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1. Cannibal Holocaust (1980)

Unrated | 95 min | Adventure, Horror

5.9
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22 Metascore

During a rescue mission into the Amazon rainforest, a professor stumbles across lost film shot by a missing documentary crew.

Director: Ruggero Deodato | Stars: Robert Kerman, Francesca Ciardi, Perry Pirkanen, Luca Barbareschi

Votes: 47,954

2. Starcrash (1978)

PG | 92 min | Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi

4.0
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An outlaw smuggler and her alien companion are recruited by the Emperor of the Galaxy to rescue his son and destroy a secret weapon by the evil Count Zarth Arn.

Director: Luigi Cozzi | Stars: Marjoe Gortner, Caroline Munro, Christopher Plummer, David Hasselhoff

Votes: 5,785

3. Cannibal Ferox (1981)

Not Rated | 93 min | Adventure, Horror

5.2
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Three friends out to disprove cannibalism meet two men on the run who tortured and enslaved a cannibal tribe to find emeralds, and now the tribe is out for revenge.

Director: Umberto Lenzi | Stars: Giovanni Lombardo Radice, Lorraine De Selle, Danilo Mattei, Zora Kerova

Votes: 8,577

4. Eaten Alive! (1980)

Not Rated | 92 min | Adventure, Horror

5.2
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A young woman teams up with a mercenary to find her missing sister in the jungles of New Guinea where they find that a deranged leader of a religious cult has located his commune in an area inhabited by cannibals.

Director: Umberto Lenzi | Stars: Robert Kerman, Janet Agren, Ivan Rassimov, Paola Senatore

Votes: 3,380

5. The New York Ripper (1982)

Not Rated | 85 min | Horror, Mystery, Thriller

6.4
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A burned-out New York police detective teams up with a college psychoanalyst to track down a vicious serial killer randomly stalking and killing various young women around the city.

Director: Lucio Fulci | Stars: Jack Hedley, Almanta Suska, Howard Ross, Andrea Occhipinti

Votes: 8,717

6. Contamination (1980)

R | 95 min | Horror, Sci-Fi

5.3
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A former astronaut helps a government agent and a police detective track the source of mysterious alien pod spores, filled with lethal flesh-dissolving acid, to a South American coffee plantation controlled by alien pod clones.

Director: Luigi Cozzi | Stars: Ian McCulloch, Louise Marleau, Marino Masé, Siegfried Rauch

Votes: 3,612

7. Burial Ground: The Nights of Terror (1981)

Unrated | 85 min | Horror

5.7
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An archaeology professor discovers an ancient crypt which contains living dead corpses. The zombies go on a rampage and attack a group of people which the professor had invited to celebrate his discovery.

Director: Andrea Bianchi | Stars: Karin Well, Gianluigi Chirizzi, Simone Mattioli, Antonella Antinori

Votes: 4,808

8. House on the Edge of the Park (1980)

Not Rated | 91 min | Horror, Thriller

5.8
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Two low-life punks invite themselves to a party at a posh villa and after being taunted by their snobbish hosts, hold everyone hostage and subject them to various forms of torture and mayhem.

Director: Ruggero Deodato | Stars: David Hess, Annie Belle, Christian Borromeo, Giovanni Lombardo Radice

Votes: 4,622

9. Hitch-Hike (1977)

Unrated | 104 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

6.9
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A bickering couple driving cross-country pick up a murderous hitchhiker who threatens to kill them unless they take him to a sanctuary. In return he agrees to split some bank loot he has on him.

Director: Pasquale Festa Campanile | Stars: Franco Nero, Corinne Cléry, David Hess, Joshua Sinclair

Votes: 2,310

10. Rabid Dogs (1974)

Not Rated | 96 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

7.5
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Following a bungled robbery, three violent criminals take a young woman, a middle-aged man, and a child hostage and force them to drive them outside Rome to help them make a clean escape.

Director: Mario Bava | Stars: Lea Lander, George Eastman, Riccardo Cucciolla, Don Backy

Votes: 3,938

11. Zombie Holocaust (1980)

R | 84 min | Horror

5.2
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An expedition in the East Indies, encounters not only the cannibals they were looking for, but also an evil scientist and his zombie army.

Director: Marino Girolami | Stars: Ian McCulloch, Alexandra Delli Colli, Sherry Buchanan, Peter O'Neal

Votes: 4,836

12. Strange Shadows in an Empty Room (1976)

R | 99 min | Action, Crime, Drama

6.4
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An Ottawa police captain searches for the person who poisoned his sister, who was attending the university in Montreal. So desperate is he for revenge that he begin to use his own brutal ... See full summary »

Director: Alberto De Martino | Stars: Stuart Whitman, John Saxon, Martin Landau, Tisa Farrow

Votes: 572

13. Alien 2: On Earth (1980)

R | 92 min | Adventure, Horror, Sci-Fi

3.7
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A spaceship lands back on Earth after a failed mission, but the astronauts have been replaced by hideous creatures that can penetrate people's bodies and make them explode. A group of cave ... See full summary »

Directors: Ciro Ippolito, Biagio Proietti | Stars: Belinda Mayne, Mark Bodin, Roberto Barrese, Benedetta Fantoli

Votes: 1,137

14. Death Rage (1976)

R | 98 min | Crime, Thriller

5.1
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A retired hit-man decides to take one last job to avenge the murder of his brother by a mafia gang. An eager would-be mobster helps him.

Director: Antonio Margheriti | Stars: Yul Brynner, Massimo Ranieri, Barbara Bouchet, Martin Balsam

Votes: 566

15. Caliber 9 (1972)

Not Rated | 88 min | Action, Crime, Thriller

7.6
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A former gangster is forced to resume his old lifestyle when his violent, jealous ex-colleagues and the police believe that he knows the location of a stolen cache of $300,000.

Director: Fernando Di Leo | Stars: Gastone Moschin, Barbara Bouchet, Mario Adorf, Frank Wolff

Votes: 3,062

16. Madness (1980)

Not Rated | 85 min | Action, Crime, Drama

5.6
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An escaped convict plays the occupants of a remote home against one another for his own sadistic pleasure while searching for the loot he buried there following a previous robbery.

Director: Fernando Di Leo | Stars: Joe Dallesandro, Lorraine De Selle, Patrizia Behn, Gianni Macchia

Votes: 352

17. What Have They Done to Your Daughters? (1974)

R | 96 min | Action, Crime, Thriller

7.0
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Police investigate apparent suicide of teen girl and uncover details of a teenage prostitution racket. They go on the hunt for a motorcycle riding killer.

Director: Massimo Dallamano | Stars: Giovanna Ralli, Claudio Cassinelli, Mario Adorf, Franco Fabrizi

Votes: 1,548

18. Contraband (1980)

Unrated | 97 min | Action, Crime, Drama

6.6
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Someone is muscling in on the two brothers' cigarette smuggling into Italy at Naples. The police is tipped off, then Mickey's stable burns down, then the killing etc. starts. Luca responds.

Director: Lucio Fulci | Stars: Fabio Testi, Ivana Monti, Marcel Bozzuffi, Saverio Marconi

Votes: 1,582

19. Crazy Joe (1974)

R | 100 min | Crime, Drama

6.2
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The rise and fall of a Mafia gangster, based on the life of murdered New York gangster "Crazy" Joey Gallo.

Director: Carlo Lizzani | Stars: Peter Boyle, Paula Prentiss, Fred Williamson, Rip Torn

Votes: 378

20. 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: 865

21. The Italian Connection (1972)

R | 95 min | Action, Crime, Thriller

7.2
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A Milanese pimp is pursued by - and then pursues - a pair of New York hitmen and the gangsters who framed him for stealing a shipment of heroin.

Director: Fernando Di Leo | Stars: Mario Adorf, Henry Silva, Woody Strode, Adolfo Celi

Votes: 1,815

22. Tough Guys (1974)

PG | 92 min | Action, Crime

5.6
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An ex-convict priest and a framed former policeman hunt a machine-gun killer behind a bank robbery.

Director: Duccio Tessari | Stars: Lino Ventura, Isaac Hayes, Fred Williamson, Paula Kelly

Votes: 272

23. The Tough Ones (1976)

R | 95 min | Action, Crime, Drama

6.9
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A tough, rule-bending cop pursues a maniacal, trigger-happy hunchback, a one-handed bank robber and their cronies in an effort to bring Rome's most powerful crime lord to justice.

Director: Umberto Lenzi | Stars: Maurizio Merli, Arthur Kennedy, Giampiero Albertini, Ivan Rassimov

Votes: 1,047

24. Cry of a Prostitute (1974)

R | 97 min | Crime, Drama

6.4
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Thriller Starring Henry Silva and Barbara Bouchet. She Left Prostitution only to find Murder! Shes a former prostitute, now married to a gang boss dealing in black market currency and ... See full summary »

Director: Andrea Bianchi | Stars: Henry Silva, Barbara Bouchet, Fausto Tozzi, Vittorio Sanipoli

Votes: 406

25. Live Like a Cop, Die Like a Man (1976)

Not Rated | 94 min | Action, Crime, Drama

6.6
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Fred and Tony are members of an elite 'special squad' of police in Rome, Italy, who are licenced-to-kill, undercover cops who thrive on living dangerously.

Director: Ruggero Deodato | Stars: Marc Porel, Ray Lovelock, Adolfo Celi, Franco Citti

Votes: 1,080

26. Rulers of the City (1976)

R | 85 min | Comedy, Crime, Thriller

6.0
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Two small-time hoodlums plot to get even with a treacherous boss who is intent on monopolizing all criminal activity within Rome.

Director: Fernando Di Leo | Stars: Jack Palance, Al Cliver, Harry Baer, Gisela Hahn

Votes: 729

27. The Big Racket (1976)

Not Rated | 104 min | Action, Crime, Drama

7.2
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Nico Palmieri is a police inspector who battles against hoodlums terrorising a sleepy Italian village, extorting cash from the locals.

Director: Enzo G. Castellari | Stars: Fabio Testi, Vincent Gardenia, Renzo Palmer, Orso Maria Guerrini

Votes: 1,008

28. Loaded Guns (1975)

PG | 96 min | Action, Crime

5.0
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An air hostess gets involved in Naples, against her will, in the in-fighting amongst rival gangs.

Director: Fernando Di Leo | Stars: Ursula Andress, Woody Strode, Marc Porel, Isabella Biagini

Votes: 290

29. Street Law (1974)

105 min | Action, Thriller

7.0
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Carlo Antonelli, an engineer from Genoa, gets mugged and decides to take justice into his own hands. At first the muggers seem to get the upper hand, but then he's helped by Tommy, a young robber who takes his side.

Director: Enzo G. Castellari | Stars: Franco Nero, Giancarlo Prete, Barbara Bach, Renzo Palmer

Votes: 1,101

30. High Crime (1973)

R | 100 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

7.1
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An Italian police inspector matches wits with a powerful European drug ring. As he comes closer to the top of the underworld organization, his odds of survival decrease.

Director: Enzo G. Castellari | Stars: Franco Nero, James Whitmore, Delia Boccardo, Fernando Rey

Votes: 635

31. The Squeeze (1978)

R | 99 min | Comedy, Crime, Drama

5.3
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A retired safe cracker is recruited by a young conman to return to the "business" for a million dollar heist.

Director: Antonio Margheriti | Stars: Lee Van Cleef, Karen Black, Edward Albert, Lionel Stander

Votes: 334

32. Magnum Cop (1978)

R | 93 min | Action, Crime, Thriller

5.6
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An Italian private investigator tries to get to the bottom of a suspicious kidnapping case with the help of an exotic dancer.

Director: Stelvio Massi | Stars: Maurizio Merli, Joan Collins, Franco Ressel, Werner Pochath

Votes: 246

33. The Boss (1973)

R | 100 min | Action, Crime, Thriller

7.0
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A hitman finds himself embroiled in the middle of a Mafia war between the Sicilians and the Calabrians.

Director: Fernando Di Leo | Stars: Henry Silva, Richard Conte, Gianni Garko, Antonia Santilli

Votes: 1,473

34. Kidnap Syndicate (1975)

R | 98 min | Crime, Thriller

6.6
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Based on an actual event "The Kidnap Syndicate" is the story of two boys, one from a rich family and the other from a poor family, who are kidnapped and held for ransom.

Director: Fernando Di Leo | Stars: Luc Merenda, James Mason, Irina Maleeva, Marino Masé

Votes: 496

35. The Violent Professionals (1973)

R | 104 min | Crime, Drama

6.4
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When Milano police lieutenant Giorga's chief is murdered by an organized crime ring, he vows to avenge his boss's death. Going undercover to continue the chief's investigation, he plans to ... See full summary »

Director: Sergio Martino | Stars: Luc Merenda, Richard Conte, Silvano Tranquilli, Carlo Alighiero

Votes: 642

36. Bloody Friday (1972)

R | 97 min | Action, Crime, Drama

6.8
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When terrorists rob a bank all hell is let loose.

Directors: Rolf Olsen, Lee Payant | Stars: Raimund Harmstorf, Amadeus August, Gianni Macchia, Christine Böhm

Votes: 455

37. Shoot First, Die Later (1974)

Not Rated | 94 min | Action, Crime, Thriller

6.7
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A police lieutenant suddenly faces the consequences of his choice to part for the local mobs.

Director: Fernando Di Leo | Stars: Luc Merenda, Richard Conte, Delia Boccardo, Raymond Pellegrin

Votes: 543

38. Syndicate Sadists (1975)

R | 90 min | Action, Crime, Drama

6.4
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A biker's brother is killed while investigating the kidnapping of a young boy, the byproduct of a war between two crime families. The biker vows to get revenge by finding the kidnapped boy and destroying the two families.

Director: Umberto Lenzi | Stars: Tomas Milian, Joseph Cotten, Maria Fiore, Mario Piave

Votes: 618

39. The Heroin Busters (1977)

Not Rated | 100 min | Action, Crime, Thriller

6.6
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An Italian policeman goes undercover to break up an international heroin smuggling ring and butts heads with a hot-tempered Interpol agent assigned by his agency to do the same task.

Director: Enzo G. Castellari | Stars: Fabio Testi, David Hemmings, Sherry Buchanan, Wolfango Soldati

Votes: 530

40. Blood and Diamonds (1977)

99 min | Thriller

6.3
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A man is arrested and condemned to five years in jail for robbery. After serving his term, he is out for revenge on the gang members he considers were to blame for his arrest. The prize for this deadly fight is a large cache of diamonds.

Director: Fernando Di Leo | Stars: Claudio Cassinelli, Martin Balsam, Barbara Bouchet, Pier Paolo Capponi

Votes: 162

41. The Cynic, the Rat and the Fist (1977)

100 min | Action, Crime, Thriller

6.8
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A hardened cop is left for dead by the henchmen of a escapee gangster he had previously arrested, and upon recovery relentlessly pursues them.

Director: Umberto Lenzi | Stars: Maurizio Merli, John Saxon, Renzo Palmer, Gabriella Lepori

Votes: 840

42. Il giorno del Cobra (1980)

95 min | Action, Crime, Drama

6.0
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An American narcotics agent is murdered in Italy. The head of the department decides to hire Larry Stanziani, 'The Cobra'. Larry, a former agent and now a third-rate private detective, uses... See full summary »

Director: Enzo G. Castellari | Stars: Franco Nero, Sybil Danning, Mario Maranzana, Licinia Lentini

Votes: 376

43. Anna, quel particolare piacere (1973)

100 min | Crime, Drama

6.2
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A beautiful but poor young girl finds all the money and material goods she never had when she becomes the girlfriend of a crime boss, but soon learns that there is a price to be paid for that kind of life.

Director: Giuliano Carnimeo | Stars: Edwige Fenech, Corrado Pani, Richard Conte, John Richardson

Votes: 306

44. Violent Naples (1976)

95 min | Action, Crime, Thriller

7.0
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An uncompromising cop gets transferred to Naples on account of this city's atrocious crime levels. His no-hold-barred police methods are considered to be the perfect anti-dote.

Director: Umberto Lenzi | Stars: Maurizio Merli, John Saxon, Barry Sullivan, Elio Zamuto

Votes: 823

45. Killer Cop (1975)

97 min | Action, Crime, Drama

6.8
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Luciano Ercoli's Killer Cop is actually an entirely serious Italian crime thriller (or 'Poliziotteschi'), that handles themes such as murder and terrorism. ..

Director: Luciano Ercoli | Stars: Claudio Cassinelli, Arthur Kennedy, Franco Fabrizi, Sara Sperati

Votes: 258

46. Hot Stuff (1976)

90 min | Action, Crime, Drama

6.0
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A cop pursues the Mob for revenge as well as personal honor.

Director: Giuseppe Rosati | Stars: Maurizio Merli, James Mason, Raymond Pellegrin, Silvia Dionisio

Votes: 198

47. Mafia Junction (1973)

R | 95 min | Action, Crime, Drama

6.2
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The Superbitch uses her body to deceive and manipulate men to get what she wants.

Director: Massimo Dallamano | Stars: Ivan Rassimov, Stephanie Beacham, Patricia Hayes, Ettore Manni

Votes: 247

48. Gang War in Milan (1973)

Not Rated | 96 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

6.5
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A Milan produce vendor, whom moonlights as a pimp, faces off against a ruthless and greedy French gangster whom wants to unite the organized crime ring of Italy.

Director: Umberto Lenzi | Stars: Antonio Sabato, Philippe Leroy, Antonio Casagrande, Carla Romanelli

Votes: 476

49. Young, Violent, Dangerous (1976)

Not Rated | 100 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

6.4
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In this riveting Italian exploitation thriller, three young men embark upon a terrifying series of bloody crimes, engaging in robbery, gunplay, and murder. As the entire police force ... See full summary »

Director: Romolo Guerrieri | Stars: Stefano Patrizi, Benjamin Lev, Max Delys, Eleonora Giorgi

Votes: 390

50. Cop in Blue Jeans (1976)

TV-MA | 95 min | Action, Comedy, Crime

6.2
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A top undercover cop finds and arrests a series of purse snatchers until he discovers an American at the top of an evil ring of thieves.

Director: Bruno Corbucci | Stars: Tomas Milian, Jack Palance, Maria Rosaria Omaggio, Guido Mannari

Votes: 500



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