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1. The Vampire Diaries (2009–2017)

TV-14 | 43 min | Drama, Fantasy, Horror

7.8
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A young teen struggles to make a decision between two vampire brothers and their supernatural lives. Soon after she discovers the truth her whole world turns upside down.

Stars: Nina Dobrev, Paul Wesley, Ian Somerhalder, Kat Graham

Votes: 236,502

2. True Detective (2014– )

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

9.1
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Seasonal anthology series in which police investigations unearth the personal and professional secrets of those involved, both within and outside the law.

Stars: Vince Vaughn, Colin Farrell, Rachel McAdams, Taylor Kitsch

Votes: 361,692

3. Deliverance (1972)

R | 109 min | Adventure, Drama, Thriller

7.7
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Intent on seeing the Cahulawassee River before it's turned into one huge lake, outdoor fanatic Lewis Medlock takes his friends on a river-rafting trip they'll never forget into the dangerous American back-country.

Director: John Boorman | Stars: Jon Voight, Burt Reynolds, Ned Beatty, Ronny Cox

Votes: 82,603

4. The Texas Chain Saw Massacre (1974)

R | 83 min | Horror

7.5
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75 Metascore

Two siblings visit their grandfather's grave in Texas along with three of their friends and are attacked by a family of cannibalistic psychopaths.

Director: Tobe Hooper | Stars: Marilyn Burns, Edwin Neal, Allen Danziger, Paul A. Partain

Votes: 104,120 | Gross: $30.86M

5. Rectify (2013–2016)

TV-14 | 60 min | Drama

8.4
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Daniel Holden must put his life back together after serving 19 years on Georgia's Death Row before DNA evidence calls his conviction into question.

Stars: Aden Young, Abigail Spencer, J. Smith-Cameron, Adelaide Clemens

Votes: 18,912

6. Cat on a Hot Tin Roof (1958)

Approved | 108 min | Drama, Romance

8.1
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Brick, an alcoholic ex-football player, drinks his days away and resists the affections of his wife, Maggie. His reunion with his father, Big Daddy, who is dying of cancer, jogs a host of memories and revelations for both father and son.

Director: Richard Brooks | Stars: Elizabeth Taylor, Paul Newman, Burl Ives, Jack Carson

Votes: 35,995

7. Suddenly, Last Summer (1959)

Unrated | 114 min | Drama, Mystery, Thriller

7.7
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The only son of wealthy widow Violet Venable dies while on vacation with his cousin Catherine. What the girl saw was so horrible that she went insane; now Mrs. Venable wants Catherine lobotomized to cover up the truth.

Director: Joseph L. Mankiewicz | Stars: Elizabeth Taylor, Katharine Hepburn, Montgomery Clift, Albert Dekker

Votes: 11,023

8. Cape Fear (1991)

R | 128 min | Crime, Thriller

7.3
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73 Metascore

A convicted rapist, released from prison after serving a fourteen-year sentence, stalks the family of the lawyer who originally defended him.

Director: Martin Scorsese | Stars: Robert De Niro, Nick Nolte, Jessica Lange, Juliette Lewis

Votes: 135,885 | Gross: $79.10M

9. Reflections in a Golden Eye (1967)

Not Rated | 108 min | Drama, Romance, Thriller

7.0
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Bizarre tale of sex, betrayal, and perversion at a military post.

Director: John Huston | Stars: Elizabeth Taylor, Marlon Brando, Brian Keith, Julie Harris

Votes: 5,039

10. Black Snake Moan (2006)

R | 116 min | Drama, Music

7.0
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52 Metascore

A God-fearing bluesman takes to a wild young woman who, as a victim of childhood sexual abuse, looks everywhere for love, never quite finding it.

Director: Craig Brewer | Stars: Christina Ricci, Samuel L. Jackson, Justin Timberlake, S. Epatha Merkerson

Votes: 54,941 | Gross: $9.40M

11. Angel Heart (1987)

R | 113 min | Horror, Mystery, Thriller

7.3
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Harry Angel is a private investigator. He is hired by a man who calls himself Louis Cyphre to track down a singer called Johnny Favorite. But the investigation takes an unexpected and somber turn.

Director: Alan Parker | Stars: Mickey Rourke, Robert De Niro, Lisa Bonet, Charlotte Rampling

Votes: 66,504 | Gross: $17.19M

12. The Paperboy (2012)

R | 107 min | Drama, Thriller

5.8
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45 Metascore

A reporter returns to his Florida home-town to investigate a case involving a death row inmate.

Director: Lee Daniels | Stars: Matthew McConaughey, Nicole Kidman, John Cusack, Zac Efron

Votes: 30,565 | Gross: $0.69M

13. The Gift (2000)

R | 111 min | Drama, Fantasy, Horror

6.7
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62 Metascore

A woman with extrasensory perception is asked to help find a young woman who has disappeared.

Director: Sam Raimi | Stars: Cate Blanchett, Katie Holmes, Keanu Reeves, Giovanni Ribisi

Votes: 54,592 | Gross: $11.99M

14. The Skeleton Key (2005)

PG-13 | 104 min | Horror, Mystery, Thriller

6.5
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47 Metascore

A hospice nurse working at a spooky New Orleans plantation home finds herself entangled in a mystery involving the house's dark past.

Director: Iain Softley | Stars: Kate Hudson, Peter Sarsgaard, Joy Bryant, Gena Rowlands

Votes: 92,403 | Gross: $47.81M

15. Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil (1997)

R | 155 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

6.6
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57 Metascore

A visiting city reporter's assignment suddenly revolves around the murder trial of a local millionaire, whom he befriends.

Director: Clint Eastwood | Stars: John Cusack, Kevin Spacey, Jack Thompson, Irma P. Hall

Votes: 33,038 | Gross: $25.08M

16. Hush...Hush, Sweet Charlotte (1964)

Unrated | 133 min | Crime, Drama, Horror

7.7
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An aging, reclusive Southern belle plagued by a horrifying family secret descends into madness after the arrival of a lost relative.

Director: Robert Aldrich | Stars: Bette Davis, Olivia de Havilland, Joseph Cotten, Agnes Moorehead

Votes: 9,678

17. Killer Joe (2011)

R | 102 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

6.7
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62 Metascore

When a debt puts a young man's life in danger, he turns to putting a hit out on his evil mother in order to collect the insurance.

Director: William Friedkin | Stars: Matthew McConaughey, Emile Hirsch, Juno Temple, Thomas Haden Church

Votes: 62,465 | Gross: $1.99M

18. Two Moon Junction (1988)

R | 104 min | Drama, Romance

4.9
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A young Southern débutante temporarily abandons her posh lifestyle and upcoming, semi-arranged marriage to have a lustful and erotic fling with a rugged drifter who works at a local carnival.

Director: Zalman King | Stars: Sherilyn Fenn, Richard Tyson, Louise Fletcher, Burl Ives

Votes: 4,242 | Gross: $1.55M

19. The Last Exorcism (2010)

PG-13 | 87 min | Drama, Horror, Thriller

5.6
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63 Metascore

A troubled evangelical minister agrees to let his last exorcism be filmed by a documentary crew.

Director: Daniel Stamm | Stars: Patrick Fabian, Ashley Bell, Iris Bahr, Louis Herthum

Votes: 43,182 | Gross: $40.99M

20. The Night of the Hunter (1955)

Approved | 92 min | Crime, Drama, Film-Noir

8.0
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99 Metascore

A religious fanatic marries a gullible widow whose young children are reluctant to tell him where their real daddy hid $10,000 he'd stolen in a robbery.

Director: Charles Laughton | Stars: Robert Mitchum, Shelley Winters, Lillian Gish, James Gleason

Votes: 68,246

21. Cold in July (2014)

R | 109 min | Crime, Thriller

6.8
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73 Metascore

When a protective father meets a murderous ex-con, both need to deviate from the path they are on as they soon find themselves entangled in a downwards spiral of lies and violence while having to confront their own inner psyche.

Director: Jim Mickle | Stars: Michael C. Hall, Sam Shepard, Don Johnson, Vinessa Shaw

Votes: 28,257 | Gross: $0.41M

22. Eve's Bayou (1997)

R | 109 min | Drama

7.3
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78 Metascore

The story is set in 1962 Louisiana. The Batiste family is headed by charming doctor Louis. Though he is married to beautiful Roz, he has a weakness for attractive female patients. One night... See full summary »

Director: Kasi Lemmons | Stars: Samuel L. Jackson, Jurnee Smollett-Bell, Meagan Good, Lynn Whitfield

Votes: 7,210 | Gross: $14.82M

23. The Long, Hot Summer (1958)

Not Rated | 115 min | Drama

7.5
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Accused barn burner and con man Ben Quick arrives in a small Mississippi town and quickly ingratiates himself with its richest family, the Varners.

Director: Martin Ritt | Stars: Paul Newman, Joanne Woodward, Anthony Franciosa, Orson Welles

Votes: 7,968

24. The Reaping (2007)

R | 99 min | Horror, Thriller

5.7
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36 Metascore

A former Christian missionary, who specializes in debunking religious phenomena, investigates a small town which seems to be suffering from the 10 biblical plagues.

Director: Stephen Hopkins | Stars: Hilary Swank, David Morrissey, AnnaSophia Robb, Idris Elba

Votes: 38,554 | Gross: $25.12M

25. Cape Fear (1962)

Approved | 105 min | Drama, Horror, Thriller

7.8
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A lawyer's family is stalked by a man he once helped put in jail.

Director: J. Lee Thompson | Stars: Gregory Peck, Robert Mitchum, Polly Bergen, Lori Martin

Votes: 21,563

26. Hounddog (2007)

R | 102 min | Drama, Music

6.3
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31 Metascore

A drama set in the American South, where a precocious, troubled girl finds a safe haven in the music and movement of Elvis Presley.

Director: Deborah Kampmeier | Stars: Dakota Fanning, David Morse, Piper Laurie, Granoldo Frazier

Votes: 5,357 | Gross: $0.13M

27. ...E tu vivrai nel terrore! L'aldilà (1981)

R | 87 min | Horror

6.9
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A young woman inherits an old hotel in Louisiana where, following a series of supernatural "accidents", she learns that the building was built over one of the entrances to Hell.

Director: Lucio Fulci | Stars: Catriona MacColl, David Warbeck, Cinzia Monreale, Antoine Saint-John

Votes: 15,939 | Gross: $0.13M

28. The Chase (1966)

135 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

7.3
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The escape of Bubber Reeves from prison affects the inhabitants of a small Southern town.

Director: Arthur Penn | Stars: Marlon Brando, Jane Fonda, Robert Redford, E.G. Marshall

Votes: 7,368

29. The Haunting in Connecticut 2: Ghosts of Georgia (2013)

R | 100 min | Drama, Horror, Mystery

5.3
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26 Metascore

A young family moves into a historic home in Georgia, only to learn they are not the house's only inhabitants. Soon they find themselves in the presence of a secret rising from underground and threatening to bring down anyone in its path.

Director: Tom Elkins | Stars: Abigail Spencer, Chad Michael Murray, Katee Sackhoff, Emily Alyn Lind

Votes: 13,920

30. Sweet Bird of Youth (1962)

Approved | 120 min | Drama

7.5
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Drifter Chance Wayne returns to his hometown after many years of trying to make it in the movies. Arriving with him is a faded film star he picked up along the way, Alexandra Del Lago. ... See full summary »

Director: Richard Brooks | Stars: Paul Newman, Geraldine Page, Shirley Knight, Ed Begley

Votes: 5,536

31. This Property Is Condemned (1966)

Unrated | 110 min | Drama, Romance

7.1
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A railroad official, Owen Legate comes to Dodson, Mississippi to shut down much of the town's railway (town's main income). Owen unexpectedly finds love with Dodson's flirt and main ... See full summary »

Director: Sydney Pollack | Stars: Natalie Wood, Robert Redford, Charles Bronson, Kate Reid

Votes: 4,065

32. Hush (1998)

PG-13 | 96 min | Drama, Thriller

5.3
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18 Metascore

Helen is the young girlfriend of good-looking Jackson Baring. When Helen gets pregnant and marries Jackson, they decide to move to his family farm, Kilronan, and have a baby there. But his ... See full summary »

Director: Jonathan Darby | Stars: Jessica Lange, Gwyneth Paltrow, Johnathon Schaech, Nina Foch

Votes: 7,933 | Gross: $13.51M

33. The Gingerbread Man (1998)

R | 114 min | Thriller

5.7
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65 Metascore

Lawyer Rick Magruder has a one-night-stand affair with caterer Mallory Doss. He becomes hooked on her, and when he learns her nut-case father Dixon is threatening her, he puts the weight of... See full summary »

Director: Robert Altman | Stars: Kenneth Branagh, Embeth Davidtz, Robert Downey Jr., Daryl Hannah

Votes: 9,506 | Gross: $1.53M

34. Baby Doll (1956)

Approved | 114 min | Drama

7.5
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A steamy tale of two Southern rivals and a sensuous nineteen-year-old virgin.

Director: Elia Kazan | Stars: Karl Malden, Carroll Baker, Eli Wallach, Mildred Dunnock

Votes: 5,404

35. The Unwanted (2014)

95 min | Drama, Horror, Mystery

4.0
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In this Southern Gothic retelling of Sheridan Le Fanu's vampire story 'Carmilla,' a young drifter (Christen Orr) arrives in a rural town seeking the whereabouts of the mother she never knew... See full summary »

Director: Bret Wood | Stars: Hannah Fierman, Christen Orr, William Katt, Lynn Talley

Votes: 380

36. The Fugitive Kind (1960)

Approved | 119 min | Drama, Romance

7.2
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Valentine "Snakeskin" Xavier, a trouble-prone drifter trying to go straight, wanders into a small Mississippi town looking for a simple and honest life but finds himself embroiled with problem-filled women.

Director: Sidney Lumet | Stars: Marlon Brando, Joanne Woodward, Anna Magnani, Maureen Stapleton

Votes: 4,251

37. Sonny (2002)

R | 110 min | Crime, Drama

5.7
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31 Metascore

An honorably discharged soldier returns home to New Orleans, hoping to break away from his upbringing as a trained prostitute, but his brothel-madam mother has other expectations.

Director: Nicolas Cage | Stars: James Franco, Brenda Blethyn, Mena Suvari, Harry Dean Stanton

Votes: 3,593 | Gross: $0.02M

38. The Heart, She Holler (2011– )

TV-MA | 11 min | Comedy, Horror

6.7
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When "Boss" Hoss Heartshe dies, he bequeaths his town to his long-hidden and dim-witted son Hurlan, who has just been introduced to human society. Thus begins the bizarre and horrifying saga of Heartshe Holler.

Stars: Heather Lawless, Jonathan Hadary, Kevin Breznahan, Patton Oswalt

Votes: 888

39. The Heart Is a Lonely Hunter (1968)

G | 123 min | Drama

7.7
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When deaf mute Singer moves to a small city to be near his only friend confined in a hospital, he grows attached to his landlady's sensitive 16-year-old daughter.

Director: Robert Ellis Miller | Stars: Alan Arkin, Sondra Locke, Chuck McCann, Peter Mamakos

Votes: 2,890

40. Wise Blood (1979)

PG | 106 min | Comedy, Drama

7.2
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A Southerner--young, poor, ambitious but uneducated--determines to become something in the world. He decides that the best way to do that is to become a preacher and start up his own church.

Director: John Huston | Stars: Brad Dourif, John Huston, Dan Shor, Harry Dean Stanton

Votes: 3,891

41. Little Boy Blue (1997)

R | 99 min | Drama

6.4
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Living in the rural Texas panhandle is a dysfunctional family: an abusive dad, a Vietnam vet with a war wound that's left him impotent; a compliant wife and a son of about 20, who have an ... See full summary »

Director: Antonio Tibaldi | Stars: Ryan Phillippe, Nastassja Kinski, John Savage, Shirley Knight

Votes: 1,791

42. Storyville (1992)

R | 113 min | Drama, Mystery, Thriller

5.8
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While investigating his own blackmailing, a young politician uncovers his family's deep secrets.

Director: Mark Frost | Stars: James Spader, Joanne Whalley, Jason Robards, Charlotte Lewis

Votes: 946 | Gross: $0.42M

43. Cat on a Hot Tin Roof (1984 TV Movie)

Not Rated | 144 min | Drama

6.8
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An alcoholic and femme fatale face troubles before a family reunion.

Director: Jack Hofsiss | Stars: Jessica Lange, Tommy Lee Jones, Rip Torn, Kim Stanley

Votes: 400

44. The Sound and the Fury (1959)

Approved | 110 min | Drama

6.4
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Loosely based on the William Faulkner novel, this movie follows the lives and passions of the Compsons: a once-proud Southern family now just barely scraping by both financially and ... See full summary »

Director: Martin Ritt | Stars: Yul Brynner, Joanne Woodward, Margaret Leighton, Stuart Whitman

Votes: 594

45. The Intruder (1962)

PG-13 | 84 min | Drama

7.8
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A man in a gleaming white suit comes to a small Southern town on the eve of integration. He calls himself a social reformer. But what he does is stir up trouble--trouble he soon finds he can't control.

Director: Roger Corman | Stars: William Shatner, Frank Maxwell, Beverly Lunsford, Robert Emhardt

Votes: 1,964

46. Bayou Ghost Story (2017)

73 min | Drama, Horror, Mystery

4.9
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A paranormal investigator travels to the South to research a series of deaths connected to a supernatural curse haunting an old Louisiana family.

Director: Armand Petri | Stars: Andrew Panzarella, Jared Fleming, Armand Petri, Cheryl Gautier

Votes: 28

47. Toys in the Attic (1963)

90 min | Drama

6.9
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Julian Berniers and Lily Prine have just gotten married. They have been in Chicago on business before returning to their home town of New Orleans, where they will meet with Julian's older ... See full summary »

Director: George Roy Hill | Stars: Dean Martin, Geraldine Page, Yvette Mimieux, Wendy Hiller

Votes: 776

48. The Story of Temple Drake (1933)

70 min | Drama

7.2
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A wealthy but neurotic Southern belle finds herself trapped in the hideout of a gang of vicious bootleggers. The gang's leader lusts after her, and is determined not to let anything stand in the way of his having her.

Director: Stephen Roberts | Stars: Miriam Hopkins, William Gargan, Jack La Rue, Florence Eldridge

Votes: 759

49. The Liberation of L.B. Jones (1970)

R | 102 min | Crime, Drama, Romance

7.0
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A Southern lawyer uncovers the truth about a slain undertaker.

Director: William Wyler | Stars: Lee J. Cobb, Anthony Zerbe, Roscoe Lee Browne, Lola Falana

Votes: 519

50. Cat on a Hot Tin Roof (1976 TV Movie)

100 min | Drama

7.3
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The story of conflicts, power plays and secrets in a wealthy Mississippi family.

Director: Robert Moore | Stars: Laurence Olivier, Maureen Stapleton, Jack Hedley, Robert Wagner

Votes: 215