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1. Serenity (2019)

R | 106 min | Drama, Mystery, Sci-Fi

5.3
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37 Metascore

A fishing boat captain juggles facing his mysterious past and finding himself ensnared in a reality where nothing is what it seems.

Director: Steven Knight | Stars: Matthew McConaughey, Anne Hathaway, Diane Lane, Jason Clarke

Votes: 18,384 | Gross: $8.55M

2. The Sinner (2017– )

TV-14 | 60 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

8.0
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Anthology series that examines how and why ordinary people commit brutal crimes.

Stars: Bill Pullman, Dohn Norwood, Jessica Biel, Christopher Abbott

Votes: 57,220

3. Donnie Darko (2001)

R | 113 min | Drama, Sci-Fi, Thriller

8.1
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88 Metascore

A troubled teenager is plagued by visions of a man in a large rabbit suit who manipulates him to commit a series of crimes, after he narrowly escapes a bizarre accident.

Director: Richard Kelly | Stars: Jake Gyllenhaal, Jena Malone, Mary McDonnell, Holmes Osborne

Votes: 698,594 | Gross: $1.48M

4. Hulk (2003)

PG-13 | 138 min | Action, Sci-Fi

5.6
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54 Metascore

Bruce Banner, a genetics researcher with a tragic past, suffers an accident that causes him to transform into a raging green monster when he gets angry.

Director: Ang Lee | Stars: Eric Bana, Jennifer Connelly, Sam Elliott, Josh Lucas

Votes: 239,911 | Gross: $132.18M

5. Manchester by the Sea (2016)

R | 137 min | Drama

7.8
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96 Metascore

A depressed uncle is asked to take care of his teenage nephew after the boy's father dies.

Director: Kenneth Lonergan | Stars: Casey Affleck, Michelle Williams, Kyle Chandler, Lucas Hedges

Votes: 214,928 | Gross: $47.70M

6. MotherFatherSon (2019– )

60 min | Drama, Thriller

6.6
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A psycho-thriller set within systems of power in politics, media, and the police.

Stars: Richard Gere, Helen McCrory, Billy Howle, Pippa Bennett-Warner

Votes: 1,081

7. Force Majeure (2014)

R | 120 min | Comedy, Drama

7.3
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87 Metascore

A family vacationing in the French Alps is confronted with a devastating avalanche.

Director: Ruben Östlund | Stars: Johannes Kuhnke, Lisa Loven Kongsli, Clara Wettergren, Vincent Wettergren

Votes: 41,930 | Gross: $1.36M

8. Gypsy (2017)

TV-MA | 51 min | Drama, Thriller

6.9
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Therapist Jean Holloway becomes too immersed in the lives of her patients.

Stars: Naomi Watts, Billy Crudup, Sophie Cookson, Karl Glusman

Votes: 11,852

9. Sphere (1998)

PG-13 | 134 min | Drama, Horror, Mystery

6.1
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35 Metascore

A spaceship is discovered under three hundred years' worth of coral growth at the bottom of the ocean.

Director: Barry Levinson | Stars: Dustin Hoffman, Sharon Stone, Samuel L. Jackson, Peter Coyote

Votes: 93,586 | Gross: $37.02M

10. The Crying Game (1992)

R | 112 min | Crime, Drama, Romance

7.3
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90 Metascore

A British soldier kidnapped by IRA terrorists soon befriends one of his captors, who then becomes drawn into the soldier's world.

Director: Neil Jordan | Stars: Stephen Rea, Jaye Davidson, Forest Whitaker, Miranda Richardson

Votes: 47,451 | Gross: $62.55M

11. Ordinary People (1980)

R | 124 min | Drama

7.8
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87 Metascore

The accidental death of the older son of an affluent family deeply strains the relationships among the bitter mother, the good-natured father, and the guilt-ridden younger son.

Director: Robert Redford | Stars: Donald Sutherland, Mary Tyler Moore, Judd Hirsch, Timothy Hutton

Votes: 42,267 | Gross: $54.80M

12. How Do You Know (2010)

PG-13 | 121 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

5.4
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46 Metascore

After being cut from the U.S.A. softball team and feeling a bit past her prime, Lisa finds herself evaluating her life and in the middle of a love triangle, as a corporate guy in crisis competes with her current, baseball-playing beau.

Director: James L. Brooks | Stars: Reese Witherspoon, Paul Rudd, Owen Wilson, Jack Nicholson

Votes: 41,108 | Gross: $30.21M

13. The Kindergarten Teacher (2018)

R | 96 min | Drama

6.8
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75 Metascore

A kindergarten teacher in New York becomes obsessed with one of her students whom she believes is a child prodigy.

Director: Sara Colangelo | Stars: Maggie Gyllenhaal, Gael García Bernal, Ato Blankson-Wood, Libya Pugh

Votes: 8,303

14. Wilfred (2011–2014)

TV-MA | 22 min | Comedy, Drama, Mystery

7.8
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The story of a depressed man who inexplicably is the only one who can see his neighbor's dog as a full grown man in a dog suit.

Stars: Elijah Wood, Jason Gann, Fiona Gubelmann, Dorian Brown Pham

Votes: 38,670

15. Masum (2017)

60 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

8.7
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Cevdet (Haluk Bilginer), a retired commissioner, and his wife spend their pensions in peace on a farm away from the city. Suddenly the life of the family is destroyed by the sudden arrival of a terrible news from the little son.

Stars: Haluk Bilginer, Nur Sürer, Ali Atay, Okan Yalabik

Votes: 8,476

16. The Best Years of Our Lives (1946)

Approved | 170 min | Drama, Romance, War

8.1
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92 Metascore

Three World War II veterans return home to small-town America to discover that they and their families have been irreparably changed.

Director: William Wyler | Stars: Myrna Loy, Dana Andrews, Fredric March, Teresa Wright

Votes: 53,413 | Gross: $23.65M

17. Ikiru (1952)

Not Rated | 143 min | Drama

8.3
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A bureaucrat tries to find a meaning in his life after he discovers he has terminal cancer.

Director: Akira Kurosawa | Stars: Takashi Shimura, Nobuo Kaneko, Shin'ichi Himori, Haruo Tanaka

Votes: 58,715 | Gross: $0.06M

18. The Keeping Hours (2017)

PG-13 | 91 min | Drama, Horror, Thriller

6.2
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10 years after the death of their son, a divorced couple is suddenly reunited by supernatural events that offer them a chance at forgiveness.

Director: Karen Moncrieff | Stars: Lee Pace, Carrie Coon, Amy Smart, Ana Ortiz

Votes: 2,026

19. Mean Creek (2004)

R | 90 min | Crime, Drama

7.2
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74 Metascore

When a teen is bullied, his brother and friends lure the bully into the woods to seek revenge.

Director: Jacob Estes | Stars: Rory Culkin, Ryan Kelley, Scott Mechlowicz, Trevor Morgan

Votes: 29,201 | Gross: $0.60M

20. Apple Tree Yard (2017– )

TV-14 | 60 min | Drama, Thriller

7.1
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A provocative thriller which sees an eminent scientist caught up in a damaging and compromising lie. Based on the novel by Louise Doughty.

Stars: Emily Watson, Ben Chaplin, Mark Bonnar, Syreeta Kumar

Votes: 2,886

21. The Unknown Girl (2016)

Unrated | 113 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

6.5
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65 Metascore

A female doctor gets obsessed with the case of a dead woman after learning that the woman had died shortly after having rung her door for help.

Directors: Jean-Pierre Dardenne, Luc Dardenne | Stars: Adèle Haenel, Olivier Bonnaud, Jérémie Renier, Louka Minnella

Votes: 6,108 | Gross: $0.15M

22. Kiss of the Spider Woman (1985)

R | 120 min | Drama

7.4
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80 Metascore

A gay man and a political prisoner are together in a prison. The gay man narrates the stories of two fake movies and his own life.

Director: Hector Babenco | Stars: William Hurt, Raul Julia, Sônia Braga, José Lewgoy

Votes: 12,980 | Gross: $17.04M

23. Una (2016)

R | 94 min | Drama, Romance

6.2
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62 Metascore

A woman confronts an older man, her former neighbour, to find out why he abandoned her after they had a sexual relationship.

Director: Benedict Andrews | Stars: Ruby Stokes, Rooney Mara, David Shields, Ben Mendelsohn

Votes: 7,937

24. Margaret (I) (2011)

R | 150 min | Drama

6.5
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61 Metascore

A young woman witnesses a bus accident, and is caught up in the aftermath, where the question of whether or not it was intentional affects many people's lives.

Director: Kenneth Lonergan | Stars: Anna Paquin, Matt Damon, Mark Ruffalo, J. Smith-Cameron

Votes: 14,725 | Gross: $0.05M

25. Northanger Abbey (2007 TV Movie)

PG | 84 min | Drama, Romance

7.3
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A young woman's penchant for sensational Gothic novels leads to misunderstandings in the matters of the heart.

Director: Jon Jones | Stars: Geraldine James, Michael Judd, Julia Dearden, Gerry O'Brien

Votes: 12,443

26. Death Parade (2015)

TV-MA | 24 min | Animation, Drama, Horror

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After death, humans go to either heaven or hell. But for some, at the instant of their death, they arrive at the Quindecim, a bar attended by the mysterious white-haired Decim.

Stars: Jamie Marchi, Tomoaki Maeno, Anastasia Munoz, Alex Organ

Votes: 7,293

27. Luna (1979)

R | 142 min | Drama

6.6
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While touring in Italy, a recently-widowed American opera singer has an incestuous relationship with her 15-year-old son to help him overcome his heroin addiction.

Director: Bernardo Bertolucci | Stars: Jill Clayburgh, Matthew Barry, Veronica Lazar, Renato Salvatori

Votes: 3,891

28. Heroes (1977)

PG | 112 min | Comedy, Drama

6.1
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35 Metascore

A Vietnam veteran suffering from post traumatic stress disorder breaks out of a VA hospital and goes on a road trip with a sympathetic traveler to start a worm farm in California with his fellow veterans.

Director: Jeremy Kagan | Stars: Henry Winkler, Sally Field, Harrison Ford, Val Avery

Votes: 1,507 | Gross: $33.50M

29. Our Mother's House (1967)

Approved | 104 min | Drama, Thriller

7.5
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When their deeply religious mother dies, the seven Hook children bury her in the garden and continue life as normal. Then their absent father, Charlie, reappears...

Director: Jack Clayton | Stars: Dirk Bogarde, Margaret Leclere, Pamela Franklin, Louis Sheldon Williams

Votes: 1,484

30. Me Without You (2001)

R | 107 min | Drama

7.0
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67 Metascore

Two best friends grow up on the Isle of Wight and in Brighton in the 1970s and 1980s.

Director: Sandra Goldbacher | Stars: Anna Friel, Michelle Williams, Ella Jones, Anna Popplewell

Votes: 4,194 | Gross: $0.30M

31. Beau Pere (1981)

123 min | Comedy, Drama

7.1
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After her mother dies, fourteen-year-old Marion falls in love with her stepfather, Remy.

Director: Bertrand Blier | Stars: Patrick Dewaere, Ariel Besse, Maurice Ronet, Geneviève Mnich

Votes: 2,307

32. I Want You (I) (1998)

R | 87 min | Crime, Drama, Music

6.2
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A young boy and his sister are drawn into one man's obsessive pursuit of his former lover.

Director: Michael Winterbottom | Stars: Rachel Weisz, Alessandro Nivola, Luka Petrusic, Labina Mitevska

Votes: 2,670 | Gross: $0.00M

33. Frankie & Alice (2010)

R | 101 min | Biography, Drama

6.5
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47 Metascore

A drama centered on a go-go dancer with multiple personality disorder who struggles to remain her true self and begins working with a psychotherapist to uncover the mystery of the inner ghosts that haunt her.

Director: Geoffrey Sax | Stars: Halle Berry, Stellan Skarsgård, Phylicia Rashad, Chandra Wilson

Votes: 4,679 | Gross: $0.69M

34. King of the Gypsies (1978)

R | 112 min | Drama

6.3
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In the criminal and violent world of modern-day Gypsies based in New York City, their 'king' Zharko Stepanowicz passes his leadership to his unwilling grandson, leaving the skipped father resentful.

Director: Frank Pierson | Stars: Eric Roberts, Judd Hirsch, Susan Sarandon, Sterling Hayden

Votes: 983 | Gross: $7.33M

35. Seize the Day (1986)

Unrated | 93 min | Drama

6.1
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Tommy Wilhelm is a good honest man who's fallen on hard times after losing his job, but what really gets to Tommy is seeing both his friends and family turning their backs on him one after the other. He tries to seize the day - in vain.

Director: Fielder Cook | Stars: Robin Williams, Richard B. Shull, David Bickford, Glenne Headly

Votes: 1,142

36. One More Minute (1979)

R | 92 min | Drama, Thriller

5.0
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Angela, a naive young hairdresser, is thrown out of home by her puritanical mother. At the behest of model client, She gets her first modeling gig. While her future seems bright, she soon learns that everyone around her wants to use her.

Director: Simon Wincer | Stars: Chantal Contouri, Robert Bruning, Sigrid Thornton, Hugh Keays-Byrne

Votes: 370

37. Don't Look There

Horror, Mystery, Thriller | Pre-production

A female clinical psychologist's life spirals out of control as she assists the police hunt a serial killer and she treats a new patient.

Director: Richard Zelniker | Stars: Keesha Sharp, Natalie Alyn Lind, Emmanuelle Vaugier, Kirk Acevedo

38. The Girl in the Bathtub (2018 TV Movie)

TV-14 | Biography, Drama, Mystery

6.3
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Based on the real life mystery surrounding the death of Julia Law, a young paralegal whose body was found in the apartment of her boss and lover, a prominent Philadelphia lawyer. Was it murder or something more complicated?

Director: Karen Moncrieff | Stars: Caitlin Stasey, Kate Isaac, Warren Abbott, Bethany Brown

Votes: 79

39. Heart of Midnight (1988)

R | 93 min | Drama, Horror, Thriller

5.3
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Carol inherits a night club from her weird uncle. She moves into the place, only to find out just how weird her uncle really was. She begins to remember more about her very special ... See full summary »

Director: Matthew Chapman | Stars: Jennifer Jason Leigh, Brenda Vaccaro, Jack Hallett, Nicholas Love

Votes: 1,034 | Gross: $0.11M

40. Pursued (1947)

Approved | 101 min | Drama, Mystery, Romance

7.3
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A boy haunted by nightmares about the night his entire family was murdered is brought up by a neighboring family in the 1880s. He falls for his lovely adoptive sister but his nasty adoptive brother and mysterious uncle want him dead.

Director: Raoul Walsh | Stars: Teresa Wright, Robert Mitchum, Judith Anderson, Dean Jagger

Votes: 2,525

41. The House by the Lake (1976)

R | 87 min | Horror, Thriller

6.1
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A rich playboy has a large house in the countryside. One weekend he invites a fashion model. On his way to the house, he drives past a gang of crazy young men. The men find out where the ... See full summary »

Director: William Fruet | Stars: Brenda Vaccaro, Don Stroud, Chuck Shamata, Richard Ayres

Votes: 864

42. The Life and Loves of a She-Devil (1986)

229 min | Drama

8.1
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Ruth has everything. A large, warty body, a standard house in the suburbs, two whiney children, a dog, a cat and a guinea pig. She also has Bobo, her unfaithful accountant husband who ... See full summary »

Stars: Dennis Waterman, Patricia Hodge, Julie T. Wallace, Paul Herzberg

Votes: 507

43. Underworld (1996)

R | 95 min | Comedy, Thriller

4.9
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After spending seven years behind bars, Johnny Crown is back on the street, with lots of cash, a psychotherapy degree and a burning desire to find and punish gangsters who had killed his ... See full summary »

Director: Roger Christian | Stars: Denis Leary, Joe Mantegna, Annabella Sciorra, Larry Bishop

Votes: 640

44. The Dirties (2013)

Not Rated | 83 min | Crime, Drama

6.8
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65 Metascore

Two best friends are filming a comedy about getting revenge on the bullies at their high school. One of them isn't joking.

Director: Matt Johnson | Stars: Matt Johnson, Owen Williams, Padraig Singal, Ross Hill

Votes: 5,733

45. ToY (2016)

TV-MA | 93 min | Drama, Romance

5.7
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Young L.A. artist, Chloe, hires prostitutes to pose nude and talk openly about their lives while she films them for her new art project. She falls for one of them, the elegant 40-something Kat. The two begin a tragic passionate affair.

Director: Patrick Chapman | Stars: Briana Evigan, Matt O'Leary, Bre Blair, Darcy DeMoss

Votes: 406

46. Gertrud (1964)

Not Rated | 116 min | Drama, Romance

7.5
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In the elegant world of artists and musicians, Gertrud ends her marriage to Gustav and takes a lover, the composer Erland Jansson.

Director: Carl Theodor Dreyer | Stars: Nina Pens Rode, Bendt Rothe, Ebbe Rode, Baard Owe

Votes: 4,939

47. The Appointment (1969)

R | 115 min | Drama, Romance

6.1
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The lawyer Federico Fendi has reasons to believe that his wife Carla in secret is Rome's highest paid prostitute.

Director: Sidney Lumet | Stars: Omar Sharif, Anouk Aimée, Didi Perego, Fausto Tozzi

Votes: 655

48. Midnight Runner (2018)

92 min | Drama

6.3
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A young chef and long distance runner is tormented by the loss of his brother not too long ago. He focusses on his running, his girlfriend and his work. But when he believes he is not ... See full summary »

Director: Hannes Baumgartner | Stars: Rahel Ammann, Markus Amrein, Saladin Dellers, Annina Euling

Votes: 99

49. Inheritance (III) (2017)

75 min | Drama

3.9
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A woman learns her estranged father has died and returns with her brother and new lover to her childhood home of Belize, where she must face her past while fighting for intimacy in the present.

Directors: Laura E. Davis, Jessica Kaye | Stars: Jessica Kaye, Mark Webber, Daniel Ahearn, Shamira Gill-Card

Votes: 182

50. Le voyage en douce (1980)

R | 98 min | Comedy, Drama

8.1
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Childhood friends, dominant Helene and submissive Lucie, are now in their thirties and married. Nostalgic about their youth, they take a bonding car trip to French countryside, while discussing their real and made up sexual experiences.

Director: Michel Deville | Stars: Dominique Sanda, Geraldine Chaplin, Jacques Zabor, Jean Crubelier

Votes: 536



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