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1. The Godfather (1972)

R | 175 min | Crime, Drama

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100 Metascore

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

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

2. 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

3. The Rockford Files (1974–1980)

60 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

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

Creator: Stephen J. Cannell | Stars: James Garner, Noah Beery Jr., Joe Santos, Luis Delgado

4. A Streetcar Named Desire (1951)

PG | 122 min | Drama

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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.

Writers: Tennessee Williams, Oscar Saul | Director: Elia Kazan | Stars: Vivien Leigh, Marlon Brando, Kim Hunter, Karl Malden

5. On the Waterfront (1954)

Not Rated | 108 min | Crime, Drama

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88 Metascore

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

Writers: Budd Schulberg, Malcolm Johnson | Director: Elia Kazan | Stars: Marlon Brando, Karl Malden, Lee J. Cobb, Rod Steiger

6. Naked City (1958–1963)

60 min | Action, Crime, Drama

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The cases of the NYPD's 65th Precinct.

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

7. Kojak (1973–1978)

60 min | Action, Crime, Drama

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

Creator: Abby Mann | Stars: Telly Savalas, Dan Frazer, Kevin Dobson, George Savalas

8. McMillan & Wife (1971–1977)

120 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

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Attorney and US Navy vet Stuart "Mac" McMillan is appointed Commissioner of Police for the city of San Francisco. He often handles the very high profile cases personally. Helping him out on... See full summary »

Creator: Leonard Stern | Stars: Rock Hudson, John Schuck, Susan Saint James, Nancy Walker

9. ABC Afterschool Specials (1972–1997)

60 min | Adventure, Comedy, Drama

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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

10. Quincy M.E. (1976–1983)

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

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

Creators: Glen A. Larson, Lou Shaw | Stars: Jack Klugman, John S. Ragin, Robert Ito, Joseph Roman

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

R | 104 min | Action, Crime, Thriller

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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?

Writers: John Godey, Peter Stone | Director: Joseph Sargent | Stars: Walter Matthau, Robert Shaw, Martin Balsam, Hector Elizondo

12. Hercules in New York (1969)

G | 75 min | Adventure, Family, Fantasy

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

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

13. The Untouchables (1959–1963)

50 min | Action, Crime, Drama

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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

14. The Rose (1979)

R | 125 min | Drama, Music

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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.

Writers: Bo Goldman, Bill Kerby | Director: Mark Rydell | Stars: Bette Midler, Alan Bates, Frederic Forrest, Harry Dean Stanton

15. Baretta (1975–1978)

60 min | Crime, Drama

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The cases of maverick undercover New York detective Tony Baretta.

Creator: Stephen J. Cannell | Stars: Robert Blake, Tom Ewell, Edward Grover, Michael D. Roberts

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

434 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

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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

17. BUtterfield 8 (1960)

109 min | Drama

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

Writers: John O'Hara, Charles Schnee, John Michael Hayes | Director: Daniel Mann | Stars: Elizabeth Taylor, Laurence Harvey, Eddie Fisher, Dina Merrill

18. Middle of the Night (1959)

Approved | 118 min | Drama

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

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

19. Playhouse 90 (1956–1961)

90 min | Comedy, Crime, Drama

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

20. Petrocelli (1974–1976)

60 min | Drama, Crime

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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 »

Creators: Harold Buchman, Sidney J. Furie | Stars: Barry Newman, Susan Howard, Albert Salmi, Fred Stromsoe

21. Run Silent Run Deep (1958)

TV-PG | 93 min | War, Action, Drama

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

Writers: John Gay, Edward L. Beach | Director: Robert Wise | Stars: Clark Gable, Burt Lancaster, Jack Warden, Brad Dexter

22. The Super Cops (1974)

R | 90 min | Action, Comedy, Crime

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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".

Writers: Lorenzo Semple Jr., L.H. Whittemore | Director: Gordon Parks | Stars: Ron Leibman, David Selby, Sheila Frazier, Pat Hingle

23. Studio One in Hollywood (1948–1958)

60 min | Drama

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

24. Miss Sadie Thompson (1953)

Approved | 91 min | Drama, Musical, Romance

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

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

25. The Defenders (1961–1965)

60 min | Drama

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

Creator: Reginald Rose | Stars: E.G. Marshall, Robert Reed, Ossie Davis, J.D. Cannon

26. N.Y.P.D. (1967–1969)

30 min | Crime, Drama

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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.

Creators: Arnold Perl, David Susskind | Stars: Jack Warden, Robert Hooks, Frank Converse, Ted Beniades

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

R | 108 min | Drama, Comedy

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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.

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

28. Kraft Theatre (1947–1958)

60 min | Drama

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

29. Empire (1962–1964)

60 min | Western, Drama

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Creator: Kathleen Hite | Stars: Richard Egan, Ryan O'Neal, Anne Seymour, Terry Moore

30. Nightfall (1957)

78 min | Crime, Drama, Film-Noir

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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.

Writers: Stirling Silliphant, David Goodis | Director: Jacques Tourneur | Stars: Aldo Ray, Anne Bancroft, Brian Keith, Jocelyn Brando

31. 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

32. Suspense (1949–1954)

25 min | Drama, Mystery, Thriller

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

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

33. Lux Video Theatre (1950–1959)

30 min | Comedy, Drama

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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

34. Arrest and Trial (1963–1964)

90 min | Crime, Drama

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

35. Move (1970)

R | 90 min | Comedy, Fantasy

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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.

Writers: Joel Lieber, Stan Hart | Director: Stuart Rosenberg | Stars: Elliott Gould, Paula Prentiss, Geneviève Waïte, John Larch

36. The Mountain Road (1960)

102 min | Drama, War

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Writers: Alfred Hayes, Theodore H. White | Director: Daniel Mann | Stars: James Stewart, Lisa Lu, Glenn Corbett, Harry Morgan

37. The Brothers Rico (1957)

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

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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.

Writers: Georges Simenon, Lewis Meltzer, Ben Perry | Director: Phil Karlson | Stars: Richard Conte, Dianne Foster, Kathryn Grant, Larry Gates

38. Stand by Your Man (1981 TV Movie)

120 min | Biography, Drama, Music

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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.

Writers: John Gay, Tammy Wynette, Joan Dew | Director: Jerry Jameson | Stars: Annette O'Toole, Tim McIntire, Cooper Huckabee, James Hampton

39. Play of the Week (1959–1961)

Comedy, Drama, Fantasy

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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

40. Skag (1980– )

60 min | Drama

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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 »

Creator: Abby Mann | Stars: Karl Malden, Piper Laurie, Craig Wasson, Peter Gallagher

41. Armstrong Circle Theatre (1950–1963)

60 min | Drama

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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

42. 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

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

60 min | Drama

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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

44. Cry of the Penguins (1971)

101 min | Adventure

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Womanizing biologist studies life in colony of penguins.

Writers: Graham Billing, Anthony Shaffer | Director: Alfred Viola | Stars: John Hurt, Hayley Mills, Dudley Sutton, Tony Britton

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

60 min | Drama

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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, Dana Elcar, Hilda Simms

46. Because They're Young (1960)

102 min | Drama

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

Writers: John Farris, James Gunn | Director: Paul Wendkos | Stars: Dick Clark, Victoria Shaw, Michael Callan, Tuesday Weld

47. The Hard Man (1957)

Approved | 80 min | Western

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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.

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

48. Brenner (1959– )

30 min | Crime, Drama

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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

49. The Web (1950–1954)

30 min | Drama

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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

50. Harbormaster (1957–1958)

30 min | Adventure

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Stories of a New England crime chaser in a sailboat.

Stars: Barry Sullivan, Paul Burke, Mike Keene, Evan Elliott