an idiom for the best thing

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I want to express the idea that a movie is the best I've seen or a book is the best I've read.

Is it natural to say "jewel in the crown"?

I've seen many movies and Shutter Island is the jewel in the crown.

I've read many books and their jewel in the crown was Shining.


Is there another idiom I can use that is more natural?
 

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You could say something is number one.
 

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I want to express the idea that a movie is the best I've seen or a book is the best I've read. Is it natural to say "jewel in the crown"?

1. I've seen many movies and Shutter Island is the jewel in the crown.
2. I've read many books and [STRIKE]their[/STRIKE] the jewel in the crown was The Shining.

Is there another idiom I can use that is more natural?

In BrE, you could use "... was the bee's knees" or "the dog's b*llo*cks".
 

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And in AmE, the cat's ass, although not in polite company.
 
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