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1. Veronica Guerin (2003)

R | 98 min | Biography, Crime, Drama

55 Metascore

An Irish journalist writes a series of stories about drug dealers.

Director: Joel Schumacher | Stars: Cate Blanchett, Colin Farrell, Brenda Fricker, Ciarán Hinds

Votes: 18,236 | Gross: $1.57M

Cate Blanchett fantastic. Good thriller. True story. 'The blunt realism of it all is what makes it all the more believable and worthwhile.'

2. The Wages of Fear (1953)

Not Rated | 131 min | Adventure, Drama, Thriller

In a decrepit South American village, four men are hired to transport an urgent nitroglycerine shipment without the equipment that would make it safe.

Director: Henri-Georges Clouzot | Stars: Yves Montand, Charles Vanel, Peter van Eyck, Folco Lulli

Votes: 49,096

Wages of Fear. Masterpiece. First boredom then the ultimate in suspense. Fantastic acting, story, directing.....

DATE: 2005-04-30

3. Une femme française (1995)

100 min | Drama, Romance

Wed just as war breaks out, Jeanne hardly gets to know her military husband, Louis, before the debacle of 1940. While waiting for his return from a POW camp, Jeanne journeys through ... See full summary »

Director: Régis Wargnier | Stars: Emmanuelle Béart, Daniel Auteuil, Gabriel Barylli, Jean-Claude Brialy

Votes: 1,119 | Gross: $0.17M

Very dramatic love story, brilliantly acted by Emanuelle Beart, and Daniel Auteuil. Brilliant movie.

4. Vera Drake (2004)

R | 125 min | Crime, Drama

83 Metascore

Abortionist Vera Drake finds her beliefs and practices clash with the mores of 1950s Britain--a conflict that leads to tragedy for her family.

Director: Mike Leigh | Stars: Imelda Staunton, Jim Broadbent, Heather Craney, Richard Graham

Votes: 22,599 | Gross: $3.75M

Brilliant acting from all, very emotional story. Natural and believable, but sad.

5. What Ever Happened to Baby Jane? (1962)

Not Rated | 134 min | Drama, Horror, Thriller

75 Metascore

A former child star torments her paraplegic sister in their decaying Hollywood mansion.

Director: Robert Aldrich | Stars: Bette Davis, Joan Crawford, Victor Buono, Wesley Addy

Votes: 45,943 | Gross: $4.05M

Brilliant, brilliant acting, by both Bette Davis & Joan Crawford, good suspenseful story.

6. The Virgin Spring (1960)

Not Rated | 89 min | Drama

An innocent yet pampered young virgin and her family's pregnant and jealous servant set out to deliver candles to church, but only one returns from events that transpire in the woods along the way.

Director: Ingmar Bergman | Stars: Max von Sydow, Birgitta Valberg, Gunnel Lindblom, Birgitta Pettersson

Votes: 24,085 | Gross: $1.53M

'Virgin Spring'. By great director Ingmar Bergman.

7. Waltz with Bashir (2008)

R | 90 min | Documentary, Animation, Biography

91 Metascore

An Israeli film director interviews fellow veterans of the 1982 invasion of Lebanon to reconstruct his own memories of his term of service in that conflict.

Director: Ari Folman | Stars: Ari Folman, Ron Ben-Yishai, Ronny Dayag, Ori Sivan

Votes: 52,702 | Gross: $2.28M

Most incredible serious animated movie (possibly) ever made? Incricate details and moody scenes, almost too good to be true. Good story.

DATE: 2011-03-22

8. Three Colors: Blue (1993)

R | 98 min | Drama, Music, Mystery

85 Metascore

A woman struggles to find a way to live her life after the death of her husband and child.

Director: Krzysztof Kieslowski | Stars: Juliette Binoche, Zbigniew Zamachowski, Julie Delpy, Benoît Régent

Votes: 79,492 | Gross: $1.32M

Very sad movie, but well acted nice mood.

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9. The World's Fastest Indian (2005)

PG-13 | 127 min | Biography, Drama, Sport

68 Metascore

The story of New Zealander Burt Munro (Sir Anthony Hopkins), who spent years rebuilding a 1920 Indian motorcycle, which helped him set the land speed world record at Utah's Bonneville Salt Flats in 1967.

Director: Roger Donaldson | Stars: Anthony Hopkins, Diane Ladd, Iain Rea, Tessa Mitchell

Votes: 49,466 | Gross: $5.13M

Brilliant acting from Anthony Hopkins, simple easy to follow story, really happy film.

10. Wah-Wah (2005)

R | 120 min | Comedy, Drama

61 Metascore

Set at the end of the '60s, as Swaziland is about to receive independence from Great Britain, the film follows the young Ralph Compton, at 12, through his parents' traumatic separation, ... See full summary »

Director: Richard E. Grant | Stars: Nicholas Hoult, Miranda Richardson, Emily Watson, Gabriel Byrne

Votes: 2,819 | Gross: $0.23M

Richard E Grant's growing up in Swaziland. Mainly story of domestic violence, drunkedness and marriage bliss of his father. Mainly British cast. Funny and moving.

11. When a Man Loves a Woman (1994)

R | 126 min | Drama, Romance

The seemingly perfect relationship between a man and his wife is tested as a result of her alcoholism.

Director: Luis Mandoki | Stars: Meg Ryan, Andy Garcia, Ellen Burstyn, Tina Majorino

Votes: 19,180 | Gross: $50.02M

An alchoholic in the family, Meg Ryan plays the part to perfection.

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12. Tsotsi (2005)

R | 94 min | Crime, Drama

70 Metascore

Six days in the violent life of a young Johannesburg gang leader.

Director: Gavin Hood | Stars: Presley Chweneyagae, Mothusi Magano, Israel Matseke-Zulu, Terry Pheto

Votes: 26,879 | Gross: $2.91M

South African movie, brilliantly acted, good story of down & out kids, gangsters, and the boy how stole a baby from wealthy parents & did not want to give it back. Beautiful girl who feeds the baby.

Review:Unforgettable

Tsotsi is gorgeous, riveting, poignant, and thrilling. Not only is it a first-rate piece of storytelling, but it also takes the viewer into a world of South African poverty and crime that he has never seen before. Director/writer Gavin Hood offers us a tale of tragic redemption and uncommon poetry in a subculture of the most abject immorality. Truly unforgettable.



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13. The White Countess (2005)

PG-13 | 135 min | Drama, History, Romance

60 Metascore

Set in 1930s Shanghai, where a blind American diplomat develops a curious relationship with a young Russian refugee who works odd -- and sometimes illicit -- jobs to support members of her dead husband's aristocratic family.

Director: James Ivory | Stars: Ralph Fiennes, Natasha Richardson, Vanessa Redgrave, Lynn Redgrave

Votes: 5,891 | Gross: $1.67M

Great story, settings, acting, atmosphere. Abeautiful movie.

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14. The Verdict (1982)

R | 129 min | Drama

77 Metascore

A lawyer sees the chance to salvage his career and self-respect by taking a medical malpractice case to trial rather than settling.

Director: Sidney Lumet | Stars: Paul Newman, Charlotte Rampling, Jack Warden, James Mason

Votes: 32,850 | Gross: $54.00M

Classic court room drama, with twists. Great story, great acting by Paul Newman. Seemed even better watching the second time round!

15. Unstoppable (2010)

PG-13 | 98 min | Action, Thriller

69 Metascore

With an unmanned, half-mile-long freight train barreling toward a city, a veteran engineer and a young conductor race against the clock to prevent a catastrophe.

Director: Tony Scott | Stars: Denzel Washington, Chris Pine, Rosario Dawson, Ethan Suplee

Votes: 174,757 | Gross: $81.56M

One of the most exciting movies with plenty of suspence and special effects of a runaway train. Well acted by Denzel Washington and Chris Pine.

DATE: 2011-01-08

16. To Kill a Mockingbird (1962)

Not Rated | 129 min | Crime, Drama

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: 276,104

Atticus Finch, a lawyer in the Depression-era South, defends a black man against an undeserved rape charge, and his kids against prejudice. Great movie, great acting by Gregory Peck and particularly the kids!

DATE: 2011-07-16

17. The Whole Nine Yards (2000)

R | 98 min | Comedy, Crime

47 Metascore

A struggling dentist's life is turned upside down when a famous gangster moves in next door, and his wife convinces him to inform a notorious mob boss about the gangster's whereabouts.

Director: Jonathan Lynn | Stars: Bruce Willis, Matthew Perry, Rosanna Arquette, Michael Clarke Duncan

Votes: 103,978 | Gross: $57.26M

Serious/comedy Well acted, particularly the dentist Good story

DATE: 2003-06-14

18. Vatel (2000)

PG-13 | 103 min | Biography, Drama, Romance

44 Metascore

Vatel is in charge of the reception to the king Louis XIV. With the prince's political ambitions at stake, its essential to please him. But when he falls in love with the king's lover, passion and duty seem to contradict each other.

Director: Roland Joffé | Stars: Gérard Depardieu, Uma Thurman, Tim Roth, Julian Glover

Votes: 7,037 | Gross: $0.05M

"one of the most incredible visual experiences in film history" "fire works extravaganzas that would shame the Chinese" Depardieu is brilliant.

19. Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? (1966)

Not Rated | 131 min | Drama

75 Metascore

A bitter, aging couple, with the help of alcohol, use a young couple to fuel anguish and emotional pain towards each other.

Director: Mike Nichols | Stars: Elizabeth Taylor, Richard Burton, George Segal, Sandy Dennis

Votes: 64,932

Just fantastic acting!! Not so good second time around.

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20. Vanity Fair (2004)

PG-13 | 141 min | Drama

53 Metascore

Growing up poor in London, Becky Sharp defies her poverty-stricken background and ascends the social ladder alongside her best friend, Amelia.

Director: Mira Nair | Stars: Reese Witherspoon, Romola Garai, James Purefoy, Jonathan Rhys Meyers

Votes: 19,719 | Gross: $16.14M

Very well acted, beautiful settings, story not as well told as other movies. Reese Witherspoon as Becky Sharp, absolutely beautiful.

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21. The White Massai (2005)

131 min | Drama, Romance

A girl, Carola, whose vacation in Kenya takes an interesting turn when she becomes infatuated with a Masai. Carola decides to leave her boyfriend to stay with her lover. There, she has to ... See full summary »

Director: Hermine Huntgeburth | Stars: Nina Hoss, Jacky Ido, Katja Flint, Antonio Prester

Votes: 3,474

'The White Masai'. Briliant film, true story of another culture. Well acted by German/Swiss actress Nina Hoss.

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22. The Visitor (I) (2007)

PG-13 | 104 min | Drama

79 Metascore

A college professor travels to New York City to attend a conference and finds a young couple living in his apartment.

Director: Tom McCarthy | Stars: Richard Jenkins, Haaz Sleiman, Danai Gurira, Hiam Abbass

Votes: 40,368 | Gross: $9.42M

A college professor travels to New York City to attend a conference and finds a young couple living in his apartment. Close insight into refugee problem in the US. Excellent acting by the prof, taking care of the illegal immigrants borrowing his apartment, learning to play drums etc.

DATE: 2010-12-30

23. Three Colors: Red (1994)

R | 99 min | Drama, Mystery, Romance

100 Metascore

A model discovers a retired judge is keen on invading people's privacy.

Director: Krzysztof Kieslowski | Stars: Irène Jacob, Jean-Louis Trintignant, Frédérique Feder, Jean-Pierre Lorit

Votes: 81,529 | Gross: $4.04M

24. Under the Tuscan Sun (2003)

PG-13 | 113 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

52 Metascore

A writer impulsively buys a villa in Tuscany in order to change her life.

Director: Audrey Wells | Stars: Diane Lane, Raoul Bova, Sandra Oh, Lindsay Duncan

Votes: 43,777 | Gross: $43.61M

Quite good attempt by Americans to make an Italian movie. Beautiful scenes.

DATE: 2005-07-27

25. To Catch a Thief (1955)

PG | 106 min | Mystery, Romance, Thriller

A retired jewel thief sets out to prove his innocence after being suspected of returning to his former occupation.

Director: Alfred Hitchcock | Stars: Cary Grant, Grace Kelly, Jessie Royce Landis, John Williams

Votes: 57,514 | Gross: $8.75M

Two of the most beautiful actors in their element on the Riveria. Fun. Grace Kelly definately fit to be a princess.

26. Traffic (2000)

R | 147 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

86 Metascore

A conservative judge is appointed by the President to spearhead America's escalating war against drugs, only to discover that his teenage daughter is a crack addict. Two DEA agents protect an informant. A jailed drug baron's wife attempts to carry on the family business.

Director: Steven Soderbergh | Stars: Michael Douglas, Benicio Del Toro, Catherine Zeta-Jones, Jacob Vargas

Votes: 187,492 | Gross: $124.12M

Excelent coverage of drug trade. Story a little hard to follow, well acted.

27. Unfaithful (2002)

R | 124 min | Drama, Romance, Thriller

63 Metascore

A New York suburban couple's marriage goes dangerously awry when the wife indulges in an adulterous fling.

Director: Adrian Lyne | Stars: Richard Gere, Diane Lane, Olivier Martinez, Erik Per Sullivan

Votes: 74,521 | Gross: $52.80M

Good American love story/murder.

28. Thirteen Days (2000)

PG-13 | 145 min | Drama, History, Thriller

67 Metascore

In October 1962, the Kennedy administration struggles to contain the Cuban Missile Crisis.

Director: Roger Donaldson | Stars: Kevin Costner, Bruce Greenwood, Shawn Driscoll, Drake Cook

Votes: 51,223 | Gross: $34.59M

Cuban missile crises. Quite well done.

29. Young Adam (2003)

NC-17 | 98 min | Crime, Drama

67 Metascore

A young drifter working on a river barge disrupts his employers' lives while hiding the fact that he knows more about a dead woman found in the river than he admits.

Director: David Mackenzie | Stars: Ewan McGregor, Tilda Swinton, Peter Mullan, Emily Mortimer

Votes: 12,743 | Gross: $0.77M

Murder and sex, well acted, good story on barge trips in Scotland.

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30. Tin Men (1987)

R | 112 min | Comedy, Drama

75 Metascore

A minor car accident drives two rival aluminum-siding salesmen to the ridiculous extremes of man versus man in 1963 Baltimore.

Director: Barry Levinson | Stars: Richard Dreyfuss, Danny DeVito, Barbara Hershey, John Mahoney

Votes: 7,466 | Gross: $25.41M

Excellent comedy; Danny DeVito great, good story.

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31. Their Eyes Were Watching God (2005 TV Movie)

113 min | Drama, Romance

A drama set in the 1920s, where free-spirited Janie Crawford's search for happiness leads her through several different marriages, challenging the morals of her small town. Based on the novel by Zora Neale Hurston.

Director: Darnell Martin | Stars: Halle Berry, Ruben Santiago-Hudson, Mel Winkler, Michael Ealy

Votes: 2,560

Drama, beautiful love story, sad ending, brilliant acting from Halle Berry.

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32. Six Days, Six Nights (1994)

R | 98 min | Comedy, Drama, Mystery

Alice is a promising young artist in Paris. Her boyfriend Franck, a boxer, has just moved in to her attic flat. Then her sister Elsa, a bored housewife, leaves her unfaithful husband Thomas... See full summary »

Director: Diane Kurys | Stars: Anne Parillaud, Béatrice Dalle, Patrick Aurignac, Bernard Verley

Votes: 329

Very well acted strange love triangle with two sisters, one of them mad.

33. You Can Count on Me (2000)

R | 111 min | Drama

85 Metascore

A single mother's life is thrown into turmoil after her struggling, rarely seen younger brother returns to town.

Director: Kenneth Lonergan | Stars: Laura Linney, Matthew Broderick, Amy Ryan, Michael Countryman

Votes: 26,279 | Gross: $9.18M

34. The Woman in Green (1945)

Approved | 68 min | Drama, Mystery

Sherlock Holmes investigates when young women around London turn up murdered, each with a finger severed. Scotland Yard suspects a madman, but Holmes believes the killings to be part of a diabolical plot.

Director: Roy William Neill | Stars: Basil Rathbone, Nigel Bruce, Hillary Brooke, Henry Daniell

Votes: 4,877

Sherlock Holmes 1946

35. The Valet (2006)

PG-13 | 85 min | Comedy, Drama

68 Metascore

A porter and a top-model have to pretend to be a couple in order to salvage a CEO's marriage.

Director: Francis Veber | Stars: Gad Elmaleh, Alice Taglioni, Daniel Auteuil, Kristin Scott Thomas

Votes: 9,328 | Gross: $2.27M

'La doublure'. A porter and a top-model have to pretend to be a couple in order to salvage a CEO's marriage. Light, very funny, beautiful girls.

DATE: 2011-01-12

36. Trapped (I) (2002)

R | 106 min | Action, Crime, Drama

42 Metascore

The Jennings' fight for their daughters life after she is kidnapped by an experienced gang of thieves.

Director: Luis Mandoki | Stars: Kevin Bacon, Charlize Theron, Courtney Love, Stuart Townsend

Votes: 21,846 | Gross: $0.06M

Excitement every minute as a little girl is kidnapped from her family and they fight for and rescue her. Charlize Theron brilliant as usual.

DATE: 2011-01-26

37. Under the Sand (2000)

Unrated | 92 min | Drama, Mystery

86 Metascore

When her husband goes missing at the beach, a female professor begins to mentally disintegrate as her denial of his disappearance becomes delusional.

Director: François Ozon | Stars: Charlotte Rampling, Bruno Cremer, Jacques Nolot, Alexandra Stewart

Votes: 7,591 | Gross: $1.45M

Under the sand. Charlotte Rampling, excellent. Story weak.

38. This Boy's Life (1993)

R | 115 min | Biography, Drama

60 Metascore

The story about the relationship between a rebellious 1950s teenager and his abusive stepfather, based on the memoirs of writer and literature Professor Tobias Wolff.

Director: Michael Caton-Jones | Stars: Robert De Niro, Leonardo DiCaprio, Ellen Barkin, Jonah Blechman

Votes: 43,181 | Gross: $4.10M

Good acting, good story, but violent and sad. All ends well though. True story.

39. Wuthering Heights (2003 TV Movie)

PG-13 | 90 min | Drama, Musical, Romance

Two lovers engage in a passionate but thwarted romance in this modern adaptation of the classic novel.

Director: Suri Krishnamma | Stars: Erika Christensen, Mike Vogel, Christopher Masterson, Johnny Whitworth

Votes: 962

Modern version. Well acted. Nothing like original.

40. Yi Yi (2000)

Not Rated | 173 min | Drama, Romance

93 Metascore

Each member of a middle class Taipei family seeks to reconcile past and present relationships within their daily lives.

Director: Edward Yang | Stars: Nien-Jen Wu, Elaine Jin, Issei Ogata, Kelly Lee

Votes: 17,508 | Gross: $1.14M

41. We Don't Live Here Anymore (2004)

R | 101 min | Drama, Romance

66 Metascore

An indiscretion between two close friends tears down their respective marriages.

Director: John Curran | Stars: Mark Ruffalo, Laura Dern, Peter Krause, Naomi Watts

Votes: 8,910 | Gross: $2.04M

42. Tuesdays with Morrie (1999 TV Movie)

89 min | Biography, Drama

A journalist finds himself questioning his own life when his best friend, a dying man, offers him some very powerful wisdom and advice for coping in relationships, careers and society.

Director: Mick Jackson | Stars: Jack Lemmon, Hank Azaria, Wendy Moniz-Grillo, Caroline Aaron

Votes: 4,074

Soppy movie about the admiration of a student for his professor as he is dying.

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43. The Weather Man (2005)

R | 102 min | Comedy, Drama

61 Metascore

A Chicago weather man, separated from his wife and children, debates whether professional and personal success are mutually exclusive.

Director: Gore Verbinski | Stars: Nicolas Cage, Hope Davis, Nicholas Hoult, Michael Caine

Votes: 75,121 | Gross: $12.48M

Not bad, but maybe Nicolas Cage could have been better in the lead. Michael Caine was good as ever.

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