Best Well-Played Real Life Heroes in TV movies

Emmy and Golden Globe Nominees and Winners for playing real life heroes and other TV awards
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1.
You Don't Know Jack (2010 TV Movie)
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A look at the life and work of doctor-assisted suicide advocate Jack Kevorkian. (134 mins.)
Director: Barry Levinson
 
2.
Indictment: The McMartin Trial (1995 TV Movie)
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Based on a real-life court case, the film finds members of the McMartin family on trial for alleged... (131 mins.)
Director: Mick Jackson
 
3.
Rudy: The Rudy Giuliani Story (2003 TV Movie)
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Biographic movie of the witty, overachieving, hot-tempered Rudy Giuliani, spanning from his rising days... (120 mins.)
Director: Robert Dornhelm
 
4.
Door to Door (2002 TV Movie)
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A man with cerebral palsy is determined to become a salesman. (90 mins.)
 
5.
Into the Storm (2009 TV Movie)
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Continuing the storyline of The Gathering Storm, Churchill at War is a look at the former British prime minister's life and career at the end of WWII. (99 mins.)
 
6.
The Gathering Storm (2002 TV Movie)
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A love story offering an intimate look inside the marriage of Winston and Clementine Churchill during a particularly troubled, though little-known, moment in their lives. (96 mins.)
 
7.
Taking Chance (2009 TV Movie)
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Based on real-life events, Lt. Col. Michael Strobl, a volunteer military escort officer, accompanies the body of 19-year-old Marine Chance Phelps back to his hometown of Dubois, Wyoming. (77 mins.)
Director: Ross Katz
 
8.
RFK (2002 TV Movie)
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Following the death of his brother John, Robert Kennedy is forced to rise to the challenge of leading his country and carrying on his brother's vision of what America could be. (94 mins.)
Director: Robert Dornhelm
 
9.
In Love and War (1987 TV Movie)
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This movie is an account of US Navy Commander James Stockdale's 8 year imprisonment in North Vietnam... (100 mins.)
Director: Paul Aaron
 
10.
John Adams (2008 Mini-Series)
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The life of one of the USA's Founding Fathers, its second President, and his role in the nation's first 50 years. (71 mins.)
 
11.
Kennedy (1983 Mini-Series)
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Biography of the 1961-1963 presidency of John F. Kennedy. (282 mins.)
Director: Jim Goddard
 
12.
King (1978 Mini-Series)
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The story of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., stretching from his days as a Southern Baptist minister up to his assassination in Memphis in 1968. (271 mins.)
Director: Abby Mann
 
13.
The Special Relationship (2010 TV Movie)
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A dramatization that traces former U.K. prime minister Tony Blair's relationships with Bill Clinton and George W. Bush. (93 mins.)
 
14.
Eleanor and Franklin (1976 TV Series)
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The story of Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt, from early youth to his election as President of the United States, as told from Eleanor's point of view. (203 mins.)
Director: Daniel Petrie
 
15.
Eleanor and Franklin: The White House Years (1977 TV Movie)
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The story of Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt during their 12-year stay at the White House. (155 mins.)
Director: Daniel Petrie
 
16.
Eleanor, First Lady of the World (1982 TV Movie)
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Biography of former first lady Eleanor Roosevelt, who forged a new role for herself in the years after her husband's death. (120 mins.)
Director: John Erman
 
17.
Winchell (1998 TV Movie)
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The true story of the influential and controversial columnist, Walter Winchell. (105 mins.)
Director: Paul Mazursky
 
18.
My Name Is Bill W. (1989 TV Movie)
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This film reconstructs the true story of stockbroker William Griffith Wilson, a World War I veteran... (100 mins.)
Director: Daniel Petrie
 
19.
George Wallace (1997 TV Movie)
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Following Alabama governor George Wallace through segregation, presidential elections, an assassination attempt and personal trauma. (178 mins.)
 
20.
Truman (1995 TV Movie)
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Though considered unqualified, Harry S. Truman becomes the 33rd president following the April 1945 death of Franklin D. Roosevelt. (135 mins.)
Director: Frank Pierson
 
21.
Without Warning: The James Brady Story (1991 TV Movie)
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Based on a true story, this film focuses on James Brady, the press secretary to Ronald Reagan... (88 mins.)
 
22.
The Reagans (2003 TV Movie)
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A more leftist look at the legacy and career of Ronald Reagan. (171 mins.)
 
23.
Serving in Silence: The Margarethe Cammermeyer Story (1995 TV Movie)
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The true story of a decorated officer's legal challenge to her involuntary discharge when she admitted she was homosexual. (91 mins.)
Director: Jeff Bleckner
 
24.
And Starring Pancho Villa as Himself (2003 TV Movie)
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Hollywood makes a deal with Mexican revolutionary Pancho Villa to film his war and recreate his life. (112 mins.)
Director: Bruce Beresford
 
25.
Introducing Dorothy Dandridge (1999 TV Movie)
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This biography of Dorothy Dandridge follows her career through early days on the club circuit with her sister to her turn in movies... (120 mins.)
Director: Martha Coolidge
 
26.
Against the Wall (1994 TV Movie)
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Based on the true story of the Attica Prison uprising of 1971. (111 mins.)
 
27.
Afterburn (1992 TV Movie)
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Based on a true story, one woman takes on the U.S. military and General Dynamics; maker of the F-16... (103 mins.)
 
28.
Recount (2008 TV Movie)
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A chronicle of the weeks after the 2000 U.S. presidential election and the subsequent recounts in Florida. (116 mins.)
Director: Jay Roach
 
29.
The Naked Civil Servant (1975 TV Movie)
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The life and times of Quentin Crisp, an outrageous and flamboyant homosexual, coming of age and growing into old age in conservative England. (77 mins.)
Director: Jack Gold
 
30.
And the Band Played On (1993 TV Movie)
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The story of the discovery of the AIDS epidemic and the political infighting of the scientific community hampering the early fight with it. (141 mins.)
 
31.
Wallenberg: A Hero's Story (1985 TV Movie)
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The story of Raoul Wallenberg, a Swedish diplomat responsible for saving thousands of lives from the Nazi Holocaust. (200 mins.)
Director: Lamont Johnson
 
32.
The Burning Season: The Chico Mendes Story (1994 TV Movie)
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Based on the true story of a Brazilian rubber tapper who leads his people in protest against government and developers... (123 mins.)
 
33.
Temple Grandin (2010 TV Movie)
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A biopic of Temple Grandin, an autistic woman who has become one of the top scientists in the humane livestock handling industry. (107 mins.)
Director: Mick Jackson
 
34.
The Courageous Heart of Irena Sendler (2009 TV Movie)
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The story of Irena Sendler, a social worker who was part of the Polish underground during World War II and was arrested by the Nazis for saving the lives of nearly 2,500 Jewish children by smuggling them out of the Warsaw ghetto. (95 mins.)
 
35.
Our Fathers (2005 TV Movie)
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A dramatized account of the hidden sexual abuse and scandal that shook the foundation of the Catholic Church, and the characters, events, and policies that brought the abuse and scandal into existence. (130 mins.)
Director: Dan Curtis
 
36.
Barbarians at the Gate (1993 TV Movie)
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The president of a major tobacco company decides to buy the company himself, but a bidding war ensues as other companies make their own offers. (107 mins.)
Director: Glenn Jordan
 
37.
Longford (2006 TV Movie)
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A portrait of Lord Longford, a tireless British campaigner whose controversial beliefs often resulted in furious political debate and personal conflict. (93 mins.)
Director: Tom Hooper
 
38.
LBJ: The Early Years (1987 TV Movie)
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This made-for-TV film chronicles the years 1934 through 1963, tracing the beginnings of Johnson's public career, chronicling his reputation for down-and-dirty politicking, and following his progress. (155 mins.)
Director: Peter Werner
 
39.
The Rosa Parks Story (2002 TV Movie)
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A seamstress recalls events leading to her act of peaceful defiance that prompted the 1955 bus boycott in Montgomery, Alabama. (97 mins.)
Director: Julie Dash
 
40.
The Deal (2003 TV Movie)
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Follows the rise to power of Tony Blair, and his friendship and rivalry with his contemporary, Gordon Brown. (90 mins.)
Director: Stephen Frears
 
41.
Path to War (2002 TV Movie)
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In the mid-1960s, President Johnson and his foreign-policy team debate the decision to withdraw from or escalate the war in Vietnam. (165 mins.)
 
42.
Citizen X (1995 TV Movie)
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During the 1980s, Soviet authorities hunt for a serial killer who picks his victims in railway stations and commuter trains and lures them into the woods. (105 mins.)
Director: Chris Gerolmo
 
43.
Gifted Hands: The Ben Carson Story (2009 TV Movie)
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Biography of Ben Carson who grew up to be Dr. Ben Carson, a world famous neurosurgeon at Johns Hopkins. (86 mins.)
Director: Thomas Carter
 
44.
Something the Lord Made (2004 TV Movie)
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A dramatization of the relationship between heart surgery pioneers Alfred Blalock and Vivien Thomas. (110 mins.)
Director: Joseph Sargent
 
45.
Trudeau (2002 TV Movie)
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A biography of the famous, controversial and flamboyant Prime Minister of Canada, Pierre Elliot Trudeau. (208 mins.)
 
46.
Mandela and de Klerk (1997 TV Movie)
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On June 12, 1964, Nelson Mandela, along with a number of political detainees, was sentenced to life... (114 mins.)
Director: Joseph Sargent
 
47.
Endgame (2009)
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A story based on the covert discussions that brought down the Apartheid regime in South Africa. (109 mins.)
Director: Pete Travis
 
48.
Dirty Pictures (2000 TV Movie)
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A Cincinnati museum director goes on trial in 1990 for exhibiting sadomasochistic photographs taken by Robert Mapplethorpe. (104 mins.)
Director: Frank Pierson
 
49.
Sadat (1983 TV Series)
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The dramatization of the life of Egyptian leader Muhammad Anwar al-Sadat, from his early years as a young officer fighting the British to his assassination in 1981. (195 mins.)
 
50.
Escape from Sobibor (1987 TV Movie)
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During WWII, the death camp at Treblinka had an escape, causing the Commandant at a similar camp in... (143 mins.)
Director: Jack Gold
 
51.
One Against the Wind (1991 TV Movie)
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Mary Linden works for the French Red Cross in Occupied France during World War II and helps allied soldiers... (96 mins.)
Director: Larry Elikann
 
52.
Mandela (1987 TV Movie)
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Nelson Mandela (1918-2013) become South Africa's first Black President, and was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize for his leadership in negotiating a bloodless revolution in that country. (135 mins.)
Director: Philip Saville
 
53.
Kingfish: A Story of Huey P. Long (1995 TV Movie)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  
A look at the life and career of controversial Louisiana governor Huey Long, whose nickname was "The Kingfish." (100 mins.)
Director: Thomas Schlamme
 
54.
Elvis (2005 TV Series)
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A chronicle of the life of Elvis Presley (Rhys Meyers), from his humble beginnings to his rise to international stardom. (173 mins.)
 
55.
Elvis (1979 TV Movie)
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Biographical movie about the famous rock singer Elvis Presley. (150 mins.)
Director: John Carpenter
 
56.
Murder in Mississippi (1990 TV Movie)
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In 1964, members of the Ku Klux Klan murdered three Civil Rights workers who had traveled to the South to encourage African-American voter registration. Examines the last three weeks in the lives of the slain activists. (96 mins.)
Director: Roger Young
 
57.
Don King: Only in America (1997 TV Movie)
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A cinematic portrait of the famous fight promoter and boxing manager. (121 mins.)
Director: John Herzfeld
 
58.
Fatal Vision (1984 Mini-Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  
A retiree spends nine years relentlessly seeking to prove that his son-in-law, a former Green Beret Army doctor, murdered his pregnant wife and two children. (181 mins.)
Director: David Greene
 
59.
Jack the Ripper (1988 TV Series)
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A Scotland Yard police inspector, battling the booze, investigates the Jack the Ripper murders and discovers a conspiracy that leads all the way up to the queen. (190 mins.)
 
60.
The Lindbergh Kidnapping Case (1976 TV Movie)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.0/10 X  
Fact-based story of the kidnapping of Charles Lindbergh Jr., son and namesake of the famed pilot, and ensuing trial of accused and convicted killer, Bruno Hauptmann. (148 mins.)
Director: Buzz Kulik
 
61.
Crime of the Century (1996 TV Movie)
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In 1932, the nation was shocked when the 14-month-old son of Charles Lindberg was kidnapped, held for ransom... (114 mins.)
Director: Mark Rydell
 
62.
Tail Gunner Joe (1977 TV Movie)
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A dramatization of the life of Joe McCarthy, the alcoholic senator from Wisconsin whose tactics of accusing... (145 mins.)
Director: Jud Taylor
 
63.
Shackleton (2002 Mini-Series)
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The true story of Shackleton's 1914 Endurance expedition to the the South Pole and his epic struggle to lead his 28 man crew to safety after his ship was crushed in the pack ice. (206 mins.)
 
64.
Warm Springs (2005 TV Movie)
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The stirring true story of Franklin D. Roosevelt's battle with polio in 1921. (121 mins.)
Director: Joseph Sargent
 
65.
RKO 281 (1999 TV Movie)
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Orson Welles produces his greatest film, Citizen Kane, despite the opposition of the film's de facto subject, William Randolph Hearst. (86 mins.)
Director: Benjamin Ross
 
66.
Fear on Trial (1975 TV Movie)
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The story of John Henry Faulk, a radio/TV personality of the 1950s, who was blacklisted during the McCarthy era... (100 mins.)
Director: Lamont Johnson
 
67.
Lincoln (1974 Mini-Series)
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68.
Hal Holbrook: Mark Twain Tonight! (1967 Documentary)
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Recreating the one-man show he starred in on Broadway, 'Hal Holbrook' portrays Mark Twain as a 70-year old humorist who skewers politicians... (78 mins.)
Director: Paul Bogart
 
69.
Separate But Equal (1991 Mini-Series)
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A dramatization of the American court case that destroyed the legal validity of racial segregation. (190 mins.)
 
70.
The Josephine Baker Story (1991 TV Movie)
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Born in St. Louis, Missouri, Josephine Baker was born poor, but achieved fame and fortune through her sizzlingly exotic and erotic performances... (130 mins.)
Director: Brian Gibson
 
71.
Drug Wars: The Camarena Story (1990 Mini-Series)
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Fact-based story of undercover DEA agent Enrique "Kiki" Camarena who, while stationed in Guadalajara... (270 mins.)
 
72.
Family of Spies (1990 Mini-Series)
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Park any subtlety at the threshold. The spits and spats keep the anchor shining in this Naval officer adventure... (175 mins.)
 
73.
Murderers Among Us: The Simon Wiesenthal Story (1989 TV Movie)
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A biographical portrayal of Simon Wiesenthal, famous Nazi Hunter. From his imprisonment in a Nazi Concentration Camp... (160 mins.)
Director: Brian Gibson
 
74.
Roe vs. Wade (1989 TV Movie)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.0/10 X  
Holly Hunter plays a lonely, single, poorly educated Texan who finds herself pregnant with no means to support a child... (100 mins.)
Director: Gregory Hoblit
 
75.
Unnatural Causes (1986 TV Movie)
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Frank Coleman is a Vietnam veteran dying from cancer brought on by exposure to the defoliant chemical Agent Orange which he turns to Maude DeVictor... (120 mins.)
Director: Lamont Johnson