The American Political Traditionby humphreyking | created - 01 Apr 2013 | updated - 30 Jul 2013 | Public
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2. Christopher Columbus (1949)
Not Rated | 99 min | Action, Adventure, Biography
Christopher Columbus overcomes intrigue at the Spanish court and convinces Queen Isabella that his plan to reach the East by sailing west is practical.
3. 1492: Conquest of Paradise (1992)
PG-13 | 154 min | Adventure, Biography, Drama
Christopher Columbus' discovery of the Americas and the effect this has on the indigenous people.
Votes: 24,740 | Gross: $7.19M
4. Apocalypto (2006)
R | 139 min | Action, Adventure, Drama
As the Mayan kingdom faces its decline, a young man is taken on a perilous journey to a world ruled by fear and oppression.
Votes: 257,762 | Gross: $50.87M
5. The New World (2005)
PG-13 | 135 min | Biography, Drama, History
The story of the English exploration of Virginia, and of the changing world and loves of Pocahontas.
Votes: 75,872 | Gross: $12.71M
6. Squanto: A Warrior's Tale (1994)
PG | 102 min | Adventure, Biography, Drama
Historically inaccurate chronicle of Squanto's life prior to and including the arrival of the "Mayflower" in 1620.
Votes: 960 | Gross: $3.34M
7. Black Robe (1991)
R | 101 min | Adventure, Drama, History
A young Jesuit priest seeks to convert the Indian tribes in Canada while also trying to survive the harsh winter.
Votes: 5,730 | Gross: $8.21M
8. Northwest Passage (1940)
Passed | 126 min | Adventure, Drama, History
Langdon Towne and Hunk Marriner join Major Rogers' Rangers as they wipe out an Indian village. They set out for Fort Wentworth, but when they arrive they find no soldiers and none of the supplies they expected.
Set during the French and Indian War. A partly fictionalised account of the St. Francis Raid, an attack by Rogers' Rangers on Saint Francis, an American Indian settlement.
10. Unconquered (1947)
Approved | 146 min | Adventure, Drama, History
Intrepid frontiersman Chris Holden foils the political and personal ambitions of renegade Martin Garth in the Ohio Valley following the French and Indian War.
11. Allegheny Uprising (1939)
Not Rated | 81 min | Adventure, History, Western
In 1759, in Pennsylvania's Allegheny Valley, local settlers and Indian fighters try to persuade the British authorities to ban the trading of alcohol and arms with the marauding Indians.
This film is loosely based on a historical event known as the "Black Boys Rebellion" of 1765, after the conclusion of the French and Indian War.
12. The Scarlet Letter (1995)
R | 135 min | Drama, Romance
An affair between a young woman and a pastor has disastrous consequences.
Votes: 12,981 | Gross: $10.40M
The Scarlet Letter was written by Nathaniel Hawthorne in 1850. Set in 17th-century Puritan Boston, Massachusetts, it tells the story of Hester Prynne, who conceives a daughter through an adulterous affair and struggles to create a new life of repentance and dignity. It explores themes of legalism, sin, and guilt.
18. Drums Along the Mohawk (1939)
Approved | 104 min | Drama, History, Romance
Newlyweds Gil and Lana Martin try to establish a farm in the Mohawk Valley but are menaced by Indians and Tories as the Revolutinary War begins.
Votes: 4,689 | Gross: $1.00M
22. The Crossing (2000 TV Movie)
89 min | Biography, Drama, History
A dramatization of George Washington's perilous gamble of crossing the Delaware River and attacking the Hessian forces at Trenton.
24. George Washington II: The Forging of a Nation (1986 TV Movie)
190 min | Biography, Drama, History
The life of George Washington as the first President of the United States of America and his 8 years running his country. The trials he faces dealing with mobs and riots while keeping the country together.
26. 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: 13,359 | Gross: $15.24M
27. The Devil's Disciple (1959)
Approved | 83 min | Comedy, History, Romance
The black sheep of a family and the local minister discover their true vocations during the Revolutionary War.
28. The Patriot (2000)
R | 165 min | Action, Drama, History
Peaceful farmer Benjamin Martin is driven to lead the Colonial Militia during the American Revolution when a sadistic British officer murders his son.
Votes: 226,321 | Gross: $113.33M
29. Johnny Tremain (1957)
Approved | 80 min | Adventure, Family, History
Johnny Tremain is drawn into the Revolutionary War, and becomes a patriot fighting to free the colonies from England. Along the way he learns about life and about himself.
30. The Howards of Virginia (1940)
Approved | 116 min | Drama, History, War
During the American War of Independence, aristocratic Virginian Jane Peyton marries unsophisticated rustic surveyor Matt Howard who takes her to his Shenandoah Valley plantation and later goes to war.
32. Sally Hemings: An American Scandal (2000 TV Movie)
Unrated | 251 min | Biography, Drama, History
Epic television miniseries exploring the complicated relationship of Thomas Jefferson and slave Sally Hemings, who conducted a 38 year love affair, spanning an ocean, ultimately producing children, grandchildren, and lots of controversy.
33. Jefferson in Paris (1995)
PG-13 | 139 min | Biography, Drama, History
One of the obsessive speculations in American history is whether Thomas Jefferson, in the years before he became president, had an affair with (and fathered a child with) his 15-year-old ... See full summary »
Votes: 2,568 | Gross: $2.47M
34. A Man Called Horse (1970)
M | 114 min | Adventure, Drama, Western
In 1825, an English aristocrat is captured by Native Americans. He lives with them and begins to understand their way of life. Eventually, he is accepted as part of the tribe and aspires to become their leader.
35. Northwest Passage (1958–1959)
25 min | Adventure
Major Robert Rogers organized "Rogers Rangers" to search for the alleged waterway across the United States during the French and Indian War (1754-1759). Helping Rogers, an experienced ... See full summary »
36. Davy Crockett: King of the Wild Frontier (1955)
Approved | 93 min | Family, Western, Adventure
Legends (and myths) from the life of famed American frontiersman Davey Crockett are depicted in this feature film edited from television episodes. Crockett and his friend George Russell ... See full summary »
37. The Alamo (1960)
Not Rated | 162 min | Adventure, Drama, History
In 1836, a small band of soldiers sacrifice their lives in hopeless combat against a massive army in order to prevent a tyrant from smashing the new Republic of Texas.
Votes: 12,107 | Gross: $17.26M
38. The Alamo (2004)
PG-13 | 137 min | Drama, History, War
Based on the 1836 standoff between a group of Texan and Tejano men, led by Davy Crockett and Jim Bowie, and Mexican dictator Santa Anna's forces at the Alamo in San Antonio Tezas
Votes: 17,863 | Gross: $22.41M
40. 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: 62,270 | Gross: $44.18M
42. Abe Lincoln in Illinois (1940)
Approved | 110 min | Biography, Drama, History
Humble Abraham Lincoln gains the respect of his Illinois neighbors, growing in stature and respect until he is elected President in 1860 and departs for Washington.
48. Glory (1989)
R | 122 min | Biography, Drama, History
Robert Gould Shaw leads the U.S. Civil War's first all-black volunteer company, fighting prejudices from both his own Union Army, and the Confederates.
Votes: 109,038 | Gross: $26.83M
50. Gods and Generals (2003)
PG-13 | 219 min | Biography, Drama, History
The rise and fall of legendary war hero Thomas "Stonewall" Jackson as he leads the Confederacy to great success against the Union from 1861 to 1863.
Votes: 14,014 | Gross: $12.87M
51. Virginia City (1940)
Approved | 121 min | Action, Drama, History
Union officer Kerry Bradford escapes from Confederate Prison and is set to Virginia City in Nevada. Once there he finds that the former commander of his prison Vance Irby is planning to send $5 million in gold to save the Confederacy.
52. 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: 350,092 | Gross: $77.81M
53. Amazing Grace (2006)
PG | 118 min | Biography, Drama, History
The idealist William Wilberforce maneuvers his way through Parliament, endeavoring to end the British transatlantic slave trade.
Votes: 22,215 | Gross: $21.21M
54. Lincoln (2012)
PG-13 | 150 min | Biography, Drama, History
As the War continues to rage, America's president struggles with continuing carnage on the battlefield as he fights with many inside his own cabinet on the decision to emancipate the slaves.
Votes: 217,094 | Gross: $182.21M
55. Killing Lincoln (2013 TV Movie)
Unrated | 92 min | Biography, Drama, History
Based on The New York Times best-selling novel, Killing Lincoln is the suspenseful, eye-opening story of the events surrounding the assassination of U.S. President Abraham Lincoln.
56. The Conspirator (2010)
PG-13 | 122 min | Crime, Drama, History
Mary Surratt is the lone female charged as a co-conspirator in the assassination trial of Abraham Lincoln. As the whole nation turns against her, she is forced to rely on her reluctant lawyer to uncover the truth and save her life.
Votes: 25,399 | Gross: $11.54M
57. The Day Lincoln Was Shot (1998 TV Movie)
Not Rated | 95 min | Biography, Drama, History
April 14, 1865. As four year of Civil War draw to a close, our country again faces unforgettable tragedy: the assassination of the President. Starring Lance Henriksen as the Great ... See full summary »
58. Saving Lincoln (2013)
Not Rated | 101 min | Biography
The true story of Abraham Lincoln and his bodyguard, U.S. Marshal Ward Hill Lamon. This unique film features sets created from actual Civil War photographs.
60. Dances with Wolves (1990)
PG-13 | 181 min | Adventure, Drama, Western
Lieutenant John Dunbar, assigned to a remote western Civil War outpost, befriends wolves and Indians, making him an intolerable aberration in the military.
Votes: 206,794 | Gross: $184.21M
R | 160 min | Biography, Crime, Drama
Robert Ford, who's idolized Jesse James since childhood, tries hard to join the reforming gang of the Missouri outlaw, but gradually becomes resentful of the bandit leader.
Votes: 149,708 | Gross: $3.90M
63. Tombstone (1993)
R | 130 min | Action, Biography, Drama
A successful lawman's plans to retire anonymously in Tombstone, Arizona, are disrupted by the kind of outlaws he was famous for eliminating.
Votes: 106,311 | Gross: $56.51M
64. The Outlaw Josey Wales (1976)
PG | 135 min | Western
A Missouri farmer joins a Confederate guerrilla unit and winds up on the run from the Union soldiers who murdered his family.
Votes: 56,022 | Gross: $31.80M
66. Rio Grande (1950)
Not Rated | 105 min | Romance, Western
A cavalry officer posted on the Rio Grande must deal with murderous raiding Apaches, his son who's a risk-taking recruit and his wife from whom he has been separated for many years.
68. Quiz Show (1994)
PG-13 | 133 min | Biography, Drama, History
A young lawyer, Richard Goodwin, investigates a potentially fixed game show. Charles Van Doren, a big time show winner, is under Goodwin's investigation.
Votes: 58,142 | Gross: $24.82M
69. How the West Was Won (1962)
G | 164 min | Western
A family saga covering several decades of Westward expansion in the nineteenth century - including the Gold Rush, the Civil War, and the building of the railroads.
Votes: 15,849 | Gross: $46.50M
70. The Adventures of Mark Twain (1944)
Approved | 130 min | Adventure, Biography, Drama
The dramatized life of immortal humorist Samuel Langhorne Clemens, better known as Mark Twain, from his days as a riverboat pilot on the Mississippi River until his death in 1910 shortly after Halley's Comet returned.
72. The Big Country (1958)
Not Rated | 166 min | Romance, Western
A New Englander arrives in the Old West, where he becomes embroiled in a feud between two families over a valuable patch of land.
74. Old Louisiana (1937)
Passed | 60 min | Drama, History, Romance
The setting is 1803 and the Louisiana Purchase is imminent. Gilmore is smuggling guns into St. Louis so his men can make him Governor of the new Louisiana Territory. But when John Colfax, ... See full summary »
75. There Will Be Blood (2007)
R | 158 min | Drama
A story of family, religion, hatred, oil and madness, focusing on a turn-of-the-century prospector in the early days of the business.
Votes: 429,022 | Gross: $40.22M
77. Of Mice and Men (1939)
Approved | 106 min | Drama
Two itinerant migrant workers, one mentally disabled and the other his carer, take jobs as ranch hands during the Great Depression to fulfill their shared dream of owning their own ranch.
78. The Grapes of Wrath (1940)
Passed | 129 min | Drama, History
A poor Midwest family is forced off their land. They travel to California, suffering the misfortunes of the homeless in the Great Depression.
80. Grey Owl (1999)
PG-13 | 118 min | Biography, Drama, Western
The story of the life and work of the Canadian fur trapper-turned-conservationist who claimed to be an aboriginal North American.
Votes: 3,051 | Gross: $0.63M
81. The Treasure of the Sierra Madre (1948)
Not Rated | 126 min | Adventure, Drama, Western
Fred Dobbs and Bob Curtin, two Americans searching for work in Mexico, convince an old prospector to help them mine for gold in the Sierra Madre Mountains.
Votes: 92,036 | Gross: $5.01M
83. Once Upon a Time in America (1984)
R | 229 min | Crime, Drama
A former Prohibition-era Jewish gangster returns to the Lower East Side of Manhattan over thirty years later, where he once again must confront the ghosts and regrets of his old life.
Votes: 253,770 | Gross: $5.32M
84. The Untouchables (1987)
R | 119 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller
Federal Agent Eliot Ness sets out to stop Al Capone; because of rampant corruption, he assembles a small, hand-picked team.
Votes: 239,837 | Gross: $76.27M
85. Public Enemies (2009)
R | 140 min | Biography, Crime, Drama
The Feds try to take down notorious American gangsters John Dillinger, Baby Face Nelson and Pretty Boy Floyd during a booming crime wave in the 1930s.
Votes: 248,809 | Gross: $97.10M
86. Hoffa (1992)
R | 140 min | Biography, Crime, Drama
The story of the notorious American labor union figure Jimmy Hoffa, who organizes a bitter strike, makes deals with members of the organized crime syndicate and mysteriously disappears in 1975.
Votes: 18,600 | Gross: $24.28M
88. Reds (1981)
PG | 195 min | Biography, Drama, History
A radical American journalist becomes involved with the Communist revolution in Russia, and hopes to bring its spirit and idealism to the United States.
Votes: 18,053 | Gross: $40.38M
89. All the King's Men (2006)
PG-13 | 128 min | Drama, Thriller
Based on the Robert Penn Warren novel. The life of populist Southerner Willie Stark, a political creature loosely based on Governor Huey Long of Louisiana.
Votes: 21,954 | Gross: $7.22M
90. Mr. Smith Goes to Washington (1939)
Not Rated | 129 min | Comedy, Drama
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.
Votes: 88,874 | Gross: $9.60M
93. World War II: When Lions Roared (1994 TV Movie)
194 min | Drama, History, War
This TV Movie is about the Tehran Conference between FDR, Winston Churchill, and Joseph Stalin. It shows the interaction between the three leaders at the close of the Second World War.
97. Pearl Harbor (2001)
PG-13 | 183 min | Action, Drama, History
A tale of war and romance mixed in with history. The story follows two lifelong friends and a beautiful nurse who are caught up in the horror of an infamous Sunday morning in 1941.
Votes: 279,011 | Gross: $198.54M
99. Citizen Cohn (1992 TV Movie)
R | 111 min | Drama
As lawyer and power broker Roy Cohn lies dying of AIDS in a private hospital room, ghosts from his past visit him as he reflects on his life and loves.
100. Point of Order! (1964)
Not Rated | 97 min | Documentary
Point of Order is compiled from TV footage of the 1954 Army-McCarthy hearings, in which the Army accused Senator McCarthy of improperly pressuring the Army for special privileges for ... See full summary »