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1. Orange Is the New Black (2013– )

TV-MA | 55 min | Comedy, Crime, Drama

8.5
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The story of Piper Chapman, a woman in her thirties who is sentenced to fifteen months in prison after being convicted of a decade-old crime of transporting money for her drug-dealing girlfriend.

Creator: Jenji Kohan | Stars: Taylor Schilling, Danielle Brooks, Taryn Manning, Emma Myles

2. Almost Famous (2000)

R | 122 min | Drama, Music, Romance

7.9
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90 Metascore

A high-school boy is given the chance to write a story for Rolling Stone Magazine about an up-and-coming rock band as he accompanies it on their concert tour.

Writer: Cameron Crowe | Director: Cameron Crowe | Stars: Billy Crudup, Patrick Fugit, Kate Hudson, Frances McDormand

3. 8 Mile (2002)

R | 110 min | Drama, Music

6.9
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77 Metascore

A young rapper, struggling with every aspect of his life, wants to make the most of what could be his final opportunity but his problems around gives him doubts.

Writer: Scott Silver | Director: Curtis Hanson | Stars: Eminem, Brittany Murphy, Kim Basinger, Mekhi Phifer

4. Shameless (2004– )

90 min | Comedy, Drama | Active

8.1
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The story of a young group of siblings pretty much abandoned by their parents, surviving by their wits - and humor - on a rough Manchester council estate. Whilst they won't admit it, they ... See full summary »

Creator: Paul Abbott | Stars: David Threlfall, Rebecca Atkinson, Alice Barry, Nicky Evans

5. Grave of the Fireflies (1988)

Unrated | 89 min | Animation, Drama, War

8.5
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A tragic film covering a young boy and his little sister's struggle to survive in Japan during World War II.

Writers: Akiyuki Nosaka, Isao Takahata | Director: Isao Takahata | Stars: Tsutomu Tatsumi, Ayano Shiraishi, Akemi Yamaguchi, Yoshiko Shinohara

6. American Graffiti (1973)

PG | 110 min | Comedy, Drama

7.5
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A couple of high school grads spend one final night cruising the strip with their buddies before they go off to college.

Writers: George Lucas, Gloria Katz, Willard Huyck | Director: George Lucas | Stars: Richard Dreyfuss, Ron Howard, Paul Le Mat, Charles Martin Smith

7. Space Jam (1996)

PG | 88 min | Animation, Adventure, Comedy

6.2
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Michael Jordan agrees to help the Looney Toons play a basketball game vs. alien slavers to determine their freedom.

Writers: Leo Benvenuti, Steve Rudnick, Timothy Harris, Herschel Weingrod | Director: Joe Pytka | Stars: Michael Jordan, Wayne Knight, Theresa Randle, Manner Washington

8. Adaptation. (2002)

R | 114 min | Comedy, Drama

7.7
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83 Metascore

A lovelorn screenwriter becomes desperate as he tries and fails to adapt The Orchid Thief by Susan Orlean for the screen.

Writers: Susan Orlean, Charlie Kaufman, Donald Kaufman | Director: Spike Jonze | Stars: Nicolas Cage, Meryl Streep, Chris Cooper, Tilda Swinton

9. Everybody Hates Chris (2005–2009)

TV-PG | 20 min | Comedy

7.3
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A young African American teen attempts to survive with his dysfunctional family and his all white school in the 1980s.

Creators: Ali LeRoi, Chris Rock | Stars: Terry Crews, Tichina Arnold, Tequan Richmond, Imani Hakim

10. Doubt (I) (2008)

PG-13 | 104 min | Drama, Mystery

7.5
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68 Metascore

A Catholic school principal questions a priest's ambiguous relationship with a troubled young student.

Writer: John Patrick Shanley | Director: John Patrick Shanley | Stars: Meryl Streep, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Amy Adams, Viola Davis

11. Get Rich or Die Tryin' (2005)

R | 117 min | Biography, Crime, Drama

4.8
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45 Metascore

A tale of an inner city drug dealer who turns away from crime to pursue his passion, rap music.

Writer: Terence Winter | Director: Jim Sheridan | Stars: 50 Cent, Joy Bryant, Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje, Omar Benson Miller

12. Ip Man 2 (2010)

R | 108 min | Action, Biography, Drama

7.6
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67 Metascore

Centering on Ip Man's migration to Hong Kong in 1949 as he attempts to propagate his discipline of Wing Chun martial arts.

Writers: Hiu-Yan Choi, Chan Tai-Li, Edmond Wong | Director: Wilson Yip | Stars: Donnie Yen, Xiaoming Huang, Sammo Kam-Bo Hung, Lynn Hung

13. (1963)

Not Rated | 138 min | Drama, Fantasy

8.1
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A harried movie director retreats into his memories and fantasies.

Writers: Federico Fellini, Ennio Flaiano, Tullio Pinelli, Brunello Rondi | Director: Federico Fellini | Stars: Marcello Mastroianni, Anouk Aimée, Claudia Cardinale, Sandra Milo

14. The Learning Tree (1969)

M | 107 min | Drama

7.2
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The story, set in Kansas during the 1920s, covers less than a year in the life of a black teenager, and documents the veritable deluge of events which force him into sudden manhood. The ... See full summary »

Writer: Gordon Parks | Director: Gordon Parks | Stars: Kyle Johnson, Alex Clarke, Estelle Evans, Dana Elcar

15. The Squid and the Whale (2005)

R | 81 min | Comedy, Drama

7.4
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82 Metascore

Based on the true childhood experiences of Noah Baumbach and his brother, The Squid and the Whale tells the touching story of two young boys dealing with their parents' divorce in Brooklyn in the 1980s.

Writer: Noah Baumbach | Director: Noah Baumbach | Stars: Owen Kline, Jeff Daniels, Laura Linney, Jesse Eisenberg

16. Slums of Beverly Hills (1998)

R | 91 min | Comedy, Drama

6.6
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69 Metascore

This semiautobiographical story follows a lower-middle-class teenager (Lyonne) and her neurotic family in 1976 Tinseltown.

Writer: Tamara Jenkins | Director: Tamara Jenkins | Stars: Natasha Lyonne, Alan Arkin, Bryna Weiss, Marisa Tomei

17. Glitter (2001)

PG-13 | 104 min | Drama, Music, Romance

2.1
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14 Metascore

A young singer dates a disc jockey who helps her get into the music business, but their relationship become complicated as she ascends to super stardom.

Writers: Cheryl L. West, Kate Lanier | Director: Vondie Curtis-Hall | Stars: Mariah Carey, Eric Benét, Max Beesley, Da Brat

18. All That Jazz (1979)

R | 123 min | Drama, Music, Musical

7.8
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Director/choreographer Bob Fosse tells his own life story as he details the sordid life of Joe Gideon (Roy Scheider), a womanizing, drug-using dancer.

Writers: Robert Alan Aurthur, Bob Fosse | Director: Bob Fosse | Stars: Roy Scheider, Jessica Lange, Leland Palmer, Ann Reinking

19. The Kid (1921)

Not Rated | 68 min | Comedy, Drama, Family

8.4
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The Tramp cares for an abandoned child, but events put that relationship in jeopardy.

Writer: Charles Chaplin | Director: Charles Chaplin | Stars: Charles Chaplin, Edna Purviance, Jackie Coogan, Carl Miller

20. I Hope They Serve Beer in Hell (2009)

R | 105 min | Comedy

5.3
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26 Metascore

A guy tries to patch things up with his soon-to-be-married pal after botching things up at his bachelor party. Based on Tucker Max's best-seller "I Hope They Serve Beer in Hell".

Writers: Tucker Max, Nils Parker | Director: Bob Gosse | Stars: Matt Czuchry, Geoff Stults, Jesse Bradford, Tim Huck

21. Postcards from the Edge (1990)

R | 101 min | Comedy, Drama

6.6
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71 Metascore

Substance-addicted Hollywood actress Suzanne Vale is on the skids. After a spell at a detox centre her film company insists as a condition of continuing to employ her that she live with her... See full summary »

Writer: Carrie Fisher | Director: Mike Nichols | Stars: Meryl Streep, Shirley MacLaine, Dennis Quaid, Gene Hackman

22. The 400 Blows (1959)

Not Rated | 99 min | Crime, Drama

8.2
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Intensely touching story of a misunderstood young adolescent who, left without attention, delves into a life of petty crime.

Writers: François Truffaut, Marcel Moussy | Director: François Truffaut | Stars: Jean-Pierre Léaud, Albert Rémy, Claire Maurier, Guy Decomble

23. Mr. D (2012– )

30 min | Comedy

6.4
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Follows a teacher juggle through being a teacher and deal with his students while trying to maintain his not so cool lifestyle.

Creators: Gerry Dee, Michael Volpe | Stars: Gerry Dee, Jonathan Torrens, Lauren Hammersley, Booth Savage

24. Heartburn (1986)

R | 108 min | Comedy, Drama

6.0
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An autobiographical look at the breakup of Ephron's marriage to Carl "All the President's Men" Bernstein that was also a best-selling novel. The Ephron character, Rachel is a food writer at... See full summary »

Writer: Nora Ephron | Director: Mike Nichols | Stars: Meryl Streep, Jack Nicholson, Jeff Daniels, Maureen Stapleton

25. Purple Rain (1984)

R | 111 min | Drama, Music, Musical

6.3
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45 Metascore

A young man with a talent for music has begun a career with much promise. He meets an aspiring singer, Apollonia, and finds that talent alone isn't all that he needs. A complicated tale of ... See full summary »

Writers: William Blinn, Albert Magnoli | Director: Albert Magnoli | Stars: Prince, Apollonia Kotero, Morris Day, Olga Karlatos

26. Amarcord (1973)

R | 123 min | Comedy, Drama

8.0
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A series of comedic and nostalgic vignettes set in a 1930s Italian coastal town.

Writers: Federico Fellini, Tonino Guerra | Director: Federico Fellini | Stars: Magali Noël, Bruno Zanin, Pupella Maggio, Armando Brancia

27. The Big Red One (1980)

R | 113 min | Action, Drama, War

7.2
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77 Metascore

The story of a sergeant and the inner core members of his unit as they try to serve in and survive World War II.

Writer: Samuel Fuller | Director: Samuel Fuller | Stars: Lee Marvin, Mark Hamill, Robert Carradine, Bobby Di Cicco

28. David Copperfield (1999 TV Movie)

Unrated | 185 min | Drama

7.8
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Charles Dickens' haunting semi-autobiographical tale of a boy who is sent away by his stepfather after his mother dies but manages to triumph over incredible adversities.

Writers: Charles Dickens, Adrian Hodges | Director: Simon Curtis | Stars: Emilia Fox, Pauline Quirke, Maggie Smith, John Normington

29. Queen and Country (2014)

105 min | Drama

6.7
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61 Metascore

An Englishman who grew up in London during World War II joins the military to fight in the Korean War.

Writer: John Boorman | Director: John Boorman | Stars: Callum Turner, Caleb Landry Jones, Pat Shortt, David Thewlis

30. Roger & Me (1989)

R | 91 min | Documentary

7.5
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Director Michael Moore pursues GM CEO Roger Smith to confront him about the harm he did to Flint, Michigan with his massive downsizing.

Writer: Michael Moore | Director: Michael Moore | Stars: Michael Moore, Roger B. Smith, Rhonda Britton, Fred Ross

31. Titus (2000–2002)

23 min | Comedy, Drama

7.6
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A mechanic, Christopher Titus, along with his brother and his friends, try to deal with his father, a lewd, crude, drinking multiple divorcee.

Creators: Brian Hargrove, Jack Kenny, Christopher Titus | Stars: Christopher Titus, Cynthia Watros, Zack Ward, David Shatraw

32. Charlie's Country (2013)

108 min | Drama

7.2
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Blackfella Charlie is out of sorts. The intervention is making life more difficult on his remote community, what with the proper policing of whitefella laws now. So Charlie takes off, to ... See full summary »

Writers: David Gulpilil, Rolf de Heer | Director: Rolf de Heer | Stars: David Gulpilil, Peter Djigirr, Luke Ford, Bobby Bunungurr

33. Bigger Stronger Faster* (2008)

PG-13 | 105 min | Documentary, Sport

7.6
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80 Metascore

An examination of America's win-at-all-cost culture from the perspective of bodybuilding and performance enhancing drugs, as it focuses on a pair of siblings chasing their dream.

Writers: Chris Bell, Alexander Buono, Tamsin Rawady | Director: Chris Bell | Stars: Chris Bell, Mike Bell, Mark Bell, Hank Aaron

34. The Kid & I (2005)

PG-13 | 93 min | Comedy

5.7
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37 Metascore

Aaron Roman (Gores) is a teenager with cerebral palsy who dreams of starring in a big-time action movie. When his father (Mantegna) grants Aaron his wish for his 18th birthday, he experiences the reality a bit hard to manage.

Writer: Tom Arnold | Director: Penelope Spheeris | Stars: Tom Arnold, Joe Mantegna, Eric Gores, Linda Hamilton

35. House of D (2004)

PG-13 | 97 min | Comedy, Drama

7.0
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33 Metascore

By working through problems stemming from his past, Tom Warshaw, an American artist living in Paris, begins to discover who he really is, and returns to his home to reconcile with his family and friends.

Writer: David Duchovny | Director: David Duchovny | Stars: David Duchovny, Téa Leoni, Robin Williams, Anton Yelchin

36. Hope and Glory (1987)

PG-13 | 113 min | Comedy, Drama

7.4
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A semiautobiographical project by John Boorman about a nine year old boy called Bill as he grows up in London during the blitz of World War 2. For a young boy, this time in history was more... See full summary »

Writer: John Boorman | Director: John Boorman | Stars: Sarah Miles, David Hayman, Sebastian Rice-Edwards, Geraldine Muir

37. Tea with Mussolini (1999)

PG | 117 min | Drama, Comedy, War

6.9
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53 Metascore

1935. A group of elderly British women, who the Italians have named the Scorpioni, have chosen Italy, specifically Florence, as a place to live to blend their proper British sensibilities ... See full summary »

Writers: John Mortimer, Franco Zeffirelli | Director: Franco Zeffirelli | Stars: Maggie Smith, Judi Dench, Joan Plowright, Cher

38. Sex Is Comedy (2002)

R | 92 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

5.7
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63 Metascore

A director struggles to film a difficult, intimate sex scene between two actors who happen to hate each other.

Writer: Catherine Breillat | Director: Catherine Breillat | Stars: Anne Parillaud, Grégoire Colin, Roxane Mesquida, Ashley Wanninger

39. Moonwalker (1988)

PG | 93 min | Action, Crime, Fantasy

5.9
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Anthology movie by, and starring, Michael Jackson in his prime, combining a number of music videos from his bestselling "Bad" album with a fantasy tale of Michael's confrontation with a ruthless drug dealer known as Mr. Big (Joe Pesci).

Writers: Michael Jackson, David Newman | Directors: Jerry Kramer, Jim Blashfield, Colin Chilvers | Stars: Michael Jackson, Joe Pesci, Sean Lennon, Kellie Parker

40. Crooklyn (1994)

PG-13 | 115 min | Comedy, Drama

6.9
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65 Metascore

From Spike Lee comes this vibrant semi-autobiographical portrait of a school-teacher, her stubborn jazz-musician husband and their five kids living in '70s Brooklyn.

Writers: Cinqué Lee, Joie Lee, Spike Lee | Director: Spike Lee | Stars: Alfre Woodard, Delroy Lindo, David Patrick Kelly, Zelda Harris

41. Chinese Coffee (2000)

R | 99 min | Drama

7.4
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Harry and Jake, two unsuccessful writers, spend a cathartic evening arguing about money, aesthetics, their friendship, and Harry's new manuscript.

Writer: Ira Lewis | Director: Al Pacino | Stars: Al Pacino, Jerry Orbach, Susan Floyd, Ellen McElduff

42. Ilo Ilo (2013)

Not Rated | 99 min | Drama

7.3
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85 Metascore

Singapore, late 90s. The friendship between the maid Teresa and young boy Jiale ignite the mother's jealousy, while the Asian recession hits the region.

Writer: Anthony Chen | Director: Anthony Chen | Stars: Yann Yann Yeo, Tian Wen Chen, Angeli Bayani, Jialer Koh

43. Brighton Beach Memoirs (1986)

PG-13 | 108 min | Comedy

6.8
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Eugene, a young teenage Jewish boy, recalls his memoirs of his time as an adolescent youth. He lives with his parents, his aunt, two cousins, and his brother, Stanley, whom he looks up to ... See full summary »

Writer: Neil Simon | Director: Gene Saks | Stars: Blythe Danner, Jonathan Silverman, Stacey Glick, Lisa Waltz

44. Never Cry Wolf (1983)

PG | 105 min | Adventure, Drama

7.6
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A government researcher, sent to research the "menace" of wolves in the north, learns about the true beneficial and positive nature of the species.

Writers: Farley Mowat, Curtis Hanson, Sam Hamm, Richard Kletter, Charles Martin Smith, Eugene Corr, Christina Luescher | Director: Carroll Ballard | Stars: Charles Martin Smith, Brian Dennehy, Zachary Ittimangnaq, Samson Jorah

45. I Vitelloni (1953)

Not Rated | 104 min | Comedy, Drama

8.0
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87 Metascore

A character study of five young men at crucial turning points in their lives in a small town in Italy.

Writers: Federico Fellini, Ennio Flaiano, Tullio Pinelli | Director: Federico Fellini | Stars: Alberto Sordi, Franco Fabrizi, Franco Interlenghi, Leopoldo Trieste

46. Liberty Heights (1999)

R | 127 min | Drama, Music, Romance

7.0
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75 Metascore

Anti-Semitism, race relations, coming of age, and fathers and sons: in Baltimore from fall, 1954, to fall, 1955. Racial integration comes to the high school, TV is killing burlesque, and ... See full summary »

Writer: Barry Levinson | Director: Barry Levinson | Stars: Adrien Brody, Bebe Neuwirth, Joe Mantegna, Ben Foster

47. Roma (1972)

R | 128 min | Comedy, Drama

7.4
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A fluid, unconnected and sometimes chaotic procession of scenes detailing the various people and events of life in Italy's capital.

Writers: Federico Fellini, Bernardino Zapponi | Director: Federico Fellini | Stars: Britta Barnes, Peter Gonzales Falcon, Fiona Florence, Pia De Doses

48. Edge of Seventeen (1998)

Not Rated | 99 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

6.8
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A teenager copes with his sexuality on the last day of school in 1984. It shows him coping with being gay and being with friends.

Writer: Todd Stephens | Director: David Moreton | Stars: Chris Stafford, Tina Holmes, Andersen Gabrych, Stephanie McVay

49. Alice's Restaurant (1969)

R | 111 min | Comedy, Drama

6.3
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A cinematic adaption of Arlo Guthrie's classic song story.

Writers: Arlo Guthrie, Venable Herndon, Arthur Penn | Director: Arthur Penn | Stars: Arlo Guthrie, Patricia Quinn, James Broderick, Pete Seeger

50. A Film with Me in It (2008)

89 min | Comedy, Thriller

6.7
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A broke, jobless actor and a broke, jobless screenwriter set out to make a movie and then find that life starts imitating art.

Writer: Mark Doherty | Director: Ian Fitzgibbon | Stars: Dylan Moran, Mark Doherty, Keith Allen, Amy Huberman