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1. Stand by Me (1986)

R | 89 min | Adventure, Drama

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After the death of a friend, a writer recounts a boyhood journey to find the body of a missing boy.

Writers: Stephen King, Raynold Gideon, Bruce A. Evans | Director: Rob Reiner | Stars: Wil Wheaton, River Phoenix, Corey Feldman, Jerry O'Connell

2. Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope (1977)

PG | 121 min | Action, Adventure, Fantasy

8.7
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91 Metascore

Luke Skywalker joins forces with a Jedi Knight, a cocky pilot, a wookiee and two droids to save the universe from the Empire's world-destroying battle-station, while also attempting to rescue Princess Leia from the evil Darth Vader.

Writer: George Lucas | Director: George Lucas | Stars: Mark Hamill, Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher, Alec Guinness

3. Warrior (2011)

PG-13 | 140 min | Drama, Sport

8.2
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71 Metascore

The youngest son of an alcoholic former boxer returns home, where he's trained by his father for competition in a mixed martial arts tournament - a path that puts the fighter on a collision corner with his older brother.

Writers: Gavin O'Connor, Anthony Tambakis, Cliff Dorfman | Director: Gavin O'Connor | Stars: Tom Hardy, Nick Nolte, Joel Edgerton, Jennifer Morrison

4. The King's Speech (2010)

R | 118 min | Biography, Drama, History

8.1
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88 Metascore

The story of King George VI of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, his impromptu ascension to the throne and the speech therapist who helped the unsure monarch become worthy of it.

Writer: David Seidler | Director: Tom Hooper | Stars: Colin Firth, Geoffrey Rush, Helena Bonham Carter, Derek Jacobi

5. The Fighter (I) (2010)

R | 116 min | Biography, Drama, Sport

7.9
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79 Metascore

A look at the early years of boxer "Irish" Micky Ward and his brother who helped train him before going pro in the mid 1980s.

Writers: Scott Silver, Paul Tamasy, Eric Johnson, Keith Dorrington | Director: David O. Russell | Stars: Mark Wahlberg, Christian Bale, Amy Adams, Melissa Leo

6. Hairspray (2007)

PG | 117 min | Comedy, Musical, Romance

6.8
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81 Metascore

Pleasantly plump teenager Tracy Turnblad teaches 1962 Baltimore a thing or two about integration after landing a spot on a local TV dance show.

Writers: Leslie Dixon, John Waters, Mark O'Donnell, Thomas Meehan | Director: Adam Shankman | Stars: John Travolta, Queen Latifah, Nikki Blonsky, Michelle Pfeiffer

7. Rocky (1976)

PG | 119 min | Drama, Sport

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Rocky Balboa, a small-time boxer gets a supremely rare chance to fight the heavy-weight champion, Apollo Creed, in a bout in which he strives to go the distance for his self-respect.

Writer: Sylvester Stallone | Director: John G. Avildsen | Stars: Sylvester Stallone, Talia Shire, Burt Young, Carl Weathers

8. Million Dollar Baby (2004)

PG-13 | 132 min | Drama, Sport

8.1
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86 Metascore

A determined woman works with a hardened boxing trainer to become a professional.

Writers: Paul Haggis, F.X. Toole | Director: Clint Eastwood | Stars: Hilary Swank, Clint Eastwood, Morgan Freeman, Jay Baruchel

9. Veronica Mars (2004–2007)

TV-14 | 60 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

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After her best friend is murdered and her father is removed as county sheriff, Veronica Mars dedicates her life to cracking the toughest mysteries in the affluent town of Neptune.

Creator: Rob Thomas | Stars: Kristen Bell, Percy Daggs III, Jason Dohring, Francis Capra

10. Planet of the Apes (2001)

PG-13 | 119 min | Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi

5.7
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50 Metascore

An Air Force astronaut crash lands on a mysterious planet where evolved, talking apes dominate a race of primitive humans.

Writers: Pierre Boulle, William Broyles Jr., Lawrence Konner, Mark Rosenthal | Director: Tim Burton | Stars: Mark Wahlberg, Helena Bonham Carter, Tim Roth, Michael Clarke Duncan

11. The Karate Kid (1984)

PG | 126 min | Action, Drama, Family

7.2
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A handyman/martial arts master agrees to teach a bullied boy karate and shows him that there is more to the martial art than fighting.

Writer: Robert Mark Kamen | Director: John G. Avildsen | Stars: Ralph Macchio, Pat Morita, Elisabeth Shue, Martin Kove

12. Rocky Balboa (2006)

PG | 102 min | Drama, Sport

7.2
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63 Metascore

Thirty years after the ring of the first bell, Rocky Balboa comes out of retirement and dons his gloves for his final fight; against the reigning heavyweight champ Mason 'The Line' Dixon.

Writer: Sylvester Stallone | Director: Sylvester Stallone | Stars: Sylvester Stallone, Antonio Tarver, Milo Ventimiglia, Burt Young

13. Sky High (2005)

PG | 100 min | Adventure, Comedy, Family

6.2
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62 Metascore

Set in a world where superheroes are commonly known and accepted, young Will Stronghold, the son of the Commander and Jetstream, tries to find a balance between being a normal teenager and an extraordinary being.

Writers: Paul Hernandez, Robert Schooley, Mark McCorkle | Director: Mike Mitchell | Stars: Kurt Russell, Kelly Preston, Michael Angarano, Danielle Panabaker

14. Vision Quest (1985)

R | 107 min | Drama, Romance, Sport

6.5
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Vision Quest is a coming of age movie in which high school wrestler Louden Swain decides he wants to be something more than an average high school athlete and sets his sights on a prize ... See full summary »

Writers: Terry Davis, Darryl Ponicsan | Director: Harold Becker | Stars: Matthew Modine, Linda Fiorentino, Michael Schoeffling, Ronny Cox

15. Dodgeball: A True Underdog Story (2004)

PG-13 | 92 min | Comedy, Sport

6.7
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55 Metascore

A group of misfits enter a Las Vegas dodgeball tournament in order to save their cherished local gym from the onslaught of a corporate health fitness chain.

Writer: Rawson Marshall Thurber | Director: Rawson Marshall Thurber | Stars: Ben Stiller, Christine Taylor, Vince Vaughn, Rip Torn

16. Rocky IV (1985)

PG | 91 min | Drama, Sport

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After iron man Drago, a highly intimidating 6-foot-5, 261-pound Soviet athlete, kills Apollo Creed in an exhibition match, Rocky comes to the heart of Russia for 15 pile-driving boxing rounds of revenge.

Writer: Sylvester Stallone | Director: Sylvester Stallone | Stars: Sylvester Stallone, Talia Shire, Burt Young, Carl Weathers

17. Lords of Dogtown (2005)

PG-13 | 107 min | Biography, Drama, Sport

7.1
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56 Metascore

The film follows the surf and skateboarding trends that originated in Venice, California during the 1970's.

Writer: Stacy Peralta | Director: Catherine Hardwicke | Stars: Heath Ledger, Emile Hirsch, Victor Rasuk, Johnny Knoxville

18. Kung Fu Panda (2008)

PG | 92 min | Animation, Action, Adventure

7.6
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73 Metascore

In the Valley of Peace, Po the Panda finds himself chosen as the Dragon Warrior despite the fact that he is obese and a complete novice at martial arts.

Writers: Jonathan Aibel, Glenn Berger, Ethan Reiff, Cyrus Voris | Directors: Mark Osborne, John Stevenson | Stars: Jack Black, Ian McShane, Angelina Jolie, Dustin Hoffman

19. Cinderella Man (2005)

PG-13 | 144 min | Biography, Drama, Sport

8.0
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69 Metascore

The story of James Braddock, a supposedly washed-up boxer who came back to become a champion and an inspiration in the 1930s.

Writers: Cliff Hollingsworth, Akiva Goldsman | Director: Ron Howard | Stars: Russell Crowe, Renée Zellweger, Craig Bierko, Paul Giamatti

20. Miracle (2004)

PG | 135 min | Drama, History, Sport

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68 Metascore

Miracle tells the true story of Herb Brooks (Russell), the player-turned-coach who led the 1980 U.S. Olympic hockey team to victory over the seemingly invincible Russian squad.

Writer: Eric Guggenheim | Director: Gavin O'Connor | Stars: Kurt Russell, Patricia Clarkson, Nathan West, Noah Emmerich

21. Make It or Break It (2009– )

45 min | Drama, Sport

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Follows a group of teen Olympic hopefuls as they train and prepare for their day in the spotlight.

Creator: Holly Sorensen | Stars: Ayla Kell, Josie Loren, Cassie Scerbo, Candace Cameron Bure

22. Bend It Like Beckham (2002)

PG-13 | 112 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

6.7
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66 Metascore

The daughter of orthodox Sikh rebels against her parents' traditionalism by running off to Germany with a football team (soccer in America).

Writers: Gurinder Chadha, Guljit Bindra, Paul Mayeda Berges | Director: Gurinder Chadha | Stars: Parminder Nagra, Keira Knightley, Jonathan Rhys Meyers, Anupam Kher

23. Run, Fatboy, Run (2007)

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

6.7
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48 Metascore

Five years after jilting his pregnant fiancée on their wedding day, out-of-shape Dennis decides to run a marathon to win her back.

Writers: Michael Ian Black, Simon Pegg | Director: David Schwimmer | Stars: Simon Pegg, Thandie Newton, Hank Azaria, Dylan Moran

24. Here Comes the Boom (2012)

PG | 105 min | Action, Comedy, Sport

6.5
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40 Metascore

A high school biology teacher looks to become a successful mixed-martial arts fighter in an effort to raise money to prevent extra-curricular activities from being axed at his cash-strapped school.

Writers: Allan Loeb, Kevin James | Director: Frank Coraci | Stars: Kevin James, Salma Hayek, Henry Winkler, Greg Germann

25. 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

26. The Talented Mr. Ripley (1999)

R | 139 min | Drama, Music, Thriller

7.3
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76 Metascore

In late 1950s New York, Tom Ripley, a young underachiever, is sent to Italy to retrieve a rich and spoiled millionaire playboy, named Dickie Greenleaf. But when the errand fails, Ripley takes extreme measures.

Writers: Patricia Highsmith, Anthony Minghella | Director: Anthony Minghella | Stars: Matt Damon, Gwyneth Paltrow, Jude Law, Cate Blanchett

27. Chariots of Fire (1981)

PG | 124 min | Drama, History, Sport

7.2
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Two British track athletes, one a determined Jew and the other a devout Christian, compete in the 1924 Olympics.

Writer: Colin Welland | Director: Hugh Hudson | Stars: Ben Cross, Ian Charleson, Nicholas Farrell, Nigel Havers

28. A Time to Kill (1996)

R | 149 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

7.4
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54 Metascore

A young lawyer defends a black man accused of murdering two men who raped his 10-year-old daughter, sparking a rebirth of the K.K.K.

Writers: John Grisham, Akiva Goldsman | Director: Joel Schumacher | Stars: Matthew McConaughey, Sandra Bullock, Samuel L. Jackson, Kevin Spacey

29. Flashdance (1983)

R | 95 min | Drama, Romance, Music

6.1
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35 Metascore

A Pittsburgh woman with two jobs as a welder and an exotic dancer wants to get into ballet school.

Writers: Thomas Hedley Jr., Joe Eszterhas | Director: Adrian Lyne | Stars: Jennifer Beals, Michael Nouri, Lilia Skala, Sunny Johnson

30. Turbo (2013)

PG | 96 min | Animation, Adventure, Comedy

6.5
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58 Metascore

A freak accident might just help an everyday garden snail achieve his biggest dream: winning the Indy 500.

Writers: Darren Lemke, Robert D. Siegel, David Soren | Director: David Soren | Stars: Ryan Reynolds, Paul Giamatti, Maya Rudolph, Samuel L. Jackson

31. Revenge of the Nerds (1984)

R | 90 min | Comedy

6.6
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41 Metascore

At a big campus, a group of bullied outcasts and misfits resolve to fight back for their peace and self respect.

Writers: Tim Metcalfe, Miguel Tejada-Flores, Steve Zacharias, Jeff Buhai | Director: Jeff Kanew | Stars: Robert Carradine, Anthony Edwards, Timothy Busfield, Andrew Cassese

32. Rocky V (1990)

PG-13 | 104 min | Drama, Sport

5.0
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54 Metascore

Reluctantly retired from boxing and back from riches to rags, Rocky takes on a new protege who betrays him; As the champ's son must adjust to his family's new life after bankruptcy.

Writer: Sylvester Stallone | Director: John G. Avildsen | Stars: Sylvester Stallone, Talia Shire, Burt Young, Sage Stallone

33. A League of Their Own (1992)

PG | 128 min | Comedy, Drama, Sport

7.2
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67 Metascore

Two sisters join the first female professional baseball league and struggle to help it succeed amidst their own growing rivalry.

Writers: Kim Wilson, Kelly Candaele, Lowell Ganz, Babaloo Mandel | Director: Penny Marshall | Stars: Tom Hanks, Geena Davis, Lori Petty, Madonna

34. Planes (2013)

PG | 91 min | Animation, Adventure, Comedy

5.7
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39 Metascore

A cropdusting plane with a fear of heights lives his dream of competing in a famous around-the-world aerial race.

Writers: John Lasseter, Klay Hall, Jeffrey M. Howard | Director: Klay Hall | Stars: Carlos Alazraqui, Dane Cook, Stacy Keach, Brad Garrett

35. Blue Crush (2002)

PG-13 | 104 min | Drama, Romance, Sport

5.6
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61 Metascore

As a hard-core surfer girl prepares for a big competition, she finds herself falling for a football player.

Writers: Susan Orlean, Lizzy Weiss, John Stockwell | Director: John Stockwell | Stars: Kate Bosworth, Michelle Rodriguez, Matthew Davis, Sanoe Lake

36. The Replacements (2000)

PG-13 | 118 min | Comedy, Sport

6.5
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30 Metascore

During a pro football strike, the owners hire substitute players.

Writer: Vince McKewin | Director: Howard Deutch | Stars: Keanu Reeves, Gene Hackman, Brooke Langton, Orlando Jones

37. The Legend of Bagger Vance (2000)

PG-13 | 126 min | Drama, Fantasy, Sport

6.7
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47 Metascore

A down-and-out golfer attempts to recover his game and his life with help from a mystical caddy.

Writers: Steven Pressfield, Jeremy Leven | Director: Robert Redford | Stars: Will Smith, Matt Damon, Charlize Theron, Bruce McGill

38. The Rainmaker (1997)

PG-13 | 135 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

7.1
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72 Metascore

An idealistic young lawyer and his cynical partner take on a powerful law firm representing a corrupt insurance company.

Writers: John Grisham, Francis Ford Coppola, Michael Herr | Director: Francis Ford Coppola | Stars: Matt Damon, Danny DeVito, Claire Danes, Jon Voight

39. Rocky III (1982)

PG | 99 min | Drama, Sport

6.7
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Rocky has been holding the title as the heavyweight champion until he is defeated by a brutal challenger, and now must regain his fighting spirit through a big rematch, trained by an unlikely ally: his old nemesis Apollo Creed.

Writer: Sylvester Stallone | Director: Sylvester Stallone | Stars: Sylvester Stallone, Talia Shire, Burt Young, Carl Weathers

40. Hard Ball (2001)

PG-13 | 106 min | Drama, Sport

6.3
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48 Metascore

An aimless young man who is scalping tickets, gambling and drinking, agrees to coach a Little League team from the Cabrini Green housing project in Chicago as a condition of getting a loan from a friend.

Writers: Daniel Coyle, John Gatins | Director: Brian Robbins | Stars: Keanu Reeves, Diane Lane, John Hawkes, Bryan Hearne

41. Rocky II (1979)

PG | 119 min | Action, Drama, Sport

7.1
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Rocky struggles in family life after his bout with Apollo Creed, while the embarrassed champ insistently goads him to accept a challenge for a rematch.

Writer: Sylvester Stallone | Director: Sylvester Stallone | Stars: Sylvester Stallone, Talia Shire, Burt Young, Carl Weathers

42. Bleed for This (2015)

Biography, Drama, Sport | Post-production

The inspirational story of World Champion Boxer Vinny Pazienza, who after a near fatal car crash, which left him not knowing if he'd ever walk again, made one of sports most incredible comebacks.

Writer: Ben Younger | Director: Ben Younger | Stars: Miles Teller, Katey Sagal, Aaron Eckhart, Ted Levine

43. Babe (1995)

G | 91 min | Comedy, Drama, Family

6.9
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83 Metascore

Babe, a pig raised by sheepdogs, learns to herd sheep with a little help from Farmer Hoggett.

Writers: Dick King-Smith, George Miller, Chris Noonan | Director: Chris Noonan | Stars: James Cromwell, Magda Szubanski, Christine Cavanaugh, Miriam Margolyes

44. The Transformers: The Movie (1986)

PG | 84 min | Animation, Action, Adventure

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The Autobots must stop a colossal planet consuming robot who goes after the Autobot Matrix of Leadership. At the same time, they must defend themselves against an all-out attack from the Decepticons.

Writer: Ron Friedman | Director: Nelson Shin | Stars: Orson Welles, Robert Stack, Leonard Nimoy, Norman Alden

45. The Tuxedo (2002)

PG-13 | 98 min | Action, Comedy, Sci-Fi

5.2
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30 Metascore

A hapless chauffer must take a comatosed secret agent's place using his special gadget-laden tuxedo.

Writers: Phil Hay, Matt Manfredi, Michael J. Wilson, Michael Leeson | Director: Kevin Donovan | Stars: Jackie Chan, Jennifer Love Hewitt, Jason Isaacs, Debi Mazar

46. Tekken (2010)

R | 92 min | Action, Crime, Drama

4.8
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Jin Kazama witnesses the death of his mother Jun by Tekken in the slums known as Anvil. After finding a Tekken ID he decides to seek out vengeance for his mother's death.

Writer: Alan B. McElroy | Director: Dwight H. Little | Stars: Jon Foo, Kelly Overton, Cary-Hiroyuki Tagawa, Ian Anthony Dale

47. The Bad News Bears (1976)

PG | 102 min | Comedy, Family, Sport

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An aging, down-on-his-luck ex-minor leaguer coaches a team of misfits in an ultra-competitive California little league.

Writer: Bill Lancaster | Director: Michael Ritchie | Stars: Walter Matthau, Tatum O'Neal, Vic Morrow, Joyce Van Patten

48. Major League (1989)

R | 107 min | Comedy, Sport

7.2
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The new owner of the Cleveland Indians puts together a purposely horrible team so they'll lose and she can move the team. But when the plot is uncovered, they start winning just to spite her.

Writer: David S. Ward | Director: David S. Ward | Stars: Tom Berenger, Charlie Sheen, Corbin Bernsen, Margaret Whitton

49. Glory Road (2006)

PG | 118 min | Biography, Drama, Sport

7.2
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58 Metascore

In 1966, Texas Western coach Don Haskins led the first all-black starting line-up for a college basketball team to the NCAA national championship.

Writers: Christopher Cleveland, Bettina Gilois | Director: James Gartner | Stars: Josh Lucas, Derek Luke, Austin Nichols, Jon Voight

50. Sister Act 2: Back in the Habit (1993)

PG | 107 min | Comedy, Music

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The sisters come back to Delores's show to get her back as Sister Mary Clarence to teach music to a group of students in their parochial school which is doomed for closure. One of the girls... See full summary »

Writers: Joseph Howard, James Orr, Jim Cruickshank, Judi Ann Mason | Director: Bill Duke | Stars: Whoopi Goldberg, Kathy Najimy, Maggie Smith, Barnard Hughes