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1.
Withnail & I (1987)
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London, 1969 - two 'resting' (unemployed and unemployable) actors, Withnail and Marwood, fed up with damp... (107 mins.)
Director: Bruce Robinson
 
2.
The Killing Fields (1984)
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A journalist is trapped in Cambodia during tyrant Pol Pot's bloody "Year Zero" cleansing campaign, which claimed the lives of two million "undesirable" civilians. (141 mins.)
Director: Roland Joffé
 
3.
Excalibur (1981)
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Merlin the magician helps Arthur Pendragon unite the Britons around the round table of Camelot even as forces conspire to tear it apart (140 mins.)
Director: John Boorman
 
4.
If.... (1968)
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In this allegorical story, a revolution led by pupil Mick Travis takes place at an old established private school in England. (111 mins.)
 
5.
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
 
6.
Kes (1969)
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A young, English working-class boy spends his free time caring for and training his pet falcon. (110 mins.)
Director: Kenneth Loach
 
7.
This Sporting Life (1963)
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Despite success on the field, a rising rugby star senses the emerging emptiness of his life as his inner angst begins to materialize through aggression and brutality, so he attempts to woo his landlady in hopes of finding reason to live. (134 mins.)
 
8.
Secrets & Lies (1996)
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A successful black woman discovers that her birth mother is a underprivileged white woman, but the woman denies it. As emotions run high, everyone's secrets are exposed. (136 mins.)
Director: Mike Leigh
 
9.
Gallipoli (1981)
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Two Australian sprinters face the brutal realities of war when they are sent to fight in the Gallipoli campaign in Turkey during World War I. (110 mins.)
Director: Peter Weir
 
10.
Babette's Feast (1987)
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In a remote 19th-century Danish village, two sisters lead a rigid life centered around their father... (102 mins.)
Director: Gabriel Axel
 
11.
The Pianist (2002)
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A Polish Jewish musician struggles to survive the destruction of the Warsaw ghetto of World War II. (150 mins.)
Director: Roman Polanski
 
12.
Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World (2003)
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During the Napoleonic Wars, a brash British captain pushes his ship and crew to their limits in pursuit of a formidable French war vessel around South America. (138 mins.)
Director: Peter Weir
 
13.
The Mission (1986)
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18th century Spanish Jesuits try to protect a remote South American Indian tribe in danger of falling under the rule of pro-slavery Portugal. (125 mins.)
Director: Roland Joffé
 
14.
The Crying Game (1992)
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A British soldier is kidnapped by IRA terrorists. He befriends one of his captors, who is drawn into the soldier's world. (112 mins.)
Director: Neil Jordan
 
15.
Maurice (1987)
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After his lover rejects him, a young man trapped by the oppressiveness of Edwardian society tries to come to terms with and accept his sexuality. (140 mins.)
Director: James Ivory
 
16.
Picnic at Hanging Rock (1975)
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During a rural summer picnic, a few students and a teacher from an Australian girls' school vanish without a trace. Their absence frustrates and haunts the people left behind. (115 mins.)
Director: Peter Weir
 
17.
Gods and Monsters (1998)
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The last days of Frankenstein director James Whale are explored. (105 mins.)
Director: Bill Condon
 
18.
Europa Europa (1990)
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A boy in Nazi Germany, trying to conceal that he is Jewish, joins the Hitler Youth. (112 mins.)
 
19.
Images (1972)
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Schizophrenic housewife, engulfed by terrorizing apparitions, kills off each, unknowing if these demons are merely figments of her hallucinatory imagination or part of reality. (101 mins.)
Director: Robert Altman
 
20.
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.)
 
21.
Land and Freedom (1995)
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Spring 1936, a young unemployed communist, David, leaves his hometown Liverpool to join the fight against fascism in Spain... (109 mins.)
Director: Ken Loach
 
22.
Gladiator (2000)
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When a Roman general is betrayed and his family murdered by an emperor's corrupt son, he comes to Rome as a gladiator to seek revenge. (155 mins.)
Director: Ridley Scott
 
23.
Aguirre, the Wrath of God (1972)
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In the 16th century, the ruthless and insane Don Lope de Aguirre leads a Spanish expedition in search of El Dorado. (95 mins.)
Director: Werner Herzog
 
24.
Summer (2008)
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While caring for a dying friend, a man reflects back on their youth together. (83 mins.)
Director: Kenny Glenaan
 
25.
Avanti! (1972)
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A successful businessman goes to Italy to arrange for the return of his tycoon-father's body only to discover dad died with his mistress of long standing. (140 mins.)
Director: Billy Wilder
 
26.
Let the Right One In (2008)
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Oskar, an overlooked and bullied boy, finds love and revenge through Eli, a beautiful but peculiar girl. (115 mins.)
Director: Tomas Alfredson
 
27.
Fitzcarraldo (1982)
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The story of Brian Sweeney Fitzgerald, an extremely determined man who intends to build an opera house in the middle of a jungle. (158 mins.)
Director: Werner Herzog
 
28.
Van Gogh (1991)
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The final sixty-seven days of Van Gogh's life is examined. (158 mins.)
Director: Maurice Pialat
 
29.
East Is East (1999)
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In early 1970s England, a Pakistani father finds the authority he has previously maintained challenged by his increasingly Anglicized children. (96 mins.)
 
30.
A Room with a View (1985)
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When Lucy Honeychurch and chaperone Charlotte Bartlett find themselves in Florence with rooms without views... (117 mins.)
Director: James Ivory
 
31.
The Last King of Scotland (2006)
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Based on the events of the brutal Ugandan dictator Idi Amin's regime as seen by his personal physician during the 1970's. (123 mins.)
Director: Kevin Macdonald
 
32.
The Hudsucker Proxy (1994)
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A naive business graduate is installed as president of a manufacturing company as part of a stock scam. (111 mins.)
Director: Joel Coen
 
33.
The Full Monty (1997)
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Six unemployed steel workers form a male striptease act. The women cheer them on to go for "the full monty" - total nudity. (91 mins.)
Director: Peter Cattaneo
 
34.
Another Year (2010)
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A look at four seasons in the lives of a happily married couple and their relationships with their family and friends. (129 mins.)
Director: Mike Leigh
 
35.
Hope and Glory (1987)
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A semi-autobiographical project by John Boorman about a nine year old boy called Bill as he grows up in London during the blitz of World War 2... (113 mins.)
Director: John Boorman
 
36.
King Lear (1971)
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The Shakespeare tragedy that gave us the expression "How sharper than a serpent's tooth it is to have... (137 mins.)
Director: Peter Brook
 
37.
The History Boys (2006)
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An unruly class of gifted and charming teenage boys are taught by two eccentric and innovative teachers, as their headmaster pushes for them all to get accepted into Oxford or Cambridge. (109 mins.)
Director: Nicholas Hytner
 
38.
Dangerous Liaisons (1988)
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A scheming widow and her manipulative ex-lover make a bet regarding the corruption of a recently married woman. (119 mins.)
Director: Stephen Frears
 
39.
Bagdad Cafe (1987)
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A lonely German woman ends up in the most desolate motel on Earth and decides to make it brighter. (95 mins.)
Director: Percy Adlon
 
40.
The Entertainer (1960)
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Archie Rice, an old-time British music hall performer sinking into final defeat, schemes to stay in show business. (96 mins.)
Director: Tony Richardson
 
41.
Full Metal Jacket (1987)
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A pragmatic U.S. Marine observes the dehumanizing effects the Vietnam War has on his fellow recruits from their brutal boot camp training to the bloody street fighting in Hue. (116 mins.)
Director: Stanley Kubrick
 
42.
Monty Python and the Holy Grail (1975)
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King Arthur and his knights embark on a low-budget search for the Grail, encountering many, very silly obstacles. (91 mins.)
 
43.
Chinatown (1974)
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A private detective hired to expose an adulterer finds himself caught up in a web of deceit, corruption and murder. (130 mins.)
Director: Roman Polanski
 
44.
Gandhi (1982)
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Gandhi's character is fully explained as a man of nonviolence. Through his patience, he is able to drive the British out of the subcontinent. And the stubborn nature of Jinnah and his commitment towards Pakistan is portrayed. (191 mins.)
 
45.
Metropolis (1927)
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In a futuristic city sharply divided between the working class and the city planners, the son of the city's mastermind falls in love with a working class prophet who predicts the coming of a savior to mediate their differences. (153 mins.)
Director: Fritz Lang
 
46.
Apocalypse Now (1979)
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During the Vietnam War, Captain Willard is sent on a dangerous mission into Cambodia to assassinate a renegade colonel who has set himself up as a god among a local tribe. (153 mins.)
Director: Francis Coppola
 
47.
Cinema Paradiso (1988)
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A filmmaker recalls his childhood, when he fell in love with the movies at his village's theater and formed a deep friendship with the theater's projectionist. (155 mins.)
 
48.
The Browning Version (1951)
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Forced to retire from an English public school, an unpopular professor must confront his failure as a teacher and husband. (90 mins.)
Director: Anthony Asquith
 
49.
The Loneliness of the Long Distance Runner (1962)
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A juvenile offender at a tough reform school impresses its governor with his running ability and is encouraged to compete in an upcoming race, but faces ridicule from his peers. (104 mins.)
Director: Tony Richardson
 
50.
The 400 Blows (1959)
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Moving story of a young boy who, left without attention, delves into a life of petty crime. (99 mins.)
 
51.
Mississippi Burning (1988)
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Two FBI agents with wildly different styles arrive in Mississippi to investigate the disappearance of some civil rights activists. (128 mins.)
Director: Alan Parker
 
52.
Educating Rita (1983)
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In London, the twenty-seven year-old hairdresser Rita decides to complete her basic education before having children as desired by her husband Denny... (110 mins.)
Director: Lewis Gilbert
 
53.
Les Misérables (1995)
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A variation on Victor Hugo's classic novel by means of the story of a man whose life is affected by and somewhat duplicated by the Hugo story of the beleaguered Jean Valjean. (175 mins.)
Director: Claude Lelouch
 
54.
Sense and Sensibility (1995)
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Rich Mr. Dashwood dies, leaving his second wife and her three daughters poor by the rules of inheritance. The two eldest daughters are the titular opposites. (136 mins.)
Director: Ang Lee
 
55.
Small Faces (1996)
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Three teenage brothers, gang-member Bobby, troubled mama's boy Alan and self-assured prankster Lex, reside in a downtrodden section of Glasgow... (108 mins.)
 
56.
A Kind of Loving (1962)
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After his girlfriend's pregnancy forces him to marry her, a young man must adjust to his new life and contend with his domineering mother-in-law. (113 mins.)
 
57.
A Midnight Clear (1992)
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This WW2 psychological drama plays out at Christmas. US GIs hold an isolated cabin in the Ardennes against a handful of Germans cut off from their main force. Combat-weary and short of rations, both sides are determined to survive. (108 mins.)
Director: Keith Gordon
 
58.
Separate Tables (1958)
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The stories of several people are told as they stay at a seaside hotel in Bournemouth which features dining at "Separate Tables." (100 mins.)
Director: Delbert Mann
 
59.
The Seventh Seal (1957)
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A man seeks answers about life, death, and the existence of God as he plays chess against the Grim Reaper during the Black Plague. (96 mins.)
Director: Ingmar Bergman
 
60.
Topsy-Turvy (1999)
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After Gilbert and Sullivan's latest play is critically panned, the frustrated team threatens to disband until it is inspired to write the masterpiece "The Mikado". (154 mins.)
Director: Mike Leigh
 
61.
The Emigrants (1971)
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In the middle of the 19th century, Kristina and Karl-Oskar live in a small rural village in Smaaland (southern Sweden)... (191 mins.)
Director: Jan Troell
 
62.
The Family Way (1966)
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Compassionate look at the troubles of two young newlyweds, whose marriage has yet to be consummated. (115 mins.)
Director: Roy Boulting
 
63.
The Nun's Story (1959)
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After leaving a wealthy Belgian family to become a nun, Sister Luke struggles with her devotion to her vows during crisis, disappointment, and World War II. (149 mins.)
Director: Fred Zinnemann
 
64.
Shadow of the Vampire (2000)
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The filming of Nosferatu is hampered by the fact that its star Max Schreck is taking the role of a vampire far more seriously than seems humanly possible. (92 mins.)
 
65.
The Killing of Sister George (1968)
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George lives with her lover, Childie and plays a cheerful district nurse in a BBC soap opera. However... (138 mins.)
Director: Robert Aldrich
 
66.
The Long Good Friday (1980)
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Harold, a prosperous English gangster, is about to close a lucrative new deal when bombs start showing up in very inconvenient places... (114 mins.)
Director: John Mackenzie
 
67.
Merry Christmas Mr. Lawrence (1983)
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During WWII, a British colonel tries to bridge the cultural divides between a British POW and the Japanese camp commander in order to avoid bloodshed. (123 mins.)
Director: Nagisa Ôshima
 
68.
Saturday Night and Sunday Morning (1960)
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A rebellious, hard-living factory worker juggles relationships with two women, one of whom is married to another man but pregnant with his child. (89 mins.)
Director: Karel Reisz
 
69.
The Dresser (1983)
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An effeminate personal assistant of a deteriorating veteran actor struggles to get him through a difficult performance of King Lear. (118 mins.)
Director: Peter Yates
 
70.
Mephisto (1981)
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A German stage actor finds unexpected success and mixed blessings in the popularity of his performance... (144 mins.)
Director: István Szabó
 
71.
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.)
 
72.
Peking Opera Blues (1986)
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The movie is set in chaotic 1920's China, when warlords fought each other for power while Sun Yat-Sen's... (104 mins.)
Director: Hark Tsui
 
73.
Dead Alive (1992)
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A young man's mother is bitten by a Sumatran rat-monkey. She gets sick and dies, at which time she comes back to life, killing and eating dogs, nurses, friends, and neighbors. (104 mins.)
Director: Peter Jackson
 
74.
Nashville (1975)
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Over the course of a few hectic days, numerous interrelated people prepare for a political convention as secrets and lies are surfaced and revealed. (160 mins.)
Director: Robert Altman
 
75.
Paths of Glory (1957)
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After refusing to attack an enemy position, a general accuses the soldiers of cowardice and their commanding officer must defend them. (88 mins.)
Director: Stanley Kubrick
 
76.
Accident (1967)
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At Oxford, Austrian student Anna is dating fellow student William whom she plans to marry but she ends up sleeping with two unhappily married Oxford professors instead. (105 mins.)
Director: Joseph Losey
 
77.
Room at the Top (1959)
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An ambitious young accountant plots to wed a wealthy factory owner's daughter, despite falling in love with a married older woman. (117 mins.)
Director: Jack Clayton
 
78.
Cabaret (1972)
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A female girlie club entertainer in Weimar Republic era Berlin romances two men while the Nazi Party rises to power around them. (124 mins.)
Director: Bob Fosse
 
79.
Jean de Florette (1986)
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A greedy landowner and his backward nephew conspire to block the only water source for an adjoining property in order to bankrupt the owner and force him to sell. (120 mins.)
Director: Claude Berri
 
80.
Z (1969)
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Following the murder of a prominent leftist, an investigator tries to uncover the truth while government officials attempt to cover up their roles. (127 mins.)
Director: Costa-Gavras
 
81.
Tunes of Glory (1960)
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Major Jock Sinclair has been in this Highland regiment since he joined as a boy piper. During the Second World War... (107 mins.)
Director: Ronald Neame
 
82.
Diva (1981)
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Two tapes, two Parisian mob killers, one corrupt policeman, an opera fan, a teenage thief, and the coolest philosopher ever filmed. All these characters twist their way through an intricate and stylish French language thriller. (117 mins.)
 
83.
Raise the Red Lantern (1991)
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A young woman becomes the fourth wife of a wealthy lord, and must learn to live with the strict rules and tensions within the household. (125 mins.)
Director: Yimou Zhang
 
84.
A Night to Remember (1958)
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An account of the ill-fated maiden voyage of RMS Titanic in 1912. (123 mins.)
Director: Roy Baker
 
85.
Manon of the Spring (1986)
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A beautiful but shy shepherdess plots vengeance on the men whose greedy conspiracy to acquire her father's land caused his death years earlier. (113 mins.)
Director: Claude Berri
 
86.
The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring (2001)
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A meek Hobbit from the Shire and eight companions set out on a journey to destroy the powerful One Ring and save Middle Earth from the Dark Lord Sauron. (178 mins.)
Director: Peter Jackson