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1. Awakenings (1990)

PG-13 | 121 min | Biography, Drama

7.7
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74 Metascore

The victims of an encephalitis epidemic many years ago have been catatonic ever since, but now a new drug offers the prospect of reviving them.

Writers: Oliver Sacks, Steven Zaillian | Director: Penny Marshall | Stars: Robert De Niro, Robin Williams, Julie Kavner, Ruth Nelson

2. Bones (2005– )

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

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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

3. American Beauty (1999)

R | 122 min | Drama

8.5
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86 Metascore

Lester Burnham, a depressed suburban father in a mid-life crisis, decides to turn his hectic life around after becoming infatuated with his daughter's attractive friend.

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

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. 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

6. Easy A (2010)

PG-13 | 92 min | Comedy, Romance

7.2
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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

7. Bridesmaids (I) (2011)

R | 125 min | Comedy, Romance

6.9
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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

8. 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

9. 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

10. 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

11. Roseanne (1988–1997)

22 min | Comedy, Drama

6.9
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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

12. 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

13. 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

14. 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

15. 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

16. 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

17. 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

18. 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

19. 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

20. 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

21. 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

22. 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

23. The Ides of March (2011)

R | 101 min | Drama

7.2
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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

24. Basic Instinct (1992)

R | 127 min | Mystery, Thriller

6.9
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34 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

25. 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

26. Shakes the Clown (1991)

R | 87 min | Comedy, Drama

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Shakes plods about his duties as party clown, and uses all of his free time getting seriously drunk. Binky, another clown, wins the spot on a local kiddie show, which depresses Shakes even ... See full summary »

Writer: Bobcat Goldthwait | Director: Bobcat Goldthwait | Stars: Bobcat Goldthwait, Julie Brown, Bruce Baum, Steve Bean

27. 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

28. 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

29. 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

30. 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

31. 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

32. Lolita (1962)

TV-14 | 152 min | Drama, Romance

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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

33. 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

34. Margin Call (2011)

R | 107 min | Drama, Thriller

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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

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

R | 92 min | Comedy

6.1
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59 Metascore

Two women get into a lot of trouble when they go to their high school reunion and lie about their lives after twelfth grade.

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

36. RoboCop 2 (1990)

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

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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

37. Generation Kill (2008 TV Mini-Series)

TV-MA | 70 min | Drama, War

8.8
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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

38. The Wild One (1953)

TV-14 | 79 min | Drama

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Two rival motorcycle gangs terrorize a small town after one of their leaders is thrown in jail.

Writers: John Paxton, Frank Rooney | Director: Laslo Benedek | Stars: Marlon Brando, Mary Murphy, Robert Keith, Lee Marvin

39. 8MM (1999)

R | 123 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

6.5
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19 Metascore

A private investigator is hired to discover if a "snuff film" is authentic or not.

Writer: Andrew Kevin Walker | Director: Joel Schumacher | Stars: Nicolas Cage, Joaquin Phoenix, James Gandolfini, Peter Stormare

40. Ghostbusters II (1989)

PG | 108 min | Action, Adventure, Comedy

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

41. 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

42. Away We Go (2009)

R | 98 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

7.1
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58 Metascore

A couple who is expecting their first child travel around the U.S. in order to find a perfect place to start their family. Along the way, they have misadventures and find fresh connections with an assortment of relatives and old friends who just might help them discover "home" on their own terms for the first time.

Writers: Dave Eggers, Vendela Vida | Director: Sam Mendes | Stars: John Krasinski, Maya Rudolph, Allison Janney, Carmen Ejogo

43. Antz (1998)

PG | 83 min | Animation, Adventure, Comedy

6.6
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72 Metascore

A rather neurotic ant tries to break from his totalitarian society while trying to win the affection of the princess he loves.

Writers: Todd Alcott, Chris Weitz, Paul Weitz | Directors: Eric Darnell, Tim Johnson | Stars: Woody Allen, Sharon Stone, Gene Hackman, Sylvester Stallone

44. Eraser (1996)

R | 115 min | Action, Drama, Mystery

6.0
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56 Metascore

A Witness Protection specialist becomes suspicious of his co-workers when dealing with a case involving high-tech weapons.

Writers: Tony Puryear, Walon Green, Michael S. Chernuchin | Director: Chuck Russell | Stars: Arnold Schwarzenegger, Vanessa Williams, James Caan, James Coburn

45. All About Eve (1950)

TV-PG | 138 min | Drama

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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

46. 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

47. Network (1976)

R | 121 min | Drama

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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

48. Serpico (1973)

R | 130 min | Biography, Crime, Drama

7.8
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87 Metascore

The true story about an honest New York cop who blew the whistle on rampant corruption in the force only to have his comrades turn against him.

Writers: Peter Maas, Waldo Salt, Norman Wexler | Director: Sidney Lumet | Stars: Al Pacino, John Randolph, Jack Kehoe, Biff McGuire

49. The Maltese Falcon (1941)

Not Rated | 100 min | Drama, Film-Noir, Mystery

8.2
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A private detective takes on a case that involves him with three eccentric criminals, a gorgeous liar, and their quest for a priceless statuette.

Writers: John Huston, Dashiell Hammett | Director: John Huston | Stars: Humphrey Bogart, Mary Astor, Gladys George, Peter Lorre

50. Rachel Getting Married (2008)

R | 113 min | Drama, Romance

6.7
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82 Metascore

A young woman who has been in and out from rehab for the past 10 years returns home for the weekend for her sister's wedding.

Writer: Jenny Lumet | Director: Jonathan Demme | Stars: Anne Hathaway, Rosemarie DeWitt, Debra Winger, Sebastian Stan