Perfect Movies Everyone Agrees On

by urbanemovies | created - 24 Jul 2016 | updated - 1 month ago | Public

Making the perfect movie is no easy task, but getting both critics and the movie going public to agree you have made the perfect movie is even harder. Only about 1 out of 5,000 movies of all IMDb rated feature films meet both these combined requirements for unqualified, universal acclaim: a Metacritic Critic Score of 90 or above and a IMDb User Rating of 8.0 or above with 15,000+ votes. Which movie achieving this rare double of universal acclaim from both critics and moviegoers would get your vote?

Which perfect movie,* as agreed on by critics and moviegoers alike, do you think is the most perfect? *equal ave. IMDb-MetaCritic score of 88.5 or above (As of 25 Jan 2017 top bolded snapshot) and updated combined averages for movies whose scores have since changed (As of 10 Feb 2018 bottom unbolded snapshot).

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1. The Godfather (1972)

R | 175 min | Crime, Drama

100 Metascore

The aging patriarch of an organized crime dynasty transfers control of his clandestine empire to his reluctant son.

Director: Francis Ford Coppola | Stars: Marlon Brando, Al Pacino, James Caan, Diane Keaton

Votes: 1,510,815 | Gross: $134.97M

Combined Average: 96.0 Metacritic: 100 IMDb rating: 9.2

2. Seven Samurai (1954)

Not Rated | 207 min | Action, Adventure, Drama

98 Metascore

A poor village under attack by bandits recruits seven unemployed samurai to help them defend themselves.

Director: Akira Kurosawa | Stars: Toshirô Mifune, Takashi Shimura, Keiko Tsushima, Yukiko Shimazaki

Votes: 296,906 | Gross: $0.27M

Combined Average: 93.0 Metacritic: 99 IMDb rating: 8.7

Recent Average: 92.5 Metacritic: 98 IMDb rating: 8.7 (As of 10 Feb 2018)

3. Lawrence of Arabia (1962)

Approved | 228 min | Adventure, Biography, Drama

100 Metascore

The story of T.E. Lawrence, the English officer who successfully united and led the diverse, often warring, Arab tribes during World War I in order to fight the Turks.

Director: David Lean | Stars: Peter O'Toole, Alec Guinness, Anthony Quinn, Jack Hawkins

Votes: 252,715 | Gross: $44.82M

Combined Average: 92.0 Metacritic: 100 IMDb rating: 8.4

Recent Average: 91.5 Metacritic: 100 IMDb rating: 8.3 (As of 10 Feb 2018)

4. Pulp Fiction (1994)

R | 154 min | Crime, Drama

94 Metascore

The lives of two mob hitmen, a boxer, a gangster and his wife, and a pair of diner bandits intertwine in four tales of violence and redemption.

Director: Quentin Tarantino | Stars: John Travolta, Uma Thurman, Samuel L. Jackson, Bruce Willis

Votes: 1,723,114 | Gross: $107.93M

Combined Average: 91.5 Metacritic: 94 IMDb rating: 8.9

5. The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King (2003)

PG-13 | 201 min | Adventure, Drama, Fantasy

94 Metascore

Gandalf and Aragorn lead the World of Men against Sauron's army to draw his gaze from Frodo and Sam as they approach Mount Doom with the One Ring.

Director: Peter Jackson | Stars: Elijah Wood, Viggo Mortensen, Ian McKellen, Orlando Bloom

Votes: 1,559,433 | Gross: $377.85M

Combined Average: 91.5 Metacritic: 94 IMDb rating: 8.9

6. Moonlight (I) (2016)

R | 111 min | Drama

99 Metascore

A young African-American man grapples with his identity and sexuality while experiencing the everyday struggles of childhood, adolescence, and burgeoning adulthood.

Director: Barry Jenkins | Stars: Mahershala Ali, Naomie Harris, Trevante Rhodes, Alex R. Hibbert

Votes: 247,193 | Gross: $27.85M

Combined Average: 91.5 Metacritic: 99 IMDb rating: 8.4

Recent Average: 87.0 Metacritic: 99.0 IMDb rating: 7.5 (As of Feb 10 2018, near perfect standard)

7. Sweet Smell of Success (1957)

Approved | 96 min | Drama, Film-Noir

100 Metascore

Powerful but unethical Broadway columnist J.J. Hunsecker coerces unscrupulous press agent Sidney Falco into breaking up his sister's romance with a jazz musician.

Director: Alexander Mackendrick | Stars: Burt Lancaster, Tony Curtis, Susan Harrison, Martin Milner

Votes: 25,698

Combined Average: 91 Metacritic: 100 IMDb rating: 8.2

8. Modern Times (1936)

G | 87 min | Comedy, Drama, Family

96 Metascore

The Tramp struggles to live in modern industrial society with the help of a young homeless woman.

Director: Charles Chaplin | Stars: Charles Chaplin, Paulette Goddard, Henry Bergman, Tiny Sandford

Votes: 201,869 | Gross: $0.16M

Combined Average: 91 Metacritic: 96 IMDb rating: 8.6

Recent Average: 90.5 Metacritic: 96.0 IMDb rating: 8.5 (As of Feb 10 2018)

9. Schindler's List (1993)

R | 195 min | Biography, Drama, History

94 Metascore

In German-occupied Poland during World War II, industrialist Oskar Schindler gradually becomes concerned for his Jewish workforce after witnessing their persecution by the Nazis.

Director: Steven Spielberg | Stars: Liam Neeson, Ralph Fiennes, Ben Kingsley, Caroline Goodall

Votes: 1,144,581 | Gross: $96.90M

Combined Average: 91 Metacritic: 93 IMDb rating: 8.9

10. The Wizard of Oz (1939)

PG | 102 min | Adventure, Family, Fantasy

100 Metascore

Dorothy Gale is swept away from a farm in Kansas to a magical land of Oz in a tornado and embarks on a quest with her new friends to see the Wizard who can help her return home to Kansas and help her friends as well.

Directors: Victor Fleming, George Cukor, Mervyn LeRoy, Norman Taurog, Richard Thorpe, King Vidor | Stars: Judy Garland, Frank Morgan, Ray Bolger, Bert Lahr

Votes: 360,391 | Gross: $2.08M

Combined Average: 90.5 Metacritic: 100 IMDb rating: 8.1

11. Fanny and Alexander (1982)

R | 188 min | Drama

100 Metascore

Two young Swedish children experience the many comedies and tragedies of their family, the Ekdahls.

Director: Ingmar Bergman | Stars: Bertil Guve, Pernilla Allwin, Kristina Adolphson, Börje Ahlstedt

Votes: 53,861 | Gross: $4.97M

Combined Average: 90.5 Metacritic: 100 IMDb rating: 8.1

12. The Conformist (1970)

R | 113 min | Drama

100 Metascore

A weak-willed Italian man becomes a fascist flunky who goes abroad to arrange the assassination of his old teacher, now a political dissident.

Director: Bernardo Bertolucci | Stars: Jean-Louis Trintignant, Stefania Sandrelli, Gastone Moschin, Enzo Tarascio

Votes: 24,598

Combined Average: 90.5 Metacritic: 100 IMDb rating: 8.1

13. The Leopard (1963)

PG | 186 min | Drama, History

100 Metascore

The Prince of Salina, a noble aristocrat of impeccable integrity, tries to preserve his family and class amid the tumultuous social upheavals of 1860's Sicily.

Director: Luchino Visconti | Stars: Burt Lancaster, Alain Delon, Claudia Cardinale, Paolo Stoppa

Votes: 21,278

Combined Average: 90.5 Metacritic: 100 IMDb rating: 8.1

14. Army of Shadows (1969)

Not Rated | 145 min | Drama, War

99 Metascore

An account of underground resistance fighters in Nazi-occupied France.

Director: Jean-Pierre Melville | Stars: Lino Ventura, Paul Meurisse, Jean-Pierre Cassel, Simone Signoret

Votes: 18,837 | Gross: $0.74M

Combined Average: 90.5 Metacritic: 99 IMDb rating: 8.2

15. Metropolis (1927)

Not Rated | 153 min | Drama, Sci-Fi

98 Metascore

In a futuristic city sharply divided between the working class and the city planners, the son of the city's mastermind falls in love with a working class prophet who predicts the coming of a savior to mediate their differences.

Director: Fritz Lang | Stars: Brigitte Helm, Alfred Abel, Gustav Fröhlich, Rudolf Klein-Rogge

Votes: 150,698 | Gross: $1.24M

Combined Average: 90.5 Metacritic: 98 IMDb rating: 8.3

16. Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb (1964)

PG | 95 min | Comedy

97 Metascore

An insane general triggers a path to nuclear holocaust that a War Room full of politicians and generals frantically tries to stop.

Director: Stanley Kubrick | Stars: Peter Sellers, George C. Scott, Sterling Hayden, Keenan Wynn

Votes: 428,960 | Gross: $0.28M

Combined Average: 90.5 Metacritic: 96 IMDb rating: 8.5

17. The Night of the Hunter (1955)

Not Rated | 92 min | Crime, Drama, Film-Noir

99 Metascore

A religious fanatic marries a gullible widow whose young children are reluctant to tell him where their real daddy hid $10,000 he'd stolen in a robbery.

Director: Charles Laughton | Stars: Robert Mitchum, Shelley Winters, Lillian Gish, James Gleason

Votes: 77,525 | Gross: $0.65M

Combined Average: 90 Metacritic: 99 IMDb rating: 8.1

Recent Average: 89.5 Metacritic: 99 IMDb rating: 8.0 (As of Feb 10 2018)

18. Pan's Labyrinth (2006)

R | 118 min | Drama, Fantasy, War

98 Metascore

In the Falangist Spain of 1944, the bookish young stepdaughter of a sadistic army officer escapes into an eerie but captivating fantasy world.

Director: Guillermo del Toro | Stars: Ivana Baquero, Ariadna Gil, Sergi López, Maribel Verdú

Votes: 590,876 | Gross: $37.63M

Combined Average: 90 Metacritic: 98 IMDb rating: 8.2

19. La La Land (I) (2016)

PG-13 | 128 min | Comedy, Drama, Music

93 Metascore

While navigating their careers in Los Angeles, a pianist and an actress fall in love while attempting to reconcile their aspirations for the future.

Director: Damien Chazelle | Stars: Ryan Gosling, Emma Stone, Rosemarie DeWitt, J.K. Simmons

Votes: 465,217 | Gross: $151.10M

Combined Average: 89.5 Metacritic: 93 IMDb rating: 8.6

Recent Average: 87.0 Metacritic: 93 IMDb rating: 8.1 (As of Feb 10 2018, near perfect standard)

20. Manchester by the Sea (2016)

R | 137 min | Drama

96 Metascore

A depressed uncle is asked to take care of his teenage nephew after the boy's father dies.

Director: Kenneth Lonergan | Stars: Casey Affleck, Michelle Williams, Kyle Chandler, Lucas Hedges

Votes: 227,497 | Gross: $47.70M

Combined Average: 89.0 Metacritic: 96 IMDb rating: 8.2

Recent Average: 87.5 Metacritic: 96 IMDb rating: 7.9 (As of Feb 10 2018, near perfect standard)

21. Rififi (1955)

Not Rated | 118 min | Crime, Thriller

97 Metascore

Four men plan a technically perfect crime, but the human element intervenes...

Director: Jules Dassin | Stars: Jean Servais, Carl Möhner, Robert Manuel, Janine Darcey

Votes: 24,013 | Gross: $0.06M

Combined Average: 89.5 Metacritic: 97 IMDb rating: 8.2

22. Ran (1985)

R | 162 min | Action, Drama

96 Metascore

In Medieval Japan, an elderly warlord retires, handing over his empire to his three sons. However, he vastly underestimates how the new-found power will corrupt them and cause them to turn on each other...and him.

Director: Akira Kurosawa | Stars: Tatsuya Nakadai, Akira Terao, Jinpachi Nezu, Daisuke Ryû

Votes: 103,868 | Gross: $3.52M

Combined Average: 89.5 Metacritic: 96 IMDb rating: 8.3

Recent Average: 89.0 Metacritic: 96 IMDb rating: 8.2 (As of 10 Feb 2018)

23. A Separation (2011)

PG-13 | 123 min | Drama

95 Metascore

A married couple are faced with a difficult decision - to improve the life of their child by moving to another country or to stay in Iran and look after a deteriorating parent who has Alzheimer's disease.

Director: Asghar Farhadi | Stars: Payman Maadi, Leila Hatami, Sareh Bayat, Shahab Hosseini

Votes: 206,281 | Gross: $7.10M

Combined Average: 89.5 Metacritic: 95 IMDb rating: 8.4

24. Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope (1977)

PG | 121 min | Action, Adventure, Fantasy

90 Metascore

Luke Skywalker joins forces with a Jedi Knight, a cocky pilot, a Wookiee and two droids to save the galaxy from the Empire's world-destroying battle station, while also attempting to rescue Princess Leia from the mysterious Darth Vader.

Director: George Lucas | Stars: Mark Hamill, Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher, Alec Guinness

Votes: 1,173,225 | Gross: $322.74M

Combined Average: 89.5 Metacritic: 92 IMDb rating: 8.7

Recent Average: 88.0 Metacritic: 90 IMDb rating: 8.6 (As of 10 Feb 2018, near perfect standard)

25. The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring (2001)

PG-13 | 178 min | Action, Adventure, Drama

92 Metascore

A meek Hobbit from the Shire and eight companions set out on a journey to destroy the powerful One Ring and save Middle-earth from the Dark Lord Sauron.

Director: Peter Jackson | Stars: Elijah Wood, Ian McKellen, Orlando Bloom, Sean Bean

Votes: 1,571,256 | Gross: $315.54M

Combined Average: 89.5 Metacritic: 91 IMDb rating: 8.8

Recent Average: 90.0 Metacritic: 92 IMDb rating: 8.8 (As of Feb 10 2018)

26. The Good, the Bad and the Ugly (1966)

R | 178 min | Western

90 Metascore

A bounty hunting scam joins two men in an uneasy alliance against a third in a race to find a fortune in gold buried in a remote cemetery.

Director: Sergio Leone | Stars: Clint Eastwood, Eli Wallach, Lee Van Cleef, Aldo Giuffrè

Votes: 650,392 | Gross: $6.10M

Combined Average: 89.5 Metacritic: 90 IMDb rating: 8.9

27. 12 Years a Slave (2013)

R | 134 min | Biography, Drama, History

96 Metascore

In the antebellum United States, Solomon Northup, a free black man from upstate New York, is abducted and sold into slavery.

Director: Steve McQueen | Stars: Chiwetel Ejiofor, Michael Kenneth Williams, Michael Fassbender, Brad Pitt

Votes: 602,372 | Gross: $56.67M

Combined Average: 89 Metacritic: 97 IMDb rating: 8.1

Recent Average: 88.5 Metacritic: 96 IMDb rating: 8.1 (As of Feb 10 2018)

28. Spirited Away (2001)

PG | 125 min | Animation, Adventure, Family

96 Metascore

During her family's move to the suburbs, a sullen 10-year-old girl wanders into a world ruled by gods, witches, and spirits, and where humans are changed into beasts.

Director: Hayao Miyazaki | Stars: Daveigh Chase, Suzanne Pleshette, Miyu Irino, Rumi Hiiragi

Votes: 588,044 | Gross: $10.06M

Combined Average: 89 Metacritic: 94 IMDb rating: 8.4

Recent Average: 91.0 Metacritic: 96 IMDb rating: 8.6 (As of Feb 10 2018)

29. The Adventures of Robin Hood (1938)

PG | 102 min | Action, Adventure, Romance

97 Metascore

When Prince John and the Norman Lords begin oppressing the Saxon masses in King Richard's absence, a Saxon lord fights back as the outlaw leader of a rebel guerrilla army.

Directors: Michael Curtiz, William Keighley | Stars: Errol Flynn, Olivia de Havilland, Basil Rathbone, Claude Rains

Votes: 45,129 | Gross: $3.98M

Combined Average: 88.5 Metacritic: 97 IMDb rating: 8.0

30. WALL·E (2008)

G | 98 min | Animation, Adventure, Family

95 Metascore

In the distant future, a small waste-collecting robot inadvertently embarks on a space journey that will ultimately decide the fate of mankind.

Director: Andrew Stanton | Stars: Ben Burtt, Elissa Knight, Jeff Garlin, Fred Willard

Votes: 945,449 | Gross: $223.81M

Combined Average: 88.5 Metacritic: 94 IMDb rating: 8.3

Recent Average: 89.0 Metacritic: 95 IMDb rating: 8.4 (As of Feb 10 2018)

31. Inside Out (I) (2015)

PG | 95 min | Animation, Adventure, Comedy

94 Metascore

After young Riley is uprooted from her Midwest life and moved to San Francisco, her emotions - Joy, Fear, Anger, Disgust and Sadness - conflict on how best to navigate a new city, house, and school.

Directors: Pete Docter, Ronnie Del Carmen | Stars: Amy Poehler, Bill Hader, Lewis Black, Mindy Kaling

Votes: 567,627 | Gross: $356.46M

Combined Average: 88.5 Metacritic: 94 IMDb rating: 8.3

Recent Average: 88.0 Metacritic: 94 IMDb rating: 8.2 (As of Feb 10 2018, near perfect standard)

32. Dunkirk (2017)

PG-13 | 106 min | Action, Drama, History

94 Metascore

Allied soldiers from Belgium, the British Empire, and France are surrounded by the German Army, and evacuated during a fierce battle in World War II.

Director: Christopher Nolan | Stars: Fionn Whitehead, Barry Keoghan, Mark Rylance, Tom Hardy

Votes: 501,956 | Gross: $188.37M

Combined Average: 89.0 Metacritic: 94 IMDb rating: 8.4 Added 01 August 2017

Recent Average: 87.5 Metacritic: 94 IMDb rating: 8.1 (As of 10 Feb 2018, near perfect standard)

33. Citizen Kane (1941)

PG | 119 min | Drama, Mystery

100 Metascore

Following the death of publishing tycoon Charles Foster Kane, reporters scramble to uncover the meaning of his final utterance; 'Rosebud'.

Director: Orson Welles | Stars: Orson Welles, Joseph Cotten, Dorothy Comingore, Agnes Moorehead

Votes: 376,928 | Gross: $1.59M

Combined Average: 91.5 Metacritic: 100 IMDb rating: 8.3 Added 25 August 2017

Recent Average: 92.0 Metacritic: 100 IMDb rating: 8.4 (As of Feb 10 2018)

34. Parasite (2019)

R | 132 min | Comedy, Drama, Thriller

96 Metascore

A poor family, the Kims, con their way into becoming the servants of a rich family, the Parks. But their easy life gets complicated when their deception is threatened with exposure.

Director: Bong Joon Ho | Stars: Kang-ho Song, Sun-kyun Lee, Yeo-jeong Jo, Woo-sik Choi

Votes: 267,599

Combined Average: 91.0 Metacritic: 96 IMDb rating: 8.6 Added 10 January 2020

Recent Average: 91.0 Metacritic: 96 IMDb rating: 8.6 (As of Jan 10 2020)



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