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by whatsthisnow | created - 04 Oct 2016 | updated - 9 months ago | Public

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1. Wrong Is Right (1982)

R | 117 min | Comedy, Drama, Thriller

A satire of American news reporting, covert agencies, and political system. The theft of two suitcase sized nuclear weapons, and their sale to a terrorist group, leads television newsman ... See full summary »

Director: Richard Brooks | Stars: Sean Connery, George Grizzard, Robert Conrad, Katharine Ross

Votes: 1,578 | Gross: $3.38M

2. The War Zone (1999)

R | 98 min | Drama, Thriller

68 Metascore

An alienated teenager, saddened that he has moved away from London, must find a way to deal with a dark family secret.

Director: Tim Roth | Stars: Ray Winstone, Annabelle Apsion, Kate Ashfield, Lara Belmont

Votes: 9,092 | Gross: $0.25M

3. Eye of God (1997)

R | 84 min | Crime, Drama

We see two stories told over four time lines, which wind down to a devastating ground zero collision, as we watch a double tragedy unfold in a small Oklahoma town. The two stories are told ... See full summary »

Director: Tim Blake Nelson | Stars: Mary Kay Place, Nick Stahl, Chris Freihofer, Woody Watson

Votes: 1,099

4. Orphans (1998)

101 min | Comedy, Drama

Four siblings gathered together for their mother's funeral in Glasgow face individual torments over night during a tumultuous storm that rips the roof off the church.

Director: Peter Mullan | Stars: Douglas Henshall, Gary Lewis, Rosemarie Stevenson, Stephen McCole

Votes: 1,525 | Gross: $0.05M

5. Untold Scandal (2003)

124 min | Drama

73 Metascore

In late 1700s Korea, Lady Cho challenges the playboy Lord Jo-won into seducing and sleeping with her husband's coming young, virgin concubine. Lady Cho agrees to sleep with him if he succeeds.

Director: Je-yong Lee | Stars: Mi-sook Lee, Yong-jun Bae, Do-yeon Jeon, Hyeon-jae Jo

Votes: 2,037 | Gross: $0.06M

6. Secret Honor (1984)

Not Rated | 90 min | Biography, Comedy, Drama

A fictionalized former President Richard M. Nixon offers a solitary, stream-of-consciousness reflection on his life and political career - and the "true" reasons for the Watergate scandal and his resignation.

Director: Robert Altman | Star: Philip Baker Hall

Votes: 2,448

7. The Last Valley (1971)

GP | 128 min | Adventure, Drama, War

During the Thirty Years' War of 1600s, a band of Protestant mercenaries peacefully coexist with German Catholic villagers in a hidden idyllic mountain valley untouched by war.

Director: James Clavell | Stars: Michael Caine, Omar Sharif, Florinda Bolkan, Nigel Davenport

Votes: 2,577

8. Pu-239 (2006)

R | 97 min | Drama

A worker at a Russian nuclear facility gets exposed to a lethal dose of radiation. In order to provide for his family, he steals some plutonium and sets out to sell it on Moscow's black market with the help of an incompetent criminal.

Director: Scott Z. Burns | Stars: Paddy Considine, Oscar Isaac, Valeriu Pavel Dan, Kenneth Bryans

Votes: 3,301

9. The Dark Horse (2014)

R | 124 min | Biography, Drama

77 Metascore

A brilliant but troubled New Zealand chess champion finds purpose by teaching underprivileged children about the rules of chess and life.

Director: James Napier Robertson | Stars: Cliff Curtis, James Rolleston, Kirk Torrance, James Napier Robertson

Votes: 5,277 | Gross: $0.06M

10. The Beautiful Country (2004)

R | 125 min | Drama

64 Metascore

After reuniting with his mother in Ho Chi Minh City, a family tragedy causes Binh to flee from Viet Nam to America. Landing in New York, Binh begins a road trip to Texas, where his American father is said to live.

Director: Hans Petter Moland | Stars: Damien Nguyen, Bai Ling, Dang Quoc Thinh Tran, Thi Hoa Mai

Votes: 3,598 | Gross: $0.44M

11. Mean Guns (1997)

R | 104 min | Action, Crime, Thriller

100 people, who have betrayed The Syndicate, are gathered in a prison opening the next day. They are given weapons and 6 hours to kill each other. The 3 remaining share $10,000,000.

Director: Albert Pyun | Stars: Christopher Lambert, Ice-T, Michael Halsey, Deborah Van Valkenburgh

Votes: 3,999

12. Ten Canoes (2006)

Unrated | 90 min | Adventure, Comedy, Drama

82 Metascore

A story within a story. In Australia's Northern Territory, a man tells us one of the stories of his people and his land. It's a story of an older man, Minygululu, who has three wives and ... See full summary »

Directors: Rolf de Heer, Peter Djigirr | Stars: Crusoe Kurddal, Jamie Gulpilil, Richard Birrinbirrin, Peter Minygululu

Votes: 4,182 | Gross: $0.28M

13. The Medusa Touch (1978)

PG | 105 min | Horror, Sci-Fi

Psychological thriller about a telekinetic novelist who causes disasters simply by thinking about them.

Director: Jack Gold | Stars: Richard Burton, Lee Remick, Lino Ventura, Harry Andrews

Votes: 5,034

14. Pierrepoint: The Last Hangman (2005)

R | 95 min | Biography, Crime, Drama

68 Metascore

The life and times of Albert Pierrepoint - Britain's most prolific hangman.

Director: Adrian Shergold | Stars: Timothy Spall, Juliet Stevenson, Eddie Marsan, Ann Bell

Votes: 4,622 | Gross: $0.02M

15. Schizopolis (1996)

Not Rated | 96 min | Comedy, Fantasy, Mystery

44 Metascore

Fletcher Munson, the lethargic employee of a pseudo-religious self help company, and his doppelganger, the friendly but dull dentist Dr. Jeffrey Korchek.

Director: Steven Soderbergh | Stars: Steven Soderbergh, Miles Hardy, Scott Allen, Betsy Brantley

Votes: 4,894 | Gross: $0.01M

16. The Horseman (2008)

R | 96 min | Crime, Thriller

Christian, a divorced father and white collar businessman grieves over the complicated death of his daughter. When a video arrives anonymously in the mail, featuring his daughter heavily ... See full summary »

Director: Steven Kastrissios | Stars: Peter Marshall, Caroline Marohasy, Brad McMurray, Jack Henry

Votes: 4,553

17. Dinner Rush (2000)

R | 99 min | Crime, Drama, Romance

79 Metascore

At a popular NYC Italian restaurant on a dramatic, busy evening, there are 2 gangsters, cop detective, food-critic, ex bookmaker owner, his chef son, indebted gambler sous-chef etc.

Director: Bob Giraldi | Stars: Danny Aiello, Edoardo Ballerini, John Rothman, Frank Bongiorno

Votes: 4,701 | Gross: $0.11M

18. Ed Gein (2000)

Not Rated | 89 min | Biography, Crime, Drama

42 Metascore

The story of Ed Gein, who dug up the corpses of over a dozen women and made things out of their remains before finally shooting two people to death and butchering their bodies like beef sides.

Director: Chuck Parello | Stars: Steve Railsback, Carrie Snodgress, Carol Mansell, Sally Champlin

Votes: 4,864 | Gross: $0.01M

19. A Room for Romeo Brass (1999)

R | 90 min | Comedy, Drama

65 Metascore

Two twelve-year-old boys, Romeo and Gavin, undergo an extraordinary test of character and friendship when Morell, a naive but eccentric and dangerous stranger, comes between them. Morell ... See full summary »

Director: Shane Meadows | Stars: Martin Arrowsmith, Dave Blant, Darren Campbell, Paddy Considine

Votes: 5,123 | Gross: $0.02M

20. I.D. (1995)

107 min | Crime, Drama

Four policemen go undercover and infiltrate a gang of football hooligans hoping to root-out their leaders. For one of the four, the line between 'job' and 'yob' becomes more unclear as time... See full summary »

Director: Phil Davis | Stars: Reece Dinsdale, Richard Graham, Perry Fenwick, Philip Glenister

Votes: 5,679

21. World War II: When Lions Roared (1994 TV Movie)

Not Rated | 194 min | Drama, History, War

This TV Movie is about the Tehran Conference between FDR, Winston Churchill, and Joseph Stalin. It shows the interaction between the three leaders at the close of the Second World War.

Director: Joseph Sargent | Stars: Michael Caine, Bob Hoskins, John Lithgow, Ed Begley Jr.

Votes: 433

22. The Survivalist (2015)

Not Rated | 104 min | Drama, Sci-Fi, Thriller

80 Metascore

In a time of starvation, a survivalist lives off a small plot of land hidden deep in forest. When two women seeking food and shelter discover his farm, he finds his existence threatened.

Director: Stephen Fingleton | Stars: Mia Goth, Martin McCann, Barry Ward, Olwen Fouéré

Votes: 14,362

23. Mrs Brown (1997)

PG | 101 min | Biography, Drama, History

71 Metascore

When Queen Victoria's husband dies, she finds solace in her trusted servant, Mr. Brown, but their relationship also brings scandal and turmoil.

Director: John Madden | Stars: Judi Dench, Billy Connolly, Geoffrey Palmer, Antony Sher

Votes: 12,544 | Gross: $9.22M

24. City of Hope (1991)

R | 129 min | Crime, Drama

An intersecting tale with a multitude of characters living lives which, in one way or another, revolve around an old apartment block scheduled to be demolished.

Director: John Sayles | Stars: Vincent Spano, Tony Lo Bianco, Stephen Mendillo, Chris Cooper

Votes: 2,006 | Gross: $1.26M

25. The Resurrected (1991)

R | 108 min | Horror

Charles Dexter Ward's wife enlists the help of a private detective to find out what her husband is up to in a remote cabin owned by his family for centuries.

Director: Dan O'Bannon | Stars: John Terry, Jane Sibbett, Chris Sarandon, Robert Romanus

Votes: 3,281

26. Stalin (1992 TV Movie)

172 min | Biography, Crime, Drama

The life and career of the brutal Soviet dictator, Joseph Stalin.

Director: Ivan Passer | Stars: Robert Duvall, Julia Ormond, Maximilian Schell, Jeroen Krabbé

Votes: 2,150

27. 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: 9,720 | Gross: $0.00M

28. Hiroshima (1995 TV Movie)

PG | 190 min | Drama, War

The grisly events leading to the first attack with a nuclear weapon.

Directors: Koreyoshi Kurahara, Roger Spottiswoode | Stars: Lynne Adams, Wesley Addy, Allen Altman, Bernard Behrens

Votes: 808

29. The Krays (1990)

R | 115 min | Biography, Crime, Drama

70 Metascore

This fact-based movie follows the life of the twin crime-lords in London's '60s underworld.

Director: Peter Medak | Stars: Gary Kemp, Martin Kemp, Billie Whitelaw, Tom Bell

Votes: 7,037 | Gross: $2.06M

30. The Wee Man (2013)

Not Rated | 106 min | Drama

The true-life story of Paul Ferris.

Director: Ray Burdis | Stars: Christina Andrew, Bhrina Bache, Patrick Bergin, Hannah Blamires

Votes: 1,950

31. Sahara (1995 TV Movie)

PG-13 | 106 min | Action, War

A tank commander and his men along with a group of assorted stragglers they picked up along the way try to keep a limited supply of water away from the Nazis.

Director: Brian Trenchard-Smith | Stars: Jim Belushi, Alan David Lee, Simon Westaway, Mark Lee

Votes: 2,519

32. Freaked (1993)

PG-13 | 80 min | Comedy, Sci-Fi

A vain actor, his best friend, and an activist end up at a mutant freak farm run by a weirdo scientist.

Directors: Tom Stern, Alex Winter | Stars: Brooke Shields, William Sadler, Eduardo Ricard, Henry Carbo

Votes: 5,641 | Gross: $0.03M

33. Incident at Loch Ness (2004)

PG-13 | 94 min | Adventure, Comedy, Fantasy

62 Metascore

A documentary exploring the myth of the Loch Ness monster.

Director: Zak Penn | Stars: Werner Herzog, Kitana Baker, Gabriel Beristain, Russell Williams II

Votes: 3,646 | Gross: $0.04M

34. Land of the Blind (2006)

R | 110 min | Drama, Thriller

32 Metascore

A soldier recounts his relationship with a famous political prisoner attempting to overthrow their country's authoritarian government.

Director: Robert Edwards | Stars: Ralph Fiennes, Donald Sutherland, Tom Hollander, Lara Flynn Boyle

Votes: 3,459 | Gross: $0.01M

35. The Last Supper (I) (1995)

R | 92 min | Comedy, Crime, Drama

A group of idealistic, but frustrated, liberals succumb to the temptation of murdering rightwing pundits for their political beliefs.

Director: Stacy Title | Stars: Cameron Diaz, Ron Eldard, Annabeth Gish, Jonathan Penner

Votes: 13,515 | Gross: $0.44M

36. Limbo (I) (1999)

R | 126 min | Adventure, Drama, Thriller

In an economically devastated Alaskan town, a fisherman with a troublesome past dates a woman whose young daughter does not approve of him. When he witnesses the murder of his shady brother, he, the woman and the kid run to the wilderness.

Director: John Sayles | Stars: David Strathairn, Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio, Vanessa Martinez, Michael Laskin

Votes: 5,552 | Gross: $2.00M

37. Closet Land (1991)

R | 89 min | Drama, Thriller

In a drab police state, a children's book writer is interrogated by a sadistic secret policeman under suspicion of embedding anti-government messages in her stories.

Director: Radha Bharadwaj | Stars: Madeleine Stowe, Alan Rickman

Votes: 2,471 | Gross: $0.26M

38. Cold Skin (2017)

108 min | Adventure, Horror, Sci-Fi

In 1914, a young man arrives at a remote island near the Antarctic Circle to take the post of weather observer only to find himself trapped in a watchtower besieged by deadly creatures which live in hiding on the island.

Director: Xavier Gens | Stars: Ray Stevenson, David Oakes, Aura Garrido, Winslow M. Iwaki

Votes: 9,290

39. Surviving the Game (1994)

R | 96 min | Action, Adventure, Crime

A homeless man is hired as a survival guide for a group of wealthy businessmen on a hunting trip in the mountains, unaware that they are killers who hunt humans for sport, and that he is their new prey.

Director: Ernest R. Dickerson | Stars: Rutger Hauer, Ice-T, Charles S. Dutton, Gary Busey

Votes: 9,716 | Gross: $7.73M

40. The Rapture (1991)

R | 100 min | Drama, Mystery

A telephone operator living an empty, amoral life finds God and loses him again.

Director: Michael Tolkin | Stars: Mimi Rogers, David Duchovny, Darwyn Carson, Patrick Bauchau

Votes: 4,587 | Gross: $1.28M

41. The Grey Zone (2001)

R | 108 min | Drama, History, War

58 Metascore

A Nazi doctor, along with the Sonderkommando, Jews who are forced to work in the crematoria of Auschwitz against their fellow Jews, find themselves in a moral grey zone.

Director: Tim Blake Nelson | Stars: David Arquette, Velizar Binev, David Chandler, Michael Stuhlbarg

Votes: 9,810 | Gross: $0.52M

42. The Dark Valley (2014)

Not Rated | 115 min | Drama, Mystery, Western

Through a hidden path a lone rider reaches a little town high up in the Alps. Nobody knows where the stranger comes from, nor what he wants there. But everyone knows that they don't want him to stay.

Director: Andreas Prochaska | Stars: Sam Riley, Tobias Moretti, Paula Beer, Thomas Schubert

Votes: 10,709

43. Men with Guns (II) (1997)

R | 127 min | Adventure, Drama

Humberto Fuentes is a wealthy doctor whose wife has recently died. In spite of the advice of his children, he takes a trip to visit his former students who now work in impoverished villages... See full summary »

Director: John Sayles | Stars: Federico Luppi, Damián Delgado, Dan Rivera González, Tania Cruz

Votes: 2,503 | Gross: $0.74M

44. Enter Nowhere (2011)

R | 90 min | Mystery, Sci-Fi, Thriller

Three strangers arrive one by one at a mysterious cabin in the middle of nowhere only to learn they've been brought together for a reason.

Director: Jack Heller | Stars: Katherine Waterston, Scott Eastwood, Sara Paxton, Shaun Sipos

Votes: 7,380

45. The Hybrid (2014)

Not Rated | 94 min | Horror, Sci-Fi

An elite team of mercenaries is hired for a covert operation, deep inside a former Soviet state. Arriving at an underground laboratory, their mission is to secure specimens of genetically ... See full summary »

Director: Billy O'Brien | Stars: John Lynch, Morjana Alaoui, Craig Conway, Antonia Thomas

Votes: 1,743

46. Shotgun Stories (2007)

PG-13 | 92 min | Drama, Thriller

76 Metascore

Shotgun Stories tracks a feud that erupts between two sets of half brothers following the death of their father. Set against the cotton fields and back roads of Southeast Arkansas, these ... See full summary »

Director: Jeff Nichols | Stars: Michael Shannon, Douglas Ligon, Barlow Jacobs, Michael Abbott Jr.

Votes: 9,239 | Gross: $0.05M

47. Small Faces (1996)

R | 108 min | Drama

Three teenage brothers, gang-member Bobby, troubled mama's boy Alan and self-assured prankster Lex, reside in a downtrodden section of Glasgow, Scotland, circa 1968. But while Bobby and ... See full summary »

Director: Gillies MacKinnon | Stars: Iain Robertson, Joe McFadden, Steven Duffy, Laura Fraser

Votes: 1,375

48. Alien Abduction: Incident in Lake County (1998 TV Movie)

93 min | Drama, Horror, Sci-Fi

After a mysterious blackout, a son goes out to investigate and captures footage of actual aliens. When the aliens follow him and his brothers back to their home, all hell breaks loose.

Director: Dean Alioto | Stars: Benz Antoine, Kristian Ayre, Gillian Barber, Michael Buie

Votes: 3,028



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