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1. Jojo Rabbit (2019)

PG-13 | 108 min | Comedy, Drama, War

7.9
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58 Metascore

A young boy in Hitler's army finds out his mother is hiding a Jewish girl in their home.

Director: Taika Waititi | Stars: Roman Griffin Davis, Thomasin McKenzie, Scarlett Johansson, Taika Waititi

Votes: 246,136 | Gross: $0.35M

2. Greyhound (2020)

PG-13 | 91 min | Action, Drama, History

7.1
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64 Metascore

Several months after the U.S. entry into World War II, an inexperienced U.S. Navy commander must lead an Allied convoy being stalked by a German submarine wolf pack.

Director: Aaron Schneider | Stars: Tom Hanks, Elisabeth Shue, Stephen Graham, Matt Helm

Votes: 41,702

3. Outlander (2014– )

TV-MA | 64 min | Drama, Fantasy, Romance

8.4
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An English combat nurse from 1945 is mysteriously swept back in time to 1743.

Stars: Caitriona Balfe, Sam Heughan, Duncan Lacroix, Sophie Skelton

Votes: 114,826

4. Avengers: Endgame (2019)

PG-13 | 181 min | Action, Adventure, Drama

8.4
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78 Metascore

After the devastating events of Avengers: Infinity War (2018), the universe is in ruins. With the help of remaining allies, the Avengers assemble once more in order to reverse Thanos' actions and restore balance to the universe.

Directors: Anthony Russo, Joe Russo | Stars: Robert Downey Jr., Chris Evans, Mark Ruffalo, Chris Hemsworth

Votes: 748,007 | Gross: $858.37M

5. The Shawshank Redemption (1994)

R | 142 min | Drama

9.3
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80 Metascore

Two imprisoned men bond over a number of years, finding solace and eventual redemption through acts of common decency.

Director: Frank Darabont | Stars: Tim Robbins, Morgan Freeman, Bob Gunton, William Sadler

Votes: 2,272,398 | Gross: $28.34M

6. The Godfather (1972)

R | 175 min | Crime, Drama

9.2
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100 Metascore

The aging patriarch of an organized crime dynasty transfers control of his clandestine empire to his reluctant son.

Director: Francis Ford Coppola | Stars: Marlon Brando, Al Pacino, James Caan, Diane Keaton

Votes: 1,567,593 | Gross: $134.97M

7. Midway (2019)

PG-13 | 138 min | Action, Adventure, Drama

6.7
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47 Metascore

The story of the Battle of Midway, told by the leaders and the sailors who fought it.

Director: Roland Emmerich | Stars: Ed Skrein, Patrick Wilson, Woody Harrelson, Luke Evans

Votes: 55,877

8. Inglourious Basterds (2009)

R | 153 min | Adventure, Drama, War

8.3
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69 Metascore

In Nazi-occupied France during World War II, a plan to assassinate Nazi leaders by a group of Jewish U.S. soldiers coincides with a theatre owner's vengeful plans for the same.

Director: Quentin Tarantino | Stars: Brad Pitt, Diane Kruger, Eli Roth, Mélanie Laurent

Votes: 1,226,120 | Gross: $120.54M

9. Band of Brothers (2001)

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

9.4
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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: 360,094

10. The Godfather: Part II (1974)

R | 202 min | Crime, Drama

9.0
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90 Metascore

The early life and career of Vito Corleone in 1920s New York City is portrayed, while his son, Michael, expands and tightens his grip on the family crime syndicate.

Director: Francis Ford Coppola | Stars: Al Pacino, Robert De Niro, Robert Duvall, Diane Keaton

Votes: 1,095,341 | Gross: $57.30M

11. Dunkirk (2017)

PG-13 | 106 min | Action, Drama, History

7.9
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94 Metascore

Allied soldiers from Belgium, the British Empire, and France are surrounded by the German Army and evacuated during a fierce battle in World War II.

Director: Christopher Nolan | Stars: Fionn Whitehead, Barry Keoghan, Mark Rylance, Tom Hardy

Votes: 527,347 | Gross: $188.37M

12. Watchmen (2009)

R | 162 min | Action, Drama, Mystery

7.6
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56 Metascore

In 1985 where former superheroes exist, the murder of a colleague sends active vigilante Rorschach into his own sprawling investigation, uncovering something that could completely change the course of history as we know it.

Director: Zack Snyder | Stars: Jackie Earle Haley, Patrick Wilson, Carla Gugino, Malin Akerman

Votes: 489,813 | Gross: $107.51M

13. Schindler's List (1993)

R | 195 min | Biography, Drama, History

8.9
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94 Metascore

In German-occupied Poland during World War II, industrialist Oskar Schindler gradually becomes concerned for his Jewish workforce after witnessing their persecution by the Nazis.

Director: Steven Spielberg | Stars: Liam Neeson, Ralph Fiennes, Ben Kingsley, Caroline Goodall

Votes: 1,179,941 | Gross: $96.90M

14. The Notebook (2004)

PG-13 | 123 min | Drama, Romance

7.8
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53 Metascore

A poor yet passionate young man falls in love with a rich young woman, giving her a sense of freedom, but they are soon separated because of their social differences.

Director: Nick Cassavetes | Stars: Gena Rowlands, James Garner, Rachel McAdams, Ryan Gosling

Votes: 506,463 | Gross: $81.00M

15. Hollywood (2020– )

TV-MA | 347 min | Drama

7.6
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A group of aspiring actors and filmmakers in post-World War II Hollywood try to make it big - no matter the cost.

Stars: David Corenswet, Darren Criss, Laura Harrier, Joe Mantello

Votes: 24,590

16. Saving Private Ryan (1998)

R | 169 min | Drama, War

8.6
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91 Metascore

Following the Normandy Landings, a group of U.S. soldiers go behind enemy lines to retrieve a paratrooper whose brothers have been killed in action.

Director: Steven Spielberg | Stars: Tom Hanks, Matt Damon, Tom Sizemore, Edward Burns

Votes: 1,200,441 | Gross: $216.54M

17. X-Men (2000)

PG-13 | 104 min | Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi

7.4
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64 Metascore

In a world where mutants (evolved super-powered humans) exist and are discriminated against, two groups form for an inevitable clash: the supremacist Brotherhood, and the pacifist X-Men.

Director: Bryan Singer | Stars: Patrick Stewart, Hugh Jackman, Ian McKellen, Famke Janssen

Votes: 561,021 | Gross: $157.30M

18. Seabiscuit (2003)

PG-13 | 140 min | Drama, History, Sport

7.3
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72 Metascore

True story of the undersized Depression-era racehorse whose victories lifted not only the spirits of the team behind it but also those of their nation.

Director: Gary Ross | Stars: Tobey Maguire, Jeff Bridges, Elizabeth Banks, Chris Cooper

Votes: 65,582 | Gross: $120.28M

19. High Seas (2019– )

TV-MA | 50 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

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Two sisters discover disturbing family secrets after a string of mysterious deaths occur on a luxury ship traveling from Spain to Brazil in the 1940s.

Stars: Ivana Baquero, Jon Kortajarena, Alejandra Onieva, Eloy Azorín

Votes: 4,989

20. Come and See (1985)

Not Rated | 142 min | Drama, War

8.3
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After finding an old rifle, a young boy joins the Soviet resistance movement against ruthless German forces and experiences the horrors of World War II.

Director: Elem Klimov | Stars: Aleksey Kravchenko, Olga Mironova, Liubomiras Laucevicius, Vladas Bagdonas

Votes: 53,563

21. Lolita (1997)

R | 137 min | Drama, Romance

6.9
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46 Metascore

A man marries his landlady so he can take advantage of her daughter.

Director: Adrian Lyne | Stars: Jeremy Irons, Dominique Swain, Melanie Griffith, Frank Langella

Votes: 50,829 | Gross: $1.40M

22. Malena (2000)

R | 108 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

7.5
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54 Metascore

Amidst the war climate, a teenage boy discovering himself becomes love-stricken by Malèna, a sensual woman living in a small, narrow-minded Italian town.

Director: Giuseppe Tornatore | Stars: Monica Bellucci, Giuseppe Sulfaro, Luciano Federico, Matilde Piana

Votes: 87,444 | Gross: $3.43M

23. The Imitation Game (2014)

PG-13 | 114 min | Biography, Drama, Thriller

8.0
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73 Metascore

During World War II, the English mathematical genius Alan Turing tries to crack the German Enigma code with help from fellow mathematicians.

Director: Morten Tyldum | Stars: Benedict Cumberbatch, Keira Knightley, Matthew Goode, Allen Leech

Votes: 665,918 | Gross: $91.13M

24. X-Men: First Class (2011)

PG-13 | 131 min | Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi

7.7
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65 Metascore

In the 1960s, superpowered humans Charles Xavier and Erik Lensherr work together to find others like them, but Erik's vengeful pursuit of an ambitious mutant who ruined his life causes a schism to divide them.

Director: Matthew Vaughn | Stars: James McAvoy, Michael Fassbender, Jennifer Lawrence, Kevin Bacon

Votes: 635,913 | Gross: $146.41M

25. Big Fish (2003)

PG-13 | 125 min | Adventure, Drama, Fantasy

8.0
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58 Metascore

A frustrated son tries to determine the fact from fiction in his dying father's life.

Director: Tim Burton | Stars: Ewan McGregor, Albert Finney, Billy Crudup, Jessica Lange

Votes: 407,530 | Gross: $66.26M

26. Ball of Fire (1941)

Approved | 111 min | Comedy, Romance

7.8
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A group of professors working on a new encyclopedia encounter a mouthy nightclub singer who is wanted by the police to help bring down her mob boss lover.

Director: Howard Hawks | Stars: Gary Cooper, Barbara Stanwyck, Oskar Homolka, Henry Travers

Votes: 10,469

27. A League of Their Own (1992)

PG | 128 min | Comedy, Drama, Family

7.3
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67 Metascore

Two sisters join the first female professional baseball league and struggle to help it succeed amidst their own growing rivalry.

Director: Penny Marshall | Stars: Tom Hanks, Geena Davis, Lori Petty, Madonna

Votes: 91,002 | Gross: $107.53M

28. The Waltons (1971–1981)

TV-G | 60 min | Drama, Family, Romance

7.6
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The life and trials of a 1930s and 1940s Virginia mountain family through financial depression and World War II.

Stars: Jon Walmsley, Mary Beth McDonough, Eric Scott, Kami Cotler

Votes: 5,440

29. Hacksaw Ridge (2016)

R | 139 min | Biography, Drama, History

8.1
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71 Metascore

World War II American Army Medic Desmond T. Doss, who served during the Battle of Okinawa, refuses to kill people, and becomes the first man in American history to receive the Medal of Honor without firing a shot.

Director: Mel Gibson | Stars: Andrew Garfield, Sam Worthington, Luke Bracey, Teresa Palmer

Votes: 416,430 | Gross: $67.21M

30. Life Is Beautiful (1997)

PG-13 | 116 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

8.6
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59 Metascore

When an open-minded Jewish librarian and his son become victims of the Holocaust, he uses a perfect mixture of will, humor, and imagination to protect his son from the dangers around their camp.

Director: Roberto Benigni | Stars: Roberto Benigni, Nicoletta Braschi, Giorgio Cantarini, Giustino Durano

Votes: 603,805 | Gross: $57.60M

31. A Beautiful Mind (2001)

PG-13 | 135 min | Biography, Drama

8.2
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72 Metascore

After John Nash, a brilliant but asocial mathematician, accepts secret work in cryptography, his life takes a turn for the nightmarish.

Director: Ron Howard | Stars: Russell Crowe, Ed Harris, Jennifer Connelly, Christopher Plummer

Votes: 825,509 | Gross: $170.74M

32. The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe (2005)

PG | 143 min | Adventure, Family, Fantasy

6.9
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75 Metascore

Four kids travel through a wardrobe to the land of Narnia and learn of their destiny to free it with the guidance of a mystical lion.

Director: Andrew Adamson | Stars: Tilda Swinton, Georgie Henley, William Moseley, Skandar Keynes

Votes: 358,177 | Gross: $291.71M

33. Walk the Line (2005)

PG-13 | 136 min | Biography, Drama, Music

7.8
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72 Metascore

A chronicle of country music legend Johnny Cash's life, from his early days on an Arkansas cotton farm to his rise to fame with Sun Records in Memphis, where he recorded alongside Elvis Presley, Jerry Lee Lewis, and Carl Perkins.

Director: James Mangold | Stars: Joaquin Phoenix, Reese Witherspoon, Ginnifer Goodwin, Robert Patrick

Votes: 228,923 | Gross: $119.52M

34. Pan's Labyrinth (2006)

R | 118 min | Drama, Fantasy, War

8.2
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98 Metascore

In the Falangist Spain of 1944, the bookish young stepdaughter of a sadistic army officer escapes into an eerie but captivating fantasy world.

Director: Guillermo del Toro | Stars: Ivana Baquero, Ariadna Gil, Sergi López, Maribel Verdú

Votes: 605,680 | Gross: $37.63M

35. Giant (1956)

G | 201 min | Drama, Western

7.6
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84 Metascore

Sprawling epic covering the life of a Texas cattle rancher and his family and associates.

Director: George Stevens | Stars: Elizabeth Taylor, Rock Hudson, James Dean, Carroll Baker

Votes: 33,195

36. Casablanca (1942)

PG | 102 min | Drama, Romance, War

8.5
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100 Metascore

A cynical American expatriate struggles to decide whether or not he should help his former lover and her fugitive husband escape French Morocco.

Director: Michael Curtiz | Stars: Humphrey Bogart, Ingrid Bergman, Paul Henreid, Claude Rains

Votes: 508,636 | Gross: $1.02M

37. The Pianist (2002)

R | 150 min | Biography, Drama, Music

8.5
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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: 705,721 | Gross: $32.57M

38. From Here to Eternity (1953)

Passed | 118 min | Drama, Romance, War

7.6
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85 Metascore

In Hawaii in 1941, a private is cruelly punished for not boxing on his unit's team, while his captain's wife and second-in-command are falling in love.

Director: Fred Zinnemann | Stars: Burt Lancaster, Montgomery Clift, Deborah Kerr, Donna Reed

Votes: 42,273 | Gross: $30.50M

39. Fury (2014)

R | 134 min | Action, Drama, War

7.6
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64 Metascore

A grizzled tank commander makes tough decisions as he and his crew fight their way across Germany in April, 1945.

Director: David Ayer | Stars: Brad Pitt, Shia LaBeouf, Logan Lerman, Michael Peña

Votes: 414,083 | Gross: $85.82M

40. The Curious Case of Benjamin Button (2008)

PG-13 | 166 min | Drama, Fantasy, Romance

7.8
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70 Metascore

Tells the story of Benjamin Button, a man who starts aging backwards with consequences.

Director: David Fincher | Stars: Brad Pitt, Cate Blanchett, Tilda Swinton, Julia Ormond

Votes: 574,450 | Gross: $127.51M

41. Predestination (I) (2014)

R | 97 min | Action, Drama, Sci-Fi

7.5
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69 Metascore

For his final assignment, a top temporal agent must pursue the one criminal that has eluded him throughout time. The chase turns into a unique, surprising and mind-bending exploration of love, fate, identity and time travel taboos.

Directors: Michael Spierig, Peter Spierig | Stars: Ethan Hawke, Sarah Snook, Noah Taylor, Madeleine West

Votes: 245,023 | Gross: $0.07M

42. Unbroken (I) (2014)

PG-13 | 137 min | Biography, Drama, Sport

7.2
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59 Metascore

After a near-fatal plane crash in WWII, Olympian Louis Zamperini spends a harrowing 47 days in a raft with two fellow crewmen before he's caught by the Japanese navy and sent to a prisoner-of-war camp.

Director: Angelina Jolie | Stars: Jack O'Connell, Miyavi, Domhnall Gleeson, Garrett Hedlund

Votes: 142,411 | Gross: $115.64M

43. Salò, or the 120 Days of Sodom (1975)

Not Rated | 117 min | Drama, Horror, War

5.9
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In World War II Italy, four fascist libertines round up nine adolescent boys and girls and subject them to one hundred and twenty days of physical, mental and sexual torture.

Director: Pier Paolo Pasolini | Stars: Paolo Bonacelli, Giorgio Cataldi, Umberto Paolo Quintavalle, Aldo Valletti

Votes: 52,643

44. Overlord (2018)

R | 110 min | Action, Adventure, Horror

6.6
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60 Metascore

A small group of American soldiers find horror behind enemy lines on the eve of D-Day.

Director: Julius Avery | Stars: Jovan Adepo, Wyatt Russell, Mathilde Ollivier, Pilou Asbæk

Votes: 80,172 | Gross: $21.70M

45. The Terror (2018– )

TV-14 | 60 min | Adventure, Drama, History

8.0
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Supernatural, semihistorical, horror anthology series, where each season is inspired by a different infamous or mysterious real life historical tragedy.

Stars: Jared Harris, Derek Mio, Tobias Menzies, Kiki Sukezane

Votes: 34,796

46. Hellboy (2019)

R | 120 min | Action, Adventure, Fantasy

5.2
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31 Metascore

Based on the graphic novels by Mike Mignola, Hellboy, caught between the worlds of the supernatural and human, battles an ancient sorceress bent on revenge.

Director: Neil Marshall | Stars: David Harbour, Milla Jovovich, Ian McShane, Sasha Lane

Votes: 74,023 | Gross: $21.90M

47. Revolutionary Road (2008)

R | 119 min | Drama, Romance

7.3
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69 Metascore

A young couple living in a Connecticut suburb during the mid-1950s struggle to come to terms with their personal problems while trying to raise their two children.

Director: Sam Mendes | Stars: Leonardo DiCaprio, Kate Winslet, Christopher Fitzgerald, Jonathan Roumie

Votes: 191,331 | Gross: $22.91M

48. Pearl Harbor (2001)

PG-13 | 183 min | Action, Drama, History

6.2
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44 Metascore

A tale of war and romance mixed in with history. The story follows two lifelong friends and a beautiful nurse who are caught up in the horror of an infamous Sunday morning in 1941.

Director: Michael Bay | Stars: Ben Affleck, Kate Beckinsale, Josh Hartnett, William Lee Scott

Votes: 306,507 | Gross: $198.54M

49. Superman (1978)

PG | 143 min | Action, Adventure, Drama

7.3
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80 Metascore

An alien orphan is sent from his dying planet to Earth, where he grows up to become his adoptive home's first and greatest superhero.

Director: Richard Donner | Stars: Christopher Reeve, Margot Kidder, Gene Hackman, Marlon Brando

Votes: 156,040 | Gross: $134.22M

50. Agent Carter (2015–2016)

TV-PG | 42 min | Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi

7.9
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In 1946, Peggy Carter is relegated to secretarial duties in the Strategic Scientific Reserve (SSR). When Howard Stark is accused of treason, he secretly recruits Peggy to clear his name with the help of his butler, Edwin Jarvis.

Stars: Hayley Atwell, James D'Arcy, Enver Gjokaj, Chad Michael Murray

Votes: 71,130



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