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1. Mission: Impossible (1996)

PG-13 | 110 min | Action, Adventure, Thriller

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60 Metascore

An American agent, under false suspicion of disloyalty, must discover and expose the real spy without the help of his organization.

Writers: Bruce Geller, David Koepp, Steven Zaillian, Robert Towne | Director: Brian De Palma | Stars: Tom Cruise, Jon Voight, Emmanuelle Béart, Henry Czerny

2. Mission: Impossible II (2000)

PG-13 | 123 min | Action, Adventure, Thriller

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60 Metascore

A secret agent is sent to Sydney, to find and destroy a genetically modified disease called "Chimera"

Writers: Bruce Geller, Ronald D. Moore, Brannon Braga, Robert Towne | Director: John Woo | Stars: Tom Cruise, Dougray Scott, Thandie Newton, Ving Rhames

3. Chinatown (1974)

R | 130 min | Drama, Mystery, Thriller

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86 Metascore

A private detective hired to expose an adulterer finds himself caught up in a web of deceit, corruption and murder.

Writer: Robert Towne | Director: Roman Polanski | Stars: Jack Nicholson, Faye Dunaway, John Huston, Perry Lopez

4. The Firm (1993)

R | 154 min | Drama, Mystery, Thriller

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58 Metascore

A young lawyer joins a prestigious law firm only to discover that it has a sinister dark side.

Writers: John Grisham, David Rabe, Robert Towne, David Rayfiel | Director: Sydney Pollack | Stars: Tom Cruise, Jeanne Tripplehorn, Gene Hackman, Hal Holbrook

5. Bonnie and Clyde (1967)

Approved | 111 min | Biography, Crime, Drama

7.9
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81 Metascore

A somewhat romanticized account of the career of the notoriously violent bank robbing couple and their gang.

Writers: David Newman, Robert Benton | Director: Arthur Penn | Stars: Warren Beatty, Faye Dunaway, Michael J. Pollard, Gene Hackman

6. Days of Thunder (1990)

PG-13 | 107 min | Action, Drama, Romance

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60 Metascore

A young hot-shot stock car driver gets his chance to compete at the top level.

Writers: Robert Towne, Tom Cruise | Director: Tony Scott | Stars: Tom Cruise, Nicole Kidman, Robert Duvall, Randy Quaid

7. Frantic (1988)

R | 120 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

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In a hotel room in Paris, a doctor comes out of the shower and finds that his wife has disappeared. He soon finds himself caught up in a world of intrigue, espionage, gangsters, drugs and murder.

Writers: Roman Polanski, Gérard Brach | Director: Roman Polanski | Stars: Harrison Ford, Betty Buckley, Emmanuelle Seigner, Djiby Soumare

8. Tequila Sunrise (1988)

R | 115 min | Action, Crime, Romance

5.9
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62 Metascore

Mac Mckussic is an unlikely drug dealer who wants to go straight. His old and best friend Nick Frescia is now a cop who is assigned to investigate and bring him to justice. Mac is very ... See full summary »

Writer: Robert Towne | Director: Robert Towne | Stars: Mel Gibson, Michelle Pfeiffer, Kurt Russell, Raul Julia

9. Wonderland (2003)

R | 104 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

6.6
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43 Metascore

In the police investigation of a brutal crime scene, one man was at the center of it all: legendary porn star John Holmes.

Writers: James Cox, Captain Mauzner, Todd Samovitz, D. Loriston Scott | Director: James Cox | Stars: Val Kilmer, Lisa Kudrow, Kate Bosworth, Christina Applegate

10. Suspect Zero (2004)

R | 99 min | Crime, Thriller

5.9
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37 Metascore

A mysterious serial killer is hunting other serial killers - and one FBI agent suspects there may be more to the vigilante than they imagine.

Writers: Zak Penn, Billy Ray | Director: E. Elias Merhige | Stars: Aaron Eckhart, Ben Kingsley, Carrie-Anne Moss, Harry Lennix

11. The Last Detail (1973)

R | 104 min | Comedy, Drama

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Two Navy men are ordered to bring a young offender to prison but decide to show him one last good time along the way.

Writers: Robert Towne, Darryl Ponicsan | Director: Hal Ashby | Stars: Jack Nicholson, Randy Quaid, Otis Young, Clifton James

12. Greystoke: The Legend of Tarzan, Lord of the Apes (1984)

PG | 135 min | Adventure, Drama, Romance

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A shipping disaster in the 19th Century has stranded a man and woman in the wilds of Africa. The lady is pregnant, and gives birth to a son in their tree house. Soon after, a family of apes... See full summary »

Writers: Edgar Rice Burroughs, Robert Towne, Michael Austin | Director: Hugh Hudson | Stars: Christopher Lambert, Andie MacDowell, Ralph Richardson, Ian Holm

13. Heaven Can Wait (1978)

PG | 101 min | Comedy, Fantasy, Romance

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A Los Angeles Rams quarterback, accidentally taken away from his body by an over-anxious angel before he was supposed to die, comes back to life in the body of a recently-murdered millionaire.

Writers: Elaine May, Warren Beatty, Harry Segall | Directors: Warren Beatty, Buck Henry | Stars: Warren Beatty, James Mason, Julie Christie, Jack Warden

14. The Parallax View (1974)

R | 102 min | Thriller

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An ambitious reporter gets in way-over-his-head trouble while investigating a senator's assassination which leads to a vast conspiracy involving a multinational corporation behind every event in the worlds headlines.

Writers: David Giler, Lorenzo Semple Jr., Loren Singer | Director: Alan J. Pakula | Stars: Warren Beatty, Paula Prentiss, William Daniels, Walter McGinn

15. The Two Jakes (1990)

R | 137 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

6.1
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56 Metascore

The sequel to Chinatown (1974) finds Jake Gittes investigating adultery and murder... and the money that comes from oil.

Writer: Robert Towne | Director: Jack Nicholson | Stars: Jack Nicholson, Harvey Keitel, Meg Tilly, Madeleine Stowe

16. Ask the Dust (2006)

R | 117 min | Drama, Romance

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58 Metascore

Mexican beauty Camilla hopes to rise above her station by marrying a wealthy American. That is complicated by meeting Arturo Bandini, a first-generation Italian hoping to land a writing career and a blue-eyed blonde on his arm.

Writers: Robert Towne, John Fante | Director: Robert Towne | Stars: Colin Farrell, Salma Hayek, Donald Sutherland, Eileen Atkins

17. Shampoo (1975)

R | 109 min | Drama, Romance

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Lovers undo a hairdresser from Beverly Hills around Election Eve in 1968.

Writers: Robert Towne, Warren Beatty | Director: Hal Ashby | Stars: Warren Beatty, Julie Christie, Goldie Hawn, Lee Grant

18. Orca (1977)

PG | 92 min | Adventure, Drama, Horror

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A hunter squares off against a killer whale seeking vengeance for the death of its mate.

Writers: Luciano Vincenzoni, Sergio Donati | Director: Michael Anderson | Stars: Richard Harris, Charlotte Rampling, Will Sampson, Bo Derek

19. The Missouri Breaks (1976)

PG | 126 min | Drama, Western

6.6
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Tom Logan is a horse thief. Rancher David Braxton has horses, and a daughter, worth stealing. But Braxton has just hired Lee Clayton, an infamous "regulator", to hunt down the horse thieves; one at a time.

Writer: Thomas McGuane | Director: Arthur Penn | Stars: Marlon Brando, Jack Nicholson, Randy Quaid, Kathleen Lloyd

20. Without Limits (1998)

PG-13 | 117 min | Biography, Drama, Sport

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The film follows the life of famous 1970s runner Steve Prefontaine from his youth days in Oregon to the University of Oregon where he worked with the legendary coach Bill Bowerman, later to... See full summary »

Writers: Robert Towne, Kenny Moore | Director: Robert Towne | Stars: Billy Crudup, Donald Sutherland, Monica Potter, Jeremy Sisto

21. Little Nemo: Adventures in Slumberland (1989)

G | 85 min | Family, Animation, Adventure

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A young boy whose dreams transcend reality is sucked into his his own fantasy, which is everything he has dreamed of until he unleashes a century old secret that may not only destroy this ... See full summary »

Writers: Chris Columbus, Richard Outten, Jean Giraud, Yutaka Fujioka, Winsor McCay | Directors: Masami Hata, William T. Hurtz | Stars: Gabriel Damon, Mickey Rooney, Rene Auberjonois, Danny Mann

22. The Yakuza (1974)

R | 112 min | Action, Crime, Drama

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Harry Kilmer returns to Japan after several years in order to rescue his friend George's kidnapped daughter - and ends up on the wrong side of the Yakuza, the notorious Japanese mafia...

Writers: Paul Schrader, Robert Towne, Leonard Schrader | Director: Sydney Pollack | Stars: Robert Mitchum, Ken Takakura, Brian Keith, Herb Edelman

23. The Pick-up Artist (1987)

PG-13 | 81 min | Comedy, Crime, Romance

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A womanizer meets his match when he falls for a woman in debt to the mafia.

Writer: James Toback | Director: James Toback | Stars: Molly Ringwald, Robert Downey Jr., Dennis Hopper, Danny Aiello

24. Love Affair (1994)

PG-13 | 108 min | Drama, Romance, Comedy

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Ex-football star Mike Gambril meets Terry McKay on a flight to Sydney, which is forced to land on a small atoll. Both engaged to others, they become romantic on board the ship sent to take ... See full summary »

Writers: Mildred Cram, Leo McCarey, Delmer Daves, Donald Ogden Stewart, Robert Towne, Warren Beatty | Director: Glenn Gordon Caron | Stars: Warren Beatty, Annette Bening, Katharine Hepburn, Garry Shandling

25. The Outer Limits (1963–1965)

TV-PG | 51 min | Fantasy, Horror, Sci-Fi

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An anthology series of insightful science fiction tales.

Stars: Bob Johnson, Ben Wright, Robert Culp, Robert Duvall

26. The Bedroom Window (1987)

R | 112 min | Crime, Mystery, Thriller

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Terry is having an affair with his boss' wife Sylvia. One night after an office party they are together and Sylvia witnesses an attack on Denise from Terry's bedroom window. She doesn't ... See full summary »

Writers: Anne Holden, Curtis Hanson | Director: Curtis Hanson | Stars: Steve Guttenberg, Elizabeth McGovern, Isabelle Huppert, Paul Shenar

27. 8 Million Ways to Die (1986)

R | 115 min | Action, Adventure, Crime

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Scudder is a detective with the Sheriff's Department who is forced to shoot a violent suspect during a narcotics raid. The ensuing psychological aftermath of this shooting worsens his ... See full summary »

Writers: Lawrence Block, Oliver Stone, David Lee Henry | Director: Hal Ashby | Stars: Jeff Bridges, Rosanna Arquette, Alexandra Paul, Randy Brooks

28. The Tomb of Ligeia (1964)

Unrated | 81 min | Drama, Horror, Thriller

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A man's obsession with his dead wife drives a wedge between him and his new bride.

Writers: Edgar Allan Poe, Robert Towne | Director: Roger Corman | Stars: Vincent Price, Elizabeth Shepherd, John Westbrook, Derek Francis

29. Deal of the Century (1983)

PG | 99 min | Comedy, Crime

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Arms dealers from several companies vie to sell the most expensive and highest tech weapons to a South American dictator. There are complications; understanding the exact nature of how '... See full summary »

Writers: Paul Brickman, Bernard Edelman | Director: William Friedkin | Stars: Chevy Chase, Sigourney Weaver, Gregory Hines, Vince Edwards

30. 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

31. The Man from U.N.C.L.E. (1964–1968)

50 min | Action, Adventure, Comedy

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The two top agents of the United Network Command for Law and Enforcement fight the enemies of peace, particularly the forces of THRUSH.

Stars: Robert Vaughn, David McCallum, Leo G. Carroll, Barbara Moore

32. The Story of Film: An Odyssey (2011– )

60 min | Documentary, History

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A comprehensive history of the medium and art of motion pictures.

Stars: Mark Cousins, Aleksandr Sokurov, Norman Lloyd, Lars von Trier

33. Creature from the Haunted Sea (1961)

Unrated | 63 min | Comedy, Horror

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A crook decides to bump off members of his inept crew and blame their deaths on a legendary sea creature. What he doesn't know is that the creature is real.

Writer: Charles B. Griffith | Director: Roger Corman | Stars: Antony Carbone, Betsy Jones-Moreland, Robert Towne, Beach Dickerson

34. Personal Best (1982)

R | 124 min | Drama, Sport

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The intertwined lives and loves of three highly-ranked athletes striving for the national team; Chris bounces between the beds of male coach Terry and her female friend, competitor, and role model Tory.

Writer: Robert Towne | Director: Robert Towne | Stars: Mariel Hemingway, Scott Glenn, Patrice Donnelly, Kenny Moore

35. Salinger (2013)

PG-13 | 120 min | Documentary

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40 Metascore

An unprecedented look inside the private world of J.D. Salinger, the reclusive author of The Catcher in the Rye.

Director: Shane Salerno | Stars: Philip Seymour Hoffman, Edward Norton, Judd Apatow, John Cusack

36. Last Woman on Earth (1960)

71 min | Drama, Horror, Mystery

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Ev, along with her husband, Harold, and their lawyer friend Martin, are swimming while on vacation in Puerto Rico. When they resurface, they gradually conclude that an unexplained, ... See full summary »

Writer: Robert Towne | Director: Roger Corman | Stars: Betsy Jones-Moreland, Antony Carbone, Robert Towne

37. The New Centurions (1972)

R | 103 min | Action, Crime, Drama

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An idealistic rookie cop joins the LAPD to make ends meet while finishing law school, and is indoctrinated by a seasoned veteran. As time goes on, he loses his ambitions and family as police work becomes his entire life.

Writers: Stirling Silliphant, Joseph Wambaugh | Director: Richard Fleischer | Stars: George C. Scott, Stacy Keach, Jane Alexander, Scott Wilson

38. Villa Rides (1968)

R | 125 min | War, Western

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Mexican rebel Pancho Villa lead a revolution helped by an American aviator imprisonned in Mexico.

Writers: Robert Towne, Sam Peckinpah, William Douglas Lansford | Director: Buzz Kulik | Stars: Yul Brynner, Robert Mitchum, Maria Grazia Buccella, Herbert Lom

39. Tough Guys Don't Dance (1987)

R | 110 min | Comedy, Crime, Drama

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Writer, ex-con and 40-something bottle-baby Tim Madden, who is prone to black-outs, awakens from a two-week bender to discover a pool of blood in his car, a blond woman's severed head in ... See full summary »

Writer: Norman Mailer | Director: Norman Mailer | Stars: Ryan O'Neal, Isabella Rossellini, Debra Stipe, Wings Hauser

40. Cisco Pike (1972)

R | 95 min | Drama

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Cisco is an ex-rock star, famous in the 1960s, whose life and career has been a mess because of drugs. Now with a pregnant girlfriend he has a chance to start a new life. A corrupt cop, Leo... See full summary »

Writer: Bill L. Norton | Director: Bill L. Norton | Stars: Kris Kristofferson, Karen Black, Gene Hackman, Harry Dean Stanton

41. Drive, He Said (1971)

X | 95 min | Drama, Comedy

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Hector is a star basketball player for the College basketball team he plays for, the Leopards. His girlfriend, Olive, doesn't know whether to stay with him or leave him. And his friend, ... See full summary »

Writers: Jeremy Larner, Jack Nicholson | Director: Jack Nicholson | Stars: William Tepper, Karen Black, Michael Margotta, Bruce Dern

42. The Escape Artist (1982)

PG | 94 min | Drama

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The young and self-confident Danny blufs at the local police-station that he will escape out of prison within one hour. What follows is a flashback about his childhood with his uncle and ... See full summary »

Writers: David Wagoner, Melissa Mathison, Stephen Zito | Director: Caleb Deschanel | Stars: Raul Julia, Griffin O'Neal, Desi Arnaz, Teri Garr

43. AFI's 100 Years... 100 Heroes & Villains (2003 TV Special)

TV-14 | Documentary

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The American Film Institute celebrates 100 years of film by recognizing the top 50 film heroes and top 50 film villains of all time.

Writer: Bob Gazzale | Director: Gary Smith | Stars: Kathy Bates, Anthony Hopkins, Hayden Christensen, Glenn Close

44. The Zodiac Killer (1971)

87 min | Horror, Mystery, Thriller

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The San Francisco area is beset by a series of seemingly random murders without motive or pattern. The police are taunted by phone calls and letters. Could the maniac be the violent, truck ... See full summary »

Writers: Ray Cantrell, Manny Cardoza | Director: Tom Hanson | Stars: Hal Reed, Bob Jones, Ray Lynch, Tom Pittman

45. The Outsider (2005)

85 min | Documentary

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64 Metascore

Nicholas Jarecki follows director James Toback on the 12-day shoot of his thriller, When Will I Be Loved -- a movie made without a script or distribution deal.

Writer: Nicholas Jarecki | Director: Nicholas Jarecki | Stars: Woody Allen, Robert Downey Jr., Neve Campbell, James Toback

46. The Young Racers (1963)

84 min | Action, Drama

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A former race-car driver-turned-writer decides to expose a ruthless, womanizing Grand Prix race driver in a book. However, his scheme explodes when his life is saved by this man, who is actually sensitive and misunderstood.

Writer: R. Wright Campbell | Director: Roger Corman | Stars: Mark Damon, William Campbell, Luana Anders, Patrick Magee

47. 50 Films to See Before You Die (2006 TV Movie)

195 min | Documentary

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Directors: Olivia Blythman, Richard Mortimer, Stuart Ramsay | Stars: Richard Teideman, David Aaronovitch, Jenny Agutter, Stephen Armstrong

48. American Masters (1985– )
Episode: You Must Remember This: The Warner Bros. Story (2008)

228 min | Documentary, Biography, History

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Writer: Richard Schickel | Director: Richard Schickel | Stars: Clint Eastwood, George Arliss, Carroll Baker, John Barrymore

49. The Outer Limits (1963–1965)
Episode: The Chameleon (1964)

TV-PG | 51 min | Fantasy, Horror, Sci-Fi

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To save Earth from invasion, scientists alter a human into a replica of one of the aliens. The human subject Mace is a remorseless killer, who easily adapts to any personality required. ... See full summary »

Writers: Robert Towne, Lou Morheim, Joseph Stefano | Director: Gerd Oswald | Stars: Robert Duvall, Howard Caine, Douglas Henderson, William O'Connell

50. Budd Boetticher: A Man Can Do That (2005 TV Movie)

TV-PG | 86 min | Documentary, Biography

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Writer: Dave Kehr | Director: Bruce Ricker | Stars: Ed Harris, Peter Bogdanovich, Larry Cohen, Andrew Sarris