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1. Johnny Guitar (1954)

Not Rated | 110 min | Drama, Western

7.7
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83 Metascore

After helping a wounded gang member, a strong-willed female saloon owner is wrongly suspected of murder and bank robbery by a lynch mob.

Director: Nicholas Ray | Stars: Joan Crawford, Sterling Hayden, Mercedes McCambridge, Scott Brady

Votes: 13,440

2. The Harder They Fall (1956)

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

7.6
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Down-on-his-luck ex-sportswriter Eddie Willis is hired by shady fight promoter Nick Benko to promote his latest find, an unknown but easily exploitable phenom from Argentina.

Director: Mark Robson | Stars: Humphrey Bogart, Rod Steiger, Jan Sterling, Mike Lane

Votes: 5,977

3. Detective Story (1951)

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

7.6
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On one day in the 21st Precinct squad room, assorted characters form a backdrop for the troubles of hard-nosed Detective Jim McLeod.

Director: William Wyler | Stars: Kirk Douglas, Eleanor Parker, William Bendix, Cathy O'Donnell

Votes: 6,101

4. The Big Combo (1955)

Not Rated | 87 min | Crime, Drama, Film-Noir

7.4
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A police lt. is ordered to stop investigating deadly crime boss Mr. Brown, because he hasn't been able to get any hard evidence against him. He then goes after Brown's girlfriend who despises him, for information instead.

Director: Joseph H. Lewis | Stars: Cornel Wilde, Richard Conte, Jean Wallace, Brian Donlevy

Votes: 5,496

5. The Man from Laramie (1955)

Not Rated | 103 min | Western

7.4
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A stranger, Will Lockhart, defies the local cattle baron and his sadistic son by working for one of his oldest rivals.

Director: Anthony Mann | Stars: James Stewart, Arthur Kennedy, Donald Crisp, Cathy O'Donnell

Votes: 8,142

6. No Way Out (1950)

Passed | 106 min | Crime, Drama, Film-Noir

7.4
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A black doctor is assigned to treat two white racist suspects who are brothers, and when one dies, it causes tension that could start a race riot.

Director: Joseph L. Mankiewicz | Stars: Richard Widmark, Linda Darnell, Stephen McNally, Sidney Poitier

Votes: 3,670

7. House of Strangers (1949)

Approved | 101 min | Crime, Drama, Film-Noir

7.4
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After years in prison, Max promises revenge on his brothers for their betrayal. His lover Irene and memories of his past yield him a broader perspective.

Director: Joseph L. Mankiewicz | Stars: Edward G. Robinson, Susan Hayward, Richard Conte, Luther Adler

Votes: 2,370

8. Man Crazy (1953)

Approved | 79 min | Drama

7.4
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Three women come to Hollywood to break into the movies.

Director: Irving Lerner | Stars: Neville Brand, Christine White, Irene Anders, Colleen Miller

Votes: 8

9. El Cid (1961)

Approved | 182 min | Adventure, Biography, Drama

7.3
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The fabled Spanish hero Rodrigo Diaz (a.k.a. El Cid) overcomes a family vendetta and court intrigue to defend Christian Spain against the Moors.

Director: Anthony Mann | Stars: Charlton Heston, Sophia Loren, Raf Vallone, Geneviève Page

Votes: 11,413 | Gross: $26.62M

10. Day of the Outlaw (1959)

Not Rated | 92 min | Western

7.3
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Blaise Starrett is a rancher at odds with homesteaders when outlaws hold up the small town. The outlaws are held in check only by their notorious leader, but he is diagnosed with a fatal wound and the town is a powder keg waiting to blow.

Director: André De Toth | Stars: Robert Ryan, Burl Ives, Tina Louise, Alan Marshal

Votes: 2,385

11. Men in War (1957)

Approved | 102 min | Action, Drama, War

7.3
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During the Korean War, a battle-worn lieutenant and his platoon are behind enemy lines, and have orders to march to Hill 465 for possible relief.

Director: Anthony Mann | Stars: Robert Ryan, Aldo Ray, Robert Keith, Phillip Pine

Votes: 2,081

12. Panic in the Streets (1950)

Approved | 96 min | Crime, Drama, Film-Noir

7.3
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A doctor and a policeman in New Orleans have only 48 hours to locate a killer infected with pneumonic plague.

Director: Elia Kazan | Stars: Richard Widmark, Paul Douglas, Barbara Bel Geddes, Jack Palance

Votes: 6,061

13. No Down Payment (1957)

Approved | 105 min | Drama

7.2
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The marital difficulties of four couples living in a southern California housing development become intertwined. Among the unhappy couples are ne'er-do-well Jerry Flagg and his ... See full summary »

Director: Martin Ritt | Stars: Joanne Woodward, Sheree North, Tony Randall, Jeffrey Hunter

Votes: 761

14. Dead Girls Don't Tango (1992)

PG-13 | 94 min | Thriller

7.2
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Police inspector must stop a serial killer who dances tango with his victims before strangling them.

Director: John Carr | Stars: Kevin Lloyd, Christine Burke, Karen Black, Robyn Hussa

Votes: 17

15. King of Kings (1961)

PG-13 | 168 min | Biography, Drama, History

7.1
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The temporary physical life of the Biblical Savior, Jesus Christ.

Director: Nicholas Ray | Stars: Jeffrey Hunter, Siobhan McKenna, Hurd Hatfield, Ron Randell

Votes: 5,977 | Gross: $14.48M

16. Reign of Terror (1949)

Approved | 89 min | History, Romance, Thriller

7.1
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Robespierrre, a powerful figure in the French revolution, is desperately looking for his black book, a death list of those marked for the guillotine.

Director: Anthony Mann | Stars: Robert Cummings, Richard Basehart, Richard Hart, Arlene Dahl

Votes: 1,126

17. Broken Lance (1954)

Approved | 96 min | Adventure, Western

7.0
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The saga of the Devereaux rancher family, set in 1880's Arizona.

Director: Edward Dmytryk | Stars: Spencer Tracy, Robert Wagner, Jean Peters, Richard Widmark

Votes: 2,925

18. The Bravados (1958)

Approved | 98 min | Drama, Western

7.0
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A man is chasing four outlaws who killed his wife and finds them in a small town's jail but they escape to Mexico.

Director: Henry King | Stars: Gregory Peck, Joan Collins, Stephen Boyd, Albert Salmi

Votes: 3,984

19. Houdini (1953)

Approved | 106 min | Biography, Drama

6.9
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The spectacular but tragically short career of magician and illusionist Harry Houdini whose tricks defied explanation and safety.

Director: George Marshall | Stars: Tony Curtis, Janet Leigh, Torin Thatcher, Angela Clarke

Votes: 2,641

20. Battle of the Bulge (1965)

Not Rated | 167 min | Drama, History, War

6.8
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A dramatization of Nazi Germany's final Western Front counterattack of World War II.

Director: Ken Annakin | Stars: Henry Fonda, Robert Shaw, Robert Ryan, Dana Andrews

Votes: 13,059

21. The Naked Jungle (1954)

Approved | 95 min | Adventure, Drama, Thriller

6.8
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The Leiningen South American cocoa plantation is threatened by a 2-mile-wide, 20-mile-long column of army ants.

Director: Byron Haskin | Stars: Charlton Heston, Eleanor Parker, Abraham Sofaer, William Conrad

Votes: 3,185

22. 55 Days at Peking (1963)

Unrated | 154 min | Action, Adventure, Drama

6.8
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During the 1900 Boxer Rebellion against foreigners in China, U.S. Marine Major Matt Lewis, aided by British Consul Sir Arthur Robertson, devises a strategy to keep the rebels at bay until an international military relief force arrives.

Directors: Nicholas Ray, Guy Green | Stars: Charlton Heston, Ava Gardner, David Niven, Flora Robson

Votes: 5,314

23. Anna Lucasta (1958)

Approved | 97 min | Drama

6.8
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A young woman struggling with a sordid past finds that her biggest enemy had larger demons than she did.

Director: Arnold Laven | Stars: Eartha Kitt, Sammy Davis Jr., Frederick O'Neal, Henry Scott

Votes: 376

24. Island Women (1958)

72 min | Drama

6.8
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The semi-steamy story (more in promise than actual deliverance) is set in Nassau and finds Mike, an American charter boat captain, involved in a romance with tourist Jan but Jan's aunt, ... See full summary »

Director: William Berke | Stars: Marie Windsor, Vince Edwards, Marilee Earle, Leslie Scott

Votes: 13

25. The Fall of the Roman Empire (1964)

Approved | 188 min | Drama, History, War

6.7
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The death of Marcus Aurelius leads to a succession crisis, in which the deceased emperor's son, Commodus, demonstrates that he is unwilling to let anything undermine his claim to the Roman Empire.

Director: Anthony Mann | Stars: Sophia Loren, Stephen Boyd, Alec Guinness, James Mason

Votes: 7,207 | Gross: $4.75M

26. God's Little Acre (1958)

Approved | 118 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

6.7
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In the 1950s, a poor Georgia cotton farmer and his sons search for the gold presumably buried on the farm by their grandfather but problems related to poverty, marital infidelity, unemployment and booze threaten to destroy their family.

Director: Anthony Mann | Stars: Robert Ryan, Tina Louise, Aldo Ray, Buddy Hackett

Votes: 1,482

27. When Strangers Marry (1944)

Approved | 67 min | Drama, Film-Noir, Mystery

6.7
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A naive small-town girl comes to New York City to meet her husband, and discovers that he may be a murderer.

Director: William Castle | Stars: Robert Mitchum, Kim Hunter, Dean Jagger, Neil Hamilton

Votes: 749

28. The Chase (1946)

Approved | 86 min | Crime, Film-Noir, Thriller

6.6
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Chuck Scott gets a job as chauffeur to tough guy Eddie Roman; but Chuck's involvement with Eddie's fearful wife becomes a nightmare.

Director: Arthur Ripley | Stars: Robert Cummings, Michèle Morgan, Steve Cochran, Lloyd Corrigan

Votes: 1,243

29. Blowing Wild (1953)

Approved | 90 min | Action, Adventure, Drama

6.6
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In South America, when Jeff Dawson and Dutch Peterson's oil rigs are dynamited by local bandits, the two partners resort to risky transportation of nitroglycerin to raise money.

Director: Hugo Fregonese | Stars: Gary Cooper, Barbara Stanwyck, Ruth Roman, Anthony Quinn

Votes: 686

30. The Last Frontier (1955)

Approved | 98 min | History, Romance, Western

6.6
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A trapper and his two partners work as scouts for a remote army fort where they witness an incompetent colonel's decision to throw his small unprepared garrison against Red Cloud's sizable Sioux force.

Director: Anthony Mann | Stars: Victor Mature, Guy Madison, Robert Preston, James Whitmore

Votes: 1,198

31. Dillinger (1945)

Approved | 70 min | Biography, Crime, Drama

6.6
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John Dillinger begins his life of crime as a petty thief, meets his future gang in prison and eventually masterminds a series of daring robberies.

Director: Max Nosseck | Stars: Lawrence Tierney, Edmund Lowe, Anne Jeffreys, Eduardo Ciannelli

Votes: 1,510 | Gross: $4.00M

32. Anna Lucasta (1949)

Approved | 86 min | Drama, Film-Noir

6.6
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A young woman who is disowned by her alcoholic father turns to prostitution to support herself; her scheming brother-in-law devises a plan to marry her off and make some money in the process.

Director: Irving Rapper | Stars: Paulette Goddard, William Bishop, John Ireland, Oskar Homolka

Votes: 88

33. Bad Men of Tombstone (1949)

Approved | 75 min | Western

6.6
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A marshal goes up against a collection of vicious outlaws terrorizing his town.

Director: Kurt Neumann | Stars: Barry Sullivan, Marjorie Reynolds, Broderick Crawford, Fortunio Bonanova

Votes: 80

34. The Royal Hunt of the Sun (1969)

G | 118 min | Adventure, Drama

6.5
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In 1532, Spanish conquistador Francisco Pizarro leads an expedition into the heart of the Inca Empire and captures the Incan Emperor Atahualpa and claims Peru for Spain.

Director: Irving Lerner | Stars: Robert Shaw, Christopher Plummer, Nigel Davenport, Leonard Whiting

Votes: 506

35. The Fiend Who Walked the West (1958)

Approved | 101 min | Action, Horror, Thriller

6.5
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In this western remake of Kiss of Death (1947), a convicted bank robber serving his sentence, and wishing nothing more than to finish his time and get back to his family, gets involved with... See full summary »

Director: Gordon Douglas | Stars: Hugh O'Brian, Robert Evans, Dolores Michaels, Linda Cristal

Votes: 157

36. Edge of Doom (1950)

99 min | Drama, Film-Noir

6.5
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A mentally unbalanced young man kills a priest. One of the priest's colleagues sets out to find the killer.

Director: Mark Robson | Stars: Dana Andrews, Farley Granger, Joan Evans, Robert Keith

Votes: 407

37. Suspense (1946)

Passed | 101 min | Drama, Film-Noir, Romance

6.4
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The proprietor of an ice-skating revue promotes a peanut-vendor at the show to a management position based on suggestions he made to improve the act of the show's star, who also happens to ... See full summary »

Director: Frank Tuttle | Stars: Belita, Barry Sullivan, Bonita Granville, Albert Dekker

Votes: 288

38. Joe MacBeth (1955)

90 min | Crime, Drama, Film-Noir

6.4
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Shakespeare (more-or-less) in modern gangster setting. Lily MacBeth pushes her husband Joe to rub out the reigning crime boss and become the new "kingpin" himself. Success is short- lived, ... See full summary »

Director: Ken Hughes | Stars: Paul Douglas, Ruth Roman, Bonar Colleano, Grégoire Aslan

Votes: 138

39. Syncopation (1942)

Approved | 88 min | Comedy, History, Music

6.4
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Covering a quarter-century of American 'syncopated" music (Ragtime, Jazz, Swing, Blues, Boogie Woogie)from prior to WWI through prohibition, the stock-market crash, the depression and the ... See full summary »

Director: William Dieterle | Stars: Adolphe Menjou, Jackie Cooper, Bonita Granville, George Bancroft

Votes: 137

40. Four Boys and a Gun (1957)

Approved | 74 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

6.3
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Four boys are involved in a robbery in which a policeman is killed. Caught, they are told they will most-definitely be convicted. Three will get life sentences and only one will be given ... See full summary »

Director: William Berke | Stars: Frank Sutton, Tarry Green, James Franciscus, William Hinnant

Votes: 51

41. Circus World (1964)

Approved | 135 min | Drama, Western

6.2
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When circus proprietor Matt Masters decides to take his show on a European tour, it is beset by problems, while he searches for Lili, the mother of his adopted daughter, who disappeared years before.

Director: Henry Hathaway | Stars: John Wayne, Rita Hayworth, Claudia Cardinale, Lloyd Nolan

Votes: 2,035

42. Invasion of the Triffids (1963)

Approved | 93 min | Horror, Sci-Fi

6.1
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After an unusual meteor shower leaves most of the human population blind, a merchant navy officer must find a way to conquer tall, aggressive plants which are feeding on people and animals.

Directors: Steve Sekely, Freddie Francis | Stars: Howard Keel, Nicole Maurey, Janette Scott, Kieron Moore

Votes: 6,507

43. Mara Maru (1952)

98 min | Adventure, Crime, Drama

6.1
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An American salvage diver plunges into dangerous intrigue around a sunken treasure in the Philippines.

Director: Gordon Douglas | Stars: Errol Flynn, Ruth Roman, Raymond Burr, Paul Picerni

Votes: 354

44. Gun Glory (1957)

Approved | 89 min | Romance, Western

6.1
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A gunfighter defends his town when cattlemen threaten to destroy it by stampeding cattle through the farmlands.

Director: Roy Rowland | Stars: Stewart Granger, Rhonda Fleming, Chill Wills, Steve Rowland

Votes: 565

45. Woman Who Came Back (1945)

Approved | 68 min | Horror, Mystery

6.0
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After a bus accident, a woman comes to believe that she's actually a 300-year-old witch.

Director: Walter Colmes | Stars: John Loder, Nancy Kelly, Otto Kruger, Ruth Ford

Votes: 243

46. Street of Sinners (1957)

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

6.0
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Rookie New York cop has to deal with juvenile delinquents, his superiors, and blame for the suicide of a woman who jumped to her death while he was in her apartment.

Director: William Berke | Stars: George Montgomery, Geraldine Brooks, Nehemiah Persoff, Marilee Earle

Votes: 33

47. The Dark Side to Love (1984)

R | 90 min | Adventure, Comedy, Romance

5.9
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Pre-medical student Glen Marshall (Rick Barnes) falls head-over-heels for Gretta (Meridith Haze), a blue-movie actress who plays piano at a tawdry night club. Gretta leads Glen into a ... See full summary »

Director: John Carr | Stars: Merideth Haze, Rick Barnes, J. Martin Sellers, Toni Covington

Votes: 139

48. Drums in the Deep South (1951)

Approved | 87 min | Drama, History, Romance

5.8
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Two old friends find themselves on opposite sides during the Civil War in a desperate battle atop an impregnable mountain.

Director: William Cameron Menzies | Stars: James Craig, Barbara Payton, Guy Madison, Barton MacLane

Votes: 266

49. Johnny Doesn't Live Here Anymore (1944)

Approved | 79 min | Comedy, Romance, War

5.8
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A young girl rents an apartment from a man who has recently enlisted in the Marines. The trouble is that he's given out keys to a half-dozen of his friends, and they all keep dropping in.

Director: Joe May | Stars: Simone Simon, James Ellison, William Terry, Minna Gombell

Votes: 156

50. The Unknown Guest (1943)

61 min | Mystery

5.8
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Residents get suspicious when a shady character takes over the local hunting lodge right after the two old-timers who own it disappear.

Director: Kurt Neumann | Stars: Victor Jory, Pamela Blake, Veda Ann Borg, Harry Hayden

Votes: 26



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