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1. The Vampire Diaries (2009–2017)

TV-14 | 43 min | Drama, Fantasy, Horror

7.7
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The lives, loves, dangers and disasters in the town, Mystic Falls, Virginia. Creatures of unspeakable horror lurk beneath this town as a teenage girl is suddenly torn between two vampire brothers.

Stars: Nina Dobrev, Paul Wesley, Ian Somerhalder, Kat Graham

Votes: 267,629

2. Catch Me If You Can (2002)

PG-13 | 141 min | Biography, Crime, Drama

8.1
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75 Metascore

A seasoned FBI agent pursues Frank Abagnale Jr. who, before his 19th birthday, successfully forged millions of dollars' worth of checks while posing as a Pan Am pilot, a doctor, and a legal prosecutor.

Director: Steven Spielberg | Stars: Leonardo DiCaprio, Tom Hanks, Christopher Walken, Martin Sheen

Votes: 756,847 | Gross: $164.62M

3. Spider-Man: Far from Home (2019)

PG-13 | 129 min | Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi

7.6
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69 Metascore

Following the events of Avengers: Endgame (2019), Spider-Man must step up to take on new threats in a world that has changed forever.

Director: Jon Watts | Stars: Tom Holland, Samuel L. Jackson, Jake Gyllenhaal, Marisa Tomei

Votes: 256,644 | Gross: $388.53M

4. Lady Bird (2017)

R | 94 min | Comedy, Drama

7.4
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94 Metascore

In 2002, an artistically inclined seventeen-year-old girl comes of age in Sacramento, California.

Director: Greta Gerwig | Stars: Saoirse Ronan, Laurie Metcalf, Tracy Letts, Lucas Hedges

Votes: 197,876 | Gross: $48.96M

5. American Beauty (1999)

R | 122 min | Drama

8.3
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84 Metascore

A sexually frustrated suburban father has a mid-life crisis after becoming infatuated with his daughter's best friend.

Director: Sam Mendes | Stars: Kevin Spacey, Annette Bening, Thora Birch, Wes Bentley

Votes: 1,017,994 | Gross: $130.10M

6. Smallville (2001–2011)

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

7.4
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A young Clark Kent struggles to find his place in the world as he learns to harness his alien powers for good and deals with the typical troubles of teenage life in Smallville, Kansas.

Stars: Tom Welling, Michael Rosenbaum, Allison Mack, Kristin Kreuk

Votes: 111,678

7. Bob's Burgers (2011– )

TV-PG | 22 min | Animation, Comedy

8.1
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Bob Belcher, along with his wife and 3 children, try to run their last hope of holding the family together, which is running Bob's dream restaurant.

Stars: H. Jon Benjamin, Dan Mintz, Eugene Mirman, John Roberts

Votes: 59,421

8. Ferris Bueller's Day Off (1986)

PG-13 | 103 min | Comedy

7.8
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61 Metascore

A high school wise guy is determined to have a day off from school, despite what the Principal thinks of that.

Director: John Hughes | Stars: Matthew Broderick, Alan Ruck, Mia Sara, Jeffrey Jones

Votes: 299,294 | Gross: $70.14M

9. The Outsiders (1983)

PG | 91 min | Crime, Drama

7.1
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41 Metascore

The rivalry between two gangs, the poor Greasers and the rich Socs, only heats up when one gang member kills a member of the other.

Director: Francis Ford Coppola | Stars: C. Thomas Howell, Matt Dillon, Ralph Macchio, Patrick Swayze

Votes: 70,564 | Gross: $25.60M

10. Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse (2018)

PG | 117 min | Animation, Action, Adventure

8.4
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87 Metascore

Teen Miles Morales becomes Spider-Man of his reality, crossing his path with five counterparts from other dimensions to stop a threat for all realities.

Directors: Bob Persichetti, Peter Ramsey, Rodney Rothman | Stars: Shameik Moore, Jake Johnson, Hailee Steinfeld, Mahershala Ali

Votes: 290,660 | Gross: $190.24M

11. Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire (2005)

PG-13 | 157 min | Adventure, Family, Fantasy

7.7
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81 Metascore

Harry Potter (Daniel Radcliffe) finds himself competing in a hazardous tournament between rival schools of magic, but he is distracted by recurring nightmares.

Director: Mike Newell | Stars: Daniel Radcliffe, Emma Watson, Rupert Grint, Eric Sykes

Votes: 508,264 | Gross: $290.01M

12. Bumblebee (I) (2018)

PG-13 | 114 min | Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi

6.8
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66 Metascore

On the run in the year 1987, Bumblebee finds refuge in a junkyard in a small California beach town. On the cusp of turning 18 and trying to find her place in the world, Charlie Watson discovers Bumblebee, battle-scarred and broken.

Director: Travis Knight | Stars: Hailee Steinfeld, Jorge Lendeborg Jr., John Cena, Jason Drucker

Votes: 116,931 | Gross: $127.20M

13. Back to the Future (1985)

PG | 116 min | Adventure, Comedy, Sci-Fi

8.5
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87 Metascore

Marty McFly, a 17-year-old high school student, is accidentally sent thirty years into the past in a time-traveling DeLorean invented by his close friend, the eccentric scientist Doc Brown.

Director: Robert Zemeckis | Stars: Michael J. Fox, Christopher Lloyd, Lea Thompson, Crispin Glover

Votes: 976,584 | Gross: $210.61M

14. Pretty Little Liars (2010–2017)

TV-14 | 44 min | Drama, Mystery, Romance

7.4
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Four friends band together against an anonymous foe who threatens to reveal their darkest secrets, while also investigating the disappearance of their best friend.

Stars: Troian Bellisario, Ashley Benson, Lucy Hale, Shay Mitchell

Votes: 145,754

15. Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix (2007)

PG-13 | 138 min | Action, Adventure, Family

7.5
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71 Metascore

With their warning about Lord Voldemort's (Ralph Fiennes') return scoffed at, Harry (Daniel Radcliffe) and Dumbledore (Sir Michael Gambon) are targeted by the Wizard authorities as an authoritarian bureaucrat slowly seizes power at Hogwarts.

Director: David Yates | Stars: Daniel Radcliffe, Emma Watson, Rupert Grint, Brendan Gleeson

Votes: 472,743 | Gross: $292.00M

16. The O.C. (2003–2007)

TV-PG | 44 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

7.5
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A troubled youth becomes embroiled in the lives of a close-knit group of people in the wealthy, upper-class neighborhood of Newport Beach, Orange County, California.

Stars: Mischa Barton, Adam Brody, Peter Gallagher, Kelly Rowan

Votes: 77,203

17. Mean Girls (2004)

PG-13 | 97 min | Comedy

7.0
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66 Metascore

Cady Heron is a hit with The Plastics, the A-list girl clique at her new school, until she makes the mistake of falling for Aaron Samuels, the ex-boyfriend of alpha Plastic Regina George.

Director: Mark Waters | Stars: Lindsay Lohan, Jonathan Bennett, Rachel McAdams, Tina Fey

Votes: 312,097 | Gross: $86.06M

18. American Pie (1999)

R | 95 min | Comedy

7.0
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58 Metascore

Four teenage boys enter a pact to lose their virginity by prom night.

Directors: Paul Weitz, Chris Weitz | Stars: Jason Biggs, Chris Klein, Thomas Ian Nicholas, Jennifer Coolidge

Votes: 360,114 | Gross: $102.56M

19. 10 Things I Hate About You (1999)

PG-13 | 97 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

7.3
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70 Metascore

A pretty, popular teenager can't go out on a date until her ill-tempered older sister does.

Director: Gil Junger | Stars: Heath Ledger, Julia Stiles, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Larisa Oleynik

Votes: 278,671 | Gross: $38.18M

20. Superbad (2007)

R | 113 min | Comedy

7.6
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76 Metascore

Two co-dependent high school seniors are forced to deal with separation anxiety after their plan to stage a booze-soaked party goes awry.

Director: Greg Mottola | Stars: Michael Cera, Jonah Hill, Christopher Mintz-Plasse, Bill Hader

Votes: 497,318 | Gross: $121.46M

21. Dazed and Confused (1993)

R | 102 min | Comedy

7.6
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78 Metascore

The adventures of high school and junior high students on the last day of school in May 1976.

Director: Richard Linklater | Stars: Jason London, Wiley Wiggins, Matthew McConaughey, Rory Cochrane

Votes: 152,266 | Gross: $7.99M

22. The Breakfast Club (1985)

R | 97 min | Comedy, Drama

7.9
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62 Metascore

Five high school students meet in Saturday detention and discover how they have a lot more in common than they thought.

Director: John Hughes | Stars: Emilio Estevez, Judd Nelson, Molly Ringwald, Ally Sheedy

Votes: 328,502 | Gross: $45.88M

23. The Karate Kid (1984)

PG | 126 min | Action, Drama, Family

7.2
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60 Metascore

A boy and his mother move to California for a new job. He struggles to fit in, as a group of karate students starts to bully him for dating a rich girl from their clique. It's up to the Japanese landlord, Miyagi, to teach him karate.

Director: John G. Avildsen | Stars: Ralph Macchio, Pat Morita, Elisabeth Shue, Martin Kove

Votes: 163,359 | Gross: $90.82M

24. 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: 349,806 | Gross: $435.11M

25. Clueless (1995)

PG-13 | 97 min | Comedy, Romance

6.8
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68 Metascore

A rich high school student tries to boost a new pupil's popularity, but reckons without affairs of the heart getting in the way.

Director: Amy Heckerling | Stars: Alicia Silverstone, Stacey Dash, Brittany Murphy, Paul Rudd

Votes: 163,861 | Gross: $56.63M

26. X-Men: Apocalypse (2016)

PG-13 | 144 min | Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi

6.9
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52 Metascore

In the 1980s the X-Men must defeat an ancient all-powerful mutant, En Sabah Nur, who intends to thrive through bringing destruction to the world.

Director: Bryan Singer | Stars: James McAvoy, Michael Fassbender, Jennifer Lawrence, Nicholas Hoult

Votes: 372,574 | Gross: $155.44M

27. Donnie Darko (2001)

R | 113 min | Drama, Sci-Fi, Thriller

8.0
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88 Metascore

A troubled teenager is plagued by visions of a man in a large rabbit suit who manipulates him to commit a series of crimes, after he narrowly escapes a bizarre accident.

Director: Richard Kelly | Stars: Jake Gyllenhaal, Jena Malone, Mary McDonnell, Holmes Osborne

Votes: 712,721 | Gross: $1.48M

28. Romeo + Juliet (1996)

PG-13 | 120 min | Drama, Romance

6.7
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60 Metascore

Shakespeare's famous play is updated to the hip modern suburb of Verona still retaining its original dialogue.

Director: Baz Luhrmann | Stars: Leonardo DiCaprio, Claire Danes, John Leguizamo, Harold Perrineau

Votes: 200,701 | Gross: $46.35M

29. Girl, Interrupted (1999)

R | 127 min | Biography, Drama

7.3
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51 Metascore

Based on writer Susanna Kaysen's account of her 18-month stay at a mental hospital in the late 1960s.

Director: James Mangold | Stars: Winona Ryder, Angelina Jolie, Clea DuVall, Brittany Murphy

Votes: 153,230 | Gross: $28.87M

30. Sleepers (1996)

R | 147 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

7.6
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49 Metascore

After a prank goes disastrously wrong, a group of boys are sent to a detention center where they are brutalized. Thirteen years later, an unexpected random encounter with a former guard gives them them a chance for revenge.

Director: Barry Levinson | Stars: Robert De Niro, Kevin Bacon, Brad Pitt, Jason Patric

Votes: 179,254 | Gross: $49.10M

31. Tall Girl (2019)

TV-PG | 101 min | Comedy

5.2
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Jodi, the tallest girl in her high school, has always felt uncomfortable in her own skin. But after years of slouching, being made fun of, and avoiding attention at all costs, Jodi finally decides to find the confidence to stand tall.

Director: Nzingha Stewart | Stars: Ava Michelle, Griffin Gluck, Sabrina Carpenter, Paris Berelc

Votes: 12,870

32. Never Been Kissed (1999)

PG-13 | 107 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

6.1
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60 Metascore

A newspaper reporter enrolls in high school as part of research for a story.

Director: Raja Gosnell | Stars: Drew Barrymore, David Arquette, Michael Vartan, Molly Shannon

Votes: 79,415 | Gross: $55.47M

33. Fast Times at Ridgemont High (1982)

R | 90 min | Comedy, Drama

7.2
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67 Metascore

A group of Southern California high school students are enjoying their most important subjects: sex, drugs, and rock n' roll.

Director: Amy Heckerling | Stars: Sean Penn, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Judge Reinhold, Robert Romanus

Votes: 87,810 | Gross: $27.09M

34. To Die For (1995)

R | 106 min | Comedy, Crime, Drama

6.8
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86 Metascore

A beautiful but naïve aspiring television personality films a documentary on teenagers with a darker ulterior motive.

Director: Gus Van Sant | Stars: Nicole Kidman, Matt Dillon, Joaquin Phoenix, Casey Affleck

Votes: 41,425 | Gross: $21.28M

35. NOS4A2 (2019– )

TV-14 | 60 min | Drama, Fantasy, Horror

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Charlie Manx, a seductive immortal who feeds off the souls of children, has his whole world threatened when a young woman in New England discovers she has a dangerous gift.

Stars: Ashleigh Cummings, Zachary Quinto, Ólafur Darri Ólafsson, Jahkara Smith

Votes: 4,819

36. Hannah Montana (2006–2011)

TV-G | 23 min | Comedy, Family, Music

5.0
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Adventures of a teenage pop star who keeps her identity secret from even her closest friends by using a disguise on-stage.

Stars: Miley Cyrus, Emily Osment, Jason Earles, Billy Ray Cyrus

Votes: 34,877

37. The Craft (1996)

R | 101 min | Drama, Fantasy, Horror

6.3
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55 Metascore

A newcomer to a Catholic prep high school falls in with a trio of outcast teenage girls who practice witchcraft, and they all soon conjure up various spells and curses against those who anger them.

Director: Andrew Fleming | Stars: Robin Tunney, Fairuza Balk, Neve Campbell, Rachel True

Votes: 71,133 | Gross: $24.88M

38. X-Men (2000)

PG-13 | 104 min | Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi

7.4
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64 Metascore

In a world where mutants (evolved super-powered humans) exist and are discriminated against, two groups form for an inevitable clash: the supremacist Brotherhood, and the pacifist X-Men.

Director: Bryan Singer | Stars: Patrick Stewart, Hugh Jackman, Ian McKellen, Famke Janssen

Votes: 549,626 | Gross: $157.30M

39. Lost in Space (1998)

PG-13 | 130 min | Action, Adventure, Family

5.2
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42 Metascore

The Robinson family was going into space to fight for a chance for humanity. Now they are fighting to live long enough to find a way home.

Director: Stephen Hopkins | Stars: Gary Oldman, William Hurt, Matt LeBlanc, Mimi Rogers

Votes: 67,713 | Gross: $69.12M

40. Footloose (1984)

PG | 107 min | Drama, Music, Romance

6.6
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42 Metascore

A city teenager moves to a small town where rock music and dancing have been banned, and his rebellious spirit shakes up the populace.

Director: Herbert Ross | Stars: Kevin Bacon, Lori Singer, John Lithgow, Dianne Wiest

Votes: 65,586 | Gross: $80.04M

41. That Thing You Do! (1996)

PG | 108 min | Comedy, Drama, Music

6.9
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71 Metascore

A local Pennsylvania band scores a one hit wonder in 1964 and rides the star-making machinery as long as they can, with lots of help from its manager.

Director: Tom Hanks | Stars: Tom Hanks, Liv Tyler, Charlize Theron, Tom Everett Scott

Votes: 58,866 | Gross: $25.81M

42. Cape Fear (1991)

R | 128 min | Crime, Thriller

7.3
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73 Metascore

A convicted rapist, released from prison after serving a fourteen-year sentence, stalks the family of the lawyer who originally defended him.

Director: Martin Scorsese | Stars: Robert De Niro, Nick Nolte, Jessica Lange, Juliette Lewis

Votes: 160,370 | Gross: $79.10M

43. Heathers (1989)

R | 103 min | Comedy, Crime

7.2
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72 Metascore

In order to get out of the snobby clique that is destroying her good-girl reputation, an intelligent teen teams up with a dark sociopath in a plot to kill the cool kids.

Director: Michael Lehmann | Stars: Winona Ryder, Christian Slater, Shannen Doherty, Lisanne Falk

Votes: 82,041 | Gross: $1.11M

44. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles II: The Secret of the Ooze (1991)

PG | 88 min | Action, Adventure, Comedy

6.0
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45 Metascore

The Turtles and the Shredder battle once again, this time for the last canister of the ooze that created the Turtles, with which Shredder wants to unleash an army of new mutants.

Director: Michael Pressman | Stars: Paige Turco, David Warner, Michelan Sisti, Leif Tilden

Votes: 49,073 | Gross: $78.66M

45. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows (2016)

PG-13 | 112 min | Action, Adventure, Comedy

6.0
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40 Metascore

The Turtles get into another battle with their enemy the Shredder, who has acquired new allies: the mutant thugs Bebop and Rocksteady and the alien being Krang.

Director: Dave Green | Stars: Megan Fox, Will Arnett, Tyler Perry, Laura Linney

Votes: 79,916 | Gross: $82.05M

46. Dead Poets Society (1989)

PG | 128 min | Comedy, Drama

8.1
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79 Metascore

English teacher John Keating inspires his students to look at poetry with a different perspective of authentic knowledge and feelings.

Director: Peter Weir | Stars: Robin Williams, Robert Sean Leonard, Ethan Hawke, Josh Charles

Votes: 389,004 | Gross: $95.86M

47. Beautiful Creatures (2013)

PG-13 | 124 min | Drama, Fantasy, Romance

6.1
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52 Metascore

Ethan longs to escape his small Southern town. He meets a mysterious new girl, Lena. Together, they uncover dark secrets about their respective families, their history and their town.

Director: Richard LaGravenese | Stars: Alice Englert, Viola Davis, Emma Thompson, Alden Ehrenreich

Votes: 81,420 | Gross: $19.45M

48. Not Another Teen Movie (2001)

R | 89 min | Comedy

5.7
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32 Metascore

A sendup of all the teen movies that have accumulated in the past two decades.

Director: Joel Gallen | Stars: Chyler Leigh, Jaime Pressly, Chris Evans, Eric Christian Olsen

Votes: 92,886 | Gross: $38.25M

49. Sky High (2005)

PG | 100 min | Adventure, Comedy, Family

6.2
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62 Metascore

Set in an era where superheroes are commonly known and accepted, young William Stronghold, the son of the Commander and Jetstream, tries to find a balance between being a normal teenager and an extraordinary being.

Director: Mike Mitchell | Stars: Kurt Russell, Kelly Preston, Michael Angarano, Danielle Panabaker

Votes: 74,480 | Gross: $63.95M

50. Lizzie McGuire (2001–2004)

TV-G | 30 min | Comedy, Drama, Family

6.6
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The daily adventures of an adolescent girl whose real thoughts and emotions are expressed by her sarcastic animated alter ego. New episodes starting November 12th 2020 on Disney+.

Stars: Hilary Duff, Adam Lamberg, Robert Carradine, Lalaine

Votes: 16,494



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