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1. Spotlight (I) (2015)

R | 129 min | Biography, Crime, Drama

8.1
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93 Metascore

The true story of how the Boston Globe uncovered the massive scandal of child molestation and cover-up within the local Catholic Archdiocese, shaking the entire Catholic Church to its core.

Director: Tom McCarthy | Stars: Mark Ruffalo, Michael Keaton, Rachel McAdams, Liev Schreiber

Votes: 375,903 | Gross: $45.06M

2. True Story (I) (2015)

R | 99 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

6.3
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50 Metascore

When disgraced New York Times reporter Michael Finkel meets accused killer Christian Longo - who has taken on Finkel's identity - his investigation morphs into a game of cat-and-mouse.

Director: Rupert Goold | Stars: James Franco, Jonah Hill, Felicity Jones, Maria Dizzia

Votes: 55,587 | Gross: $4.72M

3. The Great Hack (2019)

TV-MA | 113 min | Documentary

7.0
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67 Metascore

The Cambridge Analytica scandal is examined through the roles of several affected persons.

Directors: Karim Amer, Jehane Noujaim | Stars: Brittany Kaiser, David Carroll, Paul-Olivier Dehaye, Ravi Naik

Votes: 11,895

4. The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (2009)

R | 152 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

7.8
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76 Metascore

A journalist is aided by a young female hacker in his search for the killer of a woman who has been dead for forty years.

Director: Niels Arden Oplev | Stars: Michael Nyqvist, Noomi Rapace, Ewa Fröling, Lena Endre

Votes: 200,090 | Gross: $10.10M

5. Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman (1993–1997)

TV-PG | 46 min | Adventure, Comedy, Drama

6.7
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In addition to fighting evil, Superman has a burning romance with Lois Lane in both his identities.

Stars: Dean Cain, Teri Hatcher, Lane Smith, K Callan

Votes: 19,593

6. All the President's Men (1976)

PG | 138 min | Biography, Drama, History

8.0
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80 Metascore

"The Washington Post" reporters Bob Woodward and Carl Bernstein uncover the details of the Watergate scandal that leads to President Richard Nixon's resignation.

Director: Alan J. Pakula | Stars: Dustin Hoffman, Robert Redford, Jack Warden, Martin Balsam

Votes: 94,418 | Gross: $70.60M

7. Kill the Messenger (2014)

R | 112 min | Biography, Crime, Drama

6.9
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60 Metascore

Journalist Gary Webb, California 1996, started investigating CIA's role in the 1980s in getting crack cocaine to the black part of LA to get money and weapons to the Contras/freedom fighters in Nicaragua.

Director: Michael Cuesta | Stars: Jeremy Renner, Robert Patrick, Jena Sims, Robert Pralgo

Votes: 41,986 | Gross: $2.45M

8. State of Play (2009)

PG-13 | 127 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

7.1
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64 Metascore

When a congressional aide is killed, a Washington D.C. journalist starts investigating the case involving the congressman, his old college friend.

Director: Kevin Macdonald | Stars: Russell Crowe, Rachel McAdams, Ben Affleck, Helen Mirren

Votes: 128,782 | Gross: $37.02M

9. Disconnect (I) (2012)

R | 115 min | Drama, Thriller

7.5
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64 Metascore

A drama centered on a group of people searching for human connections in today's wired world.

Director: Henry Alex Rubin | Stars: Jason Bateman, Jonah Bobo, Haley Ramm, Hope Davis

Votes: 70,632 | Gross: $7.44M

10. Shock and Awe (2017)

R | 90 min | Biography, Drama, History

6.1
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47 Metascore

A group of journalists covering former President George W. Bush's planned invasion of Iraq in 2003 are skeptical of the President's claim that Saddam Hussein has "weapons of mass destruction."

Director: Rob Reiner | Stars: Woody Harrelson, James Marsden, Rob Reiner, Tommy Lee Jones

Votes: 4,020 | Gross: $0.08M

11. Shattered Glass (2003)

PG-13 | 94 min | Drama, History

7.1
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73 Metascore

The story of a young journalist who fell from grace when it was discovered he fabricated over half of his articles from the publication The New Republic magazine.

Director: Billy Ray | Stars: Hayden Christensen, Chloë Sevigny, Steve Zahn, Peter Sarsgaard

Votes: 31,803 | Gross: $2.22M

12. The Fifth Estate (2013)

R | 128 min | Biography, Drama, Thriller

6.2
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49 Metascore

A dramatic thriller based on real events that reveals the quest to expose the deceptions and corruptions of power that turned an Internet upstart into the 21st century's most fiercely debated organization.

Director: Bill Condon | Stars: Benedict Cumberbatch, Daniel Brühl, Carice van Houten, Alicia Vikander

Votes: 36,874 | Gross: $3.25M

13. Capricorn One (1977)

PG | 123 min | Action, Thriller

6.9
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A NASA Mars mission won't work, and its funding is endangered, so they decide to fake it just this once. But then they have to keep the secret.

Director: Peter Hyams | Stars: Elliott Gould, James Brolin, Brenda Vaccaro, Sam Waterston

Votes: 18,884

14. Pride and Glory (2008)

R | 130 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

6.6
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45 Metascore

A family's moral codes are tested when Ray Tierney investigates a case that reveals an incendiary police corruption scandal involving his own brother-in-law. For Ray, the truth is revelatory, a Pandora's Box that threatens to upend not only the Tierney legacy but the entire NYPD.

Director: Gavin O'Connor | Stars: Edward Norton, Colin Farrell, Noah Emmerich, Jon Voight

Votes: 57,473 | Gross: $15.71M

15. 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: 7,359

16. Fear the Walking Dead: The Althea Tapes (2019– )

Drama, Horror, Sci-Fi

6.7
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Web companion series to Fear the Walking Dead, focusing on the recordings made by the character Althea.

Stars: Maggie Grace, Adam Cope, Crystal Martinez, Colby Minifie

Votes: 29

17. Elite Squad: The Enemy Within (2010)

Not Rated | 115 min | Action, Crime, Drama

8.0
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71 Metascore

After a prison riot, former-Captain Nascimento, now a high ranking security officer in Rio de Janeiro, is swept into a bloody political dispute that involves government officials and paramilitary groups.

Director: José Padilha | Stars: Wagner Moura, Irandhir Santos, André Ramiro, Milhem Cortaz

Votes: 75,854 | Gross: $0.10M

18. Capturing the Friedmans (2003)

Not Rated | 107 min | Documentary, Biography

7.7
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90 Metascore

Documentary on the Friedmans, a seemingly typical, upper-middle-class Jewish family whose world is instantly transformed when the father and his youngest son are arrested and charged with shocking and horrible crimes.

Director: Andrew Jarecki | Stars: Arnold Friedman, Jesse Friedman, David Friedman, Elaine Friedman

Votes: 22,681 | Gross: $3.12M

19. Tickled (2016)

R | 92 min | Documentary, Mystery

7.6
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76 Metascore

Journalist David Farrier stumbles upon a mysterious tickling competition online. As he delves deeper he comes up against fierce resistance, but that doesn't stop him getting to the bottom of a story stranger than fiction.

Directors: David Farrier, Dylan Reeve | Stars: David Farrier, Dylan Reeve, David Starr, Kevin Clarke

Votes: 14,352 | Gross: $0.61M

20. Superman/Doomsday (2007 Video)

PG-13 | 75 min | Animation, Action, Adventure

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When LexCorps accidentally unleash a murderous creature, Doomsday, Superman meets his greatest challenge as a champion. Based on the "The Death of Superman" storyline that appeared in DC Comics' publications in the 1990s.

Directors: Lauren Montgomery, Bruce Timm, Brandon Vietti | Stars: Adam Baldwin, Anne Heche, James Marsters, John DiMaggio

Votes: 18,933

21. Roll Red Roll (2018)

80 min | Documentary, Crime

7.1
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83 Metascore

An account of a notable sexual assault that took place in Steubenville, Ohio in 2012, and the role that social media played in the crime and on the community.

Director: Nancy Schwartzman | Stars: Mark Cole, Anthony Craig, Rachel Dissell, Alexandria Goddard

Votes: 789

22. The Hunting Party (2007)

R | 101 min | Adventure, Comedy, Drama

6.8
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54 Metascore

A young journalist, a seasoned cameraman and a discredited war correspondent embark on an unauthorized mission to find the No.1 war criminal in Bosnia. However, their extremely dangerous target decides to come after them.

Director: Richard Shepard | Stars: Richard Gere, Terrence Howard, Jesse Eisenberg, Gordana Vukres

Votes: 23,981 | Gross: $0.97M

23. End Game (2006)

R | 93 min | Action, Crime, Drama

5.1
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A secret Service agent and a news reporter investigate the conspiracy behind the assassination of the President.

Director: Andy Cheng | Stars: Cuba Gooding Jr., Angie Harmon, James Woods, Patrick Fabian

Votes: 4,946

24. The Shrine (2010)

Not Rated | 85 min | Horror

5.5
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Two female journalists and a photographer travel to Europe to investigate a series of mysterious disappearances, only to find themselves embroiled in a struggle against a kind of evil they never expected.

Director: Jon Knautz | Stars: Aaron Ashmore, Cindy Sampson, Meghan Heffern, Trevor Matthews

Votes: 12,674

25. Bordertown (2007)

R | 112 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

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A journalist investigates a series of murders near American-owned factories on the border of Juarez and El Paso.

Director: Gregory Nava | Stars: Jennifer Lopez, Antonio Banderas, Maya Zapata, Irineo Alvarez

Votes: 9,617

26. Frontline (1983– )

TV-MA | 60 min | Documentary

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Investigative journalist documentaries.

Stars: Will Lyman, Sarah Childress, Arun Rath, Priyanka Boghani

Votes: 1,420

27. Night Stalker (2005– )

TV-PG | 60 min | Crime, Drama, Fantasy

6.4
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Investigative reporter Carl Kolchak, who's after his wife's killer, teams up with Perri Reed, Jain McManus, and their boss Tony Vincenzo to investigate strange crimes in Los Angeles that may contain dark supernatural elements.

Stars: Stuart Townsend, Gabrielle Union, Eric Jungmann, Cotter Smith

Votes: 1,292

28. Fatherland (1994 TV Movie)

106 min | Drama, Romance, Sci-Fi

6.5
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In April 1964, more than 20 years after the Nazis won World War II, an SS officer named Xavier March uncovers a plot to eliminate the attendees of the Wannsee Conference so that Germany can establish better relations with the US.

Director: Christopher Menaul | Stars: Rutger Hauer, Miranda Richardson, Peter Vaughan, Michael Kitchen

Votes: 5,223

29. Assassination of a High School President (2008)

R | 93 min | Comedy, Crime, Mystery

6.2
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At a Catholic high school, the popular girl teams up with a sophomore newspaper reporter to investigate a case of stolen SAT exams. Once the duo target their suspects, a larger conspiracy is unearthed.

Director: Brett Simon | Stars: Reece Thompson, Mischa Barton, Bruce Willis, Michael Rapaport

Votes: 15,124

30. Mike Wallace Is Here (2019)

PG-13 | 90 min | Documentary, Biography

6.8
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73 Metascore

A look at the career of 60 Minutes (1968) newsman, Mike Wallace.

Director: Avi Belkin | Stars: Mike Wallace, Johnny Carson, Mickey Cohen, Salvador Dalí

Votes: 152 | Gross: $0.27M

31. Deadline - U.S.A. (1952)

Passed | 87 min | Crime, Drama, Film-Noir

7.2
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With his newspaper about to be sold, crusading editor Ed Hutcheson tries to complete an exposé on gangster Rienzi.

Director: Richard Brooks | Stars: Humphrey Bogart, Ethel Barrymore, Kim Hunter, Ed Begley

Votes: 2,727

32. Balibo (2009)

Not Rated | 111 min | Drama, Mystery, Thriller

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War correspondent Roger East and the young Jose Ramos-Horta travel to East Timor to investigate the murders of the Balibo Five in 1975.

Director: Robert Connolly | Stars: Jane Hampson, Bea Viegas, Christine Martins, Ana Rosa Mendoça

Votes: 2,375

33. Extramarital (1998)

R | 91 min | Drama, Mystery, Thriller

4.1
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An aspiring writer (Traci Lords) gets involved in the investigation of her best friend after she is killed during a torrid affair.

Director: Yael Russcol | Stars: Traci Lords, Jeff Fahey, Brian Bloom, María Díaz

Votes: 397

34. Dirty Wars (2013)

Not Rated | 87 min | Documentary, Crime, Mystery

7.5
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76 Metascore

Investigative journalist Jeremy Scahill is pulled into an unexpected journey as he chases down the hidden truth behind America's expanding covert wars.

Director: Rick Rowley | Stars: Jeremy Scahill, Nasser Al Aulaqi, Saleha Al Aulaqi, Muqbal Al Kazemi

Votes: 8,763 | Gross: $0.38M

35. Extreme Justice (1993)

R | 96 min | Action, Crime, Drama

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A rogue cop joins an elite L.A.P.D. unit who secretly operate as a vigilante death squad, but soon begins to question their methods.

Director: Mark L. Lester | Stars: Lou Diamond Phillips, Scott Glenn, Chelsea Field, Yaphet Kotto

Votes: 1,075

36. The Fourth Estate (2018)

TV-MA | 243 min | Documentary, History

7.6
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A look at how The New York Times covered President Trump's controversial first year in office.

Stars: Dean Baquet, Elisabeth Bumiller, Maggie Haberman, Jeremy Peters

Votes: 652

37. Jon Benjamin Has a Van (2011)

30 min | Comedy

7.5
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A reporter cruises around in his van and reports on all the trivial things no one cares about.

Stars: Leo Allen, H. Jon Benjamin, Nathan Fielder, Gary Wilmes

Votes: 1,558

38. Beware the Gonzo (2010)

TV-14 | 94 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

6.4
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36 Metascore

A young muckraker decides to start his own underground newspaper at his high school.

Director: Bryan Goluboff | Stars: Ezra Miller, Zoë Kravitz, Griffin Newman, Stefanie Y. Hong

Votes: 1,507

39. Alan Partridge's Scissored Isle (2016)

Not Rated | 44 min | Short, Comedy

8.1
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Alan leaves behind his comfortable existence and heads north to ask whether, in this once United Kingdom, a `schasm` has formed between north and south.

Directors: Neil Gibbons, Rob Gibbons | Stars: Steve Coogan, John Thomson, Ben Rufus Green, Jean Ellwood

Votes: 1,030

40. Panodrama (2019)

64 min | Documentary

3.4
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British independent journalist, Tommy Robinson, presents his exposé of the long-running BBC documentary series, Panorama.

Director: Tommy Robinson | Stars: Tommy Robinson, Lucy Brown, Tom Dupree, Bharath Ganesh

Votes: 2,253

41. Black Widow (2008 TV Movie)

85 min | Crime, Mystery, Thriller

4.8
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A photo journalist begins to suspect her best friend Danny's new love interest could be linked to the murders of wealthy men.

Director: Armand Mastroianni | Stars: Elizabeth Berkley, Alicia Coppola, Adriana DeMeo, Randall Batinkoff

Votes: 556

42. Dhaka Attack (2017)

147 min | Action, Thriller

8.0
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An anonymous criminal gang plot a series attack in Dhaka City and three young police officers work on this.

Director: Dipankar Dipon | Stars: Arifin Shuvo, Mahiya Mahi, ABM Sumon, Quazi Nawshaba Ahmed

Votes: 3,118

43. Keisari Aarnio (2018– )

60 min | Crime, Drama

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Add a Plot

Stars: Kirsi Ylijoki, Pilvi Hämäläinen, Kari Hietalahti, Mikko Leppilampi

Votes: 171

44. The Yes Men (2003)

R | 83 min | Documentary, Comedy

6.9
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68 Metascore

Anti-corporate activists travel from conference to conference, impersonating member of the World Trade Organization.

Directors: Dan Ollman, Sarah Price, Chris Smith | Stars: Andreas Bichlbauer, Mike Bonanno, Andy Bichlbaum, Michael Moore

Votes: 5,580 | Gross: $0.20M

45. All Governments Lie: Truth, Deception, and the Spirit of I.F. Stone (2016)

Not Rated | 91 min | Documentary

7.2
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63 Metascore

A look at the life and work of American journalist, I.F. Stone, who leads a one-man crusade against government deception.

Director: Fred Peabody | Stars: I.F. Stone, Chris Hedges, Leslie Moonves, Jeff Cohen

Votes: 410

46. Indrudu Chandrudu (1989)

Not Rated | 158 min | Comedy, Drama

7.2
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A corrupt mayor decides to live honest life.

Director: Suresh Krishna | Stars: Kamal Haasan, Vijayshanti, Charan Raj, Narayana P.L.

Votes: 247

47. The Journalist (2019)

113 min | Drama

6.9
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It is the job of the press to cover corporate crime, government plots and society. It is in this context that young female reporter on the beat Erika rolls up her sleeves and goes to work ... See full summary »

Director: Michihito Fujii | Stars: Eun-kyung Shim, Tôri Matsuzaka, Tsubasa Honda, Amane Okayama

Votes: 51

48. Harry (1993–1995)

50 min | Drama

6.4
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Harry Salter is the ruthless owner of a news agency in Darlington who will resort to any under-hand means or exploit anyone in order to get a story that he can sell to a newspaper. He is ... See full summary »

Stars: Michael Elphick, Ian Bartholomew, Julie Graham, Tom Hollander

Votes: 33

49. Bury the Lead (2002–2005)

60 min | Drama

7.3
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A drama that goes "behind the scenes" of a television prime-time news magazine (similar "Undercurrents" and the like).

Stars: Jeff Seymour, Sonja Smits, Waneta Storms, Tanya Reid

Votes: 92

50. Grunt! The Wrestling Movie (1985)

R | 90 min | Comedy, Crime, Mystery

5.1
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A documentary crew sets out to unravel one of professional wrestling's most closely guarded secrets: is former champion "Mad Dog" Joe DeCurso now wrestling as The Mask?

Director: Allan Holzman | Stars: Magic Schwarz, Steve Strong, Marilyn Dodds Frank, Lydie Denier

Votes: 188



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