100 Favorite Period, Historical & Biographical Films (non-fictional events/characters)

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1. Mishima: A Life in Four Chapters (1985)

R | 120 min | Biography, Drama

7.9
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A fictionalized account in four chapters of the life of celebrated Japanese writer Yukio Mishima.

Director: Paul Schrader | Stars: Ken Ogata, Masayuki Shionoya, Hiroshi Mikami, Junya Fukuda

Votes: 6,058 | Gross: $0.44M

2. Conspiracy (2001 TV Movie)

R | 96 min | Biography, Drama, History

7.8
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A dramatic recreation of the Wannsee Conference where the Nazi Final Solution phase of the Holocaust was devised.

Director: Frank Pierson | Stars: Kenneth Branagh, Clare Bullus, Stanley Tucci, Simon Markey

Votes: 15,057

3. City of God (2002)

R | 130 min | Crime, Drama

8.6
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79 Metascore

Two boys growing up in a violent neighborhood of Rio de Janeiro take different paths: one becomes a photographer, the other a drug dealer.

Directors: Fernando Meirelles, Kátia Lund | Stars: Alexandre Rodrigues, Leandro Firmino, Matheus Nachtergaele, Phellipe Haagensen

Votes: 595,370 | Gross: $7.56M

4. The Big Short (2015)

R | 130 min | Biography, Comedy, Drama

7.8
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81 Metascore

In 2006-7 a group of investors bet against the US mortgage market. In their research they discover how flawed and corrupt the market is.

Director: Adam McKay | Stars: Christian Bale, Steve Carell, Ryan Gosling, Brad Pitt

Votes: 274,961 | Gross: $70.26M

5. Steve Jobs (2015)

R | 122 min | Biography, Drama

7.2
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82 Metascore

Steve Jobs takes us behind the scenes of the digital revolution, to paint a portrait of the man at its epicenter. The story unfolds backstage at three iconic product launches, ending in 1998 with the unveiling of the iMac.

Director: Danny Boyle | Stars: Michael Fassbender, Kate Winslet, Seth Rogen, Jeff Daniels

Votes: 127,325 | Gross: $17.75M

6. Ivan the Terrible, Part II (1958)

Not Rated | 88 min | Biography, History

7.7
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As Ivan the Terrible attempts to consolidate his power by establishing a personal army, his political rivals, the Russian boyars, plot to assassinate their Tsar.

Director: Sergei M. Eisenstein | Stars: Nikolay Cherkasov, Serafima Birman, Pavel Kadochnikov, Mikhail Zharov

Votes: 5,682

7. Ivan the Terrible, Part I (1945)

Not Rated | 95 min | Biography, Drama, History

7.6
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During the early part of his reign, Ivan the Terrible faces betrayal from the aristocracy and even his closest friends as he seeks to unite the Russian people.

Director: Sergei M. Eisenstein | Stars: Nikolay Cherkasov, Lyudmila Tselikovskaya, Serafima Birman, Mikhail Nazvanov

Votes: 7,618

8. Lady Jane (1986)

PG-13 | 136 min | Biography, Drama, History

7.2
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The death of King Henry VIII throws his kingdom into chaos because of succession disputes. His weak son Edward, is on his deathbed. Anxious to keep England true to the Reformation, a ... See full summary »

Director: Trevor Nunn | Stars: Helena Bonham Carter, Cary Elwes, John Wood, Michael Hordern

Votes: 5,454 | Gross: $0.28M

9. Mary, Queen of Scots (1971)

PG-13 | 128 min | Biography, Drama, History

7.5
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During the sixteenth century, the Catholic Mary, Queen of Scots engages in over two decades of religious and political conflict with her cousin, the Protestant Queen Elizabeth I of England, amidst political intrigue in her native land.

Director: Charles Jarrott | Stars: Vanessa Redgrave, Glenda Jackson, Patrick McGoohan, Timothy Dalton

Votes: 3,393

10. Queen Margot (1994)

R | 159 min | Biography, Drama, History

7.5
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Young Queen Margot finds herself trapped in an arranged marriage amidst a religious war between Catholics and Protestants. She hopes to escape with a new lover, but finds herself imprisoned by her powerful and ruthless family.

Director: Patrice Chéreau | Stars: Isabelle Adjani, Daniel Auteuil, Jean-Hugues Anglade, Vincent Perez

Votes: 14,592 | Gross: $2.02M

11. Downfall (2004)

R | 156 min | Biography, Drama, History

8.2
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82 Metascore

Traudl Junge, the final secretary for Adolf Hitler, tells of the Nazi dictator's final days in his Berlin bunker at the end of WWII.

Director: Oliver Hirschbiegel | Stars: Bruno Ganz, Alexandra Maria Lara, Ulrich Matthes, Juliane Köhler

Votes: 280,282 | Gross: $5.51M

12. Missing (1982)

PG | 122 min | Biography, Drama, History

7.8
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78 Metascore

When an idealistic American writer disappears during the Chilean coup d'état in September 1973, his wife and father try to find him.

Director: Costa-Gavras | Stars: Jack Lemmon, Sissy Spacek, Melanie Mayron, John Shea

Votes: 15,446 | Gross: $14.00M

13. The Story of Adele H (1975)

PG | 96 min | Biography, Drama, History

7.4
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Adèle Hugo's unrequited love for a lieutenant.

Director: François Truffaut | Stars: Isabelle Adjani, Bruce Robinson, Sylvia Marriott, Joseph Blatchley

Votes: 6,215

14. Vatel (2000)

PG-13 | 103 min | Biography, Drama, Romance

6.6
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44 Metascore

Vatel is in charge of the reception to the king Louis XIV. With the prince's political ambitions at stake, its essential to please him. But when he falls in love with the king's lover, passion and duty seem to contradict each other.

Director: Roland Joffé | Stars: Gérard Depardieu, Uma Thurman, Tim Roth, Julian Glover

Votes: 6,718 | Gross: $0.05M

15. Personal Services (1987)

R | 105 min | Comedy

6.4
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The story of the rise of a madame of a suburban brothel catering to older men, inspired by the real experiences of Cynthia Payne.

Director: Terry Jones | Stars: Julie Walters, Alec McCowen, Shirley Stelfox, Danny Schiller

Votes: 1,063 | Gross: $1.74M

16. Marguerite (2015)

R | 129 min | Comedy, Drama, Music

7.0
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76 Metascore

Paris, 1920s. Marguerite Dumont is a wealthy woman, lover of the music and the opera. She loves to sing for her friends, although she's not a good singer. Both her friends and her husband ... See full summary »

Director: Xavier Giannoli | Stars: Catherine Frot, André Marcon, Michel Fau, Christa Théret

Votes: 3,831 | Gross: $0.50M

17. The French Connection (1971)

R | 104 min | Action, Crime, Drama

7.8
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96 Metascore

A pair of NYC cops in the Narcotics Bureau stumble onto a drug smuggling job with a French connection.

Director: William Friedkin | Stars: Gene Hackman, Roy Scheider, Fernando Rey, Tony Lo Bianco

Votes: 92,274

18. All the President's Men (1976)

PG | 138 min | Biography, Drama, History

8.0
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80 Metascore

"The Washington Post" reporters Bob Woodward and Carl Bernstein uncover the details of the Watergate scandal that leads to President Richard Nixon's resignation.

Director: Alan J. Pakula | Stars: Dustin Hoffman, Robert Redford, Jack Warden, Martin Balsam

Votes: 84,107 | Gross: $70.60M

19. Joyeux Noel (2005)

PG-13 | 116 min | Drama, History, Music

7.8
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70 Metascore

In December 1914, an unofficial Christmas truce on the Western Front allows soldiers from opposing sides of the First World War to gain insight into each other's way of life.

Director: Christian Carion | Stars: Diane Kruger, Benno Fürmann, Guillaume Canet, Natalie Dessay

Votes: 24,217 | Gross: $1.05M

20. Valkyrie (2008)

PG-13 | 121 min | Drama, History, Thriller

7.1
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56 Metascore

A dramatization of the 20 July assassination and political coup plot by desperate renegade German Army officers against Hitler during World War II.

Director: Bryan Singer | Stars: Tom Cruise, Bill Nighy, Carice van Houten, Kenneth Branagh

Votes: 201,668 | Gross: $83.08M

21. Alexander (2004)

R | 175 min | Action, Adventure, Biography

5.6
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39 Metascore

Alexander, the King of Macedonia and one of the greatest army leaders in the history of warfare, conquers much of the known world.

Director: Oliver Stone | Stars: Colin Farrell, Anthony Hopkins, Rosario Dawson, Angelina Jolie

Votes: 148,176 | Gross: $34.30M

22. A Dangerous Method (2011)

R | 99 min | Biography, Drama, Romance

6.5
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76 Metascore

A look at how the intense relationship between Carl Jung and Sigmund Freud gives birth to psychoanalysis.

Director: David Cronenberg | Stars: Michael Fassbender, Keira Knightley, Viggo Mortensen, Vincent Cassel

Votes: 88,644 | Gross: $5.70M

23. Julia (1977)

PG | 117 min | Drama

7.4
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58 Metascore

At the behest of an old and dear friend, playwright Lillian Hellman undertakes a dangerous mission to smuggle funds into Nazi Germany.

Director: Fred Zinnemann | Stars: Jane Fonda, Vanessa Redgrave, Jason Robards, Maximilian Schell

Votes: 7,486

24. Wilde (1997)

R | 118 min | Biography, Drama, Romance

6.9
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The story of Oscar Wilde, genius, poet, playwright and the First Modern Man. The self-realization of his homosexuality caused Wilde enormous torment as he juggled marriage, fatherhood and ... See full summary »

Director: Brian Gilbert | Stars: Stephen Fry, Jude Law, Vanessa Redgrave, Jennifer Ehle

Votes: 13,197 | Gross: $2.16M

25. Elizabeth (1998)

R | 124 min | Biography, Drama, History

7.5
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75 Metascore

A film of the early years of the reign of Elizabeth I of England and her difficult task of learning what is necessary to be a monarch.

Director: Shekhar Kapur | Stars: Cate Blanchett, Geoffrey Rush, Christopher Eccleston, Joseph Fiennes

Votes: 81,450 | Gross: $30.08M

26. Trumbo (2015)

R | 124 min | Biography, Drama

7.5
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60 Metascore

In 1947, Dalton Trumbo was Hollywood's top screenwriter, until he and other artists were jailed and blacklisted for their political beliefs.

Director: Jay Roach | Stars: Bryan Cranston, Diane Lane, Helen Mirren, Louis C.K.

Votes: 63,330 | Gross: $7.86M

27. Mrs Brown (1997)

PG | 101 min | Biography, Drama, History

7.3
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71 Metascore

When Queen Victoria's husband dies, she finds solace in her trusted servant, Mr. Brown, but their relationship also brings scandal and turmoil.

Director: John Madden | Stars: Judi Dench, Billy Connolly, Geoffrey Palmer, Antony Sher

Votes: 11,969 | Gross: $9.22M

28. The Crucible (1996)

PG-13 | 124 min | Drama, History

6.8
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A Salem resident attempts to frame her ex-lover's wife for being a witch in the middle of the 1692 witchcraft trials.

Director: Nicholas Hytner | Stars: Daniel Day-Lewis, Winona Ryder, Paul Scofield, Joan Allen

Votes: 31,444 | Gross: $7.34M

29. The Duchess (2008)

PG-13 | 110 min | Biography, Drama, History

6.9
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62 Metascore

A chronicle of the life of 18th century aristocrat Georgiana, Duchess of Devonshire, who was reviled for her extravagant political and personal life.

Director: Saul Dibb | Stars: Keira Knightley, Ralph Fiennes, Dominic Cooper, Charlotte Rampling

Votes: 68,034 | Gross: $13.82M

30. Chronicle of an Escape (2006)

R | 103 min | Crime, Thriller

7.3
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The goalkeeper of a little-known soccer team is kidnapped by a Argentinean government squad and sent to a detention center. After months of torture, he plots his escape with three other young men.

Director: Israel Adrián Caetano | Stars: Rodrigo De la Serna, Pablo Echarri, Nazareno Casero, Lautaro Delgado

Votes: 3,005 | Gross: $0.00M

31. I, Tonya (2017)

R | 120 min | Biography, Comedy, Drama

7.6
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77 Metascore

Competitive ice skater Tonya Harding rises amongst the ranks at the U.S. Figure Skating Championships, but her future in the activity is thrown into doubt when her ex-husband intervenes.

Director: Craig Gillespie | Stars: Margot Robbie, Sebastian Stan, Allison Janney, Julianne Nicholson

Votes: 36,193 | Gross: $27.42M

32. Henry V (1989)

PG-13 | 137 min | Action, Biography, Drama

7.7
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83 Metascore

In the midst of the Hundred Years War, the young King Henry V of England embarks on the conquest of France in 1415.

Director: Kenneth Branagh | Stars: Kenneth Branagh, Derek Jacobi, Simon Shepherd, James Larkin

Votes: 25,259 | Gross: $10.16M

33. JFK (1991)

R | 189 min | Drama, History, Thriller

8.0
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72 Metascore

New Orleans District Attorney Jim Garrison discovers there's more to the Kennedy assassination than the official story.

Director: Oliver Stone | Stars: Kevin Costner, Gary Oldman, Jack Lemmon, Walter Matthau

Votes: 124,172 | Gross: $70.41M

34. Nixon (1995)

R | 192 min | Biography, Drama, History

7.1
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66 Metascore

A biographical story of former U.S. President Richard Milhous Nixon, from his days as a young boy, to his eventual Presidency, which ended in shame.

Director: Oliver Stone | Stars: Anthony Hopkins, Joan Allen, Powers Boothe, Ed Harris

Votes: 25,825 | Gross: $13.56M

35. The Young Victoria (2009)

PG | 105 min | Biography, Drama, History

7.3
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64 Metascore

A dramatization of the turbulent first years of Queen Victoria's rule, and her enduring romance with Prince Albert.

Director: Jean-Marc Vallée | Stars: Emily Blunt, Rupert Friend, Paul Bettany, Miranda Richardson

Votes: 50,687 | Gross: $11.00M

36. The Messenger: The Story of Joan of Arc (1999)

R | 148 min | Adventure, Biography, Drama

6.4
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54 Metascore

A young girl receives a vision that drives her to rid France of its oppressors.

Director: Luc Besson | Stars: Milla Jovovich, John Malkovich, Rab Affleck, Stéphane Algoud

Votes: 59,161 | Gross: $14.28M

37. Edward II (1991)

R | 87 min | Drama, History, Romance

7.0
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In this Derek Jarman version of Christopher Marlowe's Elizabethan drama, in modern costumes and settings, Plantagenet king Edward II hands the power-craving nobility the perfect excuse by ... See full summary »

Director: Derek Jarman | Stars: Steven Waddington, Kevin Collins, Andrew Tiernan, John Lynch

Votes: 2,023 | Gross: $0.69M

38. Caravaggio (1986)

93 min | Biography, Drama, History

6.7
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55 Metascore

A retelling of the life of the celebrated 17th-century painter through his brilliant, nearly blasphemous paintings and his flirtations with the underworld.

Director: Derek Jarman | Stars: Noam Almaz, Dexter Fletcher, Nigel Terry, Sean Bean

Votes: 4,202 | Gross: $0.00M

39. The Passion of Joan of Arc (1928)

Not Rated | 114 min | Biography, Drama, History

8.2
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In 1431, Jeanne d'Arc is placed on trial on charges of heresy. The ecclesiastical jurists attempt to force Jeanne to recant her claims of holy visions.

Director: Carl Theodor Dreyer | Stars: Maria Falconetti, Eugene Silvain, André Berley, Maurice Schutz

Votes: 32,102 | Gross: $0.02M

40. Another Country (1984)

PG | 90 min | Biography, Drama, Romance

7.2
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Based on the life of the young Guy Burgess, who would become better known as one of the Cambridge Spies.

Director: Marek Kanievska | Stars: Rupert Everett, Colin Firth, Michael Jenn, Robert Addie

Votes: 4,413

41. Marie Antoinette (2006)

PG-13 | 123 min | Biography, Drama, History

6.4
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65 Metascore

The retelling of France's iconic but ill-fated queen, Marie Antoinette. From her betrothal and marriage to Louis XVI at 15 to her reign as queen at 19 and to the end of her reign as queen, and ultimately the fall of Versailles.

Director: Sofia Coppola | Stars: Kirsten Dunst, Jason Schwartzman, Rip Torn, Judy Davis

Votes: 87,981 | Gross: $15.96M

42. White Mischief (1987)

R | 107 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

6.3
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A millionaire past his prime, and his young wife, arrive in Kenya circa 1940 to find that the other affluent British expatriates are living large, as the homefront gears up for war. They ... See full summary »

Director: Michael Radford | Stars: Sarah Miles, Joss Ackland, Greta Scacchi, Charles Dance

Votes: 2,205 | Gross: $3.11M

43. Kingdom of Heaven (2005)

R | 144 min | Action, Adventure, Drama

7.2
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63 Metascore

Balian of Ibelin travels to Jerusalem during the Crusades of the 12th century, and there he finds himself as the defender of the city and its people.

Director: Ridley Scott | Stars: Orlando Bloom, Eva Green, Liam Neeson, Martin Hancock

Votes: 237,462 | Gross: $47.40M

44. The Hindenburg (1975)

PG | 125 min | Adventure, Drama, History

6.2
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A film that chronicles the events of the Hindenburg disaster in which a zeppelin burst into flames.

Director: Robert Wise | Stars: George C. Scott, Anne Bancroft, William Atherton, Roy Thinnes

Votes: 4,263 | Gross: $27.95M

45. The Boston Strangler (1968)

Approved | 116 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

7.1
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A series of brutal murders in Boston sparks a seemingly endless and increasingly complex manhunt.

Director: Richard Fleischer | Stars: Tony Curtis, Henry Fonda, George Kennedy, Mike Kellin

Votes: 6,722

46. Munich (2005)

R | 164 min | Drama, History, Thriller

7.6
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74 Metascore

Based on the true story of the Black September aftermath, about the five men chosen to eliminate the ones responsible for that fateful day.

Director: Steven Spielberg | Stars: Eric Bana, Daniel Craig, Marie-Josée Croze, Ciarán Hinds

Votes: 189,767 | Gross: $47.40M

47. Saint Joan (1957)

Not Rated | 110 min | Biography, Drama, History

6.4
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In 1456, French king Charles VII recalls the story of how he met the 17 year-old peasant girl Joan of Arc, entrusted her with the command of the French Army and ultimately burned her at the stake as a heretic.

Director: Otto Preminger | Stars: Richard Widmark, Richard Todd, Anton Walbrook, John Gielgud

Votes: 906

48. Kinsey (2004)

R | 118 min | Biography, Drama, Romance

7.1
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79 Metascore

A look at the life of Alfred Kinsey, a pioneer in the area of human sexuality research, whose 1948 publication "Sexual Behavior in the Human Male" was one of the first recorded works that saw science address sexual behavior.

Director: Bill Condon | Stars: Liam Neeson, Laura Linney, Chris O'Donnell, Peter Sarsgaard

Votes: 44,517 | Gross: $10.21M

49. Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid (1969)

PG | 110 min | Biography, Crime, Drama

8.1
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58 Metascore

Two Western bank and train robbers flee to Bolivia when the law gets too close.

Director: George Roy Hill | Stars: Paul Newman, Robert Redford, Katharine Ross, Strother Martin

Votes: 170,934 | Gross: $102.31M

50. Frances (1982)

R | 140 min | Biography, Drama, Romance

7.4
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48 Metascore

The story of Frances Farmer's meteoric rise to fame in Hollywood and the tragic turn her life took when she was blacklisted.

Director: Graeme Clifford | Stars: Jessica Lange, Kim Stanley, Sam Shepard, Bart Burns

Votes: 5,910 | Gross: $5.00M

51. The Legend of Lizzie Borden (1975 TV Movie)

TV-14 | 96 min | Drama, History, Mystery

7.8
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A dramatization of the famous 1893 Massachusetts trial of the woman accused of murdering her father and stepmother with an ax.

Director: Paul Wendkos | Stars: Elizabeth Montgomery, Fionnula Flanagan, Ed Flanders, Katherine Helmond

Votes: 1,152

52. La banquière (1980)

131 min | Comedy, Drama

6.4
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Emma Eckhert, from a modest background, became a big sensation between 1914 and 1938 as a banker and the head of a financial paper specialized in public savings.

Director: Francis Girod | Stars: Romy Schneider, Jean-Louis Trintignant, Marie-France Pisier, Claude Brasseur

Votes: 568

53. Paris brûle-t-il? (1966)

PG-13 | 173 min | Drama, History, War

6.9
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The departure of the German Army from Paris in 1944.

Director: René Clément | Stars: Jean-Paul Belmondo, Charles Boyer, Leslie Caron, Jean-Pierre Cassel

Votes: 3,037

54. Snowden (2016)

R | 134 min | Biography, Drama, Thriller

7.3
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58 Metascore

The NSA's illegal surveillance techniques are leaked to the public by one of the agency's employees, Edward Snowden, in the form of thousands of classified documents distributed to the press.

Director: Oliver Stone | Stars: Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Shailene Woodley, Melissa Leo, Zachary Quinto

Votes: 100,987 | Gross: $21.59M

55. The Motorcycle Diaries (2004)

R | 126 min | Adventure, Biography, Drama

7.8
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75 Metascore

The dramatization of a motorcycle road trip Che Guevara went on in his youth that showed him his life's calling.

Director: Walter Salles | Stars: Gael García Bernal, Rodrigo De la Serna, Mía Maestro, Mercedes Morán

Votes: 88,540 | Gross: $16.76M

56. The Sea Inside (I) (2004)

PG-13 | 125 min | Biography, Drama, Romance

8.0
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74 Metascore

The factual story of Spaniard Ramon Sampedro, who fought a thirty-year campaign in favor of euthanasia and his own right to die.

Director: Alejandro Amenábar | Stars: Javier Bardem, Belén Rueda, Lola Dueñas, Mabel Rivera

Votes: 69,654 | Gross: $2.09M

57. In the Name of the Father (1993)

R | 133 min | Biography, Drama

8.1
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84 Metascore

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.

Director: Jim Sheridan | Stars: Daniel Day-Lewis, Pete Postlethwaite, Alison Crosbie, Philip King

Votes: 127,343 | Gross: $25.01M

58. Lili Marleen (1981)

R | 120 min | Drama, Music, Romance

7.2
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In Switzerland German singer 'Willie' falls in love with Jewish composer 'Robert' who offers resistance to the Nazis by helping refugees. But his family thinks that 'Willie' is also a Nazi ... See full summary »

Director: Rainer Werner Fassbinder | Stars: Hanna Schygulla, Giancarlo Giannini, Mel Ferrer, Karl-Heinz von Hassel

Votes: 3,120

59. Letters from Iwo Jima (2006)

R | 141 min | Drama, History, War

7.9
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89 Metascore

The story of the battle of Iwo Jima between the United States and Imperial Japan during World War II, as told from the perspective of the Japanese who fought it.

Director: Clint Eastwood | Stars: Ken Watanabe, Kazunari Ninomiya, Tsuyoshi Ihara, Ryo Kase

Votes: 140,968 | Gross: $13.76M

60. Immortal Beloved (1994)

R | 121 min | Biography, Drama, Music

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The life and death of the legendary Ludwig van Beethoven. Besides all the work he is known for, the composer once wrote a famous love letter to a nameless beloved, and the movie tries to ... See full summary »

Director: Bernard Rose | Stars: Gary Oldman, Jeroen Krabbé, Isabella Rossellini, Johanna ter Steege

Votes: 20,540 | Gross: $9.91M

61. Philadelphia (1993)

PG-13 | 125 min | Drama

7.7
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66 Metascore

When a man with HIV is fired by his law firm because of his condition, he hires a homophobic small time lawyer as the only willing advocate for a wrongful dismissal suit.

Director: Jonathan Demme | Stars: Tom Hanks, Denzel Washington, Roberta Maxwell, Buzz Kilman

Votes: 195,188 | Gross: $77.32M

62. Calendar Girls (2003)

PG-13 | 108 min | Comedy, Drama

6.9
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60 Metascore

A Women's Institute chapter's fundraising effort for a local hospital by posing nude for a calendar becomes a media sensation.

Director: Nigel Cole | Stars: Helen Mirren, Julie Walters, Penelope Wilton, John Alderton

Votes: 20,807 | Gross: $31.04M

63. La Vie en Rose (2007)

PG-13 | 140 min | Biography, Drama, Music

7.6
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66 Metascore

Biopic of the iconic French singer Édith Piaf. Raised by her grandmother in a brothel, she was discovered while singing on a street corner at the age of 19. Despite her success, Piaf's life was filled with tragedy.

Director: Olivier Dahan | Stars: Marion Cotillard, Sylvie Testud, Pascal Greggory, Emmanuelle Seigner

Votes: 73,151 | Gross: $10.30M

64. The Day of the Jackal (1973)

PG | 143 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

7.8
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80 Metascore

A professional assassin codenamed "Jackal" plots to kill Charles de Gaulle, the President of France.

Director: Fred Zinnemann | Stars: Edward Fox, Terence Alexander, Michel Auclair, Alan Badel

Votes: 32,162 | Gross: $16.06M

65. Rasputin (1996 TV Movie)

R | 135 min | Biography, Drama, History

7.1
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HBO biopic about the infamous "mad monk" Rasputin from the court of Tsar Nicholas in Russia.

Director: Uli Edel | Stars: Alan Rickman, Greta Scacchi, Ian McKellen, David Warner

Votes: 3,023

66. The Private Lives of Elizabeth and Essex (1939)

Approved | 106 min | Biography, Drama, History

7.2
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A depiction of the love/hate relationship between Queen Elizabeth I and Robert Devereux, the Earl of Essex.

Director: Michael Curtiz | Stars: Bette Davis, Errol Flynn, Olivia de Havilland, Donald Crisp

Votes: 4,231

67. Catch Me If You Can (2002)

PG-13 | 141 min | Biography, Crime, Drama

8.1
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75 Metascore

The story of Frank Abagnale Jr., before his 19th birthday, successfully forged millions of dollars' worth of checks while posing as a Pan Am pilot, a doctor, and legal prosecutor as a seasoned and dedicated FBI agent pursues him.

Director: Steven Spielberg | Stars: Leonardo DiCaprio, Tom Hanks, Christopher Walken, Martin Sheen

Votes: 637,781 | Gross: $164.62M

68. Nicholas and Alexandra (1971)

GP | 183 min | Biography, Drama, History

7.3
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Tsar Nicholas II, the inept monarch of Russia, insensitive to the needs of his people, is overthrown and exiled to Siberia with his family.

Director: Franklin J. Schaffner | Stars: Michael Jayston, Janet Suzman, Roderic Noble, Ania Marson

Votes: 3,744

69. The Great Escape (1963)

Approved | 172 min | Adventure, Drama, History

8.2
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87 Metascore

Allied prisoners of war plan for several hundred of their number to escape from a German camp during World War II.

Director: John Sturges | Stars: Steve McQueen, James Garner, Richard Attenborough, Charles Bronson

Votes: 186,845 | Gross: $12.10M

70. Dallas Buyers Club (2013)

R | 117 min | Biography, Drama

8.0
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84 Metascore

In 1985 Dallas, electrician and hustler Ron Woodroof works around the system to help AIDS patients get the medication they need after he is diagnosed with the disease.

Director: Jean-Marc Vallée | Stars: Matthew McConaughey, Jennifer Garner, Jared Leto, Steve Zahn

Votes: 373,874 | Gross: $27.30M

71. Alpha Dog (2006)

R | 122 min | Biography, Crime, Drama

6.9
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53 Metascore

Johnny and a couple pals kidnap Jake's 15-year-old brother, Zach, then assigns his buddy Frankie to be Zach's minder. They develop a brotherly friendship. Zach parties with his captors as things begin to spin out of control.

Director: Nick Cassavetes | Stars: Emile Hirsch, Justin Timberlake, Anton Yelchin, Bruce Willis

Votes: 92,326 | Gross: $15.23M

72. Before Night Falls (2000)

R | 133 min | Biography, Drama, Romance

7.3
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85 Metascore

The life of Cuban poet and novelist Reynaldo Arenas.

Director: Julian Schnabel | Stars: Javier Bardem, Johnny Depp, Olatz López Garmendia, Giovanni Florido

Votes: 22,020 | Gross: $4.22M

73. Grand Hotel (I) (1932)

Not Rated | 112 min | Drama, Romance

7.6
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A group of very different individuals staying at a luxurious hotel in Berlin deal with each of their respective dramas.

Director: Edmund Goulding | Stars: Greta Garbo, John Barrymore, Joan Crawford, Wallace Beery

Votes: 14,479 | Gross: $1.24M

74. The Butler (I) (2013)

PG-13 | 132 min | Biography, Drama

7.2
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66 Metascore

As Cecil Gaines serves eight presidents during his tenure as a butler at the White House, the civil rights movement, Vietnam, and other major events affect this man's life, family, and American society.

Director: Lee Daniels | Stars: Forest Whitaker, Oprah Winfrey, John Cusack, Jane Fonda

Votes: 96,627 | Gross: $116.63M

75. Zodiac (2007)

R | 157 min | Crime, Drama, History

7.7
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78 Metascore

In the late 1960s/early 1970s, a San Francisco cartoonist becomes an amateur detective obsessed with tracking down the Zodiac Killer, an unidentified individual who terrorizes Northern California with a killing spree.

Director: David Fincher | Stars: Jake Gyllenhaal, Robert Downey Jr., Mark Ruffalo, Anthony Edwards

Votes: 355,965 | Gross: $33.08M

76. The People vs. Larry Flynt (1996)

R | 129 min | Biography, Drama

7.3
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79 Metascore

A partially idealized and fictionalized film of the controversial pornography publisher and how he became a defender of free speech for all people.

Director: Milos Forman | Stars: Woody Harrelson, Courtney Love, Edward Norton, Brett Harrelson

Votes: 77,344 | Gross: $20.19M

77. The Danish Girl (2015)

R | 119 min | Biography, Drama, History

7.1
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66 Metascore

A fictitious love story loosely inspired by the lives of Danish artists Lili Elbe and Gerda Wegener. Lili and Gerda's marriage and work evolve as they navigate Lili's groundbreaking journey as a transgender pioneer.

Director: Tom Hooper | Stars: Eddie Redmayne, Alicia Vikander, Amber Heard, Ben Whishaw

Votes: 125,933 | Gross: $12.71M

78. The Affair of the Necklace (2001)

R | 118 min | Drama, History, Romance

6.1
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42 Metascore

In pre-Revolutionary France, a young aristocratic woman left penniless by the political unrest in the country, must avenge her family's fall from grace by scheming to steal a priceless necklace.

Director: Charles Shyer | Stars: Hilary Swank, Simon Baker, Jonathan Pryce, Adrien Brody

Votes: 4,691 | Gross: $0.43M

79. Saving Private Ryan (1998)

R | 169 min | Drama, War

8.6
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90 Metascore

Following the Normandy Landings, a group of U.S. soldiers go behind enemy lines to retrieve a paratrooper whose brothers have been killed in action.

Director: Steven Spielberg | Stars: Tom Hanks, Matt Damon, Tom Sizemore, Edward Burns

Votes: 1,009,299 | Gross: $216.54M

80. Evita Peron (1981 TV Movie)

200 min | Drama, History

6.3
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Aspiring actress Eva Duarte rises from a minor celebrity to the wife of a powerful Argentine dictator, but her all consuming fiery rage, ambition, and hatred eventually become her downfall.

Director: Marvin J. Chomsky | Stars: Faye Dunaway, James Farentino, Pedro Armendáriz Jr., Michael Constantine

Votes: 262

81. Elizabeth: The Golden Age (2007)

PG-13 | 114 min | Biography, Drama, History

6.9
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45 Metascore

A mature Queen Elizabeth endures multiple crises late in her reign including court intrigues, an assassination plot, the Spanish Armada, and romantic disappointments.

Director: Shekhar Kapur | Stars: Cate Blanchett, Clive Owen, Geoffrey Rush, Jordi Mollà

Votes: 59,100 | Gross: $16.29M

82. Spotlight (I) (2015)

R | 128 min | Crime, Drama, History

8.1
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93 Metascore

The true story of how the Boston Globe uncovered the massive scandal of child molestation and cover-up within the local Catholic Archdiocese, shaking the entire Catholic Church to its core.

Director: Tom McCarthy | Stars: Mark Ruffalo, Michael Keaton, Rachel McAdams, Liev Schreiber

Votes: 309,477 | Gross: $45.06M

83. Wonderland (2003)

R | 104 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

6.6
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43 Metascore

In the police investigation of a brutal crime scene, one man was at the center of it all: legendary porn star John Holmes.

Director: James Cox | Stars: Val Kilmer, Lisa Kudrow, Kate Bosworth, Christina Applegate

Votes: 19,633 | Gross: $1.06M

84. Argo (2012)

R | 120 min | Biography, Drama, Thriller

7.7
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86 Metascore

Acting under the cover of a Hollywood producer scouting a location for a science fiction film, a CIA agent launches a dangerous operation to rescue six Americans in Tehran during the U.S. hostage crisis in Iran in 1979.

Director: Ben Affleck | Stars: Ben Affleck, Bryan Cranston, John Goodman, Alan Arkin

Votes: 503,493 | Gross: $136.03M

85. Prick Up Your Ears (1987)

R | 105 min | Biography, Drama, Romance

7.4
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This film is the story of the spectacular life and violent death of British playwright Joe Orton. In his teens, Orton is befriended by the older, more reserved Kenneth Halliwell, and while ... See full summary »

Director: Stephen Frears | Stars: Gary Oldman, Alfred Molina, Vanessa Redgrave, Wallace Shawn

Votes: 4,939 | Gross: $1.65M

86. The Intouchables (2011)

R | 112 min | Biography, Comedy, Drama

8.6
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57 Metascore

After he becomes a quadriplegic from a paragliding accident, an aristocrat hires a young man from the projects to be his caregiver.

Directors: Olivier Nakache, Éric Toledano | Stars: François Cluzet, Omar Sy, Anne Le Ny, Audrey Fleurot

Votes: 602,583 | Gross: $13.18M

87. Freedom Writers (2007)

PG-13 | 123 min | Biography, Crime, Drama

7.5
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64 Metascore

A young teacher inspires her class of at-risk students to learn tolerance, apply themselves, and pursue education beyond high school.

Director: Richard LaGravenese | Stars: Hilary Swank, Imelda Staunton, Patrick Dempsey, Scott Glenn

Votes: 58,244 | Gross: $36.61M

88. The Last Emperor (1987)

PG-13 | 163 min | Biography, Drama, History

7.8
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76 Metascore

The story of the final Emperor of China.

Director: Bernardo Bertolucci | Stars: John Lone, Joan Chen, Peter O'Toole, Ruocheng Ying

Votes: 78,534 | Gross: $43.98M

89. Rush (I) (2013)

R | 123 min | Action, Biography, Drama

8.1
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75 Metascore

The merciless 1970s rivalry between Formula One rivals James Hunt and Niki Lauda.

Director: Ron Howard | Stars: Daniel Brühl, Chris Hemsworth, Olivia Wilde, Alexandra Maria Lara

Votes: 361,052 | Gross: $26.95M

90. Kundun (1997)

PG-13 | 134 min | Biography, Drama, History

7.0
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74 Metascore

From childhood to adulthood, Tibet's fourteenth Dalai Lama deals with Chinese oppression and other problems.

Director: Martin Scorsese | Stars: Tenzin Thuthob Tsarong, Gyurme Tethong, Tulku Jamyang Kunga Tenzin, Tenzin Yeshi Paichang

Votes: 23,190 | Gross: $5.53M

91. Farinelli (1994)

R | 111 min | Biography, Drama, Music

6.9
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Farinelli, is the artistic name of Carlo Broschi, a young singer in Handel's time. He was castrated in his childhood in order to preserve his voice. During his life he becomes to be a very ... See full summary »

Director: Gérard Corbiau | Stars: Stefano Dionisi, Enrico Lo Verso, Elsa Zylberstein, Jeroen Krabbé

Votes: 5,536 | Gross: $2.12M

92. The Last of the Blonde Bombshells (2000 TV Movie)

PG-13 | 83 min | Comedy, Music

7.4
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A woman tries to reunite the swing band she played with during World War II.

Director: Gillies MacKinnon | Stars: Judi Dench, Ian Holm, Leslie Caron, Olympia Dukakis

Votes: 1,284

93. Who Is the Black Dahlia? (1975 TV Movie)

100 min | Biography, Crime, Drama

7.2
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Dramatization of an actual homicide investigation. In 1947 Los Angeles, a police detective tries to solve the shocking and grisly murder of 22-year-old aspiring actress Elizabeth Short, ... See full summary »

Director: Joseph Pevney | Stars: Brooke Adams, Donna Mills, Efrem Zimbalist Jr., Ronny Cox

Votes: 272

94. Erin Brockovich (2000)

R | 131 min | Biography, Drama

7.3
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73 Metascore

An unemployed single mother becomes a legal assistant and almost single-handedly brings down a California power company accused of polluting a city's water supply.

Director: Steven Soderbergh | Stars: Julia Roberts, Albert Finney, David Brisbin, Dawn Didawick

Votes: 148,652 | Gross: $125.60M

95. Frida (2002)

R | 123 min | Biography, Drama, Romance

7.4
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61 Metascore

A biography of artist Frida Kahlo, who channeled the pain of a crippling injury and her tempestuous marriage into her work.

Director: Julie Taymor | Stars: Salma Hayek, Alfred Molina, Geoffrey Rush, Mía Maestro

Votes: 69,175 | Gross: $25.89M

96. Total Eclipse (1995)

R | 111 min | Biography, Drama, Romance

6.6
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42 Metascore

Young, wild poet Arthur Rimbaud and his mentor Paul Verlaine engage in a fierce, forbidden romance while feeling the effects of a hellish artistic lifestyle.

Director: Agnieszka Holland | Stars: Leonardo DiCaprio, David Thewlis, Romane Bohringer, Dominique Blanc

Votes: 11,574 | Gross: $0.34M

97. Vincent & Theo (1990)

PG-13 | 138 min | Biography, Drama

7.1
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65 Metascore

The familiar tragic story of Vincent van Gogh is broadened by focusing as well on his brother Theodore, who helped support Vincent. The movie also provides a nice view of the locations which Vincent painted.

Director: Robert Altman | Stars: Tim Roth, Paul Rhys, Adrian Brine, Jean-François Perrier

Votes: 3,142 | Gross: $2.23M

98. Sid and Nancy (1986)

R | 112 min | Biography, Drama, Music

7.1
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The relationship between Sid Vicious, bassist for British punk group The Sex Pistols, and his girlfriend Nancy Spungen is portrayed.

Director: Alex Cox | Stars: Gary Oldman, Chloe Webb, David Hayman, Debby Bishop

Votes: 25,607 | Gross: $2.83M

99. Colonel Redl (1985)

R | 144 min | Biography, Drama, History

7.7
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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), an ambitious young officer who proceeds up the ladder to become ... See full summary »

Director: István Szabó | Stars: Klaus Maria Brandauer, Hans Christian Blech, Armin Mueller-Stahl, Gudrun Landgrebe

Votes: 2,243 | Gross: $0.00M

100. Dunkirk (2017)

PG-13 | 106 min | Action, Drama, History

8.0
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94 Metascore

Allied soldiers from Belgium, the British Empire and France are surrounded by the German Army, and evacuated during a fierce battle in World War II.

Director: Christopher Nolan | Stars: Fionn Whitehead, Barry Keoghan, Mark Rylance, Tom Hardy

Votes: 350,900 | Gross: $188.37M