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Full Metal Jacket

Full Metal Jacket

United States 1987

DIR Stanley Kubrick

  • Currently 4.2/5 Stars.
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A pragmatic U.S. Marine observes the dehumanizing effects the Vietnam War has on his fellow Marine recruits from their brutal basic training to the bloody street fighting set in 1968 Hue, Vietnam.

Oldboy

Oldboy

South Korea 2003

DIR Park Chan-wook

  • Currently 4.1/5 Stars.
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After being kidnapped and imprisoned for 15 years, Oh Dae-Su is released, only to find that he must find his captor in 5 days.

Kill Bill: Vol. 1

Kill Bill: Vol. 1

United States 2003

DIR Quentin Tarantino

  • Currently 3.9/5 Stars.
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The Bride (Uma Thurman) wakes up after a long coma. The baby that she carried before entering the coma is gone. The only thing on her mind is to have revenge on the assassination team that betrayed her–a team she was once part of–in the first part of Tarantino’s epic revenge saga.

Blue Velvet

Blue Velvet

United States 1986

DIR David Lynch

  • Currently 4.1/5 Stars.
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After finding a severed human ear in a field, a young man (Kyle Maclachlan) soon discovers a sinister underworld lying just beneath his idyllic suburban home town. Often considered one of the best American films of the 1980s.

Persona

Persona

Sweden 1966

DIR Ingmar Bergman

  • Currently 4.4/5 Stars.
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A nurse (Bibi Andersson) is put in charge of an actress (Liv Ullmann) who no longer speaks and finds that the actress’ persona is melding with hers. One of Ingmar Bergman’s most revered motion pictures.

Pan's Labyrinth

Pan's Labyrinth

Spain 2006

DIR Guillermo del Toro

  • Currently 4.0/5 Stars.
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Spain, 1944. The dreamy Ofelia, a 10-year-old obsessed with fairy tales, moves with her pregnant mother to join her stepfather, a cruel Fascist officer who’s stationed in the mountains. Fantasy and reality blur, and Ofelia is soon drawn into a fairy tale of her own…

The Royal Tenenbaums

The Royal Tenenbaums

United States 2001

DIR Wes Anderson

  • Currently 4.0/5 Stars.
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Wes Anderson’s hilarious, touching, and brilliantly stylized study of melancholy and redemption, about a dysfunctional family of geniuses.

WALL•E

WALL•E

United States 2008

DIR Andrew Stanton

  • Currently 4.1/5 Stars.
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In the distant future, a small waste collecting robot inadvertently embarks on a space journey that will ultimately decide the fate of mankind.

Raging Bull

Raging Bull

United States 1980

DIR Martin Scorsese

  • Currently 4.3/5 Stars.
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Robert De Niro gives a career performance in Martin Scorsese’s brutal, unflinching biopic of boxer Jake LaMotta, whose violent bouts of anger make him a champion in the ring, but a wreck outside of it.

Seven

Seven

United States 1995

DIR David Fincher

  • Currently 4.0/5 Stars.
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Two detectives, a rookie (Brad Pitt) and a veteran (Morgan Freeman), hunt a serial killer who uses the seven deadly sins as his modus operandi in David Fincher’s ruthless, disturbing thriller.

American Beauty

American Beauty

United States 1999

DIR Sam Mendes

  • Currently 3.9/5 Stars.
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Lester Burnham (Kevin Spacey), a depressed suburban father in a mid-life crisis, decides to turn his hectic life around after developing an infatuation for his daughter’s attractive friend (Mena Suvari).

Breathless

Breathless

France 1960

DIR Jean-Luc Godard

  • Currently 4.2/5 Stars.
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Jazzy, free-form, and sexy, Jean-Luc Godard’s Breathless (A bout de souffle) helped launch the French new wave and ensured cinema would never be the same.

Sunset Boulevard

Sunset Boulevard

United States 1950

DIR Billy Wilder

  • Currently 4.4/5 Stars.
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A hack screenwriter (William Holden) writes a screenplay for a former silent-film star (Gloria Swanson) who has faded into Hollywood obscurity in Billy Wilder’s classic backstage melodrama/film noir.

Trainspotting

Trainspotting

United Kingdom 1996

DIR Danny Boyle

  • Currently 4.0/5 Stars.
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Irvine Welsh’s cult novel about heroin subculture in 1980s Edinburgh is juxtaposed with painfully startling images, black comedy, surrealism, stomping soundtrack, nihilistic voice-over, and bravura performances.

Memento

Memento

United States 2000

DIR Christopher Nolan

  • Currently 4.0/5 Stars.
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Christopher Nolan’s breakthrough mystery concerns a man, suffering from short-term memory loss (played by Guy Pearce), who uses notes and tattoos to hunt for the man he thinks killed his wife.

Monty Python and the Holy Grail

Monty Python and the Holy Grail

United Kingdom 1975

DIR Terry Gilliam & Terry Jones

  • Currently 4.2/5 Stars.
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King Arthur and his knights embark on a low-budget search for the Grail, encountering many very silly obstacles.

Requiem for a Dream

Requiem for a Dream

United States 2000

DIR Darren Aronofsky

  • Currently 3.9/5 Stars.
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Drugs, chocolate and television are the most important ingredients in a hypnotic film about ordinary people who fall prey to deadly addictions while looking for quick gratification.

The Silence of the Lambs

The Silence of the Lambs

United States 1991

DIR Jonathan Demme

  • Currently 4.0/5 Stars.
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Anthony Hopkins’s Hannibal Lecter matches wits with Jodie Foster’s heroic FBI agent Clarice Starling in Jonathan Demme’s taut psychological thriller.

Stalker

Stalker

Soviet Union 1979

DIR Andrei Tarkovsky

  • Currently 4.5/5 Stars.
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In the near future, an unseen alien force has taken possession of an area of Russian wilderness that authorities have dubbed The Zone. The only thing known for sure about the region is that few who enter it ever return.

The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring

The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring

United States 2001

DIR Peter Jackson

  • Currently 4.0/5 Stars.
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In a small village in the Shire a young Hobbit named Frodo has been entrusted with an ancient Ring. Now he must embark on an Epic quest to the Cracks of Doom in order to destroy it.