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The General

The General

United States 1926

DIR Buster Keaton & Clyde Bruckman

  • Currently 4.4/5 Stars.
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Confederate army reject Johnnie Gray (Buster Keaton) sets out to single-handedly win the war and the heart of his beloved with the help of his cherished locomotive.

The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou

The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou

United States 2004

DIR Wes Anderson

  • Currently 3.7/5 Stars.
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Internationally famous oceanographer Steve Zissou (Bill Murray) and his crew—Team Zissou—set sail on an expedition to hunt down the mysterious, elusive, possibly nonexistent Jaguar Shark that killed Zissou’s partner in Oscar-nominated writer-director Wes Anderson’s adventure-comedy.

The Tree of Life

The Tree of Life

United States 2011

DIR Terrence Malick

  • Currently 4.0/5 Stars.
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The tale of a Midwestern boy’s journey from the innocence of childhood to his disillusioned adult years as a “lost soul in the modern world”—and his quest to regain meaning in life.

It's a Wonderful Life

It's a Wonderful Life

United States 1946

DIR Frank Capra

  • Currently 4.1/5 Stars.
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An angel helps a compassionate but despairingly frustrated businessman by showing what life would had been like if he never existed.

Paths of Glory

Paths of Glory

United States 1957

DIR Stanley Kubrick

  • Currently 4.3/5 Stars.
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Stanley Kubrick’s Paths of Glory is among the most powerful antiwar films ever made. This is a haunting, exquisitely photographed dissection of the military machine in all its absurdity and capacity for dehumanization.

The Apartment

The Apartment

United States 1960

DIR Billy Wilder

  • Currently 4.3/5 Stars.
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A man tries to rise in his company by letting its executives use his apartment for trysts, but complications and a romance of his own ensue.

Yojimbo

Yojimbo

Japan 1961

DIR Akira Kurosawa

  • Currently 4.3/5 Stars.
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To rid a terror-stricken village of corruption, wily masterless samurai Sanjuro (Toshiro Mifune) turns a range war between two evil clans to his own advantage in Akira Kurosawa’s visually stunning and darkly comic Yojimbo.

Harold and Maude

Harold and Maude

United States 1971

DIR Hal Ashby

  • Currently 4.1/5 Stars.
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With the idiosyncratic American fable Harold and Maude, countercultural director Hal Ashby fashioned what would become the cult classic of its era.

Dead Man

Dead Man

United States 1995

DIR Jim Jarmusch

  • Currently 4.0/5 Stars.
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Heading towards a metalworks factory at the edge of the known universe, a pristine, young accountant named William Blake steps into the ungodly, mechanical hell that is the town of Machine. And so begins this man’s descent into purgatory.

Aliens

Aliens

United States 1986

DIR James Cameron

  • Currently 3.9/5 Stars.
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57 years after the original attack, Ripley and a crew of marines return to the planet to kill the remaining aliens that have slaughtered the colonists on the planet.

Do the Right Thing

Do the Right Thing

United States 1989

DIR Spike Lee

  • Currently 4.0/5 Stars.
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The hottest day of the year explodes onscreen in this vibrant look at a day in the life of Bedford-Stuyvesant, Brooklyn; Spike Lee’s powerful portrait of urban racial tensions sparked controversy while earning popular and critical praise.

American History X

American History X

United States 1998

DIR Tony Kaye

  • Currently 3.8/5 Stars.
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A former neo-nazi skinhead tries to prevent his younger brother from going down the same wrong path that he did.

Groundhog Day

Groundhog Day

United States 1993

DIR Harold Ramis

  • Currently 3.9/5 Stars.
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A cynical weatherman sent to smalltown Pennsylvania to cover a Groundhog Day festival finds himself caught in a time warp, where he has to relive the same day over and over again.

Hiroshima, mon amour

Hiroshima, mon amour

France 1959

DIR Alain Resnais

  • Currently 4.2/5 Stars.
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In Alain Resnais’s cornerstone film of the French New Wave, a French actress (Emmanuelle Riva) and a Japanese architect (Eiji Okada) engage in a brief, intense affair in postwar Hiroshima, their consuming fascination impelling them to exorcise their own scarred memories of love and suffering.

The Nightmare Before Christmas

The Nightmare Before Christmas

United States 1993

DIR Henry Selick

  • Currently 3.9/5 Stars.
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Jack Skellington, king of Halloweentown, discovers Christmas Town, but doesn’t quite understand the concept.

Andrei Rublev

Andrei Rublev

Soviet Union 1966

DIR Andrei Tarkovsky

  • Currently 4.5/5 Stars.
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Immediately suppressed by the Soviets in 1966, Andrei Tarkovsky’s epic masterpiece is a sweeping medieval tale of Russia’s greatest icon painter.

Synecdoche, New York

Synecdoche, New York

United States 2008

DIR Charlie Kaufman

  • Currently 3.8/5 Stars.
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A theater director struggles with his work, and the women in his life, as he attempts to create a life-size replica of New York inside a warehouse as part of his new play.

Grave of the Fireflies

Grave of the Fireflies

Japan 1988

DIR Isao Takahata

  • Currently 4.3/5 Stars.
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In the aftermath of a World War II bombing, two orphaned children struggle to survive in the Japanese countryside. To Seita and his four-year old sister, the helplessness and indifference of their countrymen is even more painful than the enemy raids.

Network

Network

United States 1976

DIR Sidney Lumet

  • Currently 4.2/5 Stars.
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A TV network cynically exploits a deranged ex-TV anchor’s ravings and revelations about the media for their own profit in Sidney Lumet’s powerful satire.

Unforgiven

Unforgiven

United States 1992

DIR Clint Eastwood

  • Currently 4.1/5 Stars.
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Retired Old West gunslinger William Munny reluctantly takes on one last job, with the help of his old partner and a young man.