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1. Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace (1999)

PG | 136 min | Action, Adventure, Fantasy

6.5
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51 Metascore

Two Jedi Knights escape a hostile blockade to find allies and come across a young boy who may bring balance to the Force, but the long dormant Sith resurface to reclaim their old glory.

Director: George Lucas | Stars: Ewan McGregor, Liam Neeson, Natalie Portman, Jake Lloyd

Votes: 536,562 | Gross: $474.54M

2. Spider-Man (2002)

PG-13 | 121 min | Action, Adventure, Romance

7.3
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73 Metascore

When bitten by a genetically modified spider, a nerdy, shy, and awkward high school student gains spider-like abilities that he eventually must use to fight evil as a superhero after tragedy befalls his family.

Director: Sam Raimi | Stars: Tobey Maguire, Kirsten Dunst, Willem Dafoe, James Franco

Votes: 546,597 | Gross: $403.71M

3. Iron Man (2008)

PG-13 | 126 min | Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi

7.9
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79 Metascore

After being held captive in an Afghan cave, a billionaire engineer creates a unique weaponized suit of armor to fight evil.

Director: Jon Favreau | Stars: Robert Downey Jr., Gwyneth Paltrow, Terrence Howard, Jeff Bridges

Votes: 699,032 | Gross: $318.30M

4. Casino Royale (2006)

PG-13 | 144 min | Action, Adventure, Thriller

8.0
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80 Metascore

Armed with a licence to kill, Secret Agent James Bond sets out on his first mission as 007 and must defeat a weapons dealer in a high stakes game of poker at Casino Royale, but things are not what they seem.

Director: Martin Campbell | Stars: Daniel Craig, Eva Green, Judi Dench, Jeffrey Wright

Votes: 472,060 | Gross: $167.01M

5. The Amazing Spider-Man (2012)

PG-13 | 136 min | Action, Adventure

7.0
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66 Metascore

After Peter Parker is bitten by a genetically altered spider, he gains newfound, spider-like powers and ventures out to solve the mystery of his parent's mysterious death.

Director: Marc Webb | Stars: Andrew Garfield, Emma Stone, Rhys Ifans, Irrfan Khan

Votes: 453,367 | Gross: $262.03M

6. Monsters University (2013)

G | 104 min | Animation, Adventure, Comedy

7.3
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65 Metascore

A look at the relationship between Mike and Sulley during their days at Monsters University -- when they weren't necessarily the best of friends.

Director: Dan Scanlon | Stars: Billy Crystal, John Goodman, Steve Buscemi, Helen Mirren

Votes: 236,150 | Gross: $268.49M

7. Oz the Great and Powerful (2013)

PG | 130 min | Adventure, Family, Fantasy

6.4
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44 Metascore

A small-time magician is swept away to an enchanted land and is forced into a power struggle between three witches.

Director: Sam Raimi | Stars: James Franco, Michelle Williams, Rachel Weisz, Mila Kunis

Votes: 175,817 | Gross: $234.90M

8. Justice League: War (2014 Video)

PG-13 | 79 min | Animation, Action, Adventure

7.2
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The world's finest heroes found the Justice League in order to stop an alien invasion of Earth.

Director: Jay Oliva | Stars: Sean Astin, Zach Callison, Christopher Gorham, Justin Kirk

Votes: 18,933

9. Superman/Batman: Apocalypse (2010 Video)

PG-13 | 78 min | Animation, Action, Adventure

7.2
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Batman discovers a mysterious teen-aged girl with super-human powers and a connection to Superman. When the girl comes to the attention of Darkseid, the evil overlord of Apokolips, events take a decidedly dangerous turn.

Director: Lauren Montgomery | Stars: Andre Braugher, Kevin Conroy, Tim Daly, Susan Eisenberg

Votes: 17,634

10. My Girl 2 (1994)

PG | 99 min | Comedy, Drama, Family

5.1
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Vada Sultenfuss must go to LA to stay with her Uncle Phil to do some research on her mother's life, but finds much more...

Director: Howard Zieff | Stars: Dan Aykroyd, Jamie Lee Curtis, Anna Chlumsky, Austin O'Brien

Votes: 15,033 | Gross: $16.66M

11. Halo: The Fall of Reach (2015 TV Mini-Series)

TV-14 | 64 min | Animation, Action, Sci-Fi

5.6
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Animated series adapted from the original book, Halo: The Fall of Reach. It's an explanation and backstory of the shaping and creation of Spartan 117, The Master Chief.

Stars: Jen Taylor, Steve Downes, Michelle Lukes, Brittany Uomoleale

Votes: 1,206

12. The Muppet Movie (1979)

G | 95 min | Adventure, Comedy, Family

7.7
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69 Metascore

Kermit and his new found friends trek across America to find success in Hollywood, but a frog-legs merchant is after Kermit.

Director: James Frawley | Stars: Jim Henson, Frank Oz, Jerry Nelson, Richard Hunt

Votes: 25,563 | Gross: $76.66M

13. The Specials (2000)

R | 82 min | Action, Comedy, Fantasy

6.0
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38 Metascore

The sixth or seventh best superhero team in the world pursue their rightful place in the harshly competitive world of toy tie-ins and fighting evil.

Director: Craig Mazin | Stars: Rob Lowe, Thomas Haden Church, Paget Brewster, Jordan Ladd

Votes: 1,943 | Gross: $0.01M

14. Jay and Silent Bob's Super Groovy Cartoon Movie (2013)

64 min | Animation, Comedy

5.1
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Jay and Silent Bob hit the lottery jackpot, and use their cash windfall to become crime-fighting superheroes.

Director: Steve Stark | Stars: Marc Bernardin, Ming Chen, Matt Cohen, Kevin Conroy

Votes: 1,309

15. Prototype (2009)

80 min | Action, Fantasy, Sci-Fi

5.2
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Growing up in the shadow of Sin City Alex Mackendrick lives a pretty ordinary life devoid of excitement. Alex has never had the power to stand up for himself. Since the death of his mother,... See full summary »

Director: Michael Reilly | Stars: Joe Cabatit, Mark Kelly, Michael Tylo, Steve Zissis

Votes: 79

16. Kermit's Swamp Years (2002 Video)

G | 82 min | Comedy, Family, Fantasy

5.4
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At 12 years old, Kermit the Frog and best friends Goggles and Croaker travel outside their homes in the swamps of the Deep South to do something extraordinary with their lives.

Director: David Gumpel | Stars: Steve Whitmire, Bill Barretta, Dave Goelz, Joey Mazzarino

Votes: 938

17. The Secret Life of Ian Fleming (1990 TV Movie)

Unrated | 100 min | Adventure, Biography, War

6.3
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The Secret Life of Ian Fleming follows the exciting life of a dashing young Ian Fleming, the mastermind behind the highly successful James Bond books and movies. As a womanizer and a ... See full summary »

Director: Ferdinand Fairfax | Stars: Jason Connery, Kristin Scott Thomas, Joss Ackland, Patricia Hodge

Votes: 479

18. Witchblade (2000 TV Movie)

TV-14 | 94 min | Action, Fantasy, Mystery

4.9
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Witchblade is the story of New York detective, Sara Pezzini, whose search for justice leads her to an arcane weapon that grants her the power to battle Earth's darkest evil forces.

Director: Ralph Hemecker | Stars: Yancy Butler, Anthony Cistaro, Conrad Dunn, David Chokachi

Votes: 1,901

19. Ian Fleming: 007's Creator (2000 Video)

Unrated | 44 min | Documentary, Short, Biography

6.8
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Director: John Cork | Stars: Ian Fleming, Patrick Macnee, Andrew Lycett, Kate Grimond

Votes: 62

20. The Avenging Spider-Man (2015)

Not Rated | 48 min | Action, Sci-Fi, Thriller

7.0
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Peter Parker meets his old friend Eddie Brock for the first time in 5 years. Eddie tells him that he's moved back to inherit his and Peter's dead dads' work.

Director: Cameron Dodd | Stars: Kosta Stylianou, Greg Campbell, Hussein Mohammed, Alyssa McGarrity

Votes: 22

21. Captain Future

Action, Adventure, Fantasy | Pre-production

Curtis Newton is raised by intelligent machines in a secret moon base. When the prodigy is discovered by other humans he has to survive his first Space Adventure in order to become the legendary "Captain Future."

22. Garfield: His 9 Lives (1988 TV Movie)

60 min | Animation, Adventure, Comedy

7.9
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This sometimes very funny and sometimes highly emotional anthology follows Garfield's nine lives throughout history, from his first life as a prehistoric cat-Neanderthal to his ninth life as an astronaut in a jam.

Directors: Phil Roman, Doug Frankel, Ruth Kissane, Bill Littlejohn, Bob Nesler, Bob Scott, George Singer, John Sparey | Stars: Lorenzo Music, Thom Huge, Gregg Berger, Desirée Goyette

Votes: 443

23. Ich war neunzehn (1968)

115 min | Biography, Drama, War

7.8
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April 1945: Gregor Hecker, 19 years of age, reaches the outskirts of Berlin as part of the Red Army's scouting team. Having fled Germany with his family when he was eight, he is confronted ... See full summary »

Director: Konrad Wolf | Stars: Jaecki Schwarz, Vasiliy Livanov, Aleksey Eybozhenko, Galina Polskikh

Votes: 598

24. Ian Fleming: Bondmaker (2005 TV Movie)

60 min | Drama

6.5
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A look at the life of Ian Fleming from when he was in Naval Intelligence as a Commander until his death in 1964. This docudrama gives an insight into what Fleming was really like and how he wrote the Bond novels.

Director: John Alexander | Stars: Ben Daniels, Emily Woof, Pip Torrens, Nickolas Grace

Votes: 26

25. El monje loco (1984)

76 min | Horror

4.0
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Director: Julio Aldama | Stars: Julio Aldama, Julio Aldama Jr., Luz María Rico, Queta Lavat

Votes: 6

26. Persuasion (I) (2014)

30 min | Short, Drama, Family

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When his adopted son displays a mysterious ability, Mark Seever begins a secret investigation to uncover the truth of his son's past.

Director: Mattson Tomlin | Stars: Gregory Linington, David Kopelev, Laurie Okin, Bryant Boon

27. Dizzy & Daffy (1934)

18 min | Short, Comedy, Sport

6.0
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A half-blind minor league pitcher meets, and nicknames, Dizzy and Daffy Dean, who go on to play for the St. Louis Cardinals.

Director: Lloyd French | Stars: Dizzy Dean, Paul 'Daffy' Dean, Roscoe Ates, Shemp Howard

Votes: 11

28. Just So Stories (1991– )

8 min | Animation, Adventure, Family

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Animated adaptation of the Jungle Book author Rudyard Kipling's collection of short stories for kids called Just So Stories about animal adventures as well as the fictional origin of some animal traits and human customs.

Star: Geoffrey Matthews

29. Frost-E (2013)

14 min | Short, Action, Adventure

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When a secret government project called FROST-E breaks loose, they turn to the only man who can help: Major Paul Jansen. Set in the 1940s, this story documents what some believe to be the origins of Frosty the Snowman.

Director: James Steller | Stars: Joseph Martin Jauch, Brooklynn Ray, Jon Holmberg, Daniel Riordan

30. The Lay of Lancaster (2016)

Short, Action, Adventure | Post-production

The origin story of an unshakable revolutionary in the fantasy European country of Marinova.

Director: Brandon Johnson | Stars: Jess Matney, Andrew Novell, Mark Reininga, Madeleine Heil

31. Ocaña, la memoria del sol (2010)

99 min | Biography

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Director: Juan J. Moreno | Stars: Ocaña, Nazario, Jesús Garay, Gerard Courant

32. Double Lives (1992)

Animation, Short, Comedy

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33. The Generator (2007 Video)

14 min | Short, Drama, Sci-Fi

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A coming of age story about a boy who discovers he has the ability to generate energy, a power he inherited through his mother's death at childbirth.

Director: James Hunter | Stars: Jake Allen, Emily Clark, Jennifer Cleary, Dougall De Totth

34. The Awesome Adventures of Victor Vector & Yondo: The Cyberplasm Formula (1995 Video Game)

Animation, Adventure, Drama

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Fourth in the series of four interactive comic book adventure games featuring Victor Vector and Yondo. In the future, the world is still recovering from the tech crash of 2093 that wiped ... See full summary »

Stars: Beth Agnew, Ian James Corlett, Michael Donovan, Phil Hayes

35. Homeland (2011– )
Episode: All About Allison (2015)

TV-MA | 52 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

8.2
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Carrie needs Allison's help. Quinn's plans change.

Director: Daniel Attias | Stars: Claire Danes, Rupert Friend, Sebastian Koch, Miranda Otto

Votes: 1,101

36. The Transformers (1984–1987)
Episode: Call of the Primitives (1986)

TV-Y7 | Animation, Action, Adventure

7.9
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Autobots and Decepticons with animal modes are summoned to battle an energy being named Tornedron.

Directors: Andy Kim, Ray Lee | Stars: Jack Angel, Jered Barclay, Michael Bell, Gregg Berger

Votes: 37

37. The Virginian (1962–1971)
Episode: Duel at Shiloh (1963)

TV-PG | 75 min | Western

7.9
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At a friend's grave Steve recalls how the man helped him survive his arrival at Medicine Bow and train him as a cowboy and proficient with guns. Sadly, the man's unwillingness to adapt with to the times pushed Steve to his life at Shiloh.

Director: Jerry Hopper | Stars: Lee J. Cobb, Doug McClure, Gary Clarke, James Drury

Votes: 40

38. The Transformers (1984–1987)
Episode: Five Faces of Darkness: Part 4 (1986)

TV-Y7 | Animation, Action, Adventure

8.1
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Rodimus Prime goes on a "vision quest" inside the Matrix to learn the Quintessons' true role in the Transformers' origins. Meanwhile, Galvatron plans a two-pronged attack on Cybertron and Earth with his newest creation: Trypticon.

Directors: Andy Kim, Ray Lee | Stars: Charles Adler, Jack Angel, Arlene Banas, Roger Behr

Votes: 40

39. Kim Possible (2002–2007)
Episode: Go Team Go (2004)

TV-G | 21 min | Animation, Action, Adventure

8.3
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A trip to Go City lands Kim and Ron in the middle of a fight between the villainous Aviarius and the metropolis's champion superheroes: Hego, Mego, Wego and... no, it couldn't be!

Director: David Block | Stars: Christy Carlson Romano, Will Friedle, Nancy Cartwright, Tahj Mowry

Votes: 40

40. The Transformers (1984–1987)
Episode: Grimlock's New Brain (1986)

TV-Y7 | Animation, Action, Adventure

7.5
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While fighting the Decepticons, Grimlock bites some controls. The feedback boosts Grimlock's intelligence. When many of the Autobots are captured. Grimlock builds the Technobots, and makes ... See full summary »

Directors: Andy Kim, Ray Lee | Stars: Charles Adler, Jack Angel, Arlene Banas, Roger Behr

Votes: 32

41. The Royal Institution Christmas Lectures (1966–1999)
Episode: Growing Up in the Universe: The Genesis of Purpose (1992)

Documentary, Family

9.4
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Stars: Richard Dawkins, Adolf Hitler

Votes: 20

42. Maid Marian and Her Merry Men (1989–1994)
Episode: How the Band Got Together (1989)

Adventure, Comedy, Family

7.3
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Marian arrives in medieval Worksop and tries to sell her pet tadpole Edwina to vain tailor Robin of Kensington who has just finished making the Royal Underpants for King John. Rastafarian ... See full summary »

Director: David Bell | Stars: Kate Lonergan, Adam Morris, Danny John-Jules, Howard Lew Lewis

Votes: 7

43. Biography (1987– )
Episode: James Bond: The Secret Life of 007

60 min | Documentary, Biography

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Stars: Sean Connery, Ian Fleming, Peter Graves, John Pearson

44. The Transformers (1984–1987)
Episode: More Than Meets the Eye: Part 1 (1984)

TV-Y7 | 23 min | Animation, Action, Adventure

7.7
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As the Energon supply runs low on the planet Cybertron, the Autobots leave to find a new energy source. Their enemies, the Decepticons, follow. After a vicious battle in space, both of their ships crash land on Earth.

Director: John Gibbs | Stars: Michael Bell, Corey Burton, Victor Caroli, Scatman Crothers

Votes: 126

45. Transformers Prime (2010– )
Episode: One Shall Rise: Part 3 (2011)

TV-Y7 | 22 min | Animation, Action, Adventure

8.2
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The Autobots and Megatron fight their way to Unicron's spark chamber. Meanwhile, Ratchet tells the kids about Cybertron.

Directors: Vinton Heuck, David Hartman | Stars: Peter Cullen, Frank Welker, Jeffrey Combs, Ernie Hudson

Votes: 54

46. Gotham (2014– )
Episode: Pilot (2014)

TV-14 | 50 min | Action, Crime, Drama

8.1
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James Gordon and Harvey Bullock are assigned to track down the killer of Thomas and Martha Wayne.

Director: Danny Cannon | Stars: Ben McKenzie, Donal Logue, David Mazouz, Zabryna Guevara

Votes: 7,929

47. Supergirl (2015– )
Episode: Pilot (2015)

TV-PG | 45 min | Action, Adventure, Drama

7.2
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Twenty-four-year-old Kara Zor-El, cousin of Superman, who was taken in by the Danvers family when she was 12 after being sent away from Krypton, must learn to embrace her powers after previously hiding them.

Director: Glen Winter | Stars: Melissa Benoist, Mehcad Brooks, Chyler Leigh, Jeremy Jordan

Votes: 2,859

48. The Cape (2011– )
Episode: Pilot (2011)

TV-14 | 120 min | Action, Drama

6.8
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Fueled by a desire to reunite with his wife Dana and son Trip, former police officer Vince Faraday becomes "The Cape" -- his son's favorite comic book superhero -- and takes the law into ... See full summary »

Director: Simon West | Stars: David Lyons, Keith David, Summer Glau, James Frain

Votes: 216

49. Ashens (2006– )
Episode: Poundland Special: Ninja Sock Boyfriend Team (2016)

Comedy, Reality-TV

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In yet another Poundland special Ashens reviews a galore of weird toys and souvenirs from pound and dollar stores around the world.

Director: Stuart Ashen | Stars: Stuart Ashen, Baron Mentski

50. The Transformers (1984–1987)
Episode: S.O.S. Dinobots (1984)

TV-Y7 | 23 min | Animation, Action, Adventure

7.8
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After finding dinosaur bones hidden near their base, the Autobots decide to create mechanical dinosaurs called the Dinobots.

Director: John Walker | Stars: Michael Bell, Gregg Berger, Corey Burton, Scatman Crothers

Votes: 67