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1. The Best of Youth (2003)

R | 366 min | Drama, Romance

8.5
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89 Metascore

An Italian epic that follows the lives of two brothers, from the 1960s to the 2000s.

Director: Marco Tullio Giordana | Stars: Luigi Lo Cascio, Alessio Boni, Jasmine Trinca, Sonia Bergamasco

Votes: 17,791 | Gross: $0.25M

2. Down by Law (1986)

R | 107 min | Comedy, Crime, Drama

7.8
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75 Metascore

Two innocent people are arrested. An interesting third person, with broken English, joins them in their cell. On his idea, they decide to escape from the prison. Their journey is the rest of the movie.

Director: Jim Jarmusch | Stars: Tom Waits, John Lurie, Roberto Benigni, Nicoletta Braschi

Votes: 39,920 | Gross: $1.44M

3. Ondine (2009)

PG-13 | 111 min | Drama, Mystery, Romance

6.8
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65 Metascore

An Irish fisherman discovers a woman in his fishing net whom his precocious daughter believes to be a selkie.

Director: Neil Jordan | Stars: Colin Farrell, Alicja Bachleda, Dervla Kirwan, Alison Barry

Votes: 18,056 | Gross: $0.55M

4. Léon: The Professional (1994)

R | 110 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

8.6
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64 Metascore

Mathilda, a 12-year-old girl, is reluctantly taken in by Léon, a professional assassin, after her family is murdered. Léon and Mathilda form an unusual relationship, as she becomes his protégée and learns the assassin's trade.

Director: Luc Besson | Stars: Jean Reno, Gary Oldman, Natalie Portman, Danny Aiello

Votes: 819,519 | Gross: $19.50M

5. Love Songs (2007)

Unrated | 91 min | Drama, Musical, Romance

7.2
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70 Metascore

A musical interpretation of three lovers living in Paris.

Director: Christophe Honoré | Stars: Ludivine Sagnier, Louis Garrel, Clotilde Hesme, Chiara Mastroianni

Votes: 7,836 | Gross: $0.10M

6. The Lives of Others (2006)

R | 137 min | Drama, Thriller

8.5
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89 Metascore

In 1984 East Berlin, an agent of the secret police, conducting surveillance on a writer and his lover, finds himself becoming increasingly absorbed by their lives.

Director: Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck | Stars: Ulrich Mühe, Martina Gedeck, Sebastian Koch, Ulrich Tukur

Votes: 290,051 | Gross: $11.29M

7. The Secret in Their Eyes (2009)

R | 129 min | Drama, Mystery, Romance

8.2
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80 Metascore

A retired legal counselor writes a novel hoping to find closure for one of his past unresolved homicide cases and for his unreciprocated love with his superior - both of which still haunt him decades later.

Director: Juan José Campanella | Stars: Ricardo Darín, Soledad Villamil, Pablo Rago, Carla Quevedo

Votes: 152,305 | Gross: $20.17M

8. Sex and Lucia (2001)

R | 128 min | Drama, Romance

7.2
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65 Metascore

Various lives converge on an isolated island, all connected by an author whose novel has become inextricably entwined with his own life.

Director: Julio Medem | Stars: Paz Vega, Tristán Ulloa, Najwa Nimri, Elena Anaya

Votes: 31,375 | Gross: $1.49M

9. Lovers of the Arctic Circle (1998)

R | 112 min | Drama, Mystery, Romance

7.8
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In Lapland Finland, under the eternal midnight sun, two ardent lovers will reunite once again after a long period apart, governed by a powerful and eloquent circular motif that is woven by destiny, faith and love.

Director: Julio Medem | Stars: Najwa Nimri, Fele Martínez, Nancho Novo, Maru Valdivielso

Votes: 16,135 | Gross: $0.50M

10. In Bruges (2008)

R | 107 min | Comedy, Crime, Drama

7.9
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67 Metascore

Guilt-stricken after a job gone wrong, hitman Ray and his partner await orders from their ruthless boss in Bruges, Belgium, the last place in the world Ray wants to be.

Director: Martin McDonagh | Stars: Colin Farrell, Brendan Gleeson, Ciarán Hinds, Elizabeth Berrington

Votes: 332,293 | Gross: $7.76M

11. Wonder Boys (2000)

R | 107 min | Comedy, Drama

7.4
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73 Metascore

An English Professor tries to deal with his wife leaving him, the arrival of his editor who has been waiting for his book for seven years, and the various problems that his friends and associates involve him in.

Director: Curtis Hanson | Stars: Michael Douglas, Tobey Maguire, Frances McDormand, Robert Downey Jr.

Votes: 56,822 | Gross: $19.39M

12. Efter brylluppet (2006)

R | 120 min | Drama

7.8
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78 Metascore

A manager of an orphanage in India is sent to Copenhagen, Denmark, where he discovers a life-altering family secret.

Director: Susanne Bier | Stars: Mads Mikkelsen, Sidse Babett Knudsen, Rolf Lassgård, Neeral Mulchandani

Votes: 27,858 | Gross: $0.41M

13. Heaven (I) (2002)

R | 97 min | Crime, Drama, Romance

7.1
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68 Metascore

A woman takes the law into her own hands after police ignore her pleas to arrest the man responsible for her husband's death, and finds herself not only under arrest for murder but falling in love with an officer.

Director: Tom Tykwer | Stars: Cate Blanchett, Giovanni Ribisi, Remo Girone, Stefania Rocca

Votes: 21,396 | Gross: $0.77M

14. Hotel Rwanda (2004)

PG-13 | 121 min | Biography, Drama, History

8.1
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79 Metascore

Paul Rusesabagina was a hotel manager who housed over a thousand Tutsi refugees during their struggle against the Hutu militia in Rwanda.

Director: Terry George | Stars: Don Cheadle, Sophie Okonedo, Joaquin Phoenix, Xolani Mali

Votes: 289,624 | Gross: $23.47M

15. The Science of Sleep (2006)

R | 105 min | Comedy, Drama, Fantasy

7.3
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70 Metascore

A man entranced by his dreams and imagination is love-struck with a French woman and feels he can show her his world.

Director: Michel Gondry | Stars: Gael García Bernal, Charlotte Gainsbourg, Miou-Miou, Alain Chabat

Votes: 63,935 | Gross: $4.66M

16. Before Sunrise (1995)

R | 101 min | Drama, Romance

8.1
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77 Metascore

A young man and woman meet on a train in Europe, and wind up spending one evening together in Vienna. Unfortunately, both know that this will probably be their only night together.

Director: Richard Linklater | Stars: Ethan Hawke, Julie Delpy, Andrea Eckert, Hanno Pöschl

Votes: 210,622 | Gross: $5.54M

17. Garden State (2004)

R | 102 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

7.5
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67 Metascore

A quietly troubled young man returns home for his mother's funeral after being estranged from his family for a decade.

Director: Zach Braff | Stars: Zach Braff, Peter Sarsgaard, Natalie Portman, Ian Holm

Votes: 195,042 | Gross: $26.78M

18. The Fall (2006)

R | 117 min | Adventure, Comedy, Drama

7.9
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64 Metascore

In a hospital on the outskirts of 1920s Los Angeles, an injured stuntman begins to tell a fellow patient, a little girl with a broken arm, a fantastic story of five mythical heroes. Thanks to his fractured state of mind and her vivid imagination, the line between fiction and reality blurs as the tale advances.

Director: Tarsem Singh | Stars: Lee Pace, Catinca Untaru, Justine Waddell, Kim Uylenbroek

Votes: 95,885 | Gross: $2.28M

19. Fantastic Mr. Fox (2009)

PG | 87 min | Animation, Adventure, Comedy

7.8
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83 Metascore

An urbane fox cannot resist returning to his farm raiding ways and then must help his community survive the farmers' retaliation.

Director: Wes Anderson | Stars: George Clooney, Meryl Streep, Bill Murray, Jason Schwartzman

Votes: 156,717 | Gross: $21.00M

20. Cassandra's Dream (2007)

PG-13 | 108 min | Crime, Drama, Romance

6.7
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49 Metascore

The tale of two brothers with serious financial woes. When a third party proposes they turn to crime, things go badly and the two become enemies.

Director: Woody Allen | Stars: Colin Farrell, Ewan McGregor, Hayley Atwell, Peter-Hugo Daly

Votes: 46,376 | Gross: $0.97M

21. Synecdoche, New York (2008)

R | 124 min | Comedy, Drama

7.5
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67 Metascore

A theatre director struggles with his work, and the women in his life, as he creates a life-size replica of New York City inside a warehouse as part of his new play.

Director: Charlie Kaufman | Stars: Philip Seymour Hoffman, Samantha Morton, Michelle Williams, Catherine Keener

Votes: 64,483 | Gross: $3.08M

22. There Will Be Blood (2007)

R | 158 min | Drama, History

8.1
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93 Metascore

A story of family, religion, hatred, oil and madness, focusing on a turn-of-the-century prospector in the early days of the business.

Director: Paul Thomas Anderson | Stars: Daniel Day-Lewis, Paul Dano, Ciarán Hinds, Martin Stringer

Votes: 418,483 | Gross: $40.22M

23. The Ballad of Jack and Rose (2005)

R | 112 min | Drama

6.7
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59 Metascore

A father and daughter isolated on an island off the East Coast and living on a once-thriving commune grapple with the limits of family and sexuality.

Director: Rebecca Miller | Stars: Daniel Day-Lewis, Catherine Keener, Camilla Belle, Ryan McDonald

Votes: 9,933 | Gross: $0.71M

24. The Beautiful Person (2008 TV Movie)

Unrated | 97 min | Comedy, Drama

6.8
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Sixteen-year old Junie changes high school mid-year, following the death of her mother. She finds herself in the same class as her cousin Mathias, who introduces her to his friends. All the... See full summary »

Director: Christophe Honoré | Stars: Louis Garrel, Léa Seydoux, Grégoire Leprince-Ringuet, Esteban Carvajal-Alegria

Votes: 5,259

25. A Woman Is a Woman (1961)

Not Rated | 84 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

7.6
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71 Metascore

A French striptease artist is desperate to become a mother. When her reluctant boyfriend suggests his best friend to impregnate her, feelings become complicated when she accepts.

Director: Jean-Luc Godard | Stars: Anna Karina, Jean-Claude Brialy, Jean-Paul Belmondo, Henri Attal

Votes: 11,833 | Gross: $0.10M

26. Rope (1948)

Approved | 80 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

8.0
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Two young men strangle their "inferior" classmate, hide his body in their apartment, and invite his friends and family to a dinner party as a means to challenge the "perfection" of their crime.

Director: Alfred Hitchcock | Stars: James Stewart, John Dall, Farley Granger, Dick Hogan

Votes: 105,636

27. Smoke (1995)

R | 112 min | Comedy, Drama

7.4
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70 Metascore

A Brooklyn smoke shop is the center of neighborhood activity, and the stories of its customers.

Directors: Wayne Wang, Paul Auster | Stars: Harvey Keitel, William Hurt, Giancarlo Esposito, José Zúñiga

Votes: 29,713 | Gross: $8.35M

28. Mio fratello è figlio unico (2007)

R | 108 min | Comedy, Crime, Drama

7.1
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71 Metascore

Two brothers come of age in a small Italian town in the '60s and '70s.

Director: Daniele Luchetti | Stars: Elio Germano, Riccardo Scamarcio, Angela Finocchiaro, Massimo Popolizio

Votes: 5,442 | Gross: $0.25M

29. Hunger (2008)

Not Rated | 96 min | Biography, Drama

7.6
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82 Metascore

Irish republican Bobby Sands leads the inmates of a Northern Irish prison in a hunger strike.

Director: Steve McQueen | Stars: Stuart Graham, Laine Megaw, Brian Milligan, Liam McMahon

Votes: 56,857 | Gross: $0.15M

30. Harry Brown (2009)

R | 103 min | Action, Crime, Drama

7.2
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55 Metascore

An elderly ex-serviceman and widower looks to avenge his best friend's murder by doling out his own form of justice.

Director: Daniel Barber | Stars: Michael Caine, Emily Mortimer, David Bradley, Charlie Creed-Miles

Votes: 77,802 | Gross: $1.82M

31. Little Nicholas (2009)

91 min | Comedy, Family

7.2
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Nicolas has a happy existence, parents who love him, a great group of friends with whom he has great fun, and all he wants is that nothing changes. However, one day, he overhears a ... See full summary »

Director: Laurent Tirard | Stars: Maxime Godart, Valérie Lemercier, Kad Merad, Sandrine Kiberlain

Votes: 10,287

32. The Edukators (2004)

R | 127 min | Drama, Romance

7.5
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68 Metascore

Three activists cobble together a kidnapping plot after they encounter a businessman in his home.

Director: Hans Weingartner | Stars: Daniel Brühl, Julia Jentsch, Stipe Erceg, Burghart Klaußner

Votes: 28,386 | Gross: $0.18M

33. The Experiment (2001)

R | 120 min | Drama, Thriller

7.8
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60 Metascore

For two weeks, 20 male participants are hired to play prisoners and guards in a prison. The "prisoners" have to follow seemingly mild rules, and the "guards" are told to retain order without using physical violence.

Director: Oliver Hirschbiegel | Stars: Moritz Bleibtreu, Christian Berkel, Oliver Stokowski, Wotan Wilke Möhring

Votes: 83,512 | Gross: $0.14M

34. Nói albinói (2003)

PG-13 | 93 min | Drama

7.4
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68 Metascore

Is he the village idiot or a genius in disguise? 17 year old Noi drifts through life on a remote fjord in the north of Iceland. In winter, the fjord is cut off from the outside world, ... See full summary »

Director: Dagur Kári | Stars: Tómas Lemarquis, Þröstur Leó Gunnarsson, Elín Hansdóttir, Anna Friðriksdóttir

Votes: 8,297 | Gross: $0.06M

35. The Proposition (2005)

R | 104 min | Crime, Drama, Western

7.4
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73 Metascore

A lawman apprehends a notorious outlaw and gives him nine days to kill his older brother, or else they'll execute his younger brother.

Director: John Hillcoat | Stars: Ray Winstone, Guy Pearce, Emily Watson, Richard Wilson

Votes: 45,228 | Gross: $1.90M

36. Voksne mennesker (2005)

Unrated | 109 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

7.2
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A young man spurs romance and helps his friend and himself go through times and struggles of their ordinary life in Denmark.

Director: Dagur Kári | Stars: Jakob Cedergren, Nicolas Bro, Tilly Scott Pedersen, Morten Suurballe

Votes: 2,915

37. Dear Frankie (2004)

PG-13 | 105 min | Drama, Romance

7.8
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63 Metascore

After having responded to her son's numerous letters in the guise of his father, a woman hires a stranger to pose as his dad when meeting him.

Director: Shona Auerbach | Stars: Emily Mortimer, Jack McElhone, Gerard Butler, Mary Riggans

Votes: 19,676 | Gross: $1.34M

38. The Visitor (I) (2007)

PG-13 | 104 min | Drama

7.7
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79 Metascore

A college professor travels to New York City to attend a conference and finds a young couple living in his apartment.

Director: Tom McCarthy | Stars: Richard Jenkins, Haaz Sleiman, Danai Gurira, Hiam Abbass

Votes: 38,884 | Gross: $9.42M

39. Eden (2006)

98 min | Drama, Romance

7.2
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A successful chef falls for a married woman.

Director: Michael Hofmann | Stars: Josef Ostendorf, Charlotte Roche, Devid Striesow, Wioletta Breskic

Votes: 822

40. Gadjo dilo (1997)

Unrated | 102 min | Comedy, Drama, Music

7.7
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A man is looking for a singer he had heard on cassette. He finds much more.

Director: Tony Gatlif | Stars: Romain Duris, Rona Hartner, Izidor Serban, Ovidiu Balan

Votes: 6,593 | Gross: $0.67M

41. As It Is in Heaven (2004)

133 min | Comedy, Drama, Music

7.6
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A successful international conductor suddenly interrupts his career and returns alone to his childhood village in Norrland, in the far north of Sweden. It doesn't take long before he is ... See full summary »

Director: Kay Pollak | Stars: Michael Nyqvist, Frida Hallgren, Helen Sjöholm, Lennart Jähkel

Votes: 14,505 | Gross: $0.01M

42. Océans (2009)

G | 84 min | Documentary, Drama

7.8
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75 Metascore

An ecological drama/documentary, filmed throughout the globe. Part thriller, part meditation on the vanishing wonders of the sub-aquatic world.

Directors: Jacques Perrin, Jacques Cluzaud | Stars: Pierce Brosnan, Pedro Armendáriz Jr., Jacques Perrin, Matthias Brandt

Votes: 8,149 | Gross: $19.42M

43. Whale Rider (2002)

PG-13 | 101 min | Drama, Family

7.6
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80 Metascore

A contemporary story of love, rejection and triumph as a young Maori girl fights to fulfill a destiny her grandfather refuses to recognize.

Director: Niki Caro | Stars: Keisha Castle-Hughes, Rawiri Paratene, Vicky Haughton, Cliff Curtis

Votes: 36,001 | Gross: $20.78M

44. Ying xiong (2002)

PG-13 | 107 min | Action, Adventure, History

7.9
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85 Metascore

A defense officer, Nameless, was summoned by the King of Qin regarding his success of terminating three warriors.

Director: Yimou Zhang | Stars: Jet Li, Tony Chiu-Wai Leung, Maggie Cheung, Ziyi Zhang

Votes: 158,505 | Gross: $53.71M

45. De noorderlingen (1992)

108 min | Comedy, Drama

7.5
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During the summer of 1960, the idiosyncratic residents of a one-street Dutch suburb collide in intertwining stories of desire and frustration.

Director: Alex van Warmerdam | Stars: Jack Wouterse, Annet Malherbe, Rudolf Lucieer, Loes Wouterson

Votes: 2,330

46. Wings of Desire (1987)

PG-13 | 128 min | Drama, Fantasy, Romance

8.1
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79 Metascore

An angel tires of overseeing human activity and wishes to become human when he falls in love with a mortal.

Director: Wim Wenders | Stars: Bruno Ganz, Solveig Dommartin, Otto Sander, Curt Bois

Votes: 52,190 | Gross: $3.21M

47. The City of Your Final Destination (2009)

PG-13 | 117 min | Drama, Romance

6.4
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52 Metascore

Twenty-eight-year-old Kansas University doctoral student Omar Razaghi wins a grant to write a biography of Latin American writer Jules Gund. Omar must get through to three people who were ... See full summary »

Director: James Ivory | Stars: Omar Metwally, Anthony Hopkins, Charlotte Gainsbourg, Nicholas Blandullo

Votes: 2,475

48. The Savages (2007)

R | 113 min | Comedy, Drama

7.2
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85 Metascore

A sister and brother face the realities of familial responsibility as they begin to care for their ailing father.

Director: Tamara Jenkins | Stars: Laura Linney, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Philip Bosco, Peter Friedman

Votes: 33,265 | Gross: $6.61M

49. Mic Macs à Tire-Larigot (2009)

R | 105 min | Action, Comedy, Crime

7.2
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62 Metascore

A man and his friends come up with an intricate and original plan to destroy two big weapons manufacturers.

Director: Jean-Pierre Jeunet | Stars: Dany Boon, André Dussollier, Nicolas Marié, Yolande Moreau

Votes: 26,231 | Gross: $1.26M