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1. Big Little Lies (2017– )

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

8.6
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The apparently perfect lives of upper-class mothers, at a prestigious elementary school, unravel to the point of murder when a single-mother moves to their quaint Californian beach town.

Stars: Reese Witherspoon, Nicole Kidman, Shailene Woodley, Zoë Kravitz

Votes: 113,972

2. The Handmaid's Tale (2017– )

TV-MA | 60 min | Drama, Sci-Fi, Thriller

8.5
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Set in a dystopian future, a woman is forced to live as a concubine under a fundamentalist theocratic dictatorship.

Stars: Elisabeth Moss, Yvonne Strahovski, Ann Dowd, Joseph Fiennes

Votes: 126,344

3. Alita: Battle Angel (2019)

PG-13 | 122 min | Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi

7.5
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53 Metascore

A deactivated cyborg is revived, but cannot remember anything of her past life and goes on a quest to find out who she is.

Director: Robert Rodriguez | Stars: Rosa Salazar, Christoph Waltz, Jennifer Connelly, Mahershala Ali

Votes: 120,404 | Gross: $85.71M

4. Veronica Mars (2004– )

TV-14 | 44 min | Comedy, Crime, Drama

8.4
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After her best friend is murdered, and her father is removed as county Sheriff, Veronica Mars dedicates her life to cracking the toughest mysteries in the affluent town of Neptune.

Stars: Kristen Bell, Jason Dohring, Enrico Colantoni, Percy Daggs III

Votes: 61,583

5. Maleficent: Mistress of Evil (2019)

Adventure, Family, Fantasy | Post-production

Maleficent and her goddaughter Aurora begin to question the complex family ties that bind them as they are pulled in different directions by impending nuptials, unexpected allies, and dark new forces at play.

Director: Joachim Rønning | Stars: Angelina Jolie, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Elle Fanning, Ed Skrein

6. Captain Marvel (2019)

PG-13 | 123 min | Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi

7.0
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64 Metascore

Carol Danvers becomes one of the universe's most powerful heroes when Earth is caught in the middle of a galactic war between two alien races.

Directors: Anna Boden, Ryan Fleck | Stars: Brie Larson, Samuel L. Jackson, Ben Mendelsohn, Jude Law

Votes: 327,730 | Gross: $426.83M

7. Jessie (2011–2015)

TV-G | 30 min | Comedy, Family

5.9
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A Texan teen moves to New York City to follow her dreams and ends up as a nanny for a high profile couple's four children.

Stars: Debby Ryan, Peyton List, Cameron Boyce, Karan Brar

Votes: 10,908

8. Jessica Jones (2015–2019)

TV-MA | 56 min | Action, Crime, Drama

8.0
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Following the tragic end of her brief superhero career, Jessica Jones tries to rebuild her life as a private investigator, dealing with cases involving people with remarkable abilities in New York City.

Stars: Krysten Ritter, Rachael Taylor, Eka Darville, Carrie-Anne Moss

Votes: 177,447

9. Charlie's Angels (2019)

Action, Adventure, Comedy | Post-production

Reboot of the 2000 action comedy based on the 1970s television series. A new generation of private detectives working for the mysterious Charlie.

Director: Elizabeth Banks | Stars: Naomi Scott, Elizabeth Banks, Noah Centineo, Kristen Stewart

10. Killing Eve (2018– )

TV-14 | 43 min | Drama, Thriller

8.3
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After a series of events, the lives of a security operative and an assassin become inextricably linked.

Stars: Sandra Oh, Jodie Comer, Fiona Shaw, Kim Bodnia

Votes: 48,622

11. Mulan (1998)

G | 88 min | Animation, Adventure, Family

7.6
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71 Metascore

To save her father from death in the army, a young maiden secretly goes in his place and becomes one of China's greatest heroines in the process.

Directors: Tony Bancroft, Barry Cook | Stars: Ming-Na Wen, Eddie Murphy, BD Wong, Miguel Ferrer

Votes: 224,864 | Gross: $120.62M

12. Orange Is the New Black (2013– )

TV-MA | 59 min | Comedy, Crime, Drama

8.1
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Convicted of a decade old crime of transporting drug money to an ex-girlfriend, normally law-abiding Piper Chapman is sentenced to a year and a half behind bars to face the reality of how life-changing prison can really be.

Stars: Taylor Schilling, Danielle Brooks, Taryn Manning, Emma Myles

Votes: 257,235

13. Parks and Recreation (2009–2015)

TV-14 | 22 min | Comedy

8.6
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The absurd antics of an Indiana town's public officials as they pursue sundry projects to make their city a better place.

Stars: Amy Poehler, Jim O'Heir, Nick Offerman, Chris Pratt

Votes: 179,066

14. Teen Spirit (2018)

PG-13 | 93 min | Drama, Music

6.3
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57 Metascore

Violet is a shy teenager who dreams of escaping her small town and pursuing her passion to sing. With the help of an unlikely mentor, she enters a local singing competition that will test her integrity, talent and ambition. Driven by a pop-fueled soundtrack, Teen Spirit is a visceral and stylish spin on the Cinderella story.

Director: Max Minghella | Stars: Elle Fanning, Agnieszka Grochowska, Archie Madekwe, Zlatko Buric

Votes: 3,378 | Gross: $0.44M

15. Homeland (2011– )

TV-MA | 55 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

8.3
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A bipolar CIA operative becomes convinced a prisoner of war has been turned by al-Qaeda and is planning to carry out a terrorist attack on American soil.

Stars: Claire Danes, Mandy Patinkin, Damian Lewis, Rupert Friend

Votes: 281,153

16. Booksmart (2019)

R | 102 min | Comedy

7.4
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84 Metascore

On the eve of their high school graduation, two academic superstars and best friends realize they should have worked less and played more. Determined not to fall short of their peers, the girls try to cram four years of fun into one night.

Director: Olivia Wilde | Stars: Kaitlyn Dever, Beanie Feldstein, Jessica Williams, Jason Sudeikis

Votes: 27,650 | Gross: $22.09M

17. Fleabag (2016– )

TV-MA | 27 min | Comedy, Drama

8.6
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A comedy series adapted from the award-winning play about a young woman trying to cope with life in London whilst coming to terms with a recent tragedy.

Stars: Phoebe Waller-Bridge, Sian Clifford, Olivia Colman, Jenny Rainsford

Votes: 26,429

18. The Spy Who Dumped Me (2018)

R | 117 min | Action, Adventure, Comedy

6.0
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52 Metascore

Audrey and Morgan are best friends who unwittingly become entangled in an international conspiracy when one of the women discovers the boyfriend who dumped her was actually a spy.

Director: Susanna Fogel | Stars: Justin Theroux, Blanka Györfi-Tóth, Vilma Szécsi, Mila Kunis

Votes: 51,277 | Gross: $33.56M

19. Good Girls (2018– )

TV-14 | 43 min | Comedy, Crime, Drama

7.9
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Three suburban mothers suddenly find themselves in desperate circumstances and decide to stop playing it safe and risk everything to take their power back.

Stars: Christina Hendricks, Retta, Mae Whitman, Reno Wilson

Votes: 19,155

20. The Vampire Diaries (2009–2017)

TV-14 | 43 min | Drama, Fantasy, Horror

7.7
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The lives, loves, dangers and disasters in the town, Mystic Falls, Virginia. Creatures of unspeakable horror lurk beneath this town as a teenage girl is suddenly torn between two vampire brothers.

Stars: Nina Dobrev, Paul Wesley, Ian Somerhalder, Kat Graham

Votes: 263,188

21. Wonder Woman 1984 (2020)

Action, Adventure, Fantasy | Post-production

Plot unknown. A sequel to the 2017 super hero film 'Wonder Woman'.

Director: Patty Jenkins | Stars: Gal Gadot, Connie Nielsen, Chris Pine, Robin Wright

22. The Crown (2016– )

TV-MA | 58 min | Drama, History

8.7
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Follows the political rivalries and romance of Queen Elizabeth II's reign and the events that shaped the second half of the 20th century.

Stars: Claire Foy, Matt Smith, Olivia Colman, Tobias Menzies

Votes: 84,471

23. How to Get Away with Murder (2014– )

TV-14 | 43 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

8.2
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A group of ambitious law students and their brilliant criminal defense professor become involved in a twisted murder plot that promises to change the course of their lives.

Stars: Viola Davis, Billy Brown, Jack Falahee, Aja Naomi King

Votes: 105,237

24. Supergirl (2015– )

TV-PG | 43 min | Action, Adventure, Drama

6.4
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The adventures of Superman's cousin in her own superhero career.

Stars: Melissa Benoist, Mehcad Brooks, Chyler Leigh, David Harewood

Votes: 97,880

25. New Girl (2011–2018)

TV-14 | 22 min | Comedy

7.7
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After a bad break-up, Jess, an offbeat young woman, moves into an apartment loft with three single men. Although they find her behavior very unusual, the men support her - most of the time.

Stars: Zooey Deschanel, Jake Johnson, Max Greenfield, Hannah Simone

Votes: 170,940

26. The Good Fight (2017– )

TV-MA | 45 min | Crime, Drama

8.2
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When Diane Lockhart's life savings are lost, she must start from scratch at a new firm.

Stars: Christine Baranski, Rose Leslie, Cush Jumbo, Delroy Lindo

Votes: 15,262

27. iZombie (2015– )

TV-14 | 42 min | Comedy, Crime, Drama

7.9
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A medical resident finds that being a zombie has its perks, which she uses to assist the police.

Stars: Rose McIver, Malcolm Goodwin, Rahul Kohli, Robert Buckley

Votes: 54,319

28. Gilmore Girls (2000–2007)

TV-PG | 44 min | Comedy, Drama

8.2
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A dramedy centering around the relationship between a thirtysomething single mother and her teen daughter living in Stars Hollow, Connecticut.

Stars: Lauren Graham, Alexis Bledel, Keiko Agena, Scott Patterson

Votes: 87,527

29. The Good Place (2016– )

TV-PG | 22 min | Comedy, Drama, Fantasy

8.2
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Four people and their otherworldly frienemy struggle in the afterlife to define what it means to be good.

Stars: Kristen Bell, Ted Danson, William Jackson Harper, Jameela Jamil

Votes: 62,668

30. Pretty Little Liars (2010–2017)

TV-14 | 44 min | Drama, Mystery, Romance

7.5
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Four friends band together against an anonymous foe who threatens to reveal their darkest secrets, while also investigating the disappearance of their best friend.

Stars: Troian Bellisario, Ashley Benson, Lucy Hale, Shay Mitchell

Votes: 143,293

31. Chilling Adventures of Sabrina (2018– )

TV-14 | 60 min | Drama, Fantasy, Horror

7.7
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As her 16th birthday nears, Sabrina must choose between the witch world of her family and the human world of her friends. Based on the Archie comic.

Stars: Kiernan Shipka, Ross Lynch, Lucy Davis, Chance Perdomo

Votes: 51,521

32. Baywatch (1989–2001)

TV-PG | 60 min | Action, Adventure, Crime

5.3
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At a Los Angeles beach, a team of lifeguards led by Lieutenant Mitch Buchannon save lives, deal with personal dramas, fight crime and participate in over the top adventures on a daily basis.

Stars: David Hasselhoff, Pamela Anderson, Yasmine Bleeth, Jeremy Jackson

Votes: 22,863

33. Mary Poppins (1964)

G | 139 min | Comedy, Family, Fantasy

7.8
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88 Metascore

In turn of the century London, a magical nanny employs music and adventure to help two neglected children become closer to their father.

Director: Robert Stevenson | Stars: Julie Andrews, Dick Van Dyke, David Tomlinson, Glynis Johns

Votes: 143,872 | Gross: $102.27M

34. Jett (2019– )

TV-MA | Crime, Drama, Thriller

6.9
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World-class thief Daisy "Jett" Kowalski is just out of prison and already being forced back into what got her there, by a group of eccentric and dangerous criminals.

Stars: Carla Gugino, Michael Aronov, Gil Bellows, Christopher Backus

Votes: 1,023

35. The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel (2017– )

TV-MA | 57 min | Comedy, Drama

8.7
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A housewife in the 1950s decides to become a stand-up comic.

Stars: Rachel Brosnahan, Alex Borstein, Tony Shalhoub, Michael Zegen

Votes: 45,521

36. True Blood (2008–2014)

TV-MA | 55 min | Drama, Fantasy, Mystery

7.9
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Telepathic waitress Sookie Stackhouse encounters a strange new supernatural world when she meets the mysterious Bill, a southern Louisiana gentleman and vampire.

Stars: Anna Paquin, Stephen Moyer, Sam Trammell, Ryan Kwanten

Votes: 219,717

37. The Little Mermaid (1989)

G | 83 min | Animation, Family, Fantasy

7.6
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88 Metascore

A mermaid princess makes a Faustian bargain in an attempt to become human and win a prince's love.

Directors: Ron Clements, John Musker | Stars: Jodi Benson, Samuel E. Wright, Rene Auberjonois, Christopher Daniel Barnes

Votes: 215,064 | Gross: $111.54M

38. Buffy the Vampire Slayer (1997–2003)

TV-14 | 44 min | Action, Drama, Fantasy

8.2
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A young woman, destined to slay vampires, demons and other infernal creatures, deals with her life fighting evil, with the help of her friends.

Stars: Sarah Michelle Gellar, Nicholas Brendon, Alyson Hannigan, Anthony Head

Votes: 118,871

39. Maleficent (2014)

PG | 97 min | Action, Adventure, Family

7.0
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56 Metascore

A vengeful fairy is driven to curse an infant princess, only to discover that the child may be the one person who can restore peace to their troubled land.

Director: Robert Stromberg | Stars: Angelina Jolie, Elle Fanning, Sharlto Copley, Lesley Manville

Votes: 307,741 | Gross: $241.41M

40. The Perfection (2018)

TV-MA | 90 min | Drama, Horror, Thriller

6.1
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60 Metascore

When troubled musical prodigy Charlotte (Allison Williams) seeks out Elizabeth (Logan Browning), the new star pupil of her former school, the encounter sends both musicians down a sinister path with shocking consequences.

Director: Richard Shepard | Stars: Allison Williams, Logan Browning, Steven Weber, Alaina Huffman

Votes: 19,780

41. Birds of Prey (And the Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn) (2020)

Action, Adventure, Crime | Post-production

After splitting with the Joker, Harley Quinn joins superheroes Black Canary, Huntress and Renee Montoya to save a young girl from an evil crime lord.

Director: Cathy Yan | Stars: Margot Robbie, Mary Elizabeth Winstead, Ewan McGregor, Ali Wong

42. Charmed (1998–2006)

TV-14 | 42 min | Drama, Fantasy, Mystery

7.1
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Three sisters discover their destiny, to battle against the forces of evil, using their witchcraft. They are the Charmed Ones.

Stars: Holly Marie Combs, Alyssa Milano, Brian Krause, Rose McGowan

Votes: 69,574

43. Beauty and the Beast (2017)

PG | 129 min | Family, Fantasy, Musical

7.2
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65 Metascore

A selfish prince is cursed to become a monster for the rest of his life, unless he learns to fall in love with a beautiful young woman he keeps prisoner.

Director: Bill Condon | Stars: Emma Watson, Dan Stevens, Luke Evans, Josh Gad

Votes: 240,812 | Gross: $504.01M

44. Inglourious Basterds (2009)

R | 153 min | Adventure, Drama, War

8.3
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69 Metascore

In Nazi-occupied France during World War II, a plan to assassinate Nazi leaders by a group of Jewish U.S. soldiers coincides with a theatre owner's vengeful plans for the same.

Director: Quentin Tarantino | Stars: Brad Pitt, Diane Kruger, Eli Roth, Mélanie Laurent

Votes: 1,127,578 | Gross: $120.54M

45. L.A.'s Finest (2019– )

60 min | Action, Comedy, Crime

5.7
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The spinoff series of Bad Boys films focuses on drug enforcement agent Sydney Burnett, now working for the Los Angeles Police Department.

Stars: Jessica Alba, Gabrielle Union, Duane Martin, Zach Gilford

Votes: 1,358

46. The Hunger Games (2012)

PG-13 | 142 min | Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi

7.2
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68 Metascore

Katniss Everdeen voluntarily takes her younger sister's place in the Hunger Games: a televised competition in which two teenagers from each of the twelve Districts of Panem are chosen at random to fight to the death.

Director: Gary Ross | Stars: Jennifer Lawrence, Josh Hutcherson, Liam Hemsworth, Stanley Tucci

Votes: 798,019 | Gross: $408.01M

47. Ocean's Eight (2018)

PG-13 | 110 min | Action, Comedy, Crime

6.2
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61 Metascore

Debbie Ocean gathers an all-female crew to attempt an impossible heist at New York City's yearly Met Gala.

Director: Gary Ross | Stars: Sandra Bullock, Cate Blanchett, Anne Hathaway, Mindy Kaling

Votes: 148,221 | Gross: $139.38M

48. The Good Wife (2009–2016)

TV-14 | 43 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

8.3
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Alicia has been a good wife to her husband, a former state's attorney. After a very humiliating sex and corruption scandal, he is behind bars. She must now provide for her family and returns to work as a litigator in a law firm.

Stars: Julianna Margulies, Chris Noth, Josh Charles, Matt Czuchry

Votes: 63,326

49. Gone with the Wind (1939)

Passed | 238 min | Drama, History, Romance

8.2
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97 Metascore

A manipulative woman and a roguish man conduct a turbulent romance during the American Civil War and Reconstruction periods.

Directors: Victor Fleming, George Cukor, Sam Wood | Stars: Clark Gable, Vivien Leigh, Thomas Mitchell, Barbara O'Neil

Votes: 265,636 | Gross: $198.68M

50. The InBetween (2019– )

TV-14 | 43 min | Drama, Sci-Fi

6.9
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A woman who assists the dead with their unresolved problems helps detectives solve murder cases.

Stars: Harriet Dyer, Justin Cornwell, Paul Blackthorne, Cindy Luna

Votes: 1,312



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