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1. Blue Valentine (2010)

R | 112 min | Drama, Romance

7.4
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81 Metascore

The relationship of a contemporary married couple, charting their evolution over a span of years by cross-cutting between time periods.

Director: Derek Cianfrance | Stars: Ryan Gosling, Michelle Williams, John Doman, Faith Wladyka

Votes: 158,938 | Gross: $9.74M

2. The American (2010)

R | 105 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

6.3
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61 Metascore

An assassin hides out in Italy for one last assignment.

Director: Anton Corbijn | Stars: George Clooney, Paolo Bonacelli, Violante Placido, Irina Björklund

Votes: 84,048 | Gross: $35.61M

3. 127 Hours (2010)

R | 94 min | Adventure, Biography, Drama

7.6
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82 Metascore

An adventurous mountain climber becomes trapped under a boulder while canyoneering alone near Moab, Utah and resorts to desperate measures in order to survive.

Director: Danny Boyle | Stars: James Franco, Amber Tamblyn, Kate Mara, Sean Bott

Votes: 305,906 | Gross: $18.34M

4. True Grit (2010)

PG-13 | 110 min | Adventure, Drama, Western

7.6
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80 Metascore

A stubborn teenager enlists the help of a tough U.S. Marshal to track down her father's murderer.

Directors: Ethan Coen, Joel Coen | Stars: Jeff Bridges, Matt Damon, Hailee Steinfeld, Josh Brolin

Votes: 265,044 | Gross: $171.24M

5. Shutter Island (2010)

R | 138 min | Mystery, Thriller

8.1
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63 Metascore

In 1954, a U.S. Marshal investigates the disappearance of a murderer, who escaped from a hospital for the criminally insane.

Director: Martin Scorsese | Stars: Leonardo DiCaprio, Emily Mortimer, Mark Ruffalo, Ben Kingsley

Votes: 912,834 | Gross: $128.01M

6. I Love You Phillip Morris (2009)

R | 98 min | Biography, Comedy, Crime

6.6
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65 Metascore

A cop turns con man once he comes out of the closet. Once imprisoned, he meets the second love of his life, whom he'll stop at nothing to be with.

Directors: Glenn Ficarra, John Requa | Stars: Jim Carrey, Ewan McGregor, Leslie Mann, Rodrigo Santoro

Votes: 83,862 | Gross: $2.04M

7. Get Low (2009)

PG-13 | 103 min | Drama, Mystery

7.1
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77 Metascore

A movie spun out of equal parts folk tale, fable and real-life legend about the mysterious, 1930s Tennessee hermit who famously threw his own rollicking funeral party... while he was still alive.

Director: Aaron Schneider | Stars: Robert Duvall, Bill Murray, Sissy Spacek, Lucas Black

Votes: 20,205 | Gross: $9.18M

8. Monsters (2010)

R | 94 min | Drama, Sci-Fi, Thriller

6.4
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63 Metascore

Six years after Earth has suffered an alien invasion, a cynical journalist agrees to escort a shaken American tourist through an infected zone in Mexico to the safety of the U.S. border.

Director: Gareth Edwards | Stars: Scoot McNairy, Whitney Able, Mario Zuniga Benavides, Annalee Jefferies

Votes: 81,546 | Gross: $0.24M

9. Cold Souls (2009)

PG-13 | 101 min | Comedy, Drama

6.5
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69 Metascore

Paul is an actor who feels bogged down by his participation in a production of Chekov's play, Vanya.

Director: Sophie Barthes | Stars: Paul Giamatti, Emily Watson, Dina Korzun, Armand Schultz

Votes: 8,961 | Gross: $0.90M

10. Crazy Heart (2009)

R | 112 min | Drama, Music, Romance

7.3
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83 Metascore

A faded country music musician is forced to reassess his dysfunctional life during a doomed romance that also inspires him.

Director: Scott Cooper | Stars: Jeff Bridges, Maggie Gyllenhaal, Colin Farrell, James Keane

Votes: 74,791 | Gross: $39.46M

11. Solitary Man (2009)

R | 90 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

6.4
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69 Metascore

A car magnate watches his personal and professional life hit the skids because of his business and romantic indiscretions.

Directors: Brian Koppelman, David Levien | Stars: Michael Douglas, Susan Sarandon, Jesse Eisenberg, Danny DeVito

Votes: 14,307 | Gross: $4.36M

12. Exit Through the Gift Shop (2010)

R | 87 min | Documentary, Comedy, Crime

8.0
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85 Metascore

The story of how an eccentric French shop-keeper and amateur film-maker attempted to locate and befriend Banksy, only to have the artist turn the camera back on its owner. The film contains... See full summary »

Director: Banksy | Stars: Banksy, Mr. Brainwash, Space Invader, Debora Guetta

Votes: 55,938 | Gross: $3.29M

13. How to Train Your Dragon (2010)

PG | 98 min | Animation, Adventure, Comedy

8.1
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74 Metascore

A hapless young Viking who aspires to hunt dragons becomes the unlikely friend of a young dragon himself, and learns there may be more to the creatures than he assumed.

Directors: Dean DeBlois, Chris Sanders | Stars: Jay Baruchel, Gerard Butler, Christopher Mintz-Plasse, Craig Ferguson

Votes: 553,908 | Gross: $217.58M

14. Taxi Driver (1976)

R | 114 min | Crime, Drama

8.3
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93 Metascore

A mentally unstable veteran works as a nighttime taxi driver in New York City, where the perceived decadence and sleaze fuels his urge for violent action, while attempting to liberate a twelve-year-old prostitute.

Director: Martin Scorsese | Stars: Robert De Niro, Jodie Foster, Cybill Shepherd, Albert Brooks

Votes: 579,550 | Gross: $28.26M

15. The Two Jakes (1990)

R | 137 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

6.1
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56 Metascore

The sequel to Chinatown (1974) finds J.J. "Jake" Gittes investigating adultery and murder, and the money that comes from oil.

Director: Jack Nicholson | Stars: Jack Nicholson, Harvey Keitel, Meg Tilly, Madeleine Stowe

Votes: 9,296 | Gross: $10.01M

16. Bébé(s) (2010)

PG | 79 min | Documentary

7.1
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63 Metascore

A look at one year in the life of four babies from around the world, from Mongolia to Namibia to San Francisco to Tokyo.

Director: Thomas Balmès | Stars: Bayar, Hattie, Mari, Ponijao

Votes: 6,400 | Gross: $7.29M

17. Wizards (1977)

PG | 80 min | Animation, Adventure, Fantasy

6.5
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On a post-apocalyptic Earth, a wizard and his faire folk comrades fight an evil wizard who's using technology in his bid for conquest.

Director: Ralph Bakshi | Stars: Bob Holt, Jesse Welles, Richard Romanus, David Proval

Votes: 8,420 | Gross: $9.00M

18. The Lord of the Rings (1978)

PG | 132 min | Animation, Adventure, Fantasy

6.2
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The Fellowship of the Ring embark on a journey to destroy the One Ring and end Sauron's reign over Middle-earth.

Director: Ralph Bakshi | Stars: Christopher Guard, William Squire, Michael Scholes, John Hurt

Votes: 26,133 | Gross: $0.92M

19. $9.99 (2008)

R | 78 min | Animation, Drama, Fantasy

6.8
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68 Metascore

A stop-motion animated story about people living in a Sydney apartment complex looking for meaning in their lives.

Director: Tatia Rosenthal | Stars: Geoffrey Rush, Anthony LaPaglia, Samuel Johnson, Barry Otto

Votes: 2,895 | Gross: $0.05M

20. The Black Balloon (2008)

PG-13 | 97 min | Drama, Romance

7.3
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68 Metascore

All Thomas wants is a normal adolescence but his autistic brother, Charlie, thwarts his every opportunity. Will Thomas, with the help of his girlfriend, Jackie, accept his brother?

Director: Elissa Down | Stars: Rhys Wakefield, Luke Ford, Toni Collette, Erik Thomson

Votes: 7,959 | Gross: $0.09M

21. 12 Rounds (2009)

PG-13 | 108 min | Action, Crime, Thriller

5.6
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38 Metascore

Detective Danny Fisher discovers his girlfriend has been kidnapped by a ex-con tied to Fisher's past, and he'll have to successfully complete 12 challenges in order to secure her safe release.

Director: Renny Harlin | Stars: John Cena, Ashley Scott, Aidan Gillen, Steve Harris

Votes: 24,638 | Gross: $12.23M

22. Disgrace (2008)

R | 119 min | Drama

6.6
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71 Metascore

After having an affair with a student, a Cape Town professor moves to the Eastern Cape, where he gets caught up in a mess of post-apartheid politics.

Director: Steve Jacobs | Stars: John Malkovich, Natalie Becker, Jessica Haines, Eriq Ebouaney

Votes: 4,822 | Gross: $0.07M

23. District 9 (2009)

R | 112 min | Sci-Fi, Thriller

8.0
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81 Metascore

An extraterrestrial race forced to live in slum-like conditions on Earth suddenly finds a kindred spirit in a government agent who is exposed to their biotechnology.

Director: Neill Blomkamp | Stars: Sharlto Copley, David James, Jason Cope, Nathalie Boltt

Votes: 576,242 | Gross: $115.65M

24. Earth 2100 (2009 TV Movie)

Documentary, Sci-Fi

6.8
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Follows the account of Lucy, who is born into a society where people are desperate for natural resources, while the global temperature and population are highly increasing.

Director: Rudy Bednar | Stars: Jameel Ahmad, Janine Benyus, Malcolm Bowman, Reinhard Buetikofer

Votes: 938

25. Food, Inc. (2008)

PG | 94 min | Documentary

7.8
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80 Metascore

An unflattering look inside America's corporate controlled food industry.

Director: Robert Kenner | Stars: Michael Pollan, Eric Schlosser, Richard Lobb, Vince Edwards

Votes: 46,137 | Gross: $4.42M

26. Ferris Bueller's Day Off (1986)

PG-13 | 103 min | Comedy

7.8
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61 Metascore

A high school wise guy is determined to have a day off from school, despite what the Principal thinks of that.

Director: John Hughes | Stars: Matthew Broderick, Alan Ruck, Mia Sara, Jeffrey Jones

Votes: 270,672 | Gross: $70.14M

27. Yip Man (2008)

R | 106 min | Action, Biography, Drama

8.1
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59 Metascore

During the Japanese invasion of 1937, when a wealthy martial artist is forced to leave his home and work to support his family, he reluctantly agrees to train others in the art of Wing Chun for self-defense.

Director: Wilson Yip | Stars: Donnie Yen, Simon Yam, Siu-Wong Fan, Ka Tung Lam

Votes: 187,499

28. Mary and Max (2009)

Not Rated | 92 min | Animation, Comedy, Drama

8.1
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A tale of friendship between two unlikely pen pals: Mary, a lonely, eight-year-old girl living in the suburbs of Melbourne, and Max, a forty-four-year old, severely obese man living in New York.

Director: Adam Elliot | Stars: Toni Collette, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Eric Bana, Barry Humphries

Votes: 136,863

29. Planet 51 (2009)

PG | 91 min | Animation, Adventure, Comedy

6.1
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39 Metascore

An alien civilization is invaded by Astronaut Chuck Baker, who believes that the planet was uninhabited. Wanted by the military, Baker must get back to his ship before it goes into orbit without him.

Directors: Jorge Blanco, Javier Abad, Marcos Martínez | Stars: Dwayne Johnson, Seann William Scott, Jessica Biel, Justin Long

Votes: 44,619 | Gross: $42.09M

30. Primer (2004)

PG-13 | 77 min | Drama, Sci-Fi, Thriller

6.9
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68 Metascore

Four friends/fledgling entrepreneurs, knowing that there's something bigger and more innovative than the different error-checking devices they've built, wrestle over their new invention.

Director: Shane Carruth | Stars: Shane Carruth, David Sullivan, Casey Gooden, Anand Upadhyaya

Votes: 83,689 | Gross: $0.42M

31. The Cove (2009)

PG-13 | 92 min | Documentary, Crime

8.5
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84 Metascore

Using state-of-the-art equipment, a group of activists, led by renowned dolphin trainer Ric O'Barry, infiltrate a cove near Taijii, Japan to expose both a shocking instance of animal abuse and a serious threat to human health.

Director: Louie Psihoyos | Stars: Richard O'Barry, Louie Psihoyos, Hardy Jones, Michael Illiff

Votes: 43,342 | Gross: $0.86M

32. Valhalla Rising (2009)

Not Rated | 93 min | Adventure, Drama, Fantasy

6.0
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61 Metascore

Forced for some time to be a fighting slave, a pagan warrior escapes his captors with a boy and joins a group of Crusaders on their quest to the Holy Land.

Director: Nicolas Winding Refn | Stars: Mads Mikkelsen, Maarten Stevenson, Alexander Morton, Stewart Porter

Votes: 48,514 | Gross: $0.02M

33. The Expendables (2010)

R | 103 min | Action, Adventure, Thriller

6.5
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45 Metascore

A CIA operative hires a team of mercenaries to eliminate a Latin dictator and a renegade CIA agent.

Director: Sylvester Stallone | Stars: Sylvester Stallone, Jason Statham, Jet Li, Dolph Lundgren

Votes: 293,305 | Gross: $103.07M