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1. 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.

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

Votes: 229,948 | Gross: $45.51M

2. 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.

Director: Gore Verbinski | Stars: Naomi Watts, Martin Henderson, Brian Cox, David Dorfman

Votes: 256,877 | Gross: $128.58M

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.

Directors: Tim Burton, Mike Johnson | Stars: Johnny Depp, Helena Bonham Carter, Emily Watson, Tracey Ullman

Votes: 194,338 | 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.

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

Votes: 28,906 | 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.

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

Votes: 19,905 | Gross: $0.70M

6. Song of the South (1946)

Approved | 94 min | Animation, Comedy, Family

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.

Directors: Wilfred Jackson, Harve Foster | Stars: Ruth Warrick, Bobby Driscoll, James Baskett, Luana Patten

Votes: 8,849

7. Kwaidan (1964)

Not Rated | 183 min | Drama, Fantasy, Horror

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

Director: Masaki Kobayashi | Stars: Rentarô Mikuni, Michiyo Aratama, Misako Watanabe, Kenjirô Ishiyama

Votes: 10,514

8. 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 »

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

Votes: 1,975

9. Pathfinder (1987)

86 min | Action, Adventure, 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 »

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

Votes: 4,034

10. 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.

Directors: Konstantin Ershov, Georgiy Kropachyov | Stars: Leonid Kuravlyov, Natalya Varley, Aleksey Glazyrin, Nikolay Kutuzov

Votes: 3,528

11. For Those in Peril (2013)

92 min | Drama

6.4
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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 »

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

Votes: 706

12. Otesánek (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 »

Director: Jan Svankmajer | Stars: Veronika Zilková, Jan Hartl, Jaroslava Kretschmerová, Pavel Nový

Votes: 4,876 | Gross: $0.12M

13. 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.

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

Votes: 1,140

14. 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.

Director: Aleksandr Rou | Stars: Aleksandr Khvylya, Natalya Sedykh, Eduard Izotov, Inna Churikova

Votes: 3,341

15. 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.

Directors: Michel Ocelot, Raymond Burlet | Stars: Doudou Gueye Thiaw, Maimouna N'Diaye, Awa Sene Sarr, Robert Liensol

Votes: 6,102

16. 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 »

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

Votes: 835

17. Kothanodi (2015)

120 min | Fantasy

8.1
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Four folk tales from Assam re-imagined as a narrative about four mothers, each facing demons of her own.

Director: Bhaskar Hazarika | Stars: Seema Biswas, Asha Bordoloi, Adil Hussain, Urmila Mahanta

Votes: 64

18. 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.

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

Votes: 745

19. Non ma fille, tu n'iras pas danser (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 »

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

Votes: 651

20. 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 »

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

Votes: 3,364

21. Misty (1976)

100 min | Drama

6.2
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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.

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

Votes: 32

22. Bagpuss (1974– )

15 min | Animation, Comedy, Family

8.0
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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 »

Stars: Oliver Postgate, Sandra Kerr, John Faulkner, Emily Firmin

Votes: 532

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 »

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

Votes: 1,210

24. Magyar népmesék (1977– )

Animation

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Animated Hungarian folk tales.

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

Votes: 659

25. 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.

Directors: Sergei Parajanov, Dodo Abashidze | Stars: Veriko Anjaparidze, Tamari Tsitsishvili, Dudukhana Tserodze, Dodo Abashidze

Votes: 1,091

26. 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 »

Director: Václav Vorlícek | Stars: Jaromír Hanzlík, Libuse Safránková, Frantisek Filipovský, Milos Kopecký

Votes: 736

27. Shi xiong di (1995)

100 min | Action, Comedy, Fantasy

5.9
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A couple inherit a small farm where they find ten magic pearls that contain the spirits of fairies. When their farm is invaded, they swallow five pearls each and give birth to the fairies reborn as children with supernatural powers.

Director: Lik-Chi Lee | Stars: Kenny Bee, Sharla Cheung, Ashton Chen, Shao-Wen Hao

Votes: 149

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.

Director: Joseph Vilsmaier | Stars: Franz-Xaver Kroetz, Michael Herbig, Lisa Potthoff, Peter Ketnath

Votes: 618

29. Storybook International (1983–1984)

Family, Fantasy

8.2
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A collection of folk tales and fairy stories from all over the world, based on an anthology of stories for children.

Stars: Claire Nielson, Virginia Boston, Isla Blair

Votes: 29

30. Long Ago and Far Away (1989–1993)

Animation, Drama, Family

8.7
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Stars: Mia Farrow, Tim Curry, Tammy Grimes, Kim Loughran

Votes: 63

31. Reve-enka (1962)

15 min | Short, Animation, Family

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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 »

Director: Ivo Caprino | Stars: Harald Heide Steen, Siri Rom, Trine Pedersen

Votes: 623

32. Gutten som kappåt med trollet (1967)

12 min | Animation, Short, Adventure

7.9
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Director: Ivo Caprino | Stars: Claes Gill, Harald Heide-Steen Jr., Henki Kolstad

Votes: 597

33. 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.

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

Votes: 181

34. Askeladden og de gode hjelperne (1961)

15 min | Animation, Short, Adventure

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Director: Ivo Caprino | Stars: Harald Heide Steen, Anniken Kolstad, Even Rognlien

Votes: 674

35. Syvälle salattu (2011)

105 min | Drama, Thriller

5.4
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Director: Joona Tena | Stars: Krista Kosonen, Kai Lehtinen, Viljami Nojonen, Peter Franzén

Votes: 543

36. Kuon puos keng kang (2001)

108 min | Fantasy, Horror, Romance

5.6
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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 »

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

Votes: 47

37. Sjuende far i huset (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.

Director: Ivo Caprino | Star: Rolf Just Nilsen

Votes: 692

38. La Recta Provincia (2007– )

180 min

8.1
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Stars: Bélgica Castro, Ignacio Agüero, Ángel Parra, Javiera Parra

Votes: 35

39. Atama-yama (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 »

Director: Koji Yamamura | Stars: Takeharu Kunimoto, Bruno Metzger

Votes: 1,077

40. Seitsemän veljestä (1989 TV Mini-Series)

Adventure, Drama, Fantasy

5.9
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Seven brothers takes place during ten years of seven deadbeat brothers living with their mother in Jukola, Finland. After their mother's death the brothers are forced to change their lifestyle and try to become socially accepted citizens.

Stars: Kai Lehtinen, Jarmo Mäkinen, Martti Suosalo, Jari Pehkonen

Votes: 54

41. The Legend of John Henry (1974)

11 min | Animation, Short, Family

7.2
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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.

Director: Sam Weiss | Star: Roberta Flack

Votes: 20

42. Wanghu simcheong (2005)

Animation, Drama, Fantasy

6.2
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A young princess makes a drastic decision in order to save her father's eyesight.

Director: Nelson Shin

Votes: 17

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

PG | 28 min | Short, Drama

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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 »

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

Votes: 96

44. Anansi the Spider (1969)

10 min | Animation, Short, Family

8.0
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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: 6

45. Hannah and the Dog Ghost (1981)

29 min | Drama, Fantasy, Horror

9.0
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Beginning with an abstract explaining ghost dogs, a woman tells a story of an abduction of a widow's son by an evil Fiddle Man with powers of Satan, and how a dog that might contain the spirit of her husband saves them both.

Director: Ken Harrison | Stars: Vickie Washington, Derek Betts, Ray Geller, Anna Harrison

Votes: 7

46. Manga: Kobutori (1929)

10 min | Animation, Short

6.7
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An old man has a lump or tumor on his face. In the mountains he encounters a band of tengu making merry and joins their dancing. He pleases them so much that they want him to join them the ... See full summary »

Directors: Chûzô Aochi, Yasuji Murata

Votes: 73

47. Det var en gang (1994)

62 min | Adventure, Animation, Family

5.7
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Director: Ketil Jakobsen | Stars: Henki Kolstad, Morten Faldaas, Brit Elisabeth Haagensli, Sossen Krohg

Votes: 12

48. Seitsemän veljestä (1939)

108 min | Drama

5.7
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Director: Wilho Ilmari | Stars: Edvin Laine, Eino Kaipainen, Kaarlo Kytö, Kaarlo Kartio

Votes: 82

49. Slonce wschodzi raz na dzien (1972)

94 min | Drama

6.8
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Director: Henryk Kluba | Stars: Franciszek Pieczka, Ryszard Filipski, Stanislaw Gronkowski, Teresa Marczewska

Votes: 36

50. Shi xiong di (1959)

Adventure, Family, Fantasy

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

Votes: 9