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1. Gutterbee (2019)

107 min | Comedy

Gutterbee is a character driven comedy about sausages and friendship. Set in small-town America, it's a story about two hopeless dreamers who join forces in a quest to erect the ultimate ... See full summary »

Director: Ulrich Thomsen | Stars: Antony Starr, Ewen Bremner, W. Earl Brown, Joshua Harto

Votes: 61

2. Sin (2019)

134 min | Biography, Drama, History

The life of Michelangelo Buonarroti.

Director: Andrey Konchalovskiy | Stars: Adriano Chiaramida, Orso Maria Guerrini, Yuliya Vysotskaya, Jakob Diehl

Votes: 259

3. Great Poetry (2019)

123 min | Drama

Great Poetry is about two guys who live on the outskirts of Moscow and work as cash collectors. They're young, lonely, and all they have in the world is each other. They spend their lives ... See full summary »

Director: Aleksandr Lungin | Stars: Sevastian Bugaev, Aleksey Filimonov, Aleksandr Kuznetsov

Votes: 81

4. The Bull (2019)

99 min | Crime, Drama

1997. Russia is finding it tough in the wake of the USSR, a fact reflected in local criminal gangs. Bull is leader of one such. He ends up at the police station, where he s asked pull off a risky mob-job in return of imprisonment.

Director: Boris Akopov | Stars: Yuriy Borisov, Aleksey Filimonov, Vitaly Jay, Stasya Miloslavskaya

Votes: 438

5. Kerosin (2019)

77 min | Drama

The fantastic story about the power of simple people, capable of living and surviving in the most complex circumstances, about love, loyalty and beauty.

Director: Yusup Razykov | Stars: Valeri Maslov, Evgenija Molotova, Inna Stepanova, Elena Susanina

Votes: 18

6. The Imagined Wolf (2019)

70 min | Drama

Winter, moonlit night - Two women with a child make their way through the forest. And somewhere nearby, a werewolf wanders in search of a victim. Either a beast, or a man, or a phantom .

Director: Valeriya Gay Germanika | Stars: Yuliya Vysotskaya, Liza Klimova, Asya Ozturk, Yuriy Turbin

Votes: 103

7. Ringside (2019)

93 min | Documentary

Director André Hörmann traces the paths of boxing talents Kenny Jr. and Destyne Jr over an eight year period. Raised on Chicago's notorious South Side, the two friends and rivals begin ... See full summary »

Director: Andre Hörmann | Stars: Kenneth Sims Jr., Destyne Butler Jr., Kenneth Sims Sr., Destyne Butler Sr.

Votes: 17

8. The Longest Wave (2019)

94 min | Sport

THE LONGEST WAVE offers a rare glimpse into what motivates an athlete who has everything to lose to push his body and mind to the limit. A film about surf legend Robby Naish.

Director: Joe Berlinger | Stars: Gerry Lopez, Laird Hamilton, Kai Lenny, Robert Richman

Votes: 9

9. Corpus Christi (2019)

115 min | Drama

78 Metascore

Daniel experiences a spiritual transformation in a detention center. Although his criminal record prevents him from applying to the seminary, he has no intention of giving up his dream and decides to minister a small-town parish.

Director: Jan Komasa | Stars: Bartosz Bielenia, Aleksandra Konieczna, Eliza Rycembel, Tomasz Zietek

Votes: 5,306

10. Scheme Birds (2019)

90 min | Documentary

As her childhood turns into motherhood, teenage troublemaker Gemma comes of age in her fading Scottish steel town. But in a place where "you either get knocked up or locked up," innocent games can easily turn into serious crime.

Directors: Ellen Fiske, Ellinor Hallin

Votes: 85

11. System Crasher (2019)

125 min | Drama

On her wild quest for love, 9-year-old Benni's untamed energy drives everyone around her to despair.

Director: Nora Fingscheidt | Stars: Helena Zengel, Albrecht Schuch, Gabriela Maria Schmeide, Lisa Hagmeister

Votes: 4,546

12. Lil' Buck: Real Swan (2019)

85 min | Documentary

Dancer Lil' Buck grew up jookin and bucking on the streets of Memphis. After a breathtaking video of him dancing to Camille Saint-Saëns' "The Swan" accompanied by cellist Yo-Yo Ma went viral, everything changed.

Director: Louis Wallecan | Stars: Lil Buck, Joe Mulherin

Votes: 8

13. Nonostante la nebbia (2019)

Drama

According to Interpol, over ten thousand refugees of minors without parental care are wandering today in Europe, half of which are on Italian roads. "Despite the Fog" is a movie story about... See full summary »

Director: Goran Paskaljevic | Stars: Donatella Finocchiaro, Giorgio Tirabassi, Ali Mousa Sarhan, Francesco Acquaroli

Votes: 46

14. Obscure (2019)

92 min | Drama

Trapped in father's nightmare, a boy tries to repeal the psychological repression by competing for his sister's sexual attention.

Director: Kunlin Wang | Stars: Gene Arroyo, Chris Cleveland, Kylr Coffman, Lorell Bird Dorfman

Votes: 8

15. Cirku Fluturues (2019)

115 min | Drama

Four actors travel illegally through Balkan borders in war times. To the theatre festival. But their real mission is to find their idol Michael Palin.

Director: Fatos Berisha | Stars: Velibor Topic, May-Linda Kosumovic, Vedat Bajrami, Luan Jaha

Votes: 55

16. Willow (Vrba) (2019)

101 min | Drama

Three Macedonian women have to contend with control over their bodies, tradition, loyalty, pregnancy and adoption. They have not set out to change the world or society, but their struggle ... See full summary »

Director: Milcho Manchevski | Stars: Sara Klimoska, Natalija Teodosieva, Kamka Tocinovski, Nenad Nacev

Votes: 390

17. Finky (2019)

95 min | Drama

A young musician with a tragic past is crippled in a car accident and given a chance at redemption when he is recruited by a violent, avant-garde circus.

Director: Dathaí Keane | Stars: Dara Devaney, Ned Dennehy, Diarmuid de Faoite, Fionnuala Gygax

Votes: 23

18. Happy Times (2019)

93 min | Action, Comedy, Horror

A dinner party goes horribly wrong.

Director: Michael Mayer | Stars: Shani Atias, Iris Bahr, Michael Aloni, Stéfi Celma

Votes: 40

19. Tapeworm (2019)

78 min | Comedy, Drama

A hypochondriac, a failed comedian, a loner and two naive stoners seek an escape from their pitiful and mundane existence.

Directors: Milos Mitrovic, Fabian Velasco | Stars: Alex Ateah, Dave Barber, Stephanie Berrington, Adam Brooks

Votes: 11

20. Rounds (II) (2019)

107 min | Crime, Drama

Three police patrol-vehicles, six policemen, city of Sofia in the night, between 9th and 10th of November 2019.

Director: Stephan Komandarev | Stars: Aleksandar Aleksiev, Ivan Barnev, Assen Blatechki, Stefan Denolyubov

Votes: 127

21. Bad Honey (2019)

100 min | Drama

A group of German immigrants lives isolated in the countryside of south Brazil. They try to be invisible, but the fear of what might be around makes them fragile and creates violent conflicts among them.

Director: Gilson Vargas | Stars: Renata de Lélis, Rafael Franskowiak, Martina Fröhlich, Andressa Matos

22. Los Nombres de Las Flores (2019)

Drama

As Bolivia stages the 50th anniversary of Ernesto "Che" Guevara's death, Julia, an old countryside teacher, is invited to share her historical story with the world: Giving a bowl of soup to... See full summary »

Director: Bahman Tavoosi | Stars: Susana Condori, Bárbara Cameo de Flores, Fermina Torrez de Morales, José Luis Garibaldi Durán

23. Adoration (2019)

98 min | Drama, Thriller

12-year-old Paul lives an isolated existence with his mother, who works at a private psychiatric hospital in the woods near their house. One day, Paul encounters a young teen named Gloria, ... See full summary »

Director: Fabrice du Welz | Stars: Thomas Gioria, Fantine Harduin, Benoît Poelvoorde, Anaël Snoek

Votes: 267

24. Patrick (2019)

97 min | Comedy, Drama

Patrick (38) lives with his parents on a naturist campsite. When his father dies he finds himself in charge, but has lost his favorite hammer. His search becomes an existential quest, when a hammer is used in a break-in crime.

Director: Tim Mielants | Stars: Jemaine Clement, Kevin Janssens, Jan Bijvoet, Hannah Hoekstra

Votes: 622

25. Trio (I) (2019)

94 min | Comedy, Drama

Wim, a loner who prefers to stay in and binge watch TV on his birthday, is offered a surprise by his half brother Gert: an hour with Angelique, a sophisticated prostitute.

Directors: Ruth Beeckmans, Matteo Simoni, Bruno Vanden Broecke | Stars: Ruth Beeckmans, Matteo Simoni, Bruno Vanden Broecke

Votes: 122

26. Nobadi (2019)

89 min | Drama

A grumpy old man enlists the help of an Afghani migrant to bury his dead dog, and as the two dredge through prejudices to find common ground, their day takes an unexpected turn.

Director: Karl Markovics | Stars: Heinz Trixner, Borhanulddin Hassan Zadeh, Konstanze Dutzi, Maria Fliri

Votes: 66

27. A Family (2019)

93 min | Comedy, Drama

A man living in solitary seeks emotional refuge in the organising and documenting of family moments using low-grade impersonators. When his fake sister becomes inspired to follow his method... See full summary »

Director: Jayden Stevens | Stars: Maksym Derbenyov, Larysa Hraminska, Tetiana Kosianchuk, Pavlo Lehenkyi

Votes: 6

28. Hearts and Bones (2019)

111 min | Drama

Daniel is preparing an exhibition of his work from the world's war zones. When Sebastian learns that this exhibition may display photographs of a massacre in his village, he finds Daniel and appeals to him to exclude those photographs.

Director: Ben Lawrence | Stars: Hugo Weaving, Andrew Luri, Hayley McElhinney, Bolude Watson

Votes: 126

30. Papicha (2019)

108 min | Drama

Algiers, 1997. Terrorist wanting an Islamic and archaic state are everywhere. Women are oppressed, in a seek to take control of their bodies, clothing and public space. Young student Nedjma is passionate about making a fashion show.

Director: Mounia Meddour | Stars: Lyna Khoudri, Shirine Boutella, Amira Hilda Douaouda, Yasin Houicha

Votes: 674

32. A Dog's Death (2019)

80 min | Comedy, Drama

Silvia and Mario enjoy a bourgeois life in Montevideo. But two events will disturb their tranquility. A dog surgery goes wrong for Mario and Silvia discovers retirement . Then, they will be... See full summary »

Director: Matías Ganz | Stars: Guillermo Arengo, Laura Baez, Ezequiel Fernández, Soledad Gilmet

Votes: 9

33. Saul at Night (2019)

85 min | Drama

With a mandatory sleep schedule enforced worldwide, one outlier invents new ways to connect with his sleeping family.

Director: Cory Santilli | Stars: Kentucker Audley, Suzanne Clément, Stephanie Ellis, Acadia Colan

Votes: 14

34. Ema (2019)

107 min | Drama, Music

72 Metascore

A couple deals with the aftermath of an adoption that goes awry as their household falls apart.

Director: Pablo Larraín | Stars: Mariana Di Girolamo, Gael García Bernal, Santiago Cabrera, Paola Giannini

Votes: 1,254

35. In the Strange Pursuit of Laura Durand (2019)

98 min | Action, Comedy, Music

Two men who live in modern days Athens decide to start the quest for Laura Durand, a pornstar of the 90's who has disappeared mysteriously several years ago.

Director: Dimitris Bavellas | Stars: Makis Papadimitriou, Michalis Sarantis, Anna Kalaitzidou, Danis Katranidis

Votes: 14

36. Looted (2019)

89 min | Drama

In a post-industrial port town that has long since seen the back of economic prosperity, car-jacker Rob does his best to care for his dying father. When a job goes terribly wrong, it threatens to destroy their already fragile relationship.

Director: Rene van Pannevis | Stars: Charley Palmer Rothwell, Thomas Turgoose, Tom Fisher, Morgane Polanski

Votes: 8

37. Isaac (2019)

104 min | Drama

Kaunas, Lithuania, 1941, Lithuanian activist Andrius Gluosnis kills a Jew Isaac in Lietukio garage massacre. Years after the incident Gluosnis is haunted by the guilt.

Director: Jurgis Matulevicius | Stars: Aleksas Kazanavicius, Severija Janusauskaite, Dainius Gavenonis, Dainius Kazlauskas

Votes: 24

38. On the Quiet (2019)

80 min | Drama

A coming-of-age story set in the contemporary Hungarian countryside, where teenager soloist Dávid decides to stand up for Nóri, 13, a cellist in their youth orchestra who is having a ... See full summary »

Director: Zoltán Nagy | Stars: Erik Major, Gábor Máté, Lulu Bognár, Dorottya Antóci

Votes: 134

39. Stay Still (2019)

91 min | Drama

Smart and quick-witted Julie is in her mid-twenties. She marches to the beat of her own drum and has her own manifesto: do nothing. And with nothing, she really means NOTHING: no work, no ... See full summary »

Director: Elisa Mishto | Stars: Katharina Schüttler, Martin Wuttke, Jürgen Vogel, Natalia Belitski

Votes: 41

41. Supernova (II) (2019)

78 min | Drama

Three men, one place and one event that will change the life of each one of them.

Director: Bartosz Kruhlik | Stars: Marek Braun, Marcin Hycnar, Marcin Zarzeczny, Agnieszka Skibicka

Votes: 158

42. The Coldest Game (2019)

TV-MA | 102 min | Thriller

During 1962's Cuban missile crisis, a troubled math genius finds himself drafted to play in a U.S.-Soviet chess match -- and a deadly game of espionage.

Director: Lukasz Kosmicki | Stars: Bill Pullman, Lotte Verbeek, James Bloor, Robert Wieckiewicz

Votes: 5,020

43. Coming Home Again (2019)

86 min | Drama

A Korean American man takes care of his sick mother as she teaches him her traditional recipes.

Director: Wayne Wang | Stars: Justin Chon, Jackie Chung, Christina July Kim, Leesa Kim

Votes: 35

44. Outlaw (2019)

95 min | Drama

OUTLAW tells the story of gay teen Nikita (Viktor Tarasenko), who is in love with the most popular boy in his school (Gleb Kalyuzhnyy). Rebellious outlaw (Elizaveta Kashintseva), to whom ... See full summary »

Director: Ksenia Ratushnaya | Stars: Viktor Tarasenko, Evgeny Shwartzman, Gleb Kalyuzhnyy, Liza Kashintseva

Votes: 10

45. Muscle (2019)

110 min | Thriller

Build him up. Tear him apart.

Director: Gerard Johnson | Stars: Peter Ferdinando, Craig Fairbrass, Polly Maberly, Lorraine Burroughs

Votes: 35

46. Tezuka's Barbara (2019)

100 min | Fantasy, Mystery

An author develops a near-insane obsession with a mysterious woman.

Director: Macoto Tezuka | Stars: Gorô Inagaki, Fumi Nikaidô, Kiyohiko Shibukawa, Shizuka Ishibashi

Votes: 25

47. Some Beasts (2019)

Thriller