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1. Cape Fear (1991)

R | 128 min | Crime, Thriller

7.3
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73 Metascore

A convicted rapist, released from prison after serving a fourteen-year sentence, stalks the family of the lawyer who originally defended him.

Director: Martin Scorsese | Stars: Robert De Niro, Nick Nolte, Jessica Lange, Juliette Lewis

Votes: 164,720 | Gross: $79.10M

2. Cape Fear (1962)

Passed | 106 min | Drama, Thriller

7.7
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76 Metascore

A lawyer's family is stalked by a man he once helped put in jail.

Director: J. Lee Thompson | Stars: Gregory Peck, Robert Mitchum, Polly Bergen, Lori Martin

Votes: 25,224

3. Tales from the Darkside (1983–1988)

TV-14 | 30 min | Comedy, Drama, Fantasy

7.5
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A horror anthology series where the viewer is taken through ghost stories, science fiction adventures, and creepy, unexplained events.

Stars: Paul Sparer, Catherine Battistone, John Marzilli, Karen Shallo

Votes: 5,310

4. The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson (1962–1992)

105 min | Comedy, Talk-Show

8.4
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Host Johnny Carson performs comedy routines and chats with various celebrities.

Stars: Johnny Carson, Ed McMahon, Doc Severinsen, Skitch Henderson

Votes: 3,027

5. The Alfred Hitchcock Hour (1962–1965)

50 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

8.5
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A continuation of the dramatic anthology series Alfred Hitchcock Presents (1955) hosted by the Master of Suspense and Mystery.

Stars: Alfred Hitchcock, Hinton Pope, Jimmy Joyce, Lew Brown

Votes: 3,643

6. Thriller (1960–1962)

50 min | Crime, Drama, Horror

8.2
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Anthology series hosted by Boris Karloff that originally told ordinary tales of crime and mystery, but later became a showcase for gothic horror stories, many of which were based on works ... See full summary »

Stars: Boris Karloff, Richard Peel, Henry Daniell, Lillian O'Malley

Votes: 1,178

7. American Playhouse (1981– )

Comedy, Drama, Romance

7.2
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Anthology series which ran on PBS throughout the 1980s.

Stars: Edward Herrmann, Robert Minkoff, Deanna Dunagan, Sada Thompson

Votes: 187

8. Climax! (1954–1958)

60 min | Drama

6.8
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This was an anthology series that presented a different story and different set of characters on each episode. It ran from 1954 to 1958 and featured Casino Royale of James Bond fame, which led to two theatrical movies of the same name.

Stars: William Lundigan, Art Gilmore, Mary Costa, Harry Townes

Votes: 162

9. Run for Your Life (1965–1968)

60 min | Drama

7.7
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A successful lawyer (Ben Gazzara) is told by his doctor he's terminally ill, and will be dead in less than two years. He decides to do all of the things for which he never had time. Each ... See full summary »

Stars: Ben Gazzara, Nicholas Colasanto, Jack Krupnick, Fernando Lamas

Votes: 288

10. Darker Than Amber (1970)

PG | 96 min | Action, Drama, Mystery

6.2
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Professional beach bum and 'knight errant' Travis McGee goes up against psychotic body-builder Terry Bartell. McGee pulls out all the stops when he joins a Carribean cruise to bring the killer to justice.

Director: Robert Clouse | Stars: Rod Taylor, Theodore Bikel, Suzy Kendall, Ahna Capri

Votes: 414

11. Studio One in Hollywood (1948–1958)

60 min | Drama

7.8
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A pinnacle of the Golden Age of Television, "Studio One" presented a wide range of memorable dramas and received eighteen Emmy nominations and five wins during its prestigious nine-year run... See full summary »

Stars: Betty Furness, Paul Branson, Charlton Heston, Mary Sinclair

Votes: 195

12. Tales of Tomorrow (1951–1953)

TV-G | 25 min | Drama, Horror, Mystery

7.1
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Anthology series featuring both classic and modern sci-fi themes.

Stars: Leslie Nielsen, Cameron Prud'Homme, Edgar Stehli, Theo Goetz

Votes: 278

13. Schlitz Playhouse (1951–1959)

30 min | Comedy, Drama

7.9
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Originally billed as "Playhouse of the Stars" this long running anthology series was originally presented live from New York City. Irene Dunne was briefly the hostess in 1952, and the show frequently used Broadway performers in classic stories.

Stars: James Mason, Irene Dunne, Robert Paige, Walter Coy

Votes: 185

14. Travis McGee (1983 TV Movie)

100 min | Drama

7.3
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Travis McGee is a world-weary private investigator trying to help boat skipper friend Van Harder salvage his reputation that sank when his boat ran aground, resulting in a death that might have been faked.

Director: Andrew V. McLaglen | Stars: Sam Elliott, Gene Evans, Barry Corbin, Richard Farnsworth

Votes: 73

15. Lights Out (1946–1952)

30 min | Horror, Mystery, Sci-Fi

7.2
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Lights Out was an extremely popular American old-time radio program, an early example of a network series devoted mostly to horror and the supernatural, predating Suspense and Inner Sanctum... See full summary »

Stars: Frank Gallop, Jack La Rue, Mercer McLeod, Leslie Nielsen

Votes: 117

16. The Girl, the Gold Watch & Everything (1980 TV Movie)

100 min | Comedy, Sci-Fi

6.9
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When Kirby inherits only one thing from his millionaire uncle: a pocket watch that can stop time. Only, the bad guys know that he has it, and will do anything to take it from him. But they ... See full summary »

Director: William Wiard | Stars: Robert Hays, Pam Dawber, Zohra Lampert, Ed Nelson

Votes: 514

17. Kraft Suspense Theatre (1963–1965)

TV-PG | 60 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

7.9
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Kraft Suspense Theater was an anthology series which featured a new cast and stories each week.

Stars: David Lewis, Francis De Sales, Harry Townes, Jack Kelly

Votes: 175

18. The Deep Blue Good-By

Adventure, Biography, Drama | Announced

Detective Travis McGee sets out to locate a WWII treasure.

Director: James Mangold

19. 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: 92

20. ABC Stage 67 (1966–1967)

51 min | Comedy, Drama, Musical

7.8
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A weekly anthology of one-hour plays, both original and adapted from literary sources.

Stars: Lee Grant, The Doodletown Pipers, Arthur Kennedy, Diahann Carroll

Votes: 52

21. Linda (1993 TV Movie)

PG-13 | 86 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

5.7
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Two couples, friends for a long time, decide to go away together. Things soon take a turn for the worse when Linda and Jeff spend far too much time together instead of with their respective... See full summary »

Director: Nathaniel Gutman | Stars: Virginia Madsen, Richard Thomas, Ted McGinley, Laura Harrington

Votes: 299

22. Man-Trap (1961)

Unrated | 93 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

6.0
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Two Korean War veterans re-unite to pull off a heist at a San Francisco airport but find themselves running for their lives.

Director: Edmond O'Brien | Stars: Jeffrey Hunter, David Janssen, Stella Stevens, Elaine Devry

Votes: 164

23. Condominium (1980– )

240 min | Action, Drama, Thriller

6.5
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The emotional and eye-opening lives of several condo residents are brought out when a dangerous hurricane hits Florida.

Stars: Barbara Eden, Dan Haggerty, Steve Forrest, Ana Alicia

Votes: 108

24. Kona Coast (1968)

Not Rated | 93 min | Crime, Drama

4.7
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A Hawaiian boat captain tries to prove a wealthy playboy killed his daughter 1968

Director: Lamont Johnson | Stars: Richard Boone, Vera Miles, Joan Blondell, Steve Ihnat

Votes: 122

25. The Star and the Story (1955– )

30 min | Drama

7.2
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Each show features a different star or stars in this dramatic anthology produced by the successful team by Four Star Productions, there are many young actors and actresses that went onto bigger things.

Stars: Henry Fonda, Hugh Sanders, Hillary Brooke, Robin Hughes

Votes: 32

26. The Brothers Brannagan (1960– )

30 min | Crime, Drama

8.2
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Brothers Mike and Bob Brannigan are private detectives who work out of a resort in Phoenix, Arizona. Bob is a serious, down-to-earth professional, while Mike is more of a free spirit, ... See full summary »

Stars: Stephen Dunne, Mark Roberts, Barney Phillips, Paul Bryar

Votes: 12

27. The Girl, the Gold Watch & Dynamite (1981 TV Movie)

93 min | Fantasy, Comedy

6.3
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A magical watch that can stop time becomes the focal point in a land swindle.

Director: Hy Averback | Stars: Lee Purcell, Philip MacHale, Burton Gilliam, Zohra Lampert

Votes: 98

28. Out There (1951–1952)

30 min | Sci-Fi

6.7
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Innovative anthology series was one of the first adult-oriented science fiction series of the early-fifties and probably suffered for it. Teleplays were adapted from the best science ... See full summary »

Stars: Casey Allen, Robert Webber, Arthur Batanides, Stewart Bradley

Votes: 15

29. Linda (1973 TV Movie)

Not Rated | 73 min | Drama, Thriller

6.5
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A woman kills her lover's wife, then sets out to frame her husband for the murder.

Director: Jack Smight | Stars: Stella Stevens, Ed Nelson, John McIntire, John Saxon

Votes: 58

30. Chevron Hall of Stars (1956– )

30 min | Comedy, Drama, Western

8.2
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Stars: Don Taylor, James Whitmore, Ted de Corsia, Richard Reeves

Votes: 13

31. Tales of Tomorrow (1951–1953)
Episode: A Child Is Crying (1951)

TV-G | Drama, Horror, Mystery

7.3
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A young child with a genius I. Q. is taken away from her mother to work at a military base. Unfortunately her intellect is so stellar she can only predict absolute doom for everyone in the future.

Director: Don Medford | Stars: Bert Lytell, Robin Morgan, Donald McClelland, Cal Thomas

Votes: 41

32. Lights Out (1946–1952)
Episode: A Child Is Crying (1950)

Horror, Mystery, Sci-Fi

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Director: William Corrigan | Stars: David Cole, Leslie Nielsen, Frank M. Thomas

33. American Playhouse (1981– )
Episode: A Flash of Green (1984)

121 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

6.6
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Local reporter gets involved with corrupt county commissioner.

Director: Victor Nunez | Stars: Ed Harris, Blair Brown, Richard Jordan, George Coe

Votes: 173

34. Run for Your Life (1965–1968)
Episode: Beware My Love (1968)

60 min | Drama

7.0
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A mysterious scuba diver drags a beautiful woman underwater to her death, and Paul Bryan is asked by her twin sister to investigate, because the Milan polizia rule the death accidental, ... See full summary »

Director: George McCowan | Stars: Ben Gazzara, John Van Dreelen, Michael Evans, Susan Trustman

Votes: 9

35. Run for Your Life (1965–1968)
Episode: Cry Hard, Cry Fast: Part 1 (1967)

60 min | Drama

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A fatal car crash causes a bank robber to lose his loot.

Director: Michael Ritchie | Stars: Ben Gazzara, James Farentino, Charles Aidman, Jack Albertson

36. Run for Your Life (1965–1968)
Episode: Cry Hard, Cry Fast: Part 2 (1967)

60 min | Drama

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A fatal car crash involving Paul causes a bank robber to lose his loot.

Director: Michael Ritchie | Stars: Ben Gazzara, James Farentino, Charles Aidman, Jack Albertson

37. Condominium (1980– )
Episode: Episode #1.1 (1980)

Action, Drama, Thriller

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Director: Sidney Hayers | Stars: Barbara Eden, Dan Haggerty, Steve Forrest, Ana Alicia

38. Condominium (1980– )
Episode: Episode #1.2 (1980)

Action, Drama, Thriller

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Director: Sidney Hayers | Stars: Barbara Eden, Dan Haggerty, Steve Forrest, Ana Alicia

39. The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson (1962–1992)
Episode: Episode dated 13 March 1968 (1968)

Comedy, Talk-Show

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Stars: Johnny Carson, Ed McMahon, Doc Severinsen, John D. MacDonald

40. The Star and the Story (1955– )
Episode: First Offense (1955)

30 min | Drama

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Director: Lewis R. Foster | Stars: Howard Duff, Maxine Cooper, Robert Osterloh, Russ Conway

41. Studio One in Hollywood (1948–1958)
Episode: First Prize for Murder (1957)

60 min | Drama

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At a Mystery Writers of America meeting, a government agent shows up, looking for a best selling author suspected of murder.

Director: Louis G. Cowan | Stars: Philip Coolidge, Colleen Dewhurst, Betty Furness, Larry Hagman

42. Studio 57 (1954–1958)
Episode: Getaway Car (1958)

30 min | Drama, Family

6.5
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Jeff Saunders is a Special Enforcement Agent with the California Highway Patrol, where percentage and luck are on their side.

Director: Earl Bellamy | Stars: Mike Connors, John McIntire, Wallace Ford, Rick Vallin

Votes: 6

43. The Alfred Hitchcock Hour (1962–1965)
Episode: Hangover (1962)

TV-PG | 60 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

7.3
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Remembering nothing of what happened the day before, a talented, alcoholic ad man painfully reconstructs the events of what proves to have been a very bad day indeed.

Director: Bernard Girard | Stars: Alfred Hitchcock, Tony Randall, Jayne Mansfield, Robert P. Lieb

Votes: 213

44. Chevron Hall of Stars (1956– )
Episode: In a Small Motel (1956)

Comedy, Drama, Western

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A bank robber helps the owner of a small motel, a young widow, discover that her fiancé may be interested only in her money.

Director: Frank Bower | Stars: Marilyn Erskine, Jerry Paris, Gordon Mills, Adam Kennedy

45. Tales from the Darkside (1983–1988)
Episode: Ring Around the Redhead (1985)

TV-14 | 22 min | Comedy, Drama, Fantasy

5.9
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Death Row inmate Billy Malone tells a journalist of how he survived an earthquake and found a portal to another dimension. Out of that portal popped young Keena, whose ensuing relationship with Billy seals his fate.

Director: Theodore Gershuny | Stars: John Heard, Penelope Ann Miller, Caris Corfman, Greg Thornton

Votes: 197

46. Climax! (1954–1958)
Episode: South of the Sun (1955)

Drama

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Director: John Frankenheimer | Stars: Edward Arnold, Mary Costa, Thomas Gomez, Jeffrey Hunter

47. Out There (1951–1952)
Episode: Susceptibility (1951)

Sci-Fi

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Stars: Bethel Leslie, Leslie Nielsen, Joe Silver, Susan Steel

48. Kraft Suspense Theatre (1963–1965)
Episode: The Deep End (1964)

TV-PG | 60 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

7.4
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A woman enters a private estate which has access to a lake,strips down to a bathing suit and goes swimming. She is pulled underwater by a mysterious scuba diver and held until she drowns. ... See full summary »

Director: Francis D. Lyon | Stars: Aldo Ray, Clu Gulager, Tina Louise, Ellen Burstyn

Votes: 35

49. Thriller (1960–1962)
Episode: The Fatal Impulse (1960)

60 min | Crime, Drama, Horror

7.3
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A man fleeing from an attempt to assassinate a political candidate puts a small bomb in the bag of a woman in an elevator. The police spend the evening looking for the mystery girl and the ... See full summary »

Director: Gerald Mayer | Stars: Boris Karloff, Robert Lansing, Whitney Blake, Conrad Nagel

Votes: 142

50. ABC Stage 67 (1966–1967)
Episode: The Trap of Solid Gold (1967)

60 min | Comedy, Drama, Musical

8.4
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A mid-level company executive is assured by his superiors that he's being groomed for better things, and an upcoming project could assure his future at the company, but in the meantime he ... See full summary »

Director: Paul Bogart | Stars: Cliff Robertson, Dina Merrill, Conrad Nagel, James Broderick

Votes: 5



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