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1. Bad Times at the El Royale (2018)

R | 141 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

7.1
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60 Metascore

Early 1970s. Four strangers check in at the El Royale Hotel. The hotel is deserted, staffed by a single desk clerk. Some of the new guests' reasons for being there are less than innocent and some are not who they appear to be.

Director: Drew Goddard | Stars: Jeff Bridges, Cynthia Erivo, Dakota Johnson, Jon Hamm

Votes: 101,320 | Gross: $17.84M

2. Grease (1978)

PG-13 | 110 min | Musical, Romance

7.2
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70 Metascore

Good girl Sandy and greaser Danny fell in love over the summer. When they unexpectedly discover they're now in the same high school, will they be able to rekindle their romance?

Director: Randal Kleiser | Stars: John Travolta, Olivia Newton-John, Stockard Channing, Jeff Conaway

Votes: 214,794 | Gross: $188.76M

3. Stand by Me (1986)

R | 89 min | Adventure, Drama

8.1
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75 Metascore

After the death of one of his friends, a writer recounts a boyhood journey with his friends to find the body of a missing boy.

Director: Rob Reiner | Stars: Wil Wheaton, River Phoenix, Corey Feldman, Jerry O'Connell

Votes: 338,634 | Gross: $52.29M

4. Movie 43 (2013)

R | 94 min | Comedy

4.3
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18 Metascore

A series of interconnected short films follows a washed-up producer as he pitches insane story lines featuring some of the biggest stars in Hollywood.

Directors: Elizabeth Banks, Steven Brill, Steve Carr, Rusty Cundieff, James Duffy, Griffin Dunne, Peter Farrelly, Patrik Forsberg, Will Graham, James Gunn, Brett Ratner, Jonathan van Tulleken, Bob Odenkirk | Stars: Emma Stone, Stephen Merchant, Richard Gere, Liev Schreiber

Votes: 94,247 | Gross: $8.83M

5. Dead Poets Society (1989)

PG | 128 min | Comedy, Drama

8.1
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79 Metascore

English teacher John Keating inspires his students to look at poetry with a different perspective of authentic knowledge and feelings.

Director: Peter Weir | Stars: Robin Williams, Robert Sean Leonard, Ethan Hawke, Josh Charles

Votes: 378,583 | Gross: $95.86M

6. The Bookshop (2017)

PG | 113 min | Drama

6.4
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62 Metascore

England 1959. In a small East Anglian town, Florence Green decides, against polite but ruthless local opposition, to open a bookshop.

Director: Isabel Coixet | Stars: Emily Mortimer, Bill Nighy, Hunter Tremayne, Honor Kneafsey

Votes: 8,963 | Gross: $1.59M

7. Cold War (2018)

R | 89 min | Drama, History, Music

7.6
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90 Metascore

In the 1950s, a music director falls in love with a singer and tries to persuade her to flee communist Poland for France.

Director: Pawel Pawlikowski | Stars: Joanna Kulig, Tomasz Kot, Borys Szyc, Agata Kulesza

Votes: 36,541 | Gross: $4.57M

8. Capote (2005)

R | 114 min | Biography, Crime, Drama

7.3
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88 Metascore

In 1959, Truman Capote learns of the murder of a Kansas family and decides to write a book about the case. While researching for his novel In Cold Blood, Capote forms a relationship with one of the killers, Perry Smith, who is on death row.

Director: Bennett Miller | Stars: Philip Seymour Hoffman, Clifton Collins Jr., Catherine Keener, Allie Mickelson

Votes: 118,385 | Gross: $28.75M

9. Ray (I) (2004)

PG-13 | 152 min | Biography, Drama, Music

7.7
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73 Metascore

The story of the life and career of the legendary rhythm and blues musician Ray Charles, from his humble beginnings in the South, where he went blind at age seven, to his meteoric rise to stardom during the 1950s and 1960s.

Director: Taylor Hackford | Stars: Jamie Foxx, Regina King, Kerry Washington, Clifton Powell

Votes: 129,096 | Gross: $75.33M

10. I'm Not There (2007)

R | 135 min | Biography, Drama, Music

6.9
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73 Metascore

Ruminations on the life of Bob Dylan, where six characters embody a different aspect of the musician's life and work.

Director: Todd Haynes | Stars: Christian Bale, Cate Blanchett, Heath Ledger, Ben Whishaw

Votes: 54,407 | Gross: $4.02M

11. Grease Live! (2016 TV Movie)

TV-14 | 140 min | Musical, Romance

7.4
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After enjoying a summer romance, high school students Danny and Sandy are unexpectedly reunited when she transfers to Rydell High. There Sandy must contend with cynical Rizzo and the Pink Ladies in attempt to win Danny's heart again.

Directors: Thomas Kail, Alex Rudzinski | Stars: Julianne Hough, Aaron Tveit, Vanessa Hudgens, Keke Palmer

Votes: 8,048

12. Hollywoodland (2006)

R | 126 min | Biography, Crime, Drama

6.5
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62 Metascore

A detective examines the mysterious death of George Reeves, the star of the television series Adventures of Superman (1952).

Director: Allen Coulter | Stars: Adrien Brody, Ben Affleck, Diane Lane, Bob Hoskins

Votes: 31,665 | Gross: $14.42M

13. Hitchcock (2012)

PG-13 | 98 min | Biography, Comedy, Drama

6.8
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55 Metascore

The relationship between Alfred Hitchcock and his wife Alma Reville during the filming of Psycho (1960) in 1959 is explored.

Director: Sacha Gervasi | Stars: Anthony Hopkins, Helen Mirren, Scarlett Johansson, Danny Huston

Votes: 68,866 | Gross: $6.01M

14. Magic City (2012–2013)

TV-MA | 50 min | Crime, Drama

7.6
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Centers on Miami mobsters and other characters from Miami Beach in the late 1950s.

Stars: Jeffrey Dean Morgan, Olga Kurylenko, Steven Strait, Jessica Marais

Votes: 11,416

15. LBJ (2016)

R | 98 min | Biography, Drama, History

6.5
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54 Metascore

Lyndon B. Johnson aligns himself with John F. Kennedy, rises to the Presidency, and deals with the civil rights struggles of the 1960s.

Director: Rob Reiner | Stars: Woody Harrelson, Michael Stahl-David, Richard Jenkins, Jennifer Jason Leigh

Votes: 4,676 | Gross: $2.47M

16. The Hudsucker Proxy (1994)

PG | 111 min | Comedy, Drama, Fantasy

7.2
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53 Metascore

A naive business graduate is installed as president of a manufacturing company as part of a stock scam.

Directors: Joel Coen, Ethan Coen | Stars: Tim Robbins, Paul Newman, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Charles Durning

Votes: 73,381 | Gross: $2.87M

17. American Me (1992)

R | 125 min | Biography, Crime, Drama

7.2
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66 Metascore

A Mexican-American Mafia kingpin is released from prison, falls in love for the first time, and grows introspective about his gangster lifestyle.

Director: Edward James Olmos | Stars: Edward James Olmos, William Forsythe, Sal Lopez, Vira Montes

Votes: 7,265 | Gross: $13.09M

18. Certain Women (2016)

R | 107 min | Drama

6.3
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82 Metascore

The lives of three women intersect in small-town America, where each is imperfectly blazing a trail.

Director: Kelly Reichardt | Stars: Michelle Williams, Kristen Stewart, Laura Dern, James Le Gros

Votes: 10,562 | Gross: $1.03M

19. In Cold Blood (1967)

R | 134 min | Biography, Crime, Drama

7.9
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89 Metascore

After a botched robbery results in the brutal murder of a rural family, two drifters elude police, in the end coming to terms with their own mortality and the repercussions of their vile atrocity.

Director: Richard Brooks | Stars: Robert Blake, Scott Wilson, John Forsythe, Paul Stewart

Votes: 22,336

20. Diner (1982)

R | 110 min | Comedy, Drama

7.1
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82 Metascore

A group of college-age buddies struggle with their imminent passage into adulthood in 1959 Baltimore.

Director: Barry Levinson | Stars: Steve Guttenberg, Mickey Rourke, Kevin Bacon, Daniel Stern

Votes: 17,573 | Gross: $14.10M

21. Havana (I) (1990)

R | 144 min | Drama, Romance, War

6.1
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In 1950s Cuba, a professional gambler falls for a woman heavily involved in the revolution movement.

Director: Sydney Pollack | Stars: Robert Redford, Lena Olin, Alan Arkin, Tomas Milian

Votes: 6,680 | Gross: $9.24M

22. Obsession (1976)

PG | 98 min | Drama, Mystery, Thriller

6.7
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A wealthy New Orleans businessman becomes obsessed with a young woman who resembles his wife.

Director: Brian De Palma | Stars: Cliff Robertson, Geneviève Bujold, John Lithgow, Sylvia Kuumba Williams

Votes: 7,948 | Gross: $1.00M

23. A Brighter Summer Day (1991)

Not Rated | 237 min | Crime, Drama, Romance

8.4
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90 Metascore

Based on a true story, primarily on a conflict between two youth gangs, a 14-year-old boy's girlfriend conflicts with the head of one gang for an unclear reason, until finally the conflict comes to a violent climax.

Director: Edward Yang | Stars: Chen Chang, Lisa Yang, Kuo-Chu Chang, Elaine Jin

Votes: 5,806

24. Sweet Dreams (1985)

PG-13 | 115 min | Biography, Drama, Music

7.1
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65 Metascore

The story of Patsy Cline, the velvet-voiced country music singer who died in a tragic plane crash at the height of her fame.

Director: Karel Reisz | Stars: Jessica Lange, Ed Harris, Ann Wedgeworth, David Clennon

Votes: 3,862 | Gross: $9.09M

25. The Illusionist (2010)

PG | 80 min | Animation, Drama

7.5
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82 Metascore

A French illusionist finds himself out of work and travels to Scotland, where he meets a young woman. Their ensuing adventure changes both their lives forever.

Director: Sylvain Chomet | Stars: Jean-Claude Donda, Eilidh Rankin, Duncan MacNeil, Raymond Mearns

Votes: 32,023 | Gross: $2.23M

26. Bombshell: The Hedy Lamarr Story (2017)

88 min | Documentary, Biography, History

7.4
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70 Metascore

The life and career of the hailed Hollywood movie star and underappreciated genius inventor, Hedy Lamarr.

Director: Alexandra Dean | Stars: Hedy Lamarr, Mel Brooks, Jennifer Hom, Anthony Loder

Votes: 2,571 | Gross: $0.82M

27. Under Suspicion (1991)

R | 99 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

6.5
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In Brighton in 1959, disgraced cop turned private detective Tony Aaron works largely on falsifying adulteries for use as evidence in divorce cases. He involves his wife as the fictional ... See full summary »

Director: Simon Moore | Stars: Liam Neeson, Laura San Giacomo, Kenneth Cranham, Maggie O'Neill

Votes: 3,237 | Gross: $0.22M

28. Justice League: The New Frontier (2008 Video)

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

7.0
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In the 1950s, a new generation of superheroes must join forces with the community's active veterans and a hostile US government to fight a menace to Earth.

Director: Dave Bullock | Stars: David Boreanaz, Miguel Ferrer, Neil Patrick Harris, John Heard

Votes: 16,822

29. The Children Nobody Wanted (1981 TV Movie)

100 min | Drama

6.7
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Based on the true story of Tom Butterfield and his crusade to provide family life for homeless children, becoming not only the first bachelor caretaker, but the youngest single adult to ... See full summary »

Director: Richard Michaels | Stars: Fredric Lehne, Michelle Pfeiffer, Matt Clark, Noble Willingham

Votes: 210

30. Closer to the Moon (2014)

Not Rated | 112 min | Comedy, Crime, Drama

6.9
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47 Metascore

A Romanian police officer teams up with a small crew of old friends from the World War II Jewish Resistance to pull off a heist by convincing everyone at the scene of the crime that they are only filming a movie.

Director: Nae Caranfil | Stars: Vera Farmiga, Mark Strong, Harry Lloyd, Anton Lesser

Votes: 3,614

31. The Last of Robin Hood (2013)

R | 94 min | Biography, Drama, Romance

5.7
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46 Metascore

The last days in the life of legendary Hollywood actor Errol Flynn.

Directors: Richard Glatzer, Wash Westmoreland | Stars: John Hudson Messerall, Brian Bascle, Daniel J. Clancy, Kelly O'Neal

Votes: 1,891 | Gross: $0.27M

32. What Happened, Miss Simone? (2015)

Not Rated | 101 min | Documentary, Biography, Music

7.6
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75 Metascore

A documentary about the life and legend Nina Simone, an American singer, pianist, and civil rights activist labeled the "High Priestess of Soul."

Director: Liz Garbus | Stars: Nina Simone, Lisa Simone Kelly, Roger Nupie, Al Schackman

Votes: 10,448

33. Finding Vivian Maier (2013)

Not Rated | 83 min | Documentary, Biography, Mystery

7.7
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75 Metascore

A documentary on the late Vivian Maier, a nanny whose previously unknown cache of 100,000 photographs earned her a posthumous reputation as one of the most accomplished street photographers.

Directors: John Maloof, Charlie Siskel | Stars: Vivian Maier, John Maloof, Daniel Arnaud, Simon Amédé

Votes: 12,201 | Gross: $1.51M

34. The Galapagos Affair: Satan Came to Eden (2013)

Not Rated | 120 min | Documentary, Biography, Crime

6.7
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69 Metascore

About a series of unsolved disappearances on the Galapagos Island of Floreana in the 1930s.

Directors: Daniel Geller, Dayna Goldfine | Stars: Cate Blanchett, Sebastian Koch, Thomas Kretschmann, Diane Kruger

Votes: 1,221 | Gross: $0.25M

35. BioShock Infinite: Burial at Sea (2014 Video Game)

M | Action, Adventure, Mystery

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1958. After the events of BioShock Infinite (2013) and on the eve of the civil war that will destroy the underwater city, Elizabeth goes to Rapture to find Booker DeWitt and offers him her help to investigate the disappearance of an orphan girl.

Director: Ken Levine | Stars: Troy Baker, Michael Navarra, Courtnee Draper, Kimberly Brooks

Votes: 1,244

36. American Grindhouse (2010)

Not Rated | 80 min | Documentary, Action, Comedy

7.1
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A documentary about the history of exploitation movies, from the silent movie era to the 1970s.

Director: Elijah Drenner | Stars: Robert Forster, Eric Schaefer, Eddie Muller, John Landis

Votes: 2,066 | Gross: $0.01M

37. Dolores (I) (2017)

Not Rated | 95 min | Documentary, Biography, History

6.9
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81 Metascore

In the 1950's, a working-class wife and mother of eleven children helps to establish a farmer's union, which later develops into a platform for feminism and gender equality.

Director: Peter Bratt | Stars: Dolores Huerta, Martin Luther King, Luis Valdez, Ricardo S. Chavez

Votes: 250 | Gross: $0.56M

38. Det mest förbjudna (2016)

178 min | Drama

6.8
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Freely adapted from the novel by Swedish writer Kerstin Thorvall.

Stars: Cilla Thorell, Magnus Krepper, Anna Bjelkerud, Mira Mitchell

Votes: 59

39. The Unvanquished (1964)

115 min | Drama, Thriller

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1961. Luxemburger Thomas Vlassenroot deserted the French Foreign Legion during the Algiers Putsch. His lieutenant, Fraser, initiated the desertion for the two of them, Fraser believing he ... See full summary »

Director: Alain Cavalier | Stars: Alain Delon, Lea Massari, Georges Géret, Maurice Garrel

Votes: 582

40. Condemned (I) (2010)

14 min | Short, Drama

6.9
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Desperate, branded, forgotten by the law, Female Convict #1031 fights to stay alive in the concrete womb.

Director: Oren Shai | Stars: Margaret Anne Florence, Aprella, Ashlie Atkinson

Votes: 35

41. L'ennemi intime (2007)

Not Rated | 111 min | Drama, History, War

6.9
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61 Metascore

A drama following a French platoon during Algeria's war of independence.

Director: Florent-Emilio Siri | Stars: Benoît Magimel, Albert Dupontel, Aurélien Recoing, Marc Barbé

Votes: 3,093

42. Mad Love (2015)

107 min | Drama, Romance

6.9
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1959. Guilty of a double-murder, a man is beheaded. At the bottom of the basket that just welcomed it, the head of the dead man tells his story: everything was going so well. Admired priest... See full summary »

Director: Philippe Ramos | Stars: Melvil Poupaud, Dominique Blanc, Diane Rouxel, Lise Lamétrie

Votes: 184

43. Così ridevano (1998)

124 min | Drama

6.8
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68 Metascore

Turin at the end of the fifties: two brothers have emigrated there from Sicily and the older works very hard to let the younger study and free himself from poverty through culture. The boy ... See full summary »

Director: Gianni Amelio | Stars: Francesco Giuffrida, Enrico Lo Verso, Fabrizio Gifuni, Calogero Caruana

Votes: 687 | Gross: $0.04M

44. Che Guevara (2005)

R | 102 min | Biography, Drama, History

5.5
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Rebel. Hero. Lover. Legend. Che Guevara has inspired generation after generation as the young idealist and revolutionary who fought for the poor and oppressed. Eduardo Noriega (Vantage ... See full summary »

Director: Josh Evans | Stars: Eduardo Noriega, Enrico Lo Verso, Paula Garcés, Sergio d'Amato

Votes: 415

45. Barbie and the Sensations: Rockin' Back to Earth (1987 TV Short)

30 min | Animation, Short, Adventure

5.8
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In this sequel to Barbie and the Rockers: Out of this World (1987) (TV), worldwide rock sensation Barbie and her band return from space only to end up in 1950s America. Their music knocks the socks off everyone there as well.

Star: Sharon Lewis

Votes: 18

46. Web of Evidence (1959)

Approved | 90 min | Crime, Mystery, Thriller

6.3
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A British-American returns to Britain after 20 years to discover that his father has been jailed since WW2 for a murder that took place in murky circumstances.

Director: Jack Cardiff | Stars: Van Johnson, Vera Miles, Emlyn Williams, Bernard Lee

Votes: 154

47. Alex (1992)

Unrated | 93 min | Drama, Sport

6.3
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Headstrong New Zealand teen Alex Archer trains to qualify for the 1960 Rome Olympics in the women's 100 freestyle. Unlike the other top swimmers who train only for swimming, Alex takes ... See full summary »

Director: Megan Simpson Huberman | Stars: Lauren A Jackson, Chris Haywood, Josh Picker, Cathy Godbold

Votes: 126

48. Premier Khrushchev in the USA (1959)

60 min | Documentary

4.5
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Footage of Soviet Leader Nikita Khrushchev in the USA during his 1960 visit. Which includes meeting Frank Sinatra on the set of his film Can-Can.

Stars: Maurice Chevalier, Nat 'King' Cole, Gary Cooper, Kirk Douglas

Votes: 15

49. Sing Your Song (2011)

Not Rated | 103 min | Documentary, Biography, Music

7.4
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73 Metascore

Most people know the lasting legacy of Harry Belafonte, the entertainer. This film unearths his significant contribution to and his leadership in the civil rights movement in America and to social justice globally.

Director: Susanne Rostock | Stars: Harry Belafonte, Sidney Poitier, Marge Champion, Fran Scott Attaway

Votes: 416 | Gross: $0.05M

50. India: Matri Bhumi (1959)

90 min | Documentary, Drama

7.3
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Several stories depicting the landscapes and fauna of India are mixed with documentary footage.

Director: Roberto Rossellini

Votes: 498



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