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1.
They Shoot Horses, Don't They? (1969)
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The lives of a disparate group of contestants intertwine in an inhumanely grueling dance marathon. (129 mins.)
Director: Sydney Pollack
 
2.
Rider on the Rain (1970)
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A US Army colonel in France tries to track down an escaped sex maniac. (120 mins.)
Director: René Clément
 
3.
The Devils (1971)
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In 17th-century France, Father Urbain Grandier seeks to protect the city of Loudun from the corrupt establishment of Cardinal Richelieu. Hysteria occurs within the city when he is accused of witchcraft by a sexually repressed nun. (111 mins.)
Director: Ken Russell
 
4.
Last Tango in Paris (1972)
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A young Parisian woman meets a middle-aged American businessman who demands their clandestine relationship be based only on sex. (129 mins.)
 
5.
Lady Snowblood (1973)
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A young girl is born and raised to be an instrument of revenge. (97 mins.)
Director: Toshiya Fujita
 
6.
Looking for Mr. Goodbar (1977)
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A dedicated schoolteacher spends her nights cruising bars, looking for abusive men with whom she can engage in progressively violent sexual encounters. (136 mins.)
Director: Richard Brooks
 
7.
The Blue Lagoon (1980)
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In the Victorian period, two children are shipwrecked on a tropical island in the South Pacific. With no adults to guide them, the two make a simple life together, unaware that sexual maturity will eventually intervene. (104 mins.)
Director: Randal Kleiser
 
8.
Carny (1980)
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Tired of her dull job as a waitress, Donna decides to join two carnival hustlers and see what life in their field is like. (107 mins.)
Director: Robert Kaylor
 
9.
Gloria (1980)
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When a young boy's family is killed by the mob, their tough neighbor Gloria becomes his reluctant guardian. In possession of a book that the gangsters want, the pair go on the run in New York. (123 mins.)
Director: John Cassavetes
 
10.
9 to 5 (1980)
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Three female employees of a sexist, egotistical, lying, hypocritical bigot find a way to turn the tables on him. (109 mins.)
Director: Colin Higgins
 
11.
Ordinary People (1980)
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The accidental death of the older son of an affluent family deeply strains the relationships among the bitter mother, the good-natured father, and the guilt-ridden younger son. (124 mins.)
Director: Robert Redford
 
12.
Popeye (1980)
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The adventures of the sailor man and his friends in the seaside town of Sweethaven. (114 mins.)
Director: Robert Altman
 
13.
Ms .45 (1981)
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A shy and mute seamstress goes insane after being attacked and raped twice in one day, in which she takes to the streets of New York after dark and randomly kills men with a .45 caliber gun. (80 mins.)
Director: Abel Ferrara
 
14.
Best Friends (1982)
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When a professional couple who have lived & worked together for many years finally decide to marry,... (116 mins.)
Director: Norman Jewison
 
15.
Come Back to the 5 & Dime, Jimmy Dean, Jimmy Dean (1982)
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The Disciples of James Dean meet up on the anniversary of his death and mull over their lives in the present and in flashback... (109 mins.)
Director: Robert Altman
 
16.
Sophie's Choice (1982)
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After spending time with his new neighbors, an aspiring writer realizes they are harboring deep secrets that will forever change him. (150 mins.)
Director: Alan J. Pakula
 
17.
Tempest (1982)
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A sobering mid-life crisis fuels dissatisfaction in Philip Dimitrius, to the extent where the successful... (140 mins.)
Director: Paul Mazursky
 
18.
Kiss of the Spider Woman (1985)
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Luis Molina and Valentin Arregui are cell mates in a South American prison. Luis, a trans individual... (120 mins.)
Director: Hector Babenco
 
19.
A Little Princess (1986 Mini-Series)
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Sara Crewe is the pampered darling of her father, an army captain, and the Victorian London girls' school where he places her... (163 mins.)
Director: Carol Wiseman
 
20.
Barfly (1987)
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Based on the life of successful poet Charles Bukowski and his exploits in Hollywood during the 60s, 70s, and 80s. (100 mins.)
 
21.
Ironweed (1987)
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An alcoholic drifter spends Halloween in his home town of Albany, NY after returning there for the first time in decades. (143 mins.)
Director: Hector Babenco
 
22.
Siesta (1987)
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Claire (an American) wakes up in a terrible state at the end of a runway in Spain. As she tries to account for her state (blood-soaked and bruised)... (97 mins.)
Director: Mary Lambert
 
23.
Bright Lights, Big City (1988)
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A disillusioned young writer living in New York City turns to drugs and drinking to block out the memories of his dead mother and estranged wife. (107 mins.)
Director: James Bridges
 
24.
Rain Man (1988)
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Selfish yuppie Charlie Babbitt's father left a fortune to his savant brother Raymond and a pittance to Charlie; they travel cross-country. (133 mins.)
Director: Barry Levinson
 
25.
The Fabulous Baker Boys (1989)
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The lives of two struggling musicians, who happen to be brothers, inevitably change when they team up with a beautiful, up-and-coming singer. (114 mins.)
Director: Steve Kloves
 
26.
Last Exit to Brooklyn (1989)
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Set in Brooklyn during the 1950s against a backdrop of union corruption and violence. A prostitute falls in love with one of her customers... (102 mins.)
Director: Uli Edel
 
27.
Parenthood (1989)
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The Buckmans are a midwestern family all dealing with their lives: estranged relatives, raising children, pressures of the job, and learning to be a good parent and spouse. (124 mins.)
Director: Ron Howard
 
28.
I Love You to Death (1990)
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Joey owns a pizza parlor, and is married to Rosalee, and is a major womanizer. Rosalee goes to extremes when she finds he has been cheating. (97 mins.)
Director: Lawrence Kasdan
 
29.
Howards End (1992)
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A businessman thwarts his wife's bequest of an estate to another woman. (140 mins.)
Director: James Ivory
 
30.
Arizona Dream (1993)
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An Innuit hunter races his sled home with a fresh-caught halibut. This fish pervades the entire film... (142 mins.)
Director: Emir Kusturica
 
31.
The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert (1994)
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Two drag performers and a transgender woman travel across the desert to perform their unique style of cabaret. (104 mins.)
Director: Stephan Elliott
 
32.
Ready to Wear (1994)
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A chronicle of the interconnected lives of a group of people in the lead up to Paris Fashion Week. (133 mins.)
Director: Robert Altman
 
33.
The Addiction (1995)
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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. (82 mins.)
Director: Abel Ferrara
 
34.
The Doom Generation (1995)
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Jordan White and Amy Blue, two troubled teens, pick up an adolescent drifter, Xavier Red. Together, the threesome embark on a sex and violence-filled journey through an America of psychos and quickiemarts. (83 mins.)
Director: Gregg Araki
 
35.
Georgia (1995)
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Sadie is desperately looking up to her older sister Georgia who is a famous C&W artist. Sadie wants to be a famous artist like her sister... (115 mins.)
Director: Ulu Grosbard
 
36.
Beautiful Girls (1996)
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A piano player at a crossroads in his life returns home to his friends and their own problems with life and love. (112 mins.)
Director: Ted Demme
 
37.
Girls Town (1996)
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A look at a group of girl friends coming-of-age during their senior year of high school in urban America... (90 mins.)
Director: Jim McKay
 
38.
I Shot Andy Warhol (1996)
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Based on the true story of Valerie Solanas who was a 60s radical preaching hatred toward men in her "Scum" manifesto... (103 mins.)
Director: Mary Harron
 
39.
Nowhere (1997)
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Follows a day in the lives of a group of high school kids Los Angeles and the strange lives they lead. (82 mins.)
Director: Gregg Araki
 
40.
The Wings of the Dove (1997)
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An impoverished woman who has been forced to choose between a privileged life with her wealthy aunt and her journalist lover, befriends an American heiress. When she discovers the heiress is attracted to her own lover and is dying, she sees a chance to have both the privileged life she cannot give up and the lover she cannot live without. (102 mins.)
Director: Iain Softley
 
41.
Buffalo '66 (1998)
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After being released from prison, Billy is set to visit his parents with his wife, who he does not actually have. This provokes Billy to act out, as he kidnaps a girl and forces her to act as his wife for the visit. (110 mins.)
Director: Vincent Gallo
 
42.
Happiness (1998)
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The lives of several individuals intertwine as they go about their lives in their own unique ways, engaging in acts society as a whole might find disturbing in a desperate search for human connection. (134 mins.)
Director: Todd Solondz
 
43.
American Beauty (1999)
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A sexually frustrated suburban father has a mid-life crisis after becoming infatuated with his daughter's best friend. (122 mins.)
Director: Sam Mendes
 
44.
Freeway II: Confessions of a Trickbaby (1999)
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A teenage prostitute escapes from a juvenile prison with a 16-year-old serial killer and both go on a destructive road trip to Mexico in this twist on the "Hanzel Gretel" fairy tale. (97 mins.)
Director: Matthew Bright
 
45.
Animal Factory (2000)
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A young man goes to prison and a tough, older convict takes him under his wing as a mentor. (94 mins.)
Director: Steve Buscemi
 
46.
Wonder Boys (2000)
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An English Professor tries to deal with his wife leaving him, the arrival of his editor who has been waiting for his book for seven years, and the various problems that his friends and associates involve him in. (107 mins.)
Director: Curtis Hanson
 
47.
Sideways (2004)
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Two men reaching middle age with not much to show but disappointment embark on a week-long road trip through California's wine country, just as one is about to take a trip down the aisle. (126 mins.)
Director: Alexander Payne
 
48.
The Notorious Bettie Page (2005)
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The life of Bettie Page, a 1950s pin-up model and one of the first sex icons in America, who became the target of a Senate investigation due to her risqué bondage photos. (91 mins.)
Director: Mary Harron
 
49.
Lying (2006)
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A long weekend brings four women together in the countryside. Virtual strangers, the women are forced to navigate the depths of social interaction. On the surface all seems placid. But the atmosphere of calm is a facade. (94 mins.)
Director: M. Blash
 
50.
The Brave One (2007)
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A woman struggles to recover from a brutal attack by setting out on a mission for revenge. (122 mins.)
Director: Neil Jordan
 
51.
A Single Man (2009)
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An English professor, one year after the sudden death of his boyfriend, is unable to cope with his typical days in 1960s Los Angeles. (99 mins.)
Director: Tom Ford
 
52.
Greenberg (2010)
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A man from Los Angeles, who moved to New York years ago, returns to L.A. to figure out his life while he house-sits for his brother. He soon sparks with his brother's assistant. (107 mins.)
Director: Noah Baumbach
 
53.
Hanna (2011)
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A sixteen-year-old girl who was raised by her father to be the perfect assassin is dispatched on a mission across Europe, tracked by a ruthless intelligence agent and her operatives. (111 mins.)
Director: Joe Wright
 
54.
Our Idiot Brother (2011)
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A comedy centered on an idealist who barges into the lives of his three sisters. (90 mins.)
Director: Jesse Peretz