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1. The Sixth Sense (1999)

PG-13 | 107 min | Drama, Mystery, Thriller

8.1
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64 Metascore

A boy who communicates with spirits seeks the help of a disheartened child psychologist.

Director: M. Night Shyamalan | Stars: Bruce Willis, Haley Joel Osment, Toni Collette, Olivia Williams

Votes: 858,106 | Gross: $293.51M

2. Honey Boy (2019)

R | 93 min | Drama

6.5
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65 Metascore

A young actor's stormy childhood and early adult years as he struggles to reconcile with his father and deal with his mental health.

Director: Alma Har'el | Stars: Shia LaBeouf, Lucas Hedges, Noah Jupe, Byron Bowers

Votes: 588

3. Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom (1984)

PG | 118 min | Action, Adventure

7.6
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57 Metascore

In 1935, Indiana Jones arrives in India, still part of the British Empire, and is asked to find a mystical stone. He then stumbles upon a secret cult committing enslavement and human sacrifices in the catacombs of an ancient palace.

Director: Steven Spielberg | Stars: Harrison Ford, Kate Capshaw, Ke Huy Quan, Amrish Puri

Votes: 414,201 | Gross: $179.87M

4. Galaxy Quest (1999)

PG | 102 min | Adventure, Comedy, Sci-Fi

7.3
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70 Metascore

The alumni cast of a space opera television series have to play their roles as the real thing when an alien race needs their help. However, they also have to defend both Earth and the alien race from a reptilian warlord.

Director: Dean Parisot | Stars: Tim Allen, Sigourney Weaver, Alan Rickman, Tony Shalhoub

Votes: 139,460 | Gross: $71.58M

5. Diff'rent Strokes (1978–1986)

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

6.6
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The misadventures of a wealthy Manhattan family who adopted the children of their late African American housekeeper from Harlem.

Stars: Gary Coleman, Todd Bridges, Conrad Bain, Dana Plato

Votes: 8,601

6. Pee-wee's Big Adventure (1985)

PG | 91 min | Adventure, Comedy, Family

7.0
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47 Metascore

When eccentric man-child Pee-wee Herman gets his beloved bike stolen in broad daylight, he sets out across the U.S. on the adventure of his life.

Director: Tim Burton | Stars: Paul Reubens, Elizabeth Daily, Mark Holton, Diane Salinger

Votes: 47,046 | Gross: $40.90M

7. Troop Beverly Hills (1989)

PG | 105 min | Adventure, Comedy

5.7
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32 Metascore

A soon to be divorced Beverly Hills socialite is determined to prove to her husband and herself that she can finish what she starts out to do, by becoming a den mother to a troop of Beverly Hills Girl Scouts.

Director: Jeff Kanew | Stars: Shelley Long, Craig T. Nelson, Betty Thomas, Mary Gross

Votes: 8,854 | Gross: $8.51M

8. Dickie Roberts: Former Child Star (2003)

PG-13 | 98 min | Comedy

5.5
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36 Metascore

A thirty-something former child star hires a foster family to re-create the childhood he never had.

Director: Sam Weisman | Stars: David Spade, Mary McCormack, Alyssa Milano, Craig Bierko

Votes: 13,093 | Gross: $22.73M

9. Hounddog (2007)

R | 102 min | Drama, Music

6.3
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31 Metascore

A drama set in the American South, where a precocious, troubled girl finds a safe haven in the music and movement of Elvis Presley.

Director: Deborah Kampmeier | Stars: Dakota Fanning, David Morse, Piper Laurie, Granoldo Frazier

Votes: 5,755 | Gross: $0.13M

10. The Day of the Locust (1975)

R | 144 min | Drama, Thriller

7.1
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An art director in the 1930s falls in love and attempts to make a young woman an actress despite Hollywood who wants nothing to do with her because of her problems with an estranged man and her alcoholic father.

Director: John Schlesinger | Stars: Donald Sutherland, Karen Black, Burgess Meredith, William Atherton

Votes: 4,600 | Gross: $17.79M

11. Summer Camp Island (2018– )

Animation, Short, Adventure

7.3
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Two best friends go to a magic sleep-away camp, where nothing is what it seems.

Stars: Oona Laurence, Elliott Smith, Julia Pott, Ramone Hamilton

Votes: 510

12. Problem Child 3: Junior in Love (1995 TV Movie)

TV-PG | 87 min | Comedy, Family

3.3
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Junior Healy is back as a preteen, and he falls in love with a girl from school.

Director: Greg Beeman | Stars: William Katt, Justin Chapman, Sherman Howard, Carolyn Lowery

Votes: 3,102

13. The Famous Jett Jackson (1998–2001)

30 min | Action, Adventure, Comedy

7.0
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After having spent years in California working as the TV action hero Silverstone, Jett Jackson decides to move the show to his hometown in hopes of pursuing a more normal life.

Stars: Lee Thompson Young, Kerry Duff, Ryan Sommers Baum, Gordon Greene

Votes: 1,566

14. The Apple Dumpling Gang (1975)

G | 100 min | Comedy, Family, Western

6.4
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59 Metascore

Three orphan children strike gold in 1878 California.

Director: Norman Tokar | Stars: Bill Bixby, Susan Clark, Don Knotts, Tim Conway

Votes: 4,452 | Gross: $36.85M

15. Yankee Doodle Dandy (1942)

Passed | 126 min | Biography, Drama, Musical

7.7
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The life of the renowned musical composer, playwright, actor, dancer, and singer George M. Cohan.

Director: Michael Curtiz | Stars: James Cagney, Joan Leslie, Walter Huston, Richard Whorf

Votes: 13,107 | Gross: $11.80M

16. Filmworker (2017)

Not Rated | 94 min | Documentary, Biography

7.5
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73 Metascore

A documentary about how English actor Leon Vitali came to work as an assistant to American filmmaker Stanley Kubrick for over 30 years.

Director: Tony Zierra | Stars: Leon Vitali, Ryan O'Neal, Brian Capron, Mike Alfreds

Votes: 1,994 | Gross: $0.10M

17. Life with Mikey (1993)

PG | 91 min | Comedy, Family

5.6
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Michael Chapman was once a child television star. But when he grew up, he couldn't get work. So he and his brother, Ed start their own talent agency that specializes in child acts. They ... See full summary »

Director: James Lapine | Stars: Michael J. Fox, Christina Vidal, Nathan Lane, Cyndi Lauper

Votes: 5,072 | Gross: $12.44M

18. The Last Metro (1980)

PG | 131 min | Drama, Romance, War

7.4
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In occupied Paris, an actress married to a Jewish theater owner must keep him hidden from the Nazis while doing both of their jobs.

Director: François Truffaut | Stars: Catherine Deneuve, Gérard Depardieu, Jean Poiret, Andréa Ferréol

Votes: 11,315

19. The Sound of Music Live! (2013 TV Special)

TV-PG | 180 min | Biography, Drama, Family

5.8
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A live telecast of the famous Rodgers and Hammerstein musical.

Directors: Rob Ashford, Beth McCarthy-Miller | Stars: Carrie Underwood, Stephen Moyer, Laura Benanti, Christian Borle

Votes: 3,453

20. Trust Me (2013)

R | 90 min | Comedy, Drama

6.1
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51 Metascore

In an attempt to sign a Hollywood starlet, struggling talent agent and former child star Howard Holloway must contend with her volatile father, a scheming long-time rival, and a producer and casting director who despise him.

Director: Clark Gregg | Stars: Clark Gregg, Felicity Huffman, Allison Janney, William H. Macy

Votes: 3,125

21. The Resurrection of Gavin Stone (2016)

PG | 91 min | Comedy, Drama, Family

6.1
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36 Metascore

A washed-up former child star, forced to do community service at a local megachurch, pretends to be a Christian to land the part of Jesus in their annual Passion Play, only to discover that the most important role of his life is far from Hollywood.

Director: Dallas Jenkins | Stars: Brett Dalton, Anjelah Johnson-Reyes, Neil Flynn, D.B. Sweeney

Votes: 1,600 | Gross: $2.28M

22. Captains Courageous (1937)

Passed | 117 min | Adventure, Drama, Family

8.0
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A spoiled brat who falls overboard from a steamship gets picked up by a fishing boat, where he's made to earn his keep by joining the crew in their work.

Director: Victor Fleming | Stars: Spencer Tracy, Freddie Bartholomew, Lionel Barrymore, Melvyn Douglas

Votes: 8,072

23. Knowing Me, Knowing You with Alan Partridge (1994–1995)

TV-14 | 45 min | Comedy, Talk-Show

8.2
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Alan Partridge hosts his own chat show on the BBC. He insults and belittles almost all of his guests and is humiliated by the rest.

Stars: Steve Coogan, Rebecca Front, Patrick Marber, Steve Brown

Votes: 5,461

24. War Babies (1932)

Passed | 11 min | Short, Comedy, War

5.0
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A group of soldiers in a café watch a dancer as she entertains them, but later two of them become rivals over her.

Director: Charles Lamont | Stars: Shirley Temple, Georgie Billings, Eugene Butler, Philip Hurlic

Votes: 347

25. The Comeback Kids (2014– )

Comedy

7.4
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Richie Eisenberg & Gary Fischer were child stars in the 80's. Now in their 40's, they're giving their big dream another chance. The problem, Hollywood has changed and they both struggle to make sense of a business they once conquered.

Stars: Richard Steven Horvitz, Joe Cipriano, Keith Coogan, Melissa Disney

Votes: 16

26. The 8-Year Engagement (2017)

119 min | Drama, Romance

7.2
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Twenty-somethings Hisashi and Mai are engaged. When suddenly Mai's heart stops and she falls into a coma all Hisashi can do is remain by her side, albeit without knowing whether she might ... See full summary »

Director: Takahisa Zeze | Stars: Tao Tsuchiya, Kanji Furutachi, Kenta Hamano, Keisuke Horibe

Votes: 434

27. Lovin' Lakin (2012– )

Comedy

4.9
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Mockumentary on child actor Christine Lakin's return to Hollywood.

Stars: Christine Lakin, Kyle Bornheimer, Corri English, Mike Etzrodt

Votes: 69

28. Jordan (2010)

Not Rated | 83 min | Adventure, Drama, Thriller

5.4
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Five-year-old Jordan walks miles through the night in the wake of a car accident on an isolated mountain road. But when small-town Sheriff Gil Lujan finally locates the girl's missing ... See full summary »

Director: Stuart Hynson Culpepper | Stars: Gregory Zaragoza, Liezl Carstens, Angelique Midthunder, Christian Baste

Votes: 227

29. Wax On, Fuck Off (2010)

4 min | Short, Comedy

7.6
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Ralph Macchio, once a former teen idol, once on the top the world of the 80s. Now he is a family man with a loving wife and the nicest man in Hollywood....That is the problem. Because he ... See full summary »

Director: Todd Holland | Stars: Shane Arenal, Peter Cameron, Kevin Connolly, Brian Edwards

Votes: 227

30. Guidance (2014)

Not Rated | 81 min | Comedy

6.2
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66 Metascore

Fabricating credentials to score a last-ditch job as a high school guidance counsellor, a boozing, drug-addled former child star becomes an improbable hit with his students by dispensing the worst advice possible.

Director: Pat Mills | Stars: Pat Mills, Zahra Bentham, Kevin Hanchard, Tracey Hoyt

Votes: 827

31. Cameraman: The Life and Work of Jack Cardiff (2010)

Not Rated | 86 min | Documentary, Biography

7.7
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71 Metascore

In 2001 Jack Cardiff (1914-2009) became the first director of photography in the history of the Academy Awards to win an Honorary Oscar. But the first time he clasped the famous statuette ... See full summary »

Director: Craig McCall | Stars: Jack Cardiff, Martin Scorsese, Kirk Douglas, Lauren Bacall

Votes: 1,080 | Gross: $0.02M

32. Bud Abbott and Lou Costello in Hollywood (1945)

Approved | 83 min | Comedy

6.6
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When two bumbling barbers act as agents for a talented but unknown singer, they stage a phony murder in order to get him a plum role.

Director: S. Sylvan Simon | Stars: Bud Abbott, Lou Costello, Frances Rafferty, Bob Haymes

Votes: 2,042

33. The Ransom of Red Chief (1998 TV Movie)

90 min | Comedy, Western

5.6
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Two hobos strike on a get-rich quick scheme to kidnap an overly-energetic nine-year-old son of a local banker. Based on the classic story by O'Henry.

Director: Bob Clark | Stars: Christopher Lloyd, Michael Jeter, Alan Ruck, Kaitlin Hopkins

Votes: 294

34. The Texas Rangers (1951)

Passed | 74 min | Action, Adventure, Drama

6.2
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In 1874, unable to eliminate a gang of notorious outlaws, the Texas Rangers hire two former convicts to assist with the tracking and the destruction of the Sam Bass gang.

Director: Phil Karlson | Stars: George Montgomery, Gale Storm, Jerome Courtland, Noah Beery Jr.

Votes: 229

35. Glad Rags to Riches (1933)

10 min | Comedy, Short

5.7
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A girl has to decide who to marry: a poor country boy or a rich nightclub owner.

Director: Charles Lamont | Stars: Eugene Butler, Lawrence Harris, Georgie Smith, Shirley Temple

Votes: 136

36. Behind the Camera: The Unauthorized Story of 'Diff'rent Strokes' (2006 TV Movie)

TV-14 | 88 min | Drama

5.5
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The story of the popular situation comedy and its ill fated child stars.

Director: Robert Iscove | Stars: Bruce A. Young, Lorena Gale, Bobb'e J. Thompson, Robert Bailey Jr.

Votes: 117

37. See You in September (2010)

91 min | Comedy, Romance

4.6
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See You in September is an original romantic comedy set in current day Manhattan. The film centers around Lindsay, a beautiful woman who seemingly has it all, but is deeply afraid of ... See full summary »

Director: Tamara Tunie | Stars: Estella Warren, Sandra Bernhard, Liza Lapira, Justin Kirk

Votes: 656

38. Childstar (2004)

R | 98 min | Comedy, Drama

6.0
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An experimental filmmaker takes a job as a driver for a foul-mouthed child actor and his ambitious stage mother.

Director: Don McKellar | Stars: Don McKellar, Peter Paige, Gil Bellows, Victoria Fodor

Votes: 944

39. Return of the Ewok (1982 Video)

24 min | Short, Comedy, Sci-Fi

6.2
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Young Warwick Davis decides he wants to be in pictures, so he gets himself an agent. The agent gives him an Ewok outfit and points him towards Elstree Studios. There Warwick wanders from set to set looking to find the other Ewoks.

Director: David Tomblin | Stars: Warwick Davis, Jeremy Bulloch, Patricia Carr, Anthony Daniels

Votes: 254

40. 75 (2017)

97 min | Crime, Drama

6.8
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A crash victim, a housewife and two repressed teens are connected by hard-working therapist Viola, who helps them battle their addictions while two disillusioned detectives struggle with the mounting war against heroin in Cincinnati.

Director: Joe Zappa | Stars: Tifani Ahren Davis, Kip Bennett, Marcus B. Jackson, Shannon Faith

Votes: 35

41. A Challenge for Robin Hood (1967)

G | 85 min | Adventure

5.5
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Robin, a young Norman nobleman, is falsely accused by his cousin of murdering another cousin. His accuser is actually in league with the corrupt Sheriff of Nottingham to seize control of ... See full summary »

Director: C.M. Pennington-Richards | Stars: Barrie Ingham, James Hayter, Leon Greene, Peter Blythe

Votes: 452

42. Dummie the Mummy and the Golden Scarabee (2014)

77 min | Adventure, Comedy, Family

6.0
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In a dull village where nothing ever happens, a boy finds a living mummy in his room. It's the start of an amazing friendship, learning the boy more than any friend could.

Director: Pim van Hoeve | Stars: Julian Ras, Yahya Gaier, Roeland Fernhout, Ton Kas

Votes: 216

43. Witches Don't Exist (2014)

81 min | Adventure, Family, Fantasy

4.7
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On her 13th birthday Katie, a talented young girl, receives a magical amulet. This amulet was on a quest to find the fifth and last witch to complete the order of the star witches. Because ... See full summary »

Directors: Aramis Tatu, Adel Adelson | Stars: Aliyah Kolf, Senna Borsato, Leontine Ruiters, Vincent Banic

Votes: 105

44. Farewell to the Moon (2014)

94 min | Drama

6.1
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It's the hot summer of 1972. On the 9th floor of a tower block on the outskirts of a Dutch provincial town the sixties finally kicked in. Change is in the air and actually materializes the ... See full summary »

Director: Dick Tuinder | Stars: David Eilander, Marcel Faber, Pauline Greidanus, Marcel Hensema

Votes: 120

45. Kid 'in' Africa (1933)

10 min | Comedy, Short

5.0
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Missionary Cradlebait goes to the jungle to "civilize" the cannibals, but ends up in a cooking pot.

Director: Jack Hays | Stars: Shirley Temple, Danny Boone Jr.

Votes: 178

46. Boy Meets Girl (1938)

Approved | 86 min | Comedy

6.0
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Two screenwriters in a rut come up with a story idea starring a bankable cowboy and the baby of the studio's waitress.

Director: Lloyd Bacon | Stars: James Cagney, Pat O'Brien, Marie Wilson, Ralph Bellamy

Votes: 524

47. Crayola Kids Adventures: The Trojan Horse (1997 Video)

Adventure, Comedy, History

5.6
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This is a more kid-friendly version of the Illiad

Director: Michael Kruzan | Stars: Adam Wylie, Cody Anders, Georgie Cranford, Cara DeLizia

Votes: 70

48. Life After Tomorrow (2006)

PG-13 | 73 min | Documentary

7.3
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Women who have played orphans in "Annie" are brought together in this documentary.

Directors: Gil Cates Jr., Julie Stevens | Stars: Martha Byrne, Jennine Babo, William Berloni, Theda Stemler Blackwood

Votes: 195

49. Hanni & Nanni 3 (2013)

87 min | Family

5.1
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After male english guest students arrive to Lindenhof, the school takes the chance to play Romeo and Juliet with the guest students. But since Clyde, crush boy of many Lindenhof girls gets ... See full summary »

Director: Dagmar Seume | Stars: Jana Münster, Sophia Münster, Katharina Thalbach, Suzanne von Borsody

Votes: 152

50. Kids Unlimited (2007–2008)

30 min | Comedy, Drama, Family

8.4
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A sitcom about a talent agency run for kids by kids.

Stars: Garland Carter, Nicholas Lobue, Elizabeth Machabeli, Angel Manila

Votes: 294



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