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1. Deadpool (2016)

R | 108 min | Action, Adventure, Comedy

8.0
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65 Metascore

A fast-talking mercenary with a morbid sense of humor is subjected to a rogue experiment that leaves him with accelerated healing powers and a quest for revenge.

Director: Tim Miller | Stars: Ryan Reynolds, Morena Baccarin, T.J. Miller, Ed Skrein

Votes: 740,256 | Gross: $363.07M

2. Iron Man (2008)

PG-13 | 126 min | Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi

7.9
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79 Metascore

After being held captive in an Afghan cave, billionaire engineer Tony Stark creates a unique weaponized suit of armor to fight evil.

Director: Jon Favreau | Stars: Robert Downey Jr., Gwyneth Paltrow, Terrence Howard, Jeff Bridges

Votes: 798,246 | Gross: $318.41M

3. Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace (1999)

PG | 136 min | Action, Adventure, Fantasy

6.5
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51 Metascore

Two Jedi Knights escape a hostile blockade to find allies and come across a young boy who may bring balance to the Force, but the long dormant Sith resurface to claim their old glory.

Director: George Lucas | Stars: Ewan McGregor, Liam Neeson, Natalie Portman, Jake Lloyd

Votes: 619,910 | Gross: $474.54M

4. Power Rangers (2017)

PG-13 | 124 min | Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi

6.0
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44 Metascore

A group of high-school students, who are infused with unique superpowers, harness their abilities in order to save the world.

Director: Dean Israelite | Stars: Dacre Montgomery, Naomi Scott, RJ Cyler, Ludi Lin

Votes: 82,938 | Gross: $85.07M

5. Twin Peaks (2017– )

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

8.5
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Picks up 25 years after the inhabitants of a quaint northwestern town are stunned when their homecoming queen is murdered.

Stars: Kyle MacLachlan, Sheryl Lee, Michael Horse, Chrysta Bell

Votes: 34,726

6. Spider-Man (2002)

PG-13 | 121 min | Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi

7.3
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73 Metascore

When bitten by a genetically modified spider, a nerdy, shy, and awkward high school student gains spider-like abilities that he eventually must use to fight evil as a superhero after tragedy befalls his family.

Director: Sam Raimi | Stars: Tobey Maguire, Kirsten Dunst, Willem Dafoe, James Franco

Votes: 608,562 | Gross: $403.71M

7. The Amazing Spider-Man (2012)

PG-13 | 136 min | Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi

7.0
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66 Metascore

After Peter Parker is bitten by a genetically altered spider, he gains newfound, spider-like powers and ventures out to solve the mystery of his parent's mysterious death.

Director: Marc Webb | Stars: Andrew Garfield, Emma Stone, Rhys Ifans, Irrfan Khan

Votes: 501,540 | Gross: $262.03M

8. Casino Royale (2006)

PG-13 | 144 min | Action, Adventure, Thriller

8.0
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80 Metascore

Armed with a license to kill, Secret Agent James Bond sets out on his first mission as 007, and must defeat a private banker to terrorists in a high stakes game of poker at Casino Royale, Montenegro, but things are not what they seem.

Director: Martin Campbell | Stars: Daniel Craig, Eva Green, Judi Dench, Jeffrey Wright

Votes: 518,149 | Gross: $167.45M

9. Monsters University (2013)

G | 104 min | Animation, Adventure, Comedy

7.3
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65 Metascore

A look at the relationship between Mike and Sulley during their days at Monsters University -- when they weren't necessarily the best of friends.

Director: Dan Scanlon | Stars: Billy Crystal, John Goodman, Steve Buscemi, Helen Mirren

Votes: 272,480 | Gross: $268.49M

10. Untitled Joker Origin Movie

Action, Adventure, Crime | Pre-production

Plot kept under wraps. Film will center on how the popular comic book villain known as The Joker came to be.

Director: Todd Phillips | Star: Joaquin Phoenix

11. Oz the Great and Powerful (2013)

PG | 130 min | Adventure, Comedy, Drama

6.3
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44 Metascore

A frustrated circus magician from Kansas is transported to a magical land called Oz, where he will have to fulfill a prophecy to become the king, and release the land from the Wicked Witches using his great (but fake) powers.

Director: Sam Raimi | Stars: James Franco, Michelle Williams, Rachel Weisz, Mila Kunis

Votes: 187,537 | Gross: $234.91M

12. Superhero Movie (2008)

PG-13 | 75 min | Action, Comedy

4.5
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33 Metascore

Orphaned high school student Rick Riker is bitten by a radioactive dragonfly, develops super powers (except for the ability to fly), and becomes a hero.

Director: Craig Mazin | Stars: Drake Bell, Leslie Nielsen, Sara Paxton, Christopher McDonald

Votes: 57,367 | Gross: $26.64M

13. My Girl 2 (1994)

PG | 99 min | Comedy, Drama, Family

5.2
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Vada Sultenfuss must go to LA to stay with her Uncle Phil to do some research on her mother's life, but finds much more...

Director: Howard Zieff | Stars: Dan Aykroyd, Jamie Lee Curtis, Anna Chlumsky, Austin O'Brien

Votes: 16,392 | Gross: $17.36M

14. Justice League: War (2014 Video)

PG-13 | 79 min | Animation, Action, Adventure

7.3
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The world's finest heroes found the Justice League in order to stop an alien invasion of Earth.

Director: Jay Oliva | Stars: Sean Astin, Zach Callison, Christopher Gorham, Justin Kirk

Votes: 24,041

15. The Muppet Movie (1979)

G | 95 min | Adventure, Comedy, Family

7.6
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74 Metascore

Kermit and his newfound friends trek across America to find success in Hollywood, but a frog legs merchant is after Kermit.

Director: James Frawley | Stars: Jim Henson, Frank Oz, Jerry Nelson, Richard Hunt

Votes: 28,075 | Gross: $76.66M

16. Justice League: The New Frontier (2008 Video)

PG-13 | 75 min | Animation, Action, Adventure

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In the 1950s, a new generation of superheroes must join forces with the community's active veterans and a hostile US government to fight a menace to Earth.

Director: Dave Bullock | Stars: David Boreanaz, Miguel Ferrer, Neil Patrick Harris, John Heard

Votes: 15,406

17. Cruella

Comedy | Pre-production

A live-action Prequel feature film following a young Cruella de Vil, the villain from the Disney film '101 Dalmatians.'

Director: Alex Timbers | Star: Emma Stone

18. Come Away

Drama, Fantasy | Pre-production

A prequel to the stories of Peter Pan and Alice in Wonderland.

Director: Brenda Chapman | Stars: Angelina Jolie, David Oyelowo

19. Superman/Batman: Apocalypse (2010 Video)

PG-13 | 78 min | Animation, Action, Adventure

7.2
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Batman discovers a mysterious teen-aged girl with super-human powers and a connection to Superman. When the girl comes to the attention of Darkseid, the evil overlord of Apokolips, events take a decidedly dangerous turn.

Director: Lauren Montgomery | Stars: Andre Braugher, Kevin Conroy, Tim Daly, Susan Eisenberg

Votes: 20,738

20. Halo: The Fall of Reach (2015)

TV-14 | 64 min | Animation, Action, Sci-Fi

5.7
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Animated series adapted from the original book, Halo: The Fall of Reach. It's an explanation and backstory of the shaping and creation of Spartan 117, The Master Chief.

Stars: Jen Taylor, Steve Downes, Michelle Lukes, Britt Baron

Votes: 2,037

21. The Specials (2000)

R | 82 min | Action, Comedy, Fantasy

5.9
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38 Metascore

The sixth or seventh best superhero team in the world pursue their rightful place in the harshly competitive world of toy tie-ins and fighting evil.

Director: Craig Mazin | Stars: Rob Lowe, Thomas Haden Church, Paget Brewster, Jordan Ladd

Votes: 2,044 | Gross: $0.01M

22. Jay and Silent Bob's Super Groovy Cartoon Movie (2013)

64 min | Animation, Comedy

5.1
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Jay and Silent Bob hit the lottery jackpot, and use their cash windfall to become crime-fighting superheroes.

Director: Steve Stark | Stars: Marc Bernardin, Ming Chen, Matt Cohen, Kevin Conroy

Votes: 1,457

23. Kermit's Swamp Years (2002 Video)

G | 82 min | Adventure, Comedy, Family

5.5
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At 12 years old, Kermit the Frog and best friends Goggles and Croaker travel outside their homes in the swamps of the Deep South to do something extraordinary with their lives.

Director: David Gumpel | Stars: Steve Whitmire, Bill Barretta, Dave Goelz, Joey Mazzarino

Votes: 1,110

24. Prototype (2009)

80 min | Action, Fantasy, Sci-Fi

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Growing up in the shadow of Sin City Alex Mackendrick lives a pretty ordinary life devoid of excitement. Alex has never had the power to stand up for himself. Since the death of his mother,... See full summary »

Director: Michael Reilly | Stars: Joe Cabatit, Mark Kelly, Michael Tylo, Steve Zissis

Votes: 91

25. The Secret Life of Ian Fleming (1990 TV Movie)

Unrated | 100 min | Adventure, Biography, War

6.3
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The Secret Life of Ian Fleming follows the exciting life of a dashing young Ian Fleming, the mastermind behind the highly successful James Bond books and movies. As a womanizer and a ... See full summary »

Director: Ferdinand Fairfax | Stars: Jason Connery, Kristin Scott Thomas, Joss Ackland, Patricia Hodge

Votes: 531

26. Dracula: The Impaler (2013)

TV-MA | 86 min | Action, Horror, Thriller

4.6
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Seven high-school friends begin their Euro-trip at the actual castle of Vlad the Impaler where he supposedly sold his soul to the devil over 500 years earlier, but the decrepit castle's past envelopes them in a bloody ritual.

Director: Derek Hockenbrough | Stars: Diana Angelson, Christian Gehring, Christina Collard, Teo Celigo

Votes: 816

27. Witchblade (2000 TV Movie)

TV-14 | 94 min | Action, Fantasy, Mystery

4.9
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Witchblade is the story of New York detective, Sara Pezzini, whose search for justice leads her to an arcane weapon that grants her the power to battle Earth's darkest evil forces.

Director: Ralph Hemecker | Stars: Yancy Butler, Anthony Cistaro, Conrad Dunn, David Chokachi

Votes: 1,954

28. Ian Fleming: 007's Creator (2000 Video)

Unrated | 44 min | Documentary, Short, Biography

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Director: John Cork | Stars: Ian Fleming, Patrick Macnee, Andrew Lycett, Kate Grimond

Votes: 76

29. Ich war neunzehn (1968)

115 min | Biography, Drama, War

7.7
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April 1945: Gregor Hecker, 19 years of age, reaches the outskirts of Berlin as part of the Red Army's scouting team. Having fled Germany with his family when he was eight, he is confronted ... See full summary »

Director: Konrad Wolf | Stars: Jaecki Schwarz, Vasiliy Livanov, Aleksey Eybozhenko, Dieter Mann

Votes: 707

30. Garfield: His 9 Lives (1988 TV Movie)

60 min | Animation, Adventure, Comedy

8.0
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This sometimes very funny and sometimes highly emotional anthology follows Garfield's nine lives throughout history, from his first life as a prehistoric cat-Neanderthal to his ninth life as an astronaut in a jam.

Directors: Phil Roman, Doug Frankel, Bob Scott, Ruth Kissane, Bill Littlejohn, Bob Nesler, George Singer, John Sparey | Stars: Lorenzo Music, Thom Huge, Gregg Berger, Desirée Goyette

Votes: 513

31. Captain Future

Action, Adventure, Fantasy | Announced

Curtis Newton is raised by intelligent machines in a secret moon base. When the prodigy is discovered by other humans he has to survive his first Space Adventure in order to become the legendary "Captain Future."

32. The Avenging Spider-Man (2015)

Not Rated | 48 min | Action, Sci-Fi, Thriller

6.2
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Peter Parker meets his old friend Eddie Brock for the first time in 5 years. Eddie tells him that he's moved back to inherit his and Peter's dead dads' work.

Director: Cameron Dodd | Stars: Kosta Stylianou, Greg Campbell, Hussein Mohammed, Alyssa McGarrity

Votes: 32

33. Styx: Master of Shadows (2014 Video Game)

M | Adventure, Fantasy, Mystery

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Dark fantasy stealth game about Styx, a goblin with amnesia who infiltrates the flying Tower of Akenash to rescue a friend he can't recall and locate the heart of the World Tree that's keeping the tower in the air and can create life.

Votes: 62

34. Ian Fleming: Bondmaker (2005 TV Movie)

60 min | Drama

6.6
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A look at the life of Ian Fleming from when he was in Naval Intelligence as a Commander until his death in 1964. This docudrama gives an insight into what Fleming was really like and how he wrote the Bond novels.

Director: John Alexander | Stars: Ben Daniels, Emily Woof, Pip Torrens, Nickolas Grace

Votes: 27

35. El monje loco (1984)

76 min | Horror

4.6
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Director: Julio Aldama | Stars: Julio Aldama, Julio Aldama Jr., Luz María Rico, Queta Lavat

Votes: 8

36. Persuasion (I) (2014)

30 min | Short, Drama, Family

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When his adopted son displays a mysterious ability, Mark Seever begins a secret investigation to uncover the truth of his son's past.

Director: Mattson Tomlin | Stars: Gregory Linington, David Kopelev, Laurie Okin, Bryant Boon

37. The Generator (2007 Video)

14 min | Short, Drama, Sci-Fi

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A coming of age story about a boy who discovers he has the ability to generate energy, a power he inherited through his mother's death at childbirth.

Director: James Hunter | Stars: Jake Allen, Emily Clark, Jennifer Cleary, Dougall De Totth

38. Just So Stories (1991– )

8 min | Animation, Adventure, Family

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Animated adaptation of the Jungle Book author Rudyard Kipling's collection of short stories for kids called Just So Stories about animal adventures as well as the fictional origin of some animal traits and human customs.

Star: Geoffrey Matthews

39. The Mouse of Tomorrow (1942)

7 min | Animation, Short, Comedy

6.3
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The origin story of Super Mouse (later changed to "Mighty Mouse").

Director: Eddie Donnelly | Star: Tom Morrison

Votes: 39

40. Frost-E (2013)

14 min | Short, Action, Adventure

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When a secret government project called FROST-E breaks loose, they turn to the only man who can help: Major Paul Jansen. Set in the 1940s, this story documents what some believe to be the origins of Frosty the Snowman.

Director: James Steller | Stars: Joseph Martin Jauch, Brooklynn Ray, Jon Holmberg, Daniel Riordan

41. The Awesome Adventures of Victor Vector & Yondo: The Cyberplasm Formula (1995 Video Game)

Adventure, Drama, Mystery

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Fourth in the series of four interactive comic book adventure games featuring Victor Vector and Yondo. In the future, the world is still recovering from the tech crash of 2093 that wiped ... See full summary »

Stars: Beth Agnew, Ian James Corlett, Michael Donovan, Philip Maurice Hayes

42. Adamu to Ivu (1992)

Animation, Short, Comedy

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43. Ocaña, la memoria del sol (2010)

99 min | Biography

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Director: Juan J. Moreno | Stars: Ocaña, Nazario, Jesús Garay, Gérard Courant

44. The Lay of Lancaster (2016)

Short, Action, Adventure

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The origin story of an unshakable revolutionary in the fantasy European country of Marinova.

Director: Brandon Johnson | Stars: Amber Patino, Mark Reininga, Madeleine Heil, Schno Mozingo

45. Dizzy & Daffy (1934)

Approved | 18 min | Short, Comedy, Sport

5.6
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A half-blind minor league pitcher meets, and nicknames, Dizzy and Daffy Dean, who go on to play for the St. Louis Cardinals.

Director: Lloyd French | Stars: Dizzy Dean, Paul 'Daffy' Dean, Roscoe Ates, Shemp Howard

Votes: 13

46. Cassius: Feeling for You (1999 Video)

4 min | Short, Action, Comedy

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A freak accident with a CD player transforms a teenager into Cassius, a superhero of house music.

Director: Evan Bernard | Stars: Cassius, Philippe Zdar, Hubert Blanc-Francard

47. The Cat's Tale (1951)

7 min | Animation, Short

5.4
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Baby Mighty Mouse appears on the doorstep of a loving couple and quickly gains a fearsome reputation.

Director: Mannie Davis | Star: Dayton Allen

Votes: 10

48. A Fistful of Molars (2018)

4 min | Short, Horror | Completed

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Director: Ryan Couldrey | Stars: Darby Butcher, Eleni Nico, Stephanie Herrera, Steve Kasan

49. Why I Often Wear a Coat Indoors (2016 Video)

8 min | Short, News

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Styx tells a tale of freezing temperatures, foolhardy youth and vascular damage.

Star: Tarl Warwick

50. Homeland (2011– )
Episode: All About Allison (2015)

TV-MA | 52 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

8.2
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Carrie needs Allison's help. Quinn's plans change.

Director: Daniel Attias | Stars: Claire Danes, Rupert Friend, Sebastian Koch, Miranda Otto

Votes: 1,530