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1. Spotlight (I) (2015)

R | 128 min | Crime, Drama, History

8.1
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93 Metascore

The true story of how the Boston Globe uncovered the massive scandal of child molestation and cover-up within the local Catholic Archdiocese, shaking the entire Catholic Church to its core.

Director: Tom McCarthy | Stars: Mark Ruffalo, Michael Keaton, Rachel McAdams, Liev Schreiber

Votes: 320,667 | Gross: $45.06M

2. Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman (1993–1997)

TV-PG | 46 min | Adventure, Comedy, Drama

6.8
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In addition to fighting evil, Superman has a burning romance with Lois Lane in both his identities.

Stars: Dean Cain, Teri Hatcher, Lane Smith, K Callan

Votes: 17,557

3. All the President's Men (1976)

PG | 138 min | Biography, Drama, History

8.0
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80 Metascore

"The Washington Post" reporters Bob Woodward and Carl Bernstein uncover the details of the Watergate scandal that leads to President Richard Nixon's resignation.

Director: Alan J. Pakula | Stars: Dustin Hoffman, Robert Redford, Jack Warden, Martin Balsam

Votes: 85,207 | Gross: $70.60M

4. The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (2009)

R | 152 min | Drama, Mystery, Thriller

7.8
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76 Metascore

A journalist is aided by a young female hacker in his search for the killer of a woman who has been dead for forty years.

Director: Niels Arden Oplev | Stars: Michael Nyqvist, Noomi Rapace, Ewa Fröling, Lena Endre

Votes: 189,340 | Gross: $10.10M

5. The Fifth Estate (2013)

R | 128 min | Biography, Drama, Thriller

6.2
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49 Metascore

A dramatic thriller based on real events that reveals the quest to expose the deceptions and corruptions of power that turned an Internet upstart into the 21st century's most fiercely debated organization.

Director: Bill Condon | Stars: Benedict Cumberbatch, Daniel Brühl, Carice van Houten, Alicia Vikander

Votes: 34,026 | Gross: $3.25M

6. State of Play (2009)

PG-13 | 127 min | Action, Crime, Drama

7.1
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64 Metascore

When a congressional aide is killed, a Washington D.C. journalist starts investigating the case involving the congressman, his old college friend.

Director: Kevin Macdonald | Stars: Russell Crowe, Rachel McAdams, Ben Affleck, Helen Mirren

Votes: 121,418 | Gross: $37.02M

7. Kill the Messenger (2014)

R | 112 min | Biography, Crime, Drama

7.0
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60 Metascore

Based on the true story of journalist Gary Webb. The film takes place in the mid-1990s, when Webb uncovered the CIA's past role in importing huge amounts of cocaine into the U.S. that was ... See full summary »

Director: Michael Cuesta | Stars: Jeremy Renner, Robert Patrick, Jena Sims, Robert Pralgo

Votes: 38,184 | Gross: $2.45M

8. True Story (I) (2015)

R | 99 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

6.3
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50 Metascore

When disgraced New York Times reporter Michael Finkel meets accused killer Christian Longo - who has taken on Finkel's identity - his investigation morphs into a game of cat-and-mouse.

Director: Rupert Goold | Stars: James Franco, Jonah Hill, Felicity Jones, Maria Dizzia

Votes: 46,095 | Gross: $4.72M

9. Pride and Glory (2008)

R | 130 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

6.7
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45 Metascore

A family's moral codes are tested when Ray Tierney investigates a case that reveals an incendiary police corruption scandal involving his own brother-in-law. For Ray, the truth is revelatory, a Pandora's Box that threatens to upend not only the Tierney legacy but the entire NYPD.

Director: Gavin O'Connor | Stars: Edward Norton, Colin Farrell, Noah Emmerich, Jon Voight

Votes: 55,856 | Gross: $15.71M

10. Disconnect (I) (2012)

R | 115 min | Drama, Thriller

7.6
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64 Metascore

A drama centered on a group of people searching for human connections in today's wired world.

Director: Henry Alex Rubin | Stars: Jason Bateman, Jonah Bobo, Haley Ramm, Hope Davis

Votes: 67,658 | Gross: $7.44M

11. Shattered Glass (2003)

PG-13 | 94 min | Drama, History

7.2
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73 Metascore

The story of a young journalist who fell from grace when it was discovered he fabricated over half of his articles from the publication The New Republic magazine.

Director: Billy Ray | Stars: Hayden Christensen, Chloë Sevigny, Steve Zahn, Peter Sarsgaard

Votes: 30,649 | Gross: $2.22M

12. Capricorn One (1977)

PG | 123 min | Action, Thriller

6.8
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A NASA Mars mission won't work, and its funding is endangered, so they decide to fake it just this once. But then they have to keep the secret.

Director: Peter Hyams | Stars: Elliott Gould, James Brolin, Brenda Vaccaro, Sam Waterston

Votes: 17,532

13. Tickled (2016)

R | 92 min | Documentary, Mystery

7.6
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76 Metascore

Journalist David Farrier stumbles upon a mysterious tickling competition online. As he delves deeper he comes up against fierce resistance, but that doesn't stop him getting to the bottom of a story stranger than fiction.

Directors: David Farrier, Dylan Reeve | Stars: David Farrier, Dylan Reeve, Marko Realmonte, Kevin Clarke

Votes: 10,669 | Gross: $0.61M

14. Elite Squad: The Enemy Within (2010)

Not Rated | 115 min | Action, Crime, Drama

8.1
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71 Metascore

After a prison riot, former-Captain Nascimento, now a high ranking security officer in Rio de Janeiro, is swept into a bloody political dispute that involves government officials and paramilitary groups.

Director: José Padilha | Stars: Wagner Moura, Irandhir Santos, André Ramiro, Milhem Cortaz

Votes: 72,314 | Gross: $0.10M

15. Capturing the Friedmans (2003)

Not Rated | 107 min | Documentary, Biography

7.8
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90 Metascore

Documentary on the Friedmans, a seemingly typical, upper-middle-class Jewish family whose world is instantly transformed when the father and his youngest son are arrested and charged with shocking and horrible crimes.

Director: Andrew Jarecki | Stars: Arnold Friedman, Jesse Friedman, David Friedman, Elaine Friedman

Votes: 21,222 | Gross: $3.12M

16. Superman/Doomsday (2007 Video)

PG-13 | 75 min | Animation, Action, Adventure

7.0
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When LexCorps accidentally unleash a murderous creature, Doomsday, Superman meets his greatest challenge as a champion. Based on the "The Death of Superman" storyline that appeared in DC Comics' publications in the 1990s.

Directors: Lauren Montgomery, Bruce Timm, Brandon Vietti | Stars: Adam Baldwin, Anne Heche, James Marsters, John DiMaggio

Votes: 17,060

17. Bordertown (2006)

R | 112 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

6.1
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A journalist investigates a series of murders near American-owned factories on the border of Juarez and El Paso.

Director: Gregory Nava | Stars: Jennifer Lopez, Antonio Banderas, Maya Zapata, Irineo Alvarez

Votes: 9,170

18. Frontline (1983– )

Not Rated | 60 min | Documentary

8.6
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Investigative journalist documentaries.

Stars: Will Lyman, Sarah Childress, Arun Rath, Martin Smith

Votes: 1,207

19. The Hunting Party (2007)

R | 101 min | Adventure, Comedy, Drama

6.9
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54 Metascore

A young journalist, a seasoned cameraman and a discredited war correspondent embark on an unauthorized mission to find the No.1 war criminal in Bosnia. However, their extremely dangerous target decides to come after them.

Director: Richard Shepard | Stars: Richard Gere, Terrence Howard, Jesse Eisenberg, Gordana Vukres

Votes: 23,162 | Gross: $0.97M

20. The Shrine (2010)

Not Rated | 85 min | Horror

5.6
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Two female journalists and a photographer travel to Europe to investigate a series of mysterious disappearances, only to find themselves embroiled in a struggle against a kind of evil they never expected.

Director: Jon Knautz | Stars: Aaron Ashmore, Cindy Sampson, Meghan Heffern, Trevor Matthews

Votes: 12,098

21. Assassination of a High School President (2008)

R | 93 min | Comedy, Crime, Mystery

6.3
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At a Catholic high school, the popular girl teams up with a sophomore newspaper reporter to investigate a case of stolen SAT exams. Once the duo target their suspects, a larger conspiracy is unearthed.

Director: Brett Simon | Stars: Reece Thompson, Mischa Barton, Bruce Willis, Michael Rapaport

Votes: 14,687

22. Dhaka Attack (2017)

147 min | Action, Thriller

8.6
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An anonymous criminal gang plot a series attack in Dhaka City and three young police officers work on this.

Director: Dipankar Dipon | Stars: Arifin Shuvo, Mahiya Mahi, ABM Sumon, Quazi Nawshaba Ahmed

Votes: 2,025

23. Night Stalker (2005– )

TV-PG | 60 min | Crime, Drama, Fantasy

6.5
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Investigative reporter Carl Kolchak, who's after his wife's killer, Carl's partners Perri Reed and Jain McManus and their boss Tony Vincenzo investigate strange crimes in L.A. that may or may not have dark supernatural elements to them.

Stars: Stuart Townsend, Gabrielle Union, Eric Jungmann, Cotter Smith

Votes: 1,191

24. Fatherland (1994 TV Movie)

106 min | Drama, Romance, Sci-Fi

6.5
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In April 1964, more than 20 years after the Nazis won World War II, an SS officer named Xavier March uncovers a plot to eliminate the attendees of the Wannsee Conference so that Germany can establish better relations with the US.

Director: Christopher Menaul | Stars: Rutger Hauer, Miranda Richardson, Peter Vaughan, Michael Kitchen

Votes: 4,864

25. End Game (2006)

R | 93 min | Action, Crime, Drama

5.1
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A secret Service agent and a news reporter investigate the conspiracy behind the assassination of the President.

Director: Andy Cheng | Stars: Cuba Gooding Jr., Angie Harmon, James Woods, Patrick Fabian

Votes: 4,711

26. Jon Benjamin Has a Van (2011)

30 min | Comedy

7.6
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A reporter cruises around in his van and reports on all the trivial things no one cares about.

Stars: Leo Allen, H. Jon Benjamin, Nathan Fielder, Gary Wilmes

Votes: 1,493

27. Call Northside 777 (1948)

Approved | 112 min | Drama, Film-Noir

7.4
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Chicago reporter P.J. McNeal re-opens a ten year old murder case.

Director: Henry Hathaway | Stars: James Stewart, Richard Conte, Lee J. Cobb, Helen Walker

Votes: 6,889

28. Beware the Gonzo (2010)

TV-14 | 94 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

6.4
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36 Metascore

A young muckraker decides to start his own underground newspaper at his high school.

Director: Bryan Goluboff | Stars: Ezra Miller, Zoë Kravitz, Griffin Newman, Stefanie Y. Hong

Votes: 1,431

29. Dirty Wars (2013)

Not Rated | 87 min | Documentary, Crime, Drama

7.5
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76 Metascore

Investigative journalist Jeremy Scahill is pulled into an unexpected journey as he chases down the hidden truth behind America's expanding covert wars.

Director: Rick Rowley | Stars: Jeremy Scahill, Nasser Al Aulaqi, Saleha Al Aulaqi, Muqbal Al Kazemi

Votes: 8,459 | Gross: $0.38M

30. Extreme Justice (1993)

R | 96 min | Action, Crime, Drama

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A rogue cop joins an elite LAPD unit who secretly operate as a vigilante death squad, but soon begins to question their methods.

Director: Mark L. Lester | Stars: Lou Diamond Phillips, Scott Glenn, Chelsea Field, Yaphet Kotto

Votes: 994

31. Alan Partridge's Scissored Isle (2016)

Not Rated | 44 min | Short, Comedy

8.1
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Alan leaves behind his comfortable existence and heads north to ask whether, in this once United Kingdom, a `schasm` has formed between north and south.

Directors: Neil Gibbons, Rob Gibbons | Stars: Steve Coogan, John Thomson, Ben Rufus Green, Jean Ellwood

Votes: 642

32. Extramarital (1998)

R | 91 min | Drama, Mystery, Thriller

4.3
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An aspiring writer (Traci Lords) gets involved in the investigation of her best friend after she is killed during a torrid affair.

Director: Yael Russcol | Stars: Traci Lords, Jeff Fahey, Brian Bloom, María Díaz

Votes: 353

33. Balibo (2009)

Not Rated | 111 min | Drama, Mystery, Thriller

7.1
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War correspondent Roger East and the young Jose Ramos-Horta travel to East Timor to investigate the murders of the Balibo Five in 1975.

Director: Robert Connolly | Stars: Jane Hampson, Bea Viegas, Christine Martins, Ana Rosa Mendoça

Votes: 2,177

34. Unsolved: The Boy Who Disappeared (2016– )

15 min | Documentary, Short, Crime

6.5
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Journalists Alys Harte and Bronagh Munro launch their own serial, forensic investigation into the real-life disappearance of 16-year-old Damien Nettles, who went missing on the Isle of Wight in 1996.

Stars: Alys Harte, Bronagh Munro

Votes: 57

35. Black Widow (2008 TV Movie)

85 min | Crime, Mystery, Thriller

5.1
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A photo journalist begins to suspect her best friend Danny's new love interest could be linked to the murders of wealthy men.

Director: Armand Mastroianni | Stars: Elizabeth Berkley, Alicia Coppola, Adriana DeMeo, Randall Batinkoff

Votes: 505

36. The Yes Men (2003)

R | 83 min | Documentary, Comedy

6.9
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68 Metascore

Anti-corporate activists travel from conference to conference, impersonating member of the World Trade Organization.

Directors: Dan Ollman, Sarah Price, Chris Smith | Stars: Andreas Bichlbauer, Mike Bonanno, Andy Bichlbaum, Michael Moore

Votes: 5,286 | Gross: $0.20M

37. Sbatti il mostro in prima pagina (1972)

Not Rated | 86 min | Drama, Thriller

7.3
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A populist right-wing tabloid newspaper tries to derail the official police investigation of a brutal murder of a young girl in order to help the fascist and right-wing candidates it supports in the upcoming elections.

Director: Marco Bellocchio | Stars: Gian Maria Volontè, Fabio Garriba, Carla Tatò, Jacques Herlin

Votes: 646

38. All Governments Lie: Truth, Deception, and the Spirit of I.F. Stone (2016)

Not Rated | 91 min | Documentary

7.2
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63 Metascore

A look at the life and work of American journalist, I.F. Stone, who leads a one-man crusade against government deception.

Director: Fred Peabody | Stars: I.F. Stone, Chris Hedges, Leslie Moonves, Jeff Cohen

Votes: 307

39. Harry (1993–1995)

50 min

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Harry Salter is the ruthless owner of a news agency in Darlington who will resort to any under-hand means or exploit anyone in order to get a story that he can sell to a newspaper. He is ... See full summary »

Stars: Michael Elphick, Ian Bartholomew, Julie Graham, Tom Hollander

Votes: 29

40. L'enquête (2014)

106 min | Thriller

6.5
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Journalist Denis Robert sparked a storm in the world of European finance by denouncing the murky operations of banking firm Clearstream. His quest to reveal the truth behind a secret world ... See full summary »

Director: Vincent Garenq | Stars: Gilles Lellouche, Charles Berling, Laurent Capelluto, Florence Loiret Caille

Votes: 710

41. Winchell (1998 TV Movie)

R | 105 min | Biography, Drama, Romance

6.7
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The true story of the influential and controversial columnist, Walter Winchell.

Director: Paul Mazursky | Stars: Stanley Tucci, Glenne Headly, Paul Giamatti, Christopher Plummer

Votes: 486

42. Grunt! The Wrestling Movie (1985)

R | 90 min | Comedy, Crime, Mystery

5.0
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A documentary crew sets out to unravel one of professional wrestling's most closely guarded secrets: is former champion "Mad Dog" Joe DeCurso now wrestling as The Mask?

Director: Allan Holzman | Stars: Magic Schwarz, Steve Strong, Marilyn Dodds Frank, Lydie Denier

Votes: 177

43. Booger Red (2015)

96 min | Drama

6.7
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Booger Red is a hybrid documentary/narrative about a veteran reporter who searches for the truth behind the largest purported child sex ring in Texas history. On his journey through the ... See full summary »

Director: Berndt Mader | Stars: Onur Tukel, Marija Karan, Deborah Abbott, Tim Ajro

Votes: 18

44. Bury the Lead (2002–2005)

60 min | Drama

7.3
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A drama that goes "behind the scenes" of a television prime-time news magazine (similar "Undercurrents" and the like).

Stars: Jeff Seymour, Sonja Smits, Waneta Storms, Tanya Reid

Votes: 90

45. El Akhar (1999)

105 min | Drama, Romance

6.0
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Egyptian director Youssef Chahine exposes the links between power and fanaticism and denounces intolerance in this bitter portrait of the Egyptian business world, where unconditional drive ... See full summary »

Director: Youssef Chahine | Stars: Hanan Turk, Hani Salama, Nabila Ebeid, Mahmood Hemaidah

Votes: 737

46. Hot Shots (1986–1987)

Crime, Drama, Mystery

6.8
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Two reporters hunt for the latest juiciest stories for their crime column. Their wacky colleagues help them.

Stars: Booth Savage, Dorothy Parke, Paul Burke, Clark Johnson

Votes: 24

47. Gerak Khas the Movie (2001)

Action, Crime

5.6
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Add a Plot

Director: Yusof Haslam | Stars: AC Mizal, Abby Abadi, Erra Fazira, Normala Shamsuddin

Votes: 36

48. No il caso è felicemente risolto (1973)

93 min | Action, Crime, Drama

7.1
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When the eyewitness to a brutal murder decides not to testify, the actual murderer chooses to finger him as the murderer and claim eyewitness status for himself.

Director: Vittorio Salerno | Stars: Enzo Cerusico, Riccardo Cucciolla, Junie Vetusto, Claudio Nicastro

Votes: 117

49. White Lies, Black Lies (2015)

94 min | Crime, Mystery, Romance

3.2
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Heads are lined up on the shelves one next to another, with different colors and hair styles, yet all the faces are cold and nonchalant. This is Rainbow Salon, a supplier of hair models and... See full summary »

Director: Yi-an Lou | Stars: Wei-Ning Hsu, Edison Wang, Annie Chen, Teng-Hui Huang

Votes: 185

50. Little Blue Pill (2010)

Not Rated | 93 min | Comedy

3.6
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A raucous comedy about an unlucky hipster who accidentally takes two Erectile Dysfunction pills and goes through a day of misadventures.

Director: Aaron Godfred | Stars: Aaron Kuban, Adam Carr, Rosie Tisch, Gerold Wunstel

Votes: 101