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1. Carnival Row (2019– )

TV-MA | Crime, Drama, Fantasy

8.0
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A human detective and a fairy rekindle a dangerous affair in a Victorian fantasy world, where the city's uneasy peace collapses when a string of murders reveals an unimaginable monster.

Stars: Orlando Bloom, Cara Delevingne, Simon McBurney, Tamzin Merchant

Votes: 22,251

2. The Cabin in the Woods (2011)

R | 95 min | Horror

7.0
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72 Metascore

Five friends go for a break at a remote cabin, where they get more than they bargained for, discovering the truth behind the cabin in the woods.

Director: Drew Goddard | Stars: Kristen Connolly, Chris Hemsworth, Anna Hutchison, Fran Kranz

Votes: 345,481 | Gross: $42.07M

3. Being John Malkovich (1999)

R | 113 min | Comedy, Drama, Fantasy

7.7
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90 Metascore

A puppeteer discovers a portal that leads literally into the head of movie star John Malkovich.

Director: Spike Jonze | Stars: John Cusack, Cameron Diaz, Catherine Keener, John Malkovich

Votes: 292,146 | Gross: $22.86M

4. Judy & Punch (2019)

105 min | Comedy, Crime, Drama

6.5
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Seaside (nowhere near the sea), puppeteers Judy and Punch are trying to resurrect their marionette show in an an anarchic town on the brink of mob rule.

Director: Mirrah Foulkes | Stars: Mia Wasikowska, Damon Herriman, Benedict Hardie, Eddie Baroo

Votes: 196

5. Pinocchio (1940)

G | 88 min | Animation, Comedy, Family

7.4
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99 Metascore

A living puppet, with the help of a cricket as his conscience, must prove himself worthy to become a real boy.

Directors: Norman Ferguson, T. Hee, Wilfred Jackson, Jack Kinney, Hamilton Luske, Bill Roberts, Ben Sharpsteen | Stars: Dickie Jones, Christian Rub, Mel Blanc, Billy Bletcher

Votes: 119,362 | Gross: $84.25M

6. Possum (2018)

85 min | Drama, Horror, Thriller

5.5
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64 Metascore

After returning to his childhood home, a disgraced children's puppeteer is forced to confront his wicked stepfather and the secrets that have tortured his entire life.

Director: Matthew Holness | Stars: Sean Harris, Alun Armstrong, Simon Bubb, Andy Blithe

Votes: 2,657

7. Mindhunters (2004)

R | 106 min | Crime, Horror, Mystery

6.4
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33 Metascore

Trainees in the FBI's psychological profiling program must put their training into practice when they discover a killer in their midst.

Director: Renny Harlin | Stars: Val Kilmer, LL Cool J, Christian Slater, Eion Bailey

Votes: 55,631 | Gross: $4.48M

8. The Double Life of Véronique (1991)

R | 98 min | Drama, Fantasy, Music

7.8
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86 Metascore

Two parallel stories about two identical women; one living in Poland, the other in France. They don't know each other, but their lives are nevertheless profoundly connected.

Director: Krzysztof Kieslowski | Stars: Irène Jacob, Wladyslaw Kowalski, Halina Gryglaszewska, Kalina Jedrusik

Votes: 37,340 | Gross: $2.00M

9. Won't You Be My Neighbor? (2018)

PG-13 | 94 min | Documentary, Biography

8.4
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85 Metascore

An exploration of the life, lessons, and legacy of iconic children's television host, Fred Rogers.

Director: Morgan Neville | Stars: Fred Rogers, Joanne Rogers, John Rogers, Jim Rogers

Votes: 18,122 | Gross: $22.61M

10. Tales from the Crypt (1972)

PG | 92 min | Drama, Horror, Mystery

7.0
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Five strangers get lost in a crypt and, after meeting the mysterious Crypt Keeper, receive visions of how they will die.

Director: Freddie Francis | Stars: Joan Collins, Peter Cushing, Ralph Richardson, Geoffrey Bayldon

Votes: 8,721

11. The Beaver (2011)

PG-13 | 91 min | Drama

6.7
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60 Metascore

A troubled husband and executive adopts a beaver hand-puppet as his sole means of communication.

Director: Jodie Foster | Stars: Mel Gibson, Jodie Foster, Anton Yelchin, Cherry Jones

Votes: 45,590 | Gross: $0.97M

12. Manifesto (III) (2015)

Not Rated | 95 min | Drama

6.6
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72 Metascore

Cate Blanchett performs manifestos as a series of striking monologues.

Director: Julian Rosefeldt | Stars: Cate Blanchett, Erika Bauer, Ruby Bustamante, Carl Dietrich

Votes: 4,997 | Gross: $0.14M

13. Mark of the Devil (1970)

R | 90 min | Drama, History, Horror

6.2
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In 1700s Austria, a witch-hunter's apprentice has doubts about the righteousness of witch-hunting when he witnesses the brutality, the injustice, the falsehood, the torture and the arbitrary killing that go with the job.

Directors: Michael Armstrong, Adrian Hoven | Stars: Herbert Lom, Udo Kier, Olivera Katarina, Reggie Nalder

Votes: 2,687

14. Lassie (2005)

PG | 100 min | Adventure, Comedy, Drama

6.7
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84 Metascore

A family in financial crisis is forced to sell Lassie, their beloved dog. Hundreds of miles away from her true family, Lassie escapes and sets out on a journey home.

Director: Charles Sturridge | Stars: John Lynch, Samantha Morton, Peter O'Toole, Peter Dinklage

Votes: 3,896 | Gross: $0.65M

15. Puppet Master III: Toulon's Revenge (1991 Video)

R | 86 min | Fantasy, Horror, Sci-Fi

6.0
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A puppeteer's ability to bring inanimate objects to life attracts the attention of the Nazis during World War II.

Director: David DeCoteau | Stars: Guy Rolfe, Richard Lynch, Ian Abercrombie, Kristopher Logan

Votes: 3,717

16. Retro Puppet Master (1999 Video)

PG-13 | 80 min | Adventure, Fantasy, Horror

4.0
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In the late nineteenth century, an Ancient Egyptian sorcerer discovers the art of transferring the souls of the dead into inanimate objects.

Director: David DeCoteau | Stars: Greg Sestero, Brigitta Dau, Stephen Blackehart, Jack Donner

Votes: 1,865

17. Lili (1953)

Passed | 81 min | Drama, Musical, Romance

7.4
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An orphaned young woman becomes part of a puppet act and forms a relationship with the anti-social puppeteer.

Director: Charles Walters | Stars: Leslie Caron, Mel Ferrer, Jean-Pierre Aumont, Zsa Zsa Gabor

Votes: 3,010

18. Still Breathing (1997)

PG-13 | 109 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

6.7
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When artist and street performer Fletcher (Brendan Fraser) thinks con-artist Roz (Joanna Going) is the woman he has seen in a vision, he has no idea she sees him as her next victim.

Director: James F. Robinson | Stars: Brendan Fraser, Joanna Going, Lou Rawls, Steven Lambert

Votes: 2,199 | Gross: $0.21M

19. Flight of the Red Balloon (2007)

Not Rated | 115 min | Drama, Family

6.6
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86 Metascore

A little boy and his baby-sitter inhabit the same imaginary world: through their adventures they are followed by a strange red balloon.

Director: Hsiao-Hsien Hou | Stars: Juliette Binoche, Hippolyte Girardot, Simon Iteanu, Fang Song

Votes: 3,694 | Gross: $0.46M

20. Mister Rogers: It's You I Like (2018)

TV-PG | 58 min | Documentary

8.3
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Cast members and several Guest Celebrities from the groundbreaking series share their personal perspectives and insights, that pay tribute to television's longest-running children's series, Mister Rogers Neighborhood.

Director: John Paulson | Stars: Michael Keaton, Judd Apatow, Joyce DiDonato, The Empire Brass Quintet

Votes: 153

21. Shanks (1974)

PG | 93 min | Fantasy, Horror

5.7
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A mute puppeteer uses a deceased scientist's invention to control dead bodies like puppets.

Director: William Castle | Stars: Marcel Marceau, Tsilla Chelton, Philippe Clay, Cindy Eilbacher

Votes: 490

22. Key Exchange (1985)

R | 97 min | Comedy, Romance

4.6
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A young woman wants to get her boyfriend to commit to her, but the most she can get him to do is exchange apartment keys.

Director: Barnet Kellman | Stars: Brooke Adams, Danny Aiello, Seth Allen, Kerry Armstrong

Votes: 230

23. Sombre (1998)

Not Rated | 112 min | Drama, Horror

6.2
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A sexually frustrated serial killer takes a liking to a woman he comes across.

Director: Philippe Grandrieux | Stars: Marc Barbé, Elina Löwensohn, Géraldine Voillat, Coralie

Votes: 1,378

24. Jim Henson's Creature Shop Challenge (2014– )

Reality-TV

8.1
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People from around the world are bringing back Jim Henson's creatures back to life by competing to see who is the better monster maker.

Stars: Jake Corrick, Melissa Doss, Chaz Vance, Robert H. Bennett

Votes: 547

25. Being Elmo: A Puppeteer's Journey (2011)

PG | 80 min | Documentary

7.6
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71 Metascore

The Muppet Elmo is one of the most beloved characters among children across the globe. Meet the unlikely man behind the puppet - the heart and soul of Elmo - Kevin Clash.

Directors: Constance Marks, Philip Shane | Stars: Kevin Clash, Whoopi Goldberg, Frank Oz, Bill Barretta

Votes: 6,490 | Gross: $0.30M

26. The Puppetmaster (1993)

142 min | Biography, Drama, War

7.2
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Puppeteer Li Tian-lu tells his life story, and through it, the story of Taiwan in the first half of the 20th century.

Director: Hsiao-Hsien Hou | Stars: Tien-Lu Li, Giong Lim, Kuei-Chung Cheng, Chien-ru Huang

Votes: 1,528

27. I Am Big Bird: The Caroll Spinney Story (2014)

Not Rated | 86 min | Documentary, Biography, Drama

7.4
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71 Metascore

Caroll Spinney has been Sesame Street's Big Bird and Oscar the Grouch since 1969; at 78-years-old, he has no intention of stopping.

Directors: Dave LaMattina, Chad N. Walker | Stars: Caroll Spinney, Jim Henson, Frank Oz, Debra Spinney

Votes: 1,244 | Gross: $0.01M

28. The Children Are Watching Us (1944)

Not Rated | 84 min | Drama

7.7
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A four-year old boy, Pricò, becomes the subject of emotional folly by his fluctuant parents and inattentive relatives.

Director: Vittorio De Sica | Stars: Emilio Cigoli, Luciano De Ambrosis, Isa Pola, Adriano Rimoldi

Votes: 2,143

29. Assassin Banana (2015– )

24 min | Comedy

6.7
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After seeing his wife brutally murdered by Dr. Tomato's henchmen, billionaire banana Chick del Monte fights crime as masked vigilante Assassin Banana, hell bent on revenge.

Stars: Nathan Fillion, Chris William Martin, Jed Rees, Nick Gligor

Votes: 77

30. Dick Tracy (1937)

Approved | 290 min | Action, Comedy, Crime

6.7
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A master criminal called The Spider puts the famous detective's brother under a hypnotic spell and turns him against Dick.

Directors: Alan James, Ray Taylor | Stars: Ralph Byrd, Kay Hughes, Smiley Burnette, Lee Van Atta

Votes: 519

31. Pinocchio (2012)

PG | 75 min | Animation, Family, Fantasy

6.3
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Geppetto the carpenter carves the object of his hidden desires out of a log: a puppet that will keep him company and will be like a son to him. He will call him Pinocchio. Imagine his ... See full summary »

Director: Enzo D'Alò | Stars: Gabriele Caprio, Mino Caprio, Maricla Affatato, Lucrezia Marricchi

Votes: 233

32. The Muppets Celebrate Jim Henson (1990 TV Short)

47 min | Documentary, Animation, Short

8.9
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While The Muppets prepare a tribute to the late Jim Henson, they learn about the life and career of the renowned puppeteer/film maker.

Director: Don Mischer | Stars: Jim Henson, Harry Belafonte, Carol Burnett, Ray Charles

Votes: 223

33. Inside the Labyrinth (1986 TV Movie)

57 min | Documentary, Music

7.6
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A behind-the-scenes look at the David Bowie film Labyrinth (1986), also featuring director Jim Henson and co-star Jennifer Connelly.

Director: Desmond Saunders | Stars: Jim Henson, David Bowie, Charles Augins, Brian Henson

Votes: 469

34. The Mad Genius (1931)

Unrated | 81 min | Drama, Horror, Romance

6.4
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A crippled man finds a boy and vows to make him a great dancer.

Director: Michael Curtiz | Stars: John Barrymore, Marian Marsh, Charles Butterworth, Donald Cook

Votes: 506

35. Muppet Guys Talking (2017)

65 min | Documentary

8.7
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For the first time ever, five of the original Muppet performers come together to discuss the creation of their iconic characters under the visionary leadership of Jim Henson. With ... See full summary »

Director: Frank Oz | Stars: Jerry Nelson, Dave Goelz, Fran Brill, Bill Barretta

Votes: 56

36. The Blackbird (1926)

Not Rated | 86 min | Crime, Drama, Romance

6.8
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Two thieves, the Blackbird and West End Bertie, fall in love with the same girl, a French nightclub performer named Fifi. Each man tries to outdo the other to win her heart.

Director: Tod Browning | Stars: Lon Chaney, Owen Moore, Renée Adorée, Doris Lloyd

Votes: 594 | Gross: $0.25M

37. La Ciudad (The City) (1998)

88 min | Drama

7.0
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76 Metascore

The stories of four Hispanic immigrants living in New York City.

Director: David Riker | Stars: Anthony Rivera, Joseph Rigano, Miguel Maldonado, Ricardo Cuevas

Votes: 346 | Gross: $0.24M

38. The Falcon Strikes Back (1943)

Approved | 66 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

6.5
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Tom Lawrence, who has inherited his brother's sobriquet of "The Falcon," is framed for the theft of war bonds and murder.

Director: Edward Dmytryk | Stars: Tom Conway, Harriet Nelson, Jane Randolph, Edgar Kennedy

Votes: 530

39. The Jade Mask (1945)

Not Rated | 66 min | Horror, Mystery, Sci-Fi

6.5
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Eccentric scientist Harper lives in a spooky mansion with all the trimmings: hidden lab, secret panels, inscrutable butler, and greedy relatives with unusual talents. When Harper seems to ... See full summary »

Director: Phil Rosen | Stars: Sidney Toler, Mantan Moreland, Edwin Luke, Hardie Albright

Votes: 1,039

40. Warning Shadows (1923)

Unrated | 90 min | Drama, Fantasy, Horror

6.9
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A wealthy man invites the local wealthy bachelors over for a puppet show about men who covet another man's wife. The puppeteer is actually a witch and gives the men nightmares about what could happen if they date the lady of the house.

Director: Arthur Robison | Stars: Alexander Granach, Max Gülstorff, Lilli Herder, Rudolf Klein-Rogge

Votes: 784

41. Beauty Is Embarrassing (2012)

Not Rated | 88 min | Documentary, Biography, Comedy

7.5
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72 Metascore

A documentary on the life and current times of artist Wayne White.

Director: Neil Berkeley | Stars: Wayne White, Mimi Pond, Paul Reubens, Mark Mothersbaugh

Votes: 1,040

42. Slander (1957)

81 min | Crime, Drama, Film-Noir

6.5
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Steve Cochran plays the slick, debonair owner of a notorious gossip magazine who is anxious to break a big scandal to reverse a recent decline in sales. He zeroes in on children's ... See full summary »

Director: Roy Rowland | Stars: Van Johnson, Ann Blyth, Steve Cochran, Marjorie Rambeau

Votes: 284

43. The Paul Winchell Show (1950–1956)

30 min | Comedy, Family

7.9
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The Paul Winchell Show, or The Paul Winchell and Jerry Mahoney Show, or The Spiedel Show, was a variety program which aired on NBC prime time from 1950 to 1954, starring ventriloquist Paul Winchell and his dummy, Jerry Mahoney. (1950)

Stars: Paul Winchell, Diane Sinclair, Jimmy Blaine, Sue Bennett

Votes: 38

44. Bunohan: Return to Murder (2011)

97 min | Action, Drama

5.9
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A complex story of murder, passion and haunting memories for three estranged brothers and their ailing father.

Director: Dain Said | Stars: Faizal Hussein, Zahiril Adzim, Pekin Ibrahim, Bront Palarae

Votes: 438

45. Britannia Mews (1949)

Passed | 90 min | Drama, Romance

6.4
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A rich woman in Victorian England marries a poor artist from the wrong side of the track, and finds herself the victim of a blackmailing plot.

Director: Jean Negulesco | Stars: Dana Andrews, Maureen O'Hara, Sybil Thorndike, Fay Compton

Votes: 353

46. Fellini: I'm a Born Liar (2002)

R | 105 min | Documentary, Biography

7.2
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67 Metascore

A look at Fellini's creative process. In extensive interviews, Fellini talks a bit about his background and then discusses how he works and how he creates. Several actors, a producer, a ... See full summary »

Director: Damian Pettigrew | Stars: Roberto Benigni, Luigi 'Titta' Benzi, Italo Calvino, Dante Ferretti

Votes: 763 | Gross: $0.11M

47. The Haunted Mansion Show (2013– )

Unrated | Comedy, Family, Fantasy

8.1
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This seems rather innocent; just another webshow on MiceChat.com. But theres a twist: this webshow is HAUNTED! Based on the classic Disney Parks attraction, join 999 of you favorite Happy ... See full synopsis »

Stars: Nick Barbera, Hugh Allison, Jackie Joncas, Mike Brilhart

Votes: 9

48. Stacy: Attack of the Schoolgirl Zombies (2001)

80 min | Comedy, Horror

5.1
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Girls surrounding 17 years old are affected by an illness that make her to be 'Stacies': they feel a strange and momentary happiness until they become zombies.

Director: Naoyuki Tomomatsu | Stars: Norman England, Tomoka Hayashi, Yukijirô Hotaru, Ryôichi Inaba

Votes: 1,501

49. La edad de la inocencia (1962)

TV-PG | 100 min | Family, Drama

7.9
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A poor little girl slips in a circus one day and sees a puppets' show. Later she returns to the empty circus looking for a fairy she was fascinated by.

Director: Tito Davison | Stars: Marga López, Roberto Cañedo, José Luis Jiménez, Emma Roldán

Votes: 35

50. Fred Rogers: America's Favorite Neighbor (2004 TV Movie)

Documentary, Biography

9.2
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A documentary about the life and legacy of Fred Rogers, after his death in 2003.

Stars: Michael Keaton, Fred Rogers

Votes: 64



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