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1. Watchmen (2009)

R | 162 min | Action, Drama, Mystery

7.6
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56 Metascore

In 1985 where former superheroes exist, the murder of a colleague sends active vigilante Rorschach into his own sprawling investigation, uncovering something that could completely change the course of history as we know it.

Director: Zack Snyder | Stars: Jackie Earle Haley, Patrick Wilson, Carla Gugino, Malin Akerman

Votes: 469,599 | Gross: $107.51M

2. No Country for Old Men (2007)

R | 122 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

8.1
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91 Metascore

Violence and mayhem ensue after a hunter stumbles upon a drug deal gone wrong and more than two million dollars in cash near the Rio Grande.

Directors: Ethan Coen, Joel Coen | Stars: Tommy Lee Jones, Javier Bardem, Josh Brolin, Woody Harrelson

Votes: 786,611 | Gross: $74.28M

3. Gangs of New York (2002)

R | 167 min | Crime, Drama

7.5
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72 Metascore

In 1862, Amsterdam Vallon returns to the Five Points area of New York City seeking revenge against Bill the Butcher, his father's killer.

Director: Martin Scorsese | Stars: Leonardo DiCaprio, Cameron Diaz, Daniel Day-Lewis, Jim Broadbent

Votes: 379,985 | Gross: $77.81M

4. It's a Wonderful Life (1946)

Not Rated | 130 min | Drama, Family, Fantasy

8.6
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89 Metascore

An angel is sent from Heaven to help a desperately frustrated businessman by showing him what life would have been like if he had never existed.

Director: Frank Capra | Stars: James Stewart, Donna Reed, Lionel Barrymore, Thomas Mitchell

Votes: 366,869

5. Fargo (1996)

R | 98 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

8.1
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85 Metascore

Jerry Lundegaard's inept crime falls apart due to his and his henchmen's bungling and the persistent police work of the quite pregnant Marge Gunderson.

Directors: Joel Coen, Ethan Coen | Stars: William H. Macy, Frances McDormand, Steve Buscemi, Peter Stormare

Votes: 574,528 | Gross: $24.61M

6. Revolutionary Road (2008)

R | 119 min | Drama, Romance

7.3
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69 Metascore

A young couple living in a Connecticut suburb during the mid-1950s struggle to come to terms with their personal problems while trying to raise their two children.

Director: Sam Mendes | Stars: Leonardo DiCaprio, Kate Winslet, Christopher Fitzgerald, Jonathan Roumie

Votes: 182,303 | Gross: $22.91M

7. The Best Years of Our Lives (1946)

Approved | 170 min | Drama, Romance, War

8.0
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92 Metascore

Three World War II veterans return home to small-town America to discover that they and their families have been irreparably changed.

Director: William Wyler | Stars: Myrna Loy, Dana Andrews, Fredric March, Teresa Wright

Votes: 54,254 | Gross: $23.65M

8. Citizen Kane (1941)

PG | 119 min | Drama, Mystery

8.3
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100 Metascore

Following the death of publishing tycoon, Charles Foster Kane, reporters scramble to uncover the meaning of his final utterance; 'Rosebud'.

Director: Orson Welles | Stars: Orson Welles, Joseph Cotten, Dorothy Comingore, Agnes Moorehead

Votes: 372,075 | Gross: $1.59M

9. Magnolia (1999)

R | 188 min | Drama

8.0
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77 Metascore

An epic mosaic of interrelated characters in search of love, forgiveness, and meaning in the San Fernando Valley.

Director: Paul Thomas Anderson | Stars: Tom Cruise, Jason Robards, Julianne Moore, Philip Seymour Hoffman

Votes: 274,261 | Gross: $22.46M

10. Inside Llewyn Davis (2013)

R | 104 min | Comedy, Drama, Music

7.5
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93 Metascore

A week in the life of a young singer as he navigates the Greenwich Village folk scene of 1961.

Directors: Ethan Coen, Joel Coen | Stars: Oscar Isaac, Carey Mulligan, John Goodman, Garrett Hedlund

Votes: 126,950 | Gross: $13.24M

11. Raising Arizona (1987)

PG-13 | 94 min | Comedy, Crime

7.3
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68 Metascore

When a childless couple of an ex-con and an ex-cop decide to help themselves to one of another family's quintuplets, their lives become more complicated than they anticipated.

Directors: Joel Coen, Ethan Coen | Stars: Nicolas Cage, Holly Hunter, Trey Wilson, John Goodman

Votes: 118,827 | Gross: $22.85M

12. The Man Who Wasn't There (2001)

R | 116 min | Crime, Drama

7.5
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73 Metascore

A laconic, chain-smoking barber blackmails his wife's boss and lover for money to invest in dry cleaning, but his plan goes terribly wrong.

Directors: Joel Coen, Ethan Coen | Stars: Billy Bob Thornton, Frances McDormand, Michael Badalucco, James Gandolfini

Votes: 98,673 | Gross: $7.49M

13. Five Easy Pieces (1970)

R | 98 min | Drama

7.5
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85 Metascore

A dropout from upper-class America picks up work along the way on oil rigs when his life isn't spent in a squalid succession of bars, motels, and other points of interest.

Director: Bob Rafelson | Stars: Jack Nicholson, Karen Black, Billy Green Bush, Fannie Flagg

Votes: 30,862

14. Short Cuts (1993)

R | 188 min | Comedy, Drama

7.7
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79 Metascore

The day-to-day lives of several suburban Los Angeles residents.

Director: Robert Altman | Stars: Andie MacDowell, Julianne Moore, Tim Robbins, Bruce Davison

Votes: 40,205 | Gross: $6.11M

15. Nashville (1975)

R | 160 min | Comedy, Drama, Music

7.7
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96 Metascore

Over the course of a few hectic days, numerous interrelated people prepare for a political convention as secrets and lies are surfaced and revealed.

Director: Robert Altman | Stars: Keith Carradine, Karen Black, Ronee Blakley, Shelley Duvall

Votes: 21,685 | Gross: $14.82M

16. In America (2002)

PG-13 | 105 min | Drama

7.7
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76 Metascore

A family of Irish immigrants adjust to life on the mean streets of Hell's Kitchen while also grieving the death of a child.

Director: Jim Sheridan | Stars: Paddy Considine, Samantha Morton, Djimon Hounsou, Sarah Bolger

Votes: 39,348 | Gross: $15.54M

17. The King of Marvin Gardens (1972)

R | 103 min | Drama

6.5
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A daydreamer convinces his radio personality brother to help fund one of his get-rich-quick schemes.

Director: Bob Rafelson | Stars: Jack Nicholson, Bruce Dern, Ellen Burstyn, Julia Anne Robinson

Votes: 4,531

18. The Magnificent Ambersons (1942)

Not Rated | 88 min | Drama, Romance

7.7
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93 Metascore

The spoiled young heir to the decaying Amberson fortune comes between his widowed mother and the man she has always loved.

Directors: Orson Welles, Fred Fleck, Robert Wise | Stars: Tim Holt, Joseph Cotten, Dolores Costello, Anne Baxter

Votes: 20,709

19. Stroszek (1977)

Not Rated | 115 min | Comedy, Drama

7.9
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In Berlin, an alcoholic man, recently released from prison, joins his elderly friend and a prostitute in a determined dream to leave Germany and seek a better life in Wisconsin.

Director: Werner Herzog | Stars: Bruno S., Eva Mattes, Clemens Scheitz, Wilhelm von Homburg

Votes: 12,012

20. Sicko (2007)

PG-13 | 123 min | Documentary, Drama

7.9
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74 Metascore

A documentary comparing the highly profitable American health care industry to other nations, and HMO horror stories including shotgun deaths.

Director: Michael Moore | Stars: Michael Moore, Tucker Albrizzi, Tony Benn, George W. Bush

Votes: 72,117 | Gross: $24.54M

21. Capitalism: A Love Story (2009)

R | 127 min | Documentary, Crime, News

7.4
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61 Metascore

An examination of the social costs of corporate interests pursuing profits at the expense of the public good.

Director: Michael Moore | Stars: Michael Moore, William Black, Jimmy Carter, Elijah Cummings

Votes: 39,971 | Gross: $14.36M

22. Golden Door (2006)

PG-13 | 118 min | Drama, History, Romance

6.9
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74 Metascore

The story is set at the beginning of the 20th century in Sicily. Salvatore, a very poor farmer, and a widower, decides to emigrate to the US with all his family, including his old mother. ... See full summary »

Director: Emanuele Crialese | Stars: Charlotte Gainsbourg, Vincenzo Amato, Vincent Schiavelli, Aurora Quattrocchi

Votes: 4,564 | Gross: $1.06M

23. Blue Nude (1978)

92 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

6.3
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Rocco is a young Italian living in New York. He is desperate for a job and willing to do anything, including being in porn movies, just like his friend Lilly.

Director: Luigi Scattini | Stars: Gerardo Amato, Susan McBain, Giacomo Rossi Stuart, Renato Romano

Votes: 47

24. Harvest of Empire (2012)

Not Rated | 90 min | Documentary, History

7.7
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66 Metascore

A powerful documentary that exposes the direct connection between the long history of U.S. intervention in Latin America and the immigration crisis we face today. From the territorial ... See full summary »

Directors: Peter Getzels, Eduardo Lopez | Stars: Junot Diaz, Luis Enrique, Juan Gonzalez, Maria Hinojosa

Votes: 142 | Gross: $0.06M

25. Dust Up (2012)

Unrated | 94 min | Action, Adventure, Comedy

5.0
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A former vigilante who has embraced his peaceful nature comes to the aid of a young mother in trouble with a cannibalistic drug lord.

Director: Ward Roberts | Stars: Amber Benson, Jeremiah Birkett, Aaron Gaffey, Devin Barry

Votes: 274

26. In Debt We Trust: America Before the Bubble Bursts (2006)

Not Rated | 90 min | Documentary

7.3
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Just a few decades ago, owing more money than you had in your bank account was the exception, not the rule.

Directors: Danny Schechter, Joel Sucher | Stars: Nina Adams, David Aguilar, Roy Barnes, Steve Barnett

Votes: 343

27. Frontline (1983– )
Episode: Two American Families (2013)

TV-PG | 84 min | Documentary

8.0
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From PBS and FRONTLINE: With poignant and revealing intimacy, Two American Families chronicles the struggles of the Neumanns and the Stanleys as they try to hold onto their homes, their ... See full summary »

Stars: Bill Berland, George Bush, George W. Bush, Sarah Childress

Votes: 39



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