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1. Motherless Brooklyn (2019)

R | 144 min | Crime, Drama

7.2
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60 Metascore

In 1950s New York, a lonely private detective afflicted with Tourette's Syndrome ventures to solve the murder of his mentor and only friend.

Director: Edward Norton | Stars: Edward Norton, Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Alec Baldwin, Bobby Cannavale

Votes: 4,403

2. Citizen Kane (1941)

PG | 119 min | Drama, Mystery

8.3
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100 Metascore

Following the death of publishing tycoon, Charles Foster Kane, reporters scramble to uncover the meaning of his final utterance; 'Rosebud'.

Director: Orson Welles | Stars: Orson Welles, Joseph Cotten, Dorothy Comingore, Agnes Moorehead

Votes: 371,947 | Gross: $1.59M

3. City Hall (1996)

R | 111 min | Drama, Thriller

6.2
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The accidental shooting of a boy in New York leads to an investigation by the Deputy Mayor, and unexpectedly far-reaching consequences.

Director: Harold Becker | Stars: Al Pacino, John Cusack, Bridget Fonda, Danny Aiello

Votes: 18,667 | Gross: $20.20M

4. Sweet Bird of Youth (1962)

Approved | 120 min | Drama

7.3
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Drifter Chance Wayne returns to his hometown after many years of trying to make it in the movies. Arriving with him is a faded film star he picked up along the way, Alexandra Del Lago. ... See full summary »

Director: Richard Brooks | Stars: Paul Newman, Geraldine Page, Shirley Knight, Ed Begley

Votes: 6,274

5. The Glass Key (1942)

Not Rated | 85 min | Crime, Drama, Film-Noir

7.1
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A crooked politician finds himself being accused of murder by a gangster from whom he refused help during a re-election campaign.

Director: Stuart Heisler | Stars: Alan Ladd, Veronica Lake, Brian Donlevy, Bonita Granville

Votes: 5,135

6. Flamingo Road (1949)

Approved | 94 min | Drama, Film-Noir, Romance

7.0
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A small town corrupt sheriff manipulates local candidates to the state legislature but he eventually comes into conflict with a visiting carnival dancer.

Director: Michael Curtiz | Stars: Joan Crawford, Zachary Scott, Sydney Greenstreet, David Brian

Votes: 2,133 | Gross: $2.26M

7. The Last Hurrah (1958)

Approved | 121 min | Comedy, Drama

7.4
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Frank Skeffington is an old Irish-American political boss, running for re-election as mayor of a U.S. town for the last time.

Director: John Ford | Stars: Spencer Tracy, Jeffrey Hunter, Dianne Foster, Pat O'Brien

Votes: 2,690

8. The Great Man Votes (1939)

Passed | 72 min | Drama

6.7
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In 1923, Gregory Vance, a widower with two children, is a former scholar who has turned from book-to-bottle. He works, slightly, as a night-watchman and his children, who know him for what ... See full summary »

Director: Garson Kanin | Stars: John Barrymore, Peter Holden, Virginia Weidler, Katharine Alexander

Votes: 486

9. Lady for a Night (1942)

Passed | 87 min | Comedy, Romance, Thriller

6.2
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Gambling boat operator Jenny Blake throws over her gambler beau Jack Morgan in order to marry into high society.

Director: Leigh Jason | Stars: Joan Blondell, John Wayne, Philip Merivale, Blanche Yurka

Votes: 350

10. Great Guy (1936)

Approved | 66 min | Crime, Drama, Film-Noir

6.3
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The adventures of an investigator (Cagney) for the Bureau of Weights and Measures.

Director: John G. Blystone | Stars: James Cagney, Mae Clarke, James Burke, Edward Brophy

Votes: 791

11. A Lion Is in the Streets (1953)

Approved | 88 min | Drama, Romance, Thriller

6.2
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A charismatic peddler from the bayous finds his true calling in politics. Is he a demagogue in the making?

Director: Raoul Walsh | Stars: James Cagney, Barbara Hale, Anne Francis, Warner Anderson

Votes: 535

12. A Man Betrayed (1941)

Approved | 82 min | Comedy, Crime, Drama

6.1
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A small-town attorney comes to the city to investigate the murder of a friend and falls in love with the daughter of the crime ring he hopes to expose.

Director: John H. Auer | Stars: John Wayne, Frances Dee, Edward Ellis, Wallace Ford

Votes: 392

13. Law of the Lawless (1964)

Approved | 87 min | Western

6.0
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Hothead Pete Stone has been arrested for the murder of George.

Director: William F. Claxton | Stars: Dale Robertson, Yvonne De Carlo, William Bendix, Lon Chaney Jr.

Votes: 209

14. Lawyer Man (1932)

Passed | 72 min | Drama, Romance

6.6
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Idealistic attorney Anton Adam makes headlines when he successfully prosecutes a prominent New York racketeer named Gilmurry. Adam's sudden renown attracts the attention of high-profile ... See full summary »

Director: William Dieterle | Stars: William Powell, Joan Blondell, David Landau, Helen Vinson

Votes: 594

15. Girl on the Run (1953)

64 min | Crime, Mystery

5.2
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Police investigate a murder that occurred in a burlesque theater.

Directors: Arthur J. Beckhard, Joseph Lee | Stars: Richard Coogan, Rosemary Pettit, Frank Albertson, Harry Bannister

Votes: 109

16. The 9th Guest (1934)

Passed | 65 min | Drama, Horror, Mystery

6.9
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Eight strangers are invited to spend the night in a penthouse apartment. After being wined and dined, a voice on the radio informs them that they will be murdered unless they manage to outwit the ninth guest: Death.

Director: Roy William Neill | Stars: Donald Cook, Genevieve Tobin, Hardie Albright, Edward Ellis

Votes: 349

17. Man from God's Country (1958)

Passed | 72 min | Western

5.6
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Dan Beattie gives up his lawman job to move further west and rejoin his old war buddy Curt Warren in the town of Sundown. At first mistaken for a railroad agent by Beau Santee, a Sundown ... See full summary »

Director: Paul Landres | Stars: George Montgomery, Randy Stuart, Gregg Barton, Kim Charney

Votes: 136

18. The Glass Key (1935)

Approved | 80 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

7.1
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Ed Beaumont is the personal friend, advisor and bodyguard to Paul Madvig, the political boss of a large city. When a mysterious murder is committed---the son of a Madvig political opponent-... See full summary »

Director: Frank Tuttle | Stars: George Raft, Claire Dodd, Edward Arnold, Rosalind Keith

Votes: 296

19. The Renegade Ranger (1938)

Approved | 59 min | Western

5.9
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Texas Ranger Jack Steele is assigned to bring in former ranch owner Judith Alvarez, now the leader of a gang who is waging war against the crooked government officials who cheated the ... See full summary »

Director: David Howard | Stars: George O'Brien, Rita Hayworth, Tim Holt, Ray Whitley

Votes: 176

20. What Every Woman Knows (1934)

Passed | 89 min | Comedy

6.8
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The story takes place in Scotland, where plain Maggie Wylie's family, fearing she may become a spinster, finances young John Shand's studies in return for his agreement to marry her in five... See full summary »

Director: Gregory La Cava | Stars: Helen Hayes, Brian Aherne, Madge Evans, Lucile Watson

Votes: 273

21. A Night of Adventure (1944)

Passed | 65 min | Crime, Mystery, Romance

6.1
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A wealthy lawyer begins to suspect that his inattention to his wife has resulted in her taking on a lover. It turns out that he's right, but her lover also has a lover--and when HIS ... See full summary »

Director: Gordon Douglas | Stars: Tom Conway, Audrey Long, Edward Brophy, Louis Borel

Votes: 112

22. The County Chairman (1935)

Passed | 80 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

6.3
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Based on George Ade's play which, in part, was based on an incident in a 1902 election in Wyoming, with women's-right-to-vote playing a large role. Here, Jim Hackler, local party-boss in a ... See full summary »

Director: John G. Blystone | Stars: Will Rogers, Evelyn Venable, Kent Taylor, Louise Dresser

Votes: 15

23. The Italian (1915)

Passed | 78 min | Drama

6.6
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An immigrant leaves his sweetheart in Italy to find a better life across the sea in the grimy slums of New York. They are eventually reunited and marry. But life in New York is hard and ... See full summary »

Director: Reginald Barker | Stars: George Beban, Clara Williams, J. Frank Burke, Leo Willis

Votes: 270

24. Whirlpool (1934)

Approved | 80 min | Crime, Drama, Romance

6.9
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Carnie owner Buck Rankin marries local girl Helen and plans to go straight, but after a brawl ends up with a twenty-year sentence for manslaughter. When a pregnant Helen vows to wait for ... See full summary »

Director: Roy William Neill | Stars: Jack Holt, Jean Arthur, Donald Cook, Allen Jenkins

Votes: 202

25. Prairie Law (1940)

Passed | 59 min | Action, Drama, Music

6.6
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Judge Curry is selling Austin's land to nesters and his men are rustling his cattle to provide beef. When the Sheriff accuses butcher Gore of possessing stolen beef, Gore kills him. Curry ... See full summary »

Director: David Howard | Stars: George O'Brien, Virginia Vale, Dick Hogan, J. Farrell MacDonald

Votes: 68

26. Washington Merry-Go-Round (1932)

TV-G | 79 min | Drama

6.7
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Button Gwinett Brown is a freshman congressman on a mission to rid Washington of corruption. He quickly runs afoul of the powerful Senator Norton, while falling for the granddaughter of the... See full summary »

Director: James Cruze | Stars: Lee Tracy, Constance Cummings, Walter Connolly, Alan Dinehart

Votes: 115

27. Man of the People (1937)

Passed | 81 min | Drama, Romance

6.2
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Jack Moreno is an attorney with an office in the neighborhood he grew up in. All he wants is to help his friends and neighbors. But he has to do business with the mob in order to make a living.

Director: Edwin L. Marin | Stars: Joseph Calleia, Florence Rice, Thomas Mitchell, Ted Healy

Votes: 73

28. Lauro Puñales (1969)

Not Rated | 87 min | Adventure, Drama, War

6.5
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A dagger-throwing revolutionary suffers the consequences of defying the corrupt political boss and municipal president of his town.

Director: René Cardona | Stars: Antonio Aguilar, Flor Silvestre, Jaime Fernández, Alma Delia Fuentes

Votes: 6

29. Rovin' Tumbleweeds (1939)

Passed | 62 min | Action, Adventure, Drama

6.8
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As a congressman, Gene exposes a crooked politician who is delaying passage of a flood control bill.

Director: George Sherman | Stars: Gene Autry, Smiley Burnette, Mary Carlisle, Douglass Dumbrille

Votes: 68

30. Soy charro de Levita (1949)

110 min | Comedy, Family, Musical

7.4
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Director: Gilberto Martínez Solares | Stars: Germán Valdés, Marcelo Chávez, Rosita Quintana, Carmen Molina

Votes: 42

31. The Grand Passion (1918)

Crime, Drama, Western

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Director: Ida May Park | Stars: Dorothy Phillips, Jack Mulhall, Lon Chaney, William Stowell

32. Bartolo toca la flauta (1945)

117 min | Comedy, Drama

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Director: Miguel Contreras Torres | Stars: Manuel Medel, Eduardo Arozamena, Esther Luquín, Katy Jurado

33. The No-Good Guy (1916)

50 min | Comedy

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Jimmy Coghlan has developed such a notorious reputation for spending money, drinking and going to parties that his uncle and guardian, political boss "Big" Malone, insists that he settle ... See full summary »

Director: Walter Edwards | Stars: William Collier Sr., Enid Markey, Charles K. French, Bob Kortman

34. Go Straight (1921)

50 min | Drama

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When minister Keith Rollins comes to a backwoods community in Kentucky, he discovers that lawless and political elements are against him and threaten his position with the congregation. His... See full summary »

Director: William Worthington | Stars: Frank Mayo, Cora Drew, Harry Carter, Lillian Rich

35. The Prince of Avenue A (1920)

50 min | Drama

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Barry O'Connor, son of Patrick O'Connor, plumber and political power, is called to the residence of William Tompkins whom he is to "put over" in the coming election.

Director: John Ford | Stars: James J. Corbett, Richard Cummings, Cora Drew, Frederick Vroom

Votes: 23

36. The Wheel of the Law (1916)

Drama

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Director: George D. Baker | Stars: Emily Stevens, Frank Mills, Raymond McKee, Edwin Holt

37. Why Women Sin (1920)

60 min | Drama

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So engrossed by his desire to be elected governor, Philip Pemberton neglects his wife Dorothy. Horton, a political boss opposes Pemberton's candidacy and conspires to prevent his election. ... See full summary »

Director: Burton L. King | Stars: Anna Luther, E.J. Ratcliffe, Baby Ivy Ward, Claire Whitney

38. Wings of Pride (1920)

Drama

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Director: B.A. Rolfe | Stars: Olive Tell, John B. O'Brien, Denton Vane, Ida Pardee

39. Stepping Along (1926)

Passed | 70 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

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Johnny Rooney is a fast-stepping young politician and Molly Taylor is an even faster-stepping showgirl in "George White's Scandals" in a tale of New York City's theatrical and political life during prohibition and the jazz-age.

Director: Charles Hines | Stars: Johnny Hines, Mary Brian, William Gaxton, Ruth Dwyer

40. Moyers & Company (2012– )
Episode: The One-Percent Court (2012)

TV-G | 57 min | News, Talk-Show

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The unchecked power of the one-percent court.

Stars: Bill Moyers, Jamie Raskin, Craig Unger, Katrina vanden Heuvel



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