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1. American Gangster (2007)

R | 157 min | Biography, Crime, Drama

7.8
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76 Metascore

In 1970s America, a detective works to bring down the drug empire of Frank Lucas, a heroin kingpin from Manhattan, who is smuggling the drug into the country from the Far East.

Writers: Steven Zaillian, Mark Jacobson | Director: Ridley Scott | Stars: Denzel Washington, Russell Crowe, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Josh Brolin

2. Mrs. Doubtfire (1993)

PG-13 | 125 min | Comedy, Drama, Family

6.8
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53 Metascore

After a bitter divorce, an actor disguises himself as a female housekeeper to spend time with his children held in custody by his former wife.

Writers: Anne Fine, Randi Mayem Singer, Leslie Dixon | Director: Chris Columbus | Stars: Robin Williams, Sally Field, Pierce Brosnan, Harvey Fierstein

3. I Am Sam (2001)

PG-13 | 132 min | Drama

7.6
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28 Metascore

A mentally handicapped man fights for custody of his 7-year-old daughter, and in the process teaches his cold hearted lawyer the value of love and family.

Writers: Kristine Johnson, Jessie Nelson | Director: Jessie Nelson | Stars: Sean Penn, Michelle Pfeiffer, Dakota Fanning, Dianne Wiest

4. Kramer vs. Kramer (1979)

Approved | 105 min | Drama

7.8
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77 Metascore

A just-divorced man must learn to care for his son on his own, and then must fight in court to keep custody of him.

Writers: Avery Corman, Robert Benton | Director: Robert Benton | Stars: Dustin Hoffman, Meryl Streep, Jane Alexander, Justin Henry

5. What Maisie Knew (2012)

R | 99 min | Drama

7.5
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74 Metascore

In New York City, a young girl is caught in the middle of her parents' bitter custody battle.

Writers: Nancy Doyne, Carroll Cartwright, Henry James | Directors: Scott McGehee, David Siegel | Stars: Julianne Moore, Alexander Skarsgård, Steve Coogan, Joanna Vanderham

6. The Squid and the Whale (2005)

R | 81 min | Comedy, Drama

7.4
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82 Metascore

Based on the true childhood experiences of Noah Baumbach and his brother, The Squid and the Whale tells the touching story of two young boys dealing with their parents' divorce in Brooklyn in the 1980s.

Writer: Noah Baumbach | Director: Noah Baumbach | Stars: Owen Kline, Jeff Daniels, Laura Linney, Jesse Eisenberg

7. Dark Water (2005)

PG-13 | 105 min | Drama, Horror, Thriller

5.5
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52 Metascore

A mother and daughter, still wounded from a bitter custody dispute, hole up in a run-down apartment building. Adding further drama to their plight, they are targeted by the ghost of former resident.

Writers: Kôji Suzuki, Hideo Nakata, Takashige Ichise, Rafael Yglesias | Director: Walter Salles | Stars: Jennifer Connelly, Ariel Gade, John C. Reilly, Tim Roth

8. Daddy's Little Girls (2007)

PG-13 | 100 min | Drama, Romance

5.2
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49 Metascore

A mechanic (Elba) enlists the help of a successful-but-lonely attorney (Union) while trying to wrest custody of his three daughters from his treacherous ex-wife and her larcenous boy friend... See full summary »

Writer: Tyler Perry | Director: Tyler Perry | Stars: Gabrielle Union, Idris Elba, Tracee Ellis Ross, Louis Gossett Jr.

9. Immortal Beloved (1994)

R | 121 min | Biography, Drama, Music

7.4
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The life and death of the legendary Ludwig van Beethoven. Beside all the work he is known for, the composer once wrote a famous love letter to a nameless beloved and the movie tries to find... See full summary »

Writer: Bernard Rose | Director: Bernard Rose | Stars: Gary Oldman, Jeroen Krabbé, Isabella Rossellini, Johanna ter Steege

10. Wildcats (1986)

R | 106 min | Comedy, Sport

5.8
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Molly is a high school track coach who knows just as much about football as anyone else on the planet. When the football coach's position becomes vacant, she applies for the job, despite ... See full summary »

Writer: Ezra Sacks | Director: Michael Ritchie | Stars: Goldie Hawn, Swoosie Kurtz, Robyn Lively, Brandy Gold

11. The Good Mother (1988)

R | 103 min | Drama, Romance

5.9
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A divorced mother may lose custody of her young daughter to her ex-husband after he learns that the little girl crawled into bed with the mother and her boyfriend.

Writers: Michael Bortman, Sue Miller | Director: Leonard Nimoy | Stars: Diane Keaton, Liam Neeson, Jason Robards, Ralph Bellamy

12. Losing Isaiah (1995)

R | 111 min | Drama

6.6
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The natural and adoptive mothers of a young boy are involved in a bitter, controversial custody battle.

Writers: Seth Margolis, Naomi Foner | Director: Stephen Gyllenhaal | Stars: Jessica Lange, Halle Berry, David Strathairn, Cuba Gooding Jr.

13. Bless the Child (2000)

R | 107 min | Crime, Drama, Horror

5.0
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17 Metascore

Omens and concepts of good vs. evil have no place in Maggie O'Connor's well-ordered, practical universe. Her life revolves around her job as a nurse at a busy New York hospital, until one ... See full summary »

Writers: Cathy Cash Spellman, Thomas Rickman, Clifford Green, Ellen Green | Director: Chuck Russell | Stars: Kim Basinger, Jimmy Smits, Rufus Sewell, Holliston Coleman

14. The Next Best Thing (2000)

PG-13 | 108 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

4.6
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25 Metascore

Abbie, tired of failed relationships, has a one-night-stand with her gay friend; they agree to raise the resulting baby together.

Writer: Tom Ropelewski | Director: John Schlesinger | Stars: Madonna, Rupert Everett, Benjamin Bratt, Illeana Douglas

15. Gracie's Choice (2004 TV Movie)

TV-PG | 90 min | Drama

7.8
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A teenage girl tries to raise her three half-brothers and 1 half-sister on her own after their drug-addicted mother is sent to jail.

Writers: Rena Dictor Le Blanc, Joyce Eliason | Director: Peter Werner | Stars: Kristen Bell, Diane Ladd, Shedrack Anderson III, Anne Heche

16. Dark Water (2002)

PG-13 | 101 min | Drama, Horror, Mystery

6.7
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A mother and her 6 year old daughter move into a creepy apartment whose every surface is permeated by water.

Writers: Kôji Suzuki, Ken'ichi Suzuki, Yoshihiro Nakamura | Director: Hideo Nakata | Stars: Hitomi Kuroki, Rio Kanno, Mirei Oguchi, Asami Mizukawa

17. Lucan (2013 TV Movie)

Crime

6.8
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A two-part drama about infamous aristocrat Lord Lucan, who mysteriously disappeared in 1974 after being accused of murdering his children's nanny.

Writers: Jeff Pope, John Pearson | Director: Adrian Shergold | Stars: Paul Freeman, Matthew Flynn, Rory Kinnear, Christopher Eccleston

18. Switched at Birth (1991 TV Movie)

PG | 176 min | Drama

6.8
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This is the story of the two babies who were switched at birth. A few years later when one of the girls gets sick and tests revealed that she was not the daughter of the couple who raised ... See full summary »

Writer: Michael O'Hara | Director: Waris Hussein | Stars: Bonnie Bedelia, Brian Kerwin, John M. Jackson, Eve Gordon

19. Bright Eyes (1934)

Approved | 85 min | Comedy, Drama, Family

7.2
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An orphaned girl is taken in by a snobbish family at the insistence of their rich, crotchety uncle, even as her devoted aviator godfather fights for custody.

Writers: William M. Conselman, David Butler, Edwin J. Burke | Director: David Butler | Stars: Shirley Temple, James Dunn, Jane Darwell, Judith Allen

20. The Good Father (1985)

R | 90 min | Drama

6.6
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Bill is a man who's very bitter about his divorce and losing custody of his son. So, when one of his friends is being sued for divorce by his wife so that she can enter a lesbian ... See full summary »

Writers: Peter Prince, Christopher Hampton | Director: Mike Newell | Stars: Anthony Hopkins, Jim Broadbent, Harriet Walter, Frances Viner

21. When Innocence Is Lost (1997 TV Movie)

Drama

6.2
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When Erica French opts to keep the baby she conceived in high school, she never dreamed that one day she would be fighting for custody against the child's father, Scott Stone. Scott Stone ... See full summary »

Writer: Deborah Jones | Director: Bethany Rooney | Stars: Keri Russell, Roberta Maxwell, Vince Corazza, Charlotte Sullivan

22. Bear Cub (2004)

R | 99 min | Comedy, Drama

7.4
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63 Metascore

Pedro, a gay man with an active social life and big circle of friends, takes in his nephew Bernardo for a couple weeks. When it appears as though it might become a permanent arrangement, ... See full summary »

Writers: Miguel Albaladejo, Salvador García Ruiz | Director: Miguel Albaladejo | Stars: José Luis García Pérez, David Castillo, Empar Ferrer, Elvira Lindo

23. My Ghost Dog (1997 TV Movie)

G | 90 min | Family, Fantasy

5.0
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Dog's ghost returns to help boy win a custody battle, fight bullies and find his loving but shy step-dad a nice girlfriend.

Writer: Hamilton Underwood | Director: John Putch | Stars: Leo Milbrook, Bryan Mendez, Jessica Knoblauch, Sarah Tinnon

24. Kaagaz Ke Phool (1959)

148 min | Musical, Romance

8.1
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A popular director recruits a new actress to work for his Movie. The popularity of the movie spills over to the already strained relationship between the Director and his in-law leading to ... See full summary »

Writer: Abrar Alvi | Director: Guru Dutt | Stars: Waheeda Rehman, Guru Dutt, Kumari Naaz, Johnny Walker

25. Borderline (2002 TV Movie)

R | 94 min | Crime, Thriller

5.3
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Psychiatrist Dr. Lila Colleti is divorcing her husband and is devastated when he wins custody of their two little girls, whom he gets largely because Lila's job, being a psychiatrist for ... See full summary »

Writer: David Loucka | Director: Evelyn Purcell | Stars: Gina Gershon, Michael Biehn, Sean Patrick Flanery, Natasha Napoli

26. In a Child's Name (1991 TV Movie)

Not Rated | 192 min | Drama, Thriller

8.0
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A true story about a woman who fights her brother-in-law's parents for custody of her deceased sister's baby upon learning that her brother-in-law murdered her sister.

Writers: Peter Maas, Bill Phillips, Charles Walker | Director: Tom McLoughlin | Stars: Valerie Bertinelli, Michael Ontkean, Timothy Carhart, David Huddleston

27. Heaven (1998)

R | 103 min | Crime, Thriller

6.8
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A struggling architect, being sued for divorce by his wife and struggling with booze and gambling, finds work remodeling a friend's strip club, the Paradise. There he meets a transsexual ... See full summary »

Writers: Chad Taylor, Scott Reynolds | Director: Scott Reynolds | Stars: Martin Donovan, Daniel Edwards, Richard Schiff, Joanna Going

28. Portrait of a Stripper (1979 TV Movie)

100 min | Drama

5.6
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The touching portrayal of a young mother (and dance student) who travels to California after the death of her husband. In order to pay the bills she takes up burlesque dancing. To her ... See full summary »

Writer: Benjamin Masselink | Director: John A. Alonzo | Stars: Lesley Ann Warren, Edward Herrmann, Vic Tayback, Allan Miller

29. Fine Things (1990 TV Movie)

150 min | Drama, Romance

6.3
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Standard romantic melodrama from novelist Danielle Steele finds a couple embroiled in marital conflict with a nasty child-custody battle at its center.

Writers: Danielle Steel, Peter Lefcourt | Director: Tom Moore | Stars: D.W. Moffett, Tracy Pollan, Judith Hoag, G.W. Bailey

30. Careful, He Might Hear You (1983)

PG | 110 min | Drama

7.1
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Family jealousies. His mother dead, PS lives in Sydney with working-class Aunt Lily and Uncle George. When he's six or eight, his posh Aunt Vanessa descends from England. Named a ... See full summary »

Writers: Sumner Locke Elliott, Michael Jenkins | Director: Carl Schultz | Stars: Wendy Hughes, Robyn Nevin, Nicholas Gledhill, John Hargreaves

31. Let's Dance (1950)

112 min | Musical, Comedy, Romance

6.3
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Donald Elwood meets after the war his former USO partner, Kitty McNeil, who is now a rich widow with a little child. She tries to evade her paternal grandmother, who wants her to live in a ... See full summary »

Writers: Dane Lussier, Allan Scott, Maurice Zolotow | Director: Norman Z. McLeod | Stars: Betty Hutton, Fred Astaire, Roland Young, Ruth Warrick

32. You're Gonna Miss Me (2005)

91 min | Documentary, Music

7.6
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64 Metascore

Documentary about rock pioneer Roky Erickson, detailing his rise as a psychedelic hero, his lengthy institutionalization, his descent into poverty and filth, and his brother's struggle with their religious mother to improve Roky's care.

Director: Keven McAlester | Stars: Byron Coley, 13th Floor Elevators, Evelyn Erickson, Roky Erickson

33. 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 »

Writers: Orville H. Hampton, Raphael Hayes | Director: Larry Peerce | Stars: Barbara Barrie, Bernie Hamilton, Richard Mulligan, Harry Bellaver

34. The Last Woman (1976)

X | 112 min | Drama

6.8
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Gerard and his 9-month-old son have been left by his wife for feminist reasons. The custody of his son is being threatened by his next romance.

Writers: Marco Ferreri, Rafael Azcona, Dante Matelli | Director: Marco Ferreri | Stars: Gérard Depardieu, Ornella Muti, Michel Piccoli, Renato Salvatori

35. The Blue Veil (1951)

113 min | Drama

7.4
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Louise Mason is a young widow who fills her empty life with the task of becoming a children's nurse. As the years pass, and the widow tries to find her own place in life, her young charges,... See full summary »

Writers: François Campaux, Norman Corwin | Directors: Curtis Bernhardt, Busby Berkeley | Stars: Jane Wyman, Charles Laughton, Joan Blondell, Richard Carlson

36. What Makes a Family (2001 TV Movie)

120 min | Drama

6.6
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A lesbian, artificially inseminated, gives birth, then dies, and her companion must fight to regain custody of the child from the dead woman's grandparents.

Writer: Robert L. Freedman | Director: Maggie Greenwald | Stars: Brooke Shields, Cherry Jones, Anne Meara, Al Waxman

37. Custody of the Heart (2000 TV Movie)

91 min | Drama, Sport

5.5
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A successful businesswoman is suddenly sued for custody of her children by her stay-at-home husband.

Writers: Barbara Delinsky, Marsha Norman | Director: David Hugh Jones | Stars: Lorraine Bracco, Martin Donovan, Dennis Boutsikaris, Sheila McCarthy

38. Hollow Reed (1996)

R | 104 min | Drama

7.4
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Following the break-up of his marriage after revealing his homosexuality, GP Martin Wyatt loses custody of his son Oliver to his now ex-wife Hannah and her new partner Frank. It is not long... See full summary »

Writers: Neville Bolt, Paula Milne | Director: Angela Pope | Stars: Sam Bould, Martin Donovan, Ian Hart, Joely Richardson

39. In the Best Interest of the Child (1990 TV Movie)

100 min | Drama

6.4
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Jennifer's daughter is having nightmares and acting violently. It dawns to her that the child may be sexually abused by her father. What is she to do when the court isn't favourable in the ... See full summary »

Writer: Hal Sitowitz | Director: David Greene | Stars: Meg Tilly, Ed Begley Jr., Michael O'Keefe, Michele Greene

40. La niña de la mochila azul (1979)

Adventure, Comedy, Drama

6.5
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Writers: Rubén Galindo, Carlos Valdemar | Director: Rubén Galindo | Stars: Adalberto Martínez, Pedro Fernández, María Rebeca, Mónica Prado

41. Carnival (1935)

Approved | 77 min | Comedy, Romance

7.6
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"Chick" Thompson is a puppet-master in a traveling carnival whose wife dies in childbirth and leaves him with an infant son he names "Poochy." His father-in-law and the baby's grandfather ... See full summary »

Writer: Robert Riskin | Director: Walter Lang | Stars: Lee Tracy, Sally Eilers, Jimmy Durante, Florence Rice

42. A Father for Brittany (1998 TV Movie)

Not Rated | 91 min | Drama

6.0
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Keith and Kim Lussier are a childless couple who are given custody of a 3-month-old foster child, Brittany. However, tragedy strikes when Kim dies of cancer in the middle of the adoption ... See full summary »

Writer: Scott Swanton | Director: Alan Metzger | Stars: Andrew McCarthy, Michael Learned, Teri Polo, Linda Sorensen

43. A Time to Die (1991)

R | 95 min | Action, Crime, Drama

4.5
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A female photographer teams up with a policeman to try to bring down a corrupt police officer who framed her for drug possession and during her investigation, finds that not everything, or everyone, is what they appear to be.

Writer: Charles T. Kanganis | Director: Charles T. Kanganis | Stars: Traci Lords, Jeff Conaway, Richard Roundtree, Robert Miano

44. Frozen City (2006)

92 min | Drama

6.5
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Writers: Paavo Westerberg, Mikko Kouki | Director: Aku Louhimies | Stars: Janne Virtanen, Susanna Mikkonen, Aada Hämes, Santeri Nuutinen

45. Jack the Dog (2001)

85 min | Comedy, Drama

4.7
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Jack is a womanizer, but settles down with Faith. When the marriage falls apart due to Jack's desire for women, he gets shared custody of his son. Living with his son, slowly things in the mind of Jack are changing.

Writer: Bobby Roth | Director: Bobby Roth | Stars: Nestor Carbonell, Barbara Williams, Andrew J. Ferchland, Travis Fine

46. Love and Hate (1989 TV Movie)

PG-13 | 120 min | Drama

7.2
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Narcissistic Saskatchewan Tory politician Colin Thatcher is engaged in a bitter divorce from his wife Jo-Ann. When a series of court rulings over the divorce go against him, Thatcher ... See full summary »

Writers: Suzette Couture, Maggie Siggins | Director: Francis Mankiewicz | Stars: Kate Nelligan, Kenneth Welsh, Robert Benson, Leon Pownall

47. Thicker Than Blood: The Larry McLinden Story (1994 TV Movie)

90 min | Biography, Drama

6.7
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When a couple breaks up after four years together, the man is told that the son he has raised as his own isn't his biological one. He must fight to keep him.

Writer: Judson Klinger | Director: Michael Dinner | Stars: Peter Strauss, Rachel Ticotin, Bob Dishy, Brenda Bazinet

48. Not in Front of the Children (1982 TV Movie)

100 min | Drama

6.2
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Divorced for two years, Nancy Caruthers, asks her new lover, Paul Adams, a medical student, to move in. She has custody of her two daughters, but this new living arrangement prompts her ... See full summary »

Writer: Cynthia Whitcomb | Director: Joseph Hardy | Stars: Linda Gray, John Getz, John Lithgow, Stephen Elliott

49. Time to Say Goodbye? (1997)

Unrated | 91 min | Drama

5.7
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A doctor suffering from Alzheimer's wishes to end his life, causing a severe rift in the family, with each side convinced they have the father's best interests at heart.

Writers: Jacqueline Feather, David Seidler | Director: David Hugh Jones | Stars: Eva Marie Saint, Richard Kiley, Margaret Colin, Rick Roberts

50. A Question of Love (1978 TV Movie)

100 min | Drama

7.1
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A man fights his ex-wife for custody of their children when he learns that she and the woman she's living with are more than just roommates.

Writer: William Blinn | Director: Jerry Thorpe | Stars: Gena Rowlands, Jane Alexander, Ned Beatty, Clu Gulager