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1.
Babel (2006)
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Tragedy strikes a married couple on vacation in the Moroccan desert, touching off an interlocking story involving four different families. (143 mins.)
 
2.
Changeling (2008)
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A grief-stricken mother takes on the LAPD to her own detriment when it stubbornly tries to pass off an obvious impostor as her missing child, while also refusing to give up hope that she will find him one day. (141 mins.)
Director: Clint Eastwood
 
3.
Atonement (2007)
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Fledgling writer Briony Tallis, as a thirteen-year-old, irrevocably changes the course of several lives when she accuses her older sister's lover of a crime he did not commit. (123 mins.)
Director: Joe Wright
 
4.
Into the Wild (2007)
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After graduating from Emory University, top student and athlete Christopher McCandless abandons his possessions, gives his entire $24,000 savings account to charity and hitchhikes to Alaska to live in the wilderness. Along the way, Christopher encounters a series of characters that shape his life. (148 mins.)
Director: Sean Penn
 
5.
There Will Be Blood (2007)
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A story of family, religion, hatred, oil and madness, focusing on a turn-of-the-century prospector in the early days of the business. (158 mins.)
 
6.
Shanghai (2010)
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A '40s period piece which revolves around an American expat who returns to Shanghai in the months before Pearl Harbor due to the death of his friend. (105 mins.)
 
7.
Paper Man (2009)
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A washed-up writer forms an unlikely friendship with a teenager from Long Island. (110 mins.)
 
8.
The Tempest (2010)
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Shakespeare's epic play is translated from page to screen, with the gender of the main character, Prospero, changed from male to female. (110 mins.)
Director: Julie Taymor
 
9.
The Killer Inside Me (2010)
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A West Texas deputy sheriff is slowly unmasked as a psychotic killer. (109 mins.)
 
10.
The Experiment (2010)
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26 men are chosen to participate in the roles of guards and prisoners in a psychological study that ultimately spirals out of control. (96 mins.)
 
11.
The Paperboy (2012)
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A reporter returns to his Florida home-town to investigate a case involving a death row inmate. (107 mins.)
Director: Lee Daniels
 
12.
Mr. Nobody (2009)
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A boy stands on a station platform as a train is about to leave. Should he go with his mother or stay with his father? Infinite possibilities arise from this decision. As long as he doesn't choose, anything is possible. (141 mins.)
 
13.
Hereafter (2010)
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A drama centered on three people -- a blue-collar American, a French journalist and a London school boy -- who are touched by death in different ways. (129 mins.)
Director: Clint Eastwood
 
14.
(500) Days of Summer (2009)
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An offbeat romantic comedy about a woman who doesn't believe true love exists, and the young man who falls for her. (95 mins.)
Director: Marc Webb
 
15.
Demoted (2011)
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What goes around comes around for a pair of prank-playing tire salesmen (Astin and Vartan) who find themselves placed in secretarial jobs by their put-upon boss (Cross). (94 mins.)
Director: James B. Rogers
 
16.
Easy A (2010)
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A clean-cut high school student relies on the school's rumor mill to advance her social and financial standing. (92 mins.)
Director: Will Gluck
 
17.
Everything Must Go (2010)
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When an alcoholic relapses, causing him to lose his wife and his job, he holds a yard sale on his front lawn in an attempt to start over. A new neighbor might be the key to his return to form. (97 mins.)
Director: Dan Rush
 
18.
Mental (2012)
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A charismatic, crazy hothead transforms a family's life when she becomes the nanny of five girls whose mother has cracked from her husband's political ambitions and his infidelity. (116 mins.)
Director: P.J. Hogan
 
19.
Smashed (2012)
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A married couple whose bond is built on a mutual love of alcohol gets their relationship put to the test when the wife decides to get sober. (81 mins.)
Director: James Ponsoldt
 
20.
St Trinian's II: The Legend of Fritton's Gold (2009)
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The girls of St. Trinians are on the hunt for buried treasure after discovering headmistress Miss Fritton is related to a famous pirate. (106 mins.)
 
21.
St. Trinian's (2007)
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In order to save their bankrupt school, a group of troublesome girls stage a robbery with a group of geniuses on their tails. (97 mins.)
 
22.
Syrup (2013)
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A slacker hatches a million-dollar idea. But, in order to see it through, he has to learn to trust his attractive corporate counterpart. Based on Max Barry's novel. (90 mins.)
 
23.
The Jane Austen Book Club (2007)
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Six Californians start a club to discuss the works of Jane Austen, only to find their relationships -- both old and new -- begin to resemble 21st century versions of her novels. (106 mins.)
Director: Robin Swicord
 
24.
The Perks of Being a Wallflower (2012)
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An introvert freshman is taken under the wings of two seniors who welcome him to the real world. (102 mins.)
Director: Stephen Chbosky
 
25.
Bad Company (2002)
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When a Harvard-educated CIA agent is killed during an operation, the secret agency recruits his twin brother. (116 mins.)
Director: Joel Schumacher
 
26.
The Curious Case of Benjamin Button (2008)
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Tells the story of Benjamin Button, a man who starts aging backwards with bizarre consequences. (166 mins.)
Director: David Fincher
 
27.
The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford (2007)
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Robert Ford, who's idolized Jesse James since childhood, tries hard to join the reforming gang of the Missouri outlaw, but gradually becomes resentful of the bandit leader. (160 mins.)
Director: Andrew Dominik
 
28.
The Young Victoria (2009)
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A dramatization of the turbulent first years of Queen Victoria's rule, and her enduring romance with Prince Albert. (105 mins.)
 
29.
Winter's Bone (2010)
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An unflinching Ozark Mountain girl hacks through dangerous social terrain as she hunts down her drug-dealing father while trying to keep her family intact. (100 mins.)
Director: Debra Granik
 
30.
Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy (2011)
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In the bleak days of the Cold War, espionage veteran George Smiley is forced from semi-retirement to uncover a Soviet agent within MI6. (122 mins.)
Director: Tomas Alfredson
 
31.
The Odd Life of Timothy Green (2012)
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A childless couple bury a box in their backyard, containing all of their wishes for an infant. Soon, a child is born, though Timothy Green is not all that he appears. (105 mins.)
Director: Peter Hedges
 
32.
Stolen (2012)
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A former thief frantically searches for his missing daughter, who has been kidnapped and locked in the trunk of a taxi. (96 mins.)
Director: Simon West
 
33.
50/50 (2011)
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Inspired by a true story, a comedy centered on a 27-year-old guy who learns of his cancer diagnosis, and his subsequent struggle to beat the disease. (100 mins.)
Director: Jonathan Levine
 
34.
Admission (2013)
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A Princeton admissions officer who is up for a major promotion takes a professional risk after she meets a college-bound alternative school kid who just might be the son she gave up years ago in a secret adoption. (107 mins.)
Director: Paul Weitz
 
35.
Deep Impact (1998)
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Unless a comet can be destroyed before colliding with Earth, only those allowed into shelters will survive. Which people will survive? (120 mins.)
Director: Mimi Leder
 
36.
Get Shorty (1995)
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A mobster travels to Hollywood to collect a debt and discovers that the movie business is much the same as his current job. (105 mins.)
 
37.
Hick (2011)
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A Nebraska teen gets more than she bargained for when she sets out for the bright lights of Las Vegas. (99 mins.)
Director: Derick Martini
 
38.
In the Name of the King: A Dungeon Siege Tale (2007)
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A man named Farmer sets out to rescue his kidnapped wife and avenge the death of his son -- two acts committed by the Krugs, a race of animal-warriors who are controlled by the evil Gallian. (127 mins.)
Director: Uwe Boll
 
39.
License to Wed (2007)
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A reverend puts an engaged couple through a grueling marriage preparation course to see if they are meant to be married in his church. (91 mins.)
Director: Ken Kwapis
 
40.
Spring Breakers (2012)
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Four college girls hold up a restaurant in order to fund their spring break vacation. While partying, drinking, and taking drugs, they are arrested, only to be bailed out by a drug and arms dealer. (94 mins.)
Director: Harmony Korine
 
41.
Zookeeper (2011)
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A group of zoo animals decide to break their code of silence in order to help their lovable zoo keeper find love -- without opting to leave his current job for something more illustrious. (102 mins.)
Director: Frank Coraci
 
42.
Wrath of the Titans (2012)
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Perseus braves the treacherous underworld to rescue his father, Zeus, captured by his son, Ares, and brother Hades who unleash the ancient Titans upon the world. (99 mins.)