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1. The Great Escape (1963)

Not Rated | 172 min | Adventure, Drama, History

8.2
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87 Metascore

Allied prisoners of war plan for several hundred of their number to escape from a German camp during World War II.

Director: John Sturges | Stars: Steve McQueen, James Garner, Richard Attenborough, Charles Bronson

Votes: 199,962 | Gross: $12.10M

2. The Asphalt Jungle (1950)

Passed | 112 min | Crime, Drama, Film-Noir

7.9
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A major heist goes off as planned, until bad luck and double crosses cause everything to unravel.

Director: John Huston | Stars: Sterling Hayden, Louis Calhern, Jean Hagen, James Whitmore

Votes: 20,969

3. Scarface (1932)

PG | 93 min | Action, Crime, Drama

7.8
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An ambitious and nearly insane violent gangster climbs the ladder of success in the mob, but his weaknesses prove to be his downfall.

Directors: Howard Hawks, Richard Rosson | Stars: Paul Muni, Ann Dvorak, Karen Morley, Osgood Perkins

Votes: 22,398

4. High Sierra (1941)

Passed | 100 min | Action, Adventure, Crime

7.6
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After being released from prison, notorious thief Roy Earle is hired by his old boss to help a group of inexperienced criminals plan and carry out the robbery of a California resort.

Director: Raoul Walsh | Stars: Ida Lupino, Humphrey Bogart, Alan Curtis, Arthur Kennedy

Votes: 13,158

5. The Westerner (1940)

Approved | 100 min | Drama, Romance, Western

7.5
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78 Metascore

Judge Roy Bean, a self-appointed hanging judge in Vinegarroon, Texas, befriends saddle tramp Cole Harden, who opposes Bean's policy against homesteaders.

Director: William Wyler | Stars: Gary Cooper, Walter Brennan, Doris Davenport, Fred Stone

Votes: 4,362

6. Yellow Sky (1948)

Approved | 98 min | Crime, Western

7.5
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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.

Director: William A. Wellman | Stars: Gregory Peck, Anne Baxter, Richard Widmark, Robert Arthur

Votes: 3,773

7. This Gun for Hire (1942)

Passed | 81 min | Crime, Drama, Film-Noir

7.5
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When assassin Philip Raven shoots a blackmailer and his beautiful female companion dead, he is paid off in marked bills by his treasonous employer who is working with foreign spies.

Director: Frank Tuttle | Stars: Alan Ladd, Veronica Lake, Robert Preston, Laird Cregar

Votes: 7,064

8. The Whole Town's Talking (1935)

Approved | 93 min | Comedy, Crime, Drama

7.4
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A meek milquetoast of a clerk is mistaken for Public Enemy #1, and the notorious killer takes advantage of the situation.

Director: John Ford | Stars: Edward G. Robinson, Jean Arthur, Arthur Hohl, James Donlan

Votes: 1,827

9. Little Caesar (1931)

Not Rated | 79 min | Action, Crime, Drama

7.3
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A small-time criminal moves to a big city to seek bigger fortune.

Director: Mervyn LeRoy | Stars: Edward G. Robinson, Douglas Fairbanks Jr., Glenda Farrell, William Collier Jr.

Votes: 10,414

10. Colorado Territory (1949)

Approved | 94 min | Western

7.2
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In Colorado territory, outlaw Wes McQueen escapes jail to pull a railroad robbery but, upon meeting pretty settler Julie Ann, he wonders about going straight.

Director: Raoul Walsh | Stars: Joel McCrea, Virginia Mayo, Dorothy Malone, Henry Hull

Votes: 2,046

11. The Lawbreakers (1961)

79 min | Crime, Drama

7.2
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Add a Plot

Director: Joseph M. Newman | Stars: Jack Warden, Vera Miles, Robert Douglas, Arch Johnson

Votes: 32

12. Nobody Lives Forever (1946)

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

7.1
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G.I. Nick Blake, a never charged con man in his pre-military life, has just received an honorable discharge from the army on medical reasons. Rather than return to his old life, he plans to... See full summary »

Director: Jean Negulesco | Stars: John Garfield, Geraldine Fitzgerald, Walter Brennan, Faye Emerson

Votes: 986

13. Action in the North Atlantic (1943)

Passed | 126 min | Action, Drama, War

7.0
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An American tanker is sunk by a German U-boat and the survivors spend eleven days at sea on a raft. They're next assigned to the liberty ship "Sea Witch" bound for Murmansk through the sub-stalked North Atlantic.

Directors: Lloyd Bacon, Byron Haskin, Raoul Walsh | Stars: Humphrey Bogart, Raymond Massey, Alan Hale, Julie Bishop

Votes: 3,086

14. Illegal (1955)

Approved | 88 min | Crime, Drama, Film-Noir

7.0
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After an overly aggressive district attorney unknowingly sends an innocent man to the chair, he resigns, turns to drinking, and acquires a criminal clientèle.

Director: Lewis Allen | Stars: Edward G. Robinson, Nina Foch, Hugh Marlowe, Jayne Mansfield

Votes: 1,277

15. Law and Order (1932)

TV-PG | 75 min | Western

7.0
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A lawman sets out to tame Tombstone, Arizona.

Director: Edward L. Cahn | Stars: Walter Huston, Harry Carey, Raymond Hatton, Russell Hopton

Votes: 210

16. Wake Island (1942)

Approved | 88 min | Action, Drama, War

6.9
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December, 1941. With no hope of relief or re-supply, a small band of United States Marines tries to keep the Japanese Navy from capturing their island base.

Director: John Farrow | Stars: Brian Donlevy, Robert Preston, Macdonald Carey, William Bendix

Votes: 1,589

17. Dark Command (1940)

Approved | 94 min | Drama, Romance, Western

6.9
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In Kansas, during the Civil War opposing pro-Union and pro-Confederate camps clash and visiting Texan Bob Seton runs afoul of William Cantrell's Raiders.

Director: Raoul Walsh | Stars: Claire Trevor, John Wayne, Walter Pidgeon, Roy Rogers

Votes: 2,046

18. The Man I Love (1947)

96 min | Drama, Film-Noir, Music

6.9
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Visiting her two sisters and brother, singer Petey Brown lands a job at small-time-hood Nicky Toresca's nightclub. While evading the sleazy Toresca's heavy-handed passes at her, she falls ... See full summary »

Director: Raoul Walsh | Stars: Ida Lupino, Robert Alda, Andrea King, Martha Vickers

Votes: 647

19. The Beast of the City (1932)

Passed | 86 min | Crime, Drama, Film-Noir

6.9
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Police Chief Jim Fitzpatrick ruthlessly goes after organized crime and is prepared to use brutal and violent methods to fight it.

Director: Charles Brabin | Stars: Walter Huston, Jean Harlow, Wallace Ford, Jean Hersholt

Votes: 924 | Gross: $0.41M

20. The Racket (1951)

Approved | 88 min | Crime, Drama, Film-Noir

6.8
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In New York, two honest cops try to hinder a crime syndicate from moving into the precinct and also to prevent the mob's plan of electing a corrupt prosecutor to a judgeship.

Directors: John Cromwell, Mel Ferrer, Tay Garnett, Nicholas Ray, Sherman Todd | Stars: Robert Mitchum, Lizabeth Scott, Robert Ryan, William Talman

Votes: 2,304

21. The Hangman (1959)

Not Rated | 87 min | Western

6.7
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U.S. Marshal Bovard comes to a small border town to identify and arrest a fugitive, but the whole town seems determined to prevent the Marshal from doing his job.

Director: Michael Curtiz | Stars: Robert Taylor, Tina Louise, Fess Parker, Jack Lord

Votes: 556

22. Ice Station Zebra (1968)

G | 148 min | Adventure, Thriller

6.6
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USN nuclear sub USS Tigerfish must rush to the North Pole to rescue the staff of Drift Ice Station Zebra weather station.

Director: John Sturges | Stars: Rock Hudson, Ernest Borgnine, Patrick McGoohan, Jim Brown

Votes: 7,914

23. Dr. Socrates (1935)

Approved | 70 min | Crime, Drama, Romance

6.6
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A small-town doctor gets roped into helping a notorious bank robber.

Director: William Dieterle | Stars: Paul Muni, Ann Dvorak, Barton MacLane, Robert Barrat

Votes: 309

24. Wild West Days (1937)

Approved | 268 min | Action, Adventure, Western

6.6
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Retired lawman Kentucky Wade and his three buddies, Mike Morales, "Dude" Hanford and "Trigger" Benton come to Brimstone and help their friends Larry Munro and his sister, Lucy , in their ... See full summary »

Directors: Ford Beebe, Clifford Smith | Stars: Johnny Mack Brown, George Shelley, Lynn Gilbert, Frank Yaconelli

Votes: 27

25. Background to Danger (1943)

Approved | 80 min | Drama, Thriller, War

6.5
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A German spy ring plans to publicize a false rumor that Russia, who is fighting Germany, plans to invade neutral Turkey in order to ally them with the Nazis.

Director: Raoul Walsh | Stars: George Raft, Brenda Marshall, Sydney Greenstreet, Peter Lorre

Votes: 896

26. Night People (1954)

Approved | 93 min | Adventure, Crime, Mystery

6.5
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During the Cold War, an American soldier is abducted by Soviet agents in West Berlin, sparking a recovery effort led by Colonel Steve Van Dyke.

Director: Nunnally Johnson | Stars: Gregory Peck, Broderick Crawford, Anita Björk, Rita Gam

Votes: 836

27. The Badlanders (1958)

Approved | 85 min | Romance, Western

6.5
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Released from the Yuma Prison in 1898, ex-killer John McBain wants to go straight while ex-robber Peter Van Hoek seeks revenge but their destinies eventually converge in the mining town of Prescott.

Director: Delmer Daves | Stars: Alan Ladd, Ernest Borgnine, Katy Jurado, Claire Kelly

Votes: 960

28. King of the Underworld (1939)

Passed | 67 min | Crime, Drama, Romance

6.5
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After the killing of her husband by friendly fire during a police raid, Dr. Carol Nelson tries to find gangster Joe Gurney to clear her name with the medical board.

Director: Lewis Seiler | Stars: Humphrey Bogart, Kay Francis, James Stephenson, John Eldredge

Votes: 891

29. Iron Man (1951)

Approved | 82 min | Drama, Film-Noir, Sport

6.5
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An ambitious coal miner is talked into becoming a boxer by his gambler brother.

Director: Joseph Pevney | Stars: Jeff Chandler, Evelyn Keyes, Stephen McNally, Rock Hudson

Votes: 122

30. 36 Hours to Kill (1936)

Passed | 66 min | Drama, Romance

6.5
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Gangster Benson is on a train with G-man Evers and newswoman Marvis. First these two have to get the gangster, then they have to get each other.

Director: Eugene Forde | Stars: Brian Donlevy, Gloria Stuart, Douglas Fowley, Isabel Jewell

Votes: 71

31. Crash Dive (1943)

Approved | 106 min | Action, Adventure, Drama

6.4
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A submarine lieutenant and his commander fall in love with the same girl.

Director: Archie Mayo | Stars: Tyrone Power, Anne Baxter, Dana Andrews, James Gleason

Votes: 1,203

32. San Antonio (1945)

Passed | 109 min | Western

6.4
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Tough dance hall girl working for the local villain falls for a cowboy trying to clean up the town.

Directors: David Butler, Robert Florey, Raoul Walsh | Stars: Errol Flynn, Alexis Smith, S.Z. Sakall, Victor Francen

Votes: 1,214

33. I Died a Thousand Times (1955)

Passed | 109 min | Crime, Drama, Film-Noir

6.4
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When aging criminal Roy Earle is released from prison he decides to pull one last heist before retiring by robbing a resort hotel.

Director: Stuart Heisler | Stars: Jack Palance, Shelley Winters, Lori Nelson, Lee Marvin

Votes: 731

34. Dance Hall (1941)

72 min | Comedy, Musical, Romance

6.4
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Singer Lili Brown is attracted to dance hall manager Duke till she realizes he does that to all the girls. Nice guy Duke sets her up with composer Joe Brooks.

Director: Irving Pichel | Stars: Carole Landis, Cesar Romero, William Henry, June Storey

Votes: 47

35. Vendetta (1950)

PG | 83 min | Crime, Drama

6.3
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The daughter of a slain man pushes her brother toward vengeance in 19th-century Corsica.

Directors: Mel Ferrer, Stuart Heisler, Max Ophüls, Preston Sturges, Paul Weatherwax | Stars: Faith Domergue, George Dolenz, Donald Buka, Joseph Calleia

Votes: 55

36. Captain Lightfoot (1955)

Approved | 92 min | Adventure, Drama, History

6.3
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A pair of Irish rebels have swashbuckling adventures in 1815.

Director: Douglas Sirk | Stars: Rock Hudson, Barbara Rush, Jeff Morrow, Kathleen Ryan

Votes: 589

37. Dark Hazard (1934)

73 min | Drama

6.3
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Jim is a compulsive gambler. He meets Marge at a boarding house and they get married. His gambling causes problems. When he runs into old flame Valerie, Marge leaves him. After a few years ... See full summary »

Director: Alfred E. Green | Stars: Edward G. Robinson, Genevieve Tobin, Glenda Farrell, Robert Barrat

Votes: 370

38. The Getaway (1941)

Passed | 89 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

6.3
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A G-man is sent to prison to befriend a suspected robbery ringleader and then helps him break out to gain his confidence.

Directors: Edward Buzzell, Richard Rosson | Stars: Robert Sterling, Charles Winninger, Donna Reed, Henry O'Neill

Votes: 193

39. Arrowhead (1953)

Passed | 105 min | Drama, Romance, Western

6.2
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Chief of Scouts Ed Bannon works for the US Army at Fort Clark, Texas and he dreams of aiding in bringing peace to the region, despite opposition from both the Army and the Apaches.

Director: Charles Marquis Warren | Stars: Charlton Heston, Jack Palance, Katy Jurado, Brian Keith

Votes: 999

40. Sergeants 3 (1962)

Approved | 112 min | Comedy, Western

6.1
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In this retelling of Gunga Din (1939) transplanted to the 1870's American West, three cavalry officers and a bugler work together to thwart a Native American chief intent on uniting local tribes against the white man.

Director: John Sturges | Stars: Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, Sammy Davis Jr., Peter Lawford

Votes: 968

41. Iron Man (1931)

73 min | Drama

6.1
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Prizefighter Mason loses his opening fight so wife Rose leaves him for Hollywood. Without her around Mason trains and starts winning. Rose comes back and wants Mason to dump his manager Regan and replace him with her secret lover Lewis.

Director: Tod Browning | Stars: Lew Ayres, Robert Armstrong, Jean Harlow, John Miljan

Votes: 170

42. The Finger Points (1931)

Unrated | 90 min | Crime, Drama

6.1
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Rookie reporter receives bribes from gangsters to suspend negative press.

Director: John Francis Dillon | Stars: Richard Barthelmess, Fay Wray, Regis Toomey, Robert Elliott

Votes: 306

43. Law and Order (1953)

Approved | 80 min | Western

5.9
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Frame Johnson already cleaned up Tombstone and hopes to settle down near Cottonwood. But a marshal's work is never done...

Director: Nathan Juran | Stars: Ronald Reagan, Dorothy Malone, Preston Foster, Alex Nicol

Votes: 514

44. Belle Starr's Daughter (1948)

Approved | 86 min | Western

5.9
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The daughter of famous outlaw Belle Starr arrives at the town where her mother was murdered to find her killer.

Director: Lesley Selander | Stars: George Montgomery, Rod Cameron, Ruth Roman, Wallace Ford

Votes: 96

45. Law and Order (1940)

Approved | 57 min | Western

5.9
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Bill Ralston arrives in town planning to settle down but quickly gets caught up in the fight between the townspeople and Poe Daggett and his gang. He takes the job of town Marshal and soon ... See full summary »

Director: Ray Taylor | Stars: Johnny Mack Brown, Fuzzy Knight, Nell O'Day, James Craig

Votes: 10

46. Short Cut to Hell (1957)

Not Rated | 89 min | Crime, Drama, Film-Noir

5.8
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A professional hitman is hired by a friend to commit two murders. His friend pays him off in what turns out to be stolen money, and the police soon trace the money to him. On the run, he ... See full summary »

Director: James Cagney | Stars: William Bishop, Robert Ivers, Georgann Johnson, Yvette Vickers

Votes: 204

47. Accused of Murder (1956)

Approved | 74 min | Crime, Drama, Film-Noir

5.8
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Police detective falls for singer, gets involved with gangster killing.

Director: Joseph Kane | Stars: David Brian, Vera Ralston, Sidney Blackmer, Virginia Grey

Votes: 96

48. Dangerous Mission (1954)

Approved | 75 min | Action, Film-Noir, Mystery

5.7
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A policeman tries to protect a young woman against a hit man, when she flees New York after witnessing a mob killing.

Director: Louis King | Stars: Victor Mature, Piper Laurie, William Bendix, Vincent Price

Votes: 502

49. Wine, Women and Horses (1937)

Approved | 64 min | Drama, Romance, Sport

5.7
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Gamblers Jim Turner and Valarie part company in Chicago and agree to meet at Saratoga with Jim stopping off at Barrowville en route. There, Jim meets George Mayhew and Eight Ball, a ... See full summary »

Director: Louis King | Stars: Barton MacLane, Ann Sheridan, Dick Purcell, Peggy Bates

Votes: 67

50. 4 for Texas (1963)

Approved | 124 min | Comedy, Western

5.6
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Zack Thomas is a tough guy who hooks up with Joe Jarrett to open a casino.

Director: Robert Aldrich | Stars: Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, Anita Ekberg, Ursula Andress

Votes: 2,707



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