Most Popular "based-on-true-story" Feature Films Released 2013-01-01 to 2013-12-31


1. The Conjuring (2013)

R | 112 min | Horror, Mystery, Thriller

7.5
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68 Metascore

Paranormal investigators Ed and Lorraine Warren work to help a family terrorized by a dark presence in their farmhouse.

Director: James Wan | Stars: Patrick Wilson, Vera Farmiga, Ron Livingston, Lili Taylor

Votes: 370,980 | Gross: $137.40M

2. The Wolf of Wall Street (2013)

R | 180 min | Biography, Comedy, Crime

8.2
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75 Metascore

Based on the true story of Jordan Belfort, from his rise to a wealthy stock-broker living the high life to his fall involving crime, corruption and the federal government.

Director: Martin Scorsese | Stars: Leonardo DiCaprio, Jonah Hill, Margot Robbie, Matthew McConaughey

Votes: 975,705 | Gross: $116.90M

3. Pain & Gain (2013)

R | 129 min | Action, Comedy, Crime

6.4
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45 Metascore

A trio of bodybuilders in Florida get caught up in an extortion ring and a kidnapping scheme that goes terribly wrong.

Director: Michael Bay | Stars: Mark Wahlberg, Dwayne Johnson, Anthony Mackie, Tony Shalhoub

Votes: 180,964 | Gross: $49.88M

4. 12 Years a Slave (2013)

R | 134 min | Biography, Drama, History

8.1
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96 Metascore

In the antebellum United States, Solomon Northup, a free black man from upstate New York, is abducted and sold into slavery.

Director: Steve McQueen | Stars: Chiwetel Ejiofor, Michael Kenneth Williams, Michael Fassbender, Brad Pitt

Votes: 549,773 | Gross: $56.67M

5. American Hustle (2013)

R | 138 min | Crime, Drama

7.3
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90 Metascore

A con man, Irving Rosenfeld, along with his seductive partner Sydney Prosser, is forced to work for a wild F.B.I. Agent, Richie DiMaso, who pushes them into a world of Jersey powerbrokers and the Mafia.

Director: David O. Russell | Stars: Christian Bale, Amy Adams, Bradley Cooper, Jennifer Lawrence

Votes: 404,572 | Gross: $150.12M

6. Dallas Buyers Club (2013)

R | 117 min | Biography, Drama

8.0
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84 Metascore

In 1985 Dallas, electrician and hustler Ron Woodroof works around the system to help AIDS patients get the medication they need after he is diagnosed with the disease.

Director: Jean-Marc Vallée | Stars: Matthew McConaughey, Jennifer Garner, Jared Leto, Steve Zahn

Votes: 386,452 | Gross: $27.30M

7. Lone Survivor (2013)

R | 121 min | Action, Biography, Drama

7.5
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60 Metascore

Marcus Luttrell and his team set out on a mission to capture or kill notorious Taliban leader Ahmad Shah, in late June 2005. Marcus and his team are left to fight for their lives in one of the most valiant efforts of modern warfare.

Director: Peter Berg | Stars: Mark Wahlberg, Taylor Kitsch, Emile Hirsch, Ben Foster

Votes: 237,801 | Gross: $125.10M

8. Rush (I) (2013)

R | 123 min | Action, Biography, Drama

8.1
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75 Metascore

The merciless 1970s rivalry between Formula One rivals James Hunt and Niki Lauda.

Director: Ron Howard | Stars: Daniel Brühl, Chris Hemsworth, Olivia Wilde, Alexandra Maria Lara

Votes: 377,391 | Gross: $26.95M

9. Gangster Squad (2013)

R | 113 min | Action, Crime, Drama

6.7
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40 Metascore

It's 1949 Los Angeles, the city is run by gangsters and a malicious mobster, Mickey Cohen. Determined to end the corruption, John O'Mara assembles a team of cops, ready to take down the ruthless leader and restore peace to the city.

Director: Ruben Fleischer | Stars: Sean Penn, Ryan Gosling, Emma Stone, Giovanni Ribisi

Votes: 190,927 | Gross: $46.00M

10. Saving Mr. Banks (2013)

PG-13 | 125 min | Biography, Comedy, Drama

7.5
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65 Metascore

Author P.L. Travers reflects on her childhood after reluctantly meeting with Walt Disney, who seeks to adapt her Mary Poppins books for the big screen.

Director: John Lee Hancock | Stars: Emma Thompson, Tom Hanks, Annie Rose Buckley, Colin Farrell

Votes: 134,014 | Gross: $83.30M

11. Captain Phillips (2013)

PG-13 | 134 min | Biography, Drama, Thriller

7.8
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83 Metascore

The true story of Captain Richard Phillips and the 2009 hijacking by Somali pirates of the U.S.-flagged MV Maersk Alabama, the first American cargo ship to be hijacked in two hundred years.

Director: Paul Greengrass | Stars: Tom Hanks, Barkhad Abdi, Barkhad Abdirahman, Catherine Keener

Votes: 373,972 | Gross: $107.10M

12. 47 Ronin (2013)

PG-13 | 128 min | Action, Adventure, Drama

6.3
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28 Metascore

A band of samurai set out to avenge the death and dishonor of their master at the hands of a ruthless shogun.

Director: Carl Rinsch | Stars: Keanu Reeves, Hiroyuki Sanada, Ko Shibasaki, Tadanobu Asano

Votes: 131,408 | Gross: $38.36M

13. The Butler (I) (2013)

PG-13 | 132 min | Biography, Drama

7.2
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66 Metascore

As Cecil Gaines serves eight presidents during his tenure as a butler at the White House, the civil rights movement, Vietnam, and other major events affect this man's life, family, and American society.

Director: Lee Daniels | Stars: Forest Whitaker, Oprah Winfrey, John Cusack, Jane Fonda

Votes: 99,631 | Gross: $116.63M

14. The Bling Ring (2013)

R | 90 min | Biography, Crime, Drama

5.6
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66 Metascore

Inspired by actual events, a group of fame-obsessed teenagers use the internet to track celebrities' whereabouts in order to rob their homes.

Director: Sofia Coppola | Stars: Katie Chang, Israel Broussard, Emma Watson, Claire Julien

Votes: 75,856 | Gross: $5.84M

15. Lovelace (2013)

R | 93 min | Biography, Drama

6.2
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51 Metascore

The story of Linda Lovelace, who is used and abused by the porn industry at the behest of her coercive husband, before taking control of her life.

Directors: Rob Epstein, Jeffrey Friedman | Stars: Amanda Seyfried, James Franco, Peter Sarsgaard, Juno Temple

Votes: 34,883 | Gross: $0.36M

16. The Frozen Ground (2013)

R | 105 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

6.4
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37 Metascore

An Alaska State Trooper partners with a young woman who escaped the clutches of serial killer Robert Hansen to bring the murderer to justice. Based on actual events.

Director: Scott Walker | Stars: Nicolas Cage, Vanessa Hudgens, John Cusack, Dean Norris

Votes: 50,313

17. Snitch (I) (2013)

PG-13 | 112 min | Action, Drama, Thriller

6.5
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51 Metascore

A father goes undercover for the DEA in order to free his son, who was imprisoned after being set up in a drug deal.

Director: Ric Roman Waugh | Stars: Dwayne Johnson, Susan Sarandon, Jon Bernthal, Rafi Gavron

Votes: 73,187 | Gross: $42.93M

18. Devil's Knot (2013)

Not Rated | 114 min | Biography, Crime, Drama

6.1
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42 Metascore

The savage murders of three young children sparks a controversial trial of three teenagers accused of killing the kids as part of a Satanic ritual.

Director: Atom Egoyan | Stars: Colin Firth, Reese Witherspoon, Alessandro Nivola, James Hamrick

Votes: 17,624

19. Fruitvale Station (2013)

R | 85 min | Biography, Drama, Romance

7.5
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85 Metascore

The story of Oscar Grant III, a 22-year-old Bay Area resident, who crosses paths with friends, enemies, family, and strangers on the last day of 2008.

Director: Ryan Coogler | Stars: Michael B. Jordan, Melonie Diaz, Octavia Spencer, Kevin Durand

Votes: 65,676 | Gross: $16.10M

20. Philomena (2013)

PG-13 | 98 min | Biography, Drama

7.6
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77 Metascore

A world-weary political journalist picks up the story of a woman's search for her son, who was taken away from her decades ago after she became pregnant and was forced to live in a convent.

Director: Stephen Frears | Stars: Judi Dench, Steve Coogan, Sophie Kennedy Clark, Mare Winningham

Votes: 86,353 | Gross: $37.71M

21. Belle (2013)

PG | 100 min | Biography, Drama, Romance

7.4
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64 Metascore

The mixed-race daughter of a Royal Navy Admiral is raised by her aristocratic great-uncle in 18th-century England.

Director: Amma Asante | Stars: Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Matthew Goode, Emily Watson, Miranda Richardson

Votes: 24,678 | Gross: $10.73M

22. Kaze tachinu (2013)

PG-13 | 126 min | Animation, Biography, Drama

7.8
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83 Metascore

A look at the life of Jiro Horikoshi, the man who designed Japanese fighter planes during World War II.

Director: Hayao Miyazaki | Stars: Hideaki Anno, Hidetoshi Nishijima, Miori Takimoto, Masahiko Nishimura

Votes: 57,453 | Gross: $5.21M

23. Empire State (2013)

R | 94 min | Crime, Thriller

5.2
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Two childhood friends plan to rob an armored car depository. An NYPD officer stands in their way.

Director: Dito Montiel | Stars: Liam Hemsworth, Michael Angarano, Dwayne Johnson, Paul Ben-Victor

Votes: 17,314

24. The Railway Man (2013)

R | 116 min | Biography, Drama, Romance

7.1
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59 Metascore

A former British Army officer, who was tortured as a prisoner of war at a Japanese labor camp during World War II, discovers that the man responsible for much of his treatment is still alive and sets out to confront him.

Director: Jonathan Teplitzky | Stars: Colin Firth, Nicole Kidman, Stellan Skarsgård, Jeremy Irvine

Votes: 33,449 | Gross: $4.44M

25. Tracks (I) (2013)

PG-13 | 112 min | Adventure, Biography, Drama

7.2
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78 Metascore

A young woman goes on a 1,700-mile trek across the deserts of West Australia with four camels and her faithful dog.

Director: John Curran | Stars: Mia Wasikowska, Adam Driver, Lily Pearl, Philip Dodd

Votes: 24,385 | Gross: $0.51M

26. The German Doctor (2013)

PG-13 | 93 min | Drama, History, Thriller

6.8
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62 Metascore

The true story of an Argentine family who lived with Josef Mengele without knowing his true identity, and of a girl who fell in love with one of the biggest criminals of all time.

Director: Lucía Puenzo | Stars: Alex Brendemühl, Diego Peretti, Guillermo Pfening, Alan Daicz

Votes: 5,305 | Gross: $0.41M

27. Stalingrad (2013)

R | 131 min | Action, Drama, War

5.6
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49 Metascore

A group of Russian soldiers fight to hold a strategic building in their devastated city against a ruthless German army, and in the process become deeply connected to two Russian women who have been living there.

Director: Fedor Bondarchuk | Stars: Mariya Smolnikova, Yanina Studilina, Pyotr Fyodorov, Thomas Kretschmann

Votes: 14,148 | Gross: $1.01M

28. Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom (2013)

PG-13 | 141 min | Biography, Drama, History

7.1
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60 Metascore

A chronicle of Nelson Mandela's life journey from his childhood in a rural village through to his inauguration as the first democratically elected president of South Africa.

Director: Justin Chadwick | Stars: Idris Elba, Naomie Harris, Terry Pheto, Robert Hobbs

Votes: 24,294 | Gross: $8.32M

29. The Haunting in Connecticut 2: Ghosts of Georgia (2013)

R | 100 min | Drama, Horror, Mystery

5.3
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26 Metascore

A young family moves into a historic home in Georgia, only to learn they are not the house's only inhabitants. Soon they find themselves in the presence of a secret rising from underground and threatening to bring down anyone in its path.

Director: Tom Elkins | Stars: Abigail Spencer, Chad Michael Murray, Katee Sackhoff, Emily Alyn Lind

Votes: 14,671

30. The Invisible Woman (2013)

R | 111 min | Biography, Drama, History

6.2
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75 Metascore

At the height of his career, Charles Dickens meets a younger woman who becomes his secret lover until his death.

Director: Ralph Fiennes | Stars: Ralph Fiennes, Felicity Jones, Kristin Scott Thomas, Tom Hollander

Votes: 8,357 | Gross: $1.23M

31. Phantom (I) (2013)

R | 98 min | Drama, History, Thriller

5.9
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40 Metascore

The haunted Captain of a Soviet submarine holds the fate of the world in his hands. Forced to leave his family behind, he is charged with leading a covert mission cloaked in mystery.

Director: Todd Robinson | Stars: Ed Harris, Julian Adams, David Duchovny, William Fichtner

Votes: 12,547 | Gross: $0.49M

32. Bhaag Milkha Bhaag (2013)

Not Rated | 186 min | Biography, Drama, Sport

8.2
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The truth behind the ascension of Milkha Singh who was scarred because of the India-Pakistan partition.

Director: Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra | Stars: Farhan Akhtar, Sonam Kapoor, Pavan Malhotra, Art Malik

Votes: 51,880 | Gross: $1.63M

33. Alone Yet Not Alone (2013)

PG-13 | 103 min | Action, Drama, History

4.4
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The year is 1755, and the English colonies are being ravaged by the atrocities of war. Opposing European powers have clashed over the fertile Ohio valley, and entire families are devastated... See full summary »

Directors: Ray Bengston, George D. Escobar | Stars: Kelly Greyson, Natalie Racoosin, Clay Walker, Jenn Gotzon Chandler

Votes: 617 | Gross: $0.67M

34. So-won (2013)

122 min | Drama

8.3
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Tragedy of a 8 year old girl coping with a gruesome rape damaging her internally and affecting emotionally tries to overcome all obstacles that are about to happen in her life aftermath of ... See full summary »

Director: Joon-ik Lee | Stars: Re Lee, Kyung-gu Sol, Ji-won Uhm, Hae-sook Kim

Votes: 3,563

35. Last Passenger (2013)

R | 97 min | Action, Mystery, Thriller

5.7
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66 Metascore

A small group of everyday passengers on a speeding London commuter train battle their warped driver who has a dark plan for everyone on-board.

Director: Omid Nooshin | Stars: Dougray Scott, Kara Tointon, Iddo Goldberg, David Schofield

Votes: 5,287 | Gross: $0.01M

36. Decoding Annie Parker (2013)

R | 91 min | Drama

6.3
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56 Metascore

Love, science, sex, infidelity, disease and comedy, the wild, mostly true story of the irrepressible Annie Parker and the almost discovery of a cure for cancer.

Director: Steven Bernstein | Stars: Helen Hunt, Samantha Morton, Aaron Paul, Rashida Jones

Votes: 2,696 | Gross: $0.04M

37. Savannah (2013)

PG-13 | 101 min | Drama, Family, History

6.0
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25 Metascore

Drama about the friendship between an Oxford-educated Southerner and a former black slave in turn-of-the-century Savannah.

Director: Annette Haywood-Carter | Stars: Jim Caviezel, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Jaimie Alexander, Bradley Whitford

Votes: 1,277 | Gross: $0.04M

38. Flores Raras (2013)

Not Rated | 118 min | Biography, Drama, Romance

7.0
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44 Metascore

A chronicle of the tragic love affair between American poet Elizabeth Bishop and Brazilian architect Lota de Macedo Soares.

Director: Bruno Barreto | Stars: Glória Pires, Miranda Otto, Tracy Middendorf, Marcello Airoldi

Votes: 2,423 | Gross: $0.04M

39. Shadow People (II) (2013)

PG-13 | 89 min | Horror, Thriller

5.4
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A radio talk show host unravels a conspiracy about encounters with mysterious beings known as The Shadow People and their role in the unexplained deaths of several hundred victims in the 1980s.

Director: Matthew Arnold | Stars: Dallas Roberts, Alison Eastwood, Anne Dudek, Mariah Bonner

Votes: 2,763

40. Louder Than Words (II) (2013)

PG-13 | 95 min | Drama, Family

6.0
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29 Metascore

After the unexpected death of their daughter, a couple work to build a state of the art children's hospital where families are welcomed into the healing process.

Director: Anthony Fabian | Stars: Timothy Hutton, Adelaide Kane, David Duchovny, Hope Davis

Votes: 952

41. Ephraim's Rescue (2013)

PG | 99 min | Adventure, Drama, History

6.1
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By listening to and following his heart, Ephraim Hanks finds his way in life and eventually provides relief and rescue to the suffering Martin Handcart Company. Based on a true story.

Director: T.C. Christensen | Stars: Darin Southam, Richard Benedict, James Gaisford, Koleman Stinger

Votes: 579

42. U Want Me 2 Kill Him? (2013)

Not Rated | 92 min | Drama, Thriller

6.3
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42 Metascore

A teenage boy's descent into the dangerous world of the Internet and the harrowing consequences of his actions. A true story.

Director: Andrew Douglas | Stars: Jack Lowden, Stephanie Leonidas, Joanne Froggatt, Toby Regbo

Votes: 2,242

43. 11.6 (2013)

Not Rated | 102 min | Biography, Drama, Thriller

5.8
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Toni Musulin has worked as a security guard on an armored truck for 10 years. One day, with 11.6 million Euros on board, he drives off without his two colleagues, committing the "heist of ... See full summary »

Director: Philippe Godeau | Stars: François Cluzet, Bouli Lanners, Corinne Masiero, Juana Acosta

Votes: 1,935

44. Marina (2013)

118 min | Biography, Drama, Music

7.2
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The true story of Rocco Granata, an Italian coal miner's son who followed his passion for music against his father's wishes and social barriers.

Director: Stijn Coninx | Stars: Luigi Lo Cascio, Donatella Finocchiaro, Matteo Simoni, Evelien Bosmans

Votes: 2,940

45. Meth Head (2013)

Not Rated | 108 min | Drama

5.7
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Kyle Peoples never wanted to be the man he has become in his 30s, an accountant stuck in a dead end job, with a lover who is more successful than he and a family that doesn't get him at all... See full summary »

Director: Jane Clark | Stars: Lukas Haas, Blake Berris, Necar Zadegan, Wilson Cruz

Votes: 358

46. Shootout at Wadala (2013)

155 min | Action, Crime, History

5.9
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The first-ever registered encounter by the Mumbai Police, which took place on November 1, 1982. Based on a true story.

Director: Sanjay Gupta | Stars: Anil Kapoor, John Abraham, Manoj Bajpayee, Tusshar Kapoor

Votes: 5,373 | Gross: $0.37M

47. Abus de faiblesse (2013)

Unrated | 105 min | Drama

5.8
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77 Metascore

A stroke-afflicted filmmaker is manipulated by a notorious con man.

Director: Catherine Breillat | Stars: Isabelle Huppert, Kool Shen, Laurence Ursino, Christophe Sermet

Votes: 838 | Gross: $0.03M

48. Banklady (2013)

118 min | Action, Biography, Crime

6.4
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The sudden transformation of a lower middle class woman who falls in love with a bank robber and soon becomes one herself.

Director: Christian Alvart | Stars: Ken Duken, Nadeshda Brennicke, Charly Hübner, Andreas Schmidt

Votes: 660

49. The Saratov Approach (2013)

PG-13 | 107 min | Action, Drama, Thriller

5.6
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This riveting drama tells the true story of two young American Mormon missionaries held captive and brutalized for a week in a remote part of Russia.

Director: Garrett Batty | Stars: Corbin Allred, Maclain Nelson, Nikita Bogolyubov, Alex Veadov

Votes: 1,903 | Gross: $2.14M

50. Sorg og glæde (2013)

107 min | Drama

7.1
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In SORROW AND JOY filmmaker Johannes and his wife, schoolteacher Signe, experience the biggest sorrow and misfortune one can ever imagine. Nevertheless, in all the hopelessness they must ... See full summary »

Director: Nils Malmros | Stars: Jakob Cedergren, Helle Fagralid, Ida Dwinger, Kristian Halken

Votes: 1,001



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