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1. 10 Rillington Place (1971)

GP | 111 min | Biography, Crime, Drama

Based on the real-life case of the British serial killer John Christie, and what happened to his neighbors Tim and Beryl Evans.

Director: Richard Fleischer | Stars: Richard Attenborough, Judy Geeson, John Hurt, Pat Heywood

Votes: 7,217

2. 10 to Midnight (1983)

R | 101 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

12 Metascore

An LAPD detective and his rookie partner are on the trail of a psychopathic young man who is murdering young women.

Director: J. Lee Thompson | Stars: Charles Bronson, Lisa Eilbacher, Andrew Stevens, Gene Davis

Votes: 6,349 | Gross: $7.10M

3. Three Days of the Condor (1975)

R | 117 min | Mystery, Thriller

63 Metascore

A bookish CIA researcher finds all his co-workers dead, and must outwit those responsible until he figures out who he can really trust.

Director: Sydney Pollack | Stars: Robert Redford, Faye Dunaway, Cliff Robertson, Max von Sydow

Votes: 46,319 | Gross: $41.51M

4. The 39 Steps (1935)

Not Rated | 86 min | Film-Noir, Mystery, Thriller

93 Metascore

A man in London tries to help a counter-espionage Agent. But when the Agent is killed, and the man stands accused, he must go on the run to save himself and stop a spy ring which is trying to steal top secret information.

Director: Alfred Hitchcock | Stars: Robert Donat, Madeleine Carroll, Lucie Mannheim, Godfrey Tearle

Votes: 49,956

5. 99 River Street (1953)

Not Rated | 83 min | Action, Crime, Drama

A former boxer turned cab driver has to hide from the police when his badgering wife is murdered by the jewel thief she was having an affair with.

Director: Phil Karlson | Stars: John Payne, Evelyn Keyes, Brad Dexter, Frank Faylen

Votes: 2,479

6. 99 Women (1969)

Unrated | 86 min | Crime, Drama

Off the coast of Panama, there is an island with a female penal colony, run by a sadistic superintendent. When several prisoners mysteriously die, leading to a breakout and mutiny, an extensive investigation of the horrific events begins.

Director: Jesús Franco | Stars: Maria Schell, Luciana Paluzzi, Mercedes McCambridge, Herbert Lom

Votes: 1,194

aka 99 Women

7. The 1,000 Eyes of Dr. Mabuse (1960)

103 min | Crime, Mystery, Thriller

In 1960s Germany, criminal mastermind Dr. Mabuse uses hypnotized victims and the surveillance equipment of a Nazi-era bugged hotel to steal nuclear technology from a visiting American industrialist.

Director: Fritz Lang | Stars: Dawn Addams, Peter van Eyck, Gert Fröbe, Wolfgang Preiss

Votes: 2,799

8. 20,000 Years in Sing Sing (1932)

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

Brash hoodlum Tom Connors enters Sing Sing cocksure of himself and disrespectful toward authority, but his tough but compassionate warden changes him.

Director: Michael Curtiz | Stars: Spencer Tracy, Bette Davis, Arthur Byron, Lyle Talbot

Votes: 2,306

9. A Bullet for Joey (1955)

Approved | 85 min | Crime, Drama, Film-Noir

In Montreal, a police inspector slowly discovers a plot to kidnap a nuclear physicist, American mobsters, foreign spies, and a blonde seductress, are all involved.

Director: Lewis Allen | Stars: Edward G. Robinson, George Raft, Audrey Totter, George Dolenz

Votes: 879

10. A Double Life (1947)

Approved | 104 min | Crime, Drama, Film-Noir

A celebrated actor struggles to distinguish his own life from that of his most recent stage role, Othello.

Director: George Cukor | Stars: Ronald Colman, Edmond O'Brien, Signe Hasso, Shelley Winters

Votes: 2,920

11. A Face in the Crowd (1957)

Not Rated | 126 min | Drama, Music

72 Metascore

An Arkansas drifter becomes an overnight media sensation. As he becomes drunk with fame and power, will he ever be exposed as the fraud he has become?

Director: Elia Kazan | Stars: Andy Griffith, Patricia Neal, Anthony Franciosa, Walter Matthau

Votes: 13,308

12. A Howling in the Woods (1971 TV Movie)

PG | 100 min | Thriller

A disillusioned housewife on a vacation in the woods is disturbed by her husband continually trying to get her to come home and, more ominously, a mysterious howling at night.

Director: Daniel Petrie | Stars: Barbara Eden, Larry Hagman, John Rubinstein, Vera Miles

Votes: 369

13. A Kiss Before Dying (1956)

Approved | 94 min | Crime, Film-Noir, Mystery

A ruthless college student resorts to murder in an attempt to marry an heiress.

Director: Gerd Oswald | Stars: Robert Wagner, Jeffrey Hunter, Virginia Leith, Joanne Woodward

Votes: 3,150

14. A Knife for the Ladies (1974)

R | 86 min | Drama, Horror, Mystery

A private detective travels out west to investigate the murders of several prostitutes, facing off against the reluctance of the town's grizzled sheriff, and several suspicious characters, each with something to hide.

Director: Larry G. Spangler | Stars: Jack Elam, Ruth Roman, Jeff Cooper, John Kellogg

Votes: 243

aka Jack The Ripper Goes West

15. A Letter to Three Wives (1949)

Not Rated | 103 min | Drama, Romance

A letter is addressed to three wives from their "best friend" Addie Ross, announcing that she is running away with one of their husbands - but she does not say which one.

Director: Joseph L. Mankiewicz | Stars: Jeanne Crain, Linda Darnell, Ann Sothern, Kirk Douglas

Votes: 8,216

16. A Night of Terror (1937)

86 min | Drama, Mystery, Romance

A lottery winner breaks up with her fiancé and marries a fortune hunter who proves to be dangerous.

Director: Rowland V. Lee | Stars: Ann Harding, Basil Rathbone, Binnie Hale, Bruce Seton

Votes: 463

aka Love From A Stranger

17. A Place in the Sun (1951)

Passed | 122 min | Drama, Romance

76 Metascore

A poor boy gets a job working for his rich uncle and ends up falling in love with two women.

Director: George Stevens | Stars: Montgomery Clift, Elizabeth Taylor, Shelley Winters, Anne Revere

Votes: 19,315

18. A Place of One's Own (1945)

Not Rated | 92 min | Drama, Mystery, Thriller

An elderly couple move into an old, supposedly haunted abandoned house. A young girl comes to live with the pair as a companion for the wife. However, soon the girl is possessed by the ... See full summary »

Director: Bernard Knowles | Stars: Margaret Lockwood, James Mason, Barbara Mullen, Dennis Price

Votes: 710

19. A Quiet Place to Kill (I) (1970)

Not Rated | 94 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

A race-car driver whose life, both personal and professional, is in a rapid downfall is invited by her ex-husband's new wife to stay at their plush estate. The two women form a bond, and ... See full summary »

Director: Umberto Lenzi | Stars: Carroll Baker, Jean Sorel, Luis Dávila, Alberto Dalbés

Votes: 621

20. A Shriek in the Night (1933)

Unrated | 66 min | Crime, Mystery, Romance

Pat Morgan and Ted Kord are rival newspaper reporters always trying to outscoop each other. They join together to solve a series of murders being committed in an apartment building.

Director: Albert Ray | Stars: Ginger Rogers, Lyle Talbot, Harvey Clark, Purnell Pratt

Votes: 811

21. A Slight Case of Murder (1938)

Approved | 85 min | Comedy, Crime

Former bootlegger Remy Marco has a slight problem with forclosing bankers, a prospective son-in-law, and four hard-to-explain corpses.

Director: Lloyd Bacon | Stars: Edward G. Robinson, Jane Bryan, Allen Jenkins, Ruth Donnelly

Votes: 1,863

22. Stolen Face (1952)

Approved | 72 min | Crime, Drama

A doctor repairs a female inmate's disfigured face to match the lovely woman who left him, and marries her, only to find out how abusive she is.

Director: Terence Fisher | Stars: Paul Henreid, Lizabeth Scott, André Morell, Mary Mackenzie

Votes: 546

23. Lady in Distress (1940)

59 min | Thriller

A passerby witnesses a murder through the windows of a passing train. He then tries to track down the killer.

Director: Herbert Mason | Stars: Michael Redgrave, Sally Gray, Paul Lukas, Hartley Power

Votes: 162

aka A Window in London

24. Above Suspicion (1943)

Passed | 90 min | Drama, Thriller

Two newlyweds spy on the Nazis for the British Secret Service during their honeymoon in Europe.

Director: Richard Thorpe | Stars: Joan Crawford, Fred MacMurray, Conrad Veidt, Basil Rathbone

Votes: 1,773

25. Across 110th Street (1972)

R | 102 min | Action, Crime, Drama

Two New York City cops go after amateur crooks who are trying to rip off the Mafia and start a gang war.

Director: Barry Shear | Stars: Anthony Quinn, Yaphet Kotto, Anthony Franciosa, Frank Adu

Votes: 4,851 | Gross: $3.60M

26. Advise & Consent (1962)

Not Rated | 139 min | Drama, Thriller

Senate investigation into the President's newly nominated Secretary of State, gives light to a secret from the past, which may not only ruin the candidate, but the President's character as well.

Director: Otto Preminger | Stars: Franchot Tone, Lew Ayres, Henry Fonda, Walter Pidgeon

Votes: 6,352

27. After Midnight (1989)

R | 90 min | Horror, Thriller

The college class, Psychology of Fear, has a new, scary teacher - you have to feel fear to understand it. One student wees himself. The scary stuff is moved to the teacher's house, where scary stories are told.

Directors: Jim Wheat, Ken Wheat | Stars: Jillian McWhirter, Pamela Adlon, Ramy Zada, Judie Aronson

Votes: 1,578 | Gross: $0.08M

28. Algiers (1938)

Passed | 96 min | Drama, Mystery, Romance

Beautiful Gaby meets a romantic jewel thief in the mysterious Casbah.

Director: John Cromwell | Stars: Charles Boyer, Hedy Lamarr, Sigrid Gurie, Joseph Calleia

Votes: 2,375

29. All Through the Night (1942)

Approved | 107 min | Action, Comedy, Crime

Runyonesque Broadway gamblers turn patriotic when they stumble onto a cell of Nazi saboteurs.

Director: Vincent Sherman | Stars: Humphrey Bogart, Conrad Veidt, Kaaren Verne, Jane Darwell

Votes: 3,724

30. Among the Living (1941)

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

A mentally unstable man, who has been kept in isolation for years, escapes and causes trouble for his identical twin brother.

Director: Stuart Heisler | Stars: Albert Dekker, Susan Hayward, Frances Farmer, Harry Carey

Votes: 448

31. Anatomy of a Murder (1959)

Not Rated | 161 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

95 Metascore

In a murder trial, the defendant says he suffered temporary insanity after the victim raped his wife. What is the truth, and will he win his case?

Director: Otto Preminger | Stars: James Stewart, Lee Remick, Ben Gazzara, Arthur O'Connell

Votes: 57,866 | Gross: $11.90M

32. And Justice for All (1979)

R | 119 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

58 Metascore

A lawyer is forced to defend a guilty judge, while defending other innocent clients, and trying to find punishment for the guilty and provide justice for the innocent.

Director: Norman Jewison | Stars: Al Pacino, Jack Warden, John Forsythe, Lee Strasberg

Votes: 29,771

33. And Soon the Darkness (1970)

GP | 94 min | Horror, Mystery, Thriller

Two young English women go on a cycling tour of the French countryside. When one of them goes missing, the other begins to search for her. But who can she trust?

Director: Robert Fuest | Stars: Pamela Franklin, Michele Dotrice, Sandor Elès, John Nettleton

Votes: 2,801

34. ...And Suddenly It's Murder! (1960)

106 min | Comedy, Crime

A randomly formed group of Italians gets deeply involved in a crime in Montacarlo.

Director: Mario Camerini | Stars: Alberto Sordi, Vittorio Gassman, Nino Manfredi, Dorian Gray

Votes: 265

35. ...and the Wild Wild Women (1959)

95 min | Drama

A harsh study about the grim realities of life in a non-coed, totally female prison environment. Story concerns a young girl who comes to prison and experiences the entire prison subculture... See full summary »

Director: Renato Castellani | Stars: Anna Magnani, Giulietta Masina, Cristina Gaioni, Anita Durante

Votes: 409

36. And Then There Were None (1945)

Approved | 97 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

Seven guests, a newly hired personal secretary and two staff are gathered on an isolated island by an absent host and someone begins killing them off one by one. They work together to determine who the killer is. Could it be one of them?

Director: René Clair | Stars: Barry Fitzgerald, Walter Huston, Louis Hayward, Roland Young

Votes: 12,314

37. And When She Was Bad... (1973)

X | 85 min | Drama

Ten years after his divorce, a man is surprised by a visit from his now-teenage stepdaughter from that marriage. Although he has a new woman in his life, he lets the young girl stay with ... See full summary »

Director: Gary Graver | Stars: John Alderman, Lyllah Torena, Heather Vale, Robert Aiken

Votes: 49

38. The Anderson Tapes (1971)

GP | 99 min | Action, Crime, Thriller

After Duke Anderson is released from prison after ten years for taking the rap for a scion of a Mafia family, he cashes in a debt of honor with the mob to bankroll a caper.

Director: Sidney Lumet | Stars: Sean Connery, Dyan Cannon, Martin Balsam, Ralph Meeker

Votes: 6,755 | Gross: $10.90M

39. Angel on My Shoulder (1946)

Approved | 100 min | Adventure, Comedy, Fantasy

The Devil arranges for a deceased gangster to return to Earth as a well-respected judge to make up for his previous life.

Director: Archie Mayo | Stars: Paul Muni, Anne Baxter, Claude Rains, Onslow Stevens

Votes: 2,350

40. Angels with Dirty Faces (1938)

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