Special Report

76 Movies With a Perfect Score from Critics

Source: Courtesy of United Artists

41. Stagecoach (1939)
> Tomato Meter rating: 100%
> Director(s): John Ford
> Starring: John Wayne, Thomas Mitchell
> Runtime: 1 hr. 40 min.

Passengers on a stagecoach travel through hostile territory occupied by Native Americans.

Source: Courtesy of Columbia Pictures

42. Anatomy of a Murder (1959)
> Tomato Meter rating: 100%
> Director(s): Otto Preminger
> Starring: James Stewart, Lee Remick
> Runtime: 2 hr. 40 min.

A courtroom drama based on a book by Michigan supreme court justice John D. Voelker — written under a pen name — that details a real-life trial for which he served as defense attorney.

Source: Courtesy of Cinecom Pictures

43. Stop Making Sense (1984)
> Tomato Meter rating: 100%
> Director(s): Jonathan Demme
> Starring: The Talking Heads
> Runtime: 1 hr. 39 min.

Jonathan Demme’s concert movie about the rock band Talking Heads. According to Betsy Sharkey of the Los Angeles Times, what sets the movie apart is “the intimate look at that brilliant talking head, lead singer David Byrne.”

Source: Courtesy of First National Pictures

44. The Kid (1921)
> Tomato Meter rating: 100%
> Director(s): Charles Chaplin
> Starring: Charles Chaplin, Jackie Coogan
> Runtime: 1 hr. 0 min.

The Tramp (Chaplin) finds an abandoned newborn and takes care of the orphan for five years until his mother reclaims him.

Source: Courtesy of Miramax

45. Three Colors: Red (1994)
> Tomato Meter rating: 100%
> Director(s): Krzysztof Kieslowski
> Starring: Jean-Louis Trintignant, Irène Jacob
> Runtime: 1 hr. 35 min.

“Three Colors: Red” is the last installment of the Three Colors trilogy. In “Red,” a model forms a bond with a retired judge who is invading people’s privacy by listening in on their phone conversations.

Source: Courtesy of Magnolia Pictures

46. Man on Wire (2008)
> Tomato Meter rating: 100%
> Director(s): James Marsh
> Starring: Philippe Petit, Alan Welner
> Runtime: 1 hr. 34 min.

An Oscar-winning documentary about tightrope walker Philippe Petit, who illegally walked on a high rope between the Twin Towers of New York City’s World Trade Center in 1974.

Source: Courtesy of New Yorker Films

47. Tokyo Story (1953)
> Tomato Meter rating: 100%
> Director(s): Yasujirô Ozu
> Starring: Chishu Ryu, Chieko Higashiyama
> Runtime: 2 hr. 14 min.

Japanese drama “Tokyo Story” follows an old married couple as they visit their children, who lead very busy lives and who don’t set much time aside to spend with their parents.

Source: Courtesy of Zeitgeist Films

48. Afghan Star (2009)
> Tomato Meter rating: 100%
> Director(s): Havana Marking
> Starring: Rafi Nabzaada, Rafi Naabzada
> Runtime: 1 hr. 27 min.

A look at the risks two female contestants on the popular program “Pop Idol” in Afghanistan — the local version of American Idol — take, including to their lives, to compete on the show.

Source: Courtesy of Zeitgeist Films

49. Last Train Home (2009)
> Tomato Meter rating: 100%
> Director(s): Lixin Fan
> Starring: Changua Zhang, Suqin Chen
> Runtime: 1 hr. 25 min.

A documentary about a married Chinese couple who goes home for Chinese New Year to reunite and reconnect with their children.

Source: Courtesy of Icarus Films

50. Nostalgia for the Light (2010)
> Tomato Meter rating: 100%
> Director(s): Patricio Guzmán
> Starring: Gaspar Galaz, Lautaro Núñez de Arco
> Runtime: 1 hr. 30 min.

A documentary about the search in the Chilean Atacama Desert for the remains of loved ones killed by Pinochet’s regime.

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