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1. Bohemian Rhapsody (2018)

PG-13 | 134 min | Biography, Drama, Music

8.0
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49 Metascore

The story of the legendary British rock band Queen and lead singer Freddie Mercury, leading up to their famous performance at Live Aid (1985).

Director: Bryan Singer | Stars: Rami Malek, Lucy Boynton, Gwilym Lee, Ben Hardy

Votes: 409,791 | Gross: $216.43M

2. Pirate Radio (2009)

R | 117 min | Comedy, Drama, Music

7.4
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58 Metascore

A band of rogue DJs that captivated Britain, playing the music that defined a generation and standing up to a government that wanted classical music, and nothing else, on the airwaves.

Director: Richard Curtis | Stars: Philip Seymour Hoffman, Bill Nighy, Nick Frost, Michael Hadley

Votes: 104,557 | Gross: $7.99M

3. Pump Up the Volume (1990)

R | 102 min | Comedy, Drama, Music

7.2
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77 Metascore

Mark runs a pirate radio station and causes an uproar when he speaks his mind and enthralls fellow teens.

Director: Allan Moyle | Stars: Christian Slater, Samantha Mathis, Anthony Lucero, Andy Romano

Votes: 25,158 | Gross: $11.54M

4. Weekender (2011)

TV-MA | 90 min | Drama, Music

5.6
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35 Metascore

The rave scene has arrived from Ibiza and warehouse parties are exploding across the UK bringing phenomenal wealth to the organizers. In Manchester, best mates Matt and Dylan are in their early 20's and long to be more than just punters.

Director: Karl Golden | Stars: Jack O'Connell, Zawe Ashton, Henry Lloyd-Hughes, Dean Andrews

Votes: 1,693

5. The Dirty Mind of Young Sally (1973)

X | 95 min | Comedy

5.2
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The voluptuous and sultry foxy owner of a pirate radio station manages to stay always one step ahead from the Police who constantly tries to put her hot show-on-wheels out of business for good.

Director: Bethel Buckalew | Stars: Colleen Brennan, George 'Buck' Flower, Norman Fields, James Mathers

Votes: 217

6. FM (1978)

PG | 104 min | Comedy, Drama, Music

6.4
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When a liberal music station's owners decide to introduce army recruitment ads, despite the protests of its manager, the rebellious DJs are determined to fight back, no matter the cost.

Director: John A. Alonzo | Stars: Michael Brandon, Eileen Brennan, Alex Karras, Cleavon Little

Votes: 818

7. Slade in Flame (1975)

91 min | Drama, Music, Musical

6.9
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Light the Rock n' Roll spark with a Flame in the guise of Dave, Noddy, Jim and Don and their showcase of the rise and demise of rock band Flame.

Director: Richard Loncraine | Stars: Don Powell, Jim Lea, Noddy Holder, Dave Hill

Votes: 525

8. Born in Flames (1983)

Not Rated | 79 min | Comedy, Drama, Sci-Fi

6.3
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Set ten years after the most peaceful revolution in United States history, it presents a dystopia in which the issues of many groups - minorities, liberals, gay rights organizations, feminists - are dealt with by the government.

Director: Lizzie Borden | Stars: Honey, Adele Bertei, Jean Satterfield, Florynce Kennedy

Votes: 784

9. Arcadia of My Youth (1982)

Not Rated | 130 min | Animation, Action, Adventure

7.2
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Space captain Harlock, the latest in a family of proud aerial warriors, begins his journey to free the oppressed Earth from the despotic Illumidas Command.

Director: Tomoharu Katsumata | Stars: Makio Inoue, Kei Tomiyama, Yûjirô Ishihara, Shûichi Ikeda

Votes: 734

10. The Octopus 7: Investigation into the Death of Commissioner Cattani (1995)

627 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

8.0
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MAJOR SPOILERS AHEAD! Episode 1 - RETURN TO SICILY - is the coming back of several characters to the little town where, years ago, the police commissary Cattani was set up and murdered by ... See full summary »

Stars: Raoul Bova, Anita Zagaria, Renato De Carmine, Stefan Danailov

Votes: 379

11. Young Soul Rebels (1991)

R | 105 min | Drama, Music

6.0
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Youth culture meets identity politics in this part-thriller, part-gay love story set in London in 1977, days before the Queen's Silver Jubilee celebrations. The hedonistic world of pirate ... See full summary »

Director: Isaac Julien | Stars: Valentine Nonyela, Mo Sesay, Dorian Healy, Frances Barber

Votes: 347

12. American Nightmare (2002 Video)

R | 91 min | Horror

3.8
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A deranged female serial killer stalks seven young people whom phone a radio call-in show to discuss their darkest fears and a night-long game of cat-and-mouse is put into motion by the darkly sinister-looking murderess.

Director: Jon Keeyes | Stars: Debbie Rochon, Brandy Little, Johnny Sneed, Chris Ryan

Votes: 549

13. Lolita chijoku (1988)

62 min | Drama, Horror, Thriller

6.6
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A teenage couple drive around improvising radio shows, following night stalkers and rapists or peeping on various sexual escapades, describing what they see in detail, feigning shock and screams as the attackers become more violent.

Director: Hisayasu Satô | Stars: Marino Fujisawa, Kiyomi Itô, Reika Kazami, Simon Kumai

Votes: 50

14. The Lenny Henry Show (1987–1988)

30 min | Comedy

6.9
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Sitcom version of "_The Lenny Henry Show" (1984)_, featuring the misadventures of pirate radio DJ Delbert Wilkins.

Stars: Lenny Henry, Vas Blackwood, Ellen Thomas, Michael Mears

Votes: 78

15. On the Air Live with Captain Midnight (1979)

PG | 90 min | Comedy, Drama

7.0
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A teenager has a mobile broadcast transmitter in his van that allows him to take over the airwaves as a renegade disc jockey.

Directors: Beverly Sebastian, Ferd Sebastian | Stars: Tracy Sebastian, John Ireland, Dena Dietrich, Ted Gehring

Votes: 42

16. Vasika... kalispera sas (1982)

90 min | Comedy

7.0
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A fierce clash of two different cultures lingers on, as two pirate radio stations, "Radio Crush" and "Studio 69", take turns in broadcasting over the same frequency. Will there ever be a happy ending and a truce among pirates?

Director: Giannis Dalianidis | Stars: Stathis Psaltis, Panos Mihalopoulos, Stamatis Gardelis, Efi Pikoula

Votes: 873

17. Clara et les Chics Types (1981)

110 min | Comedy, Drama, Music

5.7
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Three days in the lives of six friends who are nearly 30 years old, live in Grenoble, and have a rock band called the "Why Notes?". They're to play in Paris at Charles's school reunion. In ... See full summary »

Director: Jacques Monnet | Stars: Isabelle Adjani, Daniel Auteuil, Josiane Balasko, Christophe Bourseiller

Votes: 360

18. Sir! No Sir! (2005)

Not Rated | 85 min | Documentary, War

7.7
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74 Metascore

This feature-length documentary focuses on the efforts by troops in the U.S. military during the Vietnam War to oppose the war effort by peaceful demonstration and subversion. It speaks ... See full summary »

Director: David Zeiger | Stars: Michael Alaimo, Edward Asner, Joe Bangert, Tom Bernard

Votes: 629 | Gross: $0.11M

19. Night Owl (1993 TV Movie)

Not Rated | 88 min | Thriller

4.3
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A pretty female radio DJ and a handsome jazz musician fall in love. Unfortunately, soon both he and his jazz friend start hearing a voice in their heads, an irresistible siren call of a deadly female spirit.

Director: Matthew Patrick | Stars: Jennifer Beals, James Wilder, Louis Ferreira, Allison Hossack

Votes: 121

20. Dateline Diamonds (1965)

73 min | Adventure, Comedy, Crime

5.6
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An ex-con manages a top band in the UK, and he wants to re-enter the crime scene.

Director: Jeremy Summers | Stars: William Lucas, Kenneth Cope, George Mikell, Conrad Phillips

Votes: 87

21. Uuno Turhapuro herra Helsingin herra (1991)

94 min | Comedy

5.2
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Uuno is working as campaign manager of a president candidate but accidentally Uuno himself becomes the president of Finland.

Director: Ere Kokkonen | Stars: Vesa-Matti Loiri, Tapio Hämäläinen, Marjatta Raita, Marita Nordberg

Votes: 755

22. Pirate Radio USA (2006)

Not Rated | 84 min | Documentary

8.1
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Pirate Radio USA is a feature length documentary about the underground world of unlicensed radio in the USA, where people play what they want and say what they want-unless the FCC catches ... See full summary »

Director: Jeff Pearson | Stars: Jeff Pearson, Mary Jones, D.J. Popeye Kahn, Herbert Hoover

Votes: 57

23. Die große Starparade (1954)

98 min | Comedy, Music

6.5
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Director: Paul Martin | Stars: Adrian Hoven, Renate Holm, Gunther Philipp, Bully Buhlan

Votes: 22

24. Something in the Air (2002)

92 min | Drama

6.6
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Based on the true story of four friends who decide to install a communal pirate radio station called Rádio Favela in a shanty-town, to give voice to the outcasts' complaints.

Director: Helvecio Ratton | Stars: Alexandre Moreno, Babu Santana, Adolfo Moura, Benjamim Abras

Votes: 257

25. Radio Waves (2016)

31 min | Short

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A fascinating film about truth and injustice; a widow's struggle to come to terms with the shooting of her showman husband - and the fact that his killer, a Liberal politician, walked free.

Director: Bob Hickey

26. You or Me (1999)

98 min | Musical, Romance, Comedy

5.1
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About two friends dreaming of making it as discjockeys on commercial radio.

Director: Tamás Sas | Stars: Gabriella Gubás, Attila Király, Viktor Bodó, Karina Kecskés

Votes: 385

27. Radio Raven (1989)

99 min | Crime, Mystery

5.9
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In a small French town, a pirate radio begins telling lies (or are they unsavory truths) about people and nobody seems able to catch the guilty party or even guess his or her identity.

Director: Yves Boisset | Stars: Claude Brasseur, Pierre Arditi, Christine Boisson, Evelyne Bouix

Votes: 199

28. Pogo 1104 (1984– )

180 min | Action, Comedy, Drama

7.8
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Stars: Richy Müller, Erich Bar, Ralf Richter, Anja Schüte

Votes: 45

29. Radio Free Steve (2000)

82 min | Adventure, Comedy, Fantasy

7.0
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A post-apocalyptic 1980s vision of the future.

Directors: Jules Beesley, Lars Von Biers | Stars: Ryan Junell, Jessica Schwartz, Chris Sykes, Dean Haglund

Votes: 20

30. Please Stand By (1972)

120 min | Comedy, Drama

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Directors: Jack Milton, Joanna Milton | Stars: David Peel, Wendy Apple, Alex Bennett, A.J. Weberman

31. Hotties (1998 TV Special)

22 min | Comedy, Game-Show, Reality-TV

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A tongue-in-cheek beauty contest held on city streets and nightlife hot spots.

Directors: Timothy A. Bennett, Harley Rinzler | Stars: Amy Lynn Baxter, Bobbie Brown, Anthony Marino, Bunny Yeager

32. Making Waves (II) (2004)

64 min | Documentary

7.7
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What do a public access TV personality, an electronics engineer, a Vietnam vet, a libertarian congressional candidate and a retired millionaire have in common? They're all operating ... See full summary »

Director: Michael Lahey | Stars: Shane Eden, David Forbes, Marshall Home, Aage Nost

Votes: 11

33. Radio Dolores (2017)

19 min | Animation, Short, Drama

6.7
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The year is 1936, and shoemakers in a Finnish industrial town are sending shoes to Spain as humanitarian aid. Young Arvo wants to do more, so he joins as a volunteer in the International Brigades and disappears.

Director: Katariina Lillqvist | Star: Jotaarkka Pennanen

Votes: 19

34. Radio Free Blissville (2009)

22 min | Short, Comedy, Music

7.8
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Radio Free Blissville follows a quixotic pirate radio cult in a post information city called Blissville where Internet and satellite communications have been compromised. A leader in the ... See full summary »

Director: John F. Culhane | Stars: Baqi Abdush-Shaheed, Andrew Hampsas, Joe Lihach, Marina Neary

Votes: 9

35. Bedroom Radio (2002 TV Movie)

42 min | Documentary

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Director: Doug Aubrey

36. iZombie (2015–2019)
Episode: Death Moves Pretty Fast (2019)

TV-14 | 42 min | Comedy, Crime, Drama

8.0
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While investigating the death of an independently wealthy 19-year-old, Liv attempts to cheer up Ravi. Plus, Clive takes a nasty fall and things go from bad to worse for Blaine as a journalist reveal hidden secrets from the past.

Director: Linda-Lisa Hayter | Stars: Rose McIver, Malcolm Goodwin, Rahul Kohli, Robert Buckley

Votes: 294

37. EastEnders (1985– )
Episode: Episode dated 27 February 1997 (1997)

TV-PG | Crime, Drama, Romance

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Director: Dermot Boyd | Stars: Martine McCutcheon, Ross Kemp, Jacqueline Leonard, Sid Owen

38. EastEnders (1985– )
Episode: Episode dated 7 January 1997 (1997)

TV-PG | Crime, Drama, Romance

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Director: Adrian Bean | Stars: Mark Homer, Syan Blake, Ross Kemp, Jacqueline Leonard

39. Malcolm in the Middle (2000–2006)
Episode: Garage Sale (2003)

TV-PG | 22 min | Comedy, Family

7.9
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The family decides to hold a garage sale to fund repairs of the bedroom wall and Lois puts Reese in charge. Hal finds his old radio-transmitter and starts running a pirate broadcast like he once operated in college.

Director: Levie Isaacks | Stars: Jane Kaczmarek, Bryan Cranston, Christopher Masterson, Justin Berfield

Votes: 364

40. The Finder (2012)
Episode: Life After Death (2012)

TV-14 | 44 min | Comedy, Crime, Drama

7.7
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Leo's ex, the attorney of the late rapper J-Stryke, gets Walter to investigate for a present star where his brilliant recordings are, which turn up posthumously. Walter works out the parts ... See full summary »

Director: David Boreanaz | Stars: Geoff Stults, Maddie Hasson, Mercedes Mason, Michael Clarke Duncan

Votes: 175

41. T-Bag Strikes Again (1986)
Episode: Long John Sylvia (1986)

20 min | Family

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Pirate Radio Riff Raff is awaiting a guest singer. First Jack Plugg mistakes Debbie for the artist, then Long John Sylvia assumes T.Bag to be the star.

Director: Leon Thau | Stars: Elizabeth Estensen, Jennie Stallwood, John Hasler, Jan Hunt

42. Mummo (1987–1989)
Episode: Merirosvoradio (1988)

Comedy

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Director: Pekka Lepikkö | Stars: Anja Räsänen, Maiju Jokinen, Ahti Jokinen, Riittaliisa Helminen

43. Secret Agent (1964–1967)
Episode: Not So Jolly Roger (1966)

51 min | Action, Adventure, Crime

8.4
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The Jolly Roger is pirate radio station on an old sea fort. A DJ is killed just as he sends a message saying that the station is sending coded messages to foreign submarines. Drake goes undercover as a DJ to find out what is happening.

Director: Don Chaffey | Stars: Patrick McGoohan, Edwin Richfield, Wilfrid Lawson, Lisa Daniely

Votes: 68

44. The Goodies (1970–1982)
Episode: Radio Goodies (1970)

31 min | Comedy

8.5
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The Goodies, after being rejected from having their own legal radio station because their submission was too late, decide to start their own pirate radio station outside the five-mile limit... See full summary »

Directors: Jim Franklin, John Howard Davies | Stars: Tim Brooke-Taylor, Graeme Garden, Bill Oddie, Brenda Cowling

Votes: 49

45. Hamish Macbeth (1995–1997)
Episode: Radio Lochdubh (1996)

Not Rated | 50 min | Comedy, Crime, Drama

7.8
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Hamish is ordered by authorities to shut down a popular pirate radio station, causing a conflict of interests for the officer. On the personal front, Hamish and Isobel share a moment.

Director: Nicholas Renton | Stars: Brian Alexander, Stuart Davids, The Incredible Fling Band, Shirley Henderson

Votes: 53

46. World in Action (1963–1998)
Episode: Radio Pirates (1964)

Documentary

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Unique access to the new form of radio which is competing on a not strictly legal level with the BBC - the pirate stations. Those on the outside both for and against also have their say.

Stars: Derek Cooper, Wilfrid Thomas, Mark Abovsky, Reginald Bevins

47. Crash Canyon (2011–2013)
Episode: Station WNDL (2012)

TV-14 | Animation, Comedy

4.6
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Director: Greg Lawrence | Stars: Patrick McKenna, Jennifer Irwin, Bryn McAuley, Joanne Vannicola

Votes: 5

48. The Cleveland Show (2009–2013)
Episode: The Essence of Cleveland (2011)

TV-14 | 22 min | Animation, Adventure, Comedy

7.0
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When Cleveland is reunited with his former high school classmate, "Fatty Patty," who is now skinny, beautiful and still has a crush on Cleveland, Donna becomes extremely jealous and wary of... See full summary »

Directors: Matt Engstrom, Albert Calleros, Anthony Lioi | Stars: Mike Henry, Sanaa Lathan, Kevin Michael Richardson, Reagan Gomez-Preston

Votes: 167

49. World in Action (1963–1998)
Episode: The O'Rahilly File (1967)

Documentary

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Stars: Ronan O'Rahilly, Robbie Dale, Hugh Jenkins, Johnnie Walker

50. The Young Ones (1982–1984)
Episode: Time (1984)

TV-PG | 35 min | Comedy

8.3
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After having a dream that he, Rick, Vyvan, Mike, and Mr. Balowski were in the American television program Dallas (1978), Neil awakens to find that Rick has been sleeping with an axe murderess.

Director: Paul Jackson | Stars: Adrian Edmondson, Rik Mayall, Nigel Planer, Christopher Ryan

Votes: 190



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