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1. Zombieland (2013 TV Movie)

TV-MA | 28 min | Adventure, Comedy, Horror

5.9
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Four survivors are killin' zombies and searching for a place to call home. At least they have each other.

Writers: Rhett Reese, Paul Wernick | Director: Eli Craig | Stars: Kirk Ward, Tyler Ross, Maiara Walsh, Izabela Vidovic

2. Frankenstein (2004 TV Movie)

88 min | Horror, Mystery, Sci-Fi

4.5
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Two hundred years after Mary Shelley's novel the brilliant but mad Doctor has sustained his creature and himself over two centuries through genetic experimentation. In present-day America ... See full summary »

Writers: Dean R. Koontz, John Shiban | Director: Marcus Nispel | Stars: Parker Posey, Vincent Perez, Thomas Kretschmann, Adam Goldberg

3. L.A. Takedown (1989 TV Movie)

97 min | Action, Crime, Drama

6.1
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Tough Los Angeles cop Vincent Hanna takes on a gang of professional bank robbers led by the precise, enigmatic Patrick McLaren.

Writer: Michael Mann | Director: Michael Mann | Stars: Scott Plank, Alex McArthur, Michael Rooker, Ely Pouget

4. Locke & Key (2011 TV Movie)

Adventure, Drama, Horror

7.5
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An adventure story centered around three children who become the caretakers of a New England mansion that is home to a bevy of secrets and magic.

Writers: Josh Friedman, Joe Hill, Alex Kurtzman, Roberto Orci | Director: Mark Romanek | Stars: Ksenia Solo, Jesse McCartney, Sarah Bolger, Nick Stahl

5. Blackjack (1998 TV Movie)

R | 112 min | Action, Thriller

4.9
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Dolph Lundgren plays Jack Devlin, a U.S Marshal who protects high-profile clients when it comes to a matter of security.

Writer: Peter Lance | Director: John Woo | Stars: Dolph Lundgren, Kate Vernon, Phillip MacKenzie, Kam Heskin

6. Bates Motel (1987 TV Movie)

90 min | Comedy, Drama, Horror

3.9
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A mentally disturbed man, who roomed with the late Norman Bates at the state lunatic asylum, inherits the legendary Bates Motel after the death of Norman and tries to fix it up to make it a respectable business.

Writer: Richard Rothstein | Director: Richard Rothstein | Stars: Bud Cort, Lori Petty, Moses Gunn, Gregg Henry

7. Genesis II (1973 TV Movie)

74 min | Sci-Fi

6.2
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A scientist who has been preserved in suspended animation wakes up to find himself in a primitive society in the future.

Writer: Gene Roddenberry | Director: John Llewellyn Moxey | Stars: Alex Cord, Mariette Hartley, Ted Cassidy, Percy Rodrigues

8. Arwin! (2007 TV Movie)

22 min | Comedy, Family

6.5
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Centers on the character of Arwin the handyman, who moves in with his sister to take care of her kids.

Writer: Pamela Eells | Director: Richard Correll | Stars: Chad Broskey, Samantha Droke, Selena Gomez, Logan Grove

9. Pretty/Handsome (2008 TV Movie)

67 min | Drama

7.6
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A married father of two tells his wife and teenage sons that he is transsexual.

Writers: Brad Falchuk, Ryan Murphy | Director: Ryan Murphy | Stars: Joseph Fiennes, Carrie-Anne Moss, Blythe Danner, Robert Wagner

10. Semper Fi (2001 TV Movie)

120 min | Drama, Action

5.2
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Cliff Truckee refuses a privileged start in life at a top college while other young men are enlisting. On the bus out of Chicago he meets a girl on her way to join the Marines, falls in ... See full summary »

Writer: Jim Uhls | Director: Michael W. Watkins | Stars: Scott Bairstow, Steve Burton, Vicellous Reon Shannon, Alex Burns

11. Nick Knight (1989 TV Movie)

92 min | Horror

6.5
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Detective Nick Knight is investigating a series of murders in which the bodies are found drained of blood - but the most recent one doesn't fit the pattern. Instead it involves the cure ... See full summary »

Writers: Barney Cohen, James D. Parriott | Director: Farhad Mann | Stars: Rick Springfield, John Kapelos, Robert Harper, Richard Fancy

12. In the Game (2004 TV Movie)

30 min | Comedy

7.3
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Riley Reed (Hewitt) is an up-and-coming sports producer and single mom who unwillingly gets thrusted into the spotlight when she becomes an on-camera reporter for ESPN.

Creator: Jennifer Love Hewitt | Stars: Jennifer Love Hewitt, Christine Baranski, Paula Cale, Dennis Cruzado

13. The Underworld (1997 TV Movie)

86 min | Crime

6.2
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The head of an organized crime family hounds an ex-con who only wants to go straight.

Writers: Christopher McQuarrie, Kevin Pollak, Lucy Webb | Director: Rod Holcomb | Stars: Kevin Pollak, Josh Charles, Felicity Huffman, Geoffrey Lewis

14. Save the Last Dance (2002 TV Movie)

Drama, Music, Romance

7.4
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Writer: Toni Ann Johnson | Director: Robert Iscove | Stars: Chelsea Hobbs, Crystal Celeste Grant, Faune A. Chambers, Keith Robinson

15. This Is How the World Ends (2000 TV Movie)

45 min

7.2
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Writer: Gregg Araki | Director: Gregg Araki | Stars: Alan Simpson, Michael J. Anderson, Lucas Babin, Molly Brenner

16. The Witches of Eastwick (1992 TV Movie)

30 min | Drama, Fantasy

5.7
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An unsold TV series pilot about three single witches living together who try to conjure up their idea of the "perfect man". One day, their wish comes true when a seemingly perfect man named... See full summary »

Writers: Jeffrey Boam, Michael Cristofer, Carlton Cuse, John Updike | Director: Rick Rosenthal | Stars: Julia Campbell, Catherine Mary Stewart, Ally Walker, Michael Siberry

17. Everyday People (2004)

91 min | Drama

6.7
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The closing of a local restaurant concerns a number of employees who've dedicated their lives to the eatery.

Writer: Jim McKay | Director: Jim McKay | Stars: Nathan De'Shon Myers, Jordan Gelber, Bridget Barkan, Stephen Henderson

18. This Girl for Hire (1983 TV Movie)

100 min | Comedy, Mystery

5.7
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In this pilot for a proposed TV series, B.T. Brady is a flippant, but somewhat klutzy female private detective in Hollywood who sets out to solve the murder of a obnoxious mystery writer. ... See full summary »

Writers: Terry Louise Fisher, Steve Brown, Barbara Avedon, Barbara Corday, Barney Rosenzweig, Clifford Hoelscher, Jean Hoelscher | Director: Jerry Jameson | Stars: Bess Armstrong, Celeste Holm, Cliff De Young, Hermione Baddeley

19. The Call (2007 TV Movie)

Comedy

7.7
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A team of gifted yet unconventional LA paramedics saves people's lives while screwing up each other's.

Writers: Robert Cochran, David Hemingson, Joel Surnow | Director: Michael Spiller | Stars: Danny Comden, Kal Penn, Jodi Lyn O'Keefe, John Francis Daley

20. Kook's Tour (1970)

53 min | Comedy

6.5
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After nearly 50 years of eye-poking and face-slapping, the Stooges decide to retire and tour the world with their dog, Moose. They start by touring America's national parks, however, with ... See full summary »

Writer: Norman Maurer | Director: Norman Maurer | Stars: Moe Howard, Larry Fine, Joe DeRita, Norman Maurer

21. Alien Tracker (2003 Video)

PG-13 | 103 min | Sci-Fi

4.8
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In a galaxy far away, alien criminals organize a spectacular prison break. Pursued by their home planet's authorities, their leader Zin decides there's one place to go: through a wormhole ... See full summary »

Writers: Gil Grant, Scott Peters, Jeannine Renshaw, Grant Rosenberg | Directors: Ken Girotti, Bruce Pittman | Stars: Adrian Paul, Amy Price-Francis, Leanne Wilson, Geraint Wyn Davies

22. Taste (2004 TV Movie)

Comedy

6.3
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A failed pilot for a sitcom about a fresh culinary graduate who gets a first job.

Writer: Kirk J. Rudell | Director: Andy Cadiff | Stars: Lombardo Boyar, Lola Glaudini, Jane Krakowski, Alexander Leeb

23. Desert Breeze (1996 TV Movie)

Drama

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Writer: John Byrum | Director: Allan Arkush | Stars: Colleen Ann Brah, Clancy Brown, Tia Carrere, Joe Chrest

24. Eligible Dentist (1993 TV Movie)

22 min | Comedy

8.2
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A failed TV pilot about a recently widowed dentist who must take care of his three kids alone as well as consider potential remarriage.

Writer: David Seltzer | Director: Noam Pitlik | Stars: Dylan Baker, Jill Clayburgh, Francis Dumaurier, Mary Gross

25. The Bunny House (2010 TV Movie)

30 min | Reality-TV

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Aspiring Playmate Claire Sinclair is introduced to life at the Bunny House, and Hope Dworaczyk is honored in Las Vegas as the 2010 Playmate of the Year.

Creator: Kevin Burns | Stars: Darya Astafeva, Anna Sophia Berglund, Jason Burns, Cristal Camden

26. What's Alan Watching? (1989 TV Special)

60 min | Comedy

7.1
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Seventeen-year-old Alan is a couch potato who views life, and his family, as if they were on television. Libby and Leo are his parents, Gail is his sister (who's engaged to Lenny Kling the ... See full summary »

Creator: Bob Tischler | Director: Thomas Schlamme | Stars: Corin Nemec, Barbara Barrie, Peter Michael Goetz, Fran Drescher

27. The Chadwick Family (1974 TV Movie)

113 min | Drama

6.3
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A father finds himself taking care of a "family" that in addition to his son and three daughters, also consists of two sons-in-law and his youngest daughter's Chinese boyfriend.

Writers: John Gay, David Victor | Director: David Lowell Rich | Stars: Fred MacMurray, Kathleen Maguire, Darleen Carr, Jane Actman

28. Stepsisters (1974)

PG | 71 min | Thriller

3.3
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A man and his sister-in-law plot to kill his wife, but things don't turn out quite the way they planned.

Writer: Perry Tong | Director: Perry Tong | Stars: Hal Fletcher, Bond Gideon, Sharyn Talbert, Byron Wolfe

29. The Ten Commandments (1959 TV Movie)

60 min | Drama

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Pilot for a proposed anthology series where each story revolved around the meaning of one of the Ten Commandments in modern times. The theme for this story was the third commandment: "Thou shalt not take the Lord's name in vain."

Writer: Ben Hecht | Director: Jack Smight | Stars: Richard Erdman, Anne Francis, John Hoyt, Arthur Kennedy

30. The Comedy Spot (1960–1962)

30 min | Comedy

6.8
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Summer replacement series for "The Red Skeleton Show" during their annual hiatus from 1960-1962, this series featured unsold pilots for comedy series as well as reruns from other comedy anthology series.

Creators: Carl Reiner, Ronald Alexander | Stars: Carl Reiner, Mamie Van Doren, Candy Moore, Barbara Britton

31. Rockabye the Infantry (1963 TV Short)

25 min | Short, Comedy

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Private Gifford Tyler, a young Army enlisted man, decides that he can make a little extra cash running a babysitting service on post, much to the consternation of the base commander, who also happens to be his father.

Creator: Budd Grossman | Director: Don Taylor | Stars: Bobby Rydell, William Bendix, Fred Clark, Nancy Carroll

32. St. Sass (2002 TV Movie)

Comedy

6.7
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Writer: Ryan Murphy | Director: Gerry Cohen | Stars: Delta Burke, Gregory Harrison, Natalia Cigliuti, Joanna Canton

33. New Year (1993 TV Movie)

Sci-Fi

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Writers: Tom Fontana, Bruce Paltrow, John Tinker | Director: Jeff Bleckner | Stars: Stacy Keach, Jane Alexander, Roma Downey, Joanna Going

34. American in Paris (1964 TV Movie)

30 min | Comedy

7.6
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The owner of a travel agency in Paris tries to help fellow Americans in trouble.

Writer: Cynthia Lindsay | Director: Gene Kelly | Stars: Van Johnson, Marcel Dalio, Jan Sterling, Judi Meredith

35. Ghostbreakers (1967 TV Movie)

60 min | Adventure

6.8
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A professor and his beautiful assistant investigate a murder which occurs in a supposedly haunted house.

Writers: Peter Stone, Sherman Yellen | Director: Don Medford | Stars: Kerwin Mathews, Diana Van der Vlis, Norman Fell, Larry Blyden

36. Rubbing Charlie (2003 TV Movie)

Comedy

3.5
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Failed pilot for a sitcom about a doctor who loves helping people but often thinks about changing his life and profession.

Writer: Tom Palmer | Director: Adam Bernstein | Stars: Scott Wolf, John Asher, Mary Birdsong, Robin Atkin Downes

37. Island Sons (1987 TV Movie)

100 min | Crime, Drama

5.6
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A successful businessman in Hawaii disappears amid allegations of illegal activities. Years later his four sons bear the burden and repercussions of these allegations as well taking care of... See full summary »

Writer: James D. Parriott | Director: Alan J. Levi | Stars: Henry Bal, Ben Bottoms, Joseph Bottoms, Sam Bottoms

38. Jerks of All Trades (1949 TV Short)

21 min | Comedy, Short

6.7
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Television pilot for a Three Stooges situation comedy, where the Stooges are painters and paperhangers and completely wrecked a hapless couple's home.

Writer: Henry Taylor | Director: George Cahan | Stars: Moe Howard, Shemp Howard, Phil Berle, Symona Boniface

39. Blind Men (1998 TV Movie)

Comedy

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Director: Andrew Tsao | Stars: Robin Duke, Arabella Field, Brian Howe, Jay Paulson

40. Collector's Item (1958 TV Movie)

25 min | Adventure, Mystery

6.8
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Mr. Prentiss is an appraiser at his firm, the House of Prentiss. He is about to go to Florida to appraise a vast collection of a recently deceased collector, Van der Locken, when he ... See full summary »

Writer: Herb Meadow | Director: Buzz Kulik | Stars: Vincent Price, Peter Lorre, Whitney Blake, Eduard Franz

41. Boston Terrier (1963 TV Movie)

30 min | Adventure

8.0
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Blake Edward's second try at creating a pilot for a proposed adventure series about a private detective who graduated from Harvard.

Writers: Blake Edwards, Frank Waldman, Tom Waldman | Director: Walter Grauman | Stars: Stanley Adams, Paul Comi, John Hoyt, Frank Killmond

42. O'Malley (1983 TV Movie)

60 min | Drama

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Writer: George Schenck | Director: Michael O'Herlihy | Stars: Mickey Rooney, Peter Coffield, Tony Devon, Sarah Abrell

43. Las Vegas Beat (1961 TV Movie)

60 min | Adventure, Mystery

7.2
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Bill Ballin, a former policeman who now works for the Las Vegas casinos as a private detective, helps the police crack a violent armored car robbery.

Writer: Andrew J. Fenady | Director: Bernard L. Kowalski | Stars: Peter Graves, Jamie Farr, William Bryant, Richard Bakalyan

44. The Big Brain (1963 TV Movie)

30 min | Comedy

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In this pilot for a proposed NBC comedy series, scientist Lester Belstrip invents a machine which forces people to tell the truth.

Writers: Jess Oppenheimer, Sam Taylor | Director: Paul Stanley | Stars: Frank Aletter, Ellen Burstyn, George N. Neise, Evelyn Ward

45. ABC Saturday Comedy Special (1978– )

Comedy

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Another summer comedy compilation show, this program featured pilots for shows that had not been selected as part of the 1978 fall season, reruns of shows from earlier seasons, and a set of... See full summary »

Stars: Dennis Bowen, Whit Bissell, Susan Blu, Jim Boelsen

46. No Place Like Home (I) (1960 TV Movie)

30 min | Comedy

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Unsold situation comedy pilot about the complicated lives of a show business couple, their kids and friends.

Writer: Ed James | Director: William Asher | Stars: Sheila MacRae, Gordon MacRae, Kelly Smith, Stephen Talbot

47. Monte Carlo (1961 TV Movie)

60 min | Adventure

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In this pilot for a proposed NBC adventurer series, Richard Anderson plays a worldly-wise American who is hired by the French national police to watch over American tourists and prevent them from getting in trouble.

Writer: Douglas Heyes | Stars: Richard Anderson, John Ericson, Diana Trask, Jayne Mansfield

48. Campo 44 (1967 TV Movie)

Adventure, Comedy

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Pilot for a proposed comedy/adventure series about hijinks in an Italian P.O.W. camp during World War II.

Writer: David Westheimer | Director: Buzz Kulik | Stars: Philip Abbott, Vito Scotti, Dino Fazio, Fred Smoot

49. The Two of Us (1966 TV Movie)

30 min | Comedy

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Unsold pilot for a proposed CBS sitcom concerns the adventures of a young boy who lives with his widowed mother a writer/illustrator of children's books. He relates better to the imaginary ... See full summary »

Writer: Arthur Julian | Director: Claudio Guzmán | Stars: Bill Mumy, Pat Crowley, Mary Jane Croft, Barry Livingston

50. O'Conner's Ocean (1960 TV Movie)

60 min | Drama

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Tom O'Connor, a retired lawyer, wants to do nothing but said his boat along the California coast. Instead, he gets wrapped up in solving the problems of strangers.

Writer: Tony Barrett | Director: Earl Bellamy | Stars: John Payne, Irene Hervey, Edward Andrews, Charles Cooper