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1. Undertow (2009)

Not Rated | 97 min | Drama, Fantasy, Romance

76 Metascore

An unusual ghost story set on the Peruvian seaside; a married fisherman struggles to reconcile his devotion to his male lover within his town's rigid traditions.

Director: Javier Fuentes-León | Stars: Cristian Mercado, Tatiana Astengo, Manolo Cardona, Attilia Boschetti

Votes: 6,265

2. Happythankyoumoreplease (2010)

R | 100 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

45 Metascore

Captures a generational moment - young people on the cusp of truly growing up, tiring of their reflexive cynicism, each in their own ways struggling to connect and define what it means to love and be loved.

Director: Josh Radnor | Stars: Josh Radnor, Malin Akerman, Zoe Kazan, Michael Algieri

Votes: 28,805 | Gross: $0.22M

3. Animal Kingdom (2010)

R | 113 min | Crime, Drama

83 Metascore

A seventeen year-old navigates his survival amongst an explosive criminal family and the detective who thinks he can save him.

Director: David Michôd | Stars: James Frecheville, Guy Pearce, Joel Edgerton, Bryce Lindemann

Votes: 53,455 | Gross: $1.04M

4. Winter's Bone (2010)

R | 100 min | Drama, Mystery

90 Metascore

An unflinching Ozark Mountain girl hacks through dangerous social terrain as she hunts down her drug-dealing father while trying to keep her family intact.

Director: Debra Granik | Stars: Jennifer Lawrence, John Hawkes, Garret Dillahunt, Isaiah Stone

Votes: 132,381 | Gross: $6.53M

5. Kinyarwanda (2011)

Not Rated | 100 min | Drama, History, Romance

69 Metascore

A young Tutsi woman and a young Hutu man fall in love amidst chaos; a soldier struggles to foster a greater good while absent from her family; and a priest grapples with his faith in the face of unspeakable horror.

Director: Alrick Brown | Stars: Cleophas Kabasita, Hadidja Zaninka, Marc Gwamaka, Cassandra Freeman

Votes: 430

6. Circumstance (2011)

R | 107 min | Drama

65 Metascore

A wealthy Iranian family struggles to contain a teenager's growing sexual rebellion and her brother's dangerous obsession.

Director: Maryam Keshavarz | Stars: Sarah Kazemy, Nikohl Boosheri, Reza Sixo Safai, Soheil Parsa

Votes: 7,216 | Gross: $0.44M

7. Like Crazy (2011)

PG-13 | 86 min | Drama, Romance

68 Metascore

A British college student falls for an American student, only to be separated from him when she's banned from the U.S. after overstaying her visa.

Director: Drake Doremus | Stars: Felicity Jones, Anton Yelchin, Jennifer Lawrence, Charlie Bewley

Votes: 57,815 | Gross: $3.41M

8. Young and Wild (2012)

Not Rated | 96 min | Comedy, Drama

Daniela, raised in the bosom of a strict Evangelical family and recently unmasked as a fornicator by her shocked parents, struggles to find her own path to spiritual harmony.

Director: Marialy Rivas | Stars: Alicia Rodríguez, Aline Küppenheim, María Gracia Omegna, Felipe Pinto

Votes: 2,372 | Gross: $0.00M

9. Safety Not Guaranteed (2012)

R | 86 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

72 Metascore

Three magazine employees head out on an assignment to interview a guy who placed a classified advertisement seeking a companion for time travel.

Director: Colin Trevorrow | Stars: Aubrey Plaza, Mark Duplass, Jake Johnson, Karan Soni

Votes: 115,148 | Gross: $4.01M

10. 10 timer til Paradis (2012)

Not Rated | 92 min | Drama, Romance

70 Metascore

Dennis, a painfully shy 38-year-old bodybuilder who lives with his mother, sets off to Thailand in search of love.

Director: Mads Matthiesen | Stars: Kim Kold, Elsebeth Steentoft, Lamaiporn Sangmanee Hougaard, David Winters

Votes: 4,221 | Gross: $0.02M

11. Middle of Nowhere (2012)

R | 97 min | Drama

75 Metascore

When her husband is sentenced to eight years in prison, Ruby drops out of medical school in order to focus on her husband's well-being while he's incarcerated - leading her on a journey of self-discovery in the process.

Director: Ava DuVernay | Stars: Emayatzy Corinealdi, David Oyelowo, Lorraine Toussaint, Edwina Findley Dickerson

Votes: 1,489 | Gross: $0.08M

12. Sleepwalk with Me (2012)

PG-13 | 81 min | Comedy

71 Metascore

A burgeoning stand-up comedian struggles with the stress of a stalled career, a stale relationship, and the wild spurts of severe sleepwalking he is desperate to ignore.

Directors: Mike Birbiglia, Seth Barrish | Stars: Mike Birbiglia, Lauren Ambrose, James Rebhorn, Carol Kane

Votes: 11,382 | Gross: $2.26M

13. Valley of Saints (2012)

Not Rated | 82 min | Drama

85 Metascore

War and poverty force Gulzar, a young tourist boatman, to run away from Kashmir with his best friend. But a military crackdown derails their escape, and they become trapped in Gulzar's lake... See full summary »

Director: Musa Syeed | Stars: Mohammed Afzal, Gulzar Ahmed Bhat, Neelofar Hamid

Votes: 175

14. The Sessions (2012)

R | 95 min | Biography, Comedy, Drama

79 Metascore

A man in an iron lung who wishes to lose his virginity contacts a professional sex surrogate with the help of his therapist and priest.

Director: Ben Lewin | Stars: John Hawkes, Helen Hunt, William H. Macy, Moon Bloodgood

Votes: 40,631 | Gross: $6.00M

15. Violeta Went to Heaven (2011)

Not Rated | 110 min | Biography, Drama, Music

63 Metascore

A portrait of famed Chilean singer and folklorist Violeta Parra filled with her musical work, her memories, her loves and her hopes.

Director: Andrés Wood | Stars: Francisco Acuña, Juan Alfaro, Orlando Alfaro, Almendra Andrade

Votes: 2,011 | Gross: $0.02M

16. Beasts of the Southern Wild (2012)

PG-13 | 93 min | Adventure, Drama, Fantasy

86 Metascore

Faced with both her hot-tempered father's fading health and melting ice-caps that flood her ramshackle bayou community and unleash ancient aurochs, six-year-old Hushpuppy must learn the ways of courage and love.

Director: Benh Zeitlin | Stars: Quvenzhané Wallis, Dwight Henry, Levy Easterly, Lowell Landes

Votes: 79,405 | Gross: $12.80M

17. Wajma, an Afghan Love Story (2013)

Not Rated | 85 min | Drama

It's snowing in Kabul, and gregarious waiter Mustafa charms a pretty student named Wajma. The pair begins a clandestine relationship - they're playful and passionate but ever mindful of the... See full summary »

Director: Barmak Akram | Stars: Wajma Bahar, Mustafa Abdulsatar, Haji Gul Aser, Brehna Bahar

Votes: 365

18. In a World... (2013)

R | 93 min | Comedy

79 Metascore

An underachieving voice coach finds herself competing in the movie trailer voice-over profession against her arrogant father and his protégé.

Director: Lake Bell | Stars: Lake Bell, Fred Melamed, Michaela Watkins, Rob Corddry

Votes: 30,259 | Gross: $2.96M

19. Crystal Fairy & the Magical Cactus (2013)

Not Rated | 98 min | Adventure, Comedy, Drama

67 Metascore

As Jamie travels in Chile, he invites an eccentric woman to join his group's quest to score a fabled hallucinogen, a move that finds him at odds with his new companion, until they drink the magic brew on a beach at the edge of the desert.

Director: Sebastián Silva | Stars: Michael Cera, Gaby Hoffmann, Juan Andrés Silva, Agustín Silva

Votes: 7,741 | Gross: $0.19M

20. Afternoon Delight (2013)

R | 98 min | Comedy, Drama

50 Metascore

Rachel tries to spice up her marriage with a trip to a strip club. She befriends McKenna who gave her a lapdance. She moves in with Rachel's family and becomes a nanny for the son.

Director: Jill Soloway | Stars: Kathryn Hahn, Link Ruiz, Cesar Garcia, Jane Lynch

Votes: 9,335 | Gross: $0.17M

21. This Is Martin Bonner (2013)

R | 83 min | Drama

71 Metascore

Martin Bonner has just moved to Nevada from the East Coast, leaving behind his two adult children and a life he spent more than two decades building.

Director: Chad Hartigan | Stars: Paul Eenhoorn, Demetrius Grosse, Tom Plunkett, Christy Lighthouse

Votes: 881 | Gross: $0.01M

22. Metro Manila (2013)

Not Rated | 115 min | Action, Crime, Drama

65 Metascore

Seeking a brighter future in megacity Manila, Oscar Ramirez and his family flee their impoverished life in the rice fields of the northern Philippines. But the sweltering capital's bustling... See full summary »

Director: Sean Ellis | Stars: Jake Macapagal, John Arcilla, Althea Vega, Erin Panlilio

Votes: 7,739

23. Jiseul (2012)

108 min | Drama, History, War

In 1950's, a populace of a South Korean island rebels against police brutality. The protesters are labeled as communists and the army is dispatched. One small village will be hit especially hard that day. Based on historical events.

Director: Meul O | Stars: Min-chul Sung, Jung-won Yang, Young-soon Oh, Suk-bum Moon

Votes: 230

24. Fruitvale Station (2013)

R | 85 min | Biography, Crime, Drama

85 Metascore

The story of Oscar Grant III, a 22-year-old Bay Area resident, who crosses paths with friends, enemies, family, and strangers on the last day of 2008.

Director: Ryan Coogler | Stars: Michael B. Jordan, Melonie Diaz, Octavia Spencer, Kevin Durand

Votes: 71,934 | Gross: $16.10M

25. Blind (II) (2014)

Not Rated | 96 min | Drama

83 Metascore

Forsaken in a new Oslo apartment, a frail blind woman battles to come to terms with her condition, as she slowly retracts into an elaborate fantasy bubble. Are her stories fanning her suspicions, or is this what total blindness looks like?

Director: Eskil Vogt | Stars: Ellen Dorrit Petersen, Henrik Rafaelsen, Vera Vitali, Marius Kolbenstvedt

Votes: 7,257

26. The Skeleton Twins (2014)

R | 93 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

74 Metascore

Having both coincidentally cheated death on the same day, estranged twins reunite with the possibility of mending their relationship.

Director: Craig Johnson | Stars: Kristen Wiig, Bill Hader, Luke Wilson, Ty Burrell

Votes: 38,851 | Gross: $5.28M

27. 52 Tuesdays (2013)

Not Rated | 114 min | Drama

71 Metascore

16-year-old Billie's reluctant path to independence is accelerated when her mother reveals plans to gender transition and their time together becomes limited to Tuesday afternoons.

Director: Sophie Hyde | Stars: Tilda Cobham-Hervey, Sam Althuizen, Imogen Archer, Del Herbert-Jane

Votes: 1,307

28. Fishing Without Nets (2014)

R | 109 min | Thriller

65 Metascore

A drama the follows a Somali who opts in on a piracy mission but then tries to extricate himself from the events.

Director: Cutter Hodierne | Stars: Abdiwali Farrah, Eric Godon, Abdikhadir Hassan, Idil Ibrahim

Votes: 214

29. Imperial Dreams (2014)

87 min | Drama

67 Metascore

A 21-year-old reformed gangster's devotion to his family and his future is put to the test when he is released from prison and returns to his old stomping grounds in Watts, Los Angeles.

Director: Malik Vitthal | Stars: John Boyega, Rotimi, Glenn Plummer, De'aundre Bonds

Votes: 3,731

30. Difret (2014)

Unrated | 99 min | Biography, Crime, Drama

61 Metascore

A young lawyer travels to an Ethiopian village to represent Hirut, a 14-year-old girl who shot her would-be husband as he and others were practicing one of the nation's oldest traditions: abduction into marriage.

Director: Zeresenay Mehari | Stars: Meron Getnet, Tizita Hagere, Abel Abebe, Shitaye Abraha

Votes: 1,174 | Gross: $0.04M

31. Whiplash (2014)

R | 106 min | Drama, Music

88 Metascore

A promising young drummer enrolls at a cut-throat music conservatory where his dreams of greatness are mentored by an instructor who will stop at nothing to realize a student's potential.

Director: Damien Chazelle | Stars: Miles Teller, J.K. Simmons, Melissa Benoist, Paul Reiser

Votes: 677,301 | Gross: $13.09M

32. To Kill a Man (2014)

TV-14 | 82 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

A working class man who, tired of being the victim of criminals, decides to take justice in his own hands.

Director: Alejandro Fernández Almendras | Stars: Daniel Candia, Alejandra Yañez, Daniel Antivilo, Ariel Mateluna

Votes: 1,406



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