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1. The Godfather (1972)

R | 175 min | Crime, Drama

9.2
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100 Metascore

The aging patriarch of an organized crime dynasty transfers control of his clandestine empire to his reluctant son.

Director: Francis Ford Coppola | Stars: Marlon Brando, Al Pacino, James Caan, Diane Keaton

Votes: 1,152,153 | Gross: $134.82M

2. 12 Angry Men (1957)

Not Rated | 96 min | Crime, Drama

8.9
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A jury holdout attempts to prevent a miscarriage of justice by forcing his colleagues to reconsider the evidence.

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

Votes: 445,859

3. The Taking of Pelham One Two Three (1974)

R | 104 min | Action, Crime, Thriller

7.7
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68 Metascore

In New York, armed men hijack a subway car and demand a ransom for the passengers. Even if it's paid, how could they get away?

Director: Joseph Sargent | Stars: Walter Matthau, Robert Shaw, Martin Balsam, Hector Elizondo

Votes: 19,818

4. BUtterfield 8 (1960)

109 min | Drama

6.4
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The romantic life of a fashionable Manhattan beauty who's part model, part call-girl, and all man-trap.

Director: Daniel Mann | Stars: Elizabeth Taylor, Laurence Harvey, Eddie Fisher, Dina Merrill

Votes: 4,305

5. The Rockford Files (1974–1980)

60 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

8.2
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The cases of an easy going ex-convict turned private investigator.

Stars: James Garner, Noah Beery Jr., Joe Santos, Luis Delgado

Votes: 4,756

6. A Streetcar Named Desire (1951)

PG | 122 min | Drama

8.0
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Disturbed Blanche DuBois moves in with her sister in New Orleans and is tormented by her brutish brother-in-law while her reality crumbles around her.

Director: Elia Kazan | Stars: Vivien Leigh, Marlon Brando, Kim Hunter, Karl Malden

Votes: 78,232

7. On the Waterfront (1954)

Not Rated | 108 min | Crime, Drama, Romance

8.2
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88 Metascore

An ex-prize fighter turned longshoreman struggles to stand up to his corrupt union bosses.

Director: Elia Kazan | Stars: Marlon Brando, Karl Malden, Lee J. Cobb, Rod Steiger

Votes: 100,491 | Gross: $9.60M

8. Kojak (1973–1978)

60 min | Action, Crime, Drama

7.1
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A bald police detective with a fiery righteous attitude battles crime in his city.

Stars: Telly Savalas, Dan Frazer, Kevin Dobson, George Savalas

Votes: 4,166

9. ABC Afterschool Specials (1972–1997)

60 min | Adventure, Comedy, Drama

6.9
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"ABC Afterschool Specials" was the umbrella show name for various educational shows that were shown in the afternoon, occasionally. Each episode was produced by a separate company.

Stars: Lance Kerwin, Samaria Graham, Mara Hobel, Alexa Kenin

Votes: 528

10. Hercules in New York (1970)

G | 75 min | Adventure, Family, Fantasy

3.2
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Hercules (Schwarzenegger) is sent to Earth where he finds true love and starts a promising career in the bodybuilder business.

Director: Arthur Allan Seidelman | Stars: Arnold Stang, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Deborah Loomis, James Karen

Votes: 14,301

11. Quincy M.E. (1976–1983)

TV-PG | 60 min | Drama, Mystery, Crime

7.3
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The cases of a coroner who investigates suspicious deaths that usually suggest murder.

Stars: Jack Klugman, John S. Ragin, Robert Ito, Joseph Roman

Votes: 3,412

12. The Godfather: A Novel for Television (1977 TV Mini-Series)

434 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

9.4
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The first two Godfather films were re-edited together in chronological order with additional footage added.

Stars: Marlon Brando, Al Pacino, Robert Duvall, James Caan

Votes: 2,659

13. The Rose (1979)

R | 125 min | Drama, Music, Romance

6.9
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The tragic life of a self-destructive female rock star who struggles to deal with the constant pressures of her career and the demands of her ruthless business manager.

Director: Mark Rydell | Stars: Bette Midler, Alan Bates, Frederic Forrest, Harry Dean Stanton

Votes: 6,127 | Gross: $29.20M

14. The Untouchables (1959–1963)

50 min | Action, Crime, Drama

8.1
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Special Agent Eliot Ness and his elite team of incorruptable agents battle organized crime in 1930s Chicago.

Stars: Robert Stack, Walter Winchell, Nicholas Georgiade, Paul Picerni

Votes: 1,568

15. McMillan & Wife (1971–1977)

120 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

7.2
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San Francisco Police Commissioner Stewart "Mac" McMillan and his amateur detective wife keep their marriage unpredictable while solving the city's most baffling crimes.

Stars: Rock Hudson, John Schuck, Susan Saint James, Nancy Walker

Votes: 1,310

16. Baretta (1975–1978)

60 min | Crime, Drama

6.8
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The cases of maverick undercover New York detective Tony Baretta.

Stars: Robert Blake, Tom Ewell, Michael D. Roberts, Edward Grover

Votes: 1,217

17. Run Silent Run Deep (1958)

Approved | 93 min | War, Action, Drama

7.4
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A U.S. sub commander, obsessed with sinking a certain Japanese ship, butts heads with his first officer and crew.

Director: Robert Wise | Stars: Clark Gable, Burt Lancaster, Jack Warden, Brad Dexter

Votes: 7,857

18. Naked City (1958–1963)

60 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

8.4
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The cases of the NYPD's 65th Precinct.

Stars: Harry Bellaver, Horace McMahon, Paul Burke, Nancy Malone

Votes: 704

19. The Defenders (1961–1965)

60 min | Drama

8.2
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A Father-Son lawyer duo take a variety of cases that often deal with the important issues of the day.

Stars: E.G. Marshall, Robert Reed, Polly Rowles, Ossie Davis

Votes: 240

20. Playhouse 90 (1956–1961)

90 min | Comedy, Crime, Drama

8.5
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Add a Plot

Stars: Richard Joy, Charles Bickford, Kim Hunter, Malcolm Atterbury

Votes: 187

21. Petrocelli (1974–1976)

60 min | Drama, Crime

7.4
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Tony Petrocelli is an Italian-American Harvard-educated lawyer who gave up the big money and frenetic pace of major-metropolitan life to practice in a sleepy city in the American Southwest.... See full summary »

Stars: Barry Newman, Susan Howard, Albert Salmi, Arnold Jeffers

Votes: 457

22. Miss Sadie Thompson (1953)

Approved | 91 min | Drama, Musical, Romance

6.0
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A self-righteous missionary man seeks to save the soul of a former prostitute.

Director: Curtis Bernhardt | Stars: Rita Hayworth, José Ferrer, Aldo Ray, Russell Collins

Votes: 980

23. Skag (1980– )

60 min | Drama

7.4
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Pete "Skag" Skagska is a 56-year-old union foreman of a Pittsburgh steel mill until a crippling stroke forced him to stay at home and try to put his life back together and deal with family ... See full summary »

Stars: Karl Malden, Piper Laurie, Craig Wasson, Peter Gallagher

Votes: 24

24. N.Y.P.D. (1967–1969)

30 min | Crime, Drama

7.7
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The three detectives fight every kind of criminal all over New York City. The show featured many actual New York locations, as well as episodes based on real New York police cases.

Stars: Jack Warden, Robert Hooks, Frank Converse, Ted Beniades

Votes: 190

25. Kraft Theatre (1947–1958)

60 min | Drama

8.5
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A well-received anthology series presenting live television dramas.

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

Votes: 93

26. Suspense (1949–1954)

25 min | Drama, Mystery, Thriller

8.3
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Live plays featuring people who were in dangerous and threatening situations.

Stars: Rex Marshall, Robert Emhardt, John Baragrey, Mildred Natwick

Votes: 114

27. Who Is Harry Kellerman and Why Is He Saying Those Terrible Things About Me? (1971)

R | 108 min | Drama, Comedy

5.7
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Georgie Soloway, a pop hit love song writer who cannot love, himself, or others. He spends his days with various women flying his plane, and dropping in to the world around him.

Director: Ulu Grosbard | Stars: Dustin Hoffman, Barbara Harris, Jack Warden, David Burns

Votes: 612

28. Studio One in Hollywood (1948–1958)

60 min | Drama

8.0
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A pinnacle of the Golden Age of Television, "Studio One" presented a wide range of memorable dramas and received 18-Emmy nominations and five wins during its prestigious nine-year-run on ... See full summary »

Stars: Betty Furness, Paul Branson, Paul Brenson, Mary Sinclair

Votes: 149

29. Nightfall (1956)

78 min | Crime, Drama, Film-Noir

7.2
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Through a series of bizarre coincidences artist finds himself falsely accused of bank robbery and murder and is pursued by the authorities and the real killers.

Director: Jacques Tourneur | Stars: Aldo Ray, Anne Bancroft, Brian Keith, Jocelyn Brando

Votes: 1,708

30. Lux Video Theatre (1950–1959)

30 min | Comedy, Drama

7.8
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Live dramatic shows featuring Hollywood stars. Initially, the show was a 30-minute weekly show but when it moved to NBC in August 1954, the show was extended to 60-minutes and the plays ... See full summary »

Stars: Ken Carpenter, Jay Jackson, Otto Kruger, Gordon MacRae

Votes: 64

31. The Super Cops (1974)

R | 90 min | Action, Comedy, Crime

6.6
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The true story of two New York City cops. Greenberg & Hantz fought the system, became detectives and were known on the streets as "Batman & Robin".

Director: Gordon Parks | Stars: Ron Leibman, David Selby, Sheila Frazier, Pat Hingle

Votes: 587

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

60 min | Comedy, Drama

8.4
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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, Hans Conried, Jeff Donnell

Votes: 77

33. Because They're Young (1960)

102 min | Drama

6.0
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New high school teacher tries to help troubled students and falls in love with the principal's secretary.

Director: Paul Wendkos | Stars: Dick Clark, Victoria Shaw, Michael Callan, Tuesday Weld

Votes: 234

34. Goodyear Playhouse (1951–1957)

60 min | Drama

8.2
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The show featured original plays plus plays adapted from works.

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

Votes: 38

35. The Doctors and the Nurses (1962–1965)

60 min | Drama

7.8
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The story takes place in a large hospital and revolves around two nurses, Liz Thorpe (Shirl Conway), the older head nurse, and Gail Lucas, the naive student nurse. The two nurses were ... See full summary »

Stars: Shirl Conway, Zina Bethune, Michael Tolan, Joseph Campanella

Votes: 49

36. The Mountain Road (1960)

102 min | Drama, War

6.3
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A US Army Major stationed in East China in 1944 is ordered to blow up military installations in order to slow down the advancing Japanese Army.

Director: Daniel Mann | Stars: James Stewart, Lisa Lu, Glenn Corbett, Harry Morgan

Votes: 406

37. Stand by Your Man (1981 TV Movie)

120 min | Biography, Drama, Music

6.9
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The rags-to-riches tale of country western queen, Tammy Wynette, follows her life from her impoverished childhood to country's First Lady and her two rocky marriages to fellow superstar George Jones.

Director: Jerry Jameson | Stars: Annette O'Toole, Tim McIntire, Cooper Huckabee, James Hampton

Votes: 120

38. Arrest and Trial (1963–1964)

90 min | Crime, Drama

8.0
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Los Angeles is where Sgt. Nick Anderson and his fellow officers work to keep the streets safe. After the arrest of the accused, attorney John Egan plans their defense while the prosecution is lead by Jerry Miller.

Stars: Ben Gazzara, Chuck Connors, Roger Perry, John Larch

Votes: 80

39. The Brothers Rico (1957)

Approved | 92 min | Crime, Drama, Film-Noir

6.9
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A retired mob accountant is drawn back in when his brothers, who have recently made a hit for the organization, decide to go to the authorities.

Director: Phil Karlson | Stars: Richard Conte, Dianne Foster, Kathryn Grant, Larry Gates

Votes: 529

40. Middle of the Night (1959)

Approved | 118 min | Drama

7.3
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A widowed businessman becomes obsessed with one of his employees, the divorcée Betty Preisser.

Director: Delbert Mann | Stars: Fredric March, Kim Novak, Glenda Farrell, Albert Dekker

Votes: 702

41. Play of the Week (1959–1961)

Comedy, Drama, Fantasy

6.8
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This syndicated anthology series staged a different play every week covering all genres - dramas, comedies, musicals, fantasies, mysteries, et al - utilizing some of the best talent appearing on Broadway

Stars: Myron McCormick, Cathleen Nesbitt, Frank Conroy, Kurt Kasznar

Votes: 32

42. Move (1970)

R | 90 min | Comedy, Fantasy

5.6
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A young playwright who writes porno novels to overcome a writer's block, lives the fantasies of one of his books, while trying to move with his wife from one apartment into a larger one.

Director: Stuart Rosenberg | Stars: Elliott Gould, Paula Prentiss, Geneviève Waïte, John Larch

Votes: 93

43. The Philco-Goodyear Television Playhouse (1948–1956)

60 min | Drama

8.2
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This live dramatic series featured original stories and adaptations of novels, plays, etc. during it's eight year run. During the first year, the show was sponsored by the Actor's Equity ... See full summary »

Stars: Bert Lytell, Jay Jackson, Bob Stanton, E.G. Marshall

Votes: 54

44. Empire (1962–1964)

60 min | Western, Drama

8.7
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Jim Redigo is foreman for the enormous Garrett Ranch owned by matriarch Lucia with her children Tal and Constance. Redigo had his hands full managing people, machines, and animals with a specific interest in the attractive Connie.

Stars: Richard Egan, Ryan O'Neal, Anne Seymour, Terry Moore

Votes: 33

45. Armstrong Circle Theatre (1950–1963)

60 min | Drama

8.2
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Documentary dramas - plays that were based on true stories, were the forte of Armstrong Circle Theater. Many movie actors and actresses got their start here.

Stars: Douglas Edwards, Sandy Becker, Bob Sherry, John Cameron Swayze

Votes: 57

46. Cry of the Penguins (1971)

101 min | Adventure

7.0
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Womanizing biologist studies life in colony of penguins.

Director: Alfred Viola | Stars: John Hurt, Hayley Mills, Dudley Sutton, Tony Britton

Votes: 204

47. Brenner (1959– )

30 min | Crime, Drama

8.0
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Roy is a hardened twenty year cop with the NYPD; his son Ernie is an idealistic rookie. Together they face and learn from their different views of life and work.

Stars: Edward Binns, James Broderick, Dick O'Neill, Walter Greaza

Votes: 24

48. The Hard Man (1957)

Approved | 80 min | Western

6.3
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A lawman becomes a deputy in a town where he suspects the friend he had to kill in self defense, was framed for murder.

Director: George Sherman | Stars: Guy Madison, Valerie French, Lorne Greene, Barry Atwater

Votes: 170

49. Brock's Last Case (1973 TV Movie)

100 min | Mystery

6.6
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A New York City cop who has retired to a small Western town is drawn into the local case of an Indian who is accused of murdering a sheriff.

Director: David Lowell Rich | Stars: Richard Widmark, Henry Darrow, Beth Brickell, David Huddleston

Votes: 54

50. The Web (1950–1954)

30 min | Drama

7.4
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Live dramas based on stories by members of the Mystery Writers of America

Stars: E.G. Marshall, Leslie Nielsen, Haila Stoddard, Mildred Dunnock

Votes: 27