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1. The Dark Knight Rises (2012)

PG-13 | 165 min | Action, Thriller

8.5
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78 Metascore

Eight years after the Joker's reign of anarchy, the Dark Knight is forced to return from his imposed exile to save Gotham City from the brutal guerrilla terrorist Bane with the help of the enigmatic Catwoman.

Writers: Jonathan Nolan, Christopher Nolan, David S. Goyer, Bob Kane | Director: Christopher Nolan | Stars: Christian Bale, Tom Hardy, Anne Hathaway, Gary Oldman

Votes: 981,035

2. Back to the Future Part II (1989)

PG | 108 min | Adventure, Comedy, Sci-Fi

7.8
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57 Metascore

After visiting 2015, Marty McFly must repeat his visit to 1955 to prevent disastrous changes to 1985... without interfering with his first trip.

Writers: Robert Zemeckis, Bob Gale | Director: Robert Zemeckis | Stars: Michael J. Fox, Christopher Lloyd, Lea Thompson, Thomas F. Wilson

Votes: 281,564

3. Spider-Man 3 (2007)

PG-13 | 139 min | Action, Adventure

6.2
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59 Metascore

A strange black entity from another world bonds with Peter Parker and causes inner turmoil as he contends with new villains, temptations, and revenge.

Writers: Sam Raimi, Ivan Raimi, Alvin Sargent, Stan Lee, Steve Ditko | Director: Sam Raimi | Stars: Tobey Maguire, Kirsten Dunst, Topher Grace, Thomas Haden Church

Votes: 331,924

4. Spider-Man (2002)

PG-13 | 121 min | Action, Adventure

7.3
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73 Metascore

When bitten by a genetically modified spider, a nerdy, shy, and awkward high school student gains spider-like abilities that he eventually must use to fight evil as a superhero after tragedy befalls his family.

Writers: Stan Lee, Steve Ditko, David Koepp | Director: Sam Raimi | Stars: Tobey Maguire, Kirsten Dunst, Willem Dafoe, James Franco

Votes: 481,057

5. Batman (1989)

PG-13 | 126 min | Action, Adventure

7.6
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66 Metascore

The Dark Knight of Gotham City begins his war on crime with his first major enemy being the clownishly homicidal Joker.

Writers: Bob Kane, Sam Hamm, Warren Skaaren | Director: Tim Burton | Stars: Michael Keaton, Jack Nicholson, Kim Basinger, Robert Wuhl

Votes: 242,387

6. Ghostbusters (1984)

PG | 105 min | Comedy, Fantasy

7.8
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67 Metascore

Three unemployed parapsychology professors set up shop as a unique ghost removal service.

Writers: Dan Aykroyd, Harold Ramis | Director: Ivan Reitman | Stars: Bill Murray, Dan Aykroyd, Sigourney Weaver, Harold Ramis

Votes: 234,318

7. Sherlock Holmes (2009)

PG-13 | 128 min | Action, Adventure, Crime

7.6
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57 Metascore

Detective Sherlock Holmes and his stalwart partner Watson engage in a battle of wits and brawn with a nemesis whose plot is a threat to all of England.

Writers: Michael Robert Johnson, Anthony Peckham, Simon Kinberg, Lionel Wigram, Arthur Conan Doyle | Director: Guy Ritchie | Stars: Robert Downey Jr., Jude Law, Rachel McAdams, Mark Strong

Votes: 422,731

8. Red Dragon (2002)

R | 124 min | Crime, Thriller

7.2
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60 Metascore

A retired FBI agent with psychological gifts is assigned to help track down "The Tooth Fairy", a mysterious serial killer; aiding him is imprisoned criminal genius Hannibal "The Cannibal" Lecter.

Writers: Thomas Harris, Ted Tally | Director: Brett Ratner | Stars: Anthony Hopkins, Edward Norton, Ralph Fiennes, Harvey Keitel

Votes: 189,206

9. Batman Returns (1992)

PG-13 | 126 min | Action

7.0
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When a corrupt businessman and the grotesque Penguin plot to take control of Gotham City, only Batman can stop them, while the Catwoman has her own agenda.

Writers: Bob Kane, Daniel Waters, Sam Hamm | Director: Tim Burton | Stars: Michael Keaton, Danny DeVito, Michelle Pfeiffer, Christopher Walken

Votes: 192,944

10. Men in Black (1997)

PG-13 | 98 min | Comedy, Sci-Fi

7.2
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71 Metascore

A streetwise NYPD detective joins a secret organization that polices extraterrestrial affairs on Earth.

Writers: Lowell Cunningham, Ed Solomon | Director: Barry Sonnenfeld | Stars: Tommy Lee Jones, Will Smith, Linda Fiorentino, Vincent D'Onofrio

Votes: 356,778

11. Breakfast at Tiffany's (1961)

Not Rated | 115 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

7.8
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76 Metascore

A young New York socialite becomes interested in a young man who has moved into her apartment building.

Writers: Truman Capote, George Axelrod | Director: Blake Edwards | Stars: Audrey Hepburn, George Peppard, Patricia Neal, Buddy Ebsen

Votes: 109,130

12. Superman (1978)

PG | 143 min | Action, Drama, Sci-Fi

7.3
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86 Metascore

An alien orphan is sent from his dying planet to Earth, where he grows up to become his adoptive home's first and greatest superhero.

Creators: Jerry Siegel, Joe Shuster | Director: Richard Donner | Stars: Christopher Reeve, Margot Kidder, Gene Hackman, Marlon Brando

Votes: 113,674

13. Rocky III (1982)

PG | 99 min | Drama, Sport

6.7
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Rocky has been holding the title as the heavyweight champion until he is defeated by a brutal challenger, and now must regain his fighting spirit through a big rematch, trained by an unlikely ally: his old nemesis Apollo Creed.

Writer: Sylvester Stallone | Director: Sylvester Stallone | Stars: Sylvester Stallone, Talia Shire, Burt Young, Carl Weathers

Votes: 100,388

14. Manhunter (1986)

R | 119 min | Crime, Mystery, Thriller

7.2
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78 Metascore

Former FBI profiler Will Graham returns to service to pursue a deranged serial murderer named "the Tooth Fairy" by the media.

Writers: Thomas Harris, Michael Mann | Director: Michael Mann | Stars: William Petersen, Kim Greist, Joan Allen, Brian Cox

Votes: 45,695

15. The Fisher King (1991)

R | 137 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

7.6
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61 Metascore

A former radio DJ, suicidally despondent because of a terrible mistake he made, finds redemption in helping a deranged homeless man who was an unwitting victim of that mistake.

Writer: Richard LaGravenese | Director: Terry Gilliam | Stars: Jeff Bridges, Robin Williams, Adam Bryant, Paul Lombardi

Votes: 58,058

16. He Got Game (1998)

R | 136 min | Drama, Sport

6.9
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63 Metascore

A basketball player's father must try to convince him to go to a college so he can get a shorter sentence.

Writer: Spike Lee | Director: Spike Lee | Stars: Denzel Washington, Milla Jovovich, Ray Allen, Rosario Dawson

Votes: 33,664

17. Absolute Power (1997)

R | 121 min | Action, Crime, Drama

6.7
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52 Metascore

A career thief witnesses a horrific crime involving the U.S. President.

Writers: David Baldacci, William Goldman | Director: Clint Eastwood | Stars: Clint Eastwood, Gene Hackman, Ed Harris, Laura Linney

Votes: 36,694

18. Seeking Justice (2011)

R | 105 min | Action, Drama, Thriller

6.2
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38 Metascore

After his wife is assaulted, a husband enlists the services of a vigilante group to help him settle the score. Then he discovers they want a 'favor' from him in return.

Writers: Todd Hickey, Robert Tannen | Director: Roger Donaldson | Stars: Nicolas Cage, January Jones, Guy Pearce, Harold Perrineau

Votes: 36,264

19. Superman IV: The Quest for Peace (1987)

PG | 134 min | Action, Adventure, Family

3.7
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22 Metascore

The Man of Steel crusades for nuclear disarmament and meets Lex Luthor's latest creation, Nuclear Man.

Writers: Joe Shuster, Jerry Siegel, Christopher Reeve, Lawrence Konner, Mark Rosenthal | Director: Sidney J. Furie | Stars: Christopher Reeve, Gene Hackman, Margot Kidder, Jackie Cooper

Votes: 30,706

20. Lean on Me (1989)

PG-13 | 108 min | Drama

7.4
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The dedicated but tyrannical Joe Clark is appointed the principal of a decaying inner-city school that he is determined to improve.

Writer: Michael Schiffer | Director: John G. Avildsen | Stars: Morgan Freeman, Beverly Todd, Robert Guillaume, Alan North

Votes: 13,530

21. Police Academy: Mission to Moscow (1994)

PG | 83 min | Comedy, Crime

3.2
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The Russian government hires the veterans of the Police Academy (1984) to help deal with the Mafia.

Writers: Neal Israel, Pat Proft, Randolph Davis, Michele S. Chodos | Director: Alan Metter | Stars: G.W. Bailey, George Gaynes, Michael Winslow, David Graf

Votes: 23,030

22. Brewster's Millions (1985)

PG | 102 min | Comedy

6.4
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A minor-league baseball player has to spend $30,000,000 in thirty days in order to inherit $300,000,000. However, he's not allowed to tell anyone about the deal.

Writers: George Barr McCutcheon, Herschel Weingrod, Timothy Harris | Director: Walter Hill | Stars: Richard Pryor, John Candy, Lonette McKee, Stephen Collins

Votes: 26,381

23. Police Academy 6: City Under Siege (1989)

PG | 84 min | Comedy, Crime

4.0
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Those bumbling cadets take to the streets when three inept goons successfully orchestrate a metropolitan crime wave.

Writers: Neal Israel, Pat Proft, Stephen Curwick | Director: Peter Bonerz | Stars: Bubba Smith, David Graf, Michael Winslow, Leslie Easterbrook

Votes: 19,757

24. The Chamber (1996)

R | 113 min | Drama, Thriller

5.9
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45 Metascore

A young man fresh out of law school tries to win a reprieve for his racist grandfather who is on death row.

Writers: John Grisham, William Goldman, Chris Reese | Director: James Foley | Stars: Chris O'Donnell, Gene Hackman, Faye Dunaway, Robert Prosky

Votes: 9,765

25. Comedian (2002)

R | 82 min | Documentary, Comedy

7.0
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62 Metascore

A look at the work of two stand-up comics, Jerry Seinfeld and a lesser-known newcomer, detailing the effort and frustration behind putting together a successful act and career while living a life on the road.

Director: Christian Charles | Stars: Jerry Seinfeld, Chris Rock, Garry Shandling, Greg Giraldo

Votes: 4,947

26. The January Man (1989)

R | 97 min | Action, Crime, Mystery

5.5
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Nick and Frank Starkey were both policemen. A scandal forced Nick to leave the force, now a serial killer has driven the police to take him back. A web that includes Frank's wife, bribery, ... See full summary »

Writer: John Patrick Shanley | Director: Pat O'Connor | Stars: Kevin Kline, Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio, Susan Sarandon, Harvey Keitel

Votes: 4,772

27. My Favorite Brunette (1947)

Approved | 87 min | Comedy, Crime, Mystery

6.9
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Shortly before his execution on the death row in San Quentin, amateur sleuth and baby photographer Ronnie Jackson, tells reporters how he got there.

Writers: Edmund Beloin, Jack Rose | Director: Elliott Nugent | Stars: Bob Hope, Dorothy Lamour, Peter Lorre, Lon Chaney Jr.

Votes: 2,032

28. The Bank Dick (1940)

Approved | 72 min | Comedy

7.4
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Henpecked Egbert Sousè has comic adventures as a substitute film director and unlikely bank guard.

Writer: W.C. Fields | Director: Edward F. Cline | Stars: W.C. Fields, Cora Witherspoon, Una Merkel, Evelyn Del Rio

Votes: 4,899

29. Unlawful Killing (2011)

Documentary

7.5
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A documentary about the allegedly conspiratorial killing of Diana, Princess of Wales and Dodi Fayed

Writers: Victor Lewis-Smith, Paul Sparks | Director: Keith Allen | Stars: Keith Allen, Piers Morgan, Mohamed Al-Fayed, Howard Stern

Votes: 229

30. Farewell Mr. Kringle (2010 TV Movie)

Romance

5.9
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A magazine journalist who no longer celebrates Christmas visits the quaint town of Mistletoe to blog about an inspirational - albeit questionably delusional - man who parades around pretending to be the real Santa Claus.

Writer: Robert Tate Miller | Director: Kevin Connor | Stars: Christine Taylor, Christopher Wiehl, William Morgan Sheppard, Lin Shaye

Votes: 259

31. The Man Who Saved Christmas (2002 TV Movie)

TV-PG | 100 min | Biography, Drama, Family

6.5
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A.C. Gilbert figures out a way to keep Christmas alive after the war threatens to take it away in his name.

Writers: Joseph Maurer, Debra Frank, Steve L. Hayes | Director: Sturla Gunnarsson | Stars: Jason Alexander, Kelly Rowan, Ari Cohen, C. David Johnson

Votes: 343

32. One Step to Eternity (1954)

95 min | Thriller, Drama

6.3
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Francois Roques, a power-and-money-mad editor of a Paris newspaper (who justifies his actions by calling attention to his poverty-stricken childhood), invites four women to a housewarming ... See full summary »

Writers: Patricia McGerr, Henri Decoin, J.C. Eger, Jean de Baroncelli | Director: Henri Decoin | Stars: Danielle Darrieux, Michel Auclair, Corinne Calvet, Miriam Di San Servolo

Votes: 74

33. 24 (2001–2010)
Episode: Day 5: 7:00 a.m.-8:00 a.m. (2006)

TV-14 | 42 min | Action, Drama, Mystery

9.1
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The Russian and US Presidents are set to sign an anti-terror treaty when assassinations rock Los Angeles, a call from a distressed Chloe forces Jack into action and President Logan's wife believes there may be a conspiracy.

Creators: Joel Surnow, Robert Cochran | Director: Jon Cassar | Stars: Kiefer Sutherland, Kim Raver, Mary Lynn Rajskub, Carlos Bernard

Votes: 892

34. EastEnders (1985– )
Episode: Episode dated 26 September 1996 (1996)

TV-PG | Crime, Drama

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Writer: David Fox | Director: Nigel Douglas | Stars: Michelle Collins, Adam Woodyatt, Steve McFadden, Gillian Taylforth

35. Bored to Death (2009–2011)
Episode: Gumball! (2011)

TV-MA | Comedy, Crime, Mystery

8.0
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Jonathan wants to prove his innocence as the police pursue him.

Creator: Jonathan Ames | Director: Michael Lehmann | Stars: Jason Schwartzman, Zach Galifianakis, Ted Danson, Heather Burns

Votes: 131

36. How to Get Away with Murder (2014– )
Episode: He Deserved to Die (2014)

TV-14 | Crime, Drama, Mystery

8.3
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Annalise and her team throw themselves into defending Rebecca, with all sides playing dirty. Meanwhile, Michaela receives a surprising request, Laurel considers a career change, and the flash forward reveals more about Sam's death.

Creator: Peter Nowalk | Director: Eric Stoltz | Stars: Viola Davis, Billy Brown, Alfred Enoch, Jack Falahee

Votes: 543

37. The Long Firm (2004– )
Episode: Jimmy's Story (2004)

Crime, Drama

7.8
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Writers: Jake Arnott, Joe Penhall | Director: Bille Eltringham | Stars: Mark Strong, Phil Daniels, Derek Jacobi, George Costigan

Votes: 6

38. Cannon (1971–1976)
Episode: Lady in Red (1974)

60 min | Action, Crime, Mystery

8.1
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Cannon is hired by a businessman to follow his wife as she carries negotiable bonds, and he is drawn into a complex scheme involving false identities and murder.

Creator: Edward Hume | Director: William Wiard | Stars: William Conrad, Steve Forrest, Laraine Stephens, David Soul

Votes: 15

39. The Simpsons (1989– )
Episode: Lisa the Beauty Queen (1992)

TV-PG | 30 min | Animation, Comedy

7.5
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Lisa enters the Little Miss Springfield pageant.

Creators: Matt Groening, James L. Brooks, Sam Simon | Director: Mark Kirkland | Stars: Dan Castellaneta, Julie Kavner, Nancy Cartwright, Yeardley Smith

Votes: 1,064

40. Police Story (1973–1979)
Episode: Man on a Rack (1973)

60 min | Drama, Crime

7.0
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Koster, a detective with "the reputation as a man who cuts corners," arrives at the scene of a store robbery, sees an armed man running away, confronts him, and shoots him. But the man was an off-duty cop who was chasing the crook.

Creators: Joseph Wambaugh, E. Jack Neuman | Director: John Llewellyn Moxey | Stars: Martin Balsam, James Olson, Kim Hunter, Jack Carter

Votes: 10

41. Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman (1993–1997)
Episode: Neverending Battle (1993)

TV-PG | Adventure, Comedy, Drama

7.7
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Even as Lois tries to learn about Superman, Lex Luthor decides to test the superhero himself for his threat level.

Creators: Jerry Siegel, Joe Shuster, Deborah Joy LeVine | Director: Gene Reynolds | Stars: Dean Cain, Teri Hatcher, Lane Smith, Michael Landes

Votes: 133

42. Gotham (2014– )
Episode: Pilot (2014)

TV-14 | Crime, Drama, Thriller

8.1
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James Gordon and Harvey Bullock are assigned to track down the killer of Thomas and Martha Wayne.

Creator: Bruno Heller | Director: Danny Cannon | Stars: Ben McKenzie, Donal Logue, David Mazouz, Zabryna Guevara

Votes: 6,666

43. The Real Ghostbusters (1986–1991)
Episode: Venk-Man! (1989)

TV-Y7 | Animation, Action, Comedy

5.4
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Writers: Dan Aykroyd, Richard Mueller, Harold Ramis | Director: Will Meugniot | Stars: Frank Welker, Dave Coulier, Buster Jones, Maurice LaMarche

Votes: 9

44. Elementary (2012– )
Episode: We Are Everyone (2013)

TV-14 | Crime, Drama, Mystery

7.5
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When Holmes and Watson set out to track down a civil contractor who leaked classified information, their lives are disrupted when they are targeted by the group of cyber-activists protecting him. Tony Award Winner Steve Kazee guest stars.

Creator: Robert Doherty | Director: Michael Pressman | Stars: Jonny Lee Miller, Lucy Liu, Jon Michael Hill, Aidan Quinn

Votes: 466