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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. Babylon 5 (1994–1998)

45 min | Action, Adventure, Drama

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A space station in neutral territory is the focus of a unique five year saga.

Creator: J. Michael Straczynski | Stars: Jerry Doyle, Mira Furlan, Richard Biggs, Bill Mumy

3. Before Night Falls (2000)

R | 133 min | Biography, Drama

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85 Metascore

Episodic look at the life of Cuban poet and novelist, Reinaldo Arenas (1943-1990), from his childhood in Oriente province to his death in New York City. He joins Castro's rebels. By 1964, ... See full summary »

Writers: Cunningham O'Keefe, Lázaro Gómez Carriles, Julian Schnabel, Reynaldo Arenas, Jana Bokova | Director: Julian Schnabel | Stars: Javier Bardem, Johnny Depp, Olatz López Garmendia, Giovanni Florido

4. Three Kings (1999)

R | 114 min | Action, Adventure, Comedy

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82 Metascore

In the aftermath of the Persian Gulf War, 4 soldiers set out to steal gold that was stolen from Kuwait, but they discover people who desperately need their help.

Writers: John Ridley, David O. Russell | Director: David O. Russell | Stars: George Clooney, Mark Wahlberg, Ice Cube, Spike Jonze

5. The Unbearable Lightness of Being (1988)

R | 171 min | Drama, Romance

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In 1968, a Czech doctor with an active sex life meets a woman who wants monogamy, and then the Soviet invasion further disrupts their lives.

Writers: Milan Kundera, Jean-Claude Carrière, Philip Kaufman | Director: Philip Kaufman | Stars: Daniel Day-Lewis, Juliette Binoche, Lena Olin, Derek de Lint

6. Z (1969)

M | 127 min | Crime, Drama, History

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Following the murder of a prominent leftist, an investigator tries to uncover the truth while government officials attempt to cover up their roles.

Writers: Vasilis Vasilikos, Jorge Semprún | Director: Costa-Gavras | Stars: Yves Montand, Irene Papas, Jean-Louis Trintignant, Jacques Perrin

7. Behold a Pale Horse (1964)

Approved | 118 min | Drama, War

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Manuel Artiguez, a famous bandit during the Spanish civil war, has lived in French exile for 20 years. When his mother is dying he considers visiting her secretly in his Spanish home town. ... See full summary »

Writers: Emeric Pressburger, J.P. Miller | Director: Fred Zinnemann | Stars: Gregory Peck, Anthony Quinn, Omar Sharif, Raymond Pellegrin

8. America America (1963)

174 min | Drama

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A young Anatolian Greek, entrusted with his family's fortune, loses it en route to Istanbul and dreams of going to America,

Writer: Elia Kazan | Director: Elia Kazan | Stars: Stathis Giallelis, Frank Wolff, Elena Karam, Harry Davis

9. Christ Stopped at Eboli (1979)

150 min | Drama, History, War

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In the fascist Italy of 1935, a painter trained as a doctor is exiled to a remote region near Eboli. Over time, he learns to appreciate the beauty and wisdom of the peasants, and to ... See full summary »

Writers: Carlo Levi, Francesco Rosi, Tonino Guerra, Raffaele La Capria | Director: Francesco Rosi | Stars: Gian Maria Volonté, Paolo Bonacelli, Alain Cuny, Lea Massari

10. Yol (1982)

PG | 114 min | Drama, Romance

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A harsh portrait of Turkey, its people and its authorities, shown through the stories of five prisoners given a week's home leave, and the problems they encounter in adjusting to the world ... See full summary »

Writer: Yilmaz Güney | Directors: Serif Gören, Yilmaz Güney | Stars: Tarik Akan, Serif Sezer, Halil Ergün, Meral Orhonsay

11. According to Pereira (1995)

104 min | Drama

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Portugal 1938. Pereira is the editor of the culture section of the Lisboa, an unaffiliated evening paper. There is civil war in Spain and the fascists are in power in Portugal, but he ... See full summary »

Writers: Roberto Faenza, Antonio Tabucchi, Sergio Vecchio | Director: Roberto Faenza | Stars: Marcello Mastroianni, Joaquim de Almeida, Daniel Auteuil, Stefano Dionisi

12. The Herd (1979)

129 min | Drama

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Because of a local blood feud, a peasant family in eastern Turkey decides to sell its sheep - a most precious commodity - in far away Ankara. During their long train ride, bribes must be ... See full summary »

Writer: Yilmaz Güney | Director: Zeki Ökten | Stars: Tarik Akan, Melike Demirag, Erol Demiröz, Levent Inanir

13. Karol: A Man Who Became Pope (2005 TV Movie)

186 min | Biography, Drama

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The life of the pope John-Paul II, from his youth as a writer, actor, and athlete in war-torn occupied Poland to his election as Pope at the age of 58.

Writers: Giacomo Battiato, Gianfranco Svidercoschi | Director: Giacomo Battiato | Stars: Piotr Adamczyk, Malgorzata Bela, Ken Duken, Hristo Shopov

14. Kilometre Zero (2005)

91 min | Drama, War

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Set during the Iraq-Iran war in the 80s, the film tells of a tragicomic road trip set in Iraq's Kurdistan.

Writer: Hiner Saleem | Director: Hiner Saleem | Stars: Nazmî Kirik, Eyam Ekrem, Belçim Bilgin, Ehmed Qeladizeni

15. Backdoor (2000)

105 min | Drama

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In 1966, after the death of his developer father, an Athens teenager enjoys hanging out with his friends and visiting a local prostitute, unaware his life is about to take a turn for the ... See full summary »

Writers: Dennis Iliadis, Yorgos Tsemberopoulos | Director: Yorgos Tsemberopoulos | Stars: Konstandinos Papadimitriou, Alexandriani Sikelianou, Haris Sozos, Ieroklis Michaelidis

16. A Time for Drunken Horses (2000)

80 min | Drama, War

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78 Metascore

Young Iranian Kurds (brothers and sisters) try to save the youngest of them, who is seriously ill.

Writer: Bahman Ghobadi | Director: Bahman Ghobadi | Stars: Ayoub Ahmadi, Rojin Younessi, Amaneh Ekhtiar-dini, Madi Ekhtiar-dini

17. The Sign of Zorro (1958)

Approved | 91 min | Adventure, Drama, Family

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In this film, edited from eight episodes of Disney's hit TV series, Don Diego returns home to find his town under the heel of a cruel dictator, Capitan Monastario. Diego dons the mask of ... See full summary »

Writers: Norman Foster, Lowell S. Hawley, Bob Wehling, John Meredyth Lucas, Johnston McCulley | Directors: Lewis R. Foster, Norman Foster | Stars: Guy Williams, Henry Calvin, Gene Sheldon, Romney Brent

18. The Black Power Mixtape 1967-1975 (2011)

Not Rated | 100 min | Documentary

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73 Metascore

Footage shot by a group of Swedish journalists documenting the Black Power Movement in the United States is edited together by a contemporary Swedish filmmaker.

Writer: Göran Olsson | Director: Göran Olsson | Stars: Angela Davis, Stokely Carmichael, Bobby Seale, Abiodun Oyewole

19. The Hour of the Furnaces (1968)

Unrated | 260 min | Documentary, History, War

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Writers: Octavio Getino, Fernando E. Solanas | Directors: Octavio Getino, Fernando E. Solanas | Stars: María de la Paz, Fernando E. Solanas, Edgardo Suárez, Fidel Castro

20. Tibet: Cry of the Snow Lion (2002)

Unrated | 104 min | Documentary, History

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75 Metascore

A film about the state of Chinese occupied Tibet and its history of oppression and resistance.

Writers: Maria Florio, Victoria Mudd, Sue Peosay | Director: Tom Piozet | Stars: Edward Edwards, Ed Harris, Shirley Knight, Tim Robbins

21. Journey to the Sun (1999)

104 min | Drama

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Mehmet, a young Turkish man newly migrated from the village Tire, takes a job searching for water leaks below the surface of the streets of Istanbul. Due to a strange set of events, he is ... See full summary »

Writer: Yesim Ustaoglu | Director: Yesim Ustaoglu | Stars: Nazmî Kirik, Newroz Baz, Mizgin Kapazan, Ara Güler

22. The Yogis of Tibet (2002 Video)

Documentary

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For the first time, the reclusive and secretive Tibetan monks agree to discuss aspects of their philosophy and allow themselves to be filmed while performing their ancient practices.

Writer: Barbara King | Director: Jeffrey M. Pill | Stars: Jeffrey Gibson, Geshe Yeshi Chophel, The Dalai Lama, Ani Konchok Khandro

23. Your Mommy Kills Animals (2007)

R | 105 min | Documentary

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An in-depth look at the animal rights movement and the FBI's recent declaration calling them the number one domestic terrorist threat to the United States.

Writer: Curt Johnson | Director: Curt Johnson | Stars: Ron Arnold, Shane Barbi, Sia Barbi, Michael Bell

24. The Man with the Carnation (1980)

125 min | Biography, Drama, History

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The story of Nikos Belogiannis member of the communist party and officer of Ellas that has come back to Greece only to get arrested, tried for espionage on behalf of Russia and executed. A ... See full summary »

Writers: Tasos Lertas, Potis Paraskevopoulos, Nikos Tzimas | Director: Nikos Tzimas | Stars: Alekos Alexandrakis, Angelos Antonopoulos, Kostas Kazakos, Vangelis Kazan

25. Maple Palm (2006)

R | 116 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

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A lesbian couple of fifteen years lives with the secret that one is an illegal immigrant. With no legal way to protect their relationship, the couple lives in fear of deportation. After an ... See full summary »

Writers: Robert J. Feldman, Ralph Torjan | Director: Ralph Torjan | Stars: Deborah Stewart, Taymour Ghazi, Andrea Carvajal, Robert J. Feldman

26. Bamboo in Winter (1991)

58 min | Drama

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Choi returns from Chinese university to her village, wondering where the government will place her and what her life will be... See full synopsis »

Writer: Bill Myers | Director: Bill Myers | Stars: Roy Chiao, Dennis Chan, Crystal Kwok, Sai-Kit Yung

27. Big Man, Little Love (2001)

120 min | Drama

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Hejar, meaning "Dispossessed", a little Kurdish orphan war victim, educates a Turkish judge!

Writer: Handan Ipekçi | Director: Handan Ipekçi | Stars: Sükran Güngör, Dilan Erçetin, Füsun Demirel, Yildiz Kenter

28. The War Between Us (1995)

93 min | Drama, History

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Two Canadian families run into conflict when the Japanese one is interned as official enemy aliens during World War II.

Writer: Sharon Gibbon | Director: Anne Wheeler | Stars: Shannon Lawson, Mieko Ouchi, Robert Wisden, Ian Tracey

29. Behind the Mask (2006)

72 min | Documentary

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Writer: Shannon Keith | Director: Shannon Keith | Stars: Melanie Arnold, Steven Best, Mel Broughton, Rod Coronado

30. Windhorse (1998)

97 min | Drama, Music, Romance

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Writers: Julia Elliot, Thupten Tsering Mukhimsar, Paul Wagner | Director: Paul Wagner | Stars: Dadon, Jampa Kelsang, Richard Chang, Yu Lu

31. Jiyan (2002)

102 min | Drama, Romance

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Five years following the infamous chemical and biological bombing of Halabja, Diyari, a Kurdish/ American good Samaritan, returns to his homeland to build an orphanage in what is left of ... See full summary »

Writer: Jano Rosebiani | Director: Jano Rosebiani | Stars: Kurdo Galali, Pirshang Berzinji, Choman Hawrami, Enwer Shexani

32. The Photograph (2001)

66 min | Drama

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Writer: Kazim Öz | Director: Kazim Öz | Stars: Muhlis Asan, Zulfiye Dolu, Feyyaz Duman, Nazmî Kirik

33. In Nowhere Land (2002)

90 min | Drama

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Sükran who works at pay box of Haydarpasa is around 40 ages. She has a son whose name is Veysel. He works in a factory. She suffered from her husband's political actions, so she wants to ... See full summary »

Writer: Tayfun Pirselimoglu | Director: Tayfun Pirselimoglu | Stars: Zuhal Olcay, Parkan Özturan, Michael Mendl, Ruhi Sari

34. The Sterilization of Leilani Muir (1996)

Documentary

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This film deals with one woman's attempt to sue the government of the Canadian province of Alberta for sterilizing her against her will because she was considered a "mental defective". In ... See full summary »

Writer: Amanda McConnell | Director: Glynis Whiting | Stars: Thomas Peacocke, Judy Mahbey, Gord Marriott, Stephen Jay Gould

35. Taking Root: The Vision of Wangari Maathai (2008)

81 min | Documentary

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Directors: Alan Dater, Lisa Merton | Stars: Larisa Eryomina, Wangari Maathai

36. The Boy Who Stopped Talking (1996)

108 min | Drama, Family, War

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Memo doesn't speak anymore, he's angry about his father's decision to move his family to The Netherlands.

Writer: Lou Brouwers | Director: Ben Sombogaart | Stars: Erçan Orhan, Halsho Hussain, Brader Musiki, Husna Killi

37. Stars in Broad Daylight (1988)

105 min | Drama

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In his debut feature film, director Muhammad explores the inexorable dissolution of a family, ironically during the planning of a wedding, the kind of ritual that ought to bond family ... See full summary »

Writer: Ossama Mohammed | Director: Ossama Mohammed | Stars: Zuhair Abdulkarim, Sabah As-Salem, Saad Eddin Baqdoones, Fuad Ghazi

38. Godard in America (1970)

45 min | Documentary, History

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Director: Ralph Thanhauser | Stars: Jean-Luc Godard, Jean-Pierre Gorin, Andrew Sarris

39. 80 Hussars (1978)

124 min | Drama, History

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Mail author for translation. 1848. Európa forrong. A Lengyelországban állomásozó, osztrák kötelékhez tartozó magyar huszárok egy csoportja a szabadság- harc kitörésének hírére hazaindul. A ... See full summary »

Writers: Sándor Csoóri, Sándor Sára | Director: Sándor Sára | Stars: László Dózsa, György Cserhalmi, Jácint Juhász, József Madaras

40. Isiklar sönmesin (1996)

80 min | Drama

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Director: Reis Çelik | Stars: Berhan Simsek, Tarik Tarcan, Selmin Karaali, Tuncel Kurtiz

41. On the Way (2005)

90 min | Drama

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Writer: Erden Kiral | Director: Erden Kiral | Stars: Yesim Buber, Halil Ergün, Israfil Köse, Serdar Orçin

42. Sun City: Artists United Against Apartheid (1986 Video)

51 min | Documentary, Music

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A protest organization of rock musicians musically declare their boycott of a major South African resort and the making of that video is discussed.

Director: Steve Lawrence | Stars: Via Afrika, Iqbal Akhund, Tina B., Afrika Bambaataa

43. De försvunna (1979)

87 min | Drama

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Writer: Mayra Segura | Director: Sergio M. Castilla | Stars: Nelson Villagra, Leonardo Perucci, Ely Menz, Hugo Medina

44. Tibet: Across the Plateau (2011)

29 min | Documentary, Short

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The second in a three part travel documentary charting the overland journey across China and through Tibet to the Nepalese border.

Director: Joe Briscoe | Stars: Joe Briscoe, Derek Smith

45. Tibetan Refugee (2004 Video)

60 min | Documentary

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Tibetan refugees in Dharamsala, the vast majority of whom are children and monks, are the subject of interviews.

Director: Richard Martini | Stars: The Dalai Lama, Yungchen Lhamo, Tashi Norbu, Thubten Samphel

46. Madero of Mexico (1942)

Approved | 11 min | Short, Biography, Drama

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This film chronicles the short political life of Francisco Madero (1873-1913), who tried to bring democracy and land reform to Mexico.

Writers: Brainerd Duffield, Doane R. Hoag | Director: Edward L. Cahn | Stars: Paul Guilfoyle, John Nesbitt, Joe Dominguez, John Picorri

47. Tibet: Train to Lhasa (2011)

27 min | Documentary, Short

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The first in a three part travel documentary charting the overland journey across China and through Tibet to the Nepalese border.

Director: Joe Briscoe | Stars: Joe Briscoe, Derek Smith

48. Khleb - imya sushchestvitelnoe (1988)

580 min | Drama, History, Romance

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Epic film about life of three generations in central Russia on the Volga river.

Writers: Mikhail Alekseyev, Grigori Nikulin, Yuri Tyurin | Director: Grigori Nikulin | Stars: Nikolai Voloshin, Andrey Dudarenko, Sergey Nikonenko, Nina Ruslanova

49. Leyla Zana, le cri au-delà de la voix étouffée (2002)

51 min | Documentary

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Leyla Zana, the first woman Kurdish MP to be elected to the Turkish Parliament in 1992, was impisoned in 1994 for 15 years for speaking in Kurdish in the Parliament. Kudret Gunes' personal ... See full summary »

Director: Kudret Gunes

50. Article 03 (2007)

5 min | Short, Action

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Writers: Frédéric Choffat, Julie Gilbert | Directors: Frédéric Choffat, Julie Gilbert | Star: Vincent Bonillo