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1. Blazing Saddles (1974)

R | 93 min | Comedy, Western

7.7
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73 Metascore

In order to ruin a western town, a corrupt politician appoints a black Sheriff, who promptly becomes his most formidable adversary.

Director: Mel Brooks | Stars: Cleavon Little, Gene Wilder, Slim Pickens, Harvey Korman

Votes: 117,515 | Gross: $119.50M

2. Cocoon (1985)

PG-13 | 117 min | Comedy, Drama, Sci-Fi

6.7
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65 Metascore

When a group of trespassing seniors swim in a pool containing alien cocoons, they find themselves energized with youthful vigor.

Director: Ron Howard | Stars: Don Ameche, Wilford Brimley, Hume Cronyn, Brian Dennehy

Votes: 53,189 | Gross: $76.11M

3. Xanadu (1980)

PG | 96 min | Fantasy, Musical, Romance

5.2
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35 Metascore

A struggling artist living in Los Angeles meets a girl who may hold the key to his happiness.

Director: Robert Greenwald | Stars: Olivia Newton-John, Gene Kelly, Michael Beck, James Sloyan

Votes: 11,070 | Gross: $22.76M

4. The Great Gatsby (1974)

PG | 144 min | Drama, Romance

6.4
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43 Metascore

A Midwesterner becomes fascinated with his nouveau riche neighbor, who obsesses over his lost love.

Director: Jack Clayton | Stars: Robert Redford, Mia Farrow, Bruce Dern, Karen Black

Votes: 22,238

5. Swing Shift (1984)

PG | 100 min | Drama, Romance, War

5.9
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A woman finds romance when she takes a job at an aircraft plant to help make ends meet after her husband goes off to war.

Director: Jonathan Demme | Stars: Goldie Hawn, Kurt Russell, Christine Lahti, Fred Ward

Votes: 3,915 | Gross: $6.65M

6. My One and Only (2009)

PG-13 | 108 min | Adventure, Biography, Comedy

6.5
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62 Metascore

After leaving her philandering husband, an elegant socialite takes her two sons on a road trip across America in search of a better life.

Director: Richard Loncraine | Stars: Renée Zellweger, Logan Lerman, Mark Rendall, Kevin Bacon

Votes: 8,169 | Gross: $2.48M

7. Close to the Enemy (2016– )

Drama

5.9
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A British intelligence officer has to ensure that a captured German scientist helps the British develop jet aircraft.

Stars: Lucy Ward, August Diehl, Jim Sturgess, Julian Bleach

Votes: 953

8. The Glenn Miller Story (1954)

Approved | 115 min | Biography, Drama, Music

7.3
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Biography of bandleader Glenn Miller from his beginnings to his death over the English Channel in December 1944.

Director: Anthony Mann | Stars: James Stewart, June Allyson, Harry Morgan, Charles Drake

Votes: 7,369

9. Daddy Long Legs (1955)

Approved | 126 min | Musical, Romance

6.7
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On a trip to France, millionaire Jervis Pendleton sees an 18 year old girl in an orphanage. Enchanted with her, but mindful of the difference in their ages, he sponsors her to college in ... See full summary »

Director: Jean Negulesco | Stars: Fred Astaire, Leslie Caron, Terry Moore, Thelma Ritter

Votes: 3,223

10. Murder on the Home Front (2013 TV Movie)

91 min | Crime, Mystery, Thriller

6.7
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Set during the London Blitz of 1940, this is a world where people live life in the moment. It is also a world where criminals can use the blackout and devastation to hide their darkest activities.

Director: Geoffrey Sax | Stars: Patrick Kennedy, Tamzin Merchant, Emerald Fennell, James Fleet

Votes: 1,312

11. Blind Horizon (2003)

R | 99 min | Drama, Mystery, Thriller

5.6
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At the hospital, Frank comes out of a coma with amnesia. The sheriff wants to know who shot him. Later Frank remembers that something's happening to the president. Who is Frank?

Director: Michael Haussman | Stars: Val Kilmer, Neve Campbell, Sam Shepard, Noble Willingham

Votes: 4,272

12. Tears in the Rain (1988 TV Movie)

100 min | Drama, Romance, War

5.9
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When Casey Cantrell's mother died, her last wish was that her daughter would give a letter to Lord Richard Bredon, living in the UK. When Casey arrives in London, Lord Bredon denies ever ... See full summary »

Director: Don Sharp | Stars: Sharon Stone, Christopher Cazenove, Leigh Lawson, Paul Daneman

Votes: 516

13. The Cowboy and the Lady (1938)

Approved | 91 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

6.6
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A lonely socialite masquerades as a maid and meets an unpretentious, plain-spoken cowboy who is unaware of her true identity.

Directors: H.C. Potter, Stuart Heisler, William Wyler | Stars: Gary Cooper, Merle Oberon, Patsy Kelly, Walter Brennan

Votes: 1,107

14. Invisible Stripes (1939)

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

6.8
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An ex-con who wants to go straight has difficulties trying to reintegrate into society while on parole.

Director: Lloyd Bacon | Stars: George Raft, Jane Bryan, William Holden, Humphrey Bogart

Votes: 1,247 | Gross: $0.11M

15. The Night We Called It a Day (2003)

R | 97 min | Biography, Comedy, Drama

5.9
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Based on the true events surrounding Frank Sinatra's tour of Australia. When Sinatra calls a local reporter a "two-bit hooker", every union in the country black-bans the star until he issues an apology.

Director: Paul Goldman | Stars: Dennis Hopper, Melanie Griffith, Portia de Rossi, Joel Edgerton

Votes: 846

16. The Benny Goodman Story (1956)

Approved | 116 min | Biography, Drama, Music

6.7
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The young Benny Goodman is taught clarinet by a Chicago music professor. He is advised by bandleader Kid Ory to play whichever kind of music he likes best, but to make a living, Benny begins by joining the Ben Pollack traveling band.

Director: Valentine Davies | Stars: Steve Allen, Donna Reed, Berta Gersten, Barry Truex

Votes: 1,031

17. Rock Around the Clock (1956)

Not Rated | 77 min | Comedy, Music, Romance

6.2
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Orchestra manager Steve Hollis realizes that big-band music is dead. People want something new, but what? On their way to New York, Steve and his companion Corny, stop at a motel in a small... See full summary »

Director: Fred F. Sears | Stars: Bill Haley and the Comets, The Platters, Ernie Freeman Combo, Tony Martinez and His Band

Votes: 944 | Gross: $4.00M

18. Ship Ahoy (1942)

Passed | 95 min | Comedy, Musical, Romance

6.5
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Miss Winters is a dancer with the Tommy Dorsey Orchestra and is asked to secretly transport a prototype magnetic mine to Puerto Rico. She thinks that she is working for the US Government, ... See full summary »

Director: Edward Buzzell | Stars: Eleanor Powell, Red Skelton, Bert Lahr, Virginia O'Brien

Votes: 447

19. Hollywood Hotel (1937)

Approved | 109 min | Comedy, Musical, Romance

6.4
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Ronny Bowers, a saxophonist in Benny Goodman's band has won a talent contest an got a ten week contract with a film studio. On his first evening he is supposed to go with the studio's star ... See full summary »

Director: Busby Berkeley | Stars: Dick Powell, Rosemary Lane, Lola Lane, Hugh Herbert

Votes: 583

20. Pin Up Girl (1944)

Passed | 84 min | Comedy, Musical, Romance

6.1
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Glamorous Lorry Jones, the toast of a Missouri military canteen, has become "engaged" to almost every serviceman she's signed her pin-up photo for. Now she's leaving home to go into ... See full summary »

Director: H. Bruce Humberstone | Stars: Betty Grable, John Harvey, Martha Raye, Joe E. Brown

Votes: 604

21. Dancing Feet (1936)

Approved | 70 min | Comedy, Music, Romance

7.0
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Peyton Wells (Ben Lyon) rescues Judy Jones (Joan Marsh) from a very dull young man, at a sedate party given for her by her multi-millionaire grandfather Silas P. Jones (Purnell Pratt.) Judy... See full summary »

Director: Joseph Santley | Stars: Ben Lyon, Joan Marsh, Edward J. Nugent, Isabel Jewell

Votes: 45

22. You'll Find Out (1940)

Approved | 97 min | Comedy, Horror, Musical

6.3
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The manager of Kay Kyser's band books them for a birthday party bash for an heiress at a spooky mansion, where sinister forces try to kill her.

Director: David Butler | Stars: Kay Kyser, Peter Lorre, Boris Karloff, Bela Lugosi

Votes: 980

23. Meet the People (1944)

Passed | 100 min | Comedy, Musical, Romance

5.8
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A idealistic shipyard worker interests a beautiful Hollywood star in staging a musical tribute to the war industry, but they disagree on some important issues.

Director: Charles Reisner | Stars: Lucille Ball, Dick Powell, Virginia O'Brien, Bert Lahr

Votes: 308

24. Reveille with Beverly (1943)

Approved | 78 min | Comedy, Music, Romance

6.6
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Beverly Ross moderates an 5:30 am radio show with swing music, dedicated to the local servicemen. Two buddies of her brother have a chance to meet her and both fall in love. One of them is ... See full summary »

Director: Charles Barton | Stars: Ann Miller, William Wright, Dick Purcell, Franklin Pangborn

Votes: 258

25. The Saint Strikes Back (1939)

Passed | 64 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

6.3
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Simon Templar, the Saint, travels to San Francisco to solve crime mysteries within the police department.

Director: John Farrow | Stars: George Sanders, Wendy Barrie, Jonathan Hale, Jerome Cowan

Votes: 818

26. Sarge Goes to College (1947)

Approved | 63 min | Comedy, Musical, War

7.6
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A Marine Sergeant wounded in overseas combat service, requires an operation, and Navy psychiatrist Captain R. S. Handler, recommends to Marine Captain Russ Morgan and Colonel Winters that "... See full summary »

Director: Will Jason | Stars: Freddie Stewart, June Preisser, Frankie Darro, Warren Mills

Votes: 13

27. Transatlantic Coffee (2012)

Not Rated | 104 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

6.6
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Two unlikely friends, a teenage stripper from London and a traumatized clown, try to help each other in an uncertain world.

Director: Erik Peter Carlson | Stars: Kevin Pinassi, Rae Olivier, Marcel Torres, Stephanie Domini

Votes: 403

28. Swing Fever (1943)

Approved | 79 min | Comedy, Musical, Romance

6.1
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Lowell Blackford (Kay Kyser) is blessed with a gift of music,but also cursed with a hereditary "evil eye" which hypnotizes people,and he is virtually a recluse. He goes in search of a ... See full summary »

Director: Tim Whelan | Stars: Kay Kyser, Marilyn Maxwell, William Gargan, Nat Pendleton

Votes: 150

29. Carnival in Moscow (1956)

Not Rated | 78 min | Comedy, Musical, Romance

7.5
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A new chief of a "Culture House" is planning to hold a terribly boring New Year concert. A group of young amateur actors are doing their best to liven up the concert.

Director: Eldar Ryazanov | Stars: Igor Ilyinsky, Lyudmila Gurchenko, Yuri Belov, Georgiy Kulikov

Votes: 2,052

30. Check and Double Check (1930)

Passed | 77 min | Comedy

5.8
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Typical Amos 'n Andy storyline has the boys trying to make a go of their "open-air" taxi business while they get caught up in a society hassle, involving driving musicians to a fancy party.... See full summary »

Director: Melville W. Brown | Stars: Freeman F. Gosden, Charles J. Correll, Sue Carol, Irene Rich

Votes: 325

31. Garden of the Moon (1938)

Approved | 94 min | Comedy, Musical, Romance

5.9
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John Quinn is the ruthless manager of the night club Garden of the Moon. He has booked Rudy Vallee & his Connecticut Yankees for a season as his band, but due to a car accident Vallee can't... See full summary »

Director: Busby Berkeley | Stars: Pat O'Brien, Margaret Lindsay, John Payne, Johnnie Davis

Votes: 196

32. Wintertime (1943)

Approved | 82 min | Comedy, Musical, Romance

6.3
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Nora and her uncle get railroaded into spending the night at a broken-down hotel in Canada. After Nora falls for the handsome owner, she convinces her uncle to invest in the inn and ... See full summary »

Director: John Brahm | Stars: Sonja Henie, Jack Oakie, Cesar Romero, Carole Landis

Votes: 149

33. Murder in the Music Hall (1946)

Approved | 84 min | Crime, Music, Mystery

6.6
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Lila Leighton, the lovely ice ballerina, meets Carl Lang, former ice-show producer, at his New York City penthouse apartment. Lia refuses Lang's offer to star in his new Music Hall Ice Show... See full summary »

Director: John English | Stars: Vera Ralston, William Marshall, Helen Walker, Nancy Kelly

Votes: 62

34. Earl Carroll Vanities (1945)

Approved | 91 min | Musical, Romance

5.4
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Royalty from a small European principality come to New York City to arrange for a loan to prop up their country's troubled finances. While the queen mother attends to the negotiations, ... See full summary »

Director: Joseph Santley | Stars: Dennis O'Keefe, Constance Moore, Eve Arden, Otto Kruger

Votes: 40

35. Hit Parade of 1943 (1943)

Approved | 82 min | Music, Romance

5.5
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One of the many films made at Republic with a year attached to the "Hit Parade" title, which came from the "Hit Parade" radio program sponsored by Lucky Strike cigarettes. On reissue all of... See full summary »

Director: Albert S. Rogell | Stars: John Carroll, Susan Hayward, Gail Patrick, Eve Arden

Votes: 87

36. The Savoy King: Chick Webb & the Music That Changed America (2012)

90 min | Documentary, Biography

8.4
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A documentary on drummer/bandleader Chick Webb, Ella Fitzgerald, and Harlem's Savoy Ballroom.

Director: Jeff Kaufman | Stars: Van Alexander, Bruce Barnes, Louie Bellson, Rocky Carroll

Votes: 16

37. The Shining Future (1944)

20 min | Short, Music

6.2
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Director: LeRoy Prinz | Stars: Charles Ruggles, Olive Blakeney, Jack Carson, Benny Goodman

Votes: 36

38. Artie Shaw: Time Is All You've Got (1985)

114 min | Documentary, Biography, Music

8.1
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Documentary cataloging the life and music of the band leader and clarinetist, Artie Shaw.

Director: Brigitte Berman | Stars: Artie Shaw, John Best, Lee Castle, Helen Forrest

Votes: 72

39. Cocoanut Grove (1938)

85 min | Comedy, Musical, Romance

6.6
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Band tries to get an audition for a job at a prestigious nightclub.

Director: Alfred Santell | Stars: Fred MacMurray, Harriet Nelson, Ben Blue, Eve Arden

Votes: 44

40. Stolen Harmony (1935)

80 min | Crime, Musical

7.0
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Band leader Jack Conrad is impressed by prison inmate Ray Ferrera on saxophone. Conrad hires Ray to join his band and tour upon his release. Ray hooks up with Jean, a dancer in the show, ... See full summary »

Director: Alfred L. Werker | Stars: George Raft, Ben Bernie, Grace Bradley, Iris Adrian

Votes: 33

41. Jam Session (1944)

Approved | 77 min | Comedy, Music

6.4
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Terry Baxter is a never-say-die Hollywood newcomer from Waterfall Kansas, determined to make it big. And does she have talent. Filled, of course, with lots of musical numbers that showcase her many talents.

Director: Charles Barton | Stars: Ann Miller, Jess Barker, Charles D. Brown, Eddie Kane

Votes: 132

42. Anita O'Day: The Life of a Jazz Singer (2007)

Not Rated | 90 min | Documentary, Music

7.9
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76 Metascore

A tribute to jazz diva Anita O'Day, completed just weeks before her death in November 2006.

Directors: Robbie Cavolina, Ian McCrudden | Stars: Anita O'Day, Louis Armstrong, Buddy Bregman, Dick Cavett

Votes: 195

43. What's Buzzin', Cousin? (1943)

Approved | 75 min | Comedy, Music, Romance

6.4
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Freddy Martin and his band go on a trailer vacation, taking along Rochester as a handy man. They run out of gas in a ghost town and have to spend the night in the deserted Palace Hotel. The... See full summary »

Director: Charles Barton | Stars: Ann Miller, Eddie 'Rochester' Anderson, John Hubbard, Freddy Martin

Votes: 19

44. Dime a Dance (1937)

Approved | 18 min | Short, Comedy, Music

6.0
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June Allyson is a cashier in a dance hall and her friend Imogene Coca wants to get a job there as a dance hostess. June advises her she needs to first make herself attractive to men,and ... See full summary »

Director: Al Christie | Stars: Imogene Coca, Danny Kaye, June Allyson, Hank Henry

Votes: 23

45. Make Believe Ballroom (1949)

Approved | 79 min | Comedy, Music, Romance

6.8
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Liza Lee, fast-talking press agent for Al Jarvis, persuades Jarvis to stage a Musical Mystery Contest, with a $5000 prize to the person who can first name the most musical numbers and their... See full summary »

Director: Joseph Santley | Stars: Jerome Courtland, Ruth Warrick, Ron Randell, Virginia Welles

Votes: 23

46. Big City Fantasy (1934)

Approved | 10 min | Musical, Short

6.7
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The first 3 minutes of this Vitaphone Melody Master feature Phil Spitalny's orchestra playing popular music. The band's singer then fantasizes about her experience when she first arrived in... See full summary »

Director: Joseph Henabery | Stars: Phil Spitalny, Phil Spitalny and His Orchestra

Votes: 55

47. Bix: 'Ain't None of Them Play Like Him Yet' (1981)

116 min | Documentary, Biography, Music

8.8
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Director: Brigitte Berman | Stars: Louis Armstrong, Richard Basehart, Hoagy Carmichael, Doc Cheatham

Votes: 20

48. Hey, Rookie (1944)

Approved | 77 min | Musical

7.2
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Musical comedy star Jimmy Leighter wants to get away from show biz and his leading lady Winnie Clark, so he joins the Army. There he gets the order to put on a show, Winnie Clark appears in... See full summary »

Director: Charles Barton | Stars: Ann Miller, Joe Besser, Larry Parks, Joe Sawyer

Votes: 20

49. Take It Big (1944)

Approved | 75 min | Comedy, Music, Romance

6.3
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A rancher puts on a show to raise money so he can save his dude ranch from bankruptcy.

Director: Frank McDonald | Stars: Jack Haley, Harriet Nelson, Mary Beth Hughes, Richard Lane

Votes: 10

50. Le batteur du boléro (1992)

8 min | Short, Comedy, Music

6.7
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Keeping the rhythm for twenty or so minutes in Ravel's Boléro can be an arduous and excruciatingly tedious task for the orchestra's unsung hero: the drummer.

Director: Patrice Leconte | Stars: Jacques Villeret, Laurent Petitgirard

Votes: 506



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