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1. Breaking Bad (2008–2013)

TV-MA | 49 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

9.5
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A high school chemistry teacher diagnosed with inoperable lung cancer turns to manufacturing and selling methamphetamine in order to secure his family's future.

Stars: Bryan Cranston, Aaron Paul, Anna Gunn, Betsy Brandt

Votes: 1,270,320

2. It (I) (2017)

R | 135 min | Horror

7.3
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69 Metascore

In the summer of 1989, a group of bullied kids band together to destroy a shape-shifting monster, which disguises itself as a clown and preys on the children of Derry, their small Maine town.

Director: Andy Muschietti | Stars: Bill Skarsgård, Jaeden Martell, Finn Wolfhard, Sophia Lillis

Votes: 401,401 | Gross: $327.48M

3. Green Book (2018)

PG-13 | 130 min | Biography, Comedy, Drama

8.2
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69 Metascore

A working-class Italian-American bouncer becomes the driver of an African-American classical pianist on a tour of venues through the 1960s American South.

Director: Peter Farrelly | Stars: Viggo Mortensen, Mahershala Ali, Linda Cardellini, Sebastian Maniscalco

Votes: 252,105 | Gross: $85.08M

4. Community (2009–2015)

TV-14 | 22 min | Comedy

8.5
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A suspended lawyer is forced to enroll in a community college with an eclectic staff and student body.

Stars: Joel McHale, Danny Pudi, Donald Glover, Chevy Chase

Votes: 178,435

5. Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them (2016)

PG-13 | 132 min | Adventure, Family, Fantasy

7.3
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66 Metascore

The adventures of writer Newt Scamander in New York's secret community of witches and wizards seventy years before Harry Potter reads his book in school.

Director: David Yates | Stars: Eddie Redmayne, Katherine Waterston, Alison Sudol, Dan Fogler

Votes: 375,852 | Gross: $234.04M

6. Lost in Translation (2003)

R | 102 min | Drama

7.7
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89 Metascore

A faded movie star and a neglected young woman form an unlikely bond after crossing paths in Tokyo.

Director: Sofia Coppola | Stars: Bill Murray, Scarlett Johansson, Giovanni Ribisi, Anna Faris

Votes: 380,595 | Gross: $44.59M

7. American Gangster (2007)

R | 157 min | Biography, Crime, Drama

7.8
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76 Metascore

An outcast New York City cop is charged with bringing down Harlem drug lord Frank Lucas, whose real life inspired this partly biographical film.

Director: Ridley Scott | Stars: Denzel Washington, Russell Crowe, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Josh Brolin

Votes: 372,231 | Gross: $130.16M

8. Star Trek (2009)

PG-13 | 127 min | Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi

7.9
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82 Metascore

The brash James T. Kirk tries to live up to his father's legacy with Mr. Spock keeping him in check as a vengeful Romulan from the future creates black holes to destroy the Federation one planet at a time.

Director: J.J. Abrams | Stars: Chris Pine, Zachary Quinto, Simon Pegg, Leonard Nimoy

Votes: 560,743 | Gross: $257.73M

9. As Good as It Gets (1997)

PG-13 | 139 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

7.7
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67 Metascore

A single mother and waitress, a misanthropic author, and a gay artist form an unlikely friendship after the artist is assaulted in a robbery.

Director: James L. Brooks | Stars: Jack Nicholson, Helen Hunt, Greg Kinnear, Cuba Gooding Jr.

Votes: 258,655 | Gross: $148.48M

10. Jennifer's Body (2009)

R | 102 min | Comedy, Horror

5.2
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47 Metascore

A newly possessed high school cheerleader turns into a succubus who specializes in killing her male classmates. Can her best friend put an end to the horror?

Director: Karyn Kusama | Stars: Megan Fox, Amanda Seyfried, Adam Brody, Johnny Simmons

Votes: 108,213 | Gross: $16.20M

11. The King's Speech (2010)

R | 118 min | Biography, Drama, History

8.0
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88 Metascore

The story of King George VI, his impromptu ascension to the throne of the British Empire in 1936, and the speech therapist who helped the unsure monarch overcome his stammer.

Director: Tom Hooper | Stars: Colin Firth, Geoffrey Rush, Helena Bonham Carter, Derek Jacobi

Votes: 602,833 | Gross: $138.80M

12. Due Date (2010)

R | 95 min | Adventure, Comedy

6.5
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51 Metascore

High-strung father-to-be Peter Highman is forced to hitch a ride with aspiring actor Ethan Tremblay on a road trip in order to make it to his child's birth on time.

Director: Todd Phillips | Stars: Robert Downey Jr., Zach Galifianakis, Michelle Monaghan, Jamie Foxx

Votes: 308,369 | Gross: $100.54M

13. Howard the Duck (1986)

PG | 110 min | Action, Adventure, Comedy

4.7
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28 Metascore

A sarcastic humanoid duck is pulled from his homeworld to Earth where he must stop a hellish alien invasion with the help of a nerdy scientist and a cute struggling female rock singer who fancies him.

Director: Willard Huyck | Stars: Lea Thompson, Jeffrey Jones, Tim Robbins, Ed Gale

Votes: 40,479 | Gross: $16.30M

14. About a Boy (2002)

PG-13 | 101 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

7.0
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75 Metascore

A cynical, immature young man is taught how to act like a grown-up by a little boy.

Directors: Chris Weitz, Paul Weitz | Stars: Hugh Grant, Nicholas Hoult, Toni Collette, Sharon Small

Votes: 163,875 | Gross: $41.39M

15. Unleashed (2005)

R | 103 min | Action, Crime, Drama

7.0
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58 Metascore

A man enslaved by the mob since childhood and raised into behaving like a human attack dog escapes his captors and attempts to start a new life.

Director: Louis Leterrier | Stars: Jet Li, Bob Hoskins, Morgan Freeman, Kerry Condon

Votes: 94,995 | Gross: $24.52M

16. The Way Way Back (2013)

PG-13 | 103 min | Comedy, Drama

7.4
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68 Metascore

Shy 14-year-old Duncan goes on summer vacation with his mother, her overbearing boyfriend, and her boyfriend's daughter. Having a rough time fitting in, Duncan finds an unexpected friend in Owen, manager of the Water Wizz water park.

Directors: Nat Faxon, Jim Rash | Stars: Steve Carell, Toni Collette, Allison Janney, AnnaSophia Robb

Votes: 134,082 | Gross: $21.50M

17. Bride of Frankenstein (1935)

Not Rated | 75 min | Drama, Horror, Sci-Fi

7.8
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Mary Shelley reveals the main characters of her novel survived: Dr. Frankenstein, goaded by an even madder scientist, builds his monster a mate.

Director: James Whale | Stars: Boris Karloff, Elsa Lanchester, Colin Clive, Valerie Hobson

Votes: 40,015 | Gross: $4.36M

18. The Land Before Time (1988)

G | 69 min | Animation, Adventure, Drama

7.4
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66 Metascore

An orphaned brontosaurus teams up with other young dinosaurs in order to reunite with their families in a valley.

Director: Don Bluth | Stars: Pat Hingle, Gabriel Damon, Judith Barsi, Helen Shaver

Votes: 74,670 | Gross: $48.09M

19. Planes, Trains & Automobiles (1987)

R | 93 min | Comedy

7.6
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72 Metascore

A man must struggle to travel home for Thanksgiving with an obnoxious slob of a shower curtain ring salesman as his only companion.

Director: John Hughes | Stars: Steve Martin, John Candy, Laila Robins, Michael McKean

Votes: 112,074 | Gross: $49.53M

20. The Crying Game (1992)

R | 112 min | Crime, Drama, Romance

7.2
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90 Metascore

A British soldier kidnapped by IRA terrorists soon befriends one of his captors, who then becomes drawn into the soldier's world.

Director: Neil Jordan | Stars: Stephen Rea, Jaye Davidson, Forest Whitaker, Miranda Richardson

Votes: 48,050 | Gross: $62.55M

21. Sierra Burgess Is a Loser (2018)

PG-13 | 105 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

5.9
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60 Metascore

A case of mistaken identity results in unexpected romance when the most popular girl in high school and the biggest loser must come together to win over their crushes.

Director: Ian Samuels | Stars: Shannon Purser, Kristine Froseth, RJ Cyler, Noah Centineo

Votes: 29,629

22. Victoria & Abdul (2017)

PG-13 | 111 min | Biography, Drama, History

6.8
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58 Metascore

Queen Victoria strikes up an unlikely friendship with a young Indian clerk named Abdul Karim.

Director: Stephen Frears | Stars: Judi Dench, Ali Fazal, Tim Pigott-Smith, Eddie Izzard

Votes: 27,011 | Gross: $22.25M

23. DragonHeart (1996)

PG-13 | 103 min | Action, Adventure, Fantasy

6.5
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The last dragon and a disillusioned dragonslaying Knight must cooperate to stop an evil King, who was given partial immortality.

Director: Rob Cohen | Stars: Dennis Quaid, Sean Connery, Dina Meyer, Pete Postlethwaite

Votes: 87,369 | Gross: $51.37M

24. Talk to Her (2002)

R | 112 min | Drama, Mystery, Romance

7.9
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86 Metascore

Two men share an odd friendship while they care for two women who are both in deep comas.

Director: Pedro Almodóvar | Stars: Rosario Flores, Javier Cámara, Darío Grandinetti, Leonor Watling

Votes: 98,752 | Gross: $9.28M

25. Driving Miss Daisy (1989)

PG | 99 min | Drama

7.4
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81 Metascore

An old Jewish woman and her African-American chauffeur in the American South have a relationship that grows and improves over the years.

Director: Bruce Beresford | Stars: Morgan Freeman, Jessica Tandy, Dan Aykroyd, Patti LuPone

Votes: 90,952 | Gross: $106.59M

26. A Long Way Down (2014)

R | 96 min | Comedy, Drama

6.4
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34 Metascore

Four people meet on New Year's Eve, and form a surrogate family to help one another with the difficulties of their lives.

Director: Pascal Chaumeil | Stars: Pierce Brosnan, Toni Collette, Imogen Poots, Aaron Paul

Votes: 29,641 | Gross: $0.01M

27. Charlie Bartlett (2007)

R | 97 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

7.0
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54 Metascore

A rich kid becomes the self-appointed psychiatrist to the student body of his new high school.

Director: Jon Poll | Stars: Anton Yelchin, Robert Downey Jr., Hope Davis, Kat Dennings

Votes: 61,192 | Gross: $3.95M

28. Chance (2016–2017)

TV-MA | 60 min | Drama, Mystery, Thriller

7.7
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A forensic neuro-psychiatrist reluctantly enters a dangerous and violent world of mistaken identity, police corruption and mental illness.

Stars: Hugh Laurie, Ethan Suplee, Greta Lee, Stefania LaVie Owen

Votes: 8,256

29. Taxi (I) (1998)

Not Rated | 86 min | Action, Comedy, Crime

7.0
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To work off his tarnished driving record, a hip taxi driver must chauffeur a loser police inspector on the trail of German bank robbers.

Director: Gérard Pirès | Stars: Samy Naceri, Frédéric Diefenthal, Marion Cotillard, Manuela Gourary

Votes: 72,605 | Gross: $0.27M

30. Finding Forrester (2000)

PG-13 | 136 min | Drama

7.3
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62 Metascore

A young writing prodigy finds a mentor in a reclusive author.

Director: Gus Van Sant | Stars: Sean Connery, Rob Brown, F. Murray Abraham, Anna Paquin

Votes: 79,673 | Gross: $66.40M

31. The Soloist (2009)

PG-13 | 117 min | Biography, Drama, Music

6.7
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61 Metascore

A newspaper journalist discovers a homeless musical genius and tries to improve his situation.

Director: Joe Wright | Stars: Jamie Foxx, Robert Downey Jr., Catherine Keener, Tom Hollander

Votes: 49,407 | Gross: $31.67M

32. The Station Agent (2003)

R | 89 min | Comedy, Drama

7.6
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81 Metascore

When his only friend dies, a man born with dwarfism moves to rural New Jersey to live a life of solitude, only to meet a chatty hot dog vendor and a woman dealing with her own personal loss.

Director: Tom McCarthy | Stars: Peter Dinklage, Patricia Clarkson, Bobby Cannavale, Paul Benjamin

Votes: 64,794 | Gross: $5.74M

33. Blackway (2015)

R | 90 min | Thriller

5.3
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An ex-logger comes to the aid of a woman who returns to her hometown in the Pacific Northwest and finds herself harassed and stalked by a former cop turned crime lord.

Director: Daniel Alfredson | Stars: Anthony Hopkins, Julia Stiles, Ray Liotta, Alexander Ludwig

Votes: 8,079 | Gross: $0.02M

34. Camp X-Ray (2014)

R | 117 min | Drama, War

6.9
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54 Metascore

A soldier assigned to Guantanamo Bay befriends a man who has been imprisoned there.

Director: Peter Sattler | Stars: Kristen Stewart, Payman Maadi, Lane Garrison, Tara Holt

Votes: 37,234 | Gross: $0.01M

35. Ghosted (I) (2017)

TV-PG | 30 min | Comedy, Crime, Horror

6.2
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A skeptical tough ex-cop is forced to team up with a nerdy scientist and firm believer of the paranormal. They must help a secret L.A.-based government agency deal with unexplained and paranormal occurrences.

Stars: Adam Scott, Craig Robinson, Ally Walker, Adeel Akhtar

Votes: 5,166

36. Princess Protection Program (2009 TV Movie)

TV-G | 90 min | Comedy, Drama, Family

5.6
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A princess whose country has been invaded goes into hiding in Louisiana, where she has to learn to act like an ordinary teenager.

Director: Allison Liddi-Brown | Stars: Demi Lovato, Selena Gomez, Nicholas Braun, Molly Hagan

Votes: 19,947

37. All Monsters Attack (1969)

G | 70 min | Action, Adventure, Family

3.8
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A bullied schoolboy dreams of traveling to Monster Island, where he befriends Godzilla's son, who is also having bully troubles.

Director: Ishirô Honda | Stars: Kenji Sahara, Machiko Naka, Tomonori Yazaki, Hideyo Amamoto

Votes: 3,339

38. Nothing to Lose (1997)

R | 98 min | Action, Adventure, Comedy

6.7
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Nick's wife's in bed with his boss. He later gets a gun to his head by a carjacker but steps on the gas pedal. They end up friends after adventures together - holdups, burglary, reckless driving, revenge etc. Twists follow.

Director: Steve Oedekerk | Stars: Martin Lawrence, Tim Robbins, John C. McGinley, Giancarlo Esposito

Votes: 41,840 | Gross: $44.46M

39. With Honors (1994)

PG-13 | 101 min | Comedy, Drama

6.7
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Convinced his thesis will have him graduate with honors from Harvard University, a stuffy student finds himself at the mercy of a homeless man's demands when he holds the papers hostage.

Director: Alek Keshishian | Stars: Joe Pesci, Brendan Fraser, Moira Kelly, Patrick Dempsey

Votes: 12,530 | Gross: $20.04M

40. Starlet (I) (2012)

Not Rated | 103 min | Drama

6.8
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74 Metascore

An unlikely friendship forms between twenty-one-year-old Jane and the elderly Sadie after Jane discovers a hidden stash of money inside an object at Sadie's yard sale.

Director: Sean Baker | Stars: Dree Hemingway, Besedka Johnson, Boonee, Stella Maeve

Votes: 6,379 | Gross: $0.09M

41. Anbe Sivam (2003)

Not Rated | 160 min | Adventure, Comedy, Drama

8.8
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Two men, one young and arrogant, the other damaged - physically but not spiritually - by life, are thrown together by circumstances, and find that they are in some ways bound together by fate.

Director: Sundar C. | Stars: Kamal Haasan, Madhavan, Kiran Rathod, Nassar

Votes: 13,528

42. The Ren & Stimpy Show (1991–1996)

TV-Y7 | 30 min | Animation, Comedy, Family

7.5
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Ren, a psychotic Chihuahua, and Stimpson J. Cat, a dimwitted Manx cat who goes by the nickname Stimpy, have a host of unusual adventures.

Stars: John Kricfalusi, Billy West, Harris Peet, Cheryl Chase

Votes: 19,697

43. 55 Steps (2017)

PG-13 | 115 min | Biography, Drama

6.9
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42 Metascore

When patients' rights lawyer Colette Hughes goes to meet her new client, Eleanor Riese, a patient in the psychiatric unit of a San Francisco hospital, she has no idea that besides taking on... See full summary »

Director: Bille August | Stars: Helena Bonham Carter, Hilary Swank, Jeffrey Tambor, Michael Culkin

Votes: 1,452

44. Little Boy (2015)

PG-13 | 106 min | Drama, History, War

7.4
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30 Metascore

An eight-year-old boy is willing to do whatever it takes to end World War II so he can bring his father home. The story reveals the indescribable love a father has for his little boy and the love a son has for his father.

Director: Alejandro Monteverde | Stars: Jakob Salvati, Emily Watson, David Henrie, Michael Rapaport

Votes: 21,229 | Gross: $6.42M

45. The Thief of Bagdad (1940)

Not Rated | 106 min | Adventure, Family, Fantasy

7.5
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After being tricked and cast out of Bagdad by the evil Jaffar, King Ahmad joins forces with a thief named Abu to reclaim his throne, the city, and the Princess he loves.

Directors: Ludwig Berger, Michael Powell, Tim Whelan, Alexander Korda, Zoltan Korda, William Cameron Menzies | Stars: Conrad Veidt, Sabu, June Duprez, John Justin

Votes: 10,978 | Gross: $0.27M

46. RBG (2018)

PG | 98 min | Documentary, Biography

7.5
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71 Metascore

The exceptional life and career of U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, who has developed a breathtaking legal legacy while becoming an unexpected pop culture icon.

Directors: Julie Cohen, Betsy West | Stars: Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Ann Kittner, Harryette Helsel, Nina Totenberg

Votes: 8,931 | Gross: $14.02M

47. The Canterville Ghost (1996 TV Movie)

PG | 92 min | Family, Drama, Fantasy

6.2
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When an American family moves into a haunted mansion in England, the family's teenage daughter could be the key in fulfilling a prophecy and finally set the house's ghost free.

Director: Syd Macartney | Stars: Patrick Stewart, Neve Campbell, Joan Sims, Donald Sinden

Votes: 1,934

48. The Frisco Kid (1979)

PG | 119 min | Comedy, Drama, Western

6.4
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38 Metascore

A Polish rabbi wanders through the Old West on his way to lead a synagogue in San Francisco. On the way he is nearly burnt at the stake by Indians and almost killed by outlaws.

Director: Robert Aldrich | Stars: Gene Wilder, Harrison Ford, Ramon Bieri, Val Bisoglio

Votes: 8,078 | Gross: $9.35M

49. Copenhagen (2014)

Not Rated | 98 min | Adventure, Drama, Romance

7.1
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71 Metascore

When the girl of your dreams is half your age, it's time to grow up.

Director: Mark Raso | Stars: Gethin Anthony, Frederikke Dahl Hansen, Sebastian Armesto, Olivia Grant

Votes: 11,576

50. The Critic (1994–2001)

TV-14 | 522 min | Animation, Comedy, Drama

7.9
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Jay Sherman is a New York film critic who has to review films he doesn't like for a living.

Stars: Jon Lovitz, Nick Jameson, Maurice LaMarche, Nancy Cartwright

Votes: 7,054



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