Nihilists, underdogs and antiheroes

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1. Cool Hand Luke (1967)

GP | 126 min | Crime, Drama

8.2
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91 Metascore

A laid back Southern man is sentenced to two years in a rural prison, but refuses to conform.

Director: Stuart Rosenberg | Stars: Paul Newman, George Kennedy, Strother Martin, J.D. Cannon

Votes: 134,119

2. Network (1976)

R | 121 min | Drama

8.1
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88 Metascore

A television network cynically exploits a deranged former anchor's ravings and revelations about the news media for its own profit.

Director: Sidney Lumet | Stars: Faye Dunaway, William Holden, Peter Finch, Robert Duvall

Votes: 117,994

3. One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest (1975)

R | 133 min | Drama

8.7
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80 Metascore

A criminal pleads insanity after getting into trouble again and once in the mental institution rebels against the oppressive nurse and rallies up the scared patients.

Director: Milos Forman | Stars: Jack Nicholson, Louise Fletcher, Michael Berryman, Peter Brocco

Votes: 764,117 | Gross: $112.00M

4. The Hustler (1961)

Not Rated | 134 min | Drama, Sport

8.0
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An up-and-coming pool player plays a long-time champion in a single high-stakes match.

Director: Robert Rossen | Stars: Paul Newman, Jackie Gleason, Piper Laurie, George C. Scott

Votes: 67,416

5. Falling Down (1993)

R | 113 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

7.6
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56 Metascore

An unemployed defense worker frustrated with the various flaws he sees in society, begins to psychotically and violently lash out against them.

Director: Joel Schumacher | Stars: Michael Douglas, Robert Duvall, Barbara Hershey, Rachel Ticotin

Votes: 146,608 | Gross: $40.90M

6. Hobo with a Shotgun (2011)

Not Rated | 86 min | Action, Comedy, Horror

6.1
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55 Metascore

A homeless vigilante blows away crooked cops, pedophile Santas, and other scumbags with his trusty pump-action shotgun.

Director: Jason Eisener | Stars: Rutger Hauer, Pasha Ebrahimi, Robb Wells, Brian Downey

Votes: 40,009 | Gross: $0.70M

7. 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: 579,969 | Gross: $28.26M

8. Scarface (1983)

R | 170 min | Crime, Drama

8.3
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65 Metascore

In Miami in 1980, a determined Cuban immigrant takes over a drug cartel and succumbs to greed.

Director: Brian De Palma | Stars: Al Pacino, Michelle Pfeiffer, Steven Bauer, Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio

Votes: 608,485 | Gross: $45.60M

9. Shame (2011)

NC-17 | 101 min | Drama

7.2
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72 Metascore

A man's carefully cultivated private life is disrupted when his sister arrives for an indefinite stay.

Director: Steve McQueen | Stars: Michael Fassbender, Carey Mulligan, James Badge Dale, Lucy Walters

Votes: 162,185 | Gross: $4.00M

10. The Truman Show (1998)

PG | 103 min | Comedy, Drama, Sci-Fi

8.1
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90 Metascore

An insurance salesman/adjuster discovers his entire life is actually a television show.

Director: Peter Weir | Stars: Jim Carrey, Ed Harris, Laura Linney, Noah Emmerich

Votes: 764,543 | Gross: $125.62M

11. Larry Crowne (2011)

PG-13 | 98 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

6.1
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41 Metascore

After losing his job, a middle-aged man reinvents himself by going back to college.

Director: Tom Hanks | Stars: Tom Hanks, Julia Roberts, Sarah Mahoney, Roxana Ortega

Votes: 54,981 | Gross: $35.61M

12. Observe and Report (2009)

R | 86 min | Comedy, Crime, Drama

5.8
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54 Metascore

Bi-polar mall security guard Ronnie Barnhardt is called into action to stop a flasher from turning shopper's paradise into his personal peep show. But when Barnhardt can't bring the culprit to justice, a surly police detective is recruited to close the case.

Director: Jody Hill | Stars: Seth Rogen, Anna Faris, Ray Liotta, Michael Peña

Votes: 54,991 | Gross: $23.99M

13. Men's Group (2008)

104 min | Drama

7.0
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Six strangers meet up every week to talk, finding they are not alone with their issues. Secrets are revealed as their friendships grow but when tragedy strikes, they realize that it is up to them to take responsibility for their own lives.

Director: Michael Joy | Stars: Grant Dodwell, Don Reid, Paul Gleeson, Steve Rodgers

Votes: 220

14. Swingers (1996)

R | 96 min | Comedy, Drama

7.3
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71 Metascore

Wannabe actors become regulars in the stylish neo-lounge scene; Trent teaches his friend Mike the unwritten rules of the scene.

Director: Doug Liman | Stars: Vince Vaughn, Heather Graham, Jon Favreau, Ron Livingston

Votes: 68,165 | Gross: $4.51M

15. Very Bad Things (1998)

R | 100 min | Comedy, Crime, Thriller

6.3
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31 Metascore

A prostitute is killed during a bachelor party and the attendees turn on each other as the wedding approaches.

Director: Peter Berg | Stars: Christian Slater, Daniel Stern, Cameron Diaz, Jon Favreau

Votes: 41,477 | Gross: $9.80M

16. The King of Comedy (1982)

PG | 109 min | Comedy, Crime, Drama

7.8
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Aspiring comic Rupert Pupkin attempts to achieve success in show business by stalking his idol, a late night talk-show host who craves his own privacy.

Director: Martin Scorsese | Stars: Robert De Niro, Jerry Lewis, Diahnne Abbott, Sandra Bernhard

Votes: 61,333 | Gross: $2.50M

17. Naked (1993)

Not Rated | 132 min | Comedy, Drama

7.9
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84 Metascore

Parallel tales of two sexually obsessed men, one hurting and annoying women physically and mentally, one wandering around the city talking to strangers and experiencing dimensions of life.

Director: Mike Leigh | Stars: David Thewlis, Lesley Sharp, Katrin Cartlidge, Greg Cruttwell

Votes: 27,292 | Gross: $1.77M

18. Crimes and Misdemeanors (1989)

PG-13 | 104 min | Comedy, Drama

8.0
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77 Metascore

An ophthalmologist's mistress threatens to reveal their affair to his wife while a married documentary filmmaker is infatuated with another woman.

Director: Woody Allen | Stars: Martin Landau, Woody Allen, Bill Bernstein, Claire Bloom

Votes: 47,315 | Gross: $18.25M

19. Choke (2008)

R | 92 min | Comedy, Drama

6.5
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47 Metascore

A sex-addicted con-man pays for his mother's hospital bills by playing on the sympathies of those who rescue him from choking to death.

Director: Clark Gregg | Stars: Sam Rockwell, Anjelica Huston, Kelly Macdonald, Kathryn Alexander

Votes: 29,716 | Gross: $2.93M

20. Fight Club (1999)

R | 139 min | Drama

8.8
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66 Metascore

An insomniac office worker, looking for a way to change his life, crosses paths with a devil-may-care soapmaker, forming an underground fight club that evolves into something much, much more.

Director: David Fincher | Stars: Brad Pitt, Edward Norton, Meat Loaf, Zach Grenier

Votes: 1,535,760 | Gross: $37.03M

21. Charlie Bartlett (2007)

R | 97 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

7.0
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54 Metascore

A rich kid becomes the self-appointed psychiatrist to the student body of his new high school.

Director: Jon Poll | Stars: Anton Yelchin, Robert Downey Jr., Hope Davis, Kat Dennings

Votes: 59,059 | Gross: $3.95M

22. Scarecrow (1973)

R | 112 min | Drama

7.3
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72 Metascore

Max, an ex-con drifter with a penchant for brawling is amused by Lion, a homeless ex-sailor, and they partner up as they head east together.

Director: Jerry Schatzberg | Stars: Gene Hackman, Al Pacino, Dorothy Tristan, Ann Wedgeworth

Votes: 12,855

23. Rounders (1998)

R | 121 min | Crime, Drama

7.3
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54 Metascore

A young, reformed gambler must return to playing big stakes poker to help a friend pay off loan sharks, while balancing his relationship with his girlfriend and his commitments to law school.

Director: John Dahl | Stars: Matt Damon, Edward Norton, Gretchen Mol, John Malkovich

Votes: 129,768 | Gross: $22.91M

24. This Is England (2006)

Not Rated | 101 min | Crime, Drama

7.7
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86 Metascore

A young boy becomes friends with a gang of skinheads. Friends soon become like family, and relationships will be pushed to the very limit.

Director: Shane Meadows | Stars: Thomas Turgoose, Stephen Graham, Jo Hartley, Andrew Shim

Votes: 105,394 | Gross: $0.33M

25. Ripley's Game (2002)

R | 110 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

6.6
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A dying family man in need of money is being persuaded to assassinate a European crime boss.

Director: Liliana Cavani | Stars: John Malkovich, Dougray Scott, Lena Headey, Ray Winstone

Votes: 15,671

26. Sexy Beast (2000)

R | 89 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

7.3
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79 Metascore

Brutal gangster Don Logan recruits "retired" safecracker Gal for one last job, but it goes badly for both of them.

Director: Jonathan Glazer | Stars: Ray Winstone, Ben Kingsley, Ian McShane, Amanda Redman

Votes: 47,165 | Gross: $6.95M

27. A Clockwork Orange (1971)

R | 136 min | Crime, Drama, Sci-Fi

8.3
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78 Metascore

In the future, a sadistic gang leader is imprisoned and volunteers for a conduct-aversion experiment, but it doesn't go as planned.

Director: Stanley Kubrick | Stars: Malcolm McDowell, Patrick Magee, Michael Bates, Warren Clarke

Votes: 632,495

28. THX 1138 (1971)

R | 86 min | Drama, Sci-Fi, Thriller

6.8
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75 Metascore

In the twenty-fifth century, a time when people have designations instead of names, a man, THX 1138, and a woman, LUH 3417, rebel against their rigidly controlled society.

Director: George Lucas | Stars: Robert Duvall, Donald Pleasence, Don Pedro Colley, Maggie McOmie

Votes: 42,514 | Gross: $2.44M

29. K-PAX (2001)

PG-13 | 120 min | Drama, Sci-Fi

7.4
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49 Metascore

PROT is a patient at a mental hospital who claims to be from a far away planet. His psychiatrist tries to help him, only to begin to doubt his own explanations.

Director: Iain Softley | Stars: Kevin Spacey, Jeff Bridges, Mary McCormack, Alfre Woodard

Votes: 161,116 | Gross: $50.34M

30. Gattaca (1997)

PG-13 | 106 min | Drama, Sci-Fi, Thriller

7.8
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64 Metascore

A genetically inferior man assumes the identity of a superior one in order to pursue his lifelong dream of space travel.

Director: Andrew Niccol | Stars: Ethan Hawke, Uma Thurman, Jude Law, Gore Vidal

Votes: 243,945 | Gross: $12.34M

31. The Reincarnation of Peter Proud (1975)

R | 105 min | Horror, Mystery

6.6
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When college professor Peter Proud begins to experience flashbacks from a previous incarnation, he is mysteriously drawn to a place he has never been before but which is troublingly ... See full summary »

Director: J. Lee Thompson | Stars: Michael Sarrazin, Jennifer O'Neill, Margot Kidder, Cornelia Sharpe

Votes: 1,168

32. 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: 29,956 | Gross: $8.35M

33. Jeff, Who Lives at Home (2011)

R | 83 min | Comedy, Drama

6.5
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60 Metascore

Dispatched from his basement room on an errand for his widowed mother, slacker Jeff might discover his destiny (finally) when he spends the day with his unhappily married brother as he tracks his possibly adulterous wife.

Directors: Jay Duplass, Mark Duplass | Stars: Jason Segel, Ed Helms, Judy Greer, Susan Sarandon

Votes: 58,362 | Gross: $4.24M

34. Henry Poole Is Here (2008)

PG | 99 min | Comedy, Drama

6.5
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44 Metascore

Henry Poole moves in to a house in his old neighborhood, to spend what he believes are his remaining days alone. The discovery of a "miracle" by a nosy neighbor ruptures his solitude and restores his faith in life.

Director: Mark Pellington | Stars: Luke Wilson, Radha Mitchell, George Lopez, Adriana Barraza

Votes: 11,450 | Gross: $1.84M

35. Human Traffic (1999)

R | 99 min | Comedy, Music

7.1
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53 Metascore

Five friends spend one lost weekend in a mix of music, love and club culture.

Director: Justin Kerrigan | Stars: John Simm, Lorraine Pilkington, Shaun Parkes, Nicola Reynolds

Votes: 20,674 | Gross: $0.10M

36. Defending Your Life (1991)

PG | 112 min | Comedy, Drama, Fantasy

7.3
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In an afterlife way station resembling a block of hotels, the lives of the recently-deceased are examined in a court-like setting.

Director: Albert Brooks | Stars: Albert Brooks, Meryl Streep, Rip Torn, Michael Durrell

Votes: 14,773 | Gross: $16.37M

37. Bruce Almighty (2003)

PG-13 | 101 min | Comedy, Drama, Fantasy

6.7
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46 Metascore

A guy who complains about God too often is given almighty powers to teach him how difficult it is to run the world.

Director: Tom Shadyac | Stars: Jim Carrey, Jennifer Aniston, Morgan Freeman, Philip Baker Hall

Votes: 326,279 | Gross: $242.83M

38. The Men Who Stare at Goats (2009)

R | 94 min | Comedy, War

6.2
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54 Metascore

A reporter in Iraq might just have the story of a lifetime when he meets Lyn Cassady, a guy who claims to be a former member of the U.S. Army's New Earth Army, a unit that employs paranormal powers in their missions.

Director: Grant Heslov | Stars: Ewan McGregor, George Clooney, Kevin Spacey, Jeff Bridges

Votes: 116,702 | Gross: $32.42M

39. Conspiracy Theory (1997)

R | 135 min | Action, Mystery, Thriller

6.7
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49 Metascore

A man obsessed with conspiracy theories becomes a target after one of his theories turns out to be true. Unfortunately, in order to save himself, he has to figure out which theory it is.

Director: Richard Donner | Stars: Mel Gibson, Julia Roberts, Patrick Stewart, Cylk Cozart

Votes: 82,980 | Gross: $75.98M

40. Shortcut to Happiness (2003)

PG-13 | 106 min | Comedy, Drama, Fantasy

5.6
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A down-and-out writer sells his soul to the devil in exchange for fame and fortune.

Director: Alec Baldwin | Stars: Virl Andrick, Ray Aranha, Kaniel Arocho, Jorge Arocho

Votes: 4,287

41. Good Will Hunting (1997)

R | 126 min | Drama

8.3
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70 Metascore

Will Hunting, a janitor at M.I.T., has a gift for mathematics, but needs help from a psychologist to find direction in his life.

Director: Gus Van Sant | Stars: Robin Williams, Matt Damon, Ben Affleck, Stellan Skarsgård

Votes: 698,662 | Gross: $138.43M

42. The Man from Earth (2007)

Not Rated | 87 min | Drama, Fantasy, Sci-Fi

7.9
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An impromptu goodbye party for Professor John Oldman becomes a mysterious interrogation after the retiring scholar reveals to his colleagues he has a longer and stranger past than they can imagine.

Director: Richard Schenkman | Stars: David Lee Smith, Tony Todd, John Billingsley, Ellen Crawford

Votes: 149,282

43. Limitless (I) (2011)

PG-13 | 105 min | Mystery, Sci-Fi, Thriller

7.4
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59 Metascore

With the help of a mysterious pill that enables the user to access one hundred percent of his brain abilities, a struggling writer becomes a financial wizard, but it also puts him in a new world with lots of dangers.

Director: Neil Burger | Stars: Bradley Cooper, Anna Friel, Abbie Cornish, Robert De Niro

Votes: 464,061 | Gross: $79.25M

44. Shattered Glass (2003)

PG-13 | 94 min | Drama, History

7.2
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73 Metascore

The story of a young journalist who fell from grace when it was discovered he fabricated over half of his articles from the publication The New Republic magazine.

Director: Billy Ray | Stars: Hayden Christensen, Chloë Sevigny, Steve Zahn, Peter Sarsgaard

Votes: 30,500 | Gross: $2.22M

45. Midnight Cowboy (1969)

R | 113 min | Drama

7.9
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79 Metascore

A naive hustler travels from Texas to New York to seek personal fortune but, in the process, finds himself a new friend.

Director: John Schlesinger | Stars: Dustin Hoffman, Jon Voight, Sylvia Miles, John McGiver

Votes: 84,240 | Gross: $44.79M

46. Bulworth (1998)

R | 108 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

6.8
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75 Metascore

A suicidally disillusioned liberal politician puts a contract out on himself and takes the opportunity to be bluntly honest with his voters by affecting the rhythms and speech of hip-hop music and culture.

Director: Warren Beatty | Stars: Warren Beatty, Halle Berry, Kimberly Deauna Adams, Vinny Argiro

Votes: 23,099 | Gross: $26.53M

47. The Devil's Double (2011)

R | 109 min | Biography, Drama, Thriller

7.1
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52 Metascore

A chilling vision of the House of Saddam Hussein comes to life through the eyes of the man who was forced to become the double of Hussein's sadistic son.

Director: Lee Tamahori | Stars: Dominic Cooper, Ludivine Sagnier, Raad Rawi, Philip Quast

Votes: 56,674 | Gross: $1.36M

48. Silkwood (1983)

R | 131 min | Biography, Drama, History

7.2
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64 Metascore

A worker at a plutonium processing plant is purposefully contaminated, psychologically tortured and possibly murdered to prevent her from exposing worker safety violations at the plant.

Director: Mike Nichols | Stars: Meryl Streep, Kurt Russell, Cher, Craig T. Nelson

Votes: 15,540 | Gross: $35.62M

49. Safety Not Guaranteed (2012)

R | 86 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

7.0
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72 Metascore

Three magazine employees head out on an assignment to interview a guy who placed a classified advertisement seeking a companion for time travel.

Director: Colin Trevorrow | Stars: Aubrey Plaza, Mark Duplass, Jake Johnson, Karan Soni

Votes: 107,973 | Gross: $4.01M