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1. Lincoln (2012)

PG-13 | 150 min | Biography, Drama, History

7.4
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86 Metascore

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.

Director: Steven Spielberg | Stars: Daniel Day-Lewis, Sally Field, David Strathairn, Joseph Gordon-Levitt

Votes: 211,764 | Gross: $182.21M

2. The King's Speech (2010)

R | 118 min | Biography, Drama

8.0
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88 Metascore

The story of King George VI of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, his impromptu ascension to the throne and the speech therapist who helped the unsure monarch become worthy of it.

Director: Tom Hooper | Stars: Colin Firth, Geoffrey Rush, Helena Bonham Carter, Derek Jacobi

Votes: 546,230 | Gross: $138.80M

3. Mississippi Burning (1988)

R | 128 min | Crime, Drama, History

7.8
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65 Metascore

Two F.B.I. Agents, with wildly different styles, arrive in Mississippi to investigate the disappearance of some civil rights activists.

Director: Alan Parker | Stars: Gene Hackman, Willem Dafoe, Frances McDormand, Brad Dourif

Votes: 70,749 | Gross: $34.60M

4. 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: 121,831 | Gross: $70.41M

5. The Queen (2006)

PG-13 | 103 min | Biography, Drama

7.3
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91 Metascore

After the death of Princess Diana, Queen Elizabeth II struggles with her reaction to a sequence of events nobody could have predicted.

Director: Stephen Frears | Stars: Helen Mirren, Michael Sheen, James Cromwell, Alex Jennings

Votes: 91,631 | Gross: $56.44M

6. All the President's Men (1976)

PG | 138 min | Biography, Drama, History

8.0
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"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: 81,737 | Gross: $70.60M

7. Malcolm X (1992)

PG-13 | 202 min | Biography, Drama, History

7.7
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72 Metascore

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.

Director: Spike Lee | Stars: Denzel Washington, Angela Bassett, Delroy Lindo, Spike Lee

Votes: 69,249 | Gross: $48.17M

8. All the King's Men (2006)

PG-13 | 128 min | Drama, Thriller

6.2
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37 Metascore

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.

Director: Steven Zaillian | Stars: Sean Penn, Jude Law, Kate Winslet, Anthony Hopkins

Votes: 21,608 | Gross: $7.22M

9. Borgen (2010–2013)

TV-14 | 58 min | Drama

8.5
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A political drama about a prime minister's rise to power, and how power changes a prime minister.

Stars: Sidse Babett Knudsen, Birgitte Hjort Sørensen, Emil Poulsen, Freja Riemann

Votes: 13,003

10. W. (I) (2008)

PG-13 | 129 min | Biography, Drama, History

6.3
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56 Metascore

A chronicle of the life and presidency of George W. Bush.

Director: Oliver Stone | Stars: Josh Brolin, Elizabeth Banks, Ioan Gruffudd, Colin Hanks

Votes: 42,551 | Gross: $25.53M

11. The American President (1995)

PG-13 | 114 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

6.8
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67 Metascore

Comedy-drama about a widowed U.S. President and a lobbyist who fall in love. It's all above-board, but "politics is perception", and sparks fly anyway.

Director: Rob Reiner | Stars: Michael Douglas, Annette Bening, Martin Sheen, Michael J. Fox

Votes: 45,368 | Gross: $65.00M

12. Good Night, and Good Luck. (2005)

PG | 93 min | Biography, Drama, History

7.5
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80 Metascore

Broadcast journalist Edward R. Murrow looks to bring down Senator Joseph McCarthy.

Director: George Clooney | Stars: David Strathairn, George Clooney, Patricia Clarkson, Jeff Daniels

Votes: 86,994 | Gross: $31.50M

13. Frost/Nixon (2008)

R | 122 min | Biography, Drama

7.7
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80 Metascore

A dramatic retelling of the post-Watergate television interviews between British talk-show host David Frost and former president Richard Nixon.

Director: Ron Howard | Stars: Frank Langella, Michael Sheen, Kevin Bacon, Sam Rockwell

Votes: 92,397 | Gross: $18.59M

14. Mr. Smith Goes to Washington (1939)

Not Rated | 129 min | Comedy, Drama

8.2
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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.

Director: Frank Capra | Stars: James Stewart, Jean Arthur, Claude Rains, Edward Arnold

Votes: 84,970 | Gross: $9.60M

15. 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: 25,464 | Gross: $13.56M

16. Ghosts of Mississippi (1996)

PG-13 | 130 min | Drama, History

6.7
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A Mississippi district attorney and the widow of Medgar Evers struggle to finally bring a white racist to justice for the 1963 murder of the civil rights leader.

Director: Rob Reiner | Stars: Alec Baldwin, James Woods, Whoopi Goldberg, Virginia Madsen

Votes: 9,010 | Gross: $13.05M

17. The Contender (2000)

R | 126 min | Drama, Thriller

7.0
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59 Metascore

Senator Laine Hanson is a contender for US Vice President, but information and disinformation about her past surfaces that threatens to de-rail her confirmation.

Director: Rod Lurie | Stars: Joan Allen, Gary Oldman, Jeff Bridges, Christian Slater

Votes: 21,217 | Gross: $17.87M

18. Battle in Seattle (2007)

R | 98 min | Action, Drama

6.7
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54 Metascore

Activists arrive in Seattle, Washington en masse to protest a meeting of the World Trade Organization. Riots and chaos ensue as demonstrators successfully stop the WTO meetings.

Director: Stuart Townsend | Stars: André Benjamin, Jennifer Carpenter, Isaach De Bankolé, Woody Harrelson

Votes: 13,260 | Gross: $0.22M

19. All the King's Men (1949)

Approved | 110 min | Drama, Film-Noir

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The rise and fall of a corrupt politician, who makes his friends richer and retains power by dint of a populist appeal.

Director: Robert Rossen | Stars: Broderick Crawford, John Ireland, Joanne Dru, John Derek

Votes: 10,719

20. The Candidate (1972)

PG | 110 min | Comedy, Drama

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Bill McKay is a candidate for the U.S. Senate from California. He has no hope of winning, so he is willing to tweak the establishment.

Director: Michael Ritchie | Stars: Robert Redford, Peter Boyle, Melvyn Douglas, Don Porter

Votes: 8,116

21. Commander in Chief (2005–2006)

TV-PG | 60 min | Drama

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MacKenzie Allen becomes the first woman American president after she ascends to the job following the death of president Teddy Bridges.

Stars: Geena Davis, Donald Sutherland, Harry Lennix, Kyle Secor

Votes: 3,064

22. An American Affair (2008)

R | 93 min | Drama

6.2
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31 Metascore

In 1963, during the swirl of glamour and intrigue that turned President John F. Kennedy's Washington into Camelot, a lonely 13-year-old Catholic school boy comes of age.

Director: William Olsson | Stars: Gretchen Mol, James Rebhorn, Cameron Bright, Mark Pellegrino

Votes: 1,799

23. The Front (1976)

PG | 95 min | Comedy, Drama

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In 1953, a cashier poses as a writer for blacklisted talents to submit their work through, but the injustice around him pushes him to take a stand.

Director: Martin Ritt | Stars: Woody Allen, Zero Mostel, Herschel Bernardi, Michael Murphy

Votes: 6,880

24. Salt of the Earth (1954)

Not Rated | 94 min | Drama, History

7.5
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Mexican workers at a Zinc mine call a general strike. It is only through the solidarity of the workers, and importantly the indomitable resolve of their wives, mothers and daughters, that they eventually triumph.

Director: Herbert J. Biberman | Stars: Juan Chacón, Rosaura Revueltas, Will Geer, David Wolfe

Votes: 2,345

25. Secret State (2012– )

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Secret State explores the relationship between a democratically elected government, big business and the banks.

Stars: Gabriel Byrne, Ralph Ineson, Charles Dance, Jamie Sives

Votes: 1,638

26. Truman (1995 TV Movie)

PG | 135 min | Biography, Drama

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Though considered unqualified, Harry S. Truman becomes the 33rd president following the April 1945 death of Franklin D. Roosevelt.

Director: Frank Pierson | Stars: Gary Sinise, Diana Scarwid, Richard Dysart, Colm Feore

Votes: 1,983

27. No God, No Master (2013)

PG-13 | 94 min | Crime, Drama, History

5.9
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48 Metascore

When a series of package bombs show up on the doorsteps of prominent politicians and businessmen in the summer of 1919, U.S. Bureau of Investigation Agent William Flynn (Strathairn) is ... See full summary »

Director: Terry Green | Stars: David Strathairn, Ray Wise, Sam Witwer, Alessandro Mario

Votes: 683 | Gross: $0.01M

28. I... comme Icare (1979)

120 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

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Conspiracy thriller inspired by the conspiracy theories surrounding the assassination of JFK. After a fictional president is assassinated, a determined, tough prosecutor investigates the emerging conspiracy behind it.

Director: Henri Verneuil | Stars: Yves Montand, Michel Albertini, Roland Amstutz, Jean-Pierre Bagot

Votes: 2,786

29. Syota ng bayan (2001)

105 min | Drama, Romance

7.1
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Syota ng Bayan is Tanya Marquez (Priscilla Almeda), a starlet who quits showbiz and goes back to her hometown. Upon knowing that a cement factory is causing a lot of havoc in the ... See full summary »

Director: Romy Suzara | Stars: Priscilla Almeda, Tonton Gutierrez, Eddie Garcia, Camille Roxas

Votes: 19

30. Sivaji (2007)

188 min | Action, Adventure, Drama

7.5
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A software engineer comes to India to serve the nation and invest in nation's welfare. A few corrupt officials and politicians try to stop him but he overcomes all obstacles.

Director: S. Shankar | Stars: Rajinikanth, Shriya Saran, Suman, Vivek

Votes: 12,914

31. Masters of Science Fiction (2007– )

42 min | Drama, Sci-Fi

6.9
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A series adapting science fiction stories by well-known authors into sixty-minute episodes, introduced by renowned physicist Stephen Hawking. Stories filmed, included those of science ... See full summary »

Stars: Stephen Hawking, Jason Diablo, James Cromwell, Kimberly Elise

Votes: 1,903

32. Eskapo (1995)

114 min | Drama, Thriller, Action

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Director: Chito S. Roño | Stars: Christopher De Leon, Richard Gomez, Dina Bonnevie, Ricky Davao

Votes: 33

33. Eleanor and Franklin (1976– )

203 min | Biography, Drama, Romance

8.1
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The story of Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt, from early youth to his election as President of the United States, as told from Eleanor's point of view.

Stars: David Huffman, Mackenzie Phillips, Lilia Skala, Ed Flanders

Votes: 276

34. Washington: Behind Closed Doors (1977– )

750 min | Drama

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The story of a power-hungry U.S. President, and the men, with whom he surrounds himself, in order to keep his hold on power. Based on John Ehrlichman's book about the Nixon administration.

Stars: Cliff Robertson, Jason Robards, Stefanie Powers, Robert Vaughn

Votes: 149

35. Die Frau vom Checkpoint Charlie (2007 TV Movie)

180 min | Drama

5.9
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Based on a true story, Miguel Alexandre's two-part drama focuses on a East German woman and the fight for her children. Spring 1982: Sara Bender, living with her daughters Silvia and Sabine... See full summary »

Director: Miguel Alexandre | Stars: Veronica Ferres, Peter Kremer, Filip Peeters, Maria Ehrich

Votes: 241

36. One Man's War (1991 TV Movie)

PG-13 | 87 min | Drama

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Based on true events: a Paraguayan doctor and his family seek justice for his son, who was tortured to death by the dictatorial regime of Alfredo Stroessner.

Director: Sergio Toledo | Stars: Anthony Hopkins, Norma Aleandro, Fernanda Torres, Leonardo García Vale

Votes: 200

37. Hanna K. (1983)

R | 111 min | Drama

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An Israeli lawyer is defending a Palestinian charged by The Military Court System in the Israeli-Occupied Territories. It's a tough case because of a strong political background.

Director: Costa-Gavras | Stars: Jill Clayburgh, Jean Yanne, Gabriel Byrne, Mohammad Bakri

Votes: 503 | Gross: $0.11M

38. Geuddae geusaramdeul (2005)

102 min | Comedy, Drama, History

7.0
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68 Metascore

A look at the life of President Park Chung-hee and the events leading up to his assassination.

Director: Sang-soo Im | Stars: Suk-kyu Han, Yun-shik Baek, Jae-ho Song, Eung-soo Kim

Votes: 1,147 | Gross: $0.01M

39. Trade Routes (2007)

Not Rated | 101 min | Drama, Thriller

6.8
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Trade Routes A political thriller exploring the ineptitude of U.S. Intelligence and cynicism of the global "democracy business." Set against an Eastern European election, multiple story ... See full summary »

Director: James X. Loftus | Stars: William Hope, Teodora Duhovnikova, Milena Mihaylova, Dessi Morales

Votes: 89

40. Kronprinsessan (2006)

232 min | Drama

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Right before Christmas Charlotte Ekeblad (Rapaport) is given an offer she hardly can refuse, to become a minister in the Swedish Parliament. As minister of environment she is put in a ... See full summary »

Stars: Lars Hemingstam, Alexandra Rapaport, Ulf Friberg, Kenneth Milldoff

Votes: 161

41. Krótki dzien pracy (1981 TV Movie)

73 min | Drama

7.1
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Director: Krzysztof Kieslowski | Stars: Waclaw Ulewicz, Lech Grzmocinski, Tadeusz Bartosik, Elzbieta Kijowska

Votes: 227

42. Addio, piccola mia (1979)

123 min | Biography, Drama, Romance

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Last years in the Life of german Dramatican Georg Büchner

Director: Lothar Warneke | Stars: Hilmar Eichhorn, Ute Lubosch, Christine Schorn, Michael Gwisdek

Votes: 11

43. Dny zrady (1973)

227 min | Drama, History, War

5.1
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This feature film based on the events of 1938 is a chronicle of the futile efforts of the Czechoslovak president Edvard Benes (Jirí Pleskot), politicians and ordinary citizens, to save the ... See full summary »

Director: Otakar Vávra | Stars: Jirí Pleskot, Bohus Pastorek, Gunnar Möller, Jaroslav Radimecky

Votes: 41

44. Pequeña revancha (1986)

95 min | Drama

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A 12-year-old boy is asked to write an essay about what his family does at night.

Director: Olegario Barrera | Stars: Héctor Campobello, Héctor Javier Coello, Pedro Durán, Elisa Escámez

Votes: 33

45. Prager Botschaft (2007 TV Movie)

96 min | Drama

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Director: Lutz Konermann | Stars: Anneke Kim Sarnau, Christoph Bach, Hans Werner Meyer, Hinnerk Schönemann

Votes: 76

46. Roky prelomu (1989– )

412 min | Drama

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Stars: Michal Docolomanský, Jirí Pleskot, Karel Semerád, Vladimír Brabec

47. Committing Poetry in Times of War (2007 Video)

Not Rated | 114 min | Documentary, History, War

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A poetic glance at one week in March 2003 that defined the struggle of a nation at war abroad and with its people. It follows Youth Poetry Slam Team Coach, Bill Nevins' firing as a teacher,... See full summary »

Director: Stavros

48. Gottwald (1986– )

514 min | Drama

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Stars: Jirí Stepnicka, Jaroslav Moucka, Jirina Svorcová, Ivan Vyskocil

Votes: 8

49. Sprava (2014)

15 min | Short, Drama

5.7
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Director: Janez Burger | Stars: Vladimir Vlaskalic, Dario Varga, Medea Novak

Votes: 10

50. Povstalecká história (1984– )

480 min | Drama, History, War

5.3
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Stars: Deana Horváthová, Sylvie Turbová, Stefan Kvietik, Emília Vásáryová

Votes: 14