10 Best Critically Acclaimed Movies

While many critics enjoy movies that general audiences don’t enjoy, there are many that are beloved by many making them the best critically acclaimed movies of all time. These movies are award winners, box office successes and instantly watchable classics that remain in the hearts and minds of film lovers everywhere.

  1. “The Godfather: Part II” – While the original “Godfather” movie is a true classic, the sequel surpasses it as one of the best critically acclaimed movies of all time. Dispensing with much of the setup, the movie follows the parallel stories of Michael taking over the family with the tale of his father Vito gaining control as a young man.
  2. “12 Angry Men” – Sidney Lumet created an amazing movie in this, one of the best critically acclaimed movies ever made. The movie takes place almost solely in the jurors’ room, yet remains a suspenseful and intriguing movie. The film was added to the Library of Congress in 2007.
  3. “One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest” – Jack Nicholson stars in this, one of the best critically acclaimed movies of all time. The movie takes place in a mental institution and focuses on the treatment of the mentally ill. The film was the second to win all five major Academy Awards.
  4. “Casablanca” – This 1942 drama remains one of the best critically acclaimed movies of all time. Humphrey Bogart and Ingrid Bergman star in the movie set during World War II where a man must choose between love and national duty. The movie won three Oscars.
  5. “Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb” – Stanley Kubrick made this darkly comic film depicting a nuclear war between the United States and Russia in one of the best critically acclaimed movies of all time. Peter Sellers is magnificent, playing three distinctly unique roles in the movie.
  6. “Apocalypse Now” – Francis Ford Coppola directed one of the best critically acclaimed movies of all time, a story of the horrors of the Vietnam War. The movie’s making is documented in the feature film, “Hearts of Darkness,” showing the horrible effects the location shooting had on the cast and crew.
  7. “Citizen Kane” – Listed on many lists as the greatest movie of all time, this remains one of the best critically acclaimed movies ever made. Orson Welles directed his masterpiece, a movie depicting the life of a newsman based on real-life figure, William Randolph Hearst.
  8. “Lawrence of Arabia” – This movie tells the life story of T.E. Lawrence and, directed by David Lean, remains one of the best critically acclaimed movies of all time. The movie follows Lawrence’s adventures during World War I in Arabia. The movie was nominated for ten Oscars, winning seven of them.
  9. “Paths of Glory” – Kirk Douglas stars in this war film, one of the best critically acclaimed movies of all time. The film starts with an amazing tracking shot through the trench warfare in World War I, a style repeated years later in “Saving Private Ryan.” The plot follows a Colonel who defends men on court martial for cowardice.
  10. “To Kill a Mockingbird” – Based on the Harper Lee novel, this movie remains beloved and one of the best critically acclaimed movies of all time. Gregory Peck plays Atticus Finch, a lawyer tasked with defending a black man accused of rape. Finch is widely considered one of the greatest film heroes of all time.

 

 

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