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1. The Movie Crazy Years (1971 TV Movie)

85 min | Documentary

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Writer: Richard Schickel | Stars: Michael Tolan, Busby Berkeley, Joan Blondell, John Bright

2. Casablanca (1942)

PG | 102 min | Drama, Romance, War

8.6
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Set in unoccupied Africa during the early days of World War II: An American expatriate meets a former lover, with unforeseen complications.

Writers: Julius J. Epstein, Philip G. Epstein, Howard Koch, Murray Burnett, Joan Alison | Director: Michael Curtiz | Stars: Humphrey Bogart, Ingrid Bergman, Paul Henreid, Claude Rains

3. AFI Life Achievement Award: A Tribute to Bette Davis (1977 TV Special)

90 min | Documentary

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Jane Fonda hosts the AFI Life Achievement Awards ceremony honoring Bette Davis featuring clips from her films and the reminiscences of many co-workers.

Stars: Bette Davis, Olivia de Havilland, Peter Falk, Mia Farrow

4. The Maltese Falcon (1941)

Not Rated | 100 min | Drama, Film-Noir, Mystery

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A private detective takes on a case that involves him with three eccentric criminals, a gorgeous liar, and their quest for a priceless statuette.

Writers: John Huston, Dashiell Hammett | Director: John Huston | Stars: Humphrey Bogart, Mary Astor, Gladys George, Peter Lorre

5. One Way Passage (1932)

Unrated | 67 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

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A terminally ill woman and a debonair murderer facing execution meet and fall in love on a trans-Pacific crossing, each without knowing the other's secret.

Writers: Wilson Mizner, Joseph Jackson, Robert Lord | Director: Tay Garnett | Stars: William Powell, Kay Francis, Frank McHugh, Aline MacMahon

6. Confession (1937)

Approved | 87 min | Drama

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Writers: Hans Rameau, Julius J. Epstein, Margaret P. Levino | Director: Joe May | Stars: Kay Francis, Basil Rathbone, Ian Hunter, Jane Bryan

7. Hollywood Greats (1977– )

40 min | Documentary, History

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Documentary series profiling various Hollywood stars of yesteryear and more recent times.

Stars: Barry Norman, Jonathan Ross, George Cukor, David Thomson

8. For Auld Lang Syne (1938)

7 min | Documentary, Short, Music

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James Cagney introduced himself and proceeded to identify the attending guests as they arrived at this benefit function, most of whom stepped up to a microphone to be interviewed on the ... See full summary »

Stars: John Barrymore, Freddie Bartholomew, Benny Goodman Orchestra, Humphrey Bogart

9. Cain and Mabel (1936)

Approved | 90 min | Comedy, Musical, Romance

8.1
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A talented boxer and a gifted dancer hope to increase their waning popularity by inventing a fictitious love affair for the benefit of the tabloids.

Writers: Laird Doyle, H.C. Witwer | Director: Lloyd Bacon | Stars: Marion Davies, Clark Gable, Allen Jenkins, Roscoe Karns

10. The Adventures of Robin Hood (1938)

PG | 102 min | Action, Adventure, Romance

8.0
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97 Metascore

When Prince John and the Norman Lords begin oppressing the Saxon masses in King Richard's absence, a Saxon lord fights back as the outlaw leader of a rebel guerrilla army.

Writers: Norman Reilly Raine, Seton I. Miller | Directors: Michael Curtiz, William Keighley | Stars: Errol Flynn, Olivia de Havilland, Basil Rathbone, Claude Rains

11. Angels with Dirty Faces (1938)

Approved | 97 min | Crime, Drama, Film-Noir

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A priest tries to stop a gangster from corrupting a group of street kids.

Writers: John Wexley, Warren Duff, Rowland Brown | Director: Michael Curtiz | Stars: James Cagney, Pat O'Brien, Humphrey Bogart, Ann Sheridan

12. Becket (1964)

PG-13 | 148 min | Biography, Drama, History

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An English king comes to terms with his affection for his close friend and confidant, who finds his true honor by observing God's divine will rather than the king's.

Writers: Jean Anouilh, Lucienne Hill, Edward Anhalt | Director: Peter Glenville | Stars: Richard Burton, Peter O'Toole, John Gielgud, Gino Cervi

13. Now, Voyager (1942)

Not Rated | 117 min | Drama, Romance

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Boston spinster blossoms under therapy and finds impossible romance.

Writers: Casey Robinson, Olive Higgins Prouty | Director: Irving Rapper | Stars: Bette Davis, Paul Henreid, Claude Rains, Gladys Cooper

14. I Am a Fugitive from a Chain Gang (1932)

Not Rated | 92 min | Crime, Drama, Film-Noir

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Wrongly convicted James Allen serves in the intolerable conditions of a southern chain gang, which later comes back to haunt him.

Writers: Robert E. Burns, Howard J. Green, Brown Holmes | Director: Mervyn LeRoy | Stars: Paul Muni, Glenda Farrell, Helen Vinson, Noel Francis

15. Summer and Smoke (1961)

118 min | Drama, Romance

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Plain, repressed spinster falls for a dashing young medical student, but he prefers the wilder life, until it's too late.

Writers: Tennessee Williams, James Poe, Meade Roberts | Director: Peter Glenville | Stars: Laurence Harvey, Geraldine Page, Rita Moreno, Una Merkel

16. Ever Since Eve (1937)

Approved | 80 min | Comedy, Romance

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Marge is a capable secretary, but her bosses are more interested in her than her abilities. This causes her to be frequently unemployed. To get a job, she changes her look to make herself ... See full summary »

Writers: Lawrence Riley, Earl Baldwin, Lillie Hayward, Margaret Lee, Gene Baker | Director: Lloyd Bacon | Stars: Marion Davies, Robert Montgomery, Frank McHugh, Patsy Kelly

17. The Roaring Twenties (1939)

Not Rated | 106 min | Crime, Drama, Film-Noir

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Three men attempt to make a living in Prohibitionist America after returning home from fighting together in World War I.

Writers: Jerry Wald, Richard Macaulay, Robert Rossen, Mark Hellinger | Director: Raoul Walsh | Stars: James Cagney, Humphrey Bogart, Priscilla Lane, Gladys George

18. Come Back, Little Sheba (1952)

Approved | 99 min | Drama

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An emotionally remote recovering alcoholic and his dowdy, unambitious wife face a personal crisis when they take in an attractive lodger.

Writers: Ketti Frings, William Inge | Director: Daniel Mann | Stars: Burt Lancaster, Shirley Booth, Terry Moore, Richard Jaeckel

19. It's Love I'm After (1937)

TV-G | 90 min | Comedy

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Renowned stage actors Basil Underwood and Joyce Arden are partners on and off the stage. An occupational hazard for Basil is that women often fall in love with what they see of him on the ... See full summary »

Writers: Casey Robinson, Maurice Hanline | Director: Archie Mayo | Stars: Leslie Howard, Bette Davis, Olivia de Havilland, Patric Knowles

20. Show-Business at War (1943)

17 min | Documentary, Short

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A multi-studio effort to show the newsreel audience the progress of the Hollywood war effort.

Director: Louis De Rochemont | Stars: Carole Lombard, Walt Disney, John Ford, Darryl F. Zanuck

21. Hollywood Greats (1977– )
Episode: Edward G. Robinson (1979)

Documentary, History

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Stars: Barry Norman, Frank Capra, John Huston, Sam Jaffe

22. Yankee Doodle Dandy (1942)

TV-G | 126 min | Biography, Drama, Musical

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A film of the life of the renowned musical composer, playwright, actor, dancer and singer George M. Cohan.

Writers: Robert Buckner, Edmund Joseph | Director: Michael Curtiz | Stars: James Cagney, Joan Leslie, Walter Huston, Richard Whorf

23. Sergeant York (1941)

Approved | 134 min | Biography, Drama, History

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A hillbilly sharpshooter drafted in WW1 despite his claim to be a pacifist, who ends up becoming a war hero.

Writers: Abem Finkel, Harry Chandlee, Howard Koch, John Huston, Alvin C. York, Tom Skeyhill | Director: Howard Hawks | Stars: Gary Cooper, Walter Brennan, Joan Leslie, George Tobias

24. Captain Blood (1935)

Not Rated | 119 min | Action, Adventure

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An enslaved doctor and his comrades in chains escape and become pirates of the Robin Hood variety.

Writers: Rafael Sabatini, Casey Robinson | Director: Michael Curtiz | Stars: Errol Flynn, Olivia de Havilland, Lionel Atwill, Basil Rathbone

25. The Sea Hawk (1940)

TV-G | 127 min | Action, Adventure, Romance

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Geoffrey Thorpe is an adventurous and dashing pirate, who feels that he should pirate the Spanish ships for the good of England. In one such battle, he overtakes a Spanish ship and when he ... See full summary »

Writers: Howard Koch, Seton I. Miller | Director: Michael Curtiz | Stars: Errol Flynn, Brenda Marshall, Claude Rains, Donald Crisp

26. 42nd Street (1933)

Unrated | 89 min | Comedy, Musical, Romance

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A producer puts on what may be his last Broadway show, and at the last moment a chorus girl has to replace the star...

Writers: Rian James, James Seymour, Bradford Ropes | Director: Lloyd Bacon | Stars: Warner Baxter, Bebe Daniels, George Brent, Ruby Keeler

27. The Letter (1940)

Approved | 95 min | Crime, Drama, Film-Noir

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The wife of a rubber plantation administrator shoots a man to death and claims it was self-defense; a letter in her own hand may prove her undoing.

Writers: W. Somerset Maugham, Howard Koch | Director: William Wyler | Stars: Bette Davis, Herbert Marshall, James Stephenson, Frieda Inescort

28. The Man Who Came to Dinner (1942)

Approved | 112 min | Comedy, Romance

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When acerbic critic Sheridan Whiteside slips on the front steps of a provincial Ohio businessman's home and breaks his hip, he and his entourage take over the house indefinitely.

Writers: Julius J. Epstein, Philip G. Epstein, George S. Kaufman, Moss Hart | Director: William Keighley | Stars: Bette Davis, Ann Sheridan, Monty Woolley, Richard Travis

29. Kings Row (1942)

Not Rated | 127 min | Drama, Mystery, Romance

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The dark side and hypocrisy of provincial American life is seen through the eyes of five children as they grow to adulthood at the turn-of-the-century.

Writers: Casey Robinson, Henry Bellamann | Director: Sam Wood | Stars: Ann Sheridan, Robert Cummings, Ronald Reagan, Betty Field

30. The Old Maid (1939)

Approved | 95 min | Drama

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The arrival of an ex-lover on a young woman's wedding day sets in motion a chain of events which will alter her and her cousin's lives forever.

Writers: Casey Robinson, Zoe Akins, Edith Wharton | Director: Edmund Goulding | Stars: Bette Davis, Miriam Hopkins, George Brent, Donald Crisp

31. Heroes for Sale (1933)

76 min | Drama, War

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The saga of Tom Holmes - a man of principles - from the Great War to the Great Depression. Will he ever get a break? His war heroics earn fame and a medal for someone else, and his wounds ... See full summary »

Writers: Robert Lord, Wilson Mizner | Director: William A. Wellman | Stars: Loretta Young, Richard Barthelmess, Aline MacMahon, Gordon Westcott

32. A Dream Comes True (1935)

Approved | 8 min | Documentary, Short

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One of the most well attended, exciting and energy driven Hollywood premiers within recent memory is for the film A Midsummer Night's Dream (1935). The story for this production began a ... See full summary »

Writer: George Bilson | Stars: Addison Richards, Ross Alexander, Binnie Barnes, Freddie Bartholomew

33. Jezebel (1938)

Approved | 104 min | Drama, Romance

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A haughty headstrong Southern Belle in Antebellum Louisiana loses her fiance due to her stubborn vanity and pride and vows to get him back.

Writers: Clements Ripley, Abem Finkel, John Huston, Owen Davis | Director: William Wyler | Stars: Bette Davis, Henry Fonda, George Brent, Margaret Lindsay

34. The Petrified Forest (1936)

Not Rated | 82 min | Crime, Drama, Film-Noir

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A waitress, a hobo and a bank robber get mixed up at a lonely diner in the desert.

Writers: Charles Kenyon, Delmer Daves, Robert E. Sherwood | Director: Archie Mayo | Stars: Leslie Howard, Humphrey Bogart, Bette Davis, Genevieve Tobin

35. The Dawn Patrol (1938)

Approved | 103 min | War, Drama

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British flying aces in World War I contend with the harsh realities of war.

Writers: Seton I. Miller, Dan Totheroh, John Monk Saunders | Director: Edmund Goulding | Stars: Errol Flynn, Basil Rathbone, David Niven, Donald Crisp

36. All This, and Heaven Too (1940)

Approved | 141 min | Drama, Romance

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When lovely and virtuous governess Henriette Deluzy comes to educate the children of the debonair Duc de Praslin, a royal subject to King Louis-Philippe and the husband of the volatile and ... See full summary »

Writers: Rachel Field, Casey Robinson | Director: Anatole Litvak | Stars: Bette Davis, Charles Boyer, Jeffrey Lynn, Barbara O'Neil

37. Hearts Divided (1936)

Approved | 87 min | Drama, History, Musical

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Napoleon needs money to fight his wars in Europe so he wants 20 million dollars for the Louisiana Territory in the United States. To help the negotiations, he sends his brother, Jerome, to ... See full summary »

Writers: Laird Doyle, Casey Robinson, Rida Johnson Young | Director: Frank Borzage | Stars: Marion Davies, Dick Powell, Charles Ruggles, Claude Rains

38. Errol Flynn: Portrait of a Swashbuckler (1983 Video)

Unrated | Documentary

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This special features clips from Flynn's movies including "Adventures of Robin Hood," "Captain Blood," "Santa Fe Trail" and others. Charges of his Nazi affiliation and never-before released... See full summary »

Director: Craig Haffner | Stars: Christopher Lee, Hal B. Wallis, Tony Thomas, Vincent Sherman

39. High Sierra (1941)

Approved | 100 min | Adventure, Crime, Drama

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After being released from prison, notorious thief Roy Earle is hired by his old boss to help a group of inexperienced criminals plan and carry out the robbery of a California resort.

Writers: John Huston, W.R. Burnett | Director: Raoul Walsh | Stars: Ida Lupino, Humphrey Bogart, Alan Curtis, Arthur Kennedy

40. Mary, Queen of Scots (1971)

PG-13 | 128 min | Biography, Drama, History

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Mary Stuart, who was named Queen of Scotland when she was only six days old, is the last Roman Catholic ruler of Scotland. She is imprisoned at he age of 23 by her cousin Elizabeth Tudor, ... See full summary »

Writer: John Hale | Director: Charles Jarrott | Stars: Vanessa Redgrave, Glenda Jackson, Patrick McGoohan, Timothy Dalton

41. Dark Victory (1939)

Approved | 104 min | Drama, Romance

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A young socialite is diagnosed with an inoperable brain tumour, and must decide whether she'll meet her final days with dignity.

Writers: Casey Robinson, George Emerson Brewer Jr., Bertram Bloch | Director: Edmund Goulding | Stars: Bette Davis, George Brent, Humphrey Bogart, Geraldine Fitzgerald

42. Dr. Ehrlich's Magic Bullet (1940)

Approved | 103 min | Biography, Drama

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True story of the doctor who considered it was not immoral to search for a drug that would cure syphillis.

Writers: John Huston, Heinz Herald, Norman Burnstine | Director: William Dieterle | Stars: Edward G. Robinson, Ruth Gordon, Otto Kruger, Donald Crisp

43. The Sea Wolf (1941)

Approved | 100 min | Drama, Adventure

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Humphrey van Weyden, a writer, and fugitives Ruth Webster and George Leach have been given refuge aboard the sealer "Ghost," captained by the cruel Wolf Larsen. The crew mutinies against ... See full summary »

Writers: Jack London, Robert Rossen | Director: Michael Curtiz | Stars: Edward G. Robinson, Ida Lupino, John Garfield, Alexander Knox

44. Shining Victory (1941)

Approved | 80 min | Drama

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Writers: Howard Koch, Anne Froelich, A.J. Cronin | Director: Irving Rapper | Stars: James Stephenson, Geraldine Fitzgerald, Donald Crisp, Barbara O'Neil

45. Anne of the Thousand Days (1969)

M | 145 min | Drama, History

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Henry VIII of England discards one wife, Katharine of Aragon, who has failed to produce a male heir, in favor of the young and beautiful Anne Boleyn.

Writers: Bridget Boland, John Hale, Richard Sokolove, Maxwell Anderson | Director: Charles Jarrott | Stars: Richard Burton, Geneviève Bujold, Irene Papas, Anthony Quayle

46. The Strange Love of Martha Ivers (1946)

Unrated | 116 min | Drama, Film-Noir

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A ruthless, domineering woman is married to an alcoholic D.A., her childhood companion who is the only living witness to her murder of her rich aunt seventeen years earlier.

Writers: Robert Rossen, John Patrick | Director: Lewis Milestone | Stars: Barbara Stanwyck, Van Heflin, Lizabeth Scott, Kirk Douglas

47. American Masters (1985– )

90 min | Documentary, Biography, History

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Stars: Martin Scorsese, Judy Garland, Frank Sinatra, Tony Bennett

48. Sorry, Wrong Number (1948)

Approved | 89 min | Drama, Film-Noir, Thriller

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Whilst on the telephone, an invalid woman overhears what she thinks is a plot to murder her.

Writer: Lucille Fletcher | Director: Anatole Litvak | Stars: Barbara Stanwyck, Burt Lancaster, Ann Richards, Wendell Corey

49. Watch on the Rhine (1943)

Approved | 114 min | Drama

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Sara and Kurt Muller and their three children are returning to her mother's home in Washington DC after 18 years in Europe. A Romanian Count living there discovers Kurt's attache case full ... See full summary »

Writers: Dashiell Hammett, Lillian Hellman | Directors: Herman Shumlin, Hal Mohr | Stars: Bette Davis, Paul Lukas, Geraldine Fitzgerald, Lucile Watson

50. In This Our Life (1942)

Approved | 97 min | Drama

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A young woman (Stanley Timberlake) dumps her fiancée (Craig Fleming) and runs off with her sister's (Roy Timberlake) husband (Peter Kingsmill). They marry, settle in Baltimore, and Stanley ... See full summary »

Writers: Howard Koch, Ellen Glasgow | Director: John Huston | Stars: Bette Davis, Olivia de Havilland, George Brent, Dennis Morgan