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1. 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: 6,286

2. The Band Wagon (1953)

Passed | 112 min | Comedy, Musical, Romance

93 Metascore

A pretentiously artistic director is hired for a new Broadway musical and changes it beyond recognition.

Director: Vincente Minnelli | Stars: Fred Astaire, Cyd Charisse, Oscar Levant, Nanette Fabray

Votes: 9,248

3. Film Without a Name (1948)

79 min | Comedy, Romance

A screenwriter comes up with a story about an affair between a maid and her employer

Director: Rudolf Jugert | Stars: Hans Söhnker, Hildegard Knef, Irene von Meyendorff, Erich Ponto

Votes: 159

4. Forbidden Fruit (1921)

87 min | Drama

Mary Maddock becomes a seamstress after her husband Steve wastes their money on booze. Her employer provides her as an escort to accompany millionaire Mallory. Her husband tries ... See full summary »

Director: Cecil B. DeMille | Stars: Agnes Ayres, Clarence Burton, Theodore Roberts, Kathlyn Williams

Votes: 100

5. Strange Angel (2018– )

TV-MA | 60 min | Drama, Mystery

A rocket scientist in 1940s Los Angeles is secretly the disciple of occultist Aleister Crowley.

Stars: Jack Reynor, Bella Heathcote, Peter Mark Kendall, Greg Wise

Votes: 1,619

6. Wild Honey (1972)

X | 95 min | Drama

A farm girl girl runs away from her sexually abusive father and ends up in Los Angeles. Hippies, LSD, prostitution, lesbianism, a threesome, and a meeting with a satanic cult soon follow.

Director: Don Edmonds | Stars: Edward Blessington, K.W. Christian, Uschi Digard, Lynn Harris

Votes: 65

7. Fascination (1922)

80 min | Drama

A young woman with a Spanish father and an American mother living in Spain under the supervision of a strict aunt slips out to attend a bullfight. There she becomes fascinated by the toreador Carrita.

Director: Robert Z. Leonard | Stars: Mae Murray, Creighton Hale, Charles Lane, Emily Fitzroy

8. Ben-Hur: A Tale of the Christ (1925)

Not Rated | 143 min | Adventure, Drama, Romance

A Jewish prince seeks to find his family and revenge himself upon his childhood friend who had him wrongly imprisoned.

Directors: Fred Niblo, Charles Brabin, Christy Cabanne, J.J. Cohn, Rex Ingram | Stars: Ramon Novarro, Francis X. Bushman, May McAvoy, Betty Bronson

Votes: 6,884 | Gross: $12.45M

9. Cleopatra (1917)

125 min | Biography, Drama, History

The story of Cleopatra, the fabulous queen of Egypt, and the epic romances between her and the greatest men of Rome, Julius Caesar and Antony.

Director: J. Gordon Edwards | Stars: Theda Bara, Fritz Leiber, Thurston Hall, Alan Roscoe

Votes: 291

10. Chu-Chin-Chow (1923)

Passed | 120 min | Adventure, Fantasy, Romance

In Baghdad a girl escapes from a robber sheikh and thwarts a plot to rob a merchant.

Director: Herbert Wilcox | Stars: Betty Blythe, Herbert Langley, Randle Ayrton, Eva Moore

Votes: 17

11. The Single Standard (1929)

Passed | 73 min | Drama, Romance

The wealthy Arden Stuart is bored in a party; after refusing the wedding proposal of Tommy Hewlett, she drives her car with her driver to a lonely place. She has one night stand with him ... See full summary »

Director: John S. Robertson | Stars: Greta Garbo, Nils Asther, Johnny Mack Brown, Dorothy Sebastian

Votes: 454 | Gross: $0.66M

12. Hagazussa (2017)

102 min | Drama, Horror

72 Metascore

Paranoia & Superstition in 15th Century Europe.

Director: Lukas Feigelfeld | Stars: Aleksandra Cwen, Celina Peter, Claudia Martini, Tanja Petrovsky

Votes: 2,501 | Gross: $0.01M

14. The Holy Mountain (1926)

100 min | Drama

The dancer, Diotima, meets an engineer and skier, Karl, in his cottage in the mountains where they fall in love and have an affair. When Karl's young friend, Vigo, meets her she gives him ... See full summary »

Director: Arnold Fanck | Stars: Leni Riefenstahl, Luis Trenker, Ernst Petersen, Frida Richard

Votes: 632

15. The Other Side of the Wind (2018)

R | 122 min | Drama

78 Metascore

A Hollywood director emerges from semi-exile with plans to complete work on an innovative motion picture.

Director: Orson Welles | Stars: John Huston, Oja Kodar, Peter Bogdanovich, Susan Strasberg

Votes: 4,999

17. Beast (III) (2017)

R | 107 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

74 Metascore

A troubled woman living in an isolated community finds herself pulled between the control of her oppressive family and the allure of a secretive outsider suspected of a series of brutal murders.

Director: Michael Pearce | Stars: Jessie Buckley, Geraldine James, Johnny Flynn, Shannon Tarbet

Votes: 8,130 | Gross: $0.80M

18. Hula (1927)

64 min | Drama, Romance

The daughter of a pineapple plantation owner in Hawaii sets her sights on a married English engineer.

Director: Victor Fleming | Stars: Clara Bow, Clive Brook, Arlette Marchal, Arnold Kent

Votes: 164 | Gross: $0.44M

19. The Soul of Buddha (1918)

50 min | Romance

Bavahari, a half caste Indian girl, renounces her oath as a sacred dancer to the worship of Buddha. The High Priest, who secretly loves the girl, is enraged and vows vengeance. Bavahari ... See full summary »

Director: J. Gordon Edwards | Stars: Theda Bara, Victor Kennard, Florence Martin, Tony Merlo

Votes: 7

20. The Night Walker (1964)

Passed | 86 min | Horror, Mystery, Thriller

A woman is haunted by recurring nightmares, which seem to be instigated by her late husband who supposedly was killed in a fire.

Director: William Castle | Stars: Robert Taylor, Barbara Stanwyck, Judi Meredith, Hayden Rorke

Votes: 1,553

21. The Red Lantern (1919)

70 min | Drama

Mahlee and Blanche Sackville are half-sisters, Blanche the daughter of an Englishman and his wife, Mahlee of the Englishman and his Chinese mistress. Mahlee rejects her people and attempts ... See full summary »

Director: Albert Capellani | Stars: Alla Nazimova, Noah Beery, Charles Bryant, Edward Connelly

Votes: 37

22. Eye of the Cat (1969)

M/PG | 102 min | Horror

A man and his girlfriend plan to rob the mansion of the man's eccentric but wealthy aunt. However, the aunt keeps dozens of cats in her home, and the man is deathly afraid of cats.

Director: David Lowell Rich | Stars: Michael Sarrazin, Gayle Hunnicutt, Eleanor Parker, Tim Henry

Votes: 608

23. The Thief of Bagdad (1940)

Not Rated | 106 min | Adventure, Family, Fantasy

After being tricked and cast out of Bagdad by the evil Jaffar, King Ahmad joins forces with a thief named Abu to reclaim his throne, the city, and the Princess he loves.

Directors: Ludwig Berger, Michael Powell, Tim Whelan, Alexander Korda, Zoltan Korda, William Cameron Menzies | Stars: Conrad Veidt, Sabu, June Duprez, John Justin

Votes: 11,011 | Gross: $0.27M

24. The Great Ziegfeld (1936)

Not Rated | 176 min | Biography, Drama, Musical

The ups and downs of Florenz Ziegfeld Jr., famed producer of extravagant stage revues, are portrayed.

Director: Robert Z. Leonard | Stars: William Powell, Myrna Loy, Luise Rainer, Frank Morgan

Votes: 6,587

25. Blonde Venus (1932)

Not Rated | 93 min | Drama

A cabaret singer takes up with a millionaire to pay for her gravely ill husband's operation.

Director: Josef von Sternberg | Stars: Marlene Dietrich, Cary Grant, Herbert Marshall, Dickie Moore

Votes: 3,963

26. Belle of the Nineties (1934)

Passed | 73 min | Comedy, Drama, Musical

Ruby Carter, the American Beauty queen of the night club-sporting world, shifts her operations from St. Louis to New Orleans (which kind of belies the Western genre designation), mostly to ... See full summary »

Director: Leo McCarey | Stars: Mae West, Roger Pryor, Johnny Mack Brown, John Miljan

Votes: 541

27. King Kong (1933)

Passed | 100 min | Adventure, Horror, Sci-Fi

90 Metascore

A film crew goes to a tropical island for an exotic location shoot and discovers a colossal ape who takes a shine to their female blonde star. He is then captured and brought back to New York City for public exhibition.

Directors: Merian C. Cooper, Ernest B. Schoedsack | Stars: Fay Wray, Robert Armstrong, Bruce Cabot, Frank Reicher

Votes: 75,016 | Gross: $10.00M

28. The Phantom of the Opera (1925)

Passed | 93 min | Horror

A mad, disfigured composer seeks love with a lovely young opera singer.

Directors: Rupert Julian, Lon Chaney, Ernst Laemmle, Edward Sedgwick | Stars: Lon Chaney, Mary Philbin, Norman Kerry, Arthur Edmund Carewe

Votes: 15,492 | Gross: $3.75M

29. Bella Donna (1923)

60 min | Drama, Romance

Bella Donna, a seductive woman snares Nigel Armine into marriage and he takes her to Egypt to live. Tired of her simple husband, Bella becomes involved with brutish Baroudi.

Director: George Fitzmaurice | Stars: Pola Negri, Conway Tearle, Conrad Nagel, Adolphe Menjou

Votes: 14

30. The Queen of Sheba (1921)

90 min | Adventure, Drama

The story of the ill-fated romance between Solomon, king of Israel, and the Queen of Sheba.

Director: J. Gordon Edwards | Stars: Betty Blythe, Fritz Leiber, Claire de Lorez, George Siegmann

Votes: 39

31. The Thief of Bagdad (1924)

Not Rated | 155 min | Adventure, Family, Fantasy

A recalcitrant thief vies with a duplicitous Mongol ruler for the hand of a beautiful princess.

Director: Raoul Walsh | Stars: Douglas Fairbanks, Julanne Johnston, Snitz Edwards, Charles Belcher

Votes: 5,138 | Gross: $4.36M

32. Footlight Parade (1933)

Passed | 104 min | Comedy, Musical, Romance

Chester Kent struggles against time, romance, and a rival's spy to produce spectacular live "prologues" for movie houses.

Director: Lloyd Bacon | Stars: James Cagney, Joan Blondell, Ruby Keeler, Dick Powell

Votes: 4,331

33. Million Dollar Mermaid (1952)

Approved | 115 min | Biography, Drama, Musical

Biopic of Australian swimming champ and entertainer Annette Kellerman. After overcoming polio, Kellerman achieves fame and creates a scandal when her one-piece bathing suit is considered indecent.

Director: Mervyn LeRoy | Stars: Esther Williams, Victor Mature, Walter Pidgeon, David Brian

Votes: 1,148



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