movies you should watch before you die


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1.
City of God (2002)

  8.7/10
Two boys growing up in a violent neighborhood of Rio de Janeiro take different paths: one becomes a photographer, the other a drug dealer. (130 mins.)
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2.
Argo (2012)

  8.0/10
A dramatization of the 1980 joint CIA-Canadian secret operation to extract six fugitive American diplomatic personnel out of revolutionary Iran. (120 mins.)
Director: Ben Affleck
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3.
Django Unchained (2012)

  8.6/10
With the help of a German bounty hunter, a freed slave sets out to rescue his wife from a brutal Mississippi plantation owner.(165 mins.)
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4.
The Town (2010)

  7.6/10
As he plans his next job, a longtime thief tries to balance his feelings for a bank manager connected to one of his earlier heists, as well as the FBI agent looking to bring him and his crew down. (125 mins.)
Director: Ben Affleck
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5.
The Shawshank Redemption (1994)

  9.3/10
Two imprisoned men bond over a number of years, finding solace and eventual redemption through acts of common decency.(142 mins.)
Director: Frank Darabont
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6.
Arrested Development (2003 TV Series)

  9.2/10
Level-headed son Michael Bluth takes over family affairs after his father is imprisoned. But the rest of his spoiled, dysfunctional family are making his job unbearable.
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7.
The Godfather (1972)

  9.2/10
The aging patriarch of an organized crime dynasty transfers control of his clandestine empire to his reluctant son. (175 mins.)
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8.
The Sopranos (1999 TV Series)

  9.2/10
Modern day morality tale about New Jersey mob boss Tony Soprano, as he deals with personal and professional issues in his home and business life. (58 mins.)
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9.
Casablanca (1942)

  8.7/10
Set in unoccupied Africa during the early days of World War II: An American expatriate meets a former lover, with unforeseen complications. (102 mins.)
Director: Michael Curtiz
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10.
Senna (2010 Documentary)

  8.5/10
A documentary on Brazilian Formula One racing driver Ayrton Senna, who won the F1 world championship three times before his death at age 34. (106 mins.)
Director: Asif Kapadia
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11.
Dead Poets Society (1989)

  7.9/10
English teacher John Keating inspires his students to a love of poetry and to seize the day. (128 mins.)
Director: Peter Weir
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12.
Dead Man Walking (1995)

  7.6/10
A nun, while comforting a convicted killer on death row, empathizes with both the killer and his victim’s families. (122 mins.)
Director: Tim Robbins
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13.
The Green Mile (1999)

  8.5/10
The lives of guards on Death Row are affected by one of their charges: a black man accused of child murder and rape, yet who has a mysterious gift. (189 mins.)
Director: Frank Darabont
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14.
Atonement (2007)

  7.8/10
Fledgling writer Briony Tallis, as a 13-year-old, irrevocably changes the course of several lives when she accuses her older sister’s lover of a crime he did not commit. Based on the British romance novel by Ian McEwan. (123 mins.)
Director: Joe Wright
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15.
Gone Baby Gone (2007)

  7.8/10
Two Boston area detectives investigate a little girl’s kidnapping, which ultimately turns into a crisis both professionally and personally. Based on the Dennis Lehane novel. (114 mins.)
Director: Ben Affleck
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16.
Mystic River (2003)

  8.0/10
With a childhood tragedy that overshadowed their lives, three men are reunited by circumstance when one loses a daughter.(138 mins.)
Director: Clint Eastwood
“ one of the best movie ever ” – Chris1660
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17.
Into the Wild (2007)

  8.2/10
After graduating from Emory University, top student and athlete Christopher McCandless abandons his possessions, gives his entire $24,000 savings account to charity and hitchhikes to Alaska to live in the wilderness. Along the way, Christopher encounters a series of characters that shape his life. (148 mins.)
Director: Sean Penn
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18.
The Departed (2006)

  8.5/10
Two men from opposite sides of the law are undercover within the Massachusetts State Police and the Irish mafia, but violence and bloodshed boil when discoveries are made, and the moles are dispatched to find out their enemy’s identities. (151 mins.)
Director: Martin Scorsese
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19.
House of Sand and Fog (2003)

  7.6/10
An abandoned wife is evicted from her house and starts a tragic conflict with her home’s new owners. (126 mins.)
Director: Vadim Perelman
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20.
Say Anything… (1989)

  7.4/10
A noble underachiever and a beautiful valedictorian fall in love the summer before she goes off to college. (100 mins.)
Director: Cameron Crowe
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21.
The Breakfast Club (1985)

  7.9/10
Five high school students, all different stereotypes, meet in detention, where they pour their hearts out to each other, and discover how they have a lot more in common than they thought. (97 mins.)
Director: John Hughes
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22.
Ferris Bueller’s Day Off (1986)

  7.9/10
A high school wise guy is determined to have a day off from school, despite of what the principal thinks of that. (103 mins.)
Director: John Hughes
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23.
Sixteen Candles (1984)

  7.1/10
A young girl’s “sweet sixteenth” birthday becomes anything but special as she suffers from every embarrassment possible. (93 mins.)
Director: John Hughes
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24.
Dazed and Confused (1993)

  7.6/10
The adventures of incoming high school and junior high students on the last day of school, in May of 1976. (102 mins.)
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25.
Freaks and Geeks (1999 TV Series)

  9.0/10
A television show about two unique groups of teenagers dealing with life in high school during the 80’s.
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26.
The Dark Knight (2008)

  9.0/10
When Batman, Gordon and Harvey Dent launch an assault on the mob, they let the clown out of the box, the Joker, bent on turning Gotham on itself and bringing any heroes down to his level. (152 mins.)
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27.
Pulp Fiction (1994)

  9.0/10
The lives of two mob hit men, a boxer, a gangster’s wife, and a pair of diner bandits intertwine in four tales of violence and redemption. (154 mins.)
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28.
Twin Peaks (1990 TV Series)

  9.0/10
An idiosyncratic FBI Agent investigates the murder of a young woman in the even more idiosyncratic town of Twin Peaks.
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29.
Schindler’s List (1993)

  8.9/10
In Poland during World War II, Oskar Schindler gradually becomes concerned for his Jewish workforce after witnessing their persecution by the Nazis. (195 mins.)
Director: Steven Spielberg
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30.
Fight Club (1999)

  8.9/10
An insomniac office worker looking for a way to change his life crosses paths with a devil-may-care soap maker and they form an underground fight club that evolves into something much, much more… (139 mins.)
Director: David Fincher
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31.
One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest (1975)

  8.8/10
Upon arriving at a mental institution, a brash rebel rallies the patients to take on the oppressive Nurse Ratched, a woman more dictator than nurse. (133 mins.)
Director: Milos Forman
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32.
The X-Files (1993 TV Series)

  8.7/10
Two FBI agents, Fox Mulder the believer and Dana Scully the skeptic, investigate the strange and unexplained while hidden forces work to impede their efforts. (45 mins.)
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33.
Goodfellas (1990)

  8.8/10
Henry Hill and his friends work their way up through the mob hierarchy. (146 mins.)
Director: Martin Scorsese
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34.
The Matrix (1999)

  8.7/10
A computer hacker learns from mysterious rebels about the true nature of his reality and his role in the war against its controllers. (136 mins.)
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35.
The Usual Suspects (1995)

  8.7/10
A boat has been destroyed, criminals are dead, and the key to this mystery lies with the only survivor and his twisted, convoluted story beginning with five career crooks in a seemingly random police lineup. (106 mins.)
Director: Bryan Singer
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36.
Forrest Gump (1994)

  8.7/10
Forrest Gump, while not intelligent, has accidentally been present at many historic moments, but his true love, Jenny Curran, eludes him. (142 mins.)
Director: Robert Zemeckis
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37.
Se7en (1995)

  8.7/10
Two detectives, a rookie and a veteran, hunt a serial killer who uses the seven deadly sins as his modus operandi. (127 mins.)
Director: David Fincher
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38.
Black Books (2000 TV Series)

  8.6/10
Bernard Black runs his own bookshop even though he doesn’t much like people who buy books and hates having customers…
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39.
Rear Window (1954)

  8.7/10
A wheelchair bound photographer spies on his neighbours from his apartment window and becomes convinced one of them has committed murder. (112 mins.)
Director: Alfred Hitchcock
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40.
Coupling (2000 TV Series)

  8.6/10
On average, men and women think about sex every six seconds. Shorten that to every second, and you’ve got Coupling… (30 mins.)
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41.
The Silence of the Lambs (1991)

  8.7/10
A young FBI cadet must confide in an incarcerated and manipulative killer to receive his help on catching another serial killer who skins his victims. (118 mins.)
Director: Jonathan Demme
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42.
Saving Private Ryan (1998)

  8.6/10
Following the Normandy Landings, a group of U.S. soldiers go behind enemy lines to retrieve a paratrooper whose brothers have been killed in action. (169 mins.)
Director: Steven Spielberg
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43.
Spirited Away (2001)

  8.6/10
In the middle of her family’s move to the suburbs, a sullen 10-year-old girl wanders into a world ruled by gods, witches, and monsters; where humans are changed into animals; and a bathhouse for these creatures. (125 mins.)
Director: Hayao Miyazaki
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44.
The IT Crowd (2006 TV Series)

  8.6/10
The comedic adventures of a ragtag group of tech support workers at a large corporation.
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45.
Memento (2000)

  8.6/10
A man, suffering from short-term memory loss, uses notes and tattoos to hunt for the man he thinks killed his wife. (113 mins.)
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46.
American History X (1998)

  8.6/10
A former neo-nazi skinhead tries to prevent his younger brother from going down the same wrong path that he did. (119 mins.)
Director: Tony Kaye
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47.
Apocalypse Now (1979)

  8.6/10
During the U.S.-Viet Nam War, Captain Willard is sent on a dangerous mission into Cambodia to assassinate a renegade colonel who has set himself up as a god among a local tribe.(153 mins.)
Director: Francis Coppola
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48.
The Intouchables (2011)

  8.6/10
After he becomes a quadriplegic from a paragliding accident, an aristocrat hires a young man from the projects to be his caretaker. (112 mins.)
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49.
Taxi Driver (1976)

  8.5/10
A mentally unstable Vietnam war veteran works as a nighttime taxi driver in New York City where the perceived decadence and sleaze feeds his urge to violently lash out, attempting to save a teenage prostitute in the process. (113 mins.)
Director: Martin Scorsese
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50.
The Pianist (2002)

  8.5/10
A Polish Jewish musician struggles to survive the destruction of the Warsaw ghetto of World War II. (150 mins.)
Director: Roman Polanski
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51.
The Lives of Others (2006)

  8.5/10
In 1984 East Berlin, an agent of the secret police, conducting surveillance on a writer and his lover, finds himself becoming increasingly absorbed by their lives. (137 mins.)
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52.
The Perks of Being a Wallflower (2012)

  8.1/10
An introvert freshman is taken under the wings of two seniors who welcome him to the real world. (102 mins.)
Director: Stephen Chbosky
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53.
Cinema Paradiso (1988)

  8.4/10
A filmmaker recalls his childhood, when he fell in love with the movies at his village’s theater and formed a deep friendship with the theater’s projectionist. (155 mins.)
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54.
The Prestige (2006)

  8.5/10
The rivalry between two magicians is exacerbated when one of them performs the ultimate illusion. (130 mins.)
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55.
Das Boot (1981)

  8.4/10
The claustrophobic world of a WWII German U-boat; boredom, filth, and sheer terror. (149 mins.)
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56.
Back to the Future (1985)

  8.5/10
A teenager is accidentally sent 30 years into the past in a time-traveling DeLorean invented by his friend, Dr. Emmett Brown, and must make sure his high-school-age parents unite in order to save his own existence. (116 mins.)
Director: Robert Zemeckis
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57.
Amélie (2001)

  8.5/10
Amelie, an innocent and naive girl in Paris, with her own sense of justice, decides to help those around her and along the way, discovers love. (122 mins.)
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58.
American Beauty (1999)

  8.5/10
Lester Burnham, 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. (122 mins.)
Director: Sam Mendes
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59.
Life Is Beautiful (1997)

  8.5/10
A Jewish man has a wonderful romance with the help of his humour, but must use that same quality to protect his son in a Nazi death camp. (116 mins.)
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60.
A Separation (2011)

  8.5/10
A married couple are faced with a difficult decision – to improve the life of their child by moving to another country or to stay in Iran and look after a deteriorating parent who has Alzheimer’s disease. (123 mins.)
Director: Asghar Farhadi
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61.
The Shining (1980)

  8.5/10
A family heads to an isolated hotel for the winter where an evil and spiritual presence influences the father into violence, while his psychic son sees horrific forebodings from the past and of the future.
Director: Stanley Kubrick
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62.
L.A. Confidential (1997)

  8.4/10
As corruption grows in 1950s LA, three policemen – the straight-laced, the brutal, and the sleazy – investigate a series of murders with their own brand of justice. (138 mins.)
Director: Curtis Hanson
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63.
Oldboy (2003)

  8.4/10
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.(120 mins.)
Director: Chan-wook Park
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64.
Braveheart (1995)

  8.4/10
When his secret bride is executed for assaulting an English soldier whom tried to rape her, a commoner begins a revolt and leads Scottish warriors against the cruel English tyrant who rules Scotland with an iron-fist. (177 mins.)
Director: Mel Gibson
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65.
Amadeus (1984)

  8.4/10
The incredible story of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, told in flashback by his peer and secret rival Antonio Salieri – now confined to an insane asylum. (160 mins.)
Director: Milos Forman
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66.
Reservoir Dogs (1992)

  8.4/10
After a simple jewelery heist goes terribly wrong, the surviving criminals begin to suspect that one of them is a police informant. (99 mins.)
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67.
Life of Pi (2012)

  8.2/10
A young man who survives a disaster at sea is hurtled into an epic journey of adventure and discovery. While cast away, he forms an unexpected connection with another survivor: a fearsome Bengal tiger. (127 mins.)
Director: Ang Lee
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68.
Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street (2007)

  7.5/10
The infamous story of Benjamin Barker, a.k.a Sweeney Todd, who sets up a barber shop down in London which is the basis for a sinister partnership with his fellow tenant, Mrs. Lovett. Based on the hit Broadway musical. (116 mins.)
Director: Tim Burton
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69.
Lincoln (2012)

  7.7/10
As the Civil War continues to rage, America’s president struggles with continuing carnage on the battlefield and as he fights with many inside his own cabinet on the decision to emancipate the slaves. (150 mins.)
Director: Steven Spielberg
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70.
Once Upon a Time in America (1984)

  8.4/10
A former Prohibition-era Jewish gangster returns to the Lower East Side of Manhattan over thirty years later, where he once again must confront the ghosts and regrets of his old life. (229 mins.)
Director: Sergio Leone
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71.
Grave of the Fireflies (1988)

  8.4/10
A tragic film covering a young boy and his little sister’s struggle to survive in Japan during World War II. (89 mins.)
Director: Isao Takahata
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72.
Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind (2004)

  8.4/10
A couple undergo a procedure to erase each other from their memories when their relationship turns sour, but it is only through the process of loss that they discover what they had to begin with. (108 mins.)
Director: Michel Gondry
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73.
Requiem for a Dream (2000)

  8.4/10
The drug-induced utopias of four Coney Island individuals are shattered when their addictions become stronger. (102 mins.)
Director: Darren Aronofsky
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74.
Heat (1995)

  8.3/10
A group of professional bank robbers start to feel the heat from police when they unknowingly leave a clue at their latest heist.(170 mins.)
Director: Michael Mann
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75.
Gran Torino (2008)

  8.3/10
Disgruntled Korean War vet Walt Kowalski sets out to reform his neighbor, a young Hmong teenager, who tried to steal Kowalski’s prized possession: his 1972 Gran Torino. (116 mins.)
Director: Clint Eastwood
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76.
Downfall (2004)

  8.3/10
Traudl Junge, the final secretary for Adolf Hitler, tells of the Nazi dictator’s final days in his Berlin bunker at the end of WWII.(156 mins.)
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77.
Snatch. (2000)

  8.3/10
Unscrupulous boxing promoters, violent bookmakers, a Russian gangster, incompetent amateur robbers, and supposedly Jewish jewelers fight to track down a priceless stolen diamond. (104 mins.)
Director: Guy Ritchie
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78.
Inglourious Basterds (2009)

  8.3/10
In Nazi-occupied France during World War II, a plan to assassinate Nazi leaders by a group of Jewish U.S. soldiers coincides with a theatre owner’s vengeful plans for the same.(153 mins.)
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79.
Silver Linings Playbook (2012)

  8.0/10
After a stint in a mental institution, former teacher Pat Solitano moves back in with his parents and tries to reconcile with his ex-wife. Things get more challenging when Pat meets Tiffany, a mysterious girl with problems of her own. (122 mins.)
Director: David O. Russell
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80.
The Big Lebowski (1998)

  8.2/10
“Dude” Lebowski, mistaken for a millionaire Lebowski, seeks restitution for his ruined rug and enlists his bowling buddies to help get it. (117 mins.)
Director: Joel Coen
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81.
Good Will Hunting (1997)

  8.2/10
Will Hunting, a janitor at MIT, has a gift for mathematics but needs help from a psychologist to find direction in his life. (126 mins.)
Director: Gus Van Sant
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82.
Trainspotting (1996)

  8.2/10
Renton, deeply immersed in the Edinburgh drug scene, tries to clean up and get out, despite the allure of the drugs and influence of friends. (94 mins.)
Director: Danny Boyle
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83.
Zero Dark Thirty (2012)

  7.6/10
A chronicle of the decade-long hunt for al-Qaeda terrorist leader Osama bin Laden after the September 2001 attacks, and his death at the hands of the Navy S.E.A.L. Team 6 in May 2011. (157 mins.)
Director: Kathryn Bigelow
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84.
The King’s Speech (2010)

  8.1/10
The story of King George VI of Britain, his impromptu ascension to the throne and the speech therapist who helped the unsure monarch become worthy of it. (118 mins.)
Director: Tom Hooper
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85.
Sin City (2005)

  8.2/10
A film that explores the dark and miserable town, Basin City, and tells the story of three different people, all caught up in violent corruption. (124 mins.)
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86.
The Sixth Sense (1999)

  8.2/10
A boy who communicates with spirits that don’t know they’re dead seeks the help of a disheartened child psychologist. (107 mins.)
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87.
V for Vendetta (2005)

  8.2/10
A shadowy freedom fighter known only as “V” uses terrorist tactics to fight against his totalitarian society. Upon rescuing a girl from the secret police, he also finds his best chance at having an ally. (132 mins.)
Director: James McTeigue
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88.
Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels (1998)

  8.2/10
Four London working class stiffs pool their money to put one in a high stakes card game, but things go wrong and they end up owing half a million pounds and having one week to come up with the cash. (107 mins.)
Director: Guy Ritchie
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89.
A Moment to Remember (2004)

  8.1/10
A Korean love story about a young couple’s enduring love, which is tested when 27 year old Sun-jin is diagnosed with a rare form of Alzheimer’s disease. (117 mins.)
Director: John H. Lee
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90.
The Impossible (2012)

  7.6/10
An account of a family caught, with tens of thousands of strangers, in the mayhem of one of the worst natural catastrophes of our time. (114 mins.)
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91.
Warrior (2011)

  8.2/10
The youngest son of an alcoholic former boxer returns home, where he’s trained by his father for competition in a mixed martial arts tournament – a path that puts the fighter on a collision corner with his older brother. (140 mins.)
Director: Gavin O’Connor
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92.
The Hunt (2012)

  8.3/10
A teacher lives a lonely life, all the while struggling over his son’s custody. His life slowly gets better as he finds love and receives good news from his son, but his new luck is about to be brutally shattered by an innocent little lie. (115 mins.)
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93.
Cloud Atlas (2012)

  7.8/10
An exploration of how the actions of individual lives impact one another in the past, present and future, as one soul is shaped from a killer into a hero, and an act of kindness ripples across centuries to inspire a revolution. (172 mins.)
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94.
Inception (2010)

  8.8/10
In a world where technology exists to enter the human mind through dream invasion, a highly skilled thief is given a final chance at redemption which involves executing his toughest job to date: Inception. (148 mins.)
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95.
No Country for Old Men (2007)

  8.2/10
Violence and mayhem ensue after a hunter stumbles upon a drug deal gone wrong and more than two million dollars in cash near the Rio Grande. (122 mins.)
Director: Ethan CoenJoel Coen
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96.
Mulholland Dr. (2001)

  7.9/10
After a car wreck on the winding Mulholland Drive renders a woman amnesic, she and a perky Hollywood-hopeful search for clues and answers across Los Angeles in a twisting venture beyond dreams and reality. (147 mins.)
Director: David Lynch
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97.
Memories of Murder (2003)

  8.1/10
In 1986, in the province of Gyunggi, in South Korea, a second young and beautiful woman is found dead… (130 mins.)
Director: Joon-ho Bong
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98.
The Princess Bride (1987)

  8.1/10
A classic fairy tale, with swordplay, giants, an evil prince, a beautiful princess, and yes, some kissing (as read by a kindly grandfather). (98 mins.)
Director: Rob Reiner
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99.
A Beautiful Mind (2001)

  8.1/10
After a brilliant but asocial mathematician accepts secret work in cryptography, his life takes a turn to the nightmarish. (135 mins.)
Director: Ron Howard
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100.
Amores Perros (2000)

  8.1/10
A horrific car accident connects three stories, each involving characters dealing with loss, regret, and life’s harsh realities, all in the name of love. (154 mins.)

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