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All of the best Lifetime movies ranked

  • #30. If There Be Thorns (2015)

    IMDb rating: 5.9

    Director: Nancy Savoca

    Runtime: 1 hour, 40 minutes

    Adapted from a best-selling novel by V.C. Andrews, this movie takes place six years after the events of 2014’s “Petals on the Wind,” which appears later on the list. In the film, married couple Christopher and Cathy have moved into a new home and started a new life. However, the past comes back to haunt them in the form of a mysterious woman named Corrine, who moves in next door and begins to terrorize them. As it turns out, Corrine is both Christopher’s and Cathy’s mother, meaning the married couple are in fact brother and sister.  

  • #29. Angels Fall (2007)

    IMDb rating: 5.9

    Director: Ralph Hemecker

    Runtime: 1 hour, 30 minutes

    In this 2007 Lifetime movie, Heather Locklear stars as Reese Gilmore, a talented chef who moves to Wyoming after a fatal shooting occurs at her restaurant in Boston. While out on a hike, Gilmore witnesses another murder, but when the police arrive, the body is gone. Soon, Gilmore starts to wonder if what she saw was even real. As of 2016, this film was #10 on a list of most-watched telecasts in the network’s history.

  • #28. Flirting with Forty (2008)

    IMDb rating: 5.9

    Director: Mikael Salomon

    Runtime: 1 hour, 27 minutes

    Heather Locklear returned to the fold for this 2008 Lifetime movie, which eschews the typical murder and mayhem for much lighter fare. In the film, Locklear plays a divorced mother who goes to Hawaii for her 40th birthday, and ends up falling for a much younger man.

  • #27. To Be Fat Like Me (2007)

    IMDb rating: 5.9

    Director: Douglas Barr

    Runtime: 1 hour, 29 minutes

    Months before she debuted as Penny in “The Big Bang Theory," Kaley Cuoco starred as Alyson in this Lifetime movie about a physically fit girl who thinks that overweight people have an excuse for everything that goes wrong in their lives. To prove as much—and make a documentary on the subject—Alyson dons a fat suit to her summer classes, soon discovering just how wrong her initial assumptions truly were.

  • #26. Sorority Wars (2009)

    IMDb rating: 5.9

    Director: James Hayman

    Runtime: 1 hour, 35 minutes

    Childhood friends Katie (Lucy Hale) and Sara (Phoebe Strole) are convinced that nothing can come between them—until they join rival sororities at the same college. So goes this 2009 Lifetime movie, which sees the two friends and their respective sororities engaging in all-out warfare. The rivalry is so intense that the girls’ own mothers end up in a showdown of their own.

  • #25. Lying to Be Perfect (2010)

    IMDb rating: 6.0

    Director: Gary Harvey

    Runtime: 1 hour, 29 minutes

    Based on “The Cinderella Pact” by Sarah Strohmeyer, this 2010 Lifetime movie follows a frumpy magazine editor named Nola Devlin (Poppy Montgomery), who secretly writes sassy lifestyle columns under a pen name. Inspired by her own alter ego, Devlin and two friends make a pact to start shedding the pounds. Romance, comedy, and drama ensues.

  • #24. Carolina Moon (2007)

    IMDb rating: 6.0

    Director: Stephen Tolkin

    Runtime: 1 hour, 30 minutes

    From the popular novel by Nora Roberts came this 2007 feature about a psychic woman who returns to her hometown, where she finds danger and romance. This was one of four Lifetime movies based on a Nora Roberts novel in 2007 alone.

  • #23. Stockholm, Pennsylvania (2015)

    IMDb rating: 6.1

    Director: Nikole Beckwith

    Runtime: 1 hour, 39 minutes

    After premiering at the Sundance Film Festival, this award-winning dramatic thriller was acquired by Lifetime in 2015. In the film, a kidnapping victim (Saoirse Ronan) is freed from captivity, and then returned home to a family she can barely remember. While no longer subject to her abductor’s cruel whims, the victim now faces an entirely new battle, as she struggles to bond with those who truly love her.

  • #22. A Mother's Nightmare (2012)

    IMDb rating: 6.1

    Director: Vic Sarin

    Runtime: 1 hour, 25 minutes

    This 2012 Lifetime movie centers on a seductive teenage girl (Jessica Lowndes), who displays violent behavior after her boyfriend tries to end the relationship, which is bad news for the boyfriend’s mother, hence the title. Lowndes also stars in the follow-up, “A Father’s Nightmare," which is currently in post-production.  

  • #21. She's Too Young (2004)

    IMDb rating: 6.1

    Director: Tom McLoughlin

    Runtime: 1 hour, 24 minutes

    Marcia Gay Harden plays a mother with a nightmare of her own in this 2004 Lifetime movie. Her daughter catches an sexually transmitted infection at the young age of 14. Soon an outbreak has spread amongst the teenagers of Halifax High School, and Harden’s character faces a backlash as she tries to warn others. While never explicitly stated, the film is loosely inspired by a syphilis outbreak from 1996, which affected over 200 teenagers in an upper-middle class suburb of Atlanta.