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1. Killing Eve (2018– )

TV-14 | 42 min | Action, Adventure, Drama

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

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

Votes: 72,001

2. Homeland (2011–2020)

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: 300,447

3. Batwoman (2019– )

TV-14 | 45 min | Action, Adventure, Crime

3.5
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Kate Kane seeks justice for Gotham City as Batwoman.

Stars: Ruby Rose, Camrus Johnson, Rachel Skarsten, Meagan Tandy

Votes: 26,548

4. How to Get Away with Murder (2014–2020)

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

8.1
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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: 116,302

5. Star Wars: Episode IX - The Rise of Skywalker (2019)

PG-13 | 142 min | Action, Adventure, Fantasy

6.7
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53 Metascore

The surviving members of the resistance face the First Order once again, and the legendary conflict between the Jedi and the Sith reaches its peak bringing the Skywalker saga to its end.

Director: J.J. Abrams | Stars: Daisy Ridley, John Boyega, Oscar Isaac, Adam Driver

Votes: 326,963 | Gross: $515.20M

6. 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: 177,904

7. Hightown (2020– )

TV-MA | Crime, Drama, Mystery

5.9
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Set in the world of beautiful but bleak Cape Cod, one woman's journey to sobriety is overshadowed by a murder investigation dragging her into its fold.

Stars: Monica Raymund, Riley Voelkel, Shane Harper, Atkins Estimond

Votes: 531

8. Parks and Recreation (2009–2020)

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: 197,231

9. The Invisible Man (2020)

R | 124 min | Horror, Mystery, Sci-Fi

7.1
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72 Metascore

When Cecilia's abusive ex takes his own life and leaves her his fortune, she suspects his death was a hoax. As a series of coincidences turn lethal, Cecilia works to prove that she is being hunted by someone nobody can see.

Director: Leigh Whannell | Stars: Elisabeth Moss, Oliver Jackson-Cohen, Harriet Dyer, Aldis Hodge

Votes: 100,544

10. The Old Guard (2020)

R | 118 min | Action, Fantasy | Completed

A covert team of immortal mercenaries are suddenly exposed and must now fight to keep their identity a secret just as an unexpected new member is discovered.

Director: Gina Prince-Bythewood | Stars: Charlize Theron, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Harry Melling, Matthias Schoenaerts

11. 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, Amanda Brugel, Madeline Brewer, Max Minghella

Votes: 154,061

12. Supergirl (2015– )

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

6.3
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The adventures of Superman's cousin in her own superhero career.

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

Votes: 106,792

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

R | 109 min | Action, Adventure, Crime

6.2
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60 Metascore

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, Rosie Perez, Mary Elizabeth Winstead, Jurnee Smollett-Bell

Votes: 114,764

14. Alita: Battle Angel (2019)

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

7.3
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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: 208,477 | Gross: $85.71M

15. Maleficent: Mistress of Evil (2019)

PG | 119 min | Adventure, Family, Fantasy

6.6
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43 Metascore

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, Elle Fanning, Harris Dickinson, Michelle Pfeiffer

Votes: 67,826 | Gross: $113.93M

16. 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: 271,696

17. Midsommar (2019)

R | 148 min | Drama, Horror, Mystery

7.1
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72 Metascore

A couple travels to Sweden to visit a rural hometown's fabled mid-summer festival. What begins as an idyllic retreat quickly devolves into an increasingly violent and bizarre competition at the hands of a pagan cult.

Director: Ari Aster | Stars: Florence Pugh, Jack Reynor, Vilhelm Blomgren, William Jackson Harper

Votes: 155,756 | Gross: $27.33M

18. The Witcher (2019– )

TV-MA | 60 min | Action, Adventure, Fantasy

8.3
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Geralt of Rivia, a solitary monster hunter, struggles to find his place in a world where people often prove more wicked than beasts.

Stars: Henry Cavill, Freya Allan, Anya Chalotra, Mimi Ndiweni

Votes: 255,104

19. The Half of It (2020)

PG-13 | 104 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

7.0
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74 Metascore

When smart but cash-strapped teen Ellie Chu agrees to write a love letter for a jock, she doesn't expect to become his friend - or fall for his crush.

Director: Alice Wu | Stars: Leah Lewis, Daniel Diemer, Alexxis Lemire, Wolfgang Novogratz

Votes: 15,961

20. 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 twentieth century.

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

Votes: 112,952

21. Harley Quinn (2019– )

TV-MA | 23 min | Animation, Action, Adventure

8.5
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The series focuses on a single Harley Quinn, who sets off to make it on her own in Gotham City.

Stars: Kaley Cuoco, Lake Bell, Alan Tudyk, Tony Hale

Votes: 7,408

22. Mad Max: Fury Road (2015)

R | 120 min | Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi

8.1
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90 Metascore

In a post-apocalyptic wasteland, a woman rebels against a tyrannical ruler in search for her homeland with the aid of a group of female prisoners, a psychotic worshiper, and a drifter named Max.

Director: George Miller | Stars: Tom Hardy, Charlize Theron, Nicholas Hoult, Zoë Kravitz

Votes: 841,997 | Gross: $154.06M

23. Workin' Moms (2017– )

TV-MA | 30 min | Comedy

7.5
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Four very different thirty-something working mothers and friends try to balance their jobs, family life and love life in modern day Toronto, Canada.

Stars: Catherine Reitman, Dani Kind, Juno Rinaldi, Philip Sternberg

Votes: 8,493

24. Emma. (2020)

PG | 124 min | Comedy, Drama

6.8
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71 Metascore

In 1800s England, a well meaning but selfish young woman meddles in the love lives of her friends.

Director: Autumn de Wilde | Stars: Anya Taylor-Joy, Johnny Flynn, Mia Goth, Angus Imrie

Votes: 14,953

25. 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: 123,812

26. Hustlers (2019)

R | 110 min | Comedy, Crime, Drama

6.3
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79 Metascore

Inspired by the viral New York Magazine article, Hustlers follows a crew of savvy former strip club employees who band together to turn the tables on their Wall Street clients.

Director: Lorene Scafaria | Stars: Constance Wu, Jennifer Lopez, Julia Stiles, Mette Towley

Votes: 69,608 | Gross: $80.55M

27. Gilmore Girls (2000–2007)

TV-PG | 44 min | Comedy, Drama

8.1
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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: 92,984

28. She-Ra and the Princesses of Power (2018–2020)

TV-Y7-FV | 30 min | Animation, Action, Adventure

7.4
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She-Ra, Princess of Power, leads a rebellion to free her land of Etheria from the monstrous invaders the Horde.

Stars: Aimee Carrero, Marcus Scribner, Karen Fukuhara, AJ Michalka

Votes: 5,956

29. Orange Is the New Black (2013–2019)

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: 271,978

30. Devs (2020)

TV-MA | 409 min | Drama, Mystery, Sci-Fi

7.8
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A computer engineer investigates the secretive development division in her company, which she believes is behind the disappearance of her boyfriend.

Stars: Sonoya Mizuno, Nick Offerman, Jin Ha, Cailee Spaeny

Votes: 16,553

31. 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: 1,211,671 | Gross: $120.54M

32. Wonder Woman 1984 (2020)

PG-13 | Action, Adventure, Fantasy | Completed

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

Director: Patty Jenkins | Stars: Pedro Pascal, Connie Nielsen, Gal Gadot, Robin Wright

33. True Blood (2008–2014)

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

7.8
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Telepathic waitress Sookie Stackhouse (Anna Paquin) encounters a strange new supernatural world when she meets the mysterious Bill Compton (Stephen Moyer), a southern Louisiana gentleman and vampire.

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

Votes: 224,607

34. The Legend of Korra (2012–2014)

TV-Y7-FV | 23 min | Animation, Action, Adventure

8.4
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Avatar Korra fights to keep Republic City safe from the evil forces of both the physical and spiritual worlds.

Stars: Janet Varney, P.J. Byrne, David Faustino, J.K. Simmons

Votes: 92,386

35. Motherland: Fort Salem (2020– )

TV-14 | Drama, Fantasy, Sci-Fi

7.1
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A trio of witches are trained to become powerful weapons for the American military.

Stars: Taylor Hickson, Amalia Holm, Demetria McKinney, Jessica Sutton

Votes: 4,148

36. Moana (I) (2016)

PG | 107 min | Animation, Adventure, Comedy

7.6
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81 Metascore

In Ancient Polynesia, when a terrible curse incurred by the Demigod Maui reaches Moana's island, she answers the Ocean's call to seek out the Demigod to set things right.

Directors: Ron Clements, John Musker, Don Hall, Chris Williams | Stars: Auli'i Cravalho, Dwayne Johnson, Rachel House, Temuera Morrison

Votes: 253,276 | Gross: $248.76M

37. The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel (2017– )

TV-MA | 57 min | Comedy, Drama

8.7
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A housewife in 1958 decides to become a stand-up comic.

Stars: Rachel Brosnahan, Alex Borstein, Michael Zegen, Marin Hinkle

Votes: 68,382

38. The Good Place (2016–2020)

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, William Jackson Harper, Jameela Jamil, D'Arcy Carden

Votes: 96,170

39. Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt (2015–2019)

TV-14 | 30 min | Comedy

7.6
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A woman is rescued from a doomsday cult and starts life over again in New York City.

Stars: Ellie Kemper, Jane Krakowski, Tituss Burgess, Carol Kane

Votes: 60,169

40. Ready or Not (I) (2019)

R | 95 min | Comedy, Horror, Mystery

6.8
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64 Metascore

A bride's wedding night takes a sinister turn when her eccentric new in-laws force her to take part in a terrifying game.

Directors: Matt Bettinelli-Olpin, Tyler Gillett | Stars: Samara Weaving, Adam Brody, Mark O'Brien, Henry Czerny

Votes: 81,091 | Gross: $26.74M

41. Underwater (2020)

PG-13 | 95 min | Action, Horror, Sci-Fi

5.8
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48 Metascore

A crew of oceanic researchers working for a deep sea drilling company try to get to safety after a mysterious earthquake devastates their deepwater research and drilling facility located at the bottom of the Mariana Trench.

Director: William Eubank | Stars: Kristen Stewart, Vincent Cassel, Mamoudou Athie, T.J. Miller

Votes: 40,237

42. The Good Fight (2017– )

TV-MA | 45 min | Crime, Drama

8.3
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When Diane Lockhart's life savings are lost, she must start from scratch at a new firm.

Stars: Christine Baranski, Cush Jumbo, Delroy Lindo, Sarah Steele

Votes: 18,022

43. Bombshell (2019)

R | 109 min | Biography, Drama

6.8
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64 Metascore

A group of women take on Fox News head Roger Ailes and the toxic atmosphere he presided over at the network.

Director: Jay Roach | Stars: Charlize Theron, Nicole Kidman, Margot Robbie, John Lithgow

Votes: 60,061

44. 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: 25,860

45. The Silence of the Lambs (1991)

R | 118 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

8.6
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85 Metascore

A young F.B.I. cadet must receive the help of an incarcerated and manipulative cannibal killer to help catch another serial killer, a madman who skins his victims.

Director: Jonathan Demme | Stars: Jodie Foster, Anthony Hopkins, Lawrence A. Bonney, Kasi Lemmons

Votes: 1,215,538 | Gross: $130.74M

46. Cats (2019)

PG | 110 min | Comedy, Drama, Family

2.7
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32 Metascore

A tribe of cats called the Jellicles must decide yearly which one will ascend to the Heaviside Layer and come back to a new Jellicle life.

Director: Tom Hooper | Stars: James Corden, Judi Dench, Jason Derulo, Idris Elba

Votes: 33,330

47. Big Little Lies (2017–2019)

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

8.5
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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: 139,854

48. Black Widow (2020)

Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi | Post-production

A film about Natasha Romanoff in her quests between the films Civil War and Infinity War.

Director: Cate Shortland | Stars: Scarlett Johansson, Florence Pugh, Robert Downey Jr., Rachel Weisz

49. Fleabag (2016–2019)

TV-MA | 27 min | Comedy, Drama

8.7
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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: 74,663

50. Call the Midwife (2012– )

TV-PG | 60 min | Drama, History

8.4
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Chronicles the lives of a group of midwives living in East London in the late-1950s to mid-1960s.

Stars: Vanessa Redgrave, Laura Main, Jenny Agutter, Judy Parfitt

Votes: 18,960



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