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1. Dallas Buyers Club (2013)

R | 117 min | Biography, Drama

8.0
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84 Metascore

In 1985 Dallas, electrician and hustler Ron Woodroof works around the system to help AIDS patients get the medication they need after he is himself diagnosed with the disease.

Writers: Craig Borten, Melisa Wallack | Director: Jean-Marc Vallée | Stars: Matthew McConaughey, Jennifer Garner, Jared Leto, Steve Zahn

2. The Normal Heart (2014 TV Movie)

TV-MA | 132 min | Drama

8.1
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A gay activist attempts to raise HIV/AIDS awareness during the early 1980s.

Writer: Larry Kramer | Director: Ryan Murphy | Stars: Mark Ruffalo, Jonathan Groff, Frank De Julio, William DeMeritt

3. The Lives of Others (2006)

R | 137 min | Drama, Thriller

8.5
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89 Metascore

In 1984 East Berlin, an agent of the secret police, conducting surveillance on a writer and his lover, finds himself becoming increasingly absorbed by their lives.

Writer: Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck | Director: Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck | Stars: Ulrich Mühe, Martina Gedeck, Sebastian Koch, Ulrich Tukur

4. Twelve Monkeys (1995)

R | 129 min | Mystery, Sci-Fi, Thriller

8.1
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74 Metascore

In a future world devastated by disease, a convict is sent back in time to gather information about the man-made virus that wiped out most of the human population on the planet.

Writers: Chris Marker, David Webb Peoples, Janet Peoples | Director: Terry Gilliam | Stars: Bruce Willis, Madeleine Stowe, Brad Pitt, Joseph Melito

5. Dear Zachary: A Letter to a Son About His Father (2008)

Not Rated | 95 min | Documentary, Crime, Drama

8.6
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82 Metascore

A filmmaker decides to memorialize a murdered friend when his friend's ex-girlfriend announces she is expecting his son.

Writer: Kurt Kuenne | Director: Kurt Kuenne | Stars: Kurt Kuenne, Andrew Bagby, David Bagby, Kathleen Bagby

6. Edge of Darkness (2010)

R | 117 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

6.6
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55 Metascore

As homicide detective Thomas Craven investigates the death of his activist daughter, he uncovers not only her secret life, but a corporate cover-up and government collusion that attracts an agent tasked with cleaning up the evidence.

Writers: William Monahan, Andrew Bovell, Troy Kennedy-Martin | Director: Martin Campbell | Stars: Mel Gibson, Ray Winstone, Danny Huston, Bojana Novakovic

7. Milk (I) (2008)

R | 128 min | Biography, Drama, History

7.7
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84 Metascore

The story of Harvey Milk, and his struggles as an American gay activist who fought for gay rights and became California's first openly gay elected official.

Writer: Dustin Lance Black | Director: Gus Van Sant | Stars: Sean Penn, Josh Brolin, Emile Hirsch, Diego Luna

8. Treme (2010– )

59 min | Drama | Active

8.1
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Life after Hurricane Katrina as the residents of New Orleans try to rebuild their lives, their homes, and their unique culture in the aftermath of one of the worst natural disasters in the USA.

Creators: Eric Overmyer, David Simon | Stars: Khandi Alexander, Rob Brown, Kim Dickens, Melissa Leo

9. I'm Not There. (2007)

R | 135 min | Biography, Drama, Music

7.0
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73 Metascore

Ruminations on the life of Bob Dylan, where six characters embody a different aspect of the musician's life and work.

Writers: Todd Haynes, Oren Moverman | Director: Todd Haynes | Stars: Christian Bale, Cate Blanchett, Heath Ledger, Ben Whishaw

10. Peace, Love, & Misunderstanding (2011)

R | 96 min | Comedy, Drama, Music

5.8
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45 Metascore

An uptight NYC lawyer takes her two teenagers to her hippie mother's farmhouse upstate for a family vacation.

Writers: Christina Mengert, Joseph Muszynski | Director: Bruce Beresford | Stars: Jane Fonda, Catherine Keener, Elizabeth Olsen, Nat Wolff

11. The Life of David Gale (2003)

R | 130 min | Drama, Crime, Thriller

7.5
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31 Metascore

A man against capital punishment is accused of murdering a fellow activist and is sent to death row.

Writer: Charles Randolph | Director: Alan Parker | Stars: Kevin Spacey, Kate Winslet, Laura Linney, Cleo King

12. The Way We Were (1973)

PG | 118 min | Drama, Romance

7.1
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Two desperate people have a wonderful romance, but their political views and convictions drive them apart.

Writer: Arthur Laurents | Director: Sydney Pollack | Stars: Barbra Streisand, Robert Redford, Bradford Dillman, Lois Chiles

13. Good Bye Lenin! (2003)

R | 121 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

7.8
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68 Metascore

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.

Writers: Bernd Lichtenberg, Wolfgang Becker, Achim von Borries, Hendrik Handloegten, Christoph Silber | Director: Wolfgang Becker | Stars: Daniel Brühl, Katrin Saß, Chulpan Khamatova, Florian Lukas

14. The Cove (2009)

PG-13 | 92 min | Documentary, Crime

8.5
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84 Metascore

Using state-of-the-art equipment, a group of activists, led by renowned dolphin trainer Ric O'Barry, infiltrate a cove near Taijii, Japan to expose both a shocking instance of animal abuse and a serious threat to human health.

Writer: Mark Monroe | Director: Louie Psihoyos | Stars: Richard O'Barry, Louie Psihoyos, Hardy Jones, Michael Illiff

15. Planet 51 (2009)

PG | 91 min | Animation, Adventure, Comedy

6.1
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39 Metascore

American astronaut Captain Charles "Chuck" Baker lands on Planet 51 thinking he's the first person to step foot on it. To his surprise, he finds that this planet is inhabited by little green people who are happily living in a white picket fence world, and whose only fear is that it will be overrun by alien invaders...like Chuck!

Writers: Javier Abad, Jorge Blanco, Marcos Martínez, Ignacio Pérez Dolset, Joe Stillman | Directors: Jorge Blanco, Javier Abad, Marcos Martínez | Stars: Dwayne Johnson, Seann William Scott, Jessica Biel, John Cleese

16. Hoot (2006)

PG | 91 min | Adventure, Comedy, Family

5.6
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46 Metascore

A young man (Lerman) moves from Montana to Florida with his family, where he's compelled to engage in a fight to protect a population of endangered owls.

Writers: Wil Shriner, Carl Hiaasen | Director: Wil Shriner | Stars: Logan Lerman, Luke Wilson, Brie Larson, Tim Blake Nelson

17. Grizzly Man (2005)

R | 103 min | Documentary, Biography

7.8
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87 Metascore

A devastating and heartrending take on grizzly bear activists Timothy Treadwell and Amie Huguenard, who were killed in October of 2003 while living among grizzlies in Alaska.

Writer: Werner Herzog | Director: Werner Herzog | Stars: Timothy Treadwell, Amie Huguenard, Werner Herzog, Carol Dexter

18. Black Sheep (2006)

Not Rated | 87 min | Comedy, Horror, Sci-Fi

5.8
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62 Metascore

An experiment in genetic engineering turns harmless sheep into blood-thirsty killers that terrorize a sprawling New Zealand farm.

Writer: Jonathan King | Director: Jonathan King | Stars: Oliver Driver, Nathan Meister, Tammy Davis, Peter Feeney

19. Battle in Seattle (2007)

R | 98 min | Action, Drama

6.8
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54 Metascore

Activists arrive in Seattle, Washington en masse to protest a meeting of the World Trade Organization. Riots and chaos ensue as demonstrators successfully stop the WTO meetings.

Writer: Stuart Townsend | Director: Stuart Townsend | Stars: André Benjamin, Jennifer Carpenter, Isaach De Bankolé, Woody Harrelson

20. Dead Presidents (1995)

R | 119 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

6.8
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A Vietnam vet adjusts to life after the war while trying to support his family, but the chance of a better life may involve crime and bloodshed.

Writers: Allen Hughes, Albert Hughes, Michael Henry Brown, Wallace Terry | Directors: Albert Hughes, Allen Hughes | Stars: Larenz Tate, Keith David, Chris Tucker, Freddy Rodríguez

21. Abandon (2002)

PG-13 | 99 min | Drama, Music, Mystery

4.8
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36 Metascore

A senior at an elite college, already under severe pressure to complete her thesis and land a prestigious job, must confront the sudden reappearance of her old boyfriend, after his two year... See full summary »

Writer: Stephen Gaghan | Director: Stephen Gaghan | Stars: Katie Holmes, Benjamin Bratt, Charlie Hunnam, Zooey Deschanel

22. Sympathy for Mr. Vengeance (2002)

R | 129 min | Crime, Drama

7.7
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56 Metascore

A recently laid off factory worker kidnaps his former boss' daughter, hoping to use the ransom money to pay for his sister's kidney transplant.

Writers: Jae-sun Lee, Jong-yong Lee, Mu-yeong Lee, Chan-wook Park | Director: Chan-wook Park | Stars: Kang-ho Song, Ha-kyun Shin, Doona Bae, Ji-Eun Lim

23. The Baader Meinhof Complex (2008)

R | 150 min | Action, Biography, Crime

7.4
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76 Metascore

A look at Germany's terrorist group, The Red Army Faction (RAF), which organized bombings, robberies, kidnappings and assassinations in the late 1960s and '70s.

Writers: Bernd Eichinger, Uli Edel, Stefan Aust | Director: Uli Edel | Stars: Martina Gedeck, Moritz Bleibtreu, Johanna Wokalek, Bruno Ganz

24. Fahrenheit 9/11 (2004)

R | 122 min | Documentary

7.5
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67 Metascore

Michael Moore's view on what happened to the United States after September 11; and how the Bush Administration allegedly used the tragic event to push forward its agenda for unjust wars in Afghanistan and Iraq.

Writer: Michael Moore | Director: Michael Moore | Stars: Michael Moore, George W. Bush, Ben Affleck, Stevie Wonder

25. Thumbsucker (2005)

R | 96 min | Comedy, Drama

6.7
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69 Metascore

Justin throws himself and everyone around him into chaos when he attempts to break free from his addiction to his thumb.

Writers: Walter Kirn, Mike Mills | Director: Mike Mills | Stars: Lou Taylor Pucci, Tilda Swinton, Vincent D'Onofrio, Keanu Reeves

26. Ghosts of Mississippi (1996)

PG-13 | 130 min | Drama

6.6
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The widow of murdered civil rights leader Medger Evers and a district attorney struggle to finally bring the murderer to justice.

Writer: Lewis Colick | Director: Rob Reiner | Stars: Alec Baldwin, James Woods, Whoopi Goldberg, Virginia Madsen

27. Running on Empty (1988)

PG-13 | 116 min | Crime, Drama, Music

7.7
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The eldest son of a fugitive family comes of age and wants to live a life of his own.

Writer: Naomi Foner | Director: Sidney Lumet | Stars: River Phoenix, Christine Lahti, Judd Hirsch, Jonas Abry

28. Waking the Dead (2000)

R | 105 min | Drama, Mystery, Romance

6.7
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59 Metascore

A congressional candidate questions his sanity after seeing the love of his life, presumed dead, suddenly emerge.

Writers: Scott Spencer, Robert Dillon | Director: Keith Gordon | Stars: Billy Crudup, Bill Haugland, Nelson Landrieu, Ivonne Coll

29. Cry Freedom (1987)

PG | 157 min | Biography, Drama, History

7.5
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South African journalist Donald Woods is forced to flee the country after attempting to investigate the death in custody of his friend the black activist Steve Biko.

Writers: John Briley, Donald Woods | Director: Richard Attenborough | Stars: Denzel Washington, Kevin Kline, Josette Simon, Wabei Siyolwe

30. Slap Her, She's French! (2002)

PG-13 | 88 min | Comedy, Romance

5.0
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44 Metascore

A French foreign-exchange student comes to a small Texas high school, befriends a classmate, and practically takes over her life.

Writers: Lamar Damon, Robert Lee King | Director: Melanie Mayron | Stars: Piper Perabo, Jane McGregor, Michael McKean, Trent Ford

31. Kids in America (2005)

PG-13 | 91 min | Comedy

5.9
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38 Metascore

A diverse group of high school students band together to peacefully stick it to their overbearing principal.

Writers: Andrew Shaifer, Josh Stolberg | Director: Josh Stolberg | Stars: Gregory Smith, Julie Bowen, Malik Yoba, Stephanie Sherrin

32. Norma Rae (1979)

PG | 110 min | Drama

7.3
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A young single mother and textile worker agrees to help unionize her mill despite the problems and dangers involved.

Writers: Irving Ravetch, Harriet Frank Jr. | Director: Martin Ritt | Stars: Sally Field, Beau Bridges, Ron Leibman, Pat Hingle

33. The Edukators (2004)

R | 127 min | Action, Comedy, Crime

7.6
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68 Metascore

Three activists cobble together a kidnapping plot after they encounter a businessman in his home.

Writers: Katharina Held, Hans Weingartner | Director: Hans Weingartner | Stars: Daniel Brühl, Julia Jentsch, Stipe Erceg, Burghart Klaußner

34. Thunderheart (1992)

R | 119 min | Crime, Mystery, Thriller

6.8
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A young mixed-blood FBI agent is assigned to work with a cynical veteran investigator on a murder on a poverty-stricken Sioux reservation.

Writer: John Fusco | Director: Michael Apted | Stars: Val Kilmer, Sam Shepard, Graham Greene, Fred Ward

35. The Laramie Project (2002 TV Movie)

TV-14 | 97 min | Drama, Crime

7.3
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The true story of an American town in the wake of the murder of Matthew Shepard.

Writers: Moisés Kaufman, Stephen Belber, Amanda Gronich, Greg Pierotti, Kelli Simpkins, Jeffrey LaHoste, John McAdams, Leigh Fondakowski, Andy Paris, Barbara Pitts, Stephen Wangh | Director: Moisés Kaufman | Stars: Christina Ricci, Steve Buscemi, Kathleen Chalfant, Laura Linney

36. Raajneeti (2010)

163 min | Action, Crime, Drama

7.1
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Just about to acquire a PhD, a young man becomes embroiled in politics, deceit, lies and murder.

Writers: Prakash Jha, Anjum Rajabali, Sameer | Director: Prakash Jha | Stars: Naseeruddin Shah, Arjun Rampal, Nana Patekar, Ranbir Kapoor

37. Potiche (2010)

R | 103 min | Comedy

6.5
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68 Metascore

When her husband is taken hostage by his striking employees, a trophy wife (Deneuve) takes the reins of the family business and proves to be a remarkably effective leader. Business and ... See full summary »

Writers: François Ozon, Pierre Barillet, Jean-Pierre Grédy | Director: François Ozon | Stars: Catherine Deneuve, Gérard Depardieu, Fabrice Luchini, Karin Viard

38. Citizen Ruth (1996)

R | 106 min | Comedy, Drama

7.0
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64 Metascore

An irresponsible, drug-addicted, recently impregnated woman finds herself in the middle of an abortion debate when both parties attempt to sway her to their respective sides.

Writers: Alexander Payne, Jim Taylor | Director: Alexander Payne | Stars: Laura Dern, Swoosie Kurtz, Mary Kay Place, Kurtwood Smith

39. Role/Play (2010)

85 min | Drama

5.5
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A recently outed soap opera actor crosses paths with a recently divorced gay marriage activist, forcing them to confront the price of fame and the fickle nature of celebrity within the gay community.

Writer: Rob Williams | Director: Rob Williams | Stars: Steve Callahan, Matthew Montgomery, David Pevsner, Brian Nolan

40. The Linda McCartney Story (2000 TV Movie)

90 min | Biography, Drama, Music

6.1
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Writer: Christine Berardo | Director: Armand Mastroianni | Stars: Elizabeth Mitchell, Gary Bakewell, David Lewis, Nicole Oliver

41. For the Bible Tells Me So (2007)

Unrated | 95 min | Documentary

7.9
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73 Metascore

An exploration of the intersection between religion and homosexuality in the U.S. and how the religious right has used its interpretation of the Bible to stigmatize the gay community.

Writers: Daniel G. Karslake, Helen R. Mendoza | Director: Daniel G. Karslake | Stars: Imogene Robinson, Victor Robinson, Gene Robinson, Isabella 'Boo' McDaniel

42. Shahid (2012)

129 min | Biography, Drama

8.2
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An account of slain Human Rights lawyer Shahid Basheer, an ordinary citizen with an extraordinary commitment to justice.

Writers: Sameer Gautam Singh, Hansal Mehta | Director: Hansal Mehta | Stars: Rajkummar Rao, Prabhleen Sandhu, Mohammed Zeeshan Ayyub, Baljinder Kaur

43. Levity (2003)

R | 100 min | Crime, Drama

6.5
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45 Metascore

The film philosophical approach at redemption. The protagonist Manual Jordan has gotten parole from a life sentence for the murder of Abner Easley, and returns to the city he lived in to ... See full summary »

Writer: Ed Solomon | Director: Ed Solomon | Stars: Billy Bob Thornton, Morgan Freeman, Kirsten Dunst, Holly Hunter

44. Garbo Talks (1984)

PG-13 | 103 min | Comedy, Drama

6.4
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The son of a woman dying of a brain tumour tries to fulfil his mother's last wish - to meet Greta Garbo.

Writer: Larry Grusin | Director: Sidney Lumet | Stars: Anne Bancroft, Ron Silver, Carrie Fisher, Catherine Hicks

45. The Josephine Baker Story (1991 TV Movie)

R | 130 min | Biography, Drama, History

7.0
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Born in St. Louis, Missouri, Josephine Baker was born poor, but achieved fame and fortune through her sizzlingly exotic and erotic performances. Starting life on the American Vaudeville ... See full summary »

Writers: Ron Hutchinson, Michael Zagor | Director: Brian Gibson | Stars: Lynn Whitfield, Rubén Blades, David Dukes, Louis Gossett Jr.

46. Untitled Martin Luther King Jr. Project

Biography, Drama | Announced

The life story of legendary civil rights activist Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

Writer: Kario Salem | Star: Jamie Foxx

47. Chinese Box (1997)

R | 99 min | Drama, Romance

6.3
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The story of Hong Kong, from New Year's Day to June 30th, 1997, when the British left their colony and turned it over to the People's Republic of China.

Writers: Jean-Claude Carrière, Larry Gross, Rachel Ingalls, Paul Theroux, Wayne Wang | Director: Wayne Wang | Stars: Jeremy Irons, Li Gong, Maggie Cheung, Michael Hui

48. The Yes Men (2003)

R | 83 min | Documentary, Comedy

6.9
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68 Metascore

Anti-corporate activists travel from conference to conference, impersonating member of the World Trade Organization.

Directors: Dan Ollman, Sarah Price, Chris Smith | Stars: Andreas Bichlbauer, Mike Bonanno, Andy Bichlbaum, Michael Moore

49. Take Her, She's Mine (1963)

Approved | 98 min | Comedy

6.4
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A father's attempts to protect his college-age daughter from trouble backfire, and he finds himself in the middle of scandal after scandal.

Writers: Phoebe Ephron, Henry Ephron, Nunnally Johnson | Director: Henry Koster | Stars: James Stewart, Sandra Dee, Audrey Meadows, Robert Morley

50. The U.S. vs. John Lennon (2006)

PG-13 | 99 min | Documentary, Biography, Music

7.4
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64 Metascore

A documentary on the life of John Lennon, with a focus on the time in his life when he transformed from a musician into an antiwar activist.

Writers: David Leaf, John Scheinfeld | Directors: David Leaf, John Scheinfeld | Stars: John Lennon, Yoko Ono, Stew Albert, Tariq Ali