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1. Zombieland (2013 TV Movie)

TV-MA | 28 min | Adventure, Comedy, Horror

5.9
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Four survivors are killin' zombies and searching for a place to call home. At least they have each other.

Director: Eli Craig | Stars: Kirk Ward, Tyler Ross, Maiara Walsh, Izabela Vidovic

Votes: 7,177

2. The IT Crowd (2006 TV Movie)

TV-14 | 30 min | Comedy

6.5
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Failed US pilot of a popular British show about two computer geeks, who work in the IT department of a major company, and their female supervisor who's actually a grifter.

Stars: Rocky Carroll, Shea Curry, Jessica St. Clair, Joel McHale

Votes: 1,750

3. L.A. Takedown (1989 TV Movie)

97 min | Action, Crime, Drama

6.0
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Tough Los Angeles cop Vincent Hanna takes on a gang of professional bank robbers led by the precise, enigmatic Patrick McLaren.

Director: Michael Mann | Stars: Scott Plank, Alex McArthur, Michael Rooker, Ely Pouget

Votes: 1,794

4. Locke & Key (2011 TV Movie)

Adventure, Drama, Horror

6.5
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An adventure story centered around three children who become the caretakers of a New England mansion that is home to a bevy of secrets and magic.

Director: Mark Romanek | Stars: Sarah Bolger, Miranda Otto, Ksenia Solo, Nick Stahl

Votes: 147

5. Bates Motel (1987 TV Movie)

TV-PG | 90 min | Comedy, Drama, Horror

3.8
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A mentally disturbed man, who roomed with the late Norman Bates at the state lunatic asylum, inherits the legendary Bates Motel after the death of Norman and tries to fix it up to make it a respectable business.

Director: Richard Rothstein | Stars: Bud Cort, Lori Petty, Moses Gunn, Gregg Henry

Votes: 1,112

6. Korgoth of Barbaria (2006 TV Short)

TV-MA | 22 min | Animation, Short, Action

8.5
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Unsold TV pilot and a dark, violent and gory sword and sorcery spoof set in a postapocalyptic new dark age about a Conan-like barbarian warrior hired to steal a golden goblin from a dangerous wizard who lives in a tower in the sky.

Directors: Aaron Springer, Genndy Tartakovsky | Stars: Diedrich Bader, Corey Burton, John DiMaggio, Tom Kenny

Votes: 2,881

7. Mockingbird Lane (2012 TV Special)

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

7.6
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Grandpa Sam Dracula is essentially Dracula who assembled Herman because no man was good enough for his daughter Lily, a sexy vampiress. Lily's niece Marilyn the freak is actually normal and... See full summary »

Director: Bryan Singer | Stars: Jerry O'Connell, Portia de Rossi, Charity Wakefield, Mason Cook

Votes: 3,842

8. Aquaman (2006 TV Short)

42 min | Short, Action, Adventure

7.2
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A young twenty-something diver living in the Florida Keys discovers he has the power to breathe underwater.

Director: Greg Beeman | Stars: Justin Hartley, Lou Diamond Phillips, Denise Quiñones, Rick Peters

Votes: 1,855

9. Delirium (2014 TV Movie)

52 min | Adventure, Fantasy, Romance

6.8
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Set in a world where love is deemed illegal and can be eradicated with a special procedure. With 95 days to go until her scheduled treatment, Lena Holoway does the unthinkable: she falls in love.

Director: Rodrigo García | Stars: Gregg Sulkin, Emma Roberts, Billy Campbell, Erin Cahill

Votes: 1,793

10. Frankenstein (2004 TV Movie)

Not Rated | 88 min | Crime, Horror, Mystery

4.5
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Two hundred years after Mary Shelley's novel the brilliant but mad Doctor has sustained his creature and himself over two centuries through genetic experimentation. In present-day America ... See full summary »

Director: Marcus Nispel | Stars: Parker Posey, Vincent Perez, Thomas Kretschmann, Adam Goldberg

Votes: 1,718

11. Blackjack (1998 TV Movie)

R | 112 min | Action, Comedy, Crime

4.8
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Dolph Lundgren plays Jack Devlin, a U.S Marshal who protects high-profile clients when it comes to a matter of security.

Director: John Woo | Stars: Dolph Lundgren, Kate Vernon, Phillip MacKenzie, Kam Heskin

Votes: 3,706

12. Heat Vision and Jack (1999 TV Short)

30 min | Short, Action, Adventure

7.9
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Astronaut on the run with special powers and his talking motorcycle must deal with a malevolent artificial life form that's possessing people and turning them into dust, as well as NASA's hitman and real life actor Ron Silver.

Director: Ben Stiller | Stars: Jack Black, Owen Wilson, Ron Silver, Christine Taylor

Votes: 1,479

13. The Brotherhood of Justice (1986 TV Movie)

R | 97 min | Action, Crime, Drama

5.5
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A group of high school students, led by a rich boy Derek, is sick of school violence and decides to become underground vigilantes named "Brotherhood of Justice". It starts with the idea of ... See full summary »

Director: Charles Braverman | Stars: Keanu Reeves, Kiefer Sutherland, Lori Loughlin, Joe Spano

Votes: 1,574

14. The Ranch (2004 TV Movie)

R | 90 min | Comedy, Drama

5.0
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A professional bordello in Nevada, where prostitution is somewhat legal, the sex workers employed there and the clients that frequent it.

Director: Susan Seidelman | Stars: Jennifer Aspen, Jessica Collins, Samantha Ferris, Nicki Micheaux

Votes: 528

15. Pretty/Handsome (2008 TV Movie)

67 min | Drama

7.0
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A married father of two tells his wife and teenage sons that he is transsexual.

Director: Ryan Murphy | Stars: Joseph Fiennes, Carrie-Anne Moss, Blythe Danner, Robert Wagner

Votes: 373

16. Red Dwarf (1992 TV Movie)

26 min | Comedy, Sci-Fi

4.0
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The adventures of the last human on earth, an evolved cat, a hologram and a senile computer stuck three million years in deep space.

Director: Jeff Melman | Stars: Craig Bierko, Chris Eigeman, Jane Leeves, Hinton Battle

Votes: 794

17. Genesis II (1973 TV Movie)

Not Rated | 74 min | Sci-Fi

5.9
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A scientist who has been preserved in suspended animation wakes up to find himself in a primitive society in the future.

Director: John Llewellyn Moxey | Stars: Alex Cord, Mariette Hartley, Ted Cassidy, Percy Rodrigues

Votes: 762

18. The Sixth Gun (2013 TV Movie)

60 min | Action, Fantasy, Sci-Fi

5.4
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Failed pilot adaptation of an eponymous comic book set in the old west about six cursed guns that give dark powers and are tied to its owners until their deaths. A heroine and an antihero are after the sixth gun that grants visions.

Director: Jeffrey Reiner | Stars: Pedro Pascal, Graham McTavish, Michiel Huisman, Aldis Hodge

Votes: 28

19. Clerks. (1995 TV Short)

22 min | Short, Comedy

5.5
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Another day in the life of Dante and Randal, from Kevin Smith's indie film.

Director: Michael Lessac | Stars: Andrew Lowery, Jim Breuer, Larry Brandenburg, Bodhi Elfman

Votes: 375

20. Get Christie Love (2018 TV Movie)

Drama

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An attractive and charismatic CIA agent with the ability to adapt to different situations leads an elite ops unit. An updated version of the 1970s TV show.

Stars: Lisseth Chavez, Kylie Bunbury, Steven Weber, Camille Guaty

21. Nick Knight (1989 TV Movie)

Not Rated | 92 min | Horror

6.4
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Detective Nick Knight is investigating a series of murders in which the bodies are found drained of blood - but the most recent one doesn't fit the pattern. Instead it involves the cure ... See full summary »

Director: Farhad Mann | Stars: Rick Springfield, John Kapelos, Robert Harper, Richard Fancy

Votes: 442

22. Semper Fi (2001 TV Movie)

120 min | Drama, Action

5.2
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Cliff Truckee refuses a privileged start in life at a top college while other young men are enlisting. On the bus out of Chicago he meets a girl on her way to join the Marines, falls in ... See full summary »

Director: Michael W. Watkins | Stars: Scott Bairstow, Steve Burton, Vicellous Shannon, Alex Burns

Votes: 434

23. Slow Bob in the Lower Dimensions (1991 TV Short)

6 min | Animation, Short, Adventure

6.9
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Nightmarish pilot about Robert Potemkin, a man with deformed back, who lives in the attic of his family's house. One night, his siamese sisters plan a prank on him, but sentient lizards send him to a parallel world to save photo-people.

Director: Henry Selick | Stars: Hannah Sim, Mark Steger

Votes: 193

24. The Questor Tapes (1974 TV Movie)

100 min | Adventure, Drama, Sci-Fi

6.9
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Project Questor is the brainchild of the genius Dr. Vaslovik, who developed plans to build an android super-human. Although he has disappeared and half of the programming tape was erased in... See full summary »

Director: Richard A. Colla | Stars: Robert Foxworth, Mike Farrell, John Vernon, Lew Ayres

Votes: 634

25. This Is How the World Ends (2000 TV Movie)

45 min | Comedy, Drama

6.8
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This Is How The World Ends was a TV Pilot episode for a series that was to be presented on MTV.

Director: Gregg Araki | Stars: Alan Simpson, Michael J. Anderson, Lucas Babin, Molly Brenner

Votes: 255

26. Kook's Tour (1970)

Not Rated | 53 min | Comedy

6.5
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After nearly 50 years of eye-poking and face-slapping, the Stooges decide to retire and tour the world with their dog, Moose. They start by touring America's national parks, however, with ... See full summary »

Director: Norman Maurer | Stars: Joe DeRita, Larry Fine, Moe Howard, Norman Maurer

Votes: 154

27. Everyday People (2004)

Not Rated | 91 min | Drama

6.4
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The closing of a local restaurant concerns a number of employees who've dedicated their lives to the eatery.

Director: Jim McKay | Stars: Nathan De'Shon Myers, Jordan Gelber, Bridget Barkan, Stephen McKinley Henderson

Votes: 1,090

28. Arwin! (2007 TV Movie)

22 min | Comedy, Family

6.0
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Centers on the character of Arwin the handyman, who moves in with his sister to take care of her kids.

Director: Rich Correll | Stars: Chad Broskey, Samantha Droke, Selena Gomez, Logan Grove

Votes: 125

29. Mamma Dallas (2016 TV Movie)

Comedy

5.8
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A Texas couple hire a drag queen as their live-in nanny.

Director: Mike White | Stars: Nico Tortorella, Talitha Eliana Bateman, Augustus Prew, Mike White

Votes: 8

30. Barbie and the Rockers: Out of This World (1987 TV Short)

25 min | Animation, Short, Adventure

6.4
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Rock sensation Barbie and her band The Rockers, beloved by everyone all around the world, decide to do something no band has ever done before - preform a charity rock concert in outer space.

Director: Bernard Deyriès | Stars: Sharon Lewis, John Stocker, John Payne, Veena Sood

Votes: 243

31. The Omen (1995 TV Movie)

45 min | Fantasy, Mystery, Sci-Fi

4.0
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Epidemiologist Dr. Linus, A.P. photojournalist Jack Mann and E.R. nurse Annalisse try to stop a demonic entity that's possessing people from unleashing a biological weapon during the Saint Patrick's Day parade.

Director: Jack Sholder | Stars: Brett Cullen, Chelsea Field, William Sadler, Norman Lloyd

Votes: 96

32. Space Police (1986 TV Movie)

52 min | Action, Crime, Family

5.5
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A New York cop is put in charge of a space police precinct and charged with the duty of protecting alien worlds from the evils of organised crime.

Director: Tony Bell | Stars: Shane Rimmer, Catherine Chevalier, Desirée Erasmus, Jeff Harding

Votes: 28

33. The Fog of Courage (2014)

TV-Y7 | 8 min | Animation, Short, Adventure

7.5
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Proposed CGI pilot for a revival of Courage the Cowardly Dog (1999) show. Courage unearths a cursed amulet which unleashes the furious spirit of a dead man who wants it back in order to be reunited with his lost love once again.

Director: John Dilworth | Stars: Arthur Anderson, Marty Grabstein, Paul Schoeffler, Wallace Shawn

Votes: 163

34. Once Upon a Spy (1980 TV Movie)

91 min | Action, Drama, Thriller

4.8
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Ted Danson plays a computer genius who gets involved in the theft of an important N.A.S.A. computer, then thrust into the world of espionage with Sir Christopher Lee.

Director: Ivan Nagy | Stars: Ted Danson, Mary Louise Weller, Christopher Lee, Eleanor Parker

Votes: 202

35. In the Game (2004 TV Movie)

30 min | Comedy

7.0
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Riley Reed (Hewitt) is an up-and-coming sports producer and single mom who unwillingly gets thrusted into the spotlight when she becomes an on-camera reporter for ESPN.

Director: James Widdoes | Stars: Jennifer Love Hewitt, Christine Baranski, Paula Cale, Dennis Cruzado

Votes: 78

36. This Girl for Hire (1983 TV Movie)

Not Rated | 100 min | Comedy, Mystery

5.4
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In this pilot for a proposed TV series, B.T. Brady is a flippant, but somewhat klutzy female private detective in Hollywood who sets out to solve the murder of a obnoxious mystery writer. ... See full summary »

Director: Jerry Jameson | Stars: Bess Armstrong, Celeste Holm, Cliff De Young, Hermione Baddeley

Votes: 104

37. The Witches of Eastwick (1992 TV Movie)

30 min | Drama, Fantasy

6.1
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An unsold TV series pilot about three single witches living together who try to conjure up their idea of the "perfect man". One day, their wish comes true when a seemingly perfect man named... See full summary »

Director: Rick Rosenthal | Stars: Julia Campbell, Catherine Mary Stewart, Ally Walker, Michael Siberry

Votes: 37

38. The Bunny House (2010 TV Special)

30 min | Short, Reality-TV

6.9
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Aspiring Playmate Claire Sinclair is introduced to life at the Bunny House, and Hope Dworaczyk is honored in Las Vegas as the 2010 Playmate of the Year.

Stars: Darya Astafeva, Anna Sophia Berglund, Jason Burns, Cristal Camden

Votes: 15

39. The Chadwick Family (1974 TV Movie)

113 min | Drama

6.5
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A father finds himself taking care of a "family" that in addition to his son and three daughters, also consists of two sons-in-law and his youngest daughter's Chinese boyfriend.

Director: David Lowell Rich | Stars: Fred MacMurray, Kathleen Maguire, Darleen Carr, Jane Actman

Votes: 31

40. The Underworld (1997 TV Movie)

86 min | Crime

6.4
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The head of an organized crime family hounds an ex-con who only wants to go straight.

Director: Rod Holcomb | Stars: Kevin Pollak, Josh Charles, Felicity Huffman, Geoffrey Lewis

Votes: 60

41. Jerks of All Trades (1949 TV Movie)

Not Rated | 21 min | Comedy

6.7
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Television pilot for a Three Stooges situation comedy, where the Stooges are painters and paperhangers and completely wreck a hapless couple's home.

Director: George Cahan | Stars: Larry Fine, Moe Howard, Shemp Howard, Emil Sitka

Votes: 174

42. What's Alan Watching? (1989 TV Special)

60 min | Comedy

6.5
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Seventeen-year-old Alan is a couch potato who views life, and his family, as if they were on television. Libby and Leo are his parents, Gail is his sister (who's engaged to Lenny Kling the ... See full summary »

Director: Thomas Schlamme | Stars: Corin Nemec, Barbara Barrie, Peter Michael Goetz, Fran Drescher

Votes: 104

43. Desert Breeze (1996 TV Movie)

Drama

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Director: Allan Arkush | Stars: Margaret Bishop, Colleen Ann Brah, Clancy Brown, Tia Carrere

44. Barbie and the Sensations: Rockin' Back to Earth (1987 TV Short)

30 min | Animation, Short, Adventure

5.8
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In this sequel to Barbie and the Rockers: Out of this World (1987) (TV), worldwide rock sensation Barbie and her band return from space only to end up in 1950s America. Their music knocks the socks off everyone there as well.

Star: Sharon Lewis

Votes: 21

45. American in Paris (1964 TV Movie)

30 min | Comedy

7.5
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The owner of a travel agency in Paris tries to help fellow Americans in trouble.

Director: Gene Kelly | Stars: Van Johnson, Marcel Dalio, Jan Sterling, Judi Meredith

Votes: 22

46. Back to Norm (2005 TV Movie)

30 min | Comedy

7.2
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Directors: Michael Dimich, Bruce McCulloch | Stars: Norm MacDonald, Rob Schneider, Janet Varney, Max Wright

Votes: 116

47. The Loner (1988 TV Movie)

Action

6.4
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A wealthy and eccentric cop and his female partner get caught up in murder and mayhem when they try to solve a $750,000 jewel theft.

Director: Abel Ferrara | Stars: John Terry, Vanessa Bell Calloway, Constance Towers, Rick Logan

Votes: 5

48. Save the Last Dance (2002 TV Movie)

Drama, Music, Romance

7.4
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Director: Robert Iscove | Stars: Chelsea Hobbs, Crystal Celeste Grant, Faune Chambers Watkins, Keith Robinson

Votes: 47

49. Eligible Dentist (1993 TV Movie)

22 min | Comedy

8.7
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A failed television pilot about a recently widowed dentist who must take care of his three kids alone, as well as consider potential remarriage.

Director: Noam Pitlik | Stars: Dylan Baker, Jill Clayburgh, Francis Dumaurier, Mary Gross

Votes: 10

50. City Beneath the Sea (1969 TV Short)

11 min | Short, Action, Sci-Fi

5.8
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Failed pilot for a show that was meant to replace Star Trek after it got canceled. In the future, humans and humanoid amphibians live in cities beneath the sea. Matthews and the crew of his sub Titan must save their city from a saboteur.

Director: Irwin Allen | Stars: Lloyd Bochner, James Brolin, Glenn Corbett, Norman Grabowski

Votes: 36



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