12 Years a Slave(2013)

Combined Rating:
97
Combined Critics Rating: 96

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



Moonlight(2016)

Combined Rating:
97
Combined Critics Rating: 97

A chronicle of the childhood, adolescence and burgeoning adulthood of a young, African-American, gay man growing up in a rough neighborhood of Miami.



Parasite(2019)

Combined Rating:
97
Combined Critics Rating: 97

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.



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

Combined Rating:
95
Combined Critics Rating: 92

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.



Spotlight(2015)

Combined Rating:
95
Combined Critics Rating: 94

The true story of how the Boston Globe uncovered the massive scandal of child molestation and cover-up within the local Catholic Archdiocese, shaking the entire Catholic Church to its core.



Nomadland(2020)

Combined Rating:
95
Combined Critics Rating: 95

A woman in her sixties, after losing everything in the Great Recession, embarks on a journey through the American West, living as a van-dwelling modern-day nomad.



No Country for Old Men(2007)

Combined Rating:
94
Combined Critics Rating: 91

Violence and mayhem ensue after a hunter stumbles upon a drug deal gone wrong and more than two million dollars in cash near the Rio Grande.



The King's Speech(2010)

Combined Rating:
93
Combined Critics Rating: 90

The story of King George VI of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, his impromptu ascension to the throne and the speech therapist who helped the unsure monarch become worthy of it.



The Artist(2011)

Combined Rating:
93
Combined Critics Rating: 91

A silent movie star meets a young dancer, but the arrival of talking pictures sends their careers in opposite directions.



Argo(2012)

Combined Rating:
93
Combined Critics Rating: 90

Acting under the cover of a Hollywood producer scouting a location for a science fiction film, a CIA agent launches a dangerous operation to rescue six Americans in Tehran during the U.S. hostage crisis in Iran in 1980.



The Shape of Water(2017)

Combined Rating:
92
Combined Critics Rating: 92

At a top secret research facility in the 1960s, a lonely janitor forms a unique relationship with an amphibious creature that is being held in captivity.



Million Dollar Baby(2004)

Combined Rating:
92
Combined Critics Rating: 88

A determined woman works with a hardened boxing trainer to become a professional.



The Departed(2006)

Combined Rating:
92
Combined Critics Rating: 88

An undercover cop and a mole in the police attempt to identify each other while infiltrating an Irish gang in South Boston.



Slumdog Millionaire(2008)

Combined Rating:
92
Combined Critics Rating: 89

A Mumbai teen reflects on his upbringing in the slums when he is accused of cheating on the Indian Version of "Who Wants to be a Millionaire?"



The Godfather(1972)

Combined Rating:
91
Combined Critics Rating: 87

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



Lawrence of Arabia(1962)

Combined Rating:
90
Combined Critics Rating: 86

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.



American Beauty(1999)

Combined Rating:
90
Combined Critics Rating: 85

A sexually frustrated suburban father has a mid-life crisis after becoming infatuated with his daughter's best friend.





Schindler's List(1993)

Combined Rating:
89
Combined Critics Rating: 84

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



Shakespeare in Love(1998)

Combined Rating:
87
Combined Critics Rating: 82

A young Shakespeare, out of ideas and short of cash, meets his ideal woman and is inspired to write one of his most famous plays.




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