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1. His Dark Materials (2019– )

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

8.4
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Two children embark on a magical adventure through parallel universes.

Stars: Dafne Keen, Kit Connor, Archie Barnes, Tyler Howitt

Votes: 6,873

2. The Golden Compass (2007)

PG-13 | 113 min | Adventure, Family, Fantasy

6.1
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51 Metascore

In a parallel universe, young Lyra Belacqua journeys to the far North to save her best friend and other kidnapped children from terrible experiments by a mysterious organization.

Director: Chris Weitz | Stars: Nicole Kidman, Daniel Craig, Dakota Blue Richards, Ben Walker

Votes: 170,859 | Gross: $70.11M

3. Eli (I) (2019)

R | 98 min | Horror

5.8
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A boy receiving treatment for his auto-immune disorder discovers that the house he's living in isn't as safe as he thought.

Director: Ciarán Foy | Stars: Charlie Shotwell, Kelly Reilly, Max Martini, Lili Taylor

Votes: 16,880

4. Young Sheldon (2017– )

TV-PG | 30 min | Comedy

7.3
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Meet a child genius named Sheldon Cooper; (already seen as an adult in The Big Bang Theory (2007)) and his family. Some unique challenges face Sheldon who seems socially impaired.

Stars: Iain Armitage, Zoe Perry, Lance Barber, Montana Jordan

Votes: 26,228

5. Home Alone (1990)

PG | 103 min | Comedy, Family

7.6
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63 Metascore

An eight-year-old troublemaker must protect his house from a pair of burglars when he is accidentally left home alone by his family during Christmas vacation.

Director: Chris Columbus | Stars: Macaulay Culkin, Joe Pesci, Daniel Stern, John Heard

Votes: 415,845 | Gross: $285.76M

6. Coco (I) (2017)

PG | 105 min | Animation, Adventure, Family

8.4
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81 Metascore

Aspiring musician Miguel, confronted with his family's ancestral ban on music, enters the Land of the Dead to find his great-great-grandfather, a legendary singer.

Directors: Lee Unkrich, Adrian Molina | Stars: Anthony Gonzalez, Gael García Bernal, Benjamin Bratt, Alanna Ubach

Votes: 306,060 | Gross: $209.73M

7. Room (I) (2015)

R | 118 min | Drama, Thriller

8.1
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86 Metascore

Held captive for 7 years in an enclosed space, a woman and her young son finally gain their freedom, allowing the boy to experience the outside world for the first time.

Director: Lenny Abrahamson | Stars: Brie Larson, Jacob Tremblay, Sean Bridgers, Wendy Crewson

Votes: 330,016 | Gross: $14.68M

8. Zenon: Girl of the 21st Century (1999 TV Movie)

TV-G | 97 min | Adventure, Comedy, Family

6.4
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An inquisitive teenager pries into suspected dodgy dealings on her space station home - and ends up being sent down to Earth.

Director: Kenneth Johnson | Stars: Kirsten Storms, Raven-Symoné, Bob Bancroft, Stuart Pankin

Votes: 6,080

9. Home Alone 2: Lost in New York (1992)

PG | 120 min | Adventure, Comedy, Crime

6.7
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One year after Kevin McCallister was left home alone and had to defeat a pair of bumbling burglars, he accidentally finds himself stranded in New York City - and the same criminals are not far behind.

Director: Chris Columbus | Stars: Macaulay Culkin, Joe Pesci, Daniel Stern, Catherine O'Hara

Votes: 270,941 | Gross: $173.59M

10. Baywatch (1989–2001)

TV-PG | 60 min | Action, Adventure, Crime

5.2
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At a Los Angeles beach, a team of lifeguards led by Lieutenant Mitch Buchannon save lives, deal with personal dramas, fight crime and participate in over the top adventures on a daily basis.

Stars: David Hasselhoff, Pamela Anderson, Yasmine Bleeth, Jeremy Jackson

Votes: 23,281

11. Stand by Me (1986)

R | 89 min | Adventure, Drama

8.1
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75 Metascore

After the death of one of his friends, a writer recounts a boyhood journey with his friends to find the body of a missing boy.

Director: Rob Reiner | Stars: Wil Wheaton, River Phoenix, Corey Feldman, Jerry O'Connell

Votes: 341,266 | Gross: $52.29M

12. Matilda (1996)

PG | 102 min | Comedy, Family, Fantasy

6.9
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72 Metascore

Story of a wonderful little girl, who happens to be a genius, and her wonderful teacher vs. the worst parents ever and the worst school principal imaginable.

Director: Danny DeVito | Stars: Danny DeVito, Rhea Perlman, Mara Wilson, Embeth Davidtz

Votes: 115,560 | Gross: $33.08M

13. Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (2002)

PG | 161 min | Adventure, Family, Fantasy

7.4
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63 Metascore

An ancient prophecy seems to be coming true when a mysterious presence begins stalking the corridors of a school of magic and leaving its victims paralyzed.

Director: Chris Columbus | Stars: Daniel Radcliffe, Rupert Grint, Emma Watson, Richard Harris

Votes: 506,552 | Gross: $261.99M

14. So Weird (1999–2001)

TV-Y7 | 30 min | Adventure, Family, Mystery

8.5
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A preteen girl travels around the country continually stumbling over supernatural occurrences. Without anyone to believe her, she posts what she finds on her website entitled "So Weird".

Stars: Cara DeLizia, Mackenzie Phillips, Patrick Levis, Belinda Metz

Votes: 2,431

15. Capernaum (2018)

R | 126 min | Drama

8.4
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75 Metascore

While serving a five-year sentence for a violent crime, a 12-year-old boy sues his parents for neglect.

Director: Nadine Labaki | Stars: Zain Al Rafeea, Yordanos Shiferaw, Boluwatife Treasure Bankole, Kawsar Al Haddad

Votes: 31,706 | Gross: $1.66M

16. Spirited Away (2001)

PG | 125 min | Animation, Adventure, Family

8.6
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96 Metascore

During her family's move to the suburbs, a sullen 10-year-old girl wanders into a world ruled by gods, witches, and spirits, and where humans are changed into beasts.

Director: Hayao Miyazaki | Stars: Daveigh Chase, Suzanne Pleshette, Miyu Irino, Rumi Hiiragi

Votes: 577,304 | Gross: $10.06M

17. Up (2009)

PG | 96 min | Animation, Adventure, Comedy

8.2
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88 Metascore

78-year-old Carl Fredricksen travels to Paradise Falls in his house equipped with balloons, inadvertently taking a young stowaway.

Directors: Pete Docter, Bob Peterson | Stars: Edward Asner, Jordan Nagai, John Ratzenberger, Christopher Plummer

Votes: 869,935 | Gross: $293.00M

18. Hanna (2011)

PG-13 | 111 min | Action, Drama, Thriller

6.8
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65 Metascore

A sixteen-year-old girl who was raised by her father to be the perfect assassin is dispatched on a mission across Europe, tracked by a ruthless intelligence agent and her operatives.

Director: Joe Wright | Stars: Saoirse Ronan, Cate Blanchett, Eric Bana, Vicky Krieps

Votes: 181,492 | Gross: $40.26M

19. 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: 614,537 | Gross: $85.16M

20. The NeverEnding Story (1984)

PG | 102 min | Adventure, Drama, Family

7.4
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46 Metascore

A troubled boy dives into a wondrous fantasy world through the pages of a mysterious book.

Director: Wolfgang Petersen | Stars: Noah Hathaway, Barret Oliver, Tami Stronach, Gerald McRaney

Votes: 123,215 | Gross: $20.16M

21. The Man Without Gravity (2019)

TV-14 | 107 min | Comedy, Drama, Fantasy

5.8
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Oscar comes to light on a stormy night, in the hospital of a small town and immediately we understand that there is something extraordinary in him : Does not obey the law of gravity. It ... See full summary »

Director: Marco Bonfanti | Stars: Elio Germano, Michela Cescon, Elena Cotta, Silvia D'Amico

Votes: 774

22. The Babysitter (I) (2017)

TV-MA | 85 min | Comedy, Horror

6.3
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The events of one evening take an unexpected turn for the worst for a young boy trying to spy on his babysitter.

Director: McG | Stars: Judah Lewis, Samara Weaving, Robbie Amell, Hana Mae Lee

Votes: 50,867

23. Rookie of the Year (1993)

PG | 103 min | Comedy, Family, Fantasy

6.0
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53 Metascore

When an accident miraculously gives a boy an incredibly powerful pitching arm, he becomes a major league pitcher for the Chicago Cubs.

Director: Daniel Stern | Stars: Thomas Ian Nicholas, Gary Busey, Albert Hall, Amy Morton

Votes: 22,871 | Gross: $53.58M

24. The Jungle Book (1967)

G | 78 min | Animation, Adventure, Family

7.6
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65 Metascore

Bagheera the Panther and Baloo the Bear have a difficult time trying to convince a boy to leave the jungle for human civilization.

Director: Wolfgang Reitherman | Stars: Phil Harris, Sebastian Cabot, Louis Prima, Bruce Reitherman

Votes: 154,822 | Gross: $141.84M

25. The Tree of Life (2011)

PG-13 | 139 min | Drama, Fantasy

6.8
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85 Metascore

The story of a family in Waco, Texas in 1956. The eldest son witnesses the loss of innocence and struggles with his parents' conflicting teachings.

Director: Terrence Malick | Stars: Brad Pitt, Sean Penn, Jessica Chastain, Hunter McCracken

Votes: 158,891 | Gross: $13.30M

26. E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial (1982)

PG | 115 min | Family, Sci-Fi

7.8
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91 Metascore

A troubled child summons the courage to help a friendly alien escape Earth and return to his home world.

Director: Steven Spielberg | Stars: Henry Thomas, Drew Barrymore, Peter Coyote, Dee Wallace

Votes: 345,233 | Gross: $435.11M

27. Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory (1971)

G | 100 min | Family, Fantasy, Musical

7.8
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67 Metascore

A poor but hopeful boy seeks one of the five coveted golden tickets that will send him on a tour of Willy Wonka's mysterious chocolate factory.

Director: Mel Stuart | Stars: Gene Wilder, Jack Albertson, Peter Ostrum, Roy Kinnear

Votes: 165,454 | Gross: $4.53M

28. A Christmas Story (1983)

PG | 94 min | Comedy, Family

8.0
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77 Metascore

In the 1940s, a young boy named Ralphie attempts to convince his parents, his teacher and Santa that a Red Ryder BB gun really is the perfect Christmas gift.

Director: Bob Clark | Stars: Peter Billingsley, Melinda Dillon, Darren McGavin, Scott Schwartz

Votes: 122,927 | Gross: $20.61M

29. Empire of the Sun (1987)

PG | 153 min | Drama, History, War

7.8
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62 Metascore

A young English boy struggles to survive under Japanese occupation during World War II.

Director: Steven Spielberg | Stars: Christian Bale, John Malkovich, Miranda Richardson, Nigel Havers

Votes: 107,915 | Gross: $22.24M

30. Don't Be Afraid of the Dark (2010)

R | 99 min | Fantasy, Horror, Thriller

5.6
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56 Metascore

A young girl sent to live with her father and his new girlfriend believes that she has released creatures from a sealed ash pit in the basement of her new home.

Director: Troy Nixey | Stars: Katie Holmes, Guy Pearce, Bailee Madison, Bruce Gleeson

Votes: 45,120 | Gross: $24.04M

31. Steven Universe (2013– )

TV-PG | 11 min | Animation, Action, Adventure

8.3
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A team of intergalactic warriors fights to protect the universe, but the combination of three highly trained beings and one quirky young boy leaves the team struggling to overcome the dangerous scenarios that are put in front of them.

Stars: Zach Callison, Deedee Magno, Michaela Dietz, Estelle

Votes: 22,398

32. The Blue Lagoon (1980)

R | 104 min | Adventure, Drama, Romance

5.8
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31 Metascore

In the Victorian period, two children are shipwrecked on a tropical island in the South Pacific. With no adults to guide them, the two make a simple life together, unaware that sexual maturity will eventually intervene.

Director: Randal Kleiser | Stars: Brooke Shields, Christopher Atkins, Leo McKern, William Daniels

Votes: 59,254 | Gross: $58.85M

33. The Jungle Book (2016)

PG | 106 min | Adventure, Drama, Family

7.4
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77 Metascore

After a threat from the tiger Shere Khan forces him to flee the jungle, a man-cub named Mowgli embarks on a journey of self discovery with the help of panther Bagheera and free-spirited bear Baloo.

Director: Jon Favreau | Stars: Neel Sethi, Bill Murray, Ben Kingsley, Idris Elba

Votes: 246,123 | Gross: $364.00M

34. Home Alone 3 (1997)

PG | 102 min | Comedy, Crime, Family

4.4
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Alex Pruitt, a young boy of nine living in Chicago, fends off thieves who seek a top-secret chip in his toy car to support a North Korean terrorist organization's next deed.

Director: Raja Gosnell | Stars: Alex D. Linz, Olek Krupa, Rya Kihlstedt, Lenny von Dohlen

Votes: 97,002 | Gross: $30.88M

35. Peter Pan (1953)

G | 77 min | Animation, Adventure, Family

7.3
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76 Metascore

Wendy and her brothers are whisked away to the magical world of Neverland with the hero of their stories, Peter Pan.

Directors: Clyde Geronimi, Wilfred Jackson, Hamilton Luske, Jack Kinney | Stars: Bobby Driscoll, Kathryn Beaumont, Hans Conried, Bill Thompson

Votes: 116,138 | Gross: $87.40M

36. The Visit (I) (2015)

PG-13 | 94 min | Horror, Mystery, Thriller

6.2
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55 Metascore

Two siblings become increasingly frightened by their grandparents' disturbing behavior while visiting them on vacation.

Director: M. Night Shyamalan | Stars: Olivia DeJonge, Ed Oxenbould, Deanna Dunagan, Peter McRobbie

Votes: 105,349 | Gross: $65.21M

37. The Borrowers (1997)

PG | 89 min | Adventure, Comedy, Family

5.8
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A secret family of four-inch people living inside the walls of a house must save their home from an evil real estate developer.

Director: Peter Hewitt | Stars: John Goodman, Jim Broadbent, Mark Williams, Celia Imrie

Votes: 18,971 | Gross: $22.36M

38. The Painted Bird (2019)

169 min | Drama, War

7.3
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75 Metascore

A young Jewish boy somewhere in Eastern Europe seeks refuge during World War II where he encounters many different characters.

Director: Václav Marhoul | Stars: Stellan Skarsgård, Harvey Keitel, Barry Pepper, Julian Sands

Votes: 569

39. Pan (2015)

PG | 111 min | Adventure, Comedy, Family

5.7
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36 Metascore

Twelve-year-old orphan Peter is spirited away to the magical world of Neverland, where he finds both fun and danger, and ultimately discovers his destiny -- to become the hero who will be for ever known as Peter Pan.

Director: Joe Wright | Stars: Levi Miller, Hugh Jackman, Garrett Hedlund, Rooney Mara

Votes: 56,917 | Gross: $35.09M

40. Let Me In (I) (2010)

R | 116 min | Drama, Fantasy, Horror

7.1
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79 Metascore

A bullied young boy befriends a young female vampire who lives in secrecy with her guardian.

Director: Matt Reeves | Stars: Kodi Smit-McPhee, Chloë Grace Moretz, Richard Jenkins, Cara Buono

Votes: 108,769 | Gross: $12.13M

41. Unaccompanied Minors (2006)

PG | 90 min | Adventure, Comedy, Family

5.3
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43 Metascore

A group of unaccompanied minors bond while snowed in at the midwestern Hoover International Airport during the holiday season and ultimately create a makeshift holiday themselves.

Director: Paul Feig | Stars: Dyllan Christopher, Tyler James Williams, Gia Mantegna, Quinn Shephard

Votes: 9,819 | Gross: $16.65M

42. Steven Universe: The Movie (2019 TV Movie)

TV-PG | 82 min | Animation, Action, Adventure

8.0
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Steven thinks his time defending the Earth is over, but when a new threat comes to Beach City, Steven faces his biggest challenge yet.

Director: Rebecca Sugar | Stars: Zach Callison, Estelle, Michaela Dietz, Deedee Magno

Votes: 2,373

43. Wonder Park (2019)

PG | 85 min | Animation, Adventure, Comedy

5.8
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45 Metascore

Wonder Park tells the story of an amusement park where the imagination of a wildly creative girl named June comes alive.

Director: Dylan Brown | Stars: Sofia Mali, Jennifer Garner, Ken Hudson Campbell, Kenan Thompson

Votes: 6,608 | Gross: $45.22M

44. The Blackcoat's Daughter (I) (2015)

R | 93 min | Horror, Mystery, Thriller

5.9
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68 Metascore

Two girls must battle a mysterious evil force when they get left behind at their boarding school over winter break.

Director: Oz Perkins | Stars: Emma Roberts, Kiernan Shipka, Lucy Boynton, James Remar

Votes: 15,094 | Gross: $0.02M

45. Tom and Huck (1995)

PG | 97 min | Adventure, Comedy, Drama

5.5
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Two best friends witness a murder and embark on a series of adventures in order to prove the innocence of the man wrongly accused of the crime.

Director: Peter Hewitt | Stars: Jonathan Taylor Thomas, Brad Renfro, Charles Rocket, Eric Schweig

Votes: 9,277 | Gross: $23.74M

46. Let the Right One In (2008)

R | 114 min | Drama, Horror, Romance

7.9
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82 Metascore

Oskar, an overlooked and bullied boy, finds love and revenge through Eli, a beautiful but peculiar girl.

Director: Tomas Alfredson | Stars: Kåre Hedebrant, Lina Leandersson, Per Ragnar, Henrik Dahl

Votes: 197,765 | Gross: $2.12M

47. Spy Kids 3-D: Game Over (2003)

PG | 84 min | Action, Adventure, Comedy

4.2
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57 Metascore

Carmen's caught in a virtual reality game designed by the Kids' new nemesis, the Toymaker. It's up to Juni to save his sister, and ultimately the world.

Director: Robert Rodriguez | Stars: Daryl Sabara, Alexa PenaVega, Antonio Banderas, Carla Gugino

Votes: 50,991 | Gross: $111.76M

48. My Neighbor Totoro (1988)

G | 86 min | Animation, Family, Fantasy

8.2
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86 Metascore

When two girls move to the country to be near their ailing mother, they have adventures with the wondrous forest spirits who live nearby.

Director: Hayao Miyazaki | Stars: Hitoshi Takagi, Noriko Hidaka, Chika Sakamoto, Shigesato Itoi

Votes: 247,266 | Gross: $1.11M

49. The Fall (2006)

R | 117 min | Adventure, Drama, Fantasy

7.9
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64 Metascore

In a hospital on the outskirts of 1920s Los Angeles, an injured stuntman begins to tell a fellow patient, a little girl with a broken arm, a fantastic story of five mythical heroes. Thanks to his fractured state of mind and her vivid imagination, the line between fiction and reality blurs as the tale advances.

Director: Tarsem Singh | Stars: Lee Pace, Catinca Untaru, Justine Waddell, Kim Uylenbroek

Votes: 102,983 | Gross: $2.28M

50. The Amazing World of Gumball (2011–2019)

11 min | Animation, Short, Adventure

8.1
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The life of a twelve-year-old boy who happens to be a blue cat as he lives with his family and other strange creatures.

Stars: Dan Russell, Teresa Gallagher, Kyla Rae Kowalewski, Jacob Hopkins

Votes: 17,409



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