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1. American Beauty (1999)

R | 122 min | Drama, Romance

8.4
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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.

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

Votes: 843,896 | Gross: $130.06M

2. Watchmen (2009)

R | 162 min | Action, Drama, Mystery

7.6
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56 Metascore

In 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.

Director: Zack Snyder | Stars: Jackie Earle Haley, Patrick Wilson, Carla Gugino, Malin Akerman

Votes: 399,904 | Gross: $107.50M

3. The Great Gatsby (2013)

PG-13 | 143 min | Drama, Romance

7.3
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55 Metascore

A writer and wall street trader, Nick, finds himself drawn to the past and lifestyle of his millionaire neighbor, Jay Gatsby.

Director: Baz Luhrmann | Stars: Leonardo DiCaprio, Carey Mulligan, Joel Edgerton, Tobey Maguire

Votes: 372,216 | Gross: $144.81M

4. Catch Me If You Can (2002)

PG-13 | 141 min | Biography, Crime, Drama

8.0
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76 Metascore

The true story of Frank Abagnale Jr. who, before his 19th birthday, successfully conned millions of dollars' worth of checks as a Pan Am pilot, doctor, and legal prosecutor.

Director: Steven Spielberg | Stars: Leonardo DiCaprio, Tom Hanks, Christopher Walken, Martin Sheen

Votes: 550,070 | Gross: $164.44M

5. Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas (1998)

R | 118 min | Adventure, Comedy, Drama

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.

Director: Terry Gilliam | Stars: Johnny Depp, Benicio Del Toro, Tobey Maguire, Ellen Barkin

Votes: 217,065 | Gross: $10.56M

6. 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.

Director: Sam Mendes | Stars: Leonardo DiCaprio, Kate Winslet, Christopher Fitzgerald, Jonathan Roumie

Votes: 155,516 | Gross: $22.88M

7. Pain & Gain (2013)

R | 129 min | Comedy, Crime, Drama

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.

Director: Michael Bay | Stars: Mark Wahlberg, Dwayne Johnson, Anthony Mackie, Tony Shalhoub

Votes: 164,422 | Gross: $49.87M

8. Milk (I) (2008)

R | 128 min | Biography, Drama, History

7.6
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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.

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

Votes: 139,033 | Gross: $31.84M

9. A Most Violent Year (2014)

R | 125 min | Action, Crime, Drama

7.0
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79 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.

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

Votes: 47,972 | Gross: $5.75M

10. The Last Picture Show (1971)

R | 118 min | Drama

8.1
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In 1951, a group of high schoolers come of age in a bleak, isolated, atrophied West Texas town that is slowly dying, both culturally and economically.

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

Votes: 32,169

11. Pleasantville (1998)

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

7.5
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71 Metascore

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

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

Votes: 105,047 | Gross: $40.57M

12. Running Scared (2006)

R | 122 min | Action, Crime, Drama

7.4
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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.

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

Votes: 89,376 | Gross: $6.86M

13. 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.

Director: Rob Cohen | Stars: Jason Scott Lee, Lauren Holly, Robert Wagner, Michael Learned

Votes: 22,396 | Gross: $35.11M

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.

Director: Vadim Perelman | Stars: Jennifer Connelly, Ben Kingsley, Ron Eldard, Frances Fisher

Votes: 57,267 | Gross: $13.01M

15. 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.

Director: Milos Forman | Stars: James Cagney, Elizabeth McGovern, Howard E. Rollins Jr., Brad Dourif

Votes: 6,796

16. 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.

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

Votes: 7,886

17. 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.

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

Votes: 21,108 | Gross: $1.00M

18. Cristela (2014–2015)

TV-PG | 30 min | Comedy

6.5
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In her sixth year of law school, Cristela is finally on the brink of landing her first big (unpaid) internship at a prestigious law firm. The only problem is that her pursuit of success is ... See full summary »

Stars: Cristela Alonzo, Maria Canals-Barrera, Carlos Ponce, Terri Hoyos

Votes: 2,150

19. 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.

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

Votes: 20,050 | Gross: $0.26M

20. Capitalism: A Love Story (2009)

R | 127 min | Documentary, Crime, News

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.

Director: Michael Moore | Stars: Michael Moore, William Black, Jimmy Carter, Elijah Cummings

Votes: 35,874 | Gross: $14.36M

21. 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.

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

Votes: 42,496 | Gross: $6.00M

22. 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.

Director: Francis Ford Coppola | Stars: Jeff Bridges, Joan Allen, Martin Landau, Frederic Forrest

Votes: 11,981 | Gross: $19.65M

23. A Better Life (2011)

PG-13 | 98 min | Drama, Romance

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.

Director: Chris Weitz | Stars: Demián Bichir, José Julián, Eddie 'Piolin' Sotelo, Joaquín Cosio

Votes: 13,354 | Gross: $1.75M

24. 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.

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

Votes: 2,914

25. 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.

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

Votes: 7,281 | Gross: $2.48M

26. The Assassination of Richard Nixon (2004)

R | 95 min | Biography, Crime, 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.

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

Votes: 23,528 | Gross: $0.70M

27. 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.

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

Votes: 9,593

28. She Wants Me (2012)

85 min | Comedy

6.3
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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.

Director: Rob Margolies | Stars: Aaron Yoo, Alex Solowitz, Brennan Murray, Brian Kubach

Votes: 3,327

29. 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.

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

Votes: 2,769 | Gross: $0.03M

30. Lymelife (2008)

R | 95 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

7.0
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64 Metascore

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

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

Votes: 12,987

31. 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.

Director: Craig Sheffer | Stars: Raymond J. Barry, Aaron Brumfield, Gino Cabanas, Ski Carr

Votes: 1,460

32. A Home of Our Own (1993)

PG | 104 min | Biography, Drama

7.0
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The story begins in Los Angeles when Frances Lacey (Kathy Bates) takes her six children and drives north to find a home of their own away from the bad influences of the big city.

Director: Tony Bill | Stars: Kathy Bates, Edward Furlong, Clarissa Lassig, Sarah Schaub

Votes: 2,287 | Gross: $1.70M

33. Save the Tiger (1973)

R | 100 min | Drama

6.9
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A disillusioned aging decent man and once proud WWII veteran is dealing with midlife crisis as well as a tough moral dilemma. If he wants his small near-bankrupt clothing company to survive, he has two days to let go of his shaken morals.

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

Votes: 3,611

34. A Kiss Before Dying (1991)

R | 94 min | Crime, Mystery, Thriller

5.7
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Realising his secret girlfriend Dorothy's pregnancy will sour her relations with her ultra-rich father, career-minded Philadelphia student Jonathan Corliss coolly murders her, making it ... See full summary »

Director: James Dearden | Stars: Matt Dillon, Sean Young, James Bonfanti, Sarah Keller

Votes: 3,901 | Gross: $15.43M

35. 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 »

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

Votes: 5,355

36. The Last Time I Committed Suicide (1997)

R | 92 min | Biography, Drama

5.8
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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 »

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

Votes: 1,709 | Gross: $0.01M

37. 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.

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

Votes: 4,071 | Gross: $1.08M

38. The Last American Hero (1973)

PG | 95 min | Drama, Sport

6.4
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A young hellraiser quits his moonshine business to try to become the best NASCAR racer the south has ever seen.

Director: Lamont Johnson | Stars: Jeff Bridges, Valerie Perrine, Geraldine Fitzgerald, Ned Beatty

Votes: 1,116

39. 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.

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

Votes: 6,616 | Gross: $1.25M

40. ¿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!

Stars: Velia Martinez, Ana Margarita Martínez Casado, Luis G. Oquendo, Manolo Villaverde

Votes: 190

41. Death of a Salesman (1951)

115 min | Drama

7.5
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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.

Director: Laslo Benedek | Stars: Fredric March, Mildred Dunnock, Kevin McCarthy, Cameron Mitchell

Votes: 636

42. 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.

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

Votes: 2,233 | Gross: $0.39M

43. Search and Destroy (1995)

R | 90 min | Action, Comedy, Drama

5.3
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A satire about desperate hustling, pop philosophy and big money.

Director: David Salle | Stars: Griffin Dunne, Dennis Hopper, Jason Ferraro, Robert Knepper

Votes: 1,096 | Gross: $0.39M

44. A Likely Story (1947)

Approved | 80 min | Comedy

6.0
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A shell-shocked young GI mistakenly believes he is dying, and a young artist takes it upon herself to prove to him that he's not.

Director: H.C. Potter | Stars: Bill Williams, Barbara Hale, Lanny Rees, Sam Levene

Votes: 102

45. The Lady Without Camelias (1953)

101 min | Drama

7.2
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A new starlet is discovered and has ups and downs in Italian films.

Director: Michelangelo Antonioni | Stars: Lucia Bosé, Gino Cervi, Andrea Checchi, Ivan Desny

Votes: 891

46. 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 »

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

Votes: 1,853 | Gross: $0.25M

47. The Return of Joe Rich (2011)

95 min | Comedy, Drama

4.0
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Joe believed in right and wrong until... His job outsourced to India. His teaser rate spiked. His wife bailed. But Joe has a plan...to get it all back, and more. Joe returns home, to the ... See full summary »

Director: Sam Auster | Stars: Sam Witwer, Armand Assante, Talia Shire, Tim Kazurinsky

Votes: 171

48. Roundabout American (2012)

Unrated | 86 min | Comedy, Romance

5.8
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A young French chef with a fondness for America and a life in shambles pushes the limits of the American Dream by converting a Chicago pizza shop into an escort-service for the super-rich ... See full summary »

Director: Boris Wexler | Stars: Jeff Garretson, Venessa Nicole Rodriguez, Richard Cotovsky, Annabel Kuentzmann

Votes: 99

49. Motorama (1991)

R | 90 min | Adventure, Comedy, Crime

6.4
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A ten year-old boy runs away from his abusive parents, steals a Mustang, and rides off playing a surreal video game.

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

Votes: 1,427

50. My Friend Rockefeller (2015)

86 min | Documentary, Biography, Crime

6.3
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Portrait of Christian Gerhartsreiter, who posed as a Rockefeller heir for decades, but who was, in fact, a con artist and a murderer.

Director: Steffi Kammerer | Stars: Christian Karl Gerhartsreiter, Dan Banks, Sandra Boss, Meredith Brucker

Votes: 279