Movies like The Big Sleep 1946

Private Investigator Philip Marlowe is hired by wealthy General Sternwood regarding a matter involving his youngest daughter Carmen. Before the complex case is over, Marlowe sees murder, blackmail, deception, and what might be love.

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1 The Apartment 1960

Bud Baxter is a minor clerk in a huge New York insurance company, until he discovers a quick way to climb the corporate ladder. He lends out his apartment to the executives as a place to take their mistresses. Although he often has to deal with the aftermath of their visits, one night he's left with a major problem to solve.

Genres:

Comedy, Drama, Romance

Director:

Billy Wilder

Country:

United States of America
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2 It Happened One Night 1934

A renegade reporter and a crazy young heiress meet on a bus heading for New York, and end up stuck with each other when the bus leaves them behind at one of the stops.

Genres:

Comedy, Romance

Director:

Frank Capra

Writers:

Robert Riskin (screen play), Samuel Hopkins Adams (based on the short story by)

Country:

United States of America
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3 Double Indemnity 1944

A rich woman and a calculating insurance agent plot to kill her unsuspecting husband after he signs a double indemnity policy. Against a backdrop of distinctly Californian settings, the partners in crime plan the perfect murder to collect the insurance, which pays double if the death is accidental.

Genres:

Crime, Mystery, Thriller

Director:

Billy Wilder

Writers:

Billy Wilder (screenplay), Raymond Chandler (screenplay) | 1 more credit »

Country:

United States of America
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4 The Third Man 1949

In postwar Vienna, Austria, Holly Martins, a writer of pulp Westerns, arrives penniless as a guest of his childhood chum Harry Lime, only to learn he has died. Martins develops a conspiracy theory after learning of a "third man" present at the time of Harry's death, running into interference from British officer Major Calloway, and falling head-over-heels for Harry's grief-stricken lover, Anna.

Genres:

Thriller, Mystery

Director:

Carol Reed

Writers:

Graham Greene (by), Graham Greene (screen play)

Country:

United Kingdom
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5 The Maltese Falcon 1941

A private detective takes on a case that involves him with three eccentric criminals, a beautiful liar, and their quest for a priceless statuette.

Genres:

Mystery, Crime, Thriller

Director:

John Huston

Writers:

John Huston (screen play by), Dashiell Hammett (based upon the novel by)

Country:

United States of America
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6 A Streetcar Named Desire 1951

Disturbed Blanche DuBois moves in with her sister in New Orleans and is tormented by her brutish brother-in-law while her reality crumbles around her.

Genre:

Drama

Director:

Elia Kazan

Writers:

Tennessee Williams (screen play), Oscar Saul (adaptation) | 1 more credit »

Country:

United States of America
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7 Anatomy Of A Murder 1959

Semi-retired Michigan lawyer Paul Biegler takes the case of Army Lt. Manion, who murdered a local innkeeper after his wife claimed that he raped her. Over the course of an extensive trial, Biegler parries with District Attorney Lodwick and out-of-town prosecutor Claude Dancer to set his client free, but his case rests on the victim's mysterious business partner, who's hiding a dark secret.

Genres:

Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller

Director:

Otto Preminger

Writers:

Wendell Mayes (screenplay), John D. Voelker (based on the novel by) (as Robert Traver)

Country:

United States of America
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8 Notorious 1946

In order to help bring Nazis to justice, U.S. government agent T.R. Devlin recruits Alicia Huberman, the American daughter of a convicted German war criminal, as a spy. As they begin to fall for one another, Alicia is instructed to win the affections of Alexander Sebastian, a Nazi hiding out in Brazil. When Sebastian becomes serious about his relationship with Alicia, the stakes get higher, and Devlin must watch her slip further undercover.

Genres:

Thriller, Drama, Romance

Director:

Alfred Hitchcock

Writer:

Ben Hecht

Country:

United States of America
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9 The Treasure Of The Sierra Madre 1948

Fred C. Dobbs and Bob Curtin, both down on their luck in Tampico, Mexico in 1925, meet up with a grizzled prospector named Howard and decide to join with him in search of gold in the wilds of central Mexico. Through enormous difficulties, they eventually succeed in finding gold, but bandits, the elements, and most especially greed threaten to turn their success into disaster.

Genres:

Adventure, Drama, Western

Director:

John Huston

Writers:

John Huston (screenplay), B. Traven (based on the novel by)

Country:

United States of America
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10 High Noon 1952

Will Kane, the sheriff of a small town in New Mexico, learns a notorious outlaw he put in jail has been freed, and will be arriving on the noon train. Knowing the outlaw and his gang are coming to kill him, Kane is determined to stand his ground, so he gathers a posse from among the local townspeople.

Genre:

Western

Director:

Fred Zinnemann

Writers:

Carl Foreman (screenplay by), John W. Cunningham (based on the magazine story "The Tin Star" by)

Country:

United States of America
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11 Harvey 1950

The classic stage hit gets the Hollywood treatment in the story of Elwood P. Dowd who makes friends with a spirit taking the form of a human-sized rabbit named Harvey that only he sees (and a few privileged others on occasion also.) After his sister tries to commit him to a mental institution, a comedy of errors ensues. Elwood and Harvey become the catalysts for a family mending its wounds and for romance blossoming in unexpected places.

Genre:

Comedy

Director:

Henry Koster

Writers:

Mary Chase (from the Pulitzer Prize Play by), Mary Chase (screenplay) | 1 more credit »

Country:

United States of America
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12 The Night Of The Hunter 1955

In the Deep South, a serial-killing preacher hunts two young children who know the whereabouts of a stash of money.

Genres:

Thriller, Crime

Director:

Charles Laughton

Writers:

James Agee (screenplay by), Davis Grubb (based on the novel by)

Country:

United States of America
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13 Charade 1963

After Regina Lampert falls for the dashing Peter Joshua on a skiing holiday in the French Alps, she discovers upon her return to Paris that her husband has been murdered. Soon, she and Peter are giving chase to three of her late husband's World War II cronies, Tex, Scobie and Gideon, who are after a quarter of a million dollars the quartet stole while behind enemy lines. But why does Peter keep changing his name?

Genres:

Comedy, Mystery, Romance, Thriller

Director:

Stanley Donen

Writers:

Peter Stone (screenplay), Peter Stone (story) | 1 more credit »

Country:

United States of America
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14 The Hustler 1961

Fast Eddie Felson is a small-time pool hustler with a lot of talent but a self-destructive attitude. His bravado causes him to challenge the legendary Minnesota Fats to a high-stakes match.

Genre:

Drama

Director:

Robert Rossen

Writers:

Sidney Carroll (screenplay) (as Sydney Carroll), Robert Rossen (screenplay) | 1 more credit »

Country:

United States of America
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15 The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance 1962

A senator, who became famous for killing a notorious outlaw, returns for the funeral of an old friend and tells the truth about his deed.

Genre:

Western

Director:

John Ford

Writers:

James Warner Bellah (screenplay), Willis Goldbeck (screenplay) | 1 more credit »

Country:

United States of America
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16 Bringing Up Baby 1938

David Huxley is waiting to get a bone he needs for his museum collection. Through a series of strange circumstances, he meets Susan Vance, and the duo have a series of misadventures which include a leopard called Baby.

Genres:

Comedy, Romance

Director:

Howard Hawks

Writers:

Dudley Nichols (screen play), Hagar Wilde (screen play) | 1 more credit »

Country:

United States of America
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17 The Philadelphia Story 1940

When a rich woman's ex-husband and a tabloid-type reporter turn up just before her planned remarriage, she begins to learn the truth about herself.

Genres:

Comedy, Romance

Director:

George Cukor

Writers:

Donald Ogden Stewart (screen play), Philip Barry (based on the play by)

Country:

United States of America
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18 Arsenic And Old Lace 1944

Mortimer Brewster, a newspaper drama critic, playwright and author known for his diatribes against marriage, suddenly falls in love and gets married; but when he makes a quick trip home to tell his two maiden aunts, he finds out his aunts' hobby - killing lonely old men and burying them in the cellar!

Genres:

Comedy, Crime

Director:

Frank Capra

Writers:

Julius J. Epstein (screen play), Philip G. Epstein (screen play) | 1 more credit »

Country:

United States of America
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19 His Girl Friday 1940

Hildy, the journalist former wife of newspaper editor Walter Burns, visits his office to inform him that she's engaged and will be getting remarried the next day. Walter can't let that happen and frames the fiancé, Bruce Baldwin, for one thing after another, to keep him temporarily held in prison, while trying to steer Hildy into returning to her old job as his employee.

Genres:

Comedy, Drama, Romance

Director:

Howard Hawks

Writers:

Charles Lederer (screen play), Ben Hecht (from the play "The Front Page") | 1 more credit »

Country:

United States of America
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20 Key Largo 1948

Key Largo is a 1948 American film noir crime drama directed by John Huston and starring Humphrey Bogart, Edward G. Robinson and Lauren Bacall. The supporting cast features Lionel Barrymore and Claire Trevor. The film was adapted by Richard Brooks and Huston from Maxwell Anderson's 1939 play of the same name, starring Paul Muni in his return to the stage. It opened on November 27 at the Ethel Barrymore Theater on Broadway for 105 performances in 1939 and 1940.

Key Largo was the fourth and final film pairing of actors Bogart and Bacall, after To Have and Have Not (1944), The Big Sleep (1946), and Dark Passage (1947), although they also appeared together in a television version of The Petrified Forest with Henry Fonda, as a 1955 episode of the anthology series Producer's Showcase. Claire Trevor won the 1948 Oscar for Best Actress in a Supporting Role for her performance as a drunken ex-singer, a former moll of Robinson's character.

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21 To Have And Have Not 1944

A Martinique charter boat skipper gets mixed up with the underground French resistance operatives during WWII.

Genres:

War, Drama

Director:

Howard Hawks

Writers:

Ernest Hemingway (novel), Jules Furthman (screen play) | 1 more credit »

Country:

United States of America
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22 In A Lonely Place 1950

In a Lonely Place is a 1950 American film noir directed by Nicholas Ray and starring Humphrey Bogart and Gloria Grahame, produced for Bogart's Santana Productions. The script was written by Andrew P. Solt from Edmund North's adaptation of Dorothy B. Hughes' 1947 novel of the same name.

Bogart stars as Dixon Steele, a deranged and troubled screenwriter suspected of murder, and Grahame co-stars as Laurel Gray, a neighbor who falls under his spell. Beyond its surface plot of confused identity and tormented love, the story is a mordant comment on Hollywood mores and the pitfalls of celebrity and near-celebrity, similar to two other American films released that same year, Billy Wilder's Sunset Boulevard and Joseph L. Mankiewicz's All About Eve.

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23 The Thin Man 1934

A husband-and-wife detective team takes on the search for a missing inventor and almost get killed for their efforts.

Genres:

Comedy, Crime, Mystery

Director:

W.S. Van Dyke

Writers:

Albert Hackett (screen play), Frances Goodrich (screen play) | 1 more credit »

Country:

United States of America
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24 Laura 1944

A police detective falls in love with the woman whose murder he's investigating.

Genres:

Drama, Mystery

Director:

Otto Preminger

Writers:

Vera Caspary (novel), Jay Dratler (screen play) | 2 more credits »

Country:

United States of America
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