Once I was... ⚜

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1. The Help (2011)

PG-13 | 146 min | Drama

62 Metascore

An aspiring author during the civil rights movement of the 1960s decides to write a book detailing the African American maids' point of view on the white families for which they work, and the hardships they go through on a daily basis.

Director: Tate Taylor | Stars: Emma Stone, Viola Davis, Octavia Spencer, Bryce Dallas Howard

Votes: 427,198 | Gross: $169.71M

Female servants in South US

2. The Servant (1970)

88 min | Drama

18-year-old small town Aline arrives in Paris and is employed as house servant in Robert and Ulla Marbois' home. Robert takes a fancy towards Aline and they begin an affair.

Director: Jacques-Paul Bertrand | Stars: France Anglade, Ulla Jacobsson, Daniel Gélin, Gisela Hahn

Votes: 19

A maid in married couple house

3. The Servant (1963)

Unrated | 116 min | Drama

93 Metascore

Upper-class Tony hires servant Hugo Barrett, who turns out to have a hidden agenda.

Director: Joseph Losey | Stars: Dirk Bogarde, Sarah Miles, Wendy Craig, James Fox

Votes: 10,239 | Gross: $0.04M

A rich man butler for all jobs

4. The Pawnbroker (1964)

Approved | 116 min | Drama

69 Metascore

A Jewish pawnbroker, victim of Nazi persecution, loses all faith in his fellow man until he realizes too late the tragedy of his actions.

Director: Sidney Lumet | Stars: Rod Steiger, Geraldine Fitzgerald, Brock Peters, Jaime Sánchez

Votes: 8,335

A Brooklyn's NY, pawnbroker

5. Network (1976)

R | 121 min | Drama

83 Metascore

A television network cynically exploits a deranged former anchor's ravings and revelations about the news media for its own profit.

Director: Sidney Lumet | Stars: Faye Dunaway, William Holden, Peter Finch, Robert Duvall

Votes: 144,565

Woman TV channel director

6. The Butcher's Wife (1991)

PG-13 | 107 min | Comedy, Fantasy, Romance

A clairvoyant impulsively marries a butcher, moves to New York City and has a positive impact on the people she meets, changing their futures...which in turn changes hers.

Director: Terry Hughes | Stars: Demi Moore, Jeff Daniels, George Dzundza, Mary Steenburgen

Votes: 6,623 | Gross: $9.69M

A successful butcher shop owner, cause of his "clairvoyant" wife

7. The Model (I) (2016)

Unrated | 105 min | Drama

58 Metascore

Emma, an emerging model, struggles to enter the Parisian fashion scene and develops a dangerous obsession for fashion photographer Shane White.

Director: Mads Matthiesen | Stars: Maria Palm, Ed Skrein, Yvonnick Muller, Dominic Allburn

Votes: 3,583

A model in Paris

8. The Accused (2018)

TV-MA | 108 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

A young student is the only one accused of the brutal murder of her best friend, a case that is excessively reported by the media. Cornered by the evidence, she must face her own doubts about what really happened.

Director: Gonzalo Tobal | Stars: Lali Espósito, Emilio Vodanovich, Leonardo Sbaraglia, Inés Estévez

Votes: 1,871

A student girl accused for murder

9. The Astronaut's Wife (1999)

R | 109 min | Drama, Sci-Fi, Thriller

37 Metascore

After an explosion in space and subsequent two-minute radio-out period, two astronauts return home to their wives. Slightly it's revealed that they're not the same as they were.

Director: Rand Ravich | Stars: Charlize Theron, Johnny Depp, Joe Morton, Clea DuVall

Votes: 52,870 | Gross: $10.67M

Being an astronaut's wife

10. The Godfather (1972)

R | 175 min | Crime, Drama

100 Metascore

An organized crime dynasty's aging patriarch transfers control of his clandestine empire to his reluctant son.

Director: Francis Ford Coppola | Stars: Marlon Brando, Al Pacino, James Caan, Diane Keaton

Votes: 1,614,289 | Gross: $134.97M

Mafia's top-headed man

11. The Slasher (1953)

Approved | 75 min | Crime, Drama

The life of a juvenile delinquent is threatened by his own incessant desire for trouble.

Director: Lewis Gilbert | Stars: James Kenney, Joan Collins, Betty Ann Davies, Robert Ayres

Votes: 316

Bandit as fact to come, looking for quarrels in his milieu society

12. Dancer in the Dark (2000)

R | 140 min | Crime, Drama, Musical

61 Metascore

An East European girl travels to the United States with her young son, expecting it to be like a Hollywood film.

Director: Lars von Trier | Stars: Björk, Catherine Deneuve, David Morse, Peter Stormare

Votes: 102,030 | Gross: $4.18M

Emigrant in US from East Europe

13. A Matador's Mistress (2008)

Not Rated | 92 min | Biography, Drama, Romance

The film starts in the trip from Sevilla to Linares, where Manolete stops in Córdoba to see his mother. He will be remembering some passages of his life.

Director: Menno Meyjes | Stars: Adrien Brody, Penélope Cruz, Santiago Segura, Juan Echanove

Votes: 2,854

A toreador remembering his past

14. Loving Pablo (2017)

R | 123 min | Biography, Crime, Drama

42 Metascore

A journalist strikes up a romantic relationship with notorious drug lord Pablo Escobar.

Director: Fernando León de Aranoa | Stars: Javier Bardem, Penélope Cruz, Peter Sarsgaard, Julieth Restrepo

Votes: 18,097 | Gross: $0.02M

A drug trafficant in Guatemala

15. Marquis de Sade's Justine (1977)

99 min | Drama

Justine (Koo Stark) wishes to remain innocent and virginal, but instead slips into a life of debauchery, torture, whipping, slavery and salaciousness. Meanwhile, her brazen, flirtatious and... See full summary »

Director: Chris Boger | Stars: Koo Stark, Martin Potter, Lydia Lisle, Katherine Kath

Votes: 432

A writer marquis "There never was a woman like Justine" Marquis de Sade

16. La veuve de Saint-Pierre (2000)

R | 112 min | Drama, History, Romance

73 Metascore

In a small French colony, a drunken man kills someone. While a guillotine is being shipped in, he changes, becoming a good and popular man.

Director: Patrice Leconte | Stars: Juliette Binoche, Daniel Auteuil, Emir Kusturica, Michel Duchaussoy

Votes: 5,289 | Gross: $3.06M

A condemned person regrets for his acts

17. The Piano Teacher (2001)

R | 131 min | Drama

79 Metascore

A young man romantically pursues his masochistic piano teacher.

Director: Michael Haneke | Stars: Isabelle Huppert, Annie Girardot, Benoît Magimel, Susanne Lothar

Votes: 56,097 | Gross: $1.90M

A piano teacher

18. The Lover (1992)

R | 115 min | Biography, Drama, Romance

In 1929 French Indochina, a French teenage girl embarks on a reckless and forbidden romance with a wealthy, older Chinese man, each knowing that knowledge of their affair will bring drastic consequences to each other.

Director: Jean-Jacques Annaud | Stars: Jane March, Tony Ka Fai Leung, Frédérique Meininger, Arnaud Giovaninetti

Votes: 19,245 | Gross: $4.90M

Wealthy lover in Indochine

19. Lady Chatterley's Lover (1981)

R | 104 min | Drama, Romance

After a crippling injury leaves her husband impotent, Lady Chatterly is torn between her love for her husband and her physical desires. With her husband's consent, she seeks out other means of fulfilling her needs.

Director: Just Jaeckin | Stars: Sylvia Kristel, Shane Briant, Nicholas Clay, Ann Mitchell

Votes: 2,444

A love affair with gardener

20. Just a Gigolo (1978)

R | 147 min | Drama

After World War I, a war hero returns to Berlin to find that there's no place for him--he has no skills other than what he learned in the army, and can only find menial, low-paying jobs. He decides to become a gigolo to lonely rich women.

Director: David Hemmings | Stars: David Bowie, Sydne Rome, Kim Novak, David Hemmings

Votes: 761

gigolo with no limits

21. Croupier (1998)

Not Rated | 94 min | Crime, Drama

75 Metascore

An aspiring writer is hired as a croupier at a casino, where he realizes that his life as a croupier would make a great novel.

Director: Mike Hodges | Stars: Clive Owen, Nick Reding, Nicholas Ball, Alexander Morton

Votes: 18,237 | Gross: $6.20M

A Casino croupier story

22. The Spy Who Came in from the Cold (1965)

Not Rated | 112 min | Drama, Thriller

British Agent Alec Leamas (Richard Burton) refuses to come in from the Cold War during the 1960s, choosing to face another mission, which may prove to be his final one.

Director: Martin Ritt | Stars: Richard Burton, Oskar Werner, Claire Bloom, Sam Wanamaker

Votes: 15,100

Cold war's spy's last mission

23. Salò, or the 120 Days of Sodom (1975)

Not Rated | 117 min | Drama, Horror

In World War II Italy, four fascist libertines round up nine adolescent boys and girls and subject them to one hundred and twenty days of physical, mental and sexual torture.

Director: Pier Paolo Pasolini | Stars: Paolo Bonacelli, Giorgio Cataldi, Uberto Paolo Quintavalle, Aldo Valletti

Votes: 54,186

A fascist's violent round up of nine young persons in Italy

24. Boy on a Dolphin (1957)

Not Rated | 111 min | Adventure, Drama, Romance

A woman finds a treasure and is torn between two men: one who wants to sell it and one who wants to gift it to Greece.

Director: Jean Negulesco | Stars: Alan Ladd, Clifton Webb, Sophia Loren, Alexis Minotis

Votes: 1,368

crook in Hydra island Greece, searching for a valuous statue

25. The White Countess (2005)

PG-13 | 135 min | Drama, History, Romance

60 Metascore

Set in 1930s Shanghai, where a blind American diplomat develops a curious relationship with a young Russian refugee who works odd -- and sometimes illicit -- jobs to support members of her dead husband's aristocratic family.

Director: James Ivory | Stars: Ralph Fiennes, Natasha Richardson, Vanessa Redgrave, Lynn Redgrave

Votes: 6,154 | Gross: $1.67M

Russian refugee countess working as singer in a club of Shangai

26. The Hunchback of Notre Dame (1939)

Passed | 117 min | Drama, Romance

In 15th-century France, a gypsy girl is framed for murder by the infatuated Chief Justice, and only the deformed bellringer of Notre Dame Cathedral can save her.

Director: William Dieterle | Stars: Charles Laughton, Maureen O'Hara, Cedric Hardwicke, Thomas Mitchell

Votes: 10,375 | Gross: $3.27M

The Notre-Dame bellringer's love

27. Madamigella di Maupin (1966)

95 min | Action, Adventure, Romance

Mlle de Maupin escapes from her uncle's castle, invaded by Hungarian troops, under the guise of a clergyman named Theodore. An army recruiter forces Theodore to enlist in the King's army, ... See full summary »

Director: Mauro Bolognini | Stars: Catherine Spaak, Robert Hossein, Tomas Milian, Mikaela

Votes: 143

knight in France

29. The Killing of a Chinese Bookie (1976)

R | 135 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

65 Metascore

A proud strip club owner is forced to come to terms with himself as a man, when his gambling addiction gets him in hot water with the mob, who offer him only one alternative.

Director: John Cassavetes | Stars: Ben Gazzara, Timothy Carey, Seymour Cassel, Robert Phillips

Votes: 11,152

A bookie-maker and cabaret owner

30. Midnight Cowboy (1969)

R | 113 min | Drama

79 Metascore

A naive hustler travels from Texas to New York City to seek personal fortune, finding a new friend in the process.

Director: John Schlesinger | Stars: Dustin Hoffman, Jon Voight, Sylvia Miles, John McGiver

Votes: 100,792 | Gross: $44.79M

A husler "cowboy" in New-York

31. Darling (1965)

TV-MA | 128 min | Drama, Romance

Beautiful but amoral model Diana Scott sleeps her way to the top of the London fashion scene at the height of the Swinging Sixties.

Director: John Schlesinger | Stars: Julie Christie, Dirk Bogarde, Laurence Harvey, José Luis de Vilallonga

Votes: 6,003

unfaithful love affair

32. Querelle (1982)

R | 108 min | Drama

A handsome sailor is drawn into a vortex of sibling rivalry, murder, and explosive sexuality.

Director: Rainer Werner Fassbinder | Stars: Brad Davis, Franco Nero, Jeanne Moreau, Laurent Malet

Votes: 5,824

Once a quarreling sailor in Brest

33. Dunkirk (2017)

PG-13 | 106 min | Action, Drama, History

94 Metascore

Allied soldiers from Belgium, the British Empire, and France are surrounded by the German Army and evacuated during a fierce battle in World War II.

Director: Christopher Nolan | Stars: Fionn Whitehead, Barry Keoghan, Mark Rylance, Tom Hardy

Votes: 552,574 | Gross: $188.37M

A War I soldier in Dunkirk

34. The Sandpiper (1965)

TV-14 | 117 min | Drama

A free-spirited single mother forms a connection with the wedded headmaster of an Episcopalian boarding school in Monterey, California.

Director: Vincente Minnelli | Stars: Elizabeth Taylor, Richard Burton, Eva Marie Saint, Charles Bronson

Votes: 2,894 | Gross: $15.26M

A married school-headed-vicar love affair, in a small coastal village

35. A Very Long Engagement (2004)

R | 133 min | Drama, Mystery, Romance

76 Metascore

Tells the story of a young woman's relentless search for her fiancé, who has disappeared from the trenches of the Somme during World War One.

Director: Jean-Pierre Jeunet | Stars: Audrey Tautou, Gaspard Ulliel, Jodie Foster, Dominique Pinon

Votes: 70,851 | Gross: $6.17M

An engaged provincial girl love story during War I

36. The Woman in Red (1984)

PG-13 | 87 min | Comedy, Romance

55 Metascore

On his way to work, Teddy spots Charlotte, an incredibly beautiful Woman in Red. He really wants to meet her, but what would his wife say?

Director: Gene Wilder | Stars: Gene Wilder, Kelly LeBrock, Charles Grodin, Joseph Bologna

Votes: 13,998 | Gross: $25.31M

Don Juan in New-York

37. Last Tango in Paris (1972)

NC-17 | 129 min | Drama, Romance

77 Metascore

A young Parisian woman meets a middle-aged American businessman who demands their clandestine relationship be based only on sex.

Director: Bernardo Bertolucci | Stars: Marlon Brando, Maria Schneider, Maria Michi, Giovanna Galletti

Votes: 49,712 | Gross: $36.14M

A widowed American man in Paris seeking for love affair

38. Havana (I) (1990)

R | 144 min | Drama, Romance, War

In 1950s Cuba, a professional gambler falls for a woman heavily involved in the revolution movement.

Director: Sydney Pollack | Stars: Robert Redford, Lena Olin, Alan Arkin, Tomas Milian

Votes: 7,189 | Gross: $9.24M

Journalist and gambler in Havana

39. Up at the Villa (2000)

PG-13 | 115 min | Drama, Romance

57 Metascore

A widow finds choosing a new husband might not be her choice at all, as the actions of her various prospects confine her freedom.

Director: Philip Haas | Stars: Kristin Scott Thomas, Sean Penn, Anne Bancroft, James Fox

Votes: 2,564 | Gross: $2.93M

Rich mansion owner in Italy

40. Il postino (2001 Video)

14 min | Documentary, Short

A short documentary about Kashikul Vicenza, a 62-year-old postman. It covers a field of 50 villages and hamlets of the picturesque interior of Istria. This documentary was shot before his ... See full summary »

Director: Cejen Cernic

Votes: 34

Postman in South Italy

41. My Son (2006)

79 min | Drama

Tragedy strikes a young boy and his over-protective mother.

Director: Martial Fougeron | Stars: Nathalie Baye, Victor Sévaux, Olivier Gourmet, Marie Kremer

Votes: 764

over-protective mother

42. Sons and Lovers (1960)

Approved | 103 min | Drama

A young man with artistic talent who lives in a close-knit, English coal-mining town during the early 20th Century finds himself inhibited by his emotionally manipulative, domineering mother.

Director: Jack Cardiff | Stars: Trevor Howard, Dean Stockwell, Wendy Hiller, Mary Ure

Votes: 1,399

Writer coal-miner in England

43. Secretary (2002)

R | 107 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

63 Metascore

A young woman, recently released from a mental hospital, gets a job as a secretary to a demanding lawyer, where their employer-employee relationship turns into a sexual, sadomasochistic one.

Director: Steven Shainberg | Stars: James Spader, Maggie Gyllenhaal, Jeremy Davies, Lesley Ann Warren

Votes: 83,236 | Gross: $4.06M

A secretary's love affair with her lawyer boss

secretary's love affairs

45. My Son (2017)

PG-13 | 84 min | Drama, Thriller

54 Metascore

The disappearance of his child sends a man on a dark path to find the truth.

Director: Christian Carion | Stars: Guillaume Canet, Mélanie Laurent, Olivier de Benoist, Antoine Hamel

Votes: 1,074 | Gross: $0.01M

Searching kidnapers son's, in a mountainous distant region

46. Suburbicon (2017)

R | 105 min | Comedy, Crime, Drama

5.7