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1. Sword of Trust (2019)

R | 88 min | Comedy, Drama

70 Metascore

Cynthia and Mary show up to collect Cynthia's inheritance from her deceased grandfather, but the only item she receives is an antique sword that was believed by her grandfather to be proof that the South won the Civil War.

Director: Lynn Shelton | Stars: Marc Maron, Jon Bass, Michaela Watkins, Jillian Bell

Votes: 2,437 | Gross: $0.32M

2. The Extraordinary Journey of the Fakir (2018)

PG-13 | 92 min | Adventure, Comedy, Drama

56 Metascore

Ajatashatru Lavash Patel has lived all his life in a small Mumbai neighborhood tricking people with street magic and fakir stunts. He sets out on a journey to find his estranged father but instead gets dragged on a never-ending adventure.

Director: Ken Scott | Stars: Dhanush, Bérénice Bejo, Erin Moriarty, Barkhad Abdi

Votes: 6,606

3. Running with Beto (2019)

TV-MA | 94 min | Documentary

70 Metascore

A behind-the-scenes documentary following Beto O'Rourke's breakaway campaign to unseat Ted Cruz in the U.S. Senate.

Director: David Modigliani | Stars: Beto O'Rourke, Amy O'Rourke, Cynthia Cano, Jody Casey

Votes: 522

4. Sons of Denmark (2019)

Not Rated | 123 min | Drama, Thriller

Denmark four years into the future. After a major bomb attack in Copenhagen radicalization and ethnic tensions are running high, and a racist leader is leading the polls.19-year old Zakaria is afraid, wanting to do something.

Director: Ulaa Salim | Stars: Zaki Youssef, Mohammed Ismail Mohammed, Imad Abul-Foul, Rasmus Bjerg

Votes: 1,539

5. Knife + Heart (2018)

Unrated | 102 min | Drama, Horror, Mystery

69 Metascore

Paris, summer 1979. Anne is a producer of cheap gay porn. When Lois, her editor and companion, leaves her, she attempts to get her back by making a more ambitious film with the flamboyant Archibald.

Director: Yann Gonzalez | Stars: Vanessa Paradis, Nicolas Maury, Kate Moran, Jonathan Genet

Votes: 3,720 | Gross: $0.03M

6. The Third Wife (2018)

R | 96 min | Drama

71 Metascore

In 19th century rural Vietnam, May is ready to become the third wife of a wealthy landowner. Little does she know that her hidden desires will force her to decide between living in safety and being free.

Director: Ash Mayfair | Stars: Hong Chuong Nguyen, Long Le Vu, Nu Yên-Khê Tran, Maya

Votes: 1,746 | Gross: $0.08M

7. Oray (2019)

100 min | Drama

Oray speaks in a quarrel with his wife Burcu three times 'talaq', the islamic formula for repudiation. The imam informs him about the consequences: he has to divorce his wife. Now Oray is ... See full summary »

Director: Mehmet Akif Büyükatalay | Stars: Zejhun Demirov, Deniz Orta, Cem Göktas, Firat Baris Ar

Votes: 181

8. Volcano (2018)

Not Rated | 107 min | Comedy, Drama

After several strange coincidences, Lukas, translator, who works for OSCE, strands in the southern Ukrainian town of Beryslaw. As involuntary guest of his strange host Vova, Lukas is ... See full summary »

Director: Roman Bondarchuk | Stars: Serhiy Stepansky, Viktor Zhdanov, Khrystyna Deylyk, Oleksandr Lyakin

Votes: 518

9. What Walaa Wants (2018)

89 min | Documentary

Raised in a refugee camp in the West Bank, while her mother was in prison, Walaa is determined to survive basic training to become one of the few women on the Palestinian Security Forces - ... See full summary »

Director: Christy Garland

Votes: 132

10. The Fall of the American Empire (2018)

R | 127 min | Comedy, Crime

55 Metascore

A shy and insecure delivery truck driver accidentally arrives on the scene of a major crime and picks up two bags of cash and hides them. Only the help of a prostitute and a former biker released from jail might get him out of trouble.

Director: Denys Arcand | Stars: Maxim Roy, Éric Bruneau, Rose-Marie Perreault, Vincent Leclerc

Votes: 2,814 | Gross: $2.18M

11. Wine Calling (2018)

Not Rated | 95 min | Documentary

While there are more than 3,000 wine growers in France, less than 3 percent of them are working in biodynamic or natural methods of wine production.

Director: Bruno Sauvard

Votes: 46

12. Maiden (2018)

PG | 97 min | Documentary, Biography, Sport

82 Metascore

The story of Tracy Edwards, a 24-year-old cook on charter boats, who became the skipper of the first ever all-female crew to enter the Whitbread Round the World Race in 1989.

Director: Alex Holmes | Stars: Frank Bough, John Chittenden, Bruno Du Bois, Pat Edwards

Votes: 1,908 | Gross: $3.01M

13. Olympic Dreams (2019)

PG-13 | 85 min | Comedy, Romance, Sport

55 Metascore

In the Olympic Athlete Village, a young cross-country skier bonds with a volunteer doctor after her competition ends.

Director: Jeremy Teicher | Stars: Nick Kroll, Alexi Pappas, Gus Kenworthy, Morgan Schild

Votes: 538

14. Monos (2019)

R | 102 min | Adventure, Drama, Thriller

78 Metascore

On a remote mountaintop, eight kids with guns watch over a hostage and a conscripted milk cow.

Director: Alejandro Landes | Stars: Sofia Buenaventura, Julián Giraldo, Karen Quintero, Laura Castrillón

Votes: 14,947

15. The Woman Who Loves Giraffes (2018)

123 min | Documentary

71 Metascore

A profile of giraffe researcher Anne Dagg who, in 1956, became one of the first people to ever observe and report on animal behaviour.

Director: Alison Reid | Stars: Tatiana Maslany, Victor Garber, Anne Innis Dagg, Fred Bercovitch

Votes: 188

16. Yomeddine (2018)

Not Rated | 97 min | Adventure, Comedy, Drama

62 Metascore

A Coptic leper and his orphaned apprentice leave the confines of the leper colony for the first time and embark on a journey across Egypt to search for what is left of their families.

Director: A.B. Shawky | Stars: Rady Gamal, Ahmed Abdelhafiz, Osama Abdallah, Adel Abdulsalam

Votes: 1,489 | Gross: $0.01M

17. Sink or Swim (2018)

121 min | Comedy, Drama, Sport

47 Metascore

A depressed man joins a synchronized swimming team made up of middle aged men.

Director: Gilles Lellouche | Stars: Mathieu Amalric, Guillaume Canet, Benoît Poelvoorde, Jean-Hugues Anglade

Votes: 9,112

18. Who Let the Dogs Out (2019)

70 min | Documentary

The story behind the song "Who Let the Dogs Out," which became a hit for the Bahamian group Baha Men in 1998.

Director: Brent Hodge | Stars: Christopher W. Hodshire, John Michael Davis

Votes: 130

19. Human Nature (I) (2019)

95 min | Documentary

77 Metascore

A breakthrough called CRISPR opens the door to curing diseases, reshaping the biosphere, and designing our own children. A provocative exploration of its far-reaching implications, through the eyes of the scientists who discovered it.

Director: Adam Bolt | Stars: Jennifer Doudna, George Church, Alta Charo, Fyodor Urnov

Votes: 1,242

20. Good Kisser (2019)

80 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

Jenna and Kate open up their relationship to an alluring stranger in the hopes of spicing up their two-year romance, only for it to expose the faults in their foundation.

Director: Wendy Jo Carlton | Stars: Kari Alison Hodge, Julia Eringer, Courtney McCullough, Rachel Paulson

Votes: 261

21. The Sound of Silence (I) (2019)

Unrated | 88 min | Drama

66 Metascore

A successful "house tuner" in New York City, who calibrates the sound in people's homes in order to adjust their moods, meets a client with a problem he can't solve.

Director: Michael Tyburski | Stars: Peter Sarsgaard, Rashida Jones, Tony Revolori, Austin Pendleton

Votes: 1,081

22. Q Ball (2019)

96 min | Documentary

69 Metascore

Documentary that explores the San Quentin Prison basketball squad - teammates and inmates at "the Q" - along their journey of rehabilitation and possible redemption.

Director: Michael Tolajian | Stars: Obada Adnan, Anthony Ammons, Lenny Costa, Rafael Cuevas

Votes: 584

23. Las niñas bien (2018)

TV-MA | 93 min | Drama

A well-to-do socialite and her husband must wrestle with the impact of Mexico's 1982 economic crisis.

Director: Alejandra Márquez Abella | Stars: Ilse Salas, Flavio Medina, Cassandra Ciangherotti, Paulina Gaitan

Votes: 1,599

24. Invisibles (2018)

102 min | Comedy, Drama

Following a municipal decision, SDF Women's Shelter, will close. There are only three months left for social workers to reintegrate at any cost the women they care for: falsification, pistons, lies - From now on, everything is allowed.

Director: Louis-Julien Petit | Stars: Patricia Mouchon, Khoukha Boukherbache, Bérangère Toural, Patricia Guery

Votes: 1,150

25. The Phantom of the Opera (1925)

Passed | 93 min | Horror

A mad, disfigured composer seeks love with a lovely young opera singer.

Directors: Rupert Julian, Lon Chaney, Ernst Laemmle, Edward Sedgwick | Stars: Lon Chaney, Mary Philbin, Norman Kerry, Arthur Edmund Carewe

Votes: 17,008 | Gross: $3.75M

The Phantom of the Opera with live soundtrack by The Invincible Czars

26. Wild Rose (2018)

R | 101 min | Comedy, Drama, Music

80 Metascore

A troubled young Glaswegian woman dreams of becoming a Nashville country star.

Director: Tom Harper | Stars: Jessie Buckley, Matt Costello, Jane Patterson, Lesley Hart

Votes: 11,599 | Gross: $1.64M

27. El Angel (2018)

Not Rated | 118 min | Biography, Crime, Drama

61 Metascore

The angelic face of Carlos, a 17-year-old teenager, hides a dark facet of robberies, lies and murders.

Director: Luis Ortega | Stars: Lorenzo Ferro, Cecilia Roth, Luis Gnecco, Malena Villa

Votes: 9,374 | Gross: $0.09M

28. Botero (2018)

82 min | Documentary, Biography

Botero is a poetic documentary profile of Colombian artist Fernando Botero. The film is a behind-the-scenes chronicle of the life and art of this painter and sculptor -- the world's most recognized living artist.

Director: Don Millar | Stars: Fernando Botero, Miriam Basilio, Juan Carlos Botero, Lina Botero

Votes: 97

29. A Family Tour (2018)

Not Rated | 107 min | Drama

A filmmaker who has been living in exile in Hong Kong visits a festival in Taipei to present a film that has been banned in Mainland China. With her husband and child in tow, she has timed ... See full summary »

Director: Liang Ying | Stars: Nai An, Zhe Gong, Pete Teo, Xin Yue Tham

Votes: 326

30. 3 Faces (2018)

100 min | Drama

78 Metascore

Three actresses at different stages of their career. One from before the 1979 Islamic Revolution, one popular star of today known throughout the country and a young girl longing to attend a drama conservatory.

Director: Jafar Panahi | Stars: Behnaz Jafari, Jafar Panahi, Marziyeh Rezaei, Maedeh Erteghaei

Votes: 3,362 | Gross: $0.07M

31. 2040 (2019)

92 min | Documentary

77 Metascore

Practical solutions to environmental concerns are addressed with the hope that the filmmaker's daughter, 21 years old in the year 2040, will face a hopeful future.

Director: Damon Gameau | Stars: Damon Gameau, Zoë Gameau, Eva Lazzaro, Paul Hawken

Votes: 983

32. Eastern Memories (2018)

86 min | Documentary, History

A journey through Mongolia, Japan, China and South Korea, narrated by the journals of Finnish linguist, diplomat and journeyman G.J. Ramstedt (1873-1950).

Directors: Martti Kaartinen, Niklas Kullström | Stars: Frank Skog, Michael O'Flaherty

Votes: 79

33. Sune vs. Sune (2018)

89 min | Comedy, Family, Fantasy

On his first day as a fourth-grader, Sune is welcomed by an unwanted surprise. A new boy is in his seat, and he's everything Sune wants to be. Not only that, but his name is also Sune - it's the worst possible start to the fourth grade.

Director: Jon Holmberg | Stars: Elis Gerdt, Baxter Renman, Tea Stjärne, Fredrik Hallgren

Votes: 566

34. Yuli (2018)

Not Rated | 115 min | Biography, Drama, Music

The director Icíar Bollaín presents the story of the Cuban dancer Carlos Acosta, a legend on the dance world and the first black dancer to perform some of the most famous ballet roles. A dancer who did not want to dance.

Director: Icíar Bollaín | Stars: Carlos Acosta, Santiago Alfonso, Keyvin Martínez, Edlison Manuel Olbera Núñez

Votes: 1,659

35. Pity the Lovers (2019)

105 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

Longing for love but inept at close relationships; a problem brothers Óskar and Maggi have in common but deal with in different ways.

Director: Maximilian Hult | Stars: Björn Thors, Jóel Sæmundsson, Sara Dögg Ásgeirsdóttir, Elvar Aron Heimisson

Votes: 43

36. Ski Bum: The Warren Miller Story (2019)

93 min | Documentary, Biography, Sport

Since the 1950s, the legendary skiing filmmaker drove the worldwide ski industry. His last interview was months before he passed at age 93. He details his personal and professional challenges of the perfect ski run throughout his career.

Director: Patrick Creadon | Stars: Ward Baker, Dan Egan, John Egan, Mark Hubbard

Votes: 34

37. Urgent (2018)

86 min | Drama

Driss and Zahra leave their fisherman's village to take their six-year-old son, Ayoub, to the emergency room of the Casablanca's public hospital. There they meet Driss' brother, Houcine, ... See full summary »

Director: Mohcine Besri | Stars: Rachid Mustapha, Fatima Zahra Baladi, Youssef Alaoui, Said Bey

Votes: 15

38. Firecrackers (2018)

TV-MA | 93 min | Drama

80 Metascore

A teenage girl and her friend run into problems when they plan to leave town.

Director: Jasmin Mozaffari | Stars: Michaela Kurimsky, Karena Evans, Callum Thompson, David Kingston

Votes: 507

39. Sibel (2018)

TV-PG | 95 min | Drama, Thriller

65 Metascore

25-year-old Sibel lives with her father and sister in a secluded village in the mountains of Turkey's Black Sea region. Sibel is a mute, but she communicates by using the ancestral whistled... See full summary »

Directors: Guillaume Giovanetti, Çagla Zencirci | Stars: Damla Sönmez, Erkan Kolçak Köstendil, Emin Gürsoy, Elit Iscan

Votes: 2,162

40. Saf (2018)

102 min | Drama

The Fikirtepe district of Istanbul. Urban transformation is sweeping away the poor communities and Syrian refugees take shelter in deserted buildings. Kamil and his wife Remziye risk losing... See full summary »

Director: Ali Vatansever | Stars: Erol Afsin, Saadet Aksoy, Onur Buldu, Emrullah Cakay

Votes: 404

41. Banana Split (2018)

R | 88 min | Comedy

63 Metascore

Over the course of a summer, two teenage girls develop the perfect kindred spirit friendship, with one big problem: one of them is dating the other's ex.

Director: Benjamin Kasulke | Stars: Hannah Marks, Liana Liberato, Dylan Sprouse, Luke Spencer Roberts

Votes: 2,560

42. The Nightingale (I) (2018)

R | 136 min | Adventure, Drama, Horror

77 Metascore

Set in 1825, Clare, a young Irish convict woman, chases a British officer through the rugged Tasmanian wilderness, bent on revenge for a terrible act of violence he committed against her family. On the way she enlists the services of an Aboriginal tracker named Billy, who is also marked by trauma from his own violence-filled past.

Director: Jennifer Kent | Stars: Aisling Franciosi, Michael Sheasby, Maya Christie, Addison Christie

Votes: 23,046 | Gross: $0.39M

43. All About Me (2018)

100 min | Biography, Comedy, Drama

Dramatised origin story of one of Germany's most beloved contemporary comedians.

Director: Caroline Link | Stars: Luise Heyer, Sönke Möhring, Diana Amft, Martina Eitner-Acheampong

Votes: 3,840

44. The Invisible Witness (2018)

102 min | Drama, Thriller

Adriano Doria is "the entrepreneur of the year" in Milan.He drives a BMW, wears a flamboyant Rolex, has an adorable wife and daughter and a beautiful mistress. But now he is under house arrest, accused of murder.

Director: Stefano Mordini | Stars: Riccardo Scamarcio, Miriam Leone, Fabrizio Bentivoglio, Maria Paiato

Votes: 1,160