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1. The Kings of Summer (2013)

R | 95 min | Adventure, Comedy, Drama

7.1
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61 Metascore

Three teenage friends, in the ultimate act of independence, decide to spend their summer building a house in the woods and living off the land.

Director: Jordan Vogt-Roberts | Stars: Nick Robinson, Gabriel Basso, Moises Arias, Nick Offerman

Votes: 73,985 | Gross: $1.29M

2. Dark Places (2015)

R | 113 min | Action, Drama, Mystery

6.2
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39 Metascore

Libby Day was only eight years old when her family was brutally murdered in their rural Kansas farmhouse. Almost thirty years later, she reluctantly agrees to revisit the crime and uncovers the wrenching truths that led up to that tragic night.

Director: Gilles Paquet-Brenner | Stars: Charlize Theron, Nicholas Hoult, Christina Hendricks, Chloë Grace Moretz

Votes: 38,853

3. Hick (2011)

R | 99 min | Comedy, Drama

5.6
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28 Metascore

A Nebraska teen gets more than she bargained for when she sets out for the bright lights of Las Vegas.

Director: Derick Martini | Stars: Chloë Grace Moretz, Blake Lively, Rory Culkin, Eddie Redmayne

Votes: 18,179

4. The Private Lives of Pippa Lee (2009)

R | 98 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

6.4
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49 Metascore

After her much older husband forces a move to a suburban retirement community, Pippa Lee engages in a period of reflection and finds herself heading toward a quiet nervous breakdown.

Director: Rebecca Miller | Stars: Robin Wright, Alan Arkin, Mike Binder, Winona Ryder

Votes: 12,402

5. Smoke (1995)

R | 112 min | Comedy, Drama

7.4
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70 Metascore

A Brooklyn smoke shop is the center of neighborhood activity, and the stories of its customers.

Director: Wayne Wang | Stars: Harvey Keitel, William Hurt, Giancarlo Esposito, José Zúñiga

Votes: 31,564 | Gross: $8.35M

6. Win Win (2011)

R | 106 min | Comedy, Drama, Sport

7.1
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75 Metascore

A struggling lawyer and volunteer wrestling coach's chicanery comes back to haunt him when the teenage grandson of the client he has double-crossed comes into his life.

Director: Tom McCarthy | Stars: Paul Giamatti, Amy Ryan, Jeffrey Tambor, Bobby Cannavale

Votes: 51,811 | Gross: $10.18M

7. Too Young to Die? (1990 TV Movie)

R | 92 min | Crime, Drama

5.9
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An abused 15 year old is charged with a murder that carries the death penalty in this fact-based story.

Director: Robert Markowitz | Stars: Michael Tucker, Juliette Lewis, Brad Pitt, Alan Fudge

Votes: 3,503

8. Pets (1973)

R | 103 min | Drama

5.8
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Naive, but brash and sultry teenage runaway Bonnie finds herself lost and adrift in America. The lovely young lass runs afoul of a colorful array of evil oddballs who all treat her like an ... See full summary »

Director: Raphael Nussbaum | Stars: Ed Bishop, Joan Blackman, Candice Rialson, Teri Guzman

Votes: 301

9. Flickering Lights (2000)

Not Rated | 109 min | Action, Comedy, Crime

7.7
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47 Metascore

A gang of 4 Danish criminals are ordered by Færingen to steal a bag from a safe. When they see DKK4,000,000 in the bag, they keep it for themselves and head for Spain. They end up in a ruin of an old restaurant on Funen and renovate it.

Director: Anders Thomas Jensen | Stars: Søren Pilmark, Ulrich Thomsen, Mads Mikkelsen, Nikolaj Lie Kaas

Votes: 17,881

10. Somersault (2004)

Not Rated | 106 min | Drama, Romance

6.7
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73 Metascore

A young girl flees her hometown and arrives in the Australian Alps, where new experiences help her learn the differences between sex and love.

Director: Cate Shortland | Stars: Abbie Cornish, Sam Worthington, Lynette Curran, Damian de Montemas

Votes: 6,992 | Gross: $0.09M

11. Born Innocent (1974 TV Movie)

Not Rated | 98 min | Drama

6.5
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Young girl runs away from her abusive family only to end up in a juvenile detention center for girls where she's raped and brutalized by her sadistic peers. Only one honest social worker shows interest in helping her.

Director: Donald Wrye | Stars: Linda Blair, Joanna Miles, Allyn Ann McLerie, Mary Murphy

Votes: 807

12. Harry and Tonto (1974)

R | 115 min | Adventure, Comedy, Drama

7.4
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When his apartment building is torn down, a retired lifelong New Yorker goes on a cross country odyssey with his beloved cat Tonto.

Director: Paul Mazursky | Stars: Art Carney, Ellen Burstyn, René Enríquez, Herbert Berghof

Votes: 4,648

13. Turn Me On, Dammit! (2011)

Not Rated | 76 min | Comedy, Romance

6.3
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70 Metascore

In Skoddeheimen, Norway, 15-year-old Alma is consumed by her hormones and fantasies that range from sweetly romantic images of Artur, the boyfriend she yearns for, to daydreams about practically everybody she lays eyes on.

Director: Jannicke Systad Jacobsen | Stars: Helene Bergsholm, Malin Bjørhovde, Henriette Steenstrup, Beate Støfring

Votes: 8,838 | Gross: $0.12M

14. Pastoral Hide and Seek (1974)

104 min | Drama, Fantasy

7.9
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A young boys' coming of age tale set in a strange, carnivalesque village becomes the recreation of a memory that the director has twenty years later.

Director: Shûji Terayama | Stars: Kaoru Yachigusa, Keiko Niitaka, Masumi Harukawa, Kan Mikami

Votes: 1,149

15. Ernest Saves Christmas (1988)

PG | 95 min | Comedy, Family, Fantasy

5.6
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44 Metascore

Ernest helps Santa Claus as he searches for his successor.

Director: John R. Cherry III | Stars: Jim Varney, Douglas Seale, Oliver Clark, Noelle Parker

Votes: 9,374 | Gross: $28.20M

16. Hollywood Vice Squad (1986)

R | 101 min | Action, Comedy, Crime

4.7
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A mother goes to Hollywood to find her runaway daughter. The Vice Squad discovers that a dangerous gangster has turned the girl into one of his junkie teen prostitutes. The Squad also investigates illegal betting and a BDSM pornographer.

Director: Penelope Spheeris | Stars: Ronny Cox, Frank Gorshin, Leon Isaac Kennedy, Trish Van Devere

Votes: 367

17. Mouth to Mouth (2005)

Not Rated | 101 min | Drama

6.2
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47 Metascore

An adventurous coming-of-age story that follows young rebellious Sherry through Europe as she loses her illusions, virginity and lip ring.

Director: Alison Murray | Stars: Ellen Page, Natasha Wightman, August Diehl, Beatrice Brown

Votes: 2,859

18. Chains of Gold (1990)

R | 95 min | Action, Crime, Drama

5.2
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A Miami social worker, Scott, helps a fatherless boy. When the boy goes missing, Scott looks for him everywhere, incl. in a crack dealing gang.

Director: Rod Holcomb | Stars: John Travolta, Marilu Henner, Joey Lawrence, Bernie Casey

Votes: 802

19. 33 Postcards (2011)

Not Rated | 97 min | Crime, Drama, Music

6.2
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33 Metascore

Dean Randall has sponsored Mei Mei, a young Chinese orphan, for many years. When she arrives in Sydney out of the blue to thank him, their lives are changed forever.

Director: Pauline Chan | Stars: Guy Pearce, Zhu Lin, Claudia Karvan, Elaine Jin

Votes: 916

20. London to Brighton (2006)

R | 85 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

6.9
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55 Metascore

Desperate to evade an angry pimp, a London prostitute and a young girl flee by train to Brighton after an appointment with a powerful client goes violently wrong.

Director: Paul Andrew Williams | Stars: Lorraine Stanley, Georgia Groome, Johnny Harris, Nathan Constance

Votes: 7,943

21. Los Bando (2018)

94 min | Adventure, Comedy, Family

7.0
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Los Bando Immortale is a crazy road movie about a young band from Norway who set out on a journey across the country to attend the National Championship of Rock in a race against time, the police and their parents.

Director: Christian Lo | Stars: Tage Johansen Hogness, Jakob Dyrud, Jonas Hoff Oftebro, Tiril Marie Høistad Berger

Votes: 162

22. Jailbait Babysitter (1977)

R | 74 min | Drama, Romance

3.8
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Vicki is seventeen and her older friends call her Jailbait. Her boyfriend Robert is frustrated because Vicki doesn't want to do the wild thing, but he's willing to wait. After a party gets ... See full summary »

Director: John Hayes | Stars: Therese Pare, Roscoe Born, Lydia Wagner, David J. Partington

Votes: 148

23. Forty Deuce (1982)

89 min | Drama

5.6
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A young hustler tries to get drug money by selling a boy to a middle-aged man; his plans are disrupted when the kid dies.

Director: Paul Morrissey | Stars: Orson Bean, Kevin Bacon, Mark Keyloun, Tommy Citera

Votes: 163

24. Everybody Dies But Me (2008)

80 min | Drama

6.5
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One Monday morning Katya, Vika and Zhanna learn that there will be a school disco, their first disco, on the coming Saturday night. The girls feverishly start preparing for the event, which... See full summary »

Director: Valeriya Gay Germanika | Stars: Polina Filonenko, Agniya Kuznetsova, Olga Shuvalova, Yuliya Aleksandrova

Votes: 1,986

25. Children of the Night (1985 TV Movie)

93 min | Drama

5.1
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Fact-based drama about a sociology graduate (Kathleen Quinlan) who starts working with teen prostitutes in Hollywood. The film does not draw back on its depiction of the brutality that the ... See full summary »

Director: Robert Markowitz | Stars: Kathleen Quinlan, Nicholas Campbell, Mario Van Peebles, Lar Park-Lincoln

Votes: 129

26. Club Med (1986 TV Movie)

100 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

4.7
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O'Shea is the easy going head honcho at Club Med. After years apart, he finally runs into his ex-wife Kate. They fight, fall in love again, and know it won't work. Stuffy Englishman Gilbert... See full summary »

Director: Bob Giraldi | Stars: Jack Scalia, Linda Hamilton, Patrick Macnee, Janis Lee

Votes: 133

27. Broken Angel (1988 TV Movie)

TV-PG | 100 min | Thriller, Drama

5.4
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A man (William Shatner) combs Los Angeles for his missing daughter, and discovers she belongs to a gang dealing in crack.

Director: Richard T. Heffron | Stars: William Shatner, Susan Blakely, Roxann Dawson, Jason Horst

Votes: 142

28. Twisting Fate (2016)

107 min | Drama

5.7
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Claire is 17 years old. With her family, she spends her holidays in South Africa when her family disappears in an accident. By a stroke of fate, she escapes the drama.

Director: Christophe Lioud | Stars: Noémie Merlant, Daniel Njo Lobé, Marie-Christine Barrault, Naomi Amarger

Votes: 23

29. Rollercoaster (1999)

R | 88 min | Drama

6.3
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In pursuit of fantasy, five teenagers hop the fence of a now defunct amusement park. While apparently a mindless diversion, for two of them the park is the setting for a more fatal bid at escape.

Director: Scott Smith | Stars: Brendan Fletcher, Kett Turton, Crystal Bublé, Brent Glenen

Votes: 365

30. Liberace: Behind the Music (1988 TV Movie)

97 min | Biography, Drama, Music

6.3
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Fueled by the intense poverty of his youth, Walter Valentino Liberace is determined to become the world's greatest entertainer. Explore the rises and falls, the libel and palimony suits, as... See full summary »

Director: David Greene | Stars: Victor Garber, Saul Rubinek, Michael Dolan, Maureen Stapleton

Votes: 104

31. Ángel de fuego (1992)

95 min | Drama

6.7
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In a miserable circus, a young trapeze artist seduces her father, gets pregnant and decides to have her baby, so she leaves the circus and joins a group of puppeteers who make shows from passages of the Bible.

Director: Dana Rotberg | Stars: Evangelina Sosa, Roberto Sosa, Lilia Aragón, Marta Aura

Votes: 150

32. Scarred (1983)

R | 85 min | Drama

5.5
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A 16 year old girl turns to prostitution to support her baby and encounters a treacherous underworld of pimps, hookers and johns while doing her best to maintain her hopes and dignity.

Director: Rosemarie Turko | Stars: Jennifer Mayo, Jackie Berryman, David Dean, L. Rico Richardson

Votes: 57

33. Born Into Exile (1997 TV Movie)

105 min | Drama

7.2
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This is the tale of two young lovers who flee from the miseries of their homelife to make it on there own. Nineteen year old Chris, rejected by his family, hopes to go to college and into ... See full summary »

Director: Eric Laneuville | Stars: Mark-Paul Gosselaar, Gina Philips, Talia Shire, Eddie Mills

Votes: 180

34. North Sea Is Dead Sea (1976)

87 min | Drama

7.2
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14 years old Uwe grows up in a dull multi-storey apartment building in a suburb of Hamburg. His father is an alcoholic and beats his son while he's drunk. Only together with his clique Uwe ... See full summary »

Director: Hark Bohm | Stars: Dschingis Bowakow, Uwe Bohm, Marquard Bohm, Herma Koehn

Votes: 320

35. The Bad Son (2007 TV Movie)

TV-14 | 90 min | Action, Crime, Drama

5.6
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The women in a Seattle serial killer's life often had an unpleasant way of turning up dead - from his girlfriend to his mother-in-law to his second wife. The police and FBI knew who the ... See full summary »

Director: Neill Fearnley | Stars: Catherine Dent, Tom McBeath, Ben Cotton, Marilyn Norry

Votes: 195

36. The Price of Love (1995 TV Movie)

90 min | Drama

6.9
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16 year old Bret lives with his indifferent father and a stepmother who abhors him. After yet another fight he leaves home. He meets two guys and a girl who are drifting around. He feels ... See full summary »

Director: David Burton Morris | Stars: Peter Facinelli, Laurel Holloman, Jay R. Ferguson, Steven Martini

Votes: 138

37. The Diary of Evelyn Lau (1994 TV Movie)

90 min | Drama

7.2
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A teenage girl runs away from home and her very strict mother, becomes a prostitute and drug-addict, which she writes a book about.

Director: Sturla Gunnarsson | Stars: Sandra Oh, Harrison Liu, Yan Cui, Cai Red

Votes: 83

38. The Search (1994 TV Short)

29 min | Short, Drama

2.6
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Director: Corey Allen | Stars: Claude Akins, Luca Bercovici, Jamie Bozian, Aaron Charitan

Votes: 19

39. Königskinder (2003 TV Movie)

86 min | Drama, Romance

7.4
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Director: Isabel Kleefeld | Stars: Luise Helm, Adrian Topol, Enno Hesse, Natascha Hockwin

Votes: 35

40. Absent Father (2008)

Not Rated | 85 min | Drama

7.7
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A typical teenage girl gets impregnated by God, only to find that He never seems to be around when she needs Him.

Director: Douglas Chang | Stars: Jessica Kadish, JP Quicquaro, Debbie Friedlander, Lou Fuoco

Votes: 26

41. Heroes Are Not Wet Behind the Ears (1978)

83 min | Comedy, Drama

5.0
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Jean-Bernard and his cousin Pierre hold second-rate positions .They share the same apartment and they do not know how to date girls till..

Director: Charles Nemes | Stars: Daniel Auteuil, Gérard Jugnot, Anne Jousset, Henri Guybet

Votes: 163

42. Bellissima (2001 TV Movie)

61 min | Drama

6.0
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Director: Artur Urbanski | Stars: Maria Góralczyk, Ewa Kasprzyk, Pawel Wilczak, Maria Morin-Kielar

Votes: 81

43. Scoutman (2000)

Not Rated | 114 min | Drama, Romance

6.1
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Mary (17) and Atsushi (20) elope and come to live in Tokyo from a nearby city. Soon after running out of money, they start looking for a job. Mari meets a girl named Kana who sells party ... See full summary »

Director: Masato Ishioka | Stars: Miku Matsumoto, Hideo Nakaizumi, Yuka Fujimoto, Akihito Yoshiie

Votes: 92

44. Queer Streets (2007)

40 min | Short

6.9
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A short documentary that takes a hip, gritty look at the reality of life on the street for kids with three strikes against them: They're young. They're gay. They're homeless. Queer youth ... See full summary »

Directors: Sarah Feightner, Brooke Sopelsa, Alex Waterfield

Votes: 7

45. Out in the Cold (2002)

52 min | Documentary

8.5
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Documentary about runaway and homeless lesbian, gay, and transsexual youth. Mostly centered on Indianapolis, this film puts this problem (which many assume to be an urban phenomenon) firmly... See full summary »

Directors: Martin Bedogne, Eric Criswell | Stars: Will Adel, David Van Breemen

Votes: 14

46. Risk (2001– )

30 min | Drama

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26 Part teen drama set in London.

Stars: Richard Angol, Tina Chiang, Adam Croasdell, Claire Vaughan

47. One on One (2012)

12 min | Short, Drama, Fantasy

8.2
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A young runaway girl is interviewed by Clark Kent.

Director: Jake Thomas | Stars: Erin Brown Thomas, John Nagle

Votes: 63

48. Herbst der Gammler (1967)

67 min | Documentary

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Director: Peter Fleischmann

Votes: 36

49. Collision (2004)

78 min | Drama

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Spiro is working in a garage in New York City until his career in the arts can get started. Tim is a young teen from Long Island who runs away from his abusive father and into the city. In ... See full summary »

Director: Arsen Karougian | Stars: Christopher Avesian, Trip Bowen, Kathie Capozzi, Anthony Cataldo

50. Mona och Marie (1973– )

150 min | Drama

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Stars: Gunilla Thunberg, Inger Holmstrand, Bo Brundin, Ulla-Bella Fridh



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