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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: 368,759

2. The Dead Don't Die (2019)

R | 104 min | Comedy, Fantasy, Horror

5.5
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54 Metascore

The peaceful town of Centerville finds itself battling a zombie horde as the dead start rising from their graves.

Director: Jim Jarmusch | Stars: Bill Murray, Adam Driver, Tom Waits, Chloë Sevigny

Votes: 32,054 | Gross: $6.56M

3. Hell or High Water (II) (2016)

R | 102 min | Action, Crime, Drama

7.6
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88 Metascore

A divorced father and his ex-con older brother resort to a desperate scheme in order to save their family's ranch in West Texas.

Director: David Mackenzie | Stars: Chris Pine, Ben Foster, Jeff Bridges, Gil Birmingham

Votes: 184,118 | Gross: $26.86M

4. Eureka (2006–2012)

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

7.9
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A U.S. Marshall becomes the sheriff of a remote cozy little Northwestern town of Eureka where the best minds in the US have secretly been tucked away to build futuristic inventions for the government which often go disastrously wrong.

Stars: Colin Ferguson, Salli Richardson-Whitfield, Erica Cerra, Neil Grayston

Votes: 45,672

5. Northern Exposure (1990–1995)

60 min | Comedy, Drama, Fantasy

8.2
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A newly graduated doctor is required to set up his practice in an eccentric Alaskan town.

Stars: Rob Morrow, Janine Turner, Barry Corbin, John Cullum

Votes: 14,196

6. Dennis the Menace (1959–1963)

TV-G | 30 min | Comedy, Family

7.1
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Television episodes built around the same sorts of incidents found in Hank Ketcham's long-running comic strip.

Stars: Herbert Anderson, Jay North, Gloria Henry, Billy Booth

Votes: 1,621

7. Pride (I) (2014)

R | 119 min | Biography, Comedy, Drama

7.8
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79 Metascore

U.K. gay activists work to help miners during their lengthy strike of the National Union of Mineworkers in the summer of 1984.

Director: Matthew Warchus | Stars: Bill Nighy, Imelda Staunton, Dominic West, Paddy Considine

Votes: 47,934

8. The Chalet (2017– )

TV-MA | 52 min | Drama, Mystery, Thriller

7.0
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A reunion of childhood friends at a remote chalet in the French Alps soon turns into a desperate struggle for survival as they get cut off from rest of the world and a shocking dark secret from the past surfaces.

Stars: Chloé Lambert, Philippe Dusseau, Blanche Veisberg, Eric Savin

Votes: 4,080

9. Make Me a Star (1932)

Passed | 86 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

6.5
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Merton Gill is longing to become a cowboy actor and leaves his hometown to try his luck in Hollywood, but there his acting ability is regarded as non-existent. Actress Flips gives him a ... See full summary »

Director: William Beaudine | Stars: Joan Blondell, Stuart Erwin, Zasu Pitts, Ben Turpin

Votes: 383

10. Splendor in the Grass (1961)

Not Rated | 124 min | Drama, Romance

7.8
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74 Metascore

A fragile Kansas girl's love for a handsome young man from the town's most powerful family drives her to heartbreak and madness.

Director: Elia Kazan | Stars: Natalie Wood, Warren Beatty, Pat Hingle, Audrey Christie

Votes: 16,500 | Gross: $8.72M

11. Paradise (1988–1990)

60 min | Drama, Western

8.2
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Gunfighter Ethan Cord, left to raise his dead sister's children, tries to settle down in the town of Paradise, but finds that his past continues to haunt him.

Stars: Lee Horsley, Jenny Beck, Matthew Newmark, Brian Lando

Votes: 321

12. Ice Castles (1978)

PG | 108 min | Drama, Romance, Sport

6.6
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51 Metascore

A young girl is on top of the world until a tragic accident dashes her hopes and dreams of becoming a world-class figure skater. Only with the help of those who love her can she prove to ... See full summary »

Director: Donald Wrye | Stars: Lynn-Holly Johnson, Robby Benson, Colleen Dewhurst, Tom Skerritt

Votes: 2,944 | Gross: $20.71M

13. Corner Gas: The Movie (2014)

PG | 90 min | Comedy

6.8
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As the town of Dog River goes bankrupt the residents of the town must pack up and move out. However our favourite citizens make one last-ditch effort to save Dog River.

Director: David Storey | Stars: Brent Butt, Gabrielle Miller, Fred Ewanuick, Eric Peterson

Votes: 1,771

14. Impastor (2015–2016)

TV-14 | 30 min | Comedy, Crime

7.6
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Buddy Dobbs (Michael Rosenbaum), a slacker on the run from a loan shark, steals a man's identity and ends up posing as a small town's new gay pastor.

Stars: Michael Rosenbaum, Sara Rue, Mircea Monroe, David Rasche

Votes: 3,514

15. Clair Obscur (2016)

105 min | Drama

6.5
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Two Turkish women one oppressed by sexist traditions and one liberated by modern mores, have more in common than it would seem.

Director: Yesim Ustaoglu | Stars: Funda Eryigit, Ecem Uzun, Okan Yalabik, Mehmet Kurtulus

Votes: 1,583

16. New Waterford Girl (1999)

TV-PG | 97 min | Comedy

6.9
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72 Metascore

A gifted teenager dreaming of life beyond her small town becomes inspired when a 15-year-old girl from New York moves in next door.

Director: Allan Moyle | Stars: Liane Balaban, Tara Spencer-Nairn, Mary Walsh, Nicholas Campbell

Votes: 1,653 | Gross: $0.77M

17. The Assault (2014 TV Movie)

Not Rated | 93 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

6.4
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Sam Gleason lives in a town where high school football is the backbone of the community. When she accuses a member of the team of committing heinous acts against her on a night she can't even remember, will anyone believe her?

Director: Jason Winn | Stars: Gary Weeks, Khandi Alexander, Erin Cole, Malik Yoba

Votes: 762

18. Population 436 (2006 Video)

R | 92 min | Drama, Horror, Mystery

5.7
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A census-taker (Sisto) is sent to investigate why a certain small town has had the same population -- 436 residents -- for the last 100 years.

Director: Michelle MacLaren | Stars: David Ames, Leigh Enns, Susan Kelso, Rick Skene

Votes: 10,482

19. Freies Land (2019)

128 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

6.7
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Two cops investigate the disappearance of two teen sisters in a remote town, where it seems like everyone has something to hide - including the bodies.

Director: Christian Alvart | Stars: Uwe Dag Berlin, Ben Hartmann, Hanna Hilsdorf, Nurit Hirschfeld

Votes: 10

20. The Strange Woman (1946)

Approved | 100 min | Drama, Film-Noir, Romance

6.7
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In 1820s New England beautiful but poor and manipulative Jenny Hager marries rich old man Isaiah Poster but also seduces his son and his company foreman.

Directors: Edgar G. Ulmer, Douglas Sirk | Stars: Hedy Lamarr, George Sanders, Louis Hayward, Gene Lockhart

Votes: 1,517

21. Inbred (2011)

R | 90 min | Comedy, Horror

5.2
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Four young offenders and their care workers visit the remote Yorkshire village of Mortlake, which prides on keeping itself to itself. A minor incident with locals rapidly escalates into a blood-soaked, deliriously warped nightmare.

Director: Alex Chandon | Stars: Jo Hartley, James Doherty, Seamus O'Neill, James Burrows

Votes: 4,439

22. The Miracle of the Bells (1948)

Approved | 120 min | Drama

6.6
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Granting her final request, a Hollywood press agent brings the dead body of an actress, who died after making her first and only film, back to her hometown for burial. To arouse public ... See full summary »

Director: Irving Pichel | Stars: Fred MacMurray, Alida Valli, Frank Sinatra, Lee J. Cobb

Votes: 750

23. Naked Normandy (2018)

105 min | Comedy, Drama

5.9
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A French mayor has to convince his villagers to pose naked for an American photographer.

Director: Philippe Le Guay | Stars: François Cluzet, François-Xavier Demaison, Julie-Anne Roth, Pili Groyne

Votes: 637

24. The Sound of Fury (1950)

Approved | 91 min | Crime, Drama, Film-Noir

7.2
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A man who is down on his luck falls in with a criminal.

Director: Cy Endfield | Stars: Frank Lovejoy, Kathleen Ryan, Richard Carlson, Lloyd Bridges

Votes: 961

25. The Goddess (1958)

104 min | Drama

6.7
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A woman adored by the people around her ultimately struggles to be happy with herself.

Director: John Cromwell | Stars: Kim Stanley, Lloyd Bridges, Steven Hill, Betty Lou Holland

Votes: 719

26. Charms for the Easy Life (2002 TV Movie)

111 min | Drama

6.6
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The story of three women who live in a North Carolina town and defy the traditional roles set forth for them by society.

Director: Joan Micklin Silver | Stars: Gena Rowlands, Mimi Rogers, Susan May Pratt, Geordie Johnson

Votes: 387

27. Dead End (I) (2019– )

45 min | Comedy, Crime, Drama

7.2
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Stars: Antje Traue, Michael Gwisdek, Victoria Schulz, Lars Rudolph

Votes: 97

28. La mitad del mundo (2009)

92 min | Comedy, Drama

7.1
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The sexual awakening of Mingo, a young man of 25 years old with a mental disability, brings him both popularity and problems. When this charismatic and imaginative poet assumes his new role... See full summary »

Directors: Jaime Ruiz Ibáñez, Jaime Ruiz Ibáñez | Stars: Luisa Huertas, Hansel Ramírez, Susana Salazar, Ignacio Guadalupe

Votes: 83

29. Eine ganz heiße Nummer 2.0 (2019)

91 min | Comedy, Romance

5.5
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Marienzell has a problem: people are moving away, tourists are not coming anymore, there is no work and no children. No one is more interested in the village, because without High Speed Internet you are now depreciated, almost a nobody.

Director: Rainer Kaufmann | Stars: Gisela Schneeberger, Rosalie Thomass, Bettina Mittendorfer, Jorge Gonzalez

Votes: 22

30. Leberkäsjunkie (2019)

93 min | Comedy, Crime

7.2
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Director: Ed Herzog | Stars: Sebastian Bezzel, Simon Schwarz, Lisa Maria Potthoff, Daniel Christensen

Votes: 327

31. Tonight's the Night (1954)

Approved | 88 min | Comedy

6.3
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The whole village mourns when General O'Leary, owner of a hunting estate in South Ireland, is killed in an accident. His nephew, Jasper O'Leary, takes over the state and soon has aroused ... See full summary »

Director: Mario Zampi | Stars: David Niven, Yvonne De Carlo, Barry Fitzgerald, George Cole

Votes: 259

32. One Potato, Two Potato (1964)

83 min | Drama

7.1
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Study of interracial marriage in the 1960's. A white divorcée falls in love with and marries an African-American man. When her ex-husband sues for custody of her child, arguing that a mixed... See full summary »

Director: Larry Peerce | Stars: Barbara Barrie, Bernie Hamilton, Richard Mulligan, Harry Bellaver

Votes: 561

33. Lured Innocence (2000)

R | 99 min | Drama, Thriller

4.7
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Elsie Townsend is a country towns-girl who wants to leave far away and get rich. She becomes the spoiled mistress of married local businessman Rick Chambers, but when his sickly wife Martha... See full summary »

Director: Kikuo Kawasaki | Stars: Dennis Hopper, Marley Shelton, Devon Gummersall, Talia Shire

Votes: 278

34. Polly of the Circus (1932)

Approved | 69 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

6.3
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After a trapeze performer is injured during an accident, she is moved to a minister's house where they both fall in love.

Director: Alfred Santell | Stars: Marion Davies, Clark Gable, C. Aubrey Smith, Raymond Hatton

Votes: 1,025

35. Hot Saturday (1932)

Approved | 73 min | Drama, Romance

6.6
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A pretty but virtuous small-town bank clerk is the victim of a vicious rumor from an unsuccessful suitor that she spent the night with a notorious womanizer.

Director: William A. Seiter | Stars: Cary Grant, Nancy Carroll, Randolph Scott, Edward Woods

Votes: 853

36. The Dumpling Affair (2017)

98 min | Comedy, Crime, Drama

7.2
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Police officer Franz Eberhofer is woken up by his colleagues because his boss Barschl has been killed. The murder weapon is Franz' knife, so he is suspected to be the murderer of his hated boss.

Director: Ed Herzog | Stars: Sebastian Bezzel, Simon Schwarz, Lisa Maria Potthoff, Enzi Fuchs

Votes: 876

37. Love Laughs at Andy Hardy (1946)

Passed | 93 min | Comedy, Romance

5.8
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Andy Hardy goes to college after returning from World War II. He is in love with Kay Wilson this time.

Director: Willis Goldbeck | Stars: Mickey Rooney, Lewis Stone, Sara Haden, Bonita Granville

Votes: 530

38. At Gunpoint (1955)

Approved | 81 min | Western

6.3
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The peace-loving owner of a general store, who became a town hero when he luckily killed the leader of a gang of bank robbers, is deserted by the townspeople who fear the threatened return of the vengeful bandits.

Director: Alfred L. Werker | Stars: Fred MacMurray, Dorothy Malone, Walter Brennan, Tommy Rettig

Votes: 428

39. Meine teuflisch gute Freundin (2018)

100 min | Comedy, Family, Fantasy

6.2
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When the Devil's daughter is bored with life in hell her father sends her to Earth to convert the people there to evil.

Director: Marco Petry | Stars: Emma Bading, Janina Fautz, Ludwig Simon, Samuel Finzi

Votes: 271

40. Ay büyürken uyuyamam (2011)

Drama

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Daily life flow of small towns and villages in the provinces of Turkey in1960s, entering the bedroom with a bold expression. Melek, in her forties is running a sweet shop with her husband ... See full summary »

Director: Serif Gören | Stars: Ayça Bingöl, Hazal Kaya, Firat Çelik, Selin Sekerci

Votes: 367

41. Navigating the Heart (2000 TV Movie)

Not Rated | 91 min | Drama, Romance

6.8
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An unlikely romance between a cosmopolitan career woman and a small town fisherman.

Director: David Burton Morris | Stars: Jaclyn Smith, Tim Matheson, David Andrews, Tantoo Cardinal

Votes: 274

42. The Missouri Traveler (1958)

Passed | 103 min | Drama, Family, Western

6.3
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During the early 1900s, a runaway Missouri orphan reaches a town where the townsfolk are enchanted with him and where a wealthy rancher and a local newspaperman compete to give him an education.

Director: Jerry Hopper | Stars: Brandon De Wilde, Lee Marvin, Gary Merrill, Paul Ford

Votes: 186

43. Better Things (2008)

93 min | Drama

5.3
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A group of young people grow up together in a small, rural community in the Cotswolds.

Director: Duane Hopkins | Stars: Rachel McIntyre, Emma Cooper, Liam McIlfatrick, Che Corr

Votes: 626

44. Violent Road (1958)

Unrated | 86 min | Adventure, Drama

6.2
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Truck drivers take cargo of explosives over bumpy mountain road.

Director: Howard W. Koch | Stars: Brian Keith, Dick Foran, Efrem Zimbalist Jr., Merry Anders

Votes: 178

45. J'veux du soleil (2019)

76 min | Documentary

6.8
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Documentary devoted to Yellow Vests.

Directors: Gilles Perret, François Ruffin | Stars: Jean-Michel Aphatie, Christophe Barbier, Yves Calvi, Christophe Castaner

Votes: 73

46. Lost Times (2009)

Not Rated | 90 min | Drama

6.4
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1997. Young car mechanic Iván lives in a godforsaken village in eastern Hungary. He looks after his mentally disabled sister Eszter and earns extra money smuggling diesel oil from Ukraine. ... See full summary »

Director: Áron Mátyássy | Stars: József Kádas, Teréz Vass, Eszter Földes, Attila Géza László

Votes: 195

47. Mokey (1942)

Passed | 88 min | Drama

5.0
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Mokey is an eight-year-old boy whose father gives him too little attention and whose stepmother misunderstands him. His misdeeds are due to neglect and misunderstanding on the part of his elders.

Director: Wells Root | Stars: Dan Dailey, Donna Reed, Robert Blake, Cordell Hickman

Votes: 115

48. Divorce (1945)

Not Rated | 71 min | Drama

5.8
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A woman who has been married and divorced five times comes back to her small hometown, where she proceeds to complicate, and potentially destroy, the marriage of her childhood boyfriend.

Director: William Nigh | Stars: Kay Francis, Bruce Cabot, Helen Mack, Jerome Cowan

Votes: 259

49. June Falling Down (2016)

120 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

8.5
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A young woman returns home to Wisconsin for her best friend's wedding and the one year anniversary of her father's death.

Director: Rebecca Weaver | Stars: Rebecca Weaver, Nick Hoover, Claire Morkin, Justin Pahnturat

Votes: 23

50. Norby (1955– )

30 min | Comedy

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The story evolved around officials at the Pearl River First National Bank in Pearl River, New York. Pearson Norby is the vice-president in charge of small loans, Maud Enels is president, Mr... See full summary »

Stars: Evan Elliott, Janice Mars, Ralph Dunn, Carol Veazie



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