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comedy, Action

21 Jump Street

Written By: Michael Bacall 

Synopsis: A pair of underachieving cops are sent back to a local high school to blend in and bring down a synthetic drug ring.

comedy, romance

The 40 Year-Old Virgin

Written By: Judd Apatow, Steve Carell 

Synopsis: Goaded by his buddies, a nerdy guy who's never "done the deed" only finds the pressure mounting when he meets a single mother.

romance, comedy

(500) Days of Summer

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Written By: Scott Neustadter & Michael H. Weber 

Synopsis: An offbeat romantic comedy about a woman who doesn't believe true love exists, and the young man who falls for her.

drama, comedy

Adaptation

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Written By: Charlie Kaufman (screenplay), based on the book by Susan Orlean 

Synopsis: A lovelorn screenwriter becomes desperate as he tries and fails to adapt 'The Orchid Thief' by Susan Orlean for the screen.

comedy, fantasy

The Addams Family

Written By: Charles Addams & Caroline Thompson and Larry Wilson

Synopsis: Con artists plan to fleece an eccentric family using an accomplice who claims to be their long-lost uncle.

comedy, drama

Almost Famous

Written By: Cameron Crowe

Synopsis: A high-school boy is given the chance to write a story for Rolling Stone Magazine about an up-and-coming rock band as he accompanies them on their concert tour.

Written By: Adam Herz 

Synopsis: Four teenage boys enter a pact to lose their virginity by prom night.

comedy

Anchorman

Written By: Will Ferrell & Adam McKay

Synopsis: Ron Burgundy is San Diego's top-rated newsman in the male-dominated broadcasting of the 1970s, but that's all about to change for Ron and his cronies when an ambitious woman is hired as a new anchor.

romance, comedy

Annie Hall

Written By: Woody Allen & Marshall Brickman

Synopsis: Alvy Singer, a divorced Jewish comedian, reflects on his relationship with ex-lover Annie Hall, an aspiring nightclub singer, which ended abruptly just like his previous marriages.

romance, comedy

The Apartment

Written By: Billy Wilder & I.A.L. Diamond

Synopsis: 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.

comedy, crime, drama, tv

Barry (Pilot)

Written By: Alec Berg & Bill Hader

Synopsis: A hit man from the Midwest moves to Los Angeles and gets caught up in the city's theatre arts scene.

Written By: Charlie Kaufman

Synopsis: A puppeteer discovers a portal that leads literally into the head of movie star John Malkovich.

comedy, tv

The Big Bang Theory (S2 EP4)

Written By: Stephen Engel & Tim Doyle (teleplay), based on the story by Bill Prady & Chuck Lorre

Synopsis: The guys struggle to cope with Raj's arrogance after he is featured in a People magazine article.

comedy, crime

The Big Lebowski

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Written By: Joel Coen & Ethan Coen

Synopsis: Jeff "The Dude" Lebowski, mistaken for a millionaire of the same name, seeks restitution for his ruined rug and enlists his bowling buddies to help get it.

romance, comedy

The Big Sick

Written By: Emily V. Gordon & Kumail Nanjiani

Synopsis: Pakistan-born comedian Kumail Nanjiani and grad student Emily Gardner fall in love but struggle as their cultures clash. When Emily contracts a mysterious illness, Kumail finds himself forced to face her feisty parents, his family's expectations, and his true feelings.

crime, comedy, drama

The Big Short

Written By: Charles Randolph & Adam McKay (screenplay), based on the book by Michael Lewis

Synopsis: In 2006-2007 a group of investors bet against the US mortgage market. In their research they discover how flawed and corrupt the market is.

Written By: John Hughes

Synopsis: Five high school students meet in Saturday detention and discover how they have a lot more in common than they thought.



COMEDY, romance

Bridesmaids

Written By: Kristen Wiig & Annie Mumolo

Synopsis: Competition between the maid of honor and a bridesmaid, over who is the bride's best friend, threatens to upend the life of an out-of-work pastry chef.



Written By: Jean Shepherd & Leigh Brown and Bob Clark

Synopsis: In the 1940s, a young boy named Ralphie attempts to convince his parents, his teacher and Santa that a Red Ryder BB gun really is the perfect Christmas gift.

Written By: Peter Chiarelli & Adele Lim (screenplay), based on the novel by Kevin Kwan

Synopsis: This contemporary romantic comedy, based on a global bestseller, follows native New Yorker Rachel Chu to Singapore to meet her boyfriend's family.

action, comedy

Deadpool

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Written By: Rhett Reese & Paul Wernick

Synopsis: A wisecracking mercenary gets experimented on and becomes immortal but ugly, and sets out to track down the man who ruined his looks.

Written By: Mackenzie Crook

Synopsis: The lives of two eccentric metal detectorists, who spend their days plodding along ploughed tracks and open fields, hoping to disturb the tedium by unearthing the fortune of a lifetime.

comedy, war

Dr. Strangelove

Written By: Stanley Kubrick & Terry Southern and Peter George

Synopsis: An insane general triggers a path to nuclear holocaust that a War Room full of politicians and generals frantically tries to stop.





action, sci-fi, comedy

Everything Everywhere All at Once

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Written By: Dan Kwan & Daniel Scheinert

Synopsis: An aging Chinese immigrant is swept up in an insane adventure, in which she alone can save the world by exploring other universes connecting with the lives she could have led.

drama, comedy

The Favorite

Written By: Deborah Davis & Tony McNamara 

Synopsis: In early 18th century England, a frail Queen Anne occupies the throne and her close friend, Lady Sarah, governs the country in her stead. When a new servant, Abigail, arrives, her charm endears her to Sarah.

drama, comedy

The Farewell

Written By: Lulu Wang

Synopsis: A Chinese family discovers their grandmother has only a short while left to live and decide to keep her in the dark, scheduling a wedding to gather before she dies.

Written By: John Hughes

Synopsis: A high school wise guy is determined to have a day off from school, despite what the Principal thinks of that.

comedy, tv

Friends S1E8

Written By: Marta Kauffman & David Crane

Synopsis: Monica and Ross mourn the loss of their grandmother. Chandler is shocked to find that people think he is gay.

Written By: Kenya Barris & Tracy Oliver

Synopsis: When four lifelong friends travel to New Orleans for the annual Essence Festival, sisterhoods are rekindled, wild sides are rediscovered, and there's enough dancing, drinking, brawling, and romancing to make the Big Easy blush.

comedy, sci-fi

Ghostbusters

Written By: Dan Aykroyd & Harold Ramis

Synopsis: Three former parapsychology professors set up shop as a unique ghost removal service.

Written By: Chris Columbus (screenplay), based on the story by Steven Spielberg

Synopsis: A group of young misfits called The Goonies discover an ancient map and set out on an adventure to find a legendary pirate's long-lost treasure.

romance, comedy, drama

The Graduate

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Written By: Calder Willingham & Buck Henry 

Synopsis: A disillusioned college graduate finds himself torn between his older lover and her daughter.

romance, comedy, fantasy

Groundhog Day

Written By: Danny Rubin & Harold Ramis 

Synopsis: A weatherman finds himself inexplicably living the same day over and over again.

Written By: Tom Scharpling 

Synopsis: Five years after the events of Grown Ups 2, Lenny, Kurt, Eric and Marcus  reunite with their old friend Rob at a nightclub.

sci-fi, action, comedy

Written By: James Gunn

Synopsis: The Guardians struggle to keep together as a team while dealing with their personal family issues, notably Star-Lord's encounter with his father the ambitious celestial being Ego.

Written By: Jon Lucas & Scott Moore 

Synopsis: Three buddies wake up from a bachelor party in Las Vegas, with no memory of the previous night and the bachelor missing. They make their way around the city in order to find their friend before his wedding.

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Written By: John Hughes

Synopsis: An eight-year-old troublemaker must protect his house from a pair of burglars when he is accidentally left home alone by his family during Christmas vacation.

comedy, action

Hot Fuzz

Written By: Edgar Wright & Simon Pegg

Synopsis: A skilled London police officer is transferred to a small town with a dark secret.

comedy, drama

Human Nature

Written By: Charlie Kaufman

Synopsis: A woman is in love with a man in love with another woman, and all three have designs on a young man raised as an ape.

crime, comedy

In Bruges

Written By: Martin McDonagh

Synopsis: Guilt-stricken after a job gone wrong, hitman Ray and his partner await orders from their ruthless boss in Bruges, Belgium, the last place in the world Ray wants to be.

animation, comedy

Inside Out

Written By: Pete Docter & Meg LeFauve and Josh Cooley

Synopsis: After young Riley is uprooted from her Midwest life and moved to San Francisco, her emotions - Joy, Fear, Anger, Disgust and Sadness - conflict on how best to navigate a new city, house, and school.

romance, comedy

Juno

Written By: Diablo Cody

Synopsis: Faced with an unplanned pregnancy, an offbeat young woman makes an unusual decision regarding her unborn child.

Written By: Shane Black (screenplay), based on the novel by Brett Halliday

Synopsis: A murder mystery brings together a private eye, a struggling actress, and a thief masquerading as an actor.

action, comedy

Last Action Hero

Written By: Shane Black & David Arnott (screenplay), based on the story by Zak Penn & Adam Leff 

Synopsis: With the help of a magic ticket, a young movie fan is transported into the fictional world of his favorite action movie character.

action, comedy

The Last Boy Scout

Written By: Shane Black (screenplay), based on the story by Shane Black & Greg Hicks

Synopsis: A private detective's protected female witness is murdered, prompting him and the victim's boyfriend to investigate the crime that leads to a corrupt politician and a crooked football team owner.

comedy, romance

Legally Blonde

Written By: Karen McCullah & Kirsten Smith (screenplay), based on the novel by Amanda Brown

Synopsis: Elle Woods (Reese Witherspoon), a fashionable sorority queen is dumped by her boyfriend. She decides to follow him to law school, while she is there, she figures out that there is more to her than just looks.

action, comedy

Lethal Weapon

Written By: Shane Black 

Synopsis: Two newly paired cops who are complete opposites must put aside their differences in order to catch a gang of drug smugglers.

action, comedy

Lethal Weapon II

Written By: Jeffrey Boam (screenplay), based on the story by Shane Black & Warren Murphy 

Synopsis: Riggs and Murtaugh are on the trail of South African diplomats who are using their immunity to engage in criminal activities.

romance, comedy, drama

The Lobster

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Written By: Yorgos Lanthimos & Efthymis Filippou

Synopsis: In a dystopian near future, single people, according to the laws of The City, are taken to The Hotel, where they are obliged to find a romantic partner in forty-five days or are transformed into beasts and sent off into The Woods.

Written By: Michael Arndt 

Synopsis: A family determined to get their young daughter into the finals of a beauty pageant take a cross-country trip in their VW bus.

comedy, romance

Love Actually

Written By: Richard Curtis

Synopsis: Follows the lives of eight very different couples in dealing with their love lives in various loosely interrelated tales all set during a frantic month before Christmas in London, England.

Written By: Tina Fey (screenplay), based on the book by Rosalind Wiseman 

Synopsis: Cady Heron is a hit with The Plastics, the A-list girl clique at her new school, until she makes the mistake of falling for Aaron Samuels, the ex-boyfriend of alpha Plastic Regina George.

Written By: Steven Levitan & Christopher Lloyd

Synopsis: Three different but related families face trials and tribulations in their own uniquely comedic ways.

Written By: John Hughes

Synopsis: The Griswold family's plans for a big family Christmas predictably turn into a big disaster.

drama, comedy

Network

Written By: Paddy Chayefsky

Synopsis: A television network cynically exploits a deranged former anchor's ravings and revelations about the news media for its own profit.

action, comedy

The Nice Guys

Written By: Shane Black & Anthony Bagarozzi

Synopsis: In 1970s Los Angeles, a mismatched pair of private eyes investigate a missing girl and the mysterious death of a porn star.

drama, comedy

Nebraska

Written By: Bob Nelson

Synopsis: An aging, booze-addled father makes the trip from Montana to Nebraska with his estranged son in order to claim a million-dollar Mega Sweepstakes Marketing prize.

crime, comedy

Ocean's Eleven

Written By: Ted Griffin

Synopsis: Danny Ocean and his ten accomplices plan to rob three Las Vegas casinos simultaneously.

Written By: Ricky Gervais & Stephen Merchant

Synopsis: A mockumentary on a group of typical office workers, where the workday consists of ego clashes, inappropriate behavior, and tedium.

Written By: Mel Brooks

Synopsis: A stage-play producer devises a plan to make money by producing a sure-fire flop.

animation, comedy

Ratatouille

Written By: Brad Bird and Jan Pinkava & Jim Capobianco

Synopsis: A rat who can cook makes an unusual alliance with a young kitchen worker at a famous restaurant.

Written By: Justin Roiland & Dan Harmon

Synopsis: An animated series that follows the exploits of a super scientist and his not-so-bright grandson.

comedy, romance, drama

The Room

Written By: Tommy Wiseau

Synopsis: Johnny is a successful bank executive who lives quietly in a San Francisco townhouse with his future wife, Lisa. One day, putting aside any scruple, she seduces Johnny's best friend, Mark. From there, nothing will be the same again.

Written By: Wes Anderson & Owen Wilson

Synopsis: The eccentric members of a dysfunctional family reluctantly gather under the same roof for various reasons.

Written By: Mike White

Synopsis: After being kicked out of his rock band, Dewey Finn becomes a substitute teacher of an uptight elementary private school, only to try and turn his class into a rock band.

comedy, action, romance

Scott Pilgrim vs the World

Written By: Michael Bacall & Edgar Wright (screenplay), based on the graphic novels by Bryan Lee O'Malley

Synopsis: In a magically realistic version of Toronto, a young man must defeat his new girlfriend's seven evil exes one by one in order to win her heart.

Written By: Bruce Kirschbaum & Sam Kass

Synopsis: The continuing misadventures of neurotic New York City stand-up comedian Jerry Seinfeld and his equally neurotic New York City friends.

animation, comedy

Shrek

Written By: Ted Elliott and Terry Rossio & Joe Stillman & Roger S.H. Schulman (screenplay), based on the book by Willaim Steig

Synopsis: A mean lord exiles fairytale creatures to the swamp of a grumpy ogre, who must go on a quest and rescue a princess for the lord in order to get his land back.

animation, comedy

Shrek 2

Written By: Andrew Adamson and Joe Stillman & J. David Stem & and David N. Weiss (screenplay), based on the book by William Steig

Synopsis: Shrek and Fiona travel to the Kingdom of Far Far Away, where Fiona's parents are King and Queen, to celebrate their marriage. When they arrive, they find they are not as welcome as they thought they would be.

Written By: John Swartzwelder (screenplay), based on the characters by James L. Brooks & Matt Groening & Sam Simon

Synopsis: After moving to another town for a new job, Homer must decide whether or not to stay when the family have a hard time with the transfer.

horror, comedy

Shaun of the Dead

Written By: Simon Pegg & Edgar Wright

Synopsis: A man's uneventful life is disrupted by the zombie apocalypse.

Written By: Will Ferrell & Adam McKay

Synopsis: Two aimless middle-aged losers still living at home are forced against their will to become roommates when their parents marry.

comedy

Superbad

Written By: Seth Rogen & Evan Goldberg

Synopsis: Two co-dependent high school seniors are forced to deal with separation anxiety after their plan to stage a booze-soaked party goes awry.

action, sci-fi, comedy

Thor: Ragnarok

Written By: Eric Pearson and Craig Kyle & Christopher L. Yost 

Synopsis: Imprisoned on the planet Sakaar, Thor must race against time to return to Asgard and stop Ragnarök, the destruction of his world, at the hands of the powerful and ruthless villain Hela.

drama, comedy

The Two Popes

Written By: Anthony McCarten

Synopsis: Behind Vatican walls, the conservative Pope Benedict XVI and the liberal future Pope Francis must find common ground to forge a new path for the Catholic Church.

comedy, drama

Up in the Air

Written By: Jason Reitman & Sheldon Turner (screenplay), based on the novel by Walter Kirn

Synopsis: Ryan Bingham enjoys living out of a suitcase for his job, travelling around the country firing people, but finds that lifestyle threatened by the presence of a potential love interest, and a new hire.

Written By: Steve Faber & Bob Fisher 

Synopsis: John Beckwith and Jeremy Grey, a pair of committed womanizers who sneak into weddings to take advantage of the romantic tinge in the air, find themselves at odds with one another when John meets and falls for Claire Cleary.

ROMANCE, comedy

When Harry Met Sally

Written By: Nora Ephron

Synopsis:
Harry and Sally have known each other for years, and are very good friends, but they fear sex would ruin the friendship.

comedy, sci-fi

The World's End

Written By: Simon Pegg & Edgar Wright

Synopsis: Five friends who reunite in an attempt to top their epic pub crawl from twenty years earlier unwittingly become humanity's only hope for survival.

Written By: Rhett Reese & Paul Wernick

Synopsis: A shy student trying to reach his family in Ohio, a gun-toting tough guy trying to find the last Twinkie, and a pair of sisters trying to get to an amusement park join forces to travel across a zombie-filled America.

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