Stanley Baker - a worthy talent.by alexanderdavies-99382 | created - 7 months ago | updated - 1 month ago | Public
An underrated Welsh actor who is every bit as talented as Richard Burton. From the late 1950s until the 1960s, Stanley Baker was one of the biggest film stars in Britain. He represented a different kind of leading man, one that was more rugged and hard-edged. He was almost forgotten until several years ago, thanks to DVD, blu ray and the internet. Today, Stanley Baker's work can continue to be enjoyed.
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1. Hell Drivers (1957)
Approved | 91 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller
Ex-con trucker tries to expose his boss' rackets.
Baker's first film in the lead and what a classic!
2. Zulu (1964)
Not Rated | 138 min | Drama, History, War
Outnumbered British soldiers do battle with Zulu warriors at Rorke's Drift.
Historically inaccurate but a masterpiece of filmmaking.
3. Hell Is a City (1960)
93 min | Crime, Thriller
In Britain, a Manchester police inspector becomes obsessed with capturing a criminal who escapes from prison.
Tough and gritty.
4. The Concrete Jungle (1960)
TV-14 | 86 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller
In UK, after pulling a racetrack robbery, repeat offender Johnny Bannion hides the loot in a farmer's field but the police and the local mob come looking for Johnny and for the money.
6. Yesterday's Enemy (1959)
Approved | 95 min | Drama, War
In World War II, during the Japanese invasion of Burma, the lost remnant of a British Army Brigade HQ, led by the ruthless Captain Alan Langford, escapes through the jungle toward the British lines.
This film generates a bit of suspense, in spite of the restricted scale.
7. The Man Who Finally Died (1963)
98 min | Thriller, Drama
A mysterious call summons Joe Newman to Bavaria in search of the father he believed dead for 20 years.
A waste of everyone's time.
8. Violent Playground (1958)
108 min | Drama, Crime
Struggle between a Liverpool Juvenile Liaison officer and a young and dangerous pyromaniac.
A great one, deserves to be better known.
9. Innocent Bystanders (1972)
PG | 111 min | Action, Adventure, Crime
Experienced British spy must retrieve a defecting Soviet scientist from Turkey. When a pretty female innocent bystander gets kidnapped by mistake by his enemies, he feels responsible and decides to help her as well.
11. Sea Fury (1958)
84 min | Adventure, Drama
Off the Spanish coast, two tug-boat captains are caught in a violent feud over a woman but their rivalry is set aside when a sinking freighter carrying explosives must be salvaged and towed to port.
12. The Last Grenade (1970)
M | 94 min | Drama, War
Two soldiers of fortune, Harry Grigsby and Kip Thompson, used to be the best of friends when they fought side by side in the Congo. But now Kip has changed sides and Grigsby does not ... See full summary »
13. Sands of the Kalahari (1965)
Approved | 119 min | Adventure, Crime, Drama
After a small aircraft crashes in the Kalahari Desert, one of the seven passengers decides that his survival chances would increase if he would eliminate the other men in the group.
A flop upon initial release, this film is worth seeing.
14. Jet Storm (1959)
88 min | Thriller
Sir Richard Attenborough plays Ernest Tilley, a man who lost his daughter in a hit-and-run accident. He tracks down the man responsible for the accident and boards the same plane, ... See full summary »
15. Chance Meeting (1959)
95 min | Mystery, Thriller, Crime
In 1950s London, Dutch painter Jan-Van Rooyer has an affair with a rich married Frenchwoman who is murdered, causing Van Rooyer to become prime-suspect for the Scotland Yard.
16. In the French Style (1963)
105 min | Drama, Romance
A young American art student must decide whether to stay in Paris with her boyfriend or go back to the U.S. when her wealthy father arrives to bring her back.
17. Accident (1967)
Not Rated | 105 min | Drama
At Oxford, Austrian student Anna von Graz (Jacqueline Sassard) is dating fellow student William (Michael York), whom she plans to marry, but she ends up sleeping with two unhappily married Oxford professors instead.
18. The Angry Hills (1959)
Approved | 105 min | Drama, War, Thriller
In 1941, Greek resistance entrusts an American journalist with a Greek double-agent secret list that must reach London and must not fall into Nazi hands.
20. Child in the House (1956)
Not Rated | 90 min | Drama
Young Elizabeth is left with her relatives, a married couple, while her mother is in hospital. The friendly husband likes her, but the wife hates kids. Her father, an often absent crook on the lam, visits her in secret one day.
21. Checkpoint (1956)
Not Rated | 86 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller
After killing a few Italian cops during a burglary, a thief hired by a British car racing company must flee to Switzerland disguised as a race car driver during a rally.
22. The Good Die Young (1954)
Approved | 100 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller
In London, three otherwise law-abiding good men and their unscrupulous leader are about to commit a serious crime but for different reasons.
23. Perfect Friday (1970)
R | 94 min | Comedy, Crime
The deputy manager of a London bank has worked out a way to rob the branch of £200,000. When he becomes involved with the attractive Lady Dorset he decides to go ahead with his plan. He ... See full summary »
24. A Lizard in a Woman's Skin (1971)
Not Rated | 95 min | Mystery, Thriller
The potentially unhinged daughter of a British politician is accused of killing her hedonistic neighbor after she witnesses the murder in a dream.
25. The Guns of Navarone (1961)
TV-PG | 158 min | Action, Adventure, Drama
A British team is sent to cross occupied Greek territory and destroy the massive German gun emplacement that commands a key sea channel.
Votes: 42,629 | Gross: $28.90M
26. Zorro (I) (1975)
G | 120 min | Action, Adventure, Comedy
In the New World, a new Spanish governor finds the province of Nueva Aragón under the iron fist of the corrupt Colonel Huerta and vows to bring justice under the guise of a masked avenger.
27. The Games (1970)
G | 100 min | Drama, Sport
Four marathon runners (one from England, one from the U.S., a Czechoslovakian, and an Australian Aborigine) prepare to run in the Olympic games. The film follows each one and shows what their motivations are for running in the games.
29. Richard III (1955)
Not Rated | 161 min | Biography, Drama, History
Shakespeare's powerful tale of the wicked deformed King and his conquests, both on the battlefield and in the boudoir.
31. Alexander the Great (1956)
Not Rated | 141 min | Biography, Drama, History
The life and military conquests of Alexander III of Macedon (July 20/21, 356 - June 10/11, 323 B.C.), commonly known as Alexander the Great.
33. Hell Below Zero (1954)
Approved | 90 min | Action, Adventure, Drama
The captain of an Antarctic whaling ship falls overboard in mysterious circumstances and his daughter, aided by a sympathetic American, decides to investigate the accident.
37. Dingaka (1964)
98 min | Drama, Action
A film about an African tribesman seeking revenge against the people who murdered his daughter. His crusade leads him to commit murder himself, and to trial before a court.
39. Sodom and Gomorrah (1962)
G | 154 min | Adventure, Drama, History
Sex, torture and betrayal in Biblical Sodom and Gomorrah. Lot, leader of the Hebrews, believes his people can co-exist with the Sodomites, a disastrous decision.
41. Armchair Theatre (1956–1974)
60 min | Drama
This show was a British television drama anthology series of single plays that ran on the ITV network from 1956 to 1974. It was originally produced by Associated British Corporation, and later by Thames Television from mid 1968.
46. Bob Hope Presents the Chrysler Theatre (1963–1967)
60 min | Adventure, Comedy, Crime
Legendary entertainer Bob Hope hosted, and occasionally starred in, one of the last major anthology series on network television. Dramatic and comedy shows were presented, featuring many of... See full summary »
48. Who Killed Lamb? (1974 TV Movie)
65 min | Thriller
A popular member of the Oxford community is killed, and nobody can think why, so a police inspector is called in from Scotland Yard, and discovers they may be more to the victim than met anyone's eye.
49. The Rossiter Case (1951)
75 min | Drama, Mystery
A husband cheats on his disabled wife--who has been paralyzed in a car accident--with her sister. When the sister is murdered he is accused of the crime, but it turns out that he may not be the killer after all.
50. Something in the City (1950)
76 min | Comedy