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1.
Chan Is Missing (1982)
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Two cabbies search San Francisco's Chinatown for a mysterious character who has disappeared with their $4000... (80 mins.)
Director: Wayne Wang
 
2.
The World of Suzie Wong (1960)
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Robert Lomax, tired of working in an office, wants to be an artist. So he moves to Hong Kong to try his hand at painting... (126 mins.)
Director: Richard Quine
 
3.
Requiem for a Heavyweight (1962)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  
Mountain Rivera, a punchy has-been managed by the unprincipled Maish, is mauled in a fight and forced to quit boxing... (95 mins.)
Director: Ralph Nelson
 
4.
Nothing But a Man (1964)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  
A proud black man and his school-teacher wife face discriminatory challenges in 1960s America. (95 mins.)
Director: Michael Roemer
 
5.
Yellow Sky (1948)
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A pistol-packing tomboy and her grandfather discover a band of bank robbing bandits taking refuge in the neighboring ghost town. (98 mins.)
 
6.
Keeper of the Flame (1943)
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Journalist Steve O'Malley wants to write a biography of a national hero who died when his car ran off a bridge. Steve receives conflicting reports and tales that make him question what the truth about the hero is. (100 mins.)
Director: George Cukor
 
7.
Cry Danger (1951)
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Ex-con Rocky Mulloy seeks the real culprit in the crime he was framed for, in a night world of deceptive dames and double crosses. (79 mins.)
Director: Robert Parrish
 
8.
Berlin Express (1948)
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A multinational group of train passengers become involved in a post-World War II Nazi assassination plot. (87 mins.)
 
9.
Fallen Angel (1945)
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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. (98 mins.)
Director: Otto Preminger
 
10.
This Happy Breed (1944)
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Noel Coward's attempt to show how the ordinary people lived between the wars. Just after WWI the Gibbons family moves to a nice house in the suburbs... (114 mins.)
Director: David Lean
 
11.
City for Conquest (1940)
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Danny is a content truck driver, but his girl Peggy shows potential as a dancer and hopes he too can show ambition. Danny acquiesces and pursues boxing to please her, but the two begin to spend more time working than time together. (104 mins.)
Director: Anatole Litvak
 
12.
Phone Call from a Stranger (1952)
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While waiting on a delayed flight, David Trask, who has left his unfaithful wife, meets three of his fellow passengers. When the aircraft crashes, he is one of few survivors, and sets out to resolve their unfinished business. (105 mins.)
Director: Jean Negulesco
 
13.
Sergeant Rutledge (1960)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  
Respected black cavalry Sergeant Brax Rutledge stands court-martial for raping and killing a white woman and murdering her father, his superior officer. (111 mins.)
Director: John Ford
 
14.
The Heart Is a Lonely Hunter (1968)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  
When deaf mute Singer moves to a small city to be near his only friend confined in a hospital, he grows attached to his landlady's sensitive 16-year-old daughter. (123 mins.)
 
15.
Watch on the Rhine (1943)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  
A German-born engineer, his American wife and their children travel from Mexico to the United States to visit his brother but their plans are complicated by a Romanian count. (114 mins.)
Director: Herman Shumlin
 
16.
Stolen Summer (2002)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  
Pete, an eight-year-old Catholic boy growing up in the suburbs of Chicago in the mid-1970s, attends Catholic school... (91 mins.)
Director: Pete Jones
 
17.
Lovely, Still (2008)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  
A holiday fable that tells the story of an elderly man discovering love for the first time. (92 mins.)
Director: Nik Fackler
 
18.
Up the Down Staircase (1967)
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The experiences of a young female English teacher in an inner-city New York high school. (124 mins.)
Director: Robert Mulligan
 
19.
A Rather English Marriage (1998 TV Movie)
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A squadron leader and a retired milkman decide to bury their differences and move in together after they are both widowed on the very same night... (104 mins.)
Director: Paul Seed
 
20.
Rancho Notorious (1952)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.0/10 X  
After the murder of his fiancée, a Wyoming ranch hand sets out to find her killer. (89 mins.)
Director: Fritz Lang
 
21.
A Gentleman's Game (2002)
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A drama revolving around characters whose lives are transformed one summer at an exclusive East Coast country club. (112 mins.)
 
22.
The Perfect Game (2009)
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Based on a true story, a group of boys from Monterrey, Mexico who become the first non-U.S. team to win the Little League World Series. (118 mins.)
Director: William Dear
 
23.
The Scarlet and the Black (1983 TV Movie)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  
Vatican efforts, lead by Monsignor Hugh O'Flaherty, to save Allied POWs and downed Allied airmen as the Nazis invade Rome. (143 mins.)
Director: Jerry London
 
24.
Red Doors (2005)
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The Wongs struggle to cope with life, love, and family dysfunction in the suburbs of New York. (90 mins.)
Director: Georgia Lee
 
25.
How the Garcia Girls Spent Their Summer (2005)
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Three generations of women in a Mexican American family experience sexual awakenings over the course of a summer. (128 mins.)
Director: Georgina Riedel
 
26.
Trumbo (2007 Documentary)
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Through a focus on the life of Dalton Trumbo (1905-1976), this film examines the effects on individuals... (96 mins.)
Director: Peter Askin
 
27.
The Shoes of the Fisherman (1968)
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Ukrainian Archbishop Kiril Lakota is set free after two decades as a political prisoner in Siberia. He is brought to Rome by Fr... (162 mins.)
 
28.
Hour of Glory (1949)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  
As the Germans drop explosive booby-traps on Britain in 1943, the embittered expert who'll have to disarm them fights a private battle with alcohol. (106 mins.)
 
29.
Mail Order Wife (2004)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  
A documentarian funds an N.Y.C. doorman's East Asian mail-order bride in exchange for the right to film the experience. (92 mins.)
 
30.
Rising from Ashes (2012 Documentary)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  
The impossible triumph of Team Rwanda. (82 mins.)
Director: T.C. Johnstone
 
31.
The Fighting 69th (1940)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  
Although loudmouthed braggart Jerry Plunkett alienates his comrades and officers, Father Duffy, the regimental chaplain, has faith that he'll prove himself in the end. (90 mins.)
 
32.
Brick Lane (2007)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  
A young Bangladeshi woman, Nazneen, arrives in 1980s London, leaving behind her beloved sister and home... (102 mins.)
Director: Sarah Gavron
 
33.
The Buccaneer (1938)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  
Semi-fictional account of pirate Jean Lafitte's involvement in the War of 1812. (126 mins.)
 
34.
Me Too (2009)
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Daniel - a recent university graduate with Down's Syndrome - falls in love on his first day at work in the Department of Social Services... (103 mins.)
 
35.
Blast of Silence (1961)
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A hired killer from Cleveland has a job to do on a second-string mob boss in New York. But a special girl from his past, and a fat gun dealer with pet rats, each gets in his way. (77 mins.)
Director: Allen Baron
 
36.
Two Family House (2000)
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A dreamer finds that his wife and friends are binding him to his mediocre existence. (108 mins.)
 
37.
The Grocer's Son (2007)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.0/10 X  
Antoine Sforza, a thirty-year-old young man, left his village ten years before in order to start a new life in the big city... (96 mins.)
Director: Éric Guirado
 
38.
Black Angel (1946)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.0/10 X  
When Kirk Bennett is convicted of a singer's murder, his wife tries to prove him innocent...aided by the victim's ex-husband. (81 mins.)
 
39.
Down Three Dark Streets (1954)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  
When FBI Agent Zack Stewart is killed, Agent John Ripley takes over the three cases he was working on... (85 mins.)
Director: Arnold Laven
 
40.
Cross Creek (1983)
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In 1930's Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings moves to Florida's backwaters to write in peace. She feels bothered by affectionate men, editor and confused neighbors, but soon she connects and writes The Yearling, a classic of American literature. (127 mins.)
Director: Martin Ritt
 
41.
Eat a Bowl of Tea (1989)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  
A study in culture bridging, including ... a new US-born husband, trying to work within the traditional ways... (102 mins.)
Director: Wayne Wang
 
42.
The Long Voyage Home (1940)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  
In 1940, the motley crew of the British tramp steamer SS Glencairn prepares the ship for its perilous voyage from the West Indies to Baltimore and then to England. (105 mins.)
Director: John Ford
 
43.
Janie Jones (2010)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  
A young girl who has been abandoned by her former-groupie mother informs a fading rock star that she is his daughter. (114 mins.)
 
44.
A Silent Love (2004)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  
Through an Internet service, a Montreal professor arranges for himself a Mexican bride. But both husband and wife, even with their good intentions, are in for a bumpy ride toward marital harmony. (100 mins.)
 
45.
American Violet (2008)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.0/10 X  
A single mother struggles to clear her name after being wrongly accused and arrested for dealing drugs in an impoverished town in Texas. (103 mins.)
Director: Tim Disney
 
46.
Shun Li and the Poet (2011)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  
A study of the friendship between a Chinese woman and a fisherman who came to Italy from Yugoslavia many years ago, who live in a small city-island in the Veneto lagoon. (98 mins.)
Director: Andrea Segre
 
47.
Parked (2010)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  
Fred Daly returns to Ireland with nowhere to live but his car. Then dope-smoking 21-year-old Cathal parks beside him... (94 mins.)
Director: Darragh Byrne
 
48.
Wake Island (1942)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.0/10 X  
December, 1941. With no hope of relief or re-supply, a small band of United States Marines try to keep the Japanese Navy from capturing their island base. (88 mins.)
Director: John Farrow
 
49.
Kon-Tiki (1950 Documentary)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.0/10 X  
A documentary about the Kon-Tiki expedition of the Norwegian explorer Thor Heyerdahl. (77 mins.)
Director: Thor Heyerdahl
 
50.
Behold a Pale Horse (1964)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.0/10 X  
Famous Spanish bandit Artiguez returns to his native Spanish village after 20 years in French exile but Spanish cop Vinolas is setting a trap for him. (118 mins.)
Director: Fred Zinnemann