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The last few years have seen some pretty big stinkers come to a theater near you. But there have been a lot of great movies, too, movies that have earned the highly coveted 100% rating on .

Let's look at 11 of these movies with a perfect score, and see how many you've seen. Here's hoping to you having seen at least one of these!

1. Chicken People

  • Genre: Documentary
  • Director: Nicole Lucas Haimes
  • Starring: So. Many. Chickens.
  • Audience score: 70%

You're reading it here, folks — maybe for the first time. A movie about chickens, chicken shows, and the people who take their chickens to shows and win awards for their chickens. This cockumentary has 100% on Rotten Tomatoes... Get your minds out of the gutters and find me a huge fryer, quick!

2. Orange Sunshine

  • Genre: Documentary
  • Director: William A. Kirkley
  • Starring: Austin Arnold, Tyler Mauro, Francesca Galassi |
  • Audience score: 80%

Like Chicken People, this is a documentary, but it's about LSD, the Brotherhood of Eternal Love, and their hip, hippy adventures when they sold the drug in California in the '60s and '70s.

3. Breaking A Monster

  • Genre: Music Documentary
  • Director: Luke Meyer
  • Starring: Malcolm Brickhouse, Jarad Dawkins, Alec Atkins
  • Audience score: 76%

Are we seeing a trend here? It seems quite a few of the top-rated movies are documentaries of some sort. This one follows three 13-year-old American kids around during the break-out year of their band, Unlocking The Truth. Rockin'!

4. Sky Ladder: The Art Of Cai Guo-Qiang

  • Genre: Documentary
  • Director: Kevin Macdonald
  • Starring: Guo-Qiang Cai, Ian Buruma, Wen-You Cai
  • Audience score: 94%

This film follows Guo-Qiang Cai, a contemporary artist whose dream is, basically, to make a half-kilometer tall sky ladder out of fire.

This guy is every pyromaniac's hero!

5. Justin Timberlake And The Tennessee Kids

  • Genre: Music Documentary
  • Director: Jonathan Demme (the Silence of the Lambs guy!)
  • Starring: Justin Timberlake
  • Audience score: 79%

This showcases Justin's final performance of his 20/20 Experience World Tour in Las Vegas. Directed by the guy who first brought us Anthony Hopkins as Hannibal Lecter, Netflix brings us performing with the 25 band members of The Tennessee Kids.

6. Things To Come (L'avenir)

  • Genre: Not a documentary...a drama!
  • Director: Mia Hansen-Løve
  • Starring: Isabelle Huppert, André Marcon, Roman Kolinka
  • Audience score: 77%

This is basically one hour and 42 minutes of everything that could possibly go right and wrong in a person's life, put on film. And, despite the French subtitles many of us would have to read to understand what's happening in the movie, it looks like an incredible movie. No flying, exploding robots, no terminating metal blobs...just a woman dealing with life.

7. Esteros

  • Genre: Drama/Romance
  • Director: Papu Curotto
  • Starring: Ignacio Rogers, Esteban Masturini, Joaquín Parada
  • Audience score: no score yet

So, I was wrong. Documentaries AND are king boss when it comes to Rotten Tomatoes handing out fresh ratings. This one is pretty deep, so feast your eyes on the IMDb plot summary, written by Outplay Films:

Matias and Jeronimo know each other since childhood. Their friendship takes a new turn during the holiday before starting high school when they both experience their sexual awakening. Matias's father breaks up their relationship by accepting a job very far away. Family's contempt against homosexuality brings Matias to deny his friend and himself. More than ten years later, Matias returns to his old town for carnival with his girlfriend. He unexpectedly runs into Jeronimo. Feelings will slowly reappear and will reach a climax, but at what price?

8. Mavis!

  • Genre: Music Documentary/Biography
  • Director: Jessica Edwards
  • Starring: Mavis Staples, Jeff Tweedy, Adam Ayres
  • Audience score: 89%

And we're back to ...which is fine! Someone seems to be doing them right. This one follows Mavis Staples and her family gospel singing group, the Staple Singers, along their journey from the '60s to the present. Their music is more than music; it's a message of love, freedom, and equality.

9. National Bird

  • Genre: Documentary
  • Director: Sonia Kennebeck
  • Starring: Jesselyn Radack
  • Audience score: 60%

Who doesn't love a good documentary about whistleblowing? This film is about three blowers of whistles whose collective goal is to blow the lid off the military drone controversy. We civilians hear about drone attacks on the news — not so much now, but there was a time when it was on every channel. This film tells the story through the eyes of the veterans who have had to be a part of what they call “the killing of faceless people” overseas.

10. Cameraperson

  • Genre: Documentary
  • Director: Kirsten Johnson
  • Starring: Kirsten Johnson
  • Audience score: 69%

For anyone out there whose dream it is to make film magic, this is a must-see. The camera goes behind the camera to show us what happens when director/cinematographer Kirsten Johnson makes her own documentaries. There's an Xzibit “Yo Dawg” meme in there somewhere.

11. Tower

  • Genre: Documentary (Animated/Crime)
  • Director: Keith Maitland
  • Starring: Violett Beane, Louie Arnette, Blair Jackson
  • Audience score: 89%

One of the higher audience scores among the 100% Tomatometer scores, Tower reminds us that the concept of mass shootings isn't anything new; they go back to the '60s and before (though the rate at which they happen has absolutely increased). In 1966, at the University of Texas, a sniper opened fire from the top of the tower, killing 16 people before he was finished. Tower is a collection of animation, testimony and archived footage from the incident.

The verdict? Documentaries and foreign films pretty much dominate Rotten Tomatoes' 100 Club. That's not to say other, more mainstream films haven't hit that mark; 1, 2, and 3 received 100%, 100%, and 99%, respectively, but none of the 100 percenters that have come out this year are easily recognizable, at least to this writer.

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You know the drill! Let me know in the comments, or tweet me if you've seen any of these 11 fresh, ripe films that Rotten Tomatoes loves, and let me know what you thought! of them


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