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1. Deadpool (2016)

R | 108 min | Action, Adventure, Comedy

8.0
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65 Metascore

A wisecracking mercenary gets experimented on and becomes immortal but ugly, and sets out to track down the man who ruined his looks.

Director: Tim Miller | Stars: Ryan Reynolds, Morena Baccarin, T.J. Miller, Ed Skrein

Votes: 859,188 | Gross: $363.07M

2. Nocturnal Animals (2016)

R | 116 min | Drama, Thriller

7.5
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67 Metascore

A wealthy art gallery owner is haunted by her ex-husband's novel, a violent thriller she interprets as a symbolic revenge tale.

Director: Tom Ford | Stars: Amy Adams, Jake Gyllenhaal, Michael Shannon, Aaron Taylor-Johnson

Votes: 219,108 | Gross: $10.64M

3. Big Fish (2003)

PG-13 | 125 min | Adventure, Drama, Fantasy

8.0
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58 Metascore

A frustrated son tries to determine the fact from fiction in his dying father's life.

Director: Tim Burton | Stars: Ewan McGregor, Albert Finney, Billy Crudup, Jessica Lange

Votes: 399,238 | Gross: $66.26M

4. White House Down (2013)

PG-13 | 131 min | Action, Drama, Thriller

6.4
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52 Metascore

While on a tour of the White House with his young daughter, a Capitol policeman springs into action to save his child and protect the president from a heavily armed group of paramilitary invaders.

Director: Roland Emmerich | Stars: Channing Tatum, Jamie Foxx, Maggie Gyllenhaal, Jason Clarke

Votes: 198,218 | Gross: $73.10M

5. 50/50 (2011)

R | 100 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

7.6
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72 Metascore

Inspired by a true story, a comedy centered on a 27-year-old guy who learns of his cancer diagnosis and his subsequent struggle to beat the disease.

Director: Jonathan Levine | Stars: Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Seth Rogen, Anna Kendrick, Bryce Dallas Howard

Votes: 306,833 | Gross: $35.01M

6. 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: 82,511 | Gross: $5.10M

7. 3 Days to Kill (2014)

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

6.2
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40 Metascore

A dying CIA agent trying to reconnect with his estranged daughter is offered an experimental drug that could save his life in exchange for one last assignment.

Director: McG | Stars: Kevin Costner, Hailee Steinfeld, Connie Nielsen, Amber Heard

Votes: 83,937 | Gross: $30.70M

8. Out of Time (I) (2003)

PG-13 | 105 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

6.5
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63 Metascore

A Florida police chief must solve a vicious double homicide before he himself falls under suspicion.

Director: Carl Franklin | Stars: Denzel Washington, Sanaa Lathan, Eva Mendes, Dean Cain

Votes: 54,506 | Gross: $40.91M

9. Beginners (2010)

R | 105 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

7.2
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81 Metascore

A young man is rocked by two announcements from his elderly father: that he has terminal cancer and that he has a young male lover.

Director: Mike Mills | Stars: Ewan McGregor, Christopher Plummer, Mélanie Laurent, Goran Visnjic

Votes: 85,365 | Gross: $5.79M

10. Stepmom (1998)

PG-13 | 125 min | Comedy, Drama

6.8
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58 Metascore

A terminally-ill woman must deal with her ex-husband's new lover, who will be their children's stepmother.

Director: Chris Columbus | Stars: Julia Roberts, Susan Sarandon, Ed Harris, Jena Malone

Votes: 57,760 | Gross: $91.14M

11. Space Cowboys (2000)

PG-13 | 130 min | Action, Adventure, Thriller

6.4
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73 Metascore

When retired engineer Frank Corvin (Clint Eastwood) is called upon to rescue a failing satellite, he insists that his equally old teammates accompany him into space.

Director: Clint Eastwood | Stars: Clint Eastwood, Tommy Lee Jones, Donald Sutherland, James Garner

Votes: 70,862 | Gross: $90.46M

12. Guilt (2019– )

57 min | Comedy, Crime, Thriller

7.4
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Two brothers accidentally run over and kill an old man. Despite covering their tracks, their lives start to fall apart when neighbors and relatives of the dead man begin to have doubts about the way he died.

Stars: Mark Bonnar, Ruth Bradley, Jamie Sives, Ellie Haddington

Votes: 904

13. Cat on a Hot Tin Roof (1958)

Not Rated | 108 min | Drama

8.0
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80 Metascore

Brick Pollitt (Paul Newman), an alcoholic ex-football player, drinks his days away and resists the affections of his wife, Maggie (Dame Elizabeth Taylor). His reunion with his father, Big Daddy (Burl Ives), who is dying of cancer, jogs a host of memories and revelations for both father and son.

Director: Richard Brooks | Stars: Elizabeth Taylor, Paul Newman, Burl Ives, Jack Carson

Votes: 42,374 | Gross: $17.57M

14. Broken Embraces (2009)

R | 127 min | Drama, Romance, Thriller

7.2
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76 Metascore

Harry Caine, a blind writer, reaches this moment in time when he has to heal his wounds from 14 years back. He was then still known by his real name, Mateo Blanco, and directing his last movie.

Director: Pedro Almodóvar | Stars: Penélope Cruz, Lluís Homar, Blanca Portillo, José Luis Gómez

Votes: 36,835 | Gross: $5.01M

15. The Two Jakes (1990)

R | 137 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

6.2
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56 Metascore

The sequel to Chinatown (1974) finds J.J. "Jake" Gittes investigating adultery and murder, and the money that comes from oil.

Director: Jack Nicholson | Stars: Jack Nicholson, Harvey Keitel, Meg Tilly, Madeleine Stowe

Votes: 10,470 | Gross: $10.01M

16. S1m0ne (2002)

PG-13 | 117 min | Comedy, Drama, Sci-Fi

6.1
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49 Metascore

A producer's film is endangered when his star walks off, so he decides to digitally create an actress to substitute for the star, becoming an overnight sensation that everyone thinks is a real person.

Director: Andrew Niccol | Stars: Al Pacino, Catherine Keener, Rachel Roberts, Benjamin Salisbury

Votes: 57,325 | Gross: $9.68M

17. Fireworks (1997)

103 min | Crime, Drama, Romance

7.8
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Nishi leaves the police in the face of harrowing personal and professional difficulties. Spiraling into depression, he makes questionable decisions.

Director: Takeshi Kitano | Stars: Takeshi Kitano, Kayoko Kishimoto, Ren Osugi, Susumu Terajima

Votes: 25,864 | Gross: $0.23M

18. The Best Man Holiday (2013)

R | 123 min | Comedy, Drama

6.7
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59 Metascore

When college friends reunite after 15 years over the Christmas holidays, they discover just how easy it is for long-forgotten rivalries and romances to be reignited.

Director: Malcolm D. Lee | Stars: Monica Calhoun, Morris Chestnut, Melissa De Sousa, Taye Diggs

Votes: 14,396 | Gross: $70.53M

19. The Ultimate Gift (2006)

PG | 114 min | Drama, Family, Romance

7.3
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49 Metascore

A deceased billionaire leaves his spoiled adult grandson a series of odd tasks to perform in order to receive "the ultimate gift," with the resentful grandson having no idea what that might be.

Director: Michael O. Sajbel | Stars: Drew Fuller, James Garner, Abigail Breslin, Bill Cobbs

Votes: 16,917 | Gross: $3.44M

20. Avalon (1990)

PG | 128 min | Drama

7.2
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A Polish-Jewish family comes to the U.S. at the beginning of the twentieth century. There, the family and their children try to make themselves a better future in the so-called promised land.

Director: Barry Levinson | Stars: Aidan Quinn, Elizabeth Perkins, Leo Fuchs, Eve Gordon

Votes: 5,444 | Gross: $15.74M

21. True Confessions (1981)

R | 108 min | Crime, Drama

6.3
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68 Metascore

A worldly ambitious monsignor clashes with his older brother, a cynical Los Angeles homicide detective who is investigating the brutal murder of a young prostitute.

Director: Ulu Grosbard | Stars: Robert De Niro, Robert Duvall, Charles Durning, Kenneth McMillan

Votes: 6,862 | Gross: $10.20M

22. Now Is Good (2012)

PG-13 | 103 min | Drama, Romance

7.1
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A girl dying of leukemia compiles a list of things she'd like to do before passing away. Topping the list is her desire to lose her virginity.

Director: Ol Parker | Stars: Dakota Fanning, Josef Altin, Jeremy Irvine, Paddy Considine

Votes: 32,223

23. The New York Ripper (1982)

Not Rated | 85 min | Horror, Mystery, Thriller

6.4
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A burned-out New York police detective teams up with a college psychoanalyst to track down a vicious serial killer randomly stalking and killing various young women around the city.

Director: Lucio Fulci | Stars: Jack Hedley, Almanta Suska, Howard Ross, Andrea Occhipinti

Votes: 8,715

24. Ma ma (2015)

R | 111 min | Drama

6.4
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31 Metascore

In the aftermath of a tragedy a woman, Magda, reacts with a surge of newfound life that engulfs her circle of family and friends.

Director: Julio Medem | Stars: Penélope Cruz, Luis Tosar, Asier Etxeandia, Teo Planell

Votes: 3,542 | Gross: $0.05M

25. Empire Falls (2005)

TV-14 | 197 min | Drama, Romance

7.3
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A decaying New England town is the backdrop for its unique citizens, led by unassuming restaurant manager Miles Roby.

Stars: Ed Harris, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Helen Hunt, Paul Newman

Votes: 5,072

26. Barbara (I) (2012)

PG-13 | 105 min | Drama

7.1
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86 Metascore

A doctor working in 1980s East Germany finds herself banished to a small country hospital.

Director: Christian Petzold | Stars: Nina Hoss, Ronald Zehrfeld, Rainer Bock, Christina Hecke

Votes: 11,901

27. How Stella Got Her Groove Back (1998)

R | 124 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

5.7
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56 Metascore

Stella is a highly successful, forty-something San Francisco stock broker who is persuaded by her colorful New York girlfriend Delilah to take a well deserved, first-class vacation to Jamaica.

Director: Kevin Rodney Sullivan | Stars: Angela Bassett, Taye Diggs, Whoopi Goldberg, Regina King

Votes: 6,526 | Gross: $37.67M

28. Wilson (I) (2017)

R | 94 min | Comedy, Drama

5.8
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49 Metascore

A lonely, neurotic, and hilariously honest middle-aged man reunites with his estranged wife, and meets his teenage daughter for the first time.

Director: Craig Johnson | Stars: Woody Harrelson, Sandra Lee-Oian Thomas, Shaun J. Brown, James Robert Miller

Votes: 9,372 | Gross: $0.65M

29. Four Flies on Grey Velvet (1971)

PG | 104 min | Crime, Mystery, Thriller

6.7
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A musician is stalked and blackmailed by an unknown killer for the accidental killing of another stalker.

Director: Dario Argento | Stars: Michael Brandon, Mimsy Farmer, Jean-Pierre Marielle, Aldo Bufi Landi

Votes: 6,580

30. Sky (2015)

Not Rated | 100 min | Drama, Romance

5.9
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55 Metascore

Romy (Diane Kruger) is on holiday in the USA with her French husband, Richard (Gilles Lellouche). But the journey quickly turns into a settling of old scores for this worn out couple. After an ultimate fight, Romy decides to break free. She cuts off her ties to a stable and secure life that has become alienating and escapes to the unknown.

Director: Fabienne Berthaud | Stars: Diane Kruger, Norman Reedus, Gilles Lellouche, Q'orianka Kilcher

Votes: 1,965

31. Griffin & Phoenix (2006)

PG-13 | 102 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

7.0
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GRIFFIN AND PHOENIX is a poignantly funny love story about two people who face a seemingly insurmountable obstacle that may stand between them and a last chance at love.

Director: Ed Stone | Stars: Amanda Peet, Dermot Mulroney, Sarah Paulson, Blair Brown

Votes: 7,109

32. Time to Leave (2005)

Unrated | 81 min | Drama

7.1
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67 Metascore

A fashion photographer with terminal cancer elects to die alone, preparing others to live past him rather than prolong the inevitable with chemotherapy or be smothered in sympathy by those who know him.

Director: François Ozon | Stars: Melvil Poupaud, Jeanne Moreau, Valeria Bruni Tedeschi, Daniel Duval

Votes: 8,274 | Gross: $0.12M

33. Prime Suspect 7: The Final Act (2006)

182 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

8.3
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Approaching retirement, Jane Tennison investigates the murder of a missing girl. But the cracks soon begin to show as Jane struggles with an alcohol problem and the death of her father.

Stars: Helen Mirren, Stephen Tompkinson, Laura Greenwood, Eve Best

Votes: 2,611

34. Third Star (2010)

Not Rated | 92 min | Drama

7.5
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James and his three closest lifelong friends go on an ill-advised trip to the stunning coastal area of Barafundle Bay in West Wales. What follows is a touching and comical adventure dealing with friendship, heroism and love.

Director: Hattie Dalton | Stars: Tom Burke, Benedict Cumberbatch, JJ Feild, Adam Robertson

Votes: 6,598

35. Burning Man (I) (2011)

Not Rated | 110 min | Drama, Romance

6.4
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53 Metascore

An English chef with a chic restaurant on Bondi Beach trying to put his life and his relationship with his son back on track while surrounded by women.

Director: Jonathan Teplitzky | Stars: Matthew Goode, Rachel Griffiths, Bojana Novakovic, Essie Davis

Votes: 3,553

36. Sunshine (1973 TV Movie)

G | 121 min | Biography, Drama

8.2
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A young woman living in the woods with her husband, a struggling musician, and her daughter discover she has terminal cancer. She begins to tape-record a journal of the time she has left.

Director: Joseph Sargent | Stars: Cristina Raines, Cliff De Young, Meg Foster, Brenda Vaccaro

Votes: 461

37. Decoding Annie Parker (2013)

R | 91 min | Drama

6.2
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56 Metascore

Love, science, sex, infidelity, disease and comedy, the wild, mostly true story of the irrepressible Annie Parker and the almost discovery of a cure for cancer.

Director: Steven Bernstein | Stars: Helen Hunt, Samantha Morton, Aaron Paul, Rashida Jones

Votes: 2,841 | Gross: $0.04M

38. When Did You Last See Your Father? (2007)

PG-13 | 92 min | Biography, Drama

6.8
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The story of a son's conflicting memories of his dying father.

Director: Anand Tucker | Stars: Jim Broadbent, Colin Firth, Juliet Stevenson, Bradley Johnson

Votes: 3,945 | Gross: $1.07M

39. Delhi-6 (2009)

Not Rated | 141 min | Comedy, Drama

6.0
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45 Metascore

In the ancient walled city of Delhi, an American-born Indian finds himself on an unexpected inner journey as he learns about himself and his roots.

Director: Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra | Stars: Waheeda Rehman, Abhishek Bachchan, Sonam Kapoor, Rishi Kapoor

Votes: 6,529 | Gross: $0.88M

40. The Backup Dancer (2016)

90 min | Comedy, Drama, Family

6.0
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A story about love and loss. And maybe one day - love again.

Director: Amanda Sharp | Stars: Rose Leslie, Ray Liotta, Carmen Tonry, Alex Reznik

Votes: 760

41. Mum's List (2016)

Not Rated | 101 min | Drama

6.4
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A dying mother's life lessons to the husband and sons she left behind. Based on the best-selling novel by St John (Singe) Greene, the film is the story of Singe and Kate, a couple from ... See full summary »

Director: Niall Johnson | Stars: Rafe Spall, Emilia Fox, Elaine Cassidy, William Stagg

Votes: 525

42. Her Love Boils Bathwater (2016)

125 min | Drama

7.5
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A strict, but caring mother has an awakening when she is told she has cancer and it is terminal. She has a few months. She needs to complete her tasks in that short time frame. She needs to... See full summary »

Director: Ryôta Nakano | Stars: Rie Miyazawa, Hana Sugisaki, Aoi Itô, Yukiko Shinohara

Votes: 1,252

43. Hawks (1988)

R | 107 min | Comedy, Drama

6.9
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Two terminally ill patients in a hospital yearn for relief from their predicament. With little or no friends, they form an uneasy alliance and plot an escape for one last wild time.

Director: Robert Ellis Miller | Stars: Timothy Dalton, Anthony Edwards, Janet McTeer, Camille Coduri

Votes: 938

44. Last Cab to Darwin (2015)

Not Rated | 123 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

7.2
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70 Metascore

When Rex, a Broken Hill cab driver, is told he doesn't have long to live, he sets out on an epic journey to Darwin in a bid to die on his own terms.

Director: Jeremy Sims | Stars: Michael Caton, Ningali Lawford, Mark Coles Smith, Emma Hamilton

Votes: 3,224 | Gross: $0.03M

45. The Only Thrill (1997)

R | 103 min | Drama, Romance

6.0
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Reece McHenry is a used-clothing store owner and Carol Fitzsimmons is a seamstress working in that store. The film follows the story of their relationships from 1960s till present time (as ... See full summary »

Director: Peter Masterson | Stars: Diane Keaton, Sam Shepard, Diane Lane, Robert Patrick

Votes: 597

46. The Heart of Christmas (2011 TV Movie)

TV-G | 86 min | Drama, Family

7.1
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The Locke family are devastated when they learn their 2-year-old son, Dax, has leukemia.

Director: Gary Wheeler | Stars: Candace Cameron Bure, Jeanne Neilson, Christopher Shone, Nicholas Shone

Votes: 933

47. Kings & Queen (2004)

Unrated | 150 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

7.1
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84 Metascore

Parallel storylines tell the current state of affairs for two ex-lovers: Nora's a single mother who comes to care for her terminally ill father; holed in up in mental ward, Ismael, a brilliant musician, plots his escape.

Director: Arnaud Desplechin | Stars: Emmanuelle Devos, Geoffrey Carey, Thierry Bosc, Olivier Rabourdin

Votes: 3,572 | Gross: $0.29M

48. The Masque of the Red Death (1989)

R | 89 min | Horror

3.2
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Lovely photographer Rebecca winds up in a Bavarian castle at a "Masque of the Red Death" party hosted by the wealthy Ludwig. Mayhem ensues as assorted Poe story devices start doing away with the guests.

Director: Alan Birkinshaw | Stars: Frank Stallone, Brenda Vaccaro, Herbert Lom, Michelle McBride

Votes: 235

49. Hana's Miso Soup (2015)

118 min | Drama

7.1
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Chie, who is a recent college graduate, becomes engaged to a man. Her life, however, takes an unexpected turn when she is diagnosed with terminal cancer. The ensuing treatment should render... See full summary »

Director: Tomoaki Akune | Stars: Ryôko Hirosue, Ken'ichi Takitô, Yo Hitoto, Mahiru Konno

Votes: 215

50. Sombrero (1953)

Approved | 103 min | Musical, Romance

5.3
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Adapted from the book, "Mexican Village," by Josefina Niggli, the film tells three interwoven love stories against the background of a feud between two villages. Cyd Charisse and Rick Jason... See full summary »

Director: Norman Foster | Stars: Ricardo Montalban, Pier Angeli, Vittorio Gassman, Yvonne De Carlo

Votes: 232



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