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1. Blinded by the Light (2019)

PG-13 | 118 min | Comedy, Drama, Music

6.9
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71 Metascore

In England in 1987, a teenager from an Asian family learns to live his life, understand his family and find his own voice through the music of American rock star Bruce Springsteen.

Director: Gurinder Chadha | Stars: Billy Barratt, Ronak Singh Chadha Berges, Viveik Kalra, Lee Barnett

Votes: 6,905 | Gross: $11.47M

2. Roma (2018)

R | 135 min | Drama

7.8
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96 Metascore

A year in the life of a middle-class family's maid in Mexico City in the early 1970s.

Director: Alfonso Cuarón | Stars: Yalitza Aparicio, Marina de Tavira, Diego Cortina Autrey, Carlos Peralta

Votes: 113,416

3. Girl, Interrupted (1999)

R | 127 min | Biography, Drama

7.3
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51 Metascore

Based on writer Susanna Kaysen's account of her 18-month stay at a mental hospital in the late 1960s.

Director: James Mangold | Stars: Winona Ryder, Angelina Jolie, Clea DuVall, Brittany Murphy

Votes: 150,177 | Gross: $28.87M

4. The Tale (2018)

TV-MA | 114 min | Drama, Mystery, Thriller

7.3
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90 Metascore

A woman filming a documentary on childhood rape victims starts to question the nature of her childhood relationship with her riding instructor and running coach.

Director: Jennifer Fox | Stars: Elizabeth Debicki, Laura Dern, Frances Conroy, Ellen Burstyn

Votes: 11,723

5. A River Runs Through It (1992)

PG | 123 min | Drama

7.2
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68 Metascore

The story about two sons of a stern minister -- one reserved, one rebellious -- growing up in rural Montana while devoted to fly fishing.

Director: Robert Redford | Stars: Craig Sheffer, Brad Pitt, Tom Skerritt, Brenda Blethyn

Votes: 49,664 | Gross: $43.44M

6. The Basketball Diaries (1995)

R | 102 min | Biography, Crime, Drama

7.3
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46 Metascore

A teenager finds his dreams of becoming a basketball star threatened after he free falls into the harrowing world of drug addiction.

Director: Scott Kalvert | Stars: Leonardo DiCaprio, Lorraine Bracco, Marilyn Sokol, James Madio

Votes: 95,472 | Gross: $2.42M

7. Garden State (2004)

R | 102 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

7.4
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67 Metascore

A quietly troubled young man returns home for his mother's funeral after being estranged from his family for a decade.

Director: Zach Braff | Stars: Zach Braff, Peter Sarsgaard, Natalie Portman, Ian Holm

Votes: 202,093 | Gross: $26.78M

8. Rocko's Modern Life: Static Cling (2019 TV Movie)

TV-Y7 | 45 min | Animation, Action, Adventure

7.1
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After being in space for 20 years, Rocko and his friends attempt to adjust to an even more modern life in the 21st century. However, when he learns that his favorite 90s cartoon isn't on the air anymore, Rocko tries locating its creator.

Directors: Joe Murray, Cosmo Segurson | Stars: Carlos Alazraqui, Tom Kenny, Charlie Adler, Mr. Lawrence

Votes: 2,489

9. Beginners (2010)

R | 105 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

7.2
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81 Metascore

A young man is rocked by two announcements from his elderly father: that he has terminal cancer and that he has a young male lover.

Director: Mike Mills | Stars: Ewan McGregor, Christopher Plummer, Mélanie Laurent, Goran Visnjic

Votes: 84,377 | Gross: $5.79M

10. Antwone Fisher (2002)

PG-13 | 120 min | Biography, Drama

7.3
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62 Metascore

Antwone Fisher, a young navy man, is forced to see a psychiatrist after a violent outburst against a fellow crewman. During the course of treatment a painful past is revealed and a new hope begins.

Director: Denzel Washington | Stars: Denzel Washington, Derek Luke, Joy Bryant, Malcolm David Kelley

Votes: 30,971 | Gross: $21.08M

11. The Heart Is Deceitful Above All Things (2004)

R | 97 min | Drama

6.5
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27 Metascore

Seven-year-old Jeremiah is pulled from his foster home and thrown into a troubled life on the road with his teenage mother, Sarah.

Director: Asia Argento | Stars: Asia Argento, Dylan Sprouse, Cole Sprouse, Jimmy Bennett

Votes: 6,116 | Gross: $0.03M

12. Withnail & I (1987)

R | 107 min | Comedy, Drama

7.7
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In 1969, two substance-abusing, unemployed actors retreat to the countryside for a holiday that proves disastrous.

Director: Bruce Robinson | Stars: Richard E. Grant, Paul McGann, Richard Griffiths, Ralph Brown

Votes: 36,942 | Gross: $1.54M

13. The Beatles Anthology (1995–1996)

600 min | Documentary, Music

9.2
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An autobiographical documentary of the greatest of the rock bands.

Stars: Paul McCartney, George Harrison, Ringo Starr, George Martin

Votes: 5,772

14. Private Parts (1997)

R | 109 min | Biography, Comedy, Drama

6.9
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67 Metascore

The autobiographical story of Howard Stern, the radio rebel who is now also a TV personality, an author and a movie star.

Director: Betty Thomas | Stars: Howard Stern, Mary McCormack, Robin Quivers, Fred Norris

Votes: 32,492 | Gross: $41.20M

15. Persepolis (2007)

PG-13 | 96 min | Animation, Biography, Drama

8.0
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90 Metascore

A precocious and outspoken Iranian girl grows up during the Islamic Revolution.

Directors: Vincent Paronnaud, Marjane Satrapi | Stars: Chiara Mastroianni, Catherine Deneuve, Gena Rowlands, Danielle Darrieux

Votes: 82,958 | Gross: $4.45M

16. The Sheltering Sky (1990)

R | 138 min | Adventure, Drama

6.8
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An American couple travel abroad to revitalize their relationship. But as the trip drags on, their attempt at recovering what they once had seems futile.

Director: Bernardo Bertolucci | Stars: Debra Winger, John Malkovich, Campbell Scott, Jill Bennett

Votes: 10,555 | Gross: $2.08M

17. My One and Only (2009)

PG-13 | 108 min | Adventure, Biography, Comedy

6.5
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62 Metascore

After leaving her philandering husband, an elegant socialite takes her two sons on a road trip across America in search of a better life.

Director: Richard Loncraine | Stars: Renée Zellweger, Logan Lerman, Mark Rendall, Kevin Bacon

Votes: 8,169 | Gross: $2.48M

18. To Hell and Back (1955)

Approved | 106 min | Action, Biography, Drama

7.2
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The true WWII story of Audie Murphy, the most decorated soldier in U.S. history. Based on the autobiography of Audie Murphy who stars as himself in the film.

Director: Jesse Hibbs | Stars: Audie Murphy, Marshall Thompson, Charles Drake, Jack Kelly

Votes: 4,516

19. Flashback (1990)

R | 108 min | Action, Adventure, Comedy

6.2
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In 1989, clean-cut FBI man John Buckner is detailed to escort heavily-bearded Huey Walker back to jail for offenses dating back to his days as a celebrated hippie radical. After Walker ... See full summary »

Director: Franco Amurri | Stars: Dennis Hopper, Kiefer Sutherland, Carol Kane, Paul Dooley

Votes: 4,620 | Gross: $6.49M

20. Chapter Two (1979)

PG | 124 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

6.0
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George Schneider is an author whose wife had just died. His brother Leo gives him the number of Jennie Malone, and somehow they hit it off, and just when things are moving along, the memory... See full summary »

Director: Robert Moore | Stars: James Caan, Marsha Mason, Joseph Bologna, Valerie Harper

Votes: 910

21. A Tree Grows in Brooklyn (1945)

PG | 129 min | Drama, Romance

8.0
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Encouraged by her idealistic if luckless father, a bright and imaginative young woman comes of age in a Brooklyn tenement during the early 1900s.

Director: Elia Kazan | Stars: Dorothy McGuire, Joan Blondell, James Dunn, Lloyd Nolan

Votes: 6,590

22. Little Tickles (2018)

103 min | Drama

7.1
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Odette is a 8-yr-old girl who loves to dance and draw. Why should she distrust a friend of her parents' who offers to "tickle" her ? Once she has become an adult, Odette realizes she was ... See full summary »

Directors: Andréa Bescond, Eric Métayer | Stars: Andréa Bescond, Karin Viard, Clovis Cornillac, Pierre Deladonchamps

Votes: 507

23. The Class (2008)

PG-13 | 128 min | Drama

7.5
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92 Metascore

Teacher and novelist François Bégaudeau plays a version of himself as he negotiates a year with his racially mixed students from a tough Parisian neighborhood.

Director: Laurent Cantet | Stars: François Bégaudeau, Agame Malembo-Emene, Angélica Sancio, Arthur Fogel

Votes: 32,546 | Gross: $3.77M

24. 1,000 Times Good Night (2013)

Not Rated | 117 min | Drama, War

7.1
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57 Metascore

Rebecca is one of the world's top war photographers. She must weather a major emotional storm when her husband refuses to put up with her dangerous life any longer. He and their young ... See full summary »

Director: Erik Poppe | Stars: Juliette Binoche, Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, Lauryn Canny, Adrianna Cramer Curtis

Votes: 6,953 | Gross: $0.05M

25. Fucking Berlin (2016)

94 min | Drama, Romance

5.3
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A beautiful girl, bored and hungry for life, takes advantage of her new-found freedom away from her parents to explore what lies beneath the surface of Berlin.

Director: Florian Gottschick | Stars: Svenja Jung, Mateusz Dopieralski, Christoph Letkowski, Charley Ann Schmutzler

Votes: 1,458

26. The Snows of Kilimanjaro (1952)

Approved | 114 min | Adventure, Drama, Romance

6.2
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Writer Harry Street reflects on his life as he lies dying from an infection while on safari in the shadow of Mount Kilamanjaro.

Directors: Henry King, Roy Ward Baker | Stars: Gregory Peck, Susan Hayward, Ava Gardner, Hildegard Knef

Votes: 4,331 | Gross: $18.05M

27. Desert Flower (2009)

R | 120 min | Biography, Drama

7.4
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54 Metascore

Waris Dirie, born 1965 in Somalia, flees at 13 when sold as 4th wife. She's maid at the Somalian embassy in London, then McDonald's, where she's discovered and becomes int'l top model. 1997, she speaks up against female genital mutilation.

Director: Sherry Hormann | Stars: Soraya Omar-Scego, Idriss Abdillahi Houfaneh, Awa Saïd Darar, Roun Daher Aïnan

Votes: 11,404 | Gross: $0.04M

28. Blue (1993)

R | 79 min | Biography, Drama

7.3
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Against a plain, unchanging blue screen, a densely interwoven soundtrack of voices, sound effects and music attempt to convey a portrait of Derek Jarman's experiences with AIDS, both ... See full summary »

Director: Derek Jarman | Stars: Derek Jarman, Tilda Swinton, John Quentin, Nigel Terry

Votes: 1,770 | Gross: $1.72M

29. Somebody Up There Likes Me (1956)

Passed | 113 min | Biography, Drama, Sport

7.5
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Boxer Rocky Graziano's biopic, based on his autobiography, from childhood to his World Middleweight Championship title win at age 28 in 1947.

Director: Robert Wise | Stars: Paul Newman, Pier Angeli, Everett Sloane, Eileen Heckart

Votes: 6,847

30. MDMA (2017)

98 min | Crime, Drama

5.4
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60 Metascore

In 1984, the most powerful drug dealer on the west coast was a 19 year old coed. Based on actual events.

Director: Angie Wang | Stars: Francesca Eastwood, Henry Zaga, Elisa Donovan, Yetide Badaki

Votes: 475

31. Machuca (2004)

Not Rated | 121 min | Biography, Drama, History

7.7
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76 Metascore

Two boys observe a political coup in their native Chile.

Director: Andrés Wood | Stars: Matías Quer, Ariel Mateluna, Manuela Martelli, Aline Küppenheim

Votes: 10,321

32. For a Lost Soldier (1992)

Unrated | 92 min | Drama, Romance, War

7.6
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Set in The Netherlands at the end of WW II, this touching story, told in flashbacks, explores the complex and romantic relationship between an adult soldier and a displaced, lonely adolescent boy.

Director: Roeland Kerbosch | Stars: Maarten Smit, Andrew Kelley, Jeroen Krabbé, Freark Smink

Votes: 4,081 | Gross: $0.39M

33. I Dreamed of Africa (2000)

PG-13 | 114 min | Adventure, Drama, Romance

5.6
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33 Metascore

Kuki, a divorced Italian socialite, changes her life after a serious car crash. She accepts a marriage proposal from Paolo Gallmann, a man she doesn't know well, and she moves to Kenya with... See full summary »

Director: Hugh Hudson | Stars: Kim Basinger, Vincent Perez, Liam Aiken, Garrett Strommen

Votes: 4,172 | Gross: $6.54M

34. When Did You Last See Your Father? (2007)

PG-13 | 92 min | Biography, Drama

6.8
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The story of a son's conflicting memories of his dying father.

Director: Anand Tucker | Stars: Jim Broadbent, Colin Firth, Juliet Stevenson, Bradley Johnson

Votes: 3,913 | Gross: $1.07M

35. Jo Jo Dancer, Your Life Is Calling (1986)

R | 97 min | Biography, Comedy, Drama

6.4
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After severely burning himself in a drug incident, a comedian has a near death experience in which he reviews his life.

Director: Richard Pryor | Stars: Richard Pryor, Debbie Allen, Art Evans, Fay Hauser

Votes: 1,424 | Gross: $18.03M

36. Joe the King (1999)

R | 93 min | Crime, Drama

6.8
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64 Metascore

A disadvantaged, abused, neglected, exploited but basically decent kid slips into criminality while trying to cope with his harsh, inescapable reality.

Director: Frank Whaley | Stars: Noah Fleiss, Karen Young, Camryn Manheim, Austin Pendleton

Votes: 2,504 | Gross: $0.06M

37. Lackawanna Blues (2005 TV Movie)

PG-13 | 95 min | Drama, Music

7.9
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In a story fueled by rhythm and blues, a young boy's life is shaped by love and the stories of a cast of characters in the boarding house where he lives in 1960s Lackawanna, New York.

Director: George C. Wolfe | Stars: S. Epatha Merkerson, Marcus Carl Franklin, Yasiin Bey, Carmen Ejogo

Votes: 2,152

38. Love, Nina (2016– )

28 min | Comedy, Drama

7.1
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A glimpse of 80s literary London based on Nina Stibbe's letters to her sister.

Stars: Faye Marsay, Ethan Rouse, Harry Webster, Helena Bonham Carter

Votes: 823

39. I Am a Sex Addict (2005)

Not Rated | 98 min | Biography, Comedy, Romance

6.0
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62 Metascore

Autobiographical comedy about a recovering sex addict, about his obsession with prostitutes, and how that affected his relationships and his life altogether.

Director: Caveh Zahedi | Stars: Caveh Zahedi, Christoff Colas, Rebecca Lord, Lindsey Tjian

Votes: 3,098 | Gross: $0.11M

40. Intervista (1987)

105 min | Comedy, Drama, Fantasy

7.0
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Federico Fellini accept the request of a television crew to be interviewed about his carreer, narrating memories, dreams, realities and fantasies.

Director: Federico Fellini | Stars: Sergio Rubini, Antonella Ponziani, Maurizio Mein, Paola Liguori

Votes: 2,137 | Gross: $0.11M

41. Entre Nous (1983)

PG | 110 min | Biography, Drama, War

7.2
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In 1942 in occupied France, a Jewish refugee marries a soldier to escape deportation to Germany. Meanwhile a wealthy art student loses her first husband to a stray Resistance bullet; at the... See full summary »

Director: Diane Kurys | Stars: Miou-Miou, Isabelle Huppert, Guy Marchand, Jean-Pierre Bacri

Votes: 1,468

42. Telling Lies in America (1997)

PG-13 | 101 min | Drama, Music

6.2
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65 Metascore

A loner befriends a local celebrity, Billy Magic, but he soon begins to tell lies in order to maintain the friendship and the newfound status.

Director: Guy Ferland | Stars: Kevin Bacon, Brad Renfro, Maximilian Schell, Calista Flockhart

Votes: 2,024 | Gross: $0.25M

43. Can Heironymus Merkin Ever Forget Mercy Humppe and Find True Happiness? (1969)

X | 107 min | Comedy, Musical

5.2
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Heironymus Merkin screens an autobiographical movie of his life, growth and moral decay.

Director: Anthony Newley | Stars: Anthony Newley, Joan Collins, Alexander Newley, Tara Newley Arkle

Votes: 330

44. The Kid Stays in the Picture (2002)

R | 93 min | Documentary, Biography

7.4
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75 Metascore

Documentary about legendary Paramount producer Robert Evans (the film shares the same name as Evans's famous 1994 autobiography).

Directors: Nanette Burstein, Brett Morgen | Stars: Robert Evans, Eddie Albert, Peter Bart, Charlie Bluhdorn

Votes: 6,612 | Gross: $1.43M

45. Taxi zum Klo (1980)

Not Rated | 98 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

6.4
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Frank Ripploh is a bit of a rascal: he's a bearded and shaggy-haired teacher, and he's gay with a very active sex life and an interest in making films. He keeps his personal life and ... See full summary »

Director: Frank Ripploh | Stars: Frank Ripploh, Bernd Broaderup, Orpha Termin, Peter Fahrni

Votes: 1,371

46. My Life So Far (1999)

PG-13 | 98 min | Biography, Comedy, Drama

6.4
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Memoir of the lives of a family growing up on a post World War I British estate headed up by a strong disciplinarian, her daughter, her inventor husband, their ten year old son and his ... See full summary »

Director: Hugh Hudson | Stars: Colin Firth, Rosemary Harris, Irène Jacob, Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio

Votes: 2,704 | Gross: $0.62M

47. The Grass Harp (1995)

PG | 107 min | Drama, Comedy

7.0
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After his mother's death, Collin Fenwick goes to live with his father's cousins, the wealthy, avaricious, and controlling Verena Talbo, and her compliant, earthy sister Dolly. When a city ... See full summary »

Director: Charles Matthau | Stars: Piper Laurie, Sissy Spacek, Walter Matthau, Edward Furlong

Votes: 2,896 | Gross: $0.49M

48. Wah-Wah (2005)

R | 120 min | Comedy, Drama

6.8
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61 Metascore

Set at the end of the '60s, as Swaziland is about to receive independence from Great Britain, the film follows the young Ralph Compton, at 12, through his parents' traumatic separation, ... See full summary »

Director: Richard E. Grant | Stars: Nicholas Hoult, Miranda Richardson, Emily Watson, Gabriel Byrne

Votes: 2,821 | Gross: $0.23M

49. A Moment of Innocence (1996)

78 min | Comedy, Drama

7.9
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70 Metascore

A semi-autobiographical account of Makmahlbaf's experience as a teenager when, as a 17-year-old, he stabbed a policeman at a protest rally. Two decades later, he tracks down the policeman he injured in an attempt to make amends.

Director: Mohsen Makhmalbaf | Stars: Mirhadi Tayebi, Mohsen Makhmalbaf, Ali Bakhsi, Ammar Tafti Dehghan

Votes: 2,727 | Gross: $0.04M

50. The Long Day Closes (1992)

PG | 85 min | Biography, Drama

7.4
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85 Metascore

A young British boy comes of age among his loving family and the austere Catholic Church as he realizes his love of cinema and his homosexuality.

Director: Terence Davies | Stars: Leigh McCormack, Marjorie Yates, Anthony Watson, Nicholas Lamont

Votes: 2,452 | Gross: $0.16M



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