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1. The Aviator (2004)

PG-13 | 170 min | Biography, Drama, History

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.

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

Votes: 277,709 | Gross: $102.61M

2. Hugo (2011)

PG | 126 min | Adventure, Drama, Family

7.5
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83 Metascore

In Paris in 1931, an orphan named Hugo Cabret who lives in the walls of a train station is wrapped up in a mystery involving his late father and an automaton.

Director: Martin Scorsese | Stars: Asa Butterfield, Chloë Grace Moretz, Christopher Lee, Ben Kingsley

Votes: 258,204 | Gross: $73.82M

3. Singin' in the Rain (1952)

Approved | 103 min | Comedy, Musical, Romance

8.3
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A silent film production company and cast make a difficult transition to sound.

Directors: Stanley Donen, Gene Kelly | Stars: Gene Kelly, Donald O'Connor, Debbie Reynolds, Jean Hagen

Votes: 163,012

4. Five Came Back (2017– )

60 min | Documentary, Biography, History

8.7
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The wartime contributions of five prominent Hollywood film directors during World War II are profiled.

Stars: Francis Ford Coppola, Guillermo del Toro, Paul Greengrass, Lawrence Kasdan

Votes: 811

5. 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: 56,851

6. 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.

Director: Giuseppe Tornatore | Stars: Philippe Noiret, Enzo Cannavale, Antonella Attili, Isa Danieli

Votes: 164,632 | Gross: $11.99M

7. The Artist (I) (2011)

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

7.9
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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.

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

Votes: 198,735 | Gross: $44.67M

8. Hitchcock (2012)

PG-13 | 98 min | Biography, Drama

6.8
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55 Metascore

The relationship between Alfred Hitchcock and his wife Alma Reville during the filming of Psycho (1960) in 1959 is explored.

Director: Sacha Gervasi | Stars: Anthony Hopkins, Helen Mirren, Scarlett Johansson, Danny Huston

Votes: 62,922 | Gross: $6.00M

9. Gods and Monsters (1998)

R | 105 min | Biography, Drama

7.5
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74 Metascore

The last days of Frankenstein (1931) director James Whale are explored.

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

Votes: 25,669 | Gross: $6.39M

10. 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.

Director: Kirby Dick | Stars: Kirby Dick, Kimberly Peirce, Darren Aronofsky, Atom Egoyan

Votes: 25,814 | Gross: $0.30M

11. Inside Deep Throat (2005)

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

6.8
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64 Metascore

An examination of the infamous pornographic film Deep Throat (1972), covering aspects from the film's creation to its cultural impact.

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

Votes: 5,758 | Gross: $0.65M

12. Life with Judy Garland: Me and My Shadows (2001– )

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

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

Stars: Judy Davis, Victor Garber, Hugh Laurie, John Benjamin Hickey

Votes: 1,749

13. Letters from Baghdad (2016)

95 min | Documentary

6.9
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Gertrude Bell, the most powerful woman in the British Empire in her day, shaped the destiny of Iraq after WWI in ways that still reverberate today.

Directors: Sabine Krayenbühl, Zeva Oelbaum | Stars: Ammar Haj Ahmad, Adam Astill, Tom Chadbon, Simon Chandler

Votes: 24

14. Popcorn (1991)

R | 91 min | Comedy, Horror

5.7
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A murderer begins killing off teenagers at a horrorthon they have organized in an abandoned theater.

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

Votes: 2,624 | Gross: $4.21M

15. Electric Boogaloo: The Wild, Untold Story of Cannon Films (2014)

R | 106 min | Documentary

7.4
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The history of the independent film company, The Cannon Film Group, Inc..

Director: Mark Hartley | Stars: Sam Firstenberg, David Paulsen, Luigi Cozzi, Menahem Golan

Votes: 3,759

16. The Death of "Superman Lives": What Happened? (2015)

Not Rated | 104 min | Documentary

7.1
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A documentary about the proposed 1998 Superman Lives feature film that would have starred Nicolas Cage.

Director: Jon Schnepp | Stars: Nicolas Cage, Tim Burton, Kevin Smith, Dan Gilroy

Votes: 3,540

17. Eisenstein in Guanajuato (2015)

Unrated | 105 min | Biography, Comedy, Drama

6.3
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60 Metascore

Rejected by Hollywood and facing pressure to return to Stalinist Russia, filmmaker Sergei Eisenstein travels to Mexico to shoot a new film. Chaperoned by his guide Palomino, he experiences the ties between Eros and Thanatos, happy to create their effects in cinema, troubled to suffer them in life.

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

Votes: 1,789 | Gross: $0.03M

18. Hitchcock/Truffaut (2015)

PG-13 | 79 min | Documentary

7.4
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79 Metascore

Filmmakers discuss how Francois Truffaut's 1966 book "Cinema According to Hitchcock" influenced their work.

Director: Kent Jones | Stars: Mathieu Amalric, Wes Anderson, Peter Bogdanovich, David Fincher

Votes: 3,330 | Gross: $0.30M

19. Side by Side (2012)

Not Rated | 99 min | Documentary

7.6
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82 Metascore

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

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

Votes: 11,688 | Gross: $0.03M

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

R | 101 min | Documentary

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Documentary about the way sex was and is deliberately used in cinema to influence and manipulate human behaviour and development. This documentary uses real examples including the decline ... See full summary »

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

Votes: 364

21. Cantinflas (2014)

PG | 102 min | Biography, Comedy, Drama

6.6
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44 Metascore

The untold story of Mexico's greatest and most beloved comedy film star of all time, from his humble origins on the small stage to the bright lights of Hollywood.

Director: Sebastian del Amo | Stars: Óscar Jaenada, Michael Imperioli, Ilse Salas, Bárbara Mori

Votes: 3,265 | Gross: $6.37M

22. 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.

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

Votes: 4,059

23. Introducing Dorothy Dandridge (1999 TV Movie)

R | 120 min | Biography, Drama, Music

7.1
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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 »

Director: Martha Coolidge | Stars: Halle Berry, Brent Spiner, Klaus Maria Brandauer, Obba Babatundé

Votes: 2,733

24. 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.

Stars: Ed Green, John Carpenter, Wes Craven, Herb Freed

Votes: 2,839

25. Atari: Game Over (2014)

TV-14 | 66 min | Documentary

6.7
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A crew digs up all of the old Atari 2600 game cartridges of "E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial" that were tossed into a landfill in the 1980s.

Director: Zak Penn | Stars: Zak Penn, Joe Lewandowski, Robert Rentschler, Paul Sanchez

Votes: 4,486

26. 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.

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

Votes: 1,677

27. 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.

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

Votes: 1,261

28. Blonde (2001– )

165 min | Biography, Drama

6.4
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A fictional biography of Marilyn Monroe mixed with series of real events in her life.

Stars: Titus Welliver, Eric Bogosian, Niklaus Lange, Richard Roxburgh

Votes: 722

29. Dinner for Five (2001–2005)

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, Kevin Smith

Votes: 698

30. Chuck Norris vs. Communism (2015)

78 min | Documentary, Comedy, History

7.5
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A documentary about the magic of film and the power it has to change lives.

Director: Ilinca Calugareanu | Stars: Irina Margareta Nistor, Ana Maria Moldovan, Dan Chiorean, Valentin Oncu

Votes: 1,238

31. The Story of Film: An Odyssey (2011– )

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

Votes: 3,102

32. 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.

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

Votes: 1,836 | Gross: $0.01M

33. The People vs. George Lucas (2010)

Not Rated | 93 min | Documentary, Comedy

6.7
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55 Metascore

An examination of the widespread fan disenchantment with George Lucas.

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

Votes: 3,845

34. Reel Injun (2009)

85 min | Documentary, Western

7.6
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63 Metascore

The history of the depiction of Native Americans in Hollywood films.

Directors: Neil Diamond, Catherine Bainbridge, Jeremiah Hayes | Stars: Adam Beach, Chris Eyre, Russell Means, John Trudell

Votes: 1,060

35. The Celluloid Closet (1995)

R | 102 min | Documentary, History

7.8
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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.

Directors: Rob Epstein, Jeffrey Friedman | Stars: Lily Tomlin, Tony Curtis, Susie Bright, Arthur Laurents

Votes: 5,283 | Gross: $1.51M

36. Jag är Ingrid (2015)

Not Rated | 114 min | Documentary, Biography

7.4
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75 Metascore

A captivating look behind the scenes of the remarkable life of a young Swedish girl who became one of the most celebrated actresses of American and World cinema.

Director: Stig Björkman | Stars: Ingrid Bergman, Alicia Vikander, Pia Lindström, Roberto Rossellini

Votes: 1,230 | Gross: $0.14M

37. Forgotten Silver (1995 TV Movie)

53 min | Comedy

7.6
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The film deals with the career of a supposedly forgotten pioneer of international cinema, Colin McKenzie, who was allegedly born in rural New Zealand in 1888.

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

Votes: 5,114

38. Do I Sound Gay? (2014)

77 min | Documentary

5.5
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65 Metascore

A documentary about the stereotype of the gay voice.

Director: David Thorpe | Stars: David Thorpe, George Takei, Tim Gunn, David Sedaris

Votes: 1,414 | Gross: $0.06M

39. 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.

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

Votes: 3,362 | Gross: $0.02M

40. Chambre 666 (1982 TV Movie)

45 min | Documentary

6.5
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During the '35th Cannes International Film Festival' (14th-26th May 1982), German director Wim Wenders asked a sample of 15 other international film directors to get, each one at a time, ... See full summary »

Director: Wim Wenders | Stars: Wim Wenders, Michelangelo Antonioni, Maroun Bagdadi, Ana Carolina

Votes: 839

41. Edición Especial Coleccionista (2010–2015)

9 min | Comedy, History

7.0
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Add a Plot

Stars: David Díaz, Luis Rodrigo, Gabriel Fernández-Gil, Daniel Retuerta

Votes: 54

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

Not Rated | 72 min | Documentary

7.9
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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

Votes: 889

43. 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

Votes: 2,249 | Gross: $0.03M

44. One Hundred and One Nights (1995)

101 min | Comedy, History, Romance

6.1
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Monsieur Cinema, a hundred years old, lives alone in a large villa. His memories fade away, so he engages a young woman to tell him stories about all the movies ever made. Also a line of ... See full summary »

Director: Agnès Varda | Stars: Michel Piccoli, Marcello Mastroianni, Henri Garcin, Julie Gayet

Votes: 807

45. The Sarnos: A Life in Dirty Movies (2013)

Unrated | 100 min | Documentary, Biography

6.6
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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.

Director: Wiktor Ericsson | Stars: Joseph W. Sarno, Peggy Steffans, Michael Bowen, John Waters

Votes: 412

46. 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 studio's 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 »

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

Votes: 1,163 | Gross: $0.27M

47. Klimt (2006)

131 min | Biography, Drama

5.1
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44 Metascore

A portrait of Austrian artist Gustav Klimt, whose lavish, sexual paintings came to symbolize the art nouveau style of the late nineteenth and early twentieth century.

Director: Raoul Ruiz | Stars: John Malkovich, Veronica Ferres, Stephen Dillane, Saffron Burrows

Votes: 2,432

48. Woody Allen: A Documentary (2012)

195 min | Documentary, Biography

7.7
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Iconic writer, director, actor, comedian and musician Woody Allen allowed his life and creative process to be documented on-camera for the first time. With this unprecedented access, ... See full summary »

Director: Robert B. Weide | Stars: Woody Allen, Letty Aronson, Marshall Brickman, Josh Brolin

Votes: 4,147

49. Nitrate

Thriller | Announced

A young filmmaker seeks to reconstruct his hero's unfinished masterpiece, but finds himself caught in a web of obsession, old lies and murder.

Directors: Gavin Boyter, Guy Ducker | Stars: Iwan Rheon, Carl Prekopp, Robert Gill, Victoria J. Goodwin

50. 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 »

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

Votes: 2,619 | Gross: $0.80M