Empire's 25 Films You Can't Get On DVD

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1. The Keep (1983)

R | 96 min | Horror

34 Metascore

Nazis are forced to turn to a Jewish historian for help in battling the ancient demon they have inadvertently freed from its prison.

Director: Michael Mann | Stars: Scott Glenn, Ian McKellen, Alberta Watson, Jürgen Prochnow

Votes: 9,441 | Gross: $3.76M

2. Grim Prairie Tales: Hit the Trail... to Terror (1990)

R | 86 min | Horror, Western

A cynical bounty hunter and a clerk traveling through the prairie rest by the campfire telling four stories of terror to each other.

Director: Wayne Coe | Stars: James Earl Jones, Brad Dourif, Will Hare, Marc McClure

Votes: 788

3. The Wild Life (1984)

R | 96 min | Comedy, Drama

Eighties teen romp involving Bill and his new apartment, Jim and his rebellious antics, Tom and his crazy self, and Anita with her older man David.

Director: Art Linson | Stars: Chris Penn, Ilan Mitchell-Smith, Eric Stoltz, Jenny Wright

Votes: 2,055 | Gross: $11.02M

4. The Last Movie (1971)

R | 108 min | Drama

A film shoot in Peru goes badly wrong when an actor is killed in a stunt, and the unit wrangler, Kansas, decides to give up film-making and stay on in the village, shacking up with local ... See full summary »

Director: Dennis Hopper | Stars: Julie Adams, Daniel Ades, Richmond L. Aguilar, John Alderman

Votes: 1,063

5. Dudes (1987)

R | 90 min | Adventure, Comedy

Two punks from the big city, traveling across the country in a Volkswagen bug, embrace the western ethos when they must take revenge against a group of rednecks for killing their friend in ... See full summary »

Director: Penelope Spheeris | Stars: Jon Cryer, Daniel Roebuck, Flea, Lee Ving

Votes: 970

6. Song of the South (1946)

Approved | 94 min | Animation, Comedy, Family

The kindly story-teller Uncle Remus tells a young boy stories about trickster Br'er Rabbit, who outwits Br'er Fox and slow-witted Br'er Bear.

Directors: Wilfred Jackson, Harve Foster | Stars: Ruth Warrick, Bobby Driscoll, James Baskett, Luana Patten

Votes: 9,705 | Gross: $63.72M

7. Rad (1986)

PG | 91 min | Drama, Sport

The story of one young man, Cru Jones, who has the intensity and desire to win a BMX race called Helltrack.

Director: Hal Needham | Stars: Bart Conner, Lori Loughlin, Bill Allen, Talia Shire

Votes: 4,299 | Gross: $2.02M

8. The Godfather: A Novel for Television (1977)

434 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

The Godfather (1972) and The Godfather: Part II (1974) were re-edited together in chronological order with additional footage added.

Stars: Marlon Brando, Al Pacino, Robert Duvall, James Caan

Votes: 3,570

9. Inchon (1981)

PG | 140 min | Drama, History, War

During the Korean War, General Douglas MacArthur masterminds the amphibious invasion of Inchon in September 1950.

Director: Terence Young | Stars: Laurence Olivier, Jacqueline Bisset, Ben Gazzara, Toshirô Mifune

Votes: 563 | Gross: $5.20M

10. Let It Be (1970)

G | 81 min | Documentary, Music

The filmed account of the Beatles's attempt to recapture their old group spirit by making a back to basics album, which instead drove them further apart.

Director: Michael Lindsay-Hogg | Stars: John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison, Ringo Starr

Votes: 4,680

11. Meet the Applegates (1990)

R | 90 min | Comedy, Sci-Fi

Modeling themselves after an idyllic cookie-cutter suburban 1950s family, a colony of insects move from South America into the United States with the intent of getting access to the nation's nuclear resources.

Director: Michael Lehmann | Stars: Ed Begley Jr., Stockard Channing, Dabney Coleman, Robert Jayne

Votes: 1,914 | Gross: $0.49M

12. Dead Solid Perfect (1988 TV Movie)

93 min | Drama, Sport

Randy Quaid stars as Kenny Lee, a talented but underachieving pro golfer trying to break through on the tour while learning that the most important things in life go far beyond the game.

Director: Bobby Roth | Stars: Randy Quaid, Kathryn Harrold, Jack Warden, Corinne Bohrer

Votes: 437

13. Sherlock Holmes (1932)

68 min | Drama

The famous detective is pulled away from retirement and his fiancée when the condemned Moriarty escapes from prison and swears vengeance.

Director: William K. Howard | Stars: Clive Brook, Miriam Jordan, Ernest Torrence, Herbert Mundin

Votes: 108

14. City of Hope (1991)

R | 129 min | Crime, Drama

An intersecting tale with a multitude of characters living lives which, in one way or another, revolve around an old apartment block scheduled to be demolished.

Director: John Sayles | Stars: Vincent Spano, Tony Lo Bianco, Stephen Mendillo, Chris Cooper

Votes: 1,923 | Gross: $1.26M

15. I Was a Teenage Werewolf (1957)

Approved | 76 min | Drama, Fantasy, Horror

A hypnotherapist uses a temperamental teenager as guinea pig for a serum which transforms him into a vicious werewolf.

Director: Gene Fowler Jr. | Stars: Michael Landon, Yvonne Lime, Whit Bissell, Charles Willcox

Votes: 2,046 | Gross: $2.00M

16. The Road Back (1937)

Approved | 100 min | Drama, War

After World War I, a group of former German soldiers try to adjust to civilian life.

Director: James Whale | Stars: John 'Dusty' King, Richard Cromwell, Slim Summerville, Andy Devine

Votes: 105

17. So Red the Rose (1935)

Approved | 82 min | Drama

SO RED THE ROSE is King Vidor's quietly affecting Civil War romance, starring Margaret Sullavan as a Southern aristocrat, the mistress of a Southern plantation, whose sheltered life is torn... See full summary »

Director: King Vidor | Stars: Margaret Sullavan, Walter Connolly, Randolph Scott, Janet Beecher

Votes: 119

18. Freddy's Nightmares (1988–1990)

TV-14 | 60 min | Horror, Thriller

Freddy, the dream serial killer, hosts this anthology of stories set in Springwood.

Stars: Robert Englund, Todd Allen, Sandahl Bergman, Anne E. Curry

Votes: 2,295

19. The Great Gatsby (1949)

91 min | Drama

A Jazz Age bootlegger learns the hard way about the wages of sin.

Director: Elliott Nugent | Stars: Alan Ladd, Betty Field, Macdonald Carey, Ruth Hussey

Votes: 562

20. Nothing Lasts Forever (1984)

PG | 82 min | Comedy, Fantasy, Sci-Fi

An artist fails a test and is required to direct traffic in New York City's Holland Tunnel. He winds up falling in love with a beautiful woman, who takes him to the moon on a Lunar Cruiser.

Director: Tom Schiller | Stars: Zach Galligan, Apollonia van Ravenstein, Lauren Tom, Sam Jaffe

Votes: 691

21. SubUrbia (1996)

R | 121 min | Comedy, Drama

62 Metascore

A group of suburban teenagers try to support each other through the difficult task of becoming adults.

Director: Richard Linklater | Stars: Giovanni Ribisi, Steve Zahn, Jayce Bartok, Amie Carey

Votes: 8,030 | Gross: $0.73M

22. Ben (1972)

PG | 94 min | Horror, Thriller

A lonely boy befriends Ben, the leader of a violent pack of killer rats.

Director: Phil Karlson | Stars: Lee Montgomery, Joseph Campanella, Arthur O'Connell, Rosemary Murphy

Votes: 2,006

23. Dream Demon (1988)

R | 86 min | Horror

A young woman about to be married begins having terrifying dreams about demons. When she wakes, however, the demons are real and begin to commit gruesome murders.

Director: Harley Cokeliss | Stars: Jemma Redgrave, Kathleen Wilhoite, Timothy Spall, Jimmy Nail

Votes: 397

24. Naked Tango (1990)

R | 90 min | Crime, Drama, Romance

When a young European woman assumes a false identity in 1920s Argentina, she gets more than she bargained for.

Director: Leonard Schrader | Stars: Vincent D'Onofrio, Mathilda May, Fernando Rey, Tony Payne

Votes: 550

25. A Fistful of Fingers (1995)

78 min | Comedy, Western

A comic western about a cowboy who seeks a wanted and evil man who caused for the death of his beloved horse Easy.

Director: Edgar Wright | Stars: Graham Low, Martin Curtis, Oli van der Vijver, Quentin Green

Votes: 506



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