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All of the best Lifetime movies ranked

  • #40. 12 Men of Christmas (2009)

    IMDb rating: 5.6

    Director: Arlene Sanford

    Runtime: 1 hour, 35 minutes

    Lifetime movies are more than just sappy biopics and salacious thrillers. Proving as much is this 2009 romantic comedy, in which a big city publicist (Kristin Chenoweth) has her life uprooted after her fiancé cheats on her with her boss. Seeking a change of pace, she takes a job in Montana, where she discovers a whole new series of misadventures and romantic entanglements. Anna Chlumsky co-stars in the film.

  • #39. Big Driver (2014)

    IMDb rating: 5.6

    Director: Mikael Salomon

    Runtime: 1 hour, 27 minutes

    Based on a novella by horror legend Stephen King, this 2014 film stars Maria Bello as mystery writer Tess Thorne, who is the victim of a brutal rape by a stranger after she gets stranded in upstate Massachusetts. Instead of going to the police, Tess takes matters into her own hands by enacting murderous revenge against her attacker and his accomplices.

  • #38. Perfect Sisters (2014)

    IMDb rating: 5.6

    Director: Stan Brooks

    Runtime: 1 hour, 36 minutes

    Taking family drama to extreme places is this 2014 flick, which stars Abigail Breslin and Mira Sorvino. In the film, two sisters have had enough of their abusive mother and her alcoholic ways, so they decide to do the only logical thing in their opinion: drug her before drowning her in the bathtub. The story is loosely based on actual events.  

  • #37. Blue Lagoon: The Awakening (2012)

    IMDb rating: 5.6

    Director: Mikael Salomon

    Runtime: 1 hour, 25 minutes

    While most movie buffs are familiar with “The Blue Lagoon” from the 1980s—the scandalous film that made Brooke Shields a household name—they might be less familiar with this 2012 reboot. Similarly based on a novel by Henry De Vere Stacpoole, this film once again finds two teenagers stranded on an island, where they learn to survive while they fall in love. Appearing in a guest role is actor Christopher Atkins, who starred opposite Shields in the original version.

  • #36. I Do (But I Don't) (2004)

    IMDb rating: 5.7

    Director: Kelly Makin

    Runtime: 1 hour, 37 minutes

    This 2004 flick finds Lifetime once again flexing its muscles in the romantic comedy department. The movie stars Denise Richards as a divorced wedding planner with a new client and a major dilemma on her hands: she’s fallen in love with the groom-to-be (Dean Cain).


  • #35. Amanda Knox: Murder on Trial in Italy (2011)

    IMDb rating: 5.8

    Director: Robert Dornhelm

    Runtime: 1 hour, 27 minutes

    The trial of Amanda Knox—an American student accused of murder while living in Italy in 2007—sparked an ongoing media circus and no shortage of controversial opinions. It was only a matter of time before Lifetime offered its own take on the whole affair. The result was this 2011 movie, which starred actress Hayden Panettiere as Knox. Expect plenty of melodrama and some taut performances, but nothing that will shed new light on Italy’s “trial of the decade."

  • #34. Fifteen and Pregnant (1998)

    IMDb rating: 5.8

    Director: Sam Pillsbury

    Runtime: 1 hour, 36 minutes

    In 1998’s “Fifteen and Pregnant," Kirsten Dunst stars as a Tina Spangler, a 15-year-old girl who must weigh her options—abortion, adoption, or life as a single parent—after getting impregnated by her boyfriend right before he breaks up with her. Based on a true story, the film came out years before movies and TV shows like “Juno” and “Teen Mom."

  • #33. Lizzie Borden Took an Ax (2014)

    IMDb rating: 5.8

    Director: Nick Gomez

    Runtime: 1 hour, 27 minutes

    The original female killer—Lizzie Borden—got a Lifetime movie of her own in 2014, with actress Christina Ricci playing the title role. As the legend goes, Borden took an axe and murdered her stepmother and father, possibly delivering up to 40 whacks—if the iconic poem is to be believed. Despite an overwhelming amount of evidence, the jury set Borden free, though history has come up with a different verdict: guilty as charged.

  • #32. The Client List (2010)

    IMDb rating: 5.8

    Director: Eric Laneuville

    Runtime: 1 hour, 28 minutes

    A Lifetime movie popular enough to spawn its own series, “The Client List” stars Jennifer Love Hewitt as Samantha “Sam” Horton, a mother of three who takes a job as an erotic masseuse in order to pay the bills. After being arrested, Horton turns over her client list in exchange for a reduced sentence, and even ends up dispensing advice to the wives of her former clients. The film is based on a prostitution scandal that rocked Odessa, Texas in 2004. Cybill Shepherd co-stars in the film.

  • #31. Northern Lights (2009)

    IMDb rating: 5.9

    Director: Mike Robe

    Runtime: 2 hours

    “Northern Lights” is one of several movies featured on Lifetime that is based on the work of romance novel author Nora Roberts. A homicide detective named Nate Burns (Eddie Cibrian) decides to move to a small town in Alaska and accept the job of chief of police. He moves from Baltimore not too long after his former partner is killed, and later meets a pilot named Meg Galligan (LeAnn Rimes). She asks for his help in finding out what happened to her father, who went missing. The film then turns into a story of mystery, romance, and a little bit of fear when Meg and Nate discover they are being followed as they find answers in their investigation.