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1. Malcolm X (1992)

PG-13 | 202 min | Biography, Drama, History

7.7
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72 Metascore

Biographical epic of the controversial and influential Black Nationalist leader, from his early life and career as a small-time gangster, to his ministry as a member of the Nation of Islam.

Writers: Alex Haley, Malcolm X, Arnold Perl, Spike Lee | Director: Spike Lee | Stars: Denzel Washington, Angela Bassett, Delroy Lindo, Spike Lee

2. The Spiderwick Chronicles (2008)

PG | 96 min | Adventure, Family, Fantasy

6.6
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62 Metascore

Upon moving into the run-down Spiderwick Estate with their mother, twin brothers Jared and Simon Grace, along with their sister Mallory, find themselves pulled into an alternate world full of faeries and other creatures.

Writers: Karey Kirkpatrick, David Berenbaum, John Sayles, Tony DiTerlizzi, Holly Black | Director: Mark Waters | Stars: Freddie Highmore, Sarah Bolger, David Strathairn, Mary-Louise Parker

3. Secondhand Lions (2003)

PG | 109 min | Comedy, Drama, Family

7.6
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52 Metascore

A coming-of-age story about a shy, young boy sent by his irresponsible mother to spend the summer with his wealthy, eccentric uncles in Texas.

Writer: Tim McCanlies | Director: Tim McCanlies | Stars: Haley Joel Osment, Michael Caine, Robert Duvall, Kyra Sedgwick

4. The Newton Boys (1998)

PG-13 | 113 min | Action, Crime, Drama

6.0
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57 Metascore

The story of the Newton gang, the most successful bank robbers in history, thanks to their good planning and minimal violence.

Writers: Claude Stanush, Richard Linklater, Clark Walker | Director: Richard Linklater | Stars: Matthew McConaughey, Ethan Hawke, Skeet Ulrich, Vincent D'Onofrio

5. Piranha (1978)

R | 94 min | Comedy, Horror, Sci-Fi

5.9
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When flesh-eating piranhas are accidently released into a summer resort's rivers, the guests become their next meal.

Writers: Richard Robinson, John Sayles | Director: Joe Dante | Stars: Bradford Dillman, Heather Menzies-Urich, Kevin McCarthy, Keenan Wynn

6. The Howling (1981)

R | 91 min | Horror

6.6
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After a bizarre and near fatal encounter with a serial killer, a television newswoman is sent to a remote mountain resort whose residents may not be what they seem.

Writers: Gary Brandner, John Sayles, Terence H. Winkless | Director: Joe Dante | Stars: Dee Wallace, Patrick Macnee, Dennis Dugan, Christopher Stone

7. Something Wild (1986)

R | 114 min | Comedy, Crime, Romance

6.8
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73 Metascore

A free-spirited woman "kidnaps" a yuppie for a weekend of adventure. But the fun quickly takes a dangerous turn when her ex-convict husband shows up.

Writer: E. Max Frye | Director: Jonathan Demme | Stars: Jeff Daniels, Melanie Griffith, Ray Liotta, George 'Red' Schwartz

8. In the Electric Mist (2009)

R | 117 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

6.1
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A detective in post Katrina New Orleans area has a series of surreal encounters with a troop of friendly Confederate soldiers while investigating serial killings of local prostitutes, a 1965 lynching and corrupt local businessmen.

Writers: Jerzy Kromolowski, Mary Olson-Kromolowski, James Lee Burke | Director: Bertrand Tavernier | Stars: Tommy Lee Jones, John Goodman, Peter Sarsgaard, Mary Steenburgen

9. Lone Star (1996)

R | 135 min | Drama, Mystery, Romance

7.6
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78 Metascore

When the skeleton of his murdered predecessor is found, Sheriff Sam Deeds unearths many other long-buried secrets in his Texas border town.

Writer: John Sayles | Director: John Sayles | Stars: Chris Cooper, Elizabeth Peña, Stephen Mendillo, Stephen J. Lang

10. The Clan of the Cave Bear (1986)

R | 98 min | Adventure, Drama, Fantasy

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A young Cro-Magnons woman is raised by Neanderthals.

Writers: Jean M. Auel, John Sayles | Director: Michael Chapman | Stars: Daryl Hannah, Pamela Reed, James Remar, Thomas G. Waites

11. Girlfight (2000)

R | 110 min | Drama, Sport

6.9
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70 Metascore

Diana, without her father knowing it, trains as a boxer and achieves impressive success, blazing new trails for female boxers.

Writer: Karyn Kusama | Director: Karyn Kusama | Stars: Michelle Rodriguez, Santiago Douglas, Jaime Tirelli, Paul Calderon

12. Eight Men Out (1988)

PG | 119 min | Drama, History, Sport

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A dramatization of the Black Sox scandal when the underpaid Chicago White Sox accepted bribes to deliberately lose the 1919 World Series.

Writers: Eliot Asinof, John Sayles | Director: John Sayles | Stars: John Cusack, Clifton James, Michael Lerner, Christopher Lloyd

13. Battle Beyond the Stars (1980)

PG | 104 min | Action, Adventure, Comedy

5.4
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A young farmer sets out to recruit mercenaries to defend his peaceful planet, which is under threat of invasion by the evil tyrant Sador and his armada of aggressors.

Writers: John Sayles, Anne Dyer | Directors: Jimmy T. Murakami, Roger Corman | Stars: George Peppard, Robert Vaughn, Richard Thomas, John Saxon

14. Gridlock'd (1997)

R | 91 min | Comedy, Crime, Drama

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After a friend overdoses, Spoon and Stretch decide to kick their drug habits and attempt to enroll in a government detox program. Their efforts are hampered by seemingly endless red tape, ... See full summary »

Writer: Vondie Curtis-Hall | Director: Vondie Curtis-Hall | Stars: Tupac Shakur, Tim Roth, Thandie Newton, Charles Fleischer

15. Union Square (2011)

Not Rated | 80 min | Drama

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55 Metascore

Jenny, who has rejected her tumultuous family for a more ordered life, gets a surprise visit from her sister Lucy at a critical time - right at the moment where she's feels ready to commit to her longtime fiancé.

Writers: Nancy Savoca, Mary Tobler | Director: Nancy Savoca | Stars: Tammy Blanchard, Mira Sorvino, Patti LuPone, Mike Doyle

16. Matinee (1993)

PG | 99 min | Comedy, Drama

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A small-time film promoter releases a kitschy horror film during the Cuban Missile Crisis.

Writers: Jerico, Charles S. Haas | Director: Joe Dante | Stars: John Goodman, Cathy Moriarty, Simon Fenton, Omri Katz

17. Limbo (1999)

R | 126 min | Adventure, Drama, Thriller

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In an economically devastated Alaskan town, a fisherman with a troublesome past dates a woman whose young daughter does not approve of him. When he witnesses the murder of his shady brother, he, the woman and the kid run to the wilderness.

Writer: John Sayles | Director: John Sayles | Stars: David Strathairn, Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio, Vanessa Martinez, Hermínio Ramos

18. Alligator (1980)

R | 91 min | Horror

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A baby alligator is flushed down a Chicago toilet and survives by eating discarded lab rats, injected with growth hormones. The small animal grows gigantic, escapes the city sewers, and goes on a rampage.

Writers: John Sayles, Frank Ray Perilli | Director: Lewis Teague | Stars: Robert Forster, Robin Riker, Michael V. Gazzo, Dean Jagger

19. Accidents Happen (2009)

R | 92 min | Comedy, Drama

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There are dysfunctional families... and then there are the Conways. After a family tragedy, 15-year-old Billy Conway has become the de facto glue between his bitter mom, distant brother, ... See full summary »

Writer: Brian Carbee | Director: Andrew Lancaster | Stars: Geena Davis, Harrison Gilbertson, Harry Cook, Joel Tobeck

20. The Story of Film: An Odyssey (2011 TV Mini-Series)

60 min | Documentary, History

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A comprehensive history of the medium and art of motion pictures.

Stars: Mark Cousins, Aleksandr Sokurov, Norman Lloyd, Lars von Trier

21. Straight Talk (1992)

PG | 91 min | Comedy, Romance

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A woman ditches her small town life for big city Chicago, where she becomes a sensation as a radio show host.

Writers: Craig Bolotin, Patricia Resnick | Director: Barnet Kellman | Stars: Dolly Parton, James Woods, Griffin Dunne, Michael Madsen

22. Passion Fish (1992)

R | 135 min | Drama

7.4
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May-Alice Culhane was a successful soap opera star, but a car accident has left her bound to a wheelchair. She returns to her now-empty family home in the bayous of Louisiana which she had ... See full summary »

Writer: John Sayles | Director: John Sayles | Stars: Mary McDonnell, Alfre Woodard, Angela Bassett, Lenore Banks

23. Men of War (1994)

R | 103 min | Action, Drama, Thriller

5.7
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A former Special Ops soldier leads a group of mercenaries to an island in the South China Sea: their mission is obtain the rights to the unusual treasure that the island beholds.

Writers: Stan Rogow, John Sayles, Ethan Reiff, Cyrus Voris | Director: Perry Lang | Stars: Dolph Lundgren, Charlotte Lewis, BD Wong, Tony Denison

24. The Brother from Another Planet (1984)

R | 108 min | Comedy, Sci-Fi

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A mute alien with the appearance of a black human is chased by outer-space bounty hunters through the streets of Harlem.

Writer: John Sayles | Director: John Sayles | Stars: Joe Morton, Daryl Edwards, Rosanna Carter, Ray Ramirez

25. Go for Sisters (2013)

Unrated | 123 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

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59 Metascore

Fontayne is enlisted by Bernice - her estranged old friend and current parole officer - along with a disgraced cop to search for Bernice's son, who went missing on the Mexican border.

Writer: John Sayles | Director: John Sayles | Stars: LisaGay Hamilton, Yolonda Ross, Edward James Olmos, Hilary Barraford

26. Baseball (1994 TV Mini-Series)

1,140 min | Documentary, History, Sport

9.2
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A documentary on the history of the sport with major topics including Afro-American players, player/team owner relations and the resilience of the game.

Stars: John Chancellor, Daniel Okrent, Ossie Davis, Paul Roebling

27. Baby It's You (1983)

R | 105 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

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In 1966 New Jersey, Jill Rosen, a frustrated high schooler, is intrigued by an enigmatic new student known only as the Sheik. Sheik is an Italian whose primary interests are his car, Frank ... See full summary »

Writers: Amy Robinson, John Sayles | Director: John Sayles | Stars: Rosanna Arquette, Vincent Spano, Joanna Merlin, Jack Davidson

28. Charlie Rose (1991– )

60 min | News, Talk-Show

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Stars: Charlie Rose, Mark Halperin, Al Hunt, Thomas Friedman

29. Dinner for Five (2001– )

TV-MA | 30 min | Comedy, Talk-Show

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Actor/Director Jon Favreau hosts an evening with four Hollywood friends (four different people or combinations of people each episode), who casually discuss the craft of acting and the ... See full summary »

Stars: Jon Favreau, Faizon Love, Kevin James, Peter Berg

30. Amigo (2010)

R | 124 min | Drama, War

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63 Metascore

A fictional account of events during the Philippine-American War.

Writer: John Sayles | Director: John Sayles | Stars: Joel Torre, Chris Cooper, Garret Dillahunt, Arthur Acuña

31. Sunshine State (2002)

PG-13 | 141 min | Drama, Romance

6.9
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69 Metascore

A woman and her new husband returns to her hometown roots in coastal northern Florida, and must deal with family, business, and encroaching real estate development.

Writer: John Sayles | Director: John Sayles | Stars: Angela Bassett, Edie Falco, Alex Lewis, Alan King

32. Piranha (1995 TV Movie)

R | 89 min | Horror

3.8
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Doctor Baines has been conducting genetic experiments on piranhas and has made them virtually unstoppable. Unfortunately, his assistants, Maggie and Paul, accidentally release the hybrids ... See full summary »

Writers: Richard Robinson, John Sayles, Alex Simon | Director: Scott P. Levy | Stars: William Katt, Alexandra Paul, Monte Markham, Darleen Carr

33. Honeydripper (2007)

PG-13 | 124 min | Crime, Drama, History

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68 Metascore

1950. Rural Alabama. Cotton harvest. It's a make-or-break weekend for the Honeydripper Lounge and its owner, piano player Tyrone "Pine Top" Purvis. Deep in debt to the liquor man, the ... See full summary »

Writer: John Sayles | Director: John Sayles | Stars: Danny Glover, LisaGay Hamilton, Yaya DaCosta, Charles S. Dutton

34. Silver City (2004)

R | 128 min | Comedy, Drama, Mystery

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The discovery of a corpse threatens to unravel a bumbling local politician's campaign for governor of Colorado.

Writer: John Sayles | Director: John Sayles | Stars: Chris Cooper, Thora Birch, Maria Bello, Billy Zane

35. The Lady in Red (1979)

R | 93 min | Action, Drama, Romance

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1930's gangster era film about Dillinger and his last girl. Written by John Sayles.

Writer: John Sayles | Director: Lewis Teague | Stars: Pamela Sue Martin, Robert Conrad, Louise Fletcher, Robert Hogan

36. The Secret of Roan Inish (1994)

PG | 103 min | Drama, Family, Fantasy

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10-year-old Fiona is sent to live with her grandparents in a small fishing village in Donegal, Ireland. She soon learns the local legend that an ancestor of hers married a Selkie - a seal ... See full summary »

Writers: Rosalie K. Fry, John Sayles | Director: John Sayles | Stars: Jeni Courtney, Eileen Colgan, Mick Lally, Pat Slowey

37. P.O.V. (1988– )

Documentary

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Creator: Marc Weiss | Stars: Deann Borshay, Peter Dinklage, Bayard Rustin, Bonita Dearmond

38. The Challenge (1982)

R | 108 min | Action, Drama

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A down-and-out American boxer becomes involved in a feud between two Japanese brothers.

Writers: Richard Maxwell, John Sayles | Director: John Frankenheimer | Stars: Scott Glenn, Toshirô Mifune, Donna Kei Benz, Atsuo Nakamura

39. Matewan (1987)

PG-13 | 135 min | Drama, History

7.9
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A labor union organizer comes to an embattled mining community brutally and violently dominated and harassed by the mining company.

Writer: John Sayles | Director: John Sayles | Stars: Chris Cooper, James Earl Jones, Mary McDonnell, Will Oldham

40. Trip Flip (2012– )

TV-PG | 30 min | Reality-TV

8.5
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Host Bert Kreischer surprises unsuspecting American vacationers by throwing away the guidebook and taking them off-the-beaten-path. It's the vacation they never saw coming.

Stars: Bert Kreischer, Jake Kaplan, Matt Haeger, David Alba

41. The Normals (2012)

100 min | Comedy

4.4
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Wallowing in debt, Billy enrolls in a clinical drug trial to make a quick buck. Why not? Carted out of NYC on a bus full of oddballs, he and the rest of the "Normals," are tagged, prodded ... See full summary »

Writer: Christopher Ciancimino | Director: Kevin Patrick Connors | Stars: Mishka Balilty, Brooke Bloom, Peter Mark Bockman, Ralph Bracco

42. American Dream (1990)

PG-13 | 98 min | Documentary

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Chronicles the six-month strike at Hormel in Austin, Minnesota, in 1985-86. The local union, P-9 of the Food and Commercial Workers, overwhelmingly rejects a contract offer with a $2/hour ... See full summary »

Directors: Barbara Kopple, Cathy Caplan, Thomas Haneke, Lawrence Silk | Stars: Jesse Jackson, Juan Munoz, Ray Rogers, Mike Kinney

43. Wild Thing (1987)

PG-13 | 92 min | Action, Drama, Thriller

5.1
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A child witnesses drug dealers murder his parents. He escapes and grows up wild in the city's slums. Years later he emerges to help the residents of the area who are being terrorized by street gangs and drug dealers.

Writers: Larry Stamper, John Sayles | Director: Max Reid | Stars: Robert Knepper, Kathleen Quinlan, Robert Davi, Maury Chaykin

44. Men with Guns (II) (1997)

R | 127 min | Drama

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Humberto Fuentes is a wealthy doctor whose wife has recently died. In spite of the advice of his children, he takes a trip to visit his former students who now work in impoverished villages... See full summary »

Writer: John Sayles | Director: John Sayles | Stars: Federico Luppi, Damián Delgado, Dan Rivera González, Tania Cruz

45. City of Hope (1991)

R | 129 min | Crime, Drama

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City of Hope is a portrait of a typical middle-sized American city of the present day. The crux of the story is an old apartment block which stands in the way of a major commercial ... See full summary »

Writer: John Sayles | Director: John Sayles | Stars: Vincent Spano, Tony Lo Bianco, Stephen Mendillo, Chris Cooper

46. Up Close with Carrie Keagan (2007– )

Talk-Show | Active

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Creator: Kourosh Taj | Stars: Carrie Keagan, Shark Firestone, Emma Stone, Bradley Cooper

47. Return of the Secaucus Seven (1979)

R | 104 min | Drama

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Seven former college friends, along with a few new friends, gather for a weekend reunion at a summer house in New Hampshire to reminisce about the good old days, when they got arrested on the way to a protest in Washington, DC.

Writer: John Sayles | Director: John Sayles | Stars: Bruce MacDonald, Maggie Renzi, Adam LeFevre, Maggie Cousineau

48. Casa de los babys (2003)

R | 95 min | Drama

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55 Metascore

Six American women who planned on travelling to South America to adopt babies are forced, by law, to live there.

Writer: John Sayles | Director: John Sayles | Stars: Daryl Hannah, Maggie Gyllenhaal, Mary Steenburgen, Lili Taylor

49. Girls Like Us

Biography, Drama, Musical | Announced

The stories of girls coming of age in the late 1960s in America parallel the lives of singers Carole King, Joni Mitchell, Carly Simon. Based on the book "Girls Like Us: Carole King, Joni ... See full summary »

Writers: John Sayles, Sheila Weller | Director: Katie Jacobs

50. Breaking In (1989)

R | 94 min | Adventure, Comedy

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Professional thief Ernie takes Mike on as an apprentice, but while Mike clearly has "larceny in his heart", it will take him a long time to get as good as Ernie.

Writer: John Sayles | Director: Bill Forsyth | Stars: Burt Reynolds, Casey Siemaszko, Sheila Kelley, Lorraine Toussaint