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Barbarella
1

Barbarella

(1968)
Barbarella is a 1968 French-Italian science fiction film based on Jean-Claude Forest's French Barbarella comics. The film stars Jane Fonda in the title role and was directed by Roger Vadim, who was Fonda's husband at the time...
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Planet of the Apes
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Planet of the Apes

(1968)
Planet of the Apes is a 1968 American science fiction film directed by Franklin J. Schaffner and starring Charlton Heston. Roddy McDowall, Kim Hunter, Maurice Evans, James Whitmore, and James Daly have co-starring roles in the fil...
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9
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2001: A Space Odyssey
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2001: A Space Odyssey

(1968)
2001: A Space Odyssey is a 1968 science fiction film produced and directed by Stanley Kubrick. The screenplay, written by Kubrick and Arthur C. Clarke, was partially inspired by Clarke's short story "The Sentinel". Clarke concurre...
9.5
9.5
from 8 votes
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Barry Lyndon
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Barry Lyndon

(1975)
Barry Lyndon is a 1975 British-American period drama film written, produced, and directed by Stanley Kubrick, based on the 1844 novel The Luck of Barry Lyndon by William Makepeace Thackeray. It stars Ryan O'Neal, Marisa Berenson,...
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Star Wars
5

Star Wars

(1977)
Star Wars (later retitled Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope) is a 1977 American epic space opera film written and directed by George Lucas. The first release in the Star Wars saga, it stars Mark Hamill, Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher...
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9.6
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The Lord of the Rings
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The Lord of the Rings

(1978)
J.R.R. Tolkien's The Lord of the Rings is a 1978 American animated high fantasy film directed by Ralph Bakshi. It is an adaptation of J. R. R. Tolkien's high fantasy epic The Lord of the Rings, comprising The Fellowship of the Rin...
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7
from 1 vote
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The Empire Strikes Back
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The Empire Strikes Back

(1980)
The Empire Strikes Back (also known as Star Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back) is a 1980 American epic space opera film directed by Irvin Kershner. Leigh Brackett and Lawrence Kasdan wrote the screenplay, with George Lucas w...
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from 4 votes
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E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial
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E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial

(1982)
E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial (often referred to simply as E.T.) is a 1982 American science fiction-family film co-produced and directed by Steven Spielberg and written by Melissa Mathison, featuring special effects by Carlo Rambaldi...
7.3
7.3
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Return of the Jedi
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Return of the Jedi

(1983)
Return of the Jedi (also known as Star Wars Episode VI: Return of the Jedi) is a 1983 American epic space opera film directed by Richard Marquand. The screenplay by Lawrence Kasdan and George Lucas was from a story by Lucas, who w...
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Back to the Future
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Back to the Future

(1985)
Back to the Future is a 1985 American science-fiction adventure comedy film directed by Robert Zemeckis, written by Zemeckis and Bob Gale, produced by Gale and Neil Canton, and starring Michael J. Fox, Christopher Lloyd, Lea Thomp...
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from 1 vote
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The Land Before Time
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The Land Before Time

(1988)
The Land Before Time is a 1988 American-Irish animated adventure drama film directed and co-produced by Don Bluth and executive produced by Steven Spielberg, George Lucas, Kathleen Kennedy, and Frank Marshall. Produced by Sullivan...
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10
from 1 vote
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Back to the Future Part II
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Back to the Future Part II

(1989)
Back to the Future Part II is a 1989 American science-fiction adventure comedy film directed by Robert Zemeckis and written by Bob Gale. It is the sequel to the 1985 film Back to the Future and the second installment in the Back t...
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8
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Back to the Future Part III
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Back to the Future Part III

(1990)
Back to the Future Part III is a 1990 American comic science fiction-Western film, and the third and final installment of the Back to the Future trilogy. The film was directed by Robert Zemeckis, and stars Michael J. Fox, Christop...
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8
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Army of Darkness
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Army of Darkness

(1992)
Army of Darkness is a 1992 American horror comedy film directed by Sam Raimi. It is the third installment of the Evil Dead franchise. The film was written by Sam Raimi and his brother Ivan, produced by Robert Tapert, and stars Bru...
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8.5
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Stargate
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Stargate

(1994)
Stargate (French: Stargate, la porte des étoiles) is a 1994 French-American adventure science fiction film released through Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer (MGM) and Carolco Pictures. Created by Dean Devlin and Roland Emmerich, the film is th...
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7
from 2 votes
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The Lion King
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The Lion King

(1994)
The Lion King is a 1994 American animated musical film produced by Walt Disney Feature Animation and released by Walt Disney Pictures. It is the 32nd animated feature in the Walt Disney Animated Classics series. The Lion King was...
9.3
9.3
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Toy Story
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Toy Story

(1995)
Toy Story is a 1995 American computer-animated buddy-comedy adventure film produced by Pixar and released by Walt Disney Pictures. Directed by John Lasseter, Toy Story was the first feature-length computer-animated film and the fi...
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9
from 7 votes
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Waterworld
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Waterworld

(1995)
Waterworld is a 1995 American post-apocalyptic science fiction action film directed by Kevin Reynolds and co-written by Peter Rader and David Twohy. It was based on Rader's original 1986 screenplay and stars Kevin Costner, who als...
6.3
6.3
from 3 votes
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The Postman
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The Postman

(1997)
The Postman is a 1997 American epic post-apocalyptic adventure film. It is directed by, produced by, and stars Kevin Costner, with the screenplay written by Eric Roth and Brian Helgeland, based on David Brin's 1985 book of the sam...
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6
from 2 votes
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The Fifth Element
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The Fifth Element

(1997)
The Fifth Element (French: Le Cinquième Élément) is a 1997 English-language French science fiction action film directed and co-written by Luc Besson. It stars Bruce Willis, Gary Oldman and Milla Jovovich. Mostly set in the 23rd ce...
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from 1 vote
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Toy Story 2
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Toy Story 2

(1999)
Toy Story 2 is a 1999 American computer-animated comedy adventure film produced by Pixar and released by Walt Disney Pictures. Directed by John Lasseter and co-directed by Lee Unkrich and Ash Brannon, it is the sequel to the 1995...
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8.3
from 3 votes
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Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace
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Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace

(1999)
Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace is a 1999 American epic space opera film written and directed by George Lucas, produced by Lucasfilm and distributed by 20th Century Fox. It is the fourth installment in the Star Wars saga a...
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from 3 votes
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The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring
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The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring

(2001)
The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring is a 2001 epic high fantasy film directed by Peter Jackson based on the first volume of J. R. R. Tolkien's The Lord of the Rings (1954–1955). It is the first instalment in The Lord...
8.7
8.7
from 3 votes
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Metropolis
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Metropolis

(2001)
Metropolis (メトロポリス Metoroporisu) is a 2001 anime film loosely based on the 1949 Metropolis manga created by Osamu Tezuka, itself inspired by the 1927 German silent film of the same name, though the two do not share plot elements...
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A.I. Artificial Intelligence
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A.I. Artificial Intelligence

(2001)
A.I. Artificial Intelligence, also known as A.I., is a 2001 American science fiction film directed by Steven Spielberg. The screenplay by Spielberg and screen story by Ian Watson was based on the 1969 short story "Super-Toys Last...
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from 1 vote
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The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers
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The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers

(2002)
The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers is a 2002 epic high fantasy film directed by Peter Jackson and based on the second volume of J. R. R. Tolkien's novel The Lord of the Rings. It is the second installment in The Lord of the Rin...
8.5
8.5
from 2 votes
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Star Wars Episode II: Attack of the Clones
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Star Wars Episode II: Attack of the Clones

(2002)
Star Wars Episode II: Attack of the Clones is a 2002 American epic space opera film directed by George Lucas and written by Lucas and Jonathan Hales. It is the second installment of the Star Wars prequel trilogy, and stars Ewan Mc...
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7
from 1 vote
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The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King
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The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King

(2003)
The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King is a 2003 epic high fantasy film directed by Peter Jackson based on the second and third volumes of J. R. R. Tolkien's The Lord of the Rings. It is the third and final instalment in Th...
8.7
8.7
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The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy
29

The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy

(2005)
The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy is a 2005 comic science fiction film directed by Garth Jennings, based upon previous works in the media franchise of the same name, created by Douglas Adams. It stars Martin Freeman, Sam Rockwe...
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Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith
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Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith

(2005)
Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith is a 2005 American epic space opera[discuss] film written and directed by George Lucas. It is the third and final installment of the Star Wars prequel trilogy and stars Ewan McGregor, Nat...
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6.7
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The Island
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The Island

(2005)
The Island is a 2005 American science fiction action thriller film Drama Film directed by Michael Bay, starring Ewan McGregor and Scarlett Johansson. It was released on July 22, 2005, in the United States and was nominated for thr...
6.7
6.7
from 3 votes
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The Santa Clause 3: The Escape Clause
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The Santa Clause 3: The Escape Clause

(2006)
The Santa Clause 3: The Escape Clause (or simply The Santa Clause 3) is a 2006 American Christmas fantasy comedy adventure film directed by Michael Lembeck. It is the third and final installment in The Santa Clause trilogy followi...
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Wall-E
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Wall-E

(2008)
WALL-E (stylized with an interpunct as WALL·E) is a 2008 American computer-animated science-fiction comedy film produced by Pixar and released by Walt Disney Pictures. Directed by Andrew Stanton, the story follows a robot named WA...
8.7
8.7
from 6 votes
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Inglourious Basterds
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Inglourious Basterds

(2009)
Inglourious Basterds is a 2009 German-American black comedy war film written and directed by Quentin Tarantino and starring Brad Pitt, Christoph Waltz, Diane Kruger, Michael Fassbender and Eli Roth. The film tells the fictional al...
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9
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Toy Story 3
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Toy Story 3

(2010)
Toy Story 3 is a 2010 American 3D computer-animated comedy-drama film, and the third installment in the Toy Story series. It was produced by Pixar and released by Walt Disney Pictures. Directed by Lee Unkrich, the screenplay was w...
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The Adventures of Tintin
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The Adventures of Tintin

(2011)
The Adventures of Tintin (also known as The Adventures of Tintin: The Secret of the Unicorn) is a 2011 computer-animated adventure film based on The Adventures of Tintin, the comics series by Belgian cartoonist Hergé. Directed by...
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7
from 1 vote
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The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey
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The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey

(2012)
The Hobbit is a film series consisting of three epic fantasy adventure films directed by Peter Jackson. They are based on the 1937 novel The Hobbit by J. R. R. Tolkien, with large portions of the trilogy inspired by the appendices...
7.8
7.8
from 11 votes
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The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug
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The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug

(2013)
The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug is a 2013 epic fantasy adventure film directed by Peter Jackson. It was produced by WingNut Films in collaboration with New Line Cinema and Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer. It was distributed by Warner Bros...
7.6
7.6
from 7 votes
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Journey to the West: Conquering the Demons
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Journey to the West: Conquering the Demons

(2013)
Journey to the West: Conquering the Demons (Chinese: 西遊·降魔篇) is a 2013 fantasy comedy film co-written, produced, and directed by Stephen Chow. The movie was first announced in July 2011 and was released on February 10, 2013 in Chi...
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7
from 1 vote
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Boy & The World
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Boy & The World

(2013)
Boy & the World (Portuguese: O Menino e o Mundo) is a 2013 Brazilian animated film written and directed by Alê Abreu. It was nominated at the 88th Academy Awards for Best Animated Feature. It tells the story of Cuca, a boy who liv...
7.5
7.5
from 2 votes
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The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies
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The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies

(2014)
The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies is a 2014 epic fantasy adventure film, directed by Peter Jackson and written by Jackson, Fran Walsh, Philippa Boyens, and Guillermo del Toro. It is the third and final installment in the t...
6.9
6.9
from 7 votes
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Guardians of the Galaxy
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Guardians of the Galaxy

(2014)
Guardians of the Galaxy is a 2014 American superhero film based on the Marvel Comics superhero team of the same name, produced by Marvel Studios and distributed by Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures. It is the tenth installment i...
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8
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Theeb
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Theeb

(2014)
Theeb (Arabic: ذيب‎) is a 2014 Jordanian Arabic-language film written and directed by Naji Abu Nowar. It focuses on a young Bedouin boy, Theeb, who must survive in the wide-open Wadi Rum desert. The film takes place during the Mid...
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Shaun the Sheep Movie
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Shaun the Sheep Movie

(2015)
Shaun the Sheep Movie is a 2015 British stop-motion animated adventure comedy film based on the Shaun the Sheep television series by Nick Park starring a character introduced in the 1995 Aardman Animations' Wallace and Gromit shor...
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7
from 1 vote
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The Good Dinosaur
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The Good Dinosaur

(2015)
The Good Dinosaur is a 2015 American 3D computer-animated adventure comedy-drama film produced by Pixar Animation Studios and released by Walt Disney Pictures. The film stars Raymond Ochoa, Jack Bright, Sam Elliott, Anna Paquin, A...
8.3
8.3
from 3 votes
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The Revenant
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The Revenant

(2015)
The Revenant is a 2015 American epic western film directed by Alejandro González Iñárritu set in 1823 Montana and South Dakota, which was inspired by the experiences of frontiersman and fur trapper Hugh Glass. The screenplay was w...
8.8
8.8
from 5 votes
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Star Wars: The Force Awakens
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Star Wars: The Force Awakens

(2015)
Star Wars: The Force Awakens, also known as Star Wars: Episode VII, or simply Star Wars 7, is an American epic space opera movie directed by J. J. Abrams. It stars John Boyega, Daisy Ridley, Adam Driver, Oscar Isaac, Andy Serkis,...
7.3
7.3
from 39 votes
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Embrace of the Serpent
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Embrace of the Serpent

(2015)
Embrace of the Serpent (El abrazo de la serpiente) is a 2015 Colombian adventure drama film directed by Ciro Guerra. The film won the Art Cinema Award in the Directors' Fortnight section at the 2015 Cannes Film Festival and it was...
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7
from 1 vote
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Tomorrowland
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Tomorrowland

(2015)
Tomorrowland (subtitled A World Beyond in some regions) is a 2015 American science-fiction mystery adventure film directed and co-written by Brad Bird. Bird co-wrote the film's screenplay with Damon Lindelof, from an original stor...
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7
from 2 votes
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Rogue One: A Star Wars Story
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Rogue One: A Star Wars Story

(2016)
Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, or simply Rogue One, is a 2016 American epic space opera film directed by Gareth Edwards and written by Gary Whitta and Chris Weitz, from an idea by visual effects supervisor John Knoll. The film star...
6.2
6.2
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