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1. True Detective (2014– )

TV-MA | 55 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

9.0
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Seasonal anthology series in which police investigations unearth the personal and professional secrets of those involved, both within and outside the law.

Stars: Vince Vaughn, Colin Farrell, Rachel McAdams, Taylor Kitsch

Votes: 466,006

2. The Vampire Diaries (2009–2017)

TV-14 | 43 min | Drama, Fantasy, Horror

7.7
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The lives, loves, dangers and disasters in the town, Mystic Falls, Virginia. Creatures of unspeakable horror lurk beneath this town as a teenage girl is suddenly torn between two vampire brothers.

Stars: Nina Dobrev, Paul Wesley, Ian Somerhalder, Kat Graham

Votes: 268,269

3. True Blood (2008–2014)

TV-MA | 55 min | Drama, Fantasy, Mystery

7.9
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Telepathic waitress Sookie Stackhouse encounters a strange new supernatural world when she meets the mysterious Bill, a southern Louisiana gentleman and vampire.

Stars: Anna Paquin, Stephen Moyer, Sam Trammell, Ryan Kwanten

Votes: 222,745

4. Annihilation (2018)

R | 115 min | Adventure, Drama, Horror

6.9
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79 Metascore

A biologist signs up for a dangerous, secret expedition into a mysterious zone where the laws of nature don't apply.

Director: Alex Garland | Stars: Natalie Portman, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Tessa Thompson, Benedict Wong

Votes: 253,049 | Gross: $32.73M

5. Sharp Objects (2018)

TV-MA | 421 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

8.2
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A reporter confronts the psychological demons from her past when she returns to her hometown to cover a violent murder.

Stars: Amy Adams, Patricia Clarkson, Chris Messina, Eliza Scanlen

Votes: 56,038

6. Deliverance (1972)

R | 109 min | Adventure, Drama, Thriller

7.7
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82 Metascore

Intent on seeing the Cahulawassee River before it's dammed and turned into a lake, outdoor fanatic Lewis Medlock takes his friends on a canoeing trip they'll never forget into the dangerous American back-country.

Director: John Boorman | Stars: Jon Voight, Burt Reynolds, Ned Beatty, Ronny Cox

Votes: 94,020

7. Lawless (2012)

R | 116 min | Crime, Drama

7.3
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58 Metascore

Set in Depression-era Franklin County, Virginia, a trio of bootlegging brothers are threatened by a new special deputy and other authorities angling for a cut of their profits.

Director: John Hillcoat | Stars: Tom Hardy, Shia LaBeouf, Guy Pearce, Jason Clarke

Votes: 219,665 | Gross: $37.40M

8. Cape Fear (1991)

R | 128 min | Crime, Thriller

7.3
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73 Metascore

A convicted rapist, released from prison after serving a fourteen-year sentence, stalks the family of the lawyer who originally defended him.

Director: Martin Scorsese | Stars: Robert De Niro, Nick Nolte, Jessica Lange, Juliette Lewis

Votes: 161,185 | Gross: $79.10M

9. The Texas Chain Saw Massacre (1974)

R | 83 min | Horror

7.5
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75 Metascore

Two siblings and three of their friends en route to visit their grandfather's grave in Texas end up falling victim to a family of cannibalistic psychopaths and must survive the terrors of Leatherface and his family.

Director: Tobe Hooper | Stars: Marilyn Burns, Edwin Neal, Allen Danziger, Paul A. Partain

Votes: 127,544 | Gross: $30.86M

10. Mississippi Burning (1988)

R | 128 min | Crime, Drama, History

7.8
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65 Metascore

Two F.B.I. Agents with wildly different styles arrive in Mississippi to investigate the disappearance of some civil rights activists.

Director: Alan Parker | Stars: Gene Hackman, Willem Dafoe, Frances McDormand, Brad Dourif

Votes: 82,201 | Gross: $34.60M

11. Black Snake Moan (2006)

R | 116 min | Drama, Music

6.9
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52 Metascore

A God-fearing bluesman takes to a wild young woman who, as a victim of childhood sexual abuse, looks everywhere for love, never quite finding it.

Director: Craig Brewer | Stars: Christina Ricci, Samuel L. Jackson, Justin Timberlake, S. Epatha Merkerson

Votes: 59,443 | Gross: $9.40M

12. Grand Isle (2019)

97 min | Action, Thriller

4.6
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29 Metascore

A young father is charged for murder and must prove his innocence through recalling a very twisted and dark night of events.

Director: Stephen S. Campanelli | Stars: Nicolas Cage, KaDee Strickland, Luke Benward, Kelsey Grammer

Votes: 965

13. To Kill a Mockingbird (1962)

Not Rated | 129 min | Crime, Drama

8.3
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88 Metascore

Atticus Finch, a lawyer in the Depression-era South, defends a black man against an undeserved rape charge, and his children against prejudice.

Director: Robert Mulligan | Stars: Gregory Peck, John Megna, Frank Overton, Rosemary Murphy

Votes: 281,365

14. Killing Them Softly (2012)

R | 97 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

6.2
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64 Metascore

Jackie Cogan is an enforcer hired to restore order after three dumb guys rob a Mob protected card game, causing the local criminal economy to collapse.

Director: Andrew Dominik | Stars: Brad Pitt, Ray Liotta, Richard Jenkins, Scoot McNairy

Votes: 126,909 | Gross: $15.03M

15. Mudbound (2017)

R | 134 min | Drama, War

7.4
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85 Metascore

Two men return home from World War II to work on a farm in rural Mississippi, where they struggle to deal with racism and adjusting to life after war.

Director: Dee Rees | Stars: Garrett Hedlund, Carey Mulligan, Jonathan Banks, Jason Clarke

Votes: 37,080

16. Sling Blade (1996)

R | 135 min | Drama

8.0
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84 Metascore

Karl Childers, a simple man hospitalized since his childhood murder of his mother and her lover, is released to start a new life in a small town.

Director: Billy Bob Thornton | Stars: Billy Bob Thornton, Dwight Yoakam, J.T. Walsh, John Ritter

Votes: 83,959 | Gross: $24.48M

17. Mud (2012)

PG-13 | 130 min | Drama

7.4
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76 Metascore

Two young boys encounter a fugitive and form a pact to help him evade the vigilantes that are on his trail and to reunite him with his true love.

Director: Jeff Nichols | Stars: Matthew McConaughey, Tye Sheridan, Jacob Lofland, Sam Shepard

Votes: 160,533 | Gross: $21.59M

18. Rectify (2013–2016)

TV-14 | 60 min | Drama

8.3
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Daniel Holden must put his life back together after serving 19 years on Georgia's Death Row before DNA evidence calls his conviction into question.

Stars: Aden Young, Abigail Spencer, J. Smith-Cameron, Adelaide Clemens

Votes: 22,866

19. The Beguiled (2017)

R | 93 min | Drama, Thriller

6.3
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77 Metascore

The unexpected arrival of a wounded Union soldier at a girls school in Virginia during the American Civil War leads to jealousy and betrayal.

Director: Sofia Coppola | Stars: Nicole Kidman, Kirsten Dunst, Elle Fanning, Colin Farrell

Votes: 46,846 | Gross: $10.58M

20. Angel Heart (1987)

R | 113 min | Horror, Mystery, Thriller

7.3
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61 Metascore

A private investigator is hired by a man who calls himself Louis Cyphre to track down a singer named Johnny Favorite. But the investigation takes an unexpected and somber turn.

Director: Alan Parker | Stars: Mickey Rourke, Robert De Niro, Lisa Bonet, Charlotte Rampling

Votes: 76,076 | Gross: $17.19M

21. The Gift (2000)

R | 111 min | Drama, Fantasy, Horror

6.6
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62 Metascore

A woman with extrasensory perception is asked to help find a young woman who has disappeared.

Director: Sam Raimi | Stars: Cate Blanchett, Katie Holmes, Keanu Reeves, Giovanni Ribisi

Votes: 60,834 | Gross: $12.01M

22. Killer Joe (2011)

R | 102 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

6.7
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62 Metascore

When a debt puts a young man's life in danger, he turns to putting a hit out on his evil mother in order to collect the insurance.

Director: William Friedkin | Stars: Matthew McConaughey, Emile Hirsch, Juno Temple, Thomas Haden Church

Votes: 69,551 | Gross: $1.99M

23. The Skeleton Key (2005)

PG-13 | 104 min | Drama, Horror, Mystery

6.5
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47 Metascore

A hospice nurse working at a spooky New Orleans plantation home finds herself entangled in a mystery involving the house's dark past.

Director: Iain Softley | Stars: Kate Hudson, Peter Sarsgaard, Joy Bryant, Gena Rowlands

Votes: 102,381 | Gross: $47.81M

24. Hush (1998)

PG-13 | 96 min | Drama, Thriller

5.5
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18 Metascore

A couple with jobs and apartment in NYC, decide to move to his mom's farm, get married and have the baby there. They can also make the changes to get a better price for the farm. However, there's something seriously wrong with his mom.

Director: Jonathan Darby | Stars: Jessica Lange, Gwyneth Paltrow, Johnathon Schaech, Nina Foch

Votes: 9,366 | Gross: $13.51M

25. Joe (I) (2013)

R | 117 min | Crime, Drama

6.9
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74 Metascore

An ex-con, who is the unlikeliest of role models, meets a 15-year-old boy and is faced with the choice of redemption or ruin.

Director: David Gordon Green | Stars: Nicolas Cage, Tye Sheridan, Gary Poulter, Ronnie Gene Blevins

Votes: 43,947 | Gross: $0.37M

26. Fury (1936)

Not Rated | 92 min | Crime, Drama, Film-Noir

7.9
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When a wrongly accused prisoner barely survives a lynch mob attack and is presumed dead, he vindictively decides to fake his death and frame the mob for his supposed murder.

Director: Fritz Lang | Stars: Sylvia Sidney, Spencer Tracy, Walter Abel, Bruce Cabot

Votes: 10,624

27. The Night of the Hunter (1955)

Not Rated | 92 min | Crime, Drama, Film-Noir

8.0
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99 Metascore

A religious fanatic marries a gullible widow whose young children are reluctant to tell him where their real daddy hid $10,000 he'd stolen in a robbery.

Director: Charles Laughton | Stars: Robert Mitchum, Shelley Winters, Lillian Gish, James Gleason

Votes: 77,502 | Gross: $0.65M

28. The Paperboy (2012)

R | 107 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

5.8
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45 Metascore

A reporter returns to his Florida hometown to investigate a case involving a death row inmate.

Director: Lee Daniels | Stars: Matthew McConaughey, Nicole Kidman, John Cusack, Zac Efron

Votes: 34,671 | Gross: $0.69M

29. Suddenly, Last Summer (1959)

Approved | 114 min | Drama, Mystery, Thriller

7.6
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54 Metascore

The only son of wealthy widow Violet Venable dies while on vacation with his cousin Catherine. What the girl saw was so horrible that she went insane; now Mrs. Venable wants Catherine lobotomized to cover up the truth.

Director: Joseph L. Mankiewicz | Stars: Elizabeth Taylor, Katharine Hepburn, Montgomery Clift, Albert Dekker

Votes: 13,001 | Gross: $13.90M

30. Two Moon Junction (1988)

R | 104 min | Drama, Romance

5.0
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38 Metascore

A young Southern débutante temporarily abandons her posh lifestyle and upcoming, semi-arranged marriage to have a lustful and erotic fling with a rugged drifter who works at a local carnival.

Director: Zalman King | Stars: Sherilyn Fenn, Richard Tyson, Louise Fletcher, Burl Ives

Votes: 4,828 | Gross: $1.55M

31. Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil (1997)

R | 155 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

6.6
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57 Metascore

A visiting city reporter's (John Cusack's) assignment suddenly revolves around the murder trial of a local millionaire (Kevin Spacey), whom he befriends.

Director: Clint Eastwood | Stars: John Cusack, Kevin Spacey, Jack Thompson, Irma P. Hall

Votes: 35,639 | Gross: $25.08M

32. Cat on a Hot Tin Roof (1958)

Not Rated | 108 min | Drama

8.0
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80 Metascore

Brick Pollitt (Paul Newman), an alcoholic ex-football player, drinks his days away and resists the affections of his wife, Maggie (Dame Elizabeth Taylor). His reunion with his father, Big Daddy (Burl Ives), who is dying of cancer, jogs a host of memories and revelations for both father and son.

Director: Richard Brooks | Stars: Elizabeth Taylor, Paul Newman, Burl Ives, Jack Carson

Votes: 42,338 | Gross: $17.57M

33. Eve's Bayou (1997)

R | 109 min | Drama

7.3
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78 Metascore

After a daughter witnesses her father having an affair, she begins a chain reaction that could tear her family apart.

Director: Kasi Lemmons | Stars: Samuel L. Jackson, Jurnee Smollett-Bell, Meagan Good, Lynn Whitfield

Votes: 8,110 | Gross: $14.82M

34. Cape Fear (1962)

Passed | 106 min | Drama, Thriller

7.7
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76 Metascore

A lawyer's family is stalked by a man he once helped put in jail.

Director: J. Lee Thompson | Stars: Gregory Peck, Robert Mitchum, Polly Bergen, Lori Martin

Votes: 24,707

35. Bernie (2011)

PG-13 | 104 min | Biography, Comedy, Crime

6.8
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75 Metascore

In small-town Texas, an affable mortician strikes up a friendship with a wealthy widow, though when she starts to become controlling, he goes to great lengths to separate himself from her grasp.

Director: Richard Linklater | Stars: Jack Black, Shirley MacLaine, Matthew McConaughey, Brady Coleman

Votes: 54,954 | Gross: $9.20M

36. The Beyond (1981)

R | 87 min | Horror

6.8
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38 Metascore

A young woman inherits an old hotel in Louisiana where, following a series of supernatural "accidents", she learns that the building was built over one of the entrances to Hell.

Director: Lucio Fulci | Stars: Catriona MacColl, David Warbeck, Cinzia Monreale, Antoine Saint-John

Votes: 18,828 | Gross: $0.12M

37. The Beguiled (1971)

R | 105 min | Drama, Thriller, War

7.2
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66 Metascore

While imprisoned in a Confederate girls' boarding school, an injured Union soldier cons his way into each of the lonely women's hearts, causing them to turn on each other, and eventually, on him.

Director: Don Siegel | Stars: Clint Eastwood, Geraldine Page, Elizabeth Hartman, Jo Ann Harris

Votes: 14,805

38. Sweet Bird of Youth (1962)

Approved | 120 min | Drama

7.3
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Drifter Chance Wayne returns to his hometown after many years of trying to make it in the movies. Arriving with him is a faded film star he picked up along the way, Alexandra Del Lago. ... See full summary »

Director: Richard Brooks | Stars: Paul Newman, Geraldine Page, Shirley Knight, Ed Begley

Votes: 6,368

39. White Lightning (1973)

PG | 101 min | Action, Drama, Crime

6.4
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60 Metascore

An ex con teams up with federal agents to help them with breaking up a moonshine ring.

Director: Joseph Sargent | Stars: Burt Reynolds, Jennifer Billingsley, Ned Beatty, Bo Hopkins

Votes: 3,591

40. The Last Exorcism (2010)

PG-13 | 87 min | Horror, Mystery, Thriller

5.6
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63 Metascore

A troubled evangelical minister agrees to let his last exorcism be filmed by a documentary crew.

Director: Daniel Stamm | Stars: Patrick Fabian, Ashley Bell, Iris Bahr, Louis Herthum

Votes: 46,753 | Gross: $41.03M

41. Walking Tall (1973)

R | 125 min | Action, Biography, Crime

7.0
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60 Metascore

Based on the life of Tennessee sheriff Buford Pusser whom almost single-handily cleaned up his small town of crime and corruption, but at a personal cost of his family life and nearly his own life.

Director: Phil Karlson | Stars: Joe Don Baker, Elizabeth Hartman, Leif Garrett, Dawn Lyn

Votes: 4,686

42. Mandingo (1975)

R | 127 min | Drama, History, Romance

6.3
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An 1840s slaveowner trains one of his slaves to be a bare-knuckle fighter.

Director: Richard Fleischer | Stars: James Mason, Susan George, Perry King, Richard Ward

Votes: 3,172

43. Jessabelle (2014)

PG-13 | 90 min | Horror, Thriller

5.4
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37 Metascore

Returning to her childhood home in Louisiana to recuperate from a horrific car accident, Jessabelle comes face to face with a long-tormented spirit that has been seeking her return -- and has no intention of letting her escape.

Director: Kevin Greutert | Stars: Sarah Snook, Mark Webber, Joelle Carter, David Andrews

Votes: 21,451

44. The Chase (1966)

Passed | 134 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

7.2
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The escape of Bubber Reeves from prison affects the inhabitants of a small Southern town.

Director: Arthur Penn | Stars: Marlon Brando, Jane Fonda, Robert Redford, E.G. Marshall

Votes: 9,536 | Gross: $5.00M

45. Cold in July (2014)

R | 109 min | Crime, Thriller

6.8
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73 Metascore

When a protective father meets a murderous ex-con, both need to deviate from the path they are on as they soon find themselves entangled in a downwards spiral of lies and violence while having to confront their own inner psyche.

Director: Jim Mickle | Stars: Michael C. Hall, Sam Shepard, Don Johnson, Vinessa Shaw

Votes: 33,002 | Gross: $0.41M

46. Hounddog (2007)

R | 102 min | Drama, Music

6.3
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31 Metascore

A drama set in the American South, where a precocious, troubled girl finds a safe haven in the music and movement of Elvis Presley.

Director: Deborah Kampmeier | Stars: Dakota Fanning, David Morse, Piper Laurie, Granoldo Frazier

Votes: 5,811 | Gross: $0.13M

47. Eaten Alive (1976)

R | 91 min | Horror, Thriller

5.5
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A psychotic redneck, who owns a dilapidated hotel in rural East Texas, kills various people who upset him or his business, and he feeds their bodies to a large crocodile that he keeps as a pet in the swamp beside his hotel.

Director: Tobe Hooper | Stars: Neville Brand, Mel Ferrer, Carolyn Jones, Marilyn Burns

Votes: 6,112

48. This Property Is Condemned (1966)

Unrated | 110 min | Drama, Romance

7.1
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The dramatic love story of small-town Mississippi girl Alva Starr and railroad official Owen Legate, set during the Great Depression.

Director: Sydney Pollack | Stars: Natalie Wood, Robert Redford, Charles Bronson, Kate Reid

Votes: 4,819

49. Hush...Hush, Sweet Charlotte (1964)

Not Rated | 133 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

7.6
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An aging, reclusive Southern belle plagued by a horrifying family secret descends into madness after the arrival of a lost relative.

Director: Robert Aldrich | Stars: Bette Davis, Olivia de Havilland, Joseph Cotten, Agnes Moorehead

Votes: 11,967

50. The Reaping (2007)

R | 99 min | Horror, Thriller

5.6
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36 Metascore

A former Christian missionary, who specializes in debunking religious phenomena, investigates a small town which seems to be suffering from the 10 biblical plagues.

Director: Stephen Hopkins | Stars: Hilary Swank, David Morrissey, AnnaSophia Robb, Idris Elba

Votes: 41,198 | Gross: $25.12M



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