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1. The Accountant (2016)

R | 128 min | Action, Crime, Drama

7.3
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51 Metascore

As a math savant uncooks the books for a new client, the Treasury Department closes in on his activities, and the body count starts to rise.

Director: Gavin O'Connor | Stars: Ben Affleck, Anna Kendrick, J.K. Simmons, Jon Bernthal

Votes: 240,410 | Gross: $86.26M

2. What's Eating Gilbert Grape (1993)

PG-13 | 118 min | Drama

7.8
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73 Metascore

After his father's death, Gilbert has to care for his mentally-disabled brother, Arnie, and his morbidly obese mother. This situation is suddenly challenged though, when love unexpectedly walks into his life.

Director: Lasse Hallström | Stars: Johnny Depp, Leonardo DiCaprio, Juliette Lewis, Mary Steenburgen

Votes: 201,363 | Gross: $9.17M

3. Tully (2018)

R | 95 min | Comedy, Drama, Mystery

7.0
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75 Metascore

A struggling mother of three forms an unexpected bond with the night nanny hired to help with her newborn baby.

Director: Jason Reitman | Stars: Charlize Theron, Mackenzie Davis, Ron Livingston, Asher Miles Fallica

Votes: 44,884 | Gross: $9.23M

4. Triangle (2009)

R | 99 min | Fantasy, Mystery, Thriller

6.9
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A group of friends suffer a yachting accident and take refuge on a cruise drifting on the open sea, but quickly realize they were better off on the upturned yacht

Director: Christopher Smith | Stars: Melissa George, Joshua McIvor, Jack Taylor, Michael Dorman

Votes: 92,976

5. Like Stars on Earth (2007)

PG | 165 min | Drama, Family

8.4
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An eight-year-old boy is thought to be a lazy trouble-maker, until the new art teacher has the patience and compassion to discover the real problem behind his struggles in school.

Directors: Aamir Khan, Amole Gupte | Stars: Darsheel Safary, Aamir Khan, Tisca Chopra, Vipin Sharma

Votes: 148,932 | Gross: $1.22M

6. Dear John (I) (2010)

PG-13 | 108 min | Drama, Romance, War

6.3
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43 Metascore

A romantic drama about a soldier who falls for a conservative college student while he's home on leave.

Director: Lasse Hallström | Stars: Channing Tatum, Amanda Seyfried, Richard Jenkins, Henry Thomas

Votes: 131,245 | Gross: $80.01M

7. Mercury Rising (1998)

R | 111 min | Action, Crime, Drama

6.1
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37 Metascore

Shadowy elements in the NSA target a nine-year old autistic savant for death when he is able to decipher a top secret code.

Director: Harold Becker | Stars: Bruce Willis, Miko Hughes, Alec Baldwin, Chi McBride

Votes: 63,864 | Gross: $32.94M

8. A Brilliant Young Mind (2014)

PG-13 | 111 min | Drama, Romance

7.1
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65 Metascore

A socially awkward teenage math prodigy finds new confidence and new friendships when he lands a spot on the British squad at the International Mathematics Olympiad.

Director: Morgan Matthews | Stars: Asa Butterfield, Rafe Spall, Sally Hawkins, Eddie Marsan

Votes: 25,795 | Gross: $0.14M

9. Temple Grandin (2010 TV Movie)

TV-PG | 107 min | Biography, Drama

8.3
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A biopic of Temple Grandin, an autistic woman who has become one of the top scientists in the humane livestock handling industry.

Director: Mick Jackson | Stars: Claire Danes, Julia Ormond, David Strathairn, Catherine O'Hara

Votes: 25,526

10. The Darkness (I) (2016)

PG-13 | 92 min | Horror, Thriller

4.4
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27 Metascore

A family unknowingly awakens an ancient supernatural entity on a Grand Canyon vacation, and must fight for survival when it follows them home.

Director: Greg McLean | Stars: Kevin Bacon, Radha Mitchell, David Mazouz, Lucy Fry

Votes: 12,788 | Gross: $10.73M

11. Silent Fall (1994)

R | 101 min | Drama, Mystery, Thriller

6.0
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An autistic boy witnesses his parents' double murder. Richard Dreyfuss as a controversial therapist, seeks to probe the child's mind in order to solve the case.

Director: Bruce Beresford | Stars: Richard Dreyfuss, Linda Hamilton, John Lithgow, J.T. Walsh

Votes: 3,345 | Gross: $3.18M

12. The Black Balloon (2008)

PG-13 | 97 min | Drama, Romance

7.3
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68 Metascore

All Thomas wants is a normal adolescence but his autistic brother, Charlie, thwarts his every opportunity. Will Thomas, with the help of his girlfriend, Jackie, accept his brother?

Director: Elissa Down | Stars: Rhys Wakefield, Luke Ford, Toni Collette, Erik Thomson

Votes: 8,311 | Gross: $0.09M

13. The Lighthouse of the Whales (2016)

TV-MA | 110 min | Biography, Drama, Romance

6.7
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A mother with an autistic child travel from Spain to Argentina looking to help her son to connect with his emotions.

Director: Gerardo Olivares | Stars: Maribel Verdú, Joaquín Furriel, Joaquín Rapalini, Ana Celentano

Votes: 2,589

14. The Collector (2004–2006)

60 min | Action, Drama, Fantasy

6.7
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Centuries ago, Morgan Pym made a deal with Satan: his soul, in exchange for 10 years with his one true love. After she died, Morgan - desperate to avoid eternity in hell - agreed to become ... See full summary »

Stars: Chris Kramer, Aidan Drummond, Sonya Salomaa, Ellen Dubin

Votes: 685

15. Dream House Nightmare (2017 TV Movie)

TV-14 | 90 min | Drama, Horror, Mystery

4.8
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A young couple buy their dream home in New Orleans, only to be tormented by an obsessive mother who believes the house should be hers.

Director: Jose Montesinos | Stars: Rachel G. Whittle, Terese Aiello, David A Cole, Tenea Intriago

Votes: 208

16. Hurry Sundown (1967)

Approved | 146 min | Drama

5.7
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Following World War II, a northern cannery negotiates for the purchase of a large tract of uncultivated Georgia farmland. The major portion of the land 's owned by Julie Warren and has ... See full summary »

Director: Otto Preminger | Stars: Michael Caine, Jane Fonda, John Phillip Law, Diahann Carroll

Votes: 940 | Gross: $9.00M

17. Daylight (2013)

114 min | Drama, Mystery, Thriller

7.0
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Upon learning she has an autistic brother she is convinced is unjustly behind bars for a brutal murder, a lawyer sets out to prove her sibling's innocence - only to uncover even more life-changing secrets in the process.

Director: Diederik Van Rooijen | Stars: Fedja van Huêt, Monique van de Ven, Derek de Lint, Maartje van de Wetering

Votes: 3,582

18. Bad (1977)

X | 105 min | Comedy, Crime, Horror

6.3
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Hazel runs a beauty salon out of her house, but makes extra money by providing ruthless women to do hit jobs. K.T. is a parasite, and contacts Hazel looking for work when he runs out of ... See full summary »

Director: Jed Johnson | Stars: Cyrinda Foxe, Matthew Anton, Cathy Roskam, Carroll Baker

Votes: 665

19. Kids in the Hall: Death Comes to Town (2010– )

Comedy, Horror, Mystery

7.1
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After Shuckton, Ontario's bid for the 2028 Summer Olympics is rejected, Mayor Larry Bowman is murdered in his home, and almost everybody in town becomes a suspect.

Stars: Melanie Scrofano, Dave Foley, Bruce McCulloch, Kevin McDonald

Votes: 1,085

20. Redwoods (2009)

Not Rated | 82 min | Drama, Romance

5.5
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An unfulfilled gay man in a stagnant relationship finds his life changed forever when he meets a struggling writer visiting the Redwoods Country.

Director: David Lewis | Stars: Matthew Montgomery, Tad Coughenour, Caleb Dorfman, Brendan Bradley

Votes: 1,500

21. The Horse Boy (2009)

Unrated | 93 min | Documentary

7.3
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64 Metascore

A writer documents the journey his family takes to Mongolia to consult with nomadic shamans on the healing of their autistic son.

Director: Michel Orion Scott | Stars: Rupert Isaacson, Kristin Neff, Rowan Isaacson, Kendal Stewart

Votes: 649 | Gross: $0.16M

22. Marathon (2005)

117 min | Biography, Drama, Sport

7.7
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An autistic boy discovers he has a talent for running and with the help of the mother participates in a major marathon.

Director: Yoon-Chul Jung | Stars: Seung-woo Cho, Mi-suk Kim, Gi-yeong Lee, Sung-Hyun Baek

Votes: 2,099

23. Artax: Un Nuevo Comienzo (2017)

100 min | Drama, Romance, Sport

3.8
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Mariana is a woman who has dedicated her entire life to equine therapy that goes over the history of how she came to that. In her youth she lived a happy and prosperous life until a ... See full summary »

Director: Diego Corsini | Stars: Celeste Cid, Gonzalo Valenzuela, Mercedes Morán, Joaquín Flores

Votes: 14

24. Mario (1984)

98 min | Drama, Fantasy

7.4
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Two very close brothers, one autistic, spend their days living in fantasy together until a girl inevitably comes between them.

Director: Jean Beaudin | Stars: Xavier Norman Petermann, Francis Reddy, Nathalie Chalifour, Jacques Godin

Votes: 196

25. Refrigerator Mothers (2003 TV Movie)

Not Rated | 60 min | Documentary

8.8
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It is America of the 1950s and 1960s, when a woman's most important contribution to society is generally considered to be her ability to raise happy, well-adjusted children. But for the ... See full summary »

Director: David E. Simpson

Votes: 24

26. Sounding the Alarm: Battling the Autism Epidemic (2014)

Not Rated | 58 min | Documentary

6.3
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How is it we know so little about something so widespread? None of us are more than a family member or neighbor away from autism. Sounding the Alarm follows autism families as they ... See full summary »

Director: John Block | Stars: Stephen Kanne, James Lankford, Kent Martling, Christopher McDougle

Votes: 43

27. VICE's Rainbow Warriors (2018 Video)

17 min | Short, News

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Star: Ethan Ralph

28. With First Dawn (2011)

30 min | Short, Drama

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This is Hanan, Or and Neta's last night in Israel. They are scheduled to fly to America at the break of dawn due to an experimental treatment which is expected to help Neta, who is ... See full summary »

Director: Keren Trost | Stars: Herzl Tobey, Ayelet Bar-El, Dana Swissa, Hadas Kalderon

29. Dans l'aventure du non, la parole (1991)

55 min | Documentary

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Director: Catherine Scheuchzer

30. Asperger's and Bullying: An Inclusive Educational Approach (2013 Video)

Documentary

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Director: Alison Wotherspoon

31. The Asperger Point of View (2005 Video)

35 min | Documentary, Short

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Director: Nikki Fort | Star: Marjorie Jackson Nelson

32. The Autism Point of View (2008 Video)

20 min | Documentary, Short

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Director: Jess Wallace

33. Law & Order (1990–2010)
Episode: Cruel and Unusual (1995)

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

7.9
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Evidence indicates that the death, in police custody, of an autistic teenager was the result of longstanding abuse. Suspicion falls on the treatment center where he lived and on its therapist, Dr. Colter.

Director: Matthew Penn | Stars: Jerry Orbach, Chris Noth, S. Epatha Merkerson, Sam Waterston

Votes: 145

34. The Politician's Husband (2013)
Episode: Episode #1.1 (2013)

57 min | Drama

7.8
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Government minister Aiden Hoynes launches an attack on the prime minister's immigration policy and makes a leadership bid but is forced to resign after it is thwarted by fellow minister ... See full summary »

Director: Simon Cellan Jones | Stars: David Tennant, Emily Watson, Jack Shepherd, Roger Allam

Votes: 59

35. The Politician's Husband (2013)
Episode: Episode #1.2 (2013)

57 min | Drama

7.9
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Drunk and angry that Freya has not done as he wanted and is enjoying her own sense of power Aiden forces himself on her sexually. Next day he apologizes but still asks her staff to keep him... See full summary »

Director: Simon Cellan Jones | Stars: David Tennant, Emily Watson, Jack Shepherd, Roger Allam

Votes: 54

36. The Politician's Husband (2013)
Episode: Episode #1.3 (2013)

58 min | Drama

7.5
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The marriage is put under pressure when Dita tells the newspapers that she had sex with Aiden and Noah lashes out at school in reaction to the news. Nonetheless Freya puts up a united front... See full summary »

Director: Simon Cellan Jones | Stars: David Tennant, Emily Watson, Jack Shepherd, Roger Allam

Votes: 53

37. This Morning (1988– )
Episode: Episode dated 23 March 2016 (2016)

Talk-Show

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Stars: Phillip Schofield, Holly Willoughby, Arabella Carter-Johnson, Iris Grace Halmshaw

38. Two Sentence Horror Stories (2017– )
Episode: Hide (2019)

TV-14 | 20 min | Horror

6.3
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A devoted nanny fights to protect the autistic child in her care during a horrifying home invasion.

Directors: Rania Attieh, Daniel Garcia | Stars: Greta Quispe, Zaria Degenhardt, Dylan Fergus, Sarah Pribis

Votes: 131

39. Law & Order (1990–2010)
Episode: Reality Bites (2009)

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

7.4
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The father of several adopted special needs children is accused of killing his wife over her reluctance to sign off on a reality show based on their family, and the subsequent trial threatens to turn into a media circus.

Director: Constantine Makris | Stars: Jeremy Sisto, Anthony Anderson, S. Epatha Merkerson, Linus Roache

Votes: 135

40. Flashforward (2009–2010)
Episode: Scary Monsters and Super Creeps (2009)

TV-14 | 43 min | Drama, Mystery, Sci-Fi

7.8
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Mark, Demetri, and Wedeck investigate attacks on Janis and themselves. Olivia confronts Mark about his flashforward. Dylan goes missing.

Director: Bobby Roth | Stars: Joseph Fiennes, John Cho, Jack Davenport, Zachary Knighton

Votes: 572

41. Lilyhammer (2012–2014)
Episode: Tiger Boy (2014)

TV-MA | 43 min | Comedy, Crime, Drama

8.0
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New years eve. Frank sees a girl in trouble, but when he decides to intervene, he's the one who needs help.

Director: Simen Alsvik | Stars: Steven Van Zandt, Trond Fausa, Steinar Sagen, Robert Skjærstad

Votes: 254

42. Penn & Teller: Bullshit! (2003–2010)
Episode: Vaccinations (2010)

TV-MA | 26 min | Comedy, Documentary

7.6
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Penn and Teller show that vaccinations are safe, and that their link to autism is false.

Director: David Wechter | Stars: Penn Jillette, Teller

Votes: 92



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