson
> Genre: Drama, Musical, Romance
> Avg. critic rating: 8.2/10
Before Lady Gaga and Bradley Cooper shared the screen in “A Star Is Born,” there was a 1954 version featuring Judy Garland and James Mason. The movie has a 97% freshness rating on Rotten Tomatoes with 38 critic reviews, compared with the 2018 remake’s 89% rating with 475 reviews.
32. The Tale (2018)
> Directed by: Jennifer Fox
> Starring: Elizabeth Debicki, Laura Dern, Ellen Burstyn
> Genre: Drama, Mystery, Thriller
> Avg. critic rating: 9.0/10
Rights to the 2018 film “The Tale” were acquired by HBO Films following its screening at Sundance. which prevented the movie from having a theatrical release. This didn’t stop critics from seeing it and rating it with a 99% freshness Rotten Tomatoes rating.
31. Night and the City (1950)
> Directed by: Jules Dassin
> Starring: Richard Widmark, Gene Tierney, Googie Withers
> Genre: Crime, Film-Noir, Mystery
> Avg. critic rating: 7.3/10
Film noir “Night and the City” received mixed reviews when it was originally released in the U.S. Audiences reviewing the movie on Rotten Tomatoes have been much kinder, with 90% of the few people rating it on the site giving it a positive rating.
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