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1. Shutter Island (2010)

R | 138 min | Mystery, Thriller

8.1
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63 Metascore

In 1954, a U.S. Marshal investigates the disappearance of a murderer, who escaped from a hospital for the criminally insane.

Director: Martin Scorsese | Stars: Leonardo DiCaprio, Emily Mortimer, Mark Ruffalo, Ben Kingsley

Votes: 1,024,877 | Gross: $128.01M

2. Identity (2003)

R | 90 min | Mystery, Thriller

7.3
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64 Metascore

Stranded at a desolate Nevada motel during a nasty rain-storm, ten strangers become acquainted with each other when they realize that they're being killed off one by one.

Director: James Mangold | Stars: John Cusack, Ray Liotta, Amanda Peet, John Hawkes

Votes: 212,049 | Gross: $52.16M

3. Midnight Express (1978)

R | 121 min | Biography, Crime, Drama

7.6
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59 Metascore

Billy Hayes (Brad Davis), an American college student, is caught smuggling drugs out of Turkey and thrown into prison.

Director: Alan Parker | Stars: Brad Davis, Irene Miracle, Bo Hopkins, Paolo Bonacelli

Votes: 66,772 | Gross: $35.00M

4. Bronson (2008)

R | 92 min | Action, Biography, Crime

7.1
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71 Metascore

A young man who was sentenced to seven years in prison for robbing a post office ends up spending three decades in solitary confinement. During this time, his own personality is supplanted by his alter-ego, Charles Bronson.

Director: Nicolas Winding Refn | Stars: Tom Hardy, Kelly Adams, Luing Andrews, Katy Barker

Votes: 111,582 | Gross: $0.10M

5. House on Haunted Hill (1999)

R | 93 min | Horror, Mystery, Thriller

5.6
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28 Metascore

An amusement park mogul offers a group of diverse people $1,000,000 to spend the night in a haunted house with a horrifying past.

Director: William Malone | Stars: Geoffrey Rush, Famke Janssen, Taye Diggs, Peter Gallagher

Votes: 50,984 | Gross: $40.85M

6. Frailty (2001)

R | 100 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

7.2
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64 Metascore

A mysterious man arrives at the offices of an FBI agent and recounts his childhood: how his religious fanatic father received visions telling him to destroy people who were in fact "demons."

Director: Bill Paxton | Stars: Bill Paxton, Matthew McConaughey, Powers Boothe, Matt O'Leary

Votes: 72,038 | Gross: $13.10M

7. Signpost to Murder (1964)

Approved | 78 min | Crime, Mystery, Thriller

6.2
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An escapee from an asylum takes refuge in a woman's house; but she has dark secrets of her own.

Director: George Englund | Stars: Joanne Woodward, Stuart Whitman, Edward Mulhare, Alan Napier

Votes: 385

8. Gothika (2003)

R | 98 min | Horror, Mystery, Thriller

5.8
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38 Metascore

A depressed female psychiatrist wakes up as a patient in the asylum where she worked, with no memory of why she is there or what she has done.

Director: Mathieu Kassovitz | Stars: Halle Berry, Penélope Cruz, Robert Downey Jr., Charles S. Dutton

Votes: 101,537 | Gross: $59.69M

9. The Informant! (2009)

R | 108 min | Biography, Comedy, Crime

6.4
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66 Metascore

The U.S. government decides to go after an agro-business giant with a price-fixing accusation, based on the evidence submitted by their star witness, vice president-turned-informant Mark Whitacre.

Director: Steven Soderbergh | Stars: Matt Damon, Tony Hale, Patton Oswalt, Lucas McHugh Carroll

Votes: 60,586 | Gross: $33.31M

10. Savage Grace (2007)

Not Rated | 97 min | Drama

5.8
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51 Metascore

A dramatization of the shocking Barbara Daly Baekeland murder case, which happened in a posh London flat on Friday 17 November 1972. The bloody crime caused a stir on both sides of the Atlantic and remains one of the most memorable American Tragedies...

Director: Tom Kalin | Stars: Julianne Moore, Eddie Redmayne, Stephen Dillane, Anne Reid

Votes: 10,218 | Gross: $0.43M

11. Batman: Assault on Arkham (2014 Video)

PG-13 | 76 min | Animation, Action, Crime

7.5
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Batman works desperately to find a bomb planted by the Joker while Amanda Waller hires her newly formed Suicide Squad to break into Arkham Asylum to recover vital information stolen by the Riddler.

Directors: Jay Oliva, Ethan Spaulding | Stars: Kevin Conroy, Neal McDonough, Hynden Walch, Matthew Gray Gubler

Votes: 28,341

12. Instinct (1999)

R | 126 min | Drama, Thriller

6.6
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43 Metascore

When noted anthropologist Dr. Ethan Powell, who left society to live in the jungle is imprisoned for murder, it's up to young psychiatrist Theo Caulder to get through to him.

Director: Jon Turteltaub | Stars: Anthony Hopkins, Cuba Gooding Jr., Donald Sutherland, Maura Tierney

Votes: 30,435 | Gross: $34.10M

13. The Cat and the Canary (1978)

98 min | Comedy, Mystery, Horror

5.6
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A group of potential heirs gather in a forbidding old house to learn which of them will inherit a fortune. Later, they learn that a flesh-rending maniac is loose.

Director: Radley Metzger | Stars: Honor Blackman, Michael Callan, Edward Fox, Wendy Hiller

Votes: 1,061

14. The Funhouse Massacre (2015)

R | 90 min | Comedy, Horror

5.2
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Six of the world's scariest psychopaths escape from a local Asylum and proceed to unleash terror on the unsuspecting crowd of a Halloween Funhouse, whose themed mazes are inspired by their various reigns of terror.

Director: Andy Palmer | Stars: Robert Englund, Jere Burns, Scottie Thompson, Matt Angel

Votes: 2,867

15. American Fright Fest (2018)

TV-MA | 90 min | Horror

3.6
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Blood runs rampant on Halloween night when a small towns' Fright Fest becomes real inside the walls of a long abandoned asylum.

Director: Ante Novakovic | Stars: Dylan Walsh, Romeo Miller, Madison McKinley, Pancho Moler

Votes: 457

16. Asylum Blackout (I) (2011)

Not Rated | 85 min | Horror, Thriller

5.6
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A group of cooks at an asylum for the criminally insane get locked in with the inmates during a massive thunderstorm.

Director: Alexandre Courtès | Stars: Rupert Evans, Kenny Doughty, Joseph Kennedy, Dave Legeno

Votes: 4,006

17. The Hour of the Lynx (2013)

93 min | Crime, Drama

6.2
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Helen, who is a priest, is approached by scientist Lisbeth with a desperate plea for help. A young man, who has been sent to a high security psychiatric ward after having killed an old ... See full summary »

Director: Søren Kragh-Jacobsen | Stars: Sofie Gråbøl, Signe Egholm Olsen, Frederik Christian Johansen, Søren Malling

Votes: 1,347

18. Truth (2013)

TV-MA | 94 min | Drama, Romance, Thriller

5.1
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23 Metascore

A suspenseful, psychological thriller, "Truth" exposes the hidden demons buried deep inside each and every one of us. After a chance encounter over the Internet, Caleb, who suffers from ... See full summary »

Director: Rob Moretti | Stars: Rebekah Aramini, Blanche Baker, Angel Brazier, Kimberly Colyer

Votes: 536

19. Voyage of the Rock Aliens (1984)

PG | 97 min | Comedy, Musical, Sci-Fi

5.5
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Aliens land in the town of "Speelburgh" searching for the source of rock & roll. They find trouble with Dee Dee, Frankie and the pack.

Director: James Fargo | Stars: Pia Zadora, Craig Sheffer, Tom Nolan, Ruth Gordon

Votes: 490

20. Stranger on the Third Floor (1940)

Approved | 64 min | Crime, Drama, Film-Noir

6.9
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An aspiring reporter is the key witness at the murder trial of a young man accused of cutting a café owner's throat and is soon accused of a similar crime himself.

Director: Boris Ingster | Stars: Peter Lorre, John McGuire, Margaret Tallichet, Charles Waldron

Votes: 3,224

21. Beast with a Gun (1977)

Unrated | 91 min | Action, Crime, Drama

6.1
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Sadistic no-count killer Nanni Vitali and three other equally brutish hoodlums escape from prison. The foul foursome embark on a savage rape, murder, and robbery spree. Vitali even abducts ... See full summary »

Director: Sergio Grieco | Stars: Helmut Berger, Marisa Mell, Richard Harrison, Marina Giordana

Votes: 814

22. Scream Bloody Murder (1973)

R | 90 min | Horror

4.8
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A disturbed boy kills his father with his farm tractor and his arm is mangled in the process. He's taken to a mental hospital where he's outfitted with a hook to replace his lost hand and, ... See full summary »

Director: Marc B. Ray | Stars: Fred Holbert, Leigh Mitchell, Robert Knox, Ron Bastone

Votes: 905

23. How to Be Very, Very Popular (1955)

Approved | 89 min | Comedy

5.5
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Two girls on the lam hide out in a college fraternity.

Director: Nunnally Johnson | Stars: Betty Grable, Sheree North, Robert Cummings, Charles Coburn

Votes: 155

24. Fallen Angel (2007)

205 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

6.4
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Ethereal beauty Angel Wharton (Emilia Fox) is the devil in disguise. When she kidnaps a child as prey for a pedophile, you know she is evil. But what, or who, made her that way? This ... See full summary »

Stars: Charles Dance, Clare Holman, Barbara Wilshere, Emilia Fox

Votes: 260

25. Reel Evil (2012)

Not Rated | 78 min | Horror

3.5
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Struggling filmmakers - Kennedy, Cory and James - finally catch the break they were looking for when they are hired to shoot a 'behind-the-scenes' documentary for a major studio production.... See full summary »

Director: Danny Draven | Stars: Jessica Morris, Kaiwi Lyman, Jeff Adler, Jamie Bernadette

Votes: 577

26. KillerKiller (2007)

76 min | Horror

3.4
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In a security facility housing only captured serial killers, something or someone is picking off the inmates.

Director: Pat Higgins | Stars: Richard Collins, Scott Denyer, Dutch Dore-Boize, Cy Henty

Votes: 249

27. Who's There? (I) (2011)

Not Rated | 28 min | Short, Horror, Mystery

5.6
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Ashlee Fridenberg Irene González and Natalie Hansen Ewelina Lukaszewska are two college students. On a crazy week, they decide to take a Ryan Air flight to spend the weekend in the forests ... See full summary »

Director: Pau Masó | Stars: Irene González, Ewelina Lukaszewska, Pau Masó, Angela Vida

Votes: 48

28. This Man Is Dangerous (1985)

Action, Drama

5.8
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Cheng Tzu-hao and Kao Ying-wei, are CID officers in Hong Kong that are transferred to the same action squad to help solve a number of robberies and murders committed by a notorious, vicious... See full summary »

Director: Lung Wei Wang | Stars: Siu-Ho Chin, Chan-Peng Chang, Lung Wei Wang, Meng Lo

Votes: 14

29. Animal Crackers (Pentimenti) (2012)

9 min | Short, Crime, Drama

7.4
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There is no doubt that Sylvie (Krista Blomberg) adores Little Amanda (Alexis Weil) as she spends time with her and they prepare for Amanda's bath. Ten years later Sylvie is a changed woman ... See full summary »

Director: Tyler A. Chase | Stars: Krista Blomberg, Jürgen Jones, Alexis Weil

Votes: 47

30. Agrimnon

Action | Pre-production

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Director: Jamaal James

31. Jesa-ui gongpo (1984)

92 min | Horror, Mystery, Thriller

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A series of strange occurrences happen at dorm of hospital where friends stayed there.

Director: Jin-Seup Roh | Stars: Choi Chong-Won, Jeong Hyeon-Suk, Park In-Hui, Se-hyeok Jeong

32. The Outer Limits (1995–2002)
Episode: Beyond the Veil (1996)

TV-PG | 45 min | Drama, Fantasy, Horror

7.0
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After memories of an alien abduction, Eddie Wexler finds himself at an institute where the staff makes patients with similar memories relive their experiences. Are the patients paranoid, or is the institute infiltrated by aliens?

Director: Allan Eastman | Stars: Michael O'Keefe, Finn Carter, Nathaniel DeVeaux, Alex Diakun

Votes: 180

33. Harbor Command (1957– )
Episode: Boat Bomb (1957)

30 min | Action

6.4
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A criminally insane sailor vows revenge on the ship captain who fired him. The madman has the technical skill to make good his threat, and rigs up a nitro-charged boat bomb while Captain Baxter scours the waterfront to prevent disaster.

Director: Leon Benson | Stars: Wendell Corey, Ken Drake, Casey Walters, Richard O'Brien

Votes: 5

34. Official Detective (1957– )
Episode: Bombing Terror (1957)

30 min | Mystery, Adventure

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A mad bomber terrorizes Rockford, Illinois by placing increasingly powerful explosives in homes, churches and factories. The police are stymied because there is no apparent motive or pattern to the disasters - and worse, no suspects.

Director: Lee Sholem | Stars: Everett Sloane, Ted de Corsia, Harry Lauter, Robert Levin

35. CSI: Crime Scene Investigation (2000–2015)
Episode: Committed (2005)

TV-14 | 42 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

7.9
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Sara accompanies Grissom to a mental hospital where one of its inmates has been murdered inside his room. Interviewing patients prove to be harder than usual as most of them are mentally ... See full summary »

Director: Richard J. Lewis | Stars: William Petersen, Marg Helgenberger, Gary Dourdan, George Eads

Votes: 578

36. Bad Girls (1999–2006)
Episode: Do or Die (2001)

48 min | Crime, Drama

8.2
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The two Julies discover a stray cat. Di shows Josh the ropes. Helen moves Podger to G Wing, much to the annoyance of everyone else. Someone sets fire to Nikki's cell.

Director: Jo Johnson | Stars: Simone Lahbib, Debra Stephenson, Mandana Jones, Lindsey Fawcett

Votes: 21

37. Derrick (1974–1998)
Episode: Entlassen Sie diesen Mann nicht! (1986)

59 min | Crime, Drama

7.3
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Dr. Kroll has been sentenced to an asylum for criminally insane for attempting to murder his wife. After years of therapy, his psychiatrist, Dr. Kraus is convinced that he is now mentally sane and able to live in the society again.

Director: Horst Tappert | Stars: Horst Tappert, Fritz Wepper, Willy Schäfer, Pinkas Braun

Votes: 28

38. The X-Files (1993–2018)
Episode: Founder's Mutation (2016)

TV-14 | 44 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

8.0
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A scientist working for the DOD commits suicide. Mulder and Scully start an investigation only to discover a secret mutation experiment.

Director: James Wong | Stars: David Duchovny, Gillian Anderson, Mitch Pileggi, Jonathan Whitesell

Votes: 5,820

39. Celebrity Playhouse (1955– )
Episode: Girl at Large (1956)

30 min | Drama

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A man gives a pretty hitchhiker a lift only to discover she's an escapee from a hospital for the criminally insane.

Director: James Neilson | Stars: Sterling Hayden, Lola Albright, Helen Parrish, Larry J. Blake

40. The Streets of San Francisco (1972–1977)
Episode: Interlude (1977)

60 min | Action, Crime, Drama

7.4
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Carolyn, the unfaithful wife of a city prosecutor, witnesses a murder after meeting her paramour in a hotel. She cannot identify him, but the killer, an escapee from a mental institution, befriends and begins stalking her.

Director: Harry Falk | Stars: Karl Malden, Richard Hatch, Lois Nettleton, Linden Chiles

Votes: 30

41. 26 Men (1957–1959)
Episode: Judge Not (1958)

30 min | Western

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A rancher recently released from a mental hospital avenges himself upon the men who committed him.

Director: Franklin Adreon | Stars: Tristram Coffin, Kelo Henderson, Myron Healey, Rebecca Welles

42. Starsky and Hutch (1975–1979)
Episode: Lady Blue (1975)

48 min | Action, Crime, Drama

7.4
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A go-go dancer is discovered murdered and bound with television antenna wire. She was a former policewoman and girlfriend of Starsky's, which sparks him and Hutch to tap several eccentric informants for a lead on the crazed killer.

Director: Don Weis | Stars: David Soul, Paul Michael Glaser, Antonio Fargas, Bernie Hamilton

Votes: 111

43. Burn Notice (2007–2013)
Episode: Nature of the Beast (2013)

TV-PG | 44 min | Action, Crime, Drama

8.0
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While Michael is tasked by the organization he infiltrated to take down a drug smuggler, Fiona, Jesse, and Strong find out more about its leader, James.

Director: Tawnia McKiernan | Stars: Jeffrey Donovan, Gabrielle Anwar, Coby Bell, Bruce Campbell

Votes: 198

44. T.J. Hooker (1982–1986)
Episode: Nightmare (1986)

TV-PG | 70 min | Action, Crime, Drama

7.5
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Semiconscious after an auto accident, Stacy is taken in by an escaped mental patient claiming to be a doctor.

Director: Reza Badiyi | Stars: William Shatner, Heather Locklear, James Darren, Joseph Hacker

Votes: 28

45. Persons Unknown (2010– )
Episode: Saved (2010)

TV-14 | 43 min | Drama, Mystery, Thriller

6.1
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Joe finds himself strapped towel-only on a surgery table for equally painful physical healing and attitude adjustment, to be either reintegrated in the program or die, contending withs ... See full summary »

Director: Bill Eagles | Stars: Jason Wiles, Daisy Betts, Chadwick Boseman, Lola Glaudini

Votes: 113

46. Crime Stories (1998– )
Episode: The Bedroom Strangler (2006)

46 min | Documentary

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Women are being attacked in their beds at night. At each crime scene police find no trace of forced entry and are baffled as to how this intruder is gaining access to apartments sometimes ... See full summary »

Directors: Steve Allen, Chris Triffo | Star: Bill Courage

47. Mod Squad (1968–1973)
Episode: The Night Holds Terror (1973)

TV-PG | Action, Crime, Drama

7.9
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Julie is trapped in a strange house with an escaped lunatic.

Director: Richard Newton | Stars: Michael Cole, Clarence Williams III, Peggy Lipton, Tige Andrews

Votes: 9

48. Millennium (1996–1999)
Episode: The Pest House (I) (1998)

60 min | Crime, Drama, Horror

7.6
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Asylum inmates become prime suspects in a series of brutal copycat murders linked to urban legends.

Director: Allen Coulter | Stars: Lance Henriksen, Megan Gallagher, Terry O'Quinn, Melinda McGraw

Votes: 203

49. Bad Girls (1999–2006)
Episode: The Turn of the Screw (2001)

47 min | Crime, Drama

8.4
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As Fenner recuperates in hospital, Helen heads the internal investigation into his stabbing. Sylvia arranges for Shell's transfer to Larkhall's "Muppet Wing" where a surprise cell mate awaits. Nikki remains in a state of heartbreak.

Director: Mike Adams | Stars: Claire King, Jack Ellis, Kim Taylforth, Philip McGough

Votes: 24

50. Star Trek (1966–1969)
Episode: Whom Gods Destroy (1969)

TV-PG | 51 min | Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi

7.1
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Kirk and Spock are taken prisoners by a former starship captain named Garth, who now resides at, and has taken over, a high security asylum for the criminally insane.

Director: Herb Wallerstein | Stars: William Shatner, Leonard Nimoy, DeForest Kelley, Steve Ihnat

Votes: 1,714



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