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All of the best Lifetime movies ranked

  • All of the best Lifetime movies ranked

    While Lifetime movies might seem like a tradition as old as cable itself, the first one debuted in 1990, long after both cable TV and the Lifetime Channel were well established. Called “Memories of Murder,” the film centered on a woman with amnesia, who suddenly gets her memory back and then becomes convinced there’s another woman out to get her. Consider it a relatively tame preview of what was to come, as it was followed by tawdry fare including: “Abducted: A Father’s Love," “Co-Ed Call Girl," and numerous others. Needless to say, the recipe worked, and the network even set up its own respective channel just for movies.

    Nowadays, Lifetime movies are commonly divided between a few respective categories: soapy biopics like “Harry and Meghan: A Royal Wedding," suspenseful thrillers involving family secrets, lust, and greed—like the infamous “Mother, May I Sleep with Danger,” teenage-based dramas, and romantic comedies. And while some of these films are at times below cinematic standards, many still represent a qualitative leap over the network’s earliest output. In fact, Lifetime is no stranger to the occasional Emmy nomination or positive review. The network has become a veritable hub for female talent, both in front of and behind the camera.

    Admirable qualities aside, Lifetime movies primarily persist as the stuff of pure TV melodrama. In other words, these are films people love to hate or hate to love, with precious few exceptions. Every now and then, however, some genuinely engaging entertainment slips through the cracks. To celebrate these iconic cable fixtures in their cheesiness and glory alike, Stacker used IMDb data to rank Lifetime movies from best to worst, focusing on the films with at least 1,450 user votes. In the case of a tie, the movie with more votes was ranked higher. Counting down from #50, here are the best—and worst—Lifetime movies.

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  • #50. Cyber Seduction: His Secret Life (2005)

    IMDb rating: 3.7

    Director: Tom McLoughlin

    Runtime: 1 hour, 27 minutes

    In this 2005 drama, a high school boy (Jeremy Sumpter) sees his life spiralling out of control after he develops an addiction to internet porn. Before long, he’s maxing out his parent’s credit cards and even watching pornography on school computers, all to feed his merciless addiction. While the premise might be vaguely relatable to swaths of high school students across the country, the execution is about as campy as a TV movie can get.


  • #49. Liz & Dick (2012)

    IMDb rating: 4.1

    Director: Lloyd Kramer

    Runtime: 1 hour, 28 minutes

    Starring former A-lister Lindsay Lohan at the height of a failed comeback, 2012’s “Liz & Dick” chronicles the rocky romance between actress Elizabeth Taylor and actor Richard Burton. Despite respectable viewership numbers, the film was not well received, with the The Hollywood Reporter referring to it as “half trainwreck, half ‘SNL’ skit." Meanwhile, if Lifetime ever wanted to make a sequel, they had Taylor’s many other marriages to draw from.  

  • #48. Dirty Teacher (2013)

    IMDb rating: 4.7

    Director: Doug Campbell

    Runtime: 1 hour, 25 minutes

    Not to be confused with the 2011 hit comedy “Bad Teacher,” this 2013 clunker finds a teenage girl (Kelcie Stranahan) getting set up for the murder of her own boyfriend (Cameron Deane Stewart). Framing her for the deed is the boyfriend’s former lover, a psychotic teacher named Molly Matson (Josie Davis).  

  • #47. Pregnancy Pact (2010)

    IMDb rating: 5.0

    Director: Rosemary Rodriguez

    Runtime: 1 hour, 27 minutes

    Lifetime movies frequently rip their stories straight from the headlines, and 2010’s “The Pregnancy Pact” is no exception. The film takes direct inspiration from a real-life event involving a group of high school girls in Gloucester, Mass., all of whom allegedly agreed to get pregnant at the same time. It remains unclear to this day as to whether the real girls in Gloucester ever actually formed a pact. Nevertheless, the legend persists. Actress Thora Birch stars in the film as a vlogger and alumna who catches word of the pact and then promptly investigates.

  • #46. William & Kate (2011)

    IMDb rating: 5.0

    Director: Mark Rosman

    Runtime: 1 hour, 27 minutes

    With the Lifetime movie about Prince Harry and Meghan Markle released earlier this year, now is the perfect time to revisit 2011’s “William & Kate." As one might expect, the film explores the budding relationship between Prince William and Kate Middleton, which gets put to the test by intense media scrutiny.

  • #45. Anna Nicole (2013)

    IMDb rating: 5.3

    Director: Mary Harron

    Runtime: 1 hour, 25 minutes

    From director Mary Harron—of “American Psycho” fame—came this 2013 biopic about the rise and fall of former Playboy Playmate Anna Nicole Smith. Chronicled in the film are Smith’s small town beginnings as a dancer, her success with Playboy, her marriage to billionaire J. Howard Marshall, her subsequent struggles with addiction, and her untimely death in 2007.   

  • #44. The Craigslist Killer (2011)

    IMDb rating: 5.3

    Director: Stephen Kay

    Runtime: 1 hour, 27 minutes

    Based on a true story, this 2011 Lifetime movie depicts the life of Philip Markoff (Jake McDorman), a promising med school student with a dark and deadly secret. Unbeknownst to his friends, family, and fiancée, Markoff has been meeting with girls through Craigslist, and then attacking or killing them. It’s only a matter of time before he’s caught.

  • #43. Babysitter's Black Book (2015)

    IMDb rating: 5.4

    Director: Lee Friedlander

    Runtime: 1 hour, 28 minutes

    In this 2015 movie, a group of young babysitters turn to prostitution in order to finance their respective college educations—and who better to target than the fathers and husbands of their babysitting clients? Things are running smoothly enough, until the FBI catches wind of the operation. It’s all reportedly based on real-life incidents.

  • #42. Homecoming (2009)

    IMDb rating: 5.4

    Director: Morgan J. Freeman

    Runtime: 1 hour, 28 minutes

    First things first: no, actor Morgan Freeman did not direct this 2009 film, which was directed by Morgan J. Freeman—no relation to the actor, produced independently, and then picked up by Lifetime. The movie stars Mischa Barton as a bona fide crazy ex-girlfriend named Shelby Mercer, who terrorizes both her ex-boyfriend and his new flame when they move in to town.


  • #41. Beautiful & Twisted (2015)

    IMDb rating: 5.6

    Director: Chris Zalla

    Runtime: 1 hour, 26 minutes

    Starring Rob Lowe, Candice Bergen, and Paz Vega, this 2015 movie—which alternately goes by the name “The Novack Murders”—centers on the respective homicides of Bernice Novack and her son, Ben Novack Jr. Suspected in both crimes is Ben Novack Jr.’s wife, a former stripper named Narcy. As one might have guessed, the story is based on actual events.

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