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Tick, tock, tick, tock – just the sound of a ticking clock generates anxiety, but when lives are on the line, it creates great entertainment. The top race against the clock movies put characters' lives on the line with the added pressure of meeting a life-or-death deadline. This is a list of countdown movies featuring everything from Labyrinth to Apollo 13 to Back to the Future.

What movies will you find on this list of the best ticking clock films? If you're a fan of action flicks, you might vote Terminator 2: Judgment Day has to the top. In this captivating sequel, the past, present and future converge as the T-800 Terminator protects John Connor from a future enemy. The Running Man – which also stars Arnold Schwarzenegger – is another good race against the clock movie. Keanu Reeves faced a ticking clock and a racing bus in the 1994 film Speed. Other good movies featured on this top countdown films list include The Ring, Run Lola Run, and The Manchurian Candidate.

Which countdown movie deserves the top spot on this list? Help us decide by giving your favorites a thumbs up and add any great titles that are missing.

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Back to the Future is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list 25+ Great Movies That Have a Ticking Clock
Back to the Future Michael J. Fox, Christopher Lloyd, Lea Thompson Back to the Future is a 1985 American comic science fiction film. It was directed by Robert Zemeckis, written by Zemeckis and Bob Gale, produced by Steven Spielberg, and stars Michael J. Fox, ...more

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Terminator 2: Judgment Day is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list 25+ Great Movies That Have a Ticking Clock
Terminator 2: Judgment Day Arnold Schwarzenegger, Edward Furlong, Linda Hamilton Terminator 2: Judgment Day is a 1991 American science fiction action thriller film written, produced and directed by James Cameron. The film stars Arnold Schwarzenegger, Linda Hamilton, Robert ...more

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Speed is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list 25+ Great Movies That Have a Ticking Clock
Speed Sandra Bullock, Keanu Reeves, Dennis Hopper Speed is a 1994 American action film directed by Jan de Bont in his feature film directorial debut. The film stars Keanu Reeves, Dennis Hopper, Sandra Bullock, Joe Morton, and Jeff Daniels. A ...more

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Apollo 13 is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list 25+ Great Movies That Have a Ticking Clock
Apollo 13 Tom Hanks, Bryce Dallas Howard, Ed Harris Apollo 13 is a 1995 American historical docudrama film directed by Ron Howard. The film stars Tom Hanks, Kevin Bacon, Bill Paxton, Gary Sinise, and Ed Harris. The screenplay by William Broyles, ...more

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Taken is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list 25+ Great Movies That Have a Ticking Clock
Taken Liam Neeson, Famke Janssen, Maggie Grace Taken is a 2008 French action thriller film directed by Pierre Morel, written by Luc Besson and Robert Mark Kamen, and starring Leland Orser, Liam Neeson, Maggie Grace, Jon Gries, David ...more

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The Martian is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list 25+ Great Movies That Have a Ticking Clock
The Martian Matt Damon, Jessica Chastain, Kristen Wiig The Martian is a 2015 science fiction film directed by Ridley Scott, based on the novel by Andy Weir. An astronaut (Matt Damon) becomes stranded on Mars after his team assume him dead, and must ...more

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Inception is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list 25+ Great Movies That Have a Ticking Clock
Inception Leonardo DiCaprio, Tom Hardy, Marion Cotillard Inception is a 2010 science fiction heist thriller film written, produced, and directed by Christopher Nolan. The film stars a large ensemble cast that includes Leonardo DiCaprio, Ellen Page, ...more

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Escape from New York is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list 25+ Great Movies That Have a Ticking Clock
Escape from New York Jamie Lee Curtis, Kurt Russell, Ernest Borgnine Escape from New York is a 1981 American science fiction action film co-written, co-scored, and directed by John Carpenter. The film is set in a then near-future 1997 in a crime-ridden United ...more

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Labyrinth is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list 25+ Great Movies That Have a Ticking Clock
Labyrinth Jennifer Connelly, David Bowie, Frank Oz Labyrinth is a 1986 British-American musical adventure fantasy film directed by Jim Henson, executive produced by George Lucas and based upon conceptual designs by Brian Froud. The film stars ...more

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The Day After Tomorrow is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list 25+ Great Movies That Have a Ticking Clock
The Day After Tomorrow Emmy Rossum, Jake Gyllenhaal, Dennis Quaid The Day After Tomorrow is a 2004 American climate fiction-disaster film co-written, directed, and produced by Roland Emmerich and starring Dennis Quaid, Jake Gyllenhaal, Ian Holm, Emmy Rossum, ...more

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Airplane! is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list 25+ Great Movies That Have a Ticking Clock
Siersha 2 added Airplane! Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Leslie Nielsen, Ethel Merman Airplane! is a 1980 American satirical disaster comedy film directed and written by David Zucker, Jim Abrahams, and Jerry Zucker and released by Paramount Pictures. It stars Robert Hays and ...more

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Dr. Strangelove or: How I Lear... is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list 25+ Great Movies That Have a Ticking Clock
Siersha 2 added Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb James Earl Jones, Peter Sellers, George C. Scott Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb, more commonly known as Dr. Strangelove, is a 1964 political satire black comedy film that satirizes the cold war fears of a ...more

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Run Lola Run is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list 25+ Great Movies That Have a Ticking Clock
Run Lola Run Franka Potente, Armin Rohde, Moritz Bleibtreu Run Lola Run is a 1998 German thriller film written and directed by Tom Tykwer and starring Franka Potente as Lola and Moritz Bleibtreu as Manni. The story follows a woman who needs to obtain ...more

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Ferris Bueller's Day Off is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list 25+ Great Movies That Have a Ticking Clock
Siersha 2 added Ferris Bueller's Day Off Charlie Sheen, Matthew Broderick, Jeffrey Jones Ferris Bueller's Day Off is a 1986 American comedy film written, produced and directed by John Hughes. The film follows high school senior Ferris Bueller, who skips school and spends the day in ...more

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Harry Potter and the Prisoner ... is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list 25+ Great Movies That Have a Ticking Clock
Meg Jones added Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban Emma Watson, Daniel Radcliffe, Gary Oldman Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban is a 2004 fantasy film directed by Alfonso Cuarón and distributed by Warner Bros. Pictures. It is based on the novel of the same name by J. K. ...more

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WarGames is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list 25+ Great Movies That Have a Ticking Clock
WarGames Matthew Broderick, William H. Macy, Ally Sheedy WarGames is a 1983 American Cold War science-fiction film written by Lawrence Lasker and Walter F. Parkes and directed by John Badham. The film stars Matthew Broderick, Dabney Coleman, John ...more

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12 Monkeys is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list 25+ Great Movies That Have a Ticking Clock
Siersha 2 added 12 Monkeys Brad Pitt, Bruce Willis, Christopher Plummer 12 Monkeys, also known as Twelve Monkeys, is a 1995 American science fiction film directed by Terry Gilliam, inspired by Chris Marker's 1962 short film La Jetée, and starring Bruce ...more

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Outbreak is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list 25+ Great Movies That Have a Ticking Clock
Siersha 2 added Outbreak Morgan Freeman, Kevin Spacey, Dustin Hoffman Outbreak is a 1995 American medical disaster film directed by Wolfgang Petersen and based on Richard Preston's non-fiction book The Hot Zone. The film stars Dustin Hoffman, Rene Russo, and ...more

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Hook is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list 25+ Great Movies That Have a Ticking Clock
Meg Jones added Hook Gwyneth Paltrow, Julia Roberts, Robin Williams Hook is a 1991 American fantasy adventure film directed by Steven Spielberg and written by James V. Hart and Malia Scotch Marmo. It stars Robin Williams as Peter Pan/Peter Banning, Dustin ...more

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The Ring is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list 25+ Great Movies That Have a Ticking Clock
The Ring Naomi Watts, Pauley Perrette, Brian Cox The Ring is a 2002 American psychological horror film directed by Gore Verbinski and starring Naomi Watts. It is a remake of the 1998 Japanese horror film Ring, which was based on the novel Ring ...more

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Beauty and the Beast is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list 25+ Great Movies That Have a Ticking Clock
Siersha 2 added Beauty and the Beast Angela Lansbury, Frank Welker, Jerry Orbach Beauty and the Beast is a 1991 American animated musical romantic fantasy film produced by Walt Disney Feature Animation and released by Walt Disney Pictures. The 30th film in the Walt Disney ...more

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The Andromeda Strain is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list 25+ Great Movies That Have a Ticking Clock
Siersha 2 added The Andromeda Strain Paula Kelly, David Wayne, Arthur Hill The Andromeda Strain is a 1971 American science fiction film produced and directed by Robert Wise. Based on Michael Crichton's 1969 novel of the same name and adapted by Nelson Gidding, the film ...more

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Frequency is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list 25+ Great Movies That Have a Ticking Clock
Siersha 2 added Frequency Jim Caviezel, Elizabeth Mitchell, Dennis Quaid Frequency is a 2000 American science fiction thriller film. It was co-produced and directed by Gregory Hoblit and written and co-produced by Toby Emmerich. The film stars Dennis Quaid and Jim ...more

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Foul Play is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list 25+ Great Movies That Have a Ticking Clock
Siersha 2 added Foul Play Goldie Hawn, Chevy Chase, Dudley Moore Foul Play is a 1978 American comic mystery/thriller film written and directed by Colin Higgins, and starring Goldie Hawn, Chevy Chase, Dudley Moore, Burgess Meredith, Eugene Roche, Rachel ...more

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Bill & Ted's Excellent Adventu... is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list 25+ Great Movies That Have a Ticking Clock
Siersha 2 added Bill & Ted's Excellent Adventure Keanu Reeves, George Carlin, Jane Wiedlin Bill & Ted's Excellent Adventure is a 1989 American science fiction comedy buddy film and the first film in the Bill & Ted franchise in which two slackers travel through time to assemble ...more

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The Manchurian Candidate is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list 25+ Great Movies That Have a Ticking Clock
The Manchurian Candidate Frank Sinatra, Angela Lansbury, Janet Leigh The Manchurian Candidate is a 1962 American Cold War suspense thriller directed by John Frankenheimer that stars Frank Sinatra, Laurence Harvey and Janet Leigh and co-stars Angela Lansbury, ...more

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The Purge is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list 25+ Great Movies That Have a Ticking Clock
Siersha 2 added The Purge Lena Headey, Ethan Hawke, Adelaide Kane The Purge is a 2013 American social science fiction action horror film written and directed by James DeMonaco. It stars Ethan Hawke, Lena Headey, Adelaide Kane and Max Burkholder. It is the ...more

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A Christmas Carol is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list 25+ Great Movies That Have a Ticking Clock
Siersha 2 added A Christmas Carol George C. Scott, Susannah York, David Warner A Christmas Carol is a 1984 television film adaptation of Charles Dickens' famous 1843 holiday novella of the same name. The film is directed by Clive Donner who had been an editor of the 1951 ...more

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The Quick and the Dead is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list 25+ Great Movies That Have a Ticking Clock
Siersha 2 added The Quick and the Dead Leonardo DiCaprio, Sharon Stone, Russell Crowe The Quick and the Dead is a 1995 western film directed by Sam Raimi and starring Sharon Stone, Gene Hackman, Russell Crowe and Leonardo DiCaprio. The story focuses on "The Lady", a ...more

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Airplane II: The Sequel is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list 25+ Great Movies That Have a Ticking Clock
Siersha 2 added Airplane II: The Sequel William Shatner, Leslie Nielsen, Sonny Bono Airplane II: The Sequel is a 1982 sequel to the 1980 American comedy film Airplane!. First released on December 10, 1982, the film was written and directed by Ken Finkleman and stars Robert ...more

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The Man Who Knew Too Much is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list 25+ Great Movies That Have a Ticking Clock
Siersha 2 added The Man Who Knew Too Much James Stewart, Doris Day, Alfred Hitchcock The Man Who Knew Too Much is a 1956 suspense thriller film directed by Alfred Hitchcock, starring James Stewart and Doris Day. The film is a somewhat altered remake in widescreen VistaVision and ...more

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City of Ember is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list 25+ Great Movies That Have a Ticking Clock
Siersha 2 added City of Ember Bill Murray, Saoirse Ronan, Tim Robbins City of Ember is a 2008 American science fiction fantasy film based on the 2003 novel The City of Ember by Jeanne DuPrau. It was directed by Gil Kenan from a screenplay by Caroline Thompson, and ...more

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25th Hour is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list 25+ Great Movies That Have a Ticking Clock
25th Hour Anna Paquin, Rosario Dawson, Edward Norton 25th Hour is a 2002 American drama film directed by Spike Lee and starring Edward Norton. Based on the novel The 25th Hour by David Benioff, who also wrote the screenplay, it tells the story of ...more

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Crank is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list 25+ Great Movies That Have a Ticking Clock
Crank Jason Statham, Amy Smart, Dwight Yoakam Crank is a 2006 American black comedy/action film written and directed by Mark Neveldine and Brian Taylor and starring Jason Statham, Amy Smart and Jose Pablo Cantillo. The plot centers on a ...more

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48 Hours is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list 25+ Great Movies That Have a Ticking Clock
48 Hours Nick Nolte, Eddie Murphy, James Remar 48 Hours is an American documentary/news magazine television series that airs on CBS. The series has been broadcast on the network since January 19, 1988. The program airs Saturdays at 10:00 ...more

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High Noon is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list 25+ Great Movies That Have a Ticking Clock
High Noon Grace Kelly, Gary Cooper, Lee Van Cleef High Noon is a 1952 American Western film directed by Fred Zinnemann and starring Gary Cooper. In nearly real time, the film tells the story of a town marshal forced to face a gang of killers by ...more

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Atlantis: The Lost Empire is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list 25+ Great Movies That Have a Ticking Clock
Atlantis: The Lost Empire Michael J. Fox, Leonard Nimoy, James Garner Atlantis: The Lost Empire is a 2001 American traditionally animated action-adventure film created by Walt Disney Feature Animation—the first science fiction film in Disney's animated features ...more

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Cinderella is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list 25+ Great Movies That Have a Ticking Clock
Siersha 2 added Cinderella June Foray, Mike Douglas, Verna Felton Cinderella is a 1950 American animated musical fantasy film produced by Walt Disney and released by RKO Radio Pictures. Based on the fairy tale "Cendrillon" by Charles Perrault, it is ...more

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Scrooged is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list 25+ Great Movies That Have a Ticking Clock
Siersha 2 added Scrooged Bill Murray, Robert Mitchum, Miles Davis Scrooged is a 1988 American Christmas comedy film, a modernization of Charles Dickens' A Christmas Carol. The film was produced and directed by Richard Donner, and the cinematography was by ...more

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Balto is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list 25+ Great Movies That Have a Ticking Clock
Siersha 2 added Balto Kevin Bacon, Phil Collins, Bridget Fonda Balto is a 1995 American live-action/animated historical adventure drama film directed by Simon Wells, produced by Amblin Entertainment and distributed by Universal Pictures. The film is loosely ...more

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Non-Stop is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list 25+ Great Movies That Have a Ticking Clock
Siersha 2 added Non-Stop Julianne Moore, Liam Neeson, Lupita Nyong'o Non-Stop is a 2014 mystery-action thriller film starring Liam Neeson, Julianne Moore, Michelle Dockery, Lupita Nyong'o and Scoot McNairy and directed by Jaume Collet-Serra. This is the first ...more

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30 Minutes or Less is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list 25+ Great Movies That Have a Ticking Clock
Siersha 2 added 30 Minutes or Less Jesse Eisenberg, Aziz Ansari, Nick Swardson 30 Minutes or Less is a 2011 American action comedy film directed by Ruben Fleischer starring Jesse Eisenberg, Danny McBride, Aziz Ansari and Nick Swardson. It is produced by Columbia Pictures ...more

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The Running Man is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list 25+ Great Movies That Have a Ticking Clock
The Running Man Arnold Schwarzenegger, Jim Brown, Jesse Ventura The Running Man is a 1987 American science fiction action film loosely based on the 1982 novel The Running Man, written by Stephen King and published under the pseudonym Richard Bachman. ...more

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Logan's Run is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list 25+ Great Movies That Have a Ticking Clock
Logan's Run Farrah Fawcett, Peter Ustinov, Jenny Agutter Logan's Run is a 1976 American science fiction film directed by Michael Anderson and starring Michael York, Jenny Agutter, Richard Jordan, Roscoe Lee Browne, Farrah Fawcett and Peter Ustinov. ...more

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Stranger than Fiction is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list 25+ Great Movies That Have a Ticking Clock
Siersha 2 added Stranger than Fiction Will Ferrell, Dustin Hoffman, Queen Latifah Stranger than Fiction is a 2006 American comedy-drama-fantasy film directed by Marc Forster, written by Zach Helm, and starring Will Ferrell, Maggie Gyllenhaal, Dustin Hoffman, Queen Latifah, ...more

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Unstoppable is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list 25+ Great Movies That Have a Ticking Clock
Siersha 2 added Unstoppable Denzel Washington, Rosario Dawson, Chris Pine Unstoppable is a 2010 American action thriller film directed by Tony Scott, written by Mark Bomback, and starring Denzel Washington and Chris Pine. The film, loosely based on the real-life CSX ...more

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Nick of Time is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list 25+ Great Movies That Have a Ticking Clock
Siersha 2 added Nick of Time Johnny Depp, Christopher Walken, Charles S. Dutton Nick of Time, starring Johnny Depp, Christopher Walken, Charles S. Dutton and Courtney Chase, is a 1995 political thriller film. It was directed by John Badham. It is noteworthy for taking place ...more

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Phone Booth is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list 25+ Great Movies That Have a Ticking Clock
Siersha 2 added Phone Booth Katie Holmes, Colin Farrell, Jared Leto Phone Booth is a 2002 American psychological thriller film about a man who is held hostage in a telephone booth by a sniper. It stars Colin Farrell, Forest Whitaker, Katie Holmes, Radha Mitchell ...more

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Peter Pan is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list 25+ Great Movies That Have a Ticking Clock
Meg Jones added Peter Pan Mary Martin, Cyril Ritchard, Lynn Fontanne Peter Pan is a 1960 TV film directed by Vincent J. Donehue.

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Premonition is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list 25+ Great Movies That Have a Ticking Clock
Siersha 2 added Premonition Sandra Bullock, Nia Long, Julian McMahon Premonition is a 2007 American supernatural thriller film directed by Mennan Yapo and starring Sandra Bullock, Julian McMahon, and Amber Valletta. The film's plot depicts a depressed housewife ...more