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1. To Kill a Mockingbird (1962)

Not Rated | 129 min | Crime, Drama

8.3
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Atticus Finch, a lawyer in the Depression-era South, defends a black man against an undeserved rape charge, and his children against prejudice.

Director: Robert Mulligan | Stars: Gregory Peck, John Megna, Frank Overton, Rosemary Murphy

Votes: 242,686

2. Of Mice and Men (1992)

PG-13 | 115 min | Drama

7.5
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Two drifters, one a gentle but slow giant, try to make money working the fields during the Depression so they can fulfill their dreams.

Director: Gary Sinise | Stars: John Malkovich, Gary Sinise, Ray Walston, Casey Siemaszko

Votes: 34,622 | Gross: $5.10M

3. Of Mice and Men (1939)

Approved | 106 min | Drama

7.8
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Two itinerant migrant workers, one mentally disabled and the other his carer, take jobs as ranch hands during the Great Depression to fulfill their shared dream of owning their own ranch.

Director: Lewis Milestone | Stars: Lon Chaney Jr., Burgess Meredith, Betty Field, Charles Bickford

Votes: 4,662

4. The Grapes of Wrath (1940)

Not Rated | 129 min | Drama, History

8.1
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A poor Midwest family is forced off their land. They travel to California, suffering the misfortunes of the homeless in the Great Depression.

Director: John Ford | Stars: Henry Fonda, Jane Darwell, John Carradine, Charley Grapewin

Votes: 70,560

5. Tortilla Flat (1942)

Passed | 105 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

6.4
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Danny, a poor northern Californian Mexican-American, inherits two houses from his grandfather and is quickly taken advantage of by his vagabond friends.

Director: Victor Fleming | Stars: Spencer Tracy, Hedy Lamarr, John Garfield, Frank Morgan

Votes: 1,223

6. All Quiet on the Western Front (1979 TV Movie)

Not Rated | 150 min | Drama, War

7.1
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A young soldier faces profound disillusionment in the soul-destroying horror of World War I.

Director: Delbert Mann | Stars: Richard Thomas, Ernest Borgnine, Donald Pleasence, Ian Holm

Votes: 6,340

7. All Quiet on the Western Front (1930)

Unrated | 136 min | Drama, War

8.1
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A young soldier faces profound disillusionment in the soul-destroying horror of World War I.

Director: Lewis Milestone | Stars: Lew Ayres, Louis Wolheim, John Wray, Arnold Lucy

Votes: 50,192 | Gross: $3.27M

8. Wuthering Heights (1939)

Approved | 104 min | Drama, Romance

7.7
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A servant in the house of Wuthering Heights tells a traveler the unfortunate tale of lovers Cathy and Heathcliff.

Director: William Wyler | Stars: Merle Oberon, Laurence Olivier, David Niven, Flora Robson

Votes: 13,745

9. Wuthering Heights (1992)

PG | 105 min | Drama, History, Romance

6.9
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A man becomes obsessed with vengeance when his soul mate marries another man.

Director: Peter Kosminsky | Stars: Juliette Binoche, Ralph Fiennes, Janet McTeer, Sophie Ward

Votes: 10,427

10. Hamlet (1996)

PG-13 | 242 min | Drama

7.8
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Hamlet, Prince of Denmark, returns home to find his father murdered and his mother remarrying the murderer, his uncle. Meanwhile, war is brewing.

Director: Kenneth Branagh | Stars: Kenneth Branagh, Julie Christie, Derek Jacobi, Kate Winslet

Votes: 32,365 | Gross: $4.41M

11. No Country for Old Men (2007)

R | 122 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

8.1
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91 Metascore

Violence and mayhem ensue after a hunter stumbles upon a drug deal gone wrong and more than two million dollars in cash near the Rio Grande.

Directors: Ethan Coen, Joel Coen | Stars: Tommy Lee Jones, Javier Bardem, Josh Brolin, Woody Harrelson

Votes: 688,652 | Gross: $74.28M

12. The Road (I) (2009)

R | 111 min | Adventure, Drama

7.3
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64 Metascore

In a dangerous post-apocalyptic world, an ailing father defends his son as they slowly travel to the sea.

Director: John Hillcoat | Stars: Viggo Mortensen, Charlize Theron, Kodi Smit-McPhee, Robert Duvall

Votes: 193,065 | Gross: $0.06M

13. A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man (1977)

Not Rated | 98 min | Drama

6.3
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Stephen Dedalus is a young man growing up in Ireland in the early part of the 20th century. His search for knowledge and undestanding, and the decline of his family's circumstances, lead ... See full summary »

Director: Joseph Strick | Stars: Bosco Hogan, T.P. McKenna, John Gielgud, Rosaleen Linehan

Votes: 174

14. Bloom (I) (2003)

R | 113 min | Drama, Romance

5.6
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Adapted from James Joyce's Ulysses, Bloom is the enthralling story of June 16th, 1904 and a gateway into the consiousness of its three main characters: Stephen Dedalus, Molly Bloom and the extraordinary Leopold Bloom.

Director: Sean Walsh | Stars: Stephen Rea, Angeline Ball, Hugh O'Conor, Neilí Conroy

Votes: 316

15. The Dead (1987)

PG | 83 min | Drama

7.4
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Gabriel Conroy and wife Greta attend an early January dinner with friends at the home of his spinster aunts, an evening which results in an epiphany for both of them.

Director: John Huston | Stars: Anjelica Huston, Donal McCann, Helena Carroll, Cathleen Delany

Votes: 6,011 | Gross: $4.37M

16. James Joyce's Women (1985)

R | 88 min | Drama

7.2
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In this tribute to James Joyce, Fionnula Flanagan gives a tour-de-force performance as a half-dozen or so women in Joyce's real and fictional worlds. When she portrays his wife Nora ... See full summary »

Director: Michael Pearce | Stars: Fionnula Flanagan, Chris O'Neill, James E. O'Grady, Tony Lyons

Votes: 93 | Gross: $0.38M

17. Ulysses (1967)

Not Rated | 123 min | Drama

6.6
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Dublin; June 16, 1904. Stephen Dedalus, who fancies himself as a poet, embarks on a day of wandering about the city during which he finds friendship and a father figure in Leopold Bloom, a ... See full summary »

Director: Joseph Strick | Stars: Milo O'Shea, Barbara Jefford, Maurice Roëves, T.P. McKenna

Votes: 684

18. The Great Gatsby (1974)

PG | 144 min | Drama, Romance

6.4
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43 Metascore

A Midwesterner becomes fascinated with his nouveau riche neighbor, who obsesses over his lost love.

Director: Jack Clayton | Stars: Robert Redford, Mia Farrow, Bruce Dern, Karen Black

Votes: 20,777

19. The Great Gatsby (2013)

PG-13 | 143 min | Drama, Romance

7.3
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55 Metascore

A writer and wall street trader, Nick, finds himself drawn to the past and lifestyle of his millionaire neighbor, Jay Gatsby.

Director: Baz Luhrmann | Stars: Leonardo DiCaprio, Carey Mulligan, Joel Edgerton, Tobey Maguire

Votes: 398,967 | Gross: $144.84M

20. Lord of the Flies (1990)

R | 90 min | Adventure, Drama, Thriller

6.4
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Stranded on an island, a group of schoolboys degenerate into savagery.

Director: Harry Hook | Stars: Balthazar Getty, Chris Furrh, Danuel Pipoly, James Badge Dale

Votes: 24,242 | Gross: $13.99M

21. Lord of the Flies (1963)

Not Rated | 92 min | Adventure, Drama, Thriller

7.0
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Lost on an island, young survivors of a plane crash eventually revert to savagery despite the few rational boys' attempts to prevent that.

Director: Peter Brook | Stars: James Aubrey, Tom Chapin, Hugh Edwards, Roger Elwin

Votes: 14,784

22. Lolita (1997)

R | 137 min | Drama, Romance

6.9
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46 Metascore

A man marries his landlady so he can take advantage of her daughter.

Director: Adrian Lyne | Stars: Jeremy Irons, Dominique Swain, Melanie Griffith, Frank Langella

Votes: 42,116 | Gross: $1.40M

23. Lolita (1962)

Approved | 153 min | Crime, Drama, Romance

7.6
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A middle-aged college professor becomes infatuated with a fourteen-year-old nymphet.

Director: Stanley Kubrick | Stars: James Mason, Shelley Winters, Sue Lyon, Gary Cockrell

Votes: 75,232 | Gross: $9.25M

24. The Sound and the Fury (1959)

Approved | 110 min | Drama

6.4
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Loosely based on the William Faulkner novel, this movie follows the lives and passions of the Compsons: a once-proud Southern family now just barely scraping by both financially and ... See full summary »

Director: Martin Ritt | Stars: Yul Brynner, Joanne Woodward, Margaret Leighton, Stuart Whitman

Votes: 613

25. Nineteen Eighty-Four (1984)

R | 113 min | Drama, Sci-Fi

7.2
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In a totalitarian future society, a man, whose daily work is re-writing history, tries to rebel by falling in love.

Director: Michael Radford | Stars: John Hurt, Richard Burton, Suzanna Hamilton, Cyril Cusack

Votes: 54,910 | Gross: $8.40M

26. 1984 (1956)

90 min | Drama, Sci-Fi

7.0
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George Orwell's novel of a totalitarian future society in which a man whose daily work is rewriting history tries to rebel by falling in love.

Director: Michael Anderson | Stars: Edmond O'Brien, Michael Redgrave, Jan Sterling, David Kossoff

Votes: 2,543

27. War and Peace (1956)

PG | 208 min | Drama, Romance, War

6.8
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Napoleon's tumultuous relations with Russia including his disastrous 1812 invasion serve as the backdrop for the tangled personal lives of two aristocratic families.

Director: King Vidor | Stars: Audrey Hepburn, Henry Fonda, Mel Ferrer, Vittorio Gassman

Votes: 7,483 | Gross: $12.50M

28. Anna Karenina (I) (2012)

R | 129 min | Drama, Romance

6.6
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63 Metascore

In late-19th-century Russian high society, St. Petersburg aristocrat Anna Karenina enters into a life-changing affair with the dashing Count Alexei Vronsky.

Director: Joe Wright | Stars: Keira Knightley, Jude Law, Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Matthew Macfadyen

Votes: 78,033 | Gross: $12.82M

29. War and Peace (2007– )

394 min | Drama, History, Romance

7.3
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The story of five aristocratic families in Russia during the Napoleonic Wars of 1812

Stars: Clémence Poésy, Alessio Boni, Alexander Beyer, Malcolm McDowell

Votes: 1,613

30. Anna Karenina (1997)

PG-13 | 108 min | Drama, Romance

6.4
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Anna (Marceau) is a wife and mother who has an affair with the handsome Count Vronsky (Bean). Based on the novel by Tolstoy.

Director: Bernard Rose | Stars: Sophie Marceau, Sean Bean, Alfred Molina, Mia Kirshner

Votes: 4,886 | Gross: $0.79M

31. War and Peace (1991 TV Movie)

249 min | Drama, Music, Romance

6.6
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BBC production of 'Sergei Prokofiev (I)''s opera "War and Peace" performed by the Kirov Opera under the baton of Valery Gergiev in St. Petersburg, Russia. The love story of young Countess ... See full summary »

Director: Humphrey Burton | Stars: Sergei Alexashkin, Gennady Bezzubenkov, Irina Bogachova, Yevgeny Boitsov

Votes: 22

32. Anna Karenina (1935)

Passed | 95 min | Drama, Romance

7.1
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The married Anna Karenina falls in love with Count Vronsky despite her husband's refusal to grant a divorce, and both must contend with the social repercussions.

Director: Clarence Brown | Stars: Greta Garbo, Fredric March, Freddie Bartholomew, Maureen O'Sullivan

Votes: 4,196 | Gross: $0.87M

33. Tropic of Cancer (1970)

NC-17 | 87 min | Biography, Drama

5.7
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The film depicts the adventures of expatriate American writer Henry Miller and his friends, as they pursue art, money, food, and sex in Paris.

Director: Joseph Strick | Stars: Rip Torn, James T. Callahan, Ellen Burstyn, David Baur

Votes: 436

34. Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas (1998)

R | 118 min | Adventure, Comedy, Drama

7.7
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41 Metascore

An oddball journalist and his psychopathic lawyer travel to Las Vegas for a series of psychedelic escapades.

Director: Terry Gilliam | Stars: Johnny Depp, Benicio Del Toro, Tobey Maguire, Michael Lee Gogin

Votes: 228,438 | Gross: $10.68M

35. The Rum Diary (2011)

R | 119 min | Comedy, Drama

6.2
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56 Metascore

American journalist Paul Kemp takes on a freelance job in Puerto Rico for a local newspaper during the 1960s and struggles to find a balance between island culture and the expatriates who live there.

Director: Bruce Robinson | Stars: Johnny Depp, Giovanni Ribisi, Aaron Eckhart, Michael Rispoli

Votes: 91,147 | Gross: $13.10M

36. Where the Buffalo Roam (1980)

R | 96 min | Biography, Comedy

6.7
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Semi-biographical film based on the experiences of gonzo journalist Hunter S. Thompson.

Director: Art Linson | Stars: Peter Boyle, Bill Murray, Bruno Kirby, Rene Auberjonois

Votes: 10,042 | Gross: $6.66M

37. The Wings of the Dove (1997)

R | 102 min | Drama, Romance

7.2
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73 Metascore

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.

Director: Iain Softley | Stars: Helena Bonham Carter, Linus Roache, Alex Jennings, Charlotte Rampling

Votes: 9,353 | Gross: $13.72M