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1. It's a Wonderful Life (1946)

PG | 130 min | Drama, Family, Fantasy

8.6
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89 Metascore

An angel is sent from Heaven to help a desperately frustrated businessman by showing him what life would have been like if he had never existed.

Director: Frank Capra | Stars: James Stewart, Donna Reed, Lionel Barrymore, Thomas Mitchell

Votes: 306,845 | Gross: $7.27M

2. Sunrise (1927)

Not Rated | 94 min | Drama, Romance

8.2
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An allegorical tale about a man fighting the good and evil within him. Both sides are made flesh - one a sophisticated woman he is attracted to and the other his wife.

Director: F.W. Murnau | Stars: George O'Brien, Janet Gaynor, Margaret Livingston, Bodil Rosing

Votes: 33,691

3. My Darling Clementine (1946)

Not Rated | 97 min | Biography, Drama, Western

7.8
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The Earps battle the Clantons at the OK Corral in Tombstone, Arizona.

Director: John Ford | Stars: Henry Fonda, Linda Darnell, Victor Mature, Cathy Downs

Votes: 17,663

4. The Dolly Sisters (1945)

Approved | 114 min | Biography, Drama, Musical

6.5
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Two sisters from Hungary become famous entertainers in the early 1900s. Fictionalized biography with lots of songs.

Director: Irving Cummings | Stars: Betty Grable, John Payne, June Haver, S.Z. Sakall

Votes: 562

5. Sullivan's Travels (1941)

Not Rated | 90 min | Adventure, Comedy, Drama

8.1
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A director of escapist films goes on the road as a hobo to learn about life, which gives him a rude awakening.

Director: Preston Sturges | Stars: Joel McCrea, Veronica Lake, Robert Warwick, William Demarest

Votes: 19,672

6. A Tree Grows in Brooklyn (1945)

PG | 129 min | Drama, Romance

8.1
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Encouraged by her idealistic if luckless father, a bright and imaginative young woman comes of age in a Brooklyn tenement during the early 1900s.

Director: Elia Kazan | Stars: Dorothy McGuire, Joan Blondell, James Dunn, Lloyd Nolan

Votes: 5,934

7. The Bachelor and the Bobby-Soxer (1947)

Approved | 95 min | Comedy, Romance

7.3
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A high school girl falls for a playboy artist, with screwball results.

Director: Irving Reis | Stars: Cary Grant, Myrna Loy, Shirley Temple, Rudy Vallee

Votes: 6,539

8. Show Boat (1936)

Approved | 113 min | Comedy, Drama, Musical

7.6
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Despite her mother's objections, the naive young daughter of a show boat captain is thrust into the limelight as the company's new leading lady.

Director: James Whale | Stars: Irene Dunne, Allan Jones, Charles Winninger, Paul Robeson

Votes: 2,324

9. Meet John Doe (1941)

Passed | 122 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

7.7
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A man needing money agrees to impersonate a nonexistent person who said he'd be committing suicide as a protest, and a political movement begins.

Director: Frank Capra | Stars: Gary Cooper, Barbara Stanwyck, Edward Arnold, Walter Brennan

Votes: 9,879

10. The Walls of Jericho (1948)

106 min | Drama

7.0
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After County Attorney Dave Connors helps Julia Norman with her shiftless father, Jefferson Norman, she leaves Jericho, Kansas to college to study for a law degree.A few years later, Algeria... See full summary »

Director: John M. Stahl | Stars: Cornel Wilde, Linda Darnell, Anne Baxter, Kirk Douglas

Votes: 185

11. Topper (1937)

Passed | 97 min | Comedy, Fantasy, Romance

7.4
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A fun-loving couple, finding that they died and are now ghosts, decide to shake up the stuffy lifestyle of a friend of theirs.

Director: Norman Z. McLeod | Stars: Cary Grant, Constance Bennett, Roland Young, Billie Burke

Votes: 5,433

12. The Palm Beach Story (1942)

Passed | 88 min | Comedy, Romance

7.7
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An inventor needs cash to develop his big idea. His wife, who loves him, decides to raise it for him by divorcing him and marrying a millionaire.

Director: Preston Sturges | Stars: Claudette Colbert, Joel McCrea, Mary Astor, Rudy Vallee

Votes: 9,094

13. Dark Command (1940)

Approved | 94 min | Drama, Romance, Western

6.9
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In Kansas, during the Civil War opposing pro-Union and pro-Confederate camps clash and visiting Texan Bob Seton runs afoul of William Cantrell's Raiders.

Director: Raoul Walsh | Stars: Claire Trevor, John Wayne, Walter Pidgeon, Roy Rogers

Votes: 1,805

14. Sitting Pretty (1948)

Not Rated | 83 min | Comedy

7.6
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Tacey and Harry King are a suburban couple with three sons and a serious need of a babysitter. Tacey puts an ad in the paper for a live-in babysitter, and the ad is answered by Lynn ... See full summary »

Director: Walter Lang | Stars: Robert Young, Maureen O'Hara, Clifton Webb, Richard Haydn

Votes: 1,560

15. The Whole Town's Talking (1935)

Approved | 93 min | Comedy, Crime, Drama

7.4
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A meek milquetoast of a clerk is mistaken for Public Enemy #1, and the notorious killer takes advantage of the situation.

Director: John Ford | Stars: Edward G. Robinson, Jean Arthur, Arthur Hohl, James Donlan

Votes: 1,598

16. Reap the Wild Wind (1942)

Not Rated | 123 min | Action, Adventure, Drama

6.8
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Florida ship salvager, Loxi, falls for Jack, captain of a ship wrecked on the Key West shore. However, their romance is complicated by the arrival of another suitor, and eventually leads to tragedy.

Director: Cecil B. DeMille | Stars: Ray Milland, John Wayne, Paulette Goddard, Raymond Massey

Votes: 2,367

17. Fallen Angel (1945)

Approved | 98 min | Crime, Film-Noir, Mystery

7.2
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A slick con man arrives in a small town looking to make some money, but soon gets more than he bargained for.

Director: Otto Preminger | Stars: Alice Faye, Dana Andrews, Linda Darnell, Charles Bickford

Votes: 3,482

18. The Maltese Falcon (1931)

80 min | Crime, Drama, Film-Noir

7.4
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A lovely dame with dangerous lies employs the services of a private detective, who is quickly caught up in the mystery and intrigue of a statuette known as the Maltese Falcon.

Director: Roy Del Ruth | Stars: Bebe Daniels, Ricardo Cortez, Dudley Digges, Una Merkel

Votes: 2,322

19. The Sin of Harold Diddlebock (1947)

Approved | 89 min | Comedy

6.9
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Twenty years after his triumphs as a freshman on the football field, Harold is a mild-mannered clerk who dreams about marrying the girl at the desk down the aisle. But losing his job ... See full summary »

Director: Preston Sturges | Stars: Harold Lloyd, Frances Ramsden, Jimmy Conlin, Raymond Walburn

Votes: 1,207

20. Captains of the Clouds (1942)

Approved | 114 min | Action, Drama, War

6.5
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Inspired by Churchill's Dunkirk speech, brash, undisciplined bush pilot Brian MacLean and three friends enlist in the RCAF but are deemed too old to be fliers.

Director: Michael Curtiz | Stars: James Cagney, Dennis Morgan, Brenda Marshall, Alan Hale

Votes: 1,110

21. Unfaithfully Yours (1948)

Approved | 105 min | Comedy, Music, Romance

7.7
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Set to music, a symphony conductor envisions multiple possible scenarios for dealing with his wife's infidelity.

Director: Preston Sturges | Stars: Rex Harrison, Linda Darnell, Rudy Vallee, Barbara Lawrence

Votes: 3,856

22. No Man of Her Own (1932)

85 min | Drama, Romance

6.7
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Con Man on the runs falls for a woman.

Director: Wesley Ruggles | Stars: Clark Gable, Carole Lombard, Dorothy Mackaill, Grant Mitchell

Votes: 830

23. The Miracle of Morgan's Creek (1944)

Unrated | 98 min | Comedy, Romance, War

7.9
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After an all-night send-off party for the troops, a small-town girl wakes up to find herself married and pregnant, but with no memory of her husband's identity.

Director: Preston Sturges | Stars: Eddie Bracken, Betty Hutton, Diana Lynn, William Demarest

Votes: 5,713

24. Dakota Lil (1950)

Approved | 88 min | Western

5.9
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Female outlaw helps lawmen trap railroad bandits.

Director: Lesley Selander | Stars: George Montgomery, Rod Cameron, Marie Windsor, John Emery

Votes: 99

25. Hangover Square (1945)

Approved | 77 min | Crime, Drama, Film-Noir

7.5
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A promising classical musician finds his life poisoned by a music hall dancer -- and by the strange gaps in his memory.

Director: John Brahm | Stars: Laird Cregar, Linda Darnell, George Sanders, Glenn Langan

Votes: 1,765

26. The Great Lie (1941)

Approved | 108 min | Drama

7.3
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After a newlywed's husband apparently dies in a plane crash, she discovers that her rival for his affections is now pregnant with his child.

Director: Edmund Goulding | Stars: Bette Davis, George Brent, Mary Astor, Lucile Watson

Votes: 2,670

27. Superman and the Mole-Men (1951)

Not Rated | 58 min | Action, Drama, Family

5.9
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When underground beings explore the surface world from a deep oil well and inadvertantly cause a panic, only Superman can prevent a tragedy.

Director: Lee Sholem | Stars: George Reeves, Phyllis Coates, Jeff Corey, Walter Reed

Votes: 1,297

28. The Range Rider (1951–1953)

30 min | Western

8.0
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The Range Rider, had a reputation for fairness, fighting ability, and accuracy with his guns and was known far and wide, even by the Indians.

Stars: Jock Mahoney, Dickie Jones, Bob Woodward, Al Wyatt Sr.

Votes: 91

29. Woman on the Run (1950)

Passed | 77 min | Crime, Drama, Film-Noir

7.4
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Frank Johnson flees police after becoming an eyewitness to murder. He is pursued around scenic San Francisco by his wife, a reporter, the police, and... the real murderer.

Director: Norman Foster | Stars: Ann Sheridan, Dennis O'Keefe, Robert Keith, John Qualen

Votes: 1,588

30. The Iron Horse (1924)

Passed | 150 min | History, Romance, Western

7.3
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After witnessing the murder of his father by a renegade as a boy, the grown-up Brandon helps to realize his father's dream of a transcontinental railway.

Director: John Ford | Stars: George O'Brien, Madge Bellamy, Charles Edward Bull, Cyril Chadwick

Votes: 1,527

31. Whispering Smith (1948)

Passed | 88 min | Western

6.7
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Legendary railroad detective Whispering Smith becomes convinced that old friend and colleague Murray Sinclair has joined a criminal band to loot the railroad.

Director: Leslie Fenton | Stars: Alan Ladd, Robert Preston, Brenda Marshall, Donald Crisp

Votes: 789

32. Star of Midnight (1935)

Approved | 90 min | Romance, Comedy, Mystery

6.7
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When a dancer disappears from a theater, her former lover asks lawyer Clay Dalzell to investigate, leading him on a trail of murder and deception.

Director: Stephen Roberts | Stars: William Powell, Ginger Rogers, Paul Kelly, Gene Lockhart

Votes: 895

33. Johnny Angel (1945)

Approved | 79 min | Crime, Drama, Film-Noir

6.4
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Johnny Angel sets out to learn who hijacked a gold shipment from his father's ship and killed his father, the captain. He is joined in the search by Paulette, whose own father has been ... See full summary »

Director: Edwin L. Marin | Stars: George Raft, Claire Trevor, Signe Hasso, Lowell Gilmore

Votes: 690

34. Here Comes the Groom (1951)

Not Rated | 113 min | Comedy, Musical, Romance

6.4
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Foreign correspondent Pete Garvey has 5 days to win back his former fiancée, or he'll lose the orphans he adopted.

Director: Frank Capra | Stars: Bing Crosby, Jane Wyman, Alexis Smith, Franchot Tone

Votes: 816

35. Peg o' My Heart (1933)

Approved | 87 min | Drama, Romance

7.9
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A young woman living in an Irish fishing village inherits her late grandfather's estate, but is forced to spend three years in England training to be a proper lady to collect the fortune.

Director: Robert Z. Leonard | Stars: Marion Davies, Onslow Stevens, J. Farrell MacDonald, Juliette Compton

Votes: 1,135 | Gross: $0.98M

36. The Thirteenth Guest (1932)

69 min | Mystery, Thriller

5.9
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Murder of a woman sparks a search for a killer.

Director: Albert Ray | Stars: Ginger Rogers, Lyle Talbot, J. Farrell MacDonald, Paul Hurst

Votes: 494

37. Behind Green Lights (1946)

Approved | 64 min | Drama, Film-Noir, Mystery

6.5
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Police lieutenant Sam Carson investigates a political murder after the victim is dumped at the door of police headquarters.

Director: Otto Brower | Stars: Carole Landis, William Gargan, Richard Crane, Mary Anderson

Votes: 393

38. In Old Arizona (1928)

Passed | 95 min | Romance, Western

5.7
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A charming, happy-go-lucky bandit in old Arizona plays cat-and-mouse with the sheriff trying to catch him while he romances a local beauty.

Director: Irving Cummings | Stars: Warner Baxter, Edmund Lowe, Dorothy Burgess, Henry Armetta

Votes: 679

39. 3 Bad Men (1926)

Unrated | 122 min | Romance, Western

7.6
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Three outlaws come to the aid of a young girl after her father is killed.

Director: John Ford | Stars: George O'Brien, Olive Borden, Lou Tellegen, Tom Santschi

Votes: 749

40. Other Men's Women (1931)

Passed | 71 min | Drama, Romance

6.6
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Events take an unhappy turn for two Bill and Jack, two locomotive engineers, after Bill is attracted to his best friend's wife.

Director: William A. Wellman | Stars: Grant Withers, Mary Astor, Regis Toomey, James Cagney

Votes: 857

41. Susannah of the Mounties (1939)

Approved | 79 min | Drama, Family, Romance

6.7
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Shirley is the orphaned survivor of an Indian attack in the Canadian West. A Mountie and his girlfriend take her in. Everybody suffers further Indian attacks and the Mountie is saved from ... See full summary »

Directors: William A. Seiter, Walter Lang | Stars: Shirley Temple, Randolph Scott, Margaret Lockwood, Martin Good Rider

Votes: 579

42. The Hurricane Express (1932)

Passed | 227 min | Action, Adventure, Crime

5.6
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When his father is killed in a train wreck, Larry Baker vows to unmask a mysterious criminal called "The Wrecker," who has targeted the L&M Railroad for deadly" accidents."

Directors: J.P. McGowan, Armand Schaefer | Stars: Tully Marshall, Conway Tearle, John Wayne, Shirley Grey

Votes: 420

43. Fury at Furnace Creek (1948)

Passed | 88 min | Western

6.8
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Two sons of a general try to prove that he did not give an order that resulted in the Indian massacre of a wagon train and army fort.

Director: H. Bruce Humberstone | Stars: Victor Mature, Coleen Gray, Glenn Langan, Reginald Gardiner

Votes: 232

44. The Beautiful Blonde from Bashful Bend (1949)

Approved | 77 min | Comedy, Western

6.2
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Temperamental saloon singer Freddie Jones, jealously shoots at her cheating boyfriend Blackie but mistakenly hits Judge Alfalfa J. O'Toole's honorable behind, forcing her to skip town under the guise of a schoolteacher.

Director: Preston Sturges | Stars: Betty Grable, Cesar Romero, Rudy Vallee, Olga San Juan

Votes: 564 | Gross: $1.49M

45. The Stolen Jools (1931)

20 min | Comedy, Short

5.5
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Star-packed promotional short subject intended to raise funds for the National Variety Artists tuberculosis sanatorium, produced in association with a cigarette company! Plot involves the ... See full summary »

Directors: William C. McGann, John G. Adolfi, Thomas Atkins, Harold S. Bucquet, Victor Heerman, Russell Mack | Stars: Norma Shearer, Stan Laurel, Oliver Hardy, Wallace Beery

Votes: 676

46. Pillow of Death (1945)

Approved | 66 min | Film-Noir, Horror, Mystery

6.1
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Attorney Wayne Fletcher and his secretary are having an affair, so when Wayne's wife is found smothered to death, he becomes the prime suspect. As the police investigate the murder, a ... See full summary »

Director: Wallace Fox | Stars: Lon Chaney Jr., Brenda Joyce, J. Edward Bromberg, Rosalind Ivan

Votes: 350

47. The Painted Desert (1931)

Passed | 79 min | Western

5.3
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Two men find an abandoned baby and fight over the ownership of the child resulting in lifelong rivalry.

Directors: Howard Higgin, Tom Buckingham | Stars: William Boyd, Helen Twelvetrees, William Farnum, J. Farrell MacDonald

Votes: 464

48. The Ape Man (1943)

Approved | 64 min | Horror, Sci-Fi

4.5
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A crazed scientist accidentally turns himself into a half ape, half human creature, and scrambles to find a cure.

Director: William Beaudine | Stars: Bela Lugosi, Louise Currie, Wallace Ford, Henry Hall

Votes: 900

49. Riffraff (1936)

Passed | 94 min | Crime, Drama

6.4
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Fisherman Dutch marries cannery worker Hattie. He quits his poorly paid job to concentrate on getting better working conditions as union leader. Unfortunately, the union members disagree ... See full summary »

Director: J. Walter Ruben | Stars: Jean Harlow, Spencer Tracy, Una Merkel, Joseph Calleia

Votes: 694

50. Christmas Eve (1947)

Approved | 90 min | Comedy, Drama

6.1
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To save her fortune from a designing nephew, Matilda Reid must locate her three long-lost adopted sons in time for a Christmas Eve reunion.

Director: Edwin L. Marin | Stars: George Raft, George Brent, Randolph Scott, Joan Blondell

Votes: 361