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1. Rome (2005–2007)

90 min | Action, Drama, History

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A down-to-earth account of the lives of both illustrious and ordinary Romans set in the last days of the Roman Republic.

Stars: Kevin McKidd, Ray Stevenson, Polly Walker, Kerry Condon

2. Star Wars: Episode III - Revenge of the Sith (2005)

PG-13 | 140 min | Action, Adventure, Fantasy

7.7
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68 Metascore

As the Clone Wars near an end, the Sith Lord Darth Sidious steps out of the shadows, at which time Anakin succumbs to his emotions, becoming Darth Vader and putting his relationships with Obi-Wan and Padme at risk.

Writer: George Lucas | Director: George Lucas | Stars: Hayden Christensen, Natalie Portman, Ewan McGregor, Samuel L. Jackson

3. Anonymous (I) (2011)

PG-13 | 130 min | Drama, History, Thriller

6.9
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50 Metascore

The theory that it was in fact Edward De Vere, Earl of Oxford, who penned Shakespeare's plays. Set against the backdrop of the succession of Queen Elizabeth I and the Essex rebellion against her.

Writer: John Orloff | Director: Roland Emmerich | Stars: Rhys Ifans, Vanessa Redgrave, David Thewlis, Sebastian Armesto

4. Cleopatra (1963)

Approved | 192 min | Biography, Drama, History

7.0
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Historical epic. The triumphs and tragedy of the Egyptian queen, Cleopatra.

Writers: Joseph L. Mankiewicz, Ranald MacDougall, Sidney Buchman, Plutarch, Suetonius, Appian, Carlo Mario Franzero | Directors: Joseph L. Mankiewicz, Rouben Mamoulian, Darryl F. Zanuck | Stars: Elizabeth Taylor, Richard Burton, Rex Harrison, Pamela Brown

5. Elizabeth (1998)

R | 124 min | Biography, Drama, History

7.6
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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.

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

6. All the President's Men (1976)

R | 138 min | Drama, History, Mystery

8.0
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Reporters Woodward and Bernstein uncover the details of the Watergate scandal that leads to President Nixon's resignation.

Writers: Carl Bernstein, Bob Woodward, William Goldman | Director: Alan J. Pakula | Stars: Dustin Hoffman, Robert Redford, Jack Warden, Martin Balsam

7. No Way Out (1987)

R | 114 min | Action, Crime, Drama

7.1
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A coverup and witchhunt occur after a politician accidentally kills his mistress.

Writers: Kenneth Fearing, Robert Garland | Director: Roger Donaldson | Stars: Kevin Costner, Gene Hackman, Sean Young, Will Patton

8. The Warlords (2007)

R | 126 min | Action, Drama, History

7.1
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70 Metascore

It's a heroic tale of three blood brothers and their struggle in the midst of war and political upheaval. It is based on "The Assassination of Ma," a Qing Dynasty (1644-1911) story about ... See full summary »

Writers: Tin Nam Chun, Junli Guo, Jiping He, Jianxin Huang, Yuet-Jan Hui, Oi Wah Lam, Lan Xu, James Yuen | Directors: Peter Chan, Wai Man Yip | Stars: Jet Li, Andy Lau, Takeshi Kaneshiro, Jinglei Xu

9. The Lion in Winter (1968)

PG | 134 min | Drama, History

8.2
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1183 AD: King Henry II's three sons all want to inherit the throne, but he won't commit to a choice. They and his wife variously plot to force him.

Writer: James Goldman | Director: Anthony Harvey | Stars: Peter O'Toole, Katharine Hepburn, Anthony Hopkins, John Castle

10. The Man Who Knew Too Much (1956)

PG | 120 min | Mystery, Thriller

7.5
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A family vacationing in Morocco accidentally stumble on to an assassination plot and the conspirators are determined to prevent them from interfering.

Writers: John Michael Hayes, Charles Bennett, D.B. Wyndham-Lewis | Director: Alfred Hitchcock | Stars: James Stewart, Doris Day, Brenda de Banzie, Bernard Miles

11. I, Claudius (1976– )

Not Rated | 669 min | Drama, History

9.1
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The history of the Roman Empire as experienced by one of its rulers.

Stars: Derek Jacobi, John Hurt, Siân Phillips, Brian Blessed

12. 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.

Writers: Alexandre Dumas père, Danièle Thompson, Patrice Chéreau | Director: Patrice Chéreau | Stars: Isabelle Adjani, Daniel Auteuil, Jean-Hugues Anglade, Vincent Perez

13. Eye of the Needle (1981)

R | 112 min | Romance, Thriller, War

7.1
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A ruthless German spy, trying to get out of Britain with vital information about D-Day, must spend time with a young woman and her crippled husband.

Writers: Ken Follett, Stanley Mann | Director: Richard Marquand | Stars: Donald Sutherland, Kate Nelligan, Stephen MacKenna, Philip Martin Brown

14. Lady Jane (1986)

PG-13 | 142 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 »

Writers: Chris Bryant, David Edgar | Director: Trevor Nunn | Stars: Helena Bonham Carter, Cary Elwes, John Wood, Michael Hordern

15. Topaz (1969)

M | 143 min | Thriller

6.3
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A French intelligence agent becomes embroiled in the Cold War politics first with uncovering the events leading up to the 1962 Cuban Missle Crisis, and then back to France to break up an international Russian spy ring.

Writers: Leon Uris, Samuel A. Taylor | Director: Alfred Hitchcock | Stars: Frederick Stafford, Dany Robin, John Vernon, Karin Dor

16. An American Affair (2008)

R | 93 min | Drama

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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.

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

17. Missing (1982)

R | 122 min | Drama, History, Mystery

7.8
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When an idealistic writer disappears during the Right Wing military coup in 1973 Chile, his wife and American businessman father try to find him.

Writers: Costa-Gavras, Donald Stewart, Thomas Hauser | Director: Costa-Gavras | Stars: Jack Lemmon, Sissy Spacek, Melanie Mayron, John Shea

18. Dragon Age II (2011 Video Game)

Action, Adventure, Fantasy

7.5
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The medieval world of Thedas is invaded by demonic Darkspawn. Hawke and Hawke's family are saved by a powerful mysterious witch Flemeth. They end up in a foreign city where racial, religious and political tensions threaten to tear it apart.

Writers: Ferret Baudoin, Jennifer Brandes Hepler, Sheryl Chee, David Gaider, Mary Kirby, Lukas Kristjanson | Director: Mark Darrah | Stars: Jo Wyatt, Nicholas Boulton, Adam Howden, Miranda Raison

19. It Takes a Thief (1968–1970)

51 min | Adventure, Crime, Drama

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The adventures of suave cat burglar Alexander Mundy, who plies his trade for the U.S. Government.

Creator: Roland Kibbee | Stars: Robert Wagner, Fred Astaire, Malachi Throne, Edward Binns

20. Sabotage (1936)

Unrated | 76 min | Mystery, Thriller

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A Scotland Yard undercover detective is on the trail of a saboteur who is part of a plot to set off a bomb in London. But when the detective's cover is blown, the plot begins to unravel.

Writers: Joseph Conrad, Charles Bennett, Ian Hay, Helen Simpson, Alma Reville, E.V.H. Emmett | Director: Alfred Hitchcock | Stars: Sylvia Sidney, Oskar Homolka, Desmond Tester, John Loder

21. The Lion in Winter (2003 TV Movie)

167 min | Drama, History, Romance

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King Henry II (Patrick Stewart) keeps his wife, Eleanor (Glenn Close) locked away in the towers because of her frequent attempts to overthrow him. With Eleanor out of the way he can have ... See full summary »

Writer: James Goldman | Director: Andrey Konchalovskiy | Stars: Glenn Close, Andrew Howard, Antal Konrád, John Light

22. Catherine the Great (1996 TV Movie)

100 min | Biography, Drama, History

6.3
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Trapped in a loveless arranged marriage to the immature future Czar, a young German Princess proves a skillful political infighter and rises to become Catherine the Great.

Writers: John Goldsmith, Frank Tudisco | Directors: Marvin J. Chomsky, John Goldsmith | Stars: Catherine Zeta-Jones, Paul McGann, Ian Richardson, Brian Blessed

23. To Kill a King (2003)

102 min | Biography, Drama, History

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A recounting of the relationship between General Fairfax and Oliver Cromwell, as they try to cope with the consequences of deposing King Charles I.

Writer: Jenny Mayhew | Director: Mike Barker | Stars: Tim Roth, Dougray Scott, Olivia Williams, James Bolam

24. Arabesque (1966)

Unrated | 105 min | Action, Adventure, Drama

6.7
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Story of international intrigue involving a university professor, an Arab prime minister, a ruthless businessman, a beautiful spy, and hieroglyphics.

Writers: Julian Mitchell, Stanley Price, Peter Stone, Gordon Cotler | Director: Stanley Donen | Stars: Gregory Peck, Sophia Loren, Alan Badel, Kieron Moore

25. Marie Antoinette (1938)

Passed | 149 min | Biography, Drama, History

7.7
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The tragic life of Marie Antoinette, who became queen of France in her late teens.

Writers: Claudine West, Donald Ogden Stewart, Ernest Vajda, Stefan Zweig | Directors: W.S. Van Dyke, Julien Duvivier | Stars: Norma Shearer, Tyrone Power, John Barrymore, Robert Morley

26. A Few Days in September (2006)

116 min | Drama, Thriller, War

5.5
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September the 1st, 2001. Elliot, an American C.I.A. agent holding top secret information on the immediate future of the world, disappears. His sole aim was to meet his daughter Orlando, ... See full summary »

Writer: Santiago Amigorena | Director: Santiago Amigorena | Stars: Juliette Binoche, John Turturro, Sara Forestier, Tom Riley

27. The Looking Glass War (1969)

M | 108 min | Action, Thriller, Drama

6.0
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From the John le Carre novel about a British spy who sends a Polish defector to East Germany to verify missile sites.

Writers: John le Carré, Frank Pierson | Director: Frank Pierson | Stars: Christopher Jones, Pia Degermark, Ralph Richardson, Paul Rogers

28. Masada (1981 TV Mini-Series)

394 min | Action, Drama, History

7.9
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After the destruction of the Second Temple, 900 Jewish zealots hold out against a 5000 man Roman legion on the mountaintop fortress of Masada.

Stars: Peter O'Toole, Peter Strauss, Barbara Carrera, Alan Feinstein

29. Cornered (1945)

Approved | 102 min | Drama, Film-Noir, Thriller

6.7
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Canadian flyer Laurence Gerard finds that his wife has been murdered by a French collaborator. His quest for justice leads him to Switzerland and Argentina.

Writers: John Paxton, John Wexley | Director: Edward Dmytryk | Stars: Dick Powell, Walter Slezak, Micheline Cheirel, Nina Vale

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

Approved | 106 min | Biography, Drama, History

7.3
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A depiction of the love/hate relationship between Queen Elizabeth I and Robert Devereux, the Earl of Essex.

Writers: Norman Reilly Raine, Æneas MacKenzie, Maxwell Anderson | Director: Michael Curtiz | Stars: Bette Davis, Errol Flynn, Olivia de Havilland, Donald Crisp

31. Dracula's Curse (2006)

R | 107 min | Action, Horror

2.8
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A team of vampire hunters set out to battle an evil vampire clan in the dark underworld.

Writers: Leigh Scott, Bram Stoker | Director: Leigh Scott | Stars: Thomas Downey, Eliza Swenson, Rhett Giles, Christina Rosenberg

32. Mary of Scotland (1936)

Approved | 123 min | Biography, Drama, History

6.5
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The recently widowed Mary Stuart returns to Scotland to reclaim her throne but is opposed by her half-brother and her own Scottish lords.

Writers: Dudley Nichols, Maxwell Anderson | Directors: John Ford, Leslie Goodwins | Stars: Katharine Hepburn, Fredric March, Florence Eldridge, Douglas Walton

33. Year of the Gun (1991)

R | 111 min | Action, Romance, Thriller

5.6
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David Raybourne is an American journalist covering political news in Italy during the 1970's. He is evolved with the Red Brigades when trying to help a friend (Alison King), who ... See full summary »

Writers: Michael Mewshaw, David Ambrose | Director: John Frankenheimer | Stars: Andrew McCarthy, Sharon Stone, Valeria Golino, John Pankow

34. Rasputin and the Empress (1932)

Passed | 121 min | Drama, History

6.7
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Writer: Charles MacArthur | Directors: Richard Boleslawski, Charles Brabin | Stars: John Barrymore, Ethel Barrymore, Lionel Barrymore, Ralph Morgan

35. Fever Mounts at El Pao (1959)

97 min | Drama

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Aroused citizens assassinate an unpopular Caribbean despot, then two men vie for his gorgeous widow Ines. Ojeda is a steamy, isolated island, the penal colony for an oppressive dictatorship... See full summary »

Writers: Henri Castillou, Luis Buñuel, Luis Alcoriza, Charles Dorat, Louis Sapin | Director: Luis Buñuel | Stars: Gérard Philipe, María Félix, Jean Servais, Miguel Ángel Ferriz

36. Washington: Behind Closed Doors (1977 TV Mini-Series)

750 min | Drama

7.8
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The story of a power-hungry U.S. President, and the men he surrounds himself with in order to keep his hold on power. Based on John Ehrlichman's book about the Nixon administration.

Creator: David W. Rintels | Stars: Cliff Robertson, Jason Robards, Stefanie Powers, Robert Vaughn

37. Saraband (1948)

Approved | 96 min | Biography, Drama, History

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A young woman marries Prince George but it's far from a love match. Then she falls for a Swedish Count.

Writers: Helen Simpson, John Dighton, Alexander Mackendrick | Director: Basil Dearden | Stars: Stewart Granger, Joan Greenwood, Flora Robson, Françoise Rosay

38. Jack London (1943)

Approved | 94 min | Adventure, Biography, Romance

5.3
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Episodes in the adventurous life of the American novelist (1876-1916).

Writers: Charmian London, Ernest Pascal, Isaac Don Levine | Director: Alfred Santell | Stars: Michael O'Shea, Susan Hayward, Osa Massen, Harry Davenport

39. Khodorkovsky (2011)

Not Rated | 111 min | Documentary, Biography, Drama

7.0
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73 Metascore

Khodorkovsky, the richest Russian, challenges President Putin. A fight of the titans begins. Putin warns him. But Khodorkovsky comes back to Russia knowing that he will be imprisoned, once ... See full summary »

Writer: Cyril Tuschi | Director: Cyril Tuschi | Stars: Mikhail Khodorkovsky, Pavel Khodorkovsky, Marina Khodorkovskaya, Lena Khodorkovskaya

40. The Secret Adversary (1983 TV Movie)

PG | 120 min | Action, Adventure, Comedy

7.2
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After two old friends accidentally meet and resolve to become investigators for hire, they quickly become embroiled in a missing treaty and a Bolshevik conspiracy.

Writers: Agatha Christie, Pat Sandys | Director: Tony Wharmby | Stars: James Warwick, Francesca Annis, George Baker, Gavan O'Herlihy

41. The Rise of Louis XIV (1966 TV Movie)

G | 90 min | Biography, History

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1661: Cardinal Mazarin dies. In the power vacuum, the young Louis asserts his intention to govern as well as rule. Mazarin's fiscal advisor, Colbert, warns against Fouquet, the Surintendant... See full summary »

Writers: Philippe Erlanger, Jean Gruault | Director: Roberto Rossellini | Stars: Jean-Marie Patte, Raymond Jourdan, Silvagni, Katharina Renn

42. The Death of Yugoslavia (1995– )

50 min | Documentary, History

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Stars: Blagoje Adzic, Jasushi Akashi, Milan Aksentijevic, Madeleine Albright

43. Blind Target (2000)

90 min | Adventure, Thriller, Action

2.6
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Blind Target is the story of a young woman who emigrated from the poor tiny Latin American country of San Hermoso only to strike it rich and famous as an author in the United States. When ... See full summary »

Writers: Kevin Collins, Jesús Franco, J. Douglas Wentworth | Director: Jesús Franco | Stars: Rachel Sheppard, Tatiana Cohen, Oliver Dennis, Lina Romay

44. The Feminine Touch (1995 Video)

R | 90 min | Thriller, Drama

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Her boyfriend John procures the ambitious journalist Jennifer Barron an interview with the Democratic presidential candidate Michael Ashton. But before she can talk to him, he twice becomes... See full summary »

Director: Conrad Janis | Stars: Paige Turco, Dirk Benedict, George Segal, Elliott Gould

45. Louis, enfant roi (1993)

160 min | Biography, Drama, History

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The title of this major French costume drama means "Louis, child-king", and indeed it's a fascinating fresco about the formative years of the young king Louis XIV, before he became the ... See full summary »

Writer: Roger Planchon | Director: Roger Planchon | Stars: Carmen Maura, Maxime Mansion, Paolo Graziosi, Jocelyn Quivrin

46. Monsieur Beaucaire (1946)

93 min | Adventure, Comedy, History

7.1
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A bumbling barber in the court of King Louis XV becomes engaged in political intrigue when he masquerades as a dashing nobleman engaged to the princess of Spain.

Writers: Booth Tarkington, Melvin Frank, Norman Panama | Director: George Marshall | Stars: Bob Hope, Joan Caulfield, Patric Knowles, Marjorie Reynolds

47. Lucrèce Borgia (1953)

120 min | Drama, History

5.6
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In the early 16th century, Italy is ruled by the powerful Borgia family, led by César Borgia and his sister Lucrètè. In a ruthless power play, César plots to have his sister's husband ... See full summary »

Writers: Alfred Schirokauer, Christian-Jaque, Cécil Saint-Laurent, Jacques Sigurd | Director: Christian-Jaque | Stars: Martine Carol, Pedro Armendáriz, Valentine Tessier, Arnoldo Foà

48. Captain Blood (1960)

111 min | Action, Adventure

6.2
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Writers: Franco Dal Cer, Pierre Foucaud, Jean Halain, André Hunebelle, Michel Zévaco | Director: André Hunebelle | Stars: Jean Marais, Bourvil, Elsa Martinelli, Pierrette Bruno

49. Angelina (1947)

90 min | Drama

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A rowdy woman is so forceful that she outdoes her husband in a loud cry against speculators who refuse poor people entrance to a block of new apartments, built after WW2. Without noticing ... See full summary »

Writers: Piero Tellini, Suso Cecchi D'Amico, Luigi Zampa, Anna Magnani | Director: Luigi Zampa | Stars: Anna Magnani, Nando Bruno, Ave Ninchi, Ernesto Almirante

50. La Bruja (2011– )

Biography, Crime, Drama

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Stars: Andres Toro, Héctor García, Germán Jaramillo, Andrés Parra