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1. Jessica Jones (2015–2019)

TV-MA | 56 min | Action, Crime, Drama

8.0
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Following the tragic end of her brief superhero career, Jessica Jones tries to rebuild her life as a private investigator, dealing with cases involving people with remarkable abilities in New York City.

Stars: Krysten Ritter, Rachael Taylor, Eka Darville, Carrie-Anne Moss

Votes: 186,875

2. What Ever Happened to Baby Jane? (1962)

Passed | 134 min | Drama, Horror, Thriller

8.1
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75 Metascore

A former child star torments her paraplegic sister in their decaying Hollywood mansion.

Director: Robert Aldrich | Stars: Bette Davis, Joan Crawford, Victor Buono, Wesley Addy

Votes: 48,090 | Gross: $4.05M

3. Despicable Me 3 (2017)

PG | 89 min | Animation, Adventure, Comedy

6.3
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49 Metascore

Gru meets his long-lost, charming, cheerful, and more successful twin brother Dru, who wants to team up with him for one last criminal heist.

Directors: Kyle Balda, Pierre Coffin, Eric Guillon | Stars: Steve Carell, Kristen Wiig, Trey Parker, Miranda Cosgrove

Votes: 106,335 | Gross: $264.62M

4. Dickie Roberts: Former Child Star (2003)

PG-13 | 98 min | Comedy

5.5
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36 Metascore

A thirty-something former child star hires a foster family to re-create the childhood he never had.

Director: Sam Weisman | Stars: David Spade, Mary McCormack, Alyssa Milano, Craig Bierko

Votes: 13,386 | Gross: $22.73M

5. Bloomington (2010)

Not Rated | 83 min | Drama

5.9
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"Bloomington" is a coming-of-age drama about a former child actress attending college in search of independence and who ends up becoming romantically involved with a female professor.

Director: Fernanda Cardoso | Stars: Allison McAtee, Sarah Stouffer, Katherine Ann McGregor, Ray Zupp

Votes: 4,709

6. Life with Mikey (1993)

PG | 91 min | Comedy, Family

5.6
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A once-popular actor who now runs a talent agency specializing in child acts is trying to discover the next star. He gets more than he bargained for when he recruits a child pickpocket.

Director: James Lapine | Stars: Michael J. Fox, Christina Vidal, Nathan Lane, Cyndi Lauper

Votes: 5,267 | Gross: $12.44M

7. Trust Me (2013)

R | 90 min | Comedy, Drama

6.1
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51 Metascore

In an attempt to sign a Hollywood starlet, struggling talent agent and former child star Howard Holloway must contend with her volatile father, a scheming long-time rival, and a producer and casting director who despise him.

Director: Clark Gregg | Stars: Clark Gregg, Felicity Huffman, Allison Janney, William H. Macy

Votes: 3,207

8. Eulogy (2004)

R | 91 min | Comedy, Drama

6.6
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34 Metascore

A black comedy that follows three generations of a family, who come together for the funeral of the patriarch - unveiling a litany of family secrets and covert relationships.

Director: Michael Clancy | Stars: Ray Romano, Jesse Bradford, Hank Azaria, Rip Torn

Votes: 8,435 | Gross: $0.07M

9. A Talking Cat!?! (2013)

Not Rated | 85 min | Comedy, Family, Fantasy

2.3
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A sassy feline helps a family resolve its problems.

Director: David DeCoteau | Stars: Johnny Whitaker, Kristine DeBell, Justin Cone, Janis Valdez

Votes: 1,089

10. 'Til There Was You (1997)

PG-13 | 113 min | Romance, Comedy

4.8
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Two strangers, whose paths are always crossing, finally meet when fate steps in.

Director: Scott Winant | Stars: Jeanne Tripplehorn, Dylan McDermott, John Plumpis, Janel Moloney

Votes: 2,623 | Gross: $3.48M

11. Tribute (2009 TV Movie)

TV-PG | 90 min | Drama, Mystery, Romance

5.6
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A former child star buys her grandmother's house to rescue it from ruin but her hope for serenity is soon eclipsed by haunting dreams of her famous grandmother, who died of a supposed overdose in the house more than 30 years ago.

Director: Martha Coolidge | Stars: Brittany Murphy, Jason Lewis, Christian Oliver, Diana Scarwid

Votes: 1,410

12. Gigantic (2010–2011)

TV-PG | 30 min | Drama, Family

5.0
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A half-hour dramedy that takes a fictional look at the glitzy, chaotic and often hilarious life of being a Hollywood "it" kid. Set in the world of the Hollywood elite packed with A-list ... See full summary »

Stars: Tony Oller, Ryan Rottman, Grace Gummer, Jolene Purdy

Votes: 257

13. Heat (1972)

R | 102 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

6.2
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Joey, an unemployed ex-child actor, uses sex to get his landlady, Lydia, to reduce his rent, and then tries to exert his influence on Sally, who is now washed-up and wasn't even more than ... See full summary »

Director: Paul Morrissey | Stars: Joe Dallesandro, Sylvia Miles, Andrea Feldman, Pat Ast

Votes: 1,647

14. Traumfrauen (2015)

109 min | Comedy

5.4
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The story of three young women, and one older one (the mother of two of the others), who are looking for love and romance.

Director: Anika Decker | Stars: Hannah Herzsprung, Karoline Herfurth, Palina Rojinski, Iris Berben

Votes: 2,138

15. The Power Within (1995 Video)

PG-13 | 97 min | Action

5.2
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Stan Dryer, a teen afraid to even ask a girl to the prom, finds courage and extreme martial arts skill when he is given a ring by an old man he tried to save from a group of attackers. The ... See full summary »

Director: Art Camacho | Stars: Ted Jan Roberts, Karen Valentine, Keith Coogan, John O'Hurley

Votes: 294

16. Desperation Boulevard (1998)

Comedy

6.8
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A former child star tries to get her career back in Hollywood.

Director: Greg Glienna | Stars: Lauren Alexander, Jim Bruce, Charlene Cher, Emmy Collins

Votes: 53

17. The Junior Defenders (2007)

Not Rated | 82 min | Comedy

4.3
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A deranged fan goes on a mission to kidnap the former cast of a 1970s kids superhero show in order to produce his own episode.

Director: Keith Spiegel | Stars: Ally Sheedy, Brian O'Halloran, Justin Henry, Jason David Frank

Votes: 138

18. Red Carpet (III) (2014)

117 min | Comedy, Romance

6.1
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Adult movie director Jung-Woo dreams of working as a regular commercial film director. Eun-Soo is a commercial film actress, who began her career when she was a child. After Jung-Woo meets Eun-Soo he faces enormous changes in his life.

Director: Park Bum-Soo | Stars: Jae-hong Ahn, Kook-jin Han, Chan-sung Hwang, Dal-hwan Jo

Votes: 180

19. Johnny Doughboy (1942)

Approved | 64 min | Adventure, Musical

5.5
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An arrogant young actress doesn't want to play "young" parts anymore, and runs off. The studio replaces her with the president of her fan club, who just happens to be a lookalike. Meanwhile... See full summary »

Director: John H. Auer | Stars: Jane Withers, Henry Wilcoxon, Jack Boyle Jr., William Demarest

Votes: 63

20. 50 Cutest Child Stars: All Grown Up (2005 TV Movie)

120 min | Documentary

7.2
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Director: Dan Riley | Stars: Keshia Knight Pulliam, Candace Cameron Bure, Clay Adkins, Tatyana Ali

Votes: 67

21. Acropole (1996)

125 min | Musical, Drama

5.7
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This musical shows of the Acropole dominated Greek theater during the 1950s and 60s. Acropole follows Prince, the self-made producer of this unusual and mythic theater, and Lakis, the ... See full summary »

Director: Pantelis Voulgaris | Stars: Lefteris Voyatzis, Stavros Paravas, Konstantinos Tzoumas, Themis Bazaka

Votes: 137

22. Everybody Loves Baby Wendy (2018)

72 min | Comedy

5.0
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Wendy, a former child performer, lost her star after her tantrum went public. She grows up thinking that the world still loves her. Forced to provide to her family, she tries to reclaim her... See full summary »

Directors: Alan Chanliongco, Wenn V. Deramas | Stars: Alex Gonzaga, JC de Vera, Matt Evans, Tetchie Agbayani

Votes: 7

23. Who Wants to Be Governor of California: The Debating Game (2003 TV Special)

60 min | Comedy, Game-Show

5.2
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Six celebrity and underdog candidates in the recall election to oust California Governor Gray Davis compete for a chance to win $21,200, the largest single donation allowed by law.

Stars: Badi Badiozamani, Mary Carey, Gary Coleman, Trek Thunder Kelly

Votes: 6

24. Major Crimes (2012–2018)
Episode: Acting Out (2014)

Not Rated | 42 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

8.2
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A former teen actor is murdered while working on his big comeback movie, and things become awkward between Raydor and Flynn when Flynn's daughter comes for a visit.

Director: Sheelin Choksey | Stars: Mary McDonnell, G.W. Bailey, Tony Denison, Michael Paul Chan

Votes: 174

25. The Adventures of the Crimson Chin and Cleft the Boy Chin Wonder (2001)
Episode: Arch Enemy (2001)

Not Rated | Animation, Short, Family

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While taking a break from crime-fighting, the Crimson Chin and Cleft's break were rudely interrupted by the Gilded Arches.

Director: Butch Hartman | Star: Daran Norris

26. Mod Squad (1968–1973)
Episode: Belinda, End of Little Miss Bubble Gum (1972)

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

7.5
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The squad must determine if a former child star is a klutz or a target for murder.

Director: Seymour Robbie | Stars: Michael Cole, Clarence Williams III, Peggy Lipton, Tige Andrews

Votes: 16

27. The Simpsons (1989– )
Episode: Eight Misbehavin' (1999)

TV-PG | 30 min | Animation, Comedy

7.0
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Apu struggles with fatherhood after Manjula gives birth to octuplets.

Director: Steven Dean Moore | Stars: Dan Castellaneta, Julie Kavner, Nancy Cartwright, Yeardley Smith

Votes: 1,238

28. CHiPs (1977–1983)
Episode: Family Crisis (1978)

TV-PG | 60 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

7.5
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Ponch intervenes when he suspects Jon's young nephew of joyriding in stolen cars. An overeager officer is obsessed with recovering a stolen movie stunt car being employed for diamond heists. Ponch trades in his motor home for an apartment.

Director: Phil Bondelli | Stars: Larry Wilcox, Erik Estrada, Robert Pine, Christopher Knight

Votes: 58

29. The L.A. Complex (2012)
Episode: Half Way (2012)

TV-14 | 43 min | Drama

7.4
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Connor deceives Jennifer in order to keep his makeshift family intact. Raquel starts pulling the puppet strings of her new castmates. Abby's relationship drama causes major problems in her professional life. Nick and Sabrina square off.

Director: Bruce McDonald | Stars: Jonathan Patrick Moore, Joe Dinicol, Andra Fuller, Dayle McLeod

Votes: 32

30. Greg the Bunny (2002–2004)
Episode: Jimmy Drives Gil Crazy (2004)

TV-14 | Comedy

7.2
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The cast and crew of 'Sweetknuckle Junction' observe in shock and confusion after wrongly assuming that Jimmy is involved in a high speed chase with the LA PD after Corey Feldman steals ... See full summary »

Director: Peter Lauer | Stars: Eugene Levy, Seth Green, Bob Gunton, Sarah Silverman

Votes: 22

31. The Simpsons (1989– )
Episode: Last Tap Dance in Springfield (2000)

TV-PG | 30 min | Animation, Comedy

7.1
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Lisa has difficulties learning to tap dance; Bart and Milhouse ditch summer camp to spend a week living in the mall.

Director: Nancy Kruse | Stars: Dan Castellaneta, Julie Kavner, Nancy Cartwright, Yeardley Smith

Votes: 1,203

32. The Joe Rogan Experience (2009– )
Episode: Macaulay Culkin (2018)

Comedy, Talk-Show

7.7
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Joe Rogan enjoys a light and jokey conversation with ex-child star Macaulay Culkin, talking about show business, making funny voices.

Stars: Joe Rogan, Macaulay Culkin

Votes: 21

33. Starsky and Hutch (1975–1979)
Episode: The Collector (1977)

60 min | Action, Crime, Drama

7.4
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An acrophobic former child star, turned loan shark, suddenly finds herself working with a new collector with a hidden agenda.

Director: Ivan Nagy | Stars: David Soul, Paul Michael Glaser, Antonio Fargas, Bernie Hamilton

Votes: 87

34. Married... with Children (1987–1997)
Episode: You Better Shop Around: Part 2 (1991)

TV-PG | 22 min | Comedy

8.5
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The Bundys and Darcys shop 'til they drop to see who will win $1000 in groceries. Needless to say, Marquis of Queensbury rules will not apply.

Director: Linda Day | Stars: Ed O'Neill, Katey Sagal, Amanda Bearse, Christina Applegate

Votes: 427



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