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1. Trouble Man (1972)

R | 99 min | Action, Crime, Drama

Things begin to unravel when a supercool black fixer is hired to straighten out some crooks.

Director: Ivan Dixon | Stars: Robert Hooks, Paul Winfield, Ralph Waite, William Smithers

Votes: 758

2. The Witch Who Came from the Sea (1976)

R | 83 min | Drama, Horror, Thriller

A disturbed woman is haunted by memories of childhood abuse, which culminates in a murder spree.

Director: Matt Cimber | Stars: Millie Perkins, Lonny Chapman, Vanessa Brown, Peggy Feury

Votes: 1,117

3. La semana del asesino (1972)

R | 94 min | Crime, Drama, Horror

A young man, Marco, working as a butcher, accidentally kills a taxi driver. His girlfriend Paula wants to go to the police so he has to kill her too. He then has to kill his brother, his ... See full summary »

Director: Eloy de la Iglesia | Stars: Vicente Parra, Emma Cohen, Eusebio Poncela, Charly Bravo

Votes: 966

4. The Fast and the Furious (1955)

Approved | 73 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

A trucker framed for murder breaks out of jail, takes a young woman hostage, and enters her sports car in cross-border road race hoping to get to Mexico before the police catch him.

Directors: John Ireland, Edward Sampson | Stars: John Ireland, Dorothy Malone, Bruce Carlisle, Iris Adrian

Votes: 1,004 | Gross: $0.25M

5. Twisted Nerve (1968)

M | 118 min | Drama, Thriller

Martin is a troubled young man. With a mother who insists on treating him like a child, a stepfather who can't wait to see the back of him, and a brother with Down's Syndrome shut away in ... See full summary »

Director: Roy Boulting | Stars: Hayley Mills, Hywel Bennett, Billie Whitelaw, Phyllis Calvert

Votes: 1,506

6. Pretty Maids All in a Row (1971)

R | 91 min | Comedy, Crime, Mystery

California State Police Captain Sam Surcher investigates a string of teenage girl murders at Oceanfront High School.

Director: Roger Vadim | Stars: Rock Hudson, Angie Dickinson, Telly Savalas, John David Carson

Votes: 1,668

7. Fight for Your Life (1977)

R | 82 min | Crime, Thriller

A mean trashy exploitation picture about three convicts who escape from jail and hole up at the house of a black minister. There are a few nasty scenes where the minister's family is being ... See full summary »

Director: Robert A. Endelson | Stars: Robert Judd, Catherine Peppers, Lela Small, Yvonne Ross

Votes: 1,293

8. The Big Doll House (1971)

R | 95 min | Action, Drama, Thriller

Beautiful women prisoners are abused in a Philippine prison, until 5 of them plot an escape by taking the evil female warden hostage with the reluctant help of 2 male fruit vendors.

Director: Jack Hill | Stars: Roberta Collins, Pam Grier, Judith Brown, Brooke Mills

Votes: 1,770 | Gross: $10.00M

9. Hannie Caulder (1971)

R | 85 min | Crime, Drama, Western

After she is raped and her husband murdered, a woman hires a bounty hunter to instruct her in the use of a gun so she can get her revenge on the three outlaws responsible.

Director: Burt Kennedy | Stars: Raquel Welch, Robert Culp, Ernest Borgnine, Jack Elam

Votes: 2,220

10. Five Fingers of Death (1972)

R | 104 min | Action, Drama, Romance

Two martial arts schools prepare for an important tournament.

Director: Chang-hwa Jeong | Stars: Lieh Lo, Ping Wang, Hsiung Chao, Chin-Feng Wang

Votes: 2,406

11. Cleopatra Jones (1973)

PG | 89 min | Action, Crime, Thriller

During the 1970s, U.S. Special Agent Cleopatra Jones proves to be an invaluable asset to the local police forces in the war on drugs.

Director: Jack Starrett | Stars: Tamara Dobson, Bernie Casey, Brenda Sykes, Antonio Fargas

Votes: 2,138

12. The Mack (1973)

R | 110 min | Crime, Drama

Goldie returns from five years at the state pen and winds up King of the pimping game. Trouble comes in the form of two corrupt white cops and a crime lord who wants him to return to the ... See full summary »

Director: Michael Campus | Stars: Max Julien, Don Gordon, Richard Pryor, Carol Speed

Votes: 2,264

13. Nightmare (1981)

R | 97 min | Horror

A mental patient embarks on a murder spree upon escaping from an institution.

Director: Romano Scavolini | Stars: Baird Stafford, Sharon Smith, C.J. Cooke, Mik Cribben

Votes: 2,578

14. Day of Anger (1967)

M/PG | 111 min | Action, Western

A scruffy garbage boy becomes the pupil of a famed gunfighter, and the stage for confrontation is set when the gunman becomes unhinged and overruns the boy's town through violence and corruption.

Director: Tonino Valerii | Stars: Giuliano Gemma, Lee Van Cleef, Walter Rilla, Christa Linder

Votes: 3,141

15. The Thing with Two Heads (1972)

PG | 91 min | Comedy, Sci-Fi

Doctors are forced to transplant the head of a dying, racist surgeon onto the body of a black death row inmate.

Director: Lee Frost | Stars: Roosevelt Grier, Ray Milland, Don Marshall, Roger Perry

Votes: 1,998

16. Boss Nigger (1975)

PG | 87 min | Comedy, Western

Two black bounty hunters ride into a small town out West in pursuit of an outlaw. They discover that the town has no sheriff, and soon take over that position, much against the will of the ... See full summary »

Director: Jack Arnold | Stars: Fred Williamson, D'Urville Martin, William Smith, R.G. Armstrong

Votes: 1,915

17. Black Caesar (1973)

R | 87 min | Action, Crime, Drama

Tommy Gibbs is a tough kid, raised in the ghetto, who aspires to be a kingpin criminal. As a young boy, his leg is broken by a bad cop on the take, during a payoff gone bad. Nursing his ... See full summary »

Director: Larry Cohen | Stars: Fred Williamson, Gloria Hendry, Art Lund, D'Urville Martin

Votes: 2,539

18. They Call Me Mister Tibbs! (1970)

R | 108 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

In San Francisco, a high-priced call girl is murdered and the case is assigned to Police Lieutenant Virgil Tibbs.

Director: Gordon Douglas | Stars: Sidney Poitier, Martin Landau, Barbara McNair, Anthony Zerbe

Votes: 2,599 | Gross: $5.12M

19. Navajo Joe (1966)

Not Rated | 93 min | Western

A Native American warrior called Navajo Joe seeks revenge on a gang of sadistic outlaws who has massacred the people of his tribe.

Director: Sergio Corbucci | Stars: Burt Reynolds, Aldo Sambrell, Nicoletta Machiavelli, Fernando Rey

Votes: 2,870

20. The Mercenary (1968)

PG-13 | 110 min | Comedy, Western

A greedy Polish mercenary aids a mine worker and peasant girl as they lead a revolution against the oppressive Mexican Government, and are pursued by an American rival.

Director: Sergio Corbucci | Stars: Franco Nero, Tony Musante, Eduardo Fajardo, Franco Giacobini

Votes: 3,174

21. Dolemite (1975)

R | 90 min | Action, Comedy, Crime

Dolemite is a pimp who was set up by Willie Greene and the cops, who have planted drugs, stolen furs, and guns in his trunk and got him sentenced to 20 years in jail. One day, Queen B and a... See full summary »

Director: D'Urville Martin | Stars: Rudy Ray Moore, D'Urville Martin, Jerry Jones, Lady Reed

Votes: 2,673

22. Raw Meat (1972)

R | 87 min | Horror

There's something pretty grisly going on under London in the Tube tunnels between Holborn and Russell Square. When a top civil servant becomes the latest to disappear down there Scotland ... See full summary »

Director: Gary Sherman | Stars: Donald Pleasence, Norman Rossington, David Ladd, Sharon Gurney

Votes: 3,003

23. 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: 4,068

24. Deranged: Confessions of a Necrophile (1974)

R | 84 min | Drama, Horror, Thriller

A deranged rural farmer becomes a grave robber and murderer after the death of his possessive mother, whose corpse he keeps, among others, as his companion in a decaying farmhouse.

Directors: Jeff Gillen, Alan Ormsby | Stars: Roberts Blossom, Cosette Lee, Leslie Carlson, Robert Warner

Votes: 3,723

25. Master of the Flying Guillotine (1976)

R | 81 min | Action, Comedy, Fantasy

57 Metascore

After his students are killed by the One Armed Boxer, a vengeful and blind Kung Fu expert travels to a village where a martial arts contest is being held and vows to behead every one armed man he comes across.

Director: Yu Wang | Stars: Yu Wang, Tien Wu Chu, Kang Chin, Chung-Erh Lung

Votes: 3,646

26. Sweet Sweetback's Baadasssss Song (1971)

R | 97 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

After saving a Black Panther from some racist cops, a black male prostitute goes on the run from "the man" with the help of the ghetto community and some disillusioned Hells Angels.

Director: Melvin Van Peebles | Stars: Melvin Van Peebles, Simon Chuckster, Hubert Scales, John Dullaghan

Votes: 3,808 | Gross: $15.18M

27. House on the Edge of the Park (1980)

Not Rated | 91 min | Horror, Thriller

Two low-life punks invite themselves to a party at a posh villa and after being taunted by their snobbish hosts, hold everyone hostage and subject them to various forms of torture and mayhem.

Director: Ruggero Deodato | Stars: David Hess, Annie Belle, Christian Borromeo, Giovanni Lombardo Radice

Votes: 4,214

28. Spider Baby or, the Maddest Story Ever Told (1967)

Not Rated | 81 min | Comedy, Horror

A caretaker devotes himself to three demented siblings after their father's death.

Director: Jack Hill | Stars: Lon Chaney Jr., Carol Ohmart, Quinn K. Redeker, Beverly Washburn

Votes: 4,918

29. Ms .45 (1981)

R | 80 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

62 Metascore

A timid and mute seamstress goes insane after being attacked and raped twice in one day, in which she takes to the streets of New York City after dark and randomly shoots men with a .45 caliber pistol.

Director: Abel Ferrara | Stars: Zoë Lund, Bogey, Albert Sinkys, Darlene Stuto

Votes: 6,552

30. The Street Fighter (1974)

X | 91 min | Action, Crime, Thriller

Tough karate master Terry Tsurugi takes it upon himself to protect a late businessman's daughter from the Yakuza.

Director: Shigehiro Ozawa | Stars: Shin'ichi Chiba, Goichi Yamada, Etsuko Shiomi, Fumio Watanabe

Votes: 3,981

31. Death Rides a Horse (1967)

R | 114 min | Western

A young gunfighter plans to track down and eliminate the bandits who killed his family, and forms a tenuous alliance with an aging ex-outlaw to achieve this end.

Director: Giulio Petroni | Stars: Lee Van Cleef, John Phillip Law, Mario Brega, Luigi Pistilli

Votes: 5,640

32. Pieces (1982)

Not Rated | 89 min | Horror, Mystery, Thriller

Young co-eds are being dismembered by a mysterious murderer on a college campus. The killer is attempting to put together a human jigsaw puzzle made from body parts.

Director: Juan Piquer Simón | Stars: Christopher George, Lynda Day George, Frank Braña, Edmund Purdom

Votes: 6,485 | Gross: $2.03M

33. The Harder They Come (1972)

R | 120 min | Crime, Drama, Music

Wishing to become a successful Reggae singer, a young Jamaican man finds himself tied to corrupt record producers and drug pushers.

Director: Perry Henzell | Stars: Jimmy Cliff, Janet Bartley, Carl Bradshaw, Ras Daniel Hartman

Votes: 4,666

34. Super Fly (1972)

R | 93 min | Action, Crime, Drama

67 Metascore

The daily routine of cocaine dealer Priest who wants to score one more super deal and retire.

Director: Gordon Parks Jr. | Stars: Ron O'Neal, Carl Lee, Sheila Frazier, Julius Harris

Votes: 5,134

35. Sharktopus (2010 TV Movie)

TV-14 | 89 min | Action, Comedy, Horror

A half-shark, half-octopus creature created for the military, creates a whole lot of terror in Mexico while a scientist who helped create it tries to capture/kill it.

Director: Declan O'Brien | Stars: Eric Roberts, Kerem Bürsin, Sara Malakul Lane, Héctor Jiménez

Votes: 5,986

36. Rolling Thunder (1977)

R | 95 min | Action, Drama, Crime

A returning war veteran loses his family to a violent home invasion and decides to seek and retaliate against those responsible.

Director: John Flynn | Stars: William Devane, Tommy Lee Jones, Linda Haynes, James Best

Votes: 6,153

37. Dirty Mary Crazy Larry (1974)

PG | 93 min | Action, Crime, Thriller

Larry Rayder is an aspiring NASCAR driver, Deke Sommers is mechanic. As they feel they collectively are the best, the only thing that is holding them back is money to build the best vehicle... See full summary »

Director: John Hough | Stars: Peter Fonda, Susan George, Adam Roarke, Kenneth Tobey

Votes: 5,331

38. The Driller Killer (1979)

Not Rated | 96 min | Drama, Horror, Thriller

An artist slowly goes insane while struggling to pay his bills, work on his paintings, and care for his two female roommates, which leads him taking to the streets of New York after dark and randomly killing derelicts with a power drill.

Director: Abel Ferrara | Stars: Abel Ferrara, Carolyn Marz, Baybi Day, Harry Schultz

Votes: 5,472

39. Shark Attack 3: Megalodon (2002 Video)

R | 99 min | Action, Adventure, Horror

When two researchers discover a colossal shark's tooth off the Mexican coast their worst fears surface - the most menacing beast to ever rule the waters is still alive and mercilessly feeding on anything that crosses its path.

Director: David Worth | Stars: John Barrowman, Jenny McShane, Ryan Cutrona, Bashar Rahal

Votes: 4,628

40. A Bay of Blood (1971)

R | 84 min | Horror, Mystery, Thriller

The murder of a wealthy heiress by her husband triggers a series of brutal killings in the surrounding bay area.

Director: Mario Bava | Stars: Claudine Auger, Luigi Pistilli, Claudio Camaso, Anna Maria Rosati

Votes: 7,310

41. Thriller: A Cruel Picture (1973)

104 min | Action, Thriller

A young woman, muted after a sexual assault as a child, is trained to seek violent revenge on those who have wronged her after being kidnapped and forced to work as a prostitute.

Director: Bo Arne Vibenius | Stars: Christina Lindberg, Heinz Hopf, Despina Tomazani, Per-Axel Arosenius

Votes: 5,937

42. The Living Dead at Manchester Morgue (1974)

R | 95 min | Horror

A cop chases two hippies suspected of a series of Manson family-like murders; unbeknownst to him, the real culprits are the living dead, brought to life with a thirst for human flesh by chemical pesticides being used by area farmers.

Director: Jorge Grau | Stars: Cristina Galbó, Ray Lovelock, Arthur Kennedy, Aldo Massasso

Votes: 6,270

43. Ilsa: She Wolf of the SS (1975)

R | 96 min | Drama, Horror, Thriller

Ilsa is an evil Nazi warden at a death camp that conducts "medical experiments". Ilsa's goal is to prove that women can withstand more pain and suffering than men and therefore should be allowed to fight on the front lines.

Director: Don Edmonds | Stars: Dyanne Thorne, Gregory Knoph, Tony Mumolo, Maria Marx

Votes: 6,301

44. Foxy Brown (1974)

R | 92 min | Action, Crime, Thriller

A voluptuous black woman takes a job as a high-class prostitute in order to get revenge on the mobsters who murdered her boyfriend.

Director: Jack Hill | Stars: Pam Grier, Antonio Fargas, Peter Brown, Terry Carter

Votes: 7,460

45. Reefer Madness (1936)

PG | 66 min | Drama, Thriller

70 Metascore

Cautionary tale features a fictionalized take on the use of marijuana. A trio of drug dealers lead innocent teenagers to become addicted to "reefer" cigarettes by holding wild parties with jazz music.

Director: Louis J. Gasnier | Stars: Dorothy Short, Kenneth Craig, Lillian Miles, Dave O'Brien

Votes: 6,927

46. Ill Manors (2012)

Not Rated | 121 min | Crime, Drama

The lives of four drug dealers, one user and two prostitutes.

Director: Plan B | Stars: Riz Ahmed, Ed Skrein, Lee Allen, Mem Ferda

Votes: 9,310

47. La casa muda (2010)

Not Rated | 86 min | Adventure, Drama, Horror

The plot is based on a true story that happened in the late '40s in a small village in Uruguay. The film focuses on Laura, who, second by second, intends to leave a house, which hides an ... See full summary »

Director: Gustavo Hernández | Stars: Florencia Colucci, Abel Tripaldi, Gustavo Alonso, María Salazar

Votes: 6,940

48. Coffy (1973)

R | 91 min | Action, Crime, Thriller

A black nurse takes vigilante justice against inner-city drug dealers after her sister becomes their latest victim.

Director: Jack Hill | Stars: Pam Grier, Booker Bradshaw, Robert DoQui, William Elliott

Votes: 7,917

49. Birdemic: Shock and Terror (2010)

Not Rated | 105 min | Horror, Romance, Thriller

A horde of mutated birds descends upon the quiet town of Half Moon Bay, California. With the death toll rising, Two citizens manage to fight back, but will they survive Birdemic?

Director: James Nguyen | Stars: Alan Bagh, Whitney Moore, Tippi Hedren, Janae Caster

Votes: 17,718

50. Shogun Assassin (1980)

R | 85 min | Action, Adventure

7.4