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1. Rowan & Martin's Laugh-In (1967–1973)
Episode: Episode #2.5 (1968)

TV-PG | 60 min | Comedy, Music, Musical

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Writers: Paul Keyes, Hugh Wedlock Jr., Allan Manings, Chris Bearde, David Panich, Coslough Johnson, Marc London, Dave Cox, Jim Carlson, Jack Mendelsohn, Jim Mulligan, Phil Hahn, Jack Hanrahan | Director: Gordon Wiles | Stars: Dan Rowan, Dick Martin, Bobby Darin, Judy Carne

2. Cold in July (2014)

109 min | Drama, Thriller

8.7
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In 1980s East Texas, two fathers pitted against each other in revenge must band together to uncover a darker truth.

Writers: Nick Damici, Joe R. Lansdale, Jim Mickle | Director: Jim Mickle | Stars: Michael C. Hall, Don Johnson, Vinessa Shaw, Sam Shepard

3. American Playhouse (1981– )
Episode: True West (1984)

110 min | Comedy, Drama

8.6
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A videotaped stage performance of Sam Shepard's play

Writer: Sam Shepard | Director: Allan A. Goldstein | Stars: John Malkovich, Sam Schacht, Gary Sinise, Margaret Thomson

4. Arena (1975– )

Documentary

8.4
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Wide-ranging arts programme.

Creator: Anthony Haas | Stars: Paul McCartney, Bob Dylan, Penelope Wilton, Harold Pinter

5. Jim Sheridan: Film and Family (2010 Video)

Short, Drama, War

8.4
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Director: Dan Kavanaugh | Stars: David Benioff, Frederick Elmes, Jake Gyllenhaal, Nye Heron

6. Klondike (2014– )
Episode: Episode #1.5 (2014)

Adventure, Drama, Western

8.4
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Writers: Charlotte Gray, Joshua Goldin, Rachel Abramowitz | Director: Simon Cellan Jones | Stars: Abbie Cornish, Marton Csokas, Ian Hart, Greg Lawson

7. Klondike (2014– )
Episode: Episode #1.1 (2014)

Adventure, Drama, Western

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Two friends (Bill and Epstein) travel to Dawson City, Yukon to find gold and strike it "rich" in the Klondike in the summer of 1897.

Writers: Charlotte Gray, Paul Scheuring | Director: Simon Cellan Jones | Stars: Abbie Cornish, Marton Csokas, Ian Hart, Greg Lawson

8. Klondike (2014– )
Episode: Episode #1.6 (2014)

Adventure, Drama, Western

8.3
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Writers: Charlotte Gray, Paul Scheuring | Director: Simon Cellan Jones | Stars: Abbie Cornish, Marton Csokas, Ian Hart, Greg Lawson

9. Klondike (2014– )
Episode: Episode #1.2 (2014)

Adventure, Drama, Western

8.2
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Writers: Charlotte Gray, Joshua Goldin, Rachel Abramowitz | Director: Simon Cellan Jones | Stars: Abbie Cornish, Marton Csokas, Ian Hart, Greg Lawson

10. Klondike (2014– )
Episode: Episode #1.3 (2014)

Adventure, Drama, Western

8.2
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Writers: Charlotte Gray, Paul Scheuring | Director: Simon Cellan Jones | Stars: Abbie Cornish, Marton Csokas, Ian Hart, Greg Lawson

11. Paris, Texas (1984)

R | 147 min | Drama

8.1
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A man wanders out of the desert after a four year absence. His brother finds him, and together they return to L.A. to reunite the man with his young son. Soon after, he and the boy set out ... See full summary »

Writers: L.M. Kit Carson, Sam Shepard | Director: Wim Wenders | Stars: Harry Dean Stanton, Nastassja Kinski, Dean Stockwell, Sam Berry

12. Fitzcarraldo (1982)

PG | 158 min | Adventure, Biography, Drama

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The story of Brian Sweeney Fitzgerald, an extremely determined man who intends to build an opera house in the middle of a jungle.

Writer: Werner Herzog | Director: Werner Herzog | Stars: Klaus Kinski, Claudia Cardinale, José Lewgoy, Miguel Ángel Fuentes

13. Arena (1975– )
Episode: Dear Antonioni (1997)

93 min | Documentary

8.1
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Director: Gianni Massironi | Stars: Michelangelo Antonioni, Christine Boisson, Alain Cuny, Tonino Guerra

14. Klondike (2014– )
Episode: Episode #1.4 (2014)

Adventure, Drama, Western

8.1
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Writers: Charlotte Gray, Joshua Goldin, Rachel Abramowitz | Director: Simon Cellan Jones | Stars: Abbie Cornish, Marton Csokas, Ian Hart, Greg Lawson

15. The Notebook (2004)

PG-13 | 123 min | Drama, Romance

8.0
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53 Metascore

A poor and passionate young man falls in love with a rich young woman and gives her a sense of freedom. They soon are separated by their social differences.

Writers: Jeremy Leven, Jan Sardi, Nicholas Sparks | Director: Nick Cassavetes | Stars: Gena Rowlands, James Garner, Rachel McAdams, Ryan Gosling

16. Days of Heaven (1978)

PG | 94 min | Drama, Romance

8.0
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A hot-tempered farm laborer convinces the woman he loves to marry their rich but dying boss so that they can have a claim to his fortune.

Writer: Terrence Malick | Director: Terrence Malick | Stars: Richard Gere, Brooke Adams, Sam Shepard, Linda Manz

17. Rowan & Martin's Laugh-In (1967–1973)

TV-PG | 60 min | Comedy, Music, Musical

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The original rapid fire sketch comedy show.

Creator: Digby Wolfe | Stars: Dan Rowan, Dick Martin, Ruth Buzzi, Gary Owens

18. One Fast Move or I'm Gone: Kerouac's Big Sur (2008)

98 min | Documentary, Music

8.0
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"One Fast Move or I'm Gone: Kerouac's Big Sur" examines Jack Kerouac's escape from post "On The Road" fame to his dream of an isolated retreat in a cabin at Big Sur where he searches for ... See full summary »

Director: Curt Worden | Stars: David Amram, Erik Bauersfeld, Carolyn Cassady, Jami Cassady

19. The Right Stuff (1983)

R | 193 min | Adventure, Drama, History

7.9
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The story of the original Mercury 7 astronauts and their macho, seat-of-the-pants approach to the space program.

Writers: Tom Wolfe, Philip Kaufman | Director: Philip Kaufman | Stars: Sam Shepard, Scott Glenn, Ed Harris, Dennis Quaid

20. Klondike (2014 TV Mini-Series)

46 min | Adventure, Drama, Western

7.8
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The lives of two childhood best friends, Bill and Epstein, in the late 1890s as they flock to the gold rush capital in the untamed Yukon Territory. This man-versus-nature tale places our ... See full summary »

Stars: Abbie Cornish, Marton Csokas, Ian Hart, Greg Lawson

21. Loot (2008)

86 min | Documentary

7.8
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52 Metascore

During WWII, Darrel was stationed in Europe. Andrew was fighting in the Philippines. In the chaos of combat, each stole valuable treasures and hid them overseas before returning to civilian... See full summary »

Director: Darius Marder | Stars: Otti Bruckbauer, Lance Larson, Michael Larson, Wilhelm Raberger

22. Black Hawk Down (2001)

R | 144 min | Drama, History, Thriller

7.7
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123 elite U.S. soldiers drop into Somalia to capture two top lieutenants of a renegade warlord and find themselves in a desperate battle with a large force of heavily-armed Somalis.

Writers: Mark Bowden, Ken Nolan | Director: Ridley Scott | Stars: Josh Hartnett, Ewan McGregor, Tom Sizemore, Eric Bana

23. The Holy Modal Rounders: Bound to Lose (2006)

87 min | Documentary, Music

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After 40 years of unpredictable live shows, drug addictions & breakdowns, psychedelic folk rock legends, The Holy Modal Rounders survived one of the strangest careers in music

Directors: Sam Wainwright Douglas, Paul Lovelace | Stars: Robert Christgau, Dennis Hopper, David Reisch, Robin Remailly

24. The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford (2007)

R | 160 min | Biography, Crime, Drama

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Robert Ford, who's idolized Jesse James since childhood, tries hard to join the reforming gang of the Missouri outlaw, but gradually becomes resentful of the bandit leader.

Writers: Andrew Dominik, Ron Hansen | Director: Andrew Dominik | Stars: Brad Pitt, Casey Affleck, Sam Shepard, Mary-Louise Parker

25. Harry Dean Stanton: Partly Fiction (2012)

77 min | Documentary

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HARRY DEAN STANTON: PARTLY FICTION is a mesmerizing, impressionistic portrait of the iconic actor comprised of intimate moments, film clips from some of his 250 films and his own ... See full summary »

Director: Sophie Huber | Stars: Harry Dean Stanton, David Lynch, Sam Shepard, Kris Kristofferson

26. Great Performances (1971– )
Episode: Kurosawa (2000)

100 min | Biography, Drama, Music

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Writer: Adam Low | Director: Adam Low | Stars: Akira Kurosawa, Sam Shepard, Paul Scofield, James Coburn

27. Mud (2012)

PG-13 | 130 min | Drama

7.5
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Two young boys encounter a fugitive and form a pact to help him evade the vigilantes that are on his trail and to reunite him with his true love.

Writer: Jeff Nichols | Director: Jeff Nichols | Stars: Matthew McConaughey, Tye Sheridan, Jacob Lofland, Sam Shepard

28. Felon (2008)

R | 104 min | Crime, Drama

7.5
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A family man convicted of killing an intruder must cope with life afterward in the violent penal system.

Writer: Ric Roman Waugh | Director: Ric Roman Waugh | Stars: Stephen Dorff, Marisol Nichols, Vincent Miller, Anne Archer

29. Streets of Laredo (1995– )
Episode: Episode #1.1 (1999)

Drama, Western

7.5
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Captain Woodrow Coll returns to his old profession of Texas Ranger in order to track down a killer who likes robbing trains and murdering victims on a whim.

Writers: Larry McMurtry, Diana Ossana | Director: Joseph Sargent | Stars: James Garner, Sissy Spacek, Sam Shepard, Ned Beatty

30. August: Osage County (2013)

R | 121 min | Drama

7.4
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A look at the lives of the strong-willed women of the Weston family, whose paths have diverged until a family crisis brings them back to the Oklahoma house they grew up in, and to the dysfunctional woman who raised them.

Writer: Tracy Letts | Director: John Wells | Stars: Meryl Streep, Dermot Mulroney, Julia Roberts, Juliette Lewis

31. Frances (1982)

R | 140 min | Biography, Drama, Romance

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The true story of Frances Farmer's meteoric rise to fame in Hollywood and the tragic turn her life took when she was blacklisted.

Writers: Eric Bergren, Christopher De Vore, Nicholas Kazan | Director: Graeme Clifford | Stars: Jessica Lange, Kim Stanley, Sam Shepard, Bart Burns

32. Resurrection (1980)

PG | 103 min | Drama, Fantasy

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Edna Mae Macaulay experiences the afterlife for a brief time after a car accident that kills her husband. As she begins her long process of physical healing, she discovers that she has the ... See full summary »

Writer: Lewis John Carlino | Director: Daniel Petrie | Stars: Ellen Burstyn, Sam Shepard, Richard Farnsworth, Roberts Blossom

33. Streets of Laredo (1995 TV Mini-Series)

300 min | Drama, Western

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Captain Woodrow Call, now retired from the Rangers, is a bounty hunter. He is hired by an eastern rail baron to track down Joey Garza, a new kind of killer, only a boy, who kills from a ... See full summary »

Stars: James Garner, Sissy Spacek, Sam Shepard, Ned Beatty

34. American Playhouse (1981– )

Comedy, Drama

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Stars: Robert Minkoff, Deanna Dunagan, Sada Thompson, Elizabeth Franz

35. The Essence of Combat: Making 'Black Hawk Down' (2002 Video)

150 min | Documentary

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Nearly every possible element to making the film Black Hawk Down (2001) is examined here in great detail. Both behind the scenes material and interviews with the cast, crew and actual rangers inform us how this film was pulled off so perfectly.

Stars: Razaaq Adoti, Lee Van Arsdale, Eric Bana, Brian Bean

36. Intimate Portrait (1993– )
Episode: Jessica Lange (1998)

Documentary, Biography

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Stars: Jessica Lange, Liam Neeson, Alec Baldwin, Charles Durning

37. Steel Magnolias (1989)

PG | 117 min | Drama, Romance

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Revolving around Truvy's Beauty Parlor in a small parish in modern-day Louisiana, STEEL MAGNOLIAS is the story of a close-knit circle of friends whose lives come together there. As the ... See full summary »

Writer: Robert Harling | Director: Herbert Ross | Stars: Shirley MacLaine, Olympia Dukakis, Sally Field, Julia Roberts

38. Brothers (I) (2009)

R | 105 min | Drama, Thriller, War

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58 Metascore

A young man comforts his older brother's wife and children after he goes missing in Afghanistan.

Writers: David Benioff, Susanne Bier, Anders Thomas Jensen | Director: Jim Sheridan | Stars: Jake Gyllenhaal, Natalie Portman, Tobey Maguire, Sam Shepard

39. Ruffian (2007 TV Movie)

85 min | Biography, Drama, Sport

7.2
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A look at the life of the thoroughbred filly that dominated horse racing in the early 1970s.

Writers: Jim Burnstein, Garrett K. Schiff | Director: Yves Simoneau | Stars: Sam Shepard, Mark Adam, Lisa Arnold, Laura Bailey

40. Zabriskie Point (1970)

R | 110 min | Drama, Romance

7.1
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An epic portrait of late Sixties America, as seen through the portrayal of two of its children: anthropology student Daria (who's helping a property developer build a village in the Los ... See full summary »

Writers: Michelangelo Antonioni, Franco Rossetti, Sam Shepard, Tonino Guerra, Clare Peploe | Director: Michelangelo Antonioni | Stars: Mark Frechette, Daria Halprin, Paul Fix, G.D. Spradlin

41. Patti Smith: Dream of Life (2008)

Not Rated | 109 min | Documentary, Music

7.1
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An intimate portrait of poet, painter, musician and singer Patti Smith that mirrors the essence of the artist herself.

Director: Steven Sebring | Stars: Patti Smith, Lenny Kaye, Oliver Ray, Tony Shanahan

42. Me and My Brother (1969)

91 min | Drama

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Julius Orlovsky, after spending years in a New York mental hospital, emerges catatonic and must rely on his brother Peter, who lives with poet Allen Ginsberg. When Julius wanders off in the... See full summary »

Writers: Robert Frank, Allen Ginsberg, Peter Orlovsky, Sam Shepard | Director: Robert Frank | Stars: Julius Orlovsky, Peter Orlovsky, John Coe, Allen Ginsberg

43. P.O.V. (1988– )
Episode: Patti Smith: Dream of Life (2009)

Documentary

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Director: Steven Sebring | Stars: Flea, Philip Glass, Tony Shanahan, Sam Shepard

44. Out of the Furnace (2013)

R | 116 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

6.9
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When Rodney Baze mysteriously disappears and law enforcement doesn't follow through fast enough, his older brother, Russell, takes matters into his own hands to find justice.

Writers: Brad Ingelsby, Scott Cooper | Director: Scott Cooper | Stars: Christian Bale, Casey Affleck, Zoe Saldana, Woody Harrelson

45. Purgatory (1999 TV Movie)

TV-14 | 94 min | Fantasy, Western

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An outlaw band rides into a town that is actually Purgatory, between Heaven and Hell.

Writer: Gordon T. Dawson | Director: Uli Edel | Stars: Sam Shepard, Eric Roberts, Randy Quaid, Peter Stormare

46. Safe House (2012)

R | 115 min | Action, Crime, Mystery

6.8
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A young CIA agent is tasked with looking after a fugitive in a safe house. But when the safe house is attacked, he finds himself on the run with his charge.

Writer: David Guggenheim | Director: Daniel Espinosa | Stars: Denzel Washington, Ryan Reynolds, Robert Patrick, Vera Farmiga

47. The Pledge (2001)

R | 124 min | Drama, Crime, Mystery

6.8
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A retiring police chief pledges to catch the killer of a young child.

Writers: Friedrich Dürrenmatt, Jerzy Kromolowski, Mary Olson-Kromolowski | Director: Sean Penn | Stars: Jack Nicholson, Benicio Del Toro, Patricia Clarkson, Beau Daniels

48. Fair Game (I) (2010)

PG-13 | 108 min | Biography, Drama, Thriller

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CIA operative Valerie Plame discovers her identity is allegedly leaked by the government as payback for an op-ed article her husband wrote criticizing the Bush administration.

Writers: Jez Butterworth, John-Henry Butterworth, Joseph Wilson, Valerie Plame Wilson | Director: Doug Liman | Stars: Naomi Watts, Sean Penn, Sonya Davison, Vanessa Chong

49. Snow Falling on Cedars (1999)

PG-13 | 127 min | Drama, Mystery, Romance

6.8
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A Japanese-American fisherman may have killed his neighbor Carl at sea. In the 1950's, race figures in the trial. So does reporter Ishmael.

Writers: David Guterson, Ronald Bass, Scott Hicks | Director: Scott Hicks | Stars: Ethan Hawke, Max von Sydow, Yûki Kudô, Reeve Carney

50. Thunderheart (1992)

R | 119 min | Crime, Mystery, Thriller

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A young mixed-blood FBI agent is assigned to work with a cynical veteran investigator on a murder on a poverty-stricken Sioux reservation.

Writer: John Fusco | Director: Michael Apted | Stars: Val Kilmer, Sam Shepard, Graham Greene, Fred Ward