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1. Vitalina Varela (2019)

124 min | Drama

86 Metascore

A Cape Verdean woman navigates her way through Lisbon, following the scanty physical traces her deceased husband left behind and discovering his secret, illicit life.

Director: Pedro Costa | Stars: Vitalina Varela, Ventura, Manuel Tavares Almeida, Francisco Brito

Votes: 1,750

january 8/10

2. Birdsong (2008)

Not Rated | 98 min | Drama

Three wise men embark on a journey to see the newborn Jesus Christ.

Director: Albert Serra | Stars: Lluís Carbó, Lluís Serrat Batlle, Lluís Serrat, Montse Triola

Votes: 505

january 6/10

3. SanPa: Sins of the Savior (2020)

Documentary, Crime

Amidst a heroin crisis, Vincenzo Muccioli cared for the addicted, earning him fierce public devotion -- even as charges of violence began to mount.

Stars: Vincenzo Andreucci, Antonio Boschini, Fabio Cantelli, Walter Delogu

Votes: 1,252

january 6/10

4. Undine (2020)

Unrated | 91 min | Drama, Fantasy, Mystery

75 Metascore

Undine works as a historian lecturing on Berlin's urban development. But when the man she loves leaves her, the ancient myth catches up with her. Undine has to kill the man who betrays her and return to the water.

Director: Christian Petzold | Stars: Paula Beer, Franz Rogowski, Maryam Zaree, Jacob Matschenz

Votes: 3,981

january 5/10

5. Moolaadé (2004)

Unrated | 124 min | Drama

91 Metascore

When a woman shelters a group of girls from suffering female genital mutilation, she starts a conflict that tears her village apart.

Director: Ousmane Sembene | Stars: Fatoumata Coulibaly, Maimouna Hélène Diarra, Salimata Traoré, Dominique Zeïda

Votes: 3,636 | Gross: $0.21M

january 7/10

6. Possessor (2020)

R | 103 min | Horror, Mystery, Sci-Fi

72 Metascore

Possessor follows an agent who works for a secretive organization that uses brain-implant technology to inhabit other people's bodies - ultimately driving them to commit assassinations for high-paying clients.

Director: Brandon Cronenberg | Stars: Andrea Riseborough, Christopher Abbott, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Rossif Sutherland

Votes: 23,928

(Uncut) january 5/10

7. Tommaso (2019)

115 min | Drama

66 Metascore

The story of an American artist living in Rome with his young European wife Nikki and their 3-year-old daughter, Dee Dee.

Director: Abel Ferrara | Stars: Willem Dafoe, Cristina Chiriac, Anna Ferrara, Maricla Amoriello

Votes: 1,162

january 6/10

8. Wild Wild Country (2018)

TV-MA | 403 min | Documentary, Crime

When Osho, the world's most controversial guru, builds an Utopian city deep in the Oregon country, conflict with the locals escalates into a national scandal.

Stars: Ma Anand Sheela, Osho, Philip Toelkes, Jane Stork

Votes: 26,145

january 6/10

9. The 400 Blows (1959)

Not Rated | 99 min | Crime, Drama

A young boy, left without attention, delves into a life of petty crime.

Director: François Truffaut | Stars: Jean-Pierre Léaud, Albert Rémy, Claire Maurier, Guy Decomble

Votes: 108,347

january 8/10

10. Gaslight (1944)

Not Rated | 114 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

Years after her aunt was murdered in her home, a young woman moves back into the house with her new husband. However, he has a secret that he will do anything to protect, even if it means driving his wife insane.

Director: George Cukor | Stars: Charles Boyer, Ingrid Bergman, Joseph Cotten, May Whitty

Votes: 25,463

january 8/10

11. Ya bon les blancs (1988)

95 min | Comedy, Drama

The humanitarian aid expedition "Angeles Azules" (Blue Angels), comprising twelve Europeans and six trucks loaded with provisions to alleviate hunger in Sub-Saharan Africa, advances across ... See full summary »

Director: Marco Ferreri | Stars: Maruschka Detmers, Michele Placido, Juan Diego, Evelyne Pieiller

Votes: 167

january 7/10

12. Johnny Guitar (1954)

Not Rated | 110 min | Drama, Western

83 Metascore

After helping a wounded gang member, a strong-willed female saloon owner is wrongly suspected of murder and bank robbery by a lynch mob.

Director: Nicholas Ray | Stars: Joan Crawford, Sterling Hayden, Mercedes McCambridge, Scott Brady

Votes: 16,048

january 8/10

13. 12 Monkeys (1995)

R | 129 min | Mystery, Sci-Fi, Thriller

74 Metascore

In a future world devastated by disease, a convict is sent back in time to gather information about the man-made virus that wiped out most of the human population on the planet.

Director: Terry Gilliam | Stars: Bruce Willis, Madeleine Stowe, Brad Pitt, Joseph Melito

Votes: 587,308 | Gross: $57.14M

january 6/10

14. The Abominable Dr. Phibes (1971)

PG-13 | 94 min | Comedy, Horror

A doctor, scientist, organist, and biblical scholar, Anton Phibes, seeks revenge on the nine doctors he considers responsible for his wife's death.

Director: Robert Fuest | Stars: Vincent Price, Joseph Cotten, Virginia North, Terry-Thomas

Votes: 13,748 | Gross: $0.55M

january 7/10

15. Goodbye, South, Goodbye (1996)

116 min | Crime, Drama

A glimpse at the lives of two petty criminals in Taipei.

Director: Hsiao-Hsien Hou | Stars: Jieh-Wen King, Kuei-Ying Hsu, Annie Shizuka Inoh, Jack Kao

Votes: 1,562

january 8/10

16. Mr. Klein (1976)

PG | 123 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

In Nazi-occupied Paris, the immoral art dealer, Robert Klein, leads a life of luxury, until a copy of a Jewish newspaper brings him to the attention of the police, linking him with a mysterious doppelgänger. Will Mr Klein clear his name?

Director: Joseph Losey | Stars: Alain Delon, Jeanne Moreau, Francine Bergé, Juliet Berto

Votes: 6,418 | Gross: $0.03M

january 6/10

17. And Agnes Chose to Die (1976)

135 min | Drama, War

An old couple, Agnes and Palita, lulled by their quiet routine, seem almost unaware of the war surrounding them, but soon the conflict breaks into their lives. The Germans come to take ... See full summary »

Director: Giuliano Montaldo | Stars: Ingrid Thulin, Stefano Satta Flores, Michele Placido, Aurore Clément

Votes: 88

january 6/10

18. The Wild Child (1970)

G | 83 min | Biography, Drama, History

94 Metascore

In a French forest in 1798, a child is found who cannot walk, speak, read or write. A doctor becomes interested in the child and patiently attempts to civilize him.

Director: François Truffaut | Stars: François Truffaut, Jean-Pierre Cargol, Françoise Seigner, Jean Dasté

Votes: 7,793 | Gross: $1.81M

february 7/10

20. Dracula (1992)

R | 128 min | Horror

57 Metascore

The centuries old vampire Count Dracula comes to England to seduce his barrister Jonathan Harker's fiancée Mina Murray and inflict havoc in the foreign land.

Director: Francis Ford Coppola | Stars: Gary Oldman, Winona Ryder, Anthony Hopkins, Keanu Reeves

Votes: 197,665 | Gross: $82.52M

february 8/10

21. The Company of Wolves (1984)

R | 95 min | Drama, Fantasy, Horror

69 Metascore

A teenage girl in a country manor falls asleep while reading a magazine, and has a disturbing dream involving wolves prowling the woods below her bedroom window.

Director: Neil Jordan | Stars: Sarah Patterson, Angela Lansbury, David Warner, Graham Crowden

Votes: 15,340 | Gross: $4.39M

february 8/10

22. Down Terrace (2009)

R | 89 min | Crime, Drama

68 Metascore

A crime family looks to unmask the police informant in their midst who threatens to take down their business.

Director: Ben Wheatley | Stars: Robin Hill, Robert Hill, Julia Deakin, David Schaal

Votes: 3,554 | Gross: $0.01M

february 6/10

23. The Visitor in the Eye (1977)

100 min | Mystery, Sci-Fi

Komori Tiaki is a budding tennis student, however one day in training her coach hits the ball into her eye accidentally. She is taken to hospital but is advised that she will never regain the sight in her eye.

Director: Nobuhiko Ôbayashi | Stars: Jô Shishido, Nagisa Katahira, Shingo Yamamoto, Etsuko Shihomi

Votes: 87

february 7/10

24. Inauguration of the Pleasure Dome (1954)

38 min | Short, Fantasy, Horror

A Slavonic Mass by Leos Janácek plays as historical figures, biblical characters, and mythical creatures gather in the pleasure dome. Aphrodite, Lilith, Isis, Kali, Astarte, Nero, Pan, and ... See full summary »

Director: Kenneth Anger | Stars: Samson De Brier, Marjorie Cameron, Joan Whitney, Katy Kadell

Votes: 1,844

february 8/10

25. Kim Bok-nam salinsageonui jeonmal (2010)

Not Rated | 115 min | Drama, Horror, Thriller

A woman subject to mental, physical and sexual abuse on a remote island seeks a way out.

Director: Cheol-soo Jang | Stars: Yeong-hie Seo, Seong-won Ji, Min-ho Hwang, Min Je

Votes: 13,778

february 5/10

26. Contagion (2011)

PG-13 | 106 min | Drama, Thriller

70 Metascore

Healthcare professionals, government officials and everyday people find themselves in the midst of a pandemic as the CDC works to find a cure.

Director: Steven Soderbergh | Stars: Matt Damon, Kate Winslet, Jude Law, Gwyneth Paltrow

Votes: 288,547 | Gross: $75.66M

february 3/10

27. Phantasm (1979)

R | 89 min | Horror, Sci-Fi

72 Metascore

A teenage boy and his friends face off against a mysterious grave robber, known only as the Tall Man, who employs a lethal arsenal of unearthly weapons.

Director: Don Coscarelli | Stars: A. Michael Baldwin, Bill Thornbury, Reggie Bannister, Kathy Lester

Votes: 33,193 | Gross: $11.99M

february 6/10

28. Faces Places (2017)

PG | 94 min | Documentary

94 Metascore

Director Agnes Varda and photographer/muralist J.R. journey through rural France and form an unlikely friendship.

Directors: JR, Agnès Varda | Stars: Agnès Varda, JR, Jeannine Carpentier, Clemens Van Dungern

Votes: 11,348 | Gross: $0.95M

february 7/10

29. Samurai Assassin (1965)

122 min | Action, Adventure, Drama

February 17 to March 3, 1860, inside Edo castle. A group of assassins wait by Sakurada Gate to kill the lord of the House of Ii, a powerful man in the Tokugawa government, which has ruled ... See full summary »

Director: Kihachi Okamoto | Stars: Toshirô Mifune, Keiju Kobayashi, Michiyo Aratama, Yûnosuke Itô

Votes: 2,046

february 8/10

30. The Ballad of Narayama (1983)

Not Rated | 130 min | Drama

In a poor 19th century rural Japanese village, everyone who reaches the age of 70 has to climb a nearby mountain to die. An old woman is getting close to the cut-off age, and we follow her last days with her family.

Director: Shohei Imamura | Stars: Ken Ogata, Sumiko Sakamoto, Tonpei Hidari, Aki Takejô

Votes: 7,571

february 8/10

31. Saint Maud (2019)

R | 84 min | Drama, Horror, Mystery

83 Metascore

Follows a pious nurse who becomes dangerously obsessed with saving the soul of her dying patient.

Director: Rose Glass | Stars: Morfydd Clark, Caoilfhionn Dunne, Jennifer Ehle, Marcus Hutton

Votes: 19,246

february 6/10

32. The Wildcat (1921)

Not Rated | 79 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

A charismatic lieutenant newly assigned to a remote fort is captured by a group of mountain bandits, thus setting in motion a madcap farce that is Lubitsch at his most unrestrained.

Director: Ernst Lubitsch | Stars: Pola Negri, Victor Janson, Paul Heidemann, Wilhelm Diegelmann

Votes: 1,077

february 8/10

33. Aparajito (1956)

Not Rated | 110 min | Drama

Following his father's death, a boy leaves home to study in Calcutta, while his mother must face a life alone.

Director: Satyajit Ray | Stars: Pinaki Sengupta, Smaran Ghosal, Kamala Adhikari, Lalchand Banerjee

Votes: 12,392 | Gross: $0.17M

february 9/10

34. Jane Eyre (1943)

Approved | 97 min | Drama, Romance

After a harsh childhood, orphan Jane Eyre is hired by Edward Rochester, the brooding lord of a mysterious manor house, to care for his young daughter.

Director: Robert Stevenson | Stars: Orson Welles, Joan Fontaine, Margaret O'Brien, Peggy Ann Garner

Votes: 8,065 | Gross: $3.82M

march 5/10

35. Diary of a Maniac (1993)

94 min | Comedy, Drama

Although he has great sex with Luigia, grifter Benito becomes obsessed with sex and starts fantasizing about and bedding every woman he sees. Eventually, this obsession consumes him.

Director: Marco Ferreri | Stars: Jerry Calà, Sabrina Ferilli, Valentino Macchi, Laetitia Laneri

Votes: 245

march 8/10

36. Down There (2006)

78 min | Documentary

Akerman spends a month in Tel Aviv, in an apartment by the sea, contemplating her family, her Jewish identity and her childhood.

Director: Chantal Akerman | Star: Chantal Akerman

Votes: 151

march 6/10

37. A Tale of Springtime (1990)

PG | 108 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

Simple conversations engender complicated human interactions. Jeanne is open and even-tempered, a philosophy teacher at a lycée. Her fiancé is away and she doesn't want to stay at his messy... See full summary »

Director: Éric Rohmer | Stars: Anne Teyssèdre, Hugues Quester, Florence Darel, Eloïse Bennett

Votes: 3,969 | Gross: $0.20M

march 6/10

38. Fifi Howls from Happiness (2013)

Unrated | 96 min | Documentary

76 Metascore

A documentary on provocative artist Bahman Mohassess, the so-called "Persian Picasso," whose acclaimed paintings and sculptures dominated pre-revolutionary Iran.

Director: Mitra Farahani | Stars: Rinat Abushaev, Bahman Mohasses

Votes: 430 | Gross: $0.01M

march 7/10

39. Le Boucher (1970)

GP | 93 min | Drama, Thriller

An unlikely friendship between a dour, working class butcher and a repressed schoolteacher coincides with a grisly series of Ripper-type murders in a provincial French town.

Director: Claude Chabrol | Stars: Stéphane Audran, Jean Yanne, Antonio Passalia, Pascal Ferone

Votes: 7,939 | Gross: $0.47M

march 9/10

40. Manhunter (1986)

R | 120 min | Crime, Horror, Mystery

75 Metascore

Former FBI profiler Will Graham returns to service to pursue a deranged serial killer dubbed "the Tooth Fairy" by the media.

Director: Michael Mann | Stars: William Petersen, Kim Greist, Joan Allen, Brian Cox

Votes: 67,805 | Gross: $8.62M

april 8/10

41. Rurouni Kenshin Part I: Origins (2012)

TV-MA | 134 min | Action, Adventure, Drama

A former assassin who has resolved to never kill again has his vow sorely tested.

Director: Keishi Ohtomo | Stars: Takeru Satoh, Emi Takei, Yû Aoi, Munetaka Aoki

Votes: 20,264

april 5/10

42. Crimes of Passion (1984)

R | 107 min | Drama, Romance, Thriller

52 Metascore

A mysterious woman, fashion designer by day and prostitute by night, is hounded by two men: a married father of two children and a sexually repressed preacher.

Director: Ken Russell | Stars: Kathleen Turner, Anthony Perkins, Bruce Davison, Gordon Hunt

Votes: 6,596 | Gross: $2.91M

april 6/10

43. Targets (1968)

R | 90 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

An elderly horror film star, while making a personal appearance at a drive-in theatre, confronts a psychotic Vietnam War veteran who has turned into a mass-murdering sniper.

Director: Peter Bogdanovich | Stars: Tim O'Kelly, Boris Karloff, Arthur Peterson, Monte Landis

Votes: 8,833

april 8/10

44. Decoder (1984)

Not Rated | 87 min | Horror, Mystery, Sci-Fi

A burger shop employee discovers that by changing the background music from pleasantly calming to industrial "noise" music, he can incite riots and a revolution against the looming power of the government.

Director: Muscha | Stars: FM Einheit, William Rice, Christiane Felscherinow, Britzhold Baron De Belle

Votes: 744

april 6/10

45. Homicidal (1961)

Unrated | 88 min | Horror, Mystery, Thriller

The brutal stabbing murder of a justice-of-the-peace sparks an investigation of dark family secrets in a sleepy small town in Southern California.

Director: William Castle | Stars: Glenn Corbett, Patricia Breslin, Eugenie Leontovich, Alan Bunce

Votes: 2,922

april 6/10

46. Army of Shadows (1969)

Not Rated | 145 min | Drama, War