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1. Jeanne Dielman, 23, quai du commerce, 1080 Bruxelles (1975)

Not Rated | 201 min | Drama

A lonely widowed housewife does her daily chores, takes care of her apartment where she lives with her teenage son, and turns the occasional trick to make ends meet. However, something happens that changes her safe routine.

Director: Chantal Akerman | Stars: Delphine Seyrig, Jan Decorte, Henri Storck, Jacques Doniol-Valcroze

Votes: 5,132 | Gross: $0.02M

2. Grey Gardens (1975)

PG | 94 min | Documentary, Comedy, Drama

An old mother and her middle-aged daughter, the aunt and cousin of Jacqueline Kennedy, live their eccentric lives in a filthy, decaying mansion in East Hampton.

Directors: Ellen Hovde, Albert Maysles, David Maysles, Muffie Meyer | Stars: Edith Bouvier Beale, Edith 'Little Edie' Bouvier Beale, Brooks Hyers

Votes: 10,172 | Gross: $0.03M

3. American Splendor (2003)

R | 101 min | Biography, Comedy, Drama

90 Metascore

An original mix of fiction and reality illuminates the life of comic book hero everyman Harvey Pekar.

Directors: Shari Springer Berman, Robert Pulcini | Stars: Paul Giamatti, Shari Springer Berman, Harvey Pekar, Chris Ambrose

Votes: 44,844 | Gross: $6.00M

4. We Need to Talk About Kevin (2011)

R | 112 min | Drama, Mystery, Thriller

68 Metascore

Kevin's mother struggles to love her strange child, despite the increasingly dangerous things he says and does as he grows up. But Kevin is just getting started, and his final act will be beyond anything anyone imagined.

Director: Lynne Ramsay | Stars: Tilda Swinton, John C. Reilly, Ezra Miller, Jasper Newell

Votes: 118,064 | Gross: $1.74M

5. Fat Girl (2001)

Not Rated | 86 min | Drama

77 Metascore

Two sisters confront their sexual attitudes and experiences while on a family holiday.

Director: Catherine Breillat | Stars: Anaïs Reboux, Roxane Mesquida, Libero De Rienzo, Arsinée Khanjian

Votes: 9,304 | Gross: $0.72M

6. Fish Tank (2009)

Not Rated | 123 min | Drama

81 Metascore

Everything changes for 15-year-old Mia when her mum brings home a new boyfriend.

Director: Andrea Arnold | Stars: Katie Jarvis, Michael Fassbender, Kierston Wareing, Rebecca Griffiths

Votes: 53,576 | Gross: $0.37M

7. An Angel at My Table (1990)

R | 158 min | Biography, Drama

In 1920s and 1930s New Zealand, Janet Frame grows up in a poor family with lots of brothers and sisters. Already at an early age she is different from the other kids. She gets an education ... See full summary »

Director: Jane Campion | Stars: Kerry Fox, Alexia Keogh, Karen Fergusson, Iris Churn

Votes: 5,688 | Gross: $1.05M

8. Vagabond (1985)

Not Rated | 105 min | Drama, Romance

A young woman's body is found frozen in a ditch. Through flashbacks and interviews, we see the events that led to her inevitable death.

Director: Agnès Varda | Stars: Sandrine Bonnaire, Macha Méril, Stéphane Freiss, Setti Ramdane

Votes: 5,958

9. Cleo from 5 to 7 (1962)

Not Rated | 90 min | Comedy, Drama, Music

Cleo, a singer and hypochondriac, becomes increasingly worried that she might have cancer while awaiting test results from her doctor.

Director: Agnès Varda | Stars: Corinne Marchand, Antoine Bourseiller, Dominique Davray, Dorothée Blanck

Votes: 10,687

10. Seven Beauties (1975)

R | 116 min | Comedy, Drama, War

The defense of honor, a strong value in Neapolitan society, and his effects on the life of everyman Pasquale Frafuso.

Director: Lina Wertmüller | Stars: Giancarlo Giannini, Fernando Rey, Shirley Stoler, Elena Fiore

Votes: 4,125 | Gross: $0.01M

11. A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night (2014)

Not Rated | 101 min | Drama, Horror

81 Metascore

In the Iranian ghost-town Bad City, a place that reeks of death and loneliness, the townspeople are unaware they are being stalked by a lonesome vampire.

Director: Ana Lily Amirpour | Stars: Sheila Vand, Arash Marandi, Marshall Manesh, Mozhan Marnò

Votes: 25,181

12. But I'm a Cheerleader (1999)

R | 85 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

39 Metascore

A naive teenager is sent to rehab camp when her straitlaced parents and friends suspect her of being a lesbian.

Director: Jamie Babbit | Stars: Natasha Lyonne, Clea DuVall, Michelle Williams, Brandt Wille

Votes: 22,542 | Gross: $2.21M

13. Daisies (1966)

74 min | Comedy

Two girls try to understand the meaning of the world and their life.

Director: Vera Chytilová | Stars: Ivana Karbanová, Jitka Cerhová, Marie Cesková, Jirina Myskova

Votes: 7,659

14. The Hitch-Hiker (1953)

Approved | 71 min | Crime, Film-Noir, Thriller

Two fishermen pick up a psychotic escaped convict who tells them that he intends to murder them when the ride is over.

Director: Ida Lupino | Stars: Edmond O'Brien, Frank Lovejoy, William Talman, José Torvay

Votes: 5,285

15. The Diary of a Teenage Girl (2015)

R | 102 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

87 Metascore

A teen artist living in 1970s San Francisco enters into an affair with her mother's boyfriend.

Director: Marielle Heller | Stars: Bel Powley, Alexander Skarsgård, Kristen Wiig, Christopher Meloni

Votes: 25,749 | Gross: $1.48M

16. The Babadook (2014)

Not Rated | 93 min | Drama, Horror

86 Metascore

A widowed mother, plagued by the violent death of her husband, battles with her son's fear of a monster lurking in the house, but soon discovers a sinister presence all around her.

Director: Jennifer Kent | Stars: Essie Davis, Noah Wiseman, Daniel Henshall, Hayley McElhinney

Votes: 160,137 | Gross: $0.92M

17. The Ascent (1977)

111 min | Drama, War

In a freezing cold World War II winter, two pro-Soviet partisans - Sotnikov and Rybak - head off to find food for themselves and their compatriots. They find a goat at the home of a German ... See full summary »

Director: Larisa Shepitko | Stars: Boris Plotnikov, Vladimir Gostyukhin, Sergey Yakovlev, Lyudmila Polyakova

Votes: 4,867

18. Ratcatcher (1999)

Not Rated | 94 min | Drama

76 Metascore

An unabashed kid navigates the filthy world of 1973 Glasgow, preoccupying himself with the equally poor youth around him.

Director: Lynne Ramsay | Stars: Tommy Flanagan, Mandy Matthews, William Eadie, Michelle Stewart

Votes: 7,439 | Gross: $0.22M

19. Tomboy (2011)

Not Rated | 82 min | Drama

74 Metascore

A family moves into a new neighborhood, and a 10-year-old named Laure deliberately presents as a boy named Mikhael to the neighborhood children.

Director: Céline Sciamma | Stars: Zoé Héran, Malonn Lévana, Jeanne Disson, Sophie Cattani

Votes: 15,025 | Gross: $0.13M

20. Stories We Tell (2012)

PG-13 | 108 min | Documentary

91 Metascore

A film that excavates layers of myth and memory to find the elusive truth at the core of a family of storytellers.

Director: Sarah Polley | Stars: Michael Polley, John Buchan, Mark Polley, Joanna Polley

Votes: 10,923 | Gross: $1.60M

21. Persepolis (2007)

PG-13 | 96 min | Animation, Biography, Drama

90 Metascore

A precocious and outspoken Iranian girl grows up during the Islamic Revolution.

Directors: Vincent Paronnaud, Marjane Satrapi | Stars: Chiara Mastroianni, Catherine Deneuve, Gena Rowlands, Danielle Darrieux

Votes: 79,603 | Gross: $4.44M

22. Mustang (2015)

PG-13 | 97 min | Drama

83 Metascore

When five orphan girls are seen innocently playing with boys on a beach, their scandalized conservative guardians confine them while forced marriages are arranged.

Director: Deniz Gamze Ergüven | Stars: Günes Sensoy, Doga Zeynep Doguslu, Tugba Sunguroglu, Elit Iscan

Votes: 28,968 | Gross: $0.85M

23. The Wolfpack (2015)

R | 90 min | Documentary, Biography

75 Metascore

Confined in an apartment from a New York housing project, the six Angulo brothers learned everything they know about the world through watching films and spend their time reenacting their favorite movies with intricate homemade costumes.

Director: Crystal Moselle | Stars: Bhagavan Angulo, Govinda Angulo, Jagadisa Angulo, Krsna Angulo

Votes: 10,594 | Gross: $1.30M

24. Wanda (1970)

GP | 102 min | Crime, Drama

Wanda, a lonely housewife, drifts through mining country until she meets a petty thief who takes her in.

Director: Barbara Loden | Stars: Barbara Loden, Michael Higgins, Dorothy Shupenes, Peter Shupenes

Votes: 1,946 | Gross: $0.05M

25. Paris Is Burning (1990)

R | 71 min | Documentary

A chronicle of New York's drag scene in the 1980s, focusing on balls, voguing and the ambitions and dreams of those who gave the era its warmth and vitality.

Director: Jennie Livingston | Stars: Brooke Xtravaganza, André Christian, Dorian Corey, Paris Duprée

Votes: 7,637 | Gross: $3.78M

26. The Decline of Western Civilization (1981)

Not Rated | 100 min | Documentary, History, Music

93 Metascore

The Los Angeles punk music scene circa 1980 is the focus of this film. With Alice Bag Band, Black Flag, Catholic Discipline, Circle Jerks, Fear, Germs, and X.

Director: Penelope Spheeris | Stars: Alice Bag Band, Black Flag, Catholic Discipline, Circle Jerks

Votes: 2,789

27. Suburbia (1983)

R | 94 min | Drama, Thriller

When household tensions and a sense of worthlessness overcome Evan, he finds escape when he clings with the orphans of a throw-away society. The runaways hold on to each other like a family... See full summary »

Director: Penelope Spheeris | Stars: Chris Pedersen, Bill Coyne, Jennifer Clay, Timothy O'Brien

Votes: 3,498

28. Go-yang-i-leul boo-tak-hae (2001)

112 min | Drama

69 Metascore

In the port city of Icheon, five female friends struggle to stay close while forging a life for themselves after high school. When one of the group, upwardly-mobile Hae-ju, moves to Seoul, ... See full summary »

Director: Jae-eun Jeong | Stars: Doona Bae, Yo-won Lee, Ji-young Ok, Eung-sil Lee

Votes: 2,103 | Gross: $0.00M

29. Appropriate Behavior (2014)

Not Rated | 86 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

73 Metascore

Shirin is struggling to become an ideal Persian daughter, politically correct bisexual and hip young Brooklynite but fails miserably in her attempt at all identities. Being without a cliché to hold onto can be a lonely experience.

Director: Desiree Akhavan | Stars: Desiree Akhavan, Rebecca Henderson, Halley Feiffer, Ryan Fitzsimmons

Votes: 3,248

30. Dance, Girl, Dance (1940)

Approved | 90 min | Comedy, Drama, Musical

Judy O'Brien is an aspiring ballerina in a dance troupe. Also in the company is Bubbles, a brash mantrap who leaves the struggling troupe for a career in burlesque. When the company ... See full summary »

Directors: Dorothy Arzner, Roy Del Ruth | Stars: Maureen O'Hara, Louis Hayward, Lucille Ball, Virginia Field

Votes: 1,542

31. Death is a Caress (1949)

88 min | Drama, Romance

The story of a working man who has a gorgeous fiancee but she falls for a rich older woman - who turns out to be a femme fatale.

Director: Edith Carlmar | Stars: Claus Wiese, Bjørg Riiser-Larsen, Eva Bergh, Ingolf Rogde

Votes: 232

32. Ovoce stromu rajských jíme (1970)

99 min | Drama

An experimental retelling of the story of Adam and Eve which then progresses into an allegorical depiction of loss of innocence.

Director: Vera Chytilová | Stars: Jitka Nováková, Karel Novak, Jan Schmid, Julius Albert

Votes: 782

33. Je, tu, il, elle (1974)

86 min | Drama

'Je' is a girl voluntarily lock up in a room. 'Tu' is the script. 'Il' is a lorry driver. 'Elle' is the girlfriend.

Director: Chantal Akerman | Stars: Chantal Akerman, Niels Arestrup, Claire Wauthion

Votes: 1,353

34. The Man Who Envied Women (1985)

125 min

A broken marriage, artists' housing in New York, and Central American politics, director Yvonne Rainer meanders through a lot of philosophical and rhetorical territory.

Director: Yvonne Rainer | Stars: Jackie Raynal, Anne Friedberg, Larry Loonin

Votes: 27

35. Winter adé (1989)

116 min | Documentary

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Director: Helke Misselwitz | Star: Helke Misselwitz

Votes: 42 | Gross: $0.01M

36. In Between Days (2006)

Not Rated | 83 min | Drama

75 Metascore

A Korean immigrant falls in love with her best friend while navigating her way through the challenges of living in a new country.

Director: So Yong Kim | Stars: Taegu Andy Kang, Bokja Kim, Gina Kim, Jiseon Kim

Votes: 501 | Gross: $0.02M

37. Te doy mis ojos (2003)

Not Rated | 109 min | Drama, Romance

74 Metascore

One winter night, Pilar runs away from home. With her, she takes only a few belongings and her son, Juan. Antonio soon sets out to look for her. He says Pilar is his sunshine, and what's more, "She gave him her eyes"...

Director: Icíar Bollaín | Stars: Laia Marull, Luis Tosar, Candela Peña, Rosa Maria Sardà

Votes: 5,659 | Gross: $0.03M



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