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Mongol: The Rise of Genghis Khan (2007)
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The story recounts the early life of Genghis Khan who was a slave before going on to conquer half the world in 1206. (126 mins.)
Director: Sergey Bodrov
“ The son of an obscure tribal chief masters strategy, logistics, and a whole lot more on his way to becoming one of the most formidable cavalry commanders. You will wish this movie was a whole lot longer. ” - richardmears
 
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The Counterfeiters (2007)
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The story of the Operation Bernhard, the largest counterfeiting operation in history, carried out by Germany during WWII. (98 mins.)
“ The largest counterfeiting operation in history; set up for the Nazi's in 1936. ” - richardmears
 
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The Great Escape (1963)
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Allied prisoners of war plan for several hundred of their number to escape from a German camp during World War II. (172 mins.)
Director: John Sturges
“ Based on an escape from Stalag Luft III, a prison camp 100 miles southeast of Berlin, a high security, "escape proof" prison. ” - richardmears
 
4.
Patton (1970)
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The World War II phase of the career of the controversial American general, George S. Patton. (172 mins.)
“ "There's one thing I want you to remember..." ” - richardmears
 
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Braveheart (1995)
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When his secret bride is executed for assaulting an English soldier who tried to rape her, Sir William Wallace begins a revolt against King Edward I of England. (178 mins.)
Director: Mel Gibson
“ Wallace leads the Scotts in a revolt against a cruel English tyrant. ” - richardmears
 
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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.)
“ Mahatma Gandhi defeats the British Empire without raising a single sword. ” - richardmears
 
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Schindler's List (1993)
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In German-occupied Poland during World War II, Oskar Schindler gradually becomes concerned for his Jewish workforce after witnessing their persecution by the Nazi Germans. (195 mins.)
“ Oscar Schindler seeks redemption during the Third Reich. ” - richardmears
 
8.
From the Earth to the Moon (1998 Mini-Series)
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Dramatized portrayal of the Apollo manned space program. (60 mins.)
“ Historical portrayal of how Man's ambition to leave the earth and make the voyage to the Moon became a reality. ” - richardmears
 
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The Right Stuff (1983)
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The story of the original Mercury 7 astronauts and their macho, seat-of-the-pants approach to the space program. (193 mins.)
Director: Philip Kaufman
“ History of the Space Program; breaking the sound barrier, finding the astronauts, and flying the ships. ” - richardmears
 
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The World at War (1973 Mini-Series)
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For three years German u-boats ravage transatlantic convoys. Despite the critical need for the supplies... (52 mins.)
“ Nazi subs prowl the east coast and pick off allied tankers and freighters in the Atlantic. ” - richardmears
 
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A Bridge Too Far (1977)
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Operation Market Garden, September 1944: The Allies attempt to capture several strategically important bridges in the Netherlands in the hope of breaking the German lines. However, mismanagement and poor planning result in its failure. (175 mins.)
“ A plan to capture the bridges over the Rhine, and end the war by Christmas, turns into a goat rodeo. ” - richardmears
 
12.
Sink the Bismarck (1996 Documentary)
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Detailed and fascinating documentary telling the history of the famous German battleship of World War II... (100 mins.)
Director: Robert Kirk
“ A desperate search and destroy operation on the vessel which sent the flagship of the British fleet to the bottom in less than ten minutes. ” - richardmears
 
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“ An incredibly talented and outspoken young man claims the title. ” - richardmears
 
14.
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
“ Malcolm turns from a life of petty crime to a spiritual life, becoming an inspiration to many. Unfortunately, this draws the ire of entrenched hustlers who decide he must go. ” - richardmears
 
15.
Seabiscuit (2003)
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True story of the undersized Depression-era racehorse whose victories lifted not only the spirits of the team behind it but also those of their nation. (140 mins.)
Director: Gary Ross
“ A story about three broken men, a trainer, an owner, and a jockey, who find a small horse with an odd sideways gallop. They work together bringing out the best in each, producing a true champion, and inspiring a nation in the process. ” - richardmears
 
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Tombstone (1993)
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A successful lawman's plans to retire anonymously in Tombstone, Arizona, are disrupted by the kind of outlaws he was famous for eliminating. (130 mins.)
“ Ringo and Curly Bill run a gang of hoodlums plundering to their hearts content. Into this mix come the Earps and their friend Doc Holliday. Since no none will back down, a confrontation is inevitable. ” - richardmears
 
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Apollo 13 (1995)
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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. (140 mins.)
Director: Ron Howard
“ Houston, we've got a problem...
The story of how a major gas leak causing the shutdown of most major systems on the spacecraft was overcome; and instead of a major disaster, produced the "finest moment" for the flight support team. ” - richardmears
 
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A Bridge Too Far (1977)
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Operation Market Garden, September 1944: The Allies attempt to capture several strategically important bridges in the Netherlands in the hope of breaking the German lines. However, mismanagement and poor planning result in its failure. (175 mins.)
“ A depiction of the attempt to seize the bridges over the Rhine, and end the war by Christmas. This film looks great, has brilliant actors, and a great message about War (and Peace). ” - richardmears
 
19.
Deadwood (2004 TV Series)
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A show set in the late 1800s, revolving around the characters of Deadwood, South Dakota; a town of deep corruption and crime. (55 mins.)
“ The growing pains of a mining camp in Deadwood Gulch, in the Indian Territory, in the 1880s. ” - richardmears
 
20.
Geronimo: An American Legend (1993)
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The story of the Apache chief and his armed resistance to the US Government's subjugation of his people. (115 mins.)
Director: Walter Hill
“ After the Apache were forced to become corn farmers, a band of warriors rise up to reclaim what is rightfully theirs. ” - richardmears
 
21.
The Long Riders (1980)
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The origins, exploits and the ultimate fate of the Jesse James gang is told in a sympathetic portrayal of the bank robbers made up of brothers who begin their legendary bank raids because of revenge. (100 mins.)
Director: Walter Hill
“ A band of brothers: James Gang, Younger Gang, the Fords, and the Millers. ” - richardmears
 
22.
Black Hawk Down (2001)
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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. (144 mins.)
Director: Ridley Scott
“ A small group of Rangers are dropped into Somalia to kidnap a troublesome warlord, but the small mission quickly spins out of control as a helicopter is shot down, then another. The rangers are surrounded by armed Somalians, changing the mission to "leave no man behind". ” - richardmears
 
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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
“ The story of a district attorney who discovers that there is more to the assassination than has been revealed. ” - richardmears
 
24.
Talk to Me (2007)
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The story of Washington D.C. radio personality Ralph "Petey" Greene, an ex-con who became a popular talk show host and community activist in the 1960s. (118 mins.)
Director: Kasi Lemmons
“ The story of radio personality "Petey" Green, who tells it like it is. A period piece on current events, race relations told in a humorous and entertaining manner. ” - richardmears