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1. The Message (1976)

PG | 177 min | Biography, Drama, History

8.2
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This epic historical drama chronicles the life and times of Muhammad and serves as an introduction to early Islamic history.

Director: Moustapha Akkad | Stars: Anthony Quinn, Irene Papas, Michael Ansara, Johnny Sekka

Votes: 40,897

2. Malibu's Most Wanted (2003)

PG-13 | 86 min | Comedy, Crime

5.1
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43 Metascore

A senator arranges for his son, a rich white kid who fancies himself black, to be kidnapped by a couple of black actors pretending to be murderers to try and shock him out of his plans to become a rapper.

Director: John Whitesell | Stars: Jamie Kennedy, Ryan O'Neal, Blair Underwood, Taye Diggs

Votes: 17,914 | Gross: $34.31M

3. Arabian Nights (2000)

Not Rated | 175 min | Adventure, Family, Fantasy

7.5
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To cure a Prince's murderous madness, Scheherezade tells him a series of wonderous stories.

Stars: Mili Avital, Alan Bates, James Frain, Tchéky Karyo

Votes: 4,735

4. Girl 6 (1996)

R | 108 min | Comedy, Drama

5.1
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44 Metascore

An aspiring actress disappointed by her treatment in the movie industry turns to phone sex to make a living.

Director: Spike Lee | Stars: Theresa Randle, Isaiah Washington, Spike Lee, Jenifer Lewis

Votes: 5,596 | Gross: $4.90M

5. The Far Pavilions (1984)

315 min | Drama, History, Romance

7.1
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Story of forbidden love in 1800s India set against the revolution for India's freedom from England.

Stars: Ben Cross, Amy Irving, Christopher Lee, Robert Hardy

Votes: 671

6. Life and Nothing But (1989)

PG | 135 min | Drama, War

7.5
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Intense character study of men and women driven by an overpowering obsession with the past.

Director: Bertrand Tavernier | Stars: Philippe Noiret, Sabine Azéma, Pascale Vignal, Maurice Barrier

Votes: 1,443 | Gross: $0.43M

7. The Erotic Man (2010)

85 min | Drama

4.2
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A collections of scenes based on documents, letters, pictures and poems that depict a man's erotic nature.

Director: Jørgen Leth | Stars: Angeli Bayani, Jørgen Leth, Sue Prado, Ana Flavia Cavalcanti

Votes: 336

8. Anarkali (2015– )

10 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

7.0
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When her beau of nine years leaves her two months before their wedding, Anarkali needs to start her whole life over. She has to navigate dating and the growing pressure to get married in a hybrid Canadian-Indian sphere.

Stars: Kiran Rai, Amrit Kaur, Gavan Anand, Seth Mohan

Votes: 5

9. Miss India America (2015)

Unrated | 95 min | Comedy, Drama, Family

5.4
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Lily Prasad competes for Miss India America title.

Director: Ravi Kapoor | Stars: Tiya Sircar, Hannah Simone, Kosha Patel, Meera Simhan

Votes: 500

10. Monogamish (2018)

14 min | Short, Drama

4.8
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Monogamish follows Sagar and Nishi, a sexually fluid Indian pair exploring the dynamics of an unconventional relationship.

Director: Nardeep Khurmi | Stars: Sachin Bhatt, Nishi Munshi, Evan Todd

Votes: 12

11. A Place in Hell (1969)

107 min | War

5.5
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After the U.S. defeat in the Philippines, Madison leads a rag-tag group of U.S. soldiers against the Japanese occupiers. In this WW II drama, the Japanese set an island trap for the American troops.

Director: Giuseppe Vari | Stars: Guy Madison, Maurice Poli, Hélène Chanel, Sandro Pizzochero

Votes: 81

12. Meherjaan (2011)

119 min | Drama, History

2.9
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A film about loving the other. This film critiques certain pitfalls of nationalism that create conditions to justify war, killing and violence. 'Meherjaan' attempts to offer an aesthetic solution to war and violence.

Director: Rubaiyat Hossain | Stars: Jaya Bachchan, Victor Banerjee, Omar Rahim, Shayna Amin

Votes: 665

13. Holly - Bolly (2004)

Not Rated | 12 min | Comedy, Short, Drama

6.9
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Two young filmmakers Obi and Dil get hired to make the ultimate cross genre film - a cross between British Gangster and Indian Bollywood.

Director: Dishad Husain | Stars: Robert Atiko, Mark Forbes, Honey Kalaria, Riz Meedin

Votes: 25

14. Market (2003)

160 min | Drama, Musical

3.6
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When newly married bride, Neelu, was brought in the brothel by her husband, Appa Rao, on false pretences, Muskaan Bano, a courtesan for several years, also remembered her unfortunate story.... See full summary »

Director: Jayprakkash Shaw | Stars: Manisha Koirala, Suman Ranganath, Aryan Vaid, Shweta Menon

Votes: 125

15. Knots Urbane (2009)

90 min | Comedy | Completed

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Knots Urbane is a light hearted comedy set in New York City. It is the story of how five singles having distinctly unique personalities, each driven by strong, sometime biased perspectives ... See full summary »

Director: Kumar LeRoy | Stars: Pooja Kumar, Anand Ray, Amneek Sandhu, Lindsey Vandaele

16. Walkaway (2010)

Unrated | 97 min | Comedy, Drama

6.4
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Four intersecting stories, each exploring different aspects of love and companionship, as four friends struggle to find their way through the meanders of Indian matrimony, in a bittersweet ... See full summary »

Director: Shailja Gupta | Stars: Manu Narayan, Samrat Chakrabarti, Sanjiv Jhaveri, Manish Dayal

Votes: 797

17. Brothers in Trouble (1995)

102 min | Comedy, Drama

6.7
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Amir is an illegal Pakistani immigrant smuggled into England in the 1960's to work, to send money to his family and perhaps even bring them over with him. A skilled laborer, he is forced to... See full summary »

Director: Udayan Prasad | Stars: Om Puri, Pavan Malhotra, Angeline Ball, Ace Bhatti

Votes: 128

18. Indian Cowboy (2004)

84 min | Comedy, Romance

5.6
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A spirited multi-cultural romantic comedy that asks, very tongue-in-cheek, if true love is indeed just like they show in the movies!

Director: Nikhil Kamkolkar | Stars: Sheetal Sheth, Nikhil Kamkolkar, Deep Katdare, Sundra Oakley

Votes: 52

19. The 6th Element (2016)

40 min | Short, Drama, Romance

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"The 6th Element'' depicts love, companionship, friendship, attachment and above all liberation.

Director: Arjun Dutta | Stars: Debjani Chatterjee, Verity Danbold, Kunal Karmakar, Anushka Maitra

20. The Perfect Husband (2003)

110 min | Comedy, Romance

6.1
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Director: Priya Ruth Paul | Stars: Parvin Dabas, Neha Dubey, Sinia Duggal, Amin Hajee

Votes: 16

21. Diaspora (2011)

6 min | Short, Drama

7.7
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Diaspora is a dramatic visual piece that gleans over the lifespan of an immigrant family, witnessing their times of struggles, joys and departures over the passing years.

Directors: Aadhi Vive, Aaraniyan Vive | Stars: Sonya Anand, Nishant Bahl, Sanden Perera, Ana Sani

Votes: 23

22. The Joyous Farmer (2016)

15 min | Short, Drama

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Lacking the motivation to work during a drought, a poor, alcoholic farmer is prescribed experimental medication to enhance his work ethic.

Director: Hiran Balasuriya | Stars: Arun Welandawe-Prematilleke, Thushara Hettihamu

23. Treasures of the World (1999– )

Documentary

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Treasures of the World promotes masterworks of art and nature tells of some of the most engaging stories of history. Highlighting treasures cherished beyond value, the television series ... See full summary »

Votes: 5

24. Fade to Brown (2009 TV Movie)

22 min | Comedy

3.1
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Fade to Brown premiered in Toronto in late 2006 as a live sketch comedy show with a South Asian flavor. The troupe quickly propelled itself into the hearts of Torontonians, becoming one of ... See full synopsis »

Director: Maninder Chana | Stars: Amish Patel, Jessie Gabe, Bobby Umar, Daniel Stolfi

Votes: 106

25. Tools of War (2005)

Short, Drama

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Set in 2003 Queens, a young South Asian American soldier (Ajay Naidu) prepares to leave for Iraq. While trying to impress his veteran father (Bernard White), and sister (Freya Adams) who is... See full summary »

Director: Shilpa Mankikar | Stars: Freya Adams, Ajay Naidu, Bernard White

26. Lisa Cleans House (2004)

Short, Comedy

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Lisa (Freya Adams), a suicidal ex-dot-com CEO, is kidnapped by a burnt-out serial killer (Andrew T. Scully), who gives her something to live for.

Director: Shilpa Mankikar | Stars: Freya Adams, Andrew T. Scully

27. Anjali (2008)

15 min | Short, Drama

6.4
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When Anjali, a rebellious Indian-American teenager, comes home with her boyfriend only to witness her father's betrayal, she must decide whether she will share her secret and risk devastating her family.

Director: Maya Anand | Stars: Vaishnavi Sharma, Anna George, Sanjiv Jhaveri, Manish Dayal

Votes: 8

28. Taxi Dreams (2000 TV Movie)

Documentary

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Director: Joanna Head | Stars: Muhammed Ahsan, Rafik Bakayev, Pramanik Bharadwaj, Prasheel Bharadwaj

29. Andaaz (2013– )

30 min | Talk-Show

8.6
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A contemporary lifestyle talk show for the South Asian community. Covering a wide range of topics from health & fitness, fashion & beauty, entrepreneurship, spirituality, relationships and more.

Stars: Sarika Batra, Naveen Jain, Esha Mohanh, Jay Piatek

Votes: 5

30. Southall on Film (2018)

32 min | Documentary, Short

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Directors: Afshin Robin Rohani, Blaise Singh

31. Finding Priya a Prom Date (2008)

16 min | Short, Comedy

7.1
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The under social, overly sarcastic Priya has found herself without a date to the New Brunswick High School Prom. When her traditional Indian family go to extremes to help her find 'the most... See full summary »

Director: Garrett Nantz | Stars: Laura Artesi, Rajesh Bose, Ian Caruth, Geeta Citygirl Chopra

Votes: 8

32. Sun (I) (2016)

12 min | Short, Drama

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A mother and her teenage son each try to find their own way of dealing with the grim reality of living with an alcoholic and abusive father/husband.

Director: Harminder Phull | Stars: Jahaan Chechi, Sachin Mahashi, Serge Sahota, Sid Sawant

33. Simple Superstar (2013)

95 min | Adventure, Comedy, Music

7.9
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An encounter with some new friends encourages Wilbur Sargunaraj, an ordinary Indian to take a chance on his own dreams. He and his friends find beauty in seemingly unlikely places and discover that the common can be extraordinary.

Director: Wilbur Sargunaraj | Stars: Bruxy Cavey, Suha Deeb, Jeyapal, Zaid Khan

Votes: 33

34. Desi: South Asians in New York (2000 TV Movie)

G | 58 min | Documentary

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DESI is a groundbreaking tribute to the diversity and dynamism of the 200,000 South Asians living in New York City. A Hindi word meaning "countryman" or "people of the soil," Desi refers to... See full summary »

Director: Shebana Coelho | Stars: Floyd Cardoz, Bhairavi Desai, Imam, Vijay Iyer

35. Shame (2001)

12 min | Short

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The story of Hawa, a young Muslim American woman of South Asian descent, struggling to overcome the stigma of her childhood. As a child, Hawa was molested by an uncle and forced to endure ... See full summary »

Director: Fatima Mojaddidy | Stars: Karishma Singh Chand, Shail Kamini Ramcharan

36. Mutiny: Asians Storm British Music (2003)

G | 77 min | Documentary

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Shot on video and film over seven years, American filmmaker Vivek Bald's absorbing examination of the Asian Underground movement in English rock in the 90s combines interview and ... See full summary »

Director: Vivek Bald | Stars: Paul Arora, Asian Dub Foundation, State of Bengal, Anjali Bhatia

37. Ramasakkani Rakumarudu (2016)

123 min | Comedy, Drama, Family

4.8
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A message oriented Telugu film portraying social and cultural differences affecting relationships among immigrant parents and their children.

Director: Uday Kalluri | Stars: Koteshwar Avvari, Gurunadh Desu, Sarun Kotte, Latha Kundurpi

Votes: 6

38. The Metlife South Asian Spelling Bee (2008 TV Special)

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The spelling bee will be held in 12 Regional Centers across the US. The top two spellers from each center will receive an all-expenses paid trip to compete in the Finals in NJ.

Directors: Joe Brady, Steve Portney, Rahul Walia

39. Seeing Ceylon (1952)

Approved | 8 min | Documentary, Short

6.3
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In this travelogue of Ceylon, the first stop is Colombo, the capital and chief seaport of this island nation. A lighthouse at the end of the main street is the chief landmark. The port is ... See full summary »

Star: James A. FitzPatrick

Votes: 42

40. Baby Diva (2004)

Short, Drama

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An aspiring woman singer deals with body image pressure from her record label.

Director: Shilpa Mankikar | Stars: Rashida Bryant, Monica Dogra, Meena Rathore, Sucio Smash

41. Svara: A Brooks Institute Documentary Project to South India (2009)

47 min | Documentary, Adventure

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Each year, the Visual Journalism program at Brooks Institute offers an international documentary trip for interested visual journalism, professional photography, and film students. The ... See full summary »

Director: The Svara Group

42. Over Here (2011)

4 min | Short, Drama

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A man reflects on relationships with a lack of public displays of affection.

Director: David C. Jones | Stars: Patrick Carlos, Zachary Gulka, Nelson Wong, Dane B. McFadhen

43. Benares (1928)

Documentary, Short

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Director: Duncan Underhill

44. This World of Ours: Ceylon (1953)

9 min | Documentary, Short

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Travelogue highlighting the East Asian island of Ceylon, now known as Sri Lanka.

Star: Art Gilmore

45. American Ubuntu

Drama | Announced

When a young woman gives refuge to Muslims threatened in the backlash to 9/11, her FBI father and Black Panther stepfather try to shield her from the consequences of her naiveté.

Director: Lenore Norrgard

46. My Brother My Enemy (2005)

43 min | Documentary, Short

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Two filmmakers from opposite sides of the border (India and Pakistan) go along to capture a taste of how it feels to be the enemy.

Directors: Negi Kamaljeet, Masood Khan

47. Red Roses (2006 Video)

17 min | Documentary, Short

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A sociological portrait of women negotiating the cross currents of two cultures, Red Roses explores the struggles that most South Asian women face when they come to the United States via marriage and family obligations.

Directors: Madhuri Mohindar, Vaishali Sinha

48. Windows Vista: Predator Edition (2009)

Short

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A computer error brings together two cogs in the modern macroeconomic machine. Captain Darnell Hawkins, remotely pilots an unmanned drone on a classified, time-dependent bombing mission. ... See full summary »

Director: Paul Kamuf | Stars: Frank Harts, Debargo Sanyal

49. Benares: The Hindu Heaven (1931)

9 min | Documentary, Short

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Star: James A. FitzPatrick

50. I Want to Be a Desi 2 (2009)

6 min | Documentary, Short

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DESI: Used colloquially to mean South Asian immigrants and their descendants, carrying a subtext of inclusiveness and unity... This hard-hitting six-minute documentary asks the perennial ... See full summary »

Director: Allan Tong | Star: Dinesh Sachdev



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