Movies like American Beauty 1999

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.

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1 The Usual Suspects 1995

Held in an L.A. interrogation room, Verbal Kint attempts to convince the feds that a mythic crime lord, Keyser Soze, not only exists, but was also responsible for drawing him and his four partners into a multi-million dollar heist that ended with an explosion in San Pedro harbor – leaving few survivors. Verbal lures his interrogators with an incredible story of the crime lord's almost supernatural prowess.

Genres:

Drama, Crime, Thriller

Director:

Bryan Singer

Country:

United States of America
8.5

2 One Flew Over The Cuckoo's Nest 1975

While serving time for insanity at a state mental hospital, implacable rabble-rouser, Randle Patrick McMurphy, inspires his fellow patients to rebel against the authoritarian rule of head nurse, Mildred Ratched.

Genre:

Drama

Director:

Milos Forman

Writers:

Lawrence Hauben (screenplay), Bo Goldman (screenplay) | 2 more credits »

Country:

United States of America
8.7

3 American History X 1998

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.

Genre:

Drama

Director:

Tony Kaye

Writer:

David McKenna

Country:

United States of America
8.5

4 Reservoir Dogs 1992

A botched robbery indicates a police informant, and the pressure mounts in the aftermath at a warehouse. Crime begets violence as the survivors -- veteran Mr. White, newcomer Mr. Orange, psychopathic parolee Mr. Blonde, bickering weasel Mr. Pink and Nice Guy Eddie -- unravel.

Genres:

Crime, Thriller

Director:

Quentin Tarantino

Writers:

Quentin Tarantino, Quentin Tarantino (background radio dialogue written by) | 1 more credit »

Country:

United States of America
8.3

5 Memento 2000

Leonard Shelby is tracking down the man who raped and murdered his wife. The difficulty of locating his wife's killer, however, is compounded by the fact that he suffers from a rare, untreatable form of short-term memory loss. Although he can recall details of life before his accident, Leonard cannot remember what happened fifteen minutes ago, where he's going, or why.

Genres:

Mystery, Thriller

Director:

Christopher Nolan

Writers:

Christopher Nolan (screenplay), Jonathan Nolan (short story "Memento Mori")

Country:

United States of America
8.4

6 Good Will Hunting 1997

Will Hunting has a genius-level IQ but chooses to work as a janitor at MIT. When he solves a difficult graduate-level math problem, his talents are discovered by Professor Gerald Lambeau, who decides to help the misguided youth reach his potential. When Will is arrested for attacking a police officer, Professor Lambeau makes a deal to get leniency for him if he will get treatment from therapist Sean Maguire.

Genre:

Drama

Director:

Gus Van Sant

Countries:

Canada, United States of America
8.3

7 The Truman Show 1998

Truman Burbank is the star of The Truman Show, a 24-hour-a-day reality TV show that broadcasts every aspect of his life without his knowledge. His entire life has been an unending soap opera for consumption by the rest of the world. And everyone he knows, including his wife and his best friend is really an actor, paid to be part of his life.

Genres:

Comedy, Drama

Director:

Peter Weir

Writer:

Andrew Niccol

Country:

United States of America
8.1

8 Requiem For A Dream 2000

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.

Genres:

Crime, Drama

Director:

Darren Aronofsky

Writers:

Hubert Selby Jr. (based on the book by), Hubert Selby Jr. (screenplay) | 1 more credit »

Country:

United States of America
8.3

9 Into The Wild 2007

After graduating from Emory University in 1992, top student and athlete Christopher McCandless abandons his possessions, gives his entire $24,000 savings account to charity, and hitchhikes to Alaska to live in the wilderness.

Genres:

Adventure, Drama

Director:

Sean Penn

Writers:

Sean Penn (screenplay), Jon Krakauer (book)

Country:

United States of America
8.1

10 Trainspotting 1996

Mark Renton, deeply immersed in the Edinburgh drug scene, tries to clean up and get out, despite the allure of the drugs and influence of friends.

Genres:

Drama, Crime

Director:

Danny Boyle

Writers:

Irvine Welsh (based on the novel by), John Hodge (screenplay)

Country:

United Kingdom
8.1

11 A Clockwork Orange 1971

In a near-future Britain, young Alexander DeLarge and his pals get their kicks beating and raping anyone they please. When not destroying the lives of others, Alex swoons to the music of Beethoven. The state, eager to crack down on juvenile crime, gives an incarcerated Alex the option to undergo an invasive procedure that'll rob him of all personal agency. In a time when conscience is a commodity, can Alex change his tune?

Genres:

Science Fiction, Drama

Director:

Stanley Kubrick

Writers:

Stanley Kubrick (screenplay), Anthony Burgess (novel)

Countries:

United Kingdom, United States of America
8.3

12 The Big Lebowski 1998

Jeffrey "The Dude" Lebowski, a Los Angeles slacker who only wants to bowl and drink White Russians, is mistaken for another Jeffrey Lebowski, a wheelchair-bound millionaire, and finds himself dragged into a strange series of events involving nihilists, adult film producers, ferrets, errant toes, and large sums of money.

Genres:

Comedy, Crime

Directors:

Joel Coen, Ethan Coen (uncredited)

Writers:

Ethan Coen, Joel Coen

Countries:

United Kingdom, United States of America
8.1

13 Eternal Sunshine Of The Spotless Mind 2004

Joel Barish, heartbroken that his girlfriend underwent a procedure to erase him from her memory, decides to do the same. However, as he watches his memories of her fade away, he realises that he still loves her, and may be too late to correct his mistake.

Genres:

Science Fiction, Drama, Romance

Director:

Michel Gondry

Writers:

Charlie Kaufman (story), Michel Gondry (story) | 2 more credits »

Country:

United States of America
8.3

14 Donnie Darko 2001

After narrowly escaping a bizarre accident, a troubled teenager is plagued by visions of a large bunny rabbit that manipulates him to commit a series of crimes.

Genres:

Fantasy, Drama, Mystery

Director:

Richard Kelly

Writer:

Richard Kelly

Country:

United States of America
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15 Amélie 2001

At a tiny Parisian café, the adorable yet painfully shy Amélie (Audrey Tautou) accidentally discovers a gift for helping others. Soon Amelie is spending her days as a matchmaker, guardian angel, and all-around do-gooder. But when she bumps into a handsome stranger, will she find the courage to become the star of her very own love story?

Genres:

Comedy, Romance

Director:

Jean-Pierre Jeunet

Writers:

Guillaume Laurant (scenario), Jean-Pierre Jeunet (scenario) | 1 more credit »

Countries:

France, Germany
8.3

16 The Shining 1980

Jack Torrance accepts a caretaker job at the Overlook Hotel, where he, along with his wife Wendy and their son Danny, must live isolated from the rest of the world for the winter. But they aren't prepared for the madness that lurks within.

Genres:

Horror, Thriller

Director:

Stanley Kubrick

Writers:

Stephen King (novel), Stanley Kubrick (screenplay) | 1 more credit »

Countries:

United States of America, United Kingdom
8.4

17 The Departed 2006

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. 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.

Genres:

Drama, Thriller, Crime

Director:

Martin Scorsese

Writers:

William Monahan (screenplay), Alan Mak | 1 more credit »

Country:

United States of America
8.5

18 Se7en 1995

Two homicide detectives are on a desperate hunt for a serial killer whose crimes are based on the "seven deadly sins" in this dark and haunting film that takes viewers from the tortured remains of one victim to the next. The seasoned Det. Sommerset researches each sin in an effort to get inside the killer's mind, while his novice partner, Mills, scoffs at his efforts to unravel the case.

Genres:

Crime, Mystery, Thriller

Director:

David Fincher

Country:

United States of America
8.6

19 The Silence Of The Lambs 1991

Clarice Starling is a top student at the FBI's training academy. Jack Crawford wants Clarice to interview Dr. Hannibal Lecter, a brilliant psychiatrist who is also a violent psychopath, serving life behind bars for various acts of murder and cannibalism. Crawford believes that Lecter may have insight into a case and that Starling, as an attractive young woman, may be just the bait to draw him out.

Genres:

Crime, Drama, Thriller, Horror

Director:

Jonathan Demme

Writers:

Thomas Harris (novel), Ted Tally (screenplay)

Country:

United States of America
8.6

20 Inglourious Basterds 2009

In Nazi-occupied France during World War II, a group of Jewish-American soldiers known as "The Basterds" are chosen specifically to spread fear throughout the Third Reich by scalping and brutally killing Nazis. The Basterds, lead by Lt. Aldo Raine soon cross paths with a French-Jewish teenage girl who runs a movie theater in Paris which is targeted by the soldiers.

Genres:

Drama, Action, Thriller, War

Director:

Quentin Tarantino

Countries:

Germany, United States of America
8.3

21 Pulp Fiction 1994

A burger-loving hit man, his philosophical partner, a drug-addled gangster's moll and a washed-up boxer converge in this sprawling, comedic crime caper. Their adventures unfurl in three stories that ingeniously trip back and forth in time.

Genres:

Thriller, Crime

Director:

Quentin Tarantino

Writers:

Quentin Tarantino (stories), Roger Avary (stories) | 1 more credit »

Country:

United States of America
8.9

22 The Pianist 2002

The true story of pianist Władysław Szpilman's experiences in Warsaw during the Nazi occupation. When the Jews of the city find themselves forced into a ghetto, Szpilman finds work playing in a café; and when his family is deported in 1942, he stays behind, works for a while as a laborer, and eventually goes into hiding in the ruins of the war-torn city.

Genres:

Drama, War

Director:

Roman Polanski

Writers:

Ronald Harwood (screenplay), Wladyslaw Szpilman (book)

Countries:

France, Germany, Poland, United Kingdom
8.5

23 Fight Club 1999

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.

Genre:

Drama

Director:

David Fincher

Writers:

Chuck Palahniuk (novel), Jim Uhls (screenplay)

Countries:

Germany, United States of America
8.8

24 Black Swan 2010

A journey through the psyche of a young ballerina whose starring role as the duplicitous swan queen turns out to be a part for which she becomes frighteningly perfect.

Genres:

Drama, Thriller, Horror

Director:

Darren Aronofsky

Writers:

Mark Heyman (screenplay), Andres Heinz (screenplay) (as Andrés Heinz) | 2 more credits »

Country:

United States of America
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