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1. Gandhi (1982)

PG | 191 min | Biography, Drama, History

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Biography of Mohandas K. Gandhi, the lawyer who became the famed leader of the Indian revolts against the British rule through his philosophy of nonviolent protest.

Writer: John Briley | Director: Richard Attenborough | Stars: Ben Kingsley, John Gielgud, Candice Bergen, Edward Fox

2. Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl (2003)

PG-13 | 143 min | Action, Adventure, Fantasy

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63 Metascore

Blacksmith Will Turner teams up with eccentric pirate "Captain" Jack Sparrow to save his love, the governor's daughter, from Jack's former pirate allies, who are now undead.

Writers: Ted Elliott, Terry Rossio, Stuart Beattie, Jay Wolpert | Director: Gore Verbinski | Stars: Johnny Depp, Geoffrey Rush, Orlando Bloom, Keira Knightley

3. Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom (1984)

PG | 118 min | Action, Adventure

7.6
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57 Metascore

After arriving in India, Indiana Jones is asked by a desperate village to find a mystical stone. He agrees, and stumbles upon a secret cult plotting a terrible plan in the catacombs of an ancient palace.

Writers: Willard Huyck, Gloria Katz, George Lucas | Director: Steven Spielberg | Stars: Harrison Ford, Kate Capshaw, Jonathan Ke Quan, Amrish Puri

4. Lawrence of Arabia (1962)

PG | 216 min | Adventure, Biography, Drama

8.4
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100 Metascore

A flamboyant and controversial British military figure and his conflicted loyalties during his World War I service in the Middle East.

Writers: T.E. Lawrence, Robert Bolt, Michael Wilson | Director: David Lean | Stars: Peter O'Toole, Alec Guinness, Anthony Quinn, Jack Hawkins

5. Lagaan: Once Upon a Time in India (2001)

PG | 224 min | Adventure, Drama, Musical

8.3
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84 Metascore

The people of a small village in Victorian India stake their future on a game of cricket against their ruthless British rulers...

Writers: Ashutosh Gowariker, Kumar Dave, Sanjay Dayma, K.P. Saxena | Director: Ashutosh Gowariker | Stars: Aamir Khan, Gracy Singh, Rachel Shelley, Paul Blackthorne

6. Around the World in Eighty Days (1956)

TV-G | 175 min | Adventure, Comedy, Family

6.8
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Adaptation of Jules Verne's novel about a Victorian Englishman who bets that with the new steamships and railways he can do what the title says.

Writers: James Poe, John Farrow, S.J. Perelman, Jules Verne | Director: Michael Anderson | Stars: David Niven, Cantinflas, Finlay Currie, Robert Morley

7. Guns at Batasi (1964)

Approved | 103 min | Drama

7.2
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An anachronistic martinet RSM on a remote Colonial African army caught in a local coup d'etat must use his experience to defend those in his care.

Writers: Robert Holles, Leo Marks, Marshall Pugh, C.M. Pennington-Richards | Director: John Guillermin | Stars: Richard Attenborough, Jack Hawkins, Flora Robson, John Leyton

8. The Chess Players (1977)

Not Rated | 129 min | Comedy, Drama, History

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Wazed Ali Shah is the ruler of one of the last independent kingdoms of India. The British, intent on controlling this rich country, have sent general Outram on a secret mission to clear the... See full summary »

Writers: Munshi Premchand, Satyajit Ray, Javed Siddiqui, Shama Zaidi | Director: Satyajit Ray | Stars: Sanjeev Kumar, Saeed Jaffrey, Shabana Azmi, Farida Jalal

9. Under Capricorn (1949)

Approved | 117 min | Crime, Drama, Romance

6.2
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A young gentleman goes to Australia where he reunites with his now married childhood sweetheart, only to find out she has become an alcoholic and harbors dark secrets.

Writers: John Colton, Margaret Linden, Helen Simpson, Hume Cronyn, James Bridie | Director: Alfred Hitchcock | Stars: Ingrid Bergman, Joseph Cotten, Michael Wilding, Margaret Leighton

10. Before the Rains (2007)

PG-13 | 98 min | Drama, Romance, Thriller

6.7
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47 Metascore

A English spice baron settles in South India during the waning years of the Raj.

Writers: Cathy Rabin, Dan Verete | Director: Santosh Sivan | Stars: Linus Roache, Rahul Bose, Nandita Das, Jennifer Ehle

11. The Sea Wolves (1980)

PG | 120 min | Action, History, War

6.2
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A true WW2 story: the British must attack a German ship but it's safe in neutral Goa. So they send civilians, ex-soldiers about 60 years old.

Writers: James Leasor, Reginald Rose | Director: Andrew V. McLaglen | Stars: Gregory Peck, Roger Moore, David Niven, Trevor Howard

12. The Black Swan (1942)

Approved | 87 min | Action, Adventure, Drama

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An ex-pirate contends with rowdy buccaneers and a love-hate relationship with an aristocratic woman who's tougher than she seems.

Writers: Ben Hecht, Seton I. Miller, Rafael Sabatini | Director: Henry King | Stars: Tyrone Power, Maureen O'Hara, Laird Cregar, Thomas Mitchell

13. Noble House (1988 TV Mini-Series)

355 min | Action, Adventure, Drama

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Ian Struan Dunross is chairman of Struan & Co, the oldest and largest of the British-East Asia trading companies. To the Chinese, that also makes him "Tai-Pan" ("supreme leader") of the "... See full summary »

Stars: Pierce Brosnan, Deborah Raffin, Ben Masters, John Rhys-Davies

14. A Town Like Alice (1981 TV Mini-Series)

301 min | Drama, Romance, War

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Set against the brutal chaos of World War II, a love story begins that will take two lovers through a living nightmare of captivity, across three continents and two decades. From the steamy... See full summary »

Stars: Helen Morse, Bryan Brown, Gordon Jackson, Dorothy Alison

15. Tai-Pan (1986)

R | 127 min | Adventure

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Tai-Pan is Chinese for "supreme leader". This is the man with real power to his hands. And such a Tai-Pan is Dirk Struan who is obsessed by his plan to make Hong Kong the "jewel in the ... See full summary »

Writers: John Briley, James Clavell, Stanley Mann | Director: Daryl Duke | Stars: Bryan Brown, Joan Chen, John Stanton, Tim Guinee

16. Earth (1998)

Unrated | 110 min | Drama, Romance, War

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71 Metascore

It's 1947 and the borderlines between India and Pakistan are being drawn. A young girl bears witnesses to tragedy as her ayah is caught between the love of two men and the rising tide of political and religious violence.

Writers: Deepa Mehta, Bapsi Sidhwa | Director: Deepa Mehta | Stars: Aamir Khan, Nandita Das, Rahul Khanna, Maia Sethna

17. Kisna: The Warrior Poet (2005)

170 min | Drama, Musical, Romance

4.6
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The film is set in the India of the tumultuous 1930's when nationalists fighting for the country's independence rose up as one, urging the British to quit. At this time, a young Indian, ... See full summary »

Writers: Sachin Bhowmick, Farrukh Dhondy, Subhash Ghai, Margaret Glover | Director: Subhash Ghai | Stars: Vivek Oberoi, Isha Sharvani, Antonia Bernath, Sushmita Sen

18. Elephant Walk (1954)

Approved | 103 min | Drama

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The young bride of a rich planter finds herself the only white woman at Elephant Walk tea plantation, British Ceylon.

Writers: Robert Standish, John Lee Mahin | Director: William Dieterle | Stars: Elizabeth Taylor, Dana Andrews, Peter Finch, Abraham Sofaer

19. Bhowani Junction (1956)

Approved | 110 min | Adventure, Drama, History

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Anglo-Indian Victoria Jones seeks her true identity amid the chaos of the British withdrawal from India.

Writers: Sonya Levien, Ivan Moffat, John Masters | Director: George Cukor | Stars: Ava Gardner, Stewart Granger, Bill Travers, Abraham Sofaer

20. Gandhi, My Father (2007)

136 min | Biography, Drama, History

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57 Metascore

The account of troubled relationship between Mahatma Gandhi and his eldest son.

Writers: Chandulal Dalal, Feroz Abbas Khan, Neelamben Parikh | Director: Feroz Abbas Khan | Stars: Akshaye Khanna, Darshan Jariwala, Shefali Shetty, Bhoomika Chawla

21. The Happy Valley (1987 TV Movie)

Drama

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In 1940 Kenya as their country prepares for war, the local aristocratic social set lives a decadent, self-indulgent lifestyle, that leads to murder.

Writer: David Reid | Director: Ross Devenish | Stars: Denholm Elliott, Holly Aird, Kathryn Pogson, Michael Byrne

22. Madras Town (2010)

162 min | Drama, History, Romance

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A film set in 1940s India, during the country's struggle for independence. The young daughter of an English governor falls in love with a local Indian boy.

Writer: Mike Parish | Director: Vijay | Stars: Aarya, Amy Jackson, Cochin Hanifa, Alexx O'Nell

23. Outpost in Malaya (1952)

88 min | Adventure, Drama

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The marriage of rubber-plantation owner Jim Frazer and his wife, Liz, which has survived many disasters, including years in a Japanese internment camp, is at a breaking point. Under ... See full summary »

Writers: Guy Elmes, S.C. George, Peter Proud | Director: Ken Annakin | Stars: Claudette Colbert, Jack Hawkins, Anthony Steel, Ram Gopal

24. Kerala Varma Pazhassi Raja (2009)

195 min | Action, Drama, History

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Writer: M.T. Vasudevan Nair | Director: T. Hariharan | Stars: Mammootty, Sarath Kumar, Mohanlal, Manoj K. Jayan

25. Sundown (1941)

Approved | 90 min | War, Drama

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Englishmen fighting Nazis in Africa discover an exotic mystery woman living among the natives and enlist her aid in overcoming the Germans.

Writers: Charles G. Booth, Barré Lyndon | Director: Henry Hathaway | Stars: Gene Tierney, Bruce Cabot, George Sanders, Harry Carey

26. The Legend of Bhagat Singh (2002)

Not Rated | 155 min | Biography, Drama, History

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The story of a young revolutionary who raised an armed resistance against the British rule in India.

Writers: Ranjit Kapoor, Piyush Mishra, Anjum Rajabali, Rajkumar Santoshi | Director: Rajkumar Santoshi | Stars: Ajay Devgn, Sushant Singh, D. Santosh, Akhilendra Mishra

27. 23rd March 1931: Shaheed (2002)

188 min | Biography, Drama, History

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When his mentor Lala Lajpatrai is mercilessly beaten to death by the police Bhagat Singh is enraged and he sets about to avenge his death. He and his colleagues do succeed in killing one of... See full summary »

Writers: Sutanu Gupta, Sanjay Masoom | Director: Guddu Dhanoa | Stars: Bobby Deol, Sunny Deol, Amrita Singh, Rahul Dev

28. Junoon (1979)

141 min

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Set during the 1857 War of Independence, an obsessed Indian Nawab desires to wed a young Anglo-Indian woman, but the girl's obstinate mother stands between them.

Writers: Shyam Benegal, Ruskin Bond, Ismat Chughtai, Satyadev Dubey | Director: Shyam Benegal | Stars: Jalal Agha, Nafisa Ali, Tom Alter, Shabana Azmi

29. Bonnie Scotland (1935)

Passed | 80 min | Comedy

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Stan and Ollie mistakenly enlist in the army and find themselves posted to the Northwest Frontier in India on a dangerous mission.

Writers: Frank Butler, Jefferson Moffitt | Director: James W. Horne | Stars: Stan Laurel, Oliver Hardy, June Lang, William Janney

30. Heat and Dust (1983)

R | 133 min | Drama, Romance

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Anne is investigating the life of her grand-aunt Olivia, whose destiny has always been shrouded with scandal. The search leads back to the early 1920s, when Olivia, recently married to ... See full summary »

Writer: Ruth Prawer Jhabvala | Director: James Ivory | Stars: Julie Christie, Greta Scacchi, Christopher Cazenove, Julian Glover

31. Sandokan (1976 TV Mini-Series)

126 min | Adventure, Drama

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Stars: Kabir Bedi, Philippe Leroy, Adolfo Celi, Mohammed Azad

32. Man in a Cocked Hat (1959)

88 min | Comedy

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Great Britain has had an international agreement for the last 50 years with a small pacific island. It has been ignored until the death of their king brings it to the attention of the ... See full summary »

Writers: Jeffrey Dell, Roy Boulting | Directors: Roy Boulting, Jeffrey Dell | Stars: Terry-Thomas, Peter Sellers, Luciana Paluzzi, Ian Bannen

33. The Scarlet Coat (1955)

Unrated | 101 min | Adventure, Drama, History

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During the Revolutionary War, American Major John Boulton feigns desertion in order to uncover a British plot to seize the stronghold of West Point.

Writer: Karl Tunberg | Director: John Sturges | Stars: Cornel Wilde, Michael Wilding, George Sanders, Anne Francis

34. Kranti (1981)

187 min | Action, Adventure, Drama

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This is the story of India's Freedom Struggle between the years of 1825&1875.

Writers: Javed Akhtar, Salim Khan, Manoj Kumar | Director: Manoj Kumar | Stars: Dilip Kumar, Manoj Kumar, Shashi Kapoor, Hema Malini

35. The Return of Sandokan (1996 TV Mini-Series)

182 min | Adventure, Drama

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Stars: Kabir Bedi, Mandala Tayde, Mathieu Carrière, Romina Power

36. Staying On (1980 TV Movie)

90 min | Drama

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A british colonel and his wife decide to remain in India after the departure of the British raj in the 1940s.

Writers: Julian Mitchell, Paul Scott | Director: Silvio Narizzano | Stars: Trevor Howard, Celia Johnson, Saeed Jaffrey, Pearl Padamsee

37. Chingachgook, die grosse Schlange (1967)

92 min | Adventure, Drama, Romance

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Writers: James Fenimore Cooper, Wolfgang Ebeling, Richard Groschopp | Director: Richard Groschopp | Stars: Gojko Mitic, Rolf Römer, Helmut Schreiber, Jürgen Frohriep

38. The Land (1969)

130 min | Drama

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A small peasant village's struggles against the careless inroads of the large local landowner, The Land shows why political oppression does not necessarily lead to a sense of solidarity among the disinherited.

Writers: Abderrahman Charkawi, Hassan Fuad | Director: Youssef Chahine | Stars: Hamdy Ahmed, Yehia Chahine, Ezzat El Alaili, Tewfik El Dekn

39. John A.: Birth of a Country (2011 TV Movie)

91 min | Drama

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The political manoeuvrings in the ten or so years in the legislature of the Province of Canada, comprised of the former Upper Canada and Lower Canada, leading up to the confederation of ... See full summary »

Writers: Richard Gwyn, Bruce M. Smith | Director: Jerry Ciccoritti | Stars: Shawn Doyle, Peter Outerbridge, David La Haye, Aidan Devine

40. The Green Goddess (1930)

Passed | 73 min | Adventure

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An airplane carrying three Brits--Major Crespin, his wife Lucille, and Dr. Trahern--crash lands in the kingdom of Rukh. The Rajah holds them prisoner because the British are about to ... See full summary »

Writers: William Archer, Julien Josephson | Director: Alfred E. Green | Stars: George Arliss, Ralph Forbes, H.B. Warner, Alice Joyce

41. A Scream in the Night (1935)

Approved | 58 min | Crime, Mystery, Thriller

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A colonial police detective in an Eastern seaport seeks a stolen gem, and infiltrates the underworld by posing as a look-alike wharfside bar owner.

Writer: Norman Springer | Director: Fred C. Newmeyer | Stars: Lon Chaney Jr., Zarah Tazil, John Ince, Manuel López

42. The Sun Never Sets (1939)

Approved | 97 min | Action, Drama

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When Clive Randolph finally returns "home" from Gold Coast colony, younger brother John balks at following the family Colonial Service tradition. But back in Gold Coast, one Zurof, ... See full summary »

Writers: W.P. Lipscomb, Arthur Fitz-Richard, Jerry Horwin | Director: Rowland V. Lee | Stars: Douglas Fairbanks Jr., Basil Rathbone, Barbara O'Neil, Lionel Atwill

43. The Shanghai Drama (1938)

76 min | Drama

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A Russian emigrant sings in a Shanghai nightclub under the assumed name of Kay Murphy. All she dreams of is a peaceful life with her daughter Vera. But this is only a pipe dream as she has ... See full summary »

Writers: Alexandre Arnoux, Oscar Paul Gilbert, Henri Jeanson, Léo Lania, Herman G. Weinberg | Director: Georg Wilhelm Pabst | Stars: Christl Mardayn, Louis Jouvet, Raymond Rouleau, Dorville

44. Quand je serai parti... vous vivrez encore (1999)

120 min | Action, Drama, History

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Writer: Michel Brault | Director: Michel Brault | Stars: Francis Reddy, David Boutin, Micheline Lanctôt, Claude Gauthier

45. Old Loves and New (1926)

Passed | 80 min | Adventure, Drama, Romance

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Gervas Carew's wife, Elinor, has deserted him while he was fighting for France, for Lord Clyde Geraldine, a cad of the first order, but Elinor, in turn is cast off when Lord Geraldine turns... See full summary »

Writers: Edith Maude Hull, Marion Fairfax | Director: Maurice Tourneur | Stars: Lewis Stone, Barbara Bedford, Walter Pidgeon, Katherine MacDonald

46. The Green Goddess (1923)

80 min | Adventure

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Writers: William Archer, Forrest Halsey | Director: Sidney Olcott | Stars: George Arliss, Alice Joyce, David Powell, Harry T. Morey

47. Scarlet Ibis

Drama, Fantasy, Romance | Announced

A high school freshman, travels to the exotic isle of Trinidad. There she discovers the stories that unlock the gates of her ancestral past; empower her to open her own heart, to understand her father and her destiny.

Writers: Mercedes LeAnza, Sandra Voris, Sarah Louise Wilson

48. Wolfe; Or, The Conquest of Quebec (1914)

Drama, History

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Director: Kenean Buel | Stars: Guy Coombs, Helen Lindroth, Alice Hollister, Jere Austin

49. Along the Lifeline of the British Empire: Suez, Malta, Gibraltar (1936)

11 min | Documentary, Short

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Writer: André de la Varre | Director: André de la Varre