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1. The Sound of Music (1965)

G | 172 min | Biography, Drama, Family

8.0
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63 Metascore

A woman leaves an Austrian convent to become a governess to the children of a Naval officer widower.

Director: Robert Wise | Stars: Julie Andrews, Christopher Plummer, Eleanor Parker, Richard Haydn

Votes: 187,698 | Gross: $163.21M

2. Murder on the Orient Express (2017)

PG-13 | 114 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

6.5
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52 Metascore

When a murder occurs on the train on which he's travelling, celebrated detective Hercule Poirot is recruited to solve the case.

Director: Kenneth Branagh | Stars: Kenneth Branagh, Penélope Cruz, Willem Dafoe, Judi Dench

Votes: 187,592 | Gross: $102.83M

3. Little Women (1994)

PG | 115 min | Drama, Family, Romance

7.3
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87 Metascore

The March sisters live and grow in post-Civil War America.

Director: Gillian Armstrong | Stars: Susan Sarandon, Winona Ryder, Kirsten Dunst, Claire Danes

Votes: 45,242 | Gross: $50.08M

4. Nanny McPhee (2005)

PG | 97 min | Comedy, Family, Fantasy

6.5
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59 Metascore

A governess uses magic to rein in the behavior of seven ne'er-do-well children in her charge.

Director: Kirk Jones | Stars: Emma Thompson, Colin Firth, Angela Lansbury, Kelly Macdonald

Votes: 63,339 | Gross: $47.14M

5. Crown for Christmas (2015 TV Movie)

TV-G | 86 min | Comedy, Drama, Family

7.0
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After getting fired from her job as a maid at a ritzy New York City hotel, Allie reluctantly accepts a temporary gig as the governess to a young girl who is part of a powerful family in Europe that lives in a castle.

Director: Alex Zamm | Stars: Danica McKellar, Rupert Penry-Jones, Ellie Botterill, Pavel Douglas

Votes: 3,329

6. Dark Shadows (2012)

PG-13 | 113 min | Comedy, Fantasy, Horror

6.2
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55 Metascore

An imprisoned vampire, Barnabas Collins, is set free and returns to his ancestral home, where his dysfunctional descendants are in need of his protection.

Director: Tim Burton | Stars: Johnny Depp, Michelle Pfeiffer, Eva Green, Helena Bonham Carter

Votes: 235,381 | Gross: $79.73M

7. Jane Eyre (2011)

PG-13 | 120 min | Drama, Romance

7.3
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76 Metascore

A mousy governess who softens the heart of her employer soon discovers that he's hiding a terrible secret.

Director: Cary Joji Fukunaga | Stars: Mia Wasikowska, Michael Fassbender, Jamie Bell, Su Elliot

Votes: 76,689 | Gross: $11.24M

8. Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon (2000)

PG-13 | 120 min | Action, Adventure, Fantasy

7.8
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93 Metascore

A young Chinese warrior steals a sword from a famed swordsman and then escapes into a world of romantic adventure with a mysterious man in the frontier of the nation.

Director: Ang Lee | Stars: Yun-Fat Chow, Michelle Yeoh, Ziyi Zhang, Chen Chang

Votes: 243,551 | Gross: $128.08M

9. Baby's Day Out (1994)

PG | 99 min | Adventure, Comedy, Crime

6.1
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After three kidnappers lose the baby they have kidnapped, both the cops and kidnappers go looking for the baby.

Director: Patrick Read Johnson | Stars: Lara Flynn Boyle, Joe Mantegna, Joe Pantoliano, Brian Haley

Votes: 42,138 | Gross: $16.67M

10. The Boy (2016)

PG-13 | 97 min | Horror, Mystery, Thriller

6.0
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42 Metascore

An American nanny is shocked that her new English family's boy is actually a life-sized doll. After she violates a list of strict rules, disturbing events make her believe that the doll is really alive.

Director: William Brent Bell | Stars: Lauren Cohan, Rupert Evans, James Russell, Jim Norton

Votes: 71,527 | Gross: $35.82M

11. Death Race 2 (2010 Video)

R | 96 min | Action, Crime, Sci-Fi

5.6
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Explores the origins of the first "Frankenstein" car driver, Carl "Luke" Lucas, who died in a race at the beginning of the first film.

Director: Roel Reiné | Stars: Luke Goss, Lauren Cohan, Sean Bean, Ving Rhames

Votes: 29,501

12. Picnic at Hanging Rock (2018)

TV-14 | 51 min | Drama, Mystery, Romance

6.1
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Three schoolgirls and their governesses mysteriously disappear on Valentines Day in 1900.

Stars: Natalie Dormer, Lily Sullivan, Lola Bessis, Harrison Gilbertson

Votes: 3,016

13. Voice from the Stone (2017)

R | 94 min | Drama, Mystery, Thriller

5.2
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42 Metascore

Set in 1950s Tuscany, Voice from the Stone is the haunting and suspenseful story of Verena, a solemn nurse drawn to aid a young boy who has fallen silent since the sudden passing of his mother.

Director: Eric D. Howell | Stars: Emilia Clarke, Marton Csokas, Caterina Murino, Remo Girone

Votes: 9,321

14. Jane Eyre (2006)

TV-PG | 230 min | Drama, Romance

8.3
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A young governess falls in love with her brooding and complex master. However, his dark past may destroy their relationship forever.

Stars: Ruth Wilson, Toby Stephens, Lorraine Ashbourne, Aidan McArdle

Votes: 18,247

15. Miss Pettigrew Lives for a Day (2008)

PG-13 | 92 min | Comedy, Romance

7.1
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63 Metascore

Guinevere Pettigrew, a middle-aged London governess, finds herself unfairly dismissed from her job. An attempt to gain new employment catapults her into the glamorous world and dizzying social whirl of an American actress and singer, Delysia Lafosse.

Director: Bharat Nalluri | Stars: Frances McDormand, Amy Adams, Ciarán Hinds, David Alexander

Votes: 25,376 | Gross: $12.29M

16. Picnic at Hanging Rock (1975)

PG | 115 min | Drama, Mystery

7.5
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81 Metascore

During a rural summer picnic, a few students and a teacher from an Australian girls' school vanish without a trace. Their absence frustrates and haunts the people left behind.

Director: Peter Weir | Stars: Rachel Roberts, Anne-Louise Lambert, Vivean Gray, Helen Morse

Votes: 31,177 | Gross: $0.23M

17. The Song of Bernadette (1943)

Approved | 156 min | Biography, Drama

7.6
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In 1858 France, Bernadette, an adolescent peasant girl, has a vision of "a beautiful lady" in the city dump. She never claims it to be anything other than this, but the townspeople all ... See full summary »

Director: Henry King | Stars: Jennifer Jones, Charles Bickford, William Eythe, Vincent Price

Votes: 5,656

18. Vanity Fair (2004)

PG-13 | 141 min | Drama

6.2
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53 Metascore

Growing up poor in London, Becky Sharp defies her poverty-stricken background and ascends the social ladder alongside her best friend, Amelia.

Director: Mira Nair | Stars: Reese Witherspoon, Romola Garai, James Purefoy, Jonathan Rhys Meyers

Votes: 19,947 | Gross: $16.14M

19. Terry Pratchett's Hogfather (2006 TV Movie)

189 min | Adventure, Fantasy, Thriller

7.5
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It's Hogswatch (equivalent to Christmas) on the Discworld and the Hogfather has gone missing, requiring Death to take his place while his granddaughter Susan endeavors to find out what has happened.

Director: Vadim Jean | Stars: David Jason, Marc Warren, Michelle Dockery, David Warner

Votes: 9,098

20. The Innocents (1961)

Not Rated | 100 min | Horror

7.8
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A young governess for two children becomes convinced that the house and grounds are haunted.

Director: Jack Clayton | Stars: Deborah Kerr, Peter Wyngarde, Megs Jenkins, Michael Redgrave

Votes: 24,485 | Gross: $2.62M

21. Three on a Match (1932)

Passed | 63 min | Crime, Drama, Romance

7.2
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Although Vivian Revere is seemingly the most successful of a trio of reunited schoolmates, she throws it away by descending into a life of debauchery and drugs.

Director: Mervyn LeRoy | Stars: Joan Blondell, Warren William, Ann Dvorak, Bette Davis

Votes: 3,030

22. The Lady Vanishes (1938)

Not Rated | 96 min | Film-Noir, Mystery, Thriller

7.8
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While travelling in continental Europe, a rich young playgirl realizes that an elderly lady seems to have disappeared from the train.

Director: Alfred Hitchcock | Stars: Margaret Lockwood, Michael Redgrave, Paul Lukas, May Whitty

Votes: 43,881

23. North West Frontier (1959)

Not Rated | 129 min | Adventure, Drama

7.2
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In British India, a young prince must be taken to safey across rebel-held territory, and an old train is the only way to do it.

Director: J. Lee Thompson | Stars: Kenneth More, Lauren Bacall, Herbert Lom, Wilfrid Hyde-White

Votes: 2,046

24. Miss Potter (2006)

PG | 88 min | Biography, Drama

6.9
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57 Metascore

The story of Beatrix Potter, the author of the beloved and best-selling children's book, "The Tale of Peter Rabbit", and her struggle for love, happiness and success.

Director: Chris Noonan | Stars: Renée Zellweger, Ewan McGregor, Emily Watson, Barbara Flynn

Votes: 26,958 | Gross: $2.98M

25. Jane Eyre (1996)

PG | 112 min | Drama, Romance

6.8
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Jane Eyre is an orphan cast out as a young girl by her aunt, Mrs. Reed, and sent to be raised in a harsh charity school for girls. There she learns to become a teacher and eventually seeks ... See full summary »

Director: Franco Zeffirelli | Stars: William Hurt, Charlotte Gainsbourg, Anna Paquin, Nic Knight

Votes: 8,632 | Gross: $5.20M

26. Heidi (1937)

Approved | 88 min | Drama, Family, Musical

7.3
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A plucky little orphan girl gets dumped abruptly into her gruff, hermit grandfather's care, then later gets retaken and delivered as a companion for an injured girl.

Director: Allan Dwan | Stars: Shirley Temple, Jean Hersholt, Arthur Treacher, Helen Westley

Votes: 3,877

27. Time Traveller (2013)

R | 109 min | Action, Adventure, Romance

4.5
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19 Metascore

An epic, sweeping and riveting tale of an impossible love set across two time periods and continents.

Director: Roland Joffé | Stars: Josh Hartnett, Bipasha Basu, Tamsin Egerton, James Mackay

Votes: 2,929

28. The Lady Vanishes (1979)

PG | 95 min | Action, Comedy, Mystery

6.0
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Whilst traveling in pre-war Nazi Germany, a young couple realise a passenger seems to have been kidnapped off their train, but, no other passenger aside from themselves, recalls her.

Director: Anthony Page | Stars: Elliott Gould, Cybill Shepherd, Angela Lansbury, Herbert Lom

Votes: 2,091

29. Dark Shadows (1991)

45 min | Drama, Horror, Romance

7.5
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Victoria Winters comes to Collinwood, an isolated mansion in Maine, to work as a governess, but soon finds herself drawn into a strange world of vampires, ghosts and curses.

Stars: Ben Cross, Barbara Blackburn, Jim Fyfe, Joanna Going

Votes: 1,703

30. Dragonwyck (1946)

Not Rated | 103 min | Drama, Thriller, Mystery

7.0
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A simple Connecticut farm girl is recruited by a distant relative, an aristocratic patroon, to be governess to his young daughter in his Hudson Valley mansion.

Director: Joseph L. Mankiewicz | Stars: Gene Tierney, Walter Huston, Vincent Price, Glenn Langan

Votes: 3,409

31. The Thirteenth Tale (2013 TV Movie)

90 min | Drama, Mystery

6.9
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Follows aging novelist Vida Winter, who enlists a young writer to finally tell the story of her life including her mysterious childhood spent in Angelfield House, which burned to the ground when she was a teenager.

Director: James Kent | Stars: Janet Amsden, Alice Barlow, Isabel Barlow, Emily Beecham

Votes: 2,159

32. Anna Karenina (1997)

PG-13 | 108 min | Drama, Romance

6.4
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Anna (Marceau) is a wife and mother who has an affair with the handsome Count Vronsky (Bean). Based on the novel by Tolstoy.

Director: Bernard Rose | Stars: Sophie Marceau, Sean Bean, Alfred Molina, Mia Kirshner

Votes: 5,275 | Gross: $0.79M

33. The von Trapp Family: A Life of Music (2015)

Not Rated | 98 min | Biography, Drama, Family

6.4
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Agathe von Trapp, the eldest daughter of a well-known musical family, overcomes many obstacles to pursue her musical career and move to the United States.

Director: Ben Verbong | Stars: Matthew Macfadyen, Eliza Bennett, Rosemary Harris, Yvonne Catterfeld

Votes: 393

34. The Buccaneers (1995– )

212 min | Adventure, Drama, Romance

7.1
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Four American girls go to England to find husbands.

Stars: Carla Gugino, Alison Elliott, Mira Sorvino, Rya Kihlstedt

Votes: 2,030

35. Jane Eyre (1943)

Approved | 97 min | Drama, Romance

7.5
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After a harsh childhood, orphan Jane Eyre is hired by Edward Rochester, the brooding lord of a mysterious manor house, to care for his young daughter.

Director: Robert Stevenson | Stars: Orson Welles, Joan Fontaine, Margaret O'Brien, Peggy Ann Garner

Votes: 7,385 | Gross: $3.82M

36. My Pal Wolf (1944)

Approved | 75 min | Family

6.4
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A girl with a strict governess heads to Washington to purchase her dog from the Secretary of War.

Director: Alfred L. Werker | Stars: Sharyn Moffett, Jill Esmond, Una O'Connor, George Cleveland

Votes: 93

37. The Nightcomers (1971)

R | 96 min | Drama, Horror, Thriller

5.9
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Prequel to Henry James' "The Turn of the Screw", focusing on groundskeeper Peter Quint's slow corruption of the virtuous governess Miss Jessel and the children she looks after.

Director: Michael Winner | Stars: Marlon Brando, Stephanie Beacham, Thora Hird, Harry Andrews

Votes: 1,848

38. My Brilliant Career (1979)

G | 100 min | Biography, Drama, Romance

7.1
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A young independent woman who lives with her grandmother and aunt in the countryside rebels against being pressured into marriage and chooses to solely focus on having a career as a writer. Nevertheless, two suitors propose to her.

Director: Gillian Armstrong | Stars: Judy Davis, Sam Neill, Wendy Hughes, Robert Grubb

Votes: 3,380

39. A Tale of Two Cities (1935)

Passed | 128 min | Drama, History, Romance

7.8
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A pair of lookalikes, one a former French aristocrat and the other an alcoholic English lawyer, fall in love with the same woman amongst the turmoil of the French Revolution.

Directors: Jack Conway, Robert Z. Leonard | Stars: Ronald Colman, Elizabeth Allan, Edna May Oliver, Reginald Owen

Votes: 4,801

40. Firelight (1997)

R | 103 min | Romance, Drama

7.2
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In 1838, lovely governess Elisabeth agrees to bear a child of anonymous English landowner, and he will in return pay her father's debt. At birth she, as agreed, gives up the child. Seven ... See full summary »

Director: William Nicholson | Stars: Sophie Marceau, Stephen Dillane, Dominique Belcourt, Kevin Anderson

Votes: 3,916 | Gross: $0.78M

41. Diary of a Country Priest (1951)

Not Rated | 95 min | Drama

8.0
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A young priest taking over the parish at Ambricourt tries to fulfill his duties even as he fights a mysterious stomach ailment.

Director: Robert Bresson | Stars: Claude Laydu, Nicole Ladmiral, Jean Riveyre, Adrien Borel

Votes: 8,731

42. House of Dark Shadows (1970)

PG | 97 min | Drama, Fantasy, Horror

6.5
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Vampire Barnabas Collins is accidentally released from his centuries-long confinement at his family's estate in Maine. He targets his clueless descendants who live there now and pursues Maggie, the incarnation of his lost love.

Director: Dan Curtis | Stars: Jonathan Frid, Grayson Hall, Kathryn Leigh Scott, Roger Davis

Votes: 2,419

43. The Wild Child (1970)

G | 83 min | Drama

7.5
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94 Metascore

In a French forest in 1798, a child is found who cannot walk, speak, read or write. A doctor becomes interested in the child and patiently attempts to civilize him.

Director: François Truffaut | Stars: François Truffaut, Jean-Pierre Cargol, Françoise Seigner, Jean Dasté

Votes: 6,992 | Gross: $1.81M

44. Angels and Insects (1995)

R | 116 min | Drama, Romance

6.8
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In the 1800s a naturalist marries into a family of British country gentry.

Director: Philip Haas | Stars: Mark Rylance, Kristin Scott Thomas, Patsy Kensit, Jeremy Kemp

Votes: 4,290 | Gross: $5.30M

45. Blanche Fury (1948)

90 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

6.7
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The childless widow of Allan Fury bequeaths the Fury estate to her Fuller relatives but Allan's illegitimate son who masquerades as a servant hopes to grab the estate for himself.

Director: Marc Allégret | Stars: Valerie Hobson, Stewart Granger, Michael Gough, Walter Fitzgerald

Votes: 702

46. Heidi (1993)

G | 193 min | Drama, Family

7.1
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After charming her reclusive grandfather and falling in love with the beautiful mountain he calls home, Heidi is uprooted and sent to Frankfurt where she befriends Klara, a young girl confined to a wheelchair.

Stars: Jason Robards, Jane Seymour, Patricia Neal, Siân Phillips

Votes: 1,590

47. Jane Eyre (1997 TV Movie)

Not Rated | 108 min | Drama, Romance

7.0
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Charlotte Bronte's classic novel is filmed yet again. The story of the Yorkshire orphan who becomes a governess to a young French girl and finds love with the brooding lord of the manor is ... See full summary »

Director: Robert Young | Stars: Deborah Findlay, Laura Harling, Joanna Scanlan, Ben Sowden

Votes: 2,524

48. Jane Eyre (1983)

239 min | Romance

8.0
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A young governess falls in love with her mysterious employer, but a terrible secret puts their happiness at risk.

Stars: Zelah Clarke, Timothy Dalton, Carol Gillies, James Marcus

Votes: 2,951

49. Stage Door (1937)

Approved | 92 min | Comedy, Drama

7.7
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A chronicle of the ambitions, dreams, and disappointments of aspiring actresses who all live in the same boarding house.

Director: Gregory La Cava | Stars: Katharine Hepburn, Ginger Rogers, Adolphe Menjou, Gail Patrick

Votes: 7,161

50. Anna Karenina (1948)

Approved | 139 min | Drama, Romance

6.7
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A married woman's affair with a dashing young officer has tragic results.

Director: Julien Duvivier | Stars: Vivien Leigh, Ralph Richardson, Kieron Moore, Hugh Dempster

Votes: 2,306



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