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The Godfather

Directed by Francis Ford Coppola | R | 175 min | 1972|

The aging patriarch of an organized crime dynasty transfers control of his clandestine empire to his reluctant son.

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Taxi Driver

Directed by Martin Scorsese | R | 113 min | 1976|

A mentally unstable Vietnam War veteran works as a night-time taxi driver in New York City where the perceived decadence and sleaze feeds his urge for violent action, attempting to save a preadolescent prostitute in the process.

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Pulp Fiction

Directed by Quentin Tarantino | R | 154 min | 1994|

The lives of two mob hit men, a boxer, a gangster's wife, and a pair of diner bandits intertwine in four tales of violence and redemption.

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Goodfellas

Directed by Martin Scorsese | R | 146 min | 1990|

Henry Hill and his friends work their way up through the mob hierarchy.

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The Godfather: Part II

Directed by Francis Ford Coppola | R | 202 min | 1974|

The early life and career of Vito Corleone in 1920s New York is portrayed while his son, Michael, expands and tightens his grip on his crime syndicate stretching from Lake Tahoe, Nevada to pre-revolution 1958 Cuba.

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On the Waterfront

Directed by Elia Kazan | 108 min | 1954|

An ex-prize fighter turned longshoreman struggles to stand up to his corrupt union bosses.

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North by Northwest

Directed by Alfred Hitchcock | 136 min | 1959|

A hapless New York advertising executive is mistaken for a government agent by a group of foreign spies, and is pursued across the country while he looks for a way to survive.

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A Clockwork Orange

Directed by Stanley Kubrick | X | 136 min | 1971|

In future Britain, charismatic delinquent Alex DeLarge is jailed and volunteers for an experimental aversion therapy developed by the government in an effort to solve society's crime problem - but not all goes according to plan.

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The Silence of the Lambs

Directed by Jonathan Demme | R | 118 min | 1991|

A young F.B.I. cadet must confide in an incarcerated and manipulative killer to receive his help on catching another serial killer who skins his victims.

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To Kill a Mockingbird

Directed by Robert Mulligan | 129 min | 1962|

Atticus Finch, a lawyer in the Depression-era South, defends a black man against an undeserved rape charge, and his kids against prejudice.

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West Side Story

Directed by Jerome Robbins, Robert Wise | 152 min | 1961|

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

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Fargo

Directed by Joel Coen, Ethan Coen | R | 98 min | 1996|

Jerry Lundegaard's inept crime falls apart due to his and his henchmen's bungling and the persistent police work of the quite pregnant Marge Gunderson.

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Rashomon

Directed by Akira Kurosawa | 88 min | 1950|

A heinous crime and its aftermath are recalled from differing points of view.

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Mean Streets

Directed by Martin Scorsese | R | 112 min | 1973|

Following the life of a small-time hood who struggles with a moral crisis regarding his friends, family, business, and his conflicting religious beliefs.

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Bonnie and Clyde

Directed by Arthur Penn | 111 min | 1967|

A somewhat romanticized account of the career of the notoriously violent bank robbing couple and their gang.

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The Shawshank Redemption

Directed by Frank Darabont | R | 142 min | 1994|

Two imprisoned men bond over a number of years, finding solace and eventual redemption through acts of common decency.

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L.A. Confidential

Directed by Curtis Hanson | R | 138 min | 1997|

As corruption grows in 1950s LA, three policemen - one strait-laced, one brutal, and one sleazy - investigate a series of murders with their own brand of justice.

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Double Indemnity

Directed by Billy Wilder | 107 min | 1944|

An insurance representative lets himself be talked into a murder/insurance fraud scheme that arouses an insurance investigator's suspicions.

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Touch of Evil

Directed by Orson Welles | PG-13 | 95 min | 1958|

A stark, perverse story of murder, kidnapping, and police corruption in a Mexican border town.

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The Night of the Hunter

Directed by Charles Laughton, Robert Mitchum, Terry Sanders | 92 min | 1955|

A religious fanatic marries a gullible widow whose young children are reluctant to tell him where their real daddy hid $10,000 he'd stolen in a robbery.

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The 400 Blows

Directed by François Truffaut | 99 min | 1959|

Moving story of a young boy who, left without attention, delves into a life of petty crime.

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The Dark Knight

Directed by Christopher Nolan | PG-13 | 152 min | 2008|

When the menace known as the Joker wreaks havoc and chaos on the people of Gotham, the caped crusader must come to terms with one of the greatest psychological tests of his ability to fight injustice.

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The Sting

Directed by George Roy Hill | PG | 129 min | 1973|

In Chicago in September 1936, a young con man seeking revenge for his murdered partner teams up with a master of the big con to win a fortune from a criminal banker.

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The French Connection

Directed by William Friedkin | R | 104 min | 1971|

A pair of NYC cops in the Narcotics Bureau stumble onto a drug smuggling job with a French connection.

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12 Angry Men

Directed by Sidney Lumet | 96 min | 1957|

A jury holdout attempts to prevent a miscarriage of justice by forcing his colleagues to reconsider the evidence.

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Dog Day Afternoon

Directed by Sidney Lumet | R | 125 min | 1975|

A man robs a bank to pay for his lover's operation; it turns into a hostage situation and a media circus.

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Breathless

Directed by Jean-Luc Godard | 90 min | 1960|

A small-time thief steals a car and impulsively murders a motorcycle policeman. Wanted by the authorities, he reunites with a hip American journalism student and attempts to persuade her to run away with him to Italy.

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No Country for Old Men

Directed by Ethan Coen, Joel Coen | R | 122 min | 2007|

Violence and mayhem ensue after a hunter stumbles upon a drug deal gone wrong and more than two million dollars in cash near the Rio Grande.

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The Usual Suspects

Directed by Bryan Singer | R | 106 min | 1995|

A sole survivor tells of the twisty events leading up to a horrific gun battle on a boat, which begin when five criminals meet at a seemingly random police lineup.

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Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid

Directed by George Roy Hill | M | 110 min | 1969|

Two Western bank/train robbers flee to Bolivia when the law gets too close.

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M

Directed by Fritz Lang | 99 min | 1931|

When the police in a German city are unable to catch a child-murderer, other criminals join in the manhunt.

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Kind Hearts and Coronets

Directed by Robert Hamer | 106 min | 1949|

A distant poor relative of the Duke of D'Ascoyne plots to inherit the title by murdering the eight other heirs who stand ahead of him in the line of succession.

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Laura

Directed by Otto Preminger | 88 min | 1944|

A police detective falls in love with the woman whose murder he is investigating.

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Léon: The Professional

Directed by Luc Besson | R | 110 min | 1994|

Mathilda, a 12-year-old girl, is reluctantly taken in by Léon, a professional assassin, after her family is murdered. Léon and Mathilda form an unusual relationship, as she becomes his protégée and learns the assassin's trade.


Thelma & Louise

Directed by Ridley Scott | R | 130 min | 1991|

An Arkansas waitress and a housewife shoot a rapist and take off in a '66 Thunderbird.

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Spotlight

Directed by Tom McCarthy | R | 128 min | 2015|

The true story of how the Boston Globe uncovered the massive scandal of child molestation and cover-up within the local Catholic Archdiocese, shaking the entire Catholic Church to its core.

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Se7en

Directed by David Fincher | R | 127 min | 1995|

Two detectives, a rookie and a veteran, hunt a serial killer who uses the seven deadly sins as his modus operandi.

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In the Heat of the Night

Directed by Norman Jewison | 109 min | 1967|

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

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The Informer

Directed by John Ford | 91 min | 1935|

In 1922, an Irish rebel informs on his friend, then feels doom closing in.

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The Departed

Directed by Martin Scorsese | R | 151 min | 2006|

An undercover cop and a mole in the police attempt to identify each other while infiltrating an Irish gang in South Boston.

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Man on Wire

Directed by James Marsh | PG-13 | 94 min | 2008|

A look at tightrope walker Philippe Petit's daring, but illegal, high-wire routine performed between New York City's World Trade Center's twin towers in 1974, what some consider, "the artistic crime of the century."

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Once Upon a Time in America

Directed by Sergio Leone | R | 229 min | 1984|

A former Prohibition-era Jewish gangster returns to the Lower East Side of Manhattan over thirty years later, where he once again must confront the ghosts and regrets of his old life.

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Reservoir Dogs

Directed by Quentin Tarantino | R | 99 min | 1992|

After a simple jewelry heist goes terribly wrong, the surviving criminals begin to suspect that one of them is a police informant.

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Badlands

Directed by Terrence Malick | PG | 94 min | 1973|

An impressionable teenage girl from a dead-end town and her older greaser boyfriend embark on a killing spree in the South Dakota badlands.

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Boyz n the Hood

Directed by John Singleton | R | 112 min | 1991|

Follows the lives of three young males living in the Crenshaw ghetto of Los Angeles, dissecting questions of race, relationships, violence and future prospects.

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La Haine

Directed by Mathieu Kassovitz | 98 min | 1995|

24 hours in the lives of three young men in the French suburbs the day after a violent riot.

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Monsieur Verdoux

Directed by Charles Chaplin | 124 min | 1947|

A suave but cynical man supports his family by marrying and murdering rich women for their money, but the job has some occupational hazards.

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The Player

Directed by Robert Altman | R | 124 min | 1992|

A Hollywood studio executive is being sent death threats by a writer whose script he rejected - but which one?

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The Ladykillers

Directed by Alexander Mackendrick | N/A | 91 min | 1955|

Five diverse oddball criminal types planning a bank robbery rent rooms on a cul-de-sac from an octogenarian widow under the pretext that they are classical musicians.

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Anatomy of a Murder

Directed by Otto Preminger | 160 min | 1959|

In a murder trial, the defendant says he suffered temporary insanity after the victim raped his wife. What is the truth, and will he win his case?

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Brighton Rock

Directed by John Boulting | N/A | 92 min | 1947|

Pinkie Brown is a small-town hoodlum whose gang runs a protection racket based at Brighton race course. When Pinkie orders the murder of a rival, Fred, the police believe it to be suicide. ...

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City of God

Directed by Fernando Meirelles, Kátia Lund | R | 130 min | 2002|

Two boys growing up in a violent neighborhood of Rio de Janeiro take different paths: one becomes a photographer, the other a drug dealer.

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Traffic

Directed by Steven Soderbergh | R | 147 min | 2000|

A conservative judge is appointed by the President to spearhead America's escalating war against drugs, only to discover that his teenage daughter is a crack addict. Two DEA agents protect an informant. A jailed drug baron's wife attempts to carry on the family business.

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Get Carter

Directed by Mike Hodges | R | 112 min | 1971|

When his brother dies under mysterious circumstances in a car accident, London gangster Jack Carter travels to Newcastle to investigate.

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The Lavender Hill Mob

Directed by Charles Crichton | 78 min | 1951|

A meek bank clerk who oversees the shipment of bullion joins with an eccentric neighbor to steal gold bars and smuggle them out of the country as miniature Eiffel Towers.

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Dirty Harry

Directed by Don Siegel | R | 102 min | 1971|

When a mad man calling himself 'the Scorpio Killer' menaces the city, tough as nails San Francisco Police Inspector Harry Callahan is assigned to track down and ferret out the crazed psychopath.

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Pierrot le Fou

Directed by Jean-Luc Godard | 110 min | 1965|

Pierrot escapes his boring society and travels from Paris to the Mediterranean Sea with Marianne, a girl chased by hit-men from Algeria. They lead an unorthodox life, always on the run.

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Close-Up

Directed by Abbas Kiarostami | 98 min | 1990|

Pretending to be Mohsen Makhmalbaf making his next movie, Hossain Sabzian enters the home of a well-to-do family in Tehran, promising it a prominent part in his next movie. The actual ...

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Devil in a Blue Dress

Directed by Carl Franklin | R | 102 min | 1995|

An African-American man is hired to find a woman, and gets mixed up in a murderous political scandal.

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Juice

Directed by Ernest R. Dickerson | R | 95 min | 1992|

Four inner-city teenagers get caught up in the pursuit of power and happiness, which they refer to as "the juice".

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Mystic River

Directed by Clint Eastwood | R | 138 min | 2003|

With a childhood tragedy that overshadowed their lives, three men are reunited by circumstance when one has a family tragedy.

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O.J.: Made in America

Directed by Ezra Edelman | TV-MA | 467 min | 2016|

A chronicle of the rise and fall of O.J. Simpson, whose high-profile murder trial exposed the extent of American racial tensions, revealing a fractured and divided nation.


Shaft

Directed by Gordon Parks | R | 100 min | 1971|

Cool black private eye John Shaft is hired by a crime lord to find and retrieve his kidnapped daughter.

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Super Fly

Directed by Gordon Parks Jr. | R | 93 min | 1972|

The daily routine of cocaine dealer Priest who wants to score one more super deal and retire.

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Sweet Sweetback's Baadasssss Song

Directed by Melvin Van Peebles | R | 97 min | 1971|

After saving a Black Panther from some racist cops, a black male prostitute goes on the run from "the man" with the help of the ghetto community and some disillusioned Hells Angels.

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The Spook Who Sat by the Door

Directed by Ivan Dixon | PG | 102 min | 1973|

A black man plays Uncle Tom in order to gain access to CIA training, then uses that knowledge to plot a new American Revolution.


Z

Directed by Costa-Gavras | M | 127 min | 1969|

Following the murder of a prominent leftist, an investigator tries to uncover the truth while government officials attempt to cover up their roles.

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The Long Good Friday

Directed by John Mackenzie | R | 114 min | 1980|

Harold, a prosperous English gangster, is about to close a lucrative new deal when bombs start showing up in very inconvenient places. A mysterious syndicate is trying to muscle in on his ...

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The Crying Game

Directed by Neil Jordan | R | 112 min | 1992|

A British soldier is kidnapped by IRA terrorists. He befriends one of his captors, who is drawn into the soldier's world.

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The Grand Budapest Hotel

Directed by Wes Anderson | R | 99 min | 2014|

The adventures of Gustave H, a legendary concierge at a famous hotel from the fictional Republic of Zubrowka between the first and second World Wars, and Zero Moustafa, the lobby boy who becomes his most trusted friend.

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Whisky Galore

Directed by Alexander Mackendrick | 82 min | 1949|

Scottish islanders try to plunder 50,000 cases of whisky from a stranded ship.

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American Hustle

Directed by David O. Russell | R | 138 min | 2013|

A con man, Irving Rosenfeld, along with his seductive partner Sydney Prosser, is forced to work for a wild FBI agent, Richie DiMaso, who pushes them into a world of Jersey powerbrokers and mafia.

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Mississippi Burning

Directed by Alan Parker | R | 128 min | 1988|

Two FBI agents with wildly different styles arrive in Mississippi to investigate the disappearance of some civil rights activists.

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Prizzi's Honor

Directed by John Huston | R | 130 min | 1985|

A professional hit man and hit woman fall in love.


The Big Lebowski

Directed by Joel Coen, Ethan Coen | R | 117 min | 1998|

"The Dude" Lebowski, mistaken for a millionaire Lebowski, seeks restitution for his ruined rug and enlists his bowling buddies to help get it.

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The Defiant Ones

Directed by Stanley Kramer | 96 min | 1958|

Two escaped convicts chained together, white and black, must learn to get along in order to elude capture.

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This Is England

Directed by Shane Meadows | 101 min | 2006|

A young boy becomes friends with a gang of skinheads. Friends soon become like family, and relationships will be pushed to the very limit.

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Marnie

Directed by Alfred Hitchcock | 130 min | 1964|

Mark marries Marnie although she is a habitual thief and has serious psychological problems, and tries to help her confront and resolve them.

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Monster

Directed by Patty Jenkins | R | 109 min | 2003|

Based on the life of Aileen Wuornos, a Daytona Beach prostitute who became a serial killer.

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The Italian Job

Directed by Peter Collinson | G | 99 min | 1969|

Comic caper movie about a plan to steal a gold shipment from the streets of Turin by creating a traffic jam.

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A Fish Called Wanda

Directed by Charles Crichton, John Cleese | R | 108 min | 1988|

In London, four very different people team up to commit armed robbery, then try to doublecross each other for the loot.

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The Cook, the Thief, His Wife & Her Lover

Directed by Peter Greenaway | NC-17 | 124 min | 1989|

The wife of an abusive criminal finds solace in the arms of a kind regular guest in her husbands restaurant.


The Shanghai Gesture

Directed by Josef von Sternberg | 95 min | 1941|

A young woman, Poppy, out for excitement in Shanghai, enters a gambling house owned by "Mother" Gin Sling, a dragon-lady who worked herself up from poverty to buy the casino. Sir Guy ...


Oliver Twist

Directed by David Lean | 105 min | 1948|

Based on the Charles Dickens novel Oliver Twist is about an orphan boy who runs away from a workhouse and meets a pickpocket on the streets of London. Oliver is taken in by the pickpocket ...

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A Most Violent Year

Directed by J.C. Chandor | R | 125 min | 2014|

In New York City 1981, an ambitious immigrant fights to protect his business and family during the most dangerous year in the city's history.

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I Am a Fugitive from a Chain Gang

Directed by Mervyn LeRoy | 92 min | 1932|

Wrongly convicted James Allen serves in the intolerable conditions of a southern chain gang, which later comes back to haunt him.

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Performance

Directed by Donald Cammell, Nicolas Roeg | X | 105 min | 1970|

Chas, a violent and psychotic East London gangster needs a place to lie low after a hit that should never have been carried out. He finds the perfect cover in the form of guest house run by...

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Mona Lisa

Directed by Neil Jordan | R | 104 min | 1986|

George has just been released from prison, and manages to get a job driving a call girl from customer to customer. Initially they don't get on; he doesn't fit in with the high class customers Simone services. Will they ever get on?

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The Day of the Jackal

Directed by Fred Zinnemann | PG | 143 min | 1973|

A professional assassin codenamed "Jackal" plots to kill Charles de Gaulle, the President of France.

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American History X

Directed by Tony Kaye | R | 119 min | 1998|

A former neo-nazi skinhead tries to prevent his younger brother from going down the same wrong path that he did.

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Chicago

Directed by Rob Marshall | PG-13 | 113 min | 2002|

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

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The Green Mile

Directed by Frank Darabont | R | 189 min | 1999|

The lives of guards on Death Row are affected by one of their charges: a black man accused of child murder and rape, yet who has a mysterious gift.

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Witness for the Prosecution

Directed by Billy Wilder | 116 min | 1957|

A veteran British barrister must defend his client in a murder trial that has surprise after surprise.

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Snatch.

Directed by Guy Ritchie | R | 102 min | 2000|

Unscrupulous boxing promoters, violent bookmakers, a Russian gangster, incompetent amateur robbers, and supposedly Jewish jewelers fight to track down a priceless stolen diamond.

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Atlantic City

Directed by Louis Malle | R | 104 min | 1980|

In a corrupt city, a small-time gangster and the estranged wife of a pot dealer finds themselves thrown together in an escapade of love, money, drugs, and danger.

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Crash

Directed by Paul Haggis | R | 112 min | 2004|

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

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Out of Sight

Directed by Steven Soderbergh | R | 123 min | 1998|

A career bank robber breaks out of jail and shares a moment of mutual attraction with a US Marshall he has kidnapped.

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Out of the Past

Directed by Jacques Tourneur | 97 min | 1947|

A private eye escapes his past to run a gas station in a small town, but his past catches up with him. Now he must return to the big city world of danger, corruption, double crosses and duplicitous dames.

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The Big Sleep

Directed by Howard Hawks | 114 min | 1946|

Private detective Philip Marlowe is hired by a rich family. Before the complex case is over, he's seen murder, blackmail, and what might be love.

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Trouble in Paradise

Directed by Ernst Lubitsch | 83 min | 1932|

A gentleman thief and a lady pickpocket join forces to con a beautiful perfume company owner. Romantic entanglements and jealousies confuse the scheme.

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