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1. Modern Family (2009–2020)

TV-PG | 22 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

8.4
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Three different but related families face trials and tribulations in their own uniquely comedic ways.

Stars: Ed O'Neill, Sofía Vergara, Julie Bowen, Ty Burrell

Votes: 343,495

2. This Is Us (2016– )

TV-14 | 45 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

8.7
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A heartwarming and emotional story about a unique set of triplets, their struggles and their wonderful parents.

Stars: Milo Ventimiglia, Mandy Moore, Sterling K. Brown, Chrissy Metz

Votes: 98,030

3. Joker (2019)

R | 122 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

8.5
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59 Metascore

In Gotham City, mentally troubled comedian Arthur Fleck is disregarded and mistreated by society. He then embarks on a downward spiral of revolution and bloody crime. This path brings him face-to-face with his alter-ego: the Joker.

Director: Todd Phillips | Stars: Joaquin Phoenix, Robert De Niro, Zazie Beetz, Frances Conroy

Votes: 882,998 | Gross: $335.45M

4. 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, Kansas.

Stars: Tom Welling, Michael Rosenbaum, Allison Mack, Kristin Kreuk

Votes: 114,673

5. Arrested Development (2003– )

TV-14 | 22 min | Comedy

8.7
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Level-headed son Michael Bluth takes over family affairs after his father is imprisoned. But the rest of his spoiled, dysfunctional family are making his job unbearable.

Stars: Jason Bateman, Michael Cera, Portia de Rossi, Will Arnett

Votes: 272,349

6. Big Daddy (1999)

PG-13 | 93 min | Comedy, Drama

6.4
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41 Metascore

A lazy law school grad adopts a kid to impress his girlfriend, but everything doesn't go as planned and he becomes the unlikely foster father.

Director: Dennis Dugan | Stars: Adam Sandler, Joey Lauren Adams, Jon Stewart, Cole Sprouse

Votes: 196,980 | Gross: $163.48M

7. Man of Steel (2013)

PG-13 | 143 min | Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi

7.0
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55 Metascore

An alien child is evacuated from his dying world and sent to Earth to live among humans. His peace is threatened, when other survivors of his home planet invade Earth.

Director: Zack Snyder | Stars: Henry Cavill, Amy Adams, Michael Shannon, Diane Lane

Votes: 682,052 | Gross: $291.05M

8. Heroes (II) (2006–2010)

TV-14 | 45 min | Drama, Fantasy, Sci-Fi

7.5
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Common people discover that they have super powers. Their lives intertwine as a devastating event must be prevented.

Stars: Jack Coleman, Hayden Panettiere, Milo Ventimiglia, Masi Oka

Votes: 226,760

9. Sister, Sister (1994–1999)

TV-G | 30 min | Comedy, Drama, Family

6.2
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Tia Landry and Tamera Campbell are twins separated at birth who learn of each other's existence and come together as teenagers.

Stars: Tia Mowry-Hardrict, Tamera Mowry-Housley, Jackée Harry, Tim Reid

Votes: 10,774

10. Matilda (1996)

PG | 102 min | Comedy, Family, Fantasy

6.9
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72 Metascore

Story of a wonderful little girl, who happens to be a genius, and her wonderful teacher vs. the worst parents ever and the worst school principal imaginable.

Director: Danny DeVito | Stars: Danny DeVito, Rhea Perlman, Mara Wilson, Embeth Davidtz

Votes: 125,399 | Gross: $33.08M

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

PG | 136 min | Action, Adventure, Fantasy

6.5
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51 Metascore

Two Jedi 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 claim their original glory.

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

Votes: 717,205 | Gross: $474.54M

12. Hunt for the Wilderpeople (2016)

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

7.9
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81 Metascore

A national manhunt is ordered for a rebellious kid and his foster uncle who go missing in the wild New Zealand bush.

Director: Taika Waititi | Stars: Sam Neill, Julian Dennison, Rima Te Wiata, Rachel House

Votes: 106,494 | Gross: $5.20M

13. There Will Be Blood (2007)

R | 158 min | Drama

8.2
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93 Metascore

A story of family, religion, hatred, oil and madness, focusing on a turn-of-the-century prospector in the early days of the business.

Director: Paul Thomas Anderson | Stars: Daniel Day-Lewis, Paul Dano, Ciarán Hinds, Martin Stringer

Votes: 507,009 | Gross: $40.22M

14. Good Omens (2019)

TV-MA | 328 min | Comedy, Fantasy

8.1
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A tale of the bungling of Armageddon features an angel, a demon, an eleven-year-old Antichrist, and a doom-saying witch.

Stars: David Tennant, Michael Sheen, Frances McDormand, Sam Taylor Buck

Votes: 55,127

15. The Truman Show (1998)

PG | 103 min | Comedy, Drama, Sci-Fi

8.1
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90 Metascore

An insurance salesman discovers his whole life is actually a reality TV show.

Director: Peter Weir | Stars: Jim Carrey, Ed Harris, Laura Linney, Noah Emmerich

Votes: 918,669 | Gross: $125.62M

16. Hook (1991)

PG | 142 min | Adventure, Comedy, Family

6.8
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52 Metascore

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

Director: Steven Spielberg | Stars: Dustin Hoffman, Robin Williams, Julia Roberts, Bob Hoskins

Votes: 230,982 | Gross: $119.65M

17. Manchester by the Sea (2016)

R | 137 min | Drama

7.8
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96 Metascore

A depressed uncle is asked to take care of his teenage nephew after the boy's father dies.

Director: Kenneth Lonergan | Stars: Casey Affleck, Michelle Williams, Kyle Chandler, Lucas Hedges

Votes: 240,836 | Gross: $47.70M

18. The Blind Side (2009)

PG-13 | 129 min | Biography, Drama, Sport

7.6
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53 Metascore

The story of Michael Oher, a homeless and traumatized boy who became an All-American football player and first-round NFL draft pick with the help of a caring woman and her family.

Director: John Lee Hancock | Stars: Quinton Aaron, Sandra Bullock, Tim McGraw, Jae Head

Votes: 287,859 | Gross: $255.96M

19. The Ring (2002)

PG-13 | 115 min | Horror, Mystery

7.1
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57 Metascore

A journalist must investigate a mysterious videotape which seems to cause the death of anyone one week to the day after they view it.

Director: Gore Verbinski | Stars: Naomi Watts, Martin Henderson, Brian Cox, David Dorfman

Votes: 316,924 | Gross: $129.13M

20. Instant Family (2018)

PG-13 | 118 min | Comedy, Drama

7.3
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57 Metascore

A couple find themselves in over their heads when they foster three children.

Director: Sean Anders | Stars: Mark Wahlberg, Rose Byrne, Isabela Merced, Gustavo Escobar

Votes: 79,258 | Gross: $67.36M

21. Blade (1998)

R | 120 min | Action, Horror, Sci-Fi

7.1
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45 Metascore

A half-vampire, half-mortal man becomes a protector of the mortal race, while slaying evil vampires.

Director: Stephen Norrington | Stars: Wesley Snipes, Stephen Dorff, Kris Kristofferson, N'Bushe Wright

Votes: 241,658 | Gross: $70.09M

22. Twitches (2005 TV Movie)

TV-PG | 86 min | Comedy, Drama, Family

5.7
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Two teen witches who were separated at birth and were adopted by two different families meet on their 21st birthday and must use their powers to save the world in which they were born, where their birth mother still lives.

Director: Stuart Gillard | Stars: Tia Mowry-Hardrict, Tamera Mowry-Housley, Kristen Wilson, Patrick Fabian

Votes: 7,058

23. The Curious Case of Benjamin Button (2008)

PG-13 | 166 min | Drama, Fantasy, Romance

7.8
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70 Metascore

Tells the story of Benjamin Button, a man who starts aging backwards with consequences.

Director: David Fincher | Stars: Brad Pitt, Cate Blanchett, Tilda Swinton, Julia Ormond

Votes: 579,200 | Gross: $127.51M

24. 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: 563,914 | Gross: $18.35M

25. Brightburn (2019)

R | 90 min | Drama, Horror, Mystery

6.1
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44 Metascore

What if a child from another world crash-landed on Earth, but instead of becoming a hero to mankind, he proved to be something far more sinister?

Director: David Yarovesky | Stars: Elizabeth Banks, David Denman, Jackson A. Dunn, Abraham Clinkscales

Votes: 75,792 | Gross: $17.30M

26. Star Wars: Episode III - Revenge of the Sith (2005)

PG-13 | 140 min | Action, Adventure, Fantasy

7.5
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68 Metascore

Three years into the Clone Wars, the Jedi rescue Palpatine from Count Dooku. As Obi-Wan pursues a new threat, Anakin acts as a double agent between the Jedi Council and Palpatine and is lured into a sinister plan to rule the galaxy.

Director: George Lucas | Stars: Hayden Christensen, Natalie Portman, Ewan McGregor, Samuel L. Jackson

Votes: 698,445 | Gross: $380.26M

27. 90210 (2008–2013)

TV-14 | 60 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

6.1
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A Kansas family relocates to Beverly Hills, where their two children adapt to the infamous social drama of West Beverly Hills High.

Stars: Shenae Grimes-Beech, Tristan Mack Wilds, AnnaLynne McCord, Jessica Stroup

Votes: 41,837

28. Lion (2016)

PG-13 | 118 min | Biography, Drama

8.0
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69 Metascore

A five-year-old Indian boy is adopted by an Australian couple after getting lost hundreds of kilometers from home. 25 years later, he sets out to find his lost family.

Director: Garth Davis | Stars: Dev Patel, Nicole Kidman, Rooney Mara, Sunny Pawar

Votes: 208,750 | Gross: $51.74M

29. The Fosters (2013–2018)

TV-14 | 60 min | Drama, Romance

7.9
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Teenager Callie Jacob is placed in a foster home with a lesbian couple and their blend of biological, adoptive, and foster children.

Stars: Teri Polo, Sherri Saum, Hayden Byerly, David Lambert

Votes: 24,281

30. Easy A (2010)

PG-13 | 92 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

7.0
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72 Metascore

A clean-cut high school student relies on the school's rumor mill to advance her social and financial standing.

Director: Will Gluck | Stars: Emma Stone, Amanda Bynes, Penn Badgley, Dan Byrd

Votes: 352,369 | Gross: $58.40M

31. Brüno (2009)

R | 81 min | Comedy

5.8
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54 Metascore

Flamboyant and gay Austrian Brüno looks for new fame in America.

Director: Larry Charles | Stars: Sacha Baron Cohen, Gustaf Hammarsten, Clifford Bañagale, Chibundu Orukwowu

Votes: 140,190 | Gross: $60.05M

32. Orphan (2009)

R | 123 min | Horror, Mystery, Thriller

6.9
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42 Metascore

A husband and wife who recently lost their baby adopt a 9 year-old girl who is not nearly as innocent as she claims to be.

Director: Jaume Collet-Serra | Stars: Vera Farmiga, Peter Sarsgaard, Isabelle Fuhrman, CCH Pounder

Votes: 188,360 | Gross: $41.60M

33. Superman (1978)

PG | 143 min | Action, Adventure, Drama

7.3
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80 Metascore

An alien orphan is sent from his dying planet to Earth, where he grows up to become his adoptive home's first and greatest superhero.

Director: Richard Donner | Stars: Christopher Reeve, Margot Kidder, Gene Hackman, Marlon Brando

Votes: 157,199 | Gross: $134.22M

34. Kicking & Screaming (2005)

PG | 95 min | Comedy, Family, Romance

5.6
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45 Metascore

Family man Phil Weston, a lifelong victim of his father's competitive nature, takes on the coaching duties of a kids' soccer team, and soon finds that he's also taking on his father's dysfunctional way of relating.

Director: Jesse Dylan | Stars: Will Ferrell, Robert Duvall, Josh Hutcherson, Mike Ditka

Votes: 35,833 | Gross: $52.58M

35. Nip/Tuck (2003–2010)

TV-MA | 44 min | Drama

7.6
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The dark and twisted trials of two plastic surgeons.

Stars: Dylan Walsh, Julian McMahon, Joely Richardson, John Hensley

Votes: 52,389

36. Despicable Me (2010)

PG | 95 min | Animation, Comedy, Family

7.6
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72 Metascore

When a criminal mastermind uses a trio of orphan girls as pawns for a grand scheme, he finds their love is profoundly changing him for the better.

Directors: Pierre Coffin, Chris Renaud | Stars: Steve Carell, Jason Segel, Russell Brand, Julie Andrews

Votes: 493,721 | Gross: $251.51M

37. Juno (2007)

PG-13 | 96 min | Comedy, Drama

7.4
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81 Metascore

Faced with an unplanned pregnancy, an offbeat young woman makes an unusual decision regarding her unborn child.

Director: Jason Reitman | Stars: Ellen Page, Michael Cera, Jennifer Garner, Jason Bateman

Votes: 485,566 | Gross: $143.50M

38. Peter Pan (2003)

PG | 113 min | Adventure, Family, Fantasy

6.8
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64 Metascore

The Darling family children receive a visit from Peter Pan, who takes them to Never Never Land where an ongoing war with the evil Pirate Captain Hook is taking place.

Director: P.J. Hogan | Stars: Jeremy Sumpter, Jason Isaacs, Olivia Williams, Lynn Redgrave

Votes: 65,593 | Gross: $48.46M

39. Before I Wake (2016)

PG-13 | 97 min | Drama, Fantasy, Horror

6.2
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68 Metascore

A couple adopt an orphaned child whose dreams - and nightmares - manifest physically as he sleeps.

Director: Mike Flanagan | Stars: Kate Bosworth, Thomas Jane, Jacob Tremblay, Annabeth Gish

Votes: 38,337

40. Steve Jobs (2015)

R | 122 min | Biography, Drama

7.2
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82 Metascore

Steve Jobs takes us behind the scenes of the digital revolution, to paint a portrait of the man at its epicenter. The story unfolds backstage at three iconic product launches, ending in 1998 with the unveiling of the iMac.

Director: Danny Boyle | Stars: Michael Fassbender, Kate Winslet, Seth Rogen, Jeff Daniels

Votes: 151,593 | Gross: $17.77M

41. Eastern Promises (2007)

R | 100 min | Action, Crime, Drama

7.6
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82 Metascore

A Russian teenager living in London who dies during childbirth leaves clues to a midwife in her journal that could tie her child to a rape involving a violent Russian mob family.

Director: David Cronenberg | Stars: Naomi Watts, Viggo Mortensen, Armin Mueller-Stahl, Josef Altin

Votes: 224,917 | Gross: $17.11M

42. The Bad Seed (1956)

Approved | 129 min | Drama, Horror, Thriller

7.5
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51 Metascore

A housewife suspects that her seemingly perfect eight-year-old daughter is a heartless killer.

Director: Mervyn LeRoy | Stars: Nancy Kelly, Patty McCormack, Gage Clarke, Jesse White

Votes: 12,588

43. The Brothers Grimsby (2016)

R | 83 min | Action, Adventure, Comedy

6.2
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44 Metascore

A new assignment forces a top spy to team up with his football hooligan brother.

Director: Louis Leterrier | Stars: Sacha Baron Cohen, Mark Strong, Rebel Wilson, Freddie Crowder

Votes: 90,608 | Gross: $6.86M

44. Sex and the City (2008)

R | 145 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

5.6
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53 Metascore

A New York City writer on sex and love is finally getting married to her Mr. Big. But her three best girlfriends must console her after one of them inadvertently leads Mr. Big to jilt her.

Director: Michael Patrick King | Stars: Sarah Jessica Parker, Kim Cattrall, Cynthia Nixon, Kristin Davis

Votes: 114,909 | Gross: $152.65M

45. Isle of Dogs (2018)

PG-13 | 101 min | Animation, Adventure, Comedy

7.9
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82 Metascore

Set in Japan, Isle of Dogs follows a boy's odyssey in search of his lost dog.

Director: Wes Anderson | Stars: Bryan Cranston, Koyu Rankin, Edward Norton, Bob Balaban

Votes: 134,576 | Gross: $32.02M

46. Annie (1982)

PG | 127 min | Comedy, Drama, Family

6.6
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39 Metascore

A young orphan girl's adventures in finding a family that will take her.

Director: John Huston | Stars: Aileen Quinn, Albert Finney, Carol Burnett, Ann Reinking

Votes: 39,286 | Gross: $57.06M

47. Thirteen (2003)

R | 100 min | Drama

6.8
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70 Metascore

A thirteen-year-old girl's relationship with her mother is put to the test as she discovers drugs, sex, and petty crime in the company of her cool but troubled best friend.

Director: Catherine Hardwicke | Stars: Evan Rachel Wood, Holly Hunter, Nikki Reed, Vanessa Hudgens

Votes: 78,854 | Gross: $4.60M

48. Hulk (2003)

PG-13 | 138 min | Action, Sci-Fi

5.6
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54 Metascore

Bruce Banner, a genetics researcher with a tragic past, suffers an accident that causes him to transform into a raging green monster when he gets angry.

Director: Ang Lee | Stars: Eric Bana, Jennifer Connelly, Sam Elliott, Josh Lucas

Votes: 249,538 | Gross: $132.18M

49. The Prince of Egypt (1998)

PG | 99 min | Animation, Adventure, Drama

7.1
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64 Metascore

Egyptian Prince Moses learns of his identity as a Hebrew and his destiny to become the chosen deliverer of his people.

Directors: Brenda Chapman, Steve Hickner, Simon Wells | Stars: Val Kilmer, Ralph Fiennes, Michelle Pfeiffer, Sandra Bullock

Votes: 116,648 | Gross: $101.22M

50. Tarzan (1999)

G | 88 min | Animation, Adventure, Family

7.3
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79 Metascore

A man raised by gorillas must decide where he really belongs when he discovers he is a human.

Directors: Chris Buck, Kevin Lima | Stars: Tony Goldwyn, Minnie Driver, Brian Blessed, Glenn Close

Votes: 200,114 | Gross: $171.09M



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