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1. Once Upon a Time in America (1984)

R | 229 min | Crime, Drama

8.4
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A former Prohibition-era Jewish gangster returns to the Lower East Side of Manhattan over thirty years later, where he once again must confront the ghosts and regrets of his old life.

Director: Sergio Leone | Stars: Robert De Niro, James Woods, Elizabeth McGovern, Treat Williams

Votes: 278,742 | Gross: $5.32M

2. Splice (2009)

R | 104 min | Drama, Horror, Sci-Fi

5.7
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66 Metascore

Genetic engineers Clive Nicoli and Elsa Kast hope to achieve fame by successfully splicing together the DNA of different animals to create new hybrid animals for medical use.

Director: Vincenzo Natali | Stars: Adrien Brody, Sarah Polley, Delphine Chanéac, Brandon McGibbon

Votes: 87,958 | Gross: $17.00M

3. Enemy at the Gates (2001)

R | 131 min | Drama, History, War

7.6
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53 Metascore

A Russian and a German sniper play a game of cat-and-mouse during the Battle of Stalingrad.

Director: Jean-Jacques Annaud | Stars: Jude Law, Ed Harris, Joseph Fiennes, Rachel Weisz

Votes: 225,102 | Gross: $51.40M

4. Before Sunset (2004)

R | 80 min | Drama, Romance

8.1
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90 Metascore

Nine years after Jesse and Celine first met, they encounter each other again on the French leg of Jesse's book tour.

Director: Richard Linklater | Stars: Ethan Hawke, Julie Delpy, Vernon Dobtcheff, Louise Lemoine Torrès

Votes: 208,514 | Gross: $5.79M

5. Paranormal Activity (2007)

R | 86 min | Horror, Mystery, Thriller

6.3
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68 Metascore

After moving into a suburban home, a couple becomes increasingly disturbed by a nightly demonic presence.

Director: Oren Peli | Stars: Katie Featherston, Micah Sloat, Mark Fredrichs, Amber Armstrong

Votes: 208,176 | Gross: $107.92M

6. Adaptation. (2002)

R | 115 min | Comedy, Drama

7.7
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83 Metascore

A lovelorn screenwriter becomes desperate as he tries and fails to adapt 'The Orchid Thief' by Susan Orlean for the screen.

Director: Spike Jonze | Stars: Nicolas Cage, Meryl Streep, Chris Cooper, Tilda Swinton

Votes: 165,283 | Gross: $22.25M

7. 2046 (2004)

R | 129 min | Drama, Romance, Sci-Fi

7.5
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78 Metascore

Several women enter a science fiction author's life over the course of a few years, after the author has lost the woman he considers his one true love.

Director: Kar-Wai Wong | Stars: Tony Chiu-Wai Leung, Ziyi Zhang, Faye Wong, Li Gong

Votes: 47,074 | Gross: $0.26M

8. Pirates of Silicon Valley (1999 TV Movie)

Not Rated | 95 min | Biography, Drama, History

7.3
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History of Apple and Microsoft.

Director: Martyn Burke | Stars: Anthony Michael Hall, Noah Wyle, Joey Slotnick, J.G. Hertzler

Votes: 22,621

9. Twelve (2010)

R | 93 min | Action, Crime, Drama

5.7
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22 Metascore

A young drug dealer watches as his high-rolling life is dismantled in the wake of his cousin's murder, which sees his best friend arrested for the crime.

Director: Joel Schumacher | Stars: Chace Crawford, Emma Roberts, Rory Culkin, Philip Ettinger

Votes: 11,539 | Gross: $0.18M

10. Something the Lord Made (2004 TV Movie)

TV-PG | 110 min | Biography, Drama

8.2
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A dramatization of the relationship between heart surgery pioneers Alfred Blalock and Vivien Thomas.

Director: Joseph Sargent | Stars: Alan Rickman, Yasiin Bey, Kyra Sedgwick, Gabrielle Union

Votes: 11,138

11. Retreat (I) (2011)

R | 90 min | Drama, Thriller

5.8
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Kate and Martin escape from personal tragedy to an Island Retreat. Cut off from the outside world, their attempts to recover are shattered when a Man is washed ashore, with news of airborne killer disease that is sweeping through Europe.

Director: Carl Tibbetts | Stars: Cillian Murphy, Thandie Newton, Jamie Bell, Jimmy Yuill

Votes: 10,507

12. 10.000 Km (2014)

R | 99 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

6.7
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75 Metascore

Alex moves to Los Angeles for a new job; Sergi stays in Barcelona. They love each other, but maintaining a relationship through technology proves challenging.

Director: Carlos Marques-Marcet | Stars: Natalia Tena, David Verdaguer, Sirius Flatz

Votes: 3,821

13. Karthik Calling Karthik (2010)

Not Rated | 135 min | Drama, Mystery, Thriller

7.0
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A loner, Karthik achieves success, and even wins the heart of his gorgeous co-worker, after getting early morning mysterious phone calls from someone claiming to be him.

Director: Vijay Lalwani | Stars: Siddhartha Gupta, Swapnel Desai, Farhan Akhtar, Vipin Sharma

Votes: 9,271 | Gross: $0.26M

14. Luck by Chance (2009)

Not Rated | 156 min | Drama

7.1
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58 Metascore

When Vikram gets tapped to play the male lead in a Bollywood film, he can't believe his luck. But it may ruin his relationship with his girlfriend.

Director: Zoya Akhtar | Stars: Farhan Akhtar, Konkona Sen Sharma, Rishi Kapoor, Dimple Kapadia

Votes: 8,875 | Gross: $0.36M

15. Monogamy (2010)

Unrated | 96 min | Drama, Romance

5.1
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47 Metascore

The strained relationship of an engaged Brooklyn couple, Theo (Chris Messina) and Nat (Rashida Jones). Theo is bored with his job as a wedding photographer-the generic backgrounds, the ... See full summary »

Director: Dana Adam Shapiro | Stars: Chris Messina, Rashida Jones, Meital Dohan, Zak Orth

Votes: 677 | Gross: $0.02M

16. I'm with Her (2003–2004)

30 min | Comedy

7.1
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On the day that would change his life, delightful young everyman Patrick Owen is drinking his mid-morning latte when he's bitten by love. Literally. The gnashing jaws belong to Monroe, the ... See full summary »

Stars: Teri Polo, David Sutcliffe, Danny Comden, Rhea Seehorn

Votes: 337

17. Neon City (1991)

R | 99 min | Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi

5.3
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"Mad Max" clone set in the not-too-distant future about a group of people trying to escape to a safe haven called Neon City after a solar disaster that has decimated the Earth.

Director: Monte Markham | Stars: Michael Ironside, Vanity, Lyle Alzado, Valerie Wildman

Votes: 866

18. Nightmare Honeymoon (1974)

PG | 95 min | Crime, Horror, Drama

4.4
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Sadistic low-budget thriller about newlyweds Dack Rambo and Rebecca Danna Smith who are pursued and terrorized by a pair of rural killer rapists. One of the psychos is John Beck from the '... See full summary »

Director: Elliot Silverstein | Stars: Dack Rambo, Rebecca Dianna Smith, John Beck, Pat Hingle

Votes: 224

19. Woh Lamhe (2006)

Not Rated | 156 min | Biography, Drama, Romance

6.7
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Based upon the life of actress Parveen Babi, this film describes the life of a schizophrenic actress Sana Azim, and the love of her life - Aditya Garewal.

Director: Mohit Suri | Stars: Kangana Ranaut, Shiney Ahuja, Shaad Randhawa, Purab Kohli

Votes: 1,085

20. Resurrection Mary (2007)

Not Rated | 91 min | Horror, Romance, Thriller

4.6
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A young man meets a girl who might be a ghost, but matters turn serious when his friends start dying under mysterious circumstances.

Director: Sean Michael Beyer | Stars: Kevin G. Schmidt, Pamela Jean Noble, Sally Kirkland, Kristin Herrera

Votes: 273

21. The Run of the Country (1995)

R | 109 min | Drama, Romance

6.3
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In a small village on the border of Northern Ireland and The Republic of Ireland, the relationship between a short tempered policeman and his rebellious son becomes even more strenuous when the young man falls for a "wrong" girl.

Director: Peter Yates | Stars: Albert Finney, Matt Keeslar, Victoria Smurfit, Anthony Brophy

Votes: 355 | Gross: $0.47M

22. Sista dansen (1993)

113 min | Drama, Thriller

5.0
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Blackpool, a dancing contest, a dead woman. This is the opening scene of this movie, which then continues by telling us the story preceding this sad accident - or is it a murder? We will ... See full summary »

Director: Colin Nutley | Stars: Helena Bergström, Reine Brynolfsson, Ewa Fröling, Peter Andersson

Votes: 624

23. I Can Get It for You Wholesale (1951)

Approved | 91 min | Drama, Romance

6.8
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A ruthless fashion designer steps on everyone in her way in order to reach the top of her profession. Eventually she is forced to choose between her ambition and the man she loves.

Director: Michael Gordon | Stars: Susan Hayward, Dan Dailey, George Sanders, Sam Jaffe

Votes: 421

24. The Man Who Saved Christmas (2002 TV Movie)

TV-PG | 100 min | Biography, Drama, Family

6.7
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A.C. Gilbert figures out a way to keep Christmas alive after the war threatens to take it away in his name.

Director: Sturla Gunnarsson | Stars: Jason Alexander, Kelly Rowan, Ari Cohen, C. David Johnson

Votes: 422

25. s/y Glädjen (1989)

93 min | Drama

4.9
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A few friends builds a sailing boat together. They plan trips and during the completion of the boat marriages crumble, new relations blossom and the boat burns. They rebuild it and the ... See full summary »

Director: Göran du Rées | Stars: Lena Olin, Stellan Skarsgård, Viveka Seldahl, Hans Mosesson

Votes: 164

26. Ritual (2000)

78 min | Drama

5.7
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Sensing there is something terribly wrong at home, a young man drops out of college and tries to 'fix' his family.

Director: Stanley Bennett Clay | Stars: Clarence Williams III, Denise Nicholas, Shawn Michael Howard, Angelle Brooks

Votes: 65

27. My Wife's Name Is Maurice (2002)

Not Rated | 102 min | Comedy

4.0
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37 Metascore

Georges, a wealthy Parisian, has a mistress who wants to marry him, but he has no intention of divorcing his wife, the source of his money. The mistress, meanwhile, has a jealous boyfriend,... See full summary »

Director: Jean-Marie Poiré | Stars: Alice Evans, Claudie Arif, Régis Laspalès, Philippe Chevallier

Votes: 701 | Gross: $0.00M

28. The Joy of Singing (2008)

99 min | Comedy

6.1
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A banker has died. He trafficked in nuclear material, so French intelligence assign two agents to find his list of contacts, which are on a flash drive: Muriel - the boss, acerbic, willing ... See full summary »

Director: Ilan Duran Cohen | Stars: Marina Foïs, Lorànt Deutsch, Jeanne Balibar, Julien Baumgartner

Votes: 260

29. Boulevard Voltaire (2017)

110 min | Drama

6.8
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A circle of friends is getting together for a fun night out in Paris. It is Friday, the 13th of November, 2015.

Director: Alexandre Vallès | Stars: Alexandre Vallès, André Schneider, Bastien Gabriel, Walter Billoni

Votes: 6

30. Die schönsten Jahre (2005 TV Movie)

88 min | Drama

6.0
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Based on Elke Heidenreich's short story, this drama focuses on the difficult relationship between a lesbian journalist and her mother. Shortly after forty-something Nina has fallen in love ... See full summary »

Director: Gabi Kubach | Stars: Ulrike Kriener, Doris Schade, Julia Bremermann, Georg Weber

Votes: 27

31. Brothers (I) (2008)

116 min | Drama

7.4
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A religious fundamentalist Jewish lawyer arrives in Israel to both reacquaint himself with his secular brother and work an explosive trial dealing with the conscription of fundamentalist Jewish students into the Israel Defense Force.

Director: Igaal Niddam | Stars: Baruch Brener, Micha Celektar, Itai Ganot, Sharon Malki-Shemesh

Votes: 38

32. The Inheritance (2001)

96 min | Comedy, Drama

6.8
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After the death of their mother, four sisters gather to divide their inheritance, and bring back several family troubles.

Director: Daniel Filho | Stars: Glória Pires, Andrea Beltrão, Lília Cabral, Paloma Duarte

Votes: 700

33. La paz de tus ojos tristes (2006)

79 min | Drama, Thriller

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A desperate poet has developed an unhealthy obsession with his former girlfriend.

Director: Gabriel Nieve | Stars: André Schneider, Coral Ortega

34. Love Triangle (2007 TV Short)

3 min | Animation, Short, Comedy

5.1
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A young woman's new shape puts a strain on her relationship.

Director: Yasmeen Ismail | Stars: Alan Davies, Katherine Parkinson, Archie Panjabi

Votes: 8

35. The Tortoise, an Incarnation (2012)

125 min

7.5
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A low-level civil servant finds himself cast in the role of Ghandi in a television serial because of his physical resemblance to the legendary leader.

Director: Girish Kasaravalli | Stars: Jayanthi, Krishna Murthy Shikeripur

Votes: 17

36. Glastage (2007)

27 min | Short, Drama

5.7
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Rosalie, an aging art historian, falls in love with a troubled bisexual artist half her age. Their relationship becomes pure torture for them both.

Director: Ingo J. Biermann | Stars: Martina Schaak, André Schneider, Ingmar Skrinjar, Doris Prilop

Votes: 36

37. The Real Estators (1931)

Short, Comedy

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Add a Plot

Director: Ray Cozine | Stars: Joe Smith, Charles Dale, Joe Lyons, Lea Penman

38. Shey (1993)

10 min | Short

7.5
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A short film about a strained reunion between a man and a woman.

Directors: Shameem Akhtar, Tareque Masud | Stars: Shameem Akhtar, Pijush Bandyopadhyay, Abul Khair, Amiyo

Votes: 10

39. Gilmore Girls (2000–2007)
Episode: A Vineyard Valentine (2006)

TV-PG | 42 min | Comedy, Drama

7.9
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Rory and Logan ask Lorelai and Luke to celebrate Valentine's Day with them on a weekend at the Huntzberger's house on Martha's Vineyard, where Lorelai is annoyed by Luke's disdain for Logan... See full summary »

Director: Daniel Palladino | Stars: Lauren Graham, Alexis Bledel, Melissa McCarthy, Scott Patterson

Votes: 397

40. Clique (2017– )
Episode: Episode #1.1 (2017)

TV-MA | 45 min | Drama, Thriller

7.7
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Holly and Georgia have been best friends since the age of 11, now they are at university together. Then they meet the clique, with enigmatic Professor Jude McDermid at their helm, and everything changes.

Director: Robert McKillop | Stars: Synnove Karlsen, Aisling Franciosi, Sorcha Groundsell, Ella-Rae Smith

Votes: 93

41. The Syndicate (2012–2015)
Episode: Episode #1.1 (I) (2012)

55 min | Drama, Mystery

7.3
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As the five employees of the Right Buy U mini-market who have formed a lottery syndicate learn of their eight million pound win the story returns to events of four days earlier. Bob,the ... See full summary »

Director: Syd Macartney | Stars: Lorraine Bruce, Cameron Prudames, Matthew Lewis, Matthew McNulty

Votes: 34

42. MotherFatherSon (2019– )
Episode: Episode #1.1 (2019)

59 min | Drama, Thriller

7.1
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Max owns a media empire at the heart of British politics and power. Ex-wife Kathryn has been frozen out of the family and works at a homeless shelter. Their son Caden is out of his depth editing a newspaper and the strain is showing.

Director: James Kent | Stars: Maria Barr, Pippa Bennett-Warner, Martin Bratanov, Lucie Cooper-Jones

Votes: 94

43. As the World Turns (1956–2010)
Episode: Episode #1.13333 (2008)

TV-14 | Drama, Romance

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Mike and Lily feel awkward the morning after. Carly tags along with Jack when he picks up JJ at camp. Paul steps in to help Emma when Neal pulls out of the development deal.

Director: Habib Azar | Stars: Noelle Beck, Trent Dawson, Ellen Dolan, Eileen Fulton

44. The Syndicate (2012–2015)
Episode: Episode #1.3 (I) (2012)

55 min | Drama, Mystery

7.3
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Accompanied by sons,Yuppy Pete and slobbish Matt,Bob and partner Annie attend hospital,to be told that the cancer is inoperable. Later a tearful Stuart visits and confesses the truth about ... See full summary »

Director: Syd Macartney | Stars: Lorraine Bruce, Matthew Lewis, Matthew McNulty, Joanna Page

Votes: 26

45. The Bold and the Beautiful (1987– )
Episode: Episode #1.5377 (2008)

TV-14 | Drama, Romance

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Marcus is hesitant to make love to Steffy when he knows how much Ridge is against his relationship with her. Bridget is shocked when Katie refuses to be Jack's godmother.

Director: Cynthia J. Popp | Stars: Texas Battle, Ashley Jones, Kyle Lowder, Robin Riker

46. People Just Do Nothing (2014–2018)
Episode: Episode #5.4 (2018)

29 min | Comedy

8.1
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Grindah develops a mysterious illness that flares up anytime Essex is mentioned. Steves has an important visit from his probation officer. Chabuddy's side business causes trouble with work.

Director: Jack Clough | Stars: Allan Mustafa, Hugo Chegwin, Asim Chaudhry, Steve Stamp

Votes: 33

47. Wanted Down Under Revisited (2008– )
Episode: Holroyd (2019)

44 min | Reality-TV

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Working away from home in London was tearing Simon Holroyd's family apart and wife Helen believed Australia could provide a fresh start for them. In 2016 (S.10 Ep.6) they had a taste of Australian life but where are they now?

Director: Gareth Lee | Star: Nicki Chapman

48. Gilmore Girls (2000–2007)
Episode: Just Like Gwen and Gavin (2006)

TV-PG | 60 min | Comedy, Drama

8.0
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Getting an education: Taylor Doose learns the Winter Carnival can be successful without him. Paris learns the Yale Daily News staff loathes and fears her, and Lorelai learns Luke has a daughter.

Director: Stephen Clancy | Stars: Lauren Graham, Alexis Bledel, Melissa McCarthy, Scott Patterson

Votes: 387

49. Schitt's Creek (2015– )
Episode: Little Sister (2015)

TV-14 | 22 min | Comedy

7.7
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Moira's estranged younger sister Dee Dee, whom she hasn't seen in ages, unexpectedly visits, but Moira refuses to reunite with her because she believes her little sister's on-the-surface ... See full summary »

Director: Paul Fox | Stars: Eugene Levy, Catherine O'Hara, Dan Levy, Annie Murphy

Votes: 244

50. Interior Therapy with Jeff Lewis (2012– )
Episode: Mismatched (2012)

TV-14 | 44 min | Reality-TV

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The team help to change the design of a home so that the owner's girlfriend can move in.

Director: Mark Petersen | Stars: Jeff Lewis, Jenni Pulos, Zoila Chavez, Adam Latham



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