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1. The Big Lebowski (1998)

R | 117 min | Comedy, Crime, Sport

8.1
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71 Metascore

Jeff "The Dude" Lebowski, mistaken for a millionaire of the same name, seeks restitution for his ruined rug and enlists his bowling buddies to help get it.

Directors: Joel Coen, Ethan Coen | Stars: Jeff Bridges, John Goodman, Julianne Moore, Steve Buscemi

Votes: 680,949 | Gross: $17.50M

2. The Brothers Bloom (2008)

PG-13 | 114 min | Action, Adventure, Comedy

6.8
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55 Metascore

The Brothers Bloom are the best con men in the world, swindling millionaires with complex scenarios of lust and intrigue. Now they've decided to take on one last job - showing a beautiful and eccentric heiress the time of her life with a romantic adventure that takes them around the world.

Director: Rian Johnson | Stars: Rachel Weisz, Adrien Brody, Mark Ruffalo, Rinko Kikuchi

Votes: 47,006 | Gross: $3.52M

3. Machete (2010)

R | 105 min | Action, Crime, Thriller

6.6
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60 Metascore

After being set-up and betrayed by the man who hired him to assassinate a Texas Senator, an ex-Federale launches a brutal rampage of revenge against his former boss.

Directors: Ethan Maniquis, Robert Rodriguez | Stars: Danny Trejo, Michelle Rodriguez, Robert De Niro, Jessica Alba

Votes: 184,680 | Gross: $26.59M

4. Gringo (2018)

R | 111 min | Action, Comedy, Crime

6.1
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46 Metascore

GRINGO, a dark comedy mixed with white-knuckle action and dramatic intrigue, explores the battle of survival for businessman Harold Soyinka (David Oyelowo) when he finds himself crossing the line from law-abiding citizen to wanted criminal.

Director: Nash Edgerton | Stars: Joel Edgerton, Charlize Theron, David Oyelowo, Thandie Newton

Votes: 23,051 | Gross: $4.97M

5. Jawbreaker (1999)

R | 87 min | Comedy, Crime, Thriller

5.6
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22 Metascore

Three of the most popular girls at Reagan High accidentally kill the prom queen with a jawbreaker when a kidnapping goes horribly wrong.

Director: Darren Stein | Stars: Rose McGowan, Rebecca Gayheart, Julie Benz, Judy Greer

Votes: 22,788 | Gross: $3.07M

6. Femme Fatale (2002)

R | 114 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

6.2
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59 Metascore

A woman tries to straighten out her life, even as her past as a con-woman comes back to haunt her.

Director: Brian De Palma | Stars: Rebecca Romijn, Antonio Banderas, Peter Coyote, Eriq Ebouaney

Votes: 32,221 | Gross: $6.59M

7. Happy as Lazzaro (2018)

PG-13 | 128 min | Drama, Fantasy

7.6
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87 Metascore

An unceasingly kind Italian peasant and his family are blatantly exploited by a tobacco baroness.

Director: Alice Rohrwacher | Stars: Adriano Tardiolo, Agnese Graziani, Alba Rohrwacher, Luca Chikovani

Votes: 10,061

8. It Happened One Night (1934)

Not Rated | 105 min | Comedy, Romance

8.1
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87 Metascore

A spoiled heiress running away from her family is helped by a man who is actually a reporter in need of a story.

Director: Frank Capra | Stars: Clark Gable, Claudette Colbert, Walter Connolly, Roscoe Karns

Votes: 86,962 | Gross: $4.36M

9. Deception (I) (2008)

R | 107 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

6.1
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31 Metascore

An accountant is introduced to a mysterious sex club known as The List by his lawyer friend. But in this new world, he soon becomes the prime suspect in a woman's disappearance and a multi-million dollar heist.

Director: Marcel Langenegger | Stars: Hugh Jackman, Ewan McGregor, Michelle Williams, Bruce Altman

Votes: 36,608 | Gross: $4.60M

10. Boy Missing (2016)

105 min | Crime, Thriller

6.4
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When her boy's alleged kidnapper is released for lack of solid evidence, a reputable and well-known attorney takes matters into her own hands with unintended and spectacularly disastrous consequences.

Director: Mar Targarona | Stars: Blanca Portillo, Antonio Dechent, Vicente Romero, Marc Domènech

Votes: 5,944

11. Malibu's Most Wanted (2003)

PG-13 | 86 min | Comedy, Crime

5.1
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43 Metascore

A senator arranges for his son, a rich white kid who fancies himself black, to be kidnapped by a couple of black actors pretending to be murderers to try and shock him out of his plans to become a rapper.

Director: John Whitesell | Stars: Jamie Kennedy, Ryan O'Neal, Blair Underwood, Taye Diggs

Votes: 17,934 | Gross: $34.31M

12. In the Shadow of Iris (III) (2016)

TV-MA | 99 min | Thriller

6.1
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Iris, young wife of a banker, disappears in Paris. Maybe a mechanic with many debts is involved in the strange affair. A really complicated job for the police.

Director: Jalil Lespert | Stars: Romain Duris, Jalil Lespert, Hélène Barbry, Charlotte Le Bon

Votes: 2,659

13. Palmetto (1998)

R | 114 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

6.1
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43 Metascore

A recently released ex-con gets involved in a fake kidnapping scheme that turns very real.

Director: Volker Schlöndorff | Stars: Woody Harrelson, Elisabeth Shue, Gina Gershon, Rolf Hoppe

Votes: 7,326 | Gross: $5.84M

14. Take Me (2017)

TV-MA | 83 min | Comedy, Crime

6.1
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56 Metascore

Ray is a fledgling entrepreneur who specializes in high-end simulated abductions. He jumps at the chance when a mysterious client contracts him for a weekend kidnapping with a handsome ... See full summary »

Director: Pat Healy | Stars: Pat Healy, Taylor Schilling, Alycia Delmore, Jim O'Heir

Votes: 3,386 | Gross: $0.00M

15. Excess Baggage (1997)

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

5.4
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34 Metascore

A bratty teenager fakes her own kidnapping, but gets mistakenly kidnapped for real instead.

Director: Marco Brambilla | Stars: Alicia Silverstone, Benicio Del Toro, Christopher Walken, Jack Thompson

Votes: 12,212 | Gross: $14.33M

16. Winning London (2001 Video)

G | 93 min | Adventure, Comedy, Family

5.5
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When Chloe and Riley Lawrence are invited to London to participate in the International Model UN competition, they enjoy seeing the sights and find romance with cute British boys.

Director: Craig Shapiro | Stars: Mary-Kate Olsen, Ashley Olsen, Brandon Tyler, Jesse Spencer

Votes: 3,726

17. No Deposit, No Return (1976)

G | 112 min | Comedy, Family

6.6
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During school-break, two kids are to stay with their rich Granpa but they would rather join their mother overseas, so, in need of plane-ticket cash, they convince two petty-criminals to fake-kidnap them for a ransom they could all share.

Director: Norman Tokar | Stars: David Niven, Darren McGavin, Don Knotts, Herschel Bernardi

Votes: 1,247

18. Beautiful Creatures (2000)

R | 86 min | Comedy, Thriller, Crime

5.9
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40 Metascore

Two girls thrown together by their boyfriends' violence accidentally kill one of them.

Director: Bill Eagles | Stars: Rachel Weisz, Susan Lynch, Iain Glen, Jake D'Arcy

Votes: 3,359 | Gross: $0.06M

19. Shaitan (2011)

Not Rated | 121 min | Action, Crime, Drama

7.2
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Five substance-abusing friends decide to fake a kidnapping in order to bribe a police constable for covering-up a hit-and-run accident.

Director: Bejoy Nambiar | Stars: Kalki Koechlin, Shiv Panditt, Gulshan Devaiah, Rajeev Khandelwal

Votes: 7,623

20. Khiladi (1992)

Unrated | 157 min | Action, Romance, Thriller

7.2
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Two friends wage bets for money and fun. There comes a time where they race to win the biggest bet, for they know that their lives depend on it.

Directors: Abbas Alibhai Burmawalla, Mastan Alibhai Burmawalla | Stars: Akshay Kumar, Ayesha Jhulka, Deepak Tijori, Sabeeha

Votes: 7,203

21. Hot Dog (I) (2018)

100 min | Action, Comedy

3.6
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A pair of Tactical Units Police Officers from different walks of life come together to rescue an ambassador's daughter.

Director: Torsten Künstler | Stars: Til Schweiger, Matthias Schweighöfer, Anne Schäfer, Lisa Tomaschewsky

Votes: 1,080

22. Paanch (2003)

Not Rated | 130 min | Crime, Thriller

7.7
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Four friends (Luke, Murgi, Joy and Pondy) wasted by youth and self destruction play together in a band along with a fifth female member (Shiuli). Luke the lead singer and self-imposed ... See full summary »

Director: Anurag Kashyap | Stars: Kay Kay Menon, Aditya Srivastava, Joy Fernandes, Vijay Maurya

Votes: 1,981

23. Molière (2007)

PG-13 | 120 min | Biography, Comedy

7.2
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59 Metascore

Imprisoned for debt, playwright Molière is rescued by an aristocrat who needs his help in order to seduce a young marquise.

Director: Laurent Tirard | Stars: Romain Duris, Fabrice Luchini, Laura Morante, Edouard Baer

Votes: 5,712 | Gross: $0.64M

24. Call (2000)

176 min | Action, Drama, Romance

6.8
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A notorious terrorist manipulates an Indian army major's jilted lover into helping him obtain a classified military code.

Director: Rajkumar Santoshi | Stars: Anil Kapoor, Madhuri Dixit, Namrata Shirodkar, Om Puri

Votes: 2,074 | Gross: $0.36M

25. Native Son (1986)

PG | 111 min | Drama, Romance

5.8
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In 1940s Chicago, a young black man takes a job as a chauffeur to a white family, which takes a turn for the worse when he accidentally kills the teenage daughter of the couple and then tries to cover it up.

Director: Jerrold Freedman | Stars: Victor Love, Matt Dillon, Elizabeth McGovern, Geraldine Page

Votes: 500 | Gross: $1.30M

26. The Brain (1969)

G | 115 min | Adventure, Comedy, Crime

6.9
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When NATO transfers some of its funds from Paris to Brussels by train, a criminal mastermind posing as a British colonel plans to steal it but two petty French thieves also have the same intent.

Director: Gérard Oury | Stars: Jean-Paul Belmondo, Bourvil, David Niven, Eli Wallach

Votes: 3,217

27. Special Correspondents (2009)

93 min | Comedy

5.3
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France mobilizes to gain the release of two kidnapped journalists in Iraq, but only the victims know the crime has been faked.

Director: Frédéric Auburtin | Stars: Gérard Jugnot, Gérard Lanvin, Omar Sy, Valérie Kaprisky

Votes: 634

28. A Change in Plans (2005 Video)

62 min | Adventure

5.9
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Director: Jon Woods | Stars: Shannan Leigh, Cassandra Knight, Goldie Blair, Lorelei

Votes: 19

29. Krishna (I) (1996)

Unrated | 156 min | Action, Drama, Romance

4.7
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Sunil lives a poor life-style with his mom and sister. His passion is to pilot plane and he goes for training to become a successful pilot, but in the process he got himself entangled in a ... See full summary »

Directors: S. Deepak, Deepak S. Shivdasani | Stars: Sunil Shetty, Karisma Kapoor, Shakti Kapoor, Tinnu Anand

Votes: 265

30. Lucía, Lucía (2003)

R | 110 min | Adventure, Comedy, Crime

6.0
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51 Metascore

Lucia, an children's book author, tells the story of her husband's disappearance. One day on their way to Brazil he just disappears. She goes to the police, gets a ransom note, and makes ... See full summary »

Director: Antonio Serrano | Stars: Cecilia Roth, Carlos Álvarez-Nóvoa, Kuno Becker, Margarita Isabel

Votes: 985 | Gross: $0.27M

31. Sexual Intrigue (2000 Video)

R | 94 min | Crime, Drama

4.6
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Charlie Taylor gets a surprise release from jail after a year for a crime he denies committing. His songwriter girlfriend Randi is glad he's back and calls on an ex-boyfriend, Carl Olsen, ... See full summary »

Director: J. Edie Martin | Stars: Kim Sill, Eric Acsell, Kira Reed Lorsch, Daniel Anderson

Votes: 139

32. Camilla (1994)

PG-13 | 95 min | Drama

6.1
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Vincent and Freda Lopez are a young married Toronto couple who both indulge in the arts, Vince as an artist and Freda as a musician/composer. Their marriage is not as secure as it may seem ... See full summary »

Director: Deepa Mehta | Stars: Jessica Tandy, Bridget Fonda, Hume Cronyn, Elias Koteas

Votes: 908 | Gross: $0.25M

33. A Slipping-Down Life (1999)

R | 109 min | Drama, Music, Romance

6.2
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44 Metascore

A young woman becomes obsessed with a small-time North Carolina rock singer.

Director: Toni Kalem | Stars: Lili Taylor, Guy Pearce, Irma P. Hall, Tom Bower

Votes: 990 | Gross: $0.10M

34. Khiladiyon Ka Khiladi (1996)

Unrated | 162 min | Action, Crime, Drama

6.0
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A man (Akshay Kumar) searches for his missing brother (Inder Kumar) who is also wanted by the police.

Director: Umesh Mehra | Stars: Akshay Kumar, Rekha, Raveena Tandon, Deven Verma

Votes: 5,358

35. Native Son (1951)

91 min | Drama

5.8
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In 1940s Chicago, a young black man takes a job as a chauffeur to a white family, which takes a turn for the worse when he accidentally kills the teenage daughter of the couple and then tries to cover it up.

Director: Pierre Chenal | Stars: Richard Wright, Jean Wallace, Nicholas Joy, Gloria Madison

Votes: 92

36. Lightning Strikes Twice (1951)

Passed | 91 min | Crime, Drama, Film-Noir

6.6
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Sent to a dude ranch in the west to recover her health, a New York actress falls in love with a ranch owner recently acquitted of the murder of his wife.

Director: King Vidor | Stars: Richard Todd, Ruth Roman, Mercedes McCambridge, Zachary Scott

Votes: 624

37. Extreme Dating (2005)

R | 96 min | Action, Romance, Comedy

5.2
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In this action-comedy, four twenty-something friends are looking for love and having no luck. While on a ski trip, one of them finds passion with a beautiful girl after a random accident on... See full summary »

Director: Lorena David | Stars: Monique Demers, Meat Loaf, Benjamin King, Devon Sawa

Votes: 963

38. Anarchy in Japan-Suke (1999)

68 min | Drama

5.8
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MIZUKI is infertile. Desperate for a child, she kidnaps a baby boy from the car of a couple who are screwing outside. Mizuki raises the boy and names him YOSHIKI. Eight years later, Mizuko ... See full summary »

Director: Takahisa Zeze | Stars: Yumeka Sasaki, Kazuhiro Sano, Yukiko Izumi, Natsuko Sawada

Votes: 77

39. The Fantasticks (1964 TV Movie)

Musical

6.8
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Neighboring widowers plot to romantically unite their son and daughter by pretending to feud and forbidding the two children to associate with each other. Their scheme works and the two ... See full summary »

Director: George Schaefer | Stars: Ricardo Montalban, Bert Lahr, Stanley Holloway, Susan Watson

Votes: 26

40. Head On (1980)

R | 86 min | Drama

4.5
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A young couple gets so caught up in their sexual games and role playing that they begin to act them out in public with dire consequences.

Director: Michael Grant | Stars: Sally Kellerman, Stephen Lack, Lawrence Dane, J.P. Linton

Votes: 89

41. The One (2011– )

60 min | Drama, Romance, Thriller

7.6
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Andrés Bilbao just wants to be the new associate in the Nevares Sosa law firm. Mariana just wants to clear her father's mysterious death. But they never guessed what was coming.

Stars: Pablo Echarri, Paola Krum, Leticia Brédice, Lito Cruz

Votes: 96

42. Bullet (1976)

124 min | Action, Crime, Thriller

6.9
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Plain-clothes Inspector Dharam Dev is hot on the tracks of notorious underworld don, Durgaprasad, alias "D.P." But Durgraprased is not only elusive, but shrewd and cunning as well, and ... See full summary »

Director: Vijay Anand | Stars: Dev Anand, Parveen Babi, Rakesh Roshan, Kabir Bedi

Votes: 67

43. The Manipulator (1971)

90 min | Action, Adventure, Mystery

6.3
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When his top client, popular singer Rex Maynard, runs away to South Africa with his daughter, powerful producer, Arnold Tiller, stages Maynard's fake kidnapping out of revenge. Maynard escapes only to be pursued by actual kidnappers.

Director: Marino Girolami | Stars: Stephen Boyd, Sylva Koscina, Michael Kirner, Marié du Toit

Votes: 30

44. Second Chance (1947)

Passed | 63 min | Crime, Drama

6.4
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Joan Summers (Louise Currie) enters the office of jewel merchant Montclaire (Francis Pierlot) closely followed by Kendal Wolf (Kent Taylor). Each recognizes the other to be a jewel thief, ... See full summary »

Director: James Tinling | Stars: Kent Taylor, Louise Currie, Dennis Hoey, Larry J. Blake

Votes: 18

45. Implicated (1999)

R | 91 min | Thriller, Crime, Drama

3.9
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Ann, who lost her daughter in an auto accident, is asked to babysit Katie, the daughter of her new boyfriend Tom's boss. She quickly forms a bond with the little girl. Despite her bond with... See full summary »

Director: Irving Belateche | Stars: William McNamara, Amy Locane, Frederic Forrest, Priscilla Barnes

Votes: 255

46. Mama Dolores (1971)

100 min | Drama, Family

7.2
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Director: Tito Davison | Stars: Eusebia Cosme, Carlos Bracho, Blanca Sánchez, Rosario Gálvez

Votes: 22

47. Yawarakai hada (1998)

87 min | Comedy, Thriller

6.7
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Inspired by true crime on TV, unhappy wife fakes her own kidnapping with the help of her lover to run away with him. Unfortunately, she realizes too late that the lover has no intention of actually letting her go.

Director: Hisayasu Satô | Stars: Moeko Ezawa, Hiromi Kuronuma, Tomomi Kuribayashi, Reiko Takamizu

Votes: 15

48. 3 Kids and a Queen (1935)

Approved | 90 min | Adventure, Comedy, Crime

6.9
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A wealthy woman is taken in by three slum kids when she falls out of her carriage and hurts herself when her horse spooks.

Director: Edward Ludwig | Stars: May Robson, Charlotte Henry, Bill Burrud, Frankie Darro

Votes: 21

49. Lucky Legs (1942)

Approved | 64 min | Comedy, Crime, Musical

6.5
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Chorus girl Gloria Carroll inherits one million dollars from Broadway playboy Herbert Dinwiddle. Producer Ned McLane persuades her to advance him the money on a production called "Lucky ... See full summary »

Director: Charles Barton | Stars: Jinx Falkenburg, Leslie Brooks, Kay Harris, Russell Hayden

Votes: 16

50. Polo Joe (1936)

Approved | 65 min | Comedy

6.0
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Despite a severe horse allergy, Joe Bolton pretends to be a passionate polo player in order to win the heart of his horse-loving neighbor.

Director: William C. McGann | Stars: Joe E. Brown, Carol Hughes, Richard 'Skeets' Gallagher, Joe King

Votes: 90



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