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All of the best Lifetime movies ranked

  • #20. Fab Five: The Texas Cheerleader Scandal (2008)

    IMDb rating: 6.1

    Director: Tom McLoughlin

    Runtime: 1 hour, 28 minutes

    Another Lifetime movie ripped straight from the headlines, this 2008 film sees a group of entitled, snotty high school cheerleaders wreaking havoc on their Texas town. Caught in the midst of the drama is their coach, Emma Carr (Jenna Dewan Tatum), who works overtime to keep her team together, and then struggles to keep her own job. Think “Bring It On” meets “Mean Girls."

  • #19. Flowers in the Attic (2014)

    IMDb rating: 6.1

    Director: Deborah Chow

    Runtime: 1 hour, 26 minutes

    In this film adaptation of V.C. Andrews’ outrageously popular gothic novel, audiences follow the four Dollanganger children as they move into Grandma’s house after their father dies in a car accident. Unfortunately, Grandma (Ellen Burstyn) is a heartless, psychotic vessel of a woman, who locks them in the attic, causing both psychological and physical damage. This movie kicked off a series, which culminated in 2015 with “Seeds of Yesterday."

  • #18. Montana Sky (2007)

    IMDb rating: 6.2

    Director: Mike Robe

    Runtime: 1 hour, 36 minutes

    Another entry from the Nora Roberts movie collection, this 2007 film tells the story of a wealthy stock trader who bequeaths his massive Montana farm to his three daughters—all of whom are half-sisters to one another. There’s just one catch: the daughters must live on the property together for a year before they can officially own it. While that deal might sound simple enough on the surface, the three daughters had not yet met, which paves the way for some bitter personality clashes. Meanwhile, some of the father’s former enemies will do whatever it takes to get their hands on his property.

  • #17. Petals on the Wind (2014)

    IMDb rating: 6.2

    Director: Karen Moncrieff

    Runtime: 1 hour, 25 minutes

    The second installment in the “Flowers in the Attic” series, this 2014 film takes place a decade after the three remaining Dollanganger children escaped from Grandma’s attic. As they struggle to move on from their past, Cathy, Christopher, and Carrie encounter demons new and old. Eventually, Cathy embarks on a quest for revenge against both her mother and grandmother, which involves seducing her own stepfather.

  • #16. An Amish Murder (2013)

    IMDb rating: 6.3

    Director: Stephen Gyllenhaal

    Runtime: 1 hour, 25 minutes

    Neve Campbell stars as Kate Burkholder in this 2013 thriller, about a series of murders in a small Amish farming community. The first murders occured when Kate was just a young Amish girl, and the experience prompted her to leave that world behind. Fifteen years later, Kate returns as the chief of police and finds herself grappling with yet another murder.

  • #15. Clara's Heart (1988)

    IMDb rating: 6.3

    Director: Robert Mulligan

    Runtime: 1 hour, 48 minutes

    In this 1988 melodrama, a young boy forges a connection with his Jamaican housekeeper (Whoopi Goldberg) as his world crumbles around him. Meanwhile, it turns out there’s much more to the housekeeper than first meets the eye. Initially released in theaters before Lifetime movies were even a thing, the film was later picked up for distribution by Lifetime.  

  • #14. The Trials of Cate McCall (2013)

    IMDb rating: 6.3

    Director: Karen Moncrieff

    Runtime: 1 hour, 29 minutes

    After failing to find an audience elsewhere, this film was picked up by Lifetime and aired in 2014. Featuring a fairly reputable cast—which includes Kate Beckinsale and Nick Nolte—the movie follows a disgraced lawyer named Cate (played by Beckinsale), who takes on a pro bono appeal in order to get her credentials back and regain custody of her daughter. At first, Cate believes that her client is innocent, and even gets the sentence overturned. After discovering her client did in fact commit the crime, Cate takes extreme measures to put a murderer back behind bars.

  • #13. The Spirit of Christmas (2015)

    IMDb rating: 6.4

    Director: David Jackson

    Runtime: 1 hour, 31 minutes

    In this 2015 holiday flick, a workaholic lawyer must rid a bed and breakfast of Daniel, its resident Christmas spirit, before the property can be appraised and sold. However, things get a little complicated when Daniel turns out to be quite the charmer, and an attractive charmer at that. Can the movie’s protagonist really fall in love with a ghost?

  • #12. TalhotBlond (2012)

    IMDb rating: 6.5

    Director: Courteney Cox

    Runtime: 1 hour, 27 minutes

    “Friends” alumni Courteney Cox took on directing duties for this 2012 TV movie, which was based on a 2009 documentary—and vicariously based on actual events. In the film, husband and father Thomas Montgomery gets lured into the devious world of online chat rooms, where he becomes obsessed with an 18-year-old girl named Jessi (aka talhotblond). Vying for Jessi’s attention is Montgomery’s co-worker, Brian Barrett, whom Montgomery eventually murders. Meanwhile, both Montgomery (aka marinesniper) and Jessi have been catfishing each other the whole time.

  • #11. Dear Santa (2011)

    IMDb rating: 6.5

    Director: Jason Priestley

    Runtime: 1 hour, 30 minutes

    Taking a page from the “Sleepless in Seattle” playbook, this heartfelt drama centers on spoiled shopaholic Crystal Carruthers (Amy Acker), who comes across a letter to Santa written by a 7-year-old girl named Olivia (Emma Duke). In the letter, Olivia asks Santa to send her widowed father (David Haydn-Jones)—who owns a snow-plowing business and operates a local soup kitchen—a new wife for Christmas. In order to get close to Olivia’s father, Crystal volunteers at the soup kitchen, and learns some truly valuable lessons about life, love, and the holiday spirit.