The Best Movies on HBO Right Now (Nov_ 2020) - Featured

Though best known for producing many of the best television shows of all time, HBO is also home to many excellent films. HBO caught on quick that streaming was the way of the future, and got into the only media game early. We’ll be taking a look at what movies are on HBO right now. HBO-Go is home to not just every great HBO original series, but also hundreds of films ranging from all-time classics to new releases. Joining us in counting down the top 50 HBO movies available right now.

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50. Deliverance (1972)

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Deliverance  is an important film in cinematic history and in the evolution of action filmmaking in Hollywood. The film was integral to the stylistic shift from the late 60s into the 70s. The film is packed with iconic scenes from the above ‘dueling banjos’ scene to the infamous ‘squeal like a pig’ scene. Jon Voigt, Burt Reynolds and Ned Beatty all turn in excellent performances and Vilmos Zsigmond’s cinematography is a definite highlight.

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Each of the four lead performances is exceptional, none more so than Burt Reynolds' beefy, supercilious Lewis. Full review — TIME Magazine

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49. Swingers (1996)

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Swingers is a fresh and fun comedy. The film, which starred Vince Vaugn, Ron Livingston, and screenwriter of the film John Favreau, was important to the developing indie scene of the time and launched a number of careers, including director Doug Liman’s.

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What it lacks as a cutting character drama, it makes up for in easily quaffable lifestyle porn, though it's up for debate whether one of those things is equal to the other. Full review - Tim Brayton, Agony & Ecstasy

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48. Half Nelson (2006)

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Half Nelson  is the crown jewel of the inner-city-school-teacher subgenre. It’s a heavy drama headlined by a showstopping Ryan Gosling. With audiences used to his heartthrob side in the likes of The Notebook, Gosling took on the challenging protagonist of Half Nelson, a strung-out crack addict barely holding his life together. It’s a great character and a great performance.

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It's the gritty script and sheer quality of the performances that distinguish this parable. Full review — James Christopher, Times (UK)

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47. Thief (1981)

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Thief is a stylish gangster, heist film from director Michael Mann. It was Mann’s first feature film but already displayed his keen eye for visuals and the stylistic flourishes that would become trademarks of his career. James Caan is excellent in the starring role. The film is a neo-noir and, due to its color palette, was labeled as “neon-noir” upon release.

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A philosophical thriller filled with modernist cool. Full review - Geoff Andrew, Time Out

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46. Lethal Weapon (1987)

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When Lethal Weapon premiered in 1987, it both cemented the tropes of the buddy cop genre and perfected the formula in one fell swoop. The film spawned a number of sequels and a wave of copycats and shallow imitations. The movie is about an ex-Navy SEAL Martin Riggs (Mel Gibson) moves to California and starts working at the LAPD. He is paired with Detective Roger Murtaugh (Danny Glover) and together, they fight some of the most dangerous criminals in the city.

The chemistry between Riggs and Murtaugh is pitch-perfect and the film is just as funny as it is thrilling.

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It's the gritty script and sheer quality of the performances that distinguish this parable. Full review — James Christopher, Times (UK)

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45. Enter the Dragon (1973)

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Enter The Dragon  was the final completed film to star the legendary martial-arts icon Bruce Lee. Lee is in great form and the fight scenes are excellent in this kung fu classic. Co-star Jim Kelly also gets his chance to shine alongside Lee.

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A whoop-and-holler entertainment, which is to say that it's a lavish, corny action movie, not boring for a second and as outrageously wry as it is visually appealing. Full review — Alan R. Howard, Hollywood Reporter

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44. The Dark Knight (2008)

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The middle film in Christopher Nolan's Batman trilogy, The Dark Knight is near-universally regarded as the best of the series and considered by many to be the best Batman film out of the many alternate adaptations of the original source comics. The Dark Knight plays out like a gritty crime, thriller with a strong script, good action, and a fantastic villain found in the Joker as played to perfection by Heath Ledger.

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Watching the first dizzying, vertiginous overhead shot of the glittering skyscrapers and minuscule streets, I literally forgot to breathe for a second or two, and found myself teetering forward on my seat... Full review — Peter Bradshaw, Guardian

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43. Magnum Force (1973)

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Magnum Force is a part of the long-running Dirty Harry series and stands as possibly the best of the sequels. This time Clint Eastwood’s title character finds himself up against a group of police officers who have decided to work outside of the law to kill whoever they see fit. If you’re in the mood for a Dirty Harry marathon, HBO is also adding the sequels Sudden Impact and The Enforcer this month as well.

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An enthralling thriller which resounds like the boom of the Magnum force Full review - Louise Keller, Urban Cinephile

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42. The Fountain (2006)

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Darren Aronofsky followed up Requiem for a Dream with the extremely ambitious The Fountain.  Sometimes unfairly derided, The Fountain tells a singular story through three different time periods and three different genres, each building upon the others in unique fashion. The story is thematically rich and rewards repeat viewing.

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Anybody could see that Aronofsky was one of the few American filmmakers who saw the cinema past as a jumping-off point, not a toy store to plunder. His films were full of promise; and more, they delivered on their promises. Full review — Richard Corliss, TIME Magazine

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41. Raising Arizona (1987)

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Raising Arizona was the second feature film to come from the inimitable Coen BrothersIt is their goofiest romp by far as it follows a Nic Cage X Holly Hunter couple who take advantage of a rich family with more children than they need. Look for the over-the-top motorcycle riding, dynamite throwing villain, the dog-filled chase scene, and a great supporting role from John Goodman.

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To their old fascination with Sunbelt pathology, to their side-winding Steadicam and pristine command of screen space, the Coens have added a robust humor, a plot that keeps outwitting expectations and a...dollop of sympathy for their forlorn kidnapers. Full review — Richard Corliss, TIME Magazine

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40. The Lego Movie (2014)

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The Lego Movie surprised many skeptical movie-goers upon its release. What could have been a shallow cash-grab was instead treated with genuine care and heart. The film was helmed by the directing duo of Lord & Miller, and featured a star-studded voice cast with the likes of Chris Pratt, Will Ferrell, Morgan Freeman, Elizabeth Banks, Will Arnett, and many others.

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The movie is a wonderful surprise, cleverly written and executed brick by brick with a visual panache. Full review - Peter Hartlaub, San Francisco Chronicle

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39. Shame (2011)

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Shame was the second feature-film from British director Steve McQueen who quickly cemented himself as one of the best filmmakers currently working in the industry. Shame tackles the difficult subject of sex addiction in the lead character played brilliantly by Michael Fassbender. Carey Mulligan is also great in a supporting role.

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With tremendous performances from Fassbender and Mulligan, and such superb technique from McQueen, this is a horrible inferno. Full review — Peter Bradshaw, Guardian

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38. The Iron Giant (1999)

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The Iron Giant is an excellent animated film for the whole family. It’s heavy themes, setting, and animation style all set it apart from other animated fare of the time. The film was directed by Brad Bird, who would go on to make The Incredibles, and featured the voice talents of Vin Diesel, Harry Connick Jr., Jennifer Aniston, and Christopher McDonald among others.

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Tender, moving and exciting for kids (and their secretly tearful parents). Full review - Kate Muir, The Times

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37. The Man With the Golden Arm

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The title might sound like a James Bond film but The Man With the Golden Arm is actually a harsh, film noir exploration of heroin addiction made in a time when censorship was so strict that the word “heroin” couldn’t even be used in the film. The film stars Frank Sinatra at his darkest, Eleanor Parker, and Kim Novak, and was directed by the great Otto Preminger.

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An unflinchingly humane work of enormous importance. Full review - Lewis Porteous, The Skinny

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Before the Devil Knows You're Dead was the final film from legendary filmmaker Sidney Lumet, and what a capstone to his impressive filmography. Philip Seymour Hoffman and Ethan Hawk both give astoundly good performances, and that’s not even mentioning that incredible supporting performances from Albert Finney, Marisa Tomei, and Michael Shannon. The unorthodox visual style might not be to everyone’s liking, but this dark thriller is sure to impress in the acting and script departments.

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Mr. Lumet has forgotten nothing, and still knows more than almost anyone about the elusive art of directing actors. Full review — Joe Morgenstern, Wall Street Journal

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35. Pi (1998)

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Darren Aronofsky’s first film, Pi, remains one of his most compelling. Combining an extremely striking visual style with inventive camera work and an unforgettable soundtrack, Pi surpasses its small budget with flair. The main character is complex and intriguing, and Aronofsky utilizes the cinematic form to ground you as an audience member thoroughly in this distrubed character’s point of view. The end effect is a dizzying whirlwind of psychological confusion and distortion.

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Aronofsky, who has parlayed this movie's Sundance success into two Hollywood deals, is that rare indie filmmaker who doesn't want to make hip romantic sitcoms. He's a genuine experimenter with a spooky visual style. Full review — Richard Corliss, TIME Magazine

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34. The Nice Guys (2016)

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The Nice Guys  is another buddy cop comedy from Shane black, the man who practically invented the subgenre with Lethal Weapon, except this time around they aren’t actually cops, and they actually hate each other. The Nice Guys is absolutely hilarious and makes excellent use of a Russell Crowe X Ryan Gosling duo.

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Everything has its own illogic in "The Nice Guys," a consistently entertaining, frequently violent and generally slapdash action comedy directed by Shane Black. Full review — Joe Morgenstern, Wall Street Journal

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33. A Fish Called Wanda (1988)

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A Fish Called Wanda is a film called one of the funniest ever made. John Cleese penned the script and stars alongside fellow python Michael Palin as well as Jamie Lee Curtis and Kevin Kline. The Americans hold their own against the British comedy legends, with Kevin Kline possibly even managing to steal the show. It might be rather drab visually, but the script and characters remain blisteringly funny from start to finish.

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Low comedy at high speed, it pretends to be a caper movie about a smooth London jewel heist and its infinitely complex aftermath. Actually, it's a smart farce about ingrained cultural differences. Full review — Shella Benson, Los Angeles Times

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32. Clerks (1994)

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One of the most important independent films ever made, Clerks helped usher in a new era in filmmaking outside of the studio system. The film’s meager budget was supplied by writer, director Kevin Smith maxing out all of his credit and getting creative with all of the resources he had at his disposal. Clerk’s low budget shows but all of its rough edges only serve to add to the film’s abundance of charm.

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It is one of those small-scale American independent movies that you either fall for or you don't, and one would confidently expect most of those fed up with big, empty, run-of-the-mill Hollywood epics to raise at least two cheers. Full review — Derek Malcolm, Guardian

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31. Biutiful (2010)

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Alejandro González Iñárritu’s last film before Birdman was Biutiful, the story of Uxbal, a man embarking on a personal journey as death looms large over his head. The supernatural component of the story is perhaps a bit jarring and could be integrated into the rest of the narrative more smoothly, but the drama at play is rich. Biutiful is an emotional story that is as capable of being uplifting as it is bleak and disheartening.

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Irritu's previous films have been multilayered narratives. Here, he sticks to a single, admittedly richly vibrant milieu and a central character who appears in virtually every frame. Full review — Philip French, Guardian

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30. Day of the Dead (1985)

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Day of the Dead was the third film in George A. Romero's incredible ‘dead series’ following the zombie establishing Night of the Living Dead and the sub-genre perfecting Dawn of the DeadDay of the Dead is another all-time great zombie film from the master of the genre. Tom Savini’s special effects are a real highlight and the film is chock-full of iconic scenes.

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An inventive gore-fest, and one of the best horror movies of the eighties. Full review — Kim Newman, Empire

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29. The Last Emperor (1998)

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This epic bio-drama chronicles the life of China’s final emperor. Bernardo Bertolucci helmed this immaculately crafted film that raked in a staggering nine Academy Award wins, including all the major craft categories. Each individual aspect of this film excels; worth watching to hear the stunning score alone with impressive work from David Byrne of Talking Heads fame.

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Constantly absorbing and tremendously interesting. Full review — Todd McCarthy, Variety

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28. When Harry Met Sally (1989)

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When Harry Met Sally just might be the crown jewel of the romantic-comedy genre. Written by rom-com veteran Nora Ephron and directed by comedy veteran Rob Reiner, When Harry Met Sally is classic cinematic teamup both on screen and off. The chemistry between Billy Crystal and Meg Ryan is magnetic.

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When Harry Met Sally... is a sweet, embraceable comedy, a moonstruck Manhattan romance that, like a Gershwin tune, turns the sighs and glances, the spats and reconciliations, all the cliches of the heart into infectious melody. Full review — William Gallagher, BBC

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27. Quadrophenia (1979)

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Quadrophenia is the film version of the rock opera by The Who of the same name. The plot follows Jimmy, played by Phil Daniels, a disaffected youth who navigates life, heartbreak, and the Mod V. Rocker subculture of the 1960s. The film is emotionally raw and, of course, backed by an excellent soundtrack.

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Director Franc Roddam shot the film with a gritty, realistic feel and the themes of youthful rebellion and confusion are absolutely timeless, magnified by the specificity of the setting rather than being limited by it. Full review - Eric Melin, Scene-Stealers

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25. Beginners (2010)

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Beginners was the second feature-film from writer, director Mike Mills, the man behind Thumbsucker and 20th Century Women. Beginners is a great, somber drama with the perfect amount of humor to lighten the mood. The film gets heavy and gets deep without ever losing its sense of fun; it strikes the perfect balance of tones. The editing and production design standout as truly excellent.

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It is tonally elusive, cerebral and subdued, but this is a film with a healthy, if self-conscious IQ. Full review — Peter Bradshaw, Guardian

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24. Punch-Drunk Love (2002)

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Paul Thomas Anderson’s romantic drama Punch-Drunk Love grabs you from the intriguing opening frame and never lets go. It’s the director’s shortest film, but it packs a lot into its brisk runtime. Adam Sandler gives an excellent dramatic performance and his romance with Emily Watson is undeniably sweet and heartfelt. It’s a different kind of romance film, one with an angry edge and spontaneous bursts of humor.

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What Anderson and his equally unlikely stars, Adam Sandler and Emily Watson, have managed is to stretch the boundaries of the romantic comedy genre to their extreme outer limits. Full review — Kenneth Turan, Los Angeles Times

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24. Boogie Nights (1997)

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The sophomore effort from director Paul Thomas Anderson became a cultural phenomenon and served as the director’s breakthrough to mainstream success. The lengthy runtime breezes right by in this exceedingly fun film. The many characters all feel fully fleshed-out and performed to perfection.

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Boogie Nights, an epic tale of porn, pleasure, and excess, offers a purer hit of exhilaration than any movie this year. Full review — Owen Glelberman, Entertainment Weekly

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22. Before Sunrise + Before Sunset (1995 - 2004)

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Before Sunrise and Before Sunset both joined the HBO Max platform this month. The Before trilogy is one of a handful of crowning achievements in writer/director Richard Linklater’s career. HBO Max is not currently offering Before Midnight so you may need to seek the conclusion to the trilogy elsewhere. The Before stand easily alongside cinema’s greatest on-screen romances. The wall-to-wall dialogue is captivating and supremely natural. Warning, you may cry during one or all three of these films.

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Before Sunrise is so much like real life -- like a documentary with an invisible camera -- that I found myself remembering real conversations I had experienced with more or less the same words. Full review — Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times

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22. Nocturnal Animals (2016)

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Tom Ford’s second feature film is a genuine masterpiece of the thriller genre. Nocturnal Animals presents an excellent script in the perfect light. This dark, twisty thriller will keep you on the edge of your seat with great acting across the board and a real artist’s touch behind the camera. 

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Tom Ford hits it out of the park with a stunning film noir that resonates with ghostly, poetic terror. Don't overthink what Ford has so cunningly crafted. Surrender to it. Full review — Peter Travers, Rolling Stone

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21. Prisoners (2013)

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Denis Villeneuve rocketed into Hollywood consciousness with his first American-made film, Prisoners. A bleak mystery/thriller with morally grey protagonists and eerily-honest antagonists. A never-better Hugh Jackman leads a strong cast through this excellent script.

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A certain dour realist vigour keeps the nightmare alive. Full review — Peter Bradshaw, Guardian

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20. Amelie (2001)

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Amelie is just about as whimsical as a film can get, even giving Wes Anderson a run for his money. The production design and cinematography of Amelie are exquisite, and the titular heroine is sure to wheedle her way into your heart.

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What comes across most powerfully is Jeunet's athletic, playful directing style, a tour de force of tricks, gags and effectsFull review — Andrew Pulver, Guardian

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19. The Matrix (1999)

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The Matrix was a cultural phenomenon immediately upon release. Rarely does a film so quickly and completely take over the zeitgeist. Taking the sequels out of the equation, The Matrix is an incredible piece of science-fiction and action filmmaking. So much innovation in craft and technique went into pulling off this film.

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A wildly cinematic futuristic thriller that is determined to overpower the imagination, The Matrix combines traditional science-fiction premises with spanking new visual technology in a way that almost defies description. Full review — Kenneth Turan, Los Angeles Times

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18. City of God (2002)

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City of God is an epic gangster film spanning three decades of gang life in Brazil. Memorable characters, an inventive script, bold camera work and editing, and a great sense of directorial style make City of God a must watch. City of God should rank highly on any list of the greatest gangster films ever made.

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City of God delivers a bruising, visceral experience of the vicious spiral of violence that draws kids into a life of crime, brutality and murder as the only avenue open to them. Full review — David Rooney, Variety

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17. In Bruges (2008)

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In Bruges was the feature film debut of Martin McDonagh. The script scored him his first Best Original Screenplay nomination, with his second arriving nine years later with 3 Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri. In Bruges is a pitch black comedy about a pair of hitmen who go forced-sightseeing in Bruges, Belgium. The film is packed with memorable lines and deep, belly laughs, and Colin Farrell has never been better.

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In Bruges is a haunting and hypnotic movie, just the thing to get lost inFull review — Peter Travers, Rolling Stones

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16. Ali: Fear Eats the Soul (1974)

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From director Rainer Werner Fassbinder, Ali: Fear Eats the Soul is a surprisingly understated yet nuanced story of the human spirit. From the outside it appears to be incredibly simple film; few characters, few locations, simple, restrained cinematography… but the simplistic appearance hides a great depth of emotional resonance and character-driven thematic exploration.

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Technically flawless, deceptively simple and avoiding excesses, it is about problems that are timely and timeless in implications. Full review — Variety

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15. A Woman Under the Influence

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A Woman Under the Influence is one of many collaborations between actress Gena Rowlands and her writer-director husband John CassavetesThe story is hyper-realistic and follows Gena Rowlands and Peter Falk as a wife and husband in a committed but extremely strained marriage. The dramatic engine of the film is driven by the main character’s mental health as she undergoes a complete breakdown. The pacing of the first act is a bit harsh, but stick with it and you’ll be rewarded with one of the most intense and emotionally raw performances ever committed to film from a fully unmasked Gena Rowlands. Peter Falk makes for an excellent foil to his severely troubled wife.

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Like steep hill climbs, John Cassavetes's films can be jolly hard work, but the view from the top is worth it. Full Review - Tim Robey, Daily Telegraph

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14. Dragged Across Concrete (2018)

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Robbed of its theatrical release due to a dispute with the studio, S. Craig Zahler’s third feature film is a towering testament to his talents as an auteur. The 2-hour-39-minute runtime is entirely justified as Dragged Across Concrete becomes one of the most tense cinematic experiences you will likely ever have throughout the entirety of the third act. 

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This is a long film, but there is something so horribly compelling about its unhurried slouch towards the precipice. Full review — Peter Bradshaw, Guardian

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13. The Conversation (1974)

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In 1974, Francis Ford Coppola released The Conversation just months before the release of The Godfather: Part II. The fact that Coppola was able to squeeze The Conversation in between production of the two Godfather films is a true testament to the cinematic force he was in the 1970s. The Conversation is both a gripping character study and a thought-provoking exploration into the nature of surveillance. Gene Hackman gives one of, if not the, best performances of his career. 

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A major artistic asset to the film -- besides script, direction and the top performances -- is supervising editor Walter Murch's sound collage and re-recording. Full review — Variety

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12. Sophie’s Choice (1982)

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Meryl Streep turns in a career defining performance in this devastating drama. The only misstep is focusing too much on the less interesting Stingo as the protagonist, though his perspective does make for a compelling, gradual reveal of information about our titular heroin. Kevin Kline also turns in a layered performance as a deeply complicated character that keeps the present day storyline engrossing alongside the heartbreaking flashbacks.

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So perfectly cast and well-imagined that it just takes over and happens to you. It's quite an experience.. Full review — Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times

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11. Blood Simple (1984)

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The Coen Brothers came out swinging for the fences with this their debut feature. Blood Simple is a tense thriller with a hard-hitting, noir edged script and a carefully constructed climactic cat and mouse chase that will have you on the edge of your seat. 

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A gripping, drum-tight noir masterpiece to compare with Touch of Evil. Full review — Peter Bradshaw, Guardian

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10. Fight Club (1999)

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Few films infect the zeitgeist as immediately and fully as David Fincher’s Fight Club. Though the message of the film is often misunderstood, Fight Club’s thought provoking themes still resonate as well in 2020 as they did when the original novel was first written. Fight Club is a stylishly assembled flick that also happens to contain one of cinema’s greatest twists; oft parroted, rarely matched.

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An outrageous mixture of brilliant technique, puerile philosophizing, trenchant satire and sensory overload, Fight Club is the most incendiary movie to come out of Hollywood in a long time. It's a mess, but one worth fighting about. Full review — David Ansen, Newsweek

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9. Aliens (1986)

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James Cameron’s follow up to the 1979 sci-fi classic is rightly hailed as one of the best sequels ever made. Aliens trades some of the focus on horror of the first film for a larger emphasis on action, while keeping things tense and claustrophobic. This is a sequel that ups the scale and spectacle on all fronts. 

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It's blaster action, not Gothic future-horror. Fortunately, director-screenwriter James Cameron has shaped his film around the defiant intelligence and sensual athleticism of Weaver, and that's where Aliens works best. Full review — Shella Benson, Los Angeles Times

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8. Die Hard (1988)

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One of the best action films ever made, hands down, and in contention for the top spot of all time. Also it just so happens to be one of the best Christmas films ever made, and that’s a fact. Die Hard excels with a lovable every-man protagonist, a villain for the ages, and hard-hitting, inventive action scenes.

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Die Hard is as high tech, rock hard and souped up as an action film can be. Full review — Variety

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7. Dog Day Afternoon (1975)

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Dog Day Afternoon is an incredible film from master filmmaker Sidney Lumet. The film tells the true story of a bank robbery gone wrong but the film places 100% of the focus on the characters over the potential action and thrills of a typical heist film. The entire cast fires on all cylinders in a film that was largely improvised when it came to the dialogue while the structure of the film came from an article about the real-life event.

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Dog Day Afternoon is, in the whole as well as the parts, filmmaking at its best. Full review — Variety

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6. Jaws (1975)

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Jaws is arguably Steven Spielberg’s best film. A pioneer of the summer blockbuster and remarkable exercise in tension. It’s the interplay between the human characters that makes this shark film work so well. The growing chemistry of the leads showcases excellent character work across the board.

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Delivers an astonishingly effective thriller built on a very primal level: fear... On a sheer cause and effect basis, it could be Spielberg's finest. Full review — William Thomas, Empire

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5. Se7en (1995)

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Se7en was David Fincher’s first masterpiece (of many), just his second feature-film following Alien 3, which he later disowned. Se7en is one of the best thrillers ever made and is a timeless classic of the serial-killer subgenre. The script is tight, the direction is taut, and the performances are excellent.

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A dark, gripping thriller which saves it's most shocking revelations for the final scenes. Full review — Mark Salisbury, Empire

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4. Doubt (2008)

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John Patrick Shanley wrote and directed this adaptation of his own play. Doubt is a heavy drama that takes aim at abuse within the catholic church through complex character and an objective, limited point of view. This is an incredible film full of astounding performances from Philip Seymour Hoffman, Meryl Streep, Amy Adams, and a scene-stealing Viola Davis.

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The air is thick with paranoia in “Doubt,” but nowhere as thick, juicy, sustained or sustaining as Meryl Streep’s performance. Full review — Manohla Dargis, The NYTimes

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3. Alien (1979)

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Ridley Scott’s seminal 1979 film is a masterpiece of both the sci-fi and horror genres. Even the smallest details of this late-70s classic have been infused into the cinematic zeitgeist. Ripley, Dallas, the Xenomorph, the facehugger, the chest burster, the eggs, the android, the space jockey, Jonesy, Mother, even the simple matter of the set design and sound design have achieved legendary status.

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After 40 years, this sci-fi horror masterpiece still feels lethally contemporary. Full review — Peter Bradshaw, Guardian

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2. The Diving Bell and the Butterfly 

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The Diving Bell and the Butterfly tells the real-life story of Elle magazine editor Jean-Dominique Bauby who found himself struck by Locked-in Syndrome, an affliction that left his entire body paralyzed except for one of his eyes. It’s a captivating tale that speaks to the strength of the human spirit and the will to survive and overcome seemingly insurmountable obstacles.

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Nothing in director Julian Schnabel's career so far has anticipated the sweetness, sadness, maturity and restraint of this lovely movie. Full review — Peter Bradshaw, Guardian

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1. Requiem For a Dream (2000)

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Requiem for a Dream is the crown jewel of Darren Aronofsky’s career. One of the best films ever produced, a harrowing tale of addiction desperation. Requiem For a Dream is a bleak and upsetting watch that showcases the raw power of cinema.

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This is, without a doubt, cutting-edge film-making. Full review — Ben Falk, BBC

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