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1. The Shawshank Redemption (1994)

R | 142 min | Drama

9.3
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80 Metascore

Two imprisoned men bond over a number of years, finding solace and eventual redemption through acts of common decency.

Director: Frank Darabont | Stars: Tim Robbins, Morgan Freeman, Bob Gunton, William Sadler

Votes: 2,272,461 | Gross: $28.34M

2. The Godfather (1972)

R | 175 min | Crime, Drama

9.2
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100 Metascore

The aging patriarch of an organized crime dynasty transfers control of his clandestine empire to his reluctant son.

Director: Francis Ford Coppola | Stars: Marlon Brando, Al Pacino, James Caan, Diane Keaton

Votes: 1,567,647 | Gross: $134.97M

3. The Crown (2016– )

TV-MA | 58 min | Drama, History

8.7
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Follows the political rivalries and romance of Queen Elizabeth II's reign and the events that shaped the second half of the twentieth century.

Stars: Claire Foy, Olivia Colman, Imelda Staunton, Matt Smith

Votes: 115,817

4. The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel (2017– )

TV-MA | 57 min | Comedy, Drama

8.7
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A housewife in 1958 decides to become a stand-up comic.

Stars: Rachel Brosnahan, Alex Borstein, Michael Zegen, Marin Hinkle

Votes: 71,270

5. Back to the Future (1985)

PG | 116 min | Adventure, Comedy, Sci-Fi

8.5
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87 Metascore

Marty McFly, a 17-year-old high school student, is accidentally sent thirty years into the past in a time-traveling DeLorean invented by his close friend, the eccentric scientist Doc Brown.

Director: Robert Zemeckis | Stars: Michael J. Fox, Christopher Lloyd, Lea Thompson, Crispin Glover

Votes: 1,023,988 | Gross: $210.61M

6. The Irishman (2019)

R | 209 min | Biography, Crime, Drama

7.9
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94 Metascore

An old man recalls his time painting houses for his friend, Jimmy Hoffa, through the 1950-70s.

Director: Martin Scorsese | Stars: Robert De Niro, Al Pacino, Joe Pesci, Harvey Keitel

Votes: 301,946 | Gross: $7.00M

7. Motherless Brooklyn (2019)

R | 144 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

6.8
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60 Metascore

In 1950s New York, a lonely private detective afflicted with Tourette's Syndrome ventures to solve the murder of his mentor and only friend.

Director: Edward Norton | Stars: Edward Norton, Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Alec Baldwin, Willem Dafoe

Votes: 33,786

8. The Godfather: Part II (1974)

R | 202 min | Crime, Drama

9.0
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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: 1,095,376 | Gross: $57.30M

9. Forrest Gump (1994)

PG-13 | 142 min | Drama, Romance

8.8
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82 Metascore

The presidencies of Kennedy and Johnson, the events of Vietnam, Watergate and other historical events unfold through the perspective of an Alabama man with an IQ of 75, whose only desire is to be reunited with his childhood sweetheart.

Director: Robert Zemeckis | Stars: Tom Hanks, Robin Wright, Gary Sinise, Sally Field

Votes: 1,750,392 | Gross: $330.25M

10. Watchmen (2009)

R | 162 min | Action, Drama, Mystery

7.6
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56 Metascore

In 1985 where former superheroes exist, the murder of a colleague sends active vigilante Rorschach into his own sprawling investigation, uncovering something that could completely change the course of history as we know it.

Director: Zack Snyder | Stars: Jackie Earle Haley, Patrick Wilson, Carla Gugino, Malin Akerman

Votes: 489,828 | Gross: $107.51M

11. Grease (1978)

PG | 110 min | Musical, Romance

7.2
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70 Metascore

Good girl Sandy Olsson (Olivia Newton-John) and greaser Danny Zuko (John Travolta) fell in love over the summer. When they unexpectedly discover they're now in the same high school, will they be able to rekindle their romance?

Director: Randal Kleiser | Stars: John Travolta, Olivia Newton-John, Stockard Channing, Jeff Conaway

Votes: 232,031 | Gross: $188.76M

12. Rocketman (I) (2019)

R | 121 min | Biography, Drama, Music

7.3
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69 Metascore

A musical fantasy about the fantastical human story of Elton John's breakthrough years.

Director: Dexter Fletcher | Stars: Taron Egerton, Jamie Bell, Richard Madden, Bryce Dallas Howard

Votes: 123,148 | Gross: $96.37M

13. Stand by Me (1986)

R | 89 min | Adventure, Drama

8.1
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75 Metascore

After the death of one of his friends, a writer recounts a childhood journey with his friends to find the body of a missing boy.

Director: Rob Reiner | Stars: Wil Wheaton, River Phoenix, Corey Feldman, Jerry O'Connell

Votes: 354,822 | Gross: $52.29M

14. Lolita (1997)

R | 137 min | Drama, Romance

6.9
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46 Metascore

A man marries his landlady so he can take advantage of her daughter.

Director: Adrian Lyne | Stars: Jeremy Irons, Dominique Swain, Melanie Griffith, Frank Langella

Votes: 50,830 | Gross: $1.40M

15. M*A*S*H (1972–1983)

TV-PG | 25 min | Comedy, Drama, War

8.4
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The staff of an Army hospital in the Korean War find that laughter is the best way to deal with their situation.

Stars: Alan Alda, Wayne Rogers, Loretta Swit, Jamie Farr

Votes: 49,130

16. Father Brown (2013– )

TV-PG | 52 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

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Series inspired by the stories of GK Chesterton; a Catholic priest has a knack for solving mysteries in his English village.

Stars: Mark Williams, Sorcha Cusack, John Burton, Jack Deam

Votes: 7,477

17. The Vast of Night (2019)

PG-13 | 91 min | Drama, Mystery, Sci-Fi

6.7
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84 Metascore

In the twilight of the 1950s, on one fateful night in New Mexico, young switchboard operator Fay and charismatic radio DJ Everett discover a strange audio frequency that could change their small town and the future forever.

Director: Andrew Patterson | Stars: Sierra McCormick, Jake Horowitz, Gail Cronauer, Bruce Davis

Votes: 17,766

18. Angel Heart (1987)

X | 113 min | Horror, Mystery, Thriller

7.3
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61 Metascore

A private investigator is hired by a man who calls himself Louis Cyphre to track down a singer named Johnny Favorite. But the investigation takes an unexpected and somber turn.

Director: Alan Parker | Stars: Mickey Rourke, Robert De Niro, Lisa Bonet, Charlotte Rampling

Votes: 78,411 | Gross: $17.19M

19. Big Fish (2003)

PG-13 | 125 min | Adventure, Drama, Fantasy

8.0
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58 Metascore

A frustrated son tries to determine the fact from fiction in his dying father's life.

Director: Tim Burton | Stars: Ewan McGregor, Albert Finney, Billy Crudup, Jessica Lange

Votes: 407,537 | Gross: $66.26M

20. Call the Midwife (2012– )

TV-PG | 60 min | Drama, History

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Chronicles the lives of a group of midwives living in East London in the late-1950s to mid-1960s.

Stars: Vanessa Redgrave, Laura Main, Jenny Agutter, Judy Parfitt

Votes: 19,193

21. A Place to Call Home (2013–2018)

Not Rated | 60 min | Drama

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A mysterious woman is perched between the harsh legacy of World War II and the hope of a new life in Australia.

Stars: Marta Dusseldorp, Noni Hazlehurst, Brett Climo, Craig Hall

Votes: 3,917

22. Marple (2004–2013)

TV-14 | 93 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

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An elderly spinster living in the village of St. Mary Mead, helps her friends and relatives solve mysterious murders.

Stars: Geraldine McEwan, Julia McKenzie, Stephen Churchett, Isabella Parriss

Votes: 5,659

23. Cars (2006)

G | 117 min | Animation, Comedy, Family

7.1
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73 Metascore

A hot-shot race-car named Lightning McQueen gets waylaid in Radiator Springs, where he finds the true meaning of friendship and family.

Directors: John Lasseter, Joe Ranft | Stars: Owen Wilson, Bonnie Hunt, Paul Newman, Larry the Cable Guy

Votes: 356,923 | Gross: $244.08M

24. Blow (2001)

R | 124 min | Biography, Crime, Drama

7.6
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52 Metascore

The story of how George Jung, along with the Medellín Cartel headed by Pablo Escobar, established the American cocaine market in the 1970s in the United States.

Director: Ted Demme | Stars: Johnny Depp, Penélope Cruz, Franka Potente, Rachel Griffiths

Votes: 236,019 | Gross: $52.99M

25. The Incredibles (2004)

PG | 115 min | Animation, Action, Adventure

8.0
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90 Metascore

A family of undercover superheroes, while trying to live the quiet suburban life, are forced into action to save the world.

Director: Brad Bird | Stars: Craig T. Nelson, Samuel L. Jackson, Holly Hunter, Jason Lee

Votes: 641,365 | Gross: $261.44M

26. A Beautiful Mind (2001)

PG-13 | 135 min | Biography, Drama

8.2
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72 Metascore

After John Nash, a brilliant but asocial mathematician, accepts secret work in cryptography, his life takes a turn for the nightmarish.

Director: Ron Howard | Stars: Russell Crowe, Ed Harris, Jennifer Connelly, Christopher Plummer

Votes: 825,533 | Gross: $170.74M

27. Happy Days (1974–1984)

TV-G | 30 min | Comedy, Family, Music

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The Cunningham family live through the 1950s with help and guidance from the lovable and almost superhuman greaser, Fonzie.

Stars: Ron Howard, Henry Winkler, Marion Ross, Tom Bosley

Votes: 15,500

28. Walk the Line (2005)

PG-13 | 136 min | Biography, Drama, Music

7.8
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72 Metascore

A chronicle of country music legend Johnny Cash's life, from his early days on an Arkansas cotton farm to his rise to fame with Sun Records in Memphis, where he recorded alongside Elvis Presley, Jerry Lee Lewis, and Carl Perkins.

Director: James Mangold | Stars: Joaquin Phoenix, Reese Witherspoon, Ginnifer Goodwin, Robert Patrick

Votes: 228,931 | Gross: $119.52M

29. Masters of Sex (2013–2016)

TV-MA | 60 min | Drama, Romance

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Drama about the pioneers of the science of human sexuality whose research touched off the sexual revolution.

Stars: Michael Sheen, Lizzy Caplan, Caitlin FitzGerald, Teddy Sears

Votes: 34,144

30. Magnolia (1999)

R | 188 min | Drama

8.0
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77 Metascore

An epic mosaic of interrelated characters in search of love, forgiveness, and meaning in the San Fernando Valley.

Director: Paul Thomas Anderson | Stars: Tom Cruise, Jason Robards, Julianne Moore, Philip Seymour Hoffman

Votes: 284,155 | Gross: $22.46M

31. Back to the Future Part II (1989)

PG | 108 min | Adventure, Comedy, Sci-Fi

7.8
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57 Metascore

After visiting 2015, Marty McFly must repeat his visit to 1955 to prevent disastrous changes to 1985...without interfering with his first trip.

Director: Robert Zemeckis | Stars: Michael J. Fox, Christopher Lloyd, Lea Thompson, Thomas F. Wilson

Votes: 466,157 | Gross: $118.50M

32. Vertigo (1958)

PG | 128 min | Mystery, Romance, Thriller

8.3
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100 Metascore

A former police detective juggles wrestling with his personal demons and becoming obsessed with a hauntingly beautiful woman.

Director: Alfred Hitchcock | Stars: James Stewart, Kim Novak, Barbara Bel Geddes, Tom Helmore

Votes: 351,248 | Gross: $3.20M

33. The Curious Case of Benjamin Button (2008)

PG-13 | 166 min | Drama, Fantasy, Romance

7.8
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70 Metascore

Tells the story of Benjamin Button, a man who starts aging backwards with consequences.

Director: David Fincher | Stars: Brad Pitt, Cate Blanchett, Tilda Swinton, Julia Ormond

Votes: 574,462 | Gross: $127.51M

34. Dead Poets Society (1989)

PG | 128 min | Comedy, Drama

8.1
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79 Metascore

Maverick teacher John Keating uses poetry to embolden his boarding school students to new heights of self-expression.

Director: Peter Weir | Stars: Robin Williams, Robert Sean Leonard, Ethan Hawke, Josh Charles

Votes: 409,700 | Gross: $95.86M

35. L.A. Confidential (1997)

R | 138 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

8.2
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90 Metascore

As corruption grows in 1950s Los Angeles, three policemen - one strait-laced, one brutal, and one sleazy - investigate a series of murders with their own brand of justice.

Director: Curtis Hanson | Stars: Kevin Spacey, Russell Crowe, Guy Pearce, Kim Basinger

Votes: 520,458 | Gross: $64.62M

36. Grantchester (2014– )

TV-14 | 45 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

7.9
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A Cambridgeshire clergyman finds himself investigating a series of mysterious wrongdoings in his small village of Grantchester.

Stars: Robson Green, Tessa Peake-Jones, Al Weaver, Kacey Ainsworth

Votes: 9,240

37. Grease 2 (1982)

PG | 115 min | Comedy, Drama, Musical

4.4
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52 Metascore

A British student at a 1960s American high school must prove himself to the leader of a girls' gang whose members can only date greasers.

Director: Patricia Birch | Stars: Michelle Pfeiffer, Maxwell Caulfield, Lorna Luft, Maureen Teefy

Votes: 32,089 | Gross: $15.17M

38. Revolutionary Road (2008)

R | 119 min | Drama, Romance

7.3
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69 Metascore

A young couple living in a Connecticut suburb during the mid-1950s struggle to come to terms with their personal problems while trying to raise their two children.

Director: Sam Mendes | Stars: Leonardo DiCaprio, Kate Winslet, Christopher Fitzgerald, Jonathan Roumie

Votes: 191,338 | Gross: $22.91M

39. Superman (1978)

PG | 143 min | Action, Adventure, Drama

7.3
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80 Metascore

An alien orphan is sent from his dying planet to Earth, where he grows up to become his adoptive home's first and greatest superhero.

Director: Richard Donner | Stars: Christopher Reeve, Margot Kidder, Gene Hackman, Marlon Brando

Votes: 156,043 | Gross: $134.22M

40. Rear Window (1954)

PG | 112 min | Mystery, Thriller

8.4
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100 Metascore

A wheelchair-bound photographer spies on his neighbors from his apartment window and becomes convinced one of them has committed murder.

Director: Alfred Hitchcock | Stars: James Stewart, Grace Kelly, Wendell Corey, Thelma Ritter

Votes: 431,027 | Gross: $36.76M

41. The Talented Mr. Ripley (1999)

R | 139 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

7.4
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76 Metascore

In late 1950s New York, Tom Ripley, a young underachiever, is sent to Italy to retrieve Dickie Greenleaf, a rich and spoiled millionaire playboy. But when the errand fails, Ripley takes extreme measures.

Director: Anthony Minghella | Stars: Matt Damon, Gwyneth Paltrow, Jude Law, Cate Blanchett

Votes: 177,531 | Gross: $81.30M

42. Lolita (1962)

Not Rated | 153 min | Crime, Drama, Romance

7.6
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79 Metascore

A middle-aged college professor becomes infatuated with a fourteen-year-old nymphet.

Director: Stanley Kubrick | Stars: James Mason, Shelley Winters, Sue Lyon, Gary Cockrell

Votes: 90,372 | Gross: $9.25M

43. Hail, Caesar! (2016)

PG-13 | 106 min | Comedy, Drama, Music

6.3
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72 Metascore

A Hollywood fixer in the 1950s works to keep the studio's stars in line.

Directors: Ethan Coen, Joel Coen | Stars: Josh Brolin, George Clooney, Alden Ehrenreich, Ralph Fiennes

Votes: 121,106 | Gross: $30.08M

44. Friday the 13th (1980)

R | 95 min | Horror, Mystery, Thriller

6.5
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22 Metascore

A group of camp counselors are stalked and murdered by an unknown assailant while trying to reopen a summer camp which was the site of a child's drowning and a grisly double murder years before.

Director: Sean S. Cunningham | Stars: Betsy Palmer, Adrienne King, Jeannine Taylor, Robbi Morgan

Votes: 115,200 | Gross: $39.75M

45. Phantom Thread (2017)

R | 130 min | Drama, Romance

7.5
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90 Metascore

Set in 1950s London, Reynolds Woodcock is a renowned dressmaker whose fastidious life is disrupted by a young, strong-willed woman, Alma, who becomes his muse and lover.

Director: Paul Thomas Anderson | Stars: Vicky Krieps, Daniel Day-Lewis, Lesley Manville, Julie Vollono

Votes: 105,676 | Gross: $21.02M

46. Leave It to Beaver (1957–1963)

TV-G | 30 min | Comedy, Family

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The misadventures of a suburban boy, family and friends.

Stars: Jerry Mathers, Hugh Beaumont, Barbara Billingsley, Tony Dow

Votes: 6,469

47. Bridge of Spies (2015)

PG-13 | 142 min | Drama, History, Thriller

7.6
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81 Metascore

During the Cold War, an American lawyer is recruited to defend an arrested Soviet spy in court, and then help the CIA facilitate an exchange of the spy for the Soviet captured American U2 spy plane pilot, Francis Gary Powers.

Director: Steven Spielberg | Stars: Tom Hanks, Mark Rylance, Alan Alda, Amy Ryan

Votes: 280,518 | Gross: $72.31M

48. Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull (2008)

PG-13 | 122 min | Action, Adventure

6.1
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65 Metascore

In 1957, archaeologist and adventurer Dr. Henry "Indiana" Jones, Jr. is called back into action and becomes entangled in a Soviet plot to uncover the secret behind mysterious artifacts known as the Crystal Skulls.

Director: Steven Spielberg | Stars: Harrison Ford, Cate Blanchett, Shia LaBeouf, Karen Allen

Votes: 416,353 | Gross: $317.10M

49. My Neighbor Totoro (1988)

G | 86 min | Animation, Family, Fantasy

8.2
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86 Metascore

When two girls move to the country to be near their ailing mother, they have adventures with the wondrous forest spirits who live nearby.

Director: Hayao Miyazaki | Stars: Hitoshi Takagi, Noriko Hidaka, Chika Sakamoto, Shigesato Itoi

Votes: 276,827 | Gross: $1.11M

50. My Brilliant Friend (2018– )

TV-MA | 50 min | Drama

8.6
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A woman recounts the lifelong friendship and conflicts with a girl she met at primary school in Naples during the early 1950s.

Stars: Alba Rohrwacher, Margherita Mazzucco, Gaia Girace, Annarita Vitolo

Votes: 8,514



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