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1. Z for Zachariah (2015)

PG-13 | 98 min | Drama, Sci-Fi, Thriller

68 Metascore

In the wake of a disaster that wipes out most of civilization, two men and a young woman find themselves in an emotionally charged love triangle as the last known survivors.

Director: Craig Zobel | Stars: Chiwetel Ejiofor, Chris Pine, Margot Robbie

Votes: 25,885 | Gross: $0.12M

2. 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: 114,335 | Gross: $6.74M

3. A Walk to Remember (2002)

PG | 101 min | Drama, Romance

35 Metascore

The story of two North Carolina teens, Landon Carter and Jamie Sullivan, who are thrown together after Landon gets into trouble and is made to do community service.

Director: Adam Shankman | Stars: Mandy Moore, Shane West, Peter Coyote, Daryl Hannah

Votes: 189,996 | Gross: $41.23M

4. Wild (I) (2014)

R | 115 min | Biography, Drama

76 Metascore

A chronicle of one woman's one thousand one hundred mile solo hike undertaken as a way to recover from a recent personal tragedy.

Director: Jean-Marc Vallée | Stars: Reese Witherspoon, Laura Dern, Gaby Hoffmann, Michiel Huisman

Votes: 111,669 | Gross: $37.88M

5. Yes Man (2008)

PG-13 | 104 min | Comedy, Romance

46 Metascore

A man challenges himself to say "yes" to everything for an entire year.

Director: Peyton Reed | Stars: Jim Carrey, Zooey Deschanel, Bradley Cooper, John Michael Higgins

Votes: 313,959 | Gross: $97.69M

6. A Clockwork Orange (1971)

R | 136 min | Crime, Drama, Sci-Fi

80 Metascore

In the future, a sadistic gang leader is imprisoned and volunteers for a conduct-aversion experiment, but it doesn't go as planned.

Director: Stanley Kubrick | Stars: Malcolm McDowell, Patrick Magee, Michael Bates, Warren Clarke

Votes: 700,428

7. Kill Your Friends (2015)

Not Rated | 103 min | Comedy, Crime, Music

45 Metascore

An A&R man working at the height of the Britpop music craze goes to extremes in order to find his next hit.

Director: Owen Harris | Stars: Nicholas Hoult, Thomas Conroy, James Corden, Georgia King

Votes: 8,303

8. As I Lay Dying (2013)

R | 110 min | Drama

50 Metascore

Based on the classic novel by William Faulkner, first published in 1930, "As I Lay Dying" is the story of the death of Addie Bundren and her family's quest to honor her last wish to be buried in the nearby town of Jefferson.

Director: James Franco | Stars: James Franco, Tim Blake Nelson, Jim Parrack, Ahna O'Reilly

Votes: 3,615 | Gross: $0.02M

9. John Dies at the End (2012)

R | 99 min | Comedy, Horror, Sci-Fi

53 Metascore

A new street drug that sends its users across time and dimensions has one drawback: some people return no longer human. Can two college drop-outs save humanity from this silent, otherworldly invasion?

Director: Don Coscarelli | Stars: Chase Williamson, Rob Mayes, Paul Giamatti, Clancy Brown

Votes: 34,713 | Gross: $0.14M

10. Horns (2013)

R | 120 min | Crime, Drama, Fantasy

46 Metascore

In the aftermath of his girlfriend's mysterious death, a young man awakens to find strange horns sprouting from his forehead.

Director: Alexandre Aja | Stars: Daniel Radcliffe, Juno Temple, Max Minghella, Joe Anderson

Votes: 71,252 | Gross: $0.16M

11. Cobra (1986)

R | 87 min | Action, Crime, Thriller

25 Metascore

A tough-on-crime street cop must protect the only surviving witness to a strange murderous cult with far reaching plans.

Director: George P. Cosmatos | Stars: Sylvester Stallone, Brigitte Nielsen, Reni Santoni, Andrew Robinson

Votes: 62,110 | Gross: $49.04M

12. Into the Wild (2007)

R | 148 min | Adventure, Biography, Drama

73 Metascore

After graduating from Emory University, top student and athlete Christopher McCandless abandons his possessions, gives his entire $24,000 savings account to charity and hitchhikes to Alaska to live in the wilderness. Along the way, Christopher encounters a series of characters that shape his life.

Director: Sean Penn | Stars: Emile Hirsch, Vince Vaughn, Catherine Keener, Marcia Gay Harden

Votes: 530,793 | Gross: $18.35M

13. The Warriors (1979)

R | 92 min | Action, Crime, Thriller

65 Metascore

In the near future, a charismatic leader summons the street gangs of New York City in a bid to take it over. When he is killed, The Warriors are falsely blamed and now must fight their way home while every other gang is hunting them down.

Director: Walter Hill | Stars: Michael Beck, James Remar, Dorsey Wright, Brian Tyler

Votes: 86,808 | Gross: $22.49M

14. Blue Is the Warmest Color (2013)

NC-17 | 180 min | Drama, Romance

88 Metascore

Adèle's life is changed when she meets Emma, a young woman with blue hair, who will allow her to discover desire and to assert herself as a woman and as an adult. In front of others, Adèle grows, seeks herself, loses herself, and ultimately finds herself through love and loss.

Director: Abdellatif Kechiche | Stars: Léa Seydoux, Adèle Exarchopoulos, Salim Kechiouche, Aurélien Recoing

Votes: 126,569 | Gross: $2.20M

15. High-Rise (2015)

R | 119 min | Drama, Horror, Sci-Fi

65 Metascore

Life for the residents of a tower block begins to run out of control.

Director: Ben Wheatley | Stars: Tom Hiddleston, Jeremy Irons, Sienna Miller, Luke Evans

Votes: 34,462 | Gross: $0.34M

16. Anatomy of a Murder (1959)

Not Rated | 161 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

95 Metascore

In a murder trial, the defendant says he suffered temporary insanity after the victim raped his wife. What is the truth, and will he win his case?

Director: Otto Preminger | Stars: James Stewart, Lee Remick, Ben Gazzara, Arthur O'Connell

Votes: 54,838 | Gross: $11.90M

17. Paper Towns (2015)

PG-13 | 109 min | Comedy, Drama, Mystery

56 Metascore

After an all-night adventure, Quentin's lifelong crush, Margo, disappears, leaving behind clues that Quentin and his friends follow on the journey of a lifetime.

Director: Jake Schreier | Stars: Nat Wolff, Cara Delevingne, Austin Abrams, Justice Smith

Votes: 89,079 | Gross: $32.00M

18. Girl (1998)

R | 99 min | Comedy, Drama, Music

A straight-A teen explores Portland's rock scene.

Director: Jonathan Kahn | Stars: Dominique Swain, Sean Patrick Flanery, Summer Phoenix, Tara Reid

Votes: 2,591

19. Brooklyn (2015)

PG-13 | 117 min | Drama, Romance

88 Metascore

An Irish immigrant lands in 1950s Brooklyn, where she quickly falls into a romance with a local. When her past catches up with her, however, she must choose between two countries and the lives that exist within.

Director: John Crowley | Stars: Saoirse Ronan, Emory Cohen, Domhnall Gleeson, Jim Broadbent

Votes: 119,085 | Gross: $38.32M

20. Room (I) (2015)

R | 118 min | Drama, Thriller

86 Metascore

Held captive for 7 years in an enclosed space, a woman and her young son finally gain their freedom, allowing the boy to experience the outside world for the first time.

Director: Lenny Abrahamson | Stars: Brie Larson, Jacob Tremblay, Sean Bridgers, Wendy Crewson

Votes: 324,731 | Gross: $14.68M

21. 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: 407,148 | Gross: $350.13M

22. Ready Player One (2018)

PG-13 | 140 min | Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi

64 Metascore

When the creator of a virtual reality called the OASIS dies, he makes a posthumous challenge to all OASIS users to find his Easter Egg, which will give the finder his fortune and control of his world.

Director: Steven Spielberg | Stars: Tye Sheridan, Olivia Cooke, Ben Mendelsohn, Lena Waithe

Votes: 314,865 | Gross: $137.69M

23. Edge of Tomorrow (2014)

PG-13 | 113 min | Action, Sci-Fi

71 Metascore

A soldier fighting aliens gets to relive the same day over and over again, the day restarting every time he dies.

Director: Doug Liman | Stars: Tom Cruise, Emily Blunt, Bill Paxton, Brendan Gleeson

Votes: 554,699 | Gross: $100.21M

24. Monkeybone (2001)

PG-13 | 93 min | Animation, Comedy, Fantasy

40 Metascore

In a coma, a cartoonist finds himself trapped within his own underground creation and must find a way to get back, while racing against his popular but treacherous character, Monkeybone.

Director: Henry Selick | Stars: Brendan Fraser, Bridget Fonda, John Turturro, Chris Kattan

Votes: 15,970 | Gross: $5.41M

25. Odd Thomas (2013)

PG-13 | 97 min | Comedy, Fantasy, Horror

45 Metascore

In a California desert town, a short-order cook with clairvoyant abilities encounters a mysterious man with a link to dark, threatening forces.

Director: Stephen Sommers | Stars: Anton Yelchin, Ashley Sommers, Leonor Varela, Matthew Page

Votes: 44,393

26. Filth (I) (2013)

R | 97 min | Comedy, Crime, Drama

56 Metascore

A corrupt, junkie cop with bipolar disorder attempts to manipulate his way through a promotion in order to win back his wife and daughter while also fighting his own inner demons.

Director: Jon S. Baird | Stars: James McAvoy, Jamie Bell, Eddie Marsan, Imogen Poots

Votes: 94,727 | Gross: $0.03M

27. Bright Lights, Big City (1988)

R | 107 min | Drama

51 Metascore

A disillusioned young writer living in New York City turns to drugs and drinking to block out the memories of his dead mother and estranged wife.

Director: James Bridges | Stars: Michael J. Fox, Kiefer Sutherland, Phoebe Cates, Swoosie Kurtz

Votes: 6,876 | Gross: $16.12M

28. James and the Giant Peach (1996)

PG | 79 min | Animation, Adventure, Family

An orphan, who lives with his two cruel aunts, befriends anthropomorphic bugs who live inside a giant peach, and they embark on a journey to New York City.

Director: Henry Selick | Stars: Paul Terry, Joanna Lumley, Pete Postlethwaite, Simon Callow

Votes: 56,651 | Gross: $28.93M

29. The Road (I) (2009)

R | 111 min | Drama

64 Metascore

In a dangerous post-apocalyptic world, an ailing father defends his son as they slowly travel to the sea.

Director: John Hillcoat | Stars: Viggo Mortensen, Charlize Theron, Kodi Smit-McPhee, Robert Duvall

Votes: 210,029 | Gross: $0.06M

30. The Shipping News (2001)

R | 111 min | Drama

47 Metascore

An emotionally beaten man with his young daughter moves to his ancestral home in Newfoundland to reclaim his life.

Director: Lasse Hallström | Stars: Kevin Spacey, Julianne Moore, Judi Dench, Cate Blanchett

Votes: 30,987 | Gross: $11.43M

31. Fast Times at Ridgemont High (1982)

R | 90 min | Comedy, Drama

67 Metascore

A group of Southern California high school students are enjoying their most important subjects: sex, drugs, and rock n' roll.

Director: Amy Heckerling | Stars: Sean Penn, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Judge Reinhold, Robert Romanus

Votes: 86,342 | Gross: $27.09M

32. Small Apartments (2012)

R | 96 min | Comedy, Crime, Drama

A man is surrounded by strange events and odd neighbors in this adaptation of Chris Millis' novel.

Director: Jonas Åkerlund | Stars: Matt Lucas, Peter Stormare, James Caan, Juno Temple

Votes: 6,819

33. Choke (2008)

R | 92 min | Comedy, Drama

47 Metascore

A sex-addicted con-man pays for his mother's hospital bills by playing on the sympathies of those who rescue him from choking to death.

Director: Clark Gregg | Stars: Sam Rockwell, Anjelica Huston, Kelly Macdonald, Kathryn Alexander

Votes: 30,613 | Gross: $2.93M

34. Permanent Midnight (1998)

R | 88 min | Biography, Drama, Romance

57 Metascore

A comedy writer struggles to overcome his addiction to heroin.

Director: David Veloz | Stars: Ben Stiller, Maria Bello, Jay Paulson, Spencer Garrett

Votes: 6,635 | Gross: $1.17M

35. The Black Cauldron (1985)

PG | 80 min | Animation, Action, Adventure

59 Metascore

A young boy and a bunch of misfit friends embark on a quest to find a dark magic item of ultimate power before a diabolical tyrant can.

Directors: Ted Berman, Richard Rich | Stars: Grant Bardsley, Freddie Jones, Susan Sheridan, Nigel Hawthorne

Votes: 27,873 | Gross: $21.29M

36. Term Life (2016)

R | 93 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

23 Metascore

A guy wanted around town by various hitmen hopes to stay alive long enough for his life insurance policy to kick in and pay out for his estranged daughter.

Director: Peter Billingsley | Stars: Vince Vaughn, Hailee Steinfeld, Bill Paxton, Jonathan Banks

Votes: 6,061 | Gross: $0.01M

37. The Leftovers (2014–2017)

TV-MA | 60 min | Drama, Fantasy, Mystery

Three years after the disappearance of two percent of the global population, a group of people in a small New York community try to continue their lives while coping with the tragedy of the unexplained nature of the event.

Stars: Justin Theroux, Amy Brenneman, Christopher Eccleston, Liv Tyler

Votes: 67,261

38. This Is Where I Leave You (2014)

R | 103 min | Comedy, Drama

44 Metascore

When their father passes away, four grown siblings are forced to return to their childhood home and live under the same roof together for a week, along with their over-sharing mother and an assortment of spouses, exes and might-have-beens.

Director: Shawn Levy | Stars: Jason Bateman, Tina Fey, Jane Fonda, Adam Driver

Votes: 66,095 | Gross: $34.29M

39. Me Before You (2016)

PG-13 | 106 min | Drama, Romance

51 Metascore

A girl in a small town forms an unlikely bond with a recently-paralyzed man she's taking care of.

Director: Thea Sharrock | Stars: Emilia Clarke, Sam Claflin, Janet McTeer, Charles Dance

Votes: 180,586 | Gross: $56.25M

40. The Fault in Our Stars (2014)

PG-13 | 126 min | Drama, Romance

69 Metascore

Two teenage cancer patients begin a life-affirming journey to visit a reclusive author in Amsterdam.

Director: Josh Boone | Stars: Shailene Woodley, Ansel Elgort, Nat Wolff, Laura Dern

Votes: 320,248 | Gross: $124.87M

41. Powers (2015–2016)

TV-MA | 42 min | Action, Crime, Drama

Set in a world where humans and super heroes co-exist, a homicide detective, who had his own powers taken from him, investigates crimes involving superhumans along with his partner.

Stars: Sharlto Copley, Susan Heyward, Noah Taylor, Eddie Izzard

Votes: 5,919

42. The Midnight Meat Train (2008)

R | 100 min | Horror, Mystery

58 Metascore

A photographer's obsessive pursuit of dark subject matter leads him into the path of a serial killer who stalks late night commuters, ultimately butchering them in the most gruesome ways imaginable.

Director: Ryûhei Kitamura | Stars: Vinnie Jones, Bradley Cooper, Leslie Bibb, Brooke Shields

Votes: 56,113 | Gross: $0.08M

43. Flowers in the Attic (1987)

PG-13 | 93 min | Drama, Mystery, Thriller

25 Metascore

Children are hidden away in the attic by their conspiring mother and grandmother.

Director: Jeffrey Bloom | Stars: Louise Fletcher, Victoria Tennant, Kristy Swanson, Jeb Stuart Adams

Votes: 8,731 | Gross: $15.15M

44. Flowers in the Attic (2014 TV Movie)

TV-14 | 86 min | Drama, Horror, Mystery

After the sudden death of their father, four children face cruel treatment from their ruthless grandmother.

Director: Deborah Chow | Stars: Heather Graham, Ellen Burstyn, Kiernan Shipka, Mason Dye

Votes: 8,350

45. Queen of the Air

Drama | Announced

The story of Lillian Leitzel, a trapeze artist who in the early 20th century was one of the biggest stars in the world as she performed for the Circus. Her tragic love affair with Alfredo Codona, one of the best trapeze artists to ever exist, also was chronicled. The two were tempestuous artists, divas and madly in love. Their rise to fame is tracked, from the mud-caked small-town circuses to the... See full summary »

Star: Margot Robbie

46. My Friend Dahmer (2017)

R | 107 min | Drama

68 Metascore

A young Jeffrey Dahmer struggles to belong in high school.

Director: Marc Meyers | Stars: Ross Lynch, Alex Wolff, Anne Heche, Zachary Davis Brown

Votes: 12,788 | Gross: $1.36M

47. I Am Not a Serial Killer (2016)

Not Rated | 104 min | Drama, Horror, Thriller

54 Metascore

In a small Midwestern town, a troubled teen with homicidal tendencies must hunt down and destroy a supernatural killer while keeping his own inner demons at bay.

Director: Billy O'Brien | Stars: Max Records, Christopher Lloyd, Laura Fraser, Christina Baldwin

Votes: 12,355

48. The Adderall Diaries (2015)

R | 87 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

42 Metascore

Elliot, a troubled former successful writer decides to write about a missing wife and the following murder trial of her husband.

Director: Pamela Romanowsky | Stars: James Franco, Ed Harris, Amber Heard, Jim Parrack

Votes: 3,637 | Gross: $0.01M

49. The Falcon and the Snowman (1985)

R | 131 min | Biography, Crime, Drama

68 Metascore

The true story of a disillusioned military contractor employee and his drug pusher childhood friend who became walk-in spies for the Soviet Union.

Director: John Schlesinger | Stars: Timothy Hutton, Sean Penn, Pat Hingle, Joyce Van Patten

Votes: 9,739 | Gross: $17.10M

50. They Shoot Horses, Don't They? (1969)

M/PG | 129 min | Drama

7.9