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1. On Her Majesty's Secret Service (1969)

PG | 142 min | Action, Adventure, Thriller

6.7
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61 Metascore

James Bond woos a mob boss' daughter and goes undercover to uncover the true reason for Blofeld's allergy research in the Swiss Alps that involves beautiful women from around the world.

Director: Peter R. Hunt | Stars: George Lazenby, Diana Rigg, Telly Savalas, Gabriele Ferzetti

Votes: 72,943 | Gross: $22.80M

2. Seven Samurai (1954)

Not Rated | 207 min | Adventure, Drama

8.6
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98 Metascore

A poor village under attack by bandits recruits seven unemployed samurai to help them defend themselves.

Director: Akira Kurosawa | Stars: Toshirô Mifune, Takashi Shimura, Keiko Tsushima, Yukiko Shimazaki

Votes: 289,198 | Gross: $0.27M

3. Tess (1979)

PG | 170 min | Drama, Romance

7.3
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82 Metascore

A strong-willed young peasant girl attracts the affection of two men.

Director: Roman Polanski | Stars: Nastassja Kinski, Peter Firth, Leigh Lawson, John Collin

Votes: 13,766

4. Little Fockers (2010)

PG-13 | 98 min | Comedy, Romance

5.5
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27 Metascore

Family-patriarch Jack Byrnes wants to appoint a successor. Does his son-in-law, the male nurse Greg Focker, have what it takes?

Director: Paul Weitz | Stars: Ben Stiller, Teri Polo, Robert De Niro, Owen Wilson

Votes: 100,384 | Gross: $148.38M

5. Coffee and Cigarettes (2003)

R | 95 min | Comedy, Drama, Music

7.1
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65 Metascore

A series of vignettes that all have coffee and cigarettes in common.

Director: Jim Jarmusch | Stars: Bill Murray, Tom Waits, Roberto Benigni, RZA

Votes: 56,008 | Gross: $1.97M

6. Cold Creek Manor (2003)

R | 118 min | Drama, Mystery, Thriller

5.0
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37 Metascore

A family relocates from the city to a dilapidated house in the country that was once a grand estate. As they begin renovations, they discover their new home harbors a secret and may not be completely free of its former inhabitant.

Director: Mike Figgis | Stars: Dennis Quaid, Sharon Stone, Stephen Dorff, Juliette Lewis

Votes: 20,192 | Gross: $21.38M

7. Kind Hearts and Coronets (1949)

Not Rated | 106 min | Comedy, Crime

8.0
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A distant poor relative of the Duke of D'Ascoyne plots to inherit the title by murdering the eight other heirs who stand ahead of him in the line of succession.

Director: Robert Hamer | Stars: Dennis Price, Alec Guinness, Valerie Hobson, Joan Greenwood

Votes: 32,298

8. Who Do You Think You Are? (2004– )

60 min | Documentary, Biography, History

8.0
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Well known faces within the British media each embark on individual journeys to answer some questions in regards to their own family history. An interesting and intelligent programme for ... See full summary »

Stars: Mark Strong, Cherie Lunghi, Phil Davis, Nick Barratt

Votes: 790

9. Equus (1977)

R | 137 min | Drama, Mystery

7.2
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A psychiatrist attempts to uncover a troubled stable boy's disturbing obsession with horses.

Director: Sidney Lumet | Stars: Richard Burton, Peter Firth, Colin Blakely, Joan Plowright

Votes: 7,005

10. King Ralph (1991)

PG | 97 min | Comedy, Romance

5.3
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As the only relative to take over the Royal throne, a down on his luck American slob must learn the ways of the English.

Director: David S. Ward | Stars: John Goodman, Peter O'Toole, John Hurt, Camille Coduri

Votes: 14,363 | Gross: $34.00M

11. Who Do You Think You Are? (2010– )

60 min | Documentary, Biography, History

8.0
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Celebrities are given the opportunity to research their family trees with surprising and often unexpected results.

Stars: Mocean Melvin, Ken Rogers, Courteney Cox, Julie Bowen

Votes: 1,214

12. The MatchMaker (1997)

R | 97 min | Comedy, Romance

6.5
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Marcy is an assistant to Senator John McGlory, who is having problems with a re-election campaign. Desperate for Irish votes, McGlory's chief of staff Nick sends Marcy to Ireland to trace ... See full summary »

Director: Mark Joffe | Stars: Janeane Garofalo, David O'Hara, Milo O'Shea, Jay O. Sanders

Votes: 5,235 | Gross: $3.38M

13. Finding Your Roots with Henry Louis Gates, Jr. (2012– )

TV-PG | Documentary, Biography, History

8.4
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Harvard educator Henry Louis Gates Jr. hosts this enlightening PBS series that examines "the DNA of American culture" through an extensive discovery of the ancestors of today's celebrities.... See full summary »

Stars: Henry Louis Gates, CeCe Moore, Ty Burrell, Anderson Cooper

Votes: 576

14. Roots: The Next Generations (1979)

840 min | Drama, History, War

7.8
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The dramatization of Alex Haley's family line from post Civil War America to the writer's search for his roots.

Stars: Debbi Morgan, Dorian Harewood, Paul Koslo, Stan Shaw

Votes: 2,174

15. Ridicule (1996)

R | 102 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

7.4
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To get royal backing on a needed drainage project, a poor French lord must learn to play the delicate games of wit at court at Versailles.

Director: Patrice Leconte | Stars: Charles Berling, Jean Rochefort, Fanny Ardant, Judith Godrèche

Votes: 6,755 | Gross: $2.50M

16. I Never Sang for My Father (1970)

GP | 92 min | Drama

7.6
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A man who wants to move on with his life by moving to California and marry his girlfriend, finds it difficult as he still lives in the towering shadow of his aging father.

Director: Gilbert Cates | Stars: Melvyn Douglas, Gene Hackman, Dorothy Stickney, Estelle Parsons

Votes: 2,199

17. Perfect Strangers (2001– )

238 min | Comedy, Drama

8.0
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Attending a distant family reunion reveals more than was expected.

Stars: Michael Gambon, Lindsay Duncan, Matthew Macfadyen, Claire Skinner

Votes: 1,264

18. This Is My Father (I) (1998)

R | 119 min | Romance, Drama

7.0
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Widowed Kieran Johnson is a lonely, middle-aged, Chicago-based high school history teacher who feels disconnected to his life. He decides to take a trip to his mother's small old hometown ... See full summary »

Director: Paul Quinn | Stars: Aidan Quinn, James Caan, Jacob Tierney, Colm Meaney

Votes: 1,612 | Gross: $1.08M

19. The House in Nightmare Park (1973)

95 min | Comedy, Horror, Mystery

5.9
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In 1907, an actor is invited to perform in an isolated country house, and becomes involved in mysterious and dangerous events.

Director: Peter Sykes | Stars: Frankie Howerd, Ray Milland, Hugh Burden, Kenneth Griffith

Votes: 419

20. Game of Swords (2006)

R | 109 min | Action, Adventure, Crime

5.5
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Set in the 16th century, a sheriff working on a series of murders has to choose between his conscience and protecting his family when he's tied to the crimes.

Director: Adrian Rudomin | Stars: Christopher Lambert, Blanca Marsillach, Brian Blessed, Szonja Oroszlán

Votes: 1,686

21. Marching to Zion (2015)

101 min | Documentary, History

5.7
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Documentary tracing the history of the Jewish people from the destruction of the temple in AD 70 to the modern-day nation of Israel. Through scriptural and historical evidence, DNA, ... See full summary »

Director: Paul Wittenberger | Stars: Steven L. Anderson, Texe Marrs, Leo Abrami, Reuven Mann

Votes: 1,649

22. The Vanishing Virginian (1942)

Passed | 97 min | Biography, Comedy, Drama

6.8
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Biography of Robert Yancey, long-term district attorney in Lynchburg, Virginia.

Director: Frank Borzage | Stars: Frank Morgan, Kathryn Grayson, Spring Byington, Natalie Thompson

Votes: 221

23. The Cage (2019 TV Movie)

87 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

7.6
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An old woman finds herself trapped in her own apartment as she finds out a man pretending to be her distant nephew is actually a stranger.

Director: Jirí Strach | Stars: Jirina Bohdalová, Krystof Hádek, Viktor Preiss, David Svehlík

Votes: 41

24. African American Lives (2006–2008)

TV-PG | 54 min | Documentary, History

7.1
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This 4 part PBS series attempts to trace the roots of 8 guests using genealogy, oral history, family stories, and DNA analysis.

Stars: Henry Louis Gates, Pamela Arkin, Ben Carson, Whoopi Goldberg

Votes: 115

25. Halfway to Haugesund (1997)

68 min | Comedy, Drama, Music

6.2
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Beat up punk rock legend Otto, of "Otto's Speedway Action Organ", finally gets another gig in Haugesund on Norway's west coast. He gets his father's car, a 1969 model Opel Diplomat, out of ... See full summary »

Director: Harald Østgaard Lund | Stars: Geir Birk Nilsen, Yasmin Syed, Peter Garden, Eivind Haugestøl

Votes: 75

26. Stealth (2006)

Not Rated | 112 min | Comedy, Romance

6.6
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Lionel is a happy gay man with a great career and an open-minded family that accepts his loyal lover, Serge. But things start to unravel when he meets a pretty Polish immigrant who is about to be deported and decides to marry her.

Director: Lionel Baier | Stars: Natacha Koutchoumov, Lionel Baier, Alicja Bachleda, Stéphane Rentznik

Votes: 221

27. Little Senegal (2000)

97 min | Drama

6.8
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After many years of having worked as a tour guide at the Senegalese slave museum, Alloune decides to go to America in search of his ancestors. They were taken away from his village 200 years ago and sold as slaves in the New World.

Director: Rachid Bouchareb | Stars: Sotigui Kouyaté, Sharon Hope, Roschdy Zem, Karim Traoré

Votes: 389

28. Chronicle of My Mother (2011)

108 min | Drama

7.2
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Based on an autobiographical novel by Inoue Yasushi, the film chronicles the passage of fifteen years within a family struggling with abandonment, resentment and decline with old age. As ... See full summary »

Director: Masato Harada | Stars: Kirin Kiki, Kôji Yakusho, Erina Mano, Kaho Minami

Votes: 311

29. The Sweetest Sound (2001)

Not Rated | 60 min | Documentary

7.2
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In The Sweetest Sound, Alan Berliner (the filmmaker from New York) is tired of being mistaken for people who might share his name and decides to rid himself of the dreaded Same Name Syndrome (In HD).

Director: Alan Berliner | Stars: Alan Berliner, Alain Berliner, Allen Berliner, Alan S. Berliner

Votes: 195

30. Henry Louis Gates Jr.: Uncovering America (2019 TV Movie)

54 min | Documentary, Biography, History

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Actor Courtney B. Vance hosts this special celebrating Dr. Henry Louis Gates, Jr.'s work with focus on his five quintessential documentary series about American, African and African American history for PBS.

Director: Bob Marty | Stars: Courtney B. Vance, Kwame Anthony Appiah, Ken Burns, Deepak Chopra

31. Faces of America with Henry Louis Gates Jr. (2010)

TV-PG | Documentary, Biography, History

8.0
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Our American Stories exploring the dynamic and shifting relationship America had with her new immigrants in the 20th century. Becoming American - exploring the many journeys to becoming ... See full summary »

Stars: Elizabeth Alexander, Mario Batali, Stephen Colbert, Louise Erdrich

Votes: 83

32. Who Do You Think You Are? (II) (2008– )

Documentary

7.9
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Genealogy series. Irish celebrities trace their family history.

Stars: Arthur Riordan, Charlie Bird, Dana, Joe Duffy

Votes: 9

33. Captain Applejack (1931)

Passed | 63 min | Crime, Comedy, Drama

6.0
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An ordinary man is confronted by gangsters who have reason to believe a treasure is buried somewhere on his property.

Director: Hobart Henley | Stars: Mary Brian, John Halliday, Kay Strozzi, Alec B. Francis

Votes: 74

34. Frauenarzt Dr. Prätorius (1950)

95 min | Comedy, Drama

7.3
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Directors: Karl Peter Gillmann, Curt Goetz | Stars: Curt Goetz, Valerie von Martens, Erich Ponto, Bruno Hübner

Votes: 76

35. Missing: Presumed Dead (2008 Video)

55 min | Documentary, Biography, History

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Director: Gerard Anthony Reed | Stars: Vanna Morosini, Andrew Ellis, Albert Koeppe, Bill Gammage

36. Datamining the Deceased: Ancestry and the Business of Family (2017)

56 min | Documentary

7.2
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"Data Mining the Deceased" prods the industry behind the exponential intensity in genealogy. What are the motivations of the key players and how are their ambitions affecting the millions of North Americans who are searching for answers?

Director: Julia Creet | Stars: Julia Creet, Alondra Nelson, Stephen Pinker

Votes: 8

37. Abba Shahor Lavan (2003)

90 min | Drama, Family, Sport

7.8
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Yonatan, Michal's dad, turned orthodox and left her family when she was very yang. 7 years later, when he appears at her mother's funeral, all the anger and tensions in the family are ... See full summary »

Director: Eitan Londner | Stars: Dan Toren, Hila Alpert, Nurit Banai-Koren, Dana Grutzky

Votes: 13

38. Gene Detectives (2007– )

45 min | Documentary, Reality-TV

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Presenter Melanie Sykes follows the process of genealogist Anthony Adolph as he uses the most up-to-date research techniques to help people track down long lost relatives.

Stars: Melanie Sykes, Anthony Adolph, Carol Martin-Sperry

39. His Family Tree (1935)

Approved | 69 min | Comedy

5.6
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When his son doesn't respond to his many letters, Patrick Murphy decides to leave Ireland and visit his son in America. But upon arriving in Center City Patrick discovers that his son, who ... See full summary »

Director: Charles Vidor | Stars: James Barton, Margaret Callahan, Jack Randall, Maureen Delaney

Votes: 37

40. Immigrant Son: The Story of John D. Mezzogiorno (2011)

Not Rated | 57 min | Documentary

8.3
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Something is pulling at John Mezzogiorno. Voices from the past are calling him back to tell their story, in in doing so to tell his own. Immigrant Son follows John's attempt as a fourth ... See full summary »

Director: Frank Cappiello | Star: Michael Desantis

Votes: 6

41. Ancestors 2 (2000– )

Documentary

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Star: Scott Wilkinson

42. Who Do You Think You Are? (II) (2009–2010)

50 min | Documentary, Biography, History

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Each episode focuses on one public figure and follows the protagonists' journeys towards their families' pasts, a journey that takes place between countries, people and historic periods in ... See full summary »

Stars: Tal Friedman, Gabi Gazit, Shifra Horn, Ohad Knoller

43. Mojo

Drama | Announced

Mojo is a drama/fantasy about an eccentric white southern family that discovers their black slave ancestry.

Director: Darlene Eliopoulos | Stars: Eva Ndachi, Judith Eisenberg, Tim Fitchner, McKenzie Burke

44. Mamaliga Blues (2014)

55 min | Documentary, Biography, Family

5.8
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A Jewish family goes on a journey from Brazil to Moldova in search of a lost grave. What else might they find in a troubled foreign land?

Director: Cassio Tolpolar

Votes: 6

45. The Olive Branch (I)

Drama | Announced

Descendants of a child created by a plantation owner and one of his slaves try to connect with their newly discovered relatives.

Director: T.D. Antoine | Stars: Louis Gossett Jr., Victor Love, Jaclyn Lopez, Michael Sieve

46. Bakala (2017)

15 min | Documentary, Short, Biography

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Director: Nikolas Lachajczak | Stars: Steve Wurramara, Derek Wurramara, Jeanna Wurramara, Morgan Wurramara

47. You Don't Know You're Born (2007– )

60 min | Documentary, History

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Three British actors each take a closer look at their family tree by heading back in time and walking in the shoes of a couple of their antecedents.

Stars: Barbara Flynn, Alan Davies, Anne Kirkbride, Ken Stott

48. Ancestors (1997– )

Documentary

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This mini-series looks at people whose lives have been changed through family history research and provides viewers with practical instruction on how to begin searching for one's own roots.

Stars: Jim Willard, Terry Willard

49. Esprits de famille (2007)

62 min | Documentary

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Director: Lysanne Thibodeau | Stars: Sarah Beanlands, Pierre Thibodeau Gravel, Richard Laurin, Wayne Melanson

50. The Living Tree (2006)

26 min | Documentary, Short

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