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1. Orphans of the Storm (1921)

Not Rated | 150 min | Drama, History, Romance

Two orphaned sisters are caught up in the turmoil of the French Revolution, encountering misery and love along the way.

Director: D.W. Griffith | Stars: Lillian Gish, Dorothy Gish, Joseph Schildkraut, Frank Losee

Votes: 4,275 | Gross: $0.79M

Adolphe d'Ennery (Αι δύο ορφαναί) FR

2. Raskolnikow (1923)

135 min | Drama

Student Raskolnikow, who has written an article about laws and crime, proposing the thesis, that un-ordinary people can commit crimes if their actions are necessary for the benifit of ... See full summary »

Director: Robert Wiene | Stars: Gregori Chmara, Elisabeta Skulskaja, Alla Tarasova, Andrei Zhilinsky

Votes: 216

Fyodor Dostoevsky based on "Crime and Punishment", 1866 (writen at 45) - (1821, Moscow - 1881, St. Petersburg) RUS - see more

3. A Farewell to Arms (1932)

Unrated | 80 min | Drama, Romance, War

An American ambulance driver and an English nurse fall in love in Italy during World War I.

Director: Frank Borzage | Stars: Gary Cooper, Helen Hayes, Adolphe Menjou, Mary Philips

Votes: 4,215

Ernest Hemingway

4. Jane Eyre (1934)

Not Rated | 62 min | Drama, Romance

A meek governess and her mysterious employer strike up a romantic relationship.

Director: Christy Cabanne | Stars: Virginia Bruce, Colin Clive, Beryl Mercer, David Torrence

Votes: 304

Charlotte Bronte

5. Gone with the Wind (1939)

Passed | 238 min | Drama, History, Romance

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: 255,851 | Gross: $198.68M

Margaret Mitchell

6. Wuthering Heights (1939)

Not Rated | 104 min | Drama, Romance

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: 14,484

Charlotte Bronte

7. The Grapes of Wrath (1940)

Passed | 129 min | Drama, History

95 Metascore

A poor Midwest family is forced off their land. They travel to California, suffering the misfortunes of the homeless in the Great Depression.

Director: John Ford | Stars: Henry Fonda, Jane Darwell, John Carradine, Charley Grapewin

Votes: 78,528 | Gross: $0.06M

John Steinbeck

8. Jane Eyre (1943)

Approved | 97 min | Drama, Romance

After a harsh childhood, orphan Jane Eyre is hired by Edward Rochester, the brooding lord of a mysterious manor house, to care for his young daughter.

Director: Robert Stevenson | Stars: Orson Welles, Joan Fontaine, Margaret O'Brien, Peggy Ann Garner

Votes: 6,994 | Gross: $3.82M

Emily Bronte

9. For Whom the Bell Tolls (1943)

Passed | 170 min | Adventure, Drama, History

During the Spanish Civil War, an American allied with the Republicans finds romance during a desperate mission to blow up a strategically important bridge.

Director: Sam Wood | Stars: Gary Cooper, Ingrid Bergman, Akim Tamiroff, Arturo de Córdova

Votes: 7,376 | Gross: $17.80M

Ernest Hemingway

10. To Have and Have Not (1944)

Not Rated | 100 min | Adventure, Comedy, Romance

During World War II, American expatriate Harry Morgan helps transport a French Resistance leader and his beautiful wife to Martinique while romancing a sensuous lounge singer.

Director: Howard Hawks | Stars: Humphrey Bogart, Lauren Bacall, Walter Brennan, Dolores Moran

Votes: 27,057

Ernest Hemingway

11. The Picture of Dorian Gray (1945)

Not Rated | 110 min | Drama, Fantasy, Horror

A corrupt young man somehow keeps his youthful beauty, but a special painting gradually reveals his inner ugliness to all.

Director: Albert Lewin | Stars: George Sanders, Hurd Hatfield, Donna Reed, Angela Lansbury

Votes: 10,328

Oscar Wilde

12. Children of Paradise (1945)

Not Rated | 189 min | Drama, Romance

The theatrical life of a beautiful courtesan and the four men who love her.

Director: Marcel Carné | Stars: Arletty, Jean-Louis Barrault, Pierre Brasseur, Pierre Renoir

Votes: 16,295

Jacques Prévert (1900–1977)

13. Devotion (1946)

Approved | 107 min | Biography, Drama

Genius authors Emily and Charlotte Bronte fall in love with their curate as they seek to get their work published.

Director: Curtis Bernhardt | Stars: Olivia de Havilland, Ida Lupino, Paul Henreid, Sydney Greenstreet

Votes: 675

Theodore Reeves

14. The Razor's Edge (1946)

Approved | 145 min | Drama, Romance

An adventuresome young man goes off to find himself and loses his socialite fiancée in the process. But when he returns 10 years later, she will stop at nothing to get him back, even though she is already married.

Director: Edmund Goulding | Stars: Tyrone Power, Gene Tierney, John Payne, Anne Baxter

Votes: 4,665

Based on Somerset Maugham's book by Edmund Goulding

15. L'idiot (1946)

98 min | Drama

Muichkine, a young Russian prince, returns home to St. Petersburg from a mental institution, determined to spread decency and kindness in the harsh and cruel world. He becomes betrothed to ... See full summary »

Director: Georges Lampin | Stars: Edwige Feuillère, Lucien Coëdel, Jean Debucourt, Sylvie

Votes: 164

F. Dostoyevski see more RU

16. Great Expectations (1946)

Not Rated | 118 min | Adventure, Drama, Mystery

A humble orphan suddenly becomes a gentleman with the help of an unknown benefactor.

Director: David Lean | Stars: John Mills, Valerie Hobson, Tony Wager, Jean Simmons

Votes: 19,826

Novel Charles Dickens

17. Pastoral Symphony (1946)

Approved | 110 min | Drama

A minister falls in love with a blind young woman he sheltered, but so does his son.

Director: Jean Delannoy | Stars: Pierre Blanchar, Michèle Morgan, Line Noro, Jean Desailly

Votes: 397

André Gide FR

18. Under My Skin (1950)

Approved | 86 min | Drama, Sport, Thriller

On the run from gamblers he double-crossed, expatriate jockey Danny Butler tries to justify his son's faith in him as a winner.

Director: Jean Negulesco | Stars: John Garfield, Micheline Presle, Luther Adler, Orley Lindgren

Votes: 201

Ernest Hemingway US

19. Senso (1954)

Not Rated | 123 min | Drama, History, Romance

A troubled and neurotic Italian Countess betrays her entire country for a self-destructive love affair with an Austrian Lieutenant.

Director: Luchino Visconti | Stars: Farley Granger, Alida Valli, Massimo Girotti, Heinz Moog

Votes: 5,126 | Gross: $0.02M

Novel: Camillo Boito IT, Screenwriting collaboration: Paul Bowles US 1910 - 1999 - by Luchino Visconti

20. The Last Time I Saw Paris (1954)

Approved | 116 min | Drama, Romance

Charles returns to Paris to reminisce about the life he led in Paris after it was liberated. He worked on "Stars and Stripes" when he met Marion and Helen. He would marry and be happy ... See full summary »

Director: Richard Brooks | Stars: Elizabeth Taylor, Van Johnson, Walter Pidgeon, Donna Reed

Votes: 2,929

Novel: F. Scott Fitzgerald US

21. To Catch a Thief (1955)

PG | 106 min | Mystery, Romance, Thriller

When a reformed jewel thief is suspected of returning to his former occupation, he must ferret out the real thief in order to prove his innocence.

Director: Alfred Hitchcock | Stars: Cary Grant, Grace Kelly, Jessie Royce Landis, John Williams

Votes: 54,210 | Gross: $8.75M

David Dodge US

22. Giant (1956)

G | 201 min | Drama, Western

Sprawling epic covering the life of a Texas cattle rancher and his family and associates.

Director: George Stevens | Stars: Elizabeth Taylor, Rock Hudson, James Dean, Carroll Baker

Votes: 30,333 | Gross: $35.00M

Edna Ferber US

23. Baby Doll (1956)

Approved | 114 min | Drama

A steamy tale of two Southern rivals and a sensuous nineteen-year-old virgin.

Director: Elia Kazan | Stars: Karl Malden, Carroll Baker, Eli Wallach, Mildred Dunnock

Votes: 5,907

Tennessee Williams US (screenplay)

24. War and Peace (1956)

PG | 208 min | Drama, Romance, War

Napoleon's tumultuous relations with Russia including his disastrous 1812 invasion serve as the backdrop for the tangled personal lives of two aristocratic families.

Director: King Vidor | Stars: Audrey Hepburn, Henry Fonda, Mel Ferrer, Vittorio Gassman

Votes: 7,888 | Gross: $12.50M

Leo Tolstoi RU

25. The Hunchback of Notre Dame (1956)

PG | 104 min | Drama, History

The timeless tale of the seductive gypsy Esmeralda and the tortured hunchback Quasimodo.

Director: Jean Delannoy | Stars: Gina Lollobrigida, Anthony Quinn, Jean Danet, Alain Cuny

Votes: 2,093

Victor Hugo FR

26. Le Notti Bianche (1957)

Not Rated | 97 min | Drama, Romance

A humble clerk courts a woman who night after night awaits for the return of her lover.

Director: Luchino Visconti | Stars: Maria Schell, Marcello Mastroianni, Jean Marais, Marcella Rovena

Votes: 6,049

Feodor Dostojevski see more RU

27. A Farewell to Arms (1957)

Approved | 152 min | Drama, Romance, War

An English nurse and an American soldier on the Italian front during World War I fall in love, but the horrors surrounding them test their romance to the limit.

Directors: Charles Vidor, John Huston | Stars: Rock Hudson, Jennifer Jones, Vittorio De Sica, Oskar Homolka

Votes: 2,156 | Gross: $11.00M

Ernest Hemingway US

28. The Sun Also Rises (1957)

Approved | 130 min | Drama

A group of disillusioned American expatriate writers live a dissolute, hedonistic lifestyle in 1920's France and Spain.

Director: Henry King | Stars: Tyrone Power, Ava Gardner, Errol Flynn, Mel Ferrer

Votes: 1,822

Ernest Hemingway US

29. The Old Man and the Sea (1958)

Not Rated | 86 min | Adventure, Drama

An old Cuban fisherman's dry spell is broken when he hooks a gigantic fish that drags him out to sea. Based on Ernest Hemingway's story.

Directors: John Sturges, Fred Zinnemann | Stars: Spencer Tracy, Felipe Pazos, Harry Bellaver, Don Diamond

Votes: 6,254

Ernest Hemingway US

30. Cat on a Hot Tin Roof (1958)

Not Rated | 108 min | Drama

Brick, an alcoholic ex-football player, drinks his days away and resists the affections of his wife, Maggie. His reunion with his father, Big Daddy, who is dying of cancer, jogs a host of memories and revelations for both father and son.

Director: Richard Brooks | Stars: Elizabeth Taylor, Paul Newman, Burl Ives, Jack Carson

Votes: 39,058 | Gross: $17.57M

James Poe (I) (1921–1980) US

31. Suddenly, Last Summer (1959)

Approved | 114 min | Drama, Mystery, Thriller

The only son of wealthy widow Violet Venable dies while on vacation with his cousin Catherine. What the girl saw was so horrible that she went insane; now Mrs. Venable wants Catherine lobotomized to cover up the truth.

Director: Joseph L. Mankiewicz | Stars: Elizabeth Taylor, Katharine Hepburn, Montgomery Clift, Albert Dekker

Votes: 12,199 | Gross: $13.90M

Tennessee Williams (1911–1983) US

32. Les liaisons dangereuses (1959)

106 min | Drama, Romance

Juliette Merteuil and Valmont is a sophisticated couple, always looking for fun and excitement. Both have sexual affairs with others and share their experiences with one another. But there ... See full summary »

Director: Roger Vadim | Stars: Jeanne Moreau, Gérard Philipe, Annette Stroyberg, Madeleine Lambert

Votes: 1,072

Cordelos de Laclos FR

33. The Young Philadelphians (1959)

Approved | 136 min | Drama

A promising lawyer tries to handle his social and professional problems while climbing the ranks in Philadelphia.

Director: Vincent Sherman | Stars: Paul Newman, Barbara Rush, Alexis Smith, Brian Keith

Votes: 2,768

Richard Powell US

34. BUtterfield 8 (1960)

Not Rated | 109 min | Drama

A Manhattan call girl has a tragic affair with a rich married man.

Director: Daniel Mann | Stars: Elizabeth Taylor, Laurence Harvey, Eddie Fisher, Dina Merrill

Votes: 5,029 | Gross: $16.46M

John O'Hara IR

35. Psycho (1960)

R | 109 min | Horror, Mystery, Thriller

97 Metascore

A Phoenix secretary embezzles forty thousand dollars from her employer's client, goes on the run, and checks into a remote motel run by a young man under the domination of his mother.

Director: Alfred Hitchcock | Stars: Anthony Perkins, Janet Leigh, Vera Miles, John Gavin

Votes: 514,288 | Gross: $32.00M

Truman Capote

36. Zazie dans le Métro (1960)

Not Rated | 93 min | Comedy, Fantasy

This merry farce depicts a satirical view of the French society: Ten-year-old Zazie has to stay two days with her relatives in Paris, so that her mother can spend some time with her lover. ... See full summary »

Director: Louis Malle | Stars: Catherine Demongeot, Philippe Noiret, Hubert Deschamps, Carla Marlier

Votes: 4,555

Marcel Pagnol FR

37. From the Terrace (1960)

Passed | 149 min | Drama, Romance

An ambitious young executive chooses a loveless marriage and an unfulfilling personal life in exchange for a successful Wall Street career.

Director: Mark Robson | Stars: Paul Newman, Joanne Woodward, Myrna Loy, Ina Balin

Votes: 2,196 | Gross: $11.34M

John O'Hara US

38. Two Women (1960)

100 min | Drama, War

In the Italy of WWII, a widow and her lonely daughter seek for distance between them and the horrors of war.

Director: Vittorio De Sica | Stars: Sophia Loren, Jean-Paul Belmondo, Raf Vallone, Eleonora Brown

Votes: 7,764

Alberto Moravia IT

39. Splendor in the Grass (1961)

Not Rated | 124 min | Drama, Romance

A fragile Kansas girl's love for a handsome young man from the town's most powerful family drives her to heartbreak and madness.

Director: Elia Kazan | Stars: Natalie Wood, Warren Beatty, Pat Hingle, Audrey Christie

Votes: 15,620 | Gross: $8.72M

William Ing US

40. The Roman Spring of Mrs. Stone (1961)

Approved | 103 min | Drama, Romance

An aging actress travels to Rome with her husband; after he suddenly dies during the flight, she begins a passionate affair with a young gigolo.

Director: José Quintero | Stars: Vivien Leigh, Warren Beatty, Coral Browne, Jill St. John

Votes: 2,124

Tennessee Williams US

41. Last Year at Marienbad (1961)

Not Rated | 94 min | Drama, Mystery

In a strange and isolated chateau, a man becomes acquainted with a woman and insists that they have met before.

Director: Alain Resnais | Stars: Delphine Seyrig, Giorgio Albertazzi, Sacha Pitoëff, Françoise Bertin

Votes: 17,215 | Gross: $0.14M

Marguerite Duras FR

42. Breakfast at Tiffany's (1961)

Not Rated | 115 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

76 Metascore

A young New York socialite becomes interested in a young man who has moved into her apartment building, but her past threatens to get in the way.

Director: Blake Edwards | Stars: Audrey Hepburn, George Peppard, Patricia Neal, Buddy Ebsen

Votes: 146,785

Truman Capote (1924–1984)) US

43. Tender Is the Night (1962)

Approved | 142 min | Drama

A Psychiatrist and his life with a patient he helped to recover.

Director: Henry King | Stars: Jennifer Jones, Jason Robards, Joan Fontaine, Tom Ewell

Votes: 554

Francis Scott Fitzgerald (1896-1940) (44) US

44. Phaedra (1962)

Not Rated | 115 min | Drama

The powerful Greek ship-owner and constructor Thanos proposes to marry Phaedra during the baptism of a ship with her name. Phaedra, who is the daughter of Thanos' greatest competitor, is a ... See full summary »

Director: Jules Dassin | Stars: Melina Mercouri, Anthony Perkins, Raf Vallone, Elizabeth Ercy

Votes: 1,200

Euripides GR

45. Sweet Bird of Youth (1962)

Approved | 120 min | Drama

Drifter Chance Wayne returns to his hometown after many years of trying to make it in the movies. Arriving with him is a faded film star he picked up along the way, Alexandra Del Lago. ... See full summary »

Director: Richard Brooks | Stars: Paul Newman, Geraldine Page, Shirley Knight, Ed Begley

Votes: 5,967

Tennessee Williams

46. Hemingway's Adventures of a Young Man (1962)

Approved | 145 min | Adventure, Drama, War

An immature young man from Middle America grows to manhood after a cross-country journey and his military service in World War I.

Director: Martin Ritt | Stars: Richard Beymer, Diane Baker, Corinne Calvet, Fred Clark

Votes: 431

Ernest Hemingway

47. Therese (1962)

109 min | Drama

After Thérèse is acquitted of trying to poison her husband, Bernard Desqueyroux, she recalls the events that lead to her being charged. At the beginning of her marriage to Bernard, the only... See full summary »

Director: Georges Franju | Stars: Emmanuelle Riva, Philippe Noiret, Edith Scob, Sami Frey

Votes: 379

Emile Zola

48. Lolita (1962)

Not Rated | 153 min | Crime, Drama, Romance