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All of the best Lifetime movies ranked

  • #10. Magic Beyond Words: The J.K. Rowling Story (2011)

    IMDb rating: 6.7

    Director: Paul A. Kaufman

    Runtime: 1 hour, 30 minutes

    Before she was the best-selling author of the “Harry Potter” series, J.K. Rowling struggled with the loss of her mother, an abusive husband, and single parenting. That and more gets chronicled in this 2011 biopic, which was based on Sean Smith’s biography. Suffice to say, it all works out in the end.

  • #9. The Memory Keeper's Daughter (2008)

    IMDb rating: 6.7

    Director: Mick Jackson

    Runtime: 1 hour, 30 minutes

    Representing one of Lifetime’s most ambitious efforts, this 2008 movie stars Dermot Mulroney as Dr. David Henry, who helps his wife deliver twins in 1964. Upon discovering that one of the twins has Down syndrome, Dr. Henry gives her away to a nurse (Emily Watson), and then tells his wife that the baby died. Taking place over the course of decades, the movie chronicles the father’s ongoing efforts to reconcile with both his abandoned daughter and his selfish deed.

  • #8. Sundays at Tiffany's (2010)

    IMDb rating: 6.7

    Director: Mark Piznarski

    Runtime: 1 hour, 28 minutes

    Adapted from a novel by James Patterson and Gabrielle Charbonnet, “Sundays at Tiffany’s” stars Alyssa Milano as Jane Claremont, an engaged theater manager with a wedding right around the corner. However, Jane’s plans get waysided by the emergence of Michael, an imaginary friend from childhood who’s now a full grown, flesh and blood man. As Jane becomes disillusioned with her fiancé, she starts to wonder if Michael is both literally and figuratively the man of her dreams.

  • #7. The Truth About Jane (2000)

    IMDb rating: 6.8

    Director: Lee Rose

    Runtime: 1 hour, 27 minutes

    The truth about Jane is that she’s having romantic encounters with another girl at her school. After getting her heart broken, Jane struggles to come clean about her sexuality with her own mother (Stockard Channing) while getting ostracized by her peers. This film was nominated for Outstanding TV Movie at the GLAAD Media Awards.

  • #6. Call Me Crazy: A Five Film (2013)

    IMDb rating: 6.9

    Director: Laura Dern, Bryce Dallas Howard, Bonnie Hunt, Ashley Judd, Sharon Maguire

    Runtime: 1 hour, 25 minutes

    Featuring a bevy of A-list talent both on screen and off, “Call Me Crazy: A Five Film” is an anthology of short films, with each short film centered around mental illness. It follows in the footsteps of a previous anthology called “Five," which told separate stories about breast cancer, and similarly included a range of top female talent both in front of and behind the camera.  

  • #5. Mom at Sixteen (2005)

    IMDb rating: 6.9

    Director: Peter Werner

    Runtime: 1 hour, 30 minutes

    Lifetime once again explores teenage pregnancy in this 2005 film about a 16-year-old girl named Jacey Jeffries (Danielle Panabaker), who gets impregnated by her boyfriend and decides to keep the baby. Soon after, Jacey attends a new high school, where the other students aren’t aware that she’s a mother. So that Jacey might lead a normal life at her new school, she pretends that her daughter is her sister while her own mother pretends to be the infant’s mother.

  • #4. Odd Girl Out (2005)

    IMDb rating: 6.9

    Director: Tom McLoughlin

    Runtime: 1 hour, 24 minutes

    Hot on the heels of 2004’s “Mean Girls” came this similar sounding TV movie, about a teenage girl who flirts with the same guy that the most popular girl in school has a crush on, and then gets harshly bullied as a result. It’s based on the book “Odd Girl Out: The Hidden Culture of Aggression in Girls” by Rachel Simmons, which brought the largely overlooked issue of female high school bullying to much wider attention.  

  • #3. Coco Chanel (2008)

    IMDb rating: 7.0

    Director: Christian Duguay

    Runtime: 2 hours, 19 minutes

    Famous French fashion designer Coco Chanel makes for a compelling subject in this 2008 biopic, which chronicles her rise from child orphan to global icon. Along the way, Chanel experiences hardship, heartbreak, and outrageous success. Starring as Chanel in her later years is actress Shirley MacLaine, who received a Golden Globe Nomination for her performance.

  • #2. Homeless to Harvard: The Liz Murray Story (2003)

    IMDb rating: 7.3

    Director: Peter Levin

    Runtime: 1 hour, 44 minutes

    Based on the real-life exploits of its title character, this inspiring biopic follows Liz Murray (Thora Birch) as she runs away from an abusive environment, lives on the streets, and then turns her life around after losing her mother to AIDS. Not only does Murray work her way through high school, but she ends up being admitted into one of the country’s most prestigious universities.

  • #1. Gracie's Choice: A Story of Love (2004)

    IMDb rating: 7.7

    Director: Peter Werner

    Runtime: 1 hour, 30 minutes

    Taking inspiration from parts of a Reader’s Digest article, this 2004 film stars Kristen Bell as Gracie Thompson, a teenage girl with a drug-addicted mother. As Gracie’s mother proves derelict in her duties, Gracie is forced to raise four half siblings by herself. Also starring in the film is actress Anne Heche, who received an Emmy nomination for her performance.