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1. Janela da Alma (2001)

73 min | Documentary

Nineteen people with differing degrees of visual impairment - from mild nearsightedness to total blindness - discuss how they see themselves, how they see others and how they perceive the ... See full summary »

Directors: João Jardim, Walter Carvalho | Stars: Evgen Bavcar, Raimunda da Conceição Filha, Felipe, Gabriel

Votes: 565

3. Elena (II) (2012)

80 min | Documentary, Biography, Drama

81 Metascore

Elena, a young Brazilian woman, travels to New York with the same dream as her mother, to become a movie actress. She leaves behind her childhood spent in hiding during the years of the ... See full summary »

Director: Petra Costa | Stars: Li An, Elena Andrade, Petra Costa

Votes: 1,231

4. Tour de Force (2014)

95 min | Comedy, Drama

Belgium, of all places. What's Belgium got besides chocolates and fries? No matter, this year it was Hannes' and Kiki's turn to choose the destination of their annual bike tour with their ... See full summary »

Director: Christian Zübert | Stars: Florian David Fitz, Julia Koschitz, Jürgen Vogel, Miriam Stein

Votes: 1,638

5. The Grump (2014)

Not Rated | 102 min | Comedy, Drama

The Grump is a man from the past. A man who knows that everything used to be so much better in the old days. Pretty much everything that's been done after 1953 has always managed to ruin ... See full summary »

Director: Dome Karukoski | Stars: Antti Litja, Petra Frey, Mari Perankoski, Iikka Forss

Votes: 2,188

6. The Scent of Green Papaya (1993)

Not Rated | 104 min | Drama, Music, Romance

A Vietnamese servant girl, Mui, observes lives within two different Saigon families: the first, a woman textile seller with three boys and a frequently absent husband; the second, a handsome young pianist with his fiancée.

Director: Anh Hung Tran | Stars: Nu Yên-Khê Tran, Man San Lu, Thi Loc Truong, Anh Hoa Nguyen

Votes: 7,164 | Gross: $1.91M

7. Hiroshima Mon Amour (1959)

Not Rated | 90 min | Drama, Romance

A French actress filming an anti-war film in Hiroshima has an affair with a married Japanese architect as they share their differing perspectives on war.

Director: Alain Resnais | Stars: Emmanuelle Riva, Eiji Okada, Stella Dassas, Pierre Barbaud

Votes: 24,752 | Gross: $0.09M

8. The Sturgeon Queens (2014)

Not Rated | 52 min | Documentary, Comedy, Family

Four generations of a Jewish immigrant family create Russ and Daughters, a Lower East Side lox and herring emporium that survives and thrives. Produced to coincide with the 100th ... See full summary »

Director: Julie Cohen | Stars: Mario Batali, Anne Russ Federman, Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Hattie Gold

Votes: 21

9. The Danish Solution: The Rescue of the Jews in Denmark (2003)

Not Rated | 58 min | Documentary

Filmmakers Karen Cantor and Camilla Kjaerilff team to reveal how the Jews of Denmark managed to escape falling victim to Hitler's Third Reich.

Directors: Karen Cantor, Camilla Kjærulff | Star: Garrison Keillor

Votes: 29

10. The Lady in Number 6: Music Saved My Life (2013)

39 min | Documentary, Short, Biography

Aliza Sommer-Herz, aged 109 and the world's oldest Holocaust survivor, tells the story of how music saved her life: both during her time at Theresienstadt concentration camp and in the years afterwards.

Director: Malcolm Clarke | Stars: Aliza Sommer-Herz, Zdenka Fantlova, Anita Lasker-Wallfisch, Malcolm Clarke

Votes: 847

11. Prisoner of Paradise (2002)

PG | 96 min | Documentary, Biography

Documentary about Holocaust victim Kurt Gerron.

Directors: Malcolm Clarke, Stuart Sender | Stars: Ian Holm, Robert Lantz, Eleonore Hertzberg, Lone Koppel

Votes: 341

12. Surviving Hitler: A Love Story (2010)

66 min | Documentary

A Jewish teenager and an injured soldier join a doomed plot to kill Hitler. They face almost certain death, yet luck and love shine upon them as they outwit Nazi terror and become the first couple married in post-war Berlin.

Director: John Keith Wasson | Stars: Jutta Cords, Christopher Karl Johnson, Jim Tavaré

Votes: 232

13. Wallenberg: A Hero's Story (1985 TV Movie)

200 min | Biography, Drama, History

The story of Raoul Wallenberg, a Swedish diplomat responsible for saving thousands of lives from the Nazi Holocaust.

Director: Lamont Johnson | Stars: Richard Chamberlain, Alice Krige, Kenneth Colley, Melanie Mayron

Votes: 313

14. The Hiding Place (1975)

PG | 150 min | Biography, Drama, History

During WW2, a Dutch family caught hiding Jews is sent to a concentration camp where their Christian faith helps them endure the hardships.

Director: James F. Collier | Stars: Julie Harris, Jeannette Clift, Arthur O'Connell, Robert Rietty

Votes: 1,616

15. The Best of Men (2012 TV Movie)

Not Rated | 90 min | Biography

Towards the end of the Second World War, Dr Ludwig Guttmann, a brisk refugee from Nazi Germany, arrives at Stoke Mandeville hospital in Buckinghamshire and is appalled to find the partially... See full summary »

Director: Tim Whitby | Stars: George MacKay, Bebe Sanders, Leigh Quinn, Eddie Marsan

Votes: 996

16. We Are the Best! (2013)

Not Rated | 102 min | Drama, Music

87 Metascore

Three girls in 1980s Stockholm decide to form a punk band -- despite not having any instruments and being told by everyone that punk is dead.

Director: Lukas Moodysson | Stars: Mira Barkhammar, Mira Grosin, Liv LeMoyne, Johan Liljemark

Votes: 9,277 | Gross: $0.18M

17. Kabei: Our Mother (2008)

Not Rated | 133 min | Drama

Based on childhood days of Teruyo Nogami.

Director: Yôji Yamada | Stars: Tadanobu Asano, Mayumi Tanaka, Denden, Mirai Shida

Votes: 1,113 | Gross: $0.01M

18. Yi Yi (2000)

Not Rated | 173 min | Drama, Romance

93 Metascore

Each member of a middle class Taipei family seeks to reconcile past and present relationships within their daily lives.

Director: Edward Yang | Stars: Nien-Jen Wu, Elaine Jin, Issei Ogata, Kelly Lee

Votes: 16,998 | Gross: $1.14M

19. The Affair (2014– )

TV-MA | 60 min | Drama

A struggling novelist and a young waitress strike up an extramarital relationship that promises to forever change the course of their lives.

Stars: Dominic West, Ruth Wilson, Maura Tierney, Julia Goldani Telles

Votes: 33,157

20. Maborosi (1995)

Not Rated | 110 min | Drama

92 Metascore

A young woman's husband apparently commits suicide without warning or reason, leaving behind his wife and infant.

Director: Hirokazu Koreeda | Stars: Makiko Esumi, Takashi Naitô, Tadanobu Asano, Gohki Kashiyama

Votes: 3,906

21. On Probation (2005)

112 min | Action, Comedy, Crime

Mariano Is a psychologist who must fulfill community service after losing a lawsuit by a traffic accident. He is forced to provide therapeutic support to Alfredo, a policeman depressed over... See full summary »

Director: Damián Szifron | Stars: Diego Peretti, Luis Luque, Óscar Ferreiro, Gabriela Izcovich

Votes: 5,294

22. Crisis Hotline: Veterans Press 1 (2013)

TV-14 | 40 min | Documentary, Short

Counselors provide support, guidance and hope to despondent servicemen dealing with emotional, physical and financial troubles.

Director: Ellen Goosenberg Kent

Votes: 459

23. 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: 116,646 | Gross: $38.32M

24. The Magdalene Sisters (2002)

R | 114 min | Drama

83 Metascore

Three young Irish women struggle to maintain their spirits while they endure dehumanizing abuse as inmates of a Magdalene Sisters Asylum.

Director: Peter Mullan | Stars: Eileen Walsh, Dorothy Duffy, Nora-Jane Noone, Anne-Marie Duff

Votes: 24,682 | Gross: $4.89M

25. A Most Wanted Man (2014)

R | 122 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

73 Metascore

A Chechen Muslim illegally immigrates to Hamburg, where he gets caught in the international war on terror.

Director: Anton Corbijn | Stars: Philip Seymour Hoffman, Rachel McAdams, Daniel Brühl, Robin Wright

Votes: 67,784 | Gross: $17.24M

26. The Siege of Jadotville (2016)

TV-MA | 108 min | Action, Biography, Drama

Irish Commandant Pat Quinlan leads a stand off with troops against French and Belgian Mercenaries in the Congo during the early 1960s.

Director: Richie Smyth | Stars: Richard Lukunku, Danny Sapani, Andrew Stock, Mark Strong

Votes: 23,758

27. Love & Mercy (2014)

PG-13 | 121 min | Biography, Drama, Music

80 Metascore

In the 1960s, Beach Boys leader Brian Wilson struggles with emerging psychosis as he attempts to craft his avant-garde pop masterpiece. In the 1980s, he is a broken, confused man under the 24-hour watch of shady therapist Dr. Eugene Landy.

Director: Bill Pohlad | Stars: John Cusack, Paul Dano, Elizabeth Banks, Paul Giamatti

Votes: 32,156 | Gross: $12.55M

28. The Wonders (2014)

Not Rated | 110 min | Drama

76 Metascore

A family of beekeepers living in the Tuscan countryside finds their household disrupted by the simultaneous arrival of a silently troubled teenage boy and a reality TV show intent on showcasing the family.

Director: Alice Rohrwacher | Stars: Alba Rohrwacher, Maria Alexandra Lungu, Sam Louwyck, Sabine Timoteo

Votes: 3,883 | Gross: $0.07M

29. Toto the Hero (1991)

PG-13 | 91 min | Comedy, Drama, Fantasy

Thomas and Alfred were born around the same time; a fire in the nursery had nurses scrambling to save the newborns. Because he felt that he deserved Alfred's good fortune at being born into... See full summary »

Director: Jaco Van Dormael | Stars: Michel Bouquet, Mireille Perrier, Jo De Backer, Thomas Godet

Votes: 4,904 | Gross: $1.23M

30. A Hijacking (2012)

R | 103 min | Drama, Thriller

82 Metascore

The crew of a Danish cargo ship is hijacked by Somali pirates who proceed to engage in escalating negotiations with authorities in Copenhagen.

Director: Tobias Lindholm | Stars: Pilou Asbæk, Søren Malling, Dar Salim, Roland Møller

Votes: 14,742 | Gross: $0.41M

31. The Broken Circle Breakdown (2012)

Not Rated | 111 min | Drama, Music, Romance

70 Metascore

Elise and Didier fall in love at first sight, in spite of their differences. He talks, she listens. He's a romantic atheist, she's a religious realist. When their daughter becomes seriously ill, their love is put on trial.

Director: Felix van Groeningen | Stars: Veerle Baetens, Johan Heldenbergh, Nell Cattrysse, Geert Van Rampelberg

Votes: 36,360 | Gross: $0.18M

32. Lakshmi (2014)

115 min | Drama

Based on true events, Lakshmi is a story of heroism and untold courage. Lakshmi, a 13 year old girl is kidnapped and sold into prostitution. Thrown into this horrific, inhuman world where ... See full summary »

Director: Nagesh Kukunoor | Stars: Monali Thakur, Vibha Chhibber, Ranjeet Jha, Ram Kapoor

Votes: 1,204

33. Salt of This Sea (2008)

Unrated | 109 min | Drama, Romance

43 Metascore

A romantic drama about a working-class woman and her experiences traveling back home.

Director: Annemarie Jacir | Stars: Suheir Hammad, Saleh Bakri, Riyad Ideis, Dana Drigov

Votes: 971 | Gross: $0.01M

34. Walk on Water (2004)

R | 103 min | Drama, Mystery, Thriller

65 Metascore

Following the suicide of his wife, an Israeli intelligence agent is assigned to befriend the grandchildren of a Nazi war criminal.

Director: Eytan Fox | Stars: Lior Ashkenazi, Knut Berger, Caroline Peters, Gideon Shemer

Votes: 6,312 | Gross: $2.71M

35. Late Marriage (2001)

Unrated | 102 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

82 Metascore

Zaza is a 31-year old Israeli bachelor, handsome and intelligent, and his family wants to see him married. But tradition dictates that Zaza has to choose a young virgin. She must be ... See full summary »

Director: Dover Koshashvili | Stars: Lior Ashkenazi, Ronit Elkabetz, Moni Moshonov, Lili Koshashvili

Votes: 2,877 | Gross: $1.55M

36. Kadosh (1999)

Not Rated | 110 min | Drama

70 Metascore

Two sisters become victims of the patriarchal, ultra-orthodox society.

Director: Amos Gitai | Stars: Yaël Abecassis, Yoram Hattab, Meital Berdah, Uri Klauzner

Votes: 1,639 | Gross: $0.74M

37. 7 Days (2008)

103 min | Drama, Romance

When one of the brothers (Ohayn) dies, all the whole family comes for Shiva (Jewish tradition,when the family sits seven days at the home after the death one of their family). A large ... See full summary »

Directors: Ronit Elkabetz, Shlomi Elkabetz | Stars: Ronit Elkabetz, Moshe Ivgy, Yaël Abecassis, Albert Iluz

Votes: 446

38. The Farewell Party (2014)

Unrated | 95 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

71 Metascore

Residents of a retirement home build a machine for self-euthanasia in order to help their terminally ill friend, though they are faced with a series of dilemmas when rumors of the machine begin to spread.

Directors: Tal Granit, Sharon Maymon | Stars: Ze'ev Revach, Levana Finkelstein, Aliza Rosen, Ilan Dar

Votes: 1,771 | Gross: $0.17M

39. Bonjour Monsieur Shlomi (2003)

Not Rated | 94 min | Drama, Comedy

59 Metascore

The new math teacher and new school principal discover the 16-year-old underachiever failing classes is really a genius, and the kid's own family's too busy relying on him to mend family fences to notice his brilliance either.

Director: Shemi Zarhin | Stars: Oshri Cohen, Arieh Elias, Esti Zakheim, Aya Steinovitz

Votes: 1,084

40. Aviva, My Love (2006)

107 min | Drama

Aviva, a hard-working hotel cook in the northern Israeli town of Tiberias, is on the brink of finally fulfilling her lifelong dream. For years she kept her remarkable writing abilities ... See full summary »

Director: Shemi Zarhin | Stars: Assi Levy, Rotem Abuhab, Levana Finkelstein, Dror Keren

Votes: 428

41. Tangerines (2013)

Not Rated | 87 min | Drama, War

73 Metascore

War in Georgia, Apkhazeti region in 1990. An Estonian man Ivo has stayed behind to harvest his crops of tangerines. In a bloody conflict at his door, a wounded man is left behind, and Ivo is forced to take him in.

Director: Zaza Urushadze | Stars: Lembit Ulfsak, Elmo Nüganen, Giorgi Nakashidze, Misha Meskhi

Votes: 33,349 | Gross: $0.14M

42. Timbuktu (2014)

PG-13 | 97 min | Drama

92 Metascore

A cattle herder and his family who reside in the dunes of Timbuktu find their quiet lives -- which are typically free of the Jihadists determined to control their faith -- abruptly disturbed.

Director: Abderrahmane Sissako | Stars: Ibrahim Ahmed, Abel Jafri, Toulou Kiki, Layla Walet Mohamed

Votes: 14,673 | Gross: $1.08M

43. Nøgle hus spejl (I) (2015)

91 min | Drama, Romance

Lily and Max have been married for more than 50 years. Now they live together in a nursing home, where Max has been reliant on professional care since his stroke. Lily has been putting her ... See full summary »

Director: Michael Noer | Stars: Ghita Nørby, Sven Wollter, Trine Pallesen, Jens Brenaa

Votes: 414

44. My Golden Days (2015)

R | 123 min | Drama

87 Metascore

Paul is preparing to leave Tajikistan, while thinking back on his adolescent years. His childhood, his mother's madness, the parties, the trip to the USSR where he lost his virginity, the friend who betrayed him and the love of his life.

Director: Arnaud Desplechin | Stars: Quentin Dolmaire, Lou Roy-Lecollinet, Mathieu Amalric, Dinara Drukarova

Votes: 2,811 | Gross: $0.27M

45. It's Not Me, I Swear! (2008)

Not Rated | 110 min | Comedy, Drama, Family

Léon is ten years old, has lots of problems and an overly fertile imagination. Of course, there is mom and dad who are always fighting, and those annoying neighbors who get to spend the ... See full summary »

Director: Philippe Falardeau | Stars: Antoine L'Écuyer, Gabriel Maillé, Catherine Faucher, Suzanne Clément

Votes: 2,001



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