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Film (Alternate Titles)DirectorYear
A Tree Grows in Brooklyn1945
Danny Boy (Angel)1982
On the Town1949
Die Grobe Liebe (The Great Love)1931
Une Vie Sans Joie (Backbiters)1924
Thunderbolt and Lightfoot1974
Les Anges du Peche (Angels of the Streets)1943
Two Crowded Hours1931
Et Dieu . . . Crea la Femme (And God Created Woman)1956
Accatone!1961
Oh! What a Lovely War1969
Sixteen Candles1984
Room at the Top1959
Swamp Women (Cruel Swamp)1955
The Duellists1977
Sleeping Dogs1977
The Fox1967
Der Junge Torless (Young Torless)1966
Le Fantome du Moulin-Rouge1925
L'Assassin Habite . . . au 21 (The Murderer Lives at Number 21)1942
The Great McGinty1940
Who's That Knocking at My Door (J.R./I Call First)1967
L'Age d'Or (The Golden Age)1930
Der Knabe in Blau (The Blue Boy/Emerald of Death)1919
Come Back, Little Sheba1952
Compartiment Tueurs (The Sleeping Car Murders)1965
Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?1966
Sex, Lies and Videotape1989
Le Signe du Lion (The Sign of Leo)1959
Luci del Varieta (Variety Lights)1950
The Three Ages1923
Amores Perros (Love's a Bitch)2000
Zange no Yaiba (Sword of Penitence)1927
Si J'etais un Espion (If I Were a Spy)1967
Summer in the City1970
12 Angry Men1957
The Kid1921
Les Quatre Cents Coups (The 400 Blows)1959
Le Beau Serge (Bitter Reunion)1958
Kris (Crisis)1946
Ossessione1943
Mademoiselle Fifi1944
Caged Heat1974
Forbrydelsens Element (The Element of Crime)1984
Black Sunday1960
Wat Zien Ik (Diary of a Hooker)1971
Good Times1967
Liebe ist Kalter als der Tod (Love is Colder Than Death)1969
A Bout de Souffle (Breathless)1960
Seizure1974
Rose Scarlatte (Red Roses)1940
French Dressing1964
Body Heat1981
I Wanna Hold Your Hand1978
Head1968
I Basilischi (The Lizards)1963
Blood Simple1984
The Verdict1946
Diner1982
Sweet Charity1969
Le Monde du Silence (The Silent World)1956
The Bellboy and the Playgirls1962
Drive, He Said1971
Stormy Monday1988
This is Spinal Tap1984
Fear and Desire1953
The Last House On the Left1972
Film (Alternate Titles)DirectorYear
The Left Handed Gun1958
Le Dernier Combat (The Last Battle)1983
Monty Python and the Holy Grail1975
Poor Cow1967
The Triple Echo1972
Hard Times1975
What's Up, Tiger Lily?1966
Hiroshima Mon Amour1959
Shadows1959
Seven Sinners1925
The Hunger1983
I Shot Jesse James1949
Shivers (They Came From Within)1975
The Cars That Ate Paris1974
Die Verliebte Firma (The Company's in Love)1932
The Pleasure Garden1925
Heaven Can Wait1978
Un Vraie Jeune Fille (A Real Young Girl)1976
The Idolmaker1980
Noz w Wodzie (Knife in the Water)1962
The Householder (Gharbar)1963
Journey's End1930
Cabin in the Sky1943
Lebenszeichen (Signs of Life)1968
Kill Me Again1989
They Live By Night1948
Hester Street1975
Dr. Broadway1942
Applause1929
It's Impossible to Learn to Plow By Reading Books1988
Murder a la Mod1968
Badlands1973
Intent to Kill1958
En Kille Och en Tiej (A Guy and a Gal)1975
The Cohens and the Kellys in Trouble1933
L'Horloger de Saint-Paul (The Clockmaker)1974
Der Schatz (The Treasure)1923
Schlock1973
Mondo Trasho1969
Bring Your Smile Along1955
Clerks1994
Bugsy Malone1976
Konkurs (Audition/Talent Competition)1963
Edge of the City1957
The Careless Years1957
Pee-wee's Big Adventure1985
Fear Strikes Out1957
The Stripper1963
Sweetie1989
Bad Company1972
Thief1981
Turn On to Love1969
Following1998
Look Back in Anger1958
Praesidenten (The President)1919
Catch Us If You Can (Having a Wild Weekend)1965
Ivanovo Detstvo (My Name is Ivan/The Youngest Spy)1962
Lazy Lightning1926
Tui Shou (Pushing Hands)1992
Period of Adjustment1962
The Adventures of Barry McKenzie1972
Un Pilota Retorna (A Pilot Returns)1942
THX 11381971
The Strong Man1926
Jour de Fete (Holiday)1949
Truly Madly Deeply1990
Bad Taste1987
Film (Alternate Titles)DirectorYear
Stachka (Strike)1925
I Pugni in Tasca (Fist in His Pocket)1965
Mala Noche (Bad Night)1985
The Deadly Companions1961
The Seventh Victim1943
When the Clouds Roll By1919
Paris Nous Apppartient (Paris Belongs To Us)1960
Redes (The Wave)1935
Das Blaue Licht (The Blue Light)1932
Dark Star1974
Night of the Living Dead1968
The Landlord1970
The Evil Dead1981
Pather Panchali (Song of the Little Road)1955
The Bellboy1960
In Which We Serve1942
Pokolenie (A Generation)1955
40 Pounds of Trouble1962
Butterfly Kiss (Killer On the Road)1995
9 Lives of a Wet Pussycat1976
Summer Holiday1963
Bottle Rocket1996
Hard Eight1996
The Sterile Cuckoo1969
Performance1970
My Left Foot1989
Return of the Secaucus Seven1980
Not as a Stranger1955
Play Misty for Me1971
Sweet Kill (The Arousers)1973
Bleak Moments1971
Eggshells1969
The Road to Glory1926
Sanshiro Sugata (Judo Story)1943
She's Gotta Have It1986
Grand Theft Auto1977
The Slender Thread1965
La Commare Secca (The Grim Reaper)1962
The Maltese Falcon1941
Kyriakatiko Xypnima (Windfall in Athens)1954
Lola1961
This Sporting Life1963
The Young Stranger1957
Jenny1936
Blind Husbands1919
The Loveless1982
The Falls1980
Dragonwyck1946
Halbblut (The Half-Caste)1919
Le Sang d'un Poete (Blood of a Poet)1930
Gumshoe1971
Grumpy1930
Targets1968
Cronace di un Amore (Story of a Love Affair)1950
Das Madchen vom Moorhof (The Girl From the March Croft)1935
Straight Shooting1917
Backroads1977
Goldstein1965
Mauvaise Graine (Bad Blood/Bad Seed)1934
The Sugarland Express1974
The Delinquents1957
Pi1998
The Turn in the Road1919
Il Colosso di Rodi (The Colossus of Rhodes)1961
A Kind of Loving1962
In the Company of Men1997

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