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Last updated December 11, 2023

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1963 | NR | 4.0 out of 5 Stars

Cary Grant stars as Peter, who may or may not be a flimflam man who aids the recently widowed Regina in her mission to recover a fortune hidden by her late husband. But three sinister crooks -- who'll stop at nothing -- also covet the loot.
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Witness for the Prosecution

1957 | NR | 4.0 out of 5 Stars

Based on an Agatha Christie play, this Oscar-nominated mystery directed and co-written by Billy Wilder concerns an esteemed and aging lawyer. On the eve of retiring, he takes on the defense of an alleged murderer accused of killing a wealthy widow.
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The Lady Vanishes

1938 | NR | 3.7 out of 5 Stars

Traveling aboard a transcontinental train, young Iris Henderson (Margaret Lockwood) becomes alarmed when an acquaintance, elderly governess Miss Froy (Dame Mae Whitty), suddenly vanishes. Inexplicably, all the other passengers deny having seen the woman. So Iris turns to her lone ally -- handsome music scholar Gilbert Redman (Michael Redgrave) -- for help. As the two search for clues to Froy's disappearance, they uncloak a sinister plot.
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Charlie Chan: The Secret Service

1944 | NR | 3.7 out of 5 Stars

Wily detective Charlie Chan (Sidney Toler) is sent to investigate the murder of a brilliant inventor who was likely killed in exchange for access to his classified project -- a high-powered weapon designed to combat German U-boats. The framework and instructions on how to construct the device have been removed, and it's up to Chan to find the killer and retrieve the valuable blueprint -- before the weapon is used against his own country.
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The Conversation

1974 | NR | 3.6 out of 5 Stars

Francis Ford Coppola follows The Godfather with this intimate film about an audio surveillance expert who faces a moral quandary when he suspects that a couple whose conversation he's been hired to record will be murdered.
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The Naked City

1948 | NR | 3.6 out of 5 Stars

When a model is found drowned in her bathtub, homicide detectives Dan Muldoon and Jimmy Halloran are on the case. Their investigation, the inner workings of the police department and some of the "8 million stories in the Naked City" are explored.
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The House on Telegraph Hill

1951 | NR | 3.5 out of 5 Stars

Robert Wise's tense drama tells the story of a Nazi concentration camp survivor who assumes the identity of her dead best friend when the war ends. She moves to San Francisco, where she finds herself godmother to a young boy and heir to a fortune.
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The Long Goodbye

1973 | NR | 3.4 out of 5 Stars

Robert Altman updates the exploits of 1940s hard-boiled gumshoe Phillip Marlowe, who ferrets out a killer in the City of Angels circa 1974. Now, he's a wisecracking cynic who deals with coke-addled, sun-worshipping suspects and nudist neighbors.
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The Private Life of Sherlock Holmes

1970 | NR | 3.4 out of 5 Stars

Director Billy Wilder uses incidents from his own life in exploring the mystery of Sherlock Holmes's sexual preference and past romances. Holmes (Robert Stephens) shoots cocaine to combat the boredom that plagues him between cases. But his ennui evaporates when he attends a Russian ballet performance where the prima ballerina asks Holmes to become the father of her child. The film portrays Holmes as a very complicated and flawed individual.
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The Little Girl Who Lives Down the Lane

1976 | NR | 3.4 out of 5 Stars

Living by herself in her father's house, resourceful 13-year-old Rynn Jacobs will do anything to remain independent and to keep anyone from discovering what she's hiding in the cellar, as her prying landlady finds out.
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Five Steps to Danger

1957 | NR | 3.4 out of 5 Stars

After his car breaks down on the way to a fishing vacation, drifter John Emmett (Sterling Hayden) accepts a ride from Ann Nicholson (Ruth Roman), whose story has more turns than Emmett expected -- including a murder charge and experience in Cold War espionage. With Communist spies and CIA agents hot on their trail, sparks fly between the two strangers in this adventure drama, also starring Werner Klemperer as a persistent spy.
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The Killer Is Loose

1956 | NR | 3.3 out of 5 Stars

Years after Det. Sam Wagner (Joseph Cotten) brought bank robber Leon "Foggy" Poole (Wendell Corey) to justice and accidentally killed the criminal's wife in the crossfire, the crazed convict busts out of jail with a one-track mind: to kill Wagner's wife, Lila (Rhonda Fleming), in an act of revenge. Now, the only way for the cops to recapture the robber is for a wary Wagner to use his wife as live bait.
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The Parallax View

1974 | NR | 3.3 out of 5 Stars

After the assassination of a U.S. senator, a journalist notices that the reporters who witnessed the murder are inexplicably dying. He investigates and finds that the assassination was part of a conspiracy involving a shadowy therapy institute.
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The Cat and the Canary

1927 | NR | 3.1 out of 5 Stars

The heirs to a sizable fortune must spend the night in the creepy mansion of their long-dead benefactor. When the family lawyer turns up murdered, people point the finger at young Annabelle, who's first in line to inherit the fortune.
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Don't Look Now

1973 | NR | 3.1 out of 5 Stars

After losing their daughter in a drowning accident, John and Laura Baxter relocate to Italy, where they meet a psychic who claims that she sees the child's spirit. Though Laura believes, John is dubious -- until he begins having psychic flashes.
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