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1. Batman Returns (1992)

PG-13 | 126 min | Action, Crime, Fantasy

7.0
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68 Metascore

Batman returns to the big screen when a deformed man calling himself the Penguin wreaks havoc across Gotham with the help of a cruel businessman.

Director: Tim Burton | Stars: Michael Keaton, Danny DeVito, Michelle Pfeiffer, Christopher Walken

Votes: 258,732 | Gross: $162.83M

2. The Post (2017)

PG-13 | 116 min | Biography, Drama, History

7.2
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83 Metascore

A cover-up that spanned four U.S. Presidents pushed the country's first female newspaper publisher and a hard-driving editor to join an unprecedented battle between the press and the government.

Director: Steven Spielberg | Stars: Meryl Streep, Tom Hanks, Sarah Paulson, Bob Odenkirk

Votes: 113,654 | Gross: $81.90M

3. The Insider (1999)

R | 157 min | Biography, Drama, Thriller

7.8
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84 Metascore

A research chemist comes under personal and professional attack when he decides to appear in a "60 Minutes" expose on Big Tobacco.

Director: Michael Mann | Stars: Russell Crowe, Al Pacino, Christopher Plummer, Diane Venora

Votes: 152,004 | Gross: $28.97M

4. The People vs. Larry Flynt (1996)

R | 129 min | Biography, Drama

7.3
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79 Metascore

The story of a controversial pornography publisher and how he became a defender of free speech.

Director: Milos Forman | Stars: Woody Harrelson, Courtney Love, Edward Norton, Brett Harrelson

Votes: 83,740 | Gross: $20.19M

5. Imperium (2016)

R | 109 min | Biography, Crime, Drama

6.5
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68 Metascore

A young FBI agent, eager to prove himself in the field, goes undercover as a white supremacist.

Director: Daniel Ragussis | Stars: Daniel Radcliffe, Toni Collette, Tracy Letts, Sam Trammell

Votes: 38,047

6. The Ice Storm (1997)

R | 112 min | Drama

7.4
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72 Metascore

In suburban New Canaan, Connecticut, 1973, middle class families experimenting with casual sex and substance abuse find their lives beyond their control.

Director: Ang Lee | Stars: Kevin Kline, Joan Allen, Sigourney Weaver, Henry Czerny

Votes: 51,518 | Gross: $7.84M

7. The Company You Keep (2012)

R | 125 min | Drama, Thriller

6.4
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57 Metascore

After a journalist discovers his identity, a former Weather Underground activist goes on the run.

Director: Robert Redford | Stars: Robert Redford, Brit Marling, Stanley Tucci, Nick Nolte

Votes: 30,137 | Gross: $5.13M

8. The Most Hated Woman in America (2017)

TV-MA | 91 min | Biography, Drama, History

6.1
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41 Metascore

The life of Madelyn Murray O'Hair, the outspoken activist and founder of American Atheists.

Director: Tommy O'Haver | Stars: Melissa Leo, Brandon Mychal Smith, Juno Temple, Michael Chernus

Votes: 3,843

9. The Majestic (2001)

PG | 152 min | Drama, Romance

6.9
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27 Metascore

Set in 1951, a blacklisted Hollywood writer gets into a car accident, loses his memory and settles down in a small town where he is mistaken for a long-lost son.

Director: Frank Darabont | Stars: Jim Carrey, Martin Landau, Bob Balaban, Jeffrey DeMunn

Votes: 50,323 | Gross: $27.81M

10. Nothing But the Truth (I) (2008)

R | 108 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

7.2
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64 Metascore

In Washington, D.C., a female reporter faces a possible jail sentence for outing a CIA agent and refusing to reveal her source.

Director: Rod Lurie | Stars: Kate Beckinsale, Matt Dillon, Vera Farmiga, Angela Bassett

Votes: 34,713 | Gross: $0.00M

11. Going Clear: Scientology & the Prison of Belief (2015)

Not Rated | 119 min | Documentary

8.0
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80 Metascore

A documentary looking at the inner-workings of the Church of Scientology.

Director: Alex Gibney | Stars: Paul Haggis, Jason Beghe, Spanky Taylor, David Miscavige

Votes: 34,939

12. The Aristocrats (2005)

Not Rated | 89 min | Documentary, Comedy

6.4
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72 Metascore

One hundred superstar comedians tell the same very, VERY dirty, filthy joke--one shared privately by comics since Vaudeville.

Directors: Penn Jillette, Paul Provenza | Stars: George Carlin, Don Rickles, Chris Rock, Chris Albrecht

Votes: 15,705 | Gross: $6.38M

13. Hamlet 2 (2008)

R | 92 min | Comedy, Music

6.3
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54 Metascore

In this irreverent comedy, a failed actor-turned-worse-high-school-drama-teacher rallies his Tucson, AZ students as he conceives and stages politically incorrect musical sequel to Shakespeare's Hamlet.

Director: Andrew Fleming | Stars: Steve Coogan, Elisabeth Shue, Catherine Keener, Joseph Julian Soria

Votes: 16,224 | Gross: $4.88M

14. Kids in America (2005)

PG-13 | 91 min | Comedy

5.7
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38 Metascore

A diverse group of high school students band together to peacefully stick it to their overbearing principal.

Director: Josh Stolberg | Stars: Gregory Smith, Julie Bowen, Malik Yoba, Stephanie Sherrin

Votes: 2,562 | Gross: $0.54M

15. Growing Up Smith (2015)

PG-13 | 102 min | Comedy, Drama, Family

6.8
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In 1979, an Indian family moves to America with hopes of living the American Dream. While their 10-year-old boy Smith falls head-over-heels for the girl next door, his desire to become a "good old boy" propels him further away from his family's ideals than ever before.

Director: Frank Lotito | Stars: Jason Lee, Anjul Nigam, Brighton Sharbino, Hilarie Burton

Votes: 1,001 | Gross: $0.01M

16. Killing Eva Braun (2014 Video)

90 min | Drama, History, Mystery

5.5
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A lonely bookworm becomes so immersed in "Mein Kampf" that she projects herself as the reincarnation of Hitler's wife Eva Braun and is consequently targeted by a cryptic government agency.

Director: Michael Andres | Stars: James Maher, Tracy Baumbach, Chadwick Baumbach, Shawn Flanagan

Votes: 26

17. Back Issues: The Hustler Magazine Story (2014)

Not Rated | 89 min | Documentary, Biography, Drama

6.5
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The history of Larry Flynt and the iconoclastic adult magazine he created.

Director: Michael Lee Nirenberg | Stars: Paul Cambria, Kenneth De Martines, Gail Dines, Alex Ebel

Votes: 247

18. Nobody Speak: Trials of the Free Press (2017)

TV-14 | 95 min | Documentary

6.5
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68 Metascore

The trial between Hulk Hogan and Gawker Media pitted privacy rights against freedom of the press, and raised important questions about how big money can silence media. This film is an ... See full summary »

Director: Brian Knappenberger | Stars: Nick Denton, Hulk Hogan, Donald Trump, James G Wright

Votes: 3,220

19. Beware the Gonzo (2010)

TV-14 | 94 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

6.4
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36 Metascore

A young muckraker decides to start his own underground newspaper at his high school.

Director: Bryan Goluboff | Stars: Ezra Miller, Zoë Kravitz, Griffin Newman, Stefanie Y. Hong

Votes: 1,509

20. Sex at 24 Frames Per Second (2003 Video)

R | 101 min | Documentary

6.3
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Documentary about the way sex was and is deliberately used in cinema to influence and manipulate human behaviour and development. This documentary uses real examples including the decline ... See full summary »

Directors: Kevin Burns, Steven C. Smith | Stars: Brandy Snow, Shannon Tweed, Richard Roeper, Paul Verhoeven

Votes: 382

21. Steal This Movie (2000)

R | 107 min | Biography, Drama, Romance

6.5
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36 Metascore

Five years after Yippie founder Abbie Hoffman goes underground to avoid a drug-related prison sentence, he contacts a reporter to get out the story of the FBI's covert spying, harassment ... See full summary »

Director: Robert Greenwald | Stars: Vincent D'Onofrio, Janeane Garofalo, Jeanne Tripplehorn, Kevin Pollak

Votes: 2,164 | Gross: $0.08M

22. This Revolution (2005)

R | 95 min | Drama, Romance, Thriller

5.5
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36 Metascore

In this politically charged homage to Medium Cool, a photographer covers the urban guerrilla war on New York streets during the RNC.

Director: Stephen Marshall | Stars: Rosario Dawson, Nathan Crooker, Amy Redford, Brett DelBuono

Votes: 478

23. Trumbo (2007)

PG-13 | 96 min | Documentary, Biography

7.5
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71 Metascore

Through a focus on the life of Dalton Trumbo (1905-1976), this film examines the effects on individuals and families of a congressional pursuit of Hollywood Communists after World War II. ... See full summary »

Director: Peter Askin | Stars: Dalton Trumbo, Joan Allen, Brian Dennehy, Michael Douglas

Votes: 962 | Gross: $7.85M

24. Jordan Peterson Was Right (2017 Video)

41 min | Short, News

6.9
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Lindsay Shepherd at Wilfrid Laurier University secretly recorded her interrogation by faculty, giving us new insight into social justice indoctrination on college campuses.

Stars: Carl Benjamin, Nicholas Christakis, Eric Clanton, Melissa Click

Votes: 94

25. The Work and the Glory II: American Zion (2005)

PG-13 | 100 min | Drama, Western

6.6
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In November of 1833, the state of Missouri turned a blind eye as hundreds of its peaceful inhabitants were hunted down and driven from their homes in the dead of night. Against this ... See full summary »

Director: Sterling Van Wagenen | Stars: Sam Hennings, Brenda Strong, Eric Johnson, Alexander Carroll

Votes: 656 | Gross: $2.03M

26. Thurgood (2011 TV Movie)

Not Rated | 105 min | Drama

7.8
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Prior to his appointment to United States Supreme Court Thurgood Marshall worked as a lawyer for the NAACP. This one man play tells the story of his role in the civil rights movement and the people that influenced him.

Director: Michael Stevens | Star: Laurence Fishburne

Votes: 495

27. Dirty Pictures (2000 TV Movie)

R | 104 min | Drama

6.5
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A Cincinnati museum director goes on trial in 1990 for exhibiting sadomasochistic photographs taken by Robert Mapplethorpe.

Director: Frank Pierson | Stars: James Woods, Ann Marin, Craig T. Nelson, Diana Scarwid

Votes: 738

28. Deliberate Intent (2000 TV Movie)

PG-13 | 85 min | Thriller, Drama

5.9
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A First Amendment scholar is recruited by an attorney to sue a publishing company after a hit man commits a triple murder by allegedly following a how-to manual the book company published. ... See full summary »

Director: Andy Wolk | Stars: Timothy Hutton, Ron Rifkin, Clark Johnson, Penny Johnson Jerald

Votes: 304

29. Porn: Business of Pleasure (2009 TV Movie)

Unrated | 60 min | Documentary

6.1
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CNBC takes a behind the scenes look at the Porn Industry and examines challenges facing the industry including censorship and the competition from free online porn. It also looks at the ... See full summary »

Stars: Melissa Lee, Steve Hirsch, Sasha Grey, Steven Soderbergh

Votes: 22

30. The Revisionaries (2012)

Not Rated | 92 min | Documentary, History, News

7.0
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70 Metascore

The theory of evolution and a re-write of American history are caught in the crosshairs when an unabashed Creationist seeks re-election as chairman of America's most influential Board of Education.

Director: Scott Thurman | Stars: Don McLeroy, Kathy Miller, Jonathan Saenz, Stephanie Klenzendorf

Votes: 639 | Gross: $0.02M

31. Naked States (2000)

R | 80 min | Documentary

6.2
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Photographer Spencer Tunick travels the U.S. in search of volunteers to pose nude for his outlaw photo-shoots, all of them done out in public and often without legal permits. This ... See full summary »

Director: Arlene Nelson | Stars: Spencer Tunick, Trey Anastasio, Fraya Berg, Deborah Berman

Votes: 484

32. The Porn King Versus the President (2004 TV Movie)

60 min | Documentary

7.3
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In 2000 George Bush Jr was voted into the White House thanks in part to the massive voting power of the evangelical religious right. In order to repay them for their support, Bush appointed... See full summary »

Director: David Rhode | Stars: John Ashcroft, Robert Black, Lizzy Borden, Rob Boston

Votes: 12

33. Smash His Camera (2010)

PG-13 | 87 min | Documentary

6.9
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68 Metascore

A film centering on the life and work of Ron Galella that examines the nature and effect of paparazzi.

Director: Leon Gast | Stars: Floyd Abrams, Gilbert M. 'Broncho Billy' Anderson, Joseph Basile, Harry Benson

Votes: 753 | Gross: $0.00M

34. George Carlin: What Am I Doing in New Jersey? (1988 TV Special)

61 min | Documentary, Comedy

8.2
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George Carlin changes his act by bringing politics into the act, but also talks about the People he can do without, Keeping People Alert, and Cars and Driving part 2.

Directors: Bruce Gowers, Rocco Urbisci | Stars: George Carlin, Robert N. Altman, Lloyd Lindsay Young

Votes: 1,734

35. Fall from Grace (2007)

Not Rated | 71 min | Documentary

7.0
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The shocking story of Rev. Fred Phelps, the Westboro Baptist Church, those who oppose it, and those who chose to leave it all behind.

Director: K. Ryan Jones | Stars: Bill Bunten, Warren Carter, Kelly Franz, Jeff Gannon

Votes: 559

36. Playing Columbine (2008)

Not Rated | 94 min | Documentary

7.0
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Chronicles the history of the game "Super Columbine Massacre RPG!." The film traces back the 16-bit role-playing game to its inception, through the 2006 shooting at Dawson College in which ... See full summary »

Director: Danny Ledonne | Stars: Albert Art, Peter Baxter, Ian Bernard, Ian Bogost

Votes: 163

37. Larry Flynt: The Right to Be Left Alone (2007)

74 min | Documentary

7.5
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A documentary that celebrates and examines an unabashed vulgarian.

Director: Joan Brooker-Marks | Stars: Larry Flynt, Al van Schaik, Simon L. Leis Jr., Robert Scheer

Votes: 244

38. Shouting Fire: Stories from the Edge of Free Speech (2009)

Not Rated | 75 min | Documentary

7.5
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First Amendment attorney Martin Garbus talks about the history and current state of free speech in America.

Director: Liz Garbus | Stars: Martin Garbus, Liz Garbus, Ken Starr, Jack M. Sleeth

Votes: 217

39. War on Whistleblowers: Free Press and the National Security State (2013)

Not Rated | 67 min | Documentary

7.5
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War on Whistleblowers: Free Press and the National Security State highlights four cases where whistleblowers noticed government wrong-doing and took to the media to expose the fraud and abuse.

Director: Robert Greenwald | Stars: Daniel Ellsberg, Franz Gayl, Seymour Hersh, David Carr

Votes: 186

40. Porn King: The Trials of Al Goldstein (2005 Video)

80 min | Documentary

6.7
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Al Goldstein, the controversial adult magazine publisher, is up against the odds as he takes on the D.A., the press and an even larger nightmare: irrelevancy all in a little courthouse in ... See full summary »

Director: James Guardino | Stars: Jimmy Breslin, Larry Flynt, Al Goldstein, Ron Jeremy

Votes: 39

41. Banned in Oklahoma (2004 Video)

31 min | Documentary, Short

6.9
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A documentary that covers the 1997 Oklahoma confiscation of the film "The Tin Drum" due to a judicial ruling of child pornography, and the six years of legal wranglings that ensued.

Director: Gary D. Rhodes | Stars: Anita Hill, Gerry Spence

Votes: 44

42. Making Waves (II) (2004)

64 min | Documentary

7.7
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What do a public access TV personality, an electronics engineer, a Vietnam vet, a libertarian congressional candidate and a retired millionaire have in common? They're all operating ... See full summary »

Director: Michael Lahey | Stars: Shane Eden, David Forbes, Marshall Home, Aage Nost

Votes: 11

43. Leftist Fascism (2017 Video)

38 min | Short

3.3
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Dinesh D'Souza argues that fascism is a phenomenon of the left, not the right.

Stars: Dinesh D'Souza, Stefan Molyneux

Votes: 18

44. School, Inc.: A Personal Journey with Andrew Coulson - Episode 3: Forces and Choices (2017)

Documentary

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School Inc. is a global exploration of discovery by the late Andrew Coulson, senior fellow of education policy at Cato Institute's Center for Educational Freedom. He takes viewers on a ... See full summary »

Stars: Muhammad Anwar, Barbara Bergstrom, Pernilla Brorsson, Andrew Coulson

45. Church vs State (1998)

Documentary, Drama, Family

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Church vs State brings students to a time in America when church and state were often allied. Though many came to America for religious freedom, in some places there was little tolerance ... See full summary »

Director: William G. Wagner | Stars: Harvey L. Bakari, Willie Balderson, Bill Barker, Stan Beadle

46. The Lord Is Not on Trial Here Today (2010)

56 min | Documentary

7.5
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Add a Plot

Director: Jay Rosenstein | Stars: Ed Dessen, Bruce Dierenfield, Walter Feinberg, Dan McCollum

Votes: 24

47. PragerU Sues Youtube for Discriminatory Restricted Mode Usage (2017 Video)

10 min | Short, News

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Styx argues that the first and fourth amendments should be extended to protect the rights of those using YouTube, Facebook, Twitter, etc.

Star: Styxhexenhammer666

49. Mayor, Mimes, Members & Merchants (2006)

Not Rated | Documentary, Short

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The Honolulu city council tries to pass a law banning street performers in a four-block area of Waikiki. The mayor steps in to veto the bill, and all hell breaks lose. To add to the ... See full summary »

Director: Roger Wilko | Stars: Donovan Dela Cruz, Charles Djou, Mufi Hannemann, Margaret Jones

50. Wall of Separation (2007 TV Movie)

56 min | Documentary

5.9
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The history of the issue of the separation of church and state in America.

Director: Brian Godawa | Star: Liev Schreiber

Votes: 14



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