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1. Into the Wild (2007)

R | 148 min | Adventure, Biography, Drama

8.1
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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.

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

Votes: 476,420 | Gross: $18.35M

2. Big Fish (2003)

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

8.0
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58 Metascore

A frustrated son tries to determine the fact from fiction in his dying father's life.

Director: Tim Burton | Stars: Ewan McGregor, Albert Finney, Billy Crudup, Jessica Lange

Votes: 371,221 | Gross: $66.26M

3. Roots (1977)

TV-14 | 570 min | Biography, Drama, History

8.4
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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, Todd Bridges, Robert Reed, John Amos

Votes: 13,210

4. 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.

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

Votes: 90,219 | Gross: $47.64M

5. Two Moon Junction (1988)

R | 104 min | Drama, Romance

5.0
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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.

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

Votes: 4,329 | Gross: $1.55M

6. Lone Star (1996)

R | 135 min | Drama, Mystery

7.5
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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.

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

Votes: 24,632 | Gross: $13.27M

7. I, Claudius (1976)

Not Rated | 669 min | Biography, Drama, History

8.9
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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

Votes: 12,525

8. The House of the Spirits (1993)

R | 140 min | Drama, Romance

6.9
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A rancher, his clairvoyant wife and their family face turbulent years in South America in this adaptation of Isabel Allende's best-seller.

Director: Bille August | Stars: Jeremy Irons, Meryl Streep, Winona Ryder, Antonio Banderas

Votes: 18,147 | Gross: $6.27M

9. Finding Your Roots with Henry Louis Gates, Jr. (2012– )

Documentary

8.2
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Harvard educator Henry Louis Gates Jr. hosts this enlightening PBS series that examines "the DNA of American culture" through an extensive discovery of the ancestors of today's celebrities.... See full summary »

Stars: Henry Louis Gates, CeCe Moore, Anderson Cooper, Valerie Jarrett

Votes: 375

10. The Damned (1969)

R | 156 min | Drama, War

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

Director: Luchino Visconti | Stars: Dirk Bogarde, Ingrid Thulin, Helmut Griem, Helmut Berger

Votes: 6,085

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.

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

Votes: 11,751 | Gross: $5.10M

12. Elle s'appelait Sarah (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.

Director: Gilles Paquet-Brenner | Stars: Kristin Scott Thomas, Mélusine Mayance, Niels Arestrup, Frédéric Pierrot

Votes: 14,041 | Gross: $7.69M

13. 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.

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

Votes: 5,076 | Gross: $15.74M

14. Italianamerican (1974)

49 min | Documentary

7.5
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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 »

Director: Martin Scorsese | Stars: Catherine Scorsese, Charles Scorsese, Martin Scorsese

Votes: 1,379

15. The Names of Love (2010)

R | 100 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

7.2
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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.

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

Votes: 6,724 | Gross: $0.51M

16. From Time to Time (2009)

PG | 92 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.

Director: Julian Fellowes | Stars: Alex Etel, Timothy Spall, Maggie Smith, Christopher Villiers

Votes: 3,749

17. Ghostbusters: Station 6 (2017– )

Comedy, Family, Sci-Fi

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Oscar Barrett struggles to evade the shadow of Peter Venkman in the mundane Orange County Ghostbusters office, but his team discovers a deep-rooted conspiracy connected to the Barrett family.

Stars: Chris Kato, Veronica Rosa Ray, Brent Huff, Kelly Perine

18. Walk on Water (2004)

R | 103 min | Drama, Mystery, Thriller

7.4
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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.

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

Votes: 6,091 | Gross: $2.71M

19. Day of Wrath (2006)

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.

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

Votes: 1,595

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

60 min | Documentary, Biography, History

8.0
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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, Phil Davis, Nick Barratt

Votes: 645

21. My Forbidden Past (1951)

Approved | 70 min | Drama, Romance

6.2
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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 »

Director: Robert Stevenson | Stars: Robert Mitchum, Ava Gardner, Melvyn Douglas, Lucile Watson

Votes: 719

22. The Forsyte Saga (1967– )

50 min | Drama, Romance

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

Votes: 762

23. Sherlock Holmes Faces Death (1943)

Passed | 68 min | Crime, Film-Noir, Mystery

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 »

Director: Roy William Neill | Stars: Basil Rathbone, Nigel Bruce, Dennis Hoey, Arthur Margetson

Votes: 3,326

24. Britain's Bloodiest Dynasty (2014– )

Documentary, Biography, History

8.2
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Docudrama series with author Dan Jones. It follows the period from control freak king Henry II to the tyrant king Richard II.

Stars: Dan Jones, Julie Barrau

Votes: 132

25. The Family (1987)

PG | 127 min | Drama, Romance

7.5
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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 »

Director: Ettore Scola | Stars: Vittorio Gassman, Fanny Ardant, Stefania Sandrelli, Emanuele Lamaro

Votes: 1,639 | Gross: $0.35M

26. The Keeper: The Legend of Omar Khayyam (2005)

PG | 95 min | Adventure, Drama, Family

6.9
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43 Metascore

Kamran is a 12 year old boy in the present day who discovers that his ancestor is the 11th Century Mathematician, Astronomer, Poet of Persia, Omar Khayyam. The story has been passed down in... See full summary »

Director: Kayvan Mashayekh | Stars: Adam Echahly, Bruno Lastra, Moritz Bleibtreu, Rade Serbedzija

Votes: 594 | Gross: $0.22M

27. Yesterday's Children (2000 TV Movie)

93 min | Drama

7.3
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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 »

Director: Marcus Cole | Stars: Jane Seymour, Clancy Brown, Kyle Howard, Denis Conway

Votes: 654

28. Syberia (2002 Video Game)

T | Adventure, Drama

9.0
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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.

Stars: Caroline Daparo, Hubert Drac, Sharon Mann, Céline Montsarrat

Votes: 636

29. The Cursed (I) (2010)

88 min | Horror, Romance, Thriller

3.6
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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 »

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

Votes: 398

30. 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.

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

Votes: 1,386 | Gross: $0.47M

31. The Undying Monster (1942)

Not Rated | 63 min | Drama, Horror, Mystery

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

Director: John Brahm | Stars: James Ellison, Heather Angel, John Howard, Bramwell Fletcher

Votes: 905

32. Disengagement (2007)

115 min | Drama

5.7
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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.

Director: Amos Gitai | Stars: Juliette Binoche, Liron Levo, Jeanne Moreau, Barbara Hendricks

Votes: 552

33. Täällä Pohjantähden alla (2009)

193 min | Drama, Romance, War

6.9
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A new film-adaptation of Väinö Linna's famous book here Beneath the North Star.

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

Votes: 508

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

Approved | 60 min | Family, Music

8.3
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Bing Crosby and his family spend Christmas at the estate of distant relative in England.

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

Votes: 55

35. 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.

Director: Neal Sundstrom | Stars: Adam Woolf, Danny Keogh, Milan Murray, Guy Raphaely

Votes: 1,355

36. Täällä Pohjantähden alla (1968)

186 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 »

Director: Edvin Laine | Stars: Aarno Sulkanen, Titta Karakorpi, Risto Taulo, Anja Pohjola

Votes: 687

37. They All Kissed the Bride (1942)

Approved | 85 min | Comedy, Romance

5.8
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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 »

Director: Alexander Hall | Stars: Joan Crawford, Melvyn Douglas, Roland Young, Billie Burke

Votes: 458

38. Praybeyt Benjamin (2011)

105 min | Comedy

5.0
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A gay that wants to prove himself on being brave by joining the Military. Then he met his friends and they're all not passed the training. But they became a hero from saving their leaders

Director: Wenn V. Deramas | Stars: Vice Ganda, Eddie Garcia, Derek Ramsay, Jimmy Santos

Votes: 189

39. Täällä Pohjantähden alla II (2010)

138 min | Drama, War

6.7
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Continues to follow the life of a Finnish family from aftermath of the Finnish Civil War to the Second World War which unites the country. But at what cost?

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

Votes: 268

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

Documentary, Biography, History

8.0
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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

Votes: 79

41. Without Gorky (2011)

58 min

7.2
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A personal journey into a family myth. The life of my grandmother, my mother and my aunt continues to be influenced by my grandfather: the Abstract Expressionist painter Arshile Gorky whose suicide in 1948 dictates fraught family dynamics.

Director: Cosima Spender | Stars: Arshile Gorky, Maro Gorky, Natasha Gorky, Agnes Magruder

Votes: 25

42. Der Mann mit dem Fagott (2011 TV Movie)

212 min | Biography, Drama

6.5
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The story of Udo Jürgens, one of the most popular musicians (singer and pianist) of German speaking Europe, beginning with the story of his grandfather being inspired to emigrate to Russia ... See full summary »

Director: Miguel Alexandre | Stars: Udo Jürgens, Christian Berkel, David Rott, Ulrich Noethen

Votes: 145

43. Little Senegal (2001)

97 min | Drama

7.0
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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.

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

Votes: 376

44. Bright Leaves (2003)

Not Rated | 107 min | Documentary, Biography, Comedy

7.2
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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 »

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

Votes: 540 | Gross: $0.08M

45. Akseli ja Elina (1970)

137 min | Drama, History, War

7.0
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Add a Plot

Director: Edvin Laine | Stars: Aarno Sulkanen, Ulla Eklund, Risto Taulo, Anja Pohjola

Votes: 293

46. Stillleben (2012)

78 min | Drama

6.6
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An unexpected letter forces siblings Bernhard and Lydia to confront each other and to deal with their family history.

Director: Sebastian Meise | Stars: Daniela Golpashin, Christoph Luser, Fritz Hörtenhuber, Roswitha Soukup

Votes: 121

47. Gettin' to Know Me (1980– )

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

Stars: Kimberly Brooks, Thomas Anderson, Rosanna Carter, Esther Cole

Votes: 16

48. Lida (2017)

88 min | Documentary

6.6
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Anna Eborn's portrait of an octogenarian Swedish woman in Ukraine LIDA is a modern, poetic, cinematic experience. It is not a conceptual movie nor meant to be consumable in a straight way. ... See full summary »

Director: Anna Eborn | Stars: Lida Utas Andreasdotter, Lucia, Monk Nile, Vikali Volodja Mikitovich

Votes: 7

49. Nancy Drew: Sea of Darkness (2015 Video Game)

E10+ | Adventure, Mystery

7.6
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Teen detective Nancy Drew investigates the disappearance of the captain of the Icelandic ship "Heerlijkheid".

Director: Tim Burke | Stars: Lani Minella, Katherine Grant-Suttie, Billie Wildrick, Gene Thorkildsen

Votes: 14

50. Shadow of a Hero (2015)

90 min | Biography, Drama, History

8.0
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A grandchild sets out to discover how the death of his grandfather in the Spanish Civil War could split up the entire family for three generations.

Director: Laurits Munch-Petersen | Stars: Ulrich Thomsen, Laurits Munch-Petersen, Daniel Dencik, Ebbe Munch Larsen

Votes: 46