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1. Dolemite Is My Name (2019)

R | 118 min | Biography, Comedy, Drama

7.3
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76 Metascore

Eddie Murphy portrays real-life legend Rudy Ray Moore, a comedy and rap pioneer who proved naysayers wrong when his hilarious, obscene, kung-fu fighting alter ego, Dolemite, became a 1970s Blaxploitation phenomenon.

Director: Craig Brewer | Stars: Eddie Murphy, Keegan-Michael Key, Mike Epps, Craig Robinson

Votes: 39,442

2. Hitchcock (2012)

PG-13 | 98 min | Biography, Drama, Romance

6.8
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55 Metascore

The relationship between Alfred Hitchcock and his wife Alma Reville during the filming of Psycho (1960) in 1959 is explored.

Director: Sacha Gervasi | Stars: Anthony Hopkins, Helen Mirren, Scarlett Johansson, Danny Huston

Votes: 69,866 | Gross: $6.01M

3. This Film Is Not Yet Rated (2006)

Unrated | 98 min | Documentary

7.5
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75 Metascore

Kirby Dick's exposé about the American movie ratings board.

Director: Kirby Dick | Stars: Kirby Dick, Kimberly Peirce, Darren Aronofsky, Atom Egoyan

Votes: 27,013 | Gross: $0.30M

4. I Am a Sex Addict (2005)

Not Rated | 98 min | Biography, Comedy, Romance

6.0
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62 Metascore

Autobiographical comedy about a recovering sex addict, about his obsession with prostitutes, and how that affected his relationships and his life altogether.

Director: Caveh Zahedi | Stars: Caveh Zahedi, Christoff Colas, Rebecca Lord, Lindsey Tjian

Votes: 3,122 | Gross: $0.11M

5. Never Sleep Again: The Elm Street Legacy (2010 Video)

Not Rated | 239 min | Documentary, Horror

8.6
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Explore the origins of "dream demon" Freddy Krueger in this award-winning documentary that takes you behind the scenes of the most frightening and imaginative horror franchise in motion picture history!

Directors: Daniel Farrands, Andrew Kasch | Stars: Heather Langenkamp, Stacey Alden, Erika Anderson, Marshall Bell

Votes: 3,916

6. Are All Men Pedophiles? (2013)

Not Rated | 70 min | Documentary, History

6.5
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What is the difference between us and pedophiles?

Director: Jan-Willem Breure | Stars: Jan-Willem Breure, Dick Swaab, Corine de Ruiter, Savannah van Zweeden

Votes: 2,462

7. Not Quite Hollywood: The Wild, Untold Story of Ozploitation! (2008)

R | 103 min | Documentary, History

7.7
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76 Metascore

The story of the Australian exploitation genre cinema of 1970s and 80s.

Director: Mark Hartley | Stars: Phillip Adams, Glory Annen, Christine Amor, Victoria Anoux

Votes: 3,820 | Gross: $0.02M

8. Reel Injun (2009)

Not Rated | 85 min | Documentary, Western

7.6
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63 Metascore

The history of the depiction of Native Americans in Hollywood films.

Directors: Neil Diamond, Catherine Bainbridge, Jeremiah Hayes | Stars: Adam Beach, Chris Eyre, Russell Means, John Trudell

Votes: 1,311

9. Rewind This! (2013)

Not Rated | 91 min | Documentary

7.1
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Home video changed the world. The cultural and historical impact of the VHS tape was enormous. This film traces the ripples of that impact by examining the myriad aspects of society that were altered by the creation of videotape.

Director: Josh Johnson | Stars: Ben Jousan, David Gregory, Micah Matthews, Mike Vraney

Votes: 1,851

10. Going to Pieces: The Rise and Fall of the Slasher Film (2006)

Unrated | 88 min | Documentary, Horror

7.3
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A documentary on the history of the slasher film.

Director: Jeff McQueen | Stars: Ed Green, Wes Craven, John Carpenter, Joseph Stefano

Votes: 3,222

11. The Woman in the Septic Tank (2011)

TV-PG | 87 min | Comedy

7.0
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Jocelyn, Rainier, and Bingbong are three film school graduates who are dead set on making an Oscar-worthy film. They set out to do a quick pre-production as a courtesy call to their lead ... See full summary »

Director: Marlon Rivera | Stars: Eugene Domingo, JM de Guzman, Kean Cipriano, Cai Cortez

Votes: 342

12. The Independent (2000)

R | 81 min | Comedy

5.9
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52 Metascore

A notorious B-movie director tries for a comeback by seeking out the film rights to the life story of a serial killer who wants his biography film to be a musical.

Director: Stephen Kessler | Stars: Jerry Stiller, Janeane Garofalo, Max Perlich, Ted Demme

Votes: 1,085 | Gross: $0.24M

13. Nightmares in Red, White and Blue: The Evolution of the American Horror Film (2009)

Unrated | 96 min | Documentary, Horror

7.2
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An exploration of the appeal of horror films, with interviews of many legendary directors in the genre.

Director: Andrew Monument | Stars: Lance Henriksen, Larry Cohen, Joe Dante, John Carpenter

Votes: 2,481

14. American Grindhouse (2010)

Not Rated | 80 min | Documentary, Action, Comedy

7.1
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A documentary about the history of exploitation movies, from the silent movie era to the 1970s.

Director: Elijah Drenner | Stars: Robert Forster, Eric Schaefer, Eddie Muller, John Landis

Votes: 2,122 | Gross: $0.01M

15. Children of War (2014)

160 min | Drama, History, War

6.7
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Would you go to war for peace? A war child's search for acceptance and a nation inundated in blood.

Director: Mrityunjay Devvrat | Stars: Farooq Shaikh, Victor Banerjee, Pavan Malhotra, Indraneil Sengupta

Votes: 850

16. The Vampires of Poverty (1977)

Not Rated | 28 min | Comedy, Short

7.7
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Fictional film that simulates being a documentary about filmmakers who exploit the misery with mercantilist purposes. It is a scathing criticism "porno-misery" and the opportunism of the ... See full summary »

Directors: Carlos Mayolo, Luis Ospina | Stars: Luis Alfonso Londoño, Carlos Mayolo, Ramiro Arbeláez, Eduardo Carvajal

Votes: 731

17. Magician: The Astonishing Life and Work of Orson Welles (2014)

PG-13 | 91 min | Documentary, Biography

6.9
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67 Metascore

A look at the life and work of the great theatre, radio and film artist.

Director: Chuck Workman | Stars: Orson Welles, Simon Callow, Christopher Welles, Joanne Hill Styles

Votes: 819 | Gross: $0.02M

18. Midnight Movies: From the Margin to the Mainstream (2005)

TV-14 | 86 min | Documentary

7.4
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From 1970-1977, six low budget films shown at midnight transformed the way we make and watch films.

Director: Stuart Samuels | Stars: John Waters, Ben Barenholtz, Alejandro Jodorowsky, Alan Douglas

Votes: 1,404

19. The Go-Go Boys: The Inside Story of Cannon Films (2014)

86 min | Documentary

6.6
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THE GO-GO BOYS: The Inside Story of Cannon Films is a documentary about two Israeli-born cousins, Menahem Golan and Yoram Globus, who in pursuit of the American Dream turned the Hollywood ... See full summary »

Director: Hilla Medalia | Stars: Menahem Golan, Yoram Globus, Yehuda Barkan, Ram Globus

Votes: 354

20. Halloween: 25 Years of Terror (2006 Video)

Not Rated | 83 min | Documentary, Horror

7.6
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A retrospective documentary about the Halloween films.

Director: Stefan Hutchinson | Stars: P.J. Soles, Irwin Yablans, Moustapha Akkad, John Carpenter

Votes: 1,673

21. Baadasssss Cinema (2002 TV Movie)

58 min | Documentary

6.8
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Filmmaker Isaac Julien uses film clips and interviews to illustrate the history of the so-called "blaxploitation" genre.

Director: Isaac Julien | Stars: Pam Grier, Fred Williamson, Melvin Van Peebles, Elvis Mitchell

Votes: 641

22. Scream: The Inside Story (2011 TV Movie)

120 min | Documentary

7.8
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In 1996, the horror master Wes Craven (A Nightmare on Elm Street) unleashed Scream, a slasher movie aimed at a whole new generation of teenage movie-goers. Though premiering at a time when ... See full summary »

Director: Daniel Farrands | Stars: David Arquette, Lisa Beach, Marco Beltrami, Howard Berger

Votes: 436

23. Blood, Boobs & Beast (2007)

75 min | Documentary

7.0
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Blood, Boobs and Beast tells the compelling story of Don Dohler, whose movies have been called everything from oddly brilliant to some of the worst films of all time. Despite his critics, ... See full summary »

Director: John Kinhart | Stars: Don Dohler, J.J. Abrams, Robert Long II, Mitch Klein

Votes: 251

24. 500 Years Later (2005)

Not Rated | 106 min | Documentary

6.8
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Crime, drugs, HIV/AIDS, poor education, inferiority complex, low expectation, poverty, corruption, poor health, and underdevelopment plagues people of African descent globally - Why? 500 ... See full summary »

Director: Owen Alik Shahadah | Stars: Kolfi Adu, Sona Jobarteh, Hunter Adams III, Hakim Adi

Votes: 183

25. Texas Chain Saw Massacre: The Shocking Truth (2000 Video)

75 min | Documentary

7.1
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A documentary primarily focusing on the filming and release of the original Texas Chainsaw Massacre.

Director: David Gregory | Stars: Matthew Bell, Robert A. Burns, Tobe Hooper, Kim Henkel

Votes: 484

26. Horror Hotel (2013– )

TV-14 | 120 min | Horror

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Do you love all things dark and disturbing? In the vein of Elvira, Horror Hotel features the new queen of the night, Lamia (Lay-me-uh), who will bring you the best horror movies you have ... See full summary »

Stars: Queen of the Dark Lamia, Lilith Alexandria, Philip Saad, John Fecek

Votes: 98

27. Ban the Sadist Videos! (2005 Video)

R | 52 min | Documentary

7.3
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An in-depth analysis of the "Video Nasty" scandal of the early 1980s in Britain.

Director: David Gregory | Stars: Chris Theobald, Norman Abbott, Barrie Gold, Bill Best

Votes: 259

28. Schlock! The Secret History of American Movies (2001)

Not Rated | 89 min | Documentary

7.1
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A look at several legendary 'exploitation' film-makers from the golden days of drive-in movies, and how they had a lasting effect on the movie landscape in general.

Director: Ray Greene | Stars: F.X. Feeney, Maila Nurmi, Michael Copner, Samuel Z. Arkoff

Votes: 522

29. Love & Suicide (2006 Video)

R | 98 min | Drama, Romance

4.4
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When pretty but troubled Kaye moves to New Orleans with her family, she forges a special friendship with sexy, rebellious high school senior Emily. Will pressure from families and friends bring their passion to a dangerous breaking point?

Director: Mia Salsi | Stars: Sarah Reardon, Stella Johnson, Peter Boggia, Judy Henderson

Votes: 395

30. A Constant Forge (2000)

Not Rated | 200 min | Documentary, Biography, Romance

7.4
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A look at the life, times, and art of independent film pioneer John Cassavetes through interviews with his family, friends, and admirers of his work.

Director: Charles Kiselyak | Stars: Seymour Cassel, Carol Kane, Jon Voight, Ben Gazzara

Votes: 400

31. Herschell Gordon Lewis: The Godfather of Gore (2010 Video)

Not Rated | 106 min | Documentary

7.1
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Gory, Gory, Hallelujah! Take an outrageous ride through the wild world of exploitation films with this often-hilarious documentary, HERSCHELL GORDON LEWIS, THE GODFATHER OF GORE!

Directors: Frank Henenlotter, Jimmy Maslon | Stars: Mal Arnold, John Bloom, Jerome Eden, David F. Friedman

Votes: 274

32. Ang babae sa septic tank 2: #ForeverIsNotEnough (2016)

TV-PG | 90 min | Comedy

5.2
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Eugene prepares for her comeback vehicle after a long sabbatical from movie making. Rainier proposes "The Itinerary," a heartbreaking anatomy of a crumbling marriage as told through a ... See full summary »

Director: Marlon Rivera | Stars: Eugene Domingo, Kean Cipriano, Cai Cortez, Khalil Ramos

Votes: 99 | Gross: $0.03M

33. The Last Days of Joe Blow (2013)

88 min | Documentary, Biography

4.1
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Richard Wolstencroft directs this documentary about actor and independent filmmaker Michael Tierney, his transformation into porn actor Joe Blow, and his last days in the industry.

Director: Richard Wolstencroft | Stars: Michael Tierney, William Margold, Ron Jeremy, Bruce La Bruce

Votes: 16

34. Natural Born Filmmakers (2016)

Action, Comedy, Drama

7.1
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Distributors and their various relationships with independent film-makers.

Directors: Domiziano Arcangeli, Steve Oakley | Stars: Domiziano Arcangeli, Dawna Lee Heising, Gregory Blair, Jack E. Curenton

Votes: 14

35. Horror Business (2005 Video)

Not Rated | 82 min | Documentary

5.5
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Take a walk on the scary side with guerrilla horror filmmakers and the bizarre culture that drives them to pursue their dreams. In 2003, filmmaker Christopher P. Garetano began what would ... See full summary »

Director: Christopher P. Garetano | Stars: Ray Adell, Mark Borchardt, Ron Atkins, Ken Keen

Votes: 182

36. Tehran Has No More Pomegrenates! (2007)

Not Rated | 68 min | Documentary, Comedy, Musical

7.4
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This is the story of Tehran from the Qajar time (middle of 19th century) to today. Tehran has become a metropolis from a small village, now a developed city with many social problems.

Director: Massoud Bakhshi | Stars: Ain Al-Daula, Massoud Bakhshi, Winston Churchill, Forugh Farrokhzad

Votes: 296

37. Theatre Fantastique (2014– )

Fantasy, Horror, Mystery

8.2
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Do you dare enter the Theatre Fantastique? Acclaimed filmmaker Ansel Faraj presents this anthology series starring Christopher Penncok, featuring stories of horror, mystery, and the macabre... See full summary »

Stars: Christopher Pennock, Kelsey Hewlett, Elyse Ashton, Nathan Wilson

Votes: 15

38. The Stonecutter (2000)

Not Rated | 95 min | Drama

8.2
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A heart-hardened son returns home to keep a promise to his dying father, a master stonecutter. This story touches a universal chord as it explores the passing on of an artistic legacy in spite of the dark shadows of an unresolved past.

Director: Stephen Erickson | Stars: Michael Cavalieri, Trisha Melynkov, Harold Cannon, Karin Argoud

Votes: 12

39. Ban the Sadist Videos! Part 2 (2006 Video)

R | 46 min | Documentary

7.2
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An investigation of UK video censorship after the video recordings act was introduced.

Director: David Gregory | Stars: Chris Theobald, Mary Whitehouse, Graham Bright, Ken Penry

Votes: 148

40. Star Power: The Creation of United Artists (1998 Video)

Not Rated | 55 min | Documentary, Biography

6.8
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The careers of D.W. Griffith, Mary Pickford, Douglas Fairbanks, and Charlie Chaplin are chronicled culminating in the formation of United Artists and 1919.

Director: Hugh Munro Neely | Stars: Roddy McDowall, Marc Wanamaker, Christopher Sanders, Joy Noe

Votes: 14

41. The 2001 IFP/West Independent Spirit Awards (2001 TV Special)

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Add a Plot

Director: Chris Donovan | Stars: John Waters, Mini Anden, Miguel Arteta, Javier Bardem

Votes: 138

42. Indie Boys (2010)

95 min | Drama

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Add a Plot

Director: Miko Jacinto | Stars: Andrew Miguel, Paolo Rivero, JC Parker, Kristoffer King

43. Silent Hero (2018)

Short, Thriller

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Kevin, a gravedigger with a fascination for Japanese culture, seeks only peace and quiet. He is constantly interrupted by two young men, a conflict which culminates in a bloody climax involving a samurai sword.

Directors: Paul Andrew Julian Lewis, Adrian Mills | Stars: Connor Winter, Devon Carr, Ellis Hayward, Paul Andrew Julian Lewis

44. Bald: The Making of 'THX 1138' (1971)

8 min | Documentary, Short

6.1
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A documentary about the sacrifice the actors and actresses had to make to be a part of THX 1138 (1971).

Director: George Lucas | Stars: Francis Ford Coppola, George Lucas, Walter Murch, Claudette Bessing

Votes: 214

45. In the Company of Women (2004 TV Movie)

90 min | Documentary

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A documentary on the influence of women in independent film over the last two decades.

Directors: Lesli Klainberg, Gini Reticker | Stars: Allison Anders, Lisa Cholodenko, Patricia Clarkson, Jodie Foster

Votes: 51

46. The Table (2011 Video)

Not Rated | 71 min | Documentary, Biography

8.3
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For over 20 years, a group of tenacious individuals meet every Thursday to discuss their strategies on breaking into the exclusive club known as Hollywood. The group is called The Table.

Director: Ana Barredo | Stars: Robert Amico, Seth Derek Aronson, William Balch, Richard Basch

Votes: 22

47. One for the Fire: The Legacy of 'Night of the Living Dead' (2008)

88 min | Documentary

8.0
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A definitive documentary that recaps the evolution of an American Cinema Classic over the past 40 years.

Directors: Robert Lucas, Chris Roe | Stars: George A. Romero, Duane Jones, Judith O'Dea, Russell Streiner

Votes: 91

48. Dance with Me (2010)

82 min | Drama

6.1
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Love is like a tango - light or dark, you can't dance it alone.

Director: Sasha C. Damjanovski | Stars: Ismael Ludman, Johanne Murdock, Adam Napier, Jane Stanton

Votes: 17

49. Llik Your Idols (2007)

70 min | Documentary

6.7
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Discover the New York underground scene during the 80s and throw yourself into an exciting, anarchic and repulsive world that you won't forget.

Director: Angélique Bosio | Stars: Joe Coleman, Richard Hell, Richard Kern, Bruce La Bruce

Votes: 58

50. Mary Pickford: The Muse of the Movies (2008)

Not Rated | 102 min | Documentary, Biography

7.7
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A chronicle of the life and career of silent film star Mary Pickford.

Director: Nicholas Eliopoulos | Stars: Charles Chaplin, Walt Disney, Amelia Earhart, Douglas Fairbanks Jr.

Votes: 204



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