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1. The Asphalt Jungle (1961)
Episode: The Lady and the Lawyer (1961)

51 min | Crime, Drama

9.0
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The main suspect in the murder of city employee Sam Henry is playboy attorney Allen Bardeman, both of whom appear to have connections to a crime ring.

Director: Joseph M. Newman | Stars: Jack Warden, Arch Johnson, Douglas Odney, Robert Douglas

Votes: 6

2. Studio 57 (1954–1958)

30 min | Drama, Family

8.8
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This dramatic anthology series went into open syndication when the DuMont Television Network ceased operations.

Stars: Joel Aldrich, Tim Graham, Jean Byron, Marguerite Chapman

Votes: 94

3. Kraft Theatre (1947–1958)

60 min | Drama

8.5
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A well-received anthology series presenting live television dramas.

Stars: Vaughn Taylor, Ed Herlihy, Valerie Cossart, E.G. Marshall

Votes: 125

4. The Asphalt Jungle (1961)

60 min | Crime, Drama

8.4
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Captain Gus Hornochek and Sergeant Danny Keller are members of a special force dedicated to eliminating criminal elements. Taking place in an unnamed Midwestern city, the two officers report to Commissioner Matt Gower.

Stars: Jack Warden, Arch Johnson, William Smith, Dallas Mitchell

Votes: 53

5. 77 Sunset Strip (1958–1964)
Episode: Thanks for Tomorrow (1959)

TV-PG | 46 min | Action, Crime, Drama

8.4
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Crime syndicate hires a gambler to layoff racetrack bets to out-of-state bookies to keep the odds from diving. The go-between Lonnie Drew is an old pal of Jeff Spencer, whose help is needed... See full summary »

Director: Mark Sandrich Jr. | Stars: Roger Smith, Edd Byrnes, Louis Quinn, Jacqueline Beer

Votes: 38

6. The Virginian (1962–1971)
Episode: The Fortress (1967)

TV-PG | 75 min | Western

8.4
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The Virginian takes a herd to a town on the border with Canada but the bank is robbed making his bank draft worthless. He tracks the robbers into Canada to recover the $100,000 but they work for the buyer of the beef at his empire.

Director: Abner Biberman | Stars: Charles Bickford, Doug McClure, Clu Gulager, Don Quine

Votes: 25

7. The Great Escape (1963)

Not Rated | 172 min | Adventure, Drama, History

8.2
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87 Metascore

Allied prisoners of war plan for several hundred of their number to escape from a German camp during World War II.

Director: John Sturges | Stars: Steve McQueen, James Garner, Richard Attenborough, Charles Bronson

Votes: 212,641 | Gross: $12.10M

8. Naked City (1958–1963)

60 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

8.2
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The cases of the N.Y.P.D.'s 65th Precinct.

Stars: Harry Bellaver, Horace McMahon, Paul Burke, Nancy Malone

Votes: 909

9. The Untouchables (1959–1963)

50 min | Action, Crime, Drama

8.0
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Special Agent Eliot Ness and his elite team of incorruptable agents battle organized crime in 1930s Chicago.

Stars: Robert Stack, Walter Winchell, Nicholas Georgiade, Paul Picerni

Votes: 2,151

10. The Asphalt Jungle (1950)

Passed | 112 min | Crime, Drama, Film-Noir

7.9
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A major heist goes off as planned, until bad luck and double crosses cause everything to unravel.

Director: John Huston | Stars: Sterling Hayden, Louis Calhern, Jean Hagen, James Whitmore

Votes: 22,603

11. The Untouchables (1959–1963)
Episode: The Big Squeeze (1960)

52 min | Action, Crime, Drama

7.9
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For Ness, a master bank robber proves a worthy opponent. But robbing banks is not a federal offense, so Ness must get him on another charge.

Director: Roger Kay | Stars: Robert Stack, John Hoyt, Dodie Heath, Dan O'Herlihy

Votes: 49

12. Scarface (1932)

PG | 93 min | Action, Crime, Drama

7.8
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An ambitious and nearly insane violent gangster climbs the ladder of success in the mob, but his weaknesses prove to be his downfall.

Directors: Howard Hawks, Richard Rosson | Stars: Paul Muni, Ann Dvorak, Karen Morley, Osgood Perkins

Votes: 23,865

13. Studio One in Hollywood (1948–1958)

60 min | Drama

7.8
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A pinnacle of the Golden Age of Television, "Studio One" presented a wide range of memorable dramas and received eighteen Emmy nominations and five wins during its prestigious nine-year run... See full summary »

Stars: Betty Furness, Paul Brinson, Paul Branson, Mary Sinclair

Votes: 190

14. Danger (1950–1955)

30 min | Drama

7.8
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Live psychological and murder mystery dramas, and one of the first U.S. television dramas to make effective use of background music.

Stars: Dick Stark, Edward Binns, Joseph Anthony, Richard Kiley

Votes: 56

15. 77 Sunset Strip (1958–1964)

TV-PG | 60 min | Action, Crime, Drama

7.7
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Stu Bailey and Jeff Spencer were the wisecracking, womanizing private detective heroes of this Warner Brothers drama.

Stars: Efrem Zimbalist Jr., Edd Byrnes, Roger Smith, Jacqueline Beer

Votes: 1,140

16. Naked City (1958–1963)
Episode: Debt of Honor (1960)

TV-14 | 60 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

7.7
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Murder during a poker game heist, doesn't faze the second biggest loser at the table. It's just hours before his betrothed arrives from Sicily via arranged marriage, but slick gambler Mori ... See full summary »

Director: Tay Garnett | Stars: Steve Cochran, Paul Burke, Horace McMahon, Nancy Malone

Votes: 43

17. The Virginian (1962–1971)

TV-PG | 75 min | Western

7.6
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Personable Western series based in Wyoming from the 1890s onward.

Stars: Doug McClure, James Drury, Lee J. Cobb, Sara Lane

Votes: 1,702

18. This Gun for Hire (1942)

Passed | 81 min | Crime, Drama, Film-Noir

7.5
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When assassin Philip Raven shoots a blackmailer and his beautiful female companion dead, he is paid off in marked bills by his treasonous employer who is working with foreign spies.

Director: Frank Tuttle | Stars: Alan Ladd, Veronica Lake, Robert Preston, Laird Cregar

Votes: 7,844

19. High Sierra (1941)

Passed | 100 min | Action, Adventure, Crime

7.5
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After being released from prison, notorious thief Roy Earle is hired by his old boss to help a group of inexperienced criminals plan and carry out the robbery of a California resort.

Director: Raoul Walsh | Stars: Ida Lupino, Humphrey Bogart, Alan Curtis, Arthur Kennedy

Votes: 14,168

20. Yellow Sky (1948)

Approved | 98 min | Crime, Western

7.5
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A pistol-packing tomboy and her grandfather discover a band of bank robbing bandits taking refuge in the neighboring ghost town.

Director: William A. Wellman | Stars: Gregory Peck, Anne Baxter, Richard Widmark, Robert Arthur

Votes: 4,065

21. Bonanza (1959–1973)
Episode: The Stronghold (1968)

TV-PG | 60 min | Western

7.5
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Joe is in charge of selling a herd in Dry Wells to the Farrell brothers but he is swindled out of the bankers draft. Joe returns with Candy and Dude to take back what is his.

Director: Leon Benson | Stars: Lorne Greene, Dan Blocker, Michael Landon, Michael Witney

Votes: 41

22. The Westerner (1940)

Approved | 100 min | Drama, Romance, Western

7.4
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78 Metascore

Judge Roy Bean, a self-appointed hanging judge in Vinegarroon, Texas, befriends saddle tramp Cole Harden, who opposes Bean's policy against homesteaders.

Director: William Wyler | Stars: Gary Cooper, Walter Brennan, Doris Davenport, Fred Stone

Votes: 4,752

23. Studio One in Hollywood (1948–1958)
Episode: Little Man, Big World (1952)

60 min | Drama

7.4
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A group of gangsters from a mid-sized city are getting squeezed out by their big city counterparts.

Director: Paul Nickell | Stars: Jack Palance, Shepperd Strudwick, Harry Townes, Ray Walston

Votes: 7

24. Bonanza (1959–1973)

TV-PG | 49 min | Western

7.3
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The Wild West adventures of Ben Cartwright and his sons as they run and defend their Nevada ranch while helping the surrounding community.

Stars: Lorne Greene, Michael Landon, Dan Blocker, Pernell Roberts

Votes: 7,399

25. Little Caesar (1931)

Not Rated | 79 min | Action, Crime, Drama

7.3
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A small-time criminal moves to a big city to seek bigger fortune.

Director: Mervyn LeRoy | Stars: Edward G. Robinson, Douglas Fairbanks Jr., Glenda Farrell, William Collier Jr.

Votes: 11,281

26. The Whole Town's Talking (1935)

Approved | 93 min | Comedy, Crime, Drama

7.3
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A meek milquetoast of a clerk is mistaken for Public Enemy #1, and the notorious killer takes advantage of the situation.

Director: John Ford | Stars: Edward G. Robinson, Jean Arthur, Arthur Hohl, James Donlan

Votes: 1,970

27. The Legend of Jesse James (1965–1966)

30 min | Western

7.3
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In a surprising twist, Jesse and Frank James come across as good guys as they go about their outlaw ways. Jesse is a devilish scoundrel with an eye for the ladies while Frank concerns himself with more practical matters.

Stars: Christopher Jones, Allen Case, David Richards, Robert J. Wilke

Votes: 66

28. The Lawbreakers (1961)

79 min | Crime, Drama

7.3
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Add a Plot

Director: Joseph M. Newman | Stars: Jack Warden, Vera Miles, Robert Douglas, Arch Johnson

Votes: 34

29. Colorado Territory (1949)

Approved | 94 min | Western

7.2
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In Colorado territory, outlaw Wes McQueen escapes jail to pull a railroad robbery but, upon meeting pretty settler Julie Ann, he wonders about going straight.

Director: Raoul Walsh | Stars: Joel McCrea, Virginia Mayo, Dorothy Malone, Henry Hull

Votes: 2,203

30. Off to See the Wizard (1967–1968)

60 min | Animation, Family, Fantasy

7.2
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Family-oriented TV series, produced by MGM, in which guest hosts and animated versions of the "Wizard of Oz" characters were used as wrap-arounds to introduce various family-oriented films ... See full summary »

Stars: Daws Butler, Mel Blanc, June Foray, Vito Scotti

Votes: 40

31. Screen Directors Playhouse (1955–1956)

30 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

7.2
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Presented by Eastman Kodak, this show was a series of original scripts directed by acclaimed directors and featuring well-known performers. The stories ranged from musicals to comedies and dramas.

Stars: Arthur Q. Bryan, Bill Erwin, Macdonald Carey, George Sanders

Votes: 114

32. Action in the North Atlantic (1943)

Passed | 126 min | Action, Drama, War

7.0
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An American tanker's sunk by a German U-boat and the survivors spend 11 days at sea on a raft. Their next assignment; bound for Murmansk through the sub-stalked N. Atlantic.

Directors: Lloyd Bacon, Byron Haskin, Raoul Walsh | Stars: Humphrey Bogart, Raymond Massey, Alan Hale, Julie Bishop

Votes: 3,312

33. Nobody Lives Forever (1946)

Approved | 100 min | Crime, Drama, Film-Noir

7.0
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Ex-GI Nick Blake gets involved in a scheme to fleece a rich, young widow, but finds himself falling for her, much to the displeasure of his racketeer cohorts.

Director: Jean Negulesco | Stars: John Garfield, Geraldine Fitzgerald, Walter Brennan, Faye Emerson

Votes: 1,223

34. Illegal (1955)

Approved | 88 min | Crime, Drama, Film-Noir

7.0
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After an overly aggressive district attorney unknowingly sends an innocent man to the chair, he resigns, turns to drinking, and acquires a criminal clientèle.

Director: Lewis Allen | Stars: Edward G. Robinson, Nina Foch, Hugh Marlowe, Jayne Mansfield

Votes: 1,491

35. Screen Directors Playhouse (1955–1956)
Episode: Rookie of the Year (1955)

29 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

7.0
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A small town sportswriter attending the World Series recognizes a young ballplayer as the son of former baseball hero who was banned for throwing a game.

Director: John Ford | Stars: John Wayne, Vera Miles, Ward Bond, Patrick Wayne

Votes: 133

36. Law and Order (1932)

Passed | 75 min | Western

6.9
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A lawman sets out to tame Tombstone, Arizona.

Director: Edward L. Cahn | Stars: Walter Huston, Harry Carey, Raymond Hatton, Russell Hopton

Votes: 249

37. Wake Island (1942)

Approved | 88 min | Action, Drama, War

6.8
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December, 1941. With no hope of relief or re-supply, a small band of United States Marines tries to keep the Japanese Navy from capturing their island base.

Director: John Farrow | Stars: Brian Donlevy, Robert Preston, Macdonald Carey, William Bendix

Votes: 1,694

38. The Man I Love (1946)

96 min | Drama, Film-Noir, Music

6.8
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Visiting her two sisters and brother, singer Petey Brown lands a job at small-time-hood Nicky Toresca's nightclub. While evading the sleazy Toresca's heavy-handed passes at her, she falls ... See full summary »

Director: Raoul Walsh | Stars: Ida Lupino, Robert Alda, Andrea King, Martha Vickers

Votes: 692

39. The Beast of the City (1932)

Passed | 86 min | Crime, Drama, Film-Noir

6.8
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Police Chief Jim Fitzpatrick ruthlessly goes after organized crime and is prepared to use brutal and violent methods to fight it.

Director: Charles Brabin | Stars: Walter Huston, Jean Harlow, Wallace Ford, Jean Hersholt

Votes: 996 | Gross: $0.89M

40. Dark Command (1940)

Approved | 94 min | Drama, Romance, Western

6.8
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In Kansas, during the Civil War opposing pro-Union and pro-Confederate camps clash and visiting Texan Bob Seton runs afoul of William Cantrell's Raiders.

Director: Raoul Walsh | Stars: Claire Trevor, John Wayne, Walter Pidgeon, Roy Rogers

Votes: 2,230

41. The Racket (1951)

Approved | 88 min | Crime, Drama, Film-Noir

6.7
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In New York, two honest cops try to hinder a crime syndicate from moving into the precinct and also to prevent the mob's plan of electing a corrupt prosecutor to a judgeship.

Directors: John Cromwell, Mel Ferrer, Tay Garnett, Nicholas Ray, Sherman Todd | Stars: Robert Mitchum, Lizabeth Scott, Robert Ryan, William Talman

Votes: 2,395

42. Ice Station Zebra (1968)

G | 148 min | Adventure, Thriller

6.6
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USN nuclear sub USS Tigerfish must rush to the North Pole to rescue the staff of Drift Ice Station Zebra weather station.

Director: John Sturges | Stars: Rock Hudson, Ernest Borgnine, Patrick McGoohan, Jim Brown

Votes: 8,429

43. The Hangman (1959)

Not Rated | 87 min | Western

6.6
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U.S. Marshal Bovard comes to a small border town to identify and arrest a fugitive, but the whole town seems determined to prevent the Marshal from doing his job.

Director: Michael Curtiz | Stars: Robert Taylor, Tina Louise, Fess Parker, Jack Lord

Votes: 673

44. Wild West Days (1937)

Approved | 268 min | Action, Adventure, Western

6.6
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Retired lawman Kentucky Wade and his three buddies, Mike Morales, "Dude" Hanford and "Trigger" Benton come to Brimstone and help their friends Larry Munro and his sister, Lucy , in their ... See full summary »

Directors: Ford Beebe, Clifford Smith | Stars: Johnny Mack Brown, George Shelley, Lynn Gilbert, Frank Yaconelli

Votes: 30

45. Background to Danger (1943)

Approved | 80 min | Drama, Thriller, War

6.5
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A German spy ring plans to publicize a false rumor that Russia, who is fighting Germany, plans to invade neutral Turkey in order to ally them with the Nazis.

Director: Raoul Walsh | Stars: George Raft, Brenda Marshall, Sydney Greenstreet, Peter Lorre

Votes: 981

46. Night People (1954)

Approved | 93 min | Adventure, Crime, Mystery

6.5
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During the Cold War, an American soldier is abducted in West Berlin, sparking a recovery effort led by Colonel Steve Van Dyke.

Director: Nunnally Johnson | Stars: Gregory Peck, Broderick Crawford, Anita Björk, Rita Gam

Votes: 981

47. Dr. Socrates (1935)

Approved | 70 min | Crime, Drama, Romance

6.5
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A small-town doctor gets roped into helping a notorious bank robber.

Director: William Dieterle | Stars: Paul Muni, Ann Dvorak, Barton MacLane, Robert Barrat

Votes: 380

48. 36 Hours to Kill (1936)

Passed | 66 min | Drama, Romance

6.5
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Gangster Benson is on a train with G-man Evers and newswoman Marvis. First these two have to get the gangster, then they have to get each other.

Director: Eugene Forde | Stars: Brian Donlevy, Gloria Stuart, Douglas Fowley, Isabel Jewell

Votes: 78

49. The Badlanders (1958)

Approved | 85 min | Romance, Western

6.4
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Released from the Yuma Prison in 1898, ex-killer John McBain wants to go straight while ex-robber Peter Van Hoek seeks revenge but their destinies eventually converge in the mining town of Prescott.

Director: Delmer Daves | Stars: Alan Ladd, Ernest Borgnine, Katy Jurado, Claire Kelly

Votes: 1,132

50. Iron Man (1951)

Approved | 82 min | Drama, Film-Noir, Sport

6.4
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An ambitious coal miner is talked into becoming a boxer by his gambler brother.

Director: Joseph Pevney | Stars: Jeff Chandler, Evelyn Keyes, Stephen McNally, Rock Hudson

Votes: 156



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