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1. Don't Worry, He Won't Get Far on Foot (2018)

R | 114 min | Biography, Comedy, Drama

6.9
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67 Metascore

On the rocky path to sobriety after a life-changing accident, John Callahan discovers the healing power of art, willing his injured hands into drawing hilarious, often controversial cartoons, which bring him a new lease on life.

Director: Gus Van Sant | Stars: Joaquin Phoenix, Jonah Hill, Rooney Mara, Jack Black

Votes: 17,735 | Gross: $1.44M

2. Shoplifters (2018)

R | 121 min | Crime, Drama

8.0
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93 Metascore

A family of small-time crooks take in a child they find outside in the cold.

Director: Hirokazu Koreeda | Stars: Lily Franky, Sakura Andô, Kirin Kiki, Mayu Matsuoka

Votes: 44,702 | Gross: $3.31M

3. Gosford Park (2001)

R | 131 min | Comedy, Drama, Mystery

7.2
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90 Metascore

The lives of upstairs guests and downstairs servants at a party in 1932 in a country house in England as they investigate a murder involving one of them.

Director: Robert Altman | Stars: Maggie Smith, Ryan Phillippe, Michael Gambon, Kristin Scott Thomas

Votes: 75,968 | Gross: $41.31M

4. Midnight Special (2016)

PG-13 | 112 min | Drama, Mystery, Sci-Fi

6.6
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76 Metascore

A father and son go on the run, pursued by the government and a cult drawn to the child's special powers.

Director: Jeff Nichols | Stars: Michael Shannon, Joel Edgerton, Kirsten Dunst, Adam Driver

Votes: 70,208 | Gross: $3.71M

5. I Love You Phillip Morris (2009)

R | 98 min | Biography, Comedy, Crime

6.6
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65 Metascore

A cop turns con man once he comes out of the closet. Once imprisoned, he meets the second love of his life, whom he'll stop at nothing to be with.

Directors: Glenn Ficarra, John Requa | Stars: Jim Carrey, Ewan McGregor, Leslie Mann, Rodrigo Santoro

Votes: 88,718 | Gross: $2.04M

6. The Big Wedding (2013)

R | 89 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

5.6
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28 Metascore

A long-divorced couple fakes being married as their family unites for a wedding.

Director: Justin Zackham | Stars: Robert De Niro, Diane Keaton, Katherine Heigl, Amanda Seyfried

Votes: 45,368 | Gross: $21.78M

7. Three Identical Strangers (2018)

PG-13 | 96 min | Documentary, Biography, Drama

7.7
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81 Metascore

In 1980 New York, three young men who were all adopted meet each other and find out they're triplets who were separated at birth. But their quest to find out why turns into a bizarre and sinister mystery.

Director: Tim Wardle | Stars: Robert Shafran, Michael Domnitz, Howard Schneider, Ellen Cervone

Votes: 18,979 | Gross: $12.32M

8. Secrets & Lies (1996)

R | 136 min | Drama

8.0
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91 Metascore

A successful black woman discovers that her birth mother is an underprivileged white woman, but the woman denies it. As emotions run high, everyone's secrets are exposed.

Director: Mike Leigh | Stars: Timothy Spall, Brenda Blethyn, Phyllis Logan, Claire Rushbrook

Votes: 34,757 | Gross: $13.42M

9. Admission (2013)

PG-13 | 107 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

5.7
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48 Metascore

A Princeton admissions officer who is up for a major promotion takes a professional risk after she meets a college-bound alternative school kid who just might be the son she gave up years ago in a secret adoption.

Director: Paul Weitz | Stars: Tina Fey, Paul Rudd, Nat Wolff, Gloria Reuben

Votes: 32,295 | Gross: $18.00M

10. Lost and Delirious (2001)

R | 103 min | Drama, Romance

6.9
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53 Metascore

A newcomer to a posh girls boarding school discovers that her two senior roommates are lovers.

Director: Léa Pool | Stars: Piper Perabo, Jessica Paré, Mischa Barton, Jackie Burroughs

Votes: 19,333 | Gross: $0.30M

11. Ten Thousand Saints (2015)

R | 113 min | Comedy, Drama, Music

5.9
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62 Metascore

Set in the 1980s, a teenager from Vermont moves to New York City to live with his father in East Village.

Directors: Shari Springer Berman, Robert Pulcini | Stars: Ethan Hawke, Asa Butterfield, Hailee Steinfeld, Emily Mortimer

Votes: 5,053 | Gross: $0.06M

12. Happy Endings (2005)

R | 128 min | Comedy, Drama, Music

6.3
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57 Metascore

Happy Endings weaves multiple stories to create a witty look at love, family and the sheer unpredictability of life itself.

Director: Don Roos | Stars: Lisa Kudrow, Steve Coogan, Maggie Gyllenhaal, Jesse Bradford

Votes: 8,765 | Gross: $1.31M

13. Lovely & Amazing (2001)

R | 91 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

6.7
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75 Metascore

Self-esteem and insecurity are at the heart of this comedy about the relationship between a mother and her three confused daughters.

Director: Nicole Holofcener | Stars: Catherine Keener, Brenda Blethyn, Troy Ruptash, Emily Mortimer

Votes: 6,624 | Gross: $4.19M

14. Abducted: The Carlina White Story (2012 TV Movie)

Not Rated | 86 min | Mystery

6.7
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A baby abducted at birth and raised by the woman who took her, eventually discovers she is a missing child, reconnects with her birth parents, and struggles with choosing between her two identities.

Director: Vondie Curtis-Hall | Stars: Aunjanue Ellis, Keke Palmer, Sherri Shepherd, Roger Cross

Votes: 1,014

15. Then She Found Me (2007)

R | 100 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

6.0
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56 Metascore

39-year-old April Epner's childish husband and school teacher colleague Benjamin/Ben leaves her, but with her biological clock ticking ever more loudly. Her dying bossy adoptive mother is ... See full summary »

Director: Helen Hunt | Stars: Helen Hunt, Colin Firth, Bette Midler, Matthew Broderick

Votes: 9,401 | Gross: $3.74M

16. Losing Isaiah (1995)

R | 111 min | Drama

6.4
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The natural and adoptive mothers of a young boy are involved in a bitter, controversial custody battle.

Director: Stephen Gyllenhaal | Stars: Jessica Lange, Halle Berry, David Strathairn, Cuba Gooding Jr.

Votes: 5,248 | Gross: $7.60M

17. The Great Gilly Hopkins (2015)

PG | 99 min | Comedy, Drama, Family

6.5
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47 Metascore

12-year-old wisecracking Gilly Hopkins finds herself shuffled from foster home to foster home until she meets Maime Trotter.

Director: Stephen Herek | Stars: Sophie Nélisse, Kathy Bates, Glenn Close, Octavia Spencer

Votes: 4,080

18. The Great Lie (1941)

Approved | 108 min | Drama

7.1
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After a newlywed's husband apparently dies in a plane crash, she discovers that her rival for his affections is now pregnant with his child.

Director: Edmund Goulding | Stars: Bette Davis, George Brent, Mary Astor, Lucile Watson

Votes: 3,237

19. Thalapathi (1991)

Not Rated | 157 min | Action, Crime, Drama

8.5
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An orphan named Surya raised in a slum befriends a good crime boss named Devaraj and works for him. Their existence is threatened when a new honest district collector arrives.

Director: Mani Ratnam | Stars: Rajinikanth, Mammootty, Shobana, Arvind Swamy

Votes: 8,738

20. To Each His Own (1946)

Approved | 122 min | Drama, Romance

7.7
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An unwed mother, forced to give up her child to avoid scandal, follows her son's life from afar even as she prospers in business.

Director: Mitchell Leisen | Stars: Olivia de Havilland, John Lund, Mary Anderson, Roland Culver

Votes: 2,117

21. Middle of Nowhere (2008)

R | 95 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

6.5
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An irresponsible mother blows her eldest daughter's college fund on her youngest daughter's modeling campaign.

Director: John Stockwell | Stars: Eva Amurri Martino, Anton Yelchin, Willa Holland, Susan Sarandon

Votes: 3,410

22. Malice in Wonderland (2009)

R | 87 min | Adventure, Drama, Fantasy

6.0
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A modern take on the classic fairytale, Alice in Wonderland, set in the North East of England.

Director: Simon Fellows | Stars: Maggie Grace, Danny Dyer, Matt King, Nathaniel Parker

Votes: 2,909

23. Kannathil Muthamittal (2002)

Not Rated | 123 min | Action, Drama, War

8.4
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A little girl is told by her parents that she is adopted. Determined to find her real mother, she begs to be taken to Sri Lanka, where her mother works with a militant group of activists.

Director: Mani Ratnam | Stars: Madhavan, Simran, Keerthana Parthiepan, Nandita Das

Votes: 6,701

24. Pretty Hattie's Baby (1991)

Biography, Drama

7.3
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An unreleased film about a white girl adopted by a black family in 1950s Nevada. Based on the early life of Fauna Hodel whose grandfather is prime suspect in the Black Dahlia murder case.

Director: Ivan Passer | Stars: Alfre Woodard, Charles S. Dutton, Jill Clayburgh, Bobby Hosea

Votes: 18

25. Too Close to Our Son (I) (2015)

103 min | Drama

6.3
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A tale of a couple of magistrates, a female judge and her husband advocate who are foster parents of a young teen whose the biological mother is in feud with the female judge, and in the same time begins an affair with the advocate.

Director: Yves Angelo | Stars: Sylvie Testud, Grégory Gadebois, Mathilde Bisson, Zacharie Chasseriaud

Votes: 160

26. Not Wanted (1949)

Not Rated | 91 min | Drama

6.8
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After a beautiful but unsophisticated girl is seduced by a worldly piano player and gives up her out-of-wedlock baby, her guilt compels her to kidnap another child.

Directors: Elmer Clifton, Ida Lupino | Stars: Sally Forrest, Keefe Brasselle, Leo Penn, Dorothy Adams

Votes: 399

27. Mary Christmas (2002 TV Movie)

G | 100 min | Drama, Family

6.5
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When a nine year old girl writes a letter to Santa Claus asking for a mommy, a television station news director gets wind of it and assigns a hard-bitten reporter to get the story. With the... See full summary »

Director: John Schneider | Stars: Cynthia Gibb, John Schneider, Jenna Boyd, Renee Ridgeley

Votes: 385

28. Paternity (1981)

PG | 94 min | Comedy, Romance

4.8
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45 Metascore

A single man searches for a woman who will bear his baby with no strings attached.

Director: David Steinberg | Stars: Burt Reynolds, Beverly D'Angelo, Norman Fell, Paul Dooley

Votes: 876 | Gross: $18.84M

29. Sioux City (1994)

PG-13 | 102 min | Drama, Mystery, Thriller

5.8
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A young Lakota Sioux, adopted by a wealthy Jewish couple in Beverly Hills, gets in touch with his cultural roots and solves a mystery in this thriller. Because of his upbringing, Jesse ... See full summary »

Director: Lou Diamond Phillips | Stars: Lou Diamond Phillips, Salli Richardson-Whitfield, Melinda Dillon, Lise Cutter

Votes: 318

30. Marion Bridge (2002)

Unrated | 90 min | Drama

6.7
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71 Metascore

Three estranged sisters reunite to care for their dying mother and old conflicts and secrets return to the surface.

Director: Wiebke von Carolsfeld | Stars: Molly Parker, Rebecca Jenkins, Stacy Smith, Marguerite McNeil

Votes: 1,229

31. Dexter the Dragon & Bumble the Bear (1983)

84 min | Animation, Family, Fantasy

7.5
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Bumble the Bear (Olivier Bommel) finds an egg that, it turns out, has a cute little dragon in it. However, this dinosaur grows huge every time it is upset. As this causes a lot of problems, Ollie Bommel has to face a difficult dilemma.

Directors: Harrie Geelen, Bjørn Frank Jensen, Bert Kroon | Stars: Fred Benavente, Trudy Libosan, Luc Lutz, Lo van Hensbergen

Votes: 1,442

32. A Place for Annie (1994 TV Movie)

PG | 99 min | Drama

7.4
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A doctor fights for custody of her HIV positive foster daughter with her inept, junkie mother. Finally they come to an agreement that they should all live together.

Director: John Gray | Stars: Sissy Spacek, Mary-Louise Parker, S. Epatha Merkerson, Jack Noseworthy

Votes: 449

33. Aradhana (1969)

Not Rated | 169 min | Drama, Musical, Romance

7.6
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Arun meets Vandana during a vacation and very soon they secretly get married.Arun is a air force pilot an dies in a crash leaving pregnant Vandana heartbroken.As her marriage was never ... See full summary »

Director: Shakti Samanta | Stars: Rajesh Khanna, Sharmila Tagore, Sujit Kumar, Farida Jalal

Votes: 1,477

34. Loggerheads (2005)

PG-13 | 95 min | Drama

7.1
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62 Metascore

Three overlapping stories of estranged families in three regions of North Carolina.

Director: Tim Kirkman | Stars: Kip Pardue, Michael Kelly, Tess Harper, Adrian Lee

Votes: 1,587 | Gross: $0.12M

35. Jessie: The Golden Heart (2019)

92 min | Drama, History, Romance

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When a Scottish servant girl falls in love with her master, it not only turns her world upside down, but potentially all of Stratton Castle.

Directors: Zelie Dember-Slack, Peggy Roger | Stars: Kat Fairaway, Eric Roberts, Lauren Adlhoch, David E. Ballard

36. Personal Affairs (2009– )

Drama, Mystery

6.0
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An off-beat, fast-paced, funny, sexy and candid depiction of office life which follows the fortunes of four Desperate Workwives trying to break through the glass ceiling.

Stars: Laura Aikman, Maimie McCoy, Ruth Negga, Annabel Scholey

Votes: 162

37. Three Secrets (1950)

Approved | 98 min | Drama

6.9
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Three women who secretly gave their new-born sons up for adoption in 1945, wonder if the 5-year old survivor of a plane crash, named in the local newspapers, is their long-abandoned son.

Director: Robert Wise | Stars: Eleanor Parker, Patricia Neal, Ruth Roman, Frank Lovejoy

Votes: 391

38. Strange Relations (2001 TV Movie)

R | 120 min | Drama, Comedy

7.7
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Jerry Lipman (Paul Reiser) is a successful New York City psychiatrist who is diagnosed with leukemia. When he tells his mother, she reveals that he was adopted from a young Catholic girl ... See full summary »

Director: Paul Seed | Stars: Paul Reiser, Amber Sealey, Lachele Carl, George Wendt

Votes: 716

39. Deep in My Heart (1999 TV Movie)

TV-PG | 89 min | Drama

6.6
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A white woman who was raped by a black man gives the baby up for adoption. The film follows the life of the child as she grows up and has children of her own.

Director: Anita W. Addison | Stars: Anne Bancroft, Lynn Whitfield, Alice Krige, Cara Buono

Votes: 373

40. Catfish in Black Bean Sauce (1999)

PG-13 | 119 min | Comedy, Drama

6.5
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46 Metascore

Dwayne and his older sister Mai are adults: Mai is married to Vinh, Dwayne is about to propose to Nina. Twenty-two years ago, when Mai was 10, she and Dwayne were refugees in Vietnam, ... See full summary »

Director: Chi Muoi Lo | Stars: Chi Muoi Lo, Sanaa Lathan, Paul Winfield, Mary Alice

Votes: 439 | Gross: $1.32M

41. Our Very Own (1950)

Approved | 93 min | Drama, Romance

6.7
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Gail discovers the shocking news that she is adopted during a heated argument with her sister, Joan. With the reluctant support of her adoptive parents and baby sister, Penny, Gail goes in ... See full summary »

Director: David Miller | Stars: Ann Blyth, Farley Granger, Joan Evans, Jane Wyatt

Votes: 457

42. See You in September (2010)

91 min | Comedy, Romance

4.6
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See You in September is an original romantic comedy set in current day Manhattan. The film centers around Lindsay, a beautiful woman who seemingly has it all, but is deeply afraid of ... See full summary »

Director: Tamara Tunie | Stars: Estella Warren, Liza Lapira, David Eigenberg, Lindsey Kraft

Votes: 662

43. By Hook or by Crook (2001)

Not Rated | 98 min | Crime, Drama, Romance

5.7
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47 Metascore

By Hook or by Crook chronicles the tale of two unlikely friends who commit petty crimes as they search for a path to understanding themselves and the outside world. Silas Howard plays Shy (... See full summary »

Directors: Harry Dodge, Silas Howard | Stars: Silas Howard, Harry Dodge, Stanya Kahn, Carina Gia

Votes: 258 | Gross: $0.00M

44. Km. 0 - Kilometer Zero (2000)

R | 108 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

7.0
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51 Metascore

A comedic look at the love lives of 14 different people and how they interconnect during one hot August afternoon around the Plaza del Sol in Madrid, Spain.

Directors: Yolanda García Serrano, Juan Luis Iborra | Stars: Concha Velasco, Georges Corraface, Silke, Carlos Fuentes

Votes: 1,697

45. Prodigal Sons (2008)

Not Rated | 86 min | Documentary

7.1
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74 Metascore

Filmmaker Kimberly Reed returns home for her high school reunion, ready to reintroduce herself to the small town as a transgender woman and hoping for reconciliation with her long estranged... See full summary »

Director: Kimberly Reed | Stars: Kimberly Reed, Carol McKerrow, Marc McKerrow, Claire Jones

Votes: 635 | Gross: $0.07M

46. I'm Glad My Mother Is Alive (2009)

Not Rated | 91 min | Drama

6.7
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73 Metascore

Given up for adoption as a toddler, troubled teenager Thomas becomes obsessed with tracking down his birth mother. After years of searching, Thomas finds her single, with a small child, ... See full summary »

Directors: Claude Miller, Nathan Miller | Stars: Vincent Rottiers, Sophie Cattani, Christine Citti, Yves Verhoeven

Votes: 496 | Gross: $0.01M

47. Urban Family (2015)

105 min | Comedy, Drama, Family

5.1
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Selja is in her thirties and lives in a shared flat with her friends. One day a boy appears at her door; a boy she gave up for adoption sixteen years earlier. Selja has a chance to get to ... See full summary »

Director: Oskari Sipola | Stars: Maria Ylipää, Johannes Brotherus, Riku Nieminen, Anu Sinisalo

Votes: 180

48. The Sleepy Time Gal (2001)

R | 108 min | Drama

6.0
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A young woman, played by Martha Plimpton learns of her adoption and eventually quits her law firm job in NYC and goes on a journey to find her birth mother - played by Jaqueline Bissett.

Director: Christopher Munch | Stars: Jacqueline Bisset, Martha Plimpton, Nick Stahl, Amy Madigan

Votes: 339

49. Just in Time (II) (2019)

24 min | Short, Drama

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Justin lives a comfortable life with Camille, a loving and compassionate Puerto Rican woman. He is about to embark on a successful career as a computer programmer, and is engaged to Mia, a ... See full summary »

Director: Christopher Martini | Stars: Jackson George, Margaret Ladd, Alex Emanuel, Norma Maldonado

50. Karla & Jonas (2010)

82 min | Family

5.7
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Karla met Jonas during a summer vacation at the lake. After being unable to stop thinking about him and their kiss she phones him, making up a school assignment about children living in an orphanage, which is precisely where Jonas lives.

Director: Charlotte Sachs Bostrup | Stars: Elena Arndt-Jensen, Joshua Berman, Nanna Koppel, Nikolaj Støvring Hansen

Votes: 191



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