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1.

The Shawshank Redemption (1994)

9.3/10

142 mins.

Crime | Drama

Framed in the 1940s for the double murder of his wife and her lover, upstanding banker Andy Dufresne begins a new life at the Shawshank prison, where he puts his accounting skills to work for an amoral warden. During his long stretch in prison, Dufresne comes to be admired by the other inmates -- including an older prisoner named Red -- for his integrity and unquenchable sense of hope.

Dir: Frank Darabont With: Tim Robbins, Morgan Freeman, Bob Gunton, William Sadler

2.

The Dark Knight (2008)

9/10

152 mins.

Action | Crime | Drama | Thriller

Batman raises the stakes in his war on crime. With the help of Lt. Jim Gordon and District Attorney Harvey Dent, Batman sets out to dismantle the remaining criminal organizations that plague the streets. The partnership proves to be effective, but they soon find themselves prey to a reign of chaos unleashed by a rising criminal mastermind known to the terrified citizens of Gotham as the Joker.

Dir: Christopher Nolan With: Christian Bale, Heath Ledger, Aaron Eckhart, Michael Caine

3.

Fight Club (1999)

8.9/10

139 mins.

Drama

A ticking-time-bomb insomniac and a slippery soap salesman channel primal male aggression into a shocking new form of therapy. Their concept catches on, with underground "fight clubs" forming in every town, until an eccentric gets in the way and ignites an out-of-control spiral toward oblivion.

Dir: David Fincher With: Edward Norton, Brad Pitt, Helena Bonham Carter, Meat Loaf

4.

Schindler's List (1993)

8.9/10

195 mins.

Drama | History | War

Told from the perspective of businessman Oskar Schindler who saved over a thousand Jewish lives from the Nazis while they worked as slaves in his factory. Schindler’s List is based on a true story, illustrated in black and white and controversially filmed in many original locations.

Dir: Steven Spielberg With: Liam Neeson, Ben Kingsley, Ralph Fiennes, Caroline Goodall

5.

Forrest Gump (1994)

8.8/10

142 mins.

Comedy | Drama | Romance

A man with a low IQ has accomplished great things in his life and been present during significant historic events - in each case, far exceeding what anyone imagined he could do. Yet, despite all the things he has attained, his one true love eludes him. 'Forrest Gump' is the story of a man who rose above his challenges, and who proved that determination, courage, and love are more important than ability.

Dir: Robert Zemeckis With: Tom Hanks, Rebecca Williams, Sally Field, Michael Conner Humphreys

6.

Goodfellas (1990)

8.7/10

146 mins.

Crime | Drama

Henry Hill is a small time gangster, who takes part in a robbery with Jimmy Conway and Tommy De Vito, two other gangsters who have set their sights a bit higher. His two partners kill off everyone else involved in the robbery, and slowly start to climb up through the hierarchy of the Mob. Henry, however, is badly affected by his partners success, but will he stoop low enough to bring about the downfall of Jimmy and Tommy?

Dir: Martin Scorsese With: Robert De Niro, Ray Liotta, Joe Pesci, Lorraine Bracco

7.

City of God (2002)

8.7/10

130 mins.

Crime | Drama

City of God depicts the raw violence in the ghettos of Rio de Janeiro. In the 1970’s that kids are carrying guns and joining gangs when they should be playing hide-and-seek.

Dir: Fernando Meirelles, Kátia Lund With: Alexandre Rodrigues, Leandro Firmino, Phellipe Haagensen, Douglas Silva

8.

Interstellar (2014)

8.7/10

169 mins.

Drama | Science fiction

Interstellar chronicles the adventures of a group of explorers who make use of a newly discovered wormhole to surpass the limitations on human space travel and conquer the vast distances involved in an interstellar voyage.

Dir: Christopher Nolan With: Ellen Burstyn, Matthew McConaughey, Mackenzie Foy, John Lithgow

9.

The Usual Suspects (1995)

8.7/10

106 mins.

Crime | Drama | Thriller

Following a truck hijack in New York, five conmen are arrested and brought together for questioning. As none of them is guilty, they plan a revenge operation against the police. The operation goes well, but then the influence of a legendary mastermind criminal called Keyser Söze is felt. It becomes clear that each one of them has wronged Söze at some point and must pay back now. The payback job leaves 27 men dead in a boat explosion, but the real question arises now: Who actually is Keyser Söze?

Dir: Bryan Singer With: Stephen Baldwin, Gabriel Byrne, Benicio Del Toro, Kevin Pollak

10.

American History X (1998)

8.6/10

119 mins.

Drama

Derek Vineyard is paroled after serving 3 years in prison for killing two thugs who tried to break into/steal his truck. Through his brother, Danny Vineyard's narration, we learn that before going to prison, Derek was a skinhead and the leader of a violent white supremacist gang that committed acts of racial crime throughout L.A. and his actions greatly influenced Danny. Reformed and fresh out of prison, Derek severs contact with the gang and becomes determined to keep Danny from going down the same violent path as he did.

Dir: Tony Kaye With: Edward Norton, Edward Furlong, Beverly D'Angelo, Jennifer Lien

11.

The Silence of the Lambs (1991)

8.6/10

118 mins.

Crime | Drama | Thriller

FBI trainee Clarice Starling ventures into a maximum-security asylum to pick the diseased brain of Hannibal Lecter, a psychiatrist turned homicidal cannibal. Starling needs clues to help her capture a serial killer. Unfortunately, her Faustian relationship with Lecter soon leads to his escape, and now two deranged killers are on the loose.

Dir: Jonathan Demme With: Jodie Foster, Lawrence A. Bonney, Kasi Lemmons, Lawrence T. Wrentz

12.

The Intouchables (2011)

8.6/10

112 mins.

Comedy | Drama

A true story of two men who should never have met - a quadriplegic aristocrat who was injured in a paragliding accident and a young man from the projects.

Dir: Olivier Nakache, Eric Toledano With: François Cluzet, Omar Sy, Anne Le Ny, Audrey Fleurot

13.

Saving Private Ryan (1998)

8.6/10

169 mins.

Drama | History | War

As U.S. troops storm the beaches of Normandy, three brothers lie dead on the battlefield, with a fourth trapped behind enemy lines. Ranger captain John Miller and seven men are tasked with penetrating German-held territory and bringing the boy home.

Dir: Steven Spielberg With: Tom Hanks, Tom Sizemore, Edward Burns, Barry Pepper

14.

Whiplash (2014)

8.6/10

105 mins.

Drama

Under the direction of a ruthless instructor, a talented young drummer begins to pursue perfection at any cost, even his humanity.

Dir: Damien Chazelle With: Miles Teller, J.K. Simmons, Paul Reiser, Melissa Benoist

15.

Leon: The Professional (1994)

8.6/10

110 mins.

Crime | Drama | Thriller

Leon, the top hit man in New York, has earned a rep as an effective "cleaner". But when his next-door neighbors are wiped out by a loose-cannon DEA agent, he becomes the unwilling custodian of 12-year-old Mathilda. Before long, Mathilda's thoughts turn to revenge, and she considers following in Leon's footsteps.

Dir: Luc Besson With: Jean Reno, Gary Oldman, Natalie Portman, Danny Aiello

16.

Life Is Beautiful (1997)

8.6/10

116 mins.

Comedy | Drama

A touching story of an Italian book seller of Jewish ancestry who lives in his own little fairy tale. His creative and happy life would come to an abrupt halt when his entire family is deported to a concentration camp during World War II. While locked up he tries to convince his son that the whole thing is just a game.

Dir: Roberto Benigni With: Roberto Benigni, Nicoletta Braschi, Giorgio Cantarini, Giustino Durano

17.

3 Idiots (2009)

8.5/10

170 mins.

Comedy | Drama | Romance

In the tradition of “Ferris Bueller’s Day Off” comes this refreshing comedy about a rebellious prankster with a crafty mind and a heart of gold. Rascal. Joker. Dreamer. Genius... You've never met a college student quite like "Rancho." From the moment he arrives at India's most prestigious university, Rancho's outlandish schemes turn the campus upside down—along with the lives of his two newfound best friends. Together, they make life miserable for "Virus," the school’s uptight and heartless dean. But when Rancho catches the eye of the dean's sexy daughter, Virus sets his sights on flunking out the "3 idiots" once and for all.

Dir: Rajkumar Hirani With: Aamir Khan, Madhavan, Sharman Joshi, Kareena Kapoor

18.

The Pianist (2002)

8.5/10

150 mins.

Drama

The Pianist is a film adapted from the biography of Wladyslaw Szpilman. A Jewish-Polish pianist who during the second world war lived and hid miraculously in Warsaw after having gone through a terrible tragedy. A film from Roman Polanski.

Dir: Roman Polanski With: Adrien Brody, Emilia Fox, Michal Zebrowski, Ed Stoppard

19.

The Departed (2006)

8.5/10

151 mins.

Crime | Drama | Thriller

To take down South Boston's Irish Mafia, the police send in one of their own to infiltrate the underworld, not realizing the syndicate has done likewise in Martin Scorsese's multiple Oscar-winning crime thriller. While an undercover cop curries favor with the mob kingpin, a career criminal rises through the police ranks. But both sides soon discover there's a mole among them.

Dir: Martin Scorsese With: Leonardo DiCaprio, Matt Damon, Jack Nicholson, Mark Wahlberg

20.

The Prestige (2006)

8.5/10

130 mins.

Drama | Mystery | Thriller

A mysterious story of two magicians whose intense rivalry leads them on a life-long battle for supremacy -- full of obsession, deceit and jealousy with dangerous and deadly consequences.

Dir: Christopher Nolan With: Hugh Jackman, Christian Bale, Michael Caine, Piper Perabo

21.

Gladiator (2000)

8.5/10

155 mins.

Action | Adventure | Drama

Gladiator is an epic film of love, death and betrayal set in the Roman Empire. General Maximus' success in battle earns the favour of an elderly Emperor at the expense of the Emperor's son. In a fit of jealous rage the son slays his father before turning his anger towards Maximus. Now reduced to a slave, his family dead, Maximus must fight as a gladiator to gain his freedom, and his revenge.

Dir: Ridley Scott With: Russell Crowe, Joaquin Phoenix, Connie Nielsen, Oliver Reed

22.

The Green Mile (1999)

8.5/10

189 mins.

Crime | Drama | Fantasy

A supernatural tale set on death row in a Southern prison, where gentle giant John Coffey possesses the mysterious power to heal people's ailments. When the cellblock's head guard, Paul Edgecomb, recognizes Coffey's miraculous gift, he tries desperately to help stave off the condemned man's execution.

Dir: Frank Darabont With: Tom Hanks, David Morse, Michael Clarke Duncan, Bonnie Hunt

23.

Django Unchained (2012)

8.5/10

165 mins.

Drama | Western

With the help of a German bounty hunter, a freed slave sets out to rescue his wife from a brutal Mississippi plantation owner.

Dir: Quentin Tarantino With: Jamie Foxx, Christoph Waltz, Leonardo DiCaprio, Kerry Washington

24.

The Dark Knight Rises (2012)

8.5/10

165 mins.

Action | Crime | Drama | Thriller

Following the death of District Attorney Harvey Dent, Batman assumes responsibility for Dent's crimes to protect the late attorney's reputation and is subsequently hunted by the Gotham City Police Department. Eight years later, Batman encounters the mysterious Selina Kyle and the villainous Bane, a new terrorist leader who overwhelms Gotham's finest. The Dark Knight resurfaces to protect a city that has branded him an enemy.

Dir: Christopher Nolan With: Christian Bale, Gary Oldman, Tom Hardy, Joseph Gordon-Levitt

25.

The Lives of Others (2006)

8.5/10

137 mins.

Drama | Thriller

A tragic love story set in East Berlin with the backdrop of an undercover Stasi controlled culture. Stasi captain Wieler is ordered to follow author Dreyman and plunges deeper and deeper into his life until he reaches the threshold of doubting the system.

Dir: Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck With: Martina Gedeck, Ulrich Mühe, Sebastian Koch, Ulrich Tukur

26.

Like Stars on Earth (2007)

8.5/10

165 mins.

Drama

Ishaan Awasthi is an eight-year-old whose world is filled with wonders that no one else seems to appreciate; colours, fish, dogs and kites are just not important in the world of adults, who are much more interested in things like homework, marks and neatness. Ishaan just cannot seem to get anything right in class. He is then sent off to boarding school, where his life is about to change forever.

Dir: Aamir Khan, Amole Gupte With: Darsheel Safary, Aamir Khan, Tanay Chheda, Sachet Engineer

27.

A Separation (2011)

8.4/10

123 mins.

Drama

The movie is centered on a couple, Nader and Simin, and their 11-year-old daughter, Termeh. Nader and Simin are about to leave the country for good; however, Nader has a change of heart and decides to stay and look after his father who suffers from Alzheimer's disease. Simin is determined to get a divorce and leave the country with her daughter, but the court does not find in her favor. Simin goes to live with her mother and Termeh returns to live with her father with the hope that her mother will be back some day.

Dir: Asghar Farhadi With: Peyman Moaadi, Leila Hatami, Sareh Bayat, Shahab Hosseini

28.

American Beauty (1999)

8.4/10

122 mins.

Drama

Lester Burnham, a depressed suburban father in a mid-life crisis, decides to turn his hectic life around after developing an infatuation with his daughter's attractive friend.

Dir: Sam Mendes With: Kevin Spacey, Annette Bening, Thora Birch, Wes Bentley

29.

Requiem for a Dream (2000)

8.4/10

102 mins.

Drama

The hopes and dreams of four ambitious people are shattered when their drug addictions begin spiraling out of control. A look into addiction and how it overcomes the mind and body.

Dir: Darren Aronofsky With: Ellen Burstyn, Jared Leto, Jennifer Connelly, Marlon Wayans

30.

Braveheart (1995)

8.4/10

177 mins.

Action | Drama | History | War

Enraged at the slaughter of Murron, his new bride and childhood love, legendary Scottish warrior William Wallace slays a platoon of the local English lord's soldiers. This leads the village to revolt and, eventually, the entire country to rise up against English rule.

Dir: Mel Gibson With: James Robinson, Sean Lawlor, Sandy Nelson, James Cosmo

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