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1. The Bridge on the River Kwai (1957)

PG | 161 min | Adventure, Drama, War

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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.

Director: David Lean | Stars: William Holden, Alec Guinness, Jack Hawkins, Sessue Hayakawa

Votes: 158,161 | Gross: $27.20M

2. The Man Who Knew Too Much (1956)

Approved | 120 min | Drama, Thriller

7.5
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A family vacationing in Morocco accidentally stumble on to an assassination plot and the conspirators are determined to prevent them from interfering.

Director: Alfred Hitchcock | Stars: James Stewart, Doris Day, Brenda de Banzie, Bernard Miles

Votes: 44,371

3. I, Claudius (1976– )

Not Rated | 669 min | Biography, Drama, History

8.9
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The history of the Roman Empire as experienced by one of its rulers.

Stars: Derek Jacobi, John Hurt, Siân Phillips, Brian Blessed

Votes: 11,813

4. On the Beach (1959)

Approved | 134 min | Drama, Romance, Sci-Fi

7.3
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After a global nuclear war, the residents of Australia must come to terms with the fact that all life will be destroyed in a matter of months.

Director: Stanley Kramer | Stars: Gregory Peck, Ava Gardner, Fred Astaire, Anthony Perkins

Votes: 9,763

5. Blake's 7 (1978–1981)

50 min | Adventure, Drama, Sci-Fi

8.0
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A group of convicts and outcasts fight a guerrilla war against the totalitarian Terran Federation from a highly advanced alien spaceship.

Stars: Michael Keating, Paul Darrow, Peter Tuddenham, Jan Chappell

Votes: 2,513

6. The Ladykillers (1955)

91 min | Comedy, Crime

7.8
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Five diverse oddball criminal types planning a bank robbery rent rooms on a cul-de-sac from an octogenarian widow under the pretext that they are classical musicians.

Director: Alexander Mackendrick | Stars: Alec Guinness, Peter Sellers, Cecil Parker, Herbert Lom

Votes: 21,536

7. The Champions (1968–1969)

60 min | Adventure, Sci-Fi, Thriller

7.8
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Craig Stirling, Sharron Macready and Richard Barrett were agents for Nemesis, an international intelligence organization based in Geneva. Their first mission as a team was to investigate ... See full summary »

Stars: Stuart Damon, Alexandra Bastedo, William Gaunt, Anthony Nicholls

Votes: 674

8. Dunkirk (1958)

Approved | 134 min | Drama, History, War

7.1
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A dramatization of the British Expeditionary Force's 1940 retreat to the beaches of France and the extraordinary seaborne evacuation that saved it from utter destruction by Nazi Germany.

Director: Leslie Norman | Stars: John Mills, Richard Attenborough, Bernard Lee, Robert Urquhart

Votes: 1,390

9. Richard III (1955)

Not Rated | 161 min | Biography, Drama, History

7.6
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Shakespeare's powerful tale of the wicked deformed king and his conquests, both on the battlefield and in the boudoir.

Director: Laurence Olivier | Stars: Laurence Olivier, Cedric Hardwicke, Nicholas Hannen, Ralph Richardson

Votes: 3,246

10. The Man Who Never Was (1956)

Approved | 103 min | War, Drama

7.4
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True story of a British attempt to trick the enemy into weakening Sicily's defenses before the 1943 attack, using a dead man with faked papers.

Director: Ronald Neame | Stars: Clifton Webb, Gloria Grahame, Robert Flemyng, Josephine Griffin

Votes: 3,323

11. The Adventures of Black Beauty (1972–1974)

55 min | Adventure, Family

6.7
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Black Beauty is a pure black, thoroughbred horse in late 19th Century rural England who is adopted into the household of James Gordon, a local doctor and widower, and befriended by his ... See full summary »

Stars: William Lucas, Charlotte Mitchell, Roderick Shaw, Michael Culver

Votes: 233

12. Armchair Theatre (1956–1974)

60 min | Drama

8.2
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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: 86

13. Enemy at the Door (1978–1980)

650 min | Drama, History, War

8.0
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Drama about the Nazi occupation of the Channel Islands during the Second World War.

Stars: Alfred Burke, Bernard Horsfall, Antonia Pemberton, Simon Cadell

Votes: 125

14. Ivanhoe (1958– )

30 min | Adventure

7.1
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The adventures of Sir Wilfred of Ivanhoe, a noble knight and champion of justice during the rule of the evil Prince John.

Stars: Roger Moore, Robert Brown, Andrew Keir, Martin Wyldeck

Votes: 196

15. Public Eye (1965–1975)

60 min | Crime, Drama

8.8
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A long-running British TV series starring Alfred Burke as dour private-eye Frank Marker. Cynical and world-weary, Marker is frequently the unwitting stooge in bigger criminal wheels in his ... See full summary »

Stars: Alfred Burke, Ray Smith, Pauline Delaney, Brenda Cavendish

Votes: 110

16. Man in a Suitcase (1967–1968)

60 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

7.9
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McGill (known as "Mac") was a former U.S. intelligence agent based in London. After being thrown out of the agency for something he did not do, he finds his "false" reputation has preceded ... See full summary »

Stars: Richard Bradford, Ricardo Montez, Warren Stanhope, Frank Forsyth

Votes: 242

17. ITV Play of the Week (1955–1974)

90 min | Comedy, Drama

7.9
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An anthology series from the United Kingdom, from 1955 to 1974, producing about 500 ninety minute episodes from Granada Television.

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

Votes: 36

18. Gideon C.I.D. (1964– )

60 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

8.6
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Follows Commander George Gideon of Scotland Yard and his family life.

Stars: John Gregson, Alexander Davion, Daphne Anderson, Richard James

Votes: 97

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

Drama

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Series of television plays performed live.

Stars: Richard Caldicot, George Woodbridge, Robert Brown, Brian Rix

Votes: 51

20. Warship (1973–1977)

50 min | Action, Drama

8.3
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Stars: David Savile, Andrew Burt, Donald Burton, James Cosmo

Votes: 32

21. The Human Jungle (1963–1964)

60 min | Drama

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This is a British TV series in which Dr. Corder is a Psychiatrist who is able to treat and cure any Patients' mental disorders through Freudian and contemporary approaches.

Stars: Herbert Lom, Michael Johnson, Sally Smith, Mary Yeomans

Votes: 43

22. Ace of Wands (1970–1972)

30 min | Family

8.2
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Telepathic stage magician, Tarot, and his two assistants solve mysteries and crimes of a bizarre or magical nature, and battle against villains with various powers.

Stars: Michael MacKenzie, Roy Holder, Petra Markham, Fred Owl

Votes: 66

23. Footsteps in the Fog (1955)

Approved | 90 min | Drama, Thriller

7.0
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In early 1900s England, a maid tries to blackmail her master into romancing her when she discovers he murdered his wife.

Director: Arthur Lubin | Stars: Stewart Granger, Jean Simmons, Bill Travers, Belinda Lee

Votes: 1,091

24. No Hiding Place (1959–1967)

60 min | Crime

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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: 41

25. New Scotland Yard (1972–1974)

60 min | Crime, Drama

6.9
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Detectives made New Scotland Yard,and they solving extraordinary,mysterious crimes.

Stars: John Woodvine, John Carlisle, Michael Turner, Clive Francis

Votes: 25

26. First Night (1963–1964)

Drama

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Stars: Madge Ryan, Anthony Bate, James Maxwell, Michael Caine

Votes: 34

27. Private's Progress (1956)

102 min | Comedy, War

6.6
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In WW2, a failed British officer is selected by his uncle, a Brigadier with the War Office, to participate in a secret operation to "recover" looted artworks from the Nazis.

Director: John Boulting | Stars: Ian Carmichael, Ronald Adam, Henry B. Longhurst, Peter Jones

Votes: 562

28. The Scales of Justice (1962–1967)

Crime

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Stars: Edgar Lustgarten, Kenneth Benda, Bridget Armstrong, Garfield Morgan

Votes: 23

29. Ghost Squad (1961– )

60 min | Crime, Drama

7.4
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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

30. Kraft Mystery Theater (1959– )

60 min | Mystery

8.1
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A successor to Kraft Television Theater with a change of focus away from straight drama. The high productions remained along with the ability to attract well known talent.

Stars: Frank Gallop, Keir Dullea, Richard Anderson, George Kennedy

Votes: 33

31. Riptide (1969– )

60 min | Adventure

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A charter boat operator who happens to be an American is also a bit of a Private Investigator!

Stars: Ty Hardin, Sue Costin, Jonathan Sweet, Slim DeGrey

Votes: 35

32. Redcap (1964–1966)

60 min

8.1
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The cases & adventures of tough Sergeant John Mann, officer of Her Majesty's Royal Military Police Special Investigation Branch.

Stars: John Thaw, Keith Barron, David Battley, John Horsley

Votes: 27

33. Out of This World (1962– )

60 min | Drama, Sci-Fi, Thriller

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Stars: Boris Karloff, Piers Keelan, Raymond Adamson, Bill Mills

Votes: 19

34. Tales of Mystery (1961– )

30 min

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Supernatural drama series adapted from the short stories of Algernon Blackwood.

Stars: John Laurie, Michael Aldridge, Edward Ogden, Ann Castle

Votes: 7

35. Vendetta (1966–1968)

50 min | Crime, Drama

8.5
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Intrigue from the Mediterranean Islands as Danny Scipio dispenses his own brand of revenge against organized crime outfits around Europe.

Stars: Neil McCallum, Stelio Candelli, Kieron Moore, Kenneth J. Warren

Votes: 8

36. The Man in Room 17 (1965– )

60 min | Crime, Thriller, Drama

8.0
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Crime series about a secret government department, "Room 17", set up to deal with crimes that baffle police & government agencies. Headed by veteran WW2 agent Oldenshaw and partnered, ... See full summary »

Stars: Richard Vernon, Michael Aldridge, Denholm Elliott, Willoughby Goddard

Votes: 16

37. The Mind of Mr. J.G. Reeder (1969– )

60 min | Drama, Crime

8.3
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Stars: Hugh Burden, Willoughby Goddard, Mona Bruce, Gillian Lewis

Votes: 35

38. ITV Television Playhouse (1955–1967)

60 min | Drama

8.6
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Stars: Campbell Singer, Thomas Heathcote, Dinsdale Landen, Miriam Karlin

Votes: 21

39. Hunter (1967–1969)

60 min

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Drama series following the adventures of special agent John Hunter, on the lookout for espionage along the eastern coast of Australia.

Stars: Gerard Kennedy, Nigel Lovell, Kevin Sanders, Tony Ward

Votes: 21

40. Hereward the Wake (1965– )

25 min | Drama

9.1
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Hereward, son of Duke Leofric and Lady Godiva, fought a long and ultimately hopeless guerilla war against the invading forces of William the Conqueror in the fens of Lincolnshire, betrayed not only by his allies but by his own weaknesses.

Stars: Alfred Lynch, Bryan Pringle, Yvonne Furneaux, John Carson

Votes: 7

41. The Main Chance (1969–1975)

60 min | Drama

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Yorkshire Television's hugely successful legal drama, The Main Chance, was so fast-paced that even the opening credits were played over images of a speeding train... See full synopsis »

Stars: John Stride, Margaret Ashcroft, John Wentworth, Anna Palk

Votes: 26

42. Brass Monkey (1948)

90 min | Crime, Drama

5.8
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Radio personality Carroll Levis becomes involved in a case of theft and murder.

Director: Thornton Freeland | Stars: Carroll Levis, Carole Landis, Herbert Lom, Avril Angers

Votes: 94

43. Pretenders (1972– )

13 min | Adventure

7.3
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Costume drama set in England in 1685. Two children are caught up in the Duke Of Monmouth's rebellion against King James II. The series followed their various adventures, leading up to the climatic battle of Sedgemoor.

Stars: Frederick Jaeger, Curtis Arden, Elizabeth Robillard, James Cossins

Votes: 10

44. Detective (1964–1969)

50 min | Crime, Drama

8.7
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Anthology series featuring adaptations of detective stories.

Stars: Rupert Davies, Ralph Michael, John DeVaut, Esmond Knight

Votes: 9

45. Barnaby Rudge (1960– )

30 min

7.2
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Stars: John Wood, Barbara Hicks, Newton Blick, Neil McCarthy

Votes: 11

46. Thursday's Child (1972–1973)

30 min | Drama

6.8
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Stars: Gillian Bailey, Simon Gipps-Kent, David Tully, Clare Walker

Votes: 11

47. City Beneath the Sea (1962– )

30 min | Drama, Sci-Fi

7.0
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Science Journalist Mark Bannerman and his photographer assistant Peter Blake meet the Professor Westfield at a London gala who is kidnapped... See full synopsis »

Stars: Gerald Flood, Stewart Guidotti, Denis Goacher, Caroline Blakiston

Votes: 6

48. Drama 61-67 (1961–1967)

60 min | Drama

7.2
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Stars: Brian Haines, John Ronane, Aubrey Richards, Neil Wilson

Votes: 10

49. Six Days of Justice (1972–1975)

Drama

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Stars: George Waring, Meadows White, Rex Robinson, Ishaq Bux

Votes: 7

50. Lilli Palmer Theatre (1955– )

30 min | Drama

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Stars: Lilli Palmer, Roddy Hughes, Ian Fleming, Brian Wilde

Votes: 6