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1. Days of Heaven (1978)

PG | 94 min | Drama, Romance

8.0
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93 Metascore

A hot-tempered farm laborer convinces the woman he loves to marry their rich but dying boss so that they can have a claim to his fortune.

Director: Terrence Malick | Stars: Richard Gere, Brooke Adams, Sam Shepard, Linda Manz

Votes: 40,850

2. The White Ribbon (2009)

R | 144 min | Drama, Mystery

7.8
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82 Metascore

Strange events happen in a small village in the north of Germany during the years before World War I, which seem to be ritual punishment. Who is responsible?

Director: Michael Haneke | Stars: Christian Friedel, Ernst Jacobi, Leonie Benesch, Ulrich Tukur

Votes: 56,929 | Gross: $2.22M

3. East of Eden (1955)

PG | 118 min | Drama

8.0
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A wilful young man contends against his brother for the attention of their religious father while reconnecting with his estranged mother and falling for his brother's girlfriend.

Director: Elia Kazan | Stars: James Dean, Raymond Massey, Julie Harris, Burl Ives

Votes: 32,630

4. Maurice (1987)

R | 140 min | Drama, Romance

7.7
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74 Metascore

After his lover rejects him, a young man trapped by the oppressiveness of Edwardian society tries to come to terms with and accept his sexuality.

Director: James Ivory | Stars: James Wilby, Rupert Graves, Hugh Grant, Denholm Elliott

Votes: 11,530 | Gross: $3.13M

5. A Promise (2013)

R | 98 min | Drama, Romance

5.7
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36 Metascore

A romantic drama set in Germany just before WWI and centered on a married woman who falls in love with her husband's protégé. Separated first by duties and then by the war, they pledge their devotion to one another.

Director: Patrice Leconte | Stars: Rebecca Hall, Alan Rickman, Richard Madden, Toby Murray

Votes: 2,941

6. Chéri (2009)

R | 86 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

6.2
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63 Metascore

The son of a courtesan retreats into a fantasy world after being forced to end his relationship with the older woman who educated him in the ways of love.

Director: Stephen Frears | Stars: Michelle Pfeiffer, Rupert Friend, Kathy Bates, Frances Tomelty

Votes: 9,302 | Gross: $2.71M

7. The Prince and the Showgirl (1957)

115 min | Comedy, Romance

6.7
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An American showgirl becomes entangled in political intrigue when the prince regent of a foreign country attempts to seduce her.

Director: Laurence Olivier | Stars: Marilyn Monroe, Laurence Olivier, Richard Wattis, David Horne

Votes: 6,170

8. Séraphine (2008)

Unrated | 125 min | Biography, Drama

7.4
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84 Metascore

Based on the life of French painter Séraphine de Senlis.

Director: Martin Provost | Stars: Yolande Moreau, Ulrich Tukur, Anne Bennent, Geneviève Mnich

Votes: 5,165 | Gross: $0.88M

9. The Lost Prince (2003 TV Movie)

TV-PG | 180 min | Biography, Drama

7.8
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The true story of the British royal prince locked away because of having epilepsy.

Director: Stephen Poliakoff | Stars: Daniel Williams, Matthew James Thomas, Brock Everitt-Elwick, Rollo Weeks

Votes: 1,637

10. The Thirty-Nine Steps (1978)

PG | 102 min | Crime, History, Mystery

6.6
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In March 1914, a mining engineer named Richard Hannay tries to prevent Prussian agents from executing a political assassination designed to trigger World War I.

Director: Don Sharp | Stars: Robert Powell, David Warner, Eric Porter, Karen Dotrice

Votes: 1,728

11. Two English Girls (1971)

130 min | Romance, Drama

7.5
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At the beginning of the 20th century, Claude Roc, a young middle-class Frenchman meets in Paris Ann Brown, a young Englishwoman. They become friends and Ann invites him to spend holidays at... See full summary »

Director: François Truffaut | Stars: Jean-Pierre Léaud, Kika Markham, Stacey Tendeter, Sylvia Marriott

Votes: 3,768

12. Pascali's Island (1988)

PG-13 | 104 min | Drama

6.9
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1908: Pascali, a spy for the Sultan, sends reports to Istanbul that nobody reads. His suspicions are roused when a British archeologist appears, who may not be quite what he seems.

Director: James Dearden | Stars: Ben Kingsley, Charles Dance, Kevork Malikyan, George Murcell

Votes: 804 | Gross: $1.50M

13. Colonel Redl (1985)

R | 144 min | Biography, Drama, History

7.7
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Set during the fading glory of the Austro-Hungarian empire, the film tells of the rise and fall of Alfred Redl (Brandauer), an ambitious young officer who proceeds up the ladder to become ... See full summary »

Director: István Szabó | Stars: Klaus Maria Brandauer, Hans Christian Blech, Armin Mueller-Stahl, Gudrun Landgrebe

Votes: 2,173

14. Manor House (2002– )

50 min | Documentary, History, Reality-TV

8.4
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21 people from the 21st century are being brought together in an Edwardian Country House. 6 of them are the Upstairs family and the 15 others are the servants. For three months, these people have only the rulebook and each other...

Stars: Tristan Aldrich, Avril Anson, Ellen Beard, Charlie Clay

Votes: 391

15. The Irish R.M. (1983–1985)

Comedy, Drama

8.1
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When Major Sinclair Yeates leaves his home in England to work as the Irish Resident Magistrate, he finds that the justice system needs tempering somewhat to suit the local needs - and that ... See full summary »

Stars: Peter Bowles, Bryan Murray, Anna Manahan, Brendan Conroy

Votes: 141

16. Young Torless (1966)

Approved | 87 min | Drama

7.3
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At a boarding school in the pre-war Austro-Hungarian Empire, a pair of students torture one of their fellow classmates, Basini, who has been caught stealing money from one of the two. The ... See full summary »

Director: Volker Schlöndorff | Stars: Mathieu Carrière, Marian Seidowsky, Bernd Tischer, Fred Dietz

Votes: 1,731

17. Passion (1999)

102 min | Biography, Drama, Music

6.0
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The complicated relationship between Percy Grainger, famous Australian-born early 20th century folk musician, and his abusive unstable mother that lead to his interest in S&M, instability and failed relationships with women.

Director: Peter Duncan | Stars: Richard Roxburgh, Barbara Hershey, Emily Woof, Claudia Karvan

Votes: 210

18. Shortcuts (1981)

93 min | Comedy

7.9
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An evocation of the childhood memories of Bohumil Hrabal in his provincial town of Nymburk, dominated by the local brewery.

Director: Jirí Menzel | Stars: Magda Vásáryová, Jirí Schmitzer, Jaromír Hanzlík, Rudolf Hrusínský

Votes: 1,708

19. Villa des roses (2002)

PG-13 | 118 min | Drama, Romance, War

6.1
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Louise Créteur's husband dies on the Titanic trying to emigrate, so she must leave their boy Lucien with her old dad in Honfleur and leave the Normandy countryside for greater Paris. She ... See full summary »

Director: Frank Van Passel | Stars: Julie Delpy, Shaun Dingwall, Harriet Walter, Shirley Henderson

Votes: 367

20. Loving Couples (1964)

118 min | Drama, Romance

6.6
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Three expectant mothers think back over their sex lives.

Director: Mai Zetterling | Stars: Harriet Andersson, Gunnel Lindblom, Gio Petré, Anita Björk

Votes: 328

21. Zmory (1979)

100 min | Drama

7.0
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Set before the first Wold War in part of Poland under Austrain occupation, the story of a young boy in primary school who later grows up to become a rebellious, poetic-minded teen in the ... See full summary »

Director: Wojciech Marczewski | Stars: Piotr Lysak, Tomasz Hudziec, Hanna Skarzanka, Maria Chwalibóg

Votes: 141

22. Appointment in Bray (1971)

90 min | Drama, Music, War

7.2
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In 1917, the First World War is raging. Julien is from Luxemburg, so instead of having to go to war he studies piano in Paris. One day his friend Jacques, also a musician and now a fighter ... See full summary »

Director: André Delvaux | Stars: Anna Karina, Mathieu Carrière, Roger Van Hool, Bulle Ogier

Votes: 302

23. The Wars (1983)

120 min | Drama, War

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Robert Ross lives a protected adolescence in a well-off Toronto suburb. Secretive and withdrawn, he shares his thoughts only with his sister Rowena, who is mentally disabled. He feels ... See full summary »

Director: Robin Phillips | Stars: Brent Carver, Martha Henry, William Hutt, Ann-Marie MacDonald

Votes: 33

24. The Man Who Saved Christmas (2002 TV Movie)

TV-PG | 100 min | Biography, Drama, Family

6.6
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A.C. Gilbert figures out a way to keep Christmas alive after the war threatens to take it away in his name.

Director: Sturla Gunnarsson | Stars: Jason Alexander, Kelly Rowan, Ari Cohen, C. David Johnson

Votes: 395

25. Absent (2010)

90 min | Documentary

7.2
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Documentary on the social pandemic of fatherlessness afflicting today's societies.

Director: Justin Hunt | Stars: Robin Decker, John Eldredge, Mark Garcia, James Hetfield

Votes: 58

26. Four Flights to Love (1940)

Passed | 82 min | Drama, Romance, War

7.2
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Before World War I in Paris, a budding artist, Pierre Leblanc, falls in love and marries Janine, a dressmaker's assistant. Pierre has a flair for designing clothes, and he and his bride ... See full summary »

Director: Abel Gance | Stars: Fernand Gravey, Elvire Popesco, André Alerme, Monique Rolland

Votes: 103

27. Atlantic City (1944)

Approved | 87 min | Musical, Romance

6.5
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Vaudeville acts are re-created in the story of how Atlantic City became a famous resort.

Director: Ray McCarey | Stars: Constance Moore, Stanley Brown, Charley Grapewin, Jerry Colonna

Votes: 44

28. Love Me and the World Is Mine (1927)

Passed | 60 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

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In Old Vienna in the days prior to The Great War, a beautiful woman, Hannerl, has her choice of two men; the first is a dashing young army officer who can provide blazing romance and little... See full summary »

Director: Ewald André Dupont | Stars: Mary Philbin, Norman Kerry, Betty Compson, Henry B. Walthall

29. The Last Express (1997 Video Game)

T | Adventure, Drama, Mystery

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1914: Innocent fugitive Robert Cath boards the Orient Express three days before the outbreak of WW1 and must stay alive until "the end of the line".

Director: Jordan Mechner | Stars: David Svensson, Dunya Merell Djordjevic, Karl-Heinz Teuber, Mujahid Abdul-Rashid

Votes: 190

30. Gavre Princip - Himmel unter Steinen (1990)

93 min | Drama, History, War

5.5
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Director: Peter Patzak | Stars: Reuben Pillsbury, Christopher Chaplin, Robert Munic, Sinolicka Trpkova

Votes: 37

31. Forever After (1926)

Passed | 69 min | Drama, Romance, War

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From the day they first met in the schoolhouse in a small New England town, Theodore Wayne, son of a respected lawyer, and Jennie Clapton, daughter of wealthy parents, have been sweethearts... See full summary »

Director: F. Harmon Weight | Stars: Lloyd Hughes, Mary Astor, Hallam Cooley, David Torrence

32. Crimson Dynasty (1935)

96 min | Drama, History

6.0
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Director: Maurice Tourneur | Stars: Pierre Fresnay, Elissa Landi, John Lodge, Antonin Artaud

Votes: 43

33. Bájecní muzi s klikou (1979)

90 min | Comedy, Drama, History

6.9
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Returning home to Prague, the magician Pasparte (Rudolf Hrusínský), an owner of a circus caravan, meets his dying colleague who entrusts his beautiful daughter Aloisie (Hana Buresová) to ... See full summary »

Director: Jirí Menzel | Stars: Rudolf Hrusínský, Vlasta Fabiánová, Blazena Holisová, Vladimír Mensík

Votes: 157

34. Gigolo (1926)

Passed | 80 min | Drama, Romance, War

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The heir to a family business travels to Paris to try to stop his youth-obsessed mother from squandering the family fortune with her new husband, who's married her for her money. After he ... See full summary »

Director: William K. Howard | Stars: Rod La Rocque, Louise Dresser, Jobyna Ralston, Cyril Chadwick

35. Blood on the Balcony (1962)

92 min | Documentary, Biography, History

6.6
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Director: Pasquale Prunas | Stars: Galeazzo Ciano, Engelbert Dollfuss, Francisco Franco, Adolf Hitler

Votes: 11

36. Private Izzy Murphy (1926)

Passed | 85 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

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Isadore "Izzy" Goldberg changes his name to I. Patrick Murphy because his store is in an Irish-neighborhood in New York City. He meets Eileen Cohannigan, the daughter of a meat-packer, and ... See full summary »

Director: Lloyd Bacon | Stars: George Jessel, Patsy Ruth Miller, Vera Gordon, Nat Carr

37. Le coeur ébloui (1964 TV Movie)

Drama

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Director: Abder Isker | Stars: Jean-Pierre Andréani, Lucien Baroux, François Borel, René Bouloc

39. Rose of the Tenements (1926)

Passed | Drama, Romance, War

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Rose Rosetti, the orphaned daughter of a New York gangster, and Danny Lewis, another orphan, have been brought up by Sara and Abraham Kamisnsky, an elderly Jewish couple with an ... See full summary »

Director: Phil Rosen | Stars: Shirley Mason, John Harron, Evelyn Selbie, Sidney Franklin