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1. Sleepers (1996)

R | 147 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

7.6
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49 Metascore

After a prank goes disastrously wrong, a group of boys are sent to a detention center where they are brutalized. Thirteen years later, an unexpected random encounter with a former guard gives them a chance for revenge.

Director: Barry Levinson | Stars: Robert De Niro, Kevin Bacon, Brad Pitt, Jason Patric

Votes: 179,374 | Gross: $49.10M

2. The Accountant (2016)

R | 128 min | Action, Crime, Drama

7.3
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51 Metascore

As a math savant uncooks the books for a new client, the Treasury Department closes in on his activities, and the body count starts to rise.

Director: Gavin O'Connor | Stars: Ben Affleck, Anna Kendrick, J.K. Simmons, Jon Bernthal

Votes: 243,554 | Gross: $86.26M

3. Red Dragon (2002)

R | 124 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

7.2
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60 Metascore

A retired FBI agent with psychological gifts is assigned to help track down "The Tooth Fairy", a mysterious serial killer. Aiding him is imprisoned forensic psychiatrist Dr. Hannibal "The Cannibal" Lecter.

Director: Brett Ratner | Stars: Anthony Hopkins, Edward Norton, Ralph Fiennes, Harvey Keitel

Votes: 237,361 | Gross: $93.15M

4. Freddy vs. Jason (2003)

R | 97 min | Action, Horror

5.7
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37 Metascore

Freddy Krueger and Jason Voorhees return to terrorize the teenage population. Except this time, they're out to get each other, too.

Director: Ronny Yu | Stars: Robert Englund, Ken Kirzinger, Kelly Rowland, Monica Keena

Votes: 106,310 | Gross: $82.62M

5. A Nightmare on Elm Street (2010)

R | 95 min | Crime, Drama, Horror

5.2
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35 Metascore

The spectre of a disfigured man haunts the children of the parents who murdered him, stalking and killing them in their dreams.

Director: Samuel Bayer | Stars: Jackie Earle Haley, Rooney Mara, Kyle Gallner, Katie Cassidy

Votes: 87,960 | Gross: $63.08M

6. Halloween (2007)

R | 109 min | Horror

6.1
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47 Metascore

After being committed for 17 years, Michael Myers, now a grown man and still very dangerous, escapes from the mental institution and immediately returns to Haddonfield to find his baby sister, Laurie.

Director: Rob Zombie | Stars: Scout Taylor-Compton, Malcolm McDowell, Tyler Mane, Brad Dourif

Votes: 105,252 | Gross: $58.27M

7. Conviction (II) (2010)

R | 107 min | Biography, Crime, Drama

7.2
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61 Metascore

A working mother puts herself through law school in an effort to represent her brother, who has been wrongfully convicted of murder and has exhausted his chances to appeal his conviction through public defenders.

Director: Tony Goldwyn | Stars: Hilary Swank, Sam Rockwell, Melissa Leo, Thomas D. Mahard

Votes: 40,642 | Gross: $6.78M

8. Peeping Tom (1960)

Not Rated | 101 min | Drama, Horror, Thriller

7.7
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A young man murders women, using a movie camera to film their dying expressions of terror.

Director: Michael Powell | Stars: Karlheinz Böhm, Anna Massey, Moira Shearer, Maxine Audley

Votes: 28,273 | Gross: $0.08M

9. O.J.: Made in America (2016)

TV-MA | 467 min | Documentary, Biography, Crime

8.9
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A chronicle of the rise and fall of O.J. Simpson, whose high-profile murder trial exposed the extent of American racial tensions, revealing a fractured and divided nation.

Director: Ezra Edelman | Stars: Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Mike Albanese, Muhammad Ali, Marcus Allen

Votes: 15,794

10. Pieces (1982)

Not Rated | 85 min | Horror, Mystery, Thriller

6.2
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The co-eds of a Boston college campus are targeted by a mysterious killer who is creating a human jigsaw puzzle from their body parts.

Director: Juan Piquer Simón | Stars: Christopher George, Lynda Day George, Frank Braña, Edmund Purdom

Votes: 7,748 | Gross: $2.03M

11. The Private Lives of Pippa Lee (2009)

R | 98 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

6.4
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49 Metascore

After her much older husband forces a move to a suburban retirement community, Pippa Lee engages in a period of reflection and finds herself heading toward a quiet nervous breakdown.

Director: Rebecca Miller | Stars: Robin Wright, Alan Arkin, Mike Binder, Winona Ryder

Votes: 12,509

12. Get on Up (2014)

PG-13 | 139 min | Biography, Drama, Music

6.9
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71 Metascore

A chronicle of James Brown's rise from extreme poverty to become one of the most influential musicians in history.

Director: Tate Taylor | Stars: Chadwick Boseman, Nelsan Ellis, Dan Aykroyd, Viola Davis

Votes: 19,490 | Gross: $30.51M

13. Silent Night, Deadly Night (1984)

R | 79 min | Horror, Thriller

5.9
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31 Metascore

Little Billy witness his parents getting killed by Santa after being warned by his senile grandpa that Santa punishes those who are naughty. Now Billy is 18, and out of the orphanage, and he has just become Santa, himself.

Director: Charles E. Sellier Jr. | Stars: Lilyan Chauvin, Gilmer McCormick, Toni Nero, Robert Brian Wilson

Votes: 12,741 | Gross: $2.49M

14. Angst (I) (1983)

Not Rated | 87 min | Drama, Horror, Thriller

7.4
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A troubled man gets released from prison and starts taking out his sadistic fantasies on an unsuspecting family living in a secluded house.

Director: Gerald Kargl | Stars: Erwin Leder, Robert Hunger-Bühler, Silvia Ryder, Karin Springer

Votes: 7,391

15. People Like Us (2012)

PG-13 | 114 min | Comedy, Drama

7.1
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49 Metascore

While settling his recently deceased father's estate, a salesman discovers he has a sister whom he never knew about, leading both siblings to re-examine their perceptions about family and life choices.

Director: Alex Kurtzman | Stars: Chris Pine, Elizabeth Banks, Michelle Pfeiffer, Olivia Wilde

Votes: 40,307 | Gross: $12.41M

16. Batman: Arkham Origins (2013 Video Game)

T | Action, Adventure, Crime

8.3
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Years before the Arkham incidents, the neophyte Dark Knight finds himself the target of an open murder contract courtesy of Black Mask that draws eight of the world's deadliest assassins and a new criminal named The Joker.

Director: Benoit Richer | Stars: Carlos Alazraqui, Laura Bailey, Troy Baker, JB Blanc

Votes: 10,936

17. Torso (1973)

R | 92 min | Horror, Mystery, Thriller

6.5
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A string of appalling lust murders shocks the University of Perugia as a sadistic serial killer strangles to death beautiful college girls with a red and black scarf.

Director: Sergio Martino | Stars: Suzy Kendall, Tina Aumont, Luc Merenda, John Richardson

Votes: 5,079

18. The Sleeping Tiger (1954)

Approved | 89 min | Drama, Thriller

6.5
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After a convict breaks in a psychotherapist's home, he agrees to rehabilitation rather than arrest but the therapist's wife becomes infatuated with him.

Director: Joseph Losey | Stars: Dirk Bogarde, Alexis Smith, Alexander Knox, Hugh Griffith

Votes: 676

19. The Fortunes and Misfortunes of Moll Flanders (1996 TV Movie)

Unrated | 54 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

7.8
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Story of a woman who merely wished to be a loving wife, but always had to live the life of crime.

Director: David Attwood | Stars: James Bowers, Alex Kingston, Nicola Kingston, Geoffrey Beevers

Votes: 1,143

20. Mera Naam Joker (1970)

224 min | Comedy, Drama

8.0
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Raju is a joker, a clown. It is what he is and what he always shall be. As his life story unfolds in three chapters, from his school days to the circus to the streets, he must always make ... See full summary »

Director: Raj Kapoor | Stars: Raj Kapoor, Manoj Kumar, Simi Garewal, Rishi Kapoor

Votes: 4,335

21. Babar (1989–2002)

TV-Y7 | 30 min | Animation, Comedy, Drama

6.5
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The adventures of the King of the elephants, his family, and friends.

Stars: Richard Binsley, Lisa Jai, Corrine Koslo, Dan Hennessey

Votes: 4,311

22. Woh Lamhe (2006)

Not Rated | 156 min | Biography, Drama, Romance

6.6
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Based upon the life of actress Parveen Babi, this film describes the life of a schizophrenic actress Sana Azim, and the love of her life - Aditya Garewal.

Director: Mohit Suri | Stars: Kangana Ranaut, Shiney Ahuja, Shaad Randhawa, Purab Kohli

Votes: 1,123

23. Forced Entry (1976)

PG | 88 min | Horror, Thriller

3.8
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A serial rapist stalks and murders prostitutes.

Director: Jim Sotos | Stars: Tanya Roberts, Ron Max, Nancy Allen, Brian Freilino

Votes: 361

24. Bringing Up Bobby (2011)

PG-13 | 93 min | Comedy

5.1
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34 Metascore

A con artist moves her son to a conservative neighborhood in Oklahoma in an effort to build a better future, but it doesn't take long for her past to catch up with her, and for her son's behavior to cause problems of its own.

Director: Famke Janssen | Stars: Milla Jovovich, Bill Pullman, Marcia Cross, Spencer List

Votes: 1,734 | Gross: $0.00M

25. Amar Akbar Anthony (2018)

Not Rated | 153 min | Action

4.4
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A man suffering from Dissociative Identity Disorder has to take revenge against four businessmen for the murder of his family while his past confronts him in the form of his childhood love.

Director: Sreenu Vaitla | Stars: Ravi Teja, Ileana D'Cruz, Vikramjeet Virk, Abhimanyu Singh

Votes: 818

26. Bobby Fischer Against the World (2011)

TV-14 | 93 min | Documentary, Biography, History

7.4
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76 Metascore

'Bobby Fischer Against the World' is a documentary feature exploring the tragic and bizarre life of the late chess master Bobby Fischer. The drama of Bobby Fischer's career was undeniable, ... See full summary »

Director: Liz Garbus | Stars: Bobby Fischer, David Edmonds, Anthony Saidy, Susan Polgar

Votes: 6,496

27. Amarkalam (1999)

Not Rated | 148 min | Action, Drama, Romance

7.3
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Vasu is a tough street crook who lives at a movie theater. One day while transporting the reels of a new film, he clashes with a music student Mohana. Mohana is the daughter of the Police ... See full summary »

Director: Saran | Stars: Ajith Kumar, Shalini, Raghuvaran, Nassar

Votes: 1,328

28. Hidden (2009)

R | 95 min | Horror, Thriller

5.7
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Painful memories arise when Kai Koss goes back to his childhood home after 19 years and inherits his dead mother's house.

Director: Pål Øie | Stars: Kristoffer Joner, Cecilie A. Mosli, Bjarte Hjelmeland, Marko Iversen Kanic

Votes: 2,748

29. Steve McQueen: American Icon (2017)

Not Rated | 120 min | Documentary, Biography

7.0
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Steve McQueen truly is an American Icon. One of America's most endearing and intriguing movie stars, he "is still the King of Cool" according to Esquire Magazine-50 years after the zenith ... See full summary »

Directors: Jon Erwin, Ben Smallbone | Stars: Stan Barrett, Mel Gibson, Barbara Leigh, Steve McQueen

Votes: 147 | Gross: $1.23M

30. I Dismember Mama (1972)

R | 81 min | Drama, Horror, Thriller

4.1
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Albert tried to kill his rich snobby mother once. Then he was institutionalized. Now he's escaped. Albert is after his mother again. And he will torture and kill anything that lays in the ... See full summary »

Director: Paul Leder | Stars: Zooey Hall, Geri Reischl, Joanne Moore Jordan, Greg Mullavey

Votes: 324

31. Jabberwocky (1971)

14 min | Animation, Short, Fantasy

7.2
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Lewis Carroll's poem is read and followed by a free-form animated depiction of images and toys from childhood, repeatedly overturned by a live cat.

Director: Jan Svankmajer

Votes: 1,181

32. Positive (II) (2007)

19 min | Short, Drama

8.2
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A growing boy being disgusted of his life because of his father and went to another country, then he returned India after his father got AIDS and to company him.

Director: Farhan Akhtar | Stars: Krsh Chawla, Arjun Mathur, Boman Irani, Shabana Azmi

Votes: 242

33. Melancholian 3 huonetta (2004)

Not Rated | 106 min | Documentary, War

7.2
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67 Metascore

A searing examination of the unrelenting Chechen conflict, observed through the prisms of a Russian military boys academy, a war-torn town and a children's refugee camp.

Director: Pirjo Honkasalo | Star: Pirkko Saisio

Votes: 609

34. Paper Bullets (1941)

Approved | 72 min | Crime, Drama, Film-Noir

5.4
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Circumstances force naive Dorothy Adams into serving an unjust prison term, but she emerges from it a cynical criminal who rises to power in the local crime organization.

Director: Phil Rosen | Stars: Joan Woodbury, Jack La Rue, Linda Ware, John Archer

Votes: 196

35. Playing Solo (2007)

96 min | Comedy, Drama

5.7
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Emma and Joel find each other to be the perfect match, after each is dumped by their partners on the same day. Emma discovers she is pregnant and ends up taking care of Joel's mother while ... See full summary »

Director: Lauri Nurkse | Stars: Saija Lentonen, Kari-Pekka Toivonen, Kristiina Elstelä, Minttu Mustakallio

Votes: 722

36. Spiritual Warfare (2010)

90 min | Action, Biography, Drama

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The true life story of Joshua Sheese and his spiritual warfares. The warfares he went thru in his past, that now haunts him as an adult. He finds his faith and is able to conquer the demons... See full summary »

Director: Joshua Sheese | Stars: Joshua Sheese, Devin Kerr, Cheryl Sheese, Anakin Leigh Sheese

37. Hallucination (2008)

40 min | Short, Drama

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A Japanese and Russian girl find each other in the bizarre Japanese nightlife scene. Their relationship develops into tenderness before powerful men overcome their innocence.

Director: Elena Shpak | Stars: Hanako Nanjô, Antonina Revenko, Takeshi Yasui, Shûhei Kii

38. Star Trek: Voyager (1995–2001)
Episode: Lineage (2001)

TV-PG | 43 min | Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi

7.1
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Tom and B'Elanna are overjoyed about their coming child. However, B'Elanna soon starts to have unpleasant flashbacks about her difficult childhood.

Director: Peter Lauritson | Stars: Kate Mulgrew, Robert Beltran, Roxann Dawson, Robert Duncan McNeill

Votes: 1,014

39. Major Crimes (2012–2018)
Episode: Return to Sender: Part 2 (2014)

Not Rated | 45 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

9.0
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As Major Crimes hunts down Rusty's would-be killer, Rusty takes the stand in a preliminary hearing against serial rapist Phillip Stroh.

Director: James Duff | Stars: Mary McDonnell, G.W. Bailey, Tony Denison, Michael Paul Chan

Votes: 202

40. Arena (1975– )
Episode: The Brian Epstein Story: The Sun Will Shine Tomorrow - Part 1 (1998)

140 min | Documentary

7.8
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Director: Anthony Wall | Stars: Bryan Barrett, Lionel Bart, Peter H. Brown, Brian Epstein

Votes: 40

41. Finding Your Roots with Henry Louis Gates, Jr. (2012– )
Episode: The Eye of the Beholder (2019)

TV-PG | 52 min | Documentary, Biography, History

7.0
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Celebrated filmmaker Alejandro González Iñárritu learns how his ancestors fought for the rule of law in Mexico, world famous performance artist Marina Abramovic learns how wars and ... See full summary »

Stars: Henry Louis Gates, Alejandro G. Iñárritu, Marina Abramovic, Kehinde Wiley

Votes: 5



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