Movies better than they seem

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1. Johnny Handsome (1989)

R | 94 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

After being double crossed and thrown in jail, a deformed gangster gets a new face and rehabilitation, but his desire for revenge looms.

Director: Walter Hill | Stars: Mickey Rourke, Ellen Barkin, Elizabeth McGovern, Morgan Freeman

Votes: 8,372 | Gross: $7.24M

2. Harley Davidson and the Marlboro Man (1991)

R | 98 min | Action, Crime, Drama

Forced by the imminent foreclosure of their friend's bar, two lifelong buddies will decide to rob a bank's armoured car, not knowing that its cargo is not money but a new street drug.

Director: Simon Wincer | Stars: Mickey Rourke, Don Johnson, Chelsea Field, Daniel Baldwin

Votes: 17,470 | Gross: $7.43M

3. The Last Outlaw (1993 TV Movie)

R | 93 min | Western

Left for dead by his bank robbing gang, a marauder joins a posse to seek revenge.

Director: Geoff Murphy | Stars: Mickey Rourke, Dermot Mulroney, Ted Levine, John C. McGinley

Votes: 2,094

4. The Ugly Ones (1966)

Approved | 95 min | Western

Escaped outlaw Jose Gomez returns to his home town pursued by bounty killer Luke Chilson. The towns people protect Gomez, unaware, at first, that he is now a changed and dangerous man.

Director: Eugenio Martín | Stars: Richard Wyler, Tomas Milian, Halina Zalewska, Hugo Blanco

Votes: 455

5. Three Ruthless Ones (1964)

97 min | Western

Three unequal brothers seek revenge for the murder of their father. Each of them goes a different way.

Director: Joaquín Luis Romero Marchent | Stars: Richard Harrison, Fernando Sancho, Gloria Milland, Robert Hundar

Votes: 81

6. Hour of Death (1964)

98 min | Western

Bob Carey, just released from prison, sets out in search of his fiancee and soon learns she has married a rich farmer.

Director: Joaquín Luis Romero Marchent | Stars: Paul Piaget, Robert Hundar, Fernando Sancho, Gloria Milland

Votes: 84

7. Dollars for a Fast Gun (1966)

99 min | Comedy, Western

In a desert region, Martin, bound to a wheelchair, is served by a gang of bandits to collect rents and kill anybody who resists. Then Lassiter arrives, telling Martin that he knows where Frank is, the man who made him a cripple.

Director: Joaquín Luis Romero Marchent | Stars: Robert Hundar, Pamela Tudor, Luigi Pistilli, José Bódalo

Votes: 17

8. Dead Are Countless (1969)

84 min | Western

As a small boy Johnny saw his father killed by soldiers. Years later he has grown up to be an outlaw and is killing soldiers whenever he can. Lieutenant Garringo (Steffen) is sent out to arrest Johnny (Lawrence) and bring him back alive.

Director: Rafael Romero Marchent | Stars: Anthony Steffen, Peter Lee Lawrence, Solvi Stubing, José Bódalo

Votes: 188

9. Hands of a Gunfighter (1965)

88 min | Western

A reformed gunman returns to his earlier life seeking justice when the Castle brothers shoot his friends.

Director: Rafael Romero Marchent | Stars: Craig Hill, Gloria Milland, Conchita Núñez, Carlos Romero Marchent

Votes: 82

10. In the Name of Love (1973)

R | 111 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

An Italian official decides to take it upon himself to free his wife after she's taken hostage by ruthless criminals.

Director: Sergio Sollima | Stars: Oliver Reed, Fabio Testi, Paola Pitagora, Agostina Belli

Votes: 1,439

11. 8MM (1999)

R | 123 min | Mystery, Thriller

19 Metascore

A private investigator is hired to discover if a "snuff film" is authentic or not.

Director: Joel Schumacher | Stars: Nicolas Cage, Joaquin Phoenix, James Gandolfini, Peter Stormare

Votes: 117,903 | Gross: $36.66M

12. Snake Eyes (1998)

R | 98 min | Crime, Mystery, Thriller

52 Metascore

A shady police detective finds himself in the middle of a murder conspiracy at an important boxing match in an Atlantic City casino.

Director: Brian De Palma | Stars: Nicolas Cage, Gary Sinise, John Heard, Carla Gugino

Votes: 72,657 | Gross: $55.59M

13. Phone Booth (2002)

R | 81 min | Crime, Thriller

56 Metascore

Publicist Stuart Shepard finds himself trapped in a phone booth, pinned down by an extortionist's sniper rifle. Unable to leave or receive outside help, Stuart's negotiation with the caller leads to a jaw-dropping climax.

Director: Joel Schumacher | Stars: Colin Farrell, Kiefer Sutherland, Forest Whitaker, Radha Mitchell

Votes: 240,735 | Gross: $46.57M

14. Falling Down (1993)

R | 113 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

56 Metascore

An unemployed defense worker frustrated with the various flaws he sees in society begins to psychotically and violently lash out against them.

Director: Joel Schumacher | Stars: Michael Douglas, Robert Duvall, Barbara Hershey, Rachel Ticotin

Votes: 159,346 | Gross: $40.90M

15. 10 (1979)

Approved | 122 min | Comedy, Romance

68 Metascore

A Hollywood composer goes through a mid-life crisis and becomes infatuated with a sexy, newly married woman.

Director: Blake Edwards | Stars: Dudley Moore, Bo Derek, Julie Andrews, Robert Webber

Votes: 14,325 | Gross: $74.87M

16. Silver Streak (1976)

PG | 114 min | Action, Comedy, Crime

41 Metascore

On a long-distance train trip, a man finds romance but also finds himself in danger of being killed, or at least pushed off the train.

Director: Arthur Hiller | Stars: Gene Wilder, Richard Pryor, Jill Clayburgh, Patrick McGoohan

Votes: 16,736

17. Stir Crazy (1980)

R | 111 min | Comedy, Crime

56 Metascore

Set up and wrongfully accused, two best friends will be sent to prison for a crime they didn't commit. However, no prison cell could keep them locked in.

Director: Sidney Poitier | Stars: Gene Wilder, Richard Pryor, Georg Stanford Brown, JoBeth Williams

Votes: 23,340 | Gross: $101.30M

18. See No Evil, Hear No Evil (1989)

R | 103 min | Comedy, Crime

44 Metascore

Dave is deaf, and Wally is blind. They witness a murder, but it was Dave who was looking at her, and Wally who was listening.

Director: Arthur Hiller | Stars: Richard Pryor, Gene Wilder, Joan Severance, Kevin Spacey

Votes: 44,948 | Gross: $46.91M

19. The Final Countdown (1980)

PG | 103 min | Action, Sci-Fi

51 Metascore

A modern aircraft carrier is thrown back in time to 1941 near Hawaii, just hours before the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor.

Director: Don Taylor | Stars: Kirk Douglas, Martin Sheen, Katharine Ross, James Farentino

Votes: 19,720 | Gross: $16.65M

20. The Philadelphia Experiment (1984)

PG | 102 min | Adventure, Drama, Romance

44 Metascore

A United States Navy destroyer escort participates in a Navy "invisibility" experiment that inadvertently sends two sailors forty years into the future.

Director: Stewart Raffill | Stars: Michael Paré, Nancy Allen, Eric Christmas, Bobby Di Cicco

Votes: 13,312 | Gross: $8.10M

21. Quigley Down Under (1990)

PG-13 | 119 min | Action, Adventure, Drama

Sharpshooter Matt Quigley is hired from Wyoming by an Australian rancher paying a very high price. But when Quigley arrives Down Under, all is not as it seems.

Director: Simon Wincer | Stars: Tom Selleck, Laura San Giacomo, Alan Rickman, Chris Haywood

Votes: 18,313 | Gross: $21.41M

22. Magnum Force (1973)

R | 124 min | Action, Crime, Mystery

58 Metascore

San Francisco Inspector "Dirty" Harry Callahan (Clint Eastwood) is on the trail of vigilante Police Officers who are not above going beyond the law to kill the city's undesirables.

Director: Ted Post | Stars: Clint Eastwood, Hal Holbrook, Mitchell Ryan, David Soul

Votes: 52,486

23. The Enforcer (1976)

R | 96 min | Action, Crime, Thriller

58 Metascore

San Francisco Inspector "Dirty" Harry Callahan (Clint Eastwood) must foil a terrorist organization made up of disgruntled Vietnam veterans. But this time, he's teamed with female partner Inspector Kate Moore (Tyne Daly), with whom he's not too excited to be working.

Director: James Fargo | Stars: Clint Eastwood, Tyne Daly, Harry Guardino, Bradford Dillman

Votes: 38,847 | Gross: $46.20M

24. Sudden Impact (1983)

R | 117 min | Action, Crime, Thriller

52 Metascore

A rape victim is exacting revenge on her aggressors in a small town outside San Francisco. "Dirty" Harry Callahan, on suspension for angering his superiors (again), is assigned to the case.

Director: Clint Eastwood | Stars: Clint Eastwood, Sondra Locke, Pat Hingle, Bradford Dillman

Votes: 38,050 | Gross: $67.64M

25. Tightrope (1984)

R | 114 min | Crime, Mystery, Thriller

61 Metascore

New Orleans single dad and cop Wes Block (Clint Eastwood) goes after a serial rapist-killer, but when he gets too close to the target, the hunter suddenly becomes the hunted.

Director: Richard Tuggle | Stars: Clint Eastwood, Geneviève Bujold, Dan Hedaya, Alison Eastwood

Votes: 14,651 | Gross: $48.14M

26. The Gauntlet (1977)

R | 109 min | Action, Crime, Thriller

59 Metascore

A hard but mediocre cop is assigned to escort a prostitute into custody from Las Vegas to Phoenix, so that she can testify in a mob trial. But a lot of people are literally betting that they won't make it into town alive.

Director: Clint Eastwood | Stars: Clint Eastwood, Sondra Locke, Pat Hingle, William Prince

Votes: 19,654 | Gross: $35.40M

27. Escape from Alcatraz (1979)

PG | 112 min | Biography, Crime, Drama

76 Metascore

Alcatraz is the most secure prison of its time. It is believed that no one can ever escape from it, until three daring men make a possible successful attempt at escaping from one of the most infamous prisons in the world.

Director: Don Siegel | Stars: Clint Eastwood, Patrick McGoohan, Roberts Blossom, Jack Thibeau

Votes: 107,802 | Gross: $43.00M

28. Where Eagles Dare (1968)

PG | 158 min | Action, Adventure, War

63 Metascore

Allied Agents stage a daring raid on a castle where the Nazis are holding American Brigadier General George Carnaby (Robert Beatty) prisoner, but that's not all that's really going on.

Director: Brian G. Hutton | Stars: Richard Burton, Clint Eastwood, Mary Ure, Patrick Wymark

Votes: 48,510

29. Thunderbolt and Lightfoot (1974)

R | 115 min | Comedy, Crime, Drama

62 Metascore

With the help of an irreverent young sidekick, a bank robber gets his old gang back together to organize a daring new heist.

Director: Michael Cimino | Stars: Clint Eastwood, Jeff Bridges, Geoffrey Lewis, Catherine Bach

Votes: 20,705 | Gross: $25.00M

30. Pale Rider (1985)

R | 115 min | Drama, Western

61 Metascore

A mysterious preacher (Clint Eastwood) protects a humble prospector village from a greedy mining company trying to encroach on their land.

Director: Clint Eastwood | Stars: Clint Eastwood, Michael Moriarty, Carrie Snodgress, Sydney Penny

Votes: 49,043 | Gross: $41.41M

31. Murphy's War (1971)

GP | 107 min | Drama, War

A lone survivor from a British naval ship is obsessed with getting revenge on a German U-boat crew that massacred his shipmates in the water.

Director: Peter Yates | Stars: Peter O'Toole, Siân Phillips, Philippe Noiret, Horst Janson

Votes: 2,818

32. Commando (1985)

R | 90 min | Action, Adventure, Thriller

51 Metascore

A retired Special Forces colonel tries to save his daughter, who was abducted by his former subordinate.

Director: Mark L. Lester | Stars: Arnold Schwarzenegger, Rae Dawn Chong, Dan Hedaya, Vernon Wells

Votes: 137,516 | Gross: $35.10M

33. Raw Deal (1986)

R | 106 min | Action, Crime, Thriller

44 Metascore

A former FBI agent turned small-town sheriff agrees to help the FBI chief infiltrate the Chicago mafia when the FBI chief's son is killed by them.

Director: John Irvin | Stars: Arnold Schwarzenegger, Kathryn Harrold, Sam Wanamaker, Paul Shenar

Votes: 28,553 | Gross: $16.21M

34. Eraser (1996)

R | 115 min | Action, Drama, Thriller

56 Metascore

A Witness Protection specialist becomes suspicious of his co-workers when dealing with a case involving high-tech weapons.

Director: Chuck Russell | Stars: Arnold Schwarzenegger, Vanessa Williams, James Caan, James Coburn

Votes: 98,949 | Gross: $101.30M

35. Flic Story (1975)

112 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

This movie depicts the authentic story of the hunt for the dangerous criminal Emile Buisson, who escaped from prison in 1947. During three years Buisson manages to hide from detective ... See full summary »

Director: Jacques Deray | Stars: Alain Delon, Jean-Louis Trintignant, Renato Salvatori, Claudine Auger

Votes: 1,802

36. Two Men in Town (1973)

Not Rated | 100 min | Crime, Drama

A former bank robber is released after 10 years in prison. He gets help from a social-worker, but gets harassed by an old cop from his past.

Director: José Giovanni | Stars: Alain Delon, Jean Gabin, Mimsy Farmer, Victor Lanoux

Votes: 3,455

37. Fantomas (1964)

Not Rated | 100 min | Comedy, Crime, Adventure

The best men of France - a brave journalist and an extremely energetic commissioner - attack the trail of a mysterious criminal mastermind.

Director: André Hunebelle | Stars: Jean Marais, Louis de Funès, Mylène Demongeot, Jacques Dynam

Votes: 8,274

38. Fantomas Unleashed (1965)

Not Rated | 94 min | Adventure, Comedy, Crime

When Professor Marchand, a famous scientist, mysteriously disappears, the commissioner, Juve, immediately suspects Fantomas.

Directors: André Hunebelle, Haroun Tazieff | Stars: Jean Marais, Louis de Funès, Mylène Demongeot, Jacques Dynam

Votes: 5,849

39. Fantomas vs. Scotland Yard (1967)

PG | 104 min | Adventure, Comedy, Crime

Famous but unlucky pursuers of Fantomas from France go to weird Scotland for a final attempt to bring the impudent criminal to justice.

Director: André Hunebelle | Stars: Jean Marais, Louis de Funès, Mylène Demongeot, Françoise Christophe

Votes: 5,591

40. Something Wild (1986)

R | 114 min | Comedy, Crime, Romance

73 Metascore

A free-spirited woman "kidnaps" a yuppie for a weekend of adventure. But the fun quickly takes a dangerous turn when her ex-convict husband shows up.

Director: Jonathan Demme | Stars: Jeff Daniels, Melanie Griffith, George 'Red' Schwartz, Leib Lensky

Votes: 14,941 | Gross: $8.36M

41. Last Embrace (1979)

R | 102 min | Mystery, Romance, Thriller

Harry breaks down and loses his job after his wife is assassinated - could it be his turn next ?

Director: Jonathan Demme | Stars: Roy Scheider, Janet Margolin, John Glover, Sam Levene

Votes: 2,305 | Gross: $1.54M

42. Miami Blues (1990)

R | 97 min | Comedy, Crime, Drama

72 Metascore

An ex-con's first act of freedom is moving to Miami where he restarts his old criminal ways with even more potency.

Director: George Armitage | Stars: Fred Ward, Alec Baldwin, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Cecilia Pérez-Cervera

Votes: 7,305 | Gross: $9.89M

43. Southern Comfort (1981)

R | 106 min | Action, Thriller

63 Metascore

During a routine exercise, a team of National Guards are threatened by angry and violent locals.

Director: Walter Hill | Stars: Keith Carradine, Powers Boothe, Fred Ward, Franklyn Seales

Votes: 14,961 | Gross: $5.00M

44. Armored (2009)

PG-13 | 88 min | Action, Crime, Thriller

50 Metascore

A newbie guard for an armored truck company is coerced by his veteran coworkers to steal a truck containing $42 million. But a wrinkle in their supposedly foolproof plan divides the group, leading to a potentially deadly resolution.

Director: Nimród Antal | Stars: Columbus Short, Matt Dillon, Laurence Fishburne, Jean Reno

Votes: 28,939 | Gross: $15.99M

45. The Challenge (1982)

R | 108 min | Action, Drama