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1. Snow White: A Tale of Terror (1997)

R | 100 min | Fantasy, Horror

In this dark take on the fairy tale, the growing hatred of a noblewoman, secretly a practitioner of the dark arts, for her stepdaughter, and the witch's horrifying attempts to kill her.

Director: Michael Cohn | Stars: Sigourney Weaver, Sam Neill, Gil Bellows, Taryn Davis

Votes: 8,885

2. Ladyhawke (1985)

PG-13 | 121 min | Adventure, Comedy, Drama

Philipe Gastone, a thief, escapes from the dungeon at Aquila, sparking a manhunt. He is nearly captured when Captain Navarre befriends him. Navarre has been hunted by the Bishop's men for ... See full summary »

Director: Richard Donner | Stars: Matthew Broderick, Rutger Hauer, Michelle Pfeiffer, Leo McKern

Votes: 37,568 | Gross: $18.43M

3. The Fury (1978)

R | 118 min | Horror, Sci-Fi

A former CIA agent uses the talents of a young psychic to help retrieve his telekinetic son from terrorists, who want to use him mental powers for evil.

Director: Brian De Palma | Stars: Kirk Douglas, John Cassavetes, Carrie Snodgress, Charles Durning

Votes: 11,228

4. The First Power (1990)

R | 98 min | Crime, Horror, Thriller

A dedicated L.A. police detective and a female psychic must stop a demonic serial killer who was given the powers of resurrection, teleportation and possession.

Director: Robert Resnikoff | Stars: Lou Diamond Phillips, Tracy Griffith, Jeff Kober, Mykelti Williamson

Votes: 3,000 | Gross: $22.42M

5. Don't Look Now (1973)

R | 110 min | Drama, Horror, Thriller

A married couple grieving the recent death of their young daughter are in Venice when they encounter two elderly sisters, one of whom is psychic and brings a warning from beyond.

Director: Nicolas Roeg | Stars: Julie Christie, Donald Sutherland, Hilary Mason, Clelia Matania

Votes: 39,476

6. Brotherhood of the Wolf (2001)

R | 142 min | Action, Adventure, Drama

57 Metascore

In 18th century France, the Chevalier de Fronsac and his native American friend Mani are sent by the King to the Gevaudan province to investigate the killings of hundreds by a mysterious beast.

Director: Christophe Gans | Stars: Samuel Le Bihan, Mark Dacascos, Jérémie Renier, Vincent Cassel

Votes: 56,483 | Gross: $11.26M

7. The Snow Walker (2003)

PG | 103 min | Adventure, Drama

A pilot and his passenger struggle for survival after crashing in the Arctic tundra.

Director: Charles Martin Smith | Stars: Barry Pepper, Annabella Piugattuk, James Cromwell, Kiersten Warren

Votes: 9,039

8. Whale Rider (2002)

PG-13 | 101 min | Drama, Family

80 Metascore

A contemporary story of love, rejection and triumph as a young Maori girl fights to fulfill a destiny her grandfather refuses to recognize.

Director: Niki Caro | Stars: Keisha Castle-Hughes, Rawiri Paratene, Vicky Haughton, Cliff Curtis

Votes: 36,547 | Gross: $20.78M

9. Off the Map (2003)

PG-13 | 105 min | Drama

68 Metascore

An eleven-year-old girl watches her father come down with a crippling depression. Over one summer, she learns answers to several mysteries, and comes to terms with love and loss.

Director: Campbell Scott | Stars: Valentina de Angelis, Joan Allen, Sam Elliott, Amy Brenneman

Votes: 3,098 | Gross: $1.31M

10. Outland (1981)

R | 112 min | Action, Crime, Sci-Fi

In the distant future, a police marshal stationed at a remote mining colony on the Jupiter moon of Io uncovers a drug-smuggling conspiracy, and gets no help from the populace when he later finds himself marked for murder.

Director: Peter Hyams | Stars: Sean Connery, Frances Sternhagen, Peter Boyle, James Sikking

Votes: 23,785 | Gross: $17.37M

11. The Crimson Rivers (2000)

R | 106 min | Crime, Mystery, Thriller

49 Metascore

A murder detective must follow the footsteps of a brutal killer within the secrets of a classist college.

Director: Mathieu Kassovitz | Stars: Jean Reno, Vincent Cassel, Nadia Farès, Dominique Sanda

Votes: 52,564 | Gross: $0.63M

12. Bagdad Cafe (1987)

PG | 95 min | Comedy, Drama

71 Metascore

A lonely German woman ends up in the most desolate motel on Earth and decides to make it brighter.

Director: Percy Adlon | Stars: Marianne Sägebrecht, CCH Pounder, Jack Palance, Christine Kaufmann

Votes: 10,569 | Gross: $3.59M

13. The Boyfriend School (1990)

PG-13 | 101 min | Comedy, Romance

Gus is a fat cartoonist that recently won a battle against cancer, which explains his baldness. But he is also lonely. Therefore, his caring sister tries to set him up with suitable women. ... See full summary »

Director: Malcolm Mowbray | Stars: Steve Guttenberg, Jami Gertz, Shelley Long, Kyle MacLachlan

Votes: 2,001 | Gross: $1.17M

14. The Cutting Edge (1992)

PG | 101 min | Drama, Romance, Sport

A temperamental figure skater and a former hockey player try to win Olympic gold as a figure skating pairs team.

Director: Paul Michael Glaser | Stars: D.B. Sweeney, Moira Kelly, Roy Dotrice, Terry O'Quinn

Votes: 16,758 | Gross: $25.11M

15. Me & Mrs Jones (2002 TV Movie)

100 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

Top tabloid journalist Liam Marple (Robson Green) poses as a politicial fundraiser to get the dirt on Prime Minister Laura Bowden (Caroline Goodall). Things get sticky when they fall in love.

Director: Catherine Morshead | Stars: Caroline Goodall, Robson Green, Philip Quast, Keeley Hawes

Votes: 283

16. Tim (1979)

Not Rated | 109 min | Drama, Romance

A somewhat mentally handicapped 20-year-old man works as a laborer, but everyone abuse his naiveté. A nice 40-year-old American woman hires him one day and they become close. However, the town and his family see her as predatory.

Director: Michael Pate | Stars: Piper Laurie, Mel Gibson, Alwyn Kurts, Pat Evison

Votes: 2,768

17. Kehraus (1983)

88 min | Comedy, Romance

Fork-lift truck driver Ferdinand Weitel is desperate: he earns just a few deutschmarks a month, and now an unsavoury insurance agent has talked him into signing over expensive contracts. ... See full summary »

Director: Hanns Christian Müller | Stars: Gerhard Polt, Gisela Schneeberger, Nikolaus Paryla, Dieter Hildebrandt

Votes: 507

18. The Dark Wind (1991)

R | 111 min | Drama, Mystery

A Navajo police officer is mixed up in drug smuggling and murder on the reservation.

Director: Errol Morris | Stars: Lance Baker, Betty C. Barlow, Gary Basaraba, Billy Beck

Votes: 492

19. Skinwalkers (2002 TV Movie)

100 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

The story revolves around the legend of the skin walkers or "S Dubs", a folk legend from Utah about the spirits of murdered Indians returning to seek revenge upon those who disrespect the land.

Director: Chris Eyre | Stars: Harrison Lowe, James Dalgam, Adam Beach, Saginaw Grant

Votes: 856

20. Thunderheart (1992)

R | 119 min | Crime, Mystery, Thriller

A young mixed-blood FBI agent is assigned to work with a cynical veteran investigator on a murder on a poverty-stricken Sioux reservation.

Director: Michael Apted | Stars: Val Kilmer, Sam Shepard, Graham Greene, Fred Ward

Votes: 12,424 | Gross: $22.66M

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21. Shadowhunter (1993 TV Movie)

R | 93 min | Action, Drama, Horror

An L.A. cop tracks down a seemingly mystic murderer on an Indian reservation.

Director: J.S. Cardone | Stars: Scott Glenn, Angela Alvarado, Benjamin Bratt, Robert Beltran

Votes: 389

22. Stand and Deliver (1988)

PG | 103 min | Drama

The story of Jaime Escalante, a high school teacher who successfully inspired his dropout prone students to learn calculus.

Director: Ramón Menéndez | Stars: Edward James Olmos, Estelle Harris, Mark Phelan, Virginia Paris

Votes: 13,753 | Gross: $13.99M

23. Altered States (1980)

R | 102 min | Horror, Sci-Fi, Thriller

58 Metascore

A Harvard scientist conducts experiments on himself with a hallucinatory drug and an isolation chamber that may be causing him to regress genetically.

Director: Ken Russell | Stars: William Hurt, Blair Brown, Bob Balaban, Charles Haid

Votes: 27,208 | Gross: $19.85M

24. Gorky Park (1983)

R | 128 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

A Moscow police officer investigates a vicious triple homicide and stumbles upon a high-level international political conspiracy.

Director: Michael Apted | Stars: William Hurt, Lee Marvin, Brian Dennehy, Ian Bannen

Votes: 10,620 | Gross: $15.90M

25. Touching Evil (1997– )

Not Rated | Crime, Drama, Mystery

Touching Evil is a crime drama following the exploits of a crack squad on the Organised & Serial Crime Unit, a rapid response police force that serves the entire county.

Stars: Robson Green, Nicola Walker, Shaun Dingwall, Michael Feast

Votes: 1,289

26. Remo Williams: The Adventure Begins (1985)

PG-13 | 121 min | Action, Adventure, Comedy

An officially "dead" cop is trained to become an extraordinary unique assassin in service of the US President.

Director: Guy Hamilton | Stars: Fred Ward, Joel Grey, Wilford Brimley, J.A. Preston

Votes: 9,601

27. The Wraith (1986)

PG-13 | 93 min | Action, Horror, Romance

39 Metascore

A mysterious figure suddenly appears to challenge a gang of motorhead thugs.

Director: Mike Marvin | Stars: Charlie Sheen, Nick Cassavetes, Sherilyn Fenn, Randy Quaid

Votes: 12,187 | Gross: $3.50M

28. Mimic (1997)

R | 105 min | Horror, Sci-Fi

55 Metascore

Three years ago, entomologist Dr. Susan Tyler genetically created an insect to kill cockroaches carrying a virulent disease. Now, the insects are out to destroy their only predator, mankind.

Director: Guillermo del Toro | Stars: Mira Sorvino, Jeremy Northam, Alexander Goodwin, Giancarlo Giannini

Votes: 40,844 | Gross: $25.48M

29. Dance of the Vampires (1967)

Not Rated | 91 min | Comedy, Horror

A noted professor and his dim-witted apprentice fall prey to their inquiring vampires, while on the trail of the ominous damsel in distress.

Director: Roman Polanski | Stars: Jack MacGowran, Roman Polanski, Alfie Bass, Jessie Robins

Votes: 25,528

30. Repulsion (1965)

Not Rated | 105 min | Drama, Horror, Thriller

91 Metascore

A sex-repulsed woman who disapproves of her sister's boyfriend sinks into depression and has horrific visions of rape and violence.

Director: Roman Polanski | Stars: Catherine Deneuve, Ian Hendry, John Fraser, Yvonne Furneaux

Votes: 40,726

31. Prime Suspect (1991)

207 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

A female police detective investigates a series of serial murders while dealing with sexist hostility from her male comrades.

Stars: Helen Mirren, John Benfield, Tom Bell, Jack Ellis

Votes: 5,326

32. The Girl Who Played with Fire (2009)

R | 129 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

66 Metascore

As computer hacker Lisbeth and journalist Mikael investigate a sex-trafficking ring, Lisbeth is accused of three murders, causing her to go on the run while Mikael works to clear her name.

Director: Daniel Alfredson | Stars: Noomi Rapace, Michael Nyqvist, Lena Endre, Peter Andersson

Votes: 81,091 | Gross: $9.08M

33. The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (2009)

R | 152 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

76 Metascore

A journalist is aided by a young female hacker in his search for the killer of a woman who has been dead for forty years.

Director: Niels Arden Oplev | Stars: Michael Nyqvist, Noomi Rapace, Ewa Fröling, Lena Endre

Votes: 189,833 | Gross: $10.10M

34. The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet's Nest (2009)

R | 147 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

60 Metascore

Lisbeth is recovering in a hospital and awaiting trial for three murders when she is released. Mikael must prove her innocence, but Lisbeth must be willing to share the details of her sordid experiences with the court.

Director: Daniel Alfredson | Stars: Michael Nyqvist, Noomi Rapace, Lena Endre, Annika Hallin

Votes: 59,255 | Gross: $5.19M

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35. Jägarna (1996)

113 min | Crime, Thriller

A policeman from Stockholm comes up to Norrland in Sweden to join his brother, now that their parents are dead. While there he starts to work on a long-running case where deer have been ... See full summary »

Director: Kjell Sundvall | Stars: Rolf Lassgård, Lennart Jähkel, Jarmo Mäkinen, Tomas Norström

Votes: 6,582

36. Kristin Lavransdatter (1995)

180 min | Drama

Kristin is the daughter of a prominent landowner in medieval Norway. She grows up in total harmony with the ideals of the time: strong family ties, social pride and devout Christianity. She... See full summary »

Director: Liv Ullmann | Stars: Linus Aaberg, Gisken Armand, Berard Arnø, Bernhard Arnø

Votes: 895

37. The Milagro Beanfield War (1988)

R | 117 min | Comedy, Fantasy, Drama

In Milagro, a small town in the American Southwest, Ladd Devine plans to build a major new resort development. While activist Ruby Archuleta and lawyer/newspaper editor Charlie Bloom ... See full summary »

Director: Robert Redford | Stars: Rubén Blades, Richard Bradford, Sônia Braga, Julie Carmen

Votes: 5,394 | Gross: $13.83M

38. Demon Seed (1977)

R | 94 min | Horror, Sci-Fi

A scientist creates Proteus--an organic super computer with artificial intelligence which becomes obsessed with human beings, and in particular the creators wife.

Director: Donald Cammell | Stars: Julie Christie, Fritz Weaver, Gerrit Graham, Berry Kroeger

Votes: 6,815

39. Smilla's Sense of Snow (1997)

R | 121 min | Action, Drama, Sci-Fi

45 Metascore

Based on Peter Hoeg's bestseller, this film is set in snowy Copenhagen where a small boy is found dead after he fell off a roof. Smilla Jasperson, a close friend who lives in the same house... See full summary »

Director: Bille August | Stars: Julia Ormond, Ona Fletcher, Agga Olsen, Patrick Field

Votes: 12,413 | Gross: $2.22M

40. Deliverance (1972)

R | 109 min | Adventure, Drama, Thriller

82 Metascore

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: 85,886