O', Brother, Sister, Who Art Thou?

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1. Winchester '73 (1950)

Passed | 92 min | Action, Drama, Western

The journey of a prized rifle from one ill-fated owner to another parallels a cowboy's search for a murderous fugitive.

Director: Anthony Mann | Stars: James Stewart, Shelley Winters, Dan Duryea, Stephen McNally

Votes: 16,333

Lin McAdam (James Stewart) pursuing his brother Dutch Henry Brown (Stephen McNally) in a quest for revenge

2. East of Eden (1955)

PG | 118 min | Drama

72 Metascore

A wilful young man contends against his brother for the attention of their religious father while reconnecting with his estranged mother and falling for his brother's girlfriend.

Director: Elia Kazan | Stars: James Dean, Raymond Massey, Julie Harris, Burl Ives

Votes: 39,284

Rebellous Cal Trask -(James Dean) has little in common with his brother Aron Trask (Richard Davalos)

3. They Drive by Night (1940)

Approved | 95 min | Crime, Drama, Film-Noir

When one of two truck-driving brothers loses an arm, they both join a transport company where later, the other is falsely charged as an accessory in the murder of the owner.

Director: Raoul Walsh | Stars: George Raft, Humphrey Bogart, Ann Sheridan, Ida Lupino

Votes: 6,942

Brothers Joe Fabrini(George Raft) and Paul Fabrini(Humphrey Bogart) have differences regarding the best use of their produce-hauling truck.

4. What Ever Happened to Baby Jane? (1962)

Passed | 134 min | Drama, Horror, Thriller

75 Metascore

A former child star torments her paraplegic sister in their decaying Hollywood mansion.

Director: Robert Aldrich | Stars: Bette Davis, Joan Crawford, Victor Buono, Wesley Addy

Votes: 48,669 | Gross: $4.05M

A former child star, Baby Jane Hudson(Bette Davis),torments her crippled sister, Blanche Hudson(Joan Crawford), in a decaying Hollywood mansion. Baby Janes sings "I've Written a Letter to Daddy" and scolds Blanche for not eating her din-din.

5. The Godfather: Part II (1974)

R | 202 min | Crime, Drama

90 Metascore

The early life and career of Vito Corleone in 1920s New York City is portrayed, while his son, Michael, expands and tightens his grip on the family crime syndicate.

Director: Francis Ford Coppola | Stars: Al Pacino, Robert De Niro, Robert Duvall, Diane Keaton

Votes: 1,095,502 | Gross: $57.30M

On a trip to Cuba, Michael (Al Pacino), with sadness and regret, learns that older brother, Fredo (John Cazale), has a big problem with keeping family business inside the family. He suggests that Fredo spend more time fishing.

6. A River Runs Through It (1992)

PG | 123 min | Drama

68 Metascore

The story about two sons of a stern minister -- one reserved, one rebellious -- growing up in rural Montana while devoted to fly fishing.

Director: Robert Redford | Stars: Craig Sheffer, Brad Pitt, Tom Skerritt, Brenda Blethyn

Votes: 52,341 | Gross: $43.44M

Two fly-fishing sons of a Presbyterian minister--one reserved, Norman (Craig Sheffer) , one rebellious,Paul (Brad Pitt) --grow up in rural Montana. A story of their their intertwining and often conflicting lives.

7. Dead Ringer (1964)

Unrated | 116 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

66 Metascore

The working-class twin sister of a callous, wealthy woman impulsively murders her out of revenge and assumes her identity. But impersonating her dead twin is more complicated and risky than she anticipated.

Director: Paul Henreid | Stars: Bette Davis, Karl Malden, Peter Lawford, Philip Carey

Votes: 4,615

8. A Stolen Life (1946)

Approved | 109 min | Drama

When a woman's twin sister is drowned, she assumes her identity in order to be close to the man she feels her sister took from her years before.

Director: Curtis Bernhardt | Stars: Bette Davis, Glenn Ford, Dane Clark, Walter Brennan

Votes: 3,057

When a woman's twin sister,Patricia is drowned (while her husband, Bill, is in Chile), she, Kate, assumes her identity in order to be close to the man, Bill, she feels her sister took from her years before. Kate is really looking forward to Bill's return.

9. Track of the Cat (1954)

Approved | 102 min | Drama, Western

Around the turn of the 20th century, during a harsh northern California winter, members of a ranching family are squabbling among themselves while the two oldest sons go hunting for a panther that is killing their livestock.

Director: William A. Wellman | Stars: Robert Mitchum, Teresa Wright, Diana Lynn, Tab Hunter

Votes: 1,766

While Curt Bridges (Robert Mitchum) tracks down the panther that killed his brother Arthur (William Hopper), his family argues and bickers over whether younger brother Harold (Tab Hunter)should marry a much-despised neighbor girl.

10. Thunder Road (1958)

Approved | 92 min | Crime, Drama, Film-Noir

A veteran comes home from the Korean War to the mountains and takes over the family moonshining business. He has to battle big-city gangsters who are trying to take over the business and the police who are trying to put him in prison.

Director: Arthur Ripley | Stars: Robert Mitchum, Gene Barry, Jacques Aubuchon, Keely Smith

Votes: 2,983

A veteran, Lucas Doolin (Robert Mitchum), comes home from the Korean War to the mountains and takes over the family moonshining business...with the hope his kid brother, Robin (James Mitchum) won't have to follow in his foorsteps.

11. Leave Her to Heaven (1945)

Not Rated | 110 min | Drama, Film-Noir, Romance

A writer falls in love with a young socialite and they're soon married. But her obsessive love for him threatens to be the undoing of them both, and everyone else around them.

Director: John M. Stahl | Stars: Gene Tierney, Cornel Wilde, Jeanne Crain, Vincent Price

Votes: 10,552

The obsessive love a woman has for her husband destroys the happiness of those around her...and continues after her death,

12. Gunman's Walk (1958)

Approved | 97 min | Western

A powerful rancher always protects his wild adult son by paying for damages and bribing witnesses, until his crimes become too serious to rectify.

Director: Phil Karlson | Stars: Van Heflin, Tab Hunter, Kathryn Grant, James Darren

Votes: 1,534

Widower Lee Hackett (Van Heflin), a cattle rancher who is a product of the old west, tries to bring up his two sons, Ed (Tab Hunter)and Davy (James Darren), in his image, but Ed is wild and unruly. The two brothers are both attracted to Clee Chourard ('Kathryn Grant(I)') but she prefers Davy. Ed's efforts to outshine his father and brother and everyone else leads him into a career of a gunfighter, and a confrontation with his father.

13. Boys Town (1938)

Passed | 96 min | Biography, Drama

When a death row prisoner tells him he wouldn't have led a life of crime if only he had had one friend as a child, Father Edward Flanagan decides to start a home for young boys.

Director: Norman Taurog | Stars: Spencer Tracy, Mickey Rooney, Henry Hull, Leslie Fenton

Votes: 4,993

The search for his older brother, gangster Joe Marsh (Edward Norris), by a resentful resident, Whitey Marsh (Mickey Rooney), brings serious consequences to the continuation of Father Flanagan's Boys Town.

14. The Public Enemy (1931)

Not Rated | 83 min | Crime, Drama

A young hoodlum rises up through the ranks of the Chicago underworld, even as a gangster's accidental death threatens to spark a bloody mob war.

Director: William A. Wellman | Stars: James Cagney, Jean Harlow, Edward Woods, Joan Blondell

Votes: 17,270

A young hoodlum, Tom Powers (James Cagney) rises up through the ranks of the Chicago underworld,in spite of the efforts of his older brother, Mike Powers (Donald Cook) to steer him in another direction. A bloody mob war ensues, and Tom is returned to his family home.

15. Cat Ballou (1965)

Not Rated | 97 min | Comedy, Romance, Western

60 Metascore

A young schoolteacher turns into an outlaw to avenge her murdered father.

Director: Elliot Silverstein | Stars: Jane Fonda, Lee Marvin, Michael Callan, Dwayne Hickman

Votes: 12,987 | Gross: $20.67M

A washed-up, drunken sot of a gunfighter, Kid Shelleen (Lee Marvin) is hired sight unseen by the daughter of a murdered rancher fighting to save her ranch from a land-grabbing gang. His hiring begins to look even worse when the bad-guys hire his twin brother, Strawn (Lee Marvin).

16. The Big Sleep (1946)

Not Rated | 114 min | Crime, Film-Noir, Mystery

Private detective Philip Marlowe is hired by a wealthy family. Before the complex case is over, he's seen murder, blackmail, and what might be love.

Director: Howard Hawks | Stars: Humphrey Bogart, Lauren Bacall, John Ridgely, Martha Vickers

Votes: 77,402 | Gross: $6.54M

Summoned by the dying General Sternwood, Philip Marlowe (Humphrey Bogart) is asked to deal with several problems that are troubling his family one of which involves the older daughter, Vivian Rutledge (Lauren Bacall) trying to protect her sister, Carmen Sternwood (Martha Vickers) from a blackmailer.

The type of man she hated . . . was the type she wanted !

17. Dead Men Walk (1943)

Approved | 64 min | Drama, Horror, Mystery

The twin of a kindly small-town physician returns from the grave for vengeance against his brother, who secretly killed him because the twin served Satan.

Director: Sam Newfield | Stars: George Zucco, Mary Carlisle, Nedrick Young, Dwight Frye

Votes: 1,237

The twin, Elwyn Clayton(George Zucco) ,of a kindly small-town physician, Dr. Lloyd Clayton(George Zucco), returns from the grave for vengeance against his brother, who secretly killed him because the twin served Satan.

18. Duel in the Sun (1946)

Passed | 129 min | Drama, Romance, Western

Beautiful half-breed Pearl Chavez becomes the ward of her dead father's first love and finds herself torn between her sons, one good and the other bad.

Directors: King Vidor, Otto Brower, William Dieterle, Sidney Franklin, William Cameron Menzies, David O. Selznick, Josef von Sternberg | Stars: Jennifer Jones, Joseph Cotten, Gregory Peck, Lionel Barrymore

Votes: 7,831 | Gross: $20.41M

Steady Jesse McCanles (Joseph Cotten) and his wild brother, 'Lewt' McCanles(Gregory Peck), sons of a wealthy Texas rancher , vie for the affections of the beautiful half-breed orphan Pearl Chavez (Jennifer Jones), who comes to the ranch as a ward of their mother. "Lewt" wins the battle but loses the duel in the sun.

19. Warrior (2011)

PG-13 | 140 min | Action, Drama, Sport

71 Metascore

The youngest son of an alcoholic former boxer returns home, where he's trained by his father for competition in a mixed martial arts tournament - a path that puts the fighter on a collision course with his estranged, older brother.

Director: Gavin O'Connor | Stars: Tom Hardy, Nick Nolte, Joel Edgerton, Jennifer Morrison

Votes: 426,638 | Gross: $13.66M

The youngest son of an alcoholic former boxer returns home, where he's trained by his father for competition in a mixed martial arts tournament - a path that puts the fighter on a collision corner with his older brother

20. Brotherly Love (1970)

R | 112 min | Drama

Controversial tragicomedy about a brother's obsessive love for his sister. Having left her husband, Hilary moves in with her unbalanced brother, Pink, who uses wit and humor to hide his amorous yearnings.

Director: J. Lee Thompson | Stars: Peter O'Toole, Susannah York, Michael Craig, Harry Andrews

Votes: 306

In an upper-class British household, a crazy alcoholic,Sir Charles Ferguson(Peter O'Toole) has an incestuous relationship with his sister,Hilary Dow (Susannah York) who is also capable of being fairly spirited herself.

Country of origin title is "Country Dance." Possibly the only instance ever where the USA changed-title was better than the UK original.

21. Sabrina (1954)

Passed | 113 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

72 Metascore

A playboy becomes interested in the daughter of his family's chauffeur, but it's his more serious brother who would be the better man for her.

Director: Billy Wilder | Stars: Humphrey Bogart, Audrey Hepburn, William Holden, Walter Hampden

Votes: 57,526

A playboy, David Larrabee (William Holden), becomes interested in the daughter, Sabrina Fairchild (Audrey Hepburn),of his family's chauffeur. But it's his more serious brother, Linus Larrabee (Humphrey Bogart), who would be the better man for her. Maybe.

22. Our Idiot Brother (2011)

R | 90 min | Comedy, Drama

60 Metascore

A comedy centered on an idealist who barges into the lives of his three sisters.

Director: Jesse Peretz | Stars: Paul Rudd, Elizabeth Banks, Zooey Deschanel, Nick Sullivan

Votes: 82,896 | Gross: $24.81M

Ned(Paul Rudd), busted for growing organic vegetables, gets out of jail and decides to live with sister Miranda, until evicted, and then moves on to each of his other two sisters.While Ned is happy, his sisters are much less so after he manages to screw up one marriage, one job opportunity, one budding relationship and one domestic partnership. He sees those problems as breakdowns in communication, but his sisters see him as an idiot.

23. Legends of the Fall (1994)

R | 133 min | Drama, Romance, War

45 Metascore

In the early 1900s, three brothers and their father living in the remote wilderness of Montana are affected by betrayal, history, love, nature, and war.

Director: Edward Zwick | Stars: Brad Pitt, Anthony Hopkins, Aidan Quinn, Julia Ormond

Votes: 144,345 | Gross: $66.64M

Epic tale of three brothers---Tristan(Brad Pitt), Alfred (Aidan Quinn) and Samuel Ludlow (Henry Thomas)--- and their father living in the remote wilderness of 1900s USA and how their lives are affected by nature, history, war, and love.

24. 10 Things I Hate About You (1999)

PG-13 | 97 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

70 Metascore

A pretty, popular teenager can't go out on a date until her ill-tempered older sister does.

Director: Gil Junger | Stars: Heath Ledger, Julia Stiles, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Larisa Oleynik

Votes: 289,132 | Gross: $38.18M

Their father doesn't allow Bianca Stratford (Larisa Oleynik) or her sister Kat Stratford (Julia Stiles) to date. But he alters his rule and will allow Bianca to date as long as Kat also has a date. Cameron, in order to date Bianca has to find someboy to date Kat. He picks Patrick Verona, a bad-boy with a mysterious reputation--some say he ate a live duck once, others that he lit a state trooper on fire, and even more claim that he had a brief porn career. (Others say he once lived in Indiana and his real name is Scut Farkus .)Adapted from William Shakespeare's play "The Taming of the Shrew,"

25. The Lion King (1994)

G | 88 min | Animation, Adventure, Drama

88 Metascore

Lion prince Simba and his father are targeted by his bitter uncle, who wants to ascend the throne himself.

Directors: Roger Allers, Rob Minkoff | Stars: Matthew Broderick, Jeremy Irons, James Earl Jones, Whoopi Goldberg

Votes: 914,821 | Gross: $422.78M

A lion prince, Simba, is born in Africa and the animals of the Pride Lands pay tribute. Later Simba is told by his father, King Mufasa, that when Mufasa dies, Simba will become King of the Pride Lands. Simba's Uncle Scar, Mufasa brother, would have been king after Mufasa had Mufasa not had a child. Fuelled by rage, Scar plots to kill Mufasa and Simba so he is able to take over the throne.

26. The Straight Story (1999)

G | 112 min | Biography, Drama

86 Metascore

An old man makes a long journey by lawnmower to mend his relationship with an ill brother.

Director: David Lynch | Stars: Richard Farnsworth, Sissy Spacek, Jane Galloway Heitz, Joseph A. Carpenter

Votes: 79,799 | Gross: $6.20M

An old man, Alvin Straight (Richard Farnsworth) makes a long journey by tractor, from Laurens, Iowa, to Mt. Zion, Wis., to mend his relationship with an ill brother,Lyle Straight (Harry Dean Stanton). .

27. Western Union (1941)

Passed | 95 min | History, Western

When Edward Creighton leads the construction of the Western Union to unite East with West, he hires a Western reformed outlaw and a tenderfoot Eastern surveyor.

Director: Fritz Lang | Stars: Robert Young, Randolph Scott, Dean Jagger, Virginia Gilmore

Votes: 2,325

When Edward Creighton leads the construction of the Western Union to unite East with West, he hires a Western reformed outlaw, Vance Shaw (Randoplh Scott) and a tenderfoot Eastern surveyor, (Richard Blake (Robert Young.) A faction against the telegraph coming to the western United States, has hired an outlaw named Jack Slade(Barton MacLane) to stir upthe Indian tribes and make attacks on the Western Union workers. Shaw and Vance are brothers, and are pitted against each other with one not surviving.

28. Hannah and Her Sisters (1986)

PG-13 | 107 min | Comedy, Drama

90 Metascore

Between two Thanksgivings two years apart, Hannah's husband falls in love with her sister Lee, while her hypochondriac ex-husband rekindles his relationship with her sister Holly.

Director: Woody Allen | Stars: Mia Farrow, Dianne Wiest, Michael Caine, Barbara Hershey

Votes: 65,597 | Gross: $40.08M

Between two Thanksgivings, Hannah's husband falls in love with her sister Lee, while her hypochondriac ex-husband rekindles his relationship with her sister Holly.

29. Rain Man (1988)

R | 133 min | Drama

65 Metascore

Selfish yuppie Charlie Babbitt's father left a fortune to his savant brother Raymond and a pittance to Charlie; they travel cross-country.

Director: Barry Levinson | Stars: Dustin Hoffman, Tom Cruise, Valeria Golino, Gerald R. Molen

Votes: 464,182 | Gross: $178.80M

Selfish yuppie Charlie Babbitt's father left a fortune to his savant brother Raymond (Dustin Hoffman)and a pittance to Charlie (Tom Cruise). It is then that Charlie first learns he has an unknown brother, an autistic savant who lives in a world of his own who resides at the Walbrook Institute. Charlie kidnaps Raymond in a quest to get "his share" of the three million dollars, and their cross-country trek takes Charlie out of his selfish world into one of pure love and understanding. But Raymond doesn't make it easy.

30. Viva Zapata! (1952)

Approved | 113 min | Biography, Drama, History

The story of Mexican revolutionary Emiliano Zapata, who led a rebellion against the corrupt, oppressive dictatorship of president Porfirio Díaz in the early 20th century.

Director: Elia Kazan | Stars: Marlon Brando, Jean Peters, Anthony Quinn, Joseph Wiseman

Votes: 10,108

In 1909, Emiliano Zapata (Marlon Brando), with the aid of his brother Eufemio (Anthony Quinn), supports the exiled Don Francisco Madero against President Diaz. But Eufemio's atitude that to the victor belongs the spoils unwittingly aids Emilano's enemies to set up an ambush.

31. The Fabulous Baker Boys (1989)

R | 114 min | Comedy, Drama, Music

85 Metascore

The lives of two struggling musicians, who happen to be brothers, inevitably change when they team up with a beautiful, up-and-coming singer.

Director: Steve Kloves | Stars: Jeff Bridges, Michelle Pfeiffer, Beau Bridges, Ellie Raab

Votes: 21,344 | Gross: $18.10M

Frank and Jack Baker are professional musicians who play small clubs. They play schmaltzy music and have never needed a day job. Times are changing and dates are becoming more difficult to get so they interview female singers. They finally decide on Susie Diamond, a former 'escort' who needs some refinement, but the act begins to take off again. While the act is now successful, both Frank and Jack have problems with their life on the road.

For 31 years it's been just the Fabulous Baker Boys... but times change. .

32. All the Brothers Were Valiant (1953)

Approved | 95 min | Adventure, Drama, Romance

In the South Pacific islands, two brothers, one good and one bad, fight over the same girl and over a bag of pearls.

Director: Richard Thorpe | Stars: Robert Taylor, Stewart Granger, Ann Blyth, Betta St. John

Votes: 859

Sea-faring saga of two brothers ,Joel (Robert Taylor) and Mark Shore (Stewart Granger) and the woman, Priscilla 'Pris' Holt (Ann Blyth) they both love.

33. Cobra Woman (1944)

Approved | 71 min | Adventure, Drama, Romance

A beautiful woman is abducted from her peaceful South Seas home and taken to Cobra Island, where her grandmother Queen wants her to displace her evil twin sister and vengeance against her priest and corrupt advisor.

Director: Robert Siodmak | Stars: Maria Montez, Jon Hall, Sabu, Edgar Barrier

Votes: 924

Upon discovering his fiancée Tollea (Maria Montez) has been kidnaped, Ramu (Jon Hall) and his friend Kado (Sabu) set out for a Pacific isle where all strangers are to be killed on arrival and the inhabitants, who are frequently sacrificed to an angry volcano god, worship the cobra. The island is ruled over by Tollea's evil twin Naja, the Cobra Woman (Maria Montez), who, besides having designs on her new prisoner Ramu, also desires to eliminate any competition from her benevolent sister.


34. On the Waterfront (1954)

Approved | 108 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

91 Metascore

An ex-prize fighter turned longshoreman struggles to stand up to his corrupt union bosses.

Director: Elia Kazan | Stars: Marlon Brando, Karl Malden, Lee J. Cobb, Rod Steiger

Votes: 138,038 | Gross: $9.60M

Terry Malloy (Marlon Brando) once dreamt of being a great prize fighter, but was takled into taking a dive by his brother, Charley Malloy (Rod Steiger), and is now just a hood and an errand boy for Johnny Friendly (Lee J. Cobb), the corrupt boss of the dockers union.

Charley: Look, kid, I - how much you weigh, son? When you weighed one hundred and sixty-eight pounds you were beautiful. You coulda been another Billy Conn, and that skunk we got you for a manager, he brought you along too fast. Terry: It wasn't him, Charley, it was you. Remember that night in the Garden you came down to my dressing room and you said, "Kid, this ain't your night. We're going for the price on Wilson." You remember that? "This ain't your night"! My night! I coulda taken Wilson apart! So what happens? He gets the title shot outdoors on the ballpark and what do I get? A one-way ticket to Palooka-ville! You was my brother, Charley, you shoulda looked out for me a little bit. You shoulda taken care of me just a little bit so I wouldn't have to take them dives for the short-end money. Charley: Oh I had some bets down for you. You saw some money. Terry: You don't understand. I coulda had class. I coulda been a contender. I coulda been somebody, instead of a bum, which is what I am, let's face it. It was you, Charley.

35. Force of Evil (1948)

Passed | 79 min | Crime, Drama, Film-Noir

89 Metascore

An unethical lawyer, with an older brother he wants to help, becomes a partner with a client in the numbers racket.

Director: Abraham Polonsky | Stars: John Garfield, Thomas Gomez, Marie Windsor, Howland Chamberlain

Votes: 5,646

Lawyer Joe Morse (JOhn Garfield) wants to consolidate all the small-time numbers racket operators into one big powerful operation. But his elder brother Leo (Thomas Gomez) is one of these small-time operators who wants to stay that way, preferring not to deal with the gangsters who dominate the big-time.

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