1000 films worth seeing

List by coilwave Last updated August 15, 2017

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Natural Born Killers (1994)

Crime Thriller Drama
The Media Made Them Superstars.

Two victims of traumatized childhoods become lovers and psychopathic serial murderers irresponsibly glorified by the mass media.

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Vote count 748 Vote avg 69 Release date 1994-08-25

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WarGames (1983)

Thriller Science Fiction
Is it a game, or is it real?

High School student David Lightman (Matthew Broderick) has a talent for hacking. But while trying to hack into a computer system to play unreleased video games, he unwittingly taps into the Defense Department's war computer and initiates a confrontation of global proportions! Together with his girlfriend (Ally Sheedy) and a wizardly computer genius (John Wood), David must race against time to outwit his opponent...and prevent a nuclear Armageddon.

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Vote count 441 Vote avg 70 Release date 1983-06-03

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I, Robot (2004)

Action Science Fiction
Laws are made to be broken.

In 2035, where robots are common-place and abide by the three laws of robotics, a techno-phobic cop investigates an apparent suicide. Suspecting that a robot may be responsible for the death, his investigation leads him to believe that humanity may be in danger.

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Vote count 3,007 Vote avg 67 Release date 2004-07-15

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Pitch Perfect (2012)

Comedy Music Romance
Get pitch slapped.

College student Beca knows she does not want to be part of a clique, but that's exactly where she finds herself after arriving at her new school. Thrust in among mean gals, nice gals and just plain weird gals, Beca finds that the only thing they have in common is how well they sing together. She takes the women of the group out of their comfort zone of traditional arrangements and into a world of amazing harmonic combinations in a fight to the top of college music competitions.

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Vote count 1,852 Vote avg 72 Release date 2012-09-28

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Road to Perdition (2002)

Thriller Crime Drama
Pray for Michael Sullivan.

Mike Sullivan works as a hit man for crime boss John Rooney. Sullivan views Rooney as a father figure, however after his son is witness to a killing, Mike Sullivan finds himself on the run in attempt to save the life of his son and at the same time looking for revenge on those who wronged him.

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Vote count 874 Vote avg 73 Release date 2002-07-12

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Lords of Dogtown (2005)

Drama
They never thought they'd be famous, but they always thought they'd be friends.

The film follows the surf and skateboarding trends that originated in Venice, California during the 1970's.

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Vote count 177 Vote avg 70 Release date 2005-06-03

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A Few Good Men (1992)

Drama Thriller
In the heart of the nation's capital, in a courthouse of the U.S. government, one man will stop at nothing to keep his honor, and one will stop at nothing to find the truth.

When cocky military lawyer Lt. Daniel Kaffee and his co-counsel, Lt. Cmdr. JoAnne Galloway, are assigned to a murder case, they uncover a hazing ritual that could implicate high-ranking officials such as shady Col. Nathan Jessep.

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Vote count 727 Vote avg 71 Release date 1992-12-11

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Stakeout (1987)

Action Comedy Romance
It's a tough job but somebody's got to do it!

Two cops are given the 'dirty' job of staking out the home of an escaped convict's ex-girlfriend. Chris and the beautiful girlfriend accidentally meet and fall in love. Just as Chris' confesses, the convict appears, but will she betray him ?

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Vote count 89 Vote avg 62 Release date 1987-08-05

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Papillon (1973)

Crime Drama
Not just a Great Escape. It was the Greatest.

A man befriends a fellow criminal as the two of them begin serving their sentence on a dreadful prison island, which inspires the man to plot his escape.

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Vote count 348 Vote avg 77 Release date 1973-12-13

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Cape Fear (1991)

Crime Thriller
There is nothing in the dark that isn't there in the light. Except fear.

Sam Bowden is a small-town corporate attorney. Max Cady is a tattooed, cigar-smoking, bible-quoting, psychotic rapist. What do they have in common? Fourteen years ago, Sam was a public defender assigned to Max Cady's rape trial, and he made a serious error: he hid a document from his illiterate client that could have gotten him acquitted. Now, the cagey, bibliophile Cady has been released, and he intends to teach Sam Bowden and his family a thing or two about loss.

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Vote count 536 Vote avg 70 Release date 1991-11-15

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The Untouchables (1987)

Crime Drama History
What are you prepared to do?

Young Treasury Agent Elliot Ness arrives in Chicago and is determined to take down Al Capone but it's not going to be easy, because Capone has the police in his pocket. Ness meets Jimmy Malone a veteran patrolman and probably the most honorable one in the force. He asks Malone to help him get Capone but Malone warns him that if he goes after Capone, he is going to war.

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Vote count 1,121 Vote avg 76 Release date 1987-06-02

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Star Trek: Nemesis (2002)

Science Fiction Action Adventure
A generation's final journey... begins.

En route to the honeymoon of William Riker to Deanna Troi on her home planet of Betazed, Captain Jean-Luc Picard and the crew of the U.S.S. Enterprise receives word from Starfleet that a coup has resulted in the installation of a new Romulan political leader, Shinzon, who claims to seek peace with the human-backed United Federation of Planets. Once in enemy territory, the captain and his crew make a startling discovery: Shinzon is human, a slave from the Romulan sister planet of Remus, and has a secret, shocking relationship to Picard himself.

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Vote count 424 Vote avg 61 Release date 2002-12-12

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Interview with the Vampire (1994)

Horror Romance
Drink From Me And Live Forever.

A vampire relates his epic life story of love, betrayal, loneliness, and dark hunger to an over-curious reporter.

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Vote count 1,195 Vote avg 71 Release date 1994-11-11

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Blue Velvet (1986)

Crime Drama Thriller
It's a strange world.

The discovery of a severed human ear found in a field leads a young man on an investigation related to a beautiful, mysterious nightclub singer and a group of criminals who have kidnapped her child.

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Vote count 570 Vote avg 76 Release date 1986-08-01

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I Am Legend (2007)

Drama Horror Action
The last man on Earth is not alone

Robert Neville is a scientist who was unable to stop the spread of the terrible virus that was incurable and man-made. Immune, Neville is now the last human survivor in what is left of New York City and perhaps the world. For three years, Neville has faithfully sent out daily radio messages, desperate to find any other survivors who might be out there. But he is not alone.

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Vote count 3,912 Vote avg 69 Release date 2007-12-14

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Blue Thunder (1983)

Science Fiction Action Thriller
He's out there...

Officer Frank Murphy, an experienced LAPD helicopter pilot, is given command of the advanced new "Blue Thunder" chopper. But he begins to wonder why the LAPD would need a helicopter so powerful and why it is such a secret.

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Vote count 89 Vote avg 58 Release date 1983-02-05

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The Thin Red Line (1998)

Drama History War
Every man fights his own war.

Based on the graphic novel by James Jones, The Thin Red Line tells the story of a group of men, an Army Rifle company called C-for-Charlie, who change, suffer, and ultimately make essential discoveries about themselves during the fierce World War II battle of Guadalcanal. It follows their journey, from the surprise of an unopposed landing, through the bloody and exhausting battles that follow, to the ultimate departure of those who survived. A powerful frontline cast - including Sean Penn, Nick Nolte, Woody Harrelson and George Clooney - explodes into action in this hauntingly realistic view of military and moral chaos in the Pacific during World War II.

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Vote count 600 Vote avg 71 Release date 1998-12-25

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Appaloosa (2008)

Drama Western Crime
Feelings get you killed.

Two friends hired to police a small town that is suffering under the rule of a rancher find their job complicated by the arrival of a young widow.

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Vote count 243 Vote avg 63 Release date 2008-09-12

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Constantine (2005)

Drama Fantasy Horror
Hell Wants Him, Heaven Won't Take Him, Earth Needs Him.

John Constantine has literally been to Hell and back. When he teams up with a policewoman to solve the mysterious suicide of her twin sister, their investigation takes them through the world of demons and angels that exists beneath the landscape of contemporary Los Angeles.

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Vote count 1,429 Vote avg 65 Release date 2005-02-08

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Mr. Majestyk (1974)

Action Adventure Crime
He didn't want to be hero... until the day they pushed him too far.

Watermelon farmer Vince Majestyk (Charles Bronson) goes after the Mob, when they try to strong arm him to use their melon picking crew.

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Vote count 13 Vote avg 70 Release date 1974-07-17

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Eastern Promises (2007)

Thriller Crime Mystery
Every sin leaves a mark.

A Russian teenager living in London who dies during childbirth leaves clues to a midwife in her journal that could tie her child to a rape involving a violent Russian mob family.

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Vote count 692 Vote avg 72 Release date 2007-09-14

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Final Destination (2000)

Horror
No accidents. No coincidences. No escapes. You can't cheat death.

After a teenager has a terrifying vision of him and his friends dying in a plane crash, he prevents the accident only to have Death hunt them down, one by one.

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Vote count 1,048 Vote avg 64 Release date 2000-03-16

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Million Dollar Baby (2004)

Drama
Beyond his silence, there is a past. Beyond her dreams, there is a feeling. Beyond hope, there is a memory. Beyond their journey, there is a love.

Despondent over a painful estrangement from his daughter, trainer Frankie Dunn isn't prepared for boxer Maggie Fitzgerald to enter his life. But Maggie's determined to go pro and to convince Dunn and his cohort to help her.

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Vote count 1,902 Vote avg 77 Release date 2004-12-14

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Uncommon Valor (1983)

Action Adventure Drama

A group of Vietnam War veterans re-unite to rescue one of their own left behind and taken prisoner by the Vietnamese...

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Vote count 40 Vote avg 62 Release date 1983-12-16

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Jerry Maguire (1996)

Comedy Drama Romance
Everybody loved him... Everybody disappeared.

Jerry Maguire used to be a typical sports agent: willing to do just about anything he could to get the biggest possible contracts for his clients, plus a nice commission for himself. Then, one day, he suddenly has second thoughts about what he's really doing. When he voices these doubts, he ends up losing his job and all of his clients, save Rod Tidwell, an egomaniacal football player.

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Vote count 765 Vote avg 66 Release date 1996-12-06

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Primal Fear (1996)

Crime Drama Mystery
Sooner or later, a man who wears two faces forgets which one is real.

An arrogant, high-powered attorney takes on the case of a poor altar boy found running away from the scene of the grisly murder of the bishop who has taken him in. The case gets a lot more complex when the accused reveals that there may or may not have been a 3rd person in the room. The intensity builds when a surprise twist alters everyone's perception of the crime.

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Vote count 558 Vote avg 74 Release date 1996-04-03

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Shrek (2001)

Adventure Animation Comedy
The greatest fairy tale never told.

It ain't easy bein' green -- especially if you're a likable (albeit smelly) ogre named Shrek. On a mission to retrieve a gorgeous princess from the clutches of a fire-breathing dragon, Shrek teams up with an unlikely compatriot -- a wisecracking donkey.

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Vote count 3,013 Vote avg 72 Release date 2001-05-16

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The Last Starfighter (1984)

Adventure Science Fiction Action
He didn't find his dreams... his dreams found him.

A video-gaming boy, seemingly doomed to stay at his trailer park home all his life, finds himself recruited as a gunner for an alien defense force.

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Vote count 182 Vote avg 64 Release date 1984-07-13

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Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World (2003)

Adventure
The Courage to Do the Impossible Lies in the Hearts of Men

After an abrupt and violent encounter with a French warship inflicts severe damage upon his ship, a captain of the British Royal Navy begins a chase over two oceans to capture or destroy the enemy, though he must weigh his commitment to duty and ferocious pursuit of glory against the safety of his devoted crew, including the ship's thoughtful surgeon, his best friend.

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Vote count 660 Vote avg 69 Release date 2003-11-14

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Mr. Brooks (2007)

Drama Crime Mystery
The man who has everything has everything to hide.

A psychological thriller about a man who is sometimes controlled by his murder-and-mayhem-loving alter ego.

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Vote count 443 Vote avg 68 Release date 2007-06-01

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Act of Valor (2012)

Action Thriller War
The only easy day was yesterday

When a covert mission to rescue a kidnapped CIA operative uncovers a chilling plot, an elite, highly trained U.S. SEAL team speeds to hotspots around the globe, racing against the clock to stop a deadly terrorist attack.

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Vote count 379 Vote avg 63 Release date 2012-02-24

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High Plains Drifter (1973)

Western
Welcome to Hell

A gunfighting stranger comes to the small settlement of Lago. After gunning down three gunmen who tried to kill him, the townsfolk decide to hire the Stranger to hold off three outlaws who are on their way.

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Vote count 220 Vote avg 73 Release date 1973-04-19

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Desperado (1995)

Thriller Action Crime
When the smoke clears, it just means he's reloading.

A gunslinger is embroiled in a war with a local drug runner.

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Vote count 729 Vote avg 68 Release date 1995-08-25

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The Great Escape (1963)

Adventure Drama History
Put a fence in front of these men...and they'll climb it...

The Nazis, exasperated at the number of escapes from their prison camps by a relatively small number of Allied prisoners, relocates them to a high-security 'escape-proof' camp to sit out the remainder of the war. Undaunted, the prisoners plan one of the most ambitious escape attempts of World War II. Based on a true story.

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Vote count 612 Vote avg 78 Release date 1963-06-20

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The 40 Year Old Virgin (2005)

Comedy Romance
The longer you wait, the harder it gets.

Andy Stitzer has a pleasant life with a nice apartment and a job stamping invoices at an electronics store. But at age 40, there's one thing Andy hasn't done, and it's really bothering his sex-obsessed male co-workers: Andy is still a virgin. Determined to help Andy get laid, the guys make it their mission to de-virginize him. But it all seems hopeless until Andy meets small business owner Trish, a single mom.

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Vote count 1,663 Vote avg 62 Release date 2005-08-11

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Fat Man and Little Boy (1989)

War Drama History
The story of the extraordinary people who changed our world.

This film reenacts the Manhattan Project, the secret wartime project in New Mexico where the first atomic bombs were designed and built.

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Vote count 20 Vote avg 64 Release date 1989-10-20

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Dogma (1999)

Fantasy Comedy Adventure
It can be Hell getting into Heaven

The latest battle in the eternal war between Good and Evil has come to New Jersey in the late, late 20th Century. Angels, demons, apostles and prophets (of a sort) walk among the cynics and innocents of America and duke it out for the fate of humankind.

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Vote count 705 Vote avg 67 Release date 1999-11-12

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Bill & Ted's Excellent Adventure (1989)

Adventure Comedy Science Fiction
History is about to be rewritten by two guys who can't spell.

In the small town of San Dimas, a few miles away from Los Angeles, there are two nearly brain dead teenage boys going by the names of Bill S, Preston ESQ. and Ted Theodore Logan, they have a dream together of starting their own rock and roll band called the "Wyld Stallyns". Unfortunately, they are still in high school and on the verge of failing out of their school as well, and if they do not pass their upcoming history report, they will be separated as a result of Ted's father sending him to military school. But, what Bill and Ted do not know is that they must stay together to save the future. So, a man from the future named Rufus came to help them pass their report. So, both Bill and Ted decided to gather up historical figures which they need for their report. They are hoping that this will help them pass their report so they can stay together.

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Vote count 378 Vote avg 66 Release date 1989-02-17

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Once Upon a Time in the West (1968)

Action Western
There were three men in her life. One to take her... one to love her... and one to kill her.

This classic western masterpiece is an epic film about a widow whose land and life are in danger as the railroad is getting closer and closer to taking them over. A mysterious harmonica player joins forces with a desperado to protect the woman and her land.

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Vote count 935 Vote avg 80 Release date 1968-12-21

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Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home (1986)

Science Fiction Adventure
The key to saving the future can only be found in the past.

Fugitives of the Federation for their daring rescue of Spock from the doomed Genesis Planet, Admiral Kirk (William Shatner) and his crew begin their journey home to face justice for their actions. But as they near Earth, they find it at the mercy of a mysterious alien presence whose signals are slowly destroying the planet. In a desperate attempt to answer the call of the probe, Kirk and his crew race back to the late twentieth century. However they soon find the world they once knew to be more alien than anything they've encountered in the far reaches of the galaxy!

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Vote count 423 Vote avg 68 Release date 1986-11-25

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Deep Impact (1998)

Action Adventure Drama
Heaven and Earth are about to collide.

A seven-mile-wide space rock is hurtling toward Earth, threatening to obliterate the planet. Now, it's up to the president of the United States to save the world. He appoints a tough-as-nails veteran astronaut to lead a joint American-Russian crew into space to destroy the comet before impact. Meanwhile, an enterprising reporter uses her smarts to uncover the scoop of the century.

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Vote count 710 Vote avg 58 Release date 1998-05-07

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The Abyss (1989)

Adventure Action Thriller
There's everything you've ever known about adventure, and then there's The Abyss.

A civilian oil rig crew is recruited to conduct a search and rescue effort when a nuclear submarine mysteriously sinks. One diver soon finds himself on a spectacular odyssey 25,000 feet below the ocean's surface where he confronts a mysterious force that has the power to change the world or destroy it.

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Vote count 693 Vote avg 71 Release date 1989-08-08

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Mystic River (2003)

Thriller Crime Drama
We bury our sins, we wash them clean.

A story about friendship and loyalty, guilt and vengeance, and the fateful affect the past has on the present.

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Vote count 1,111 Vote avg 75 Release date 2003-10-07

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The Omega Man (1971)

Action Science Fiction Thriller
The World Is Dead. One Survivor. Then The Others. Crawling In Darkness. The Strangest Sect Of All. *Hunting The Last Man On Earth.*

Robert Neville, a doctor, due to an experimental vaccine, is the only survivor of an apocalyptic war waged with biological weapons. The plague caused by the war has killed everyone else except for a few hundred deformed, nocturnal people calling themselves "The Family". The plague has caused them to become sensitive to light, as well as homicidally psychotic.

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Vote count 121 Vote avg 59 Release date 1971-08-01

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The Elephant Man (1980)

Drama History
I am not an animal! I am a human being! I...am...a man!

A Victorian surgeon rescues a heavily disfigured man being mistreated by his "owner" as a side-show freak. Behind his monstrous facade, there is revealed a person of great intelligence and sensitivity. Based on the true story of Joseph Merrick (called John Merrick in the film), a severely deformed man in 19th century London.

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Vote count 552 Vote avg 78 Release date 1980-10-03

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Chasing Amy (1997)

Comedy Drama Romance
It's not who you love. It's how.

Holden and Banky are comic book artists. Everything is going good for them until they meet Alyssa, also a comic book artist. Holden falls for her, but his hopes are crushed when he finds out she's a lesbian.

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Vote count 378 Vote avg 67 Release date 1997-04-04

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Moon (2009)

Science Fiction Drama
The last place you'd ever expect to find yourself.

With only three weeks left in his three year contract, Sam Bell is getting anxious to finally return to Earth. He is the only occupant of a Moon-based manufacturing facility along with his computer and assistant, GERTY. The long period of time alone however has resulted in him talking to himself for the most part, or to his plants. Direct communication with Earth is not possible due to a long-standing communication malfunction but he does get an occasional message from his wife Tess. When he has an accident however, he wakens to find that he is not alone. He also comes to realize that his world is not what he thought it was.

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Vote count 1,474 Vote avg 75 Release date 2009-06-12

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Star Trek III: The Search for Spock (1984)

Science Fiction Action Adventure
A dying planet. A fight for life.

Admiral Kirk and his bridge crew risk their careers stealing the decommissioned Enterprise to return to the restricted Genesis planet to recover Spock's body.

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Vote count 379 Vote avg 63 Release date 1984-05-31

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Twister (1996)

Action Adventure Drama
The Dark Side of Nature.

TV weatherman Bill Harding is trying to get his tornado-hunter wife, Jo, to sign divorce papers so he can marry his girlfriend Melissa. But Mother Nature, in the form of a series of intense storms sweeping across Oklahoma, has other plans. Soon the three have joined the team of stormchasers as they attempt to insert a revolutionary measuring device into the very heart of several extremely violent tornados.

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Vote count 797 Vote avg 60 Release date 1996-05-09

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Event Horizon (1997)

Horror Science Fiction Mystery
Infinite Space - Infinite Terror

In the year 2047 a group of astronauts are sent to investigate and salvage the long lost starship "Event Horizon". The ship disappeared mysteriously 7 years before on its maiden voyage and with its return comes even more mystery as the crew of the "Lewis and Clark" discover the real truth behind its disappearance and something even more terrifying.

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Vote count 609 Vote avg 64 Release date 1997-08-15

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