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1. The Shining (1980)

R | 146 min | Drama, Horror

8.4
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66 Metascore

A family heads to an isolated hotel for the winter where a sinister presence influences the father into violence, while his psychic son sees horrific forebodings from both past and future.

Director: Stanley Kubrick | Stars: Jack Nicholson, Shelley Duvall, Danny Lloyd, Scatman Crothers

Votes: 821,362 | Gross: $44.02M

2. Pulp Fiction (1994)

R | 154 min | Crime, Drama

8.9
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94 Metascore

The lives of two mob hitmen, a boxer, a gangster and his wife, and a pair of diner bandits intertwine in four tales of violence and redemption.

Director: Quentin Tarantino | Stars: John Travolta, Uma Thurman, Samuel L. Jackson, Bruce Willis

Votes: 1,701,097 | Gross: $107.93M

3. Bones (2005–2017)

TV-14 | 40 min | Comedy, Crime, Drama

7.8
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Forensic anthropologist Dr. Temperance "Bones" Brennan and cocky F.B.I. Special Agent Seeley Booth build a team to investigate murders. Quite often, there isn't more to examine than rotten flesh or mere bones.

Stars: Emily Deschanel, David Boreanaz, Michaela Conlin, T.J. Thyne

Votes: 132,036

4. The Purge (2018– )

TV-MA | 60 min | Action, Drama, Horror

6.3
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Set in an altered United States, several unrelated people discover how far they will go to survive a night where all crime is legal for 12 hours.

Stars: Gabriel Chavarria, Derek Luke, Hannah Emily Anderson, Max Martini

Votes: 8,811

5. Red Sparrow (2018)

R | 140 min | Action, Drama, Thriller

6.6
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53 Metascore

Ballerina Dominika Egorova is recruited to 'Sparrow School,' a Russian intelligence service where she is forced to use her body as a weapon. Her first mission, targeting a C.I.A. agent, threatens to unravel the security of both nations.

Director: Francis Lawrence | Stars: Jennifer Lawrence, Joel Edgerton, Matthias Schoenaerts, Charlotte Rampling

Votes: 146,822 | Gross: $46.87M

6. Sin City (2005)

R | 124 min | Crime, Thriller

8.0
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74 Metascore

A film that explores the dark and miserable town, Basin City, and tells the story of three different people, all caught up in violent corruption.

Directors: Frank Miller, Robert Rodriguez, Quentin Tarantino | Stars: Mickey Rourke, Clive Owen, Bruce Willis, Jessica Alba

Votes: 722,472 | Gross: $74.10M

7. Black Christmas (1974)

R | 98 min | Horror, Mystery, Thriller

7.2
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65 Metascore

During their Christmas break, a group of sorority girls are stalked by a stranger.

Director: Bob Clark | Stars: Olivia Hussey, Keir Dullea, Margot Kidder, John Saxon

Votes: 29,106 | Gross: $4.05M

8. The Terror (2018– )

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

8.0
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Supernatural, semihistorical, horror anthology series, where each season is inspired by a different infamous or mysterious real life historical tragedy.

Stars: Jared Harris, Derek Mio, Tobias Menzies, Kiki Sukezane

Votes: 31,880

9. Split (IX) (2016)

PG-13 | 117 min | Horror, Thriller

7.3
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62 Metascore

Three girls are kidnapped by a man with a diagnosed 23 distinct personalities. They must try to escape before the apparent emergence of a frightful new 24th.

Director: M. Night Shyamalan | Stars: James McAvoy, Anya Taylor-Joy, Haley Lu Richardson, Jessica Sula

Votes: 382,893 | Gross: $138.29M

10. Basic Instinct (1992)

R | 127 min | Drama, Mystery, Thriller

7.0
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41 Metascore

A violent police detective investigates a brutal murder that might involve a manipulative and seductive novelist.

Director: Paul Verhoeven | Stars: Michael Douglas, Sharon Stone, George Dzundza, Jeanne Tripplehorn

Votes: 160,534 | Gross: $117.73M

11. Scream (1996)

R | 111 min | Horror, Mystery

7.2
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65 Metascore

A year after the murder of her mother, a teenage girl is terrorized by a new killer, who targets the girl and her friends by using horror films as part of a deadly game.

Director: Wes Craven | Stars: Neve Campbell, Courteney Cox, David Arquette, Skeet Ulrich

Votes: 269,152 | Gross: $103.05M

12. From Dusk Till Dawn (1996)

R | 108 min | Action, Crime, Horror

7.2
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48 Metascore

Two criminals and their hostages unknowingly seek temporary refuge in a truck stop populated by vampires, with chaotic results.

Director: Robert Rodriguez | Stars: Harvey Keitel, George Clooney, Juliette Lewis, Quentin Tarantino

Votes: 270,261 | Gross: $25.75M

13. Misery (1990)

R | 107 min | Drama, Thriller

7.8
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75 Metascore

After a famous author is rescued from a car crash by a fan of his novels, he comes to realize that the care he is receiving is only the beginning of a nightmare of captivity and abuse.

Director: Rob Reiner | Stars: James Caan, Kathy Bates, Richard Farnsworth, Frances Sternhagen

Votes: 170,195 | Gross: $61.28M

14. The House That Jack Built (2018)

R | 152 min | Crime, Drama, Horror

6.8
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42 Metascore

The story follows Jack, a highly intelligent serial killer, over the course of twelve years, and depicts the murders that really develop his inner madman.

Director: Lars von Trier | Stars: Matt Dillon, Bruno Ganz, Uma Thurman, Siobhan Fallon Hogan

Votes: 44,697 | Gross: $0.09M

15. Death Proof (2007)

Not Rated | 113 min | Thriller

7.0
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Two separate sets of voluptuous women are stalked at different times by a scarred stuntman who uses his "death proof" cars to execute his murderous plans.

Director: Quentin Tarantino | Stars: Kurt Russell, Zoë Bell, Rosario Dawson, Vanessa Ferlito

Votes: 253,416

16. Natural Born Killers (1994)

R | 118 min | Crime, Drama

7.3
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74 Metascore

Two victims of traumatized childhoods become lovers and psychopathic serial murderers irresponsibly glorified by the mass media.

Director: Oliver Stone | Stars: Woody Harrelson, Juliette Lewis, Tom Sizemore, Rodney Dangerfield

Votes: 204,737 | Gross: $50.28M

17. A Nightmare on Elm Street (1984)

R | 91 min | Horror

7.5
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76 Metascore

The monstrous spirit of a slain child murderer seeks revenge by invading the dreams of teenagers whose parents were responsible for his untimely death.

Director: Wes Craven | Stars: Heather Langenkamp, Johnny Depp, Robert Englund, John Saxon

Votes: 192,000 | Gross: $25.50M

18. The Texas Chain Saw Massacre (1974)

R | 83 min | Horror

7.5
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75 Metascore

Two siblings and three of their friends en route to visit their grandfather's grave in Texas end up falling victim to a family of cannibalistic psychopaths and must survive the terrors of Leatherface and his family.

Director: Tobe Hooper | Stars: Marilyn Burns, Edwin Neal, Allen Danziger, Paul A. Partain

Votes: 125,860 | Gross: $30.86M

19. Halloween (1978)

R | 91 min | Horror, Thriller

7.8
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81 Metascore

Fifteen years after murdering his sister on Halloween night 1963, Michael Myers escapes from a mental hospital and returns to the small town of Haddonfield, Illinois to kill again.

Director: John Carpenter | Stars: Donald Pleasence, Jamie Lee Curtis, Tony Moran, Nancy Kyes

Votes: 214,280 | Gross: $47.00M

20. Source Code (2011)

PG-13 | 93 min | Action, Drama, Mystery

7.5
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74 Metascore

A soldier wakes up in someone else's body and discovers he's part of an experimental government program to find the bomber of a commuter train within 8 minutes.

Director: Duncan Jones | Stars: Jake Gyllenhaal, Michelle Monaghan, Vera Farmiga, Jeffrey Wright

Votes: 461,304 | Gross: $54.71M

21. Friday the 13th (1980)

R | 95 min | Horror, Mystery, Thriller

6.5
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22 Metascore

A group of camp counselors are stalked and murdered by an unknown assailant while trying to reopen a summer camp where, years before, it was the site of a child's drowning and a grisly double murder.

Director: Sean S. Cunningham | Stars: Betsy Palmer, Adrienne King, Jeannine Taylor, Robbi Morgan

Votes: 110,059 | Gross: $39.75M

22. Perfume: The Story of a Murderer (2006)

R | 147 min | Crime, Drama

7.5
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56 Metascore

Jean-Baptiste Grenouille (Ben Whishaw), born with a superior olfactory sense, creates the world's finest perfume. His work, however, takes a dark turn as he searches for the ultimate scent.

Director: Tom Tykwer | Stars: Ben Whishaw, Dustin Hoffman, Alan Rickman, Francesc Albiol

Votes: 223,990 | Gross: $2.22M

23. Cardinal (2017– )

TV-MA | 42 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

7.7
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Cardinal struggles to right past wrongs that could derail his investigation and end his career, as the case grows more violent and twisted, and the clock ticks down on the killer's next victim.

Stars: Billy Campbell, Karine Vanasse, Glen Gould, James Downing

Votes: 5,016

24. House of 1000 Corpses (2003)

R | 89 min | Horror

6.1
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31 Metascore

Two young couples traveling across the backwoods of Texas searching for urban legends of murder end up as prisoners of a bizarre and sadistic backwater family of serial killers.

Director: Rob Zombie | Stars: Sid Haig, Karen Black, Bill Moseley, Sheri Moon Zombie

Votes: 72,347 | Gross: $12.63M

25. Con Air (1997)

R | 115 min | Action, Crime, Thriller

6.9
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52 Metascore

Newly paroled ex-con and former U.S. Ranger Cameron Poe finds himself trapped in a prisoner transport plane when the passengers seize control.

Director: Simon West | Stars: Nicolas Cage, John Cusack, John Malkovich, Colm Meaney

Votes: 262,494 | Gross: $101.12M

26. Hangman (II) (2017)

R | 98 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

5.2
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31 Metascore

A homicide detective brings his partner out of retirement to help catch a serial killer whose crimes are based on the children's game Hangman.

Director: Johnny Martin | Stars: Al Pacino, Karl Urban, Brittany Snow, Joe Anderson

Votes: 11,540

27. Manhunter (1986)

R | 120 min | Crime, Horror, Mystery

7.2
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75 Metascore

Former F.B.I. profiler Will Graham (William Petersen) returns to service to pursue a deranged serial killer named "the Tooth Fairy" (Tom Noonan) by the media.

Director: Michael Mann | Stars: William Petersen, Kim Greist, Joan Allen, Brian Cox

Votes: 61,022 | Gross: $8.62M

28. Friday the 13th (2009)

R | 97 min | Horror, Mystery, Thriller

5.5
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34 Metascore

A group of young adults discover a boarded up Camp Crystal Lake, where they soon encounter Jason Voorhees and his deadly intentions.

Director: Marcus Nispel | Stars: Jared Padalecki, Amanda Righetti, Derek Mears, Danielle Panabaker

Votes: 91,558 | Gross: $65.00M

29. Nightbreed (1990)

R | 102 min | Action, Fantasy, Horror

6.6
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40 Metascore

A troubled young man is drawn to a mythical place called Midian where a variety of friendly monsters are hiding from humanity. Meanwhile, a sadistic serial killer is looking for a patsy.

Director: Clive Barker | Stars: Craig Sheffer, David Cronenberg, Anne Bobby, Charles Haid

Votes: 18,198 | Gross: $8.86M

30. 31 (2016)

R | 102 min | Horror, Thriller

5.1
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35 Metascore

Five carnival workers are kidnapped and held hostage in an abandoned, hellish compound where they are forced to participate in a violent game, the goal of which is to survive twelve hours against a gang of sadistic clowns.

Director: Rob Zombie | Stars: Malcolm McDowell, Richard Brake, Jeff Daniel Phillips, Sheri Moon Zombie

Votes: 16,601 | Gross: $0.78M

31. The Last House on the Left (2009)

R | 110 min | Horror, Thriller

6.5
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42 Metascore

After kidnapping and brutally assaulting two young women, a gang unknowingly finds refuge at a vacation home belonging to the parents of one of the victims: a mother and father who devise an increasingly gruesome series of revenge tactics.

Director: Dennis Iliadis | Stars: Garret Dillahunt, Monica Potter, Tony Goldwyn, Michael Bowen

Votes: 81,019 | Gross: $32.75M

32. Smokin' Aces (2006)

R | 108 min | Action, Crime, Drama

6.7
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45 Metascore

When a Las Vegas performer-turned-snitch named Buddy Israel decides to turn state's evidence and testify against the mob, it seems that a whole lot of people would like to make sure he's no longer breathing.

Director: Joe Carnahan | Stars: Jeremy Piven, Ryan Reynolds, Ray Liotta, Joseph Ruskin

Votes: 132,872 | Gross: $35.66M

33. Silent Night, Deadly Night (1984)

R | 79 min | Horror, Thriller

5.9
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31 Metascore

Little Billy witness his parents getting killed by Santa after being warned by his senile grandpa that Santa punishes those who are naughty. Now Billy is 18, and out of the orphanage, and he has just become Santa, himself.

Director: Charles E. Sellier Jr. | Stars: Lilyan Chauvin, Gilmer McCormick, Toni Nero, Robert Brian Wilson

Votes: 12,404 | Gross: $2.49M

34. Disturbia (2007)

PG-13 | 105 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

6.8
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62 Metascore

A teen living under house arrest becomes convinced his neighbor is a serial killer.

Director: D.J. Caruso | Stars: Shia LaBeouf, David Morse, Carrie-Anne Moss, Sarah Roemer

Votes: 210,523 | Gross: $80.21M

35. The 'Burbs (1989)

PG | 102 min | Comedy, Mystery, Thriller

6.9
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45 Metascore

An overstressed suburbanite and his fellow neighbors are convinced that the new family on the block are part of a murderous Satanic cult.

Director: Joe Dante | Stars: Tom Hanks, Bruce Dern, Carrie Fisher, Corey Feldman

Votes: 63,705 | Gross: $36.60M

36. Changeling (2008)

R | 141 min | Biography, Crime, Drama

7.7
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63 Metascore

Grief-stricken mother Christine Collins (Angelina Jolie) takes on the L.A.P.D. to her own detriment when it tries to pass off an obvious impostor as her missing child.

Director: Clint Eastwood | Stars: Angelina Jolie, Colm Feore, Amy Ryan, Gattlin Griffith

Votes: 226,474 | Gross: $35.74M

37. Terrifier (2016)

Unrated | 82 min | Horror, Thriller

5.6
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On Halloween night, Tara Heyes finds herself as the obsession of a sadistic murderer known as Art the Clown.

Director: Damien Leone | Stars: Jenna Kanell, Samantha Scaffidi, David Howard Thornton, Catherine Corcoran

Votes: 10,737

38. Hell Fest (2018)

R | 89 min | Horror

5.5
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26 Metascore

A masked serial killer turns a horror-themed amusement park into his own personal playground, terrorizing a group of friends while the rest of the patrons believe that it is all part of the show.

Director: Gregory Plotkin | Stars: Cynthea Mercado, Stephen Conroy, Amy Forsyth, Bex Taylor-Klaus

Votes: 11,112 | Gross: $11.11M

39. Sleepaway Camp (1983)

R | 84 min | Horror

6.3
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58 Metascore

Angela Baker, a traumatized and very shy young girl, is sent to summer camp with her cousin. Shortly after her arrival, anyone with sinister or less than honorable intentions gets their comeuppance.

Director: Robert Hiltzik | Stars: Felissa Rose, Jonathan Tiersten, Karen Fields, Christopher Collet

Votes: 23,590 | Gross: $11.00M

40. Cobra (1986)

R | 87 min | Action, Crime, Thriller

5.8
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25 Metascore

A tough-on-crime street cop must protect the only surviving witness to a strange murderous cult with far-reaching plans.

Director: George P. Cosmatos | Stars: Sylvester Stallone, Brigitte Nielsen, Reni Santoni, Andrew Robinson

Votes: 63,195 | Gross: $49.04M

41. Halloween (2007)

R | 109 min | Horror

6.1
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47 Metascore

After being committed for 17 years, Michael Myers, now a grown man and still very dangerous, escapes from the mental institution and immediately returns to Haddonfield to find his baby sister, Laurie.

Director: Rob Zombie | Stars: Scout Taylor-Compton, Malcolm McDowell, Tyler Mane, Brad Dourif

Votes: 104,862 | Gross: $58.27M

42. The Texas Chainsaw Massacre 2 (1986)

Unrated | 101 min | Comedy, Horror

5.6
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42 Metascore

A radio host is victimized by the cannibal family as a former Texas Marshall hunts them.

Director: Tobe Hooper | Stars: Dennis Hopper, Caroline Williams, Jim Siedow, Bill Moseley

Votes: 25,700 | Gross: $8.03M

43. The Frighteners (1996)

R | 110 min | Comedy, Fantasy, Horror

7.1
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52 Metascore

After a tragic car accident that kills his wife, a man discovers he can communicate with the dead to con people. However, when a demonic spirit appears, he may be the only one who can stop it from killing the living and the dead.

Director: Peter Jackson | Stars: Michael J. Fox, Trini Alvarado, Peter Dobson, John Astin

Votes: 78,333 | Gross: $16.76M

44. The Last House on the Left (1972)

R | 84 min | Horror, Thriller

6.0
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68 Metascore

Two teenage girls head to a rock concert for one's birthday. While trying to score marijuana in the city, they are kidnapped and brutalized by a gang of psychotic convicts.

Director: Wes Craven | Stars: Sandra Peabody, Lucy Grantham, David Hess, Fred J. Lincoln

Votes: 30,524 | Gross: $3.10M

45. Mr. Brooks (2007)

R | 120 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

7.3
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45 Metascore

A well-respected businessman is sometimes controlled by his murder and mayhem-loving alter ego.

Director: Bruce A. Evans | Stars: Kevin Costner, Demi Moore, William Hurt, Dane Cook

Votes: 138,379 | Gross: $28.48M

46. High Tension (2003)

R | 91 min | Horror

6.8
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42 Metascore

Best friends Marie and Alexia decide to spend a quiet weekend at Alexia's parents' secluded farmhouse. But on the night of their arrival, the girls' idyllic getaway turns into an endless night of horror.

Director: Alexandre Aja | Stars: Cécile de France, Maïwenn, Philippe Nahon, Franck Khalfoun

Votes: 64,369 | Gross: $3.68M

47. The Strangers: Prey at Night (2018)

R | 85 min | Horror

5.2
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48 Metascore

A family of four staying at a secluded mobile home park for the night are stalked and then hunted by three masked psychopaths.

Director: Johannes Roberts | Stars: Christina Hendricks, Martin Henderson, Bailee Madison, Lewis Pullman

Votes: 23,742 | Gross: $24.43M

48. Leatherface (2017)

R | 90 min | Crime, Horror, Thriller

5.0
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40 Metascore

A teenage Leatherface escapes from a mental hospital with three other inmates, kidnapping a young nurse and taking her on a road trip from hell, while being pursued by a lawman out for revenge.

Directors: Alexandre Bustillo, Julien Maury | Stars: Stephen Dorff, Lili Taylor, Sam Strike, Vanessa Grasse

Votes: 17,457

49. The Taking of Deborah Logan (2014)

R | 90 min | Horror, Mystery, Thriller

6.0
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An elderly woman battling Alzheimer's disease agrees to let a film crew document her condition, but what they discover is something far more sinister going on.

Director: Adam Robitel | Stars: Jill Larson, Anne Ramsay, Michelle Ang, Brett Gentile

Votes: 22,949

50. Gone Fishin' (1997)

PG | 94 min | Comedy, Crime

4.9
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Two fishing fanatics get in trouble when their fishing boat gets stolen while on a trip.

Director: Christopher Cain | Stars: Joe Pesci, Danny Glover, Rosanna Arquette, Lynn Whitfield

Votes: 8,980 | Gross: $19.74M



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