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1. Hugo (2011)

PG | 126 min | Adventure, Drama, Family

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83 Metascore

Set in 1930s Paris, an orphan who lives in the walls of a train station is wrapped up in a mystery involving his late father and an automaton.

Writers: John Logan, Brian Selznick | Director: Martin Scorsese | Stars: Asa Butterfield, Chloë Grace Moretz, Christopher Lee, Ben Kingsley

2. The Aviator (2004)

PG-13 | 170 min | Biography, Drama

7.5
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77 Metascore

A biopic depicting the early years of legendary director and aviator Howard Hughes' career, from the late 1920s to the mid-1940s.

Writer: John Logan | Director: Martin Scorsese | Stars: Leonardo DiCaprio, Cate Blanchett, Kate Beckinsale, John C. Reilly

3. The Artist (I) (2011)

PG-13 | 100 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

8.0
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89 Metascore

A silent movie star meets a young dancer, but the arrival of talking pictures sends their careers in opposite directions.

Writer: Michel Hazanavicius | Director: Michel Hazanavicius | Stars: Jean Dujardin, Bérénice Bejo, John Goodman, James Cromwell

4. Cinema Paradiso (1988)

R | 155 min | Drama

8.5
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80 Metascore

A filmmaker recalls his childhood, when he fell in love with the movies at his village's theater and formed a deep friendship with the theater's projectionist.

Writers: Giuseppe Tornatore, Vanna Paoli, Richard Epcar | Director: Giuseppe Tornatore | Stars: Philippe Noiret, Enzo Cannavale, Antonella Attili, Isa Danieli

5. Singin' in the Rain (1952)

Approved | 103 min | Comedy, Musical, Romance

8.4
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A silent film production company and cast make a difficult transition to sound.

Writers: Adolph Green, Betty Comden | Directors: Stanley Donen, Gene Kelly | Stars: Gene Kelly, Donald O'Connor, Debbie Reynolds, Jean Hagen

6. Shadow of the Vampire (2000)

R | 92 min | Drama, Horror

6.9
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71 Metascore

The filming of Nosferatu is hampered by the fact that the star is taking his role far more seriously than what seems humanly possible.

Writer: Steven Katz | Director: E. Elias Merhige | Stars: John Malkovich, Willem Dafoe, Udo Kier, Cary Elwes

7. This Film Is Not Yet Rated (2006)

NC-17 | 98 min | Documentary

7.5
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75 Metascore

Kirby Dick's exposé about the American movie ratings board.

Writers: Kirby Dick, Eddie Schmidt, Matt Patterson | Director: Kirby Dick | Stars: Kirby Dick, Kimberly Peirce, Darren Aronofsky, Atom Egoyan

8. Gods and Monsters (1998)

R | 105 min | Biography, Drama

7.5
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74 Metascore

The last days of Frankenstein director James Whale are explored.

Writers: Christopher Bram, Bill Condon | Director: Bill Condon | Stars: Ian McKellen, Brendan Fraser, Lynn Redgrave, Lolita Davidovich

9. Inside Deep Throat (2005)

NC-17 | 92 min | Documentary, Biography, History

6.8
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64 Metascore

More than 30 years after Deep Throat's provocative debut, this documentary examines the legacy that the most profitable film of all-time left on society.

Writers: Fenton Bailey, Randy Barbato | Directors: Fenton Bailey, Randy Barbato | Stars: Linda Lovelace, Harry Reems, Dennis Hopper, Gerard Damiano

10. Side by Side (2012)

Not Rated | 99 min | Documentary

7.7
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82 Metascore

The documentary investigates the history, process and workflow of both digital and photochemical film creation.

Writer: Christopher Kenneally | Director: Christopher Kenneally | Stars: Derek Ambrosi, Michael Ballhaus, Andrzej Bartkowiak, Dion Beebe

11. Popcorn (1991)

R | 91 min | Comedy, Horror

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A "Leatherface" type murderer who wears other people's faces, kills at an all-night horrorthon at an old theatre put on by a bunch of film students. Maggie, the lead character, believes ... See full summary »

Writers: Mitchell Smith, Alan Ormsby | Directors: Mark Herrier, Alan Ormsby | Stars: Jill Schoelen, Tom Villard, Dee Wallace, Derek Rydall

12. Introducing Dorothy Dandridge (1999 TV Movie)

R | 120 min | Biography, Drama, Music

7.0
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This biography of Dorothy Dandridge follows her career through early days on the club circuit with her sister to her turn in movies, including becoming the first black actress to win a Best... See full summary »

Writers: Earl Mills, Shonda Rhimes, Scott Abbott | Director: Martha Coolidge | Stars: Halle Berry, Brent Spiner, Klaus Maria Brandauer, Obba Babatundé

13. A Life in Dirty Movies (2013)

80 min | Documentary, Biography

6.7
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69 Metascore

A documentary shot at the end of pornographer Joe Sarnos's life, which reveals his attempt to make one last film, as well as his relationship with his wife, Peggy.

Writer: Wiktor Ericsson | Director: Wiktor Ericsson | Stars: Joseph W. Sarno, Peggy Steffans, Michael Bowen, Jamie Gillis

14. Life with Judy Garland: Me and My Shadows (2001 TV Movie)

TV-PG | 170 min | Biography, Drama, Music

7.9
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The Judy Garland story from the 1930s until her death.

Writers: Lorna Luft, Robert L. Freedman | Director: Robert Allan Ackerman | Stars: Judy Davis, Victor Garber, Hugh Laurie, John Benjamin Hickey

15. The Story of Film: An Odyssey (2011 TV Mini-Series)

60 min | Documentary, History

8.4
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A comprehensive history of the medium and art of motion pictures.

Stars: Mark Cousins, Juan Diego Botto, Aleksandr Sokurov, Norman Lloyd

16. Blonde (2001 TV Mini-Series)

165 min | Biography, Drama

6.5
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A fictional biography of Marilyn Monroe mixed with series of real events in her life.

Stars: Poppy Montgomery, Patricia Richardson, Patrick Dempsey, Wallace Shawn

17. Eisenstein in Guanajuato (2015)

105 min | Biography, Comedy, History

6.6
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The venerated filmmaker Eisenstein is comparable in talent, insight and wisdom, with the likes of Shakespeare or Beethoven; there are few - if any - directors who can be elevated to such ... See full summary »

Writer: Peter Greenaway | Director: Peter Greenaway | Stars: Elmer Bäck, Luis Alberti, Maya Zapata, Lisa Owen

18. Los Angeles Plays Itself (2003)

Not Rated | 169 min | Documentary, History

8.0
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86 Metascore

A documentary on how Los Angeles has been used and depicted in the movies.

Writer: Thom Andersen | Director: Thom Andersen | Star: Encke King

19. Dinner for Five (2001– )

TV-MA | 30 min | Comedy, Talk-Show

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Actor/Director Jon Favreau hosts an evening with four Hollywood friends (four different people or combinations of people each episode), who casually discuss the craft of acting and the ... See full summary »

Stars: Jon Favreau, Faizon Love, Kevin James, Peter Berg

20. Sex at 24 Frames Per Second (2003 Video)

R | 101 min | Documentary

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Writers: Kevin Burns, James Petersen, Steven Smith | Directors: Kevin Burns, Steven Smith | Stars: Brandy Snow, Shannon Tweed, Richard Roeper, Paul Verhoeven

21. The Celluloid Closet (1995)

R | 102 min | Documentary, History

7.7
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A documentary surveying the various Hollywood screen depictions of homosexuals and the attitudes behind them throughout the history of North American film.

Writers: Vito Russo, Rob Epstein, Jeffrey Friedman, Sharon Wood, Armistead Maupin | Directors: Rob Epstein, Jeffrey Friedman | Stars: Lily Tomlin, Tony Curtis, Susie Bright, Arthur Laurents

22. Forgotten Silver (1995 TV Movie)

53 min | Comedy

7.6
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Forgotten Silver is a mockumentary which details the prodigious life of "lost" filmmaker Colin McKenzie and his incredible advances that were lost to history...until now. This supergenius ... See full summary »

Writers: Costa Botes, Peter Jackson | Directors: Costa Botes, Peter Jackson | Stars: Peter Jackson, Jeffrey Thomas, Costa Botes, Marguerite Hurst

23. Klimt (2006)

131 min | Biography, Drama

5.1
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44 Metascore

A portrait of Austrian artist Gustav Klimt (Malkovich) whose lavish, sexual paintings came to symbolize the art nouveau style of the late 19th and early 20th century.

Writers: Raoul Ruiz, Gilbert Adair, Herbert Vesely | Director: Raoul Ruiz | Stars: John Malkovich, Veronica Ferres, Stephen Dillane, Saffron Burrows

24. The People vs. George Lucas (2010)

Not Rated | 93 min | Documentary, Comedy

6.8
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55 Metascore

An examination of the widespread fan disenchantment with George Lucas.

Writer: Alexandre O. Philippe | Director: Alexandre O. Philippe | Stars: Joe Nussbaum, Daryl Frazetti, Doug Jones, Damian Hess

25. That's Entertainment! (1974)

G | 135 min | Documentary, Family, Musical

7.7
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Various MGM stars from yesterday present their favourite musical moments from the studio's 50 year history.

Writer: Jack Haley Jr. | Director: Jack Haley Jr. | Stars: Fred Astaire, Gene Kelly, Bing Crosby, Peter Lawford

26. Machete Maidens Unleashed! (2010)

84 min | Documentary

7.4
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A fast moving odyssey into the subterranean world of the rarely explored province of Filipino genre filmmaking.

Writer: Mark Hartley | Director: Mark Hartley | Stars: Carmen Argenziano, Allan Arkush, John Ashley, Alan Birkinshaw

27. Not Quite Hollywood: The Wild, Untold Story of Ozploitation! (2008)

R | 103 min | Documentary

7.7
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76 Metascore

The story of the Australian exploitation genre cinema of 1970s and 80s.

Writer: Mark Hartley | Director: Mark Hartley | Stars: Phillip Adams, Glory Annen, Christine Amor, Victoria Anoux

28. Casting By (2012)

89 min | Documentary

7.6
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70 Metascore

The surprising, never-before-told tale of the indispensable yet unsung Casting Director - Iconoclasts whose keen eye, exquisite taste and gut instincts redefined Hollywood.

Director: Tom Donahue | Stars: Deborah Aquila, Risa Bramon Garcia, Ellen Chenoweth, Marion Dougherty

29. Chuck Norris vs Communism (2015)

78 min | Documentary, History

7.8
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A mesmerising thriller about the magic of film and the power it has to change lives.

Writer: Ilinca Calugareanu | Director: Ilinca Calugareanu | Stars: Ana Maria Moldovan, Levente Molnár, Valentin Oncu, Irina Margareta Nistor

30. Birth of the Living Dead (2013)

Not Rated | 76 min | Documentary

7.0
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65 Metascore

A documentary that shows how George A. Romero gathered an unlikely team of Pittsburghers to shoot his seminal film: Night of the Living Dead.

Director: Rob Kuhns | Stars: George A. Romero, Fred Rogers, H. Rap Brown, Mark Harris

31. Visions of Light (1992)

92 min | Documentary, History

7.8
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Cameramen and women discuss the craft and art of cinematography and of the "DP" (the director of photography), illustrating their points with clips from 100 films, from Birth of a Nation to... See full summary »

Writer: Todd McCarthy | Directors: Arnold Glassman, Todd McCarthy, Stuart Samuels | Stars: Conrad L. Hall, John Bailey, Vilmos Zsigmond, Charles Lang

32. The Pervert's Guide to Cinema (2006)

150 min | Documentary

7.9
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THE PERVERT'S GUIDE TO CINEMA takes the viewer on an exhilarating ride through some of the greatest movies ever made. Serving as presenter and guide is the charismatic Slavoj Zizek, ... See full summary »

Writer: Slavoj Zizek | Director: Sophie Fiennes | Star: Slavoj Zizek

33. A Decade Under the Influence (2003)

R | 138 min | Documentary

7.6
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67 Metascore

A documentary examining the decade of the 1970s as a turning point in American cinema. Some of today's best filmmakers interview the influential directors of that time.

Directors: Ted Demme, Richard LaGravenese | Stars: Francis Ford Coppola, William Friedkin, Robert Altman, John G. Avildsen

34. Cameraman: The Life and Work of Jack Cardiff (2010)

86 min | Documentary, Biography

7.7
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71 Metascore

In 2001 Jack Cardiff (1914-2009) became the first director of photography in the history of the Academy Awards to win an Honorary Oscar. But the first time he clasped the famous statuette ... See full summary »

Director: Craig McCall | Stars: Jack Cardiff, Martin Scorsese, Kirk Douglas, Lauren Bacall

35. American Grindhouse (2010)

Not Rated | 80 min | Documentary

7.1
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A documentary about the history of exploitation movies, from the silent movie era to the 1970s.

Writers: Elijah Drenner, Calum Waddell | Director: Elijah Drenner | Stars: Robert Forster, Eric Schaefer, Eddie Muller, John Landis

36. Video Nasties: Moral Panic, Censorship & Videotape (2010 Video)

Not Rated | 72 min | Documentary

8.0
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A documentary analyzing the furore which so-called "video nasties" caused in Britain during the 1980s.

Director: Jake West | Stars: Julian Petley, Marc Morris, Andy Nyman, Xavier Mendik

37. Nightmares in Red, White and Blue: The Evolution of the American Horror Film (2009)

Unrated | 96 min | Documentary, Horror

7.2
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An exploration of the appeal of horror films, with interviews of many legendary directors in the genre.

Writer: Joseph Maddrey | Director: Andrew Monument | Stars: Lance Henriksen, Larry Cohen, Joe Dante, John Carpenter

38. Jew Suss: Rise and Fall (2010)

114 min | Biography, Drama, War

5.8
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Rise and fall of actor Ferdinand Marian, who takes the chance and stars in the anti-semitic movie Jud Süß (1940).

Creator: Michael Esser | Director: Oskar Roehler | Stars: Tobias Moretti, Martina Gedeck, Moritz Bleibtreu, Justus von Dohnányi

39. The Rest is Silence (2007)

114 min | Comedy, Drama

8.3
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In 1911-12, the Romanian movie director Grigore Brezianu and the financial tycoon Leon Popescu made together the 2 hours long movie "Romania's Independence" - an as faithful as possible ... See full summary »

Writer: Nae Caranfil | Director: Nae Caranfil | Stars: Marius Florea Vizante, Ovidiu Niculescu, Mirela Zeta, Sandu Mihai Gruia

40. That's Entertainment, Part II (1976)

G | 133 min | Documentary, Family, Musical

7.3
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Gene Kelly and Fred Astaire present more golden moments from the MGM film library, this time including comedy and drama as well as classic musical numbers.

Writer: Leonard Gershe | Director: Gene Kelly | Stars: Fred Astaire, Gene Kelly, Judy Garland, Mickey Rooney

41. Jacquot de Nantes (1991)

PG | 118 min | Biography, Drama

7.4
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Jacquot Demy is a little boy at the end of the thirties. His father owns a garage and his mother is a hairdresser. The whole family lives happily and likes to sing and to go to the movies. ... See full summary »

Writers: Jacques Demy, Agnès Varda | Director: Agnès Varda | Stars: Philippe Maron, Edouard Joubeaud, Laurent Monnier, Brigitte De Villepoix

42. The American Nightmare (2000)

73 min | Documentary, Horror

7.4
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An examination into the nature of 1960's-70's horror films, the involved artists, and how they reflected contemporary society.

Writer: Adam Simon | Director: Adam Simon | Stars: George A. Romero, John Carpenter, Tom Savini, David Cronenberg

43. That's Entertainment! III (1994)

G | 113 min | Documentary, Family, Musical

7.6
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Some of MGM'S musical stars review the studios history of musicals. From The Hollywood Revue of 1929 (1929) to Brigadoon (1954) , from the first musical talkies to Gene Kelly in Singin' in ... See full summary »

Writers: Bud Friedgen, Michael J. Sheridan | Directors: Bud Friedgen, Michael J. Sheridan | Stars: Debbie Reynolds, Gene Kelly, Ann Miller, Mickey Rooney

45. Going to Pieces: The Rise and Fall of the Slasher Film (2006)

Unrated | 88 min | Documentary, Horror

7.3
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A documentary on the history of the slasher film.

Writers: J. Albert Bell, Rachel Belofsky, Michael Derek Bohusz, Adam Rockoff, Rudy Scalese | Stars: Ed Green, John Carpenter, Wes Craven, Herb Freed

46. Corman's World: Exploits of a Hollywood Rebel (2011)

R | 95 min | Documentary

7.6
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A documentary on DIY producer/director Roger Corman and his alternative approach to making movies in Hollywood.

Writer: Alex Stapleton | Director: Alex Stapleton | Stars: Roger Corman, Martin Scorsese, Quentin Tarantino, Paul W.S. Anderson

47. The Go-Go Boys: The Inside Story of Cannon Films (2014)

Documentary

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THE GO-GO BOYS: The Inside Story of Cannon Films is a documentary about two Israeli-born cousins, Menahem Golan and Yoram Globus, who in pursuit of the American Dream turned the Hollywood ... See full summary »

Writers: Hilla Medalia, Daniel Sivan | Director: Hilla Medalia | Stars: Sylvester Stallone, Jon Voight, Charles Bronson, Chuck Norris

48. Show People (1928)

Not Rated | 83 min | Comedy, Romance

8.3
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A young lady from Georgia goes to Hollywood in the hopes of becoming an actress.

Writers: Agnes Christine Johnston, Laurence Stallings, Wanda Tuchock, Ralph Spence | Director: King Vidor | Stars: Marion Davies, William Haines, Dell Henderson, Paul Ralli

49. The Wonderful, Horrible Life of Leni Riefenstahl (1993)

180 min | Documentary, Biography, History

8.1
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A documentary about the life and work of Leni Riefenstahl, a German film director most notorious for making the most effective propaganda films for the Nazis.

Writer: Ray Müller | Director: Ray Müller | Stars: Leni Riefenstahl, Marlene Dietrich, Walter Frentz, Joseph Goebbels

50. Midnight Movies: From the Margin to the Mainstream (2005)

TV-14 | 86 min | Documentary

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From 1970-1977, six low budget films shown at midnight transformed the way we make and watch films.

Writers: Victor Kushmaniuk, Stuart Samuels | Director: Stuart Samuels | Stars: John Waters, Ben Barenholtz, Alejandro Jodorowsky, Alan Douglas