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1. Requiem for a Dream (2000)

R | 102 min | Drama

8.3
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68 Metascore

The drug-induced utopias of four Coney Island people are shattered when their addictions run deep.

Director: Darren Aronofsky | Stars: Ellen Burstyn, Jared Leto, Jennifer Connelly, Marlon Wayans

Votes: 644,236 | Gross: $3.64M

2. The Chameleon (2010)

R | 106 min | Biography, Crime, Drama

5.6
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41 Metascore

An FBI Agent is hot on the tracks of Frédéric Fortin who has taken up the identity of a woman's long lost son, completely convincing the police and the boy's family of his identity.

Director: Jean-Paul Salomé | Stars: Marc-André Grondin, Ellen Barkin, Famke Janssen, Emilie de Ravin

Votes: 1,750

3. Blue Valentine (2010)

R | 112 min | Drama, Romance

7.4
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81 Metascore

The relationship of a contemporary married couple, charting their evolution over a span of years by cross-cutting between time periods.

Director: Derek Cianfrance | Stars: Ryan Gosling, Michelle Williams, John Doman, Faith Wladyka

Votes: 157,998 | Gross: $9.74M

4. Stay (I) (2005)

R | 99 min | Drama, Mystery, Thriller

6.9
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41 Metascore

This movie focuses on the attempts of a psychiatrist to prevent one of his patients from committing suicide while trying to maintain his own grip on reality.

Director: Marc Forster | Stars: Ewan McGregor, Naomi Watts, Ryan Gosling, Kate Burton

Votes: 66,459 | Gross: $3.63M

5. Trust (I) (2010)

R | 106 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

6.9
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60 Metascore

A teenage girl is targeted by an online sexual predator.

Director: David Schwimmer | Stars: Clive Owen, Catherine Keener, Liana Liberato, Jason Clarke

Votes: 37,232 | Gross: $0.12M

6. Hard Candy (2005)

R | 104 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

7.1
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58 Metascore

A teenage girl raids a man's home in order to expose him under suspicion that he is a pedophile.

Director: David Slade | Stars: Patrick Wilson, Ellen Page, Sandra Oh, Odessa Rae

Votes: 140,659 | Gross: $1.01M

7. All Good Things (2010)

R | 101 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

6.3
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57 Metascore

Mr. David Marks was suspected but never tried for killing his wife Katie who disappeared in 1982, but the truth is eventually revealed.

Director: Andrew Jarecki | Stars: Ryan Gosling, Kirsten Dunst, Frank Langella, Lily Rabe

Votes: 46,076 | Gross: $0.58M

8. Twelve Monkeys (1995)

R | 129 min | Mystery, Sci-Fi, Thriller

8.0
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74 Metascore

In a future world devastated by disease, a convict is sent back in time to gather information about the man-made virus that wiped out most of the human population on the planet.

Director: Terry Gilliam | Stars: Bruce Willis, Madeleine Stowe, Brad Pitt, Joseph Melito

Votes: 509,142 | Gross: $57.14M

9. American Beauty (1999)

R | 122 min | Drama

8.4
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86 Metascore

A sexually frustrated suburban father has a mid-life crisis after becoming infatuated with his daughter's best friend.

Director: Sam Mendes | Stars: Kevin Spacey, Annette Bening, Thora Birch, Wes Bentley

Votes: 917,832 | Gross: $130.10M

10. Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind (2004)

R | 108 min | Drama, Romance, Sci-Fi

8.3
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89 Metascore

When their relationship turns sour, a young couple undergoes a medical procedure to have each other erased from their memories.

Director: Michel Gondry | Stars: Jim Carrey, Kate Winslet, Tom Wilkinson, Gerry Robert Byrne

Votes: 752,049 | Gross: $34.40M

11. The Fountain (2006)

PG-13 | 96 min | Drama, Sci-Fi

7.3
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51 Metascore

As a modern-day scientist, Tommy is struggling with mortality, desperately searching for the medical breakthrough that will save the life of his cancer-stricken wife, Izzi.

Director: Darren Aronofsky | Stars: Hugh Jackman, Rachel Weisz, Sean Patrick Thomas, Ellen Burstyn

Votes: 206,481 | Gross: $10.14M

12. American Psycho (2000)

R | 102 min | Crime, Drama

7.6
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64 Metascore

A wealthy New York investment banking executive, Patrick Bateman, hides his alternate psychopathic ego from his co-workers and friends as he delves deeper into his violent, hedonistic fantasies.

Director: Mary Harron | Stars: Christian Bale, Justin Theroux, Josh Lucas, Bill Sage

Votes: 398,238 | Gross: $15.07M

13. The Life Before Her Eyes (2007)

R | 90 min | Drama, Mystery, Thriller

6.4
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38 Metascore

A woman's survivor's guilt from a Columbine-like event twenty years ago causes her present-day idyllic life to fall apart.

Director: Vadim Perelman | Stars: Uma Thurman, Evan Rachel Wood, Eva Amurri Martino, Gabrielle Brennan

Votes: 12,700 | Gross: $0.30M

14. Swimfan (2002)

PG-13 | 85 min | Drama, Thriller

5.0
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29 Metascore

A high school senior with a promising swimming career has a one-night stand with consequences.

Director: John Polson | Stars: Jesse Bradford, Erika Christensen, Shiri Appleby, Kate Burton

Votes: 17,252 | Gross: $28.56M

15. Chloe (2009)

R | 96 min | Drama, Mystery, Romance

6.3
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48 Metascore

A doctor hires an escort to seduce her husband, whom she suspects of cheating, though unforeseen events put the marriage in danger.

Director: Atom Egoyan | Stars: Julianne Moore, Amanda Seyfried, Liam Neeson, Max Thieriot

Votes: 61,483 | Gross: $3.07M

16. The Machinist (2004)

R | 101 min | Drama, Thriller

7.7
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61 Metascore

An industrial worker who hasn't slept in a year begins to doubt his own sanity.

Director: Brad Anderson | Stars: Christian Bale, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Aitana Sánchez-Gijón, John Sharian

Votes: 309,855 | Gross: $1.08M

17. Memento (2000)

R | 113 min | Mystery, Thriller

8.5
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80 Metascore

A man juggles searching for his wife's murderer and keeping his short-term memory loss from being an obstacle.

Director: Christopher Nolan | Stars: Guy Pearce, Carrie-Anne Moss, Joe Pantoliano, Mark Boone Junior

Votes: 949,081 | Gross: $25.54M

18. 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: 383,583 | Gross: $54.58M

19. Donnie Darko (2001)

R | 113 min | Drama, Sci-Fi, Thriller

8.1
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88 Metascore

A troubled teenager is plagued by visions of a man in a large rabbit suit who manipulates him to commit a series of crimes, after he narrowly escapes a bizarre accident.

Director: Richard Kelly | Stars: Jake Gyllenhaal, Jena Malone, Mary McDonnell, Holmes Osborne

Votes: 648,284 | Gross: $0.19M

20. Equilibrium (2002)

R | 107 min | Action, Drama, Sci-Fi

7.5
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33 Metascore

In an oppressive future where all forms of feeling are illegal, a man in charge of enforcing the law rises to overthrow the system and state.

Director: Kurt Wimmer | Stars: Christian Bale, Sean Bean, Emily Watson, Taye Diggs

Votes: 281,427 | Gross: $1.20M

21. Minority Report (2002)

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

7.7
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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: 438,124 | Gross: $132.07M

22. Girl, Interrupted (1999)

R | 127 min | Biography, Drama

7.4
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51 Metascore

Based on writer Susanna Kaysen's account of her 18-month stay at a mental hospital in the 1960s.

Director: James Mangold | Stars: Winona Ryder, Angelina Jolie, Clea DuVall, Brittany Murphy

Votes: 137,814 | Gross: $28.87M

23. The Last Samurai (2003)

R | 154 min | Action, Drama, History

7.7
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55 Metascore

An American military advisor embraces the Samurai culture he was hired to destroy after he is captured in battle.

Director: Edward Zwick | Stars: Tom Cruise, Ken Watanabe, Billy Connolly, William Atherton

Votes: 345,795 | Gross: $111.11M

24. Elephant (2003)

R | 81 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

7.2
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70 Metascore

Several ordinary high school students go through their daily routine as two others prepare for something more malevolent.

Director: Gus Van Sant | Stars: Elias McConnell, Alex Frost, Eric Deulen, John Robinson

Votes: 76,067 | Gross: $1.23M

25. Hotel Rwanda (2004)

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

8.1
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79 Metascore

Paul Rusesabagina was a hotel manager who housed over a thousand Tutsi refugees during their struggle against the Hutu militia in Rwanda.

Director: Terry George | Stars: Don Cheadle, Sophie Okonedo, Joaquin Phoenix, Xolani Mali

Votes: 291,363 | Gross: $23.47M

26. Million Dollar Baby (2004)

PG-13 | 132 min | Drama, Sport

8.1
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86 Metascore

A determined woman works with a hardened boxing trainer to become a professional.

Director: Clint Eastwood | Stars: Hilary Swank, Clint Eastwood, Morgan Freeman, Jay Baruchel

Votes: 539,740 | Gross: $100.49M

27. Candy (2006)

R | 108 min | Drama, Romance

7.3
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57 Metascore

A poet falls in love with an art student who gravitates to his bohemian lifestyle -- and his love of heroin. Hooked as much on one another as they are on the drug, their relationship alternates between states of oblivion, self-destruction, and despair.

Director: Neil Armfield | Stars: Heath Ledger, Abbie Cornish, Geoffrey Rush, Tom Budge

Votes: 38,684 | Gross: $0.04M

28. Half Nelson (2006)

R | 106 min | Drama

7.2
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85 Metascore

An inner-city junior high school teacher with a drug habit forms an unlikely friendship with one of his students after she discovers his secret.

Director: Ryan Fleck | Stars: Ryan Gosling, Anthony Mackie, Shareeka Epps, Jeff Lima

Votes: 76,629 | Gross: $2.69M

29. Little Children (2006)

R | 136 min | Drama, Romance

7.5
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75 Metascore

The lives of two lovelorn spouses from separate marriages, a registered sex offender, and a disgraced ex-police officer intersect as they struggle to resist their vulnerabilities and temptations in suburban Massachusetts.

Director: Todd Field | Stars: Kate Winslet, Jennifer Connelly, Patrick Wilson, Jackie Earle Haley

Votes: 97,155 | Gross: $5.46M

30. The Pursuit of Happyness (2006)

PG-13 | 117 min | Biography, Drama

8.0
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64 Metascore

A struggling salesman takes custody of his son as he's poised to begin a life-changing professional career.

Director: Gabriele Muccino | Stars: Will Smith, Thandie Newton, Jaden Smith, Brian Howe

Votes: 376,969 | Gross: $163.57M

31. 3:10 to Yuma (2007)

R | 122 min | Adventure, Crime, Drama

7.7
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76 Metascore

A small-time rancher agrees to hold a captured outlaw who's awaiting a train to go to court in Yuma. A battle of wills ensues as the outlaw tries to psych out the rancher.

Director: James Mangold | Stars: Russell Crowe, Christian Bale, Ben Foster, Logan Lerman

Votes: 255,663 | Gross: $53.61M

32. Juno (2007)

PG-13 | 96 min | Comedy, Drama

7.5
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81 Metascore

Faced with an unplanned pregnancy, an offbeat young woman makes an unusual decision regarding her unborn child.

Director: Jason Reitman | Stars: Ellen Page, Michael Cera, Jennifer Garner, Jason Bateman

Votes: 445,103 | Gross: $143.50M

33. Lars and the Real Girl (2007)

PG-13 | 106 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

7.4
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70 Metascore

A delusional young man strikes up an unconventional relationship with a doll he finds on the Internet.

Director: Craig Gillespie | Stars: Ryan Gosling, Emily Mortimer, Paul Schneider, R.D. Reid

Votes: 124,573 | Gross: $5.97M

34. The Boy in the Striped Pajamas (2008)

PG-13 | 94 min | Drama, War

7.8
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55 Metascore

Set during WWII, a story seen through the innocent eyes of Bruno, the eight-year-old son of the commandant at a German concentration camp, whose forbidden friendship with a Jewish boy on the other side of the camp fence has startling and unexpected consequences.

Director: Mark Herman | Stars: Asa Butterfield, David Thewlis, Rupert Friend, Zac Mattoon O'Brien

Votes: 153,328 | Gross: $9.03M

35. The Soloist (2009)

PG-13 | 117 min | Biography, Drama, Music

6.7
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61 Metascore

A newspaper journalist discovers a homeless musical genius and tries to improve his situation.

Director: Joe Wright | Stars: Jamie Foxx, Robert Downey Jr., Catherine Keener, Tom Hollander

Votes: 46,368 | Gross: $31.67M

36. Kynodontas (2009)

Not Rated | 94 min | Drama, Thriller

7.3
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73 Metascore

Three teenagers live isolated, without leaving their house, because their over-protective parents say they can only leave when their dogtooth falls out.

Director: Yorgos Lanthimos | Stars: Christos Stergioglou, Michele Valley, Angeliki Papoulia, Hristos Passalis

Votes: 56,687 | Gross: $0.11M

37. Up (2009)

PG | 96 min | Animation, Adventure, Comedy

8.3
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88 Metascore

Seventy-eight year old Carl Fredricksen travels to Paradise Falls in his home equipped with balloons, inadvertently taking a young stowaway.

Directors: Pete Docter, Bob Peterson | Stars: Edward Asner, Jordan Nagai, John Ratzenberger, Christopher Plummer

Votes: 761,229 | Gross: $293.00M

38. Inception (2010)

PG-13 | 148 min | Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi

8.8
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74 Metascore

A thief, who steals corporate secrets through the use of dream-sharing technology, is given the inverse task of planting an idea into the mind of a CEO.

Director: Christopher Nolan | Stars: Leonardo DiCaprio, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Ellen Page, Ken Watanabe

Votes: 1,666,146 | Gross: $292.58M

39. Source Code (2011)

PG-13 | 93 min | Mystery, Romance, Sci-Fi

7.5
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74 Metascore

A soldier wakes up in someone else's body and discovers he's part of an experimental government program to find the bomber of a commuter train. A mission he has only 8 minutes to complete.

Director: Duncan Jones | Stars: Jake Gyllenhaal, Michelle Monaghan, Vera Farmiga, Jeffrey Wright

Votes: 422,567 | Gross: $54.71M

40. Twelve (2010)

R | 93 min | Action, Crime, Drama

5.7
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22 Metascore

A young drug dealer watches as his high-rolling life is dismantled in the wake of his cousin's murder, which sees his best friend arrested for the crime.

Director: Joel Schumacher | Stars: Chace Crawford, Emma Roberts, Rory Culkin, Philip Ettinger

Votes: 11,211 | Gross: $0.18M

41. The Jacket (2005)

R | 103 min | Drama, Fantasy, Horror

7.1
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44 Metascore

A Gulf war veteran is wrongly sent to a mental institution for insane criminals, where he becomes the object of a doctor's experiments, and his life is completely affected by them.

Director: John Maybury | Stars: Adrien Brody, Keira Knightley, Daniel Craig, Kris Kristofferson

Votes: 99,249 | Gross: $6.30M

42. Rabbit Hole (2010)

PG-13 | 91 min | Drama

7.0
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76 Metascore

Life for a happy couple is turned upside down after their young son dies in an accident.

Director: John Cameron Mitchell | Stars: Nicole Kidman, Aaron Eckhart, Dianne Wiest, Miles Teller

Votes: 43,462 | Gross: $2.23M

43. Biutiful (2010)

R | 148 min | Drama, Romance

7.5
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58 Metascore

This is the story of Uxbal, a man living in this world, but able to see his death, which guides his every move.

Director: Alejandro G. Iñárritu | Stars: Javier Bardem, Maricel Álvarez, Hanaa Bouchaib, Guillermo Estrella

Votes: 75,667 | Gross: $5.10M

44. Beautiful Boy (2010)

R | 100 min | Drama

6.6
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62 Metascore

A married couple on the verge of separation are leveled by the news their 18-year-old son committed a mass shooting at his college, then took his own life.

Director: Shawn Ku | Stars: Michael Sheen, Maria Bello, Kyle Gallner, Logan South

Votes: 5,800 | Gross: $0.08M

45. The Crush (1993)

R | 89 min | Drama, Thriller

5.7
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A journalist becomes the unwanted center of attention for a 14-year-old girl, who proceeds to sabotage his life after he refuses her sexual advances.

Director: Alan Shapiro | Stars: Cary Elwes, Alicia Silverstone, Jennifer Rubin, Kurtwood Smith

Votes: 13,156 | Gross: $13.61M

46. Monster (2003)

R | 109 min | Biography, Crime, Drama

7.3
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74 Metascore

Based on the life of Aileen Wuornos, a Daytona Beach prostitute who became a serial killer.

Director: Patty Jenkins | Stars: Charlize Theron, Christina Ricci, Bruce Dern, Lee Tergesen

Votes: 116,276 | Gross: $34.47M

47. Hachi: A Dog's Tale (2009)

G | 93 min | Drama, Family

8.1
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A college professor's bond with the abandoned dog he takes into his home.

Director: Lasse Hallström | Stars: Richard Gere, Joan Allen, Cary-Hiroyuki Tagawa, Sarah Roemer

Votes: 193,532

48. Shattered Lives (2009 Video)

R | 85 min | Horror

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Her fears and inability to cope with the harsh realities of life becoming so intense that they manifest themselves in an altered state of reality, a schizophrenic girl begins taking orders ... See full summary »

Director: Carl Lindbergh | Stars: Lindsey Leino, Joe Stezar, Skyler Caleb, Ellyse Deanna

Votes: 286

49. Absentia (I) (2011)

R | 87 min | Drama, Horror, Mystery

5.8
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A woman and her sister begin to link a mysterious tunnel to a series of disappearances, including that of her own husband.

Director: Mike Flanagan | Stars: Catherine Parker, Courtney Bell, Dave Levine, Justin Gordon

Votes: 14,574