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1. It's a Wonderful Life (1946)

Not Rated | 130 min | Drama, Family, Fantasy

8.6
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89 Metascore

An angel is sent from Heaven to help a desperately frustrated businessman by showing him what life would have been like if he had never existed.

Director: Frank Capra | Stars: James Stewart, Donna Reed, Lionel Barrymore, Thomas Mitchell

Votes: 368,534

2. Mad Men (2007–2015)

TV-14 | 47 min | Drama

8.6
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A drama about one of New York's most prestigious ad agencies at the beginning of the 1960s, focusing on one of the firm's most mysterious but extremely talented ad executives, Donald Draper.

Stars: Jon Hamm, Elisabeth Moss, Vincent Kartheiser, January Jones

Votes: 187,806

3. Forrest Gump (1994)

PG-13 | 142 min | Drama, Romance

8.8
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82 Metascore

The presidencies of Kennedy and Johnson, the events of Vietnam, Watergate, and other history unfold through the perspective of an Alabama man with an IQ of 75.

Director: Robert Zemeckis | Stars: Tom Hanks, Robin Wright, Gary Sinise, Sally Field

Votes: 1,669,110 | Gross: $330.25M

4. American Gods (2017– )

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

7.9
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A recently released ex-convict named Shadow meets a mysterious man who calls himself "Wednesday" and who knows more than he first seems to about Shadow's life and past.

Stars: Ricky Whittle, Emily Browning, Crispin Glover, Yetide Badaki

Votes: 66,577

5. Giant (1956)

G | 201 min | Drama, Western

7.6
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84 Metascore

Sprawling epic covering the life of a Texas cattle rancher and his family and associates.

Director: George Stevens | Stars: Elizabeth Taylor, Rock Hudson, James Dean, Carroll Baker

Votes: 31,918 | Gross: $35.00M

6. What's Eating Gilbert Grape (1993)

PG-13 | 118 min | Drama

7.8
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73 Metascore

After his father's death, Gilbert has to care for his mentally-disabled brother, Arnie, and his morbidly obese mother. This situation is suddenly challenged though, when love unexpectedly walks into his life.

Director: Lasse Hallström | Stars: Johnny Depp, Leonardo DiCaprio, Juliette Lewis, Mary Steenburgen

Votes: 201,948 | Gross: $9.17M

7. Little House on the Prairie (1974–1983)

TV-PG | 60 min | Drama, Family, Romance

7.4
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The life and adventures of the Ingalls family in the nineteenth century American Midwest.

Stars: Melissa Gilbert, Michael Landon, Karen Grassle, Rachel Lindsay Greenbush

Votes: 15,129

8. There Will Be Blood (2007)

R | 158 min | Drama

8.2
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93 Metascore

A story of family, religion, hatred, oil and madness, focusing on a turn-of-the-century prospector in the early days of the business.

Director: Paul Thomas Anderson | Stars: Daniel Day-Lewis, Paul Dano, Ciarán Hinds, Martin Stringer

Votes: 477,100 | Gross: $40.22M

9. The Andy Griffith Show (1960–1968)

TV-G | 30 min | Comedy, Family

8.3
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Widower Sheriff Andy Taylor, and his son Opie, live with Andy's Aunt Bee in Mayberry, North Carolina. With virtually no crimes to solve, most of Andy's time is spent philosophizing and calming down his cousin Deputy Barney Fife.

Stars: Andy Griffith, Ron Howard, Don Knotts, Frances Bavier

Votes: 11,061

10. Fargo (1996)

R | 98 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

8.1
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85 Metascore

Jerry Lundegaard's inept crime falls apart due to his and his henchmen's bungling and the persistent police work of the quite pregnant Marge Gunderson.

Directors: Joel Coen, Ethan Coen | Stars: William H. Macy, Frances McDormand, Steve Buscemi, Peter Stormare

Votes: 576,216 | Gross: $24.61M

11. The Rocky Horror Picture Show (1975)

R | 100 min | Comedy, Musical

7.4
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58 Metascore

A newly engaged couple have a breakdown in an isolated area and must pay a call to the bizarre residence of Dr. Frank-N-Furter.

Director: Jim Sharman | Stars: Tim Curry, Susan Sarandon, Barry Bostwick, Richard O'Brien

Votes: 124,959 | Gross: $139.88M

12. A League of Their Own (1992)

PG | 128 min | Comedy, Drama, Family

7.2
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67 Metascore

Two sisters join the first female professional baseball league and struggle to help it succeed amidst their own growing rivalry.

Director: Penny Marshall | Stars: Tom Hanks, Geena Davis, Lori Petty, Madonna

Votes: 86,387 | Gross: $107.53M

13. The Wonder Years (1988–1993)

TV-PG | 22 min | Comedy, Drama, Family

8.3
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Kevin Arnold recalls growing up during the late 60s and early 70s; the turbulent social times make the transition from child to adult unusually interesting.

Stars: Fred Savage, Dan Lauria, Daniel Stern, Alley Mills

Votes: 32,382

14. Blue Velvet (1986)

R | 120 min | Drama, Mystery, Thriller

7.8
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76 Metascore

The discovery of a severed human ear found in a field leads a young man on an investigation related to a beautiful, mysterious nightclub singer and a group of psychopathic criminals who have kidnapped her child.

Director: David Lynch | Stars: Isabella Rossellini, Kyle MacLachlan, Dennis Hopper, Laura Dern

Votes: 167,373 | Gross: $8.55M

15. American Graffiti (1973)

PG | 110 min | Comedy, Drama

7.4
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97 Metascore

A couple of high school grads spend one final night cruising the strip with their buddies before they go off to college.

Director: George Lucas | Stars: Richard Dreyfuss, Ron Howard, Paul Le Mat, Charles Martin Smith

Votes: 76,627 | Gross: $115.00M

16. O Brother, Where Art Thou? (2000)

PG-13 | 107 min | Adventure, Comedy, Crime

7.7
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69 Metascore

In the deep south during the 1930s, three escaped convicts search for hidden treasure while a relentless lawman pursues them.

Directors: Joel Coen, Ethan Coen | Stars: George Clooney, John Turturro, Tim Blake Nelson, John Goodman

Votes: 270,089 | Gross: $45.51M

17. The Waltons (1971–1981)

TV-G | 60 min | Drama, Family, Romance

7.6
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The life and trials of a 1930s and 1940s Virginia mountain family through financial depression and World War II.

Stars: Jon Walmsley, Mary Beth McDonough, Eric Scott, Judy Norton

Votes: 5,097

18. Meet Me in St. Louis (1944)

Not Rated | 113 min | Comedy, Drama, Family

7.6
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In the year leading up to the 1904 St. Louis World's Fair, the four Smith daughters learn lessons of life and love, even as they prepare for a reluctant move to New York.

Director: Vincente Minnelli | Stars: Judy Garland, Margaret O'Brien, Mary Astor, Lucille Bremer

Votes: 18,852 | Gross: $7.57M

19. The Girl Next Door (2007)

R | 91 min | Crime, Drama, Horror

6.6
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29 Metascore

Based on the Jack Ketchum novel of the same name, The Girl Next Door follows the unspeakable torture and abuses committed on a teenage girl in the care of her aunt...and the boys who witness and fail to report the crime.

Director: Gregory Wilson | Stars: William Atherton, Blythe Auffarth, Blanche Baker, Kevin Chamberlin

Votes: 22,060

20. Across the Universe (2007)

PG-13 | 133 min | Drama, Fantasy, History

7.3
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56 Metascore

The music of The Beatles and the Vietnam War form the backdrop for the romance between an upper-class American girl and a poor Liverpudlian artist.

Director: Julie Taymor | Stars: Evan Rachel Wood, Jim Sturgess, Joe Anderson, Dana Fuchs

Votes: 102,909 | Gross: $24.34M

21. Wildlife (2018)

PG-13 | 105 min | Drama

6.9
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80 Metascore

A teenage boy must deal with his mother's complicated response after his father temporarily abandons them to take a menial and dangerous job.

Director: Paul Dano | Stars: Ed Oxenbould, Jake Gyllenhaal, Carey Mulligan, Travis W Bruyer

Votes: 17,954 | Gross: $1.03M

22. Leave It to Beaver (1957–1963)

TV-G | 30 min | Comedy, Family

7.5
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The misadventures of a suburban boy, family and friends.

Stars: Jerry Mathers, Hugh Beaumont, Barbara Billingsley, Tony Dow

Votes: 6,098

23. The Last Picture Show (1971)

R | 118 min | Drama, Romance

8.0
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93 Metascore

In 1951, a group of high schoolers come of age in a bleak, isolated, atrophied West Texas town that is slowly dying, both culturally and economically.

Director: Peter Bogdanovich | Stars: Timothy Bottoms, Jeff Bridges, Cybill Shepherd, Ben Johnson

Votes: 38,909 | Gross: $29.13M

24. Days of Heaven (1978)

PG | 94 min | Drama, Romance

7.9
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93 Metascore

A hot-tempered farm laborer convinces the woman he loves to marry their rich but dying boss so that they can have a claim to his fortune.

Director: Terrence Malick | Stars: Richard Gere, Brooke Adams, Sam Shepard, Linda Manz

Votes: 47,600

25. A River Runs Through It (1992)

PG | 123 min | Drama

7.2
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68 Metascore

The story about two sons of a stern minister -- one reserved, one rebellious -- growing up in rural Montana while devoted to fly fishing.

Director: Robert Redford | Stars: Craig Sheffer, Brad Pitt, Tom Skerritt, Brenda Blethyn

Votes: 50,219 | Gross: $43.44M

26. Tucker: The Man and His Dream (1988)

PG | 110 min | Biography, Drama

6.9
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74 Metascore

The story of Preston Tucker, the maverick car designer and his ill-fated challenge to the auto industry with his revolutionary car concept.

Director: Francis Ford Coppola | Stars: Jeff Bridges, Joan Allen, Martin Landau, Frederic Forrest

Votes: 14,540 | Gross: $19.65M

27. Pollyanna (1960)

Approved | 134 min | Comedy, Drama, Family

7.4
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A young girl comes to an embittered town and confronts its attitude with her determination to see the best in life.

Director: David Swift | Stars: Jane Wyman, Hayley Mills, Richard Egan, Karl Malden

Votes: 8,348

28. Yankee Doodle Dandy (1942)

Passed | 126 min | Biography, Drama, Musical

7.7
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The life of the renowned musical composer, playwright, actor, dancer, and singer George M. Cohan.

Director: Michael Curtiz | Stars: James Cagney, Joan Leslie, Walter Huston, Richard Whorf

Votes: 13,180 | Gross: $11.80M

29. Shadow of a Doubt (1943)

PG | 108 min | Thriller

7.9
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94 Metascore

A young woman discovers her visiting uncle may not be the man he seems to be.

Director: Alfred Hitchcock | Stars: Teresa Wright, Joseph Cotten, Macdonald Carey, Henry Travers

Votes: 55,322

30. Peggy Sue Got Married (1986)

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

6.3
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74 Metascore

Peggy Sue faints at a high school reunion. When she wakes up, she finds herself in her own past, just before she finished school.

Director: Francis Ford Coppola | Stars: Kathleen Turner, Nicolas Cage, Barry Miller, Catherine Hicks

Votes: 30,900 | Gross: $41.38M

31. The Best Years of Our Lives (1946)

Approved | 170 min | Drama, Romance, War

8.0
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92 Metascore

Three World War II veterans return home to small-town America to discover that they and their families have been irreparably changed.

Director: William Wyler | Stars: Myrna Loy, Dana Andrews, Fredric March, Teresa Wright

Votes: 54,396 | Gross: $23.65M

32. Convoy (1978)

PG | 110 min | Action, Drama

6.4
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47 Metascore

Truckers form a mile long "convoy" in support of a trucker's vendetta with an abusive sheriff...Based on the country song of same title by C.W. McCall.

Director: Sam Peckinpah | Stars: Kris Kristofferson, Ali MacGraw, Ernest Borgnine, Burt Young

Votes: 14,055 | Gross: $45.00M

33. Serial Mom (1994)

R | 95 min | Comedy, Crime, Thriller

6.7
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64 Metascore

A sweet mother finds herself participating in homicidal activities when she sees the occasion call for it.

Director: John Waters | Stars: Kathleen Turner, Sam Waterston, Ricki Lake, Matthew Lillard

Votes: 25,383 | Gross: $7.88M

34. Far Cry 5 (2018 Video Game)

M | Action, Adventure, Drama

8.1
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A deputy is sent to the town of Hope County to arrest Joseph Seed, a corrupt evangelical religious leader who rules the town with the help of his disturbed followers.

Director: Patrick Methe | Stars: Greg Bryk, Mark Pellegrino, Seamus Dever, Jenessa Grant

Votes: 3,485

35. The Natural (1984)

PG | 138 min | Drama, Sport

7.5
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61 Metascore

An unknown comes seemingly out of nowhere to become a legendary player with almost divine talent.

Director: Barry Levinson | Stars: Robert Redford, Robert Duvall, Glenn Close, Kim Basinger

Votes: 40,825 | Gross: $47.95M

36. My Dog Skip (2000)

PG | 95 min | Comedy, Drama, Family

7.0
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61 Metascore

A shy boy grows up in 1940s Mississippi with the help of his beloved dog, Skip.

Director: Jay Russell | Stars: Frankie Muniz, Kevin Bacon, Diane Lane, Luke Wilson

Votes: 18,599 | Gross: $34.10M

37. Rebelde (2004–2006)

60 min | Comedy, Drama, Family

6.9
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Six teenagers with different lives and personalities attend a prominent private school with only one thing in common: their vocation and passion for music.

Stars: Anahí, Dulce María, Alfonso Herrera, Christopher Von Uckermann

Votes: 3,962

38. Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood (2002)

PG-13 | 116 min | Drama

6.1
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48 Metascore

After years of mother-daughter tension, Siddalee receives a scrapbook detailing the wild adventures of the "Ya-Yas", her mother's girlhood friends.

Director: Callie Khouri | Stars: Sandra Bullock, Ellen Burstyn, Fionnula Flanagan, James Garner

Votes: 17,489 | Gross: $69.60M

39. Radio Days (1987)

PG | 88 min | Comedy

7.5
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74 Metascore

A nostalgic look at radio's golden age focusing on one ordinary family and the various performers in the medium.

Director: Woody Allen | Stars: Mia Farrow, Dianne Wiest, Mike Starr, Paul Herman

Votes: 29,584 | Gross: $14.79M

40. Death Valley Days (1952–1970)

TV-PG | 25 min | Western

7.6
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Western stories and legends based, and filmed, in and around Death Valley, California. One of the longest-running Western series, originating on radio in the 1930s. The continuing sponsor was "20 Mule Team" Borax, a product formerly mined in Death Valley.

Stars: Stanley Andrews, Robert Taylor, Ronald Reagan, Dale Robertson

Votes: 612

41. The Adventures of Huck Finn (1993)

PG | 108 min | Adventure, Comedy, Drama

6.2
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In Missouri, during the 1840s, young Huck Finn fearful of his drunkard father and yearning for adventure, leaves his foster family and joins with runaway slave Jim in a voyage down the Mississippi River toward slavery free states.

Director: Stephen Sommers | Stars: Elijah Wood, Courtney B. Vance, Robbie Coltrane, Jason Robards

Votes: 7,345 | Gross: $24.10M

42. Oklahoma! (1955)

G | 145 min | Comedy, Drama, Musical

7.0
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In Oklahoma, several farmers, cowboys and a traveling salesman compete for the romantic favors of various local ladies.

Director: Fred Zinnemann | Stars: Gordon MacRae, Gloria Grahame, Gene Nelson, Charlotte Greenwood

Votes: 10,545

43. Hud (1963)

Not Rated | 112 min | Drama, Western

7.9
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62 Metascore

Honest and hard-working Texas rancher Homer Bannon has a conflict with his unscrupulous, selfish, arrogant and egotistical son Hud, who sank into alcoholism after accidentally killing his brother in a car crash.

Director: Martin Ritt | Stars: Paul Newman, Melvyn Douglas, Patricia Neal, Brandon De Wilde

Votes: 17,955 | Gross: $10.00M

44. Walking Tall (1973)

R | 125 min | Action, Biography, Crime

7.0
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60 Metascore

Based on the life of Tennessee sheriff Buford Pusser whom almost single-handily cleaned up his small town of crime and corruption, but at a personal cost of his family life and nearly his own life.

Director: Phil Karlson | Stars: Joe Don Baker, Elizabeth Hartman, Leif Garrett, Dawn Lyn

Votes: 4,623

45. W. (I) (2008)

PG-13 | 129 min | Biography, Comedy, Drama

6.3
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56 Metascore

A chronicle of the life and Presidency of George W. Bush.

Director: Oliver Stone | Stars: Josh Brolin, Elizabeth Banks, Ioan Gruffudd, Colin Hanks

Votes: 44,908 | Gross: $25.53M

46. My Blueberry Nights (2007)

PG-13 | 95 min | Drama, Romance

6.6
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52 Metascore

A young lonely woman takes a soul-searching journey across America to resolve her questions about love while encountering a series of offbeat characters along the way.

Director: Kar-Wai Wong | Stars: Norah Jones, Jude Law, Natalie Portman, Chad R. Davis

Votes: 50,009 | Gross: $0.87M

47. The Road to Wellville (1994)

R | 118 min | Comedy, Drama

5.9
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A story about the ins and outs of one unusual health facility in the early twentieth century, run by the eccentric Dr. John Harvey Kellogg.

Director: Alan Parker | Stars: Anthony Hopkins, Bridget Fonda, Matthew Broderick, John Cusack

Votes: 10,909 | Gross: $6.51M

48. How to Make an American Quilt (1995)

PG-13 | 117 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

6.3
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Bride-to-be Finn Dodd hears tales of romance and sorrow from her elders as they construct a quilt.

Director: Jocelyn Moorhouse | Stars: Winona Ryder, Ellen Burstyn, Anne Bancroft, Kaelynn Craddick

Votes: 10,189 | Gross: $23.57M

49. Wild Hearts Can't Be Broken (1991)

G | 88 min | Drama, Family, Romance

7.2
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Thrilled by a performance she sees at a fair, Sonora tries to land a spot as a daredevil who rides horses off of high dives.

Director: Steve Miner | Stars: Gabrielle Anwar, Michael Schoeffling, Cliff Robertson, Dylan Kussman

Votes: 4,541 | Gross: $7.30M

50. Mannequin: On the Move (1991)

PG | 95 min | Comedy, Fantasy, Romance

4.4
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A young department store intern falls in love with a female store mannequin who is really a peasant girl fallen under a thousand year spell. She comes to life whenever he removes the cursed necklace from her.

Director: Stewart Raffill | Stars: Kristy Swanson, William Ragsdale, Meshach Taylor, Terry Kiser

Votes: 5,423 | Gross: $3.75M



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