AFI's 100 Thrills - Most Heart Pounding American Movies

The 100 Thrills were selected by a panel of leaders from the movie community.

When Marion Crane steals money from her employer and escapes out of town, her getaway takes her to the Bates Motel, run by a young man with his own terrible secrets.  Directed by Alfred Hitchcock.  Starring Anthony Perkins & Janet Leigh. Based on the book Psycho by Robert Bloch. R
A police chief, a scientist, and a grizzled sailor set out to kill a shark that is menacing the seaside community of Amity Island.  Directed by Stephen Spielberg.  Starring Roy Scheider, Robert Shaw, & Richard Dreyfuss. Based on the book Jaws by Peter Benchley. PG
The Exorcist
A young girl becomes possessed by the devil and causes several violent deaths before she can be cured. Directed by William Friedkin. Starring Ellen Burstyn, Max Von Sydow, & Linda Blair.  Based on the book The Exorcist by William Peter Blatty. R
North by Northwest
Suspense film in which a suave Madison Avenue ad man is mistaken for a federal intelligence agent by foreign spies. When he is falsely implicated in a murder, he flees cross-country, followed by spies, counterspies, police, and a beautiful blonde.  Directed by Alfred Hitchcock.  Starring Cary Grant, Eva Marie Saint, & James Mason. NR
The Silence of the Lambs
FBI agent Clarice Starling is sent to interview imprisoned killer Dr. Hannibal "The Cannibal" Lecter. She hopes he might reveal information about another crazed killer known only as "Buffalo Bill," who is abducting young women, starving them, and then killing them. Lecter's brilliant mind is intrigued by the beautiful Starling, and he begins giving her mystifying clues which could be helpful or merely a game. The terror builds as "Buffalo Bill" grabs another victim and the countdown to death begins again. Finding the madman means Starling must get inside Lecter's mind. To stop the killer, she must enter a terrifying race against death. Directed by Jonathan Demme.  Starring Jodie Foster & Anthony Hopkins. Based on the book Silence of the Lambs by Thomas Harris. R
When commercial towing vehicle Nostromo, heading back to Earth, intercepts an SOS signal from a nearby planet, the crew investigate. After a bad landing on the planet, some crew members leave the ship to explore the area. At the same time they discover a hive colony of some unknown creature, the ship's computer deciphers the message to be a warning, not a call for help. When one of the eggs is disturbed, the crew do not know the danger they are in until it is too late. Directed by Ridley Scott.  Starring Sigourney Weaver & Tom Skerritt. R
The Birds
When Melanie Daniels rolls into Bodega Bay in pursuit of eligible bachelor Mitch Brenner, the small California town is inexplicably attacked by thousands of birds.  Directed by Alfred Hitchcock.  Starring Tippi Hedren, Rod Taylor, & Jessica Tandy.  Based on the story The Birds by Daphne Du Maurier. PG-13
The French Connection
New York City detectives "Popeye" Doyle and Buddy Russo hope to break a narcotics smuggling ring and ultimately uncover the French connection . But when one of the criminals tries to kill Doyle, he begins a deadly pursuit that takes him far outside the city limits. Directed by William Friedkin.  Starring Gene Hackman. Based on the book by Robin Moore. R
Rosemary's Baby
Rosemary and her new husband Guy move into a new apartment in New York, befriending an elderly couple who live nearby. But when another girl on the block commits suicide, Rosemary starts getting more attention than she desires, from all the wrong people. And now with her (late) friend's warnings about witches in mind, she has a new problem - the protection of her forthcoming child. But it may not be the child that needs protection. Directed by Roman Polanski.  Starring Mia Farrow, John Cassavetes, & Ruth Gordon.  Based on the book Rosemary's Baby by Ira Levin. R
Raiders of the Lost Ark
Indiana Jones, an archeologist, embarks on a thrilling quest to locate the mystical Ark of the Covenant. Accompanied by his fiesty ex-flame Marion Ravenwood, Indy must discover the Ark before the Nazis do, and he has to survive poison, traps, snakes and treachery to do so. Directed by Stephen Spielberg.  Starring Harrison Ford & Karen Allen. PG
The Godfather
A chilling portrait of the Sicilian clan's rise and near fall from power in America, masterfully balancing the story between the Corleone's family life and the ugly crime business in which they are engaged. Directed by Francis Ford Coppola. Starring Marlon Brando & Al Pacino. Based on the book The Godfather by Mario Puzo. R
King Kong
Adventure story of the giant ape King Kong , discovered on Skull Island, his voyage to New York and his fatal attraction to a young woman leading to death and destruction as he pursues her.  Directed by Merian Cooper & Ernest Schoedsack.  Starring Fay Wray & Robert Armstrong. NR
Bonnie and Clyde
A mixture of comedy and brutal violence, this film is based on the exploits of the notorious American outlaws of the 1930's, Bonnie Parker and Clyde Barrow. Directed by Arthur Penn.  Starring Warren Beatty & Faye Dunaway. R
Rear Window
When professional photographer L.B. "Jeff" Jeffries is confined to a wheelchair with a broken leg, he becomes obsessed with watching the private dramas of his neighbors play out across the courtyard. When he suspects a salesman may have murdered his nagging wife, he actively enlists the help of his glamorous socialite girlfriend to investigate the highly suspicious chain of events. Events that ultimately lead to one of the most memorable and gripping endings in film history.  Directed by Alfred Hitchcock.  Starring James Stewart & Grace Kelly. Based on the short story by Cornell Woolrich. NR
Four ordinary men, in two canoes, descending a river they've only seen as a squiggly line on a map, determined to test themselves against a wilderness they only think they understand, must fight for their lives against some sadistic mountain men. Directed by John Boorman.  Starring Jon Voight & Burt Reynolds. Based on the book Deliverance by James Dickey. R
Jake Gittes is a private eye living off the murky moral climate of sunbaked, pre-war Southern California. Hired by a beautiful socialite to investigate her husband's extra-marital affair, Gittes is swept into a maelstrom of double dealings and deadly deceits, uncovering a web of personal and political scandals that come crashing together for one unforgettable night.  Directed by Roman Polanski.  Starring Jack Nicholson & Faye Dunaway. R
The Manchurian Candidate
Ask Major Bennett Marco and he'll say that Sergeant Raymond Shaw is a hero worthy of the Medal of Honor. But despite what he says, Marco suspects otherwise. A bizarre, recurring nightmare gives him the uneasy feeling that Shaw is something far less heroic and far more insidious. Is it possible that Shaw is a traitor? Can Marco convince the Army of his suspicions? How does Shaw's power-mad mother figure into all of this? So many questions. So precious little time. Directed by John Frankenheimer.  Starring Frank Sinatra, Lawrence Harvey, & Janet Leigh. Based on the book The Manchurian Candidate by Richard Condon. PG-13
Scottie Ferguson, an acrophobic detective, is hired to shadow a friend's suicidal wife, Madeleine. After he saves her from drowning in the bay, Scottie's interest shifts from business to fascination with the icy, alluring blonde. When tragedy strikes and Madeleine dies, Scottie is devastated. But when he finds another woman remarkably like his lost love, the now obsessed detective must unravel the secrets of the past to find the key to his future. Directed by Alfred Hitchcock.  Starring James Stewart & Kim Novak. Based on the book D'Entre les Morts by Pierre Boileau and Thomas Narcejac. PG
The Great Escape
In 1943, the Germans opened Stalag Luft North, a maximum security prisoner of war camp designed to hold even the craftiest escape artists. In doing so, however, the Nazis unwittingly assembled the finest escape team in military history who worked on what became the largest breakout ever attempted. Directed by John Sturges.  Starring Steve McQueen, James Garner, & Richard Attenborough. Based on the book The Great Escape by Paul Brickhill. NR
High Noon
A retired marshal's wedding is interrupted when he learns a killer he had sent to jail will return to town on the noon train to seek revenge. The townspeople refuse to help him, so he is forced to take up his badge and guns again, alienating his new bride, a Quaker who is opposed to violence.  Directed by Fred Zinnemann.  Starring Gary Cooper. NR
A Clockwork Orange
Depicts a harrowing journey through a near-future world of decaying cities, murderous adolescents and nightmarish technologies of punishment and crime.  Directed by Stanley Kubrick.  Starring Malcolm McDowell. Based on the book A Clockwork Orange by Anthony Burgess. R
Taxi Driver
Story about a psychotic cabbie driven to violence in an attempt to "rescue" a teenage prostitute. Propelled by this obsession and his rejection by a beautiful political campaigner, the cabbie begins his violent rampage that includes an attempted assassination of a presidential candidate.  Directed by Martin Scorsese.  Starring Robert De Niro & Cybill Shepherd. R
Lawrence of Arabia
The story of T.E. Lawrence , assigned to Arabia during World War I. Lawrence courageously unites the warring Arab factions into a strong guerrilla front and leads them to brilliant victories in treacherous desert battlefields where they eventually defeat the ruling Turkish Empire. Directed by David Lean.  Starring Peter O'Toole. Based on the book Seven Pillars of Wisdom: a Triumph by T. E. Lawrence. PG
Double Indemnity
A man becomes increasingly accident prone only after his wife and a smooth-talking insurance agent encourage him to sign a double -indemnity policy. Then the partners in crime plan the perfect murder to collect on the insurance.  Directed by Billy Wilder.  Starring Fred MacMurray, Barbara Stanwyck, & Edward G. Robinson. Based on the book Double Indemnity by James M. Cain. NR
Fictional romantic tale of a rich girl and a poor boy who meet on the ill-fated voyage of the "unsinkable" Titanic . Directed by James Cameron.  Starring Leonardo DiCaprio & Kate Winslet. PG-13
The Maltese Falcon
A gallery of high-living lowlifes will stop at nothing to get their seaty hands on a jewel-encrusted falcon . Detective Sam Spade wants to find out why - and who's gonna take the fall.  Directed by John Huston.  Starring Humphry Bogart & Mary Astor. Based on the book The Maltese Falcon by Dashiell Hammett. NR
Star Wars
A young Luke Skywalker begins to discover his destiny when, searching for a lost droid, he is saved by reclusive Jedi Obi-Wan Kenobi. As civil war rages in the galaxy, and Rebel forces struggle against the evil Galactic Empire, Luke and Obi-Wan enlist the aid of hotshot pilot Han Solo. Directed by George Lucas.  Starring Mark Hamill, Harrison Ford, & Carrie Fisher. PG
Fatal Attraction
A New York attorney has a romantic fling while his wife is out of town, and then shrugs it off. But the woman involved with him won't be ignored, even if it means destroying his family to keep him. Directed by Adrien Lyne.  Starring Michael Douglas & Glenn Close. R
The Shining
Unforgettable images of terror envelope a family isolated and snowbound in a huge resort hotel with a macabre history of violence. The caretaker's son's psychic ability (his " shining ") gives him visions of evil to come. Directed by Stanley Kubrick.  Starring Jack Nicholson & Shelley Duvall. Based on the book The Shining by Stephen King. R
The Deer Hunter
Tracks a group of steelworker pals from a Pennsylvania blast furnace to the coal hunting grounds of the Alleghenies to the lethal cauldron of Vietnam. It is a drama of friendship and courage and of what happens to these qualities under stress. Directed by Michael Cimino.  Starring Robert De Niro. R
Close Encounters of the Third Kind
A line worker, after an encounter with UFOs, feels undeniably drawn to an isolated area in the wilderness where something spectacular is about to happen. Directed by Stephen Spielberg.  Starring Richard Dreyfuss, Teri Garr, & François Truffaut. PG
Strangers on a Train
A tennis star is harassed on a train by a psychotic who wants to swap murders, and who then proceeds to carry out his part of the unconfirmed bargain. Directed by Alfred Hitchcock.  Starring Farley Granger & Ruth Roman. Based on the book Strangers on a Train by Patricia Highsmith. NR
The Fugitive
A breathless manhunt of a movie based on the classic TV series. Dr. Richard Kimble is once more being chased by Sam Gerhard for a crime he didn't commit. Directed by Andrew Davis.  Starring Harrison Ford & Tommy Lee Jones. PG-13
The Night of the Hunter
A psychotic self-styled preacher marries and murders a young widow for her money. He then pursues her children to get his hands on the money, only to meet his match in the form of a saintly farm woman. Directed by Charles Laughton.  Starring Robert Mitchum & Shelley Winters. Based on the book by Davis Grubb. NR
Jurassic Park
A wealthy entrepreneur invites a top paleontologist, a paleobotanist, a mathematician/theorist, and his two eager grandchildren to visit his secret island theme park featuring living dinosaurs created from prehistoric DNA. But the trip is about to turn deadly, as five people must battle to survive among the predators. Directed by Stephen Spielberg.  Starring Sam Neill, Jeff Goldblum, Laura Dern, & Richard Attenborough. Based on the book Jurassic Park by Michael Crichton. PG-13
An all guts, no glory San Francisco cop becomes determined to find the underworld kingpin that killed the witness in his protection.  Directed by Peter Yates.  Starring Steve McQueen. Based on the book Mute Witness by Robert L. Pike. NR
"You must remember this ... ". For the sentimentalists among us, Casablanca is the great movie of all times: exotic locale, Nazi villains, a bitter-sweet love triangle, and the 1940's Warner Brothers stock company fighting World War II as it should have been fought-- "Play it, Sam." Directed by Michael Curtiz. Starring Humphry Bogart & Ingrid Bergman.  NR
A beautiful woman with a tainted past is enlisted by American agent Devlin to spy on a ring of Nazis in post-war Rio. Her espionage work becomes life-threatening after she marries the most debonair of the Nazi ring, Alex. Only Devlin can rescue her, but to do so he must face his role in her desperate situation and acknowledge that he's loved her all along. Directed by Alfred Hitchcock.  Starring Cary Grant & Ingrid Bergman. NR
Die Hard
Tough New York cop John McClane finds himself in a tight situation when an office building in Los Angeles is taken over by terrorists. Apart from himself, everyone else in the building - including his wife - is held at gunpoint while their captors spell out their demands. The FBI are called in to survey the situation, but McClane has other plans for the terrorists. Directed by John McTiernan.  Starring Bruce Willis & Alan Rickman. Based on the book Nothing Lasts Forever by Roderick Thorp. R
2001: a Space Odyssey
A science fiction film which moves from the pre-historic birth of intelligence toward the emergence of man as pure thought somewhere in the future.  Directed by Stanley Kubrick. Based on the book 2001: A Space Odyssey by Arthur C. Clarke. G
Dirty Harry
In San Francisco a rooftop killer has already murdered two people, and now he's kidnapped a girl. He threatens to let her suffocate unless the city pays his ransom demand. Harry 's out to get him. Directed by Don Siegel.  Starring Clint Eastwood. R
The Terminator
In the year of Darkness, 2029, the rulers of the planets have devised the ultimate plan. They will reshape the future by changing the past. The plan requires something that feels neither pity, pain, nor fear - a Terminator . Part man, part machine, the Terminator is sent back to present-day Earth to kill Sarah Connor, a young woman whose life will have great significance in the years to come. Sarah has but a single ally - Kyle Reese, a young soldier sent from the future to protect her. The fate of the world lies with two humans who must defeat an unstoppable killing machine - the Terminator.  Directed by James Cameron.  Starring Arnold Schwarzenegger & Linda Hamilton. R
The Wizard of Oz
Based on L. Frank Baum's treasured series, The Wizard of Oz was judged the best family film of all time by the American Film Institute. And this never-before-seen restoration looks and sounds better than ever. We invite you to embark for the Emerald City on the most famous road in movie history. Dorothy, Scarecrow, Tin Woodman and Cowardly Lion await you on the Yellow Brick Road and Over the Rainbow. Directed by Victor Fleming.  Starring Judy Garland. Based on the book The Wonderful Wizard of Oz by L. Frank Baum. G
E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial
A ten-year-old boy befriends a creature from another planet that has been stranded on earth. Directed by Stephen Spielberg.  Starring Henry Thomas & Dee Wallace-Stone. PG
Saving Private Ryan
Seen through the eyes of a squad of American soldiers, the story begins with World War II's historic D-Day invasion, then moves beyond the beach as the men embark on a dangerous special mission. Surrounded by the brutal realities of war, each man searches for his own answer - and the strength to triumph over an uncertain future with honor, decency and courage. Directed by Stephen Spielberg.  Starring Tom Hanks & Matt Damon. R
Carrie is a tortured high school misfit with no confidence, no friends - and no idea about the extent of her secret powers of telekinesis. But when her psychotic mother and sadistic classmates finally go too far, the once-shy teen becomes an unrestrained, vengeance-seeking powerhouse who, with the help of her "special gift," causes all hell to break loose in a famed cinematic frenzy of blood, fire and brimstone. Directed by Brian De Palma.  Starring Sissy Spacek, Piper Laurie, & Amy Irving.  Based on the book Carrie by Stephen King. R
Invasion of the Body Snatchers
Plant-like extraterrestrials have invaded Santa Mira, a small town in California, replicating the villagers in giant seed "pods" and taking possession of their souls while they sleep. In a terrifying race, for his life, Dr. Bennell escapes to warn the world of the deadly invasion of the pod people. Directed by Don Siegel.  Starring Kevin McCarthy & Dana Wynter. NR
Dial M for Murder
A woman overhears a murder being planned when her telepone lines get crossed, but she doesn't realize how close to home the plan is -- her husband wants her murdered. Directed by Alfred Hitchcock. Starring Ray Milland & Grace Kelly. NR
Judah Ben -Hur is a Jewish nobleman in Palestine. His heroic odyssey includes enslavement by the Romans, a bold escape from an embattled slave gallery, vengeance against his tormentors during a furious arean chariot race and fateful encounters with Jesus Christ.  Directed by William Wyler.  Starring Charlton Heston. Based on the book Ben-Hur: a Tale of Christ by Lew Wallace. G
Marathon Man
A likeable graduate student/ marathon runner becomes unwittingly trapped in a killing game of intrigue involving a cache of diamonds, his CIA-connected brother, his European girlfriend and a Nazi fugitive. Directed by John Schlesinger.  Starring Dustin Hoffman, Laurence Olivier, & Roy Scheider. Based on the book by William Goldman. R
Raging Bull
Based on the true story of Jake La Motta, a boxer whose psychological and sexual complexities erupt into violence both in and out of the ring. Directed by Martin Scorsese.  Starring Robert De Nero. Based on the book by Jake La Motta. R
Rocky Balboa, the underdog, gets his million-to-one shot at love, self-respect and the world heavyweight boxing crown and comes out a winner. Directed by John G. Avildsen.  Starring Sylvester Stallone & Talie Shire. PG
Pulp Fiction
Clever, dark film that tells 4 separate stories that are gradually brought together. Involved are two low-rent hit men, their boss and his sexy wife, a prizefighter and a pair of desperate robbers. Directed by Quentin Tarantino.  Starring John Travolta & Samuel L. Jackson. R
Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid
Butch and Sundance are the two leaders of the Hole-in-the-Wall Gang. Butch is all ideas, Sundance is all action and skill. The west is becoming too civilized and when Butch and Sundance rob a train once too often, a special posse begins trailing them no matter where they run. Over rock, through towns, across rivers, the group is always just behind them. When they finally escape through sheer luck, Butch has another idea: "Let's go to Bolivia." Based on the exploits of the two historical characters.  Directed by George Roy Hill.  Starring Paul Newman & Robert Redford. PG
Wait Until Dark
A photographer unwittingly smuggles a doll stuffed with heroin into New York City. His recently blinded wife, alone in their apartment, is first terrorized by hired crooks, and then by the psychopathic Roat, in search of the doll. Directed by Terence Young.  Starring Audrey Hepburn, Alan Arkin, & Richard Crenna. Based on the play Wait Until Dark by Frederick Knott. NR
Dr. Frankenstein dares to tamper with life and death by creating a human monster in his laboratory but his dreams of perfection are thwarted when the monster becomes an uncontrollable beast.  Directed by James Whale.  Starring Boris Karloff. Based on the book Frankenstein by Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley. NR
All the President's Men
The true story of how Bob Woodward and Carl Bernstein uncovered the White House involvement in the Watergate break in. Directed by Alan J. Pakula.  Starring Dustin Hoffman & Robert Redford.  Based on the book All the President's Men by Carl Bernstein & Bob Woodward. PG
The Bridge on the River Kwai
British soldiers captured by the Japanese during World War II are forced to construct a strategic railroad bridge which a commando team is instructed by the British High Command to destroy.  Directed by David Lean.  Starring William Holden & Alec Guinness. Based on the book by Peter Boulle. NR
Planet of the Apes
An astronaut crew lands on a planet where intelligent apes are the dominant species.  Directed by Franklin J. Schaffner.  Starring Charlton Heston & Roddy McDowall. G
The Sixth Sense
A noted child psychologist attempts to help a frightened 8 year-old boy who is experiencing terrifying visions of the dead. Directed by M. Night Shyamalan.  Starring Bruce Willis & Haley Joel Osment. PG-13
Cape Fear
An ex-con is determined to wreak bloody revenge on the small-town lawyer who helped send him to jail. Directed by J. Lee Thompson.  Starring Gregory Peck, Robert Mitchum, & Polly Bergen. Based on the book The Executioners by John D. MacDonald. NR
Spartacus is the bold gladiator slave who leads a massive slave revolt against Imperial Rome in this epic true account of man's eternal struggle for freedom. Directed by Stanley Kubrick.  Starring Kirk Douglas & Laurence Olivier. Based on the book Spartacus by Howard Fast. PG-13
What Ever Happened to Baby Jane?
An aging ex-vaudeville child star initiates a psychotic reign of terror over her crippled sister, a former movie-queen of the 1930's. Directed by Robert Aldrich.  Starring Bette Davis & Joan Crawford. Based on the book by Henry Farrell. NR
Touch of Evil
A Mexican government investigator and his young American wife put their honeymoon on hold in an American border town when they become embroiled in a frame-up planned by the town's police chief. Directed by Orson Welles. Starring Charlton Heston, Janet Leigh, & Orson Welles. Based on the book Badge of Evil by Whit Masterson. NR
The Dirty Dozen
A U.S. army major is assigned a dozen convicted military prisoners to train and lead them into a mass assassination mission of Nazi officers during World War II. Directed by Robert Aldrich.  Starring Lee Marvin, Ernest Borgnine, & Charles Bronson. Based on the book by E.M. Nathanson. NR
The Matrix
Perception: Our day-in, day-out world is real. Reality: That world is a hoax, an elaborate deception spun by all-powerful machines of artificial intelligence that control us. A computer hacker learns from mysterious rebels about the true nature of his reality and his role in the war against the controllers of it. Directed by Andy & Larry Wachowski.  Starring Keanu Reeves, Laurence Fishburne, & Carrie-Anne Moss. R
The Treasure of the Sierra Madre
Gold in the hills, avarice in the hearts of men. Two hard-luck drifters and a grizzled prospector discover gold. Then greed and paranoia set in.  Directed by John Huston.  Starring Humphrey Bogart. Based on the book The Treasure of Sierra Madre by B. Traven. NR
On a black and unholy Halloween night years ago, little Michael Meyers brutally slaughtered his sister in cold blood. But for the last fifteen years, town residents have rested easy, knowing that he was safely locked away in a mental hospital ... until tonight. Tonight, Michael returns to the same quiet neighborhood to relive his grisly murder again ... and again ... and again. For this is a night of evil. Tonight is Halloween! Directed by John Carpenter.  Starring Donald Pleasence & Jamie Lee Curtis. R
The Wild Bunch
Outlaws on the Mexican-U.S. frontier face the march of progress, the Mexican army and a gang of bounty hunters led by a former member while they plan a robbery of a U.S. army train. No one is innocent in this gritty tale of desperation against changing times. Directed by Sam Peckinpah.  Starring William Holden & Ernest Borgnine. R
Dog Day Afternoon
The story of a botched bank robbery that occured August 22, 1972 in Brooklyn, New York and turned into a bizarre hostage situation lasting all day. Directed by Sidney Lumet.  Starring Al Pacino. R
In this, the third of the Bond series, 007 is pursuing ruthless millionaire Auric Goldfinger, who is suspected of tampering with America's gold reserve.  Directed by Guy Hamilton.  Starring Sean Connery. Based on the book Goldfinger by Ian Fleming. PG
A gritty and emotional look at the lives of a platoon of American soldiers as they patrol, fight and die in the jungles of Vietnam, as seen through the eyes of a young recruit. Two veteran sergeants clash when one of them precipitates a massacre of villagers. The first movie in Vietnam veteran Oliver Stone 's Vietnam trilogy. Directed by Oliver Stone.  Starring Tom Beringer, Willem Dafoe, & Charlie Sheen. R
The detective assigned to the murder case of a beautiful young woman named Laura is stirred by her portrait and adoring descriptions by her admirers, and finds he, too, is strangely under her spell. Directed by Otto Preminger & Rouben Mamoulian.  Starring Gene Tierney & Dana Andrews. Based on the book by Vera Caspary. NR
Blade Runner
Rick Deckard prowls the steel and microchip jungle of 21st century Los Angeles. He's a " blade runner " stalking genetically-made criminal replicants. His assignment: kill them. Their crime: wanting to be human. Directed by Ridley Scott.  Starring Harrison Ford, Rutger Hauer, & Sean Young. Based on the book Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep by Philip K. Dick. R
The Third Man
American pulp novelist Holly Martins arrives in a bombed out post-war Vienna as the guest of his old pal Harry Lime. Almost immediately his problems begin when he learns that good old Harry is dead. Instead of going home, as he is strongly urged to do, Martins decides to investigate the nebulous facts and a mysterious " third man " who witnessed Harry's "accidental death." Directed by Carol Reed. Starring Joseph Cotton, Alida Valli, & Orson Welles. Based on the book The Third Man by Graham Greene. NR
Thelma & Louise
Two friends, one an unhappy housewife the other a wise-cracking waitress, decide to take a vacation from their lives, but things soon get out of control after an incident at a roadside café. Directed by Ridley Scott. Starring Susan Sarandon & Geena Davis. R
Terminator 2: Judgment Day
A lethal cyborg, the T-1000, has been sent back from 2029 A.D. to present day Los Angeles on a mission to kill the boy destined to lead the freedom fighters of the future. A duplicate of the original terminator cyborg is reprogrammed and sent to save the boy, assisted by the boy's mother, a woman warrior whose warnings of a world headed toward nuclear disaster go unheeded. Directed by James Cameron.  Starring Arnold Schwarzenegger & Linda Hamilton. R
A susceptible young woman marries a suave, romantic man never suspecting that he is a murderous scoundrel, obsessed with finding the jewels hidden in their London home. She becomes the helpless victim as slowly, insidiously, he drives her to the brink of insanity. Directed by George Cukor.  Starring Charles Boyer & Ingrid Bergman. Based on the play Angel Street by Patrick Hamilton. NR
The Magnificent Seven
The citizens of a small Mexican farming village hire seven gunfighters to defend them from a ruthless and exploitive group of bandits led by Calvera. As Calvera's next raid approaches, the peasants and the gunfighters work together to prepare to defend the village. Directed by John Sturges.  Starring Yul Brynner, Eli Wallach, Steve McQueen, & Charles Bronson. NR
A young bride is brought by her new husband to his manor house in England. There she finds that the memory of her husband's first wife haunts her, and she tries to discover the secret of that mysterious woman's death. Directed by Alfred Hitchcock.  Starring Laurence Olivier & Joan Fontaine. Based on the book Rebecca by Daphne Du Maurier. NR
The Omen
A chilling suspense mystery, this riveting tale of the supernatural explores the Biblical prophecy of the warning which will foretell the coming of Armageddon. The final confrontation between the forces of good and evil will begin with the birth of the son of Satan -- in human form. Directed by Richard Donner. Starring Gregory Peck & Lee Remick. R
The Day the Earth Stood Still
A spaceship lands in Washington, D.C., capturing the attention of the world. But the alien emissary it brings refuses to reveal his mission to any single government, leaving the military, the politicians, and millions of ordinary people to wait in fear. Soon their distrust turns to calls for violence. But one young woman and her son befriend him ... and soon realize that they may be all that stands between the human race and total destruction. Directed by Robert Wise. Starring Michael Rennie, Patricia Neal, & Hugh Marlowe. G
The Phantom of the Opera
A melodrama about a strange man who lives in the catacombs below the Paris Opera House and his love affair with an opera starlet whom he tutors. Directed by Rupert Julian & Lon Chaney.  Starring Lon Chaney. Based on the book The Phantom of the Opera by Gaston Leroux. NR
Life is very pleasant for a California family until a host of other-worldly forces invade their peaceful suburban home. Their house is turned into a supernatural sideshow, and if the family doesn't clear out, they will be swept off into nightmarish chaos. Directed by Tobe Hooper & Stephen Spielberg.  Starring Craig T. Nelson & JoBeth Williams. PG
The most famous and enduring screen version of Bram Stoker's chilling tale of the granddaddy of all vampires. Directed by Tod Browning.  Starring Bela Lugosi.  Based on the book Dracula by Bram Stoker. NR
The Picture of Dorian Gray
After viewing a portrait of himself, a young, wealthy man expresses his desire to stay youthful while the portrait grows old. His friend, Lord Henry, points out that his wish was made in the presence of an ancient Egyptian god quite capable of granting his wish. Gradually a sinister plot evolves, fueled by sadism and self-loathing that results in five terrible deaths and a horrifying secret locked behind a schoolroom door.  Directed by Albert Lewin.  Starring George Sanders, Hurd Hatfield, & Donna Reed.  Based on the book The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde. NR
The Thing from Another World
A team of scientists, investigating a magnetic disturbance near the North Pole, discovers a disc-shaped object and some sort of man-like creature frozen beneath the ice. Directed by Christian Nyby & Howard Hawks.  Starring James Arness. Based on the short story Who Goes There by John W. Campbell Jr. NR
12 Angry Men
A young man stands accused of fatally stabbing his father, and his fate now lies in the hands of his "peers:" 12 men from all walks of life, each with his own agenda, fears and personal demons. Fortunately, this is an open-and-shut case. Or is it? As the evidence is painstakingly scrutinized, tensions mount, tempers rise - and the 12 jurors are forced to confront their secret frailities and bitter prejudices in an unrelenting struggle for the truth. Directed by Sidney Lumet.  Starring Henry Fonda. NR
The Guns of Navarone
During World War II, Allied saboteurs are assigned an impossible mission: infiltrate an impregnable Nazi-held island and destroy the two enormous long-range field guns that prevent the rescue of 2,000 trapped British soldiers. Directed by J. Lee Thompson.  Starring Gregory Peck, David Niven, & Anthony Quinn. Based on the book The Guns of Navarone by Alistair Maclean. NR
The Poseidon Adventure
A group of passengers struggle to survive and escape when their ocean liner completely capsizes at sea. Directed by Ronald Neame & Irwin Allen.  Starring Gene Hackman & Ernest Borgnine. Based on the book by Paul Gallico. PG
William Wallace, a commoner, unites the 13th century Scots in their battle to overthrow English rule. Directed by & starring Mel Gibson. R
Body Heat
A likable, unambitious lawyer and his siren-like lover plot to kill her wealthy husband. Directed by Lawrence Kasdan. Starring William Hurt & Kathleen Turner. R
Night of the Living Dead
The radiation from a fallen satellite causes the recently deceased to rise from the grave and seek the living to use as food. Several people barricade themselves inside a rural farmhouse in an attempt to survive the night. Directed by George Romero. R
The China Syndrome
A television news reporter and a cameraman uncover a startling incident while investigating a nuclear power plant. Directed by James Bridges.  Starring Jane Fonda, Jack Lemmon, & Michael Douglas. PG
Full Metal Jacket
Vietnam war drama which begins with a depiction of the brutality of Marine Corps training and then shifts to Vietnam, focusing mainly on a group of Marines responding to the Tet Offensive of 1968. Directed by Stanley Kubrick.  Starring Matthew Modine, Adam Baldwin, & Vincent D'Onofrio. Based on the book The Short-Timers by Gustav Hasford. R
Blue Velvet
A college student stumbles across a bizarre mystery and wants to know more. The strange world he's found lurking beneath his hometown picture-postcard veneer is about to become much stranger. Directed by David Lynch.  Starring Isabella Rossellini, Kyle MacLachlan, & Dennis Hopper. R
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Blood Simple
A jealous husband hires a detective to murder his wife and her lover. Directed by Joel & Ethan Coen.  Starring John Getz & Francis McDormand. R
Jack Traven, an L.A.P.D. SWAT team specialist, is sent to diffuse a bomb that a revenge-driven extortionist has planted on a bus. Directed by Jan de Bont.  Starring Keanu Reeves, Dennis Hopper, & Sandra Bullock. R
The Adventures of Robin Hood
Rebel outlaw Robin Hood outwits the Sheriff of Nottingham and Guy of Gisbourne, and saves the throne for the absent King Richard I. Directed by Michael Curtiz & William Keighley.  Starring Errol Flynn & Olivia de Havilland. NR