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IMDb top 250 movies

The Shawshank Redemption (Movie, 1994)

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Two imprisoned men bond over a number of years, finding solace and eventual redemption through acts of common decency.

IMDb: 9.3 (1,886,223 votes)
Metascore: 80

Genre: Crime, Drama

Starring: Tim Robbins, Morgan Freeman, Bob Gunton, William Sadler

Directed by: Frank Darabont

The Godfather (Movie, 1972)

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The aging patriarch of an organized crime dynasty transfers control of his clandestine empire to his reluctant son.

IMDb: 9.2 (1,292,187 votes)
Metascore: 100

Genre: Crime, Drama

Starring: Marlon Brando, Al Pacino, James Caan, Richard S. Castellano

Directed by: Francis Ford Coppola

The Godfather: Part II (Movie, 1974)

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The early life and career of Vito Corleone in 1920s New York is portrayed while his son, Michael, expands and tightens his grip on his crime syndicate stretching from Lake Tahoe, Nevada to pre-revolution 1958 Cuba.

IMDb: 9.0 (891,624 votes)
Metascore: 85

Genre: Crime, Drama

Starring: Al Pacino, Robert Duvall, Diane Keaton, Robert De Niro

Directed by: Francis Ford Coppola

The Dark Knight (Movie, 2008)

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When the menace known as the Joker wreaks havoc and chaos on the people of Gotham, the caped crusader must come to terms with one of the greatest psychological tests of his ability to fight injustice.

IMDb: 9.0 (1,859,803 votes)
Metascore: 82

Genre: Action, Crime, Drama

Starring: Christian Bale, Heath Ledger, Aaron Eckhart, Michael Caine

Directed by: Christopher Nolan

12 Angry Men (Movie, 1957)

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A dissenting juror in a murder trial slowly manages to convince the others that the case is not as obviously clear as it seemed in court.

IMDb: 8.9 (516,388 votes)
Metascore: 96

Genre: Crime, Drama

Starring: Martin Balsam, John Fiedler, Lee J. Cobb, E.G. Marshall

Directed by: Sidney Lumet

Schindler's List (Movie, 1993)

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In Poland during World War II, Oskar Schindler gradually becomes concerned for his Jewish workforce after witnessing their persecution by the Nazis.

IMDb: 8.9 (971,114 votes)
Metascore: 93

Genre: Biography, Drama, History

Starring: Liam Neeson, Ben Kingsley, Ralph Fiennes, Caroline Goodall

Directed by: Steven Spielberg

Pulp Fiction (Movie, 1994)

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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.

IMDb: 8.9 (1,480,326 votes)
Metascore: 94

Genre: Crime, Drama

Starring: Tim Roth, Laura Lovelace, John Travolta, Samuel L. Jackson

Directed by: Quentin Tarantino

The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King (Movie, 2003)

Gandalf and Aragorn lead the World of Men against Sauron's army to draw his gaze from Frodo and Sam as they approach Mount Doom with the One Ring.

IMDb: 8.9 (1,348,862 votes)
Metascore: 94

Genre: Adventure, Fantasy

Starring: Noel Appleby, Ali Astin, Sean Astin, David Aston

Directed by: Peter Jackson

The Good, the Bad and the Ugly (Movie, 1966)

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A bounty hunting scam joins two men in an uneasy alliance against a third in a race to find a fortune in gold buried in a remote cemetery.

IMDb: 8.9 (560,516 votes)
Metascore: 90

Genre: Western

Starring: Eli Wallach, Clint Eastwood, Lee Van Cleef, Aldo Giuffrè

Directed by: Sergio Leone

Fight Club (Movie, 1999)

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An insomniac office worker, looking for a way to change his life, crosses paths with a devil-may-care soap maker, forming an underground fight club that evolves into something much, much more...

IMDb: 8.8 (1,508,138 votes)
Metascore: 66

Genre: Drama

Starring: Edward Norton, Brad Pitt, Helena Bonham Carter, Meat Loaf

Directed by: David Fincher

The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring (Movie, 2001)

A meek hobbit of the Shire and eight companions set out on a journey to Mount Doom to destroy the One Ring and the dark lord Sauron.

IMDb: 8.8 (1,372,537 votes)
Metascore: 92

Genre: Adventure, Fantasy

Starring: Alan Howard, Noel Appleby, Sean Astin, Sala Baker

Directed by: Peter Jackson

Forrest Gump (Movie, 1994)

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Forrest Gump, while not intelligent, has accidentally been present at many historic moments, but his true love, Jenny Curran, eludes him.

IMDb: 8.8 (1,425,438 votes)
Metascore: 82

Genre: Drama, Romance

Starring: Tom Hanks, Rebecca Williams, Sally Field, Michael Conner Humphreys

Directed by: Robert Zemeckis

Inception (Movie, 2010)

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A thief who steals corporate secrets through use of the dream-sharing technology is given the inverse task of planting an idea into the mind of a CEO.

IMDb: 8.8 (1,656,501 votes)
Metascore: 74

Genre: Action, Mystery, Sci-Fi

Starring: Leonardo DiCaprio, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Ellen Page, Tom Hardy

Directed by: Christopher Nolan

The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers (Movie, 2002)

While Frodo and Sam edge closer to Mordor with the help of the shifty Gollum, the divided fellowship makes a stand against Sauron's new ally, Saruman, and his hordes of Isengard.

IMDb: 8.7 (1,219,943 votes)
Metascore: 88

Genre: Adventure, Fantasy

Starring: Bruce Allpress, Sean Astin, John Bach, Sala Baker

Directed by: Peter Jackson

The Matrix (Movie, 1999)

A computer hacker learns from mysterious rebels about the true nature of his reality and his role in the war against its controllers.

IMDb: 8.7 (1,354,586 votes)
Metascore: 73

Genre: Action, Sci-Fi

Starring: Keanu Reeves, Laurence Fishburne, Carrie-Anne Moss, Hugo Weaving

Directed by: Andy Wachowski, Lana Wachowski

City of God (Movie, 2002)

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Two boys growing up in a violent neighborhood of Rio de Janeiro take different paths: one becomes a photographer, the other a drug dealer.

IMDb: 8.6 (587,554 votes)
Metascore: 79

Genre: Crime, Drama

Starring: Alexandre Rodrigues, Leandro Firmino, Phellipe Haagensen, Douglas Silva

Directed by: Fernando Meirelles, Kátia Lund

Seven (Movie, 1995)

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Two detectives, a rookie and a veteran, hunt a serial killer who uses the seven deadly sins as his modus operandi.

IMDb: 8.6 (1,155,421 votes)
Metascore: 65

Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery

Starring: Morgan Freeman, Andrew Kevin Walker, Daniel Zacapa, Brad Pitt

Directed by: David Fincher

The Silence of the Lambs (Movie, 1991)

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A young F.B.I. cadet must confide in an incarcerated and manipulative killer to receive his help on catching another serial killer who skins his victims.

IMDb: 8.6 (1,009,378 votes)
Metascore: 85

Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller

Starring: Jodie Foster, Lawrence A. Bonney, Kasi Lemmons, Lawrence T. Wrentz

Directed by: Jonathan Demme

It's A Wonderful Life (Movie, 1946)

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An angel is sent from Heaven to help a desperately frustrated businessman by showing him what life would have been like if he had never existed.

IMDb: 8.6 (311,399 votes)
Metascore: 89

Genre: Drama, Family, Fantasy

Starring: James Stewart, Donna Reed, Lionel Barrymore, Thomas Mitchell

Directed by: Frank Capra

Life Is Beautiful (Movie, 1997)

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When an open-minded Jewish librarian and his son become victims of the Holocaust, he uses a perfect mixture of will, humor and imagination to protect his son from the dangers around their camp.

IMDb: 8.6 (482,996 votes)
Metascore: 59

Genre: Comedy, Drama, War

Starring: Roberto Benigni, Nicoletta Braschi, Giorgio Cantarini, Giustino Durano

Directed by: Roberto Benigni

Leon: The Professional (Movie, 1994)

Mathilda, a 12-year-old girl, is reluctantly taken in by Léon, a professional assassin, after her family is murdered. Léon and Mathilda form an unusual relationship, as she becomes his protégée and learns the assassin's trade.

IMDb: 8.6 (822,029 votes)
Metascore: 64

Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller

Starring: Jean Reno, Gary Oldman, Natalie Portman, Danny Aiello

Directed by: Luc Besson

Saving Private Ryan (Movie, 1998)

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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.

IMDb: 8.6 (993,821 votes)
Metascore: 90

Genre: Action, Drama, War

Starring: Tom Hanks, Tom Sizemore, Edward Burns, Barry Pepper

Directed by: Steven Spielberg

American History X (Movie, 1998)

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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.

IMDb: 8.5 (868,291 votes)
Metascore: 62

Genre: Crime, Drama

Starring: Edward Norton, Edward Furlong, Beverly D'Angelo, Jennifer Lien

Directed by: Tony Kaye

Psycho (Movie, 1960)

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A Phoenix secretary embezzles $40,000 from her employer's client, goes on the run, and checks into a remote motel run by a young man under the domination of his mother.

IMDb: 8.5 (475,165 votes)
Metascore: 97

Genre: Horror, Mystery, Thriller

Starring: Anthony Perkins, Vera Miles, John Gavin, Janet Leigh

Directed by: Alfred Hitchcock

The Green Mile (Movie, 1999)

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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.

IMDb: 8.5 (890,846 votes)
Metascore: 61

Genre: Crime, Drama, Fantasy

Starring: Tom Hanks, David Morse, Michael Clarke Duncan, Bonnie Hunt

Directed by: Frank Darabont

The Intouchables (Movie, 2011)

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After he becomes a quadriplegic from a paragliding accident, an aristocrat hires a young man from the projects to be his caregiver.

IMDb: 8.6 (589,157 votes)
Metascore: 57

Genre: Biography, Comedy, Drama

Starring: François Cluzet, Omar Sy, Anne Le Ny, Audrey Fleurot

Directed by: Olivier Nakache, Eric Toledano

Raiders of the Lost Ark (Movie, 1981)

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Archaeologist and adventurer Indiana Jones is hired by the U.S. government to find the Ark of the Covenant before the Nazis.

IMDb: 8.5 (735,487 votes)
Metascore: 85

Genre: Action, Adventure

Starring: Harrison Ford, Karen Allen, Paul Freeman, Ronald Lacey

Directed by: Steven Spielberg

Rear Window (Movie, 1954)

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A wheelchair-bound photographer spies on his neighbours from his apartment window and becomes convinced one of them has committed murder.

IMDb: 8.5 (355,013 votes)

Genre: Mystery, Thriller

Starring: James Stewart, Grace Kelly, Wendell Corey, Thelma Ritter

Directed by: Alfred Hitchcock

Back to the Future (Movie, 1985)

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A young man is accidentally sent thirty 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.

IMDb: 8.5 (826,482 votes)
Metascore: 86

Genre: Adventure, Comedy, Sci-Fi

Starring: Michael J. Fox, Christopher Lloyd, Lea Thompson, Crispin Glover

Directed by: Robert Zemeckis

Gladiator (Movie, 2000)

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When a Roman General is betrayed, and his family murdered by an emperor's corrupt son, he comes to Rome as a gladiator to seek revenge.

IMDb: 8.5 (1,097,695 votes)
Metascore: 67

Genre: Action, Adventure, Drama

Starring: Russell Crowe, Joaquin Phoenix, Connie Nielsen, Oliver Reed

Directed by: Ridley Scott