Top-Rated Movies for a Solar Eclipse

by IMDb-Editors | created - 10 Aug 2017 | updated - 20 Aug 2017 | Public

When the sky goes dark, there's no telling what might happen. Check out these top-rated movies whose plots hinge on a solar eclipse as ranked by IMDb users.

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1. Apocalypto (2006)

R | 139 min | Action, Adventure, Drama

68 Metascore

As the Mayan kingdom faces its decline, a young man is taken on a perilous journey to a world ruled by fear and oppression.

Director: Mel Gibson | Stars: Gerardo Taracena, Raoul Max Trujillo, Dalia Hernández, Rudy Youngblood

Votes: 273,187 | Gross: $50.87M

2. Fantasia (1940)

G | 125 min | Animation, Family, Fantasy

96 Metascore

A collection of animated interpretations of great works of Western classical music.

Directors: James Algar, Samuel Armstrong, Ford Beebe Jr., Norman Ferguson, David Hand, Jim Handley, T. Hee, Wilfred Jackson, Hamilton Luske, Bill Roberts, Paul Satterfield, Ben Sharpsteen | Stars: Leopold Stokowski, Deems Taylor, Corey Burton, Walt Disney

Votes: 82,739 | Gross: $76.41M

3. Christ Stopped at Eboli (1979)

150 min | Drama

A doctor in Fascist Italy is exiled to a remote village for his political views.

Director: Francesco Rosi | Stars: Gian Maria Volontè, Paolo Bonacelli, Alain Cuny, Lea Massari

Votes: 1,779 | Gross: $0.07M

4. Forbidden Planet (1956)

G | 98 min | Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi

A starship crew goes to investigate the silence of a planet's colony only to find two survivors and a deadly secret that one of them has.

Director: Fred M. Wilcox | Stars: Walter Pidgeon, Anne Francis, Leslie Nielsen, Warren Stevens

Votes: 41,890 | Gross: $3.00M

5. Dolores Claiborne (1995)

R | 132 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

62 Metascore

A big-city reporter travels to the small town where her mother has been arrested for the murder of an elderly woman that she works for as a maid.

Director: Taylor Hackford | Stars: Kathy Bates, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Christopher Plummer, Judy Parfitt

Votes: 35,766 | Gross: $24.36M

6. House of Sand (2005)

R | 115 min | Drama

70 Metascore

A woman is taken along with her mother in 1910 to a far-away desert by her husband, and after his passing, is forced to spend the next 59 years of her life hopelessly trying to escape it.

Director: Andrucha Waddington | Stars: Fernanda Montenegro, Fernanda Torres, Ruy Guerra, Seu Jorge

Votes: 2,948 | Gross: $0.53M

7. Times and Winds (2006)

Not Rated | 111 min | Drama

A small, poor village leaning over high rocky mountains, facing the immense sea, flanked by olive yards. Villagers are simple and diligent people who struggle to cope with a harsh nature. ... See full summary »

Director: Reha Erdem | Stars: Ozen Ozkan, Ali Bey Kayali, Elit Iscan, Bülent Emin Yarar

Votes: 3,534 | Gross: $0.01M

8. Mermaid (2007)

115 min | Comedy, Drama, Fantasy

In Moscow, a young woman disappears after falling in love with a new man.

Director: Anna Melikyan | Stars: Mariya Shalayeva, Evgeniy Tsyganov, Mariya Sokova, Anastasiya Dontsova

Votes: 3,025

9. The Day the Earth Caught Fire (1961)

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

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: 4,184

10. Sangharsh (1999)

Not Rated | 127 min | Action, Drama, Thriller

A rookie CBI officer must enlist the help of an incarcerated criminal in order to catch a serial child killer, who has recently escaped police custody.

Director: Tanuja Chandra | Stars: Preity Zinta, Akshay Kumar, Ashutosh Rana, Vishwajeet Pradhan

Votes: 4,821

11. The Happiness of the Katakuris (2001)

R | 113 min | Comedy, Fantasy, Horror

60 Metascore

A family moves to the country to run a rustic mountain inn when, to their horror, the customers begin befalling sudden and unlikely fates.

Director: Takashi Miike | Stars: Kenji Sawada, Keiko Matsuzaka, Shinji Takeda, Naomi Nishida

Votes: 7,768

12. Zarafa (2012)

Not Rated | 78 min | Animation, Adventure, Family

64 Metascore

After escaping the clutches of a slave trader, a bold ten-year-old Sudanese boy befriends a young giraffe and a kind Bedouin, who takes them on a splendid journey via a hot-air balloon as far as the palace of King Charles X of France.

Directors: Rémi Bezançon, Jean-Christophe Lie | Stars: Max Renaudin Pratt, Simon Abkarian, Abraham Adesoye, Sjaak Caderyn

Votes: 1,394

13. Little Shop of Horrors (1986)

PG-13 | 94 min | Comedy, Horror, Musical

81 Metascore

A nerdy florist finds his chance for success and romance with the help of a giant man-eating plant who demands to be fed.

Director: Frank Oz | Stars: Rick Moranis, Ellen Greene, Vincent Gardenia, Levi Stubbs

Votes: 59,558 | Gross: $38.75M

14. The Sun Behind the Moon (2001)

Not Rated | 81 min | Biography, Drama, War

76 Metascore

After an Afghanistan-born woman who lives in Canada receives a letter from her suicidal sister, she takes a perilous journey through Afghanistan to try to find her.

Director: Mohsen Makhmalbaf | Stars: Nelofer Pazira, Hassan Tantai, Ike Ogut, Sadou Teymouri

Votes: 6,212 | Gross: $0.02M

15. A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court (1949)

Not Rated | 106 min | Comedy, Family, Fantasy

A singing mechanic from 1912 finds himself in Arthurian Britain.

Director: Tay Garnett | Stars: Bing Crosby, Rhonda Fleming, Cedric Hardwicke, William Bendix

Votes: 2,025

16. Accident (2009)

Not Rated | 89 min | Mystery, Thriller

A troubled assassin, who works by orchestrating "accidents", suspects that an accident that happens to his team is not an accident at all.

Director: Soi Cheang | Stars: Louis Koo, Richie Jen, Stanley Sui-Fan Fung, Michelle Ye

Votes: 2,739

17. Flash Gordon (1980)

PG | 111 min | Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi

58 Metascore

A football player and his friends travel to the planet Mongo and find themselves fighting the tyranny of Ming the Merciless to save Earth.

Director: Mike Hodges | Stars: Sam J. Jones, Melody Anderson, Max von Sydow, Topol

Votes: 46,534

18. The Watcher in the Woods (1980)

PG | 84 min | Family, Horror, Mystery

When a family moves to a country home, the young girls experience strange happenings that have a link to an occult event years past.

Directors: John Hough, Vincent McEveety | Stars: Bette Davis, Lynn-Holly Johnson, Kyle Richards, Carroll Baker

Votes: 4,977 | Gross: $5.00M

19. Wolf Creek (2005)

R | 99 min | Horror, Thriller

54 Metascore

Three backpackers stranded in the Australian outback are plunged in a hellish nightmare of insufferable torture by a sadistic psychopathic local.

Director: Greg McLean | Stars: Nathan Phillips, Cassandra Magrath, Kestie Morassi, John Jarratt

Votes: 64,037 | Gross: $16.19M

20. Bluebeard (2009)

Not Rated | 80 min | Fantasy

73 Metascore

An adaptation of the classic tale of a wealthy aristocrat with a blue beard.

Director: Catherine Breillat | Stars: Dominique Thomas, Lola Créton, Daphné Baiwir, Marilou Lopes-Benites

Votes: 1,183 | Gross: $0.04M

21. Incubus (1966)

Unrated | 78 min | Horror

On a strange island inhabited by demons and spirits, a man battles the forces of evil.

Director: Leslie Stevens | Stars: William Shatner, Allyson Ames, Eloise Hardt, Robert Fortier

Votes: 1,689

22. Out to Sea (1997)

PG-13 | 106 min | Comedy, Romance

49 Metascore

A failed gambler, intent on meeting a rich widow, tricks his widowed brother-in-law into boarding a cruise ship as dance hosts.

Director: Martha Coolidge | Stars: Jack Lemmon, Walter Matthau, Dyan Cannon, Gloria DeHaven

Votes: 7,421 | Gross: $27.97M

23. Lara Croft: Tomb Raider (2001)

PG-13 | 100 min | Action, Adventure, Fantasy

33 Metascore

Video game adventurer Lara Croft comes to life in a movie where she races against time and villains to recover powerful ancient artifacts.

Director: Simon West | Stars: Angelina Jolie, Jon Voight, Iain Glen, Noah Taylor

Votes: 187,595 | Gross: $131.14M

24. Bloody Birthday (1981)

R | 85 min | Horror, Thriller

49 Metascore

Three children are born at the height of an eclipse of the sun. Ten years later, they begin to murder the people around them - even their family members.

Director: Ed Hunt | Stars: Lori Lethin, Melinda Cordell, Julie Brown, Joe Penny

Votes: 3,635

25. Darkness (2002)

PG-13 | 88 min | Horror

15 Metascore

A teenage girl moves into a remote countryside house with her family, only to discover that their gloomy new home has a horrifying past that threatens to destroy the family.

Director: Jaume Balagueró | Stars: Anna Paquin, Lena Olin, Iain Glen, Giancarlo Giannini

Votes: 18,198 | Gross: $22.16M

26. The Wild Thornberrys Movie (2002)

PG | 85 min | Animation, Adventure, Comedy

69 Metascore

Eliza and Debbie are two sisters who don't always get along. But their relationship is put to the test when Debbie's life is in danger, and Eliza might have to give up her power to talk to animals....

Directors: Cathy Malkasian, Jeff McGrath | Stars: Tim Curry, Rupert Everett, Flea, Lacey Chabert

Votes: 13,536 | Gross: $40.11M



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