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1. Joyeux Noel (2005)

PG-13 | 116 min | Drama, History, Music

70 Metascore

In December 1914, an unofficial Christmas truce on the Western Front allows soldiers from opposing sides of the First World War to gain insight into each other's way of life.

Director: Christian Carion | Stars: Diane Kruger, Benno Fürmann, Guillaume Canet, Natalie Dessay

Votes: 24,638 | Gross: $1.05M

2. Braveheart (1995)

R | 178 min | Biography, Drama, History

68 Metascore

When his secret bride is executed for assaulting an English soldier who tried to rape her, Sir William Wallace begins a revolt against King Edward I of England.

Director: Mel Gibson | Stars: Mel Gibson, Sophie Marceau, Patrick McGoohan, Angus Macfadyen

Votes: 859,292 | Gross: $75.60M

3. Aftermath: The Remnants of War (2001)

74 min | Documentary, War

This overview of the horrors of 20th century war reminds us that war does not end when peace treaties are signed and the soldiers have gone home.

Director: Daniel Sekulich | Star: John Jarvis

Votes: 51

4. Amélie (2001)

R | 122 min | Comedy, Romance

69 Metascore

Amélie is an innocent and naive girl in Paris with her own sense of justice. She decides to help those around her and, along the way, discovers love.

Director: Jean-Pierre Jeunet | Stars: Audrey Tautou, Mathieu Kassovitz, Rufus, Lorella Cravotta

Votes: 626,645 | Gross: $33.23M

5. Hearts of Darkness: A Filmmaker's Apocalypse (1991)

R | 96 min | Documentary

Documentary that chronicles how Francis Ford Coppola's Apocalypse Now (1979) was plagued by extraordinary script, shooting, budget, and casting problems--nearly destroying the life and career of the celebrated director.

Directors: Fax Bahr, George Hickenlooper, Eleanor Coppola | Stars: Dennis Hopper, Martin Sheen, Marlon Brando, George Lucas

Votes: 16,139 | Gross: $1.32M

6. Apocalypse Now (1979)

R | 147 min | Drama, War

94 Metascore

During the Vietnam War, Captain Willard is sent on a dangerous mission into Cambodia to assassinate a renegade Colonel who has set himself up as a god among a local tribe.

Director: Francis Ford Coppola | Stars: Martin Sheen, Marlon Brando, Robert Duvall, Frederic Forrest

Votes: 524,468 | Gross: $83.47M

7. Avatar (2009)

PG-13 | 162 min | Action, Adventure, Fantasy

83 Metascore

A paraplegic marine dispatched to the moon Pandora on a unique mission becomes torn between following his orders and protecting the world he feels is his home.

Director: James Cameron | Stars: Sam Worthington, Zoe Saldana, Sigourney Weaver, Michelle Rodriguez

Votes: 1,001,998 | Gross: $760.51M

8. Baghdad ER (2006 TV Movie)

TV-MA | 64 min | Documentary

Winner of four Emmy(R) Awards, including Outstanding Directing for Nonfiction Programming (Jon Alpert, Matthew O'Neill)! The 86th Combat Support Hospital (CSH)--the U.S. Army's premier ... See full summary »

Directors: Jon Alpert, Matthew O'Neill | Stars: Jeffrey Beltran, William Berterm, Edward Dunton, James Hill

Votes: 421

9. Band of Brothers (2001)

TV-MA | 594 min | Action, Drama, History

The story of Easy Company of the U.S. Army 101st Airborne Division, and their mission in World War II Europe, from Operation Overlord, through V-J Day.

Stars: Scott Grimes, Damian Lewis, Ron Livingston, Shane Taylor

Votes: 295,486

10. Black Book (2006)

R | 145 min | Drama, Thriller, War

71 Metascore

In the Nazi-occupied Netherlands during World War II, a Jewish singer infiltrates the regional Gestapo headquarters for the Dutch resistance.

Director: Paul Verhoeven | Stars: Carice van Houten, Sebastian Koch, Thom Hoffman, Halina Reijn

Votes: 66,471 | Gross: $4.40M

11. Carrier (2008– )

Documentary

CARRIER is a character-driven immersion in the high-stakes world of a nuclear aircraft carrier, shot on the USS Nimitz during a six-month deployment to the Persian Gulf. The program follows... See full summary »

Stars: Chris Altice, Randy Brock, Kevin McLaughlin, David Fravor

Votes: 557

12. Children of Men (2006)

R | 109 min | Drama, Sci-Fi, Thriller

84 Metascore

In 2027, in a chaotic world in which women have become somehow infertile, a former activist agrees to help transport a miraculously pregnant woman to a sanctuary at sea.

Director: Alfonso Cuarón | Stars: Julianne Moore, Clive Owen, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Michael Caine

Votes: 411,047 | Gross: $35.55M

13. Cold Mountain (2003)

R | 154 min | Adventure, Drama, History

73 Metascore

In the waning days of the American Civil War, a wounded soldier embarks on a perilous journey back home to Cold Mountain, North Carolina to reunite with his sweetheart.

Director: Anthony Minghella | Stars: Jude Law, Nicole Kidman, Renée Zellweger, Eileen Atkins

Votes: 128,939 | Gross: $95.64M

14. Das Boot (1981)

R | 149 min | Adventure, Drama, Thriller

86 Metascore

The claustrophobic world of a WWII German U-boat; boredom, filth and sheer terror.

Director: Wolfgang Petersen | Stars: Jürgen Prochnow, Herbert Grönemeyer, Klaus Wennemann, Hubertus Bengsch

Votes: 199,444 | Gross: $11.49M

15. Deadwood (2004–2006)

TV-MA | 55 min | Crime, Drama, History

A show set in the late 1800s, revolving around the characters of Deadwood, South Dakota; a town of deep corruption and crime.

Stars: Timothy Olyphant, Ian McShane, Molly Parker, Brad Dourif

Votes: 78,070

16. Deliver Us from Evil (2006)

Not Rated | 101 min | Documentary, Crime

86 Metascore

Documentary about Father Oliver O'Grady, a Catholic priest who was relocated to various parishes around the United States during the 1970s in an attempt by the Catholic Church to cover up his rape of dozens of children.

Director: Amy Berg | Stars: Oliver O'Grady, Thomas Doyle, Adam, Jeff Anderson

Votes: 9,156 | Gross: $30.58M

17. Dig! (2004)

R | 107 min | Documentary, Music

76 Metascore

A documentary on the once-promising American rock bands The Brian Jonestown Massacre and The Dandy Warhols, and the friendship/rivalry between their respective founders, Anton Newcombe and Courtney Taylor.

Director: Ondi Timoner | Stars: Anton Newcombe, Courtney Taylor-Taylor, Joel Gion, Matt Hollywood

Votes: 5,569 | Gross: $0.13M

18. Downfall (2004)

R | 156 min | Biography, Drama, History

82 Metascore

Traudl Junge, the final secretary for Adolf Hitler, tells of the Nazi dictator's final days in his Berlin bunker at the end of WWII.

Director: Oliver Hirschbiegel | Stars: Bruno Ganz, Alexandra Maria Lara, Ulrich Matthes, Juliane Köhler

Votes: 292,503 | Gross: $5.51M

19. Equilibrium (2002)

R | 107 min | Action, Drama, Sci-Fi

33 Metascore

In an oppressive future where all forms of feeling are illegal, a man in charge of enforcing the law rises to overthrow the system and state.

Director: Kurt Wimmer | Stars: Christian Bale, Sean Bean, Emily Watson, Taye Diggs

Votes: 288,228 | Gross: $1.20M

20. Face/Off (1997)

R | 138 min | Action, Crime, Sci-Fi

82 Metascore

In order to foil an extortion plot, an FBI agent undergoes a facial transplant surgery and assumes the identity and physical appearance of a terrorist, but the plan turns from bad to worse when the same terrorist impersonates the FBI agent.

Director: John Woo | Stars: John Travolta, Nicolas Cage, Joan Allen, Alessandro Nivola

Votes: 315,537 | Gross: $112.23M

21. Firefly (2002–2003)

TV-14 | 44 min | Adventure, Drama, Sci-Fi

Five hundred years in the future, a renegade crew aboard a small spacecraft tries to survive as they travel the unknown parts of the galaxy and evade warring factions as well as authority agents out to get them.

Stars: Nathan Fillion, Gina Torres, Alan Tudyk, Morena Baccarin

Votes: 217,001

22. Serenity (2005)

PG-13 | 119 min | Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi

74 Metascore

The crew of the ship Serenity try to evade an assassin sent to recapture one of their members who is telepathic.

Director: Joss Whedon | Stars: Nathan Fillion, Gina Torres, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Alan Tudyk

Votes: 263,181 | Gross: $25.51M

23. Forrest Gump (1994)

PG-13 | 142 min | Drama, Romance

82 Metascore

The presidencies of Kennedy and Johnson, Vietnam, Watergate, and other history unfold through the perspective of an Alabama man with an IQ of 75.

Director: Robert Zemeckis | Stars: Tom Hanks, Robin Wright, Gary Sinise, Sally Field

Votes: 1,518,890 | Gross: $330.25M

24. Fried Green Tomatoes (1991)

PG-13 | 130 min | Drama

64 Metascore

A housewife who is unhappy with her life befriends an old lady in a nursing home and is enthralled by the tales she tells of people she used to know.

Director: Jon Avnet | Stars: Kathy Bates, Jessica Tandy, Mary Stuart Masterson, Mary-Louise Parker

Votes: 59,126 | Gross: $82.42M

25. Frontline (1983– )
Episode: Black Money (2009)

TV-PG | 56 min | Documentary

Frontline investigates how multinational corporations illegally use slush funds, front companies, and secret payments as ways of increasing their profit. It focuses primarily on the Al Yamamah arms sales.

Stars: Robert Baer, Tim Bell, Lowell Bergman, Jimmy Carter

Votes: 35

26. Frontline (1983– )
Episode: Inside the Meltdown (2009)

TV-PG | 56 min | Documentary

Frontline investigates the 2008 economic meltdown and offers an inside look at what caused the crisis and who, if anyone, could have stopped it.

Director: Michael Kirk | Stars: Nick Ashooh, Sheila Bair, Bill Bamber, Bryan Burrough

Votes: 99

27. Frontline (1983– )
Episode: Ten Trillion and Counting (2009)

TV-PG | 56 min | Documentary

Frontline examines the impact of the growing national deficit on President Obama's plans for the country.

Stars: Jackie Calmes, Clive Crook, Newt Gingrich, Judd Gregg

Votes: 48

28. Frontline (1983– )
Episode: The Madoff Affair (2009)

TV-PG | 56 min | Documentary

Bernie Madoff was responsible foe the largest financial fraud in history. Frontline correspondent Martin Smith investigates how he managed to steal $65 billion dollars from investors.

Director: Marcela Gaviria | Stars: Gary Ackerman, Michael Bienes, Katherine Burton, Rich Caputo

Votes: 69

29. Frontline (1983– )
Episode: The Medicated Child (2008)

TV-MA | Documentary

Frontline investigates the medical practice of prescribing behavior-modifying drugs to children. It interviews

Director: Marcela Gaviria | Stars: David Axelson, Patrick Bacon, Joseph Biederman, Daniel Carlat

Votes: 41

30. Frontline (1983– )
Episode: The Merchants of Cool (2001)

TV-MA | 55 min | Documentary

How businesses market to American teenagers, and the effect they have together on popular culture.

Director: Barak Goodman | Stars: Douglas Rushkoff, Christina Aguilera, Greg Berlanti, Bob Bibb

Votes: 246

31. Gangs of New York (2002)

R | 167 min | Crime, Drama

72 Metascore

In 1863, Amsterdam Vallon returns to the Five Points area of New York City seeking revenge against Bill the Butcher, his father's killer.

Director: Martin Scorsese | Stars: Leonardo DiCaprio, Cameron Diaz, Daniel Day-Lewis, Jim Broadbent

Votes: 358,701 | Gross: $77.81M

32. Ghosts of Abu Ghraib (2007)

TV-MA | 78 min | Documentary, History, War

An examination of the prisoner abuse scandal involving U.S. soldiers and detainees at Iraq's Abu Ghraib prison in the fall of 2003.

Director: Rory Kennedy | Stars: Israel Rivera, Megan Ambuhl Graner, Javal Davis, George W. Bush

Votes: 854

33. Frontline (1983– )
Episode: Ghosts of Rwanda (2004)

TV-MA | 120 min | Documentary

Ghosts of Rwanda marks the 10th anniversary of the Rwandan genocide with a documentary chronicling one of the worst atrocities of the 20th century. In addition to interviews with key ... See full synopsis »

Director: Greg Barker | Stars: Madeleine Albright, Gromo Alex, Kofi Annan, Henry Anyidoho

Votes: 180

34. The Pianist (2002)

R | 150 min | Biography, Drama, Music

85 Metascore

A Polish Jewish musician struggles to survive the destruction of the Warsaw ghetto of World War II.

Director: Roman Polanski | Stars: Adrien Brody, Thomas Kretschmann, Frank Finlay, Emilia Fox

Votes: 605,355 | Gross: $32.57M

35. Glory Road (2006)

PG | 118 min | Biography, Drama, Sport

58 Metascore

In 1966, Texas Western coach Don Haskins led the first all-black starting line-up for a college basketball team to the NCAA national championship.

Director: James Gartner | Stars: Josh Lucas, Derek Luke, Austin Nichols, Jon Voight

Votes: 38,868 | Gross: $42.64M

36. Hand of God (2006)

96 min | Documentary

Add a Plot

Director: Joe Cultrera

Votes: 52

37. Nova (1974– )
Episode: Hitler's Lost Sub (2000)

TV-PG | 120 min | Documentary, Biography

Add a Plot

Director: Kirk Wolfinger | Stars: Bernard Cavalcante, John Chatterton, Dieter Kohl, Richard Kohler

Votes: 31

38. Inside Hurricane Katrina (2005 TV Movie)

120 min | Documentary

A documentary about the events before, during and after Hurricane Katrina.

Star: Douglas Kiesling

Votes: 35

39. The Office (2005–2013)

TV-PG | 22 min | Comedy

A mockumentary on a group of typical office workers, where the workday consists of ego clashes, inappropriate behavior, and tedium.

Stars: Steve Carell, Jenna Fischer, John Krasinski, Rainn Wilson

Votes: 264,320

40. National Geographic Explorer (1985– )
Episode: Inside North Korea (2007)

Documentary, History

Posing as a medical coordinator, Lisa Ling gains access to North Korea offering viewers a chance to see inside the "Hermit Kingdom".

Director: Peter Yost | Stars: Michael Breen, Brian Green, Kim Il-Sung, Jong-Il Kim

Votes: 256

41. Invincible (2006)

PG | 105 min | Biography, Drama, Sport

63 Metascore

Based on the story of Vince Papale, a 30-year-old bartender from South Philadelphia who overcame long odds to play for the NFL's Philadelphia Eagles in 1976.

Director: Ericson Core | Stars: Mark Wahlberg, Greg Kinnear, Elizabeth Banks, Kevin Conway

Votes: 58,598 | Gross: $57.79M

42. Shooter (I) (2007)

R | 124 min | Action, Crime, Drama

53 Metascore

A marksman living in exile is coaxed back into action after learning of a plot to kill the President. Ultimately double-crossed and framed for the attempt, he goes on the run to find the real killer and the reason he was set up.

Director: Antoine Fuqua | Stars: Mark Wahlberg, Michael Peña, Rhona Mitra, Danny Glover

Votes: 283,465 | Gross: $47.00M

43. I.O.U.S.A. (2008)

PG | 85 min | Documentary

70 Metascore

Few are aware that America may be on the brink of a financial meltdown. I.O.U.S.A. explores the country's shocking current fiscal condition and ways to avoid a national economic disaster.

Director: Patrick Creadon | Stars: Robert Bixby, Humphrey Bogart, Warren Buffett, George Bush

Votes: 1,785 | Gross: $0.82M

44. Jonestown: The Life and Death of Peoples Temple (2006)

86 min | Documentary, History

79 Metascore

Featuring never-before-seen footage, this documentary delivers a startling new look at the Peoples Temple, headed by preacher Jim Jones who, in 1978, led more than 900 members to Guyana, where he orchestrated a mass suicide via tainted punch.

Director: Stanley Nelson | Stars: Rebecca Moore, Janet Shular, Tim Carter, Stanley Clayton

Votes: 4,490

45. National Treasure (2004)

PG | 131 min | Action, Adventure, Family

39 Metascore

A historian races to find the legendary Templar Treasure before a team of mercenaries.

Director: Jon Turteltaub | Stars: Nicolas Cage, Diane Kruger, Justin Bartha, Sean Bean

Votes: 278,467 | Gross: $173.01M

46. No End in Sight (2007)

Not Rated | 102 min | Documentary, War

89 Metascore

A comprehensive look at the Bush Administration's conduct of the Iraq war and its occupation of the country.

Director: Charles Ferguson | Stars: Campbell Scott, Gerald Burke, Ali Fadhil, Omar Fekeiki

Votes: 7,776 | Gross: $1.43M

47. Operation Homecoming: Writing the Wartime Experience (2007)

81 min | Documentary

A unique documentary about troops' experiences in Iraq and Afghanistan, based on writings by soldiers, Marines, and air men. Some writings were published in the New Yorker in summer 2006. A... See full summary »

Director: Richard Robbins | Stars: Sharon D. Allen, Beau Bridges, Colby Buzzell, Richard Currey

Votes: 386

48. Radio (2003)

PG | 109 min | Biography, Drama, Sport

38 Metascore

The story of a high school coach and the developmentally challenged man who he took under his wing.

Director: Michael Tollin | Stars: Cuba Gooding Jr., Ed Harris, Debra Winger, S. Epatha Merkerson

Votes: 34,895 | Gross: $52.28M

49. Religulous (2008)

R | 101 min | Documentary, Comedy, War

56 Metascore

Bill Maher's take on the current state of world religion.

Director: Larry Charles | Stars: Bill Maher, Tal Bachman, Jonathan Boulden, Steve Burg

Votes: 55,296 | Gross: $13.00M

50. Reno 911! (2003–2009)

TV-14 | 22 min