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1. The Shining (1980)

R | 146 min | Drama, Horror

8.4
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61 Metascore

A family heads to an isolated hotel for the winter where an evil and spiritual presence influences the father into violence, while his psychic son sees horrific forebodings from the past and of the future.

Director: Stanley Kubrick | Stars: Jack Nicholson, Shelley Duvall, Danny Lloyd, Scatman Crothers

Votes: 612,948

2. Limitless (I) (2011)

PG-13 | 105 min | Mystery, Sci-Fi, Thriller

7.4
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59 Metascore

With the help of a mysterious pill that enables the user to access 100 percent of his brain abilities, a struggling writer becomes a financial wizard, but it also puts him in a new world with lots of dangers.

Director: Neil Burger | Stars: Bradley Cooper, Anna Friel, Abbie Cornish, Robert De Niro

Votes: 420,708 | Gross: $79.24M

3. The Secret in Their Eyes (2009)

R | 129 min | Drama, Mystery, Thriller

8.2
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80 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.

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

Votes: 132,515 | Gross: $20.17M

4. Stuck in Love (2012)

R | 97 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

7.3
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49 Metascore

An acclaimed writer, his ex-wife, and their teenaged children come to terms with the complexities of love in all its forms over the course of one tumultuous year.

Director: Josh Boone | Stars: Greg Kinnear, Jennifer Connelly, Lily Collins, Nat Wolff

Votes: 64,435 | Gross: $0.08M

5. Moulin Rouge! (2001)

PG-13 | 127 min | Drama, Musical, Romance

7.6
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66 Metascore

A poet falls for a beautiful courtesan whom a jealous duke covets in this stylish musical, with music drawn from familiar 20th century sources.

Director: Baz Luhrmann | Stars: Nicole Kidman, Ewan McGregor, John Leguizamo, Jim Broadbent

Votes: 224,502 | Gross: $57.39M

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.

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

Votes: 209,808 | Gross: $52.35M

7. The End of the Tour (2015)

R | 106 min | Biography, Drama

7.3
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82 Metascore

The story of the five-day interview between Rolling Stone reporter David Lipsky and acclaimed novelist David Foster Wallace, which took place right after the 1996 publication of Wallace's groundbreaking epic novel, 'Infinite Jest.'

Director: James Ponsoldt | Stars: Jason Segel, Jesse Eisenberg, Anna Chlumsky, Mamie Gummer

Votes: 17,439 | Gross: $2.99M

8. Shakespeare in Love (1998)

R | 123 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

7.2
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87 Metascore

A young Shakespeare, out of ideas and short of cash, meets his ideal woman and is inspired to write one of his most famous plays.

Director: John Madden | Stars: Gwyneth Paltrow, Joseph Fiennes, Geoffrey Rush, Tom Wilkinson

Votes: 175,940 | Gross: $100.24M

9. Sex and Lucia (2001)

R | 128 min | Drama, Romance

7.2
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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.

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

Votes: 29,560 | Gross: $1.49M

10. Stranger Than Fiction (2006)

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

7.6
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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.

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

Votes: 187,406 | Gross: $40.14M

11. 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.

Director: Spike Jonze | Stars: Nicolas Cage, Meryl Streep, Chris Cooper, Tilda Swinton

Votes: 143,624 | Gross: $22.25M

12. 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."

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

Votes: 147,945 | Gross: $47.78M

13. Playing It Cool (2014)

R | 94 min | Comedy, Romance

6.0
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29 Metascore

Unrequited love motivates a guy to write about his experiences.

Director: Justin Reardon | Stars: Chris Evans, Michelle Monaghan, Topher Grace, Aubrey Plaza

Votes: 16,281

14. Nine (2009)

PG-13 | 118 min | Drama, Musical, Romance

5.8
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49 Metascore

Famous film director Guido Contini struggles to find harmony in his professional and personal lives, as he engages in dramatic relationships with his wife, his mistress, his muse, his agent, and his mother.

Director: Rob Marshall | Stars: Daniel Day-Lewis, Marion Cotillard, Penélope Cruz, Sandro Dori

Votes: 37,508 | Gross: $19.67M

15. 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.

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

Votes: 79,074 | Gross: $2.54M

16. The Way (I) (2010)

PG-13 | 123 min | Adventure, Comedy, Drama

7.4
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64 Metascore

A father heads overseas to recover the body of his estranged son who died while traveling the "El camino de Santiago," and decides to take the pilgrimage himself.

Director: Emilio Estevez | Stars: Martin Sheen, Emilio Estevez, Deborah Kara Unger, Yorick van Wageningen

Votes: 22,801 | Gross: $4.43M

17. Barton Fink (1991)

R | 116 min | Comedy, Drama

7.7
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69 Metascore

A renowned New York playwright is enticed to California to write for the movies and discovers the hellish truth of Hollywood.

Directors: Joel Coen, Ethan Coen | Stars: John Turturro, John Goodman, Judy Davis, Michael Lerner

Votes: 88,794 | Gross: $6.15M

18. Amy (III) (2015)

R | 128 min | Documentary, Biography, Music

7.8
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85 Metascore

The story of Amy Winehouse in her own words, featuring unseen archival footage and unheard tracks.

Director: Asif Kapadia | Stars: Amy Winehouse, Mitch Winehouse, Mark Ronson, Russell Brand

Votes: 31,065 | Gross: $8.41M

19. (1963)

Not Rated | 138 min | Drama, Fantasy

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

Director: Federico Fellini | Stars: Marcello Mastroianni, Anouk Aimée, Claudia Cardinale, Sandra Milo

Votes: 78,902 | Gross: $0.05M

20. I Capture the Castle (2003)

R | 113 min | Drama, Romance

7.1
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63 Metascore

A love story set in 1930s England that follows 17-year-old Cassandra Mortmain, and the fortunes of her eccentric family, struggling to survive in a decaying English castle.

Director: Tim Fywell | Stars: Romola Garai, Rose Byrne, Bill Nighy, Sophie Stuckey

Votes: 5,625 | Gross: $1.17M

21. The Jewel of the Nile (1985)

PG | 106 min | Action, Adventure, Comedy

6.1
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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 »

Director: Lewis Teague | Stars: Michael Douglas, Kathleen Turner, Danny DeVito, Spiros Focás

Votes: 39,741 | Gross: $65.60M

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.

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

Votes: 52,912 | Gross: $11.88M

23. Swimming Pool (2003)

R | 102 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

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.

Director: François Ozon | Stars: Charlotte Rampling, Charles Dance, Ludivine Sagnier, Jean-Marie Lamour

Votes: 35,149 | Gross: $10.11M

24. Wonder Boys (2000)

R | 107 min | Comedy, Drama

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.

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

Votes: 54,725 | Gross: $19.39M

25. House (1986)

R | 93 min | Comedy, Fantasy, Horror

6.2
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A troubled writer moves into a haunted house after inheriting it from his aunt.

Director: Steve Miner | Stars: William Katt, Kay Lenz, George Wendt, Richard Moll

Votes: 17,192 | Gross: $19.45M

26. Twixt (2011)

R | 88 min | Comedy, Fantasy, Horror

4.8
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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 »

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

Votes: 8,616

27. Paper Man (2009)

R | 110 min | Comedy, Drama

6.7
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37 Metascore

A washed-up writer forms an unlikely friendship with a teenager from Long Island.

Directors: Kieran Mulroney, Michele Mulroney | Stars: Jeff Daniels, Emma Stone, Ryan Reynolds, Lisa Kudrow

Votes: 15,371 | Gross: $0.02M

28. Party Monster (2003)

R | 98 min | Biography, Crime, Drama

6.3
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36 Metascore

Based on the true story of Michael Alig, a Club Kid party organizer whose life was sent spiraling down when he bragged on television about killing his drug dealer and roommate.

Directors: Fenton Bailey, Randy Barbato | Stars: Macaulay Culkin, Wilson Cruz, Seth Green, Diana Scarwid

Votes: 12,704 | Gross: $0.30M

29. Peace, Love, & Misunderstanding (2011)

R | 96 min | Comedy, Drama, Music

5.9
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45 Metascore

An uptight NYC lawyer takes her two teenagers to her hippie mother's farmhouse upstate for a family vacation.

Director: Bruce Beresford | Stars: Jane Fonda, Catherine Keener, Elizabeth Olsen, Nat Wolff

Votes: 6,055 | Gross: $0.54M

30. Listen Up Philip (2014)

Not Rated | 108 min | Comedy, Drama

6.4
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76 Metascore

Anger rages in Philip as he awaits the publication of his second novel. He feels pushed out of his adopted home city by the constant crowds and noise, a deteriorating relationship with his ... See full summary »

Director: Alex Ross Perry | Stars: Jason Schwartzman, Elisabeth Moss, Jonathan Pryce, Krysten Ritter

Votes: 4,644 | Gross: $0.14M

31. Deconstructing Harry (1997)

R | 96 min | Comedy

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.

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

Votes: 35,684 | Gross: $10.57M

32. Prozac Nation (2001)

R | 95 min | Drama, Romance

6.3
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A young woman struggles with depression during her first year at Harvard.

Director: Erik Skjoldbjærg | Stars: Christina Ricci, Jonathan Rhys Meyers, Jessica Lange, Anne Heche

Votes: 14,504

33. Footlight Parade (1933)

G | 104 min | Comedy, Musical, Romance

7.8
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Chester Kent struggles against time, romance, and a rival's spy to produce spectacular live "prologues" for movie houses.

Director: Lloyd Bacon | Stars: James Cagney, Joan Blondell, Ruby Keeler, Dick Powell

Votes: 3,337

34. Running with Scissors (2006)

R | 116 min | Comedy, Drama

6.2
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52 Metascore

Young Augusten Burroughs absorbs experiences that could make for a shocking memoir: the son of an alcoholic father and an unstable mother, he's handed off to his mother's therapist, Dr. Finch, and spends his adolescent years as a member of Finch's bizarre extended family.

Director: Ryan Murphy | Stars: Joseph Cross, Annette Bening, Brian Cox, Gwyneth Paltrow

Votes: 20,027 | Gross: $6.75M

35. October Road (2007–2008)

43 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

7.5
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An author returns to his hometown to face the people whom he based his book on.

Stars: Bryan Greenberg, Laura Prepon, Brad William Henke, Geoff Stults

Votes: 3,831

36. 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.

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

Votes: 46,325 | Gross: $9.65M

37. 1776 (1972)

PG | 141 min | Drama, Family, History

7.6
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A musical retelling of the American Revolution's political struggle in the Continental Congress to declare independence.

Director: Peter H. Hunt | Stars: William Daniels, Howard Da Silva, Ken Howard, Donald Madden

Votes: 6,317

38. The Lost Weekend (1945)

Not Rated | 101 min | Drama, Film-Noir

8.0
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The desperate life of a chronic alcoholic is followed through a four day drinking bout.

Director: Billy Wilder | Stars: Ray Milland, Jane Wyman, Phillip Terry, Howard Da Silva

Votes: 25,028

39. Gentleman's Agreement (1947)

Approved | 118 min | Drama, Romance

7.4
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A reporter pretends to be Jewish in order to cover a story on anti-Semitism, and personally discovers the true depths of bigotry and hatred.

Director: Elia Kazan | Stars: Gregory Peck, Dorothy McGuire, John Garfield, Celeste Holm

Votes: 10,831

40. Her Alibi (1989)

PG | 94 min | Comedy, Crime, Mystery

5.7
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A writer of BAD detective novels is in full writers' block. He pretends to be the alibi of a beautiful woman who was arrested for murder at first thinking her innocent, but as she shows ... See full summary »

Director: Bruce Beresford | Stars: Tom Selleck, Paulina Porizkova, William Daniels, James Farentino

Votes: 5,580 | Gross: $18.70M

41. Sylvia (2003)

R | 100 min | Biography, Drama, Romance

6.3
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56 Metascore

Story of the relationship between the poets Ted Hughes and Sylvia Plath.

Director: Christine Jeffs | Stars: Gwyneth Paltrow, Daniel Craig, Lucy Davenport, David Birkin

Votes: 8,962 | Gross: $1.30M

42. Howl (2010)

R | 84 min | Biography, Drama, Romance

6.8
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63 Metascore

As Allen Ginsberg talks about his life and art, his most famous poem is illustrated in animation while the obscenity trial of the work is dramatized.

Directors: Rob Epstein, Jeffrey Friedman | Stars: James Franco, Todd Rotondi, Jon Prescott, Aaron Tveit

Votes: 10,741 | Gross: $0.62M

43. Ask the Dust (2006)

R | 117 min | Drama, Romance

5.8
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58 Metascore

Mexican beauty Camilla hopes to rise above her station by marrying a wealthy American. That is complicated by meeting Arturo Bandini, a first-generation Italian hoping to land a writing career and a blue-eyed blonde on his arm.

Director: Robert Towne | Stars: Colin Farrell, Salma Hayek, Donald Sutherland, Eileen Atkins

Votes: 8,088 | Gross: $0.74M

44. We Don't Live Here Anymore (2004)

R | 101 min | Drama, Romance

6.4
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66 Metascore

An indiscretion between two close friends tears down their respective marriages.

Director: John Curran | Stars: Mark Ruffalo, Laura Dern, Peter Krause, Naomi Watts

Votes: 8,262 | Gross: $2.04M

45. Russian Dolls (2005)

Unrated | 125 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

7.0
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67 Metascore

Five years after their summer together in Barcelona, Xavier, William, Wendy, Martine and Isabelle reunite.

Director: Cédric Klapisch | Stars: Romain Duris, Kelly Reilly, Audrey Tautou, Cécile De France

Votes: 16,688 | Gross: $0.32M

46. Hamlet 2 (2008)

R | 92 min | Comedy, Music

6.4
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54 Metascore

In this irreverent comedy, a failed actor-turned-worse-high-school-drama-teacher rallies his Tucson, AZ students as he conceives and stages politically incorrect musical sequel to Shakespeare's Hamlet.

Director: Andrew Fleming | Stars: Steve Coogan, Elisabeth Shue, Catherine Keener, Joseph Julian Soria

Votes: 15,209 | Gross: $4.88M

47. Alex & Emma (2003)

PG-13 | 96 min | Comedy, Romance

5.6
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32 Metascore

A writer must turn out a novel in thirty days or face the wrath of loan sharks.

Director: Rob Reiner | Stars: Luke Wilson, Kate Hudson, David Paymer, Sophie Marceau

Votes: 11,540 | Gross: $14.21M

48. Croupier (1998)

Unrated | 94 min | Crime, Drama

7.2
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75 Metascore

An aspiring writer is hired as a croupier at a casino, where he realizes that his life as a croupier would make a great novel.

Director: Mike Hodges | Stars: Clive Owen, Nick Reding, Nicholas Ball, Alexander Morton

Votes: 15,828 | Gross: $6.20M

49. Roy (2015)

146 min | Action, Drama, Romance

3.3
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Kabir Grewal, a Casanovic film maker and screenwriter is making multiple films (GUNS Trilogy) based on a thief's life and robberies, all achieving high success. In order to shoot his third ... See full summary »

Director: Vikramjit Singh | Stars: Ranbir Kapoor, Jacqueline Fernandez, Arjun Rampal, Barun Chanda

Votes: 5,791

50. Another Woman (1988)

PG | 81 min | Drama, Romance

7.4
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Facing a mid-life crisis, a woman rents an apartment next to a psychiatrist's office to write a new book, only to become drawn to the plight of a pregnant woman seeking that doctor's help.

Director: Woody Allen | Stars: Gena Rowlands, Mia Farrow, Ian Holm, Blythe Danner

Votes: 9,867 | Gross: $1.56M