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1. Public Enemies (2009)

R | 140 min | Biography, Crime, Drama

7.0
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70 Metascore

The Feds try to take down notorious American gangsters John Dillinger, Baby Face Nelson and Pretty Boy Floyd during a booming crime wave in the 1930s.

Director: Michael Mann | Stars: Christian Bale, Johnny Depp, Christian Stolte, Jason Clarke

Votes: 273,406 | Gross: $97.10M

2. The Curious Case of Benjamin Button (2008)

PG-13 | 166 min | Drama, Fantasy, Romance

7.8
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70 Metascore

Tells the story of Benjamin Button, a man who starts aging backwards with consequences.

Director: David Fincher | Stars: Brad Pitt, Cate Blanchett, Tilda Swinton, Julia Ormond

Votes: 568,862 | Gross: $127.51M

3. The Green Mile (1999)

R | 189 min | Crime, Drama, Fantasy

8.6
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61 Metascore

The lives of guards on Death Row are affected by one of their charges: a black man accused of child murder and rape, yet who has a mysterious gift.

Director: Frank Darabont | Stars: Tom Hanks, Michael Clarke Duncan, David Morse, Bonnie Hunt

Votes: 1,094,188 | Gross: $136.80M

4. There Will Be Blood (2007)

R | 158 min | Drama

8.2
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93 Metascore

A story of family, religion, hatred, oil and madness, focusing on a turn-of-the-century prospector in the early days of the business.

Director: Paul Thomas Anderson | Stars: Daniel Day-Lewis, Paul Dano, Ciarán Hinds, Martin Stringer

Votes: 494,809 | Gross: $40.22M

5. Road to Perdition (2002)

R | 117 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

7.7
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72 Metascore

A mob enforcer's son witnesses a murder, forcing him and his father to take to the road, and his father down a path of redemption and revenge.

Director: Sam Mendes | Stars: Tom Hanks, Tyler Hoechlin, Rob Maxey, Liam Aiken

Votes: 239,960 | Gross: $104.45M

6. The Highwaymen (2019)

R | 132 min | Biography, Crime, Drama

6.9
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58 Metascore

The untold true story of the legendary detectives who brought down Bonnie and Clyde.

Director: John Lee Hancock | Stars: Kevin Costner, Woody Harrelson, Kathy Bates, John Carroll Lynch

Votes: 65,734

7. Mary Poppins Returns (2018)

PG | 130 min | Comedy, Family, Fantasy

6.7
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66 Metascore

A few decades after her original visit, Mary Poppins, the magical nanny, returns to help the Banks siblings and Michael's children through a difficult time in their lives.

Director: Rob Marshall | Stars: Emily Blunt, Lin-Manuel Miranda, Ben Whishaw, Emily Mortimer

Votes: 71,203 | Gross: $171.96M

8. The Waltons (1971–1981)

TV-G | 60 min | Drama, Family, Romance

7.6
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The life and trials of a 1930s and 1940s Virginia mountain family through financial depression and World War II.

Stars: Jon Walmsley, Mary Beth McDonough, Eric Scott, Judy Norton

Votes: 5,335

9. 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: 383,732 | Gross: $1.59M

10. Lawless (2012)

R | 116 min | Crime, Drama

7.3
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58 Metascore

Set in Depression-era Franklin County, Virginia, a trio of bootlegging brothers are threatened by a new special deputy and other authorities angling for a cut of their profits.

Director: John Hillcoat | Stars: Tom Hardy, Shia LaBeouf, Guy Pearce, Jason Clarke

Votes: 222,329 | Gross: $37.40M

11. The King's Speech (2010)

R | 118 min | Biography, Drama, History

8.0
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88 Metascore

The story of King George VI, his impromptu ascension to the throne of the British Empire in 1936, and the speech therapist who helped the unsure monarch overcome his stammer.

Director: Tom Hooper | Stars: Colin Firth, Geoffrey Rush, Helena Bonham Carter, Derek Jacobi

Votes: 622,205 | Gross: $138.80M

12. King Kong (2005)

PG-13 | 187 min | Action, Adventure, Drama

7.2
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81 Metascore

A greedy film producer assembles a team of moviemakers and sets out for the infamous Skull Island, where they find more than just cannibalistic natives.

Director: Peter Jackson | Stars: Naomi Watts, Jack Black, Adrien Brody, Thomas Kretschmann

Votes: 381,196 | Gross: $218.08M

13. It's a Wonderful Life (1946)

Passed | 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: 383,218

14. O Brother, Where Art Thou? (2000)

PG-13 | 107 min | Adventure, Comedy, Crime

7.7
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69 Metascore

In the deep south during the 1930s, three escaped convicts search for hidden treasure while a relentless lawman pursues them.

Directors: Joel Coen, Ethan Coen | Stars: George Clooney, John Turturro, Tim Blake Nelson, John Goodman

Votes: 275,774 | Gross: $45.51M

15. Chinatown (1974)

R | 130 min | Drama, Mystery, Thriller

8.2
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92 Metascore

A private detective hired to expose an adulterer finds himself caught up in a web of deceit, corruption, and murder.

Director: Roman Polanski | Stars: Jack Nicholson, Faye Dunaway, John Huston, Perry Lopez

Votes: 282,297 | Gross: $29.20M

16. Some Like It Hot (1959)

Not Rated | 121 min | Comedy, Music, Romance

8.2
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98 Metascore

After two male musicians witness a mob hit, they flee the state in an all-female band disguised as women, but further complications set in.

Director: Billy Wilder | Stars: Marilyn Monroe, Tony Curtis, Jack Lemmon, George Raft

Votes: 234,663 | Gross: $25.00M

17. The Purple Rose of Cairo (1985)

PG | 82 min | Comedy, Fantasy, Romance

7.7
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75 Metascore

In New Jersey in 1935, a movie character walks off the screen and into the real world.

Director: Woody Allen | Stars: Mia Farrow, Jeff Daniels, Danny Aiello, Irving Metzman

Votes: 45,495 | Gross: $10.63M

18. To Kill a Mockingbird (1962)

Approved | 129 min | Crime, Drama

8.2
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88 Metascore

Atticus Finch, a lawyer in the Depression-era South, defends a black man against an undeserved rape charge, and his children against prejudice.

Director: Robert Mulligan | Stars: Gregory Peck, John Megna, Frank Overton, Rosemary Murphy

Votes: 285,673

19. Dogville (2003)

R | 178 min | Crime, Drama

8.0
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60 Metascore

A woman on the run from the mob is reluctantly accepted in a small Colorado town. In exchange, she agrees to work for them. As a search visits the town, she finds out that their support has a price. Yet her dangerous secret is never far away.

Director: Lars von Trier | Stars: Nicole Kidman, Paul Bettany, Lauren Bacall, Harriet Andersson

Votes: 133,326 | Gross: $1.53M

20. The Sting (1973)

PG | 129 min | Comedy, Crime, Drama

8.3
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83 Metascore

Two grifters team up to pull off the ultimate con.

Director: George Roy Hill | Stars: Paul Newman, Robert Redford, Robert Shaw, Charles Durning

Votes: 233,148 | Gross: $159.60M

21. Inside Daisy Clover (1965)

Approved | 128 min | Drama, Music, Romance

6.2
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A tomboy turned movie star deals with the cruelty of Hollywood.

Director: Robert Mulligan | Stars: Natalie Wood, Christopher Plummer, Robert Redford, Ruth Gordon

Votes: 3,077

22. Annie (1982)

PG | 127 min | Comedy, Drama, Family

6.6
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39 Metascore

A young orphan girl's adventures in finding a family that will take her.

Director: John Huston | Stars: Aileen Quinn, Albert Finney, Carol Burnett, Ann Reinking

Votes: 38,523 | Gross: $57.06M

23. Carnivàle (2003–2005)

TV-MA | 55 min | Drama, Fantasy, Mystery

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During the Great Depression, an Oklahoma farm boy and a charismatic minister learn that they are key players in a proxy war being fought between Heaven and Hell.

Stars: Michael J. Anderson, Adrienne Barbeau, Clancy Brown, Debra Christofferson

Votes: 41,596

24. Cinderella Man (2005)

PG-13 | 144 min | Biography, Drama, History

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69 Metascore

The story of James J. Braddock (Russell Crowe), a supposedly washed-up boxer who came back to become a champion and an inspiration in the 1930s.

Director: Ron Howard | Stars: Russell Crowe, Renée Zellweger, Craig Bierko, Paul Giamatti

Votes: 172,060 | Gross: $61.65M

25. Bonnie and Clyde (1967)

R | 111 min | Action, Biography, Crime

7.8
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86 Metascore

Bored waitress Bonnie Parker falls in love with an ex-con named Clyde Barrow and together they start a violent crime spree through the country, stealing cars and robbing banks.

Director: Arthur Penn | Stars: Warren Beatty, Faye Dunaway, Michael J. Pollard, Gene Hackman

Votes: 99,040

26. Live by Night (2016)

R | 129 min | Action, Crime, Drama

6.4
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49 Metascore

A group of Boston-bred gangsters set up shop in balmy Florida during the Prohibition era, facing off against the competition and the Ku Klux Klan.

Director: Ben Affleck | Stars: Ben Affleck, Elle Fanning, Brendan Gleeson, Chris Messina

Votes: 50,306 | Gross: $10.38M

27. Cabaret (1972)

PG | 124 min | Drama, Musical

7.8
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80 Metascore

A female girlie club entertainer in Weimar Republic era Berlin romances two men while the Nazi Party rises to power around them.

Director: Bob Fosse | Stars: Liza Minnelli, Michael York, Helmut Griem, Joel Grey

Votes: 46,443 | Gross: $42.77M

28. The Night of the Hunter (1955)

Not Rated | 92 min | Crime, Drama, Film-Noir

8.0
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99 Metascore

A religious fanatic marries a gullible widow whose young children are reluctant to tell him where their real daddy hid the $10,000 he'd stolen in a robbery.

Director: Charles Laughton | Stars: Robert Mitchum, Shelley Winters, Lillian Gish, James Gleason

Votes: 78,899 | Gross: $0.65M

29. Paper Moon (1973)

PG | 102 min | Comedy, Drama

8.1
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77 Metascore

During the Great Depression, a con man finds himself saddled with a young girl who may or may not be his daughter, and the two forge an unlikely partnership.

Director: Peter Bogdanovich | Stars: Ryan O'Neal, Tatum O'Neal, Madeline Kahn, John Hillerman

Votes: 40,571 | Gross: $30.93M

30. King Kong (1933)

Passed | 100 min | Adventure, Horror, Sci-Fi

7.9
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90 Metascore

A film crew goes to a tropical island for an exotic location shoot and discovers a colossal ape who takes a shine to their female blonde star. He is then captured and brought back to New York City for public exhibition.

Directors: Merian C. Cooper, Ernest B. Schoedsack | Stars: Fay Wray, Robert Armstrong, Bruce Cabot, Frank Reicher

Votes: 76,613 | Gross: $10.00M

31. Serena (I) (2014)

R | 109 min | Drama, History, Romance

5.4
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36 Metascore

In Depression-era North Carolina, the future of George Pemberton's timber empire becomes complicated when he marries Serena.

Director: Susanne Bier | Stars: Bradley Cooper, Jennifer Lawrence, Rhys Ifans, Toby Jones

Votes: 26,037 | Gross: $0.18M

32. Seabiscuit (2003)

PG-13 | 140 min | Drama, History, Sport

7.3
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72 Metascore

True story of the undersized Depression-era racehorse whose victories lifted not only the spirits of the team behind it but also those of their nation.

Director: Gary Ross | Stars: Tobey Maguire, Jeff Bridges, Elizabeth Banks, Chris Cooper

Votes: 64,980 | Gross: $120.28M

33. L.A. Noire (2011 Video Game)

M | Action, Adventure, Crime

8.7
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Cole Phelps, a war hero and rookie cop, moves up the ranks and solves dark cases in 1940s Los Angeles.

Director: Brendan McNamara | Stars: Aaron Staton, Michael McGrady, Adam J. Harrington, Sean McGowan

Votes: 13,611

34. Of Mice and Men (1992)

PG-13 | 115 min | Drama, Western

7.5
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Two drifters, one a gentle but slow giant, try to make money working the fields during the Depression so they can fulfill their dreams.

Director: Gary Sinise | Stars: John Malkovich, Gary Sinise, Ray Walston, Casey Siemaszko

Votes: 39,163 | Gross: $5.10M

35. Life (I) (1999)

R | 108 min | Comedy, Crime, Drama

6.8
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63 Metascore

In 1932, two strangers are wrongfully convicted and develop a strong friendship in prison that lasts them through the 20th century.

Director: Ted Demme | Stars: Eddie Murphy, Martin Lawrence, Obba Babatundé, Nick Cassavetes

Votes: 44,102 | Gross: $63.84M

36. Bugsy Malone (1976)

G | 93 min | Comedy, Crime, Family

6.9
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71 Metascore

The classic gangster story of Bugsy Malone told with an all-child cast.

Director: Alan Parker | Stars: Jodie Foster, Scott Baio, Florence Garland, John Cassisi

Votes: 15,414 | Gross: $2.78M

37. Mildred Pierce (2011)

TV-MA | 336 min | Drama

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Divorced single mom Mildred Pierce decides to open a restaurant business, which tears at the already-strained relationship with her ambitious elder daughter, Veda.

Stars: Kate Winslet, Guy Pearce, Evan Rachel Wood, Brían F. O'Byrne

Votes: 18,312

38. The Grapes of Wrath (1940)

Passed | 129 min | Drama, History

8.0
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96 Metascore

A poor Midwest family is forced off their land. They travel to California, suffering the misfortunes of the homeless in the Great Depression.

Director: John Ford | Stars: Henry Fonda, Jane Darwell, John Carradine, Charley Grapewin

Votes: 83,938 | Gross: $0.06M

39. The Journey of Natty Gann (1985)

PG | 101 min | Adventure, Family

7.1
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66 Metascore

In the 1930s, a tomboy runs away from her guardian to join her single father who is 2,000 miles away, where he has found work.

Director: Jeremy Kagan | Stars: Meredith Salenger, John Cusack, Ray Wise, Lainie Kazan

Votes: 5,026 | Gross: $2.14M

40. The Legend of Bagger Vance (2000)

PG-13 | 126 min | Drama, Fantasy, Sport

6.7
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47 Metascore

A down-and-out golfer attempts to recover his game and his life with help from a mystical caddy.

Director: Robert Redford | Stars: Will Smith, Matt Damon, Charlize Theron, Bruce McGill

Votes: 52,326 | Gross: $30.70M

41. The Postman Always Rings Twice (1981)

R | 122 min | Crime, Drama, Romance

6.6
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61 Metascore

The sensuous wife of a lunch wagon proprietor and a rootless drifter begin a sordidly steamy affair and conspire to murder her Greek husband.

Director: Bob Rafelson | Stars: Jack Nicholson, Jessica Lange, John Colicos, Michael Lerner

Votes: 20,830 | Gross: $12.38M

42. Ironweed (1987)

R | 143 min | Drama

6.7
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56 Metascore

An alcoholic drifter spends Halloween in his home town of Albany, New York after returning there for the first time in decades.

Director: Hector Babenco | Stars: Jack Nicholson, Meryl Streep, Carroll Baker, Michael O'Keefe

Votes: 8,117 | Gross: $7.39M

43. They Shoot Horses, Don't They? (1969)

M/PG | 129 min | Drama

7.9
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72 Metascore

The lives of a disparate group of contestants intertwine in an inhumanely grueling dance marathon.

Director: Sydney Pollack | Stars: Jane Fonda, Michael Sarrazin, Susannah York, Gig Young

Votes: 15,626 | Gross: $12.60M

44. Miss Pettigrew Lives for a Day (2008)

PG-13 | 92 min | Comedy, Romance

7.1
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63 Metascore

Guinevere Pettigrew, a middle-aged London governess, finds herself unfairly dismissed from her job. An attempt to gain new employment catapults her into the glamorous world and dizzying social whirl of an American actress and singer, Delysia Lafosse.

Director: Bharat Nalluri | Stars: Frances McDormand, Amy Adams, Ciarán Hinds, David Alexander

Votes: 25,842 | Gross: $12.29M

45. My Man Godfrey (1936)

Not Rated | 94 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

8.0
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A scatterbrained socialite hires a vagrant as a family butler - but there's more to Godfrey than meets the eye.

Director: Gregory La Cava | Stars: William Powell, Carole Lombard, Alice Brady, Gail Patrick

Votes: 20,067

46. Big Bad Mama (1974)

R | 84 min | Action, Comedy, Crime

5.8
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Mama and daughters get forced by circumstances into bootlegging and bank robbing, and travel across the country trailed by the law.

Director: Steve Carver | Stars: Angie Dickinson, William Shatner, Tom Skerritt, Susan Sennett

Votes: 2,169

47. Get Low (2009)

PG-13 | 103 min | Drama, Mystery

7.0
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77 Metascore

A movie spun out of equal parts folk tale, fable and real-life legend about the mysterious, 1930s Tennessee hermit who famously threw his own rollicking funeral party... while he was still alive.

Director: Aaron Schneider | Stars: Robert Duvall, Bill Murray, Sissy Spacek, Lucas Black

Votes: 21,714 | Gross: $9.18M

48. Wild Hearts Can't Be Broken (1991)

G | 88 min | Drama, Family, Romance

7.2
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Thrilled by a performance she sees at a fair, Sonora tries to land a spot as a daredevil who rides horses off of high dives.

Director: Steve Miner | Stars: Gabrielle Anwar, Michael Schoeffling, Cliff Robertson, Dylan Kussman

Votes: 4,654 | Gross: $7.30M

49. The Day of the Locust (1975)

R | 144 min | Drama, Thriller

7.1
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An art director in the 1930s falls in love and attempts to make a young woman an actress despite Hollywood who wants nothing to do with her because of her problems with an estranged man and her alcoholic father.

Director: John Schlesinger | Stars: Donald Sutherland, Karen Black, Burgess Meredith, William Atherton

Votes: 4,941 | Gross: $17.79M

50. Boxcar Bertha (1972)

R | 88 min | Crime, Drama, Romance

6.0
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61 Metascore

During the Great Depression, a union leader and a young woman become criminals to exact revenge on the management of a railroad.

Director: Martin Scorsese | Stars: Barbara Hershey, David Carradine, Barry Primus, Bernie Casey

Votes: 8,154



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