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1. American Beauty (1999)

R | 122 min | Drama

8.5
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86 Metascore

A sexually frustrated suburban father has a mid-life crisis after becoming infatuated with his daughter's best friend.

Writer: Alan Ball | Director: Sam Mendes | Stars: Kevin Spacey, Annette Bening, Thora Birch, Wes Bentley

2. A Most Violent Year (2014)

R | 125 min | Action, Crime, Drama

7.4
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86 Metascore

In New York City 1981, an ambitious immigrant fights to protect his business and family during the most dangerous year in the city's history.

Writer: J.C. Chandor | Director: J.C. Chandor | Stars: Oscar Isaac, Jessica Chastain, David Oyelowo, Alessandro Nivola

3. The Great Gatsby (2013)

PG-13 | 143 min | Drama, Romance

7.3
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55 Metascore

A Midwestern war veteran finds himself drawn to the past and lifestyle of his millionaire neighbor.

Writers: Baz Luhrmann, Craig Pearce, F. Scott Fitzgerald | Director: Baz Luhrmann | Stars: Leonardo DiCaprio, Carey Mulligan, Joel Edgerton, Tobey Maguire

4. Watchmen (2009)

R | 162 min | Action, Mystery, Sci-Fi

7.6
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56 Metascore

In an alternate 1985 where former superheroes exist, the murder of a colleague sends active vigilante Rorschach into his own sprawling investigation, uncovering something that could completely change the course of history as we know it.

Writers: David Hayter, Alex Tse, Dave Gibbons | Director: Zack Snyder | Stars: Jackie Earle Haley, Patrick Wilson, Carla Gugino, Malin Akerman

5. Pain & Gain (2013)

R | 129 min | Action, Comedy, Crime

6.5
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45 Metascore

A trio of bodybuilders in Florida get caught up in an extortion ring and a kidnapping scheme that goes terribly wrong.

Writers: Christopher Markus, Stephen McFeely, Pete Collins | Director: Michael Bay | Stars: Mark Wahlberg, Dwayne Johnson, Anthony Mackie, Tony Shalhoub

6. Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas (1998)

R | 118 min | Comedy

7.7
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41 Metascore

An oddball journalist and his psychopathic lawyer travel to Las Vegas for a series of psychedelic escapades.

Writers: Hunter S. Thompson, Terry Gilliam, Tony Grisoni, Tod Davies, Alex Cox | Director: Terry Gilliam | Stars: Johnny Depp, Benicio Del Toro, Tobey Maguire, Ellen Barkin

7. Revolutionary Road (2008)

R | 119 min | Drama, Romance

7.3
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69 Metascore

A young couple living in a Connecticut suburb during the mid-1950s struggle to come to terms with their personal problems while trying to raise their two children.

Writers: Justin Haythe, Richard Yates | Director: Sam Mendes | Stars: Leonardo DiCaprio, Kate Winslet, Christopher Fitzgerald, Jonathan Roumie

8. Pleasantville (1998)

PG-13 | 124 min | Comedy, Drama, Fantasy

7.5
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71 Metascore

Two 1990s teenagers find themselves in a 1950s sitcom where their influence begins to profoundly change that complacent world.

Writer: Gary Ross | Director: Gary Ross | Stars: Tobey Maguire, Jeff Daniels, Joan Allen, Reese Witherspoon

9. 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

10. Revenge of the Green Dragons (2014)

R | 94 min | Action, Crime, Drama

5.3
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36 Metascore

Two best friends rise through the ranks of New York's Chinese underworld in the 1980s.

Writers: Michael Di Jiacomo, Andrew Loo | Directors: Wai-Keung Lau, Andrew Loo | Stars: Justin Chon, Kevin Wu, Harry Shum Jr., Ray Liotta

11. Running Scared (2006)

R | 122 min | Action, Crime, Drama

7.5
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41 Metascore

A low-ranking thug is entrusted by his crime boss to dispose of a gun that killed corrupt cops, but things get out of control when the gun ends up in wrong hands.

Writer: Wayne Kramer | Director: Wayne Kramer | Stars: Paul Walker, Cameron Bright, Chazz Palminteri, Vera Farmiga

12. Fast Food Nation (2006)

R | 116 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

6.3
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64 Metascore

An ensemble piece examining the health risks involved in the fast food industry and its environmental and social consequences as well.

Writers: Eric Schlosser, Richard Linklater | Director: Richard Linklater | Stars: Greg Kinnear, Bruce Willis, Catalina Sandino Moreno, Wilmer Valderrama

13. The Last Picture Show (1971)

R | 118 min | Drama

8.1
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A group of 1950s high schoolers come of age in a bleak, isolated, atrophied West Texas town that is slowly dying, both economically and culturally.

Writers: Larry McMurtry, Peter Bogdanovich | Director: Peter Bogdanovich | Stars: Timothy Bottoms, Jeff Bridges, Cybill Shepherd, Ben Johnson

14. House of Sand and Fog (2003)

R | 126 min | Drama

7.6
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71 Metascore

An abandoned wife is evicted from her house and starts a tragic conflict with her home's new owners.

Writers: Andre Dubus III, Vadim Perelman, Shawn Lawrence Otto | Director: Vadim Perelman | Stars: Jennifer Connelly, Ben Kingsley, Ron Eldard, Frances Fisher

15. A Better Life (2011)

PG-13 | 98 min | Drama

7.2
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64 Metascore

A gardener in East L.A. struggles to keep his son away from gangs and immigration agents while trying to give his son the opportunities he never had.

Writers: Eric Eason, Roger L. Simon | Director: Chris Weitz | Stars: Demian Bichir, José Julián, Eddie 'Piolin' Sotelo, Joaquín Cosio

16. Dragon: The Bruce Lee Story (1993)

PG-13 | 120 min | Action, Biography, Drama

7.0
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A lionized account of the life of the martial arts superstar.

Writers: Robert Clouse, Linda Lee Cadwell, Edward Khmara, John Raffo, Rob Cohen | Director: Rob Cohen | Stars: Jason Scott Lee, Lauren Holly, Robert Wagner, Michael Learned

17. American Splendor (2003)

R | 101 min | Biography, Comedy, Drama

7.5
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90 Metascore

An original mix of fiction and reality illuminates the life of comic book hero everyman Harvey Pekar.

Writers: Harvey Pekar, Joyce Brabner, Shari Springer Berman, Robert Pulcini | Directors: Shari Springer Berman, Robert Pulcini | Stars: Paul Giamatti, Shari Springer Berman, Harvey Pekar, Chris Ambrose

18. My One and Only (2009)

PG-13 | 108 min | Adventure, Biography, Comedy

6.6
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62 Metascore

An unusual road trip movie about a mother driving her two sons from New York to Pittsburgh to St. Louis and eventually Hollywood in her quest to find a man to take care of them all.

Writer: Charlie Peters | Director: Richard Loncraine | Stars: Renée Zellweger, Logan Lerman, Mark Rendall, Kevin Bacon

19. Ragtime (1981)

PG | 155 min | Drama

7.3
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57 Metascore

A young black pianist becomes embroiled in the lives of an upper-class white family set among the racial tensions, infidelity, violence, and other nostalgic events in early 1900s New York City.

Writers: E.L. Doctorow, Michael Weller | Director: Milos Forman | Stars: James Cagney, Elizabeth McGovern, Howard E. Rollins Jr., Brad Dourif

20. Tucker: The Man and His Dream (1988)

PG | 110 min | Biography, Drama

6.9
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74 Metascore

The story of Preston Tucker, the maverick car designer and his ill-fated challenge to the auto industry with his revolutionary car concept.

Writers: Arnold Schulman, David Seidler | Director: Francis Ford Coppola | Stars: Jeff Bridges, Joan Allen, Martin Landau, Frederic Forrest

21. Death of a Salesman (1985 TV Movie)

PG | 136 min | Drama

7.3
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An aging traveling salesman recognizes the emptiness of his life and tries to fix it.

Writer: Arthur Miller | Director: Volker Schlöndorff | Stars: Dustin Hoffman, Kate Reid, John Malkovich, Stephen Lang

22. She Wants Me (2012)

85 min | Comedy

6.4
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A neurotic writer working on his new film gets into a tricky situation when an A-list actress shows interest in the role intended for his girlfriend.

Writer: Rob Margolies | Director: Rob Margolies | Stars: Josh Gad, Kristen Ruhlin, Hilary Duff, Charlie Sheen

23. King of California (2007)

PG-13 | 93 min | Comedy, Drama

6.7
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63 Metascore

An unstable dad who after getting out of a mental institution tries to convince his daughter that there's Spanish gold buried somewhere under suburbia.

Writer: Mike Cahill | Director: Mike Cahill | Stars: Michael Douglas, Evan Rachel Wood, Willis Burks II, Laura Kachergus

24. The Assassination of Richard Nixon (2004)

R | 95 min | Biography, Drama

7.0
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63 Metascore

Based on real life events, Assassination is set in 1974 and centers on a businessman who decides to take extreme measures to achieve his American dream.

Writers: Kevin Kennedy, Niels Mueller | Director: Niels Mueller | Stars: Sean Penn, Naomi Watts, Don Cheadle, Jack Thompson

25. Lymelife (2008)

R | 95 min | Comedy, Drama

7.1
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64 Metascore

A family unit begins to bow under the pressure of a failing marriage.

Writers: Derick Martini, Steven Martini | Director: Derick Martini | Stars: Rory Culkin, Alec Baldwin, Jill Hennessy, Emma Roberts

26. Dark Matter (I) (2007)

R | 88 min | Drama

6.2
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49 Metascore

Based on actual events, a Chinese university student responds violently when his chances for a Nobel Prize are dashed by school politics.

Writers: Billy Shebar, Shi-Zheng Chen | Director: Shi-Zheng Chen | Stars: Meryl Streep, Ye Liu, Peng Chi, Aidan Quinn

27. Capitalism: A Love Story (2009)

R | 127 min | Documentary

7.4
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61 Metascore

An examination of the social costs of corporate interests pursuing profits at the expense of the public good.

Writer: Michael Moore | Director: Michael Moore | Stars: Michael Moore, Thora Birch, William Black, Jimmy Carter

28. National Lampoon's Gold Diggers (2003)

PG-13 | 90 min | Comedy, Crime

2.9
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6 Metascore

A pair of losers marry two elderly sisters, thinking they'll inherit their fortune and Beverly Hills estate.

Writers: Michael Canale, Gary Preisler | Director: Gary Preisler | Stars: Will Friedle, Chris Owen, Louise Lasser, Renée Taylor

29. Sweet Bird of Youth (1962)

Approved | 120 min | Drama

7.5
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Drifter Chance Wayne returns to his hometown after many years of trying to make it in the movies. Arriving with him is a faded film star he picked up along the way, Alexandra Del Lago. ... See full summary »

Writers: Tennessee Williams, Richard Brooks | Director: Richard Brooks | Stars: Paul Newman, Geraldine Page, Shirley Knight, Ed Begley

30. A Home of Our Own (1993)

PG | 104 min | Biography, Drama

7.0
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The story is located in Los Angeles in the sixties. An energetic widow, Frances Lacey, with her six children try to make a dream of theirs come true: to have a home of their own. Therefore ... See full summary »

Writer: Patrick Sheane Duncan | Director: Tony Bill | Stars: Kathy Bates, Edward Furlong, Clarissa Lassig, Sarah Schaub

31. The Last Time I Committed Suicide (1997)

R | 92 min | Biography, Drama

5.9
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Neal Cassady is living the beat life during the 1940s, working at The Tire Yard and and philandering around town. However, he has visions of a happy life with kids and a white picket fence.... See full summary »

Writers: Neal Cassady, Stephen Kay | Director: Stephen Kay | Stars: Thomas Jane, Keanu Reeves, Adrien Brody, John Doe

32. Save the Tiger (1973)

R | 100 min | Drama

7.0
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A businessman's professional struggles begin to conflict with his personal life over the course of two days.

Writer: Steve Shagan | Director: John G. Avildsen | Stars: Jack Lemmon, Jack Gilford, Laurie Heineman, Norman Burton

33. American Crude (2008)

R | 96 min | Comedy, Drama

3.8
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The paths of several eccentric and troubled strangers cross one night.

Writers: Jeff Winiski, Mike Diiorio, Craig Sheffer | Director: Craig Sheffer | Stars: Raymond J. Barry, Aaron Brumfield, Gino Cabanas, Ski Carr

34. Eddie Izzard: Dress to Kill (1999 Video)

115 min | Comedy

8.7
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Executive transvestite Eddie Izzard takes his show to San Francisco to give a brief history of pagan and Christian religions, the building of Stonehenge, the birth of the Church of England ... See full summary »

Writer: Eddie Izzard | Director: Lawrence Jordan | Star: Eddie Izzard

35. Out of Order (2003 TV Mini-Series)

R | 200 min | Drama, Romance

7.2
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An unsatisfying marriage leads a man to consider a relationship with someone else.

Stars: Eric Stoltz, Felicity Huffman, Kim Dickens, Dyllan Christopher

36. Telling Lies in America (1997)

PG-13 | 101 min | Drama, Music

6.3
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65 Metascore

Karchy (Brad Renfro) is a boy in school who has moved from Hungary to America in the 1960's. He is struggling in school and trying to adjust to America's culture. He then hears about a ... See full summary »

Writer: Joe Eszterhas | Director: Guy Ferland | Stars: Kevin Bacon, Brad Renfro, Maximilian Schell, Calista Flockhart

37. Gonzo: The Life and Work of Dr. Hunter S. Thompson (2008)

R | 120 min | Documentary, Biography, Music

7.8
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73 Metascore

A portrait of the late gonzo journalist Hunter S. Thompson.

Writers: Alex Gibney, Hunter S. Thompson | Director: Alex Gibney | Stars: Hunter S. Thompson, Johnny Depp, Joe Cairo, David Carlo

38. Motorama (1991)

R | 90 min | Adventure, Comedy, Crime

6.4
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A ten year old boy gets tired of life with abusive parents and cashes in his piggy bank and steals a Mustang. He rides off into a surreal America playing "Motorama," a game sponsored by ... See full summary »

Writer: Joseph Minion | Director: Barry Shils | Stars: Jordan Christopher Michael, Martha Quinn, Michael Naegel, Susan Tyrrell

39. ¿Qué pasa, U.S.A.? (1977–1980)

30 min | Comedy

9.0
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In the Peña household, language barriers arise, cultures clash... and hilarity ensues!

Creator: Manny Mendoza | Stars: Velia Martinez, Ana Margarita Martínez Casado, Luis G. Oquendo, Manolo Villaverde

40. The Last American Hero (1973)

PG | 95 min | Drama, Sport

6.3
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A young hellraiser quits his moonshine business to try to become the best NASCAR racer the south had ever seen.

Writers: Tom Wolfe, William Roberts | Director: Lamont Johnson | Stars: Jeff Bridges, Valerie Perrine, Geraldine Fitzgerald, Ned Beatty

41. Search and Destroy (1995)

R | 90 min | Action, Comedy, Drama

5.2
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A satire about desperate hustling, pop philosophy and big money.

Writers: Howard Korder, Michael Almereyda | Director: David Salle | Stars: Griffin Dunne, Dennis Hopper, Jason Ferraro, Robert Knepper

42. Death of a Salesman (1966 TV Movie)

100 min | Drama

8.1
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An abridged award-winning TV adaptation of a famous play about an aging traveling salesman who's on the verge of a nervous breakdown. His job is gone and his family hates him for never being there. He tries mending things with them.

Writer: Arthur Miller | Director: Alex Segal | Stars: Stanley Adams, Edward Andrews, Lee J. Cobb, Albert Dekker

43. Stroszek (1977)

Not Rated | 115 min | Comedy, Drama

8.0
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In Berlin, an alcoholic man, recently released from prison, joins his elderly friend and a prostitute in a determined dream to leave Germany and seek a better life in Wisconsin.

Writer: Werner Herzog | Director: Werner Herzog | Stars: Bruno S., Eva Mattes, Clemens Scheitz, Wilhelm von Homburg

44. Paper Boys (2009)

126 min | Comedy, Drama, Music

3.7
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A ragtag bunch of teenage door to door salesmen wreak havoc and spread the news of their coming of age in this summer before they begin their college lives. It centers around Sean, a ... See full summary »

Writer: Bryan E. Hall | Director: Bryan E. Hall | Stars: Louis Lavdas, Chris Whitley, David Hall, Jus Riddick

45. Death of a Salesman (1951)

115 min | Drama

7.4
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Willy Loman is an over-the-hill salesman who faces a personal turning point when he loses his job and attempts to make peace with his family: Willy's long-suffering wife Linda, and Biff and Happy, his troubled sons and his life.

Writers: Arthur Miller, Stanley Roberts | Director: Laslo Benedek | Stars: Fredric March, Mildred Dunnock, Kevin McCarthy, Cameron Mitchell

46. Fighting for Freedom (2013)

87 min | Drama

6.0
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Two intertwined families, one American, one Mexican, and their fight to save three year old illegal Angelina from deportation.

Writer: Chris Loken | Director: Farhad Mann | Stars: Bruce Dern, Kristanna Loken, José María Yazpik, Eddie Allen

47. Sugar (I) (2008)

R | 114 min | Drama, Sport

7.2
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82 Metascore

Dominican baseball star Miguel "Sugar" Santos is recruited to play in the U.S. minor-leagues.

Writers: Anna Boden, Ryan Fleck | Directors: Anna Boden, Ryan Fleck | Stars: Algenis Perez Soto, Jose Rijo, Walki Cuevas, Santo Silvestre

48. Beauty Is Embarrassing (2012)

88 min | Documentary, Biography, Comedy

7.5
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72 Metascore

A documentary on the life and current times of artist Wayne White.

Writers: Neil Berkeley, Chris Bradley, Kevin Klauber | Director: Neil Berkeley | Stars: Wayne White, Mimi Pond, Paul Reubens, Mark Mothersbaugh

49. Immigrants (L.A. Dolce Vita) (2008)

Unrated | 78 min | Animation, Comedy

6.0
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Jóska, a Hungarian immigrant in Los Angeles is sharing an apartment with the Russian Vladislav. In their search for the "American Dream" they get into all kinds of troubles, wild adventures... See full summary »

Writers: Billiam Coronel, Josh Lieb | Director: Gabor Csupo | Stars: Hank Azaria, Sándor Fábry, Károly Gesztesi, Judit Hernádi

50. Ballplayer: Pelotero (2011)

Not Rated | 77 min | Documentary, Drama, Sport

7.0
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75 Metascore

Two top baseball prospects in the Dominican Republic face fierce competition and corruption as they chase their big league dreams.

Directors: Ross Finkel, Trevor Martin, Jonathan Paley | Stars: Jean Carlos Batista, Miguel Angel Sano, John Leguizamo