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1. Too Late to Die Young (2018)

110 min | Drama

83 Metascore

Democracy comes back to Chile during the summer of 1990. In an isolated community, Sofía (16), Lucas (16) and Clara (10), face their first loves and fears, while preparing for New Year's ... See full summary »

Director: Dominga Sotomayor Castillo | Stars: Demian Hernández, Antar Machado, Magdalena Tótoro, Matías Oviedo

Votes: 350

2. Claire Darling (2018)

94 min | Drama

In Verderonne, a small village in the Oise, it's the first day of summer and Claire Darling wakes up convinced to live her last day - She then decides to empty her house and brade ... See full summary »

Director: Julie Bertuccelli | Stars: Catherine Deneuve, Chiara Mastroianni, Alice Taglioni, Laure Calamy

Votes: 174

3. Sunset (2018)

R | 142 min | Drama

65 Metascore

A young girl grows up to become a strong and fearless woman in Budapest before World War I.

Director: László Nemes | Stars: Vlad Ivanov, Evelin Dobos, Björn Freiberg, Juli Jakab

Votes: 1,925 | Gross: $0.16M

4. Graves Without a Name (2018)

115 min | Documentary

In Rithy Panh's latest exploration of the lasting effects of the Cambodian genocide, a 13-year-old boy who loses most of his family begins a search for their graves.Cambodian-born, ... See full summary »

Director: Rithy Panh | Star: Randal Douc

Votes: 74

5. What She Said: The Art of Pauline Kael (2018)

95 min | Documentary

The portrait of the work of controversial film critic Pauline Kael and her influence on the male-dominated worlds of cinema and film criticism.

Director: Rob Garver | Stars: Woody Allen, Lili Anolik, Alec Baldwin, Carol Baum

Votes: 62

6. The Image Book (2018)

84 min | Drama, Horror

76 Metascore

Nothing but silence. Nothing but a revolutionary song. A story in five chapters like the five fingers of a hand.

Director: Jean-Luc Godard | Stars: Jean-Luc Godard, Dimitri Basil, Anne-Marie Miéville, Wallace Beery

Votes: 1,230 | Gross: $0.09M

7. Your Face (2018)

76 min | Documentary

Radically rethinking the tired talking-heads template, Tsai Ming-liang's latest digital experiment turns the human face into a subject of dramatic intrigue. Comprised of a series of ... See full summary »

Director: Ming-liang Tsai | Stars: Kang-sheng Lee, Ming-liang Tsai

Votes: 95

8. The Fall of the American Empire (2018)

R | 127 min | Comedy, Crime

63 Metascore

A shy and insecure delivery truck driver accidentally arrives on the scene of a major crime and happens to pick up two bags of cash and hides them in his truck. Though an interrogation of ... See full summary »

Director: Denys Arcand | Stars: Maxim Roy, Éric Bruneau, Maripier Morin, Juliette Gosselin

Votes: 595 | Gross: $2.06M

9. Meeting Gorbachev (2018)

90 min | Documentary

72 Metascore

The life of Mikhail Gorbachev, the eighth and final President of the Soviet Union in chronological order.

Directors: Werner Herzog, André Singer | Stars: Yuri Andropov, James Baker, Leonid Brezhnev, Konstantin Chernenko

Votes: 242 | Gross: $0.06M

10. Peterloo (2018)

PG-13 | 154 min | Drama, History

66 Metascore

The story of the 1819 Peterloo Massacre where British forces attacked a peaceful pro-democracy rally in Manchester.

Director: Mike Leigh | Stars: Rory Kinnear, Maxine Peake, Neil Bell, Philip Jackson

Votes: 1,813 | Gross: $0.15M

11. A Faithful Man (2018)

75 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

64 Metascore

A couple's relationship becomes complicated when she leaves him for his best friend, and returns after he dies.

Director: Louis Garrel | Stars: Louis Garrel, Laetitia Casta, Lily-Rose Depp, Joseph Engel

Votes: 510

12. Non-Fiction (2018)

R | 108 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

79 Metascore

Set in the Parisian publishing world, an editor and an author find themselves in over their heads, as they cope with a middle-age crisis, the changing industry and their wives.

Director: Olivier Assayas | Stars: Guillaume Canet, Juliette Binoche, Vincent Macaigne, Christa Théret

Votes: 1,500 | Gross: $0.10M

13. McQueen (2018)

R | 111 min | Documentary, Biography

84 Metascore

The life and career of fashion designer Lee Alexander McQueen: from his start as a tailor, to launching and overseeing his eponymous line and his untimely death.

Directors: Ian Bonhôte, Peter Ettedgui | Stars: Bernard Arnault, Joseph Bennett, Detmar Blow, Isabella Blow

Votes: 4,721 | Gross: $1.26M

14. The Gentle Indifference of the World (2018)

100 min | Drama

After her father's untimely death, Saltanat is forced to trade her idyllic countryside life for the cruel city. She has to find money to pay off the large family debt that her father left ... See full summary »

Director: Adilkhan Yerzhanov | Stars: Sultan Abzalov, Tulemis Alishev, Dinara Baktybaeva, Kulzhamilya Belzhanova

Votes: 173

15. Everybody Knows (2018)

R | 133 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

68 Metascore

Laura, a Spanish woman living in Buenos Aires, returns to her hometown outside Madrid with her two children to attend her sister's wedding. However, the trip is upset by unexpected events that bring secrets into the open.

Director: Asghar Farhadi | Stars: Penélope Cruz, Javier Bardem, Ricardo Darín, Eduard Fernández

Votes: 17,301 | Gross: $2.66M

16. Loro (2018)

104 min | Biography, Drama

A film about the life of Silvio Berlusconi.

Director: Paolo Sorrentino | Stars: Toni Servillo, Elena Sofia Ricci, Riccardo Scamarcio, Kasia Smutniak

Votes: 3,904

17. I Was at Home, But (2019)

105 min | Drama

69 Metascore

After a 13-year-old student disappears without a trace for a week and suddenly reappears, his mother and teachers are confronted with existential questions that change their whole view of life.

Director: Angela Schanelec | Stars: Thorbjörn Björnsson, Esther Buss, Martin Clausen, Lucas Confurius

Votes: 198

18. Let Me Fall (2018)

136 min | Biography, Crime, Drama

Drawing on true stories and interviews with the families of addicts, this harrowing portrait of addiction follows Stella and Magnea through the decades as precarious teenage years morph into perilous adulthoods.

Director: Baldvin Zophoníasson | Stars: Elín Sif Halldórsdóttir, Eyrún Björk Jakobsdóttir, Lára Jóhanna Jónsdóttir, Kristín Lea

Votes: 467

19. Santiago, Italia (2018)

80 min | Documentary

After the coup d'État of the Democratic government of Allende, the embassy of Italy in Santiago played a major role in helping the opposers of the regime, and extradited many of them Italy.... See full summary »

Director: Nanni Moretti | Star: Nanni Moretti

Votes: 231

20. Varda by Agnès (2019– )

115 min | Documentary, Biography

83 Metascore

Agnès Varda, photographer, installation artist and pioneer of the Nouvelle Vague, is an institution of French cinema. Taking a seat on a theatre stage, she uses photos and film excerpts to provide an insight into her unorthodox oeuvre.

Stars: Agnès Varda, Sandrine Bonnaire, Hervé Chandès, Nurith Aviv

Votes: 172

21. 1900 (1976)

Unrated | 317 min | Drama, History

The epic tale of a class struggle in twentieth century Italy, as seen through the eyes of two childhood friends on opposing sides.

Director: Bernardo Bertolucci | Stars: Robert De Niro, Gérard Depardieu, Dominique Sanda, Francesca Bertini

Votes: 20,346

22. Cold War (2018)

R | 89 min | Drama, Music, Romance

90 Metascore

In the 1950s, a music director falls in love with a singer and tries to persuade her to flee communist Poland for France.

Director: Pawel Pawlikowski | Stars: Joanna Kulig, Tomasz Kot, Borys Szyc, Agata Kulesza

Votes: 32,479 | Gross: $4.57M

23. By the Grace of God (2018)

137 min | Drama

76 Metascore

The three men, friends of childhood, will cross, compare their personal experiences and question their life of couple, family and professional.

Director: François Ozon | Stars: Melvil Poupaud, Denis Ménochet, Swann Arlaud, Éric Caravaca

Votes: 1,353

24. Synonyms (2019)

123 min | Drama

86 Metascore

A young Israeli man absconds to Paris to flee his nationality, aided by his trusty Franco-Israeli dictionary.

Director: Nadav Lapid | Stars: Tom Mercier, Quentin Dolmaire, Louise Chevillotte, Uria Hayik

Votes: 696

25. The Load (2018)

98 min | Drama

Vlada works as a truck driver during the NATO bombing of Serbia in 1999. Tasked with transporting a mysterious load from Kosovo to Belgrade, he drives through unfamiliar territory, trying ... See full summary »

Director: Ognjen Glavonic | Stars: Leon Lucev, Pavle Cemerikic, Tamara Krcunovic, Ivan Lucev

Votes: 381

26. Before the Frost (2018)

104 min | Drama

As winter approaches in rural 1850s Denmark, an old farmer (Jens) and his family face starvation. With the harsh circumstances and the prospect of yet another tough winter, Jens agrees to ... See full summary »

Director: Michael Noer | Stars: Jesper Christensen, Clara Rosager, Magnus Krepper, Ghita Nørby

Votes: 246

27. The Eyes of Orson Welles (2018)

115 min | Documentary

77 Metascore

Mark Cousins dives deep into the visual world of legendary director and actor Orson Welles to reveal a portrait of the artist as he's never been seen before.

Director: Mark Cousins | Stars: Mark Cousins, Beatrice Welles, Orson Welles

Votes: 417 | Gross: $0.01M

28. Never Look Away (2018)

R | 189 min | Drama, History, Romance

69 Metascore

German artist Kurt Barnert has escaped East Germany and now lives in West Germany, but is tormented by his childhood under the Nazis and the GDR-regime.

Director: Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck | Stars: Tom Schilling, Sebastian Koch, Paula Beer, Saskia Rosendahl

Votes: 4,027 | Gross: $1.30M

29. The Sisters Brothers (2018)

R | 122 min | Adventure, Comedy, Crime

78 Metascore

In 1850s Oregon, the infamous duo of assassins, Eli and Charlie Sisters, chase a gold prospector and his unexpected ally.

Director: Jacques Audiard | Stars: John C. Reilly, Joaquin Phoenix, Jake Gyllenhaal, Riz Ahmed

Votes: 30,850 | Gross: $3.14M

30. Monrovia, Indiana (2018)

Not Rated | 143 min | Documentary

77 Metascore

Following the 2016 presidential election, Frederick Wiseman's documentary dissects small-town America to understand how its values impact and influence the political landscape of the nation.

Director: Frederick Wiseman

Votes: 233 | Gross: $0.06M

31. One Child Nation (2019)

R | 85 min | Documentary

92 Metascore

First-time mother and filmmaker Nanfu Wang uncovers the untold history of China's One-Child policy and the generations of parents and children forever shaped by this social experiment.

Directors: Nanfu Wang, Jialing Zhang

Votes: 80

32. Diane (2018)

Not Rated | 95 min | Drama

86 Metascore

Diane fills her days helping others and desperately attempting to bond with her drug-addicted son. As these pieces of her existence begin to fade, she finds herself confronting memories she'd sooner forget than face.

Director: Kent Jones | Stars: Mary Kay Place, Jake Lacy, Estelle Parsons, Andrea Martin

Votes: 371 | Gross: $0.33M

33. Sofia (2018)

80 min | Drama

Sofia, 20, lives with her parents in Casablanca. Following a denial of pregnancy, she finds herself illegally giving birth to a baby out of wedlock. The hospital leaves her 24h to provide ... See full summary »

Director: Meryem Benm'Barek-Aloïsi | Stars: Maha Alemi, Lubna Azabal, Sarah Perles, Faouzi Bensaïdi

Votes: 466

34. The Most Beautiful Couple (2018)

97 min | Drama

Two young teachers, Malte and Liv, are spending their summer holiday on the Mediterranean coast, when they are suddenly attacked by three young men and Liv is assaulted. Two years later, ... See full summary »

Director: Sven Taddicken | Stars: Maximilian Brückner, Luise Heyer, Florian Bartholomäi, Jasna Fritzi Bauer

Votes: 88



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