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1. Running on Karma (2003)

93 min | Action, Drama, Thriller

A monk turned body-builder, with the gift to see into people's lives, befriends a female cop, and uses his gift to change the force of Karma and her destiny.

Directors: Johnnie To, Ka-Fai Wai | Stars: Andy Lau, Cecilia Cheung, Siu-Fai Cheung, Wong Chun

Votes: 2,689

2. Kitty Kornered (1946)

Approved | 7 min | Family, Animation, Short

Porky puts his cats out in the snow, but then they put him out and have a party. Expelling them again, Porky goes to bed, only to be terrorized by the felines' mock Martian invasion.

Director: Robert Clampett | Stars: Mel Blanc, Robert Clampett

Votes: 648

3. Throw Down (2004)

Not Rated | 95 min | Drama

53 Metascore

A former Judo champion is given the chance to redeem himself after he befriends a competitor and an aspiring singer.

Director: Johnnie To | Stars: Louis Koo, Aaron Kwok, Cherrie Ying, Tony Ka Fai Leung

Votes: 1,327

4. Baby Bottleneck (1946)

Approved | 7 min | Family, Animation, Short

It's the start of the Baby-Boom, and the overworked delivery system is full of glitches: Mother Goose gets a baby skunk, a Scotty dog gets a little hippo, and Mr. and Mrs. Mouse wind up ... See full summary »

Director: Robert Clampett | Stars: Mel Blanc, Sara Berner

Votes: 674

5. 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: 598

6. Screaming Mimi (1958)

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

Exotic dancer Virginia Wilson sees a man get shot moments after he tries to knife her in a shower, so she goes to Dr. Greenwood a psychiatrist for therapy. He falls in love with her and ... See full summary »

Director: Gerd Oswald | Stars: Anita Ekberg, Philip Carey, Gypsy Rose Lee, Harry Townes

Votes: 473

7. A Song Is Born (1948)

Approved | 113 min | Comedy, Music, Musical

With her gangster boyfriend under investigation by the police, a nightclub singer hides out in a musical research institution staffed by bachelor professors - one of whom begins to fall for her.

Director: Howard Hawks | Stars: Danny Kaye, Virginia Mayo, Benny Goodman, Tommy Dorsey

Votes: 1,947

8. Ten Days Wonder (1971)

PG | 110 min | Mystery, Drama

Anthony Perkins, a young sculptor with a weird penchant for waking up in strange hotels with his memory wiped clean and bloodied hands, invites a former professor (Michel Piccoli) to the ... See full summary »

Director: Claude Chabrol | Stars: Anthony Perkins, Michel Piccoli, Marlène Jobert, Orson Welles

Votes: 704

9. The Detective (1954)

Approved | 91 min | Comedy, Crime, Drama

Works of art are disappearing, stolen by a master thief, a master of disguise. Father Brown has two goals: to catch the thief and to save his soul.

Director: Robert Hamer | Stars: Alec Guinness, Joan Greenwood, Peter Finch, Cecil Parker

Votes: 1,156

10. The Honey Pot (1967)

Not Rated | 125 min | Comedy, Crime

In Venice, a millionaire hires an actor to help him prank three greedy ex-girlfriends into thinking he's dying and leaving his fortune to one of them.

Director: Joseph L. Mankiewicz | Stars: Rex Harrison, Susan Hayward, Cliff Robertson, Capucine

Votes: 1,979

11. I See a Dark Stranger (1946)

Approved | 98 min | Drama, Thriller, War

A young Irish woman hates England so much she becomes a Nazi spy.

Director: Frank Launder | Stars: Deborah Kerr, Trevor Howard, Raymond Huntley, William G. O'Gorman

Votes: 1,153

12. The Verdict (1946)

Approved | 86 min | Crime, Drama, Film-Noir

After an innocent man is executed in a case he was responsible for, a Scotland Yard superintendent finds himself investigating the murder of his key witness.

Director: Don Siegel | Stars: Sydney Greenstreet, Peter Lorre, Joan Lorring, George Coulouris

Votes: 1,696

13. Stars in My Crown (1950)

Approved | 89 min | Drama, Family, Western

In 1865, the small Southern town of Walsburg has become so dangerous, that Parson Josiah Doziah Gray gives his sermons while holding a gun.

Director: Jacques Tourneur | Stars: Joel McCrea, Ellen Drew, Dean Stockwell, Alan Hale

Votes: 1,687

14. Duelle (1976)

Not Rated | 121 min | Drama, Fantasy, Mystery

The Queen of the Night battles the Queen of the Sun over a magical diamond that will allow the winner to remain on Earth, specifically in modern day Paris.

Director: Jacques Rivette | Stars: Juliet Berto, Bulle Ogier, Jean Babilée, Hermine Karagheuz

Votes: 1,097

15. India: Matri Bhumi (1959)

90 min | Documentary, Drama

Several stories depicting the landscapes and fauna of India are mixed with documentary footage.

Director: Roberto Rossellini

Votes: 515

16. Chronopolis (1982)

52 min | Animation, Drama, Fantasy

Weary immortals inhabit a metropolis in the sky and amuse themselves with constructions as they kill time and await whatever comes next.

Director: Piotr Kamler | Star: Michael Lonsdale

Votes: 381

17. Outcast of the Islands (1951)

Not Rated | 93 min | Drama, Adventure

A man occupies a position of trust with a merchant in an East Asian port. He's sacked when he's caught stealing, but he pretends to commit suicide, and a Captain he befriended agrees to take him to a secret trading post.

Director: Carol Reed | Stars: Ralph Richardson, Trevor Howard, Robert Morley, Wendy Hiller

Votes: 808

18. This Land Is Mine (1943)

Approved | 103 min | Drama, War

A mild-mannered school-teacher in a Nazi-occupied town during W.W.II finds himself being torn between collaboration and resistance.

Director: Jean Renoir | Stars: Charles Laughton, Maureen O'Hara, George Sanders, Walter Slezak

Votes: 2,593

19. The Crowd Roars (1932)

Passed | 85 min | Action, Drama, Sport

Sports car racer becomes overprotective of his brother when he decides to become a racer as well.

Director: Howard Hawks | Stars: James Cagney, Joan Blondell, Ann Dvorak, Eric Linden

Votes: 975

20. Mr. Hayashi (1961)

3 min | Short

Bruce Baillie's Mr. Hayashi might be thought of as a putative East Coast story transformed by a West Coast sensibility. The narrative, slight as it is, mounts a social critique of sorts, ... See full summary »

Director: Bruce Baillie

Votes: 88

21. Scaramouche (1952)

Approved | 115 min | Action, Adventure, Comedy

In France during the late 18th Century, a man sets out to avenge the death of his friend at the hands of a master swordsman.

Director: George Sidney | Stars: Stewart Granger, Janet Leigh, Eleanor Parker, Mel Ferrer

Votes: 5,272

22. Bitter Victory (1957)

Approved | 82 min | Drama, War

A Commander receives a citation for an attack on General Erwin Rommel's headquarters, which is actually undeserved, as the Commander is unfit for his job. On top of that, unbeknownst to him, his wife is having an affair with one of his officers.

Director: Nicholas Ray | Stars: Richard Burton, Curd Jürgens, Ruth Roman, Raymond Pellegrin

Votes: 1,692

23. Draftee Daffy (1945)

7 min | Animation, Short, Comedy

Daffy Duck is desperate to elude the draft board respresentative bearing his conscription order.

Director: Robert Clampett | Star: Mel Blanc

Votes: 655

24. Breaking News (2004)

TV-14 | 90 min | Action, Crime, Drama

63 Metascore

When an ambulatory TV news unit live broadcasts the embarrassing defeat of a police battalion by five bank robbers in a ballistic showdown, the credibility of the police force drops to a ... See full summary »

Director: Johnnie To | Stars: Richie Jen, Kelly Chen, Nick Cheung, Siu-Fai Cheung

Votes: 4,905

25. Autobiography of a Princess (1975)

Not Rated | 58 min | Drama

On the anniversary of her father's death, an Indian princess (Madhur Jaffrey) celebrates his memory in her London apartment by having tea and showing a selection of home movies to her guest... See full summary »

Director: James Ivory | Stars: James Mason, Madhur Jaffrey, Keith Varnier, Diane Fletcher

Votes: 195

26. Love Letters (1945)

Approved | 101 min | Drama, Mystery, Romance

Allen Quinton writes a fellow soldier's love letters; tragedy results. Later, Allen meets a beautiful amnesiac who fears postmen...

Director: William Dieterle | Stars: Jennifer Jones, Joseph Cotten, Ann Richards, Cecil Kellaway

Votes: 1,361

27. Take Care of My Cat (2001)

112 min | Drama

69 Metascore

In the port city of Icheon, five female friends struggle to stay close while forging a life for themselves after high school. When one of the group, upwardly-mobile Hae-ju, moves to Seoul, ... See full summary »

Director: Jae-eun Jeong | Stars: Doona Bae, Yo-won Lee, Ji-young Ok, Eung-ju Lee

Votes: 2,153 | Gross: $0.00M

28. Tourou et Bitti (1971)

12 min | Short

The drums of the past. This shooting script was planned to show the most important moment of a possession ritual, during the course of which men from the village of Simiri demand that the ... See full summary »

Directors: Jean Rouch, Lam Dia-Hama | Star: Jean Rouch

Votes: 72

29. To New Shores (1937)

106 min | Drama

In 1846 the actress Gloria Vane'sn performing at the Adelphi Theatre, London. She's in love with the destitute nobleman , Albert Finsbury, and is departing for Australia to become an ... See full summary »

Director: Douglas Sirk | Stars: Zarah Leander, Willy Birgel, Edwin Jürgensen, Carola Höhn

Votes: 329

30. Running Out of Time 2 (2001)

Not Rated | 95 min | Crime, Action

Ho Sheung Sang finds himself wrapped up in another cat-and-mouse game, this time against a tricky magician.

Directors: Wing-Cheong Law, Johnnie To | Stars: Ching Wan Lau, Ekin Cheng, Kelly Lin, Shiu Hung Hui

Votes: 1,168

31. Canyon Passage (1946)

Passed | 92 min | Action, Drama, Music

Businessman Logan Stuart is torn between his love of two very different women in 1850's Oregon and his loyalty to a compulsive gambler friend who goes over the line.

Director: Jacques Tourneur | Stars: Dana Andrews, Brian Donlevy, Susan Hayward, Patricia Roc

Votes: 1,807

32. Urusei Yatsura 2: Beautiful Dreamer (1984)

Unrated | 90 min | Animation, Adventure, Comedy

The night before the school festival, things seem to be repeating themselves. Gradually, all the world functions come to a stop, the only ones that are not affected are a select group of student friends.

Director: Mamoru Oshii | Stars: Fumi Hirano, Toshio Furukawa, Akira Kamiya, Kazuko Sugiyama

Votes: 1,555

33. Fog Over Frisco (1934)

Approved | 68 min | Crime, Mystery, Thriller

The lifestyles of Arlene and Valkyr Bradford, half-sisters from a respected San Francisco family, diverge markedly as Arlene takes up with criminals.

Director: William Dieterle | Stars: Bette Davis, Donald Woods, Margaret Lindsay, Lyle Talbot

Votes: 1,337

34. Detective Conan: Countdown to Heaven (2001)

100 min | Animation, Action, Mystery

Multiple murders has been committed while the Black Organization members are roaming around Conan and his friends. Are they responsible for the killings? Or Is it someone else?

Director: Kenji Kodama | Stars: Mie Akagi, Laura Bailey, Troy Baker, Cole Brown

Votes: 1,703

35. Mr. Thank You (1936)

76 min | Comedy, Drama

Japanese film about a friendly bus driver and his passengers over the duration of one journey through the mountains to the nearest train station.

Director: Hiroshi Shimizu | Stars: Ken Uehara, Ryuji Ishiyama, Einosuke Naka, Michiko Kuwano

Votes: 827

36. Miss Oyu (1951)

Not Rated | 94 min | Drama

Shinnosuke is introduced to Shizu as a prospective wife, but he falls in love with her widowed sister Oyu. Convention forbids Oyu to marry because she has to raise her son as the head of ... See full summary »

Director: Kenji Mizoguchi | Stars: Kinuyo Tanaka, Nobuko Otowa, Yûji Hori, Kiyoko Hirai

Votes: 1,233

37. Juarez (1939)

Approved | 125 min | Biography, Drama, History

Louis Napoleon III takes advantage of the American Civil War to circumvent the Monroe Doctrine and expand his power by helping Emperor Maximillian Hapsburg to add Mexico to his empire. of Mexico.

Director: William Dieterle | Stars: Paul Muni, Bette Davis, Brian Aherne, Claude Rains

Votes: 1,829

38. Air Force (1943)

Approved | 124 min | Action, Drama, History

The crew of an Air Force bomber arrives in Pearl Harbor in the aftermath of the Japanese attack and is sent on to Manila to help with the defense of the Philippines.

Director: Howard Hawks | Stars: John Garfield, John Ridgely, Gig Young, Arthur Kennedy

Votes: 2,747

39. Exterior Night (1993)

Not Rated | 36 min | Short

Shot in high-definition video using rear-screen process plates from classic Warner Bros. films noirs. A young man (in color) searches for his past through black-and-white scenes from "The ... See full summary »

Director: Mark Rappaport | Stars: David Patrick Kelly, Mark Arnott, Victoria Bastel, Martin Frische

Votes: 88

40. Me and My Gal (1932)

Passed | 79 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

Young New York cop Dan falls in love with waterfront waitress Helen. Helen's sister Kate falls for gangster Duke. Dan must do in Duke.

Director: Raoul Walsh | Stars: Spencer Tracy, Joan Bennett, Marion Burns, George Walsh

Votes: 777

41. Apache Drums (1951)

Approved | 76 min | Action, Adventure, Drama

A gambler is thrown out of a western town, but returns when the town is suddenly threatened by a band of marauding Apaches.

Director: Hugo Fregonese | Stars: Stephen McNally, Coleen Gray, Willard Parker, Arthur Shields

Votes: 535

42. The Living Dead Man (1926)

Not Rated | 170 min | Drama

Mathias Pascal, only son of a once rich family, marries beautiful Romilde, who has a terrible mother-in-law. She controls her daughter, and soon his home life becomes a nightmare, as well ... See full summary »

Director: Marcel L'Herbier | Stars: Ivan Mozzhukhin, Marcelle Pradot, Lois Moran, Marthe Mellot

Votes: 294

43. A Study in Terror (1965)

95 min | Crime, Mystery, Thriller

Sherlock Holmes (John Neville) and Dr. John H. Watson (Donald Houston) join the hunt for the notorious serial killer, Jack the Ripper.

Director: James Hill | Stars: John Neville, Donald Houston, John Fraser, Anthony Quayle

Votes: 1,626

44. Son of the White Mare (1981)

81 min | Animation, Adventure, Fantasy

7.9