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1. The Great Escape (1963)

Unrated | 172 min | Adventure, Drama, History

8.3
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Allied P.O.W.s plan for several hundred of their number to escape from a German camp during World War II.

Writers: Paul Brickhill, James Clavell, W.R. Burnett | Director: John Sturges | Stars: Steve McQueen, James Garner, Richard Attenborough, Charles Bronson

2. The Bridge on the River Kwai (1957)

PG | 161 min | Adventure, Drama, War

8.3
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After settling his differences with a Japanese PoW camp commander, a British colonel co-operates to oversee his men's construction of a railway bridge for their captors - while oblivious to a plan by the Allies to destroy it.

Writers: Pierre Boulle, Carl Foreman, Michael Wilson | Director: David Lean | Stars: William Holden, Alec Guinness, Jack Hawkins, Sessue Hayakawa

3. Alfred Hitchcock Presents (1955–1962)

25 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

8.7
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Master of suspense Alfred Hitchcock presents several short stories. The stories are invariably surprising, often containing elements of horror, comedy, suspense, and the supernatural.

Stars: Alfred Hitchcock, Harry Tyler, John Williams, Patricia Hitchcock

4. Cast a Giant Shadow (1966)

146 min | Adventure, Drama, History

6.4
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An American Army officer is recruited by the yet to exist Israel to help them form an army. He is disturbed by this sudden appeal to his jewish roots. Each of Israel's Arab neighbors has ... See full summary »

Writers: Ted Berkman, Melville Shavelson | Director: Melville Shavelson | Stars: Kirk Douglas, John Wayne, Frank Sinatra, Senta Berger

5. Went the Day Well? (1942)

92 min | Thriller, War

7.6
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An English village is occupied by disguised German paratroopers as an advance post for a planned invasion.

Writers: Graham Greene, John Dighton, Diana Morgan, Angus MacPhail | Director: Alberto Cavalcanti | Stars: Leslie Banks, C.V. France, Valerie Taylor, Marie Lohr

6. The Vikings (1958)

Action, Adventure

7.1
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Einar and Eric are two Viking half-brothers. The former is a great warrior whilst the other is an ex-slave, but neither knows the true identity of the other. When the throne of Northumbria ... See full summary »

Writers: Calder Willingham, Dale Wasserman, Edison Marshall | Director: Richard Fleischer | Stars: Kirk Douglas, Tony Curtis, Ernest Borgnine, Janet Leigh

7. The Pickwick Papers (1952)

Approved | 109 min | Comedy, Drama

7.1
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The Pickwick Club sends Mr. Pickwick and a group of friends to travel across England and to report back on the interesting things they find. In the course of their travels, they repeatedly ... See full summary »

Writers: Charles Dickens, Noel Langley | Director: Noel Langley | Stars: James Hayter, James Donald, Nigel Patrick, Joyce Grenfell

8. The Big Sleep (1978)

R | 99 min | Crime, Mystery, Romance

5.7
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Set in England, rather than California, the story follows Raymond Chandler's book fairly closely otherwise. Philip Marlowe is asked by the elderly (and near death) General Sternwood to ... See full summary »

Writers: Raymond Chandler, Michael Winner | Director: Michael Winner | Stars: Robert Mitchum, Sarah Miles, Richard Boone, Candy Clark

9. Ben Casey (1961–1966)

60 min | Drama

7.3
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Gritty realistic hospital drama featuring manly Dr. Casey against the medical establishment, at first under the watchful eye of Dr. Zorba and later under the thumb of Chief of Surgery Dr. Freeland.

Creator: James E. Moser | Stars: Vince Edwards, Sam Jaffe, Jeanne Bates, Harry Landers

10. Playhouse 90 (1956–1961)

90 min | Comedy, Crime, Drama

8.4
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Stars: Richard Joy, Charles Bickford, Kim Hunter, Franchot Tone

11. Five Million Years to Earth (1967)

Approved | 97 min | Sci-Fi, Horror

7.2
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An ancient Martian spaceship is unearthed in London, and proves to have powerful psychic effects on the people around.

Writer: Nigel Kneale | Director: Roy Ward Baker | Stars: James Donald, Andrew Keir, Barbara Shelley, Julian Glover

12. Lust for Life (1956)

TV-PG | 122 min | Biography, Drama

7.4
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The life of brilliant but tortured artist Vincent van Gogh.

Writers: Norman Corwin, Irving Stone | Directors: Vincente Minnelli, George Cukor | Stars: Kirk Douglas, Anthony Quinn, James Donald, Pamela Brown

13. In Which We Serve (1942)

Not Rated | 115 min | Drama, War

7.4
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This "story of a ship," the British destroyer HMS Torrin, is told in flash backs by survivors as they cling to a life raft.

Writer: Noel Coward | Directors: Noel Coward, David Lean | Stars: Noel Coward, John Mills, Derek Elphinstone, Michael Wilding

14. King Rat (1965)

Approved | 134 min | War, Drama

7.6
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A fast-taking wheeler-dealer corporal in a Malaysian POW camp during WWII uses bribery and larceny to take de facto control of the camp from his senior officers.

Writers: James Clavell, Bryan Forbes | Director: Bryan Forbes | Stars: George Segal, Tom Courtenay, James Fox, Patrick O'Neal

15. One of Our Aircraft Is Missing (1942)

82 min | Action, Drama, War

7.2
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When Nazi anti-aircraft fire damages a British bomber, its crew bails out and seeks help from the Dutch underground.

Writers: Emeric Pressburger, Michael Powell | Directors: Michael Powell, Emeric Pressburger | Stars: Godfrey Tearle, Eric Portman, Hugh Williams, Bernard Miles

16. The Way Ahead (1944)

91 min | War, Drama

7.1
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A group of conscripts are called up into the infantry during WWII. At first they appear a hopeless bunch but their sergeant and Lieutenant have faith in them and mould them into a good team... See full summary »

Writers: Eric Ambler, Peter Ustinov | Director: Carol Reed | Stars: David Niven, Stanley Holloway, James Donald, John Laurie

17. Beau Brummell (1954)

Approved | 113 min | Biography, Drama

6.5
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In 19th century England, captain George Brummell is an upper-class dandy. He has to leave the army after having insulted the crown prince. This gives him the opportunity to start a smear ... See full summary »

Writers: Karl Tunberg, Clyde Fitch | Director: Curtis Bernhardt | Stars: Stewart Granger, Elizabeth Taylor, Peter Ustinov, Robert Morley

18. Third Man on the Mountain (1959)

Approved | 105 min | Adventure, Drama, Family

7.4
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A boy attempts to realize his father's dream of climbing an alpine peak known as the Citadel.

Writers: Eleanore Griffin, James Ramsey Ullman | Director: Ken Annakin | Stars: Michael Rennie, James MacArthur, Janet Munro, James Donald

19. ITV Play of the Week (1955–1974)

Comedy, Drama

7.6
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Stars: Peter Wyngarde, Charles Lloyd Pack, Derek Francis, Alfred Burke

20. The Dick Powell Theatre (1961–1963)

60 min | Comedy, Drama

8.0
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Powell served as host and, in early shows at least, occasional star in this dramatic anthology. It was his last television series and contained his last filmed acting (episode: 'The ... See full summary »

Creator: Richard Alan Simmons | Stars: Dick Powell, David Niven, June Allyson, Larry J. Blake

21. Hannibal Brooks (1969)

PG-13 | 101 min | Comedy, Adventure, War

6.9
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A prisoner of war working at a zoo gets the chance to escape from the Germans, so he does and he takes with him the elephant that he's been caring for. Together they head for the Swiss border and freedom.

Writers: Michael Winner, Tom Wright, Dick Clement, Ian La Frenais | Director: Michael Winner | Stars: Oliver Reed, John Alderton, Michael J. Pollard, Wolfgang Preiss

22. Conduct Unbecoming (1975)

PG | 107 min | Drama, Crime, Mystery

6.4
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At a British Regimental party in Colonial India the widow of Captain Scarlett is assaulted in the garden and she accuses one of the newly arrived junior lieutenants of the crime.

Writers: Robert Enders, Barry England | Director: Michael Anderson | Stars: Michael York, Richard Attenborough, Trevor Howard, Stacy Keach

23. The Royal Hunt of the Sun (1969)

G | 118 min | Adventure, Drama

6.6
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The Spanish explorer Pizarro captures the Inca god-chief Atahualpa and promises to free him upon the delivery of a hoard of gold. But Pizarro finds himself torn between his desire for ... See full summary »

Writers: Peter Shaffer, Philip Yordan | Director: Irving Lerner | Stars: Robert Shaw, Christopher Plummer, Nigel Davenport, Leonard Whiting

24. Bob Hope Presents the Chrysler Theatre (1963–1967)

60 min | Adventure, Drama, Comedy

7.9
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Legendary entertainer Bob Hope hosted, and occasionally starred in, one of the last major anthology series on network TV. Both dramatic and comedy shows were presented, featuring many of ... See full summary »

Stars: Bob Hope, Jack Weston, Jack Kelly, Ricardo Montalban

25. Suspicion (1957–1958)

60 min | Drama

8.5
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The show consisted of 40 episodes, half were live and half were on film. The shows, often involving murder, were designed to confuse and mystify the audience and dealt with their fears and ... See full summary »

Stars: Dennis O'Keefe, Mike Ragan, Marian Seldes, Jack Klugman

26. Edward, My Son (1949)

112 min | Drama

6.6
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Arnold Boult is determined to make his son a success at all costs. He commits arson, causes two suicides, and bribes people. His wife, unable to leave him, becomes alcoholic and dies. His ... See full summary »

Writers: Robert Morley, Noel Langley, Donald Ogden Stewart | Director: George Cukor | Stars: Spencer Tracy, Deborah Kerr, Ian Hunter, James Donald

27. BBC Sunday-Night Theatre (1950–1959)

Drama

7.7
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Series of television plays performed live.

Stars: Brian Rix, Victor Platt, Peter Cushing, Michael Brennan

28. David Copperfield (1969 TV Movie)

120 min | Drama

6.2
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The legendary novel by Charles Dickens comes to life in this colorful interpretation directed by Delbert Mann.

Writers: Charles Dickens, Jack Pulman | Director: Delbert Mann | Stars: Richard Attenborough, Cyril Cusack, Edith Evans, Pamela Franklin

29. The Jokers (1967)

94 min | Comedy, Crime

7.3
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Oliver Reed and Michael Crawford play two brothers who are always trying to find some way to succeed with cleverness rather than simple drudgery. Crawford is constantly living in his ... See full summary »

Writers: Dick Clement, Ian La Frenais, Michael Winner | Director: Michael Winner | Stars: Michael Crawford, Oliver Reed, Harry Andrews, James Donald

30. San Demetrio London (1943)

104 min | Adventure, Drama

7.0
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The San Demetrio of the title is a British merchant ship in an Atlantic convoy in 1940. Disabled and left to the mercy of patrolling U-boats the crew must keep her afloat and out of harms ... See full summary »

Writers: Robert Hamer, Charles Frend, F. Tennyson Jesse | Directors: Charles Frend, Robert Hamer | Stars: Arthur Young, Walter Fitzgerald, Ralph Michael, Neville Mapp

31. Play of the Week (1959–1961)

Comedy, Drama, Fantasy

6.7
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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

32. Glory at Sea (1952)

100 min | Adventure, Drama, War

6.3
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The captain of a old destroyer in 1940 struggles with his crew as well as the Nazis.

Writers: Ivan Goff, Ben Roberts, William Fairchild, Hugh Hastings, William Rose | Director: Compton Bennett | Stars: Trevor Howard, Richard Attenborough, Sonny Tufts, James Donald

33. The DuPont Show of the Month (1957–1961)

90 min | Comedy, Drama, History

7.1
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Stars: James Valentine, Hurd Hatfield, Tim O'Connor, Max Adrian

34. The Gay Lady (1949)

Passed | 91 min | Comedy, Music, Romance

6.7
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In the 1890s Trottie True moves from bit theatre parts to stardom and from balloonist Sid Skinner to more prominent men. Later on she wonders if Sid wasn't better after all and seeks to ... See full summary »

Writers: S.J. Simon, Caryl Brahms, Denis Freeman | Director: Brian Desmond Hurst | Stars: Jean Kent, James Donald, Hugh Sinclair, Lana Morris

35. ITV Television Playhouse (1955–1967)

60 min | Drama

8.0
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Stars: Campbell Singer, Dinsdale Landen, Thomas Heathcote, Miriam Karlin

36. Cage of Gold (1950)

83 min | Crime, Drama

6.5
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A young bride believes her husband has been killed. After a suitable period of mourning, she re-marries. But then her "dead" husband comes back and tries to extort money from her.

Writers: Paul L. Stein, Jack Whittingham, Jack Whittington | Director: Basil Dearden | Stars: Jean Simmons, David Farrar, James Donald, Herbert Lom

37. The Errol Flynn Theatre (1956– )

30 min | Drama, Comedy, Mystery

6.9
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Anthology series hosted by matinee idol Errol Flynn.

Stars: Errol Flynn, Patrice Wymore, Christopher Lee, Valerie Ward

38. Brandy for the Parson (1952)

Approved | Comedy, Crime, Romance

7.1
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A young couple get involved with a smuggler.

Writers: Geoffrey Household, Walter Meade, John Dighton | Director: John Eldridge | Stars: James Donald, Kenneth More, Jean Lodge, Frederick Piper

39. Project M7 (1953)

86 min | Drama, Sci-Fi

6.0
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A secret jet aircraft capable of traveling three times the speed of sound is being developed by a group of scientists secretly. On the day of the test flight, one of the scientists dies in ... See full summary »

Writers: William Fairchild, John Pudney | Director: Anthony Asquith | Stars: Phyllis Calvert, James Donald, Robert Beatty, Herbert Lom

40. Pygmalion (1963 TV Movie)

75 min

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Writers: Robert Hartung, George Bernard Shaw | Director: George Schaefer | Stars: Julie Harris, James Donald, Gladys Cooper, George Rose

41. Alibi (1942)

66 min | Crime, Mystery

6.8
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A bar hostess (Lockwood) is used by a killer to obtain an alibi.

Writers: Marcel Achard, Roy Carter, Jacques Companéez, Brian Desmond Hurst, Herbert Juttke, Lesley Storm | Director: Brian Desmond Hurst | Stars: Margaret Lockwood, Hugh Sinclair, James Mason, Raymond Lovell

42. White Corridors (1951)

102 min | Drama

7.4
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The scene is Yeoman's Hospital, set in the English Midlands, soon after the NHS was founded. Sophie Dean, a young and gifted surgeon, is torn between her love for pathologist Dr Neil ... See full summary »

Writers: Helen Ashton, David E. Jackson, Pat Jackson, Jan Read | Director: Pat Jackson | Stars: Googie Withers, James Donald, Godfrey Tearle, Petula Clark

43. Destiny of a Spy (1969 TV Movie)

120 min | Drama

7.0
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A veteran Russian spy is brought out of retirement to be sent to the West to do an important sabotage job. However, he finds himself falling in love with an attractive British double agent.

Writers: John Blackburn, Stanford Whitmore | Director: Boris Sagal | Stars: Lorne Greene, Rachel Roberts, Anthony Quayle, James Donald

44. The Hideout (1948)

67 min | Thriller

6.5
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A husband and wife stop to help two men in a car crash only to find they are criminals on the run.

Writers: George Barraud, Derek Neame, Julian Orde, Robert Westerby | Director: Fergus McDonell | Stars: Valerie Hobson, James Donald, Howard Keel, David Greene

45. Victoria Regina (1961 TV Movie)

77 min | Drama

8.4
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Writers: Robert Hartung, Laurence Housman | Director: George Schaefer | Stars: Julie Harris, James Donald, Basil Rathbone, Pamela Brown

46. Saint Joan (1967 TV Movie)

120 min | Biography, Drama

8.9
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A television adaptation of George Bernard Shaw's play about the life, battles and subsequent trial of Joan of Arc, based on the kept records from her trial.

Writers: Robert Hartung, George Bernard Shaw | Director: George Schaefer | Stars: Theodore Bikel, David Birney, Geneviève Bujold, James Daly

47. Fredric March Presents Tales from Dickens (1958– )

30 min | Drama

7.7
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Stars: Fredric March, Robert Arditti, John Salew, Martin Stephens

48. Broken Journey (1948)

89 min | Drama

5.9
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A plane flying over the Swiss Alps develops engine trouble and is forced to crash-land on a glacier. Unable to radio for help because of damaged batteries and with limited food supplies, ... See full summary »

Writer: Robert Westerby | Directors: Ken Annakin, Michael C. Chorlton | Stars: Phyllis Calvert, James Donald, Margot Grahame, Francis L. Sullivan

49. Twelfth Night (1939 TV Movie)

150 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

8.4
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Writer: William Shakespeare | Director: Michel Saint-Denis | Stars: Peggy Ashcroft, Michael Redgrave, Esmond Knight, George Hayes

50. Thursday Theatre (1964–1965)

Drama

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Stars: John Sharp, Paul Rogers, Laurence Hardy, Marjorie Rhodes