A Hard Day's Night is best reviewed film ever
13th May 2009 | 10:13
Beatles romp outranks Citizen Kane
The Beatles' A Hard Day's Night is the best reviewed movie of all time - so says Rotten Tomatoes, which just compiled a list called, appropriately enough, the "50 Best Reviewed Movies Of All Time."
The 1964 black-and-white rock 'n' roll comedy scored a whopping 100% Fresh ranking - out of the 70 reviews counted - putting The Fab Four's cinematic debut, directed by Richard Lester, at the toppermost of the poppermost.
Outranks Citizen Kane, The Godfather, Casablanca
"Witty one-liners, classic pop songs and world-class charm build up to happy-go-lucky moments of liberation" Rotten Tomatoes on A Hard Day's Night
While this will no doubt come as sweet news to the millions of Beatles fans around the world, the fact that A Hard Day's Night, a madcap knockabout filmed at the height of Beatlemania, outranks spoolers such as Citizen Kane, The Godfather, Casablanca and other various and sundry masterpieces might be something of a shock.
Still, it should be noted that Lester's breathless form of guerrilla filmmaking and fast-paced editing presaged music videos and MTV.
Hampered by time constraints and a half-a-shoestring budget, the director had no choice but to rely on nothing more than his own impetuous creativity, Alun Owen's sharp-witted screenplay, The Beatles' sheer brilliance and magnetism, plus one "clean old man."
In its consensus of A Hard Day's Night, Rotten Tomatoes writes, "Despite its age, [it's] still a delight to watch and has proven itself to be a rock-and-roll movie classic. Witty one-liners, classic pop songs and world-class charm build up to happy-go-lucky moments of liberation that capture the sheer exuberance, innocence and rock n' roll spirit of four young men trying to make their own rules in a world determined to confine them."
So, without further ado, here's the Top 10.
1. A Hard Day's Night (1964)
Director: Richard Lester
Starring The Beatles, Wilford Brambell
2. The Third Man (1949)
Director: Carol Reed
Starring Orsen Welles, Joseph Cotten
3. The Wizard Of Oz (1939)
Director: Victor Fleming, King Vidor
Starring Judy Garland, Jack Haley, Ray Bolger
4. Modern Times (1939)
Director: Charlie Chaplin
Starring Charlie Chaplin, Paulette Goddard
5. The Godfather (1972)
Director: Francis Ford Coppola
Starring Marlon Brando, Al Pacino, James Caan, Robert Duvall
6. Dr Strangelove (1964)
Director: Stanley Kubrick
Starring Peter Sellers, George C Scott, Sterling Hayden
7. King Kong (1933)
Director: Merian C Cooper, Ernest Schoedsack
Starring Fay Wray, Bruce Cabot
8. Metropolis (1927)
Director: Fritz Lang
Staring Brigitte Helm, Alfred Abel
9. All About Eve (1950)
Director: Joseph L Mankiewicz
Staring Betty Davis, Anne Baxter
10. Singin' In The Rain (1952)
Director: Stanley Donen, Gene Kelly
Starring Gene Kelly, Debbie Reynolds, Donald O'Connor
To review the complete list of films 11-50, visit the official Rotten Tomatoes website.