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1. Burn Notice (2007–2013)

TV-PG | 44 min | Action, Crime, Drama

8.0
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A spy recently disavowed by the U.S. government uses his special ops training to help others in trouble.

Stars: Jeffrey Donovan, Gabrielle Anwar, Bruce Campbell, Sharon Gless

Votes: 60,116

2. 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.

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

Votes: 270,407 | Gross: $11.28M

3. Trumbo (2015)

R | 124 min | Biography, Drama

7.5
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60 Metascore

In 1947, Dalton Trumbo was Hollywood's top screenwriter, until he and other artists were jailed and blacklisted for their political beliefs.

Director: Jay Roach | Stars: Bryan Cranston, Diane Lane, Helen Mirren, Louis C.K.

Votes: 52,741

4. Inherent Vice (2014)

R | 148 min | Comedy, Crime, Drama

6.7
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81 Metascore

In 1970, drug-fueled Los Angeles private investigator Larry "Doc" Sportello investigates the disappearance of a former girlfriend.

Director: Paul Thomas Anderson | Stars: Joaquin Phoenix, Josh Brolin, Owen Wilson, Katherine Waterston

Votes: 66,512 | Gross: $8.09M

5. Citizen Kane (1941)

Approved | 119 min | Drama, Mystery

8.4
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Following the death of a publishing tycoon, news reporters scramble to discover the meaning of his final utterance.

Director: Orson Welles | Stars: Orson Welles, Joseph Cotten, Dorothy Comingore, Agnes Moorehead

Votes: 308,716

6. Chaplin (1992)

PG-13 | 143 min | Biography, Comedy, Drama

7.6
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A film about the troubled and controversial life of the master comedy filmmaker Charles Chaplin.

Director: Richard Attenborough | Stars: Robert Downey Jr., Geraldine Chaplin, Paul Rhys, John Thaw

Votes: 44,145 | Gross: $9.49M

7. The Great Debaters (2007)

PG-13 | 126 min | Biography, Drama, Romance

7.6
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65 Metascore

A drama based on the true story of Melvin B. Tolson, a professor at Wiley College Texas. In 1935, he inspired students to form the school's first debate team, which went on to challenge Harvard in the national championship.

Director: Denzel Washington | Stars: Denzel Washington, Forest Whitaker, Kimberly Elise, Nate Parker

Votes: 48,823 | Gross: $30.23M

8. 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.

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

Votes: 16,945

9. Good Night, and Good Luck. (2005)

PG | 93 min | Biography, Drama, History

7.5
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80 Metascore

Broadcast journalist Edward R. Murrow looks to bring down Senator Joseph McCarthy.

Director: George Clooney | Stars: David Strathairn, George Clooney, Patricia Clarkson, Jeff Daniels

Votes: 85,271 | Gross: $31.50M

10. The Majestic (2001)

PG | 152 min | Drama, Romance

6.9
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27 Metascore

Set in 1951, a blacklisted Hollywood writer gets into a car accident, loses his memory and settles down in a small town where he is mistaken for a long-lost son.

Director: Frank Darabont | Stars: Jim Carrey, Martin Landau, Bob Balaban, Jeffrey DeMunn

Votes: 45,879 | Gross: $27.80M

11. Guilty by Suspicion (1991)

PG-13 | 105 min | Drama

6.5
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David Merrill (Robert De Niro), a fictitious 1950s Hollywood director, returns from filming abroad in France to find that his loyalty has been called into question by the House Committee on... See full summary »

Director: Irwin Winkler | Stars: Robert De Niro, Annette Bening, George Wendt, Patricia Wettig

Votes: 6,308 | Gross: $9.48M

12. Bread and Roses (2000)

R | 110 min | Drama

7.1
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57 Metascore

Two Latina sisters work as cleaners in a downtown office building, and fight for the right to unionize.

Director: Ken Loach | Stars: Pilar Padilla, Adrien Brody, Elpidia Carrillo, Jack McGee

Votes: 4,613 | Gross: $0.53M

13. Takedown (2000)

R | 96 min | Biography, Crime, Drama

6.3
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This film is based on the story of the capture of computer hacker "Kevin Mitnick".

Director: Joe Chappelle | Stars: Skeet Ulrich, Russell Wong, Angela Featherstone, Donal Logue

Votes: 5,982

14. The Front (1976)

PG | 95 min | Comedy, Drama

7.4
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In 1953, a cashier poses as a writer for blacklisted talents to submit their work through, but the injustice around him pushes him to take a stand.

Director: Martin Ritt | Stars: Woody Allen, Zero Mostel, Herschel Bernardi, Michael Murphy

Votes: 6,632

15. Salmer fra kjøkkenet (2003)

PG | 95 min | Comedy, Drama

7.3
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75 Metascore

A scientific observer's job of observing an old cantankerous single man's kitchen habits is complicated by his growing friendship with him.

Director: Bent Hamer | Stars: Tomas Norström, Joachim Calmeyer, Bjørn Floberg, Reine Brynolfsson

Votes: 7,176 | Gross: $0.35M

16. The Devil and Miss Jones (1941)

Approved | 92 min | Comedy, Romance

7.8
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A tycoon goes undercover to ferret out agitators at a department store, but gets involved in their lives instead.

Director: Sam Wood | Stars: Jean Arthur, Robert Cummings, Charles Coburn, Edmund Gwenn

Votes: 2,754

17. Need for Speed: Most Wanted (2005 Video Game)

Action, Crime

8.7
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A lone street racer must use his talents to rise to the top of the Blacklist, comprised of the 15 most elite drivers in the city of Rockport.

Directors: Dave 'Foots' Footman, Scott Henshaw | Stars: Paul Dzenkiw, Josie Maran, Dean McKenzie, Derek Hamilton

Votes: 4,278

18. Force of Evil (1948)

TV-PG | 78 min | Crime, Drama, Film-Noir

7.4
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An unethical lawyer, with an older brother he wants to help, becomes a partner with a client in the numbers racket.

Director: Abraham Polonsky | Stars: John Garfield, Thomas Gomez, Marie Windsor, Howland Chamberlain

Votes: 4,315

19. Trumbo (2007)

PG-13 | 96 min | Documentary, Biography

7.5
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71 Metascore

Through a focus on the life of Dalton Trumbo (1905-1976), this film examines the effects on individuals and families of a congressional pursuit of Hollywood Communists after World War II. ... See full summary »

Director: Peter Askin | Stars: Dalton Trumbo, Joan Allen, Brian Dennehy, Michael Douglas

Votes: 860 | Gross: $7.85M

20. The House on Carroll Street (1988)

PG | 101 min | Thriller

6.2
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In 1950s America, an FBI agent and a blacklist victim uncover a plot to smuggle Nazi war criminals into the country.

Director: Peter Yates | Stars: Kelly McGillis, Jeff Daniels, Mandy Patinkin, Jessica Tandy

Votes: 1,766 | Gross: $0.46M

21. Career (1959)

105 min | Drama

7.1
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More than anything in the world, Sam Lawson wants to be a successful actor. Is he willing to sacrifice his wife, happiness and personal reputation to achieve his goal?

Director: Joseph Anthony | Stars: Dean Martin, Anthony Franciosa, Shirley MacLaine, Carolyn Jones

Votes: 410

22. The Big Knife (1955)

Approved | 111 min | Crime, Drama, Film-Noir

6.9
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Hollywood actor Charles Castle is pressured by his studio boss into a criminal cover-up to protect his valuable career.

Director: Robert Aldrich | Stars: Jack Palance, Ida Lupino, Wendell Corey, Jean Hagen

Votes: 2,399

23. The Politician's Wife (1995 TV Mini-Series)

185 min | Drama

8.0
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A woman's life is turned upside down when it is revealed that her husband, a member of the British Parliament, has been having an affair with a former prostitute.

Stars: Juliet Stevenson, Trevor Eve, Ian Bannen, Anton Lesser

Votes: 408

24. Nothing But a Man (1964)

Not Rated | 95 min | Drama, Romance

8.1
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87 Metascore

A proud black man and his school-teacher wife face discriminatory challenges in 1960s America.

Director: Michael Roemer | Stars: Ivan Dixon, Abbey Lincoln, Julius Harris, Gloria Foster

Votes: 928 | Gross: $0.01M

25. Parajanov: The Last Spring (1992)

55 min | Documentary

6.5
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Made in wartime and edited in candlelight, Mikhail Vartanov's rarely-seen masterpiece tells about his friendship with the genius Sergei Parajanov who was imprisoned by KGB "at the peak of ... See full summary »

Directors: Mikhail Vartanov, Sergei Parajanov | Stars: Sergei Parajanov, Mikhail Vartanov, Sofiko Chiaureli, Aleksandr Kaydanovskiy

Votes: 172

26. Dash and Lilly (1999 TV Movie)

100 min | Drama

6.4
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Biographical look at the bombastic love affair that writers Dashiell Hammett and Lillian Hellman shared in 1940 and 50's Hollywood. Refusing to marry, but deeply in love, the two engaged in... See full summary »

Director: Kathy Bates | Stars: Sam Shepard, Judy Davis, Bebe Neuwirth, Laurence Luckinbill

Votes: 243

27. Slaves (1969)

110 min | Drama

4.8
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A Kentucky slave fights for his freedom from cruel overseer whose mistress eventually joins Davis and the other slaves in their revolt.

Director: Herbert J. Biberman | Stars: Dionne Warwick, Ossie Davis, Stephen Boyd, Marilyn Clark

Votes: 105

28. One of the Hollywood Ten (2000)

109 min | Drama

6.2
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Herbert Biberman struggles as a Hollywood writer and director blacklisted as one of The Hollywood Ten in the 1950s.

Director: Karl Francis | Stars: Jeff Goldblum, Greta Scacchi, Ángela Molina, Christopher Fulford

Votes: 265

29. Sing Your Song (2011)

Not Rated | 103 min | Documentary, Biography, Music

7.5
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73 Metascore

Most people know the lasting legacy of Harry Belafonte, the entertainer. This film unearths his significant contribution to and his leadership in the civil rights movement in America and to social justice globally.

Director: Susanne Rostock | Stars: Harry Belafonte, Sidney Poitier, Marge Champion, Fran Scott Attaway

Votes: 377 | Gross: $0.05M

30. The Heat's On (1943)

Approved | 79 min | Musical, Comedy

5.1
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When his biggest star joins a rival's show, a Broadway producer bluffs and schemes to get her back.

Director: Gregory Ratoff | Stars: Mae West, Victor Moore, William Gaxton, Lester Allen

Votes: 210

31. Pete Seeger: The Power of Song (2007)

PG | 93 min | Documentary, Music

8.4
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81 Metascore

Interviews, archival footage and home movies are used to illustrate a social history of folk artist and activist Pete Seeger.

Director: Jim Brown | Stars: Joan Baez, Johnny Cash, Bill Clinton, Bob Dylan

Votes: 399 | Gross: $0.18M

32. Rated 'R': Republicans in Hollywood (2004 TV Movie)

TV-PG | 45 min | Documentary

5.1
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Add a Plot

Director: Jesse Moss | Stars: Jesse Moss, Julie Haener, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Barbra Streisand

Votes: 186

33. Shine on Harvest Moon (1944)

Approved | 112 min | Biography, Musical

6.5
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Biographical movie about the early 20th century Broadway stars Nora Bayes and Jack Norworth.

Director: David Butler | Stars: Ann Sheridan, Dennis Morgan, Jack Carson, Irene Manning

Votes: 217

34. Blacklist (2009)

10 min | Short, Thriller

7.3
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Two protagonists, Death And Angel play God and toy with the lives of humans.

Director: Roberto Iacurci | Stars: Hassan Abbas, Antonio Iacurci, Roberto Iacurci, Charlotte King

Votes: 7

35. Kirk Douglas: Before I Forget (2009)

86 min | Documentary

7.8
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Hollywood legend Kirk Douglas shares stories about his life, his family, his work, and his philosophy after living 92 years.

Director: Jeff Kanew | Stars: Kirk Douglas, Anne Douglas, Diana Douglas, Eric Douglas

Votes: 42

36. Fear on Trial (1975 TV Movie)

Not Rated | 100 min | Drama

7.7
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The story of John Henry Faulk, a radio/TV personality of the 1950s, who was blacklisted during the McCarthy era. Faulk sued the organization that was behind the blacklisting, and the ... See full summary »

Director: Lamont Johnson | Stars: William Devane, George C. Scott, Dorothy Tristan, William Redfield

Votes: 84

37. The Weavers: Wasn't That a Time (1981)

PG | 78 min | Documentary, Music

8.4
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Documentary about the blacklisted folk group, "The Weavers," and the events leading up to their triumphant return to Carnegie Hall.

Director: Jim Brown | Stars: Lee Hays, Pete Seeger, Ronnie Gilbert, Arlo Guthrie

Votes: 176

38. The Hollywood Ten (1950)

15 min | Documentary, Short, History

7.5
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A brief look at The Hollywood Ten, a group of screenwriters and directors charged of contempt of court after challenging the House of Anti-American Activities and their controversial and ... See full summary »

Director: John Berry | Stars: J. Parnell Thomas, Albert Maltz, Lester Cole, Samuel Ornitz

Votes: 153

39. Red Hollywood (1996 Video)

Not Rated | 118 min | Documentary, History

7.0
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A documentary that examines the films made by the victims of the Hollywood Blacklist and offers a radically difference perspective on a key period in the history of American cinema.

Directors: Thom Andersen, Noël Burch | Stars: Paul Jarrico, Eric Johnston, Ring Lardner Jr., John Howard Lawson

Votes: 117

40. Seeing Red (1983)

100 min | Documentary, History

8.0
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A unique documentary that looks at the political activities of the American Communist Party in the early to mid-twentieth century.

Directors: Jim Klein, Julia Reichert | Stars: Oscar Hunter, Rose Podmaka, Sylvia Woods, Howard 'Stretch' Johnson

Votes: 87

41. Tell the Truth and Run: George Seldes and the American Press (1996)

90 min | Documentary, Biography

8.4
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The profile of controversial journalist George Seldes and a piercing examination of America's news media. Narrated by Susan Sarandon, with readings of writings by Ed Asner, this Academy ... See full summary »

Director: Rick Goldsmith | Stars: Susan Sarandon, Edward Asner, Ben Bagdikian, Jeff Cohen

Votes: 76

42. Not 4 Sale (2013)

12 min | Short, Biography, Drama

8.2
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The 1950's at the height of the 'Red Scare'.

Director: Roger Melvin | Stars: Craig Archibald, Marcus Chong, Kim Estes, Louis B. Jack

Votes: 6

43. The John Garfield Story (2003 TV Movie)

58 min | Documentary, Biography

7.6
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This documentary, aired on the Turner Classic Movies (TCM) cable network, looks at the life and career of John Garfield, whose career was cut short when he died at age 39. His difficult ... See full summary »

Director: David Heeley | Stars: Julie Garfield, Ellen Adler, Joseph Bernard, Phoebe Brand

Votes: 172

44. Yoo-Hoo, Mrs. Goldberg (2009)

92 min | Documentary, Biography

7.3
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69 Metascore

The story of the actress, writer, and broadcasting pioneer Gertrude Berg.

Director: Aviva Kempner | Stars: Gertrude Berg, Lewis Berg, Sara Chase, Ruth Bader Ginsburg

Votes: 192 | Gross: $1.13M

45. Coming Attractions: The History of the Movie Trailer (2009)

128 min | Documentary

6.4
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A 100 year history of the development of movie marketing, reflecting technical improvements, audience taste and cultural sensibilities.

Directors: Michael J. Shapiro, Jeff Werner | Stars: Robert Osborne, Chris Arnold, Dan Asma, John Barrymore

Votes: 32

46. Paul Robeson: Tribute to an Artist (1979)

Not Rated | 30 min | Documentary, Short, Biography

7.4
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An examination of the life of actor and singer Paul Robeson, from his first major triumphs on the stage in the 1920s through his gradually increasing social activism in the 1930s and 1940s,... See full summary »

Director: Saul J. Turell | Stars: Sidney Poitier, Paul Robeson, Margaret Webster

Votes: 192

47. Elia Kazan: A Director's Journey (1995)

75 min | Documentary, Biography

7.1
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Elia Kazan was one of the greatest Hollywood and Broadway directors. A three-time Academy Award winner, five-time Tony Award winner and winner of Best Dramatic Film at Cannes, he was also ... See full summary »

Director: Richard Schickel | Stars: Elia Kazan, Eli Wallach

Votes: 139

48. Buzz (2005)

PG-13 | 118 min | Documentary, Biography, History

6.9
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66 Metascore

A journey to places, where the overseen Hollywood screenwriter Albert Isaac "Buzz" Bezzerides lived and worked, revealing the operation of Hollywood's production system in the 40ies, 50ies, 60ies and more ...

Director: Spiro Taraviras | Stars: A.I. Bezzerides, Jules Dassin, Gregory Patrick Karr, Cloris Leachman

Votes: 38

49. Scandalize My Name: Stories from the Blacklist (1998)

54 min | Documentary

7.9
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A documentary look at the confluence of the Red scare, McCarthyism, and blacklists with the post-war activism by African Americans seeking more and better roles on radio, television, and ... See full summary »

Director: Alexandra Isles | Stars: Morgan Freeman, Rosetta LeNoire, Dick Campbell, Frederick O'Neal

Votes: 87

50. Making the Earth Stand Still (1995 Video)

70 min | Documentary

5.9
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A documentary about the 1951 sci-fi film "The Day the Earth Stood Still," featuring clips from the film and interviews with some of the cast and crew about the making of the film.

Stars: Julian Blaustein, Bob Burns, Joe Dante, Billy Gray

Votes: 47