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1. The Ring (2002)

PG-13 | 115 min | Horror, Mystery

7.1
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57 Metascore

A journalist must investigate a mysterious videotape which seems to cause the death of anyone in a week of viewing it.

Writers: Ehren Kruger, Kôji Suzuki | Director: Gore Verbinski | Stars: Naomi Watts, Martin Henderson, Brian Cox, David Dorfman

Votes: 248,716 | Gross: $128.58M

2. O Brother, Where Art Thou? (2000)

PG-13 | 107 min | Adventure, Comedy, Crime

7.8
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69 Metascore

In the deep south during the 1930s, three escaped convicts search for hidden treasure while a relentless lawman pursues them.

Writers: Homer, Ethan Coen, Joel Coen | Directors: Joel Coen, Ethan Coen | Stars: George Clooney, John Turturro, Tim Blake Nelson, John Goodman

Votes: 224,300 | Gross: $45.51M

3. Corpse Bride (2005)

PG | 77 min | Animation, Drama, Family

7.4
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83 Metascore

When a shy groom practices his wedding vows in the inadvertent presence of a deceased young woman, she rises from the grave assuming he has married her.

Writers: Tim Burton, Carlos Grangel, John August, Caroline Thompson, Pamela Pettler | Directors: Tim Burton, Mike Johnson | Stars: Johnny Depp, Helena Bonham Carter, Emily Watson, Tracey Ullman

Votes: 188,057 | Gross: $53.34M

4. Song of the Sea (2014)

PG | 93 min | Animation, Adventure, Family

8.2
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85 Metascore

Ben, a young Irish boy, and his little sister Saoirse, a girl who can turn into a seal, go on an adventure to free the faeries and save the spirit world.

Writers: Will Collins, Tomm Moore | Director: Tomm Moore | Stars: David Rawle, Brendan Gleeson, Lisa Hannigan, Fionnula Flanagan

Votes: 23,860 | Gross: $0.85M

5. The Tale of the Princess Kaguya (2013)

PG | 137 min | Animation, Drama, Fantasy

8.1
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89 Metascore

Found inside a shining stalk of bamboo by an old bamboo cutter and his wife, a tiny girl grows rapidly into an exquisite young lady. The mysterious young princess enthralls all who encounter her - but ultimately she must confront her fate, the punishment for her crime.

Writers: Isao Takahata, Riko Sakaguchi | Director: Isao Takahata | Stars: Chloë Grace Moretz, James Caan, Mary Steenburgen, James Marsden

Votes: 18,138 | Gross: $0.70M

6. Song of the South (1946)

Approved | 94 min | Animation, Family, Music

7.4
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The kindly story-teller Uncle Remus tells a young boy stories about trickster Br'er Rabbit, who outwits Br'er Fox and slow-witted Br'er Bear.

Writers: Joel Chandler Harris, Dalton S. Reymond, Bill Peet, Ralph Wright, Vernon Stallings, Morton Grant, Maurice Rapf | Directors: Wilfred Jackson, Harve Foster | Stars: Ruth Warrick, Bobby Driscoll, James Baskett, Luana Patten

Votes: 8,667

7. Kwaidan (1964)

Not Rated | 183 min | Fantasy, Horror

8.0
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A collection of four Japanese folk tales with supernatural themes.

Writers: Yôko Mizuki, Lafcadio Hearn | Director: Masaki Kobayashi | Stars: Rentarô Mikuni, Michiyo Aratama, Misako Watanabe, Kenjirô Ishiyama

Votes: 10,115

8. Pathfinder (1987)

86 min | Adventure, Action, Drama

7.4
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Around the year 1000 AD warlike people, the so-called "tjuder", roam in northern Scandinavia. As they brutally kill a family in a remote area, including the parents and their little ... See full summary »

Writer: Nils Gaup | Director: Nils Gaup | Stars: Mikkel Gaup, Ingvald Guttorm, Nils Utsi, Henrik H. Buljo

Votes: 3,943

9. Katalin Varga (2009)

82 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

7.0
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In the beautiful, otherworldly Carpathian Mountains a woman is traveling with a small boy in a horse and cart, looking to punish those who once abused her. For years, Katalin has been ... See full summary »

Writer: Peter Strickland | Director: Peter Strickland | Stars: Hilda Péter, Norbert Tankó, László Mátray, Roberto Giacomello

Votes: 1,921

10. Snow Beast (2011)

PG-13 | 88 min | Drama, Sci-Fi, Thriller

3.4
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People disappear every year out in the Canadian wilderness - however, this year is different. This year something is increasing the body count. Jim ('John Schneider') and his research team ... See full summary »

Writer: Brittany Wiscombe | Director: Brian Brough | Stars: John Schneider, Danielle Chuchran, Paul D. Hunt, Kari Hawker-Diaz

Votes: 821

11. For Those in Peril (2013)

92 min | Drama

6.3
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79 Metascore

Aaron, a young misfit living in a remote Scottish fishing community, is the lone survivor of a strange fishing accident that claimed the lives of five men including his older brother. ... See full summary »

Writer: Paul Wright | Director: Paul Wright | Stars: Kate Dickie, George MacKay, Michael Smiley, Brian McCardie

Votes: 683

12. Snowbeast (1977 TV Movie)

Unrated | 86 min | Horror

4.7
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A Colorado ski resort is besieged by a sub-human beast that commits brutal murders on the slopes.

Writer: Joseph Stefano | Director: Herb Wallerstein | Stars: Bo Svenson, Yvette Mimieux, Robert Logan, Clint Walker

Votes: 1,106

13. Viy (1967)

77 min | Drama, Fantasy, Horror

7.5
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A young priest is ordered to preside over the wake of witch in a small old wooden church of a remote village. This means spending three nights alone with the corpse with only his faith to protect him.

Writers: Konstantin Ershov, Nikolai Gogol, Georgiy Kropachyov, Aleksandr Ptushko | Directors: Konstantin Ershov, Georgiy Kropachyov | Stars: Leonid Kuravlyov, Natalya Varley, Aleksey Glazyrin, Nikolay Kutuzov

Votes: 3,354

14. Heaven on Earth (2008)

106 min | Drama

6.3
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Chand, a young Punjabi woman, travels to Canada to marry a man she has never met. They live in a crowded suburban house and Chand has to also put up with her husband's abusive behavior.

Writer: Deepa Mehta | Director: Deepa Mehta | Stars: Preity Zinta, Gick Grewal, Vansh Bhardwaj, Geetika Sharma

Votes: 742

15. Semum (2008)

116 min | Crime, Fantasy, Horror

5.7
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Director Hasan Karacadag argues that he tried to create a model of a Turkish-Islamic horror film and that he would make the world recognize this model, of which he sees "Semum" as the first... See full summary »

Writer: Hasan Karacadag | Director: Hasan Karacadag | Stars: Ayça Inci, Burak Hakki, Cem Kurtoglu, Sefa Zengin

Votes: 3,321

16. Greedy Guts (2000)

132 min | Animation, Comedy, Drama

7.4
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74 Metascore

When a childless couple learn that they cannot have children, it causes great distress. To ease his wife's pain, the man finds a piece of root in the backyard and chops it and varnishes it into the shape of a child. However the woman takes the root as her baby and starts to pretend that it is real. When the root takes life they seem to have gained a child; but its appetite is much greater than a ... See full summary »

Writers: Karel Jaromír Erben, Jan Svankmajer | Director: Jan Svankmajer | Stars: Veronika Zilková, Jan Hartl, Jaroslava Kretschmerová, Pavel Nový

Votes: 4,776 | Gross: $0.12M

17. Kirikou and the Sorceress (1998)

74 min | Animation, Adventure, Family

7.6
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In a troubled African village, an unusual baby is born.

Writer: Michel Ocelot | Director: Michel Ocelot | Stars: Doudou Gueye Thiaw, Maimouna N'Diaye, Awa Sene Sarr, Robert Liensol

Votes: 5,877

18. Making Plans for Lena (2009)

Unrated | 105 min | Drama

6.1
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Ever since she broke up with Nigel, Lena soldiers on through life as best she can with her two kids. She valiantly overcomes the obstacles put in her way. But she has yet to confront the ... See full summary »

Writers: Christophe Honoré, Geneviève Brisac | Director: Christophe Honoré | Stars: Chiara Mastroianni, Marina Foïs, Marie-Christine Barrault, Jean-Marc Barr

Votes: 638

19. Frosty (1964)

84 min | Comedy, Family, Fantasy

6.0
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A fairy-tale about a conceited young man and a young woman with a tyrannical step-mother, who must overcome magical trials in order to be together.

Writers: Nikolay Erdman, Mikhail Volpin | Director: Aleksandr Rou | Stars: Aleksandr Khvylya, Natalya Sedykh, Eduard Izotov, Inna Churikova

Votes: 3,282

20. Misty (1976)

100 min | Drama

6.1
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Misty arrives in a small town to look for her mother who abandoned her 22 years ago. She stays with a bisexual artist and her friends and models for her. Meanwhile, a Christian woman with a secret tries to save her perverted niece.

Writer: Joseph W. Sarno | Director: Joseph W. Sarno | Stars: Mary Mendum, Jennifer Jordan, Jamie Gillis, Jennifer Welles

Votes: 31

21. The Legend of Suram Fortress (1985)

88 min | Drama

7.6
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A film version of a well-known Georgian folk-tale. A young boy has to be immured into the walls of a fortress in order to stop it from crumbling to pieces.

Writers: Daniel Chonqadze, Vaja Gigashvili | Directors: Sergei Parajanov, Dodo Abashidze | Stars: Veriko Anjaparidze, Tamari Tsitsishvili, Dudukhana Tserodze, Dodo Abashidze

Votes: 1,054

22. Bagpuss (1974– )

15 min | Animation, Comedy, Family

8.1
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A melancholic children's animation from the 'Smallfilms' team of Postgate and Firmin. Bagpuss and his friends are toys in a turn of the century shop for 'found things'. When young Emily ... See full summary »

Creators: Oliver Postgate, Peter Firmin | Stars: Oliver Postgate, Sandra Kerr, John Faulkner, Emily Firmin

Votes: 501

23. Urusei Yatsura 2: Beautiful Dreamer (1984)

Unrated | 90 min | Animation, Adventure, Comedy

7.7
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Lum is a cheerful alien who now lives with her human fiancée, Ataru and her goods friends on earth. The night before the school festival, the world begins to change, things seem to be ... See full summary »

Writers: Mamoru Oshii, Rumiko Takahashi | Director: Mamoru Oshii | Stars: Fumi Hirano, Toshio Furukawa, Akira Kamiya, Kazuko Sugiyama

Votes: 1,190

24. How to Drown Dr. Mracek, the Lawyer (1975)

96 min | Comedy, Fantasy, Romance

7.6
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There are still water spirits among us. One group lives in Prague, led by Mr. Wassermann, who is using his wife's family as servants. All they need is their old house near the river. But ... See full summary »

Writers: Milos Macourek, Petr Markov, Václav Vorlícek | Director: Václav Vorlícek | Stars: Jaromír Hanzlík, Libuse Safránková, Frantisek Filipovský, Milos Kopecký

Votes: 710

25. Body of Water (2011)

105 min | Drama, Thriller

5.4
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Writers: Pekka Lehtosaari, Joona Tena, Mikko Tenhunen | Director: Joona Tena | Stars: Krista Kosonen, Kai Lehtinen, Viljami Nojonen, Peter Franzén

Votes: 529

26. Magyar népmesék (1978– )

Animation

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Animated Hungarian folk tales.

Stars: Gyula Szabó, Piroska Molnár, György Bánffy, Károly Hrotkó

Votes: 613

27. Long Ago and Far Away (1989–1993)

Animation, Drama, Family

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Stars: Mia Farrow, Tim Curry, Tammy Grimes, Kim Loughran

Votes: 61

28. Die Geschichte vom Brandner Kaspar (2008)

96 min | Comedy, Drama

6.1
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70-year old Brandner Kaspar lives with his granddaughter Nannerl in the mountains at the Schliersee. As he is visited by the Death and wants to take him, Brandner Kaspar tricks him and gets another 20 years of life.

Writers: Klaus Richter, Kurt Wilhelm | Director: Joseph Vilsmaier | Stars: Franz-Xaver Kroetz, Michael Herbig, Lisa Potthoff, Peter Ketnath

Votes: 605

29. Kothanodi (2015)

120 min | Fantasy

8.0
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Four folk tales from Assam re-imagined as a narrative about four mothers, each facing demons of her own.

Writers: Bhaskar Hazarika, Arupa Patangia-Kalita | Director: Bhaskar Hazarika | Stars: Seema Biswas, Asha Bordoloi, Adil Hussain, Urmila Mahanta

Votes: 24

30. Mount Head (2002)

10 min | Animation, Comedy, Fantasy

7.0
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A miserly man eats the pits of some cherries he can't stand throwing out. A tree starts growing from the top of his head. He cuts it off; it grows back. After a while, he gives up and lets ... See full summary »

Writer: Shoji Yonemura | Director: Koji Yamamura | Stars: Takeharu Kunimoto, Bruno Metzger

Votes: 1,050

31. The Fox's Widow (1962)

15 min | Short, Animation, Family

8.0
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Based on a Norwegian folk tale, with the addition of a second tale and a scene from a third. - The basic story: Mr. Fox is dead. His widow, Reve-enka (literally "the fox widow"), sits alone... See full summary »

Writers: Peter Christen Asbjørnsen, Jørgen Moe | Director: Ivo Caprino | Stars: Harald Heide Steen, Siri Rom, Trine Pedersen

Votes: 592

32. Snaker (2001)

108 min | Fantasy, Horror, Romance

5.5
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Based on a Cambodian folk tale. In a small Thai village, Nhi comes across a Snake Immortal and falls in love with him. She becomes pregnant by the snake, but does not tell her husband. When... See full summary »

Writers: Fai Sam Ang, Mao Samnang | Director: Fai Sam Ang | Stars: Winai Kraibutr, Pich Chanbormey, Tep Rindaro, Om Portevy

Votes: 45

33. What's Love Doing in the Mountains? (2005)

PG | 28 min | Short, Drama

7.3
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Hasan, a young farmer who lives in a small village in western Turkey, asks permission to marry his lover, Ayse. Her father, the landlord of the village, decides to test Hasan's courage and ... See full summary »

Writer: Yunus Emre Firat | Director: Yunus Emre Firat | Stars: Ezgi Asaroglu, Burak Sarimola, Gokhan Aydin, Nurhayat Boz

Votes: 92

34. Det var en gang (1994)

62 min | Adventure, Animation, Family

5.5
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Director: Ketil Jakobsen | Stars: Henki Kolstad, Morten Faldaas, Brit Elisabeth Haagensli, Sossen Krohg

Votes: 11

35. The Stopwatch Gang (2012)

Documentary, Crime

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The FBI coined the name, "The StopWatch Gang," for the stopwatch worn during their bank robberies ranging from California to Florida. Using outrageous disguises such as wigs, sunglasses and... See full summary »

Writer: Karin Rownd Kwiatkowski | Director: Karin Rownd Kwiatkowski | Stars: Stephen Chenoweth, Richard Hubbell, Robert Kittredge, Blaine D. McIlwaine

36. Anansi the Spider (1969)

10 min | Animation, Short, Family

8.2
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This animated African folk tale features the trickster character Anansi, a spider with human qualities. When Anansi goes on a voyage and falls into trouble, his six sons come to his rescue.... See full summary »

Director: Gerald McDermott | Star: Athmani Magoma

Votes: 5

37. The Legend of John Henry (1974)

11 min | Animation, Short, Family

7.3
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The folk legend of John Henry, and his contest with a steam engine to cut a railroad tunnel through a mountain, is told in song by Roberta Flack.

Writer: Joseph Cavella | Director: Sam Weiss | Star: Roberta Flack

Votes: 19

38. Empress Chung (2005)

Animation, Drama, Fantasy

5.9
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A young princess makes a drastic decision in order to save her father's eyesight.

Writers: Jung-ha Kim, Young-sup Kwon, Seung-won Kyong, Jang-Hyun Shin, Nelson Shin, Kwang-hee Yoo | Director: Nelson Shin

Votes: 16

39. La Recta Provincia (2007– )

180 min

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Stars: Bélgica Castro, Ignacio Agüero, Ángel Parra, Javiera Parra

Votes: 35

40. Gutten som kappåt med trollet (1967)

12 min | Animation, Short, Adventure

7.9
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Writers: Peter Christen Asbjørnsen, Jørgen Moe | Director: Ivo Caprino | Stars: Claes Gill, Harald Heide-Steen Jr., Henki Kolstad

Votes: 564

41. The Tale of Chun Hyang (1980)

146 min | Drama, Music, Romance

7.7
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A tender hearted young noble man, Mong Ryong, falls in love with the famous Chun Hyang, the most beautiful girl of a Korean village, who is also a pure hearted artist but unfortunately from... See full summary »

Writers: Sung Gu Kim, In Jun Paek | Directors: Won Jun Yu, Ryong Gyu Yun | Stars: Yong Suk Kim, Sun Gyu Choe, Yong Suk Kim, Jong Hwan Ko

Votes: 10

42. The Ashlad and His Good Helpers (1961)

15 min | Animation, Short, Adventure

7.9
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Writers: Peter Christen Asbjørnsen, Jørgen Moe | Director: Ivo Caprino | Stars: Harald Heide Steen, Anniken Kolstad, Even Rognlien

Votes: 640

43. Suburban Sasquatch (2004 Video)

97 min | Horror

3.4
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When a giant blood-thirsty anthropoid goes on a killing in a sprawling suburban park area, it's up to a couple of rangers, a reporter and a mystical Native-American Warrior to try and stop it.

Writer: Dave Wascavage | Director: Dave Wascavage | Stars: Sue Lynn Sanchez, Bill Ushler, Dave Bonavita, Juan Fernandez

Votes: 176

44. The Seventh Master of the House (1966)

12 min | Short, Animation, Family

8.0
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A Norwegian fairy-tale about a young man trying to find shelter for the night.

Writers: Peter Christen Asbjørnsen, Jørgen Moe | Director: Ivo Caprino | Star: Rolf Just Nilsen

Votes: 658

45. Mamochka: A Russian Folktale (2004)

Not Rated | 25 min | Family, Short

6.3
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A close look at turn of the century Russia. A story that echoes the foundations of love, relationships, and human behavior.

Writer: Brian Poe | Director: Jody Lee Olhava | Stars: Maria Alaverdova, Madelin Avaha, Roger Christoffersen, Cindy Clark

Votes: 6

46. Aladdin (1957 TV Movie)

70 min | Drama, Family

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Writer: Rex Tucker | Stars: David Cole, Hugh David, Douglas Wilmer, Mildred Mayne

47. Something from Nothing (1999 TV Short)

23 min | Animation, Short, Family

5.6
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Writers: Phoebe Gilman, Avrum Jacobson, Christel Kleitsch | Director: Stefan Leblanc | Stars: Al Waxman, Julie Lemieux, Tracey Moore, Luba Goy

Votes: 5

48. Shi xiong di (1959)

Adventure, Family, Fantasy

7.7
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Writers: Shun Cheung, Hing Szeto | Director: Wui Ng | Stars: Ying Cheung, Yim-Hing Law, Yiu-Lam Chan, Shu-Wah Cheung

Votes: 9

49. Lin Tou jie (1979)

91 min | Drama, Fantasy, Romance

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Writer: Chou Shih | Director: Dao Yang | Stars: Lan-Hua Tang, Chun Hsiung Ko, Ying Chi Chang, Sheng-Fen Cheng

50. Slonce wschodzi raz na dzien (1972)

94 min | Drama

6.9
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Writer: Wieslaw Dymny | Director: Henryk Kluba | Stars: Franciszek Pieczka, Ryszard Filipski, Stanislaw Gronkowski, Teresa Marczewska

Votes: 35