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1.
The Shawshank Redemption (1994)
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Two imprisoned men bond over a number of years, finding solace and eventual redemption through acts of common decency. (142 mins.)
Director: Frank Darabont
 
2.
Blow-Up (1966)
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A mod London photographer finds something very suspicious in the shots he has taken of a mysterious beauty in a desolate park. (111 mins.)
 
3.
Vertigo (1958)
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A San Francisco detective suffering from acrophobia investigates the strange activities of an old friend's wife, all the while becoming dangerously obsessed with her. (128 mins.)
 
4.
Black Orpheus (1959)
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A retelling of the Orpheus and Eurydice myth, set during the time of the Carnaval in Rio de Janeiro. (100 mins.)
Director: Marcel Camus
 
5.
Monologue (1973)
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Professor Sretenski is a scientist and director of a research center in Russia. He is separated from his wife and lives alone... (115 mins.)
Director: Ilya Averbakh
 
6.
The Curious Case of Benjamin Button (2008)
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Tells the story of Benjamin Button, a man who starts aging backwards with bizarre consequences. (166 mins.)
Director: David Fincher
 
7.
Gran Torino (2008)
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Disgruntled Korean War veteran Walt Kowalski sets out to reform his neighbor, a Hmong teenager who tried to steal Kowalski's prized possession: a 1972 Gran Torino. (116 mins.)
Director: Clint Eastwood
 
8.
The Color of Pomegranates (1969)
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A super-stylized, surreal biography of Armenian troubadour Sayat Nova, whose life is depicted through non-narrative amalgamations of poetic images. (79 mins.)
 
9.
Peter's Friends (1992)
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Six former college friends, with two new friends, gather for a New Year's Eve weekend reunion at a large English countryside manor after ten years to reminisce about the good times now long gone. (101 mins.)
Director: Kenneth Branagh
 
10.
Down by Law (1986)
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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. (107 mins.)
Director: Jim Jarmusch
 
11.
Every Man for Himself (1980)
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An examination of sexual relationships, in which three protagonists interact in different combinations. (87 mins.)
Director: Jean-Luc Godard
 
12.
Corpse Bride (2005)
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When a shy groom practices his wedding vows in the inadvertent presence of a deceased young woman, she rises from the grave assuming he has married her. (77 mins.)
 
13.
Ivan's Childhood (1962)
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In WW2, twelve year old Soviet orphan Ivan Bondarev works for the Soviet army as a scout behind the German lines and strikes a friendship with three sympathetic Soviet officers. (95 mins.)
 
14.
Das Boot (1981)
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The claustrophobic world of a WWII German U-boat; boredom, filth, and sheer terror. (149 mins.)
 
15.
Shadows of Forgotten Ancestors (1965)
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In a Carpathian village, Ivan falls in love with Marichka, the daughter of his father's killer. When tragedy befalls her... (97 mins.)
 
16.
Ruby & Quentin (2003)
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After hiding his loot and getting thrown in jail, Ruby, a brooding outlaw encounters Quentin, a dim-witted and garrulous giant who befriends him... (85 mins.)
Director: Francis Veber
 
17.
The Illusionist (1983)
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At the center of this extremely visualized narrative are the illusionist and his brother, who is lazy on the basis of either great love... (90 mins.)
Director: Jos Stelling
 
18.
The Reader (2008)
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Post-WWII Germany: Nearly a decade after his affair with an older woman came to a mysterious end, law student Michael Berg re-encounters his former lover as she defends herself in a war-crime trial. (124 mins.)
Director: Stephen Daldry
 
19.
All About My Mother (1999)
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Young Esteban wants to become a writer and also to discover the identity of his father, carefully concealed by his mother Manuela. (101 mins.)
 
20.
Slumdog Millionaire (2008)
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A Mumbai teen reflects on his upbringing in the slums when he is accused of cheating on the Indian Version of "Who Wants to be a Millionaire?" (120 mins.)
 
21.
Orlando (1992)
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Young nobleman Orlando is commanded by Queen Elizabeth I to stay forever young. Miraculously, he does just that... (94 mins.)
Director: Sally Potter
 
22.
The Passenger (1975)
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A frustrated war correspondent, unable to find the war he's been asked to cover, takes the risky path of co-opting the I.D. of a dead arms dealer acquaintance. (126 mins.)
 
23.
O Lucky Man! (1973)
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This sprawling, surrealist musical serves as an allegory for the pitfalls of capitalism, as it follows the adventures of a young coffee salesman in Europe. Many actors play multiple roles, giving the film a stagy tone. (178 mins.)
 
24.
The Secret Adventures of Tom Thumb (1993)
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A boy born the size of a small doll is kidnapped by a genetic lab and must find a way back to his father... (60 mins.)
Director: Dave Borthwick
 
25.
Ghosts of Girlfriends Past (2009)
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While attending his brother's wedding, a serial womanizer is haunted by the ghosts of his past girlfriends. (100 mins.)
Director: Mark Waters
 
26.
Flash of Genius (2008)
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Robert Kearns takes on the Detroit automakers who he claims stole his idea for the intermittent windshield wiper. (119 mins.)
Director: Marc Abraham
 
27.
The Adventures of Baron Munchausen (1988)
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An account of Baron Munchausen's supposed travels and fantastical experiences with his band of misfits. (126 mins.)
Director: Terry Gilliam
 
28.
Fish Tank (2009)
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Everything changes for 15-year-old Mia when her mum brings home a new boyfriend. (123 mins.)
Director: Andrea Arnold
 
29.
The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus (2009)
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A traveling theater company gives its audience much more than they were expecting. (123 mins.)
Director: Terry Gilliam
 
30.
Moon (2009)
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Astronaut Sam Bell has a quintessentially personal encounter toward the end of his three-year stint on the Moon, where he, working alongside his computer, GERTY, sends back to Earth parcels of a resource that has helped diminish our planet's power problems. (97 mins.)
Director: Duncan Jones
 
31.
Dogtooth (2009)
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Three teenagers live isolated, without leaving their house, because their over-protective parents say they can only leave when their dogtooth falls out. (94 mins.)
 
32.
Goodbye Solo (2008)
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Two men form an unlikely friendship that will change both of their lives forever. (91 mins.)
Director: Ramin Bahrani
 
33.
Fixer: The Taking of Ajmal Naqshbandi (2009 Documentary)
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In 2007, the Taliban kidnapped 24-year-old Ajmal Naqshbandi and an Italian journalist. Naqshbandi was one of Afghanistan's best "fixers" -- someone hired by foreign journalists to facilitate, translate, and gain access for their stories. (84 mins.)
Director: Ian Olds
 
34.
Yuri's Day (2008)
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A mother loses her son during a winter visit to a remote town. (137 mins.)
 
35.
The General (1926)
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When Union spies steal an engineer's beloved locomotive, he pursues it single-handedly and straight through enemy lines. (67 mins.)
 
36.
Playing the Victim (2006)
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A young man drops out of university and goes to the police. He's done nothing wrong he just wants a job. A particular job. Playing the victim in murder reconstructions. Maybe by getting close to death he can manage to cheat on his own. (95 mins.)
 
37.
M (1931)
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When the police in a German city are unable to catch a child-murderer, other criminals join in the manhunt. (117 mins.)
Director: Fritz Lang
 
38.
Taxi Driver (1976)
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A mentally unstable Vietnam War veteran works as a night-time taxi driver in New York City where the perceived decadence and sleaze feeds his urge for violent action, while attempting to save a preadolescent prostitute in the process. (113 mins.)
Director: Martin Scorsese
 
39.
Unforgiven (1992)
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Retired Old West gunslinger William Munny reluctantly takes on one last job, with the help of his old partner and a young man. (130 mins.)
Director: Clint Eastwood
 
40.
Broken Embraces (2009)
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Harry Caine, a blind writer, reaches this moment in time when he has to heal his wounds from 14 years back. He was then still known by his real name, Mateo Blanco, and directing his last movie. (127 mins.)
 
41.
Ashik Kerib (1988)
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Wandering minstrel Ashik Kerib falls in love with a rich merchant's daughter, but is spurned by her... (73 mins.)
 
42.
Frost/Nixon (2008)
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A dramatic retelling of the post-Watergate television interviews between British talk-show host David Frost and former president Richard Nixon. (122 mins.)
Director: Ron Howard
 
43.
Monsters vs. Aliens (2009)
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A woman transformed into a giant after she is struck by a meteorite on her wedding day becomes part of a team of monsters sent in by the U.S. government to defeat an alien mastermind trying to take over Earth. (94 mins.)
 
44.
Star Trek (2009)
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The brash James T. Kirk tries to live up to his father's legacy with Mr. Spock keeping him in check as a vengeful Romulan from the future creates black holes to destroy the Federation one planet at a time. (127 mins.)
Director: J.J. Abrams
 
45.
Antichrist (2009)
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A grieving couple retreat to their cabin in the woods, hoping to repair their broken hearts and troubled marriage. But nature takes its course and things go from bad to worse. (108 mins.)
Director: Lars von Trier
 
46.
Torn Curtain (1966)
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An American scientist publicly defects to East Germany as part of a cloak and dagger mission to find the solution for a formula resin before planning an escape back to the West. (128 mins.)
 
47.
Frenzy (1972)
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A serial murderer is strangling women with a necktie. The London police have a suspect, but he is the wrong man. (116 mins.)
 
48.
The Mirror (1975)
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A dying man in his forties remembers his past. His childhood, his mother, the war, personal moments and things that tell of the recent history of all the Russian nation. (107 mins.)
 
49.
Through a Glass Darkly (1961)
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Recently released from a mental hospital; Karin rejoins her emotionally disconnected family and their island home, only to slip from reality as she begins to believe she is being visited by God. (89 mins.)
Director: Ingmar Bergman
 
50.
Inglourious Basterds (2009)
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In Nazi-occupied France during World War II, a plan to assassinate Nazi leaders by a group of Jewish U.S. soldiers coincides with a theatre owner's vengeful plans for the same. (153 mins.)
 
51.
Avatar (2009)
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A paraplegic marine dispatched to the moon Pandora on a unique mission becomes torn between following his orders and protecting the world he feels is his home. (162 mins.)
Director: James Cameron
 
52.
The Cameraman (1928)
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Hopelessly in love with a woman working at MGM Studios, a clumsy man attempts to become a motion picture cameraman to be close to the object of his desire. (69 mins.)
Director: Edward Sedgwick
 
53.
Saboteur (1942)
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Aircraft factory worker Barry Kane goes on the run across the United States when he is wrongly accused of starting a fire that killed his best friend. (109 mins.)
 
54.
Welcome to the Sticks (2008)
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A French public servant from Provence is banished to the far North. Strongly prejudiced against this cold and inhospitable place, he leaves his family behind to relocate temporarily there, with the firm intent to quickly come back. (106 mins.)
Director: Dany Boon
 
55.
Year One (2009)
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After being banished from their tribe, two hunter-gatherers encounter Biblical characters and eventually wind up in the city of Sodom. (97 mins.)
Director: Harold Ramis
 
56.
(500) Days of Summer (2009)
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An offbeat romantic comedy about a woman who doesn't believe true love exists, and the young man who falls for her. (95 mins.)
Director: Marc Webb