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1. It's a Wonderful Life (1946)

Approved | 130 min | Drama, Family, Fantasy

8.7
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An angel helps a compassionate but despairingly frustrated businessman by showing what life would have been like if he never existed.

Writers: Frances Goodrich, Albert Hackett, Frank Capra, Jo Swerling, Philip Van Doren Stern | Director: Frank Capra | Stars: James Stewart, Donna Reed, Lionel Barrymore, Thomas Mitchell

2. Mr. Smith Goes to Washington (1939)

Not Rated | 129 min | Drama

8.4
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A naive man is appointed to fill a vacancy in the US Senate. His plans promptly collide with political corruption, but he doesn't back down.

Writers: Sidney Buchman, Lewis R. Foster | Director: Frank Capra | Stars: James Stewart, Jean Arthur, Claude Rains, Edward Arnold

3. Gangs of the Waterfront (1945)

54 min | Drama

8.3
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Gang Leader Dutch Malone goes on a hunting trip and is in a car wreck and is confined to the hospital, without the knowledge of any of his gang members. District Attorney Brady induces ... See full summary »

Writers: Albert Beich, Samuel Fuller | Director: George Blair | Stars: Robert Armstrong, Stephanie Bachelor, Martin Kosleck, Marion Martin

4. The Thin Man (1934)

Not Rated | 91 min | Comedy, Crime, Film-Noir

8.2
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Nick and Nora Charles, a former detective and his rich, playful wife, investigate a murder case mostly for the fun of it.

Writers: Albert Hackett, Frances Goodrich, Dashiell Hammett | Director: W.S. Van Dyke | Stars: William Powell, Myrna Loy, Maureen O'Sullivan, Nat Pendleton

5. Fast Life (1932)

Passed | 82 min | Comedy, Romance, Sport

8.2
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Two sailors are leaving the US Navy after 10 years. In their spare time, one of them (Haines) invents a carburetor that should increase the speed that powered boats will run, but all that ... See full summary »

Writers: E.J. Rath, Byron Morgan, Ralph Spence | Director: Harry A. Pollard | Stars: William Haines, Madge Evans, Conrad Nagel, Arthur Byron

6. Strangers on a Train (1951)

PG | 101 min | Crime, Film-Noir, Thriller

8.1
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A psychotic socialite confronts a pro tennis star with a theory on how two complete strangers can get away with murder...a theory that he plans to implement.

Writers: Raymond Chandler, Czenzi Ormonde, Whitfield Cook, Patricia Highsmith | Director: Alfred Hitchcock | Stars: Farley Granger, Robert Walker, Ruth Roman, Leo G. Carroll

7. Out of the Past (1947)

Not Rated | 97 min | Drama, Film-Noir, Thriller

8.1
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A private eye escapes his past to run a gas station in a small town, but his past catches up with him. Now he must return to the big city world of danger, corruption, double crosses and duplicitous dames.

Writer: Daniel Mainwaring | Director: Jacques Tourneur | Stars: Robert Mitchum, Jane Greer, Kirk Douglas, Rhonda Fleming

8. Now, Voyager (1942)

Not Rated | 117 min | Drama, Romance

8.0
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Boston spinster blossoms under therapy and finds impossible romance.

Writers: Casey Robinson, Olive Higgins Prouty | Director: Irving Rapper | Stars: Bette Davis, Paul Henreid, Claude Rains, Gladys Cooper

9. The Trespasser (1929)

90 min | Drama

8.0
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A stenographer who works for a lawyer falls in love with and marries a wealthy young man. His family has the marraige annulled, after which she gives birth to a child. Her former boss helps... See full summary »

Writer: Edmund Goulding | Director: Edmund Goulding | Stars: Gloria Swanson, Robert Ames, Purnell Pratt, Henry B. Walthall

10. The Killers (1946)

Not Rated | 103 min | Crime, Drama, Film-Noir

7.9
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Hit men kill an unresisting victim, and investigator Reardon uncovers his past involvement with beautiful, deadly Kitty Collins.

Writers: Anthony Veiller, Ernest Hemingway | Director: Robert Siodmak | Stars: Burt Lancaster, Ava Gardner, Edmond O'Brien, Albert Dekker

11. The Roaring Twenties (1939)

Not Rated | 106 min | Crime, Drama, Film-Noir

7.9
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Three men attempt to make a living in Prohibitionist America after returning home from fighting together in World War I.

Writers: Jerry Wald, Richard Macaulay, Robert Rossen, Mark Hellinger | Director: Raoul Walsh | Stars: James Cagney, Humphrey Bogart, Priscilla Lane, Gladys George

12. What Price Hollywood? (1932)

Passed | 88 min | Drama

7.9
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The career of a waitress takes off when she meets an amiable drunken Hollywood producer.

Writers: Gene Fowler, Rowland Brown, Adela Rogers St. Johns, Jane Murfin, Ben Markson | Director: George Cukor | Stars: Constance Bennett, Lowell Sherman, Neil Hamilton, Gregory Ratoff

13. Charlie Chan in Panama (1940)

Approved | 67 min | Adventure, Comedy, Crime

7.9
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Inspector Chan investigates a group of travelers, one of whom is a saboteur.

Writers: John Larkin, Lester Ziffren, Earl Derr Biggers | Director: Norman Foster | Stars: Sidney Toler, Jean Rogers, Lionel Atwill, Mary Nash

14. The Devil and Miss Jones (1941)

Approved | 92 min | Comedy, Romance

7.8
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A tycoon goes undercover to ferret out agitators at a department store, but gets involved in their lives instead.

Writer: Norman Krasna | Director: Sam Wood | Stars: Jean Arthur, Robert Cummings, Charles Coburn, Edmund Gwenn

15. Yankee Doodle Dandy (1942)

TV-G | 126 min | Biography, Drama, Musical

7.8
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A film of the life of the renowned musical composer, playwright, actor, dancer and singer George M. Cohan.

Writers: Robert Buckner, Edmund Joseph | Director: Michael Curtiz | Stars: James Cagney, Joan Leslie, Walter Huston, Richard Whorf

16. The Letter (1940)

Approved | 95 min | Crime, Drama, Film-Noir

7.8
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The wife of a rubber plantation administrator shoots a man to death and claims it was self-defense; a letter in her own hand may prove her undoing.

Writers: W. Somerset Maugham, Howard Koch | Director: William Wyler | Stars: Bette Davis, Herbert Marshall, James Stephenson, Frieda Inescort

17. Sons of the Desert (1933)

Passed | 68 min | Comedy

7.8
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When Stan and Ollie trick their wives into thinking that they are taking a medicinal cruise while they're actually going to a convention, the wives find out the truth the hard way.

Writers: Frank Craven, Byron Morgan | Director: William A. Seiter | Stars: Stan Laurel, Oliver Hardy, Charley Chase, Mae Busch

18. Remember the Night (1940)

Passed | 94 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

7.8
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Just before Christmas, Lee Leander is caught shoplifting. It is her third offense. She is prosecuted by John Sargent. He postpones the trial because it is hard to get a conviction at ... See full summary »

Writer: Preston Sturges | Director: Mitchell Leisen | Stars: Barbara Stanwyck, Fred MacMurray, Beulah Bondi, Elizabeth Patterson

19. Speedy (1928)

85 min | Action, Comedy, Family

7.8
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"Speedy" loses his job as a soda-jerk, then spends the day with his girl at Coney Island. He then becomes a cab driver and delivers Babe Ruth to Yankee Stadium, where he stays to see the ... See full summary »

Writers: John Grey, Lex Neal, Howard Emmett Rogers | Director: Ted Wilde | Stars: Harold Lloyd, Ann Christy, Bert Woodruff, Brooks Benedict

20. Show Boat (1936)

Approved | 113 min | Comedy, Drama, Musical

7.8
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Despite her mother's objections, the naive young daughter of a show boat captain is thrust into the limelight as the company's new leading lady.

Writers: Edna Ferber, Oscar Hammerstein II | Director: James Whale | Stars: Irene Dunne, Allan Jones, Charles Winninger, Paul Robeson

21. Charlie Chan in Reno (1939)

Approved | 71 min | Comedy, Crime, Drama

7.8
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Mary Whitman, an old friend of Charlie's in Reno for a divorce, finds herself accused of murdering the woman her husband planned to marry after the decree became final.

Writers: Frances Hyland, Albert Ray, Robert E. Kent, Philip Wylie, Earl Derr Biggers | Director: Norman Foster | Stars: Sidney Toler, Ricardo Cortez, Phyllis Brooks, Slim Summerville

22. Suddenly It's Spring (1947)

Approved | 87 min | Comedy, Romance

7.8
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Fred wants to start a new life with a new wife, but it isn't easy to give Paulette the gate for another mate.

Writers: P.J. Wolfson, Claude Binyon | Director: Mitchell Leisen | Stars: Paulette Goddard, Fred MacMurray, Macdonald Carey, Arleen Whelan

23. That's the Spirit (1945)

87 min | Comedy, Musical

7.8
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A vaudeville performer returns from the dead to help his wife and daughter, who are being dominated by a greedy banker.

Writers: Michael Fessier, Ernest Pagano | Director: Charles Lamont | Stars: Peggy Ryan, Jack Oakie, June Vincent, Gene Lockhart

24. Cheating Blondes (1933)

66 min | Mystery

7.8
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A reporter sets out to prove that his girlfriend was framed and sent to prison.

Writers: Islin Auster, Lewis R. Foster | Director: Joseph Levering | Stars: Thelma Todd, Ralf Harolde, Inez Courtney, Milton Wallis

25. The Big Clock (1948)

Approved | 95 min | Crime, Drama, Film-Noir

7.7
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A career oriented magazine editor finds himself on the run when he discovers his boss is framing him for murder.

Writers: Jonathan Latimer, Kenneth Fearing | Director: John Farrow | Stars: Ray Milland, Maureen O'Sullivan, Charles Laughton, George Macready

26. Charlie Chan at the Olympics (1937)

Approved | 71 min | Comedy, Crime, Mystery

7.7
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When a strategically important new aerial guidance system is stolen, Charlie traces it to the Berlin Olympics, where he has to battle spies and enemy agents to retrieve it.

Writers: Robert Ellis, Helen Logan, Paul Burger, Earl Derr Biggers | Director: H. Bruce Humberstone | Stars: Warner Oland, Katherine DeMille, Pauline Moore, Allan Lane

27. Father Takes a Wife (1941)

Approved | 79 min | Comedy, Romance

7.7
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Frederick Osborne, Junior is slightly agitated because his father, Senior, is acting more like a college student than the president of a huge merchantile fleet. Senior reveals that he is ... See full summary »

Writers: Dorothy Fields, Herbert Fields | Director: Jack Hively | Stars: Adolphe Menjou, Gloria Swanson, John Howard, Desi Arnaz

28. Holiday Inn (1942)

Passed | 100 min | Comedy, Drama, Musical

7.6
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At an inn which is only open on holidays, a crooner and a hoofer vie for the affections of a beautiful up-and-coming performer.

Writers: Claude Binyon, Elmer Rice, Irving Berlin | Director: Mark Sandrich | Stars: Bing Crosby, Fred Astaire, Marjorie Reynolds, Virginia Dale

29. The Razor's Edge (1946)

Approved | 145 min | Drama

7.6
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An adventuresome young man goes off to find himself and loses his socialite fiancée in the process. But when he returns 10 years later, she will stop at nothing to get him back, even though she is already married.

Writers: Lamar Trotti, W. Somerset Maugham | Director: Edmund Goulding | Stars: Tyrone Power, Gene Tierney, John Payne, Anne Baxter

30. The Freshman (1925)

Not Rated | 76 min | Comedy, Family, Sport

7.6
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Nerdy college student will do anything to become popular on campus.

Writers: Sam Taylor, Ted Wilde, John Grey, Tim Whelan | Directors: Fred C. Newmeyer, Sam Taylor | Stars: Harold Lloyd, Jobyna Ralston, Brooks Benedict, James Anderson

31. Buck Privates Come Home (1947)

77 min | Action, Comedy, Family

7.6
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Two ex-soldiers return from overseas--one of them having smuggled into the country a French orphan girl he has become attached to. They wind up running into their old sergeant--who hates ... See full summary »

Writers: Richard Macaulay, Bradford Ropes, John Grant, Frederic I. Rinaldo, Robert Lees | Director: Charles Barton | Stars: Bud Abbott, Lou Costello, Tom Brown, Joan Shawlee

32. The Powers Girl (1943)

93 min | Musical

7.6
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Writers: Eddie Moran, William A. Pierce, John R. Powers, Harry Segall, Malvin Wald | Director: Norman Z. McLeod | Stars: George Murphy, Anne Shirley, Carole Landis, Dennis Day

33. Manslaughter (1930)

85 min | Romance, Drama

7.6
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A spoiled young rich girl is sent to prison for accidentally running down a pedestrian. There she learns about a life and people she had never even imagined existed before. Upon her release... See full summary »

Writers: George Abbott, Alice Duer Miller | Director: George Abbott | Stars: Claudette Colbert, Fredric March, Emma Dunn, Natalie Moorhead

34. The Masked Marvel (1943)

Passed | 197 min | Action, Adventure, Drama

7.5
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A superhero called The Masked Marvel battles Japanese saboteurs intent on blowing up America.

Writers: Royal K. Cole, Ronald Davidson, Basil Dickey, Jesse Duffy, Grant Nelson, George H. Plympton, Joseph F. Poland | Director: Spencer Gordon Bennet | Stars: William Forrest, Louise Currie, Johnny Arthur, Rod Bacon

35. The Drop Kick (1927)

62 min | Drama, Sport

7.5
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College football player Jack Hamill finds his reputation on the line when he pays an innocent visit to a woman whose husband kills himself.

Writers: Katharine Brush, Winifred Dunn | Director: Millard Webb | Stars: Richard Barthelmess, Barbara Kent, Dorothy Revier, Eugene Strong

36. Woman of the Year (1942)

Passed | 114 min | Comedy, Romance, Sport

7.4
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Rival reporters Sam and Tess fall in love and get married, only to find their relationship strained when Sam comes to resent Tess' hectic lifestyle.

Writers: Ring Lardner Jr., Michael Kanin | Director: George Stevens | Stars: Spencer Tracy, Katharine Hepburn, Fay Bainter, Reginald Owen

37. Another Thin Man (1939)

Passed | 103 min | Comedy, Mystery, Drama

7.4
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An explosives manufacturer suspects a young man is out to kill him. He calls in Nick and Nora (with new baby) to sort things out.

Writers: Frances Goodrich, Albert Hackett, Dashiell Hammett | Director: W.S. Van Dyke | Stars: William Powell, Myrna Loy, Virginia Grey, Otto Kruger

38. The Whole Town's Talking (1935)

Approved | 93 min | Comedy, Crime, Drama

7.4
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A meek milquetoast of a clerk is mistaken for Public Enemy #1, and the notorious killer takes advantage of the situation.

Writers: Jo Swerling, Robert Riskin, W.R. Burnett | Director: John Ford | Stars: Edward G. Robinson, Jean Arthur, Arthur Hohl, James Donlan

39. Dick Tracy (I) (1937)

Approved | 290 min | Action, Crime, Thriller

7.4
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A master criminal called The Spider puts the famous detective's brother under a hypnotic spell and turns him against Dick.

Writers: Chester Gould, Barry Shipman, Winston Miller, Morgan Cox, George Morgan | Directors: Alan James, Ray Taylor | Stars: Ralph Byrd, Kay Hughes, Smiley Burnette, Lee Van Atta

40. Secrets of an Actress (1938)

Approved | 70 min | Drama, Romance

7.4
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Two architects lose their heads over a glamorous actress.

Writers: Milton Krims, Rowland Leigh, Julius J. Epstein | Director: William Keighley | Stars: Kay Francis, George Brent, Ian Hunter, Gloria Dickson

41. Whom the Gods Destroy (1934)

Approved | 75 min | Drama

7.4
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Broadway's most successful producer, John Forrester, is deeply in love with his wife Margaret and dreams of the future when his son Jack will step into his shoes. He sails to England to ... See full summary »

Writers: Albert Payson Terhune, Sidney Buchman, Fred Niblo Jr. | Director: Walter Lang | Stars: Walter Connolly, Robert Young, Doris Kenyon, Macon Jones

42. They Died with Their Boots On (1941)

Approved | 140 min | Biography, Drama, Romance

7.3
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Highly fictionalized account (see the IMDB 'goofs' for examples) of the life of George Armstrong Custer from his arrival at West Point in 1857 to his death at the battle of the Little Big ... See full summary »

Writers: Wally Kline, Æneas MacKenzie | Director: Raoul Walsh | Stars: Errol Flynn, Olivia de Havilland, Arthur Kennedy, Charley Grapewin

43. Follow the Fleet (1936)

Approved | 110 min | Comedy, Musical, Romance

7.3
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A Navy sailor tries to rekindle a romance with the woman he loves while on liberty in San Francisco.

Writers: Dwight Taylor, Allan Scott, Hubert Osborne | Director: Mark Sandrich | Stars: Fred Astaire, Ginger Rogers, Randolph Scott, Harriet Hilliard

44. I Wake Up Screaming (1941)

Passed | 82 min | Crime, Drama, Film-Noir

7.3
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Why is Inspector Ed Cornell trying to railroad Frankie Christopher for the murder of model Vicky Lynn?

Writers: Dwight Taylor, Steve Fisher | Director: H. Bruce Humberstone | Stars: Betty Grable, Victor Mature, Carole Landis, Laird Cregar

45. The Hard Way (1943)

Approved | 109 min | Drama, Musical, Romance

7.3
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Embittered, ambitious Helen Sherman sees an opportunity to escape her drab small-town life by becoming a 'stage mother' to her musically-talented younger sister.

Writers: Daniel Fuchs, Peter Viertel | Director: Vincent Sherman | Stars: Ida Lupino, Joan Leslie, Dennis Morgan, Jack Carson

46. Nothing But the Truth (1941)

90 min | Comedy

7.3
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Stockbroker T.T.Ralston has promised his neice Gwen to double it if she can raise $20,000. for charity. But he connives so those she asks refuse to give her more than the $10,000 she's ... See full summary »

Writers: Ken Englund, Don Hartman, Frederic S. Isham, James Montgomery | Director: Elliott Nugent | Stars: Bob Hope, Paulette Goddard, Edward Arnold, Leif Erickson

47. Bowery to Broadway (1944)

94 min | Comedy

7.3
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Two Bowery vaudevillians find success in producing shows on Broadway, but when one of them suddenly departs to work for a beautiful woman, a feud erupts.

Writers: Arthur T. Horman, Edmund Joseph, Bart Lytton | Director: Charles Lamont | Stars: Maria Montez, Jack Oakie, Susanna Foster, Turhan Bey

48. The Spider's Web (1938)

Approved | 300 min | Crime, Action, Drama

7.3
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A crime fighter known as The Spider battles a villain called The Octopus, who is out to sabotage America and install his own government.

Writers: Robert E. Kent, George H. Plympton, Basil Dickey, Mart Ramson | Directors: James W. Horne, Ray Taylor | Stars: Warren Hull, Iris Meredith, Richard Fiske, Kenne Duncan

49. The Defense Rests (1934)

70 min | Drama

7.3
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Writer: Jo Swerling | Director: Lambert Hillyer | Stars: Jack Holt, Jean Arthur, Nat Pendleton, Arthur Hohl

50. The Bachelor's Daughters (1946)

Passed | 88 min | Comedy, Romance

7.3
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A semi-trifle with Adolphe Menjou as a department store floor walker who is persuaded by four husband-seeking salesgirls---two-bordering-on-three of which were well beyond the "girl" stage-... See full summary »

Writers: Andrew L. Stone, Frederick J. Jackson | Director: Andrew L. Stone | Stars: Gail Russell, Claire Trevor, Ann Dvorak, Adolphe Menjou