Movies: Exotic Places

by qempyrean | created - 29 Mar 2017 | updated - 7 months ago | Public

Typically one-word titles from classic Hollywood, supposedly taking place in "exotic" foreign locations.

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1. Calcutta (1947)

Passed | 83 min | Action, Crime, Drama

Neale and Pedro fly cargo between Chungking and Calcutta. When their buddy Bill is murdered they investigate. Neale meets Bill's fiancée Virginia and becomes suspicious of a deeper plot while also falling for her charms.

Director: John Farrow | Stars: Alan Ladd, Gail Russell, William Bendix, June Duprez

Votes: 305

2. Casablanca (1942)

PG | 102 min | Drama, Romance, War

100 Metascore

A cynical American expatriate struggles to decide whether or not he should help his former lover and her fugitive husband escape French Morocco.

Director: Michael Curtiz | Stars: Humphrey Bogart, Ingrid Bergman, Paul Henreid, Claude Rains

Votes: 487,639 | Gross: $1.02M

3. Singapore (1947)

Passed | 79 min | Action, Adventure, Crime

After WW2, an American skipper returns to Singapore to recuperate his hidden stash of pearls and to search for his sweetheart who disappeared during a Japanese attack in 1942.

Director: John Brahm | Stars: Fred MacMurray, Ava Gardner, Roland Culver, Richard Haydn

Votes: 415

4. Morocco (1930)

Passed | 92 min | Drama, Romance

A cabaret singer and a Legionnaire fall in love, but their relationship is complicated by the results of his womanizing and due to the appearance of a rich man who wants her for himself.

Director: Josef von Sternberg | Stars: Gary Cooper, Marlene Dietrich, Adolphe Menjou, Ullrich Haupt

Votes: 5,087

5. Macao (1952)

Passed | 81 min | Adventure, Crime, Drama

Nick Cochran, an American in exile in Macao, has a chance to restore his name by helping capture an international crime lord. Undercover, can he mislead the bad guys and still woo the handsome singer/petty crook, Julie Benson?

Directors: Josef von Sternberg, Nicholas Ray | Stars: Robert Mitchum, Jane Russell, William Bendix, Thomas Gomez

Votes: 2,548

6. Algiers (1938)

Passed | 96 min | Drama, Mystery, Romance

Beautiful Gaby meets a romantic jewel thief in the mysterious Casbah.

Director: John Cromwell | Stars: Charles Boyer, Hedy Lamarr, Sigrid Gurie, Joseph Calleia

Votes: 2,267

7. Lisbon (1956)

Approved | 90 min | Adventure, Crime, Drama

High stakes battle of wits and morals between gentlemen crooks, set in beautiful Portugal. A smuggler is hired to kidnap the rich husband of an American woman who's just arrived in Lisbon, Portugal.

Director: Ray Milland | Stars: Ray Milland, Maureen O'Hara, Claude Rains, Yvonne Furneaux

Votes: 334

8. Tanganyika (1954)

Approved | 81 min | Action, Adventure, Drama

In Kenya, in 1903, when escaped murderer Abel McCracken instigates the Nukumbi tribe to raid white settlements, colonist John Gale organizes a human hunt to capture McCracken.

Director: André De Toth | Stars: Van Heflin, Ruth Roman, Howard Duff, Jeff Morrow

Votes: 148 | Gross: $1.30M

9. Bengazi (1955)

79 min | Adventure, Crime, Drama

An American with a shady past joins with a morally-bankrupt Irishman to find treasure buried by Arabs in a deserted mosque in the Sahara. The situation becomes complicated when they are surrounded by bellicose Bedouin bandits.

Director: John Brahm | Stars: Richard Conte, Victor McLaglen, Richard Carlson, Mala Powers

Votes: 165

10. Bagdad (1949)

Passed | 82 min | Action, Adventure, Fantasy

An English-educated Bedouin princess returns to Bagdad to find her father murdered, a corrupt ruling Pasha in charge and various local factions warring for control of the Caliphate.

Director: Charles Lamont | Stars: Maureen O'Hara, Paul Hubschmid, Vincent Price, John Sutton

Votes: 308

11. Malaga (1954)

Approved | 84 min | Adventure, Crime, Drama

Joanna Dane, a former O.S.S. operator (forerunner of the CIA), is sent to Tangier by the American authorities to find out who is behind a powerful ring of smugglers that does a booming ... See full summary »

Director: Richard Sale | Stars: Maureen O'Hara, Macdonald Carey, Binnie Barnes, Harry Lane

Votes: 203

12. Malaga (1960)

97 min | Crime, Drama

A jewel thief pulls off a big heist, stabs his partner-in-crime in the back, dumps his girlfriend and goes on the run with the loot. The ex-partner and the girlfriend team up to go after him.

Director: Laslo Benedek | Stars: Trevor Howard, Dorothy Dandridge, Edmund Purdom, Michael Hordern

Votes: 55

13. Tangier (1946)

Approved | 74 min | Adventure, Drama

A war-weary newsman (Robert Paige) joins a Spanish dancer (Maria Montez) hunting down a Nazi puppet in North Africa.

Director: George Waggner | Stars: Maria Montez, Robert Paige, Sabu, Preston Foster

Votes: 63

14. Saigon (1948)

Not Rated | 93 min | Crime, Drama, Film-Noir

After WW2, two army buddies, one of them terminally-ill, embark on a series of adventures in South-East Asia and run across a dangerous criminal and his pretty secretary.

Director: Leslie Fenton | Stars: Alan Ladd, Veronica Lake, Douglas Dick, Wally Cassell

Votes: 207

15. Shanghai (1935)

75 min | Drama, Romance

Shanghai is a 1935 film directed by James Flood, produced by Walter Wanger, distributed by Paramount Pictures, and starring Loretta Young and Charles Boyer. The picture's supporting cast ... See full summary »

Director: James Flood | Stars: Loretta Young, Charles Boyer, Warner Oland, Alison Skipworth

Votes: 75

16. Istanbul (1957)

Approved | 84 min | Crime, Drama, Film-Noir

A suspected diamond smuggler returns to Istanbul and finds the lady love he thought was dead...or does he?

Director: Joseph Pevney | Stars: Errol Flynn, Cornell Borchers, John Bentley, Torin Thatcher

Votes: 406

17. Khartoum (1966)

Approved | 128 min | Action, Adventure, Drama

In the Sudan, in 1884 to 1885, Egyptian forces led by British General Charles "Chinese" Gordon (Charlton Heston) defend Khartoum against an invading Muslim Army led by a religious fanatic, Mohammed Ahmed el Mahdi (Sir Laurence Olivier).

Directors: Basil Dearden, Eliot Elisofon | Stars: Charlton Heston, Laurence Olivier, Richard Johnson, Ralph Richardson

Votes: 6,191

18. Sudan (1945)

Passed | 76 min | Action, Adventure, Romance

Young, lovely Naila becomes queen of the ancient Egyptian kingdom of Khemis when her father is killed in a slave revolt. Continuing her penchant for going incognito among the people, she ... See full summary »

Director: John Rawlins | Stars: Maria Montez, Jon Hall, Turhan Bey, Andy Devine

Votes: 121

19. Flight from Ashiya (1964)

Not Rated | 100 min | Adventure, Romance, Drama

A flight crew tries to save the survivors of a shipwreck off the coast of Japan during a raging typhoon.

Director: Michael Anderson | Stars: Yul Brynner, Richard Widmark, George Chakiris, Suzy Parker

Votes: 432

20. Krakatoa: East of Java (1968)

G | 131 min | Adventure, Drama, History

In 1883, ship captain Hanson plans a shipwreck salvage mission in The Dutch East Indies to retrieve a cargo of pearls but an unexpected volcano eruption and a state-ordered transport of convicts upset his plans.

Director: Bernard L. Kowalski | Stars: Maximilian Schell, Diane Baker, Brian Keith, Barbara Werle

Votes: 1,311 | Gross: $2.40M

21. Escape from Zahrain (1962)

Approved | 93 min | Action, Adventure, Drama

A hunted revolutionary leads a rag tag group of individuals through the desert in an attempt to elude the security forces and escape the fictitious Arab country of Zahrain.

Director: Ronald Neame | Stars: Yul Brynner, Sal Mineo, Jack Warden, Madlyn Rhue

Votes: 553

22. Flight to Tangier (1953)

Approved | 90 min | Action, Crime, Drama

During the Cold War, a mysterious plane, carrying $3 million, arrives at Tangier airport and various interested parties try to grab the cash.

Director: Charles Marquis Warren | Stars: Joan Fontaine, Jack Palance, Corinne Calvet, Robert Douglas

Votes: 232

23. Shanghai Express (1932)

Approved | 82 min | Adventure, Drama, Romance

A loose woman rediscovers a former lover during a dangerous train ride to Shanghai.

Director: Josef von Sternberg | Stars: Marlene Dietrich, Clive Brook, Anna May Wong, Warner Oland

Votes: 6,775 | Gross: $8.07M

24. Port Afrique (1956)

Approved | 92 min | Drama, Mystery, Romance

Rip Reardon, ex-Army flier, returns to his home in French Morocco and finds his wife dead, and he suspects she has been murdered. Police Colonel Moussac insists she committed suicide. Rip ... See full summary »

Director: Rudolph Maté | Stars: Pier Angeli, Eugene Deckers, Pat O'Meara, James Hayter

Votes: 134

25. Sirocco (1951)

Passed | 98 min | Action, Drama, Film-Noir

A cynical American expatriate gets involved in smuggling and gun-running for the rebels during the 1925 Syrian insurgency against French occupation.

Director: Curtis Bernhardt | Stars: Humphrey Bogart, Lee J. Cobb, Märta Torén, Everett Sloane

Votes: 1,742

26. Timbuktu (1959)

Approved | 91 min | Action, Adventure, Romance

In 1940 Col. Dufort arrives in Timbuktu with his wife to take over the French garrison. This garrison is threatened by a Tuareg uprising supposedly inspired by Mohamet Adjani -- a holy man ... See full summary »

Director: Jacques Tourneur | Stars: Victor Mature, Yvonne De Carlo, George Dolenz, John Dehner

Votes: 284

27. Fort Algiers (1953)

Approved | 78 min | Action, Drama

In northwest Africa, a tribal leader tries to stir up a rebellion against the ruling powers.

Director: Lesley Selander | Stars: Yvonne De Carlo, Carlos Thompson, Raymond Burr, Leif Erickson

Votes: 135

28. Casbah (1948)

Not Rated | 94 min | Crime, Musical

The life, Loves and Adventures of a classic Casbah thief.

Director: John Berry | Stars: Yvonne De Carlo, Tony Martin, Peter Lorre, Märta Torén

Votes: 345

29. Storm Over Tibet (1952)

Unrated | 87 min | Adventure

During World War II, David Simms pilots supplies between India and China over the Himalaya Mountains. One day he's forced to miss a flight and is replaced by his friend, Bill March. March's... See full summary »

Director: Andrew Marton | Stars: Rex Reason, Diana Douglas, Myron Healey, Robert Karnes

Votes: 42

30. Suez (1938)

Approved | 104 min | Drama, History, Romance

Ferdinand de Lesseps, disappointed in love, is sent as a junior diplomat to the Isthmus of Suez, and realizes it's just the place for a canal.

Director: Allan Dwan | Stars: Tyrone Power, Loretta Young, Annabella, J. Edward Bromberg

Votes: 665

31. South of Pago Pago (1940)

Approved | 98 min | Action, Adventure, Crime

A TREASURE HUNT ADVENTURE !

Director: Alfred E. Green | Stars: Victor McLaglen, Jon Hall, Frances Farmer, Olympe Bradna

Votes: 115

32. Cairo (1963)

91 min | Crime, Drama

A man called Major is in Cairo after being released from a German Prison. He is there to proceed with his plan to steal the jewelry from the King Tutankhamen exhibit at the national gallery... See full summary »

Director: Wolf Rilla | Stars: George Sanders, Richard Johnson, Faten Hamamah, John Meillon

Votes: 239

33. Bombay Clipper (1942)

Passed | 54 min | Action, Adventure, Crime

An American Foreign Correspodent, Jim Wilson, and his wife Frankie, who wishes he would give up his traveling job and settle down in one location, get involved with some foreign spies of an... See full summary »

Director: John Rawlins | Stars: William Gargan, Irene Hervey, Charles Lang, Maria Montez

Votes: 39



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