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1. The United States Steel Hour (1953–1963)
Episode: Family Happiness (1959)

Comedy, Drama

10.0
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A teenage girl falls in love with a much older man.

Director: Sidney Lumet | Stars: Frieda Altman, Florence Anglin, Jean-Pierre Aumont, Patty Duke

Votes: 5

2. Kraft Theatre (1947–1958)
Episode: Dog in a Bus Tunnel (1958)

60 min | Drama

9.7
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A shy girl who lost her immigrant parents is taken in by a stranger, Joe, and nursed back to health. She lost her ability to speak in a concentration camp; Joe helps her to regain her words.

Director: Sidney Lumet | Stars: Martin Balsam, Barry Jones, Frank McHugh, Cameron Mitchell

Votes: 7

3. 12 Angry Men (1957)

Not Rated | 96 min | Drama

8.9
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96 Metascore

A jury holdout attempts to prevent a miscarriage of justice by forcing his colleagues to reconsider the evidence.

Director: Sidney Lumet | Stars: Henry Fonda, Lee J. Cobb, Martin Balsam, John Fiedler

Votes: 614,217 | Gross: $4.36M

4. You Are There (1953–1972)
Episode: The Capture of Jesse James (1953)

30 min | Drama, History

8.8
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On April 3, 1882, Jesse James is killed by Robert Ford, a member of his own gang.

Director: Sidney Lumet | Stars: Walter Cronkite, Jackie Scholle, James Dean, John Kerr

Votes: 5

5. Inside the Actors Studio (1994– )

65 min | Talk-Show

8.7
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Famous actors, directors and writers reminisce about their careers and the philosophy behind their craft.

Stars: James Lipton, Bradley Cooper, Ellen Burstyn, Alec Baldwin

Votes: 4,694

6. Private Screenings (1995– )

Talk-Show

8.7
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The host of this series is noted writer and film historian Robert Osborne. Each episode consists of Osborne conducting an interview with an actor or actress of Hollywood's "Golden" era of ... See full summary »

Stars: Robert Osborne, Jane Powell, Liza Minnelli, Alec Baldwin

Votes: 145

7. Kraft Theatre (1947–1958)

60 min | Drama

8.6
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A well-received anthology series presenting live television dramas.

Stars: Vaughn Taylor, Ed Herlihy, Valerie Cossart, E.G. Marshall

Votes: 121

8. Omnibus (1952–1961)

55 min | Drama, History, Music

8.6
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Starting out as a live show from New York City, "Omnibus" was hosted by Alastair Cooke and featured everything from discussions about science and the arts, to original works by such ... See full summary »

Stars: Alistair Cooke, Leonard Bernstein, Joseph N. Welch, Helen Hayes

Votes: 139

9. Moguls & Movie Stars: A History of Hollywood (2010– )

Documentary, History

8.6
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The history of Hollywood film from the medium's invention to the birth of the New Hollywood in 1970.

Stars: Christopher Plummer, Daniel Selznick, Gregory Orr, Samuel Goldwyn Jr.

Votes: 329

10. American Experience (1988– )

Not Rated | 60 min | Documentary, Biography, History

8.5
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A series showcasing documentaries on American history.

Stars: David McCullough, David Ogden Stiers, Oliver Platt, Michael Murphy

Votes: 1,415

11. Private Screenings (1995– )
Episode: Sidney Lumet (2005)

54 min | Talk-Show

8.5
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Stars: Sidney Lumet, Robert Osborne

Votes: 26

12. Play of the Week (1959–1961)
Episode: The Iceman Cometh: Part 1 (1960)

Comedy, Drama, Fantasy

8.5
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The denizens of Harry Hope's saloon are forced to face up to the uncomfortable realities of their lives.

Director: Sidney Lumet | Stars: Brooks Atkinson, Sorrell Booke, Julie Bovasso, James Broderick

Votes: 13

13. The Dick Cavett Show (1968–1977)

90 min | Music, Talk-Show

8.4
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Daytime, primetime, then late-night talk and variety show. Often there was only one guest (GA Gov. Lester Maddox walked out angrily during one interview). Cavett was intelligent and witty, ... See full summary »

Stars: Dick Cavett, Bobby Rosengarden, Fred Foy, Mort Sahl

Votes: 543

14. You Are There (1953–1972)

30 min | Drama, History

8.4
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Walter Cronkite hosted the reenactments of historical events. Shows included "The Landing of the Hindenburg", "The Salem Witchcraft Trials", "The Gettysburg Address", "The Fall of Troy", and "The Scuttling of the Graf Spee".

Stars: Walter Cronkite, Paul Birch, Todd Hunter, E.G. Marshall

Votes: 129

15. Inside the Actors Studio (1994– )
Episode: Sidney Lumet (1994)

Talk-Show

8.4
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Interviewee: Sidney Lumet

Stars: James Lipton, Sidney Lumet

Votes: 9

16. Moguls & Movie Stars: A History of Hollywood (2010– )
Episode: The Attack of the Small Screens: 1950-1960 (2010)

60 min | Documentary, History

8.3
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Stars: Christopher Plummer, A. Scott Berg, Andrew Bergman, Peter Bogdanovich

Votes: 32

17. Playhouse 90 (1956–1961)

90 min | Comedy, Crime, Drama

8.2
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Of the many anthology series, Playhouse 90 is considered the most ambitious with outstanding talent in front of the camera. Attracting top ranked directors and scripts it was often filmed live including the entire first season.

Stars: Richard Joy, Charles Bickford, Kim Hunter, Malcolm Atterbury

Votes: 248

18. The United States Steel Hour (1953–1963)

60 min | Comedy, Drama

8.2
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In this live drama series, over two hundred live plays, covering all aspects of society, were shown.

Stars: Richard Kiley, Betsy Palmer, Mona Freeman, Hans Conried

Votes: 107

19. Network (1976)

R | 121 min | Drama

8.1
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83 Metascore

A television network cynically exploits a deranged former anchor's ravings and revelations about the news media for its own profit.

Director: Sidney Lumet | Stars: Faye Dunaway, William Holden, Peter Finch, Robert Duvall

Votes: 134,398

20. Mama (1949–1957)

30 min | Comedy, Family, Drama

8.1
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This well-received series was a comedy-drama about an immigrant family living in 1910s San Francisco.

Stars: Peggy Wood, Judson Laire, Dick Van Patten, Rosemary Rice

Votes: 111

21. Producers' Showcase (1954–1957)

90 min | Drama, Musical, Comedy

8.1
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This program aired once every fourth week, and was one of the most costly live shows of the 1950s. Many stars appeared on this show.

Stars: Cyril Ritchard, Claire Bloom, Mary Martin, Heller Halliday

Votes: 81

22. Goodyear Playhouse (1951–1957)

60 min | Drama

8.1
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The show featured original plays plus plays adapted from works.

Stars: Walter Matthau, David White, Constance Ford, Gene Lyons

Votes: 52

23. American Experience (1988– )
Episode: Eugene O'Neill: A Documentary Film (2006)

Not Rated | 120 min | Documentary, Biography, History

8.1
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The life and career of American playwright Eugene O'Neill.

Director: Ric Burns | Stars: Robert Brustein, Zoe Caldwell, Arthur Gelb, Barbara Gelb

Votes: 66

24. American Masters (1985– )
Episode: The Education of Gore Vidal (2003)

TV-14 | 84 min | Documentary, Biography

8.1
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A contrarian and wickedly funny man, "The Education of Gore Vidal" explores Vidal's extraordinary life and work, joining him at his cliff-side villa in Ravello, Italy.

Director: Deborah Dickson | Stars: Gore Vidal, Elizabeth Ashley, Howard Austen, Dick Cavett

Votes: 78

25. Moguls & Movie Stars: A History of Hollywood (2010– )
Episode: Warriors & Peacemakers: 1941-1950 (2010)

60 min | Documentary, History

8.1
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Stars: Christopher Plummer, Jeanine Basinger, Cari Beauchamp, A. Scott Berg

Votes: 29

26. Dog Day Afternoon (1975)

R | 125 min | Biography, Crime, Drama

8.0
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86 Metascore

A man robs a bank to pay for his lover's operation, which turns into a hostage situation and a media circus.

Director: Sidney Lumet | Stars: Al Pacino, John Cazale, Penelope Allen, Sully Boyar

Votes: 221,598 | Gross: $50.00M

27. Fail-Safe (1964)

Not Rated | 112 min | Drama, Thriller

8.0
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75 Metascore

American planes are sent to deliver a nuclear attack on Moscow, but it's a mistake due to an electrical malfunction. Can all-out war be averted?

Director: Sidney Lumet | Stars: Henry Fonda, Walter Matthau, Fritz Weaver, Dan O'Herlihy

Votes: 17,905

28. American Masters (1985– )

TV-14 | 90 min | Documentary, Biography

8.0
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Since its premiere in 1986, this Emmy-winning documentary series has presented hundreds of hours comprising profiles of outstanding American cultural artists. Past subjects have included ... See full summary »

Stars: Martin Scorsese, Tony Bennett, Peter Bogdanovich, Lee Grant

Votes: 680

29. Arena (1975– )

Documentary

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Wide-ranging arts program.

Stars: Gavin Millar, Kenneth Tynan, John Walters, Paul McCartney

Votes: 155

30. The Iceman Cometh (1960 TV Movie)

240 min | Drama

8.0
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Theodore Hickman, a hardware salesman, makes by-yearly visits to Harry Hope's 1910-era waterfront bar for his periodical drinking binges. But on this visit he has decided to try to save the bar's patrons from their "lying pipe dreams."

Director: Sidney Lumet | Stars: Jason Robards, Myron McCormick, Tom Pedi, James Broderick

Votes: 275

31. Biography (1987– )
Episode: Anthony Perkins: A Life in the Shadows (1999)

60 min | Documentary, Biography

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Director: Selina Lin | Stars: Dennis Christopher, Mary Griffitts, John Kerr, Janet Leigh

Votes: 57

32. American Masters (1985– )
Episode: By Sidney Lumet (2017)

TV-14 | 116 min | Documentary, Biography

8.0
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Film legend Sidney Lumet (1924-2011) tells his own story in a never-before-seen interview shot in 2008. With candor, humor and grace, Lumet reveals what matters to him as an artist and as a human being.

Stars: Sidney Lumet, Treat Williams, Nancy Buirski

Votes: 25

33. The Hill (1965)

Approved | 123 min | Drama, War

7.9
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81 Metascore

In a North African military prison during World War II, five new prisoners struggle to survive in the face of brutal punishment and sadistic guards.

Director: Sidney Lumet | Stars: Sean Connery, Harry Andrews, Ian Bannen, Alfred Lynch

Votes: 11,240

34. 100 Centre Street (2001–2002)

60 min | Crime, Drama

7.9
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The lives and work of the staff of a New York City courthouse.

Stars: Joseph Lyle Taylor, Manny Perez, Phyllis Newman, Paula Devicq

Votes: 149

35. Danger (1950–1955)

30 min | Drama

7.9
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Live psychological and murder mystery dramas, and one of the first U.S. television dramas to make effective use of background music.

Stars: Dick Stark, Edward Binns, Joseph Anthony, Richard Kiley

Votes: 54

36. Directed by Sidney Lumet: How the Devil Was Made (2008 Video)

24 min | Documentary, Short

7.9
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Director: Dan Kavanaugh | Stars: Michael Cerenzie, Ethan Hawke, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Brian Linse

Votes: 27

37. Beyond a Reasonable Doubt: Making '12 Angry Men' (2008 Video)

23 min | Documentary, Short

7.9
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Stars: Michael Asimow, Scott Ellis, Jami Floyd, Patricia King Hanson

Votes: 17

38. American Masters (1985– )
Episode: You Must Remember This: The Warner Bros. Story (2008)

TV-14 | 228 min | Documentary, Biography

7.9
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Director: Richard Schickel | Stars: Clint Eastwood, Susan Orlean, John Barrymore, Jack Warner Jr.

Votes: 203

39. Studio One in Hollywood (1948–1958)

60 min | Drama

7.8
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A pinnacle of the Golden Age of Television, "Studio One" presented a wide range of memorable dramas and received eighteen Emmy nominations and five wins during its prestigious nine-year run... See full summary »

Stars: Betty Furness, Paul Brinson, Paul Branson, Mary Sinclair

Votes: 187

40. I Knew It Was You: Rediscovering John Cazale (2009)

Not Rated | 39 min | Documentary, Short, Biography

7.8
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A portrait of the acting craft of John Cazale and a tour through the movies that defined a generation.

Director: Richard Shepard | Stars: John Cazale, Steve Buscemi, Sam Rockwell, Al Pacino

Votes: 1,590

41. Frontier (1955–1956)

30 min | Western

7.8
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An unglamorized look at the settling of the American West with pioneers dealing with the elements, beset with nefarious characters and other problems that test their fortitude.

Stars: Walter Coy, Scott Forbes, Dabbs Greer, Jack Kelly

Votes: 31

42. Hans Brinker and the Silver Skates (1958 TV Movie)

50 min | Family, Musical

7.8
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In Holland, poor but industrious and honorable 15-year-old Hans Brinker and his younger sister yearn to participate in December's great ice skating race on the canal.

Directors: Sidney Lumet, George Schaefer | Stars: Florence Anglin, Dick Button, Matt Crowley, John Fiedler

Votes: 38

43. AFI Life Achievement Award: A Tribute to Al Pacino (2007 TV Special)

90 min

7.8
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Director: Louis J. Horvitz | Stars: Gabrielle Anwar, Jon Avnet, Marlon Brando, Adrien Brody

Votes: 156

44. The Tramp and the Dictator (2002)

56 min | Documentary, Biography, History

7.8
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A look at the parallel lives of Charles Chaplin and Adolf Hitler and how they crossed with the creation of The Great Dictator (1940).

Directors: Kevin Brownlow, Michael Kloft | Stars: Kenneth Branagh, Sydney Chaplin, Walter Bernstein, Ray Bradbury

Votes: 586

45. Paul Newman: The Craft of Acting (2007 Video)

9 min | Documentary, Short

7.8
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An intimate and insightful understanding of acting from one of cinema's greatest performers, Paul Newman.

Director: Constantine Nasr | Stars: Sidney Lumet, Paul Newman

Votes: 12

46. 100 Centre Street (2001–2002)
Episode: Hurricane Paul (2002)

Crime, Drama

7.8
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Hurricane Paul, the "storm of the century," is about to hit New York City and all hell breaks loose down at 100 Centre Street. J.J. and his fellow assistant district attorneys are forced to... See full summary »

Director: Don Scardino | Stars: Alan Arkin, Paula Devicq, Joseph Lyle Taylor, Dennis Boutsikaris

Votes: 5

47. Serpico (1973)

R | 130 min | Biography, Crime, Drama

7.7
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87 Metascore

An honest New York cop named Frank Serpico blows the whistle on rampant corruption in the force only to have his comrades turn against him.

Director: Sidney Lumet | Stars: Al Pacino, John Randolph, Jack Kehoe, Biff McGuire

Votes: 99,203 | Gross: $29.80M

48. Running on Empty (1988)

PG-13 | 116 min | Crime, Drama, Music

7.7
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67 Metascore

The eldest son of a fugitive family comes of age and wants to live a life of his own.

Director: Sidney Lumet | Stars: River Phoenix, Christine Lahti, Judd Hirsch, Jonas Abry

Votes: 12,859 | Gross: $2.84M

49. The Verdict (1982)

R | 129 min | Drama

7.7
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77 Metascore

A lawyer sees the chance to salvage his career and self-respect by taking a medical malpractice case to trial rather than settling.

Director: Sidney Lumet | Stars: Paul Newman, Charlotte Rampling, Jack Warden, James Mason

Votes: 32,992 | Gross: $54.00M

50. Biography (1987– )

60 min | Documentary, Biography

7.7
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The life stories of various historical figures and celebrities are told.

Stars: Jack Perkins, Peter Graves, Harry Smith, Bill Mumy

Votes: 1,515



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