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The City of the Dead

The City of the Dead

The City of the Dead

IMDb: 6.9
1960
76min

A young coed (Nan Barlow) uses her winter vacation to research a paper on witchcraft in New England. Her professor recommends that she spend her time in a small village called Whitewood. He originally cam from that village so he also recommends she stay at the “Raven’s Inn,” run by a Mrs. Newlis. She gets to the village and notices some weird happenings, but things begin to happen in earnest when she finds herself “marked” for sacrifice by the undead coven of witches. It seems that the innkeeper is actually the undead spirit of Elizabeth Selwyn, and the “guests” at the inn are the other witches who have come to celebrate the sacrifice on Candalmas Eve. As one of them said when Nan walked away, “HE will be PLEASED.”

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Peeping Tom

Peeping Tom

Peeping Tom

IMDb: 7.7
1960
101min

A young man murders women, using a movie camera to film their dying expressions of terror.

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Psycho

Psycho

Psycho

IMDb: 8.5
1960
109min

When larcenous real estate clerk Marion Crane goes on the lam with a wad of cash and hopes of starting a new life, she ends up at the notorious Bates Motel, where manager Norman Bates cares for his housebound mother. The place seems quirky, but fine… until Marion decides to take a shower.

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The Bad Sleep Well

The Bad Sleep Well

The Bad Sleep Well

IMDb: 8.1
1960
151min

A young executive hunts down his father’s killer. Continuing his legendary collaboration with actor Toshiro Mifune, Kurosawa combines elements of Hamlet and American film noir to chilling effect in exposing the corrupt boardrooms of postwar corporate Japan.

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The Time Machine

The Time Machine

The Time Machine

IMDb: 7.6
1960
103min

A Victorian Englishman travels to the far future and finds that humanity has divided into two hostile species.

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Midnight Lace

Midnight Lace

Midnight Lace

IMDb: 6.9
1960
110min

This 1960 thriller, set in London, stars Doris Day as a wife who begins to unravel when she receives threatening telephone calls informing her she’s soon to be murdered.

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Face of the Frog

Face of the Frog

Face of the Frog

IMDb: 6.3
1959
89min

Both Scotland Yard and an amateur American sleuth are tracking a master criminal known as The Frog. This moniker refers to the bulging-eyed mask worn by the evildoer, and is reflected by the frog icons painfully tatooed onto the forearms of his henchmen. The trail leads to the country manor of an enigmatic, steely-eyed nabob, whose repressed son has eyes for the artistes at the Lolita cabaret, and whose lovely daughter captures the fancy of both the American playboy and the villain himself. Murder, kidnapping and seduction ensue.

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North by Northwest

North by Northwest

North by Northwest

IMDb: 8.4
1959
136min

Advertising man Roger Thornhill is mistaken for a spy, triggering a deadly cross-country chase.

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Compulsion

Compulsion

Compulsion

IMDb: 7.5
1959
103min

Two close friends, arrogantly and without remorse, kidnap and murder a young boy. They are caught and put to trial where their larger-than-life defense lawyer blames the Establishment for their actions.

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The Beat Generation

The Beat Generation

The Beat Generation

IMDb: 5.5
1959
95min

A group of beatniks unwittingly harbor a serial rapist. A cop goes after him after his wife is attacked.

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Anatomy of a Murder

Anatomy of a Murder

Anatomy of a Murder

IMDb: 8.1
1959
160min

The film pits a humble small-town lawyer against a hard-headed big city prosecutor. Emotions flare as a jealous army lieutenant pleads innocent to murdering the rapist of his seductive, beautiful wife.

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Quatermass and the Pit

Quatermass and the Pit

Quatermass and the Pit

IMDb: 8.2
207min

A team of scientists search for the origin and purpose of a mysterious capsule found on a building site.

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Touch of Evil

Touch of Evil

Touch of Evil

IMDb: 8.1
1958
95min

Stark, perverse story of murder, kidnapping, and police corruption in Mexican border town.

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Vertigo

Vertigo

Vertigo

IMDb: 8.4
1958
128min

A retired San Francisco detective suffering from acrophobia investigates the strange activities of an old friend’s wife, all the while becoming dangerously obsessed with her.

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Gideon of Scotland Yard

Gideon of Scotland Yard

Gideon of Scotland Yard

IMDb: 6.6
1958
91min

Scotland Yard Inspector George Gideon starts his day off on the wrong foot when he gets a traffic-violation ticket from a young police officer. From there, his ‘typical day” consists in learning that one of his most-trusted detectives has accepted bribes; hunts an escaped maniac who has murdered a girl; tracks a young girl suspected of a payroll robbery and, then, helps break up a bank robbery. His long day ends when he arrives at home and finds that his daughter has a date with the policeman who gave him a ticket that morning.

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Hellcats of the Navy

Hellcats of the Navy

Hellcats of the Navy

IMDb: 5.4
1957
82min

Future “first couple” Ronald Reagan and Nancy Davis made their only joint film appearance in Hellcats of the Navy. Ronnie plays Casey Abbott, commander of a WW2 submarine, while Nancy portrays navy nurse Helen Blair, Abbott’s off-and-on girlfriend. During a delicate mission in which his sub is ordered to retrieve a revolutionary new Japanese mine, Abbott is forced to leave frogman Wes Barton (Harry Lauter) behind to save the rest of his crew. But Abbott’s second-in-command Don Landon (Eduard Franz) is convincing that Abbott’s sacrifice of Barton was due to the fact that the dead man had been amorously pursuing Helen.

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The Burglar

The Burglar

The Burglar

IMDb: 6.7
1957
90min

Burglar Nat Harbin (Dan Duryea) and his two associates set their sights on wealthy spiritualist Sister Sarah, who has inherited a fortune — including a renowned emerald necklace — from a Philadelphia financier. Using Nat’s female ward, Gladden (Jayne Mansfield), to pose as an admirer and case the mansion where the woman lives, they set up a perfect break-in. Things get complicated afterwards.

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The Enemy Below

The Enemy Below

The Enemy Below

IMDb: 7.6
1957
97min

The American destroyer escort, the USS Haynes commanded by Robert Mitchum, detects a German U-Boat, commanded by Curt Jürgens, resulting in a prolonged, deadly battle of wits.

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The Curse of Frankenstein

The Curse of Frankenstein

The Curse of Frankenstein

IMDb: 7.2
1957
82min

Baron Victor Frankenstein has discovered life’s secret and unleashed a blood-curdling chain of events resulting from his creation: a cursed creature with a horrid face — and a tendency to kill.

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3:10 to Yuma

3:10 to Yuma

3:10 to Yuma

IMDb: 7.6
1957
92min

Dave Evans, a small time farmer, is hired to escort Ben Wade, a dangerous outlaw, to Yuma. As Evans and Wade wait for the 3:10 train to Yuma, Wade’s gang is racing to free him.

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Witness for the Prosecution

Witness for the Prosecution

Witness for the Prosecution

IMDb: 8.4
1957
116min

When Leonard Vole is arrested for the sensational murder of a rich, middle-aged widow, the famous Sir Wilfrid Robarts agrees to appear on his behalf. Sir Wilfrid, recovering from a near-fatal heart attack, is *supposed* to be on a diet of bland, civil suits. But the lure of the criminal courts is too much for him, especially when the case is so difficult: Vole’s only alibi witness is his wife, the calm and coldly calculating Christine Vole. Sir Wilfrid’s task becomes even more impossible when Christine agrees to be a witness not for the defence but for the prosecution.

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The Harder They Fall

The Harder They Fall

The Harder They Fall

IMDb: 7.6
1956
109min

Jobless sportswriter Eddie Willis is hired by corrupt fight promoter Nick Benko to promote his current protégé, an unknown Argentinian boxer named Toro Moreno. Although Moreno is a hulking giant, his chances for success are hampered by a powder-puff punch and a glass jaw. Exploiting Willis’ reputation for integrity and standing in the boxing community, Benko arranges a series of fixed fights that propel the unsophisticated Moreno to #1 contender for the championship. The reigning champ, the sadistic Buddy Brannen, harbors resentment at the publicity Toro has been receiving and vows to viciously punish him in the ring. Eddie must now decide whether or not to tell the naive Toro the truth.

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23 Paces to Baker Street

23 Paces to Baker Street

23 Paces to Baker Street

IMDb: 7.0
1956
103min

Philip Hannon, a blind playwright living in London, overhears part of a conversation , that leads him into a desperate race, to find a kidnapped child. When he gets no help from the police, he along with his butler, and his ex fiancée, attempt to track down the crooks.

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The Bad Seed

The Bad Seed

The Bad Seed

IMDb: 7.5
1956
129min

Young Rhoda Penmark is sweet, smart … and inherently evil! After a school chum dies during a picnic, no one suspects Rhoda, except the janitor of her apartment building. But when Rhoda’s mother finds out that her own mother was a cold-blooded killer, she begins to suspect Rhoda might be the victim of some faulty genetics.

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A Kiss Before Dying

A Kiss Before Dying

A Kiss Before Dying

IMDb: 6.8
1956
94min

Bud Corliss (Wagner) is an ambitious student who is wooing Dorothy Kingship (Woodward) purely for her father’s mining fortune. When he discovers that Dorothy is pregnant with his child, he realizes she is quite likely to be disinherited by her wealthy family. He assures Dorothy that he’ll take care of her, yet he hesitates when Dorothy insists on marrying. Bud then murders Dorothy and stages it in a way that it appears to be a suicide. He then reaches out to her sister Ellen (Leith) with the hopes of marrying her in order to ingratiate himself with her father. After a couple of months Ellen finds evidence to question the suicide verdict, and then discovers Bud knew Dorothy. Ellen struggles to avenge her sister and save her own life.

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The Man Who Knew Too Much

The Man Who Knew Too Much

The Man Who Knew Too Much

IMDb: 7.5
1956
120min

A widescreen, Technicolor remake of Hitchcock’s own 1934 film of the same title starring James Stewart and Doris Day. A couple vacationing in Morocco with their son accidentally stumble upon an assassination plot. When their son is kidnapped to ensure their silence, they have to take matters into their own hands to save him.

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Forbidden Planet

Forbidden Planet

Forbidden Planet

IMDb: 7.7
1956
98min

Captain Adams and the crew of the Starship C57D fly towards planet Altair 4 in search for the Bellerphon spaceship that has been missing for twenty years. To their surprise they are already being expected. A classic science fiction film from 1957 starring Leslie Nielsen.

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Bad Day at Black Rock

Bad Day at Black Rock

Bad Day at Black Rock

IMDb: 7.8
1955
81min

A one handed stranger comes to a tiny town possessing a terrible past they want to keep secret, by violent means if necessary.

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Violent Saturday

Violent Saturday

Violent Saturday

IMDb: 6.9
1955
90min

Three men case a small town very carefully, with plans to rob the bank on the upcoming Saturday, which turns violent and deadly.

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Diabolique

Diabolique

Diabolique

IMDb: 8.1
1955
116min

In this classic of French suspense, the cruel and abusive headmaster of a boarding school, Michel Delassalle, becomes the target of a murder plot hatched by an unlikely duo — his meek wife and the mistress he brazenly flaunts. The women, brought together by their mutual hatred for the man, pull off the crime but become increasingly unhinged by a series of odd occurrences after Delassalle’s corpse mysteriously disappears.

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The Night of the Hunter

The Night of the Hunter

The Night of the Hunter

IMDb: 8.0
1955
93min

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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The Mad Magician

The Mad Magician

The Mad Magician

IMDb: 6.4
1954
72min

Vincent Price plays Gallico the great, an inventor of stage-magic effects who aspires to become a star in his own right. Just before his first performance, his act is shut down by capricious manager Ormond who wants Gallico’s brilliant buzzsaw effect for the act of the Great Rinaldi, an established star. With this defeat, and the humiliation of having already lost his wife Claire to his rival, Gallico goes insane and uses the buzzsaw to decapitate his manager.

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The High and the Mighty

The High and the Mighty

The High and the Mighty

IMDb: 6.9
1954
147min

Dan Roman is a veteran pilot haunted by a tragic past. Now relegated to second-in-command cockpit assignments he finds himself on a routine Honolulu-to-San Francisco flight – one that takes a terrifying suspense-building turn when disaster strikes high above the Pacific Ocean at the point of no return.

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Godzilla

Godzilla

Godzilla

IMDb: 7.5
1954
96min

Japan is thrown into a panic after several ships explode and are sunk near Odo Island. An expedition to the island led by paleontologist Professor Kyohei Yemani soon discover something more devastating than imagined in the form of a 164 foot tall monster whom the natives call Gojira. Now the monster begins a rampage that threatens to destroy not only Japan, but the rest of the world as well.

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Witness to Murder

Witness to Murder

Witness to Murder

IMDb: 6.7
1954
83min

A woman fights to convince the police that she witnessed a murder while looking out her bedroom window.

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On the Waterfront

On the Waterfront

On the Waterfront

IMDb: 8.2
1954
108min

Terry Malloy dreams about being a prize fighter, while tending his pigeons and running errands at the docks for Johnny Friendly, the corrupt boss of the dockers union. Terry witnesses a murder by two of Johnny’s thugs, and later meets the dead man’s sister and feels responsible for his death. She introduces him to Father Barry, who tries to force him to provide information for the courts that will smash the dock racketeers.

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Rear Window

Rear Window

Rear Window

IMDb: 8.5
1954
112min

Professional photographer L.B. “Jeff” Jeffries breaks his leg while getting an action shot at an auto race. Confined to his New York apartment, he spends his time looking out of the rear window observing the neighbors. He begins to suspect that a man across the courtyard may have murdered his wife. Jeff enlists the help of his high society fashion-consultant girlfriend Lisa Freemont and his visiting nurse Stella to investigate.

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Dial M for Murder

Dial M for Murder

Dial M for Murder

IMDb: 8.2
1954
104min

An ex-tennis pro carries out a plot to have his wife murdered after discovering she is having an affair, and assumes she will soon leave him for the other man anyway. When things go wrong, he improvises a new plan – to frame her for murder instead.

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The Big Heat

The Big Heat

The Big Heat

IMDb: 8.0
1953
89min

Dave Bannion is an upright cop on the trail of a vicious gang he suspects holds power over the police force. Bannion is tipped off after a colleague’s suicide and his fellow officers’ suspicious silence lead him to believe that they are on the gangsters’ payroll. When a bomb meant for him kills his wife instead, Bannion becomes a furious force of vengeance and justice, aided along the way by the gangster’s spurned girlfriend Debbie. As Bannion and Debbie fall further and further into the Gangland’s insidious and brutal trap, they must use any means necessary (including murder) to get to the truth.

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The Man Between

The Man Between

The Man Between

IMDb: 7.1
1953
100min

“The Man Between” is a 1953 British thriller film directed by Carol Reed and starring James Mason, Claire Bloom, Hildegard Knef and Geoffrey Toone. A British woman on a visit to post-war Berlin is caught up in an espionage ring smuggling secrets into and out of the Eastern Bloc.

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