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1. King Kong (2005)

PG-13 | 187 min | Action, Adventure, Drama

7.2
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81 Metascore

A movie crew, travelling to a mysterious island to shoot their picture, encounter a furious gorilla, taking their leading actress and forming a special relationship with her, protecting her at all costs.

Director: Peter Jackson | Stars: Naomi Watts, Jack Black, Adrien Brody, Thomas Kretschmann

Votes: 330,423 | Gross: $218.05M

2. King Kong (1933)

Passed | 100 min | Adventure, Horror, Sci-Fi

8.0
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A film crew goes to a tropical island for an exotic location shoot and discovers a colossal giant gorilla who takes a shine to their female blonde star. He is then captured and brought back to New York City for public exhibition.

Directors: Merian C. Cooper, Ernest B. Schoedsack | Stars: Fay Wray, Robert Armstrong, Bruce Cabot, Frank Reicher

Votes: 66,859

3. 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: 235,661 | Gross: $45.51M

4. There Will Be Blood (2007)

R | 158 min | Drama, History

8.1
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92 Metascore

A story of family, religion, hatred, oil and madness, focusing on a turn-of-the-century prospector in the early days of the business.

Director: Paul Thomas Anderson | Stars: Daniel Day-Lewis, Paul Dano, Ciarán Hinds, Martin Stringer

Votes: 395,974 | Gross: $40.22M

5. Road to Perdition (2002)

R | 117 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

7.7
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72 Metascore

Bonds of loyalty are put to the test when a hitman's son witnesses what his father does for a living.

Director: Sam Mendes | Stars: Tom Hanks, Tyler Hoechlin, Rob Maxey, Liam Aiken

Votes: 208,352 | Gross: $104.05M

6. The Curious Case of Benjamin Button (2008)

PG-13 | 166 min | Drama, Fantasy, Romance

7.8
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70 Metascore

Tells the story of Benjamin Button, a man who starts aging backwards with bizarre consequences.

Director: David Fincher | Stars: Brad Pitt, Cate Blanchett, Tilda Swinton, Julia Ormond

Votes: 480,647 | Gross: $127.49M

7. Annie (1982)

PG | 127 min | Comedy, Drama, Family

6.5
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39 Metascore

A young orphan girl's adventures in finding a family that will take her.

Director: John Huston | Stars: Aileen Quinn, Albert Finney, Carol Burnett, Ann Reinking

Votes: 31,994 | Gross: $57.10M

8. To Kill a Mockingbird (1962)

Not Rated | 129 min | Crime, Drama

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Atticus Finch, a lawyer in the Depression-era South, defends a black man against an undeserved rape charge, and his children against prejudice.

Director: Robert Mulligan | Stars: Gregory Peck, John Megna, Frank Overton, Rosemary Murphy

Votes: 228,535

9. The King's Speech (2010)

R | 118 min | Biography, Drama

8.0
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88 Metascore

The story of King George VI of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, his impromptu ascension to the throne and the speech therapist who helped the unsure monarch become worthy of it.

Director: Tom Hooper | Stars: Colin Firth, Geoffrey Rush, Helena Bonham Carter, Derek Jacobi

Votes: 529,794 | Gross: $138.80M

10. Public Enemies (2009)

R | 140 min | Biography, Crime, Drama

7.0
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70 Metascore

The Feds try to take down notorious American gangsters John Dillinger, Baby Face Nelson and Pretty Boy Floyd during a booming crime wave in the 1930s.

Director: Michael Mann | Stars: Christian Bale, Johnny Depp, Christian Stolte, Jason Clarke

Votes: 238,660 | Gross: $97.03M

11. It's a Wonderful Life (1946)

PG | 130 min | Drama, Family, Fantasy

8.6
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An angel is sent from Heaven to help a desperately frustrated businessman by showing him what life would have been like if he had never existed.

Director: Frank Capra | Stars: James Stewart, Donna Reed, Lionel Barrymore, Thomas Mitchell

Votes: 295,460

12. Citizen Kane (1941)

Approved | 119 min | Drama, Mystery

8.4
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Following the death of a publishing tycoon, news reporters scramble to discover the meaning of his final utterance.

Director: Orson Welles | Stars: Orson Welles, Joseph Cotten, Dorothy Comingore, Agnes Moorehead

Votes: 313,263

13. The Waltons (1971–1981)

TV-G | 60 min | Drama, Family, Romance

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The life and trials of a 1930s and 1940s Virginia mountain family through financial depression and World War II.

Stars: Jon Walmsley, Mary Beth McDonough, Eric Scott, Judy Norton

Votes: 4,057

14. Chinatown (1974)

R | 130 min | Drama, Mystery, Thriller

8.2
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86 Metascore

A private detective hired to expose an adulterer finds himself caught up in a web of deceit, corruption and murder.

Director: Roman Polanski | Stars: Jack Nicholson, Faye Dunaway, John Huston, Perry Lopez

Votes: 228,460

15. Bonnie and Clyde (1967)

Approved | 111 min | Action, Biography, Crime

7.9
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81 Metascore

Bonnie Parker, a bored waitress falls in love with an ex-con named Clyde Barrow and together they start a violent crime spree through the country, robbing cars and banks.

Director: Arthur Penn | Stars: Warren Beatty, Faye Dunaway, Michael J. Pollard, Gene Hackman

Votes: 83,564

16. Of Mice and Men (1992)

PG-13 | 115 min | Drama

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Two drifters, one a gentle but slow giant, try to make money working the fields during the Depression so they can fulfill their dreams.

Director: Gary Sinise | Stars: John Malkovich, Gary Sinise, Ray Walston, Casey Siemaszko

Votes: 33,287 | Gross: $5.10M

17. Cinderella Man (2005)

PG-13 | 144 min | Biography, Drama, Sport

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69 Metascore

The story of James Braddock, a supposedly washed-up boxer who came back to become a champion and an inspiration in the 1930s.

Director: Ron Howard | Stars: Russell Crowe, Renée Zellweger, Craig Bierko, Paul Giamatti

Votes: 153,543 | Gross: $61.64M

18. The Sting (1973)

PG | 129 min | Comedy, Crime, Drama

8.3
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84 Metascore

In Chicago in September 1936, a young con man seeking revenge for his murdered partner teams up with a master of the big con to win a fortune from a criminal banker.

Director: George Roy Hill | Stars: Paul Newman, Robert Redford, Robert Shaw, Charles Durning

Votes: 185,777 | Gross: $159.60M

19. Dogville (2003)

R | 178 min | Crime, Drama

8.1
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60 Metascore

A woman on the run from the mob is reluctantly accepted in a small Colorado town. In exchange, she agrees to work for them. As a search visits town, she finds out that their support has a price. Yet her dangerous secret is never far away...

Director: Lars von Trier | Stars: Nicole Kidman, Paul Bettany, Lauren Bacall, Harriet Andersson

Votes: 112,173 | Gross: $1.53M

20. Carnivàle (2003–2005)

TV-MA | 55 min | Drama, Fantasy, Mystery

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During the Great Depression, an Oklahoma farm boy and a charismatic minister learn that they are key players in a proxy war being fought between Heaven and Hell.

Stars: Michael J. Anderson, Adrienne Barbeau, Clancy Brown, Debra Christofferson

Votes: 35,556

21. Cabaret (1972)

PG | 124 min | Drama, Musical

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80 Metascore

A female girlie club entertainer in Weimar Republic era Berlin romances two men while the Nazi Party rises to power around them.

Director: Bob Fosse | Stars: Liza Minnelli, Michael York, Helmut Griem, Joel Grey

Votes: 38,271 | Gross: $42.77M

22. The Legend of Bagger Vance (2000)

PG-13 | 126 min | Drama, Fantasy, Sport

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47 Metascore

A down-and-out golfer attempts to recover his game and his life with help from a mystical caddy.

Director: Robert Redford | Stars: Will Smith, Matt Damon, Charlize Theron, Bruce McGill

Votes: 47,015 | Gross: $30.70M

23. Serena (I) (2014)

R | 109 min | Drama, Romance

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36 Metascore

In Depression-era North Carolina, the future of George Pemberton's timber empire becomes complicated when he marries Serena.

Director: Susanne Bier | Stars: Bradley Cooper, Jennifer Lawrence, Rhys Ifans, Toby Jones

Votes: 19,426 | Gross: $0.18M

24. Life (I) (1999)

R | 108 min | Comedy, Crime, Drama

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63 Metascore

The story of wrongfully convicted men (Eddie Murphy and Martin Lawrence) who discover the value of life after serving 65 years in prison.

Director: Ted Demme | Stars: Eddie Murphy, Martin Lawrence, Obba Babatundé, Nick Cassavetes

Votes: 35,385 | Gross: $63.84M

25. Mildred Pierce (2011– )

TV-MA | 336 min | Drama

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Divorced single mom Mildred Pierce decides to open a restaurant business, which tears at the already-strained relationship with her ambitious elder daughter, Veda.

Stars: Kate Winslet, Guy Pearce, Evan Rachel Wood, Brían F. O'Byrne

Votes: 14,967

26. The Night of the Hunter (1955)

Approved | 92 min | Crime, Drama, Film-Noir

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99 Metascore

A religious fanatic marries a gullible widow whose young children are reluctant to tell him where their real daddy hid $10,000 he'd stolen in a robbery.

Director: Charles Laughton | Stars: Robert Mitchum, Shelley Winters, Lillian Gish, James Gleason

Votes: 67,252

27. The Postman Always Rings Twice (1981)

R | 122 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

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The sensuous wife of a lunch wagon proprietor and a rootless drifter begin a sordidly steamy affair and conspire to murder her Greek husband.

Director: Bob Rafelson | Stars: Jack Nicholson, Jessica Lange, John Colicos, Michael Lerner

Votes: 17,481

28. Miss Pettigrew Lives for a Day (2008)

PG-13 | 92 min | Comedy, Romance

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63 Metascore

Guinevere Pettigrew, a middle-aged London governess, finds herself unfairly dismissed from her job. An attempt to gain new employment catapults her into the glamorous world and dizzying social whirl of an American actress and singer, Delysia Lafosse.

Director: Bharat Nalluri | Stars: Frances McDormand, Amy Adams, Ciarán Hinds, David Alexander

Votes: 22,865 | Gross: $12.29M

29. The Grapes of Wrath (1940)

Approved | 129 min | Drama, History

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A poor Midwest family is forced off of their land. They travel to California, suffering the misfortunes of the homeless in the Great Depression.

Director: John Ford | Stars: Henry Fonda, Jane Darwell, John Carradine, Charley Grapewin

Votes: 66,938

30. Seabiscuit (2003)

PG-13 | 140 min | Drama, History, Sport

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72 Metascore

True story of the undersized Depression-era racehorse whose victories lifted not only the spirits of the team behind it but also those of their nation.

Director: Gary Ross | Stars: Tobey Maguire, Jeff Bridges, Elizabeth Banks, Chris Cooper

Votes: 59,042 | Gross: $120.15M

31. Paper Moon (1973)

PG | 102 min | Comedy, Crime, Drama

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During the Great Depression, a con man finds himself saddled with a young girl who may or may not be his daughter, and the two forge an unlikely partnership.

Director: Peter Bogdanovich | Stars: Ryan O'Neal, Tatum O'Neal, Madeline Kahn, John Hillerman

Votes: 24,338

32. Radio Days (1987)

PG | 88 min | Comedy

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A nostalgic look at radio's golden age focusing on one ordinary family and the various performers in the medium.

Director: Woody Allen | Stars: Mia Farrow, Dianne Wiest, Mike Starr, Paul Herman

Votes: 25,590 | Gross: $14.79M

33. Bugsy Malone (1976)

G | 93 min | Comedy, Crime, Family

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The classic gangster story of Bugsy Malone told with an all-child cast.

Director: Alan Parker | Stars: Jodie Foster, Scott Baio, Florrie Dugger, John Cassisi

Votes: 12,915

34. Hoffa (1992)

R | 140 min | Biography, Crime, Drama

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50 Metascore

The story of the notorious American labor union figure Jimmy Hoffa, who organizes a bitter strike, makes deals with members of the organized crime syndicate, and mysteriously disappears in 1975.

Director: Danny DeVito | Stars: Jack Nicholson, Danny DeVito, Armand Assante, J.T. Walsh

Votes: 17,736 | Gross: $24.28M

35. Hard Times (1975)

PG | 93 min | Crime, Drama, Sport

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The adventures of a drifter turned illegal prize-fighter during the Depression Era in New Orleans.

Director: Walter Hill | Stars: Charles Bronson, James Coburn, Jill Ireland, Strother Martin

Votes: 7,083 | Gross: $5.00M

36. Zeitgeist (2007 Video)

Not Rated | 118 min | Documentary, History

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Mythology and belief in society today, presenting uncommon perspectives of common cultural issues.

Director: Peter Joseph | Stars: Chogyam Trungpa, Jordan Maxwell, George Carlin, Bill Hicks

Votes: 43,424

37. Fantasia 2000 (1999)

G | 75 min | Animation, Comedy, Family

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59 Metascore

An update of the original film with new interpretations of great works of classical music.

Directors: James Algar, Gaëtan Brizzi, Paul Brizzi, Hendel Butoy, Francis Glebas, Eric Goldberg, Don Hahn, Pixote Hunt | Stars: James Levine, Steve Martin, Itzhak Perlman, Quincy Jones

Votes: 28,720 | Gross: $60.51M

38. Hoodlum (1997)

R | 130 min | Crime, Drama

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50 Metascore

Black gangsters in 1930 Harlem fights Dutch Schultz who is trying to horn in on their numbers racket.

Director: Bill Duke | Stars: Laurence Fishburne, Tim Roth, Vanessa Williams, Andy Garcia

Votes: 8,676 | Gross: $23.46M

39. They Shoot Horses, Don't They? (1969)

M/PG | 129 min | Drama

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The lives of a disparate group of contestants intertwine in an inhumanely grueling dance marathon.

Director: Sydney Pollack | Stars: Jane Fonda, Michael Sarrazin, Susannah York, Gig Young

Votes: 12,701

40. Boxcar Bertha (1972)

R | 88 min | Crime, Drama, Romance

6.1
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During the depression, a union leader and a young woman become criminals to exact revenge on the management of a railroad.

Director: Martin Scorsese | Stars: Barbara Hershey, David Carradine, Barry Primus, Bernie Casey

Votes: 6,526

41. Séraphine (2008)

Unrated | 125 min | Biography, Drama

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84 Metascore

Based on the life of French painter Séraphine de Senlis.

Director: Martin Provost | Stars: Yolande Moreau, Ulrich Tukur, Anne Bennent, Geneviève Mnich

Votes: 5,037 | Gross: $0.88M

42. Wild Hearts Can't Be Broken (1991)

G | 88 min | Drama, Family, Romance

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Thrilled by a performance she sees at a fair, Sonora (Gabrielle Anwar) tries to land a spot as a daredevil who rides horses off of high dives. With the help of Al Carver (Michael ... See full summary »

Director: Steve Miner | Stars: Gabrielle Anwar, Michael Schoeffling, Cliff Robertson, Dylan Kussman

Votes: 3,985 | Gross: $7.30M

43. The Purple Rose of Cairo (1985)

PG | 82 min | Comedy, Fantasy, Romance

7.7
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75 Metascore

In New Jersey in 1935, a movie character walks off the screen and into the real world.

Director: Woody Allen | Stars: Mia Farrow, Jeff Daniels, Danny Aiello, Irving Metzman

Votes: 38,133 | Gross: $10.60M

44. L.A. Noire (2011 Video Game)

M | Action, Crime, Drama

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You play a LAPD detective in late 1940s Los Angeles as you discover dark goings on in the city.

Director: Brendan McNamara | Stars: Aaron Staton, Michael McGrady, Adam Harrington, Sean McGowan

Votes: 11,251

45. Amelia (2009)

PG | 111 min | Adventure, Biography, Drama

5.8
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37 Metascore

A look at the life of legendary American pilot Amelia Earhart, who disappeared while flying over the Pacific Ocean in 1937 in an attempt to make a flight around the world.

Director: Mira Nair | Stars: Hilary Swank, Richard Gere, Ewan McGregor, Christopher Eccleston

Votes: 10,345 | Gross: $14.24M

46. Ironweed (1987)

R | 143 min | Drama

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An alcoholic drifter spends Halloween in his home town of Albany, NY after returning there for the first time in decades.

Director: Hector Babenco | Stars: Jack Nicholson, Meryl Streep, Carroll Baker, Michael O'Keefe

Votes: 6,623 | Gross: $7.39M

47. Bessie (2015 TV Movie)

TV-MA | 132 min | Biography, Drama, Music

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The story of legendary blues performer Bessie Smith, who rose to fame during the 1920s and '30s.

Director: Dee Rees | Stars: Michael Kenneth Williams, Queen Latifah, Oliver Platt, Bryan Greenberg

Votes: 3,009

48. This Property Is Condemned (1966)

Unrated | 110 min | Drama, Romance

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A railroad official, Owen Legate comes to Dodson, Mississippi to shut down much of the town's railway (town's main income). Owen unexpectedly finds love with Dodson's flirt and main ... See full summary »

Director: Sydney Pollack | Stars: Natalie Wood, Robert Redford, Charles Bronson, Kate Reid

Votes: 3,984

49. Swimming Upstream (2003)

PG-13 | 114 min | Biography, Drama, Sport

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58 Metascore

The inspirational life story of Australian swimmer Tony Fingleton.

Director: Russell Mulcahy | Stars: Geoffrey Rush, Judy Davis, Jesse Spencer, Tim Draxl

Votes: 2,905 | Gross: $0.05M

50. A Good Woman (2004)

PG | 93 min | Drama, Comedy, Romance

6.5
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53 Metascore

While retaining her secret identity, the illustrious Mrs. Erlynne (Hunt) saves Lady Windemere (Johansson) from making a grand social faux-pas with the scoundrelly Lord Darlington (Moore).

Director: Mike Barker | Stars: Helen Hunt, Scarlett Johansson, Tom Wilkinson, Milena Vukotic

Votes: 9,939 | Gross: $0.22M