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The Best Mature Movies on The Criterion Channel

Finding a good Mature movie to watch can be hard, so we've ranked the best ones and included where to watch them. Check out our list of the best Mature movies of all time streaming on The Criterion Channel.

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1. Fantastic Planet

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7.8/10
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74/100
Released: 1973Rated: PG
Animation, Science-Fiction

What it's about: On the planet Ygam, the Draags, extremely technologically and spiritually advanced blue humanoids, consider the tiny Oms, human beings descendants of Terra's inhabitants, as ignorant animals. Those who live in slavery are treated as simple pets and used to entertain Draag children; those who live hidden in the hostile wilderness of the planet are periodically hunted and ruthlessly slaughtered as if they were vermin.

Where to Watch: Available to stream on a popular subscription service (HBO MAX & The Criterion Channel) & rent or buy from $2.99 on 5 services (iTunes, Google Play & 3 others).

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2. Taxi Driver

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8.3/10
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84/100
Released: 1976Rated: R
Crime, Drama

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

Where to Watch: Available to stream on a subscription service (The Criterion Channel) & rent or buy from $2.99 on 6 services (iTunes, Google Play & 4 others).

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3. Y Tu Mamá También

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7.6/10
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74/100
Released: 2001Rated: R
Romance, LGBTQ

What it's about: In Mexico, two teenage boys and an attractive older woman embark on a road trip and learn a thing or two about life, friendship, sex, and each other.

Where to Watch: Available to stream on a subscription service (The Criterion Channel) & rent or buy from $3.99 on 3 services (iTunes, Google Play & Prime Video).

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4. Antichrist

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6.6/10
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70/100
Released: 2009
Horror, Drama

What it's about: A grieving couple retreats to their cabin 'Eden' in the woods, hoping to repair their broken hearts and troubled marriage. But nature takes its course and things go from bad to worse.

Where to Watch: Available to stream on a subscription service (The Criterion Channel) & rent or buy from $2.99 on 4 services (Google Play, Prime Video & 2 others).

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5. Days of Being Wild

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7.5/10
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68/100
Released: 1990Rated: PG-13
Romance, Drama

What it's about: Yuddy, a Hong Kong playboy known for breaking girls' hearts, tries to find solace and the truth after discovering the woman who raised him isn't his mother.

Where to Watch: Available to stream on a subscription service (The Criterion Channel).

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6. Twin Peaks: Fire Walk with Me

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7.3/10
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74/100
Released: 1992Rated: R
Mystery, Thriller

What it's about: In the questionable town of Deer Meadow, Washington, FBI Agent Desmond inexplicably disappears while hunting for the man who murdered a teen girl. The killer is never apprehended, and, after experiencing dark visions and supernatural encounters, Agent Dale Cooper chillingly predicts that the culprit will claim another life. Meanwhile, in the more cozy town of Twin Peaks, hedonistic beauty Laura Palmer hangs with lowlifes and seems destined for a grisly fate.

Where to Watch: Available to stream on a popular subscription service (HBO MAX & The Criterion Channel), stream on a TV everywhere service (TCM) & rent or buy from $2.99 on 4 services (iTunes, Google Play & 2 others).

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7. In the Realm of the Senses

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6.6/10
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77/100
Released: 1976Rated: R
Romance, Drama

What it's about: Based on a true story set in pre-war Japan, a man and one of his servants begin a torrid affair. Their desire becomes a sexual obsession so strong that to intensify their ardor, they forsake all, even life itself.

Where to Watch: Available to stream on a subscription service (The Criterion Channel & Kanopy) & rent or buy from $3.99 on 1 service (Prime Video).

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8. The Piano Teacher

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7.5/10
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83/100
Released: 2001Rated: R
Romance, Drama

What it's about: Erika Kohut, a sexually repressed piano teacher living with her domineering mother, meets a young man who starts romantically pursuing her.

Where to Watch: Available to stream on a subscription service (The Criterion Channel) & rent or buy from $2.99 on 3 services (iTunes, Google Play & Prime Video).

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9. The Plague Dogs

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7.8/10
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65/100
Released: 1982Rated: PG-13
Animation, Action & Adventure

What it's about: The Plague Dogs is a 1982 animated film based on the 1977 novel of the same name by Richard Adams. The story is centred on two dogs named Rowf and Snitter, who escape from a research laboratory in Great Britain. In the process of telling the story, the film highlights the cruelty of performing vivisection and animal research for its own sake.

Where to Watch: Available to watch free online (Tubi & PlutoTV), stream on a subscription service (The Criterion Channel & Shout Factory TV) & rent or buy from $1.99 on 5 services (iTunes, Google Play & 3 others).

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10. Body Double

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6.8/10
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69/100
Released: 1984Rated: R
Mystery, Thriller

What it's about: After losing an acting role and his girlfriend, Jake Scully finally catches a break: he gets offered a gig house-sitting in the Hollywood Hills. While peering through the beautiful home's telescope one night, he spies a gorgeous blonde dancing in her window. But when he witnesses the girl's murder, it leads Scully through the netherworld of the adult entertainment industry on a search for answers -- with porn actress Holly Body as his guide.

Where to Watch: Available to stream on a subscription service (The Criterion Channel) & rent or buy from $2.99 on 5 services (iTunes, Google Play & 3 others).

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11. Mustang

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7.6/10
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71/100
Released: 2015Rated: PG-13
Comedy, Drama

What it's about: In a Turkish village, five orphaned sisters live under strict rule while members of their family prepare their arranged marriages.

Where to Watch: Available to watch free online (Tubi), stream on a subscription service (The Criterion Channel & Kanopy) & rent or buy from $3.99 on 4 services (iTunes, Google Play & 2 others).

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12. Persepolis

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8.0/10
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74/100
Released: 2007Rated: PG-13
Animation, Drama

What it's about: In 1970s Iran, Marjane 'Marji' Statrapi watches events through her young eyes and her idealistic family of a long dream being fulfilled of the hated Shah's defeat in the Iranian Revolution of 1979. However as Marji grows up, she witnesses first hand how the new Iran, now ruled by Islamic fundamentalists, has become a repressive tyranny on its own.

Where to Watch: Available to stream on a subscription service (The Criterion Channel) & rent or buy from $2.85 on 6 services (iTunes, Google Play & 4 others).

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13. Belle de Jour

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7.7/10
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73/100
Released: 1967Rated: R
Romance, Drama

What it's about: Beautiful young housewife Séverine Serizy cannot reconcile her masochistic fantasies with her everyday life alongside dutiful husband Pierre. When her lovestruck friend Henri mentions a secretive high-class brothel run by Madame Anais, Séverine begins to work there during the day under the name Belle de Jour. But when one of her clients grows possessive, she must try to go back to her normal life.

Where to Watch: Available to stream on a popular subscription service (HBO MAX, The Criterion Channel & Kanopy) & rent or buy from $3.99 on 2 services (iTunes & Prime Video).

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14. Fallen Angels

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7.7/10
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86/100
Released: 1995Rated: R
Romance, Drama

What it's about: In this bifurcated crime narrative, a disillusioned hitman attempts to escape from his violent lifestyle against the wishes of his partner, who is infatuated with him, and an eccentric mute repeatedly encounters, then subsequently falls for a depressed woman looking for the prostitute who supposedly stole her ex-boyfriend's affections.

Where to Watch: Available to stream on a subscription service (The Criterion Channel).

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15. The 400 Blows

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8.1/10
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76/100
Released: 1959
Crime, Drama

What it's about: For young Parisian boy Antoine Doinel, life is one difficult situation after another. Surrounded by inconsiderate adults, including his neglectful parents, Antoine spends his days with his best friend, Rene, trying to plan for a better life. When one of their schemes goes awry, Antoine ends up in trouble with the law, leading to even more conflicts with unsympathetic authority figures.

Where to Watch: Available to stream on a popular subscription service (HBO MAX, The Criterion Channel & Kanopy) & rent or buy from $2.99 on 4 services (iTunes, Google Play & 2 others).

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16. Watership Down

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7.6/10
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86/100
Released: 1978Rated: PG
Animation, Drama

What it's about: When the warren belonging to a community of rabbits is threatened, a brave group led by Fiver, Bigwig, Blackberry and Hazel leave their homeland in a search of a safe new haven.

Where to Watch: Available to stream on a popular subscription service (HBO MAX & The Criterion Channel) & rent or buy from $2.99 on 3 services (iTunes, Google Play & Prime Video).

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17. The Bird with the Crystal Plumage

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7.2/10
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67/100
Released: 1970Rated: R
Horror, Mystery

What it's about: An American writer living in Rome witnesses an attempted murder that is connected to an ongoing killing spree in the city, and conducts his own investigation despite himself and his girlfriend being targeted by the killer.

Where to Watch: Available to watch free online (Tubi & PlutoTV) & stream on a subscription service (The Criterion Channel, Fandor & ConTV).

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18. Fat Girl

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6.5/10
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74/100
Released: 2001
Comedy, Drama

What it's about: Anaïs is twelve and bears the weight of the world on her shoulders. She watches her older sister, Elena, whom she both loves and hates. Elena is fifteen and devilishly beautiful. Neither more futile, nor more stupid than her younger sister, she cannot understand that she is merely an object of desire. And, as such, she can only be taken. Or had. Indeed, this is the subject: a girl's loss of virginity. And, that summer, it opens a door to tragedy.

Where to Watch: Available to stream on a popular subscription service (HBO MAX & The Criterion Channel) & rent or buy from $2.99 on 3 services (iTunes, Prime Video & Vudu).

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19. Sansho the Bailiff

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8.4/10
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67/100
Released: 1954
Romance, Drama

What it's about: In medieval Japan a compassionate governor is sent into exile. His wife and children try to join him, but are separated, and the children grow up amid suffering and oppression.

Where to Watch: Available to stream on a subscription service (The Criterion Channel & Kanopy) & rent or buy from $3.60 on 2 services (iTunes & Prime Video).

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20. Vivre Sa Vie

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8.0/10
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88/100
Released: 1962
Comedy, Drama

What it's about: Twelve episodic tales in the life of a Parisian woman and her slow descent into prostitution.

Where to Watch: Available to stream on a popular subscription service (HBO MAX, The Criterion Channel & Kanopy).

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21. Body Heat

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7.4/10
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71/100
Released: 1981Rated: R
Crime, Thriller

What it's about: In the midst of a searing Florida heat wave, a woman convinces her lover, a small-town lawyer, to murder her rich husband.

Where to Watch: Available to stream on a subscription service (The Criterion Channel) & rent or buy from $2.99 on 4 services (iTunes, Google Play & 2 others).

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22. Cruising

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6.5/10
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64/100
Released: 1980Rated: R
LGBTQ, Thriller

What it's about: A serial killer brutally slays and dismembers several gay men in New York's S/M and leather districts. The young police officer Steve Burns is sent undercover onto the streets as decoy for the murderer. Working almost completely isolated from his department, he has to learn and practice the complex rules and signals of this little society.

Where to Watch: Available to stream on a subscription service (The Criterion Channel) & rent or buy from $2.99 on 4 services (iTunes, Google Play & 2 others).

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23. The Cat o' Nine Tails

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6.7/10
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61/100
Released: 1971
Mystery, Thriller

What it's about: A reporter and a blind retired journalist try to solve a series of murders. The crimes are connected to experiments by a pharmaceutical company in secret research. The two end up becoming targets of the killer.

Where to Watch: Available to watch free online (Tubi, Plex & Vudu), stream on a subscription service (Shudder, The Criterion Channel, Kanopy & 1 other) & rent or buy from $1.99 on 5 services (iTunes, Google Play & 3 others).

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24. The Night Porter

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6.7/10
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62/100
Released: 1974Rated: R
Romance, Drama

What it's about: A concentration camp survivor discovers her former torturer and lover working as a porter at a hotel in postwar Vienna. When the couple attempt to re-create their sadomasochistic relationship, his former SS comrades begin to stalk them.

Where to Watch: Available to stream on a popular subscription service (HBO MAX, The Criterion Channel & Kanopy) & rent or buy from $3.60 on 2 services (iTunes & Prime Video).

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25. Hedwig and the Angry Inch

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7.7/10
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70/100
Released: 2001Rated: R
Comedy, LGBTQ

What it's about: Raised a boy in East Berlin, Hedwig undergoes a personal transformation in order to emigrate to the U.S., where she reinvents herself as an “internationally ignored” but divinely talented rock diva, inhabiting a “beautiful gender of one.”

Where to Watch: Available to stream on a subscription service (The Criterion Channel) & rent or buy from $3.99 on 4 services (iTunes, Google Play & 2 others).

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26. Bed and Board

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7.5/10
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59/100
Released: 1970Rated: PG
Comedy, Drama

What it's about: Parisian everyman Antoine Doinel has married his sweetheart Christine Darbon, and the newlyweds have set up a cozy domestic life of selling flowers and giving violin lessons while Antoine fitfully works on his long-gestating novel. As Christine becomes pregnant with the couple's first child, Antoine finds himself enraptured with a young Japanese beauty. The complications change the course of their relationship forever.

Where to Watch: Available to stream on a subscription service (The Criterion Channel & Kanopy).

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27. Valerie and Her Week of Wonders

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7.2/10
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62/100
Released: 1970
Fantasy, Action & Adventure

What it's about: Valerie, a Czechoslovakian teenager living with her grandmother, is blossoming into womanhood, but that transformation proves secondary to the effects she experiences when she puts on a pair of magic earrings. Now seeing the world around her in a different light, Valerie must endure her sexual awakening while attempting to discern reality from fantasy as she encounters lecherous priest Gracian, a vampire-like stranger and otherworldly carnival folk.

Where to Watch: Available to stream on a subscription service (The Criterion Channel) & rent or buy from $2.99 on 5 services (iTunes, Google Play & 3 others).

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28. Nights of Cabiria

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8.1/10
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70/100
Released: 1957
Romance, Drama

What it's about: Rome, 1957. A woman, Cabiria, is robbed and left to drown by her boyfriend, Giorgio. Rescued, she resumes her life and tries her best to find happiness in a cynical world. Even when she thinks her struggles are over and she has found happiness and contentment, things may not be what they seem.

Where to Watch: Available to stream on a subscription service (The Criterion Channel) & rent or buy from $3.99 on 4 services (iTunes, Google Play & 2 others).

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29. Masculin Féminin

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7.5/10
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84/100
Released: 1966
LGBTQ, Drama

What it's about: With Masculin féminin, ruthless stylist and iconoclast Jean-Luc Godard introduces the world to "the children of Marx and Coca-Cola," through a gang of restless youths engaged in hopeless love affairs with music, revolution, and each other. French new wave icon Jean-Pierre Leaud stars as Paul, an idealistic would-be intellectual struggling to forge a relationship with the adorable pop star Madeleine. Through their tempestuous affair, Godard fashions a candid and wildly funny free-form examination of youth culture in throbbing 1960s Paris, mixing satire and tragedy as only Godard can.

Where to Watch: Available to stream on a popular subscription service (HBO MAX & The Criterion Channel).

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30. Le Corbeau

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7.9/10
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80/100
Released: 1943
Crime, Thriller

What it's about: Remy Germain is a doctor in a French town who becomes the focus of a vicious smear campaign, as letters accusing him of having an affair and performing unlawful abortions are mailed to village leaders. The mysterious writer, who signs each letter as "Le Corbeau" (The Raven) soon targets the whole town, exposing everyone's dark secrets. This allegorical film was highly controversial at the time of its release, and was banned in France after the Liberation.

Where to Watch: Available to stream on a subscription service (The Criterion Channel).

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31. 2046

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7.4/10
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73/100
Released: 2004Rated: R
Romance, Science-Fiction

What it's about: Women enter and exit a science fiction author's life, over the course of a few years, after the author loses the woman he considers his one true love.

Where to Watch: Available to watch free online (Tubi & PlutoTV) & stream on a subscription service (The Criterion Channel).

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32. Hour of the Wolf

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7.6/10
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67/100
Released: 1968
Horror, Drama

What it's about: An artist in crisis is haunted by nightmares from the past on a windy island. Between midnight and dawn, he tells his wife about his most painful memories.

Where to Watch: Available to stream on a subscription service (The Criterion Channel & Kanopy) & rent or buy from $2.99 on 2 services (iTunes & Vudu).

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33. Jeanne Dielman, 23, Quai du Commerce 1080 Bruxelles

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7.8/10
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65/100
Released: 1975
Action & Adventure, Drama

What it's about: A lonely widowed housewife does her daily chores, takes care of her apartment where she lives with her teenage son, and turns the occasional trick to make ends meet. Slowly, her ritualized daily routines begin to fall apart.

Where to Watch: Available to stream on a subscription service (The Criterion Channel) & rent or buy from $2.99 on 3 services (iTunes, Prime Video & Vudu).

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34. The Life of Oharu

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8.1/10
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80/100
Released: 1952
Romance, Drama

What it's about: Follows a woman's fight and survival amid the vicissitudes of life and the cruelty of the society.

Where to Watch: Available to stream on a subscription service (The Criterion Channel).

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35. The Last Seduction

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7.1/10
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67/100
Released: 1994Rated: R
Crime, Thriller

What it's about: Looking to escape her unhappy marriage, villainous femme fatale Bridget Gregory convinces her husband, Clay, to sell cocaine, then steals the profits and runs out on him. She stops in a small town en route to Chicago, where she ensnares her next conquest, insurance man Mike Swale. After getting a job at his insurance company, Bridget convinces Mike to run a scam -- but things take a deadly turn when she recruits him to help get rid of her husband.

Where to Watch: Available to watch free online (Tubi), stream on a subscription service (The Criterion Channel & Hoopla) & rent or buy from $2.99 on 4 services (Google Play, Microsoft & 2 others).

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36. 2 or 3 Things I Know About Her

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6.8/10
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60/100
Released: 1967
Comedy, Drama

What it's about: As the city of Paris and the French people grow in consumer culture, a housewife living in a high-rise apartment with her husband and two children takes to prostitution to help pay the bills.

Where to Watch: Available to stream on a popular subscription service (HBO MAX & The Criterion Channel).

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37. La Collectionneuse

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7.4/10
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80/100
Released: 1967
Comedy, Drama

What it's about: A bombastic, womanizing art dealer and his painter friend go to a seventeenth-century villa on the Riviera for a relaxing summer getaway. But their idyll is disturbed by the presence of the bohemian Haydée, accused of being a “collector” of men.

Where to Watch: Available to stream on a subscription service (The Criterion Channel & Kanopy).

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38. Being There

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8.0/10
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73/100
Released: 1979Rated: PG
Comedy, Drama

What it's about: A simple-minded gardener named Chance has spent all his life in the Washington D.C. house of an old man. When the man dies, Chance is put out on the street with no knowledge of the world except what he has learned from television.

Where to Watch: Available to stream on a subscription service (The Criterion Channel) & rent or buy from $2.99 on 4 services (iTunes, Google Play & 2 others).

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39. Tie Me Up! Tie Me Down!

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7.0/10
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66/100
Released: 1989Rated: R
Romance, Crime

What it's about: Recently released from a mental hospital, Ricky ties up Marina, a film star he once had sex with and keeps her hostage.

Where to Watch: Available to stream on a popular subscription service (HBO MAX, The Criterion Channel & Kanopy) & rent or buy from $3.99 on 2 services (iTunes & Prime Video).

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40. Weekend

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7.6/10
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68/100
Released: 2011
Romance, LGBTQ

What it's about: After a drunken house party with his straight mates, Russell heads out to a gay club. Just before closing time he picks up Glen but what's expected to be just a one-night stand becomes something else, something special.

Where to Watch: Available to stream on a subscription service (The Criterion Channel) & rent or buy from $2.99 on 4 services (iTunes, Google Play & 2 others).

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41. The Phantom of Liberty

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7.9/10
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82/100
Released: 1974Rated: R
Comedy, Drama

What it's about: This Surrealist film, with a title referencing the Communist Manifesto, strings together short incidents based on the life of director Luis Buñuel. Presented as chance encounters, these loosely related, intersecting situations, all without a consistent protagonist, reach from the 19th century to the 1970s. Touching briefly on subjects such as execution, pedophilia, incest, and sex, the film features an array of characters, including a sick father and incompetent police officers.

Where to Watch: Available to stream on a subscription service (The Criterion Channel).

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42. Me and You and Everyone We Know

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7.3/10
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65/100
Released: 2005Rated: R
Comedy, Drama

What it's about: A lonely shoe salesman and an eccentric performance artist struggle to connect in this unique take on contemporary life.

Where to Watch: Available to stream on a subscription service (The Criterion Channel) & rent or buy from $2.99 on 2 services (iTunes & Microsoft).

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43. Murmur of the Heart

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7.7/10
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81/100
Released: 1971Rated: R
Romance, Drama

What it's about: This loosely plotted coming-of-age tale follows the life of 15-year-old Laurent Chevalier as he stumbles his way over the burgeoning swell of adolescence in 1950s France. After having his first sexual experience with a prostitute and dodging the lips of a priest, Chevalier contracts a case of scarlet fever. When the fever leaves him with a heart murmur, Chevalier is placed in a sanatorium, along with his over-attentive and adulterous mother.

Where to Watch: Available to stream on a subscription service (The Criterion Channel & Kanopy).

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44. Loves of a Blonde

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7.6/10
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79/100
Released: 1965
Romance, Comedy

What it's about: Andula, an innocent Czech girl from a factory town, is desperately in search of love. She believes she's found it when she beds Milda, a charming young musician visiting from Prague. Milda, however, is only looking for a casual encounter, and leaves town assuming he'll never see Andula again. But when Andula doesn't hear from him, she packs up and heads to Prague, to the surprise of Milda and his parents.

Where to Watch: Available to stream on a subscription service (The Criterion Channel).

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45. When a Woman Ascends the Stairs

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8.1/10
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79/100
Released: 1960
Romance, Drama

What it's about: Keiko, whom everyone calls Mama, narrates her story: she's a hostess on the Ginza, 30, a widow. She describes life's vicious cycle: acting cheerful around drunks, dressing and living well to convey confidence, needing money for these expenses and for her demanding mother and brother, and knowing she's growing older. She's of an age when she must choose: to seek marriage (difficult given her tarnished occupation), to be a kept woman, or to borrow money to buy a bar of her own. Each route has dangers, including investors demanding a return on their loans. Keiko has a quiet dignity that attracts men, but are they what they seem? Does she actually have choices?

Where to Watch: Available to stream on a subscription service (The Criterion Channel).

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46. Chico & Rita

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7.2/10
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62/100
Released: 2010
Romance, Animation

What it's about: Chico is a young piano player with big dreams. Rita is a beautiful singer with an extraordinary voice. Music and romantic desire unites them, but their journey - in the tradition of the Latin ballad, the bolero - brings heartache and torment.

Where to Watch: Available to stream on a subscription service (The Criterion Channel, Hoopla & Kanopy) & rent or buy from $1.99 on 4 services (iTunes, Google Play & 2 others).

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47. Pygmalion

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7.8/10
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63/100
Released: 1939
Comedy, Drama

What it's about: When linguistics professor Henry Higgins boasts that he can pass off Cockney flower girl Eliza Doolittle as a princess with only six months' training, Colonel George Pickering takes him up on the bet. Eliza moves into Higgins's home and begins her rigorous training after the professor comes to a financial agreement with her dustman father, Alfred. But the plucky young woman is not the only one undergoing a transformation.

Where to Watch: Available to stream on a popular subscription service (HBO MAX, The Criterion Channel & 2 others).

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48. Eating Raoul

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6.8/10
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60/100
Released: 1982Rated: R
Crime, Comedy

What it's about: A relatively boring Los Angeles couple discover a bizarre, if not murderous way to get funding for opening a restaurant.

Where to Watch: Available to stream on a popular subscription service (HBO MAX, The Criterion Channel & Kanopy) & rent or buy from $3.80 on 2 services (iTunes & Prime Video).

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49. Seduced and Abandoned

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7.9/10
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60/100
Released: 1964
Comedy, Drama

What it's about: The film presents the tale of Agnese Ascalone, daughter of prominent miner Vincenzo Ascalone, and takes place in a small town in Sicily. Agnese is seduced by her sister Matilde's fiance, and has a tryst with him for which she confesses and tries to repent, only to be discovered by her mother and father. The film is a dark satire of Sicilian social customs and honor laws, and is very similar to Divorce, Italian Style.

Where to Watch: Available to stream on a subscription service (The Criterion Channel) & rent or buy from $3.99 on 2 services (iTunes & Prime Video).

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50. Claire's Knee

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7.6/10
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82/100
Released: 1970
Drama, Romance

What it's about: On the eve of his wedding, on holiday on the Lake Annecy shore, a career diplomat visits an old acquaintance, perhaps a former girlfriend. Through her he meets an intense teenager, Laura, and then lusts after her sister, Claire. Whilst Laura attempts to flirt with him, his fantasy becomes focused on wanting to caress Claire's knee.

Where to Watch: Available to stream on a subscription service (The Criterion Channel & Kanopy).

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