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1. El Topo (1970)

Not Rated | 125 min | Drama, Western

7.5
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A mysterious black-clad gunfighter wanders a mystical Western landscape encountering multiple bizarre characters.

Director: Alejandro Jodorowsky | Stars: Alejandro Jodorowsky, Brontis Jodorowsky, José Legarreta, Alfonso Arau

Votes: 20,621

2. El regalo de la Pachamama (2008)

102 min

7.8
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Kunturi is a 13-year old boy living a traditional life with his family near Uyuni, a salt lake. They cut bricks of salt by hand, which they use to exchange for other products of the the ... See full summary »

Director: Toshifumi Matsushita | Stars: Christian Huaygua, Luis Mamani, Faniy Mosques, Francisco Gutierrez

Votes: 46

3. Rodnik dlya zhazhdushchikh (1965)

70 min | Drama

7.3
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The old man who lives a secluded life in the desert, alone with only his memories and photographs.

Director: Yuri Ilyenko | Stars: Dmitri Milyutenko, Larisa Kadochnikova, Nina Alisova, Dzhemma Firsova

Votes: 188

4. Man Follows Birds (1975)

87 min | Drama

7.0
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"Man Follows Birds" is a coming-of-age story of a young Uzbek poet surrounded by violence. Farouk is fascinated by trees and Khamraev films him with a lot of melancholy and tenderness. Cast... See full summary »

Director: Ali Khamraev | Stars: Dzhanik Fayziev, Dilorom Kambarova, Melis Abzalov, Maksud Atabaev

Votes: 69

5. Andrei Rublev (1966)

Not Rated | 205 min | Biography, Drama, History

8.3
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The life, times and afflictions of the fifteenth-century Russian iconographer.

Director: Andrei Tarkovsky | Stars: Anatoliy Solonitsyn, Ivan Lapikov, Nikolay Grinko, Nikolay Sergeev

Votes: 28,957

6. Pastoral Hide and Seek (1974)

104 min | Drama, Fantasy

8.0
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A young boys' coming of age tale set in a strange, carnivalesque village becomes the recreation of a memory that the director has twenty years later.

Director: Shûji Terayama | Stars: Kaoru Yachigusa, Keiko Niitaka, Masumi Harukawa, Kan Mikami

Votes: 845

7. A torinói ló (2011)

Not Rated | 155 min | Drama

7.8
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80 Metascore

A rural farmer is forced to confront the mortality of his faithful horse.

Directors: Béla Tarr, Ágnes Hranitzky | Stars: János Derzsi, Erika Bók, Mihály Kormos, Ricsi

Votes: 11,822 | Gross: $0.05M

8. Surire (2015)

80 min | Documentary

7.3
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Cinematic observational film about an environmentally protected salt flat exploited as a mine while the last native inhabitants watch from their run-down towns how the wealth is extracted from their ancestral lands.

Directors: Iván Osnovikoff, Bettina Perut

Votes: 51

9. Nárcisz és Psyché (1980)

261 min | Drama

7.4
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Narcisus and Psyche is based on a novel by Sandor Weores which was adapted by Vilmos Csaplar and director Gabor Body for a feature-length, 140-minute film. Borrowing the character of Psyche... See full summary »

Director: Gábor Bódy | Stars: Patricia Adriani, Udo Kier, György Cserhalmi, Agnes Horvath

Votes: 217

10. Pelnia (1979)

92 min | Drama

7.0
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Although neither his wife nor his friends can understand him, a Varsovian architect leaves the hustle bustle of Warsaw to find peace and make new friends while living in a small village.

Director: Andrzej Kondratiuk | Stars: Iga Cembrzynska, Franciszek Dzierzanowski, Tadeusz Fijewski, Janusz Gajos

Votes: 28

11. Astenicheskiy sindrom (1990)

153 min | Drama

7.0
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In the old days it was called hypochrondria, or black melancholia. Now, apparently, it's termed the Asthenic Syndrome. Whatever it is, Nikolai, a teacher of epicly indifferent pupils, has ... See full summary »

Director: Kira Muratova | Stars: Olga Antonova, Sergei Popov, Galina Zakhurdaeva, Natalya Buzko

Votes: 706

12. The Sacrifice (1986)

PG | 149 min | Drama

8.1
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At the dawn of World War III, a man searches for a way to restore peace to the world and finds he must give something in return.

Director: Andrei Tarkovsky | Stars: Erland Josephson, Susan Fleetwood, Allan Edwall, Guðrún Gísladóttir

Votes: 16,907 | Gross: $0.30M

13. Dersu Uzala (1975)

G | 142 min | Adventure, Biography, Drama

8.3
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The Russian army sends an explorer on an expedition to the snowy Siberian wilderness where he makes friends with a seasoned local hunter.

Director: Akira Kurosawa | Stars: Maksim Munzuk, Yuriy Solomin, Mikhail Bychkov, Vladimir Khrulev

Votes: 19,432

14. Rycerz (1980)

81 min | Adventure, Drama, Fantasy

6.4
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A tale of medieval quest for a golden harp called "the Knight".

Director: Lech Majewski | Stars: Piotr Skarga, Daniel Olbrychski, Andrzej Hudziak, Katarzyna Kozak

Votes: 42

15. Dom za vesanje (1988)

R | 142 min | Comedy, Crime, Drama

8.3
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In this luminous tale set in the area around Sarajevo and in Italy, Perhan, an engaging young Romany (gypsy) with telekinetic powers, is seduced by the quick-cash world of petty crime, which threatens to destroy him and those he loves.

Director: Emir Kusturica | Stars: Davor Dujmovic, Bora Todorovic, Ljubica Adzovic, Husnija Hasimovic

Votes: 20,273 | Gross: $0.28M

16. Slávnost v botanickej záhrade (1969)

83 min | Adventure, Comedy, Fantasy

6.7
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Add a Plot

Director: Elo Havetta | Stars: Slavoj Urban, Jirí Sýkora, Nina Divísková, Dusan Blaskovic

Votes: 114

17. Crna macka, beli macor (1998)

R | 127 min | Comedy, Crime, Romance

8.1
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73 Metascore

Matko is a small time hustler, living by the river Danube with his 17 year old son Zare. After a failed business deal he owes money to the much more successful gangster Dadan. Dadan has a ... See full summary »

Director: Emir Kusturica | Stars: Bajram Severdzan, Srdjan 'Zika' Todorovic, Branka Katic, Florijan Ajdini

Votes: 44,041 | Gross: $0.35M

18. The Mirror (1975)

G | 107 min | Biography, Drama

8.2
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A dying man in his forties remembers his past. His childhood, his mother, the war, personal moments and things that tell of the recent history of all the Russian nation.

Director: Andrei Tarkovsky | Stars: Margarita Terekhova, Filipp Yankovskiy, Ignat Daniltsev, Oleg Yankovskiy

Votes: 26,529

19. Lesnaya pesnya. Mavka (1981)

83 min | Fantasy

6.9
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Mavka, a water nymph, loves Lukash, a country youth. Their brief happiness ends when Lukash is forced to marry the shrewish Kilina. The Spirit of the Forest turns Lukash into a wolf as ... See full summary »

Director: Yuri Ilyenko | Stars: Lyudmila Efimenko, Viktor Kremlyov, Mayya Bulgakova, Ivan Mykolaichuk

Votes: 118

20. El espíritu de la colmena (1973)

Unrated | 95 min | Drama, Fantasy

8.0
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87 Metascore

In 1940, after watching and being traumatized by the movie Frankenstein (1931), a sensitive seven year-old girl living in a small Spanish village drifts into her own fantasy world.

Director: Víctor Erice | Stars: Fernando Fernán Gómez, Teresa Gimpera, Ana Torrent, Isabel Tellería

Votes: 13,452

21. Cria Cuervos (1976)

PG | 105 min | Drama

8.1
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Three orphaned sisters under the custody of their stern aunt and their handicapped grandmother will have to acclimatise to the new conditions of their shared life, overcome life's constant impediments, and in the process, grow up.

Director: Carlos Saura | Stars: Geraldine Chaplin, Mónica Randall, Florinda Chico, Ana Torrent

Votes: 7,131

22. Angel's Egg (1985)

71 min | Animation, Drama, Fantasy

7.7
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A mysterious young girl wanders a desolate, otherworldly landscape, carrying a large egg.

Director: Mamoru Oshii | Stars: Mako Hyôdô, Jinpachi Nezu, Kei'ichi Noda

Votes: 4,053

23. Fehérlófia (1981)

81 min | Animation, Adventure, Fantasy

7.9
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A dethroned goddess-turned-horse gives birth to three superpowered sons who set out to save three princesses from three ancient dragons and reclaim their parents' lost kingdom from the underworld.

Director: Marcell Jankovics | Stars: György Cserhalmi, Vera Pap, Gyula Szabó, Ferenc Szalma

Votes: 894

24. Satantango (1994)

450 min | Drama

8.5
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Plotting on a payment they are about to receive, residents of a collapsing collective farm see their plans turn into desolation when they discover that Irimiás, a former co-worker who they thought was dead, is coming back to the village.

Director: Béla Tarr | Stars: Mihály Vig, Putyi Horváth, László feLugossy, Éva Almássy Albert

Votes: 7,008

25. Begotten (1990)

Unrated | 72 min | Fantasy, Horror

5.9
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This gory and entirely visual film tells the surreal tale of the death and rebirth of gods.

Director: E. Elias Merhige | Stars: Brian Salzberg, Donna Dempsey, Stephen Charles Barry, James Gandia

Votes: 8,203

26. The Green Elephant (1999)

140 min | Horror, Thriller

5.5
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2 Russian prisoners are abused mentally and physically

Director: Svetlana Baskova | Stars: Sergey Pakhomov, Vladimir Epifantsev, Aleksandr Maslaev, Anatoliy Osmolovskiy

Votes: 1,417

27. Chappaqua (1966)

Not Rated | 82 min | Drama

6.5
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Semi-autobiographical story of Conrad Rooks, who travels to France to undergo a drug-withdrawal cure. Flashbacks to the beginings of psychedelia in San Fran.

Director: Conrad Rooks | Stars: Jean-Louis Barrault, Conrad Rooks, William S. Burroughs, Allen Ginsberg

Votes: 473

28. Püha Tõnu kiusamine (2009)

114 min | Drama, Fantasy, Mystery

7.2
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A mid-level manager who develops an aversion to being "good" finds himself confronting the mysteries of middle-age and morality as he loses grasp of what was once his quiet life.

Director: Veiko Õunpuu | Stars: Taavi Eelmaa, Ravshana Kurkova, Tiina Tauraite, Sten Ljunggren

Votes: 1,056 | Gross: $0.00M

29. Angelus (2000)

110 min | Comedy, Drama

7.2
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A commune built around the pursuit of spiritual perfection through the occult begins to see its prophecies come true.

Director: Lech Majewski | Stars: Jan Siodlaczek, Pawel Steinert, Daniel Skowronek, Grzegorz Stasiak

Votes: 286

30. Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter... and Spring (2003)

R | 103 min | Drama, Romance

8.1
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85 Metascore

A boy is raised by a Buddhist monk on an isolated floating temple where the years pass like the seasons.

Director: Ki-duk Kim | Stars: Ki-duk Kim, Yeong-su Oh, Jong-ho Kim, Young-min Kim

Votes: 67,307 | Gross: $2.38M

31. Brother Sun, Sister Moon (1972)

PG | 121 min | Biography, Drama, History

7.2
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This is a dramatization of events in the life of St. Francis of Assisi from before his conversion experience through his audience with the pope, including his friendship with St. Clare.

Director: Franco Zeffirelli | Stars: Graham Faulkner, Judi Bowker, Leigh Lawson, Kenneth Cranham

Votes: 3,476

32. Ashes and Snow (2005)

63 min | Documentary, Drama

8.3
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Exploring the shared language and poetic sensibilities of all animals.

Director: Gregory Colbert | Stars: Laurence Fishburne, Jeanne Moreau, Enrique Rocha, Ken Watanabe

Votes: 3,383

33. Ticho nad oblakmi (2009)

65 min | Documentary

6.1
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Up there, above the clouds, one can feel a mysterious alliance with the universe.

Director: Pavol Barabas

Votes: 9

34. Die große Stille (2005)

Not Rated | 169 min | Documentary

7.4
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78 Metascore

An examination of life inside the Grande Chartreuse, the head monastery of the reclusive Carthusian Order in France.

Director: Philip Gröning

Votes: 1,977 | Gross: $0.79M

35. Chronos (1985)

Not Rated | 43 min | Documentary

7.8
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Carefully picked scenes of nature and civilization are viewed at high speed using time-lapse cinematography in an effort to demonstrate the history of various regions.

Director: Ron Fricke

Votes: 2,629

36. The Search for Weng Weng (2007)

92 min | Documentary

7.4
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The bizarre history of Filipino B-films, as told through filmmaker Andrew Leavold's personal quest to find the truth behind its midget James Bond superstar Weng Weng.

Director: Andrew Leavold | Stars: Tikoy Aguiluz, Roy Arabejo, Tilman Baumgaertel, Don Gordon Bell

Votes: 132

37. Tarr Béla, I Used to Be a Filmmaker (2013)

Not Rated | 88 min | Documentary

7.3
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An illuminating and extremely rare documentary profile of one of the great filmmakers of our time, Bela Tarr. Filmed during the production of The Turin Horse, his final film, Tarr Bela: I ... See full summary »

Director: Jean-Marc Lamoure | Stars: Erika Bók, Zolt Cholnoky, Kata Czigler, János Derzsi

Votes: 90

38. Pictures of the Old World (1972)

70 min | Documentary

8.2
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Pictures of the Old World is an unquestioned masterpiece of European documentary cinema, with existential radicalism that offers a contrast to the shallowness of hundreds of other ... See full synopsis »

Director: Dusan Hanák

Votes: 413

39. Nim-a, geu-gang-eul geon-neo-ji ma-o (2014)

Not Rated | 86 min | Documentary, Drama, Romance

7.8
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68 Metascore

A couple who have lived together for 76 years faces the last moment of their marriage.

Director: Mo-young Jin | Stars: Byeong-man Jo, Gye-yeol Kang

Votes: 414 | Gross: $0.09M

40. The Tibetan Book of the Dead: A Way of Life (1994)

46 min | Documentary

7.3
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Death is real, it comes without warning and it cannot be escaped. An ancient source of strength and guidance, The Tibetan Book of the Dead remains an essential teaching originating in the ... See full summary »

Director: Barrie McLean | Stars: Leonard Cohen, The Dalai Lama, Ram Dass, Nagap

Votes: 184

41. Skupljaci perja (1967)

94 min | Drama

8.0
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Bora the Gypsy is married to an older woman, and he falls in love with the younger Tissa, who is being offered in marriage by her father, to a young gypsy man. This marriage arrangement is ... See full summary »

Director: Aleksandar Petrovic | Stars: Bekim Fehmiu, Olivera Katarina, Velimir 'Bata' Zivojinovic, Mija Aleksic

Votes: 1,418

42. Ladoni (1994)

140 min | Documentary

8.2
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"My little son, it's me, your father..." The narrator tries to communicate with his unborn son and takes off on a journey were you see faces of apparitions of those outcasts, who find their... See full summary »

Director: Artour Aristakisian

Votes: 210

43. La cinquième saison (2012)

93 min | Drama, Mystery

7.0
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In a scenic Belgian village, nature is turning its back on man. How will the locals cope with this new reality?

Directors: Peter Brosens, Jessica Woodworth | Stars: Aurélia Poirier, Django Schrevens, Sam Louwyck, Gill Vancompernolle

Votes: 1,114

44. Beasts of the Southern Wild (2012)

PG-13 | 93 min | Adventure, Drama, Fantasy

7.3
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86 Metascore

Faced with both her hot-tempered father's fading health and melting ice-caps that flood her ramshackle bayou community and unleash ancient aurochs, six-year-old Hushpuppy must learn the ways of courage and love.

Director: Benh Zeitlin | Stars: Quvenzhané Wallis, Dwight Henry, Levy Easterly, Lowell Landes

Votes: 74,319 | Gross: $12.80M

45. Pulp Fiction (1994)

R | 154 min | Crime, Drama

8.9
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94 Metascore

The lives of two mob hit men, a boxer, a gangster's wife, and a pair of diner bandits intertwine in four tales of violence and redemption.

Director: Quentin Tarantino | Stars: John Travolta, Uma Thurman, Samuel L. Jackson, Bruce Willis

Votes: 1,475,100 | Gross: $107.93M

46. The Expendables 2 (2012)

R | 103 min | Action, Adventure, Thriller

6.6
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51 Metascore

Mr. Church reunites the Expendables for what should be an easy paycheck, but when one of their men is murdered on the job, their quest for revenge puts them deep in enemy territory and up against an unexpected threat.

Director: Simon West | Stars: Sylvester Stallone, Liam Hemsworth, Randy Couture, Jean-Claude Van Damme

Votes: 263,428 | Gross: $85.02M

47. Rocky (1976)

PG | 120 min | Drama, Sport

8.1
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69 Metascore

Rocky Balboa, a small-time boxer, gets a supremely rare chance to fight heavy-weight champion Apollo Creed in a bout in which he strives to go the distance for his self-respect.

Director: John G. Avildsen | Stars: Sylvester Stallone, Talia Shire, Burt Young, Carl Weathers

Votes: 423,679 | Gross: $117.24M

48. Star Wars: Episode V - The Empire Strikes Back (1980)

PG | 124 min | Action, Adventure, Fantasy

8.8
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81 Metascore

After the rebels are overpowered by the Empire on their newly established base, Luke Skywalker begins Jedi training with Yoda. His friends accept shelter from a questionable ally as Darth Vader hunts them in a plan to capture Luke.

Director: Irvin Kershner | Stars: Mark Hamill, Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher, Billy Dee Williams

Votes: 941,385 | Gross: $290.48M

49. Back to the Future (1985)

PG | 116 min | Adventure, Comedy, Sci-Fi

8.5
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86 Metascore

Marty McFly, a 17-year-old high school student, is accidentally sent thirty years into the past in a time-traveling DeLorean invented by his close friend, the maverick scientist Doc Brown.

Director: Robert Zemeckis | Stars: Michael J. Fox, Christopher Lloyd, Lea Thompson, Crispin Glover

Votes: 828,233 | Gross: $210.61M