30. The Miracle Worker (1962)
> IMDb user rating: 8.1/10 (19,187 votes)
> Rotten Tomatoes audience score: 88% (8,844 votes)
> Rotten Tomatoes Tomatometer score: 96% (25 reviews)
> Directed by: Arthur Penn
Helen Keller’s 1903 autobiography inspired a Broadway play and then this critically adored film adaptation. Against all odds, tutor Anne Sullivan (Anne Bancroft) teaches the deaf and blind Keller (Patty Duke) how to communicate. Bancroft and Duke won Academy Awards for their respective performances.
29. Togo (2019)
> IMDb user rating: 7.9/10 (50,248 votes)
> Rotten Tomatoes audience score: 95% (1,073 votes)
> Rotten Tomatoes Tomatometer score: 92% (39 reviews)
> Directed by: Ericson Core
A Siberian Husky named Togo is the little sled dog that could in this historical adventure from Walt Disney Studios. Follow the dog and his trainer (Willem Dafoe) as they transport a life-saving serum across hostile Alaskan terrain. The story is based on the real-life 1925 serum run to Nome, also known as the Great Race of Mercy. (A related tale, featuring another heroic sled dog who was part of the same effort, had been told in the mostly animated feature “Balto,” released by Steven Spielberg’s Amblimation studio in 1995.)
28. Matewan (1987)
> IMDb user rating: 7.9/10 (8,285 votes)
> Rotten Tomatoes audience score: 93% (4,078 votes)
> Rotten Tomatoes Tomatometer score: 94% (33 reviews)
> Directed by: John Sayles
A 1920 coal miner’s strike informed this historical drama, starring Chris Cooper as fictional labor union organizer Joe Kenehan. What begins as the attempt to form a coal miner’s union takes on deadly repercussions as the story unfolds.
27. Patton (1970)
> IMDb user rating: 7.9/10 (103,341 votes)
> Rotten Tomatoes audience score: 93% (43,344 votes)
> Rotten Tomatoes Tomatometer score: 94% (49 reviews)
> Directed by: Franklin J. Schaffner
Francis Ford Coppola co-wrote the screenplay for this sweeping biopic about controversial WWII General George S. Patton (played by George C. Scott). A fearless and outspoken strategist, Patton’s methods walk the line between genius and insanity. The film won seven Academy Awards, including Best Picture.
26. The King’s Speech (2010)
> IMDb user rating: 8.0/10 (683,883 votes)
> Rotten Tomatoes audience score: 92% (144,700 votes)
> Rotten Tomatoes Tomatometer score: 94% (298 reviews)
> Directed by: Tom Hooper
Colin Firth delivers an Oscar-winning performance as King George VI in this blockbuster period drama. Abruptly ascended to the British throne, the king must quickly overcome a debilitating speech impediment. Screenwriter David Seidler first heard the true story when overcoming his own speech impediment as a child.
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