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The Best Imagination Movies

Finding a good Imagination movie to watch can be hard, so we've ranked the best ones and included where to watch them. Check out our list of the best Imagination movies of all time streaming online.

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1. Inside Out

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8.1/10
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93/100
Released: 2015Rated: PG
Animation, Action & Adventure

What it's about: Growing up can be a bumpy road, and it's no exception for Riley, who is uprooted from her Midwest life when her father starts a new job in San Francisco. Riley's guiding emotions— Joy, Fear, Anger, Disgust and Sadness—live in Headquarters, the control centre inside Riley's mind, where they help advise her through everyday life and tries to keep things positive, but the emotions conflict on how best to navigate a new city, house and school.

Where to Watch: Available to stream on a popular subscription service (Disney+) & rent or buy from $2.99 on 5 services (iTunes, Google Play & 3 others).

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2. Donnie Darko

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8.0/10
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92/100
Released: 2001Rated: R
Drama, Cult

What it's about: After narrowly escaping a bizarre accident, a troubled teenager is plagued by visions of a large bunny rabbit that manipulates him to commit a series of crimes.

Where to Watch: Available to watch free online (Tubi, PlutoTV & IMDb TV), stream on a subscription service (Kanopy) & rent or buy from $0.99 on 4 services (iTunes, Google Play & 2 others).

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3. The Wizard of Oz

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8.0/10
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90/100
Released: 1939Rated: G
Action & Adventure, Family

What it's about: Young Dorothy finds herself in a magical world where she makes friends with a lion, a scarecrow and a tin man as they make their way along the yellow brick road to talk with the Wizard and ask for the things they miss most in their lives. The Wicked Witch of the West is the only thing that could stop them.

Where to Watch: Available to stream on a popular subscription service (HBO MAX) & rent or buy from $3.99 on 6 services (iTunes, Google Play & 4 others).

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4. Jojo Rabbit

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7.9/10
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90/100
Released: 2019Rated: PG-13
Comedy, Drama

What it's about: A World War II satire that follows a lonely German boy whose world view is turned upside down when he discovers his single mother is hiding a young Jewish girl in their attic. Aided only by his idiotic imaginary friend, Adolf Hitler, Jojo must confront his blind nationalism.

Where to Watch: Available to stream on a popular subscription service (HBO MAX & HBO) & rent or buy from $19.99 on 6 services (iTunes, Google Play & 4 others).

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5. Bridge to Terabithia

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7.1/10
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80/100
Released: 2007Rated: PG
Action & Adventure, Drama

What it's about: Jesse Aarons trained all summer to become the fastest runner in school, so he's very upset when newcomer Leslie Burke outruns him and everyone else. Despite this and other differences, including that she's rich, he's poor, and she's a city girl, he's a country boy, the two become fast friends. Together, they create Terabithia, a land of monsters, trolls, ogres, and giants and rule as king and queen.

Where to Watch: Available to stream on a popular subscription service (HBO MAX & HBO) & rent or buy from $2.99 on 6 services (iTunes, Google Play & 4 others).

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6. When Marnie Was There

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7.7/10
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80/100
Released: 2014Rated: PG
Animation, Anime

What it's about: Upon being sent to live with relatives in the countryside due to an illness, an emotionally distant adolescent girl becomes obsessed with an abandoned mansion and infatuated with a girl who lives there - a girl who may or may not be real.

Where to Watch: Available to stream on a popular subscription service (HBO MAX) & rent or buy from $11.99 on 4 services (iTunes, Google Play & 2 others).

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7. Harvey

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7.9/10
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80/100
Released: 1950
Comedy, Drama

What it's about: The story of Elwood P. Dowd who makes friends with a spirit taking the form of a human-sized rabbit named Harvey that only he sees (and a few privileged others on occasion also.) After his sister tries to commit him to a mental institution, a comedy of errors ensues. Elwood and Harvey become the catalysts for a family mending its wounds and for romance blossoming in unexpected places.

Where to Watch: Available to rent or buy from $3.99 on 6 services (iTunes, Google Play & 4 others).

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8. Waking Life

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7.8/10
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79/100
Released: 2001Rated: R
Animation, Independent

What it's about: Waking Life is about a young man in a persistent lucid dream-like state. The film follows its protagonist as he initially observes and later participates in philosophical discussions that weave together issues like reality, free will, our relationships with others, and the meaning of life.

Where to Watch: Available to rent or buy from $3.99 on 5 services (iTunes, Google Play & 3 others).

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9. Ruby Sparks

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7.2/10
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78/100
Released: 2012Rated: R
Comedy, Drama

What it's about: Calvin is a young novelist who achieved phenomenal success early in his career but is now struggling with his writing – as well as his romantic life. Finally, he makes a breakthrough and creates a character named Ruby who inspires him. When Calvin finds Ruby, in the flesh, sitting on his couch about a week later, he is completely flabbergasted that his words have turned into a living, breathing person.

Where to Watch: Available to stream on a popular subscription service (HBO MAX & HBO) & rent or buy from $2.99 on 6 services (iTunes, Google Play & 4 others).

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10. Where the Wild Things Are

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6.7/10
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75/100
Released: 2009Rated: PG
Action & Adventure, Children

What it's about: Max imagines running away from his mom and sailing to a far-off land where large talking beasts -- Ira, Carol, Douglas, the Bull, Judith and Alexander -- crown him as their king, play rumpus, build forts and discover secret hideaways.

Where to Watch: Available to stream on a popular subscription service (HBO MAX) & rent or buy from $3.99 on 4 services (iTunes, Google Play & 2 others).

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11. Casper

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6.1/10
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73/100
Released: 1995Rated: PG
Comedy, Family

What it's about: Furious that her late father only willed her his gloomy-looking mansion rather than his millions, Carrigan Crittenden is ready to burn the place to the ground when she discovers a map to a treasure hidden in the house. But when she enters the rickety mansion to seek her claim, she is frightened away by a wicked wave of ghosts. Determined to get her hands on this hidden fortune, she hires afterlife therapist Dr. James Harvey to exorcise the ghosts from the mansion. Harvey and his daughter Kat move in, and soon Kat meets Casper, the ghost of a young boy who's "the friendliest ghost you know." But not so friendly are Casper's uncles--Stretch, Fatso and Stinkie--who are determined to drive all "fleshies" away.

Where to Watch: Available to stream on a TV everywhere service (Freeform) & rent or buy from $3.99 on 7 services (iTunes, Google Play & 5 others).

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12. Daniel Isn't Real

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6.0/10
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68/100
Released: 2019
Thriller, LGBTQ

What it's about: A troubled college freshman, Luke, suffers a violent family trauma and resurrects his childhood imaginary friend Daniel to help him cope.

Where to Watch: Available to stream on a subscription service (Shudder, Hoopla & Kanopy) & rent or buy from $2.99 on 4 services (iTunes, Google Play & 2 others).

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13. Bedtime Stories

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6.0/10
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66/100
Released: 2008Rated: PG
Action & Adventure, Children

What it's about: Skeeter Bronson is a down-on-his-luck guy who's always telling bedtime stories to his niece and nephew. But his life is turned upside down when the fantastical stories he makes up for entertainment inexplicably turn into reality. Can a bewildered Skeeter manage his own unruly fantasies now that the outrageous characters and situations from his mind have morphed into actual people and events?

Where to Watch: Available to stream on a popular subscription service (Disney+) & rent or buy from $2.99 on 5 services (iTunes, Google Play & 3 others).

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14. Gnomeo & Juliet

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5.9/10
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66/100
Released: 2011Rated: G
Animation, Comedy

What it's about: A version of Shakespeare's play, set in the world of warring indoor and outdoor gnomes. Garden gnomes Gnomeo and Juliet have as many obstacles to overcome as their quasi namesakes when they are caught up in a feud between neighbors. But with plastic pink flamingos and lawnmower races in the mix, can this young couple find lasting happiness?

Where to Watch: Available to rent or buy from $2.99 on 6 services (iTunes, Google Play & 4 others).

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15. Boys in the Trees

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6.3/10
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65/100
Released: 2016Rated: PG-13
Drama, Thriller

What it's about: On Halloween 1997, two estranged teen skaters embark on a surreal journey through their memories, dreams and fears.

Where to Watch: Available to rent or buy from $3.99 on 2 services (iTunes & Google Play).

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16. The Curse of the Cat People

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6.9/10
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65/100
Released: 1944
Drama, Horror

What it's about: Amy, the young, friendless daughter of Oliver and Alice Reed, befriends her father's late first wife and an aging, reclusive actress.

Where to Watch: Available to rent or buy from $1.99 on 3 services (iTunes, Google Play & Vudu).

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17. South Park: Imaginationland

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8.5/10
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63/100
Released: 2008
Animation, Comedy

What it's about: Some of the boys in South Park elementary find themselves on a balloon ride to an imaginary land. At arrival they're faced with an unimaginably threat.

Where to Watch: Available to rent or buy from $2.99 on 4 services (iTunes, Prime Video & 2 others).

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18. Drop Dead Fred

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6.0/10
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63/100
Released: 1991Rated: PG-13
Comedy, Drama

What it's about: When Elizabeth returns to her mother's home after her marriage breaks up, she recreates her imaginary childhood friend, Fred, to escape from the trauma of losing her husband and her job. In between the chaos and mayhem that Fred creates, Elizabeth attempts to win back her husband and return to normality.

Where to Watch: Available to stream on a popular subscription service (HBO MAX & HBO) & rent or buy from $3.99 on 5 services (iTunes, Google Play & 3 others).

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19. Hide and Seek

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6.0/10
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62/100
Released: 2005Rated: R
Thriller, Horror

What it's about: David Callaway tries to piece together his life in the wake of his wife's suicide and has been left to raise his nine-year-old daughter, Emily on his own. David is at first amused to discover that Emily has created an imaginary friend named 'Charlie', but it isn't long before 'Charlie' develops a sinister and violent side, and as David struggles with his daughter's growing emotional problems, he comes to the frightening realisation that 'Charlie' isn't just a figment of Emily's imagination.

Where to Watch: Available to stream on a popular subscription service (Prime Video) & rent or buy from $2.99 on 6 services (iTunes, Google Play & 4 others).

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20. Paper Man

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6.6/10
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61/100
Released: 2009Rated: R
Comedy, Independent

What it's about: A coming-of-middle-age comedy that chronicles the unlikely friendship between failed author Richard Dunne and a Long Island teen who teaches him a thing or two about growing up, all under the disapproving eye of his long-suffering wife and his imaginary Superhero friend.

Where to Watch: Available to watch free online (Tubi), stream on a popular subscription service (Prime Video) & rent or buy from $2.99 on 5 services (iTunes, Google Play & 3 others).

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21. Paranormal Activity 4

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4.6/10
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58/100
Released: 2012Rated: R
Horror, Mystery

What it's about: It has been five years since the disappearance of Katie and Hunter, and a suburban family witness strange events in their neighborhood when a woman and a mysterious child move in.

Where to Watch: Available to watch free online (Tubi, Plex, PopcornFlix & 1 other) & rent or buy from $2.99 on 5 services (iTunes, Google Play & 3 others).

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22. Sherlock Gnomes

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5.2/10
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54/100
Released: 2018Rated: PG
Animation, Action & Adventure

What it's about: Garden gnomes, Gnomeo & Juliet, recruit renown detective, Sherlock Gnomes, to investigate the mysterious disappearance of other garden ornaments.

Where to Watch: Available to rent or buy from $2.99 on 6 services (iTunes, Google Play & 4 others).

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23. Opal Dream

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53/100
Released: 2006Rated: PG
Drama, Family

What it's about: Pobby & Dingan are invisible. They live in an opal town in Australia and are friends with Kellyanne, the 9 year-old daughter of an opal miner. The film tells the story of the bizarre and inexplicable disappearance of Pobby & Dingan, Kellyanne's imaginary friends, and the impact this has on her family and the whole town. The story is told through the eyes of Kellyanne's 11 years old brother Ashmol.

Where to Watch: Available to rent or buy from $3.99 on 6 services (iTunes, Google Play & 4 others).

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24. The Adventures of Sharkboy and Lavagirl

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53/100
Released: 2005Rated: PG
Action & Adventure, Children

What it's about: Everyone always knew that Max had a wild imagination, but no one believed that his wildest creations -- a boy raised by watchful great white sharks and a girl with the force of a volcano -- were real. Now, these two pint-sized action masters will show Max that even an ordinary kid has what it takes to be extraordinary.

Where to Watch: Available to stream on a popular subscription service (Netflix) & rent or buy from $2.99 on 5 services (Google Play, Prime Video & 3 others).

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25. Bogus

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52/100
Released: 1996Rated: PG
Comedy, Family

What it's about: Recently orphaned, a young boy is taken in by his godmother who is shocked to realize that she can see the boy's imaginary friend: a flamboyant, French magician named Bogus.

Where to Watch: Available to rent or buy from $2.99 on 4 services (iTunes, Google Play & 2 others).

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26. 30 Days of Night: Dark Days

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50/100
Released: 2010Rated: R
Horror, Thriller

What it's about: After surviving the incidents in Barrow, Alaska, Stella Olemaun relocates to Los Angeles, where she intentionally attracts the attention of the local vampire population in order to avenge the death of her husband, Eben.

Where to Watch: Available to watch free online (Tubi, Plex & Crackle) & rent or buy from $2.99 on 6 services (iTunes, Google Play & 4 others).

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27. A Stork's Journey

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5.8/10
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48/100
Released: 2017Rated: PG
Animation, Action & Adventure

What it's about: Orphaned at birth and raised by storks, the teenage sparrow Richard believes he is one of them. But when the time comes to migrate to Africa, his stork family is forced to reveal his true identity and leave him behind in the forest, since he is not a migratory bird and would not survive the journey. Determined to prove he is a stork after all, Richard ventures south on his own. But only with the help of Olga, an eccentric owl with an imaginary friend and Kiki, a narcissistic, disco-singing parakeet, does he stand a chance to reach his goal and learn to accept who he really is.

Where to Watch: Available to stream on a popular subscription service (Hulu) & rent or buy from $3.99 on 5 services (iTunes, Google Play & 3 others).

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28. Gnome Alone

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5.6/10
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47/100
Released: 2017Rated: PG
Animation, Action & Adventure

What it's about: When Chloe discovers that her new home's garden gnomes are not what they seem, she must decide between the pursuit of a desired high school life and taking up the fight against the Troggs.

Where to Watch: Available to stream on a popular subscription service (Netflix).

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29. Imaginary Friend

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5.8/10
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43/100
Released: 2012Rated: PG-13
Thriller, Mystery

What it's about: During her traumatic childhood with an abusive father, Emma relied on an imaginary friend for strength. She is now an artist struggling with mental illness living with her apparently loving husband, Brad. But when Emma's imaginary friend starts reappearing, she knows she's losing her grip. Desperate to save her marriage and show Brad she is in control, Emma takes drastic measures to free herself of her torment and her imaginary friend.

Where to Watch: Available to stream on a popular subscription service (Prime Video) & rent or buy from $1.99 on 1 service (Prime Video).

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30. House by the Lake

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3.5/10
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39/100
Released: 2016
Horror, Thriller

What it's about: The Morgans, a loving yet troubled family, go on vacation with intentions to reconnect with one another. However, when their autistic 10-year-old daughter begins to fixate on a mysterious friend who may or may not be real, and retreats further into her own world, family tensions start to rise to the surface.

Where to Watch: Available to watch free online (Tubi & Plex), stream on a popular subscription service (Prime Video, Hoopla & Kanopy) & rent or buy from $2.99 on 4 services (iTunes, Google Play & 2 others).

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31. Fuzzbucket

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6.1/10
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37/100
Released: 1986Rated: G
Action & Adventure, Comedy

What it's about: In the vein of "Harvey", an invisible creature befriends a 12 year old boy. Of course, no one else can see him nor believes in him.

Where to Watch: Available to stream on a popular subscription service (Disney+) & rent or buy from $2.99 on 5 services (iTunes, Google Play & 3 others).

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32. Loser Leaves Town

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36/100
Released: 2018
Drama

What it's about: Jose, an eleven-year-old luchador, retreats into a fantasy world until it is infiltrated by a tough 12-year-old girl. He uses his vivid imagination to make it through the toughest weekend of his life.

Where to Watch: Available to stream on a popular subscription service (HBO MAX & HBO).

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33. Yoko and His Friends

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6.4/10
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35/100
Released: 2015
Animation, Action & Adventure

What it's about: This is the third time that Vik and his family have moved to a different city. Vik is a shy child who finds it hard to make new friends, and whenever he finally does start to open up to someone, his father's job inevitably causes the family to up sticks and relocate to a different part of the country, and Vik has to start all over again. Luckily for him, this time he soon meets Mai and Oto in the city park.

Where to Watch: Available to stream on a popular subscription service (Netflix).

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34. Love Surreal

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5.5/10
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33/100
Released: 2015Rated: PG
Comedy, Romance

What it's about: A visionary and artistic young woman finds her love torn between her imaginary boyfriend and a real boy from one of her classes.

Where to Watch: Available to watch free online (Tubi, Plex & IMDb TV) & rent or buy from $4.99 on 2 services (iTunes & Prime Video).

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35. Njangalude Veettile Athidhikal

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3.9/10
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27/100
Released: 2014
Drama

What it's about: Brought up in polar-opposite circumstances, Bhavana and Manoj are a couple who can't appreciate each other's individuality, though there is the thread of strong love that runs through their relationship. Manoj's money chasing mentality and losing their daughter to his carelessness push Bhavana gradually to a state of mental instability. However, the couple is not ready to give up on each other yet and what happens thereafter is the film's crux.

Where to Watch: Available to rent or buy from $2.99 on 1 service (Google Play).

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