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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: 3,790

2. The Thief of Bagdad (1940)

Not Rated | 106 min | Adventure, Family, Fantasy

7.6
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After being tricked and cast out of Bagdad by the evil Jaffar, King Ahmad joins forces with a thief named Abu to reclaim his throne, the city, and the Princess he loves.

Writers: Miles Malleson, Lajos Biró, Miklós Rózsa | Directors: Ludwig Berger, Michael Powell, Tim Whelan, Alexander Korda, Zoltan Korda, William Cameron Menzies | Stars: Conrad Veidt, Sabu, June Duprez, John Justin

Votes: 8,623

3. We Dive at Dawn (1943)

98 min | Action, Drama, War

6.8
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All leave is canceled so that a British submarine can be sent after a new German warship. They chase it so far that they have no fuel to get home.

Writers: J.B. Williams, Val Valentine | Director: Anthony Asquith | Stars: John Mills, Louis Bradfield, Ronald Millar, Jack Watling

Votes: 843

4. Kind Hearts and Coronets (1949)

Not Rated | 106 min | Comedy, Crime

8.2
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A distant poor relative of the Duke of D'Ascoyne plots to inherit the title by murdering the eight other heirs who stand ahead of him in the line of succession.

Writers: Roy Horniman, Robert Hamer, John Dighton | Director: Robert Hamer | Stars: Dennis Price, Alec Guinness, Valerie Hobson, Joan Greenwood

Votes: 23,843

5. No Highway in the Sky (1951)

Approved | 98 min | Drama, Thriller

7.3
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An aeronautical engineer predicts that a new model of plane will fail catastrophically and in a novel manner after a specific number flying hours.

Writers: Nevil Shute, R.C. Sherriff, Oscar Millard, Alec Coppel | Director: Henry Koster | Stars: James Stewart, Marlene Dietrich, Glynis Johns, Jack Hawkins

Votes: 1,992

6. Curse of the Demon (1957)

Approved | 95 min | Horror, Thriller

7.6
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Dr. John Holden ventures to London to attend a paranormal psychology symposium with the intention to expose devil cult leader, Julian Karswell. Holden is a skeptic and does not believe in ... See full summary »

Writers: Charles Bennett, Hal E. Chester, M.R. James | Director: Jacques Tourneur | Stars: Dana Andrews, Peggy Cummins, Niall MacGinnis, Maurice Denham

Votes: 7,480

7. The Lavender Hill Mob (1951)

Approved | 78 min | Comedy, Crime

7.8
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A meek bank clerk who oversees the shipment of bullion joins with an eccentric neighbor to steal gold bars and smuggle them out of the country as miniature Eifel Towers.

Writer: T.E.B. Clarke | Director: Charles Crichton | Stars: Alec Guinness, Stanley Holloway, Sidney James, Alfie Bass

Votes: 9,047

8. Lease of Life (1954)

Approved | 94 min | Drama

7.0
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The parson of a small rural community knows he is dying and this makes him reconsider his life so far and what he can still do to help the community.

Writer: Eric Ambler | Director: Charles Frend | Stars: Robert Donat, Kay Walsh, Denholm Elliott, Adrienne Corri

Votes: 83

9. Anna Karenina (1948)

139 min | Drama, Romance

6.7
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A married woman's affair with a dashing young officer has tragic results.

Writers: Jean Anouilh, Guy Morgan, Julien Duvivier | Director: Julien Duvivier | Stars: Vivien Leigh, Ralph Richardson, Kieron Moore, Hugh Dempster

Votes: 1,675

10. Turned Out Nice Again (1941)

81 min | Comedy, Musical

6.9
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George Pearson, who works for a underwear firm that is 20 years out of date, invests his own money in a new type of thread. The company are not interested in changes, and he is fired. Later... See full summary »

Writers: Austin Melford, Hugh Mills, Wells Root | Director: Marcel Varnel | Stars: George Formby, Peggy Bryan, Elliott Mason, Edward Chapman

Votes: 97

11. My Brother Jonathan (1948)

Approved | 108 min | Biography, Drama, Romance

6.6
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Dr. Jonathan Dakers, in flashback, tells his son Tony, Word War II veteran, about his life dating from the 1900s. As a medical student, he meets Edeie at a cricket match but doesn't see her... See full summary »

Writers: Adrian Alington, Leslie Landau, Francis Brett Young | Director: Harold French | Stars: Michael Denison, Dulcie Gray, Ronald Howard, Stephen Murray

Votes: 34

12. The October Man (1947)

110 min | Mystery

7.2
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Jim Ackland, who suffers from a head injury sustained in a bus crash, is the chief suspect in a murder hunt, when a girl that he has just met is found dead on the local common, and he has ... See full summary »

Writer: Eric Ambler | Director: Roy Ward Baker | Stars: John Mills, Joan Greenwood, Edward Chapman, Kay Walsh

Votes: 606

13. One of Our Aircraft Is Missing (1942)

82 min | Action, Drama, War

7.1
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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

Votes: 1,243

14. The Blue Lamp (1950)

Approved | 84 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

7.0
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The daily routine of two London policemen is interrupted by a killer.

Writers: T.E.B. Clarke, Jan Read, Ted Willis, Alexander Mackendrick | Director: Basil Dearden | Stars: Jack Warner, Dirk Bogarde, Jimmy Hanley, Robert Flemyng

Votes: 888

15. Playgirl After Dark (1960)

90 min | Crime, Drama

6.5
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In London's Soho, Johnny Solo runs the Pink Flamingo Club. He's tough to intimidate. So when he starts getting threats and demands for protection, he fights back. Behind the takeover plot ... See full summary »

Writers: Herbert Kretzmer, Harry Lee | Director: Terence Young | Stars: Jayne Mansfield, Leo Genn, Karlheinz Böhm, Christopher Lee

Votes: 190

16. Millions Like Us (1943)

103 min | Drama, War

6.8
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When Celia Crowson is called up for war service, she hopes for a glamor job in one of the services, but as a single girl, she is directed into a factory making aircraft parts. Here she ... See full summary »

Writers: Frank Launder, Sidney Gilliat | Directors: Sidney Gilliat, Frank Launder | Stars: Patricia Roc, Gordon Jackson, Anne Crawford, Moore Marriott

Votes: 571

17. William Tell (1958– )

30 min | Adventure, Family

7.8
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Creator: Friedrich Schiller | Stars: Conrad Phillips, Willoughby Goddard, Jennifer Jayne, Richard Rogers

Votes: 99

18. 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

Votes: 1,121

19. The Detective (1954)

Approved | 91 min | Comedy, Crime, Drama

6.8
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Works of art are disappearing, stolen by a master thief, a master of disguise. Father Brown has two goals: to catch the thief and to save his soul.

Writers: G.K. Chesterton, Thelma Schnee, Robert Hamer, Maurice Rapf | Director: Robert Hamer | Stars: Alec Guinness, Joan Greenwood, Peter Finch, Cecil Parker

Votes: 739

20. It Always Rains on Sunday (1947)

Approved | 92 min | Crime, Drama

7.4
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An escaped convict tries to hide out at his former lover's house but she has since married and is far from keen on the idea.

Writers: Arthur La Bern, Angus MacPhail, Robert Hamer, Henry Cornelius | Director: Robert Hamer | Stars: Googie Withers, Jack Warner, John McCallum, Edward Chapman

Votes: 652

21. Maigret (1959–1963)

50 min | Crime, Drama

8.5
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Televisations of the Maigret novels by Georges Simenon.

Creator: Georges Simenon | Stars: Rupert Davies, Ewen Solon, Neville Jason, Helen Shingler

Votes: 76

22. Armchair Theatre (1956–1974)

60 min | Comedy, Drama, Musical

7.9
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"Armchair Theatre" is a British television drama anthology series of single plays that ran on the ITV network from 1956 to 1974. It was originally produced by Associated British Corporation, and later by Thames Television from mid-1968.

Stars: Harry H. Corbett, Billie Whitelaw, Neil McCallum, Paul Whitsun-Jones

Votes: 78

23. Tread Softly Stranger (1958)

90 min | Crime, Drama

7.0
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An irresistible temptress causes trouble between two brothers when the more handsome charismatic ones turns up, leading to robbery and death.

Writers: Jack Popplewell, George Minter, Denis O'Dell | Director: Gordon Parry | Stars: Diana Dors, George Baker, Terence Morgan, Patrick Allen

Votes: 172

24. No Hiding Place (1959–1967)

60 min | Crime

8.1
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Tales of Scotland Yard centering on a detective team. A sort of half-way house between Dixon of Dock Green and 'Z' Cars. The detectives are still 1950s style with good elecution and ... See full summary »

Stars: Raymond Francis, Eric Lander, Johnny Briggs, Michael McStay

Votes: 37

25. Three Cases of Murder (1955)

99 min | Crime, Mystery, Drama

6.8
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Three stories of murder and the supernatural. In the first, a museum worker is introduced to a world behind the pictures he sees every day. Second, when two lifelong friends fall in love ... See full summary »

Writers: Sidney Carroll, Ian Dalrymple, Brett Halliday, W. Somerset Maugham, Roderick Wilkinson, Donald B. Wilson | Directors: David Eady, George More O'Ferrall, Wendy Toye, Orson Welles | Stars: Orson Welles, John Gregson, Elizabeth Sellars, Emrys Jones

Votes: 393

26. The Buccaneers (1956–1957)

30 min | Adventure, Drama

8.1
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Captain Dan Tempest was an ex-pirate who received a pardon from the King and turned privateer after his stronghold of New Providence was taken over by Crown soldiers. Tempest and Lt. ... See full summary »

Stars: Robert Shaw, Paul Hansard, Brian Rawlinson, Edwin Richfield

Votes: 81

27. The Army Game (1957–1961)

30 min | Comedy

7.9
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The exploits of a bunch of army conscripts.

Stars: Frank Williams, Harry Fowler, Ted Lune, Alfie Bass

Votes: 46

28. I See a Dark Stranger (1946)

Approved | 98 min | Drama, Thriller, War

7.1
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A young Irish woman hates England so much she becomes a Nazi spy.

Writers: Frank Launder, Sidney Gilliat, Wolfgang Wilhelm, Liam Redmond | Director: Frank Launder | Stars: Deborah Kerr, Trevor Howard, Raymond Huntley, William G. O'Gorman

Votes: 901

29. Dulcimer Street (1948)

110 min | Drama

7.0
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Percy Boon lives with his mother in a shared rented house with an assortment of characters in central London. Although well intentioned, Percy becomes mixed up with gangsters and a murder. ... See full summary »

Writers: Norman Collins, Sidney Gilliat, J.B. Williams | Director: Sidney Gilliat | Stars: Richard Attenborough, Alastair Sim, Fay Compton, Stephen Murray

Votes: 230

30. The Silk Noose (1948)

Approved | 72 min | Crime, Drama

6.4
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Sugiani, a black-market racketeer in London, following World War II, is amassing a vast fortune until Linda Medbury, an American newspaper reporter, learns about him and his operation. She ... See full summary »

Writer: Richard Llewellyn | Director: Edmond T. Gréville | Stars: Carole Landis, Joseph Calleia, Derek Farr, Stanley Holloway

Votes: 129

31. Back-Room Boy (1942)

82 min | Comedy

6.5
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A lowly BBC employee pulls a prank at the studio and finds himself transferred to an isolated island where he is to set up a weather station at a lighthouse. As if in a fantasy, a ship ... See full summary »

Writers: J.O.C. Orton, Val Guest, Marriott Edgar | Director: Herbert Mason | Stars: Arthur Askey, Moore Marriott, Graham Moffatt, Googie Withers

Votes: 145

32. ITV Play of the Week (1955–1974)

90 min | Comedy, Drama

7.7
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Stars: Alfred Burke, Derek Francis, Laurence Hardy, Peter Wyngarde

Votes: 40

33. The Life and Adventures of Nicholas Nickleby (1947)

Approved | 108 min | Drama

6.9
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Nineteenth century England. When Nicholas Nickleby's father dies and leaves his family destitute, his uncle, the greedy moneylender, Ralph Nickleby, finds Nicholas a job teaching in a ... See full summary »

Writers: Charles Dickens, John Dighton | Director: Alberto Cavalcanti | Stars: Derek Bond, Cedric Hardwicke, Mary Merrall, Sally Ann Howes

Votes: 469

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

Drama

7.5
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Series of television plays performed live.

Stars: Richard Caldicot, Brian Rix, Robert Brown, Jane Barrett

Votes: 51

35. The Inheritance (1947)

98 min | Drama, Horror, Mystery

6.8
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Caroline Ruthyn is the teen-aged niece of the her uncle Silas, a sickly and at one time unbalanced man who becomes her guardian on the death of her father. The fact that Silas is broke and ... See full summary »

Writers: Sheridan Le Fanu, Ben Travers | Director: Charles Frank | Stars: Jean Simmons, Derrick De Marney, Katina Paxinou, Derek Bond

Votes: 357

36. The Larkins (1958–1964)

30 min | Comedy

7.7
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Creator: Fred Robinson | Stars: David Kossoff, Peggy Mount, Barbara Mitchell, Ronan O'Casey

Votes: 28

37. Night Was Our Friend (1951)

61 min | Drama, Thriller

5.9
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Martin's plane crashes in the jungle of Brazil. Nobody believes he survived. In the meantime his wife, Sally, has fallen in love with another man, Dr. Harper. Martin is found and returns to... See full summary »

Writer: Michael Pertwee | Director: Michael Anderson | Stars: Elizabeth Sellars, Michael Gough, Ronald Howard, Marie Ney

Votes: 40

38. The Adventures of Tartu (1943)

Approved | 103 min | Drama, Romance, Thriller

7.0
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Stevenson, a British soldier fluent in Rumanian and German, goes undercover to sabotage a German poison-gas factory. He turns himself into Jan Tartu, a member of the Rumanian Iron Guard. ... See full summary »

Writers: John Lee Mahin, Howard Emmett Rogers, John C. Higgins | Director: Harold S. Bucquet | Stars: Robert Donat, Valerie Hobson, Walter Rilla, Glynis Johns

Votes: 566

39. Bootsie and Snudge (1960–1974)

30 min | Comedy

6.4
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A spin off from "The Army Game", ex-Sergeant Major Claude Snudge meets up with Corporal Bootsie when they both start work at an exclusive Gentlemen's Club.

Creators: Barry Took, Marty Feldman | Stars: Alfie Bass, Bill Fraser, Robert Dorning, Clive Dunn

Votes: 24

40. Ghost Squad (1961– )

60 min | Crime, Drama

7.3
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The adventures of the agents of Scotland Yard's secret undercover crime unit, dubbed "The Ghost Squad".

Stars: Anthony Marlowe, Claire Nielson, Michael Quinn, Neil Hallett

Votes: 38

41. The New Adventures of Charlie Chan (1957– )

30 min | Mystery

8.6
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Chinese-American detective Charlie Chan is called in to help solve baffling cases, aided by his #1 son. The first five episodes were filmed in the US, then production switched to the UK for the rest of the series.

Stars: J. Carrol Naish, James Hong, Rupert Davies, Arthur Gomez

Votes: 58

42. Quartet (1948)

120 min | Drama

7.5
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Four of Somerset Maugham's short stories are brought to the screen with each introduced by the author himself. In the first story, The Facts of Life, a young man with great potential on the... See full summary »

Writers: W. Somerset Maugham, R.C. Sherriff | Directors: Ken Annakin, Arthur Crabtree, Harold French, Ralph Smart | Stars: W. Somerset Maugham, Basil Radford, Naunton Wayne, Ian Fleming

Votes: 487

43. The Grove Family (1954–1957)

30 min | Drama

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Stars: Nancy Roberts, Ruth Dunning, Edward Evans, Christopher Beeny

44. Secret Mission (1942)

94 min | Drama, Thriller, War

5.2
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In this World War II suspense thriller, three British spies and a French resistance fighter sneak into occupied France to gather infor- mation about the German forces for a planned invasion.

Writers: Basil Bartlett, Terence Young, Anatole de Grunwald | Director: Harold French | Stars: Hugh Williams, James Mason, Carla Lehmann, Roland Culver

Votes: 224

45. It's Great to Be Young! (1956)

94 min | Comedy, Musical

6.4
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Mr. Dingle is the popular music teacher in an English school, but when the headmaster threatens to close down the school band (partly because of Dingle's fondness of more modern music) then... See full summary »

Writer: Ted Willis | Director: Cyril Frankel | Stars: John Mills, Cecil Parker, John Salew, Elizabeth Kentish

Votes: 147

46. A Voice in the Night (1946)

Approved | 103 min | Crime, Drama

7.1
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The son of a Victorian hangman is driven insane by thoughts of his father's profession. The young man emulates his father by strangling young women. He then meets and falls in love with a ... See full summary »

Writers: Percy Robinson, Terence de Marney, Emeric Pressburger, Rodney Ackland, Maurice Cowan | Director: Lawrence Huntington | Stars: Eric Portman, Dulcie Gray, Derek Farr, Roland Culver

Votes: 174

47. At Dawn We Die (1943)

Approved | 85 min | Drama, War

6.2
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Writers: Anatole de Grunwald, Dorothy Hope, Katherine Strueby | Director: George King | Stars: John Clements, Godfrey Tearle, Hugh Sinclair, Greta Gynt

Votes: 49

48. The Saint Meets the Tiger (1943)

Approved | 70 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

5.6
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The last words uttered by by a conscience-stricken crook dying on the Saint's doorstep lead the detective in pursuit of gold smugglers and the master crook known as the Tiger.

Writers: Leslie Charteris, Leslie Arliss, Wolfgang Wilhelm, James Seymour | Director: Paul L. Stein | Stars: Hugh Sinclair, Jean Gillie, Gordon McLeod, Clifford Evans

Votes: 299

49. The Vise (1954–1961)

30 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

7.8
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This British production featured less known actors in filmed plays showing people caught in "the vise" of fate created by their own deeds.

Stars: Donald Gray, Colin Tapley, Ron Randell, Robert Arden

Votes: 24

50. Devil's Plot (1948)

90 min | Drama

6.0
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An escaped World War 2 Nazi doctor, impersonates a murdered English doctor so he can work on a vaccination to protect the Germans in their planned germ warfare.

Writers: Guy Morgan, Jack Whittingham | Director: Paul L. Stein | Stars: Robert Beatty, Mervyn Johns, Nova Pilbeam, Margaretta Scott

Votes: 127