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1. Hidden Figures (2016)

PG | 127 min | Biography, Drama, History

7.8
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74 Metascore

The story of a team of female African-American mathematicians who served a vital role in NASA during the early years of the U.S. space program.

Director: Theodore Melfi | Stars: Taraji P. Henson, Octavia Spencer, Janelle Monáe, Kevin Costner

Votes: 130,431 | Gross: $169.39M

2. 12 Years a Slave (2013)

R | 134 min | Biography, Drama, History

8.1
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96 Metascore

In the antebellum United States, Solomon Northup, a free black man from upstate New York, is abducted and sold into slavery.

Director: Steve McQueen | Stars: Chiwetel Ejiofor, Michael Kenneth Williams, Michael Fassbender, Brad Pitt

Votes: 512,628 | Gross: $56.67M

3. 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: 213,389 | Gross: $182.21M

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: 122,848 | Gross: $70.41M

5. Selma (2014)

PG-13 | 128 min | Biography, Drama, History

7.5
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89 Metascore

A chronicle of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.'s campaign to secure equal voting rights via an epic march from Selma to Montgomery, Alabama, in 1965.

Director: Ava DuVernay | Stars: David Oyelowo, Carmen Ejogo, Tim Roth, Lorraine Toussaint

Votes: 70,631 | Gross: $52.08M

6. United 93 (2006)

R | 111 min | Drama, History, Thriller

7.6
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90 Metascore

A real-time account of the events on United Flight 93, one of the planes hijacked on September 11th, 2001 that crashed near Shanksville, Pennsylvania when passengers foiled the terrorist plot.

Director: Paul Greengrass | Stars: David Alan Basche, Olivia Thirlby, Liza Colón-Zayas, J.J. Johnson

Votes: 88,325 | Gross: $31.57M

7. The Butler (I) (2013)

PG-13 | 132 min | Biography, Drama

7.2
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66 Metascore

As Cecil Gaines serves eight presidents during his tenure as a butler at the White House, the civil rights movement, Vietnam, and other major events affect this man's life, family, and American society.

Director: Lee Daniels | Stars: Forest Whitaker, Oprah Winfrey, John Cusack, Jane Fonda

Votes: 95,723 | Gross: $116.63M

8. Gettysburg (1993)

PG | 271 min | Drama, History, War

7.7
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In 1863, the Northern and Southern forces fight at Gettysburg in the decisive battle of the American Civil War.

Director: Ron Maxwell | Stars: Tom Berenger, Martin Sheen, Stephen Lang, Richard Jordan

Votes: 23,115 | Gross: $10.77M

9. The Untold History of the United States (2012– )

58 min | Documentary, History

8.7
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Oliver Stone's re-examination of under-reported events in American history.

Stars: Oliver Stone, Alan Shearman, Jim Ward, André Sogliuzzo

Votes: 5,429

10. The Conspirator (2010)

PG-13 | 122 min | Crime, Drama, History

6.9
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55 Metascore

Mary Surratt is the lone female charged as a co-conspirator in the assassination trial of Abraham Lincoln. As the whole nation turns against her, she is forced to rely on her reluctant lawyer to uncover the truth and save her life.

Director: Robert Redford | Stars: Robin Wright, James McAvoy, Tom Wilkinson, Kevin Kline

Votes: 25,215 | Gross: $11.54M

11. Drunk History (2007–2011)

TV-14 | Short, Comedy, History

8.2
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The original sketches from Funny or Die where someone gets drunk and tries to recount a historical event.

Stars: Derek Waters, Jen Kirkman, Jack Black, Eric Falconer

Votes: 1,303

12. The Whitest Kids U'Know (2007–2011)

TV-MA | 15 min | Comedy

8.6
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A sketch comedy show involving five friends.

Stars: Trevor Moore, Sam Brown, Zach Cregger, Darren Trumeter

Votes: 4,111

13. The Blue and the Gray (1982– )

381 min | Drama, History, War

7.7
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America just before and during the Civil War, as seen through the eyes of an artist correspondent.

Stars: Stacy Keach, John Hammond, Julia Duffy, Robin Gammell

Votes: 1,231

14. Soldier Blue (1970)

R | 112 min | Western

6.9
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After a cavalry patrol is ambushed by the Cheyenne, the two survivors, a soldier and a woman, must reach the safety of the nearest fort.

Director: Ralph Nelson | Stars: Candice Bergen, Peter Strauss, Donald Pleasence, John Anderson

Votes: 4,072

15. The House I Live In (2012)

Not Rated | 108 min | Documentary

7.9
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77 Metascore

From the dealer to the narcotics officer, the inmate to the federal judge, a penetrating look inside America's criminal justice system, revealing the profound human rights implications of U.S. drug policy.

Director: Eugene Jarecki | Stars: Eugene Jarecki, Michelle Alexander, Mark W. Bennett, Joe Biden

Votes: 4,860 | Gross: $0.21M

16. Amigo (2010)

R | 124 min | Drama, War

5.8
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63 Metascore

A fictional account of events during the Philippine-American War.

Director: John Sayles | Stars: Joel Torre, Chris Cooper, Garret Dillahunt, Arthur Acuña

Votes: 496 | Gross: $0.18M

17. C.S.A.: The Confederate States of America (2004)

Unrated | 89 min | Comedy, Drama, War

6.4
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62 Metascore

Through the eyes of a British "documentary", this film takes a satirically humorous, and sometimes frightening, look at the history of an America where the South won the Civil War.

Director: Kevin Willmott | Stars: Greg Kirsch, Renee Patrick, Molly Graham, William Willmott

Votes: 4,360 | Gross: $0.67M

18. Auction Hunters (2010– )

30 min | Reality-TV

6.0
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Auction Hunters, Allen Haff and Ton Jones, travel America bidding on unclaimed storage units they think will contain the most hidden treasure - worth big cash - the better the history the higher the price.

Stars: Allen Lee Haff, Clinton 'Ton' Jones, Laura Soares, Flula Borg

Votes: 2,817

19. The Pruitt-Igoe Myth (2011)

Not Rated | 79 min | Documentary

7.5
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70 Metascore

Destroyed in a dramatic and highly-publicized implosion, the Pruitt-Igoe public housing complex has become a widespread symbol of failure amongst architects, politicians and policy makers. ... See full summary »

Director: Chad Freidrichs | Stars: Slyvester Brown, Irvin Dagen, Elmer Fiedler, Robert Fishman

Votes: 702 | Gross: $0.04M

20. The Gorgeous Hussy (1936)

Passed | 103 min | Drama, History

5.5
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President Andrew Jackson's friendship with an innkeeper's daughter spells trouble for them both.

Director: Clarence Brown | Stars: Joan Crawford, Robert Taylor, Lionel Barrymore, Franchot Tone

Votes: 846 | Gross: $1.46M

21. How the States Got Their Shapes (2011–2012)

TV-PG | 60 min | Documentary, Adventure, History

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Follows correspondent Brian Unger as he criss-crosses the country reporting on the tales behind the boundaries. Think: Why does Montana look like it took a bite out of Idaho? Or how are ... See full summary »

Stars: Brian Unger, H.W. Brands, Mark Stein, Seth Stein

Votes: 514

22. Gettysburg (2011 TV Movie)

120 min | Documentary, History, War

6.5
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An examination of the Battle of Gettysberg on both the personal and strategic level.

Director: Adrian Moat | Stars: Sam Rockwell, George Wunderlich, Peter Carmichael, Garry E. Adelman

Votes: 408

23. The Adventures of Mark Twain (1944)

130 min | Adventure, Biography, Drama

7.2
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The dramatized life of immortal humorist Samuel Langhorne Clemens, better known as Mark Twain, from his days as a riverboat pilot on the Mississippi River until his death in 1910 shortly after Halley's Comet returned.

Director: Irving Rapper | Stars: Fredric March, Alexis Smith, Donald Crisp, Alan Hale

Votes: 783

24. Art of War (2009 TV Movie)

120 min | Documentary, History, War

7.6
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Documentary on the main principles of Sun Tzu's "Art of War" illustrated with examples from the Vietnam War (Demoralization), the Second World War (Invasion of Normandy), the American Civil War (Gettysburg) and Tzu's own battles.

Director: David Padrusch | Stars: James Lurie, James Wong, Toshishiro Obata, Andrew Amani

Votes: 113

25. The Last Confederate: The Story of Robert Adams (2005)

R | 96 min | Action, Drama, History

5.6
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The true love story of the conflict between Capt. Robert Adams' dedication to the south and his love for Eveline McCord, his beloved from the north. Produced, written and directed by the descendants of Robert and Eveline, this American Civil War tale is an explosive, richly detailed saga of fierce combat, honor and the will to risk all that's precious for love or country.

Directors: Julian Adams, A. Blaine Miller, Blaine Miller | Stars: Julian Adams, Gwendolyn Edwards, Eric Holloway, Amy Redford

Votes: 321

26. What Was Ours (2016)

G | 79 min | Documentary, History, War

8.1
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A Shoshone veteran, a teenage powwow princess, and an Arapaho journalist discover their purpose on the Wind River Indian Reservation as they seek lost artifacts.

Director: Mat Hames

Votes: 19

27. Crash Course: World History (2012– )

10 min | Documentary, Comedy

8.6
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An educational series hosted by the Brothers Green. John leads us through the humanities while Hank takes us on a journey through the sciences.

Stars: John Green, Stan Muller, Danica Johnson, Raoul Meyer

Votes: 213

28. We Were There (2011)

103 min | Documentary

7.6
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This film captures the voices of America's greatest generation, as they share their stories of duty, service, and responsibility during World War II. While the tumultuous global events of ... See full summary »

Director: Jarod O'Flaherty

Votes: 8

29. Peter Jennings Reporting: The Kennedy Assassination - Beyond Conspiracy (2003 TV Movie)

Not Rated | 86 min | Documentary, History

6.6
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Forty years after the assassination of John F. Kennedy, more than 80% of Americans still believe that Lee Harvey Oswald did not act alone. This documentary attempts to separate fact from conspiracy theories to get to the truth.

Director: Mark Obenhaus | Stars: Robert Goldberg, John F. Kennedy, Robert Dallek, Lee Harvey Oswald

Votes: 222

30. The Royal Road (2015)

Not Rated | 65 min | Documentary, History

6.5
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65 Metascore

A cinematic essay in defense of remembering, The Royal Road offers up a primer on the Spanish colonization of California and the Mexican American War alongside intimate reflections on ... See full summary »

Director: Jenni Olson | Stars: Tony Kushner, Jenni Olson

Votes: 51

31. Class Dismissed: How TV Frames the Working Class (2005 Video)

62 min | Documentary

7.6
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Based on the forthcoming book by Pepi Leistyna, Class Dismissed navigates the steady stream of narrow working class representations from American television's beginnings to today's sitcoms,... See full summary »

Director: Loretta Alper | Stars: Stanley Aranowitz, Edward Asner, Roseanne Barr, George W. Bush

Votes: 41

32. All the Presidents' Movies: The Movie (2009)

105 min | Documentary

5.9
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The history of the White House Theatre, presidential movie screenings and preferences, from Woodrow Wilson to Barack Obama.

Directors: Brett Hudson, Burt Kearns | Stars: Linda Chavez, Lionel Chetwynd, Mark Ciardi, Bill Clinton

Votes: 7

33. ...And the Pursuit of Happiness (1986 TV Movie)

80 min | Documentary

7.2
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After acknowledging his own immigrant background, Malle, tries to present the range of immigrant experiences in the US during the 1980's. In an attempt to be comprehensive, the film ... See full summary »

Director: Louis Malle | Stars: Franklin Chang-Diaz, Louis Malle, Anastasio Samosa Portocarrero, Derek Walcott

Votes: 306

34. A Home Out West

90 min | Drama, History | Post-production

The story of the first generation of Americans to settle the Great Plains of Kansas and Nebraska, told in their own words. In evocative black and white, it combines documentary and dramatic techniques in a unique fashion.

Director: Steven Schechter | Stars: Susanna Thompson, Don McManus, Lisa Picotte, Donzaleigh Abernathy

35. The Presidents (2005 TV Movie)

45 min | Documentary, Biography, History

8.7
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A historical compendium of the 42 men who have served as the chief executive of the United States taking us from George Washington to George W. Bush. Each segment discusses the highlights and often lowlights of the men who have served.

Stars: H.W. Brands, Richard Brookhiser, George Bush, George W. Bush

Votes: 203

36. National Geographic: CIA Secret Experiments (2008 TV Movie)

Documentary, History

7.1
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It's the height of the Cold War and the United States government is desperate to combat the spread of Communism. The CIA launches a highly classified, top secret research program into the ... See full summary »

Director: Tria Thalman | Stars: Phil Amico, Mel Ayton, James Bagnell, Leon Cobb

Votes: 95

37. Mary Silliman's War (1994 TV Movie)

Not Rated | 93 min | Drama, History, War

6.7
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Mary Silliman's War is a unique, award-winning film on the American Revolution.

Director: Stephen Surjik | Stars: Nancy Palk, Richard Donat, Diane D'Aquila, Paul Boretski

Votes: 59

38. The Mad World of Donald Trump (2016 TV Movie)

47 min | Documentary, Biography

5.7
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Channel 4's former Washington correspondent Matt Frei examines the colourful and at times mad world of presidential hopeful Donald Trump, who has risen to prominence in the current campaign by courting controversy.

Director: Richard Sanders | Stars: Matt Frei, Jeb Bush, Ann Coulter, Michael D'Antonio

Votes: 53

39. Hitler's Secret Attack on America (2012 TV Movie)

45 min | Documentary

5.5
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December 11, 1941: Hitler declares war against America. For German Admiral Karl Donitz, Commander of the U-boat submarine fleet, the time is at hand. Donitz devises a plan for a surprise ... See full summary »

Director: Devon Chivvis | Stars: Anthony D. Call, Joe Hoyt, John Wagner, Guenther Degen

Votes: 66

40. Faubourg Tremé: The Untold Story of Black New Orleans (2008)

Not Rated | 68 min | Documentary

8.7
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Faubourg Treme documents the enduring legacy of one of the United States' oldest African American communities, an area just outside the French Quarter of New Orleans.

Director: Dawn Logsdon | Stars: Glen David Andrews, Harold Evans, Eric Foner, John Hope Franklin

Votes: 63

41. Growing Up in America (1988)

90 min | Documentary, History

7.5
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Documentary on 1960s radicals in the U.S.A.

Director: Morley Markson | Stars: Don Cox, Allen Ginsberg, Fred Hampton Jr., Fred Hampton

Votes: 37

42. The Old South (1940)

11 min | Documentary, Short, History

5.8
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Chronicle of the importance of cotton to the economy and culture of the American South.

Director: Fred Zinnemann | Stars: George Lynn, Frank Whitbeck

Votes: 104

43. Days of Revolt (2015– )

30 min | News, Talk-Show

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Stars: Chris Hedges, Sabah Alnasseri, Eddie Conway, Ojore Lutalo

44. Recognition of the Japanese Zero Fighter (1943)

Passed | 19 min | Documentary, Short, History

5.0
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Military training film on the characteristics, capabilities, weaknesses, and recognition of the World War II Japanese fighter aircraft known as the Zero.

Director: Bernard Vorhaus | Stars: Art Gilmore, Ronald Reagan, Harvey Stephens, Craig Stevens

Votes: 60

45. On Company Business (1980)

Not Rated | 174 min | Documentary, History

7.9
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A controversial three part critical documentary on the history of the CIA.

Director: Allan Francovich | Stars: William Colby, Philip Agee, Harry S. Truman, George C. Marshall

Votes: 26

46. Brick by Brick: A Civil Rights Story (2007)

53 min | Documentary

9.0
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Brick by Brick: A Civil Rights Story follows three families during one city's battle for equal housing opportunity and civil rights enforcement.

Directors: Bill Kavanagh, Sylke Fröchtenigt

Votes: 30

47. Rebel Citizen (2015)

76 min | Documentary, Biography

6.4
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Pamela Yates' latest documentary, REBEL CITIZEN takes you on a revelatory tour of two time Oscar-winning cinematographer Haskell Wexler's political documentary work, letting the veteran ... See full summary »

Director: Pamela Yates | Stars: Haskell Wexler, Pamela Yates

Votes: 5

48. Inside Buffalo (2010)

59 min | Documentary, Biography, History

6.4
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The historic account of the 92nd Infantry Division, the African American segregated combat unit who fought in World War Two.

Directors: Fred Kudjo Kuwornu, Patrick Jeffrey | Stars: Howard Fletcher, Joe Hairston, James McBride, Joe Stephenson

Votes: 8

49. Capone's Whiskey: The Story of Templeton Rye (2011)

75 min | Documentary

9.1
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The Iowa farmers who made Templeton Rye, during prohibition and the depression, to save their farms. Illegal whiskey is still being made today and can live side by side the legal product.

Director: Kristian Day | Stars: Ron Beals, Ken Behrens, Michael Berger, Kevin Boersma

Votes: 8

50. The Conspirator: Mary Surratt and the Plot to Kill Lincoln (2011 TV Movie)

66 min | Documentary, History

7.3
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Director: Tom Jennings | Stars: Jamie Hanes, Frederic L. Borch, James M. McPherson, Kate Clifford Larson

Votes: 34