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1.
Naked Lunch (1991)
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After developing an addiction to the substance he uses to kill bugs, an exterminator accidentally kills his wife, and becomes involved in a secret government plot being orchestrated by giant bugs in a port town in North Africa. (115 mins.)
 
2.
Ai Weiwei: Never Sorry (2012 Documentary)
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A documentary that chronicles artist and activist Ai Weiwei as he prepares for a series of exhibitions and gets into an increasing number of clashes with the Chinese government. (91 mins.)
Director: Alison Klayman
 
3.
Gonzo: The Life and Work of Dr. Hunter S. Thompson (2008 Documentary)
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A portrait of the late gonzo journalist Hunter S. Thompson. (120 mins.)
Director: Alex Gibney
 
4.
Andrei Rublev (1966)
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The life, times and afflictions of the fifteenth-century Russian iconographer. (205 mins.)
 
5.
The Hamster Factor and Other Tales of Twelve Monkeys (1996 Documentary)
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A documentary following Terry Gilliam through the creation of "12 Monkeys" (1995) (88 mins.)
 
6.
(1963)
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A harried movie director retreats into his memories and fantasies. (138 mins.)
 
7.
Slacker (1991)
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A day in the life of Austin, Texas as the camera roams from place to place and provides a brief look at the overeducated, the social misfits, the outcasts and the oddballs. (97 mins.)
 
8.
The Five Obstructions (2003 Documentary)
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About a filmmaker not only revisiting, but also recreating (not in a conventional sense) one of his first films, The Perfect Human / Det perfekte menneske (1967) (90 mins.)
 
9.
Z Channel: A Magnificent Obsession (2004 Documentary)
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A documentary on the Z Channel, one of the first pay cable stations in the US, and its programming chief... (120 mins.)
Director: Xan Cassavetes
 
10.
Stories We Tell (2012 Documentary)
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A film that excavates layers of myth and memory to find the elusive truth at the core of a family of storytellers. (108 mins.)
Director: Sarah Polley
 
11.
Easy Riders, Raging Bulls: How the Sex, Drugs and Rock 'N' Roll Generation Saved Hollywood (2003 Documentary)
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A look at 1970s Hollywood when it was known as New Hollywood, and the director was the star of the movie. (119 mins.)
Director: Kenneth Bowser
 
12.
Once (2007)
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A modern-day musical about a busker and an immigrant and their eventful week in Dublin, as they write, rehearse and record songs that tell their love story. (85 mins.)
Director: John Carney
 
13.
The Great Beauty (2013)
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Jep Gambardella has seduced his way through the lavish nightlife of Rome for decades, but after his 65th birthday and a shock from the past, Jep looks past the nightclubs and parties to find a timeless landscape of absurd, exquisite beauty. (141 mins.)
 
14.
Opening Night (1977)
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An actress suffers an emotional uproar in her personal life after a fan dies trying to see her. (144 mins.)
Director: John Cassavetes
 
15.
A Personal Journey with Martin Scorsese Through American Movies (1995 Documentary)
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Martin Scorsese describes his initial and growing obsession with films from the 1940s and 50s as the art form developed and grew with clips from classics and cult classics. (225 mins.)
 
16.
School of Rock (2003)
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After being kicked out of a rock band, Dewey Finn becomes a substitute teacher of a strict elementary private school, only to try and turn it into a rock band. (108 mins.)
 
17.
The Pervert's Guide to Ideology (2012 Documentary)
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Philosopher Slavoj Zizek examines the hidden themes and existential questions asked by world renowned films. (136 mins.)
Director: Sophie Fiennes
 
18.
The Pervert's Guide to Cinema (2006 Documentary)
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Slavoj Zizek examines famous films in a philosophical and a psychoanalytic context. (150 mins.)
Director: Sophie Fiennes
 
19.
The Best Offer (2013)
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In the world of high-end art auctions and antiques, Virgil Oldman is an elderly and esteemed but eccentric genius art-expert... (131 mins.)
 
20.
The Institute (2013 Documentary)
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A documentary on the Jejune Institute, a mind-bending San Francisco phenomenon where 10,000 people became "inducted" without ever quite realizing what they'd signed up for. (92 mins.)
Director: Spencer McCall
 
21.
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
 
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Burden of Dreams (1982 Documentary)
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A documentary on the chaotic production of Werner Herzog's epic Fitzcarraldo, showing how the film... (95 mins.)
Director: Les Blank
 
23.
Jiro Dreams of Sushi (2011 Documentary)
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A documentary on 85-year-old sushi master Jiro Ono, his renowned Tokyo restaurant, and his relationship with his son and eventual heir, Yoshikazu. (81 mins.)
Director: David Gelb
 
24.
The Draughtsman's Contract (1982)
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A young artist is commissioned by the wife of a wealthy landowner to make a series of drawings of the estate while her husband is away. (108 mins.)
Director: Peter Greenaway
 
25.
Marley (2012 Documentary)
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A documentary on the life, music, and legacy of Bob Marley. (144 mins.)
Director: Kevin Macdonald
 
26.
Dreams (1990)
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A collection of tales based upon the actual dreams of director Akira Kurosawa. (119 mins.)
Director: Akira Kurosawa
 
27.
All About Eve (1950)
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An ingenue insinuates herself into the company of an established but aging stage actress and her circle of theater friends. (138 mins.)
 
28.
In a World... (2013)
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An underachieving voice coach finds herself competing in the movie trailer voice-over profession against her arrogant father and his protégé. (93 mins.)
Director: Lake Bell
 
29.
The Broken Circle Breakdown (2012)
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Elise and Didier fall in love at first sight, in spite of their differences. He talks, she listens. He's a romantic atheist, she's a religious realist. When their daughter becomes seriously ill, their love is put on trial. (111 mins.)
 
30.
Twenty Feet from Stardom (2013 Documentary)
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Backup singers live in a world that lies just beyond the spotlight. Their voices bring harmony to the biggest bands in popular music, but we've had no idea who these singers are or what lives they lead, until now. (91 mins.)
Director: Morgan Neville
 
31.
Inside Llewyn Davis (2013)
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A week in the life of a young singer as he navigates the Greenwich Village folk scene of 1961. (104 mins.)
 
32.
And the Ship Sails On (1983)
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In 1914, a luxury ship leaves Italy in order to scatter the ashes of a famous opera singer. A lovable bumbling journalist chronicles the voyage and meets the singer's many eccentric friends and admirers. (132 mins.)
 
33.
La Vie de Bohème (1992)
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Three struggling artists try to make passable livings in Paris despite knock backs and tragedies. (103 mins.)
Director: Aki Kaurismäki
 
34.
Roma (1972)
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A fluid, unconnected and sometimes chaotic procession of scenes detailing the various people and events of life in Italy's capital. (120 mins.)
 
35.
The Day of the Locust (1975)
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An art director in the 1930s falls in love and attempts to make a young woman an actress despite Hollywood who wants nothing to do with her because of her problems with an estranged man and her alcoholic father. (144 mins.)
 
36.
Only Lovers Left Alive (2013)
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A depressed musician reunites with his lover. Though their romance, which has already endured several centuries, is disrupted by the arrival of her uncontrollable younger sister. (123 mins.)
Director: Jim Jarmusch
 
37.
These Amazing Shadows (2011 Documentary)
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Tells the history and importance of The National Film Registry, a roll call of American cinema treasures that reflects the diversity of film, and indeed the American experience itself. (88 mins.)
 
38.
Venus in Fur (2013)
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An actress attempts to convince a director how she's perfect for a role in his upcoming production. (96 mins.)
Director: Roman Polanski
 
39.
Day for Night (1973)
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A committed film director struggles to complete his movie while coping with a myriad of crises, personal and professional, among the cast and crew. (115 mins.)
 
40.
Berberian Sound Studio (2012)
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A sound engineer's work for an Italian horror studio becomes a terrifying case of life imitating art. (92 mins.)
 
41.
Jodorowsky's Dune (2013 Documentary)
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The story of cult film director Alejandro Jodorowsky's ambitious but ultimately doomed film adaptation of the seminal science fiction novel. (90 mins.)
Director: Frank Pavich
 
42.
The Congress (2013)
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An aging, out-of-work actress accepts one last job, though the consequences of her decision affect her in ways she didn't consider. (122 mins.)
Director: Ari Folman
 
43.
Tim's Vermeer (2013 Documentary)
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Inventor Tim Jenison seeks to understand the painting techniques used by Dutch Master Johannes Vermeer. (80 mins.)
Director: Teller
 
44.
Life Itself (2014 Documentary)
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The life and career of the renowned film critic and social commentator, Roger Ebert. (120 mins.)
Director: Steve James
 
45.
Stanley Kubrick in Focus (2012 Short Film)
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(29 mins.)
 
46.
Get on Up (2014)
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A chronicle of James Brown's rise from extreme poverty to become one of the most influential musicians in history. (139 mins.)
Director: Tate Taylor
 
47.
Andre Gregory: Before and After Dinner (2013 Documentary)
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An exploration of the life and work of the groundbreaking director, actor, artist, and raconteur. (108 mins.)
Director: Cindy Kleine
 
48.
Frank (2014)
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Jon, a young wanna-be musician, discovers he's bitten off more than he can chew when he joins an eccentric pop band led by the mysterious and enigmatic Frank. (95 mins.)
 
49.
Frank (2014)
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Jon, a young wanna-be musician, discovers he's bitten off more than he can chew when he joins an eccentric pop band led by the mysterious and enigmatic Frank. (95 mins.)
 
50.
Begin Again (2013)
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A chance encounter between a disgraced music-business executive and a young singer-songwriter, new to Manhattan, turns into a promising collaboration between the two talents. (104 mins.)
Director: John Carney
 
51.
The Wind Rises (2013)
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A look at the life of Jiro Horikoshi, the man who designed Japanese fighter planes during World War II. (126 mins.)
Director: Hayao Miyazaki
 
52.
All About My Mother (1999)
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Young Esteban wants to become a writer and also to discover the identity of his father, carefully concealed by his mother Manuela. (101 mins.)
 
53.
Maps to the Stars (2014)
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A tour into the heart of a Hollywood family chasing celebrity, one another and the relentless ghosts of their pasts. (111 mins.)
 
54.
All That Jazz (1979)
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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. (123 mins.)
Director: Bob Fosse
 
55.
20,000 Days on Earth (2014 Documentary)
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Writer and musician Nick Cave marks his 20,000th day on the planet Earth. (97 mins.)
 
56.
Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance) (2014)
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A washed-up Hollywood actor, who once played a famous superhero, attempts to revive his career by writing and starring in a Broadway play. (119 mins.)
 
57.
Chef (2014)
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A head chef quits his restaurant job and buys a food truck in an effort to reclaim his creative promise, while piecing back together his estranged family. (114 mins.)
Director: Jon Favreau
 
58.
Cinéma, de notre temps (1988 TV Series)
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A documentary made prior to the death of filmmaker Andrei Arsenevitch (Tarkovsky) and showing him working on his final film...
 
59.
Fellini: I'm a Born Liar (2002 Documentary)
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A look at Fellini's creative process. In extensive interviews, Fellini talks a bit about his background... (105 mins.)
 
60.
Finding Vivian Maier (2013 Documentary)
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A documentary on the late Vivian Maier, a nanny whose previously unknown cache of 100,000 photographs earned her a posthumous reputation as one of the most accomplished street photographers. (83 mins.)
 
61.
Liv & Ingmar (2012 Documentary)
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The 42 year long relationship between legendary actress Liv Ullmann and master filmmaker Ingmar Bergman. (89 mins.)
Director: Dheeraj Akolkar
 
62.
Whiplash (2014)
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A promising young drummer enrolls at a cut-throat music conservatory where his dreams of greatness are mentored by an instructor who will stop at nothing to realize a student's potential. (107 mins.)
Director: Damien Chazelle
 
64.
Deathtrap (1982)
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A Broadway playwright puts murder in his plan to take credit for a student's script. (116 mins.)
Director: Sidney Lumet
 
65.
Russian Ark (2002)
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A 19th century French aristocrat, notorious for his scathing memoirs about life in Russia, travels through the Russian State Hermitage Museum and encounters historical figures from the last 200+ years. (99 mins.)
 
66.
The Purple Rose of Cairo (1985)
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In New Jersey in 1935, a movie character walks off the screen and into the real world. (82 mins.)
Director: Woody Allen
 
67.
Clouds of Sils Maria (2014)
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A film star comes face-to-face with an uncomfortable reflection of herself while starring in a revival of the play that launched her career. (124 mins.)
Director: Olivier Assayas
 
68.
Tarr Béla, I Used to Be a Filmmaker (2013 Documentary)
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An illuminating and extremely rare documentary profile of one of the great filmmakers of our time, Bela Tarr... (88 mins.)
 
69.
Mishima: A Life in Four Chapters (1985)
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A fictionalized account in four chapters of the life of celebrated Japanese writer Yukio Mishima. (121 mins.)
Director: Paul Schrader
 
70.
Chinese Coffee (2000)
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Harry and Jake, two unsuccessful writers, spend a cathartic evening arguing about money, aesthetics, their friendship, and Harry's new manuscript. (99 mins.)
Director: Al Pacino
 
71.
Listen Up Philip (2014)
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Anger rages in Philip as he awaits the publication of his second novel. He feels pushed out of his adopted home city by the constant crowds and noise... (108 mins.)
Director: Alex Ross Perry
 
72.
Looking for Richard (1996 Documentary)
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Al Pacino's deeply-felt rumination on Shakespeare's significance and relevance to the modern world through interviews and an in-depth analysis of "Richard III." (112 mins.)
Director: Al Pacino
 
73.
Barton Fink (1991)
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A renowned New York playwright is enticed to California to write for the movies and discovers the hellish truth of Hollywood. (116 mins.)
Director: Joel Coen
 
74.
That Moment: Magnolia Diary (2000 Documentary)
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A very in-depth documentary that follows the very over-worked director Paul Thomas Anderson through... (73 mins.)
Director: Mark Rance
 
75.
Love & Mercy (2014)
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In the 1960s, Beach Boys leader Brian Wilson struggles with emerging psychosis as he attempts to craft his avant-garde pop masterpiece. In the 1980s, he is a broken, confused man under the 24-hour watch of shady therapist Dr. Eugene Landy. (121 mins.)
Director: Bill Pohlad
 
76.
Amy (2015 Documentary)
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Archival footage and personal testimonials present an intimate portrait of the life and career of British singer/songwriter Amy Winehouse. (128 mins.)
Director: Asif Kapadia
 
77.
Listen to Me Marlon (2015 Documentary)
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A documentary that utilizes hundreds of hours of audio that Marlon Brando recorded over the course of his life to tell the screen legend's story. (103 mins.)
Director: Stevan Riley
 
78.
This Must Be the Place (2011)
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Cheyenne, a retired rock star living off his royalties in Dublin, returns to New York City to find the man responsible for a humiliation suffered by his recently deceased father during W.W.II. (118 mins.)
 
79.
Hail, Caesar! (2016)
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A Hollywood fixer in the 1950s works to keep the studio's stars in line. (106 mins.)
 
80.
The Forbidden Room (2015)
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A never-before-seen woodsman mysteriously appears aboard a submarine that's been trapped deep under water for months with an unstable cargo... (130 mins.)
 
81.
Spielberg (2017 Documentary)
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A documentary on the life and career of one of the most influential film directors of all time, Steven Spielberg. (147 mins.)
Director: Susan Lacy
 
82.
Five Came Back (2017 TV Series)
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The wartime contributions of five prominent Hollywood film directors during World War II are profiled. (60 mins.)