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1. Shang Hai zhi yen (1984)

103 min | Comedy, Romance

7.3
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In 1937 Shanghai, a soon-to-depart soldier meets a young woman under a bridge during a Japanese air raid. They vow to meet after the war ends, but they don't each other's name or face. Ten ... See full summary »

Director: Hark Tsui | Stars: Kenny Bee, Sylvia Chang, Sally Yeh, Ken Boyle

Votes: 311

Shanghai Blues

2. Dragon Flies (1975)

R | 111 min | Action, Drama, Adventure

6.6
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Hong Kong Inspector Fang Sing Leng travels to Australia to extradite a drug dealer. When the hood is assassinated on his way to court, everyone suspects Jack Wilton, a crime lord who the local police haven't been able to pick up.

Directors: Brian Trenchard-Smith, Yu Wang | Stars: Yu Wang, George Lazenby, Hugh Keays-Byrne, Roger Ward

Votes: 928

3. Dom na Trubnoy (1928)

64 min | Comedy

7.4
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A girl Parasha Pitunova comes to Moscow from a deep province, eventually she arrives at a house. This is a story about the house and its inhabitants.

Director: Boris Barnet | Stars: Vera Maretskaya, Anel Sudakevich, Ada Vojtsik, Vladimir Fogel

Votes: 416

The House on Trubnaya

4. Shree 420 (1955)

168 min | Comedy, Crime, Drama

8.1
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Wearing torn Japanese shoes, English trousers, a red Russian cap, and a Hindustani heart, orphaned Ranbir Raj comes to Bombay to make his fortune. He pawns his gold medal, gambles with the ... See full summary »

Director: Raj Kapoor | Stars: Nargis, Nadira, Raj Kapoor, Nemo

Votes: 2,054

5. Tange Sazen yowa: Hyakuman ryô no tsubo (1935)

92 min | Comedy, Drama

8.1
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A man gets rid of a cheap pot without knowing it contains a map to a treasure. As word spreads, many join in hunting it.

Director: Sadao Yamanaka | Stars: Denjirô Ôkôchi, Kiyozo, Kunitarô Sawamura, Reizaburô Yamamoto

Votes: 649

6. Milyang (2007)

Not Rated | 142 min | Drama

7.5
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84 Metascore

A woman moves to the town where her dead husband was born. As she tries to fit in, another tragic event overturns her life.

Director: Chang-dong Lee | Stars: Do-yeon Jeon, Kang-ho Song, Yeong-jin Jo, Mi-kyung Kim

Votes: 4,683

7. Investigation of a Citizen Above Suspicion (1970)

R | 115 min | Crime, Drama

8.1
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89 Metascore

A chief of detectives, homicide section, kills his mistress and deliberately leaves clues to prove his own responsibility for the crime.

Director: Elio Petri | Stars: Gian Maria Volontè, Florinda Bolkan, Gianni Santuccio, Orazio Orlando

Votes: 6,584

8. Bountiful Summer (1951)

87 min | Comedy, Drama, Musical

5.8
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Add a Plot

Director: Boris Barnet | Stars: Nina Arkhipova, Nikolay Kryuchkov, Viktor Dobrovolsky, Marina Bebutova

Votes: 60

Bountiful Summer

9. Love and Other Catastrophes (1996)

R | 78 min | Comedy, Romance

6.3
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A day in the life of two film-school students trying to find love and another house-mate.

Director: Emma-Kate Croghan | Stars: Frances O'Connor, Alice Garner, Matt Day, Matthew Dyktynski

Votes: 1,786 | Gross: $0.21M

10. Newsfront (1978)

PG | 110 min | Drama, History

7.1
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In post war Australia the men and women of Cinetone struggle to produce the weekly news reels for the movie going public.

Director: Phillip Noyce | Stars: Bill Hunter, Gerard Kennedy, Wendy Hughes, Chris Haywood

Votes: 591

11. Boot Polish (1954)

90 min | Comedy, Drama, Family

8.1
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Preteen brother and sister, abandoned by their father to care of an abusive prostitute aunt, survive life in an Indian squatters' camp, aided by a friendly cripple, by learning to shine shoes instead of begging.

Director: Prakash Arora | Stars: Kumari Naaz, Rattan Kumar, David Abraham, Chand Burke

Votes: 584

12. Death in Brunswick (1990)

R | 109 min | Comedy, Crime, Thriller

6.6
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Carl Fitzgerald is down-on-his-luck until he meets Sophie, a beautiful Greek girl. He gets a job as a cook, but accidentally kills fellow worker Mustafa. He turns to his unscrupulous best ... See full summary »

Director: John Ruane | Stars: Sam Neill, Zoe Carides, John Clarke, Yvonne Lawley

Votes: 850

13. Seisaku's Wife (1965)

93 min | Drama, Romance, War

7.8
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On the eve of the Russo-Japanese war at the beginning of the 20th century, small-town girl Okane has married an old wealthy man to escape a life of poverty.

Director: Yasuzô Masumura | Stars: Ayako Wakao, Takahiro Tamura, Nobuo Chiba, Yûzô Hayakawa

Votes: 332

Seisaku's Wife

14. Oki's Movie (2010)

Not Rated | 80 min | Comedy, Drama

7.0
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78 Metascore

A love story between a middle-aged professor, a young student who prepares a movie and a student/film-maker who drinks too much.

Director: Sang-soo Hong | Stars: Sun-kyun Lee, Yu-mi Jung, Seong-kun Mun, Tae-goo Eom

Votes: 749

Oki's Movie

15. Alyonka (1962)

86 min | Comedy

7.4
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Set in 1955 when many migrated from Russia to the Steppes of Kazakhstan, this is the trip back to the Canal from the frontier and farms by a number of people who tell their settler stories.... See full summary »

Director: Boris Barnet | Stars: Natalya Ovodova, Irina Zarubina, Vasiliy Shukshin, Nikolay Bogolyubov

Votes: 79

16. Project A-Ko (1986)

Unrated | 86 min | Animation, Comedy, Sci-Fi

7.1
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Project A-ko is the typical love triangle of three school girls and their confrontations with aliens, giant robots, and women who look like burly men.

Director: Katsuhiko Nishijima | Stars: Miki Itô, Stacey Gregg, Emi Shinohara, Denica Fairman

Votes: 972

17. Chorok mulkogi (1997)

111 min | Drama

7.1
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Returning home and finding his town drastically changed, a former soldier falls in with gangsters.

Director: Chang-dong Lee | Stars: Seong-kun Mun, Seong-kyu Han, Suk-kyu Han, Jae-yeong Jeong

Votes: 1,055

18. Devushka s korobkoy (1927)

Not Rated | 60 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

7.4
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Natasha and her grandfather live in a cottage near Moscow, making hats for Madame Irène. Madame and her husband have told the housing committee that Natasha rents a room from them; this ... See full summary »

Director: Boris Barnet | Stars: Anna Sten, Vladimir Mikhaylov, Vladimir Fogel, Ivan Koval-Samborsky

Votes: 471

19. U samogo sinego morya (1936)

71 min | Drama, Musical, Romance

7.3
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Yussuf and Aliosha are two shipwrecked sailors on an island in the Caspian Sea. They start working as sailor and mechanic for the fishing boats of the "Lights of the Communism" kolkhoz. ... See full summary »

Directors: Boris Barnet, S. Mardanin | Stars: Alexei Dolinin, Sergey Komarov, Nikolay Kryuchkov, Yelena Kuzmina

Votes: 685

20. Neobychainye priklyucheniya mistera Vesta v strane bolshevikov (1924)

94 min | Comedy

6.8
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The film chronicles the adventures of an American, "Mr. West," and his faithful bodyguard and servant Jeddie, as they visit the land of the horrible, evil Bolsheviks. Through various ... See full summary »

Director: Lev Kuleshov | Stars: Porfiri Podobed, Boris Barnet, Aleksandra Khokhlova, Vsevolod Pudovkin

Votes: 707

The Extraordinary Adventures of Mr. West in the Land of the Bolsheviks

21. Knock on Any Door (1949)

100 min | Crime, Drama, Film-Noir

6.9
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An attorney defends a hoodlum of murder, using the oppressiveness of the slums to appeal to the court.

Director: Nicholas Ray | Stars: Humphrey Bogart, John Derek, George Macready, Allene Roberts

Votes: 2,487

22. Flavor of Green Tea Over Rice (1952)

116 min | Drama

7.9
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A childless middle-aged couple faces a marital crisis of sorts.

Director: Yasujirô Ozu | Stars: Shin Saburi, Michiyo Kogure, Kôji Tsuruta, Chishû Ryû

Votes: 1,562

23. Wings of Honneamise (1987)

Unrated | 121 min | Animation, Drama, Sci-Fi

7.4
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In an alternative Earth, a young astronaut participates in a controversial fledgling space program.

Director: Hiroyuki Yamaga | Stars: Leo Morimoto, David Thomas, Mitsuki Yayoi, Heidi Lenhart

Votes: 4,045 | Gross: $0.06M

24. The Patriots (1933)

98 min | Drama, War

7.3
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Outskirts is an internationally renowned masterpiece of early sound cinema. In a remote Russian village during World War I, colorful and nuanced characters experience divided loyalties: ... See full summary »

Director: Boris Barnet | Stars: Aleksandr Chistyakov, Sergey Komarov, Yelena Kuzmina, Nikolay Bogolyubov

Votes: 731

Outskirts

25. Another Day in Paradise (1998)

R | 101 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

6.5
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In the hope of a big score, two junkie couples team up to commit various drug robberies which go disastrously wrong leading to dissent, violence and murder.

Director: Larry Clark | Stars: James Woods, Melanie Griffith, Vincent Kartheiser, Natasha Gregson Wagner

Votes: 7,582 | Gross: $1.03M

26. Super Space Fortress Macross (1984)

Not Rated | 114 min | Animation, Action, Adventure

7.9
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In the next century, a reconfiguring ship (think "Transformer" with a pilot) called Macross carries fifty thousand refugees within its hold as it returns to Earth pursued by giant humanoid ... See full summary »

Directors: Noboru Ishiguro, Shôji Kawamori | Stars: Arihiro Hase, Mari Iijima, Mika Doi, Michio Hazama

Votes: 2,293

27. Passenger (1963)

62 min | Drama, History, War

7.6
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While being aboard a transatlantic ship, German woman Liza notices someone who looks like Marta, the former inmate at Auschwitz, where Liza used to be the guard.

Directors: Andrzej Munk, Witold Lesiewicz | Stars: Aleksandra Slaska, Anna Ciepielewska, Jan Kreczmar, Marek Walczewski

Votes: 1,137

28. Peking Opera Blues (1986)

TV-14 | 104 min | Comedy, Action

7.5
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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 underground movement tried to establish a democratic republic. The movie tells the ... See full summary »

Director: Hark Tsui | Stars: Brigitte Lin, Sally Yeh, Cherie Chung, Mark Cheng

Votes: 1,799

29. Je t'aime, je t'aime (1968)

91 min | Drama, Sci-Fi

7.3
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Recovering from an attempted suicide, a man is selected to participate in a time travel experiment that has only been tested on mice. A malfunction in the experiment causes the man to ... See full summary »

Director: Alain Resnais | Stars: Claude Rich, Olga Georges-Picot, Anouk Ferjac, Alain MacMoy

Votes: 1,834 | Gross: $0.06M

30. Broken Arrow (1950)

Approved | 93 min | Drama, Romance, Western

7.2
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Tom Jeffords tries to make peace between settlers and Apaches.

Director: Delmer Daves | Stars: James Stewart, Jeff Chandler, Debra Paget, Basil Ruysdael

Votes: 6,085

31. Bakha satang (1999)

129 min | Drama

7.8
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Consists of five phases of a man's life about why he committed suicide in the end.

Director: Chang-dong Lee | Stars: Kyung-gu Sol, Yeo-jin Kim, Jung Suh, So-ri Moon

Votes: 5,823

32. Suzumiya Haruhi no shôshitsu (2010)

Not Rated | 163 min | Animation, Comedy, Drama

8.1
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On December 18, Kyon finds that several traces of the SOS Brigade have mysteriously disappeared from his life. Mikuru and Yuki do not seem to recall meeting him, and Haruhi and Itsuki do ... See full summary »

Directors: Tatsuya Ishihara, Yasuhiro Takemoto | Stars: Aya Hirano, Tomokazu Sugita, Minori Chihara, Yûko Gotô

Votes: 4,601

33. Party Girl (1958)

Not Rated | 99 min | Crime, Drama, Film-Noir

7.1
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Lawyer Thomas Farrell is a defender of crooks. Vicki Gayle encourages him improve his reputation, but mob king Rico Angelo insists otherwise.

Director: Nicholas Ray | Stars: Robert Taylor, Cyd Charisse, Lee J. Cobb, John Ireland

Votes: 2,127

34. Mera Naam Joker (1970)

224 min | Comedy, Drama

8.0
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Raju is a joker, a clown. It is what he is and what he always shall be. As his life story unfolds in three chapters, from his school days to the circus to the streets, he must always make ... See full summary »

Director: Raj Kapoor | Stars: Manoj Kumar, Simi Garewal, Achala Sachdev, Rishi Kapoor

Votes: 3,904

35. Shakhmatnaya goryachka (1925)

Not Rated | 28 min | Comedy, Short

7.3
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With an international chess tournament in progress, a young man becomes completely obsessed with the game. His fiancée has no interest in it, and becomes frustrated and depressed by his ... See full summary »

Directors: Vsevolod Pudovkin, Nikolai Shpikovsky | Stars: José Raúl Capablanca, Vladimir Fogel, Anna Zemtsova, Natalya Glan

Votes: 928

36. Ten Canoes (2006)

Unrated | 90 min | Adventure, Comedy, Drama

7.0
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82 Metascore

A story within a story. In Australia's Northern Territory, a man tells us one of the stories of his people and his land. It's a story of an older man, Minygululu, who has three wives and ... See full summary »

Directors: Rolf de Heer, Peter Djigirr | Stars: Crusoe Kurddal, Jamie Gulpilil, Richard Birrinbirrin, Peter Minygululu

Votes: 3,972 | Gross: $0.28M

37. Modern Romance (1981)

R | 93 min | Comedy, Romance

7.0
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Albert Brooks directs himself as a successful film editor with far too many issues that affects the relationship between him and his remarkably patient girlfriend.

Director: Albert Brooks | Stars: Albert Brooks, Kathryn Harrold, Tyann Means, Bruno Kirby

Votes: 2,398 | Gross: $2.86M

38. Oasis (2002)

133 min | Drama, Romance

8.0
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79 Metascore

An irresponsible and childish ex-con befriends a girl with cerebral palsy and develops a progressively stronger bond with her.

Director: Chang-dong Lee | Stars: Kyung-gu Sol, So-ri Moon, Nae-sang Ahn, Seung-wan Ryoo

Votes: 6,045

39. Wild River (1960)

Approved | 110 min | Drama, History, Romance

7.7
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A TVA bureaucrat comes to the river to do what none of his predecessors have been able to do - evict a stubborn octogenarian from her island before the rising waters engulf her.

Director: Elia Kazan | Stars: Montgomery Clift, Lee Remick, Jo Van Fleet, Albert Salmi

Votes: 3,873

40. America America (1963)

Not Rated | 174 min | Drama

7.8
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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: 3,925

41. The Paleface (1948)

Not Rated | 91 min | Comedy, Family, Western

6.9
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Calamity Jane is despatched to find out who's smuggling rifles to the Indians, and winds up married to a hapless correspondence school dentist as part of her cover.

Director: Norman Z. McLeod | Stars: Bob Hope, Jane Russell, Robert Armstrong, Iris Adrian

Votes: 3,081

42. Hanyo (1960)

Not Rated | 109 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

7.4
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A composer and his wife are thrown into turmoil when a housemaid becomes more than they bargained for.

Director: Ki-young Kim | Stars: Jin Kyu Kim, Jeung-nyeo Ju, Eun-shim Lee, Aeng-ran Eom

Votes: 2,229

43. Fox and His Friends (1975)

Not Rated | 123 min | Drama, Romance

7.8
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A young West German working-class man wins the lottery and initiates a relationship with a man above his social standing.

Director: Rainer Werner Fassbinder | Stars: Rainer Werner Fassbinder, Peter Chatel, Karlheinz Böhm, Adrian Hoven

Votes: 3,902

44. Rekopis znaleziony w Saragossie (1965)

182 min | Adventure, Comedy, Drama

8.0
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Upon finding a book that relates his grandfather's story, an officer ventures through Spain meeting a wide array of characters, most of whom have a story of their own to tell.

Director: Wojciech Has | Stars: Zbigniew Cybulski, Iga Cembrzynska, Elzbieta Czyzewska, Gustaw Holoubek

Votes: 3,926 | Gross: $0.12M

45. Ai to makoto (2012)

133 min | Musical, Romance

6.4
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Troubled high school student Makoto arrives in Tokyo to exact revenge from a past incident. He then falls in love at first sight with Ai, a daughter raised in a wholesome family. Around ... See full summary »

Director: Takashi Miike | Stars: Satoshi Tsumabuki, Emi Takei, Takumi Saitoh, Ito Ohno

Votes: 617