It Really Happened!

These are films which I have seen based on real events and people in history.
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1.
The Agony and the Ecstasy (1965)
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The biographical story of Michelangelo's troubles while painting the Sistine Chapel at the urging of Pope Julius II. (138 mins.)
Director: Carol Reed
“ Based on Irving Stone's biographical novel of the same name dealing with Michelangelo di Lodovico Buonarroti Simoni (6 March 1475 – 18 February 1564), commonly known as Michelangelo.
He was commissioned to paint the ceiling of the Sistine chapel in Rome by Pope Julius II (5 December 1443 – 21 February 1513), nicknamed "The Fearsome Pope" (Il Papa Terribile) and "The Warrior Pope" (Il Papa Guerriero), born Giuliano della Rovere, was Pope from 1503 to 1513. His papacy was marked by an active foreign policy, ambitious building projects, and patronage for the arts. ” - brickley220
 
2.
The Alamo (1960)
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A small band of soldiers sacrifice their lives in hopeless combat against a massive army in order to prevent a tyrant from smashing the new Republic of Texas. (167 mins.)
Director: John Wayne
“ The Battle of the Alamo (23 February – 6 March 1836) - San Antonio, Texas USA. ” - brickley220
 
3.
The Alamo (2004)
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Based on the 1836 standoff between a group of Texan and Tejano men, led by Davy Crockett and Jim Bowie, and Mexican dictator Santa Anna's forces at the Alamo in San Antonio, Texas. (137 mins.)
“ The Battle of the Alamo (23 February – 6 March 1836) - San Antonio, Texas USA.
Plus the Texians defeat the Mexican Army at the Battle of San Jacinto, on 21 April 1836, which ended the revolution. ” - brickley220
 
4.
Break to Freedom (1953)
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In 1944, at a POW camp in Germany the Allied prisoners use a dummy prop named Albert to fool the German guards and escape. (88 mins.)
Director: Lewis Gilbert
“ Albert R.N. was a dummy constructed by John Worsley (1919–2000) in Marlag O, the prisoner of war camp in northern Germany for naval officers. It was used as a stand-in for a head count while a prisoner escaped and was used on two separate occasions. ” - brickley220
 
5.
Alexander Nevsky (1938)
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The story of how a great Russian prince led a ragtag army to battle an invading force of Teutonic Knights. (112 mins.)
“ Aleksandr Yaroslavich Nevskij (30 May 1220 – 14 November 1263) proclaimed Saint of the Russian Orthodox Church by Metropolite Macariy in 1547, was the Prince of Novgorod and Grand Prince of Vladimir during some of the most trying times in the city's history. Commonly regarded as the key figure of medieval Rus, Alexander was the grandson of Vsevolod the Big Nest and rose to legendary status on account of his military victories over the German and Swedish invaders while employing collaborationist policies towards the powerful Golden Horde. ” - brickley220
 
6.
Alexander the Great (1956)
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The life and military conquests of Alexander III of Macedon (20/21 July 356 - 10/11 June 323 BC), commonly known as Alexander the Great. (141 mins.)
Director: Robert Rossen
“ Alexander III of Macedon (20/21 July 356 – 10/11 June 323 BC), commonly known as Alexander the Great - By the age of thirty he had created the largest Empire in Ancient History. ” - brickley220
 
7.
All the King's Men (1949)
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The rise and fall of a corrupt politician, who makes his friends richer and retains power by dint of a populist appeal. (110 mins.)
Director: Robert Rossen
“ The main story is a thinly disguised version of the rise and assassination of real-life 1930s Louisiana Governor, Huey Long. ” - brickley220
 
8.
All the King's Men (2006)
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Based on the Robert Penn Warren novel. The life of populist Southerner Willie Stark, a political creature loosely based on Governor Huey Long of Louisiana. (128 mins.)
Director: Steven Zaillian
“ All the King's Men had previously been adapted by Robert Rossen in 1949. Although it does not follow the 1949 film's narrative and is more faithful to the novel than the earlier movie, the 2006 film is often considered a remake of the 1949 version. According to IMDb, Zaillian never saw the original film, and adapted the screenplay solely from Warren's novel. ” - brickley220
 
9.
Amadeus (1984)
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The incredible story of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, told by his peer and secret rival Antonio Salieri - now confined to an insane asylum. (160 mins.)
Director: Milos Forman
“ Based upon the lives and music of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart and Antonio Salieri, two composers who lived in Vienna, Austria, during the latter half of the 18th century. ” - brickley220
 
10.
American Gangster (2007)
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In 1970s America, a detective works to bring down the drug empire of Frank Lucas, a heroin kingpin from Manhattan, who is smuggling the drug into the country from the Far East. (157 mins.)
Director: Ridley Scott
“ Adapted from a New York magazine story "The Return of Superfly", by Mark Jacobson, about Frank Lucas, a real-life gangster from Harlem who smuggled heroin into the United States on American service planes returning from the Vietnam War and Richie Roberts, a detective attempting to bring down Lucas's drug empire. ” - brickley220
 
11.
Anna and the King (1999)
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The story of the romance between the King of Siam and widowed British schoolteacher, Anna Leonowens, during the 1860s. (148 mins.)
Director: Andy Tennant
“ Anna Leonowens (26 November 1831–19 January 1915) was a teacher of Anglo-Indian background who became famous as a travel writer, educator, and social activist. She worked in Siam from 1862 to 1868, where she taught the wives and children of Mongkut, king of Siam. ” - brickley220
 
12.
Anne of the Thousand Days (1969)
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Henry VIII of England discards one wife, Katharine of Aragon, who has failed to produce a male heir, in favor of the young and beautiful Anne Boleyn. (145 mins.)
Director: Charles Jarrott
“ Anne Boleyn (c.1501/1507 – 19 May 1536) was Queen of England from 1533 to 1536 as the second wife of Henry VIII of England and Marquess of Pembroke in her own right. She was executed on charges of treason and adultery, which allowed Henry to marry Jane Seymour. ” - brickley220
 
13.
Annie Get Your Gun (1950)
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The story of the great sharpshooter Annie Oakley, who rose to fame while dealing with her love/professional rival, Frank Butler. (107 mins.)
Director: George Sidney
“ Annie Oakley (13 August 1860 – 3 November 1926), born Phoebe Ann Mosey, was an American sharpshooter who rose to fame and a starring role in Buffalo Bill's Wild West show, where she became the first American female superstar.
After missing on his 25th shot, marksman Francis E. Butler (25 February 1852 – 21 November 1926) lost a shooting match to her and a $100 side bet. He began courting Oakley, and they married on 20 June 1882. ” - brickley220
 
14.
The Aviator (2004)
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A biopic depicting the early years of legendary director and aviator Howard Hughes' career from the late 1920s to the mid-1940s. (170 mins.)
Director: Martin Scorsese
“ The film is about Howard Robard Hughes, Jr. (24 December 1905 – 5 April 1976) during the late 1920s to 1947, when he became a successful film producer and an aviation magnate, whilst simultaneously developing a severe obsessive-compulsive disorder. ” - brickley220
 
15.
Bat*21 (1988)
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During the Vietnam War, Colonel Hambleton's aircraft is shot down over enemy territory and a frantic rescue operation ensues. (105 mins.)
Director: Peter Markle
“ During the last days of the Vietnam War, Lieutenant Colonel Iceal E. Hambleton, United States Air Force, was the sole survivor of the crew of an EB-66 electronic warfare aircraft, downed by a surface to air missile over enemy territory. ” - brickley220
 
16.
Anzio (1968)
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One of WWIIs bloodiest battles as the Allies smash through the German lines which have enclosed the Anzio beachhead. Four months and 30,000 casualties before the Allies finally march to Rome. (117 mins.)
“ This film is an account of 'Operation Shingle', the 1944 Allied seaborne assault on the Italian port of Anzio in World War II. The film was adapted from the book 'Anzio' by Wynford Vaughan-Thomas, who was the BBC war correspondent during the battle. ” - brickley220
 
17.
Battle of Britain (1969)
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In 1940, the British Royal Air Force fights a desperate battle to prevent the Luftwaffe from gaining air superiority over the English Channel as a prelude to a possible Axis invasion of the UK. (132 mins.)
Director: Guy Hamilton
“ An account of the Battle of Britain, fought during the summer and autumn of 1940 between the Royal Air Force and the German Luftwaffe. ” - brickley220
 
18.
Battle of the Bulge (1965)
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A dramatization of Nazi Germany's final Western Front counterattack of World War II. (167 mins.)
Director: Ken Annakin
“ The film is an account of the battle that stretched across parts of Germany, Belgium and Luxembourg and lasted nearly a month during December 1944. ” - brickley220
 
19.
Midway (1976)
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A dramatization of the battle that was widely heralded as a turning point of the Pacific Theatre of World War II. (132 mins.)
Director: Jack Smight
“ The film is an account of the sea and air battle between the US Navy and the Imperial Japanese Navy that took place during the 4 to 7 June 1942. ” - brickley220
 
20.
Pursuit of the Graf Spee (1956)
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A true WW2 story: the British Navy must find and destroy a powerful German warship. (119 mins.)
“ The Battle of the River Plate (Rio de la Plata) was the first naval battle in the Second World War. It took place between the German pocket battleship Admiral Graf Spee and one of the Royal Navy hunting groups comprising three cruisers, HMS Exeter, Ajax and Achilles. The group found and engaged their quarry at the estuary of the River Plate off the coast of Argentina and Uruguay in South America on the 13 December 1939. ” - brickley220
 
21.
Becket (1964)
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King Henry II of England comes to terms with his affection for his close friend and confidant Thomas à Becket, who finds his true honor by observing God's divine will rather than the king's. (148 mins.)
Director: Peter Glenville
“ Thomas Becket (also known as Saint Thomas of Canterbury, Thomas of London and later Thomas à Becket; circa 1118 – 29 December 1170).
He was Archbishop of Canterbury from 1162 until his murder in 1170. ” - brickley220
 
22.
Black and White (2002)
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Recreation of the landmark 1958 South Australian Court trial of young aboriginal Max Stuart. (99 mins.)
Director: Craig Lahiff
“ This Australian movie is based on real events, telling the story of Max Stuart (Ngoombujarra), a young aboriginal man, sentenced to death after being found guilty of the murder of a nine year old girl on what was considered questionable evidence. It follows the fight by his lawyers David O'Sullivan and Helen Devaney to save Stuart from execution. ” - brickley220
 
23.
Bonnie and Clyde (1967)
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Bonnie Parker, a bored waitress falls in love with an ex-con named Clyde Barrow and together they start a violent crime spree through the country, robbing cars and banks. (111 mins.)
Director: Arthur Penn
“ Bonnie Elizabeth Parker (1 October 1910 – 23 May 1934) and Clyde Chestnut Barrow (24 March 1909 – 23 May 1934) were well-known outlaws, robbers, and criminals who travelled around the Central United States with their gang during the Great Depression. ” - brickley220
 
24.
Das Boot (1981)
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The claustrophobic world of a WWII German U-boat; boredom, filth, and sheer terror. (149 mins.)
“ The film, as well as the book by Lothar G. Buchheim on which it's based, are both loosely adapted from the wartime career of the Type VIIC boat U-96, and its skipper, Heinrich Lehmann-Willenbrock. In late 1941, Buchheim, who was then a war correspondent in the German Navy's propaganda office, joined the crew of U-96 for one tour in the Battle of the Atlantic. ” - brickley220
 
25.
Born on the Fourth of July (1989)
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The biography of Ron Kovic. Paralyzed in the Vietnam war, he becomes an anti-war and pro-human rights political activist after feeling betrayed by the country he fought for. (145 mins.)
Director: Oliver Stone
“ Based upon the memoirs of Ronald Lawrence Kovic (born 4 July 1946) who is an anti-war activist, army veteran and writer who was paralysed in the Vietnam War. ” - brickley220
 
26.
The Boston Strangler (1968)
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A series of brutal murders in Boston sparks a seemingly endless and increasingly complex manhunt. (116 mins.)
“ The film is based on the true story of the Boston Strangler and the book by Gerold Frank. ” - brickley220
 
27.
The Bounty (1984)
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The familiar story of Lieutenant Bligh, whose cruelty leads to a mutiny on his ship. This version follows... (132 mins.)
Director: Roger Donaldson
“ A mutiny occurred aboard the British Royal Navy ship HMS Bounty on 28 April 1789. Captain Bligh and 18 of the 22 crew loyal to him sailed a small boat to Timor in the Dutch East Indies. ” - brickley220
 
28.
Breaker Morant (1980)
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Three Australian lieutenants are court martialed for executing prisoners as a way of deflecting attention from war crimes committed by their superior officers. (107 mins.)
Director: Bruce Beresford
“ Harry 'Breaker' Harbord Morant (9 December 1864 – 27 February 1902) was an Anglo-Australian drover, horseman, poet, soldier and convicted war criminal whose skill with horses earned him the nickname "The Breaker". ” - brickley220
 
29.
The Bridge at Remagen (1969)
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As the Allied armies close in, the Germans decide to blow up the last Rhine bridge, trapping their own men on the wrong side. But will it happen? (115 mins.)
Director: John Guillermin
“ The film is based on the book 'The Bridge at Remagen: The Amazing Story of March 7, 1945 by writer and U. S. Representative, Ken Hechler. It is an account of when the U.S. 9th Armored Division approached Remagen and found the Ludendorff Bridge still intact. The movie re-enacts the week-long battle, and several artillery duels, that the Americans fought before gaining a bridgehead across the Rhine for the final push into Germany. ” - brickley220
 
30.
A Bridge Too Far (1977)
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Operation Market Garden, September 1944: The Allies attempt to capture several strategically important bridges in the Netherlands in the hope of breaking the German lines. However, mismanagement and poor planning result in its failure. (175 mins.)
“ The film is an account of the failure of Operation Market Garden (17–25 September 1944) when XXX Corps failed to reach and relieve the British 1st Airborne Division at Arnhem. ” - brickley220
 
31.
Burke & Hare (1972)
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Two men go into business supplying medical colleges with cadavers by robbing graves. (91 mins.)
Director: Vernon Sewell
“ Based on the Burke and Hare murders perpetrated in Edinburgh, Scotland, from November 1827 to 31 October 1828. It was the last film to be directed by Vernon Sewell. ” - brickley220
 
32.
Calendar Girls (2003)
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A Women's Institute chapter's fundraising effort for a local hospital by posing nude for a calendar becomes a media sensation. (108 mins.)
Director: Nigel Cole
“ The film is an account of a group of Yorkshire women who produced a nude calendar to raise money for Leukaemia Research under the auspices of the Women's Institutes in April 1999. ” - brickley220
 
33.
Capote (2005)
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In 1959, Truman Capote learns of the murder of a Kansas family and decides to write a book about the case. While researching for his novel In Cold Blood, Capote forms a relationship with one of the killers, Perry Smith, who is on death row. (114 mins.)
Director: Bennett Miller
“ Truman Capote (30 September 1924 – 25 August 1984) was an American author, many of whose short stories, novels, plays, and nonfiction are recognized literary classics, including the novella 'Breakfast at Tiffany's' (1958) and true crime novel 'In Cold Blood' (1966), which he labelled a "non-fiction novel". ” - brickley220
 
34.
Carve Her Name with Pride (1958)
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Violette Bushell is the daughter of an English father and a French mother, living in London in the early years of World War 2... (119 mins.)
Director: Lewis Gilbert
“ The film is based on the true story of the heroism of Special Operations Executive agent Violette Reine Elizabeth Bushell Szabo, GC, MBE, (26 June 1921 – c. 5 February 1945). ” - brickley220
 
35.
Cast a Giant Shadow (1966)
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An American Army officer is recruited by Jews in Palestine to help them form an army. The surrounding... (146 mins.)
“ David Daniel "Mickey" Marcus (22 February 1901–10 June 1948) was a United States Army Colonel who assisted Israel during the 1948 Arab-Israeli War, and who became Israel's first General. ” - brickley220
 
36.
Catch Me If You Can (2002)
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The true story of Frank Abagnale Jr. who, before his 19th birthday, successfully conned millions of dollars' worth of checks as a Pan Am pilot, doctor, and legal prosecutor. (141 mins.)
“ This biopic is based on the life of Frank Abagnale Jr., who, before his 19th birthday, successfully performed confidence tricks worth millions of dollars by posing as a Pan American World Airways pilot. ” - brickley220
 
37.
Champions (1984)
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The true story of Bob Champion, a British steeple chase jockey who, in the late 1970s, was diagnosed with cancer... (106 mins.)
Director: John Irvin
“ Robert "Bob" Champion MBE was born in Guisborough, in the north of England, on 4 June 1948. He is an English jump jockey who won the 1981 Grand National on Aldaniti. ” - brickley220
 
38.
Changeling (2008)
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A grief-stricken mother takes on the LAPD to her own detriment when it stubbornly tries to pass off an obvious impostor as her missing child, while also refusing to give up hope that she will find him one day. (141 mins.)
Director: Clint Eastwood
“ Based on real-life events in 1928 Los Angeles, the film stars Angelina Jolie as single mother Christine Collins who is reunited with her missing son Walter by the LAPD—only to discover that he is an impostor. ” - brickley220
 
39.
The Charge of the Light Brigade (1968)
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A chronicle of events that led to the British involvement in the Crimean War against Russia and which... (139 mins.)
Director: Tony Richardson
“ The Charge of the Light Brigade was a charge of British cavalry led by Lord Cardigan against Russian forces during the Battle of Balaclava on 25 October 1854 in the Crimean War. ” - brickley220
 
40.
Chicago (2002)
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Murderesses Velma Kelly and Roxie Hart find themselves on death row together and fight for the fame that will keep them from the gallows in 1920s Chicago. (113 mins.)
Director: Rob Marshall
“ From a stage musical developed from a successful play which was in turn based on the stories of two real-life Chicago Jazz-era killers, Beulah Annan and Belva Gaertner. The same story was adapted into William Wellman's 1942 film 'Roxie Hart'. ” - brickley220
 
41.
Cinderella Man (2005)
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The story of James Braddock, a supposedly washed-up boxer who came back to become a champion and an inspiration in the 1930s. (144 mins.)
Director: Ron Howard
“ James Walter "The Cinderella Man" Braddock (7 June 1905 – 29 November 1974) was an Irish American boxer who was the world heavyweight champion from 1935 to 1937. ” - brickley220
 
42.
Cleopatra (1963)
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Historical epic. The triumphs and tragedy of the Egyptian queen, Cleopatra. (192 mins.)
“ The film chronicles the struggles of Cleopatra VII Philopator (Late 69 BC – 12 August 30 BC) the last pharaoh of Ancient Egypt, to resist the imperialist ambitions of Rome. ” - brickley220
 
43.
Coach Carter (2005)
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Controversy surrounds high school basketball coach Ken Carter after he benches his entire team for breaking their academic contract with him. (136 mins.)
Director: Thomas Carter
“ Based on a true story, in which Richmond High School basketball coach Ken Carter made headlines in 1999 for benching his undefeated team due their to poor academic results. ” - brickley220
 
44.
The Cockleshell Heroes (1955)
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During WW2, German ships are "safely" docked upriver at Bordeaux, but the British send a team of kayakers to attack them. (97 mins.)
Director: José Ferrer
“ The film is an account of Operation Frankton, a Royal Marine commando raid in canoes, carried out on enemy shipping in Bordeaux harbour 7 December 1942–12 December 1942. ” - brickley220
 
45.
The Colditz Story (1955)
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Allied prisoners of various nationalities pool their resources to plan numerous escapes from an "escape-proof" German POW camp housed in a Medieval castle. (94 mins.)
Director: Guy Hamilton
“ The film is based on the book written by P.R. Reid, a British army officer who was imprisoned in Oflag IV-C, Colditz Castle, in Germany during the Second World War and who was the Escape Officer for British POWs within the castle. ” - brickley220
 
46.
Cool Runnings (1993)
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When a Jamaican sprinter is disqualified from the Olympic Games, he enlists the help of a dishonored coach to start the first Jamaican Bobsled Team. (98 mins.)
Director: Jon Turteltaub
“ Based on the true story of the Jamaica national bobsled team's debut in the 1988 Winter Olympics in Calgary, Alberta.
Contrary to the movie, the Jamaican team was met with open arms by the international Bobsledding teams, one of them even lent the Jamaicans a back-up sled so they could qualify.
The crash scene at the end of the movie is the real footage taken from the 1988 Winter Olympic Games. ” - brickley220
 
47.
The Counterfeiters (2007)
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The story of the Operation Bernhard, the largest counterfeiting operation in history, carried out by Germany during WWII. (98 mins.)
“ The film is based upon Operation Bernhard, a secret plan by the Nazis during the Second World War to destabilize Great Britain by flooding its economy with forged Bank of England bank notes. ” - brickley220
 
48.
Cry Freedom (1987)
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South African journalist Donald Woods is forced to flee the country after attempting to investigate the death in custody of his friend the black activist Steve Biko. (157 mins.)
“ Donald James Woods, CBE (15 December 1933 – 19 August 2001) was a white South African journalist and anti-apartheid activist.
As editor of the Daily Dispatch from 1965 to 1977, he befriended Steve Biko, leader of the anti-apartheid Black Consciousness Movement and was banned by the government soon after Biko's death, which had been caused by serious head injuries, sustained while in police custody. ” - brickley220
 
49.
A Cry in the Dark (1988)
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A mother whose child was killed in a Dingo attack in the Australian outback fights to prove her innocence when she is accused of murder. (120 mins.)
Director: Fred Schepisi
“ It chronicles the case of Azaria Chamberlain, a nine-week-old baby girl who disappeared from a camp-ground near Uluru (also known as Ayers Rock) in August 1980 and the struggle of her parents, Michael and Lindy, to prove their innocence to a public convinced that they were complicit in her death. ” - brickley220
 
50.
The Dam Busters (1955)
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The story of how the British attacked German dams in WWII by using an ingenious technique to drop bombs where they would be most effective. (124 mins.)
“ Wing Commander Guy Penrose Gibson VC, DSO & Bar, DFC & Bar, RAF - Officer Commanding No. 617 Squadron RAF during Operation Chastise, author of 'Enemy Coast Ahead', veteran of 174 operations over German held territory and owner of a beloved Black Labrador dog. He was only 24 years old when he led the raid on 16–17 May 1943. ” - brickley220
 
51.
Dance with a Stranger (1985)
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A stormy relationship, complicated by the strictures of 1950s social class and gender roles, ends in death. Based on the life of Ruth Ellis, the last woman hanged in Britain. (96 mins.)
Director: Mike Newell
“ Ruth Ellis (9 October 1926 – 13 July 1955), née Neilson, was the last woman to be executed in the United Kingdom. She was convicted of the murder of her lover, David Blakely, and hanged at Holloway Prison, London, by Albert Pierrepoint. ” - brickley220
 
52.
Dark Blue World (2001)
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The friendship of two men becomes tested when they both fall for the same woman. (112 mins.)
Director: Jan Sverák
“ The film is about Czechoslovak pilots who fought for the British in the Royal Air Force during World War II. About one third of the film takes place in 1950, after the war, when the returning Czechoslovak pilots were imprisoned by the new communist government for colluding with the capitalists. ” - brickley220
 
53.
Days of Glory (2006)
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During WWII, four North African men enlist in the French army to liberate that country from Nazi oppression, and to fight French discrimination. (128 mins.)
“ The film is an account of the recruiting and soldiering by the indigènes (French Algerian Tirailleurs as well as Tunisian or Moroccan Goumiers) for the French First Army of the Free French Forces, that had been formed to liberate France from the Nazi occupation in World War II. ” - brickley220
 
54.
Defiance (2008)
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Jewish brothers in Nazi-occupied Eastern Europe escape into the Belarussian forests, where they join Russian resistance fighters and endeavor to build a village in order to protect themselves and about 1,000 Jewish non-combatants. (137 mins.)
Director: Edward Zwick
“ The film is an account of the Bielski partisans, a group led by four Jewish brothers who saved and recruited Jews in Poland (now Belarus) during the Second World War. ” - brickley220
 
55.
The Desert Rats (1953)
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Richard Burton plays a Scottish Army officer put in charge of a disparate band of ANZAC troops on the perimeter of Tobruk with the German Army doing their best to dislodge them. (88 mins.)
Director: Robert Wise
“ The film is based on the Australian 9th Division, who were charged with the defence of Tobruk under the command of General Leslie Morshead in April 1941. Hoping to survive against overwhelming odds for two months, the garrison held off the best of Rommel's Afrika Korps for over eight months.
The title of the film is a misnomer. The "Desert Rats" were actually the British 7th Armoured Division, the name coming from their jerboa shoulder flash. The Australian 9th Division besieged at Tobruk were denigrated as being "caught like rats in a trap" by German propaganda, the Australians calling themselves "The Rats of Tobruk" with pride as a result. ” - brickley220
 
56.
The Devil's Brigade (1968)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  
An American colonel who has never been in combat is assigned to create a special forces unit from Canadian Army troops and a ragtag group of U.S. Army misfits. (130 mins.)
“ Based on the 1966 book of the same name co-written by American novelist and historian Robert H. Adleman and Col. George Walton, a member of the 1st Special Service Force, a joint American-Canadian commando unit that saw action during World War II in the Aleutian Islands Campaign and later in the European Theatre of Operations. ” - brickley220
 
57.
The Diary of Anne Frank (1959)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  
Harrowing story of a young Jewish girl who, with her family and their friends, is forced into hiding in an attic in Nazi-occupied Amsterdam. (180 mins.)
Director: George Stevens
“ Based upon 'The Diary of a Young Girl', a book of the writings from the Dutch language diary kept by the young Jewess Anne Frank while she was in hiding for two years with her family during the Nazi occupation of the Netherlands. ” - brickley220
 
58.
The Dish (2000)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  
A remote Australian antenna, populated by quirky characters, plays a key role in the first Apollo moon landing. (101 mins.)
Director: Rob Sitch
“ This Australian film tells the story of how the Parkes Observatory was used to relay the live television of man's first steps on the moon, during the Apollo 11 mission in 1969. ” - brickley220
 
59.
Dr. Crippen (1963)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  
The real-life story of Dr. Hawley Harvey Crippen, who was hanged in London in 1910 for poisoning his wife so he could be with his young lover. But was he truly guilty of murder? (98 mins.)
Director: Robert Lynn
“ Hawley Harvey Crippen (11 September 1862 – 23 November 1910), usually known as Dr. Crippen, was an American homeopathic physician hanged in Pentonville Prison, London, on 23 November 1910, for the murder of his wife, Cora Henrietta Crippen. He was the first criminal to be captured with the aid of wireless communication whilst he was sailing across the Atlantic Ocean to America. ” - brickley220
 
60.
Domino (2005)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.0/10 X  
A recounting of Domino Harvey's life story. The daughter of actor Laurence Harvey turned away from her career as a Ford model to become a bounty hunter. (127 mins.)
Director: Tony Scott
“ Inspired by the story of Domino Harvey, the English daughter of stage and screen actor Laurence Harvey, who became a bounty hunter working in Los Angeles.
The film is dedicated to her, as she died from an accidental overdose of fentanyl on 27 June 2005, before the film was released. ” - brickley220
 
61.
Donnie Brasco (1997)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  
An FBI undercover agent infiltrates the mob and finds himself identifying more with the mafia life, at the expense of his regular one. (127 mins.)
Director: Mike Newell
“ Based on the real-life events of Joseph D. Pistone, an FBI agent who infiltrated the Bonanno crime family, one of the Mafia's Five Families based in New York City during the 1970s, under the alias "Donnie Brasco". ” - brickley220
 
62.
Downfall (2004)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.3/10 X  
Traudl Junge, the final secretary for Adolf Hitler, tells of the Nazi dictator's final days in his Berlin bunker at the end of WWII. (156 mins.)
“ One of several excellent films about the final days of Adolf Hitler and his followers in the Führerbunker in Berlin during April 1945 where the days were filled by the sound of Soviet artillery. ” - brickley220
 
63.
Dreamgirls (2006)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  
A trio of black female soul singers cross over to the pop charts in the early 1960s, facing their own personal struggles along the way. (130 mins.)
Director: Bill Condon
“ Dreamgirls is a roman à clef of the histories of the Motown record label and one of its acts, The Supremes. The story follows the history and evolution of American R&B music during the 1960s and 1970s through the eyes of a Detroit, Michigan girl group known as "The Dreams" and their manipulative record executive. ” - brickley220
 
64.
Dunkirk (1958)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  
A dramatization of the British Expeditionary Force's 1940 retreat to the beaches of France and the extraordinary seaborne evacuation that saved it from utter destruction by Nazi Germany. (134 mins.)
Director: Leslie Norman
“ The Dunkirk evacuation, code-named Operation Dynamo by the British, was the evacuation of 338,226 British and French Allied soldiers from the beaches and harbour of Dunkirk, France, between 26 May and the early hours of 3 June 1940. ” - brickley220
 
65.
El Cid (1961)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  
The fabled Spanish hero Rodrigo Diaz (a.k.a. El Cid) overcomes a family vendetta and court intrigue to defend Christian Spain against the Moors. (182 mins.)
Director: Anthony Mann
“ Rodrigo Díaz de Vivar (AD. 1043 – 10 July 1099), known as El Cid Campeador ("The lord-master of military arts"), was a Castilian nobleman, military leader, and diplomat. Exiled from the court of the Spanish Emperor Alfonso VI of León and Castile, El Cid went on to command a Moorish force consisting of Muladis, Berbers, Arabs and Malians, under Yusuf al-Mu'taman ibn Hud, Moorish king of the northeast Al-Andalus city of Zaragoza, and his successor, Al-Mustain II. ” - brickley220
 
66.
Elizabeth (1998)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  
A film of the early years of the reign of Elizabeth I of England and her difficult task of learning what is necessary to be a monarch. (124 mins.)
Director: Shekhar Kapur
“ Elizabeth I (7 September 1533 – 24 March 1603) was queen regnant of England and Ireland from 17 November 1558 until her death.
The daughter of Henry VIII, she was born a princess, but her mother, Anne Boleyn, was executed two and a half years after her birth, and Elizabeth was declared illegitimate. Her half-brother, Edward VI, bequeathed the crown to Lady Jane Grey, cutting his half-sisters out of the succession. His will was set aside, Lady Jane Grey was executed, and in 1558 Elizabeth succeeded her Catholic sibling Mary I, during whose reign she had been imprisoned for nearly a year on suspicion of supporting Protestant rebels. ” - brickley220
 
67.
Elizabeth: The Golden Age (2007)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  
A mature Queen Elizabeth endures multiple crises late in her reign including court intrigues, an assassination plot, the Spanish Armada, and romantic disappointments. (114 mins.)
Director: Shekhar Kapur
“ Sometimes called The Virgin Queen, Gloriana, or Good Queen Bess, Elizabeth was the fifth and last monarch of the Tudor dynasty.
In government, Elizabeth was more moderate than her father and siblings. One of her mottos was "video et taceo" ("I see and say nothing"). This strategy, viewed with impatience by her counsellors, often saved her from political and marital misalliances. ” - brickley220
 
68.
Empire of the Sun (1987)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  
A young English boy struggles to survive under Japanese occupation during World War II. (153 mins.)
“ Based on J. G. Ballard's semi-autobiographical novel about his experiences as a young man detained by the Japanese during WWII. The motto "P-51 - Cadillac of the skies" used in the movie was a derivation of Ballard's phrase in his book and apparently not a term that was employed in the 1940's. ” - brickley220
 
69.
Enemy at the Gates (2001)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  
A Russian and a German sniper play a game of cat-and-mouse during the Battle of Stalingrad. (131 mins.)
“ Based on William Craig's 1973 nonfiction book 'Enemy at the Gates: The Battle for Stalingrad', which describes the events surrounding the Battle of Stalingrad from 1942–1943.
It is based on a duel mentioned in the book that developed between the legendary Soviet sniper Vasily Grigoryevich Zaitsev and his German counterpart, Major Erwin König, as they stalked each other during the battle. ” - brickley220
 
70.
Erin Brockovich (2000)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  
An unemployed single mother becomes a legal assistant and almost single-handedly brings down a California power company accused of polluting a city's water supply. (131 mins.)
“ Erin Brockovich-Ellis (born 22 June 1960) an American legal clerk and environmental activist who, despite the lack of a formal law school education, or any legal education, was instrumental in constructing a case against the Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E) of California in 1993. ” - brickley220
 
71.
Evita (1996)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  
The hit musical based on the life of Evita Duarte, a B-picture Argentinian actress who eventually became the wife of Argentinian president Juan Perón, and the most beloved and hated woman in Argentina. (135 mins.)
Director: Alan Parker
“ María Eva Duarte de Perón (7 May 1919 – 26 July 1952) was the second wife of President Juan Perón (1895–1974) and served as the First Lady of Argentina from 1946 until her death in 1952. She is often referred to as simply Eva Perón, or by the affectionate Spanish language diminutive Evita. ” - brickley220
 
72.
Exodus (1960)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  
The state of Israel is created in 1948, resulting in war with its Arab neighbors. (208 mins.)
Director: Otto Preminger
“ The film is based on the events that happened on the ship Exodus in 1947 and deals with the founding of the state of Israel in 1948. ” - brickley220
 
73.
55 Days at Peking (1963)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  
During the 1900 Boxer Rebellion against foreigners in China, U.S. Marine Major Matt Lewis, aided by British Consul Sir Arthur Robertson, devises a strategy to keep the rebels at bay until an international military relief force arrives. (154 mins.)
Director: Nicholas Ray
“ In June 1900 in Beijing, Boxer fighters threatened foreigners and forced them to seek refuge in the Legation Quarter. In response, the initially hesitant Empress Dowager Cixi, urged by the conservatives of the Imperial Court, supported the Boxers and declared war on foreign powers. Diplomats, foreign civilians and soldiers, and Chinese Christians in the Legation Quarter were under siege by the Imperial Army of China and the Boxers for 55 days, until relieved by an International Column commanded by the British Vice-Admiral Edward Seymour. ” - brickley220
 
74.
Spitfire (1942)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.0/10 X  
Aircraft designer/patriot R. J. Mitchell, alarmed at growing German militarism, works to perfect a defense against the German Messerschmidt at the cost of his health. (118 mins.)
Director: Leslie Howard
“ This film dealt with the development of the Supermarine Spitfire by Reginald Joseph Mitchell CBE, FRAeS, (20 May 1895 - 11 June 1937) and test pilot 'Geoffrey Crisp' who is a fictional character based on an amalgam of Vickers's test pilots, Jeffrey Quill (also an RAF veteran) and "Mutt" Summers. Quill actually flies a Spitfire in the film, and had tested the Spitfire in battle, shooting down three aircraft while on temporary assignment to the RAF. ” - brickley220
 
75.
Flags of Our Fathers (2006)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  
The life stories of the six men who raised the flag at The Battle of Iwo Jima, a turning point in WWII. (135 mins.)
Director: Clint Eastwood
“ This film is about the Battle of Iwo Jima, the five Marines and one Navy Corpsman who were involved in raising the flag on Iwo Jima, and the after effects of that event on their lives. ” - brickley220
 
76.
Flight 93 (2006 TV Movie)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  
Flight 93 is the story of the heroic passengers that took back their plane in an effort to stop a 9-11 terrorist attack. (89 mins.)
Director: Peter Markle
“ Flight 93 is a 2006 made-for-TV film, which chronicles the events aboard United Airlines Flight 93 during the 11 September 2001 attacks. The theatrical movie that was originally titled 'Flight 93' was renamed 'United 93'.
They are both excellent records of the events that took place on that aircraft. ” - brickley220
 
77.
Francis of Assisi (1961)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  
Francis Bernardone (Bradford Dillman) is the son of a wealthy cloth merchant in Assisi, who gives up all his worldly goods to dedicate himself to God... (105 mins.)
Director: Michael Curtiz
“ Saint Francis of Assisi (born Giovanni Francesco di Bernardone; 1181/1182 – 3 October 1226) was an Italian Catholic friar and preacher. He founded the men's Franciscan Order, the women’s Order of St. Clare, and the lay Third Order of Saint Francis. St. Francis is one of the most venerated religious figures in history. ” - brickley220
 
78.
Frost/Nixon (2008)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  
A dramatic retelling of the post-Watergate television interviews between British talk-show host David Frost and former president Richard Nixon. (122 mins.)
Director: Ron Howard
“ After his resignation in 1974, Nixon spent more than two years away from public life. In 1977, he granted Frost an exclusive series of interviews. Nixon was already publishing his memoirs at the time; however, his publicist Irving "Swifty" Lazar believed that by using television Nixon could reach a mass audience. ” - brickley220
 
79.
Gettysburg (1993)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  
In 1863, the Northern and Southern forces fight at Gettysburg in the decisive battle of the American Civil War. (271 mins.)
“ The Battle of Gettysburg was fought during 1-3 July 1863, in and around the town of Gettysburg, Pennsylvania. It was the battle with the largest number of casualties in the American Civil War and is often described as the war's turning point.
Union Maj. Gen. George Gordon Meade's Army of the Potomac defeated attacks by Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee's Army of Northern Virginia, ending Lee's invasion of the North Union territory. ” - brickley220
 
80.
Glory at Sea (1952)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  
The captain of a old destroyer in 1940 struggles with his crew as well as the Nazis. (100 mins.)
Director: Compton Bennett
“ The so-called "Gift Horse" of the film's title refers to the nickname of the aged decrepit four-stacker ex-U.S. Navy destroyer known in the film as HMS Ballantrae.
The film is based on the raid known as 'Operation Chariot' undertaken in 1942 by HMS Campbeltown, in which the ship, loaded with explosives, rammed and subsequently destroyed the dock gates at the French port of St Nazaire. ” - brickley220
 
81.
Girl with a Pearl Earring (2003)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.0/10 X  
A young peasant maid working in the house of painter Johannes Vermeer becomes his talented assistant and the model for one of his most famous works. (100 mins.)
Director: Peter Webber
“ This film, adapted from a novel by author Tracy Chevalier, tells a story about the events surrounding the creation of the painting "Girl With A Pearl Earring" by 17th century Dutch master Johannes Vermeer.
The actual painting is kept in the Mauritshuis gallery in the Hague. It is sometimes referred to as "the Mona Lisa of the North" or "the Dutch Mona Lisa". ” - brickley220
 
82.
The Glenn Miller Story (1954)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  
Biography of bandleader Glenn Miller from his beginnings to his death over the English Channel in December 1944. (115 mins.)
Director: Anthony Mann
“ Alton Glenn Miller (1 March 1904 – missing in action 15 December 1944) was an American jazz musician (trombone), arranger, composer, and bandleader in the swing era. He was one of the highest-selling recording artists from 1939 to 1943, leading one of the best known "Big Bands". ” - brickley220
 
83.
Glory (1989)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  
Robert Gould Shaw leads the US Civil War's first all-black volunteer company, fighting prejudices of both his own Union army and the Confederates. (122 mins.)
Director: Edward Zwick
“ Robert Gould Shaw (10 October 1837 – 18 July 1863) was an American officer in the Union Army during the American Civil War. As Colonel, he commanded the all-black 54th Regiment, which entered the war in 1863.
He was killed in the Second Battle of Fort Wagner, near Charleston, South Carolina. ” - brickley220
 
84.
Gods and Generals (2003)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  
The rise and fall of legendary war hero Thomas "Stonewall" Jackson as he leads the Confederacy to great success against the Union from 1861 to 1863. Prequel to the 1993 classic "Gettysburg". (219 mins.)
“ Thomas Jonathan "Stonewall" Jackson (21 January 1824 – 10 May 1863) was a Confederate General during the American Civil War, and one of the best-known Confederate commanders after General Robert E. Lee.
Confederate pickets accidentally shot him at the Battle of Chancellorsville on 2 May 1863, which the General survived, albeit with the loss of an arm to amputation. However, he died of complications of pneumonia eight days later. ” - brickley220
 
85.
The Great Escape (1963)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.2/10 X  
Allied prisoners of war plan for several hundred of their number to escape from a German camp during World War II. (172 mins.)
Director: John Sturges
“ The film is based on the book of the same name by Paul Brickhill, a non-fiction account of the 1944 mass escape from Stalag Luft III in Żagań, which was then part of Germany. ” - brickley220
 
86.
The Great Raid (2005)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  
Taking place towards the end of WWII, 500 American Soldiers have been entrapped in a camp for 3 years. Beginning to give up hope they will ever be rescued, a group of Rangers goes on a dangerous mission to try and save them. (132 mins.)
Director: John Dahl
“ The Raid at Cabanatuan was a rescue of Allied prisoners of war (POWs) and civilians from a Japanese camp near Cabanatuan City, in the Philippines. On 30 January 1945, during World War II, United States Army Rangers, Alamo Scouts, and Filipino guerrillas liberated more than 500 from the POW camp. ” - brickley220
 
87.
Heartbreak Ridge (1986)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  
A hard-nosed, hard-living Marine gunnery sergeant clashes with his superiors and his ex-wife as he takes command of a spoiled recon platoon with a bad attitude. (130 mins.)
Director: Clint Eastwood
“ The Invasion of Grenada, codenamed Operation Urgent Fury, was a 1983 US-led invasion of Grenada, a Caribbean island nation with a population of just over 100,000 located 100 miles (160 km) north of Venezuela. It was triggered by a military coup which ousted a brief revolutionary government. The successful invasion led to a change of government but was controversial due to charges of American imperialism, Cold War politics, the involvement of Cuba, the unstable state of the Grenadian government, and Grenada's status as a Commonwealth realm with Elizabeth II as the monarch. ” - brickley220
 
88.
Henry V (1989)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  
In the midst of the Hundred Years' War, the young King Henry V of England embarks on the conquest of France in 1415. (137 mins.)
Director: Kenneth Branagh
“ Henry V (16 September 1386 – 31 August 1422) was King of England from 1413 until his death at the age of 35.
The Battle of Agincourt was a major English victory against a numerically superior French army in the Hundred Years' War. The battle occurred on Friday, 25 October 1415, near modern-day Azincourt, in northern France. Henry V's victory crippled France and started a new period in the war, during which Henry married the French king's daughter and his son, Henry VI, was made heir to the throne of France (although Henry VI failed to capitalize on his father's battlefield success). ” - brickley220
 
89.
The Heroes of Telemark (1965)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  
Norwegian resistance tries to stop German efforts to produce an atomic bomb component during World War II. (131 mins.)
Director: Anthony Mann
“ The Norwegian heavy water sabotage was a series of actions undertaken by Norwegian saboteurs during World War II to prevent the German nuclear energy project from acquiring heavy water (deuterium oxide), which could be used to produce nuclear weapons.
Between 1940 and 1944 a sequence of sabotage actions, by the Norwegian resistance movement, as well as Allied bombing, ensured the destruction of the plant and the loss of the heavy water produced. These operations—codenamed "Grouse," "Freshman," and "Gunnerside"—finally managed to knock the plant out of production in early 1943. ” - brickley220
 
90.
Hell, Heaven or Hoboken (1958)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  
During WW2, a British actor impersonates Field Marshal Montgomery in order to confuse German intelligence. (101 mins.)
Director: John Guillermin
“ Meyrick Edward Clifton James (1898 - 8 May 1963, Worthing, England) was an actor and soldier, notable for his resemblance to Field Marshal Bernard Montgomery. This was used by British intelligence as part of a deception campaign in 1944.
The plan was code-named 'Operation Copperhead' and James was contacted by Lieutenant-Colonel David Niven, who worked for the Army's film unit, and was asked to come to London on the pretext of making a film. ” - brickley220
 
91.
In the Name of the Father (1993)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  
A man's coerced confession to an IRA bombing he did not commit results in the imprisonment of his father as well. An English lawyer fights to free them. (133 mins.)
Director: Jim Sheridan
“ A biographical film based on the true life story of the "Guildford Four", four people falsely convicted of the IRA's Guildford pub bombings, which killed four off-duty British soldiers and a civilian. ” - brickley220
 
92.
Infamous (2006)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  
While researching his book In Cold Blood, writer Truman Capote develops a close relationship with convicted murderers Dick Hickock and Perry Smith. (110 mins.)
Director: Douglas McGrath
“ Truman Capote (30 September 1924 – 25 August 1984) was an American author who was the subject of a 1997 book by George Plimpton.
This movie covers the period from the late 1950s through the mid-1960s, during which Truman Capote researched and wrote his bestseller 'In Cold Blood', a subject covered earlier in the film 'Capote'. ” - brickley220
 
93.
Invictus (2009)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  
Nelson Mandela, in his first term as the South African President, initiates a unique venture to unite the apartheid-torn land: enlist the national rugby team on a mission to win the 1995 Rugby World Cup. (134 mins.)
Director: Clint Eastwood
“ The story is based on the John Carlin book 'Playing the Enemy: Nelson Mandela and the Game That Changed a Nation' about the events in South Africa before and during the 1995 Rugby World Cup, hosted in that country following the dismantling of apartheid. ” - brickley220
 
94.
Is Paris Burning? (1966)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  
The departure of the German army from Paris in 1944. (175 mins.)
Director: René Clément
“ This film is an account of the 1944 liberation of Paris by rival branches of the French Resistance (communist and Gaullist) and the Free French Forces. ” - brickley220
 
95.
Island in the Sky (1953)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.0/10 X  
A C-47 transport plane, named the Corsair, makes a forced landing in the frozen wastes of Labrador, and the plane's pilot, Captain Dooley, must keep his men alive in deadly conditions while waiting for rescue. (109 mins.)
“ The general plot is based on a true story that the author, Ernest Gann related in his 1961 autobiographical book about his flying career, "Fate is the Hunter". He and other pilots searched successfully for a lost fellow pilot in the wilds of northern Canada during World War II. ” - brickley220
 
96.
The Messenger: The Story of Joan of Arc (1999)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  
A young girl receives a vision that drives her to rid France of its oppressors. (158 mins.)
Director: Luc Besson
“ Saint Joan of Arc, nicknamed "The Maid of Orléans" (French: Jeanne d'Arc; ca. 1412 – 30 May 1431), is considered a national heroine of France and a Catholic saint. A peasant girl born in eastern France who claimed divine guidance, she led the French army to several important victories during the Hundred Years' War.
She was captured by the Burgundians, sold to the English, tried by an ecclesiastical court, and burned at the stake when she was 19 years old. ” - brickley220
 
97.
Kanal (1957)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  
In 1944, during the Warsaw uprising against the Nazis, Polish Lieutenant Zadra and his resistance fighters use Warsaw's sewer system to escape the German encirclement. (91 mins.)
Director: Andrzej Wajda
“ It was the first film made about the Warsaw Uprising, telling the story of a company of Home Army resistance fighters escaping the Nazi onslaught through the city's sewers in September 1944. ” - brickley220
 
98.
Khartoum (1966)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  
In the Sudan, in 1884-85, Egyptian forces led by a British general defend Khartoum against an invading Muslim army led by a religious fanatic, the Mahdi. (134 mins.)
“ Major-General Charles George Gordon, CB (28 January 1833 – 26 January 1885), known as Chinese Gordon, Gordon Pasha, and Gordon of Khartoum, was a British army officer, of the Corps of Royal Engineers and administrator.
He was killed by the Mahdi's (Muhammad Ahmed) forces whilst awaiting relief by a British column. ” - brickley220
 
99.
The Killing Fields (1984)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  
A journalist is trapped in Cambodia during tyrant Pol Pot's bloody "Year Zero" cleansing campaign, which claimed the lives of two million "undesirable" civilians. (141 mins.)
Director: Roland Joffé
“ Haing S Ngor, who plays Dith Pran, was himself a survivor of the Khmer Rouge regime and the labour camps they set up. Prior to the Khmer Rouge's 'Year Zero' he was a doctor based in Phnom Penh. In 1975, Ngor was one of millions who were relocated from the city to forced labour camps in the countryside. ” - brickley220
 
100.
The King and I (1956)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  
A widow accepts a job as a live-in governess to the King of Siam's children. (133 mins.)
Director: Walter Lang
“ The plot comes from the story written by Anna Leonowens, who became school teacher to the children of King Mongkut of Siam in the early 1860s. Leonowens' story was autobiographical, although a recent biographer has uncovered substantial inaccuracies and fabrications. ” - brickley220