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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: 398,773 | Gross: $327.48M

2. Family Guy (1999– )

TV-14 | 22 min | Animation, Comedy

8.1
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In a wacky Rhode Island town, a dysfunctional family strive to cope with everyday life as they are thrown from one crazy scenario to another.

Stars: Seth MacFarlane, Alex Borstein, Seth Green, Mila Kunis

Votes: 288,040

3. Moonlight (I) (2016)

R | 111 min | Drama

7.4
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99 Metascore

A young African-American man grapples with his identity and sexuality while experiencing the everyday struggles of childhood, adolescence, and burgeoning adulthood.

Director: Barry Jenkins | Stars: Mahershala Ali, Naomie Harris, Trevante Rhodes, Alex R. Hibbert

Votes: 236,432 | Gross: $27.85M

4. Capernaum (2018)

R | 126 min | Drama

8.4
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75 Metascore

While serving a five-year sentence for a violent crime, a 12-year-old boy sues his parents for neglect.

Director: Nadine Labaki | Stars: Zain Al Rafeea, Yordanos Shiferaw, Boluwatife Treasure Bankole, Kawsar Al Haddad

Votes: 28,986 | Gross: $1.66M

5. 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: 114,670 | Gross: $33.08M

6. The Falling (2014)

Not Rated | 102 min | Drama, Mystery, Thriller

5.4
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71 Metascore

It's 1969 at a strict English girls' school where charismatic Abbie and intense and troubled Lydia are best friends. After a tragedy occurs at the school, a mysterious fainting epidemic breaks out threatening the stability of all involved.

Director: Carol Morley | Stars: Maxine Peake, Maisie Williams, Florence Pugh, Anna Burnett

Votes: 5,419

7. Tideland (2005)

R | 120 min | Drama, Fantasy, Horror

6.5
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26 Metascore

Because of the actions of her irresponsible parents, a young girl is left alone on a decrepit country estate and survives inside her fantastic imagination.

Director: Terry Gilliam | Stars: Jeff Bridges, Jennifer Tilly, Jodelle Ferland, Janet McTeer

Votes: 30,414 | Gross: $0.07M

8. Invader ZIM (2001–2004)

TV-Y | 24 min | Animation, Action, Adventure

8.3
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An alien named Zim from the planet Irk is sent on a secret mission to conquer Earth, not realising that his leaders were just trying to get rid of him and hoped that he would die. Once there, Zim manages to disguise himself as a human child, but one boy named Dib sees through his disguise.

Stars: Andy Berman, Richard Steven Horvitz, Rikki Simons, Melissa Fahn

Votes: 18,498

9. 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

10. Nicholas Nickleby (2002)

PG | 132 min | Adventure, Drama, Romance

7.1
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71 Metascore

A young, compassionate man struggles to save his family and friends from the abusive exploitation of his cold-heartedly grasping uncle.

Director: Douglas McGrath | Stars: Charlie Hunnam, Jamie Bell, Christopher Plummer, Jim Broadbent

Votes: 10,957 | Gross: $1.59M

11. Autumn Sonata (1978)

PG | 99 min | Drama, Music

8.3
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A married daughter who longs for her mother's love is visited by the latter, a successful concert pianist.

Director: Ingmar Bergman | Stars: Ingrid Bergman, Liv Ullmann, Lena Nyman, Halvar Björk

Votes: 21,745

12. What Maisie Knew (2012)

R | 99 min | Drama

7.4
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74 Metascore

In New York City, a young girl is caught in the middle of her parents' bitter custody battle.

Directors: Scott McGehee, David Siegel | Stars: Julianne Moore, Alexander Skarsgård, Steve Coogan, Joanna Vanderham

Votes: 25,778 | Gross: $1.07M

13. The Amazing Mr. Blunden (1972)

G | 99 min | Family, Mystery, Fantasy

7.0
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A mysterious, very old solicitor Mr. Blunden visits Mrs. Allen and her young children in her squalid, tiny Camden Town flat and makes her an offer she cannot refuse. The family become the ... See full summary »

Director: Lionel Jeffries | Stars: Laurence Naismith, Graham Crowden, Dorothy Alison, Benjamin Smith

Votes: 965

14. The Silence (1963)

R | 96 min | Drama

7.9
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Two estranged sisters, Ester and Anna, and Anna's 10-year-old son travel to the Central European country on the verge of war. Ester becomes seriously ill and the three of them move into a hotel in a small town called Timoka.

Director: Ingmar Bergman | Stars: Ingrid Thulin, Gunnel Lindblom, Birger Malmsten, Håkan Jahnberg

Votes: 16,036

15. A Map of the World (1999)

R | 125 min | Drama

6.6
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65 Metascore

A woman's life falls apart after she's blamed for an accident on her property.

Director: Scott Elliott | Stars: Sigourney Weaver, Julianne Moore, Dara Perlmutter, David Strathairn

Votes: 3,886 | Gross: $0.54M

16. Jet Boy (2001)

TV-PG | 99 min | Drama

7.1
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A drug dealer finds an unlikely traveling companion in a runaway kid trying to dodge social services.

Director: Dave Schultz | Stars: Branden Nadon, Joe Norman Shaw, Dylan Walsh, Matthew Currie Holmes

Votes: 1,166

17. Submarino (2010)

Not Rated | 105 min | Drama

7.6
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Two brothers meet at their mother's funeral, each in his way on a path of self-destruction, both haunted by a tragedy in their youth.

Director: Thomas Vinterberg | Stars: Gustav Fischer Kjærulff, Sebastian Bull Sarning, Mads Broe Andersen, Jakob Cedergren

Votes: 8,805

18. Mockingbird Don't Sing (2001)

Not Rated | 98 min | Biography, Drama

6.5
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Based on the actual events of one of the most horrific cases of child abuse ever to be documented, this haunting drama tells the tale of a young girl that was locked in a room for over 12 years.

Director: Harry Bromley Davenport | Stars: Melissa Errico, Michael Lerner, Joe Regalbuto, Sean Young

Votes: 1,710

19. Down to the Bone (2004)

R | 104 min | Drama

6.7
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76 Metascore

A woman stuck in a stale marriage struggles to raise her children and manage her secret drug habit. But when winter comes to her small town, her balancing act begins to come crashing down.

Director: Debra Granik | Stars: Vera Farmiga, Hugh Dillon, Clint Jordan, Caridad 'La Bruja' De La Luz

Votes: 2,052 | Gross: $0.02M

20. Elsewhere (2009)

R | 106 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

5.5
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A teen girl disappears after trying to meet men online in order to escape her small town. Apparently, only her best friend worries enough to investigate the mystery.

Director: Nathan Hope | Stars: Anna Kendrick, Jon Gries, Tania Raymonde, Paul Wesley

Votes: 2,968

21. A Bag of Hammers (2011)

Not Rated | 85 min | Comedy, Drama

6.6
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50 Metascore

Two misfit best friends incapable of growing up, whose direction is tested by an abandoned child worn beyond his years. Together they invent the family they've always needed.

Director: Brian Crano | Stars: Jason Ritter, Jake Sandvig, Chandler Canterbury, Rebecca Hall

Votes: 2,774

22. Wasp (2003)

26 min | Short, Drama

7.6
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Zoë is a single mother who lives with her four children in Dartford. She is poor and can't afford to buy food. One day her ex-boyfriend drives by and asks her to go on a date with him. ... See full summary »

Director: Andrea Arnold | Stars: Natalie Press, Danny Dyer, Jodie Mitchell, Molly Griffiths

Votes: 2,717

23. A Matter of Justice (1993 TV Movie)

240 min | Drama, Thriller

7.2
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True story about the mother of a murder victim seeking to bring her son's widow to justice and gain custody of her granddaughter.

Director: Michael Switzer | Stars: Patty Duke, Martin Sheen, Alexandra Powers, Jason London

Votes: 376

24. Standing Tall (2015)

R | 120 min | Drama

7.0
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59 Metascore

A juvenile judge and a special educator are convinced that they can save the young delinquent Malony from himself and his violent ways.

Director: Emmanuelle Bercot | Stars: Catherine Deneuve, Rod Paradot, Benoît Magimel, Sara Forestier

Votes: 2,996 | Gross: $0.02M

25. Nobody's Daughter (1976)

Unrated | 83 min | Drama

7.7
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An orphan girl suffers abuse from her adopting parents.

Directors: László Ranódy, Gyula Mészáros | Stars: Zsuzsa Czinkóczi, Anna Nagy, Sándor Horváth, Marianna Moór

Votes: 409

26. Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone (I) (2001 Video Game)

E | Action, Adventure, Fantasy

7.3
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Video game adaptation of the first Harry Potter novel from J.K. Rowling's popular boy-wizard series.

Stars: Gregg Chillin, David Coker, Allan Corduner, Chris Crosby

Votes: 1,025

27. Rainy Dog (1997)

Not Rated | 95 min | Crime, Drama

7.1
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A Japanese assassin stranded in Taiwan must take work from a local crime boss to make ends meet when suddenly a woman from his past delivers a son to him.

Director: Takashi Miike | Stars: Shô Aikawa, Li Wei Chang, Shih Chang, Xianmei Chen

Votes: 2,071

28. Mother's Heart (1969)

92 min | Drama

6.4
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Lorenza has three young children who are victims of a media who wishes to turn out terrorists. She contends with her monstrous offspring and student revolts until she can't take it anymore.

Director: Salvatore Samperi | Stars: Carla Gravina, Beba Loncar, Philippe Leroy, Yorgo Voyagis

Votes: 149

29. In the Best Interest of the Children (1992 TV Movie)

96 min | Drama

7.2
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Fact-based story of a legal battle fought over custody of five siblings.

Director: Michael Ray Rhodes | Stars: Sarah Jessica Parker, Sally Struthers, Lexi Randall, Gary Graham

Votes: 382

30. Prosecuting Casey Anthony (2013 TV Movie)

TV-PG | 91 min | Drama

5.8
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Florida District Attorney prosecutes Casey Anthony in an murder trial that shocked and enraged the American public.

Director: Peter Werner | Stars: Rob Lowe, Elizabeth Mitchell, Oscar Nuñez, Marisa Ramirez

Votes: 1,009

31. Lurkers (1988)

R | 90 min | Horror

4.0
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A woman is haunted by flashbacks of her dead mother and visions of dead people floating.

Director: Roberta Findlay | Stars: Christine Moore, Gary Warner, Marina Taylor, Roy MacArthur

Votes: 329

32. Unbreakable Bond (2017)

108 min | Drama

7.4
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Strangers yesterday, today, three teens discover it's the trials and tribulations of life that create an - "UNBREAKABLE BOND"

Director: Kerry Brent Hower | Stars: Taylor Landress, Korah Isabella, Myra Modregon, Randy Davison

Votes: 14

33. Let the Fire Burn (2013)

Not Rated | 88 min | Documentary

7.9
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86 Metascore

A history of the conflict of the City of Philadelphia and the Black Liberation organization, MOVE, that led to the disastrously violent final confrontation in 1985.

Director: Jason Osder | Stars: Birdie Africa, Ramona Africa, Wilson Goode, William Brown III

Votes: 1,170 | Gross: $0.06M

34. Make a Bow and Kiss (2017)

99 min | Romance

6.5
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Kishimoto An is a high school student who loves Japanese archery, which is also known as Kyudo. She has been practicing since her beginning at junior high school and is quite good. Time has... See full summary »

Director: Takeshi Furusawa | Stars: Elaiza Ikeda, Masaki Nakao, Minori Hagiwara, Takahisa Maeyama

Votes: 67

35. Boot Polish (1954)

90 min | Comedy, Drama, Family

8.2
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Preteen brother and sister, abandoned by their father to care of an abusive prostitute aunt, survive life in an Indian squatters' camp, aided by a friendly cripple, by learning to shine shoes instead of begging.

Director: Prakash Arora | Stars: Kumari Naaz, Rattan Kumar, David Abraham, Chand Burke

Votes: 649

36. The Apple (1998)

86 min | Drama

7.2
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After twelve years of imprisonment by their own parents, two sisters are finally released by social workers to face the outside world for the first time.

Director: Samira Makhmalbaf | Stars: Massoumeh Naderi, Zahra Naderi, Ghorban Ali Naderi, Azizeh Mohamadi

Votes: 2,083 | Gross: $0.12M

37. Cipher in the Snow (1974)

Not Rated | 21 min | Short, Drama

7.1
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Asking to leave a school bus, Cliff, a young teenager, collapses and dies in the snow near the roadside. His math teacher is asked to notify the parents and then write a short obituary. ... See full summary »

Director: Keith J. Atkinson | Stars: Robert Bridges, Bruce Kimball, Jacqueline Mayo, Roberta Shore

Votes: 137

38. Lizzie (1957)

Approved | 81 min | Drama

6.4
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During the 1950s, a Los Angeles psychiatrist uses hypnosis to treat a 25 year old woman who's suffering from multiple personality disorder.

Director: Hugo Haas | Stars: Eleanor Parker, Richard Boone, Joan Blondell, Hugo Haas

Votes: 435

39. The Girl, the Mother and the Demons (2016)

92 min | Drama, Thriller

6.5
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A single mother's mental health is failing, and her young daughter has to deal with her rapidly switching moods and bizarre outbursts.

Director: Suzanne Osten | Stars: Esther Quigley, Maria Sundbom, Maja Embrink, Ulrika Nilsson

Votes: 128

40. Kid-Thing (2012)

83 min | Drama

6.3
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58 Metascore

Annie is girl with no moral compass, thanks to a complete lack of parental supervision. One day, while playing in the woods, a voice calls out to her from deep within an abandoned well, causing her to consider the right course of action.

Director: David Zellner | Stars: Sydney Aguirre, Nathan Zellner, David Wingo, Zack Carlson

Votes: 420

41. It's a Girl! (2012)

Not Rated | 64 min | Documentary

7.6
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Every year in India and China, millions of babies are killed, neglected or abandoned simply because they are girls.

Director: Evan Grae Davis

Votes: 450

42. 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

43. My Childhood (1972)

Not Rated | 46 min | Biography, Drama

7.4
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The second part (My ain folk) of Bill Douglas' influential trilogy harks back to his impoverished upbringing in early-'40s Scotland. Cinema was his only escape - he paid for it with the ... See full summary »

Director: Bill Douglas | Stars: Stephen Archibald, Hughie Restorick, Jean Taylor Smith, Karl Fieseler

Votes: 991

44. Treeless Mountain (2008)

Not Rated | 89 min | Drama

7.1
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75 Metascore

In Seoul, Korea, two sisters must look after each other when their mother leaves them to search for their estranged father.

Director: So Yong Kim | Stars: Chae Gil Byung, Jung Gil Ja, Shin Hyun Je, Kim Mi Jung

Votes: 1,584 | Gross: $0.06M

45. The Angel (2009)

97 min | Drama

6.7
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As the film opens, a doped-up Lea (Maria Bonnevie) makes an extremely bad impression on her baby daughter's foster parents; later, flashbacks reveal her disturbing youth and young adulthood... See full summary »

Director: Margreth Olin | Stars: Maria Bonnevie, Gunilla Röör, Antti Reini, Benjamin Helstad

Votes: 781

46. Crows (1994)

66 min | Drama

7.2
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A thin child of about 10, nicknamed "Crow" because she mimics the bird, has no friends and rejects a teacher's hug. At home, she is left on her own, her mom locks her out while entertaining... See full summary »

Director: Dorota Kedzierzawska | Stars: Karolina Ostrozna, Katarzyna Szczepanik, Malgorzata Hajewska, Anna Prucnal

Votes: 526

47. Death of a Child (2017)

80 min | Documentary

6.8
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How does one live with the unbearable? When the worst has happened and the one to blame is yourself? Death of a Child is an exploration of the lives of parents who have caused their own children's deaths.

Directors: Frida Barkfors, Lasse Barkfors

Votes: 63

48. About a Girl (2001)

9 min | Short

6.8
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A girl tells the story of her life and hopes for the future.

Director: Brian Percival | Stars: Ashley Thewlis, John Slater, Sue Jaynes, Laren Creek

Votes: 501

49. My Way Home (1978)

Not Rated | 71 min | Biography, Drama

7.5
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Jamie leaves the children's home to live with his paternal grandmother. After working in a mine and in a tailor's shop, he is conscripted into the RAF, and goes to Egypt, where he is ... See full summary »

Director: Bill Douglas | Stars: Stephen Archibald, Paul Kermack, Jessie Combe, William Carrol

Votes: 604

50. Suffer Little Children (1983)

74 min | Horror

4.4
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A mute child arrives at a children's home and starts terrorizing the other children with her demonic powers.

Director: Alan Briggs | Stars: Colin Chamberlain, Ginny Rose, Jon Hollanz, Nicola Diana

Votes: 111



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