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1. The BFG (2016)

PG | 117 min | Adventure, Family, Fantasy

66 Metascore

An orphan little girl befriends a benevolent giant who takes her to Giant Country, where they attempt to stop the man-eating giants that are invading the human world.

Director: Steven Spielberg | Stars: Mark Rylance, Ruby Barnhill, Penelope Wilton, Jemaine Clement

Votes: 70,155 | Gross: $55.48M

2. The Lobster (2015)

R | 119 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

82 Metascore

In a dystopian near future, single people, according to the laws of The City, are taken to The Hotel, where they are obliged to find a romantic partner in forty-five days or are transformed into beasts and sent off into The Woods.

Director: Yorgos Lanthimos | Stars: Colin Farrell, Rachel Weisz, Jessica Barden, Olivia Colman

Votes: 186,487 | Gross: $8.70M

3. The Living (2014)

R | 89 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

A man hires an ex-con to kill his sister's abusive husband, but the desperate act sets into motion a shocking series of events in this intense indie drama.

Director: Jack Bryan | Stars: Fran Kranz, Jocelin Donahue, Kenny Wormald, Chris Mulkey

Votes: 1,965

4. Moneyball (2011)

PG-13 | 133 min | Biography, Drama, Sport

87 Metascore

Oakland A's general manager Billy Beane's successful attempt to assemble a baseball team on a lean budget by employing computer-generated analysis to acquire new players.

Director: Bennett Miller | Stars: Brad Pitt, Robin Wright, Jonah Hill, Philip Seymour Hoffman

Votes: 330,066 | Gross: $75.61M

5. A Beautiful Mind (2001)

PG-13 | 135 min | Biography, Drama

72 Metascore

After John Nash, a brilliant but asocial mathematician, accepts secret work in cryptography, his life takes a turn for the nightmarish.

Director: Ron Howard | Stars: Russell Crowe, Ed Harris, Jennifer Connelly, Christopher Plummer

Votes: 779,014 | Gross: $170.74M

6. Equals (2015)

PG-13 | 101 min | Drama, Romance, Sci-Fi

43 Metascore

In an emotionless utopia, two people fall in love when they regain their feelings from a mysterious disease, causing tensions between them and their society.

Director: Drake Doremus | Stars: Nicholas Hoult, Kristen Stewart, Vernetta Lopez, Scott Lawrence

Votes: 24,463 | Gross: $0.03M

7. The Red Turtle (2016)

PG | 80 min | Animation, Fantasy

86 Metascore

A man is shipwrecked on a deserted island and encounters a red turtle, which changes his life.

Director: Michael Dudok de Wit | Stars: Emmanuel Garijo, Tom Hudson, Baptiste Goy, Axel Devillers

Votes: 25,662 | Gross: $0.92M

8. Enough Said (2013)

PG-13 | 93 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

78 Metascore

A divorced woman who decides to pursue the man she's interested in learns he's her new friend's ex-husband.

Director: Nicole Holofcener | Stars: Julia Louis-Dreyfus, James Gandolfini, Catherine Keener, Toni Collette

Votes: 55,998 | Gross: $17.54M

9. Only Yesterday (1991)

PG | 118 min | Animation, Drama, Romance

90 Metascore

A twenty-seven-year-old office worker travels to the countryside while reminiscing about her childhood in Tokyo.

Director: Isao Takahata | Stars: Miki Imai, Toshirô Yanagiba, Yoko Honna, Mayumi Izuka

Votes: 19,940 | Gross: $0.45M

10. Boyhood (I) (2014)

R | 165 min | Drama

100 Metascore

The life of Mason, from early childhood to his arrival at college.

Director: Richard Linklater | Stars: Ellar Coltrane, Patricia Arquette, Ethan Hawke, Elijah Smith

Votes: 317,651 | Gross: $25.38M

11. Million Dollar Baby (2004)

PG-13 | 132 min | Drama, Sport

86 Metascore

A determined woman works with a hardened boxing trainer to become a professional.

Director: Clint Eastwood | Stars: Hilary Swank, Clint Eastwood, Morgan Freeman, Jay Baruchel

Votes: 591,306 | Gross: $100.49M

12. Her (2013)

R | 126 min | Drama, Romance, Sci-Fi

90 Metascore

In a near future, a lonely writer develops an unlikely relationship with an operating system designed to meet his every need.

Director: Spike Jonze | Stars: Joaquin Phoenix, Amy Adams, Scarlett Johansson, Rooney Mara

Votes: 473,889 | Gross: $25.57M

13. Spotlight (I) (2015)

R | 129 min | Biography, Crime, Drama

93 Metascore

The true story of how the Boston Globe uncovered the massive scandal of child molestation and cover-up within the local Catholic Archdiocese, shaking the entire Catholic Church to its core.

Director: Tom McCarthy | Stars: Mark Ruffalo, Michael Keaton, Rachel McAdams, Liev Schreiber

Votes: 371,003 | Gross: $45.06M

14. Moonlight (I) (2016)

R | 111 min | Drama

99 Metascore

A young African-American man grapples with his identity and sexuality while experiencing the everyday struggles of childhood, adolescence, and burgeoning adulthood.

Director: Barry Jenkins | Stars: Mahershala Ali, Naomie Harris, Trevante Rhodes, Alex R. Hibbert

Votes: 232,827 | Gross: $27.85M

15. The Imitation Game (2014)

PG-13 | 114 min | Biography, Drama, Thriller

73 Metascore

During World War II, the English mathematical genius Alan Turing tries to crack the German Enigma code with help from fellow mathematicians.

Director: Morten Tyldum | Stars: Benedict Cumberbatch, Keira Knightley, Matthew Goode, Allen Leech

Votes: 627,589 | Gross: $91.13M

16. Chef (2014)

R | 114 min | Adventure, Comedy, Drama

68 Metascore

A head chef quits his restaurant job and buys a food truck in an effort to reclaim his creative promise, while piecing back together his estranged family.

Director: Jon Favreau | Stars: Jon Favreau, Robert Downey Jr., Scarlett Johansson, Dustin Hoffman

Votes: 177,007 | Gross: $30.64M

17. The Big Short (2015)

R | 130 min | Biography, Comedy, Drama

81 Metascore

In 2006-7 a group of investors bet against the US mortgage market. In their research they discover how flawed and corrupt the market is.

Director: Adam McKay | Stars: Christian Bale, Steve Carell, Ryan Gosling, Brad Pitt

Votes: 314,362 | Gross: $70.26M

18. Wind River (2017)

R | 107 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

73 Metascore

A veteran hunter helps an FBI agent investigate the murder of a young woman on a Wyoming Native American reservation.

Director: Taylor Sheridan | Stars: Kelsey Asbille, Jeremy Renner, Julia Jones, Teo Briones

Votes: 173,288 | Gross: $33.80M

19. The Circle (I) (2017)

PG-13 | 110 min | Drama, Sci-Fi, Thriller

43 Metascore

A woman lands a dream job at a powerful tech company called the Circle, only to uncover an agenda that will affect the lives of all of humanity.

Director: James Ponsoldt | Stars: Emma Watson, Tom Hanks, John Boyega, Ellar Coltrane

Votes: 73,988 | Gross: $20.48M

20. Death Note (I) (2017)

TV-MA | 101 min | Adventure, Crime, Drama

43 Metascore

A high school student named Light Turner discovers a mysterious notebook that has the power to kill anyone whose name is written within its pages, and launches a secret crusade to rid the world of criminals.

Director: Adam Wingard | Stars: Nat Wolff, LaKeith Stanfield, Margaret Qualley, Shea Whigham

Votes: 67,941

21. Mute (II) (2018)

TV-MA | 126 min | Mystery, Sci-Fi, Thriller

35 Metascore

A mute bartender goes up against his city's gangsters in an effort to find out what happened to his missing partner.

Director: Duncan Jones | Stars: Alexander Skarsgård, Paul Rudd, Justin Theroux, Levi Eisenblätter

Votes: 25,950

22. The Dark Tower (2017)

PG-13 | 95 min | Action, Adventure, Fantasy

34 Metascore

The last Gunslinger: Roland Deschain, has been locked in an eternal battle with Walter O'Dim, also known as the Man in Black, and determined to prevent him from toppling the Dark Tower that holds the universe together. With the fate of the world at stake, good and evil will collide in the ultimate battle, as only Roland can defend the Tower from the Man in Black.

Director: Nikolaj Arcel | Stars: Idris Elba, Matthew McConaughey, Tom Taylor, Dennis Haysbert

Votes: 112,286 | Gross: $50.70M

23. Mary and the Witch's Flower (2017)

PG | 103 min | Animation, Adventure, Family

75 Metascore

Based on "The Little Broomstick" by Mary Stewart, a strange flower grants a girl magic powers.

Directors: Hiromasa Yonebayashi, Giles New | Stars: Hana Sugisaki, Ryûnosuke Kamiki, Yûki Amami, Fumiyo Kohinata

Votes: 9,055 | Gross: $2.42M

24. Before I Fall (2017)

PG-13 | 98 min | Drama, Fantasy, Mystery

58 Metascore

February 12 is just another day in Sam's charmed life, until it turns out to be her last. Stuck reliving her last day over and over, Sam untangles the mystery around her death and discovers everything she's losing.

Director: Ry Russo-Young | Stars: Zoey Deutch, Halston Sage, Cynthy Wu, Medalion Rahimi

Votes: 40,083 | Gross: $12.23M

25. The Fundamentals of Caring (2016)

TV-MA | 97 min | Comedy, Drama

55 Metascore

A man suffering a family loss enrolls in a class about care-giving that changes his perspective on life.

Director: Rob Burnett | Stars: Craig Roberts, Paul Rudd, Selena Gomez, Alex Huff

Votes: 49,759

26. American Sniper (2014)

R | 133 min | Action, Biography, Drama

72 Metascore

Navy S.E.A.L. sniper Chris Kyle's pinpoint accuracy saves countless lives on the battlefield and turns him into a legend. Back home to his wife and kids after four tours of duty, however, Chris finds that it is the war he can't leave behind.

Director: Clint Eastwood | Stars: Bradley Cooper, Sienna Miller, Kyle Gallner, Cole Konis

Votes: 405,679 | Gross: $350.13M

27. The Accountant (2016)

R | 128 min | Action, Crime, Drama

51 Metascore

As a math savant uncooks the books for a new client, the Treasury Department closes in on his activities, and the body count starts to rise.

Director: Gavin O'Connor | Stars: Ben Affleck, Anna Kendrick, J.K. Simmons, Jon Bernthal

Votes: 236,195 | Gross: $86.26M

28. Rocket Science (2007)

R | 101 min | Comedy, Drama

73 Metascore

Looking for answers to life's big questions, a stuttering boy joins his high school debate team.

Director: Jeffrey Blitz | Stars: Reece Thompson, Anna Kendrick, Nicholas D'Agosto, Utkarsh Ambudkar

Votes: 12,597 | Gross: $0.71M

29. Happy Christmas (2014)

R | 82 min | Comedy, Drama

70 Metascore

After a break up, Jenny moves in with writer Kelly, her filmmaker husband, and their child. Despite a rocky start, Jenny's influence helps Kelly realize that an evolution in her life, career and relationship is necessary for her happiness.

Director: Joe Swanberg | Stars: Anna Kendrick, Melanie Lynskey, Mark Webber, Lena Dunham

Votes: 7,251 | Gross: $0.03M

30. Digging for Fire (2015)

R | 85 min | Drama

69 Metascore

The discovery of a bone and a gun send a husband and wife on separate adventures over the course of a weekend.

Director: Joe Swanberg | Stars: Jake Johnson, Rosemarie DeWitt, Orlando Bloom, Brie Larson

Votes: 5,122 | Gross: $0.12M

31. Cake (II) (2014)

R | 102 min | Drama

49 Metascore

Claire becomes fascinated by the suicide of a woman in her chronic pain support group while grappling with her own, very raw personal tragedy.

Director: Daniel Barnz | Stars: Jennifer Aniston, Adriana Barraza, Anna Kendrick, Sam Worthington

Votes: 33,316 | Gross: $1.87M

32. Hickey (2016)

TV-14 | 85 min | Comedy

Brilliant but insecure, young Ryan has 24 hours to save the store he hates in order to win the heart of the girl he loves.

Director: Alex Grossman | Stars: Troy Doherty, Flavia Camilla, Raychel Diane Weiner, Zedrick Restauro

Votes: 221

33. Donnie Darko (2001)

R | 113 min | Drama, Sci-Fi, Thriller

71 Metascore

A troubled teenager is plagued by visions of a man in a large rabbit suit who manipulates him to commit a series of crimes, after he narrowly escapes a bizarre accident.

Director: Richard Kelly | Stars: Jake Gyllenhaal, Jena Malone, Mary McDonnell, Holmes Osborne

Votes: 703,573 | Gross: $1.48M

34. xXx (2002)

PG-13 | 124 min | Action, Adventure, Thriller

48 Metascore

An extreme sports athlete, Xander Cage, is recruited by the government on a special mission.

Director: Rob Cohen | Stars: Vin Diesel, Asia Argento, Marton Csokas, Samuel L. Jackson

Votes: 166,929 | Gross: $142.11M

35. xXx: Return of Xander Cage (2017)

PG-13 | 107 min | Action, Adventure, Thriller

42 Metascore

Xander Cage is left for dead after an incident, though he secretly returns to action for a new, tough assignment with his handler Augustus Gibbons.

Director: D.J. Caruso | Stars: Vin Diesel, Donnie Yen, Deepika Padukone, Kris Wu

Votes: 79,035 | Gross: $44.90M

36. Logan (2017)

R | 137 min | Action, Drama, Sci-Fi

77 Metascore

In a future where mutants are nearly extinct, an elderly and weary Logan leads a quiet life. But when Laura, a mutant child pursued by scientists, comes to him for help, he must get her to safety.

Director: James Mangold | Stars: Hugh Jackman, Patrick Stewart, Dafne Keen, Boyd Holbrook

Votes: 572,305 | Gross: $226.28M

37. John Wick: Chapter 2 (2017)

R | 122 min | Action, Crime, Thriller

75 Metascore

After returning to the criminal underworld to repay a debt, John Wick discovers that a large bounty has been put on his life.

Director: Chad Stahelski | Stars: Keanu Reeves, Riccardo Scamarcio, Ian McShane, Ruby Rose

Votes: 305,958 | Gross: $92.03M

38. Side Effects (I) (2013)

R | 106 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

75 Metascore

A young woman's world unravels when a drug prescribed by her psychiatrist has unexpected side effects.

Director: Steven Soderbergh | Stars: Rooney Mara, Channing Tatum, Jude Law, Catherine Zeta-Jones

Votes: 169,860 | Gross: $32.17M

39. The Age of Shadows (2016)

TV-MA | 140 min | Action, Drama, Thriller

78 Metascore

Korean resistance fighters smuggle explosives to destroy facilities controlled by Japanese forces in this period action thriller.

Director: Jee-woon Kim | Stars: Byung-Hun Lee, Kang-ho Song, Yoo Gong, Ji-min Han

Votes: 6,707 | Gross: $0.54M

40. Raw (2016)

R | 99 min | Drama, Horror

81 Metascore

An innocent teenager, studying to be a vet, develops a craving for human flesh.

Director: Julia Ducournau | Stars: Garance Marillier, Ella Rumpf, Rabah Nait Oufella, Laurent Lucas

Votes: 50,866 | Gross: $0.51M

41. Den of Thieves (2018)

R | 140 min | Action, Crime, Drama

49 Metascore

A gritty crime saga which follows the lives of an elite unit of the LA County Sheriff's Dept. and the state's most successful bank robbery crew as the outlaws plan a seemingly impossible heist on the Federal Reserve Bank.

Director: Christian Gudegast | Stars: Gerard Butler, Pablo Schreiber, O'Shea Jackson Jr., 50 Cent

Votes: 71,973 | Gross: $44.95M

42. Annihilation (2018)

R | 115 min | Adventure, Drama, Horror

79 Metascore

A biologist signs up for a dangerous, secret expedition into a mysterious zone where the laws of nature don't apply.

Director: Alex Garland | Stars: Natalie Portman, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Tessa Thompson, Benedict Wong

Votes: 235,736 | Gross: $32.73M

43. The Boxtrolls (2014)

PG | 96 min | Animation, Adventure, Comedy

61 Metascore

A young orphaned boy raised by underground cave-dwelling trash collectors tries to save his friends from an evil exterminator.

Directors: Graham Annable, Anthony Stacchi | Stars: Ben Kingsley, Jared Harris, Nick Frost, Richard Ayoade

Votes: 51,184 | Gross: $50.84M

44. Lady Vengeance (2005)

R | 115 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

75 Metascore

After being wrongfully imprisoned for thirteen years and having her child taken away from her, a woman seeks revenge through increasingly brutal means.

Director: Chan-wook Park | Stars: Yeong-ae Lee, Min-sik Choi, Shi-hoo Kim, Yea-young Kwon

Votes: 65,139 | Gross: $0.21M

45. The Departed (2006)

R | 151 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

85 Metascore

An undercover cop and a mole in the police attempt to identify each other while infiltrating an Irish gang in South Boston.

Director: Martin Scorsese | Stars: Leonardo DiCaprio, Matt Damon, Jack Nicholson, Mark Wahlberg

Votes: 1,088,344 | Gross: $132.38M

46. Se7en (1995)

R | 127 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

65 Metascore

Two detectives, a rookie and a veteran, hunt a serial killer who uses the seven deadly sins as his motives.

Director: David Fincher | Stars: Morgan Freeman, Brad Pitt, Kevin Spacey, Andrew Kevin Walker

Votes: 1,305,389 | Gross: $100.13M

47. Casino Royale (2006)

PG-13 | 144 min | Action, Adventure, Thriller

80 Metascore

Armed with a license to kill, Secret Agent James Bond sets out on his first mission as 007, and must defeat a private banker to terrorists in a high stakes game of poker at Casino Royale, Montenegro, but things are not what they seem.

Director: Martin Campbell | Stars: Daniel Craig, Eva Green, Judi Dench, Jeffrey Wright

Votes: 543,152 | Gross: $167.45M

48. The Woodsman (2004)

R | 87 min | Drama

72 Metascore

A child molester returns to his hometown after 12 years in prison and attempts to start a new life.

Director: Nicole Kassell | Stars: Kevin Bacon, Kyra Sedgwick, Yasiin Bey, David Alan Grier

Votes: 30,573 | Gross: $0.04M

49. Pet (2016)

R | 94 min | Horror, Thriller

5.7