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1. Madagascar (2005)

PG | 86 min | Animation, Adventure, Comedy

6.9
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57 Metascore

A group of animals who have spent all their life in a New York zoo end up in the jungles of Madagascar, and must adjust to living in the wild.

Directors: Eric Darnell, Tom McGrath | Stars: Chris Rock, Ben Stiller, David Schwimmer, Jada Pinkett Smith

Votes: 349,615 | Gross: $193.60M

2. Trading Places (1983)

R | 116 min | Comedy

7.5
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69 Metascore

A snobbish investor and a wily street con artist find their positions reversed as part of a bet by two callous millionaires.

Director: John Landis | Stars: Eddie Murphy, Dan Aykroyd, Ralph Bellamy, Don Ameche

Votes: 129,177 | Gross: $90.40M

3. Jacob's Ladder (I) (1990)

R | 113 min | Drama, Horror, Mystery

7.5
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62 Metascore

Mourning his dead child, a haunted Vietnam War veteran attempts to uncover his past while suffering from a severe case of dissociation. To do so, he must decipher reality and life from his own dreams, delusions, and perceptions of death.

Director: Adrian Lyne | Stars: Tim Robbins, Elizabeth Peña, Danny Aiello, Matt Craven

Votes: 94,656 | Gross: $26.12M

4. About a Boy (2002)

PG-13 | 101 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

7.0
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75 Metascore

A cynical, immature young man is taught how to act like a grown-up by a little boy.

Directors: Chris Weitz, Paul Weitz | Stars: Hugh Grant, Nicholas Hoult, Toni Collette, Sharon Small

Votes: 166,593 | Gross: $41.39M

5. Kiss Kiss Bang Bang (2005)

R | 103 min | Action, Comedy, Crime

7.5
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72 Metascore

A murder mystery brings together a private eye, a struggling actress, and a thief masquerading as an actor.

Director: Shane Black | Stars: Robert Downey Jr., Val Kilmer, Michelle Monaghan, Corbin Bernsen

Votes: 208,015 | Gross: $4.24M

6. The Last Picture Show (1971)

R | 118 min | Drama, Romance

8.0
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93 Metascore

In 1951, a group of high schoolers come of age in a bleak, isolated, atrophied West Texas town that is slowly dying, both culturally and economically.

Director: Peter Bogdanovich | Stars: Timothy Bottoms, Jeff Bridges, Cybill Shepherd, Ben Johnson

Votes: 39,760 | Gross: $29.13M

7. How the Grinch Stole Christmas (2000)

PG | 104 min | Comedy, Family, Fantasy

6.2
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46 Metascore

On the outskirts of Whoville lives a green, revenge-seeking Grinch who plans to ruin Christmas for all of the citizens of the town.

Director: Ron Howard | Stars: Jim Carrey, Taylor Momsen, Kelley, Jeffrey Tambor

Votes: 195,016 | Gross: $260.04M

8. Just Friends (I) (2005)

PG-13 | 96 min | Comedy, Romance

6.2
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47 Metascore

While visiting his hometown during Christmas, a man comes face-to-face with his old high school crush whom he was best friends with -- a woman whose rejection of him turned him into a ferocious womanizer.

Director: Roger Kumble | Stars: Ryan Reynolds, Amy Smart, Anna Faris, Chris Klein

Votes: 101,664 | Gross: $32.62M

9. Maid in Manhattan (2002)

PG-13 | 105 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

5.2
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45 Metascore

A Senatorial candidate falls for a hotel maid, thinking she is a socialite, when he sees her trying on a wealthy woman's dress.

Director: Wayne Wang | Stars: Jennifer Lopez, Ralph Fiennes, Natasha Richardson, Stanley Tucci

Votes: 81,437 | Gross: $94.01M

10. Lady Vengeance (2005)

R | 115 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

7.6
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75 Metascore

After being wrongfully imprisoned for thirteen years and having her child taken away from her, a woman seeks revenge through increasingly brutal means.

Director: Chan-wook Park | Stars: Yeong-ae Lee, Min-sik Choi, Shi-hoo Kim, Yea-young Kwon

Votes: 67,887 | Gross: $0.21M

11. My Own Private Idaho (1991)

R | 104 min | Drama

7.1
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77 Metascore

Two best friends living on the streets of Portland as hustlers embark on a journey of self discovery and find their relationship stumbling along the way.

Director: Gus Van Sant | Stars: River Phoenix, Keanu Reeves, James Russo, William Richert

Votes: 47,141 | Gross: $6.40M

12. The Good Shepherd (2006)

R | 167 min | Drama, History, Thriller

6.7
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61 Metascore

The tumultuous early history of the Central Intelligence Agency is viewed through the prism of one man's life.

Director: Robert De Niro | Stars: Matt Damon, Angelina Jolie, Robert De Niro, Alec Baldwin

Votes: 96,255 | Gross: $59.95M

13. Elf (2003)

PG | 97 min | Comedy, Family, Fantasy

6.9
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64 Metascore

After discovering he is a human, a man raised as an elf at the North Pole decides to travel to New York City to locate his real father.

Director: Jon Favreau | Stars: Will Ferrell, James Caan, Bob Newhart, Zooey Deschanel

Votes: 208,194 | Gross: $173.40M

14. Alvin and the Chipmunks (2007)

PG | 92 min | Animation, Comedy, Family

5.2
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39 Metascore

Three musical chipmunks are discovered by an aspiring songwriter and wants to become famous by using their amazing singing abilities.

Director: Tim Hill | Stars: Jason Lee, Ross Bagdasarian Jr., Janice Karman, David Cross

Votes: 72,932 | Gross: $217.33M

15. A Princess for Christmas (2011 TV Movie)

TV-G | 91 min | Comedy, Drama, Family

6.4
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At the invitation of an estranged relative, a young woman travels with her niece and nephew to a castle in Europe for Christmas, where she unwittingly falls for a dashing Prince.

Director: Michael Damian | Stars: Katie McGrath, Roger Moore, Sam Heughan, Travis Turner

Votes: 6,425

16. Paul Blart: Mall Cop (2009)

PG | 91 min | Action, Comedy, Crime

5.2
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39 Metascore

When a shopping mall is taken over by a gang of organized crooks, it's up to a mild-mannered security guard to save the day.

Director: Steve Carr | Stars: Kevin James, Keir O'Donnell, Jayma Mays, Raini Rodriguez

Votes: 99,280 | Gross: $20.82M

17. The Polar Express (2004)

G | 100 min | Animation, Adventure, Comedy

6.6
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61 Metascore

On Christmas Eve, a young boy embarks on a magical adventure to the North Pole on the Polar Express, while learning about friendship, bravery, and the spirit of Christmas.

Director: Robert Zemeckis | Stars: Tom Hanks, Chris Coppola, Michael Jeter, Leslie Zemeckis

Votes: 164,854 | Gross: $183.37M

18. Scrooged (1988)

PG-13 | 101 min | Comedy, Drama, Fantasy

7.0
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38 Metascore

A selfish, cynical television executive is haunted by three spirits bearing lessons on Christmas Eve.

Director: Richard Donner | Stars: Bill Murray, Karen Allen, John Forsythe, John Glover

Votes: 82,221 | Gross: $60.33M

19. Obsessed (2009)

PG-13 | 108 min | Drama, Romance, Thriller

5.0
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25 Metascore

A successful asset manager, who has just received a huge promotion, is blissfully happy in his career and in his marriage. But when a temp worker starts stalking him, all the things he's worked so hard for are placed in jeopardy.

Director: Steve Shill | Stars: Beyoncé, Idris Elba, Ali Larter, Jerry O'Connell

Votes: 28,309 | Gross: $68.26M

20. The Man Who Fell to Earth (1976)

R | 139 min | Drama, Sci-Fi

6.7
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81 Metascore

An alien must pose as a human to save his dying planet, but a woman and greed of other men create complications.

Director: Nicolas Roeg | Stars: David Bowie, Rip Torn, Candy Clark, Buck Henry

Votes: 22,733 | Gross: $0.10M

21. Noelle (2019)

G | 100 min | Comedy, Family, Fantasy

6.2
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48 Metascore

Santa's daughter must take over the family business when her father retires and her brother, who is supposed to inherit the Santa role, gets cold feet.

Director: Marc Lawrence | Stars: Anna Kendrick, Shirley MacLaine, Bill Hader, Kingsley Ben-Adir

Votes: 9,453

22. Sisters (III) (2015)

R | 118 min | Comedy

6.0
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58 Metascore

Two sisters decide to throw one last house party before their parents sell their family home.

Director: Jason Moore | Stars: Amy Poehler, Tina Fey, Maya Rudolph, Ike Barinholtz

Votes: 60,937 | Gross: $87.04M

23. The People vs. Larry Flynt (1996)

R | 130 min | Biography, Drama

7.3
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79 Metascore

The story of a controversial pornography publisher and how he became a defender of free speech.

Director: Milos Forman | Stars: Woody Harrelson, Courtney Love, Edward Norton, Brett Harrelson

Votes: 85,127 | Gross: $20.19M

24. The Box (I) (2009)

PG-13 | 115 min | Drama, Fantasy, Mystery

5.6
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47 Metascore

A small wooden box arrives on the doorstep of a married couple, who know that opening it will grant them a million dollars and kill someone they don't know.

Director: Richard Kelly | Stars: Cameron Diaz, James Marsden, Frank Langella, James Rebhorn

Votes: 87,078 | Gross: $15.05M

25. Soldier (I) (1998)

R | 99 min | Action, Drama, Sci-Fi

6.0
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A soldier trained from birth is deemed obsolete and dumped on a waste planet where he is reluctantly taken in by a community of defenseless, stranded wayfarers.

Director: Paul W.S. Anderson | Stars: Kurt Russell, Jason Scott Lee, Jason Isaacs, Connie Nielsen

Votes: 50,299 | Gross: $14.57M

26. The City of Lost Children (1995)

R | 112 min | Fantasy, Sci-Fi

7.5
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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: 63,081 | Gross: $1.51M

27. Jingle All the Way (1996)

PG | 89 min | Comedy, Family

5.6
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34 Metascore

A father vows to get his son a Turbo Man action figure for Christmas. However, every store is sold out of them, and he must travel all over town and compete with everybody else in order to find one.

Director: Brian Levant | Stars: Arnold Schwarzenegger, Sinbad, Phil Hartman, Rita Wilson

Votes: 88,103 | Gross: $60.57M

28. Michael (1996)

PG | 105 min | Comedy, Drama, Fantasy

5.7
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38 Metascore

Two tabloid reporters checking out a report of the Archangel Michael living with an old woman find that it's true. But that's not the only surprise.

Director: Nora Ephron | Stars: John Travolta, Andie MacDowell, William Hurt, Bob Hoskins

Votes: 39,528 | Gross: $95.32M

29. Friday After Next (2002)

R | 85 min | Comedy, Drama

5.8
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35 Metascore

Two cousins work nights at a local mall as security guards. When their house is robbed on Christmas Eve they team up to track the robber down.

Director: Marcus Raboy | Stars: Ice Cube, Mike Epps, John Witherspoon, Don 'D.C.' Curry

Votes: 24,702 | Gross: $32.98M

30. The Night Before (II) (2015)

R | 101 min | Comedy, Fantasy

6.4
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58 Metascore

On Christmas Eve, three lifelong friends spend the night in New York City looking for the Holy Grail of Christmas parties.

Director: Jonathan Levine | Stars: Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Seth Rogen, Jillian Bell, Lizzy Caplan

Votes: 62,183 | Gross: $43.04M

31. Krampus (I) (2015)

PG-13 | 98 min | Comedy, Drama, Fantasy

6.1
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49 Metascore

A boy who has a bad Christmas accidentally summons a festive demon to his family home.

Director: Michael Dougherty | Stars: Adam Scott, Toni Collette, David Koechner, Allison Tolman

Votes: 59,233 | Gross: $42.59M

32. Un Flic (1972)

PG | 98 min | Crime, Thriller

7.1
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72 Metascore

After a shaky first heist, a group of thieves plan an even more elaborate- and more risky- second heist.

Director: Jean-Pierre Melville | Stars: Alain Delon, Richard Crenna, Catherine Deneuve, Riccardo Cucciolla

Votes: 7,183 | Gross: $0.05M

33. The Tin Drum (1979)

R | 142 min | Drama, War

7.5
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63 Metascore

In 1924, Oskar Matzerath is born in the Free City of Danzig. At age three, he falls down a flight of stairs and stops growing. In 1939, World War II breaks out.

Director: Volker Schlöndorff | Stars: David Bennent, Mario Adorf, Angela Winkler, Katharina Thalbach

Votes: 21,289

34. Imitation of Life (1959)

Not Rated | 125 min | Drama

7.9
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An aspiring actress befriends a black widow, but trouble arises when the latter is rejected by her daughter, who tries to pass for white.

Director: Douglas Sirk | Stars: Lana Turner, John Gavin, Sandra Dee, Susan Kohner

Votes: 14,059 | Gross: $13.99M

35. Merry Christmas Mr. Lawrence (1983)

R | 123 min | Drama, War

7.3
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During WWII, a British colonel tries to bridge the cultural divides between a British POW and the Japanese camp commander in order to avoid bloodshed.

Director: Nagisa Ôshima | Stars: David Bowie, Tom Conti, Ryuichi Sakamoto, Takeshi Kitano

Votes: 14,228 | Gross: $2.31M

36. Reindeer Games (2000)

R | 104 min | Action, Adventure, Crime

5.8
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37 Metascore

After assuming his dead cell-mate's identity to get with the other man's girlfriend, an ex-convict finds himself a reluctant participant in a casino heist.

Director: John Frankenheimer | Stars: Ben Affleck, Gary Sinise, Charlize Theron, James Frain

Votes: 36,536 | Gross: $23.36M

37. Nobody Knows (2004)

PG-13 | 141 min | Drama

8.1
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88 Metascore

In a small Tokyo apartment, twelve-year-old Akira must care for his younger siblings after their mother leaves them and shows no sign of returning.

Director: Hirokazu Koreeda | Stars: Yûya Yagira, Ayu Kitaura, Hiei Kimura, Momoko Shimizu

Votes: 23,054 | Gross: $0.68M

38. A Very Harold & Kumar 3D Christmas (2011)

R | 90 min | Adventure, Comedy

6.3
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61 Metascore

Six years after their Guantanamo Bay adventure, stoner buds Harold Lee and Kumar Patel cause a holiday fracas by inadvertently burning down Harold's father-in-law's prize Christmas tree.

Director: Todd Strauss-Schulson | Stars: Kal Penn, John Cho, Neil Patrick Harris, Patton Oswalt

Votes: 63,821 | Gross: $35.03M

39. Surviving Christmas (2004)

PG-13 | 91 min | Comedy, Romance

5.4
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19 Metascore

A lonely, obnoxious young millionaire pays a family to spend Christmas with him.

Director: Mike Mitchell | Stars: Ben Affleck, Christina Applegate, James Gandolfini, Catherine O'Hara

Votes: 21,708 | Gross: $11.66M

40. Birth (2004)

R | 100 min | Drama, Fantasy, Mystery

6.1
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50 Metascore

A young boy attempts to convince a woman that he is her dead husband reborn.

Director: Jonathan Glazer | Stars: Nicole Kidman, Cameron Bright, Lauren Bacall, Danny Huston

Votes: 33,727 | Gross: $5.01M

41. Meet Me in St. Louis (1944)

Not Rated | 113 min | Comedy, Drama, Family

7.6
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In the year leading up to the 1904 St. Louis World's Fair, the four Smith daughters learn lessons of life and love, even as they prepare for a reluctant move to New York.

Director: Vincente Minnelli | Stars: Judy Garland, Margaret O'Brien, Mary Astor, Lucille Bremer

Votes: 19,352 | Gross: $7.57M

42. Miracle on 34th Street (1947)

Not Rated | 96 min | Comedy, Drama, Family

7.9
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88 Metascore

When a nice old man who claims to be Santa Claus is institutionalized as insane, a young lawyer decides to defend him by arguing in court that he is the real thing.

Director: George Seaton | Stars: Edmund Gwenn, Maureen O'Hara, John Payne, Gene Lockhart

Votes: 38,616 | Gross: $2.65M

43. The Ice Harvest (2005)

R | 92 min | Comedy, Crime, Drama

6.3
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62 Metascore

A shady lawyer attempts a Christmas Eve crime, hoping to swindle the local mob out of some money. But his partner, a strip club owner, might have different plans for the cash.

Director: Harold Ramis | Stars: John Cusack, Billy Bob Thornton, Connie Nielsen, Lara Phillips

Votes: 22,790 | Gross: $8.82M

44. Falling in Love (1984)

PG-13 | 106 min | Drama, Romance

6.5
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55 Metascore

During shopping for Christmas, Frank and Molly run into each other. This fleeting short moment will start to change their lives, when they recognize each other months later in the train ... See full summary »

Director: Ulu Grosbard | Stars: Robert De Niro, Meryl Streep, Harvey Keitel, Jane Kaczmarek

Votes: 12,000 | Gross: $10.60M

45. Miracle on 34th Street (1994)

PG | 114 min | Family, Fantasy

6.5
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A lawyer and a little girl must prove that a man claiming to be Santa Claus is the real thing.

Director: Les Mayfield | Stars: Richard Attenborough, Elizabeth Perkins, Dylan McDermott, J.T. Walsh

Votes: 30,243 | Gross: $17.19M

46. A Wish For Christmas (2016 TV Movie)

TV-G | 84 min | Drama, Family, Fantasy

6.0
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Sara Thomas is the type of woman who prefers to sit on the sidelines at work, but when her big idea for a Christmas initiative is stolen, she makes a wish to Santa that she'll finally have ... See full summary »

Director: Christie Will Wolf | Stars: Lacey Chabert, Paul Greene, Andrea Brooks, Colleen Wheeler

Votes: 3,358

47. The Garbage Pail Kids Movie (1987)

PG | 100 min | Adventure, Comedy, Family

2.6
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1 Metascore

Dodger must confront the struggles of life as he is visited by the Garbage Pail Kids and intimidated by some older bullies.

Director: Rod Amateau | Stars: Anthony Newley, Mackenzie Astin, Phil Fondacaro, Katie Barberi

Votes: 7,242 | Gross: $1.58M

48. Christmas with the Kranks (2004)

PG | 99 min | Comedy, Family

5.4
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22 Metascore

With their daughter away, the Kranks decide to skip Christmas altogether until she decides to come home, causing an uproar when they have to celebrate the holiday at the last minute.

Director: Joe Roth | Stars: Tim Allen, Jamie Lee Curtis, Dan Aykroyd, M. Emmet Walsh

Votes: 40,482 | Gross: $73.78M

49. Silent Night, Deadly Night (1984)

R | 79 min | Horror, Thriller

5.9
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31 Metascore

Little Billy witness his parents getting killed by Santa after being warned by his senile grandpa that Santa punishes those who are naughty. Now Billy is 18, and out of the orphanage, and he has just become Santa, himself.

Director: Charles E. Sellier Jr. | Stars: Lilyan Chauvin, Gilmer McCormick, Toni Nero, Robert Brian Wilson

Votes: 12,860 | Gross: $2.49M

50. The Ref (1994)

R | 96 min | Comedy, Crime, Drama

6.9
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A cat burglar is forced to take a bickering, dysfunctional family hostage on Christmas Eve.

Director: Ted Demme | Stars: Denis Leary, Judy Davis, Kevin Spacey, Robert J. Steinmiller Jr.

Votes: 22,655 | Gross: $11.44M



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