9 of 10 - my near fav movies

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1. When Pigs Have Wings (2011)

98 min | Comedy

After a tempest, fishermen do not find only fish in their nets. That is what happens to Jafaar, a poor fisherman who lives poorly in Gaza. And what he hauls in is really upsetting : imagine... See full summary »

Director: Sylvain Estibal | Stars: Sasson Gabai, Baya Belal, Myriam Tekaïa, Gassan Abbas

Votes: 2,945

2. The Ides of March (2011)

R | 101 min | Drama, Thriller

67 Metascore

An idealistic staffer for a new presidential candidate gets a crash course on dirty politics during his stint on the campaign trail.

Director: George Clooney | Stars: Paul Giamatti, George Clooney, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Ryan Gosling

Votes: 211,421 | Gross: $40.96M

3. Barney's Version (2010)

R | 134 min | Comedy, Drama

67 Metascore

The picaresque and touching story of the politically incorrect, fully lived life of the impulsive, irascible and fearlessly blunt Barney Panofsky.

Director: Richard J. Lewis | Stars: Paul Giamatti, Rosamund Pike, Jake Hoffman, Macha Grenon

Votes: 23,629 | Gross: $7.50M

4. Killer Joe (2011)

R | 102 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

62 Metascore

When a debt puts a young man's life in danger, he turns to putting a hit out on his evil mother in order to collect the insurance.

Director: William Friedkin | Stars: Matthew McConaughey, Emile Hirsch, Juno Temple, Thomas Haden Church

Votes: 70,629 | Gross: $1.99M

5. Doomsday Book (2012)

Not Rated | 115 min | Comedy, Drama, Fantasy

The First Chapter of The Anthology Film- In A Brave New World, a mysterious virus brings the city to ruins and zombies flood the streets of Seoul. The Chapter 2, The Heavenly Creature, a ... See full summary »

Directors: Pil-sung Yim, Jee-woon Kim | Stars: Doona Bae, Ji-hee Jin, Yun-hie Jo, Bong Joon Ho

Votes: 3,129

6. Burn After Reading (2008)

R | 96 min | Comedy, Crime, Drama

63 Metascore

A disk containing mysterious information from a CIA agent ends up in the hands of two unscrupulous and daft gym employees who attempt to sell it.

Directors: Ethan Coen, Joel Coen | Stars: Brad Pitt, Frances McDormand, George Clooney, John Malkovich

Votes: 299,954 | Gross: $60.36M

7. To Rome with Love (2012)

R | 112 min | Comedy, Music, Romance

54 Metascore

The lives of some visitors and residents of Rome and the romances, adventures and predicaments they get into.

Director: Woody Allen | Stars: Woody Allen, Penélope Cruz, Jesse Eisenberg, Ellen Page

Votes: 82,444 | Gross: $16.69M

8. Savages (2012)

R | 131 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

59 Metascore

Pot growers Ben and Chon face off against the Mexican drug cartel who kidnapped their shared girlfriend.

Director: Oliver Stone | Stars: Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Taylor Kitsch, Blake Lively, Benicio Del Toro

Votes: 118,966 | Gross: $47.38M

9. The Hangover (2009)

R | 100 min | Comedy

73 Metascore

Three buddies wake up from a bachelor party in Las Vegas, with no memory of the previous night and the bachelor missing. They make their way around the city in order to find their friend before his wedding.

Director: Todd Phillips | Stars: Zach Galifianakis, Bradley Cooper, Justin Bartha, Ed Helms

Votes: 699,300 | Gross: $277.32M

10. The Importance of Tying Your Own Shoes (2011)

101 min | Comedy, Drama, Music

Alex's high opinion of himself isn't backed up by reality as he is unemployed and having trouble with his girlfriend. When he finally gets a job with the local council/municipality of ... See full summary »

Director: Lena Koppel | Stars: Sverrir Gudnason, Vanna Rosenberg, Mats Melin, Theresia Widarsson

Votes: 1,855

11. Robot & Frank (2012)

PG-13 | 89 min | Comedy, Crime, Drama

67 Metascore

In the near future, an ex-jewel thief receives a gift from his son: a robot butler programmed to look after him. But soon the two companions try their luck as a heist team.

Director: Jake Schreier | Stars: Peter Sarsgaard, Frank Langella, Susan Sarandon, Liv Tyler

Votes: 60,772 | Gross: $3.33M

12. Hope Springs (2012)

PG-13 | 100 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

65 Metascore

After thirty years of marriage, a middle-aged couple attends an intense, week-long counseling session to work on their relationship.

Director: David Frankel | Stars: Meryl Streep, Tommy Lee Jones, Steve Carell, Jean Smart

Votes: 39,792 | Gross: $63.54M

13. Keep the Lights On (2012)

Not Rated | 101 min | Drama, Romance

79 Metascore

In Manhattan, film-maker Erik bonds with closeted lawyer Paul after a fling. As their relationship becomes one fueled by highs, lows, and dysfunctional patterns, Erik struggles to negotiate his own boundaries while being true to himself.

Director: Ira Sachs | Stars: Thure Lindhardt, Zachary Booth, Julianne Nicholson, Souleymane Sy Savane

Votes: 5,195 | Gross: $0.25M

14. Truth About Men (2010)

Not Rated | 91 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

Mads, a 34-year-old scriptwriter, goes through a crisis in life when a close friend of his has a stroke and ends up in a coma. Mads breaks up with his girlfriend for ten years and tries to ... See full summary »

Director: Nikolaj Arcel | Stars: Thure Lindhardt, Tuva Novotny, Rosalinde Mynster, Signe Egholm Olsen

Votes: 1,238

15. A Coffee in Berlin (2012)

Not Rated | 86 min | Comedy, Drama

63 Metascore

An aimless university dropout attempts to make sense of life as he spends one fateful day wandering the streets of Berlin.

Director: Jan-Ole Gerster | Stars: Tom Schilling, Katharina Schüttler, Justus von Dohnányi, Andreas Schröders

Votes: 14,568 | Gross: $0.15M

16. About Schmidt (2002)

R | 125 min | Comedy, Drama

85 Metascore

A recently retired man embarks on a journey to his estranged daughter's wedding, only to discover more about himself and life than he ever expected.

Director: Alexander Payne | Stars: Jack Nicholson, Hope Davis, Dermot Mulroney, Kathy Bates

Votes: 120,373 | Gross: $65.02M

17. Zombie Ass: The Toilet of the Dead (2011)

Not Rated | 85 min | Comedy, Horror

Wracked with guilt over the suicide of her bullied sister, young karate student Megumi accompanies four older friends on a trip into the woods: smart girl Aya, her druggie boyfriend Také, ... See full summary »

Director: Noboru Iguchi | Stars: Arisa Nakamura, Mayu Sugano, Asana Mamoru, Yûki

Votes: 1,826

19. The Wall (2012)

Not Rated | 108 min | Drama, Fantasy, Mystery

67 Metascore

A woman inexplicably finds herself cut off from all human contact when an invisible, unyielding wall suddenly surrounds the countryside. Accompanied by her loyal dog Lynx, she becomes ... See full summary »

Director: Julian Pölsler | Stars: Martina Gedeck, Luchs, Karlheinz Hackl, Ulrike Beimpold

Votes: 5,677 | Gross: $0.04M

20. The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey (2012)

PG-13 | 169 min | Adventure, Family, Fantasy

58 Metascore

A reluctant Hobbit, Bilbo Baggins, sets out to the Lonely Mountain with a spirited group of dwarves to reclaim their mountain home, and the gold within it from the dragon Smaug.

Director: Peter Jackson | Stars: Martin Freeman, Ian McKellen, Richard Armitage, Andy Serkis

Votes: 741,007 | Gross: $303.00M

21. Ludwig II (2012)

130 min | Biography, Drama, History

A dramatic retelling of the life of Ludwig II, King of Bavaria, one of the most fascinating monarchs of modern times. From his accession to the throne at the age of 18 to his passionate ... See full summary »

Directors: Marie Noëlle, Peter Sehr | Stars: Sabin Tambrea, Sebastian Schipper, Hannah Herzsprung, Edgar Selge

Votes: 721

22. Hannah Arendt (2012)

Not Rated | 113 min | Biography, Drama

69 Metascore

A look at the life of philosopher and political theorist Hannah Arendt, who reported for 'The New Yorker' on the trial of the Nazi leader Adolf Eichmann in Jerusalem.

Director: Margarethe von Trotta | Stars: Barbara Sukowa, Axel Milberg, Janet McTeer, Julia Jentsch

Votes: 10,021 | Gross: $0.71M

23. Argo (2012)

R | 120 min | Biography, Drama, Thriller

86 Metascore

Acting under the cover of a Hollywood producer scouting a location for a science fiction film, a CIA agent launches a dangerous operation to rescue six Americans in Tehran during the U.S. hostage crisis in Iran in 1979.

Director: Ben Affleck | Stars: Ben Affleck, Bryan Cranston, John Goodman, Alan Arkin

Votes: 558,094 | Gross: $136.03M

24. Ferris Bueller's Day Off (1986)

PG-13 | 103 min | Comedy

61 Metascore

A high school wise guy is determined to have a day off from school, despite what the Principal thinks of that.

Director: John Hughes | Stars: Matthew Broderick, Alan Ruck, Mia Sara, Jeffrey Jones

Votes: 307,783 | Gross: $70.14M

25. Sightseers (2012)

Not Rated | 88 min | Adventure, Comedy, Crime

69 Metascore

Chris wants to show girlfriend Tina his world, but events soon conspire against the couple and their dream caravan holiday takes a very wrong turn.

Director: Ben Wheatley | Stars: Alice Lowe, Kenneth Hadley, Steve Oram, Eileen Davies

Votes: 25,957 | Gross: $0.04M

26. The Bosom Friend (1997 TV Movie)

60 min | Documentary

Main character of this movie is Rene Rupnik, a former math teacher. He is forty years old and lives together with his mother in a desolate block of flats. Ever since his early youth women ... See full summary »

Director: Ulrich Seidl | Star: René Rupnik

Votes: 224

27. Paradise: Faith (2012)

Unrated | 115 min | Drama

61 Metascore

A single woman in her 50's devotes her vacations to doing Catholic missionary work in Vienna, descending into violent self-punishment as part of her faith.

Director: Ulrich Seidl | Stars: Maria Hofstätter, Nabil Saleh, René Rupnik, Natalya Baranova

Votes: 4,090 | Gross: $0.01M

28. Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters (2013)

R | 88 min | Action, Fantasy, Horror

23 Metascore

Hansel & Gretel are bounty hunters who track and kill witches all over the world. As the fabled Blood Moon approaches, the siblings encounter a new form of evil that might hold a secret to their past.

Director: Tommy Wirkola | Stars: Jeremy Renner, Gemma Arterton, Peter Stormare, Famke Janssen

Votes: 190,685 | Gross: $55.70M

29. The Master (2012)

R | 138 min | Drama

86 Metascore

A Naval veteran arrives home from war unsettled and uncertain of his future - until he is tantalized by the Cause and its charismatic leader.

Director: Paul Thomas Anderson | Stars: Philip Seymour Hoffman, Joaquin Phoenix, Amy Adams, Jesse Plemons

Votes: 146,670 | Gross: $16.38M

30. There Will Be Blood (2007)

R | 158 min | Drama

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: 494,749 | Gross: $40.22M

31. Michael (II) (2011)

Not Rated | 96 min | Drama, Thriller

64 Metascore

Five months in the life of a pedophile who keeps a 10-year-old boy locked in his basement.

Directors: Markus Schleinzer, Kathrin Resetarits | Stars: Michael Fuith, David Rauchenberger, Christine Kain, Ursula Strauss

Votes: 4,361 | Gross: $0.02M

32. Hitchcock (2012)

PG-13 | 98 min | Biography, Drama, Romance

55 Metascore

The relationship between Alfred Hitchcock and his wife Alma Reville during the filming of Psycho (1960) in 1959 is explored.

Director: Sacha Gervasi | Stars: Anthony Hopkins, Helen Mirren, Scarlett Johansson, Danny Huston

Votes: 70,548 | Gross: $6.01M

33. Stoker (2013)

R | 99 min | Drama, Thriller

58 Metascore

After India's father dies, her Uncle Charlie, whom she never knew existed, comes to live with her and her unstable mother. She comes to suspect this mysterious, charming man has ulterior motives and becomes increasingly infatuated with him.

Director: Chan-wook Park | Stars: Mia Wasikowska, Nicole Kidman, Matthew Goode, Dermot Mulroney

Votes: 100,774 | Gross: $1.70M

34. Speed: In Search of Lost Time (2012)

TV-G | 97 min | Documentary

Opitz tries to track down the reasons of our shortage of time and for the constant acceleration of our lives. In his search of lost time he visits several people, to find out how they deal ... See full summary »

Director: Florian Opitz | Stars: Hartmut Rosa, Karlheinz Geißler, Scott Kennedy, Alan Matthews

Votes: 234

35. Celeste & Jesse Forever (2012)

R | 92 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

59 Metascore

A divorcing couple tries to maintain their friendship while they both pursue other people.

Director: Lee Toland Krieger | Stars: Rashida Jones, Andy Samberg, Elijah Wood, Emma Roberts

Votes: 28,368 | Gross: $3.09M

36. Being John Malkovich (1999)

R | 113 min | Comedy, Drama, Fantasy

90 Metascore

A puppeteer discovers a portal that leads literally into the head of movie star John Malkovich.

Director: Spike Jonze | Stars: John Cusack, Cameron Diaz, Catherine Keener, John Malkovich

Votes: 299,695 | Gross: $22.86M

37. Who Framed Roger Rabbit (1988)

PG | 104 min | Animation, Adventure, Comedy

83 Metascore

A toon-hating detective is a cartoon rabbit's only hope to prove his innocence when he is accused of murder.

Directors: Robert Zemeckis, Richard Williams | Stars: Bob Hoskins, Christopher Lloyd, Joanna Cassidy, Charles Fleischer

Votes: 176,467 | Gross: $156.45M

38. Kon-Tiki (2012)

PG-13 | 118 min | Adventure, Biography, Drama

62 Metascore

Legendary explorer Thor Heyerdal's epic 4,300-mile crossing of the Pacific on a balsawood raft in 1947, in an effort to prove that it was possible for South Americans to settle in Polynesia in pre-Columbian times.

Directors: Joachim Rønning, Espen Sandberg | Stars: Pål Sverre Hagen, Anders Baasmo Christiansen, Gustaf Skarsgård, Odd-Magnus Williamson

Votes: 44,111 | Gross: $1.52M

39. From Beginning to End (2009)

Not Rated | 94 min | Drama, Romance

Two brothers develop a very close relationship as they are growing up in an idyllic and happy family. When they are young adults their relationship becomes very intimate, romantic, and sexual.

Director: Aluizio Abranches | Stars: Júlia Lemmertz, Fábio Assunção, Jean Pierre Noher, Louise Cardoso

Votes: 7,297

40. The Flower of Kim Jong II (2009)

Not Rated | 75 min | Documentary, Drama

44 Metascore

North Korean defectors tell their stories of repression, escape and hope.

Director: N.C. Heikin | Stars: Young Hun Choi, Chol-Hwan Kang, Lee Shin

Votes: 791 | Gross: $0.00M

41. Paradise: Hope (2013)

Unrated | 92 min | Drama

78 Metascore

The final installment in Ulrich Seidl's Paradise trilogy, 'Paradise: Hope' tells the story of overweight thirteen-year-old Melanie and her first love. While her mother travels to Kenya ('... See full summary »

Director: Ulrich Seidl | Stars: Melanie Lenz, Verena Lehbauer, Joseph Lorenz, Michael Thomas

Votes: 4,060 | Gross: $0.01M

42. To the Wonder (2012)

R | 112 min | Drama, Romance

58 Metascore

After falling in love in Paris, Marina and Neil come to Oklahoma, where problems arise. Their church's Spanish-born pastor struggles with his faith, while Neil encounters a woman from his childhood.

Director: Terrence Malick | Stars: Ben Affleck, Olga Kurylenko, Javier Bardem, Rachel McAdams

Votes: 26,523 | Gross: $0.59M

43. Behind the Candelabra (2013)

TV-MA | 118 min | Biography, Drama, Music

A chronicle of the tempestuous six-year romance between megastar singer Liberace and his young lover Scott Thorson.

Director: Steven Soderbergh | Stars: Michael Douglas, Matt Damon, Scott Bakula, Eric Zuckerman

Votes: 39,420



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