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1. 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: 467,978 | Gross: $25.57M

2. Skazany na bluesa (2005)

101 min | Biography, Drama, Music

The life of Ryszard Riedel, former leader of cult Polish rock-blues band Dzem, including the history of his family relationships, music career and addiction to alcohol and drugs.

Director: Jan Kidawa-Blonski | Stars: Tomasz Kot, Jolanta Fraszynska, Maciej Balcar, Adam Baumann

Votes: 1,381

3. The Offsiders (2008)

119 min | Comedy, Drama

Under the leadership of an ex-footballer, a bunch of homeless men set up a football team and train hard to take part in the world championship.

Director: Kasia Adamik | Stars: Marcin Dorocinski, Rafal Fudalej, Piotr Jagielski, Marek Kalita

Votes: 559

4. Ogród Luizy (2007)

105 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

A young girl living in her own fantasy world and a gangster on psychiatric observation meet and fall in love in a mental asylum.

Director: Maciej Wojtyszko | Stars: Patrycja Soliman, Marcin Dorocinski, Kinga Preis, Krzysztof Stroinski

Votes: 402

5. Lava (1989)

129 min | Drama, Mystery, Romance

In the eve of the Day of the Dead, among mysterious old rituals of the Vilnius region, ghosts of the past and present start to appear.

Director: Tadeusz Konwicki | Stars: Gustaw Holoubek, Jolanta Pietek-Górecka, Artur Zmijewski, Teresa Budzisz-Krzyzanowska

Votes: 198

6. Doubt (I) (2008)

PG-13 | 104 min | Drama, Mystery

68 Metascore

A Catholic school principal questions a priest's ambiguous relationship with a troubled young student.

Director: John Patrick Shanley | Stars: Meryl Streep, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Amy Adams, Viola Davis

Votes: 113,793 | Gross: $33.42M

7. A Single Man (2009)

R | 99 min | Drama, Romance

77 Metascore

An English professor, one year after the sudden death of his boyfriend, is unable to cope with his typical days in 1960s Los Angeles.

Director: Tom Ford | Stars: Colin Firth, Julianne Moore, Matthew Goode, Nicholas Hoult

Votes: 99,485 | Gross: $9.17M

8. K-PAX (2001)

PG-13 | 120 min | Drama, Sci-Fi

49 Metascore

PROT is a patient at a mental hospital who claims to be from a far away planet. His psychiatrist tries to help him, only to begin to doubt his own explanations.

Director: Iain Softley | Stars: Kevin Spacey, Jeff Bridges, Mary McCormack, Alfre Woodard

Votes: 167,289 | Gross: $50.34M

9. Pay It Forward (2000)

PG-13 | 123 min | Drama

40 Metascore

A young boy attempts to make the world a better place after his teacher gives him that chance.

Director: Mimi Leder | Stars: Kevin Spacey, Haley Joel Osment, Helen Hunt, Jay Mohr

Votes: 107,283 | Gross: $33.52M

10. My Name Is Ki (2011)

93 min | Drama

Ki is a hell of a young girl with lots of energy, guts, wit and warmth. A single mother who irritates and fascinates at the same time. She's at the brink of having a guy at last, but is she really able not to deter him?

Director: Leszek Dawid | Stars: Roma Gasiorowska, Adam Woronowicz, Kamil Malecki, Krzysztof Ogloza

Votes: 312

11. Day of the Wacko (2002)

Not Rated | 93 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

24 hours in the bitter life of a frustrated divorced teacher who stays in the vicious circle of his numerous obsessions.

Director: Marek Koterski | Stars: Marek Kondrat, Janina Traczykówna, Andrzej Grabowski, Michal Koterski

Votes: 7,483

12. Courage (2011)

85 min | Action, Drama

Alfred and Jerzy take part in a brutal incident: during a train ride, a couple of hooligans harass a young woman. Jerzy stands in her defense. Alfred hesitates and becomes a helpless ... See full summary »

Director: Greg Zglinski | Stars: Robert Wieckiewicz, Lukasz Simlat, Gabriela Muskala, Marian Dziedziel

Votes: 718

13. 127 Hours (2010)

R | 94 min | Adventure, Biography, Drama

82 Metascore

An adventurous mountain climber becomes trapped under a boulder while canyoneering alone near Moab, Utah and resorts to desperate measures in order to survive.

Director: Danny Boyle | Stars: James Franco, Amber Tamblyn, Kate Mara, Sean Bott

Votes: 324,307 | Gross: $18.34M

14. Ironweed (1987)

R | 143 min | Drama

An alcoholic drifter spends Halloween in his home town of Albany, New York after returning there for the first time in decades.

Director: Hector Babenco | Stars: Jack Nicholson, Meryl Streep, Carroll Baker, Michael O'Keefe

Votes: 7,642 | Gross: $7.39M

15. He Loves Me... He Loves Me Not (2002)

PG-13 | 92 min | Romance, Thriller

63 Metascore

A young woman who is in love with a married doctor becomes dangerous when her attempts to persuade him to leave his wife are unsuccessful. However, when things are seen from his point of view, the real situation becomes clear.

Director: Laetitia Colombani | Stars: Audrey Tautou, Samuel Le Bihan, Isabelle Carré, Sophie Guillemin

Votes: 17,741 | Gross: $1.01M

16. The Courageous Heart of Irena Sendler (2009 TV Movie)

TV-PG | 95 min | Biography, Drama, War

The story of Irena Sendler, a social worker who was part of the Polish underground during World War II and was arrested by the Nazis for saving the lives of nearly 2,500 Jewish children by smuggling them out of the Warsaw ghetto.

Director: John Kent Harrison | Stars: Anna Paquin, Marcia Gay Harden, Goran Visnjic, Nathaniel Parker

Votes: 3,504

17. 12 and Holding (2005)

R | 94 min | Drama

65 Metascore

After his twin brother is accidentally killed by vengeful bullies, a 12-year old boy and his friends face the harsh realities of death, teenage hormones, and family dysfunction.

Director: Michael Cuesta | Stars: Conor Donovan, Jesse Camacho, Zoe Weizenbaum, Annabella Sciorra

Votes: 6,489 | Gross: $0.10M

18. Suicide Room (2011)

Not Rated | 110 min | Animation, Drama, Thriller

After suffering extreme humiliation at school, Dominik holes himself up in his room and begins spending all his time in a virtual reality chat room.

Director: Jan Komasa | Stars: Jakub Gierszal, Roma Gasiorowska, Agata Kulesza, Krzysztof Pieczynski

Votes: 8,271

19. Run Lola Run (1998)

R | 80 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

77 Metascore

After a botched money delivery, Lola has 20 minutes to come up with 100,000 Deutschmarks.

Director: Tom Tykwer | Stars: Franka Potente, Moritz Bleibtreu, Herbert Knaup, Nina Petri

Votes: 179,244 | Gross: $7.27M

20. The Diving Bell and the Butterfly (2007)

PG-13 | 112 min | Biography, Drama

92 Metascore

The true story of Elle editor Jean-Dominique Bauby who suffers a stroke and has to live with an almost totally paralyzed body; only his left eye isn't paralyzed.

Director: Julian Schnabel | Stars: Mathieu Amalric, Emmanuelle Seigner, Marie-Josée Croze, Anne Consigny

Votes: 98,562 | Gross: $5.99M

21. 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: 71,213 | Gross: $17.51M

22. Cabaret (1972)

PG | 124 min | Drama, Musical

80 Metascore

A female girlie club entertainer in Weimar Republic era Berlin romances two men while the Nazi Party rises to power around them.

Director: Bob Fosse | Stars: Liza Minnelli, Michael York, Helmut Griem, Joel Grey

Votes: 43,637 | Gross: $42.77M

23. Spider (2002)

R | 98 min | Drama, Mystery, Thriller

83 Metascore

A mentally disturbed man takes residence in a halfway house. His mind gradually slips back into the realm created by his illness, where he replays a key part of his childhood.

Director: David Cronenberg | Stars: Ralph Fiennes, Miranda Richardson, Gabriel Byrne, Lynn Redgrave

Votes: 33,688 | Gross: $1.64M

24. Catch Me If You Can (2002)

PG-13 | 141 min | Biography, Crime, Drama

75 Metascore

A seasoned FBI agent pursues Frank Abagnale Jr. who, before his 19th birthday, successfully forged millions of dollars' worth of checks while posing as a Pan Am pilot, a doctor, and a legal prosecutor.

Director: Steven Spielberg | Stars: Leonardo DiCaprio, Tom Hanks, Christopher Walken, Martin Sheen

Votes: 720,701 | Gross: $164.62M



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