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1. The Shawshank Redemption (1994)

R | 142 min | Drama

9.3
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80 Metascore

Two imprisoned men bond over a number of years, finding solace and eventual redemption through acts of common decency.

Director: Frank Darabont | Stars: Tim Robbins, Morgan Freeman, Bob Gunton, William Sadler

Votes: 2,191,552 | Gross: $28.34M

2. Murder on the Orient Express (2017)

PG-13 | 114 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

6.5
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52 Metascore

When a murder occurs on the train on which he's travelling, celebrated detective Hercule Poirot is recruited to solve the case.

Director: Kenneth Branagh | Stars: Kenneth Branagh, Penélope Cruz, Willem Dafoe, Judi Dench

Votes: 192,345 | Gross: $102.83M

3. Oldboy (2003)

R | 120 min | Action, Drama, Mystery

8.4
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77 Metascore

After being kidnapped and imprisoned for fifteen years, Oh Dae-Su is released, only to find that he must find his captor in five days.

Director: Chan-wook Park | Stars: Min-sik Choi, Ji-Tae Yoo, Hye-jeong Kang, Dae-han Ji

Votes: 480,769 | Gross: $0.71M

4. When They See Us (2019)

TV-MA | 296 min | Biography, Crime, Drama

9.0
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Five teens from Harlem become trapped in a nightmare when they're falsely accused of a brutal attack in Central Park. Based on the true story.

Stars: Asante Blackk, Caleel Harris, Ethan Herisse, Marquis Rodriguez

Votes: 62,062

5. A Nightmare on Elm Street (2010)

R | 95 min | Crime, Drama, Horror

5.2
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35 Metascore

The spectre of a disfigured man haunts the children of the parents who murdered him, stalking and killing them in their dreams.

Director: Samuel Bayer | Stars: Jackie Earle Haley, Rooney Mara, Kyle Gallner, Katie Cassidy

Votes: 88,389 | Gross: $63.08M

6. Scream (1996)

R | 111 min | Horror, Mystery

7.2
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65 Metascore

A year after the murder of her mother, a teenage girl is terrorized by a new killer, who targets the girl and her friends by using horror films as part of a deadly game.

Director: Wes Craven | Stars: Neve Campbell, Courteney Cox, David Arquette, Skeet Ulrich

Votes: 271,353 | Gross: $103.05M

7. X-Men: Days of Future Past (2014)

PG-13 | 132 min | Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi

8.0
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75 Metascore

The X-Men send Wolverine to the past in a desperate effort to change history and prevent an event that results in doom for both humans and mutants.

Director: Bryan Singer | Stars: Patrick Stewart, Ian McKellen, Hugh Jackman, James McAvoy

Votes: 638,381 | Gross: $233.92M

8. Cape Fear (1991)

R | 128 min | Crime, Thriller

7.3
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73 Metascore

A convicted rapist, released from prison after serving a fourteen-year sentence, stalks the family of the lawyer who originally defended him.

Director: Martin Scorsese | Stars: Robert De Niro, Nick Nolte, Jessica Lange, Juliette Lewis

Votes: 161,166 | Gross: $79.10M

9. Kick-Ass (2010)

R | 117 min | Action, Adventure, Comedy

7.6
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66 Metascore

Dave Lizewski is an unnoticed high school student and comic book fan who one day decides to become a superhero, even though he has no powers, training or meaningful reason to do so.

Director: Matthew Vaughn | Stars: Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Nicolas Cage, Chloë Grace Moretz, Garrett M. Brown

Votes: 509,583 | Gross: $48.07M

10. Minority Report (2002)

PG-13 | 145 min | Action, Crime, Mystery

7.6
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80 Metascore

In a future where a special police unit is able to arrest murderers before they commit their crimes, an officer from that unit is himself accused of a future murder.

Director: Steven Spielberg | Stars: Tom Cruise, Colin Farrell, Samantha Morton, Max von Sydow

Votes: 483,929 | Gross: $132.07M

11. Ben-Hur (1959)

G | 212 min | Adventure, Drama, History

8.1
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90 Metascore

When a Jewish prince is betrayed and sent into slavery by a Roman friend, he regains his freedom and comes back for revenge.

Director: William Wyler | Stars: Charlton Heston, Jack Hawkins, Stephen Boyd, Haya Harareet

Votes: 208,303 | Gross: $74.70M

12. Demolition Man (1993)

R | 115 min | Action, Sci-Fi, Thriller

6.7
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34 Metascore

A police officer is brought out of suspended animation in prison to pursue an old ultra-violent nemesis who is loose in a non-violent future society.

Director: Marco Brambilla | Stars: Sylvester Stallone, Wesley Snipes, Sandra Bullock, Nigel Hawthorne

Votes: 150,577 | Gross: $58.06M

13. The A-Team (2010)

PG-13 | 117 min | Action, Adventure, Thriller

6.7
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47 Metascore

A group of Iraq War veterans look to clear their name with the U.S. Military, who suspect the four men of committing a crime for which they were framed.

Director: Joe Carnahan | Stars: Liam Neeson, Bradley Cooper, Sharlto Copley, Jessica Biel

Votes: 239,805 | Gross: $77.22M

14. Need for Speed (2014)

PG-13 | 132 min | Action, Crime, Thriller

6.5
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39 Metascore

Fresh from prison, a street racer who was framed by a wealthy business associate joins a cross country race with revenge in mind. His ex-partner, learning of the plan, places a massive bounty on his head as the race begins.

Director: Scott Waugh | Stars: Aaron Paul, Dominic Cooper, Imogen Poots, Kid Cudi

Votes: 158,189 | Gross: $43.58M

15. Cube (1997)

R | 90 min | Drama, Mystery, Sci-Fi

7.2
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61 Metascore

6 complete strangers of widely varying personality characteristics are involuntarily placed in an endless maze containing deadly traps.

Director: Vincenzo Natali | Stars: Nicole de Boer, Maurice Dean Wint, David Hewlett, Andrew Miller

Votes: 199,465 | Gross: $0.50M

16. House of Wax (2005)

R | 113 min | Horror, Thriller

5.3
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41 Metascore

A group of unwitting teens are stranded near a strange wax museum and soon must fight to survive and keep from becoming the next exhibit.

Director: Jaume Collet-Serra | Stars: Chad Michael Murray, Paris Hilton, Elisha Cuthbert, Brian Van Holt

Votes: 110,967 | Gross: $32.06M

17. Paddington 2 (2017)

PG | 103 min | Adventure, Comedy, Family

7.8
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88 Metascore

Paddington (Ben Whishaw), now happily settled with the Brown family and a popular member of the local community, picks up a series of odd jobs to buy the perfect present for his Aunt Lucy's (Imelda Staunton's) 100th birthday, only for the gift to be stolen.

Director: Paul King | Stars: Ben Whishaw, Hugh Grant, Hugh Bonneville, Sally Hawkins

Votes: 53,617 | Gross: $40.44M

18. The Running Man (1987)

R | 101 min | Action, Sci-Fi, Thriller

6.7
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45 Metascore

A wrongly convicted man must try to survive a public execution gauntlet staged as a game show.

Director: Paul Michael Glaser | Stars: Arnold Schwarzenegger, Maria Conchita Alonso, Yaphet Kotto, Jim Brown

Votes: 135,212 | Gross: $38.12M

19. Rectify (2013–2016)

TV-14 | 60 min | Drama

8.3
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Daniel Holden must put his life back together after serving 19 years on Georgia's Death Row before DNA evidence calls his conviction into question.

Stars: Aden Young, Abigail Spencer, J. Smith-Cameron, Adelaide Clemens

Votes: 22,864

20. In the Name of the Father (1993)

R | 133 min | Biography, Drama

8.1
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84 Metascore

A man's coerced confession to an I.R.A. bombing he did not commit results in the imprisonment of his father as well. An English lawyer fights to free them.

Director: Jim Sheridan | Stars: Daniel Day-Lewis, Pete Postlethwaite, Alison Crosbie, Philip King

Votes: 146,963 | Gross: $25.01M

21. Cry-Baby (1990)

PG-13 | 85 min | Comedy, Musical

6.5
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63 Metascore

In 1950s Baltimore, a bad boy with a heart of gold wins the love of a good girl, whose boyfriend sets out for revenge.

Director: John Waters | Stars: Johnny Depp, Ricki Lake, Amy Locane, Susan Tyrrell

Votes: 52,202 | Gross: $8.27M

22. Gamer (2009)

R | 95 min | Action, Sci-Fi, Thriller

5.8
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27 Metascore

In a future mind-controlling game, death row convicts are forced to battle in a 'Doom'-type environment. Convict Kable, controlled by Simon, a skilled teenage gamer, must survive thirty sessions in order to be set free.

Directors: Mark Neveldine, Brian Taylor | Stars: Gerard Butler, Michael C. Hall, Ludacris, Amber Valletta

Votes: 126,894 | Gross: $20.49M

23. Life (I) (1999)

R | 108 min | Comedy, Crime, Drama

6.8
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63 Metascore

In 1932, two strangers are wrongfully convicted and develop a strong friendship in prison that lasts them through the 20th century.

Director: Ted Demme | Stars: Eddie Murphy, Martin Lawrence, Obba Babatundé, Nick Cassavetes

Votes: 43,091 | Gross: $63.84M

24. The Number 23 (2007)

R | 98 min | Crime, Mystery, Thriller

6.4
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Walter Sparrow becomes obsessed with a novel that he believes was written about him. As his obsession increases, more and more similarities seem to arise.

Director: Joel Schumacher | Stars: Jim Carrey, Virginia Madsen, Logan Lerman, Danny Huston

Votes: 187,853 | Gross: $35.19M

25. Modern Times (1936)

G | 87 min | Comedy, Drama, Family

8.5
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96 Metascore

The Tramp struggles to live in modern industrial society with the help of a young homeless woman.

Director: Charles Chaplin | Stars: Charles Chaplin, Paulette Goddard, Henry Bergman, Tiny Sandford

Votes: 201,731 | Gross: $0.16M

26. A Tale of Two Cities (1935)

Passed | 128 min | Drama, History, Romance

7.8
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A pair of lookalikes, one a former French aristocrat and the other an alcoholic English lawyer, fall in love with the same woman amongst the turmoil of the French Revolution.

Directors: Jack Conway, Robert Z. Leonard | Stars: Ronald Colman, Elizabeth Allan, Edna May Oliver, Reginald Owen

Votes: 4,854

27. The Fugitive (1963–1967)

51 min | Adventure, Crime, Drama

8.0
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A doctor, wrongly convicted for a murder he didn't commit, escapes custody and must stay ahead of the police to find the real killer.

Stars: David Janssen, William Conrad, Barry Morse, Paul Birch

Votes: 3,076

28. Man on a Ledge (2012)

PG-13 | 102 min | Action, Adventure, Crime

6.6
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40 Metascore

As a police psychologist works to talk down an ex-con who is threatening to jump from a Manhattan hotel rooftop, the biggest diamond heist ever committed is in motion.

Director: Asger Leth | Stars: Sam Worthington, Elizabeth Banks, Jamie Bell, Mandy Gonzalez

Votes: 140,003 | Gross: $18.62M

29. Rio Lobo (1970)

G | 114 min | Adventure, Romance, War

6.8
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55 Metascore

After the Civil War, Cord McNally searches for the traitor whose treachery caused the defeat of McNally's unit and the loss of a close friend.

Director: Howard Hawks | Stars: John Wayne, Jorge Rivero, Jennifer O'Neill, Jack Elam

Votes: 9,864 | Gross: $9.27M

30. Jason Goes to Hell: The Final Friday (1993)

R | 87 min | Fantasy, Horror, Thriller

4.3
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17 Metascore

Serial killer Jason Voorhees' supernatural origins are revealed.

Director: Adam Marcus | Stars: John D. LeMay, Kari Keegan, Kane Hodder, Steven Williams

Votes: 26,374 | Gross: $15.94M

31. I Am a Fugitive from a Chain Gang (1932)

Passed | 92 min | Crime, Drama, Film-Noir

8.2
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Wrongly convicted James Allen serves in the intolerable conditions of a southern chain gang, which later comes back to haunt him.

Director: Mervyn LeRoy | Stars: Paul Muni, Glenda Farrell, Helen Vinson, Noel Francis

Votes: 10,983

32. Brick Mansions (2014)

PG-13 | 90 min | Action, Crime

5.7
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40 Metascore

An undercover Detroit cop navigates a dangerous neighborhood that's surrounded by a containment wall with the help of an ex-con in order to bring down a crime lord and his plot to devastate the entire city.

Director: Camille Delamarre | Stars: Paul Walker, David Belle, RZA, Goûchy Boy

Votes: 38,455 | Gross: $20.29M

33. The Day Shall Come (2019)

Unrated | 87 min | Comedy, Crime

5.8
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70 Metascore

An impoverished preacher who brings hope to the Miami projects is offered cash to save his family from eviction. He has no idea his sponsor works for the FBI who plan to turn him into a criminal by fueling his madcap revolutionary dreams.

Director: Christopher Morris | Stars: Andrel McPherson, Miles Robbins, Marchánt Davis, Anna Kendrick

Votes: 2,159

34. Batman: Gotham by Gaslight (2018)

R | 78 min | Animation, Action, Adventure

6.7
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In an alternative Victorian Age Gotham City, Batman begins his war on crime while he investigates a new series of murders by Jack the Ripper.

Director: Sam Liu | Stars: Bruce Greenwood, Jennifer Carpenter, Chris Cox, John DiMaggio

Votes: 11,823

35. Stir Crazy (1980)

R | 111 min | Comedy, Crime

6.8
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56 Metascore

Set up and wrongfully accused, two best friends will be sent to prison for a crime they didn't commit. However, no prison cell could keep them locked in.

Director: Sidney Poitier | Stars: Gene Wilder, Richard Pryor, Georg Stanford Brown, JoBeth Williams

Votes: 23,714 | Gross: $101.30M

36. Down by Law (1986)

R | 107 min | Comedy, Crime, Drama

7.8
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75 Metascore

Two innocent people are arrested. An interesting third person, with broken English, joins them in their cell. On his idea, they decide to escape from the prison. Their journey is the rest of the movie.

Director: Jim Jarmusch | Stars: Tom Waits, John Lurie, Roberto Benigni, Nicoletta Braschi

Votes: 45,080 | Gross: $1.44M

37. Exit Wounds (2001)

R | 101 min | Action, Crime, Thriller

5.6
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39 Metascore

Orin Boyd, a tough cop in an inner-city precinct discovers a web of dirty cops and corruption.

Director: Andrzej Bartkowiak | Stars: Steven Seagal, DMX, Isaiah Washington, Anthony Anderson

Votes: 31,076 | Gross: $51.76M

38. Bad Girls (1999–2006)

90 min | Crime, Drama

7.9
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British hard-hitting drama about the staff and inmates of a women's prison.

Stars: Kika Mirylees, Victoria Alcock, Helen Fraser, Jack Ellis

Votes: 1,811

39. Bad Guy (2001)

Not Rated | 100 min | Drama

6.8
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49 Metascore

An unfeeling gangster seeks to ruin the life of a young girl who rejected him. He forces her into prostitution and spies on her regularly, then he soon begins to fall for her.

Director: Ki-duk Kim | Stars: Jae-Hyun Cho, Won Seo, Yun-tae Kim, Duk-moon Choi

Votes: 8,695

40. Tourist Trap (1979)

PG | 90 min | Horror

6.2
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A group of young friends stranded at a secluded roadside museum are stalked by a masked assailant who uses his telekenetic powers to control the attraction's mannequins.

Director: David Schmoeller | Stars: Chuck Connors, Jocelyn Jones, Jon Van Ness, Robin Sherwood

Votes: 7,385

41. Infinity Chamber (2016)

103 min | Sci-Fi, Thriller

6.2
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A man trapped in an automated prison must outsmart a computer in order to escape.

Director: Travis Milloy | Stars: Christopher Soren Kelly, Cassandra Clark, Cajardo Lindsey, Jesse D. Arrow

Votes: 7,063

42. Call Northside 777 (1948)

Approved | 112 min | Drama, Film-Noir

7.4
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Chicago reporter P.J. McNeal re-opens a ten year old murder case.

Director: Henry Hathaway | Stars: James Stewart, Richard Conte, Lee J. Cobb, Helen Walker

Votes: 7,528

43. A Cry in the Dark (1988)

PG-13 | 120 min | Biography, Drama

6.9
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A mother whose child was killed in a dingo attack in the Australian Outback fights to prove her innocence when she is accused of murder.

Director: Fred Schepisi | Stars: Meryl Streep, Sam Neill, Dale Reeves, David Hoflin

Votes: 8,714 | Gross: $6.91M

44. Chasers (1994)

R | 102 min | Action, Comedy, Drama

5.1
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A hapless Navy grunt is assigned SP duty. The catch: he must escort a beautiful female prisoner on her way to prison for going UA. She in turn will try anything to escape.

Director: Dennis Hopper | Stars: Tom Berenger, Erika Eleniak, William McNamara, Crispin Glover

Votes: 5,432 | Gross: $1.60M

45. Veer-Zaara (2004)

Not Rated | 192 min | Drama, Family, Musical

7.8
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67 Metascore

Veer-Zaara is a saga of love, separation, courage and sacrifice. A love story that is an inspiration and will remain a legend forever.

Director: Yash Chopra | Stars: Shah Rukh Khan, Preity Zinta, Rani Mukerji, Kiron Kher

Votes: 46,396 | Gross: $2.92M

46. Suicide Club (2001)

R | 99 min | Crime, Drama, Horror

6.6
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A detective is trying to find the cause of a string of suicides.

Director: Sion Sono | Stars: Ryo Ishibashi, Masatoshi Nagase, Mai Hosho, Tamao Satô

Votes: 17,802

47. Captain Blood (1935)

Passed | 119 min | Action, Adventure

7.7
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After being wrongly convicted as a traitor, Peter Blood, an English physician, is sent to exile in the British colonies of the Caribbean, where he becomes a pirate.

Director: Michael Curtiz | Stars: Errol Flynn, Olivia de Havilland, Lionel Atwill, Basil Rathbone

Votes: 12,228

48. The Crow: Salvation (2000)

R | 102 min | Action, Crime, Fantasy

4.9
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Alex Corvis returns to the world of the living to solve the murder of a young woman that he was wrongly accused of.

Director: Bharat Nalluri | Stars: Kirsten Dunst, William Atherton, Debbie Fan, Eric Mabius

Votes: 10,440

49. The Central Park Five (2012)

Not Rated | 119 min | Documentary, Crime, History

7.7
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79 Metascore

A documentary that examines the 1989 case of five black and Latino teenagers who were convicted of raping a white woman in Central Park. After having spent between 6 and 13 years each in prison, a serial rapist confessed to the crime.

Directors: Ken Burns, Sarah Burns, David McMahon | Stars: Antron McCray, Kevin Richardson, Kharey Wise, Raymond Santana

Votes: 6,529 | Gross: $0.27M

50. The Burma Conspiracy (2011)

114 min | Action, Adventure, Thriller

6.2
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Largo Winch, the newly appointed CEO of the W Group, is accused of crimes against humanity on the very day he announces his intention to sell his corporation and use the proceeds to create a humanitarian foundation.

Director: Jérôme Salle | Stars: Tomer Sisley, Sharon Stone, Ulrich Tukur, Napakpapha Nakprasitte

Votes: 7,303



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