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1. Fuck (2005)

Not Rated | 93 min | Documentary

58 Metascore

A documentary on the expletive's origin, why it offends some people so deeply, and what can be gained from its use.

Director: Steve Anderson | Stars: Drew Carey, Billy Connolly, Bill Maher, Reinhold Aman

Votes: 4,154 | Gross: $0.02M

2. Cruel and Unusual (2014)

52 min | Documentary, Crime, Drama

Cruel and Unusual investigates the historic change to California's Three Strikes Law, which was the harshest sentencing law in the United States. The film tells the personal stories of ... See full summary »

Director: Sam Banning | Stars: Michelle Alexander, Mark Arnold, Erwin Chemerinsky, Steve Cooley

Votes: 18

3. Open Grave (2013)

R | 102 min | Horror, Mystery, Thriller

33 Metascore

A man wakes up in the wilderness, in a pit full of dead bodies, with no memory and must determine if the murderer is one of the strangers who rescued him, or if he himself is the killer.

Director: Gonzalo López-Gallego | Stars: Sharlto Copley, Thomas Kretschmann, Josie Ho, Joseph Morgan

Votes: 26,530

4. Divorce Corp (2014)

Not Rated | 93 min | Documentary, Drama, History

39 Metascore

More money flows through the family courts, than in all other court systems in America combined, over $50 billion a year. Through extensive research and interviews this documentary uncovers how children are torn from their homes.

Director: Joseph Sorge | Stars: Gloria Allred, Wendy Archer, Alexandra Borg, Dennis Braun

Votes: 391

6. The One Thing to Do (2005)

25 min | Short, Crime, Drama

Edward Monskii, is in a very bad shape, and Botter Gaarman, obviously tired, are in the terrace of a coffee of a Mediterranean city, ready for a long time prepared mission. When a quite old... See full summary »

Director: Michaël R. Roskam | Stars: Matthias Schoenaerts, Tibo Vandenborre, Serge-Henri Valcke, Philippe Destren

Votes: 76

7. Convict (2009)

Thriller

A movie about a tough world where Otis square get locked up in jail for something he didn't do. So he plan for his revenge in the inside.

Director: Jeff Daniel Phillips | Stars: Kevin Durand, Tammy Trull, Dorie Barton, Dan Bell

Votes: 76

8. One False Move (1992)

R | 105 min | Crime, Drama

87 Metascore

A small town police chief awaits the arrival of a gang of killers.

Director: Carl Franklin | Stars: Bill Paxton, Billy Bob Thornton, Cynda Williams, Michael Beach

Votes: 9,228 | Gross: $1.54M

9. Dogtooth (2009)

Not Rated | 97 min | Drama, Thriller

73 Metascore

Three teenagers live isolated, without leaving their house, because their over-protective parents say they can only leave when their dogtooth falls out.

Director: Yorgos Lanthimos | Stars: Christos Stergioglou, Michele Valley, Angeliki Papoulia, Hristos Passalis

Votes: 73,794 | Gross: $0.11M

10. Tailgate (2015)

83 min | Drama, Thriller

A young man awakens trapped in the boot of a car. Neither the driver nor the trapped man, Luke, seem to know why he is there.

Director: Jai Hogg | Stars: Sam Young, Peter Marshall, Damian Smith, Tony Hodgson

Votes: 107

11. Septembers of Shiraz (2015)

PG-13 | 110 min | Thriller

16 Metascore

Prior to the Iranian revolution it was a place where people of all religions were allowed to flourish. This is the story of a prosperous Jewish family who abandon everything before they are consumed by the passions of revolutionaries.

Director: Wayne Blair | Stars: Salma Hayek, Shohreh Aghdashloo, Adrien Brody, Alon Aboutboul

Votes: 3,515

12. Jack Goes Boating (2010)

R | 89 min | Drama, Romance

64 Metascore

A limo driver's blind date sparks a tale of love, betrayal, friendship, and grace centered around two working-class New York City couples.

Director: Philip Seymour Hoffman | Stars: Philip Seymour Hoffman, Amy Ryan, John Ortiz, Richard Petrocelli

Votes: 7,793 | Gross: $0.54M

13. Natural Selection (2016)

101 min | Drama, Thriller

As the new kid, a shy high school senior finds himself tormented by all his peers except one, but his new friend has a dark, infectious outlook.

Director: Chad L. Scheifele | Stars: Mason Dye, Ryan Munzert, Anthony Michael Hall, Katherine McNamara

Votes: 1,728

14. Brick City (2009– )

60 min | Documentary

Against great odds, Newark's citizens and its Mayor, Cory A. Booker, fight to raise the city out of nearly a half century of violence, poverty, and corruption. In the five one-hour episodes... See full summary »

Stars: Garry McCarthy, Cory Booker, Kyla McCarthy, Ras Baraka

Votes: 154

15. Brothers (I) (2015)

Not Rated | 156 min | Action, Drama, Sport

Two estranged, street-fighting brothers square off against each other in a mixed martial arts tournament.

Director: Karan Malhotra | Stars: Akshay Kumar, Sidharth Malhotra, Jackie Shroff, Jacqueline Fernandez

Votes: 10,986 | Gross: $0.27M

16. Never Let Me Go (2010)

R | 103 min | Drama, Romance, Sci-Fi

69 Metascore

The lives of three friends, from their early school days into young adulthood, when the reality of the world they live in comes knocking.

Director: Mark Romanek | Stars: Keira Knightley, Carey Mulligan, Andrew Garfield, Izzy Meikle-Small

Votes: 132,871 | Gross: $2.43M

17. Land of Mine (2015)

R | 100 min | Drama, History, War

75 Metascore

In post-World War II Denmark, a group of young German POWs are forced to clear a beach of thousands of land mines under the watch of a Danish Sergeant who slowly learns to appreciate their plight.

Director: Martin Zandvliet | Stars: Roland Møller, Louis Hofmann, Joel Basman, Mikkel Boe Følsgaard

Votes: 30,896 | Gross: $0.44M

18. The Voices (2014)

R | 103 min | Comedy, Crime, Horror

58 Metascore

A likable guy pursues his office crush with the help of his evil talking pets, but things turn sinister when she stands him up for a date.

Director: Marjane Satrapi | Stars: Ryan Reynolds, Gemma Arterton, Anna Kendrick, Jacki Weaver

Votes: 50,363

19. Kuso (2017)

Not Rated | 94 min | Animation, Comedy, Drama

51 Metascore

Events unfold after a devastating earthquake in Los Angeles.

Director: Flying Lotus | Stars: Hannibal Buress, George Clinton, David Firth, Arden Banks

Votes: 1,250

20. Chattahoochee (1989)

R | 97 min | Biography, Drama

In 1955 Florida, a Korean vet has a breakdown and is incarcerated in a "maximum security" mental health prison, where patients are abused.

Director: Mick Jackson | Stars: Gary Oldman, Dennis Hopper, Frances McDormand, Pamela Reed

Votes: 1,742 | Gross: $0.26M

21. The Two of Us (1967)

Not Rated | 86 min | Comedy, Drama

In Nazi-occupied France, a Jewish child is sent away from his family and conceals his religious affiliation from the anti-Semitic elderly man that takes care of him.

Director: Claude Berri | Stars: Michel Simon, Roger Carel, Paul Préboist, Luce Fabiole

Votes: 1,818 | Gross: $0.05M

22. The Celebration (1998)

R | 105 min | Drama

82 Metascore

At Helge's 60th birthday party, some unpleasant family truths are revealed.

Director: Thomas Vinterberg | Stars: Ulrich Thomsen, Henning Moritzen, Thomas Bo Larsen, Paprika Steen

Votes: 74,919 | Gross: $1.65M

23. Neither Heaven Nor Earth (2015)

Not Rated | 100 min | Drama, Fantasy, Mystery

72 Metascore

While on a mission in Afghanistan, French captain Antarès Bonassieu's men start vanishing one by one without explanation.

Director: Clément Cogitore | Stars: Jérémie Renier, Swann Arlaud, Marc Robert, Kévin Azaïs

Votes: 911 | Gross: $0.01M

24. Pieces of Me (2012)

90 min | Comedy, Drama

A precocious teenage girl in a small french town has a troubled relationship with her chronically-ill mom after her elder sister left home four year ago.

Director: Nolwenn Lemesle | Stars: Zabou Breitman, Tchéky Karyo, Adèle Exarchopoulos, Adélaïde Leroux

Votes: 435

25. Locating Silver Lake (2018)

110 min | Drama

Upon graduating college, a brokenhearted aspiring writer, without a dime or connections, packs his bags and heads to Los Angeles in the hopes of finding a new beginning. He quickly gets ... See full summary »

Director: Eric Bilitch | Stars: Josh Peck, Finn Wittrock, Aubrey Peeples, Amaury Nolasco

Votes: 215

26. Point of Pride (2014)

27 min | Documentary, Short, Drama

Point of Pride: The People's View of Bayview/Hunter's Point, a documentary film about the Bayview Hunters Point neighborhood. Point of Pride combines archival footage from the 1950's 60's ... See full summary »

Stars: Belva Davis, Susan Rutberg

27. I Love You Phillip Morris (2009)

R | 98 min | Biography, Comedy, Crime

65 Metascore

A cop turns con man once he comes out of the closet. Once imprisoned, he meets the second love of his life, whom he'll stop at nothing to be with.

Directors: Glenn Ficarra, John Requa | Stars: Jim Carrey, Ewan McGregor, Leslie Mann, Rodrigo Santoro

Votes: 88,966 | Gross: $2.04M

28. Active Measures (2018)

PG-13 | 109 min | Documentary

68 Metascore

Russian president Vladimir Putin attacks the 2016 American presidential election in collaboration with the Trump campaign.

Director: Jack Bryan | Stars: Donald Trump, Vladimir Putin, Jeremy Bash, Nina Burleigh

Votes: 7,226 | Gross: $0.01M

29. A Fantastic Woman (2017)

R | 104 min | Drama

86 Metascore

Marina, a transgender woman who works as a waitress and moonlights as a nightclub singer, is bowled over by the death of her older boyfriend.

Director: Sebastián Lelio | Stars: Daniela Vega, Francisco Reyes, Luis Gnecco, Aline Küppenheim

Votes: 20,072 | Gross: $2.02M

30. DisCONNECTED (2011 TV Movie)

81 min | Drama

4 Teenagers. 4 different cities. Living large online through social networks, texting, and live streaming. More open, more immediate, more friends, more danger, more control. They project ... See full summary »

Director: Leslie Libman | Stars: Jordan Calloway, Ana Coto, Lindsey Morgan, Alexandra Kyle

Votes: 113

31. Framing John DeLorean (2019)

Unrated | 109 min | Documentary, Biography, Drama

67 Metascore

Who was the real John DeLorean? To some, he was a renegade visionary who revolutionized the automobile industry. To others, he was the ultimate con man.

Directors: Don Argott, Sheena M. Joyce | Stars: Alec Baldwin, Morena Baccarin, Josh Charles, Dean Winters

Votes: 831 | Gross: $0.15M

32. After the Wedding (2006)

R | 120 min | Drama

78 Metascore

A manager of an orphanage in India is sent to Copenhagen, Denmark, where he discovers a life-altering family secret.

Director: Susanne Bier | Stars: Mads Mikkelsen, Sidse Babett Knudsen, Rolf Lassgård, Neeral Mulchandani

Votes: 30,419 | Gross: $0.41M

33. Windows on the World (2019)

107 min | Drama

After watching the news on 9/11 with his family, Fernando travels from Mexico to New York City to find his father, an undocumented worker at the World Trade Center's famous Windows on the World restaurant.

Director: Michael D. Olmos | Stars: Rene Auberjonois, Edward James Olmos, Ryan Guzman, Luna Lauren Velez

Votes: 43

34. In a Dream (2008)

Unrated | 77 min | Documentary

The story of Julia Zagar and her husband Isaiah, a renowned mosaic artist, who for the past 30 years has covered more than 40,000 square feet of Philadelphia top to bottom with tile, mirror, paint, and concrete.

Director: Jeremiah Zagar | Stars: Isaiah Zagar, Julia Zagar, Ezekiel Zagar

Votes: 218 | Gross: $0.05M

35. Parasite (2019)

R | 132 min | Comedy, Crime, Drama

96 Metascore

A poor family, the Kims, con their way into becoming the servants of a rich family, the Parks. But their easy life gets complicated when their deception is threatened with exposure.

Director: Bong Joon Ho | Stars: Kang-ho Song, Sun-kyun Lee, Yeo-jeong Jo, Woo-sik Choi

Votes: 250,392

36. Secrets & Lies (1996)

R | 136 min | Comedy, Drama

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: 34,890 | Gross: $13.42M

37. One Year in a Life of Crime (1989 TV Movie)

55 min | Documentary, Crime

Documentary maker Jon Alpert follows three petty criminals in Newark. Filmed by a hidden camera, the three are stealing, using drugs, getting caught and convicted.

Director: Jon Alpert | Stars: Freddy, Michael Jandreau, Robert

Votes: 123

38. Oktober November (2013)

114 min | Drama

Successful actress returns to her family home in rural Austria to visit her ailing father and her sister who spent her whole life taking care of him and her family. The reunion is marked by jealousy, introspection and a secret.

Director: Götz Spielmann | Stars: Nora von Waldstätten, Peter Simonischek, Ursula Strauss, Sebastian Koch

Votes: 389



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