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1. Apocalypse Now (1979)

R | 147 min | Drama, Mystery, War

8.4
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94 Metascore

A U.S. Army officer serving in Vietnam is tasked with assassinating a renegade Special Forces Colonel who sees himself as a god.

Director: Francis Ford Coppola | Stars: Martin Sheen, Marlon Brando, Robert Duvall, Frederic Forrest

Votes: 555,841 | Gross: $83.47M

2. Spartacus (2010–2013)

TV-MA | 55 min | Action, Adventure, Biography

8.5
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The life of Spartacus, the gladiator who lead a rebellion against the Romans. From his time as an ally of the Romans, to his betrayal and becoming a gladiator, to the rebellion he leads and its ultimate outcome.

Stars: Andy Whitfield, Lucy Lawless, Manu Bennett, Daniel Feuerriegel

Votes: 207,717

3. John Wick: Chapter 2 (2017)

R | 122 min | Action, Crime, Thriller

7.5
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75 Metascore

After returning to the criminal underworld to repay a debt, John Wick discovers that a large bounty has been put on his life.

Director: Chad Stahelski | Stars: Keanu Reeves, Riccardo Scamarcio, Ian McShane, Ruby Rose

Votes: 306,362 | Gross: $92.03M

4. 24 (2001–2010)

TV-14 | 44 min | Action, Crime, Drama

8.3
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Jack Bauer, Director of Field Ops for the Counter-Terrorist Unit of Los Angeles, races against the clock to subvert terrorist plots and save his nation from ultimate disaster.

Stars: Kiefer Sutherland, Mary Lynn Rajskub, Carlos Bernard, Dennis Haysbert

Votes: 164,021

5. Iron Man 3 (2013)

PG-13 | 130 min | Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi

7.2
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62 Metascore

When Tony Stark's world is torn apart by a formidable terrorist called the Mandarin, he starts an odyssey of rebuilding and retribution.

Director: Shane Black | Stars: Robert Downey Jr., Guy Pearce, Gwyneth Paltrow, Don Cheadle

Votes: 702,451 | Gross: $409.01M

6. London Has Fallen (2016)

R | 99 min | Action, Thriller

5.9
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28 Metascore

In London for the Prime Minister's funeral, Mike Banning is caught up in a plot to assassinate all the attending world leaders.

Director: Babak Najafi | Stars: Gerard Butler, Aaron Eckhart, Morgan Freeman, Angela Bassett

Votes: 126,809 | Gross: $62.68M

7. King Arthur: Legend of the Sword (2017)

PG-13 | 126 min | Action, Adventure, Drama

6.8
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41 Metascore

Robbed of his birthright, Arthur comes up the hard way in the back alleys of the city. But once he pulls the sword from the stone, he is forced to acknowledge his true legacy - whether he likes it or not.

Director: Guy Ritchie | Stars: Charlie Hunnam, Astrid Bergès-Frisbey, Jude Law, Djimon Hounsou

Votes: 171,846 | Gross: $39.18M

8. Rome (2005–2007)

TV-MA | 90 min | Action, Drama, History

8.7
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A down-to-earth account of the lives of both illustrious and ordinary Romans set in the last days of the Roman Republic.

Stars: Kevin McKidd, Ray Stevenson, Polly Walker, Kerry Condon

Votes: 142,857

9. Atomic Blonde (2017)

R | 115 min | Action, Mystery, Thriller

6.7
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63 Metascore

An undercover MI6 agent is sent to Berlin during the Cold War to investigate the murder of a fellow agent and recover a missing list of double agents.

Director: David Leitch | Stars: Charlize Theron, James McAvoy, John Goodman, Eddie Marsan

Votes: 154,094 | Gross: $51.57M

10. The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 2 (2015)

PG-13 | 137 min | Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi

6.5
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65 Metascore

Katniss and a team of rebels from District 13 prepare for the final battle that will decide the fate of Panem.

Director: Francis Lawrence | Stars: Jennifer Lawrence, Josh Hutcherson, Liam Hemsworth, Woody Harrelson

Votes: 256,500 | Gross: $281.72M

11. Hotel Artemis (2018)

R | 94 min | Action, Drama, Sci-Fi

6.1
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58 Metascore

Set in riot-torn, near-future Los Angeles, 'Hotel Artemis' follows the Nurse, who runs a secret, members-only emergency room for criminals.

Director: Drew Pearce | Stars: Jodie Foster, Sofia Boutella, Dave Bautista, Sterling K. Brown

Votes: 33,171 | Gross: $6.71M

12. X-Men: Days of Future Past (2014)

PG-13 | 132 min | Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi

8.0
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75 Metascore

The X-Men send Wolverine to the past in a desperate effort to change history and prevent an event that results in doom for both humans and mutants.

Director: Bryan Singer | Stars: Patrick Stewart, Ian McKellen, Hugh Jackman, James McAvoy

Votes: 626,859 | Gross: $233.92M

13. Terminal (I) (2018)

Not Rated | 95 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

5.3
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27 Metascore

A film noir taking place in a train terminal at night. Add 2 male assassins, female assassin, waitress, teacher, janitor and crime boss. Add revenge. Who says mystery is a lost art?

Director: Vaughn Stein | Stars: Margot Robbie, Simon Pegg, Dexter Fletcher, Mike Myers

Votes: 15,158

14. Geostorm (2017)

PG-13 | 109 min | Action, Sci-Fi, Thriller

5.3
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21 Metascore

When the network of satellites designed to control the global climate starts to attack Earth, it's a race against the clock for its creator to uncover the real threat before a worldwide Geostorm wipes out everything and everyone.

Director: Dean Devlin | Stars: Gerard Butler, Jim Sturgess, Abbie Cornish, Alexandra Maria Lara

Votes: 80,287 | Gross: $33.70M

15. Allied (2016)

R | 124 min | Action, Drama, Romance

7.1
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60 Metascore

In 1942, a Canadian intelligence officer in North Africa encounters a female French Resistance fighter on a deadly mission behind enemy lines. When they reunite in London, their relationship is tested by the pressures of war.

Director: Robert Zemeckis | Stars: Brad Pitt, Marion Cotillard, Jared Harris, Vincent Ebrahim

Votes: 127,878 | Gross: $40.07M

16. Valkyrie (2008)

PG-13 | 121 min | Drama, History, Thriller

7.1
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56 Metascore

A dramatization of the July 20, 1944 assassination and political coup plot by desperate renegade German Army officers against Adolf Hitler during World War II.

Director: Bryan Singer | Stars: Tom Cruise, Bill Nighy, Carice van Houten, Kenneth Branagh

Votes: 215,453 | Gross: $83.08M

17. X2: X-Men United (2003)

PG-13 | 134 min | Action, Sci-Fi, Thriller

7.4
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68 Metascore

When anti-mutant Colonel William Stryker kidnaps Professor X and attacks his school, the X-Men must ally with their archenemy Magneto to stop him.

Director: Bryan Singer | Stars: Patrick Stewart, Hugh Jackman, Halle Berry, Ian McKellen

Votes: 485,672 | Gross: $214.95M

18. The Interview (II) (2014)

R | 112 min | Comedy

6.5
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52 Metascore

Dave Skylark and his producer Aaron Rapaport run the celebrity tabloid show "Skylark Tonight". When they land an interview with a surprise fan, North Korean dictator Kim Jong-un, they are recruited by the CIA to assassinate him.

Directors: Evan Goldberg, Seth Rogen | Stars: James Franco, Seth Rogen, Randall Park, Lizzy Caplan

Votes: 288,511 | Gross: $6.11M

19. Salt (2010)

PG-13 | 100 min | Action, Mystery, Thriller

6.4
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65 Metascore

A CIA agent goes on the run after a defector accuses her of being a Russian spy.

Director: Phillip Noyce | Stars: Angelina Jolie, Liev Schreiber, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Daniel Olbrychski

Votes: 279,030 | Gross: $118.31M

20. Alexander (2004)

R | 175 min | Action, Biography, Drama

5.6
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39 Metascore

Alexander (Colin Farrell), the King of Macedonia and one of the greatest army leaders in the history of warfare, conquers much of the known world.

Director: Oliver Stone | Stars: Colin Farrell, Anthony Hopkins, Rosario Dawson, Angelina Jolie

Votes: 155,427 | Gross: $34.30M

21. JFK (1991)

R | 189 min | Drama, History, Thriller

8.0
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72 Metascore

New Orleans District Attorney Jim Garrison discovers there's more to the Kennedy assassination than the official story.

Director: Oliver Stone | Stars: Kevin Costner, Gary Oldman, Jack Lemmon, Walter Matthau

Votes: 131,830 | Gross: $70.41M

22. Elizabeth (1998)

R | 124 min | Biography, Drama, History

7.4
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75 Metascore

The early years of the reign of Elizabeth I of England and her difficult task of learning what is necessary to be a monarch.

Director: Shekhar Kapur | Stars: Cate Blanchett, Liz Giles, Rod Culbertson, Paul Fox

Votes: 86,497 | Gross: $30.08M

23. National Treasure: Book of Secrets (2007)

PG | 124 min | Action, Adventure, Mystery

6.5
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48 Metascore

Benjamin Gates must follow a clue left in John Wilkes Booth's diary to prove his ancestor's innocence in the assassination of Abraham Lincoln.

Director: Jon Turteltaub | Stars: Nicolas Cage, Diane Kruger, Justin Bartha, Jon Voight

Votes: 206,736 | Gross: $219.96M

24. The American (2010)

R | 105 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

6.3
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61 Metascore

An assassin hides out in Italy for one last assignment.

Director: Anton Corbijn | Stars: George Clooney, Paolo Bonacelli, Violante Placido, Irina Björklund

Votes: 87,457 | Gross: $35.61M

25. The Brothers Grimsby (2016)

R | 83 min | Action, Adventure, Comedy

6.2
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44 Metascore

A new assignment forces a top spy to team up with his football hooligan brother.

Director: Louis Leterrier | Stars: Sacha Baron Cohen, Mark Strong, Rebel Wilson, Freddie Crowder

Votes: 83,300 | Gross: $6.86M

26. Johnny English Reborn (2011)

PG | 101 min | Action, Adventure, Comedy

6.3
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46 Metascore

Johnny English goes up against international assassins hunting down the Chinese premier.

Director: Oliver Parker | Stars: Rowan Atkinson, Rosamund Pike, Dominic West, Roger Barclay

Votes: 112,171 | Gross: $8.31M

27. Notorious (1946)

Not Rated | 102 min | Drama, Film-Noir, Romance

7.9
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100 Metascore

A woman is asked to spy on a group of Nazi friends in South America. How far will she have to go to ingratiate herself with them?

Director: Alfred Hitchcock | Stars: Cary Grant, Ingrid Bergman, Claude Rains, Louis Calhern

Votes: 85,898 | Gross: $10.46M

28. The Manchurian Candidate (2004)

R | 129 min | Drama, Mystery, Sci-Fi

6.6
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76 Metascore

In the midst of the Gulf War, soldiers are kidnapped and brainwashed for sinister purposes.

Director: Jonathan Demme | Stars: Denzel Washington, Liev Schreiber, Meryl Streep, Kimberly Elise

Votes: 98,065 | Gross: $65.96M

29. The Crying Game (1992)

R | 112 min | Crime, Drama, Romance

7.2
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90 Metascore

A British soldier kidnapped by IRA terrorists soon befriends one of his captors, who then becomes drawn into the soldier's world.

Director: Neil Jordan | Stars: Stephen Rea, Jaye Davidson, Forest Whitaker, Miranda Richardson

Votes: 47,744 | Gross: $62.55M

30. The Day of the Jackal (1973)

PG | 143 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

7.8
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80 Metascore

A professional assassin codenamed "Jackal" plots to kill Charles de Gaulle, the President of France.

Director: Fred Zinnemann | Stars: Edward Fox, Terence Alexander, Michel Auclair, Alan Badel

Votes: 34,766 | Gross: $16.06M

31. The Purge: Election Year (2016)

R | 108 min | Action, Horror, Sci-Fi

6.0
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55 Metascore

Former Police Sergeant Barnes becomes head of security for Senator Charlie Roan, a Presidential candidate targeted for death on Purge night due to her vow to eliminate the Purge.

Director: James DeMonaco | Stars: Frank Grillo, Elizabeth Mitchell, Mykelti Williamson, Joseph Julian Soria

Votes: 81,393 | Gross: $79.00M

32. The Naked Gun: From the Files of Police Squad! (1988)

PG-13 | 85 min | Comedy, Crime

7.6
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76 Metascore

Incompetent police Detective Frank Drebin must foil an attempt to assassinate Queen Elizabeth II.

Director: David Zucker | Stars: Leslie Nielsen, Priscilla Presley, O.J. Simpson, Ricardo Montalban

Votes: 137,842 | Gross: $78.76M

33. The Three Musketeers (1993)

PG | 105 min | Action, Adventure, Comedy

6.4
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The three best of the disbanded Musketeers - Athos, Porthos, and Aramis - join a young hotheaded would-be-Musketeer, D'Artagnan, to stop the Cardinal Richelieu's evil plot: to form an ... See full summary »

Director: Stephen Herek | Stars: Charlie Sheen, Kiefer Sutherland, Chris O'Donnell, Oliver Platt

Votes: 47,167 | Gross: $53.90M

34. xXx: State of the Union (2005)

PG-13 | 101 min | Action, Adventure, Crime

4.4
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37 Metascore

Darius Stone, a new agent in the xXx program, is sent to Washington, D.C. to stop a coup attempt against the President of the United States.

Director: Lee Tamahori | Stars: Ice Cube, Samuel L. Jackson, Willem Dafoe, Scott Speedman

Votes: 64,196 | Gross: $26.87M

35. In the Line of Fire (1993)

R | 128 min | Action, Crime, Drama

7.2
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74 Metascore

Secret Service agent Frank Horrigan couldn't save Kennedy, but he's determined not to let a clever assassin take out this president.

Director: Wolfgang Petersen | Stars: Clint Eastwood, John Malkovich, Rene Russo, Dylan McDermott

Votes: 85,917 | Gross: $102.31M

36. The Dead Zone (1983)

R | 103 min | Drama, Horror, Sci-Fi

7.2
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69 Metascore

A man awakens from a coma to discover he has a psychic ability.

Director: David Cronenberg | Stars: Christopher Walken, Brooke Adams, Tom Skerritt, Herbert Lom

Votes: 55,280 | Gross: $20.77M

37. Anthropoid (2016)

R | 120 min | Biography, History, Thriller

7.2
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59 Metascore

Based on the extraordinary true story of Operation Anthropoid, the WWII mission to assassinate SS General Reinhard Heydrich, the main architect behind the Final Solution and the Reich's third in command after Hitler and Himmler.

Director: Sean Ellis | Stars: Jamie Dornan, Cillian Murphy, Brian Caspe, Karel Hermánek Jr.

Votes: 38,765 | Gross: $2.96M

38. The Package (1989)

R | 108 min | Action, Crime, Drama

6.4
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55 Metascore

Experienced Green Beret sergeant Johnny Gallagher is escorting a prisoner, Airborne Ranger Thomas Boyette, back to the US, but Boyette escapes and Gallagher must risk life and limb to catch him.

Director: Andrew Davis | Stars: Gene Hackman, Tommy Lee Jones, Joanna Cassidy, John Heard

Votes: 7,876 | Gross: $10.65M

39. Vantage Point (2008)

PG-13 | 90 min | Action, Crime, Drama

6.6
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40 Metascore

The attempted assassination of the American President is told and re-told from several different perspectives.

Director: Pete Travis | Stars: Dennis Quaid, Forest Whitaker, Matthew Fox, Bruce McGill

Votes: 139,454 | Gross: $72.27M

40. Foul Play (1978)

PG | 116 min | Comedy, Mystery, Thriller

6.8
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45 Metascore

A shy San Francisco librarian and a bumbling cop fall in love as they solve a crime involving albinos, dwarves, and the Catholic Church.

Director: Colin Higgins | Stars: Goldie Hawn, Chevy Chase, Burgess Meredith, Rachel Roberts

Votes: 12,528 | Gross: $45.00M

41. Assassins (1995)

R | 132 min | Action, Crime, Thriller

6.3
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Professional hit-man Robert Rath wants to fulfill a few more contracts before retiring but unscrupulous ambitious newcomer hit-man Miguel Bain keeps killing Rath's targets.

Director: Richard Donner | Stars: Sylvester Stallone, Antonio Banderas, Julianne Moore, Anatoli Davydov

Votes: 73,162 | Gross: $30.31M

42. 13 Assassins (2010)

R | 141 min | Action, Adventure, Drama

7.6
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84 Metascore

A group of assassins come together for a suicide mission to kill an evil lord.

Director: Takashi Miike | Stars: Kôji Yakusho, Takayuki Yamada, Yûsuke Iseya, Ikki Sawamura

Votes: 58,493 | Gross: $0.80M

43. I, Claudius (1976)

Not Rated | 669 min | Biography, Drama, History

8.8
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The history of the Roman Empire as experienced by one of its rulers.

Stars: Derek Jacobi, John Hurt, Siân Phillips, Brian Blessed

Votes: 14,467

44. Above the Law (1988)

R | 99 min | Action, Crime, Drama

6.0
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45 Metascore

A former Special Operations Vietnam vet works as a Chicago cop, and uncovers C.I.A. wrongdoing.

Director: Andrew Davis | Stars: Steven Seagal, Pam Grier, Henry Silva, Ron Dean

Votes: 26,635 | Gross: $18.87M

45. Nick of Time (1995)

R | 90 min | Action, Crime, Drama

6.3
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An unimpressive, every-day man is forced into a situation where he is told to kill a politician to save his kidnapped daughter.

Director: John Badham | Stars: Johnny Depp, Christopher Walken, Courtney Chase, Charles S. Dutton

Votes: 36,993 | Gross: $8.17M

46. Dreamscape (1984)

PG-13 | 99 min | Action, Adventure, Horror

6.3
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A young psychic on the run from himself is recruited by a government agency experimenting with the use of the dream-sharing technology and is given the inverse task of planting an idea into the mind of the U.S. president.

Director: Joseph Ruben | Stars: Dennis Quaid, Max von Sydow, Christopher Plummer, Eddie Albert

Votes: 12,731 | Gross: $11.48M

47. Cyborg 2: Glass Shadow (1993 Video)

R | 99 min | Action, Sci-Fi, Thriller

3.9
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In the year 2074 the PinWheel corporation creates an 'almost-human' cyborg Casella Reese, aka Cash, designed specifically to charm/seduce her way into a rival manufacturer's headquarters ... See full summary »

Director: Michael Schroeder | Stars: Elias Koteas, Angelina Jolie, Jack Palance, Billy Drago

Votes: 4,141

48. Force 10 from Navarone (1978)

PG | 118 min | Action, Drama, War

6.4
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42 Metascore

During World War II, several oddly assorted military experts are teamed in a mission to raid and destroy a bridge vital to enemy strategy.

Director: Guy Hamilton | Stars: Harrison Ford, Robert Shaw, Edward Fox, Franco Nero

Votes: 15,541

49. El Cid (1961)

Approved | 182 min | Biography, Drama, History

7.2
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79 Metascore

The fabled Spanish hero Rodrigo Diaz (a.k.a. El Cid) overcomes a family vendetta and court intrigue to defend Christian Spain against the Moors.

Director: Anthony Mann | Stars: Charlton Heston, Sophia Loren, Raf Vallone, Geneviève Page

Votes: 11,832 | Gross: $26.62M

50. The Sentinel (2006)

PG-13 | 108 min | Action, Crime, Thriller

6.1
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49 Metascore

A Secret Service agent is framed as the mole in an assassination attempt on the President. He must clear his name and foil another assassination attempt while on the run from a Secret Service Protective Intelligence Division agent.

Director: Clark Johnson | Stars: Michael Douglas, Kiefer Sutherland, Kim Basinger, Eva Longoria

Votes: 46,072 | Gross: $36.28M



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