40. Lenny (1974)
> Directed by: Bob Fosse
> Starring: Dustin Hoffman, Valerie Perrine, Jan Miner
> Genre: Biography, Drama
> Avg. critic rating: 8.0/10
Shot in black and white and nominated for six Academy Awards, the film details the life of controversial comedian Lenny Bruce, whose acerbic stand-up act challenged obscenity laws in the 1950s and 1960s. Critics on Rotten Tomatoes gave the film a 95% freshness score.
39. Becket (1964)
> Directed by: Peter Glenville
> Starring: Richard Burton, Peter O’Toole, John Gielgud
> Genre: Biography, Drama, History
> Avg. critic rating: 7.3/10
Historical drama “Becket” stars famed actors Richard Burton and Peter O’Toole, both of whom were nominated for Best Actor at the Oscars for their work in the film. Following a restoration, the film was re-released in 2007 and grossed under $150,000.
38. Fat City (1972)
> Directed by: John Huston
> Starring: Stacy Keach, Jeff Bridges, Susan Tyrrell
> Genre: Drama, Sport
> Avg. critic rating: 8.5/10
“Fat City” is director John Huston’s unsparing, unsentimental look at the career fate of two boxers and their seedy world they inhabit. It was one of Huston’s later movies, and Susan Tyrell received an Oscar nomination for Best Actress for her work in the movie. Critics on Rotten Tomatoes gave the gritty film a 100% freshness score, and 85% of audiences liked the movie.
37. The Breadwinner (2017)
> Directed by: Nora Twomey
> Starring: Saara Chaudry, Soma Chhaya, Noorin Gulamgaus
> Genre: Animation, Drama, Family
> Avg. critic rating: 7.9/10
Animated drama “The Breadwinner” has a 95% freshness rating from critics on Rotten Tomatoes. The movie — which was executive produced by Angelina Jolie — grossed just over $300,000 at the domestic box office.
36. The Friends of Eddie Coyle (1973)
> Directed by: Peter Yates
> Starring: Robert Mitchum, Peter Boyle, Richard Jordan
> Genre: Crime, Drama
> Avg. critic rating: 8.4/10
“The Friends of Eddie Coyle” is a film about an aging bakery truck driver in Boston who is also a small-time gun runner and faces jail time unless he rats out his friends. The title character is played by film noir-star Robert Mitchum, and the movie also features Peter Boyle.
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