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It’s a badge of honor for movies: Rotten Tomatoes’ 100-Percent Fresh rating. A movie that wins it needs to garner only positive reviews from the aggregate site, and that’s no easy thing to accomplish. Even some of the best movies in history don’t have a 100-percent rating. Here are 17 that do, with a few that might be unexpected.
“Get Out” (2017)
Jordan Peele’s horror film has been a critical darling as it mixes laughs with scares. It’s one of the highest-rated movies of the year so far, but can its perfect Rotten Tomatoes rating survive opening weekend?
“The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari” (1920)
A silent, creepy German horror film, “Dr. Caligari” is full of strange expressionist imagery. The story of a hypnotist who uses his gift to force a man to commit murders is considered a classic.
“Singin’ in the Rain” (1952)
The classic Gene Kelly and Debbie Reynolds musical still captivates audiences. It was also one of the first films chosen for induction in the Library of Congress’ National Film Registry.
“Toy Story” (1995)
Pixar ushered in a phenomenal era of animation with “Toy Story.” It also showed off the possibilities of high-quality computer-generated imaging as an animation medium.
“North by Northwest” (1959)
It’s hard to guess who wouldn’t love a movie where Cary Grant almost falls off Mt. Rushmore. “North By Northwest” isn’t the only Alfred Hitchcock thriller that enjoys a 100-Percent Fresh rating, but it is the one with the most giant president heads.
“Blade Runner (Final Cut)” 1982
Ridley Scott’s sci-fi cult classic has several versions floating around in the world. It’s the 2007 definitive that grabbed the 100-Percent Fresh rating, although Rotten Tomatoes only tallied nine reviews.
“Rear Window” (1954)
Another Hitchcock classic thriller that enjoys the perfect percentage. Jimmy Stewart’s paranoid panic about believing his neighbor murder his wife remains as unsettling today as it was in 1954.
“Pinocchio” was produced in the early days before Walt Disney’s name became synonymous with an animation empire. It’s still counted as a classic in animation, and its major influence on pop culture seems fitting given how well-regarded it is by critics.
“Seven Samurai” (1956)
Akira Kurosawa’s classic movie about heroes coming together to defend a town inspired quite a few films after it. All that critical love and influence has caused it to consistently rank on lists cataloging the best movies ever made.
“Toy Story 2” (1999)
Landing one movie with a 100-percent Fresh rating is impressive, but Pixar did it again with its follow-up to “Toy Story.” And it came extremely close once more with “Toy Story 3,” missing the coveted pile of positive reviews by just 1 percent.
“The Witches” (1990)
Anjelica Huston and her witch coven friends really hate children. That’s why they’re planning to turn them all into mice in “The Witches,” which still holds up as a funny children’s movie — especially thanks to its over-the-top, still-gross witch makeup effects.
“12 Angry Men” (1957)
Set almost entirely in one room full of guys yelling at each other about the trial they’re adjudicating is one of those movies that reminds you how the justice system is supposed to work. Its 100-Percent Fresh rating is just one of its accolades, and the American Film Institute considers it the second-best court room drama movie ever made — after “To Kill a Mockingbird.”
“Bride of Frankenstein” (1935)
Frankenstein’s monster needs a mate. That means murdering people and doing mad scientist in 1935 horror movie. It also invented some of the coolest hair ever on its way to becoming a monster movie classic.
“Cool Hand Luke” (1967)
Nobody’s as cool as Paul Newman was in “Cool Hand Luke.” Fighting prisoners and testing the guards in a Florida prison, Newman’s performance nabbed him a Best Actor Academy Award nomination.
“Mary Poppins” (1964)
The beloved musical starring Julie Andrews and mixing animation with live-action performances is still a huge favorite with kids and adults. It was acclaimed when it was released, snagging 13 Academy Award nominations and five wins, and is highly regarded enough today that Disney is working on a sequel, coming in 2018.
“Citizen Kane” (1941)
It makes sense that Orson Welles’ opus would be sitting atop the heap with a 100 Percent Fresh rating. It’s largely considered possibly the best film that’s ever been made.