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1. Brightburn (2019)

R | 90 min | Horror, Sci-Fi

6.2
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44 Metascore

What if a child from another world crash-landed on Earth, but instead of becoming a hero to mankind, he proved to be something far more sinister?

Director: David Yarovesky | Stars: Elizabeth Banks, David Denman, Jackson A. Dunn, Abraham Clinkscales

Votes: 49,076 | Gross: $17.30M

2. Aliens (1986)

R | 137 min | Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi

8.4
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84 Metascore

Ellen Ripley is rescued by a deep salvage team after being in hypersleep for 57 years. The moon that the Nostromo visited has been colonized, but contact is lost. This time, colonial marines have impressive firepower, but will that be enough?

Director: James Cameron | Stars: Sigourney Weaver, Michael Biehn, Carrie Henn, Paul Reiser

Votes: 611,884 | Gross: $85.16M

3. Lion (2016)

PG-13 | 118 min | Biography, Drama

8.0
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69 Metascore

A five-year-old Indian boy gets lost on the streets of Calcutta, thousands of kilometers from home. He survives many challenges before being adopted by a couple in Australia. 25 years later, he sets out to find his lost family.

Director: Garth Davis | Stars: Dev Patel, Nicole Kidman, Rooney Mara, Sunny Pawar

Votes: 187,882 | Gross: $51.74M

4. Kin (I) (2018)

PG-13 | 102 min | Action, Crime, Drama

5.8
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35 Metascore

Chased by a vengeful criminal, the feds and a gang of otherworldly soldiers, a recently released ex-con, and his adopted teenage brother are forced to go on the run with a weapon of mysterious origin as their only protection.

Directors: Jonathan Baker, Josh Baker | Stars: Myles Truitt, Jack Reynor, Dennis Quaid, Zoë Kravitz

Votes: 10,701 | Gross: $5.72M

5. Jessie (2011–2015)

TV-G | 30 min | Comedy, Family

5.8
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A Texan teen moves to New York City to follow her dreams and ends up as a nanny for a high profile couple's four children.

Stars: Debby Ryan, Peyton List, Cameron Boyce, Karan Brar

Votes: 11,202

6. Silent Hill: Revelation (2012)

R | 95 min | Horror

5.0
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16 Metascore

When her adoptive father disappears, Sharon Da Silva is drawn into a strange and terrifying alternate reality that holds answers to the horrific nightmares that have plagued her since childhood.

Director: M.J. Bassett | Stars: Adelaide Clemens, Kit Harington, Sean Bean, Carrie-Anne Moss

Votes: 57,546 | Gross: $17.53M

7. Diff'rent Strokes (1978–1986)

TV-PG | 30 min | Comedy, Drama, Family

6.6
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The misadventures of a wealthy Manhattan family who adopted the children of their late African American housekeeper from Harlem.

Stars: Gary Coleman, Todd Bridges, Conrad Bain, Dana Plato

Votes: 8,606

8. Annie (2014)

PG | 118 min | Comedy, Drama, Family

5.3
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33 Metascore

A foster kid, who lives with her mean foster mom, sees her life change when business tycoon and New York City mayoral candidate Will Stacks makes a thinly-veiled campaign move and takes her in.

Director: Will Gluck | Stars: Quvenzhané Wallis, Cameron Diaz, Jamie Foxx, Rose Byrne

Votes: 31,827 | Gross: $85.91M

9. Fences (2016)

PG-13 | 139 min | Drama

7.2
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79 Metascore

A working-class African-American father tries to raise his family in the 1950s, while coming to terms with the events of his life.

Director: Denzel Washington | Stars: Denzel Washington, Viola Davis, Stephen McKinley Henderson, Jovan Adepo

Votes: 89,268 | Gross: $57.64M

10. The Light Between Oceans (2016)

PG-13 | 133 min | Drama, Romance

7.2
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60 Metascore

A lighthouse keeper and his wife living off the coast of Western Australia raise a baby they rescue from a drifting rowing boat.

Director: Derek Cianfrance | Stars: Michael Fassbender, Alicia Vikander, Rachel Weisz, Florence Clery

Votes: 47,611 | Gross: $12.55M

11. Did You Hear About the Morgans? (2009)

PG-13 | 103 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

4.8
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27 Metascore

In New York City, an estranged couple who witness a murder are relocated to small town Wyoming as part of the Witness Protection Program.

Director: Marc Lawrence | Stars: Hugh Grant, Sarah Jessica Parker, Sam Elliott, Elisabeth Moss

Votes: 35,485 | Gross: $29.58M

12. Children of the Corn III: Urban Harvest (1995)

R | 92 min | Horror, Thriller

4.1
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Two brothers connected to the murderous children's cult of Gatlin, Nebraska are taken to Chicago by an adoptive couple.

Director: James D.R. Hickox | Stars: Dano Cerny, Ron Melendez, Jim Metzler, Nancy Lee Grahn

Votes: 6,305

13. Problem Child (1990)

PG | 81 min | Comedy, Family

5.4
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27 Metascore

A young boy is just short of a monster. He is adopted by a loving man and his wacky wife. The laughs keep coming as the boy pushes them to the limits.

Director: Dennis Dugan | Stars: Michael Oliver, John Ritter, Jack Warden, Gilbert Gottfried

Votes: 26,571 | Gross: $53.47M

14. 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: 88,098 | Gross: $2.04M

15. Freddy's Dead: The Final Nightmare (1991)

R | 89 min | Fantasy, Horror

4.9
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39 Metascore

Dream-haunting Freddy Krueger returns once again to prowl the nightmares of Springwood's last surviving teenager, and of a woman whose personal connection to Krueger may mean his doom.

Director: Rachel Talalay | Stars: Robert Englund, Lisa Zane, Shon Greenblatt, Lezlie Deane

Votes: 38,428 | Gross: $34.87M

16. Hunter Street (2017– )

TV-G | 22 min | Adventure, Comedy, Family

6.7
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Max, the newest addition to the Hunter family, must team up with his siblings Anika, Sal, Tess, and Daniel to find his foster parents Erik and Kate after they disappear mysteriously one night.

Stars: Kyra Isako Smith, Daan Creyghton, Tooske Ragas, Ronald Top

Votes: 382

17. Paranormal Activity 4 (2012)

R | 88 min | Horror, Mystery, Thriller

4.6
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40 Metascore

It has been five years since the disappearance of Katie and Hunter, and a suburban family witness strange events in their neighborhood when a woman and a mysterious child move in.

Directors: Henry Joost, Ariel Schulman | Stars: Stephen Dunham, Katie Featherston, Matt Shively, Brendon Eggertsen

Votes: 59,277 | Gross: $53.92M

18. The 9th Life of Louis Drax (2016)

R | 108 min | Mystery, Thriller

6.3
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41 Metascore

A psychologist who begins working with a young boy who has suffered a near-fatal fall finds himself drawn into a mystery that tests the boundaries of fantasy and reality.

Director: Alexandre Aja | Stars: Jamie Dornan, Aiden Longworth, Sarah Gadon, Aaron Paul

Votes: 12,513

19. When Marnie Was There (2014)

PG | 103 min | Animation, Drama, Family

7.7
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72 Metascore

A 12-year-old girl is sent to the country for health reasons, where she meets an unlikely friend in the form of Marnie, a young girl with long, flowing blonde hair. As the friendship ... See full summary »

Directors: James Simone, Hiromasa Yonebayashi | Stars: Sara Takatsuki, Kasumi Arimura, Nanako Matsushima, Susumu Terajima

Votes: 25,531 | Gross: $0.77M

20. Hop (2011)

PG | 95 min | Animation, Adventure, Comedy

5.4
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41 Metascore

E.B., the Easter Bunny's teenage son, heads to Hollywood, determined to become a drummer in a rock 'n' roll band. In LA, he's taken in by Fred after the out-of-work slacker hits E.B. with his car.

Director: Tim Hill | Stars: Russell Brand, James Marsden, Elizabeth Perkins, Kaley Cuoco

Votes: 29,319 | Gross: $108.09M

21. The Passenger (1975)

PG-13 | 126 min | Drama, Thriller

7.6
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90 Metascore

A frustrated war correspondent, unable to find the war he's been asked to cover, takes the risky path of coopting the identity of a dead arms dealer acquaintance.

Director: Michelangelo Antonioni | Stars: Jack Nicholson, Maria Schneider, Jenny Runacre, Ian Hendry

Votes: 19,058 | Gross: $0.62M

22. In This Corner of the World (2016)

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

7.8
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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: 6,657

23. The Unknown Woman (2006)

R | 118 min | Drama, Mystery, Thriller

7.4
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56 Metascore

Haunted by a horrible past, a Ukrainian young woman calculatedly insinuates herself into the life of a rich Italian family.

Director: Giuseppe Tornatore | Stars: Kseniya Rappoport, Michele Placido, Claudia Gerini, Piera Degli Esposti

Votes: 12,857 | Gross: $0.02M

24. Darkwing Duck (1991–1992)

TV-Y7 | 30 min | Animation, Short, Action

7.6
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A bumbling superhero battles crime with the help of his daughter and pilot sidekick.

Stars: Jim Cummings, Terence McGovern, Christine Cavanaugh, Katie Leigh

Votes: 13,396

25. Candy Jar (2018)

TV-14 | 92 min | Comedy

5.8
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Dueling high school debate champs who are at odds on just about everything forge ahead with ambitious plans to get into the colleges of their dreams.

Director: Ben Shelton | Stars: Jacob Latimore, Sami Gayle, Tom Bergeron, Helen Hunt

Votes: 3,654

26. Better Luck Tomorrow (2002)

R | 101 min | Crime, Drama, Romance

7.0
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67 Metascore

A group of over-achieving Asian-American high school seniors enjoy a power trip when they dip into extra-curricular criminal activities.

Director: Justin Lin | Stars: Parry Shen, Jason Tobin, Sung Kang, Shirley Anderson

Votes: 8,703 | Gross: $3.80M

27. Problem Child 3: Junior in Love (1995 TV Movie)

TV-PG | 87 min | Comedy, Family

3.3
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Junior Healy is back as a preteen, and he falls in love with a girl from school.

Director: Greg Beeman | Stars: William Katt, Justin Chapman, Sherman Howard, Carolyn Lowery

Votes: 3,104

28. Waking the Dead (2000)

R | 105 min | Drama, Mystery, Romance

6.5
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59 Metascore

A congressional candidate questions his sanity after seeing the love of his life, presumed dead, suddenly emerge.

Director: Keith Gordon | Stars: Billy Crudup, Bill Haugland, Nelson Landrieu, Ivonne Coll

Votes: 6,485 | Gross: $0.33M

29. The Gates (2010)

TV-14 | 60 min | Crime, Drama, Fantasy

7.1
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A metropolitan police officer becomes chief of police in a gated suburban neighborhood where vampires, werewolves, witches, and other supernatural entities reside.

Stars: Rhona Mitra, Frank Grillo, Marisol Nichols, Luke Mably

Votes: 7,628

30. Going Clear: Scientology & the Prison of Belief (2015)

Not Rated | 119 min | Documentary

8.0
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80 Metascore

A documentary looking at the inner-workings of the Church of Scientology.

Director: Alex Gibney | Stars: Paul Haggis, Jason Beghe, Spanky Taylor, David Miscavige

Votes: 34,850

31. At the Devil's Door (VI) (2014)

Not Rated | 91 min | Horror

4.8
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47 Metascore

A real-estate agent finds herself caught up in something sinister when she has to sell a house with a dark past and meets the troubled teen who used to live there.

Director: Nicholas McCarthy | Stars: Ashley Rickards, Nick Eversman, Michael Massee, Mark Steger

Votes: 6,588

32. Glorious 39 (2009)

R | 129 min | Drama, History, Thriller

6.4
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The adopted daughter of a privileged British politician uncovers a family secret in the weeks leading up to World War II.

Director: Stephen Poliakoff | Stars: Romola Garai, Eddie Redmayne, Juno Temple, Toby Regbo

Votes: 4,942

33. Any Day Now (I) (2012)

R | 98 min | Drama

7.5
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60 Metascore

In the 1970s, a gay couple fights a biased legal system to keep custody of the abandoned mentally handicapped teenager that comes to live under their roof.

Director: Travis Fine | Stars: Alan Cumming, Garret Dillahunt, Isaac Leyva, Frances Fisher

Votes: 5,529 | Gross: $0.20M

34. Room for One More (1952)

Approved | 98 min | Comedy

7.1
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A fairly well-to-do family takes in two troubled orphans.

Director: Norman Taurog | Stars: Cary Grant, Betsy Drake, Lurene Tuttle, Randy Stuart

Votes: 1,754

35. The Travelling Cat Chronicles (2018)

118 min | Drama

7.0
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Nana is the cutest girl. She is also smart and aware of her talents. She has paws and purrs. Her father Satoru cannot take of her anymore and must give her up. He searches for someone to ... See full summary »

Director: Kôichirô Miki | Stars: Sôta Fukushi, Mitsuki Takahata, Nana, Alice Hirose

Votes: 205

36. Aftershock (2010)

Not Rated | 135 min | Drama

7.6
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The epic story of a family separated as a result of the Great Tangshan Earthquake of 1976.

Director: Xiaogang Feng | Stars: Daoming Chen, Chen Li, Yi Lu, Fan Xu

Votes: 8,290 | Gross: $0.06M

37. Mom Squad (2019)

99 min | Comedy

6.0
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Director: Charlotte Sachs Bostrup | Stars: Anders W. Berthelsen, Henrik Birch, Martin Buch, Danica Curcic

Votes: 190

38. Amar Akbar Anthony (1977)

Not Rated | 184 min | Action, Comedy, Drama

7.5
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Three brothers are separated and united after many years - one is brought up a Hindu, another a Muslim and the last (and most memorable) a Christian. Hilarity and adventure ensues.

Director: Manmohan Desai | Stars: Vinod Khanna, Rishi Kapoor, Amitabh Bachchan, Neetu Singh

Votes: 6,214

39. Vel (2007)

Not Rated | 160 min | Action, Comedy, Drama

5.9
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On the search of his missing brother, Vasu finds out that Vel is his twin brother and risks his life to clear his brother's problem given by Sakarapandi an X-MLA .

Director: Hari | Stars: Suriya, Asin, Vadivelu, Kalabhavan Mani

Votes: 1,116

40. Joel (II) (2018)

99 min | Drama

6.6
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Unable to have kids of their own, Cecilia and Diego get a call from the adoption agency they registered to, some time ago. The sudden arrival of Joel, a 9 year old with a very hard backstory, will change the course of their lives.

Director: Carlos Sorin | Stars: Victoria Almeida, Diego Gentile, Joel Noguera, Ana Katz

Votes: 191

41. Nasaan ka man (2005)

TV-PG | 107 min | Drama, Romance, Thriller

7.7
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The story of two sisters (Lilia and Trining), who have adopted three children (Lilia adopted Pilar and Joven, Trining adopted Ito). Trouble, lies and violence ensues as Lilia's children ... See full summary »

Director: Cholo Laurel | Stars: Claudine Barretto, Jericho Rosales, Diether Ocampo, Hilda Koronel

Votes: 77

42. First Position (2011)

Not Rated | 95 min | Documentary

7.6
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72 Metascore

A documentary that follows six young dancers from around the world as they prepare for the Youth America Grand Prix, one of the most prestigious ballet competitions in the world.

Director: Bess Kargman | Stars: Aran Bell, Rebecca Houseknecht, Joan Sebastian Zamora, Miko Fogarty

Votes: 3,200 | Gross: $1.10M

43. All About Actresses (2009)

105 min | Comedy, Drama

6.7
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While shooting a documentary about all kinds of actresses, the director falls for one of them.

Director: Maïwenn | Stars: Jeanne Balibar, Romane Bohringer, Julie Depardieu, Mélanie Doutey

Votes: 1,006

44. Why Would I Lie? (1980)

PG | 105 min | Comedy, Drama

6.3
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Cletus is a compulsive liar. He prefers the term 'fabrication' to lie though. When Cletus becomes a social worker he's assigned the case of a boy called Jorge (with a 'J') who was taken ... See full summary »

Director: Larry Peerce | Stars: Treat Williams, Lisa Eichhorn, Gabriel Macht, Susan Heldfond

Votes: 203 | Gross: $1.18M

45. Anything Is Possible (2013)

TV-Y7 | 93 min | Drama, Family, Music

5.7
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Ethan Bortnick plays the leading role as Nathan, a young boy who's separated from his mother when she goes missing during a trip to Japan to help after the tsunami. The movie explores ... See full summary »

Director: Demetrius Navarro | Stars: Ethan Bortnick, Jonathan Bennett, Lacey Chabert, Fatima Ptacek

Votes: 300

46. That Hagen Girl (1947)

Passed | 83 min | Drama

6.3
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Mary Hagen lives in a small town in Ohio and goes to Jordon Junior College. For years, there has been whispers, rumors and gossip about who are her real parents. When Tom Bates returns to ... See full summary »

Director: Peter Godfrey | Stars: Ronald Reagan, Shirley Temple, Rory Calhoun, Lois Maxwell

Votes: 565

47. Playback (II) (2012)

R | 98 min | Horror, Thriller

4.2
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A cop investigates the case of a missing local teen, though he discovers a dark secret that has been unleashed in his town, and an evil spirit that will stop at nothing to find its heir.

Director: Michael A. Nickles | Stars: Christian Slater, Ambyr Childers, Toby Hemingway, Jonathan Keltz

Votes: 4,521 | Gross: $0.00M

48. The Disguiser (2015– )

Action, Drama, History

7.8
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Story of resistance, espionage, familial ties, friendship and romance in the Japanese-occupied Shanghai.

Stars: Ge Hu, Kai Wang, Mintao Liu, Dong Jin

Votes: 268

49. Wind Blows in Chang Lin (Nirvana in Fire II) (2017–2018)

Action, Drama, Fantasy

8.2
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They destroyed his family. They thought he was too weak to do anything. They thought wrong.

Stars: Hui-Wen Chang, Xianxu Hu, Haoran Liu, Liya Tong

Votes: 47

50. Ricky 6 (2000)

111 min | Biography, Crime, Drama

6.0
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Based on the true story of drugs, satanism, and murder in the upper class town of Northport, Long Island in 1984.

Director: Peter Filardi | Stars: Vincent Kartheiser, Chad Christ, Sabine Singh, Richard M. Stuart

Votes: 589



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