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Moonlight (Movie, 2016)

A chronicle of the childhood, adolescence and burgeoning adulthood of a young, African-American, gay man growing up in a rough neighborhood of Miami.

IMDb: 7.5 (172,176 votes)
Metascore: 99

Genre: Drama

Starring: Mahershala Ali, Shariff Earp, Duan Sanderson, Alex R. Hibbert

Directed by: Barry Jenkins

Argo (Movie, 2012)

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Acting under the cover of a Hollywood producer scouting a location for a science fiction film, a CIA agent launches a dangerous operation to rescue six Americans in Tehran during the U.S. hostage crisis in Iran in 1980.

IMDb: 7.7 (496,682 votes)
Metascore: 86

Genre: Drama, History, Thriller

Starring: Ben Affleck, Bryan Cranston, Alan Arkin, John Goodman

Directed by: Ben Affleck

The Artist (Movie, 2011)

A silent movie star meets a young dancer, but the arrival of talking pictures sends their careers in opposite directions.

IMDb: 7.9 (204,659 votes)
Metascore: 89

Genre: Comedy, Drama, Romance

Starring: Jean Dujardin, Bérénice Bejo, John Goodman, James Cromwell

Directed by: Michel Hazanavicius

The Hurt Locker (Movie, 2008)

During the Iraq War, a Sergeant recently assigned to an army bomb squad is put at odds with his squad mates due to his maverick way of handling his work.

IMDb: 7.6 (363,949 votes)
Metascore: 94

Genre: Drama, History, Thriller

Starring: Jeremy Renner, Anthony Mackie, Brian Geraghty, Guy Pearce

Directed by: Kathryn Bigelow

No Country for Old Men (Movie, 2007)

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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.

IMDb: 8.1 (688,718 votes)
Metascore: 91

Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller

Starring: Tommy Lee Jones, Javier Bardem, Josh Brolin, Woody Harrelson

Directed by: Ethan Coen, Joel Coen

Crash (Movie, 2004)

Los Angeles citizens with vastly separate lives collide in interweaving stories of race, loss and redemption.

IMDb: 7.8 (381,796 votes)
Metascore: 69

Genre: Drama

Starring: Karina Arroyave, Dato Bakhtadze, Sandra Bullock, Don Cheadle

Directed by: Paul Haggis

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

Chicago (Movie, 2002)

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Murderesses Velma Kelly and Roxie Hart find themselves on death row together and fight for the fame that will keep them from the gallows in 1920s Chicago.

IMDb: 7.2 (186,752 votes)
Metascore: 82

Genre: Comedy, Crime, Musical

Starring: Taye Diggs, Cliff Saunders, Catherine Zeta-Jones, Renée Zellweger

Directed by: Rob Marshall

A Beautiful Mind (Movie, 2001)

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After a brilliant but asocial mathematician, John Nash, accepts secret work in cryptography, his life takes a turn for the nightmarish.

IMDb: 8.2 (637,161 votes)
Metascore: 72

Genre: Biography, Drama

Starring: Russell Crowe, Ed Harris, Jennifer Connelly, Christopher Plummer

Directed by: Ron Howard

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

American Beauty (Movie, 1999)

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A sexually frustrated suburban father has a mid-life crisis after becoming infatuated with his daughter's best friend.

Genre: Drama, Romance

Starring: Kevin Spacey, Annette Bening, Thora Birch, Wes Bentley

Directed by: Sam Mendes

The English Patient (Movie, 1996)

At the close of WWII, a young nurse tends to a badly-burned plane crash victim. His past is shown in flashbacks, revealing an involvement in a fateful love affair.

IMDb: 7.4 (154,044 votes)
Metascore: 87

Genre: Drama, Romance, War

Starring: Ralph Fiennes, Juliette Binoche, Willem Dafoe, Kristin Scott Thomas

Directed by: Anthony Minghella

Braveheart (Movie, 1995)

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When his secret bride is executed for assaulting an English soldier who tried to rape her, William Wallace begins a revolt against King Edward I of England.

IMDb: 8.4 (818,173 votes)
Metascore: 68

Genre: Biography, Drama, History

Starring: James Robinson, Sean Lawlor, Sandy Nelson, James Cosmo

Directed by: Mel Gibson

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

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

Unforgiven (Movie, 1992)

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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.

IMDb: 8.2 (309,377 votes)
Metascore: 85

Genre: Drama, Western

Starring: Clint Eastwood, Gene Hackman, Morgan Freeman, Richard Harris

Directed by: Clint Eastwood

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

Rain Man (Movie, 1988)

Selfish yuppie Charlie Babbitt's father left a fortune to his savant brother Raymond and a pittance to Charlie; they travel cross-country.

IMDb: 8.0 (411,964 votes)
Metascore: 65

Genre: Drama

Starring: Dustin Hoffman, Tom Cruise, Valeria Golino, Gerald R. Molen

Directed by: Barry Levinson

Platoon (Movie, 1986)

A young recruit in Vietnam faces a moral crisis when confronted with the horrors of war and the duality of man.

IMDb: 8.1 (320,607 votes)
Metascore: 92

Genre: Drama, War

Starring: Tom Berenger, Keith David, Willem Dafoe, Forest Whitaker

Directed by: Oliver Stone

Annie Hall (Movie, 1977)

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Neurotic New York comedian Alvy Singer falls in love with the ditsy Annie Hall.

IMDb: 8.1 (217,316 votes)
Metascore: 92

Genre: Comedy, Romance

Starring: Woody Allen, Diane Keaton, Tony Roberts, Carol Kane

Directed by: Woody Allen

Rocky (Movie, 1976)

Rocky Balboa, a small-time boxer gets a supremely rare chance to fight the heavy-weight champion, Apollo Creed, in a bout in which he strives to go the distance for his self-respect.

IMDb: 8.1 (425,819 votes)
Metascore: 69

Genre: Drama, Sport

Starring: Sylvester Stallone, Talia Shire, Burt Young, Carl Weathers

Directed by: John G. Avildsen

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 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

Midnight Cowboy (Movie, 1969)

A naive hustler goes to New York to seek personal fortune but in the process finds himself a new friend.

IMDb: 7.9 (83,417 votes)
Metascore: 79

Genre: Drama

Starring: Dustin Hoffman, Jon Voight, Sylvia Miles, John McGiver

Directed by: John Schlesinger

In the Heat of the Night (Movie, 1967)

An African American police detective is asked to investigate a murder in a racially hostile southern town.

IMDb: 8.0 (55,186 votes)
Metascore: 75

Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery

Starring: Sidney Poitier, Rod Steiger, Warren Oates, Lee Grant

Directed by: Norman Jewison

The Sound of Music (Movie, 1965)

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A woman leaves an Austrian convent to become a governess to the children of a Naval officer widower.

IMDb: 8.0 (163,945 votes)

Genre: Biography, Drama, Family

Starring: Julie Andrews, Christopher Plummer, Eleanor Parker, Richard Haydn

Directed by: Robert Wise

Lawrence of Arabia (Movie, 1962)

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Follows a brilliant, flamboyant and controversial British military figure and his conflicted loyalties during wartime service.

IMDb: 8.3 (216,163 votes)
Metascore: 100

Genre: Adventure, Biography, Drama

Starring: Peter O'Toole, Alec Guinness, Anthony Quinn, Jack Hawkins

Directed by: David Lean

West Side Story (Movie, 1961)

Two youngsters from rival New York City gangs fall in love, but tensions between their respective friends build toward tragedy.

IMDb: 7.6 (79,696 votes)

Genre: Crime, Drama, Musical

Starring: Natalie Wood, Richard Beymer, Russ Tamblyn, Rita Moreno

Directed by: Jerome Robbins, Robert Wise

The Apartment (Movie, 1960)

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.

IMDb: 8.3 (124,168 votes)

Genre: Comedy, Drama, Romance

Starring: Jack Lemmon, Shirley MacLaine, Fred MacMurray, Ray Walston

Directed by: Billy Wilder

Marty (Movie, 1955)

A middle-aged butcher and a school teacher who have given up on the idea of love, meet at a dance and fall in love.

IMDb: 7.7 (17,234 votes)

Genre: Drama, Romance

Starring: Esther Minciotti, Augusta Ciolli, Joe Mantell, Karen Steele

Directed by: Delbert Mann