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54. (1493.) The Quiet American (1958)
Anderson Cooper introduced this movie on TCM and made it clear that the moral of the film — which essentially argues that those savage in Vietnam need American intervention to straighten them out — was the exact opposite of the moral of the original book. That means if you were doing a book report on The Quiet American, your teacher knows if you read it or not.

55. (1494.) Perfect Bid: The Contestant Who Knew Too Much (2018)
The totally true story of how one man broke The Price Is Right according to that one man! Actually, it seems pretty plausible, but it does take a long time to get to the important bits. In some ways, it feels like a very entertaining court deposition.

56. (1495.) The Crossword Mysteries: A Puzzle to Die For (2019)
How come in all these Hallmark mystery movies, the amateur detective protagonist has to get romantically involved in a police officer? Are cops the only people allowed to solve crimes on tv? Whatever happened to the private detective genre? Rockford needs love too.

57. (1496.) Girls Just Want to Have Fun (1985)
Sarah Jessica Parker and Helen Hunt just want to win a dance contest. Was this the inspiration for John Waters' Hairspray?

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