Historical/Politicalby ekauke | created - 12 Dec 2011 | updated - 2 days ago | Public
The best in terms of Docudramas, Documentaries, Biopics, election films,etc.
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1. The Final Days (1989 TV Movie)
150 min | Drama
Based on the acclaimed book written by Carl Bernstein and Bob Woodward, The Final Days chronicles president Richard Nixon's administration during his critical period after the Watergate ... See full summary »
2. Frost/Nixon (2008)
R | 122 min | Biography, Drama
A dramatic retelling of the post-Watergate television interviews between British talk-show host David Frost and former president Richard Nixon.
Votes: 92,816 | Gross: $18.59M
3. The Special Relationship (2010 TV Movie)
TV-14 | 93 min | Biography, Drama, History
5. The Queen (2006)
PG-13 | 103 min | Biography, Drama
Votes: 92,323 | Gross: $56.44M
6. Thirteen Days (2000)
PG-13 | 145 min | Drama, History, Thriller
A dramatization and a fictionalized account of the Kennedy administration's struggle to contain the Cuban Missile Crisis in October 1962.
Votes: 48,073 | Gross: $34.59M
7. Path to War (2002 TV Movie)
Not Rated | 165 min | Biography, Drama, War
In the mid-1960s, President Johnson and his foreign-policy team debate the decision to withdraw from or escalate the war in Vietnam.
8. The Prize: The Epic Quest for Oil, Money & Power (1992– )
The globe-spanning story of the oil industry from the first strikes of the 19th century through the Gulf War. The industry's colorful characters and oil's key role in 20th century history are brought to life by participants and historians.
9. The Madness of King George (1994)
PG-13 | 104 min | Biography, Comedy, Drama
When King George III goes mad, his lieutenants try to adjust the rules to run the country without his participation.
Votes: 13,093 | Gross: $15.24M
10. The Young Victoria (2009)
PG | 105 min | Biography, Drama, History
A dramatization of the turbulent first years of Queen Victoria's rule, and her enduring romance with Prince Albert.
Votes: 49,877 | Gross: $11.00M
11. Mrs Brown (1997)
PG | 101 min | Biography, Drama, History
When Queen Victoria's husband dies, she finds solace in her trusted servant, Mr. Brown, but their relationship also brings scandal and turmoil.
Votes: 11,836 | Gross: $9.22M
15. When We Left Earth: The NASA Missions (2008– )
Narrated by award-winning actor Gary Sinise, WHEN WE LEFT EARTH is the incredible story of humankind's greatest adventure, as it happened, told by the people who were there. From the early ... See full summary »
20. Lawrence of Arabia (1962)
PG | 216 min | Adventure, Biography, Drama
The story of T.E. Lawrence, the English officer who successfully united and led the diverse, often warring, Arab tribes during World War I in order to fight the Turks.
Votes: 215,582 | Gross: $44.82M
21. Rudy: The Rudy Giuliani Story (2003 TV Movie)
120 min | Biography, Drama
Biographic movie of the witty, overachieving, hot-tempered Rudy Giuliani, spanning from his rising days as a New York City district attorney in the early 1980's to his marriage to part-time... See full summary »
24. Eight Men Out (1988)
PG | 119 min | Drama, History, Sport
A dramatization of the Black Sox scandal when the underpaid Chicago White Sox accepted bribes to deliberately lose the 1919 World Series.
Votes: 16,086 | Gross: $5.68M
25. Gandhi (1982)
PG | 191 min | Biography, Drama, History
Gandhi's character is fully explained as a man of nonviolence. Through his patience, he is able to drive the British out of the subcontinent. And the stubborn nature of Jinnah and his commitment towards Pakistan is portrayed.
Votes: 189,540 | Gross: $52.77M
26. Gangs of New York (2002)
R | 167 min | Crime, Drama
In 1863, Amsterdam Vallon returns to the Five Points area of New York City seeking revenge against Bill the Butcher, his father's killer.
Votes: 344,343 | Gross: $77.81M
27. Amadeus (1984)
R | 160 min | Biography, Drama, History
Votes: 303,041 | Gross: $51.97M
28. Battle of Britain (1969)
G | 132 min | Action, Drama, History
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.
29. Amistad (1997)
R | 155 min | Drama, History
In 1839, the revolt of Mende captives aboard a Spanish owned ship causes a major controversy in the United States when the ship is captured off the coast of Long Island. The courts must decide whether the Mende are slaves or legally free.
Votes: 61,356 | Gross: $44.18M
30. The Gathering Storm (2002 TV Movie)
G | 96 min | Biography, Drama, History
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.
31. Winston Churchill: The Wilderness Years (1981– )
60 min | Biography, Drama, History
The story of Winston Churchill's life between 1929, when he lost his cabinet position, and 1939, when he joined Great Britain's War Cabinet - a period he described as the most difficult in his life.
32. Into the Storm (2009 TV Movie)
TV-PG | 99 min | Biography, Drama, History
Continuing the storyline of The Gathering Storm (2002), Churchill at War is a look at the former British prime minister's life and career at the end of WWII.
33. The Battle of Algiers (1966)
Not Rated | 121 min | Drama, War
In the 1950s, fear and violence escalate as the people of Algiers fight for independence from the French government.
Votes: 42,935 | Gross: $0.06M
35. Fat Man and Little Boy (1989)
PG-13 | 127 min | Biography, Drama, History
This film reenacts the Manhattan Project, the secret wartime project in New Mexico where the first atomic bombs were designed and built.
Votes: 5,868 | Gross: $3.56M
36. The Trials of J. Robert Oppenheimer (2008)
109 min | Documentary, Biography, History
J. Robert Oppenheimer was a national hero, the brilliant scientist who during WWII led the scientific team that created the atomic bomb. But after the bomb brought the war to an end, in ... See full summary »
Frontline (1983– )
Bush's War: Part I
Not Rated | 150 min | Documentary
Frontline examines the war in Iraq and offers an inside look at a number controversies surrounding the war including September 11, al-Qaida, Guantanamo, Abu Ghraid, WMDs, and Fallujah.
40. Invictus (2009)
PG-13 | 134 min | Biography, Drama, History
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.
Votes: 133,471 | Gross: $37.49M
42. Nixon (1995)
R | 192 min | Biography, Drama, History
A biographical story of former U.S. President Richard Milhous Nixon, from his days as a young boy, to his eventual Presidency, which ended in shame.
Votes: 25,602 | Gross: $13.56M
43. George Wallace (1997 TV Movie)
TV-14 | 178 min | Biography, Drama
Following Alabama governor George Wallace through segregation, presidential elections, an assassination attempt and personal trauma.
45. Bob Roberts (1992)
R | 102 min | Comedy, Drama
A right-wing folk singer becomes a corrupt politician and runs a crooked election campaign. Only one independent muck-raking reporter is trying to stop him.
Votes: 12,124 | Gross: $4.48M
46. Leatherheads (2008)
PG-13 | 114 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance
In 1925, an enterprising pro football player convinces America's too-good-to-be-true college football hero to play for his team and keep the league from going under.
Votes: 28,900 | Gross: $31.20M
51. Inherit the Wind (1960)
Approved | 128 min | Biography, Drama, History
Based on a real-life case in 1925, two great lawyers argue the case for and against a science teacher accused of the crime of teaching evolution.
52. The Day Reagan Was Shot (2001 TV Movie)
R | 98 min | Biography, Drama, History
The 30th of March, 1981, the delusional John Hinckley Jr. tries to kill president Ronald Reagan. His life hangs on a thin thread at the hospital, while the Soviet Union is ready to invade a... See full summary »
54. Charlie Wilson's War (2007)
R | 102 min | Biography, Comedy, Drama
A drama based on a Texas congressman Charlie Wilson's covert dealings in Afghanistan, where his efforts to assist rebels in their war with the Soviets have some unforeseen and long-reaching effects.
Votes: 94,791 | Gross: $66.66M
55. Hotel Rwanda (2004)
PG-13 | 121 min | Biography, Drama, History
Paul Rusesabagina was a hotel manager who housed over a thousand Tutsi refugees during their struggle against the Hutu militia in Rwanda.
Votes: 289,602 | Gross: $23.47M
Frontline (1983– )
Ghosts of Rwanda
Not Rated | 120 min | Documentary
Ghosts of Rwanda marks the 10th anniversary of the Rwandan genocide with a documentary chronicling one of the worst atrocities of the 20th century. In addition to interviews with key ... See full synopsis »
57. Right America: Feeling Wronged - Some Voices from the Campaign Trail (2009 TV Movie)
Not Rated | 43 min | Documentary
On the night Barack Obama was elected our 44th President, more than 58 million voters cast their ballots for John McCain. Journalist/filmmaker Alexandra Pelosi presents this first-person, ... See full summary »
59. Michael Collins (1996)
R | 133 min | Biography, Drama, Thriller
Neil Jordan's historical biopic of Irish revolutionary Michael Collins, the man who led a guerrilla war against the UK, helped negotiate the creation of the Irish Free State, and led the National Army during the Irish Civil War.
Votes: 25,946 | Gross: $11.09M
62. Full Metal Jacket (1987)
R | 116 min | Drama, War
A pragmatic U.S. Marine observes the dehumanizing effects the Vietnam War has on his fellow recruits from their brutal boot camp training to the bloody street fighting in Hue.
Votes: 545,607 | Gross: $46.36M
63. Apocalypse Now (1979)
R | 147 min | Drama, War
During the Vietnam War, Captain Willard is sent on a dangerous mission into Cambodia to assassinate a renegade Colonel who has set himself up as a god among a local tribe.
Votes: 497,426 | Gross: $83.47M
64. The Man Who Would Be King (1975)
PG | 129 min | Adventure
Two British former soldiers decide to set themselves up as kings in Kafiristan, a land where no white man has set foot since Alexander the Great.
68. Saturday Night Live: Presidential Bash 2000 (2000 TV Special)
TV-14 | Comedy
Saturday Night Live salutes the fearless leaders of our country will these sketches of America's political elite! Raise a flag to the politicians past and present who have driven ... See full summary »
70. Path to Paradise: The Untold Story of the World Trade Center Bombing. (1997 TV Movie)
R | 91 min | Drama, History
The incredible story of the events leading up to the bombing of the World Trade Center in New York and the capture of the terrorists. The amazing thing is that the FBI had an informant ... See full summary »
72. Boogie Man: The Lee Atwater Story (2008)
Not Rated | 86 min | Documentary, Biography
The Murrow, Polk, and IDA Award-winning documentary Boogie Man is about Lee Atwater, a blues-playing rogue whose rise from the South to Chairman of the GOP made him a political rock star. ... See full summary »
Votes: 576 | Gross: $0.06M
73. The Last King of Scotland (2006)
R | 123 min | Biography, Drama, History
Based on the events of the brutal Ugandan dictator Idi Amin's regime as seen by his personal physician during the 1970's.
Votes: 156,372 | Gross: $17.61M
74. Munich (2005)
R | 164 min | Drama, History, Thriller
Based on the true story of the Black September aftermath, about the five men chosen to eliminate the ones responsible for that fateful day.
Votes: 187,938 | Gross: $47.40M
75. Henry V (1989)
PG-13 | 137 min | Action, Biography, Drama
In the midst of the Hundred Years War, the young King Henry V of England embarks on the conquest of France in 1415.
Votes: 25,005 | Gross: $10.16M
76. United 93 (2006)
R | 111 min | Drama, History, Thriller
A real-time account of the events on United Flight 93, one of the planes hijacked on September 11th, 2001 that crashed near Shanksville, Pennsylvania when passengers foiled the terrorist plot.
Votes: 88,325 | Gross: $31.57M
American Experience (1988– )
Jonestown: The Life and Death of the Peoples Temple
Not Rated | 90 min | Documentary, Biography, History
Director: Stanley Nelson
PG-13 | 107 min | Documentary, Biography, History
Votes: 20,476 | Gross: $4.19M
84. Peter Jennings Reporting: The Kennedy Assassination - Beyond Conspiracy (2003 TV Movie)
Not Rated | 86 min | Documentary, History
Forty years after the assassination of John F. Kennedy, more than 80% of Americans still believe that Lee Harvey Oswald did not act alone. This documentary attempts to separate fact from conspiracy theories to get to the truth.
85. See Arnold Run (2005 TV Movie)
R | 90 min | Biography, Comedy, Drama
A look at the life of Arnold Schwarzenegger, from his early days as a body builder up until his successful campaign for governor of California.
87. Apollo 13 (I) (1995)
PG | 140 min | Adventure, Drama, History
NASA must devise a strategy to return Apollo 13 to Earth safely after the spacecraft undergoes massive internal damage putting the lives of the three astronauts on board in jeopardy.
Votes: 226,915 | Gross: $173.84M
88. War and Peace (1956)
PG | 208 min | Drama, Romance, War
Napoleon's tumultuous relations with Russia including his disastrous 1812 invasion serve as the backdrop for the tangled personal lives of two aristocratic families.
Votes: 7,489 | Gross: $12.50M
89. Hail the Conquering Hero (1944)
Passed | 101 min | Comedy, War
Woodrow is discharged from the military for hay fever, but fabricates receiving a heroic honorable discharge before returning home.
90. Doctor Zhivago (1965)
PG-13 | 197 min | Drama, Romance, War
The life of a Russian physician and poet who, although married to another, falls in love with a political activist's wife and experiences hardship during the First World War and then the October Revolution.
Votes: 59,946 | Gross: $111.72M
93. Black Hawk Down (2001)
R | 144 min | Drama, History, War
160 elite U.S. soldiers drop into Somalia to capture two top lieutenants of a renegade warlord and find themselves in a desperate battle with a large force of heavily-armed Somalis.
Votes: 317,087 | Gross: $108.64M
94. The Four Feathers (2002)
PG-13 | 132 min | Adventure, Drama, Romance
A British officer resigns his post just before battle and subsequently receives four white feathers from his friends and fiancee as symbols of what they believe to be his cowardice.
Votes: 29,705 | Gross: $18.31M
95. Khartoum (1966)
Approved | 128 min | Action, Adventure, Drama
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.
97. The Iron Lady (2011)
PG-13 | 105 min | Biography, Drama
An elderly Margaret Thatcher talks to the imagined presence of her recently deceased husband as she struggles to come to terms with his death while scenes from her past life, from girlhood to British prime minister, intervene.
Votes: 89,782 | Gross: $30.02M
98. The Ides of March (2011)
R | 101 min | Drama, Thriller
An idealistic staffer for a new presidential candidate gets a crash course on dirty politics during his stint on the campaign trail.
Votes: 199,918 | Gross: $40.96M
99. All the President's Men (1976)
PG | 138 min | Biography, Drama, History
Votes: 82,572 | Gross: $70.60M
American Experience (1988– )
Nixon: Part I
TV-PG | 56 min | Documentary, Biography, History
Richard M. Nixon was one of American history's most powerful figures. Recalling events etched in U.S. memory, this three-hour program explores a fateful mix of strength and weakness that ... See full summary »