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1. Dark City (1998)

R | 100 min | Mystery, Sci-Fi, Thriller

7.7
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66 Metascore

A man struggles with memories of his past, including a wife he cannot remember, in a nightmarish world with no sun.

Director: Alex Proyas | Stars: Rufus Sewell, Kiefer Sutherland, Jennifer Connelly, William Hurt

Votes: 168,329 | Gross: $14.38M

2. James and the Giant Peach (1996)

PG | 79 min | Animation, Adventure, Family

6.7
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An orphan, who lives with his two cruel aunts, befriends anthropomorphic bugs who live inside a giant peach, and they embark on a journey to New York City.

Director: Henry Selick | Stars: Paul Terry, Joanna Lumley, Pete Postlethwaite, Simon Callow

Votes: 53,017 | Gross: $28.93M

3. Gorky Park (1983)

R | 128 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

6.8
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A Moscow police officer investigates a triple homicide and stumbles upon a high-level political conspiracy in the local government.

Director: Michael Apted | Stars: William Hurt, Lee Marvin, Brian Dennehy, Ian Bannen

Votes: 10,332 | Gross: $15.90M

4. The Singing Detective (2003)

R | 109 min | Comedy, Crime, Musical

5.6
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45 Metascore

From his hospital bed, a writer suffering from a skin disease hallucinates musical numbers and paranoid plots.

Director: Keith Gordon | Stars: Robert Downey Jr., Robin Wright, Mel Gibson, Jeremy Northam

Votes: 7,458 | Gross: $0.34M

5. Pennies from Heaven (1981)

R | 108 min | Drama, Musical, Romance

6.5
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During the Great Depression, a sheet music salesman seeks to escape his dreary life through popular music and a love affair with an innocent school teacher.

Director: Herbert Ross | Stars: Steve Martin, Bernadette Peters, Jessica Harper, Vernel Bagneris

Votes: 4,534 | Gross: $9.18M

6. The Singing Detective (1986)

415 min | Drama, Musical, Mystery

8.7
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Tormented and bedridden by a debilitating disease, a mystery writer relives his detective stories through his imagination and hallucinations.

Stars: Michael Gambon, Patrick Malahide, Joanne Whalley, David Ryall

Votes: 3,691

7. Track 29 (1988)

R | 90 min | Drama, Mystery

5.9
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A doctor's wife tires of his obsession with model trains, and spends her days wondering about the son she gave up for adoption at birth. While eating at a roadside café, she encounters a ... See full summary »

Director: Nicolas Roeg | Stars: Theresa Russell, Gary Oldman, Christopher Lloyd, Colleen Camp

Votes: 1,577 | Gross: $0.43M

8. Dreamchild (1985)

PG | 94 min | Biography, Comedy, Drama

7.0
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Exploring the somewhat darker and more mysterious side of the Lewis Carroll's classic book, the movie follows Alice Liddell (the book's inspiration) as an old woman who is haunted by the ... See full summary »

Director: Gavin Millar | Stars: Coral Browne, Ian Holm, Peter Gallagher, Caris Corfman

Votes: 1,245 | Gross: $1.22M

9. Brimstone & Treacle (1982)

R | 87 min | Drama, Thriller

6.5
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A strange young man has a sinister effect on the family of a middle-aged writer.

Director: Richard Loncraine | Stars: Sting, Denholm Elliott, Joan Plowright, Suzanna Hamilton

Votes: 1,209

10. Lipstick on Your Collar (1993– )

360 min | Drama, Musical, War

8.2
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During the Suez Crisis of 1956, two young clerks at the stuffy Foreign Office in Whitehall display little interest in the decline of the British Empire. To their eyes, it can hardly compete... See full summary »

Stars: Giles Thomas, Ewan McGregor, Louise Germaine, Douglas Henshall

Votes: 1,143

11. Pennies from Heaven (1978– )

75 min | Drama, Musical

8.5
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Arthur, a sheet music salesman, has an ear for the hit tunes, but nobody will trust it. And his imagination often bursts into full song, building musical numbers around the greatest ... See full summary »

Stars: Cheryl Campbell, Bob Hoskins, Gemma Craven, Kenneth Colley

Votes: 899

12. Mesmer (1994)

Not Rated | 107 min | Biography, Drama

6.2
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A biography of the eighteenth century Viennese physician, Franz Anton Mesmer, who used unorthodox healing practices based on his theory of "animal magnetism."

Director: Roger Spottiswoode | Stars: Donal Donnelly, David Burke, Peter Dvorsky, Alan Rickman

Votes: 851

13. Cold Lazarus (1996– )

300 min | Drama, Sci-Fi, Thriller

7.8
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Dr. Emma Porlock and her colleagues, attempting to unlock the secrets of human memory for the Masdon drug empire, get a cryogenically stored 400-year-old human head to project its memories ... See full summary »

Stars: Albert Finney, Ciarán Hinds, Frances de la Tour, Grant Masters

Votes: 561

14. Karaoke (1996– )

63 min | Drama

8.3
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Daniel Feeld is a screenwriter with pains in his gut and a new screenplay called "Karaoke", about a girl named Sandra who works in a seedy Karaoke bar and is murdered by a lowlife named ... See full summary »

Stars: Albert Finney, Roy Hudd, Richard E. Grant, Keeley Hawes

Votes: 453

15. Panorama (1953– )

40 min | Documentary, News

7.7
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Long-running factual programme reporting on all aspects of life in Britain.

Stars: Fred Emery, David Dimbleby, Richard Lindley, Richard Dimbleby

Votes: 280

16. Question Time (1979– )

60 min | News, Talk-Show

7.0
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Politicians, public office-holders and celebrities face questions on topical issues from a studio audience.

Stars: David Dimbleby, Robin Day, Peter Sissons, Shirley Williams

Votes: 253

17. The Mayor of Casterbridge (1978– )

350 min | Drama

8.3
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In a drunken and disheartened state, Michael Henchard sells his wife at a fair. When he becomes sober again he realises what he has done, and though unable to find his wife and child, ... See full summary »

Stars: Alan Bates, Janet Maw, Jack Galloway, Anna Massey

Votes: 241

18. Play for Today (1970–1984)
Episode: Blue Remembered Hills (1979)

72 min | Comedy, Drama

8.0
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The title is taken from A.E. Housman's 1896 poem: "Into my heart an air that kills; From yon far country blows; What are those blue remembered hills..." It's 1943 on a summer's afternoon ... See full summary »

Director: Brian Gibson | Stars: Colin Welland, Michael Elphick, Robin Ellis, John Bird

Votes: 228

19. Brimstone and Treacle (1987 TV Movie)

85 min | Drama

7.7
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The Bates sadly care for their severely disabled daughter Pattie. Martin arrives at their door claiming to be her college friend. He charms them into accepting him as a lodger and carer for Pattie. But Martin is not all he seems.

Director: Barry Davis | Stars: Denholm Elliott, Michael Kitchen, Patricia Lawrence, Michelle Newell

Votes: 221

20. Blade on the Feather (1980 TV Movie)

82 min | Drama, Mystery, Thriller

7.7
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A reclusive, elderly author is visited by a young admirer...but both men are more than they claim to be.

Director: Richard Loncraine | Stars: Kika Markham, Phoebe Nicholls, Donald Pleasence, Tom Conti

Votes: 177

21. Play for Today (1970–1984)

75 min | Comedy, Drama

7.6
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A British television anthology drama series that aired on BBC1 between 1970 and 1984.

Stars: Alison Steadman, Nigel Hawthorne, Tony Caunter, David Daker

Votes: 175

22. Blackeyes (1989– )

196 min | Drama

7.3
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Blackeyes is an attempt to explore "what does go on between men and women in their heads, to show the possibilities of the ways that they see each other." Complex and multi-layered, the ... See full summary »

Stars: Michael Gough, Carol Royle, Nigel Planer, Gina Bellman

Votes: 145

23. Arena (1975– )

Documentary

8.7
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Wide-ranging arts program.

Stars: Gavin Millar, Kenneth Tynan, Paul McCartney, Jonathan Miller

Votes: 134

24. Cream in My Coffee (1980 TV Movie)

91 min | Drama, Musical

7.4
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Past and present intertwine: An elderly couple returns to the hotel where they became close when they were young and flashbacks to the earlier visit reveal the origins of both their ... See full summary »

Director: Gavin Millar | Stars: Peggy Ashcroft, Lionel Jeffries, Shelagh McLeod, Peter Chelsom

Votes: 127

25. Tender Is the Night (1985)

180 min | Drama

8.2
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F. Scott Fitzgerald's novel about how the rich languoring on the Riviera in the 1920's are slowly drawn into the coming depression is once again filmed with Peter Strauss, Mary Steenburgen,... See full summary »

Stars: Peter Strauss, Mary Steenburgen, Sean Young, Kate Harper

Votes: 125

26. Christabel (1988– )

149 min | Biography, Drama

6.9
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An English girl marries a German lawyer in the 1930s and they try to live as normal a life as they can in Hitler's Germany. When Allied bombs start falling on German cities, Christabel ... See full summary »

Stars: Elizabeth Hurley, Stephen Dillane, Nigel Le Vaillant, Geoffrey Palmer

Votes: 124

27. Screen Two (1985–2002)

Drama

6.6
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Producer Kenith Trodd was part of a 1984 team brought together to study how the BBC should respond to Channel Four's pioneering efforts in making films for both television and theatrical ... See full summary »

Stars: Geoffrey Chater, Roger Brierley, Bernard Hill, Warren Clarke

Votes: 102

28. The South Bank Show (1978– )

53 min | Documentary

7.1
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ITV's long-running arts series presented by Melvyn Bragg.

Stars: Melvyn Bragg, Ian McKellen, Peter Hall, Lenny Henry

Votes: 97

29. The Greatest (1998– )
Episode: 100 Greatest TV Characters (2001)

Documentary, Music

6.5
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A two-part TV special which counts down Britain's favourite television characters, as voted for by the British public.

Stars: Ardal O'Hanlon, Dan Castellaneta, Roy Clarke, Paul Daniels

Votes: 95

30. Casanova (1971– )

50 min | Drama

8.1
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The Italian adventurer and libertine Giovanni Jacopo Casanova lived from 1725 to 1798, but in this six-part series Dennis Potter attempted to find a contemporary relevance through his ... See full summary »

Stars: Frank Finlay, Norman Rossington, Zienia Merton, Christine Noonan

Votes: 94

31. An Interview with Dennis Potter (1994 TV Movie)

70 min | Documentary

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Director: Tom Poole | Stars: Dennis Potter, Melvyn Bragg, Judy Daish

Votes: 87

32. Rain on the Roof (1980 TV Movie)

75 min | Drama

6.9
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Another of Dennis Potter's "visitation dramas": Adultery by John disturbs Janet, so she flirts with the simple, mistreated Billy during the middle of giving him a reading lesson. ... See full summary »

Director: Alan Bridges | Stars: Cheryl Campbell, Malcolm Stoddard, Michael Culver, Madeleine Hinde

Votes: 71

33. The Singing Detective (1986)
Episode: Skin (1986)

68 min | Drama, Musical, Mystery

8.0
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Writer Philip Marlow is in hospital being treated for a severe skin affliction, something he has suffered from for 25 years but is now worse than it has ever been. He finds himself in a ... See full summary »

Director: Jon Amiel | Stars: Michael Gambon, Patrick Malahide, Joanne Whalley, David Ryall

Votes: 67

34. The Wednesday Play (1964–1970)
Episode: Son of Man (1969)

90 min | Drama

8.1
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Dennis Potter's controversial reading of the life of Christ, with Jesus portrayed as a hearty, fiery, well-meaning carpenter who believes that people should try to love their enemies rather... See full summary »

Director: Gareth Davies | Stars: Colin Blakely, Robert Hardy, Bernard Hepton, Brian Blessed

Votes: 65

35. The Wednesday Play (1964–1970)

75 min | Drama

7.2
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Series of one-off plays made by BBC television, which gave breaks to a wide range of writers and directors in the late 1960s, such as Dennis Potter, Ken Loach, David Mercer, and John ... See full summary »

Stars: Edwin Brown, Neville Smith, Tony Selby, Michael Robbins

Votes: 64

36. That Was the Week That Was (1962–1963)

50 min | Comedy

7.9
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Satirical sketch show. The first such show in the UK. It ran for two seasons before being pulled just before the 1964 general election.

Stars: David Frost, Millicent Martin, William Rushton, Roy Kinnear

Votes: 63

37. Secret Friends (1991)

97 min | Drama, Fantasy

5.9
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During a train ride, an anxiety attack leads middle-aged illustrator John into an identity crisis. As his marital problems merge and blur into his fantasy life with prostitutes and call ... See full summary »

Director: Dennis Potter | Stars: Alan Bates, Gina Bellman, Frances Barber, Tony Doyle

Votes: 63

38. The Wednesday Play (1964–1970)
Episode: Vote, Vote, Vote for Nigel Barton (1965)

80 min | Drama

7.9
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Candidate Nigel Barton goes from idealism to cynicism as he becomes disillusioned and suspicious of hollow campaign promises.

Director: Gareth Davies | Stars: Keith Barron, Valerie Gearon, John Bailey, Cyril Luckham

Votes: 63

39. The Wednesday Play (1964–1970)
Episode: Stand Up, Nigel Barton (1965)

75 min | Drama

8.0
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Semi-autobiographical TV play by Dennis Potter, from the BBC's 'Wednesday Play' series. It deals with the experiences of Nigel Barton, a young man from a poor mining community who wins a ... See full summary »

Director: Gareth Davies | Stars: Keith Barron, Jack Woolgar, Katherine Parr, Vickery Turner

Votes: 60

40. Screen Two (1985–2002)
Episode: Midnight Movie (1994)

96 min | Drama

6.9
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American producer James Boyce and his airhead wife Amber rent an English country mansion where the British horror flick "Smoke Rings" was filmed twenty years previous. Amber's mother was ... See full summary »

Director: Renny Rye | Stars: Jim Carter, Louise Germaine, Brian Dennehy, Colin Salmon

Votes: 54

41. The Singing Detective (1986)
Episode: Heat (1986)

69 min | Drama, Musical, Mystery

8.2
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After 10 or 11 weeks in the hospital, Marlow has a session with a psychiatrist, Dr. Gibbon, that does not go well. Gibbon believes that the root of Marlow's skin disorder is psychological ... See full summary »

Director: Jon Amiel | Stars: Michael Gambon, Janet Suzman, Patrick Malahide, Alison Steadman

Votes: 51

42. The Singing Detective (1986)
Episode: Lovely Days (1986)

63 min | Drama, Musical, Mystery

8.0
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Marlow recalls the last days of World War II and a train journey with his mother when they visited her family. He again recalls his mother going into the woods and having sex with a man ... See full summary »

Director: Jon Amiel | Stars: Michael Gambon, Janet Suzman, Patrick Malahide, Alison Steadman

Votes: 47

43. Screen Two (1985–2002)
Episode: Visitors (1987)

89 min | Drama

7.3
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This production for the BBC-2's "Screen Two" series was the last of Dennis Potter's "one-shot, one-slot" plays for television. It had its origins in Potter's 1983 play "Sufficient ... See full summary »

Director: Piers Haggard | Stars: Robert MacNaughton, Michael Brandon, Glynis Barber, John Standing

Votes: 45

44. The Singing Detective (1986)
Episode: Who Done It (1986)

76 min | Drama, Musical, Mystery

8.0
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In the final episode of the series, memories of Marlow's childhood, his dreams and the events in his re-imagined novel collide with present day reality. Marlow continues his sessions with ... See full summary »

Director: Jon Amiel | Stars: Michael Gambon, Janet Suzman, Patrick Malahide, Alison Steadman

Votes: 45

45. The Singing Detective (1986)
Episode: Clues (1986)

67 min | Drama, Musical, Mystery

8.0
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In his novel, Marlow has contacted the police and they have taken the dead woman away. He suspects that Mark Binney, who admitted that his visit to the nightclub wasn't entirely by chance. ... See full summary »

Director: Jon Amiel | Stars: Michael Gambon, Janet Suzman, Patrick Malahide, Alison Steadman

Votes: 44

46. The Singing Detective (1986)
Episode: Pitter Patter (1986)

58 min | Drama, Musical, Mystery

7.9
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In the hospital, Marlow's ex-wife pays him another visit clearly intent on getting him to sign a contract to option his book The Singing Detective, the screenplay for which her friend Mark ... See full summary »

Director: Jon Amiel | Stars: Michael Gambon, Janet Suzman, Patrick Malahide, Alison Steadman

Votes: 44

47. Clive Anderson Talks Back (1989–1996)

40 min | Talk-Show

7.2
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Conversation with celebrity guests.

Stars: Clive Anderson, Peter Cook, Gore Vidal, Paul Merton

Votes: 43

48. Performance (1992– )

Drama

6.3
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Stars: Ian Holm, Ronald Pickup, Jane Horrocks, Hugh Grant

Votes: 42

49. Play for Today (1970–1984)
Episode: Schmoedipus (1974)

67 min | Comedy, Drama

8.6
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Another Dennis Potter "visitation drama" focusing on a mother and son: When a stranger, Glen, appears at the door of middle-aged Elizabeth Carter, he claims to be the illegitimate son she gave away at birth, and she accepts his story.

Director: Barry Davis | Stars: Anna Cropper, John Carson, Tim Curry, John Horsley

Votes: 40

50. ITV Saturday Night Theatre (1969– )

78 min | Drama

6.2
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Stars: Michael Balfour, Madoline Thomas, Sandra Bryant, Diane Cilento

Votes: 39