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1.
Battleship Potemkin (1925)
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A dramatized account of a great Russian naval mutiny and a resulting street demonstration which brought on a police massacre. (75 mins.)
Director: S.M. Eisenstein
“ The movie you will never see on TV even though it was made in 1925. ” - christoph-brincken
 
2.
Wag the Dog (1997)
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Shortly before an election, a spin-doctor and a Hollywood producer join efforts to fabricate a war in order to cover up a presidential sex scandal. (97 mins.)
Director: Barry Levinson
“ How politics is made. Funny comedy. ” - christoph-brincken
 
3.
Thank You for Smoking (2005)
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Satirical comedy follows the machinations of Big Tobacco's chief spokesman, Nick Naylor, who spins on behalf of cigarettes while trying to remain a role model for his twelve-year-old son. (92 mins.)
Director: Jason Reitman
“ Great comedy about lobbing ” - christoph-brincken
 
4.
Capricorn One (1977)
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A NASA Mars mission won't work, and its funding is endangered, so they decide to fake it just this once. But then they have to keep the secret... (123 mins.)
Director: Peter Hyams
“ Fake Mars expedition - drama and comedy. ” - christoph-brincken
 
5.
SoulBoy (2010)
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A coming-of-age drama set in the 1970s Northern Soul underground music scene. (80 mins.)
Director: Shimmy Marcus
“ Boys meets girl(s) . Northern Soul cult movie.
If you don´t know what Northern Sould is, this helps you to get into this still living subculture. ” - christoph-brincken
 
6.
Charlie Wilson's War (2007)
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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. (102 mins.)
Director: Mike Nichols
“ Charlei Wilson war ein Kongresabgeordneter, der quasi im Alleingang den US Krieg gegen die russische Besetzung Afghanistans begann und gewann. ” - christoph-brincken
 
7.
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
“ A must see about the Spanish Revolution ” - christoph-brincken
 
8.
Enemy at the Gates (2001)
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A Russian and a German sniper play a game of cat-and-mouse during the Battle of Stalingrad. (131 mins.)
“ Stalingrad Movie . highly recommended ” - christoph-brincken
 
9.
Breaking the Code (1996 TV Movie)
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A biography of the English mathematician Alan Turing, who was one of the inventors of the digital computer... (75 mins.)
Director: Herbert Wise
“ Film über Alan Turing ” - christoph-brincken
 
10.
A Beautiful Mind (2001)
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After John Nash, a brilliant but asocial mathematician, accepts secret work in cryptography, his life takes a turn for the nightmarish. (135 mins.)
Director: Ron Howard
“ About a mad but genius mathematician ” - christoph-brincken
 
11.
One, Two, Three (1961)
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In West Berlin during the Cold War, a Coca-Cola executive is given the task of taking care of his boss' socialite daughter. (115 mins.)
Director: Billy Wilder
“ Superb comedy set in after war Berlin. Stalinists, Coca Cola and former Nazis ” - christoph-brincken
 
12.
The Producers (2005)
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After putting together another Broadway flop, down-on-his-luck producer Max Bialystock teams up with timid accountant Leo Bloom in a get-rich-quick scheme to put on the world's worst show. (134 mins.)
Director: Susan Stroman
“ Springtime for Hitler, comedy about to greedy jews planning an desaster movie about Hitler to make a fortune. Jewish humor at it´s best ” - christoph-brincken
 
13.
Groundhog Day (1993)
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A weatherman finds himself living the same day over and over again. (101 mins.)
Director: Harold Ramis
“ Groundhog Day - the day keeps repeating ” - christoph-brincken
 
14.
Waterworld (1995)
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In a future where the polar ice-caps have melted and Earth is almost entirely submerged, a mutated mariner fights starvation and outlaw "smokers," and reluctantly helps a woman and a young girl try to find dry land. (135 mins.)
Director: Kevin Reynolds
“ Epic movie ” - christoph-brincken
 
15.
Frost/Nixon (2008)
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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
“ Dual of an showbiz star against a corrupt president ” - christoph-brincken
 
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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
“ Free press vs McCathy ” - christoph-brincken
 
17.
JFK (1991)
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A New Orleans DA discovers there's more to the Kennedy assassination than the official story. (189 mins.)
Director: Oliver Stone
“ just another inside job ” - christoph-brincken
 
18.
Timeline (2003)
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A group of archaeological students become trapped in the past when they go there to retrieve their professor. The group must survive in 14th century France long enough to be rescued. (116 mins.)
Director: Richard Donner
“ Epic movie about timetravel.
Not the usual BS. ” - christoph-brincken
 
19.
The Day After Tomorrow (2004)
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Jack Hall, paleoclimatologist, must make a daring trek across America to reach his son, trapped in the cross-hairs of a sudden international storm which plunges the planet into a new Ice Age. (124 mins.)
Director: Roland Emmerich
“ Epic movie about an ice age. Though I thinik the CO2 scam is seriuous BS, the movie is great, ” - christoph-brincken
 
20.
Stagecoach (1939)
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A group of people traveling on a stagecoach find their journey complicated by the threat of Geronimo and learn something about each other in the process. (96 mins.)
Director: John Ford
“ A Western which turns out to be a drama where the outcasts are the heros and the citizens are the scum. ” - christoph-brincken
 
21.
Yojimbo (1961)
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A crafty ronin comes to a town divided by two criminal gangs and decides to play them against each other to free the town. (110 mins.)
Director: Akira Kurosawa
“ Bodygard - The Akira Kurosawa movie which was copied to be the Spagaetti-Western "a fistful of Dollars". ” - christoph-brincken
 
22.
Seven Samurai (1954)
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A poor village under attack by bandits recruits seven unemployed samurai to help them defend themselves. (207 mins.)
Director: Akira Kurosawa
“ "The Seven Samurai" by Kurosawa - copied to became the Spagetti-Western "the gloriuous seven". ” - christoph-brincken
 
23.
Kagemusha (1980)
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A petty thief with an utter resemblance to a samurai warlord is hired as the lord's double. When the warlord later dies the thief is forced to take up arms in his place. (180 mins.)
Director: Akira Kurosawa
“ "The Shadow of the Warrior" epic Kurosawa movie in ancient Nippon about an doppelganger of am Aristocrat. EPIC !!! ” - christoph-brincken
 
24.
Atlas Shrugged: Part I (2011)
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Railroad executive Dagny Taggart and steel mogul Henry Rearden form an alliance to fight the increasingly authoritarian government of the United States. (97 mins.)
Director: Paul Johansson
“ When a Russian emigrant makes an pro Capitalist Propaganda movie. ” - christoph-brincken
 
25.
Satan Met a Lady (1936)
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Sardonic detective Shane, thrown out of one town for bringing trouble, heads for home and his ex-partner's detective agency... (74 mins.)
“ Vintage who done it. Raymond Chandler ” - christoph-brincken
 
26.
The Big Sleep (1946)
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Private detective Philip Marlowe is hired by a rich family. Before the complex case is over, he's seen murder, blackmail, and what might be love. (114 mins.)
Director: Howard Hawks
“ The coolest Bogart / Bacall movie IMHO ” - christoph-brincken
 
27.
Lawrence of Arabia (1962)
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The story of T.E. Lawrence, the English officer who successfully united and lead the diverse, often warring, Arab tribes during World War I in order to fight the Turks. (216 mins.)
Director: David Lean
“ Ho to defeat an empire and come up with the concept of guerillia warefare ” - christoph-brincken
 
28.
F.I.S.T. (1978)
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Johnny Kovak joins the Teamsters trade-union in a local chapter in the 1930s and works his way up in the organization... (145 mins.)
Director: Norman Jewison
“ How to build a union and kick ass ” - christoph-brincken
 
29.
Barbarella (1968)
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In the distant future, a highly sexual woman is assigned with finding and stopping the evil Durand-Durand. Along the way, she encounters various unusual people. (98 mins.)
Director: Roger Vadim
“ The seventies rocked ” - christoph-brincken
 
30.
Dune (1984)
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A Duke's son leads desert warriors against the galactic emperor and his father's evil nemesis when they assassinate his father and free their desert world from the emperor's rule. (137 mins.)
Director: David Lynch
“ Epic SF baed on the books of Frank Herbert. ” - christoph-brincken
 
31.
Pirates of Silicon Valley (1999 TV Movie)
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History of Apple and Microsoft. (95 mins.)
Director: Martyn Burke
“ How Microsoft and Apple came about ” - christoph-brincken
 
32.
Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix (2007)
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With their warning about Lord Voldemort's return scoffed at, Harry and Dumbledore are targeted by the Wizard authorities as an authoritarian bureaucrat slowly seizes power at Hogwarts. (138 mins.)
Director: David Yates
“ Fascism breaks out in the magic world of Harry Potter. ” - christoph-brincken
 
33.
Outsourced (2006)
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After his entire department is outsourced, an American novelty products salesman (Hamilton) heads to India to train his replacement. (103 mins.)
Director: John Jeffcoat
“ A sad comedy about US jobs being outsourced to India. ” - christoph-brincken
 
34.
Mad Max (1979)
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In a self-destructing world, a vengeful Australian policeman sets out to stop a violent motorcycle gang. (88 mins.)
Director: George Miller
“ This is how the US looks when Obama is done "fixing". ” - christoph-brincken
 
35.
Galaxy Quest (1999)
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The alumni cast of a space opera television series have to play their roles as the real thing when an alien race needs their help. (102 mins.)
Director: Dean Parisot
“ A SciFi TV show gets real. Great Comedy ” - christoph-brincken
 
36.
The Matrix (1999)
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A computer hacker learns from mysterious rebels about the true nature of his reality and his role in the war against its controllers. (136 mins.)
“ Super allegorie about capitalism.
Dont watch Martix part 2 and 3, it´s crap. ” - christoph-brincken
 
37.
Outlander (2008)
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During the reign of the Vikings, Kainan, a man from a far-off world, crash lands on Earth, bringing with him an alien predator known as the Moorwen. Though both man and monster are seeking revenge for violence committed against them, Kainan leads the alliance to kill the Moorwen by fusing his advanced technology with the Viking's Iron Age weaponry. (115 mins.)
Director: Howard McCain
“ EPIC SciFi. A humanoid alien crashes in medival Norway with a "dragon" like monster. ” - christoph-brincken
 
38.
Gandhi (1982)
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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. (191 mins.)
“ EPCI movie. When you forget the pacifist ideologie and watch how he destroyed the market for the english which turned India in unsustainable business for the UK you can learn something. ” - christoph-brincken
 
39.
Citizen Kane (1941)
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Following the death of a publishing tycoon, news reporters scramble to discover the meaning of his final utterance. (119 mins.)
Director: Orson Welles
“ Classic ” - christoph-brincken
 
40.
The Belles of St. Trinian's (1954)
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These schoolgirls are more interested in racing forms than books as they try to get-rich-quick. They are abetted by the head-mistress' brother, played by Alastair Sim, who also plays the head-mistress. (91 mins.)
Director: Frank Launder
“ Some anarchistic ladys run a girl boarding school. Very funny ” - christoph-brincken
 
41.
Loose Change 9/11: An American Coup (2009 Documentary)
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Film in the Loose Change series. (99 mins.)
Director: Dylan Avery
“ Must see ” - christoph-brincken