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1. Ant-Man (2015)

PG-13 | 117 min | Action, Adventure, Comedy

7.3
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64 Metascore

Armed with a super-suit with the astonishing ability to shrink in scale but increase in strength, cat burglar Scott Lang must embrace his inner hero and help his mentor, Dr. Hank Pym, plan and pull off a heist that will save the world.

Director: Peyton Reed | Stars: Paul Rudd, Michael Douglas, Corey Stoll, Evangeline Lilly

Votes: 516,611 | Gross: $180.20M

2. Big Trouble in Little China (1986)

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

7.3
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53 Metascore

A rough-and-tumble trucker helps rescue his friend's fiance from an ancient sorcerer in a supernatural battle beneath Chinatown.

Director: John Carpenter | Stars: Kurt Russell, Kim Cattrall, Dennis Dun, James Hong

Votes: 114,625 | Gross: $11.10M

3. The Pursuit of Happyness (2006)

PG-13 | 117 min | Biography, Drama

8.0
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64 Metascore

A struggling salesman takes custody of his son as he's poised to begin a life-changing professional career.

Director: Gabriele Muccino | Stars: Will Smith, Thandie Newton, Jaden Smith, Brian Howe

Votes: 411,582 | Gross: $163.57M

4. The Age of Adaline (2015)

PG-13 | 112 min | Drama, Fantasy, Romance

7.2
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51 Metascore

A young woman, born at the turn of the 20th century, is rendered ageless after an accident. After many solitary years, she meets a man who complicates the eternal life she has settled into.

Director: Lee Toland Krieger | Stars: Blake Lively, Michiel Huisman, Harrison Ford, Kathy Baker

Votes: 141,679 | Gross: $42.48M

5. 48 Hrs. (1982)

R | 96 min | Action, Comedy, Crime

6.9
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71 Metascore

A hard-nosed cop reluctantly teams up with a wise-cracking criminal temporarily paroled to him, in order to track down a killer.

Director: Walter Hill | Stars: Nick Nolte, Eddie Murphy, Annette O'Toole, Frank McRae

Votes: 63,845 | Gross: $78.87M

6. Rumor Has It... (2005)

PG-13 | 97 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

5.5
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35 Metascore

Sarah Huttinger is a woman who learns that her family was the inspiration for the book and film "The Graduate" -- and that she just might be the offspring of the well-documented event.

Director: Rob Reiner | Stars: Jennifer Aniston, Mark Ruffalo, Shirley MacLaine, Kevin Costner

Votes: 49,282 | Gross: $43.00M

7. Big Eyes (I) (2014)

PG-13 | 106 min | Biography, Crime, Drama

7.0
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62 Metascore

A drama about the awakening of painter Margaret Keane, her phenomenal success in the 1950s, and the subsequent legal difficulties she had with her husband, who claimed credit for her works in the 1960s.

Director: Tim Burton | Stars: Amy Adams, Christoph Waltz, Danny Huston, Krysten Ritter

Votes: 78,918 | Gross: $14.48M

8. Frisco Jenny (1932)

Unrated | 73 min | Crime, Drama, Music

6.9
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Frisco Jenny was orphaned by the 1906 earthquake and fire and has become the madame of a prosperous bawdy house. She puts her son up for adoption and he rises to prominence as district ... See full summary »

Director: William A. Wellman | Stars: Ruth Chatterton, Louis Calhern, Helen Jerome Eddy, Donald Cook

Votes: 822

9. The Lady from Shanghai (1947)

Not Rated | 87 min | Crime, Drama, Film-Noir

7.6
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Fascinated by gorgeous Mrs. Bannister, seaman Michael O'Hara joins a bizarre yachting cruise, and ends up mired in a complex murder plot.

Director: Orson Welles | Stars: Rita Hayworth, Orson Welles, Everett Sloane, Glenn Anders

Votes: 23,903 | Gross: $0.01M

10. The Presidio (1988)

R | 97 min | Action, Crime, Mystery

6.0
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31 Metascore

A San Francisco civilian police detective is forced to work on a series of murders with his former enemy commanding officer while dating his daughter.

Director: Peter Hyams | Stars: Sean Connery, Mark Harmon, Meg Ryan, Jack Warden

Votes: 15,202 | Gross: $20.04M

11. Flower Drum Song (1961)

Approved | 133 min | Comedy, Musical, Romance

7.0
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A young woman arrives in San Francisco's Chinatown from Hong Kong with the intention of marrying a rakish nightclub owner, unaware he is involved with one of his singers.

Director: Henry Koster | Stars: Nancy Kwan, James Shigeta, Benson Fong, Jack Soo

Votes: 2,259 | Gross: $10.90M

12. Woman on the Run (1950)

Not Rated | 77 min | Crime, Drama, Film-Noir

7.3
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Frank Johnson flees police after becoming an eyewitness to murder. He is pursued around scenic San Francisco by his wife, a reporter, the police, and - the murderer.

Director: Norman Foster | Stars: Ann Sheridan, Dennis O'Keefe, Robert Keith, John Qualen

Votes: 2,432

13. An Eye for an Eye (1981)

R | 106 min | Action, Adventure, Crime

5.5
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Sean Kane is forced to resign from the San Francisco Police Department's Narcotics Division when he goes berserk after his partner is murdered. He decides to fight alone and follows a trail... See full summary »

Director: Steve Carver | Stars: Chuck Norris, Christopher Lee, Richard Roundtree, Matt Clark

Votes: 3,255 | Gross: $7.68M

14. They Call Me Mister Tibbs! (1970)

R | 108 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

6.1
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In San Francisco, a high-priced call girl is murdered and the case is assigned to Police Lieutenant Virgil Tibbs.

Director: Gordon Douglas | Stars: Sidney Poitier, Martin Landau, Barbara McNair, Anthony Zerbe

Votes: 2,849 | Gross: $5.12M

15. Hammett (1982)

PG | 97 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

6.5
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61 Metascore

Fictional account of real-life mystery writer Dashiell Hammett, and his involvement in the investigation of a beautiful Chinese cabaret actress' mysterious disappearance in San Francisco.

Director: Wim Wenders | Stars: Frederic Forrest, Peter Boyle, Marilu Henner, Roy Kinnear

Votes: 2,689 | Gross: $0.04M

16. The Maltese Falcon (1931)

Passed | 80 min | Crime, Drama, Film-Noir

6.9
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A lovely dame with dangerous lies employs the services of a private detective, who is quickly caught up in the mystery and intrigue of a statuette known as the Maltese Falcon.

Director: Roy Del Ruth | Stars: Bebe Daniels, Ricardo Cortez, Dudley Digges, Una Merkel

Votes: 2,553

17. Flame of Barbary Coast (1945)

Approved | 91 min | Musical, Romance, Western

6.3
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Duke falls for Flaxen in the Barbary Coast in turn-of-the-century San Francisco. He loses money to crooked gambler Tito, goes home and PL: learns to gamble, and returns. After he makes a ... See full summary »

Director: Joseph Kane | Stars: John Wayne, Ann Dvorak, Joseph Schildkraut, William Frawley

Votes: 1,166

18. Golden Gate (1993)

R | 91 min | Crime, Drama

5.2
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A brash 22-year-old FBI agent trumps up charges of Communist spying against a Chinese laundryman. Ten years later, he wants to make amends to the man and his teenage daughter.

Director: John Madden | Stars: Matt Dillon, Joan Chen, Elizabeth Morehead, Bruno Kirby

Votes: 677 | Gross: $0.40M

19. Mr. Wong, Detective (1938)

Passed | 69 min | Adventure, Crime, Drama

6.2
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When a chemical manufacturer is killed after asking detective James Wong to help him, Wong investigates this and two subsequent murders. He uncovers a international spy ring hoping to steal... See full summary »

Director: William Nigh | Stars: Boris Karloff, Grant Withers, Maxine Jennings, Evelyn Brent

Votes: 839

20. Chan Is Missing (1982)

Not Rated | 80 min | Drama, Mystery

7.1
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85 Metascore

Two cab drivers search San Francisco's Chinatown for the mysterious Chan, who disappeared with their $4000.

Director: Wayne Wang | Stars: Wood Moy, Marc Hayashi, Laureen Chew, Peter Wang

Votes: 970

21. Phantom of Chinatown (1940)

Approved | 62 min | Action, Crime, Drama

6.2
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Detective James Lee Wong is on the scene as archaeologist Dr. John Benton, recently returned from an expedition in China where a valuable ancient scroll was recovered, is murdered while giving a lecture on the expedition.

Director: Phil Rosen | Stars: Keye Luke, Lotus Long, Grant Withers, Charles Miller

Votes: 439

22. Mr. Wong in Chinatown (1939)

Approved | 71 min | Mystery

6.1
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A pretty Chinese woman, seeking help from San Francisco detective James Lee Wong, is killed by a poisoned dart in his front hall, having time only to scrawl "Captain J" on a sheet of paper.... See full summary »

Director: William Nigh | Stars: Boris Karloff, Marjorie Reynolds, Grant Withers, Huntley Gordon

Votes: 628

23. Tony Hawk's Pro Skater (1999 Video Game)

T | Action, Family, Sport

7.7
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Play as Tony Hawk, or nine other pros, and work your way up the ranks by successfully perform and combine aerials, flips, and grinds in competitions. Pro Skater features several modes, such as Career Mode, and multiple multiplayer modes.

Director: Jason Uyeda | Stars: Tony Hawk, Bob Burnquist, Kareem Campbell, Rune Glifberg

Votes: 840

24. The San Francisco Story (1952)

Passed | 80 min | Western

6.3
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In 1856, San Francisco is the scene of political battles between criminal organizations led by corrupt politicians and Vigilantes Committees formed by honest citizens.

Director: Robert Parrish | Stars: Joel McCrea, Yvonne De Carlo, Sidney Blackmer, Richard Erdman

Votes: 238

25. The Chinese Ring (1947)

Approved | 68 min | Comedy, Crime, Drama

6.2
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Soon after a Chinese princess comes to the US to buy planes for her people, she is murdered by a poison dart fired by an air rifle.

Director: William Beaudine | Stars: Roland Winters, Warren Douglas, Mantan Moreland, Louise Currie

Votes: 393

26. The Hatchet Man (1932)

74 min | Crime, Drama

6.3
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Hatchet man is ordered to kill his close friend for the sake of Tong.

Director: William A. Wellman | Stars: Edward G. Robinson, Loretta Young, Dudley Digges, Leslie Fenton

Votes: 635

27. Jack London (1943)

Approved | 94 min | Adventure, Biography, Romance

5.2
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Episodes in the adventurous life of the American novelist (1876-1916).

Director: Alfred Santell | Stars: Michael O'Shea, Susan Hayward, Osa Massen, Harry Davenport

Votes: 266

28. Shadows Over Chinatown (1946)

64 min | Comedy, Crime, Mystery

6.8
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Charlie investigates murders connected with insurance fraud. This one is set in San Francisco's Chinatown.

Director: Terry O. Morse | Stars: Sidney Toler, Mantan Moreland, Victor Sen Yung, Tanis Chandler

Votes: 609

29. Dragon: The Bruce Lee Story (1993 Video Game)

T | Action

7.4
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Martial arts action is defined by only one man: Bruce Lee! Now enter the world of Dragon for the ultimate martial arts showdown...authentic fierce brutal. It's a jeet kune do fight to the ... See full summary »

Votes: 43

30. Chinatown at Midnight (1949)

Passed | 67 min | Action, Crime, Drama

6.2
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Clifford Ward is a thief working San Francisco's Chinatown district, and his stolen goods are fenced through an interior-decorators shop ran by Lisa Marcel. But when Ward murders two ... See full summary »

Director: Seymour Friedman | Stars: Hurd Hatfield, Jean Willes, Tom Powers, Ray Walker

Votes: 76

31. Welcome Danger (1929)

Passed | 113 min | Comedy

6.0
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Harold Bledsoe, a botany student, is called back home to San Francisco, where his late father had been police chief, to help investigate a crime wave in Chinatown.

Directors: Clyde Bruckman, Malcolm St. Clair | Stars: Harold Lloyd, Barbara Kent, Noah Young, Charles Middleton

Votes: 650 | Gross: $3.10M

32. Windjammer (1937)

Approved | 60 min | Adventure, Crime, Drama

5.8
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The fourth and last of the George A. Hirliman-produced films starring George O'Brien (preceded by "Daniel Boone", "Park Avenue Logger" and "Hollywood Cowboy") that were distributed by RKO ... See full summary »

Director: Ewing Scott | Stars: George O'Brien, Constance Worth, William Hall, Brandon Evans

Votes: 76

33. Color of a Brisk and Leaping Day (1996)

Not Rated | 87 min | Drama

6.3
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The Yosemite Valley Railroad, which runs through the breathtaking scenery and stunning vistas of the Merced River Canyon to its terminus at El Portal outside Yosemite National Park, is on ... See full summary »

Director: Christopher Munch | Stars: Peter Alexander, Jeri Arredondo, Henry Gibson, Michael Stipe

Votes: 151 | Gross: $0.02M

34. Shadows of the Orient (1935)

Passed | 69 min | Action, Drama, Romance

5.0
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A classic "B" featurette about "smugglin' in Chinamen for $300 a load"

Director: Burt P. Lynwood | Stars: Esther Ralston, Regis Toomey, J. Farrell MacDonald, Oscar Apfel

Votes: 69

35. Old San Francisco (1927)

Passed | 88 min | Drama, History, Romance

6.4
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In San Francisco, a villainous land owner with underworld connections seeks to steal the property of an old Spanish family.

Director: Alan Crosland | Stars: Dolores Costello, Josef Swickard, Anders Randolf, Charles Emmett Mack

Votes: 279

36. Execution of Justice (1999 TV Movie)

R | 98 min | Crime, Drama

5.9
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The story of an assassin who killed a mayor in the 1970's in what was known as the "Twinkie Defense".

Director: Leon Ichaso | Stars: Tim Daly, Peter Coyote, Khalil Kain, Tyne Daly

Votes: 221

37. Chinatown Squad (1935)

Approved | 75 min | Action, Crime, Drama

6.1
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Police search for the killer of a man who misused $700,000 intended for the Chinese Communists.

Director: Murray Roth | Stars: Lyle Talbot, Valerie Hobson, Hugh O'Connell, Andy Devine

Votes: 45

38. The Five Cents of Lavarede (1939)

125 min | Comedy

6.0
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Some try to travel around the world with a time constraint, but Lavarède has to perform an even harder task than Phineas Fogg. His assignment is to go around the globe with a mere five ... See full summary »

Director: Maurice Cammage | Stars: Fernandel, Josette Day, Andrex, Félix Oudart

Votes: 83

39. Captured in Chinatown (1935)

Approved | 54 min | Crime, Mystery, Romance

5.4
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A feud between two gangs in Chinatown breaks out into a tong war.

Director: Elmer Clifton | Stars: Tarzan, Marion Shilling, Charles Delaney, Philo McCullough

Votes: 50

40. A Tale of Two Worlds (1921)

Passed | 70 min | Drama

6.1
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A white child is adopted and raised by a Chinese citizen and brought to San Francisco, where no one surmises that she is actually not Chinese.

Director: Frank Lloyd | Stars: J. Frank Glendon, Leatrice Joy, Wallace Beery, E. Alyn Warren

Votes: 27

41. Half Past Midnight (1948)

Approved | 69 min | Action, Adventure, Crime

5.7
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A man with an affinity for trouble meets a girl in distress in a nightclub. She becomes involved in the murder of a Spanish dancer and both of them become major suspects. The couple, ... See full summary »

Director: William F. Claxton | Stars: Kent Taylor, Peggy Knudsen, Joe Sawyer, Walter Sande

Votes: 20

42. The Secrets of Wu Sin (1932)

65 min | Crime, Mystery, Romance

5.5
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A murder mystery about the smuggling of illegal Chinese aliens into America through Chinatown.

Director: Richard Thorpe | Stars: Lois Wilson, Grant Withers, Dorothy Revier, Robert Warwick

Votes: 24

43. Paths to Paradise (1925)

78 min | Comedy, Crime, Romance

6.7
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A con-woman has a nice business going in fleecing gullible tourists who want a genuine 'underworld' experience -- but the tables are turned when one of her victims turns out to be less ... See full summary »

Director: Clarence G. Badger | Stars: Betty Compson, Raymond Griffith, Tom Santschi, Bert Woodruff

Votes: 117

44. Pier 23 (1951)

Approved | 58 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

5.8
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Private detective finds himself framed for the murders of a wrestler and a crooked referee, then for the murder of a mystery man posing as a new parolee from Alcatraz.

Director: William Berke | Stars: Hugh Beaumont, Ann Savage, Edward Brophy, Richard Travis

Votes: 44

45. The House of the Red Dragon (1969)

X | 97 min | Crime

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Director: Donn Greer | Stars: Suzie Wong, Geraldine Kaye, John Vincent, Diane Hansen

46. The City of Dim Faces (1918)

50 min | Drama

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Chinese merchant Wing Lung and Elizabeth Mendall, an American, marry and have a son named Jang Lung. Because Elizabeth wants Jang Lung to be raised as a Christian, Wing Lung locks her in ... See full summary »

Director: George Melford | Stars: Sessue Hayakawa, Doris Pawn, Marin Sais, James Cruze

47. I Cover Chinatown (1936)

Approved | 64 min | Crime, Drama, Music

6.3
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A tour guide in Chinatown and his girlfriend get mixed up with jewel thieves and murder.

Director: Norman Foster | Stars: Norman Foster, Elaine Shepard, Vince Barnett, Theodore von Eltz

Votes: 9

48. San Francisco (1955)

22 min | Documentary, Short

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San Francisco resident Tullio Pellegrini takes the viewer on a tour of San Francisco, including such landmarks as Golden Gate Park, Market Street, Chinatown, Play Land, the Coit Tower, ... See full summary »

Director: Tullio Pellegrini | Star: Tullio Pellegrini

49. A Trip to Chinatown (1926)

60 min | Comedy

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Director: Robert P. Kerr | Stars: Margaret Livingston, Earle Foxe, J. Farrell MacDonald, Anna May Wong

50. Law of the Barbary Coast (1949)

Approved | 65 min | Action, Adventure, Crime

5.0
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Wayne Adams is murdered in a Barbary Coast saloon and gambling hall in San Francisco in 1880, and his sister, Julie, enlists the aid of the district attorney, Michael Lodge, in gathering ... See full summary »

Director: Lew Landers | Stars: Gloria Henry, Stephen Dunne, Adele Jergens, Ross Ford

Votes: 25



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