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1. The Green Mile (1999)

R | 189 min | Crime, Drama, Fantasy

8.5
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61 Metascore

The lives of guards on Death Row are affected by one of their charges: a black man accused of child murder and rape, yet who has a mysterious gift.

Writers: Stephen King, Frank Darabont | Director: Frank Darabont | Stars: Tom Hanks, Michael Clarke Duncan, David Morse, Bonnie Hunt

Votes: 641,699

2. Monster (2003)

R | 109 min | Biography, Crime, Drama

7.3
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74 Metascore

Based on the life of Aileen Wuornos, a Daytona Beach prostitute who became a serial killer.

Writer: Patty Jenkins | Director: Patty Jenkins | Stars: Charlize Theron, Christina Ricci, Bruce Dern, Lee Tergesen

Votes: 94,544

3. The Secret in Their Eyes (2009)

R | 129 min | Drama, Mystery, Thriller

8.3
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81 Metascore

A retired legal counselor writes a novel hoping to find closure for one of his past unresolved homicide cases and for his unreciprocated love with his superior - both of which still haunt him decades later.

Writers: Eduardo Sacheri, Juan José Campanella | Director: Juan José Campanella | Stars: Ricardo Darín, Soledad Villamil, Pablo Rago, Carla Quevedo

Votes: 103,812

4. Law Abiding Citizen (2009)

R | 109 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

7.4
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34 Metascore

A frustrated man decides to take justice into his own hands after a plea bargain sets one of his family's killers free. He targets not only the killer but also the district attorney and others involved in the deal.

Writer: Kurt Wimmer | Director: F. Gary Gray | Stars: Gerard Butler, Jamie Foxx, Leslie Bibb, Colm Meaney

Votes: 193,863

5. Dogma (1999)

R | 130 min | Adventure, Comedy, Fantasy

7.4
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62 Metascore

An abortion clinic worker with a special heritage is called upon to save the existence of humanity from being negated by two renegade angels trying to exploit a loop-hole and reenter Heaven.

Writer: Kevin Smith | Director: Kevin Smith | Stars: Ben Affleck, Matt Damon, Linda Fiorentino, Bud Cort

Votes: 168,753

6. The Lazarus Project (2008)

PG-13 | 100 min | Drama, Mystery, Thriller

6.2
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A former criminal is drawn into a criminal endeavor and subsequently finds himself living an inexplicable new life working at a psychiatric facility.

Writers: John Glenn, Evan Astrowsky | Director: John Glenn | Stars: Paul Walker, Piper Perabo, Brooklynn Proulx, Bob Gunton

Votes: 11,967

7. Papillon (1973)

R | 151 min | Biography, Crime, Drama

8.1
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A man befriends a fellow criminal as the two of them begin serving their sentence on a dreadful prison island, which inspires the man to plot his escape.

Writers: Dalton Trumbo, Lorenzo Semple Jr., Henri Charrière | Director: Franklin J. Schaffner | Stars: Steve McQueen, Dustin Hoffman, Victor Jory, Don Gordon

Votes: 84,197

8. My Cousin Vinny (1992)

R | 120 min | Comedy, Crime

7.5
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Two New Yorkers are accused of murder in rural Alabama while on their way back to college, and one of their cousins--an inexperienced, loudmouth lawyer not accustomed to Southern rules and manners--comes in to defend them.

Writer: Dale Launer | Director: Jonathan Lynn | Stars: Joe Pesci, Marisa Tomei, Ralph Macchio, Mitchell Whitfield

Votes: 75,915

9. The Life of David Gale (2003)

R | 130 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

7.5
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31 Metascore

A man against capital punishment is accused of murdering a fellow activist and is sent to death row.

Writer: Charles Randolph | Director: Alan Parker | Stars: Kevin Spacey, Kate Winslet, Laura Linney, Cleo King

Votes: 79,409

10. Capote (2005)

R | 114 min | Biography, Crime, Drama

7.4
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88 Metascore

In 1959, Truman Capote learns of the murder of a Kansas family and decides to write a book about the case. While researching for his novel In Cold Blood, Capote forms a relationship with one of the killers, Perry Smith, who is on death row.

Writers: Dan Futterman, Gerald Clarke | Director: Bennett Miller | Stars: Philip Seymour Hoffman, Clifton Collins Jr., Catherine Keener, Allie Mickelson

Votes: 89,071

11. Lost Highway (1997)

R | 134 min | Drama, Mystery, Thriller

7.7
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52 Metascore

After a bizarre encounter at a party, a jazz saxophonist is framed for the murder of his wife and sent to prison, where he inexplicably morphs into a young mechanic and begins leading a new life.

Writers: David Lynch, Barry Gifford | Director: David Lynch | Stars: Bill Pullman, Patricia Arquette, John Roselius, Louis Eppolito

Votes: 87,570

13. Dead Man Walking (1995)

R | 122 min | Crime, Drama

7.6
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80 Metascore

A nun, while comforting a convicted killer on death row, empathizes with both the killer and his victim's families.

Writers: Helen Prejean, Tim Robbins | Director: Tim Robbins | Stars: Susan Sarandon, Sean Penn, Robert Prosky, Raymond J. Barry

Votes: 67,699

14. Dancer in the Dark (2000)

R | 140 min | Crime, Drama, Musical

8.0
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61 Metascore

An east European girl goes to America with her young son, expecting it to be like a Hollywood film.

Writer: Lars von Trier | Director: Lars von Trier | Stars: Björk, Catherine Deneuve, David Morse, Peter Stormare

Votes: 71,437

15. Dial M for Murder (1954)

PG | 105 min | Crime, Thriller

8.2
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An ex-tennis pro carries out a plot to murder his wife. When things go wrong, he improvises a brilliant plan B.

Writer: Frederick Knott | Director: Alfred Hitchcock | Stars: Ray Milland, Grace Kelly, Robert Cummings, John Williams

Votes: 88,665

16. 88 Minutes (2007)

R | 108 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

5.9
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17 Metascore

On the day that a serial killer that he helped put away is supposed to be executed, a noted forensic psychologist and college professor receives a call informing him that he has 88 minutes left to live.

Writer: Gary Scott Thompson | Director: Jon Avnet | Stars: Al Pacino, Alicia Witt, Ben McKenzie, Leelee Sobieski

Votes: 61,271

17. M (1931)

Not Rated | 99 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

8.4
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When the police in a German city are unable to catch a child-murderer, other criminals join in the manhunt.

Writers: Thea von Harbou, Fritz Lang | Director: Fritz Lang | Stars: Peter Lorre, Ellen Widmann, Inge Landgut, Otto Wernicke

Votes: 85,601

18. Infamous (2006)

R | 110 min | Biography, Crime, Drama

7.1
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68 Metascore

While researching his book In Cold Blood, writer Truman Capote develops a close relationship with convicted murderers Dick Hickock and Perry Smith.

Writers: Douglas McGrath, George Plimpton | Director: Douglas McGrath | Stars: Toby Jones, Daniel Craig, Sandra Bullock, Sigourney Weaver

Votes: 13,288

19. In Cold Blood (1967)

R | 134 min | Crime, Drama, History

8.0
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89 Metascore

After a botched robbery results in the brutal murder of a rural family, two drifters elude police, in the end coming to terms with their own mortality and the repercussions of their vile atrocity.

Writers: Truman Capote, Richard Brooks | Director: Richard Brooks | Stars: Robert Blake, Scott Wilson, John Forsythe, Paul Stewart

Votes: 17,246

20. True Crime (1999)

R | 127 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

6.5
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65 Metascore

Can an over-the-hill journalist uncover the evidence that can prove a death row inmate's innocence just hours before his execution?

Writers: Andrew Klavan, Larry Gross, Paul Brickman, Stephen Schiff | Director: Clint Eastwood | Stars: Clint Eastwood, Isaiah Washington, LisaGay Hamilton, James Woods

Votes: 23,251

21. The Thin Blue Line (1988)

Not Rated | 103 min | Documentary, Crime, Mystery

8.1
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79 Metascore

A film that successfully argued that a man was wrongly convicted for murder by a corrupt justice system in Dallas County, Texas.

Writer: Errol Morris | Director: Errol Morris | Stars: Randall Adams, David Harris, Gus Rose, Jackie Johnson

Votes: 12,354

22. Return to Paradise (1998)

R | 111 min | Drama, Romance, Thriller

6.9
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54 Metascore

Two friends must choose whether to help a third friend who was arrested in Malaysia for drug possession.

Writers: Pierre Jolivet, Olivier Schatzky, Wesley Strick, Bruce Robinson | Director: Joseph Ruben | Stars: Vince Vaughn, Anne Heche, Joaquin Phoenix, David Conrad

Votes: 10,985

23. Anna and the King (1999)

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

6.7
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56 Metascore

The story of the romance between the King of Siam and widowed British schoolteacher, Anna Leonowens, during the 1860s.

Writers: Anna Leonowens, Steve Meerson, Peter Krikes | Director: Andy Tennant | Stars: Jodie Foster, Yun-Fat Chow, Bai Ling, Tom Felton

Votes: 29,146

24. His Girl Friday (1940)

Approved | 92 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

8.1
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A newspaper editor uses every trick in the book to keep his ace reporter ex-wife from remarrying.

Writers: Charles Lederer, Ben Hecht, Charles MacArthur | Director: Howard Hawks | Stars: Cary Grant, Rosalind Russell, Ralph Bellamy, Gene Lockhart

Votes: 37,496

25. Into the Abyss (2011)

PG-13 | 107 min | Documentary, Crime

7.3
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74 Metascore

Conversations with death row inmate Michael Perry and those affected by his crime serve as an examination of why people - and the state - kill.

Director: Werner Herzog | Stars: Werner Herzog, Richard Lopez, Michael Perry, Damon Hall

Votes: 10,704

26. Stone Cold (1991)

R | 92 min | Action, Crime, Drama

5.8
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Joe Huff is a tough, go-it-alone cop with a flair for infiltrating dangerous biker gangs. The FBI blackmail Joe into an undercover operation to convict some extremely violent bikers, who ... See full summary »

Writer: Walter Doniger | Director: Craig R. Baxley | Stars: Brian Bosworth, Lance Henriksen, William Forsythe, Arabella Holzbog

Votes: 4,388

27. Faces of Death (1978)

Not Rated | 105 min | Documentary, Horror

4.0
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A collection of death scenes, ranging from TV-material to home-made super-8 movies The common factor is death by some means.

Writer: John Alan Schwartz | Director: John Alan Schwartz | Stars: Michael Carr, Samuel Berkowitz, Mary Ellen Brighton, Thomas Noguchi

Votes: 4,477

28. The Weight of Water (2000)

R | 113 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

6.0
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45 Metascore

A newspaper photographer, Jean, researches the lurid and sensational axe murder of two women in 1873 as an editorial tie-in with a brutal modern double murder. She discovers a cache of ... See full summary »

Writers: Anita Shreve, Alice Arlen, Christopher Kyle | Director: Kathryn Bigelow | Stars: Catherine McCormack, Sean Penn, Sarah Polley, Elizabeth Hurley

Votes: 7,207

29. Anne of the Thousand Days (1969)

M | 145 min | Drama, History

7.5
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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

Votes: 4,667

30. Night of the Creeps (1986)

R | 88 min | Comedy, Horror, Sci-Fi

6.8
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Alien brain parasites, entering humans through the mouth, turn their host into a killing zombie. Some teenagers start to fight against them.

Writer: Fred Dekker | Director: Fred Dekker | Stars: Jason Lively, Tom Atkins, Steve Marshall, Jill Whitlow

Votes: 12,762

31. The Chamber (1996)

R | 113 min | Drama, Thriller

5.9
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45 Metascore

A young man fresh out of law school tries to win a reprieve for his racist grandfather who is on death row.

Writers: John Grisham, William Goldman, Chris Reese | Director: James Foley | Stars: Chris O'Donnell, Gene Hackman, Faye Dunaway, Robert Prosky

Votes: 9,677

32. Helter Skelter (1976 TV Movie)

Unrated | 119 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

7.4
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The investigation and trial of the horrific Tate-LaBianca mass murders orchestrated by the psychotic pseudo-hippie cult leader, Charles Manson.

Writers: Vincent Bugliosi, Curt Gentry, J.P. Miller | Director: Tom Gries | Stars: George DiCenzo, Steve Railsback, Nancy Wolfe, Marilyn Burns

Votes: 2,313

33. I Want to Live! (1958)

Approved | 120 min | Biography, Crime, Drama

7.5
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A prostitute, sentenced to death for alleged murder, pleads her innocence.

Writers: Nelson Gidding, Don Mankiewicz, Ed Montgomery, Barbara Graham | Director: Robert Wise | Stars: Susan Hayward, Simon Oakland, Virginia Vincent, Theodore Bikel

Votes: 3,824

34. Control (2004)

R | 101 min | Crime, Sci-Fi, Thriller

6.2
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A sociopath on death row is given a chance to live if he agrees to take part in a chemical behavioral modification program.

Writers: Todd Slavkin, Darren Swimmer | Director: Tim Hunter | Stars: Ray Liotta, Willem Dafoe, Michelle Rodriguez, Stephen Rea

Votes: 5,983

35. Seed (2006)

Not Rated | 90 min | Horror

3.0
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After a seemingly undead man is bound and buried alive, he digs himself back to the surface and seeks bloody vengeance on those who caused him his suffering.

Writer: Uwe Boll | Director: Uwe Boll | Stars: Michael Paré, Will Sanderson, Ralf Moeller, Jodelle Ferland

Votes: 5,884

36. Too Young to Die? (1990 TV Movie)

R | 92 min | Drama, Crime

5.9
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An abused 15 year old is charged with a murder that carries the death penalty in this fact-based story.

Writers: David Hill, George Rubino | Director: Robert Markowitz | Stars: Michael Tucker, Juliette Lewis, Brad Pitt, Alan Fudge

Votes: 2,757

37. Love Comes to the Executioner (2006)

R | 89 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

5.7
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A young man is hired as the executioner at a prison where his brother sits on death row. Things get more surreal when he falls in love with his brother's ex-girlfriend -- who's imprisoned herself.

Writer: Kyle Bergersen | Director: Kyle Bergersen | Stars: Jonathan Tucker, Jeremy Renner, Ginnifer Goodwin, Christine Ebersole

Votes: 760

38. The Ruling Class (1972)

R | 154 min | Comedy, Drama, Music

7.6
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A member of the House of Lords dies, leaving his estate to his son. Unfortunately, his son thinks he is Jesus Christ. The other somewhat-more respectable members of their family plot to steal the estate from him. Murder and mayhem ensues.

Writer: Peter Barnes | Director: Peter Medak | Stars: Peter O'Toole, Alastair Sim, Arthur Lowe, Hugh Owens

Votes: 4,391

39. Witchfinder General (1968)

Unrated | 86 min | Drama, History, Horror

6.9
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A young soldier seeks to put an end to the evils caused by a vicious witch hunter.

Writers: Tom Baker, Michael Reeves, Louis M. Heyward, Ronald Bassett | Director: Michael Reeves | Stars: Vincent Price, Ian Ogilvy, Rupert Davies, Hilary Heath

Votes: 5,805

40. 10 Rillington Place (1971)

GP | 111 min | Biography, Crime, Drama

7.6
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Based on the real-life case of the British serial killer John Christie, and what happened to his neighbours Tim and Beryl Evans.

Writers: Clive Exton, Ludovic Kennedy | Director: Richard Fleischer | Stars: Richard Attenborough, Judy Geeson, John Hurt, Pat Heywood

Votes: 4,675

41. Monsieur Verdoux (1947)

Not Rated | 124 min | Comedy, Crime, Drama

8.0
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A suave but cynical man supports his family by marrying and murdering rich women for their money, but the job has some occupational hazards.

Writers: Charles Chaplin, Orson Welles | Director: Charles Chaplin | Stars: Charles Chaplin, Mady Correll, Allison Roddan, Robert Lewis

Votes: 10,306

42. The Onion Field (1979)

R | 122 min | Crime, Drama

7.0
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Greg Powell is a disturbed ex-con who recruits Jimmy Smith (aka Jimmy Youngblood), a petty thief, as his partner in crime. Powell panics one night when the two of them are pulled over by a ... See full summary »

Writer: Joseph Wambaugh | Director: Harold Becker | Stars: John Savage, James Woods, Franklyn Seales, Ted Danson

Votes: 3,120

43. Scarlet Street (1945)

Approved | 103 min | Drama, Film-Noir

7.9
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When a man in mid-life crisis befriends a young woman, her venal fiancé persuades her to con him out of some of the fortune she thinks he has.

Writers: Georges de La Fouchardière, André Mouézy-Éon, Dudley Nichols | Director: Fritz Lang | Stars: Edward G. Robinson, Joan Bennett, Dan Duryea, Margaret Lindsay

Votes: 8,680

44. Eddie Izzard: Dress to Kill (1999 Video)

115 min | Documentary, Comedy

8.7
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Executive transvestite Eddie Izzard takes his show to San Francisco to give a brief history of pagan and Christian religions, the building of Stonehenge, the birth of the Church of England ... See full summary »

Writer: Eddie Izzard | Director: Lawrence Jordan | Star: Eddie Izzard

Votes: 6,229

45. In Cold Blood (1996 TV Movie)

240 min | Crime, Drama, History

6.3
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At the end of the 1950s, in a more innocent America, the brutal, meaningless slaying of a Midwestern family horrified the nation. This film is based on Truman Capote's hauntingly detailed, ... See full summary »

Writers: Truman Capote, Benedict Fitzgerald | Director: Jonathan Kaplan | Stars: Anthony Edwards, Eric Roberts, Sam Neill, Kevin Tighe

Votes: 663

46. Take (2007)

R | 98 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

6.2
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22 Metascore

The lives of two strangers - a struggling mother and a gambling addict - meet in tragedy. Years pass, and they must come to terms with themselves, and one another.

Writer: Charles Oliver | Director: Charles Oliver | Stars: Minnie Driver, Jeremy Renner, Bobby Coleman, Adam Rodriguez

Votes: 1,048

47. Let Him Have It (1991)

R | 115 min | Crime, Drama, History

7.3
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In 1950s England, slow-witted Derek Bentley falls in with a group of petty criminals led by Chris Craig, a teenager with a fondness for American gangster films. Chris and Derek's friendship... See full summary »

Writers: Neal Purvis, Robert Wade | Director: Peter Medak | Stars: Tom Courtenay, Christopher Eccleston, Eileen Atkins, Rebecca Eccleston

Votes: 2,578

48. Evidence of Blood (1998 TV Movie)

PG-13 | 109 min | Drama, Mystery, Thriller

6.8
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When a Pulitzer prize winning author of true crimes returns to his hometown in Georgia, it isn't long before he is involved in a forty year old case of a teenage girl who had been murdered.... See full summary »

Writers: Thomas H. Cook, Dalene Young | Director: Andrew Mondshein | Stars: David Strathairn, Mary McDonnell, Sean McCann, Chris Wiggins

Votes: 807

49. The Molly Maguires (1970)

PG | 124 min | Drama, History

6.9
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Life is rough in the coal mines of 1876 Pennsylvania. A secret group of Irish immigrant miners, known as the Molly Maguires, fights against the cruelty of the mining company with sabotage ... See full summary »

Writers: Arthur H. Lewis, Walter Bernstein | Director: Martin Ritt | Stars: Sean Connery, Richard Harris, Samantha Eggar, Frank Finlay

Votes: 2,398

50. The Executioner's Song (1982 TV Movie)

Unrated | 157 min | Biography, Crime, Drama

7.3
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The story of Gary Gilmore, a convicted murderer who lobbied for his own execution.

Writer: Norman Mailer | Director: Lawrence Schiller | Stars: Tommy Lee Jones, Christine Lahti, Rosanna Arquette, Eli Wallach

Votes: 1,157