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

PG | 136 min | Action, Adventure, Fantasy

6.6
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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.

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

2. Casino Royale (2006)

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

8.0
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81 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.

Writers: Neal Purvis, Robert Wade, Paul Haggis, Ian Fleming | Director: Martin Campbell | Stars: Daniel Craig, Eva Green, Judi Dench, Jeffrey Wright

3. Monsters University (2013)

G | 104 min | Animation, Adventure, Comedy

7.4
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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.

Writers: Dan Scanlon, Daniel Gerson, Robert L. Baird | Director: Dan Scanlon | Stars: Billy Crystal, John Goodman, Steve Buscemi, Helen Mirren

4. My Girl 2 (1994)

PG | 99 min | Comedy, Drama, Family

5.1
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Vada Sultenfuss has a holiday coming up, and an assignment: to do an essay on someone she admires and has never met. She decides she wants to do an assignment on her mother, but quickly ... See full summary »

Writers: Laurice Elehwany, Janet Kovalcik | Director: Howard Zieff | Stars: Dan Aykroyd, Jamie Lee Curtis, Anna Chlumsky, Austin O'Brien

5. 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.

Writers: Jack Burns, Jerry Juhl | Director: James Frawley | Stars: Jim Henson, Frank Oz, Jerry Nelson, Richard Hunt

6. 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.

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

7. 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 »

Writer: Robert J. Avrech | Director: Ferdinand Fairfax | Stars: Jason Connery, Kristin Scott Thomas, Joss Ackland, Patricia Hodge

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

Unrated | 44 min | Documentary, Short, Biography

6.4
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Writer: John Cork | Director: John Cork | Stars: Ian Fleming, Patrick Macnee, Andrew Lycett, Kate Grimond

9. Witchblade (2000 TV Movie)

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

4.8
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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.

Writers: Marc Silvestri, J.D. Zeik | Director: Ralph Hemecker | Stars: Yancy Butler, Anthony Cistaro, Conrad Dunn, David Chokachi

10. Kermit's Swamp Years (2002 Video)

G | 82 min | Comedy, Family, Fantasy

5.3
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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.

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

11. Prototype (2009)

Action, Fantasy, Sci-Fi

5.7
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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 »

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

12. 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

13. Ich war neunzehn (1968)

115 min | Biography, Drama, History

7.7
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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 »

Writers: Wolfgang Kohlhaase, Konrad Wolf | Director: Konrad Wolf | Stars: Jaecki Schwarz, Vasili Livanov, Aleksey Eybozhenko, Galina Polskikh

14. Persuasion (I) (2014)

30 min | Short, Drama, Family | Completed

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

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

15. Captain Future

Action, Adventure, Fantasy | Announced

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."

Writers: Christian Alvart, Edmond Hamilton

16. El monje loco (1984)

76 min | Horror

3.9
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Writers: Rafael Portillo, Roberto G. Rivera | Director: Julio Aldama | Stars: Julio Aldama, Julio Aldama Jr., Luz María Rico, Queta Lavat

17. Dizzy & Daffy (1934)

18 min | Short, Comedy, Sport

5.7
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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.

Writers: Dolph Singer, Jack Henley | Director: Lloyd French | Stars: Dizzy Dean, Paul 'Daffy' Dean, Roscoe Ates, Shemp Howard

18. 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.

Writer: Bradford N. Smith | Director: James Steller | Stars: Joseph Martin Jauch, Brooklynn Ray, Jon Holmberg, Daniel Riordan

19. Double Lives (1992)

Animation, Short, Comedy

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20. Ocaña, la memoria del sol (2010)

99 min | Biography

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

21. 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.

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

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

TV-G | Animation, Action, Adventure

8.1
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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!

Creators: Mark McCorkle, Robert Schooley | Director: David Block | Stars: Christy Carlson Romano, Will Friedle, Nancy Cartwright, Tahj Mowry

23. 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

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

Adventure, Comedy, Family

7.2
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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 »

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

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

60 min | Documentary, Biography, History

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

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

TV-14 | Crime, Drama, Thriller

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

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

27. 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 »

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

28. Dexter's Laboratory (1996–2003)
Episode: Spacecase/The Justice Friends: Ratman/Dexter's Debt (1996)

TV-G | Animation, Comedy, Drama

7.5
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In "Space Case", Dexter hands off Dee Dee to invading aliens, only to become so overcome with guilt that he decides to save her. In "Ratman", the Justice Friends discover that a vigilante ... See full summary »

Creator: Genndy Tartakovsky | Directors: Genndy Tartakovsky, Rob Renzetti | Stars: Christine Cavanaugh, Allison Moore, Kath Soucie, Jeff Bennett

29. Visionaries: Knights of the Magical Light (1987)
Episode: The Age of Magic Begins (1987)

Animation, Action, Adventure

6.2
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When planet Prysmos' three suns shift, they cancel out the power of all electronic and battery-powered devices, forcing the inhabitants to restart their society as archaic. A mysterious old... See full summary »

Writer: Flint Dille | Directors: Masakatsu Iijima, Yasumi Mikamoto | Stars: Susan Blu, Roscoe Lee Browne, Peter Cullen, Jim Cummings

30. Rainbow Brite (1984– )
Episode: The Beginning of Rainbowland: Part 1 (1985)

TV-G | Animation, Family

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The origin story of Rainbow Brite begins! A little girl named Wisp is transported to a dark, colorless world. Her quest is to find the light and the color of this dark world and set it free... See full summary »

Writer: Howard R. Cohen | Director: Bernard Deyriès | Stars: Bettina Bush, Peter Cullen, Pat Fraley, Robbie Lee

31. Rainbow Brite (1984– )
Episode: The Beginning of Rainbowland: Part 2 (1985)

TV-G | Animation, Family

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The second part of the origin story of Rainbow Brite. Starting in the cave where they found the Color Belt, Rainbow Brite, Twink, Starlite and the baby continue on Rainbow Brite's quest to ... See full summary »

Writer: Howard R. Cohen | Director: Bernard Deyriès | Stars: Bettina Bush, Pat Fraley, Robbie Lee, Peter Cullen

32. My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic (2010– )
Episode: The Cutie Mark Chronicles (2011)

TV-Y | Animation, Comedy, Family

8.8
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The Cutie Mark Crusaders ask Applejack, Fluttershy, Rarity, Twilight, Pinkie, and Rainbow Dash how they got their cutie marks.

Creator: Lauren Faust | Directors: Jayson Thiessen, James Wootton | Stars: Tara Strong, Ashleigh Ball, Andrea Libman, Tabitha St. Germain

33. Challenge of the SuperFriends (1978– )
Episode: The History of Doom/The Rise and Fall of the Super Friends (1978)

TV-Y7 | 30 min | Animation, Action, Family

7.7
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Three aliens arrive on Earth after it has been destroyed and learn the origins of the SuperFriends and the Legion of Doom.

Writer: Jeffrey Scott | Directors: Ray Patterson, Carl Urbano | Stars: Jack Angel, Marlene Aragon, Lewis Bailey, Michael Bell