The most highly rated genre films of the past five years

It turns out that, although the status of several might be disputed, roughly 1/5 of the non-documentary films on the previous list have elements of fantasy, science fiction, or horror to them.

8.134 Inside Out (2015; imdb)
8.118 Song Of The Sea (2014; imdb)
8.100 The Tale of the Princess Kaguya (2013; imdb)
7.857 Mad Max: Fury Road (2015; imdb)
7.776 Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2 (2011; imdb)
7.728 Star Wars: Episode VII - The Force Awakens (2015; imdb)
7.566 Gravity (2013; imdb)
7.520 Her (2013; imdb)
7.488 The LEGO Movie (2014; imdb)
7.452 The Martian (2015; imdb)
7.452 Marvel's The Avengers (2012; imdb)
7.395 The Dark Knight Rises (2012; imdb)
7.371 Guardians of the Galaxy (2014; imdb)
7.296 What We Do In The Shadows (2014; imdb)
7.280 X-Men: Days of Future Past (2014; imdb)
7.189 How to Train Your Dragon 2 (2014; imdb)
7.144 Hugo (2011; imdb)
7.110 Live Die Repeat: Edge of Tomorrow (2014; imdb)
7.084 Ex Machina (2015; imdb)
7.031 Big Hero 6 (2014; imdb)
7.020 When Marnie Was There (2014; imdb)
6.956 The History Of Future Folk (2012; imdb)
6.942 Captain America: The Winter Soldier (2014; imdb)
6.900 Source Code (2011; imdb)
6.882 Looper (2012; imdb)
6.840 Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes (2014; imdb)
6.786 Star Trek Into Darkness (2013; imdb)
6.786 X-Men: First Class (2011; imdb)
6.764 The Hunger Games: Catching Fire (2013; imdb)
6.764 Frozen (2013; imdb)
6.708 Wreck-it Ralph (2012; imdb)
6.693 It Follows (2014; imdb)
6.674 The Rabbi's Cat (2011; imdb)
6.664 The Babadook (2014; imdb)
6.660 The Witch (2015; imdb)
6.650 A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night (2014; imdb)
6.650 Snowpiercer (2013; imdb)
6.624 The Lobster (2015; imdb)
6.596 Housebound (2014; imdb)
6.461 Holy Motors (2012; imdb)
6.450 The Conjuring (2013; imdb)
6.440 The Cabin in the Woods (2012; imdb)
6.324 Journey To The West (2013; imdb)
6.319 Bone Tomahawk (2015; imdb)
6.248 Coherence (2013; imdb)
6.232 Rise of the Planet of the Apes (2011; imdb)
6.230 The World's End (2013; imdb)
6.216 Predestination (2014; imdb)
6.132 The Hunger Games (2012; imdb)
6.120 Fullmetal Alchemist: The Sacred Star of Milos (2011; imdb)
6.106 Interstellar (2014; imdb)
6.106 Robot & Frank (2012; imdb)
6.090 ParaNorman (2012; imdb)
6.090 Frankenweenie (2012; imdb)
6.072 White God (2014; imdb)
6.035 Chronicle (2012; imdb)
6.030 Spring (2014; imdb)
6.016 The Survivalist (2015; imdb)
6.004 Dragon Ball Z: Resurrection 'F' (2015; imdb)

The most highly rated films of the past five years

It’s been five years since I first combined IMDb and Rotten Tomatoes scores to build a list of the year’s most highly rated films. I thought generating a cumulative list might be fun too, and it turns out I’ve omitted several well-liked films over the years because IMDb and RT didn’t agree on what year the film was released and/or what it was named. Anyway, below are the top 20% of all films having more than 2000 votes at IMDb and more than 10 pro reviews at Rotten Tomatoes, ranked by the product of their scores on both sites. There are around 300 non-documentaries followed by around 100 documentaries, all scoring 6.0 and above.

Non-documentaries:

8.316 A Separation (2011; imdb)
8.134 Inside Out (2015; imdb)
8.118 Song Of The Sea (2014; imdb)
8.100 The Tale of the Princess Kaguya (2013; imdb)
7.990 Whiplash (2014; imdb)
7.920 Short Term 12 (2013; imdb)
7.872 Spotlight (2015; imdb)
7.857 Mad Max: Fury Road (2015; imdb)
7.840 Boyhood (2014; imdb)
7.802 The Hunt (2012; imdb)
7.802 Room (2015; imdb)
7.800 Aferim! (2015; imdb)
7.776 Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2 (2011; imdb)
7.776 12 Years a Slave (2013; imdb)
7.760 The Artist (2011; imdb)
7.742 Before Midnight (2013; imdb)
7.728 Star Wars: Episode VII - The Force Awakens (2015; imdb)
7.700 GETT: The Trial of Viviane Amsalem (2014; imdb)
7.695 Wild Tales (2014; imdb)
7.623 Leviathan (2014; imdb)
7.584 Son of Saul (2015; imdb)
7.566 Gravity (2013; imdb)
7.546 Oslo, August 31st (2011; imdb)
7.524 Wadjda (2012; imdb)
7.520 Dallas Buyers Club (2013; imdb)
7.520 Her (2013; imdb)
7.505 Nightcrawler (2014; imdb)
7.488 The Lunchbox (2013; imdb)
7.488 The LEGO Movie (2014; imdb)
7.488 Argo (2012; imdb)
7.480 Django Unchained (2012; imdb)
7.452 The Martian (2015; imdb)
7.452 The Grand Budapest Hotel (2014; imdb)
7.452 Marvel's The Avengers (2012; imdb)
7.425 Selma (2014; imdb)
7.400 Nosotros los Nobles (2013; imdb)
7.395 The Dark Knight Rises (2012; imdb)
7.387 Winter Sleep (2014; imdb)
7.371 Guardians of the Galaxy (2014; imdb)
7.360 Durak (2014; imdb)
7.347 Amour (2012; imdb)
7.347 Captain Phillips (2013; imdb)
7.332 Creed (2015; imdb)
7.332 In Bloom (2013; imdb)
7.326 Starred Up (2013; imdb)
7.326 Shaun the Sheep Movie (2015; imdb)
7.315 Weekend (2011; imdb)
7.300 Ilo Ilo (2013; imdb)
7.298 Rush (2013; imdb)
7.296 Mustang (2015; imdb)
7.296 What We Do In The Shadows (2014; imdb)
7.290 The Imitation Game (2014; imdb)
7.280 X-Men: Days of Future Past (2014; imdb)
7.280 The Way He Looks (2014; imdb)
7.275 Brooklyn (2015; imdb)
7.275 Monsieur Lazhar (2011; imdb)
7.254 Moonrise Kingdom (2012; imdb)
7.254 Skyfall (2012; imdb)
7.252 Mud (2012; imdb)
7.238 50/50 (2011; imdb)
7.209 Mommy (2014; imdb)
7.200 Dheepan (2015; imdb)
7.200 Kilo Two Bravo (2014; imdb)
7.200 Wild Bill (2011; imdb)
7.200 The Snows of Kilimanjaro (2011; imdb)
7.189 How to Train Your Dragon 2 (2014; imdb)
7.178 Two Days, One Night (2014; imdb)
7.178 Tomboy (2011; imdb)
7.176 Pride (2014; imdb)
7.176 Silver Linings Playbook (2012; imdb)
7.176 Once Upon a Time in Anatolia (2011; imdb)
7.176 Drive (2011; imdb)
7.161 Sicario (2015; imdb)
7.161 Midnight in Paris (2011; imdb)
7.154 Phoenix (2014; imdb)
7.144 Metro Manila (2013; imdb)
7.144 Moneyball (2011; imdb)
7.144 Hugo (2011; imdb)
7.128 Timbuktu (2014; imdb)
7.128 Gone Girl (2014; imdb)
7.128 Le Havre (2011; imdb)
7.125 The Dance of Reality (2013; imdb)
7.110 Live Die Repeat: Edge of Tomorrow (2014; imdb)
7.104 Ida (2013; imdb)
7.104 The Rocket (2013; imdb)
7.104 The Kid with a Bike (2011; imdb)
7.098 Beasts of No Nation (2015; imdb)
7.098 Birdman (2014; imdb)
7.098 Nebraska (2013; imdb)
7.084 Ex Machina (2015; imdb)
7.081 Theeb (2014; imdb)
7.081 The Selfish Giant (2013; imdb)
7.056 Paddington (2014; imdb)
7.050 Fruitvale Station (2013; imdb)
7.050 Blancanieves (2012; imdb)
7.040 Straight Outta Compton (2015; imdb)
7.031 Big Hero 6 (2014; imdb)
7.020 When Marnie Was There (2014; imdb)
7.020 Blue Is The Warmest Color (2013; imdb)
7.007 The Great Beauty (2013; imdb)
7.000 Living Is Easy With Eyes Closed (2013; imdb)
6.992 Bridge of Spies (2015; imdb)
6.992 Philomena (2013; imdb)
6.992 Headhunters (2011; imdb)
6.984 We Are the Best! (2013; imdb)
6.975 Child's Pose (2013; imdb)
6.956 Carol (2015; imdb)
6.956 The History Of Future Folk (2012; imdb)
6.956 I Wish (2011; imdb)
6.952 The Big Short (2015; imdb)
6.942 The Wind Rises (2013; imdb)
6.942 Captain America: The Winter Soldier (2014; imdb)
6.916 Omar (2013; imdb)
6.916 Delhi Belly (2011; imdb)
6.912 '71 (2014; imdb)
6.912 The Muppets (2011; imdb)
6.900 Anomalisa (2015; imdb)
6.900 Source Code (2011; imdb)
6.887 Tangerine (2015; imdb)
6.887 45 Years (2015; imdb)
6.882 Mission: Impossible Ghost Protocol (2011; imdb)
6.882 Still Mine (2012; imdb)
6.882 Inside Llewyn Davis (2013; imdb)
6.882 Frances Ha (2012; imdb)
6.882 No (2012; imdb)
6.882 Zero Dark Thirty (2012; imdb)
6.882 Looper (2012; imdb)
6.880 Life of Pi (2012; imdb)
6.864 The Turin Horse (2011; imdb)
6.862 The Guard (2011; imdb)
6.840 A Hijacking (2012; imdb)
6.840 Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes (2014; imdb)
6.840 Beyond The Hills (2012; imdb)
6.825 Stations of the Cross (2014; imdb)
6.825 The Inevitable Defeat of Mister & Pete (2013; imdb)
6.816 Enough Said (2013; imdb)
6.816 Blue Ruin (2013; imdb)
6.800 Frequencies (2013; imdb)
6.800 The Perks of Being a Wallflower (2012; imdb)
6.790 Blind (2014; imdb)
6.789 American Hustle (2013; imdb)
6.786 Like Father, Like Son (2013; imdb)
6.786 Star Trek Into Darkness (2013; imdb)
6.786 X-Men: First Class (2011; imdb)
6.768 Good Vibrations (2012; imdb)
6.768 Win Win (2011; imdb)
6.764 A Royal Affair (2012; imdb)
6.764 The Hunger Games: Catching Fire (2013; imdb)
6.764 Frozen (2013; imdb)
6.762 Mr. Turner (2014; imdb)
6.745 War Witch (2012; imdb)
6.745 Sister (2012; imdb)
6.734 The End Of The Tour (2015; imdb)
6.734 Take Shelter (2011; imdb)
6.724 The Revenant (2015; imdb)
6.724 Warrior (2011; imdb)
6.716 Force Majeure (2014; imdb)
6.708 Wreck-it Ralph (2012; imdb)
6.708 The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (2011; imdb)
6.696 Copenhagen (2014; imdb)
6.696 A Touch of Sin (2013; imdb)
6.696 Barbara (2012; imdb)
6.696 Teddy Bear (2012; imdb)
6.696 The Sessions (2012; imdb)
6.696 Pariah (2011; imdb)
6.696 Sleep Tight (2011; imdb)
6.693 It Follows (2014; imdb)
6.674 Spy (2015; imdb)
6.674 Lore (2012; imdb)
6.674 The Rabbi's Cat (2011; imdb)
6.664 The Babadook (2014; imdb)
6.660 The Witch (2015; imdb)
6.660 Love & Mercy (2014; imdb)
6.660 Lincoln (2012; imdb)
6.650 A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night (2014; imdb)
6.650 Snowpiercer (2013; imdb)
6.643 Blue Jasmine (2013; imdb)
6.643 Caesar Must Die (2012; imdb)
6.633 Gloria (2013; imdb)
6.624 The Lobster (2015; imdb)
6.624 99 Homes (2014; imdb)
6.624 Girlhood (2014; imdb)
6.603 The Gift (2015; imdb)
6.603 Diplomacy (2014; imdb)
6.603 The Spectacular Now (2013; imdb)
6.600 Still Alice (2014; imdb)
6.596 Housebound (2014; imdb)
6.586 Calvary (2014; imdb)
6.586 Bears (2014; imdb)
6.586 In the House (2012; imdb)
6.580 Drug War (2012; imdb)
6.570 Winnie the Pooh (2011; imdb)
6.561 Prisoners (2013; imdb)
6.555 The Diary Of A Teenage Girl (2015; imdb)
6.545 End of Watch (2012; imdb)
6.532 Arthur Christmas (2011; imdb)
6.525 What Maisie Knew (2012; imdb)
6.512 The Good Lie (2014; imdb)
6.497 The Descendants (2011; imdb)
6.486 All Is Lost (2013; imdb)
6.474 Me and Earl and the Dying Girl (2015; imdb)
6.461 Locke (2013; imdb)
6.461 The Sapphires (2012; imdb)
6.461 Holy Motors (2012; imdb)
6.460 The Raid: Redemption (2011; imdb)
6.450 The Conjuring (2013; imdb)
6.450 The Intouchables (2011; imdb)
6.440 Slow West (2015; imdb)
6.440 Frank (2014; imdb)
6.440 The Cabin in the Woods (2012; imdb)
6.438 Tabu (2012; imdb)
6.432 Sleepless Night (2011; imdb)
6.424 Dope (2015; imdb)
6.424 The Tribe (2014; imdb)
6.424 In Darkness (2011; imdb)
6.417 Stranger by the Lake (2013; imdb)
6.408 Venus in Fur (2013; imdb)
6.392 Love Is Strange (2014; imdb)
6.390 Wild (2014; imdb)
6.390 Footnote (2011; imdb)
6.370 Mia Madre (2015; imdb)
6.365 The Wonders (2014; imdb)
6.351 Polisse (2011; imdb)
6.348 The Lady In The Van (2015; imdb)
6.324 Journey To The West (2013; imdb)
6.324 Our Children (2012; imdb)
6.320 The Fault In Our Stars (2014; imdb)
6.320 The Raid 2 (2014; imdb)
6.319 Bone Tomahawk (2015; imdb)
6.319 The Drop (2014; imdb)
6.318 The Broken Circle Breakdown (2012; imdb)
6.314 The Wolf of Wall Street (2013; imdb)
6.308 Laurence Anyways (2012; imdb)
6.308 Tyrannosaur (2011; imdb)
6.300 Safety Not Guaranteed (2012; imdb)
6.300 The Well-Digger's Daughter (2011; imdb)
6.290 Zero Motivation (2014; imdb)
6.290 The Walk (2015; imdb)
6.290 The Way Way Back (2013; imdb)
6.278 Chef (2014; imdb)
6.278 Only Lovers Left Alive (2013; imdb)
6.278 Beasts of the Southern Wild (2012; imdb)
6.264 The Peanuts Movie (2015; imdb)
6.264 Rango (2011; imdb)
6.256 Grandma (2015; imdb)
6.248 Coherence (2013; imdb)
6.248 Hannah Arendt (2012; imdb)
6.248 Margin Call (2011; imdb)
6.237 Victoria (2015; imdb)
6.232 Rise of the Planet of the Apes (2011; imdb)
6.231 The Duke Of Burgundy (2014; imdb)
6.231 I'll See You in My Dreams (2015; imdb)
6.230 A Most Violent Year (2014; imdb)
6.230 The World's End (2013; imdb)
6.216 Predestination (2014; imdb)
6.216 Jane Eyre (2011; imdb)
6.210 Martha Marcy May Marlene (2011; imdb)
6.205 Steve Jobs (2015; imdb)
6.177 The Attack (2012; imdb)
6.164 In a World... (2013; imdb)
6.160 A Pigeon Sat on a Branch Reflecting on Existence (2014; imdb)
6.160 The Angels' Share (2012; imdb)
6.160 Foxcatcher (2014; imdb)
6.160 Breathing (2011; imdb)
6.156 The Impossible (2012; imdb)
6.156 The Help (2011; imdb)
6.156 The Skin I Live In (2011; imdb)
6.142 Belle (2013; imdb)
6.132 The Hunger Games (2012; imdb)
6.120 Kon Tiki (2012; imdb)
6.120 John Wick (2014; imdb)
6.120 Why Don't You Play in Hell? (2013; imdb)
6.120 Fullmetal Alchemist: The Sacred Star of Milos (2011; imdb)
6.120 Bernie (2011; imdb)
6.120 A Better Life (2011; imdb)
6.120 Bridesmaids (2011; imdb)
6.120 21 Jump Street (2012; imdb)
6.106 Boy Meets Girl (2014; imdb)
6.106 Far From the Madding Crowd (2015; imdb)
6.106 Interstellar (2014; imdb)
6.106 The Patience Stone (2012; imdb)
6.106 Robot & Frank (2012; imdb)
6.090 Mr. Holmes (2015; imdb)
6.090 ParaNorman (2012; imdb)
6.090 Frankenweenie (2012; imdb)
6.083 The Theory of Everything (2014; imdb)
6.075 Ip Man 3 (2015; imdb)
6.075 Red Dog (2011; imdb)
6.072 Queen of Earth (2015; imdb)
6.072 White God (2014; imdb)
6.072 Sunshine on Leith (2013; imdb)
6.059 The Lincoln Lawyer (2011; imdb)
6.052 Clouds of Sils Maria (2014; imdb)
6.052 Obvious Child (2014; imdb)
6.052 Cheap Thrills (2013; imdb)
6.048 Much Ado About Nothing (2012; imdb)
6.035 22 Jump Street (2014; imdb)
6.035 Chronicle (2012; imdb)
6.035 The Ides of March (2011; imdb)
6.035 The Master (2012; imdb)
6.030 Spring (2014; imdb)
6.030 Faults (2014; imdb)
6.030 The Guest (2014; imdb)
6.030 Paradise: Hope (2013; imdb)
6.020 Declaration of War (2011; imdb)
6.016 The Survivalist (2015; imdb)
6.004 Dragon Ball Z: Resurrection 'F' (2015; imdb)
6.003 The Skeleton Twins (2014; imdb)
6.000 The Hateful Eight (2015; imdb)

Documentaries:

8.100 The Square (2013; imdb)
8.051 The Look of Silence (2014; imdb)
7.980 Winter on Fire: Ukraine's Fight for Freedom (2015; imdb)
7.980 The Salt of the Earth (2014; imdb)
7.954 Listen To Me Marlon (2015; imdb)
7.938 Jodorowsky's Dune (2013; imdb)
7.938 Citizenfour (2014; imdb)
7.938 Blackfish (2013; imdb)
7.938 Mea Maxima Culpa: Silence In The House Of God (2012; imdb)
7.872 The Act of Killing (2012; imdb)
7.872 The Crash Reel (2013; imdb)
7.800 Sound City (2013; imdb)
7.708 Searching for Sugar Man (2012; imdb)
7.700 Twinsters (2015; imdb)
7.663 Life Itself (2014; imdb)
7.614 Going Clear: Scientology and the Prison of Belief (2015; imdb)
7.600 More Than Honey (2012; imdb)
7.600 Marley (2012; imdb)
7.600 5 Broken Cameras (2011; imdb)
7.546 Beware Of Mr. Baker (2012; imdb)
7.533 The Internet's Own Boy: The Story of Aaron Swartz (2014; imdb)
7.524 How to Survive a Plague (2012; imdb)
7.505 Marina Abramovic: The Artist Is Present (2012; imdb)
7.505 West of Memphis (2012; imdb)
7.488 Chasing Ice (2012; imdb)
7.488 Undefeated (2011; imdb)
7.469 Red Army (2014; imdb)
7.448 Kurt Cobain: Montage Of Heck (2015; imdb)
7.448 The Invisible War (2012; imdb)
7.448 Born To Be Wild (2011; imdb)
7.426 The House I Live In (2012; imdb)
7.425 The Interrupters (2011; imdb)
7.410 Amy (2015; imdb)
7.392 Muscle Shoals (2013; imdb)
7.392 The Other Dream Team (2012; imdb)
7.372 An Honest Liar (2014; imdb)
7.372 Ai Weiwei: Never Sorry (2012; imdb)
7.350 This Is Not a Film (2011; imdb)
7.326 The Missing Picture (2013; imdb)
7.326 20 Feet From Stardom (2013; imdb)
7.315 Finding Vivian Maier (2013; imdb)
7.315 Woody Allen: A Documentary (2012; imdb)
7.315 Pina (2011; imdb)
7.315 Being Elmo: A Puppeteer's Journey (2011; imdb)
7.308 The Last Lions (2011; imdb)
7.290 Inequality For All (2013; imdb)
7.252 Project Nim (2011; imdb)
7.220 Last Days in Vietnam (2014; imdb)
7.200 Jafar Panahi's Taxi (2015; imdb)
7.189 Jiro Dreams of Sushi (2011; imdb)
7.189 The Kingdom of Dreams and Madness (2013; imdb)
7.161 The Central Park Five (2012; imdb)
7.161 Indie Game: The Movie (2012; imdb)
7.144 Best Of Enemies (2015; imdb)
7.144 Stories We Tell (2012; imdb)
7.125 20,000 Days on Earth (2014; imdb)
7.125 The Imposter (2012; imdb)
7.104 Particle Fever (2013; imdb)
7.084 Side by Side (2012; imdb)
7.068 The Gatekeepers (2012; imdb)
7.068 First Position (2011; imdb)
7.050 A Band Called Death (2012; imdb)
7.031 Tim's Vermeer (2013; imdb)
6.970 George Harrison: Living In The Material World (2011; imdb)
6.916 The Pervert's Guide To Ideology (2012; imdb)
6.912 Cutie And The Boxer (2013; imdb)
6.862 Monkey Kingdom (2015; imdb)
6.853 Meru (2015; imdb)
6.764 Buck (2011; imdb)
6.716 Into The Abyss (2011; imdb)
6.696 The Hunting Ground (2015; imdb)
6.674 The Queen of Versailles (2012; imdb)
6.643 Mistaken for Strangers (2013; imdb)
6.642 Bridegroom (2013; imdb)
6.586 Cartel Land (2015; imdb)
6.545 Samsara (2011; imdb)
6.532 Is the Man Who Is Tall Happy?: An Animated Conversation with Noam Chomsky (2013; imdb)
6.532 Something from Nothing: The Art of Rap (2012; imdb)
6.512 The Punk Singer (2013; imdb)
6.512 Shut Up and Play the Hits (2012; imdb)
6.500 White Elephant (2012; imdb)
6.474 Klitschko (2011; imdb)
6.460 Antarctica: A Year on Ice (2013; imdb)
6.460 Knuckle (2011; imdb)
6.438 Bobby Fischer Against The World (2011; imdb)
6.408 Whores' Glory (2011; imdb)
6.399 Racing Extinction (2015; imdb)
6.384 What Happened, Miss Simone? (2015; imdb)
6.375 Dirty Wars (2013; imdb)
6.348 We Steal Secrets: The Story Of Wikileaks (2013; imdb)
6.336 If a Tree Falls: A Story of the Earth Liberation Front (2011; imdb)
6.290 Terms And Conditions May Apply (2013; imdb)
6.232 Maidentrip (2013; imdb)
6.216 Bully (2011; imdb)
6.160 Fed Up (2014; imdb)
6.160 Life in a Day (2011; imdb)
6.048 The Armstrong Lie (2013; imdb)
6.035 The Wolfpack (2015; imdb)

The most highly rated films of 2015

As I’ve done in past years, I’ve taken each feature film IMDb counts as last year’s release and multiplied its IMDb score times its Rotten Tomatoes critic percentage, excluding films with fewer than 2000 ratings. Below are the top 50 or so films scoring around a 6.0 or above:

Non-documentary:

8.200 World of Tomorrow (imdb)
8.134 Inside Out (imdb)
7.872 Spotlight (imdb)
7.857 Mad Max: Fury Road (imdb)
7.802 Room (imdb)
7.800 Aferim! (imdb)
7.728 Star Wars: Episode VII - The Force Awakens (imdb)
7.584 Son of Saul (imdb)
7.452 The Martian (imdb)
7.332 Creed (imdb)
7.326 Shaun the Sheep Movie (imdb)
7.296 Mustang (imdb)
7.275 Brooklyn (imdb)
7.200 Dheepan (imdb)
7.161 Sicario (imdb)
7.098 Beasts of No Nation (imdb)
7.084 Ex Machina (imdb)
7.040 Straight Outta Compton (imdb)
6.992 Bridge of Spies (imdb)
6.956 Carol (imdb)
6.952 The Big Short (imdb)
6.900 Anomalisa (imdb)
6.887 Tangerine (imdb)
6.887 45 Years (imdb)
6.734 The End Of The Tour (imdb)
6.724 The Revenant (imdb)
6.674 Spy (imdb)
6.603 The Gift (imdb)
6.555 The Diary Of A Teenage Girl (imdb)
6.474 Me and Earl and the Dying Girl (imdb)
6.440 Slow West (imdb)
6.424 Dope (imdb)
6.348 The Lady In The Van (imdb)
6.319 Bone Tomahawk (imdb)
6.290 The Walk (imdb)
6.264 The Peanuts Movie (imdb)
6.256 Grandma (imdb)
6.237 Victoria (imdb)
6.231 I'll See You in My Dreams (imdb)
6.205 Steve Jobs (imdb)
6.106 Far From the Madding Crowd (imdb)
6.090 Mr. Holmes (imdb)
6.075 Ip Man 3 (imdb)
6.072 Queen of Earth (imdb)
6.016 The Survivalist (imdb)
6.004 Dragon Ball Z: Resurrection 'F' (imdb)
6.000 The Hateful Eight (imdb)
5.920 Ant-Man (imdb)

Documentary:

7.980 Winter on Fire: Ukraine's Fight for Freedom (imdb)
7.954 Listen To Me Marlon (imdb)
7.700 Twinsters (imdb)
7.614 Going Clear: Scientology and the Prison of Belief (imdb)
7.410 Amy (imdb)
7.144 Best Of Enemies (imdb)
6.862 Monkey Kingdom (imdb)
6.853 Meru (imdb)
6.696 The Hunting Ground (imdb)
6.586 Cartel Land (imdb)
6.399 Racing Extinction (imdb)
6.384 What Happened, Miss Simone? (imdb)
6.035 The Wolfpack (imdb)

The most highly rated films of 2014

As I’ve done in the past, I’ve taken each feature film IMDb counts as a 2014 release and multiplied its IMDb Bayesian average rating times its Rotten Tomatoes critic percentage. Excluded were films with fewer than 2000 ratings, films with fewer than 25 critic reviews, and all documentaries. And so here are the top ~50 films—all with a combined score over 6.0:

 Votes  IMDb  Bayes  RT%   RT%*B   Title
======  ====  =====  ===   =====   ===================================
 11646  8.8   8.635   96   8.290   Whiplash (imdb)
 89725  8.4   8.381   98   8.213   Boyhood (imdb)
 20608  8.7   8.608   93   8.005   Birdman (imdb)
 55829  8.1   8.076   95   7.672   Nightcrawler (imdb)
  2236  8.1   7.671  100   7.671   Leviafan (imdb)
171881  7.9   7.893   96   7.577   The Lego Movie (imdb)
 18801  8.4   8.315   90   7.483   The Imitation Game (imdb)
222804  8.1   8.094   92   7.446   The Grand Budapest Hotel (imdb)
357306  8.2   8.196   90   7.376   Guardians of the Galaxy (imdb)
325608  8.1   8.096   91   7.367   X-Men: Days of Future Past (imdb)
127592  8.0   7.990   92   7.351   How to Train Your Dragon 2 (imdb)
  9183  8.0   7.873   93   7.322   Pride (imdb)
  4788  7.7   7.529   97   7.303   Paddington (imdb)
215839  8.3   8.293   88   7.298   Gone Girl (imdb)
 10789  8.7   8.531   85   7.251   Kis uykusu (imdb)
  5349  8.2   7.965   91   7.248   Hoje Eu Quero Voltar Sozinho (imdb)
  4852  8.3   8.028   90   7.225   Mommy (imdb)
252439  8.0   7.995   90   7.196   Edge of Tomorrow (imdb)
  5751  7.9   7.724   93   7.183   What We Do in the Shadows (imdb)
 35426  8.2   8.159   88   7.180   Big Hero 6 (imdb)
  3817  7.5   7.336   97   7.116   '71 (imdb)
200887  7.8   7.795   91   7.093   Dawn of the Planet of the Apes (imdb)
  8546  7.5   7.417   94   6.972   Deux jours, une nuit (imdb)
301090  7.8   7.796   89   6.938   Captain America: The Winter Soldier (imdb)
  3727  7.0   6.939   97   6.731   Mr. Turner (imdb)
 31117  6.9   6.894   97   6.687   The Babadook (imdb)
  3913  7.5   7.339   91   6.678   Wild (imdb)
 20332  7.5   7.463   89   6.642   Calvary (imdb)
 32602  7.7   7.671   85   6.520   John Wick (imdb)
380387  8.9   8.894   73   6.493   Interstellar (imdb)
 22221  7.3   7.275   89   6.475   The Drop (imdb)
  9861  7.6   7.518   86   6.465   Foxcatcher (imdb)
 21628  7.0   6.987   92   6.428   Frank (imdb)
 73260  7.3   7.292   88   6.417   Chef (imdb)
148218  8.0   7.991   80   6.393   The Fault in Our Stars (imdb)
  4174  7.5   7.347   87   6.392   Still Alice (imdb)
 57398  8.1   8.076   79   6.380   The Raid 2: Berandal (imdb)
 31704  7.0   6.991   91   6.362   A Most Wanted Man (imdb)
  4162  7.3   7.186   87   6.252   The Good Lie (imdb)
  2845  7.1   6.999   89   6.229   Top Five (imdb)
 15750  7.7   7.641   81   6.189   The Theory of Everything (imdb)
  2570  7.5   7.279   85   6.187   Kraftidioten (imdb)
 21082  6.8   6.796   91   6.184   The Guest (imdb)
 96022  7.9   7.888   78   6.153   Fury (imdb)
  8651  7.5   7.418   82   6.083   The Book of Life (imdb)
 10267  7.0   6.974   87   6.067   The Skeleton Twins (imdb)
150296  7.2   7.197   84   6.045   22 Jump Street (imdb)

And here are the top documentaries, using the same criteria:

 Votes  IMDb  Bayes  RT%   RT%*B   Title
======  ====  =====  ===   =====   ===================================
  3317  8.1   7.778   98   7.622   Life Itself (imdb)
  2927  8.2   7.821   93   7.274   The Internet's Own Boy: The Story of Aaron Swartz (imdb)
  3644  7.6   7.408   97   7.186   20,000 Days on Earth (imdb)
  2967  7.4   7.226   89   6.431   Bears (imdb)
  2969  7.7   7.451   81   6.035   Fed Up (imdb)

The most highly rated films of 2013

As I’ve done in past years, I’ve taken the feature films that IMDb counts as 2013 releases and multiplied their IMDb Bayesian average rating times their Rotten Tomatoes critic percentages. Excluded were films with fewer than 2000 ratings, films with fewer than 20 critic reviews, and all documentaries. And so here are the top ~30 films—all that scored over 6.0:

Votes   IRaw    Bayes   RT%     RT%*B   Title
======  ===     =====   ==      =====   ===================================
31521	8.6	8.499	97	8.244	12 Years a Slave (imdb)
220952	8.3	8.287	97	8.038	Gravity (imdb)
41002	8.1	8.044	98	7.883	Before Midnight (imdb)
13099	8.1	7.941	96	7.623	The Past, a.k.a. Le passé (imdb)
4653	8.6	8.089	93	7.523	Her (imdb)
68849	8.1	8.066	93	7.501	Captain Phillips (imdb)
81273	8.3	8.266	89	7.357	Rush (imdb)
9505	8.0	7.809	94	7.340	Inside Llewyn Davis (imdb)
43115	7.9	7.856	93	7.306	American Hustle (imdb)
159357	8.2	8.184	89	7.284	The Hunger Games: Catching Fire (imdb)
9374	8.0	7.807	93	7.261	Dallas Buyers Club (imdb)
16064	8.1	7.967	90	7.170	Blue is the Warmest Color, a.k.a. La vie d'Adèle (imdb)
50570   8.1     8.054   89      7.168   Frozen (imdb)
9367	7.8	7.642	93	7.107	The Great Beauty, a.k.a. La grande bellezza (imdb)
15170	7.6	7.518	94	7.067	Fruitvale Station (imdb)
4576	8.1	7.735	91	7.039	Nebraska (imdb)
5950	7.9	7.648	92	7.036	Philomena (imdb)
7723	7.3	7.218	96	6.929	Enough Said (imdb)
27158	7.6	7.552	91	6.872	Blue Jasmine (imdb)
245632	7.9	7.892	87	6.866	Star Trek Into Darkness (imdb)
15028	7.5	7.430	92	6.836	The Spectacular Now (imdb)
6779	7.2	7.132	93	6.633	All Is Lost (imdb)
128729	8.1	8.082	82	6.627	Prisoners (imdb)
43054	8.7	8.620	76	6.551	The Wolf of Wall Street (imdb)
144990	7.6	7.590	86	6.527	The Conjuring (imdb)
48653	7.5	7.476	85	6.355	The Way Way Back (imdb)
78896	7.1	7.095	89	6.314	The World's End (imdb)
16809	7.8	7.704	81	6.240	Saving Mr. Banks (imdb)
170667	8.2	8.185	75	6.139	The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug (imdb)
9942	7.2	7.150	84	6.006	Alan Partridge: Alpha Papa (imdb)

And here are the top documentaries:

Votes   IRaw    Bayes   RT%     RT%*B   Title
======  ===     =====   ==      =====   ===================================
12483	8.1	7.934	98	7.775	Blackfish (imdb)
5715	7.8	7.567	100	7.567	Sound City (imdb)
3237	6.7	6.776	93	6.302	We Steal Secrets: The Story of WikiLeaks (imdb)

The most highly rated films of 2012

More or less like last year, I’ve taken most of the films that IMDb counts as 2012 releases and multiplied their IMDb Bayesian average rating times their Rotten Tomatoes critic percentages. Excluded were films with fewer than 2000 ratings, films with fewer than 20 critic reviews, and all documentaries. And so, here are the top ~36 films–all that scored over 6.0:

IMDb Hist.      Votes   IRaw    Bayes   RT%     RT%*B   Title
==========      ======  ===     =====   ==      =====   ===================================
0000000233	266519	8.6	8.592	89	7.647	Django Unchained (imdb)
0000001123	476450	8.3	8.297	92	7.633	The Avengers (imdb)
0000001321	174734	7.9	7.895	96	7.579	Argo (imdb)
0000000124	568818	8.6	8.596	87	7.479	The Dark Knight Rises (imdb)
0000001221	105227	7.9	7.893	94	7.419	Moonrise Kingdom (imdb)
0000000232	6905	8.3	8.120	91	7.389	Jagten (The Hunt) (imdb)
0000001321	143457	8.0	7.993	92	7.354	Silver Linings Playbook (imdb)
0000001221	29118	7.9	7.874	93	7.323	Amour (imdb)
0000001222	157924	8.2	8.191	88	7.208	Life of Pi (imdb)
0000001221	275398	7.8	7.798	92	7.174	Skyfall (imdb)
0000002311	201194	7.6	7.599	93	7.067	Looper (imdb)
0000002311	4286	7.5	7.500	93	6.975	No (imdb)
0000002211	85761	7.5	7.500	93	6.975	Zero Dark Thirty (imdb)
0000001222	99147	8.1	8.088	85	6.875	The Perks of Being a Wallflower (imdb)
0000013210	14694	7.2	7.236	94	6.802	The Sessions (imdb)
0000001322	85733	7.9	7.891	86	6.786	Wreck-It Ralph (imdb)
0000002211	80971	7.6	7.598	89	6.762	Lincoln (imdb)
0000013200	7140	7.0	7.109	95	6.754	The Angels' Share (imdb)
0000001212	3165	7.6	7.561	89	6.729	Dupa dealuri (Beyond the Hills) (imdb)
0000012310	2842	7.3	7.383	91	6.719	Dans la maison (In the House) (imdb)
0000002311	9977	7.5	7.500	89	6.675	En kongelig affaere (imdb)
0000012310	2044	7.2	7.348	90	6.613	Cesare deve morire (Caesar Must Die) (imdb)
0000002311	71192	7.7	7.695	85	6.541	End of Watch (imdb)
0000012211	3235	6.7	7.006	93	6.516	The Sapphires (imdb)
0000012210	37321	7.1	7.120	91	6.479	Safety Not Guaranteed (imdb)
0000001211	11845	7.1	7.158	90	6.442	Holy Motors (imdb)
0000001211	2030	7.4	7.450	86	6.407	Tabu (imdb)
0000122100	2284	6.2	6.807	94	6.398	Les adieux a la reine (Farewell, My Queen) (imdb)
0000012210	2534	6.9	7.165	88	6.305	Sightseers (imdb)
0000122100	3162	6.3	6.765	93	6.291	Shadow Dancer (imdb)
0000012211	36932	7.3	7.310	86	6.287	Beasts of the Southern Wild (imdb)
0000013200	13786	7.1	7.151	87	6.221	Robot & Frank (imdb)
0000002310	16306	7.5	7.500	82	6.150	De rouille et d'os (Rust and Bone) (imdb)
0000012211	168604	7.2	7.204	85	6.123	21 Jump Street (imdb)
0000012201	33459	7.0	7.028	87	6.114	Frankenweenie (imdb)
0000012200	34804	7.0	7.027	87	6.113	ParaNorman (imdb)

And, incidentally, here are the top documentaries:

0000001322	12331	8.2	8.102	96	7.778	Searching for Sugar Man (imdb)
0000002211	2552	7.4	7.444	100	7.444	The Invisible War (imdb)
0000002311	3678	7.7	7.630	95	7.248	Side by Side (imdb)
0000001321	5435	7.9	7.792	93	7.247	Indie Game: The Movie (imdb)
0000002310	8859	7.6	7.582	95	7.203	The Imposter (imdb)
0000000016	2075	8.1	7.806	88	6.869	The Other Dream Team (imdb)
0000013200	4371	7.0	7.157	95	6.799	The Queen of Versailles (imdb)

The 20 most highly-rated films of 2011

I played around with IMDB and Rotten Tomatoes scores for all films of 2011 to arrive, subjectively, at a reasonable formula for combining the two to make one list of the most highly-rated films of 2011: just multiply the unweighted IMDB score times the RT score. That allows newer / smaller films to enjoy the ratings IMDB users actually gave them while using RT to more heavily weight the field. The films that make up the top 20 don’t change much, though, whatever formula you use.

Here’s the result:

8.6   A Separation [Jodaeiye Nader az Simin] (2011)
8.148 The Artist (2011)
7.872 Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2 (2011)
7.857 The Muppets (2011)
7.802 Hugo (2011/II)
7.533 Drive (2011)
7.533 50/50 (2011)
7.505 Moneyball (2011)
7.254 Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol (2011)
7.254 Midnight in Paris (2011)
7.138 The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (2011)
7.12  The Descendants (2011)
7.03  The Guard (2011)
7.007 Delhi Belly (2011)
6.992 Source Code (2011)
6.873 X-Men: First Class (2011)
6.862 Win Win (2011)
6.806 Warrior (2011)
6.552 We Need to Talk About Kevin (2011)
6.545 Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy (2011)