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1.
Major League (1989)
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The new owner of the Cleveland Indians puts together a purposely horrible team so they'll lose and she can move the team. But when the plot is uncovered, they start winning just to spite her. (107 mins.)
Director: David Ward
“ Comedy about a bunch of misfit baseball players who come together as a team
A little dated, but fun ” - daryl_s
 
2.
Midnight in Paris (2011)
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While on a trip to Paris with his fiancée's family, a nostalgic screenwriter finds himself mysteriously going back to the 1920s everyday at midnight. (94 mins.)
Director: Woody Allen
“ Beautifully shot Woody Allen movie ” - daryl_s
 
3.
Lara Croft: Tomb Raider (2001)
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Video game adventuress Lara Croft comes to life in a movie where she races against time and villains to recover powerful ancient artifacts. (100 mins.)
Director: Simon West
“ Ok, despite the things this film doesn't have going for it, it isn't actually that bad. It is kind of like an Indiana Jones movie with a female lead. Action/adventure. Don't bother trying the sequel though ” - daryl_s
 
4.
To Kill a Mockingbird (1962)
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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. (129 mins.)
Director: Robert Mulligan
“ Really good old film. You probably know the story from the book. Stands up well today in terms of performances ” - daryl_s
 
5.
Good Bye Lenin! (2003)
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In 1990, to protect his fragile mother from a fatal shock after a long coma, a young man must keep her from learning that her beloved nation of East Germany as she knew it has disappeared. (121 mins.)
Director: Wolfgang Becker
“ Full disclosure, I haven't seen this but it is one on my list of movies to see and I think you might like it. Basic plot is - after the fall of the Berlin Wall, a man has to protect his frail mother from culture shock after she comes out of a long term coma and has to adapt to her beloved East Germany not being around any more. Comedy/Drama sort of film ” - daryl_s
 
6.
Spy Game (2001)
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Retiring CIA agent Nathan Muir recalls his training of Tom Bishop while working against agency politics to free him from his Chinese captors. (126 mins.)
Director: Tony Scott
“ Probably the best Robert Redford film made for a while (haven't seen the current one of course). Traces the story of Redford as he inducts Brad Pitt's character into the CIA. Good drama/spy story - not too complicated either ” - daryl_s
 
7.
Educating Rita (1983)
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In London, the twenty-seven year-old hairdresser Rita decides to complete her basic education before having children as desired by her husband Denny... (110 mins.)
Director: Lewis Gilbert
“ I love Michael Caine films and this is one of my favourites. It is a film adaption of a play (actually read it in high school). About a university professor who is forced to teach an open university class. His student Rita is a 'wrong side of the tracks' working class type who wants to get a classical education in literature. Comedy/Drama type of file. ” - daryl_s
 
8.
In the Heat of the Night (1967)
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An African American police detective is asked to investigate a murder in a racially hostile southern town. (109 mins.)
Director: Norman Jewison
“ Sydney Pointier film set just post civil rights era. A black detective from Chicago (I think, it has been a while) gets stranded travelling through the still racist deep South. He is forced to help solve a crime with a southern sheriff.

Good performances from a number of the cast. Great story, detective/crime type drama ” - daryl_s
 
9.
The Ghost Writer (2010)
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A ghostwriter hired to complete the memoirs of a former British prime minister uncovers secrets that put his own life in jeopardy. (128 mins.)
Director: Roman Polanski
“ A ghost writer is sent to finish the autobiography of an ex British PM after the original writer dies in mysterious circumstances. A great hitchcock style thriller ” - daryl_s
 
10.
Balibo (2009)
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War correspondent Roger East and the young Jose Ramos-Horta travel to East Timor to investigate the murders of the Balibo Five in 1975. (111 mins.)
Director: Robert Connolly
“ Based upon the true story of the journalists who were killed in East Timor in the 70s. Film was fairly controversial at the time it came out.

Great performance by LaPaglia ” - daryl_s
 
11.
Dave (1993)
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To avoid a potentially explosive scandal when the U.S. President goes into a coma, an affable temp agency owner with an uncanny resemblance is put in his place. (110 mins.)
Director: Ivan Reitman
“ A fun capra-esque style comedy that given today's politics you probably won't see similar again.

The plot is basically along the lines of the prince and the pauper which has been done quite a bit by hollywood. Kevin Klein and Sigourney Weaver do give it some freshness though ” - daryl_s
 
12.
Blackboard Jungle (1955)
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A new English teacher at a violent, unruly inner-city school is determined to do his job, despite resistance from both students and faculty. (101 mins.)
Director: Richard Brooks
“ Kind of like an American version of To Sir With Love, but a little grittier. Deals with an inner city school in the 50s and the problems experienced by the teachers and students. First film by Sydney Pointier (I believe). Some good solid old style Hollywood acting involved in this. Engaging drama ” - daryl_s
 
13.
The Fifth Estate (2013)
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A dramatic thriller based on real events that reveals the quest to expose the deceptions and corruptions of power that turned an Internet upstart into the 21st century's most fiercely debated organization. (128 mins.)
Director: Bill Condon
“ Gives you the story of Wikileaks from early inception through to the Bradley Manning case. Was based upon books written by one of the people who split from the main group after Assange allegedly started to get a little bit unpredictable. So may be true, may not. Depends upon who you believe. Fairly accurate from the key events however ” - daryl_s
 
14.
King Ralph (1991)
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As the only relative to take over the Royal throne, a down on his luck American slob must learn the ways of the English. (97 mins.)
Director: David S. Ward
 
15.
Clue (1985)
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Six guests are invited to a strange house and must cooperate with the staff to solve a murder mystery. (94 mins.)
Director: Jonathan Lynn
 
16.
The American President (1995)
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Comedy-drama about a widowed U.S. president and a lobbyist who fall in love. It's all above-board, but "politics is perception" and sparks fly anyway. (114 mins.)
Director: Rob Reiner
 
17.
Good Night, and Good Luck. (2005)
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Broadcast journalist Edward R. Murrow looks to bring down Senator Joseph McCarthy. (93 mins.)
Director: George Clooney
 
18.
Goodnight Sweetheart (1993 TV Series)
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Mr Gary Sparrow is an ordinary bloke with an extraordinary life. By day, a very bored and uninspired TV repairman but by night, an accidental time traveler. (30 mins.)
 
19.
The Blind Side (2009)
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The story of Michael Oher, a homeless and traumatized boy who became an All American football player and first round NFL draft pick with the help of a caring woman and her family. (129 mins.)
 
20.
Mr. Baseball (1992)
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Jack Elliot, once a great baseball player, is forced to play in Japan where his brash, egotistical ways cause friction with his new teammates and friends. (108 mins.)
Director: Fred Schepisi
 
21.
Down with Love (2003)
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In 1962 New York City, love blossoms between a playboy journalist and a feminist advice author. (101 mins.)
Director: Peyton Reed
“ This is a homage to a style of comedy from the 50/60s. Some of the humour is in the reference to that genre, but it stands fairly well by itself ” - daryl_s
 
22.
Her Alibi (1989)
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A writer of BAD detective novels is in full writers' block. He pretends to be the alibi of a beautiful... (94 mins.)
Director: Bruce Beresford
 
23.
Searching for Bobby Fischer (1993)
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A prepubescent chess prodigy refuses to harden himself in order to become a champion like the famous but unlikable Bobby Fischer. (109 mins.)
Director: Steven Zaillian
“ Interesting drama ” - daryl_s
 
24.
Duplicity (2009)
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Two ex-government agents turned rival industrial spies have to be at the top of their game when one of their companies prepares to launch a major product. However, they distract each other in more ways than one. (125 mins.)
Director: Tony Gilroy
“ This one falls into the genre of con artist films. Started with the classic 'The Sting' and has been seen in a variety of shapes and sizes since. This one is fairly unique and unpredictable ” - daryl_s
 
25.
Flawless (1999)
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An ultraconservative police officer suffers a debilitating stroke and is assigned to a rehabilitative program that includes singing lessons - with the drag queen next door. (112 mins.)
Director: Joel Schumacher
“ Good performance from Michael Caine. Not bad from Demi Moore either (she can make the occasional decent film I guess). Set in the 60s, heist movie - drama ” - daryl_s
 
26.
We Steal Secrets: The Story of WikiLeaks (2013 Documentary)
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A documentary that details the creation of Julian Assange's controversial website, which facilitated the largest security breach in U.S. history. (130 mins.)
Director: Alex Gibney
“ To give a little more context to the recent dramatisation. Interesting coverage of Wikileaks which primarily focuses on Bradley Manning, who you have to feel sorry for despite whatever you political viewpoint is. Also has an interview with one of the women involved in the accusation of alleged sexual assault. As to whether this is factual or not, there is a website from wikileaks that points towards the errors, but I don't think at this stage anyone really will ever know the full truth ” - daryl_s
 
27.
Bringing Up Baby (1938)
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While trying to secure a $1 million donation for his museum, a befuddled paleontologist is pursued by a flighty and often irritating heiress and her pet leopard, Baby. (102 mins.)
Director: Howard Hawks
“ Classic old-school comedy. A product of its era of course but still very charming ” - daryl_s
 
28.
It Could Happen to You (1994)
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A police officer promises to share his lottery ticket with a waitress in lieu of a tip. (101 mins.)
Director: Andrew Bergman
 
29.
North by Northwest (1959)
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A hapless New York advertising executive is mistaken for a government agent by a group of foreign spies, and is pursued across the country while he looks for a way to survive. (136 mins.)
 
30.
The Money Pit (1986)
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A young couple struggles to repair a hopelessly dilapidated house. (91 mins.)
 
31.
Ruthless People (1986)
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A couple, cheated by a vile businessman, kidnap his wife in retaliation, without knowing that their enemy is delighted they did. (93 mins.)
 
32.
Big Business (1988)
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In the 1940s in the small town of Jupiter Hollow, two sets of identical twins are born in the same hospital on the same night... (97 mins.)
Director: Jim Abrahams
 
33.
The Birdcage (1996)
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A gay cabaret owner and his drag queen companion agree to put up a false straight front so that their son can introduce them to his fiancée's right-wing moralistic parents. (117 mins.)
Director: Mike Nichols
 
34.
Guarding Tess (1994)
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A former U.S. First Lady wants a particular Secret Service agent to head her bodyguard detail, even though he can't stand her. (96 mins.)
Director: Hugh Wilson
 
35.
Mrs Henderson Presents (2005)
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Laura Henderson buys an old London theater and opens it up as the Windmill, a performance hall which goes down in history for, among other things, its all-nude revues. (103 mins.)
Director: Stephen Frears
“ Based loosely on a true story. Little bit of nudity, but not gratuitous and essential for the story line ” - daryl_s
 
36.
Tea with Mussolini (1999)
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An orphaned Italian boy is raised among a circle of British and American women living in Mussolini's Italy before and during the Second World War. (117 mins.)
 
37.
Author! Author! (1982)
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While facing the stress of his play being produced on Broadway, a playwright deals with having to raise his son, his stepdaughters, and his stepsons. (110 mins.)
Director: Arthur Hiller
“ Very charming 80's comedy drama ” - daryl_s
 
38.
Shakespeare in Love (1998)
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A young Shakespeare, out of ideas and short of cash, meets his ideal woman and is inspired to write one of his most famous plays. (123 mins.)
Director: John Madden
“ A modern style take on the story of the production of Romeo and Juliet ” - daryl_s
 
39.
Last Vegas (2013)
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Four friends take a break from their day-to-day lives to throw a bachelor party in Las Vegas for their last remaining single pal. (105 mins.)
Director: Jon Turteltaub
“ While the concept may not be appealing, the result I think will be. Story about a group of life long friends (now in their 60s) who have traveled through life very differently meeting together for a bachelor party for their last remaining single friend. Not really a Vegas story, more about the relationship between the characters. It is a comedy however and plays up the contrast between the contemporary Vegas party lifestyle and the mature experienced friends ” - daryl_s
 
40.
The Goodbye Girl (1977)
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After being dumped by her live-in boyfriend, an unemployed dancer and her 10-year-old daughter are reluctantly forced to live with a struggling off-Broadway actor. (111 mins.)
Director: Herbert Ross
 
41.
Mr. Holland's Opus (1995)
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A frustrated composer finds fulfillment as a high school music teacher. (143 mins.)
Director: Stephen Herek
 
42.
The Illusionist (2006)
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In turn-of-the-century Vienna, a magician uses his abilities to secure the love of a woman far above his social standing. (110 mins.)
Director: Neil Burger
“ Period drama/mystery
Great performance by Paul Giametti in the supporting actors role ” - daryl_s
 
43.
Topsy-Turvy (1999)
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After Gilbert and Sullivan's latest play is critically panned, the frustrated team threatens to disband until it is inspired to write the masterpiece "The Mikado". (154 mins.)
Director: Mike Leigh
“ The story of Gilbert and Sullivan around the time they were writing The Mikado. It is a dramatisation of course and I don't know how much of the events depicted are true, but it is an amusing comedy/drama even for those who haven't seen or heard any Gilbert and Sullivan before ” - daryl_s
 
44.
What Dreams May Come (1998)
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After he dies in a car crash, a man searches heaven and hell for his beloved wife. (113 mins.)
Director: Vincent Ward
 
45.
The Curse of the Jade Scorpion (2001)
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An insurance investigator and an efficency expert who hate each other are both hypnotized by a crooked hypnotist with a jade scorpion into stealing jewels. (103 mins.)
Director: Woody Allen
 
46.
Manhattan Murder Mystery (1993)
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A middle-aged couple suspects foul play when their neighbor's wife suddenly drops dead. (104 mins.)
Director: Woody Allen
 
47.
New York Stories (1989)
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A middle-aged artist obsessed with his pretty young assistant, a precocious 12 year old living in a hotel, and a neurotic lawyer with a possessive mother make up three Gotham tales. (124 mins.)
 
48.
Awakenings (1990)
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The victims of an encephalitis epidemic many years ago have been catatonic ever since, but now a new drug offers the prospect of reviving them. (121 mins.)
Director: Penny Marshall
 
49.
Brassed Off (1996)
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The coal mine in a northern English village may be closing, which would also mean the end of the miners' brass band. (103 mins.)
Director: Mark Herman
“ Similar to Pride in that it covers the Miners Strike. Centres around the Mines Community Band. Based on a true story (the band toured Australia a few years ago) ” - daryl_s
 
50.
Lost in Translation (2003)
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A faded movie star and a neglected young woman form an unlikely bond after crossing paths in Tokyo. (102 mins.)
Director: Sofia Coppola
“ Interesting character based semi autobiographical story (Bill Murrays character is reported to have been Harrison Ford when his career took a downturn) ” - daryl_s
 
51.
Downfall (2004)
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Traudl Junge, the final secretary for Adolf Hitler, tells of the Nazi dictator's final days in his Berlin bunker at the end of WWII. (156 mins.)
“ This is a very accurate account of the last days of Hitler. Not a feel good film of course but very powerful and intense. Worth watching at least once ” - daryl_s
 
52.
The Night We Called It a Day (2003)
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Based on the true events surrounding Frank Sinatra's tour of Australia. When Sinatra calls a local reporter a "two-bit hooker", every union in the country black-bans the star until he issues an apology. (97 mins.)
Director: Paul Goldman
“ Amusing Story set in the early 70s Australia centred around the tour of Frank Sinatra. Fictional but based on actual events at the time ” - daryl_s
 
53.
Frost/Nixon (2008)
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A dramatic retelling of the post-Watergate television interviews between British talk-show host David Frost and former president Richard Nixon. (122 mins.)
Director: Ron Howard
“ Based on a true story. The first interview Nixon gave after he was ousted as president ” - daryl_s
 
54.
Deja Vu (2006)
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After a ferry is bombed in New Orleans, an A.T.F. agent joins a unique investigation using experimental surveillance technology to find the bomber, but soon finds himself becoming obsessed with one of the victims. (126 mins.)
Director: Tony Scott
“ Bank robbery show but with a very brilliant twist to it. This is well acted and keeps you thinking all through it. I would recommend only watching this movie when you are fully paying attention, there are some twists in the plot ” - daryl_s
 
55.
Enigma (2001)
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A young genius frantically races against time to crack an enemy code and solve the mystery surrounding the woman he loves. (119 mins.)
Director: Michael Apted
“ Story dramatising the event around Bletchley Park during WW2. ” - daryl_s
 
56.
Mr. Pip (2012)
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As a war rages on in the province of Bougainville in Papua New Guinea, a young girl becomes transfixed by the Charles Dickens novel Great Expectations, which is being read at school by the only white man in the village. (116 mins.)
Director: Andrew Adamson
“ Brilliant, heart warming and tragic story ” - daryl_s
 
57.
HouseSitter (1992)
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Con artist Gwen moves into Newton's empty house without his knowledge, and begins setting up house posing as his new wife. (102 mins.)
Director: Frank Oz
 
58.
Overboard (1987)
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A cruel but beautiful heiress screws over a hired carpenter, who later is the first one to find her when she gets amnesia. Looking for a little revenge he convinces her that she's his wife. (106 mins.)
Director: Garry Marshall