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1. Death Defying Acts (2007)

PG | 97 min | Drama, History, Romance

48 Metascore

On a tour of Britain in 1926, Harry Houdini enters into a passionate affair with a psychic out to con the famous magician.

Director: Gillian Armstrong | Stars: Catherine Zeta-Jones, Guy Pearce, Timothy Spall, Saoirse Ronan

Votes: 9,326 | Gross: $0.00M

2. Franklyn (2008)

R | 98 min | Drama, Fantasy, Sci-Fi

A portrait of the broken lives of four people (a vigilante detective, a worried parent, an awkward man looking for love and a suicidal artist) as they all struggle to cope in their religiously-dystopian city.

Director: Gerald McMorrow | Stars: Eva Green, Ryan Phillippe, Sam Riley, Bernard Hill

Votes: 16,284

3. Dorian Gray (2009)

R | 112 min | Drama, Fantasy, Thriller

A corrupt young man somehow keeps his youthful beauty eternally, but a special painting gradually reveals his inner ugliness to all.

Director: Oliver Parker | Stars: Ben Barnes, Colin Firth, Rebecca Hall, John Hollingworth

Votes: 58,176

4. 360 (2011)

R | 110 min | Drama, Thriller

43 Metascore

A dramatic thriller that weaves together the stories of an array of people from disparate social backgrounds through their intersecting relationships.

Director: Fernando Meirelles | Stars: Rachel Weisz, Jude Law, Anthony Hopkins, Ben Foster

Votes: 15,169 | Gross: $0.10M

5. Salmon Fishing in the Yemen (2011)

PG-13 | 107 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

58 Metascore

A fisheries expert is approached by a consultant to help realize a sheik's vision of bringing the sport of fly-fishing to the desert and embarks on an upstream journey of faith and fish to prove the impossible possible.

Director: Lasse Hallström | Stars: Ewan McGregor, Emily Blunt, Amr Waked, Kristin Scott Thomas

Votes: 59,277 | Gross: $9.03M

6. My Week with Marilyn (2011)

R | 99 min | Biography, Drama

65 Metascore

Colin Clark, an employee of Sir Laurence Olivier, documents the tense interaction between Olivier and Marilyn Monroe during the production of The Prince and the Showgirl (1957).

Director: Simon Curtis | Stars: Michelle Williams, Eddie Redmayne, Kenneth Branagh, Julia Ormond

Votes: 79,831 | Gross: $14.60M

7. The Iron Lady (2011)

PG-13 | 105 min | Biography, Drama

54 Metascore

An elderly Margaret Thatcher talks to the imagined presence of her recently deceased husband as she struggles to come to terms with his death while scenes from her past life, from girlhood to British prime minister, intervene.

Director: Phyllida Lloyd | Stars: Meryl Streep, Jim Broadbent, Richard E. Grant, Susan Brown

Votes: 96,984 | Gross: $30.02M

8. The Woman in Black (2012)

PG-13 | 95 min | Drama, Fantasy, Horror

62 Metascore

A young solicitor travels to a remote village where he discovers the vengeful ghost of a scorned woman is terrorizing the locals.

Director: James Watkins | Stars: Daniel Radcliffe, Janet McTeer, Ciarán Hinds, Emma Shorey

Votes: 166,427 | Gross: $54.33M

9. How I Live Now (2013)

R | 101 min | Romance, Sci-Fi, Thriller

57 Metascore

An American girl, sent to the English countryside to stay with relatives, finds love and purpose while fighting for her survival as war envelops the world around her.

Director: Kevin Macdonald | Stars: Saoirse Ronan, Tom Holland, George MacKay, Harley Bird

Votes: 26,377 | Gross: $0.06M

10. Becoming Jane (2007)

PG | 120 min | Biography, Drama, Romance

55 Metascore

A biographical portrait of a pre-fame Jane Austen and her romance with a young Irishman.

Director: Julian Jarrold | Stars: Anne Hathaway, James McAvoy, Julie Walters, James Cromwell

Votes: 54,996 | Gross: $18.67M

11. The King's Speech (2010)

R | 118 min | Biography, Drama, History

88 Metascore

The story of King George VI, his impromptu ascension to the throne of the British Empire in 1936, and the speech therapist who helped the unsure monarch overcome his stammer.

Director: Tom Hooper | Stars: Colin Firth, Geoffrey Rush, Helena Bonham Carter, Derek Jacobi

Votes: 598,483 | Gross: $138.80M

12. Chalet Girl (2011)

R | 97 min | Comedy, Romance, Sport

42 Metascore

Former skateboard champion Kim wants to make more money after her mother's tragic death. She joins the elite posh servicing company, which sends her off to Austria.

Director: Phil Traill | Stars: Felicity Jones, Ed Westwick, Bill Nighy, Brooke Shields

Votes: 22,568 | Gross: $0.00M

13. Valiant (2005)

G | 76 min | Animation, Adventure, Comedy

45 Metascore

At the height of World War II, a tiny wood pigeon enlists in the elite Royal Homing Pigeon Service to serve Britain, as the fearsome General Von Talon and his deadly squadron of falcons patrol the English Channel. Is he a war-hero in the making?

Director: Gary Chapman | Stars: Ewan McGregor, Ricky Gervais, Tim Curry, Jim Broadbent

Votes: 19,369 | Gross: $19.45M

14. Notes on a Scandal (2006)

R | 92 min | Crime, Drama, Romance

73 Metascore

A veteran high school teacher befriends a younger art teacher, who is having an affair with one of her 15-year-old students. However, her intentions with this new "friend" also go well beyond platonic friendship.

Director: Richard Eyre | Stars: Cate Blanchett, Judi Dench, Andrew Simpson, Tom Georgeson

Votes: 71,508 | Gross: $17.51M

15. Girl with a Pearl Earring (2003)

PG-13 | 100 min | Biography, Drama, Romance

72 Metascore

A young peasant maid working in the house of painter Johannes Vermeer becomes his talented assistant and the model for one of his most famous works.

Director: Peter Webber | Stars: Scarlett Johansson, Colin Firth, Tom Wilkinson, Judy Parfitt

Votes: 68,529 | Gross: $11.63M

16. Enduring Love (2004)

R | 100 min | Drama, Mystery, Romance

61 Metascore

Two strangers become dangerously close after witnessing a deadly accident.

Director: Roger Michell | Stars: Rhys Ifans, Daniel Craig, Samantha Morton, Bill Weston

Votes: 9,588 | Gross: $0.36M

17. Under the Skin (I) (2013)

R | 108 min | Drama, Horror, Sci-Fi

78 Metascore

A mysterious young woman seduces lonely men in the evening hours in Scotland. However, events lead her to begin a process of self-discovery.

Director: Jonathan Glazer | Stars: Scarlett Johansson, Jeremy McWilliams, Lynsey Taylor Mackay, Dougie McConnell

Votes: 114,758 | Gross: $2.61M

18. The Constant Gardener (2005)

R | 129 min | Drama, Mystery, Romance

82 Metascore

A widower is determined to get to the bottom of a potentially explosive secret involving his wife's murder, big business, and corporate corruption.

Director: Fernando Meirelles | Stars: Ralph Fiennes, Rachel Weisz, Danny Huston, Hubert Koundé

Votes: 126,248 | Gross: $33.58M

19. St. Trinian's (2007)

PG-13 | 97 min | Comedy, Family

39 Metascore

In order to save their bankrupt school, a group of troublesome girls stage a robbery with a group of geniuses on their backs

Directors: Oliver Parker, Barnaby Thompson | Stars: Talulah Riley, Rupert Everett, Gemma Arterton, Jodie Whittaker

Votes: 20,541

20. Fish Tank (2009)

Not Rated | 123 min | Drama

81 Metascore

Everything changes for 15-year-old Mia when her mum brings home a new boyfriend.

Director: Andrea Arnold | Stars: Katie Jarvis, Michael Fassbender, Kierston Wareing, Rebecca Griffiths

Votes: 55,233 | Gross: $0.37M

21. Brideshead Revisited (2008)

PG-13 | 133 min | Drama, Romance

64 Metascore

A poignant story of forbidden love and the loss of innocence set in England prior to the Second World War.

Director: Julian Jarrold | Stars: Matthew Goode, Patrick Malahide, Hayley Atwell, Thomas Morrison

Votes: 11,528 | Gross: $6.41M

22. 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: 22,547 | Gross: $3.75M

23. Attack the Block (2011)

R | 88 min | Action, Comedy, Sci-Fi

75 Metascore

A teen gang in South London defend their block from an alien invasion.

Director: Joe Cornish | Stars: John Boyega, Jodie Whittaker, Alex Esmail, Leeon Jones

Votes: 94,454 | Gross: $1.02M

24. The Last King of Scotland (2006)

R | 123 min | Biography, Drama, History

74 Metascore

Based on the events of the brutal Ugandan dictator Idi Amin's regime as seen by his personal physician during the 1970s.

Director: Kevin Macdonald | Stars: James McAvoy, Forest Whitaker, Gillian Anderson, Kerry Washington

Votes: 166,589 | Gross: $17.61M

25. The Wind that Shakes the Barley (2006)

Not Rated | 127 min | Drama, War

82 Metascore

Against the backdrop of the Irish War of Independence, two brothers fight a guerrilla war against British forces.

Director: Ken Loach | Stars: Cillian Murphy, Pádraic Delaney, Liam Cunningham, Orla Fitzgerald

Votes: 42,768 | Gross: $1.83M

26. Chéri (2009)

R | 86 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

63 Metascore

The son of a courtesan retreats into a fantasy world after being forced to end his relationship with the older woman who educated him in the ways of love.

Director: Stephen Frears | Stars: Michelle Pfeiffer, Rupert Friend, Kathy Bates, Frances Tomelty

Votes: 10,083 | Gross: $2.71M

27. 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

28. Trishna (2011)

R | 117 min | Drama

57 Metascore

The story of the tragic relationship between the son of a property developer and the daughter of an auto rickshaw owner.

Director: Michael Winterbottom | Stars: Freida Pinto, Riz Ahmed, Mita Vasisht, Harish Khanna

Votes: 2,837 | Gross: $0.23M

29. When Did You Last See Your Father? (2007)

PG-13 | 92 min | Biography, Drama

The story of a son's conflicting memories of his dying father.

Director: Anand Tucker | Stars: Jim Broadbent, Colin Firth, Juliet Stevenson, Bradley Johnson

Votes: 3,907 | Gross: $1.07M



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