800 Films to Watch During Your PhD

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1. ADD & Loving It?! (2009)

Not Rated | 57 min | Documentary, Biography, Comedy

Comedian Patrick McKenna seeks a diagnosis for Adult ADHD and learns the facts from an impressive array of experts (some of whom have ADHD themselves!) including medical researchers, ... See full summary »

Director: Rick Green | Stars: Rick Green, Patrick McKenna

Votes: 39

Explains this list?

2. Kuhle Wampe or Who Owns the World? (1932)

71 min | Drama

During Great Depression, a family is evicted from their apartment and with no other option they move to a tent camp called Kuhle Wampe.

Director: Slatan Dudow | Stars: Hertha Thiele, Ernst Busch, Martha Wolter, Adolf Fischer

Votes: 605

3. Castaway on the Moon (2009)

PG-13 | 116 min | Drama, Romance

A failed suicide attempt leads a heartbroken man to live a life in the wilderness.

Director: Hae-jun Lee | Stars: Jae-yeong Jeong, Ryeowon Jung, Yeong-seo Park, Mi-kyeong Yang

Votes: 15,035 | Gross: $3.73M

4. Solaris (1972)

PG | 167 min | Drama, Mystery, Sci-Fi

90 Metascore

A psychologist is sent to a station orbiting a distant planet in order to discover what has caused the crew to go insane.

Director: Andrei Tarkovsky | Stars: Natalya Bondarchuk, Donatas Banionis, Jüri Järvet, Vladislav Dvorzhetskiy

Votes: 73,568

5. The Dark Horse (2014)

R | 124 min | Biography, Drama

77 Metascore

A brilliant but troubled New Zealand chess champion finds purpose by teaching underprivileged children about the rules of chess and life.

Director: James Napier Robertson | Stars: Cliff Curtis, James Rolleston, Kirk Torrance, James Napier Robertson

Votes: 5,453 | Gross: $0.06M

6. Junior Bonner (1972)

PG | 100 min | Drama, Western

Ace Bonner returns to Arizona several years after he abandoned his family, Junior Bonner is a wild young man. Against the typical rodeo championship, family drama erupts.

Director: Sam Peckinpah | Stars: Steve McQueen, Robert Preston, Ida Lupino, Ben Johnson

Votes: 4,918

7. The Cave of the Yellow Dog (2005)

G | 93 min | Drama, Family

73 Metascore

The little nomad girl Nansal finds a baby dog in the Mongolian veld, who becomes her best friend - against all rejections of her parents. A story about a Mongolian family of nomads - their ... See full summary »

Director: Byambasuren Davaa | Stars: Batchuluun Urjindorj, Buyandulam Daramdadi, Nansal Batchuluun, Nansalmaa Batchuluun

Votes: 2,807 | Gross: $0.14M

8. Sleeping Giant (2015)

Not Rated | 89 min | Adventure, Drama

71 Metascore

While spending the summer in cottage country on the shores of Lake Superior, three teens cope with boredom by testing the limits of their experience.

Director: Andrew Cividino | Stars: Jackson Martin, Nick Serino, Reece Moffett, Katelyn McKerracher

Votes: 1,526

9. Tropical Malady (2004)

Not Rated | 118 min | Drama, Fantasy, Romance

78 Metascore

A romance between a soldier and a country boy, wrapped around a Thai folk-tale involving a shaman with shape-shifting abilities.

Director: Apichatpong Weerasethakul | Stars: Banlop Lomnoi, Sakda Kaewbuadee, Huai Dessom, Sirivech Jareonchon

Votes: 4,671

10. High Tension (2003)

R | 91 min | Horror

42 Metascore

Best friends Marie and Alexia decide to spend a quiet weekend at Alexia's parents' secluded farmhouse. But on the night of their arrival, the girls' idyllic getaway turns into an endless night of horror.

Director: Alexandre Aja | Stars: Cécile de France, Maïwenn, Philippe Nahon, Franck Khalfoun

Votes: 64,669 | Gross: $3.68M

11. Time of the Gypsies (1988)

R | 142 min | Comedy, Crime, Drama

In this luminous tale set in the area around Sarajevo and in Italy, Perhan, an engaging young Romany (gypsy) with telekinetic powers, is seduced by the quick-cash world of petty crime, which threatens to destroy him and those he loves.

Director: Emir Kusturica | Stars: Davor Dujmovic, Bora Todorovic, Ljubica Adzovic, Husnija Hasimovic

Votes: 23,276 | Gross: $0.28M

Be sure to watch the full version (400 mins or something? Can't quite remember.)

12. Come and See (1985)

Not Rated | 142 min | Drama, War

After finding an old rifle, a young boy joins the Soviet resistance movement against ruthless German forces and experiences the horrors of World War II.

Director: Elem Klimov | Stars: Aleksey Kravchenko, Olga Mironova, Liubomiras Laucevicius, Vladas Bagdonas

Votes: 47,183

13. Eight (II) (2016)

81 min | Drama

A woman suffering from Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD) struggles with her morning routine of trying to get to work on time.

Director: Peter Blackburn | Stars: Jane Elizabeth Barry, Libby Munro, Cadence Parkes, Darrell Plumridge

Votes: 147

14. Zero Patience (1993)

97 min | Musical

An immortal, bigoted, unethical taxidermist is doing research on "Patient Zero", the gay flight attendant who allegedly was the first to bring AIDS to North America, for a museum show about contagious diseases, helped by the man's ghost.

Director: John Greyson | Stars: John Robinson, Normand Fauteux, Dianne Heatherington, Richardo Keens-Douglas

Votes: 616 | Gross: $0.22M

15. Hunt for the Wilderpeople (2016)

PG-13 | 101 min | Adventure, Comedy, Drama

81 Metascore

A national manhunt is ordered for a rebellious kid and his foster uncle who go missing in the wild New Zealand bush.

Director: Taika Waititi | Stars: Sam Neill, Julian Dennison, Rima Te Wiata, Rachel House

Votes: 94,701 | Gross: $5.20M

16. Love (II) (2015)

Not Rated | 135 min | Drama, Romance

51 Metascore

Murphy is an American living in Paris who enters a highly sexually and emotionally charged relationship with the unstable Electra. Unaware of the effect it will have on their relationship, they invite their pretty neighbor into their bed.

Director: Gaspar Noé | Stars: Aomi Muyock, Karl Glusman, Klara Kristin, Juan Saavedra

Votes: 40,433

17. Tom at the Farm (2013)

Not Rated | 102 min | Drama, Mystery, Thriller

67 Metascore

A grieving man meets his lover's family, who were not aware of their son's sexual orientation.

Director: Xavier Dolan | Stars: Xavier Dolan, Pierre-Yves Cardinal, Lise Roy, Evelyne Brochu

Votes: 14,652

18. My Winnipeg (2007)

Not Rated | 80 min | Documentary, Comedy, Drama

84 Metascore

Fact, fantasy and memory are woven seamlessly together in this portrait of film-maker Guy Maddin's home town of Winnipeg, Manitoba.

Director: Guy Maddin | Stars: Darcy Fehr, Ann Savage, Louis Negin, Amy Stewart

Votes: 4,641 | Gross: $0.16M

19. Kin-dza-dza! (1986)

PG-13 | 135 min | Comedy, Drama, Sci-Fi

Two Russians push the wrong button on a strange device and end up on the telepathic planet Pluke with its strange societal norms.

Director: Georgiy Daneliya | Stars: Stanislav Lyubshin, Evgeniy Leonov, Yuriy Yakovlev, Levan Gabriadze

Votes: 10,704

20. Guest from the Future (1984)

PG | 65 min | Adventure, Family, Sci-Fi

A school boy finds a time machine and he helps Alisa, a scientist girl in the future, to save a mind-reading device from space pirates. Chased by the pirates and followed by Alisa he saves the device bringing it back to his own time.

Stars: Natalya Guseva, Aleksei Fomkin, Ilya Naumov, Vyacheslav Nevinnyy

Votes: 2,016

Most Russians growing up in the late 80s/early 90s know this from TV.

21. Foolish Wives (1922)

Not Rated | 117 min | Drama, Thriller

A con artist masquerades a Russian nobility and attempts to seduce the wife of an American diplomat.

Director: Erich von Stroheim | Stars: Rudolph Christians, Miss DuPont, Maude George, Mae Busch

Votes: 2,820 | Gross: $0.40M

Stroheim's Masterpiece

22. Cruel Intentions (1999)

R | 97 min | Drama, Romance

56 Metascore

Two vicious step-siblings of an elite Manhattan prep school make a wager: to deflower the new headmaster's daughter before the start of term.

Director: Roger Kumble | Stars: Sarah Michelle Gellar, Ryan Phillippe, Reese Witherspoon, Selma Blair

Votes: 172,577 | Gross: $38.33M

Best adaptation of the source material.

23. Kanehsatake: 270 Years of Resistance (1993)

119 min | Documentary

A film account about the military 1990 siege of a Native American reserve near Oka, Quebec, Canada and its causes.

Director: Alanis Obomsawin | Stars: Jack Burning, Herbie Barnes, Alanis Obomsawin, Ethel Blondin

Votes: 265

24. Jubilee (1978)

Not Rated | 106 min | Comedy, Drama, Fantasy

Queen Elisabeth I travels 400 years into the future to witness the appalling revelation of a dystopian London overrun by corruption and a vicious gang of punk guerrilla girls led by the new Monarch of Punk.

Director: Derek Jarman | Stars: Jenny Runacre, Nell Campbell, Toyah Willcox, Jordan

Votes: 2,681

25. Picnic at Hanging Rock (1975)

PG | 115 min | Drama, Mystery

81 Metascore

During a rural summer picnic, a few students and a teacher from an Australian girls' school vanish without a trace. Their absence frustrates and haunts the people left behind.

Director: Peter Weir | Stars: Rachel Roberts, Anne-Louise Lambert, Vivean Gray, Helen Morse

Votes: 31,404 | Gross: $0.23M

26. Through Fire, Water and... Brass Pipes (1968)

86 min | Family, Musical, Romance

One day, Vasya journeys into the forest to meet his beloved Alyonushka, only to have her forcibly whisked away by the wretched Kashchej. To save her, Vasya must face a number of fabulous, archetypal tests.

Director: Aleksandr Rou | Stars: Natalya Sedykh, Aleksei Katyshev, Georgiy Millyar, Vera Altayskaya

Votes: 643

27. Society (1989)

R | 99 min | Comedy, Horror

An ordinary teenage boy discovers his family is part of a gruesome orgy cult for the social elite.

Director: Brian Yuzna | Stars: Billy Warlock, Concetta D'Agnese, Ben Slack, Evan Richards

Votes: 12,513

28. Slums of Beverly Hills (1998)

R | 91 min | Comedy, Drama

69 Metascore

In 1976, a lower-middle-class teenager struggles to cope living with her neurotic family of nomads on the outskirts of Beverly Hills.

Director: Tamara Jenkins | Stars: Natasha Lyonne, Alan Arkin, Bryna Weiss, Marisa Tomei

Votes: 11,373 | Gross: $5.48M

29. 2019: After the Fall of New York (1983)

R | 96 min | Action, Horror, Sci-Fi

After a nuclear war, society breaks down into two groups, the evil Euraks and the rebel Federation. A mercenary named Parsifal is hired by the Federation to infiltrate New York City, which ... See full summary »

Director: Sergio Martino | Stars: Michael Sopkiw, Valentine Monnier, George Eastman, Anna Kanakis

Votes: 2,610

Better than Escape from New York.

30. Lemora: A Child's Tale of the Supernatural (1973)

PG | 80 min | Fantasy, Horror, Thriller

49 Metascore

A young girl who returns to her hometown to see her dying father finds herself being drawn into a web of vampirism and witchcraft.

Director: Richard Blackburn | Stars: Lesley Taplin, Cheryl Smith, William Whitton, Hy Pyke

Votes: 1,866

31. Only God Forgives (2013)

R | 90 min | Action, Crime, Drama

37 Metascore

Julian, a drug-smuggler thriving in Bangkok's criminal underworld, sees his life get even more complicated when his mother compels him to find and kill whoever is responsible for his brother's recent death.

Director: Nicolas Winding Refn | Stars: Ryan Gosling, Kristin Scott Thomas, Vithaya Pansringarm, Gordon Brown

Votes: 103,213 | Gross: $0.78M

Don't mention the title of this film out loud at the Full Moon Party in front of cops.

32. Dead Mountaineer's Hotel (1979)

80 min | Crime, Drama, Sci-Fi

Police gets a call-out to a lonely hotel in the Alps. When an officer gets to the hotel everything seems to be alright. Suddenly an avalanche cuts them out from the rest of the world and strange things are going to happen.

Director: Grigori Kromanov | Stars: Uldis Pucitis, Jüri Järvet, Lembit Peterson, Mikk Mikiver

Votes: 1,048

Obscure.

33. Spring Breakers (2012)

R | 94 min | Crime, Drama

63 Metascore

Four college girls hold up a restaurant in order to fund their spring break vacation. While partying, drinking, and taking drugs, they are arrested, only to be bailed out by a drug and arms dealer.

Director: Harmony Korine | Stars: Vanessa Hudgens, Selena Gomez, Ashley Benson, Rachel Korine

Votes: 130,324 | Gross: $14.12M

34. Plagues and Pleasures on the Salton Sea (2004)

Not Rated | 74 min | Documentary

72 Metascore

Renowned cult film director John Waters narrates this quirky exploration of the Salton Sea, the massive Southern California lake that was created by accident a century ago, became a popular... See full summary »

Directors: Chris Metzler, Jeff Springer | Stars: Sonny Bono, John Waters, Norm Niver, Petre Melvin

Votes: 602 | Gross: $0.05M

35. Stories We Tell (2012)

PG-13 | 108 min | Documentary

91 Metascore

A film that excavates layers of myth and memory to find the elusive truth at the core of a family of storytellers.

Director: Sarah Polley | Stars: Michael Polley, John Buchan, Mark Polley, Joanna Polley

Votes: 11,721 | Gross: $1.60M

36. The Last Seduction (1994)

R | 110 min | Crime, Drama, Romance

85 Metascore

A devious sexpot steals her husband's drug money and hides out in a small town where she meets the perfect dupe for her next scheme.

Director: John Dahl | Stars: Linda Fiorentino, Peter Berg, Bill Pullman, Michael Raysses

Votes: 19,680 | Gross: $6.14M

37. The Enigma of Kaspar Hauser (1974)

Not Rated | 110 min | Biography, Drama, History

A young man named Kaspar Hauser suddenly appears in Nuremberg in 1828, barely able to talk or walk, and bearing a strange note.

Director: Werner Herzog | Stars: Bruno S., Walter Ladengast, Brigitte Mira, Willy Semmelrogge

Votes: 15,455

38. Memories of Murder (2003)

Not Rated | 132 min | Action, Crime, Drama

82 Metascore

In a small Korean province in 1986, two detectives struggle with the case of multiple young women being found raped and murdered by an unknown culprit.

Director: Bong Joon Ho | Stars: Kang-ho Song, Sang-kyung Kim, Roe-ha Kim, Jae-ho Song

Votes: 111,573 | Gross: $0.01M

South Korea at its finest.

39. The Quiet Earth (1985)

R | 91 min | Drama, Mystery, Sci-Fi

A man named Zac Hobson awakens to find himself alone in the world. In a desperate attempt to search for others, he finds only two who have their own agenda.

Director: Geoff Murphy | Stars: Bruno Lawrence, Alison Routledge, Pete Smith, Anzac Wallace

Votes: 23,467 | Gross: $2.12M

40. Tenebrae (1982)

R | 101 min | Horror, Mystery, Thriller

An American writer in Rome is stalked by a serial killer bent on harassing him while killing all people associated with his work on his latest book.

Director: Dario Argento | Stars: Anthony Franciosa, Giuliano Gemma, Christian Borromeo, Mirella D'Angelo

Votes: 18,909