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1. Out of Sight (1998)

R | 123 min | Comedy, Crime, Drama

85 Metascore

A career bank robber breaks out of jail, and shares a moment of mutual attraction with a U.S. Marshal he has kidnapped.

Director: Steven Soderbergh | Stars: George Clooney, Jennifer Lopez, Ving Rhames, Steve Zahn

Votes: 80,596 | Gross: $37.56M

2. Beautiful Girls (1996)

R | 112 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

64 Metascore

A piano player at a crossroads in his life returns home to his friends and their own problems with life and love.

Director: Ted Demme | Stars: Matt Dillon, Timothy Hutton, Noah Emmerich, Annabeth Gish

Votes: 30,027 | Gross: $10.60M

3. Robin Hood (1973)

G | 83 min | Animation, Adventure, Comedy

57 Metascore

The story of the legendary outlaw is portrayed with the characters as humanoid animals.

Director: Wolfgang Reitherman | Stars: Brian Bedford, Phil Harris, Roger Miller, Peter Ustinov

Votes: 105,658 | Gross: $32.06M

4. In Bruges (2008)

R | 107 min | Comedy, Crime, Drama

67 Metascore

Guilt-stricken after a job gone wrong, hitman Ray and his partner await orders from their ruthless boss in Bruges, Belgium, the last place in the world Ray wants to be.

Director: Martin McDonagh | Stars: Colin Farrell, Brendan Gleeson, Ciarán Hinds, Elizabeth Berrington

Votes: 367,186 | Gross: $7.76M

5. Little Voice (1998)

R | 97 min | Comedy, Drama, Music

68 Metascore

A shy reclusive lady is convinced by an invisible entity to sing. Subsequently, she finds herself noticed by a sleazy talent agent and her talent being showcased on-stage. She also meets a kind but nervous man who becomes her best friend.

Director: Mark Herman | Stars: Brenda Blethyn, Jane Horrocks, Michael Caine, Ewan McGregor

Votes: 15,207 | Gross: $4.60M

6. The Wrong Guy (1997)

PG-13 | 92 min | Comedy, Thriller

After his boss is murdered, Nelson is on the run for fear of prosecution. He hides out in a small town to avoid the police, which should be easy because they know he didn't do it and they aren't looking for him.

Director: David Steinberg | Stars: Dave Foley, David Anthony Higgins, Jennifer Tilly, Joe Flaherty

Votes: 3,162

7. Just Friends (I) (2005)

PG-13 | 96 min | Comedy, Romance

47 Metascore

While visiting his hometown during Christmas, a man comes face-to-face with his old high school crush whom he was best friends with -- a woman whose rejection of him turned him into a ferocious womanizer.

Director: Roger Kumble | Stars: Ryan Reynolds, Amy Smart, Anna Faris, Chris Klein

Votes: 98,789 | Gross: $32.62M

8. The Big White (2005)

R | 100 min | Comedy, Crime, Drama

31 Metascore

To remedy his financial problems, a travel agent has his eye on a frozen corpse, which just happens to be sought after by two hitmen.

Director: Mark Mylod | Stars: Robin Williams, Giovanni Ribisi, Holly Hunter, Tim Blake Nelson

Votes: 13,510

9. New Waterford Girl (1999)

TV-PG | 97 min | Comedy

72 Metascore

A gifted teenager dreaming of life beyond her small town becomes inspired when a 15-year-old girl from New York moves in next door.

Director: Allan Moyle | Stars: Liane Balaban, Tara Spencer-Nairn, Mary Walsh, Nicholas Campbell

Votes: 1,646 | Gross: $0.77M

10. A Simple Twist of Fate (1994)

PG-13 | 106 min | Drama, Comedy

His life was emotionally closed off from the world, until an orphaned baby showed up at his house.

Director: Gillies MacKinnon | Stars: Steve Martin, Gabriel Byrne, Laura Linney, Catherine O'Hara

Votes: 4,775 | Gross: $3.43M

11. Red (2008)

R | 93 min | Drama, Thriller

61 Metascore

A reclusive man sets out for justice and redemption when three troublesome teens kill his dog for no good reason.

Directors: Trygve Allister Diesen, Lucky McKee | Stars: Brian Cox, Noel Fisher, Kyle Gallner, Shiloh Fernandez

Votes: 9,772 | Gross: $0.00M

12. Return to Me (2000)

PG | 115 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

54 Metascore

A man who falls in love with the woman who received his wife's heart must decide which woman it is who holds his heart.

Director: Bonnie Hunt | Stars: David Duchovny, Minnie Driver, Carroll O'Connor, Robert Loggia

Votes: 18,666 | Gross: $32.66M

13. War, Inc. (2008)

R | 107 min | Action, Comedy, Thriller

37 Metascore

A corporation hires a professional assassin to pose as its trade show representative who must organize the wedding of a Middle Eastern pop star, which will allow him the opportunity to kill a Middle Eastern politician.

Director: Joshua Seftel | Stars: John Cusack, Marisa Tomei, Hilary Duff, Joan Cusack

Votes: 21,030 | Gross: $0.58M

14. 16 Blocks (2006)

PG-13 | 102 min | Action, Crime, Drama

63 Metascore

An aging alcoholic cop is assigned the task of escorting a witness from police custody to a courthouse 16 blocks away. There are, however, chaotic forces at work that prevent them from making it in one piece.

Director: Richard Donner | Stars: Bruce Willis, Yasiin Bey, David Morse, Jenna Stern

Votes: 122,435 | Gross: $36.88M

15. Drop Dead Gorgeous (1999)

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

28 Metascore

A small-town beauty pageant turns deadly as it becomes clear that someone will go to any lengths to win.

Director: Michael Patrick Jann | Stars: Kirsten Dunst, Denise Richards, Ellen Barkin, Allison Janney

Votes: 30,760 | Gross: $10.56M

16. Elephant Parts (1981 Video)

60 min | Comedy, Music

A collection of comedy skits and music videos, such as a game-show spoof called "Name That Drug", a visit to the office of the Clandestine Typing Service, and a man providing a skewed ... See full summary »

Director: William Dear | Stars: Michael Nesmith, Bill Martin, Lark Geib, Robert Ackerman

Votes: 326

17. Zero Effect (1998)

R | 116 min | Comedy, Crime, Drama

The world's greatest detective Daryl Zero aided by his associate Steve Arlo investigates a complex and mysterious case of blackmail and missing keys for shady tycoon Gregory Stark who is less than forthcoming about what is really happening!

Director: Jake Kasdan | Stars: Bill Pullman, Ben Stiller, Ryan O'Neal, Kim Dickens

Votes: 13,379 | Gross: $1.98M

18. Another Earth (2011)

PG-13 | 92 min | Drama, Romance, Sci-Fi

66 Metascore

On the night of the discovery of a duplicate Earth in the Solar system, an ambitious young student and an accomplished composer cross paths in a tragic accident.

Director: Mike Cahill | Stars: Brit Marling, William Mapother, Matthew-Lee Erlbach, DJ Flava

Votes: 86,624 | Gross: $1.32M

19. The Informant! (2009)

R | 108 min | Biography, Comedy, Crime

66 Metascore

The U.S. government decides to go after an agro-business giant with a price-fixing accusation, based on the evidence submitted by their star witness, vice president-turned-informant Mark Whitacre.

Director: Steven Soderbergh | Stars: Matt Damon, Tony Hale, Patton Oswalt, Lucas McHugh Carroll

Votes: 60,589 | Gross: $33.31M

20. Rare Birds (2001)

R | 99 min | Comedy, Drama, Mystery

60 Metascore

A down-and-out restaurateur and his neighbor hatch a plan to lure luminaries to their small Newfoundland town.

Director: Sturla Gunnarsson | Stars: William Hurt, Andy Jones, Molly Parker, Vicky Hynes

Votes: 1,506

21. One Good Cop (1991)

R | 114 min | Action, Crime, Drama

An NYPD Detective (Michael Keaton) and his struggle for justice, while taking care of his late partner's three little girls after he is killed in the line of duty.

Director: Heywood Gould | Stars: Michael Keaton, Rene Russo, Anthony LaPaglia, Kevin Conway

Votes: 3,617 | Gross: $11.28M

22. Paper Man (2009)

R | 110 min | Comedy, Drama

37 Metascore

A washed-up writer forms an unlikely friendship with a teenager from Long Island.

Directors: Kieran Mulroney, Michele Mulroney | Stars: Jeff Daniels, Emma Stone, Ryan Reynolds, Lisa Kudrow

Votes: 17,470 | Gross: $0.02M

23. Please Give (2010)

R | 87 min | Comedy, Drama

78 Metascore

In New York City, a husband and wife butt heads with the granddaughters of the elderly woman who lives in the apartment the couple owns.

Director: Nicole Holofcener | Stars: Catherine Keener, Oliver Platt, Rebecca Hall, Elizabeth Keener

Votes: 10,687 | Gross: $4.03M

24. Safe Men (1998)

R | 88 min | Comedy, Crime

Two untalented singers are mistaken for a pair of major league safe crackers in Providence, Rhode Island. The two are pressed into service by the local hoodlums and quickly find themselves ... See full summary »

Director: John Hamburg | Stars: Sam Rockwell, Steve Zahn, Michael Lerner, Paul Giamatti

Votes: 3,055 | Gross: $0.02M

25. Somewhere in Time (1980)

PG | 103 min | Drama, Fantasy, Romance

29 Metascore

A Chicago playwright uses self-hypnosis to travel back in time and meet the actress whose vintage portrait hangs in a grand hotel.

Director: Jeannot Szwarc | Stars: Christopher Reeve, Jane Seymour, Christopher Plummer, Teresa Wright

Votes: 24,802 | Gross: $9.71M

26. It's a Disaster (2012)

R | 88 min | Comedy, Drama

57 Metascore

Four couples meet for Sunday brunch only to discover they are stuck in a house together as the world may be about to end.

Director: Todd Berger | Stars: Rachel Boston, Laura Adkin, Kevin M. Brennan, David Cross

Votes: 9,672 | Gross: $0.04M

27. Ondine (2009)

PG-13 | 111 min | Drama, Mystery, Romance

65 Metascore

An Irish fisherman discovers a woman in his fishing net whom his precocious daughter believes to be a selkie.

Director: Neil Jordan | Stars: Colin Farrell, Alicja Bachleda, Dervla Kirwan, Alison Barry

Votes: 19,168 | Gross: $0.55M

28. The Guard (2011)

R | 96 min | Comedy, Crime, Thriller

78 Metascore

An unorthodox Irish policeman with a confrontational personality is partnered with an up-tight F.B.I. agent to investigate an international drug-smuggling ring.

Director: John Michael McDonagh | Stars: Brendan Gleeson, Don Cheadle, Mark Strong, Ronan Collins

Votes: 75,885 | Gross: $5.36M

29. Real Genius (1985)

PG | 108 min | Comedy, Romance, Sci-Fi

71 Metascore

Teenage geniuses deal with their abilities while developing a high-powered laser for a university project. When their professor intends to turn their work into a military weapon, they decide to ruin his plans.

Director: Martha Coolidge | Stars: Val Kilmer, Gabriel Jarret, Michelle Meyrink, William Atherton

Votes: 28,358 | Gross: $13.00M

30. Moon (2009)

R | 97 min | Drama, Mystery, Sci-Fi

67 Metascore

Astronaut Sam Bell has a quintessentially personal encounter toward the end of his three-year stint on the Moon, where he, working alongside his computer, GERTY, sends back to Earth parcels of a resource that has helped diminish our planet's power problems.

Director: Duncan Jones | Stars: Sam Rockwell, Kevin Spacey, Dominique McElligott, Rosie Shaw

Votes: 315,355 | Gross: $5.01M

31. Date with an Angel (1987)

PG | 105 min | Comedy, Fantasy, Romance

Jim is soon to be married to Patty, but when he wakes up after a bachelor party thrown by his friends, he finds an injured angel in his pool. When Patty sees her, she thinks he's seeing ... See full summary »

Director: Tom McLoughlin | Stars: Michael E. Knight, Phoebe Cates, Emmanuelle Béart, David Dukes

Votes: 2,354 | Gross: $1.99M

32. Loving Vincent (2017)

PG-13 | 94 min | Animation, Biography, Crime

62 Metascore

In a story depicted in oil painted animation, a young man comes to the last hometown of painter Vincent van Gogh to deliver the troubled artist's final letter and ends up investigating his final days there.

Directors: Dorota Kobiela, Hugh Welchman | Stars: Douglas Booth, Jerome Flynn, Robert Gulaczyk, Helen McCrory

Votes: 41,827 | Gross: $6.74M

33. Kubo and the Two Strings (2016)

PG | 101 min | Animation, Action, Adventure

84 Metascore

A young boy named Kubo must locate a magical suit of armour worn by his late father in order to defeat a vengeful spirit from the past.

Director: Travis Knight | Stars: Charlize Theron, Art Parkinson, Matthew McConaughey, Ralph Fiennes

Votes: 107,790 | Gross: $48.02M

34. Me and Earl and the Dying Girl (2015)

PG-13 | 105 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

74 Metascore

High schooler Greg, who spends most of his time making parodies of classic movies with his co-worker Earl, finds his outlook forever altered after befriending a classmate who has just been diagnosed with cancer.

Director: Alfonso Gomez-Rejon | Stars: Thomas Mann, RJ Cyler, Olivia Cooke, Nick Offerman

Votes: 114,393 | Gross: $6.74M

35. The Invitation (I) (2015)

Not Rated | 100 min | Drama, Horror, Mystery

74 Metascore

A man accepts an invitation to a dinner party hosted by his ex-wife, an unsettling affair that reopens old wounds and creates new tensions.

Director: Karyn Kusama | Stars: Logan Marshall-Green, Emayatzy Corinealdi, Michiel Huisman, Tammy Blanchard

Votes: 73,665 | Gross: $0.23M

36. The Way Way Back (2013)

PG-13 | 103 min | Comedy, Drama

68 Metascore

Shy 14-year-old Duncan goes on summer vacation with his mother, her overbearing boyfriend, and her boyfriend's daughter. Having a rough time fitting in, Duncan finds an unexpected friend in Owen, manager of the Water Wizz water park.

Directors: Nat Faxon, Jim Rash | Stars: Steve Carell, Toni Collette, Allison Janney, AnnaSophia Robb

Votes: 133,764 | Gross: $21.50M



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