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1. Once Upon a Time... in Hollywood (2019)

R | 161 min | Comedy, Drama

8.0
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83 Metascore

A faded television actor and his stunt double strive to achieve fame and success in the film industry during the final years of Hollywood's Golden Age in 1969 Los Angeles.

Director: Quentin Tarantino | Stars: Leonardo DiCaprio, Brad Pitt, Margot Robbie, Emile Hirsch

Votes: 189,229 | Gross: $135.37M

2. Article 15 (2019)

Not Rated | 130 min | Crime, Drama

8.3
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In the rural heartlands of India, an upright police officer sets out on a crusade against violent caste-based crimes and discrimination.

Director: Anubhav Sinha | Stars: Ayushmann Khurrana, Manoj Pahwa, Mohammed Zeeshan Ayyub, Sayani Gupta

Votes: 10,493

3. 13 Hours (2016)

R | 144 min | Action, Drama, History

7.3
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48 Metascore

During an attack on a U.S. compound in Libya, a security team struggles to make sense out of the chaos.

Director: Michael Bay | Stars: John Krasinski, Pablo Schreiber, James Badge Dale, David Denman

Votes: 105,843 | Gross: $52.85M

4. Everest (2015)

PG-13 | 121 min | Action, Adventure, Biography

7.1
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64 Metascore

The story of New Zealand's Robert "Rob" Edwin Hall, who on May 10, 1996, together with Scott Fischer, teamed up on a joint expedition to ascend Mount Everest.

Director: Baltasar Kormákur | Stars: Jason Clarke, Ang Phula Sherpa, Thomas M. Wright, Martin Henderson

Votes: 183,402 | Gross: $43.48M

5. 12 Strong (2018)

R | 130 min | Action, Drama, History

6.6
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54 Metascore

12 Strong tells the story of the first Special Forces team deployed to Afghanistan after 9/11; under the leadership of a new captain, the team must work with an Afghan warlord to take down the Taliban.

Director: Nicolai Fuglsig | Stars: Chris Hemsworth, Michael Shannon, Michael Peña, Navid Negahban

Votes: 52,950 | Gross: $45.50M

6. Darkest Hour (2017)

PG-13 | 125 min | Biography, Drama, History

7.4
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75 Metascore

In May 1940, the fate of Western Europe hangs on British Prime Minister Winston Churchill, who must decide whether to negotiate with Adolf Hitler, or fight on knowing that it could mean a humiliating defeat for Britain and its empire.

Director: Joe Wright | Stars: Gary Oldman, Lily James, Kristin Scott Thomas, Ben Mendelsohn

Votes: 141,267 | Gross: $56.44M

7. Mission Mangal (2019)

Not Rated | 130 min | Drama, History

6.6
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Based on true events of the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) successfully launching the Mars Orbiter Mission (Mangalyaan), making it the least expensive mission to Mars.

Director: Jagan Shakti | Stars: Akshay Kumar, Vidya Balan, Sonakshi Sinha, Taapsee Pannu

Votes: 4,813 | Gross: $3.60M

8. Unplanned (2019)

R | 109 min | Biography, Drama

5.8
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10 Metascore

All Abby Johnson ever wanted to do was help women. As one of the youngest Planned Parenthood clinic directors in the nation, she believed in a woman's right to choose. Until the day she saw something that changed everything.

Directors: Chuck Konzelman, Cary Solomon | Stars: Ashley Bratcher, Brooks Ryan, Robia Scott, Jared Lotz

Votes: 9,645 | Gross: $18.99M

9. All the Money in the World (2017)

R | 132 min | Biography, Crime, Drama

6.8
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72 Metascore

The story of the kidnapping of 16-year-old John Paul Getty III and the desperate attempt by his devoted mother to convince his billionaire grandfather Jean Paul Getty to pay the ransom.

Director: Ridley Scott | Stars: Michelle Williams, Christopher Plummer, Mark Wahlberg, Romain Duris

Votes: 62,461 | Gross: $25.11M

10. The Durrells in Corfu (2016– )

TV-PG | 46 min | Biography, Comedy, Drama

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Based on the real-life events of the Durrell family as they resettle from England to Greece.

Stars: Keeley Hawes, Josh O'Connor, Milo Parker, Daisy Waterstone

Votes: 5,474

11. 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: 132,268 | Gross: $70.41M

12. Victoria & Abdul (2017)

PG-13 | 111 min | Biography, Drama, History

6.8
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58 Metascore

Queen Victoria strikes up an unlikely friendship with a young Indian clerk named Abdul Karim.

Director: Stephen Frears | Stars: Judi Dench, Ali Fazal, Tim Pigott-Smith, Eddie Izzard

Votes: 26,628 | Gross: $22.25M

13. Stronger (I) (2017)

R | 119 min | Biography, Drama

6.9
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76 Metascore

Stronger is the inspiring real life story of Jeff Bauman, an ordinary man who captured the hearts of his city and the world to become a symbol of hope after surviving the 2013 Boston Marathon bombing.

Director: David Gordon Green | Stars: Jake Gyllenhaal, Tatiana Maslany, Miranda Richardson, Richard Lane Jr.

Votes: 34,908 | Gross: $4.21M

14. Battle of the Sexes (2017)

PG-13 | 121 min | Biography, Comedy, Drama

6.7
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73 Metascore

The true story of the 1973 tennis match between World number one Billie Jean King and ex-champ and serial hustler Bobby Riggs.

Directors: Jonathan Dayton, Valerie Faris | Stars: Emma Stone, Steve Carell, Andrea Riseborough, Sarah Silverman

Votes: 44,571 | Gross: $12.64M

15. Batla House (2019)

Not Rated | 146 min | Action, Drama, Thriller

7.6
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After a deadly encounter, a police officer works to prove that the police acted lawfully.

Director: Nikkhil Advani | Stars: John Abraham, Mrunal Thakur, Ravi Kishan, Manish Chaudhary

Votes: 3,159 | Gross: $0.49M

16. Stockholm (I) (2018)

R | 92 min | Biography, Comedy, Crime

6.2
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54 Metascore

Based on the absurd but true 1973 bank heist and hostage crisis in Stockholm that was documented in the New Yorker as the origins of the 'Stockholm Syndrome'.

Director: Robert Budreau | Stars: Ethan Hawke, Noomi Rapace, Mark Strong, Christopher Heyerdahl

Votes: 4,660 | Gross: $0.30M

17. Cinderella Man (2005)

PG-13 | 144 min | Biography, Drama, Sport

8.0
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69 Metascore

The story of James Braddock, a supposedly washed-up boxer who came back to become a champion and an inspiration in the 1930s.

Director: Ron Howard | Stars: Russell Crowe, Renée Zellweger, Craig Bierko, Paul Giamatti

Votes: 167,837 | Gross: $61.65M

18. Uri: The Surgical Strike (2019)

Not Rated | 138 min | Action, Drama, War

8.5
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Indian army special forces execute a covert operation, avenging the killing of fellow army men at their base by a terrorist group.

Director: Aditya Dhar | Stars: Vicky Kaushal, Paresh Rawal, Mohit Raina, Yami Gautam

Votes: 33,601 | Gross: $4.19M

19. The Bank Job (2008)

R | 111 min | Crime, Thriller

7.2
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69 Metascore

Martine offers Terry a lead on a foolproof bank hit on London's Baker Street. She targets a roomful of safe deposit boxes worth millions in cash and jewelry. But Terry and his crew don't realize the boxes also contain a treasure trove of dirty secrets - secrets that will thrust them into a deadly web of corruption and illicit scandal.

Director: Roger Donaldson | Stars: Jason Statham, Saffron Burrows, Stephen Campbell Moore, Daniel Mays

Votes: 167,088 | Gross: $30.03M

20. King of Thieves (2018)

R | 108 min | Crime, Drama

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47 Metascore

A true crime movie about a crew of retired crooks who pull off a major heist in London's jewelry district. What starts off as their last criminal hurrah, quickly turns into a brutal nightmare due to greed. Based on infamous true events.

Director: James Marsh | Stars: Michael Caine, Michael Gambon, Charlie Cox, Jim Broadbent

Votes: 8,587

21. Jackie (V) (2016)

R | 100 min | Biography, Drama, History

6.7
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81 Metascore

Following the assassination of President John F. Kennedy, First Lady Jacqueline Kennedy fights through grief and trauma to regain her faith, console her children, and define her husband's historic legacy.

Director: Pablo Larraín | Stars: Natalie Portman, Peter Sarsgaard, Greta Gerwig, Billy Crudup

Votes: 67,142 | Gross: $13.96M

22. Loving Vincent (2017)

PG-13 | 94 min | Animation, Biography, Crime

7.8
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62 Metascore

In a story depicted in oil painted animation, a young man comes to the last hometown of painter Vincent van Gogh to deliver the troubled artist's final letter and ends up investigating his final days there.

Directors: Dorota Kobiela, Hugh Welchman | Stars: Douglas Booth, Jerome Flynn, Robert Gulaczyk, Helen McCrory

Votes: 41,804 | Gross: $6.74M

23. The Monuments Men (2014)

PG-13 | 118 min | Comedy, Drama, History

6.1
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52 Metascore

An unlikely World War II platoon is tasked to rescue art masterpieces from Nazi thieves and return them to their owners.

Director: George Clooney | Stars: George Clooney, Matt Damon, Bill Murray, Cate Blanchett

Votes: 118,667 | Gross: $78.03M

24. All Good Things (2010)

R | 101 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

6.3
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57 Metascore

Mr. David Marks was suspected but never tried for killing his wife Katie who disappeared in 1982, but the truth is eventually revealed.

Director: Andrew Jarecki | Stars: Ryan Gosling, Kirsten Dunst, Frank Langella, Lily Rabe

Votes: 50,158 | Gross: $0.58M

25. Medieval (2019)

Action, Drama, History | Post-production

The story of fourteenth century Czech icon and warlord Jan Zizka, who defeated armies of the Teutonic Order and the Holy Roman Empire.

Director: Petr Jákl | Stars: Ben Foster, Sophie Lowe, Michael Caine, Til Schweiger

26. Manhunt (2019– )

45 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

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London Metropolitan police detective Colin Sutton tracks down a serial killer.

Stars: Martin Clunes, Katie Lyons, Claudie Blakley, Stephen Wight

Votes: 2,412

27. Open Water (2003)

R | 79 min | Adventure, Drama, Horror

5.7
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63 Metascore

Based on the true story of two scuba divers accidentally stranded in shark infested waters after their tour boat has left.

Director: Chris Kentis | Stars: Blanchard Ryan, Daniel Travis, Saul Stein, Michael E. Williamson

Votes: 48,768 | Gross: $30.61M

28. Kidnapping Mr. Heineken (2015)

R | 95 min | Action, Crime, Drama

6.1
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33 Metascore

The inside story of the planning, execution, rousing aftermath, and ultimate downfall of the kidnappers of beer tycoon Alfred "Freddy" Heineken in 1983, which resulted in the largest ransom ever paid for an individual.

Director: Daniel Alfredson | Stars: Jim Sturgess, Sam Worthington, Ryan Kwanten, Anthony Hopkins

Votes: 17,978

29. The Flowers of War (2011)

R | 146 min | Drama, History, Romance

7.6
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46 Metascore

An American finds refuge during the 1937 Japanese invasion of Nanking in a church with a group of women. Posing as a priest, he attempts to lead the women to safety.

Director: Yimou Zhang | Stars: Christian Bale, Ni Ni, Xinyi Zhang, Tianyuan Huang

Votes: 46,269 | Gross: $0.01M

30. 15 Minutes of War (2019)

TV-14 | 98 min | Action, Drama, History

6.2
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44 Metascore

In February 1976 in Djibouti, a school bus was taken hostage at the Somali border. The GIGN is sent on the spot. After 30 hours of tension, a rescue operation is organized.

Director: Fred Grivois | Stars: Alban Lenoir, Olga Kurylenko, Sébastien Lalanne, David Murgia

Votes: 790

31. The Sugarland Express (1974)

PG | 110 min | Crime, Drama

6.8
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65 Metascore

A woman attempts to reunite her family by helping her husband escape prison and together kidnapping their son. But things don't go as planned when they are forced to take a police hostage on the road.

Director: Steven Spielberg | Stars: Goldie Hawn, Ben Johnson, Michael Sacks, William Atherton

Votes: 14,066 | Gross: $7.50M

32. Kings (2017)

R | 86 min | Crime, Drama, Romance

4.9
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34 Metascore

The life of a foster family in South Central Los Angeles, a few weeks before the city erupts in violence following the verdict of the Rodney King trial.

Director: Deniz Gamze Ergüven | Stars: Halle Berry, Daniel Craig, Lamar Johnson, Kaalan Walker

Votes: 2,360 | Gross: $0.27M

33. Wilde (1997)

R | 118 min | Biography, Drama, Romance

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The turmoil in poet/playwright Oscar Wilde's life after he discovers his homosexuality.

Director: Brian Gilbert | Stars: Stephen Fry, Jude Law, Vanessa Redgrave, Jennifer Ehle

Votes: 13,910 | Gross: $2.16M

34. Salvador (1986)

R | 122 min | Drama, History, Thriller

7.4
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An American photojournalist gets caught in a political struggle at El Salvador in 1980.

Director: Oliver Stone | Stars: James Woods, Jim Belushi, Michael Murphy, John Savage

Votes: 17,951

35. Exodus (1960)

Approved | 208 min | Action, Drama, History

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The state of Israel is created in 1948, resulting in war with its Arab neighbors.

Director: Otto Preminger | Stars: Paul Newman, Eva Marie Saint, Ralph Richardson, Peter Lawford

Votes: 8,261 | Gross: $18.97M

36. The Crucifixion (2017)

R | 90 min | Horror, Mystery, Thriller

5.1
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When Nicole comes in contact with Father Anton (Corneliu Ulici) more and more inexplicable events occur. The pair begin to believe that the priest lost the battle with a demon.

Director: Xavier Gens | Stars: Sophie Cookson, Corneliu Ulici, Ada Lupu, Brittany Ashworth

Votes: 6,198

37. Truth (2015)

R | 125 min | Biography, Drama, History

6.8
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66 Metascore

Newsroom drama detailing the 2004 CBS 60 Minutes report investigating then-President George W. Bush's military service, and the subsequent firestorm of criticism that cost anchor Dan Rather and producer Mary Mapes their careers.

Director: James Vanderbilt | Stars: Cate Blanchett, Robert Redford, Dennis Quaid, Elisabeth Moss

Votes: 17,299 | Gross: $2.54M

38. Lion of the Desert (1980)

PG | 173 min | Biography, Drama, History

8.4
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In 1929, Italian Fascist dictator Benito Mussolini appoints General Rodolfo Graziani as colonial governor to Italian Libya with orders to stamp-out all resistance from Libyan nationalists led by rebel guerrilla leader Omar Mukhtar.

Director: Moustapha Akkad | Stars: Anthony Quinn, Oliver Reed, Rod Steiger, Irene Papas

Votes: 12,708

39. Stalingrad (2013)

R | 131 min | Action, Drama, War

5.6
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49 Metascore

A group of Russian soldiers fight to hold a strategic building in their devastated city against a ruthless German army, and in the process become deeply connected to two Russian women who have been living there.

Director: Fedor Bondarchuk | Stars: Mariya Smolnikova, Yanina Studilina, Pyotr Fyodorov, Thomas Kretschmann

Votes: 14,814 | Gross: $1.01M

40. Queen & Country (2014)

TV-14 | 114 min | Drama

6.2
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68 Metascore

In this sequel to Hope and Glory (1987), Bill Rohan has grown up and is drafted into the army, where he and his eccentric best mate, Percy, battle their snooty superiors on the base and look for love in town.

Director: John Boorman | Stars: Callum Turner, Caleb Landry Jones, Pat Shortt, David Thewlis

Votes: 1,365 | Gross: $0.03M

41. The Face of an Angel (2014)

Not Rated | 101 min | Crime, Drama

4.6
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37 Metascore

Both a journalist and a documentary filmmaker chase the story of a murder and its prime suspect.

Director: Michael Winterbottom | Stars: Ava Acres, Daniel Brühl, Kate Beckinsale, Anjella Mackintosh

Votes: 4,280

42. Final Portrait (2017)

R | 90 min | Biography, Comedy, Drama

6.2
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70 Metascore

The story of Swiss painter and sculptor Alberto Giacometti.

Director: Stanley Tucci | Stars: Geoffrey Rush, Armie Hammer, Tony Shalhoub, Sylvie Testud

Votes: 4,106 | Gross: $0.46M

43. The Boys (1998)

R | 86 min | Crime, Drama

7.1
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Brett Sprague is a violent and psychopathic man, who is released on parole after serving a sentence for assault. As he returns to his family house and we watch him and his brothers, Stevie ... See full summary »

Director: Rowan Woods | Stars: David Wenham, Toni Collette, Lynette Curran, John Polson

Votes: 1,249 | Gross: $0.00M

44. In Harm's Way (2017)

97 min | History, Romance, War

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In the 1940s, the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor destroyed Americans' morale. The president of the United States, Franklin D. Roosevelt, decided to risk it all to bomb Tokyo, raising the ... See full summary »

Director: Bille August | Stars: Emile Hirsch, Yifei Liu, Fangcong Li, Cary Woodworth

Votes: 638

45. Conviction (2018)

110 min | Drama

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Since Nora attended the trial of Jacques Viguier, accused of the murder of his wife, she is convinced of his innocence. She convinces a tenor of the bar to defend him for his second trial, on appeal.

Director: Antoine Raimbault | Stars: Marina Foïs, Olivier Gourmet, Laurent Lucas, Philippe Uchan

Votes: 483

46. Neruda (2016)

R | 107 min | Biography, Crime, Drama

6.9
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82 Metascore

An inspector hunts down Nobel Prize-winning Chilean poet, Pablo Neruda, who becomes a fugitive in his home country in the late 1940s for joining the Communist Party.

Director: Pablo Larraín | Stars: Gael García Bernal, Luis Gnecco, Mercedes Morán, Emilio Gutiérrez Caba

Votes: 8,237 | Gross: $0.94M

47. The Dovekeepers (2015)

TV-14 | 90 min | Drama, History, Romance

5.5
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Based in Alice Hoffman's historical novel about the Siege of Masada, the miniseries focuses on four extraordinary women whose lives intersect in a fight for survival at the siege of Masada.

Stars: Maia Laura Attard, André Agius, Jonas Armstrong, Diego Boneta

Votes: 787

48. The Hitch-Hiker (1953)

Approved | 71 min | Crime, Film-Noir, Thriller

6.9
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Two fishermen pick up a psychotic escaped convict who tells them that he intends to murder them when the ride is over.

Director: Ida Lupino | Stars: Edmond O'Brien, Frank Lovejoy, William Talman, José Torvay

Votes: 5,984

49. Abzurdah (2015)

89 min | Biography, Drama, Romance

5.4
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Based on the autobiographical novel by Cielo Latini, the film tells the story of a teenager who falls in love and starts dating an older man whom she met on the Internet. Submerged in a ... See full summary »

Director: Daniela Goggi | Stars: Eugenia Suárez, Esteban Lamothe, Gloria Carrá, Rafael Spregelburd

Votes: 1,516

50. April 9th (2015)

93 min | Drama, History, War

6.6
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On April 9, 1940 Germany invaded Denmark. Based on real events - in Southern Jutland a military unit on bicycles was sent south to help hold back the Germans until reinforcement.

Director: Roni Ezra | Stars: Pilou Asbæk, Lars Mikkelsen, Gustav Dyekjær Giese, Simon Sears

Votes: 4,031



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