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1. The Dark Knight Rises (2012)

PG-13 | 164 min | Action, Thriller

8.4
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78 Metascore

Eight years after the Joker's reign of anarchy, Batman, with the help of the enigmatic Catwoman, is forced from his exile to save Gotham City from the brutal guerrilla terrorist Bane.

Director: Christopher Nolan | Stars: Christian Bale, Tom Hardy, Anne Hathaway, Gary Oldman

Votes: 1,413,525 | Gross: $448.14M

2. The Devil's Rejects (2005)

R | 107 min | Horror

6.8
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53 Metascore

The murderous, backwoods Firefly family take to the road to escape a vengeful police force which is not afraid of being as ruthless as their target.

Director: Rob Zombie | Stars: Sid Haig, Sheri Moon Zombie, Bill Moseley, William Forsythe

Votes: 87,918 | Gross: $17.04M

3. Nocturnal Animals (2016)

R | 116 min | Drama, Thriller

7.5
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67 Metascore

A wealthy art gallery owner is haunted by her ex-husband's novel, a violent thriller she interprets as a symbolic revenge tale.

Director: Tom Ford | Stars: Amy Adams, Jake Gyllenhaal, Michael Shannon, Aaron Taylor-Johnson

Votes: 212,124 | Gross: $10.64M

4. Mad Max (1979)

R | 88 min | Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi

6.9
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73 Metascore

In a self-destructing world, a vengeful Australian policeman sets out to stop a violent motorcycle gang.

Director: George Miller | Stars: Mel Gibson, Joanne Samuel, Hugh Keays-Byrne, Steve Bisley

Votes: 179,503 | Gross: $8.75M

5. L.A. Confidential (1997)

R | 138 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

8.2
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90 Metascore

As corruption grows in 1950s Los Angeles, three policemen -- one strait-laced, one brutal, and one sleazy -- investigate a series of murders with their own brand of justice.

Director: Curtis Hanson | Stars: Kevin Spacey, Russell Crowe, Guy Pearce, Kim Basinger

Votes: 501,087 | Gross: $64.62M

6. The Blues Brothers (1980)

R | 133 min | Adventure, Comedy, Crime

7.9
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60 Metascore

Jake Blues, just out from prison, puts together his old band to save the Catholic home where he and brother Elwood were raised.

Director: John Landis | Stars: John Belushi, Dan Aykroyd, Cab Calloway, John Candy

Votes: 170,393 | Gross: $57.23M

7. Gangster Squad (2013)

R | 113 min | Action, Crime, Drama

6.7
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40 Metascore

It's 1949 Los Angeles, the city is run by gangsters and a malicious mobster, Mickey Cohen. Determined to end the corruption, John O'Mara assembles a team of cops, ready to take down the ruthless leader and restore peace to the city.

Director: Ruben Fleischer | Stars: Sean Penn, Ryan Gosling, Emma Stone, Giovanni Ribisi

Votes: 197,754 | Gross: $46.00M

8. Dawn of the Dead (1978)

Unrated | 127 min | Horror, Thriller

7.9
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71 Metascore

Following an ever-growing epidemic of zombies that have risen from the dead, two Philadelphia S.W.A.T. team members, a traffic reporter, and his television executive girlfriend seek refuge in a secluded shopping mall.

Director: George A. Romero | Stars: David Emge, Ken Foree, Scott H. Reiniger, Gaylen Ross

Votes: 104,955 | Gross: $5.10M

9. The Guilty (2018)

R | 85 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

7.5
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83 Metascore

A police officer assigned alarm dispatch duty enters a race against time when he answers an emergency call from a kidnapped woman.

Director: Gustav Möller | Stars: Jakob Cedergren, Jessica Dinnage, Omar Shargawi, Johan Olsen

Votes: 31,027 | Gross: $0.21M

10. Exit Wounds (2001)

R | 101 min | Action, Comedy, Crime

5.6
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39 Metascore

Orin Boyd, a tough cop in an inner-city precinct discovers a web of dirty cops and corruption.

Director: Andrzej Bartkowiak | Stars: Steven Seagal, DMX, Isaiah Washington, Anthony Anderson

Votes: 30,703 | Gross: $51.76M

11. Leatherface (2017)

R | 90 min | Crime, Horror, Thriller

5.0
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40 Metascore

A teenage Leatherface escapes from a mental hospital with three other inmates, kidnapping a young nurse and taking her on a road trip from hell, while being pursued by a lawman out for revenge.

Directors: Alexandre Bustillo, Julien Maury | Stars: Stephen Dorff, Lili Taylor, Sam Strike, Vanessa Grasse

Votes: 17,174

12. Smokey and the Bandit (1977)

PG | 96 min | Action, Comedy

7.0
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50 Metascore

The Bandit is hired on to run a tractor trailer full of beer over state lines, in hot pursuit by a pesky sheriff.

Director: Hal Needham | Stars: Burt Reynolds, Sally Field, Jerry Reed, Mike Henry

Votes: 41,723 | Gross: $126.74M

13. Walking Tall (1973)

R | 125 min | Action, Biography, Crime

7.0
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60 Metascore

Based on the life of Tennessee sheriff Buford Pusser whom almost single-handily cleaned up his small town of crime and corruption, but at a personal cost of his family life and nearly his own life.

Director: Phil Karlson | Stars: Joe Don Baker, Elizabeth Hartman, Leif Garrett, Dawn Lyn

Votes: 4,586

14. Machete (2010)

R | 105 min | Action, Crime, Thriller

6.6
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60 Metascore

After being set-up and betrayed by the man who hired him to assassinate a Texas Senator, an ex-Federale launches a brutal rampage of revenge against his former boss.

Directors: Ethan Maniquis, Robert Rodriguez | Stars: Danny Trejo, Michelle Rodriguez, Robert De Niro, Jessica Alba

Votes: 184,005 | Gross: $26.59M

15. RoboCop (2014)

PG-13 | 117 min | Action, Crime, Sci-Fi

6.2
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52 Metascore

In 2028 Detroit, when Alex Murphy, a loving husband, father and good cop, is critically injured in the line of duty, the multinational conglomerate OmniCorp sees their chance for a part-man, part-robot police officer.

Director: José Padilha | Stars: Joel Kinnaman, Gary Oldman, Michael Keaton, Abbie Cornish

Votes: 207,950 | Gross: $58.61M

16. Machete Kills (2013)

R | 107 min | Action, Crime, Sci-Fi

5.6
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41 Metascore

The U.S. government recruits Machete to battle his way through Mexico in order to take down an arms dealer who looks to launch a weapon into space.

Director: Robert Rodriguez | Stars: Danny Trejo, Alexa PenaVega, Mel Gibson, Jessica Alba

Votes: 70,974 | Gross: $8.01M

17. Nightbreed (1990)

R | 102 min | Action, Fantasy, Horror

6.6
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40 Metascore

A troubled young man is drawn to a mythical place called Midian where a variety of friendly monsters are hiding from humanity. Meanwhile, a sadistic serial killer is looking for a patsy.

Director: Clive Barker | Stars: Craig Sheffer, David Cronenberg, Anne Bobby, Charles Haid

Votes: 17,961 | Gross: $8.86M

18. The Raid 2 (2014)

R | 150 min | Action, Crime, Thriller

8.0
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71 Metascore

Only a short time after the first raid, Rama goes undercover with the thugs of Jakarta and plans to bring down the syndicate and uncover the corruption within his police force.

Director: Gareth Evans | Stars: Iko Uwais, Yayan Ruhian, Arifin Putra, Oka Antara

Votes: 106,453 | Gross: $2.63M

19. Lethal Weapon 2 (1989)

R | 114 min | Action, Crime, Thriller

7.2
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70 Metascore

Riggs and Murtaugh are on the trail of South African diplomats who are using their immunity to engage in criminal activities.

Director: Richard Donner | Stars: Mel Gibson, Danny Glover, Joe Pesci, Patsy Kensit

Votes: 151,417 | Gross: $147.25M

20. Cop Land (1997)

R | 105 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

6.9
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64 Metascore

The Sheriff of a suburban New Jersey community, populated by New York City police officers, slowly discovers the town is a front for mob connections and corruption.

Director: James Mangold | Stars: Sylvester Stallone, Harvey Keitel, Ray Liotta, Robert De Niro

Votes: 80,694 | Gross: $44.89M

21. King of New York (1990)

R | 103 min | Crime, Thriller

7.0
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66 Metascore

A drug kingpin is released from prison and seeks to take total control of the criminal underworld in order to give back to the community.

Director: Abel Ferrara | Stars: Christopher Walken, David Caruso, Laurence Fishburne, Victor Argo

Votes: 28,353 | Gross: $2.55M

22. Safe (I) (2012)

R | 94 min | Action, Crime, Thriller

6.5
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55 Metascore

Mei, a young girl whose memory holds a priceless numerical code, finds herself pursued by the Triads, the Russian mob, and corrupt NYC cops. Coming to her aid is an ex-cage fighter whose life was destroyed by the gangsters on Mei's trail.

Director: Boaz Yakin | Stars: Jason Statham, Catherine Chan, Chris Sarandon, Robert John Burke

Votes: 97,636 | Gross: $17.14M

23. Max Payne (2008)

PG-13 | 100 min | Action, Crime, Drama

5.4
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31 Metascore

Coming together to solve a series of murders in New York City are a police detective whose family was slain as part of a conspiracy and an assassin out to avenge her sister's death. The duo will be hunted by the police, the mob, and a ruthless corporation.

Director: John Moore | Stars: Mark Wahlberg, Mila Kunis, Beau Bridges, Ludacris

Votes: 118,472 | Gross: $40.69M

24. New Jack City (1991)

R | 97 min | Action, Crime, Drama

6.7
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61 Metascore

A crime lord ascends to power and becomes megalomaniacal while a maverick police detective vows to stop him.

Director: Mario Van Peebles | Stars: Wesley Snipes, Ice-T, Allen Payne, Chris Rock

Votes: 29,226 | Gross: $47.62M

25. Magnum Force (1973)

R | 124 min | Action, Crime, Mystery

7.2
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58 Metascore

San Francisco Inspector "Dirty" Harry Callahan (Clint Eastwood) is on the trail of vigilante Police Officers who are not above going beyond the law to kill the city's undesirables.

Director: Ted Post | Stars: Clint Eastwood, Hal Holbrook, Mitchell Ryan, David Soul

Votes: 52,129

26. RoboCop 3 (1993)

PG-13 | 104 min | Action, Crime, Sci-Fi

4.1
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40 Metascore

Robocop saves the day once more. This time the half man/half robot takes on ruthless developers who want to evict some people on "their" land.

Director: Fred Dekker | Stars: Robert John Burke, Nancy Allen, Mario Machado, Remy Ryan

Votes: 43,237 | Gross: $10.70M

27. Above the Law (1988)

R | 99 min | Action, Crime, Drama

6.0
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45 Metascore

A former Special Operations Vietnam vet works as a Chicago cop, and uncovers C.I.A. wrongdoing.

Director: Andrew Davis | Stars: Steven Seagal, Pam Grier, Henry Silva, Ron Dean

Votes: 26,828 | Gross: $18.87M

28. Hang 'Em High (1968)

M | 114 min | Drama, Western

7.0
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62 Metascore

When an innocent man barely survives a lynching, he returns as a lawman determined to bring the vigilantes to justice.

Director: Ted Post | Stars: Clint Eastwood, Inger Stevens, Pat Hingle, Ed Begley

Votes: 32,330

29. Ride Along (2014)

PG-13 | 99 min | Action, Comedy, Crime

6.2
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41 Metascore

Security guard Ben must prove himself to his girlfriend's brother, top police officer James. He rides along James on a 24-hour patrol of Atlanta.

Director: Tim Story | Stars: Ice Cube, Kevin Hart, Tika Sumpter, John Leguizamo

Votes: 96,081 | Gross: $134.94M

30. Batman: Year One (2011 Video)

PG-13 | 64 min | Animation, Action, Crime

7.4
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A wealthy playboy and a Chicago cop both return to Gotham City where their lives will intersect in unexpected ways.

Directors: Sam Liu, Lauren Montgomery | Stars: Bryan Cranston, Ben McKenzie, Eliza Dushku, Jon Polito

Votes: 28,500

31. Alex Cross (2012)

PG-13 | 101 min | Action, Crime, Mystery

5.1
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30 Metascore

A homicide detective is pushed to the brink of his moral and physical limits as he tangles with a ferociously skilled hired killer who specializes in torture and pain.

Director: Rob Cohen | Stars: Tyler Perry, Matthew Fox, Rachel Nichols, Edward Burns

Votes: 31,180 | Gross: $25.89M

32. Out for Justice (1991)

R | 91 min | Action, Crime, Drama

6.1
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38 Metascore

The gruesome murder of a Brooklyn Detective will turn the case into a personal vendetta when the deceased's best friend and fellow officer will unleash an all-out attack against a psychotic Mafia enforcer's brutal gang.

Director: John Flynn | Stars: Steven Seagal, William Forsythe, Jerry Orbach, Jo Champa

Votes: 20,160 | Gross: $39.67M

33. Police Story (1985)

PG-13 | 100 min | Action, Comedy, Crime

7.6
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78 Metascore

A virtuous Hong Kong Police Officer must clear his good name when the drug lord he is after frames him for the murder of a dirty cop.

Directors: Jackie Chan, Chi-Hwa Chen | Stars: Jackie Chan, Maggie Cheung, Brigitte Lin, Kwok-Hung Lam

Votes: 25,765 | Gross: $0.11M

34. Samurai Cop (1991)

Unrated | 96 min | Action, Crime, Thriller

4.6
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Joe Marshall and Frank Washington are two tenacious police detectives who seek at all costs to stop the Katana, a renegade Yakuza gang composed of violent and sadistic killers who want to lead the drug trade in Los Angeles.

Director: Amir Shervan | Stars: Robert Z'Dar, Mathew Karedas, Janis Farley, Mark Frazer

Votes: 5,898

35. The Mod Squad (1999)

R | 92 min | Action, Crime, Thriller

4.3
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16 Metascore

Three delinquents are recruited by an undercover cop working to bust a drug ring - when that officer is killed, the trio decides to crack the case and prove they are real law officers. With Giovanni Ribisi, Omar Epps.

Director: Scott Silver | Stars: Claire Danes, Omar Epps, Giovanni Ribisi, Dennis Farina

Votes: 8,415 | Gross: $13.26M

36. Year of the Dragon (1985)

R | 134 min | Action, Crime, Drama

6.9
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A police detective cracks down on organized crime in Chinatown after the murders of Triad and Mafia leaders.

Director: Michael Cimino | Stars: Mickey Rourke, John Lone, Ariane, Leonard Termo

Votes: 12,954 | Gross: $18.70M

37. Thursday (1998)

R | 87 min | Action, Comedy, Crime

7.2
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The movie opens in a Los Angeles convenience store one late Monday night, where a smalltime drug dealer named Nick (Aaron Eckhart) is trying to decide what coffee brand to buy. His ex-lover... See full summary »

Director: Skip Woods | Stars: Thomas Jane, Aaron Eckhart, Paulina Porizkova, James Le Gros

Votes: 16,270 | Gross: $0.00M

38. Stone Cold (1991)

R | 92 min | Action, Crime, Drama

6.0
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A tough Alabama cop is blackmailed by the FBI into going undercover in a violent Mississippi biker gang.

Director: Craig R. Baxley | Stars: Brian Bosworth, Lance Henriksen, William Forsythe, Arabella Holzbog

Votes: 6,434 | Gross: $9.29M

39. Seeking Justice (2011)

R | 105 min | Action, Crime, Drama

6.2
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38 Metascore

After his wife is assaulted, a husband enlists the services of a vigilante group to help him settle the score. Then he discovers they want a 'favor' from him in return.

Director: Roger Donaldson | Stars: Nicolas Cage, January Jones, Guy Pearce, Harold Perrineau

Votes: 43,171 | Gross: $0.04M

40. Nemesis (1992)

R | 95 min | Action, Sci-Fi, Thriller

5.4
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Alex, a burned out LA cyborg cop, is forced by commissioner Farnsworth to find his former cyborg partner and lover Jared who's about to deliver sensitive data to cyborg terrorists who wish to wage war against humans. Is he being played?

Director: Albert Pyun | Stars: Olivier Gruner, Tim Thomerson, Cary-Hiroyuki Tagawa, Merle Kennedy

Votes: 4,592 | Gross: $2.00M

41. Countdown (II) (2016)

R | 90 min | Action, Crime, Mystery

4.8
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When a madman kidnaps a young boy and rigs him with explosives, Ray defies his captain and takes matter into his own hands. Now he must beat the clock and save the innocent child.

Director: John Stockwell | Stars: Nic Nemeth, Glenn Jacobs, Katharine Isabelle, Josh Blacker

Votes: 1,466

42. Death Wish 3 (1985)

R | 92 min | Action, Crime, Drama

5.9
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18 Metascore

Architect/vigilante Paul Kersey arrives back in New York City and is forcibly recruited by a crooked police chief to fight street crime caused by a large gang terrorizing the neighborhoods.

Director: Michael Winner | Stars: Charles Bronson, Deborah Raffin, Ed Lauter, Martin Balsam

Votes: 12,956 | Gross: $16.12M

43. Death Warrant (1990)

R | 89 min | Action, Crime, Mystery

5.7
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In a violent and corrupt prison, decorated cop Louis Burke must infiltrate the jail to find answers to a number of inside murders. What he finds is a struggle of life and death tied in to his own past.

Director: Deran Sarafian | Stars: Jean-Claude Van Damme, Robert Guillaume, Cynthia Gibb, George Dickerson

Votes: 15,939 | Gross: $16.85M

44. Tokyo Gore Police (2008)

Not Rated | 110 min | Action, Comedy, Horror

5.9
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In future Tokyo, a young woman in the privatized police force tracks down her father's killer while battling against mutant rebels known as engineers.

Director: Yoshihiro Nishimura | Stars: Eihi Shiina, Itsuji Itao, Yukihide Benny, Jiji Bû

Votes: 10,383

45. The Crow: Salvation (2000)

R | 102 min | Action, Crime, Fantasy

4.9
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Alex Corvis returns to the world of the living to solve the murder of a young woman that he was wrongly accused of.

Director: Bharat Nalluri | Stars: Kirsten Dunst, William Atherton, Debbie Fan, Eric Mabius

Votes: 10,320

46. The Sweeney (2012)

R | 112 min | Action, Crime, Drama

6.1
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48 Metascore

A hardened detective in the Flying Squad of London's Metropolitan police. Based on the '70s UK TV show.

Director: Nick Love | Stars: Ray Winstone, Plan B, Hayley Atwell, Steven Mackintosh

Votes: 18,241 | Gross: $0.03M

47. Skin Trade (2014)

R | 96 min | Action, Crime, Thriller

5.6
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39 Metascore

After his family is killed by a Serbian gangster with international interests, NYC detective Nick goes to S.E. Asia and teams up with a Thai detective to get revenge and destroy the syndicates human trafficking network.

Director: Ekachai Uekrongtham | Stars: Dolph Lundgren, Tony Jaa, Ron Perlman, Michael Jai White

Votes: 7,065 | Gross: $0.00M

48. The Protector (1985)

R | 91 min | Action, Crime, Thriller

5.7
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Two New York City cops, Billy Wong and Danny Garoni, head to Hong Kong after the daughter of a rich businessman is kidnapped by the drug lord, Mr. Ko.

Director: James Glickenhaus | Stars: Jackie Chan, Danny Aiello, Sandy Alexander, Victor Arnold

Votes: 3,625 | Gross: $0.98M

49. Murphy's Law (1986)

R | 100 min | Action, Crime, Drama

6.0
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An action-packed thriller starring Charles Bronson as Jack Murphy, a cop who is running to stay alive long enough to even the score with his wife's killer.

Director: J. Lee Thompson | Stars: Charles Bronson, Kathleen Wilhoite, Carrie Snodgress, Robert F. Lyons

Votes: 4,381 | Gross: $9.95M

50. Walking Tall Part II (1975)

PG | 109 min | Action, Biography, Crime

6.2
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Sheriff Buford Pusser continues his one-man war against moonshiners and a ruthless crime syndicate after the murder of his wife in late 1960's Tennessee.

Director: Earl Bellamy | Stars: Bo Svenson, Luke Askew, John Davis Chandler, Robert DoQui

Votes: 1,026



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