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1. Control (2007)

R | 122 min | Biography, Drama, Music

7.7
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78 Metascore

A profile of Ian Curtis, the enigmatic singer of Joy Division whose personal, professional, and romantic troubles led him to commit suicide at the age of 23.

Director: Anton Corbijn | Stars: Sam Riley, Samantha Morton, Craig Parkinson, Alexandra Maria Lara

Votes: 58,097 | Gross: $0.87M

2. Young Adam (2003)

NC-17 | 98 min | Crime, Drama

6.4
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67 Metascore

A young drifter working on a river barge disrupts his employers' lives while hiding the fact that he knows more about a dead woman found in the river than he admits.

Director: David Mackenzie | Stars: Ewan McGregor, Tilda Swinton, Peter Mullan, Emily Mortimer

Votes: 12,682 | Gross: $0.77M

3. Room at the Top (1959)

Not Rated | 115 min | Drama, Romance

7.6
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84 Metascore

An ambitious young accountant plots to wed a wealthy factory owner's daughter, despite falling in love with a married older woman.

Director: Jack Clayton | Stars: Laurence Harvey, Simone Signoret, Heather Sears, Donald Wolfit

Votes: 4,589

4. Saturday Night and Sunday Morning (1960)

Approved | 89 min | Drama, Romance

7.6
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A rebellious, hard-living factory worker juggles relationships with two women, one of whom is married to another man but pregnant with his child.

Director: Karel Reisz | Stars: Albert Finney, Shirley Anne Field, Rachel Roberts, Hylda Baker

Votes: 6,874

5. A Taste of Honey (1961)

Not Rated | 101 min | Drama

7.6
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A pregnant teenage girl must fend for herself when her mother remarries, leaving the girl with only a new male friend for support.

Director: Tony Richardson | Stars: Rita Tushingham, Dora Bryan, Robert Stephens, Murray Melvin

Votes: 4,253

6. This Sporting Life (1963)

Not Rated | 134 min | Drama, Sport

7.8
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Despite success on the field, a rising rugby star senses the emerging emptiness of his life as his inner angst begins to materialize through aggression and brutality, so he attempts to woo his landlady in hopes of finding reason to live.

Director: Lindsay Anderson | Stars: Richard Harris, Rachel Roberts, Alan Badel, William Hartnell

Votes: 5,336

7. Billy Liar (1963)

Not Rated | 98 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

7.4
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82 Metascore

A lazy, irresponsible young clerk (Sir Tom Courtenay) in provincial Northern England lives in his own fantasy world and makes emotionally immature decisions as he alienates friends and family.

Director: John Schlesinger | Stars: Tom Courtenay, Julie Christie, Wilfred Pickles, Mona Washbourne

Votes: 5,176 | Gross: $0.04M

8. The Loneliness of the Long Distance Runner (1962)

Not Rated | 104 min | Drama, Sport

7.7
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A juvenile offender (Sir Tom Courtenay) at a tough reform school impresses its Governor (Sir Michael Redgrave) with his running ability and is encouraged to compete in an upcoming race, but faces ridicule from his peers.

Director: Tony Richardson | Stars: Michael Redgrave, Tom Courtenay, Avis Bunnage, Alec McCowen

Votes: 7,070

9. The Family Way (1966)

Approved | 115 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

7.4
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Compassionate look at the troubles of two young newlyweds, whose marriage has yet to be consummated.

Directors: John Boulting, Roy Boulting | Stars: Hayley Mills, Hywel Bennett, Avril Angers, John Comer

Votes: 1,169

10. The L-Shaped Room (1962)

126 min | Drama, Romance

7.4
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A single, pregnant woman moves into a London boarding house where she meets a group of fellow misfits.

Director: Bryan Forbes | Stars: Leslie Caron, Anthony Booth, Avis Bunnage, Patricia Phoenix

Votes: 1,559

11. A Kind of Loving (1962)

Not Rated | 112 min | Drama, Romance

7.4
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After his girlfriend's pregnancy forces him to marry her, a young man must adjust to his new life and contend with his domineering mother-in-law.

Director: John Schlesinger | Stars: Alan Bates, June Ritchie, Thora Hird, Bert Palmer

Votes: 1,386 | Gross: $0.00M

12. Look Back in Anger (1959)

Approved | 98 min | Drama

7.2
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A disillusioned, angry university graduate comes to terms with his grudge against middle-class life and values.

Director: Tony Richardson | Stars: Richard Burton, Claire Bloom, Mary Ure, Edith Evans

Votes: 2,987

13. Poor Cow (1967)

Approved | 101 min | Drama

6.9
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A young woman lives a life filled with bad choices. She marries and has a child with an abusive thief at a young age who quickly ends up in prison. Left alone she takes up with his mate (... See full summary »

Director: Ken Loach | Stars: Terence Stamp, Carol White, John Bindon, Queenie Watts

Votes: 1,146

14. Night Must Fall (1964)

101 min | Crime, Thriller

6.6
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A psychotic killer gets in the good graces of his aging invalid employer, and worms his way into the affection of her beautiful daughter, with unpleasant results for all.

Director: Karel Reisz | Stars: Albert Finney, Susan Hampshire, Mona Washbourne, Sheila Hancock

Votes: 630

15. Spring and Port Wine (1970)

Not Rated | 101 min | Drama

7.1
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A stern father and lenient mother try to deal with the ups and downs of their four children's lives in working class Bolton.

Director: Peter Hammond | Stars: James Mason, Diana Coupland, Hannah Gordon, Susan George

Votes: 436

16. The Navigators (2001)

R | 96 min | Comedy, Drama

7.0
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Five Yorkshiremen try to survive after the British Rail is bought out by a private company.

Director: Ken Loach | Stars: Dean Andrews, Thomas Craig, Joe Duttine, Steve Huison

Votes: 2,457 | Gross: $0.00M

17. The Leather Boys (1964)

Not Rated | 108 min | Drama, Romance

7.2
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An immature teenager marries a young biker but becomes disenchanted with the realities of working class marriage and her husband's relationship with his best friend.

Director: Sidney J. Furie | Stars: Rita Tushingham, Colin Campbell, Dudley Sutton, Gladys Henson

Votes: 584

18. The Angry Silence (1960)

TV-14 | 95 min | Drama

7.6
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A young factory worker decides to stand up against his workmates and fellow union members when they want to hold a wildcat strike.

Director: Guy Green | Stars: Richard Attenborough, Pier Angeli, Michael Craig, Bernard Lee

Votes: 1,053

19. Four in the Morning (1965)

Not Rated | 94 min | Drama

6.6
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Drama which follows the parallel stories of two couples in crisis and their connection to a drowned woman found in a river.

Director: Anthony Simmons | Stars: Ann Lynn, Judi Dench, Norman Rodway, Brian Phelan

Votes: 161

20. Better Things (2008)

93 min | Drama

5.4
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A group of young people grow up together in a small, rural community in the Cotswolds.

Director: Duane Hopkins | Stars: Rachel McIntyre, Emma Cooper, Liam McIlfatrick, Che Corr

Votes: 623

21. Gotta Run! (1982)

107 min | Drama, Romance

6.8
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Juuso, Late, and Pyry return from military service to their small village in the Finnish countryside. Finding work is difficult there, so Juuso decides to take a job on a Norwegian oil ... See full summary »

Director: Mikko Niskanen | Stars: Heikki Paavilainen, Timo Torikka, Tero Niva, Sanna Majanlahti

Votes: 191

22. Adoption (1975)

Not Rated | 89 min | Drama

7.2
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Single factory worker Kata, 43, wants to have a child with her long-time secret lover, a married man called Joska. He doesn't like the idea. Kata befriends teenage schoolgirl Anna, ... See full summary »

Director: Márta Mészáros | Stars: Katalin Berek, Gyöngyvér Vigh, Péter Fried, László Szabó

Votes: 386

23. The Darkest Light (1999)

92 min | Drama

5.7
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The story of 2 schoolgirls, a Catholic, and a Hindu, who see a strange blinding light on the moors. To the Catholic girl, the vision's the Virgin Mary who'll help cure her brother of ... See full summary »

Directors: Simon Beaufoy, Bille Eltringham | Stars: Stephen Dillane, Kerry Fox, Keri Arnold, Kavita Sungha

Votes: 150

24. Elämänmeno (1978– )

284 min | Drama

7.4
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Stars: Ritva Oksanen, Erkki Pajala, Seela Sella, Martta Reima

Votes: 44

25. Not by Bread Alone (1967)

90 min | Drama

6.9
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Leftist welder and right wing clerk get married. Soon enough they find themselves covered with finacial and emotional problems.

Director: Risto Jarva | Stars: Elina Salo, Paul Osipow, Titta Karakorpi, Pentti Irjala

Votes: 164

26. The Painting Sellers (2010)

58 min | Drama

6.7
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It's almost Christmas but these three people are still on the road. The products don't sell, the car is a wreck and the weather is freezing. Moreover there is a problem: how to cope with an emerging friendship?

Director: Juho Kuosmanen | Stars: Teppo Manner, Auli Mantila, Tuomas Airola, Marketta Immonen

Votes: 157

27. Zebra Crossing (2008)

93 min | Drama

5.7
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"From the moment I was born I cried for a month..." Eighteen years on, and Justin is no nearer the truth. And in a world that increasingly doesn't care, maybe just simply relying on ... See full summary »

Director: Sam Holland | Stars: Lee Turnbull, Greg Wakeham, Aaron White, Kyle Treslove

Votes: 330

28. One Man's War (1973)

108 min | Drama

7.2
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Man leaves his factory job and sells everything to buy an earth mover and start his own business, travelling from place to place with his wife and child. There is not enough work and he is ... See full summary »

Director: Risto Jarva | Stars: Eero Rinne, Tuula Nyman, Tauno Hautaniemi, Martti Pennanen

Votes: 128

29. Home for Christmas (1975)

89 min | Drama

6.7
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Construction worker Urho Suomalainen, his factory-worker wife Sirkka, and their two school-age children dream about getting away from their cramped rental apartment and moving to a house of... See full summary »

Director: Jaakko Pakkasvirta | Stars: Paavo Pentikäinen, Irma Martinkauppi, Kaisa Martinkauppi, Jari Erkkilä

Votes: 72

30. Eila (2003)

94 min | Drama

6.5
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A cleaning woman decides to sue the state for illegal discharge.

Director: Jarmo Lampela | Stars: Sari Mällinen, Ilkka Koivula, Hannes Suominen, Kristiina Halkola

Votes: 317

31. Gaffelbarn (2012)

71 min | Drama

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A young woman during one single day.

Director: Davor Radic | Stars: Jessica Johansson, John Smallbone Tizard

32. Silence Living in Houses (1999)

Short, Drama

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Marco, a shy teenager, rebels against following in his father's footsteps. In doing so, he unleashes a chain of repressed secrets in his family.

Director: Francesca Di Amico | Stars: Douglas Spain, Josh Cruze, Linda Bustillios, Mike Escoto

33. The Wednesday Play (1964–1970)
Episode: Cathy Come Home (1966)

75 min | Drama

8.0
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Cathy loses her home, husband and eventually her child through the inflexibility of the British welfare system.

Director: Ken Loach | Stars: Carol White, Ray Brooks, Winifred Dennis, Wally Patch

Votes: 850

34. The Simpsons (1989– )
Episode: Homer at the Bat (1992)

TV-PG | 30 min | Animation, Comedy

8.7
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Homer and his co-workers qualify for the plant softball team's league final, but Mr. Burns hires nine professional MLB players in order to win a $1 million bet.

Director: Jim Reardon | Stars: Dan Castellaneta, Julie Kavner, Nancy Cartwright, Yeardley Smith

Votes: 2,364

35. Hollywood U.K. (1993– )
Episode: Northern Lights (1993)

Documentary

8.9
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Stars: Richard Lester, Lindsay Anderson, Michael Caine, Julie Christie

Votes: 11

36. Trailer Park Boys (2001–2018)
Episode: Whore-A-Geddon (2014)

TV-MA | 25 min | Comedy, Crime

8.4
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Local TV celebrity Steve Rogers returns and rents Julian's bar for his stag party, which gets of out hand and overflows into Bubbles's Shed-and-Breakfast sheds.

Director: Ron Murphy | Stars: Mike Smith, John Paul Tremblay, Robb Wells, John Dunsworth

Votes: 200



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