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Movie-goers choose the best film of the last 25 years

Christopher Nolan and Peter Jackson appear multiple times in the top 10

By Emma Wilkes

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The best films of the last 25 years have been voted for by fans to celebrate 25 years of Review-aggregation site Rotten Tomatoes.

The site asked fans to choose the best film that had come out in its lifetime, and Christopher Nolan‘s films proved particularly popular, with several of his motion pictures charting highly in the rankings.

The director’s 2008 film The Dark Knight came out on top, with  2014’s Interstellar and 2010’s  Inception following close behind to round out the top 3.

The only other director to have more than one entry in the top 10 was Peter Jackson, with two of his Lord Of The Rings films landing in the top 10.

Top 10 – greatest films of the last 25 years:

1. The Dark Knight
2. Interstellar
3. Inception
4. The Lord Of The Rings: The Return Of The King
5. Avengers: Endgame
6. The Matrix
7. The Lord Of The Rings: The Fellowship Of The Ring
8. Parasite
9. Everything Everywhere All At Once
10. The Lord Of The Rings: The Two Towers

Meanwhile, appearing just outside the Top 10 is Saving Private Ryan (1998) and Fight Club (1999). Films charting further down the Top 25 list include Inglorious Basterds (2009), Gladiator (2000) and Whiplash (2014).

11. Saving Private Ryan
12. Fight Club
13. Top Gun: Maverick
14. Spider-Man: Across The Spider-Verse
15. Avengers: Infinity War
16. Spider Man: Into The Spider-Verse
17. Inglourious Basterds
18. No Country For Old Men
19. Mad Max – Fury Road
2o. Gladiator
21. The Departed
22. There Will Be Blood
23. La La Land
24. Eternal Sunshine Of The Spotless Mind
25. Whiplash

Earlier this year, the site asked their approved critics to also rank the top 25 films of the past 25 years.

The review aggregator commissioned the poll to celebrate their 25th anniversary, asking their certified critics to choose their five favourite films of the past quarter-century, before tabulating the results into a rundown of the highest-rated 25. The overall winner was George Miller’s Mad Max: Fury Road, with Bong Joon-ho’s Parasite second and David Lynch’s Mulholland Dr. third. Christopher Nolan’s The Dark Knight and Céline Sciamma’s Portrait of a Lady on Fire rounded out the top five, making the latter the highest entry directed by a woman.