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1. Cake (II) (2014)

R | 102 min | Drama

6.6
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49 Metascore

Claire becomes fascinated by the suicide of a woman in her chronic pain support group while grappling with her own, very raw personal tragedy.

Writer: Patrick Tobin | Director: Daniel Barnz | Stars: Jennifer Aniston, Adriana Barraza, Anna Kendrick, Sam Worthington

2. The Judge (2014)

R | 141 min | Drama

7.5
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48 Metascore

Big city lawyer Hank Palmer returns to his childhood home where his father, the town's judge, is suspected of murder. Hank sets out to discover the truth and, along the way, reconnects with his estranged family.

Writers: Nick Schenk, Bill Dubuque, David Dobkin | Director: David Dobkin | Stars: Robert Downey Jr., Robert Duvall, Vera Farmiga, Billy Bob Thornton

3. Nightcrawler (2014)

R | 117 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

8.1
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76 Metascore

When Lou Bloom, a driven man desperate for work, muscles into the world of L.A. crime journalism, he blurs the line between observer and participant to become the star of his own story. Aiding him in his effort is Nina, a TV-news veteran.

Writer: Dan Gilroy | Director: Dan Gilroy | Stars: Jake Gyllenhaal, Rene Russo, Bill Paxton, Riz Ahmed

4. Bones (2005– )

TV-14 | 40 min | Comedy, Crime, Drama | Active

8.1
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A forensic anthropologist and a cocky FBI agent build a team to investigate death causes. And quite often, there isn't more to examine than rotten flesh or mere bones.

Stars: Emily Deschanel, David Boreanaz, Michaela Conlin, T.J. Thyne

5. 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

6. Bridesmaids (I) (2011)

R | 125 min | Comedy, Romance

6.8
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75 Metascore

Competition between the maid of honor and a bridesmaid, over who is the bride's best friend, threatens to upend the life of an out-of-work pastry chef.

Writers: Kristen Wiig, Annie Mumolo | Director: Paul Feig | Stars: Kristen Wiig, Maya Rudolph, Rose Byrne, Terry Crews

7. American Beauty (1999)

R | 122 min | Drama

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.

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

8. Easy A (2010)

PG-13 | 92 min | Comedy, Romance

7.1
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72 Metascore

A clean-cut high school student relies on the school's rumor mill to advance her social and financial standing.

Writer: Bert V. Royal | Director: Will Gluck | Stars: Emma Stone, Amanda Bynes, Penn Badgley, Dan Byrd

9. Roseanne (1988–1997)

TV-PG | 22 min | Comedy, Drama

7.0
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The story of a working class family struggling with life's essential problems: Marriage, Children, Money and Parents in Law.

Stars: Roseanne Barr, John Goodman, Laurie Metcalf, Sara Gilbert

10. Desperate Housewives (2004–2012)

TV-14 | 45 min | Comedy, Drama, Mystery

7.4
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Secrets and truths unfold through the lives of female friends in one suburban neighborhood, after the mysterious suicide of a neighbor.

Creator: Marc Cherry | Stars: Teri Hatcher, Felicity Huffman, Marcia Cross, Eva Longoria

11. Shooter (I) (2007)

R | 124 min | Action, Crime, Drama

7.2
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53 Metascore

A marksman living in exile is coaxed back into action after learning of a plot to kill the President. Ultimately double-crossed and framed for the attempt, he goes on the run to find the real killer and the reason he was set up.

Writers: Jonathan Lemkin, Stephen Hunter | Director: Antoine Fuqua | Stars: Mark Wahlberg, Michael Peña, Rhona Mitra, Danny Glover

12. Up in the Air (I) (2009)

R | 109 min | Drama, Romance

7.5
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83 Metascore

With a job traveling around the country firing people, Ryan Bingham enjoys his life living out of a suitcase, but finds that lifestyle threatened by the presence of a new hire and a potential love interest.

Writers: Walter Kirn, Jason Reitman, Sheldon Turner | Director: Jason Reitman | Stars: George Clooney, Vera Farmiga, Anna Kendrick, Jason Bateman

13. Philomena (2013)

PG-13 | 98 min | Biography, Drama

7.7
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76 Metascore

A world-weary political journalist picks up the story of a woman's search for her son, who was taken away from her decades ago after she became pregnant and was forced to live in a convent.

Writers: Steve Coogan, Jeff Pope, Martin Sixsmith | Director: Stephen Frears | Stars: Judi Dench, Steve Coogan, Sophie Kennedy Clark, Mare Winningham

14. Blood Diamond (2006)

R | 143 min | Adventure, Drama, Thriller

8.0
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64 Metascore

A fisherman, a smuggler, and a syndicate of businessmen match wits over the possession of a priceless diamond.

Writers: Charles Leavitt, C. Gaby Mitchell | Director: Edward Zwick | Stars: Leonardo DiCaprio, Djimon Hounsou, Jennifer Connelly, Kagiso Kuypers

15. Casablanca (1942)

PG | 102 min | Drama, Romance, War

8.6
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Set in unoccupied Africa during the early days of World War II: An American expatriate meets a former lover, with unforeseen complications.

Writers: Julius J. Epstein, Philip G. Epstein, Howard Koch, Murray Burnett, Joan Alison | Director: Michael Curtiz | Stars: Humphrey Bogart, Ingrid Bergman, Paul Henreid, Claude Rains

16. The Butterfly Effect (2004)

R | 113 min | Sci-Fi, Thriller

7.7
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30 Metascore

A young man blocks out harmful memories of significant events of his life. As he grows up, he finds a way to remember these lost memories and a supernatural way to alter his life.

Writers: J. Mackye Gruber, Eric Bress | Directors: Eric Bress, J. Mackye Gruber | Stars: Ashton Kutcher, Amy Smart, Melora Walters, Elden Henson

17. Lemony Snicket's A Series of Unfortunate Events (2004)

PG | 108 min | Adventure, Comedy, Family

6.8
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62 Metascore

When a massive fire kills their parents, three children are delivered to the custody of cousin and stage actor Count Olaf, who is secretly plotting to steal their parents' vast fortune.

Writers: Robert Gordon, Daniel Handler | Director: Brad Silberling | Stars: Jim Carrey, Jude Law, Meryl Streep, Liam Aiken

18. L.A. Confidential (1997)

R | 138 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

8.3
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90 Metascore

As corruption grows in 1950s LA, three policemen - one strait-laced, one brutal, and one sleazy - investigate a series of murders with their own brand of justice.

Writers: James Ellroy, Brian Helgeland, Curtis Hanson | Director: Curtis Hanson | Stars: Kevin Spacey, Russell Crowe, Guy Pearce, Kim Basinger

19. Before Sunset (2004)

R | 80 min | Drama, Romance

8.1
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90 Metascore

Nine years after Jesse and Celine first met, they encounter each other again on the French leg of Jesse's book tour.

Writers: Richard Linklater, Julie Delpy, Ethan Hawke, Kim Krizan | Director: Richard Linklater | Stars: Ethan Hawke, Julie Delpy, Vernon Dobtcheff, Louise Lemoine Torres

20. Cruel Intentions (1999)

R | 97 min | Drama, Romance

6.9
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56 Metascore

Kathryn makes a bet that her step-brother, Sebastian, won't be able to bed Annette (a virgin, who wants to wait until love). If he loses, Kathryn gets his Jaguar, if he wins, he gets Kathryn.

Writers: Choderlos de Laclos, Roger Kumble | Director: Roger Kumble | Stars: Sarah Michelle Gellar, Ryan Phillippe, Reese Witherspoon, Selma Blair

21. Trading Places (1983)

R | 116 min | Comedy

7.5
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66 Metascore

A snobbish investor and a wily street con artist find their positions reversed as part of a bet by two callous millionaires.

Writers: Timothy Harris, Herschel Weingrod | Director: John Landis | Stars: Eddie Murphy, Dan Aykroyd, Ralph Bellamy, Don Ameche

22. Basic Instinct (1992)

R | 127 min | Drama, Mystery, Thriller

6.9
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41 Metascore

A police detective is in charge of the investigation of a brutal murder, in which a beautiful and seductive woman could be involved.

Writer: Joe Eszterhas | Director: Paul Verhoeven | Stars: Michael Douglas, Sharon Stone, George Dzundza, Jeanne Tripplehorn

23. Chicago (2002)

PG-13 | 113 min | Comedy, Crime, Musical

7.2
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82 Metascore

Murderesses Velma Kelly and Roxie Hart find themselves on death row together and fight for the fame that will keep them from the gallows in 1920s Chicago.

Writers: Bill Condon, Bob Fosse, Fred Ebb, Maurine Dallas Watkins | Director: Rob Marshall | Stars: Renée Zellweger, Catherine Zeta-Jones, Richard Gere, Taye Diggs

24. In Bruges (2008)

R | 107 min | Comedy, Crime, Drama

8.0
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67 Metascore

Guilt-stricken after a job gone wrong, hitman Ray and his partner await orders from their ruthless boss in Bruges, Belgium, the last place in the world Ray wants to be.

Writer: Martin McDonagh | Director: Martin McDonagh | Stars: Colin Farrell, Brendan Gleeson, Ciarán Hinds, Elizabeth Berrington

25. The Ides of March (2011)

R | 101 min | Drama

7.1
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67 Metascore

An idealistic staffer for a new presidential candidate gets a crash course on dirty politics during his stint on the campaign trail.

Writers: George Clooney, Grant Heslov, Beau Willimon | Director: George Clooney | Stars: Paul Giamatti, George Clooney, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Ryan Gosling

26. Heathers (1988)

R | 103 min | Comedy, Crime, Drama

7.4
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73 Metascore

A girl who half-heartedly tries to be part of the "in crowd" of her school meets a rebel who teaches her a more devious way to play social politics; killing the popular kids.

Writer: Daniel Waters | Director: Michael Lehmann | Stars: Winona Ryder, Christian Slater, Shannen Doherty, Lisanne Falk

27. Groundhog Day (1993)

PG | 101 min | Comedy, Drama, Fantasy

8.1
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72 Metascore

A weatherman finds himself living the same day over and over again.

Writers: Danny Rubin, Harold Ramis | Director: Harold Ramis | Stars: Bill Murray, Andie MacDowell, Chris Elliott, Stephen Tobolowsky

28. A Place in the Sun (1951)

Passed | 122 min | Drama, Romance

7.9
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A poor boy gets a job working for his rich uncle and ends up falling in love with two women.

Writers: Theodore Dreiser, Patrick Kearney, Michael Wilson, Harry Brown | Director: George Stevens | Stars: Montgomery Clift, Elizabeth Taylor, Shelley Winters, Anne Revere

29. Lolita (1962)

Approved | 152 min | Drama, Romance

7.7
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A middle-aged college professor becomes infatuated with a fourteen-year-old nymphet.

Writer: Vladimir Nabokov | Director: Stanley Kubrick | Stars: James Mason, Shelley Winters, Sue Lyon, Gary Cockrell

30. Margin Call (2011)

R | 107 min | Drama, Thriller

7.1
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76 Metascore

Follows the key people at an investment bank, over a 24-hour period, during the early stages of the financial crisis.

Writer: J.C. Chandor | Director: J.C. Chandor | Stars: Zachary Quinto, Stanley Tucci, Kevin Spacey, Paul Bettany

31. The Thin Red Line (1998)

R | 170 min | Drama, War

7.6
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78 Metascore

Terrence Malick's adaptation of James Jones' autobiographical 1962 novel, focusing on the conflict at Guadalcanal during the second World War.

Writers: James Jones, Terrence Malick | Director: Terrence Malick | Stars: Jim Caviezel, Sean Penn, Nick Nolte, Elias Koteas

32. Leap Year (2010)

PG | 100 min | Comedy, Romance

6.4
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33 Metascore

Anna Brady plans to travel to Dublin, Ireland to propose marriage to her boyfriend Jeremy on Leap Day, because, according to Irish tradition, a man who receives a marriage proposal on a leap day must accept it.

Writers: Deborah Kaplan, Harry Elfont | Director: Anand Tucker | Stars: Amy Adams, Matthew Goode, Adam Scott, John Lithgow

33. Election (1999)

R | 103 min | Comedy

7.3
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83 Metascore

A high school teacher's personal life becomes complicated as he works with students during the school elections.

Writers: Tom Perrotta, Alexander Payne, Jim Taylor | Director: Alexander Payne | Stars: Matthew Broderick, Reese Witherspoon, Chris Klein, Jessica Campbell

34. A Bug's Life (1998)

G | 95 min | Animation, Adventure, Comedy

7.2
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77 Metascore

A misfit ant, looking for "warriors" to save his colony from greedy grasshoppers, recruits a group of bugs that turn out to be an inept circus troupe.

Writers: John Lasseter, Andrew Stanton, Joe Ranft, Don McEnery, Bob Shaw, Geefwee Boedoe, Jason Katz, Jorgen Klubien, Robert Lence, David Reynolds | Directors: John Lasseter, Andrew Stanton | Stars: Kevin Spacey, Dave Foley, Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Hayden Panettiere

35. The Kids Are All Right (2010)

R | 106 min | Comedy, Drama

7.1
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86 Metascore

Two children conceived by artificial insemination bring their father into their family life.

Writers: Lisa Cholodenko, Stuart Blumberg | Director: Lisa Cholodenko | Stars: Annette Bening, Julianne Moore, Mark Ruffalo, Mia Wasikowska

36. The Firm (1993)

R | 154 min | Drama, Mystery, Thriller

6.8
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58 Metascore

A young lawyer joins a prestigious law firm only to discover that it has a sinister dark side.

Writers: John Grisham, David Rabe, Robert Towne, David Rayfiel | Director: Sydney Pollack | Stars: Tom Cruise, Jeanne Tripplehorn, Gene Hackman, Hal Holbrook

37. The French Connection (1971)

R | 104 min | Action, Crime, Thriller

7.8
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96 Metascore

A pair of NYC cops in the Narcotics Bureau stumble onto a drug smuggling job with a French connection.

Writers: Ernest Tidyman, Robin Moore | Director: William Friedkin | Stars: Gene Hackman, Roy Scheider, Fernando Rey, Tony Lo Bianco

38. Ghostbusters II (1989)

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

6.5
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56 Metascore

The discovery of a massive river of ectoplasm and a resurgence of spectral activity allows the staff of Ghostbusters to revive the business.

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

39. Generation Kill (2008 TV Mini-Series)

TV-MA | 70 min | Drama, War

8.7
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A Rolling Stone reporter, embedded with The 1st Recon Marines chronicles his experiences during the first wave of the American-led assault on Baghdad in 2003.

Stars: Alexander Skarsgård, James Ransone, Lee Tergesen, Jon Huertas

40. Network (1976)

R | 121 min | Drama

8.2
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A television network cynically exploits a deranged former anchor's ravings and revelations about the news media for its own profit.

Writer: Paddy Chayefsky | Director: Sidney Lumet | Stars: Faye Dunaway, William Holden, Peter Finch, Robert Duvall

41. Romy and Michele's High School Reunion (1997)

R | 92 min | Comedy

6.1
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59 Metascore

Two dense, inseparable friends hit the road for their 10-year high school reunion and concoct an elaborate lie about their lives in order to impress their classmates.

Writer: Robin Schiff | Director: David Mirkin | Stars: Mira Sorvino, Lisa Kudrow, Janeane Garofalo, Alan Cumming

42. Three Kings (1999)

R | 114 min | Action, Adventure, Comedy

7.2
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82 Metascore

In the aftermath of the Persian Gulf War, 4 soldiers set out to steal gold that was stolen from Kuwait, but they discover people who desperately need their help.

Writers: John Ridley, David O. Russell | Director: David O. Russell | Stars: George Clooney, Mark Wahlberg, Ice Cube, Spike Jonze

43. La Dolce Vita (1960)

Not Rated | 174 min | Comedy, Drama

8.1
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93 Metascore

A series of stories following a week in the life of a philandering paparazzo journalist living in Rome.

Writers: Federico Fellini, Ennio Flaiano, Tullio Pinelli, Brunello Rondi | Director: Federico Fellini | Stars: Marcello Mastroianni, Anita Ekberg, Anouk Aimée, Yvonne Furneaux

44. Ghost World (2001)

R | 111 min | Comedy, Drama

7.5
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88 Metascore

With only the plan of moving in together after high school, two unusually devious friends seek direction in life. As a mere gag, they respond to a man's newspaper ad for a date, only to find it will greatly complicate their lives.

Writers: Daniel Clowes, Terry Zwigoff | Director: Terry Zwigoff | Stars: Steve Buscemi, Thora Birch, Scarlett Johansson, Brad Renfro

45. Peep Show (2003– )

25 min | Comedy

8.7
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Mark and Jez are a couple of twenty-something roommates who have nothing in common - except for the fact that their lives are anything but normal. Mayhem ensues as the pair strive to cope with day-to-day life.

Creators: Jesse Armstrong, Sam Bain, Andrew O'Connor | Stars: David Mitchell, Robert Webb, Olivia Colman, Matt King

46. Sunset Blvd. (1950)

Not Rated | 110 min | Drama, Film-Noir

8.5
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A hack screenwriter writes a screenplay for a former silent-film star who has faded into Hollywood obscurity.

Writers: Charles Brackett, Billy Wilder, D.M. Marshman Jr. | Director: Billy Wilder | Stars: William Holden, Gloria Swanson, Erich von Stroheim, Nancy Olson

47. All About Eve (1950)

Approved | 138 min | Drama

8.4
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An ingenue insinuates herself in to the company of an established but aging stage actress and her circle of theater friends.

Writer: Joseph L. Mankiewicz | Director: Joseph L. Mankiewicz | Stars: Bette Davis, Anne Baxter, George Sanders, Celeste Holm

48. Kindergarten Cop (1990)

PG-13 | 111 min | Action, Comedy, Crime

6.0
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61 Metascore

A tough cop is given his most difficult assignment ever: to masquerade as a kindergarten teacher in order to find a drug dealer.

Writers: Murray Salem, Herschel Weingrod, Timothy Harris | Director: Ivan Reitman | Stars: Arnold Schwarzenegger, Penelope Ann Miller, Pamela Reed, Linda Hunt

49. RoboCop 2 (1990)

R | 117 min | Action, Crime, Sci-Fi

5.7
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A corrupt businesswoman seeks to disable Robocop in favor of her own model of cyborg.

Writers: Edward Neumeier, Michael Miner, Frank Miller, Walon Green | Director: Irvin Kershner | Stars: Peter Weller, Belinda Bauer, John Glover, Mario Machado

50. Rebel Without a Cause (1955)

PG-13 | 111 min | Drama

7.8
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A rebellious young man with a troubled past comes to a new town, finding friends and enemies.

Writers: Stewart Stern, Irving Shulman, Nicholas Ray | Director: Nicholas Ray | Stars: James Dean, Natalie Wood, Sal Mineo, Jim Backus