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1. The Children's Hour (1961)
Not Rated | 108 min | Drama, Romance
A troublemaking student at a girls' school accuses two teachers of being lesbians.
2. These Three (1936)
Passed | 93 min | Drama, Romance
Two school teachers and the man they both love face ruin when a malicious student cooks up a lie.
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3. Victim (1961)
Not Rated | 90 min | Drama
The death of a young man leads to the discovery of a blackmail plot against several gay men in 1960s London.
4. 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.
Votes: 12,999 | Gross: $13.90M
5. The Killing of Sister George (1968)
X | 138 min | Drama
The life of a soap opera actress begins to unravel as she fears her character will be written out of the series.
6. The Fox (1967)
PG | 110 min | Drama
Based on D.H. Lawrence's novella about two young women - sickly, chattering Jill Banford and quiet, strong Ellen March - who are trying, hopelessly, to run a chicken farm in Canada. A ... See full summary »
Votes: 959 | Gross: $18.75M
7. A Summer Place (1959)
Approved | 130 min | Drama, Romance
A self-made businessman rekindles a romance with a former flame while their two teenage children begin a romance of their own with drastic consequences for both couples.
8. Susan Slade (1961)
Not Rated | 116 min | Drama
Premarital sex, secrets, and society. At 17, shy Susan Slade is on her way to California after a ten-year stay at a remote Chilean mine where her father was chief engineer. Onboard ship, ... See full summary »
9. The Man with the Golden Arm (1955)
Passed | 119 min | Crime, Drama, Film-Noir
A strung-out junkie deals with a demoralizing drug addiction while his crippled wife and card sharks pull him down.
10. Black Legion (1937)
Passed | 83 min | Crime, Drama, Film-Noir
When a hard-working machinist loses a promotion to a Polish-born worker, he is seduced into joining the secretive Black Legion, which intimidates foreigners through violence.
11. Gentleman's Agreement (1947)
Not Rated | 118 min | Drama, Romance
A reporter pretends to be Jewish in order to cover a story on anti-Semitism, and personally discovers the true depths of bigotry and hatred.
12. Crossfire (1947)
Approved | 86 min | Crime, Drama, Film-Noir
A man is murdered, apparently by one of a group of demobilized soldiers he met in a bar. But which one? And why?
Votes: 6,868 | Gross: $1.30M
13. A Patch of Blue (1965)
Unrated | 105 min | Drama, Romance
A blind, uneducated white girl is befriended by a black man, who becomes determined to help her escape her impoverished and abusive home life by introducing her to the outside world.
14. Guess Who's Coming to Dinner (1967)
Not Rated | 108 min | Comedy, Drama
A couple's attitudes are challenged when their daughter introduces them to her African-American fiancé.
Votes: 36,446 | Gross: $56.70M
15. The Defiant Ones (1958)
Approved | 96 min | Crime, Drama
Two escaped convicts chained together, white and black, must learn to get along in order to elude capture.
16. In the Heat of the Night (1967)
Not Rated | 110 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery
An African-American police detective is asked to investigate a murder in a racially hostile southern town.
Votes: 63,026 | Gross: $24.38M
17. Imitation of Life (1959)
Not Rated | 125 min | Drama
An aspiring actress befriends a black widow, but trouble arises when the latter is rejected by her daughter, who tries to pass for white.
Votes: 13,938 | Gross: $13.99M
18. Imitation of Life (1934)
Approved | 111 min | Drama, Romance
A struggling widow and her daughter take in a black housekeeper and her fair-skinned daughter; the two women start a successful business, but face familial, identity, and racial issues along the way.
19. Trial (1955)
Passed | 105 min | Drama
Courtroom drama set in 1947 and underlying post-WW2 acute problems facing the USA such as stormy race relations and the growing threat of local communism.
20. Pinky (1949)
Approved | 102 min | Drama
A light-skinned black woman falls in love with a white doctor, though he is unaware of her true race.
Votes: 2,509 | Gross: $4.20M
21. The Crimson Kimono (1959)
Approved | 82 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery
Two detectives seek a stripper's killer in the Japanese quarter of Los Angeles, but a love triangle threatens their friendship.
22. Home of the Brave (1949)
Not Rated | 88 min | Drama, War
During WW2, a reconnaissance platoon is sent to map out a Japanese-held island but racial tensions arise between the white soldiers and the only black member of the group.
23. No Way Out (1950)
Passed | 106 min | Crime, Drama, Film-Noir
A black doctor is assigned to treat two white racist suspects who are brothers, and when one dies, it causes tension that could start a race riot.
24. To Kill a Mockingbird (1962)
Not Rated | 129 min | Crime, Drama
Atticus Finch, a lawyer in the Depression-era South, defends a black man against an undeserved rape charge, and his children against prejudice.
25. A Raisin in the Sun (1961)
Approved | 128 min | Drama
A substantial insurance payment could mean either financial salvation or personal ruin for a poor black family.
26. Sergeant Rutledge (1960)
Approved | 111 min | Crime, Western
Respected black cavalry Sergeant Brax Rutledge stands court-martial for raping and killing a white woman and murdering her father, his superior officer.
27. West Side Story (1961)
Not Rated | 153 min | Crime, Drama, Musical
Two youngsters from rival New York City gangs fall in love, but tensions between their respective friends build toward tragedy.
Votes: 91,244 | Gross: $43.66M
28. Lost Boundaries (1949)
Not Rated | 99 min | Drama
This story is a true account of the lives of Scott and Marsha Carter. Having graduated from medical school, Scott Carter, a fair-skinned African American, marries Marsha Mitchell and moves ... See full summary »
29. The Lost Weekend (1945)
Not Rated | 101 min | Drama, Film-Noir
The desperate life of a chronic alcoholic is followed through a four-day drinking bout.
Votes: 31,653 | Gross: $9.46M
30. Smash-Up: The Story of a Woman (1947)
Approved | 103 min | Drama, Film-Noir, Music
A successful nightclub singer weds a struggling songwriter, but when his fame eclipses hers, she delves into alcoholism.
31. Come Fill the Cup (1951)
113 min | Drama
Alcoholic newspaperman Lew Marsh hits bottom, loses his job and is rehabilitated by Charley Dolan. After six years on the wagon he gets his job back and devotes himself to other recovering ... See full summary »
32. Days of Wine and Roses (1962)
Approved | 117 min | Drama
An alcoholic marries a young woman, who he systematically addicts to booze, so they can share his "passion" together.
33. Bigger Than Life (1956)
Not Rated | 95 min | Drama
A seriously ill schoolteacher becomes dependent on a "miracle" drug that begins to affect his sanity.
34. Three on a Match (1932)
Passed | 63 min | Crime, Drama, Romance
Although Vivian Revere is seemingly the most successful of a trio of reunited schoolmates, she throws it away by descending into a life of debauchery and drugs.
35. Heroes for Sale (1933)
Passed | 76 min | Drama, War
A veteran fights drug addiction to make his way in the business world.
36. Long Day's Journey Into Night (1962)
Not Rated | 174 min | Drama
At the end of a long and hot summer day, members of one family gather in a large house. Everyone has something painful and offensive to say, and their silence is even worse.
37. Pride of the Marines (1945)
Approved | 120 min | Biography, Drama, Romance
Marine hero Al Schmid is blinded in battle and returns home to be rehabilitated. He readjusts to his civilian life with the help of his soon to be wife.
38. The Men (1950)
Passed | 85 min | Drama
A paralyzed war vet tries to adjust to the world without the use of his limbs.
Votes: 3,983 | Gross: $7.10M
39. The Best Years of Our Lives (1946)
Approved | 170 min | Drama, Romance, War
Three World War II veterans return home to small-town America to discover that they and their families have been irreparably changed.
Votes: 54,844 | Gross: $23.65M
40. Johnny Belinda (1948)
Unrated | 102 min | Drama
In post-war Cape Breton, a doctor's efforts to tutor a deaf/mute woman are undermined when she is raped, and the resulting pregnancy causes scandal to swirl.
41. The Miracle Worker (1962)
Not Rated | 106 min | Biography, Drama
42. Wait Until Dark (1967)
Not Rated | 108 min | Horror, Thriller
A recently blinded woman is terrorized by a trio of thugs while they search for a heroin-stuffed doll they believe is in her apartment.
Votes: 26,144 | Gross: $17.55M
43. A Child Is Waiting (1963)
Approved | 102 min | Drama
Psychologist Dr. Matthew Clark is the head of the Crawthorne State Training Institute, one of the first boarding schools for developmentally challenged children. Dr. Clark is sympathetic ... See full summary »
44. Crash of Silence (1952)
Approved | 93 min | Drama
Mandy Garland was born deaf and has been mute for all of her life. Her parents believe she is able to speak if she can only be taught and enroll her with a special teacher.
45. Freaks (1932)
Not Rated | 64 min | Drama
A circus' beautiful trapeze artist agrees to marry the leader of side-show performers, but his deformed friends discover she is only marrying him for his inheritance.