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1. Finding Nemo (2003)

G | 100 min | Animation, Adventure, Comedy

8.2
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90 Metascore

After his son is captured in the Great Barrier Reef and taken to Sydney, a timid clownfish sets out on a journey to bring him home.

Writers: Andrew Stanton, Bob Peterson, David Reynolds | Directors: Andrew Stanton, Lee Unkrich | Stars: Albert Brooks, Ellen DeGeneres, Alexander Gould, Willem Dafoe

2. Madagascar (2005)

PG | 86 min | Animation, Adventure, Comedy

6.9
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57 Metascore

Spoiled by their upbringing with no idea what wild life is really like, four animals from New York Central Zoo escape, unwittingly assisted by four absconding penguins, and find themselves in Madagascar, among a bunch of merry lemurs

Writers: Mark Burton, Billy Frolick, Eric Darnell, Tom McGrath | Directors: Eric Darnell, Tom McGrath | Stars: Chris Rock, Ben Stiller, David Schwimmer, Jada Pinkett Smith

3. The Reader (2008)

R | 124 min | Drama, Romance

7.6
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58 Metascore

Post-WWII Germany: Nearly a decade after his affair with an older woman came to a mysterious end, law student Michael Berg re-encounters his former lover as she defends herself in a war-crime trial.

Writers: David Hare, Bernhard Schlink | Director: Stephen Daldry | Stars: Kate Winslet, Ralph Fiennes, Bruno Ganz, Jeanette Hain

4. Zathura: A Space Adventure (2005)

PG | 101 min | Action, Adventure, Comedy

6.1
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67 Metascore

Two young brothers are drawn into an intergalactic adventure when their house is hurled through the dephs of space by the magical board game they are playing.

Writers: Chris Van Allsburg, David Koepp, John Kamps | Director: Jon Favreau | Stars: Josh Hutcherson, Jonah Bobo, Dax Shepard, Tim Robbins

5. Far and Away (1992)

PG-13 | 140 min | Adventure, Drama, Romance

6.5
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49 Metascore

A young man leaves Ireland with his landlord's daughter after some trouble with her father, and they dream of owning land at the big give-away in Oklahoma ca. 1893. When they get to the new... See full summary »

Writers: Bob Dolman, Ron Howard | Director: Ron Howard | Stars: Tom Cruise, Nicole Kidman, Thomas Gibson, Robert Prosky

6. The Mighty (1998)

PG-13 | 100 min | Comedy, Drama

7.3
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This tells the story of a strong friendship between a young boy with Morquio's syndrome and an older boy who is always bullied because of his size. Adapted from the novel, Freak the Mighty,... See full summary »

Writers: Rodman Philbrick, Charles Leavitt | Director: Peter Chelsom | Stars: Kieran Culkin, Elden Henson, Sharon Stone, Harry Dean Stanton

7. Zardoz (1974)

R | 105 min | Drama, Fantasy, Sci-Fi

5.8
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In the distant future, a savage trained only to kill finds a way into the community of bored immortals that alone preserves humanity's achievements.

Writer: John Boorman | Director: John Boorman | Stars: Sean Connery, Charlotte Rampling, Sara Kestelman, John Alderton

8. Religulous (2008)

R | 101 min | Documentary, Comedy

7.7
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56 Metascore

Bill Maher's take on the current state of world religion.

Director: Larry Charles | Stars: Bill Maher, Tal Bachman, Jonathan Boulden, Steve Burg

9. The Electric Company (1971–1977)

TV-G | 28 min | Family, Comedy

8.3
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A comedy variety show that teaches basic phonetic and grammar concepts using live-action sketches, cartoons, songs, and Spider-Man episodes.

Stars: Jim Boyd, Morgan Freeman, Judy Graubart, Skip Hinnant

10. Robin and Marian (1976)

PG | 106 min | Adventure, Drama, Romance

6.6
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Robin Hood, aging none too gracefully, returns exhausted from the Crusades to woo and win Maid Marian one last time.

Writer: James Goldman | Director: Richard Lester | Stars: Sean Connery, Audrey Hepburn, Robert Shaw, Richard Harris

11. The First Grader (2010)

PG-13 | 103 min | Biography, Drama

7.4
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56 Metascore

The true story of an 84 year-old Kenyan villager and ex Mau Mau freedom fighter who fights for his right to go to school for the first time to get the education he could never afford.

Writer: Ann Peacock | Director: Justin Chadwick | Stars: Naomie Harris, Oliver Litondo, Tony Kgoroge, Alfred Munyua

12. The Hunting Party (1971)

R | 111 min | Drama, Western, Action

6.4
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A ruthless rancher, and his gang, use extremely long range rifles to kill the men who kidnapped his infidel wife.

Writers: Gilbert Ralston, Lou Morheim, William W. Norton | Director: Don Medford | Stars: Oliver Reed, Candice Bergen, Gene Hackman, Simon Oakland

13. The Inspector General (1949)

Approved | 102 min | Comedy, Musical, Romance

6.9
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An illiterate stooge in a traveling medicine show wanders into a strange town and is picked up on a vagrancy charge. The town's corrupt officials mistake him for the inspector general whom ... See full summary »

Writers: Philip Rapp, Harry Kurnitz, Nikolai Gogol | Director: Henry Koster | Stars: Danny Kaye, Walter Slezak, Barbara Bates, Elsa Lanchester

14. Blood and Sand (1941)

Approved | 125 min | Drama, Sport

7.0
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Illiterate peasant Juan Gallardo rises meteorically to fame and fortune in the bullfight arena only to sow the seeds of his own fall.

Writers: Vicente Blasco Ibáñez, Jo Swerling | Director: Rouben Mamoulian | Stars: Tyrone Power, Linda Darnell, Rita Hayworth, Alla Nazimova

15. Nightjohn (1996 TV Movie)

PG-13 | 92 min | Drama

6.8
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Sarny, a 12-year-old slave girl in the ante-bellum South, faces a relatively hopeless life. Her chief duties at the plantation of Clel Waller are serving at table, spitting tobacco juice on... See full summary »

Writers: Gary Paulsen, Bill Cain | Director: Charles Burnett | Stars: Beau Bridges, Gerald Brown, Gabriel Casseus, Bill Cobbs

16. Manoro (2006)

75 min | Documentary, Drama

6.4
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Writer: Ralston Jover | Director: Brillante Mendoza | Stars: Jonalyn Ablong, Edgar Ablong, Carol Ablong, Carlito Ablong

17. Pinky (1949)

Approved | 102 min | Drama

7.2
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A light-skinned African American woman falls in love with a white doctor, though he is unaware of her true race.

Writers: Cid Ricketts Sumner, Philip Dunne, Dudley Nichols | Directors: Elia Kazan, John Ford | Stars: Jeanne Crain, Ethel Barrymore, Ethel Waters, William Lundigan

18. Dragon Seed (1944)

Passed | 148 min | Drama, History, War

6.3
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The lives of a small Chinese village are turned Upside down when the Japanese invade it. And heroic young Chinese woman leads her fellow villagers in an uprising against Japanese Invaders.

Writers: Pearl S. Buck, Marguerite Roberts, Jane Murfin | Directors: Harold S. Bucquet, Jack Conway | Stars: Katharine Hepburn, Walter Huston, Aline MacMahon, Akim Tamiroff

19. The Black Velvet Gown (1991 TV Movie)

Drama

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In the 1830's in northern England, Riah Millican, a widow with three children, takes a job as housekeeper to a reclusive former teacher, Percival Miller. Miller makes Riah the gift of a ... See full summary »

Writers: Catherine Cookson, Gordon Hann | Director: Norman Stone | Stars: Bob Peck, Janet McTeer, Geraldine Somerville, Brendan P. Healy

20. The Emigrant (1994)

129 min | Drama

6.5
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The biblical tale of Joseph is told from an Egyptian perspective in this interesting character study. In this film, Joseph is called Ram. Ram, tired of his family's backward superstitious ... See full summary »

Writers: Rafiq As-Sabban, Youssef Chahine | Director: Youssef Chahine | Stars: Mahmoud Hemida, Khaled Nabawy, Michel Piccoli, Hanan Turk

21. Butterfly Dreams (2013)

23 min | Short, Drama, Family

8.0
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A 9-year-old girl in rural India, exploited by child labor, must find a way to pursue her dream - how to read and write. She has one last chance when an educated man comes to town.

Writer: Venkat Krishnan | Director: Venkat Krishnan | Stars: Basheera Banu, Ganapathy Murugesan, P.T. Arasu Kalathilvenrar, Sowmya

22. The Pride of Jesse Hallam (1981 TV Movie)

97 min | Drama

6.7
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Jesse Hallam, an illiterate coal miner from Kentucky, moves to Cincinnati so that his daughter may receive spinal surgery. Determined to support his family in the city, he decides he must ... See full summary »

Writer: Suzanne Clauser | Director: Gary Nelson | Stars: Johnny Cash, Brenda Vaccaro, Ben Marley, Eli Wallach

23. The Italian (2005)

PG-13 | 90 min | Drama

7.6
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74 Metascore

Set in 2002, an abandoned 5-year-old boy living in a rundown orphanage in a small Russian village is adopted by an Italian family.

Writer: Andrei Romanov | Director: Andrey Kravchuk | Stars: Nikolay Spiridonov, Mariya Kuznetsova, Nikolay Reutov, Yuriy Itskov

24. Palunku (2006)

Drama

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Writer: Blessy | Director: Blessy | Stars: Mammootty, Lakshmi Lahari, Nasreen, Nivedita

25. Tennessee Johnson (1942)

Passed | 103 min | Biography, Drama

6.8
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The bio of Andrew Johnson from his first arrival in Tennessee to his rise to the Presidency of the United States.

Writers: Milton Gunzburg, Alvin Meyers, John L. Balderston, Wells Root | Director: William Dieterle | Stars: Van Heflin, Lionel Barrymore, Ruth Hussey, Marjorie Main

26. The Ad and the Ego (1997)

57 min | Documentary

7.7
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Intercutting thousands of contemporary and classic television commercials with insights by Stuart Ewen, Jean Kilbourne, Sut JhalIy and others, this film scrutinizes late 20th century ... See full summary »

Director: Harold Boihem

27. Green Screen Adventures (2009– )

30 min | Family

5.4
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Smart TV for kids, by kids, intended to promote literacy.

Creator: Gail Sikevitz | Stars: Jessica Honor Carleton, Kierra Bunch, Brendan Buckley, Ariel Coleman-Turner

28. Dear America: A Picture of Freedom (1999 TV Short)

30 min | Short, Drama, Family

6.7
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Living on a Southern plantation before the Civil War, a young slave girl secretly learns how to read and write, and determines to teach others.

Writers: Patricia C. McKissack, Ron Stacker Thompson, Ashley Tyler | Director: Helaine Head | Stars: Shadia Simmons, Alison Sealy-Smith, Erica Luttrell, Jason Burke

29. In the Navel of the Sea (1998)

116 min | Drama

7.1
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Pepito, growing up in a remote fishing village in the Philippines is destined to become the successor of his mother: the only midwife in the whole district, a job given from generation to ... See full summary »

Writer: Jun Lana | Director: Marilou Diaz-Abaya | Stars: Jomari Yllana, Elizabeth Oropesa, Chin Chin Gutierrez, Pen Medina

30. The Delivery (I) (2008)

30 min | Short, Fantasy

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A reluctant-reader teen's quest for a solution to an due-yesterday English Lit assignment leads her discovering the value of the audio book. She encounters temperament, talent and a glimpse... See full summary »

Writer: Gabrielle DeCuir | Director: Gabrielle DeCuir | Stars: J. Paul Boehmer, Scott Brick, Emily Janice Card, Orson Scott Card

31. Out of Print (2013)

55 min | Documentary, Family, History

7.7
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Out of Print draws us into the topsy-turvy world of the written word, illuminating the turbulent, exciting journey from the book through the digital revolution. Writers, publishers, readers... See full summary »

Director: Vivienne Roumani

32. Jackass Mail (1942)

Passed | 79 min | Romance, Western

6.8
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Tiny Tucker delivers mail and attracted to her, Just Baggot becomes her new carrier. When he kills a man in a gunfight, the man's son joins him in the deliveries and they become good ... See full summary »

Writers: C. Gardner Sullivan, Lawrence Hazard | Director: Norman Z. McLeod | Stars: Wallace Beery, Marjorie Main, J. Carrol Naish, Darryl Hickman

33. The Afghan Alphabet (2002)

45 min | Documentary

7.0
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Documentary showing the life of children of the Afghan villages bordering Iran, and how their life and culture were affected by Taliban regime.

Writer: Mohsen Makhmalbaf | Director: Mohsen Makhmalbaf | Stars: Ghafour Barahouyi, Maryam Ozbak, Mohsen Makhmalbaf

34. Nous, princesses de Clèves (2011)

69 min | Documentary

6.8
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Has 1558 anything in common with 2009 ? Have nobles of King Henri III's court anything to do with today's young people from poor neighborhoods, most of whom immigrants'children ? Is there ... See full summary »

Writers: Régis Sauder, Anne Tesson | Director: Régis Sauder | Stars: Abou Achoumi, Laura Badrane, Morgane Badrane, Manel Boulaabi

35. Reading Blaster Kindergarten (1999 Video Game)

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Stars: Dee Bradley Baker, Michael Gough, Jennifer Hale

36. Architects of Thought (2008)

54 min | Documentary

8.1
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The cosmos, human beings and the city. The quest for a conversation with the universe from the myths of creation, to philosophy, to the actual narratives.

Writer: Marta Biavaschi | Director: Marta Biavaschi | Stars: Charles Melman, Henri-Pierre Jeudy, Jean-Pierre Lebrun, Marcelo Gleiser

37. For the Love of Books (2012)

78 min | Documentary, Comedy, News

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Kathy Patrick opened what was probably the first hair salon/book store and founded what she called the Pulpwood Queens Book Club. The club now has over five hundred chapters worldwide and each January, Kathy hosts a book-loving party in her hometown of Jefferson, Texas.

Writer: William Torgerson | Director: William Torgerson

38. Comic Book Literacy (2009)

Documentary

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Comic books are a medium as diverse as movies and encourage more thought than video games. Yet this misunderstood medium has always been the dirty little secret of the literature world. ... See full summary »

Writer: Todd Kent | Director: Todd Kent | Stars: Kat Amano, Marc Andreyko, George Blasing, Paul Dini

39. Improve Your Spelling (1948)

11 min | Drama, Short

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Tommy, a poor speller, is assigned by his teacher to write an article for the school paper, but is told that if even one word is misspelled, the article will be rejected. Later, while ... See full summary »

Star: Mike Wallace

40. Pedaling to Freedom (2007)

28 min | Documentary, Short

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In one of the poorest parts of the world, 230,000 people learned to read and write. Over 100,000 women learned to cycle. Wages jumped up 1000% It happened in the space of just one year and cost about a dollar per person.

Writer: Vijay S. Jodha | Director: Vijay S. Jodha

41. Tina in Mexico (2002)

77 min | Documentary, History, War

7.5
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Using reenactments, newsreel footage, and photographs, Longfellow tells the story of Tina Modotti (1896-1942), from 1920 when she's living in LA with artist Robo Richey to the assassination... See full summary »

Writer: Brenda Longfellow | Director: Brenda Longfellow | Stars: Allegra Fulton, Karl Pruner, Arturo Fresolone, Tanja Jacobs

42. Harriet Van Meter: A Life Extraordinary (2006 TV Movie)

28 min | Documentary

7.4
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After observing lines of people in India, waiting for the chance to read a book, Harriet Van Meter began collecting, packing and shipping books to those who requested them from around the world. Working our of her basement, she started the International Book Project, a volunteer organization, which today has shipped more than 5 million books worldwide.

Writers: Kiley Lane, Arthur Rouse | Directors: Kiley Lane, Arthur Rouse | Star: Linda Ellerbee

43. A Tale of Two Schools (2003 TV Movie)

60 min | Documentary

5.9
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A look at the efforts to teach reading to elementary school students in Mississippi and Texas.

Writers: Noel Gunther, Christian Lindstrom | Director: Christian Lindstrom | Stars: Jim Barksdale, Reggie Barnes, Leonard Brasfield, Morgan Freeman

44. Franchir le silence (1993)

56 min

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Director: Claudette Jaiko

45. Feast of Titans (2008)

8 min | Documentary, Short, History

7.2
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Fernando Arrabal speaks about mythology, politics and art, searching for the ways of the modern man through the theater and scientific development.

Writer: Fernando Belens | Director: Fernando Belens | Stars: Fernando Arrabal, Rai Alves, Eliene Benício, Juliana Ferrari

46. Why We Need Reading, or The Piemaker of Ignoramia (1976)

12 min | Animation, Short

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Writer: Derek Lamb | Directors: John Conning, Paul Fierlinger | Stars: Marian Hailey, Nannette Mancini, Courtney Colletti, John Jackson

47. We Will See/Re tla bona (1987)

60 min | Documentary

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Documentary about a rural self-help literacy scheme in the Northern Transvaal in association with the Learn and Teach Organisation. How literacy becomes an agent of social and political change.

Director: Elaine Proctor | Star: Elaine Proctor

48. The Patten Projects (2009 Video)

70 min

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Twenty-three short moving image projects that span a broad range of imaginative thoughts and ideas. These projects represent a significant portion of Grant Patten's creative output during ... See full summary »

Creator: Brian Gordon | Director: Grant Patten | Stars: Moe Abbas, Gerry Amram, Lyndon Casey, Chris Ciosk

49. Everyday Heroes (2001)

109 min | Documentary

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Directors: Abby Ginzberg, Rick Goldsmith

50. Pare. Olhe. Escute. (2009)

17 min | Documentary, Short

6.8
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A look at a remote town in the Northeast of Brazil where despite high levels of illiteracy, a group of teenagers scored the highest test scores in the nation in creative writing. When ... See full summary »

Writer: Juliana Lima Dehne | Director: Juliana Lima Dehne