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  1. 1969

    1969 (1988)


    1969 is a 1988 drama film starring Robert Downey, Jr., Kiefer Sutherland, and Winona Ryder. It was written and directed by Ernest Thompson. The original music score is composed by Michael Small. The film deals with the Vietnam War and the resulting social tensions between those who support and oppose the war in small-town America.

  2. 30 Days

    30 Days (2006)


  3. 35 Miles from Normal

    35 Miles from Normal (1997)


  4. 36 fillette

    36 fillette (1988)


    36 Fillette (known as Virgin or Junior Size 36 in English) is a 1988 French film starring Delphine Zentout and Oliver Parniere, directed by Catherine Breillat. It is the story of a sexually-curious and rebellious 14-year-old (played by 16-year-old Zentout) who has an emotionally-charged and dually-manipulative relationship with an aging playboy. Breillat is known for films focusing on sexuality, intimacy, gender conflict and sibling rivalry. Breillat has been the subject of controversy for her explicit depictions of sexuality.

  5. 48 Shades

    48 Shades (2006)


    48 Shades, based on Nick Earls' popular novel 48 Shades of Brown, is a 2006 Australian comedy by debut director Daniel Lapaine starring Richard Wilson, Emma Lung, Robin McLeavy, and Victoria Thaine.

  6. 50 Ways of Saying Fabulous

    50 Ways of Saying Fabulous (2005)


    50 Ways of Saying Fabulous is a 2005 New Zealand drama film directed by noted gay director Stewart Main and starring Jay Collins and Andrew Patterson. It is based on a novel by Graeme Aitken. The film opened in 2005 to negative reviews and had little success at the New Zealand box office. In spite of this, the film did however win the Special Jury Award at Italy's Turin International Gay and Lesbian Film Festival in 2005.

  7. A Bronx Tale

    A Bronx Tale (1993)


    A Bronx Tale is a 1993 American crime drama film set in the Bronx during the turbulent era of the 1960s. It was the directorial debut of Robert De Niro that follows a young Italian-American teenager as his path in life is guided by two father figures, played by De Niro and Chazz Palminteri. It also includes a brief appearance by Joe Pesci. It was written by Palminteri, based partially upon his childhood. The film grossed over $17 million domestically in the box office.

  8. A Gentleman's Game

    A Gentleman's Game (2002)


  9. A Night in the Life of Jimmy Reardon

    A Night in the Life of Jimmy Reardon (1988)


    A Night in the Life of Jimmy Reardon is a 1988 film about a high school graduate who must find out if he wants to go to business school at the request of his father or go his own way and get a full-time job. He shows he's rebellious throughout the film but eventually comes to understand what his parents want from him. The film stars River Phoenix, Ann Magnuson, Meredith Salenger, Matthew Perry and Ione Skye. It is based upon the novel Aren't You Even Gonna Kiss Me Goodbye? by William Richert, who also directed the film.

  10. À nos amours

    À nos amours (1983)


    À nos amours (For Our Loves) is a 1983 French film directed by Maurice Pialat, written by Arlette Langmann and Pialat.

  11. A Plumm Summer

    A Plumm Summer (2007)


    A Plumm Summer is a 2007 adventure-family film directed by Caroline Zelder. It starred Owen Pearce, Chris Massoglia (appearing under the name "Chris J. Kelly"), Morgan Flynn, William Baldwin, Henry Winkler, and Lisa Guerrero. The film follows a teenage boy, his young brother, and a new-to-town teenage girl as they try to find a marionette from a local television show which has been stolen and held for ransom. Meanwhile, the brothers' father struggles with alcoholism and their mother tries to hold her marriage together.

  12. A River Runs Through It

    A River Runs Through It (1992)


    A River Runs Through It is a 1992 American film directed by Robert Redford and starring Craig Sheffer, Brad Pitt, Tom Skerritt, Brenda Blethyn, and Emily Lloyd. It is a period drama based on the semi-autobiographical novella A River Runs Through It (1976) written by Norman Maclean (1902–90), adapted for the screen by Richard Friedenberg.

  13. Ab heute erwachsen

    Ab heute erwachsen (1985)


  14. About a Boy

    About a Boy (2002)


    About a Boy is a 2002 comedy-drama film co-written and directed by brothers Chris Weitz and Paul Weitz. It is an adaptation of the 1998 novel of the same name by Nick Hornby. The film stars Hugh Grant, Nicholas Hoult, Toni Collette, and Rachel Weisz. The film at times uses double voice-over narration, when the audience hears both Will's and Marcus's thoughts.

  15. Absolute Beginners

    Absolute Beginners (1986)


    Absolute Beginners is a 1986 British rock musical film adapted from the Colin MacInnes book of the same name about life in late 1950s London. The film was directed by Julien Temple, featured David Bowie and Sade, and a breakthrough role by Patsy Kensit. The film was screened out of competition at the 1986 Cannes Film Festival.

  16. According to Spencer

    According to Spencer (2001)


    According to Spencer is a 2001 film starring Jesse Bradford, Mia Kirshner, David Krumholtz, Adam Goldberg, and Brad Rowe.

  17. Adventureland

    Adventureland (2009)


    Adventureland is a 2009 American comedy-drama film written and directed by Greg Mottola, starring Jesse Eisenberg and Kristen Stewart and co-starring Ryan Reynolds, Bill Hader, Martin Starr, and Margarita Levieva. The film is set in the summer of 1987 when recent college grad James Brennan (Jesse Eisenberg) is making big plans to tour Europe and attend graduate school in pursuit of a career in journalism. However, financial problems force him to look for a summer job instead of traveling abroad, which lands him at Adventureland, a run-down amusement park in western Pennsylvania. There he meets Emily Lewin (Kristen Stewart), a co-worker with whom he develops a quick rapport and relationship.

  18. After Freedom

    After Freedom (2002)


  19. Ah, Wilderness!

    Ah, Wilderness! (1935)


    Ah, Wilderness! is a 1935 American film adaptation of the Eugene O'Neill play of the same name starring Wallace Beery. The picture was shot in Grafton, Massachusetts, at the common in the center of town, and was directed by Clarence Brown. Beery plays the drunken uncle later portrayed on Broadway by Jackie Gleason, and the film features Lionel Barrymore, Eric Linden, Cecilia Parker, Spring Byington, and a young Mickey Rooney. Rooney also stars in MGM's musical remake Summer Holiday (1948).

  20. Alan & Naomi

    Alan & Naomi (1992)


    Alan & Naomi is a 1992 film about the friendship between two children in 1944 Brooklyn. Lukas Haas and Vanessa Zaoui star as the titular characters, and the screenplay is based on a novel by Myron Levoy. The 1977 novel was nominated for the American Book Award for Children's Literature and is also an honor book for the Jane Addams Children's Book Award and the Boston Globe-Horn Book Award.

  21. Alex in Wonder

    Alex in Wonder (2001)


  22. Alice's Restaurant

    Alice's Restaurant (1969)


    Alice's Restaurant is a 1969 American comedy film co-written and directed by Arthur Penn. It is an adaptation of the 1967 folk song "Alice's Restaurant Massacree" by singer and songwriter Arlo Guthrie. The film stars Guthrie as himself, with Pat Quinn as Alice Brock and James Broderick as Ray Brock. Contrary to popular belief, while Arlo Guthrie wrote the lyrics and music for the narrative song "Alice’s Restaurant Massacree," he neither wrote nor co-wrote the screenplay for the film Alice’s Restaurant, which was instead co-written by Venable Herndon and Arthur Penn.

  23. All I Wanna Do

    All I Wanna Do (1998)


    The Hairy Bird, also released under the titles Strike! in Canada and All I Wanna Do in the United States, is a 1998 comedy film written and directed by Sarah Kernochan. It stars Kirsten Dunst, Gaby Hoffman, Monica Keena, Heather Matarazzo and Rachael Leigh Cook as students of the fictional Miss Godard's Preparatory School for Girls, and Lynn Redgrave as the school's headmistress. The film takes place in 1963 and focuses on several students' plotting and sabotage of a proposed merger for the school to go coed.

  24. All Night Bodega

    All Night Bodega (2002)


  25. All Over Me

    All Over Me (1997)


    All Over Me is a 1997 drama film directed by Alex Sichel and written by her sister Sylvia Sichel. Alex Sichel received a grant from the Princess Grace Foundation to make a film about the riot grrrl music scene and then asked her sister to collaborate with her.

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