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1. Johnny Guitar (1954)

Not Rated | 110 min | Drama, Western

83 Metascore

After helping a wounded gang member, a strong-willed female saloon owner is wrongly suspected of murder and bank robbery by a lynch mob.

Director: Nicholas Ray | Stars: Joan Crawford, Sterling Hayden, Mercedes McCambridge, Scott Brady

Votes: 14,021

2. Big Jim McLain (1952)

Approved | 90 min | Crime, Drama, History

In the post-war Hawaii, House Un-American Activities Committee investigators Jim McLain and Mal Baxter hunt down Communists.

Director: Edward Ludwig | Stars: John Wayne, Nancy Olson, James Arness, Alan Napier

Votes: 1,801

3. Song of Russia (1944)

Passed | 107 min | Drama, Music, Romance

In June 1941, famed American symphony conductor John Meredith (Robert Taylor) is touring Soviet Russia with his manager Hank (Robert Benchley) when they go to a small rural town where famed... See full summary »

Directors: Gregory Ratoff, Laslo Benedek | Stars: Robert Taylor, Susan Peters, John Hodiak, Robert Benchley

Votes: 222

4. The Hollywood Ten (1950)

15 min | Documentary, Short, History

A brief look at The Hollywood Ten, a group of screenwriters and directors charged of contempt of court after challenging the House of Anti-American Activities and their controversial and ... See full summary »

Director: John Berry | Stars: J. Parnell Thomas, Albert Maltz, Lester Cole, Samuel Ornitz

Votes: 179

5. The General Died at Dawn (1936)

98 min | Adventure, Crime, Film-Noir

Amid the anarchy of China, an American mercenary tangles with a ruthless warlord.

Director: Lewis Milestone | Stars: Gary Cooper, Madeleine Carroll, Akim Tamiroff, Dudley Digges

Votes: 966

6. Blockade (1938)

Approved | 85 min | Drama, Romance, War

A simple peasant is forced to take up arms to defend his farm during the Spanish Civil War. Along the way he falls in love with Russian whose father is involved in espionage.

Director: William Dieterle | Stars: Madeleine Carroll, Henry Fonda, Leo Carrillo, John Halliday

Votes: 407

7. Mission to Moscow (1943)

Approved | 124 min | Drama, History, War

Ambassador Joseph Davies is sent by FDR to Russia to learn about the Soviet system and returns to America as an advocate of Stalinism.

Director: Michael Curtiz | Stars: Walter Huston, Ann Harding, Oskar Homolka, George Tobias

Votes: 795

8. Woman of the Year (1942)

Passed | 114 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

Rival reporters Sam and Tess fall in love and get married, only to find their relationship strained when Sam comes to resent Tess' hectic lifestyle.

Director: George Stevens | Stars: Spencer Tracy, Katharine Hepburn, Fay Bainter, Reginald Owen

Votes: 8,372

9. The Man I Married (1940)

77 min | Drama

Anti-Nazi tract laced with 1938 newsreel footage finds American girl (Bennett) married to a German (Lederer) gradually learning he is a Nazi, trying to get their son to America.

Director: Irving Pichel | Stars: Joan Bennett, Francis Lederer, Lloyd Nolan, Anna Sten

Votes: 361

10. Tom, Dick and Harry (1941)

Approved | 87 min | Comedy, Fantasy, Romance

Working girl Janie is proposed to by a conservative car salesman, a bohemian auto mechanic, and a millionaire playboy and must make a choice.

Director: Garson Kanin | Stars: Ginger Rogers, George Murphy, Alan Marshal, Burgess Meredith

Votes: 942

11. Pride of the Marines (1945)

Approved | 120 min | Biography, Drama, Romance

Marine hero Al Schmid is blinded in battle and returns home to be rehabilitated. He readjusts to his civilian life with the help of his soon to be wife.

Director: Delmer Daves | Stars: John Garfield, Eleanor Parker, Dane Clark, John Ridgely

Votes: 1,141

12. Thousands Cheer (1943)

Passed | 125 min | Comedy, Drama, Musical

Acrobat Eddie Marsh is in the army now. His first act is to become friendly with Kathryn Jones, the colonel's pretty daughter. Their romance hits a few snags, including disapproval from her... See full summary »

Director: George Sidney | Stars: Kathryn Grayson, Gene Kelly, Mary Astor, John Boles

Votes: 869

13. The Boy with Green Hair (1948)

Approved | 82 min | Comedy, Drama, Family

This parable looks at public reaction when the hair of an American war orphan mysteriously turns green.

Director: Joseph Losey | Stars: Pat O'Brien, Robert Ryan, Barbara Hale, Dean Stockwell

Votes: 2,356

14. Dust Be My Destiny (1939)

Approved | 88 min | Crime, Drama, Film-Noir

Embittered after serving time for a burglary he did not commit, Joe Bell is soon back in jail, on a prison farm. His love for the foreman's daughter leads to a fight between them, leading ... See full summary »

Director: Lewis Seiler | Stars: John Garfield, Priscilla Lane, Alan Hale, Frank McHugh

Votes: 507

15. The President's Mystery (1936)

Approved | 80 min | Drama, Mystery, Thriller

A millionaire with a crumbling personal life comes up with an idea on how he can disappear, start a new life without anyone knowing who he is and be able to take all his money with him.

Director: Phil Rosen | Stars: Henry Wilcoxon, Betty Furness, Sidney Blackmer, Evelyn Brent

Votes: 127

16. Riffraff (1936)

Passed | 94 min | Crime, Drama

Fisherman Dutch marries cannery worker Hattie. He quits his poorly paid job to concentrate on getting better working conditions as union leader. Unfortunately, the union members disagree ... See full summary »

Director: J. Walter Ruben | Stars: Jean Harlow, Spencer Tracy, Una Merkel, Joseph Calleia

Votes: 776

17. Hell's Highway (1932)

Passed | 62 min | Action, Crime, Drama

Chain gang prisoners forced to construct a "liberty highway" for their overseer chasten under his brutal stewardship, causing Duke Ellis to mastermind a mass riot.

Directors: Rowland Brown, John Cromwell | Stars: Richard Dix, Rochelle Hudson, Tom Brown, C. Henry Gordon

Votes: 549

18. Government Girl (1943)

Passed | 94 min | Comedy, Romance

The secretary of a newly appointed government official strives to make him a success in spite of his shortcomings.

Director: Dudley Nichols | Stars: Olivia de Havilland, Anne Shirley, Sonny Tufts, Jess Barker

Votes: 377

19. Action in the North Atlantic (1943)

Passed | 126 min | Action, Drama, War

An American tanker is sunk by a German U-boat and the survivors spend eleven days at sea on a raft. They're next assigned to the liberty ship "Sea Witch" bound for Murmansk through the sub-stalked North Atlantic.

Directors: Lloyd Bacon, Byron Haskin, Raoul Walsh | Stars: Humphrey Bogart, Raymond Massey, Alan Hale, Julie Bishop

Votes: 3,228

20. From This Day Forward (1946)

Approved | 95 min | Drama, Romance, War

Incidents of a marriage are recalled in flashback.

Director: John Berry | Stars: Joan Fontaine, Mark Stevens, Rosemary DeCamp, Harry Morgan

Votes: 349

21. Saturday's Hero (1951)

111 min | Drama, Sport

A star high school football player goes through the ups and downs of 'big-time' college athletics in the 1950's.

Director: David Miller | Stars: John Derek, Donna Reed, Sidney Blackmer, Alexander Knox

Votes: 140

22. They Live by Night (1948)

Passed | 95 min | Crime, Film-Noir, Romance

An escaped convict, injured during a robbery, falls in love with the woman who nurses him back to health, but their relationship seems doomed from the beginning.

Director: Nicholas Ray | Stars: Cathy O'Donnell, Farley Granger, Howard Da Silva, Jay C. Flippen

Votes: 6,063

23. Success at Any Price (1934)

Passed | 74 min | Drama

Joe comes from a rough neighborhood and when his brother Mike is gunned down in 1927, he decides to go into legitimate business. He wants to make a lot of money and fast so he is ambitious ... See full summary »

Director: J. Walter Ruben | Stars: Douglas Fairbanks Jr., Genevieve Tobin, Frank Morgan, Colleen Moore

Votes: 210

24. Marked Woman (1937)

Approved | 96 min | Crime, Film-Noir, Thriller

A crusading DA persuades a clip joint "party girl" to testify against her mobster boss after her innocent sister is accidentally murdered during one of his unsavory "parties".

Directors: Lloyd Bacon, Michael Curtiz | Stars: Bette Davis, Humphrey Bogart, Lola Lane, Isabel Jewell

Votes: 2,972

25. Sorority House (1939)

Approved | 64 min | Drama, Romance

Anne Shirley plays Alice Fisher-the daughter of a small grocer who at the last minute gets to go to little Talbot College. She learns that joining a sorority is an essential thing at the ... See full summary »

Director: John Farrow | Stars: Anne Shirley, James Ellison, Barbara Read, Pamela Blake

Votes: 129

26. We Who Are Young (1940)

Passed | 80 min | Drama, Romance

Two young office workers working at the same large firm secretly marry and defy their employer's policy against coworker fraternization. When the marriage is discovered, Margy (Turner) is ... See full summary »

Director: Harold S. Bucquet | Stars: Lana Turner, John Shelton, Gene Lockhart, Grant Mitchell

Votes: 230

27. Tender Comrade (1943)

Approved | 102 min | Drama, Romance

Jo Jones, a young defense plant worker whose husband is in the military during World War II, shares a house with three other women in the same situation.

Director: Edward Dmytryk | Stars: Ginger Rogers, Robert Ryan, Ruth Hussey, Patricia Collinge

Votes: 733

28. The Magnificent Rogue (1946)

Approved | 74 min | Comedy, Drama

While her husband is serving in the military during World War II, a young wife, in order to get some extra money, starts her own advertising business. The business proves to be quite ... See full summary »

Director: Albert S. Rogell | Stars: Lynne Roberts, Warren Douglas, Gerald Mohr, Stephanie Bachelor

Votes: 24

29. Smash-Up: The Story of a Woman (1947)

Approved | 103 min | Drama, Film-Noir, Music

A successful nightclub singer weds a struggling songwriter, but when his fame eclipses hers, she delves into alcoholism.

Director: Stuart Heisler | Stars: Susan Hayward, Lee Bowman, Marsha Hunt, Eddie Albert

Votes: 1,082

30. I Can Get It for You Wholesale (1951)

Approved | 91 min | Drama, Romance

A ruthless fashion designer steps on everyone in her way in order to reach the top of her profession. Eventually she is forced to choose between her ambition and the man she loves.

Director: Michael Gordon | Stars: Susan Hayward, Dan Dailey, George Sanders, Sam Jaffe

Votes: 422

31. Not Wanted (1949)

Not Rated | 91 min | Drama

After a beautiful but unsophisticated girl is seduced by a worldly piano player and gives up her out-of-wedlock baby, her guilt compels her to kidnap another child.

Directors: Elmer Clifton, Ida Lupino | Stars: Sally Forrest, Keefe Brasselle, Leo Penn, Dorothy Adams

Votes: 305

32. Salt of the Earth (1954)

Not Rated | 94 min | Drama, History

74 Metascore

Mexican workers at a Zinc mine call a general strike. It is only through the solidarity of the workers, and importantly the indomitable resolve of their wives, mothers and daughters, that they eventually triumph.

Director: Herbert J. Biberman | Stars: Juan Chacón, Rosaura Revueltas, Will Geer, David Wolfe

Votes: 2,690

33. None Shall Escape (1944)

Approved | 85 min | Drama, War

The career of a Nazi officer shown as flashbacks from his trial as a war criminal.

Director: André De Toth | Stars: Marsha Hunt, Alexander Knox, Henry Travers, Erik Rolf

Votes: 578

34. The House I Live In (1945)

Approved | 11 min | Short, Drama, Music

Frank Sinatra teaches a group of young boys a lesson in religious tolerance.

Director: Mervyn LeRoy | Stars: Frank Sinatra, Teddy Infuhr, Harry McKim, Ronnie Ralph

Votes: 496

35. Home of the Brave (1949)

Not Rated | 88 min | Drama, War

During WW2, a reconnaissance platoon is sent to map out a Japanese-held island but racial tensions arise between the white soldiers and the only black member of the group.

Director: Mark Robson | Stars: Jeff Corey, James Edwards, Lloyd Bridges, Douglas Dick

Votes: 507

36. Intruder in the Dust (1949)

Approved | 87 min | Crime, Drama

In 1940s Mississippi, two teenage boys and an elderly woman combine forces to prevent a miscarriage of justice and clear a black man of a murder charge.

Director: Clarence Brown | Stars: David Brian, Claude Jarman Jr., Juano Hernandez, Porter Hall

Votes: 1,727

37. The Iron Curtain (1948)

Approved | 87 min | Biography, Crime, History

The story of Soviet cypher-clerk Igor Gouzenko who was posted to the Soviet Embassy in Ottawa,Canada in 1943 and defected in 1945 to reveal the extent of Soviet espionage activities directed against Canada.

Director: William A. Wellman | Stars: Dana Andrews, Gene Tierney, June Havoc, Berry Kroeger

Votes: 693

38. Quicksand (1950)

Approved | 79 min | Crime, Drama, Film-Noir

After taking 20 dollars from his employer to go on a date with plans to repay it the next day, an auto mechanic falls into increasingly disastrous circumstances for more and more money which rapidly spirals out of his control.

Director: Irving Pichel | Stars: Mickey Rooney, Jeanne Cagney, Barbara Bates, Peter Lorre

Votes: 1,767

39. The Asphalt Jungle (1950)

Passed | 112 min | Crime, Drama, Film-Noir

A major heist goes off as planned, until bad luck and double crosses cause everything to unravel.

Director: John Huston | Stars: Sterling Hayden, Louis Calhern, Jean Hagen, James Whitmore

Votes: 21,960

40. Force of Evil (1948)

Not Rated | 79 min | Crime, Drama, Film-Noir

89 Metascore

An unethical lawyer, with an older brother he wants to help, becomes a partner with a client in the numbers racket.

Director: Abraham Polonsky | Stars: John Garfield, Thomas Gomez, Marie Windsor, Howland Chamberlain

Votes: 5,174

41. The Woman on Pier 13 (1949)

Not Rated | 73 min | Crime, Drama, Film-Noir

Successful, newly married Brad Collins once belonged to the Communist Party of the USA, and now the Party will stop at nothing to use him.

Director: Robert Stevenson | Stars: Robert Ryan, Laraine Day, John Agar, Thomas Gomez

Votes: 836

42. Trial (1955)

Approved | 105 min | Drama

Courtroom drama set in 1947 and underlying post-WW2 acute problems facing the USA such as stormy race relations and the growing threat of local communism.

Director: Mark Robson | Stars: Glenn Ford, Dorothy McGuire, Arthur Kennedy, John Hodiak

Votes: 838

43. Walk East on Beacon! (1952)

Approved | 98 min | Drama, Film-Noir, Thriller

A G-man searches for a communist sleeper-cell in Boston.

Director: Alfred L. Werker | Stars: George Murphy, Finlay Currie, Virginia Gilmore, Karel Stepanek

Votes: 228

44. The Red Menace (1949)

81 min | Drama, Film-Noir, Thriller

A disillusioned, bitter ex-GI gets involved with the Communist party, and winds up falling in love with one of his "instructors." At first true believers, they realize their mistake when ... See full summary »

Director: R.G. Springsteen | Stars: Robert Rockwell, Hannelore Axman, Betty Lou Gerson, Barbra Fuller

Votes: 139

45. On the Waterfront (1954)

Not Rated | 108 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

91 Metascore

An ex-prize fighter turned longshoreman struggles to stand up to his corrupt union bosses.

Director: Elia Kazan | Stars: Marlon Brando, Karl Malden, Lee J. Cobb, Rod Steiger

Votes: 130,201 | Gross: $9.60M

46. He Ran All the Way (1951)

Approved | 77 min | Crime, Drama, Film-Noir

Nick and his partner Al stage a payroll holdup. Al is shot and Nick kills a policeman. Nick hides out at a public pool, where he meets Peg Dobbs. They go back to her apartment and he forces her family to hide him from the police manhunt.

Director: John Berry | Stars: John Garfield, Shelley Winters, Wallace Ford, Selena Royle

Votes: 1,670

47. Body and Soul (1947)

Approved | 104 min | Drama, Film-Noir, Sport

A talented boxer's young career hits difficult terrain when an unethical promoter takes interest in him.

Director: Robert Rossen | Stars: John Garfield, Lilli Palmer, Hazel Brooks, Anne Revere

Votes: 3,915

48. Tell Them Willie Boy Is Here (1969)

M | 98 min | Drama, Western

In 1909, when young Paiute Indian Willie Boy returns to his California reservation to be with Lola, whose father disapproves of him, a killing in self defense takes place, triggering a massive man hunt for Willie.

Director: Abraham Polonsky | Stars: Robert Redford, Katharine Ross, Robert Blake, Susan Clark

Votes: 2,469



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