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1. Cursed (2020– )

TV-MA | Adventure, Drama, Fantasy

5.8
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A teenage sorceress named Nimue encounters a young Arthur on her quest to find a powerful and ancient sword.

Stars: Katherine Langford, Devon Terrell, Gustaf Skarsgård, Daniel Sharman

Votes: 15,621

2. The Old Guard (2020)

R | 125 min | Action, Adventure, Fantasy

6.7
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70 Metascore

A covert team of immortal mercenaries are suddenly exposed and must now fight to keep their identity a secret just as an unexpected new member is discovered.

Director: Gina Prince-Bythewood | Stars: Charlize Theron, KiKi Layne, Matthias Schoenaerts, Marwan Kenzari

Votes: 83,220

3. 365 Days (2020)

TV-MA | 114 min | Drama, Romance

3.3
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Massimo is a member of the Sicilian Mafia family and Laura is a sales director. She does not expect that on a trip to Sicily trying to save her relationship, Massimo will kidnap her and give her 365 days to fall in love with him.

Directors: Barbara Bialowas, Tomasz Mandes | Stars: Anna Maria Sieklucka, Michele Morrone, Bronislaw Wroclawski, Otar Saralidze

Votes: 30,990

4. Good Girls (2018– )

TV-14 | 43 min | Comedy, Crime, Drama

7.9
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Three suburban mothers suddenly find themselves in desperate circumstances and decide to stop playing it safe and risk everything to take their power back.

Stars: Christina Hendricks, Retta, Mae Whitman, Reno Wilson

Votes: 27,520

5. Gone with the Wind (1939)

Passed | 238 min | Drama, History, Romance

8.1
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97 Metascore

A manipulative woman and a roguish man conduct a turbulent romance during the American Civil War and Reconstruction periods.

Directors: Victor Fleming, George Cukor, Sam Wood | Stars: Clark Gable, Vivien Leigh, Thomas Mitchell, Barbara O'Neil

Votes: 282,909 | Gross: $198.68M

6. New Girl (2011–2018)

TV-14 | 22 min | Comedy

7.7
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After a bad break-up, Jess, an offbeat young woman, moves into an apartment loft with three single men. Although they find her behavior very unusual, the men support her - most of the time.

Stars: Zooey Deschanel, Jake Johnson, Max Greenfield, Hannah Simone

Votes: 180,494

7. The Witcher (2019– )

TV-MA | 60 min | Action, Adventure, Fantasy

8.2
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Geralt of Rivia, a solitary monster hunter, struggles to find his place in a world where people often prove more wicked than beasts.

Stars: Henry Cavill, Freya Allan, Anya Chalotra, Mimi Ndiweni

Votes: 264,381

8. The Vampire Diaries (2009–2017)

TV-14 | 43 min | Drama, Fantasy, Horror

7.7
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The lives, loves, dangers and disasters in the town, Mystic Falls, Virginia. Creatures of unspeakable horror lurk beneath this town as a teenage girl is suddenly torn between two vampire brothers.

Stars: Nina Dobrev, Paul Wesley, Ian Somerhalder, Kat Graham

Votes: 273,661

9. His Dark Materials (2019– )

TV-14 | 60 min | Adventure, Drama, Family

7.9
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A young girl is destined to liberate her world from the grip of the Magisterium which represses people's ties to magic and their animal spirits known as daemons.

Stars: Dafne Keen, Kit Connor, Amir Wilson, Andrew Scott

Votes: 36,784

10. The Handmaid's Tale (2017– )

TV-MA | 60 min | Drama, Sci-Fi, Thriller

8.5
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Set in a dystopian future, a woman is forced to live as a concubine under a fundamentalist theocratic dictatorship.

Stars: Elisabeth Moss, Amanda Brugel, Madeline Brewer, Max Minghella

Votes: 158,355

11. Parks and Recreation (2009–2020)

TV-14 | 22 min | Comedy

8.6
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The absurd antics of an Indiana town's public officials as they pursue sundry projects to make their city a better place.

Stars: Amy Poehler, Jim O'Heir, Nick Offerman, Chris Pratt

Votes: 201,413

12. Homeland (2011–2020)

TV-MA | 55 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

8.3
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A bipolar CIA operative becomes convinced a prisoner of war has been turned by al-Qaeda and is planning to carry out a terrorist attack on American soil.

Stars: Claire Danes, Mandy Patinkin, Damian Lewis, Rupert Friend

Votes: 303,766

13. MILF (2018)

TV-MA | 101 min | Comedy

4.7
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Three best friends in their forties start a relationship with younger men while on vacation.

Director: Axelle Laffont | Stars: Marie-Josée Croze, Virginie Ledoyen, Axelle Laffont, Waël Sersoub

Votes: 2,890

14. Buffy the Vampire Slayer (1997–2003)

TV-14 | 44 min | Action, Drama, Fantasy

8.2
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A young woman, destined to slay vampires, demons and other infernal creatures, deals with her life fighting evil, with the help of her friends.

Stars: Sarah Michelle Gellar, Nicholas Brendon, Alyson Hannigan, Anthony Head

Votes: 125,359

15. How to Get Away with Murder (2014–2020)

TV-14 | 43 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

8.1
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A group of ambitious law students and their brilliant criminal defense professor become involved in a twisted murder plot that promises to change the course of their lives.

Stars: Viola Davis, Billy Brown, Jack Falahee, Aja Naomi King

Votes: 119,311

16. The Crown (2016– )

TV-MA | 58 min | Drama, History

8.7
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Follows the political rivalries and romance of Queen Elizabeth II's reign and the events that shaped the second half of the twentieth century.

Stars: Claire Foy, Olivia Colman, Imelda Staunton, Matt Smith

Votes: 115,619

17. Wonder Woman 1984 (2020)

PG-13 | Action, Adventure, Fantasy | Completed

Fast forward to the 1980s as Wonder Woman's next big screen adventure finds her facing two all-new foes: Max Lord and The Cheetah.

Director: Patty Jenkins | Stars: Connie Nielsen, Pedro Pascal, Gal Gadot, Chris Pine

18. Midsommar (2019)

R | 148 min | Drama, Horror, Mystery

7.1
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72 Metascore

A couple travels to Sweden to visit a rural hometown's fabled mid-summer festival. What begins as an idyllic retreat quickly devolves into an increasingly violent and bizarre competition at the hands of a pagan cult.

Director: Ari Aster | Stars: Florence Pugh, Jack Reynor, Vilhelm Blomgren, William Jackson Harper

Votes: 171,836 | Gross: $27.33M

19. Charlie's Angels (2019)

PG-13 | 118 min | Action, Adventure, Comedy

4.7
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52 Metascore

When a young systems engineer blows the whistle on a dangerous technology, Charlie's Angels are called into action, putting their lives on the line to protect us all.

Director: Elizabeth Banks | Stars: Kristen Stewart, Naomi Scott, Ella Balinska, Elizabeth Banks

Votes: 47,444

20. The Invisible Man (I) (2020)

R | 124 min | Horror, Mystery, Sci-Fi

7.1
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72 Metascore

When Cecilia's abusive ex takes his own life and leaves her his fortune, she suspects his death was a hoax. As a series of coincidences turn lethal, Cecilia works to prove that she is being hunted by someone nobody can see.

Director: Leigh Whannell | Stars: Elisabeth Moss, Oliver Jackson-Cohen, Harriet Dyer, Aldis Hodge

Votes: 124,564 | Gross: $64.91M

21. Gilmore Girls (2000–2007)

TV-PG | 44 min | Comedy, Drama

8.1
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A dramedy centering around the relationship between a thirtysomething single mother and her teen daughter living in Stars Hollow, Connecticut.

Stars: Lauren Graham, Alexis Bledel, Keiko Agena, Scott Patterson

Votes: 94,393

22. The Hunt (II) (2020)

R | 90 min | Action, Horror, Thriller

6.5
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50 Metascore

Twelve strangers wake up in a clearing. They don't know where they are, or how they got there. They don't know they've been chosen - for a very specific purpose - The Hunt.

Director: Craig Zobel | Stars: Betty Gilpin, Hilary Swank, Ike Barinholtz, Wayne Duvall

Votes: 48,986

23. Killing Eve (2018– )

TV-14 | 42 min | Action, Adventure, Drama

8.3
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After a series of events, the lives of a security operative and an assassin become inextricably linked.

Stars: Jodie Comer, Sandra Oh, Fiona Shaw, Kim Bodnia

Votes: 77,475

24. Wynonna Earp (2016– )

TV-14 | 43 min | Action, Drama, Fantasy

7.4
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Following Wyatt Earp's great great-granddaughter as she battles demons and other creatures. With her unique abilities and a posse of dysfunctional allies, she's the only thing that can bring the paranormal to justice.

Stars: Melanie Scrofano, Tim Rozon, Dominique Provost-Chalkley, Katherine Barrell

Votes: 16,874

25. Vivarium (2019)

R | 97 min | Comedy, Horror, Mystery

5.8
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64 Metascore

A young couple looking for the perfect home find themselves trapped in a mysterious labyrinth-like neighborhood of identical houses.

Director: Lorcan Finnegan | Stars: Imogen Poots, Danielle Ryan, Molly McCann, Jesse Eisenberg

Votes: 26,346

26. Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker (2019)

PG-13 | 141 min | Action, Adventure, Fantasy

6.6
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53 Metascore

The surviving members of the resistance face the First Order once again, and the legendary conflict between the Jedi and the Sith reaches its peak bringing the Skywalker saga to its end.

Director: J.J. Abrams | Stars: Daisy Ridley, John Boyega, Oscar Isaac, Adam Driver

Votes: 343,252 | Gross: $515.20M

27. The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel (2017– )

TV-MA | 57 min | Comedy, Drama

8.7
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A housewife in 1958 decides to become a stand-up comic.

Stars: Rachel Brosnahan, Alex Borstein, Michael Zegen, Marin Hinkle

Votes: 71,028

28. Harley Quinn: Birds of Prey (2020)

R | 109 min | Action, Adventure, Crime

6.1
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60 Metascore

After splitting with the Joker, Harley Quinn joins superheroes Black Canary, Huntress and Renee Montoya to save a young girl from an evil crime lord.

Director: Cathy Yan | Stars: Margot Robbie, Rosie Perez, Mary Elizabeth Winstead, Jurnee Smollett

Votes: 129,489 | Gross: $84.16M

29. Terminator: Dark Fate (2019)

R | 128 min | Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi

6.2
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54 Metascore

An augmented human and Sarah Connor must stop an advanced liquid Terminator from hunting down a young girl, whose fate is critical to the human race.

Director: Tim Miller | Stars: Linda Hamilton, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Mackenzie Davis, Natalia Reyes

Votes: 129,854 | Gross: $62.25M

30. Orange Is the New Black (2013–2019)

TV-MA | 59 min | Comedy, Crime, Drama

8.1
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Convicted of a decade old crime of transporting drug money to an ex-girlfriend, normally law-abiding Piper Chapman is sentenced to a year and a half behind bars to face the reality of how life-changing prison can really be.

Stars: Taylor Schilling, Danielle Brooks, Taryn Manning, Emma Myles

Votes: 273,524

31. Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri (2017)

R | 115 min | Comedy, Crime, Drama

8.2
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88 Metascore

A mother personally challenges the local authorities to solve her daughter's murder when they fail to catch the culprit.

Director: Martin McDonagh | Stars: Frances McDormand, Woody Harrelson, Sam Rockwell, Caleb Landry Jones

Votes: 408,897 | Gross: $54.51M

32. The Good Place (2016–2020)

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

8.2
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Four people and their otherworldly frienemy struggle in the afterlife to define what it means to be good.

Stars: Kristen Bell, William Jackson Harper, Jameela Jamil, D'Arcy Carden

Votes: 99,959

33. Ready or Not (I) (2019)

R | 95 min | Comedy, Horror, Mystery

6.8
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64 Metascore

A bride's wedding night takes a sinister turn when her eccentric new in-laws force her to take part in a terrifying game.

Directors: Matt Bettinelli-Olpin, Tyler Gillett | Stars: Samara Weaving, Adam Brody, Mark O'Brien, Henry Czerny

Votes: 92,667 | Gross: $26.74M

34. The Silence of the Lambs (1991)

R | 118 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

8.6
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85 Metascore

A young F.B.I. cadet must receive the help of an incarcerated and manipulative cannibal killer to help catch another serial killer, a madman who skins his victims.

Director: Jonathan Demme | Stars: Jodie Foster, Anthony Hopkins, Lawrence A. Bonney, Kasi Lemmons

Votes: 1,229,434 | Gross: $130.74M

35. Zootopia (2016)

PG | 108 min | Animation, Adventure, Comedy

8.0
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78 Metascore

In a city of anthropomorphic animals, a rookie bunny cop and a cynical con artist fox must work together to uncover a conspiracy.

Directors: Byron Howard, Rich Moore, Jared Bush | Stars: Ginnifer Goodwin, Jason Bateman, Idris Elba, Jenny Slate

Votes: 419,494 | Gross: $341.27M

36. Moana (I) (2016)

PG | 107 min | Animation, Adventure, Comedy

7.6
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81 Metascore

In Ancient Polynesia, when a terrible curse incurred by the Demigod Maui reaches Moana's island, she answers the Ocean's call to seek out the Demigod to set things right.

Directors: Ron Clements, John Musker, Don Hall, Chris Williams | Stars: Auli'i Cravalho, Dwayne Johnson, Rachel House, Temuera Morrison

Votes: 259,294 | Gross: $248.76M

37. Frozen II (2019)

PG | 103 min | Animation, Adventure, Comedy

6.9
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64 Metascore

Anna, Elsa, Kristoff, Olaf and Sven leave Arendelle to travel to an ancient, autumn-bound forest of an enchanted land. They set out to find the origin of Elsa's powers in order to save their kingdom.

Directors: Chris Buck, Jennifer Lee | Stars: Kristen Bell, Idina Menzel, Josh Gad, Jonathan Groff

Votes: 120,555 | Gross: $477.37M

38. Mad Max: Fury Road (2015)

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

8.1
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90 Metascore

In a post-apocalyptic wasteland, a woman rebels against a tyrannical ruler in search for her homeland with the aid of a group of female prisoners, a psychotic worshiper, and a drifter named Max.

Director: George Miller | Stars: Tom Hardy, Charlize Theron, Nicholas Hoult, Zoë Kravitz

Votes: 852,829 | Gross: $154.06M

39. Broadchurch (2013–2017)

TV-MA | 48 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

8.4
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The murder of a young boy in a small coastal town brings a media frenzy, which threatens to tear the community apart.

Stars: David Tennant, Olivia Colman, Jodie Whittaker, Andrew Buchan

Votes: 87,259

40. The Legend of Korra (2012–2014)

TV-Y7-FV | 23 min | Animation, Action, Adventure

8.4
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Avatar Korra fights to keep Republic City safe from the evil forces of both the physical and spiritual worlds.

Stars: Janet Varney, P.J. Byrne, David Faustino, J.K. Simmons

Votes: 94,885

41. Bombshell (2019)

R | 109 min | Biography, Drama

6.8
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64 Metascore

A group of women take on Fox News head Roger Ailes and the toxic atmosphere he presided over at the network.

Director: Jay Roach | Stars: Charlize Theron, Nicole Kidman, Margot Robbie, John Lithgow

Votes: 67,126

42. Pitch Perfect (2012)

PG-13 | 112 min | Comedy, Music, Romance

7.2
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66 Metascore

Beca, a freshman at Barden University, is cajoled into joining The Bellas, her school's all-girls singing group. Injecting some much needed energy into their repertoire, The Bellas take on their male rivals in a campus competition.

Director: Jason Moore | Stars: Anna Kendrick, Brittany Snow, Rebel Wilson, Anna Camp

Votes: 270,734 | Gross: $65.00M

43. True Blood (2008–2014)

TV-MA | 55 min | Drama, Fantasy, Mystery

7.8
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Telepathic waitress Sookie Stackhouse (Anna Paquin) encounters a strange new supernatural world when she meets the mysterious Bill Compton (Stephen Moyer), a southern Louisiana gentleman and vampire.

Stars: Anna Paquin, Stephen Moyer, Sam Trammell, Ryan Kwanten

Votes: 225,521

44. Inglourious Basterds (2009)

R | 153 min | Adventure, Drama, War

8.3
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69 Metascore

In Nazi-occupied France during World War II, a plan to assassinate Nazi leaders by a group of Jewish U.S. soldiers coincides with a theatre owner's vengeful plans for the same.

Director: Quentin Tarantino | Stars: Brad Pitt, Diane Kruger, Eli Roth, Mélanie Laurent

Votes: 1,225,223 | Gross: $120.54M

45. Motherland: Fort Salem (2020– )

TV-14 | Drama, Fantasy, Sci-Fi

7.1
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A trio of witches are trained to become powerful weapons for the American military.

Stars: Taylor Hickson, Amalia Holm, Demetria McKinney, Jessica Sutton

Votes: 5,051

46. Supergirl (2015– )

TV-PG | 43 min | Action, Adventure, Drama

6.3
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The adventures of Superman's cousin in her own superhero career.

Stars: Melissa Benoist, Chyler Leigh, David Harewood, Mehcad Brooks

Votes: 107,815

47. Hereditary (2018)

R | 127 min | Drama, Horror, Mystery

7.3
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87 Metascore

A grieving family is haunted by tragic and disturbing occurrences.

Director: Ari Aster | Stars: Toni Collette, Milly Shapiro, Gabriel Byrne, Alex Wolff

Votes: 218,677 | Gross: $44.07M

48. Becky (II) (2020)

R | 93 min | Action, Drama, Horror

5.7
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53 Metascore

A teenager's weekend at a lake house with her father takes a turn for the worse when a group of convicts wreaks havoc on their lives.

Directors: Jonathan Milott, Cary Murnion | Stars: Lulu Wilson, Kevin James, Joel McHale, Robert Maillet

Votes: 6,245

49. Black Widow (2020)

Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi | Post-production

A film about Natasha Romanoff in her quests between the films Civil War and Infinity War.

Director: Cate Shortland | Stars: Florence Pugh, Scarlett Johansson, Robert Downey Jr., Rachel Weisz

50. Big Little Lies (2017–2019)

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

8.5
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The apparently perfect lives of upper-class mothers, at a prestigious elementary school, unravel to the point of murder when a single-mother moves to their quaint Californian beach town.

Stars: Reese Witherspoon, Nicole Kidman, Shailene Woodley, Zoë Kravitz

Votes: 143,542



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