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1. The Stranger's Hand (1954)

Approved | 85 min | Action, Drama, Thriller

A British lad tries to investigate his father's disappearance in Venice when nobody believes him.

Director: Mario Soldati | Stars: Trevor Howard, Alida Valli, Richard Basehart, Eduardo Ciannelli

Votes: 96

2. Obsession (1943)

TV-14 | 140 min | Crime, Drama, Romance

Gino, a drifter, begins an affair with inn-owner Giovanna as they plan to get rid of her older husband.

Director: Luchino Visconti | Stars: Clara Calamai, Massimo Girotti, Dhia Cristiani, Elio Marcuzzo

Votes: 6,296

3. The Medium (1951)

84 min | Drama, Music

Madame Flora is terrified when she perceives a supernatural presence during one of her fraudulent séances. Menotti's first international success, "The Medium" is a tragedy in two acts for ... See full summary »

Director: Gian Carlo Menotti | Stars: Marie Powers, Leo Coleman, Leopoldo Savona, Belva Kibler

Votes: 92

4. Stranger on the Prowl (1952)

82 min | Drama

A nameless, homeless and rejected man who is looking for a new life and a young boy from an impoverished family, who is forced to steal when he loses the milk money. These two come together in the same hiding place.

Director: Joseph Losey | Stars: Paul Muni, Joan Lorring, Vittorio Manunta, Luisa Rossi

Votes: 121

5. Fugitive Lady (1950)

Approved | 78 min | Crime, Drama

An insurance investigator looks into the death of a man who drove his car off a cliff in an apparent suicide. After looking into the incident, the investigator begins to suspect it may not ... See full summary »

Directors: Marino Girolami, Sidney Salkow | Stars: Janis Paige, Binnie Barnes, Massimo Serato, Eduardo Ciannelli

Votes: 21

6. Angela (1954)

Approved | 81 min | Crime, Drama

Angela (Mara Lane, secretary to an important businessman in Italy, Bertolati (Nino Crisman), is an attractive and sophisticated girl, which is sufficient cause for Steve Catlett ('Dennis ... See full summary »

Directors: Edoardo Anton, Dennis O'Keefe | Stars: Dennis O'Keefe, Mara Lane, Rossano Brazzi, Arnoldo Foà

Votes: 36

7. The Charge is Murder (1950)

99 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

A luckless young teacher is suspected of committing two murders. When his lover begins to have doubt about his innocence, he seems to be doomed.

Director: Giacomo Gentilomo | Stars: Marcello Mastroianni, Lea Padovani, Andrea Checchi, Marga Cella

Votes: 42

8. The Bandit (1946)

83 min | Crime, Drama

A contingent of Italian prisoners of war arrive on a train from Germany after World War II to Turin. The city where Ernesto lives has been bombed, his mother is dead and his sister has gone missing.

Director: Alberto Lattuada | Stars: Anna Magnani, Amedeo Nazzari, Carla Del Poggio, Carlo Campanini

Votes: 216

9. The Bird with the Crystal Plumage (1970)

GP | 96 min | Horror, Mystery, Thriller

An American expatriate in Rome witnesses an attempted murder. He learns later that it's connected to an ongoing murder spree in the city, and decides to do his own investigation, despite being personally targeted by the killer.

Director: Dario Argento | Stars: Tony Musante, Suzy Kendall, Enrico Maria Salerno, Eva Renzi

Votes: 16,431 | Gross: $0.42M

10. The Conformist (1970)

R | 113 min | Drama

100 Metascore

A weak-willed Italian man becomes a fascist flunky who goes abroad to arrange the assassination of his old teacher, now a political dissident.

Director: Bernardo Bertolucci | Stars: Jean-Louis Trintignant, Stefania Sandrelli, Gastone Moschin, Enzo Tarascio

Votes: 24,477

11. Il bivio (1951)

100 min | Crime, Drama

After the war, Aldo and his men became gangster. But now the times are changing and Aldo decides to became a policeman to help better his men in crime. He meets Giovanna and falls for her. ... See full summary »

Director: Fernando Cerchio | Stars: Raf Vallone, Charles Vanel, Claudine Dupuis, Saro Urzì

Votes: 20

13. The Walls of Malapaga (1949)

89 min | Drama, Romance

A French fugitive arrives in Genoa, where he becomes entangled with an Italian woman and her daughter.

Director: René Clément | Stars: Jean Gabin, Isa Miranda, Vera Talchi, Andrea Checchi

Votes: 660

14. Four Ways Out (1951)

74 min | Crime, Drama

Four criminals commit a robbery at a soccer stadium, and then split up to try to hide separately from the police.

Director: Pietro Germi | Stars: Gina Lollobrigida, Renato Baldini, Cosetta Greco, Paul Muller

Votes: 248

16. I vinti (1953)

Not Rated | 113 min | Drama

Three stories of well-off youths who commit murders. In the French episode a group of high school students kill one of their colleagues for his money. In the Italian episode a university ... See full summary »

Director: Michelangelo Antonioni | Stars: Etchika Choureau, Jacques Sempey, Henri Poirier, Annie Noël

Votes: 745

18. The Grim Reaper (1962)

Not Rated | 88 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

When a woman is killed in a park, the police bring in everyone suspected of being there when the incident occurred and question them. One of them is the killer.

Director: Bernardo Bertolucci | Stars: Francesco Ruiu, Giancarlo De Rosa, Vincenzo Ciccora, Alfredo Leggi

Votes: 2,003

20. Maigret a Pigalle (1966)

100 min | Crime, Drama

Maigret is called in to solve a crime in a night-club, and he has a field day dealing with tough characters, and beautiful bar-flies. The plot is based on Georges Simenon's novel, "Maigret au Picratt's".

Director: Mario Landi | Stars: Gino Cervi, Lila Kedrova, Raymond Pellegrin, Alfred Adam

Votes: 75

21. The Facts of Murder (1959)

115 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

A police detective and his team attempt to solve two crimes committed within a day of each other in neighboring apartment rooms.

Director: Pietro Germi | Stars: Pietro Germi, Claudia Cardinale, Franco Fabrizi, Cristina Gaioni

Votes: 883

22. ...and the Wild Wild Women (1959)

95 min | Drama

A harsh study about the grim realities of life in a non-coed, totally female prison environment. Story concerns a young girl who comes to prison and experiences the entire prison subculture... See full summary »

Director: Renato Castellani | Stars: Anna Magnani, Giulietta Masina, Cristina Gaioni, Anita Durante

Votes: 366

23. Rififi in Amsterdam (1966)

90 min | Action, Crime, Drama

An ex-con and thief must allude the authorities and the criminal underworld as he attempts to locate a stash of jewelry stolen by the Nazis.

Director: Sergio Grieco | Stars: Roger Browne, Aida Power, Umberto Raho, Franco Ressel

Votes: 35

25. The Testimony (1946)

98 min | Crime, Drama

A man, standing trial for robbery with murder, faces the death penalty. The testimony of an old civil servant will be crucial.

Director: Pietro Germi | Stars: Roldano Lupi, Marina Berti, Ernesto Almirante, Sandro Ruffini

Votes: 117

27. Totò le mokò (1949)

81 min | Comedy

The mobster Pep le Mok dies during a shootout with the police. His gang decide that his successor will be a relative of his from Naples: Antonio Lumaconi, a street musician.

Director: Carlo Ludovico Bragaglia | Stars: Totò, Gianna Maria Canale, Carla Calò, Franca Marzi

Votes: 362

28. Tragic Night (1942)

80 min | Drama

Released from jail, Nanni punches prison guard Stefano who has denounced him. In order to take revenge, Stefano suggests the suspicion that, during his absence, his wife has had business ... See full summary »

Director: Mario Soldati | Stars: Doris Duranti, Carlo Ninchi, Andrea Checchi, Juan de Landa

Votes: 40

30. Appointment for Murder (1951)

Approved | 90 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

A woman has jumped or been pushed from five stories of an apartment house. The detective on the case lives there, and he discovers that the woman's estranged husband does also. She had been... See full summary »

Director: Baccio Bandini | Stars: Umberto Spadaro, Delia Scala, Andrea Bosic, Marco Vicario

Votes: 8

31. Story of a Love Affair (1950)

Not Rated | 98 min | Crime, Drama, Romance

Paola is a young, beautiful woman married to a wealthy entrepreneur. She meets her former lover Guido after seven years, but their relationship is marked by tragic events.

Director: Michelangelo Antonioni | Stars: Lucia Bosè, Massimo Girotti, Ferdinando Sarmi, Gino Rossi

Votes: 2,251

32. The Temptress (1952)

105 min | Drama, Mystery

The young Lut Loris is undergoing a trial for killing his girlfriend Maria Luce. According to the reconstruction of the facts, the young man would shoot his mistress making it then end up ... See full summary »

Director: Antonio Leonviola | Stars: Anna Maria Ferrero, Michel Auclair, Michel Simon, Valentine Tessier

Votes: 16

33. La fumeria d'oppio (1947)

88 min | Crime, Mystery, Thriller

A young girl's brother is unfairly accused of murder .A junkie, he is resigned to his fate .She decides to unmask the real culprit.

Director: Raffaello Matarazzo | Stars: Emilio Ghione Jr., Mariella Lotti, Paolo Stoppa, Emilio Cigoli

Votes: 65

34. Unexpected (1961)

105 min | Crime, Drama

An English teacher seduces a young student in the company of his wife to help him in an ambitious plan with the kidnapping of a newborn baby of a wealthy businessman.

Director: Alberto Lattuada | Stars: Anouk Aimée, Tomas Milian, Raymond Pellegrin, Jeanne Valérie

Votes: 21

36. Il Bidone (1955)

Not Rated | 92 min | Comedy, Drama

A trio of con-men lead by a lonesome swindler must deal with their job and family pressures.

Director: Federico Fellini | Stars: Broderick Crawford, Richard Basehart, Giulietta Masina, Franco Fabrizi

Votes: 4,529

37. La bionda (1993)

111 min | Thriller

A young shy man (Tommaso) runs down a blond girl (Christine) with his car. Next day he finds her waiting for him at his apartment door. She asks him for help, as she has amnesia and can't ... See full summary »

Director: Sergio Rubini | Stars: Sergio Rubini, Nastassja Kinski, Ennio Fantastichini, Veronica Lazar

Votes: 119

38. Ripley's Game (2002)

R | 110 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

A dying family man in need of money is persuaded to assassinate a European crime boss.

Director: Liliana Cavani | Stars: John Malkovich, Dougray Scott, Lena Headey, Ray Winstone

Votes: 16,632

39. Investigation of a Citizen Above Suspicion (1970)

R | 115 min | Crime, Drama

89 Metascore

A chief of detectives, homicide section, kills his mistress and deliberately leaves clues to prove his own responsibility for the crime.

Director: Elio Petri | Stars: Gian Maria Volontè, Florinda Bolkan, Gianni Santuccio, Orazio Orlando

Votes: 8,088

40. Manos sucias (1957)

92 min | Drama

Miguel is a truck driver who dreams of owning a service station. To raise money he agrees to sabotage a truck of his boss' rival, which results in the death of its driver. Miguel gets his station but is haunted by what he did to obtain it.

Directors: José Antonio de la Loma, Marcello Baldi | Stars: Amedeo Nazzari, Lidia Alfonsi, Katia Loritz, Francisco Piquer

Votes: 26

41. Los ojos dejan huellas (1952)

100 min | Drama, Crime

Martin, a perfume seller coincide with his former classmate and bright, Roberto, who has left her lover planted tonight. Roberto Martin accompanies her home and meets his wife Berta, which ... See full summary »

Director: José Luis Sáenz de Heredia | Stars: Raf Vallone, Elena Varzi, Julio Peña, Fernando Fernán Gómez

Votes: 96

42. Agguato a Tangeri (1957)

92 min | Crime, Drama

An American police detective's investigation into a series of murders leads him to drug smugglers in North Africa.

Directors: Riccardo Freda, Jorge Grau | Stars: Edmund Purdom, Geneviève Page, Gino Cervi, José Guardiola

Votes: 19

43. Chains (1949)

74 min | Crime, Drama

A husband kills his wife's ex-boyfriend. He flees to America, but is sent back to Italy to stand trial. The only way he can be set free is if his wife confesses to adultery - so the murder can be considered a crime of passion.

Director: Raffaello Matarazzo | Stars: Amedeo Nazzari, Yvonne Sanson, Aldo Nicodemi, Roberto Murolo

Votes: 290

44. Tragic Hunt (1947)

89 min | Action, Drama

Immediately after the war, a truck on which the newlyweds Michele and Giovanna travel, and the accountant of an agricultural cooperative, charged with bringing four million lire into office, was assaulted by a handful of bandits.

Director: Giuseppe De Santis | Stars: Vivi Gioi, Andrea Checchi, Carla Del Poggio, Vittorio Duse

Votes: 151

45. The City Stands Trial (1952)

103 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

Turn-of-the-century Naples. Salvatore Ruotolo and his wife are murdered and their bodies are found in different locations. Since the evidence points to a crime by the Neapolitan crime ... See full summary »

Director: Luigi Zampa | Stars: Amedeo Nazzari, Silvana Pampanini, Paolo Stoppa, Dante Maggio

Votes: 108