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1. The DuPont Show of the Month (1957–1961)
Episode: The Bridge of San Luis Rey (1958)

90 min | Comedy, Drama, History

9.6
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In 1714 Peru, a friar is tried by the Inquisition for questioning God's intentions when five die in the collapse of an Andean rope bridge.

Writers: Ludi Claire, Thornton Wilder | Director: Robert Mulligan | Stars: Judith Anderson, Theodore Bikel, Peter Cookson, Hume Cronyn

Votes: 5

2. The Matchmaker (1955 TV Movie)

110 min | Comedy

8.8
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Writers: Bruni Löbel, Johann Nestroy, Hans Sahl, Thornton Wilder | Director: John Olden | Stars: Inge Meysel, Boy Gobert, Gusti Wolf, Eduard Marks

Votes: 5

3. Unsere kleine Stadt (1954 TV Movie)

73 min | Drama, Romance

8.6
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Writer: Thornton Wilder | Director: Harald Braun | Stars: Georg Lehn, Ernst Sladeck, Michael Heltau, Helmut Wittig

Votes: 7

4. Unsere kleine Stadt (1961 TV Movie)

80 min

8.6
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Writers: Hans Sahl, Thornton Wilder | Director: Ludwig Cremer | Stars: Fritz Wepper, Cordula Trantow, Hermann Lenschau, Charlotte Witthauer

Votes: 9

5. Producers' Showcase (1954–1957)

90 min | Drama, Musical, Comedy

8.5
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This program aired once every fourth week and was one of the most costly live shows of the 1950's. Many stars appeared on this show; see the Guest List for them.

Stars: Cyril Ritchard, Claire Bloom, Mary Martin, David Wayne

Votes: 56

6. Robert Montgomery Presents (1950–1957)

60 min | Drama

8.5
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Hollywood actor-director-producer Robert Montgomery introduced each telecast, sometimes interviewing one of the stars and sometimes appearing in the play himself.

Stars: Robert Montgomery, John Newland, Vaughn Taylor, Elizabeth Montgomery

Votes: 59

7. Art Carney Special (1959– )

90 min | Comedy, Drama, Music

8.4
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Stars: Art Carney, David Doyle, Betty Garrett, Elaine Stritch

Votes: 9

8. Great Performances (1971– )

Biography, Drama, Music

8.3
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Stars: Julie Andrews, Plácido Domingo, Walter Cronkite, Renée Fleming

Votes: 380

9. Star Tonight (1955–1956)

30 min | Drama

8.3
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Stars: Nancy Coleman, Kathleen Comegys, Doreen Lang, Dennis Patrick

Votes: 14

10. Theatre 625 (1964–1968)

90 min | Drama

8.2
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Stars: Michael Bryant, Judi Dench, Maurice Denham, Ronald Hines

Votes: 20

11. Great Performances (1971– )
Episode: Our Town (1989)

103 min | Biography, Drama, Music

8.2
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This classic American play, performed on an almost-bare stage, is about the mundane but rather pleasant lives of the Gibbs family, the Webb family, and their neighbors in Grover's Corners, ... See full summary »

Writer: Thornton Wilder | Director: Kirk Browning | Stars: Spalding Gray, James Rebhorn, Atticus Brady, John Griesemer

Votes: 166

12. Our Town (2003 TV Movie)

PG | 120 min | Drama, Family, Romance

8.1
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Thornton Wilder's classic play on Grover's Corners, a fictional small town and its story taking place between 1901 and 1913, dealing with themes as life, death and the everyday routine of ... See full summary »

Writer: Thornton Wilder | Director: James Naughton | Stars: Jayne Atkinson, Wendy Barrie-Wilson, Reathel Bean, John Braden

Votes: 326

13. Our Town (1977 TV Movie)

120 min | Drama, Romance

8.1
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Writer: Thornton Wilder | Director: George Schaefer | Stars: Hal Holbrook, Ned Beatty, Sada Thompson, Barbara Bel Geddes

Votes: 158

14. G.K. Chesterton: The Apostle of Common Sense (2000– )

30 min | Comedy, History

8.1
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Dale Ahlquist, president of the American Chesterton Society, explores issues through the eyes of the greatest writer, theologian, and philosopher of the 20th century, G.K. Chesterton, with humor and substance.

Stars: Dale Ahlquist, Chuck Chalberg, Kaiser Johnson, Kevin O'Brien

Votes: 39

15. Pulitzer Prize Playhouse (1950–1952)

60 min | Drama

8.1
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Dramatic anthology series presenting plays adopted from Pulitzer Prize winning stories, plays, novels, etc.

Stars: Elmer Davis, Charles Dingle, Richard Bishop, Joan Chandler

Votes: 17

16. Die Alkestiade (1958 TV Movie)

125 min

8.1
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Writers: Hans Schweikart, Thornton Wilder, Herbert E. Herlitschka | Director: Hans Schweikart | Stars: Alexander Kerst, Anton Reimer, Peter Paul, Inge Birkmann

Votes: 8

17. Shadow of a Doubt (1943)

Approved | 108 min | Thriller

8.0
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A young woman discovers her visiting "Uncle Charlie" may not be the man he seems to be.

Writers: Thornton Wilder, Sally Benson, Alma Reville, Gordon McDonell | Director: Alfred Hitchcock | Stars: Teresa Wright, Joseph Cotten, Macdonald Carey, Henry Travers

Votes: 44,464

18. ITV Play of the Week (1955–1974)

90 min | Comedy, Drama

7.9
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Stars: Alfred Burke, Derek Francis, Laurence Hardy, Peter Wyngarde

Votes: 34

19. NET Playhouse (1964–1972)

90 min | Biography, Drama, History

7.9
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Stars: Rene Auberjonois, George Voskovec, Richard Dysart, Frances Sternhagen

Votes: 12

20. American Playhouse (1981– )
Episode: The Skin of Our Teeth (1983)

113 min | Comedy, Drama

7.9
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Production of Thornton Wilder's Pulitzer-winning play about mankind's triumph over chaos, which wildly altered dramatic conventions in freely shifting between modern-day New Jersey and the ... See full summary »

Writer: Thornton Wilder | Director: Jack O'Brien | Stars: Diana Bellamy, Renee Brooks, Blair Brown, Bonnie Campbell-Britton

Votes: 47

21. ITV Play of the Week (1955–1974)
Episode: The Skin of Our Teeth (1959)

Comedy, Drama

7.9
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Production of Thornton Wilder's Pulitzer-winning play about mankind's triumph over chaos, which wildly altered dramatic conventions in freely shifting between modern-day New Jersey and the ... See full summary »

Writers: Ellen M. Violett, Thornton Wilder | Director: Henry Kaplan | Stars: Sheldon Allan, Laurence Archer, Geoffrey Bellman, Fraser Boa

Votes: 14

22. American Playhouse (1981– )

Comedy, Drama

7.8
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Stars: Edward Herrmann, Robert Minkoff, Deanna Dunagan, Sada Thompson

Votes: 113

23. Lux Video Theatre (1950–1959)

30 min | Comedy, Drama

7.8
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Live dramatic shows featuring Hollywood stars. Initially, the show was a 30-minute weekly show but when it moved to NBC in August 1954, the show was extended to 60-minutes and the plays ... See full summary »

Stars: Ken Carpenter, Jay Jackson, Otto Kruger, Gordon MacRae

Votes: 64

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

Drama

7.8
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Series of television plays performed live.

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

Votes: 44

25. Ponds Theater (1953– )

60 min | Drama

7.6
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Stars: Valerie Cossart, Harry Townes, Mildred Dunnock, Carmen Mathews

Votes: 25

26. To theatro tis Defteras (1970–1990)

Comedy, Drama

7.5
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Stars: Titika Vlahopoulou, Makis Revmatas, Maria Alkeou, Trifon Karatzas

Votes: 20

27. Estudio 1 (1965–1984)

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Stars: Ana María Vidal, Fernando Delgado, Luisa Sala, José Bódalo

Votes: 23

28. OT: Our Town (2002)

76 min | Documentary

7.4
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75 Metascore

Dominguez High, in the infamous Compton, CA, has not produced a play in over twenty years. With no money and no stage, two teachers and twenty-four students attempt to produce Thornton Wilder's American Classic OUR TOWN.

Writer: Thornton Wilder | Director: Scott Hamilton Kennedy | Stars: Catherine Borek, Karen Greene, Ebony Starr Norwood-Brown, Archie Posada

Votes: 250

30. Hello, Dolly! (1969)

G | 146 min | Comedy, Musical, Romance

7.2
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A matchmaker named Dolly Levi takes a trip to Yonkers, New York to see the "well-known unmarried half-a-millionaire," Horace Vandergelder. While there, she convinces him, his two stock ... See full summary »

Writers: Michael Stewart, Thornton Wilder, Ernest Lehman | Director: Gene Kelly | Stars: Barbra Streisand, Walter Matthau, Michael Crawford, Marianne McAndrew

Votes: 9,633

31. The DuPont Show of the Month (1957–1961)

90 min | Comedy, Drama, History

7.1
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The award winning bing play of Mary Chase came to television in. 1958. It tells the story of Elwood P. Dowd, (Ar Carney) a personable chap who drinks a little and befriends a "pookah" a 6 ... See full summary »

Stars: James Valentine, Hurd Hatfield, Tim O'Connor, Max Adrian

Votes: 27

33. The Matchmaker (1958)

Approved | 103 min | Romance, Comedy

7.0
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Thornton Wilder's tale of a matchmaker who desires the man she's supposed to be pairing with another woman.

Writers: Thornton Wilder, John Michael Hayes | Director: Joseph Anthony | Stars: Shirley Booth, Anthony Perkins, Shirley MacLaine, Paul Ford

Votes: 773

34. Producers' Showcase (1954–1957)
Episode: Our Town (1955)

90 min | Drama, Musical, Comedy

7.0
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Change comes slowly to a small New Hampshire town in the early 20th century. People grow up, get married, live, and die. Milk and the newspaper get delivered every morning, and nobody locks their front doors.

Writers: David Shaw, Thornton Wilder | Director: Delbert Mann | Stars: Harvey B. Dunn, Shelley Fabares, Sylvia Field, Paul Hartman

Votes: 12

35. Our Town (1940)

Not Rated | 90 min | Drama, Romance

6.8
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Change comes slowly to a small New Hampshire town in the early 20th century. People grow up, get married, live, and die. Milk and the newspaper get delivered every morning, and nobody locks... See full summary »

Writers: Thornton Wilder, Frank Craven, Harry Chandlee | Director: Sam Wood | Stars: William Holden, Martha Scott, Fay Bainter, Beulah Bondi

Votes: 1,646

36. Producers' Showcase (1954–1957)
Episode: The Skin of Our Teeth (1955)

90 min | Drama, Musical, Comedy

6.7
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This Thornton Wilder play, the story of life on Earth from prehistoric times through World War II as lived by Mr. and Mrs. Antrobus, their two children, and their house maid, Sabina, is ... See full summary »

Writers: Ellen M. Violett, Thornton Wilder | Director: Vincent J. Donehue | Stars: George Abbott, Jonathan Anderson, Heller Halliday, Helen Hayes

Votes: 6

37. Shadow of a Doubt (1991 TV Movie)

100 min | Drama, Thriller

6.4
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Charlie is a young woman who is thrilled that her favorite Uncle Charlie is coming home for good. But she soon discovers that her namesake, a "Wall Street financier," has a deep, dark ... See full summary »

Writers: Gordon McDonell, Thornton Wilder, Sally Benson, Alma Reville, John Gay | Director: Karen Arthur | Stars: Mark Harmon, Margaret Welsh, Norm Skaggs, William Lanteau

Votes: 191

38. We Live Again (1934)

85 min | Drama

6.3
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Nekhlyudov, a Russian nobleman serving on a jury, discovers that the young girl on trial, Katusha, is someone he once seduced and abandoned and that he himself bears responsibility for ... See full summary »

Writers: Maxwell Anderson, Leonard Praskins, Preston Sturges, Leo Tolstoy | Director: Rouben Mamoulian | Stars: Anna Sten, Fredric March, Jane Baxter, C. Aubrey Smith

Votes: 320

39. The Big Time (2002 TV Movie)

100 min | Drama

6.2
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In 1948 Manhattan, a diverse group of people are committed to making the fledgling Empire Network a success. Among them: a naive young woman who's hired as a script girl; an idealistic ... See full summary »

Writers: Carol Flint, Thornton Wilder | Director: Paris Barclay | Stars: Dylan Baker, Molly Ringwald, Christopher Lloyd, Christina Hendricks

Votes: 146

40. Mr. North (1988)

PG | 93 min | Comedy, Drama

5.9
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Mr. North, a stranger to a small, but wealthy, Rhode Island town, quickly has rumors started about him that he has the power to heal people's ailments. The rumors are magnified by his ... See full summary »

Writers: Thornton Wilder, Janet Roach, John Huston, James Costigan | Director: Danny Huston | Stars: Anthony Edwards, Robert Mitchum, Lauren Bacall, Harry Dean Stanton

Votes: 1,041

41. The Bridge of San Luis Rey (1944)

Unrated | 107 min | Drama, Romance

5.7
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A rope bridge over a gorge in the Peruvian Andes snaps, sending five people plunging to their deaths. A priest sets out to find out more about the life of each of the victims.

Writers: Thornton Wilder, Howard Estabrook, Herman Weissman | Director: Rowland V. Lee | Stars: Lynn Bari, Akim Tamiroff, Francis Lederer, Alla Nazimova

Votes: 117

42. The Bridge of San Luis Rey (2004)

PG | 120 min | Drama, Romance

5.1
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25 Metascore

In 1714 Peru, a friar is tried by the Inquisition for questioning God's intentions when five die in the collapse of an Andean rope bridge.

Writers: Mary McGuckian, Thornton Wilder | Director: Mary McGuckian | Stars: Gabriel Byrne, Robert De Niro, Harvey Keitel, Kathy Bates

Votes: 2,898

43. The Long Christmas Dinner (1967 TV Movie)

65 min | Comedy

2.4
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Writers: Jörg A. Eggers, Thornton Wilder | Director: Jörg A. Eggers | Stars: Dorothy Millar, Maurice Warner, Karen Carmichael, Helmut Förnbacher

Votes: 7

44. Grande Teatro Tupi (1951– )

Drama

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Stars: Wanda Kosmo, Rita Cléos, Nydia Lícia, Rildo Gonçalves

45. The Skin of Our Teeth (1959 TV Movie)

90 min | Comedy

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Production of Thornton Wilder's Pulitzer-winning play about mankind's triumph over chaos, which wildly altered dramatic conventions in freely shifting between modern-day New Jersey and the ... See full summary »

Writer: Thornton Wilder | Stars: Aileen Britton, Diana Davidson, John Ewart, Robert Hunt

46. Die Heiratsvermittlerin (1976 TV Movie)

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Writers: Hans Sahl, Thornton Wilder | Director: Hellmuth Matiasek | Stars: Fritz Tillmann, Peter Striebeck, Jacques Breuer, Kurt Weinzierl

47. The Sunday Programme (1994–2008)

News

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Stars: Steve Richards, Alastair Stewart, David Mills, Frank Dobson

48. Königinnen von Frankreich (1961 TV Movie)

50 min

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Writer: Thornton Wilder | Director: Hans-Dieter Schwarze | Stars: Isolde Bräuner, Max Noack, Lina Carstens, Ida Ehre

49. The Happy Journey to Trenton and Camden (1937 TV Movie)

25 min | Comedy

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Writer: Thornton Wilder | Stars: Joan Miller, Guy Glover, Margaret Brereton, Skelton Knaggs

50. Francuske kraljice (1965 TV Movie)

Comedy

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Writer: Thornton Wilder | Director: Misa Mirkovic | Stars: Dragomir 'Gidra' Bojanic, Rahela Ferari, Ksenija Jovanovic, Olga Spiridonovic