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1. The Notebook (2004)

PG-13 | 123 min | Drama, Romance

7.9
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53 Metascore

A poor yet passionate young man falls in love with a rich young woman, giving her a sense of freedom, but they are soon separated because of their social differences.

Director: Nick Cassavetes | Stars: Gena Rowlands, James Garner, Rachel McAdams, Ryan Gosling

Votes: 410,295 | Gross: $0.06M

2. The Princess Bride (1987)

PG | 98 min | Adventure, Family, Fantasy

8.1
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77 Metascore

While home sick in bed, a young boy's grandfather reads him a story called The Princess Bride.

Director: Rob Reiner | Stars: Cary Elwes, Mandy Patinkin, Robin Wright, Chris Sarandon

Votes: 305,083 | Gross: $30.86M

3. The NeverEnding Story (1984)

PG | 102 min | Adventure, Drama, Family

7.4
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46 Metascore

A troubled boy dives into a wondrous fantasy world through the pages of a mysterious book.

Director: Wolfgang Petersen | Stars: Noah Hathaway, Barret Oliver, Tami Stronach, Gerald McRaney

Votes: 103,422

4. Stand by Me (1986)

R | 89 min | Adventure, Drama

8.1
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After the death of a friend, a writer recounts a boyhood journey to find the body of a missing boy.

Director: Rob Reiner | Stars: Wil Wheaton, River Phoenix, Corey Feldman, Jerry O'Connell

Votes: 282,969 | Gross: $52.29M

5. Atonement (2007)

R | 123 min | Drama, Mystery, Romance

7.8
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85 Metascore

Fledgling writer Briony Tallis, as a thirteen-year-old, irrevocably changes the course of several lives when she accuses her older sister's lover of a crime he did not commit.

Director: Joe Wright | Stars: Keira Knightley, James McAvoy, Brenda Blethyn, Saoirse Ronan

Votes: 198,412 | Gross: $50.92M

6. Seven Psychopaths (2012)

R | 110 min | Comedy, Crime

7.2
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66 Metascore

A struggling screenwriter inadvertently becomes entangled in the Los Angeles criminal underworld after his oddball friends kidnap a gangster's beloved Shih Tzu.

Director: Martin McDonagh | Stars: Colin Farrell, Woody Harrelson, Sam Rockwell, Christopher Walken

Votes: 191,974 | Gross: $14.99M

7. The Forbidden Room (2015)

130 min | Comedy, Mystery

6.2
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83 Metascore

A never-before-seen woodsman mysteriously appears aboard a submarine that's been trapped deep under water for months with an unstable cargo. As the terrified crew make their way through the... See full summary »

Directors: Guy Maddin, Evan Johnson | Stars: Roy Dupuis, Clara Furey, Louis Negin, Udo Kier

Votes: 1,969 | Gross: $0.03M

8. Kiss of the Spider Woman (1985)

R | 120 min | Drama

7.4
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80 Metascore

A gay man and a political prisoner are together in a prison. The gay man narrates the stories of two fake movies and his own life.

Director: Hector Babenco | Stars: William Hurt, Raul Julia, Sonia Braga, José Lewgoy

Votes: 11,257 | Gross: $4.95M

9. My Girlfriend's Boyfriend (2010)

PG | 84 min | Comedy, Romance

5.8
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Jesse meets Ethan, someone she could finally fall in love with, but then she meets Troy, and now she has a dilemma.

Director: Daryn Tufts | Stars: Christopher Gorham, Alyssa Milano, Michael Landes, Carol Kane

Votes: 4,937

10. Kimyô na sâkasu (2005)

108 min | Drama, Horror, Mystery

7.1
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The erotic novelist Taeko is writing a morbid story of a family destroyed by incest, murder and abuse. Her assistant, Yuji, sets on a mission to uncover the reality of this story, but the reality might be too much to bear.

Director: Sion Sono | Stars: Masumi Miyazaki, Issei Ishida, Rie Kuwana, Seiko Iwaidô

Votes: 3,797

11. Barbe bleue (2009)

Not Rated | 80 min | Fantasy

6.3
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73 Metascore

An adaptation of the classic tale of a wealthy aristocrat with a blue beard.

Director: Catherine Breillat | Stars: Dominique Thomas, Lola Créton, Daphné Baiwir, Marilou Lopes-Benites

Votes: 1,049 | Gross: $0.03M

12. Sinbad of the Seven Seas (1989)

PG-13 | 93 min | Adventure, Fantasy

4.3
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Sinbad and his shipmates aid a young prince, who must battle an evil wizard to gain the hand of a beautiful princess.

Directors: Enzo G. Castellari, Luigi Cozzi | Stars: Lou Ferrigno, John Steiner, Roland Wybenga, Ennio Girolami

Votes: 1,076

13. Celine and Julie Go Boating (1974)

Unrated | 193 min | Comedy, Drama, Fantasy

7.8
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A mysteriously linked pair of young women find their daily lives preempted by a strange boudoir melodrama that plays itself out in a hallucinatory parallel reality.

Director: Jacques Rivette | Stars: Juliet Berto, Dominique Labourier, Bulle Ogier, Marie-France Pisier

Votes: 3,463 | Gross: $0.03M

14. Hellzapoppin' (1941)

84 min | Comedy, Musical

7.5
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Olsen and Johnson, a pair of stage comedians, try to turn their play into a movie and bring together a young couple in love, while breaking the fourth wall every step of the way.

Director: H.C. Potter | Stars: Ole Olsen, Chic Johnson, Martha Raye, Hugh Herbert

Votes: 1,949

15. Storybook (1996)

G | 88 min | Adventure, Family, Animation

5.1
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Eight-Year-Old Brandon Finds A Magical STORYBOOK That Leads Him To A Doorway In His Attic To The Enchanted Storyland. There He Meets Woody The Woodsman , Pouch The Boxing Kangaroo & Hoot ... See full summary »

Director: Lorenzo Doumani | Stars: Sean Fitzgerald, Swoosie Kurtz, Richard Moll, William McNamara

Votes: 124

16. Ten Canoes (2006)

Unrated | 90 min | Adventure, Comedy, Drama

7.0
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82 Metascore

A story within a story. In Australia's Northern Territory, a man tells us one of the stories of his people and his land. It's a story of an older man, Minygululu, who has three wives and ... See full summary »

Directors: Rolf de Heer, Peter Djigirr | Stars: Crusoe Kurddal, Jamie Gulpilil, Richard Birrinbirrin, Peter Minygululu

Votes: 3,814 | Gross: $0.28M

17. Malpertuis (1971)

125 min | Drama, Horror, Sci-Fi

7.1
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A young sailor finds himself trapped in the labyrinthine mansion of his occultist uncle, along with a number of eccentric and mysterious relatives who all seem to be harboring a dark secret.

Director: Harry Kümel | Stars: Orson Welles, Susan Hampshire, Michel Bouquet, Mathieu Carrière

Votes: 976

18. As Mil e Uma Noites: Volume 2, O Desolado (2015)

131 min | Drama

7.3
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81 Metascore

Continuation of the Arabian Nights stories by the structure were adapted to modern life in Portugal in three innings and the third chapter "The Owners of Dixie" has three chapters.

Director: Miguel Gomes | Stars: Crista Alfaiate, Chico Chapas, Luísa Cruz, Pedro Caldas

Votes: 881 | Gross: $0.01M

19. Eighteen (2005)

106 min | Drama

6.5
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Pip is a street kid who's meeting life head-on in the big city. On his eighteenth birthday he receives his grandfather's Second World War memoirs on audio cassette, a gift that awakens the ... See full summary »

Director: Richard Bell | Stars: Paul Anthony, Brendan Fletcher, Clarence Sponagle, Mark Hildreth

Votes: 524

20. F. Scott Fitzgerald and 'The Last of the Belles' (1974 TV Movie)

98 min | Biography, Drama, Romance

5.6
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A semi-fictional account of how writer F. Scott Fitzgerald met his wife while he was in the army and stationed in Alabama in 1919.

Director: George Schaefer | Stars: Richard Chamberlain, Blythe Danner, Susan Sarandon, David Huffman

Votes: 186

21. Very Mean Men (2000)

93 min | Comedy, Crime

6.5
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A bartender wants rid of an obnoxious drunk but not until the drunk has left a decent tip. So the bartender tells the story of two mobster families, the Minettis who work out of an Italian ... See full summary »

Director: Tony Vitale | Stars: Matthew Modine, Martin Landau, Ben Gazzara, Scott Baio

Votes: 130

22. Nippon tanjô (1959)

112 min | Adventure, Comedy, Drama

6.9
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The legend of the birth of Shintoism. In Fourth Century Japan, the Emperor Keikoh's son Ouso expects to succeed his father on the throne, but Otomo, the Emperor's vassal, prefers Ouso's ... See full summary »

Director: Hiroshi Inagaki | Stars: Toshirô Mifune, Yôko Tsukasa, Akihiko Hirata, Kyôko Kagawa

Votes: 158

23. Joi sun ho (2009)

85 min | Drama, Fantasy

6.1
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A lawyer who is killed in a car accident finds himself resurrected as a character in his daughter's novel.

Director: Ka-Fai Wai | Stars: Ching Wan Lau, Kelly Lin, Mia Yam, Ying-kit Chung

Votes: 306

24. La fontaine des amours (1924)

84 min | Drama, History

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A French film star visits Coimbra and it's old university, and breaks a poor local girl's heart, as her fiancee turns his attentions to the foreign girl. In a play within the story, one is ... See full summary »

Director: Roger Lion | Stars: Gil Clary, Jean Murat, Pauline Po, Janine Merrey

25. A Deadly Case of Writers Block (2015)

6 min | Short, Action, Comedy

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As the night gets longer, a writer struggles against booze and sleep deprivation to keep his mystery novel on the rails but, sometimes, a story can take on a mind of its own with unintended but humorous results.

Director: Jay Spence | Stars: Martin Lopez, Claudia Kastellanos, Ashley Kalina, Paul Sieber

26. The Story of Ned (2007)

7 min | Animation, Short

7.1
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Tells the story of a story called Ned, who has no ending and struggles to find one.

Director: Simon Weaving | Stars: John Doyle, Tony Turner

Votes: 11

27. In the Name of Art (2009)

12 min | Animation, Short

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Follows two artists' creation of the ultimate work of art for an art competition. Told as an oscillation between two worlds, we discover that what it takes to win an art award, often involves deception.

Director: Mardo El-Noor | Stars: Amber-Rose Henshall, Andries Mentz, Andy Sophocleous

28. Nan tak yau ching long (1991)

85 min | Drama, Fantasy, Romance

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A girl discovers the tragic love story her mother had in her youth with a struggling actor who committed suicide, and decides to summon his ghost to give them a chance to meet again.

Director: Alexander Chan | Stars: Sharla Cheung, Sheila Chan, David Wu, Gabriel Wong

29. My Name Is Earl (2005–2009)
Episode: Creative Writing (2007)

TV-PG | 22 min | Comedy

7.2
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While Earl struggles to write a paper for his prison creative writing class, Randy, Joy, Darnell, and Catalina have no trouble coming up with creative story ideas of their own.

Director: Chris Koch | Stars: Jason Lee, Ethan Suplee, Jaime Pressly, Nadine Velazquez

Votes: 348

30. Festival of Family Classics (1972– )
Episode: Jack O'Lantern (1972)

Animation, Family

7.9
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Add a Plot

Directors: Jules Bass, Arthur Rankin Jr.

Votes: 7

31. South Park (1997– )
Episode: Woodland Critter Christmas (2004)

TV-MA | 22 min | Animation, Comedy

9.2
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Stan helps a group of woodland critters by killing a mountain lion, only to discover that he's helping them give birth to the Antichrist.

Director: Trey Parker | Stars: Trey Parker, Matt Stone, Dante Alexander, Adrien Beard

Votes: 2,449