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1. Brazil (1985)

R | 132 min | Sci-Fi

8.0
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88 Metascore

A bureaucrat in a retro-future world tries to correct an administrative error and himself becomes an enemy of the state.

Writers: Terry Gilliam, Tom Stoppard, Charles McKeown | Director: Terry Gilliam | Stars: Jonathan Pryce, Kim Greist, Robert De Niro, Katherine Helmond

Votes: 140,387

2. Barton Fink (1991)

R | 116 min | Drama, Mystery

7.7
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69 Metascore

A renowned New York playwright is enticed to California to write for the movies and discovers the hellish truth of Hollywood.

Writers: Joel Coen, Ethan Coen | Directors: Joel Coen, Ethan Coen | Stars: John Turturro, John Goodman, Judy Davis, Michael Lerner

Votes: 80,463

3. Naked Lunch (1991)

R | 115 min | Drama

7.1
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67 Metascore

After developing an addiction to the substance he uses to kill bugs, an exterminator accidentally murders his wife and becomes involved in a secret government plot being orchestrated by giant bugs in a port town in North Africa.

Writers: William S. Burroughs, David Cronenberg | Director: David Cronenberg | Stars: Peter Weller, Judy Davis, Ian Holm, Julian Sands

Votes: 31,958

4. The Prisoner (1967–1968)

50 min | Action, Drama, Mystery

8.7
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After resigning, a secret agent is abducted and taken to what looks like an idyllic village, but is really a bizarre prison. His warders demand information. He gives them nothing, but only tries to escape.

Creator: Patrick McGoohan | Stars: Patrick McGoohan, Angelo Muscat, Peter Swanwick, Leo McKern

Votes: 7,163

5. The Tenant (1976)

R | 126 min | Mystery, Thriller

7.8
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A bureaucrat rents a Paris apartment where he finds himself drawn into a rabbit hole of dangerous paranoia.

Writers: Roland Topor, Gérard Brach, Roman Polanski | Director: Roman Polanski | Stars: Roman Polanski, Isabelle Adjani, Melvyn Douglas, Jo Van Fleet

Votes: 24,746

6. The Trial (1962)

119 min | Drama, Mystery, Thriller

7.9
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An unassuming office worker is arrested and stands trial, but he is never made aware of his charges.

Writers: Pierre Cholot, Franz Kafka, Orson Welles | Director: Orson Welles | Stars: Anthony Perkins, Arnoldo Foà, Jess Hahn, Billy Kearns

Votes: 12,238

7. Kingdom Come (2014)

97 min | Horror

4.2
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A group of strangers who wake up in what appears to be an abandoned building, unable to remember how they got there, find themselves haunted by strange visions and are forced to face all the wrongs they have done in their lives.

Writers: Greg A. Sager, Geoff Hart, A. Jaye Williams | Director: Greg A. Sager | Stars: Ry Barrett, Camille Hollett-French, William Foley, Jason Martorino

Votes: 653

8. Shadows and Fog (1991)

PG-13 | 85 min | Comedy, Crime, Drama

6.8
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With a serial strangler on the loose, a bookkeeper wanders around town searching for the vigilante group intent on catching the killer.

Writer: Woody Allen | Director: Woody Allen | Stars: Woody Allen, Mia Farrow, Michael Kirby, David Ogden Stiers

Votes: 12,068

9. The Trial (1993)

PG-13 | 120 min | Drama, Thriller

6.0
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Joseph K. awakes one morning, to find two strange men in his room, telling him he has been arrested. Joseph is not told what he is charged with, and despite being "arrested," is allowed to ... See full summary »

Writers: Franz Kafka, Harold Pinter | Director: David Hugh Jones | Stars: Kyle MacLachlan, Anthony Hopkins, Jason Robards, Juliet Stevenson

Votes: 1,654

10. The Skull (1965)

83 min | Horror, Thriller

6.3
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A collector comes into possession of the skull of the Marquis de Sade and learns it is possessed by an evil spirit.

Writers: Robert Bloch, Milton Subotsky | Director: Freddie Francis | Stars: Peter Cushing, Patrick Wymark, Jill Bennett, Nigel Green

Votes: 1,247

11. The Castle (1997 TV Movie)

123 min | Drama, Mystery

6.7
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When a land surveyor arrives at a small snowy village, local authorities refuse to allow him to advance to the nearby castle. Increasingly complicated bureaucratic obstacles arise.

Writers: Michael Haneke, Franz Kafka | Director: Michael Haneke | Stars: Ulrich Mühe, Susanne Lothar, Nikolaus Paryla, André Eisermann

Votes: 1,998

12. No Smoking (2007)

128 min | Drama, Fantasy, Mystery

7.1
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A man fights against a tyrannical institution for his right to smoke, hence, for individual freedom.

Writers: Raj Singh Chaudhary, Anurag Kashyap | Director: Anurag Kashyap | Stars: John Abraham, Ayesha Takia, Paresh Rawal, Ranvir Shorey

Votes: 3,581

13. The Circle (2000)

Not Rated | 90 min | Drama

7.5
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85 Metascore

Various women struggle to function in the oppressively sexist society of contemporary Iran.

Writers: Kambuzia Partovi, Jafar Panahi | Director: Jafar Panahi | Stars: Maryiam Palvin Almani, Nargess Mamizadeh, Mojgan Faramarzi, Elham Saboktakin

Votes: 4,142

14. Blue Mountains, or Unbelievable Story (1983)

97 min | Comedy

8.7
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An author - a passive young man - enters the Soviet-controlled bureaucracy of Georgia attempting to get his novel published only to be neglected and compartmentalized at every turn.

Writers: Rezo Cheishvili, Eldar Shengelaia | Director: Eldar Shengelaia | Stars: Ramaz Giorgobiani, Vasil Kakhniashvili, Teimuraz Chirgadze, Ivane Sakvarelidze

Votes: 773

15. Within (2005)

R | 93 min | Horror, Mystery, Thriller

4.7
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While traveling in Czech Republic, the American friends Brad, Christina, T.K. and Kelly find a map with the route to an ancient castle and they decide to visit the place. They force the ... See full summary »

Writers: Rod Akizuki, John A. Curtis, Jennifer Daley, Kim Small, Merlin Ward | Directors: John A. Curtis, Merlin Ward | Stars: Amy Perfect, Fiona Glascott, Derek Hamilton, Boyan Vukelic

Votes: 70

16. Goto, Island of Love (1969)

93 min | Drama

6.8
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Writers: Walerian Borowczyk, Dominique Duvergé | Director: Walerian Borowczyk | Stars: Pierre Brasseur, Ligia Branice, Jean-Pierre Andréani, Ginette Leclerc

Votes: 380

17. The Big Empty (2005)

20 min | Drama, Fantasy, Short

7.1
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A bittersweet tale of Alice, her vagina and the infinite nature of the tundra.

Writers: Lisa Chang, Newton Thomas Sigel, Alison Smith | Directors: Lisa Chang, Newton Thomas Sigel | Stars: Selma Blair, Elias Koteas, Richard Kind, Gabriel Mann

Votes: 351

18. Harrow Island (2010)

12 min | Short, Drama, Horror

7.8
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The story of photojournalist Simon Porter and the most torturous assignment of his life.

Writer: Anja Marquardt | Director: Anja Marquardt | Stars: Michael Medeiros, Chad Hoeppner, Bo Corre, Gerry Bamman

Votes: 10

19. Kill by Inches (1999)

Unrated | 80 min | Horror, Thriller, Fantasy

6.2
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32 Metascore

An anxious young tailor dominated by his father, a master of the craft, is eager to do well with his clients; but his inadequacy in measuring leaves him frustrated and humiliated. His ... See full summary »

Writers: Diane Doniol-Valcroze, Arthur Flam | Directors: Diane Doniol-Valcroze, Arthur Flam | Stars: Emmanuel Salinger, Myriam Cyr, Marcus Powell, Christopher Zach

Votes: 356

20. Behind Me (2008)

87 min | Drama

5.8
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The twenty-something Betty comes to a remote small town and strikes a friendship with the fourteen-year old local girl Lea, who is fascinated by her new friend's tales of partying and ... See full summary »

Writer: Rafaël Ouellet | Director: Rafaël Ouellet | Stars: Carina Caputo, Charlotte Legault, Eliane Gagnon, Patrice Dubois

Votes: 128

21. The Rook (1994)

85 min | Drama, Mystery

4.4
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Writer: Richard Lee Purvis | Director: Eran Palatnik | Stars: Martin Donovan, John MacKay, Michael Finesilver, Fritz Fox

Votes: 27

22. Joseph Kilian (1965)

38 min | Short, Drama

7.4
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Writers: Pavel Jurácek, Jan Schmidt | Directors: Pavel Jurácek, Jan Schmidt | Stars: Pavel Bartl, Pavel Silhánek, Stanislav Michler, Consuela Morávková

Votes: 219

23. Happy Day (1976)

100 min | Drama

6.4
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A concentration camp on a barren island is hell for the exiled prisoners. The everyday life of the people who live there consists of interrogations, psychological and physical violence, ... See full summary »

Writers: Andreas Franghias, Pantelis Voulgaris | Director: Pantelis Voulgaris | Stars: Zorz Sarri, Giorgos Moshidis, Stavros Kalaroglou, Nikos Bousdoukos

Votes: 131

24. Viagem a Portugal (2011)

75 min | Drama, Romance

6.8
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Writer: Sérgio Tréfaut | Director: Sérgio Tréfaut | Stars: Maria de Medeiros, Isabel Ruth, Makena Diop, Rebeca Close

Votes: 101

25. Zoetrope (1999)

18 min | Short, Horror

7.2
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Writer: Charlie Deaux | Director: Charlie Deaux | Stars: Nigel Bonfield, Michael Bradley, Robert Deacon

Votes: 212

26. A részleg (1995)

82 min | Drama

7.0
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Gizella Weisz is an middle-aged office worker, who gets a promotion one day. Her boss told her that a new outpost is waiting for her. There she would be heading a new section. She travels ... See full summary »

Writers: Ádám Bodor, Péter Gothár | Director: Péter Gothár | Stars: Mari Nagy, József Szarvas, Valentin Teodosiu, Misu Dimvale

Votes: 91

27. Snakes and Ladders (1980 TV Short)

30 min | Short, Mystery

7.0
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Writers: Jean-Loup Rivière, Raoul Ruiz | Director: Raoul Ruiz | Stars: Pascal Bonitzer, Jean-Loup Rivière

Votes: 83

28. Beyond the 7th Door (1987)

83 min | Horror

6.0
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Writer: Bozidar D. Benedikt | Director: Bozidar D. Benedikt | Stars: Lazar Rockwood, Bonnie Beck, Gary Freedman, Ben Kerr

Votes: 40

29. The Penal Colony (1970)

75 min

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Writers: Franz Kafka, Raoul Ruiz | Director: Raoul Ruiz | Stars: Luis Alarcón, Mónica Echeverría, Aníbal Reyna, Nelson Villagra

Votes: 30

30. Wereld van stilstand (2005)

30 min | Short

7.5
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Photofilm about a journalist of a local newspaper who feels his life has come to a standstill, until he discovers a conspiracy of mediocrity...

Writers: Elbert van Strien, Paulo van Vliet | Director: Elbert van Strien | Stars: Fedja van Huêt, Han Kerkhoffs, Ellen de Man Lapidoth, Daan Schuurmans

Votes: 36

31. Le concierge (2014)

90 min | Drama, Mystery

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A concierge shows a tiny apartment to many urban types: a divorcee, an immigrant artist, a widower, a youth striking out on her own. Each one feels an immediate attachment to the place, and... See full summary »

Writer: Federico Hidalgo | Director: Federico Hidalgo | Stars: Emilio Hidalgo, Federico Hidalgo, Claudio Caceres, Joseph Antaki

32. Tabarana Kathe (1986)

179 min | Drama

8.3
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Writer: Poornachandra Tejaswi | Director: Girish Kasaravalli | Stars: Nalini Murthy, R. Nagesh, Charu Haasan

Votes: 43

33. The Trap Door (1980)

Not Rated | 70 min | Drama

6.8
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A Nietzschian parable on the fate of innocence, THE TRAP DOOR follows the mishaps of Jeremy (John Ahearn) as he is fired by his boss (Jenny Holzer), gets laughed out of court by Judge Gary ... See full summary »

Writers: Beth B, Scott B | Directors: Beth B, Scott B | Stars: John Ahearn, Coleen Fitzgibbon, Mary Fogarty, Robin Harvey

Votes: 9

34. The Silence Within (1996)

90 min | Drama

7.1
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The defense minister of an unnamed European country is murdered. But there is a witness...

Writer: Jürg Brändli | Directors: Michael Steiner, Pascal Walder | Stars: Pascal Ulli, Ingrid Sattes, Hans-Peter Ulli, Thomas Martin

Votes: 88

35. Screws (2007)

10 min | Short

5.9
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A man living alone in his apartment, finds a screw on his rug.

Writers: Sulhi Dolek, Can Evrenol | Director: Can Evrenol | Star: Thanos Feloukas

Votes: 23

36. Pratioci (2008)

16 min | Animation, Short

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Writers: Cejen Cernic, Franz Kafka, Maja Midzor | Director: Cejen Cernic | Stars: Damir Saban, Ursa Raukar, Luka Petrusic, Luka Juricic

Votes: 25

37. Kafka Pizza (2012)

6 min | Short

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A pizza delivery guy falls victim to a child's prank on his first day on the job.

Writers: Lysa Braccille, David J. Greenberg, Mark Kochanowicz | Director: Mark Kochanowicz | Stars: John P. Gelety, David J. Greenberg, Emilio Straface, Lysa Braccille

38. A Very Dark Place (2006 Video)

13 min | Short, Drama, Fantasy

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What if there was a real reason to be afraid of the dark?

Writer: David Sharp | Director: David Sharp

39. Aaron Cohen's Debt (1999)

96 min | Crime, Drama

6.9
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A multi-character, non-linear drama, following the events taking place during the last night in the life of Aaron Cohen.

Writer: Alon Bar | Director: Amalia Margolin | Stars: Moshe Ivgy, Avital Abergel, Yussuf Abu-Warda, Uri Avrahami

Votes: 51

40. The Basement (2005 Video)

6 min | Short, Horror

8.4
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Two men confront each other in a damp and filthy basement.

Writer: Randall Kaplan | Director: Randall Kaplan | Stars: Isaac Scranton, Michael Whitney

Votes: 7

41. Andererseits (2007)

26 min | Short, Drama, Mystery

8.4
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A surreal trip through Edgar Denters life.

Writers: Beate Bambauer, Jens Bambauer, Csongor Dobrotka, Christian Gotthardt | Director: Csongor Dobrotka | Stars: Anna Peschke, Marcel Reinhardt, Manuel Struffolino

Votes: 14

42. Symptoms (2011)

9 min | Short, Horror, Thriller

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The bounds of fiction and reality are obscured when you find yourself trapped in a nightmarish hospital room where paranoia lurks around every corner.

Writer: Nathan Skillen | Director: Nathan Skillen | Stars: Tossaporn Kiravittaya, Prasert Pashdawong, Prasit Chaisen, Parichart Yonwilard

43. Being Human (2011–2014)
Episode: House Hunting (2014)

TV-14 | Drama, Fantasy, Horror | Completed

8.0
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As moving day finally arrives, the roommates discover they aren't the only ones struggling with leaving the house, and a once-looming threat takes center stage, bringing with it a trail of death and destruction that no one is safe from.

Creators: Jeremy Carver, Anna Fricke | Director: Jeff Renfroe | Stars: Sam Witwer, Meaghan Rath, Sam Huntington, Kristen Hager

Votes: 76

44. Doctor Who (2005– )
Episode: The Girl Who Waited (2011)

TV-PG | 47 min | Adventure, Drama, Family

8.5
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Amy is trapped in a quarantine facility for victims of an alien plague which could kill the doctor in minutes if he were to catch it. So Rory is the only one who can go into the facility to... See full summary »

Creator: Sydney Newman | Director: Nick Hurran | Stars: Matt Smith, Karen Gillan, Arthur Darvill, Josie Taylor

Votes: 2,242

45. Murdoch Mysteries (2008– )
Episode: The Murdoch Trap (2013)

44 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

7.7
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With his colleague sentenced to hang for murder, Detective Murdoch races to exonerate them and steps into a trap set by the real killer.

Creators: R.B. Carney, Cal Coons, Alexandra Zarowny, Maureen Jennings | Director: Laurie Lynd | Stars: Yannick Bisson, Thomas Craig, Helene Joy, Jonny Harris

Votes: 63