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1. The Avengers (1961–1969)

60 min | Action, Comedy, Crime

8.4
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A quirky spy show of the adventures of an eccentricly suave British agent and his predominately female partners.

Creator: Sydney Newman | Stars: Patrick Macnee, Diana Rigg, Honor Blackman, Linda Thorson

Votes: 3,742

2. Rome (2005–2007)

TV-MA | 90 min | Action, Drama, History

8.9
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A down-to-earth account of the lives of both illustrious and ordinary Romans set in the last days of the Roman Republic.

Creators: William J. MacDonald, John Milius | Stars: Kevin McKidd, Ray Stevenson, Polly Walker, Kerry Condon

Votes: 94,655

3. The Fifth Element (1997)

PG-13 | 126 min | Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi

7.6
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52 Metascore

In the colorful future, a cab driver unwittingly becomes the central figure in the search for a legendary cosmic weapon to keep Evil and Mr Zorg at bay.

Writers: Luc Besson, Robert Mark Kamen | Director: Luc Besson | Stars: Bruce Willis, Milla Jovovich, Gary Oldman, Ian Holm

Votes: 308,845

4. Minority Report (2002)

PG-13 | 145 min | Action, Mystery, Sci-Fi

7.7
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80 Metascore

In a future where a special police unit is able to arrest murderers before they commit their crimes, an officer from that unit is himself accused of a future murder.

Writers: Philip K. Dick, Scott Frank, Jon Cohen | Director: Steven Spielberg | Stars: Tom Cruise, Colin Farrell, Samantha Morton, Max von Sydow

Votes: 362,081

5. The Pianist (2002)

R | 150 min | Biography, Drama, War

8.5
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85 Metascore

A Polish Jewish musician struggles to survive the destruction of the Warsaw ghetto of World War II.

Writers: Ronald Harwood, Wladyslaw Szpilman | Director: Roman Polanski | Stars: Adrien Brody, Thomas Kretschmann, Frank Finlay, Emilia Fox

Votes: 425,008

6. Doctor Who (1963–1989)

TV-PG | 45 min | Adventure, Drama, Family

8.6
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Time and Space traveling adventures of a Gallifreyan Time Lord only known as the Doctor and his companions, traveling through time and space.

Creator: Sydney Newman | Stars: William Hartnell, Patrick Troughton, Jon Pertwee, Tom Baker

Votes: 20,825

7. NYPD Blue (1993–2005)

TV-14 | 45 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

7.5
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NYPD Detectives of Manhattan's fictional 15th precinct investigate criminal cases.

Creators: Steven Bochco, David Milch | Stars: Dennis Franz, Gordon Clapp, James McDaniel, Bill Brochtrup

Votes: 7,984

8. Lawrence of Arabia (1962)

PG | 216 min | Adventure, Biography, Drama

8.4
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100 Metascore

Follows a brilliant, flamboyant and controversial British military figure and his conflicted loyalties during wartime service.

Writers: T.E. Lawrence, Robert Bolt, Michael Wilson | Director: David Lean | Stars: Peter O'Toole, Alec Guinness, Anthony Quinn, Jack Hawkins

Votes: 168,132

9. New Tricks (2003– )

60 min | Comedy, Crime, Drama

7.9
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Three retired police officers are drafted in to solve cold cases, with a touch of comedy and drama

Creators: Nigel McCrery, Roy Mitchell | Stars: Dennis Waterman, Amanda Redman, Alun Armstrong, James Bolam

Votes: 2,869

10. The Bill (1984–2010)

50 min | Crime, Drama

6.5
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Episodes follow uniform officers and detectives from an inner London police station as they enforce law and order on a day to day basis.

Creator: Geoff McQueen | Stars: Graham Cole, Trudie Goodwin, Jeff Stewart, Simon Rouse

Votes: 1,672

11. Heartbeat (1992– )

50 min | Drama, Comedy, Crime

6.8
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The 1960s lives and adventures of the police constabulary, medical staff and residents of Ashfordly and Aidensfield.

Stars: William Simons, Derek Fowlds, Tricia Penrose, Mark Jordon

Votes: 1,586

12. Casualty (1986– )

50 min | Drama

6.0
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The everyday lives of the people frequenting the frenetic Accident and Emergency department of Holby City hospital.

Creators: Jeremy Brock, Paul Unwin | Stars: Derek Thompson, Suzanne Packer, Ian Bleasdale, Jane Hazlegrove

Votes: 1,375

13. Jonathan Creek (1997–2014)

120 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

8.2
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Working from his home in a converted windmill, Jonathan Creek is a magician with a natural ability for solving puzzles. He soon puts this ability to the use of solving impossible crimes and mysterious murders.

Stars: Alan Davies, Caroline Quentin, Stuart Milligan, Julia Sawalha

Votes: 4,394

14. Waking the Dead (2000– )

100 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

7.9
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Detective Superintendent Peter Boyd is the leader of a police team which investigates unsolved murders using modern technology.

Creator: Barbara Machin | Stars: Trevor Eve, Sue Johnston, Wil Johnson, Tara Fitzgerald

Votes: 3,507

15. Holby City (1999– )

60 min | Drama

5.8
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The everyday lives, professional and personal, of the doctors, nurses and patients who find themselves, for various reasons, in the wards of the frenetic cardiac unit of Holby City General Hospital.

Stars: Hugh Quarshie, Tina Hobley, Paul Bradley, Rosie Marcel

Votes: 856

16. Watership Down (1978)

PG | 101 min | Animation, Adventure, Drama

7.7
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A group of rabbits flee their doomed warren and face many dangers to find and protect their new home.

Writers: Richard Adams, Martin Rosen | Director: Martin Rosen | Stars: John Hurt, Richard Briers, Ralph Richardson, Michael Graham Cox

Votes: 22,363

17. Hunter (1984–1991)

48 min | Action, Crime, Drama

6.8
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Rick Hunter is a renegade cop who breaks the rules and takes justice into his own hands. Partnered with the equally stunning and rebellious Sgt. McCall, the tough-minded duo set out to crack down on L.A.'s slimiest criminals.

Creator: Frank Lupo | Stars: Fred Dryer, Stepfanie Kramer, Charles Hallahan, Perry Cook

Votes: 1,903

18. Doctors (2000– )

30 min | Drama

5.2
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The daily lives of staff at a Birmingham medical practice, including their often dramatic involvements with their patients.

Stars: Diane Keen, Adrian Lewis Morgan, Stirling Gallacher, Jan Pearson

Votes: 632

19. Rosemary & Thyme (2003–2006)

60 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

7.6
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Set amongst the stunning gardens of Europe, Rosemary Boxer and Laura Thyme, two professional gardeners, find themselves drawn into solving mysterious crimes.

Stars: Felicity Kendal, Pam Ferris, Ryan Philpott, Daisy Dunlop

Votes: 1,795

20. The Saint (1962–1969)

48 min | Action, Comedy, Crime

7.6
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The exploits of a charming, modern-day Robin Hood.

Stars: Roger Moore, Ivor Dean, Leslie Crawford, Justine Lord

Votes: 2,369

21. Bergerac (1981–1991)

90 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

6.8
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Alcoholic and divorced father of a young daughter, DS Jim Bergerac is a true maverick who prefers doing things his own way, and consequently doesn't always carry out his investigations the way his boss would like.

Creator: Robert Banks Stewart | Stars: John Nettles, Terence Alexander, Sean Arnold, Mela White

Votes: 619

22. The Professionals (1977–1983)

50 min | Action, Comedy, Crime

8.1
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This series chronicled the lives of Bodie and Doyle, top agents for Britain's CI5 (Criminal Intelligence 5), and their controller, George Cowley. The mandate of CI5 was to fight terrorism ... See full summary »

Creator: Brian Clemens | Stars: Gordon Jackson, Martin Shaw, Lewis Collins, Bridget Brice

Votes: 1,461

23. Walt Disney's Wonderful World of Color (1954–1992)

Unrated | 120 min | Adventure, Biography, Drama

8.7
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A Disney-produced anthology covering many different genres.

Stars: Walt Disney, Kevin Corcoran, Paul Frees, Slim Pickens

Votes: 943

24. I, Claudius (1976 TV Mini-Series)

Not Rated | 669 min | Drama, History

9.1
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The history of the Roman Empire as experienced by one of its rulers.

Stars: Derek Jacobi, John Hurt, Siân Phillips, Brian Blessed

Votes: 8,816

25. Tai-Pan (1986)

R | 127 min | Adventure

5.4
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Tai-Pan is Chinese for "supreme leader". This is the man with real power to his hands. And such a Tai-Pan is Dirk Struan who is obsessed by his plan to make Hong Kong the "jewel in the ... See full summary »

Writers: John Briley, James Clavell, Stanley Mann | Director: Daryl Duke | Stars: Bryan Brown, Joan Chen, John Stanton, Tim Guinee

Votes: 1,206

26. Porridge (1974–1977)

45 min | Comedy

8.3
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The prison life of Fletcher, a criminal serving a five-year sentence, as he strives to bide his time, keep his record clean, and refuses to be ground down by the prison system.

Stars: Ronnie Barker, Brian Wilde, Fulton Mackay, Richard Beckinsale

Votes: 3,029

27. Charlotte Gray (2001)

PG-13 | 121 min | Drama, Romance, Thriller

6.4
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48 Metascore

A young Scottish woman joins the French Resistance during World War II to rescue her Royal Air Force boyfriend who is lost in France.

Writers: Sebastian Faulks, Jeremy Brock | Director: Gillian Armstrong | Stars: Cate Blanchett, James Fleet, Abigail Cruttenden, Charlotte McDougall

Votes: 8,510

28. Kaleidoscope (1966)

103 min | Comedy, Crime

6.0
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Romantic comedy which has Barney Lincoln and Angel McGinnis as a pair of amorous adventurers in the gambling places of London and the Riviera. Barney Lincoln is a rambling gambling man who ... See full summary »

Writers: Robert Carrington, Jane-Howard Carrington | Director: Jack Smight | Stars: Warren Beatty, Susannah York, Clive Revill, Eric Porter

Votes: 501

29. Jake and the Fatman (1987–1992)

120 min | Crime, Drama

6.4
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Veteran district attorney "Fatman" McCabe solves cases with the help of his easygoing private investigator partner Jake Styles.

Creators: Douglas Stefen Borghi, Dean Hargrove, Joel Steiger | Stars: William Conrad, Joe Penny, Alan Campbell, Olga Russell

Votes: 1,240

30. Eye of the Needle (1981)

R | 112 min | Romance, Thriller, War

7.1
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A ruthless German spy, trying to get out of Britain with vital information about D-Day, must spend time with a young woman and her crippled husband.

Writers: Ken Follett, Stanley Mann | Director: Richard Marquand | Stars: Donald Sutherland, Kate Nelligan, Stephen MacKenna, Philip Martin Brown

Votes: 6,604

31. Blakes 7 (1978–1981)

50 min | Adventure, Drama, Sci-Fi

8.0
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A group of convicts and outcasts fight a guerrilla war against the totalitarian Terran Federation from a highly advanced alien spaceship.

Creator: Terry Nation | Stars: Michael Keating, Paul Darrow, Peter Tuddenham, Jan Chappell

Votes: 2,160

32. Split Second (1992)

R | 90 min | Action, Crime, Horror

6.2
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In a futuristic London, the rising sea levels mean that large areas are under feet of water. Hauer plays a cop who previously lost his partner to some strange creature. Now the creature is ... See full summary »

Writer: Gary Scott Thompson | Director: Tony Maylam | Stars: Rutger Hauer, Kim Cattrall, Alastair Duncan, Michael J. Pollard

Votes: 7,553

33. Henry VIII and His Six Wives (1972)

PG | 125 min | Drama

6.9
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On his deathbed, King Henry VIII looks back over his eventful life and his six marriages.

Writer: Ian Thorne | Director: Waris Hussein | Stars: Keith Michell, Donald Pleasence, Charlotte Rampling, Jane Asher

Votes: 458

34. The Message (1977)

PG | 177 min | Adventure, Biography, Drama

8.6
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This must-see epic depicts the birth of Islam. In the 7th century Mohammed is visited by Angel Gabriel who urges him to lead the people of Mecca and worship God. But they're exiled in ... See full summary »

Writers: H.A.L. Craig, Tewfik El-Hakim, A.B. Jawdat El-Sahhar, A.B. Rahman El-Sharkawi, Mohammad Ali Maher | Director: Moustapha Akkad | Stars: Anthony Quinn, Irene Papas, Michael Ansara, Johnny Sekka

Votes: 22,862

35. Crooks Anonymous (1962)

88 min | Comedy, Crime

6.2
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Forsdyke, a pathological petty thief subjects himself to a strict correction course run by a wealthy ex-con Widdowes and his Crooks Anonymous organization. Forsdyke's young and innocent ... See full summary »

Writers: Jack Davies, Henry Blyth | Director: Ken Annakin | Stars: Leslie Phillips, Stanley Baxter, Wilfrid Hyde-White, Julie Christie

Votes: 288

36. Tales of the Unexpected (1979–1988)

25 min | Horror, Thriller

7.8
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Dramatizations of many Roald Dahl short stories.

Stars: Roald Dahl, Andrew Ray, Forbes Collins, Richard Johnson

Votes: 707

37. Sherlock Holmes and the Leading Lady (1991 TV Movie)

PG | 187 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

6.0
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1910. Mycroft Holmes asks his brother Sherlock & Dr. Watson to travel to Viena and find the stolen plans & prototype for an electro-magnetic bomb detonator. Once there, they are reunited ... See full summary »

Writers: H.R.F. Keating, Bob Shayne | Director: Peter Sasdy | Stars: Christopher Lee, Patrick Macnee, Morgan Fairchild, John Bennett

Votes: 269

38. Secret Agent (1964–1966)

49 min | Action, Adventure, Crime

8.3
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Two years after the original "Danger Man" series concluded, it was revamped and retconned. The series returned in a longer format. (1 hour/episode instead of 30 minutes). John Drake was now... See full summary »

Stars: Patrick McGoohan, Peter Madden, Earl Cameron, Zia Mohyeddin

Votes: 618

39. The Mirror Crack'd (1980)

PG | 105 min | Crime, Mystery, Thriller

6.2
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Jane Marple solves the mystery when a local woman is poisoned and a visiting movie star seems to have been the intended victim.

Writers: Jonathan Hales, Barry Sandler | Director: Guy Hamilton | Stars: Angela Lansbury, Tony Curtis, Rock Hudson, Wendy Morgan

Votes: 4,288

40. The Plague Dogs (1982)

PG-13 | 103 min | Animation, Adventure, Drama

7.9
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Two dogs escape from a laboratory and are hunted as possible carriers of the bubonic plague.

Writers: Richard Adams, Martin Rosen | Director: Martin Rosen | Stars: John Hurt, Christopher Benjamin, James Bolam, Nigel Hawthorne

Votes: 3,913

41. A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum (1966)

Approved | 99 min | Comedy, Musical

7.0
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A wily slave must unite a virgin courtesan and his young smitten master to earn his freedom.

Writers: Melvin Frank, Michael Pertwee, Burt Shevelove, Larry Gelbart, Titus Maccius Plautus | Director: Richard Lester | Stars: Zero Mostel, Phil Silvers, Buster Keaton, Michael Crawford

Votes: 6,404

42. Priest (1994)

R | 98 min | Drama, Romance

7.2
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Father Greg Pilkington (Linus Roache) is torn between his call as a conservative Catholic priest and his secret life as a homosexual with a gay lover, frowned upon by the Church. Upon ... See full summary »

Writer: Jimmy McGovern | Director: Antonia Bird | Stars: Linus Roache, Tom Wilkinson, Robert Carlyle, Cathy Tyson

Votes: 7,470

43. Hell Comes to Frogtown (1988)

R | 86 min | Action, Comedy, Sci-Fi

5.5
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'Hell' is the name of the hero of the story. He's a prisoner of the women who now run the USA after a nuclear/biological war. Results of the war are that mutants have evolved, and the human... See full summary »

Writers: Donald G. Jackson, Randall Frakes | Directors: Donald G. Jackson, R.J. Kizer | Stars: Julius LeFlore, RCB, Roddy Piper, William Smith

Votes: 2,682

44. The Forsyte Saga (1967 TV Mini-Series)

50 min | Drama

8.5
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The extended Forsyte family live a more than pleasant upper middle class life in Victorian and later Edwardian England. The two central characters are Soames Forsyte and his cousin Jolyon ... See full summary »

Stars: Eric Porter, Margaret Tyzack, Nyree Dawn Porter, June Barry

Votes: 530

45. Victim (1961)

90 min | Crime, Drama

7.8
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A prominent lawyer goes after a blackmailer who threatens gay men with exposure (homosexual acts still being illegal). But he's gay himself...

Writers: Janet Green, John McCormick | Director: Basil Dearden | Stars: Dirk Bogarde, Sylvia Syms, Dennis Price, Anthony Nicholls

Votes: 3,050

46. Boon (1986–1992)

60 min | Drama, Comedy

6.5
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Ken Boon and Harry Crawford are two middle-aged ex-firemen who start out in business together, initially in Birmingham and later in Nottingham. During the seven series (1986-1992), Ken ... See full summary »

Creators: Jim Hill, William Stair | Stars: Michael Elphick, David Daker, Neil Morrissey, Elizabeth Carling

Votes: 351

47. The Trials of Oscar Wilde (1960)

123 min | Biography, Drama, History

7.1
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At the height of his fame (his plays being much celebrated in London in the 1890's), Oscar Wilde angers the Marquis of Queensberry by having what is whispered and gossiped as a romantic ... See full summary »

Writers: John Furnell, Ken Hughes, Montgomery Hyde | Director: Ken Hughes | Stars: Peter Finch, Yvonne Mitchell, James Mason, Nigel Patrick

Votes: 531

48. Mystery!: Cadfael (1994–1996)

75 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

8.2
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A Crusader-turned-Monk uses his botanical knowledge to solve mysteries in the old Norman England town of Shrewsbury.

Stars: Derek Jacobi, Michael Culver, Julian Firth, Terrence Hardiman

Votes: 1,589

49. Survivors (1975–1977)

50 min | Drama, Sci-Fi

8.2
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When a genetically engineered virus kills ninety-five percent of the world's population, the survivors must rebuild humanity in the face of overwhelming odds. "Survivors" is a study of man ... See full summary »

Creator: Terry Nation | Stars: Lucy Fleming, Ian McCulloch, Denis Lill, Stephen Dudley

Votes: 703

50. Z Cars (1962–1978)

50 min | Crime, Drama

7.3
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A gritty drama which follows the work of the police force in the fictional northern English town of Newtown.

Stars: James Ellis, John Slater, Douglas Fielding, Bernard Holley

Votes: 158