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1. Sharp Objects (2018)

TV-MA | 60 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

8.2
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A reporter confronts the psychological demons from her past when she returns to her hometown to cover a violent murder.

Stars: Amy Adams, Patricia Clarkson, Chris Messina, Eliza Scanlen

Votes: 43,671

2. Widows (2018)

R | 129 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

7.0
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84 Metascore

Set in contemporary Chicago, amid a time of turmoil, four women with nothing in common except a debt left behind by their dead husbands' criminal activities, take fate into their own hands, and conspire to forge a future on their own terms.

Director: Steve McQueen | Stars: Viola Davis, Michelle Rodriguez, Elizabeth Debicki

Votes: 60,223 | Gross: $42.40M

3. Man of Steel (2013)

PG-13 | 143 min | Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi

7.1
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55 Metascore

Clark Kent is an alien who as a child was evacuated from his dying world and came to Earth, living as a normal human. But when survivors of his alien home invade Earth, he must reveal himself to the world.

Director: Zack Snyder | Stars: Henry Cavill, Amy Adams, Michael Shannon, Diane Lane

Votes: 645,609 | Gross: $291.05M

4. Spotlight (I) (2015)

R | 129 min | Crime, Drama

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: 363,351 | Gross: $45.06M

5. The Ring (2002)

PG-13 | 115 min | Horror, Mystery

7.1
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57 Metascore

A journalist must investigate a mysterious videotape which seems to cause the death of anyone one week to the day after they view it.

Director: Gore Verbinski | Stars: Naomi Watts, Martin Henderson, Brian Cox, David Dorfman

Votes: 297,322 | Gross: $129.13M

6. The Paperboy (2012)

R | 107 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

5.8
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45 Metascore

A reporter returns to his Florida hometown to investigate a case involving a death row inmate.

Director: Lee Daniels | Stars: Matthew McConaughey, Nicole Kidman, John Cusack, Zac Efron

Votes: 33,885 | Gross: $0.69M

7. 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: 19,076

8. Kill the Messenger (2014)

R | 112 min | Biography, Crime, Drama

7.0
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60 Metascore

Journalist Gary Webb, California 1996, started investigating CIA's role in the 1980s in getting crack cocaine to the black part of LA to get money and weapons to the Contras/freedom fighters in Nicaragua.

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

Votes: 41,134 | Gross: $2.45M

9. State of Play (2009)

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

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: 126,895 | Gross: $37.02M

10. The Pelican Brief (1993)

PG-13 | 141 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

6.6
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50 Metascore

A law student uncovers a conspiracy, putting herself and others in danger.

Director: Alan J. Pakula | Stars: Julia Roberts, Denzel Washington, Sam Shepard, John Heard

Votes: 69,865 | Gross: $100.77M

11. Perfect Stranger (2007)

R | 109 min | Crime, Drama, Horror

5.7
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31 Metascore

A journalist goes undercover to ferret out businessman Harrison Hill as her childhood friend's killer. Posing as one of his temps, she enters into a game of online cat-and-mouse.

Director: James Foley | Stars: Halle Berry, Bruce Willis, Giovanni Ribisi, Richard Portnow

Votes: 42,447 | Gross: $23.98M

12. Woman in Gold (2015)

PG-13 | 109 min | Biography, Drama, History

7.3
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51 Metascore

Maria Altmann, an octogenarian Jewish refugee, takes on the Austrian government to recover artwork she believes rightfully belongs to her family.

Director: Simon Curtis | Stars: Helen Mirren, Ryan Reynolds, Daniel Brühl, Katie Holmes

Votes: 48,394 | Gross: $33.31M

13. The China Syndrome (1979)

PG | 122 min | Drama, Thriller

7.4
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81 Metascore

A reporter finds what appears to be a cover-up of safety hazards at a nuclear power plant.

Director: James Bridges | Stars: Jane Fonda, Jack Lemmon, Michael Douglas, Scott Brady

Votes: 24,260 | Gross: $51.72M

14. 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: 18,471

15. Paterno (2018 TV Movie)

TV-MA | 105 min | Biography, Crime, Drama

6.5
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The film centers on Joe Paterno, who after becoming the most successful coach in college football history, is embroiled in Penn State's Jerry Sandusky sexual abuse scandal, challenging his ... See full summary »

Director: Barry Levinson | Stars: Al Pacino, Kathy Baker, Kenneth Maharaj, Michael Mastro

Votes: 4,924

16. Left Behind: The Movie (2000 Video)

PG-13 | 96 min | Action, Drama, Fantasy

4.6
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22 Metascore

The Biblical prophecy of Armegeddon begins when the Rapture instantly takes all believers in Christ from the Earth. A reporter left behind learns that the Anti-Christ will soon take power.

Director: Vic Sarin | Stars: Kirk Cameron, Brad Johnson, Janaya Stephens, Clarence Gilyard Jr.

Votes: 8,584 | Gross: $4.22M

17. The Company You Keep (2012)

R | 125 min | Drama, Thriller

6.4
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57 Metascore

After a journalist discovers his identity, a former Weather Underground activist goes on the run.

Director: Robert Redford | Stars: Robert Redford, Brit Marling, Stanley Tucci, Nick Nolte

Votes: 29,622 | Gross: $5.13M

18. 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: 31,549 | Gross: $2.22M

19. The Parallax View (1974)

R | 102 min | Drama, Thriller

7.2
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65 Metascore

An ambitious reporter gets in way-over-his-head trouble while investigating a senator's assassination which leads to a vast conspiracy involving a multinational corporation behind every event in the world's headlines.

Director: Alan J. Pakula | Stars: Warren Beatty, Paula Prentiss, William Daniels, Walter McGinn

Votes: 13,301

20. The Crime of Padre Amaro (2002)

R | 118 min | Drama, Romance

6.8
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60 Metascore

Politics and sexual passions threaten to corrupt a young, newly-ordained priest in a small Mexican town.

Director: Carlos Carrera | Stars: Gael García Bernal, Ana Claudia Talancón, Sancho Gracia, Angélica Aragón

Votes: 12,226 | Gross: $5.71M

21. State of Play (2003)

TV-14 | 57 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

8.4
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In London, a naive young politician becomes a suspect when his female assistant and mistress is killed in a suspicious accident. The politician's investigative journalist friend and his team uncover a government conspiracy.

Stars: John Simm, Kelly Macdonald, Bill Nighy, Philip Glenister

Votes: 8,620

22. Seeking Justice (2011)

R | 105 min | Action, Crime, Drama

6.2
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38 Metascore

After his wife is assaulted, a husband enlists the services of a vigilante group to help him settle the score. Then he discovers they want a 'favor' from him in return.

Director: Roger Donaldson | Stars: Nicolas Cage, January Jones, Guy Pearce, Harold Perrineau

Votes: 42,808 | Gross: $0.04M

23. Primeval (2007)

R | 93 min | Action, Adventure, Crime

4.8
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35 Metascore

A news team is sent to Burundi to capture and bring home a legendary 25-foot crocodile. Their difficult task turns potentially deadly when a warlord targets them for death.

Director: Michael Katleman | Stars: Dominic Purcell, Orlando Jones, Brooke Langton, Jürgen Prochnow

Votes: 12,189 | Gross: $10.60M

24. Roger & Me (1989)

R | 91 min | Documentary

7.5
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70 Metascore

Director Michael Moore pursues GM CEO Roger B. Smith to confront him about the harm he did to Flint, Michigan with his massive downsizing.

Director: Michael Moore | Stars: Michael Moore, Roger B. Smith, Rhonda Britton, Fred Ross

Votes: 24,773 | Gross: $6.71M

25. 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: 18,501

26. The Name of the Game (1968–1971)

TV-PG | 90 min | Adventure, Sci-Fi

7.7
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This groundbreaking series had three rotating stars, who were featured in independent episodes tied together by a loose common theme. The commonality was Howard Publications, the self-made ... See full summary »

Stars: Gene Barry, Susan Saint James, Robert Stack, Anthony Franciosa

Votes: 433

27. Rise: Blood Hunter (2007)

R | 97 min | Action, Horror, Mystery

4.9
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A reporter wakes up in a morgue and finds herself a member of the undead, before vowing revenge against the sect which put her there.

Director: Sebastian Gutierrez | Stars: Lucy Liu, Michael Chiklis, Carla Gugino, Robert Forster

Votes: 10,997 | Gross: $0.11M

28. The Odessa File (1974)

PG | 130 min | Drama, Thriller

7.0
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Following the suicide of an elderly Jewish man, a journalist in possession of the man's diary investigates the alleged sighting of a former S.S. Captain, who commanded a concentration camp during World War II.

Director: Ronald Neame | Stars: Jon Voight, Maximilian Schell, Maria Schell, Mary Tamm

Votes: 9,036

29. Bordertown (2007)

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: 9,505

30. An Eye for an Eye (1981)

R | 106 min | Action, Adventure, Crime

5.5
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Sean Kane is forced to resign from the San Francisco Police Department's Narcotics Division when he goes berserk after his partner is murdered. He decides to fight alone and follows a trail... See full summary »

Director: Steve Carver | Stars: Chuck Norris, Christopher Lee, Richard Roundtree, Matt Clark

Votes: 3,209 | Gross: $7.68M

31. The Day the Earth Caught Fire (1961)

Unrated | 99 min | Drama, Sci-Fi, Romance

7.2
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When the U.S. and Russia unwittingly test atomic bombs at the same time, it alters the nutation (axis of rotation) of the Earth.

Director: Val Guest | Stars: Edward Judd, Janet Munro, Leo McKern, Michael Goodliffe

Votes: 4,112

32. Edison (2005)

R | 99 min | Action, Crime, Drama

5.3
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Upon discovering a den of corrupt policemen, a fresh-faced journalist makes shaky allies in a jaded reporter and investigator for a powerful district attorney.

Director: David J. Burke | Stars: Morgan Freeman, Kevin Spacey, Justin Timberlake, LL Cool J

Votes: 14,214

33. Outlast (2013 Video Game)

M | Adventure, Horror, Mystery

8.4
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Freelance journalist, Miles Upshur, is requested by an anonymous individual to investigate the Mount Massive Asylum, only to find it overrun by the asylum's deranged patients.

Stars: Shawn Baichoo, Chimwemwe Miller, Andreas Apergis, Alex Ivanovici

Votes: 2,668

34. 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: 8,686 | Gross: $0.38M

35. Tridev (1989)

173 min | Action, Crime, Drama

6.3
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A honest but disgraced Police Inspector's attempts to clear his name pits him against terrorists and the brother of his sweetheart.

Director: Rajiv Rai | Stars: Naseeruddin Shah, Sunny Deol, Jackie Shroff, Madhuri Dixit

Votes: 1,550

36. Messenger of Death (1988)

R | 91 min | Action, Crime, Mystery

5.6
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A Denver reporter investigates the mass murder of a family of Mormons in rural Colorado.

Director: J. Lee Thompson | Stars: Charles Bronson, Trish Van Devere, Laurence Luckinbill, Daniel Benzali

Votes: 2,150 | Gross: $3.07M

37. 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: 1,279

38. Don't Tell (2017)

110 min | Biography, Crime, Drama

7.5
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With help from a local lawyer, a young abuse survivor finds the courage to speak out when having a voice is her only option.

Director: Tori Garrett | Stars: Jack Thompson, Aden Young, Sara West, Rachel Griffiths

Votes: 172

39. Man of a Thousand Faces (1957)

Approved | 122 min | Biography, Drama

7.3
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The life and career of vaudevillian and silent screen horror star Lon Chaney, including his contentious relationship with his neurotic wife and his premature death.

Director: Joseph Pevney | Stars: James Cagney, Dorothy Malone, Jane Greer, Marjorie Rambeau

Votes: 2,082

40. Hero at Large (1980)

PG | 98 min | Comedy, Romance

6.1
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An idealistic but struggling actor finds his life unexpectedly complicated when he stops a robbery while wearing the costume of Captain Avenger, a superhero character of a film he is hired ... See full summary »

Director: Martin Davidson | Stars: John Ritter, Anne Archer, Bert Convy, Kevin McCarthy

Votes: 1,229 | Gross: $15.93M

41. Follow the Sun (1961–1962)

60 min | Adventure

7.8
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The show follows the adventures of two free-lance magazine writers based in Hawaii.

Stars: Barry Coe, Brett Halsey, Jay Lanin, Gary Lockwood

Votes: 41

42. Cover-Up (1991)

R | 90 min | Action, Thriller

4.4
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A tough ex-U.S. Marine journalist battles against time to save the lives of thousands of innocent people after uncovering a complex terrorist plot.

Director: Manny Coto | Stars: Dolph Lundgren, Louis Gossett Jr., Lisa Berkley, John Finn

Votes: 1,133

43. Red Sky (I) (2014)

PG-13 | 100 min | Action, Thriller

4.1
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Disgraced Top Gun fighter pilot Butch Masters leads a rogue squad in recovery of a WMD. Masters must navigate a fractured friendship, a love triangle, and must take to the skies to reclaim his military and personal honor.

Director: Mario Van Peebles | Stars: Cam Gigandet, Shane West, Rachael Leigh Cook, Mario Van Peebles

Votes: 1,332

44. 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: 384

45. 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: 1,545

46. The Turning Point (1952)

Not Rated | 85 min | Crime, Drama, Film-Noir

6.8
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Jerry McKibbon is a tough, no nonsense reporter, mentoring special prosecutor John Conroy in routing out corrupt officials in the city, which may even include Conroy's own police detective father as a suspect.

Director: William Dieterle | Stars: William Holden, Edmond O'Brien, Alexis Smith, Tom Tully

Votes: 749

47. The Mad Ghoul (1943)

Not Rated | 65 min | Horror, Sci-Fi, Thriller

5.9
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A university chemistry professor experiments with an ancient Mayan gas on a medical student, turning the would-be surgeon into a murdering ghoul.

Director: James P. Hogan | Stars: David Bruce, Evelyn Ankers, George Zucco, Robert Armstrong

Votes: 519

48. The Woman Who Wasn't There (2012)

Not Rated | 65 min | Documentary

6.9
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The Woman Who Wasn't There is a psychological thriller that goes inside the mind of history's most infamous 9/11 survivor.

Director: Angelo J. Guglielmo Jr. | Stars: Tania Head, Elia Zedeno, Gerry Bogacz, Brendan Chellis

Votes: 1,559

49. Silver City (2004)

R | 128 min | Comedy, Drama, Mystery

6.1
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47 Metascore

The discovery of a corpse threatens to unravel a bumbling local politician's campaign for governor of Colorado.

Director: John Sayles | Stars: Chris Cooper, Thora Birch, Maria Bello, Billy Zane

Votes: 3,698 | Gross: $1.02M

50. The Eyes of Tammy Faye (2000)

PG-13 | 79 min | Documentary, Biography

7.2
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69 Metascore

A documentary look, mostly through the eyes of Tammy Faye Bakker Messner, at her rise and fall as a popular televangelist with husband Jim Bakker. Traces their rise: her teen marriage to ... See full summary »

Directors: Fenton Bailey, Randy Barbato | Stars: RuPaul, Tammy Faye Bakker, Virginia Fairchild, Johnny Grover

Votes: 1,433 | Gross: $1.03M



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