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1. BPM (Beats Per Minute) (2017)

Not Rated | 143 min | Drama

84 Metascore

Members of the advocacy group ACT UP Paris demand action by the government and pharmaceutical companies to combat the AIDS epidemic in the early 1990s.

Director: Robin Campillo | Stars: Nahuel Pérez Biscayart, Arnaud Valois, Adèle Haenel, Antoine Reinartz

Votes: 11,515 | Gross: $0.13M

2. A Fantastic Woman (2017)

R | 104 min | Drama

86 Metascore

Marina, a transgender woman who works as a waitress and moonlights as a nightclub singer, is bowled over by the death of her older boyfriend.

Director: Sebastián Lelio | Stars: Daniela Vega, Francisco Reyes, Luis Gnecco, Aline Küppenheim

Votes: 19,867 | Gross: $2.02M

3. A Gentle Creature (2017)

Not Rated | 143 min | Drama, Mystery

78 Metascore

A woman lives in a small village in Russia. One day she receives the parcel she sent to her husband, serving a sentence in prison. Confused and angered, she sets out to find why her package was returned to sender.

Director: Sergey Loznitsa | Stars: Liya Akhedzhakova, Valeriu Andriuta, Boris Kamorzin, Roza Khayrullina

Votes: 1,779

4. A Man of Integrity (2017)

PG-13 | 113 min | Drama

A drama about corruption and injustice in Iranian society. You are the oppressed, or you have to join the oppressor to survive!

Director: Mohammad Rasoulof | Stars: Reza Akhlaghirad, Soudabeh Beizaee, Nasim Adabi, Zeinab Shabani

Votes: 1,293

5. After the War (2017)

92 min | Drama

An Italian insurgent living with his teenage daughter in France discovers that he no longer has political asylum, and the family he left behind in Italy are forced to answer for his past sins.

Director: Annarita Zambrano | Stars: Giuseppe Battiston, Barbora Bobulova, Marilyne Canto, Maria Capaccioli

Votes: 156

6. Ana, mon amour (2017)

125 min | Drama, Romance

63 Metascore

Toma and Ana meet as students in the literature faculty and quickly fall in love.

Director: Cãlin Peter Netzer | Stars: Mircea Postelnicu, Diana Cavallioti, Tania Popa, Igor Caras-Romanov

Votes: 1,562

7. Closeness (2017)

118 min | Drama

In the late-1990s squalid town of Nalchik, a poor young Jewish couple is kidnapped and a grievous ransom is demanded, as bitter resentments and cruel dilemmas come to light, magnifying the small community's grave predicament.

Director: Kantemir Balagov | Stars: Atrem Cipin, Olga Dragunova, Veniamin Kac, Anna Levit

Votes: 1,975

8. Directions (2017)

103 min | Drama

Multiple stories of taxi drivers while they work one night.

Director: Stephan Komandarev | Stars: Haralan Alexandrov, Dimitar Banenkin, Vasil Banov, Ivan Barnev

Votes: 1,435

9. Goliath (2017)

85 min | Drama

David's and Jessy's love is put to the test when Jessy unintentionally gets pregnant. The thought of becoming a father causes David to panic. Later, when they are attacked in the train and ... See full summary »

Director: Dominik Locher | Stars: Sven Schelker, Jasna Fritzi Bauer, José Barros, Tim Bettermann

Votes: 115

10. Good Manners (2017)

135 min | Fantasy, Horror, Musical

73 Metascore

Clara, a lonely nurse from the outskirts of São Paulo, is hired by mysterious and wealthy Ana as the nanny for her unborn child. The two women develop a strong bond, but a fateful night changes their plans.

Directors: Marco Dutra, Juliana Rojas | Stars: Isabél Zuaa, Marjorie Estiano, Miguel Lobo, Cida Moreira

Votes: 2,018 | Gross: $0.03M

11. I Am Not A Witch (2017)

93 min | Drama

80 Metascore

Following a banal incident in her local village, 8-year old girl Shula is accused of witchcraft. After a short trial she is found guilty, taken into state custody and exiled to a witch camp... See full summary »

Director: Rungano Nyoni | Stars: Maggie Mulubwa, Benfors 'Wee Do, Boyd Banda, Kalundu Banda

Votes: 2,467 | Gross: $0.05M

12. In Syria (2017)

85 min | Drama, War

A mother attempts to keep her family safe as war rages and a sniper lies in wait outside her home. This nerve-wracking study of life in Damascus won an Audience Award at Berlinale.

Director: Philippe Van Leeuw | Stars: Hiam Abbass, Diamand Bou Abboud, Juliette Navis, Mohsen Abbas

Votes: 2,151

13. Loveless (2017)

R | 127 min | Drama

86 Metascore

A couple going through a divorce must team up to find their son who has disappeared during one of their bitter arguments.

Director: Andrey Zvyagintsev | Stars: Maryana Spivak, Aleksey Rozin, Matvey Novikov, Marina Vasileva

Votes: 25,641 | Gross: $0.57M

14. Marlina the Murderer in Four Acts

93 min | Drama, Thriller

77 Metascore

Marlina lives quietly in Sumba until one day a man named Markus and his gang try to rob her house and she kills him. Eventually, she is haunted by Markus, and her life turns in 180 degrees.

Director: Mouly Surya | Stars: Marsha Timothy, Egy Fedly, Tumpal Tampubolon, Yoga Pratama

Votes: 2,076 | Gross: $0.02M

15. Men Don't Cry (2017)

98 min | Drama

In an empty Serbian hotel becomes one more battleground in the ceaseless Yugoslav Wars. Nearly 20 years after the official end of hostilities, many former combatants have still never truly escaped.

Director: Alen Drljevic | Stars: Boris Isakovic, Leon Lucev, Emir Hadzihafizbegovic, Sebastian Cavazza

Votes: 595

16. Montparnasse Bienvenüe (2017)

97 min | Drama

76 Metascore

In her early thirties, broke, and in the wake of a humbling breakup, a spirited, yet rudderless young woman finds herself struggling to get by in the bustling Parisian metropolis; however, if she can make it there, she'll make it anywhere.

Director: Léonor Serraille | Stars: Laetitia Dosch, Souleymane Seye Ndiaye, Grégoire Monsaingeon, Jean-Christophe Folly

Votes: 2,022

17. The Nothing Factory (2017)

Not Rated | 177 min | Drama, Musical

59 Metascore

One night, a group of workers discover their factory is being dismantled by the same administration that runs it. Quickly, the labourers organize themselves in order to occupy the plant.

Director: Pedro Pinho | Stars: José Smith Vargas, Carla Galvão, Njamy Sebastião, Joaquim Bichana Martins

Votes: 679

18. On Body and Soul (2017)

Not Rated | 116 min | Drama, Fantasy, Mystery

77 Metascore

When slaughterhouse workers Endre and Mária discover they share the same dreams - where they meet in a forest as deer and fall in love - they decide to make their dreams come true but it's difficult in real life.

Director: Ildikó Enyedi | Stars: Alexandra Borbély, Géza Morcsányi, Réka Tenki, Zoltán Schneider

Votes: 20,656

19. Godard Mon Amour (2017)

R | 107 min | Biography, Comedy, Drama

55 Metascore

In 1967, during the making of "La Chinoise," film director Jean-Luc Godard falls in love with 19-year-old actress Anne Wiazemsky and marries her.

Director: Michel Hazanavicius | Stars: Louis Garrel, Stacy Martin, Bérénice Bejo, Micha Lescot

Votes: 3,898 | Gross: $0.08M

20. Scary Mother (2017)

107 min | Drama

A 50-year-old housewife, Manana, struggles with her dilemma - she has to choose between her family life and her passion, writing, which she had repressed for years - she decides to follow ... See full summary »

Director: Ana Urushadze | Stars: Nato Murvanidze, Ramaz Ioseliani, Dimitri Tatishvili, Avtandil Makharadze

Votes: 471

21. Spoor (2017)

128 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

61 Metascore

Janina Duszejko, an elderly woman, lives alone in the Klodzko Valley where a series of mysterious crimes are committed. Duszejko is convinced that she knows who or what is the murderer, but nobody believes her.

Directors: Agnieszka Holland, Kasia Adamik | Stars: Agnieszka Mandat, Wiktor Zborowski, Jakub Gierszal, Patricia Volny

Votes: 3,743

22. Summer 1993 (2017)

97 min | Drama, Family

81 Metascore

After her mother's death, six-year-old Frida is sent to her uncle's family to live with them in the countryside. But Frida finds it hard to forget her mother and adapt to her new life.

Director: Carla Simón | Stars: Laia Artigas, Paula Robles, Bruna Cusí, David Verdaguer

Votes: 5,151 | Gross: $0.18M

23. The Cakemaker (2017)

Not Rated | 113 min | Drama

74 Metascore

A German pastry maker travels to Jerusalem in search of the wife and son of his dead lover.

Director: Ofir Raul Graizer | Stars: Tim Kalkhof, Sarah Adler, Roy Miller, Zohar Shtrauss

Votes: 3,465 | Gross: $0.88M

24. The Confession (I) (2017)

89 min | Drama, Mystery

Priest Giorgi, a former Film Director, is sent to serve the small parish in the mountain village. To bring villagers closer to church he starts showing films there. After the screening of ... See full summary »

Director: Zaza Urushadze | Stars: Dimitri Tatishvili, Joseph Khvedelidze, Sophia Sebiskveradze, Nato Murvanidze

Votes: 184

25. The Desert Bride (2017)

Not Rated | 78 min | Drama

68 Metascore

It tells the story of Teresa, a 54-year-old woman who works as a domestic employee in a family home in Buenos Aires. For decades she has taken refuge in the routine of her tasks, but now ... See full summary »

Directors: Cecilia Atán, Valeria Pivato | Stars: Paulina García, Susana Pampín, Claudio Rissi

Votes: 468 | Gross: $0.03M

26. The Other Side of Hope (2017)

Not Rated | 100 min | Comedy, Drama

84 Metascore

A poker-playing restaurateur and former traveling salesman befriends a group of refugees newly arrived to Finland.

Director: Aki Kaurismäki | Stars: Ville Virtanen, Dome Karukoski, Tommi Korpela, Kati Outinen

Votes: 9,672 | Gross: $0.18M

27. The Square (2017)

R | 151 min | Comedy, Drama

73 Metascore

A prestigious Stockholm museum's chief art curator finds himself in times of both professional and personal crisis as he attempts to set up a controversial new exhibit.

Director: Ruben Östlund | Stars: Claes Bang, Elisabeth Moss, Dominic West, Terry Notary

Votes: 47,937 | Gross: $1.50M

28. Villa Dwellers (2017)

95 min | Drama, War

Vilaeiha is the story of the families of the Iranian army leaders in 1986. Aziz is a 50 years old woman who enters the Villas complex with her grand children. Elyas is a driver who when ... See full summary »

Director: Munir Gheidi | Stars: Saber Abar, Anahita Afshar, Gity Ghasemi, Soraya Ghasemi

Votes: 468

29. Winter Brothers (2017)

TV-14 | 94 min | Drama

63 Metascore

A brother odyssey set in a worker environment during a cold winter. We follow two brothers, their routines, habits, rituals and a violent feud that erupts between them and another family.

Director: Hlynur Palmason | Stars: Elliott Crosset Hove, Simon Sears, Victoria Carmen Sonne, Lars Mikkelsen

Votes: 1,123

30. Oblivion Verses (2017)

TV-MA | 92 min | Drama

When the elderly caretaker of a remote morgue discovers the body of a young woman killed during a protest, he embarks on a magical odyssey to give her a proper burial before the militia returns.

Director: Alireza Khatami | Stars: Juan Margallo, Tomás del Estal, Manuel Morón, Itziar Aizpuru

Votes: 386

31. Sweet Country (2017)

R | 113 min | Adventure, Crime, Drama

87 Metascore

Australian western set on the Northern Territory frontier in the 1920s, where justice itself is put on trial when an aged Aboriginal farmhand shoots a white man in self-defense and goes on the run as a posse gathers to hunt him down.

Director: Warwick Thornton | Stars: Hamilton Morris, Shanika Cole, Ewen Leslie, Sam Neill

Votes: 6,301 | Gross: $0.10M

32. The Art of Loving. Story of Michalina Wislocka (2017)

121 min | Biography, Comedy, Drama

Michalina Wislocka, the most famous and recognized sexologist of communist Poland, fights for the right to publish her book, which will change the sex life of Polish people forever.

Director: Maria Sadowska | Stars: Magdalena Boczarska, Kamila Kaminska, Tomasz Kot, Karolina Gruszka

Votes: 2,415

33. Newton (2017)

Not Rated | 106 min | Drama

A government clerk on election duty in the conflict ridden jungle of Central India tries his best to conduct free and fair voting despite the apathy of security forces and the looming fear of guerrilla attacks by communist rebels.

Director: Amit Masurkar | Stars: Rajkummar Rao, Pankaj Tripathi, Anjali Patil, Raghuvir Yadav

Votes: 14,053

34. Village Rockstars (2017)

87 min | Drama

A young village girl in northeast India wants to start her own rock band.

Director: Rima Das | Stars: Bhanita Das, Basanti Das, Boloram Das, Rinku Das

Votes: 582

35. Angels Wear White (2017)

TV-14 | 107 min | Drama

78 Metascore

In a small seaside town, two schoolgirls are sexually assaulted by a middle-aged man in a motel. Mia, a teenager who was working on reception that night, is the only witness. For fear of losing her job, she chooses to keep silence.

Director: Vivian Qu | Stars: Vicky Chen, Meijun Zhou, Ke Shi, Le Geng

Votes: 1,719

36. Custody (2017)

93 min | Drama

83 Metascore

A broken marriage leads to a bitter custody battle with an embattled son at the centre.

Director: Xavier Legrand | Stars: Léa Drucker, Denis Ménochet, Thomas Gioria, Mathilde Auneveux

Votes: 6,973 | Gross: $0.08M

37. Euthanizer (2017)

85 min | Drama, Horror, Thriller

71 Metascore

A man who euthanizes animals as a side job runs afoul of a white supremacist.

Director: Teemu Nikki | Stars: Matti Onnismaa, Jari Virman, Hannamaija Nikander, Heikki Nousiainen

Votes: 1,484

38. Ice Mother (2017)

106 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

Crushing family dynamics have crushed Hana, an old-fashioned, respectable Czech mother, and a recent widow. The arrival of Brona and his sometimes depressed chicken changes the life of everyone, including Brona.

Director: Bohdan Sláma | Stars: Zuzana Krónerová, Pavel Nový, Daniel Vízek, Václav Neuzil

Votes: 501

39. Birds Are Singing in Kigali (2017)

113 min | Drama

In 1994 Rwanda, a Polish woman ornithologist saves a Tutsi girl from certain death. After a few years they both revisit Africa on an emotional journey full of painful memories.

Directors: Joanna Kos-Krauze, Krzysztof Krauze | Stars: Jowita Budnik, Eliane Umuhire, Witold Wielinski, Ciza Remy Muhirwa

Votes: 248

40. Kupal (2017)

81 min | Drama

"Kupal" is the story of a hunter and a taxidermist, called "Dr. Ahmad Kupal".

Director: Kazem Mollaie | Stars: Levon Haftvan, Nazanin Farahani, Pouria Rahimi, Mojtaba Alizadeh

Votes: 184

41. Mother! (2017)

R | 121 min | Drama, Horror, Mystery

75 Metascore

A couple's relationship is tested when uninvited guests arrive at their home, disrupting their tranquil existence.

Director: Darren Aronofsky | Stars: Jennifer Lawrence, Javier Bardem, Ed Harris, Michelle Pfeiffer

Votes: 171,997 | Gross: $17.80M

42. November (2017)

115 min | Drama, Fantasy, Horror

79 Metascore

In a poor Estonian village, a group of peasants use magic and folk remedies to survive the winter, and a young woman tries to get a young man to love her.

Director: Rainer Sarnet | Stars: Rea Lest, Jörgen Liik, Arvo Kukumägi, Katariina Unt

Votes: 3,058 | Gross: $0.02M

43. Oh Lucy! (2017)

95 min | Comedy, Drama

69 Metascore

A lonely woman living in Tokyo decides to take an English class where she discovers her alter ego, Lucy.

Director: Atsuko Hirayanagi | Stars: Shinobu Terajima, Josh Hartnett, Kaho Minami, Kôji Yakusho

Votes: 2,480 | Gross: $0.38M

44. Rainbow: A Private Affair (2017)

84 min | Drama, Romance, War

An Italian partisan torn between the resistance movement and his obsession with a young woman during World War II.

Director: Paolo Taviani | Stars: Luca Marinelli, Lorenzo Richelmy, Valentina Bellè, Francesca Agostini

Votes: 487

45. The Third Murder (2017)

Not Rated | 124 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

68 Metascore

A courtroom drama centered around the murder of a factory president.

Director: Hirokazu Koreeda | Stars: Masaharu Fukuyama, Kôji Yakusho, Shinnosuke Mitsushima, Mikako Ichikawa

Votes: 4,494 | Gross: $0.09M

46. Vazante (2017)

116 min | Adventure, Drama