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1. Castle (2009– )

TV-14 | 43 min | Comedy, Crime, Drama | Active

8.3
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After a serial killer imitates the plots of his novels, successful mystery novelist Richard "Rick" Castle gets permission from the Mayor of New York City to tag along with an NYPD homicide investigation team for research purposes.

Stars: Nathan Fillion, Stana Katic, Susan Sullivan, Jon Huertas

2. The Fault in Our Stars (2014)

PG-13 | 126 min | Drama, Romance

8.0
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69 Metascore

Two teens, both who have different cancer conditions, fall in love after meeting at a cancer support group.

Writers: Scott Neustadter, Michael H. Weber, John Green | Director: Josh Boone | Stars: Shailene Woodley, Ansel Elgort, Nat Wolff, Laura Dern

3. Life of Pi (2012)

PG | 127 min | Adventure, Drama

8.0
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79 Metascore

A young man who survives a disaster at sea is hurtled into an epic journey of adventure and discovery. While cast away, he forms an unexpected connection with another survivor: a fearsome Bengal tiger.

Writers: Yann Martel, David Magee | Director: Ang Lee | Stars: Suraj Sharma, Irrfan Khan, Adil Hussain, Tabu

4. Insomnia (2002)

R | 118 min | Crime, Mystery, Thriller

7.2
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78 Metascore

Two Los Angeles homicide detectives are dispatched to a northern town where the sun doesn't set to investigate the methodical murder of a local teen.

Writers: Hillary Seitz, Nikolaj Frobenius, Erik Skjoldbjærg | Director: Christopher Nolan | Stars: Al Pacino, Robin Williams, Hilary Swank, Martin Donovan

5. Basic Instinct (1992)

R | 127 min | Drama, Mystery, Thriller

6.9
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41 Metascore

A police detective is in charge of the investigation of a brutal murder, in which a beautiful and seductive woman could be involved.

Writer: Joe Eszterhas | Director: Paul Verhoeven | Stars: Michael Douglas, Sharon Stone, George Dzundza, Jeanne Tripplehorn

6. The Royal Tenenbaums (2001)

R | 110 min | Comedy, Drama

7.6
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75 Metascore

An estranged family of former child prodigies reunites when their father announces he is terminally ill.

Writers: Wes Anderson, Owen Wilson | Director: Wes Anderson | Stars: Gene Hackman, Gwyneth Paltrow, Anjelica Huston, Ben Stiller

7. Kiss Kiss Bang Bang (2005)

R | 103 min | Action, Comedy, Crime

7.7
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72 Metascore

A murder mystery brings together a private eye, a struggling actress, and a thief masquerading as an actor.

Writers: Brett Halliday, Shane Black | Director: Shane Black | Stars: Robert Downey Jr., Val Kilmer, Michelle Monaghan, Corbin Bernsen

8. Ruby Sparks (2012)

R | 104 min | Comedy, Drama, Fantasy

7.2
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67 Metascore

A novelist struggling with writer's block finds romance in a most unusual way: by creating a female character he thinks will love him, then willing her into existence.

Writer: Zoe Kazan | Directors: Jonathan Dayton, Valerie Faris | Stars: Paul Dano, Zoe Kazan, Annette Bening, Antonio Banderas

9. Secret Window (2004)

PG-13 | 96 min | Mystery, Thriller

6.6
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46 Metascore

A writer is accused for plagiarism by a strange man, who then starts haunting him for "justice."

Writers: Stephen King, David Koepp | Director: David Koepp | Stars: Johnny Depp, Maria Bello, John Turturro, Timothy Hutton

10. Sex and Lucia (2001)

R | 128 min | Drama, Romance

7.3
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65 Metascore

Various lives converge on an isolated island, all connected by an author whose novel has become inextricably entwined with his own life.

Writer: Julio Medem | Director: Julio Medem | Stars: Paz Vega, Tristán Ulloa, Najwa Nimri, Elena Anaya

11. Death at a Funeral (2007)

R | 90 min | Comedy

7.4
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67 Metascore

Chaos ensues when a man tries to expose a dark secret regarding a recently deceased patriarch of a dysfunctional British family.

Writer: Dean Craig | Director: Frank Oz | Stars: Matthew Macfadyen, Peter Dinklage, Ewen Bremner, Keeley Hawes

12. All Good Things (2010)

R | 101 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

6.3
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57 Metascore

Mr. David Marks was suspected but never tried for killing his wife Katie who disappeared in 1982, but the truth is eventually revealed.

Writers: Marcus Hinchey, Marc Smerling | Director: Andrew Jarecki | Stars: Ryan Gosling, Kirsten Dunst, Frank Langella, Lily Rabe

13. Trading Christmas (2011 TV Movie)

Comedy

6.8
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Widow Emily (Faith Ford) calls her BFF Faith (Gabrielle Miller) for sympathy when Emily's daughter Heather won't return to Oregon from college in Boston for Xmas. Emily will be alone in ... See full summary »

Writers: Debbie Macomber, Bruce Graham | Director: Michael Scott | Stars: Tom Cavanagh, Faith Ford, Gil Bellows, Gabrielle Miller

14. Stranger Than Fiction (2006)

PG-13 | 113 min | Comedy, Drama, Fantasy

7.7
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67 Metascore

An IRS auditor suddenly finds himself the subject of narration only he can hear: narration that begins to affect his entire life, from his work, to his love-interest, to his death.

Writer: Zach Helm | Director: Marc Forster | Stars: Will Ferrell, Emma Thompson, Dustin Hoffman, Queen Latifah

15. You Will Meet a Tall Dark Stranger (2010)

R | 98 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

6.3
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51 Metascore

Sally's parents' marriage breaks up when her father undergoes a mid-life crisis and impulsively weds a prostitute as Sally's own marriage also begins to disintegrate.

Writer: Woody Allen | Director: Woody Allen | Stars: Anthony Hopkins, Naomi Watts, Josh Brolin, Gemma Jones

16. Romancing the Stone (1984)

PG | 106 min | Action, Adventure, Comedy

6.9
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A romance writer sets off to Colombia to ransom her kidnapped sister, and soon finds herself in the middle of a dangerous adventure.

Writer: Diane Thomas | Director: Robert Zemeckis | Stars: Michael Douglas, Kathleen Turner, Danny DeVito, Zack Norman

17. The Secret in Their Eyes (2009)

R | 129 min | Drama, Mystery, Thriller

8.3
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81 Metascore

A retired legal counselor writes a novel hoping to find closure for one of his past unresolved homicide cases and for his unreciprocated love with his superior - both of which still haunt him decades later.

Writers: Eduardo Sacheri, Juan José Campanella | Director: Juan José Campanella | Stars: Ricardo Darín, Soledad Villamil, Pablo Rago, Carla Quevedo

18. The Experiment (2010)

R | 96 min | Drama, Thriller

6.4
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26 men are chosen to participate in the roles of guards and prisoners in a psychological study that ultimately spirals out of control.

Writers: Paul Scheuring, Mario Giordano, Christoph Darnstädt, Don Bohlinger, Oliver Hirschbiegel | Director: Paul Scheuring | Stars: Adrien Brody, Cam Gigandet, Forest Whitaker, Maggie Grace

19. The Motorcycle Diaries (2004)

R | 126 min | Adventure, Biography, Drama

7.8
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75 Metascore

The dramatization of a motorcycle road trip Che Guevara went on in his youth that showed him his life's calling.

Writers: Ernesto 'Che' Guevara, Alberto Granado, Jose Rivera | Director: Walter Salles | Stars: Gael García Bernal, Rodrigo De la Serna, Mía Maestro, Mercedes Morán

20. Becoming Jane (2007)

PG | 120 min | Biography, Drama, Romance

7.1
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55 Metascore

A biographical portrait of a pre-fame Jane Austen and her romance with a young Irishman.

Writers: Jane Austen, Kevin Hood, Sarah Williams | Director: Julian Jarrold | Stars: Anne Hathaway, James McAvoy, Julie Walters, James Cromwell

21. Bored to Death (2009–2011)

TV-MA | 30 min | Comedy, Crime, Mystery

7.9
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A well-meaning but struggling writer decides to lead a sort of double life by pretending to be a private detective.

Creator: Jonathan Ames | Stars: Jason Schwartzman, Zach Galifianakis, Ted Danson, Heather Burns

22. Sliding Doors (1998)

R | 99 min | Comedy, Drama, Fantasy

6.8
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59 Metascore

A London woman's love life and career both hinge, unknown to her, on whether or not she catches a train. We see it both ways, in parallel.

Writer: Peter Howitt | Director: Peter Howitt | Stars: Gwyneth Paltrow, John Hannah, John Lynch, Jeanne Tripplehorn

23. Twixt (2011)

R | 88 min | Horror, Thriller

4.9
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40 Metascore

A writer with a declining career arrives in a small town as part of his book tour and gets caught up in a murder mystery involving a young girl. That night in a dream, he is approached by a... See full summary »

Writer: Francis Ford Coppola | Director: Francis Ford Coppola | Stars: Val Kilmer, Bruce Dern, Elle Fanning, Ben Chaplin

24. Sleuth (2007)

R | 86 min | Drama, Mystery, Thriller

6.5
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49 Metascore

On his sprawling country estate, an aging writer matches wits with the struggling actor who has stolen his wife's heart.

Writers: Harold Pinter, Anthony Shaffer | Director: Kenneth Branagh | Stars: Michael Caine, Jude Law, Harold Pinter, Kenneth Branagh

25. Nim's Island (2008)

PG | 96 min | Adventure, Comedy, Family

6.0
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55 Metascore

A young girl inhabits an isolated island with her scientist father and communicates with a reclusive author of the novel she's reading.

Writers: Joseph Kwong, Paula Mazur, Mark Levin, Jennifer Flackett, Wendy Orr | Directors: Jennifer Flackett, Mark Levin | Stars: Jodie Foster, Gerard Butler, Abigail Breslin, Michael Carman

26. The Human Stain (2003)

R | 106 min | Drama, Romance, Thriller

6.3
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57 Metascore

When a disgraced former college professor has a romance with a mysterious younger woman haunted by her dark twisted past, he is forced to confront a shocking secret about his own life that he has kept secret for 50 years.

Writers: Philip Roth, Nicholas Meyer | Director: Robert Benton | Stars: Anthony Hopkins, Nicole Kidman, Ed Harris, Gary Sinise

27. Orange County (2002)

PG-13 | 82 min | Comedy, Drama

6.2
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48 Metascore

A guidance counselor mistakenly sends out the wrong transcripts to Stanford University under the name of an over-achieving high schooler.

Writer: Mike White | Director: Jake Kasdan | Stars: Colin Hanks, Jack Black, Schuyler Fisk, Bret Harrison

28. Swimming Pool (2003)

R | 102 min | Thriller

6.8
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70 Metascore

A British mystery author visits her publisher's home in the South of France, where her interaction with his unusual daughter sets off some touchy dynamics.

Writers: François Ozon, Emmanuèle Bernheim, Sionann O'Neill | Director: François Ozon | Stars: Charlotte Rampling, Charles Dance, Ludivine Sagnier, Jean-Marie Lamour

29. Head in the Clouds (2004)

R | 132 min | Drama, Romance, War

6.6
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40 Metascore

HEAD IN THE CLOUDS is a sweeping romantic drama set in 1930's England, Paris, and Spain. Gilda Bessé shares her Paris apartment with an Irish schoolteacher, Guy Malyon, and Mia, a refugee ... See full summary »

Writer: John Duigan | Director: John Duigan | Stars: Charlize Theron, Stuart Townsend, Penélope Cruz, Thomas Kretschmann

30. The New Daughter (2009)

PG-13 | 108 min | Horror, Thriller

5.3
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A single father moves his two children to rural South Carolina, only to watch his daughter exhibit increasingly strange behavior.

Writers: John Travis, John Connolly | Director: Luiso Berdejo | Stars: Kevin Costner, Ivana Baquero, Samantha Mathis, Gattlin Griffith

31. Wonder Boys (2000)

R | 107 min | Drama, Comedy

7.4
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73 Metascore

An English Professor tries to deal with his wife leaving him, the arrival of his editor who has been waiting for his book for seven years, and the various problems that his friends and associates involve him in.

Writers: Michael Chabon, Steve Kloves | Director: Curtis Hanson | Stars: Michael Douglas, Tobey Maguire, Frances McDormand, Robert Downey Jr.

32. The Jewel of the Nile (1985)

PG | 106 min | Action, Adventure, Comedy

6.0
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This is the sequel to "Romancing the Stone" where Jack and Joan have their yacht and easy life, but are gradually getting bored with each other and this way of life. Joan accepts an ... See full summary »

Writers: Mark Rosenthal, Lawrence Konner, Diane Thomas | Director: Lewis Teague | Stars: Michael Douglas, Kathleen Turner, Danny DeVito, Spiros Focás

33. The World According to Garp (1982)

R | 136 min | Comedy, Drama

7.2
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Based on the John Irving novel, this film chronicles the life of T S Garp, and his mother, Jenny. Whilst Garp sees himself as a "serious" writer, Jenny writes a feminist manifesto at an ... See full summary »

Writers: John Irving, Steve Tesich | Director: George Roy Hill | Stars: Robin Williams, Mary Beth Hurt, Glenn Close, John Lithgow

34. A Guide to Recognizing Your Saints (2006)

R | 100 min | Crime, Drama

7.1
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67 Metascore

The movie is a coming-of-age drama about a boy growing up in Astoria, N.Y., during the 1980s. As his friends end up dead, on drugs or in prison, he comes to believe he has been saved from their fate by various so-called saints.

Writer: Dito Montiel | Director: Dito Montiel | Stars: Robert Downey Jr., Rosario Dawson, Shia LaBeouf, Dianne Wiest

35. Ikiru (1952)

Not Rated | 143 min | Drama

8.4
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A bureaucrat tries to find a meaning in his life after he discovers he has terminal cancer.

Writers: Akira Kurosawa, Shinobu Hashimoto, Hideo Oguni | Director: Akira Kurosawa | Stars: Takashi Shimura, Nobuo Kaneko, Shin'ichi Himori, Haruo Tanaka

36. Le Week-End (2013)

R | 93 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

6.4
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73 Metascore

A British couple return to Paris many years after their honeymoon there in an attempt to rejuvenate their marriage.

Writer: Hanif Kureishi | Director: Roger Michell | Stars: Lindsay Duncan, Jim Broadbent, Jeff Goldblum, Igor Gotesman

37. Before Night Falls (2000)

R | 133 min | Biography, Drama

7.3
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85 Metascore

Episodic look at the life of Cuban poet and novelist, Reinaldo Arenas (1943-1990), from his childhood in Oriente province to his death in New York City. He joins Castro's rebels. By 1964, ... See full summary »

Writers: Cunningham O'Keefe, Lázaro Gómez Carriles, Julian Schnabel, Reynaldo Arenas, Jana Bokova | Director: Julian Schnabel | Stars: Javier Bardem, Johnny Depp, Olatz López Garmendia, Giovanni Florido

38. Shattered Glass (2003)

PG-13 | 94 min | Drama, History

7.3
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73 Metascore

The true story of a young journalist who fell from grace when it was found he had fabricated over half of his articles.

Writers: Buzz Bissinger, Billy Ray | Director: Billy Ray | Stars: Hayden Christensen, Chloë Sevigny, Steve Zahn, Peter Sarsgaard

39. Married Life (2007)

PG-13 | 91 min | Crime, Drama, Romance

6.3
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65 Metascore

A 1940s-set drama where an adulterous man plots his wife's death instead of putting her through the humiliation of a divorce.

Writers: Ira Sachs, Oren Moverman, John Bingham | Director: Ira Sachs | Stars: Chris Cooper, Patricia Clarkson, Rachel McAdams, Annabel Kershaw

40. Duplex (2003)

PG-13 | 89 min | Comedy

5.8
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50 Metascore

A young couple has a chance to move into a gorgeous duplex in the perfect New York neighborhood. All they have to do is bump off the current tenant, a cute little old lady.

Writer: Larry Doyle | Director: Danny DeVito | Stars: Ben Stiller, Drew Barrymore, Eileen Essell, Harvey Fierstein

41. Manhattan Murder Mystery (1993)

PG | 104 min | Comedy, Crime, Mystery

7.4
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A middle-aged couple suspects foul play when their neighbor's wife suddenly drops dead.

Writers: Woody Allen, Marshall Brickman | Director: Woody Allen | Stars: Woody Allen, Diane Keaton, Jerry Adler, Lynn Cohen

42. Deconstructing Harry (1997)

R | 96 min | Comedy, Drama, Fantasy

7.4
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61 Metascore

Suffering from writer's block and eagerly awaiting his writing award, Harry Block remembers events from his past and scenes from his best-selling books as characters, real and fictional, come back to haunt him.

Writer: Woody Allen | Director: Woody Allen | Stars: Woody Allen, Judy Davis, Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Stephanie Roth Haberle

43. The Door in the Floor (2004)

R | 111 min | Drama

6.8
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67 Metascore

A writer's young assistant becomes both pawn and catalyst in his boss's disintegrating household.

Writers: John Irving, Tod Williams | Director: Tod Williams | Stars: Jeff Bridges, Kim Basinger, Jon Foster, Elle Fanning

44. Shallow Grave (1994)

R | 92 min | Crime, Thriller

7.4
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67 Metascore

Three friends discover their new flatmate dead but loaded with cash.

Writer: John Hodge | Director: Danny Boyle | Stars: Kerry Fox, Christopher Eccleston, Ewan McGregor, Ken Stott

45. Hemingway & Gellhorn (2012 TV Movie)

TV-MA | 155 min | Biography, Drama, Romance

6.3
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A drama centered on the romance between Ernest Hemingway and WWII correspondent Martha Gellhorn, Hemingway's inspiration for For Whom the Bell Tolls and the only woman who ever asked for a divorce from the writer.

Writers: Jerry Stahl, Barbara Turner | Director: Philip Kaufman | Stars: Nicole Kidman, Clive Owen, David Strathairn, Rodrigo Santoro

46. She-Devil (1989)

PG-13 | 99 min | Comedy

5.3
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A cunning and resourceful housewife vows revenge on her husband when he begins an affair with a wealthy romance novelist.

Writers: Fay Weldon, Barry Strugatz, Mark R. Burns | Director: Susan Seidelman | Stars: Meryl Streep, Roseanne Barr, Ed Begley Jr., Linda Hunt

47. White Noise (2005)

PG-13 | 101 min | Drama, Horror, Mystery

5.5
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30 Metascore

An architect's desire to speak with his wife from beyond the grave, becomes an obsession with supernatural repercussions.

Writer: Niall Johnson | Director: Geoffrey Sax | Stars: Michael Keaton, Deborah Kara Unger, Ian McNeice, Chandra West

48. Sleuth (1972)

PG | 138 min | Mystery, Thriller

8.1
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A man who loves games and theater invites his wife's lover to meet him, setting up a battle of wits with potentially deadly results.

Writer: Anthony Shaffer | Director: Joseph L. Mankiewicz | Stars: Laurence Olivier, Michael Caine, Alec Cawthorne, John Matthews

49. Pola X (1999)

Not Rated | 134 min | Drama, Romance

5.9
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65 Metascore

A young writer becomes intrigued with a mysterious dark-haired woman who claims to be his long-lost sister and he begin an unusual relationship with her prompting a downward spiral involving his domineering mother and lovely fiancée

Writers: Leos Carax, Jean-Pol Fargeau, Herman Melville, Lauren Sedofsky | Director: Leos Carax | Stars: Guillaume Depardieu, Yekaterina Golubeva, Catherine Deneuve, Delphine Chuillot

50. Bag of Bones (2011 TV Mini-Series)

Not Rated | 163 min | Drama, Horror, Mystery

5.8
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Bestselling novelist Mike Noonan, unable to cope after his wife's sudden death, returns to the couple's lakeside retreat in Maine, where he becomes involved in a custody battle between a ... See full summary »

Stars: Pierce Brosnan, Melissa George, Annabeth Gish, Anika Noni Rose