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1. The Shape of Water (2017)

R | 123 min | Adventure, Drama, Fantasy

87 Metascore

At a top secret research facility in the 1960s, a lonely janitor forms a unique relationship with an amphibious creature that is being held in captivity.

Director: Guillermo del Toro | Stars: Sally Hawkins, Octavia Spencer, Michael Shannon, Doug Jones

Votes: 309,192 | Gross: $63.86M

2. Pan's Labyrinth (2006)

R | 118 min | Drama, Fantasy, War

98 Metascore

In the Falangist Spain of 1944, the bookish young stepdaughter of a sadistic army officer escapes into an eerie but captivating fantasy world.

Director: Guillermo del Toro | Stars: Ivana Baquero, Ariadna Gil, Sergi López, Maribel Verdú

Votes: 572,902 | Gross: $37.63M

3. The Happiest Day in the Life of Olli Mäki (2016)

Unrated | 92 min | Biography, Drama, Romance

83 Metascore

The true story of Olli Mäki, the famous Finnish boxer who had a shot at the 1962 World Featherweight title.

Director: Juho Kuosmanen | Stars: Jarkko Lahti, Oona Airola, Eero Milonoff, Joanna Haartti

Votes: 3,508

4. White God (2014)

R | 121 min | Drama, Fantasy, Horror

80 Metascore

Thirteen-year-old Lili fights to protect her dog Hagen. She is devastated when her father eventually sets Hagen free on the streets. Still innocently believing love can conquer any difficulty, Lili sets out to find her dog and save him.

Director: Kornél Mundruczó | Stars: Zsófia Psotta, Sándor Zsótér, Lili Horváth, Szabolcs Thuróczy

Votes: 13,769 | Gross: $0.28M

5. Force Majeure (2014)

R | 120 min | Comedy, Drama

87 Metascore

A family vacationing in the French Alps is confronted with a devastating avalanche.

Director: Ruben Östlund | Stars: Johannes Kuhnke, Lisa Loven Kongsli, Clara Wettergren, Vincent Wettergren

Votes: 41,935 | Gross: $1.36M

6. No One Knows About Persian Cats (2009)

106 min | Drama, Music

71 Metascore

Iranian musicians Negar and Ashkan look for band members to play at a London concert - and the visas that allow them to leave Tehran to do so.

Director: Bahman Ghobadi | Stars: Negar Shaghaghi, Ashkan Koshanejad, Hamed Behdad, Babak Mirzakhani

Votes: 6,480 | Gross: $0.08M

7. In the Fade (2017)

R | 106 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

65 Metascore

Katja's life collapses after the death of her husband and son in a bomb attack. After a time of mourning and injustice, Katja seeks revenge.

Director: Fatih Akin | Stars: Numan Acar, Adam Bousdoukos, Diane Kruger, Denis Moschitto

Votes: 22,243 | Gross: $0.32M

8. The Fencer (2015)

99 min | Biography, Drama, History

60 Metascore

Fleeing from the Russian secret police, a young Estonian fencer is forced to return to his homeland, where he becomes a physical education teacher at a local school. The past however catches up and puts him in front of a difficult choice.

Director: Klaus Härö | Stars: Märt Avandi, Ursula Ratasepp, Hendrik Toompere Sr., Liisa Koppel

Votes: 4,064 | Gross: $0.10M

9. The Notebook (2013)

R | 112 min | Drama, War

57 Metascore

Twin siblings enduring the harshness of WWII in a village on the Hungarian border hedge their survival on studying and learning from the evil surrounding them.

Director: János Szász | Stars: László Gyémánt, András Gyémánt, Piroska Molnár, Ulrich Thomsen

Votes: 2,773 | Gross: $0.07M

10. Omar (2013)

Not Rated | 96 min | Crime, Drama, Romance

75 Metascore

A young Palestinian freedom fighter agrees to work as an informant after he's tricked into an admission of guilt by association in the wake of an Israeli soldier's killing.

Director: Hany Abu-Assad | Stars: Adam Bakri, Leem Lubany, Eyad Hourani, Samer Bisharat

Votes: 12,092 | Gross: $0.36M

11. Timbuktu (2014)

PG-13 | 97 min | Drama

92 Metascore

A cattle herder and his family who reside in the dunes of Timbuktu find their quiet lives -- which are typically free of the Jihadists determined to control their faith -- abruptly disturbed.

Director: Abderrahmane Sissako | Stars: Ibrahim Ahmed, Abel Jafri, Toulou Kiki, Layla Walet Mohamed

Votes: 14,745 | Gross: $1.08M

12. The Salesman (2016)

PG-13 | 124 min | Drama, Thriller

85 Metascore

While both participating in a production of "Death of a Salesman," a teacher's wife is assaulted in her new home, which leaves him determined to find the perpetrator over his wife's traumatized objections.

Director: Asghar Farhadi | Stars: Shahab Hosseini, Taraneh Alidoosti, Mina Sadati, Babak Karimi

Votes: 41,624 | Gross: $2.40M

13. Ida (2013)

PG-13 | 82 min | Drama

91 Metascore

A novice nun about to take her vows uncovers a family secret dating back to the German occupation.

Director: Pawel Pawlikowski | Stars: Agata Kulesza, Agata Trzebuchowska, Dawid Ogrodnik, Jerzy Trela

Votes: 46,880 | Gross: $3.83M

14. The Great Beauty (2013)

Not Rated | 141 min | Drama

86 Metascore

Jep Gambardella has seduced his way through the lavish nightlife of Rome for decades, but after his 65th birthday and a shock from the past, Jep looks past the nightclubs and parties to find a timeless landscape of absurd, exquisite beauty.

Director: Paolo Sorrentino | Stars: Toni Servillo, Carlo Verdone, Sabrina Ferilli, Carlo Buccirosso

Votes: 72,405 | Gross: $2.85M

15. Omar Killed Me (2011)

85 min | Biography, Crime, Drama

In the summer of 1991 an elderly woman Ghislaine Marchal is found murdered in the basement of her home with the message "Omar M'a Tuer" (Omar has kill me) written beside in her own blood. ... See full summary »

Director: Roschdy Zem | Stars: Sami Bouajila, Denis Podalydès, Maurice Bénichou, Salomé Stévenin

Votes: 1,255

16. A Separation (2011)

PG-13 | 123 min | Drama, Thriller

95 Metascore

A married couple are faced with a difficult decision - to improve the life of their child by moving to another country or to stay in Iran and look after a deteriorating parent who has Alzheimer's disease.

Director: Asghar Farhadi | Stars: Payman Maadi, Leila Hatami, Sareh Bayat, Shahab Hosseini

Votes: 198,009 | Gross: $7.10M

17. In a Better World (2010)

R | 118 min | Drama, Romance

65 Metascore

The lives of two Danish families cross each other, and an extraordinary but risky friendship comes into bud. But loneliness, frailty and sorrow lie in wait.

Director: Susanne Bier | Stars: Mikael Persbrandt, Trine Dyrholm, Markus Rygaard, Wil Johnson

Votes: 36,589 | Gross: $1.01M

18. Life Is Beautiful (1997)

PG-13 | 116 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

59 Metascore

When an open-minded Jewish librarian and his son become victims of the Holocaust, he uses a perfect mixture of will, humor, and imagination to protect his son from the dangers around their camp.

Director: Roberto Benigni | Stars: Roberto Benigni, Nicoletta Braschi, Giorgio Cantarini, Giustino Durano

Votes: 554,843 | Gross: $57.60M

19. After the Wedding (2006)

R | 120 min | Drama

78 Metascore

A manager of an orphanage in India is sent to Copenhagen, Denmark, where he discovers a life-altering family secret.

Director: Susanne Bier | Stars: Mads Mikkelsen, Sidse Babett Knudsen, Rolf Lassgård, Neeral Mulchandani

Votes: 29,439 | Gross: $0.41M

20. The Square (2017)

R | 151 min | Comedy, Drama

73 Metascore

A prestigious Stockholm museum's chief art curator finds himself in times of both professional and personal crisis as he attempts to set up a controversial new exhibit.

Director: Ruben Östlund | Stars: Claes Bang, Elisabeth Moss, Dominic West, Terry Notary

Votes: 44,374 | Gross: $1.50M

21. After Lucia (2012)

Not Rated | 103 min | Drama

Alejandra and her dad Roberto have just moved to town. She is new at school, he has a new job. Starting over is sometimes complicated when you have left so much behind.

Director: Michel Franco | Stars: Tessa Ia, Hernán Mendoza, Gonzalo Vega Jr., Tamara Yazbek

Votes: 5,590

22. Kraftidioten (2014)

R | 116 min | Action, Crime, Drama

74 Metascore

The honorable citizen Nils ploughs snow in the wild winter mountains of Norway, when his son is mistakenly murdered, Nils takes action, which ignites a war between the vegan gangster "the Count" and the Serbian mafia boss Papa.

Director: Hans Petter Moland | Stars: Stellan Skarsgård, Bruno Ganz, Pål Sverre Hagen, Jakob Oftebro

Votes: 20,927 | Gross: $0.05M

23. The Neon Demon (2016)

R | 117 min | Horror, Thriller

51 Metascore

An aspiring model, Jesse, is new to Los Angeles. However, her beauty and youth, which generate intense fascination and jealousy within the fashion industry, may prove themselves sinister.

Director: Nicolas Winding Refn | Stars: Elle Fanning, Christina Hendricks, Keanu Reeves, Karl Glusman

Votes: 72,587 | Gross: $1.33M

24. Love (1971)

88 min | Drama

The wife of a political prisoner tends to her mother-in-law and keeps from the old woman the truth about her son, whom she believes is in New York making a film.

Director: Károly Makk | Stars: Lili Darvas, Mari Töröcsik, Iván Darvas, Erzsi Orsolya

Votes: 1,556

25. Youth (I) (2015)

R | 124 min | Comedy, Drama, Music

64 Metascore

A retired orchestra conductor is on vacation with his daughter and his film director best friend in the Alps when he receives an invitation from Queen Elizabeth II to perform for Prince Philip's birthday.

Director: Paolo Sorrentino | Stars: Michael Caine, Harvey Keitel, Rachel Weisz, Jane Fonda

Votes: 64,500 | Gross: $2.70M

26. Louder Than Bombs (2015)

R | 109 min | Drama

70 Metascore

The fractious family of a father and his two sons confront their different feelings and memories of their deceased wife and mother, a famed war photographer.

Director: Joachim Trier | Stars: Jesse Eisenberg, Gabriel Byrne, Isabelle Huppert, Devin Druid

Votes: 10,745 | Gross: $0.16M

27. The Round-Up (1966)

90 min | Drama, History, War

In Hungary, the national movement led by Kossuth has been crushed and the Austrian hegemony re-established, but partisans carry on with violent actions. In order to root out the guerilla, ... See full summary »

Director: Miklós Jancsó | Stars: János Görbe, Zoltán Latinovits, Tibor Molnár, Gábor Agárdi

Votes: 2,219

28. Only God Forgives (2013)

R | 90 min | Crime, Drama

37 Metascore

Julian, a drug-smuggler thriving in Bangkok's criminal underworld, sees his life get even more complicated when his mother compels him to find and kill whoever is responsible for his brother's recent death.

Director: Nicolas Winding Refn | Stars: Ryan Gosling, Kristin Scott Thomas, Vithaya Pansringarm, Gordon Brown

Votes: 100,459 | Gross: $0.78M

29. Graduation (2016)

R | 128 min | Crime, Drama

84 Metascore

A film about compromises and the implications of the parent's role.

Director: Cristian Mungiu | Stars: Adrian Titieni, Maria Dragus, Lia Bugnar, Mãlina Manovici

Votes: 10,377 | Gross: $0.18M

30. Rare Exports: A Christmas Tale (2010)

R | 84 min | Adventure, Fantasy, Horror

71 Metascore

In the depths of the Korvatunturi mountains, 486 meters deep, lies the closest ever guarded secret of Christmas. The time has come to dig it up. This Christmas everyone will believe in Santa Claus.

Director: Jalmari Helander | Stars: Jorma Tommila, Onni Tommila, Peeter Jakobi, Tommi Korpela

Votes: 23,941 | Gross: $0.26M

31. Lapland Odyssey (2010)

Not Rated | 92 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

A comedy about Janne, a man from Lapland in Northern Finland, a man who has made a career out of living on welfare. Inari, his girlfriend, is tired of Janne's incapability of getting a grip... See full summary »

Director: Dome Karukoski | Stars: Pamela Tola, Jussi Vatanen, Jasper Pääkkönen, Timo Lavikainen

Votes: 5,409

32. Tom of Finland (2017)

Not Rated | 117 min | Biography, Drama

56 Metascore

Award-winning filmmaker Dome Karukoski brings to screen the life and work of artist Touko Valio Laaksonen (aka Tom of Finland), one of the most influential and celebrated figures of twentieth century gay culture.

Director: Dome Karukoski | Stars: Pekka Strang, Seumas F. Sargent, Chris Myland, Alf Myreen

Votes: 4,402 | Gross: $0.38M

33. Steam of Life (2010)

81 min | Documentary

Finnish men in sauna, speaking straight from the heart.

Directors: Joonas Berghäll, Mika Hotakainen | Stars: Timo Aalto, Pekka Ahonen, Aarne Aksila, Mauno Alasuutari

Votes: 2,345

35. The Man Without a Past (2002)

PG-13 | 97 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

84 Metascore

The second part of Aki Kaurismäki's "Finland" trilogy, the film follows a man who arrives in Helsinki and gets beaten up so severely he develops amnesia. Unable to remember his name or ... See full summary »

Director: Aki Kaurismäki | Stars: Markku Peltola, Kati Outinen, Annikki Tähti, Juhani Niemelä

Votes: 20,418 | Gross: $0.92M

36. Le Havre (2011)

Not Rated | 93 min | Comedy, Drama

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: 18,509 | Gross: $0.61M

37. Leningrad Cowboys Go America (1989)

PG-13 | 79 min | Comedy, Music

Siberian rock band Leningrad Cowboys go to the USA in pursuit of fame.

Director: Aki Kaurismäki | Stars: Matti Pellonpää, Kari Väänänen, Sakke Järvenpää, Heikki Keskinen

Votes: 6,218

38. One Last Deal (2018)

95 min | Drama

An elderly art dealer Olavi (72) is about to retire. A man who has always put business and art before everything - even his family - cannot imagine life without work. At an auction, an old ... See full summary »

Director: Klaus Härö | Stars: Heikki Nousiainen, Pirjo Lonka, Amos Brotherus, Stefan Sauk

Votes: 267

39. Gangs of Wasseypur (2012)

Not Rated | 321 min | Action, Comedy, Crime

89 Metascore

A clash between Sultan and Shahid Khan leads to the expulsion of Khan from Wasseypur, and ignites a deadly blood feud spanning three generations.

Director: Anurag Kashyap | Stars: Manoj Bajpayee, Richa Chadha, Nawazuddin Siddiqui, Tigmanshu Dhulia

Votes: 69,203

40. Jauja (2014)

Not Rated | 109 min | Drama, Western

77 Metascore

A father and daughter journey from Denmark to an unknown desert that exists in a realm beyond the confines of civilization.

Director: Lisandro Alonso | Stars: Viggo Mortensen, Ghita Nørby, Viilbjørk Malling Agger, Esteban Bigliardi

Votes: 3,468

41. Amy (III) (2015)

R | 128 min | Documentary, Biography, Music

85 Metascore

Archival footage and personal testimonials present an intimate portrait of the life and career of British singer/songwriter Amy Winehouse.

Director: Asif Kapadia | Stars: Amy Winehouse, Mitch Winehouse, Mark Ronson, Russell Brand

Votes: 43,887 | Gross: $8.41M

42. The Candidate (2018)

132 min | Drama, Thriller

A Spanish politician whose high-class lifestyle is based on nefarious and illegal business threatens to break his entire party after a newspaper expose him to the public eye.

Director: Rodrigo Sorogoyen | Stars: Antonio de la Torre, Mónica López, Josep Maria Pou, Bárbara Lennie

Votes: 3,418

43. Long Day's Journey Into Night (2018)

Not Rated | 133 min | Drama, Mystery

89 Metascore

A man went back to Guizhou, found the tracks of a mysterious woman. He recalls the summer he spent with her twenty years ago.

Director: Gan Bi | Stars: Wei Tang, Jue Huang, Sylvia Chang, Hong-Chi Lee

Votes: 2,061 | Gross: $0.43M

44. The Whiskey Bandit (2017)

126 min | Action, Adventure, Biography

Viszkis was one of the most famous bank robbers in Hungary. He drunk whiskey before every robbing. This is his story.

Director: Nimród Antal | Stars: Bence Szalay, Zoltán Schneider, Viktor Klem, Piroska Móga

Votes: 6,221

45. Diary for My Children (1984)

Unrated | 106 min | Biography, Drama

From one of the foremost woman directors comes a personal story of how history and the individual impact each other. A young woman (Juli) returns to her homeland only to find the horrors she escaped have infected it also.

Director: Márta Mészáros | Stars: Zsuzsa Czinkóczi, Teri Földi, Anna Polony, Jan Nowicki

Votes: 379

46. Man of Iron (1981)

PG | 156 min | Drama, History

A worker becomes a "man of iron" forged by experience, a son comes to terms with his father, a couple fall in love, a reporter searches for courage, and a nation undergoes historic change. ... See full summary »

Director: Andrzej Wajda | Stars: Jerzy Radziwilowicz, Krystyna Janda, Marian Opania, Wieslawa Kosmalska

Votes: 2,730

47. The Flight of the Eagle (1982)

140 min | Adventure, Biography, Drama

The Swedish 19th century engineer S. A. Andrée sets out to become the first man on the north pole. His idea is to launch a polar expedition using a hydrogen balloon, together with two ... See full summary »

Director: Jan Troell | Stars: Max von Sydow, Sverre Anker Ousdal, Göran Stangertz, Eva von Hanno

Votes: 587

48. Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy (2011)

R | 122 min | Drama, Mystery, Thriller

85 Metascore

In the bleak days of the Cold War, espionage veteran George Smiley (Gary Oldman) is forced from semi-retirement to uncover a Soviet Agent within MI6.

Director: Tomas Alfredson | Stars: Gary Oldman, Colin Firth, Tom Hardy, Mark Strong

Votes: 175,000 | Gross: $24.15M

49. Father and Daughter (2000)

8 min | Animation, Short, Drama