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1. Crash (I) (2004)

R | 112 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

7.8
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69 Metascore

Los Angeles citizens with vastly separate lives collide in interweaving stories of race, loss and redemption.

Director: Paul Haggis | Stars: Don Cheadle, Sandra Bullock, Thandie Newton, Karina Arroyave

Votes: 401,776 | Gross: $54.58M

2. Stalker (1979)

Not Rated | 162 min | Drama, Sci-Fi

8.1
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A guide leads two men through an area known as the Zone to find a room that grants wishes.

Director: Andrei Tarkovsky | Stars: Alisa Freyndlikh, Aleksandr Kaydanovskiy, Anatoliy Solonitsyn, Nikolay Grinko

Votes: 98,959 | Gross: $0.23M

3. Loving (2016)

PG-13 | 123 min | Biography, Drama, Romance

7.0
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79 Metascore

The story of Richard and Mildred Loving, a couple whose arrest for interracial marriage in 1960s Virginia began a legal battle that would end with the Supreme Court's historic 1967 decision.

Director: Jeff Nichols | Stars: Ruth Negga, Joel Edgerton, Will Dalton, Dean Mumford

Votes: 28,268 | Gross: $7.70M

4. Berlin Alexanderplatz (1980– )

Not Rated | 931 min | Crime, Drama

8.7
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In late-1920s Berlin, Franz Biberkopf is released from prison and vows to go straight; however he soon finds himself embroiled in the city's criminal underworld.

Stars: Günter Lamprecht, Claus Holm, Hanna Schygulla, Franz Buchrieser

Votes: 3,612

5. Eight Hours Don't Make a Day (1972– )

Not Rated | 495 min | Drama

8.5
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The young toolmaker Jochen fights with his colleagues to a performance bonus. He gets to know the girl Marion. For both, it is love at first sight.

Stars: Gottfried John, Hanna Schygulla, Luise Ullrich, Werner Finck

Votes: 246 | Gross: $0.02M

6. Mike Bassett: England Manager (2001)

Not Rated | 89 min | Comedy, Sport

6.9
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The manager of England's national football unexpectedly succumbs to a heart attack, and suddenly the search is on for a replacement. Most people who seem qualified for the position have the... See full summary »

Director: Steve Barron | Stars: Ricky Tomlinson, Amanda Redman, Bradley Walsh, Philip Jackson

Votes: 5,104

7. Ariel (1988)

Not Rated | 72 min | Comedy, Crime, Romance

7.6
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A Finnish man goes to the city to find a job after the mine where he worked is closed and his father commits suicide.

Director: Aki Kaurismäki | Stars: Turo Pajala, Susanna Haavisto, Matti Pellonpää, Eetu Hilkamo

Votes: 5,389

8. Lindenstraße (1985– )

30 min | Drama, Family

5.1
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Located in an average quarter of Munich, this weekly soap opera focuses on the lives of normal people. Beside the typical storylines like love, marriage and death, the show has treated a ... See full summary »

Stars: Marie-Luise Marjan, Andrea Spatzek, Moritz A. Sachs, Joachim Hermann Luger

Votes: 629

9. Dawn: Portrait of a Teenage Runaway (1976 TV Movie)

100 min | Drama

7.1
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15 year old Dawn runs away from what she feels is an intolerable home life. In the big city, she ends up turning to prostitution when she is unable to get a job due to her age. Life at home... See full summary »

Director: Randal Kleiser | Stars: Eve Plumb, Leigh McCloskey, Lynn Carlin, William Schallert

Votes: 290

10. Mindwalk (1990)

PG | 112 min | Drama

7.6
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Philosophical conversations between a poet, politician, and scientist. No one is psychotic or out for revenge.

Director: Bernt Amadeus Capra | Stars: Liv Ullmann, Sam Waterston, John Heard, Ione Skye

Votes: 2,674 | Gross: $0.77M

11. The Blue Knight (1973 TV Movie)

240 min | Action, Crime, Drama

7.5
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Bumper Morgan is a veteran Los Angeles Police Department street cop. He is due to retire after twenty years on the job, but is not letting up on the criminal element on his beat.

Director: Robert Butler | Stars: William Holden, Lee Remick, Joe Santos, Sam Elliott

Votes: 304

12. A Case of Rape (1974 TV Movie)

100 min | Drama

7.9
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When she was raped, Ellen thought it was the worst thing to ever happen to her. What was worse was the treatment by the hospital staff, police and the court system when she reported it, and... See full summary »

Director: Boris Sagal | Stars: Elizabeth Montgomery, William Daniels, Cliff Potts, Rosemary Murphy

Votes: 283

13. Little Ladies of the Night (1977 TV Movie)

Not Rated | 100 min | Drama

6.3
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The sister of ex-pimp and current Los Angeles Police detective Kyle York was murdered working the streets a few years ago. Since his reform, he has teamed with Officer Russ Garfield to ... See full summary »

Director: Marvin J. Chomsky | Stars: David Soul, Louis Gossett Jr., Linda Purl, Clifton Davis

Votes: 125

14. East Side/West Side (1963–1964)

60 min | Drama

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Neil Brock is a young social worker in the slums of New York City. His boss is Frieda Hechlinger, and Jane Foster is the office secretary. This dramatic series features stories about child ... See full summary »

Stars: George C. Scott, Elizabeth Wilson, Cicely Tyson, Linden Chiles

Votes: 121

15. 75 (2017)

97 min | Crime, Drama

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A crash victim, a housewife and two repressed teens are connected by hard-working therapist Viola, who helps them battle their addictions while two disillusioned detectives struggle with the mounting war against heroin in Cincinnati.

Director: Joe Zappa | Stars: Tifani Ahren Davis, Kip Bennett, Marcus B. Jackson, Shannon Faith

Votes: 30

16. Two Men in Town (1973)

Not Rated | 100 min | Crime, Drama

7.4
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A former bank robber is released after 10 years in prison. He gets help from a social-worker, but gets harassed by an old cop from his past.

Director: José Giovanni | Stars: Alain Delon, Jean Gabin, Mimsy Farmer, Victor Lanoux

Votes: 3,385

17. When He's Not a Stranger (1989 TV Movie)

100 min | Drama

6.4
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At a California university, Lyn goes to meet her best friend Melanie in the dorm room of Melanie's boyfriend Ron, a football star. When Lyn arrives, Melanie is not there. Ron forces himself... See full summary »

Director: John Gray | Stars: Annabeth Gish, John Terlesky, Kevin Dillon, Kim Myers

Votes: 203

18. Teenage Wolfpack (1956)

89 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

6.6
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"Think of a law, they've broken it. Think of a crime, they've committed it." A tense, tough story of teenage gangs committing acts of robbery, violence, and murder. The leader of the gang ... See full summary »

Director: Georg Tressler | Stars: Horst Buchholz, Karin Baal, Christian Doermer, Jo Herbst

Votes: 396

19. Do You Know the Muffin Man? (1989 TV Movie)

Unrated | 90 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

6.2
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A police officer and his wife are shocked to find that molestation has been going on at the neighborhood day care. They're devastated when they find that their own son might be a victim too. Should they have known, should they have seen?

Director: Gilbert Cates | Stars: Pam Dawber, John Shea, Stephen Dorff, Brian Bonsall

Votes: 187

20. ...One Third of a Nation... (1939)

Approved | 79 min | Drama

6.4
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A fire in a run-down tenement building injures young Joey Rogers. Wealthy passerby Peter Cortlant rushes the boy and his attractive older sister Mary to the hospital and pays the medical ... See full summary »

Director: Dudley Murphy | Stars: Sylvia Sidney, Leif Erickson, Myron McCormick, Hiram Sherman

Votes: 127

21. Cry Rape (1973 TV Movie)

75 min | Crime, Drama

6.1
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A man who is arrested for rape swears it wasn't him but somebody who looks just like him, but the victim insists it was him.

Director: Corey Allen | Stars: Andrea Marcovicci, Peter Coffield, Greg Mullavey, Joseph Sirola

Votes: 74

22. Journey Through Rosebud (1972)

GP | 93 min | Drama

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A group of young Indians living on the Sioux Indian Reservation in South Dakota stage a protest against the U.S. Government and years of lies and deception come to a violent climax.

Director: Tom Gries | Stars: Robert Forster, Kristoffer Tabori, Victoria Racimo, Eddie Little Sky

Votes: 32

23. The House I Live In (1945)

Approved | 11 min | Short, Drama, Music

6.6
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Frank Sinatra teaches a group of young boys a lesson in religious tolerance.

Director: Mervyn LeRoy | Stars: Frank Sinatra, Teddy Infuhr, Harry McKim, Ronnie Ralph

Votes: 495

24. Under the Skin of the City (2001)

92 min | Drama

7.4
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77 Metascore

A valuable visual commentary on modern society, 'Under The Skin Of The City' follows one Iranian family in their eternal struggle to stay afloat financially and emotionally. Touba works ... See full summary »

Director: Rakhshan Banietemad | Stars: Golab Adineh, Mohammad Reza Forutan, Baran Kosari, Ebrahim Sheibani

Votes: 1,285

25. Fataal (2016)

96 min | Drama

5.8
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Milan is a young entrepreneur who opens a club. When he becomes a victim of senseless violence, all hopes and dreams that used to drive him are perished. He gets depressed and loses hope to ever fully recover.

Director: Jesse Bleekemolen | Stars: Jeffrey Hamilton, Priscilla Knetemann, Ronald Top, Iris Slee

Votes: 63

26. Dreamcatcher (I) (2015)

TV-MA | 104 min | Documentary, Crime, Drama

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86 Metascore

Takes us into a hidden world of prostitution and sexual trafficking through the eyes of one of its survivors, Brenda Myers-Powell.

Director: Kim Longinotto | Stars: Brenda Myers-Powell, T.T., Keena, Temeka

Votes: 395

27. My Name Was Bette: The Life and Death of an Alcoholic (2011)

59 min | Documentary

7.3
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A documentary about women's alcoholism chronicles the progression of the disease in Bette VandenAkker-a nurse, wife, and mother-who died in the fall of 2007. Filmmakers Sherri ... See full summary »

Director: Sherri L. VandenAkker

Votes: 153

28. Diese Drombuschs (1983–1994)

105 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

7.0
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This critically acclaimed drama focuses on the Drombuschs, an average German family living in Darmstadt near Frankfurt. Siegfried, the father, runs an antique shop, while his wife Vera ... See full summary »

Stars: Witta Pohl, Grete Wurm, Eike Hagen Schweikhardt, Günter Strack

Votes: 143

29. North Sea Is Dead Sea (1976)

87 min | Drama

7.2
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14 years old Uwe grows up in a dull multi-storey apartment building in a suburb of Hamburg. His father is an alcoholic and beats his son while he's drunk. Only together with his clique Uwe ... See full summary »

Director: Hark Bohm | Stars: Dschingis Bowakow, Uwe Bohm, Marquard Bohm, Herma Koehn

Votes: 317

30. The End of the Rainbow (1979)

107 min | Drama

6.8
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A 17 year old Berlin boy turns prostitute and petty thief. Despite the attempts of a social worker to help, the boy runs into real trouble when a burglary goes awry.

Director: Uwe Frießner | Stars: Thomas Kufahl, Slavica Rankovic, Henry Lutze, Udo Samel

Votes: 75

31. The Last Years of Childhood (1979)

105 min | Drama

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Director: Norbert Kückelmann | Stars: Gerhard Gundel, Dieter Mustaffof, Norbert Bauhuber, Karl Obermayr

Votes: 43

32. Proc? (1987)

86 min | Drama, Sport

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Director: Karel Smyczek | Stars: Jirí Langmajer, Martin Sobotka, Pavel Zvaric, Pavlína Mourková

Votes: 241

33. Headfirst (2014)

93 min | Comedy, Drama

5.9
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A single mother tries to rescue her daughter from state custody with the help of a teacher and a stranger with bad drinking habits.

Director: Antti Heikki Pesonen | Stars: Armi Toivanen, Eero Ritala, Kai Lehtinen, Mimosa Willamo

Votes: 506

34. Class Dismissed: How TV Frames the Working Class (2005 Video)

62 min | Documentary

7.6
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Based on the forthcoming book by Pepi Leistyna, Class Dismissed navigates the steady stream of narrow working class representations from American television's beginnings to today's sitcoms,... See full summary »

Director: Loretta Alper | Stars: Stanley Aranowitz, Edward Asner, Roseanne Barr, George W. Bush

Votes: 48

35. Die große Flatter (1979– )

271 min | Drama

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Stars: Günter Lamprecht, Katharina Tüschen, Franciszek Pieczka, Renate Küster

Votes: 65

36. Täältä tullaan, elämä! (1980)

118 min | Drama, Romance

6.8
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In the punk rock era of the late 1970s three restless teenagers, two boys and a girl, spend their time in and out of a special class for problem kids. Jussi seldom sees his parents at home,... See full summary »

Director: Tapio Suominen | Stars: Esa Niemelä, Tony Holmström, Kati Outinen, Risto Piskunen

Votes: 567

37. Massacre (1934)

Passed | 70 min | Drama

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Joe Thunderhorse, a Sioux Indian who has become the wealthy star of a Wild West show, returns home to his reservation after years away and finds that his father is dying and his people are being abused by corrupt white officials.

Director: Alan Crosland | Stars: Richard Barthelmess, Ann Dvorak, Dudley Digges, Claire Dodd

Votes: 187

38. Vaghti hame khaabim (2009)

107 min | Drama

6.7
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Chakameh who has lost both her husband and child in a car accident meets a guy who recently been released from prison. While she is under pressure from the lawyers to compromise with the ... See full summary »

Director: Bahram Beizai | Stars: Mozhdeh Shamsai, Alireza Jalali-tabar, Hesam Navab Safavi, Shaghayegh Farahani

Votes: 704

39. The Terrible Truth (1951)

10 min | Drama, Short

3.4
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A Juvenile Court judge is at a loss to understand why so many of America's youths are marijuana addicts, so he decides to investigate on his own. He visits Phyllis, a high school senior and... See full summary »

Star: William B. McKesson

Votes: 179

40. Sechzehneichen (2012 TV Movie)

90 min | Thriller

5.6
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Director: Henk Handloegten | Stars: Michael Benthin, Alexander Beyer, Sandra Borgmann, Stella Dunze

Votes: 205

41. Prostitutka (1927)

77 min | Drama

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A bold study on the dangers of prostitution in the Soviet Union in the 1920s. It's sort of dramatic fiction that tells the story of Lyuba, which after irremediable events, loses her honor, ... See full summary »

Director: Oleg Frelikh | Stars: Olga Bonus, Mark Donskoy, L. Krasina, Ivan Lagutin

Votes: 49

42. Die Verrohung des Franz Blum (1974)

104 min | Crime, Drama

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Born into a well-off family, Franz Blum had led a carefree youth until, some time after graduating from high school, he was arrested by the police. For, involved by a gang of bad boys, the ... See full summary »

Director: Reinhard Hauff | Stars: Jürgen Prochnow, Burkhard Driest, Fritz Hollenbeck, Marianne Kehlau

Votes: 117

43. Don't Turn 'em Loose (1936)

Approved | 65 min | Action, Crime, Drama

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A conscientious attorney who is a member of the State Parole Board, finds his own son, using an alias, up for parole and makes the decision to cast the approving vote. This turns out to ... See full summary »

Director: Benjamin Stoloff | Stars: Lewis Stone, James Gleason, Bruce Cabot, Louise Latimer

Votes: 90

44. Bambule (1970 TV Movie)

90 min | Drama

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The film criticizes the authoritarian methods of home education in a girls' home. In the course of the action, there is a revolt against the oppressive structures.

Director: Eberhard Itzenplitz | Stars: Petra Redinger, Christine Diersch, Dagmar Biener, Helge Hennig

Votes: 90

45. Mercy All the Way (2014)

30 min | Short, Comedy, Drama

6.5
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A group of women working in an unemployment office in a small Finnish town have started to give out sex to outcast young men in order to prevent future school shootings in Finland. Mirja (... See full summary »

Director: Hannaleena Hauru | Stars: Tanja Heinänen, Mikael Karkkonen, Misa Palander, Alina Tomnikov

Votes: 79

46. Black Mold Exposure (2009)

PG | 101 min | Documentary

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Imagine becoming so sensitive to almost everything you're exposed to daily like common chemicals, furniture, foods, and pollen that it makes you so ill you can't function. You must isolate ... See full summary »

Director: Michael Roland Williams | Stars: Cheryl Albert, Colin Albert, Frank Albert, Kerri Albert

Votes: 39

47. Der verlorene Vater (2010 TV Movie)

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Director: Hermine Huntgeburth | Stars: Ulrike Krumbiegel, Edgar Selge, Jeanette Hain, Michael Altmann

Votes: 22

48. Einfache Leute (2007 TV Movie)

88 min | Drama

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A Boy has to decide between being gay and being a professional swimmer. He takes the latter, marries and gets a son. 19 years later the whole thing explodes.

Director: Thorsten Näter | Stars: Barbara Auer, Klaus J. Behrendt, Oliver Breite, Tom Schilling

Votes: 53

49. Unborn in the USA: Inside the War on Abortion (2007)

101 min | Documentary

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An unprecedented view of the deep secrets and deep pockets of the pro-life movement.

Directors: Stephen Fell, Will Thompson | Stars: John Brockhoeft, George W. Bush, Grant Cheney, Hillary Clinton

Votes: 150

50. Hooligans - Kato ta heria ap' ta niata! (1983)

106 min | Action, Crime, Drama

5.4
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Giorgos is a young man who just graduated from college. His parents are preparing a party to celebrate this occasion. George spoils the evening by appearing dressed like a woman as a ... See full summary »

Director: Kostas Karagiannis | Stars: Giorgos Kyrlidis, Katiana Balanika, Petros Zarkadis, Giorgos Siskos

Votes: 229



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