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

PG-13 | 106 min | Comedy, Crime, Music

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: 206,637

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.

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

Votes: 227,106

3. Song of the Sea (2014)

PG | 93 min | Animation, Family, Fantasy

8.2
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86 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: 14,095

4. Corpse Bride (2005)

PG | 77 min | Animation, Fantasy, Musical

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: 169,912

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

Votes: 12,722

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: 8,178

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: 9,200

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 »

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

Votes: 1,779

9. 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: 3,692

10. 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: George MacKay, Kate Dickie, Michael Smiley, Nichola Burley

Votes: 618

11. Snowbeast (1977 TV Movie)

Unrated | 86 min | Horror

4.6
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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: 1,032

12. Heaven on Earth (2008)

106 min | Drama

6.4
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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: 705

13. 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: 616

14. Kirikou and the Sorceress (1998)

74 min | Animation, Adventure, Family

7.5
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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: 5,301

15. Greedy Guts (2000)

132 min | Comedy, Drama, Fantasy

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: 4,493

16. Viy (1967)

77 min | Comedy, Drama, Fantasy

7.6
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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, Georgi Kropachyov, Aleksandr Ptushko | Directors: Konstantin Ershov, Georgi Kropachyov | Stars: Leonid Kuravlyov, Natalya Varley, Aleksey Glazyrin, Nikolay Kutuzov

Votes: 2,941

17. 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: 395

18. Frosty (1964)

84 min | Comedy, Family, Fantasy

5.8
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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: 3,008

19. Misty (1976)

100 min | Drama

5.9
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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: 36

20. 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: 959

21. Urusei Yatsura 2: Beautiful Dreamer (1984)

Unrated | 90 min | Animation, Comedy, Fantasy

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: 1,154

22. Semum (2008)

116 min | Crime, Fantasy, Horror

5.8
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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: 3,025

23. 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: 565

24. Long Ago and Far Away (1989–1993)

Animation, Drama, Family

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

Votes: 62

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: 512

26. The Tale of Chun Hyang (1980)

146 min | Drama, Music, Romance

6.3
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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

27. 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 a 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: 616

28. Magyar népmesék (1978– )

Animation

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

Votes: 519

29. The Fox's Widow (1962)

15 min | Short, Animation, Family

7.9
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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: 556

30. Snaker (2001)

Fantasy, Horror, Romance

5.8
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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: 51

31. Mount Head (2002)

10 min | Animation, Comedy, Fantasy

7.1
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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: 971

32. 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.

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

Votes: 24

33. 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

34. Suburban Sasquatch (2004 Video)

97 min | Horror

3.3
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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: 173

35. Empress Chung (2005)

Animation, Drama, Fantasy

5.3
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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: 18

36. 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: 88

37. Ken Russell 'In Search of the English Folk Song' (1997)

Documentary, Music

7.0
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This documentary begins with Ken Russell posing the question: "What is a true English folk song, if there is such a thing?" After recieving an indifferent response from his dog, Ken ... See full summary »

Writer: Ken Russell | Director: Ken Russell | Stars: Ken Russell, Bob Appleyard, Eliza Carthy, Waterson Carthy

Votes: 28

38. Gutten som kappåt med trollet (1967)

12 min | Animation, Short, Adventure

7.8
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Writers: Peter Christen Asbjørnsen, Jørgen Moe | Director: Ivo Caprino | Stars: Claes Gill, Harald Heide-Steen Jr., Henki Kolstad

Votes: 523

39. The Ashlad and His Good Helpers (1961)

15 min | Animation, Short, Adventure

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

Votes: 609

40. Kothanodi (2015)

120 min | Fantasy | Post-production

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: Adil Hussain, Seema Biswas, Urmila Mahanta, Zerifa Wahid

41. The Seventh Master of the House (1966)

12 min | Short, Animation, Family

7.9
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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: 618

42. Something from Nothing (1999 TV Short)

23 min | Animation, Short, Family

5.3
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Writers: Phoebe Gilman, Avrum Jacobson, Christel Kleitsch | Director: Stefan Leblanc | Stars: Al Waxman, Julie Lemieux, Tracey Moore, Luba Goy

Votes: 6

43. Para Cá dos Montes (1993)

24 min | Drama, Short

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The Seara Velha is one of the most secluded mountain villages in Trás-os-Montes, at a time when the Napoleonic troops are already being routed, and trying to pass the high mountains towards... See full summary »

Writer: José Pedro Penha | Director: Joaquim Pinto | Stars: Rita Blanco, Angela Cerveira, Filipe De Sousa Duque, Roberto Duque da Cruz

44. Seitsemän veljestä (1976 TV Movie)

Adventure, Drama, Fantasy

6.5
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Writers: Ritva Holmberg, Aleksis Kivi | Directors: Kalle Holmberg, Matti Tapio | Stars: Esko Salminen, Vesa-Matti Loiri, Heikki Kinnunen, Heikki Alho

Votes: 37

45. La Recta Provincia (2007– )

180 min

8.0
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Stars: Bélgica Castro, Ignacio Agüero, Ángel Parra, Javiera Parra

Votes: 30

46. Flight to India (2011)

35 min | Short, Family

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Two siblings and their friends are whisked away by their eccentric babysitter on an imaginative journey to India where they learn the power of stories and the meaning of friendship.

Writer: Lindsay Bonilla | Director: Peter Anthony Fields | Stars: Lindsay Bonilla, Jeremiah Joreski, Ashleigh Nagy, Cameron Danielle Nelson

47. Hit by Lightning (1996)

Comedy, Drama

7.3
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Writers: Algimantas Puipa, Jolita Skablauskaite | Director: Algimantas Puipa | Stars: Vytautas Paukste, Kostas Smoriginas, Almira Grybavskaite, Petras Dimsa

Votes: 13

48. The Man Without a World (1992)

98 min | Drama, Romance

6.1
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Writer: Eleanor Antin | Director: Eleanor Antin | Stars: Pier Marton, Christine Berry, Anna Henriques, Eleanor Antin

Votes: 11

49. 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: 7

50. Seitsemän veljestä (1989 TV Mini-Series)

Adventure, Drama, Fantasy

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

Votes: 52