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1. The Notebook (2004)

PG-13 | 123 min | Drama, Romance

8.0
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53 Metascore

A poor and passionate young man falls in love with a rich young woman and gives her a sense of freedom. They soon are separated by their social differences.

Writers: Jeremy Leven, Jan Sardi, Nicholas Sparks | Director: Nick Cassavetes | Stars: Gena Rowlands, James Garner, Rachel McAdams, Ryan Gosling

2. American Beauty (1999)

R | 122 min | Drama

8.5
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86 Metascore

Lester Burnham, a depressed suburban father in a mid-life crisis, decides to turn his hectic life around after becoming infatuated with his daughter's attractive friend.

Writer: Alan Ball | Director: Sam Mendes | Stars: Kevin Spacey, Annette Bening, Thora Birch, Wes Bentley

3. Smallville (2001–2011)

TV-PG | 60 min | Adventure, Drama, Romance

7.5
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A young Clark Kent struggles to find his place in the world as he learns to harness his alien powers for good and deals with the typical troubles of teenage life in Smallville.

Creators: Alfred Gough, Miles Millar | Stars: Tom Welling, Michael Rosenbaum, Allison Mack, Kristin Kreuk

4. Weird Science (1985)

PG-13 | 94 min | Comedy, Fantasy, Romance

6.6
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46 Metascore

Two high school nerds attempt to create the perfect woman, but she turns out to be more than that.

Writer: John Hughes | Director: John Hughes | Stars: Anthony Michael Hall, Ilan Mitchell-Smith, Kelly LeBrock, Bill Paxton

5. Avatar (2009)

PG-13 | 162 min | Action, Adventure, Fantasy

7.9
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83 Metascore

A paraplegic Marine dispatched to the moon Pandora on a unique mission becomes torn between following his orders and protecting the world he feels is his home.

Writer: James Cameron | Director: James Cameron | Stars: Sam Worthington, Zoe Saldana, Sigourney Weaver, Michelle Rodriguez

6. 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

7. Sixteen Candles (1984)

R | 93 min | Comedy, Romance

7.2
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57 Metascore

A young girl's "sweet sixteenth" birthday becomes anything but special as she suffers from every embarrassment possible.

Writer: John Hughes | Director: John Hughes | Stars: Molly Ringwald, Anthony Michael Hall, Justin Henry, Michael Schoeffling

8. Léon: The Professional (1994)

R | 110 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

8.6
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64 Metascore

A professional assassin rescues a young girl whose family were killed in a police raid.

Writer: Luc Besson | Director: Luc Besson | Stars: Jean Reno, Gary Oldman, Natalie Portman, Danny Aiello

9. American Pie (1999)

R | 95 min | Comedy, Romance

7.0
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58 Metascore

Four teenage boys enter a pact to lose their virginity by prom night.

Writer: Adam Herz | Directors: Paul Weitz, Chris Weitz | Stars: Jason Biggs, Chris Klein, Thomas Ian Nicholas, Alyson Hannigan

10. The Breakfast Club (1985)

R | 97 min | Comedy, Drama

7.9
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62 Metascore

Five high school students, all different stereotypes, meet in detention, where they pour their hearts out to each other, and discover how they have a lot more in common than they thought.

Writer: John Hughes | Director: John Hughes | Stars: Emilio Estevez, Judd Nelson, Molly Ringwald, Ally Sheedy

11. Awkward. (2011– )

21 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance | Active

7.8
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An unpopular 15 year old gains immediate, yet unwanted, popularity at her high school when the student body mistakes an accident she has for a suicide attempt.

Creator: Lauren Iungerich | Stars: Ashley Rickards, Beau Mirchoff, Brett Davern, Jillian Rose Reed

12. Hook (1991)

PG | 144 min | Adventure, Comedy, Family

6.6
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52 Metascore

When Captain Hook kidnaps his children, an adult Peter Pan must return to Neverland and reclaim his youthful spirit in order to challenge his old enemy.

Writers: J.M. Barrie, James V. Hart, Nick Castle, Malia Scotch Marmo | Director: Steven Spielberg | Stars: Dustin Hoffman, Robin Williams, Julia Roberts, Bob Hoskins

13. Six Feet Under (2001–2005)

TV-MA | 55 min | Drama

8.9
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A drama series that takes a darkly comical look at members of a dysfunctional California family that runs an independent funeral home.

Creator: Alan Ball | Stars: Peter Krause, Michael C. Hall, Frances Conroy, Lauren Ambrose

14. Sweet Home Alabama (2002)

PG-13 | 108 min | Comedy, Romance

6.1
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45 Metascore

A young woman with a Southern background runs away from her husband in Alabama and reinvents herself as a New York socialite.

Writers: Douglas J. Eboch, C. Jay Cox | Director: Andy Tennant | Stars: Reese Witherspoon, Patrick Dempsey, Josh Lucas, Candice Bergen

15. Eyes Wide Shut (1999)

R | 159 min | Drama, Mystery, Romance

7.3
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68 Metascore

A New York City doctor, who is married to an art curator, pushes himself on a harrowing and dangerous night-long odyssey of sexual and moral discovery after his wife admits that she once almost cheated on him.

Writers: Stanley Kubrick, Frederic Raphael, Arthur Schnitzler | Director: Stanley Kubrick | Stars: Tom Cruise, Nicole Kidman, Todd Field, Sydney Pollack

16. Billy Elliot (2000)

PG-13 | 110 min | Comedy, Drama, Music

7.7
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74 Metascore

A talented young boy becomes torn between his unexpected love of dance and the disintegration of his family.

Writer: Lee Hall | Director: Stephen Daldry | Stars: Jamie Bell, Julie Walters, Jean Heywood, Jamie Draven

17. Pretty Woman (1990)

R | 119 min | Comedy, Romance

6.9
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51 Metascore

A man in a legal but hurtful business needs an escort for some social events, and hires a beautiful prostitute he meets... only to fall in love.

Writer: J.F. Lawton | Director: Garry Marshall | Stars: Richard Gere, Julia Roberts, Jason Alexander, Laura San Giacomo

18. Home Alone (1990)

PG | 103 min | Comedy, Family

7.4
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63 Metascore

An 8-year-old boy who is accidentally left behind while his family flies to France for Christmas must defend his home against idiotic burglars.

Writer: John Hughes | Director: Chris Columbus | Stars: Macaulay Culkin, Joe Pesci, Daniel Stern, John Heard

19. Grosse Pointe Blank (1997)

R | 107 min | Comedy, Crime, Romance

7.4
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76 Metascore

Martin Blank is a professional assassin. He is sent on a mission to a small Detroit suburb, Grosse Pointe, and, by coincidence, his ten-year high school reunion party is taking place there at the same time.

Writers: Tom Jankiewicz, D.V. DeVincentis, Steve Pink, John Cusack | Director: George Armitage | Stars: John Cusack, Minnie Driver, Dan Aykroyd, Joan Cusack

20. Secretary (2002)

R | 104 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

7.1
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63 Metascore

A young woman, recently released from a mental hospital, gets a job as a secretary to a demanding lawyer, where their employer-employee relationship turns into a sexual, sadomasochistic one.

Writers: Erin Cressida Wilson, Mary Gaitskill, Steven Shainberg | Director: Steven Shainberg | Stars: James Spader, Maggie Gyllenhaal, Jeremy Davies, Lesley Ann Warren

21. Big Fish (2003)

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

8.0
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58 Metascore

A son tries to learn more about his dying father by reliving stories and myths he told about his life.

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

22. Edward Scissorhands (1990)

PG-13 | 105 min | Drama, Fantasy, Romance

8.0
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74 Metascore

An uncommonly gentle young man, who happens to have scissors for hands, falls in love with a beautiful adolescent girl.

Writers: Tim Burton, Caroline Thompson | Director: Tim Burton | Stars: Johnny Depp, Winona Ryder, Dianne Wiest, Anthony Michael Hall

23. Howl's Moving Castle (2004)

PG | 119 min | Animation, Adventure, Family

8.2
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80 Metascore

When an unconfident young woman is cursed with an old body by a spiteful witch, her only chance of breaking the spell lies with a self-indulgent yet insecure young wizard and his companions in his legged, walking home.

Writers: Hayao Miyazaki, Diana Wynne Jones | Director: Hayao Miyazaki | Stars: Chieko Baishô, Takuya Kimura, Tatsuya Gashûin, Akihiro Miwa

24. The Mighty Ducks (1992)

PG | 100 min | Action, Comedy, Drama

6.4
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A self-centered lawyer is sentenced to community service coaching a rag tag youth hockey team.

Writer: Steven Brill | Director: Stephen Herek | Stars: Emilio Estevez, Joss Ackland, Lane Smith, Heidi Kling

25. Groundhog Day (1993)

PG | 101 min | Comedy, Drama, Fantasy

8.1
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72 Metascore

A weatherman finds himself living the same day over and over again.

Writers: Danny Rubin, Harold Ramis | Director: Harold Ramis | Stars: Bill Murray, Andie MacDowell, Chris Elliott, Stephen Tobolowsky

26. Kyle XY (2006–2009)

60 min | Drama, Mystery, Sci-Fi | Active

7.6
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A family takes in a formerly institutionalized teen savant (Dallas) who is missing standard human behaviors such as anger, joy and love.

Creators: Eric Bress, J. Mackye Gruber | Stars: Matt Dallas, Marguerite MacIntyre, Bruce Thomas, April Matson

27. Say Anything... (1989)

PG-13 | 100 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

7.5
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86 Metascore

A noble underachiever and a beautiful valedictorian fall in love the summer before she goes off to college.

Writer: Cameron Crowe | Director: Cameron Crowe | Stars: John Cusack, Ione Skye, John Mahoney, Lili Taylor

28. American Pie 2 (2001)

R | 108 min | Comedy, Romance

6.4
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43 Metascore

The continuing bawdy adventures of a group of friends reuniting after their first year of college.

Writers: Adam Herz, David H. Steinberg | Director: J.B. Rogers | Stars: Jason Biggs, Seann William Scott, Shannon Elizabeth, Alyson Hannigan

29. The Wonder Years (1988–1993)

TV-PG | 30 min | Comedy, Drama

8.4
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Kevin Arnold recalls growing up during the late 60s and early 70s; the turbulent social times make the transition from child to adult unusually interesting.

Stars: Fred Savage, Dan Lauria, Daniel Stern, Alley Mills

30. The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants (2005)

PG | 119 min | Comedy, Drama

6.6
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66 Metascore

Four best girlfriends hatch a plan to stay connected with one another as their lives start off in different directions: they pass around a pair of secondhand jeans that fits each of their bodies perfectly.

Writers: Ann Brashares, Delia Ephron, Elizabeth Chandler | Director: Ken Kwapis | Stars: Amber Tamblyn, Alexis Bledel, America Ferrera, Blake Lively

31. The Fisher King (1991)

R | 137 min | Comedy, Drama

7.6
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61 Metascore

A former radio DJ, suicidally despondent because of a terrible mistake he made, finds redemption in helping a deranged homeless man who was an unwitting victim of that mistake.

Writer: Richard LaGravenese | Director: Terry Gilliam | Stars: Jeff Bridges, Robin Williams, Adam Bryant, Paul Lombardi

32. Dances with Wolves (1990)

PG-13 | 181 min | Adventure, Drama, Western

8.0
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72 Metascore

Lt. John Dunbar, exiled to a remote western Civil War outpost, befriends wolves and Indians, making him an intolerable aberration in the military.

Writer: Michael Blake | Director: Kevin Costner | Stars: Kevin Costner, Mary McDonnell, Graham Greene, Rodney A. Grant

33. Willow (1988)

PG | 126 min | Action, Adventure, Drama

7.2
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A reluctant dwarf must play a critical role in protecting a special baby from an evil queen.

Writers: George Lucas, Bob Dolman | Director: Ron Howard | Stars: Val Kilmer, Joanne Whalley, Warwick Davis, Jean Marsh

34. It's Kind of a Funny Story (2010)

PG-13 | 101 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

7.2
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63 Metascore

A clinically depressed teenager gets a new start after he checks himself into an adult psychiatric ward.

Writers: Anna Boden, Ryan Fleck, Ned Vizzini | Directors: Anna Boden, Ryan Fleck | Stars: Keir Gilchrist, Zach Galifianakis, Emma Roberts, Dana DeVestern

35. Easy Rider (1969)

R | 95 min | Drama

7.4
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86 Metascore

Two counterculture bikers travel from Los Angeles to New Orleans in search of America.

Writers: Peter Fonda, Dennis Hopper, Terry Southern | Director: Dennis Hopper | Stars: Peter Fonda, Dennis Hopper, Jack Nicholson, Antonio Mendoza

36. The Color Purple (1985)

PG-13 | 154 min | Drama

7.8
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The life and trials of a young African American woman.

Writers: Alice Walker, Menno Meyjes | Director: Steven Spielberg | Stars: Danny Glover, Whoopi Goldberg, Oprah Winfrey, Margaret Avery

37. A River Runs Through It (1992)

PG | 123 min | Drama

7.3
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68 Metascore

Two fly-fishing sons of a Presbyterian minister--one reserved, one rebellious--grow up in rural Montana.

Writers: Norman Maclean, Richard Friedenberg | Director: Robert Redford | Stars: Craig Sheffer, Brad Pitt, Tom Skerritt, Brenda Blethyn

38. Moonstruck (1987)

PG | 102 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

7.1
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83 Metascore

Loretta Castorini, a book keeper from Brooklyn, New York, finds herself in a difficult situation when she falls for the brother of the man she agreed to marry (the best friend of her late husband who died seven years previously).

Writer: John Patrick Shanley | Director: Norman Jewison | Stars: Cher, Nicolas Cage, Olympia Dukakis, Danny Aiello

39. United States of Tara (2009–2011)

TV-MA | 30 min | Comedy, Drama | Active

7.9
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A woman struggles to find a balance between her dissociative identity disorder and raising a dysfunctional family.

Creator: Diablo Cody | Stars: Toni Collette, John Corbett, Rosemarie DeWitt, Keir Gilchrist

40. Scary Movie 4 (2006)

PG-13 | 83 min | Comedy

5.1
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40 Metascore

Cindy finds out the house she lives in is haunted by a little boy and goes on a quest to find out who killed him and why. Also, Alien "Tr-iPods" are invading the world and she has to uncover the secret in order to stop them.

Writers: Craig Mazin, Jim Abrahams, Pat Proft, Shawn Wayans, Marlon Wayans, Buddy Johnson, Phil Beauman, Jason Friedberg, Aaron Seltzer | Director: David Zucker | Stars: Anna Faris, Regina Hall, Craig Bierko, Bill Pullman

41. Northern Exposure (1990–1995)

60 min | Comedy, Drama, Fantasy

8.2
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A newly graduated doctor is required to set up his practice in an eccentric Alaskan town.

Stars: Rob Morrow, Janine Turner, Barry Corbin, John Cullum

42. Fried Green Tomatoes (1991)

PG-13 | 130 min | Drama, Comedy

7.6
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A housewife who is unhappy with her life befriends an old lady in a nursing home and is enthralled by the tales she tells of people she used to know.

Writers: Fannie Flagg, Carol Sobieski | Director: Jon Avnet | Stars: Kathy Bates, Jessica Tandy, Mary Stuart Masterson, Mary-Louise Parker

43. A Good Year (2006)

PG-13 | 117 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

6.9
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47 Metascore

A British investment broker inherits his uncle's chateau and vineyard in Provence, where he spent much of his childhood. He discovers a new laid-back lifestyle as he tries to renovate the estate to be sold.

Writers: Marc Klein, Peter Mayle | Director: Ridley Scott | Stars: Russell Crowe, Abbie Cornish, Albert Finney, Marion Cotillard

44. Last Tango in Paris (1972)

NC-17 | 136 min | Drama, Romance

7.2
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77 Metascore

A young Parisian woman meets a middle-aged American businessman who demands their clandestine relationship be based only on sex.

Writers: Bernardo Bertolucci, Franco Arcalli, Agnès Varda, Jean-Louis Trintignant | Director: Bernardo Bertolucci | Stars: Marlon Brando, Maria Schneider, Maria Michi, Giovanna Galletti

45. Beethoven (1992)

PG | 87 min | Comedy, Drama, Family

5.5
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A slobbering St. Bernard becomes the center of attention for a loving family, but its veterinarian secretly wants to kill him.

Writers: John Hughes, Amy Holden Jones | Director: Brian Levant | Stars: Charles Grodin, Bonnie Hunt, Dean Jones, Nicholle Tom

46. Wild Hogs (2007)

PG-13 | 100 min | Action, Adventure, Comedy

5.9
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27 Metascore

A group of suburban biker wannabes looking for adventure hit the open road, but get more than they bargained for when they encounter a New Mexico gang called the Del Fuegos.

Writer: Brad Copeland | Director: Walt Becker | Stars: Tim Allen, Martin Lawrence, John Travolta, William H. Macy

47. The Rite (2011)

PG-13 | 114 min | Drama, Horror, Thriller

6.0
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38 Metascore

An American seminary student travels to Italy to take an exorcism course.

Writers: Michael Petroni, Matt Baglio | Director: Mikael Håfström | Stars: Colin O'Donoghue, Anthony Hopkins, Ciarán Hinds, Alice Braga

48. Peggy Sue Got Married (1986)

PG-13 | 103 min | Comedy, Drama, Fantasy

6.3
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Peggy Sue faints at a high school reunion. When she wakes up, she finds herself in her own past, just before she finished school.

Writers: Jerry Leichtling, Arlene Sarner | Director: Francis Ford Coppola | Stars: Kathleen Turner, Nicolas Cage, Barry Miller, Catherine Hicks

49. Malcolm X (1992)

PG-13 | 202 min | Biography, Drama, History

7.7
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72 Metascore

Biographical epic of the controversial and influential Black Nationalist leader, from his early life and career as a small-time gangster, to his ministry as a member of the Nation of Islam and his assassination.

Writers: Alex Haley, Malcolm X, Arnold Perl, Spike Lee | Director: Spike Lee | Stars: Denzel Washington, Angela Bassett, Delroy Lindo, Spike Lee

50. The Nanny Diaries (2007)

PG-13 | 105 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

6.1
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46 Metascore

A college graduate goes to work as a nanny for a rich New York family. Ensconced in their home, she has to juggle their dysfunction, a new romance, and the spoiled brat in her charge.

Writers: Emma McLaughlin, Nicola Kraus, Shari Springer Berman, Robert Pulcini | Directors: Shari Springer Berman, Robert Pulcini | Stars: Scarlett Johansson, Laura Linney, Paul Giamatti, Donna Murphy