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1. South Park (1997– )

TV-MA | 22 min | Animation, Comedy

8.7
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Follows the misadventures of four irreverent grade-schoolers in the quiet, dysfunctional town of South Park, Colorado.

Stars: Trey Parker, Matt Stone, Isaac Hayes, Mona Marshall

Votes: 311,713

2. Giant (1956)

G | 201 min | Drama, Western

7.6
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84 Metascore

Sprawling epic covering the life of a Texas cattle rancher and his family and associates.

Director: George Stevens | Stars: Elizabeth Taylor, Rock Hudson, James Dean, Carroll Baker

Votes: 31,905 | Gross: $35.00M

3. Sorry We Missed You (2019)

101 min | Drama

7.8
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79 Metascore

Hoping that self-employment through gig economy can solve their financial woes, a hard-up UK delivery driver and his wife struggling to raise a family end up trapped in the vicious circle of this modern-day form of labour exploitation.

Director: Ken Loach | Stars: Simran Kaur, Debbie Honeywood, Kris Hitchen, Rhys Stone

Votes: 3,432

4. The Host (2006)

R | 120 min | Action, Drama, Horror

7.0
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85 Metascore

A monster emerges from Seoul's Han River and begins attacking people. One victim's loving family does what it can to rescue her from its clutches.

Director: Bong Joon Ho | Stars: Kang-ho Song, Hee-Bong Byun, Hae-il Park, Doona Bae

Votes: 89,307 | Gross: $2.20M

5. Patriot Act with Hasan Minhaj (2018– )

25 min | Comedy, News, Talk-Show

8.2
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In this weekly show, the former Daily Show correspondent Hasan Minhaj brings his unique comedic voice and storytelling skill to explore the larger grim trends shaping our fragmented world.

Stars: Hasan Minhaj, Joyelle Johnson, Arnab Goswami, Maeve Higgins

Votes: 4,298

6. A Most Violent Year (2014)

R | 125 min | Action, Crime, Drama

7.0
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79 Metascore

In New York City 1981, an ambitious immigrant fights to protect his business and family during the most dangerous year in the city's history.

Director: J.C. Chandor | Stars: Oscar Isaac, Jessica Chastain, David Oyelowo, Alessandro Nivola

Votes: 61,818 | Gross: $5.74M

7. On the Waterfront (1954)

Not Rated | 108 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

8.1
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91 Metascore

An ex-prize fighter turned longshoreman struggles to stand up to his corrupt union bosses.

Director: Elia Kazan | Stars: Marlon Brando, Karl Malden, Lee J. Cobb, Rod Steiger

Votes: 132,088 | Gross: $9.60M

8. Red State (2011)

R | 88 min | Action, Crime, Horror

6.2
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50 Metascore

Set in Middle America, a group of teens receive an online invitation for sex, though they soon encounter fundamentalists with a much more sinister agenda.

Director: Kevin Smith | Stars: Michael Parks, Melissa Leo, John Goodman, Michael Angarano

Votes: 60,063 | Gross: $1.10M

9. Leviathan (2014)

R | 140 min | Crime, Drama

7.6
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92 Metascore

In a Russian coastal town, Kolya is forced to fight the corrupt mayor when he is told that his house will be demolished. He recruits a lawyer friend to help, but the man's arrival brings further misfortune for Kolya and his family.

Director: Andrey Zvyagintsev | Stars: Aleksey Serebryakov, Elena Lyadova, Roman Madyanov, Vladimir Vdovichenkov

Votes: 44,816 | Gross: $1.09M

10. Lilya 4-Ever (2002)

R | 109 min | Crime, Drama

7.8
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82 Metascore

Sixteen-year-old Lilja and her only friend, the young boy Volodja, live in Russia, fantasizing about a better life. One day, Lilja falls in love with Andrej, who is going to Sweden, and invites Lilja to come along and start a new life.

Director: Lukas Moodysson | Stars: Oksana Akinshina, Artyom Bogucharskiy, Pavel Ponomaryov, Lyubov Agapova

Votes: 40,527 | Gross: $0.18M

11. Elite Squad (2007)

R | 115 min | Action, Crime, Drama

8.1
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33 Metascore

In 1997 Rio de Janeiro, Captain Nascimento has to find a substitute for his position while trying to take down drug dealers and criminals before the Pope visits.

Director: José Padilha | Stars: Wagner Moura, André Ramiro, Caio Junqueira, Milhem Cortaz

Votes: 93,755 | Gross: $0.01M

12. American Pastoral (2016)

R | 108 min | Crime, Drama

6.1
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43 Metascore

An All-American college star and his beauty queen wife watch their seemingly perfect life fall apart as their daughter joins the turmoil of '60s America.

Director: Ewan McGregor | Stars: Ewan McGregor, Jennifer Connelly, Dakota Fanning, Peter Riegert

Votes: 13,607 | Gross: $0.54M

13. Valerie and Her Week of Wonders (1970)

Not Rated | 77 min | Adventure, Drama, Fantasy

7.2
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Inspired by fairy-tales such as Alice in Wonderland and Little Red-Riding Hood, "Valerie and her Week of Wonders" is a surreal tale in which love, fear, sex and religion merge into one fantastic world.

Director: Jaromil Jires | Stars: Jaroslava Schallerová, Helena Anýzová, Petr Kopriva, Jirí Prýmek

Votes: 7,140

14. 4 Months, 3 Weeks and 2 Days (2007)

Not Rated | 113 min | Drama

7.9
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97 Metascore

A woman assists her friend in arranging an illegal abortion in 1980s Romania.

Director: Cristian Mungiu | Stars: Anamaria Marinca, Laura Vasiliu, Vlad Ivanov, Alexandru Potocean

Votes: 53,127 | Gross: $1.19M

15. Rabbit-Proof Fence (2002)

PG | 94 min | Adventure, Biography, Drama

7.4
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80 Metascore

In 1931, three half-white, half-Aboriginal girls escape after being plucked from their houses to be trained as domestic staff, and set off on a journey across the Outback.

Director: Phillip Noyce | Stars: Everlyn Sampi, Tianna Sansbury, Kenneth Branagh, Laura Monaghan

Votes: 26,349 | Gross: $6.17M

16. I Am Curious (Yellow) (1967)

X | 121 min | Drama

6.1
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Lena, aged twenty, wants to know all she can about life and reality. She collects information on everyone and everything, storing her findings in an enormous archive. She experiments with ... See full summary »

Director: Vilgot Sjöman | Stars: Lena Nyman, Vilgot Sjöman, Börje Ahlstedt, Peter Lindgren

Votes: 3,329 | Gross: $20.24M

17. Band of the Hand (1986)

R | 109 min | Action, Crime, Drama

6.3
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Five juvenile lost causes are sent to the Everglades where a war veteran tries to reform them using survival tactics. Their new skills and resolve are tested when a Miami drug lord targets them for trying to clean up their neighborhood.

Director: Paul Michael Glaser | Stars: Stephen Lang, Michael Carmine, Lauren Holly, John Cameron Mitchell

Votes: 2,565 | Gross: $4.87M

18. Donbass (2018)

122 min | Drama

6.6
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74 Metascore

In eastern Ukraine, society begins to degrade as the effects of propaganda and manipulation begin to surface in this post-truth era.

Director: Sergey Loznitsa | Stars: Tamara Yatsenko, Irina Zayarmiuk, Grigory Masliuk, Olesya Zhurakivska

Votes: 2,441

19. Pixote (1981)

R | 128 min | Crime, Drama

7.9
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The life of a boy in the streets of Sao Paulo, involved with crimes, prostitution and drugs.

Director: Hector Babenco | Stars: Fernando Ramos da Silva, Jorge Julião, Gilberto Moura, Edilson Lino

Votes: 6,096

20. La belle verte (1996)

99 min | Comedy

7.3
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The "Green Planet" belongs to another solar system. Through the simplicity of their lifestyle those who live there are a real step ahead of us: they spend their time concentrating their ... See full summary »

Director: Coline Serreau | Stars: Coline Serreau, Vincent Lindon, James Thierrée, Samuel Tasinaje

Votes: 3,791

21. I Am Curious (Blue) (1968)

Not Rated | 107 min | Drama

6.1
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The same movie with the same characters, cast and crew as I am Curious (Yellow), but with some different scenes and a different political slant. The political focus in Blue is personal ... See full summary »

Director: Vilgot Sjöman | Stars: Maj Hultén, Vilgot Sjöman, Lena Nyman, Börje Ahlstedt

Votes: 1,229

22. Shree 420 (1955)

168 min | Comedy, Crime, Drama

8.1
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Wearing torn Japanese shoes, English trousers, a red Russian cap, and a Hindustani heart, orphaned Ranbir Raj comes to Bombay to make his fortune. He pawns his gold medal, gambles with the ... See full summary »

Director: Raj Kapoor | Stars: Nargis, Raj Kapoor, Nadira, Nemo

Votes: 2,299

23. Manufacturing Consent: Noam Chomsky and the Media (1992)

Not Rated | 167 min | Documentary, Biography, War

8.2
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A film about the noted American linguist/political dissident and his warning about corporate media's role in modern propaganda.

Directors: Mark Achbar, Peter Wintonick | Stars: Noam Chomsky, Mark Achbar, Karin Aguilar-San Juan, Paul Andrews

Votes: 4,134

24. The Wanderings of Ivan (2018)

75 min | Drama

6.3
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Ivan is a young Russian vagrant in Paris. Rejected by all, he takes refuge in the woods of Vincennes. But this new haven of peace turns into a nightmare when Ivan tries to resist the traffic of an underworld wildlife.

Director: Claude Chamis | Stars: Aram Arakelyan, Benjamin Baclet, Camille Freychet, Franck Zerbib

Votes: 7

25. A Walk with Love and Death (1969)

PG | 90 min | Drama, Romance, War

6.5
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In a story set during the Hundred Years War, a student who has abandoned his studies in Paris, pairs with a young noblewoman with whom he has fallen in love.

Director: John Huston | Stars: Anjelica Huston, Assi Dayan, Anthony Higgins, John Hallam

Votes: 554

26. The Journey (1992)

R | 142 min | Drama

7.1
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A young man living in a cold southern village in South America, decides to start a trip looking for his father. By doing this he discovers unexpected facts about his latin American essence.

Director: Fernando E. Solanas | Stars: Walter Quiroz, Soledad Alfaro, Ricardo Bartis, Christina Becerra

Votes: 595

27. Ankur: The Seedling (1974)

131 min | Drama

8.2
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Laxmi lives a poor lifestyle in a small village in India along with her husband, Kishtaya, who is a deaf-mute. Both husband and wife work for the wealthy landlord. The landlord's son, Surya... See full summary »

Director: Shyam Benegal | Stars: Shabana Azmi, Sadhu Meher, Anant Nag, Priya Tendulkar

Votes: 791

28. Stadium Anthems (2018)

99 min | Comedy, Drama, Music

8.2
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A female recording artist encounters the misogyny and outdated business practices of male record label executives.

Director: Scott Douglas Brown | Stars: Toddy Walters, Jude Moran, Jordan Leigh, Christopher Soren Kelly

Votes: 143

29. The Story of a Cheat (1936)

81 min | Comedy

7.6
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A charming scoundrel reflects on his exploits, from childhood through to manhood.

Director: Sacha Guitry | Stars: Sacha Guitry, Adolphe Borchard, Marcel Lucien, Raymond Clunie

Votes: 1,738

30. The Salamander (1971)

125 min | Comedy, Drama

7.1
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Two men, arty though somewhat staid, are drawn to the spirited and quixotic Rosemonde, a young working-class woman whom they meet because they're writing a teleplay about a minor but ... See full summary »

Director: Alain Tanner | Stars: Bulle Ogier, Jean-Luc Bideau, Jacques Denis, Véronique Alain

Votes: 532

31. It All Starts Today (1999)

Not Rated | 117 min | Drama

7.4
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78 Metascore

Daniel is schoolmaster of a kindergarten in a small French town. The local economy, which depended entirely on coal production, has been mired in a depression ever since the mines were ... See full summary »

Director: Bertrand Tavernier | Stars: Philippe Torreton, Maria Pitarresi, Nadia Kaci, Véronique Ataly

Votes: 2,230 | Gross: $0.01M

32. Fever Pitch (1985)

R | 96 min | Drama

4.1
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An investigative journalist gets hooked on the subject of his inquiry - professional gambling.

Director: Richard Brooks | Stars: Ryan O'Neal, Catherine Hicks, Giancarlo Giannini, Bridgette Andersen

Votes: 235 | Gross: $0.62M

33. Tutta la vita davanti (2008)

117 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

6.9
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A brilliant recent graduate struggles to find work. After falling into a babysitting job, she is introduced by the child's mother to the world of the international call center, its employees, and the fast pace that drives them.

Director: Paolo Virzì | Stars: Isabella Ragonese, Massimo Ghini, Valerio Mastandrea, Micaela Ramazzotti

Votes: 2,689

34. 75 (2017)

97 min | Crime, Drama

6.8
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A crash victim, a housewife and two repressed teens are connected by hard-working therapist Viola, who helps them battle their addictions while two disillusioned detectives struggle with the mounting war against heroin in Cincinnati.

Director: Joe Zappa | Stars: Tifani Ahren Davis, Kip Bennett, Marcus B. Jackson, Shannon Faith

Votes: 35

35. Portraits of Women (1970)

X | 90 min | Comedy, Drama

5.6
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Finnish porn movie producer Pertsa returns from America to his home country to continue his profession with hopelessly small budgets and incompetent casts and crews. A self-ironic satire ... See full summary »

Director: Jörn Donner | Stars: Ritva Vepsä, Jörn Donner, Kirsti Wallasvaara, Aarre Elo

Votes: 199

36. Harvester (1996 Video Game)

M | Action, Adventure, Comedy

7.8
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Amnesiac named Steve wakes up in a strange little town called Harvest, a place seemingly straight out of 1950s Americana but with a noticeably eerie and twisted pitch black dark side, that's preparing for the annual festival of blood.

Director: G.P. Austin | Stars: Michael Napadano Jr., Pieter Van Der Vliet, M.R. Eudy, Tim Higgins

Votes: 133

37. Köpek (2015)

Not Rated | 94 min | Drama

6.7
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An ordinary day in the mega-city of Istanbul: Ten-year-old Cemo sells paper tissues in the streets, Hayat is controlled by her husband and transsexual Ebru sells her body. All three have a ... See full summary »

Director: Esen Isik | Stars: Çagla Akalin, Baris Atay, Salih Bademci, Ibrahim Iris

Votes: 209

38. 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: 2,435

39. Grass (1999)

R | 80 min | Documentary, History

7.2
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64 Metascore

The history of the American government's war on marijuana in the 20th century.

Director: Ron Mann | Stars: Woody Harrelson, Harry J. Anslinger, George Bush, Cab Calloway

Votes: 3,403 | Gross: $0.31M

40. The American Nightmare (2000)

Not Rated | 73 min | Documentary, Horror

7.3
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An examination into the nature of 1960s-'70s horror films, the artists involved, and how they reflected contemporary society.

Director: Adam Simon | Stars: George A. Romero, John Carpenter, Tom Savini, David Cronenberg

Votes: 1,760

41. Whatever (1999)

120 min | Drama

7.0
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Story of a man whose misanthropy goes out of control due to a business trip together with a colleague.

Director: Philippe Harel | Stars: Philippe Harel, José Garcia, Philippe Bianco, Catherine Mouchet

Votes: 657

42. Messidor (1979)

123 min | Crime, Drama

6.9
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Two young women from very different backgrounds journey into the countryside seeking respite from unsatisfactory lives and relationships, but ultimately find that there is no way back to ... See full summary »

Director: Alain Tanner | Stars: Clémentine Amouroux, Catherine Rétoré, Franziskus Abgottspon, Gérald Battiaz

Votes: 347

43. La femme flic (1980)

103 min | Drama, Thriller

6.5
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Corinne Levassuer, a Paris police inspector, uncovers some embarrassing evidence during one of her investigations and is transferred to a northern French mining town.

Director: Yves Boisset | Stars: Miou-Miou, Jean-Marc Thibault, Leny Escudéro, Jean-Pierre Kalfon

Votes: 243

44. Video on Trial (2005– )

30 min | Comedy, Music

8.4
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It's all about dish, dirt and deconstruction as top pop culture experts analyze today's hottest music videos with candid commentary, scathing reviews and tongue-in-cheek profiling.

Stars: Debra DiGiovanni, Trevor Boris, Ron Sparks, Boomer Phillips

Votes: 625

45. Man of Straw (1951)

109 min | Comedy, Drama

7.3
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Diederich Heßling is scared of everything and everyone. But as he grows up, he comes to realize that he has to offer his services to the powers-that-be if he wants to wield power himself. ... See full summary »

Director: Wolfgang Staudte | Stars: Werner Peters, Paul Esser, Renate Fischer, Ernst Legal

Votes: 717

46. Moby & the Void Pacific Choir: Are You Lost in the World Like Me (2016 Video)

3 min | Animation, Short, Drama

7.7
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Max Fleischer-style animated video from the album "These Systems Are Failing" which questions the impact of technology on modern society.

Director: Steve Cutts | Stars: Moby, The Void Pacific Choir

Votes: 264

47. The Clown (1976)

111 min | Drama

6.5
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Hans Schnier has earned his living as a clown, though he is in fact a very covert sort of social critic. After enduring a difficult childhood in Bonn during the Second World War, including his mother's fanatic Nazism.

Director: Vojtech Jasný | Stars: Helmut Griem, Hanna Schygulla, Eva Maria Meineke, Hans Christian Blech

Votes: 113

48. Hunting Scenes from Bavaria (1969)

88 min | Drama

7.4
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Abram returns to his small village and although his repairing skills are needed, people's suspicion about his sexual preferences make his life hard.

Director: Peter Fleischmann | Stars: Martin Sperr, Angela Winkler, Else Quecke, Michael Strixner

Votes: 511

49. The Beggar's Opera (1953)

94 min | Crime, History, Musical

6.2
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When the composer of an opera about a swashbuckling, wenching highwayman meets his hero's real-life counterpart, he's disappointed with his lack of dash.

Director: Peter Brook | Stars: Laurence Olivier, Hugh Griffith, George Rose, Stuart Burge

Votes: 271

50. Shadow of Angels (1976)

101 min | Drama

6.6
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Beautiful, detached, laconic, consumptive Lily Brest is a streetwalker with few clients. She loves her idle boyfriend Raoul who gambles away what little she earns. The town's power broker, ... See full summary »

Director: Daniel Schmid | Stars: Ingrid Caven, Rainer Werner Fassbinder, Annemarie Düringer, Adrian Hoven

Votes: 160



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