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1. X-Men (2000)

PG-13 | 104 min | Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi

7.4
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64 Metascore

In a world where mutants (evolved super-powered humans) exist and are discriminated against, two groups form for an inevitable clash: the supremacist Brotherhood, and the pacifist X-Men.

Director: Bryan Singer | Stars: Patrick Stewart, Hugh Jackman, Ian McKellen, Famke Janssen

Votes: 537,061 | Gross: $157.30M

2. The Shawshank Redemption (1994)

R | 142 min | Drama

9.3
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80 Metascore

Two imprisoned men bond over a number of years, finding solace and eventual redemption through acts of common decency.

Director: Frank Darabont | Stars: Tim Robbins, Morgan Freeman, Bob Gunton, William Sadler

Votes: 2,103,712 | Gross: $28.34M

3. Inception (2010)

PG-13 | 148 min | Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi

8.8
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74 Metascore

A thief who steals corporate secrets through the use of dream-sharing technology is given the inverse task of planting an idea into the mind of a C.E.O.

Director: Christopher Nolan | Stars: Leonardo DiCaprio, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Ellen Page, Ken Watanabe

Votes: 1,843,710 | Gross: $292.58M

4. Twin Peaks (1990–1991)

TV-MA | 47 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

8.8
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An idiosyncratic FBI agent investigates the murder of a young woman in the even more idiosyncratic town of Twin Peaks.

Stars: Kyle MacLachlan, Michael Ontkean, Mädchen Amick, Dana Ashbrook

Votes: 154,981

5. Forgetting Sarah Marshall (2008)

R | 111 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

7.2
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67 Metascore

Devastated Peter takes a Hawaiian vacation in order to deal with the recent break-up with his TV star girlfriend, Sarah. Little does he know, Sarah's traveling to the same resort as her ex - and she's bringing along her new boyfriend.

Director: Nicholas Stoller | Stars: Kristen Bell, Jason Segel, Paul Rudd, Mila Kunis

Votes: 247,927 | Gross: $63.17M

6. The Count of Monte Cristo (2002)

PG-13 | 131 min | Action, Adventure, Drama

7.8
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61 Metascore

A young man, falsely imprisoned by his jealous "friend", escapes and uses a hidden treasure to exact his revenge.

Director: Kevin Reynolds | Stars: Jim Caviezel, Guy Pearce, Richard Harris, James Frain

Votes: 120,435 | Gross: $54.23M

7. Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy (2011)

R | 122 min | Drama, Mystery, Thriller

7.1
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85 Metascore

In the bleak days of the Cold War, espionage veteran George Smiley (Gary Oldman) is forced from semi-retirement to uncover a Soviet Agent within MI6.

Director: Tomas Alfredson | Stars: Gary Oldman, Colin Firth, Tom Hardy, Mark Strong

Votes: 174,990 | Gross: $24.15M

8. The Last Castle (2001)

R | 131 min | Action, Drama, Thriller

6.9
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43 Metascore

A court-martialed General rallies together twelve hundred inmates to rise against the corrupt system that put him away.

Director: Rod Lurie | Stars: Robert Redford, James Gandolfini, Mark Ruffalo, Steve Burton

Votes: 65,511 | Gross: $18.21M

9. Stalag 17 (1953)

Not Rated | 120 min | Comedy, Drama, War

8.0
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84 Metascore

When two escaping American World War II prisoners are killed, the German P.O.W. camp barracks black marketeer, J.J. Sefton, is suspected of being an informer.

Director: Billy Wilder | Stars: William Holden, Don Taylor, Otto Preminger, Robert Strauss

Votes: 48,045

10. Winter Kills (1979)

R | 97 min | Comedy, Drama, Mystery

6.2
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The Pickering Commission concluded that a lone gunman killed US President Kegan in 1960, in Philadelphia. 19 years later a dying man confesses to be the real shooter hired to kill him. Kegan's brother and filthy rich father investigate.

Director: William Richert | Stars: Jeff Bridges, John Huston, Anthony Perkins, Eli Wallach

Votes: 1,883 | Gross: $1.08M

11. The Maiden Heist (2009)

PG-13 | 90 min | Comedy, Crime

6.1
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A comedy centered on three museum security guards who devise a plan to steal back the artworks to which they have become attached after they are transferred to another museum.

Director: Peter Hewitt | Stars: Christopher Walken, Joseph McKenna, Wynn Everett, Patricia B. Till

Votes: 14,659

12. Brute Force (1947)

Passed | 98 min | Crime, Drama, Film-Noir

7.7
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At a tough penitentiary, prisoner Joe Collins plans to rebel against Captain Munsey, the power-mad chief guard.

Director: Jules Dassin | Stars: Burt Lancaster, Hume Cronyn, Charles Bickford, Yvonne De Carlo

Votes: 7,891

13. The Dark Horse (2014)

R | 124 min | Biography, Drama

7.5
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77 Metascore

A brilliant but troubled New Zealand chess champion finds purpose by teaching underprivileged children about the rules of chess and life.

Director: James Napier Robertson | Stars: Cliff Curtis, James Rolleston, Kirk Torrance, James Napier Robertson

Votes: 5,255 | Gross: $0.06M

14. Little Secrets (2001)

PG | 96 min | Comedy, Drama, Family

6.5
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52 Metascore

Emily Lindstrom, 14, is an aspiring concert violinist; she's spending the summer practicing for a big audition while her girlfriends are at camp. She's also got a thriving neighborhood ... See full summary »

Director: Blair Treu | Stars: Evan Rachel Wood, Michael Angarano, David Gallagher, Vivica A. Fox

Votes: 2,956 | Gross: $0.41M

15. Alice Through the Looking Glass (1998 TV Movie)

Not Rated | 83 min | Fantasy, Family

5.6
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A modern adaptation of the classic children's story "Alice Through the Looking Glass" written by Lewis Carroll and John Tenniel, which continued on from "Alice's Adventures in Wonderland". ... See full summary »

Director: John Henderson | Stars: Kate Beckinsale, Charlotte Curley, Penelope Wilton, Geoffrey Palmer

Votes: 1,337

16. Magellan (2017)

103 min | Mystery, Sci-Fi, Thriller

5.4
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After NASA picks up a trio of mysterious signals from within our own solar system, astronaut Roger Nelson is dispatched on a multi-year solo mission aboard the Magellan spacecraft to investigate the sources.

Director: Rob York | Stars: Brandon Ray Olive, K. Danor Gerald, Whitney Palmer, Matthew Mercer

Votes: 554

17. Backlight (2010)

90 min | Drama, Mystery, Sci-Fi

6.2
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Several characters who are each at critical stages of their lives are strangely impelled towards an uncharted lake in the middle of the desert where they all have the opportunity to save each other.

Director: Fernando Fragata | Stars: Joaquim de Almeida, Michelle Mania, Skyler Day, Scott Bailey

Votes: 2,018

18. Manhunt of Mystery Island (1945)

Not Rated | 219 min | Action, Sci-Fi

7.1
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A young couple journeys to Mystery Island to rescue the girl's father, who is being held prisoner by the evil Captain Mephisto, a pirate from 200 years ago who uses his Transformation ... See full summary »

Directors: Spencer Gordon Bennet, Yakima Canutt, Wallace Grissell | Stars: Richard Bailey, Linda Stirling, Roy Barcroft, Kenne Duncan

Votes: 100

19. The Chess Players (1977)

Not Rated | 129 min | Comedy, Drama, History

7.8
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Wazed Ali Shah was the ruler of one of the last independent kingdoms of India. The British, intent on controlling this rich country, had sent General Outram on a secret mission to clear the... See full summary »

Director: Satyajit Ray | Stars: Sanjeev Kumar, Saeed Jaffrey, Shabana Azmi, Farida Jalal

Votes: 2,713

20. The Christmas Toy (1986 TV Movie)

TV-G | 50 min | Family, Fantasy, Musical

8.2
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When no people are around, the toys still play in the playroom. But since a toy will be frozen forever if a person catches it out of position, they have to be very careful. It's Christmas ... See full summary »

Director: Eric Till | Stars: Dave Goelz, Steve Whitmire, Kathryn Mullen, Jerry Nelson

Votes: 974

21. Lang leve de koningin (1995)

118 min | Adventure, Drama, Family

7.2
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A fairytale about a young girl who learns to play chess and at the same time finds her father.

Director: Esmé Lammers | Stars: Maya van den Broecke, Lisa De Rooy, Cas Enklaar, Derek de Lint

Votes: 974

22. Alice Through the Looking Glass (1966 TV Movie)

Unrated | 72 min | Family, Fantasy, Musical

6.5
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A made-for-television musical following the further adventures of Alice in Wonderland. This time, she's transported to a magical world through a large looking glass with the help of a ... See full summary »

Director: Alan Handley | Stars: Judi Rolin, Roy Castle, Robert Coote, Richard Denning

Votes: 141

23. Dangerous Moves (1984)

100 min | Drama, Sport, Thriller

6.6
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During the Cold War, the World Chess Championship clashed complete opposites - personal and political.

Director: Richard Dembo | Stars: Michel Piccoli, Alexandre Arbatt, Liv Ullmann, Leslie Caron

Votes: 920

24. Final Move (2006)

R | 91 min | Thriller

3.7
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A psychic and a cop track a serial killer who is copying a killer who just got executed.

Director: Joey Travolta | Stars: Matt Schulze, Lochlyn Munro, David Carradine, Daniel Baldwin

Votes: 414

25. Alice Through the Looking Glass (1987 TV Movie)

G | 73 min | Animation, Adventure, Family

6.0
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In this classic tale, Alice falls through a mirror and arrives in a wonderful place called Chessland! Alice's journey across eight crazy squares of Chessland is brought to the screen in ... See full summary »

Directors: Andrea Bresciani, Richard Slapczynski | Stars: Janet Waldo, Townsend Coleman, Phyllis Diller, Hal Smith

Votes: 131

26. At Land (1944)

15 min | Short

7.6
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Silently, a woman wakes on a beach as the tides go in reverse. Her dreamscape unfolds as she tries to locate a chess piece traveling from the beach to a party to a country road and then back.

Director: Maya Deren | Stars: John Cage, Maya Deren, Alexander Hammid, Hella Heyman

Votes: 2,361

27. Chess Fever (1925)

Not Rated | 28 min | Comedy, Short

7.3
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With an international chess tournament in progress, a young man becomes completely obsessed with the game. His fiancée has no interest in it, and becomes frustrated and depressed by his ... See full summary »

Directors: Vsevolod Pudovkin, Nikolai Shpikovsky | Stars: José Raúl Capablanca, Vladimir Fogel, Anna Zemtsova, Natalya Glan

Votes: 1,020

28. Murray Head: One Night in Bangkok (1985 Video)

4 min | Short, Music

7.2
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Murray Head performs in the music video "One Night in Bangkok" from the album "Chess" recorded for RCA Records. The video begins with an animated chessboard breaking down. It features ... See full summary »

Director: David G. Hillier | Star: Murray Head

Votes: 65

29. The Mighty Pawns (1987 TV Movie)

57 min | Drama

6.0
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Inner city kids are given new direction when they are convinced to join the school chess team.

Director: Eric Laneuville | Stars: Rosalind Cash, Sean Thomas Danley, Theo Forsett, Shawn Harrison

Votes: 32

30. Hatley High (2003)

90 min | Comedy, Romance

6.3
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Tommy Linklater is an eighteen-year old magician. The magic he performs is often minor - re-directing croquet balls, making cards appear in closed purses - it is always genuine; he actually... See full summary »

Director: Phil Price | Stars: Nicolas Wright, Rachelle Lefevre, Nwamiko Madden, James A. Woods

Votes: 428

31. Hoomania (1985 Video)

G | 37 min | Animation, Short, Family

6.5
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Follow Kris Atwood into a land of comical game people where you'll be chased by an army of chessmen, taunted by a daffy dodo bird, tempted by goodie-gobbling sluggards, and learn about ... See full summary »

Director: Rick Garside | Stars: Danny Nash, Haskell Hal Heimlick, Jini Williams Robie, Frank Poynton

Votes: 39

32. Knights of the Round (1991 Video Game)

Action, Adventure, Fantasy

7.5
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The story tells of a man who pulled the mighty sword Excalibur from a rock which no one else could achieve. This feat signified that he should be king of the Britons and lead them to peace.... See full summary »

Votes: 33

33. Chess-Nuts (1932)

7 min | Animation, Short, Comedy

7.0
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Betty Boop is the black queen and Bimbo the white king in a surrealistic chess game.

Director: Dave Fleischer | Stars: Billy Murray, Mae Questel

Votes: 217

34. Battle Chess (1988 Video Game)

Action, Fantasy, Sport

7.3
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Animated chess game set in a medieval setting with some fantasy elements. Each time a piece takes another, short battle animation plays. These short animated battles to the death sometimes have a funny twist to them.

Votes: 22

35. Chess History (2011 Video)

6 min | Documentary, Short, History

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Director: Liz Garbus | Stars: Bobby Fischer, Asa Hoffman, Garry Kasparov, Susan Polgar

36. Little Matryoshka (2014)

8 min | Animation, Short

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A matryoshka family, led by an over-protective mother, find themselves on a desk full of playful wooden toys. Wary of strangers, Mother Matryoshka distances her family from the other toys. ... See full summary »

Directors: Serin Inan, Tolga Yildiz

37. Snow (IV) (2005)

7 min | Short, Comedy

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Director: Saeed Ali Aldhaheri | Stars: Ali Mohammed Al Dhaheri, Abdulla Ali Salim Al Khawaldi, Abdullah Alramsi

38. Chess Wars (1996 Video Game)

Action, Drama

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This chess simulator uses short full motion video sequences to somewhat violently illustrate the moments when chess pieces capture one another. The setting is medieval England and murderous Black kingdom is invading the White kingdom.

Director: Paul W. Cooper | Stars: Andrew Calder, Kirk B.R. Woller

39. Metro-Cross (1985 Video Game)

Sci-Fi

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40. The Last Checkmate (2014)

26 min | Short, Drama

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A chamber piece about a piece with one in the chamber.

Director: Joe Zappa | Stars: Bob Elkins, Ernie Rowland

41. Wrecked (2016–2018)
Episode: A Game of Chest (2018)

TV-MA | 21 min | Action, Adventure, Comedy

8.0
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Jess has amnesia and thinks she's still 19, so Todd attempts to spark her memory by telling her how they met. Meanwhile, Declan proposes to Steve a game of high stakes chess. Unfortunately, Steve doesn't know what chess is.

Director: Jordan Shipley | Stars: Zach Cregger, Brian Sacca, Ally Maki, Jessica Lowe

Votes: 79

42. Once Upon a Time in Wonderland (2013–2014)
Episode: And They Lived... (2014)

TV-PG | 44 min | Adventure, Drama, Fantasy

8.7
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After a successful plan, Jafar imprisons the Jabberwocky; Alice and the White Rabbit form an army to fight Jafar.

Director: Kari Skogland | Stars: Sophie Lowe, Michael Socha, Peter Gadiot, Emma Rigby

Votes: 197

43. Once Upon a Time in Wonderland (2013–2014)
Episode: Dirty Little Secrets (2014)

TV-14 | 42 min | Adventure, Drama, Fantasy

8.4
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Cyrus remembers the events that led to the binding price he and his brothers have to pay; the Red Queen and the Knave are faced with the Jabberwocky.

Director: Alex Zakrzewski | Stars: Sophie Lowe, Michael Socha, Peter Gadiot, Emma Rigby

Votes: 187

44. Once Upon a Time in Wonderland (2013–2014)
Episode: Down the Rabbit Hole (2013)

TV-PG | 44 min | Adventure, Drama, Fantasy

7.6
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Alice's stories about Wonderland get her admitted to an asylum.

Director: Ralph Hemecker | Stars: Sophie Lowe, Michael Socha, Peter Gadiot, Emma Rigby

Votes: 397

45. Murdoch Mysteries (2008– )
Episode: Downstairs, Upstairs (2011)

TV-PG | 48 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

7.9
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Dark secrets surface at the Jenkins household when Murdoch questions the family and servants of murdered patriarch Percival Jenkins.

Director: Harvey Crossland | Stars: Yannick Bisson, Helene Joy, Thomas Craig, Jonny Harris

Votes: 156

46. Twin Peaks (1990–1991)
Episode: Episode #2.17 (1991)

TV-14 | 46 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

7.6
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Coop falls for Norma's sister and new waitress, the cute, reclusive ex-nun, Annie. Truman grieves over Josie's unexplained death. Earle visits Donna. Ben's fashion show set up to promote his "Save the Pine Weasel" cause ends in disaster.

Director: James Foley | Stars: Kyle MacLachlan, Michael Ontkean, Mädchen Amick, Dana Ashbrook

Votes: 2,166

47. Hawaii Five-0 (2010– )
Episode: He Moho Hou (2016)

TV-14 | 43 min | Action, Crime, Drama

8.0
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When FBI Profiler Alicia Brown finds a body in her bed, she is forced to join McGarrett in the hunt for the chess-piece killer. Also, Kono reconnects with a former surfing competitor, who is now a disabled and homeless war vet

Director: Bryan Spicer | Stars: Alex O'Loughlin, Scott Caan, Daniel Dae Kim, Grace Park

Votes: 306

48. Once Upon a Time in Wonderland (2013–2014)
Episode: Heart of Stone (2013)

TV-14 | 44 min | Adventure, Drama, Fantasy

8.0
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Will Scarlet and Anastasia pass into Wonderland only to discover it isn't what they imagined; the Red Queen gains her royal status.

Director: Paul A. Edwards | Stars: Sophie Lowe, Michael Socha, Peter Gadiot, Emma Rigby

Votes: 230

49. Once Upon a Time in Wonderland (2013–2014)
Episode: Home (2013)

TV-PG | 42 min | Adventure, Drama, Fantasy

8.5
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In flashback, we learn about Cyrus' origin story while Alice seeks out the White Rabbit for answers involving his actions in Wonderland

Director: Romeo Tirone | Stars: Sophie Lowe, Michael Socha, Peter Gadiot, Emma Rigby

Votes: 214

50. Hawaii Five-0 (2010– )
Episode: Hu a'e ke ahi lanakila a Kamaile (2016)

TV-14 | 43 min | Action, Crime, Drama

8.1
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Five-0 must find McGarrett and Alicia when they are kidnapped by the serial killer they've been hunting.

Director: Bronwen Hughes | Stars: Alex O'Loughlin, Scott Caan, Daniel Dae Kim, Grace Park

Votes: 311



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