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1. This Is Us (2016– )

TV-14 | 45 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

8.7
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A heartwarming and emotional story about a unique set of triplets, their struggles, and their wonderful parents.

Stars: Milo Ventimiglia, Mandy Moore, Sterling K. Brown, Chrissy Metz

Votes: 88,448

2. Shazam! (2019)

PG-13 | 132 min | Action, Adventure, Comedy

7.1
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71 Metascore

A newly fostered young boy in search of his mother instead finds unexpected super powers and soon gains a powerful enemy.

Director: David F. Sandberg | Stars: Zachary Levi, Mark Strong, Asher Angel, Jack Dylan Grazer

Votes: 218,044 | Gross: $140.37M

3. The Lion King (1994)

G | 88 min | Animation, Adventure, Drama

8.5
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88 Metascore

A Lion cub crown prince is tricked by a treacherous uncle into thinking he caused his father's death and flees into exile in despair, only to learn in adulthood his identity and his responsibilities.

Directors: Roger Allers, Rob Minkoff | Stars: Matthew Broderick, Jeremy Irons, James Earl Jones, Whoopi Goldberg

Votes: 887,644 | Gross: $422.78M

4. Terminator 2: Judgment Day (1991)

R | 137 min | Action, Sci-Fi

8.5
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75 Metascore

A cyborg, identical to the one who failed to kill Sarah Connor, must now protect her teenage son, John Connor, from a more advanced and powerful cyborg.

Director: James Cameron | Stars: Arnold Schwarzenegger, Linda Hamilton, Edward Furlong, Robert Patrick

Votes: 949,510 | Gross: $204.84M

5. Moonrise Kingdom (2012)

PG-13 | 94 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

7.8
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84 Metascore

A pair of young lovers flee their New England town, which causes a local search party to fan out to find them.

Director: Wes Anderson | Stars: Jared Gilman, Kara Hayward, Bruce Willis, Bill Murray

Votes: 302,179 | Gross: $45.51M

6. The Fosters (2013–2018)

TV-14 | 60 min | Drama, Romance

7.9
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Teenager Callie Jacob is placed in a foster home with a lesbian couple and their blend of biological, adoptive, and foster children.

Stars: Teri Polo, Sherri Saum, Hayden Byerly, David Lambert

Votes: 23,432

7. Fifty Shades Freed (2018)

R | 105 min | Drama, Romance, Thriller

4.5
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31 Metascore

Anastasia and Christian get married, but Jack Hyde continues to threaten their relationship.

Director: James Foley | Stars: Dakota Johnson, Jamie Dornan, Eric Johnson, Eloise Mumford

Votes: 49,148 | Gross: $100.41M

8. Hunt for the Wilderpeople (2016)

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

7.9
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81 Metascore

A national manhunt is ordered for a rebellious kid and his foster uncle who go missing in the wild New Zealand bush.

Director: Taika Waititi | Stars: Sam Neill, Julian Dennison, Rima Te Wiata, Rachel House

Votes: 96,255 | Gross: $5.20M

9. Free Willy (1993)

PG | 112 min | Adventure, Drama, Family

5.9
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79 Metascore

When a boy learns that a beloved killer whale is to be killed by the aquarium owners, the boy risks everything to free the whale.

Director: Simon Wincer | Stars: Jason James Richter, Lori Petty, Michael Madsen, Jayne Atkinson

Votes: 65,321 | Gross: $77.70M

10. Defiance (2013–2015)

TV-MA | 43 min | Action, Drama, Sci-Fi

7.0
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Life in the city of Defiance, in a near future after the arrival of different alien lifeforms to Earth.

Stars: Grant Bowler, Stephanie Leonidas, Julie Benz, Graham Greene

Votes: 39,418

11. The Painted Bird (2019)

169 min | Drama, War

7.3
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75 Metascore

A young Jewish boy somewhere in Eastern Europe seeks refuge during World War II where he encounters many different characters.

Director: Václav Marhoul | Stars: Stellan Skarsgård, Harvey Keitel, Barry Pepper, Udo Kier

Votes: 792

12. Annie (2014)

PG | 118 min | Comedy, Drama, Family

5.3
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33 Metascore

A foster kid, who lives with her mean foster mom, sees her life change when business tycoon and New York City mayoral candidate Will Stacks makes a thinly-veiled campaign move and takes her in.

Director: Will Gluck | Stars: Quvenzhané Wallis, Cameron Diaz, Jamie Foxx, Rose Byrne

Votes: 32,465 | Gross: $85.91M

13. I Am Sam (2001)

PG-13 | 132 min | Drama

7.6
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28 Metascore

A mentally handicapped man fights for custody of his 7-year-old daughter and in the process teaches his cold-hearted lawyer the value of love and family.

Director: Jessie Nelson | Stars: Sean Penn, Michelle Pfeiffer, Dakota Fanning, Dianne Wiest

Votes: 138,640 | Gross: $40.31M

14. Step Up (2006)

PG-13 | 104 min | Crime, Drama, Music

6.5
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48 Metascore

Tyler Gage receives the opportunity of a lifetime after vandalizing a performing arts school, gaining him the chance to earn a scholarship and dance with an up and coming dancer, Nora.

Director: Anne Fletcher | Stars: Channing Tatum, Jenna Dewan, Damaine Radcliff, De'Shawn Washington

Votes: 106,966 | Gross: $65.33M

15. Joe Dirt (2001)

PG-13 | 91 min | Adventure, Comedy, Drama

6.0
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20 Metascore

After being abandoned by his parents at the Grand Canyon, Joe Dirt tells the story of his journey to find his parents.

Director: Dennie Gordon | Stars: David Spade, Brittany Daniel, Dennis Miller, Adam Beach

Votes: 49,212 | Gross: $27.09M

16. White Oleander (2002)

PG-13 | 109 min | Drama

7.1
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61 Metascore

A teenager journeys through a series of foster homes after her mother goes to prison for committing a crime of passion.

Director: Peter Kosminsky | Stars: Michelle Pfeiffer, Renée Zellweger, Robin Wright, Alison Lohman

Votes: 28,805 | Gross: $16.35M

17. Behind the Candelabra (2013)

TV-MA | 118 min | Biography, Drama, Music

7.0
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A chronicle of the tempestuous six-year romance between megastar singer Liberace and his young lover Scott Thorson.

Director: Steven Soderbergh | Stars: Michael Douglas, Matt Damon, Scott Bakula, Eric Zuckerman

Votes: 38,945

18. Child's Play 2 (1990)

R | 84 min | Horror, Thriller

5.8
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37 Metascore

While Andy's mother is admitted to a psychiatric hospital, the young boy is placed in foster care, and Chucky, determined to claim Andy's soul, is not far behind.

Director: John Lafia | Stars: Alex Vincent, Jenny Agutter, Gerrit Graham, Christine Elise

Votes: 42,506 | Gross: $28.50M

19. Weekend (II) (2011)

Not Rated | 97 min | Drama, Romance

7.6
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81 Metascore

After a drunken house party with his straight mates, Russell heads out to a gay club. Just before closing time he picks up Glen but what's expected to be just a one-night stand becomes something else, something special.

Director: Andrew Haigh | Stars: Tom Cullen, Chris New, Jonathan Race, Laura Freeman

Votes: 26,477 | Gross: $0.46M

20. Problem Child (1990)

PG | 81 min | Comedy, Family

5.4
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27 Metascore

A young boy is just short of a monster. He is adopted by a loving man and his wacky wife. The laughs keep coming as the boy pushes them to the limits.

Director: Dennis Dugan | Stars: Michael Oliver, John Ritter, Jack Warden, Gilbert Gottfried

Votes: 27,099 | Gross: $53.47M

21. Kyle XY (2006–2009)

TV-14 | 60 min | Drama, Mystery, Romance

7.5
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A family takes in a formerly institutionalized teen savant who is missing standard human behaviors such as anger, joy, and love.

Stars: Matt Dallas, Marguerite MacIntyre, Bruce Thomas, April Matson

Votes: 27,423

22. Hotel for Dogs (2009)

PG | 100 min | Comedy, Family

5.4
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51 Metascore

Two kids secretly take in stray dogs at a vacant hotel.

Director: Thor Freudenthal | Stars: Emma Roberts, Jake T. Austin, Lisa Kudrow, Don Cheadle

Votes: 20,568 | Gross: $73.03M

23. The Golden Palace (1992–1993)

30 min | Comedy

7.1
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While Dorothy got married again, Blanche, Rose and Sophia opened a hotel, called The Golden Palace.

Stars: Betty White, Rue McClanahan, Estelle Getty, Don Cheadle

Votes: 1,112

24. Punky Brewster (1984–1988)

TV-G | 30 min | Comedy, Family

6.5
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Punky Brewster is a show about a girl named Penelope "Punky" Brewster. She is abandoned with her dog, Brandon, in a supermarket by her mother. She doesn't want to stay in an orphanage, and ... See full summary »

Stars: Soleil Moon Frye, George Gaynes, Cherie Johnson, Sandy

Votes: 4,399

25. The Cheetah Girls (2003 TV Movie)

TV-G | 100 min | Comedy, Drama, Family

4.8
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Four teens aim to take the world by storm with their music.

Director: Oz Scott | Stars: Raven-Symoné, Adrienne Houghton, Kiely Williams, Sabrina Bryan

Votes: 6,730

26. Happythankyoumoreplease (2010)

R | 100 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

6.8
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45 Metascore

Captures a generational moment - young people on the cusp of truly growing up, tiring of their reflexive cynicism, each in their own ways struggling to connect and define what it means to love and be loved.

Director: Josh Radnor | Stars: Josh Radnor, Malin Akerman, Zoe Kazan, Michael Algieri

Votes: 28,641 | Gross: $0.22M

27. Case (2015– )

45 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

7.2
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A smart lawyer whose drinking and recklessness send him on a path of self-destruction finds new purpose investigating a teenager's apparent suicide.

Stars: Steinunn Ólína Þorsteinsdóttir, Magnús Jónsson, Birna Rún Eiríksdóttir, Elma Stefania Agustsdottir

Votes: 1,795

28. In the Electric Mist (2009)

R | 117 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

6.1
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A detective in post-Katrina New Orleans has a series of surreal encounters with a troop of friendly Confederate soldiers while investigating serial killings of local prostitutes, a 1965 lynching, and corrupt local businessmen.

Director: Bertrand Tavernier | Stars: Tommy Lee Jones, John Goodman, Peter Sarsgaard, Mary Steenburgen

Votes: 15,783

29. Jolene (2008)

R | 121 min | Drama

6.4
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31 Metascore

A teenage orphan spends ten years traveling cross-country experiencing life, love and heartbreak. Based on E.L. Doctorow's story, "Jolene: A Life."

Director: Dan Ireland | Stars: Jessica Chastain, Frances Fisher, Rupert Friend, Dermot Mulroney

Votes: 4,142

30. Earth to Echo (2014)

PG | 91 min | Adventure, Family, Sci-Fi

5.8
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53 Metascore

After receiving a bizarre series of encrypted messages, a group of kids embark on an adventure with an alien who needs their help.

Director: Dave Green | Stars: Teo Halm, Astro, Reese Hartwig, Ella Wahlestedt

Votes: 17,921 | Gross: $38.92M

31. Reform School Girls (1986)

R | 94 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

5.3
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Jenny is sent to a women's reform school. It is run by evil warden Sutter and her henchwoman Edna. Jenny will stop at nothing to escape but she also has to deal with Charlie the bully.

Director: Tom DeSimone | Stars: Linda Carol, Wendy O. Williams, Pat Ast, Sybil Danning

Votes: 2,059 | Gross: $2.51M

32. Follow That Bird (1985)

G | 88 min | Adventure, Comedy, Family

6.7
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Big Bird is sent to live far from Sesame Street by a pesky social worker. Unhappy, Big Bird runs away from his foster home, prompting the rest of the Sesame Street gang to go on a cross-country journey to find him.

Director: Ken Kwapis | Stars: Caroll Spinney, Jim Henson, Frank Oz, Richard Hunt

Votes: 4,467

33. National Treasure: Kiri (2018)

60 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

6.6
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A drama dealing with the abduction and murder of a young black girl, soon to be adopted by her white foster family, and the trail of lies, blame, guilt and notoriety which follow.

Stars: Sarah Lancashire, Lia Williams, Lucian Msamati, Wunmi Mosaku

Votes: 1,767

34. Hunter Street (2017– )

TV-G | 22 min | Adventure, Comedy, Family

6.8
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Max, the newest addition to the Hunter family, must team up with his siblings Anika, Sal, Tess, and Daniel to find his foster parents Erik and Kate after they disappear mysteriously one night.

Stars: Kyra Isako Smith, Daan Creyghton, Tooske Ragas, Ronald Top

Votes: 396

35. Suzanne (I) (2013)

94 min | Drama

6.7
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75 Metascore

The story of a family and a love affair told through the journey of a young woman called Suzanne.

Director: Katell Quillévéré | Stars: Sara Forestier, François Damiens, Adèle Haenel, Paul Hamy

Votes: 1,470

36. Foster Boy (2019)

109 min | Drama

6.4
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Michael Trainer is a lawyer at the center of a trial in which a for-profit Foster care agency puts a known sex offender into the same foster home as his young client Jamal, with ... See full summary »

Director: Youssef Delara | Stars: Shane Paul McGhie, Matthew Modine, Michael Hyatt, Michael Beach

Votes: 5

37. Wuthering Heights (1970)

G | 104 min | Adventure, Drama, Romance

6.5
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Doomed lovers Catherine and Heathcliff are torn apart by their own selfishness and hate.

Director: Robert Fuest | Stars: Anna Calder-Marshall, Timothy Dalton, Harry Andrews, Pamela Brown

Votes: 1,680

38. Mission Kashmir (2000)

R | 154 min | Action, Drama, Thriller

6.7
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A police officer adopts the son and sole survivor of a family he has massacred while pursuing a terrorist. After some time the foster son finds out what the stepfather did.

Director: Vidhu Vinod Chopra | Stars: Sanjay Dutt, Hrithik Roshan, Preity Zinta, Sonali Kulkarni

Votes: 6,064

39. Madea Goes to Jail (2006 Video)

TV-14 | 133 min | Comedy, Drama, Musical

4.9
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Madea returns in another comedy in which she gets sent to "the big house". Regardless of the circumstances, she gives her trademark advice and wisdom to her friends and family as they learn... See full summary »

Director: Tyler Perry | Stars: Tyler Perry, Cheryl Pepsii Riley, Cassi Davis, LaVan Davis

Votes: 1,704

40. Man of a Thousand Faces (1957)

Approved | 122 min | Biography, Drama

7.2
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The life and career of vaudevillian and silent screen horror star Lon Chaney, including his contentious relationship with his neurotic wife and his premature death.

Director: Joseph Pevney | Stars: James Cagney, Dorothy Malone, Jane Greer, Marjorie Rambeau

Votes: 2,226

41. Les Misérables (1935)

Approved | 108 min | Drama, History, Romance

7.6
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In early 19th Century France an ex-convict who failed to report to parole is relentlessly pursued over a 20 year period by an obsessive policeman.

Director: Richard Boleslawski | Stars: Fredric March, Charles Laughton, Cedric Hardwicke, Rochelle Hudson

Votes: 3,182

42. Bogus (1996)

PG | 110 min | Comedy, Family, Fantasy

5.4
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Recently orphaned, a young boy is taken in by his godmother who is shocked to realize that she can see the boy's imaginary friend: a flamboyant, French magician named Bogus.

Director: Norman Jewison | Stars: Whoopi Goldberg, Gérard Depardieu, Haley Joel Osment, Andrea Martin

Votes: 5,948 | Gross: $4.36M

43. The Storyteller (2018)

G | 90 min | Drama, Family, Fantasy

7.0
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The love of an enchanted young girl brings wonder and healing to a broken family.

Director: Joe Crump | Stars: Constance Towers, Kristina Wagner, Brooklyn Rae Silzer, Eden Espinosa

Votes: 450

44. Room for One More (1952)

Approved | 98 min | Comedy

7.1
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A fairly well-to-do family takes in two troubled orphans.

Director: Norman Taurog | Stars: Cary Grant, Betsy Drake, Lurene Tuttle, Randy Stuart

Votes: 1,816

45. I Am Somebody's Child: The Regina Louise Story (2019 TV Movie)

TV-14 | 87 min | Drama

7.8
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Regina Louise, an abandoned black child, is placed in a home where she demonstrates anger issues. Jeanne Kerr, a white counselor, empathizes with her and they form a bond which leads to a ... See full summary »

Director: Janice Cooke | Stars: Ginnifer Goodwin, Angela Fairley, Sherri Saum, Monique Coleman

Votes: 213

46. In the Best Interest of the Children (1992 TV Movie)

96 min | Drama

7.2
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Fact-based story of a legal battle fought over custody of five siblings.

Director: Michael Ray Rhodes | Stars: Sarah Jessica Parker, Sally Struthers, Lexi Randall, Gary Graham

Votes: 390

47. Adam & Steve (2005)

R | 99 min | Comedy, Drama, Music

5.9
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48 Metascore

Follows two New York city couples -- one heterosexual and one gay who explore the peaks and the valleys of their respective relationships.

Director: Craig Chester | Stars: Craig Chester, Malcolm Gets, Parker Posey, Chris Kattan

Votes: 2,895 | Gross: $0.31M

48. L'Enfance Nue (1968)

Not Rated | 83 min | Drama

7.6
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An anguished foster child takes to mischief and lies as his foster parents do their best to love and care for him. But it might be too little, too late in this emotionally devastating portrayal of the orphaned child.

Director: Maurice Pialat | Stars: Michel Terrazon, Linda Gutenberg, Raoul Billerey, Pierrette Deplanque

Votes: 1,938

49. Black Girl (1972)

PG | 97 min | Drama

7.0
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An aspiring dancer and her wicked sisters resent their mother's love for a foster daughter.

Director: Ossie Davis | Stars: Brock Peters, Claudia McNeil, Leslie Uggams, Louise Stubbs

Votes: 343

50. A Bag of Hammers (2011)

Not Rated | 85 min | Comedy, Drama

6.6
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50 Metascore

Two misfit best friends incapable of growing up, whose direction is tested by an abandoned child worn beyond his years. Together they invent the family they've always needed.

Director: Brian Crano | Stars: Jason Ritter, Jake Sandvig, Chandler Canterbury, Rebecca Hall

Votes: 2,802



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