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

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

8.1
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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.

Director: Gore Verbinski | Stars: Johnny Depp, Geoffrey Rush, Orlando Bloom, Keira Knightley

Votes: 811,572 | Gross: $305.39M

2. Lawrence of Arabia (1962)

PG | 216 min | Adventure, Biography, Drama

8.4
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100 Metascore

The story of T.E. Lawrence, the English officer who successfully united and lead the diverse, often warring, Arab tribes during World War I in order to fight the Turks.

Director: David Lean | Stars: Peter O'Toole, Alec Guinness, Anthony Quinn, Jack Hawkins

Votes: 193,321 | Gross: $6.00M

3. Gandhi (1982)

PG | 191 min | Biography, Drama, History

8.1
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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.

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

Votes: 172,157

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

PG | 118 min | Action, Adventure

7.6
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57 Metascore

A skirmish in Shanghai puts archaeologist Indiana Jones, his partner Short Round and singer Willie Scott crossing paths with an Indian village desperate to reclaim a rock stolen by a secret cult beneath the catacombs of an ancient palace.

Director: Steven Spielberg | Stars: Harrison Ford, Kate Capshaw, Jonathan Ke Quan, Amrish Puri

Votes: 330,907 | Gross: $179.87M

5. Out of Africa (1985)

PG | 161 min | Biography, Drama, Romance

7.2
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In 20th-century colonial Kenya, a Danish baroness/plantation owner has a passionate love affair with a free-spirited big-game hunter.

Director: Sydney Pollack | Stars: Meryl Streep, Robert Redford, Klaus Maria Brandauer, Michael Kitchen

Votes: 52,530 | Gross: $87.10M

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

PG | 224 min | Adventure, Drama, Musical

8.2
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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.

Director: Ashutosh Gowariker | Stars: Aamir Khan, Gracy Singh, Rachel Shelley, Paul Blackthorne

Votes: 72,073

7. Around the World in Eighty Days (1956)

G | 175 min | Adventure, Comedy, Family

6.8
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A Victorian Englishman bets that with the new steamships and railways he can do what the title says.

Directors: Michael Anderson, John Farrow | Stars: David Niven, Cantinflas, Finlay Currie, Robert Morley

Votes: 18,029 | Gross: $42.00M

8. Before the Rains (2007)

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

6.6
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47 Metascore

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

Director: Santosh Sivan | Stars: Linus Roache, Rahul Bose, Nandita Das, Jennifer Ehle

Votes: 1,735 | Gross: $1.04M

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.

Director: Alfred Hitchcock | Stars: Ingrid Bergman, Joseph Cotten, Michael Wilding, Margaret Leighton

Votes: 4,652

10. Earth (1998)

Unrated | 110 min | Drama, Romance, War

7.8
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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.

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

Votes: 5,668 | Gross: $0.53M

11. Tai-Pan (1986)

R | 127 min | Adventure

5.5
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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 »

Director: Daryl Duke | Stars: Bryan Brown, Joan Chen, John Stanton, Tim Guinee

Votes: 1,269 | Gross: $4.01M

12. Noble House (1988 TV Mini-Series)

355 min | Action, Adventure, Drama

7.8
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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

Votes: 1,003

13. The Sea Wolves (1980)

PG | 120 min | Action, History, War

6.3
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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.

Director: Andrew V. McLaglen | Stars: Gregory Peck, Roger Moore, David Niven, Trevor Howard

Votes: 2,924

14. The Black Swan (1942)

Approved | 87 min | Action, Adventure, Drama

6.9
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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.

Director: Henry King | Stars: Tyrone Power, Maureen O'Hara, Laird Cregar, Thomas Mitchell

Votes: 2,964

15. The Legend of Bhagat Singh (2002)

Not Rated | 155 min | Biography, Drama, History

8.2
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The story of a young revolutionary who raised an armed resistance against the British rule in India.

Director: Rajkumar Santoshi | Stars: Ajay Devgn, Sushant Singh, D. Santosh, Akhilendra Mishra

Votes: 8,218

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

301 min | Drama, Romance, War

8.5
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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

Votes: 721

17. Sandokan (1976 TV Mini-Series)

126 min | Action, Adventure, Drama

7.6
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Malaysia, the second half of 1800. The English Queen Victoria owns the domain of the eastern lands of Borneo, commanded by Lord James Guillonk, fierce and ruthless conqueror, father of the ... See full summary »

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

Votes: 874

18. Elephant Walk (1954)

Approved | 103 min | Drama

6.3
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The young bride of a rich planter finds herself the only white woman at Elephant Walk tea plantation, British Ceylon.

Director: William Dieterle | Stars: Elizabeth Taylor, Dana Andrews, Peter Finch, Abraham Sofaer

Votes: 1,620

19. Bhowani Junction (1956)

Approved | 110 min | Adventure, Drama, History

6.4
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Anglo-Indian Victoria Jones seeks her true identity amid the chaos of the British withdrawal from India.

Director: George Cukor | Stars: Ava Gardner, Stewart Granger, Bill Travers, Abraham Sofaer

Votes: 1,241

20. Guns at Batasi (1964)

Approved | 103 min | Drama, History, War

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.

Director: John Guillermin | Stars: Richard Attenborough, Jack Hawkins, Flora Robson, John Leyton

Votes: 907

21. Kerala Varma Pazhassi Raja (2009)

195 min | Action, Biography, Drama

7.4
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Kerala Varma Pazhassi Raja is a 2009 Malayalam historical drama film based on the life of Pazhassi Raja, a Hindu king who fought against the British in the 18th century.

Director: T. Hariharan | Stars: Mammootty, Sarath Kumar, Mohanlal, Manoj K. Jayan

Votes: 1,429

22. Gandhi, My Father (2007)

136 min | Biography, Drama, History

7.4
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57 Metascore

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

Director: Feroz Abbas Khan | Stars: Akshaye Khanna, Darshan Jariwala, Shefali Shetty, Bhoomika Chawla

Votes: 1,315 | Gross: $0.24M

23. Junoon (1979)

141 min | Drama

7.6
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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.

Director: Shyam Benegal | Stars: Jalal Agha, Nafisa Ali, Tom Alter, Shabana Azmi

Votes: 347

24. The Land (1969)

130 min | Drama

8.3
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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.

Director: Youssef Chahine | Stars: Hamdy Ahmed, Yehia Chahine, Ezzat El Alaili, Tewfik El Dekn

Votes: 648

25. 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 »

Director: Subhash Ghai | Stars: Vivek Oberoi, Isha Sharvani, Antonia Bernath, Sushmita Sen

Votes: 1,152

26. The Chess Players (1977)

Not Rated | 129 min | Comedy, Drama, History

7.8
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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 »

Director: Satyajit Ray | Stars: Sanjeev Kumar, Saeed Jaffrey, Shabana Azmi, Farida Jalal

Votes: 2,201

27. Heat and Dust (1983)

R | 133 min | Drama, Romance

6.7
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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 »

Director: James Ivory | Stars: Julie Christie, Greta Scacchi, Christopher Cazenove, Julian Glover

Votes: 1,162

28. 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.

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

Votes: 45

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

182 min | Action, Adventure, Drama

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

Votes: 126

30. Bonnie Scotland (1935)

Passed | 80 min | Comedy

6.9
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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.

Director: James W. Horne | Stars: Stan Laurel, Oliver Hardy, June Lang, William Janney

Votes: 1,341

31. Madras Town (2010)

162 min | Drama, History, Romance

7.9
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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.

Director: Vijay | Stars: Arya, Amy Jackson, Cochin Hanifa, Alexx O'Nell

Votes: 1,458

32. Man in a Cocked Hat (1959)

88 min | Comedy

6.4
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A former British colony in dire need of economic aid tries to play the British against the Soviets in an attempt to secure economic aid from either side in return for political loyalty.

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

Votes: 564

33. The Scarlet Coat (1955)

Unrated | 101 min | Adventure, Drama, History

6.3
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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.

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

Votes: 390

34. Sundown (1941)

Approved | 90 min | War, Drama

5.8
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In 1941, a mysterious Somaliland native woman helps the British against the Nazis.

Director: Henry Hathaway | Stars: Gene Tierney, Bruce Cabot, George Sanders, Harry Carey

Votes: 516

35. 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 »

Director: Guddu Dhanoa | Stars: Bobby Deol, Sunny Deol, Amrita Singh, Rahul Dev

Votes: 478

36. Chingachgook, die grosse Schlange (1967)

92 min | Adventure, Drama, Romance

6.5
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Director: Richard Groschopp | Stars: Gojko Mitic, Rolf Römer, Helmut Schreiber, Jürgen Frohriep

Votes: 211

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

91 min | Drama

8.1
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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 »

Director: Jerry Ciccoritti | Stars: Shawn Doyle, Peter Outerbridge, David La Haye, Aidan Devine

Votes: 99

38. Outpost in Malaya (1952)

88 min | Adventure, Drama

5.9
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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 »

Director: Ken Annakin | Stars: Claudette Colbert, Jack Hawkins, Anthony Steel, Ram Gopal

Votes: 152

39. 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 »

Director: Alfred E. Green | Stars: George Arliss, Ralph Forbes, H.B. Warner, Alice Joyce

Votes: 204

40. Kranti (1981)

187 min | Action, Adventure, Drama

7.2
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This is the story of India's Freedom Struggle between the years of 1825&1875.

Director: Manoj Kumar | Stars: Dilip Kumar, Manoj Kumar, Shashi Kapoor, Hema Malini

Votes: 570

41. The Sun Never Sets (1939)

Approved | 97 min | Action, Drama

6.5
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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 »

Director: Rowland V. Lee | Stars: Douglas Fairbanks Jr., Basil Rathbone, Barbara O'Neil, Lionel Atwill

Votes: 60

42. Staying On (1980 TV Movie)

90 min | Drama

7.4
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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.

Director: Silvio Narizzano | Stars: Trevor Howard, Celia Johnson, Saeed Jaffrey, Pearl Padamsee

Votes: 109

43. The Shanghai Drama (1938)

76 min | Drama

6.5
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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 »

Director: Georg Wilhelm Pabst | Stars: Christl Mardayn, Louis Jouvet, Raymond Rouleau, Dorville

Votes: 55

44. The Green Goddess (1923)

80 min | Adventure

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Director: Sidney Olcott | Stars: George Arliss, Alice Joyce, David Powell, Harry T. Morey

Votes: 20

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 »

Director: Maurice Tourneur | Stars: Lewis Stone, Barbara Bedford, Walter Pidgeon, Katherine MacDonald

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

120 min | Action, Drama, History

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Director: Michel Brault | Stars: Sébastien Gauthier, Martin Larocque, Frank Fontaine, Guy Héroux

Votes: 95

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

11 min | Documentary, Short

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Director: André de la Varre

48. 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.

49. 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