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1. The Cook, the Thief, His Wife & Her Lover (1989)

NC-17 | 124 min | Crime, Drama

7.6
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62 Metascore

The wife of an abusive criminal finds solace in the arms of a kind regular guest in her husband's restaurant.

Director: Peter Greenaway | Stars: Richard Bohringer, Michael Gambon, Helen Mirren, Alan Howard

Votes: 32,400 | Gross: $7.72M

2. Four Weddings and a Funeral (1994)

R | 117 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

7.0
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81 Metascore

Over the course of five social occasions, a committed bachelor must consider the notion that he may have discovered love.

Director: Mike Newell | Stars: Hugh Grant, Andie MacDowell, James Fleet, Simon Callow

Votes: 129,922 | Gross: $52.70M

3. Excalibur (1981)

PG | 140 min | Adventure, Drama, Fantasy

7.4
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56 Metascore

Merlin the magician helps Arthur Pendragon unite the Britons around the Round Table of Camelot, even as dark forces conspire to tear it apart.

Director: John Boorman | Stars: Nigel Terry, Helen Mirren, Nicholas Clay, Cherie Lunghi

Votes: 54,470 | Gross: $34.97M

4. Brazil (1985)

R | 132 min | Drama, Sci-Fi

7.9
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88 Metascore

A bureaucrat, in a retro-future world, tries to correct an administrative error and becomes an enemy of the state.

Director: Terry Gilliam | Stars: Jonathan Pryce, Kim Greist, Robert De Niro, Katherine Helmond

Votes: 178,188 | Gross: $9.93M

5. The Elephant Man (1980)

PG | 124 min | Biography, Drama

8.1
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77 Metascore

A Victorian surgeon rescues a heavily disfigured man who is mistreated while scraping a living as a side-show freak. Behind his monstrous façade, there is revealed a person of kindness, intelligence and sophistication.

Director: David Lynch | Stars: Anthony Hopkins, John Hurt, Anne Bancroft, John Gielgud

Votes: 204,653

6. Monty Python's Life of Brian (1979)

R | 94 min | Comedy

8.1
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77 Metascore

Born on the original Christmas in the stable next door to Jesus, Brian of Nazareth spends his life being mistaken for a messiah.

Director: Terry Jones | Stars: Graham Chapman, John Cleese, Michael Palin, Terry Gilliam

Votes: 342,621 | Gross: $20.05M

7. Naked (1993)

Not Rated | 132 min | Comedy, Drama

7.8
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84 Metascore

Parallel tales of two sexually obsessed men, one hurting and annoying women physically and mentally, one wandering around the city talking to strangers and experiencing dimensions of life.

Director: Mike Leigh | Stars: David Thewlis, Lesley Sharp, Katrin Cartlidge, Greg Cruttwell

Votes: 31,166 | Gross: $1.77M

8. 1984 (1984)

R | 113 min | Drama, Sci-Fi

7.1
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67 Metascore

In a totalitarian future society, a man, whose daily work is re-writing history, tries to rebel by falling in love.

Director: Michael Radford | Stars: John Hurt, Richard Burton, Suzanna Hamilton, Cyril Cusack

Votes: 61,507 | Gross: $8.40M

9. Gandhi (1982)

PG | 191 min | Biography, Drama, History

8.0
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79 Metascore

Gandhi's character is fully explained as a man of nonviolence. Through his patience, he is able to drive the British out of the subcontinent. And the stubborn nature of Jinnah and his commitment towards Pakistan is portrayed.

Director: Richard Attenborough | Stars: Ben Kingsley, John Gielgud, Rohini Hattangadi, Roshan Seth

Votes: 209,940 | Gross: $52.77M

10. The Crying Game (1992)

R | 112 min | Crime, Drama, Romance

7.2
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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: 48,200 | Gross: $62.55M

11. A Room with a View (1985)

Not Rated | 117 min | Drama, Romance

7.3
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80 Metascore

In a Florence pensione circa 1900 with English guests, George and his dad offer their rooms with views to Lucy and her chaperone. Lucy and George get acquainted but Lucy returns to England. George and Lucy meet again but now she's engaged.

Director: James Ivory | Stars: Maggie Smith, Helena Bonham Carter, Denholm Elliott, Julian Sands

Votes: 36,746 | Gross: $20.97M

12. In the Name of the Father (1993)

R | 133 min | Biography, Drama

8.1
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84 Metascore

A man's coerced confession to an IRA bombing he did not commit results in the imprisonment of his father as well. An English lawyer fights to free them.

Director: Jim Sheridan | Stars: Daniel Day-Lewis, Pete Postlethwaite, Alison Crosbie, Philip King

Votes: 144,951 | Gross: $25.01M

13. Dangerous Liaisons (1988)

R | 119 min | Drama, Romance

7.6
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74 Metascore

A scheming widow and her manipulative ex-lover make a bet regarding the corruption of a recently married woman.

Director: Stephen Frears | Stars: Glenn Close, John Malkovich, Michelle Pfeiffer, Swoosie Kurtz

Votes: 60,972 | Gross: $34.70M

14. Henry V (1989)

PG-13 | 137 min | Action, Biography, Drama

7.5
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83 Metascore

In the midst of the Hundred Years War, the young King Henry V of England embarks on the conquest of France in 1415.

Director: Kenneth Branagh | Stars: Kenneth Branagh, Derek Jacobi, Simon Shepherd, James Larkin

Votes: 26,941 | Gross: $10.16M

15. Time Bandits (1981)

PG | 110 min | Adventure, Comedy, Fantasy

7.0
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79 Metascore

A young boy accidentally joins a band of time travelling dwarves, as they jump from era to era looking for treasure to steal.

Director: Terry Gilliam | Stars: Sean Connery, Shelley Duvall, John Cleese, Katherine Helmond

Votes: 54,680 | Gross: $42.37M

16. Pink Floyd: The Wall (1982)

R | 95 min | Animation, Drama, Fantasy

8.1
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47 Metascore

A confined but troubled rock star descends into madness in the midst of his physical and social isolation from everyone.

Director: Alan Parker | Stars: Bob Geldof, Christine Hargreaves, James Laurenson, Eleanor David

Votes: 71,878 | Gross: $22.24M

17. The Mission (1986)

PG | 125 min | Adventure, Drama, History

7.4
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55 Metascore

Eighteenth century Spanish Jesuits try to protect a remote South American tribe in danger of falling under the rule of pro-slavery Portugal.

Director: Roland Joffé | Stars: Robert De Niro, Jeremy Irons, Ray McAnally, Aidan Quinn

Votes: 52,461 | Gross: $17.22M

18. High Spirits (1988)

PG-13 | 99 min | Comedy, Fantasy

5.8
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When a hotelier attempts to fill the chronic vacancies at his castle by launching an advertising campaign that falsely portrays the property as haunted, two actual ghosts show up and end up falling for two guests.

Director: Neil Jordan | Stars: Peter O'Toole, Daryl Hannah, Steve Guttenberg, Donal McCann

Votes: 8,067 | Gross: $8.58M

19. Much Ado About Nothing (1993)

PG-13 | 111 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

7.3
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Young lovers Hero and Claudio, soon to wed, conspire to get verbal sparring partners and confirmed singles Benedick and Beatrice to wed as well.

Director: Kenneth Branagh | Stars: Kenneth Branagh, Emma Thompson, Keanu Reeves, Kate Beckinsale

Votes: 42,980 | Gross: $22.55M

20. Orlando (1992)

PG-13 | 94 min | Biography, Drama, Fantasy

7.2
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74 Metascore

Young nobleman Orlando is commanded by Queen Elizabeth I to stay forever young. Miraculously, he does just that. The film follows him as he moves through several centuries of British ... See full summary »

Director: Sally Potter | Stars: Tilda Swinton, Billy Zane, Quentin Crisp, Jimmy Somerville

Votes: 12,622 | Gross: $5.29M

21. My Left Foot (1989)

R | 103 min | Biography, Drama

7.9
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97 Metascore

Christy Brown, born with cerebral palsy, learns to paint and write with his only controllable limb - his left foot.

Director: Jim Sheridan | Stars: Daniel Day-Lewis, Brenda Fricker, Alison Whelan, Kirsten Sheridan

Votes: 62,555 | Gross: $14.74M

22. The Adventures of Baron Munchausen (1988)

PG | 126 min | Adventure, Comedy, Fantasy

7.2
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69 Metascore

An account of Baron Munchausen's supposed travels and fantastical experiences with his band of misfits.

Director: Terry Gilliam | Stars: John Neville, Eric Idle, Sarah Polley, Oliver Reed

Votes: 48,201 | Gross: $8.08M

23. Maurice (1987)

R | 140 min | Drama, Romance

7.7
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75 Metascore

After his lover rejects him, a young man trapped by the oppressiveness of Edwardian society tries to come to terms with and accept his sexuality.

Director: James Ivory | Stars: James Wilby, Rupert Graves, Hugh Grant, Denholm Elliott

Votes: 14,552 | Gross: $3.13M

24. The Killing Fields (1984)

R | 141 min | Biography, Drama, History

7.8
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76 Metascore

A journalist is trapped in Cambodia during tyrant Pol Pot's bloody 'Year Zero' cleansing campaign, which claimed the lives of two million 'undesirable' civilians.

Director: Roland Joffé | Stars: Sam Waterston, Haing S. Ngor, John Malkovich, Julian Sands

Votes: 48,336 | Gross: $34.70M

25. The Full Monty (1997)

R | 91 min | Comedy, Drama

7.2
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75 Metascore

Six unemployed steel workers form a male striptease act. The women cheer them on to go for "the full monty" - total nudity.

Director: Peter Cattaneo | Stars: Robert Carlyle, Tom Wilkinson, Mark Addy, Wim Snape

Votes: 94,197 | Gross: $45.95M

26. Howards End (1992)

PG | 142 min | Drama, Romance

7.4
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89 Metascore

A businessman thwarts his wife's bequest of an estate to another woman.

Director: James Ivory | Stars: Anthony Hopkins, Emma Thompson, Vanessa Redgrave, Helena Bonham Carter

Votes: 26,519 | Gross: $25.97M

27. Chariots of Fire (1981)

PG | 125 min | Biography, Drama, Sport

7.2
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78 Metascore

Two British track athletes, one a determined Jew, and the other a devout Christian, compete in the 1924 Olympics.

Director: Hugh Hudson | Stars: Ben Cross, Ian Charleson, Nicholas Farrell, Nigel Havers

Votes: 50,386 | Gross: $58.97M

28. Sid and Nancy (1986)

R | 112 min | Biography, Drama, Music

7.0
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76 Metascore

The relationship between Sid Vicious, bassist for British punk group Sex Pistols, and his girlfriend Nancy Spungen is portrayed.

Director: Alex Cox | Stars: Gary Oldman, Chloe Webb, David Hayman, Debby Bishop

Votes: 27,947 | Gross: $2.83M

29. The Long Good Friday (1980)

R | 114 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

7.6
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An up-and-coming gangster is tested by the insurgence of an unknown, very powerful threat.

Director: John Mackenzie | Stars: Bob Hoskins, Helen Mirren, Paul Freeman, Leo Dolan

Votes: 17,505

30. Local Hero (1983)

PG | 111 min | Comedy, Drama

7.3
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82 Metascore

An American oil company sends a man to Scotland to buy up an entire village where they want to build a refinery. But things don't go as expected.

Director: Bill Forsyth | Stars: Burt Lancaster, Peter Riegert, Fulton Mackay, Denis Lawson

Votes: 19,307 | Gross: $5.90M

31. The Commitments (1991)

R | 118 min | Comedy, Drama, Music

7.6
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73 Metascore

When Jimmy Rabbitte wants to start a band, he has open auditions at his house.

Director: Alan Parker | Stars: Robert Arkins, Michael Aherne, Angeline Ball, Maria Doyle Kennedy

Votes: 30,345 | Gross: $14.92M

32. The Company of Wolves (1984)

R | 95 min | Drama, Fantasy, Horror

6.7
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A teenage girl in a country manor falls asleep while reading a magazine, and has a disturbing dream involving wolves prowling the woods below her bedroom window.

Director: Neil Jordan | Stars: Sarah Patterson, Angela Lansbury, David Warner, Graham Crowden

Votes: 13,970 | Gross: $4.39M

33. 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: 37,220 | Gross: $1.54M

34. The Baby of Mâcon (1993)

Not Rated | 122 min | Drama, History

7.0
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A movie about the corruption in all levels of society. A baby is born from a supposed-to-be virgin woman, so a chain of hysteria about divine intervention in the birth takes place.

Director: Peter Greenaway | Stars: Julia Ormond, Ralph Fiennes, Philip Stone, Jonathan Lacey

Votes: 3,726

35. Michael Collins (1996)

R | 133 min | Biography, Drama, Thriller

7.2
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60 Metascore

Neil Jordan's historical biopic of Irish revolutionary Michael Collins, the man who led a guerrilla war against the UK, helped negotiate the creation of the Irish Free State, and led the National Army during the Irish Civil War.

Director: Neil Jordan | Stars: Liam Neeson, Aidan Quinn, Julia Roberts, Ian Hart

Votes: 28,053 | Gross: $11.09M

36. A Passage to India (1984)

PG | 164 min | Adventure, Drama, History

7.3
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Cultural mistrust and false accusations doom a friendship in British colonial India between an Indian doctor, an Englishwoman engaged to marry a city magistrate, and an English educator.

Director: David Lean | Stars: Judy Davis, Victor Banerjee, Peggy Ashcroft, James Fox

Votes: 15,902 | Gross: $27.19M

37. Secrets & Lies (1996)

R | 136 min | Drama

8.0
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91 Metascore

A successful black woman discovers that her birth mother is an underprivileged white woman, but the woman denies it. As emotions run high, everyone's secrets are exposed.

Director: Mike Leigh | Stars: Timothy Spall, Brenda Blethyn, Phyllis Logan, Claire Rushbrook

Votes: 34,412 | Gross: $13.42M

38. My Beautiful Laundrette (1985)

R | 97 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

6.8
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75 Metascore

An ambitious Pakistani Briton and his white boyfriend strive for success and hope when they open a glamorous laundromat.

Director: Stephen Frears | Stars: Saeed Jaffrey, Roshan Seth, Daniel Day-Lewis, Richard Graham

Votes: 13,254 | Gross: $2.45M

39. Mona Lisa (1986)

R | 104 min | Crime, Drama, Romance

7.3
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A man recently released from prison manages to get a job driving a call girl from customer to customer.

Director: Neil Jordan | Stars: Bob Hoskins, Cathy Tyson, Michael Caine, Robbie Coltrane

Votes: 12,133 | Gross: $5.79M

40. Wilde (1997)

R | 118 min | Biography, Drama, Romance

6.9
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The turmoil in poet/playwright Oscar Wilde's life after he discovers his homosexuality.

Director: Brian Gilbert | Stars: Stephen Fry, Jude Law, Vanessa Redgrave, Jennifer Ehle

Votes: 13,970 | Gross: $2.16M

41. The Pillow Book (1996)

Not Rated | 126 min | Drama

6.7
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64 Metascore

A woman with a body writing fetish seeks to find a combined lover and calligrapher.

Director: Peter Greenaway | Stars: Vivian Wu, Ewan McGregor, Yoshi Oida, Ken Ogata

Votes: 11,822 | Gross: $2.29M

42. Revolution (1985)

PG-13 | 126 min | Adventure, Drama, History

5.3
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A trapper and his young son get pulled into the American revolution early as unwilling participants and remain involved through to the end.

Director: Hugh Hudson | Stars: Al Pacino, Donald Sutherland, Nastassja Kinski, Joan Plowright

Votes: 6,015 | Gross: $0.36M

43. Caravaggio (1986)

93 min | Biography, Drama, History

6.6
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55 Metascore

A retelling of the life of the celebrated 17th-century painter through his brilliant, nearly blasphemous paintings and his flirtations with the underworld.

Director: Derek Jarman | Stars: Noam Almaz, Dexter Fletcher, Nigel Terry, Sean Bean

Votes: 4,800 | Gross: $0.00M

44. Brassed Off (1996)

R | 108 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

7.1
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60 Metascore

The coal mine in a northern English village may be closing, which would also mean the end of the miners' brass band.

Director: Mark Herman | Stars: Pete Postlethwaite, Tara Fitzgerald, Ewan McGregor, Stephen Tompkinson

Votes: 17,703 | Gross: $2.56M

45. Jude (1996)

R | 123 min | Drama, Romance

6.9
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68 Metascore

A stonemason steadfastly pursues a cousin he loves. However their love is troubled as he is married to a woman who tricked him into marriage and she is married to a man she does not love.

Director: Michael Winterbottom | Stars: Christopher Eccleston, Kate Winslet, Liam Cunningham, Rachel Griffiths

Votes: 9,576 | Gross: $0.41M

46. Rosencrantz & Guildenstern Are Dead (1990)

PG | 117 min | Comedy, Drama

7.5
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Two minor characters from the play 'Hamlet' stumble around unaware of their scripted lives and unable to deviate from them.

Director: Tom Stoppard | Stars: Gary Oldman, Tim Roth, Richard Dreyfuss, Livio Badurina

Votes: 19,855 | Gross: $0.74M

47. Drowning by Numbers (1988)

R | 118 min | Comedy, Drama

7.2
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Three generations of women all share the same problem: marriage woes, and they want to put an end to it.

Director: Peter Greenaway | Stars: Bernard Hill, Joan Plowright, Juliet Stevenson, Joely Richardson

Votes: 7,561 | Gross: $0.42M

48. The Draughtsman's Contract (1982)

R | 108 min | Comedy, Drama, History

7.3
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A young artist is commissioned by the wife of a wealthy landowner to make a series of drawings of the estate while her husband is away.

Director: Peter Greenaway | Stars: Anthony Higgins, Janet Suzman, Anne-Louise Lambert, Hugh Fraser

Votes: 8,429

49. Rita, Sue and Bob Too (1987)

R | 93 min | Comedy, Drama

6.5
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Realistic story of working class Yorkshire life. Two schoolgirls have a sexual fling with a married man. Serious and light-hearted by turns.

Director: Alan Clarke | Stars: Siobhan Finneran, Michelle Holmes, George Costigan, Lesley Sharp

Votes: 3,174 | Gross: $0.12M

50. The General (1998)

R | 124 min | Biography, Crime, Drama

7.3
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81 Metascore

The real-life story of Dublin folk hero and criminal Martin Cahill, who pulled off two daring robberies in Ireland with his team, but attracted unwanted attention from the police, the I.R.A., the U.V.F., and members of his own team.

Director: John Boorman | Stars: Brendan Gleeson, Adrian Dunbar, Sean McGinley, Maria Doyle Kennedy

Votes: 7,677 | Gross: $1.21M



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