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1. The Third Man (1949)

Not Rated | 93 min | Film-Noir, Mystery, Thriller

8.4
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Pulp novelist Holly Martins travels to shadowy, postwar Vienna, only to find himself investigating the mysterious death of an old friend, black-market opportunist Harry Lime.

Writer: Graham Greene | Director: Carol Reed | Stars: Orson Welles, Joseph Cotten, Alida Valli, Trevor Howard

2. Peeping Tom (1960)

Not Rated | 101 min | Drama, Horror, Thriller

7.8
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A young man murders women, using a movie camera to film their dying expressions of terror.

Writer: Leo Marks | Director: Michael Powell | Stars: Karlheinz Böhm, Anna Massey, Moira Shearer, Maxine Audley

3. Lords of London (2014)

90 min | Crime, Mystery, Thriller

3.3
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Man wakes up in Italy and doesn't know why or how.

Writer: Antonio Simoncini | Director: Antonio Simoncini | Stars: Glen Murphy, Ray Winstone, Serena Iansiti, Giovanni Capalbo

4. Brighton Rock (1947)

92 min | Crime, Drama

7.4
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Pinkie Brown is a small-town hoodlum whose gang runs a protection racket based at Brighton race course. When Pinkie orders the murder of a rival, Fred, the police believe it to be suicide. ... See full summary »

Writers: Graham Greene, Terence Rattigan | Director: John Boulting | Stars: Richard Attenborough, Hermione Baddeley, William Hartnell, Harcourt Williams

5. Hell Drivers (1957)

Approved | 91 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

7.3
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Ex-con trucker tries to expose his boss's rackets.

Writers: John Kruse, Cy Endfield | Director: Cy Endfield | Stars: Stanley Baker, Herbert Lom, Peggy Cummins, Patrick McGoohan

6. Pandora and the Flying Dutchman (1951)

122 min | Drama, Fantasy, Mystery

7.1
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A seductive woman falls in love with a mysterious ship's captain.

Writer: Albert Lewin | Director: Albert Lewin | Stars: James Mason, Ava Gardner, Nigel Patrick, Sheila Sim

7. The Fallen Idol (1948)

Not Rated | 95 min | Drama, Mystery, Thriller

7.9
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88 Metascore

A butler working in a foreign embassy in London falls under suspicion when his wife accidentally falls to her death, the only witness being an impressionable young boy.

Writers: Graham Greene, Lesley Storm, William Templeton | Director: Carol Reed | Stars: Ralph Richardson, Michèle Morgan, Sonia Dresdel, Bobby Henrey

8. Tiger Bay (1959)

105 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

7.7
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A 12 year old tomboy witnesses the murder of a woman by her Polish merchant marine boyfriend but bonds with him and thwarts the police in their investigation.

Writers: Noël Calef, John Hawkesworth, Shelley Smith | Director: J. Lee Thompson | Stars: Hayley Mills, Horst Buchholz, John Mills, Yvonne Mitchell

9. Night and the City (1950)

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

8.0
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A small-time grifter and nightclub tout takes advantage of some fortuitous circumstances and tries to become a big-time player as a wrestling promoter.

Writers: Jo Eisinger, Gerald Kersh | Director: Jules Dassin | Stars: Richard Widmark, Gene Tierney, Googie Withers, Hugh Marlowe

10. Footsteps in the Fog (1955)

Approved | 90 min | Drama, Thriller

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

Writers: Dorothy Davenport, Lenore J. Coffee, Arthur Pierson, W.W. Jacobs | Director: Arthur Lubin | Stars: Stewart Granger, Jean Simmons, Bill Travers, Belinda Lee

11. Gaslight (1940)

84 min | Mystery, Thriller

7.4
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Twenty years after the murder of Alice Barlow, her house is finally occupied again. However, the husband of the couple who have moved in has a secret which he will do anything to keep hidden.

Writers: Patrick Hamilton, A.R. Rawlinson, Bridget Boland | Director: Thorold Dickinson | Stars: Anton Walbrook, Diana Wynyard, Frank Pettingell, Cathleen Cordell

12. The Seventh Veil (1945)

Approved | 94 min | Drama, Music

7.0
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One dark summer night, Francesca Cunningham, a once world famed pianist, escapes from her hospital room and tries to commit suicide by jumping off a local bridge. She is rescued and taken ... See full summary »

Writers: Muriel Box, Sydney Box | Director: Compton Bennett | Stars: James Mason, Ann Todd, Herbert Lom, Hugh McDermott

13. All Night Long (1962)

91 min | Drama

7.0
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The film, based on Othello, is neatly positioned as a vehicle to showcase some of the best Jazz musicians of the period - including Dave Brubeck and Charlie Mingus.

Writers: Nel King, Paul Jarrico | Director: Basil Dearden | Stars: Patrick McGoohan, Keith Michell, Betsy Blair, Paul Harris

14. It Always Rains on Sunday (1947)

Approved | 92 min | Crime, Drama

7.4
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An escaped convict tries to hide out at his former lover's house but she has since married and is far from keen on the idea.

Writers: Arthur La Bern, Angus MacPhail, Robert Hamer, Henry Cornelius | Director: Robert Hamer | Stars: Googie Withers, Jack Warner, John McCallum, Edward Chapman

15. The Hidden Room (1949)

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

7.5
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Clive Riordan plans a devilish revenge against his wife's lover.

Writer: Alec Coppel | Director: Edward Dmytryk | Stars: Robert Newton, Sally Gray, Phil Brown, Naunton Wayne

16. Ministry of Fear (1944)

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

7.2
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Stephen Neale has just been released from an asylum during World War 2 in England when he stumbles on a deadly Nazi spy plot by accident, and tries to stop it.

Writers: Seton I. Miller, Graham Greene | Director: Fritz Lang | Stars: Ray Milland, Marjorie Reynolds, Carl Esmond, Hillary Brooke

17. Robbery (1967)

110 min | Crime, Mystery, Drama

6.9
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A dramatization of the Great Train Robbery. While not a 'how to', it is very detail dependent, showing the care and planning that took place to pull it off.

Writers: Edward Boyd, George Markstein, Gerald Wilson, Peter Yates | Director: Peter Yates | Stars: Stanley Baker, Joanna Pettet, James Booth, Frank Finlay

18. Mine Own Executioner (1947)

Approved | 108 min | Drama, Thriller

6.9
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Pretty Molly Lucian enlists the reluctant aid of psychologist Felix Milne in treating her potentially homicidal husband Adam, who refuses to see a "real" psychiatrist. Traumatized in a ... See full summary »

Writer: Nigel Balchin | Director: Anthony Kimmins | Stars: Burgess Meredith, Dulcie Gray, Michael Shepley, Christine Norden

19. Blonde Sinner (1956)

99 min | Drama

7.4
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A young woman who has been abused and taken advantage of by all the men in her life, finally finds a man she believes truly loves her, but she snaps when she finds out that he, too, is ... See full summary »

Writers: John Cresswell, Joan Henry | Director: J. Lee Thompson | Stars: Diana Dors, Yvonne Mitchell, Michael Craig, Marie Ney

20. Victim (1961)

90 min | Crime, Drama

7.8
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A prominent lawyer goes after a blackmailer who threatens gay men with exposure (homosexual acts still being illegal). But he's gay himself...

Writers: Janet Green, John McCormick | Director: Basil Dearden | Stars: Dirk Bogarde, Sylvia Syms, Dennis Price, Anthony Nicholls

21. Hour of Glory (1949)

Not Rated | 106 min | Drama, Romance, Thriller

7.5
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As the Germans drop explosive booby-traps on 1943 England, the embittered expert who'll have to disarm them fights a private battle with alcohol.

Writers: Nigel Balchin, Michael Powell, Emeric Pressburger | Directors: Michael Powell, Emeric Pressburger | Stars: David Farrar, Jack Hawkins, Kathleen Byron, Leslie Banks

22. Madeleine (1950)

Approved | 101 min | Crime, Drama

7.0
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The middle-class family of a young woman cannot understand why she delays in marrying a respectable young man. They know nothing about her long-standing affair with a Frenchman.

Writers: Nicholas Phipps, Stanley Haynes | Director: David Lean | Stars: Ann Todd, Norman Wooland, Ivan Desny, Leslie Banks

23. Odd Man Out (1947)

116 min | Crime, Drama, Film-Noir

7.8
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A wounded Irish nationalist leader attempts to evade police following a failed robbery. Action takes place in Belfast, Northern Ireland.

Writers: F.L. Green, R.C. Sherriff | Director: Carol Reed | Stars: James Mason, Robert Newton, Cyril Cusack, F.J. McCormick

24. The Sleeping Tiger (1954)

Approved | 89 min | Drama, Thriller

6.5
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A psychotherapist attempts to rehabilitate a convict in his home after he breaks in. The criminal cooperates rather than being handed over to the police. The therapist's wife becomes ... See full summary »

Writers: Maurice Moiseiwitsch, Harold Buchman, Carl Foreman | Director: Joseph Losey | Stars: Dirk Bogarde, Alexis Smith, Alexander Knox, Hugh Griffith

25. Corridor of Mirrors (1948)

96 min | Drama, Mystery

7.0
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A man falls in love with a beautiful young woman and begins to suspect that he may have also loved her in a previous life.

Writers: Christopher Massie, Rudolph Cartier, Edana Romney | Director: Terence Young | Stars: Eric Portman, Edana Romney, Barbara Mullen, Hugh Sinclair

26. Blanche Fury (1948)

Approved | 90 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

6.8
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Ambitious poor relation Blanche Fullerton accepts a job as governess from her wealthy cousins who have adopted the name Fury since they acquired the ancestral home of the Fury family. ... See full summary »

Writers: Audrey Erskine-Lindop, Cecil McGivern, Hugh Mills | Director: Marc Allégret | Stars: Valerie Hobson, Stewart Granger, Michael Gough, Walter Fitzgerald

27. The October Man (1947)

110 min | Mystery

7.2
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Jim Ackland, who suffers from a head injury sustained in a bus crash, is the chief suspect in a murder hunt, when a girl that he has just met is found dead on the local common, and he has ... See full summary »

Writer: Eric Ambler | Director: Roy Ward Baker | Stars: John Mills, Joan Greenwood, Edward Chapman, Kay Walsh

28. No Orchids for Miss Blandish (1948)

92 min | Crime, Drama

6.2
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John Blandish is worth $100 million. His heiress daughter is soon to be wed to Foster Harvey, who believes she's a cold, unfeeling woman, despite loving her. Her cold emotional state is in ... See full summary »

Writers: James Hadley Chase, St. John Legh Clowes | Director: St. John Legh Clowes | Stars: Jack La Rue, Hugh McDermott, Linden Travers, Walter Crisham

29. The Man Between (1953)

100 min | Drama, Thriller

7.2
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In the Post-World War II, the British Susanne Mallison travels to Berlin to visit her older brother Martin Mallison, a military that has married the German Bettina Mallison. The naive ... See full summary »

Writers: Walter Ebert, Harry Kurnitz | Director: Carol Reed | Stars: James Mason, Claire Bloom, Hildegard Knef, Geoffrey Toone

30. Man Bait (1952)

78 min | Crime, Drama

6.3
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The married owner of a bookstore is attracted to his sexy blonde clerk. He finally gives in to temptation and makes a pass at her, but that only results in him getting enmeshed in blackmail and murder.

Writers: Frederick Knott, James Hadley Chase | Director: Terence Fisher | Stars: George Brent, Marguerite Chapman, Raymond Huntley, Peter Reynolds

31. Never Let Go (1960)

90 min | Crime, Drama

7.0
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A cosmetic salesman sets out to prove to himself and his wife that he is not a failure.

Writers: John Guillermin, Peter De Sarigny, Alun Falconer | Director: John Guillermin | Stars: Richard Todd, Peter Sellers, Elizabeth Sellars, Adam Faith

32. The Good Die Young (1954)

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

6.7
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Three good men - a broken boxer, an American veteran trying to win back his mother-dominated wife, and an air force sergeant married to a faithless actress - are corrupted by Miles ... See full summary »

Writers: Vernon Harris, Lewis Gilbert, Richard Macaulay | Director: Lewis Gilbert | Stars: Laurence Harvey, Gloria Grahame, Richard Basehart, Joan Collins

33. So Long at the Fair (1950)

86 min | Drama, Mystery

7.3
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A young woman visits Paris with her brother only to discover the following morning he has gone missing and the hotel staff have no recollection of his presence.

Writers: Hugh Mills, Anthony Thorne | Directors: Antony Darnborough, Terence Fisher | Stars: Jean Simmons, Dirk Bogarde, David Tomlinson, Marcel Poncin

34. Seven Days to Noon (1950)

94 min | Thriller, Drama

7.2
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An English scientist runs away from a research center with an atomic bomb. In a letter sent to the British Prime Minister he threatens to blow up the center of London if the Government ... See full summary »

Writers: Frank Harvey, Roy Boulting, Paul Dehn, James Bernard | Directors: John Boulting, Roy Boulting | Stars: Barry Jones, André Morell, Olive Sloane, Sheila Manahan

35. Dear Murderer (1947)

90 min | Crime, Drama

6.9
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When successful business man Lee Warren suspects his wife is having an affair, he sets out find her lover, kill him, and make it look like suicide. Complications set in, when he finds out ... See full summary »

Writers: Muriel Box, Sydney Box, Peter Rogers, St. John Legh Clowes | Director: Arthur Crabtree | Stars: Eric Portman, Greta Gynt, Dennis Price, Jack Warner

36. Concrete Jungle (1960)

86 min | Crime, Drama

7.1
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An ex-con who's taken part in the robbery of a racetrack is caught and sent back to prison, but he won't tell his fellow gang members where he's stashed the loot. The gang kidnaps his ... See full summary »

Writer: Alun Owen | Director: Joseph Losey | Stars: Stanley Baker, Sam Wanamaker, Grégoire Aslan, Margit Saad

37. Time Without Pity (1957)

85 min | Drama, Crime, Mystery

7.1
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Alec Graham is sentenced to death for the murder of his girlfriend Jennie, with whom he spent a weekend at the English country home of the parents of his friend Brian Stanford. Alec's ... See full summary »

Writer: Ben Barzman | Director: Joseph Losey | Stars: Michael Redgrave, Ann Todd, Leo McKern, Paul Daneman

38. The Clouded Yellow (1950)

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

7.0
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When Secret Service agent David Somers is fired, he takes a quiet job with the Fentons at their country estate - cataloging butterflies, hence the title insect. David grows fond of Jess ... See full summary »

Writer: Janet Green | Director: Ralph Thomas | Stars: Jean Simmons, Trevor Howard, Sonia Dresdel, Barry Jones

39. The Limping Man (1953)

Approved | 76 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

5.9
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A WWII veteran goes back to England after the war only to discover that his wartime sweetheart has got mixed up with a dangerous spy ring.

Writers: Ian Stuart Black, Reginald Long, Anthony Verney | Director: Cy Endfield | Stars: Lloyd Bridges, Moira Lister, Alan Wheatley, Leslie Phillips

40. Stolen Face (1952)

Approved | 72 min | Drama

6.1
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A doctor repairs a female inmate's disfigured face to match the lovely woman who left him, and marries her, only to find out how abusive she is.

Writers: Martin Berkeley, Richard H. Landau, Alexander Paal, Steven Vas | Director: Terence Fisher | Stars: Paul Henreid, Lizabeth Scott, André Morell, Mary Mackenzie

41. The Upturned Glass (1947)

90 min | Crime, Drama

6.8
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A prominent neurosurgeon relates to his students in medical school a story about an affair he had with a married woman and how, after the affair was over, the woman one day fell out a ... See full summary »

Writers: John Monaghan, Pamela Mason | Director: Lawrence Huntington | Stars: James Mason, Rosamund John, Pamela Mason, Ann Stephens

42. Hell Is a City (1960)

93 min | Crime, Thriller

7.2
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Committed but seen-it-all police inspector Martineau rightly guesses that after a violent jailbreak a local criminal will head home to Manchester to pick up the spoils from his last job. ... See full summary »

Writers: Val Guest, Maurice Procter | Director: Val Guest | Stars: Stanley Baker, John Crawford, Donald Pleasence, Billie Whitelaw

43. I Became a Criminal (1947)

78 min | Crime, Drama, Film-Noir

7.3
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In this gritty film noir, cynical ex-RAF flyer Morgan, bored with civilian life, joins a break-in gang led by Narcy. On his first job, the getaway car crashes after killing a policeman. ... See full summary »

Writers: Jackson Budd, Noel Langley | Director: Alberto Cavalcanti | Stars: Sally Gray, Trevor Howard, Griffith Jones, René Ray

44. She Played with Fire (1957)

95 min | Crime, Drama

6.8
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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.

Writers: Sidney Gilliat, Winston Graham, Frank Launder, Val Valentine | Director: Sidney Gilliat | Stars: Jack Hawkins, Arlene Dahl, Dennis Price, Violet Farebrother

45. Blackout (1954)

87 min | Crime, Thriller, Drama

6.2
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An American in London, down on his luck, runs into a beautiful blonde in a bar who offers him a lot of money to marry her. Broke and unemployed, he takes her up on it. When he wakes up the ... See full summary »

Writers: Richard H. Landau, Helen Nielsen | Director: Terence Fisher | Stars: Dane Clark, Belinda Lee, Betty Ann Davies, Eleanor Summerfield

46. The Unholy Four (1954)

Approved | 80 min | Drama, Mystery

5.6
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A man on a fishing trip with three of his friends receives a blow to the head that makes him lose his memory. Three years later it all comes back to him, but on the day it does one of the men who was on the trip with him turns up dead.

Writers: Leigh Brackett, Michael Carreras, George Sanders | Director: Terence Fisher | Stars: Paulette Goddard, William Sylvester, Patrick Holt, Paul Carpenter

47. Chance Meeting (1959)

95 min | Mystery, Thriller, Crime

6.9
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Dutch painter Jan-Van Rooyer hurries to keep a rendezvous with Jacquleine Cousteau, an elegant, sophisticated Frenchwoman, slightly his elder, whose relationship with him had turned from ... See full summary »

Writers: Ben Barzman, Leigh Howard, Millard Lampell | Director: Joseph Losey | Stars: Hardy Krüger, Stanley Baker, Micheline Presle, John Van Eyssen

48. Pickup Alley (1957)

92 min | Crime, Thriller, Drama

5.9
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U.S. narcotics agent Charles Sturgis trails international dope smuggler Frank McNally by following his reluctant accomplice, Gina Broger, through the "pickup alleys" of New York, London, ... See full summary »

Writers: John Paxton, A.J. Forrest | Director: John Gilling | Stars: Victor Mature, Anita Ekberg, Trevor Howard, Bonar Colleano

49. The Snorkel (1958)

Unrated | 74 min | Crime, Mystery, Thriller

6.9
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Although the police have termed her mother's death a suicide, a teenage girl believes her step-father murdered her.

Writers: Peter Myers, Jimmy Sangster, Anthony Dawson | Director: Guy Green | Stars: Peter van Eyck, Betta St. John, Mandy Miller, Grégoire Aslan

50. I Promised to Pay (1961)

94 min | Crime, Drama

7.1
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A vicious gang of crooks plan to steal the wages of a local factory, but their carefully laid plans go wrong, when the factory employs an armoured van to carry the cash. The gang still go ... See full summary »

Writers: George Baxt, Derek Bickerton | Director: Sidney Hayers | Stars: Michael Craig, Françoise Prévost, Billie Whitelaw, William Lucas