Special Report

Movies With a 100% Rating on Rotten Tomatoes

Film directors and actors probably always set out to make the perfect movies, but perfection is in the eyes of the viewer.

24/7 Tempo reviewed data from Rotten Tomatoes to determine the movies that earned a 100% rating. We listed films that had a 100% Tomatometer rating as of Jan. 19, 2021. To be included the movies also had to have Certified Fresh status from Rotten Tomatoes and have at least 2,000 user ratings.

The movies on this list vary from masterpieces of the silent era to more recent innovative documentaries and animated feature films. Some of these 44 films with a perfect score have been nominated for an Academy Award, and some have won the prestigious statue.

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Several of the movies on this list are highly regarded by critics and film reviewers but are less well known to the general public as they may appeal to a specific group of film aficionados — here are the 40 best movies you have probably never seen.

Click here to see the movies that earned a 100% rating on Rotten Tomatoes.

Methodology

To determine the movies that earned a 100% rating on Rotten Tomatoes, 24/7 Tempo reviewed data from Rotten Tomatoes. We listed films that had a 100% Tomatometer rating as of Jan. 19, 2021, have Certified Fresh status from Rotten Tomatoes, and have at least 2,000 user ratings. 

The Tomatometer score is the percentage of positive reviews by critics approved by Rotten Tomatoes. Films are Certified Fresh if they have always maintained a Tomatometer score of 75% or higher and have at least five reviews from top tier critics as designated by Rotten Tomatoes. 

Wide release films must also have at least 80 critic reviews to be considered Certified Fresh, and limited release films must have at least 40. 

We only considered feature films, and excluded standup comedy specials and short films. All data was collected on Jan. 19, 2021. The movies on the list are ranked from oldest to newest.