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The Best Movies With a 100% Rotten Tomatoes Score

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Only the greatest and most renowned cinematic masterpieces (or at least those with a large enough amount of reviews) are awarded a 100% Rotten Tomatoes score, with few films receiving the prestigious honor. It takes the best of the best to nab the coveted rating, and is the ultimate triumph for filmmakers and entertainment studios when the rare occurrence comes to fruition.

Rotten Tomatoes is a popular review-aggregation website for both film and television, and since its launch in 1998 has become a leading platform for audiences and critics to express their opinions on newly-released flicks. The “Tomatometer Rankings” connects to the practice of viewers throwing rotten tom atoes when disapproving of a poor stage performance; the higher the percentage a movie receives, the more “fresh” it is and, at least theoretically, better in the show business world.

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To earn a certified fresh and perfect Rotten Tomatoes score is no easy accomplishment, which makes it all the more thrilling when a picture is able to do so. Indeed, most recently, Marcel the Shell with Shoes debuted with a perfect score on Rotten Tomatoes. Sometimes, the choices are surprising and seem a bit arbitrary. Nonetheless, usually cinema’s most admired and celebrated films have achieved the victory, ranging in a wide array of genres and subjects. The 1931 horror classic Frankenstein graces the illustrious list, as do two of the best Disney movies and even an Arnold Schwarzenegger ‘80s action extravaganza. Let’s take a look at some of the best movies which have also gotten the revered 100% Rotten Tomatoes score.

Updated July 6, 2022: If you love universally acclaimed films, you’ll be happy to know we’ve updated this article with additional content and entries.

It’s been remade for both stage and screen, but the original 1957 effort, led by Henry Fonda, takes the cake. 12 Angry Men takes place after the closing arguments in a murder trial, where the 12 members of the jury must deliberate. A guilty verdict means death for the accused, an inner-city teen. As the dozen men try to reach a unanimous decision while sequestered in a room, one juror (Fonda) casts considerable doubt on elements of the case. Personal issues soon rise to the surface, and conflict threatens to derail the delicate process that will decide one boy’s fate. In addition to maintaining a 100% rating on Rotten Tomatoes over the years, the film is also near the top of list for best courtroom dramas by the American Film Institute for their AFI’s 10 Top 10 list. It’s not to be missed, especially for the true cinephiles who consume the classics.

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The iconic 1931 horror classic Frankenstein famously features Boris Karloff as the notorious movie monster, having been assembled from body parts by the obsessed titular scientist as part of an unorthodox experiment. The cinematic staple is based on the renowned Mary Shelley novel, and utilizes the skills of distinguished creature feature make-up artist Jack Pierce, who would later design and create the looks for fellow monsters The Mummy and The Wolf Man.

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