Venice Classics

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1. The Golem (1920)

Unrated | 91 min | Fantasy, Horror

7.2
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In 16th-century Prague, a rabbi creates the Golem - a giant creature made of clay. Using sorcery, he brings the creature to life in order to protect the Jews of Prague from persecution.

Directors: Carl Boese, Paul Wegener | Stars: Paul Wegener, Albert Steinrück, Ernst Deutsch, Lyda Salmonova

Votes: 5,580

2. Friedkin Uncut (2018)

107 min | Documentary

7.4
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Director: Francesco Zippel | Stars: Wes Anderson, Dario Argento, Samuel Blumenfeld, Ellen Burstyn

Votes: 34

3. The Night Porter (1974)

R | 118 min | Drama

6.8
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After a chance meeting at a hotel in 1957, a Holocaust survivor and the Nazi officer who tortured her resume their sadomasochistic relationship.

Director: Liliana Cavani | Stars: Dirk Bogarde, Charlotte Rampling, Philippe Leroy, Gabriele Ferzetti

Votes: 9,684

4. They Live (1988)

R | 94 min | Action, Horror, Sci-Fi

7.3
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54 Metascore

A drifter discovers a pair of sunglasses that allow him to wake up to the fact that aliens have taken over the Earth.

Director: John Carpenter | Stars: Roddy Piper, Keith David, Meg Foster, George 'Buck' Flower

Votes: 92,653 | Gross: $13.01M

5. The Naked City (1948)

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

7.6
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Two New York City detectives investigate 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: 10,446

6. Khesht va Ayeneh (1965)

126 min | Drama

7.7
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Hashem (Zakariya Hashemi) is a cab driver who finds an infant child in the back seat of his cab one night after he gives a ride to a young woman. He and his girlfriend, Taji (Taji Ahmadi), ... See full summary »

Director: Ebrahim Golestan | Stars: Taji Ahmadi, Zackaria Hashemi, Goli Bozorgmehr, Masoud Faghih

Votes: 354

7. Street of Shame (1956)

Not Rated | 87 min | Drama

8.0
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The personal tales of various prostitutes who occupy a Japanese brothel.

Director: Kenji Mizoguchi | Stars: Machiko Kyô, Aiko Mimasu, Ayako Wakao, Michiyo Kogure

Votes: 3,034

8. Il Posto (1961)

Not Rated | 93 min | Drama

8.1
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A very young college graduate attempts to obtain a position with a large corporation.

Director: Ermanno Olmi | Stars: Sandro Panseri, Loredana Detto, Corrado Aprile, Guido Chiti

Votes: 3,718 | Gross: $0.01M

9. Last Year at Marienbad (1961)

Not Rated | 94 min | Drama, Mystery

7.9
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In a strange and isolated chateau, a man becomes acquainted with a woman and insists that they have met before.

Director: Alain Resnais | Stars: Delphine Seyrig, Giorgio Albertazzi, Sacha Pitoëff, Françoise Bertin

Votes: 17,309 | Gross: $0.14M

10. Hell Without Limits (1978)

Not Rated | 110 min | Drama

7.7
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Family honor, greed, machismo, homophobia, and the dreams of whores collide in a Mexican town. Rich, elderly Don Alejo is poised to sell the town for a profit, needing only to buy a ... See full summary »

Director: Arturo Ripstein | Stars: Roberto Cobo, Fernando Soler, Lucha Villa, Ana Martín

Votes: 813

11. Adieu Philippine (1962)

106 min | Drama

7.2
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Michel is a young technician in the fledgling TV industry and is due for military service in two months at the time of the Algerian War. Juliette and Liliane are inseparable best friends, ... See full summary »

Director: Jacques Rozier | Stars: Jean-Claude Aimini, Daniel Descamps, Stefania Sabatini, Yveline Céry

Votes: 547

12. The Ascent (1977)

111 min | Drama, War

8.3
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Two Soviet partisans on a mission to gather food contend with the winter cold, the occupying Germans, and their own psyches.

Director: Larisa Shepitko | Stars: Boris Plotnikov, Vladimir Gostyukhin, Sergey Yakovlev, Lyudmila Polyakova

Votes: 5,013

13. The Killers (1946)

Passed | 103 min | Crime, Drama, Film-Noir

7.8
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Hit men kill an unresisting victim, and investigator Reardon uncovers his past involvement with beautiful, deadly Kitty Collins.

Director: Robert Siodmak | Stars: Burt Lancaster, Ava Gardner, Edmond O'Brien, Albert Dekker

Votes: 16,420

14. The Killers (1964)

Not Rated | 93 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

7.1
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Surprised that their contract victim didn't try to run away from them, two professional hit men try to find out who hired them and why.

Director: Don Siegel | Stars: Lee Marvin, Angie Dickinson, John Cassavetes, Clu Gulager

Votes: 5,755

15. The Night of the Shooting Stars (1982)

R | 107 min | Drama, Romance, War

7.5
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The Night of San Lorenzo, the night of the shooting stars, is the night when dreams come true in Italian folklore. In 1944, a group of Italians flee their town after hearing rumours that ... See full summary »

Directors: Paolo Taviani, Vittorio Taviani | Stars: Omero Antonutti, Margarita Lozano, Claudio Bigagli, Miriam Guidelli

Votes: 3,268

16. Love, Thy Name Be Sorrow (1962)

109 min | Drama

7.3
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In the reign of the Emperor Suzaku (930- 946 A.D.), various mishaps happen after a strange white rainbow in appearance in the sky over Kyoto. The Emperor orders a famous astronomer, ... See full summary »

Director: Tomu Uchida | Stars: Hashizô Ôkawa, Michiko Saga, Ryûnosuke Tsukigata, Kensaku Hara

Votes: 66

17. Death in Venice (1971)

GP | 130 min | Drama

7.5
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While recovering in Venice, a sickly composer becomes dangerously fixated with a teenage boy.

Director: Luchino Visconti | Stars: Dirk Bogarde, Romolo Valli, Mark Burns, Nora Ricci

Votes: 16,006

18. Nothing Sacred (1937)

Passed | 77 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

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An eccentric woman learns she is not dying of radium poisoning as earlier assumed, but when she meets a reporter looking for a story, she feigns sickness again for her own profit.

Director: William A. Wellman | Stars: Carole Lombard, Fredric March, Charles Winninger, Walter Connolly

Votes: 5,234

19. Some Like It Hot (1959)

Not Rated | 121 min | Comedy, Romance

8.2
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97 Metascore

When two male musicians witness a mob hit, they flee the state in an all-female band disguised as women, but further complications set in.

Director: Billy Wilder | Stars: Marilyn Monroe, Tony Curtis, Jack Lemmon, George Raft

Votes: 213,078 | Gross: $25.00M

20. The Great Buster (2018)

102 min | Documentary

7.5
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71 Metascore

Documentary on the life and works of comic genius Buster Keaton, directed by Peter Bogdanovic.

Director: Peter Bogdanovich | Stars: Peter Bogdanovich, Mel Brooks, Dick Cavett, Paul Dooley

Votes: 100 | Gross: $0.11M

21. Women Make Film: A New Road Movie Through Cinema (2018)

240 min | Documentary

6.6
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Director: Mark Cousins | Stars: Mania Akbari, Clio Barnard, Antonia Bird, Jane Campion

Votes: 8

22. Humberto Mauro (1965)

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Director: Jurandyr Passos Noronha

23. Living the Light - Robby Müller (2018)

86 min | Documentary

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DoP Robby Müller has inspired generations with his ground-breaking camerawork. Director Claire Pijman had access to his personal archive to create an extraordinary film essay that intertwines archival material with excerpts of his oeuvre.

Director: Claire Pijman | Stars: Robby Müller, Wim Wenders, Jim Jarmusch, Lars von Trier

Votes: 59

25. Nice Girls Don't Stay for Breakfast (2018)

Documentary

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A celebration of the infamous life of Hollywood bad boy, Robert Mitchum.

Director: Bruce Weber | Star: Robert Mitchum

Votes: 9




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