The only film ever directed by revered poet Maya Angelou tells the story of a family fighting to recover from generational and racial trauma in rural Mississippi. True to Angelou, the film is simultaneously powerful and understated with phenomenal acting and a heart-wrenching plot.

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One of the best romcoms of all time, Gina Prince-Bythewood’s early aughts classic is a love story, a coming of age tale, and a sports film all in one. Two prodigious basketball players meet, fall in love, and take wildly different paths through the world of high school, college, and professional basketball.

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Akira Kurosawa retells Macbeth by replacing lords and kings with samurai and emperors in this rendition set in medieval Japan. Brutal, suspenseful, and visually stunning — this is by far one of the best Shakespeare adaptations ever made for the screen.

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Denzel Washington and Frances McDormand star in Joel Coen’s fresh and brooding take on Macbeth. Shot in silvery black and white with an abundance of fog and gloom, Macbeth packs a punch of drama that’s only fitting for one of Shakespeare’s greatest tragedies. (2021)

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Kathy Bates gives an unnerving performance as an unhinged literature fan who kidnaps her favorite author in Rob Reiner’s adaptation of Stephen King’s novel. James Caan plays the star novelist who she engages in a game of psychological chess as he tries to escape the snowy remote cabin where he’s being kept.

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A genre masterpiece, this Swedish film by Tomas Alfredson relies on a muted color pallet and frighteningly good performances to create a moody ambiance that breaks the mold of vampire films. A lonely adolescent befriends a young vampire and together they wreak bloody havoc.

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Wes Anderson’s breakout film is a coming of age story set at a private school in Texas, where an oddball teen is enraged to learn his too-old-for him teacher crush and mentoring venture capitalist friend are romantically involved.

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Bill Murray plays a wayward ship captain and documentary maker who rallies his crew, a pregnant journalist, and his fabulous estranged wife to exact revenge on a mythical shark while he grapples with the presence of a man who may or not be his son. 

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