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1. Walking Tall (1973)

R | 125 min | Action, Biography, Crime

7.0
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60 Metascore

Based on the life of Tennessee sheriff Buford Pusser whom almost single-handily cleaned up his small town of crime and corruption, but at a personal cost of his family life and nearly his own life.

Director: Phil Karlson | Stars: Joe Don Baker, Elizabeth Hartman, Leif Garrett, Dawn Lyn

Votes: 4,606

2. The Wrecking Crew (1968)

PG | 105 min | Action, Adventure, Comedy

5.6
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Gold bullion worth USD 1 billion has been stolen from a hijacked train in Denmark. The main suspect is Count Massimo Contini. The US government sends Matt Helm, one of its top agents, to investigate and recover the gold.

Director: Phil Karlson | Stars: Dean Martin, Elke Sommer, Sharon Tate, Nancy Kwan

Votes: 2,300

3. The Untouchables (1959–1963)

50 min | Action, Crime, Drama

8.0
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Special Agent Eliot Ness and his elite team of incorruptable agents battle organized crime in 1930s Chicago.

Stars: Robert Stack, Walter Winchell, Nicholas Georgiade, Paul Picerni

Votes: 2,107

4. Ben (1972)

PG | 94 min | Horror, Thriller

5.4
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A lonely boy befriends Ben, the leader of a violent pack of killer rats.

Director: Phil Karlson | Stars: Lee Montgomery, Joseph Campanella, Arthur O'Connell, Rosemary Murphy

Votes: 2,282

5. The Silencers (1966)

TV-PG | 102 min | Action, Adventure, Comedy

6.2
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Retired agent Matt Helm is re-activated in order to stop an evil organization from exploding an atom bomb over the USA and starting WWIII.

Director: Phil Karlson | Stars: Dean Martin, Stella Stevens, Daliah Lavi, Victor Buono

Votes: 2,437

6. Werewolf of London (1935)

Not Rated | 75 min | Drama, Fantasy, Horror

6.4
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The juice of a rare Tibetan flower is the only thing that keeps Dr. Glendon from turning into a werewolf during a full moon.

Director: Stuart Walker | Stars: Henry Hull, Warner Oland, Valerie Hobson, Lester Matthews

Votes: 4,430

7. Kansas City Confidential (1952)

Not Rated | 99 min | Crime, Drama, Film-Noir

7.4
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An ex-con trying to go straight is framed for a million dollar armored car robbery and must go to Mexico in order to unmask the real culprits.

Director: Phil Karlson | Stars: John Payne, Coleen Gray, Preston Foster, Neville Brand

Votes: 5,325

8. The Invisible Man Returns (1940)

Passed | 81 min | Drama, Horror, Mystery

6.5
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The owner of a coal mining operation, falsely imprisoned for fratricide, takes a drug to make him invisible, despite its side effect: gradual madness.

Director: Joe May | Stars: Cedric Hardwicke, Vincent Price, Nan Grey, John Sutton

Votes: 3,127

9. Kid Galahad (1962)

Approved | 95 min | Drama, Musical, Sport

6.2
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After completing his military service, Walter Gulick takes a job as a sparring partner at a gym, the owner of which sees potential in Walter as a professional fighter and takes him under his wing.

Director: Phil Karlson | Stars: Elvis Presley, Gig Young, Lola Albright, Joan Blackman

Votes: 2,230 | Gross: $1.75M

10. Zane Grey Theater (1956–1961)

TV-PG | 25 min | Western

7.6
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An anthology based (earlier more so than later) on the novels and stories of Zane Grey. Dick Powell was often the star, as well as the host.

Stars: Dick Powell, Walter Sande, Denver Pyle, Bill Erwin

Votes: 320

11. A Time for Killing (1967)

Not Rated | 88 min | Western

5.3
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Confederate POWs escape a Union camp and make for the Mexico border chased by Union troops with both parties oblivious to the fact that peace was declared.

Directors: Phil Karlson, Roger Corman | Stars: Inger Stevens, Glenn Ford, Paul Petersen, Timothy Carey

Votes: 708

12. Ride the Wild Surf (1964)

TV-G | 101 min | Comedy, Drama, Sport

5.9
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A group of friends go to Hawaii in order to practice surfing, their favorite sport. But this is not all they do there - they also find love...

Directors: Don Taylor, Phil Karlson | Stars: Fabian, Shelley Fabares, Peter Brown, Barbara Eden

Votes: 583

13. 99 River Street (1953)

Not Rated | 83 min | Action, Crime, Drama

7.4
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A former boxer turned cab driver has to hide from the police when his badgering wife is murdered by the jewel thief she was having an affair with.

Director: Phil Karlson | Stars: John Payne, Evelyn Keyes, Brad Dexter, Frank Faylen

Votes: 2,313

14. The House of the Seven Gables (1940)

Approved | 89 min | Drama, Thriller

7.0
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Fighting over an inheritance, one Pyncheon brother frames the other for murder.

Director: Joe May | Stars: George Sanders, Margaret Lindsay, Vincent Price, Dick Foran

Votes: 884

15. Hornets' Nest (1970)

R | 110 min | Action, Drama, War

5.8
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In 1944, during a sabotage mission, the sole surviving U.S. paratrooper is saved by a group of Italian orphans who later aid him in blowing-up a vital enemy dam.

Directors: Phil Karlson, Franco Cirino | Stars: Rock Hudson, Sylva Koscina, Sergio Fantoni, Giacomo Rossi Stuart

Votes: 765

16. Ladies of the Chorus (1948)

Approved | 61 min | Musical, Romance

6.1
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A chorus girl falls in love with a wealthy young man, but their relationship is jeopardized by her mother's fears about the reaction of his family.

Director: Phil Karlson | Stars: Adele Jergens, Marilyn Monroe, Rand Brooks, Nana Bryant

Votes: 875

17. In the Navy (1941)

Passed | 86 min | Comedy, Musical, Romance

6.8
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Russ Raymond, America's number one crooner, disappears and joins the Navy under the name Tommy Halstead. Dorothy Roberts, a magazine journalist, is intent on finding out what happened to ... See full summary »

Director: Arthur Lubin | Stars: Bud Abbott, Lou Costello, Dick Powell, Claire Dodd

Votes: 2,735

18. Lorna Doone (1951)

TV-PG | 88 min | Adventure, Drama, Romance

5.9
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Set in 17th century Scotland, a young woman falls in love with a humble villager whose community suffers under the rule of her despotic landowning family.

Director: Phil Karlson | Stars: Barbara Hale, Richard Greene, Carl Benton Reid, William Bishop

Votes: 159

19. Scandal Sheet (1952)

Passed | 82 min | Crime, Drama, Film-Noir

7.5
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The editor of an exploitation newspaper commits a murder and assigns his protégé to investigate hoping to divert attention away from himself.

Director: Phil Karlson | Stars: John Derek, Donna Reed, Broderick Crawford, Rosemary DeCamp

Votes: 1,764

20. Lux Video Theatre (1950–1959)

30 min | Comedy, Drama

7.8
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Live dramatic shows featuring Hollywood stars. Initially, the show was a thirty-minute weekly show, but when it moved to NBC in August 1954, the show was extended to sixty minutes, and the ... See full summary »

Stars: Ken Carpenter, Jay Jackson, Otto Kruger, Gordon MacRae

Votes: 83

21. Seven Sinners (1940)

Approved | 87 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

6.8
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Banished from various U.S. protectorates in the Pacific, a saloon entertainer uses her femme-fatale charms to woo politicians, navy personnel, gangsters, riff-raff, judges and a ship's doctor in order to achieve her aims.

Director: Tay Garnett | Stars: Marlene Dietrich, John Wayne, Albert Dekker, Broderick Crawford

Votes: 1,076

22. Framed (1975)

R | 106 min | Action, Crime, Drama

6.4
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A gambler kills a sheriff in self defense. But as everyone in conspiring against him, he is condemned to a long sentence in prison.

Director: Phil Karlson | Stars: Joe Don Baker, Conny Van Dyke, Gabriel Dell, John Marley

Votes: 343 | Gross: $2.12M

23. Alexander the Great (1963 TV Movie)

50 min | Drama

5.2
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As Alexander the Great prepares for his battle against his great rival, King Darius III, he must also face down his own war weary army and internal rivals.

Director: Phil Karlson | Stars: William Shatner, Adam West, John Cassavetes, John Doucette

Votes: 117

24. 5 Against the House (1955)

Approved | 84 min | Crime, Drama, Film-Noir

5.9
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Four vets attending college on the GI Bill and a cabaret singer try to rob a Reno Casino and pull off the perfect crime.

Director: Phil Karlson | Stars: Guy Madison, Kim Novak, Brian Keith, Alvy Moore

Votes: 991

25. Key Witness (1960)

Approved | 82 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

6.2
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In Los Angeles, a brave witness to murder agrees to testify in court against the street gang leader who's desperate to silence him.

Director: Phil Karlson | Stars: Jeffrey Hunter, Pat Crowley, Dennis Hopper, Joby Baker

Votes: 279

26. It Started with Eve (1941)

Passed | 90 min | Comedy, Musical, Romance

7.6
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In order to please his dying father, a man convinces a hat-check girl to impersonate his fiancée, but complications arise when the father's health suddenly improves.

Director: Henry Koster | Stars: Deanna Durbin, Charles Laughton, Robert Cummings, Guy Kibbee

Votes: 1,115

27. The Phenix City Story (1955)

Approved | 100 min | Crime, Drama, Film-Noir

7.2
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A crime-busting lawyer and his initially reluctant attorney father take on the forces that run gambling and prostitution in their small Southern town.

Director: Phil Karlson | Stars: John McIntire, Richard Kiley, Kathryn Grant, Edward Andrews

Votes: 2,069

28. Gunman's Walk (1958)

Approved | 97 min | Western

7.0
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A powerful rancher always protects his wild adult son by paying for damages and bribing witnesses, until his crimes become too serious to rectify.

Director: Phil Karlson | Stars: Van Heflin, Tab Hunter, Kathryn Grant, James Darren

Votes: 1,371

29. Rampage (1963)

Approved | 98 min | Adventure, Romance

5.6
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In colonial Malaysia, British big game-hunter Otto Abbot and American trapper Harry Stanton clash over the ethics of catching versus killing animals and over Abbot's mistress, Anna.

Director: Phil Karlson | Stars: Robert Mitchum, Elsa Martinelli, Jack Hawkins, Sabu

Votes: 460

30. Hell to Eternity (1960)

Approved | 131 min | Biography, Drama, War

7.0
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When his adoptive Japanese-American family is sent to Manzanar after Pearl Harbor, a young Chicano enlists in the marines to become a hero in the Battle of Saipan.

Director: Phil Karlson | Stars: Jeffrey Hunter, David Janssen, Vic Damone, Patricia Owens

Votes: 946

31. Hell's Island (1955)

Approved | 84 min | Adventure, Drama, Film-Noir

6.0
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Down-on-his-luck Mike Cormack is hired to fly to a Caribbean island to retrieve a missing ruby. On the island, possibly involved with the ruby's disappearance, is his ex-girlfriend.

Director: Phil Karlson | Stars: John Payne, Mary Murphy, Francis L. Sullivan, Eduardo Noriega

Votes: 250

32. The Ford Television Theatre (1952–1957)

30 min | Comedy, Drama, Music

7.9
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The show started in New York with Broadway actors. It then moved to Hollywood where Hollywood actors headed the cast.

Stars: Philip Carey, Laraine Day, Willis Bouchey, Thomas Mitchell

Votes: 127

33. The Secret Ways (1961)

Approved | 112 min | Adventure, History, Mystery

6.0
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During the 1956 Hungarian uprising, an American mercenary is hired to smuggle a Hungarian resistance leader out of Soviet-occupied Budapest.

Directors: Phil Karlson, Richard Widmark | Stars: Richard Widmark, Sonja Ziemann, Charles Regnier, Walter Rilla

Votes: 175

34. Tight Spot (1955)

Approved | 97 min | Crime, Drama, Film-Noir

6.6
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A female inmate is whisked out of prison and into a police guarded hotel until the district attorney can convince her to testify against the mob in the upcoming trial.

Director: Phil Karlson | Stars: Ginger Rogers, Edward G. Robinson, Brian Keith, Lucy Marlow

Votes: 1,235

35. The Flame of New Orleans (1941)

Passed | 79 min | Adventure, Comedy, Music

6.6
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In old New Orleans, a beautiful adventuress juggles the attentions of a rich banker and a dashing sea captain.

Director: René Clair | Stars: Marlene Dietrich, Bruce Cabot, Roland Young, Mischa Auer

Votes: 909

36. Dark Alibi (1946)

Approved | 61 min | Comedy, Crime, Drama

6.7
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A public defender enlists Charlie to exonerate one of his clients, an ex-con falsely accused of bank robbery and murder, scheduled for execution in nine days.

Director: Phil Karlson | Stars: Sidney Toler, Mantan Moreland, Ben Carter, Benson Fong

Votes: 1,007

37. Assignment: Paris (1952)

Approved | 85 min | Drama, Thriller

6.2
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Cold war intrigue in France and Hungary.

Directors: Robert Parrish, Phil Karlson | Stars: Dana Andrews, Märta Torén, George Sanders, Audrey Totter

Votes: 312

38. Mystery of Edwin Drood (1935)

87 min | Drama, Horror, Mystery

6.6
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An opium-addicted choirmaster develops an obsession for a beautiful young girl and will not stop short of murder in order to have her.

Director: Stuart Walker | Stars: Claude Rains, Douglass Montgomery, Heather Angel, David Manners

Votes: 376

39. Off to See the Wizard (1967–1968)

60 min | Animation, Family, Fantasy

7.1
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Family-oriented TV series, produced by MGM, in which guest hosts and animated versions of the "Wizard of Oz" characters were used as wrap-arounds to introduce various family-oriented films ... See full summary »

Stars: Daws Butler, Mel Blanc, June Foray, Vito Scotti

Votes: 38

40. The Big Cat (1949)

Approved | 75 min | Action, Adventure, Drama

5.4
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1933. A city boy arrives in his late mother's birthplace to discover the locals have been pestered by drought, old fights and a cougar. He turns out to be pivotal in all of these.

Director: Phil Karlson | Stars: Lon McCallister, Peggy Ann Garner, Preston Foster, Forrest Tucker

Votes: 166

41. The Young Doctors (1961)

Not Rated | 100 min | Drama

6.7
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Medical drama set at one of New York City's hospitals during the early 1960s.

Director: Phil Karlson | Stars: Fredric March, Ben Gazzara, Dick Clark, Ina Balin

Votes: 409

42. Waterfront (1954–1956)

30 min | Adventure, Crime

8.3
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John Herrick was the Captain of the tug "Cheryl Ann" in Los Angeles harbor. His family consisted of wife May, Police Detective son Jim, and the crew of the tug, his son Carl, Tip, and ... See full summary »

Stars: Preston Foster, Douglas Dick, Lois Moran, Willie Best

Votes: 72

43. The Black Doll (1938)

Approved | 66 min | Comedy, Mystery, Romance

5.9
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Nicholas Rood, dishonest mine owner, finds a Black Doll on his desk and knows that vengeance is about to overtake him for murdering his former partner. He is knifed as he talks to his ... See full summary »

Director: Otis Garrett | Stars: Donald Woods, Nan Grey, Edgar Kennedy, C. Henry Gordon

Votes: 112

44. Great Expectations (1934)

Approved | 102 min | Drama, Romance

6.4
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9 year old 'Pip' Pirrip, an orphan living with relatives, aids and befriends an escaped convict on the moors, an act that will have a profound effect on his life.

Director: Stuart Walker | Stars: Henry Hull, Phillips Holmes, Jane Wyatt, Florence Reed

Votes: 137

45. Westinghouse Desilu Playhouse (1958–1960)

60 min | Drama

8.3
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An anthology series hosted by Betty Furness in the first season, and Desi Arnaz in the second. Stories came from several genres, often based on fact. A two part episode was spun off as the popular show The Untouchables (1959).

Stars: Desi Arnaz, Betty Furness, Bruce Gordon, Keenan Wynn

Votes: 90

46. Love Before Breakfast (1936)

Approved | 70 min | Comedy

6.4
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A rich businessman stalks another man's fiancée.

Director: Walter Lang | Stars: Carole Lombard, Preston Foster, Cesar Romero, Janet Beecher

Votes: 594

47. TV Reader's Digest (1955–1956)

30 min | Drama

7.6
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Family-oriented stories from the pages of "Reader's Digest" were dramatized on film.

Stars: Hugh Reilly, Gene Raymond, Helen Mowery, Paul Cavanagh

Votes: 28

48. Studio 57 (1954–1958)

30 min | Drama, Family

8.8
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This dramatic anthology series went into open syndication when the DuMont Television Network ceased operations.

Stars: Joel Aldrich, Tim Graham, Jean Byron, Marguerite Chapman

Votes: 94

49. The Texas Rangers (1951)

Passed | 74 min | Action, Adventure, Drama

6.2
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In 1874, unable to eliminate a gang of notorious outlaws, the Texas Rangers hire two former convicts to assist with the tracking and the destruction of the Sam Bass gang.

Director: Phil Karlson | Stars: George Montgomery, Gale Storm, Jerome Courtland, Noah Beery Jr.

Votes: 232

50. Swing Parade of 1946 (1946)

Approved | 74 min | Comedy, Drama, Music

5.2
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A struggling young singer falls for a nightclub owner whose father, a millionaire, is trying to shut it down. Featuring The Three Stooges as waiters.

Director: Phil Karlson | Stars: Gale Storm, Phil Regan, Moe Howard, Larry Fine

Votes: 290



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