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1. American Playhouse (1981– )

Comedy, Drama, Romance

Anthology series which ran on PBS throughout the 1980s.

Stars: Edward Herrmann, Robert Minkoff, Deanna Dunagan, Sada Thompson

Votes: 183

2. Distant Voices, Still Lives (1988)

PG-13 | 84 min | Drama, Music

85 Metascore

The lives of an English working-class family are told out of order in a free-associative manner. The first part, "Distant Voices", focuses on the father's role in the family. The second part, "Still Lives", focuses on his children.

Director: Terence Davies | Stars: Pete Postlethwaite, Freda Dowie, Angela Walsh, Dean Williams

Votes: 3,305 | Gross: $0.69M

3. Zelly and Me (1988)

PG | 87 min | Drama

A young orphan who lives with her grandmother in a large Virginian home infatuates herself with the voices of Joan d'Arc. Her nanny seeks out the help of a rich suitor (David Lynch's first ... See full summary »

Director: Tina Rathborne | Stars: Isabella Rossellini, Alexandra Johnes, Glynis Johns, Kaiulani Lee

Votes: 355

4. For the Love of a Child (2006 TV Movie)

TV-14 | 80 min | Drama

In the 1950s, two actresses set up a charity home for "orphans" (children who were purposely abandoned and shunned because of their mixed ethnicity). The children find themselves being loved and looked after properly.

Director: Douglas Barr | Stars: Peri Gilpin, Teri Polo, Maria del Mar, John Pyper-Ferguson

Votes: 346

5. Pretty Baby (1978)

R | 110 min | Drama

66 Metascore

A teenage girl lives as a prostitute in New Orleans in 1917.

Director: Louis Malle | Stars: Brooke Shields, Keith Carradine, Susan Sarandon, Frances Faye

Votes: 9,135 | Gross: $5.79M

6. Mary Jane Harper Cried Last Night (1977 TV Movie)

100 min | Drama

A disturbed young mother with some serious psychological problems begins to take them out on her infant daughter.

Director: Allen Reisner | Stars: Susan Dey, John Vernon, Kevin McCarthy, Tricia O'Neil

Votes: 184

7. Orphan Train (1979 TV Movie)

143 min | Adventure, Drama

In 1854, there were living on the streets of New York City over 10,000 abandoned orphaned children. Out of this desperate situation was born the orphan Train. This is a fictionalized account, based on actual events.

Director: William A. Graham | Stars: Jill Eikenberry, Kevin Dobson, Linda Manz, Graham Fletcher-Cook

Votes: 205

8. An American Girl Holiday (2004 TV Movie)

Not Rated | 86 min | Family, Drama

Set in 1904, "American Girls" revolves around Samantha as she moves in with her grandmother and learns how to become a proper Victorian young lady.

Director: Nadia Tass | Stars: Mia Farrow, AnnaSophia Robb, Kenner Ames, Stewart Arnott

Votes: 1,705

9. Hetty Feather (2015– )

30 min | Drama, Family

Set in Victorian-era London of 1887, Hetty and her foster brother Gideon are forced to return to the foundling hospital where she was abandoned by her mother as a baby. Hetty and her ... See full summary »

Stars: Isabel Clifton, Polly Allen, Dasharn Anderson, Eva Pope

Votes: 121

10. David Copperfield (1999– )

Unrated | 185 min | Drama

A gentle orphan discovers life and love in an indifferent adult world.

Stars: Daniel Radcliffe, Trevor Eve, Michael Elphick, James Thornton

Votes: 3,860

11. The Stolen Children (1992)

114 min | Drama

Antonio, a policeman (carabiniere), has an order to take two children (Rosetta and her brother Luciano) from Milan to Sicily to an orphanage. Their mother has been arrested for forcing ... See full summary »

Director: Gianni Amelio | Stars: Enrico Lo Verso, Valentina Scalici, Giuseppe Ieracitano, Florence Darel

Votes: 2,316 | Gross: $0.93M

12. Newsies (1992)

PG | 121 min | Drama, Family, History

46 Metascore

A musical based on the New York City newsboy strike of 1899. When young newspaper sellers are exploited beyond reason by their bosses they set out to enact change and are met by the ruthlessness of big business.

Director: Kenny Ortega | Stars: Christian Bale, Bill Pullman, Robert Duvall, Ann-Margret

Votes: 17,696 | Gross: $2.82M

13. The Guardians (2017)

R | 138 min | Drama, War

81 Metascore

Women are left behind to work a family farm during the Great War.

Director: Xavier Beauvois | Stars: Nathalie Baye, Laura Smet, Iris Bry, Cyril Descours

Votes: 1,440 | Gross: $0.18M

14. Mustang (2015)

PG-13 | 97 min | Drama

83 Metascore

When five orphan girls are seen innocently playing with boys on a beach, their scandalized conservative guardians confine them while forced marriages are arranged.

Director: Deniz Gamze Ergüven | Stars: Günes Sensoy, Doga Zeynep Doguslu, Tugba Sunguroglu, Elit Iscan

Votes: 32,076 | Gross: $0.85M

15. In This Corner of the World (2016)

PG-13 | 129 min | Animation, Drama, History

73 Metascore

Set in Hiroshima during World War II, an eighteen-year-old girl gets married and now has to prepare food for her family despite the rationing and lack of supplies. As she struggles with the... See full summary »

Director: Sunao Katabuchi | Stars: Non, Ava Pickard, Kenna Pickard, Karen Strassman

Votes: 6,826

16. The City of Lost Children (1995)

R | 112 min | Fantasy, Sci-Fi

73 Metascore

A scientist in a surrealist society kidnaps children to steal their dreams, hoping that they slow his aging process.

Directors: Marc Caro, Jean-Pierre Jeunet | Stars: Ron Perlman, Daniel Emilfork, Judith Vittet, Dominique Pinon

Votes: 62,370 | Gross: $1.51M

17. The Innocents (2016)

PG-13 | 115 min | Drama, History

78 Metascore

1945. Mathilde is a French Red Cross doctor working on a mission to help the French survivors of the German camps. While she works in Poland, she is asked for help by a nun. In her convent, several nuns got pregnant.

Director: Anne Fontaine | Stars: Lou de Laâge, Agata Buzek, Agata Kulesza, Vincent Macaigne

Votes: 8,368 | Gross: $1.06M

18. The Secret of Crickley Hall (2012)

59 min | Drama, Horror, Mystery

A year after their son goes missing, a family moves to Crickley Hall. When supernatural events begin to take place, Eve feels the house is somehow connected to her lost son.

Stars: Suranne Jones, Tom Ellis, Douglas Henshall, David Warner

Votes: 2,221

19. I Know My First Name Is Steven (1989)

180 min | Crime, Drama

The harrowing true account of Steven Stayner, who was kidnapped by a perverted pseudo-priest and his lackey during the 1970s. As he gets older, he realizes that he needs to try to make an escape and get back home.

Stars: Cindy Pickett, John Ashton, Corin Nemec, Luke Edwards

Votes: 2,216

20. Priest (1994)

R | 98 min | Drama, Romance

A homosexual Catholic priest finds out during confessional that a young girl is being sexually abused by her father, and has to decide how to deal with both that secret and his own.

Director: Antonia Bird | Stars: Linus Roache, Tom Wilkinson, Robert Carlyle, Cathy Tyson

Votes: 9,351 | Gross: $4.18M

21. Untamed Love (1994 TV Movie)

87 min | Drama

A badly abused girl of 7 is saved from having to be admitted to an institution by a dedicated Special Education teacher whose class she's been placed in until there is an opening in the ... See full summary »

Director: Paul Aaron | Stars: Cathy Lee Crosby, John Getz, Gary Frank, Jaime Gomez

Votes: 220

22. The Boys of St. Vincent: 15 Years Later (1992 TV Movie)

R | 90 min | Drama

Fifteen years after the events of The Boys of St. Vincent took place, the various boys involved are brought in to testify against the brothers, now finally standing trial, who assaulted ... See full summary »

Director: John N. Smith | Stars: Henry Czerny, Sebastian Spence, Lise Roy, David Hewlett

Votes: 453

23. The Boys of St. Vincent (1992 TV Movie)

93 min | Drama

The true story of boys being sexually abused at their orphanage ran by a religious community in Newfoundland.

Director: John N. Smith | Stars: Henry Czerny, Johnny Morina, Brian Dooley, Philip Dinn

Votes: 1,484 | Gross: $0.20M

24. Ellen Foster (1997 TV Movie)

PG-13 | 94 min | Drama

After her mother's death, a young girl is separated from her abusive father and is sent between her various friends and relatives, always longing to find a place to call home.

Director: John Erman | Stars: Julie Harris, Jena Malone, Ted Levine, Glynnis O'Connor

Votes: 397

25. No Child of Mine (1997 TV Movie)

82 min | Crime, Drama

A British schoolgirl struggles to come to terms with the horrific and disgusting sexual abuse inflicted upon her by the adults in her life. When she resorts to self-harm to escape her troubles, a caring teacher tries to get her some help.

Director: Peter Kosminsky | Stars: Brooke Kinsella, Colin Salmon, Billy Geraghty, Sharon Small

Votes: 424

26. Lea (1996)

100 min | Drama, Romance

51-year-old Herbert Strehlow, a furniture restorer, falls in love with 21-year-old Lea, who has not spoken a word since childhood when her father killed her mother. She bears a striking ... See full summary »

Director: Ivan Fíla | Stars: Lenka Vlasáková, Christian Redl, Hanna Schygulla, Miroslav Donutil

Votes: 429 | Gross: $0.03M

27. Sacred Silence (1996)

114 min | Crime, Drama, Romance

A young priest crusades against organized crime in his Naples neighbourhood but falls in love with a 13-year old boy. It's the chance the gangsters were waiting for to get rid of the thorn ... See full summary »

Director: Antonio Capuano | Stars: Gaetano Amato, Fabrizio Bentivoglio, Flavio Brunetti, Rosaria De Cicco

Votes: 310

28. Hollow Reed (1996)

R | 104 min | Drama, Romance

Following the break-up of his marriage after revealing his homosexuality, GP Martin Wyatt loses custody of his son Oliver to his now ex-wife Hannah and her new partner Frank. It is not long... See full summary »

Director: Angela Pope | Stars: Sam Bould, Martin Donovan, Ian Hart, Joely Richardson

Votes: 1,011 | Gross: $0.06M

29. Nightjohn (1996 TV Movie)

PG-13 | 92 min | Drama

Sarny, a 12-year-old slave girl in the ante-bellum South, faces a relatively hopeless life. Her chief duties at the plantation of Clel Waller are serving at table, spitting tobacco juice on... See full summary »

Director: Charles Burnett | Stars: Beau Bridges, Carl Lumbly, Bill Cobbs, Kathleen York

Votes: 328

30. Solas (1999)

R | 101 min | Drama

75 Metascore

Maria, whose parents live in the country, cannot stand her father's authoritarian ways and moves to the city. She finds a job as a cleaner and tries to survive in a wretched apartment in ... See full summary »

Director: Benito Zambrano | Stars: María Galiana, Ana Fernández, Carlos Álvarez-Nóvoa, Antonio Dechent

Votes: 3,175 | Gross: $0.37M

31. Goodnight, Mister Tom (1998 TV Movie)

Not Rated | 108 min | Drama, War

A shy and quiet World War II evacuee is housed by a disgruntled old man, and they soon develop a close bond.

Director: Jack Gold | Stars: John Thaw, Nick Robinson, Annabelle Apsion, Thomas Orange

Votes: 3,401

32. The Passage (2019)

TV-14 | 60 min | Action, Adventure, Drama

When a botched U.S. government experiment turns a group of death row inmates into highly infectious vampires, an orphan girl might be the only person able to stop the ensuing crisis.

Stars: Mark-Paul Gosselaar, Saniyya Sidney, Jamie McShane, Caroline Chikezie

Votes: 9,062



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