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1. Into the Wild (2007)

R | 148 min | Adventure, Biography, Drama

8.2
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73 Metascore

After graduating from Emory University, top student and athlete Christopher McCandless abandons his possessions, gives his entire $24,000 savings account to charity and hitchhikes to Alaska to live in the wilderness. Along the way, Christopher encounters a series of characters that shape his life.

Writers: Sean Penn, Jon Krakauer | Director: Sean Penn | Stars: Emile Hirsch, Vince Vaughn, Catherine Keener, Marcia Gay Harden

2. Big Fish (2003)

PG-13 | 125 min | Adventure, Drama, Fantasy

8.0
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58 Metascore

A son learns the truth about his father.

Writers: Daniel Wallace, John August | Director: Tim Burton | Stars: Ewan McGregor, Albert Finney, Billy Crudup, Jessica Lange

3. Dan in Real Life (2007)

PG-13 | 98 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

6.8
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65 Metascore

A widower finds out the woman he fell in love with is his brother's girlfriend.

Writers: Pierce Gardner, Peter Hedges | Director: Peter Hedges | Stars: Steve Carell, Juliette Binoche, Dane Cook, Alison Pill

4. Roots (1977 TV Mini-Series)

60 min | Drama, History, War

8.6
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A dramatization of author Alex Haley's family line from ancestor Kunta Kinte's enslavement to his descendants' liberation.

Stars: LeVar Burton, Olivia Cole, Ben Vereen, John Amos

5. I, Claudius (1976 TV Mini-Series)

Not Rated | 669 min | Drama, History

9.1
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The history of the Roman Empire as experienced by one of its rulers.

Stars: Derek Jacobi, John Hurt, Siân Phillips, Brian Blessed

6. Two Moon Junction (1988)

R | 104 min | Drama, Romance

4.8
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A young Southern débutante temporarily abandons her posh lifestyle and upcoming, semi-arranged marriage to have a lustful and erotic fling with a rugged drifter who works at a local carnival.

Writers: Zalman King, MacGregor Douglas | Director: Zalman King | Stars: Sherilyn Fenn, Richard Tyson, Louise Fletcher, Burl Ives

7. The House of the Spirits (1993)

R | 140 min | Drama, Romance

6.9
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Chile, second half of the 20th century. The poor Esteban marries Clara and they get a daughter, Blanca. Esteban works hard and eventually gets money to buy a hacienda, eventually to become ... See full summary »

Writers: Isabel Allende, Bille August | Director: Bille August | Stars: Jeremy Irons, Meryl Streep, Maria Conchita Alonso, António Assunção

8. Lone Star (1996)

R | 135 min | Drama, Mystery, Romance

7.6
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78 Metascore

When the skeleton of his murdered predecessor is found, Sheriff Sam Deeds unearths many other long-buried secrets in his Texas border town.

Writer: John Sayles | Director: John Sayles | Stars: Chris Cooper, Elizabeth Peña, Stephen Mendillo, Stephen J. Lang

9. From Time to Time (2009)

PG | 95 min | Adventure, Drama, Fantasy

6.7
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A haunting ghost story spanning two worlds, two centuries apart. When 13 year old Tolly finds he can mysteriously travel between the two, he begins an adventure that unlocks family secrets laid buried for generations.

Writers: Lucy M. Boston, Julian Fellowes | Director: Julian Fellowes | Stars: Alex Etel, Timothy Spall, Maggie Smith, Christopher Villiers

10. Sarah's Key (2010)

PG-13 | 111 min | Drama, War

7.5
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59 Metascore

In modern-day Paris, a journalist finds her life becoming entwined with a young girl whose family was torn apart during the notorious Vel' d'Hiv Roundup in 1942.

Writers: Tatiana De Rosnay, Serge Joncour, Gilles Paquet-Brenner | Director: Gilles Paquet-Brenner | Stars: Kristin Scott Thomas, Mélusine Mayance, Niels Arestrup, Frédéric Pierrot

11. Sunshine (1999)

R | 181 min | Drama, History, Romance

7.5
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71 Metascore

The fate of a Hungarian Jewish family throughout the 20th century.

Writers: István Szabó, Israel Horovitz | Director: István Szabó | Stars: Ralph Fiennes, Rosemary Harris, Rachel Weisz, Jennifer Ehle

12. Avalon (1990)

PG | 128 min | Drama

7.3
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A Polish-Jewish family comes to the USA at the beginning of the Twentieth Century. There, the family and their children try to make themselves a better future in the so-called promised land.

Writer: Barry Levinson | Director: Barry Levinson | Stars: Aidan Quinn, Elizabeth Perkins, Leo Fuchs, Eve Gordon

13. The Forsyte Saga (1967 TV Mini-Series)

50 min | Drama

8.6
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The extended Forsyte family live a more than pleasant upper middle class life in Victorian and later Edwardian England. The two central characters are Soames Forsyte and his cousin Jolyon ... See full summary »

Stars: Eric Porter, Margaret Tyzack, Nyree Dawn Porter, June Barry

14. The Flat (2011)

Not Rated | 97 min | Documentary

6.9
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83 Metascore

As a documentarian cleans out the flat that belonged to his grandparents - both immigrants from Nazi Germany - he uncovers clues pointing to a complicated and shocking story.

Writer: Arnon Goldfinger | Director: Arnon Goldfinger | Stars: Michael Adler, Yaron Amit, Avrham Barkai, Meital Beili

15. The Damned (1969)

R | 156 min | Drama

7.6
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The dramatic collapse of a wealthy, industrialist/Junker family during the reign of the Third Reich.

Writers: Nicola Badalucco, Enrico Medioli, Luchino Visconti | Director: Luchino Visconti | Stars: Dirk Bogarde, Ingrid Thulin, Helmut Griem, Helmut Berger

16. Bing Crosby's Merrie Olde Christmas (1977 TV Special)

Approved | 60 min | Family, Music

8.2
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Bing Crosby and his family spend Christmas at the estate of distant relative in England.

Writer: Buz Kohan | Director: Dwight Hemion | Stars: Bing Crosby, Stanley Baxter, David Bowie, Harry Crosby

18. Game of Swords (2005)

R | 109 min | Action, Adventure, Crime

5.6
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Set in the 16th century, a sheriff working on a series of murders has to choose between his conscience and protecting his family when he's tied to the crimes.

Writer: Adrian Rudomin | Director: Adrian Rudomin | Stars: Christopher Lambert, Blanca Marsillach, Brian Blessed, Szonja Oroszlán

19. The Names of Love (2010)

R | 100 min | Comedy

7.3
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62 Metascore

A young, extroverted left-wing activist who sleeps with her political opponents to convert them to her cause is successful until she meets her match.

Writers: Baya Kasmi, Michel Leclerc | Director: Michel Leclerc | Stars: Sara Forestier, Jacques Gamblin, Zinedine Soualem, Carole Franck

20. Sherlock Holmes Faces Death (1943)

Passed | 68 min | Crime, Mystery, Thriller

7.2
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During WWII several murders occur at a convalescent home where Dr. Watson has volunteered his services. He summons Holmes for help and the master detective proceeds to solve the crime from ... See full summary »

Writers: Bertram Millhauser, Arthur Conan Doyle | Director: Roy William Neill | Stars: Basil Rathbone, Nigel Bruce, Dennis Hoey, Arthur Margetson

21. Italianamerican (1974)

49 min | Documentary

7.6
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Martin Scorsese interviews his mother and father about their life in New York City and the family history back in Sicily. These are two people who have lived together for a long time and ... See full summary »

Writers: Lawrence D. Cohen, Mardik Martin | Director: Martin Scorsese | Stars: Catherine Scorsese, Charles Scorsese, Martin Scorsese

22. The Cursed (I) (2010)

Horror, Thriller

3.5
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A supernatural thriller set in a cozy Tennessee town where Sheriff Jimmy Muldoon and younger brother, Deputy Lloyd Muldoon, have a firm grasp of law and order until a stranger, Denny White,... See full summary »

Writer: Devin Watson | Director: Joel Bender | Stars: Louis Mandylor, Brad Thornton, Costas Mandylor, Francesca Cecil

23. My Forbidden Past (1951)

Approved | 70 min | Drama

6.1
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Barbara Beaurevel lives with her aunt and cousin in New Orleans in the late 1800's. In love with Mark Lucas, a research doctor at Tulane University, her plans to marry him are thwarted. ... See full summary »

Writers: Polan Banks, Leopold Atlas, Marion Parsonnet | Director: Robert Stevenson | Stars: Robert Mitchum, Ava Gardner, Melvyn Douglas, Lucile Watson

24. The Family (1987)

PG | 127 min | Drama, Romance

7.4
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Traces events in the life of Carlo, from his christening in 1906, where his grandfather reminds his father that Carlo means "free man," to his 80th birthday party. The film principally ... See full summary »

Writers: Graziano Diana, Ruggero Maccari, Furio Scarpelli, Ettore Scola | Director: Ettore Scola | Stars: Vittorio Gassman, Fanny Ardant, Stefania Sandrelli, Emanuele Lamaro

25. Disengagement (2007)

115 min | Drama

5.8
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A political drama centered around Israel's pullout from the occupied Gaza strip, in which a French woman of Israeli origin comes to the Gaza Strip to find her long ago abandoned daughter.

Writers: Amos Gitai, Marie-Jose Sanselme | Director: Amos Gitai | Stars: Juliette Binoche, Liron Levo, Jeanne Moreau, Barbara Hendricks

26. Yesterday's Children (2000 TV Movie)

93 min | Drama

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Jenny Cole lives with her husband and son in middle America. She is pregnant and starts to have very vivid dreams about a small city that has a big church. She then starts talking to her ... See full summary »

Writers: Jenny Cockell, Sarah Bird, Richard Leder | Director: Marcus Cole | Stars: Jane Seymour, Clancy Brown, Kyle Howard, Denis Conway

27. Walk on Water (2004)

R | 103 min | Drama, Mystery, Thriller

7.5
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65 Metascore

Following the suicide of his wife, an Israeli intelligence agent is assigned to befriend the grandchildren of a Nazi war criminal.

Writer: Gal Uchovsky | Director: Eytan Fox | Stars: Lior Ashkenazi, Knut Berger, Caroline Peters, Gideon Shemer

28. Who Do You Think You Are? (2004– )

60 min | Documentary

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Well known faces within the British media each embark on individual journeys to answer some questions in regards to their own family history. An interesting and intelligent programme for ... See full summary »

Stars: Mark Strong, Cherie Lunghi, Nick Barratt, Adrian Chiles

29. Slash (2002)

R | 93 min | Comedy, Horror, Thriller

4.2
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A rock band gets stuck on a haunted farm while visiting its lead singer's family.

Writers: Stephen Ronald Francis, Gus Silber | Director: Neal Sundstrom | Stars: Adam Woolf, Danny Keogh, Milan Murray, Guy Raphaely

30. The Undying Monster (1942)

Approved | 63 min | Drama, Horror, Mystery

6.2
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Surviving members of an aristocratic Welsh family are threatened by a legendary monster when they venture out on chilly, foggy nights.

Writers: Lillie Hayward, Michael Jacoby, Jessie Douglas Kerruish | Director: John Brahm | Stars: James Ellison, Heather Angel, John Howard, Bramwell Fletcher

31. Under the North Star (2009)

193 min | Drama, Romance, War

6.7
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A new film-adaptation of Väinö Linna's famous book here Beneath the North Star.

Writers: Timo Koivusalo, Väinö Linna | Director: Timo Koivusalo | Stars: Ilkka Koivula, Vera Kiiskinen, Risto Tuorila, Ritva Jalonen

32. Bright Leaves (2003)

107 min | Documentary, Biography, Comedy

7.1
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79 Metascore

North Carolina produces more tobacco than any other state in America. Bright Leaves describes a journey taken across the social, economic, and psychological tobacco terrain of North ... See full summary »

Writer: Ross McElwee | Director: Ross McElwee | Stars: Allan Gurganus, Paula Larke, Marilyn Levine, Emily Madison

33. They All Kissed the Bride (1942)

Approved | 85 min | Comedy, Romance

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Margaret Drew runs her trucking company single-mindedly, if not ruthlessly. The only thorn in her side is writer Michael Holmes who is writing a book on some of her tough ways. With no time... See full summary »

Writers: P.J. Wolfson, Andrew Solt, Henry Altimus, Gina Kaus | Director: Alexander Hall | Stars: Joan Crawford, Melvyn Douglas, Roland Young, Billie Burke

34. Here, Beneath the North Star (1968)

182 min | Drama, History, War

7.6
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Täällä Pohjantähden alla is based on the book with the same title. It is a story of the little village. The movie starts in the 1890's and it ends to the Finnish civil war in 1918. Story ... See full summary »

Writers: Matti Kassila, Edvin Laine, Väinö Linna, Juha Nevalainen | Director: Edvin Laine | Stars: Aarno Sulkanen, Titta Karakorpi, Risto Taulo, Anja Pohjola

35. Little Senegal (2001)

97 min | Drama

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After many years of having worked as a tour guide at the Senegalese slave museum, Alloune decides to go to America in search of his ancestors. They were taken away from his village 200 years ago and sold as slaves in the New World.

Writers: Rachid Bouchareb, Olivier Lorelle | Director: Rachid Bouchareb | Stars: Sotigui Kouyaté, Sharon Hope, Roschdy Zem, Karim Traoré

36. Still Life (2012)

78 min | Drama

6.5
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An unexpected letter forces siblings Bernhard and Lydia to confront each other and to deal with their family history.

Writers: Sebastian Meise, Thomas Reider | Director: Sebastian Meise | Stars: Daniela Golpashin, Anja Plaschg, Roswitha Soukup, Christoph Luser

37. Täällä Pohjantähden alla II (2010)

138 min | Drama, War

6.5
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Writers: Timo Koivusalo, Väinö Linna | Director: Timo Koivusalo | Stars: Ilkka Koivula, Vera Kiiskinen, Risto Tuorila, Ritva Jalonen

38. Syberia (2002 Video Game)

T | Adventure, Drama

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N.Y. Lawyer Kate Walker embarks on a journey of self-discovery after she is sent to France to negotiate a deal that winds up sending her on the trail of a brain-damaged genius.

Writers: Catherine Peyrot, Benoît Sokal | Stars: Michel Barbey, Caroline Daparo, Hubert Drac, Sharon Mann

39. Sunshine (II) (2009)

72 min | Documentary, Biography, Drama

5.9
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It all starts with getting knocked up. An unplanned pregnancy for an unplanned girl sets off SUNSHINE, a playful, yet ultimately stirring self-portrait of an adopted woman driven to search ... See full summary »

Director: Karen Skloss | Stars: Stephen Beck Fey, Tessa Beck Fey, Karen Skloss

40. Faces of America with Henry Louis Gates Jr. (2010– )

Documentary, Biography, History

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Our American Stories exploring the dynamic and shifting relationship America had with her new immigrants in the 20th century. Becoming American - exploring the many journeys to becoming ... See full summary »

Stars: Elizabeth Alexander, Mario Batali, Stephen Colbert, Louise Erdrich

41. Steel Chariots (1997 TV Movie)

96 min | Action, Drama

5.4
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Writers: Michael Berk, Douglas Schwartz | Director: Tommy Lee Wallace | Stars: John Beck, Kathleen Nolan, Ben Browder, Heidi Mark

42. Nancy Drew: Ghost of Thornton Hall (2013 Video Game)

E | Adventure, Mystery

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Teen detective Nancy Drew searches for a missing woman and investigates ghost sightings at an old southern plantation.

Writers: Nik Blahunka, Cathy Roiter | Director: Tim Burke | Stars: Lani Minella, Keri Healey, Sharon Yamada-Heidner, Jeff Allen Pierce

43. Family Name (1997)

89 min | Documentary

7.5
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A gay man seeks to discover what kinship, if any, exists between his white family and the nearby blacks who share the name of Alston.

Writers: Macky Alston, Kay Gayner | Director: Macky Alston | Stars: Macky Alston, William Badgett

44. Nancy Drew: Curse of Blackmoor Manor (2004 Video Game)

E | Adventure, Mystery

9.2
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Teen detective Nancy Drew is invited to an old manor in England to figure out why the woman living there has been acting strangely.

Writer: Anne Collins | Director: Max Holechek | Stars: Lani Minella, Amy Broomhall, Conni Ellern, Jenn Ruzumna

45. Gettin' to Know Me (1980– )

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A look at an African-American family, their lives, and their heritage.

Stars: Kimberly Brooks, Rosanna Carter, Malik Tate

46. The Claw Chronicles (2011 Video)

60 min | Adventure

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A pretty reporter is caught snooping into the villainous Claw family's background. Hooded, bound and gagged, she's brought before the family matriarch who is only too happy to regale the ... See full summary »

Director: Jon Woods | Stars: Johnnie Black, Chase Brocco, Kelsie Chambers, Loren Chance

47. Iceman (1999)

143 min | Drama

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Iceman examines the imagery of a fleeting moment. A woman struggles to create a memory of the mother she never knew. The workings of a tenement set the stage for her mother's unimaginable end.

Writer: Kate Judge | Director: Kate Judge | Stars: Joseph Baldwin, Lisa Bostnar, Sally Connors, Calvin Haywood

48. Should a Girl Marry? (1939)

Approved | 61 min | Crime, Drama, Romance

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A young woman and her doctor husband are victims of a blackmail scheme when it is discovered that she was born in prison.

Writers: David Silverstein, Gaye Newberry | Director: Lambert Hillyer | Stars: Anne Nagel, Warren Hull, Mayo Methot, Weldon Heyburn

49. Akseli ja Elina (1970)

137 min | Drama, History, War

7.0
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Writers: Juho Gartz, Georg Korkman, Edvin Laine, Väinö Linna, Juha Nevalainen | Director: Edvin Laine | Stars: Aarno Sulkanen, Ulla Eklund, Risto Taulo, Anja Pohjola

50. The Hitler Family (2005)

48 min | Documentary, Biography, History

6.6
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This film provides history about members of Adolf Hitler's family of origin and surviving members of his family up to the date of it's release. It highlights suspected reasoning for ... See full summary »

Writers: Florian M. Beierl, Timothy Ryback | Director: Oliver Halmburger | Stars: Florian M. Beierl, Adolf Hitler, Alois Hitler, Angela Hitler