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List of Fritz Lang Movies: Ranked Best To Worst

1. Metropolis (1927)
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Metropolis
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The futuristic Metropolis city is sharply divided into two classes: the workers operating underground machines, and the upper-class living above in utopia. Freder, son of city’s mastermind Johhan Fredersen, is shocked to discover the plight of workers. After meeting Maria, activist of the workers, he decides to work with her to help the exploited. But his authoritative father plots a devious scheme. 

Starring:
Theodor Loos, Rudolf Klein-Rogge, Alfred Abel, Fritz Rasp, Gustav Fröhlich
Directed By:
Fritz Lang
2. M (1931)
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M
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In the streets of Berlin, a murderer is on the prowl, killing innocent children. As the children keep vanishing, the city police become especially vigilant and their regular raids make it hard for the underworld to operate. In desperation, the crime lords meet together to decide that they will undertake a parallel search for the murderer. 

Starring:
Peter Lorre, Theodor Loos, Ellen Widmann, Inge Landgut, Otto Wernicke
Directed By:
Fritz Lang
3. The Big Heat (1953)
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The Big Heat
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When incorruptible detective Sgt. Dave Bannion starts investigating the suspicious death of a fellow officer, he receives threatening calls and is pulled off the case. When his car is blown killing his wife, Bannion stands against influential mob-bosses who wield power over the town. Helped by Debby, the spurned mistress of the gangster, Bannion battles corruption, powerful adversaries, and violence, to bring the mob to justice. 

Starring:
Glenn Ford, Lee Marvin, Carolyn Jones, Alexander Scourby, Gloria Grahame
Directed By:
Fritz Lang
4. Die Nibelungen: Siegfried (1924)
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Die Nibelungen: Siegfried
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Siegfried is a bold, fearless and invulnerable prince, who hears about the beautiful Princess Kriemhild, after which he travels to Burgundy to meet her. He soon reaches King Gunther’s castle, and in exchange for the permission to marry his sister, Gunther asks him for his help to win the fierce warrior Queen Brunhild through trickery. They are successful, but when Brunhild finds out about the deception, she gets determined to kill Siegfried.

Starring:
Theodor Loos, Margarete Schön, Gertrud Arnold, Hanna Ralph, Paul Richter
Directed By:
Fritz Lang
5. Fury (1936)
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Fury
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Don "Wardaddy" Collier embarks on a mission with his crew of five members. The mission is sure to put many lives in danger. As they begin, they realize that the odds are against them, but they still decide to go on with the task of attacking the Nazi army.

Starring:
Walter Brennan, Spencer Tracy, Sylvia Sidney, Bruce Cabot, Edward Ellis
Directed By:
Fritz Lang
6. Scarlet Street (1945)
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Scarlet Street
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Scarlett Street is a thriller drama film which tells the story of a woman who befriends a man going through a mid-life crisis. Thinking that the man is very wealthy, her fiancé persuades her to swindle him out of the fortune.  

Starring:
Edward G. Robinson, Joan Bennett, Margaret Lindsay, Dan Duryea, Rosalind Ivan
Directed By:
Fritz Lang
7. The Woman in the Window (1944)
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The Woman in the Window
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The Woman in the Window is a crime thriller mystery drama film which tells the story of a middle aged professor who finds himself attracted towards a young woman, and they soon enter a relationship. However, he soon finds himself in a nightmarish world, far beyond his expectations.

Starring:
Edward G. Robinson, Joan Bennett, Edmund Breon, Raymond Massey, Dan Duryea
Directed By:
Fritz Lang
8. The Testament of Dr. Mabuse (1933)
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The Testament of Dr. Mabuse
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When a series of crimes start to terrorize the city, the police suspect that Dr Mabuse is involved, who had gone insane ten years earlier. However, they are  shocked to know that he is still captive in the asylum.  

Starring:
Rudolf Klein-Rogge, Gustav Diessl, Rudolf Schündler, Oskar Höcker, Theo Lingen
Directed By:
Fritz Lang
9. Die Nibelungen: Kriemhild's Revenge (1924)
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Die Nibelungen: Kriemhild's Revenge
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Starring:
Theodor Loos, Margarete Schön, Gertrud Arnold, Hans Carl Mueller, Erwin Biswanger
Directed By:
Fritz Lang
10. Dr. Mabuse: The Gambler (1922)
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Dr. Mabuse: The Gambler
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Dr Mabuse: The Gambler is a mystery crime film which tells the story of Dr Mabuse, a criminal mastermind, who is a master of disguise, and has the ability to hypnotize and control the minds of others. When Police Commissioner Wenk learns about his crime spree, he decides that someone has to stop the doctor.  

Starring:
Bernhard Goetzke, Gertrude Welcker, Rudolf Klein-Rogge, Alfred Abel, Aud Egede-Nissen
Directed By:
Fritz Lang
11. The Last Will of Dr. Mabuse (1933)
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The Last Will of Dr. Mabuse
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The Last Will of Dr Mabuse is a German crime thriller film which tells the story of Dr Mabuse, who is writing his crime plans in an insane asylum, and the attempts of Inspector Lohmann to stop him. 

Starring:
Rudolf Klein-Rogge, Thomy Bourdelle, Karl Meixner, Jim Gérald, Monique Rolland
Directed By:
Fritz Lang, René Sti
12. Le mépris (1963)
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Le mépris
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Screenwriter Paul Javal is hired by producer Jeremy Prokosch to make a more commercially viable script. When Javal allows Prokosch to drive Javal’s pretty wife, Camille, in his two-seater while he comes in late, Camille believes that he is using her to please the producer and get a better deal. Though he tries to convince her otherwise, the marriage continues to disintegrate.

Role:
Fritz Lang
Starring:
Brigitte Bardot, Jean-Luc Godard, Jack Palance, Michel Piccoli, Giorgia Moll
Directed By:
13. Destiny (1921)
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Destiny
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Starring:
Bernhard Goetzke, Hans Sternberg, Lil Dagover, Walter Janssen, Karl Rückert
Directed By:
Fritz Lang
14. Spies (1928)
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Spies
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Starring:
Rudolf Klein-Rogge, Louis Ralph, Gerda Maurus, Lien Deyers, Craighall Sherry
Directed By:
Fritz Lang
15. Hangmen Also Die! (1943)
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Hangmen Also Die!
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Starring:
Walter Brennan, Anna Lee, Gene Lockhart, Brian Donlevy, Dennis O'Keefe
Directed By:
Fritz Lang
16. Woman in the Moon (1929)
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Woman in the Moon
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Starring:
Gustav von Wangenheim, Willy Fritsch, Gerda Maurus, Klaus Pohl, Gustl Gstettenbaur
Directed By:
Fritz Lang
17. You Only Live Once (1937)
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You Only Live Once
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Joan Graham is working as a secretary to a public defender, but she soon falls in love with Eddie, a criminal. She feels that Eddie is actually a good man deep down, who is just going through bad times. She pulls some strings and gets him released,  but it soon seems that Eddie is unable to change his true nature.

Starring:
Henry Fonda, Sylvia Sidney, Barton MacLane, William Gargan, Jean Dixon
Directed By:
Fritz Lang
18. Man Hunt (1941)
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Man Hunt
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Starring:
John Carradine, Walter Pidgeon, Joan Bennett, George Sanders, Roddy McDowall
Directed By:
Fritz Lang
19. Human Desire (1954)
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Human Desire
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Starring:
Broderick Crawford, Glenn Ford, Edgar Buchanan, Gloria Grahame, Kathleen Case
Directed By:
Fritz Lang
20. House by the River (1950)
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House by the River
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2
Starring:
Jane Wyatt, Carl Switzer, Carl 'Alfalfa' Switzer, Louis Hayward, Lee Bowman, Ann Shoemaker
Directed By:
Fritz Lang
21. Ministry of Fear (1944)
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Ministry of Fear
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Ministry of Fear is a mystery drama film which tells the story of Stephen Neale, who is released during the time of the Second World War, after spending two years in a psychiatric asylum. His life takes a turn when he gets his hands on a microfilm about a deadly Nazi plot. Unsure about what to do, he finds himself drawn into a mission to save his country.     

Starring:
Ray Milland, Carl Esmond, Marjorie Reynolds, Hillary Brooke, Percy Waram
Directed By:
Fritz Lang
22. You and Me (1938)
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You and Me
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A departmental store-owner employs ex-convicts to give them a second chance. One ex-con, Joe Dennis, falls for co-worker Helen Roberts, but is unaware of her past. They get married which is against Helen’s parole terms, so she keeps it secret. When Joe discovers her past, he furiously joins criminals to rob the store. Helen must stop him from reverting to old ways. 

Starring:
Roscoe Karns, Sylvia Sidney, George Raft, Barton MacLane, Robert Cummings
Directed By:
Fritz Lang
23. Clash by Night (1952)
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Clash by Night
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Clash By Night is a drama film which tells the story of a woman named Mae Doyle, who returns to her hometown in Monterey, California, after spending ten years on the East Coast. All this time, she was seeing a married politician who has now passed away. Although he had left her some money, unfortunately his wife and relatives took her to court and won the case. Although Mae has now become quite cynical in nature, she begins to date Jerry D’Amato, a good natured and unsophisticated fisherman. However, she dislikes his friend Earl, who seems to be a misogynist.

Starring:
Barbara Stanwyck, Marilyn Monroe, J. Carrol Naish, Robert Ryan, Paul Douglas
Directed By:
Fritz Lang
24. The Blue Gardenia (1953)
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The Blue Gardenia
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Starring:
Raymond Burr, Anne Baxter, George Reeves, Ann Sothern, Jeff Donnell
Directed By:
Fritz Lang
25. The 1,000 Eyes of Dr. Mabuse (1960)
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The 1,000 Eyes of Dr. Mabuse
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Starring:
Peter van Eyck, Dawn Addams, Wolfgang Preiss, Gert Fröbe, Werner Peters
Directed By:
Fritz Lang
26. While the City Sleeps (1956)
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While the City Sleeps
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Starring:
John Drew Barrymore, Vincent Price, Thomas Mitchell, George Sanders, Dana Andrews
Directed By:
Fritz Lang
27. Rancho Notorious (1952)
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Rancho Notorious
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Starring:
Mel Ferrer, William Frawley, Marlene Dietrich, George Reeves, Arthur Kennedy, Gloria Henry
Directed By:
Fritz Lang
28. Liliom (1934)
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Liliom
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Liliom, a carousel barker, is in love with a chambermaid, Julie; but both are fired by the jealous carousel owner. When Julie is pregnant, Liliom tries to get money by helping in a robbery, which fails and he loses his life. Instead of admitting him in the heaven, after purgatory, he is sent back to do one good deed to make amends.

Starring:
Charles Boyer, Antonin Artaud, Madeleine Ozeray, Robert Arnoux, Roland Toutain
Directed By:
Fritz Lang
29. El vampiro negro (1953)
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El vampiro negro
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Starring:
Olga Zubarry, Nathán Pinzón, Roberto Escalada, Nelly Panizza, Ángel Laborde
Directed By:
Román Viñoly Barreto
30. Beyond a Reasonable Doubt (1956)
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Beyond a Reasonable Doubt
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2
Starring:
Joan Fontaine, Sidney Blackmer, Dana Andrews, Arthur Franz, Philip Bourneuf
Directed By:
Fritz Lang
31. Bande-annonce de 'Le mépris' (1963)
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Bande-annonce de 'Le mépris'
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2
Starring:
Brigitte Bardot, Jack Palance, Michel Piccoli, Giorgia Moll
Directed By:
32. Mysteries of India, Part II: Above All Law (1921)
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Mysteries of India, Part II: Above All Law
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2
Starring:
Erna Morena, Mia May, Bernhard Goetzke, Conrad Veidt, Olaf Fønss
Directed By:
Joe May
33. M (1951)
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M
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Starring:
Raymond Burr, Howard Da Silva, Steve Brodie, Luther Adler, David Wayne
Directed By:
Joseph Losey
34. Moontide (1942)
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Moontide
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Starring:
Claude Rains, Ida Lupino, Thomas Mitchell, Jerome Cowan, Jean Gabin
Directed By:
Fritz Lang, Archie Mayo
35. Mysteries of India, Part I: Truth (1921)
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Mysteries of India, Part I: Truth
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2
Starring:
Erna Morena, Mia May, Bernhard Goetzke, Conrad Veidt, Olaf Fønss
Directed By:
Joe May
36. Journey to the Lost City (1960)
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Journey to the Lost City
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Based on the novel titled Das indische Grabmal by Thea Von Harbou, Journey to the Lost City is an adventure film which tells the story of an exotic dancing girl of India, who ignites the passions of a traveling worker.

Starring:
Paul Hubschmid, Debra Paget, Luciana Paluzzi, Walther Reyer, Claus Holm
Directed By:
Fritz Lang
37. Secret Beyond the Door... (1947)
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Secret Beyond the Door...
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Starring:
Joan Bennett, Barbara O'Neil, Michael Redgrave, Anne Revere, Natalie Schafer
Directed By:
Fritz Lang
38. Moonfleet (1955)
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Moonfleet
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2
Starring:
Stewart Granger, George Sanders, Joan Greenwood, Viveca Lindfors, Jon Whiteley
Directed By:
Fritz Lang
39. Tiger of Bengal (1959)
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Tiger of Bengal
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2
Starring:
Paul Hubschmid, Debra Paget, Luciana Paluzzi, Walther Reyer, Claus Holm
Directed By:
Fritz Lang
40. Western Union (1941)
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Western Union
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2
Starring:
John Carradine, Randolph Scott, Robert Young, Dean Jagger, Virginia Gilmore
Directed By:
Fritz Lang
41. The Indian Tomb (1959)
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The Indian Tomb
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2
Starring:
Paul Hubschmid, Debra Paget, Walther Reyer, Claus Holm, Sabine Bethmann
Directed By:
Fritz Lang
42. The Return of Frank James (1940)
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The Return of Frank James
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2
Starring:
Gene Tierney, Jackie Cooper, John Carradine, Henry Fonda, Henry Hull
Directed By:
Fritz Lang
43. Cloak and Dagger (1946)
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Cloak and Dagger
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2
Starring:
Gary Cooper, Robert Alda, J. Edward Bromberg, Lilli Palmer, Vladimir Sokoloff
Directed By:
Fritz Lang
44. Die Spinnen, 1. Teil - Der Goldene See (1919)
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Die Spinnen, 1. Teil - Der Goldene See
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2

After receiving a bottled message, with a map of lost Incan civilization, from missing Harvard professor, sportsman Kay Hoog starts an expedition in quest of Incas’ gold. Criminal syndicate, ‘The Spiders’ and their chief, Lio Sha, are also after the treasure. After saving Inca priestess, Naela, at Golden Lake, love-struck Kay brings her home, but when Lio Sha kills her, Kay pledges revenge. 

Starring:
Georg John, Lil Dagover, Carl de Vogt, Ressel Orla, Paul Biensfeldt
Directed By:
Fritz Lang
45. Die Spinnen, 2. Teil - Das Brillantenschiff (1920)
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Die Spinnen, 2. Teil - Das Brillantenschiff
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2

This film revolves around an organization named ‘Die Spinnen’, who is trying to obtain a certain diamond that can give its owner rule over the entire Asian continent. 

Starring:
Georg John, Carl de Vogt, Ressel Orla, Rudolf Lettinger, Thea Zander
Directed By:
Fritz Lang
46. Vier um die Frau (1921)
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Vier um die Frau
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This German silent film features the successful broker Harry Yquem who buys diamonds from a dubious fence using counterfeit currency. He spots a man whom he identifies as wife Florence’s lover from earlier time. Suspicious of Florence’s fidelity, Harry concocts a plan to catch the two lovers, but with more characters converging on concurrently, he gets caught in complications of his own creation.

Starring:
Hermann Böttcher, Carola Toelle, Lilli Lohrer, Ludwig Hartau, Anton Edthofer
Directed By:
Fritz Lang
47. Confirm or Deny (1941)
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Confirm or Deny
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‘Mitch’ Mitchell, American war-correspondent in London, needs to send an important news regarding expected Nazi invasion of England. With press offices and teletype machines destroyed in an air-raid, he takes the help of teletype-operator Jennifer to send his scoop, but realizing it is uncensored, she tries to stop him. Devastated by the death of his informer, Mitch stops transmitting news, earning Jennifer’s affection.  

Starring:
Don Ameche, Joan Bennett, John Loder, Raymond Walburn, Roddy McDowall
Directed By:
Fritz Lang, Archie Mayo
48. Die Pest in Florenz (1919)
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Die Pest in Florenz
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2
Starring:
Theodor Becker, Karl Bernhard, Julietta Brandt, Erner Huebsch, Franz Knaak
Directed By:
Otto Rippert
49. The Wandering Image (1920)
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The Wandering Image
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The Wandering Image is a silent drama film which tells the story of a young woman Mia May, who surrenders herself to a disciple of free love. After giving birth to a child, she marries the twin brother and lookalike of her lover.

Starring:
Mia May, Hans Marr, Rudolf Klein-Rogge, Loni Nest, Harry Frank
Directed By:
Fritz Lang
50. American Guerrilla in the Philippines (1950)
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American Guerrilla in the Philippines
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2
Starring:
Tyrone Power, Micheline Presle, Tom Ewell, Robert Patten, Tommy Cook
Directed By:
Fritz Lang
51. Hilde Warren und der Tod (1917)
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Hilde Warren und der Tod
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2
Starring:
Mia May, Bruno Kastner, Georg John, Hans Mierendorff, Ernst Matray
Directed By:
Joe May
52. Harakiri (1919)
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Harakiri
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2
Starring:
Georg John, Lil Dagover, Paul Biensfeldt, Meinhart Maur, Rudolf Lettinger
Directed By:
Fritz Lang
53. Der Totentanz (1919)
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Der Totentanz
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2
Starring:
Fred Goebel, Karl Bernhard, Arnold Czempin, Sascha Gura, Richard Kirsch
Directed By:
Otto Rippert

Animation(s)

Metropolis (2001)
Metropolis
TV-14
Plot:

This animated science fiction adventure thriller film takes us to a futuristic city named Metropolis, where humans and robots coexist. The film revolves around a private investigator named Shunsaku, who along with his nephew, discover a sinister plan that threatens entire humanity.  

Starring:
Kôsei Tomita, Scott Weinger, Steve Blum, Yuka Imoto, Kei Kobayashi
Directed By:
Rintaro