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Schindler's List

Schindler's List

United States 1993

DIR Steven Spielberg

  • Currently 4.1/5 Stars.
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Oskar Schindler is a vain and greedy German businessman who becomes an unlikely savior in Nazi-occupied Europe when he turns his factory into a refuge for Jews.

Rashômon

Rashômon

Japan 1950

DIR Akira Kurosawa

  • Currently 4.4/5 Stars.
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Brimming with action while incisively examining the nature of truth, Akira Kurosawa’s Rashomon is perhaps the finest film ever to investigate the philosophy of justice.

Metropolis

Metropolis

Germany 1927

DIR Fritz Lang

  • Currently 4.3/5 Stars.
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In a vast city in the distant future, a young man gets caught up in the conflict between the wealthy elite and their downtrodden slaves—and a diabolical scientist who might destroy them all!

Bicycle Thieves

Bicycle Thieves

Italy 1948

DIR Vittorio De Sica

  • Currently 4.4/5 Stars.
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In postwar, poverty-stricken Rome, a man, hoping to support his desperate family with a new job, loses his bicycle. With his wide-eyed young son in tow, he sets off to track down the thief.

M

M

Germany 1931

DIR Fritz Lang

  • Currently 4.4/5 Stars.
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A madman (Peter Lorre) is stalking the streets of Berlin, abducting small children. As public hysteria mounts, both the police and the criminal underworld start to hunt him. Bit by bit, the net tightens…

Twelve Angry Men

Twelve Angry Men

United States 1957

DIR Sidney Lumet

  • Currently 4.3/5 Stars.
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A behind-closed-doors look at the American legal system as riveting as it is spare, the iconic adaptation of Reginald Rose’s teleplay stars Henry Fonda as the initially dissenting member of a jury of white men ready to pass judgment on a Puerto Rican teenager charged with murdering his father.

Manhattan

Manhattan

United States 1979

DIR Woody Allen

  • Currently 4.2/5 Stars.
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Issac Davis (Woody Allen) is torn between two girlfriends: the very young and earnest Tracy (Mariel Hemingway), and indecisive pseudo-intellectual Mary Wilkie (Diane Keaton).

Léon: The Professional

Léon: The Professional

France 1994

DIR Luc Besson

  • Currently 4.0/5 Stars.
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Professional assassin Léon (Jean Reno) reluctantly takes care of 12-year-old Mathilda (Natalie Portman), a neighbor whose parents are killed, and teaches her his trade.

Brazil

Brazil

United Kingdom 1985

DIR Terry Gilliam

  • Currently 4.1/5 Stars.
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Pitting the imagination of common man Sam Lowry against the oppressive storm troopers of the Ministry of Information, Terry Gilliam’s Brazil has come to be regarded as an anti-totalitarianism cautionary tale equal to the works of George Orwell and Aldous Huxley.

The Matrix

The Matrix

United States 1999

DIR Andy Wachowski & Lana Wachowski

  • Currently 3.9/5 Stars.
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A computer hacker learns from mysterious rebels about the true nature of his reality and his role in the war against the controllers of it.

The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King

The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King

United States 2003

DIR Peter Jackson

  • Currently 3.9/5 Stars.
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The final battle for Middle-earth begins. Frodo and Sam, led by Gollum, continue their dangerous mission toward the fires of Mount Doom in order to destroy the One Ring. Winner of 11 Academy Awards.

Once Upon a Time in the West

Once Upon a Time in the West

Italy 1968

DIR Sergio Leone

  • Currently 4.3/5 Stars.
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Sergio Leone’s epic story of a mysterious stranger with a harmonica who joins forces with a notorious desperado to protect a beautiful widow from a ruthless assassin working for the railroad.

Being John Malkovich

Being John Malkovich

United States 1999

DIR Spike Jonze

  • Currently 4.0/5 Stars.
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Have you ever wanted to be someone else? Or, more specifically, have you ever wanted to crawl through a portal hidden in an anonymous office building and thereby enter the cerebral cortex of John Malkovich for fifteen minutes before being spat out on the side of the New Jersey Turnpike?

Magnolia

Magnolia

United States 1999

DIR Paul Thomas Anderson

  • Currently 3.9/5 Stars.
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Paul Thomas Anderson’s epic mosaic of several interrelated characters in search of happiness, forgiveness, and meaning in the San Fernando Valley.

North by Northwest

North by Northwest

United States 1959

DIR Alfred Hitchcock

  • Currently 4.2/5 Stars.
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A suave, succesful New York advertising executive finds himself, through a case of mistaken identity, embroiled in a web of intrigue and murder that takes him across the country to prove his innocence to the police and get an evil crime syndicate, looking for a lost microfilm, off his tail.

Up

Up

United States 2009

DIR Pete Docter & Bob Peterson

  • Currently 4.1/5 Stars.
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A comedy adventure about 78-year-old balloon salesman, who fulfills his lifelong dream of a great adventure when he ties thousands of balloons to his house and flies away to South America. But he discovers all too late a stowaway: an overly optimistic 8-year-old Wilderness Explorer named Russell.

Raiders of the Lost Ark

Raiders of the Lost Ark

United States 1981

DIR Steven Spielberg

  • Currently 4.0/5 Stars.
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Archeologist and adventurer Indiana Jones is hired by the US government to find the Ark of the Covenant before the Nazis.

Modern Times

Modern Times

United States 1936

DIR Charlie Chaplin

  • Currently 4.4/5 Stars.
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Modern Times, Charlie Chaplin’s last outing as the Little Tramp, puts the character to work as a giddily inept factory employee who becomes smitten with a gorgeous gamine (Paulette Goddard).

Inception

Inception

United States 2010

DIR Christopher Nolan

  • Currently 3.9/5 Stars.
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In a world where technology exists to enter the human mind through dream invasion, a single idea within one’s mind can be the most dangerous weapon or the most valuable asset.

The Third Man

The Third Man

United Kingdom 1949

DIR Carol Reed

  • Currently 4.3/5 Stars.
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A naive pulp novelist travels to shadowy, postwar Vienna, only to find himself investigating the mysterious death of the old friend who invited him there. Starring Joseph Cotten, Alida Valli, and Orson Welles.