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1.
Z (1969)
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Following the murder of a prominent leftist, an investigator tries to uncover the truth while government officials attempt to cover up their roles. (127 mins.)
Director: Costa-Gavras
 
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The Battle of Algiers (1966)
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In the 1950s, fear and violence escalate as the people of Algiers fight for independence from the French government. (121 mins.)
 
3.
Missing (1982)
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When an idealistic writer disappears during the Right Wing military coup in 1973 Chile, his wife and American businessman father try to find him. (122 mins.)
Director: Costa-Gavras
 
4.
The Ax (2005)
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A chemist (Garcia) loses his job to outsourcing. Two years later and still jobless, he hits on a solution: to genuinely eliminate his competition. (117 mins.)
Director: Costa-Gavras
 
5.
Salvador (Puig Antich) (2006)
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A profile of anarchist and bank-robber Salvador Puig Antich, whose 1974 execution under the dictatorship of Francisco Franco ushered in a period of unrest that helped Spain transition to democracy. (134 mins.)
Director: Manuel Huerga
 
6.
Carlos (2010 Mini-Series)
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The story of Venezuelan revolutionary Ilich Ramírez Sánchez, who founded a worldwide terrorist organization and raided the 1975 OPEC meeting. (334 mins.)
 
7.
Syriana (2005)
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A politically-charged epic about the state of the oil industry in the hands of those personally involved and affected by it. (128 mins.)
Director: Stephen Gaghan
 
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Europa (1991)
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Just after W.W.II, an American takes a railway job in Germany, but finds his position politically sensitive with various people trying to use him. (112 mins.)
Director: Lars von Trier
 
9.
V for Vendetta (2005)
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In a future British tyranny, a shadowy freedom fighter, known only by the alias of "V", plots to overthrow it with the help of a young woman. (132 mins.)
Director: James McTeigue
 
10.
12 Angry Men (1957)
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A jury holdout attempts to prevent a miscarriage of justice by forcing his colleagues to reconsider the evidence. (96 mins.)
Director: Sidney Lumet
 
11.
No Man's Land (2001)
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Bosnia and Herzegovina during 1993 at the time of the heaviest fighting between the two warring sides. Two soldiers from opposing sides in the conflict, Nino and Ciki, become trapped in no man's land, whilst a third soldier becomes a living booby trap. (98 mins.)
Director: Danis Tanovic
 
12.
The Wave (2008)
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A high school teacher's experiment to demonstrate to his students what life is like under a dictatorship spins horribly out of control when he forms a social unit with a life of its own. (107 mins.)
Director: Dennis Gansel
 
13.
State of Siege (1972)
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In Uruguay in the early 1970s, an official of the US Agency for International Development (a group used... (120 mins.)
Director: Costa-Gavras
 
14.
All the President's Men (1976)
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"The Washington Post" reporters Bob Woodward and Carl Bernstein uncover the details of the Watergate scandal that leads to President Richard Nixon's resignation. (138 mins.)
Director: Alan J. Pakula
 
15.
The Lives of Others (2006)
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In 1984 East Berlin, an agent of the secret police, conducting surveillance on a writer and his lover, finds himself becoming increasingly absorbed by their lives. (137 mins.)
 
16.
Good Night, and Good Luck. (2005)
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Broadcast journalist Edward R. Murrow looks to bring down Senator Joseph McCarthy. (93 mins.)
Director: George Clooney
 
17.
Waltz with Bashir (2008 Documentary)
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An Israeli film director interviews fellow veterans of the 1982 invasion of Lebanon to reconstruct his own memories of his term of service in that conflict. (90 mins.)
Director: Ari Folman
 
18.
Butterfly (1999)
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For Moncho, it's an idyllic year: he starts school, he has a wonderful teacher, he makes a friend in Roque... (96 mins.)
 
19.
Manderlay (2005)
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A story of slavery, set in the southern U.S. in the 1930s. (139 mins.)
Director: Lars Von Trier
 
20.
Good Bye Lenin! (2003)
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In 1990, to protect his fragile mother from a fatal shock after a long coma, a young man must keep her from learning that her beloved nation of East Germany as she knew it has disappeared. (121 mins.)
Director: Wolfgang Becker
 
21.
Downfall (2004)
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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.)
 
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Paths of Glory (1957)
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After refusing to attack an enemy position, a general accuses the soldiers of cowardice and their commanding officer must defend them. (88 mins.)
Director: Stanley Kubrick
 
23.
Triumph of the Will (1935 Documentary)
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The infamous propaganda film of the 1934 Nazi Party rally in Nuremberg, Germany. (114 mins.)
 
24.
Army of Shadows (1969)
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An account of underground resistance fighters in Nazi-occupied France. (145 mins.)
 
25.
The Confession (1970)
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Anton Ludvik, aka Gerard, is vice-minister of Foreign Affairs of Czechoslovakia. He realizes he is watched and followed... (139 mins.)
Director: Costa-Gavras
 
26.
The Conformist (1970)
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A weak-willed Italian man becomes a fascist flunky who goes abroad to arrange the assassination of his old teacher, now a political dissident. (111 mins.)
 
27.
The Killing Fields (1984)
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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
 
28.
City of God (2002)
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Two boys growing up in a violent neighborhood of Rio de Janeiro take different paths: one becomes a photographer, the other a drug dealer. (130 mins.)
 
29.
The Edukators (2004)
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Three activists cobble together a kidnapping plot after they encounter a businessman in his home. (127 mins.)
 
30.
Sophie Scholl: The Final Days (2005)
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A dramatization of the final days of Sophie Scholl, one of the most famous members of the German World War II anti-Nazi resistance movement, The White Rose. (120 mins.)
Director: Marc Rothemund
 
31.
Il Divo (2008)
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The story of Italian politician Giulio Andreotti, who has served as Prime Minister of Italy seven times since the restoration of democracy in 1946. (110 mins.)
 
32.
The Baader Meinhof Complex (2008)
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A look at Germany's terrorist group, The Red Army Faction (RAF), which organized bombings, robberies, kidnappings and assassinations in the late 1960s and '70s. (150 mins.)
Director: Uli Edel
 
33.
The White Ribbon (2009)
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Strange events happen in a small village in the north of Germany during the years before World War I, which seem to be ritual punishment. Who is responsible? (144 mins.)
Director: Michael Haneke
 
34.
The Organizer (1963)
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A former high school teacher turned unionist tries to organize workers laboring with inhuman conditions at a late 19th Century textile factory. (130 mins.)
Director: Mario Monicelli
 
35.
The Hunt (1966)
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Three men go hunting rabbits during a hot day. Heat and talking about events happened in the past make them angry, until they go totally crazy. (91 mins.)
Director: Carlos Saura
 
36.
Land and Freedom (1995)
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Spring 1936, a young unemployed communist, David, leaves his hometown Liverpool to join the fight against fascism in Spain... (109 mins.)
Director: Ken Loach
 
37.
Cria Cuervos (1976)
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Three orphaned sisters under the custody of their stern aunt and their handicapped grandmother, will have to acclimatize to the new conditions of their shared life, overcome life's constant impediments and eventually, grow up. (110 mins.)
Director: Carlos Saura
 
38.
Before the Revolution (1964)
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The study of a youth on the edge of adulthood and his aunt, ten years older. Fabrizio is passionate... (115 mins.)
 
39.
The Ear (1990)
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Husband (senior ministry official) and wife find their house is riddled with listening devices put there by his own ministry... (94 mins.)
Director: Karel Kachyna
 
40.
Memories of Underdevelopment (1968)
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Sergio (Sergio Corrieri - Soy Cuba), through his life following the departure of his wife, parents and friends in the wake of the Bay of Pigs incident... (97 mins.)
 
41.
Advise & Consent (1962)
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Senate investigation into the President's newly nominated Secretary of State, gives light to a secret from the past, which may not only ruin the candidate, but the President's character as well. (139 mins.)
Director: Otto Preminger
 
42.
Post Mortem (2010)
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In Chile, 1973, during the last days of Salvador Allende's presidency, an employee at a Morgue's recording office falls for a burlesque dancer who mysteriously disappears. (98 mins.)
Director: Pablo Larraín
 
43.
Caché (2005)
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A married couple is terrorized by a series of surveillance videotapes left on their front porch. (117 mins.)
Director: Michael Haneke
 
44.
Tony Manero (2008)
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A man is obsessed with John Travolta's disco dancing character from Saturday Night Fever. (97 mins.)
Director: Pablo Larraín
 
45.
Interrogation (1982)
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Tonia goes out drinking. She wakes up in prison, not having a clue why she's there. She is tortured to encourage her to confess to a crime she is not aware of. (118 mins.)
 
46.
Burn! (1969)
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The professional mercenary Sir William Walker instigates a slave revolt on the Caribbean island of Queimada... (132 mins.)
 
47.
Social Genocide (2004 Documentary)
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After the fall of the military dictatorship in 1983, successive democratic governments launched a series... (120 mins.)
 
48.
The Verdict (1982)
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A lawyer sees the chance to salvage his career and self-respect by taking a medical malpractice case to trial rather than settling. (129 mins.)
Director: Sidney Lumet
 
49.
1900 (1976)
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The epic tale of a class struggle in 20th Century Italy, as seen through the eyes of two childhood friends on opposing sides. (317 mins.)
 
50.
Hands Over the City (1963)
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Prior to a city council election, the collapse of a building leaves a land developer and his political backers defending themselves against a scandal. (105 mins.)
Director: Francesco Rosi
 
51.
Medium Cool (1969)
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A TV news reporter finds himself becoming personally involved in the violence that erupts around the 1968 Democratic National Convention. (111 mins.)
Director: Haskell Wexler