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1. The Perks of Being a Wallflower (2012)

PG-13 | 102 min | Drama, Romance

8.1
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67 Metascore

An introvert freshman is taken under the wings of two seniors who welcome him to the real world.

Writer: Stephen Chbosky | Director: Stephen Chbosky | Stars: Logan Lerman, Emma Watson, Ezra Miller, Paul Rudd

2. A Clockwork Orange (1971)

X | 136 min | Crime, Drama, Sci-Fi

8.4
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78 Metascore

In future Britain, charismatic delinquent Alex DeLarge is jailed and volunteers for an experimental aversion therapy developed by the government in an effort to solve society's crime problem - but not all goes according to plan.

Writers: Stanley Kubrick, Anthony Burgess | Director: Stanley Kubrick | Stars: Malcolm McDowell, Patrick Magee, Michael Bates, Warren Clarke

3. The Outsiders (1983)

PG-13 | 91 min | Crime, Drama

7.2
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38 Metascore

The rivalry between two gangs, the poor Greasers and the rich Socs, only heats up when one gang member kills a member of the other.

Writers: Kathleen Rowell, S.E. Hinton | Director: Francis Ford Coppola | Stars: C. Thomas Howell, Matt Dillon, Ralph Macchio, Patrick Swayze

4. The Shining (1980)

R | 144 min | Horror

8.5
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61 Metascore

A family heads to an isolated hotel for the winter where an evil and spiritual presence influences the father into violence, while his psychic son sees horrific forebodings from the past and of the future.

Writers: Stephen King, Stanley Kubrick, Diane Johnson | Director: Stanley Kubrick | Stars: Jack Nicholson, Shelley Duvall, Danny Lloyd, Scatman Crothers

5. Taxi Driver (1976)

R | 113 min | Crime, Drama

8.4
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93 Metascore

A mentally unstable Vietnam war veteran works as a night-time taxi driver in New York City where the perceived decadence and sleaze feeds his urge for violent action, attempting to save a preadolescent prostitute in the process.

Writer: Paul Schrader | Director: Martin Scorsese | Stars: Robert De Niro, Jodie Foster, Cybill Shepherd, Albert Brooks

6. Stand by Me (1986)

R | 89 min | Adventure, Drama

8.1
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After the death of a friend, a writer recounts a boyhood journey to find the body of a missing boy.

Writers: Stephen King, Raynold Gideon, Bruce A. Evans | Director: Rob Reiner | Stars: Wil Wheaton, River Phoenix, Corey Feldman, Jerry O'Connell

7. 30 Rock (2006–2013)

TV-14 | 21 min | Comedy

8.3
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Liz Lemon, head writer of the sketch comedy show "TGS with Tracy Jordan", must deal with an arrogant new boss and a crazy new star, all while trying to run a successful TV show without losing her mind.

Stars: Tina Fey, Alec Baldwin, Tracy Morgan, Jane Krakowski

8. Oldboy (2003)

R | 120 min | Drama, Mystery, Thriller

8.4
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74 Metascore

After being kidnapped and imprisoned for 15 years, Oh Dae-Su is released, only to find that he must find his captor in 5 days.

Writers: Garon Tsuchiya, Nobuaki Minegishi, Chan-wook Park, Chun-hyeong Lim, Jo-yun Hwang, Joon-hyung Lim | Director: Chan-wook Park | Stars: Min-sik Choi, Ji-tae Yu, Hye-jeong Kang, Dae-han Ji

9. Hugo (2011)

PG | 126 min | Adventure, Drama, Family

7.6
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83 Metascore

Set in 1930s Paris, an orphan who lives in the walls of a train station is wrapped up in a mystery involving his late father and an automaton.

Writers: John Logan, Brian Selznick | Director: Martin Scorsese | Stars: Asa Butterfield, Chloë Grace Moretz, Christopher Lee, Ben Kingsley

10. Zodiac (2007)

R | 157 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

7.7
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78 Metascore

A San Francisco cartoonist becomes an amateur detective obsessed with tracking down the Zodiac killer.

Writers: James Vanderbilt, Robert Graysmith | Director: David Fincher | Stars: Jake Gyllenhaal, Robert Downey Jr., Mark Ruffalo, Anthony Edwards

11. Kill Your Darlings (2013)

R | 104 min | Biography, Drama, Romance

6.5
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65 Metascore

A murder in 1944 draws together the great poets of the beat generation: Allen Ginsberg, Jack Kerouac and William Burroughs.

Writers: Austin Bunn, John Krokidas | Director: John Krokidas | Stars: Daniel Radcliffe, Dane DeHaan, Michael C. Hall, Ben Foster

12. Girl, Interrupted (1999)

R | 127 min | Biography, Drama

7.3
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51 Metascore

Based on writer Susanna Kaysen's account of her 18-month stay at a mental hospital in the 1960s.

Writers: Susanna Kaysen, James Mangold, Lisa Loomer, Anna Hamilton Phelan | Director: James Mangold | Stars: Winona Ryder, Angelina Jolie, Clea DuVall, Brittany Murphy

13. Moulin Rouge! (2001)

PG-13 | 127 min | Drama, Musical, Romance

7.7
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66 Metascore

A poet falls for a beautiful courtesan whom a jealous duke covets in this stylish musical, with music drawn from familiar 20th century sources.

Writers: Baz Luhrmann, Craig Pearce | Director: Baz Luhrmann | Stars: Nicole Kidman, Ewan McGregor, John Leguizamo, Jim Broadbent

14. The L Word (2004–2009)

TV-MA | 50 min | Drama, Romance

7.6
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Follows the lives and loves of a small, close-knit group of lesbians living in Los Angeles as well as the friends and family members that either support or loath them.

Creators: Michele Abbott, Ilene Chaiken, Kathy Greenberg | Stars: Jennifer Beals, Leisha Hailey, Laurel Holloman, Mia Kirshner

15. Atonement (2007)

R | 123 min | Drama, Mystery, Romance

7.8
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85 Metascore

Fledgling writer Briony Tallis, as a 13-year-old, irrevocably changes the course of several lives when she accuses her older sister's lover of a crime he did not commit. Based on the British romance novel by Ian McEwan.

Writers: Ian McEwan, Christopher Hampton | Director: Joe Wright | Stars: Keira Knightley, James McAvoy, Brenda Blethyn, Saoirse Ronan

16. Life of Pi (2012)

PG | 127 min | Adventure, Drama

8.0
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79 Metascore

A young man who survives a disaster at sea is hurtled into an epic journey of adventure and discovery. While cast away, he forms an unexpected connection with another survivor: a fearsome Bengal tiger.

Writers: Yann Martel, David Magee | Director: Ang Lee | Stars: Suraj Sharma, Irrfan Khan, Adil Hussain, Tabu

17. Little Miss Sunshine (2006)

R | 101 min | Adventure, Comedy, Drama

7.9
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80 Metascore

A family determined to get their young daughter into the finals of a beauty pageant take a cross-country trip in their VW bus.

Writer: Michael Arndt | Directors: Jonathan Dayton, Valerie Faris | Stars: Steve Carell, Toni Collette, Greg Kinnear, Abigail Breslin

18. Secretary (2002)

R | 104 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

7.1
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63 Metascore

A young woman, recently released from a mental hospital, gets a job as a secretary to a demanding lawyer, where their employer-employee relationship turns into a sexual, sadomasochistic one.

Writers: Erin Cressida Wilson, Mary Gaitskill, Steven Shainberg | Director: Steven Shainberg | Stars: James Spader, Maggie Gyllenhaal, Jeremy Davies, Lesley Ann Warren

19. Antichrist (2009)

Not Rated | 108 min | Drama

6.6
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49 Metascore

A grieving couple retreat to their cabin in the woods, hoping to repair their broken hearts and troubled marriage. But nature takes its course and things go from bad to worse.

Writer: Lars von Trier | Director: Lars von Trier | Stars: Willem Dafoe, Charlotte Gainsbourg, Storm Acheche Sahlstrøm

20. Breakfast at Tiffany's (1961)

Not Rated | 115 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

7.8
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76 Metascore

A young New York socialite becomes interested in a young man who has moved into her apartment building.

Writers: Truman Capote, George Axelrod | Director: Blake Edwards | Stars: Audrey Hepburn, George Peppard, Patricia Neal, Buddy Ebsen

21. Murder, She Wrote (1984– )

93 min | Comedy, Crime, Drama

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Mystery writer finds herself investigating murders that occur around her.

Creators: Peter S. Fischer, Richard Levinson, William Link | Stars: Angela Lansbury, William Windom, Ron Masak, Louis Herthum

22. As Good as It Gets (1997)

PG-13 | 139 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

7.8
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67 Metascore

A single mother/waitress, a misanthropic author, and a gay artist form an unlikely friendship after the artist is in an accident.

Writers: Mark Andrus, James L. Brooks | Director: James L. Brooks | Stars: Jack Nicholson, Helen Hunt, Greg Kinnear, Cuba Gooding Jr.

23. Basic Instinct (1992)

R | 127 min | Mystery, Thriller

6.9
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34 Metascore

A police detective is in charge of the investigation of a brutal murder, in which a beautiful and seductive woman could be involved.

Writer: Joe Eszterhas | Director: Paul Verhoeven | Stars: Michael Douglas, Sharon Stone, George Dzundza, Jeanne Tripplehorn

24. Shakespeare in Love (1998)

R | 123 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

7.2
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87 Metascore

A young Shakespeare, out of ideas and short of cash, meets his ideal woman and is inspired to write one of his most famous plays.

Writers: Marc Norman, Tom Stoppard | Director: John Madden | Stars: Gwyneth Paltrow, Joseph Fiennes, Geoffrey Rush, Tom Wilkinson

25. Crossroads (I) (2002)

PG-13 | 93 min | Adventure, Comedy, Drama

3.2
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27 Metascore

Three childhood best friends, and a guy they just met, take a road trip across country, finding themselves and their friendship in the process.

Writer: Shonda Rhimes | Director: Tamra Davis | Stars: Britney Spears, Anson Mount, Zoe Saldana, Taryn Manning

26. Babel (2006)

R | 143 min | Drama

7.5
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69 Metascore

Tragedy strikes a married couple on vacation in the Moroccan desert, touching off an interlocking story involving four different families.

Writers: Guillermo Arriaga, Alejandro González Iñárritu | Director: Alejandro González Iñárritu | Stars: Brad Pitt, Cate Blanchett, Gael García Bernal, Mohamed Akhzam

27. My Girl (1991)

PG-13 | 102 min | Drama, Family, Romance

6.8
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Vada Sultenfuss is obsessed with death. Her mother is dead, and her father runs a funeral parlor. She is also in love with her English teacher, and joins a poetry class over the summer just... See full summary »

Writer: Laurice Elehwany | Director: Howard Zieff | Stars: Anna Chlumsky, Macaulay Culkin, Dan Aykroyd, Jamie Lee Curtis

28. The English Patient (1996)

R | 162 min | Drama, Romance, War

7.4
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87 Metascore

At the close of WWII, a young nurse tends to a badly-burned plane crash victim. His past is shown in flashbacks, revealing an involvement in a fateful love affair.

Writers: Michael Ondaatje, Anthony Minghella | Director: Anthony Minghella | Stars: Ralph Fiennes, Juliette Binoche, Willem Dafoe, Kristin Scott Thomas

29. Ruby Sparks (2012)

R | 104 min | Comedy, Drama, Fantasy

7.2
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67 Metascore

A novelist struggling with writer's block finds romance in a most unusual way: by creating a female character he thinks will love him, then willing her into existence.

Writer: Zoe Kazan | Directors: Jonathan Dayton, Valerie Faris | Stars: Paul Dano, Zoe Kazan, Annette Bening, Antonio Banderas

30. The Reader (2008)

R | 124 min | Drama, Romance

7.6
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58 Metascore

Post-WWII Germany: Nearly a decade after his affair with an older woman came to a mysterious end, law student Michael Berg re-encounters his former lover as she defends herself in a war-crime trial.

Writers: David Hare, Bernhard Schlink | Director: Stephen Daldry | Stars: Kate Winslet, Ralph Fiennes, Bruno Ganz, Jeanette Hain

31. Lolita (1962)

TV-14 | 152 min | Drama, Romance

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A middle-aged college professor becomes infatuated with a fourteen-year-old nymphet.

Writer: Vladimir Nabokov | Director: Stanley Kubrick | Stars: James Mason, Shelley Winters, Sue Lyon, Gary Cockrell

32. Lolita (1997)

R | 137 min | Drama, Romance

6.9
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46 Metascore

A man marries his landlady so he can take advantage of her daughter.

Writers: Vladimir Nabokov, Stephen Schiff | Director: Adrian Lyne | Stars: Jeremy Irons, Dominique Swain, Melanie Griffith, Frank Langella

33. Misery (1990)

R | 107 min | Thriller

7.8
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A famous novelist is "rescued" from a car crash by an obsessed fan.

Writers: Stephen King, William Goldman | Director: Rob Reiner | Stars: James Caan, Kathy Bates, Richard Farnsworth, Frances Sternhagen

34. The Kids Are All Right (2010)

R | 106 min | Comedy, Drama

7.1
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86 Metascore

Two children conceived by artificial insemination bring their father into their family life.

Writers: Lisa Cholodenko, Stuart Blumberg | Director: Lisa Cholodenko | Stars: Annette Bening, Julianne Moore, Mark Ruffalo, Mia Wasikowska

35. Reign of Fire (2002)

PG-13 | 101 min | Action, Adventure, Fantasy

6.2
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39 Metascore

A brood of fire-breathing dragons emerges from the earth and begins setting fire to everything, establishing dominance over the planet.

Writers: Gregg Chabot, Kevin Peterka, Matt Greenberg | Director: Rob Bowman | Stars: Matthew McConaughey, Christian Bale, Izabella Scorupco, Gerard Butler

36. 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

37. Precious (II) (2009)

R | 110 min | Drama

7.4
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79 Metascore

In New York City's Harlem circa 1987, an overweight, abused, illiterate teen who is pregnant with her second child is invited to enroll in an alternative school in hopes that her life can head in a new direction.

Writers: Geoffrey Fletcher, Sapphire | Director: Lee Daniels | Stars: Gabourey Sidibe, Mo'Nique, Paula Patton, Mariah Carey

38. Sideways (2004)

R | 126 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

7.6
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94 Metascore

Two men reaching middle age with not much to show but disappointment, embark on a week long road trip through California's wine country, just as one is about to take a trip down the aisle.

Writers: Rex Pickett, Alexander Payne, Jim Taylor | Director: Alexander Payne | Stars: Paul Giamatti, Thomas Haden Church, Virginia Madsen, Sandra Oh

39. Sophie's Choice (1982)

R | 150 min | Drama, Romance

7.7
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68 Metascore

Sophie is the survivor of Nazi concentration camps, who has found a reason to live in Nathan, a sparkling if unsteady American Jew obsessed with the Holocaust. They befriend Stingo, the ... See full summary »

Writers: William Styron, Alan J. Pakula | Director: Alan J. Pakula | Stars: Meryl Streep, Kevin Kline, Peter MacNicol, Rita Karin

40. The Ninth Gate (1999)

R | 133 min | Mystery, Thriller

6.7
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44 Metascore

A rare book dealer, while seeking out the last two copies of a demon text, gets drawn into a conspiracy with supernatural overtones.

Writers: Arturo Pérez-Reverte, John Brownjohn, Enrique Urbizu, Roman Polanski | Director: Roman Polanski | Stars: Johnny Depp, Frank Langella, Lena Olin, Emmanuelle Seigner

41. Adaptation. (2002)

R | 114 min | Comedy, Drama

7.7
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83 Metascore

A lovelorn screenwriter becomes desperate as he tries and fails to adapt The Orchid Thief by Susan Orlean for the screen.

Writers: Susan Orlean, Charlie Kaufman, Donald Kaufman | Director: Spike Jonze | Stars: Nicolas Cage, Meryl Streep, Chris Cooper, Tilda Swinton

42. The World According to Garp (1982)

R | 136 min | Comedy, Drama

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Based on the John Irving novel, this film chronicles the life of T S Garp, and his mother, Jenny. Whilst Garp sees himself as a "serious" writer, Jenny writes a feminist manifesto at an ... See full summary »

Writers: John Irving, Steve Tesich | Director: George Roy Hill | Stars: Robin Williams, Mary Beth Hurt, Glenn Close, John Lithgow

43. Buried (2010)

R | 95 min | Drama, Mystery, Thriller

7.0
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65 Metascore

Paul is a U.S. truck driver working in Iraq. After an attack by a group of Iraqis he wakes to find he is buried alive inside a coffin. With only a lighter and a cell phone it's a race against time to escape this claustrophobic death trap.

Writer: Chris Sparling | Director: Rodrigo Cortés | Stars: Ryan Reynolds, José Luis García Pérez, Robert Paterson, Stephen Tobolowsky

44. Anonymous (I) (2011)

PG-13 | 130 min | Drama, History, Thriller

6.9
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50 Metascore

The theory that it was in fact Edward De Vere, Earl of Oxford, who penned Shakespeare's plays. Set against the backdrop of the succession of Queen Elizabeth I and the Essex rebellion against her.

Writer: John Orloff | Director: Roland Emmerich | Stars: Rhys Ifans, Vanessa Redgrave, David Thewlis, Sebastian Armesto

45. Finding Forrester (2000)

PG-13 | 136 min | Drama

7.3
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62 Metascore

A young writing prodigy finds a mentor in a reclusive author.

Writer: Mike Rich | Director: Gus Van Sant | Stars: Sean Connery, Rob Brown, F. Murray Abraham, Anna Paquin

46. Little Women (1994)

PG | 115 min | Drama, Romance

7.3
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87 Metascore

The March sisters live and grow in post-Civil War America.

Writers: Louisa May Alcott, Robin Swicord | Director: Gillian Armstrong | Stars: Susan Sarandon, Winona Ryder, Kirsten Dunst, Claire Danes

47. Nine (2009)

PG-13 | 118 min | Drama, Musical, Romance

5.9
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49 Metascore

Famous film director Guido Contini struggles to find harmony in his professional and personal lives, as he engages in dramatic relationships with his wife, his mistress, his muse, his agent, and his mother.

Writers: Michael Tolkin, Anthony Minghella, Arthur Kopit, Maury Yeston, Mario Fratti | Director: Rob Marshall | Stars: Daniel Day-Lewis, Marion Cotillard, Penélope Cruz, Sandro Dori

48. The Invention of Lying (2009)

PG-13 | 100 min | Comedy, Fantasy, Romance

6.4
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58 Metascore

A comedy set in a world where no one has ever lied, until a writer seizes the opportunity for personal gain.

Writers: Ricky Gervais, Matthew Robinson | Directors: Ricky Gervais, Matthew Robinson | Stars: Ricky Gervais, Jennifer Garner, Jonah Hill, Louis C.K.

49. Freedom Writers (2007)

PG-13 | 123 min | Biography, Crime, Drama

7.5
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64 Metascore

A young teacher inspires her class of at-risk students to learn tolerance, apply themselves, and pursue education beyond high school.

Writers: Richard LaGravenese, Freedom Writers, Erin Gruwell | Director: Richard LaGravenese | Stars: Hilary Swank, Imelda Staunton, Patrick Dempsey, Scott Glenn

50. Sunset Blvd. (1950)

Not Rated | 110 min | Drama, Film-Noir

8.6
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A hack screenwriter writes a screenplay for a former silent-film star who has faded into Hollywood obscurity.

Writers: Charles Brackett, Billy Wilder, D.M. Marshman Jr. | Director: Billy Wilder | Stars: William Holden, Gloria Swanson, Erich von Stroheim, Nancy Olson