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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. Chaplin (1992)

PG-13 | 143 min | Biography, Drama

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A film about the troubled and controversial life of the master comedy filmmaker.

Writers: David Robinson, Charles Chaplin, Diana Hawkins, William Boyd, Bryan Forbes, William Goldman | Director: Richard Attenborough | Stars: Robert Downey Jr., Geraldine Chaplin, Paul Rhys, John Thaw

3. 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

4. Fahrenheit 9/11 (2004)

R | 122 min | Documentary

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67 Metascore

Michael Moore's view on what happened to the United States after September 11; and how the Bush Administration allegedly used the tragic event to push forward its agenda for unjust wars in Afghanistan and Iraq.

Writer: Michael Moore | Director: Michael Moore | Stars: Michael Moore, George W. Bush, Ben Affleck, Stevie Wonder

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

PG | 93 min | Drama

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80 Metascore

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

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

6. The Majestic (2001)

PG | 152 min | Drama

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27 Metascore

Set in 1951, a blacklisted Hollywood writer gets into a car accident, loses his memory and settles down in a small town where he is mistaken for a long-lost son.

Writer: Michael Sloane | Director: Frank Darabont | Stars: Jim Carrey, Martin Landau, Bob Balaban, Jeffrey DeMunn

7. The Manchurian Candidate (1962)

Approved | 126 min | Mystery, Thriller

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94 Metascore

A former Korean War POW is brainwashed by Communists into becoming a political assassin. But another former prisoner may know how to save him.

Writers: Richard Condon, George Axelrod | Director: John Frankenheimer | Stars: Frank Sinatra, Laurence Harvey, Janet Leigh, Angela Lansbury

8. Career (1959)

105 min | Drama

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More than anything in the world, Sam Lawson wants to be a successful actor. Is he willing to sacrifice his wife, happiness and personal reputation to achieve his goal?

Writers: Bert Granet, James Lee, Philip Stong, Dalton Trumbo | Director: Joseph Anthony | Stars: Dean Martin, Anthony Franciosa, Shirley MacLaine, Carolyn Jones

9. Sunshine (1999)

R | 181 min | Drama, History, Romance

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71 Metascore

The fate of a Hungarian Jewish family throughout the 20th century.

Writers: István Szabó, Israel Horovitz | Director: István Szabó | Stars: Ralph Fiennes, Rosemary Harris, Rachel Weisz, Jennifer Ehle

10. Guilty by Suspicion (1991)

PG-13 | 105 min | Drama, Thriller

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David Merrill (Robert De Niro), a fictitious 1950s Hollywood director, returns from filming abroad in France to find that his loyalty has been called into question by the House Committee on... See full summary »

Writer: Irwin Winkler | Director: Irwin Winkler | Stars: Robert De Niro, Annette Bening, George Wendt, Patricia Wettig

11. The Front (1976)

PG | 95 min | Comedy, Drama

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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.

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

12. Stalin (1992 TV Movie)

166 min | Biography, Drama, History

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The life and career of the brutal Soviet dictator, Josef Stalin.

Writer: Paul Monash | Director: Ivan Passer | Stars: Robert Duvall, Julia Ormond, Maximilian Schell, Jeroen Krabbé

13. Hot Coffee (2011)

88 min | Documentary

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How the infamous McDonald's hot coffee lawsuit and similar cases were exploited as part of a right wing crusade to weaken civil justice.

Director: Susan Saladoff | Stars: Chuck Allen, Judy Allen, Jay Angoff, David Arredondo

14. Rude Awakening (1989)

R | 100 min | Comedy

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In the 1960s, two hippies go off into the jungle to evade the FBI. When they come back to New York in the 1980s, their fellow hippie friends have become rich yuppies.

Writers: Neil Levy, Richard LaGravenese | Directors: David Greenwalt, Aaron Russo | Stars: Cheech Marin, Eric Roberts, Julie Hagerty, Robert Carradine

15. 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

16. The Appeared (2007)

TV-MA | 120 min | Horror

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One night Malena and Pablo, a sister and brother traveling together in Argentina, discover a diary that details crimes committed twenty years ago. That same night, the past and present ... See full summary »

Writer: Paco Cabezas | Director: Paco Cabezas | Stars: Ruth Díaz, Javier Pereira, Pablo Cedrón, Leonora Balcarce

17. The U.S. vs. John Lennon (2006)

PG-13 | 99 min | Documentary, Biography, Music

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64 Metascore

A documentary on the life of John Lennon, with a focus on the time in his life when he transformed from a musician into an antiwar activist.

Writers: David Leaf, John Scheinfeld | Directors: David Leaf, John Scheinfeld | Stars: John Lennon, Yoko Ono, Stew Albert, Tariq Ali

18. Lumumba (2000)

115 min | Biography, Drama, History

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78 Metascore

The true story of the rise to power and brutal assassination of the formerly vilified and later redeemed leader of the independent Congo, Patrice Lumumba. Using newly discovered historical ... See full summary »

Writers: Pascal Bonitzer, Dan Edelstein, Raoul Peck | Director: Raoul Peck | Stars: Eriq Ebouaney, Alex Descas, Théophile Sowié, Maka Kotto

19. The Harmonists (1997)

R | 115 min | Biography, Drama, Music

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Comedian Harmonists tells the story of a famous, German male sextet, five vocals and piano, the "Comedian Harmonists", from the day they meet first in 1927 to the day in 1934, when they ... See full summary »

Writers: Jürgen Büscher, Klaus Richter | Director: Joseph Vilsmaier | Stars: Ben Becker, Heino Ferch, Ulrich Noethen, Heinrich Schafmeister

20. The Master and Margaret (1972)

95 min | Drama, Fantasy, Horror

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The Master and Margaret (1972) is based on the eponymous book by Mikhail A. Bulgakov. The film is set in the Soviet Union under Stalin, it has several story-lines, that are intertwined. ... See full summary »

Writers: Barbara Alberti, Mikhail A. Bulgakov, Amedeo Pagani, Aleksandar Petrovic, Romain Weingarten | Director: Aleksandar Petrovic | Stars: Ugo Tognazzi, Mimsy Farmer, Alain Cuny, Velimir 'Bata' Zivojinovic

21. Bonhoeffer: Agent of Grace (2000)

88 min | Crime, Drama, History

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The story of Dietrich Bonhoeffer, a German clergyman of great distinction, who actively opposed Hitler and the Nazis. His convictions cost him his life.

Writers: Gareth Jones, Eric Till | Director: Eric Till | Stars: Ulrich Tukur, Johanna Klante, Robert Joy, R.H. Thomson

22. Citizen Cohn (1992 TV Movie)

R | 115 min | Drama

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As lawyer and power broker Roy Cohn lies dying of AIDS in a private hospital room, ghosts from his past visit him as he reflects on his life and loves.

Writers: Nicolas von Hoffman, David Franzoni | Director: Frank Pierson | Stars: James Woods, Joe Don Baker, Joseph Bologna, Ed Flanders

23. Sacco & Vanzetti (1971)

GP | 120 min | Biography, Crime, Drama

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The story of two anarchists who were charged and unfairly tried for murder when it was really for their political convictions.

Writers: Fabrizio Onofri, Giuliano Montaldo, Mino Roli, Ottavio Jemma | Director: Giuliano Montaldo | Stars: Gian Maria Volonté, Riccardo Cucciolla, Cyril Cusack, Rosanna Fratello

24. Parajanov: The Last Spring (1992)

55 min | Documentary

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Mikhail Vartanov's influential documentary about the imprisoned genius Sergei Parajanov who was persecuted "during the height of his artistic power," for his unruly life style and ... See full summary »

Writers: Martin Vartanov, Mikhail Vartanov, Sergei Parajanov | Directors: Mikhail Vartanov, Sergei Parajanov | Stars: Sergei Parajanov, Sofiko Chiaureli, Mikhail Vartanov, Yuri Mgoyan

25. 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

26. Seeing Red (1983)

100 min | Documentary, History

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Directors: Jim Klein, Julia Reichert | Stars: Oscar Hunter, Rose Podmaka, Sylvia Woods, Howard 'Stretch' Johnson

27. 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

28. What Remains of Us (2004)

77 min | Documentary

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A Tibetan-Canadian returns to her homeland to smuggle a secret message from the Dalai Lama and to document the occupation and cultural genocide of Tibet by China.

Writers: Hugo Latulippe, François Prévost | Directors: Hugo Latulippe, François Prévost | Stars: The Dalai Lama, Kalsang Dolma

29. Yoo-Hoo, Mrs. Goldberg (2009)

92 min | Documentary, Biography

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69 Metascore

The story of the actress, writer, and broadcasting pioneer Gertrude Berg.

Director: Aviva Kempner | Stars: Gertrude Berg, Lewis Berg, Sara Chase, Ruth Bader Ginsburg

30. Condor (2007)

103 min | Documentary

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Writer: Roberto Mader | Director: Roberto Mader

31. The Voyage Into the Whirlpool Has Begun (1974)

120 min | Drama, War

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Writer: Toni de Gregorio | Director: Toni de Gregorio | Stars: Ingrid Thulin, Gastone Moschin, Sergio Fantoni, Franca Nuti

32. The Genocide Factor (2000 TV Movie)

Documentary

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This documentary consists of four programs. (1) "Genocide from Biblical Times through the Ages" covers the Biblical period, the Greeks and Romans, the Mongols, the Crusades, witchcraft ... See full summary »

Writers: Manoug Manougian, Jack Sandler | Director: Robert J. Emery | Stars: Martha Barnett, Yehuda Bauer, Iris Chang, Eddie Faye Gates

33. Invasion (1980 TV Movie)

111 min | Documentary, Drama, History

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Drama documentary surrounding the events leading to the Soviet Union's invasion of Czechoslovakia in 1968.

Writer: David Boulton | Director: Leslie Woodhead | Stars: Paul Chapman, Julian Glover, Paul Hardwick, John Woodnutt

34. Newen Mapuche, la fuerza de la gente de la tierra (2011)

125 min | Documentary

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Writer: Elena Varela López | Director: Elena Varela López

35. Roots of My Heart (2001 Video)

Drama, Fantasy

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Through dreams and reality, a Cuban woman learns of the ties her great-grandparents had with the Independents of Color, a political party formed in 1908.

Stars: Simone Balmaseda, Sonia Boggiano, Elvira Cervera, Ileana Chávez

36. The Uncanadians (1996)

Documentary, History

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The history of government anti-communist persecution in Canada after World War II.

37. Polemic in 3 Voices (2011)

7 min | Short, Drama

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38. Armoured Daydreams (1983)

47 min | Documentary

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Writer: Mikael Wahlforss | Director: Mikael Wahlforss | Stars: Efraín Ríos Montt, Maria Antoniela Somoza

39. Carelian Horror (2002)

58 min | Documentary

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Writers: Jouko Aaltonen, Eila Lahti Argutina, Seppo Rustanius | Director: Seppo Rustanius | Star: Matti Paloheimo

40. Rejas en la memoria (2004)

80 min | Documentary

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Interviews and archival footage are used to reveal the truth about the concentration camps set up by Francisco Franco to house Republican prisoners during and after the Spanish Civil War.

Writers: Manuel Palacios, Pite Piñas | Director: Manuel Palacios | Stars: Francisco Franco, Rosa María Mateo