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1. Finding Nemo (2003)

G | 100 min | Animation, Adventure, Comedy

8.1
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90 Metascore

After his son is captured in the Great Barrier Reef and taken to Sydney, a timid clownfish sets out on a journey to bring him home.

Directors: Andrew Stanton, Lee Unkrich | Stars: Albert Brooks, Ellen DeGeneres, Alexander Gould, Willem Dafoe

Votes: 890,234 | Gross: $380.84M

2. The Reader (2008)

R | 124 min | Drama, Romance

7.6
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58 Metascore

Post-WWII Germany: Nearly a decade after his affair with an older woman came to a mysterious end, law student Michael Berg re-encounters his former lover as she defends herself in a war-crime trial.

Director: Stephen Daldry | Stars: Kate Winslet, Ralph Fiennes, Bruno Ganz, Jeanette Hain

Votes: 220,830 | Gross: $34.19M

3. Madagascar (2005)

PG | 86 min | Animation, Adventure, Comedy

6.9
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57 Metascore

A group of animals who have spent all their life in a New York zoo end up in the jungles of Madagascar, and must adjust to living in the wild.

Directors: Eric Darnell, Tom McGrath | Stars: Chris Rock, Ben Stiller, David Schwimmer, Jada Pinkett Smith

Votes: 341,617 | Gross: $193.60M

4. Zardoz (1974)

R | 105 min | Adventure, Fantasy, Sci-Fi

5.9
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46 Metascore

In the distant future, a savage trained only to kill finds a way into the community of bored immortals that alone preserves humanity's achievements.

Director: John Boorman | Stars: Sean Connery, Charlotte Rampling, Sara Kestelman, John Alderton

Votes: 18,079

5. The Limehouse Golem (2016)

Not Rated | 109 min | Crime, Mystery, Thriller

6.3
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63 Metascore

In Victorian London, a Scotland Yard inspector hunts down the sadistic killer behind a series of gory, Jack the Ripper-Like murders.

Director: Juan Carlos Medina | Stars: Douglas Booth, Olivia Cooke, Sam Reid, María Valverde

Votes: 15,564

6. Far and Away (1992)

PG-13 | 140 min | Adventure, Drama, Romance

6.6
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49 Metascore

A young Irish couple flee to the States, but subsequently struggle to obtain land and prosper freely.

Director: Ron Howard | Stars: Tom Cruise, Nicole Kidman, Thomas Gibson, Robert Prosky

Votes: 55,825 | Gross: $58.88M

7. Maid in Manhattan (2002)

PG-13 | 105 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

5.2
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45 Metascore

A Senatorial candidate falls for a hotel maid, thinking she is a socialite, when he sees her trying on a wealthy woman's dress.

Director: Wayne Wang | Stars: Jennifer Lopez, Ralph Fiennes, Natasha Richardson, Stanley Tucci

Votes: 80,254 | Gross: $94.01M

8. The Electric Company (1971–1977)

TV-G | 28 min | Family, Comedy

8.1
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A comedy variety show that teaches basic phonetic and grammar concepts using live-action sketches, cartoons, songs, and Spider-Man episodes.

Stars: Jim Boyd, Morgan Freeman, Judy Graubart, Skip Hinnant

Votes: 1,648

9. The Hunting Party (1971)

R | 111 min | Action, Drama, Western

6.3
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A ruthless rancher, and his gang, use extremely long range rifles to kill the men who kidnapped his infidel wife.

Director: Don Medford | Stars: Oliver Reed, Candice Bergen, Gene Hackman, Simon Oakland

Votes: 2,323

10. The Boy and the Beast (2015)

PG-13 | 119 min | Animation, Action, Adventure

7.7
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65 Metascore

When a young orphaned boy living on the streets of Shibuya stumbles upon a fantastic world of beasts, he's taken in by a gruff warrior beast looking for an apprentice.

Director: Mamoru Hosoda | Stars: Kôji Yakusho, Bryn Apprill, Kumiko Asô, Morgan Berry

Votes: 17,629 | Gross: $0.45M

11. The Mighty (1998)

PG-13 | 100 min | Comedy, Drama

7.3
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Two young boys, both social outcasts in their small town, form an unlikely friendship.

Director: Peter Chelsom | Stars: Kieran Culkin, Elden Henson, Sharon Stone, Harry Dean Stanton

Votes: 11,858 | Gross: $2.64M

12. Religulous (2008)

R | 101 min | Documentary, Comedy, War

7.6
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56 Metascore

Bill Maher's take on the current state of world religion.

Director: Larry Charles | Stars: Bill Maher, Tal Bachman, Jonathan Boulden, Steven Burg

Votes: 56,404 | Gross: $13.00M

13. Blood and Sand (1941)

Approved | 125 min | Drama, Sport

6.9
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Illiterate peasant Juan Gallardo rises meteorically to fame and fortune in the bullfight arena only to sow the seeds of his own fall.

Director: Rouben Mamoulian | Stars: Tyrone Power, Linda Darnell, Rita Hayworth, Alla Nazimova

Votes: 2,152

14. Dragon Seed (1944)

Passed | 148 min | Drama, History, War

6.1
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The lives of a small Chinese village are turned Upside down when the Japanese invade it. And heroic young Chinese woman leads her fellow villagers in an uprising against Japanese Invaders.

Directors: Harold S. Bucquet, Jack Conway | Stars: Katharine Hepburn, Walter Huston, Aline MacMahon, Akim Tamiroff

Votes: 1,020

15. Heidi: A Girl of the Alps (1974)

28 min | Animation, Adventure, Drama

7.5
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This animation series follows the childhood "adventures" of a girl named Heidi, who lives with her grandfather somewhere on the Alps.

Stars: Randi Kiger, Vic Perrin, Kazuko Sugiyama, Kôhei Miyauchi

Votes: 4,068

16. The First Grader (2010)

PG-13 | 103 min | Biography, Drama, Romance

7.5
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56 Metascore

The story of an 84 year-old Kenyan villager and ex Mau Mau veteran who fights for his right to go to school for the first time to get the education he could never afford.

Director: Justin Chadwick | Stars: Naomie Harris, Oliver Litondo, Tony Kgoroge, Alfred Munyua

Votes: 4,138 | Gross: $0.33M

17. Pinky (1949)

Approved | 102 min | Drama

7.2
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A light-skinned black woman falls in love with a white doctor, though he is unaware of her true race.

Directors: Elia Kazan, John Ford | Stars: Jeanne Crain, Ethel Barrymore, Ethel Waters, William Lundigan

Votes: 2,463 | Gross: $4.20M

18. Tree with Deep Roots (2011)

Not Rated | Drama, History

8.2
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A series of murder occurred during the reign of King Sejong. As Kang Chae Yoon who is investigating these cases gets closer to the root of the truth, he finds himself embroiled in a massive... See full summary »

Stars: Suk-hwan Ahn, Jin-woong Cho, Hie-bong Jo, Gi-Bang Kim

Votes: 305

19. The Sower (2017)

98 min | Drama, Romance

6.4
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76 Metascore

Violette is old enough to get married when her village in the Lower Alps is cruelly deprived of all its men by the repression that followed the republican uprising of December 1851. For the... See full summary »

Director: Marine Francen | Stars: Pauline Burlet, Géraldine Pailhas, Alban Lenoir, Iliana Zabeth

Votes: 375 | Gross: $0.04M

20. The Source (2011)

135 min | Comedy, Drama

7.3
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A comedy/drama set in a village and centered on a battle of the sexes, where women threaten to withhold sexual favors if their men refuse to fetch water from a remote well.

Director: Radu Mihaileanu | Stars: Leïla Bekhti, Hafsia Herzi, Hiam Abbass, Saleh Bakri

Votes: 3,562

21. The Inspector General (1949)

Approved | 102 min | Comedy, Musical, Romance

6.8
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A town's corrupt officials think a fool is actually an investigator in disguise.

Director: Henry Koster | Stars: Danny Kaye, Walter Slezak, Barbara Bates, Elsa Lanchester

Votes: 2,844

22. The Italian (2005)

PG-13 | 90 min | Drama

7.5
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74 Metascore

Set in 2002, an abandoned 5-year-old boy living in a rundown orphanage in a small Russian village is adopted by an Italian family.

Director: Andrey Kravchuk | Stars: Nikolay Spiridonov, Mariya Kuznetsova, Nikolay Reutov, Yuriy Itskov

Votes: 2,993 | Gross: $0.55M

23. The Black Velvet Gown (1991 TV Movie)

103 min | Drama

7.0
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In the 1830's in northern England, Riah Millican, a widow with three children, takes a job as housekeeper to a reclusive former teacher, Percival Miller. Miller makes Riah the gift of a ... See full summary »

Director: Norman Stone | Stars: Bob Peck, Janet McTeer, Geraldine Somerville, Brendan P. Healy

Votes: 391

24. The Emigrant (1994)

129 min | Drama

6.7
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The biblical tale of Joseph is told from an Egyptian perspective in this interesting character study. In this film, Joseph is called Ram. Ram, tired of his family's backward superstitious ... See full summary »

Director: Youssef Chahine | Stars: Youssra, Khaled Nabawy, Mahmood Hemaidah, Michel Piccoli

Votes: 745

25. Rudolf the Black Cat (2016)

89 min | Animation, Adventure, Comedy

6.6
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A stranded little cat tries to find a way to back home.

Directors: Motonori Sakakibara, Kunihiko Yuyama | Stars: Mao Inoue, Ryôhei Suzuki, Akio Ôtsuka, Arata Furuta

Votes: 456

26. Tennessee Johnson (1942)

Passed | 103 min | Biography, Drama

6.7
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A chronicle of the life of Andrew Johnson from his first arrival in Tennessee to his time as President of the United States.

Director: William Dieterle | Stars: Van Heflin, Lionel Barrymore, Ruth Hussey, Marjorie Main

Votes: 465

27. The Pride of Jesse Hallam (1981 TV Movie)

97 min | Drama

6.5
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Jesse Hallam, an illiterate coal miner from Kentucky, moves to Cincinnati so that his daughter may receive spinal surgery. Determined to support his family in the city, he decides he must ... See full summary »

Director: Gary Nelson | Stars: Johnny Cash, Brenda Vaccaro, Ben Marley, Eli Wallach

Votes: 277

28. Texas Lady (1955)

Approved | 86 min | Western

5.5
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A strong-headed woman from the East inherits a newspaper in a small Texas town where the local cattle barons, who control the region, want her out of their hair.

Director: Tim Whelan | Stars: Claudette Colbert, Barry Sullivan, Ray Collins, James Bell

Votes: 221

29. Manoro (2006)

75 min | Documentary, Drama

6.6
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The plot of the film surrounds Jonalyn and her father's journey to look for Apong Bisen- her grandfather who went hunting in the forest and had not returned to cast his vote for the ... See full summary »

Director: Brillante Mendoza | Stars: Jonalyn Ablong, Edgar Ablong, Carol Ablong, Carlito Ablong

Votes: 26

30. Palunku (2006)

Drama

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Monichan and Susamma migrate into town area with their children for the better education of their daughters

Director: Blessy | Stars: Mammootty, Lakshmi Sharma, Nazriya Nazim, Nivedita

Votes: 238

31. The Ad and the Ego (1997)

57 min | Documentary

7.6
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Intercutting thousands of contemporary and classic television commercials with insights by Stuart Ewen, Jean Kilbourne, Sut JhalIy and others, this film scrutinizes late 20th century ... See full summary »

Director: Harold Boihem

Votes: 41

32. The Delivery (I) (2008)

30 min | Short, Fantasy

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A reluctant-reader teen's quest for a solution to an due-yesterday English Lit assignment leads her discovering the value of the audio book. She encounters temperament, talent and a glimpse... See full summary »

Director: Gabrielle DeCuir | Stars: J. Paul Boehmer, Scott Brick, Emily Janice Card, Orson Scott Card

33. In the Navel of the Sea (1998)

116 min | Drama, Romance

6.8
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Pepito, growing up in a remote fishing village in the Philippines is destined to become the successor of his mother: the only midwife in the whole district, a job given from generation to ... See full summary »

Director: Marilou Diaz-Abaya | Stars: Jomari Yllana, Elizabeth Oropesa, Chin Chin Gutierrez, Pen Medina

Votes: 42

34. Dear America: A Picture of Freedom (1999 TV Short)

TV-Y7 | 30 min | Short, Drama, Family

7.0
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Living on a Southern plantation before the Civil War, a young slave girl secretly learns how to read and write, and determines to teach others.

Director: Helaine Head | Stars: Shadia Simmons, Alison Sealy-Smith, Erica Luttrell, Jason Burke

Votes: 51

35. Out of Print (2013)

Not Rated | 55 min | Documentary, Family, History

7.6
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Out of Print draws us into the topsy-turvy world of the written word, illuminating the turbulent, exciting journey from the book through the digital revolution. Writers, publishers, readers... See full summary »

Director: Vivienne Roumani

Votes: 59

36. Nous, princesses de Clèves (2011)

69 min | Documentary

7.0
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Has 1558 anything in common with 2009 ? Have nobles of King Henri III's court anything to do with today's young people from poor neighborhoods, most of whom immigrants'children ? Is there ... See full summary »

Director: Régis Sauder | Stars: Abou Achoumi, Laura Badrane, Morgane Badrane, Manel Boulaabi

Votes: 24

37. The Afghan Alphabet (2002)

45 min | Documentary

7.1
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Documentary showing the life of children of the Afghan villages bordering Iran, and how their life and culture were affected by Taliban regime.

Director: Mohsen Makhmalbaf | Stars: Ghafour Barahouyi, Maryam Ozbak, Mohsen Makhmalbaf

Votes: 206

38. Green Screen Adventures (2007– )

TV-Y7 | 30 min | Family

6.6
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Actors in front of a green screen act out stories written by children.

Stars: Jessica Honor Carleton, Kierra Bunch, Brendan Buckley, Ariel Coleman-Turner

Votes: 18

39. Tina in Mexico (2002)

77 min | Documentary, History, War

7.8
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Using reenactments, newsreel footage, and photographs, Longfellow tells the story of Tina Modotti (1896-1942), from 1920 when she's living in LA with artist Robo Richey to the assassination... See full summary »

Director: Brenda Longfellow | Stars: Allegra Fulton, Karl Pruner, Arturo Fresolone, Tanja Jacobs

Votes: 18

40. A Tale of Two Schools (2003 TV Movie)

60 min | Documentary

6.5
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A look at the efforts to teach reading to elementary school students in Mississippi and Texas.

Director: Christian Lindstrom | Stars: Jim Barksdale, Reggie Barnes, Leonard Brasfield, Morgan Freeman

Votes: 8

41. Butterfly Dreams (2013)

23 min | Short, Drama, Family

7.8
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A nine-year-old girl in rural India, exploited by child labor, must find a way to pursue her dream - how to read and write. She has one last chance when an educated man comes to town.

Director: Venkat Krishnan | Stars: Basheera Banu, Ganapathy Murugesan, P.T. Arasu Kalathilvenrar, Sowmya

Votes: 41

42. Emily (VI) (2016)

14 min | Short, Drama

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When the recently widowed Gwen discovers that there was another woman in her husbands life, she sets out to find the truth about the mysterious Emily.

Director: Eddie Diamandi | Stars: Francesca Waters, Diana Glenn, Alison Whyte, Philip Cristian Claassen

43. The Book Lady (2009)

Documentary

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Director: Natasha Ryan | Stars: Kurt Browning, Miley Cyrus, Sarah Harmer, Natalie McMaster

Votes: 12

44. A Passage from Burnt Islands (1992)

48 min | Documentary

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Director: Alan Handel | Stars: Raymond Bown, Gordon Pinsent

45. Architects of Thought (2008)

54 min | Documentary

8.7
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The cosmos, human beings and the city. The quest for a conversation with the universe from the myths of creation, to philosophy, to the actual narratives.

Director: Marta Biavaschi | Stars: Charles Melman, Henri-Pierre Jeudy, Jean-Pierre Lebrun, Marcelo Gleiser

Votes: 13

46. Sharbat (2014)

23 min | Short, Drama, Family

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A young Indian girl, with an insatiable thirst for knowledge in a stifling patriarchal society, is forced to take a decision that will change her life forever when she realizes what her father has planned for her future.

Director: Jayesh Hariharan | Stars: Seema Adhikari, Seema Alimchand, Dharamvir Dhingra, Usha Hariharan

47. Stolen History (2017 Video)

69 min | News

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Stefan Molyneux talks to Dr. Tom Woods, senior fellow at the Mises Institute, about the worst arguments in favor of socialism and against capitalism.

Stars: Tom Woods, Stefan Molyneux

48. Reading Growth: Basic Skills (1968)

14 min | Documentary, Short

3.4
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Votes: 10

49. Feast of Titans (2008)

8 min | Documentary, Short, History

8.3
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Fernando Arrabal speaks about mythology, politics and art, searching for the ways of the modern man through the theater and scientific development.

Director: Fernando Belens | Stars: Fernando Arrabal, Rai Alves, Eliene Benício, Juliana Ferrari

Votes: 10

50. Adult Literacy (1977)

13 min | Documentary, Short

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Director: John Dick



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