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1. Brazil (1985)

R | 132 min | Drama, 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.

Director: Terry Gilliam | Stars: Jonathan Pryce, Kim Greist, Robert De Niro, Katherine Helmond

Votes: 161,270 | Gross: $9.93M

2. Cube (1997)

R | 90 min | Drama, Mystery, Sci-Fi

7.3
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61 Metascore

Six complete strangers of widely varying personality characteristics are involuntarily placed in an endless maze containing deadly traps.

Director: Vincenzo Natali | Stars: Nicole de Boer, Maurice Dean Wint, David Hewlett, Andrew Miller

Votes: 172,234 | Gross: $0.49M

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.

Director: David Cronenberg | Stars: Peter Weller, Judy Davis, Ian Holm, Julian Sands

Votes: 38,622 | Gross: $2.54M

4. Barton Fink (1991)

R | 116 min | Comedy, Drama, Thriller

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.

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

Votes: 94,857 | Gross: $6.15M

5. The Tenant (1976)

R | 126 min | Drama, 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.

Director: Roman Polanski | Stars: Roman Polanski, Isabelle Adjani, Melvyn Douglas, Jo Van Fleet

Votes: 29,892

6. The Prisoner (1967–1968)

TV-PG | 50 min | Drama, Mystery, Sci-Fi

8.6
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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.

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

Votes: 9,643

7. The Trial (1962)

119 min | Drama, Mystery, Thriller

7.8
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An unassuming office worker is arrested and stands trial, but he is never made aware of his charges.

Director: Orson Welles | Stars: Anthony Perkins, Arnoldo Foà, Jess Hahn, Billy Kearns

Votes: 14,931

8. Shadows and Fog (1991)

PG-13 | 85 min | Comedy

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.

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

Votes: 13,892 | Gross: $2.74M

9. No Smoking (2007)

128 min | Drama, Fantasy, Mystery

7.1
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A surreal story about a man, his addiction of smoking, and a mysterious and powerful organisation, which claims to cure such addictions, though through very unusual ways.

Director: Anurag Kashyap | Stars: John Abraham, Ayesha Takia, Paresh Rawal, Ranvir Shorey

Votes: 4,572

10. 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 »

Director: David Hugh Jones | Stars: Kyle MacLachlan, Anthony Hopkins, Jason Robards, Juliet Stevenson

Votes: 1,856

11. Kingdom Come (2014)

97 min | Horror

4.3
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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.

Director: Greg A. Sager | Stars: Ry Barrett, Camille Hollett-French, William Foley, Jason Martorino

Votes: 986

12. The Skull (1965)

83 min | Horror, Thriller

6.4
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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.

Director: Freddie Francis | Stars: Peter Cushing, Patrick Wymark, Jill Bennett, Nigel Green

Votes: 1,709

13. Goto, l'île d'amour (1969)

93 min | Drama

6.8
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A simpleton thief on Goto, an isolated island ruled by a barbaric dictator, climbs ranks from criminal to fly-catcher, dog-keeper and boot polisher, while himself and other islanders get ... See full summary »

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

Votes: 496

14. Dayereh (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.

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

Votes: 4,855 | Gross: $0.67M

15. Das Schloß (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.

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

Votes: 2,298

16. Tsisperi mtebi anu daujerebeli ambavi (1983)

97 min | Comedy, Drama

9.0
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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.

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

Votes: 1,093

17. 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...

Director: Elbert van Strien | Stars: Fedja van Huêt, Han Kerckhoffs, Ellen de Man Lapidoth, Daan Schuurmans

Votes: 37

18. Within (I) (2005)

R | 93 min | Horror, Mystery, Thriller

4.9
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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 »

Directors: John A. Curtis, Merlin Ward | Stars: Amy Perfect, Fiona Glascott, Derek Hamilton, Boyan Vukelic

Votes: 73

19. Viagem a Portugal (2011)

75 min | Biography, Drama, Romance

6.9
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Maria, a Ukrainian doctor, comes to Portugal to spend a year in with her husband, also a doctor. She is approached by agents of the Immigration Services that take her to an interrogation ... See full summary »

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

Votes: 118

20. Beyond the 7th Door (1987)

83 min | Horror

6.3
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Boris, a thief and ex convict, after meeting up with his ex lover Wendy is persuaded to do one more heist. He is supposed to help her robe her paraplegic bourgeois millionaire boss Lord ... See full summary »

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

Votes: 49

21. Joseph Kilian (1963)

38 min | Short, Drama

7.5
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A man borrows a cat and when he goes back to return it, the place where he got it is no longer there. He begins his search.

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

Votes: 257

22. Strange Justice (1999 TV Movie)

R | 95 min | Drama

5.9
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Fact-based story about the sexual harassment suit filed by Anita Hill during the appointment trials of Clarence Thomas for the Supreme Court during the George Bush presidential ... See full summary »

Director: Ernest R. Dickerson | Stars: Delroy Lindo, Mandy Patinkin, Regina Taylor, Paul Winfield

Votes: 134

23. Zoetrope (1999)

18 min | Short, Horror

7.1
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Director: Charlie Deaux | Stars: Nigel Bonfield, Michael Bradley, Robert Deacon

Votes: 233

24. Derrière moi (2008)

87 min | Drama

6.0
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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 »

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

Votes: 133

25. Happy Day (1976)

100 min | Drama

6.6
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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 »

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

Votes: 165

26. 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 »

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

Votes: 363

27. The Rook (1994)

85 min | Drama, Mystery

4.6
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Director: Eran Palatnik | Stars: Martin Donovan, John MacKay, Michael Finesilver, Fritz Fox

Votes: 24

28. A részleg (1995)

82 min | Drama

7.1
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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 »

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

Votes: 98

29. The Penal Colony (1970)

75 min | Drama

6.4
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Director: Raoul Ruiz | Stars: Mónica Echeverría, Luis Alarcón, Aníbal Reyna, Nelson Villagra

Votes: 40

30. The Silence Within (1996)

90 min | Drama

7.3
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The defense minister of an unnamed European country is murdered. But there is a witness...

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

Votes: 95

31. Zig-Zag - le jeu de l'oie (Une fiction didactique à propos de la cartographie) (1980 TV Short)

30 min | Short, Mystery

7.1
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A man awakens to find himself immersed in a real-life scenario of a board game with an ever expanding cartography.

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

Votes: 107

32. Le concierge (2017)

90 min | Drama, Mystery

7.0
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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 »

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

Votes: 5

33. The Trap Door (1980)

Not Rated | 70 min | Drama

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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 »

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

Votes: 8

34. Tabarana Kathe (1986)

179 min | Drama

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Director: Girish Kasaravalli | Stars: Nalini Murthy, R. Nagesh, Charu Haasan

Votes: 47

35. Screws (2007)

10 min | Short

5.6
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A man living alone in his apartment, finds a screw on his rug.

Director: Can Evrenol | Star: Thanos Feloukas

Votes: 32

36. Pratioci (2008)

16 min | Animation, Short

8.2
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Director: Cejen Cernic | Stars: Damir Saban, Ursa Raukar, Luka Petrusic, Luka Juricic

Votes: 26

37. Harrow Island (2010)

12 min | Short, Drama, Horror

7.6
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The story of photojournalist Simon Porter and the most torturous assignment of his life.

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

Votes: 9

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?

Director: David Sharp

39. 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.

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

40. 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.

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

41. Andererseits (2007)

26 min | Short, Drama, Mystery

8.4
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A surreal trip through Edgar Denters life.

Director: Csongor Dobrotka | Stars: Anna Peschke, Marcel Reinhardt, Manuel Struffolino

Votes: 14

42. Aaron Cohen's Debt (1999)

96 min | Crime, Drama

7.1
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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.

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

Votes: 48

43. 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.

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

Votes: 7

44. Flush Memoria (2015)

20 min | Short, Drama, Thriller

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A film exploring a Kafkaesque setting where spy is played against spy.

Director: Matthew J. Lea | Stars: Pamela Flanagan, Matthew J. Lea, Lee Neville, Tony Sluka

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

TV-14 | 44 min | Drama, Fantasy, Horror

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.

Director: Jeff Renfroe | Stars: Sam Witwer, Meaghan Rath, Sam Huntington, Kristen Hager

Votes: 93

46. Spine Chillers (2013– )
Episode: Spoon Dog (2015)

11 min | Comedy, Drama, Horror

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Caught in a surreal, Kafkaesque nightmare, trying to make sense of it.

Director: Christopher J. Dinnan | Stars: Christopher J. Dinnan, Jake Dinnan, Christina Dinnan, Rob Rose

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

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

8.6
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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 »

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

Votes: 3,603