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1. Honey Boy (2019)

R | 94 min | Drama

7.4
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73 Metascore

A young actor's stormy childhood and early adult years as he struggles to reconcile with his father and deal with his mental health.

Director: Alma Har'el | Stars: Shia LaBeouf, Lucas Hedges, Noah Jupe, Byron Bowers

Votes: 5,410

2. Girl, Interrupted (1999)

R | 127 min | Biography, Drama

7.3
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51 Metascore

Based on writer Susanna Kaysen's account of her 18-month stay at a mental hospital in the late 1960s.

Director: James Mangold | Stars: Winona Ryder, Angelina Jolie, Clea DuVall, Brittany Murphy

Votes: 153,397 | Gross: $28.87M

3. Roma (2018)

R | 135 min | Drama

7.7
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96 Metascore

A year in the life of a middle-class family's maid in Mexico City in the early 1970s.

Director: Alfonso Cuarón | Stars: Yalitza Aparicio, Marina de Tavira, Diego Cortina Autrey, Carlos Peralta

Votes: 121,873

4. Blinded by the Light (2019)

PG-13 | 118 min | Comedy, Drama, Music

6.9
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71 Metascore

In England in 1987, a teenager from an Asian family learns to live his life, understand his family and find his own voice through the music of American rock star Bruce Springsteen.

Director: Gurinder Chadha | Stars: Billy Barratt, Ronak Singh Chadha Berges, Viveik Kalra, Lee Barnett

Votes: 11,829 | Gross: $11.90M

5. A River Runs Through It (1992)

PG | 123 min | Drama

7.2
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68 Metascore

The story about two sons of a stern minister -- one reserved, one rebellious -- growing up in rural Montana while devoted to fly fishing.

Director: Robert Redford | Stars: Craig Sheffer, Brad Pitt, Tom Skerritt, Brenda Blethyn

Votes: 50,634 | Gross: $43.44M

6. The Basketball Diaries (1995)

R | 102 min | Biography, Crime, Drama

7.3
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46 Metascore

A teenager finds his dreams of becoming a basketball star threatened after he free falls into the harrowing world of drug addiction.

Director: Scott Kalvert | Stars: Leonardo DiCaprio, Lorraine Bracco, Marilyn Sokol, James Madio

Votes: 96,984 | Gross: $2.42M

7. The Tale (2018)

TV-MA | 114 min | Drama, Mystery, Thriller

7.3
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90 Metascore

A woman filming a documentary on childhood rape victims starts to question the nature of her childhood relationship with her riding instructor and running coach.

Director: Jennifer Fox | Stars: Laura Dern, Jason Ritter, Common, Elizabeth Debicki

Votes: 12,758

8. Beginners (2010)

R | 105 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

7.2
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81 Metascore

A young man is rocked by two announcements from his elderly father: that he has terminal cancer and that he has a young male lover.

Director: Mike Mills | Stars: Ewan McGregor, Christopher Plummer, Mélanie Laurent, Goran Visnjic

Votes: 85,182 | Gross: $5.79M

9. Garden State (2004)

R | 102 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

7.4
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67 Metascore

A quietly troubled young man returns home for his mother's funeral after being estranged from his family for a decade.

Director: Zach Braff | Stars: Zach Braff, Peter Sarsgaard, Natalie Portman, Ian Holm

Votes: 203,113 | Gross: $26.78M

10. Private Parts (1997)

R | 109 min | Biography, Comedy, Drama

6.9
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67 Metascore

The autobiographical story of Howard Stern, the radio rebel who is now also a TV personality, an author and a movie star.

Director: Betty Thomas | Stars: Howard Stern, Mary McCormack, Robin Quivers, Fred Norris

Votes: 32,751 | Gross: $41.20M

11. The Heart Is Deceitful Above All Things (2004)

R | 97 min | Drama

6.5
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27 Metascore

Seven-year-old Jeremiah is pulled from his foster home and thrown into a troubled life on the road with his teenage mother, Sarah.

Director: Asia Argento | Stars: Asia Argento, Dylan Sprouse, Cole Sprouse, Jimmy Bennett

Votes: 6,175 | Gross: $0.03M

12. Withnail & I (1987)

R | 107 min | Comedy, Drama

7.7
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84 Metascore

In 1969, two substance-abusing, unemployed actors retreat to the countryside for a holiday that proves disastrous.

Director: Bruce Robinson | Stars: Richard E. Grant, Paul McGann, Richard Griffiths, Ralph Brown

Votes: 37,796 | Gross: $1.54M

13. Persepolis (2007)

PG-13 | 96 min | Animation, Biography, Drama

8.0
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90 Metascore

A precocious and outspoken Iranian girl grows up during the Islamic Revolution.

Directors: Vincent Paronnaud, Marjane Satrapi | Stars: Chiara Mastroianni, Catherine Deneuve, Gena Rowlands, Danielle Darrieux

Votes: 84,317 | Gross: $4.45M

14. The Beatles Anthology (1995–1996)

600 min | Documentary, Music

9.2
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An autobiographical documentary of the greatest of the rock bands.

Stars: Paul McCartney, George Harrison, Ringo Starr, George Martin

Votes: 6,312

15. Antwone Fisher (2002)

PG-13 | 120 min | Biography, Drama

7.3
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62 Metascore

Antwone Fisher, a young navy man, is forced to see a psychiatrist after a violent outburst against a fellow crewman. During the course of treatment a painful past is revealed and a new hope begins.

Director: Denzel Washington | Stars: Denzel Washington, Derek Luke, Joy Bryant, Malcolm David Kelley

Votes: 31,387 | Gross: $21.08M

16. The Sheltering Sky (1990)

R | 138 min | Adventure, Drama

6.8
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An American couple travel abroad to revitalize their relationship. But as the trip drags on, their attempt at recovering what they once had seems futile.

Director: Bernardo Bertolucci | Stars: Debra Winger, John Malkovich, Campbell Scott, Jill Bennett

Votes: 10,806 | Gross: $2.08M

17. Intervista (1987)

105 min | Comedy, Drama, Fantasy

7.0
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Federico Fellini accept the request of a television crew to be interviewed about his carreer, narrating memories, dreams, realities and fantasies.

Director: Federico Fellini | Stars: Sergio Rubini, Antonella Ponziani, Maurizio Mein, Paola Liguori

Votes: 2,181 | Gross: $0.11M

18. The Class (2008)

PG-13 | 128 min | Drama

7.5
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92 Metascore

Teacher and novelist François Bégaudeau plays a version of himself as he negotiates a year with his racially mixed students from a tough Parisian neighborhood.

Director: Laurent Cantet | Stars: François Bégaudeau, Agame Malembo-Emene, Angélica Sancio, Arthur Fogel

Votes: 32,843 | Gross: $3.77M

19. To Hell and Back (1955)

Approved | 106 min | Action, Biography, Drama

7.2
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The true WWII story of Audie Murphy, the most decorated soldier in U.S. history. Based on the autobiography of Audie Murphy who stars as himself in the film.

Director: Jesse Hibbs | Stars: Audie Murphy, Marshall Thompson, Charles Drake, Jack Kelly

Votes: 4,640

20. Rocko's Modern Life: Static Cling (2019 TV Movie)

TV-Y7 | 45 min | Animation, Action, Adventure

7.0
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After being in space for 20 years, Rocko and his friends attempt to adjust to an even more modern life in the 21st century. However, when he learns that his favorite 90s cartoon isn't on the air anymore, Rocko tries locating its creator.

Directors: Joe Murray, Cosmo Segurson | Stars: Carlos Alazraqui, Tom Kenny, Charlie Adler, Mr. Lawrence

Votes: 2,928

21. For a Lost Soldier (1992)

Unrated | 92 min | Drama, Romance, War

7.6
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Set in The Netherlands at the end of WW II, this touching story, told in flashbacks, explores the complex and romantic relationship between an adult soldier and a displaced, lonely adolescent boy.

Director: Roeland Kerbosch | Stars: Maarten Smit, Andrew Kelley, Jeroen Krabbé, Freark Smink

Votes: 4,118 | Gross: $0.39M

22. Somebody Up There Likes Me (1956)

Passed | 113 min | Biography, Drama, Sport

7.5
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Boxer Rocky Graziano's biopic, based on his autobiography, from childhood to his World Middleweight Championship title win at age 28 in 1947.

Director: Robert Wise | Stars: Paul Newman, Pier Angeli, Everett Sloane, Eileen Heckart

Votes: 6,942

23. Fucking Berlin (2016)

94 min | Drama, Romance

5.3
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A beautiful girl, bored and hungry for life, takes advantage of her new-found freedom away from her parents to explore what lies beneath the surface of Berlin.

Director: Florian Gottschick | Stars: Svenja Jung, Mateusz Dopieralski, Christoph Letkowski, Charley Ann Schmutzler

Votes: 1,578

24. A Tree Grows in Brooklyn (1945)

PG | 129 min | Drama, Romance

8.0
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Encouraged by her idealistic if luckless father, a bright and imaginative young woman comes of age in a Brooklyn tenement during the early 1900s.

Director: Elia Kazan | Stars: Dorothy McGuire, Joan Blondell, James Dunn, Lloyd Nolan

Votes: 6,702

25. The Snows of Kilimanjaro (1952)

Approved | 114 min | Adventure, Drama, Romance

6.2
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Writer Harry Street reflects on his life as he lies dying from an infection while on safari in the shadow of Mount Kilamanjaro.

Directors: Henry King, Roy Ward Baker | Stars: Gregory Peck, Susan Hayward, Ava Gardner, Hildegard Knef

Votes: 4,400 | Gross: $18.05M

26. Desert Flower (2009)

R | 120 min | Biography, Drama

7.4
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54 Metascore

Waris Dirie, born 1965 in Somalia, flees at 13 when sold as 4th wife. She's maid at the Somalian embassy in London, then McDonald's, where she's discovered and becomes int'l top model. 1997, she speaks up against female genital mutilation.

Director: Sherry Hormann | Stars: Soraya Omar-Scego, Idriss Abdillahi Houfaneh, Awa Saïd Darar, Roun Daher Aïnan

Votes: 11,656 | Gross: $0.04M

27. My One and Only (2009)

PG-13 | 108 min | Adventure, Biography, Comedy

6.5
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62 Metascore

After leaving her philandering husband, an elegant socialite takes her two sons on a road trip across America in search of a better life.

Director: Richard Loncraine | Stars: Renée Zellweger, Logan Lerman, Mark Rendall, Kevin Bacon

Votes: 8,242 | Gross: $2.48M

28. Au nom de la terre (2019)

103 min | Drama

6.8
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Pierre is 25 when he returns from Wyoming to find Claire his fiancée and take over the family farm. Twenty years later, the farm expanded, so did the family. It's the time of happy days, at... See full summary »

Director: Edouard Bergeon | Stars: Guillaume Canet, Veerle Baetens, Anthony Bajon, Rufus

Votes: 200

29. Little Tickles (2018)

103 min | Drama

7.2
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Odette is a 8-yr-old girl who loves to dance and draw. Why should she distrust a friend of her parents' who offers to "tickle" her ? Once she has become an adult, Odette realizes she was ... See full summary »

Directors: Andréa Bescond, Eric Métayer | Stars: Andréa Bescond, Karin Viard, Clovis Cornillac, Pierre Deladonchamps

Votes: 668

30. 1,000 Times Good Night (2013)

Not Rated | 117 min | Drama, War

7.1
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57 Metascore

Rebecca is one of the world's top war photographers. She must weather a major emotional storm when her husband refuses to put up with her dangerous life any longer. He and their young ... See full summary »

Director: Erik Poppe | Stars: Juliette Binoche, Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, Lauryn Canny, Adrianna Cramer Curtis

Votes: 7,091 | Gross: $0.05M

31. All Creatures Great and Small (1975 TV Movie)

92 min | Biography, Drama

6.4
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The story of a young veterinarian's apprenticeship to a somewhat eccentric older vet in the English countryside, and the young man's hesitating courtship of the daughter of a local farmer.

Director: Claude Whatham | Stars: Brenda Bruce, Christine Buckley, John Collin, Jane Collins

Votes: 705

32. Flashback (1990)

R | 108 min | Action, Adventure, Comedy

6.3
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In 1989, clean-cut FBI man John Buckner is detailed to escort heavily-bearded Huey Walker back to jail for offenses dating back to his days as a celebrated hippie radical. After Walker ... See full summary »

Director: Franco Amurri | Stars: Dennis Hopper, Kiefer Sutherland, Carol Kane, Paul Dooley

Votes: 4,714 | Gross: $6.49M

33. The Devil's Playground (1976)

107 min | Drama

6.8
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Fred Schepisi's film, 'The Devil's Playground' is an intimate portrait of Tom, a thirteen-year-old struggling in spirit and body with the constraints of living in a Catholic seminary. It is... See full summary »

Director: Fred Schepisi | Stars: Charles McCallum, John Frawley, Arthur Dignam, Nick Tate

Votes: 906

34. Blue (1993)

79 min | Biography, Drama

7.3
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Against a plain, unchanging blue screen, a densely interwoven soundtrack of voices, sound effects and music attempt to convey a portrait of Derek Jarman's experiences with AIDS, both ... See full summary »

Director: Derek Jarman | Stars: Derek Jarman, Tilda Swinton, John Quentin, Nigel Terry

Votes: 1,824 | Gross: $1.72M

35. MDMA (2017)

Not Rated | 98 min | Crime, Drama

5.4
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60 Metascore

In 1984, the most powerful drug dealer on the west coast was a 19 year old coed. Based on actual events.

Director: Angie Wang | Stars: Francesca Eastwood, Elisa Donovan, Noah Segan, Henry Zaga

Votes: 522

36. I Dreamed of Africa (2000)

PG-13 | 114 min | Adventure, Biography, Drama

5.6
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33 Metascore

Kuki, a divorced Italian socialite, changes her life after a serious car crash. She accepts a marriage proposal from Paolo Gallmann, a man she doesn't know well, and she moves to Kenya with... See full summary »

Director: Hugh Hudson | Stars: Kim Basinger, Vincent Perez, Liam Aiken, Garrett Strommen

Votes: 4,219 | Gross: $6.54M

37. Jo Jo Dancer, Your Life Is Calling (1986)

R | 97 min | Biography, Comedy, Drama

6.4
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After severely burning himself in a drug incident, a comedian has a near death experience in which he reviews his life.

Director: Richard Pryor | Stars: Richard Pryor, Debbie Allen, Art Evans, Fay Hauser

Votes: 1,448 | Gross: $18.03M

38. The Long Day Closes (1992)

PG | 85 min | Biography, Drama

7.4
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85 Metascore

A young British boy comes of age among his loving family and the austere Catholic Church as he realizes his love of cinema and his homosexuality.

Director: Terence Davies | Stars: Leigh McCormack, Marjorie Yates, Anthony Watson, Nicholas Lamont

Votes: 2,551 | Gross: $0.16M

39. Katie Tippel (1975)

R | 100 min | Drama

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The young girl Keetje moves to Amsterdam in 1881 with her impoverished family, and is led into prostitution in order to survive. In the process she sees the corrupting influence of money.

Director: Paul Verhoeven | Stars: Monique van de Ven, Rutger Hauer, Andrea Domburg, Hannah de Leeuwe

Votes: 2,170

40. Machuca (2004)

Not Rated | 121 min | Biography, Drama, History

7.7
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76 Metascore

Two boys observe a political coup in their native Chile.

Director: Andrés Wood | Stars: Matías Quer, Ariel Mateluna, Manuela Martelli, Aline Küppenheim

Votes: 10,484

41. The Kid Stays in the Picture (2002)

R | 93 min | Documentary, Biography

7.3
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75 Metascore

Documentary about legendary Paramount producer Robert Evans (the film shares the same name as Evans's famous 1994 autobiography).

Directors: Nanette Burstein, Brett Morgen | Stars: Robert Evans, Eddie Albert, Peter Bart, Charlie Bluhdorn

Votes: 6,722 | Gross: $1.43M

42. Can Heironymus Merkin Ever Forget Mercy Humppe and Find True Happiness? (1969)

X | 107 min | Comedy, Musical

5.2
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Heironymus Merkin (Anthony Newley) screens an autobiographical movie of his life, growth, and moral decay.

Directors: Anthony Newley, Richard Williams | Stars: Anthony Newley, Joan Collins, Alexander Newley, Tara Newley Arkle

Votes: 330

43. My Life So Far (1999)

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

6.4
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Memoir of the lives of a family growing up on a post World War I British estate headed up by a strong disciplinarian, her daughter, her inventor husband, their ten year old son and his ... See full summary »

Director: Hugh Hudson | Stars: Colin Firth, Rosemary Harris, Irène Jacob, Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio

Votes: 2,721 | Gross: $0.62M

44. Lackawanna Blues (2005 TV Movie)

PG-13 | 95 min | Drama, Music

7.9
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In a story fueled by rhythm and blues, a young boy's life is shaped by love and the stories of a cast of characters in the boarding house where he lives in 1960s Lackawanna, New York.

Director: George C. Wolfe | Stars: S. Epatha Merkerson, Marcus Carl Franklin, Yasiin Bey, Carmen Ejogo

Votes: 2,174

45. The Boy with the Topknot (2017 TV Movie)

Not Rated | 90 min | Drama

6.5
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One-off drama based on the critically acclaimed memoirs of British journalist Sathnam Sanghera. A touching, humorous and emotional rites-of-passage story.

Director: Lynsey Miller | Stars: Sacha Dhawan, Deepti Naval, Anupam Kher, Joanna Vanderham

Votes: 452

46. Chapter Two (1979)

PG | 124 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

6.0
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George Schneider is an author whose wife had just died. His brother Leo gives him the number of Jennie Malone, and somehow they hit it off, and just when things are moving along, the memory... See full summary »

Director: Robert Moore | Stars: James Caan, Marsha Mason, Joseph Bologna, Valerie Harper

Votes: 934

47. When Did You Last See Your Father? (2007)

PG-13 | 92 min | Biography, Drama

6.8
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The story of a son's conflicting memories of his dying father.

Director: Anand Tucker | Stars: Jim Broadbent, Colin Firth, Juliet Stevenson, Bradley Johnson

Votes: 3,940 | Gross: $1.07M

48. The Beaches of Agnès (2008)

Not Rated | 110 min | Documentary, Biography

8.0
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86 Metascore

Agnès Varda explores her memories, mostly chronologically, with photographs, film clips, interviews, reenactments, and droll, playful contemporary scenes of her narrating her story.

Director: Agnès Varda | Stars: Agnès Varda, André Lubrano, Blaise Fournier, Vincent Fournier

Votes: 2,932 | Gross: $0.24M

49. Love, Nina (2016– )

28 min | Comedy, Drama

7.1
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A glimpse of 80s literary London based on Nina Stibbe's letters to her sister.

Stars: Faye Marsay, Ethan Rouse, Harry Webster, Helena Bonham Carter

Votes: 842

50. Taxi zum Klo (1980)

Not Rated | 98 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

6.4
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Frank Ripploh is a bit of a rascal: he's a bearded and shaggy-haired teacher, and he's gay with a very active sex life and an interest in making films. He keeps his personal life and ... See full summary »

Director: Frank Ripploh | Stars: Frank Ripploh, Bernd Broaderup, Orpha Termin, Peter Fahrni

Votes: 1,392



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