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1. My Name Is Khan (2010)

PG-13 | 165 min | Drama

50 Metascore

An Indian Muslim man with Asperger's syndrome takes a challenge to speak to the President of the United States seriously and embarks on a cross-country journey.

Director: Karan Johar | Stars: Shah Rukh Khan, Kajol, Sheetal Menon, Katie A. Keane

Votes: 95,400 | Gross: $4.02M

2. Grand Canyon (1991)

R | 134 min | Crime, Drama

64 Metascore

The fates of several people are intertwining randomly. Their sympathy of each other faces multiple differences in their lifestyles.

Director: Lawrence Kasdan | Stars: Danny Glover, Kevin Kline, Steve Martin, Mary McDonnell

Votes: 14,403 | Gross: $33.24M

3. Life as a House (2001)

R | 125 min | Drama

45 Metascore

When a man is diagnosed with terminal cancer, he takes custody of his misanthropic teenage son, for whom quality time means getting high, engaging in small-time prostitution, and avoiding his father.

Director: Irwin Winkler | Stars: Hayden Christensen, Kevin Kline, Kristin Scott Thomas, Jena Malone

Votes: 42,310 | Gross: $15.65M

4. Little Miss Sunshine (2006)

R | 101 min | Comedy, Drama

80 Metascore

A family determined to get their young daughter into the finals of a beauty pageant take a cross-country trip in their VW bus.

Directors: Jonathan Dayton, Valerie Faris | Stars: Steve Carell, Toni Collette, Greg Kinnear, Abigail Breslin

Votes: 427,222 | Gross: $59.89M

5. The Pianist (2002)

R | 150 min | Biography, Drama, Music

85 Metascore

A Polish Jewish musician struggles to survive the destruction of the Warsaw ghetto of World War II.

Director: Roman Polanski | Stars: Adrien Brody, Thomas Kretschmann, Frank Finlay, Emilia Fox

Votes: 696,682 | Gross: $32.57M

6. Cinema Paradiso (1988)

R | 155 min | Drama

80 Metascore

A filmmaker recalls his childhood when falling in love with the pictures at the cinema of his home village and forms a deep friendship with the cinema's projectionist.

Director: Giuseppe Tornatore | Stars: Philippe Noiret, Enzo Cannavale, Antonella Attili, Isa Danieli

Votes: 218,270 | Gross: $11.99M

7. The Simple-Minded Murderer (1982)

108 min | Drama

A mentally challenged man escapes from his tyrannical master and finds happiness when a poor family takes him in.

Director: Hans Alfredson | Stars: Stellan Skarsgård, Maria Johansson, Hans Alfredson, Per Myrberg

Votes: 2,800

8. The Killing Fields (1984)

R | 141 min | Biography, Drama, History

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: 49,775 | Gross: $34.70M

9. Titanic (1997)

PG-13 | 194 min | Drama, Romance

75 Metascore

A seventeen-year-old aristocrat falls in love with a kind but poor artist aboard the luxurious, ill-fated R.M.S. Titanic.

Director: James Cameron | Stars: Leonardo DiCaprio, Kate Winslet, Billy Zane, Kathy Bates

Votes: 1,011,674 | Gross: $659.33M

10. Under the Sun (1998)

130 min | Drama, Romance

60 Metascore

Olof lives alone on a farm after the death of his mother. Unable to read and write, he is dependent on his younger friend, Erik. Olof advertises for a housekeeper, and Ellen arrives. During summer Olof's heart and Erik's desires develops.

Director: Colin Nutley | Stars: Rolf Lassgård, Helena Bergström, Johan Widerberg, Gunilla Röör

Votes: 2,248 | Gross: $0.29M

11. Giant (1956)

Passed | 201 min | Drama, Western

84 Metascore

Sprawling epic covering the life of a Texas cattle rancher and his family and associates.

Director: George Stevens | Stars: Elizabeth Taylor, Rock Hudson, James Dean, Carroll Baker

Votes: 32,813 | Gross: $35.00M

12. The Story of Us (1999)

R | 95 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

37 Metascore

Ben and Katie Jordan are a married couple who go through hard times in fifteen years of marriage.

Director: Rob Reiner | Stars: Bruce Willis, Michelle Pfeiffer, Colleen Rennison, Jake Sandvig

Votes: 20,982 | Gross: $27.07M

13. Doctor Zhivago (1965)

PG-13 | 197 min | Drama, Romance, War

69 Metascore

The life of a Russian physician and poet who, although married to another, falls in love with a political activist's wife and experiences hardship during World War I and then the October Revolution.

Director: David Lean | Stars: Omar Sharif, Julie Christie, Geraldine Chaplin, Rod Steiger

Votes: 67,457 | Gross: $111.72M

14. A Perfect World (1993)

PG-13 | 138 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

71 Metascore

Kidnapped boy Phillip Perry (T.J. Lowther) strikes up a friendship with his captor Butch Haynes (Kevin Costner): an escaped convict on the run from the law, while the search is headed up by honorable Texas Ranger "Red" Garrett (Clint Eastwood).

Director: Clint Eastwood | Stars: Kevin Costner, Clint Eastwood, Laura Dern, T.J. Lowther

Votes: 71,329 | Gross: $31.16M

15. Lars and the Real Girl (2007)

PG-13 | 106 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

70 Metascore

A delusional young man strikes up an unconventional relationship with a doll he finds on the Internet.

Director: Craig Gillespie | Stars: Ryan Gosling, Emily Mortimer, Paul Schneider, R.D. Reid

Votes: 135,454 | Gross: $5.97M

16. Jesus of Montreal (1989)

R | 120 min | Drama

A group of actors put on an unorthodox, but acclaimed Passion Play which incites the opposition of the Catholic Church while the actors' lives themselves begin to mirror the Passion itself.

Director: Denys Arcand | Stars: Lothaire Bluteau, Catherine Wilkening, Johanne-Marie Tremblay, Rémy Girard

Votes: 6,677 | Gross: $1.60M

17. Finding Neverland (2004)

PG | 106 min | Biography, Drama, Family

67 Metascore

The story of Sir J.M. Barrie's friendship with a family who inspired him to create Peter Pan.

Director: Marc Forster | Stars: Johnny Depp, Kate Winslet, Julie Christie, Radha Mitchell

Votes: 195,203 | Gross: $51.68M

18. Transamerica (2005)

R | 103 min | Adventure, Comedy, Drama

66 Metascore

A preoperative transgender woman takes an unexpected journey when she learns that she fathered a son, now a teenage runaway hustling on the streets of New York.

Director: Duncan Tucker | Stars: Felicity Huffman, Kevin Zegers, Fionnula Flanagan, Andrea James

Votes: 39,751 | Gross: $9.02M

19. Mother of Mine (2005)

Not Rated | 111 min | Drama, War

During World War II, more than 70,000 Finnish children were evacuated to neutral Sweden to avoid the conflict. From the award-winning Klaus Härö (Elina: As If I Wasn't There (2002)), "... See full summary »

Director: Klaus Härö | Stars: Topi Majaniemi, Marjaana Maijala, Maria Lundqvist, Michael Nyqvist

Votes: 4,178

20. Reign Over Me (2007)

R | 124 min | Drama

61 Metascore

A man who lost his family in the September 11 attack on New York City runs into his old college roommate. Rekindling the friendship is the one thing that appears able to help the man recover from his grief.

Director: Mike Binder | Stars: Adam Sandler, Don Cheadle, Jada Pinkett Smith, Liv Tyler

Votes: 91,756 | Gross: $19.66M

21. Sex, Lies, and Videotape (1989)

R | 100 min | Drama

86 Metascore

A sexually repressed woman's husband is having an affair with her sister. The arrival of a visitor with a rather unusual fetish changes everything.

Director: Steven Soderbergh | Stars: James Spader, Andie MacDowell, Peter Gallagher, Laura San Giacomo

Votes: 47,905 | Gross: $24.74M

22. Levity (2003)

R | 100 min | Crime, Drama

45 Metascore

After two decades in prison for murder, a man is released on parole and returns to his hometown seeking redemption.

Director: Ed Solomon | Stars: Billy Bob Thornton, Morgan Freeman, Kirsten Dunst, Holly Hunter

Votes: 6,148 | Gross: $0.21M

23. Les Misérables (1995)

R | 175 min | Drama, History

A variation on Victor Hugo's classic novel by means of the story of a man whose life is affected by and somewhat duplicated by the Hugo story of the beleaguered Jean Valjean.

Director: Claude Lelouch | Stars: Jean-Paul Belmondo, Michel Boujenah, Alessandra Martines, Salomé Lelouch

Votes: 3,521 | Gross: $1.04M

24. Goodbye Bafana (2007)

R | 118 min | Biography, Drama, History

Goodbye Bafana is the true story of a white South African racist whose life was profoundly altered by the black prisoner he guarded for twenty years. The prisoner's name was Nelson Mandela.

Director: Bille August | Stars: Joseph Fiennes, Dennis Haysbert, Diane Kruger, Patrick Lyster

Votes: 11,486

25. Live and Become (2005)

Unrated | 140 min | Drama

A Christian boy escapes to Israel from famine-stricken Ethiopia by pretending to be Jewish.

Director: Radu Mihaileanu | Stars: Yaël Abecassis, Roschdy Zem, Moshe Agazai, Moshe Abebe

Votes: 5,719

26. Alice and Martin (1998)

R | 124 min | Drama, Romance

68 Metascore

A young man starts an affair with a woman - his brother's friend. Their relations are being tested because of obscure secrets hidden in the past.

Director: André Téchiné | Stars: Juliette Binoche, Alexis Loret, Mathieu Amalric, Carmen Maura

Votes: 1,629 | Gross: $0.50M

27. Everything Is Illuminated (2005)

PG-13 | 106 min | Comedy, Drama

58 Metascore

A young Jewish American man endeavors to find the woman who saved his grandfather during World War II in a Ukrainian village, that was ultimately razed by the Nazis, with the help of an eccentric local.

Director: Liev Schreiber | Stars: Elijah Wood, Eugene Hutz, Boris Lyoskin, Jonathan Safran Foer

Votes: 56,025 | Gross: $1.71M

28. Three Colors: Red (1994)

R | 99 min | Drama, Mystery, Romance

100 Metascore

A model discovers a retired judge is keen on invading people's privacy.

Director: Krzysztof Kieslowski | Stars: Irène Jacob, Jean-Louis Trintignant, Frédérique Feder, Jean-Pierre Lorit

Votes: 85,798 | Gross: $4.04M

29. Tre kärlekar (1989–1991)

53 min | Drama

The series takes place in Sweden in 1944. Egon Nilsson is a farmer with his own farm but none of his children feel like taking over.

Stars: Samuel Fröler, Jessica Zandén, Ingvar Hirdwall, Mona Malm

Votes: 129

30. The Red Violin (1998)

R | 130 min | Drama, Music, Mystery

57 Metascore

A red-colored violin inspires passion, making its way through three centuries over several owners and countries, eventually ending up at an auction where it may find a new owner.

Director: François Girard | Stars: Carlo Cecchi, Jean-Luc Bideau, Christoph Koncz, Jason Flemyng

Votes: 30,957 | Gross: $9.47M



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