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1. Scarface (1983)

R | 170 min | Crime, Drama

8.3
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65 Metascore

In Miami in 1980, a determined Cuban immigrant takes over a drug cartel and succumbs to greed.

Director: Brian De Palma | Stars: Al Pacino, Michelle Pfeiffer, Steven Bauer, Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio

Votes: 643,808 | Gross: $45.60M

2. Gone with the Wind (1939)

Passed | 238 min | Drama, History, Romance

8.2
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97 Metascore

A manipulative woman and a roguish man conduct a turbulent romance during the American Civil War and Reconstruction periods.

Directors: Victor Fleming, George Cukor, Sam Wood | Stars: Clark Gable, Vivien Leigh, Thomas Mitchell, Barbara O'Neil

Votes: 257,413 | Gross: $198.68M

3. The Shop Around the Corner (1940)

Not Rated | 99 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

8.1
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Two employees at a gift shop can barely stand each other, without realizing that they are falling in love through the post as each other's anonymous pen pal.

Director: Ernst Lubitsch | Stars: Margaret Sullavan, James Stewart, Frank Morgan, Joseph Schildkraut

Votes: 23,736 | Gross: $0.20M

4. Strangers on a Train (1951)

PG | 101 min | Crime, Film-Noir, Thriller

8.0
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88 Metascore

A psychotic socialite attempts to force a professional tennis star to prove a theory that two complete strangers can get away with murder.

Director: Alfred Hitchcock | Stars: Farley Granger, Robert Walker, Ruth Roman, Leo G. Carroll

Votes: 111,537 | Gross: $7.63M

5. Rope (1948)

PG | 80 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

8.0
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73 Metascore

Two young men strangle their "inferior" classmate, hide his body in their apartment, and invite his friends and family to a dinner party as a means to challenge the "perfection" of their crime.

Director: Alfred Hitchcock | Stars: James Stewart, John Dall, Farley Granger, Dick Hogan

Votes: 112,358

6. Angels with Dirty Faces (1938)

Passed | 97 min | Crime, Drama, Film-Noir

8.0
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A priest tries to stop a gangster from corrupting a group of street kids.

Director: Michael Curtiz | Stars: James Cagney, Pat O'Brien, Humphrey Bogart, Ann Sheridan

Votes: 18,023

7. Notorious (1946)

Not Rated | 102 min | Drama, Film-Noir, Romance

8.0
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100 Metascore

A woman is asked to spy on a group of Nazi friends in South America. How far will she have to go to ingratiate herself with them?

Director: Alfred Hitchcock | Stars: Cary Grant, Ingrid Bergman, Claude Rains, Louis Calhern

Votes: 83,272 | Gross: $10.46M

8. His Girl Friday (1940)

Passed | 92 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

8.0
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A newspaper editor uses every trick in the book to keep his ace reporter ex-wife from remarrying.

Director: Howard Hawks | Stars: Cary Grant, Rosalind Russell, Ralph Bellamy, Gene Lockhart

Votes: 47,303 | Gross: $0.30M

9. The Big Noise (1928)

Passed | 80 min

8.0
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John Stoval, a guard in a New York subway, thinks that Philip Hurd, who owns a concession at Coney Island, would make a good husband for his daughter Sophie. Sophie, however, has her sights... See full summary »

Director: Allan Dwan | Stars: Chester Conklin, Alice White, Bodil Rosing, Sam Hardy

Votes: 7

10. Stagecoach (1939)

Not Rated | 96 min | Adventure, Western

7.9
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A group of people traveling on a stagecoach find their journey complicated by the threat of Geronimo and learn something about each other in the process.

Director: John Ford | Stars: John Wayne, Claire Trevor, Andy Devine, John Carradine

Votes: 36,876

11. 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

12. Lifeboat (1944)

Not Rated | 97 min | Drama, War

7.8
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78 Metascore

Several survivors of a torpedoed ship find themselves in the same boat with one of the men who sunk it.

Director: Alfred Hitchcock | Stars: Tallulah Bankhead, John Hodiak, Walter Slezak, William Bendix

Votes: 23,614

13. Twentieth Century (1934)

91 min | Comedy, Romance

7.8
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A flamboyant Broadway impresario who has fallen on hard times tries to get his former lover, now a Hollywood diva, to return and resurrect his failing career.

Director: Howard Hawks | Stars: John Barrymore, Carole Lombard, Walter Connolly, Roscoe Karns

Votes: 5,191

14. Queen Christina (1933)

Approved | 99 min | Biography, Drama, History

7.8
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Queen Christina of Sweden is a popular monarch who is loyal to her country. However, when she falls in love with a Spanish envoy, she must choose between the throne and the man she loves.

Director: Rouben Mamoulian | Stars: Greta Garbo, John Gilbert, Ian Keith, Lewis Stone

Votes: 6,420 | Gross: $0.77M

15. Gilda (1946)

Not Rated | 110 min | Drama, Film-Noir, Romance

7.7
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A small-time gambler hired to work in a Buenos Aires casino learns that his ex-lover is married to his employer.

Director: Charles Vidor | Stars: Rita Hayworth, Glenn Ford, George Macready, Joseph Calleia

Votes: 24,108

16. Wuthering Heights (1939)

Not Rated | 104 min | Drama, Romance

7.7
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A servant in the house of Wuthering Heights tells a traveller the unfortunate tale of lovers Cathy and Heathcliff.

Director: William Wyler | Stars: Merle Oberon, Laurence Olivier, David Niven, Flora Robson

Votes: 14,544

17. Portrait of Jennie (1948)

Approved | 86 min | Drama, Romance, Fantasy

7.7
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A mysterious girl inspires a struggling artist.

Director: William Dieterle | Stars: Jennifer Jones, Joseph Cotten, Ethel Barrymore, Lillian Gish

Votes: 5,480

18. The Prisoner of Zenda (1937)

Approved | 101 min | Adventure, Drama, Romance

7.7
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An Englishman on a Ruritarian holiday must impersonate the king when the rightful monarch, a distant cousin, is drugged and kidnapped.

Directors: John Cromwell, W.S. Van Dyke | Stars: Ronald Colman, Madeleine Carroll, C. Aubrey Smith, Raymond Massey

Votes: 3,776

19. Underworld (1927)

Not Rated | 80 min | Crime, Drama, Film-Noir

7.7
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Boisterous gangster kingpin Bull Weed rehabilitates his former lawyer from his alcoholic haze, but complications arise when he falls for Weed's girlfriend.

Directors: Josef von Sternberg, Arthur Rosson | Stars: George Bancroft, Clive Brook, Evelyn Brent, Fred Kohler

Votes: 2,095 | Gross: $0.75M

20. A Star Is Born (1937)

Passed | 111 min | Drama

7.6
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77 Metascore

A young woman comes to Hollywood with dreams of stardom, but achieves them only with the help of an alcoholic leading man whose best days are behind him.

Directors: William A. Wellman, Jack Conway | Stars: Janet Gaynor, Fredric March, Adolphe Menjou, May Robson

Votes: 6,811 | Gross: $4.36M

21. Spellbound (1945)

Approved | 111 min | Film-Noir, Mystery, Romance

7.6
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A psychiatrist protects the identity of an amnesia patient accused of murder while attempting to recover his memory.

Director: Alfred Hitchcock | Stars: Ingrid Bergman, Gregory Peck, Michael Chekhov, Leo G. Carroll

Votes: 38,337 | Gross: $7.00M

22. Foreign Correspondent (1940)

Passed | 120 min | Action, Romance, Thriller

7.6
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On the eve of World War II, a young American reporter tries to expose enemy agents in London.

Director: Alfred Hitchcock | Stars: Joel McCrea, Laraine Day, Herbert Marshall, George Sanders

Votes: 16,089 | Gross: $3.48M

23. Design for Living (1933)

Not Rated | 91 min | Comedy, Romance

7.6
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A woman cannot decide between two men who love her, and the trio agree to try living together in a platonic friendly relationship.

Director: Ernst Lubitsch | Stars: Fredric March, Gary Cooper, Miriam Hopkins, Edward Everett Horton

Votes: 4,818

24. Where the Sidewalk Ends (1950)

Not Rated | 95 min | Crime, Drama, Film-Noir

7.6
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Det. Sgt. Mark Dixon wants to be something his old man wasn't: a guy on the right side of the law. But Dixon's vicious nature will get the better of him.

Director: Otto Preminger | Stars: Dana Andrews, Gene Tierney, Gary Merrill, Bert Freed

Votes: 6,643

25. The Man with the Golden Arm (1955)

Passed | 119 min | Crime, Drama, Film-Noir

7.5
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A strung-out junkie deals with a demoralizing drug addiction while his crippled wife and card sharks pull him down.

Director: Otto Preminger | Stars: Frank Sinatra, Kim Novak, Eleanor Parker, Arnold Stang

Votes: 8,302

26. Kiss of Death (1947)

Approved | 99 min | Crime, Drama, Film-Noir

7.5
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With his law-breaking lifestyle in the past, an ex-con, along with his family, attempt to start a new life, knowing a betrayed someone from the past is bound to see otherwise.

Director: Henry Hathaway | Stars: Victor Mature, Brian Donlevy, Coleen Gray, Richard Widmark

Votes: 6,207

27. Gunga Din (1939)

Approved | 117 min | Adventure, Comedy, War

7.4
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In 19th century India, three British soldiers and a native waterbearer must stop a secret mass revival of the murderous Thuggee cult before it can rampage across the land.

Director: George Stevens | Stars: Cary Grant, Joan Fontaine, Victor McLaglen, Douglas Fairbanks Jr.

Votes: 9,937

28. Tales of Manhattan (1942)

Unrated | 118 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

7.4
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A formal tailcoat that gets passed from one owner to another affects each life in a significant way.

Director: Julien Duvivier | Stars: Charles Boyer, Rita Hayworth, Ginger Rogers, Henry Fonda

Votes: 1,697

29. O. Henry's Full House (1952)

Approved | 117 min | Drama

7.3
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John Steinbeck introduces a quintet of five of O. Henry's most celebrated stories from his New York Period (1902-1910) in this anthology film.

Directors: Henry Hathaway, Howard Hawks, Henry King, Henry Koster, Jean Negulesco | Stars: Fred Allen, Anne Baxter, Jeanne Crain, Farley Granger

Votes: 1,807

30. Mutiny on the Bounty (1962)

Not Rated | 178 min | Adventure, Drama, History

7.3
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In 1787, British ship Bounty leaves Portsmouth to bring a cargo of bread-fruit from Tahiti but the savage on-board conditions imposed by Captain Bligh trigger a mutiny led by officer Fletcher Christian.

Directors: Lewis Milestone, Carol Reed | Stars: Marlon Brando, Trevor Howard, Richard Harris, Hugh Griffith

Votes: 13,186 | Gross: $13.68M

31. The Front Page (1974)

PG | 105 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

7.3
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As a tabloid newspaper editor tries to prevent his top reporter from retiring, an escaped death row convict shows up at the office trying to convey his innocence.

Director: Billy Wilder | Stars: Jack Lemmon, Walter Matthau, Susan Sarandon, Vincent Gardenia

Votes: 10,689 | Gross: $17.30M

32. Angel Face (1953)

Not Rated | 91 min | Crime, Drama, Film-Noir

7.3
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Ambulance driver Frank Jessup is ensnared in the schemes of the sensuous but dangerous Diane Tremayne.

Director: Otto Preminger | Stars: Robert Mitchum, Jean Simmons, Mona Freeman, Herbert Marshall

Votes: 5,974

33. Nothing Sacred (1937)

Passed | 77 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

7.3
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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: 5,236

34. 7 Faces of Dr. Lao (1964)

Not Rated | 100 min | Fantasy, Mystery, Western

7.3
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A mysterious circus comes to a western town bearing wonders and characters that entertain the inhabitants and teach valuable lessons.

Director: George Pal | Stars: Tony Randall, Barbara Eden, Arthur O'Connell, John Ericson

Votes: 3,952

35. Cry of the City (1948)

Passed | 95 min | Crime, Drama, Film-Noir

7.3
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Police Lieut. Candella, longtime friend of the Rome family, walks a tightrope in the case of cop-killer Martin Rome.

Director: Robert Siodmak | Stars: Victor Mature, Richard Conte, Fred Clark, Shelley Winters

Votes: 1,752

36. Ride the Pink Horse (1947)

Not Rated | 101 min | Crime, Drama, Film-Noir

7.3
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WW2 veteran Lucky Gagin arrives in a New Mexico border-town intent on revenging against mobster Frank Hugo but FBI agent Bill Retz, who also wants Hugo, tries to keep Gagin out of trouble.

Director: Robert Montgomery | Stars: Robert Montgomery, Thomas Gomez, Wanda Hendrix, Rita Conde

Votes: 2,018

37. The Thing from Another World (1951)

Not Rated | 87 min | Horror, Sci-Fi

7.2
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Scientists and American Air Force officials fend off a bloodthirsty alien organism while at a remote arctic outpost.

Directors: Christian Nyby, Howard Hawks | Stars: Kenneth Tobey, Margaret Sheridan, James Arness, Robert Cornthwaite

Votes: 22,314

38. Guys and Dolls (1955)

Not Rated | 150 min | Comedy, Crime, Musical

7.2
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In New York, a gambler is challenged to take a cold female missionary to Havana, but they fall for each other, and the bet has a hidden motive to finance a crap game.

Director: Joseph L. Mankiewicz | Stars: Marlon Brando, Jean Simmons, Frank Sinatra, Vivian Blaine

Votes: 13,740 | Gross: $13.00M

39. The Hurricane (1937)

Approved | 110 min | Action, Drama, Romance

7.2
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A Polynesian sailor -- unjustly imprisoned after defending himself against a colonial bully -- is relentlessly persecuted by his island's martinet French governor.

Director: John Ford | Stars: Dorothy Lamour, Jon Hall, Mary Astor, C. Aubrey Smith

Votes: 2,085

40. Miracle in the Rain (1956)

Approved | 108 min | Drama, Fantasy, Romance

7.2
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Wartime romance about a lonely man and woman who meet one rainy afternoon in New York.

Director: Rudolph Maté | Stars: Jane Wyman, Van Johnson, Peggie Castle, Fred Clark

Votes: 1,020

41. Crime Without Passion (1934)

Approved | 70 min | Crime, Drama

7.2
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Prominent lawyer shoots unfaithful girlfriend during quarrel, has to establish alibi.

Directors: Ben Hecht, Charles MacArthur, Lee Garmes | Stars: Claude Rains, Margo, Whitney Bourne, Stanley Ridges

Votes: 332

42. Homicide Squad (1931)

70 min | Crime, Drama

7.2
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The police use a gangster's son to get to him.

Directors: Edward L. Cahn, George Melford | Stars: Leo Carrillo, Noah Beery, Mary Brian, Russell Gleason

Votes: 12

43. It's a Wonderful World (1939)

Not Rated | 86 min | Comedy, Crime, Mystery

7.1
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When a tycoon is accused of murder, the private eye tracking him finds himself roped in as an accessory and attempts to evade police, kidnapping a poetess along the way.

Director: W.S. Van Dyke | Stars: Claudette Colbert, James Stewart, Guy Kibbee, Nat Pendleton

Votes: 2,218

44. Million Dollar Legs (1932)

Passed | 64 min | Comedy, Sport

7.1
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A small country on the verge of bankruptcy is persuaded to enter the 1932 Los Angeles Olympics as a means of raising money. Either a masterpiece of absurdity or a triumph of satire, ... See full summary »

Director: Edward F. Cline | Stars: Jack Oakie, W.C. Fields, Andy Clyde, Lyda Roberti

Votes: 893

45. Back Street (1932)

Passed | 93 min | Drama, Romance

7.1
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A woman's love for and devotion to a married man results in her being relegated to the "back streets" of his life.

Director: John M. Stahl | Stars: Irene Dunne, John Boles, June Clyde, George Meeker

Votes: 446

46. North to Alaska (1960)

Approved | 122 min | Comedy, Romance, Western

7.0
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During the Alaska gold rush, prospector George sends partner Sam to Seattle to bring his fiancée but when it turns out that she married another man, Sam returns with a pretty substitute, the hostess of the Henhouse dance hall.

Director: Henry Hathaway | Stars: John Wayne, Stewart Granger, Ernie Kovacs, Fabian

Votes: 6,116

47. Cleopatra (1963)

G | 192 min | Biography, Drama, History

7.0
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60 Metascore

Queen Cleopatra of Egypt experiences both triumph and tragedy as she attempts to resist the imperial ambitions of Rome.

Director: Joseph L. Mankiewicz | Stars: Elizabeth Taylor, Richard Burton, Rex Harrison, Pamela Brown

Votes: 25,723 | Gross: $57.78M

48. Monkey Business (1952)

Approved | 97 min | Comedy

7.0
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A chemist finds his personal and professional life turned upside down when one of his chimpanzees finds the fountain of youth.

Director: Howard Hawks | Stars: Cary Grant, Ginger Rogers, Marilyn Monroe, Charles Coburn

Votes: 11,442

49. Roxie Hart (1942)

Approved | 75 min | Comedy, Crime, Romance

7.0
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Roxie Hart signs a murder confession in order to attract publicity for her dancing career as dames don't swing in Cook County. Will everything go as planned?

Director: William A. Wellman | Stars: Ginger Rogers, Adolphe Menjou, George Montgomery, Lynne Overman

Votes: 1,454 | Gross: $2.40M

50. John Paul Jones (1959)

126 min | Action, Biography, History

7.0
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The career of Revolutionary War naval hero from his youth in Scotland through his service to Catherine the Great of Russia.

Director: John Farrow | Stars: Robert Stack, Marisa Pavan, Charles Coburn, Erin O'Brien

Votes: 830



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