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1. Abacus: Small Enough to Jail (2016)
Not Rated | 88 min | Documentary
A small financial institution called Abacus becomes the only company criminally indicted in the wake of the United States' 2008 mortgage crisis.
Votes: 362 | Gross: $0.10M
3. Powidoki (2016)
98 min | Biography, Drama, History
The story of charismatic painter Wladyslaw Strzeminski, who opposed social realism and maintained his own artistic freedom in spite of political obstacles.
Votes: 1,402 | Gross: $0.03M
Arena (1975– )
The American Epic Sessions
117 min | Documentary
On the 90th anniversary of its construction, a team of dedicated filmmakers rebuilds America's original electric recording device - and captures "lightning-in-a-bottle" single-take performances from some of today's top musicians.
8. Band Aid (I) (2017)
R | 91 min | Comedy, Drama, Music
A couple who can't stop fighting embark on a last-ditch effort to save their marriage: turning their fights into songs and starting a band.
Votes: 2,486 | Gross: $0.24M
10. Bending the Arc (2017)
102 min | Documentary
The extraordinary doctors and activists whose work 30 years ago to save lives in a rural Haitian village grew into a global battle in the halls of power for the right to health for all.
Votes: 63 | Gross: $0.01M
11. Bill Nye: Science Guy (2017)
101 min | Documentary
A famous television personality struggles to restore science to its rightful place in a world hostile to evidence and reason.
Votes: 275 | Gross: $0.06M
12. Blame (I) (2017)
100 min | Drama
A drama teacher's taboo relationship with an unstable student strikes a nerve in her jealous classmate, sparking a vengeful chain of events within their suburban high school that draws parallels to 'The Crucible'.
13. Brave New Jersey (2016)
TV-MA | 86 min | Comedy
A comedy about a small New Jersey town on the night of Orson Welles' legendary 1938 "War of the Worlds" radio broadcast, which led millions of listeners to believe the U.S. was being invaded by Martians.
Votes: 186 | Gross: $0.01M
15. Burden (IV) (2016)
Not Rated | 88 min | Documentary, Biography
A probing portrait of Chris Burden, an artist who took creative expression to the limits and risked his life in the name of art.
Votes: 114 | Gross: $0.02M
16. Casting JonBenet (2017)
TV-14 | 80 min | Documentary
The unsolved death of six-year-old American beauty queen JonBenet Ramsey remains the world's most sensational child murder case. Over 15 months, responses, reflections and performances were... See full summary »
17. Chavela (2017)
Unrated | 93 min | Documentary, Biography, History
The life of pioneering singer Chavela Vargas, from her birth in Costa Rica in 1919 to her death in Mexico in 2012.
Votes: 187 | Gross: $0.14M
19. The Cinema Travellers (2016)
96 min | Documentary
Showmen riding cinema lorries have brought the wonder of the movies to faraway villages in India once every year. Seven decades on, as their cinema projectors crumble and film reels become ... See full summary »
20. City of Ghosts (2017)
R | 92 min | Documentary, War
A documentary that follows the efforts of "Raqqa Is Being Slaughtered Silently," a handful of anonymous activists who banded together after their homeland was taken over by ISIS in 2014. ... See full summary »
Votes: 1,164 | Gross: $0.13M
21. Clash (2016)
Not Rated | 97 min | Drama, Thriller
Set entirely in an 8m police truck, a number of detainees from different political and social backgrounds are brought together by fate, during the turmoil that followed the ousting of former president Morsi from power.
Votes: 2,927 | Gross: $0.02M
23. The Death and Life of Marsha P. Johnson (2017)
TV-MA | 105 min | Documentary
This documentary uses never-before-seen footage and rediscovered interviews in a search for the truth behind the mysterious 1992 death of black transgender activist and Stonewall veteran Marsha P. Johnson.
27. Dolores (I) (2017)
95 min | Documentary, Biography, History
In the 1950's, a working-class wife and mother of eleven children helps to establish a farmer's union, which later develops into a platform for feminism and gender equality.
Votes: 120 | Gross: $0.55M
28. ELIÁN (2017)
108 min | Documentary
Executive-produced by Alex Gibney, the documentary shares the remarkable story of Elian Gonzalez, the 5-year-old Cuban boy plucked from the Florida Straits on Thanksgiving Day in 1999. ... See full summary »
29. Fits and Starts (2017)
80 min | Comedy
A struggling writer can't seem to escape his wife's literary success. When a road trip to a publisher's salon takes an unexpected turn, he has to face his own creative shortcomings and find a way to regain control of his life and work.
30. For Ahkeem (2017)
90 min | Documentary
After a school fight lands 17-year old Daje Shelton in a court-supervised alternative high school, she's determined to turn things around and make a better future for herself in her rough ... See full summary »
Votes: 59 | Gross: $0.02M
31. For Grace (2016)
86 min | Drama, Family
Ben was adopted. All his life, he's avoided tracing his roots. Now he's a father himself, to a baby girl. And he's going to find his biological parents for her.
32. Gook (2017)
Unrated | 94 min | Drama
Eli and Daniel, two Korean American brothers, own a struggling shoe store and have an unlikely friendship with Kamilla, a street wise 11-year-old African American girl. Kamilla ditches ... See full summary »
Votes: 658 | Gross: $0.25M
33. Hermia & Helena (2016)
Not Rated | 87 min | Comedy, Drama
Hermia & Helena is a film of dead ends and new beginnings, navigating different hemispheres and languages with amorous detours, where the written words of Shakespeare clash with the entanglements of modern, digital life.
Votes: 167 | Gross: $0.04M
37. Lady Macbeth (I) (2016)
R | 89 min | Drama, Romance
In 19th-century rural England, a young bride who has been sold into marriage discovers an unstoppable desire within herself as she enters into an affair with a worker on her estate.
Votes: 8,644 | Gross: $1.13M
38. Letters from Baghdad (2016)
95 min | Documentary
Gertrude Bell, the most powerful woman in the British Empire in her day, shaped the destiny of Iraq after WWI in ways that still reverberate today.
Votes: 196 | Gross: $0.36M
40. Paris pieds nus (2016)
Not Rated | 83 min | Comedy
Fiona visits Paris for the first time to assist her myopic Aunt Martha. Catastrophes ensue, mainly involving Dom, a homeless man who has yet to have an emotion or thought he was afraid of expressing.
Votes: 972 | Gross: $0.69M
41. The Lovers (I) (2017)
R | 97 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance
Debra Winger and Tracy Letts play a long-married, dispassionate couple who are both in the midst of serious affairs. But on the brink of calling it quits, a spark between them suddenly reignites, leading them into an impulsive romance.
Votes: 1,692 | Gross: $2.19M
42. Maudie (2016)
PG-13 | 115 min | Biography, Drama, Romance
An arthritic Nova Scotia woman works as a housekeeper while she hones her skills as an artist and eventually becomes a beloved figure in the community.
Votes: 4,973 | Gross: $6.17M
43. Megan Leavey (2017)
PG-13 | 116 min | Biography, Drama, War
Based on the true life story of a young Marine corporal whose unique discipline and bond with her military combat dog saved many lives during their deployment in Iraq.
Votes: 11,056 | Gross: $13.41M
44. Menashe (2017)
PG | 82 min | Drama
Within Brooklyn's ultra-orthodox Jewish community, a widower battles for custody of his son. A tender drama performed entirely in Yiddish, the film intimately explores the nature of faith and the price of parenthood.
Votes: 680 | Gross: $1.70M
46. Mr. Chibbs (2017)
86 min | Documentary
"Mr. Chibbs" is an observational feature length documentary that follows NBA All-Star Kenny Anderson, in the midst of a mid life crisis, dealing with drinking issues, attempting to get a ... See full summary »
Votes: 48 | Gross: $0.01M
47. Night of the Living Dead (1968)
Not Rated | 96 min | Horror
There is panic throughout the nation as the dead suddenly come back to life. The film follows a group of characters who barricade themselves in an old farmhouse in an attempt to remain safe from these bloodthirsty, flesh-eating monsters.
Votes: 96,862 | Gross: $0.09M
50. Paradise (2016)
130 min | Drama, War
Follows three people whose paths cross during a terrible time of war: Olga, a Russian aristocratic emigrant and member of the French Resistance; Jules, a French collaborator; and Helmut, a high-ranking German SS officer.
Votes: 919 | Gross: $0.01M
51. Paris Can Wait (2016)
PG | 92 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance
The wife of a successful movie producer takes a car trip from the south of France to Paris with one of her husband's associates.
Votes: 3,795 | Gross: $5.62M
52. Patti Cake$ (2017)
R | 109 min | Drama, Music
PATTI CAKE$ is centered on aspiring rapper Patricia Dombrowski, a.k.a. Killa P, a.k.a. Patti Cake$, who is fighting an unlikely quest for glory in her downtrodden hometown in New Jersey.
Votes: 4,166 | Gross: $0.80M
53. Person to Person (2017)
Not Rated | 84 min | Comedy, Drama
Follows a variety of New York characters as they navigate personal relationships and unexpected problems over the course of one day.
Votes: 682 | Gross: $0.05M
54. The Reagan Show (2017)
TV-PG | 74 min | Documentary
Made up entirely of archival news and White House footage, this documentary captures the pageantry, absurdity, and mastery of the made-for-TV politics of Ronald Reagan.
56. Spettacolo (2017)
91 min | Documentary
Once upon a time there was a tiny hill town in Tuscany that found a remarkable way to confront their issues - they turned their lives into a play. "Spettacolo" is a portrait of this 50-... See full summary »
Votes: 49 | Gross: $0.02M
59. The Strange Ones (2017)
R | 81 min | Drama, Thriller
Mysterious events surround two travelers as they make their way across a remote American landscape. On the surface all seems normal, but what appears to be a simple vacation soon gives way to a dark and complex web of secrets.
60. Stranger in Paradise (2016)
77 min | Documentary
In a classroom newly arrived refugees learn a lesson about multifarious Europe. Operating at the intersection of fiction and documentary, Stranger in Paradise reflects on the power ... See full summary »
61. Strong Island (2017)
107 min | Documentary
Examining the violent death of the filmmaker's brother and the judicial system that allowed his killer to go free, this documentary interrogates murderous fear and racialized perception, ... See full summary »
64. Ucitelka (2016)
Unrated | 102 min | Comedy, Drama
Since the arrival of the new teacher, Maria Drazdechova, to a Bratislava suburban school in the year of 1983, life has turned upside down for students and parents. The teacher's corrupted ... See full summary »
Votes: 1,314 | Gross: $0.06M
85 min | Documentary
A haven for Black intellectuals, artists and revolutionaries-and path of promise toward the American dream-Black colleges and universities have educated the architects of freedom movements ... See full summary »
Director: Stanley Nelson
66. Thirst Street (2017)
83 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance
Gina, an American flight attendant, falls in with a Parisian bartender on a layover only to find herself tangled in a web of deception, delusion and unrequited amour fou.
67. Through the Repellent Fence (2017)
74 min | Documentary
THROUGH THE REPELLENT FENCE: A Land Art Film follows art collective Postcommodity as they construct Repellent Fence, a two-mile long outdoor artwork that straddled the U.S.-Mexico border. ... See full summary »
68. The Transfiguration (2016)
Not Rated | 97 min | Drama, Horror
When troubled teen Milo, who has a fascination with vampire lore, meets the equally alienated Sophie, the two form a bond that begins to blur Milo's fantasy into reality.
Votes: 1,814 | Gross: $0.02M
69. Trophy (2017)
Not Rated | 108 min | Documentary
This in-depth look into the powerhouse industries of big-game hunting, breeding and wildlife conservation in the U.S. and Africa unravels the complex consequences of treating animals as commodities.
Votes: 107 | Gross: $0.02M
71. The Untold Tales of Armistead Maupin (2017)
90 min | Documentary
THE UNTOLD TALES OF ARMISTEAD MAUPIN celebrates one of the world's most beloved storytellers, following his evolution from a conservative son of the Old South into a gay rights pioneer whose novels inspired millions to re-claim their lives.
72. Whose Streets? (2017)
R | 90 min | Documentary
Whose Streets? is an unflinching look at how the killing of 18-year-old Mike Brown inspired a community to fight back and sparked a global movement.
Votes: 668 | Gross: $0.18M
74. The Alan Dimension (2016)
9 min | Animation, Short, Comedy
Alan Brown uses divine powers of precognition to foresee the fate of mankind... and breakfast. Meanwhile, Wendy has had enough of being married to 'the next step in cognitive evolution".
76. The Bake Sale (2017)
23 min | Short, Comedy | Completed
Debra, a privileged stay at home mother, aggravates her bake sale co-chair, Cyndi, a struggling nurse, to the point of fisticuffs when Debra gets a call that her mammogram is positive.
80. Cat Killer (2017)
12 min | Short, Comedy
A dark comedy about a dying cat and a desperate man. When conventional veterinary practice won't help, two old friends venture into the woods on a mission of mercy. To kill a cat. Things don't go as planned.
81. Clean Hands (II) (2016)
20 min | Short, Crime, Drama
Weighed down by his deadbeat father and unrelenting financial debt, a bar washroom towel boy is thrown into a life of crime and forced to make a decision that could change his life forever.
91. The Happiest Place on Earth (2017)
12 min | Documentary, Short, Biography
The Happiest Place on Earth is an observational documentary that chronicles the coming-of-age story of Albino, an underprivileged child growing up in the middle of an impoverished Anaheim neighborhood.
98. Lightningface (2016)
20 min | Short, Comedy, Drama
An origin story, of sorts--LIGHTNINGFACE stars Oscar Isaac as Basil Stitt, who in the aftermath of an inexplicable incident, decides to sequester himself inside his apartment, setting the stage for a profound transformation.