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1. It (I) (2017)

R | 135 min | Horror, Thriller

7.4
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69 Metascore

In the summer of 1989, a group of bullied kids band together to destroy a shape-shifting monster, which disguises itself as a clown and preys on the children of Derry, their small Maine town.

Director: Andy Muschietti | Stars: Bill Skarsgård, Jaeden Martell, Finn Wolfhard, Sophia Lillis

Votes: 365,750 | Gross: $327.48M

2. Guardians of the Galaxy (2014)

PG-13 | 121 min | Action, Adventure, Comedy

8.1
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76 Metascore

A group of intergalactic criminals must pull together to stop a fanatical warrior with plans to purge the universe.

Director: James Gunn | Stars: Chris Pratt, Vin Diesel, Bradley Cooper, Zoe Saldana

Votes: 957,542 | Gross: $333.18M

3. Split (IX) (2016)

PG-13 | 117 min | Horror, Thriller

7.3
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62 Metascore

Three girls are kidnapped by a man with a diagnosed 23 distinct personalities. They must try to escape before the apparent emergence of a frightful new 24th.

Director: M. Night Shyamalan | Stars: James McAvoy, Anya Taylor-Joy, Haley Lu Richardson, Jessica Sula

Votes: 364,169 | Gross: $138.29M

4. The Witch (2015)

R | 92 min | Horror, Mystery

6.8
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83 Metascore

A family in 1630s New England is torn apart by the forces of witchcraft, black magic, and possession.

Director: Robert Eggers | Stars: Anya Taylor-Joy, Ralph Ineson, Kate Dickie, Julian Richings

Votes: 156,458 | Gross: $25.14M

5. Prisoners (2013)

R | 153 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

8.1
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74 Metascore

When Keller Dover's daughter and her friend go missing, he takes matters into his own hands as the police pursue multiple leads and the pressure mounts.

Director: Denis Villeneuve | Stars: Hugh Jackman, Jake Gyllenhaal, Viola Davis, Melissa Leo

Votes: 530,115 | Gross: $61.00M

6. Snowpiercer (2013)

R | 126 min | Action, Drama, Sci-Fi

7.1
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84 Metascore

In a future where a failed climate-change experiment has killed all life except for the lucky few who boarded the Snowpiercer, a train that travels around the globe, a new class system emerges.

Director: Joon-ho Bong | Stars: Chris Evans, Jamie Bell, Tilda Swinton, Ed Harris

Votes: 241,922 | Gross: $4.56M

7. The Green Mile (1999)

R | 189 min | Crime, Drama, Fantasy

8.6
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61 Metascore

The lives of guards on Death Row are affected by one of their charges: a black man accused of child murder and rape, yet who has a mysterious gift.

Director: Frank Darabont | Stars: Tom Hanks, Michael Clarke Duncan, David Morse, Bonnie Hunt

Votes: 1,024,315 | Gross: $136.80M

8. Murder on the Orient Express (2017)

PG-13 | 114 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

6.5
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52 Metascore

When a murder occurs on the train on which he's travelling, celebrated detective Hercule Poirot is recruited to solve the case.

Director: Kenneth Branagh | Stars: Kenneth Branagh, Penélope Cruz, Willem Dafoe, Judi Dench

Votes: 180,441 | Gross: $102.83M

9. Taken (I) (2008)

PG-13 | 94 min | Action, Thriller

7.8
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51 Metascore

A retired CIA agent travels across Europe and relies on his old skills to save his estranged daughter, who has been kidnapped while on a trip to Paris.

Director: Pierre Morel | Stars: Liam Neeson, Maggie Grace, Famke Janssen, Leland Orser

Votes: 540,031 | Gross: $145.00M

10. Rush Hour (1998)

PG-13 | 98 min | Action, Comedy, Crime

7.0
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60 Metascore

A loyal and dedicated Hong Kong Inspector teams up with a reckless and loudmouthed L.A.P.D. detective to rescue the Chinese Consul's kidnapped daughter, while trying to arrest a dangerous crime lord along the way.

Director: Brett Ratner | Stars: Jackie Chan, Chris Tucker, Ken Leung, Tom Wilkinson

Votes: 221,331 | Gross: $141.15M

11. The Huntsman: Winter's War (2016)

PG-13 | 114 min | Action, Adventure, Drama

6.1
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35 Metascore

Eric and fellow warrior Sara, raised as members of ice Queen Freya's army, try to conceal their forbidden love as they fight to survive the wicked intentions of both Freya and her sister Ravenna.

Director: Cedric Nicolas-Troyan | Stars: Chris Hemsworth, Jessica Chastain, Charlize Theron, Emily Blunt

Votes: 88,352 | Gross: $48.39M

12. Shoplifters (2018)

R | 121 min | Crime, Drama

8.0
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93 Metascore

A family of small-time crooks take in a child they find outside in the cold.

Director: Hirokazu Koreeda | Stars: Lily Franky, Sakura Andô, Kirin Kiki, Mayu Matsuoka

Votes: 33,500 | Gross: $3.31M

13. The Kindergarten Teacher (2018)

R | 96 min | Drama

6.8
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75 Metascore

A kindergarten teacher in New York becomes obsessed with one of her students whom she believes is a child prodigy.

Director: Sara Colangelo | Stars: Maggie Gyllenhaal, Gael García Bernal, Ato Blankson-Wood, Libya Pugh

Votes: 8,744

14. Freddy vs. Jason (2003)

R | 97 min | Action, Horror

5.8
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37 Metascore

Freddy Krueger and Jason Voorhees return to terrorize the teenage population. Except this time, they're out to get each other, too.

Director: Ronny Yu | Stars: Robert Englund, Ken Kirzinger, Kelly Rowland, Monica Keena

Votes: 103,847 | Gross: $82.62M

15. Alpha Dog (2006)

R | 122 min | Biography, Crime, Drama

6.9
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53 Metascore

Johnny and a couple pals kidnap Jake's 15-year-old brother, Zach, then assigns his buddy Frankie to be Zach's minder. They develop a brotherly friendship. Zach parties with his captors as things begin to spin out of control.

Director: Nick Cassavetes | Stars: Emile Hirsch, Justin Timberlake, Anton Yelchin, Bruce Willis

Votes: 95,433 | Gross: $15.23M

16. The People Under the Stairs (1991)

R | 102 min | Comedy, Horror, Mystery

6.4
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Two adults and a juvenile break into a house occupied by a brother and sister and their stolen children. There, they must fight for their lives.

Director: Wes Craven | Stars: Brandon Quintin Adams, Everett McGill, Wendy Robie, A.J. Langer

Votes: 28,593 | Gross: $24.20M

17. Midnight Special (2016)

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

6.6
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76 Metascore

A father and son go on the run, pursued by the government and a cult drawn to the child's special powers.

Director: Jeff Nichols | Stars: Michael Shannon, Joel Edgerton, Kirsten Dunst, Adam Driver

Votes: 68,246 | Gross: $3.71M

18. The River Wild (1994)

PG-13 | 111 min | Adventure, Crime, Thriller

6.4
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Rafting expert Gail takes on a pair of armed killers while navigating a spectacularly violent river.

Director: Curtis Hanson | Stars: Meryl Streep, Kevin Bacon, David Strathairn, Joseph Mazzello

Votes: 38,457 | Gross: $46.82M

19. Safe (I) (2012)

R | 94 min | Action, Crime, Thriller

6.5
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55 Metascore

Mei, a young girl whose memory holds a priceless numerical code, finds herself pursued by the Triads, the Russian mob, and corrupt NYC cops. Coming to her aid is an ex-cage fighter whose life was destroyed by the gangsters on Mei's trail.

Director: Boaz Yakin | Stars: Jason Statham, Catherine Chan, Chris Sarandon, Robert John Burke

Votes: 96,765 | Gross: $17.14M

20. The Call (II) (2013)

R | 94 min | Crime, Drama, Horror

6.7
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51 Metascore

When a veteran 911 operator takes a life-altering call from a teenage girl who has just been abducted, she realizes that she must confront a killer from her past in order to save the girl's life.

Director: Brad Anderson | Stars: Halle Berry, Evie Thompson, Abigail Breslin, Morris Chestnut

Votes: 104,240 | Gross: $51.87M

21. Ransom (1996)

R | 121 min | Action, Crime, Thriller

6.7
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60 Metascore

When a multimillionaire man's son is kidnapped, he cooperates with the police at first but then turns the tables on the kidnappers when he uses the ransom money as a reward for the capture of the kidnappers.

Director: Ron Howard | Stars: Mel Gibson, Gary Sinise, Rene Russo, Brawley Nolte

Votes: 111,630 | Gross: $136.49M

22. Abducted in Plain Sight (2017)

TV-14 | 91 min | Documentary, Crime

6.8
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The twisting, turning, stranger-than-fiction true story of the Brobergs, a naive, church-going Idaho family that fell under the spell of a sociopathic neighbor with designs on their twelve-year-old daughter.

Director: Skye Borgman | Stars: Jan Broberg, Bob Broberg, Mary Ann Broberg, Susan Broberg

Votes: 10,000

23. Fish Tank (2009)

Not Rated | 123 min | Drama

7.3
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81 Metascore

Everything changes for 15-year-old Mia when her mum brings home a new boyfriend.

Director: Andrea Arnold | Stars: Katie Jarvis, Michael Fassbender, Kierston Wareing, Rebecca Griffiths

Votes: 54,994 | Gross: $0.37M

24. 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: 15,313

25. Dark Skies (2013)

PG-13 | 97 min | Horror, Sci-Fi, Thriller

6.3
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50 Metascore

As the Barrett family's peaceful suburban life is rocked by an escalating series of disturbing events, they come to learn that a terrifying and deadly force is after them, one which may have arrived from beyond the stars.

Director: Scott Stewart | Stars: Keri Russell, Jake Brennan, Josh Hamilton, Dakota Goyo

Votes: 65,973 | Gross: $17.41M

26. Jeepers Creepers 2 (2003)

R | 104 min | Horror

5.6
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36 Metascore

Set a few days after the original, a championship basketball team's bus is attacked by The Creeper, the winged, flesh-eating terror, on the last day of his 23-day feeding frenzy.

Director: Victor Salva | Stars: Jonathan Breck, Ray Wise, Nicki Aycox, Garikayi Mutambirwa

Votes: 54,417 | Gross: $35.67M

27. The Informers (2008)

R | 98 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

5.0
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20 Metascore

One week in L.A. in 1983, featuring movie executives, rock stars, a vampire and other morally challenged characters in adventures laced with sex, drugs and violence.

Director: Gregor Jordan | Stars: Billy Bob Thornton, Kim Basinger, Mickey Rourke, Jon Foster

Votes: 15,423 | Gross: $0.30M

28. Department Q: A Conspiracy of Faith (2016)

Not Rated | 112 min | Drama, Thriller

7.0
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Two intertwined cases linking the past with the present will require the aid of Department Q to catch an elusive serial killer, while time is running out.

Director: Hans Petter Moland | Stars: Nikolaj Lie Kaas, Fares Fares, Pål Sverre Hagen, Jacob Lohmann

Votes: 12,884

29. The Tall Man (2012)

R | 106 min | Crime, Drama, Horror

5.9
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52 Metascore

When her child goes missing, a mother looks to unravel the legend of the Tall Man, an entity who allegedly abducts children.

Director: Pascal Laugier | Stars: Jessica Biel, Jodelle Ferland, William B. Davis, Stephen McHattie

Votes: 36,471

30. The Hallow (2015)

Not Rated | 97 min | Horror

5.7
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65 Metascore

A family who moved into a remote mill house in Ireland finds themselves in a fight for survival with demonic creatures living in the woods.

Director: Corin Hardy | Stars: Joseph Mawle, Bojana Novakovic, Michael McElhatton, Michael Smiley

Votes: 13,940 | Gross: $0.01M

31. Trapped (I) (2002)

R | 106 min | Action, Crime, Drama

6.2
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42 Metascore

The Jennings' fight for their daughters life after she is kidnapped by an experienced gang of thieves.

Director: Luis Mandoki | Stars: Kevin Bacon, Charlize Theron, Courtney Love, Stuart Townsend

Votes: 21,756 | Gross: $0.06M

32. Citadel (I) (2012)

R | 84 min | Drama, Horror, Thriller

5.5
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60 Metascore

An agoraphobic father teams up with a renegade priest to save his daughter from the clutches of a gang of twisted feral children who committed an act of violence against his family years earlier.

Director: Ciarán Foy | Stars: Aneurin Barnard, James Cosmo, Wunmi Mosaku, Jake Wilson

Votes: 6,374

33. Chained (I) (2012)

R | 94 min | Crime, Drama, Horror

6.4
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A young man held prisoner by a cab-driving serial killer must make a life or death choice between following in his captor's footsteps or breaking free.

Director: Jennifer Lynch | Stars: Vincent D'Onofrio, Eamon Farren, Evan Bird, Julia Ormond

Votes: 15,121

34. Every Secret Thing (2014)

R | 93 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

6.1
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46 Metascore

A detective looks to unravel a mystery surrounding missing children and the prime suspects: two young women who, seven years ago, were put away for an infant's death.

Director: Amy Berg | Stars: Diane Lane, Brynne Norquist, Eva Grace Kellner, Lily Pilblad

Votes: 6,336

35. Don't Torture a Duckling (1972)

Not Rated | 105 min | Horror, Mystery, Thriller

7.1
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A reporter and a promiscuous young woman try to solve a series of child killings in a remote southern Italian town rife with superstition and a distrust of outsiders.

Director: Lucio Fulci | Stars: Florinda Bolkan, Barbara Bouchet, Tomas Milian, Irene Papas

Votes: 6,952

36. The Gingerbread Man (1998)

R | 114 min | Crime, Mystery, Thriller

5.8
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65 Metascore

A lawyer uses his power to help his lover put her father behind bars, but when he escapes, they are all in danger.

Director: Robert Altman | Stars: Kenneth Branagh, Embeth Davidtz, Robert Downey Jr., Daryl Hannah

Votes: 10,042 | Gross: $1.53M

37. National Treasure: Kiri (2018)

60 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

6.5
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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: 1,545

38. The Seeker: The Dark Is Rising (2007)

PG | 99 min | Adventure, Drama, Family

4.8
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38 Metascore

A boy's life is turned upside down when he learns that he is the last of a group of immortal warriors who have dedicated their lives to fighting the forces of the dark.

Director: David L. Cunningham | Stars: Alexander Ludwig, Ian McShane, Christopher Eccleston, Frances Conroy

Votes: 14,264 | Gross: $8.79M

39. At the Devil's Door (VI) (2014)

Not Rated | 91 min | Horror

4.8
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47 Metascore

A real-estate agent finds herself caught up in something sinister when she has to sell a house with a dark past and meets the troubled teen who used to live there.

Director: Nicholas McCarthy | Stars: Ashley Rickards, Nick Eversman, Michael Massee, Mark Steger

Votes: 6,557

40. Human Trafficking (2005– )

176 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

7.6
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Hundreds of thousands of young women have vanished from their everyday lives-forced by violence into a hellish existence of brutality and prostitution. They're a profitable commodity in the... See full summary »

Stars: Lynne Adams, Zoe Aggeliki, Isabelle Blais, Céline Bonnier

Votes: 6,343

41. Sherrybaby (2006)

R | 96 min | Drama

6.6
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66 Metascore

Sherry tries to integrate again into society and become a good mother.

Director: Laurie Collyer | Stars: Maggie Gyllenhaal, Ryan Simpkins, Sam Bottoms, Michelle Hurst

Votes: 11,128 | Gross: $0.20M

42. Eternity and a Day (1998)

Unrated | 137 min | Drama

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Famous writer Alexander is very ill and has little time left to live. He meets a little boy on the street, who is an illegal immigrant from Albania, and goes on a journey with him to take the boy home.

Director: Theodoros Angelopoulos | Stars: Bruno Ganz, Isabelle Renauld, Fabrizio Bentivoglio, Achileas Skevis

Votes: 8,785 | Gross: $0.11M

43. A Deadly Adoption (2015 TV Movie)

TV-14 | 84 min | Drama, Thriller

5.1
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A distanced couple decide to take in a seemingly innocent pregnant woman in hopes of adopting her unborn child. However, there is more to a book than its cover.

Director: Rachel Lee Goldenberg | Stars: Will Ferrell, Kristen Wiig, Jessica Lowndes, Alyvia Alyn Lind

Votes: 3,201

44. Detainment (2018)

R | 30 min | Short, Crime, Drama

7.4
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Two ten year-old boys are detained by police under suspicion of abducting and murdering a toddler. A true story based on interview transcripts and records from the James Bulger case, which shocked the world in 1993.

Director: Vincent Lambe | Stars: Ely Solan, Leon Hughes, Will O'Connell, David Ryan

Votes: 2,348

45. Gardens of the Night (2008)

R | 110 min | Drama

6.9
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43 Metascore

After being abducted as children, and suffering years of abuse, a teenage boy and girl find themselves living on the street.

Director: Damian Harris | Stars: Gillian Jacobs, John Malkovich, Ryan Simpkins, Tom Arnold

Votes: 4,055

46. Miss Meadows (2014)

Not Rated | 88 min | Drama, Thriller

5.7
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43 Metascore

A story centered on a proper elementary school teacher who moonlights as a vigilante.

Director: Karen Leigh Hopkins | Stars: Katie Holmes, James Badge Dale, Callan Mulvey, Jean Smart

Votes: 6,599

47. The Surrogacy Trap (2013 TV Movie)

TV-14 | 90 min | Drama, Thriller

5.8
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After losing hope of conceiving a child on their own, Christy and Mitch turn to surrogacy in hopes of creating the perfect family. However, their confidence is quickly shaken when they ... See full summary »

Director: Adrian Wills | Stars: Mia Kirshner, David Julian Hirsh, Natalie Brown, Emma Campbell

Votes: 451

48. Wolf Mother (2016)

Not Rated | 117 min | Crime, Thriller

4.8
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In an attempt to rectify their criminal past, a once successful Hollywood starlet, turned prostitute, and a petty, misogynistic thief, set out together to solve a high profile child abduction case in San Francisco.

Director: Erik Peter Carlson | Stars: Tom Sizemore, Najarra Townsend, Maria Olsen, Stephanie Pearson

Votes: 453

49. The Clinic (2010)

R | 94 min | Crime, Horror, Mystery

5.4
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While traveling across country with her fiancé, Beth wakes alone in an isolated clinic to find her unborn baby has been removed. Just how far will she go to get her child back?

Director: James Rabbitts | Stars: Tabrett Bethell, Freya Stafford, Andy Whitfield, Clare Bowen

Votes: 5,983

50. Who Took Johnny (2014)

Not Rated | 81 min | Documentary, Biography

7.2
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WHO TOOK JOHNNY is an examination into an infamous thirty-year-old cold case: the disappearance of Iowa paperboy Johnny Gosch, the first missing child to appear on a milk carton. The film ... See full summary »

Directors: David Beilinson, Michael Galinsky, Suki Hawley | Stars: Noreen Gosch, Nancy Allen, Paul Bonacci, Troy Boner

Votes: 2,344



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