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1. Kansas City Confidential (1952)

Not Rated | 99 min | Crime, Drama, Film-Noir

7.4
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An ex-con trying to go straight is framed for a million dollar armored car robbery and must go to Mexico in order to unmask the real culprits.

Director: Phil Karlson | Stars: John Payne, Coleen Gray, Preston Foster, Neville Brand

Votes: 4,864

2. Dragnet (1947)

Passed | 71 min | Action, Adventure, Crime

7.3
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Wilcoxon, a Scotland Yard inspector, travels to New York to investigate the activities of an international band of jewel thieves.

Director: Leslie Goodwins | Stars: Henry Wilcoxon, Mary Brian, Douglass Dumbrille, Virginia Dale

Votes: 17

3. The Sons of Katie Elder (1965)

Not Rated | 122 min | Western

7.2
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Ranch owner Katie Elder's four sons determine to avenge the murder of their father and the swindling of their mother.

Director: Henry Hathaway | Stars: John Wayne, Dean Martin, Martha Hyer, Michael Anderson Jr.

Votes: 12,440 | Gross: $6.00M

4. He Walked by Night (1948)

Approved | 79 min | Crime, Film-Noir, Thriller

7.2
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This film-noir piece, told in semi-documentary style, follows police on the hunt for a resourceful criminal who shoots and kills a cop.

Directors: Alfred L. Werker, Anthony Mann | Stars: Richard Basehart, Scott Brady, Roy Roberts, Whit Bissell

Votes: 3,977

5. Creature from the Black Lagoon (1954)

G | 79 min | Horror

7.0
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A strange prehistoric beast lurks in the depths of the Amazonian jungle. A group of scientists try to capture the animal and bring it back to civilization for study.

Director: Jack Arnold | Stars: Richard Carlson, Julie Adams, Richard Denning, Antonio Moreno

Votes: 21,971 | Gross: $1.30M

6. Desperate (1947)

Approved | 73 min | Crime, Film-Noir, Thriller

6.8
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A young married couple flee both police and a gangster out for revenge.

Director: Anthony Mann | Stars: Steve Brodie, Audrey Long, Raymond Burr, Douglas Fowley

Votes: 1,663

7. Dragnet (1954)

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

6.8
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Two homicide detectives investigate the brutal shotgun murder of a crime syndicate member.

Director: Jack Webb | Stars: Jack Webb, Ben Alexander, Richard Boone, Ann Robinson

Votes: 708

8. It Came from Outer Space (1953)

Approved | 81 min | Horror, Sci-Fi

6.6
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A spaceship from another world crashes in the Arizona desert and only an amateur stargazer and a schoolteacher suspect alien influence when the local townsfolk begin to act strangely.

Director: Jack Arnold | Stars: Richard Carlson, Barbara Rush, Charles Drake, Joe Sawyer

Votes: 7,173

9. Bodyguard (1948)

Approved | 62 min | Crime, Drama, Film-Noir

6.6
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After being fired for insubordination, homicide detective Mike Carter is hired as bodyguard by the owner of a local meat-packing plant where a meat inspector has been murdered.

Director: Richard Fleischer | Stars: Lawrence Tierney, Priscilla Lane, Phillip Reed, June Clayworth

Votes: 480

10. Dangerous Business (1946)

60 min | Comedy, Drama

6.6
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Two young lawyers (Forrest Tucker and Lynn Merrick) open an office together. They are hired to defend a utilities magnate (Thurston Hall) who claims he has been framed. He is kidnapped by a... See full summary »

Director: D. Ross Lederman | Stars: Forrest Tucker, Lynn Merrick, Gerald Mohr, Gus Schilling

Votes: 9

11. The Lonely Man (1957)

Approved | 88 min | Drama, Western

6.5
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Aging gunslinger Jacob Wade hopes to settle down with his estranged son, but his old enemies have other plans for him.

Director: Henry Levin | Stars: Jack Palance, Anthony Perkins, Neville Brand, Robert Middleton

Votes: 547

12. The Fat Man (1951)

Passed | 78 min | Crime, Drama, Film-Noir

6.5
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A dentist's murder is investigated by hefty sleuth Brad Runyan.

Director: William Castle | Stars: J. Scott Smart, Julie London, Rock Hudson, Clinton Sundberg

Votes: 259

13. Undercover Girl (1950)

Approved | 83 min | Crime, Drama, Film-Noir

6.5
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A young woman joins the Police Department in order to track down the killer who murdered her father.

Director: Joseph Pevney | Stars: Alexis Smith, Scott Brady, Richard Egan, Gladys George

Votes: 40

14. The Killer That Stalked New York (1950)

Passed | 79 min | Drama, Film-Noir, Thriller

6.4
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Police seek a smuggler while doctors, unaware she's the same person, desperately comb unprotected New York for a smallpox carrier.

Director: Earl McEvoy | Stars: Evelyn Keyes, Charles Korvin, William Bishop, Dorothy Malone

Votes: 759

15. Boston Blackie and the Law (1946)

Passed | 69 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

6.4
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Blackie performs in a magic show at a women's prison, which gives an inmate an opportunity to escape.

Director: D. Ross Lederman | Stars: Chester Morris, Trudy Marshall, Constance Dowling, Richard Lane

Votes: 265

16. The Las Vegas Story (1952)

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

6.3
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The arrival in Las Vegas of a businessman and his glamorous wife creates a complex web of murder and deceit.

Director: Robert Stevenson | Stars: Jane Russell, Victor Mature, Vincent Price, Hoagy Carmichael

Votes: 850

17. Man Made Monster (1941)

Passed | 59 min | Drama, Horror, Sci-Fi

6.3
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A mad scientist turns a man into an electrically-controlled monster to do his bidding.

Director: George Waggner | Stars: Lionel Atwill, Lon Chaney Jr., Anne Nagel, Frank Albertson

Votes: 998

18. Raw Edge (1956)

Approved | 77 min | Romance, Western

6.3
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In 1842 lawless Oregon, a gunfighter seeks vengeance when his innocent brother is lynched and his beautiful Indian wife is claimed by the local tyrant.

Director: John Sherwood | Stars: Rory Calhoun, Yvonne De Carlo, Mara Corday, Neville Brand

Votes: 251

19. Wyoming Mail (1950)

Passed | 87 min | Western

6.2
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In 1869, when the railroad mail service is threatened by frequent bandit attacks, the government hires Steve Davis to infiltrate a gang in order to destroy it from inside.

Director: Reginald Le Borg | Stars: Stephen McNally, Alexis Smith, Howard Da Silva, Ed Begley

Votes: 144

20. Deaf Smith & Johnny Ears (1973)

PG | 91 min | Western

6.2
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In 1836, an agent of the now independent Republic of Texas who can't hear or speak, and his hearing companion, infiltrate a rebel pocket who oppose to the integration of Texas to the United States. Can they save the Republic?

Director: Paolo Cavara | Stars: Franco Nero, Anthony Quinn, Pamela Tiffin, Ira von Fürstenberg

Votes: 571

21. Models Inc. (1952)

Not Rated | 73 min | Crime, Drama, Film-Noir

6.2
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A young woman gets involved in a racket in which beautiful young models marry for money.

Director: Reginald Le Borg | Stars: Howard Duff, Coleen Gray, John Howard, Marjorie Reynolds

Votes: 31

22. I, the Jury (1953)

Approved | 87 min | Crime, Drama, Film-Noir

6.1
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Dectective Mike Hammer is determined to catch and kill the person who shot his close friend dead, so he follows clues that lead to a beautiful, seductive woman.

Director: Harry Essex | Stars: Biff Elliot, Preston Foster, Peggie Castle, Margaret Sheridan

Votes: 268

23. The 49th Man (1953)

Passed | 73 min | Action, Crime, Drama

6.1
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During the Cold War, the Defense Department's War Games team smuggles 48 nuclear bomb parts into the USA to test the nation's readiness for a subversive attack but an unexplained 49th bomb part mysteriously shows up.

Director: Fred F. Sears | Stars: John Ireland, Richard Denning, Suzanne Dalbert, Robert Foulk

Votes: 136

24. Mad at the World (1955)

Approved | 76 min | Crime, Drama, Film-Noir

6.1
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The infant baby of Sam and Anne Bennett is critically hurt after been hit by a bottle thrown by a gang of juvenile-delinquent hoodlums known as the Wolf Pack. Police Detective Tom Lynn ... See full summary »

Director: Harry Essex | Stars: Frank Lovejoy, Keefe Brasselle, Cathy O'Donnell, Karen Sharpe

Votes: 14

25. Southwest Passage (1954)

Approved | 75 min | Western

5.9
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The U.S. Cavalry is ordered to test the feasability of camels in the deserts of the Southwest.

Director: Ray Nazarro | Stars: Rod Cameron, Joanne Dru, John Ireland, John Dehner

Votes: 242

26. Man and Boy (1971)

G | 98 min | Adventure, Crime, Drama

5.4
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After the Civil War, a black ex-union soldier, his wife, and his son settle in Arizona Territory to homestead and build their lives. At first, Caleb Revers race doesn't seem to matter, but then things change.

Director: E.W. Swackhamer | Stars: Bill Cosby, Gloria Foster, Leif Erickson, George Spell

Votes: 129

27. Devil's Canyon (1953)

Approved | 92 min | Action, Crime, Drama

5.1
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In 1897 Arizona, an ex-marshal is sent to the territorial prison where many of his enemies, among guards and inmates alike, are eager for a chance at payback.

Director: Alfred L. Werker | Stars: Virginia Mayo, Dale Robertson, Stephen McNally, Arthur Hunnicutt

Votes: 277

28. Octaman (1971)

PG | 79 min | Sci-Fi, Horror

3.6
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A team of researchers discovers a strange mutation of man and octopus who proceeds to terrorize them.

Director: Harry Essex | Stars: Pier Angeli, Kerwin Mathews, Jeff Morrow, David Essex

Votes: 672

29. Teen-Age Crime Wave (1955)

Approved | 77 min | Crime, Drama

3.2
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A delinquent girl involves an innocent friend in an armed robbery followed by a jail-break and hostage-taking with her equally delinquent boyfriend.

Director: Fred F. Sears | Stars: Tommy Cook, Molly McCart, Sue England, Frank Griffin

Votes: 460

30. The Cremators (1972)

PG | 75 min | Sci-Fi

2.2
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An alien life form that is a huge ball of living matter invades earth, and replenishes itself by absorbing people.

Director: Harry Essex | Stars: Maria De Aragon, Marvin Howard, Eric Allison, Eric Sinclair

Votes: 228



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