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1. God's Comedy (1995)

170 min | Comedy, Drama

João de Deus is the manager of an ice-cream shop owned by an ex-prostitute, Paraíso dos Gelados (Ice-Cream Paradise). Through a unmoved desire of perfection, he seeks, through cleansing and... See full summary »

Director: João César Monteiro | Stars: Cláudia Teixeira, João César Monteiro, Manuela de Freitas, Raquel Ascensão

Votes: 1,076

2. A Spell to Ward Off the Darkness (2013)

Not Rated | 98 min | Documentary, Music

70 Metascore

From pagan re-enactors to failed communes, black metal festivals to Arctic hermits, and the forever Golden Hour to the Northern Lights, 'A Spell to Ward off the Darkness' is an inquiry into... See full summary »

Directors: Ben Rivers, Ben Russell | Star: Robert Aiki Aubrey Lowe

Votes: 443

3. The Green Wall (1969)

R | 110 min | Drama, Romance

A young couple forsakes their urban existence for life in the exciting but dangerous Peruvian jungle.

Director: Armando Robles Godoy | Stars: Julio Alemán, Sandra Riva, Raúl Martin, Lorena Duval

Votes: 218

4. As Bodas de Deus (1999)

150 min | Comedy

After receiving a visit from a messenger of God, João de Deus wins his buddy's girlfriend through a roll of the dice.

Director: João César Monteiro | Stars: Rita Durão, João César Monteiro, Joana Azevedo, José Airosa

Votes: 599

5. Reality's Invisible (1971)

53 min

A short film which presents us footage of students making and discussing their work alongside figures like Gardner, theorist Rudolf Arnheim, artist Stan Vanderbeek, filmmaker Stan Brakhage, and graphic designer Toshi Katayama.

Director: Robert E. Fulton | Star: Robert Gardner

Votes: 33

6. Un lac (2008)

90 min | Drama

The story takes place in a country about which we know nothing: a country of snow and dense forests somewhere in the North. A family lives in an isolated house near a lake. Alexi, the ... See full summary »

Director: Philippe Grandrieux | Stars: Dmitriy Kubasov, Natálie Rehorová, Aleksey Solonchev, Simona Huelsemann

Votes: 622

7. Repeated Absences (1972)

78 min | Drama

Young man Francois Nole works in a Bank. Often skips a walk, and one day he never comes to work. He goes to bed and refuses stand. Francois is a heroin addict, who has lost the joy of life.... See full summary »

Director: Guy Gilles | Stars: Danièle Delorme, Nathalie Delon, Patrick Penn, Patrick Jouané

Votes: 61

8. A New Life (2002)

102 min | Drama, Horror

The story involves a young American who falls obsessively in love with a mysterious courtesan named Melania against the backdrop of a dilapidated Eastern European landscape.

Director: Philippe Grandrieux | Stars: Zachary Knighton, Anna Mouglalis, Marc Barbé, Zsolt Nagy

Votes: 849

9. The Last Bolshevik (1993)

Not Rated | 120 min | Documentary, Biography, History

This documentary tells the story of film director Aleksandr Medvedkin, throughout his life a sincere believer in communism, whose films were repeatedly banned in the Soviet Union. Modern ... See full summary »

Director: Chris Marker | Stars: Léonor Graser, Nikolai Izvolov, Kira Paramonova, Viktor Dyomin

Votes: 555

10. All the Cities of the North (2016)

Not Rated | 97 min | Drama

In an abandoned bungalow complex two man have made themselves a peaceful haven. Although the relationship between them is unclear, the unexpected arrival of the third man is going to disrupt their little utopia.

Director: Dane Komljen | Stars: Boban Kaludjer, Boris Isakovic, Dane Komljen

Votes: 143

11. Letter from a Filmmaker to His Daughter (2002)

50 min | Documentary

A playful, free and personal film in the form of a letter, a film interwoven with a thousand stories knit together with different textures, a book of images where a filmmaker shows the images and the stories he wants to share.

Director: Eric Pauwels

Votes: 86

12. Kaili Blues (2015)

Not Rated | 113 min | Drama, Mystery

85 Metascore

While travelling the countryside to locate his nephew, a small town doctor finds himself interacting with people from his past and future.

Director: Gan Bi | Stars: Yongzhong Chen, Yue Guo, Linyan Liu, Feiyang Luo

Votes: 2,169 | Gross: $0.03M

13. Tie Xi Qu: West of the Tracks (2002)

551 min | Documentary

The impact of the decline of heavy industry on workers and their families in the Tiexi district of Shenyang, China, at the turn of the 21st century, documented unflinchingly by a fly-on-the-wall camera.

Director: Bing Wang

Votes: 908

14. Still Life (1974)

93 min | Drama

For more than three decades, aging Iranian Mohamad Sardari (Zadour Bonyadi) has worked as a crossing guard at a desolate train station. Through the years, Mohamad has done little to stifle ... See full summary »

Directors: Houshang Baharlou, Morteza Momayyez, Sohrab Shahid Saless | Stars: Zadour Bonyadi, Mohammed Kani, Hibibollah Safarian, Habib Safaryan

Votes: 679

15. Light Is Calling (2004)

8 min | Short

A scene from The Bells (1926) is optically reprinted and edited to Michael Gordon¹s 7 minute composition. A meditation on the fleeting nature of life and love, as seen through the roiling emulsion of an film.

Director: Bill Morrison | Stars: Eddie Phillips, Lola Todd

Votes: 371

16. Homo Sapiens (2016)

Not Rated | 94 min | Documentary

84 Metascore

Homo Sapiens shows stunning images of forgotten places, buildings we constructed and then left.

Director: Nikolaus Geyrhalter

Votes: 722

17. Visitor of a Museum (1989)

136 min | Drama, Sci-Fi

In a post-apocalyptic world, in which a large part of the population consists of demented and deformed mutants being kept in reservations, a man embarks upon visiting the ruins of a museum ... See full summary »

Director: Konstantin Lopushanskiy | Stars: Viktor Mikhaylov, Vera Mayorova, Vadim Lobanov, Irina Rakshina

Votes: 739

18. The Iron Ministry (2014)

Not Rated | 82 min | Documentary

76 Metascore

Filmed over three years on what will soon be the world's largest railway network, 'The Iron Ministry' traces the vast interiors of a country on the move: flesh and metal, clangs and squeals, light and dark, language and gesture.

Director: J.P. Sniadecki

Votes: 214

19. Brink of Life (1958)

Not Rated | 84 min | Drama

Three women in a maternity ward reveal their lives and intimate thoughts to each other while in a maternity ward together, where they face the choice of keeping their babies or offering them for adoption.

Director: Ingmar Bergman | Stars: Eva Dahlbeck, Ingrid Thulin, Bibi Andersson, Barbro Hiort af Ornäs

Votes: 2,123

20. My Way Home (1978)

Not Rated | 71 min | Biography, Drama

Jamie leaves the children's home to live with his paternal grandmother. After working in a mine and in a tailor's shop, he is conscripted into the RAF, and goes to Egypt, where he is ... See full summary »

Director: Bill Douglas | Stars: Stephen Archibald, Paul Kermack, Jessie Combe, William Carrol

Votes: 600

21. Despite the Night (2015)

Unrated | 156 min | Drama

Lens returns to Paris to find his only true love, Madeleine. As his search for her continues, he finds himself getting sucked into the dark and cruel underworld of the porn industry.

Director: Philippe Grandrieux | Stars: Kristian Marr, Ariane Labed, Roxane Mesquida, Paul Hamy

Votes: 322

22. Phantoms of Nabua (2009)

11 min | Short

A fluorescent tube illuminates an empty playground in the evening. Nearby a flash of light is projected on a makeshift screen. This outdoor movie is a portrait of a village repeatedly ... See full summary »

Director: Apichatpong Weerasethakul | Stars: Phetmongkol Chantawong, Kumgieng Jittamaat, Miti Jittamaat, Nuttapon Kemthong

Votes: 222

23. Our Century (1983)

47 min | Documentary

A man paves his own way to his own soul through an intellectual quest, tragedies of nations and personal drama. The road moving through the cosmic distances is a flight into one's internal ... See full summary »

Director: Artavazd Peleshian

Votes: 271

24. Down to Earth (1994)

110 min | Drama

The film tells a story of Mariana, a nurse who leaves Lisbon to accompany an immigrant worker in a comatose sleep on his trip home to Cape Verde. The devoted Portuguese nurse took a journey only to find herself lost in abstract drama.

Director: Pedro Costa | Stars: Inês de Medeiros, Isaach De Bankolé, Edith Scob, Pedro Hestnes

Votes: 670

25. Nenette and Boni (1996)

Not Rated | 103 min | Drama

70 Metascore

A brother and sister reunite after time apart. But the sister is pregnant, which could either bring the siblings together or tear them apart.

Director: Claire Denis | Stars: Grégoire Colin, Alice Houri, Jacques Nolot, Valeria Bruni Tedeschi

Votes: 1,235

26. Wall Engravings (1968)

80 min | Drama, Romance

A young girl remembers her impossible love for a melancholic boy.

Director: Guy Gilles | Stars: Macha Méril, Patrick Jouané, Bernard Verley, Frédéric Ditis

Votes: 71

27. Bilder der Welt und Inschrift des Krieges (1989)

75 min | Documentary, War

Documentary examines the 'blind spot' of the evaluators of aerial footage of the IG Farben industrial plant taken by the Americans in 1944.

Director: Harun Farocki | Stars: Ulrike Grote, Harun Farocki

Votes: 227

29. Decasia (2002)

Not Rated | 70 min | Documentary

67 Metascore

A meditation on the human quest to transcend physicality, constructed from decaying archival footage and set to an original symphonic score.

Director: Bill Morrison | Stars: Tsuru Aoki, Julia Calhoun, Margaret Cullington, William S. Hart

Votes: 833

30. Twentynine Palms (2003)

Unrated | 119 min | Drama

43 Metascore

David, an independent photographer, and Katia, an unemployed woman, leave Los Angeles, en route to the southern California desert, where they search a natural set to use as a backdrop for a... See full summary »

Director: Bruno Dumont | Stars: Yekaterina Golubeva, David Wissak

Votes: 4,015 | Gross: $0.05M

31. The Life of Jesus (1997)

Not Rated | 96 min | Drama, Romance

74 Metascore

A social movie about current life in the north of France. Freddy and his friends are all unemployed. They pass away time by wandering around on their motorcycles and by directing their ... See full summary »

Director: Bruno Dumont | Stars: David Douche, Marjorie Cottreel, Kader Chaatouf, Sébastien Delbaere

Votes: 2,291

32. Staying Vertical (2016)

Unrated | 98 min | Comedy, Drama

65 Metascore

A film maker has to raise a child by himself whilst looking for an inspiration for his new film.

Director: Alain Guiraudie | Stars: Damien Bonnard, India Hair, Raphaël Thiéry, Christian Bouillette

Votes: 1,880 | Gross: $0.01M

34. City of Pirates (1983)

Not Rated | 111 min | Adventure, Drama, Fantasy

A surreal odyssey in which a melancholic maidservant crosses paths with a homicidal little boy, travels to a tiny island and encounters a man with multiple personalities.

Director: Raoul Ruiz | Stars: Hugues Quester, Anne Alvaro, Melvil Poupaud, André Engel

Votes: 670

35. The Sky Trembles and the Earth Is Afraid and the Two Eyes Are Not Brothers (2015)

95 min | Drama

At the heart of the film's multiple narratives is an adaptation of A Distant Episode, the savage short story set in Morocco by American author Paul Bowles, first published in 1947. Moving ... See full summary »

Director: Ben Rivers | Star: Oliver Laxe

Votes: 202

36. A Dirty Story (1977)

50 min | Documentary

A group of friends listen as one man tells them a story about a time when, in a small cafe, he discovered a peephole into the ladies' bathroom and became addicted to looking through it at ... See full summary »

Director: Jean Eustache | Stars: Michael Lonsdale, Douchka, Jean-Noël Picq, Laurie Zimmer

Votes: 274

37. Could See a Puma (2011)

18 min | Short, Adventure, Fantasy

The accident leads a group of young boys from the high roofs of their neighborhood, passing through its destruction, to the deepest of the earth.

Director: Eduardo Williams | Stars: Fernando Contigiani García, Nahuel Pérez Biscayart, Jerónimo Quevedo, Juan Manuel Soler

Votes: 78

38. The Dancing Hawk (1977)

98 min | Drama

"The Dancing Hawk" refers to the son of a peasant who senses he can climb to the job in troubled times by playing his cards right. His slavery to work match his ambitions, and gradually he ... See full summary »

Director: Grzegorz Królikiewicz | Stars: Franciszek Trzeciak, Beata Tyszkiewicz, Beata Tumkiewicz, Czeslaw Przybyla

Votes: 68

39. Sombre (1998)

Not Rated | 112 min | Drama, Horror

A car, following the Tour de France. Children screaming in front of the puppet show. Women, often prostitutes, trying to scream as they are being strangled. Then he will meet Claire, the ... See full summary »

Director: Philippe Grandrieux | Stars: Marc Barbé, Elina Löwensohn, Géraldine Voillat, Coralie

Votes: 1,365

40. Foreign Parts (II) (2010)

Not Rated | 81 min | Documentary, Drama

78 Metascore

'Foreign Parts' portrays a hidden enclave of automobile shops and junk-yards fated for demolition in the shadow of a new baseball stadium in Queens. The film observes this vibrant community... See full summary »

Directors: Verena Paravel, J.P. Sniadecki

Votes: 136

41. The Man with No Shadow (2004)

9 min | Animation, Short, Drama

A solitary man without a shadow rises from his desk, dons his hat, and leaves his apartment. He walks through a city to a large door, knocks, shows his invitation, and is admitted to a ... See full summary »

Director: Georges Schwizgebel

Votes: 416

42. Four Seasons (1975)

29 min | Documentary, Short

The last collaboration of Artavazd Peleshian and cinematographer Mikhail Vartanov is a film-essay about Armenia's shepherds, about the contradiction and the harmony between man and nature, scored to Vivaldi's Four Seasons.

Director: Artavazd Peleshian

Votes: 675

43. Paradise: Hope (2013)

Unrated | 92 min | Drama

78 Metascore

The final installment in Ulrich Seidl's Paradise trilogy, 'Paradise: Hope' tells the story of overweight thirteen-year-old Melanie and her first love. While her mother travels to Kenya ('... See full summary »

Director: Ulrich Seidl | Stars: Melanie Lenz, Verena Lehbauer, Joseph Lorenz, Michael Thomas

Votes: 3,832 | Gross: $0.01M

44. O-Bi, O-Ba - The End of Civilization (1985)

88 min | Drama, Mystery, Sci-Fi

Set in an underground dungeon inhabited by bundled, ragged human beings, after the nuclear holocaust. The story follows the wanderings of a hero through the situations of survival. People ... See full summary »

Director: Piotr Szulkin | Stars: Jerzy Stuhr, Krystyna Janda, Kalina Jedrusik, Mariusz Dmochowski

Votes: 861

45. Set Me Free (1999)

95 min | Drama, Romance

80 Metascore

Canadian/Swiss/French production that tells the tale of Hannah, a tomboyish 13 year-old hitting puberty in 1963. An unhappy and uncomfortable family life leads Hannah to seek escapism in the world of cinema. Specifically, she repeatedly watches and appears enthralled by Anna Karina, the character from Jean-Luc Godard's "Vivre sa vie" (1962) about a Parisian woman's descent into prostitution. Her ... See full summary »

Director: Léa Pool | Stars: Karine Vanasse, Pascale Bussières, Predrag 'Miki' Manojlovic, Alexandre Mérineau

Votes: 866 | Gross: $0.07M

46. Let Us Persevere in What We Have Resolved Before We Forget (2013)

Not Rated | 20 min | Documentary, Short

"John Frum prophesied the occurrence of a cataclysm in which Tanna would become flat, the volcanic mountains would fall and fill the river-beds to form fertile plains, and Tanna would be ... See full summary »

Director: Ben Russell

Votes: 38

47. The Green Years (1963)

91 min | Drama

Julio, aged nineteen, has just left the provinces to settle down in the outskirts of Lisbon. He lives there in a poor area with his uncle Afonso and starts working as an apprentice ... See full summary »

Director: Paulo Rocha | Stars: Rui Gomes, Isabel Ruth, Ruy Furtado, Paulo Renato

Votes: 468

48. L'ange (1982)

64 min | Animation, Fantasy

The climbing of an immense staircase made up of the most varied stairs. Symbolic scenes occur on different levels where characters seem to be prisoners of their deeds and of their own folly... See full summary »

Director: Patrick Bokanowski | Stars: Maurice Baquet, Jean-Marie Bon, Martine Couture, Jacques Faure

Votes: 395

49. The Halt (2000)

25 min | Short, Documentary

6.7