Movies like 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.

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1 Chinatown 1974

Private eye Jake Gittes lives off of the murky moral climate of sunbaked, pre-World War II Southern California. Hired by a beautiful socialite to investigate her husband's extra-marital affair, Gittes is swept into a maelstrom of double dealings and deadly deceits, uncovering a web of personal and political scandals that come crashing together.

Genres:

Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller

Director:

Roman Polanski

Writer:

Robert Towne

Country:

United States of America
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2 Who's Afraid Of Virginia Woolf? 1966

A bitter, aging couple, with the help of alcohol, use a young couple to fuel anguish and emotional pain towards each other.

Genre:

Drama

Director:

Mike Nichols

Writer:

Ernest Lehman (screenplay)

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 Strangers On A Train 1951

A psychotic socialite confronts a pro tennis star with a theory on how two complete strangers can get away with murder—a theory that he plans to implement.

Genres:

Crime, Thriller

Director:

Alfred Hitchcock

Writers:

Raymond Chandler (screen play), Czenzi Ormonde (screen play) | 2 more credits »

Country:

United States of America
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7 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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8 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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9 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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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 Touch Of Evil 1958

When a car bomb explodes on the American side of the U.S./Mexico border, Mexican drug enforcement agent Miguel Vargas begins his investigation, along with American police captain Hank Quinlan. When Vargas begins to suspect that Quinlan and his shady partner, Menzies, are planting evidence to frame an innocent man, his investigations into their possible corruption quickly put himself and his new bride, Susie, in jeopardy.

Genres:

Thriller, Crime

Director:

Orson Welles

Writers:

Orson Welles (screenplay), Whit Masterson (based on the novel "Badge Of Evil" by)

Country:

United States of America
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12 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.

Genres:

Crime, Mystery, Thriller

Director:

Howard Hawks

Writers:

William Faulkner (screen play), Leigh Brackett (screen play) | 2 more credits »

Country:

United States of America
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13 Rope 1948

Two men attempt to prove they committed the perfect crime by hosting a dinner party after strangling their former classmate to death.

Genres:

Crime, Thriller

Director:

Alfred Hitchcock

Writers:

Hume Cronyn (adapted by), Patrick Hamilton (from the play by) | 1 more credit »

Country:

United States of America
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14 The Killing 1956

Career criminal Johnny Clay recruits a sharpshooter, a crooked police officer, a bartender and a betting teller named George, among others, for one last job before he goes straight and gets married. But when George tells his restless wife about the scheme to steal millions from the racetrack where he works, she hatches a plot of her own.

Genre:

Crime

Director:

Stanley Kubrick

Writers:

Stanley Kubrick (screenplay by), Jim Thompson (dialogue by) | 1 more credit »

Country:

United States of America
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15 Gilda 1946

A gambler discovers an old flame while in Argentina, but she's married to his new boss.

Genre:

Thriller

Director:

Charles Vidor

Writers:

E.A. Ellington (story), Jo Eisinger (adaptation) | 1 more credit »

Country:

United States of America
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16 The Lost Weekend 1945

Don Birnam, a long-time alcoholic, has been sober for ten days and appears to be over the worst... but his craving has just become more insidious. Evading a country weekend planned by his brother and girlfriend, he begins a four-day bender that just might be his last - one way or another.

Genre:

Drama

Director:

Billy Wilder

Writers:

Charles R. Jackson (from the novel by), Charles Brackett (screen play) | 1 more credit »

Country:

United States of America
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17 Shadow Of A Doubt 1943

A bored teen living in Santa Rosa, California, Charlotte "Charlie" Newton, is frustrated because nothing seems to be happening in her life and that of her family. Then, she receives wonderful news: her uncle (for whom she was named), Charlie Oakley, is arriving for a visit. But Uncle Charlie may not be the man he seems to be.

Genres:

Crime, Drama, Thriller

Director:

Alfred Hitchcock

Writers:

Thornton Wilder (screenplay), Sally Benson (screenplay) | 2 more credits »

Country:

United States of America
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18 The Red Shoes 1948

In this classic drama, Vicky Page is an aspiring ballerina torn between her dedication to dance and her desire to love. While her imperious instructor, Boris Lermontov, urges to her to forget anything but ballet, Vicky begins to fall for the charming young composer Julian Craster. Eventually Vicky, under great emotional stress, must choose to pursue either her art or her romance, a decision that carries serious consequences.

Genres:

Drama, Romance

Writers:

Hans Christian Andersen (fairy tale), Emeric Pressburger (original screenplay) | 3 more credits »

Country:

United Kingdom
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19 The Last Picture Show 1971

High school seniors and best friends, Sonny and Duane, live in a dying Texas town. The handsome Duane is dating local beauty, Jacy, while Sonny is having an affair with the coach's wife, Ruth. As graduation nears, both boys contemplate their futures. While Duane eyes the army and Sonny takes over a local business, each boy struggles to figure out if he can escape this dead-end town and build a better life somewhere else.

Genre:

Drama

Director:

Peter Bogdanovich

Writers:

Larry McMurtry (screenplay), Peter Bogdanovich (screenplay) | 1 more credit »

Country:

United States of America
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20 The Rules Of The Game 1939

The Rules of the Game (original French title: La Règle du Jeu) is a 1939 French comedy-drama satirical film directed by Jean Renoir. It features an ensemble cast of Nora Gregor, Paulette Dubost, Mila Parély, Marcel Dalio, Julien Carette, Roland Toutain, Gaston Modot, Pierre Magnier and Jean Renoir himself. Renoir's portrayal of the wise, mournful Octave anchors the fatalistic mood of this pensive comedy of manners. The film depicts members of upper-class French society and their servants just before the beginning of World War II, showing their moral callousness on the eve of impending destruction.

The Rules of the Game was the most expensive French film up to that time, with its original budget of 2.5 million francs increased to over five million. When directing the film, Renoir and cinematographer Jean Bachelet made use of deep-focus cinematography and long shots during which the camera is constantly moving, both sophisticated cinematic techniques in 1939.

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21 Ace In The Hole 1951

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.

Genre:

Drama

Director:

Billy Wilder

Country:

United States of America
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22 Out Of The Past 1947

Jeff Bailey seems to be a mundane gas station owner in remote Bridgeport, CA. He is dating local girl Ann Miller and lives a quiet life. But Jeff has a secret past, and when a mysterious stranger arrives in town, Jeff is forced to return to the dark world he had tried to escape.

Genres:

Mystery, Thriller

Director:

Jacques Tourneur

Writers:

Daniel Mainwaring (screenplay) (as Geoffrey Homes), Daniel Mainwaring (novel) (as Geoffrey Homes)

Country:

United States of America
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23 Badlands 1973

Dramatization of the Starkweather-Fugate killing spree of the 1950s, in which a teenage girl and her twenty-something boyfriend slaughtered her entire family and several others in the Dakota badlands.

Genre:

Crime

Director:

Terrence Malick

Writer:

Terrence Malick

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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