30. Sense and Sensibility (1995)
> IMDb user rating: 7.7/10 (112,484 votes)
> Rotten Tomatoes audience score: 90% (130,932 votes)
> Rotten Tomatoes Tomatometer score: 97% (64 reviews)
> Directed by: Ang Lee
Screen legend Emma Thompson wrote the Oscar-winning script for this adaptation of Jane Austen’s timeless novel. She also stars as Elinor Dashwood, one of three sisters who must navigate 19th-century English society after losing their wealthy status.
29. Kiki’s Delivery Service (1989)
> IMDb user rating: 7.8/10 (138,157 votes)
> Rotten Tomatoes audience score: 88% (16,938 votes)
> Rotten Tomatoes Tomatometer score: 98% (42 reviews)
> Directed by: Hayao Miyazaki
Themes of acceptance and identity come to life as only director Hayao Miyazaki can deliver them in this animated classic. Follow a young witch to a remote seaside village, where her air courier service becomes a vital part of the local community.
28. Little Women (2019)
> IMDb user rating: 7.8/10 (185,694 votes)
> Rotten Tomatoes audience score: 92% (18,204 votes)
> Rotten Tomatoes Tomatometer score: 95% (428 reviews)
> Directed by: Greta Gerwig
The latest in a long line of adaptations infuses Louisa May Alcott’s classic novel with a modern sensibility. Set after the Civil War, it chronicles the triumphs and tragedies of writer Jo March (Saoirse Ronan) and her three sisters.
27. A Tree Grows in Brooklyn (1945)
> IMDb user rating: 8.0/10 (7,684 votes)
> Rotten Tomatoes audience score: 91% (2,934 votes)
> Rotten Tomatoes Tomatometer score: 94% (17 reviews)
> Directed by: Elia Kazan
Director Elia Kazan adapted Betty Smith’s 1943 novel for his feature debut, a film about a poor Irish-American family growing up in Brooklyn. Its coming-of-age themes are channeled by young Francie Nolan (Peggy Ann Garner), who dreams of better things. Actor James Dunn won an Academy Award for his supporting role as the family’s alcoholic patriarch.
26. Hunt for the Wilderpeople (2016)
> IMDb user rating: 7.8/10 (125,345 votes)
> Rotten Tomatoes audience score: 91% (25,027 votes)
> Rotten Tomatoes Tomatometer score: 97% (206 reviews)
> Directed by: Taika Waititi
Director Taika Waititi followed the iconic mockumentary “What We Do in the Shadows” with this endearing adventure dramedy. It sends a juvenile delinquent (Julian Dennison) and his foster “uncle” (Sam Neill) deep into the New Zealand bush. Through their subsequent journey, both characters come of age.
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