Best Lifetime Movies List – Lifetime Movies Ranking for Romance, Crime, Drama, Christmas, True Story – countryliving.com
Why trust us with your precious Lifetime movie recommendations, you ask?
Because—if we do say so ourselves—we’re experts.
No, really. For better or worse, we’ve amassed an entire lifetime of, uh, Lifetime viewing, and now, we’re making it count. Our “Best Lifetime Movies” list is thorough, complete, and thoughtful in a way that only a true fan’s list could be. We’ve laughed and cried at these films for years, so we can say with certainty that the list has it all: the good, the bad, the Golden Globe-nominated, and the not-exactly-critically-acclaimed. Whether you’re already a Lifetime superfan or are hoping to become one this weekend, this is either the “best of” compilation you’ve been waiting for—or the one never knew you needed.
So consider this our formal invitation to forget the haters and naysayers and simply do you. Take a look at our top picks, then settle in with a blanket, a few of your favorite snacks, and a box of tissues.
The Best Lifetime Movies: Drama
“Drama” is all but expected in any Lifetime movie, but in terms of really nailing the genre, it’s these four films that come to mind.
The haunting 1999 book of the same name is brought to life with the help of a young Kristen Stewart. She plays a high school student named Melinda who refuses to break her silence about an incident that happened to her over the summer, but her classmates aren’t having it.
Before Kristen Bell was known for her comedic characters, she took a dramatic role in 2004’s Gracie’s Choice. The film follows Kristen, who plays 17-year-old Gracie, and her four siblings as she attempts to keep her family from being torn apart.
The Devil’s Arithmetic
In The Devil’s Arithmetic, Kirsten Dunst and Brittany Murphy shine. The heartbreaking but incredibly important movie tells the tale of a modern-day Jewish teenager transported through time to 1941 Poland.
Flowers in the Attic
No one’s ever forgotten 2011’s disturbing book-to-movie transformation of Flowers in the Attic, which centers on the lives of children trapped in an attic by their evil mother. Word to the wise: This one may be a cult classic Lifetime movie, but it’s really not for the faint of heart.
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The Best Lifetime Movies: Crime
When you flip on a Lifetime movie, you usually expect to see one of two things: Christmas…or crime. Here, we delve into the latter.
Death of a Cheerleader
First up—and it has to be first—is Death of a Cheerleader. It’s an altogether unforgettable film in which “popular girl” tropes pair nicely with, you know, murder.
Lizzie Borden Took An Ax
We have to give a shout-out to Christina Ricci’s star turn in this thrilled. It’s every bit as terrifying as the title makes it sound, giving us not one, but multiple murders to freak out about.
Drew Peterson: Untouchable
Rob Lowe makes for a pretty menacing murderer in Drew Peterson: Untouchable. We’re honestly still not over this one.
Obsessed makes our list simply because it is the quintessential Lifetime movie. Affair? Stalker? Ominous title? Check, check and check!
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The Best Lifetime Movies: Romance
Lifetime romance movies will never let you down, between the tears and the corny lines. These are a few of the ones we return to, again and again.
William & Kate
William & Kate tells the oh-so-romantic story of—you guessed it!—Prince William and Kate Middleton. If you’re at all interested in the royal family, it’ll have you absolutely entranced.
Love by the 10th Date
Here’s a fun one for the romantic comedy fans out there. Starring Keri Hilson and Kelly Rowland, the movie follows the friends as they try to figure out whether they can really fall in love by that magical (if elusive) 10th date.
Marry Me showcases Lucy Liu at her most delightful. More wonderful still is the fact that it has two parts for the most hopeless of romantics among us.
Sundays at Tiffany’s
Last (but certainly not least), Sundays at Tiffany’s gives us a whole slew of movie magic: feel-good romance, a little bit of imagination-gone-wild fantasy, and Alyssa Milano. Just be warned: There are a few scenes in here you won’t want your children to see.
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The Best Lifetime Movies: Biographical
Art imitates life in the case of our favorite type of Lifetime movie: the “true story” genre. There are really too many to choose from, but if we had to play favorites, we’d go with the following:
We can’t help but start with 2009’s glorious Georgia O’Keeffe, which will delight both romantics and history buffs. It was nominated for three Golden Globes, after all.
Harry & Meghan: A Royal Romance
Chronicling the real-life love story of our favorite new parents, Harry & Meghan was such a hit when it premiered in 2018 that Lifetime ordered a sequel (which is set to debut in May 2019).
The Simone Biles Story: Courage to Soar
This one made us teary in the best way. Simone Biles is considered one of the greatest gymnasts of all time, and on the small screen, her story resonates beautifully.
Magic Beyond Words: The JK Rowling Story
Have tissues ready for this true-to-life biographical film. Whether or not you’re a Harry Potter fan, this is one struggle-to-stardom story you don’t want to miss.
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The Best Lifetime Movies: Christmas
Lifetime movies and Christmastime go together like trees and tinsel. (And it’s okay to admit that you’ve been known to change the channel over to Hallmark when December rolls around.) But among the Lifetime movies that have kept our attention are the four we’ve highlighted here.
The Spirit of Christmas
Romantics (and Jen Lilley fans) will love her role in 2015’s The Spirit of Christmas. There are ghosts, for goodness’ sake!
12 Men of Christmas
Broadway’s beloved Kristen Chenoweth shines in 2009’s 12 Men of Christmas. The Wicked star’s character, E.J., is tasked with persuading 12 men to pose naked for a calendar. We’ll just leave it there.
Recipe for a Perfect Christmas
More of a foodie than a film buff? You’ll love Recipe for a Perfect Christmas, starring Christine Baranski.
The Road to Christmas
If you’re a Christmas movie maven, you’ll want to stick with a laugh-filled classic. We guarantee The Road to Christmas is the movie for you. It even stars Jennifer Grey (from Dirty Dancing)!
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Rebekah Lowin is the Lifestyle Editor for CountryLiving.com, covering entertaining, home decor, DIY, gardening, holiday, and more.
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