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Akira (1988) - animation / action / adventure / crime / fantasy / film-noir / sci-fi
A secret military project endangers Neo-Tokyo when it turns a biker gang member into a rampaging psionic psychopath that only two kids and a group of psionics can stop.
 14834h 0r
The China Lake Murders (1990) - thriller / film-noir
A small town sheriff (Tom Skerritt) has his suspicions in a murder case which involves a rogue cop who goes on a murder spree. Contains mild sexual situations and violence.
 2804h 0r
Brick (2005) - drama / arthouse / crime / film-noir / mystery / thriller
A teenage loner pushes his way into the underworld of a high school crime ring to investigate the disappearance of his ex-girlfriend.
 13613h 0r
Donnie Darko (2001) - drama / adventure / fantasy / film-noir / mystery
Tagline: Life is one long insane trip. Some people just have better directions.

Plot Outline: A troubled teenager is plagued by visions of a large bunny rabbit that manipulates him to commit a series of crimes, after narrowly escaping a bizarre accident.

This unclassifiable but stunningly original film obliterates the walls between teen comedy, science fiction, family drama, horror, and cultural satire--and remains wildly entertaining throughout. Jake Gyllenhaal (October Sky) stars as Donnie, a borderline-schizophrenic adolescent for whom there is no difference between the signs and wonders of reality (a plane crash that decimates his house) and hallucination (a man-sized, reptilian rabbit who talks to him). Obsessed with the science of time travel and acutely aware of the world around him, Donnie is isolated by his powers of analysis and the apocalyptic visions that no one else seems to share. The debut feature of writer-director Richard Kelly, Donnie Darko is a shattering, hypnotic work that sets its own terms and gambles--rightfully so, as it turns out--that a viewer will stay aboard for the full ride. This excitingly original nail-biter will keep you on the edge of your seat until the mind-bending climax.
 22520h 0r
Sudden Fear (1952) - thriller / film-noir
After an ambitious actor insinuates himself into the life of a wealthy middle-aged playwright and marries her, he plots with his mistress to murder her.
 2426h 0r
The Killers (1946) (1946) - drama / crime / mystery / romance / film-noir
Hit men kill an unresisting victim, and investigator Reardon uncovers his past involvement with beautiful, deadly Kitty Collins.
 3689h 0r
Thieves' Highway (1949) - drama / thriller / film-noir
A war-veteran-turned-truck driver attempts to avenge the crippling and robbing of his father at the hands of an amoral produce scofflaw.
 6008h 0r
Sin City (2005) - drama / action / film-noir / thriller
A film that explores the dark and miserable town Basin City and tells the story of three different people, all caught up in the violent corruption of the city.
 23098h 0r
711 Ocean Drive (1950) - crime / film-noir / drama
A telephone repairman in Los Angeles uses his knowledge of electronics to help a bookie set up a betting operation. When the bookie is murdered, the greedy technician takes over his business. He ruthlessly climbs his way to the top of the local crime syndicate, but then gangsters from a big East Coast mob show up wanting a piece of his action.
 1819h 0r
Guilty Bystander (1950) - film-noir / drama
Watch Guilty Bystander: An alcoholic ex-cop, now the house detective at a scuzzy hotel in an even scuzzier part of town, stumbles through New York City's sleazy underworld searching for his kidnapped son.
 1856h 0r
Walk Softly, Stranger (1950) - crime / film-noir / drama / romance
A charming, smooth-talking gambler calling himself Chris Hale arrives in Ashton, home of the Corelli shoe factory. Claiming to have lived there as a boy, he soon ingratiates himself with the townspeople... including attractive heiress Elaine Corelli, wheelchair-bound since a recent accident. Chris, hoping to leave crime behind, seems to have excellent prospects; but of course, his past catches up with him...
 1732h 0r
Crime of Passion (1957) - crime / film-noir / drama
Kathy is a smart and tough 1950's advice columnist at a San Francisco newspaper, with her name plastered on billboards all over the city. One day, Bill Doyle, a Los Angeles detective, walks into her office - it is instant attraction. After marrying Bill, Kathy gives up her career and becomes a homemaker. However, she is not your typical 1950's homemaker. After hosting several cocktail parties in their San Fernando Valley home, she realizes that Bill is content with his position, and shows no ambition in furthering himself. Kathy will not sit idly by while everyone around her is "moving up in the world". She personally takes upon herself the task of pushing Bill's career along, even if it comes down to murder.
 1759h 0r
The Garment Jungle (1957) - drama / film-noir
A story about the struggle of the International Ladys Garment Worker Union (ILGWU) to unionize a New York sweat shop...
 1923h 0r
Champion (1949) - drama / film-noir
Boxer Midge Kelly rises to fame...mainly by stepping on other people.
 4251h 0r
Bluebeard (1944) - crime / film-noir / horror
In Paris, an artist hires portrait models, and after he finishes their portraits, he strangles them.
 3933h 0r
The Proposition (2005) - drama / western / crime / film-noir / history / mystery
Rural Australia in the late nineteenth century: Capt. Stanley and his men capture two of the four Burns brothers, Charlie and Mike. Their gang is held responsible for attacking the Hopkins farm, raping pregnant Mrs. Hopkins and murdering the whole family. Arthur Burns, the eldest brother and the gang's mastermind, remains at large has and has retreated to a mountain hideout. Capt. Stanley's proposition to Charlie is to gain pardon and - more importantly - save his beloved younger brother Mike from the gallows by finding and killing Arthur within nine days.
 11257h 0r
The House on Telegraph Hill (1951) - film-noir
Victoria has survived Nazi concentration by assuming the identity of one who died there. She arrives in San Francisco to see her "son" just as the boy's great-aunt dies leaving a lot of money to be inherited. Victoria falls in love with the boy's trustee Alan Spender, and they move into the mansion on Telegraph Hill. She then learns that Alan and his lover, the boy's governess Margaret, murdered an aunt and are planning the same for her.
 2115h 0r
The Sleeping Tiger (1954) - drama / film-noir / thriller
A highly-strung woman seeks to escape her dreary life...
 2000h 0r
Walk a Crooked Mile (1948) - crime / drama / film-noir
Walk a Crooked Mile: A security leak is found at a Southern California atomic plant. The authorities stand in fear that the information leaked would go to a hostile nation. To investigate the case more efficiently, Dan O'Hara, an FBI agent, and Philip Grayson, a Scotland Yard sleuth, join forces. Will they manage to stop the spy ring from achieving their aim?
 1074h 0r
Double Indemnity (1944) - crime / film-noir / thriller
An insurance rep lets himself be talked into a murder/insurance fraud scheme that arouses an insurance investigator's suspicions.
 4913h 0r
The Lady From Shanghai (1947) - drama / crime / mystery / thriller / film-noir
Fascinated by gorgeous Mrs. Bannister, seaman Michael O'Hara joins a bizarre yachting cruise, and ends up mired in a complex murder plot.
 2292h 0r
Kiss Me Deadly (1955) - crime / drama / film-noir
A doomed female hitchhiker pulls Mike Hammer into a deadly whirlpool of intrigue, revolving around a mysterious "great whatsit."
 2535h 0r
You Only Live Once (1937) - crime / drama / film-noir
Watch You Only Live Once: Joan is the secretary to the public defender in a large city. She is in love with a career criminal named Eddie, and she believes that he is a basically good person who just had some tough breaks. She uses her influence to get him released early, and he tries to go straight after marrying her, but things don't work out, and they both go on the lam.
 1563h 0r
I, the Jury (1953) - film-noir / crime / drama
Watch I, the Jury: It's nearly Christmas, but Mike Hammer is on the vengeance trail when Jack, his wartime buddy, is murdered. Hotheaded Hammer sets out to find the killer, working his way through an increasingly large pile of suspects (and corpses). Along the way, he meets a new love interest, psychologist Charlotte Manning, a treacherous Santa, a gangster named Kalecki, and two weird sisters, the Bellamy twins.
 1928h 0r
The Reckless Moment (1949) - drama / film-noir
In the charming community of Balboa 50 miles from Los Angeles, middle-class housewife Lucia Harper travels to Los Angeles to meet scoundrel, Ted Darby. Her seventeen year-old daughter Beatrice is in love with Ted. He asks for money to leave Bea, but Lucia refuses to give any. Bea does not believe her mother when told and during the night she sneaks out to the boat garage to meet Ted who admits that Lucia told the truth. Bea pushes him and Ted falls to his on an anchor. The next morning, Lucia finds the body and assumes that Bea has killed her lover. She decides to get rid of the corpse and puts it in her boat and dumps it far from home. When the police find Ted, a stranger, Martin Donnelly, visits Lucia to blackmail her on behalf of his partner, Nagel who has several letters Bea had written to Ted. Donnelly wants $5000 for the letters. The desperate Lucia tries to raise the amount. Martin falls in love with Lucia and tries to help her too. The dangerous Nagel wants to receive the amount at any price.
 1578h 0r
Undercurrent (1946) - film-noir / thriller / drama
Watch Undercurrent: Young bride Ann Hamilton soon begins to suspect that her charming husband is really a psychotic who plans to murder her.
 1673h 0r
Impact (1949) - crime / drama / film-noir / mystery
No-nonsense San Francisco industrial whiz Walter Williams's two-timing wife and her lover plot to do her husband in, but Williams survives the attack and the lover is burned beyond recognition while driving Williams's car. Half-dazed, Williams stumbles into a moving van that takes him to idyllic Larkspur, Idaho, where newspaper stories of his "death" jog his memory. While recuperating and plotting his eventual return and revenge, Williams falls in love with Marsha, an auto mechanic. But when Williams finally gets back to San Francisco, he's tried for the lover's murder.
 9565h 0r
Suddenly (1954) - crime / drama / film-noir
In the city of Suddenly, three gangsters trap the Benson family in their own house, on the top of a hill nearby the railroad station, with the intention of killing the president of the USA.
 7716h 0r
PURGE (2012) - drama / film-noir
A tormented young woman is given a hiding place by an elderly lady and soon they are reminded of their mutual horrendous past. English Subs...but a really intense flick.
 7549h 0r
The Stranger (1946) - crime / drama / film-noir
An investigator from the War Crimes Commission travels to Connecticut to find an infamous Nazi.
 5069h 0r
Cold Weather (2010) - drama / mystery / film-noir
A guy who moves back to Portland, Oregon becomes involved in the mystery of his ex-girlfriend's disappearance.
 7848h 0r
Buffalo '66 (1998) - drama / arthouse / film-noir / romance
Billy is released after five years in prison. In the next moment, he kidnaps teenage student Layla and visits his parents with her, pretending she is his girlfriend and they will soon marry (and forcing her to say the same).
 4769h 0r
Scene of the Crime (1949) - crime / film-noir / drama
Homicide detective Mike Conovan investigates the shooting of fellow detective Monigan...who apparrently was moonlighting as guard for a bookie. He finds that all the bookies in town are being robbed, most upsetting to the racket bosses who can't get normal police protection. Mike encounters blind alleys and double crosses, and is distracted by his wife's growing disenchantment. Lots of police slang.
 937h 0r
The Naked City (1948) - crime / film-noir / drama
Amid a semi-documentary portrait of New York and its people, Jean Dexter, an attractive blonde model, is murdered in her apartment. Homicide detectives Dan Muldoon and Jimmy Halloran investigate. Suspicion falls on various shifty characters who all prove to have some connection with a string of apartment burglaries. Then a burglar is found dead who once had an elusive partner named Willie. The climax is a very rapid manhunt sequence. Filmed entirely on location in New York City.
 1443h 0r
Plunder Road (1957) - crime / film-noir / drama
On a dark night of pelting rain, five men stage a well-planned train robbery and get away with a 10,000,000 dollar, nine-ton gold shipment. Dividing the massive haul into three concealed truck loads, the team (only one of them a professional thief) make a would-be inconspicuous escape across country to what they hope will be a perfect getaway.
 975h 0r
A Scanner Darkly (2006) - sci-fi / drama / film-noir / fantasy / thriller
An undercover cop in a not-too-distant future becomes involved with a dangerous new drug and begins to lose his own identity as a result.
 15861h 0r
My Gun is Quick (1957) - crime / film-noir / mystery
A private detective helps a prostitute being assaulted, and notices that she is wearing a very unique ring. She is later found murdered and there is no trace of the ring, which turns out to be part of a cache of jewelry stolen by the Nazis during World War II and smuggled out of France after the wary by an American army colonel. The private eye decides to try to find the ring, is hired by the former colonel to find the rest of the jewels, and runs up against a murderous French gang that is also looking for the jewels.`
 1139h 0r
Gun Crazy (1950) - comedy / drama / film-noir
Since he was a child, Bart Tare has always loved guns. After leaving the army, his friends take him to a carnival, where he meets the perfect girl, Annie, a sharp-shooting sideshow performer who loves guns as much as he. The two run off and marry, but Annie isn't happy with their financial situation, so at her behest the couple begins a crosscountry string of daring robberies. Never one to use guns for killing, Bart is dragged down into oblivion by the greedy and violent nature of the woman he loves.
 3694h 0r
The Gambler and the Lady (1952) - crime / drama / film-noir
A greedy but successful professional gambler wants to join the British Establishment when he falls in love with a blue-blooded lady. But first he must mend his ways and then dump his nightclub singer girl friend. She's not so easy to get rid of, neither is his past.
 253h 0r
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Red Light (1949) - crime / film-noir / drama
Watch Red Light: Nick Cherney, in prison for embezzling from Torno Freight Co., sees a chance to get back at Johnny Torno through his young priest brother Jess. He pays fellow prisoner Rocky, who gets out a week before Nick, to murder Jess...who, dying, tells revenge-minded Johnny that he'd written a clue "in the Bible." Frustrated, Johnny obsessively searches for the missing Gideon Bible from Jess's hotel room. Meanwhile, Nick himself gets out with murder still in his heart. But another factor is in play that none of them (except the murdered Jess) had planned on.
 1417h 0r
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