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Lifetime Movies We Secretly Love

Feb 21 2014 - 5:30am

We have a confession: we kind of love Lifetime movies. Sure, they're cheesy and mostly only meant for consumption on sick days, but they're great! The network has been stepping up its game lately with instant classics like Flowers in the Attic [1], and our editors are looking back on some of the movies they love. Turns out She's Too Young is really popular! It's a long wait until the sequel to Flowers in the Attic, Petals on the Wind [2], debuts, so until then, take a look through our picks, and let us know which Lifetime movie you can't get enough of.

Source: Lifetime [3]


K Stew at her finest. It's angsty, heartbreakingly real, and worth watching over and over.

— Anna Monette Roberts, food assistant editor

Note: While Speak originally debuted at the Sundance Film Festival, it first aired on Lifetime.

Source: Lifetime [4]

Accused at 17

This 2009 thriller is a gem in Lifetime's long list of fantastic dramas. A 17-year-old girl is accused of murdering one of her friends, but she didn't do it! How can she clear her name without raising suspicion? You'll have to watch to find out. It's the perfect blend of soapy storylines and overacting.

— Maggie Pehanick, entertainment assistant editor

Source: Lifetime [5]

Liz & Dick

The Lifetime movie to end all Lifetime movies. The moment I heard that Lindsay Lohan [6] was starring as Elizabeth Taylor in Liz & Dick, I knew it would be made-for-TV gold — and it is. It's a perfectly campy portrayal of one of the most notorious relationships in Hollywood history.

— Robert Khederian, fashion editorial assistant

Source: Lifetime [7]

Friends 'Til the End

Where do I begin? I was really into this poor man's Single White Female movie called Friends 'Til the End. It stars Shannen Doherty as the hot lead singer of a '90s rock band whose new roommate starts taking over her life, from seducing her boyfriend (obviously) to taking her lead-singer spot in the band.

— Kat Malinowska, senior manager of audience development and video content partnerships

Source: Lifetime [8]

Death of a Cheerleader, aka A Friend to Die For

I'm not totally sure how Death of a Cheerleader ​never won any Emmys, but it's totally award-worthy in my book. In this amazing '90s teen drama, Angela Delvecchio (played by Kellie Martin) is desperate to be popular and does everything she can to become friends with queen bee Stacy Lockwood (Tori Spelling [9]). Long story short, mean girl Stacy ends up with a knife in her chest, and Angela likely goes on to become superpopular in women's prison. The creepiest thing about this movie, though, is that it was based on the real-life murder of California high school cheerleader Kirsten Costas in 1984.

— Brittney Stephens, entertainment assistant editor

Source: Lifetime [10]

The Pregnancy Pact

I'm not usually one for Lifetime movies, and I should probably be embarrassed to admit this, but I couldn't stop watching The Pregnancy Pact! It was fascinating, if not a little sad, to see, especially after following the 2008 real-life story.

— Lauren Turner, celebrity and features editor

Source: Lifetime [11]

Dying to Belong

Hilary Swank [12] taught me all I needed to know about sororities . . . evil, fake ones anyway. It's so over the top — the girls circle each others' fat and ultimately contribute to the death of an initiate, Jenna von Oÿ (Blossom's Six), but it's so bad, it's good.

— Shannon Vestal, TV and movies editor

Source: Lifetime [13]

She's Too Young

Obviously. You have to love a cautionary tale of the good girl who goes bad and contracts a slew of STDs. It's basically Coach Carr's "don't have sex — you will get pregnant and die" speech from Mean Girls stretched out for an hour and a half. And who wouldn't want that?

— Maria Del Russo, beauty assistant editor

When I was in high school, my mom's and my idea of fun was watching Lifetime movies together, and one of our favorites was She's Too Young. It's one of those mother-daughter movies that's probably best not to be watched with your mother or daughter. Totally awkward.

— Hedy Phillips, copy editor

I absolutely have to second She's Too Young! I saw it in high school (sans my mom, though, thank goodness), and it sort of made me happy I was a bit of a prude teenager. It reminded me of that Degrassi episode where Emma gets an STD, and I just absolutely adore Marcia Gay Harden. Wow, I never thought I'd write those two things together, but aggressive mom for the win!

— Emelie Burnette, copy editor

Source: Lifetime [14]

Mother, May I Sleep With Danger?

As if the title was't brilliant enough, because let's be honest, it is – this is the movie that catapulted Tori Spelling [15] from being virginal Donna Martin into being a Lifetime drama queen. It wasn't always clear that Spelling could portray emotions beyond outrage at not being allowed to graduate, but her easy ability to be in a made-for-TV horror film assuaged all of our worries.

— Melissa Liebling-Goldberg, fashion and beauty director

The title alone is all the reason you need to watch it, but the story does not disappoint. This is the quintessential Lifetime movie: filmed in the '90s, a romance that the main character's parents don't approve of, and a hunky boyfriend with a dark side.

— Kelly Schwarze, tech associate editor

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