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1. The Crown (2016– )

TV-MA | 58 min | Drama, History

8.7
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Follows the political rivalries and romance of Queen Elizabeth II's reign and the events that shaped the second half of the twentieth century.

Stars: Claire Foy, Matt Smith, Olivia Colman, Tobias Menzies

Votes: 87,117

2. Official Secrets (2019)

R | 112 min | Biography, Drama, Romance

7.1
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64 Metascore

The true story of a British whistleblower who leaked information to the press about an illegal NSA spy operation designed to push the UN Security Council into sanctioning the 2003 invasion of Iraq.

Director: Gavin Hood | Stars: Indira Varma, Matthew Goode, Keira Knightley, Ralph Fiennes

Votes: 792 | Gross: $0.40M

3. The King's Speech (2010)

R | 118 min | Biography, Drama, History

8.0
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88 Metascore

The story of King George VI, his impromptu ascension to the throne of the British Empire in 1936, and the speech therapist who helped the unsure monarch overcome his stammer.

Director: Tom Hooper | Stars: Colin Firth, Geoffrey Rush, Helena Bonham Carter, Derek Jacobi

Votes: 600,404 | Gross: $138.80M

4. The Foreigner (I) (2017)

R | 113 min | Action, Thriller

7.0
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55 Metascore

A humble businessman with a buried past seeks justice when his daughter is killed in an act of terrorism. A cat-and-mouse conflict ensues with a government official, whose past may hold clues to the killers' identities.

Director: Martin Campbell | Stars: Katie Leung, Jackie Chan, Rufus Jones, Mark Tandy

Votes: 84,343 | Gross: $34.39M

5. Children of Men (2006)

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

7.9
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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: 434,024 | Gross: $35.55M

6. The Ghost Writer (2010)

PG-13 | 128 min | Drama, Mystery, Thriller

7.2
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77 Metascore

A ghost writer, hired to complete the memoirs of a former British Prime Minister, uncovers secrets that put his own life in jeopardy.

Director: Roman Polanski | Stars: Ewan McGregor, Pierce Brosnan, Olivia Williams, Jon Bernthal

Votes: 149,521 | Gross: $15.54M

7. 6 Days (I) (2017)

R | 94 min | Action, Drama, History

6.2
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36 Metascore

In April 1980, armed gunmen stormed the Iranian Embassy in Princes Gate, London and took all inside hostage. Over the next six days a tense standoff took place, all the while a group of ... See full summary »

Director: Toa Fraser | Stars: Jamie Bell, Mark Strong, Abbie Cornish, Martin Shaw

Votes: 14,889

8. The Thick of It (2005–2012)

TV-MA | 29 min | Comedy

8.7
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Set in the corridors of power and spin, the Minister for Social Affairs, is continually harassed by Number 10's policy enforcer and dependent on his not-so-reliable team of civil servants.

Stars: Chris Addison, James Smith, Peter Capaldi, Joanna Scanlan

Votes: 17,956

9. Traitors (2019– )

TV-MA | 60 min | Thriller

6.5
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A British civil servant agrees to spy on her own government for the Americans in the aftermath of WWII.

Stars: Emma Appleton, Luke Treadaway, Michael Stuhlbarg, Keeley Hawes

Votes: 1,620

10. The Last King of Scotland (2006)

R | 123 min | Biography, Drama, History

7.7
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74 Metascore

Based on the events of the brutal Ugandan dictator Idi Amin's regime as seen by his personal physician during the 1970s.

Director: Kevin Macdonald | Stars: James McAvoy, Forest Whitaker, Gillian Anderson, Kerry Washington

Votes: 166,981 | Gross: $17.61M

11. The Constant Gardener (2005)

R | 129 min | Drama, Mystery, Romance

7.4
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82 Metascore

A widower is determined to get to the bottom of a potentially explosive secret involving his wife's murder, big business, and corporate corruption.

Director: Fernando Meirelles | Stars: Ralph Fiennes, Rachel Weisz, Danny Huston, Hubert Koundé

Votes: 126,485 | Gross: $33.58M

12. Hunger (2008)

Not Rated | 96 min | Biography, Drama

7.6
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82 Metascore

Irish republican Bobby Sands leads the inmates of a Northern Irish prison in a hunger strike.

Director: Steve McQueen | Stars: Stuart Graham, Laine Megaw, Brian Milligan, Liam McMahon

Votes: 61,911 | Gross: $0.15M

13. Viceroy's House (2017)

Not Rated | 106 min | Biography, Drama, History

6.7
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53 Metascore

The final Viceroy of India, Lord Mountbatten, is tasked with overseeing the transition of British India to independence, but meets with conflict as different sides clash in the face of monumental change.

Director: Gurinder Chadha | Stars: Hugh Bonneville, Gillian Anderson, Manish Dayal, Huma Qureshi

Votes: 5,883 | Gross: $1.11M

14. Rang De Basanti (2006)

Not Rated | 167 min | Comedy, Drama

8.2
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The story of six young Indians who assist an English woman to film a documentary on the freedom fighters from their past, and the events that lead them to relive the long-forgotten saga of freedom.

Director: Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra | Stars: Aamir Khan, Soha Ali Khan, Siddharth, Sharman Joshi

Votes: 102,205 | Gross: $2.20M

15. Salmon Fishing in the Yemen (2011)

PG-13 | 107 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

6.8
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58 Metascore

A fisheries expert is approached by a consultant to help realize a sheik's vision of bringing the sport of fly-fishing to the desert and embarks on an upstream journey of faith and fish to prove the impossible possible.

Director: Lasse Hallström | Stars: Ewan McGregor, Emily Blunt, Amr Waked, Kristin Scott Thomas

Votes: 59,396 | Gross: $9.03M

16. A United Kingdom (2016)

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

6.8
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65 Metascore

The story of King Seretse Khama of Botswana and how his loving but controversial marriage to a British white woman, Ruth Williams, put his kingdom into political and diplomatic turmoil.

Director: Amma Asante | Stars: David Oyelowo, Rosamund Pike, Tom Felton, Jack Davenport

Votes: 12,522 | Gross: $3.90M

17. The Machine (I) (2013)

R | 91 min | Action, Drama, Sci-Fi

6.1
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52 Metascore

In efforts to construct perfect android killing machines in a war against China, UK scientists exceed their goal and create a sentient robot.

Director: Caradog W. James | Stars: Toby Stephens, Caity Lotz, Denis Lawson, Sam Hazeldine

Votes: 28,971

18. Apple Tree Yard (2017– )

TV-14 | 60 min | Drama, Thriller

7.1
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A provocative thriller which sees an eminent scientist caught up in a damaging and compromising lie. Based on the novel by Louise Doughty.

Stars: Emily Watson, Ben Chaplin, Mark Bonnar, Syreeta Kumar

Votes: 3,000

19. Yes Minister (1980–1984)

TV-PG | 60 min | Comedy

8.6
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The Right Honorable James Hacker has landed the plum job of Cabinet Minister to the Department of Administration. At last he is in a position of power and can carry out some long-needed reforms, or so he thinks.

Stars: Paul Eddington, Nigel Hawthorne, Derek Fowlds, Diana Hoddinott

Votes: 11,051

20. Khartoum (1966)

Approved | 128 min | Action, Adventure, Drama

6.8
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In the Sudan, in 1884 to 1885, Egyptian forces led by British General Charles "Chinese" Gordon (Charlton Heston) defend Khartoum against an invading Muslim Army led by a religious fanatic, Mohammed Ahmed el Mahdi (Sir Laurence Olivier).

Directors: Basil Dearden, Eliot Elisofon | Stars: Charlton Heston, Laurence Olivier, Richard Johnson, Ralph Richardson

Votes: 6,144

21. Yes, Prime Minister (1986–1987)

TV-PG | 30 min | Comedy

8.6
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James Hacker was propelled along the corridors of power to the very pinnacle of politics - Number 10.

Stars: Paul Eddington, Nigel Hawthorne, Derek Fowlds, Diana Hoddinott

Votes: 8,399

22. No Blade of Grass (1970)

R | 96 min | Drama, Sci-Fi

6.0
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When a deadly virus strikes London, John Custance takes his family to hoped-for safety in Scotland.

Director: Cornel Wilde | Stars: Nigel Davenport, Jean Wallace, John Hamill, Lynne Frederick

Votes: 1,182

23. Chinese Box (1997)

R | 99 min | Drama, Romance

6.3
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The story of Hong Kong, from New Year's Day to June 30th, 1997, when the British left their colony and turned it over to the People's Republic of China.

Director: Wayne Wang | Stars: Jeremy Irons, Li Gong, Maggie Cheung, Michael Hui

Votes: 2,991 | Gross: $2.20M

24. Oranges and Sunshine (2010)

R | 105 min | Drama, History

7.1
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60 Metascore

Set in 1980s Nottingham, social worker Margaret Humphreys holds the British government accountable for child migration schemes and reunites the children involved -- now adults living mostly in Australia -- with their parents in Britain.

Director: Jim Loach | Stars: Emily Watson, Aisling Loftus, Stuart Wolfenden, Lorraine Ashbourne

Votes: 4,791

25. You've Been Trumped (2011)

Not Rated | 79 min | Documentary

7.5
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57 Metascore

In this David and Goliath story for the 21st century, a group of proud Scottish homeowners take on celebrity tycoon Donald Trump as he buys up one of Scotland's last wilderness areas to build a golf resort.

Director: Anthony Baxter | Stars: Michael Forbes, Donald Trump, Anthony Baxter, Kevin Brown

Votes: 2,080 | Gross: $0.03M

26. War Book (2014)

92 min | Drama

6.9
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Eight UK government officials act out their potential response and decisions in a simulated war game scenario in which escalation of nuclear threat between India and Pakistan leads to nuclear war and quite likely the end of the world.

Director: Tom Harper | Stars: Sophie Okonedo, Shaun Evans, Phoebe Fox, Ben Chaplin

Votes: 600

27. London (1994)

Not Rated | 85 min | Documentary

7.4
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An inspiring tale through London by pictures narrated by Paul Scofield.

Director: Patrick Keiller | Stars: Paul Scofield, John Major, Norma Major, Dennis Skinner

Votes: 472

28. Titanic Town (1998)

100 min | Drama

6.4
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73 Metascore

A Belfast housewife takes up the peace cause which causes her family trouble with IRA sympathizers.

Director: Roger Michell | Stars: Julie Walters, Ciarán Hinds, Nuala O'Neill, James Loughran

Votes: 378 | Gross: $0.06M

29. Pinochet's Last Stand (2006 TV Movie)

TV-14 | 77 min | Drama

6.1
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In 1998, former Chilean dictator Augusto Pinochet visits Britain for medical treatment. On being tipped off, Amnesty International seize the chance to bring to justice a man they insist is ... See full summary »

Director: Richard Curson Smith | Stars: Derek Jacobi, Phyllida Law, Peter Capaldi, Yolanda Vazquez

Votes: 171

30. Hidden City (1987)

102 min | Mystery, Thriller

6.3
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Sharon Newton (Cassie Stuart) leads the uncooperative James Richards (Charles Dance) into a world of misplaced government secrets, capitalistic artists and bungling secret agents. Will the ... See full summary »

Director: Stephen Poliakoff | Stars: Charles Dance, Cassie Stuart, Bill Paterson, Richard E. Grant

Votes: 200

31. Theresa vs. Boris: How May Became PM (2017 TV Movie)

75 min | Documentary, Drama, History

6.7
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This drama documentary tells the story of the Conservative Party's 2016 leadership campaign, from the day David Cameron resigned to the day Theresa May became Prime Minister. Based on ... See full summary »

Director: Justin Harding | Stars: Will Barton, Daniel Casey, Cate Fowler, Jacqueline King

Votes: 35

32. Taking Liberties (2007)

100 min | Documentary

7.8
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An examination of the erosion of civil liberties that has gradually taken place in recent years.

Director: Chris Atkins | Stars: David Morrissey, Ashley Jensen, Riz Ahmed, Kate Allen

Votes: 437

33. Meet the Lords (2017)

180 min | Documentary

7.7
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The Upper Chamber of the British Parliament throws open its doors granting unique behind-the-scenes access to the House of Lords during one of the most turbulent periods in its history.

Stars: Gillian Bevan, Betty Boothroyd, Frances D'Souza, George Foulkes

Votes: 25

34. The Iraq War (2013– )

60 min | Documentary

7.3
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Top US, European and Iraqi leaders - political and military - tell the inside story of their private talks, phone calls, deals and clashes. Former members of Saddam Hussein's regime tell - ... See full summary »

Stars: Alex Jennings, Massoud Barzani, Dick Cheney, Stephen Hadley

Votes: 63

35. Too Long in the Bush: Len Beadell Looks Back (2007 Video)

80 min | Documentary, Adventure, Biography

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Director: Phil Sexton | Stars: Len Beadell, Anne Beadell, Clive Drinkwater

36. Meiyou taiyang de rizi (1990)

90 min | Documentary

7.5
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Director Shu Kei travelled to Venice, Canada, London and Hong Kong, collecting accounts of the Tiananmen impact. Among his interviewees are: award-winning Taiwanese filmmaker Hou ... See full summary »

Director: Kei Shu | Stars: Alfred Cheung, Hsiao-Hsien Hou, Deannie Ip

Votes: 22

38. Suva: 'Pride of Fiji' (1940)

Approved | 9 min | Documentary, Short

6.1
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James A. FitzPatrick takes a tour of the Fiji Islands. The short depicts the different types on natives that inhabit the islands, and shows villages that have not been changed in ... See full summary »

Director: James A. FitzPatrick | Stars: James A. FitzPatrick, Noelle Bënda Richards

Votes: 25

39. Ground Zero: An Important Story - Jack Thompson in Conversation (2008 Video)

20 min | Documentary, Short, Biography

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Stars: Jack Thompson, Burnham Burnham, Simon Chilvers, Peter Cummins

40. RichPlanet TV (2009– )
Episode: Buried by Mainstream Media: The True Story of Madeleine McCann, Part 4 - Government Agents (2014)

64 min | Documentary, History, News

7.2
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Richard reveals evidence and detailed testimony about the government agencies who were claiming to be searching for Madeleine, or helping the McCanns.

Stars: Gordon Brown, Arthur Cowley, Dave Edgar, Richard D. Hall

Votes: 5

41. The Last Enemy (2008)
Episode: Episode #1.1 (2008)

TV-PG | 85 min | Drama, Romance, Thriller

7.1
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Stephen Ezard returns home from China for his brother's funeral and finds himself drawn into an intrigue when he tries to determine the circumstances of his death.

Director: Iain B. MacDonald | Stars: Benedict Cumberbatch, Anamaria Marinca, Max Beesley, Robert Carlyle

Votes: 106

42. Building the Channel Tunnel: 25 Years On (2019)
Episode: Episode #1.1 (2019)

45 min | Documentary

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This first programme hears from the men and women who helped build this marvel of modern engineering, recalling what it was like working in such a challenging environment and the hurdles that the project faced.

Directors: Edward McGown, Graeme Thomson | Star: Rob Bell

43. House of Saud: A Family at War (2018– )
Episode: Episode #1.2 (2018)

58 min | Documentary

8.1
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Takes a look at the crack down on corruption among the super rich in Saudi Arabia.

Director: Leo Telling | Stars: Saskia Reeves, Tony Pua, Clare Rewcastle Brown, Chas Freeman

Votes: 14

44. The Last Enemy (2008)
Episode: Episode #1.2 (2008)

TV-PG | 56 min | Drama, Romance, Thriller

7.5
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Stephen continues his search for Yasim as two groups track his movements, T.I.A. marketing intensifies at Parliament, and an unexpected illegal debarks at the port.

Director: Iain B. MacDonald | Stars: Benedict Cumberbatch, Anamaria Marinca, Max Beesley, Robert Carlyle

Votes: 82

45. Politics Live (2018– )
Episode: Episode #1.65 (2018)

104 min | News, Talk-Show

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Andrew Neil presents live coverage of Prime Minister's Questions. Plus, reaction to the government's calamitous loss in 3 Commons votes, the continuing protests in France and the publication of the Brexit legal advice.

Director: Claire Bellis | Stars: Andrew Neil, Isabel Oakeshott, Jesse Norman, Anne McElvoy

46. Jeremy Vine (2018– )
Episode: Episode #2.103 (2019)

96 min | News, Talk-Show

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Jeremy asks - Is British Steel worth saving? Should parents decide if their children are taught about LGBT issues in school? Would you kick an ungrateful 18-year-old out of your home?

Director: Daniel Wright | Stars: Jeremy Vine, Storm Huntley, Roy Haylock, Jemma Forte

47. Jeremy Vine (2018– )
Episode: Episode #2.140 (2019)

96 min | News, Talk-Show

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Jeremy asks - Has England's in in the Cricket World Cup converted you to the sport? Is Gina Miller right to threaten to take the government to court if parliament is prorogued? Are superstitions a load of rubbish?

Director: Daniel Wright | Stars: Jeremy Vine, Storm Huntley, Trisha Goddard, Yasmin Alibhai-Brown

48. Jeremy Vine (2018– )
Episode: Episode #2.143 (2019)

96 min | News, Talk-Show

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Today's discussion topics are - Should the Government fund free television licences for the over 75's? Should Britain accept the offer of a deadline extension to avoid a no-deal Brexit? Would you attend your own living funeral?

Director: Daniel Wright | Stars: Jeremy Vine, Storm Huntley, Helen Skelton, Andy West

49. Jeremy Vine (2018– )
Episode: Episode #2.165 (2019)

96 min | News, Talk-Show

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Today Jeremy and his guests discuss - Are you scared by the government's leaked no-deal Brexit plan? Is there anything wrong with beauty contests? Would you let teenagers have a house party?

Director: Tim Cook | Stars: Jeremy Vine, Storm Huntley, Maura Higgins, Tessa Dunlop

50. Jeremy Vine (2018– )
Episode: Episode #2.50 (2019)

96 min | News, Talk-Show

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Jeremy asks - Is the government to blame for the death of Shamima Begum's baby? Is it time to scrap the NHS? Should we learn to love spiders?

Director: Daniel Wright | Stars: Jeremy Vine, Storm Huntley, Mark Benton, Ashley James



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