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1. Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance) (2014)

R | 119 min | Comedy, Drama

7.7
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87 Metascore

A washed-up superhero actor attempts to revive his fading career by writing, directing, and starring in a Broadway production.

Director: Alejandro G. Iñárritu | Stars: Michael Keaton, Zach Galifianakis, Edward Norton, Andrea Riseborough

Votes: 525,672 | Gross: $42.34M

2. Citizen Kane (1941)

PG | 119 min | Drama, Mystery

8.3
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100 Metascore

Following the death of publishing tycoon, Charles Foster Kane, reporters scramble to uncover the meaning of his final utterance; 'Rosebud'.

Director: Orson Welles | Stars: Orson Welles, Joseph Cotten, Dorothy Comingore, Agnes Moorehead

Votes: 367,421 | Gross: $1.59M

3. All About Eve (1950)

Passed | 138 min | Drama

8.2
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98 Metascore

An ingénue insinuates herself into the lives of an established but aging stage actress and her circle of theater friends.

Director: Joseph L. Mankiewicz | Stars: Bette Davis, Anne Baxter, George Sanders, Celeste Holm

Votes: 110,694 | Gross: $0.01M

4. The Object of My Affection (1998)

R | 111 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

6.0
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51 Metascore

A pregnant New York City social worker begins to develop romantic feelings for her gay best friend, and decides she'd rather raise her child with him, much to the dismay of her overbearing boyfriend.

Director: Nicholas Hytner | Stars: Jennifer Aniston, Paul Rudd, Kali Rocha, Lena Cardwell

Votes: 17,705 | Gross: $29.11M

5. Deathtrap (1982)

PG | 116 min | Comedy, Crime, Mystery

7.0
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54 Metascore

A Broadway playwright puts murder in his plan to take credit for a student's play.

Director: Sidney Lumet | Stars: Michael Caine, Christopher Reeve, Dyan Cannon, Irene Worth

Votes: 10,864 | Gross: $19.28M

6. Theater of Blood (1973)

R | 104 min | Comedy, Drama, Horror

7.2
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A Shakespearean actor takes poetic revenge on the critics who denied him recognition.

Director: Douglas Hickox | Stars: Vincent Price, Diana Rigg, Ian Hendry, Harry Andrews

Votes: 8,399

7. Bloodsucking Freaks (1976)

Unrated | 84 min | Comedy, Horror

4.9
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Sardu, master of the Theatre of the Macabre, and his assistant Ralphus run a show in which, under the guise of 'magic', they torture and murder people in front of their audience. But what the punters see as a trick is actually real.

Director: Joel M. Reed | Stars: Seamus O'Brien, Viju Krem, Niles McMaster, Dan Fauci

Votes: 4,697

8. Topsy-Turvy (1999)

R | 154 min | Biography, Comedy, Drama

7.3
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90 Metascore

Set in the 1880s, the story of how, during a creative dry spell, the partnership of the legendary musical/theatrical writers Gilbert and Sullivan almost dissolves, before they turn it all around and write the Mikado.

Director: Mike Leigh | Stars: Jim Broadbent, Allan Corduner, Dexter Fletcher, Sukie Smith

Votes: 11,128 | Gross: $6.20M

9. Star! (1968)

G | 176 min | Biography, Comedy, Drama

6.5
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A musical biography of Gertrude Lawrence, who led a hustling and bustling life on the stage.

Director: Robert Wise | Stars: Julie Andrews, Richard Crenna, Michael Craig, Daniel Massey

Votes: 1,833 | Gross: $4.00M

10. Please Don't Eat the Daisies (1960)

Passed | 112 min | Comedy, Family, Romance

6.5
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A university professor leaves his job to become a theater critic, creating problems with his family and friends.

Director: Charles Walters | Stars: Doris Day, David Niven, Janis Paige, Spring Byington

Votes: 3,728 | Gross: $11.10M

11. Game 6 (2005)

R | 87 min | Comedy, Drama, Sport

5.8
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56 Metascore

Combining real and fictional events, this movie centers around the historic 1986 World Series, and a day in the life of a playwright who skips opening night to watch the momentous game.

Director: Michael Hoffman | Stars: Michael Keaton, Robert Downey Jr., Griffin Dunne, Ari Graynor

Votes: 2,388 | Gross: $0.10M

12. Illuminata (1998)

R | 119 min | Drama, Romance

6.2
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60 Metascore

It's the start of the 20th century, and Tuccio, resident playwright of a theatre repertory company offers the owners of the company his new play, "Illuminata". They reject it, saying it's ... See full summary »

Director: John Turturro | Stars: Leo Bassi, Henri Behar, Maurizio Benazzo, Fernando Bolles

Votes: 1,480 | Gross: $0.84M

13. Critic's Choice (1963)

Approved | 100 min | Comedy

5.9
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Parker Ballantine is a New York theater critic and his wife writes a play that may or may not be very good. Now Parker must either get out of reviewing the play or cause the breakup of his marriage.

Director: Don Weis | Stars: Bob Hope, Lucille Ball, Marilyn Maxwell, Rip Torn

Votes: 746

14. You Are a Widow, Sir (1971)

97 min | Comedy, Sci-Fi

7.5
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After a soldier cuts off the arm of king's cousin, king decides to deactivate the army. Of course, generals don't like it at all and they try to kill the king. The assassin should be ... See full summary »

Director: Václav Vorlícek | Stars: Iva Janzurová, Olga Schoberová, Eduard Cupák, Jirí Sovák

Votes: 619

15. Cyclops (1982)

138 min | Drama

7.3
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Melkior Tresic is one of many intellectuals in 1941 Zagreb who is helplessly waiting for the encroaching war.

Director: Antun Vrdoljak | Stars: Frano Lasic, Ljuba Tadic, Rade Serbedzija, Mira Furlan

Votes: 255

16. Two Roses and a Golden Rod (1969)

R | 83 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

4.2
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A beautiful young blonde resents her mother while seeking the lustful company of her Hollywood screenwriter father. He's tempted and writes a comedy about angels and the sin of lust. The mother hooks up with their cute lesbian neighbor.

Director: Albert Zugsmith | Stars: John Alderman, Elizabeth Knowles, Ami Paisley, Lois Ursone

Votes: 62

17. My Life's in Turnaround (1993)

R | 84 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

5.0
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Two Manhattan slacker dudes, best friends, want to make a movie about their lives. Splick drives a hack, Jason tends bar; each has a stuttering relationship with a down-to-earth woman. But ... See full summary »

Directors: Eric Schaeffer, Donal Lardner Ward | Stars: Eric Schaeffer, Donal Lardner Ward, Dolores McDougal, Tara Shannon

Votes: 309 | Gross: $0.20M

18. Born to Sing (1942)

Approved | 82 min | Action, Crime, Musical

6.1
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Show promoter Cartwright has stolen the songs that Frank wrote while he was in the big house. The boys go to Cartwright to get Frank credit for his work, and Cartwright has them arrested ... See full summary »

Director: Edward Ludwig | Stars: Virginia Weidler, Ray McDonald, Leo Gorcey, Douglas McPhail

Votes: 149

19. For Them That Trespass (1949)

Approved | 95 min | Crime, Drama

6.6
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"Cristy" Drew, an aspiring young writer, trying to broaden his experience, gets involved with "Frankie" Ketchen and her two suitors, Herb Logan and Jim Heal. One night, Jim finds "Frankie" ... See full summary »

Director: Alberto Cavalcanti | Stars: Stephen Murray, Richard Todd, Patricia Plunkett, Rosalyn Boulter

Votes: 76

20. Cyclops (1983– )

60 min | Drama

8.7
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The 1982 theatrical film of the same name reedited into a five part mini-series. In 1941, in pre-WW2 Zagreb, young bohemian artist and intellectual is conscripted and sent to a brutal boot camp that breaks him.

Stars: Frano Lasic, María Baxa, Ljuba Tadic, Rade Serbedzija

Votes: 48

21. Le cinéma de papa (1971)

90 min | Comedy, Drama

6.6
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Young Jewish man tries to find his way in 1960's Paris while pondering whether to follow his father into the fur business or go into films.

Director: Claude Berri | Stars: Yves Robert, Hénia Suchar, Claude Berri, Alain Cohen

Votes: 170

22. Critical Condition (1998– )

Documentary

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Jon Ronson investigates the world of critics in this fly-on-the-wall documentary series. In the four episodes he takes a look at comedy, opera, theatre and film.

Stars: Jon Ronson, Ranjit Bolt, James Christopher, Nicholas de Jongh

23. Chemi qalaqis varskvlavi (1970)

Romance

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Director: Otar Abesadze | Stars: Medea Bibileishvili, Leo Pilpani, Zurab Kapianidze, Karlo Sakandelidze

24. Waxie Moon (2009)

Not Rated | 70 min | Documentary

3.4
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What happens when a classically-trained dancer/actor decides to pursue the lowbrow art of stripping? Waxie Moon a boylesque sensation takes the world of neo-burlesque by storm in this ... See full summary »

Director: Wes Hurley | Stars: Miss Kitty Baby, Jean Barron, Benjimen Blair, Miss Indigo Blue

Votes: 33

25. Vilket drama (2009– )

40 min | Talk-Show

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Finland Swedish talk-show with the top cultural persons in Finnish cultural scene.

Stars: Tarja Halonen, Lilli Paasikivi, Jouko Turkka, Michael Vardian

26. The Twilight Zone (1959–1964)
Episode: A Piano in the House (1962)

TV-PG | 25 min | Fantasy, Horror, Mystery

7.6
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Sadistic and hated theater critic Fitzgerald Fortune buys a player piano that has the power to reveal the souls of all who hear it.

Director: David Greene | Stars: Barry Morse, Joan Hackett, Don Durant, Muriel Landers

Votes: 1,281

27. The Best of Broadway (1954–1955)
Episode: Arsenic and Old Lace (1955)

60 min | Comedy, Drama, Musical

8.0
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A drama critic learns on his wedding day that his beloved maiden aunts are homicidal maniacs, and that insanity runs in his family.

Director: Herbert B. Swope Jr. | Stars: John Alexander, Orson Bean, Richard Bishop, Patricia Breslin

Votes: 9

28. Murder, She Wrote (1984–1996)
Episode: Deadpan (1988)

TV-PG | 47 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

8.1
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When one of Jessica's former students brings a play based on her novel to Broadway, she finds herself in the middle of a war between two rival critics.

Director: E.W. Swackhamer | Stars: Angela Lansbury, Lloyd Bochner, Miles Chapin, Carole Cook

Votes: 156

29. Frasier (1993–2004)
Episode: Everyone's a Critic (1999)

TV-PG | 22 min | Comedy

7.6
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When Niles lands a job as a magazine art critic, Frasier is jealous.

Director: Pamela Fryman | Stars: Kelsey Grammer, Jane Leeves, David Hyde Pierce, Peri Gilpin

Votes: 361

30. Darkroom (1981–1982)
Episode: Exit Line (1982)

Horror, Thriller, Fantasy

7.0
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Actor Dan Burroughs tries desperately to convince an extremely influential critic to revise her negative opinion about his play and performance.

Director: Peter Crane | Stars: James Coburn, Newell Alexander, Jim Boeke, Jack Carter

Votes: 22

31. Barney Miller (1975–1982)
Episode: Hash (1976)

TV-PG | Comedy, Drama

9.4
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Everyone on the squad except Barney is stoned by hashish-laced brownies made by Wojo's new girlfriend. An actor and a critic duel with swords.

Director: Noam Pitlik | Stars: Hal Linden, Abe Vigoda, Max Gail, Ron Glass

Votes: 164

32. Glee (2009–2015)
Episode: Opening Night (2014)

TV-14 | 43 min | Comedy, Drama, Music

8.5
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Nervous for opening night, Rachel is willing to do anything to succeed. When she finds out that Jacob Ben Isreal is writing a review of the show for the New Yorker, her director pressures her to do whatever it takes for a good review.

Director: Eric Stoltz | Stars: Jacob Artist, Melissa Benoist, Chris Colfer, Darren Criss

Votes: 693

33. Tri spory (1981–1982)
Episode: Spor dramaturga Stroupeznického (1982)

Biography, Drama, History

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Director: Ludvík Ráza | Stars: Jaromír Hanzlík, Libuse Havelková, Josef Kemr, Rudolf Jelínek

34. The Nanny (1993–1999)
Episode: Sunday in the Park with Fran (1994)

TV-PG | 30 min | Comedy, Family, Romance

7.7
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A play-date between Gracie and the child of a Broadway critic does not go well.

Director: Gail Mancuso | Stars: Fran Drescher, Charles Shaughnessy, Daniel Davis, Lauren Lane

Votes: 195

35. Jonathan Creek (1997–2016)
Episode: The Scented Room (1998)

TV-PG | 50 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

7.6
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Jonathan and Maddy investigate the mysterious disappearance of a priceless painting from the home of Sylvester Le Fley and his wife Lady Theresa Cutler.

Director: Sandy Johnson | Stars: Sam Bradley, Valerie Colgan, Bob Monkhouse, Christine Kavanagh

Votes: 224



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