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1. Ender's Game (2013)

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

6.7
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51 Metascore

Young Ender Wiggin is recruited by the International Military to lead the fight against the Formics, a genocidal alien race which nearly annihilated the human race in a previous invasion.

Writers: Gavin Hood, Orson Scott Card | Director: Gavin Hood | Stars: Harrison Ford, Asa Butterfield, Hailee Steinfeld, Abigail Breslin

2. The Girl Next Door (2004)

R | 108 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

6.8
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47 Metascore

A teenager's dreams come true when a former porn star moves in next door and they fall in love.

Writers: David Wagner, Brent Goldberg, Stuart Blumberg | Director: Luke Greenfield | Stars: Emile Hirsch, Nicholas Downs, Elisha Cuthbert, Timothy Olyphant

3. Matilda (1996)

PG | 102 min | Comedy, Fantasy

6.8
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Story of a wonderful little girl, who happens to be a genius, and her wonderful teacher vs. the worst parents ever and the worst school principal imaginable.

Writers: Roald Dahl, Nicholas Kazan, Robin Swicord | Director: Danny DeVito | Stars: Danny DeVito, Rhea Perlman, Mara Wilson, Embeth Davidtz

4. August Rush (2007)

PG | 114 min | Drama, Music

7.6
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38 Metascore

A drama with fairy tale elements, where an orphaned musical prodigy uses his gift as a clue to finding his birth parents.

Writers: Nick Castle, James V. Hart, Paul Castro | Director: Kirsten Sheridan | Stars: Freddie Highmore, Keri Russell, Jonathan Rhys Meyers, Terrence Howard

5. The Pretender (1996–2000)

60 min | Drama, Sci-Fi, Mystery

7.5
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A specially gifted man, with the ability to instantly master any skill, escapes from a secret agency and travels the country taking on a different jobs and helping strangers.

Creators: Steven Long Mitchell, Craig W. Van Sickle | Stars: Michael T. Weiss, Andrea Parker, Patrick Bauchau, Jon Gries

6. Searching for Bobby Fischer (1993)

PG | 109 min | Biography, Drama

7.6
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A prepubescent chess prodigy refuses to harden himself in order to become a champion like the famous but unlikable Bobby Fischer.

Writers: Fred Waitzkin, Steven Zaillian | Director: Steven Zaillian | Stars: Joe Mantegna, Ben Kingsley, Max Pomeranc, Joan Allen

7. Hotel for Dogs (2009)

PG | 100 min | Comedy, Family

5.3
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51 Metascore

Two kids secretly take in stray dogs at a vacant hotel.

Writers: Jeff Lowell, Robert Schooley, Mark McCorkle, Lois Duncan | Director: Thor Freudenthal | Stars: Emma Roberts, Jake T. Austin, Lisa Kudrow, Don Cheadle

8. Little Man Tate (1991)

PG | 99 min | Drama

6.7
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Dede is a sole parent trying to bring up her son Fred. When it is discovered that Fred is a genius, she is determined to ensure that Fred has all the opportunities that he needs, and that ... See full summary »

Writer: Scott Frank | Director: Jodie Foster | Stars: Jodie Foster, Dianne Wiest, Adam Hann-Byrd, Harry Connick Jr.

9. Totally Awesome (2006 TV Movie)

Comedy

5.5
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A spoof of typical 1980's teen movies. The idea is that VH1 found a "long-lost", never-released teen film made in the 1980's and decided to air it now in 2006; thus it is loaded with the ... See full summary »

Writers: Neal Brennan, Michael Schur | Director: Neal Brennan | Stars: Mikey Day, Dominique Swain, Chris Kattan, Trevor Heins

10. The Pretender 2001 (2001 TV Movie)

96 min | Action, Crime, Mystery

7.4
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Jarod reunites with two old friends and unleashes some powerful Centre revelations. Also Jarod and Miss Parker learn more about their pasts.

Writers: Steven Long Mitchell, Craig W. Van Sickle | Director: Frederick King Keller | Stars: Michael T. Weiss, Andrea Parker, Patrick Bauchau, Jon Gries

11. The Pretender: Island of the Haunted (2001 TV Movie)

TV-14 | 91 min | Action, Crime, Mystery

7.3
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Through a series of bizarre circumstances, Jarod and Miss Parker find themselves trapped together on a strange island in a life and death situation, out of which come some of the most ... See full summary »

Writers: Steven Long Mitchell, Craig W. Van Sickle | Director: Frederick King Keller | Stars: Michael T. Weiss, Andrea Parker, Patrick Bauchau, Jon Gries

12. Wunderkinder (2011)

100 min | Drama, Music, War

6.8
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The story takes place in Ukraine (Poltava) in 1941 before and during the German invasion. This story is about deep friendship between three musically talented children . Two Jewish children... See full summary »

Writers: Artur Brauner, Stephen Glantz, Kris Karathomas, Markus Rosenmüller, Rolf Schübel | Director: Markus Rosenmüller | Stars: Gedeon Burkhard, Natalia Avelon, Catherine H. Flemming, Rolf Kanies

13. Think Big (1989)

PG-13 | 86 min | Comedy

4.5
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Two somewhat retarded truckers hired to transport toxic waste across the country get caught up with a teen genius who stows away on their truck.

Writers: Edward Kovach, R.J. Robertson, David Tausik, Jon Turteltaub, Jim Wynorski | Director: Jon Turteltaub | Stars: Peter Paul, David Paul, Martin Mull, Ari Meyers

14. Azumanga Daioh (2002– )

TV-PG | 24 min | Animation, Comedy

8.4
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A humorous and highly unpredictable animated series following a group of high school girls and their teachers.

Stars: Tomoko Kaneda, Yuki Matsuoka, Chieko Higuchi, Rie Tanaka

15. Fur Elise Performed by Cheryl: 5 Years Old (2009 Video)

3 min | Short, Music

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16. The Twilight Zone (1985–1989)
Episode: Examination Day/A Message from Charity (1985)

TV-PG | Sci-Fi, Fantasy, Mystery

7.9
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Puritan Charity Payne and 1980's teenager Peter Wood are psychically connected due to delirium induced by a bacterial infection, and can see the world through each others eyes.

Creator: Rod Serling | Director: Paul Lynch | Stars: Christopher Allport, David Mendenhall, Elizabeth Norment, Jeffrey Alan Chandler

17. Mystery Science Theater 3000 (1988–1999)
Episode: Village of the Giants (1994)

TV-14 | Comedy, Sci-Fi

8.2
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In Village of the Giants (1965), a child genius creates a growth formula that ends up in the hands of some incredibly annoying teenagers. Meanwhile, Dr. Forrester shakes things up in Deep ... See full summary »

Creator: Joel Hodgson | Director: Kevin Murphy | Stars: Trace Beaulieu, Kevin Murphy, Jim Mallon, Frank Conniff

18. NHK Special (1989– )
Episode: Watashi wa dare no ko? Sôsa sareru tanjô no shôgeki (1994)

Documentary

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Stars: Bonnie Bergman, Jessica Bergman, Afton Blake, Doron Blake