A Primer For Movie Novices

by dyinglifelivingdeath | last updated - 21 Nov 2012 | Public

Looking for where to begin in your freshly-set-upon quest for decent-and-better films? I (hope that I) can help.

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1. The 1,000 Eyes of Dr. Mabuse (1960)

103 min | Crime, Mystery, Thriller

7.1
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During the 1960s Germany, criminal mastermind Dr. Mabuse is using hypnotized victims and the surveillance equipment of a Nazi-era bugged hotel to steal nuclear technology from a visiting American industrialist.

Director: Fritz Lang | Stars: Dawn Addams, Peter van Eyck, Gert Fröbe, Wolfgang Preiss

Votes: 2,299

2. 12 Angry Men (1957)

Not Rated | 96 min | Crime, Drama

8.9
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96 Metascore

A jury holdout attempts to prevent a miscarriage of justice by forcing his colleagues to reconsider the evidence.

Director: Sidney Lumet | Stars: Henry Fonda, Lee J. Cobb, Martin Balsam, John Fiedler

Votes: 517,410

3. Jûsan-nin no shikaku (2010)

R | 141 min | Action, Adventure, Drama

7.6
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84 Metascore

A group of assassins come together for a suicide mission to kill an evil lord.

Director: Takashi Miike | Stars: Kôji Yakusho, Takayuki Yamada, Yûsuke Iseya, Ikki Sawamura

Votes: 54,745 | Gross: $0.80M

4. 2 Into 1 (1997)

10 min | Short

6.8
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A mother and her twins talk about each other. The device of miming each others words, gives a disconcerting twist to the children's cruel honesty and their mother's unconditional adoration.

Director: Gillian Wearing | Stars: Alex Green, Hilary Greene, Lawrence Greene

Votes: 22

5. 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968)

G | 149 min | Adventure, Sci-Fi

8.3
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86 Metascore

Humanity finds a mysterious, obviously artificial object buried beneath the Lunar surface and, with the intelligent computer H.A.L. 9000, sets off on a quest.

Director: Stanley Kubrick | Stars: Keir Dullea, Gary Lockwood, William Sylvester, Daniel Richter

Votes: 480,972 | Gross: $56.95M

6. 2046 (2004)

R | 129 min | Drama, Romance, Sci-Fi

7.5
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78 Metascore

The women who enter a science fiction author's life, over the course of a few years, after the author loses the woman he considers his one true love.

Director: Kar-Wai Wong | Stars: Tony Chiu-Wai Leung, Ziyi Zhang, Faye Wong, Li Gong

Votes: 44,404 | Gross: $0.26M

7. 21 Grams (2003)

R | 124 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

7.7
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70 Metascore

A freak accident brings together a critically ill mathematician, a grieving mother, and a born-again ex-con.

Director: Alejandro González Iñárritu | Stars: Sean Penn, Benicio Del Toro, Naomi Watts, Danny Huston

Votes: 201,926 | Gross: $16.25M

8. 23rd Psalm Branch: Part I (1967)

33 min | Short, War

6.9
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An experimental film with various flashing lights, colors, and World War II footage. This is part of the Song series by Stan Brakhage.

Director: Stan Brakhage

Votes: 197

9. 23rd Psalm Branch: Part II (1978)

31 min | Short

6.4
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An experimental film by Stan Brakhage combining light, color, and various footage.

Director: Stan Brakhage

Votes: 165

10. 24 Hour Party People (2002)

R | 117 min | Biography, Comedy, Drama

7.4
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85 Metascore

In 1976, Tony Wilson sets up Factory Records and brings Manchester's music to the world.

Director: Michael Winterbottom | Stars: Steve Coogan, Lennie James, John Thomson, Paul Popplewell

Votes: 28,723 | Gross: $1.13M

11. 25th Hour (2002)

R | 135 min | Drama

7.7
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67 Metascore

Cornered by the DEA, convicted New York drug dealer Montgomery Brogan reevaluates his life in the 24 remaining hours before facing a seven-year jail term.

Director: Spike Lee | Stars: Edward Norton, Barry Pepper, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Rosario Dawson

Votes: 156,980 | Gross: $13.06M

12. 2 ou 3 choses que je sais d'elle (1967)

Not Rated | 87 min | Comedy, Drama

7.0
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A day in the life of a Parisian housewife/prostitute, interspersed with musings on the Vietnam War and other contemporary issues.

Director: Jean-Luc Godard | Stars: Marina Vlady, Anny Duperey, Roger Montsoret, Raoul Lévy

Votes: 5,231 | Gross: $0.10M

13. 3 Godfathers (1948)

Passed | 106 min | Drama, Western

7.2
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When 3 outlaws on the run find a dying woman and her newborn baby in the desert they vow to save the child.

Director: John Ford | Stars: John Wayne, Pedro Armendáriz, Harry Carey Jr., Ward Bond

Votes: 6,725

14. 3-Iron (2004)

R | 88 min | Crime, Drama, Romance

8.1
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72 Metascore

A transient young man breaks into empty homes to partake of the vacationing residents' lives for a few days.

Director: Ki-duk Kim | Stars: Seung-yeon Lee, Hee Jae, Hyuk-ho Kwon, Jeong-ho Choi

Votes: 42,049 | Gross: $0.24M

15. The 3 Penny Opera (1931)

Not Rated | 112 min | Comedy, Drama, Musical

7.5
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In London at the turn of the century, the bandit Mack the Knife marries Polly without the knowledge of her father, Peachum, the 'king of the beggars'.

Director: Georg Wilhelm Pabst | Stars: Rudolf Forster, Lotte Lenya, Carola Neher, Reinhold Schünzel

Votes: 1,625

16. 3 Women (1977)

PG | 124 min | Drama, Mystery, Thriller

7.9
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71 Metascore

Pinky is an awkward adolescent who starts work at a spa in the California desert. She becomes overly attached to fellow spa attendant, Millie when she becomes Millie's room-mate. Millie is ... See full summary »

Director: Robert Altman | Stars: Shelley Duvall, Sissy Spacek, Janice Rule, Robert Fortier

Votes: 10,835

17. 3:10 to Yuma (1957)

Not Rated | 92 min | Drama, Thriller, Western

7.6
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Broke small-time rancher Dan Evans is hired by the stagecoach line to put big-time captured outlaw leader Ben Wade on the 3:10 train to Yuma but Wade's gang tries to free him.

Director: Delmer Daves | Stars: Glenn Ford, Van Heflin, Felicia Farr, Leora Dana

Votes: 15,480

18. 35 Shots of Rum (2008)

Unrated | 100 min | Drama

7.1
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92 Metascore

The relationship between a father and daughter is complicated by the arrival of a handsome young man.

Director: Claire Denis | Stars: Alex Descas, Mati Diop, Nicole Dogué, Grégoire Colin

Votes: 3,382 | Gross: $0.18M

19. 37/78: Tree Again (1978)

3 min | Short

5.1
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At the center are takes which do not change - a tree in a field in Vermont, U.S.A. Since the film was shot over a period of fifty days, the single frame shots create a storm of pictures.

Director: Kurt Kren

Votes: 125

20. The 39 Steps (1935)

Not Rated | 86 min | Mystery, Thriller

7.8
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A man in London tries to help a counterespionage agent. But when the agent is killed and the man stands accused, he must go on the run to both save himself and also stop a spy ring which is trying to steal top secret information.

Director: Alfred Hitchcock | Stars: Robert Donat, Madeleine Carroll, Lucie Mannheim, Godfrey Tearle

Votes: 43,356

21. The 400 Blows (1959)

Not Rated | 99 min | Crime, Drama

8.1
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Moving story of a young boy who, left without attention, delves into a life of petty crime.

Director: François Truffaut | Stars: Jean-Pierre Léaud, Albert Rémy, Claire Maurier, Guy Decomble

Votes: 79,602

22. 4 Months, 3 Weeks and 2 Days (2007)

Not Rated | 113 min | Drama

7.9
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97 Metascore

A woman assists her friend in arranging an illegal abortion in 1980s Romania.

Director: Cristian Mungiu | Stars: Anamaria Marinca, Laura Vasiliu, Vlad Ivanov, Alexandru Potocean

Votes: 48,862 | Gross: $1.19M

23. The 47 Ronin (1941)

241 min | Action, Drama, History

7.6
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In 1701, Lord Takuminokami Asano has a feud with Lord Kira and he tries to kill Kira in the corridors of the Shogun's palace. The Shogun sentences Lord Asano to commit suppuku and deprives ... See full summary »

Director: Kenji Mizoguchi | Stars: Chôjûrô Kawarasaki, Yoshizaburo Arashi, Utaemon Ichikawa, Kan'emon Nakamura

Votes: 1,546

24. The 5,000 Fingers of Dr. T. (1953)

Approved | 89 min | Family, Fantasy, Music

6.9
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The bane of adolescent Bart Collins' existence is the piano lessons he is forced to take under the tutelage of Dr. Terwilliker, the only person he admits he detests because of his ... See full summary »

Director: Roy Rowland | Stars: Peter Lind Hayes, Mary Healy, Hans Conried, Tommy Rettig

Votes: 3,114

25. 7th Heaven (1927)

Not Rated | 110 min | Drama, Romance

7.8
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A street cleaner saves a young woman's life, and the pair slowly fall in love until war intervenes.

Director: Frank Borzage | Stars: Janet Gaynor, Charles Farrell, Ben Bard, Albert Gran

Votes: 2,381

26. 71 Fragmente einer Chronologie des Zufalls (1994)

Not Rated | 100 min | Drama

7.3
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71 Metascore

71 scenes revolving around a recent immigrant, a couple that has just adopted a daughter, a college student and a lonely old man.

Director: Michael Haneke | Stars: Gabriel Cosmin Urdes, Lukas Miko, Otto Grünmandl, Anne Bennent

Votes: 5,150

27. (1963)

Not Rated | 138 min | Drama

8.1
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A harried movie director retreats into his memories and fantasies.

Director: Federico Fellini | Stars: Marcello Mastroianni, Anouk Aimée, Claudia Cardinale, Sandra Milo

Votes: 87,913 | Gross: $0.05M

28. Aaja Nachle (2007)

137 min | Drama, Family, Music

6.4
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Dia's dance teacher is dying. She returns to the town where she learnt to live and dance and most importantly to save the endangered Ajanta theatre.

Director: Anil Mehta | Stars: Madhuri Dixit, Darshan Jariwala, Raghuvir Yadav, Divya Dutta

Votes: 2,397 | Gross: $0.47M

29. Vale Abraão (1993)

187 min | Drama

7.5
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Ema is a very attractive but innocent girl, so pretty that cars crash in her presence. Young marries Dr. Carlo Paiva, who she is not attracted to, but is her father's friend. They move to ... See full summary »

Director: Manoel de Oliveira | Stars: Leonor Silveira, Cécile Sanz de Alba, Luís Miguel Cintra, Ruy de Carvalho

Votes: 1,027

30. Abschied (1930)

80 min | Comedy, Drama

6.8
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Peter Winkler's new job offer is about to take him away from his lover Hella, but he has been keeping it a secret from her. Mutual lack of trust and vicious gossip threatens their relationship as they plan to make their farewells.

Director: Robert Siodmak | Stars: Brigitte Horney, Aribert Mog, Emilia Unda, Konstantin Mic

Votes: 76

31. Accattone (1961)

Not Rated | 117 min | Drama

7.8
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A pimp with no other means to provide for himself finds his life spiraling out of control when his prostitute is sent to prison.

Director: Pier Paolo Pasolini | Stars: Franco Citti, Franca Pasut, Silvana Corsini, Paola Guidi

Votes: 5,914

32. The Accidental Tourist (1988)

PG | 121 min | Drama, Romance

6.8
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53 Metascore

An emotionally distant writer of travel guides must carry on with his life after his son is killed and his marriage crumbles.

Director: Lawrence Kasdan | Stars: William Hurt, Kathleen Turner, Geena Davis, Amy Wright

Votes: 13,133 | Gross: $32.63M

33. Ace in the Hole (1951)

Not Rated | 111 min | Drama, Film-Noir

8.2
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72 Metascore

A frustrated former big-city journalist now stuck working for an Albuquerque newspaper exploits a story about a man trapped in a cave to re-jump start his career, but the situation quickly escalates into an out-of-control circus.

Director: Billy Wilder | Stars: Kirk Douglas, Jan Sterling, Robert Arthur, Porter Hall

Votes: 21,771 | Gross: $3.97M

34. Acrobatic Sisters Dainef (1903)

Documentary, Short

6.1
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The most remarkable female acrobatic act on earth. These wonderful performers do some of the most difficult and dangerous acrobatic feats that it is possible to imagine, and all of their tricks are entirely new.

Votes: 33

35. The Act of Seeing with One's Own Eyes (1971)

32 min | Documentary, Short, Horror

7.2
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At a morgue, forensic pathologists conduct autopsies of the corpses assigned.

Director: Stan Brakhage

Votes: 1,189

36. Acts of the Apostles (1969– )

340 min | History

8.4
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Stars: Bradai, Edoardo Torricella, Jacques Dumur, Mohamed Kouka

Votes: 45

37. Adam's Rib (1949)

Passed | 101 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

7.6
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Domestic and professional tensions mount when a husband and wife work as opposing lawyers in a case involving a woman who shot her husband.

Director: George Cukor | Stars: Spencer Tracy, Katharine Hepburn, Judy Holliday, Tom Ewell

Votes: 16,836

38. The Addiction (1995)

Unrated | 82 min | Horror

6.4
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A New York philosophy grad student turns into a vampire after getting bitten by one, and then tries to come to terms with her new lifestyle and frequent craving for human blood.

Director: Abel Ferrara | Stars: Lili Taylor, Christopher Walken, Annabella Sciorra, Edie Falco

Votes: 7,156 | Gross: $0.30M

39. Adebar (1957)

2 min | Short

4.9
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An early experimental short film produced by Peter Kubelka.

Director: Peter Kubelka

Votes: 540

40. Adieu Philippine (1962)

106 min | Drama

7.2
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Michel is a young technician in the fledgling TV industry and is due for military service in two months at the time of the Algerian War. Juliette and Liliane are inseparable best friends, ... See full summary »

Director: Jacques Rozier | Stars: Jean-Claude Aimini, Daniel Descamps, Stefania Sabatini, Yveline Céry

Votes: 492

41. The Adopted Son (1998)

81 min | Drama

7.2
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In a Kyrgyz village, five older women adopt an infant foundling. Jump ahead about 12 years: the boy, Beshkempir, is entering puberty, the age, his granny says, when life goes berserk. He ... See full summary »

Director: Aktan Arym Kubat | Stars: Mirlan Abdykalykov, Adir Abilkassimov, Mirlan Cinkozoev, Bakit Dzhylkychiev

Votes: 478

42. The Adventures of Buckaroo Banzai Across the 8th Dimension (1984)

PG | 103 min | Adventure, Comedy, Romance

6.4
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70 Metascore

Adventurer, brain surgeon, rock musician Buckaroo Banzai and his crime-fighting team, the Hong Kong Cavaliers, must stop evil alien invaders from the eighth dimension who are planning to conquer Earth.

Director: W.D. Richter | Stars: Peter Weller, John Lithgow, Ellen Barkin, Jeff Goldblum

Votes: 19,378 | Gross: $6.25M

43. Die Abenteuer des Prinzen Achmed (1926)

Not Rated | 81 min | Animation, Adventure, Fantasy

7.9
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A handsome prince rides a flying horse to far-away lands and embarks on magical adventures, which include befriending a witch, meeting Aladdin, battling demons and falling in love with a princess.

Directors: Lotte Reiniger, Carl Koch

Votes: 4,120

44. The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert (1994)

R | 104 min | Comedy, Music

7.5
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68 Metascore

Two drag performers and a transgender woman travel across the desert to perform their unique style of cabaret.

Director: Stephan Elliott | Stars: Hugo Weaving, Guy Pearce, Terence Stamp, Rebel Penfold-Russell

Votes: 39,925 | Gross: $11.22M

45. The Adventures of Robin Hood (1938)

PG | 102 min | Action, Adventure, Romance

8.0
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97 Metascore

When Prince John and the Norman Lords begin oppressing the Saxon masses in King Richard's absence, a Saxon lord fights back as the outlaw leader of a rebel guerrilla army.

Directors: Michael Curtiz, William Keighley | Stars: Errol Flynn, Olivia de Havilland, Basil Rathbone, Claude Rains

Votes: 41,219 | Gross: $3.98M

46. Pratidwandi (1970)

110 min | Drama

8.2
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A young college graduate is struggling to find a job. He lives in a flat with his younger, employed sister, revolutionary brother and widowed mother. The strain of the situation ultimately causes him to hallucinate.

Director: Satyajit Ray | Stars: Dhritiman Chatterjee, Asgar Ali, Arabinda Banerjee, Soumitra Banerjee

Votes: 1,084

47. Advise & Consent (1962)

Not Rated | 139 min | Drama, Thriller

7.8
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Senate investigation into the President's newly nominated Secretary of State, gives light to a secret from the past, which may not only ruin the candidate, but the President's character as well.

Director: Otto Preminger | Stars: Franchot Tone, Lew Ayres, Henry Fonda, Walter Pidgeon

Votes: 5,244

48. Aerial (1974)

4 min | Short

6.1
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Director: Margaret Tait

Votes: 32

49. Afraid of the Dark (1991)

R | 91 min | Drama, Fantasy, Horror

5.9
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A little boy, obsessed with blindness and violence, slowly gets trapped in his own delusions.

Director: Mark Peploe | Stars: James Fox, Fanny Ardant, Paul McGann, Clare Holman

Votes: 950

50. After Dark, My Sweet (1990)

R | 114 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

6.6
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78 Metascore

An ex-boxer is drifting around after escaping from the mental hospital. He meets a widow who convinces him to help fix up the neglected estate her ex-husband left. Her Uncle talks them both... See full summary »

Director: James Foley | Stars: Jason Patric, Rachel Ward, Bruce Dern, Rocky Giordani

Votes: 2,724 | Gross: $2.68M

51. The African Queen (1951)

PG | 105 min | Adventure, Drama, Romance

7.9
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In Africa during World War I, a gin-swilling riverboat captain is persuaded by a strait-laced missionary to use his boat to attack an enemy warship.

Director: John Huston | Stars: Humphrey Bogart, Katharine Hepburn, Robert Morley, Peter Bull

Votes: 62,356 | Gross: $0.54M

52. Afrique 50 (1950)

17 min | Documentary, Short

7.1
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Documentary about the living conditions in a small Ivorian village during French colonization.

Director: René Vautier | Star: René Vautier

Votes: 181

53. After Hours (1985)

R | 97 min | Comedy, Crime, Drama

7.7
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90 Metascore

An ordinary word processor has the worst night of his life after he agrees to visit a girl in Soho whom he met that evening at a coffee shop.

Director: Martin Scorsese | Stars: Griffin Dunne, Rosanna Arquette, Verna Bloom, Tommy Chong

Votes: 44,710 | Gross: $10.60M

54. After Life (1998)

118 min | Drama, Fantasy

7.8
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91 Metascore

After death, people have just one week to choose only a memory to keep for eternity.

Director: Hirokazu Kore-eda | Stars: Arata Iura, Erika Oda, Susumu Terajima, Takashi Naitô

Votes: 7,764 | Gross: $0.80M

55. Afterschool (2008)

Not Rated | 120 min | Drama, Mystery

6.1
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66 Metascore

An Internet-addicted prep-school student captures on video camera the drug overdose of two girls.

Director: Antonio Campos | Stars: Ezra Miller, Jeremy Allen White, Emory Cohen, Michael Stuhlbarg

Votes: 3,721 | Gross: $0.00M

56. 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: 27,833 | Gross: $0.41M

57. Age of Consent (1969)

R | 98 min | Biography, Comedy, Drama

6.5
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An elderly artist thinks he has become too stale and is past his prime. His friend (and agent) persuades him to go to an off-shore island to try once more. On the island he rediscovers his ... See full summary »

Director: Michael Powell | Stars: James Mason, Helen Mirren, Jack MacGowran, Neva Carr-Glynn

Votes: 1,953

58. The Age of Innocence (1993)

PG | 139 min | Drama, Romance

7.2
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83 Metascore

A tale of nineteenth-century New York high society in which a young lawyer falls in love with a woman separated from her husband, while he is engaged to the woman's cousin.

Director: Martin Scorsese | Stars: Daniel Day-Lewis, Michelle Pfeiffer, Winona Ryder, Linda Faye Farkas

Votes: 39,603 | Gross: $32.20M

59. The Age of the Earth (1980)

140 min

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The day that Pier Paolo Pasolini was killed, Glauber Rocha decided to make this film about the life of Christ in the Third World. Starting from a dialectical synthesis between capitalism ... See full summary »

Director: Glauber Rocha | Stars: Maurício do Valle, Jece Valadão, Antonio Pitanga, Tarcísio Meira

Votes: 332

60. The Age of the Medici (1972– )

255 min | Biography, History

7.4
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This is a lengthy exposition of the social and political history of renaissance Florentine history, told through dramatised conversations between the main participants, particularly Cosimo ... See full synopsis »

Stars: Marcello Di Falco, Virgilio Gazzolo, Adriano Amidei Migliano, Michel Bardinet

Votes: 203

61. Aguaespejo granadino (1955)

21 min | Documentary, Short

7.2
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As stated in the film, Jose Val del Omar presents a brief audiovisual essay of lyrical plastic art.

Director: José Val del Omar

Votes: 189

62. Aguirre, the Wrath of God (1972)

Not Rated | 95 min | Adventure, Biography, Drama

8.0
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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.

Director: Werner Herzog | Stars: Klaus Kinski, Ruy Guerra, Helena Rojo, Del Negro

Votes: 42,472

63. Ahlam Hind we Kamilia (1989)

109 min | Drama

7.1
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Follows the story of two lower-middle class women trying to survive with their dreams in 1980's Egypt.

Director: Mohamed Khan | Stars: Najla Fathi, Ahmad Zaki, Ayda Reyad, Zeinab Abdo

Votes: 220

64. A.I. Artificial Intelligence (2001)

PG-13 | 146 min | Adventure, Drama, Sci-Fi

7.1
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65 Metascore

A highly advanced robotic boy longs to become "real" so that he can regain the love of his human mother.

Director: Steven Spielberg | Stars: Haley Joel Osment, Jude Law, Frances O'Connor, Sam Robards

Votes: 258,361 | Gross: $78.62M

65. Airplane! (1980)

PG | 88 min | Comedy

7.8
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78 Metascore

A man afraid to fly must ensure that a plane lands safely after the pilots become sick.

Directors: Jim Abrahams, David Zucker, Jerry Zucker | Stars: Robert Hays, Julie Hagerty, Leslie Nielsen, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar

Votes: 175,905 | Gross: $83.40M

66. Äiti ja Anna (1972 TV Movie)

Drama

6.2
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Director: Anja Hiltunen | Stars: Ritva Oksanen, Johanna Lahtela, Mauno Blomqvist, Raiku Kemppi

Votes: 6

67. Al Dhakira al Khasba (1980)

Not Rated | 99 min

7.0
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The first full length film to be shot within the disputed Palestinian West Bank "Green Line," FERTILE MEMORY is the feature debut of Michel Khleifi, acclaimed director of the Cannes Film ... See full summary »

Director: Michel Khleifi | Stars: Farah Hatoum, Sahar Khalifeh

Votes: 23

68. Alexander Nevsky (1938)

Not Rated | 112 min | Action, Biography, Drama

7.7
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The story of how a great Russian prince led a ragtag army to battle an invading force of Teutonic Knights.

Directors: Sergei M. Eisenstein, Dmitriy Vasilev | Stars: Nikolay Cherkasov, Nikolai Okhlopkov, Andrei Abrikosov, Dmitriy Orlov

Votes: 8,870

69. Neco z Alenky (1988)

Not Rated | 86 min | Animation, Adventure, Fantasy

7.5
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A surrealistic revision of Alice in Wonderland.

Director: Jan Svankmajer | Stars: Kristýna Kohoutová, Camilla Power

Votes: 9,348

70. Alice Adams (1935)

Approved | 99 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

7.0
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The misadventures of two social-climbing women in small town America.

Director: George Stevens | Stars: Katharine Hepburn, Fred MacMurray, Fred Stone, Evelyn Venable

Votes: 3,070

71. Alice Doesn't Live Here Anymore (1974)

PG | 112 min | Drama, Romance

7.4
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A recently widowed woman is on the road with her precocious young son, determined to make a new life for herself as a singer.

Director: Martin Scorsese | Stars: Ellen Burstyn, Kris Kristofferson, Mia Bendixsen, Alfred Lutter III

Votes: 17,075 | Gross: $17.60M

72. Alice in the Cities (1974)

Not Rated | 110 min | Drama

8.0
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A German journalist is saddled with a nine-year-old girl after encountering her mother at a New York airport.

Director: Wim Wenders | Stars: Yella Rottländer, Rüdiger Vogler, Lisa Kreuzer, Edda Köchl

Votes: 7,291

73. Alien (1979)

R | 117 min | Horror, Sci-Fi

8.5
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83 Metascore

After a space merchant vessel perceives an unknown transmission as a distress call, its landing on the source moon finds one of the crew attacked by a mysterious lifeform, and they soon realize that its life cycle has merely begun.

Director: Ridley Scott | Stars: Sigourney Weaver, Tom Skerritt, John Hurt, Veronica Cartwright

Votes: 642,115 | Gross: $78.90M

74. Aliens (1986)

R | 137 min | Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi

8.4
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86 Metascore

57 years later, Ellen Ripley is rescued by a deep salvage team during her hypersleep. The moon from the original movie has been colonized, but contact is lost. This time, colonial marines have impressive firepower, but will that be enough?

Director: James Cameron | Stars: Sigourney Weaver, Michael Biehn, Carrie Henn, Paul Reiser

Votes: 546,683 | Gross: $85.16M

Director's cut preferred.

75. Ali: Fear Eats the Soul (1974)

Not Rated | 94 min | Drama, Romance

8.1
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An almost accidental romance is kindled between a German woman in her mid-sixties and a Moroccan migrant worker around twenty-five years younger. They abruptly decide to marry, appalling everyone around them.

Director: Rainer Werner Fassbinder | Stars: Brigitte Mira, El Hedi ben Salem, Barbara Valentin, Irm Hermann

Votes: 14,427

76. All About Eve (1950)

Not Rated | 138 min | Drama

8.3
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An ingenue insinuates herself into the company of an established but aging stage actress and her circle of theater friends.

Director: Joseph L. Mankiewicz | Stars: Bette Davis, Anne Baxter, George Sanders, Celeste Holm

Votes: 93,548 | Gross: $0.01M

77. All About My Mother (1999)

R | 101 min | Drama

7.9
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87 Metascore

Young Esteban wants to become a writer and also to discover the identity of his father, carefully concealed by his mother Manuela.

Director: Pedro Almodóvar | Stars: Cecilia Roth, Marisa Paredes, Candela Peña, Antonia San Juan

Votes: 75,486 | Gross: $8.26M

78. All My Life (1966)

3 min | Short, Music

5.4
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A 3 minute pan to the left.

Director: Bruce Baillie | Star: Ella Fitzgerald

Votes: 506

79. All That Heaven Allows (1955)

Not Rated | 89 min | Drama, Romance

7.7
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An upper-class widow falls in love with a much younger, down-to-earth nurseryman, much to the disapproval of her children and criticism of her country club peers.

Director: Douglas Sirk | Stars: Jane Wyman, Rock Hudson, Agnes Moorehead, Conrad Nagel

Votes: 10,406

80. All That Jazz (1979)

R | 123 min | Comedy, Drama, Music

7.8
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Director/choreographer Bob Fosse tells his own life story as he details the sordid life of Joe Gideon, a womanizing, drug-using dancer.

Director: Bob Fosse | Stars: Roy Scheider, Jessica Lange, Leland Palmer, Ann Reinking

Votes: 21,579 | Gross: $37.82M

81. All the President's Men (1976)

PG | 138 min | Biography, Drama, History

8.0
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80 Metascore

"The Washington Post" reporters Bob Woodward and Carl Bernstein uncover the details of the Watergate scandal that leads to President Richard Nixon's resignation.

Director: Alan J. Pakula | Stars: Dustin Hoffman, Robert Redford, Jack Warden, Martin Balsam

Votes: 82,484 | Gross: $70.60M

82. All This, and Heaven Too (1940)

Approved | 141 min | Drama, Romance

7.6
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A duchess' irrational behavior toward the governess of her children triggers tragic events that will change her family's lives forever.

Director: Anatole Litvak | Stars: Bette Davis, Charles Boyer, Jeffrey Lynn, Barbara O'Neil

Votes: 3,525

83. All Through the Night (1942)

Approved | 107 min | Action, Comedy, Crime

7.1
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Runyonesque Broadway gamblers turn patriotic when they stumble onto a cell of Nazi saboteurs.

Director: Vincent Sherman | Stars: Humphrey Bogart, Conrad Veidt, Kaaren Verne, Jane Darwell

Votes: 2,960

84. Allures (1961)

8 min | Short

7.0
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An experimental short film by Jordan Belson which combines various colors and shapes.

Director: Jordan Belson

Votes: 286

85. All Watched Over by Machines of Loving Grace (2011– )

60 min | Documentary

8.4
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A series of films about how humans have been colonized by the machines we have built. Although we don't realize it, the way we see everything in the world today is through the eyes of the computers.

Stars: Adam Curtis, Stewart Brand, Peder Anker, Tord Björk

Votes: 1,216

86. Almost Famous (2000)

R | 122 min | Adventure, Comedy, Drama

7.9
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90 Metascore

A high-school boy is given the chance to write a story for Rolling Stone Magazine about an up-and-coming rock band as he accompanies them on their concert tour.

Director: Cameron Crowe | Stars: Billy Crudup, Patrick Fugit, Kate Hudson, Frances McDormand

Votes: 221,826 | Gross: $32.53M

87. Alphaville (1965)

Not Rated | 99 min | Drama, Mystery, Sci-Fi

7.2
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A U.S. secret agent is sent to the distant space city of Alphaville where he must find a missing person and free the city from its tyrannical ruler.

Director: Jean-Luc Godard | Stars: Eddie Constantine, Anna Karina, Akim Tamiroff, Valérie Boisgel

Votes: 18,507 | Gross: $0.05M

88. Amanece, que no es poco (1989)

110 min | Comedy

7.6
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A village and the crazy situations encountered by its citizens.

Director: José Luis Cuerda | Stars: José Sazatornil, Carmen de Lirio, Francisco Martínez, Ovidi Montllor

Votes: 2,293

89. Amar Akbar Anthony (1977)

184 min | Action, Comedy, Drama

7.6
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Three brothers are separated and united after many years - one is brought up a Hindu, another a Muslim and the last (and most memorable) a Christian. Hilarity and adventure ensues.

Director: Manmohan Desai | Stars: Vinod Khanna, Rishi Kapoor, Amitabh Bachchan, Neetu Singh

Votes: 4,859

90. Amarcord (1973)

R | 123 min | Comedy, Drama

8.0
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A series of comedic and nostalgic vignettes set in a 1930s Italian coastal town.

Director: Federico Fellini | Stars: Magali Noël, Bruno Zanin, Pupella Maggio, Armando Brancia

Votes: 32,459

91. Amadeus (1984)

R | 160 min | Biography, Drama, History

8.3
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93 Metascore

The incredible story of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, told by his peer and secret rival Antonio Salieri - now confined to an insane asylum.

Director: Milos Forman | Stars: F. Murray Abraham, Tom Hulce, Elizabeth Berridge, Roy Dotrice

Votes: 302,734 | Gross: $51.97M

92. Amélie (2001)

R | 122 min | Comedy, Romance

8.3
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69 Metascore

Amélie is an innocent and naive girl in Paris with her own sense of justice. She decides to help those around her and, along the way, discovers love.

Director: Jean-Pierre Jeunet | Stars: Audrey Tautou, Mathieu Kassovitz, Rufus, Lorella Cravotta

Votes: 594,057 | Gross: $33.23M

93. America America (1963)

Not Rated | 174 min | Drama

7.9
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A young Anatolian Greek, entrusted with his family's fortune, loses it en route to Istanbul and dreams of going to the United States.

Director: Elia Kazan | Stars: Stathis Giallelis, Frank Wolff, Elena Karam, Harry Davis

Votes: 3,905

94. American Beauty (1999)

R | 122 min | Drama, Romance

8.4
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86 Metascore

A sexually frustrated suburban father has a mid-life crisis after becoming infatuated with his daughter's best friend.

Director: Sam Mendes | Stars: Kevin Spacey, Annette Bening, Thora Birch, Wes Bentley

Votes: 910,184 | Gross: $130.10M

95. The American Friend (1977)

Not Rated | 125 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

7.4
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Tom Ripley, who deals in forged art, suggests a picture framer he knows would make a good hit man.

Director: Wim Wenders | Stars: Dennis Hopper, Bruno Ganz, Lisa Kreuzer, Gérard Blain

Votes: 10,237

96. An American in Paris (1951)

Passed | 114 min | Drama, Musical, Romance

7.2
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Three friends struggle to find work in Paris. Things become more complicated when two of them fall in love with the same woman.

Director: Vincente Minnelli | Stars: Gene Kelly, Leslie Caron, Oscar Levant, Georges Guétary

Votes: 24,671 | Gross: $4.50M

97. The Americanization of Emily (1964)

Approved | 115 min | Comedy, Drama, War

7.4
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An American naval officer's talent for living the good life in wartime is challenged when he falls in love and is sent on a dangerous mission.

Director: Arthur Hiller | Stars: James Garner, Julie Andrews, Melvyn Douglas, James Coburn

Votes: 3,983

98. American Madness (1932)

Passed | 75 min | Drama

7.5
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Socially-conscious banker Thomas Dickson faces a crisis when his protégé is wrongly accused for robbing the bank, gossip of the robbery starts a bank run, and evidence suggests Dickson's wife had an affair...all in the same day.

Directors: Frank Capra, Allan Dwan, Roy William Neill | Stars: Walter Huston, Pat O'Brien, Kay Johnson, Constance Cummings

Votes: 1,523

99. American Movie (1999)

R | 107 min | Documentary, Comedy

7.9
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84 Metascore

Documentary about an aspiring filmmaker's attempts to finance his dream project by finally completing the low-budget horror film he abandoned years before.

Director: Chris Smith | Stars: Mark Borchardt, Mike Schank, Tom Schimmels, Monica Borchardt

Votes: 14,621 | Gross: $1.16M

100. Amor (2002)

10 min | Short, Drama

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Directors: Alfonso García, Alberto Murcia | Stars: María Bazán, Juan Manuel Mascareque, Alfonso García, Alberto Murcia