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1. Road House (1948)

Passed | 95 min | Action, Drama, Film-Noir

7.3
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A night club owner becomes infatuated with a torch singer and frames his best friend/manager for embezzlement when the chanteuse falls in love with him.

Director: Jean Negulesco | Stars: Ida Lupino, Cornel Wilde, Celeste Holm, Richard Widmark

Votes: 1,839

2. Crime in the Streets (1956)

Approved | 91 min | Crime, Drama, Film-Noir

6.7
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Social worker tries to befriend local slum gang.

Director: Don Siegel | Stars: John Cassavetes, Sal Mineo, James Whitmore, Mark Rydell

Votes: 837

3. Armored Car Robbery (1950)

Passed | 67 min | Crime, Film-Noir, Thriller

7.0
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A well-planned robbery goes awry, with tough cop Cordell in pursuit.

Director: Richard Fleischer | Stars: Charles McGraw, Adele Jergens, William Talman, Douglas Fowley

Votes: 1,653

4. The Phenix City Story (1955)

Approved | 100 min | Crime, Drama, Film-Noir

7.4
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A crime-busting lawyer and his initially reluctant attorney father take on the forces that run gambling and prostitution in their small Southern town.

Director: Phil Karlson | Stars: John McIntire, Richard Kiley, Kathryn Grant, Edward Andrews

Votes: 1,788

5. Dial 1119 (1950)

Passed | 75 min | Film-Noir, Thriller

6.7
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An escaped mental patient causes havoc.

Director: Gerald Mayer | Stars: Marshall Thompson, Virginia Field, Andrea King, Sam Levene

Votes: 726

6. Fear in the Night (1947)

Passed | 72 min | Crime, Drama, Film-Noir

6.5
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A man dreams he committed murder, then begins to suspect it was real.

Director: Maxwell Shane | Stars: Paul Kelly, DeForest Kelley, Ann Doran, Kay Scott

Votes: 1,018

7. Deadline at Dawn (1946)

Approved | 83 min | Film-Noir, Mystery, Romance

6.8
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When a woman he meets is murdered, a soon-to-ship-out sailor has until dawn to find the killer, aided by a weary dance hall girl.

Directors: Harold Clurman, William Cameron Menzies | Stars: Susan Hayward, Paul Lukas, Bill Williams, Joseph Calleia

Votes: 1,356

8. Backfire (1950)

Passed | 91 min | Crime, Film-Noir, Mystery

6.6
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While recuperating from wartime back injuries at a hospital, veteran Bob Corey is visited on Christmas Eve by a beautiful stranger with an even stranger message.

Director: Vincent Sherman | Stars: Virginia Mayo, Gordon MacRae, Edmond O'Brien, Dane Clark

Votes: 759

9. The Glass Wall (1953)

Approved | 82 min | Drama, Film-Noir

6.9
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Peter, a WW II 'displaced person' about to be deported jumps ship in New York harbor in an effort to find an ex-G.I named Tom whom he helped during the war and can prove Peter's right to ... See full summary »

Director: Maxwell Shane | Stars: Vittorio Gassman, Gloria Grahame, Ann Robinson, Douglas Spencer

Votes: 444

10. Bad for Each Other (1953)

Approved | 83 min | Drama

5.7
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A doctor returning from the Korean War to his hometown in Pennsylvania must choose what next to do with his life

Director: Irving Rapper | Stars: Charlton Heston, Lizabeth Scott, Dianne Foster, Mildred Dunnock

Votes: 369

11. Deception (1946)

Approved | 115 min | Crime, Drama, Film-Noir

7.3
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A piano teacher believes that her fiancé was killed on the battlefield. When he miraculously returns, they decide to marry, but are threatened by a wealthy, egotistical composer the piano teacher started dating on the rebound after she became convinced her love had died.

Director: Irving Rapper | Stars: Bette Davis, Paul Henreid, Claude Rains, John Abbott

Votes: 2,415

12. Split Second (1953)

Not Rated | 85 min | Crime, Drama, Film-Noir

6.9
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Two escaped killers take hostages and hide in a Nevada mining ghost town knowing that an atom bomb is scheduled to be tested there the next morning.

Director: Dick Powell | Stars: Stephen McNally, Alexis Smith, Jan Sterling, Keith Andes

Votes: 1,148

13. Nora Prentiss (1947)

Approved | 111 min | Drama, Film-Noir

7.1
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Quiet, organised Dr Talbot meets nightclub singer Nora Prentiss when she is slightly hurt in a street accident. Despite her misgivings they become heavily involved and Talbot finds he is ... See full summary »

Director: Vincent Sherman | Stars: Ann Sheridan, Kent Smith, Bruce Bennett, Robert Alda

Votes: 1,021

14. One Girl's Confession (1953)

Approved | 74 min | Crime, Drama, Film-Noir

6.5
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Another of the "Fate and Irony" films from director-writer-producer-actor Hugo Haas but this one has less hair-shirt torment than most of his offerings, although his camera, as usual, ... See full summary »

Director: Hugo Haas | Stars: Cleo Moore, Hugo Haas, Glenn Langan, Helene Stanton

Votes: 285

15. Night Editor (1946)

Approved | 68 min | Crime, Drama, Film-Noir

6.8
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"Night Editor" was based on the already existing radio program in which a newspaper editor would recount the 'inside story' of some bit newspaper story, and later became a television series... See full summary »

Director: Henry Levin | Stars: William Gargan, Janis Carter, Jeff Donnell, Coulter Irwin

Votes: 432

16. Two of a Kind (1951)

Not Rated | 75 min | Crime, Drama, Film-Noir

6.7
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A lawyer for a rich elderly industrialist works out a complex inheritance scam to pass off a con as the industrialist's long-lost son and claim the huge inheritance.

Director: Henry Levin | Stars: Edmond O'Brien, Lizabeth Scott, Terry Moore, Alexander Knox

Votes: 390

17. The Killer That Stalked New York (1950)

Passed | 79 min | Drama, Film-Noir, Thriller

6.4
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Police seek a smuggler while doctors, unaware she's the same person, desperately comb unprotected New York for a smallpox carrier.

Director: Earl McEvoy | Stars: Evelyn Keyes, Charles Korvin, William Bishop, Dorothy Malone

Votes: 655

18. A Blueprint for Murder (1953)

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

6.8
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Whitney Cameron suspects his sister-in-law has poisoned his brother and niece, but without proof how does he prevent the murder of his nephew?

Director: Andrew L. Stone | Stars: Joseph Cotten, Jean Peters, Gary Merrill, Catherine McLeod

Votes: 938

19. Pursued (1947)

Approved | 101 min | Drama, Mystery, Romance

7.3
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A boy haunted by nightmares about the night his entire family was murdered is brought up by a neighboring family in the 1880s. He falls for his lovely adoptive sister but his nasty adoptive brother and mysterious uncle want him dead.

Director: Raoul Walsh | Stars: Teresa Wright, Robert Mitchum, Judith Anderson, Dean Jagger

Votes: 2,242

20. Vicki (1953)

Approved | 85 min | Crime, Drama, Film-Noir

6.5
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The untimely murder of a New York glamor-girl sparks an investigation with an emotionally driven detective at the helm.

Director: Harry Horner | Stars: Jeanne Crain, Jean Peters, Elliott Reid, Richard Boone

Votes: 711

21. The Man I Love (1947)

96 min | Crime, Drama, Film-Noir

6.9
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Visiting her two sisters and brother, singer Petey Brown lands a job at small-time-hood Nicky Toresca's nightclub. While evading the sleazy Toresca's heavy-handed passes at her, she falls ... See full summary »

Director: Raoul Walsh | Stars: Ida Lupino, Robert Alda, Andrea King, Martha Vickers

Votes: 614

22. Desperate (1947)

Approved | 73 min | Crime, Film-Noir, Thriller

6.8
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A young married couple flee both police and a gangster out for revenge.

Director: Anthony Mann | Stars: Steve Brodie, Audrey Long, Raymond Burr, Douglas Fowley

Votes: 1,452

23. The Prowler (1951)

Approved | 92 min | Drama, Film-Noir, Thriller

7.3
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When Susan Gilvray reports a prowler outside her house police officer Webb Garwood investigates and sparks fly. If only her husband wasn't in the way.

Director: Joseph Losey | Stars: Van Heflin, Evelyn Keyes, John Maxwell, Katherine Warren

Votes: 2,154

24. I Wake Up Screaming (1941)

Passed | 82 min | Crime, Drama, Film-Noir

7.3
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Why is Inspector Ed Cornell trying to railroad Frankie Christopher for the murder of model Vicky Lynn?

Director: H. Bruce Humberstone | Stars: Betty Grable, Victor Mature, Carole Landis, Laird Cregar

Votes: 3,009

25. Tomorrow Is Another Day (1951)

90 min | Crime, Drama, Film-Noir

7.1
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A man who spent his formative years in prison for murder is released, and struggles to adjust to the outside world and escape his lurid past. He gets involved with a cheap dancehall girl, ... See full summary »

Director: Felix E. Feist | Stars: Ruth Roman, Steve Cochran, Lurene Tuttle, Ray Teal

Votes: 665

26. Appointment with Danger (1950)

Approved | 90 min | Crime, Drama, Film-Noir

6.7
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When ruthlessly dedicated postal inspector investigates the murder of a co-worker, he finds that the sole witness, a nun, has been targeted by the killers.

Director: Lewis Allen | Stars: Alan Ladd, Phyllis Calvert, Paul Stewart, Jan Sterling

Votes: 765

27. Hangover Square (1945)

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

7.4
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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: 1,858

28. Murder by Contract (1958)

81 min | Crime, Drama, Film-Noir

7.4
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Claude is a ruthless and efficient contract killer - until he finds his next target is a woman.

Director: Irving Lerner | Stars: Vince Edwards, Phillip Pine, Herschel Bernardi, Caprice Toriel

Votes: 1,569

29. My Name Is Julia Ross (1945)

Approved | 65 min | Crime, Drama, Film-Noir

7.2
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Julia Ross secures employment, through a rather nosy employment agency, with a wealthy widow, Mrs. Hughes, and goes to live at her house. 2 days later, she awakens - in a different house, ... See full summary »

Director: Joseph H. Lewis | Stars: Nina Foch, May Whitty, George Macready, Roland Varno

Votes: 1,425

30. Drive a Crooked Road (1954)

Approved | 83 min | Crime, Drama, Film-Noir

6.9
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An upright car mechanic falls in love with the girlfriend of a gangster. This forces him to participate in the criminal underworld.

Director: Richard Quine | Stars: Mickey Rooney, Dianne Foster, Kevin McCarthy, Jack Kelly

Votes: 537

31. The Lady from Shanghai (1947)

Not Rated | 87 min | Crime, Drama, Film-Noir

7.7
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Fascinated by gorgeous Mrs. Bannister, seaman Michael O'Hara joins a bizarre yachting cruise, and ends up mired in a complex murder plot.

Director: Orson Welles | Stars: Rita Hayworth, Orson Welles, Everett Sloane, Glenn Anders

Votes: 21,497 | Gross: $0.01M

32. 711 Ocean Drive (1950)

Approved | 102 min | Crime, Drama, Film-Noir

6.9
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An electronics expert creates a huge bookie broadcast system for his crime boss, and takes over operations when his boss is murdered. His greed leads him on a deadly destructive path.

Director: Joseph M. Newman | Stars: Edmond O'Brien, Joanne Dru, Otto Kruger, Barry Kelley

Votes: 825

33. The Burglar (1957)

Not Rated | 90 min | Drama, Film-Noir, Thriller

6.7
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Dan Duryea and his cronies rob a fake spiritualist and then take it on the lam to Atlantic City.

Director: Paul Wendkos | Stars: Dan Duryea, Jayne Mansfield, Martha Vickers, Peter Capell

Votes: 715

34. The Mob (1951)

Approved | 87 min | Crime, Drama, Film-Noir

7.0
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Johnny Damico botches a murder case and is suspended from the force. In reality, he is put undercover to identify the mysterious boss of the NY waterfront who has murdered everyone in his way. Will Johnny be next in line?

Director: Robert Parrish | Stars: Broderick Crawford, Betty Buehler, Richard Kiley, Otto Hulett

Votes: 865

35. Tight Spot (1955)

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

6.7
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A female inmate is whisked out of prison and into a police guarded hotel until the District Attorney can convince her to testify against the mob in the upcoming trial.

Director: Phil Karlson | Stars: Ginger Rogers, Edward G. Robinson, Brian Keith, Lucy Marlow

Votes: 1,124

36. The Maltese Falcon (1931)

80 min | Crime, Drama, Film-Noir

7.3
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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: 2,406

37. All Through the Night (1942)

Approved | 107 min | Action, Comedy, Crime

7.1
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Runyonesque Broadway gamblers turn patriotic when they stumble onto a cell of Nazi saboteurs.

Director: Vincent Sherman | Stars: Humphrey Bogart, Conrad Veidt, Kaaren Verne, Jane Darwell

Votes: 2,996

38. Crime of Passion (1957)

Not Rated | 86 min | Crime, Drama, Film-Noir

6.5
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Kathy leaves the newspaper business to marry homicide detective Bill but is frustrated by his lack of ambition and the banality of life in the suburbs. Her drive to advance Bill's career soon takes her down a dangerous path.

Director: Gerd Oswald | Stars: Barbara Stanwyck, Sterling Hayden, Raymond Burr, Fay Wray

Votes: 1,609

39. Screaming Mimi (1958)

79 min | Drama, Film-Noir, Thriller

5.8
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Exotic dancer Virginia Wilson sees a man get shot moments after he tries to knife her in a shower, so she goes to Dr. Greenwood a psychiatrist for therapy. He falls in love with her and ... See full summary »

Director: Gerd Oswald | Stars: Anita Ekberg, Philip Carey, Gypsy Rose Lee, Harry Townes

Votes: 396

40. Women's Prison (1955)

80 min | Crime, Drama, Film-Noir

6.5
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Life at a 1950s women's maximum security prison where the warden and the guards are as brutal as the inmates.

Director: Lewis Seiler | Stars: Ida Lupino, Jan Sterling, Cleo Moore, Audrey Totter

Votes: 547

41. Over-Exposed (1956)

Approved | 80 min | Crime, Drama, Film-Noir

6.0
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Sexy blonde dance club girl learns the photography trade and moves to New York in pursuit of a new career.

Director: Lewis Seiler | Stars: Cleo Moore, Richard Crenna, Isobel Elsom, Raymond Greenleaf

Votes: 229

42. The Lady Gambles (1949)

Approved | 99 min | Drama, Film-Noir

6.7
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A desperate husband tries to find help for his wife suffering from addictive gambling.

Director: Michael Gordon | Stars: Barbara Stanwyck, Robert Preston, Stephen McNally, Edith Barrett

Votes: 431

43. The Strange Affair of Uncle Harry (1945)

Approved | 80 min | Drama, Film-Noir

6.9
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Bachelor Harry Quincey, head designer in a small-town cloth factory, lives with his selfish sisters, glamorous hypochondriac Lettie and querulous widow Hester. His developing relationship ... See full summary »

Director: Robert Siodmak | Stars: George Sanders, Ella Raines, Geraldine Fitzgerald, Sara Allgood

Votes: 952

44. Three Strangers (1946)

Approved | 92 min | Crime, Drama, Film-Noir

7.0
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Three strangers, each with a serious problem in their lives, share a sweepstakes ticket which they wished upon together before a Chinese idol.

Director: Jean Negulesco | Stars: Peter Lorre, Sydney Greenstreet, Geraldine Fitzgerald, Joan Lorring

Votes: 1,178

45. The Conspirators (1944)

Approved | 101 min | Drama, Romance, Thriller

6.5
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Vincent Van Der Lyn, a Dutch freedom fighter in WWII, is forced to neutral Lisbon to escape the Nazis. There he meets a small band of underground conspirators. The group's leader, Ricardo ... See full summary »

Director: Jean Negulesco | Stars: Hedy Lamarr, Paul Henreid, Sydney Greenstreet, Peter Lorre

Votes: 741

46. Alias Nick Beal (1949)

Approved | 93 min | Drama, Film-Noir, Mystery

7.3
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A district attorney rises to political success and the governorship but loses his sense of morality once he starts associating with the shadowy and perhaps diabolical Nick Beal.

Director: John Farrow | Stars: Ray Milland, Audrey Totter, Thomas Mitchell, George Macready

Votes: 580

47. The Las Vegas Story (1952)

Approved | 88 min | Crime, Drama, Film-Noir

6.3
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The arrival in Las Vegas of a businessman and his glamorous wife creates a complex web of murder and deceit.

Director: Robert Stevenson | Stars: Jane Russell, Victor Mature, Vincent Price, Hoagy Carmichael

Votes: 721

48. Southside 1-1000 (1950)

Passed | 73 min | Crime, Drama, Film-Noir

6.4
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The US secret service goes after a counterfeit ring, whose engraver Eugene Deane has covertly constructed his plates while serving a life sentence in San Quentin. In order to infiltrate the... See full summary »

Director: Boris Ingster | Stars: Don DeFore, Andrea King, George Tobias, Barry Kelley

Votes: 112

49. Short Cut to Hell (1957)

Not Rated | 89 min | Crime, Drama, Film-Noir

5.9
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A professional hitman is hired by a friend to commit two murders. His friend pays him off in what turns out to be stolen money, and the police soon trace the money to him. On the run, he ... See full summary »

Director: James Cagney | Stars: William Bishop, Robert Ivers, Georgann Johnson, Yvette Vickers

Votes: 186

50. Black Hand (1950)

Passed | 92 min | Crime, Film-Noir, Thriller

6.4
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Now grown-up, Johnny Columbo returns to New York from Italy having sworn a vendetta against the Black Hand who killed his father years earlier. Becoming romantically involved with a girl ... See full summary »

Director: Richard Thorpe | Stars: Gene Kelly, J. Carrol Naish, Teresa Celli, Marc Lawrence

Votes: 614

51. Born to Be Bad (1950)

Approved | 94 min | Drama, Film-Noir

6.7
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A woman's attempt to appear innocent and sweet clashes with her lover who sees through her act and the wealthy man she tries to trick into marrying her.

Director: Nicholas Ray | Stars: Mel Ferrer, Joan Fontaine, Robert Ryan, Zachary Scott

Votes: 1,594

52. Walk Softly, Stranger (1950)

Approved | 81 min | Crime, Drama, Film-Noir

6.5
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An ex-hood hopes to start a new life under an assumed name in a small town but his past catches up with him when an old crime-buddy asks him to help with a casino heist.

Director: Robert Stevenson | Stars: Joseph Cotten, Alida Valli, Spring Byington, Paul Stewart

Votes: 548

53. Sudden Fear (1952)

Approved | 110 min | Film-Noir, Thriller

7.6
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After an ambitious actor insinuates himself into the life of a wealthy middle-aged playwright and marries her, he plots with his mistress to murder her.

Director: David Miller | Stars: Joan Crawford, Jack Palance, Gloria Grahame, Bruce Bennett

Votes: 3,476

54. D.O.A. (1949)

Approved | 83 min | Drama, Film-Noir, Mystery

7.4
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Frank Bigelow, told he's been poisoned and has only a few days to live, tries to find out who killed him and why.

Director: Rudolph Maté | Stars: Edmond O'Brien, Pamela Britton, Luther Adler, Beverly Garland

Votes: 8,813

55. Pitfall (1948)

Not Rated | 86 min | Crime, Film-Noir, Thriller

7.2
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Insurance executive John Forbes falls for femme fatale Mona Stevens while her boyfriend is in jail and he suffers serious consequences as a result.

Director: André De Toth | Stars: Dick Powell, Lizabeth Scott, Jane Wyatt, Raymond Burr

Votes: 1,889

56. This Side of the Law (1950)

Approved | 74 min | Drama, Film-Noir, Mystery

6.3
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David Cummings, a vagrant, is bailed out of jail by Philip Cagle, an attorney, who hires him to impersonate a missing millionaire, whose presence is necessary in order to distribute a ... See full summary »

Director: Richard L. Bare | Stars: Viveca Lindfors, Kent Smith, Janis Paige, Robert Douglas

Votes: 166

57. Klute (1971)

R | 114 min | Crime, Mystery, Thriller

7.2
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A small-town detective searching for a missing man has only one lead: a connection with a New York prostitute.

Director: Alan J. Pakula | Stars: Jane Fonda, Donald Sutherland, Charles Cioffi, Roy Scheider

Votes: 17,622

58. Klute (1971)

R | 114 min | Crime, Mystery, Thriller

7.2
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A small-town detective searching for a missing man has only one lead: a connection with a New York prostitute.

Director: Alan J. Pakula | Stars: Jane Fonda, Donald Sutherland, Charles Cioffi, Roy Scheider

Votes: 17,622

59. My Forbidden Past (1951)

Approved | 70 min | Drama, Romance

6.2
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Barbara Beaurevel lives with her aunt and cousin in New Orleans in the late 1800's. In love with Mark Lucas, a research doctor at Tulane University, her plans to marry him are thwarted. ... See full summary »

Director: Robert Stevenson | Stars: Robert Mitchum, Ava Gardner, Melvyn Douglas, Lucile Watson

Votes: 738

60. The Bonnie Parker Story (1958)

79 min | Biography, Crime, Film-Noir

5.9
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In the 1930s, amoral blonde tommy-gun girl Bonnie Parker cut a swath of bodies across the South-West. Starting out on gas stations and bars with side-kick Guy Darrow she graduated to bank ... See full summary »

Director: William Witney | Stars: Dorothy Provine, Jack Hogan, Richard Bakalyan, Joe Turkel

Votes: 218

61. Phantom Lady (1944)

Passed | 87 min | Crime, Drama, Film-Noir

7.3
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A devoted secretary risks her life to try to find the elusive woman who may prove her boss didn't murder his selfish wife.

Director: Robert Siodmak | Stars: Franchot Tone, Ella Raines, Alan Curtis, Aurora Miranda

Votes: 3,180

62. The Blue Dahlia (1946)

Not Rated | 96 min | Crime, Film-Noir, Mystery

7.2
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An ex-bomber pilot is suspected of murdering his unfaithful wife.

Director: George Marshall | Stars: Alan Ladd, Veronica Lake, William Bendix, Howard Da Silva

Votes: 6,213 | Gross: $2.70M

63. The Glass Key (1942)

Not Rated | 85 min | Crime, Drama, Film-Noir

7.1
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A crooked politician finds himself being accused of murder by a gangster from whom he refused help during a re-election campaign.

Director: Stuart Heisler | Stars: Alan Ladd, Veronica Lake, Brian Donlevy, Bonita Granville

Votes: 4,418

64. FBI Code 98 (1963 TV Movie)

Not Rated | 104 min | Crime, Drama

6.0
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Three executives of an electronics firm discover a bomb aboard their airliner in this taut crime thriller--and the FBI's investigation puts everyone under a magnifying glass of suspicion.

Director: Leslie H. Martinson | Stars: Jack Kelly, Ray Danton, Andrew Duggan, Philip Carey

Votes: 21

65. She Played with Fire (1957)

95 min | Crime, Drama

7.0
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An insurance investigator runs into an ex-girlfriend, who is still as beautiful as he remembered her but is now married. He soon finds himself involved in arson, blackmail and murder.

Director: Sidney Gilliat | Stars: Jack Hawkins, Arlene Dahl, Dennis Price, Violet Farebrother

Votes: 238

66. Escape from San Quentin (1957)

81 min | Crime, Drama

6.2
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An escaped convict decides to quit running and turn himself and his fellow escapee in to the authorities - but not without complications.

Director: Fred F. Sears | Stars: Johnny Desmond, Merry Anders, Richard Devon, Roy Engel

Votes: 41

67. Crossfire (1947)

Unrated | 86 min | Crime, Drama, Film-Noir

7.4
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A man is murdered, apparently by one of a group of soldiers just out of the army. But which one? And why?

Director: Edward Dmytryk | Stars: Robert Young, Robert Mitchum, Robert Ryan, Gloria Grahame

Votes: 6,114 | Gross: $1.30M

68. Deep Valley (1947)

Approved | 104 min | Drama, Romance

6.9
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Uneducated and poor, Libby lives a sheltered life in a broken down shack with her unloving parents. When a work crew of San Quentin convicts arrives to put in a new road, she takes an ... See full summary »

Director: Jean Negulesco | Stars: Ida Lupino, Dane Clark, Wayne Morris, Fay Bainter

Votes: 437

69. Betrayed (1954)

Approved | 108 min | Drama, History, Romance

6.1
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A Dutch intelligence officer recruits an allied woman to act as liaison with dashing Resistance leader 'The Scarf' for a British attack on Arnhem.

Director: Gottfried Reinhardt | Stars: Clark Gable, Lana Turner, Victor Mature, Louis Calhern

Votes: 905 | Gross: $1.97M

70. Private Hell 36 (1954)

Approved | 81 min | Crime, Drama, Film-Noir

6.7
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When 2 detectives steal $80,000 from a dead robber, one of them suffers from a guilty conscience which could lead to murder.

Director: Don Siegel | Stars: Ida Lupino, Steve Cochran, Howard Duff, Dean Jagger

Votes: 867

71. The Garment Jungle (1957)

88 min | Crime, Drama, Film-Noir

6.6
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The struggle of a lady's garment workers' organization to unionize a New York clothing sweat shop; the owner of which is determined to keep the union out of his business at any cost.

Directors: Vincent Sherman, Robert Aldrich | Stars: Lee J. Cobb, Kerwin Mathews, Gia Scala, Richard Boone

Votes: 413

72. Man in the Dark (1953)

Approved | 70 min | Crime, Drama, Film-Noir

6.3
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Many interested parties are after the loot from a factory payroll heist but the mobster who hid it has amnesia after undergoing experimental brain surgery in the prison hospital.

Director: Lew Landers | Stars: Edmond O'Brien, Audrey Totter, Ted de Corsia, Horace McMahon

Votes: 281

73. Crashout (1955)

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

7.0
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The survivors of a prison break set out on an arduous journey to retrieve some loot.

Director: Lewis R. Foster | Stars: William Bendix, Arthur Kennedy, Luther Adler, William Talman

Votes: 347

74. A Dangerous Profession (1949)

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

6.1
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LA ex-cop Vince Kane is a bail-bondsman who bails out the suspect of a securities bonds robbery but his client disappears, prompting Vince to investigate.

Director: Ted Tetzlaff | Stars: George Raft, Ella Raines, Pat O'Brien, Bill Williams

Votes: 384

75. The Crooked Web (1955)

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

6.1
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Government agent tries to trick a suspect into returning to Germany, the scene of his crimes.

Director: Nathan Juran | Stars: Frank Lovejoy, Mari Blanchard, Richard Denning, John Mylong

Votes: 113

76. Dark City (1950)

Not Rated | 98 min | Crime, Drama, Film-Noir

6.8
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Gamblers who "took" an out-of-town sucker in a crooked poker game feel shadowy vengeance closing in on them.

Director: William Dieterle | Stars: Charlton Heston, Lizabeth Scott, Viveca Lindfors, Dean Jagger

Votes: 1,474

77. Johnny Allegro (1949)

81 min | Crime, Drama, Film-Noir

6.5
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Treasury Department officials recruit a florist (Raft) to lead them to a wanted criminal (Macready); but once he gets too close, he finds he's the hunted.

Director: Ted Tetzlaff | Stars: George Raft, Nina Foch, George Macready, Will Geer

Votes: 255

78. Loophole (1954)

Not Rated | 80 min | Crime, Drama, Film-Noir

6.7
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A bank teller attempts to clear his name and rebuild his career after he is wrongly accused of theft.

Director: Harold D. Schuster | Stars: Barry Sullivan, Charles McGraw, Dorothy Malone, Don Haggerty

Votes: 143

79. Duffy of San Quentin (1954)

Passed | 78 min | Action, Crime, Drama

6.9
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A group of prisoners are planning an escape. They take hostages. Warden Duffy tries to convince one of the inmates that their plight is useless, and to give up.

Director: Walter Doniger | Stars: Louis Hayward, Joanne Dru, Paul Kelly, Maureen O'Sullivan

Votes: 71

80. Escape in the Fog (1945)

Approved | 65 min | Crime, Drama, Film-Noir

5.9
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A military nurse recovering at an inn from a nervous breakdown keeps having dreams where she sees two men trying to murder a third. When she meets a man who is a federal agent at the inn, ... See full summary »

Director: Budd Boetticher | Stars: Otto Kruger, Nina Foch, William Wright, Konstantin Shayne

Votes: 297

81. The Night Holds Terror (1955)

86 min | Crime, Drama, Film-Noir

6.1
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A group of escaped convicts take over a suburban home to evade the ongoing police manhunt, making the lives of the family living there a nightmare. The longer the men stay there, the more ... See full summary »

Director: Andrew L. Stone | Stars: Jack Kelly, Hildy Parks, Vince Edwards, John Cassavetes

Votes: 210

82. The Mask of Dimitrios (1944)

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

7.2
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Mystery writer Cornelius Leyden becomes intrigued when the murdered body of a vicious career criminal washes up in the Bosphorus.

Director: Jean Negulesco | Stars: Peter Lorre, Sydney Greenstreet, Zachary Scott, Faye Emerson

Votes: 2,336

83. Crack-Up (1946)

Approved | 93 min | Crime, Drama, Film-Noir

6.6
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Art curator George Steele experiences a train wreck...which never happened. Is he cracking up, or the victim of a plot?

Director: Irving Reis | Stars: Pat O'Brien, Claire Trevor, Herbert Marshall, Ray Collins

Votes: 958

84. The Brothers Rico (1957)

Passed | 92 min | Crime, Drama, Film-Noir

6.9
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A retired mob accountant is drawn back in when his brothers, who have recently made a hit for the organization, decide to go to the authorities.

Director: Phil Karlson | Stars: Richard Conte, Dianne Foster, Kathryn Grant, Larry Gates

Votes: 599

85. The Naked City (1948)

Not Rated | 96 min | Crime, Drama, Film-Noir

7.6
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New York City film noir about two detectives investigating the death of an attractive young woman. The apparent suicide turns out to be murder.

Director: Jules Dassin | Stars: Barry Fitzgerald, Howard Duff, Dorothy Hart, Don Taylor

Votes: 9,838

86. Ruthless (1948)

Approved | 104 min | Drama, Film-Noir

7.0
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Horace Vendig shows himself to the world as a rich philanthropist. In fact, the history of his rise from his unhappy broken home shows this to be far from the case. After being taken in by ... See full summary »

Director: Edgar G. Ulmer | Stars: Zachary Scott, Louis Hayward, Diana Lynn, Sydney Greenstreet

Votes: 836

87. The Case Against Brooklyn (1958)

82 min | Crime, Drama, Film-Noir

6.7
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When a reporter claims that New York police are on the take letting the mob run its horse parlors at will, a shocked District Attorney Michael Norris decide to do something about it. Not ... See full summary »

Director: Paul Wendkos | Stars: Darren McGavin, Margaret Hayes, Warren Stevens, Peggy McCay

Votes: 158

88. Criminal Lawyer (1951)

Approved | 74 min | Action, Crime, Drama

6.6
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Alcoholic lawyer sobers up to defend friend in murder case.

Director: Seymour Friedman | Stars: Pat O'Brien, Jane Wyatt, Carl Benton Reid, Mary Castle

Votes: 81

89. The Shadow on the Window (1957)

76 min | Crime, Drama, Film-Noir

6.3
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Three teenagers, led by psychopathic Jess Reber, break into an isolated farmhouse and murder its prosperous owner whose secretary, Linda Atlas, witnesses the crime. The three thugs decide ... See full summary »

Director: William Asher | Stars: Philip Carey, Betty Garrett, John Drew Barrymore, Corey Allen

Votes: 171

90. Recoil (1953)

79 min | Crime, Drama

6.4
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Jean Talbot poses as a crook to infiltrate the gang who killed her jeweller father, Michael.

Director: John Gilling | Stars: Kieron Moore, Elizabeth Sellars, Edward Underdown, John Horsley

Votes: 73

91. Undercurrent (1946)

Approved | 116 min | Drama, Film-Noir, Thriller

6.6
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Middle-aged bride Ann Hamilton soon begins to suspect that her charming husband is really a psychotic who plans to murder her.

Director: Vincente Minnelli | Stars: Katharine Hepburn, Robert Taylor, Robert Mitchum, Edmund Gwenn

Votes: 2,229

92. Dead Reckoning (1947)

Passed | 100 min | Crime, Drama, Film-Noir

7.2
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A soldier runs away rather than receive the Medal of Honor, so his buddy gets permission to investigate, and love and death soon follow.

Director: John Cromwell | Stars: Humphrey Bogart, Lizabeth Scott, Morris Carnovsky, Charles Cane

Votes: 4,990

93. The Big Night (1951)

75 min | Drama, Film-Noir, Thriller

6.5
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A teenager comes of age while seeking revenge on the man who beat up his father.

Director: Joseph Losey | Stars: John Drew Barrymore, Preston Foster, Joan Lorring, Howard St. John

Votes: 471

94. Farewell, My Lovely (1975)

R | 95 min | Crime, Mystery, Thriller

7.2
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Los Angeles private eye Philip Marlowe is hired by paroled convict Moose Malloy to find his girlfriend Velma, former seedy nightclub dancer.

Director: Dick Richards | Stars: Robert Mitchum, Charlotte Rampling, John Ireland, Sylvia Miles

Votes: 4,817

95. So Dark the Night (1946)

Approved | 71 min | Crime, Drama, Film-Noir

6.4
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A renowned and relentless Paris detective takes his first vacation in eleven years at a small inn in the French countryside. There he meets and falls in love with the hotelier's daughter, ... See full summary »

Director: Joseph H. Lewis | Stars: Steven Geray, Micheline Cheirel, Eugene Borden, Ann Codee

Votes: 469

96. Johnny O'Clock (1947)

Approved | 96 min | Crime, Drama, Film-Noir

6.9
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High-class crook gets in trouble with the law.

Director: Robert Rossen | Stars: Dick Powell, Evelyn Keyes, Lee J. Cobb, Ellen Drew

Votes: 1,028

97. Walk a Crooked Mile (1948)

Approved | 91 min | Crime, Drama, Film-Noir

6.3
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A security leak is found at a Southern California atomic plant. The authorities stand in fear that the information leaked would go to a hostile nation. To investigate the case more ... See full summary »

Director: Gordon Douglas | Stars: Louis Hayward, Dennis O'Keefe, Louise Allbritton, Carl Esmond

Votes: 275

98. Between Midnight and Dawn (1950)

Not Rated | 89 min | Crime, Drama, Film-Noir

6.5
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Prowl car cops on night duty romance a reluctant young lady while in danger from a vengeful racketeer.

Director: Gordon Douglas | Stars: Mark Stevens, Edmond O'Brien, Gale Storm, Donald Buka

Votes: 353

99. Walk East on Beacon! (1952)

98 min | Drama, Film-Noir, Thriller

6.3
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A G-man searches for a communist sleeper-cell in Boston.

Director: Alfred L. Werker | Stars: George Murphy, Finlay Currie, Virginia Gilmore, Karel Stepanek

Votes: 185

100. Framed (1947)

Approved | 82 min | Crime, Drama, Film-Noir

7.0
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Mike Lambert, seeking a mining job, instead becomes the patsy for a femme-fatale's schemes.

Director: Richard Wallace | Stars: Glenn Ford, Janis Carter, Barry Sullivan, Edgar Buchanan

Votes: 923