"Based on a True Story": British History (exc. Royals and World Wars)

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1.
The Duchess (2008)
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A chronicle of the life of 18th century aristocrat Georgiana, Duchess of Devonshire, who was reviled for her extravagant political and personal life. (110 mins.)
Director: Saul Dibb
 
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Beau Brummell: This Charming Man (2006 TV Movie)
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George 'Beau' Brummel, a penniless but witty London gentleman, maintains a refined lifestyle with his loyal servant... (78 mins.)
 
3.
Mutiny on the Bounty (1935)
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Midshipman Roger Byam joins Captain Bligh and Fletcher Christian aboard the HMS Bounty for a voyage to Tahiti... (132 mins.)
Director: Frank Lloyd
 
4.
Waterloo (1970)
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Facing the decline of everything he has worked to obtain, conqueror Napoleon Bonaparte and his army confront the British at the Battle of Waterloo. (134 mins.)
 
5.
Amazing Grace (2006)
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The idealist William Wilberforce maneuvers his way through Parliament, endeavoring to end the British transatlantic slave trade. (118 mins.)
Director: Michael Apted
 
6.
Florence Nightingale (2008 TV Movie)
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(60 mins.)
Director: Norman Stone
 
7.
Creation (2009)
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Torn between faith and science, and suffering hallucinations, English naturalist Charles Darwin struggles to complete 'On the Origin of Species' and maintain his relationship with his wife. (108 mins.)
Director: Jon Amiel
 
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Khartoum (1966)
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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.)
 
9.
Zulu (1964)
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Outnumbered British soldiers do battle with Zulu warriors at Rorke's Drift. (138 mins.)
Director: Cy Endfield
 
10.
Young Winston (1972)
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This historical drama is an account of the early life of the future British Prime Minister Winston Churchill (Simon Ward)... (157 mins.)
 
11.
A Night to Remember (1958)
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An account of the ill-fated maiden voyage of RMS Titanic in 1912. (123 mins.)
Director: Roy Baker
 
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Great Performances (1971 TV Series)
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Lawrence and Feisal go to argue for Arab independence at the 1919 Paris Peace Conference.
 
13.
Codebreaker (2011 Documentary)
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The highs and lows of Alan Turing's life, tracking his extraordinary accomplishments, his government persecution through to his tragic death in 1954... (62 mins.)
 
14.
Consenting Adults (2007 TV Movie)
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(80 mins.)
 
15.
Aberfan: The Untold Story (2006 Documentary)
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(60 mins.)
Director: Jonathan Jones
 
16.
Margaret Thatcher: The Long Walk to Finchley (2008 TV Movie)
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A light-hearted retelling of the true story of future prime minister Margaret Thatcher, during the fifties when, working as a research chemist, she begins her attempts to be selected for parliament, and meets her future husband Dennis. (84 mins.)
 
17.
Suez: A Very British Crisis (2006 Documentary)
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The story of the Suez Crisis, how Britian invaded Egypt 50 years ago, making President Nasser a national hero and British prime Minister Anthony Eden a national disgrace. (59 mins.)
Director: Louise Hooper
 
18.
Bloody Sunday (2002)
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A dramatization of the Irish civil rights protest march and subsequent massacre by British troops on January 30, 1972. (107 mins.)
Director: Paul Greengrass
 
19.
Sunday (2002 TV Movie)
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Sunday tells the story of an infamous day in Derry/Londonderry, Northern Ireland and how the events... (94 mins.)
 
20.
In the Name of the Father (1993)
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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
 
21.
The Investigation: Inside a Terrorist Bombing (1990 TV Movie)
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(105 mins.)
Director: Mike Beckham
 
22.
Hunger (2008)
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Irish republican Bobby Sands leads the inmates of a Northern Irish prison in a hunger strike. (96 mins.)
Director: Steve McQueen
 
23.
The Iron Lady (2011)
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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. (105 mins.)
Director: Phyllida Lloyd
 
24.
The Falklands Play (2002 TV Movie)
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Twenty years ago, Britain went to war to regain the Falkland Islands. The Falklands Play is a gripping... (90 mins.)
Director: Michael Samuels
 
25.
Margaret (2009 TV Movie)
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Margaret Thatcher's final days as the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom. (113 mins.)
Director: James Kent
 
26.
The Queen (2006)
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After the death of Princess Diana, Queen Elizabeth II struggles with her reaction to a sequence of events nobody could have predicted. (103 mins.)
Director: Stephen Frears
 
27.
The Special Relationship (2010 TV Movie)
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A dramatization that traces former U.K. prime minister Tony Blair's relationships with Bill Clinton and George W. Bush. (93 mins.)
 
28.
Mo (2010 TV Movie)
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A revealing biopic about politician Mo Mowlam. (101 mins.)
Director: Philip Martin
 
29.
When Boris Met Dave (2009 Documentary)
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A drama-doc about the early lives of Boris Johnson and David Cameron. (90 mins.)
Director: John Dower
 
30.
Miliband of Brothers (2010 Documentary)
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Charting the rise of the Milliband brother, from their left-wing upbringing to their University days, using dramatized scenes and interviews with people who knew them. (48 mins.)
 
31.
Coalition (2015 TV Movie)
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An accurate depiction of the events surrounding the United Kingdom hung parliament in 2010 and the aftermath involving the three main party leaders in attempting to form a government, despite contrasting policies and personal beliefs.
Director: Alex Holmes