Stanley Baker - a worthy talent.

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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.

Director: Cy Endfield | Stars: Stanley Baker, Herbert Lom, Peggy Cummins, Patrick McGoohan

Votes: 2,526

Baker's first film in the lead and what a classic!

2. Zulu (1964)

Not Rated | 138 min | Drama, History, War

77 Metascore

Outnumbered British soldiers do battle with Zulu warriors at Rorke's Drift.

Director: Cy Endfield | Stars: Stanley Baker, Jack Hawkins, Ulla Jacobsson, James Booth

Votes: 33,721

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.

Director: Val Guest | Stars: Stanley Baker, John Crawford, Donald Pleasence, Maxine Audley

Votes: 850

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.

Director: Joseph Losey | Stars: Stanley Baker, Sam Wanamaker, Grégoire Aslan, Margit Saad

Votes: 1,092

5. A Prize of Arms (1962)

Not Rated | 105 min | Crime, Drama

A criminal gang sets out to pull off the heist of a large army payroll.

Director: Cliff Owen | Stars: Stanley Baker, Helmut Schmid, Tom Bell, John Phillips

Votes: 234

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.

Director: Val Guest | Stars: Stanley Baker, Guy Rolfe, Leo McKern, Gordon Jackson

Votes: 610

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.

Director: Quentin Lawrence | Stars: Stanley Baker, Peter Cushing, Georgina Ward, Mai Zetterling

Votes: 193

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.

Director: Basil Dearden | Stars: Stanley Baker, Anne Heywood, David McCallum, Peter Cushing

Votes: 491

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.

Director: Peter Collinson | Stars: Stanley Baker, Geraldine Chaplin, Donald Pleasence, Dana Andrews

Votes: 216

10. Robbery (1967)

110 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

A group of British criminals plans the robbery of the Royal Mail train on the Glasgow-London route.

Director: Peter Yates | Stars: Stanley Baker, Joanna Pettet, James Booth, Frank Finlay

Votes: 977

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.

Director: Cy Endfield | Stars: Stanley Baker, Victor McLaglen, Luciana Paluzzi, Grégoire Aslan

Votes: 163

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 »

Director: Gordon Flemyng | Stars: Stanley Baker, Alex Cord, Honor Blackman, Richard Attenborough

Votes: 147

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.

Director: Cy Endfield | Stars: Stanley Baker, Stuart Whitman, Susannah York, Harry Andrews

Votes: 1,056

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 »

Director: Cy Endfield | Stars: Richard Attenborough, Stanley Baker, Hermione Baddeley, Bernard Braden

Votes: 251

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.

Director: Joseph Losey | Stars: Hardy Krüger, Stanley Baker, Micheline Presle, John Van Eyssen

Votes: 594

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.

Director: Robert Parrish | Stars: Jean Seberg, Stanley Baker, Philippe Forquet, Addison Powell

Votes: 216

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.

Director: Joseph Losey | Stars: Dirk Bogarde, Stanley Baker, Jacqueline Sassard, Michael York

Votes: 2,978

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.

Director: Robert Aldrich | Stars: Robert Mitchum, Stanley Baker, Elisabeth Müller, Gia Scala

Votes: 808

19. Eva (1962)

Not Rated | 107 min | Drama, Romance

A raw Welsh novelist in Venice is humiliated by a money-loving Frenchwoman who erotically ensnares him.

Director: Joseph Losey | Stars: Jeanne Moreau, Stanley Baker, Virna Lisi, James Villiers

Votes: 1,033

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.

Director: Cy Endfield | Stars: Phyllis Calvert, Eric Portman, Stanley Baker, Mandy Miller

Votes: 107

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.

Director: Ralph Thomas | Stars: Anthony Steel, Odile Versois, Stanley Baker, James Robertson Justice

Votes: 182

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.

Director: Lewis Gilbert | Stars: Laurence Harvey, Gloria Grahame, Richard Basehart, Joan Collins

Votes: 706

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 »

Director: Peter Hall | Stars: Ursula Andress, Stanley Baker, David Warner, Patience Collier

Votes: 559

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.

Director: Lucio Fulci | Stars: Florinda Bolkan, Jean Sorel, Stanley Baker, Silvia Monti

Votes: 3,837

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.

Director: J. Lee Thompson | Stars: David Niven, Gregory Peck, Anthony Quinn, Anthony Quayle

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.

Director: Duccio Tessari | Stars: Alain Delon, Stanley Baker, Ottavia Piccolo, Enzo Cerusico

Votes: 2,799

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.

Director: Michael Winner | Stars: Michael Crawford, Ryan O'Neal, Charles Aznavour, Jeremy Kemp

Votes: 389

28. The Cruel Sea (1953)

Approved | 126 min | Drama, War

The World War II adventures of a British convoy escort ship and its officers.

Director: Charles Frend | Stars: Jack Hawkins, Donald Sinden, John Stratton, Denholm Elliott

Votes: 3,718

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.

Director: Laurence Olivier | Stars: Laurence Olivier, Cedric Hardwicke, Nicholas Hannen, Ralph Richardson

Votes: 3,798

30. The Girl with a Pistol (1968)

M | 103 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

A Sicilian woman, "dishonored" by her lover, goes to England with a pistol intending to murder him.

Director: Mario Monicelli | Stars: Monica Vitti, Stanley Baker, Corin Redgrave, Anthony Booth

Votes: 891

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.

Director: Robert Rossen | Stars: Richard Burton, Fredric March, Claire Bloom, Barry Jones

Votes: 3,114

32. Helen of Troy (1956)

Approved | 118 min | Adventure, Drama, History

The Iliad's story of the Trojan war, told from the Trojan viewpoint.

Director: Robert Wise | Stars: Stanley Baker, Rossana Podestà, Brigitte Bardot, Jacques Sernas

Votes: 1,848 | Gross: $6.98M

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.

Director: Mark Robson | Stars: Alan Ladd, Joan Tetzel, Basil Sydney, Stanley Baker

Votes: 399

34. Paratrooper (1953)

Approved | 88 min | Drama, War

In 1940, an American claiming to be Canadian volunteers for the British Army's paratroop school.

Director: Terence Young | Stars: Alan Ladd, Leo Genn, Susan Stephen, Harry Andrews

Votes: 554 | Gross: $1.75M

35. Lilli Marlene (1950)

74 min | Drama, War

A French girl singer is captured by the Nazis, and made to broadcast for them.

Director: Arthur Crabtree | Stars: Lisa Daniely, Hugh McDermott, Richard Murdoch, Leslie Dwyer

Votes: 83

36. Where's Jack? (1969)

G | 120 min | Adventure, Biography, Crime

The adventures and the exploits of notorious English thief and prison-breaker Jack Sheppard in 1720s London.

Director: James Clavell | Stars: Tommy Steele, Stanley Baker, Alan Badel, Dudley Foster

Votes: 126

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.

Director: Jamie Uys | Stars: Stanley Baker, Juliet Prowse, Ken Gampu, Alfred Jabulani

Votes: 69

38. Captain Horatio Hornblower R.N. (1951)

Not Rated | 117 min | Action, Adventure, Drama

During the Napoleonic wars, a British Navy Captain has adventures in Central American waters.

Director: Raoul Walsh | Stars: Gregory Peck, Virginia Mayo, Robert Beatty, Moultrie Kelsall

Votes: 5,689

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.

Director: Robert Aldrich | Stars: Stewart Granger, Pier Angeli, Stanley Baker, Rossana Podestà

Votes: 1,353

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.

Stars: Harry H. Corbett, Billie Whitelaw, Neil McCallum, Paul Whitsun-Jones

Votes: 112

42. BBC Sunday-Night Theatre (1950–1959)

Drama

Series of television plays performed live.

Stars: Richard Caldicot, George Woodbridge, Robert Brown, Brian Rix

Votes: 65

43. How Green Was My Valley (1975– )

50 min | Drama

How Green Was My Valley.

Stars: Stanley Baker, Siân Phillips, Nerys Hughes, Keith Drinkel

Votes: 73

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 »

Stars: Bob Hope, Jack Weston, Jack Kelly, George N. Neise

Votes: 138

47. ITV Play of the Week (1955–1974)

90 min | Comedy, Drama

An anthology series from the U.K., from 1955 to 1974, producing about five hundred ninety-minute episodes from Granada Television.

Stars: Derek Francis, Alfred Burke, Charles Lloyd Pack, Laurence Hardy

Votes: 47

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.

Director: David Cunliffe | Stars: Stanley Baker, Denis Lill, David Swift, Derek Francis

Votes: 64

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.

Director: Francis Searle | Stars: Helen Shingler, Clement McCallin, Sheila Burrell, Frederick Leister

Votes: 40

50. Something in the City (1950)

76 min | Comedy

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