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1. It (I) (2017)

R | 135 min | Horror

7.4
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69 Metascore

In the summer of 1989, a group of bullied kids band together to destroy a shape-shifting monster, which disguises itself as a clown and preys on the children of Derry, their small Maine town.

Director: Andy Muschietti | Stars: Bill Skarsgård, Jaeden Martell, Finn Wolfhard, Sophia Lillis

Votes: 397,815 | Gross: $327.48M

2. Split (IX) (2016)

PG-13 | 117 min | Horror, Thriller

7.3
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62 Metascore

Three girls are kidnapped by a man with a diagnosed 23 distinct personalities. They must try to escape before the apparent emergence of a frightful new 24th.

Director: M. Night Shyamalan | Stars: James McAvoy, Anya Taylor-Joy, Haley Lu Richardson, Jessica Sula

Votes: 376,256 | Gross: $138.29M

3. Prisoners (2013)

R | 153 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

8.1
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74 Metascore

When Keller Dover's daughter and her friend go missing, he takes matters into his own hands as the police pursue multiple leads and the pressure mounts.

Director: Denis Villeneuve | Stars: Hugh Jackman, Jake Gyllenhaal, Viola Davis, Melissa Leo

Votes: 539,727 | Gross: $61.00M

4. Murder on the Orient Express (2017)

PG-13 | 114 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

6.5
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52 Metascore

When a murder occurs on the train on which he's travelling, celebrated detective Hercule Poirot is recruited to solve the case.

Director: Kenneth Branagh | Stars: Kenneth Branagh, Penélope Cruz, Willem Dafoe, Judi Dench

Votes: 184,260 | Gross: $102.83M

5. Batman Returns (1992)

PG-13 | 126 min | Action, Crime, Fantasy

7.0
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68 Metascore

Batman returns to the big screen when a deformed man calling himself the Penguin wreaks havoc across Gotham with the help of a cruel businessman.

Director: Tim Burton | Stars: Michael Keaton, Danny DeVito, Michelle Pfeiffer, Christopher Walken

Votes: 257,377 | Gross: $162.83M

6. Hook (1991)

PG | 142 min | Adventure, Comedy, Family

6.8
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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.

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

Votes: 217,605 | Gross: $119.65M

7. NOS4A2 (2019– )

TV-14 | 60 min | Drama, Fantasy, Horror

6.8
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Charlie Manx, a seductive immortal who feeds off the souls of children, has his whole world threatened when a young woman in New England discovers she has a dangerous gift.

Stars: Ashleigh Cummings, Zachary Quinto, Ólafur Darri Ólafsson, Jahkara Smith

Votes: 4,157

8. Taken (I) (2008)

PG-13 | 94 min | Action, Thriller

7.8
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51 Metascore

A retired CIA agent travels across Europe and relies on his old skills to save his estranged daughter, who has been kidnapped while on a trip to Paris.

Director: Pierre Morel | Stars: Liam Neeson, Maggie Grace, Famke Janssen, Leland Orser

Votes: 543,593 | Gross: $145.00M

9. 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: 414,076 | Gross: $179.87M

10. Willow (1988)

PG | 126 min | Action, Adventure, Drama

7.3
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47 Metascore

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

Director: Ron Howard | Stars: Val Kilmer, Joanne Whalley, Warwick Davis, Jean Marsh

Votes: 94,315 | Gross: $57.27M

11. Freddy vs. Jason (2003)

R | 97 min | Action, Horror

5.7
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37 Metascore

Freddy Krueger and Jason Voorhees return to terrorize the teenage population. Except this time, they're out to get each other, too.

Director: Ronny Yu | Stars: Robert Englund, Ken Kirzinger, Kelly Rowland, Monica Keena

Votes: 105,011 | Gross: $82.62M

12. The Flintstones (1994)

PG | 91 min | Comedy, Family, Fantasy

4.9
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38 Metascore

In a parallel modern-day Stone Age world, a working-class family, the Flintstones, are set up for an executive job. But they learn that money can't buy happiness.

Director: Brian Levant | Stars: John Goodman, Rick Moranis, Rosie O'Donnell, Halle Berry

Votes: 71,103 | Gross: $130.51M

13. Man on Fire (2004)

R | 146 min | Action, Crime, Drama

7.7
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47 Metascore

In Mexico City, a former CIA operative swears vengeance on those who committed an unspeakable act against the family he was hired to protect.

Director: Tony Scott | Stars: Denzel Washington, Christopher Walken, Dakota Fanning, Radha Mitchell

Votes: 311,909 | Gross: $77.91M

14. The Mask of Zorro (1998)

PG-13 | 136 min | Action, Adventure, Comedy

6.7
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63 Metascore

A young thief (Antonio Banderas), seeking revenge for the death of his brother, is trained by the once great, but aged Zorro (Sir Anthony Hopkins), who also pursues vengeance of his own.

Director: Martin Campbell | Stars: Antonio Banderas, Anthony Hopkins, Catherine Zeta-Jones, José María de Tavira

Votes: 158,764 | Gross: $94.10M

15. Chitty Chitty Bang Bang (1968)

G | 144 min | Adventure, Family, Fantasy

6.9
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A down-on-his-luck inventor turns a broken-down Grand Prix car into a fancy vehicle for his children, and then they go off on a magical fantasy adventure to save their grandfather in a far-off land.

Director: Ken Hughes | Stars: Dick Van Dyke, Sally Ann Howes, Lionel Jeffries, Benny Hill

Votes: 38,097

16. Rush Hour (1998)

PG-13 | 98 min | Action, Comedy, Crime

7.0
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60 Metascore

A loyal and dedicated Hong Kong Inspector teams up with a reckless and loudmouthed L.A.P.D. detective to rescue the Chinese Consul's kidnapped daughter, while trying to arrest a dangerous crime lord along the way.

Director: Brett Ratner | Stars: Jackie Chan, Chris Tucker, Ken Leung, Tom Wilkinson

Votes: 223,952 | Gross: $141.15M

17. Changeling (2008)

R | 141 min | Biography, Crime, Drama

7.7
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63 Metascore

Grief-stricken mother Christine Collins (Angelina Jolie) takes on the L.A.P.D. to her own detriment when it tries to pass off an obvious impostor as her missing child.

Director: Clint Eastwood | Stars: Angelina Jolie, Colm Feore, Amy Ryan, Gattlin Griffith

Votes: 225,412 | Gross: $35.74M

18. The Captive (I) (2014)

R | 112 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

5.9
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36 Metascore

Eight years after the disappearance of Cassandra, some disturbing incidents seem to indicate that she's still alive. Police, parents and Cassandra herself, will try to unravel the mystery of her disappearance.

Director: Atom Egoyan | Stars: Ryan Reynolds, Scott Speedman, Rosario Dawson, Mireille Enos

Votes: 27,646

19. The Mummy Returns (2001)

PG-13 | 130 min | Action, Adventure, Fantasy

6.3
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48 Metascore

The mummified body of Imhotep is shipped to a museum in London, where he once again wakes and begins his campaign of rage and terror.

Director: Stephen Sommers | Stars: Brendan Fraser, Rachel Weisz, John Hannah, Arnold Vosloo

Votes: 287,312 | Gross: $202.02M

20. Little Monsters (1989)

PG | 100 min | Adventure, Comedy, Family

6.1
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A boy discovers an incredible and gruesome world of monsters under his bed.

Director: Richard Greenberg | Stars: Fred Savage, Howie Mandel, Daniel Stern, Margaret Whitton

Votes: 10,353 | Gross: $0.79M

21. Murder on the Orient Express (1974)

PG | 128 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

7.3
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63 Metascore

In December 1935, when his train is stopped by deep snow, detective Hercule Poirot is called on to solve a murder that occurred in his car the night before.

Director: Sidney Lumet | Stars: Albert Finney, Lauren Bacall, Ingrid Bergman, Sean Connery

Votes: 50,665

22. The Call (II) (2013)

R | 94 min | Crime, Drama, Horror

6.7
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51 Metascore

When a veteran 911 operator takes a life-altering call from a teenage girl who has just been abducted, she realizes that she must confront a killer from her past in order to save the girl's life.

Director: Brad Anderson | Stars: Halle Berry, Evie Thompson, Abigail Breslin, Morris Chestnut

Votes: 105,372 | Gross: $51.87M

23. An American Crime (2007)

R | 98 min | Biography, Crime, Drama

7.3
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The true story of suburban housewife Gertrude Baniszewski, who kept a teenage girl locked in the basement of her Indiana home during the 1960s.

Director: Tommy O'Haver | Stars: Ellen Page, Hayley McFarland, Nick Searcy, Romy Rosemont

Votes: 30,406

24. Kidnap (2017)

R | 95 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

5.9
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44 Metascore

A mother stops at nothing to recover her kidnapped son.

Director: Luis Prieto | Stars: Halle Berry, Sage Correa, Chris McGinn, Lew Temple

Votes: 29,992 | Gross: $30.72M

25. Flightplan (2005)

PG-13 | 98 min | Action, Drama, Mystery

6.3
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53 Metascore

A bereaved woman and her daughter are flying home from Berlin to America. At 30,000 feet, the child vanishes, and nobody will admit she was ever on the plane.

Director: Robert Schwentke | Stars: Jodie Foster, Peter Sarsgaard, Sean Bean, Kate Beahan

Votes: 145,326 | Gross: $89.71M

26. The Man from Nowhere (2010)

R | 119 min | Action, Drama, Thriller

7.8
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A quiet pawnshop keeper with a violent past takes on a drug-and-organ trafficking ring in hope of saving the child who is his only friend.

Director: Jeong-beom Lee | Stars: Won Bin, Sae-ron Kim, Tae-hoon Kim, Hee-won Kim

Votes: 56,491 | Gross: $0.01M

27. The City of Lost Children (1995)

R | 112 min | Fantasy, Sci-Fi

7.6
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73 Metascore

A scientist in a surrealist society kidnaps children to steal their dreams, hoping that they slow his aging process.

Directors: Marc Caro, Jean-Pierre Jeunet | Stars: Ron Perlman, Daniel Emilfork, Judith Vittet, Dominique Pinon

Votes: 62,097 | Gross: $1.51M

28. The Punisher (1989)

89 min | Action, Crime, Drama

5.7
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63 Metascore

When Frank Castle's family is murdered by criminals, he wages war on crime as a vigilante assassin known only as The Punisher.

Director: Mark Goldblatt | Stars: Dolph Lundgren, Louis Gossett Jr., Jeroen Krabbé, Kim Miyori

Votes: 20,348

29. Sympathy for Mr. Vengeance (2002)

R | 129 min | Action, Drama, Thriller

7.6
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56 Metascore

A recently laid off factory worker kidnaps his former boss' friend's daughter, hoping to use the ransom money to pay for his sister's kidney transplant.

Director: Chan-wook Park | Stars: Kang-ho Song, Ha-kyun Shin, Doona Bae, Ji-Eun Lim

Votes: 57,066 | Gross: $0.05M

30. Ransom (1996)

R | 121 min | Action, Crime, Thriller

6.6
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60 Metascore

When a multimillionaire man's son is kidnapped, he cooperates with the police at first but then turns the tables on the kidnappers when he uses the ransom money as a reward for the capture of the kidnappers.

Director: Ron Howard | Stars: Mel Gibson, Gary Sinise, Rene Russo, Brawley Nolte

Votes: 112,556 | Gross: $136.49M

31. Abducted in Plain Sight (2017)

TV-14 | 91 min | Documentary, Crime

6.8
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The twisting, turning, stranger-than-fiction true story of the Brobergs, a naive, church-going Idaho family that fell under the spell of a sociopathic neighbor with designs on their twelve-year-old daughter.

Director: Skye Borgman | Stars: Jan Broberg, Bob Broberg, Mary Ann Broberg, Susan Broberg

Votes: 10,756

32. Porco Rosso (1992)

PG | 94 min | Animation, Adventure, Comedy

7.8
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83 Metascore

In 1930s Italy, a veteran World War I pilot is cursed to look like an anthropomorphic pig.

Director: Hayao Miyazaki | Stars: Shûichirô Moriyama, Tokiko Katô, Bunshi Katsura Vi, Tsunehiko Kamijô

Votes: 63,199

33. Cradle 2 the Grave (2003)

R | 101 min | Action, Crime, Drama

5.8
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36 Metascore

A jewel thief's daughter is kidnapped after he steals a collection of prized black diamonds, which aren't at all what they seem.

Director: Andrzej Bartkowiak | Stars: Jet Li, DMX, Mark Dacascos, Anthony Anderson

Votes: 39,573 | Gross: $34.60M

34. A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum (1966)

Approved | 99 min | Comedy, Musical

6.9
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A wily slave must unite a virgin courtesan and his young smitten master to earn his freedom.

Director: Richard Lester | Stars: Zero Mostel, Phil Silvers, Buster Keaton, Michael Crawford

Votes: 7,888

35. Choke (2008)

R | 92 min | Comedy, Drama

6.5
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47 Metascore

A sex-addicted con-man pays for his mother's hospital bills by playing on the sympathies of those who rescue him from choking to death.

Director: Clark Gregg | Stars: Sam Rockwell, Anjelica Huston, Kelly Macdonald, Kathryn Alexander

Votes: 30,635 | Gross: $2.93M

36. Ugly (2013)

Not Rated | 128 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

8.1
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The case of a missing girl takes us through a journey of human greed and brushes upon the egos and repressed emotions of the characters.

Director: Anurag Kashyap | Stars: Rahul Bhat, Ronit Roy, Tejaswini Kolhapure, Vineet Kumar Singh

Votes: 17,368

37. Trapped (I) (2002)

R | 106 min | Action, Crime, Drama

6.2
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42 Metascore

The Jennings' fight for their daughters life after she is kidnapped by an experienced gang of thieves.

Director: Luis Mandoki | Stars: Kevin Bacon, Charlize Theron, Courtney Love, Stuart Townsend

Votes: 21,886 | Gross: $0.06M

38. Snow Day (2000)

PG | 89 min | Adventure, Comedy, Family

5.1
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34 Metascore

When a school in upstate New York is snowed in, a group of students hi-jack a plow to keep the school closed.

Director: Chris Koch | Stars: Chevy Chase, Mark Webber, Schuyler Fisk, Chris Elliott

Votes: 10,808 | Gross: $60.02M

39. The Emerald Forest (1985)

R | 114 min | Action, Adventure, Drama

6.9
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After the son of engineer Bill Markham is abducted by an aboriginal tribe on the edge of the rain forest, the engineer spends the next 10 years searching for him.

Director: John Boorman | Stars: Powers Boothe, Meg Foster, Yara Vaneau, William Rodriguez

Votes: 8,746 | Gross: $24.47M

40. High and Low (1963)

Not Rated | 143 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

8.5
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An executive of a shoe company becomes a victim of extortion when his chauffeur's son is kidnapped and held for ransom.

Director: Akira Kurosawa | Stars: Toshirô Mifune, Yutaka Sada, Tatsuya Nakadai, Kyôko Kagawa

Votes: 24,453

41. Ewoks: The Battle for Endor (1985 TV Movie)

TV-G | 94 min | Adventure, Family, Fantasy

5.5
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Marauders raid the Ewok village and steal a power supply they believe to be magical. Wicket helps Cindel escape the evil witch Charal, and they befriend a hermit who may help them save the village.

Directors: Jim Wheat, Ken Wheat | Stars: Wilford Brimley, Warwick Davis, Aubree Miller, Siân Phillips

Votes: 7,655

42. Madeline (1998)

PG | 88 min | Comedy, Family

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Horrified at the prospect of her beloved school being sold, a young French girl uses her wit and craftiness to attempt to save it, making an unlikely new friend in the process.

Director: Daisy von Scherler Mayer | Stars: Frances McDormand, Nigel Hawthorne, Hatty Jones, Ben Daniels

Votes: 6,279 | Gross: $29.77M

43. Obsession (1976)

PG | 98 min | Drama, Mystery, Thriller

6.7
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A wealthy New Orleans businessman becomes obsessed with a young woman who resembles his wife.

Director: Brian De Palma | Stars: Cliff Robertson, Geneviève Bujold, John Lithgow, Sylvia Kuumba Williams

Votes: 7,978 | Gross: $1.00M

44. The Peanut Butter Solution (1985)

PG | 93 min | Adventure, Comedy, Family

6.4
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Peanut butter is the secret ingredient for magic potions made by two friendly ghosts. Eleven-year-old Michael loses all of his hair when he gets a fright and uses the potion to get his hair back.

Director: Michael Rubbo | Stars: Mathew Mackay, Siluck Saysanasy, Alison Darcy, Michael Hogan

Votes: 1,732

45. Kiss of Death (1995)

R | 101 min | Action, Crime, Thriller

5.9
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A reformed convict goes undercover with the help of an angry detective to ensnare a psychotic mobster.

Director: Barbet Schroeder | Stars: David Caruso, Samuel L. Jackson, Nicolas Cage, Helen Hunt

Votes: 16,054 | Gross: $14.94M

46. Jack the Bear (1993)

PG-13 | 99 min | Comedy, Drama

6.5
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Danny DeVito is John Leary, a professional clown, whose wife's death in a car accident has left him to care for his two young boys.

Director: Marshall Herskovitz | Stars: Danny DeVito, Gary Sinise, Robert J. Steinmiller Jr., Miko Hughes

Votes: 3,743 | Gross: $5.15M

47. My Son (2017)

PG-13 | 84 min | Drama, Thriller

5.8
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54 Metascore

The disappearance of his child sends a man on a dark path to find the truth.

Director: Christian Carion | Stars: Guillaume Canet, Mélanie Laurent, Olivier de Benoist, Antoine Hamel

Votes: 860 | Gross: $0.01M

48. The Deep End of the Ocean (1999)

PG-13 | 106 min | Drama

6.4
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45 Metascore

The Deep End of The Ocean is a film about a family's reaction when Ben, the youngest son is kidnapped and then found nine years later, living in the same town, where his family had just moved.

Director: Ulu Grosbard | Stars: Michelle Pfeiffer, Treat Williams, Whoopi Goldberg, Jonathan Jackson

Votes: 12,205 | Gross: $13.38M

49. Don't Torture a Duckling (1972)

Not Rated | 105 min | Horror, Mystery, Thriller

7.1
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A reporter and a promiscuous young woman try to solve a series of child killings in a remote southern Italian town rife with superstition and a distrust of outsiders.

Director: Lucio Fulci | Stars: Florinda Bolkan, Barbara Bouchet, Tomas Milian, Irene Papas

Votes: 7,115

50. Clifford (1994)

PG | 90 min | Comedy

5.5
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Clifford is a ten-year-old troublemaker, who puts not only his parents through hell, but also his uncle with whom his parents have discarded him to.

Director: Paul Flaherty | Stars: Martin Short, Charles Grodin, Mary Steenburgen, Dabney Coleman

Votes: 6,343 | Gross: $7.41M



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