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People who added this item 1956 Average listal rating (1303 ratings) 8.7 IMDB Rating 8.9
12 Angry Men (1957)


Directors: Sidney Lumet
Cast: Henry Fonda, Martin Balsam, Lee J. Cobb, Jack Klugman

Story: A dissenting juror in a murder trial slowly manages to convince the others that the case is not as obviously clear as it seemed in court.
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People who added this item 1035 Average listal rating (643 ratings) 8.3 IMDB Rating 8.1
The 400 Blows (1959)


Directors: Francois Truffaut
Cast: Jean-Pierre Léaud, Claire Maurier, Albert Rémy, Guy Decomble

Story: Story of a misunderstood young adolescent who left without attention, delves into a life of petty crime.
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People who added this item 533 Average listal rating (336 ratings) 7.9 IMDB Rating 8.1
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People who added this item 548 Average listal rating (331 ratings) 8.2 IMDB Rating 8.1
Diabolique (1955)


Director: Henri-Georges Clouzot
Cast: Simone Signoret, Véra Clouzot, Paul Meurisse, Charles Vanel

Story: The wife of a cruel headmaster and his mistress conspire to kill him, but after the murder is committed, his body disappears, and strange events begin to plague the two women.
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People who added this item 37 Average listal rating (17 ratings) 7.5 IMDB Rating 7.2
Human Desire (1954)
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People who added this item 142 Average listal rating (87 ratings) 7.6 IMDB Rating 7.7


Directors: Sergei M. Eisenstein
Cast: Nikolai Cherkasov, Serafima Birman, Pavel Kadochnikov, Mikhail Zharov

Story: As Ivan the Terrible attempts to consolidate his power by establishing a personal army, his political rivals, the Russian boyars, plot to assassinate their Tsar.
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People who added this item 265 Average listal rating (162 ratings) 7.6 IMDB Rating 7.7


Directors: Robert Aldrich
Cast: Ralph Meeker, Albet Dekker, Paul Stewart, Marian Carr

Story: A doomed female hitchhiker pulls Mike Hammer into a deadly whirlpool of intrigue, revolving around a mysterious "great whatsit."

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The Big Knife (1955)
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People who added this item 709 Average listal rating (491 ratings) 8.1 IMDB Rating 8.1


Director: Charles Laughton
Cast: Robert Mitchum, Shelley Winters, Lillian Gish, James Gleason

Story: A religious fanatic marries a gullible widow whose young children are reluctant to tell him where their real daddy hid $10,000 he'd stolen in a robbery.
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People who added this item 46 Average listal rating (32 ratings) 7.7 IMDB Rating 7.4
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People who added this item 825 Average listal rating (561 ratings) 8.1 IMDB Rating 8.2


Directors: Elia Kazan
Cast: Marlon Brando, Karl Malden, Lee J. Cobb, Rod Steiger

Story: An ex-prize fighter turned longshoreman struggles to stand up to his corrupt union bosses.

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A Streetcar Named Desire (1951)
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People who added this item 210 Average listal rating (96 ratings) 7.8 IMDB Rating 8.1
Orpheus (1950)


Directors: Jean Cocteau
Cast: Jean Marais, Francois Périer, María Casares, Marie Déa

Story: Orphee is a poet who becomes obsessed with Death (the Princess). They fall in love. Orphee's wife, Eurydice, is killed by the Princess' henchmen and Orphee goes after her into the Underworld.
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People who added this item 2338 Average listal rating (1666 ratings) 8.5 IMDB Rating 8.5
Rear Window (1954)


Directors: Alfred Hitchcock
Cast: James Stewart, Grace Kelly, Thelma Ritter, Raymond Burr

Story: A wheelchair bound photographer spies on his neighbours from his apartment window and becomes convinced one of them has committed murder.

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Vertigo (1958)
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People who added this item 259 Average listal rating (158 ratings) 8.1 IMDB Rating 8.2


Directors: Albert Lamorisse
Cast: Pascal Lamorisse, Georges Sellier, Vladimir Popov, René Marion

Story: A red balloon with a life of its own follows a little boy around the streets of Paris.
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People who added this item 1393 Average listal rating (871 ratings) 8.4 IMDB Rating 8.2


Directors: Ingmar Bergman
Cast: Max von Sydow, Bengt Ekerot, Gunnar Björnstrand, Bibi Andersson

Story: A man seeks answers about life, death, and the existence of God as he plays chess against the Grim Reaper during the Black Plague.

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Sawdust and Tinsel (1953), Wild Strawberries (1957)
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People who added this item 1687 Average listal rating (1134 ratings) 8.2 IMDB Rating 8.3


Directors: Billy Wilder
Cast: Tony Curtis, Jack Lemmon, Marilyn Monroe, Joe E. Brown

Story: When two musicians witness a mob hit, they flee the state in an all female band disguised as women, but further complications set in.

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Ace in the Hole (1951), Witness for the Prosecution (1957)
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People who added this item 637 Average listal rating (386 ratings) 8.3 IMDB Rating 8.1
La Strada (1954)


Directors: Federico Fellini
Cast: Anthony Quinn, Giulietta Masina, Richard Basehart, Aldo Silvani

Story: A carefree girl is sold to a traveling entertainer, consequently enduring physical and emotional pain along the way.
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People who added this item 281 Average listal rating (191 ratings) 8.1 IMDB Rating 8.2


Directors: Alexander Mackendrick
Cast: Burt Lancaster, Tony Curtis, Susan Harrison, Martin Milner

Story: Powerful but unethical Broadway columnist J.J. Hunsecker coerces unscrupulous press agent Sidney Falco into breaking up his sister's romance with a jazz musician.
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People who added this item 98 Average listal rating (62 ratings) 7.5 IMDB Rating 7.2


Director: Erik Blomberg
Cast: Mirjami Kuosmanen, Kalervo Nissilä, Åke Lindman, Jouni Tapiola

Story: A newly wed woman goes to the local shaman to get some help with her lovelife, but instead gets turned into a white reindeer vampire.
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