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1. Hereditary (2018)

R | 127 min | Drama, Horror, Mystery

7.3
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87 Metascore

A grieving family is haunted by tragic and disturbing occurrences.

Director: Ari Aster | Stars: Toni Collette, Milly Shapiro, Gabriel Byrne, Alex Wolff

Votes: 175,169 | Gross: $44.07M

2. The Devil's Rejects (2005)

R | 107 min | Horror

6.8
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53 Metascore

The murderous, backwoods Firefly family take to the road to escape a vengeful police force which is not afraid of being as ruthless as their target.

Director: Rob Zombie | Stars: Sid Haig, Sheri Moon Zombie, Bill Moseley, William Forsythe

Votes: 87,893 | Gross: $17.04M

3. Suspiria (I) (2018)

R | 152 min | Fantasy, Horror, Mystery

6.8
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64 Metascore

A darkness swirls at the center of a world-renowned dance company, one that will engulf the artistic director, an ambitious young dancer, and a grieving psychotherapist. Some will succumb to the nightmare. Others will finally wake up.

Director: Luca Guadagnino | Stars: Chloë Grace Moretz, Tilda Swinton, Doris Hick, Malgorzata Bela

Votes: 44,827 | Gross: $2.47M

4. Snowpiercer (2013)

R | 126 min | Action, Drama, Sci-Fi

7.1
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84 Metascore

In a future where a failed climate-change experiment has killed all life except for the lucky few who boarded the Snowpiercer, a train that travels around the globe, a new class system emerges.

Director: Joon-ho Bong | Stars: Chris Evans, Jamie Bell, Tilda Swinton, Ed Harris

Votes: 248,454 | Gross: $4.56M

5. Irrational Man (2015)

R | 95 min | Comedy, Drama

6.6
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53 Metascore

A tormented philosophy professor finds a will to live when he commits an existential act.

Director: Woody Allen | Stars: Joaquin Phoenix, Emma Stone, Parker Posey, Joe Stapleton

Votes: 51,839 | Gross: $4.03M

6. 31 (2016)

R | 102 min | Horror, Thriller

5.1
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35 Metascore

Five carnival workers are kidnapped and held hostage in an abandoned, hellish compound where they are forced to participate in a violent game, the goal of which is to survive twelve hours against a gang of sadistic clowns.

Director: Rob Zombie | Stars: Malcolm McDowell, Richard Brake, Jeff Daniel Phillips, Sheri Moon Zombie

Votes: 16,078 | Gross: $0.78M

7. The Killing of a Sacred Deer (2017)

R | 121 min | Drama, Mystery, Thriller

7.0
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73 Metascore

Steven, a charismatic surgeon, is forced to make an unthinkable sacrifice after his life starts to fall apart, when the behavior of a teenage boy he has taken under his wing turns sinister.

Director: Yorgos Lanthimos | Stars: Barry G. Bernson, Herb Caillouet, Bill Camp, Raffey Cassidy

Votes: 96,424 | Gross: $2.29M

8. Barry Lyndon (1975)

PG | 185 min | Adventure, Drama, History

8.1
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89 Metascore

An Irish rogue wins the heart of a rich widow and assumes her dead husband's aristocratic position in 18th-century England.

Director: Stanley Kubrick | Stars: Ryan O'Neal, Marisa Berenson, Patrick Magee, Hardy Krüger

Votes: 135,475

9. Melancholia (2011)

R | 135 min | Drama, Sci-Fi

7.1
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80 Metascore

Two sisters find their already strained relationship challenged as a mysterious new planet threatens to collide with Earth.

Director: Lars von Trier | Stars: Kirsten Dunst, Charlotte Gainsbourg, Kiefer Sutherland, Alexander Skarsgård

Votes: 155,915 | Gross: $3.03M

10. 1984 (1984)

R | 113 min | Drama, Sci-Fi

7.1
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67 Metascore

In a totalitarian future society, a man, whose daily work is re-writing history, tries to rebel by falling in love.

Director: Michael Radford | Stars: John Hurt, Richard Burton, Suzanna Hamilton, Cyril Cusack

Votes: 61,170 | Gross: $8.40M

11. Match Point (2005)

R | 124 min | Drama, Romance, Thriller

7.6
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72 Metascore

At a turning point in his life, a former tennis pro falls for an actress who happens to be dating his friend and soon-to-be brother-in-law.

Director: Woody Allen | Stars: Scarlett Johansson, Jonathan Rhys Meyers, Emily Mortimer, Matthew Goode

Votes: 194,001 | Gross: $23.09M

12. The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford (2007)

R | 160 min | Biography, Crime, Drama

7.5
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68 Metascore

Robert Ford, who's idolized Jesse James since childhood, tries hard to join the reforming gang of the Missouri outlaw, but gradually becomes resentful of the bandit leader.

Director: Andrew Dominik | Stars: Brad Pitt, Casey Affleck, Sam Shepard, Mary-Louise Parker

Votes: 159,032 | Gross: $3.90M

13. Crash (1996)

NC-17 | 100 min | Drama

6.4
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47 Metascore

After getting into a serious car accident, a TV director discovers an underground sub-culture of scarred, omnisexual car-crash victims who use car accidents and the raw sexual energy they produce to try to rejuvenate his sex life with his wife.

Director: David Cronenberg | Stars: James Spader, Holly Hunter, Elias Koteas, Deborah Kara Unger

Votes: 48,466 | Gross: $2.04M

14. U Turn (1997)

R | 125 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

6.8
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54 Metascore

A man heading to Vegas to pay off his gambling debt before the Russian mafia kills him is forced to stop in an Arizona town where everything that can go wrong does go wrong.

Director: Oliver Stone | Stars: Sean Penn, Jennifer Lopez, Nick Nolte, Billy Bob Thornton

Votes: 47,035 | Gross: $6.63M

15. A Bug's Life (1998)

G | 95 min | Animation, Adventure, Comedy

7.2
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77 Metascore

A misfit ant, looking for "warriors" to save his colony from greedy grasshoppers, recruits a group of bugs that turn out to be an inept circus troupe.

Directors: John Lasseter, Andrew Stanton | Stars: Kevin Spacey, Dave Foley, Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Hayden Panettiere

Votes: 250,998 | Gross: $162.80M

16. Glengarry Glen Ross (1992)

R | 100 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

7.8
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80 Metascore

An examination of the machinations behind the scenes at a real estate office.

Director: James Foley | Stars: Al Pacino, Jack Lemmon, Alec Baldwin, Alan Arkin

Votes: 89,819 | Gross: $10.73M

17. Wonder Wheel (2017)

PG-13 | 101 min | Drama

6.2
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45 Metascore

On Coney Island in the 1950s, a lifeguard tells the story of a middle-aged carousel operator, his beleaguered wife, and the visitor who turns their lives upside-down.

Director: Woody Allen | Stars: Justin Timberlake, Juno Temple, Robert C. Kirk, Kate Winslet

Votes: 20,958 | Gross: $1.40M

18. The Counsellor (2013)

R | 117 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

5.3
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48 Metascore

A lawyer finds himself in over his head when he gets involved in drug trafficking.

Director: Ridley Scott | Stars: Michael Fassbender, Penélope Cruz, Cameron Diaz, Javier Bardem

Votes: 92,938 | Gross: $16.97M

19. The Rover (2014)

R | 103 min | Crime, Drama

6.4
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64 Metascore

10 years after a global economic collapse, a hardened loner pursues the men who stole his only possession, his car. Along the way, he captures one of the thieves' brother, and the duo form an uneasy bond during the dangerous journey.

Director: David Michôd | Stars: Guy Pearce, Robert Pattinson, Scoot McNairy, David Field

Votes: 41,393 | Gross: $1.11M

20. Ran (1985)

R | 162 min | Action, Drama

8.2
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96 Metascore

In Medieval Japan, an elderly warlord retires, handing over his empire to his three sons. However, he vastly underestimates how the new-found power will corrupt them and cause them to turn on each other...and him.

Director: Akira Kurosawa | Stars: Tatsuya Nakadai, Akira Terao, Jinpachi Nezu, Daisuke Ryû

Votes: 101,677 | Gross: $3.52M

21. Pompeii (I) (2014)

PG-13 | 105 min | Action, Adventure, Drama

5.5
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39 Metascore

A slave-turned-gladiator finds himself in a race against time to save his true love, who has been betrothed to a corrupt Roman Senator. As Mount Vesuvius erupts, he must fight to save his beloved as Pompeii crumbles around him.

Director: Paul W.S. Anderson | Stars: Kit Harington, Emily Browning, Kiefer Sutherland, Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje

Votes: 101,739 | Gross: $23.22M

22. Nosferatu the Vampyre (1979)

PG | 107 min | Drama, Horror

7.5
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79 Metascore

Count Dracula moves from Transylvania to Wismar, spreading the Black Plague across the land. Only a woman pure of heart can bring an end to his reign of horror.

Director: Werner Herzog | Stars: Klaus Kinski, Isabelle Adjani, Bruno Ganz, Roland Topor

Votes: 29,488

23. Cruising (1980)

R | 102 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

6.4
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43 Metascore

A police detective goes undercover in the underground S&M gay subculture of New York City to catch a serial killer who is preying on gay men.

Director: William Friedkin | Stars: Al Pacino, Paul Sorvino, Karen Allen, Richard Cox

Votes: 17,022 | Gross: $19.80M

24. Carnage (2011)

R | 80 min | Comedy, Drama

7.2
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61 Metascore

Two pairs of parents hold a cordial meeting after their sons are involved in a fight, though as their time together progresses, increasingly childish behavior throws the discussion into chaos.

Director: Roman Polanski | Stars: Jodie Foster, Kate Winslet, Christoph Waltz, John C. Reilly

Votes: 112,945 | Gross: $2.55M

25. The Killing (1956)

Not Rated | 84 min | Crime, Drama, Film-Noir

8.0
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Crook Johnny Clay assembles a five man team to plan and execute a daring race-track robbery.

Director: Stanley Kubrick | Stars: Sterling Hayden, Coleen Gray, Vince Edwards, Jay C. Flippen

Votes: 75,037

26. Threads (1984 TV Movie)

112 min | Drama, Sci-Fi, War

8.1
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92 Metascore

The effects of a nuclear holocaust on the working class city of Sheffield, England and the eventual long-term effects of nuclear war on civilization.

Director: Mick Jackson | Stars: Karen Meagher, Reece Dinsdale, David Brierly, Rita May

Votes: 10,299

27. THX 1138 (1971)

R | 86 min | Drama, Sci-Fi, Thriller

6.7
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75 Metascore

In the twenty-fifth century, a time when people have designations instead of names, a man, THX 1138, and a woman, LUH 3417, rebel against their rigidly controlled society.

Director: George Lucas | Stars: Robert Duvall, Donald Pleasence, Don Pedro Colley, Maggie McOmie

Votes: 45,213 | Gross: $2.44M

28. The Exterminating Angel (1962)

Not Rated | 95 min | Drama, Fantasy

8.2
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The guests at an upper-class dinner party find themselves unable to leave.

Director: Luis Buñuel | Stars: Silvia Pinal, Jacqueline Andere, Enrique Rambal, José Baviera

Votes: 26,275

29. Magic in the Moonlight (2014)

PG-13 | 97 min | Comedy, Romance

6.6
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54 Metascore

A romantic comedy about an Englishman brought in to help unmask a possible swindle. Personal and professional complications ensue.

Director: Woody Allen | Stars: Colin Firth, Emma Stone, Marcia Gay Harden, Hamish Linklater

Votes: 59,971 | Gross: $10.51M

30. Sink or Swim (2018)

122 min | Comedy, Drama, Sport

7.0
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47 Metascore

A depressed man joins a synchronized swimming team made up of middle aged men.

Director: Gilles Lellouche | Stars: Mathieu Amalric, Guillaume Canet, Benoît Poelvoorde, Jean-Hugues Anglade

Votes: 5,759

31. Rollerball (1975)

R | 125 min | Action, Sci-Fi, Sport

6.6
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56 Metascore

In a corporate-controlled future, an ultra-violent sport known as Rollerball represents the world, and one of its powerful athletes is out to defy those who want him out of the game.

Director: Norman Jewison | Stars: James Caan, John Houseman, Maud Adams, John Beck

Votes: 20,795 | Gross: $30.00M

32. The Secret Life of Bees (2008)

PG-13 | 114 min | Drama

7.3
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57 Metascore

In 1964, a teenage girl in search of the truth about her mother runs away to a small town in South Carolina and finds a family of independent women who can connect her to her past.

Director: Gina Prince-Bythewood | Stars: Dakota Fanning, Jennifer Hudson, Queen Latifah, Alicia Keys

Votes: 22,922 | Gross: $37.77M

33. American Pastoral (2016)

R | 108 min | Crime, Drama

6.1
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43 Metascore

An All-American college star and his beauty queen wife watch their seemingly perfect life fall apart as their daughter joins the turmoil of '60s America.

Director: Ewan McGregor | Stars: Ewan McGregor, Jennifer Connelly, Dakota Fanning, Peter Riegert

Votes: 13,402 | Gross: $0.54M

34. Invader ZIM (2001–2004)

TV-Y | 24 min | Animation, Action, Adventure

8.3
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An alien named Zim from the planet Irk is sent on a secret mission to conquer Earth, not realising that his leaders were just trying to get rid of him and hoped that he would die. Once there, Zim manages to disguise himself as a human child, but one boy named Dib sees through his disguise.

Stars: Andy Berman, Richard Steven Horvitz, Rikki Simons, Melissa Fahn

Votes: 18,494

35. Moby Dick (1956)

Not Rated | 116 min | Adventure, Drama

7.3
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The sole survivor of a lost whaling ship relates the tale of his captain's self-destructive obsession to hunt the white whale, Moby Dick.

Director: John Huston | Stars: Gregory Peck, Richard Basehart, Leo Genn, James Robertson Justice

Votes: 15,855 | Gross: $10.40M

36. Macbeth (1971)

R | 140 min | Biography, Drama, History

7.4
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A ruthlessly ambitious Scottish lord seizes the throne with the help of his scheming wife and a trio of witches.

Director: Roman Polanski | Stars: Jon Finch, Francesca Annis, Martin Shaw, Terence Bayler

Votes: 11,716

37. Happy End (2017)

R | 107 min | Drama

6.7
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72 Metascore

A well-to-do French family deals with a series of setbacks and crises.

Director: Michael Haneke | Stars: Isabelle Huppert, Jean-Louis Trintignant, Mathieu Kassovitz, Fantine Harduin

Votes: 10,770 | Gross: $0.30M

38. Comet (2014)

R | 91 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

6.8
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52 Metascore

Set in a parallel universe, Comet bounces back and forth over the course of an unlikely but perfectly paired couple's six-year relationship.

Director: Sam Esmail | Stars: Justin Long, Emmy Rossum, Kayla Servi, Eric Winter

Votes: 16,465

39. Bring Me the Head of Alfredo Garcia (1974)

R | 112 min | Action, Crime, Drama

7.5
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An American bar room pianist and his prostitute girlfriend go on a trip through the Mexican underworld to collect a bounty on the head of a dead gigolo.

Director: Sam Peckinpah | Stars: Warren Oates, Isela Vega, Robert Webber, Gig Young

Votes: 16,786

40. The Seventh Continent (1989)

Not Rated | 104 min | Drama

7.8
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89 Metascore

A European family who plan on escaping to Australia, seem caught up in their daily routine, only troubled by minor incidents. However, behind their apparent calm and repetitive existence, they are actually planning something sinister.

Director: Michael Haneke | Stars: Birgit Doll, Dieter Berner, Leni Tanzer, Udo Samel

Votes: 11,557

41. The Turin Horse (2011)

Not Rated | 155 min | Drama

7.8
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80 Metascore

A rural farmer is forced to confront the mortality of his faithful horse.

Directors: Béla Tarr, Ágnes Hranitzky | Stars: János Derzsi, Erika Bók, Mihály Kormos, Ricsi

Votes: 13,850 | Gross: $0.05M

42. Tomboy (2011)

Not Rated | 82 min | Drama

7.4
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74 Metascore

A family moves into a new neighborhood, and a 10-year-old named Laure deliberately presents as a boy named Mikhael to the neighborhood children.

Director: Céline Sciamma | Stars: Zoé Héran, Malonn Lévana, Jeanne Disson, Sophie Cattani

Votes: 15,743 | Gross: $0.13M

43. The Childhood of a Leader (2015)

115 min | Drama

6.1
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68 Metascore

A chronicle of the childhood of a post-World War I leader.

Director: Brady Corbet | Stars: Bérénice Bejo, Liam Cunningham, Stacy Martin, Yolande Moreau

Votes: 5,114

44. The Damned (1969)

R | 156 min | Drama, War

7.6
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The dramatic collapse of a wealthy, industrialist/Junker family during the reign of the Third Reich.

Director: Luchino Visconti | Stars: Dirk Bogarde, Ingrid Thulin, Helmut Griem, Helmut Berger

Votes: 6,828

45. The Smell of Us (2014)

92 min | Drama

5.0
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A story centered around a group of self-destructive skateboarders in Paris.

Director: Larry Clark | Stars: Lukas Ionesco, Diane Rouxel, Théo Cholbi, Hugo Behar-Thinières

Votes: 1,250

46. 100 metros (2016)

108 min | Biography, Comedy, Drama

7.5
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Based on true events, a Spanish man with multiple sclerosis who tried to finish an Iron-Man competition despite he was told that he could not make 100 meters.

Director: Marcel Barrena | Stars: Dani Rovira, Karra Elejalde, Alexandra Jiménez, David Verdaguer

Votes: 4,036

47. L'Argent (1983)

Not Rated | 85 min | Crime, Drama

7.5
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95 Metascore

A forged 500-franc note is passed from person to person until carelessness leads to tragedy.

Director: Robert Bresson | Stars: Christian Patey, Sylvie Van den Elsen, Michel Briguet, Vincent Risterucci

Votes: 7,271

48. The Devil, Probably (1977)

Not Rated | 95 min | Drama

7.2
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Charles drifts through politics, religion and psychoanalysis, rejecting them all. Once he realises the depth of his disgust with the moral and physical decline of the society he lives in, ... See full summary »

Director: Robert Bresson | Stars: Antoine Monnier, Tina Irissari, Henri de Maublanc, Laetitia Carcano

Votes: 3,091 | Gross: $0.03M

49. La Bête Humaine (1938)

Not Rated | 100 min | Crime, Drama

7.6
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In this classic adaptation of Emile Zola's novel, a tortured train engineer falls in love with a troubled married woman who has helped her husband commit a murder.

Director: Jean Renoir | Stars: Jean Gabin, Julien Carette, Simone Simon, Fernand Ledoux

Votes: 6,228

50. Der Todesking: The Death King (1990)

Not Rated | 80 min | Drama, Horror

6.5
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Seven episodes, each taking place on a different day of the week, on the theme of suicide and violent death.

Director: Jörg Buttgereit | Stars: Hermann Kopp, Heinrich Ebber, Michael Krause, Eva-Maria Kurz

Votes: 1,997



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