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The Best Based on Books Movies and TV Shows on Fandor

Finding a good Based on Books movie and TV show to watch can be hard, so we've ranked the best ones and included where to watch them. Check out our list of the best Based on Books movies and TV shows of all time streaming on Fandor.

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1. The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo

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80/100
Released: 2010Rated: R
Mystery, Thriller

What it's about: Swedish thriller based on Stieg Larsson's novel about a male journalist and a young female hacker. In the opening of the movie, Mikael Blomkvist, a middle-aged publisher for the magazine Millennium, loses a libel case brought by corrupt Swedish industrialist Hans-Erik Wennerström. Nevertheless, he is hired by Henrik Vanger in order to solve a cold case, the disappearance of Vanger's niece

Where to Watch: Available to watch free online (Tubi, Plex & Crackle), stream on a subscription service (Philo, Fandor, Hoopla & 2 others) & rent or buy from $1.99 on 6 services (iTunes, Google Play & 4 others).

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2. The Bird with the Crystal Plumage

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7.2/10
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70/100
Released: 1970Rated: R
Horror, Mystery

What it's about: An American writer living in Rome witnesses an attempted murder that is connected to an ongoing killing spree in the city, and conducts his own investigation despite himself and his girlfriend being targeted by the killer.

Where to Watch: Available to watch free online (Plex) & stream on a subscription service (Fandor, ConTV & ScreamBox).

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3. The Phantom of the Opera

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7.6/10
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70/100
Released: 1925
Horror, Drama

What it's about: A grotesquely disfigured composer known as "The Phantom" haunts Paris' opera house, where he's secretly grooming Christine Daae to be an opera diva. Luring her to his remote underground lair, The Phantom declares his love. But Christine loves Raoul de Chagny and plans to elope with him. When The Phantom learns this, he abducts Christine.

Where to Watch: Available to watch free online (Tubi, PlutoTV, Plex & 2 others), stream on a subscription service (Paramount+, Philo, fuboTV & 5 others), stream on a popular TV everywhere service (Epix) & rent or buy from $1.99 on 1 service (Prime Video).

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4. Tell No One

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7.5/10
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73/100
Released: 2006
Crime, Thriller

What it's about: A man receives a mysterious e-mail appearing to be from his wife, who was murdered years earlier. As he frantically tries to find out whether she's alive, he finds himself being implicated in her death.

Where to Watch: Available to watch free online (Tubi, Plex, PopcornFlix & 1 other), stream on a subscription service (Philo, fuboTV, Fandor & 2 others) & rent or buy from $1.99 on 5 services (iTunes, Google Play & 3 others).

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5. Mesrine: Killer Instinct

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70/100
Released: 2008Rated: R
Action & Adventure, Thriller

What it's about: Jacques Mesrine, a loyal son and dedicated soldier, is back home and living with his parents after serving in the Algerian War. Soon he is seduced by the neon glamour of sixties Paris and the easy money it presents. Mentored by Guido, Mesrine turns his back on middle class law-abiding and soon moves swiftly up the criminal ladder.

Where to Watch: Available to watch free online (Tubi, Plex, PopcornFlix & 1 other), stream on a subscription service (Philo, fuboTV, Fandor & 2 others) & rent or buy from $1.99 on 6 services (iTunes, Google Play & 4 others).

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6. A Shock to the System

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60/100
Released: 1990Rated: R
Crime, Comedy

What it's about: Madison Avenue executive Graham Marshall has paid his dues. A talented and devoted worker, he has suffered through mounting bills and a nagging wife with one thing to look forward to: a well-deserved promotion. But when the promotion is given to a loud-mouthed yuppie associate, Graham unleashes his rage on an overly aggressive panhandler, who he accidently kills by pushing him into the path of an oncoming subway train. He re-thinks his problems with an entirely new solution. First, he arranges an "accident" for his annoying wife. Then he creates another "mishap" for his boss. It seems like the world is once more Graham's oyster…but a missing cigarette lighter and a prying police detective may change all that.

Where to Watch: Available to watch free online (PopcornFlix), stream on a popular subscription service (HBO MAX, HBO, Fandor & 2 others) & rent or buy from $1.99 on 1 service (Prime Video).

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7. Jamaica Inn

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6.3/10
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65/100
Released: 1939
Action & Adventure, Crime

What it's about: In coastal Cornwall, England, during the early 19th Century, a young woman discovers that she's living with a gang of criminals who arrange shipwrecking for profit.

Where to Watch: Available to watch free online (Tubi, Plex & The Roku Channel), stream on a subscription service (Fandor, Hoopla & Kanopy) & rent or buy from $3.99 on 4 services (iTunes, Google Play & 2 others).

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8. Sleeping Dogs

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54/100
Released: 1977
Thriller, Action & Adventure

What it's about: Recluse Smith is drawn into a revolutionary struggle between guerrillas and right-wingers in New Zealand. Implicated in a murder and framed as a revolutionary conspirator, Smith tries to maintain an attitude of non-violence while caught between warring factions.

Where to Watch: Available to watch free online (Tubi), stream on a subscription service (Fandor, Kanopy & ConTV) & rent or buy from $1.99 on 5 services (iTunes, Google Play & 3 others).

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9. The Door

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6.7/10
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60/100
Released: 2009
Mystery, Science-Fiction

What it's about: A successful artist loses control of his life after his young daughter's death. A chance for a new start appears, but all is not what it seems.

Where to Watch: Available to watch free online (IMDb TV), stream on a subscription service (Fandor & Kanopy) & rent or buy from $1.99 on 1 service (Prime Video).

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10. The Lost World

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60/100
Released: 1925
Action & Adventure, Science-Fiction

What it's about: The first film adaptation of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's classic novel about a land where prehistoric creatures still roam.

Where to Watch: Available to watch free online (PopcornFlix), stream on a popular subscription service (Prime Video, Paramount+, Epix & 4 others), stream on a popular TV everywhere service (Epix) & rent or buy from $1.99 on 2 services (iTunes & Prime Video).

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11. The Moustache

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59/100
Released: 2005Rated: G
Mystery, Thriller

What it's about: One day, on a whim, Marc decides to shave off the moustache he's worn all of his adult life. He waits patiently for his wife's reaction, but neither she nor his friends seem to notice. Stranger still, when he finally tells them, they all insist he never had a moustache. Is Marc going mad? Is he the victim of some elaborate conspiracy? Or has something in the world's order gone terribly awry?

Where to Watch: Available to stream on a subscription service (Fandor) & rent or buy from $2.99 on 3 services (iTunes, Google Play & Prime Video).

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12. The Captive

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5.9/10
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53/100
Released: 2000
Romance, Drama

What it's about: Arian lives in Simon's large parisian appartment. He wants to know everything from her, follows her, has her accompanied for her trips and constantly interrogates her. Knowing her taste for women and her double life only exacerbates his suffering, his helplessness and his desire for her.

Where to Watch: Available to stream on a subscription service (The Criterion Channel & Fandor).

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13. Topper Returns

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6.9/10
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58/100
Released: 1941
Mystery, Comedy

What it's about: Topper is once again tormented by a fun-loving spirit. This time, it's Gail Richards, who was accidentally murdered while vacationing at the home of her wealthy friend, Ann Carrington (Landis), the intended victim. With Topper's help, Gail sets out to find her killer with the expected zany results.

Where to Watch: Available to watch free online (Tubi & PlutoTV), stream on a popular subscription service (Prime Video, Paramount+, Epix & 2 others), stream on a popular TV everywhere service (Epix) & rent or buy from $1.99 on 1 service (Prime Video).

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14. Alice

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7.5/10
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64/100
Released: 1988
Animation, Fantasy

What it's about: A quiet young English girl named Alice finds herself in an alternate version of her own reality after chasing a white rabbit. She becomes surrounded by living inanimate objects and stuffed dead animals, and must find a way out of this nightmare- no matter how twisted or odd that way must be. A memorably bizarre screen version of Lewis Carroll’s novel ‘Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland’.

Where to Watch: Available to stream on a subscription service (The Criterion Channel, Fandor & 2 others).

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15. Dracula: Pages from a Virgin's Diary

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55/100
Released: 2002
Drama, Horror

What it's about: A cinematic version of the Royal Winnipeg Ballet's adaptation of Bram Stoker's gothic novel Dracula. Filmed in a style reminiscent of silent Expressionist cinema of the early 20th century (complete with intertitles and monochrome photography), it uses dance to tell the story of a sinister but intriguing immigrant who preys upon young English women.

Where to Watch: Available to stream on a subscription service (Fandor).

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16. Fear and Trembling

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58/100
Released: 2003
Drama, Comedy

What it's about: Amélie, a young Belgian woman, having spent her childhood in Japan, decides to return to live there and tries to integrate in the Japanese society. She is determined to be a "real Japanese" before her year contract runs out, though it precisely this determination that is incompatable with Japanese humility. Though she is hired for a choice position as a translator at an import/export firm, her inability to understand Japanese cultural norms results in increasingly humiliating demotions. Though Amelie secretly adulates her, her immediate supervisor takes sadistic pleasure in belittling her all along. She finally manages to break Amelie's will by making her the bathroom attendant, and is delighted when Amelie tells her the she will not renew her contract. Amelie realizes that she is finally a real Japanese when she enters the company president's office "with fear and trembling," which could only be possible because her determination was broken by Miss Fubuki's systematic torture.

Where to Watch: Available to stream on a subscription service (Fandor) & rent or buy from $2.00 on 1 service (Vudu).

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17. The Man in the Iron Mask

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55/100
Released: 1939
Romance, Action & Adventure

What it's about: Tyrannical King Louis XIV learns that he has an identical twin brother, Philippe, who was raised from birth by his late father's trusted friend D'Artagnan and his faithful musketeers, Porthos, Athos and Aramis. After Philippe falls for the king's betrothed, Spanish Princess Maria Theresa, Louis imprisons him, forcing his brother to don an iron mask that will slowly suffocate him -- and it's up to D'Artagnan to rescue him.

Where to Watch: Available to watch free online (Tubi), stream on a subscription service (Fandor, Kanopy & Shout Factory TV) & rent or buy from $3.99 on 1 service (Prime Video).

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18. Algiers

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Released: 1938
Romance, Drama

What it's about: Pepe Le Moko is a notorious thief, who escaped from France. Since his escape, Moko became a resident and leader of the immense Casbah of Algiers. French officials arrive insisting on Pepe's capture are met with unfazed local detectives, led by Inspector Slimane, who are biding their time. Meanwhile, Pepe meets the beautiful Gaby , which arouses the jealousy of Ines

Where to Watch: Available to watch free online (Tubi, PlutoTV, Plex & 1 other), stream on a subscription service (Paramount+, Epix, Fandor & 1 other), stream on a popular TV everywhere service (Epix) & rent or buy from $9.99 on 1 service (Prime Video).

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19. The Romantic Englishwoman

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Released: 1975Rated: R
Comedy, Drama

What it's about: What is real and what is fiction? Faced with writer's block with his novel, Lewis Fielding turns to a film script about a woman finding herself after his wife Elizabeth returns from Baden Baden. She didn't quite find herself there but had a brief encounter in a lift with a German who says he is a poet. Now the German is in England, gets himself invited to tea where he claims he admires Fielding's books. Which one does he like the best? "Tom Jones." Amused at being confused with the other Fielding, the novelist works the German into the plot.

Where to Watch: Available to stream on a subscription service (Fandor & Kanopy) & rent or buy from $2.99 on 1 service (Prime Video).

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20. The Kennel Murder Case

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56/100
Released: 1933
Crime, Mystery

What it's about: Philo Vance, accompanied by his prize-losing Scottish terrier, investigates the locked-room murder of a prominent and much-hated collector whose broken Chinese vase provides an important clue.

Where to Watch: Available to watch free online (PlutoTV), stream on a subscription service (Paramount+, Epix, Fandor & 1 other), stream on a popular TV everywhere service (Epix) & rent or buy from $1.99 on 1 service (Prime Video).

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21. Blonde Ice

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6.0/10
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50/100
Released: 1948
Drama

What it's about: A golddigging femme fatale leaves a trail of men behind her, rich and poor, alive and dead.

Where to Watch: Available to watch free online (Tubi), stream on a subscription service (Paramount+, Epix & Fandor), stream on a popular TV everywhere service (Epix) & rent or buy from $2.00 on 1 service (Prime Video).

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22. The Vicar of Wakefield

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Released: 1917
Romance, Drama

What it's about: The production vindicated the new feature-length movie format by restoring several characters, plot complications, and atmosphere that had been truncated in Thanhouser’s 1910 version of less than one-sixth the length.

Where to Watch: Available to stream on a subscription service (Fandor).

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23. Man in the Attic

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50/100
Released: 1953
Mystery, Thriller

What it's about: London, 1888: on the night of the third Jack the Ripper killing, soft-spoken Mr. Slade, a research pathologist, takes lodgings with the Harleys, including a gloomy attic room for "experiments." Mrs. Harley finds Slade odd and increasingly suspects the worst; her niece Lily (star of a decidedly Parisian stage revue) finds him interesting and increasingly attractive. Is Lily in danger, or are her mother's suspicions merely a red herring?

Where to Watch: Available to watch free online (Tubi), stream on a popular subscription service (Prime Video, Paramount+, Epix & 1 other), stream on a popular TV everywhere service (Epix) & rent or buy from $3.99 on 1 service (Prime Video).

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24. The Heyday of the Insensitive Bastards

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47/100
Released: 2015
Comedy, Drama

What it's about: Seven vignettes explore the difference between fantasy and reality, memory and history, and the joy and agony of the human condition.

Where to Watch: Available to watch free online (Tubi & Plex), stream on a subscription service (Fandor, Hoopla & ConTV) & rent or buy from $2.99 on 5 services (Google Play, Prime Video & 3 others).

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25. Go Tell It on the Mountain

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6.8/10
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44/100
Released: 1984
Comedy, Drama

What it's about: This film adaptation of James Baldwin's celebrated novel tells the journey of a family from the rural South to "big city" Harlem seeking both salvation and understanding and of a young boy struggling to earn the approval of a self-righteous and often unloving stepfather.

Where to Watch: Available to watch free online (Tubi), stream on a subscription service (Fandor & Shout Factory TV) & rent or buy from $2.99 on 1 service (Prime Video).

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26. The Last of the Mohicans

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6.7/10
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51/100
Released: 1920
Action & Adventure, Drama

What it's about: As Alice and Cora Munro attempt to find their father, a British officer in the French and Indian War, they are set upon by French soldiers and their cohorts, Huron tribesmen led by the evil Magua. Fighting to rescue the women are Chingachgook and his son Uncas, the last of the Mohican tribe, and their white ally, the frontiersman Natty Bumppo, known as Hawkeye.

Where to Watch: Available to watch free online (Tubi), stream on a subscription service (Paramount+, Epix, Fandor & 1 other) & stream on a popular TV everywhere service (Epix).

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27. Hunger

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54/100
Released: 1966
Comedy, Drama

What it's about: In 1890, Pontus, the starving writer, wanders the streets of Christiania, in search of love and a chance to get his work published. All he meets is defeat and suffering while his sense of reality is withering. One moment he is delighted and the next he curses everybody. All the time he manages to maintain human dignity and pride.

Where to Watch: Available to stream on a subscription service (Fandor) & rent or buy from $3.99 on 1 service (Prime Video).

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28. Oliver Twist

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4.9/10
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40/100
Released: 1933
Romance, Drama

What it's about: An orphan boy in 1830s London is abused in a workhouse, then falls into the clutches of a gang of thieves.

Where to Watch: Available to watch free online (Tubi), stream on a subscription service (Paramount+, Epix & Fandor), stream on a popular TV everywhere service (Epix) & rent or buy from $0.99 on 1 service (Prime Video).

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29. Decameron Nights

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5.4/10
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39/100
Released: 1953
Romance, Drama

What it's about: Italian poet Boccaccio (Louis Jourdan) hides in the court of Fiammetta (Joan Fontaine) and tells three tales of love and lust.

Where to Watch: Available to stream on a subscription service (Fandor) & rent or buy from $2.96 on 1 service (Prime Video).

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30. Girl in the Headlines

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6.4/10
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41/100
Released: 1963
Crime, Drama

What it's about: Called in to investigate the murder of a model, Chief Inspector Birkett and Sergeant Saunders soon discover that the victim had been leading somewhat of an immoral life.

Where to Watch: Available to stream on a subscription service (Fandor).

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31. Villa Des Roses

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6.1/10
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40/100
Released: 2002Rated: PG-13
Romance, Drama

What it's about: In 1913, a young woman starts work as a maid in a seedy Parisian boarding house full of eccentrics. When she falls in love with one of the guests, she must choose between her son and her new romance.

Where to Watch: Available to stream on a subscription service (Fandor).

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32. Spare the Rod

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42/100
Released: 1961
Action & Adventure, Drama

What it's about: It is London in the year 1960 and John Saunders enthusiastically begins his new teaching career at a tough slum-area school. His class are bored pupils in their last term before leaving. Will he handle the grave problems that lie ahead?

Where to Watch: Available to stream on a subscription service (Fandor).

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33. Cone of Silence

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40/100
Released: 1960
Thriller, Drama

What it's about: A seasoned pilot is condemned for an error which causes a crash. The pilot later dies in a crash with similar circumstances and an examiner looks for scientific reasons for the crashes.

Where to Watch: Available to stream on a subscription service (Fandor).

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34. Fantômas: In the Shadow of the Guillotine

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52/100
Released: 1913
Crime, Drama

What it's about: The archvillain Fantômas, a master of disguise, steals the Princess Danidoff her priceless pearl necklace at the Royal Palace Hotel, so Inspector Juve is tasked to capture Fantômas and put an end to his limitless villainy.

Where to Watch: Available to stream on a subscription service (Fandor).

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