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1. Picket Fences (1992–1996)
Episode: Liver Let Die (1996)

60 min | Drama

8.8
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Sheriff Brock is called out when a homeless man is found murdered behind Reverend Novotny's church but is suddenly stricken with terrible pains at the scene. Dr Joey discovers he has a ... See full summary »

Creator: David E. Kelley | Director: Dennis Smith | Stars: Tom Skerritt, Kathy Baker, Costas Mandylor, Lauren Holly

2. East Side/West Side (1963–1964)

60 min | Drama

8.6
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Neil Brock is a young social worker in the slums of New York City; his boss is Frieda Hechlinger; and Jane Foster is the office secretary. This dramatic series features stories about child ... See full summary »

Stars: George C. Scott, Elizabeth Wilson, Cicely Tyson, Linden Chiles

3. Story Theatre (1971– )

30 min | Drama, Comedy

8.4
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Creator: Paul Sills | Stars: Alan Alda, Peter Bonerz, Hamilton Camp, Severn Darden

4. Right of Way (1983 TV Movie)

102 min | Drama

8.2
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A dying woman and her husband agree to a joint-suicide pact, whether others like it or not.

Writer: Richard Lees | Director: George Schaefer | Stars: Bette Davis, James Stewart, Melinda Dillon, Priscilla Morrill

5. The Juggler of Notre Dame (1982 TV Movie)

50 min | Drama

8.2
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A modernized, Americanized version of the story of the juggler who performs before the statue of the Virgin Mary.

Writer: Lan O'Kun | Director: Michael Ray Rhodes | Stars: Carl Carlsson, Sherilyn Wolter, Henry Proach, James T. Callahan

6. Law & Order: Special Victims Unit (1999– )

TV-14 | 60 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery | Active

8.1
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This show introduces the Special Victims Unit, a new elite squad of NYPD detectives who investigate sexually related crimes.

Stars: Mariska Hargitay, Christopher Meloni, Ice-T, Dann Florek

7. A Christmas Story (1983)

PG | 94 min | Comedy, Family

8.1
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77 Metascore

Ralphie has to convince his parents, his teacher, and Santa that a Red Ryder B.B. gun really is the perfect gift for the 1940s.

Writers: Jean Shepherd, Leigh Brown, Bob Clark | Director: Bob Clark | Stars: Peter Billingsley, Melinda Dillon, Darren McGavin, Scott Schwartz

8. The 50th Annual Academy Awards (1978 TV Special)

Family

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Writers: William Ludwig, Leonard Spigelgass | Director: Marty Pasetta | Stars: Bob Hope, Jack Albertson, Irwin Allen, Edward Anhalt

9. Magnolia (1999)

R | 188 min | Drama

8.0
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77 Metascore

An epic mosaic of interrelated characters in search of love, forgiveness, and meaning in the San Fernando Valley.

Writer: Paul Thomas Anderson | Director: Paul Thomas Anderson | Stars: Tom Cruise, Jason Robards, Julianne Moore, Philip Seymour Hoffman

10. The Defenders (1961–1965)

60 min | Drama

8.0
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A Father-Son lawyer duo take a variety of cases that often deal with the important issues of the day.

Creator: Reginald Rose | Stars: E.G. Marshall, Robert Reed, Ossie Davis, J.D. Cannon

11. Insight (1960–1984)

30 min | Drama

8.0
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American Roman Catholic religious-themed anthology shedding light on the contemporary search for meaning, freedom, and love.

Stars: Ellwood Kieser, Martin Sheen, Brian Keith, Efrem Zimbalist Jr.

12. Judging Amy (1999–2005)
Episode: Surprised by Gravity (2001)

Drama

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Creators: Barbara Hall, John Tinker, Bill D'Elia, Amy Brenneman, Connie Tavel | Director: Kevin Dowling | Stars: Amy Brenneman, Kevin Rahm, Richard T. Jones, Jessica Tuck

13. Picket Fences (1992–1996)

120 min | Drama

7.8
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An aging sheriff tries to keep the peace in a small town plagued by bizarre and violent crimes.

Stars: Kathy Baker, Tom Skerritt, Lauren Holly, Costas Mandylor

14. The Twilight Zone (1985–1989)

TV-PG | 45 min | Sci-Fi, Fantasy, Mystery

7.8
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A collection of tales which range from comic to tragic, but often have a wicked sense of humor and an unexpected twist.

Creator: Rod Serling | Stars: Robin Ward, Charles Aidman, Richard Mulligan, William Atherton

15. Close Encounters of the Third Kind (1977)

PG | 137 min | Drama, Sci-Fi

7.7
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91 Metascore

After an encounter with U.F.O.s, a line worker feels undeniably drawn to an isolated area in the wilderness where something spectacular is about to happen.

Writer: Steven Spielberg | Director: Steven Spielberg | Stars: Richard Dreyfuss, François Truffaut, Teri Garr, Melinda Dillon

16. The Muppet Movie (1979)

G | 95 min | Adventure, Comedy, Family

7.7
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69 Metascore

Kermit and his new found friends trek across America to find success in Hollywood, but a frog-legs merchant is after Kermit.

Writers: Jack Burns, Jerry Juhl | Director: James Frawley | Stars: Jim Henson, Frank Oz, Jerry Nelson, Richard Hunt

17. Sara (1976– )

60 min | Drama, Western

7.7
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School teacher in old west

Stars: Brenda Vaccaro, Jerry Hardin, Michael LeClair, Raymond Singer

18. Law & Order: Special Victims Unit (1999– )
Episode: Blood (2005)

TV-14 | 42 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

7.6
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After a young woman's baby is tossed out of a car, Benson and Stabler investigate to find out what happened, and after learning the young woman is addicted to prescription painkillers, ... See full summary »

Creator: Dick Wolf | Director: Félix Enríquez Alcalá | Stars: Christopher Meloni, Mariska Hargitay, Richard Belzer, Diane Neal

19. The Twilight Zone (1985–1989)
Episode: Shatterday/A Little Peace and Quiet (1985)

TV-PG | Sci-Fi, Fantasy, Mystery

7.6
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Shatterday: Peter Jay Novins calls his home, only to hear himself answer at the other end. A Little Peace and Quiet: a harried housewife struggling with rambunctious children, a demanding husband, and the stress of modern life, finds relief from an unusual source that brings both power and responsibility.

Creator: Rod Serling | Director: Wes Craven | Stars: Bruce Willis, Dan Gilvezan, Murukh, John Carlyle

20. Reign Over Me (2007)

R | 124 min | Drama

7.5
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61 Metascore

A man who lost his family in the September 11 attack on New York City runs into his old college roommate. Rekindling the friendship is the one thing that appears able to help the man recover from his grief.

Writer: Mike Binder | Director: Mike Binder | Stars: Adam Sandler, Don Cheadle, Jada Pinkett Smith, Liv Tyler

21. The Jeffersons (1975–1985)

TV-PG | 30 min | Comedy

7.5
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A nouveau riche, African-American family who move into a luxury apartment building develop close, if occasionally fractious, relationships with other tenants.

Stars: Isabel Sanford, Sherman Hemsley, Marla Gibbs, Roxie Roker

22. Bonanza (1959–1973)
Episode: A Lawman's Lot Is Not a Happy One (1969)

60 min | Western

7.5
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When Sheriff Roy Coffee and Ben are subpoenaed to testify in a land sharking trial in San Francisco, Hoss is appointed the acting sheriff of Virginia City. Hoss soon finds plenty of trouble... See full summary »

Creator: David Dortort | Director: Don Richardson | Stars: Lorne Greene, Dan Blocker, Michael Landon, David Canary

23. Bonanza (1959–1973)

49 min | Western

7.4
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The adventures of Ben Cartwright and his sons as they run and defend their ranch while helping the surrounding community.

Creators: David Dortort, Fred Hamilton | Stars: Lorne Greene, Michael Landon, Dan Blocker, Pernell Roberts

24. Slap Shot (1977)

R | 123 min | Comedy, Drama, Sport

7.4
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A failing ice hockey team finds success using constant fighting and violence during games.

Writer: Nancy Dowd | Director: George Roy Hill | Stars: Paul Newman, Michael Ontkean, Strother Martin, Jennifer Warren

25. Bound for Glory (1976)

PG | 147 min | Biography, Drama, Music

7.4
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The early life of Woody Guthrie as a vagabond folk singer.

Writers: Robert Getchell, Woody Guthrie | Director: Hal Ashby | Stars: David Carradine, Ronny Cox, Melinda Dillon, Gail Strickland

26. That Moment: Magnolia Diary (2000 Video)

73 min | Documentary, Drama

7.4
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A very in-depth documentary that follows the very over-worked director Paul Thomas Anderson through a gruelling 80+ days of shooting for the film Magnolia (1999). Very funny behind the ... See full summary »

Director: Mark Rance | Stars: Paul Thomas Anderson, Fiona Apple, William Arnold, Bobby Brewer

27. Space (1985 TV Mini-Series)

780 min | Drama

7.3
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A 13-hour mini-series detailing James A. Michner's fictional account of the American space program from the years after World War II to the Apollo landings on the moon in the early 1970's.

Stars: James Garner, Susan Anspach, Blair Brown, Bruce Dern

28. The Mississippi (1982–1984)

60 min | Drama

7.2
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Stars: Ralph Waite, Linda Miller, Stan Shaw, Ray Spruell

29. Heartland (2007– )
Episode: Domino Effect (I) (2007)

TV-PG | Drama

7.2
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The staff prepare for a domino transplant and the nervous patients involved, Simon confronts Nate, and Bart comes home early.

Creator: David Hollander | Director: David Paymer | Stars: Treat Williams, Kari Matchett, Chris William Martin, Rockmond Dunbar

30. Fallen Angel (1981 TV Movie)

Not Rated | 100 min | Drama

7.1
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Twelve year old Jennifer is unhappy with her widowed mom's relationship with a family friend. Feeling lonely, she readily accepts the friendship of an adult man named Howie and joins the ... See full summary »

Writer: Lew Hunter | Director: Robert Michael Lewis | Stars: Dana Hill, Richard Masur, Melinda Dillon, Ronny Cox

31. Naomi & Wynonna: Love Can Build a Bridge (1995 TV Movie)

TV-PG | 118 min | Biography, Drama, Music

7.1
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Based on the lives of mother-daughter singers the Judds.

Writers: Naomi Judd, Bud Schaetzle, Rama Laurie Stagner | Director: Bobby Roth | Stars: Kathleen York, Viveka Davis, Bruce Greenwood, Melinda Dillon

32. Judging Amy (1999–2005)

60 min | Drama

6.9
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A family drama focused on three generations of women living together in Hartford, Connecticut. Amy Brenneman plays Amy Gray, who left New York City behind and now works as a family court ... See full summary »

Creators: Amy Brenneman, Bill D'Elia, Connie Tavel, John Tinker | Stars: Amy Brenneman, Tyne Daly, Karle Warren, Richard T. Jones

33. Absence of Malice (1981)

PG | 116 min | Drama, Romance, Thriller

6.9
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When a prosecutor leaks a false story that a liquor warehouse owner is involved in the murder of an union head, the man's life begins to unravel.

Writer: Kurt Luedtke | Director: Sydney Pollack | Stars: Paul Newman, Sally Field, Bob Balaban, Melinda Dillon

34. Shattered Innocence (1988 TV Movie)

Not Rated | 93 min | Drama

6.9
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A Kansas high school cheerleader graduates and moves to Los Angeles, becomes an adult film actress and develops a cocaine habit. A dramatized account of real-life adult actress Shauna Grant...

Writers: Thanet Richard, Sandor Stern | Director: Sandor Stern | Stars: Jonna Lee, Melinda Dillon, John Pleshette, Kris Kamm

35. The Making of 'Close Encounters of the Third Kind' (2001 Video)

Unrated | 101 min | Documentary

6.9
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A behind-the-scenes documentary about the making of Close Encounters of the Third Kind (1977).

Writer: Laurent Bouzereau | Director: Laurent Bouzereau | Stars: Joe Alves, Bob Balaban, Melinda Dillon, Richard Dreyfuss

36. The Lyon's Den (2003–2004)
Episode: Pilot (2003)

60 min | Drama

6.9
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Writers: Alfredo Barrios Jr., Karyn Usher | Directors: Timothy Busfield, Rod Holcomb, Jessica Yu | Stars: Rob Lowe, Elizabeth Mitchell, Derek Anthony, Danielle Aubuchon

37. The Jeffersons (1975–1985)
Episode: Harry and Daphne (1975)

TV-PG | 25 min | Comedy

6.8
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Harry Bentley's new girlfriend Daphne appears to be insinuating her way into his life, much to his chagrin. Meanwhile, George plots to bribe the building inspector.

Creators: Don Nicholl, Michael Ross, Bernard West, Norman Lear | Director: Jack Shea | Stars: Isabel Sanford, Sherman Hemsley, Roxie Roker, Franklin Cover

38. The Prince of Tides (1991)

R | 132 min | Drama

6.7
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A troubled man talks to his suicidal sister's psychiatrist about their family history and falls in love with her in the process.

Writers: Pat Conroy, Becky Johnston | Director: Barbra Streisand | Stars: Barbra Streisand, Nick Nolte, Blythe Danner, Kate Nelligan

39. A Painted House (2003 TV Movie)

97 min | Drama, Family

6.6
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A young boy, his family, and the migrant workers they hire to work their cotton farm struggle against difficult odds to raise and sell the crop. Meanwhile, the boy dreams of living in ... See full summary »

Writers: Patrick Sheane Duncan, John Grisham | Director: Alfonso Arau | Stars: Scott Glenn, Arija Bareikis, Robert Sean Leonard, Melinda Dillon

40. Nightbreaker (1989 TV Movie)

Unrated | 99 min | Drama

6.5
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Dr. Alexander Brown (Martin Sheen) arrives in Las Vegas, awarded for his recent medical invention. An ex-G.I. tells Brown he was a test subject during the 1950's, exposed to atomic bomb ... See full summary »

Writers: Howard L. Rosenberg, T.S. Cook | Director: Peter Markle | Stars: Martin Sheen, Emilio Estevez, Lea Thompson, Melinda Dillon

41. Men at Law (1970–1971)

60 min | Drama

6.5
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David Hansen was a big-shot lawyer who grew tired of his important and expensive Los Angeles law firm. Hansen left his job to start a non-profit firm called Neighborhood Legal Services ... See full summary »

Stars: Robert Foxworth, Sheila Larken, Gerald S. O'Loughlin, David Arkin

42. Transplant (1979 TV Movie)

97 min | Drama

6.5
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Fact-based story about a hard-driving young executive who rebels against his failing heart and undergoes a risky transplant.

Writers: Philip H. Dossick, John Gay | Director: William A. Graham | Stars: Kevin Dobson, Granville Van Dusen, Ronny Cox, Bibi Besch

43. Marriage Is Alive and Well (1980 TV Movie)

100 min | Drama, Comedy

6.5
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A photographer who specializes in weddings and who, according to others, has the perfect marriage. However, he and his wife are at a crossroad and have decided to separate. While he and his... See full summary »

Writer: Lee Kalcheim | Director: Russ Mayberry | Stars: Jack Albertson, Deborah Baltzell, Melinda Dillon, Judd Hirsch

44. The Making of 'Absence of Malice' (1982 TV Movie)

Documentary

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An in-depth, behind-the-scenes look at the making of this Oscar-nominated film about an innocent man and a newspaper reporter being used by a manipulative prosecuter looking for a lead in ... See full summary »

Director: William Riead | Stars: Luther Adler, Bob Balaban, Wilford Brimley, Melinda Dillon

45. F.I.S.T (1978)

PG | 145 min | Drama

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Johnny Kovak joins the Teamsters trade-union in a local chapter in the 1930s and works his way up in the organization. As he climbs higher and higher his methods become more ruthless and ... See full summary »

Writers: Joe Eszterhas, Sylvester Stallone | Director: Norman Jewison | Stars: Sylvester Stallone, Rod Steiger, Peter Boyle, Melinda Dillon

46. The April Fools (1969)

M | 95 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

6.4
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Newly-promoted if none too happily married Howard Brubaker leaves a rowdy Company party early with the stunning Catherine, whom it turns out is herself unhappily married - to the boss. They... See full summary »

Writer: Hal Dresner | Director: Stuart Rosenberg | Stars: Jack Lemmon, Catherine Deneuve, Peter Lawford, Jack Weston

47. Songwriter (1984)

R | 94 min | Drama, Music

6.4
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Doc Jenkins is a singer/songwriter who tries to leave his singer/songwriter roots to be a music "mogul", and gets tangled up in a bad publishing deal. He enlists a team of cronies, ... See full summary »

Writer: Bud Shrake | Director: Alan Rudolph | Stars: Willie Nelson, Kris Kristofferson, Melinda Dillon, Rip Torn

48. State of Emergency (1994 TV Movie)

R | 90 min | Drama, Thriller

6.4
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Drama about an overworked big-city hospital emergency room.

Writers: Susan Black, Lance Gentile | Director: Lesli Linka Glatter | Stars: Joe Mantegna, Lynn Whitfield, Melinda Dillon, Paul Dooley

49. To Wong Foo Thanks for Everything, Julie Newmar (1995)

PG-13 | 109 min | Comedy

6.3
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Three drag queens travel cross-country until their car breaks down, leaving them stranded in a small town.

Writer: Douglas Carter Beane | Director: Beeban Kidron | Stars: Wesley Snipes, Patrick Swayze, John Leguizamo, Stockard Channing

50. Staying Together (1989)

R | 91 min | Comedy, Drama

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The complacent life of three small town brothers is shattered when their father sells the family business from under them.

Writer: Monte Merrick | Director: Lee Grant | Stars: Sean Astin, Stockard Channing, Melinda Dillon, Jim Haynie