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1. Sunset Blvd. (1950)

Passed | 110 min | Drama, Film-Noir

A screenwriter develops a dangerous relationship with a faded film star determined to make a triumphant return.

Director: Billy Wilder | Stars: William Holden, Gloria Swanson, Erich von Stroheim, Nancy Olson

Votes: 192,476

2. What Ever Happened to Baby Jane? (1962)

Passed | 134 min | Drama, Horror, Thriller

75 Metascore

A former child star torments her paraplegic sister in their decaying Hollywood mansion.

Director: Robert Aldrich | Stars: Bette Davis, Joan Crawford, Victor Buono, Wesley Addy

Votes: 48,089 | Gross: $4.05M

3. What Ever Happened to Baby Jane? (1991 TV Movie)

93 min | Drama, Thriller

An elderly, bedridden former movie star is "cared for" by her sister, who hates her and keeps her a virtual prisoner in the family mansion.

Director: David Greene | Stars: Vanessa Redgrave, Lynn Redgrave, Bruce A. Young, Amy Steel

Votes: 555

4. What Ever Happened to Baby Jane?

Drama, Thriller | Announced

The relationship between a jealous, former child star and her sister take a twisted, dark turn after their careers flip-flop and a car accident leaves the more successful one confined to a wheelchair. A remake of the 1962 thriller 'What Ever Happened to Baby Jane?'.

Director: Walter Hill

5. Beloved Sister (2002 TV Movie)

91 min | Horror

When one of the sisters had grown up, she went to see her mother and sister. The ''fun'' stuff starts when she gets enclosed in house by her older sister, psycho.

Director: Oskar Roehler | Stars: Iris Berben, Hannelore Elsner, Anton Rattinger, Wolfgang Joop

Votes: 67

6. What Ever Happened to Aunt Alice? (1969)

M | 101 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

An aging widow hides a deadly secret which she will do anything to keep buried.

Directors: Lee H. Katzin, Bernard Girard | Stars: Geraldine Page, Ruth Gordon, Rosemary Forsyth, Robert Fuller

Votes: 2,050

7. Dear Dead Delilah (1972)

R | 95 min | Horror

A sickly matriarch of a dysfunctional family living in an old Southern mansion teases her siblings about finding a long lost treasure hidden in the premises, little did she know that there is someone ready to kill to get their hands on it.

Director: John Farris | Stars: Agnes Moorehead, Will Geer, Michael Ansara, Dennis Patrick

Votes: 304

8. Morgiana (1972)

106 min | Crime, Drama, Horror

Klara and Viktoria are sisters. Their father dies, leaving most of his property to Klara. When Klara becomes involved with a man that her sister loves, Viktoria begins to plot her murder.

Director: Juraj Herz | Stars: Iva Janzurová, Josef Abrhám, Nina Divísková, Petr Cepek

Votes: 889

10. Death Becomes Her (1992)

PG-13 | 104 min | Comedy, Fantasy, Horror

56 Metascore

When a woman learns of an immortality treatment, she sees it as a way to outdo her long-time rival.

Director: Robert Zemeckis | Stars: Meryl Streep, Bruce Willis, Goldie Hawn, Isabella Rossellini

Votes: 99,129 | Gross: $58.42M

11. Serial Mom (1994)

R | 95 min | Comedy, Crime, Thriller

64 Metascore

A sweet mother finds herself participating in homicidal activities when she sees the occasion call for it.

Director: John Waters | Stars: Kathleen Turner, Sam Waterston, Ricki Lake, Matthew Lillard

Votes: 26,037 | Gross: $7.88M

12. Misery (1990)

R | 107 min | Drama, Thriller

75 Metascore

After a famous author is rescued from a car crash by a fan of his novels, he comes to realize that the care he is receiving is only the beginning of a nightmare of captivity and abuse.

Director: Rob Reiner | Stars: James Caan, Kathy Bates, Richard Farnsworth, Frances Sternhagen

Votes: 176,324 | Gross: $61.28M

13. Suddenly, Last Summer (1959)

Approved | 114 min | Drama, Mystery, Thriller

54 Metascore

The only son of wealthy widow Violet Venable dies while on vacation with his cousin Catherine. What the girl saw was so horrible that she went insane; now Mrs. Venable wants Catherine lobotomized to cover up the truth.

Director: Joseph L. Mankiewicz | Stars: Elizabeth Taylor, Katharine Hepburn, Montgomery Clift, Albert Dekker

Votes: 13,283 | Gross: $13.90M

14. Notes on a Scandal (2006)

R | 92 min | Crime, Drama, Romance

73 Metascore

A veteran high school teacher befriends a younger art teacher, who is having an affair with one of her fifteen-year-old students. However, her intentions with this new "friend" also go well beyond a platonic friendship.

Director: Richard Eyre | Stars: Cate Blanchett, Judi Dench, Andrew Simpson, Tom Georgeson

Votes: 73,288 | Gross: $17.51M

15. Thriller (1960–1962)
Episode: The Hungry Glass (1961)

50 min | Crime, Drama, Horror

A married couple moves into a house that is haunted by images reflected in glass and mirrors.

Director: Douglas Heyes | Stars: Boris Karloff, William Shatner, Joanna Heyes, Russell Johnson

Votes: 229

16. The Whisperers (1967)

Not Rated | 106 min | Drama

Elderly Mrs. Ross lives alone in her meager flat, scraping by on government assistance even as she claims to have great wealth. After finding stolen money she is victimized, making it necessary to find her support in her declining years.

Director: Bryan Forbes | Stars: Edith Evans, Nanette Newman, Harry Baird, Jack Austin

Votes: 1,027

17. Night Watch (1973)

PG | 99 min | Horror, Mystery, Thriller

Ellen Wheeler (Dame Elizabeth Taylor), a rich woman, is recovering from a nervous breakdown with the help of her husband and a good friend. One day, while staring out the window, she ... See full summary »

Director: Brian G. Hutton | Stars: Elizabeth Taylor, Laurence Harvey, Billie Whitelaw, Robert Lang

Votes: 1,130

18. Persecution (1974)

PG | 95 min | Drama, Horror, Thriller

A crippled woman takes pleasure in tormenting her son, blaming him for her condition. Years later, the son returns home with his wife and newborn only to find himself still under her influence and twisted from her prolonged mental abuse.

Director: Don Chaffey | Stars: Lana Turner, Trevor Howard, Ralph Bates, Olga Georges-Picot

Votes: 232

19. Games (1967)

Not Rated | 100 min | Thriller

A young couple who are into kinky "mind games" get more than they bargained for when a mysterious woman comes into their lives.

Director: Curtis Harrington | Stars: Simone Signoret, James Caan, Katharine Ross, Don Stroud

Votes: 1,063

20. Lady in a Cage (1964)

Not Rated | 94 min | Drama, Horror, Thriller

A woman trapped in a home elevator is terrorized by a group of vicious hoodlums.

Director: Walter Grauman | Stars: Olivia de Havilland, James Caan, Jennifer Billingsley, Rafael Campos

Votes: 2,685 | Gross: $1.85M

21. Whoever Slew Auntie Roo? (1972)

PG-13 | 91 min | Horror, Thriller

A demented widow lures unsuspecting children into her mansion in a bizarre "Hansel and Gretel" twist.

Director: Curtis Harrington | Stars: Shelley Winters, Mark Lester, Chloe Franks, Ralph Richardson

Votes: 1,398

22. Strait-Jacket (1964)

Approved | 93 min | Drama, Horror, Thriller

After a twenty-year stay at an asylum for a double murder, a mother returns to her estranged daughter where suspicions arise about her behavior.

Director: William Castle | Stars: Joan Crawford, Diane Baker, Leif Erickson, Howard St. John

Votes: 4,696

23. Berserk (1967)

Not Rated | 96 min | Horror, Mystery, Thriller

A scheming circus owner finds her authority challenged when the show is targeted by a vicious killer.

Director: Jim O'Connolly | Stars: Joan Crawford, Ty Hardin, Diana Dors, Michael Gough

Votes: 1,741

24. The Nanny (1965)

Unrated | 93 min | Mystery, Thriller

There's just something not quite right when Bette Davis stars as an English nanny. And is her 10-year-old charge an emotionally disturbed murderer or just an insolent brat?

Director: Seth Holt | Stars: Bette Davis, Wendy Craig, Jill Bennett, James Villiers

Votes: 5,139

25. Dead Ringer (1964)

Unrated | 116 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

66 Metascore

The working-class twin sister of a callous, wealthy woman impulsively murders her out of revenge and assumes her identity. But impersonating her dead twin is more complicated and risky than she anticipated.

Director: Paul Henreid | Stars: Bette Davis, Karl Malden, Peter Lawford, Philip Carey

Votes: 4,557

26. The Anniversary (1968)

Approved | 95 min | Comedy, Drama, Thriller

Three sons who work in the family construction business help their overbearing mother celebrate her anniversary to her late husband.

Director: Roy Ward Baker | Stars: Bette Davis, Sheila Hancock, Jack Hedley, James Cossins

Votes: 2,138

27. What's the Matter with Helen? (1971)

R | 101 min | Crime, Musical, Mystery

Two middle-aged women move to Hollywood, California after their sons are convicted of a notorious murder and open a dance school for children eager to tap their way to stardom.

Director: Curtis Harrington | Stars: Debbie Reynolds, Shelley Winters, Dennis Weaver, Micheál MacLiammóir

Votes: 1,567

28. Killer Bees (1974 TV Movie)

Unrated | 74 min | Horror

A strong-willed woman not only dominates her family of California winegrowers, but also has a strange hold on a colony of bees in her vineyard.

Director: Curtis Harrington | Stars: Edward Albert, Kate Jackson, Roger Davis, Don McGovern

Votes: 414

29. Mommie Dearest (1981)

R | 129 min | Biography, Drama

55 Metascore

The abusive and traumatic adoptive upbringing of Christina Crawford at the hands of her mother, screen queen Joan Crawford, is depicted.

Director: Frank Perry | Stars: Faye Dunaway, Diana Scarwid, Steve Forrest, Howard Da Silva

Votes: 13,756 | Gross: $19.03M

30. Die, Mommie, Die! (2003)

R | 90 min | Comedy

54 Metascore

An ex-pop singer kills her much-hated husband to be with her young lover. Her daughter plots Electra-like revenge.

Director: Mark Rucker | Stars: Charles Busch, Natasha Lyonne, Jason Priestley, Angela Paton

Votes: 1,936

31. 'Babicky dobíjejte presne!' (1984)

101 min | Comedy, Horror, Sci-Fi

A family purchases a home robot designed to look like a grandmum. Their neighbours immediately buy a more expensivve model as the two families always try to up the other one. Both grandmums... See full synopsis »

Director: Ladislav Rychman | Stars: Jirí Lábus, Daniela Kolárová, Libuse Havelková, Jana Dítetová

Votes: 86

32. I Saw What You Did (1965)

Approved | 82 min | Crime, Horror, Thriller

Teenagers Libby and Kit innocently spend an evening making random prank calls. These calls lead to murderous consequences.

Director: William Castle | Stars: Joan Crawford, John Ireland, Leif Erickson, Sara Lane

Votes: 2,499

33. The Night Walker (1964)

Passed | 86 min | Horror, Mystery, Thriller

A woman is haunted by recurring nightmares, which seem to be instigated by her late husband who supposedly was killed in a fire.

Director: William Castle | Stars: Robert Taylor, Barbara Stanwyck, Judi Meredith, Hayden Rorke

Votes: 1,625

34. Private Parts (1972)

R | 87 min | Comedy, Horror, Mystery

Young Cheryl moves into her estranged aunt Martha's rundown King Edward Hotel. One of its offbeat residents, disturbed photographer George, takes special interest in her. Cheryl begins suspecting that a resident was murdered.

Director: Paul Bartel | Stars: Ayn Ruymen, Lucille Benson, John Ventantonio, Laurie Main

Votes: 1,388

35. The Screaming Woman (1972 TV Movie)

TV-PG | 73 min | Drama, Horror, Thriller

A wealthy former mental patient goes home to her estate to rest and recuperate. While walking the grounds one day she hears the screams of a woman coming from underneath the ground who has ... See full summary »

Director: Jack Smight | Stars: Olivia de Havilland, Ed Nelson, Laraine Stephens, Joseph Cotten

Votes: 483

36. Oh Dad, Poor Dad, Mamma's Hung You in the Closet and I'm Feelin' So Sad (1967)

Not Rated | 86 min | Comedy

A mother drops her son and husband off at a tropical vacation spot for a little rest and relaxation. The only problem is that the husband has been dead for quite some time, and his wife had... See full summary »

Directors: Richard Quine, Alexander Mackendrick | Stars: Rosalind Russell, Robert Morse, Barbara Harris, Hugh Griffith

Votes: 234

37. The Cage (1975)

100 min | Crime, Drama

A vengeful woman traps her ex husband in their basement. He realizes that the only chance he has of ever getting out is to try and beat her at her own psychological mind game.

Director: Pierre Granier-Deferre | Stars: Lino Ventura, Ingrid Thulin, William Sabatier, Sophie Sam

Votes: 242

38. The Canterville Ghost (1989 TV Movie)

77 min | Comedy, Fantasy

The poor ghost of Sir Simon Canterville has been roaming his castle searching in vain for a brave descendant who will release him from the Canterville curse by performing a brave deed. An ... See full summary »

Director: Vít Olmer | Stars: Jirí Bartoska, Jirina Bohdalová, Michal Dlouhý, Anna Ferencová

Votes: 25

39. Arsenic and Old Lace (1944)

Not Rated | 118 min | Comedy, Crime, Thriller

A drama critic learns on his wedding day that his beloved maiden aunts are homicidal maniacs, and that insanity runs in his family.

Director: Frank Capra | Stars: Cary Grant, Priscilla Lane, Raymond Massey, Jack Carson

Votes: 63,593

40. Arsenic & Old Lace (1962 TV Movie)

90 min | Comedy, Crime, Romance

Beware those two charming, elderly ladies - especially if they offer you a glass of elderberry wine.

Director: George Schaefer | Stars: Tony Randall, Boris Karloff, Dorothy Stickney, Mildred Natwick

Votes: 109

41. Arsenic and Old Lace (1969 TV Movie)

Unrated | 90 min | Comedy

A drama critic learns on his wedding day that his beloved maiden aunts are homicidal maniacs, and that insanity runs in his family.

Director: Robert Scheerer | Stars: Helen Hayes, Bob Crane, Lillian Gish, Fred Gwynne

Votes: 193

42. Arsenic and Old Lace (1971 TV Movie)

Comedy

A drama critic learns on his wedding day that his beloved maiden aunts are homicidal maniacs, and that insanity runs in his family.

Director: Kris Betz | Stars: Marc Bober, Nand Buyl, Marc Decorte, Rudi Falkenhagen

43. The Killing Kind (1973)

R | 95 min | Crime, Drama, Horror

Young Terry Lambert returns home from serving a prison term for a gang-rape he was forced to participate in. He seeks revenge on his lawyer and the girl who framed him. But his real problem... See full summary »

Director: Curtis Harrington | Stars: Ann Sothern, John Savage, Ruth Roman, Luana Anders

Votes: 763

44. Revenge! (1971 TV Movie)

Not Rated | 75 min | Crime, Horror, Thriller

A deranged mother avenges herself against the man she thinks seduced her daughter by imprisoning him in a cage in her basement.

Director: Jud Taylor | Stars: Shelley Winters, Stuart Whitman, Bradford Dillman, Carol Eve Rossen

Votes: 132

45. Homebodies (1974)

PG | 96 min | Comedy, Horror

When a quiet group of pensioners learn that their homes are to be torn down to make way for a block of flats, they decide to take action. What starts as an attempt to discourage the ... See full summary »

Director: Larry Yust | Stars: Peter Brocco, Frances Fuller, William Hansen, Ruth McDevitt

Votes: 379

46. Die! Die! My Darling! (1965)

Not Rated | 97 min | Horror, Thriller

A young woman is terrorized by her deceased fiancé's demented mother who blames her for her son's death.

Director: Silvio Narizzano | Stars: Tallulah Bankhead, Stefanie Powers, Peter Vaughan, Maurice Kaufmann

Votes: 2,105

47. Homicidal (1961)

Unrated | 88 min | Horror, Mystery, Thriller