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1. She's All That (1999)

PG-13 | 95 min | Comedy, Romance

5.8
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51 Metascore

A high school jock makes a bet that he can turn an unattractive girl into the school's prom queen.

Writer: R. Lee Fleming Jr. | Director: Robert Iscove | Stars: Freddie Prinze Jr., Rachael Leigh Cook, Matthew Lillard, Paul Walker

Votes: 61,647

2. I'm Not There. (2007)

R | 135 min | Biography, Drama, Music

7.0
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73 Metascore

Ruminations on the life of Bob Dylan, where six characters embody a different aspect of the musician's life and work.

Writers: Todd Haynes, Oren Moverman | Director: Todd Haynes | Stars: Christian Bale, Cate Blanchett, Heath Ledger, Ben Whishaw

Votes: 45,738

3. Man on the Moon (1999)

R | 118 min | Biography, Comedy, Drama

7.4
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58 Metascore

The life and career of a legendary comedian, Andy Kaufman.

Writers: Scott Alexander, Larry Karaszewski | Director: Milos Forman | Stars: Jim Carrey, Danny DeVito, Gerry Becker, Greyson Erik Pendry

Votes: 95,374

4. Man on Wire (2008)

PG-13 | 94 min | Documentary, Biography, History

7.9
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89 Metascore

A look at tightrope walker Philippe Petit's daring, but illegal, high-wire routine performed between New York City's World Trade Center's twin towers in 1974, what some consider, "the artistic crime of the century."

Writer: Philippe Petit | Director: James Marsh | Stars: Philippe Petit, Jean François Heckel, Jean-Louis Blondeau, Annie Allix

Votes: 33,580

5. The Shape of Things (2003)

R | 96 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

6.8
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59 Metascore

Quiet, unassuming Adam is changing in a major way, thanks to his new girlfriend, art student Evelyn. Adam's friends are a little freaked by the transformation.

Writer: Neil LaBute | Director: Neil LaBute | Stars: Paul Rudd, Rachel Weisz, Gretchen Mol, Frederick Weller

Votes: 9,264

6. Begotten (1990)

Unrated | 72 min | Fantasy, Horror

6.1
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This gory and entirely visual film tells the surreal tale of the death and rebirth of gods.

Writer: E. Elias Merhige | Director: E. Elias Merhige | Stars: Brian Salzberg, Donna Dempsey, Stephen Charles Barry, James Gandia

Votes: 6,710

7. 200 Cigarettes (1999)

R | 101 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

5.8
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33 Metascore

A collection of twentysomethings try to cope with relationships, loneliness, desire and their individual neuroses.

Writer: Shana Larsen | Director: Risa Bramon Garcia | Stars: Ben Affleck, Casey Affleck, Dave Chappelle, Guillermo Díaz

Votes: 12,550

8. Slacker (1991)

R | 97 min | Comedy, Drama

7.1
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69 Metascore

A day in the life of Austin, Texas as the camera roams from place to place and provides a brief look at the overeducated, the social misfits, the outcasts and the oddballs.

Writer: Richard Linklater | Director: Richard Linklater | Stars: Richard Linklater, Rudy Basquez, Jean Caffeine, Jan Hockey

Votes: 13,808

9. Art School Confidential (2006)

R | 102 min | Comedy, Drama

6.3
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54 Metascore

Starting from childhood attempts at illustration, the protagonist pursues his true obsession to art school. But as he learns how the art world really works, he finds that he must adapt his vision to the reality that confronts him.

Writer: Daniel Clowes | Director: Terry Zwigoff | Stars: Max Minghella, Sophia Myles, John Malkovich, Jim Broadbent

Votes: 14,386

10. New York Stories (1989)

PG | 124 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

6.4
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A middle-aged artist obsessed with his pretty young assistant, a precocious 12 year old living in a hotel, and a neurotic lawyer with a possessive mother make up three Gotham tales.

Writers: Richard Price, Woody Allen, Francis Ford Coppola, Sofia Coppola | Directors: Woody Allen, Francis Ford Coppola, Martin Scorsese | Stars: Woody Allen, Nick Nolte, Rosanna Arquette, Marvin Chatinover

Votes: 12,710

11. Encounters at the End of the World (2007)

G | 99 min | Documentary

7.8
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80 Metascore

Film-maker Werner Herzog travels to the McMurdo Station in Antarctica, looking to capture the continent's beauty and investigate the characters living there.

Writer: Werner Herzog | Director: Werner Herzog | Stars: Werner Herzog, Scott Rowland, Stefan Pashov, Doug MacAyeal

Votes: 12,530

12. First Position (2011)

Not Rated | 95 min | Documentary

7.6
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72 Metascore

A documentary that follows six young dancers from around the world as they prepare for the Youth America Grand Prix, one of the most prestigious ballet competitions in the world.

Director: Bess Kargman | Stars: Aran Bell, Rebecca Houseknecht, Joan Sebastian Zamora, Miko Fogarty

Votes: 2,545

13. Billy's Hollywood Screen Kiss (1998)

R | 92 min | Comedy, Romance

7.1
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Billy is a gay fine-arts photographer who falls in love with straight coffee-shop waiter Gabriel.

Writer: Tommy O'Haver | Director: Tommy O'Haver | Stars: Brad Rowe, Sean Hayes, Richard Ganoung, Meredith Scott Lynn

Votes: 3,131

14. I Am a Sex Addict (2005)

Not Rated | 98 min | Biography, Comedy, Romance

6.1
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62 Metascore

Autobiographical comedy about a recovering sex addict, about his obsession with prostitutes, and how that affected his relationships and his life altogether.

Writer: Caveh Zahedi | Director: Caveh Zahedi | Stars: Caveh Zahedi, Christoff Colas, Rebecca Lord, Lindsey Tjian

Votes: 2,881

15. The Man Who Walked Between the Towers (2005)

10 min | Animation, Short

6.9
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This animated film tells the story of Phillipe Petit's walk between the Twin Towers in 1974.

Writer: Mordicai Gerstein | Director: Michael Sporn | Star: Jake Gyllenhaal

Votes: 305

16. You Were Never Here (2015)

Thriller | Post-production

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Writer: Camille Thoman | Director: Camille Thoman | Stars: Mireille Enos, Sam Shepard, Goran Visnjic, Vincent Piazza

17. (Untitled) (2009)

R | 96 min | Comedy, Drama, Music

6.3
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58 Metascore

A Chelsea art gallerist falls for a brooding new music composer in this comic tale about the state of contemporary art.

Writers: Catherine DiNapoli, Jonathan Parker | Director: Jonathan Parker | Stars: Adam Goldberg, Marley Shelton, Eion Bailey, Lucy Punch

Votes: 1,756

18. Pussy Riot: A Punk Prayer (2013)

88 min | Documentary, Biography, Crime

7.0
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72 Metascore

Three young women face seven years in a Russian prison for a satirical performance in a Moscow cathedral. But who is really on trial in a case that has gripped the nation and the world ... See full summary »

Directors: Mike Lerner, Maxim Pozdorovkin | Stars: Nadezhda Tolokonnikova, Mariya Alyokhina, Yekaterina Samutsevich, Andrey Tolokonnikov

Votes: 1,387

19. Hated: GG Allin & the Murder Junkies (1993)

Not Rated | 90 min | Documentary, Biography, Music

7.3
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Documentary about notorious punk rock performer GG Allin.

Writer: Todd Phillips | Director: Todd Phillips | Stars: GG Allin, Merle Allin, Shireen Kadivar, Dee Dee Ramone

Votes: 1,955

20. A Bucket of Blood (1995 TV Movie)

R | 83 min | Comedy, Horror, Thriller

4.8
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Walter Paisley, a busboy at a cappuccino bar called the Jabberjaw, is praised as a genius after he kills his landlady's cat and covers it in plaster. Pressured to produce more work, he goes after bigger subjects.

Writers: Brendan Broderick, Charles B. Griffith, Michael McDonald | Director: Michael McDonald | Stars: Anthony Michael Hall, Justine Bateman, Shadoe Stevens, Sam Lloyd

Votes: 295

21. An Englishman in New York (2009)

75 min | Drama

7.2
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The later years of Quentin Crisp's life in New York.

Writer: Brian Fillis | Director: Richard Laxton | Stars: John Hurt, Denis O'Hare, Jonathan Tucker, Cynthia Nixon

Votes: 1,047

22. Sick: The Life & Death of Bob Flanagan, Supermasochist (1997)

90 min | Documentary

7.6
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Documentary about writer and performance artist Bob Flanagan who died at 43 of cystic fibrosis. His life was indicated by pain from the beginning and he started to develop sadomasochistic ... See full summary »

Director: Kirby Dick | Stars: Bob Flanagan, Sheree Rose, Kathe Burkhart, Kirby Dick

Votes: 1,236

23. The U.S. vs. John Lennon (2006)

PG-13 | 99 min | Documentary, Biography, Music

7.4
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64 Metascore

A documentary on the life of John Lennon, with a focus on the time in his life when he transformed from a musician into an antiwar activist.

Writers: David Leaf, John Scheinfeld | Directors: David Leaf, John Scheinfeld | Stars: John Lennon, Yoko Ono, Stew Albert, Tariq Ali

Votes: 4,596

24. Beauty Is Embarrassing (2012)

88 min | Documentary, Biography, Comedy

7.5
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72 Metascore

A documentary on the life and current times of artist Wayne White.

Writers: Neil Berkeley, Chris Bradley, Kevin Klauber | Director: Neil Berkeley | Stars: Wayne White, Mimi Pond, Paul Reubens, Mark Mothersbaugh

Votes: 847

25. Work of Art: The Next Great Artist (2010– )

Reality-TV

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Contestants are faced with the challenge of creating unique pieces in a variety of mediums such as painting, sculpture, photography, collage and industrial design.

Stars: China Chow, Simon de Pury, Jerry Saltz, Judith Braun

Votes: 485

26. Little Gay Boy, chrisT is Dead (2012)

30 min | Short, Drama

5.6
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Jean Christophe lives with his mother, an English prostitute in Paris. He dreams of becoming a model. Over the course of a day, JC endures a series of abusive encounters that will change ... See full summary »

Writer: Antony Hickling | Directors: Antony Hickling, Amaury Grisel | Stars: Gaëtan Vettier, Amanda Dawson, François Brunet, Alvaro Lombard

Votes: 61

27. Naked States (2000)

R | 80 min | Documentary

6.3
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Photographer Spencer Tunick travels the U.S. in search of volunteers to pose nude for his outlaw photo-shoots, all of them done out in public and often without legal permits. This ... See full summary »

Director: Arlene Nelson | Stars: Spencer Tunick, Trey Anastasio, Fraya Berg, Deborah Berman

Votes: 453

28. Mondo New York (1988)

Unrated | 83 min | Documentary, Comedy, Music

6.0
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A young woman wanders around New York City and stumbles across a number of strange characters and settings that represent the "underground" areas of the city. She sees stand up comedy in ... See full summary »

Writers: Harvey Keith, David Silver | Director: Harvey Keith | Stars: Joseph Arias, Rick Aviles, Charlie Barnett, Joe Coleman

Votes: 126

29. Penn & Teller's Magic and Mystery Tour (2003 TV Mini-Series)

50 min | Documentary

7.1
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Penn and teller visit China, Egypt and India to see local magicians perform.

Stars: Penn Jillette, Teller, Lyla Pinch Brock, Gali Gali

Votes: 155

30. The Gates (2007)

98 min | Documentary

7.0
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A documentary on New York City's biggest public art project ever, an installation called "The Gates," by Christo and Jeanne Claude.

Directors: Antonio Ferrera, Albert Maysles | Stars: Michael Bloomberg, Christo, Rudolph W. Giuliani, Jeanne-Claude

Votes: 190

31. Bitchcraft (1997 Video)

76 min | Documentary, Adult, Music

5.7
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Director: Olivier Jansen | Stars: Simone Angel, Joanne Heeley, Amanda Smith-Skinner, Julie Worland

Votes: 71

32. Musée haut, musée bas (2008)

97 min | Comedy

5.2
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Writer: Jean-Michel Ribes | Director: Jean-Michel Ribes | Stars: Michel Blanc, Simon Abkarian, Victoria Abril, Pierre Arditi

Votes: 347

33. The Nomi Song (2004)

98 min | Documentary, Biography, Music

7.4
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71 Metascore

Having failed to break into professional opera in his native Germany (where, as an usher in West Berlin's Deutsche Oper, he would serenade the staff after the 'real' performances were over)... See full summary »

Writer: Andrew Horn | Director: Andrew Horn | Stars: Klaus Nomi, Ann Magnuson, David Bowie, Gabriele Lafari

Votes: 818

34. Zus & zo (2001)

Unrated | 106 min | Comedy, Fantasy, Romance

6.4
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50 Metascore

Zus & Zo shows what three sisters are willing to do to stop their would-be sister-in-law from coming into possession of Paraíso, their beloved family summer home on the Portuguese coast.

Writer: Paula van der Oest | Director: Paula van der Oest | Stars: Sylvia Poorta, Anneke Blok, Monic Hendrickx, Jacob Derwig

Votes: 1,429

35. Der Lauf der Dinge (1988)

30 min | Documentary, Short

7.7
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Inside a warehouse, a precarious 70-100 feet long structure has been constructed using various items. When this is set in motion, a chain reaction ensues. Fire, water, law of gravity as ... See full summary »

Writers: Peter Fischli, David Weiss | Directors: Peter Fischli, David Weiss

Votes: 712

36. Shine (2013 TV Movie)

27 min | Documentary

8.4
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Director: Chris Olsen | Stars: Ann Reinking, Melissa Thodos, Jessica Miller Tomlinson, Caitlin Cucchiara

Votes: 5

37. Pie in the Sky: The Brigid Berlin Story (2000)

75 min | Documentary, Biography

7.3
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66 Metascore

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Directors: Shelly Dunn Fremont, Vincent Fremont | Stars: Brigid Berlin, Paul Morrissey, Honey Berlin, Richard E. Berlin

Votes: 185

38. The Legend of Leigh Bowery (2002)

83 min | Documentary

7.3
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65 Metascore

The life of '80's fashion designer/queer icon Leigh Bowery is explored in this documentary.

Director: Charles Atlas | Stars: Charles Atlas, Leigh Bowery, Michael Bracewell, Sophie Fiennes

Votes: 167

39. Thoth (2002)

40 min | Documentary, Short, Music

7.2
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Thoth is a street performer currently in New York. Thoth is an individual with a complicated life and background. Thoth plays on opera with a violin in a loincloth in Central Park. Thoth is.

Director: Sarah Kernochan | Star: S.K. Thoth

Votes: 166

40. The R&B Feeling (2015)

70 min | Documentary

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1971, the Los Angeles performance art scene is flourishing. Chris Burden has just ordered a studio assistant to shoot him in the left arm with a rifle, Barbara T Smith is staging ... See full summary »

Writers: Thomas Viney, Marcus Werner Hed | Directors: Marcus Werner Hed, Nathaniel Mellors | Stars: Cornelius, John Duncan, Myriam Morales, Marjorie Parks

41. Home of the Brave: A Film by Laurie Anderson (1986)

90 min | Documentary, Music

7.8
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Writer: Laurie Anderson | Director: Laurie Anderson | Stars: Laurie Anderson, Joy Askew, Adrian Belew, William S. Burroughs

Votes: 296

42. Who Is KK Downey? (2008)

90 min | Comedy

5.0
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Two wannabes decide they're sick and tired of trying to make a name for themselves the old-fashioned way. Terrance is trying to make it as a rock star, while Theo dreams of getting his ... See full summary »

Writers: Darren Curtis, Matt Silver, Pat Kiely | Directors: Darren Curtis, Pat Kiely | Stars: Darren Curtis, Kristin Adams, Matt Silver, Pat Kiely

Votes: 183

43. I'll Wait for the Next One... (2002)

4 min | Comedy, Short, Romance

7.5
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Man falls in love while in a subway station.

Writers: Philippe Orreindy, Thomas Gaudin | Director: Philippe Orreindy | Stars: Sophie Forte, Thomas Gaudin, Pascal Casanova

Votes: 1,130

44. Rockets Redglare! (2003)

89 min | Documentary

7.4
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27 Metascore

Documentary on Rockets Redglare (aka Michael Morra), a colorful figure on the New York City art scene up until his death in 2001. In his life, Redglare was the bodyguard/drug dealer to Sid ... See full summary »

Director: Luis Fernandez de la Reguera | Stars: Gary Ray, Rockets Redglare, Willem Dafoe, Matt Dillon

Votes: 68

45. Life Pornography (2003)

89 min | Drama

6.8
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A group of Amsterdam artists try to set up an erotic show in a Berlin nightclub. When the show flops, the group fades away into alcohol abuse and sexual excesses.

Writer: Edwin Brienen | Director: Edwin Brienen | Stars: Esther Eva Verkaaik, Eva Dorrepaal, Nicole Ohliger, Peter Post

Votes: 40

46. Fruit Fly (2009)

94 min | Comedy, Musical

5.7
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Filipina performance artist Bethesda moves into an art commune to search for her long missing biological mother. Along the way, she comes to realize that she just might be a fairy princess, fag hag, fruit fly.

Writer: H.P. Mendoza | Director: H.P. Mendoza | Stars: L.A. Renigen, Mike Curtis, Theresa Navarro, Aaron Zaragoza

Votes: 149

47. Beneath the White City Lights (2012)

27 min | Documentary, Short, Biography

8.1
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A documentary exploration of the critically acclaimed Chicago-based story ballet The White City: The Columbian Exposition of 1893.

Writer: Chris Olsen | Director: Chris Olsen | Stars: Ann Reinking, Melissa Thodos, Jeremy Blair, Mollie Mock

Votes: 9

48. Jidu hanleng (1996)

99 min | Drama

6.5
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A young performance artist decides to make his own suicide his last work of art. On the longest day of the year, he plans to melt a huge block of ice with his own body heat and die of ... See full summary »

Writers: Ming Pang, Xiaoshuai Wang | Director: Xiaoshuai Wang | Stars: Hongshen Jia, Xiaoqing Ma, Yu Bai, Geng Li

Votes: 213

49. My Heart Is Mine Alone (1997)

90 min | Biography, Drama

5.6
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The life of Jewish Expressionist poet and performance artist, Else Lasker-Schüler (1869-1945), told chronologically in vignettes given context by archival footage of turn-of-the-century ... See full summary »

Writer: Helma Sanders-Brahms | Director: Helma Sanders-Brahms | Stars: Nicolai Albrecht, Janina Berge, Dagmar Bertram, Klaus Bunk

Votes: 18

50. Affliction (1996)

45 min | Documentary, Short

6.6
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This 45 minute documentary by Mark Hejnar is a sort of Whitman's Sampler of sickness, chronicling such wildly diverse and extreme personalities as G.G. Allin, Mike Diana, Full Force Frank, ... See full summary »

Director: Mark Hejnar | Stars: GG Allin, Mike Diana, Full Force Frank, Annie Sprinkle

Votes: 57