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Ranking All Of Director Don Siegel’s Movies

Don Siegel Filmography Movie Ranking Movies

“What are Don Siegel’s Best Movies?” We looked at all of Siegel’s directed filmography and ranked them against one another to answer that very question!

We took all of the movies directed by Don Siegel and looked at their Rotten Tomato Critic, Rotten Tomato User, IMDB, and Letterboxd scores, ranking them against one another to see which movies came out on top. The movies are ranked in our list below based on which movies have the highest overall score between all 6 review sites in comparison with all of the other movies by the same director. The process is all very scientific with no flaws at all.

The full ranking chart is also included below the countdown on the bottom of the page.

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The Top Film’s Of Don Siegel



35 ) China Venture (1953)

China Venture (1953) Review Website Ranks:

  • Rotten Tomatoes Critic: 15
  • Rotten Tomatoes Users: 29
  • IMDB User Review Score: 34
  • Letterboxd User Score: 31

Director Don Siegel’s 1953 World War II drama, about American soldiers undertaking a mission to capture a Japanese admiral who had survived an air crash in China, stars Edmond O’Brien, Barry Sullivan, Jocelyn Brando, Leo Gordon, Philip Ahn, Richard Loo, Frank Wilcox, Dabbs Greer, Alvy Moore, Leon Askin, Todd Karns and Dayton Lummis.

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35 ) Hitler Lives (1945)

Hitler Lives (1945) Review Website Ranks:

  • Rotten Tomatoes Critic: 15
  • Rotten Tomatoes Users: 29
  • IMDB User Review Score: 34
  • Letterboxd User Score: 31

This short, produced at the end of WWII, warns that although Adolf Hitler is dead, his ideas live on in the German people. The world must stay ever vigilant, so that Germany cannot make war against the world again. We must not be duped by Germany, as we were in the past, to believe that it is a peace-loving nation. The USA must also be on guard against those in America who sympathized with Germany and preach race hatred and violence in this country. The film uses dramatized footage interspersed with historical footage and newsreels.

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35 ) Spanish Affair (1958)

Spanish Affair (1958) Review Website Ranks:

  • Rotten Tomatoes Critic: 15
  • Rotten Tomatoes Users: 29
  • IMDB User Review Score: 34
  • Letterboxd User Score: 31

Merritt Blake, an American architect who is travelling in Spain, contracts the services of beautiful local interpreter Mari Zarubia. Sensing there may be something more going on, her jealous lover is not happy about the arrangement.

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34 ) An Annapolis Story (1955)

An Annapolis Story (1955) Review Website Ranks:

  • Rotten Tomatoes Critic: 15
  • Rotten Tomatoes Users: 29
  • IMDB User Review Score: 33
  • Letterboxd User Score: 31

Two brothers, both cadets at Annapolis, fall in love with the same girl.

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33 ) Jinxed! (1982)

Jinxed! (1982) Review Website Ranks:

  • Rotten Tomatoes Critic: 15
  • Rotten Tomatoes Users: 25
  • IMDB User Review Score: 37
  • Letterboxd User Score: 30

Harold, a professional gambler, and his girlfriend Bonita, a lounge singer, follow Willie, a young blackjack dealer, around the western U.S. Harold has a jinx on Willie and can’t lose with him. Bonita and Willie meet and fall for each other and plot to do away with Harold and collect on his life insurance.

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32 ) Hound-Dog Man (1959)

Hound-Dog Man (1959) Review Website Ranks:

  • Rotten Tomatoes Critic: 15
  • Rotten Tomatoes Users: 29
  • IMDB User Review Score: 30
  • Letterboxd User Score: 31

A rustic drama set in the early 20th century, Hound Dog Man is the simple story of a young man, Spud Kinney (Dennis Holmes) constantly in hot water for disobeying his mother (Betty Field). The lad should be watching the family farm, but he falls in with his older brother, Clint (pop music’s teen heartthrob Fabian), and his reckless buddy Blackie Scantling (Stuart Whitman) who take him hunting in hillbilly country. The boy falls in love with a beautiful mountain girl (Carol Lynley), while Blackie has his own fling with another attractive hillbilly maiden, Nita Stringer (Dodie Stevens), and then becomes mixed up with an older, married woman, Sussie Bell (Margo Moore).

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31 ) Rough Cut (1980)

Rough Cut (1980) Review Website Ranks:

  • Rotten Tomatoes Critic: 15
  • Rotten Tomatoes Users: 28
  • IMDB User Review Score: 30
  • Letterboxd User Score: 28

A romantic comedy with action and suspense. Two sophisticated jewel thieves join forces to steal $30 million in uncut jewels. Despite a continuous exchange of quips they eventually become romantically involved.

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30 ) Count the Hours (1953)

Count the Hours (1953) Review Website Ranks:

  • Rotten Tomatoes Critic: 15
  • Rotten Tomatoes Users: 27
  • IMDB User Review Score: 29
  • Letterboxd User Score: 24

A lawyer defends a migrant worker in a sensational murder trial.

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29 ) The Black Windmill (1974)

The Black Windmill (1974) Review Website Ranks:

  • Rotten Tomatoes Critic: 15
  • Rotten Tomatoes Users: 24
  • IMDB User Review Score: 26
  • Letterboxd User Score: 28

A British agent’s son is kidnapped and held for a ransom of diamonds. The agent finds out that he can’t even count on the people he thought were on his side to help him, so he decides to track down the kidnappers himself.

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28 ) Night Unto Night (1949)

Night Unto Night (1949) Review Website Ranks:

  • Rotten Tomatoes Critic: 15
  • Rotten Tomatoes Users: 14
  • IMDB User Review Score: 32
  • Letterboxd User Score: 31

A bleak mansion sits ominously on a cliff above the sea somewhere on Florida’s east coast. In its shadows, two people meet: a scientist haunted by incurable illness and a beautiful woman haunted by the voice of her dead husband. Ronald Reagan and Hollywood-debuting Viveca Lindfors star in an eerie drama steeped in religious faith and supernatural fear, in the destructive power of sexual jealousy and the redemptive power of love. In one of his earliest directorial efforts, Don Siegel (Dirty Harry, The Shootist) displays his command of pacing and camerawork, building the action to a climactic hurricane that parallels the tumultuous emotions of characters precariously balanced between now and the hereafter.

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27 ) The Gun Runners (1958)

The Gun Runners (1958) Review Website Ranks:

  • Rotten Tomatoes Critic: 15
  • Rotten Tomatoes Users: 26
  • IMDB User Review Score: 26
  • Letterboxd User Score: 24

Remake of “To Have and Have Not” based on Hemingway short story. Plot reset to early days of Cuban revolution. A charter boat skipper gets entangled in gunrunning scheme to get money to pay off debts. Sort of a sea-going film noir with bad girl, smarmy villain, and the “innocent” drawn into wrong side of law by circumstances.

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26 ) No Time for Flowers (1952)

No Time for Flowers (1952) Review Website Ranks:

  • Rotten Tomatoes Critic: 15
  • Rotten Tomatoes Users: 29
  • IMDB User Review Score: 10
  • Letterboxd User Score: 31

A young girl’s loyalty to the Communist Party is tested in Prague when she falls in love with an attache who has just arrived from the United States.

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25 ) Death of a Gunfighter (1969)

Death of a Gunfighter (1969) Review Website Ranks:

  • Rotten Tomatoes Critic: 15
  • Rotten Tomatoes Users: 22
  • IMDB User Review Score: 24
  • Letterboxd User Score: 16

In the turn-of-the century Texas town of Cottownwood Springs, marshal Frank Patch is an old-style lawman in a town determined to become modern. When he kills drunken Luke Mills in self-defense, the town leaders decide it’s time for a change. That ask for Patch’s resignation, but he refuses on the basis that the town on hiring him had promised him the job for as long as he wanted it. Afraid for the town’s future and even more afraid of the fact that Marshal Patch knows all the town’s dark secrets, the city fathers decide that old-style violence is the only way to rid themselves of the unwanted lawman.

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23 ) Stranger on the Run (1967)

Stranger on the Run (1967) Review Website Ranks:

  • Rotten Tomatoes Critic: 15
  • Rotten Tomatoes Users: 29
  • IMDB User Review Score: 22
  • Letterboxd User Score: 10

A drifter finds himself wrongly accused of murder by a power-crazed sheriff. The sheriff gives him a horse, some supplies, and a one-hour head start into the desert, then he will send his murderous posse after him.

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23 ) The Duel at Silver Creek (1952)

The Duel at Silver Creek (1952) Review Website Ranks:

  • Rotten Tomatoes Critic: 15
  • Rotten Tomatoes Users: 19
  • IMDB User Review Score: 24
  • Letterboxd User Score: 18

A gang of claim jumpers is infesting the territory, gaining ownership of undermanned mining operations through extortion…and leaving no live witnesses. But one victim, quick-drawing gambler Luke Cromwell, escapes. Meanwhille, Marshal Lightnin’ Tyrone is also after the gang; recovering from one raid, he meets femme fatale Opal Lacy, who may not be healthy for him to know. When Luke, now calling himself the Silver Kid, joins forces with Marshal Tyrone, the gang had better watch out …unless something drives a wedge between the new allies.

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21 ) Edge of Eternity (1959)

Edge of Eternity (1959) Review Website Ranks:

  • Rotten Tomatoes Critic: 15
  • Rotten Tomatoes Users: 16
  • IMDB User Review Score: 26
  • Letterboxd User Score: 18

Helped by socialite Janice Kendon and barkeeper Scott O’Brien, Arizona deputy sheriff Les Martin works to solve three brutal murders in and around the Grand Canyon. His efforts leads to the killer fleeing with Janice as a hostage and a chase by car and helicopter lead to a climax on a miner’s bucket on cables a mile above the canyon floor.

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21 ) Telefon (1977)

Telefon (1977) Review Website Ranks:

  • Rotten Tomatoes Critic: 14
  • Rotten Tomatoes Users: 19
  • IMDB User Review Score: 18
  • Letterboxd User Score: 24

Nicolai Dalchimski, a mad KGB agent steals a notebook full of names of “sleeping” undercover KGB agents sent to the U.S. in the 1950’s. These agents got their assignments under hypnosis, so they can’t remember their missions until they’re told a line of a Robert Frost poem. Dalchimski flees to the U.S. and starts phoning these agents who perform sabotage acts against military targets.

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20 ) Crime in the Streets (1956)

Crime in the Streets (1956) Review Website Ranks:

  • Rotten Tomatoes Critic: 15
  • Rotten Tomatoes Users: 23
  • IMDB User Review Score: 16
  • Letterboxd User Score: 18

A social worker tries to end juvenile crime by getting involved with a street gang.

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19 ) Coogan’s Bluff (1968)

Coogan's Bluff (1968) Review Website Ranks:

  • Rotten Tomatoes Critic: 6
  • Rotten Tomatoes Users: 16
  • IMDB User Review Score: 22
  • Letterboxd User Score: 24

Coogan (Clint Eastwood) an Arizona deputy sheriff goes to New York to pick up a prisoner. While escorting the prisoner to the airport he escapes and Coogan heads into the City to recapture him.

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18 ) Baby Face Nelson (1957)

Baby Face Nelson (1957) Review Website Ranks:

  • Rotten Tomatoes Critic: 15
  • Rotten Tomatoes Users: 16
  • IMDB User Review Score: 18
  • Letterboxd User Score: 16

Famed Depression-era gangster “Baby Face Nelson” (Mickey Rooney) robs and kills while accompanied by his beautiful moll (Carolyn Jones).

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17 ) Private Hell 36 (1954)

Private Hell 36 (1954) Review Website Ranks:

  • Rotten Tomatoes Critic: 15
  • Rotten Tomatoes Users: 10
  • IMDB User Review Score: 16
  • Letterboxd User Score: 18

Two LA detectives get in over their heads when they get involved with a nightclub singer who holds the key to the missing loot from a New York elevator robbery. Once they find the money, they are tempted to keep it and betrayal and corruption come to run the order of things.

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16 ) Madigan (1968)

Madigan (1968) Review Website Ranks:

  • Rotten Tomatoes Critic: 1
  • Rotten Tomatoes Users: 21
  • IMDB User Review Score: 18
  • Letterboxd User Score: 18

Policemen Bonaro and Madigan lose their guns to fugitive Barney Benesch. As compensation, the two NYC detectives are given a weekend to bring Benesch to justice. While Bonaro and Madigan follow up on various leads, Police Commissioner Russell goes about his duties, including attending functions, meeting with aggrieved relatives, and counseling the spouses of fallen officers.

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15 ) The Beguiled (1971)

The Beguiled (1971) Review Website Ranks:

  • Rotten Tomatoes Critic: 15
  • Rotten Tomatoes Users: 29
  • IMDB User Review Score: 8
  • Letterboxd User Score: 4

Offbeat Civil War drama in which a wounded Yankee soldier, after finding refuge in an isolated girls’ school in the South towards the end of the war, becomes the object of the young women’s sexual fantasies. The soldier manipulates the situation for his own gratification, but when he refuses to completely comply with the girls’ wishes, they make it very difficult for him to leave.

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13 ) Star in the Night (1945)

Star in the Night (1945) Review Website Ranks:

  • Rotten Tomatoes Critic: 15
  • Rotten Tomatoes Users: 29
  • IMDB User Review Score: 1
  • Letterboxd User Score: 10

Nick, a motel owner who has lost faith in more than just the humanity of mankind, is visited by a kindly stranger on Christmas Eve. The motel’s guests are only concerned for themselves until a poor man and his wife drive up to the motel, unable to go any further. Out of rooms, Nick’s wife prepares a place for them in a shed under a neon star Nick had just finished hanging. Their plight brings out the generosity in everyone, including Nick, who remembers another family almost two thousand years earlier that also found a makeshift room at an inn under another kind of star.

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13 ) Flaming Star (1960)

Flaming Star (1960) Review Website Ranks:

  • Rotten Tomatoes Critic: 7
  • Rotten Tomatoes Users: 12
  • IMDB User Review Score: 18
  • Letterboxd User Score: 18

Sam Burton’s second wife Neddy is Indian, their son Pacer a half-breed. As struggle starts between the whites and the Kiowas, the Burton family is split between loyalties.

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12 ) The Big Steal (1949)

The Big Steal (1949) Review Website Ranks:

  • Rotten Tomatoes Critic: 15
  • Rotten Tomatoes Users: 15
  • IMDB User Review Score: 12
  • Letterboxd User Score: 10

Army Lieutenant Halliday, accused of stealing the Army payroll, pursues the real thief on a frantic chase through Mexico aided by the thief’s ex-girlfriend and is in turn being chased by his accuser, Capt. Blake.

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11 ) Two Mules for Sister Sara (1970)

Two Mules for Sister Sara (1970) Review Website Ranks:

  • Rotten Tomatoes Critic: 12
  • Rotten Tomatoes Users: 11
  • IMDB User Review Score: 12
  • Letterboxd User Score: 10

Hogan, on his way to do some reconnaissance for a future mission to capture a French fort, encounters Sister Sara, a nun in trouble. Before he knows it, Hogan is accompanying Sister Sara in the dangerous frontier while she seeks to achieve a hidden goal.

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10 ) The Killers (1964)

The Killers (1964) Review Website Ranks:

  • Rotten Tomatoes Critic: 12
  • Rotten Tomatoes Users: 13
  • IMDB User Review Score: 10
  • Letterboxd User Score: 8

A hit man and his partner try to find out why their latest victim, a former race-car driver, did not try to get away.

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8 ) The Verdict (1946)

The Verdict (1946) Review Website Ranks:

  • Rotten Tomatoes Critic: 15
  • Rotten Tomatoes Users: 7
  • IMDB User Review Score: 8
  • Letterboxd User Score: 10

Forced to retire because his techniques are deemed “old-fashioned,” a Scotland Yard detective and his friend conspire to dupe a young arrogant detective by committing the perfect murder.

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8 ) Hell Is for Heroes (1962)

Hell Is for Heroes (1962) Review Website Ranks:

  • Rotten Tomatoes Critic: 10
  • Rotten Tomatoes Users: 8
  • IMDB User Review Score: 12
  • Letterboxd User Score: 10

World War II drama where the action centers around a single maneuver by a squad of GIs in retaliation against the force of the German Siegfried line. Reese joins a group of weary GIs unexpectedly ordered back into the line when on their way to a rest area. While most of the men withdraw from their positions facing a German pillbox at the far side of a mine-field, half a dozen men are left to protect a wide front. By various ruses, they manage to convince the Germans that a large force is still holding the position. Then Reese leads two of the men in an unauthorized and unsuccessful attack on the pillbox, in which the other two are killed; and when the main platoon returns, he is threatened with court-martial. Rather that face the disgrace, and in an attempt to show he was right, he makes a one-man attack on the pillbox.

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7 ) Riot in Cell Block 11 (1954)

Riot in Cell Block 11 (1954) Review Website Ranks:

  • Rotten Tomatoes Critic: 1
  • Rotten Tomatoes Users: 8
  • IMDB User Review Score: 12
  • Letterboxd User Score: 8

A prisoner leads his counterparts in a protest for better living conditions which turns violent and ugly.

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6 ) The Lineup (1958)

The Lineup (1958) Review Website Ranks:

  • Rotten Tomatoes Critic: 10
  • Rotten Tomatoes Users: 5
  • IMDB User Review Score: 7
  • Letterboxd User Score: 4

An international drug-smuggling racket plants heroin on unsuspecting American tourists traveling in Asia, so that the dope traffic can pass through customs undetected. Two psychopathic killers (Eli Wallach and Robert Keith) and their driver Richard Jaeckel then collect the contraband.

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5 ) Charley Varrick (1973)

Charley Varrick (1973) Review Website Ranks:

  • Rotten Tomatoes Critic: 9
  • Rotten Tomatoes Users: 6
  • IMDB User Review Score: 6
  • Letterboxd User Score: 1

Charley Varrick robs a bank in a small town with his friends. Instead of obtaining a small amount of money they discover they stole a very large amount of money belonging to the mob. Charley must now come up with a plan to not only evade the police but the mob as well.

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4 ) The Shootist (1976)

The Shootist (1976) Review Website Ranks:

  • Rotten Tomatoes Critic: 8
  • Rotten Tomatoes Users: 2
  • IMDB User Review Score: 4
  • Letterboxd User Score: 4

Afflicted with a terminal illness John Bernard Brooks, the last of the legendary gunfighters, quietly returns to Carson City for medical attention from his old friend Dr. Hostetler. Aware that his days are numbered, the troubled man seeks solace and peace in a boarding house run by a widow and her son.However, it is not Brooks’ fate to die in peace, as he becomes embroiled in one last valiant battle.

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3 ) Escape from Alcatraz (1979)

Escape from Alcatraz (1979) Review Website Ranks:

  • Rotten Tomatoes Critic: 4
  • Rotten Tomatoes Users: 3
  • IMDB User Review Score: 5
  • Letterboxd User Score: 4

Escape from Alcatraz tells the story of the only three men ever to escape from the infamous maximum security prison at Alcatraz. In 29 years, the seemingly impenetrable federal penitentiary, which housed Al Capone and “Birdman” Robert Stroud, was only broken once – by three men never heard of again.

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2 ) Invasion of the Body Snatchers (1956)

Invasion of the Body Snatchers (1956) Review Website Ranks:

  • Rotten Tomatoes Critic: 3
  • Rotten Tomatoes Users: 3
  • IMDB User Review Score: 1
  • Letterboxd User Score: 1

A small-town doctor learns that the population of his community is being replaced by emotionless alien duplicates.

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1 ) Dirty Harry (1971)

Dirty Harry (1971) Review Website Ranks:

  • Rotten Tomatoes Critic: 4
  • Rotten Tomatoes Users: 1
  • IMDB User Review Score: 1
  • Letterboxd User Score: 1

When a madman dubbed ‘Scorpio’ terrorizes San Francisco, hard-nosed cop, Harry Callahan – famous for his take-no-prisoners approach to law enforcement – is tasked with hunting down the psychopath. Harry eventually collars Scorpio in the process of rescuing a kidnap victim, only to see him walk on technicalities. Now, the maverick detective is determined to nail the maniac himself.

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Don Siegel’s Best Movies



Don Siegel Review Website Filmography Rankings

Film RT Critic RT User IMDB Letterboxd Overal Rank
Dirty Harry (1971) 4 1 1 1 1
Invasion of the Body Snatchers (1956) 3 3 1 1 2
Escape from Alcatraz (1979) 4 3 5 4 3
The Shootist (1976) 8 2 4 4 4
Charley Varrick (1973) 9 6 6 1 5
The Lineup (1958) 10 5 7 4 6
Riot in Cell Block 11 (1954) 1 8 12 8 7
The Verdict (1946) 15 7 8 10 8
Hell Is for Heroes (1962) 10 8 12 10 8
The Killers (1964) 12 13 10 8 10
Two Mules for Sister Sara (1970) 12 11 12 10 11
The Big Steal (1949) 15 15 12 10 12
Star in the Night (1945) 15 29 1 10 13
Flaming Star (1960) 7 12 18 18 13
The Beguiled (1971) 15 29 8 4 15
Madigan (1968) 1 21 18 18 16
Private Hell 36 (1954) 15 10 16 18 17
Baby Face Nelson (1957) 15 16 18 16 18
Coogan’s Bluff (1968) 6 16 22 24 19
Crime in the Streets (1956) 15 23 16 18 20
Edge of Eternity (1959) 15 16 26 18 21
Telefon (1977) 14 19 18 24 21
Stranger on the Run (1967) 15 29 22 10 23
The Duel at Silver Creek (1952) 15 19 24 18 23
Death of a Gunfighter (1969) 15 22 24 16 25
No Time for Flowers (1952) 15 29 10 31 26
The Gun Runners (1958) 15 26 26 24 27
Night Unto Night (1949) 15 14 32 31 28
The Black Windmill (1974) 15 24 26 28 29
Count the Hours (1953) 15 27 29 24 30
Rough Cut (1980) 15 28 30 28 31
Hound-Dog Man (1959) 15 29 30 31 32
Jinxed! (1982) 15 25 37 30 33
An Annapolis Story (1955) 15 29 33 31 34
China Venture (1953) 15 29 34 31 35
Hitler Lives (1945) 15 29 34 31 35
Spanish Affair (1958) 15 29 34 31 35

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