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1. NY Ink (2011– )

60 min | Documentary

Ami James, a breakout from Miami Ink, will open a new shop, Wooster Street Social Club, in SoHo.

Stars: Ami James, Megan Massacre, Tommy Montoya, Billy DeCola

Votes: 403

2. Miami Ink (2005–2008)

TV-14 | 60 min | Documentary, Reality-TV

5 tattoo artists move to South Beach to open up a tattoo shop.

Stars: Katherine von Drachenberg, Darren Brass, Yojiro Harada, Ami James

Votes: 2,479

3. Ink Master (2012– )

TV-14 | 60 min | Reality-TV

Hosted by rock legend Dave Navarro and judged by icons of the tattoo world, Chris Nunez and Oliver Peck, 10 of the country's most creative and skilled tattoo artists descend on NYC to ... See full summary »

Stars: Dave Navarro, Chris Nunez, Oliver Peck, James Steinke

Votes: 2,532

4. Ed Hardy: Tattoo the World (2010)

Not Rated | 74 min | Documentary, Biography

Ed Hardy emblazoned on clothing worn by Madonna, Bruce Springsteen and Mick Jagger, on wine and dozens of other products. Now you'll meet the real Ed Hardy, the godfather of modern ... See full summary »

Director: Emiko Omori

Votes: 68

5. Inked (2005– )

30 min | Reality-TV

Eccentric patrons bare their souls (and more) inside a trendy tattoo parlor presented in the stylings of contemporary 'day in the life/fly on the wall' reality programming.

Stars: Shaun Blayer, Pink, Carey Hart, Jeff Bowler

Votes: 158

7. LA Ink (2007– )

TV-PG | 60 min | Documentary, Reality-TV

Kat Von D has come home to Los Angeles to fulfill her dream of opening up her own tattoo shop. The news has spread and celebrities, rising starlets, punk rockers, musicians and tattoo ... See full summary »

Stars: Katherine von Drachenberg, Adrienne Ironside, Corey Miller, Aubry Fisher

Votes: 2,453

9. Ready to Wear (1994)

R | 133 min | Comedy, Drama

48 Metascore

A chronicle of the interconnected lives of a group of people in the lead up to Paris Fashion Week.

Director: Robert Altman | Stars: Sophia Loren, Julia Roberts, Marcello Mastroianni, Jean-Pierre Cassel

Votes: 13,773 | Gross: $11.30M

10. Parks and Recreation (2009–2015)

TV-14 | 22 min | Comedy

The absurd antics of an Indiana town's public officials as they pursue sundry projects to make their city a better place.

Stars: Amy Poehler, Jim O'Heir, Nick Offerman, Chris Pratt

Votes: 181,206

11. Portlandia (2011–2018)

TV-14 | 22 min | Comedy

A sketch-comedy series that parodies life in Portland, Oregon.

Stars: Fred Armisen, Carrie Brownstein, Kyle MacLachlan, Sam Adams

Votes: 16,706

12. A Mighty Wind (2003)

PG-13 | 91 min | Comedy, Music

81 Metascore

Mockumentary captures the reunion of 1960s folk trio the Folksmen as they prepare for a show at The Town Hall to memorialize a recently deceased concert promoter.

Director: Christopher Guest | Stars: Christopher Guest, Eugene Levy, Michael McKean, Harry Shearer

Votes: 24,461 | Gross: $17.51M

13. A Different Cut (2007)

10 min | Short, Drama

Having returned home from military service only to find his old life had left him behind, Don shelters himself from social interaction by immersing himself as an amateur ham radio operator.... See full summary »

Director: Fahim Ahad | Stars: Haiha Le, Brett Swain

14. The U.S. vs. John Lennon (2006)

PG-13 | 99 min | Documentary, Biography, Music

64 Metascore

A documentary on the life of John Lennon, with a focus on the time in his life when he transformed from a musician into an antiwar activist.

Directors: David Leaf, John Scheinfeld | Stars: John Lennon, Yoko Ono, Stew Albert, Tariq Ali

Votes: 5,152 | Gross: $1.10M

15. Word Wars (2004)

Unrated | 80 min | Documentary, Comedy

61 Metascore

A look at the obsessive world of competitive Scrabble.

Directors: Eric Chaikin, Julian Petrillo | Stars: Joe Edley, Matt Graham, Marlon Hill, Joel Sherman

Votes: 1,623 | Gross: $0.06M

16. Exit Through the Gift Shop (2010)

R | 87 min | Documentary, Comedy, Crime

85 Metascore

The story of how an eccentric French shop-keeper and amateur film-maker attempted to locate and befriend Banksy, only to have the artist turn the camera back on its owner. The film contains... See full summary »

Director: Banksy | Stars: Banksy, Mr. Brainwash, Space Invader, Debora Guetta

Votes: 59,063 | Gross: $3.29M

17. The Trip (I) (2010)

Not Rated | 112 min | Comedy, Drama

Steve Coogan has been asked by The Observer to tour the country's finest restaurants, but after his girlfriend backs out on him he must take his best friend and source of eternal aggravation, Rob Brydon.

Director: Michael Winterbottom | Stars: Steve Coogan, Rob Brydon, Rebecca Johnson, Elodie Harrod

Votes: 20,201 | Gross: $2.01M

18. Hidden Kingdoms (2014– )

177 min | Documentary

This is a series about the tiny animals of the forest and jungles. Seen from their perspective, we experience a life where almost everything is a giant.

Stars: Stephen Fry, Simon Bell, Alessia Kockel, Gavin Maxwell

Votes: 705

19. Baraka (1992)

Not Rated | 96 min | Documentary

A collection of expertly photographed scenes of human life and religion.

Director: Ron Fricke

Votes: 33,442 | Gross: $1.33M

20. Ashes and Snow (2005)

62 min | Documentary, Drama

Exploring the shared language and poetic sensibilities of all animals.

Director: Gregory Colbert | Stars: Laurence Fishburne, Jeanne Moreau, Enrique Rocha, Ken Watanabe

Votes: 3,670

21. Strange Powers: Stephin Merritt and the Magnetic Fields (2010)

Not Rated | 89 min | Documentary, Music

66 Metascore

Songwriter Stephin Merritt is known as "the Cole Porter of his generation" for his memorable melodies, lovelorn lyrics and wry musical stylings. Shot over a period of 10 years, "Strange ... See full summary »

Directors: Kerthy Fix, Gail O'Hara | Stars: Laura Ballance, Carrie Brownstein, Ethan Cohn, Sam Davol

Votes: 247 | Gross: $0.07M

22. The Runaways (2010)

R | 106 min | Biography, Drama, Music

65 Metascore

A coming-of-age biographical film about the 1970s teenage all-girl rock band The Runaways. The relationship between band members Cherie Currie and Joan Jett is also explored.

Director: Floria Sigismondi | Stars: Kristen Stewart, Dakota Fanning, Michael Shannon, Stella Maeve

Votes: 44,062 | Gross: $3.57M

23. Bright Star (2009)

PG | 119 min | Biography, Drama, Romance

81 Metascore

The three-year romance between 19th-century poet John Keats and Fanny Brawne near the end of his life.

Director: Jane Campion | Stars: Abbie Cornish, Ben Whishaw, Paul Schneider, Kerry Fox

Votes: 24,107 | Gross: $4.44M

24. Milk (I) (2008)

R | 128 min | Biography, Drama

84 Metascore

The story of Harvey Milk, and his struggles as an American gay activist who fought for gay rights and became California's first openly gay elected official.

Director: Gus Van Sant | Stars: Sean Penn, Josh Brolin, Emile Hirsch, Diego Luna

Votes: 156,872 | Gross: $31.84M

25. March of the Penguins (2005)

G | 80 min | Documentary, Family

79 Metascore

In the Antarctic, every March since the beginning of time, the quest begins to find the perfect mate and start a family.

Director: Luc Jacquet | Stars: Morgan Freeman, Charles Berling, Romane Bohringer, Jules Sitruk

Votes: 53,691 | Gross: $77.44M

26. Sex Box (2013– )

Reality-TV

Sex is integral to our lives, but few of us talk about it openly and honestly with our partners. In Sex Box, couples discuss their feelings and sensations about their love life after having sex.

Stars: Goedele Liekens, Steve Jones, Mariella Frostrup, Tracey Cox

Votes: 15

27. Only Connect (2008– )

Game-Show

Victoria Coren hosts the fiendishly difficult quiz in which two teams of three contestants have to find the connection between seemingly unrelated clues.

Stars: Victoria Coren Mitchell, David Stainer, Nick Mills, Stephen Pearson

Votes: 315

28. Poker After Dark (2007– )

60 min | Game-Show

Each week, six professional poker players battle in a winner-take-all game of No Limit Texas Hold 'Em for a prize of $120,000.

Stars: Oliver 'Ali' Nejad, Leeann Tweeden, Marianela Pereyra, Phil Hellmuth Jr.

Votes: 500

29. Wild (I) (2014)

R | 115 min | Biography, Drama

76 Metascore

A chronicle of one woman's one thousand one hundred mile solo hike undertaken as a way to recover from a recent personal tragedy.

Director: Jean-Marc Vallée | Stars: Reese Witherspoon, Laura Dern, Gaby Hoffmann, Michiel Huisman

Votes: 111,292 | Gross: $37.88M

30. Jeff Buckley: Everybody Here Wants You (2002 TV Movie)

60 min | Documentary, Biography, Music

Retrospective look at the life and music of Jeff Buckley through the eyes of family, friends, and fans.

Director: Serena Cross | Stars: Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan, Larry Beckett, Steve Berkowitz, Badly Drawn Boy

Votes: 153

31. Dreams on Spec (2007)

Not Rated | 88 min | Documentary

"Dreams on Spec" takes an intimate look at how far people will go - and how much they will sacrifice - for the chance to pursue their dreams. This feature-length documentary delves into the... See full summary »

Director: Daniel Snyder | Stars: Joe Aaron, Deborah Goodwin, David J. Stieve, Lexi Aaron

Votes: 228

32. Bring on the Night (1985)

PG-13 | 97 min | Documentary, Music

Documents the preparation and rehearsals for Sting's first solo concert, as well as his supporting band's opinions on their leader and his controversial efforts.

Director: Michael Apted | Stars: Miles A. Copeland III, Gil Friesen, Vic Garbarini, Omar Hakim

Votes: 484 | Gross: $1.89M

33. Boomerang (1992)

R | 117 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

45 Metascore

A successful executive and womanizer finds his lifestyle choices have turned back on him when his new female boss turns out to be an even bigger deviant than he is.

Director: Reginald Hudlin | Stars: Eddie Murphy, Robin Givens, Halle Berry, David Alan Grier

Votes: 23,885 | Gross: $70.10M

34. Janet Jackson Feat. J. Cole: No Sleep (2015)

4 min | Short, Music

A promotional music video for Janet Jackson's hit single "No Sleep"

Director: Dave Meyers | Stars: J. Cole, Janet Jackson

Votes: 37

35. Janet: The Velvet Rope (1998 TV Special)

121 min | Documentary, Music

Janet live in concert for the final-stop of the Velvet Rope tour.

Director: David Mallet | Stars: Janet Jackson, Michael Andrews, Tyce Diorio, Gil Duldulao

Votes: 145

37. Reality Bites (1994)

PG-13 | 99 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

67 Metascore

A documentary filmmaker and her fellow Gen X graduates face life after college, looking for work and love in Houston.

Director: Ben Stiller | Stars: Winona Ryder, Ethan Hawke, Janeane Garofalo, Steve Zahn

Votes: 42,656 | Gross: $20.98M



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