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1. 12 Angry Men (1957)

Not Rated | 96 min | Drama

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A dissenting juror in a murder trial slowly manages to convince the others that the case is not as obviously clear as it seemed in court.

Writer: Reginald Rose | Director: Sidney Lumet | Stars: Henry Fonda, Lee J. Cobb, Martin Balsam, John Fiedler

2. Inside the Actors Studio (1994– )

65 min | Talk-Show

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Famous actors, directors and writers reminisce about their careers and the philosophy behind their careers.

Stars: James Lipton, Bradley Cooper, Ellen Burstyn, Dave Chappelle

3. The American Experience (1988– )
Episode: Eugene O'Neill: A Documentary Film (2006)

Documentary, History

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The life and career of American playwright Eugene O'Neill.

Writers: Ric Burns, Arthur Gelb, Barbara Gelb | Director: Ric Burns | Stars: Robert Brustein, Zoe Caldwell, Arthur Gelb, Barbara Gelb

4. Play of the Week (1959–1961)
Episode: The Iceman Cometh: Part 1 (1960)

Comedy, Drama, Fantasy

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Writer: Eugene O'Neill | Director: Sidney Lumet | Stars: Sorrell Booke, Julie Bovasso, Hilda Brawner, James Broderick

5. Network (1976)

R | 121 min | Drama

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A television network cynically exploits a deranged former anchor's ravings and revelations about the news media for its own profit.

Writer: Paddy Chayefsky | Director: Sidney Lumet | Stars: Faye Dunaway, William Holden, Peter Finch, Robert Duvall

6. Dog Day Afternoon (1975)

R | 125 min | Crime, Drama

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A man robs a bank to pay for his lover's operation; it turns into a hostage situation and a media circus.

Writers: Frank Pierson, P.F. Kluge, Thomas Moore | Director: Sidney Lumet | Stars: Al Pacino, John Cazale, Penelope Allen, Sully Boyar

7. The American Experience (1988– )

60 min | Documentary, History

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A series showcasing documentaries on American history.

Stars: David McCullough, David Ogden Stiers, Michael Murphy, Joe Morton

8. You Are There (1953–1957)

30 min | Drama, History

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Walter Cronkite hosted the reenactments of historical events. Shows included "The Landing of the Hindenburg", "The Salem Witchcraft Trials", "The Gettysburg Address", "The Fall of Troy", and "The Scuttling of the Graf Spee".

Stars: Walter Cronkite, Paul Birch, E.G. Marshall, Todd Hunter

9. The United States Steel Hour (1953–1963)

60 min | Comedy, Drama

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Live drama series that was one of the best TV shows ever shown. Over 200 live plays covering all aspects of society were shown.

Stars: Richard Kiley, Betsy Palmer, Jeff Donnell, Mona Freeman

10. Producers' Showcase (1954–1957)

90 min | Drama, Musical, Comedy

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This program aired once every fourth week and was one of the most costly live shows of the 1950's. Many stars appeared on this show; see the Guest List for them.

Stars: Cyril Ritchard, Claire Bloom, Mary Martin, David Wayne

11. Biography (1987– )

60 min | Documentary, Biography, History

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The life stories of various historical figures and celebrities are told.

Creator: Agnes Nixon | Stars: Jack Perkins, Peter Graves, Harry Smith, Roddy McDowall

12. Fail-Safe (1964)

Approved | 112 min | Adventure, Drama, Thriller

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American planes are sent to deliver a nuclear attack on Moscow, but it's a mistake due to an electrical malfunction. Can all-out war be averted?

Writers: Walter Bernstein, Eugene Burdick, Harvey Wheeler | Director: Sidney Lumet | Stars: Henry Fonda, Walter Matthau, Fritz Weaver, Dan O'Herlihy

13. The Dick Cavett Show (1968–1974)

90 min | Music, Talk-Show

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Daytime, primetime, then late-night talk and variety show. Often there was only one guest (GA Gov. Lester Maddox walked out angrily during one interview). Cavett was intelligent and witty, ... See full summary »

Stars: Dick Cavett, Bobby Rosengarden, Rex Reed, Richard Harris

14. Moguls & Movie Stars: A History of Hollywood (2010 TV Mini-Series)

Documentary, History

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The history of Hollywood film from the medium's invention to the birth of the New Hollywood in 1970.

Stars: Christopher Plummer, Daniel Selznick, Gregory Orr, Samuel Goldwyn Jr.

15. Danger (1950–1955)

30 min | Drama

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Live psychological and murder mystery dramas and one of the first U.S. TV dramas to make effective use of background music.

Stars: Dick Stark, Edward Binns, Joseph Anthony, Richard Kiley

16. Biography (1987– )
Episode: Anthony Perkins: A Life in the Shadows (1999)

60 min | Documentary, Biography, History

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Writer: Stephen Farber | Director: Selina Lin | Stars: Dennis Christopher, Mary Griffitts, John Kerr, Janet Leigh

17. Inside the Actors Studio (1994– )
Episode: Sidney Lumet (1994)

Talk-Show

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Interviewee: Sidney Lumet

Stars: James Lipton, Sidney Lumet

18. American Masters (1985– )
Episode: The Education of Gore Vidal (2003)

84 min | Documentary, Biography, History

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A contrarian and wickedly funny man, "The Education of Gore Vidal" explores Vidal's extraordinary life and work, joining him at his cliff-side villa in Ravello, Italy.

Writer: Deborah Dickson | Director: Deborah Dickson | Stars: Gore Vidal, Elizabeth Ashley, Howard Austen, Dick Cavett

19. The Hill (1965)

TV-14 | 123 min | Drama, War

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In a North African military prison during World War II, five new prisoners struggle to survive in the face of brutal punishment and sadistic guards.

Writers: Ray Rigby, R.S. Allen | Director: Sidney Lumet | Stars: Sean Connery, Harry Andrews, Ian Bannen, Alfred Lynch

20. Playhouse 90 (1956–1961)

90 min | Comedy, Crime, Drama

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Stars: Richard Joy, Charles Bickford, Kim Hunter, Franchot Tone

21. I Knew It Was You: Rediscovering John Cazale (2009)

39 min | Documentary, Short, Biography

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A portrait of the acting craft of John Cazale and a tour through the movies that defined a generation.

Director: Richard Shepard | Stars: John Cazale, Steve Buscemi, Sam Rockwell, Al Pacino

22. Kraft Theatre (1947–1958)

60 min | Drama

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Stars: Ed Herlihy, Vaughn Taylor, Valerie Cossart, E.G. Marshall

23. Private Screenings (1995– )

Talk-Show

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The host of this series is noted writer and film historian Robert Osborne. Each episode consists of Osborne conducting an interview with an actor or actress of Hollywood's "Golden" era of ... See full summary »

Stars: Robert Osborne, Jane Powell, June Allyson, Eva Marie Saint

24. Serpico (1973)

R | 130 min | Biography, Crime, Drama

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87 Metascore

The true story about an honest New York cop who blew the whistle on rampant corruption in the force only to have his comrades turn against him.

Writers: Peter Maas, Waldo Salt, Norman Wexler | Director: Sidney Lumet | Stars: Al Pacino, John Randolph, Jack Kehoe, Biff McGuire

25. The Verdict (1982)

R | 129 min | Drama

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A lawyer sees the chance to salvage his career and self-respect by taking a medical malpractice case to trial rather than settling.

Writers: Barry Reed, David Mamet | Director: Sidney Lumet | Stars: Paul Newman, Charlotte Rampling, Jack Warden, James Mason

26. The Pawnbroker (1964)

Approved | 116 min | Drama

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A Jewish pawnbroker, victim of Nazi persecution, loses all faith in his fellow man until he realizes too late the tragedy of his actions.

Writers: Morton S. Fine, David Friedkin, Edward Lewis Wallant | Director: Sidney Lumet | Stars: Rod Steiger, Geraldine Fitzgerald, Brock Peters, Jaime Sánchez

27. Long Day's Journey Into Night (1962)

174 min | Drama

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Author Eugene O'Neill gives an autobiographical account of his explosive homelife, fused by a drug-addicted mother, a father who wallows in drink after realizing he is no longer a famous ... See full summary »

Writer: Eugene O'Neill | Director: Sidney Lumet | Stars: Katharine Hepburn, Ralph Richardson, Jason Robards, Dean Stockwell

28. 100 Centre Street (2001–2002)
Episode: Hurricane Paul (2002)

Crime, Drama

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Writer: Warren Leight | Director: Don Scardino | Stars: Alan Arkin, Paula Devicq, Joseph Lyle Taylor, Dennis Boutsikaris

29. Moguls & Movie Stars: A History of Hollywood (2010– )
Episode: The Attack of the Small Screens: 1950-1960 (2010)

Documentary, History

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Writer: Jon Wilkman | Stars: Christopher Plummer, A. Scott Berg, Andrew Bergman, Peter Bogdanovich

30. Kraft Theatre (1947–1958)
Episode: Three Plays by Tennessee Williams: The Last of My Solid Gold Watches (1958)

Drama

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Director: Sidney Lumet | Stars: Alonzo Bozan, Thomas Chalmers, Gene Saks

31. The Station Agent (2003)

R | 89 min | Comedy, Drama

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81 Metascore

When his only friend dies, a man born with dwarfism moves to rural New Jersey to live a life of solitude, only to meet a chatty hot dog vendor and a woman dealing with her own personal loss.

Writer: Thomas McCarthy | Director: Thomas McCarthy | Stars: Peter Dinklage, Patricia Clarkson, Bobby Cannavale, Paul Benjamin

32. Running on Empty (1988)

PG-13 | 116 min | Crime, Drama, Music

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The eldest son of a fugitive family comes of age and wants to live a life of his own.

Writer: Naomi Foner | Director: Sidney Lumet | Stars: River Phoenix, Christine Lahti, Judd Hirsch, Jonas Abry

33. Charlie Rose (1991– )

60 min | News, Talk-Show

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Stars: Charlie Rose, Mark Halperin, Al Hunt, Thomas Friedman

34. Hans Brinker and the Silver Skates (1958 TV Movie)

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Writers: Sally Benson, Mary Mapes Dodge, Frederick Knott | Directors: Sidney Lumet, George Schaefer | Stars: Florence Anglin, Dick Button, Matt Crowley, John Fiedler

35. Goodyear Playhouse (1951–1957)

60 min | Drama

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The show featured original plays plus plays adapted from works.

Stars: Walter Matthau, David White, Constance Ford, Gene Lyons

36. The Tramp and the Dictator (2002)

56 min | Documentary, Biography, History

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A look at the parallel lives of Charles Chaplin and Adolf Hitler and how they crossed with the creation of The Great Dictator (1940).

Writers: Kevin Brownlow, Christopher Bird | Directors: Kevin Brownlow, Michael Kloft | Stars: Kenneth Branagh, Sydney Chaplin, Walter Bernstein, Ray Bradbury

37. The 17th Annual Gotham Awards (2007 TV Movie)

News

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Writers: Adele Merlino, Christopher Wangro | Director: Amir Sukalic | Stars: Nicky Arezu Akmal, Javier Bardem, Michael Bloomberg, Philip Bosco

38. Prince of the City (1981)

R | 167 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

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A New York City narcotics detective reluctantly agrees to cooperate with a special commission investigating police corruption. However, he soon discovers that he's in over his head, and nobody can be trusted.

Writers: Jay Presson Allen, Sidney Lumet, Robert Daley | Director: Sidney Lumet | Stars: Treat Williams, Jerry Orbach, Richard Foronjy, Don Billett

39. A Decade Under the Influence (2003)

R | 138 min | Documentary

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67 Metascore

A documentary examining the decade of the 1970s as a turning point in American cinema. Some of today's best filmmakers interview the influential directors of that time.

Directors: Ted Demme, Richard LaGravenese | Stars: Francis Ford Coppola, William Friedkin, Robert Altman, John G. Avildsen

40. The Iceman Cometh (1960 TV Movie)

240 min | Drama

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The chilling tale of a high-rolling gambler who changes his ways and is determind to help the drifters, alcoholics and prostitutes who have come to depend on his "generosity".

Writer: Eugene O'Neill | Director: Sidney Lumet | Stars: Jason Robards, Myron McCormick, Tom Pedi, James Broderick

41. American Masters (1985– )

90 min | Documentary, Biography, History

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Stars: Frank Sinatra, Martin Scorsese, Tony Bennett, Fred Astaire

42. Omnibus (1952–1961)

55 min | Drama, History, Music

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Starting out as a live show from New York City, "Omnibus" was hosted by Alastair Cooke and featured everything from discussions about science and the arts to original works by such ... See full summary »

Stars: Alistair Cooke, Leonard Bernstein, Helen Hayes, Royal Dano

43. Frontier (1955–1956)

30 min | Western

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Creators: Morton S. Fine, David Friedkin | Stars: Walter Coy, Scott Forbes, Dabbs Greer, Barry Atwater

44. Moguls & Movie Stars: A History of Hollywood (2010– )
Episode: Warriors & Peacemakers: 1941-1950 (2010)

Documentary, History

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Writer: Jon Wilkman | Stars: Christopher Plummer, Jeanine Basinger, Cari Beauchamp, A. Scott Berg

45. Studio One in Hollywood (1948–1958)

60 min | Drama

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Stars: Betty Furness, Paul Brenson, Mary Sinclair, Maria Riva

46. 100 Centre Street (2001–2002)

60 min | Crime, Drama

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The lives and work of the staff of a New York City courthouse.

Stars: Joseph Lyle Taylor, Manny Perez, Phyllis Newman, Chuck Cooper

47. Film 2014 (1971– )

30 min | Talk-Show

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Stars: Jonathan Ross, Claudia Winkleman, Danny Leigh, Barry Norman

48. Before the Devil Knows You're Dead (2007)

R | 117 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

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84 Metascore

When two brothers organize the robbery of their parents' jewelry store the job goes horribly wrong, triggering a series of events that sends them, their father and one brother's wife hurtling towards a shattering climax.

Writer: Kelly Masterson | Director: Sidney Lumet | Stars: Philip Seymour Hoffman, Ethan Hawke, Albert Finney, Marisa Tomei

49. Murder on the Orient Express (1974)

PG | 128 min | Mystery

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In 1935, when his train is stopped by deep snow, detective Hercule Poirot is called on to solve a murder that occurred in his car the night before.

Writer: Paul Dehn | Director: Sidney Lumet | Stars: Albert Finney, Lauren Bacall, Ingrid Bergman, Sean Connery

50. The Directors (1999– )

60 min | Documentary, Biography

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Stars: Harrison Ford, Dave Mann, Tom Hanks, Meryl Streep