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1. Fallen Angels (1993–1995)
Episode: Fly Paper (1995)

Drama, Crime, Mystery

8.5
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A well known socialite is missing and the famed Shamus, the Continental Op, is on the trail in this story that takes place in 1929. The case takes the Continental Op to blackmail and murder.

Writers: Dashiell Hammett, Donald E. Westlake | Director: Tim Hunter | Stars: Peter Berg, Christopher Lloyd, Darren McGavin, Kristin Minter

2. 87th Precinct (1961–1962)

60 min | Drama, Crime

8.2
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Manhattan's 87th precinct forms the backdrop for this grim and gritty police drama based on the long-running series of novels by Ed McBain. Storylines focus on neighborhood crime, and the ... See full summary »

Creator: Evan Hunter | Stars: Robert Lansing, Ron Harper, Norman Fell, Gregory Walcott

3. Journey to the Unknown (1968– )

60 min | Mystery, Thriller, Sci-Fi

8.1
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A British anthology series about everyday people finding themselves put into unusual circumstances...many of them supernatural in nature.

Stars: Michael Callan, Joseph Cotten, Brandon De Wilde, Julie Harris

4. Paybacks Are a Bitch (2007 Video)

50 min | Documentary

7.9
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Stars: Maria Bello, James Coburn, Ericson Core, Bruce Davey

5. Payback: Straight Up (2006 Video)

R | 90 min | Action, Crime, Drama

7.7
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Porter is shot by his wife and best friend and is left to die. When he survives he plots revenge.

Writers: Brian Helgeland, Donald E. Westlake | Director: Brian Helgeland | Stars: Maria Bello, Hugh Callaly, Stephen Cinabro, James Coburn

6. Point Blank (1967)

Approved | 92 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

7.5
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After being double-crossed and left for dead, a mysterious man named Walker single-mindedly tries to retrieve the rather inconsequential sum of money that was stolen from him.

Writers: Alexander Jacobs, David Newhouse, Rafe Newhouse, Donald E. Westlake | Director: John Boorman | Stars: Lee Marvin, Angie Dickinson, Keenan Wynn, Carroll O'Connor

7. The Ax (2005)

122 min | Comedy, Crime, Drama

7.5
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A chemist (Garcia) loses his job to outsourcing. Two years later and still jobless, he hits on a solution: to genuinely eliminate his competition.

Writers: Donald E. Westlake, Costa-Gavras, Jean-Claude Grumberg | Director: Costa-Gavras | Stars: José Garcia, Karin Viard, Geordy Monfils, Ulrich Tukur

8. Fatal Confession: A Father Dowling Mystery (1987 TV Movie)

100 min

7.4
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Frank Dowling is a priest who's views on religion are somewhat liberated and also has a penchant for solving mysteries. He now has to solve the mystery of a young man who's obsessed with ... See full summary »

Writers: Ralph McInerny, Donald E. Westlake | Director: Christopher Hibler | Stars: Tom Bosley, Tracy Nelson, Robert Prescott, James Stephens

9. Payback (I) (1999)

R | 100 min | Action, Crime, Drama

7.1
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46 Metascore

Porter is shot by his wife and best friend and is left to die. When he survives he plots revenge.

Writers: Donald E. Westlake, Brian Helgeland, Terry Hayes | Director: Brian Helgeland | Stars: Mel Gibson, Gregg Henry, Maria Bello, David Paymer

10. Myster Mocky présente (1991– )

Short, Thriller

7.1
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Stars: Jean-Pierre Mocky, Patricia Barzyk, Dominique Zardi, Jean Abeillé

11. The Grifters (1990)

R | 110 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

7.0
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86 Metascore

A small-time conman has torn loyalties between his estranged mother and new girlfriend--both of whom are high-stakes grifters with their own angles to play.

Writers: Jim Thompson, Donald E. Westlake | Director: Stephen Frears | Stars: Anjelica Huston, John Cusack, Annette Bening, Jan Munroe

12. The Outfit (1973)

PG | 103 min | Crime, Thriller, Drama

7.0
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When the small criminal Macklin is released from prison, he learns that his brother was shot by two mob killers. He didn't know that the bank he robbed was owned by the syndicate. When he's... See full summary »

Writers: Donald E. Westlake, John Flynn | Director: John Flynn | Stars: Robert Duvall, Karen Black, Joe Don Baker, Robert Ryan

13. A Slight Case of Murder (1999 TV Movie)

94 min | Comedy, Crime, Mystery

7.0
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A film critic accidentally kills his lover during a spat in which she falls and hits her head. In panic, he immediately covers up his involvement and leaves the apartment. A private ... See full summary »

Writers: Donald E. Westlake, William H. Macy, Steven Schachter | Director: Steven Schachter | Stars: William H. Macy, Adam Arkin, Felicity Huffman, James Cromwell

14. Pillaged (1967)

98 min | Crime, Drama

7.0
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Based on Richard Stark's novel "The Score", this is the story of a commando-like attack on a small mining town. The "finger" giving the plan to the crew also ends up being its nemesis.

Writers: Alain Cavalier, Claude Sautet, Donald E. Westlake | Director: Alain Cavalier | Stars: Daniel Ivernel, Michel Constantin, Franco Interlenghi, Philippe Moreau

15. Father Dowling Mysteries (1989–1991)
Episode: The Hardboiled Mystery (1991)

Crime, Drama, Mystery

7.0
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Writers: Dean Hargrove, Joel Steiger, Michael Reaves, Robert Schlitt, Ralph McInerny | Director: James Frawley | Stars: Tom Bosley, Tracy Nelson, James Stephens, Mary Wickes

16. Father Dowling Mysteries (1989–1991)

45 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

6.9
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Father Frank Dowling, a fine Catholic parish priest in Chicago, drives housekeeper Marie to despair by his habit of being late for dinner as he and his assistant (streetwise nun Stephanie '... See full summary »

Stars: Tom Bosley, Tracy Nelson, Mary Wickes, James Stephens

17. The Stepfather (1987)

R | 89 min | Thriller

6.8
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A family-values man named Jerry Blake marries widows and divorcées with children in search of the perfect family. As soon as his new family members show signs of being human and not robots ... See full summary »

Writers: Carolyn Lefcourt, Brian Garfield, Donald E. Westlake | Director: Joseph Ruben | Stars: Terry O'Quinn, Jill Schoelen, Shelley Hack, Charles Lanyer

18. The Hot Rock (1972)

GP | 101 min | Action, Comedy, Crime

6.8
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Dortmunder and his pals plan to steal a huge diamond from a museum. But this turns out to be only the first time they have to steal it...

Writers: Donald E. Westlake, William Goldman | Director: Peter Yates | Stars: Robert Redford, George Segal, Ron Leibman, Paul Sand

19. Journey to the Unknown (1968– )
Episode: One on an Island (1968)

Mystery, Thriller, Sci-Fi

6.7
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Writers: Oscar Millard, Donald E. Westlake | Director: Noël Howard | Stars: Brandon De Wilde, Suzanna Leigh, John Ronane, Victor Maddern

20. Made in U.S.A (1966)

Not Rated | 90 min | Comedy, Crime, Mystery

6.5
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Set in the near future, Paula, a leftist writer, goes from Paris to the French town of Atlantic-Cité when she learns of the death of a former colleague and lover, Richard P. Is she there to... See full summary »

Writers: Jean-Luc Godard, Donald E. Westlake | Director: Jean-Luc Godard | Stars: Anna Karina, László Szabó, Jean-Pierre Léaud, Marianne Faithfull

21. Fallen Angels (1993–1995)

30 min | Drama, Crime, Mystery

6.4
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Stars: Dan Hedaya, Lynette Walden, Peter Gallagher, Patrick Masset

22. Hot Stuff (1979)

PG | 91 min | Comedy

6.4
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Three cops try to set up a sting by establishing their own Fencing operation. They have less than complete support from above and as they begin mingling more and more with the underworld ... See full summary »

Writers: Michael Kane, Donald E. Westlake | Director: Dom DeLuise | Stars: Dom DeLuise, Suzanne Pleshette, Jerry Reed, Ossie Davis

23. Cops and Robbers (1973)

PG | 89 min | Crime, Comedy

6.4
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Two disillusioned New York policemen plan a $10 million robbery to fuel their low pensions, only to run into one debacle after another in the process.

Writer: Donald E. Westlake | Director: Aram Avakian | Stars: Cliff Gorman, Joseph Bologna, Charlene Dallas, James Ferguson

24. Parker (2013)

R | 118 min | Action, Crime, Thriller

6.2
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43 Metascore

A thief with a unique code of professional ethics is double-crossed by his crew and left for dead. Assuming a new disguise and forming an unlikely alliance with a woman on the inside, he looks to hijack the score of the crew's latest heist.

Writers: John J. McLaughlin, Donald E. Westlake | Director: Taylor Hackford | Stars: Jason Statham, Jennifer Lopez, Michael Chiklis, Nick Nolte

25. Ripley Under Ground (2005)

101 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

6.1
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After his friend, a hot young artist, is killed, a resourceful American man living in London covers up the crime and tries to keep the friend's name alive in order to exploit his legacy and... See full summary »

Writers: Patricia Highsmith, W. Blake Herron, Donald E. Westlake | Director: Roger Spottiswoode | Stars: Barry Pepper, Jacinda Barrett, Ian Hart, Claire Forlani

26. The Split (1968)

R | 91 min | Crime, Drama

6.0
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Thieves fall out when over a half million dollars goes missing after the daring and carefully planned robbery of the Los Angeles Coliseum during a football game, each one accusing the other... See full summary »

Writers: Donald E. Westlake, Robert Sabaroff | Director: Gordon Flemyng | Stars: Jim Brown, Diahann Carroll, Ernest Borgnine, Julie Harris

27. Why Me? (1990)

R | 87 min | Action, Adventure, Comedy

6.0
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A jewel thief steals a sacred ruby which sets off a chase by the police, the Turkish government, nutty American terrorists, and the CIA.

Writers: Donald E. Westlake, Leonard Maas Jr. | Director: Gene Quintano | Stars: Christopher Lambert, Kim Greist, Christopher Lloyd, J.T. Walsh

28. Le jumeau (1984)

104 min | Comedy

5.9
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Matthias Duval is in love, but he can't choose between the two twin sisters Betty and Liz Kerner. To pick up the two sisters, he invents his own twin brother and will play both characters.

Writers: Donald E. Westlake, Élisabeth Rappeneau, Yves Robert, Boris Bergman | Director: Yves Robert | Stars: Pierre Richard, Jean-Pierre Kalfon, Camilla More, Carey More

29. The Busy Body (1967)

101 min | Comedy

5.7
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Sid Caesar stars as the bumbling right hand man of mob boss Robert Ryan who is sent to find a corpse buried in a suit lined with stolen mob money.

Writers: Ben Starr, Donald E. Westlake | Director: William Castle | Stars: Sid Caesar, Robert Ryan, Anne Baxter, Kay Medford

30. The Hook (2004)

107 min | Thriller

5.7
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Writers: Maxime Sassier, Thomas Vincent, Donald E. Westlake | Director: Thomas Vincent | Stars: François Cluzet, Karin Viard, Bernard Giraudeau, Anne Brochet

31. The Stepfather (2009)

PG-13 | 101 min | Crime, Mystery

5.5
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33 Metascore

Michael returns home from military school to find his mother happily in love and living with her new boyfriend. As the two men get to know each other, he becomes more and more suspicious of the man who is always there with a helpful hand.

Writers: J.S. Cardone, Donald E. Westlake, Carolyn Lefcourt, Brian Garfield | Director: Nelson McCormick | Stars: Penn Badgley, Dylan Walsh, Sela Ward, Amber Heard

32. Stepfather II (1989)

R | 93 min | Horror, Thriller

5.5
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The Stepfather escapes an insane asylum and winds up in another town, this time impersonating a marriage counselor. Now he seems to have found the perfect future wife, with a stepson who ... See full summary »

Writers: Carolyn Lefcourt, Brian Garfield, Donald E. Westlake, John Auerbach | Director: Jeff Burr | Stars: Terry O'Quinn, Meg Foster, Caroline Williams, Jonathan Brandis

33. Ordo (2004)

115 min | Drama

5.5
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Ordo Tupikos, a french sailor with greek origins, discover that his first wife, Estelle, with whom he had remained married a few months only 16 years earlier, is now a famous movie star ... See full summary »

Writers: Laurence Ferreira Barbosa, Nathalie Najem, Donald E. Westlake | Director: Laurence Ferreira Barbosa | Stars: Roschdy Zem, Marie-Josée Croze, Marie-France Pisier, Yves Jacques

34. The Media Show (1987–1990)

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Stars: Emma Freud, Muriel Gray, John Hegarty, Judith Williamson

35. Supertrain (1979– )
Episode: Express to Terror (1979)

120 min | Comedy, Drama

5.5
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Creators: Earl W. Wallace, Donald E. Westlake | Director: Dan Curtis | Stars: Edward Andrews, Patrick Collins, Harrison Page, Robert Alda

36. What's the Worst That Could Happen? (2001)

PG-13 | 94 min | Comedy, Crime

5.4
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A rich man catches a thief burglarizing his home and steals the thief's lucky ring, who then tries to get it back.

Writers: Donald E. Westlake, Matthew Chapman | Director: Sam Weisman | Stars: Martin Lawrence, Danny DeVito, John Leguizamo, Glenne Headly

37. Bank Shot (1974)

PG | 83 min | Comedy, Crime

5.4
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A bank temporarily housed in a mobile home while a new building is built, looks like an easy target to break into. On the other hand, why not steal the whole bank, and rob it in a safer ... See full summary »

Writers: Wendell Mayes, Donald E. Westlake | Director: Gower Champion | Stars: George C. Scott, Joanna Cassidy, Sorrell Booke, G. Wood

38. Two Much (1995)

PG-13 | 118 min | Comedy, Romance

5.3
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A young gallerist is in love with two sisters at the same time. In order to solve the problem he decides to invent his own twin-brother.

Writers: Donald E. Westlake, Fernando Trueba, David Trueba | Director: Fernando Trueba | Stars: Antonio Banderas, Melanie Griffith, Daryl Hannah, Danny Aiello

39. Jimmy the Kid (1999)

86 min | Comedy, Crime

5.1
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Writers: Martin Rauhaus, Donald E. Westlake, Peter Wohlgemuth | Director: Wolfgang Dickmann | Stars: Rufus Beck, Ludger Burmann, Steffen Gräbner, Wilfried Hochholdinger

40. La divine poursuite (1997)

102 min | Comedy, Mystery

4.8
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Writers: Michel Deville, Rosalinde Deville, Donald E. Westlake | Director: Michel Deville | Stars: Antoine de Caunes, Emmanuelle Seigner, Élodie Bouchez, Denis Podalydès

41. Slayground (1983)

R | 89 min | Crime, Drama

4.7
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Writers: Trevor Preston, Donald E. Westlake | Director: Terry Bedford | Stars: Peter Coyote, Mel Smith, Billie Whitelaw, Philip Sayer

42. Come ti rapisco il pupo (1976)

95 min | Comedy

4.5
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Writers: Lucio De Caro, Donald E. Westlake | Director: Lucio De Caro | Stars: Renato Cestiè, Stefania Casini, Teo Teocoli, Walter Chiari

43. Stepfather III (1992 TV Movie)

R | 110 min | Horror, Thriller

4.4
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That psycho stepfather has escaped from the insane asylum and had his face surgically altered. Now he's married again, this time to a woman with a child in a wheelchair. He goes on a ... See full summary »

Writers: Carolyn Lefcourt, Brian Garfield, Donald E. Westlake, Guy Magar, Marc B. Ray | Director: Guy Magar | Stars: Robert Wightman, Priscilla Barnes, Season Hubley, David Tom

44. Jimmy the Kid (1982)

PG | 85 min | Comedy

4.4
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Gang of bumbling crooks kidnap a bratty little kid, find out they got more than they bargained for.

Writers: Sam Bobrick, Donald E. Westlake | Director: Gary Nelson | Stars: Gary Coleman, Paul Le Mat, Ruth Gordon, Dee Wallace

45. Supertrain (1979– )

60 min | Comedy, Drama

4.3
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The adventures of a nation-spanning train and its passengers.

Creators: Earl W. Wallace, Donald E. Westlake | Stars: Edward Andrews, Harrison Page, Robert Alda, Patrick Collins

46. Money for Nothing (II)

Action, Adventure, Comedy | Announced

An honorable husband and father, has been receiving a check for $1,000 once a month from an unknown benefactor for seven years. Just when Josh Redmont has finally stopped worrying about ... See full summary »

Writers: Jim Kouf, Donald E. Westlake | Director: Dominique Deruddere

47. 361

Crime | Announced

A one-eyed ex-marine seeks vengeance upon those who murdered his father.

Writers: Jonathan Ames, Matt D'Elia, Donald E. Westlake

48. Baby, I Got Your Money (2012)

5 min | Short, Crime

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A cabbie has seen a man being murdered. He picks up a fare, a woman in high heels with striking hair. As they drive along, a gun is pointed at his head. He pulls over.

Writer: Jack Gattanella | Director: Jack Gattanella | Stars: Przemek Jaremko, Audrey Lorea

50. The Hunter: A Conversation with Author Donald E. Westlake (2007 Video)

11 min | Documentary, Short

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Star: Donald E. Westlake