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Criss Cross

Criss Cross

Criss Cross

IMDb: 7.6
1949
88min

Burt Lancaster plays Steve Thompson, a man who seals his dark fate when he returns to Los Angeles to find his ex-wife Anna Dundee (Yvonne DeCarlo) eager to rekindle their love against all better judgement. She encourages their affair but then quickly marries mobster Slim Dundee (Dan Duryea). To deflect suspicion of the affair, Steve Thompson leads Dundee into a daylight armored-truck robbery.

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House of Strangers

House of Strangers

House of Strangers

IMDb: 7.4
1949
101min

Gino Monetti is a ruthless Italian-American banker who engaged in a number of criminal activities. Three of his four grown sons, refuse to help their father stay out of prison after he’s arrested for his questionable business practices. Three of the sons take over the business but kick their father out. Max, a lawyer, is the only son that stays loyal to his father.

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Sorry, Wrong Number

Sorry, Wrong Number

Sorry, Wrong Number

IMDb: 7.5
1948
89min

Leona Stevenson is confined to bed and uses her telephone to keep in contact with the outside world. One day she overhears a murder plot on the telephone and is desperate to find out who is the intended victim.

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Woman on the Run

Woman on the Run

Woman on the Run

IMDb: 7.4
1950
77min

Frank Johnson, sole witness to a gangland murder, goes into hiding and is trailed by Police Inspector Ferris, on the theory that Frank is trying to escape from possible retaliation. Frank’s wife, Eleanor, suspects he is actually running away from their unsuccessful marriage. Aided by a newspaperman, Danny Leggett, Eleanor sets out to locate her husband. The killer is also looking for him, and keeps close tabs on Eleanor.

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The Scarlet Claw

The Scarlet Claw

The Scarlet Claw

IMDb: 7.5
1944
74min

A woman is found dead — with her throat torn out. Villagers blame a supernatural source but Holmes has other ideas.

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The Glass Key

The Glass Key

The Glass Key

IMDb: 7.1
1942
85min

During the campaign for reelection, the crooked politician Paul Madvig decides to clean up his past, refusing the support of the gangster Nick Varna and associating to the respectable reformist politician Ralph Henry. When Ralph’s son, Taylor Henry, a gambler and the lover of Paul’s sister Opal, is murdered, Paul’s right arm, Ed Beaumont, finds his body on the street. Nick uses the financial situation of The Observer to force the publisher Clyde Matthews to use the newspaper to raise the suspicion that Paul Madvig might have killed Taylor.

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The Red Menace

The Red Menace

The Red Menace

IMDb: 4.7
1949
81min

A couple try to leave the Communist party after a murder by the group they were once loyal to.

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Dragnet

Dragnet

Dragnet

IMDb: 6.8
1954
88min

Two homicide detectives try to find just the facts behind a mobster”s brutal murder.

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Deception

Deception

Deception

IMDb: 7.3
1946
110min

Davis and Rains shine in a romantic melodrama set in the world of concert music. Davis is a pianist torn between her wealthy, jealous patron and her cellist husband.

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Detective Story

Detective Story

Detective Story

IMDb: 7.6
1951
103min

Tells the story of one day in the lives of the various people who populate a police detective squad. An embittered cop, Det. Jim McLeod (Douglas), leads a precinct of characters in their grim daily battle with the city’s lowlife. The characters who pass through the precinct over the course of the day include a young petty embezzler, a pair of burglars, and a naive shoplifter.

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Sudden Fear

Sudden Fear

Sudden Fear

IMDb: 7.5
1952
110min

Actor Lester Blaine has all but landed the lead in Myra Hudson’s new play when Myra vetoes him because, to her, he doesn’t look like a “romantic leading man.” On a train from New York to San Francisco, Blaine sets out to prove Myra wrong…by romancing her. Is he sincere, or does he have a dark ulterior motive?

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The Harder They Fall

The Harder They Fall

The Harder They Fall

IMDb: 7.6
1956
109min

Jobless sportswriter Eddie Willis is hired by corrupt fight promoter Nick Benko to promote his current protégé, an unknown Argentinian boxer named Toro Moreno. Although Moreno is a hulking giant, his chances for success are hampered by a powder-puff punch and a glass jaw. Exploiting Willis’ reputation for integrity and standing in the boxing community, Benko arranges a series of fixed fights that propel the unsophisticated Moreno to #1 contender for the championship. The reigning champ, the sadistic Buddy Brannen, harbors resentment at the publicity Toro has been receiving and vows to viciously punish him in the ring. Eddie must now decide whether or not to tell the naive Toro the truth.

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Sweet Smell of Success

Sweet Smell of Success

Sweet Smell of Success

IMDb: 8.2
1957
96min

New York City newspaper writer J.J. Hunsecker holds considerable sway over public opinion with his Broadway column, but one thing that he can’t control is his younger sister, Susan, who is in a relationship with aspiring jazz guitarist Steve Dallas. Hunsecker strongly disproves of the romance and recruits publicist Sidney Falco to find a way to split the couple, no matter how ruthless the method.

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I Want to Live!

I Want to Live!

I Want to Live!

IMDb: 7.5
1958
120min

Barbara Graham is a woman with dubious moral standards, often a guest in seedy bars. She has been sentenced for some petty crimes. Two men she knows murder an older woman. When they get caught they start to think that Barbara has helped the police arresting them. As a revenge they tell the police that Barbara is the murderer.

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The Blue Lamp

The Blue Lamp

The Blue Lamp

IMDb: 6.9
1950
84min

P.C. George Dixon (Warner) a long-serving traditional “copper” who is due to retire shortly, takes a new recruit, Andy Mitchell (Hanley), under his aegis, introducing him to the easy-going night beat. Dixon is a classic Ealing ‘ordinary’ hero, but also anachronistic, unprepared and unable to answer the violence of Tom Riley (Bogarde). Called to the scene of a robbery at a local cinema, Dixon finds himself face-to-face with Riley, a desperate youth armed with a revolver. Dixon initially tries to talk Riley into surrendering the weapon, but Riley panics and fires. Dixon walks to his own death almost uncomprehending. Dixon is taken to hospital, but dies some hours later. The ending is another Ealing quirk, with ordinary decent society, including ‘professional’ criminals used to violence, banding together to track down and catch the murderer, who is trapped in the crowd at White City greyhound track in west London. To Andy Mitchell falls the honour of arresting Riley.

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The Man Between

The Man Between

The Man Between

IMDb: 7.2
1953
100min

“The Man Between” is a 1953 British thriller film directed by Carol Reed and starring James Mason, Claire Bloom, Hildegard Knef and Geoffrey Toone. A British woman on a visit to post-war Berlin is caught up in an espionage ring smuggling secrets into and out of the Eastern Bloc.

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Key Largo

Key Largo

Key Largo

IMDb: 7.9
1948
100min

A hurricane swells outside, but it’s nothing compared to the storm within the hotel at Key Largo. There, sadistic mobster Johnny Rocco holes up – and holds at gunpoint hotel owner Nora Temple, her invalid father-in-law and ex-GI Frank McCloud.

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Odd Man Out

Odd Man Out

Odd Man Out

IMDb: 7.8
1947
116min

Belfast police conduct a door-to-door manhunt for an IRA gunman (James Mason) wounded in a daring robbery.

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Ride the Pink Horse

Ride the Pink Horse

Ride the Pink Horse

IMDb: 7.4
1947
101min

In the border town of San Pablo, preparing for an annual ‘Mexican Fiesta,’ the tough, mysterious and laconic Gagin arrives. His mission is to find the equally mysterious Frank Hugo, evidently for revenge, or is it for blackmail? FBI agent Retz is also after the elusive Hugo. Everyone in town is enigmatic, especially Pila, a mystical young woman who follows Gagin around after premonitions of his death. The story includes a classic femme fatale and an antique carousel with a pink horse.

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No Man’s Woman

No Man’s Woman

No Man’s Woman

IMDb: 6.3
1955
70min

A greedy, scheming woman is found murdered in her studio, and the police find that there is no shortage of suspects who wanted to see her dead–among them a rich husband she wouldn’t divorce unless he paid her a huge settlement, a lover she caused to be fired from his job and an assistant whose fiancé she tried to seduce.

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Pickup on South Street

Pickup on South Street

Pickup on South Street

IMDb: 7.8
1953
80min

A pickpocket unwittingly lifts a message destined for enemy agents and becomes a target for a Communist spy ring.

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Too Late for Tears

Too Late for Tears

Too Late for Tears

IMDb: 7.4
1949
99min

One night on a lonely highway, a speeding car tosses a satchel of money, meant for somebody else, into Jane and Alan Palmer’s back seat. Alan wants to turn it over to the police, but Jane, with luxury within her reach, persuades him to hang onto it “for a while.” Soon, the Palmers are traced by one Danny Fuller, a sleazy character who claims the money is his. To hang onto it, Jane will need all the qualities of an ultimate femme fatale…and does she ever have them!

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The Burglar

The Burglar

The Burglar

IMDb: 6.7
1957
90min

Burglar Nat Harbin (Dan Duryea) and his two associates set their sights on wealthy spiritualist Sister Sarah, who has inherited a fortune — including a renowned emerald necklace — from a Philadelphia financier. Using Nat’s female ward, Gladden (Jayne Mansfield), to pose as an admirer and case the mansion where the woman lives, they set up a perfect break-in. Things get complicated afterwards.

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Private Hell 36

Private Hell 36

Private Hell 36

IMDb: 6.7
1954
81min

Two LA detectives get in over their heads when they get involved with a nightclub singer who holds the key to the missing loot from a New York elevator robbery. Once they find the money, they are tempted to keep it and betrayal and corruption come to run the order of things.

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The Asphalt Jungle

The Asphalt Jungle

The Asphalt Jungle

IMDb: 7.9
1950
112min

Recently paroled from prison, legendary burglar “Doc” Riedenschneider, with funding from Alonzo Emmerich, a crooked lawyer, gathers a small group of veteran criminals together in the Midwest for a big jewel heist.

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Violent Saturday

Violent Saturday

Violent Saturday

IMDb: 6.9
1955
90min

Three men case a small town very carefully, with plans to rob the bank on the upcoming Saturday, which turns violent and deadly.

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Gun Crazy

Gun Crazy

Gun Crazy

IMDb: 7.7
1950
86min

Bart Tare is an ex-Army man who has a lifelong fixation with guns, he meets a kindred spirit in sharpshooter Annie Starr and goes to work at a carnival. After upsetting the carnival owner who lusts after Starr, they both get fired. Soon, on Starr’s behest, they embark on a crime spree for cash. Subjects of a manhunt, they are tracked by police in the hills Tare enjoyed as a boy.

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The Wrong Man

The Wrong Man

The Wrong Man

IMDb: 7.5
1956
105min

True story of an innocent man mistaken for a criminal.

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Riot in Cell Block 11

Riot in Cell Block 11

Riot in Cell Block 11

IMDb: 7.0
1954
80min

A prisoner leads his counterparts in a protest for better living conditions which turns violent and ugly.

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Niagara

Niagara

Niagara

IMDb: 7.1
1953
92min

Rose Loomis and her older, gloomier husband, George, are vacationing at a cabin in Niagara Falls, N.Y. The couple befriend Polly and Ray Cutler, who are honeymooning in the area. Polly begins to suspect that something is amiss between Rose and George, and her suspicions grow when she sees Rose in the arms of another man. While Ray initially thinks Polly is overreacting, things between George and Rose soon take a shockingly dark turn.

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The Big Heat

The Big Heat

The Big Heat

IMDb: 8.0
1953
89min

Dave Bannion is an upright cop on the trail of a vicious gang he suspects holds power over the police force. Bannion is tipped off after a colleague’s suicide and his fellow officers’ suspicious silence lead him to believe that they are on the gangsters’ payroll. When a bomb meant for him kills his wife instead, Bannion becomes a furious force of vengeance and justice, aided along the way by the gangster’s spurned girlfriend Debbie. As Bannion and Debbie fall further and further into the Gangland’s insidious and brutal trap, they must use any means necessary (including murder) to get to the truth.

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Ace in the Hole

Ace in the Hole

Ace in the Hole

IMDb: 8.2
1951
111min

A frustrated former big-city journalist now stuck working for an Albuquerque newspaper exploits a story about a man trapped in a cave to revitalize his career, but the situation quickly escalates into an out-of-control media circus.

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The Lady from Shanghai

The Lady from Shanghai

The Lady from Shanghai

IMDb: 7.7
1947
87min

A romantic drifter gets caught between a corrupt tycoon and his voluptuous wife.

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The Fallen Idol

The Fallen Idol

The Fallen Idol

IMDb: 7.8
1948
95min

The film is told through the naive eyes of a diplomat’s young son, Phillipe, who idolises his best friend, the diplomat’s butler Baines. Baines has constructed a heroic persona, full of exotic adventures, that fascinates the boy.

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Notorious

Notorious

Notorious

IMDb: 8.0
1946
102min

Released shortly after the war, this classic Hitchcock film illustrates the battle between German Nazis and American spies in Rio de Janeiro where a German businessman keeps a wine cellar with uranium ore.

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Spellbound

Spellbound

Spellbound

IMDb: 7.6
1945
111min

When Dr. Anthony Edwardes arrives at a Vermont mental hospital to replace the outgoing hospital director, Dr. Constance Peterson, a psychoanalyst, discovers Edwardes is actually an impostor. The man confesses that the real Dr. Edwardes is dead and fears he may have killed him, but cannot recall anything. Dr. Peterson, however is convinced his impostor is innocent of the man’s murder, and joins him on a quest to unravel his amnesia through psychoanalysis.

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Scarlet Street

Scarlet Street

Scarlet Street

IMDb: 7.9
1945
103min

A man in mid-life crisis befriends a young woman after rescuing her from an attack. She believes he is rich and her boyfriend persuades her to con him out of his fortune.

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Hangmen Also Die!

Hangmen Also Die!

Hangmen Also Die!

IMDb: 7.5
1943
134min

During the Nazi occupation of Czechoslovakia, surgeon Dr. Franticek Svoboda, a Czech patriot, assassinates the brutal “Hangman of Europe”, Reichsprotektor Reinhard Heydrich, and is wounded in the process. In his attempt to escape, he is helped by history professor Stephen Novotny and his daughter Mascha.

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Plunder Road

Plunder Road

Plunder Road

IMDb: 6.9
1957
72min

A spectacular heist starts to unravel as the crooks take it on the lam.

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The Dark Mirror

The Dark Mirror

The Dark Mirror

IMDb: 7.1
1946
85min

De Havilland plays two roles in this entertaining psychological drama. A sister and her disturbed twin are implicated in a Hollywood murder and a police detective must figure out which one’s the killer.

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