Films that got under my skin

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1. The Exorcist (1973)

R | 122 min | Horror

8.0
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82 Metascore

When a girl is possessed by a mysterious entity, her mother seeks the help of two priests to save her daughter.

Director: William Friedkin | Stars: Ellen Burstyn, Max von Sydow, Linda Blair, Lee J. Cobb

Votes: 307,719 | Gross: $232.91M

2. The Visitors (1972)

R | 88 min | Crime, Drama

6.5
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Bill, Martha and their little child Hal are spending a quiet winter Sunday in their cosy house when they get an unexpected visit from Mike Nickerson and Tony Rodriguez. Mike and Tony are ... See full summary »

Director: Elia Kazan | Stars: Patrick McVey, Patricia Joyce, James Woods, Steve Railsback

Votes: 875

3. WUSA (1970)

PG-13 | 115 min | Drama, Romance

5.5
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A radio station in the Deep South becomes the focal point of a right-wing conspiracy.

Director: Stuart Rosenberg | Stars: Paul Newman, Joanne Woodward, Anthony Perkins, Laurence Harvey

Votes: 846

4. Diary of a Country Priest (1951)

Approved | 95 min | Drama

8.0
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A young priest taking over the parish at Ambricourt tries to fulfill his duties even as he fights a mysterious stomach ailment.

Director: Robert Bresson | Stars: Claude Laydu, Nicole Ladmiral, Jean Riveyre, Adrien Borel

Votes: 7,478

5. Birdman of Alcatraz (1962)

Not Rated | 147 min | Biography, Crime, Drama

7.8
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A surly convicted murderer held in permanent isolation redeems himself when he becomes a renowned bird expert.

Directors: John Frankenheimer, Charles Crichton | Stars: Burt Lancaster, Karl Malden, Thelma Ritter, Neville Brand

Votes: 13,372

6. Arna's Children (2004)

84 min | Documentary

8.2
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73 Metascore

Juliano Mer Khamis' documentary on his mother, Arna, an activist against the Israeli occupation who founded an alternative education system for Palestinian children.

Directors: Danniel Danniel, Juliano Mer-Khamis | Star: Arna Mer Khamis

Votes: 202

7. Easy Rider (1969)

R | 95 min | Adventure, Drama

7.4
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86 Metascore

Two counterculture bikers travel from Los Angeles to New Orleans in search of America.

Director: Dennis Hopper | Stars: Peter Fonda, Dennis Hopper, Jack Nicholson, Antonio Mendoza

Votes: 81,682 | Gross: $41.73M

8. Lunacy (2005)

118 min | Animation, Comedy, Drama

7.3
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63 Metascore

A man takes up residence with a mysterious marquis and is soon persuaded to enter into an asylum for preventative therapy. Things are not what they seem, and the marquis may be even more sinister than what the young man may've predicted.

Director: Jan Svankmajer | Stars: Jan Tríska, Pavel Liska, Anna Geislerová, Martin Huba

Votes: 3,000 | Gross: $0.05M

9. The War Zone (1999)

R | 98 min | Drama

7.4
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68 Metascore

An alienated teenager, saddened that he has moved away from London, must find a way to deal with a dark family secret.

Director: Tim Roth | Stars: Ray Winstone, Kate Ashfield, Annabelle Apsion, Lara Belmont

Votes: 8,507 | Gross: $0.25M

10. L'histoire du garçon qui voulait qu'on l'embrasse (1994)

95 min | Drama, Romance

6.7
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Raoul is a 20 years old student in Paris. Girls are not interested in him, though he is good-looking. He wonders why. Raoul does not look for a great passion, he only wants to be kissed. We... See full summary »

Director: Philippe Harel | Stars: Julien Collet, Marion Cotillard, Hélène Médigue, Marie Pailhes

Votes: 92

11. Le Havre (2011)

Not Rated | 93 min | Comedy, Drama

7.2
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82 Metascore

When an African boy arrives by cargo ship in the port city of Le Havre, an aging shoe shiner takes pity on the child and welcomes him into his home.

Director: Aki Kaurismäki | Stars: André Wilms, Blondin Miguel, Jean-Pierre Darroussin, Kati Outinen

Votes: 17,044 | Gross: $0.61M

12. Kaspar Hauser (1993)

139 min | Drama, History, Mystery

7.0
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Kaspar Hauser is the son of the duke of Baden. At the age of one he was swapped by another baby that has been killed right after the change. The real Kaspar Hauser grew up in prison without... See full summary »

Director: Peter Sehr | Stars: André Eisermann, Udo Samel, Jeremy Clyde, Katharina Thalbach

Votes: 418

13. Hamilton (I) (2006)

65 min | Drama

6.0
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55 Metascore

Chronicles two summer days in the life of a young recent family: Lena, 17, and Joe, 20, two recent and accidental parents residing in a diverse suburban neighborhood in northeast Baltimore City.

Director: Matthew Porterfield | Stars: Christopher H. Myers, Stephanie Vizzi, Sarah Seipp-Williams, Gina Christine Mooers

Votes: 113

14. Petites révélations (2006)

55 min

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Director: Marie Vermillard | Stars: Marilyne Canto, Antoine Chappey, Simon Abkarian, Hiam Abbass

Votes: 8

15. Mannen som elsket Yngve (2008)

90 min | Comedy, Drama, Music

7.0
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A teenage boy loses his footing when he finds himself drawn to the new boy in class.

Director: Stian Kristiansen | Stars: Rolf Kristian Larsen, Arthur Berning, Ida Elise Broch, Ole Christoffer Ertvaag

Votes: 3,866

16. The Ninth Configuration (1980)

R | 118 min | Comedy, Drama, Horror

7.2
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A new commanding officer arrives at a remote castle serving as an insane asylum for crazy and AWOL U.S.M.C. soldiers where he attempts to rehabilitate them by allowing them to live out ... See full summary »

Director: William Peter Blatty | Stars: Stacy Keach, Scott Wilson, Jason Miller, Ed Flanders

Votes: 4,794

17. La Haine (1995)

Not Rated | 98 min | Crime, Drama

8.1
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24 hours in the lives of three young men in the French suburbs the day after a violent riot.

Director: Mathieu Kassovitz | Stars: Vincent Cassel, Hubert Koundé, Saïd Taghmaoui, Abdel Ahmed Ghili

Votes: 117,139 | Gross: $0.31M

18. The Serpent's Kiss (1997)

R | 104 min | Drama

5.8
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Young Dutch landscape architect Meneer Chrome comes to a remote English estate where Thomas Smithers lives with his wife, Juliana. Smithers is determined to leave as his legacy a fabulous ... See full summary »

Director: Philippe Rousselot | Stars: Ewan McGregor, Greta Scacchi, Pete Postlethwaite, Richard E. Grant

Votes: 1,411

19. On the Waterfront (1954)

Not Rated | 108 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

8.2
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88 Metascore

An ex-prize fighter turned longshoreman struggles to stand up to his corrupt union bosses.

Director: Elia Kazan | Stars: Marlon Brando, Karl Malden, Lee J. Cobb, Rod Steiger

Votes: 113,196 | Gross: $9.60M

20. Kurtlar Vadisi: Irak (2006)

122 min | Action, Adventure

5.9
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The film covers through fiction real-life events like the occupation of Iraq, the execution of Daniel Pearl, the Hood event and the Abu Ghraib torture scandal.

Directors: Serdar Akar, Sadullah Sentürk | Stars: Necati Sasmaz, Billy Zane, Ghassan Massoud, Gürkan Uygun

Votes: 15,458

21. Withnail & I (1987)

R | 107 min | Comedy, Drama

7.8
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In 1969, two substance-abusing, unemployed actors retreat to the countryside for a holiday that proves disastrous.

Director: Bruce Robinson | Stars: Richard E. Grant, Paul McGann, Richard Griffiths, Ralph Brown

Votes: 33,669 | Gross: $1.54M

22. Ultrà (1991)

95 min | Drama, Sport

6.5
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The "Brigatte Veneno" is a fan group from the soccer club "AS Roma". The next match is against "Juventus Turin", the classic prestige duel. Principe, the former leader of the group, has ... See full summary »

Director: Ricky Tognazzi | Stars: Claudio Amendola, Ricky Memphis, Gianmarco Tognazzi, Giuppy Izzo

Votes: 669

23. Armadillo (2010)

Not Rated | 105 min | Documentary, War

7.6
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72 Metascore

In February of 2009, a group of Danish soldiers accompanied by documentarian Janus Metz arrived at Armadillo, an army base in the southern Afghan province of Helmand. Metz and ... See full summary »

Director: Janus Metz

Votes: 8,534 | Gross: $0.01M

24. Taxi to the Dark Side (2007)

R | 106 min | Documentary, Crime, War

7.6
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82 Metascore

Alex Gibney exposes the haunting details of the USA's torture and interrogation practices during the War in Afghanistan.

Director: Alex Gibney | Stars: Alex Gibney, Brian Keith Allen, Moazzam Begg, Christopher Beiring

Votes: 12,413 | Gross: $0.27M

25. Prezít svuj zivot (teorie a praxe) (2010)

109 min | Animation, Comedy, Fantasy

7.4
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The film uses a mix of cut-out animation from photographs and live-action segments, and tells the story of a married man who lives a double life in his dreams, where he is married to another woman.

Director: Jan Svankmajer | Stars: Václav Helsus, Klára Issová, Zuzana Krónerová, Daniela Bakerová

Votes: 970


I am unable to assess whether psychoanalysis works as a type of therapy. I have never been to a psychoanalyst. For me, psychoanalysis is, most of all, an amazing system for the interpretation of man and the world that works with traditional symbols – therefore, I consider it trustworthy. ~Jan Švankmajer

26. Hole in the Paper Sky (2008)

TV-G | 34 min | Short, Drama

7.0
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A brilliant, misanthropic math genius is inexplicably drawn into an unusual friendship with a laboratory dog.

Director: Bill Purple | Stars: Jason Clarke, Jessica Biel, Garry Marshall, Stephen Collins

Votes: 145

27. Michael (II) (2011)

Not Rated | 96 min | Drama, Thriller

7.0
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64 Metascore

Five months in the life of a pedophile who keeps a 10-year-old boy locked in his basement.

Directors: Markus Schleinzer, Kathrin Resetarits | Stars: Michael Fuith, David Rauchenberger, Christine Kain, Ursula Strauss

Votes: 3,894 | Gross: $0.02M

28. Az do mesta as (2012)

84 min | Drama

5.8
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A poignant story about a young girl named Dorotka, who hails from eastern Slovakia. Full of determination and naive expectations regarding her new life; she takes on the job of a seamstress... See full summary »

Director: Iveta Grofova | Stars: Dorotka Billa, Maria Billa, Jarka Bucincova, Jan Cina

Votes: 72

29. House of Tolerance (2011)

Not Rated | 122 min | Drama

6.8
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75 Metascore

Life in an elegant Parisian brothel in the early twentieth century. The madam essentially owns the women: their expenses exceed earnings, they are in debt. They face problems of pregnancy, ... See full summary »

Director: Bertrand Bonello | Stars: Noémie Lvovsky, Hafsia Herzi, Céline Sallette, Jasmine Trinca

Votes: 4,927 | Gross: $0.02M

30. Tore tanzt (2013)

Not Rated | 110 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

7.0
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51 Metascore

The young Tore seeks in Hamburg a new life among the religious group called The Jesus Freaks. When he by accident meets a family and helps them to repair their car, he believes that a ... See full summary »

Director: Katrin Gebbe | Stars: Julius Feldmeier, Sascha Alexander Gersak, Annika Kuhl, Gro Swantje Kohlhof

Votes: 1,054 | Gross: $0.00M

31. Mangal Pandey: The Rising (2005)

150 min | Biography, Drama, History

6.7
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This is a film about the leader of the 1857 mutiny and his fight against the British rule.

Director: Ketan Mehta | Stars: Aamir Khan, Rani Mukerji, Toby Stephens, Coral Beed

Votes: 8,109 | Gross: $0.87M

32. Les salauds (2013)

Unrated | 100 min | Drama, Romance

6.1
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69 Metascore

Marco returns to Paris after his brother-in-law's suicide, where he targets the man his sister believes caused the tragedy - though he is ill-prepared for her secrets as they quickly muddy the waters.

Director: Claire Denis | Stars: Vincent Lindon, Chiara Mastroianni, Julie Bataille, Michel Subor

Votes: 2,601 | Gross: $0.01M

33. Le Quattro Volte (2010)

Not Rated | 88 min | Drama

7.2
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80 Metascore

An old shepherd lives his last days in a quiet medieval village perched high on the hills of Calabria, at the southernmost tip of Italy. He herds goats under skies that most villagers have ... See full summary »

Director: Michelangelo Frammartino | Stars: Giuseppe Fuda, Bruno Timpano, Nazareno Timpano, Artemio Vallone

Votes: 3,117 | Gross: $0.15M

34. Play for Today (1970–1984)
Episode: Traitor (1971)

61 min | Comedy, Drama

9.3
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Dishillusioned by his rich, aristocratic upbringing in Britain, top foreign office diplomat Adrian Harris became a spy for the Russians. He escaped to Moscow after being found out and it is... See full summary »

Director: Alan Bridges | Stars: John Le Mesurier, Jack Hedley, Vincent Ball, Neil McCallum

Votes: 38

35. Screen Two (1985–2002)
Episode: Aimée (1991)

90 min | Drama

7.8
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A white Mercedes, the English countryside, a cathedral city, a haunted figure at the wheel with an overnight bag in the boot. Frank Summers has run away from a career as a fabulously ... See full summary »

Director: Pedr James | Stars: Bridget Brammall, Edward Burnham, Simon Chandler, Jeremy Clyde

Votes: 29

36. Unter dir die Stadt (2010)

105 min | Drama

6.3
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Steve recently moved to Frankfurt for work. His wife is a stranger in the new city, bored and vulnerable. She meets her husband's boss who is going through some big events in his life as well. They start to have an affair.

Director: Christoph Hochhäusler | Stars: Nicolette Krebitz, Robert Hunger-Bühler, Mark Waschke, Corinna Kirchhoff

Votes: 586

37. Schläfer (2005)

99 min | Drama

6.3
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A story of rivalry and treachery set in a triangle of love, science and politics

Director: Benjamin Heisenberg | Stars: Bastian Trost, Mehdi Nebbou, Loretta Pflaum, Gundi Ellert

Votes: 375

38. Revanche (2008)

Not Rated | 121 min | Crime, Drama, Romance

7.6
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84 Metascore

Ex-con Alex plans to flee to the South with his girl after a robbery. But something terrible happens and revenge seems inevitable.

Director: Götz Spielmann | Stars: Johannes Krisch, Irina Potapenko, Andreas Lust, Ursula Strauss

Votes: 12,064

39. Lost Boundaries (1949)

99 min | Drama

7.1
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This story is a true account of the lives of Scott and Marsha Carter. Having graduated from medical school, Scott Carter, a fair-skinned African American, marries Marsha Mitchell and moves ... See full summary »

Director: Alfred L. Werker | Stars: Beatrice Pearson, Mel Ferrer, Susan Douglas Rubes, Robert A. Dunn

Votes: 320

40. Lili Marleen (1981)

R | 120 min | Drama, Music, Romance

7.2
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In Switzerland German singer 'Willie' falls in love with Jewish composer 'Robert' who offers resistance to the Nazis by helping refugees. But his family thinks that 'Willie' is also a Nazi ... See full summary »

Director: Rainer Werner Fassbinder | Stars: Hanna Schygulla, Giancarlo Giannini, Mel Ferrer, Karl-Heinz von Hassel

Votes: 3,080