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1. Admissions (2004)

PG | Drama

The Brighton has a traumatic drama in the breast of their family: the twenty-year-old Emily Brighton is intellectually disabled due to a fall when she was one, and her overprotective mother... See full summary »

Director: Melissa Painter | Stars: Lauren Ambrose, Amy Madigan, Christopher Lloyd, Fran Kranz

Votes: 276

2. Blues in the Night (1941)

Passed | 88 min | Crime, Drama, Film-Noir

"Jigger' Lane forms a band that includes singer Ginger 'Character' Powell, wife of the trumpeter Leo Powell, and Nickie Haroyen and Peppi. All of them dedicate themselves to work as a unit ... See full summary »

Director: Anatole Litvak | Stars: Priscilla Lane, Betty Field, Richard Whorf, Lloyd Nolan

Votes: 893

3. Blade on the Feather (1980 TV Movie)

82 min | Drama, Mystery, Thriller

A reclusive, elderly author is visited by a young admirer...but both men are more than they claim to be.

Director: Richard Loncraine | Stars: Kika Markham, Phoebe Nicholls, Donald Pleasence, Tom Conti

Votes: 194

4. Call It a Day (1937)

Approved | 90 min | Comedy

The first day of spring has a profound affect on the Hilton family. The father, an accountant, finds himself unable to work, and when he tries to work, he is wooed by an actress whose taxes... See full summary »

Director: Archie Mayo | Stars: Olivia de Havilland, Ian Hunter, Anita Louise, Alice Brady

Votes: 186

5. The Cemetery Club (1993)

PG-13 | 106 min | Comedy

This comedy filled with much Jewish humor is about the widows Doris, Ester and Lucille, whose husbands die one after another in just a few years. Even though the three friends, all in their... See full summary »

Director: Bill Duke | Stars: Ellen Burstyn, Olympia Dukakis, Diane Ladd, Danny Aiello

Votes: 729 | Gross: $6.01M

6. George Washington Slept Here (1942)

Approved | 93 min | Comedy

When Bill and Connie Fuller are forced to move out of their Manhattan apartment because of their pet dog, Connie persuades Bill to buy a dilapidated old Pennsylvania house that George Washington allegedly slept in.

Director: William Keighley | Stars: Jack Benny, Ann Sheridan, Charles Coburn, Percy Kilbride

Votes: 1,383 | Gross: $0.66M

7. The Ghost Train (1941)

Not Rated | 85 min | Comedy, Horror

High jinks and chills ensue when a group of people become stranded at an isolated station and a legendary phantom train approaches.

Director: Walter Forde | Stars: Arthur Askey, Richard Murdoch, Kathleen Harrison, Peter Murray-Hill

Votes: 1,298

8. The Gin Game (2003 TV Movie)

90 min | Drama

In a retirement home, a surly man and a withdrawn woman come to terms over a game of cards.

Director: Arvin Brown | Stars: Dick Van Dyke, Mary Tyler Moore, Annie Abbott, Sheila Rogers

Votes: 156

9. The Girl from 10th Avenue (1935)

Approved | 69 min | Drama

A lawyer impulsively marries a stranger after his fiancée dumps him.

Director: Alfred E. Green | Stars: Bette Davis, Ian Hunter, Colin Clive, Alison Skipworth

Votes: 1,027

10. Give Me Your Heart (1936)

Approved | 88 min | Drama, Romance

An American lawyer's wife is reunited with her child and his father.

Director: Archie Mayo | Stars: Kay Francis, George Brent, Roland Young, Patric Knowles

Votes: 157

11. Hobson's Choice (1983 TV Movie)

100 min | Drama, Romance, Comedy

Daughter of the owner of a shoe store rebels against her father by marrying one of his employees.

Director: Gilbert Cates | Stars: Richard Thomas, Sharon Gless, Jack Warden, Lillian Gish

Votes: 115

12. Holiday Heart (2000 TV Movie)

R | 100 min | Drama

A drag queen takes in a drug addict and her daughter and helps raise the daughter.

Director: Robert Townsend | Stars: Ving Rhames, Alfre Woodard, Jesika Reynolds, Mykelti Williamson

Votes: 1,083

13. I Never Sang for My Father (1970)

GP | 92 min | Drama

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: 2,260 | Gross: $0.85M

14. Indiscreet (1988 TV Movie)

PG | 94 min | Comedy

A British movie star falls for an American diplomat. Unfortunately, he is still married...or so she believes. It turns out that his claims of marriage are just a way of ensuring his bachelorhood.

Director: Richard Michaels | Stars: Robert Wagner, Lesley-Anne Down, Maggie Henderson, Robert McBain

Votes: 68

15. Isle of Missing Men (1942)

Approved | 67 min | Drama, Romance

A penal colony governor invites a ravishing blond vagabond to join him for a week on his island prison grounds, unaware that she has manipulated their meeting for ulterior motives.

Director: Richard Oswald | Stars: John Howard, Helen Gilbert, Gilbert Roland, Alan Mowbray

Votes: 91

16. Jack Goes Boating (2010)

R | 89 min | Drama, Romance

64 Metascore

A limo driver's blind date sparks a tale of love, betrayal, friendship, and grace centered around two working-class New York City couples.

Director: Philip Seymour Hoffman | Stars: Philip Seymour Hoffman, Amy Ryan, John Ortiz, Richard Petrocelli

Votes: 7,812 | Gross: $0.54M

17. Junior Miss (1945)

Approved | 94 min | Comedy

New York teenager gets involved in everyone's lives by playing cupid. She turns the household upsidedown and gets her dad fired by fixing up her uncle with the boss's daughter.

Director: George Seaton | Stars: Peggy Ann Garner, Stephen Dunne, Allyn Joslyn, Faye Marlowe

Votes: 154

18. K2 (1991)

R | 104 min | Adventure, Drama, Sport

A U.S. climbing team, funded by millionaire Clairborne is determined to conquer K2.

Director: Franc Roddam | Stars: Michael Biehn, Matt Craven, Annie Grindlay, Elena Wohl

Votes: 6,237 | Gross: $3.11M

19. Kismet (1944)

Passed | 100 min | Adventure, Fantasy

In ancient Bagdad, Hafiz is a beggar - self coined the King of Beggars - and a master of the slight of hand. He often likes to wander the streets late at night pretending to be a Prince, ... See full summary »

Director: William Dieterle | Stars: Ronald Colman, Marlene Dietrich, James Craig, Edward Arnold

Votes: 975

20. The Lady with a Lamp (1951)

Not Rated | 110 min | Drama, History, War

Based on the Reginald Berkeley stage play, this compelling historical drama offers a depiction of the life story of Florence Nightingale (Anna Neagle), the young 19th-century Englishwoman ... See full summary »

Director: Herbert Wilcox | Stars: Anna Neagle, Michael Wilding, Gladys Young, Felix Aylmer

Votes: 107

21. BBC2 Play of the Week (1977– )
Episode: Langrishe Go Down (1978)

105 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

59 Metascore

In the late 1930s, three reclusive middle-aged spinster sisters live on their run down family estate in Ireland. Otto Beck, a perpetual graduate student from Bavaria with a habit of making ... See full summary »

Director: David Hugh Jones | Stars: Judi Dench, Jeremy Irons, Annette Crosbie, Susan Williamson

Votes: 86

22. Life Begins at Eight-Thirty (1942)

85 min | Drama

Kathy lives in a cramped New York flat with her father Madden Thomas, a celebrated actor brought down by drink. Lame from an early age and feeling trapped with her father in her small world... See full summary »

Director: Irving Pichel | Stars: Monty Woolley, Ida Lupino, Cornel Wilde, Sara Allgood

Votes: 166 | Gross: $0.20M

23. BBC Play of the Month (1965–1983)
Episode: The Little Minister (1975)

102 min | Drama

In rural 1840's Scotland, Gavin Dishart arrives to become the new "little minister" of Thrums's Auld Licht church. He meets a mysterious young gypsy girl in the dens and to his horror ... See full summary »

Director: Cedric Messina | Stars: Helen Mirren, Ian Ogilvy, Peter Barkworth, Bill Simpson

Votes: 28

24. The Marriage Fool (1998 TV Movie)

Not Rated | 96 min | Drama, Comedy, Romance

A widower becomes re-charged when he meets an outgoing widow, but his son tries to block the romance.

Director: Charles Matthau | Stars: Walter Matthau, Carol Burnett, John Stamos, Teri Polo

Votes: 218

25. Male of the Species (1969 TV Movie)

90 min | Drama

Never trust a man whoever he is. This is the bitter lesson learned by Mary MacNeil in her relationships with three different men: her father, a mendacious womanizer; a smooth-talking office... See full summary »

Directors: Charles Jarrott, Anthony Page | Stars: Paul Scofield, Michael Caine, Anna Calder-Marshall, Sean Connery

Votes: 79

26. The Man with Two Faces (1934)

Not Rated | 72 min | Crime, Drama

A talented young actress seems to be under the spell of her unscrupulous, avaricious, and totally unprincipled husband.

Director: Archie Mayo | Stars: Edward G. Robinson, Mary Astor, Ricardo Cortez, Mae Clarke

Votes: 510

27. The Manor (1999)

115 min | Comedy, Mystery

During a snowstorm, Patrick Roarke, a manservant, is found dead at the bottom of the main staircase in a gothic English mansion. Inspector Hatcher is sent to investigate the death. When he ... See full summary »

Director: Ken Berris | Stars: Greta Scacchi, Gabrielle Anwar, Peter O'Toole, Martin Dejdar

Votes: 208

28. Mary, Mary (1963)

126 min | Comedy

Nine months after they split up Bob and Mary meet at his New York apartment to sort out some tax matters. He's getting married to healthy-eating Tiffany as soon as the divorce becomes final... See full summary »

Director: Mervyn LeRoy | Stars: Debbie Reynolds, Barry Nelson, Diane McBain, Hiram Sherman

Votes: 297

29. Midnight (1934)

Not Rated | 76 min | Crime, Drama, Film-Noir

The foreman of a jury asks questions that send a woman to the electric chair for a murder committed in the heat of passion. On the night of the execution, his actions come back to haunt him.

Director: Chester Erskine | Stars: Humphrey Bogart, Sidney Fox, O.P. Heggie, Henry Hull

Votes: 724

30. Miss Rose White (1992 TV Movie)

PG | 100 min | Drama

Sister given up by Italian family only to be reunited 22 years later.

Director: Joseph Sargent | Stars: Maximilian Schell, Kyra Sedgwick, Maureen Stapleton, Bari Biern

Votes: 217

31. Operation Disaster (1950)

Approved | 102 min | Drama, History, War

The crew of a submarine is trapped on the sea floor when it sinks. How can they be rescued before they run out of air?

Director: Roy Ward Baker | Stars: John Mills, Nigel Patrick, Peter Hammond, Andrew Crawford

Votes: 682

32. My Boy Jack (2007 TV Movie)

TV-14 | 95 min | Biography, Drama, History

Author Rudyard Kipling and his wife search for their 18-year-old son after he goes missing during World War I.

Director: Brian Kirk | Stars: David Haig, Daniel Radcliffe, Kim Cattrall, Carey Mulligan

Votes: 5,033

33. My Girl Tisa (1948)

Approved | 95 min | Drama

1905 was a period of heavy immigration from Europe to America before laws were passed restricting the flow of immigrants. Almost every character in this movie is a recent arrival. Tisa has ... See full synopsis »

Director: Elliott Nugent | Stars: Lilli Palmer, Sam Wanamaker, Akim Tamiroff, Alan Hale

Votes: 63

34. Nell (1994)

PG-13 | 112 min | Drama

In a remote woodland cabin, a small town doctor discovers Nell - a beautiful young hermit woman with many secrets.

Director: Michael Apted | Stars: Jodie Foster, Liam Neeson, Natasha Richardson, Richard Libertini

Votes: 26,365 | Gross: $33.68M

35. Never Too Late (1965)

Not Rated | 105 min | Comedy

Fifty-something Edith Lambert is thrilled to find out that she's going to have a baby. Her husband Harry, however, is less enthusiastic.

Director: Bud Yorkin | Stars: Paul Ford, Connie Stevens, Maureen O'Sullivan, Jim Hutton

Votes: 375

36. The Old Settler (2001 TV Movie)

Comedy, Drama, Romance

In 1940s Harlem, two sisters take in a hepcat as a boarder. Although he is young and they are older, their life choices parallel one another.

Director: Debbie Allen | Stars: Phylicia Rashad, Debbie Allen, Bumper Robinson, Eartha Robinson

Votes: 144

37. Oh, Men! Oh, Women! (1957)

Approved | 90 min | Comedy

A bored housewife seeks help from a psychiatrist who also solves his own emotional problems.

Director: Nunnally Johnson | Stars: Ginger Rogers, David Niven, Dan Dailey, Tony Randall

Votes: 143

38. North Shore Fish (1997 TV Movie)

R | 93 min | Drama, Romance

**Spoiler Alert** Sal (Tony Danza) has been the foreman at North Shore Fish, a frozen fish factory, for years. He and Flo (Mercedes Ruehl), the "batter" person on the assembly line, not ... See full summary »

Director: Steve Zuckerman | Stars: Mercedes Ruehl, Peter Riegert, Tony Danza, Carroll Baker

Votes: 85

39. One Sunday Afternoon (1933)

Passed | 85 min | Comedy, Romance

Middle-aged dentist Biff Grimes reminisces about his unrequited love for beautiful Virginia Brush and her husband Hugo, his ex-friend, who betrayed him.

Director: Stephen Roberts | Stars: Gary Cooper, Fay Wray, Frances Fuller, Roscoe Karns

Votes: 527

40. Orphans (1987)

R | 115 min | Drama

The two brothers Treat and Philip lived alone since they were kids. Interdependent they dwell in a loft house and live on little thefts, until an aging minor criminal moves in with them and takes over the role of a father.

Director: Alan J. Pakula | Stars: Albert Finney, Matthew Modine, Kevin Anderson, John Kellogg

Votes: 764 | Gross: $0.25M

41. Out of the Fog (1941)

Approved | 85 min | Crime, Drama

In Brooklyn, fishing is the hobby of the workers Jonah Goodwin and Olaf Johnson and they use to fish every night in their old boat. Jonah's daughter is the twenty-one year-old telephone ... See full summary »

Director: Anatole Litvak | Stars: Ida Lupino, John Garfield, Thomas Mitchell, Eddie Albert

Votes: 1,224

42. Over 21 (1945)

Not Rated | 102 min | Comedy

A woman screenwriter lives in a shabby bungalow in order to be near her husband, a 39-year-old newspaper editor who has just joined the army.

Director: Charles Vidor | Stars: Irene Dunne, Alexander Knox, Charles Coburn, Jeff Donnell

Votes: 316

43. Pack of Lies (1987 TV Movie)

100 min | Drama

London in the early 1960s. The life of a couple is upset by the coming of a British Secret Service Agent who moves in across the street.

Director: Anthony Page | Stars: Ellen Burstyn, Teri Garr, Sammi Davis, Ronald Hines

Votes: 300

44. Poison Pen (1939)

66 min | Drama

A small, sedate British village is shocked when its residents begin receiving hate-filled diatribes, known as "poison pen letters".

Director: Paul L. Stein | Stars: Flora Robson, Robert Newton, Ann Todd, Geoffrey Toone

Votes: 146

45. Prelude to a Kiss (1992)

PG-13 | 105 min | Comedy, Fantasy, Romance

A couple fall in love despite the girl's pessimistic outlook. As they struggle to come to terms with their relationship, something supernatural happens that tests it.

Director: Norman René | Stars: Meg Ryan, Alec Baldwin, Kathy Bates, Ned Beatty

Votes: 7,451 | Gross: $20.01M