Top 80 History/Political Movies

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1.
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.)
 
2.
The Leopard (1963)
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The Prince of Salina, a noble aristocrat of impeccable integrity, tries to preserve his family and class amid the tumultuous social upheavals of 1860's Sicily. (187 mins.)
 
3.
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.)
 
4.
The Manchurian Candidate (1962)
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A former prisoner of war is brainwashed as an unwitting assassin for an international Communist conspiracy. (126 mins.)
 
5.
Salvatore Giuliano (1962)
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The unclear and complicate twists between governal powers, independentist party and Mafia in the Sicily of the '40s culminate with the death of Salvatore Giuliano. (123 mins.)
Director: Francesco Rosi
 
6.
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.)
 
7.
Salvador (1986)
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An American photojournalist gets caught in a political struggle at El Salvador in 1980. (122 mins.)
Director: Oliver Stone
 
8.
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
 
9.
The Garden of the Finzi-Continis (1970)
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In the late 1930s, in Ferrara, Italy, the Finzi-Contini are one of the leading families, wealthy, aristocratic... (94 mins.)
 
10.
Macbeth (2015)
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Macbeth, the Thane of Glamis, receives a prophecy from a trio of witches that one day he will become King of Scotland. Consumed by ambition and spurred to action by his wife, Macbeth murders his king and takes the throne for himself. (113 mins.)
Director: Justin Kurzel
 
11.
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
 
12.
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
 
13.
Vincere (2009)
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The story of Mussolini's secret lover, Ida Dalser, and their son Albino. (128 mins.)
 
14.
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.)
 
15.
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
 
16.
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
 
17.
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
 
18.
Mysteries of Lisbon (2010)
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Follows a jealous countess, a wealthy businessman, and a young orphaned boy across Portugal, France, Italy and Brazil where they connect with a variety of mysterious individuals. (272 mins.)
Director: Raúl Ruiz
 
19.
Malcolm X (1992)
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Biographical epic of the controversial and influential Black Nationalist leader, from his early life and career as a small-time gangster, to his ministry as a member of the Nation of Islam. (202 mins.)
Director: Spike Lee
 
20.
The Rise of Louis XIV (1966 TV Movie)
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1661: Cardinal Mazarin dies. In the power vacuum, the young Louis asserts his intention to govern as well as rule... (90 mins.)
 
21.
Herod's Law (1999)
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Mexico, 1949. The fable of a janitor turned Mayor on a little town lost in the Mexican desert, who gradually realizes how far his new acquainted power and corruption can get him. (120 mins.)
Director: Luis Estrada
 
22.
Viva Zapata! (1952)
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The story of Mexican revolutionary Emiliano Zapata, who led a rebellion against the corrupt, oppressive dictatorship of president Porfirio Diaz in the early 20th century. (113 mins.)
Director: Elia Kazan
 
23.
The Last Emperor (1987)
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The story of the final Emperor of China. (163 mins.)
 
24.
Machuca (2004)
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Two boys observe a political coup in their native Chile. (116 mins.)
Director: Andrés Wood
 
25.
Two Hearts as One (2014)
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A look inside the story of two newlyweds who are parted from each other and spend the next half-century of their lives trying to reunite. (126 mins.)
Director: Hasan Kiraç
 
26.
Three Days of the Condor (1975)
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A bookish CIA researcher finds all his co-workers dead, and must outwit those responsible until he figures out who he can really trust. (117 mins.)
Director: Sydney Pollack
 
27.
Sacco & Vanzetti (1971)
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The story of two anarchists who were charged and unfairly tried for murder when it was really for their political convictions. (120 mins.)
 
28.
Seven Days in May (1964)
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United States military leaders plot to overthrow the President because he supports a nuclear disarmament treaty and they fear a Soviet sneak attack. (118 mins.)
 
29.
Danton (1983)
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Action opens in November of 1793, with Danton returning to Paris from his country retreat upon learning that the Committee for Public Safety... (136 mins.)
Director: Andrzej Wajda
 
30.
The King and the Clown (2005)
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Two clowns living in Korea's Chosun Dynasty get arrested for staging a play that satirizes the king. They are dragged to the palace and threatened with execution but are given a chance to save their lives if they can make the king laugh. (119 mins.)
Director: Joon-ik Lee
 
31.
Mr. Smith Goes to Washington (1939)
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A naive man is appointed to fill a vacancy in the United States Senate. His plans promptly collide with political corruption, but he doesn't back down. (129 mins.)
Director: Frank Capra
 
32.
Patton (1970)
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The World War II phase of the career of the controversial American general, George S. Patton. (172 mins.)
 
33.
Four Days in September (1997)
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Fernando, a journalist, and his friend César join terrorist group MR8 in order to fight Brazilian dictatorial regime during the late sixties... (110 mins.)
Director: Bruno Barreto
 
34.
Elite Squad: The Enemy Within (2010)
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After a prison riot, former-Captain Nascimento, now a high ranking security officer in Rio de Janeiro, is swept into a bloody political dispute that involves government officials and paramilitary groups. (115 mins.)
Director: José Padilha
 
35.
Munich (2005)
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Based on the true story of the Black September aftermath, about the five men chosen to eliminate the ones responsible for that fateful day. (164 mins.)
 
36.
The Boys from Brazil (1978)
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A Nazi hunter in Paraguay discovers a sinister and bizarre plot to rekindle the Third Reich. (125 mins.)
 
37.
I as in Icarus (1979)
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After the recently re-elected President of a fictitious state has been assassinated, one of the members... (120 mins.)
Director: Henri Verneuil
 
38.
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
 
39.
The Day of the Jackal (1973)
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A professional assassin codenamed "Jackal" plots to kill Charles de Gaulle, the President of France. (143 mins.)
Director: Fred Zinnemann
 
40.
Maharaja Gemunu (2015)
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Dutugamunu also known as Dutthagamani and Gamani Abhaya ("fearless Gamini"), was a Sinhalese king of Sri Lanka who reigned from 161 BC to 137 BC... (150 mins.)
 
41.
No (2012)
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An ad executive comes up with a campaign to defeat Augusto Pinochet in Chile's 1988 referendum. (118 mins.)
Director: Pablo Larraín
 
42.
The War Is Over (1966)
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Diego is one of the chief of the spanish Communist Party. He is travelling back to Paris (where he lives) from a mission in Madrid... (121 mins.)
Director: Alain Resnais
 
43.
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
 
44.
The Perfect Dictatorship (2014)
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TV MX, the most powerful Mexican Television Corporation, discloses a scandalous story involving Governor... (143 mins.)
Director: Luis Estrada
 
45.
Julius Caesar (1953)
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The growing ambition of Julius Caesar is a source of major concern to his close friend Brutus. Cassius persuades him to participate in his plot to assassinate Caesar but they have both sorely underestimated Mark Antony. (120 mins.)
 
46.
Notre musique (2004)
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Divided into three "kingdoms" -- Enfer (Hell), Purgatoire (Purgatory) and Paradis (Paradise) -- Notre Musique is an indictment of modern times. (80 mins.)
Director: Jean-Luc Godard
 
47.
The Minister (2011)
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Transport Minister Bertrand Saint-Jean is awoken in the middle of the night by his head of staff. A bus has gone off the road into a gully... (115 mins.)
 
48.
Coup d'Etat (1973)
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A freestyle biopic of Ikki Kita, the ultranationalist intellectual whose ideas inspired the failed military coup in 1936. (110 mins.)
Director: Kiju Yoshida
 
49.
Vlad Tepes (1979)
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Vlad Tepes, otherwise known as Vlad the Impaler and Dracula, fights the Ottoman Turks on the battlefield and the Hungarian Boyars in his court. (114 mins.)
Director: Doru Nastase
 
50.
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 effected by it. (128 mins.)
Director: Stephen Gaghan
 
51.
The Inner Circle (1991)
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The true story of Ivan Sanchin, the KGB officer who was Stalin's private film projectionist from 1939 until the dictator's death... (137 mins.)
 
52.
Even the Rain (2010)
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As a director and his crew shoot a controversial film about Christopher Columbus in Cochabamba, Bolivia, local people rise up against plans to privatize the water supply. (103 mins.)
Director: Icíar Bollaín
 
53.
The Algerian (2014)
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The Algerian is an international political thriller about the colliding worlds of the Middle East and America... (99 mins.)
Director: Giovanni Zelko
 
54.
Japanese Summer: Double Suicide (1967)
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Over the course of a night, a sex-obsessed young woman, a suicidal man, and a gun-crazy wannabe gangster are taken prisoner of a gang awaiting a shootout between a rival gang at dawn. (98 mins.)
Director: Nagisa Ôshima
 
55.
King's Game (2004)
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Three weeks before general elections, the leader of one of the country's largest parties, the Center Party... (107 mins.)
Director: Nikolaj Arcel
 
56.
Khrustalyov, My Car! (1998)
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Military doctor General Klenski is arrested in Stalin's Russia in 1953 during an anti-Semitic political... (137 mins.)
Director: Aleksey German
 
57.
Colonel Redl (1985)
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Set during the fading glory of the Austro-Hungarian empire, the film tells of the rise and fall of Alfred Redl (Brandauer)... (144 mins.)
Director: István Szabó
 
58.
Diplomacy (2014)
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A historical drama that depicts the relationship between Dietrich von Choltitz, the German military governor of occupied Paris, and Swedish consul-general Raoul Nordling. (84 mins.)
 
59.
The Dancer Upstairs (2002)
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A police detective in a South American country is dedicated to hunting down a revolutionary guerilla leader. (132 mins.)
Director: John Malkovich
 
60.
Good Morning, Night (2003)
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The 1978 kidnapping of politician Aldo Moro as seen from the perspective of one of his assailants: a conflicted young woman in the ranks of the Red Brigade. (106 mins.)
 
61.
Walker (1987)
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An unconventional retelling of the life of William Walker, a 19th century American mercenary leader who became the president of Nicaragua. (94 mins.)
Director: Alex Cox
 
62.
Tilt (2011)
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TILT is a love story set against the backdrop of the changing political and social environment in Europe in the late 80's and early 90's... (94 mins.)
 
63.
The Royal Tailor (2014)
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The Sanguiwon are responsible for the attire worn by royalty. Dol-Seok (Han Suk-Kyu) is the best master artisan in charge of royal attire... (127 mins.)
Director: Wonsuk Lee
 
64.
Francofonia (2015 Documentary)
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A history of the Louvre during the Nazi occupation and a meditation on the meaning and timelessness of art. (88 mins.)
 
65.
Tear This Heart Out (2008)
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Set in 1930's in Puebla, Mexico, a young woman finds herself in an arranged marriage to a prominent politician (Andres Ascencio). As his career progresses, she finds it more difficult to remain a loyal, loving wife. (107 mins.)
Director: Roberto Sneider
 
66.
Heneral Luna (2015)
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Set during the Philippine-American war, a short-tempered Filipino general faces an enemy more formidable than the American army: his own treacherous countrymen. (118 mins.)
Director: Jerrold Tarog
 
67.
Hidden Agenda (1990)
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When an American human rights lawyer is assassinated in Belfast, it remains for the man's girlfriend... (108 mins.)
Director: Ken Loach
 
68.
Che: Part One (2008)
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In 1956, Ernesto 'Che' Guevara and a band of Castro-led Cuban exiles mobilize an army to topple the regime of dictator Fulgencio Batista. (134 mins.)
“ And Part Two ” - transitasis
 
69.
Death and the Maiden (1994)
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A political activist is convinced that her guest is a man who once tortured her for the government. (103 mins.)
Director: Roman Polanski
 
70.
The Throne (2015)
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Set in 18th century Korea, long-ruling King Yeongjo's struggle with his son, Sado, sees the king take extreme measures in order to deal with his heir. (125 mins.)
Director: Joon-ik Lee
 
71.
Aferim! (2015)
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Set in early 19th century Romania, a policeman, Costandin, is hired by a nobleman to find a Gypsy slave who has run away from his estate after having an affair with his wife. (108 mins.)
Director: Radu Jude
 
72.
Manuscripts Don't Burn (2013)
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Khosrow and Morteza set out on a mission to kill someone. The assassination ought to be arranged as a suicide. At the last minute however, they are obliged to change their initial plans... (125 mins.)
 
73.
Assassination (2015)
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While Korea is occupied by the Japanese Army in 1933, the resistance plans to kill the Japanese Commander. But their plan is threatened by a traitor within their group and also the enemies' forces are hunting them down. (140 mins.)
Director: Dong-hoon Choi
 
74.
Sleeping Dogs (1977)
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Recluse Smith (Sam Neill) is drawn into a revolutionary struggle between guerillas and right-wingers in New Zealand... (107 mins.)
Director: Roger Donaldson
 
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76.
The Mattei Affair (1972)
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Enrico Mattei helped change Italy's future, first as freedom-fighter against the Nazis, then as an investor in methane gas through a public company... (116 mins.)
Director: Francesco Rosi
 
77.
Soldiers of Salamina (2003)
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When the professor and writer Lola Sánchez is assigned to write a column in the newspaper about the Spanish Civil War... (119 mins.)
Director: David Trueba
 
78.
The President (2014)
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A brutal dictator comes face to face with the injustices committed by his regime when his country is taken over by revolutionists. (119 mins.)