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1. Stranger Than Paradise (1984)

R | 89 min | Comedy, Drama

7.5
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86 Metascore

A New Yorker's life is thrown into a tailspin when his younger cousin surprise visits him, starting a strange, unpredictable adventure.

Director: Jim Jarmusch | Stars: John Lurie, Eszter Balint, Richard Edson, Cecillia Stark

Votes: 31,990 | Gross: $2.44M

2. Smithereens (1982)

R | 93 min | Drama, Music

6.8
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A narcissistic runaway engages in a number of parasitic relationships amongst members of New York's waning punk scene.

Director: Susan Seidelman | Stars: Susan Berman, Brad Rijn, Richard Hell, Nada Despotovich

Votes: 1,383

3. Downtown 81 (2000)

Unrated | 72 min | Comedy, Drama, Musical

7.1
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54 Metascore

After being released from the hospital, the artist Jean Michel Basquiat wanders around Manhattan trying to sell art to make money and find a place to stay.

Director: Edo Bertoglio | Stars: Jean Michel Basquiat, John Lurie, Richard Weigand, Cyndy Schneidau

Votes: 1,047 | Gross: $0.10M

4. Permanent Vacation (1980)

Not Rated | 75 min | Comedy, Drama

6.4
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69 Metascore

A young man wanders New York City searching for some meaning in life and encounters many idiosyncratic characters.

Director: Jim Jarmusch | Stars: Chris Parker, Leila Gastil, John Lurie, Richard Boes

Votes: 7,750

5. Union City (1980)

PG | 87 min | Comedy, Drama, Mystery

6.2
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A man is so obsessed with finding the person responsible for stealing his milk bottles that he ignores his beautiful young wife, who has other ideas on her mind.

Director: Marcus Reichert | Stars: Dennis Lipscomb, Debbie Harry, Sam McMurray, Terry Walsh

Votes: 346

6. Born in Flames (1983)

Not Rated | 79 min | Comedy, Drama, Sci-Fi

6.2
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Set ten years after the most peaceful revolution in United States history, it presents a dystopia in which the issues of many groups - minorities, liberals, gay rights organizations, feminists - are dealt with by the government.

Director: Lizzie Borden | Stars: Honey, Adele Bertei, Jean Satterfield, Florynce Kennedy

Votes: 761

7. The Way It Is (1985)

80 min | Comedy

5.8
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A group of actors in the East Village of New York City have been rehearsing for a play when the lead actress in the play turns up dead.

Director: Eric Mitchell | Stars: Kai Eric, Boris Major, Vincent Gallo, Jessica Stutchbury

Votes: 68

8. You Are Not I (1981)

50 min | Drama

6.6
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A young woman escapes from a mental hospital during the chaos of a nearby multiple-car accident. She is mistaken for a shock victim and is driven to her sister's house by a rescue volunteer... See full summary »

Director: Sara Driver | Stars: Suzanne Fletcher, Evelyn Smith, Luc Sante, Michael Abbruzzio

Votes: 156

9. Blank City (2010)

Unrated | 94 min | Documentary

7.1
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70 Metascore

During the punk rock stage in the late '70s, downtown New York experienced a wave of "Do it yourself" independent filmmaking.

Director: Celine Danhier | Stars: Amos Poe, Ann Magnuson, Becky Johnston, Beth B

Votes: 689 | Gross: $0.12M

10. Kill Your Idols (2004)

75 min | Documentary, Music

6.5
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52 Metascore

A documentary on thirty years of alternative NYC rock 'n roll.

Director: Scott Crary | Stars: Ron Albertson, Angus Andrew, Tristan Bechet, Hisham Bharoocha

Votes: 523 | Gross: $0.01M

11. Unmade Beds (1976)

Not Rated | 77 min | Drama

5.6
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This is the story of Rico, a man who lives in New York in 1976 but who lives his own life in Paris during the time of the 'New Wave'. He is a photographer who thinks he's a gangster, a ... See full summary »

Director: Amos Poe | Stars: Duncan Hannah, Eric Mitchell, Kitty Sondern, Patti Astor

Votes: 99

12. The Blank Generation (1976)

55 min | Documentary, Music

6.3
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The cream of New York new wave/punk filmed live at CBGB's when the scene was just beginning. Includes performances by Patti Smith, Blondie, Television, the Ramones, Talking Heads, the ... See full summary »

Directors: Ivan Král, Amos Poe | Stars: Blondie, John Cale, Jayne County, Jay Dee Daugherty

Votes: 212

13. Vortex (1982)

Not Rated | 90 min | Thriller

5.4
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A film noirish atmosphere is created to show detective Lunch (a popular underground musician and poet) plow her way through the plans of a corporate businessman who seeks government defense... See full summary »

Directors: Beth B, Scott B | Stars: James Russo, Lydia Lunch, William Rice, Ann Magnuson

Votes: 75

14. The Foreigner (1978)

77 min | Drama, Thriller

5.4
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European secret agent Max Menace arrives in New York City, waiting for his contact to tell him his assignment. He becomes entangled with an assortment of odd characters and situations, but never learns why he's there.

Director: Amos Poe | Stars: Eric Mitchell, Anya Phillips, Patti Astor, Debbie Harry

Votes: 176

15. The Right Side of My Brain (1985)

23 min | Short

6.4
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A woman goes through a series of sexual assignations that involve varying degrees of violence. A voiceover provides her musings on sex, violence, power and control.

Director: Richard Kern | Stars: Lydia Lunch, Norman Westberg, Brian Moran, J.G. Thirlwell

Votes: 345

16. You Killed Me First (1985)

11 min | Drama, Short

5.8
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A young woman rebels against her family's petit bourgeois respectability, conservatism and religiosity.

Director: Richard Kern | Stars: Lung Leg, David Wojnarowicz, Karen Finley, Jessica Craig-Martin

Votes: 333

17. Subway Riders (1981)

120 min | Thriller

6.6
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A Psychotic saxophone player (played both by Amos Poe and John Lurie) lures victims to deserted spots with his music and then guns them down.

Director: Amos Poe | Stars: Robbie Coltrane, Charlene Kaleina, Cookie Mueller, John Lurie

Votes: 69

18. Underground U.S.A. (1980)

85 min | Drama

5.1
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An older woman (Astor) looks for love with younger men in a take-off of Sunset Boulevard.

Director: Eric Mitchell | Stars: Patti Astor, Rene Ricard, Tom Wright, Eric Mitchell

Votes: 30

19. They Eat Scum (1979)

73 min | Drama

5.4
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The rise, fall and rise of a teen death-rock idol.

Director: Nick Zedd | Stars: Geoffrey Carey, Donna Death, Roy Dillard, Jim Giacama

Votes: 111

20. Where Evil Dwells (1985)

28 min | Short, Horror, Thriller

6.0
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Loosely based on an infamous 1984 Long Island murder case involving Satan-worshiping, teenage drug freak Ricky Kasso who murdered his 17-year-old friend, Gary Lauwers in Northport, Long Island by stabbing him repeatedly.

Directors: Tommy Turner, David Wojnarowicz | Stars: Joe Coleman, Nancy Coleman, Baby Gregor, Lung Leg

Votes: 34

21. The Offenders (1980)

Not Rated | 100 min | Drama

7.7
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A punk savage satire about a kidnapping.

Directors: Beth B, Scott B | Stars: Scott B, Kirsten Bates, Adele Bertei, Diego Cortez

Votes: 23

22. Thrust in Me (1985)

8 min | Short

6.1
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A woman contemplates suicide in her NY apartment. Her boyfriend returns home to find her corpse in the bath and takes his sexual pleasure from it.

Directors: Richard Kern, Nick Zedd | Stars: Nick Zedd, Don Houston, Magot Damian, Dee Finley

Votes: 289

23. Manhattan Love Suicides (1985)

Unrated | 35 min | Short, Drama

6.2
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Four shorts from Richard Kern: Stray Dogs; Woman at Wheel; Thrust in me; and I Hate you now.

Director: Richard Kern | Stars: William Rice, David Wojnarowicz, Nick Zedd, Tommy Turner

Votes: 208

24. Submit to Me (1985)

Unrated | 12 min | Short

6.1
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A No-Wave erotic horror exploring the aesthetics of kink, sadism, mutilation and suicide.

Director: Richard Kern | Stars: Adrienne Altenhaus, Magot Damian, Cruella De Ville, Richard Kern

Votes: 236

25. The Long Island Four (1980)

Not Rated | 80 min | Drama

6.4
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During WWII, four German spies are sent to New York to carry out acts of sabotage. Instead, they are seduced by America's corruptive decadence.

Director: Anders Grafstrom | Stars: David McDermott, Kristian Hoffman, Lance Loud, Bradley Field

Votes: 12

26. Beauty Becomes the Beast (1979)

45 min

7.5
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Director: Vivienne Dick | Stars: Adele Bertei, Lydia Lunch, Klaus Nomi

Votes: 16

27. The Ballad of Sexual Dependency (1986)

43 min | Documentary, Short, Biography

8.9
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Nan Goldin's slide show "The Ballad of Sexual Dependency" converted, mixed and screened as a film by the artist, portraying the American underground culture, the no wave scene, post-Stonewall gay subculture, among others.

Director: Nan Goldin | Star: Andy Warhol

Votes: 19

28. Geek Maggot Bingo or The Freak from Suckweasel Mountain (1983)

74 min | Comedy, Horror

3.0
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A mad doctor creates life while murderous prostitutes are on the prowl and vampires terrorize the town. The Rawhide Kid will save the day.

Director: Nick Zedd | Stars: Robert Andrews, Richard Hell, Brenda Bergman, Donna Death

Votes: 207

29. Punking Out (1978)

25 min | Documentary, Short

7.2
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Documents the beginning of the punk rock movement in New York City at CBGB's, a punk night club, and the lifestyle that revolves around this scene. Presents a sometimes shocking look at the... See full summary »

Directors: Maggi Carson, Juliusz Kossakowski, Ric Shore | Stars: Stiv Bators, Cheetah Chrome, Richard Hell, Hilly Kristal

Votes: 37

30. Kill Your Idols: More. (2006 Video)

57 min | Documentary

9.2
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A full-length feature documentary produced in 2006 which serves as a companion piece to and is included on the DVD of the 2004 film KILL YOUR IDOLS.

Director: Scott Crary | Stars: Angus Andrew, Tristan Bechet, Hisham Bharoocha, Glenn Branca

Votes: 11

31. Llik Your Idols (2007)

70 min | Documentary

6.6
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Discover the New York underground scene during the 80s and throw yourself into an exciting, anarchic and repulsive world that you won't forget.

Director: Angélique Bosio | Stars: Joe Coleman, Richard Hell, Richard Kern, Bruce La Bruce

Votes: 57

32. Black Box (1979)

Not Rated | 21 min | Short, Drama

6.6
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Directors: Beth B, Scott B | Stars: Lydia Lunch, Bob Mason, Chiara Smith, Christof Kohlhofer

Votes: 28

33. Night Lunch (1975)

Documentary

8.4
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Directors: Ivan Král, Amos Poe | Stars: David Bowie, Jayne County, George Harrison, Elton John

Votes: 12

34. She Had Her Gun All Ready (1978)

27 min | Short

6.1
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Two women- one passive and resigned, the other aggressive and domineering - interact in various locations in New York city. The film explores the dynamic between them before ending with a showdown at the roller-coaster on Coney Island.

Director: Vivienne Dick | Stars: Vivienne Dick, Lydia Lunch, Pat Place

Votes: 39

35. The Trap Door (1980)

Not Rated | 70 min | Drama

6.9
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A Nietzschian parable on the fate of innocence, THE TRAP DOOR follows the mishaps of Jeremy (John Ahearn) as he is fired by his boss (Jenny Holzer), gets laughed out of court by Judge Gary ... See full summary »

Directors: Beth B, Scott B | Stars: John Ahearn, Coleen Fitzgibbon, Mary Fogarty, Robin Harvey

Votes: 8

36. 40 Bands 80 Minutes! (2006 Video)

Not Rated | 80 min | Documentary, Music

7.9
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On one night in Hollywood, over 40 bands join together to create the definitive document of the new underground music scene.

Director: Sean Carnage | Stars: The Amazements, Anavan, Asthmatique, Bacon Tears Up Business

Votes: 13

37. Stray Dogs (1985)

10 min | Short

6.2
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A fan follows an artist home and tries to get his attention by literally coming apart.

Director: Richard Kern | Stars: William Rice, David Wojnarowicz, Robin Renzi, Montanna Houston

Votes: 199

38. The Wild World of Lydia Lunch (1983)

23 min | Short

5.0
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A filmmaker follows his girlfriend around London with a camera featuring narration from a cassette tape she made for him to break-up the relationship.

Director: Nick Zedd | Stars: Lydia Lunch, Nick Zedd

Votes: 85

39. King Blank (1983)

71 min | Drama

5.1
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Set in a motel room at NYC's Kennedy Airport, the film treats two days in the life of a deadbeat couple, an obsessive husband lost in a web of psychotic delusion and his immigrant wife.

Director: Michael Oblowitz | Stars: Rosemary Hochschild, Ron Vawter, Will Patton, Francine Berman

Votes: 11

40. Rome '78 (1978)

Not Rated | 82 min | Drama, History

6.4
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In a mock Rome (shot in neo-classic buildings), characters dressed in makeshift costumes, live a Roman life, with political intrigue, flirting and dyonisiac dances.

Director: James Nares | Stars: David McDermott, Eric Mitchell, Lydia Lunch, Kristian Hoffman

Votes: 17

41. God Save the King (1977)

8 min | Short, Comedy

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Two punk rockers are interviewed by a rock journalist.

Director: Tom DiCillo | Star: Joe D'Angerio

42. Ecstatic Stigmatic (1980)

56 min

6.5
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A young woman who is institutionalized in a mental hospital suffers fits which are accompanied by stigmata.

Director: Gordon Stevenson | Stars: Mirielle Cervenka, Brenda Bergman, Arto Lindsay, Johnny O'Kane

Votes: 17

43. It Took Guts (1979)

5 min | Comedy, Horror, Short

7.2
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A teenage boy, troubled and alone wanders the grassy hills looking for something. He settles on a slope and searches for some activity to amuse him. He begins to pick pieces of his body off... See full summary »

Directors: Eric Forsberg, Charles Schneider | Star: Charles Schneider

Votes: 49

44. The Deadly Art of Survival (1979)

77 min | Action, Drama

5.1
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A martial art instructor struggles against drug dealers operating from a rival karate school called the disco dojo.

Director: Charlie Ahearn | Stars: Nathan Ingram, George David Gonzalez, Miguel Villanueva, Gerard Hovagimyan

Votes: 30

45. Raw Nerves (1980)

30 min | Short

4.8
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A noir mostly set in a bathroom stall and stairwell. A private dick trapped in a tight spot. A narrator searching for a way out of the story. Toilet humor and pulp fiction captured in ... See full summary »

Director: Manuel De Landa | Stars: Joe Coleman, Lydia Lunch

Votes: 6

46. School of Shame (1984)

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Director: Nick Zedd

47. The Bogus Man (1980)

11 min | Short

5.5
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A look at a conspiracy involving the United States president.

Director: Nick Zedd | Stars: David McDermott, Lawrence Oliver Cherry

Votes: 65

48. I Hate You Now (1985)

11 min | Short

6.1
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About a deformed guy and his girlfriend.

Director: Richard Kern | Stars: Tom Turner, Amy Turner, Bob

Votes: 123

49. Baby Doll (1982)

5 min | Short, Drama

5.6
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New York Citys Lower East Side in the early Eighties saw an explosion of the downtown film scene, as a variety of film-makers, photographers, performers and artists, inspired by the post-punk No Wave music scene.

Director: Tessa Hughes-Freeland

Votes: 21

50. Zombie Hunger (1984)

Short

6.1
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Zombie Hunger is an experimental short film depicting a group of people shooting up and then vomiting.

Director: Richard Kern | Stars: Peter Heath, Jon Miedzik, Cameron Heath

Votes: 9



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