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1. Avatar: The Last Airbender (2005–2008)

TV-Y7-FV | 23 min | Animation, Action, Adventure

9.2
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In a war-torn world of elemental magic, a young boy reawakens to undertake a dangerous mystic quest to fulfill his destiny as the Avatar, and bring peace to the world.

Stars: Dee Bradley Baker, Zach Tyler, Jack De Sena, Mae Whitman

Votes: 194,234

2. Logan (2017)

R | 137 min | Action, Drama, Sci-Fi

8.1
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77 Metascore

In a future where mutants are nearly extinct, an elderly and weary Logan leads a quiet life. But when Laura, a mutant child pursued by scientists, comes to him for help, he must get her to safety.

Director: James Mangold | Stars: Hugh Jackman, Patrick Stewart, Dafne Keen, Boyd Holbrook

Votes: 568,064 | Gross: $226.28M

3. 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: 51,325 | Gross: $45.50M

4. The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers (2002)

PG | 179 min | Adventure, Drama, Fantasy

8.7
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87 Metascore

While Frodo and Sam edge closer to Mordor with the help of the shifty Gollum, the divided fellowship makes a stand against Sauron's new ally, Saruman, and his hordes of Isengard.

Director: Peter Jackson | Stars: Elijah Wood, Ian McKellen, Viggo Mortensen, Orlando Bloom

Votes: 1,360,914 | Gross: $342.55M

5. 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: 384,541 | Gross: $85.82M

6. The Darkest Minds (2018)

PG-13 | 104 min | Action, Adventure, Drama

5.7
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39 Metascore

Imprisoned by an adult world that now fears everyone under 18, a group of teens form a resistance group to fight back and reclaim control of their future.

Director: Jennifer Yuh Nelson | Stars: Amandla Stenberg, Mandy Moore, Bradley Whitford, Harris Dickinson

Votes: 22,272 | Gross: $12.70M

7. Hanna (2011)

PG-13 | 111 min | Action, Drama, Thriller

6.8
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65 Metascore

A sixteen-year-old girl who was raised by her father to be the perfect assassin is dispatched on a mission across Europe, tracked by a ruthless intelligence agent and her operatives.

Director: Joe Wright | Stars: Saoirse Ronan, Cate Blanchett, Eric Bana, Vicky Krieps

Votes: 179,733 | Gross: $40.26M

8. The Huntsman: Winter's War (2016)

PG-13 | 114 min | Action, Adventure, Drama

6.1
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35 Metascore

Eric and fellow warrior Sara, raised as members of ice Queen Freya's army, try to conceal their forbidden love as they fight to survive the wicked intentions of both Freya and her sister Ravenna.

Director: Cedric Nicolas-Troyan | Stars: Chris Hemsworth, Jessica Chastain, Charlize Theron, Emily Blunt

Votes: 88,393 | Gross: $48.39M

9. The 5th Wave (2016)

PG-13 | 112 min | Action, Adventure, Drama

5.2
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33 Metascore

Four waves of increasingly deadly alien attacks have left most of Earth in ruin. Cassie is on the run, desperately trying to save her younger brother.

Director: J Blakeson | Stars: Chloë Grace Moretz, Matthew Zuk, Gabriela Lopez, Bailey Anne Borders

Votes: 91,342 | Gross: $34.91M

10. Downfall (2004)

R | 156 min | Biography, Drama, History

8.2
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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: 307,657 | Gross: $5.51M

11. Blood Diamond (2006)

R | 143 min | Adventure, Drama, Thriller

8.0
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64 Metascore

A fisherman, a smuggler, and a syndicate of businessmen match wits over the possession of a priceless diamond.

Director: Edward Zwick | Stars: Leonardo DiCaprio, Djimon Hounsou, Jennifer Connelly, Kagiso Kuypers

Votes: 464,783 | Gross: $57.37M

12. Tears of the Sun (2003)

R | 121 min | Action, Drama, Thriller

6.6
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48 Metascore

A Special-Ops commander leads his team into the Nigerian jungle in order to rescue a doctor who will only join them if they agree to save 70 refugees too.

Director: Antoine Fuqua | Stars: Bruce Willis, Cole Hauser, Monica Bellucci, Eamonn Walker

Votes: 107,177 | Gross: $43.73M

13. Resident Evil: The Final Chapter (2016)

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

5.6
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49 Metascore

Alice returns to where the nightmare began: The Hive in Raccoon City, where the Umbrella Corporation is gathering its forces for a final strike against the only remaining survivors of the apocalypse.

Director: Paul W.S. Anderson | Stars: Milla Jovovich, Iain Glen, Ali Larter, Shawn Roberts

Votes: 75,552 | Gross: $26.83M

14. Dracula Untold (2014)

PG-13 | 92 min | Action, Drama, Fantasy

6.3
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40 Metascore

As his kingdom is being threatened by the Turks, young prince Vlad Tepes must become a monster feared by his own people in order to obtain the power needed to protect his own family, and the families of his kingdom.

Director: Gary Shore | Stars: Luke Evans, Dominic Cooper, Sarah Gadon, Art Parkinson

Votes: 165,637 | Gross: $56.28M

15. A Bridge Too Far (1977)

PG | 175 min | Drama, History, War

7.4
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Operation Market Garden, September 1944: The Allies attempt to capture several strategically important bridges in the Netherlands in the hope of breaking the German lines. However, mismanagement and poor planning result in its failure.

Director: Richard Attenborough | Stars: Sean Connery, Ryan O'Neal, Michael Caine, Laurence Olivier

Votes: 47,509 | Gross: $50.80M

16. Rambo III (1988)

R | 102 min | Action, Adventure, Thriller

5.8
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36 Metascore

Rambo mounts a one-man mission to rescue his friend Colonel Trautman from the clutches of the formidable invading Soviet forces in Afghanistan.

Director: Peter MacDonald | Stars: Sylvester Stallone, Richard Crenna, Marc de Jonge, Kurtwood Smith

Votes: 109,931 | Gross: $53.72M

17. Lord of War (2005)

R | 122 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

7.6
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62 Metascore

An arms dealer confronts the morality of his work as he is being chased by an INTERPOL Agent.

Director: Andrew Niccol | Stars: Nicolas Cage, Ethan Hawke, Jared Leto, Bridget Moynahan

Votes: 278,831 | Gross: $24.15M

18. Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World (2003)

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

7.4
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81 Metascore

During the Napoleonic Wars, a brash British captain pushes his ship and crew to their limits in pursuit of a formidable French war vessel around South America.

Director: Peter Weir | Stars: Russell Crowe, Paul Bettany, Billy Boyd, James D'Arcy

Votes: 190,065 | Gross: $93.93M

19. Beasts of No Nation (2015)

Not Rated | 137 min | Drama, War

7.8
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79 Metascore

A drama based on the experiences of Agu, a child soldier fighting in the civil war of an unnamed African country.

Director: Cary Joji Fukunaga | Stars: Abraham Attah, Emmanuel Affadzi, Ricky Adelayitor, Andrew Adote

Votes: 64,416 | Gross: $0.08M

20. The Wild Bunch (1969)

R | 135 min | Action, Adventure, Western

8.0
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95 Metascore

An aging group of outlaws look for one last big score as the "traditional" American West is disappearing around them.

Director: Sam Peckinpah | Stars: William Holden, Ernest Borgnine, Robert Ryan, Edmond O'Brien

Votes: 72,562

21. 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: 118,073 | Gross: $78.03M

22. Land of Mine (2015)

R | 100 min | Drama, History, War

7.8
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75 Metascore

In post-World War II Denmark, a group of young German POWs are forced to clear a beach of thousands of land mines under the watch of a Danish Sergeant who slowly learns to appreciate their plight.

Director: Martin Zandvliet | Stars: Roland Møller, Louis Hofmann, Joel Basman, Mikkel Boe Følsgaard

Votes: 28,681 | Gross: $0.44M

23. First They Killed My Father (2017)

TV-MA | 136 min | Biography, Drama, History

7.2
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72 Metascore

Cambodian author and human rights activist Loung Ung recounts the horrors she suffered as a child under the rule of the deadly Khmer Rouge.

Director: Angelina Jolie | Stars: Sareum Srey Moch, Phoeung Kompheak, Sveng Socheata, Mun Kimhak

Votes: 10,728

24. Monos (2019)

102 min | Drama, Thriller

7.5
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82 Metascore

On a faraway mountaintop, eight kids with guns watch over a hostage and a conscripted milk cow.

Director: Alejandro Landes | Stars: Sofia Buenaventura, Julian Giraldo, Karen Quintero, Laura Castrillón

Votes: 373

25. The Horse Soldiers (1959)

Approved | 120 min | Adventure, Romance, War

7.2
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In 1863, a Union outfit is sent behind Confederate lines in Mississippi to destroy enemy railroads but a captive southern belle and the unit's doctor cause frictions within ranks.

Director: John Ford | Stars: John Wayne, William Holden, Constance Towers, Judson Pratt

Votes: 8,491

26. Men Behind the Sun (1988)

Not Rated | 105 min | Drama, History, Horror

6.1
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Japanese troops round up Chinese and Russian prisoners of war and take them to a place called Squadron 731, where they are grotesquely tortured and experimented on to test new biological weapons.

Director: Tun Fei Mou | Stars: Jianxin Chen, Hsu Gou, Linjie Hao, Haizhe Jin

Votes: 5,355

27. Machine Gun Preacher (2011)

R | 129 min | Action, Biography, Crime

6.8
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43 Metascore

Sam Childers is a former drug-dealing biker tough guy who found God and became a crusader for hundreds of Sudanese children who've been forced to become soldiers.

Director: Marc Forster | Stars: Gerard Butler, Michelle Monaghan, Michael Shannon, Kathy Baker

Votes: 60,231 | Gross: $0.54M

28. The Interpreter (2005)

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

6.4
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62 Metascore

Political intrigue and deception unfold inside the United Nations, where a U.S. Secret Service agent is assigned to investigate an interpreter who overhears an assassination plot.

Director: Sydney Pollack | Stars: Nicole Kidman, Sean Penn, Catherine Keener, Jesper Christensen

Votes: 93,380 | Gross: $72.71M

29. Man Down (I) (2015)

R | 90 min | Drama, Thriller

5.9
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27 Metascore

In a post-apocalyptic America, former U.S. Marine Gabriel Drummer searches desperately for the whereabouts of his son, accompanied by his best friend and a survivor.

Director: Dito Montiel | Stars: Shia LaBeouf, Jai Courtney, Gary Oldman, Kate Mara

Votes: 8,319

30. Cross of Iron (1977)

R | 119 min | Drama, War

7.5
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A German commander places a squad in extreme danger after its Sergeant refuses to lie for him.

Director: Sam Peckinpah | Stars: James Coburn, Maximilian Schell, James Mason, David Warner

Votes: 23,576

31. The Big Red One (1980)

R | 113 min | Drama, War

7.2
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77 Metascore

A hardened sergeant and the four core members of his infantry unit try to survive World War II as they move from battle to battle throughout Europe.

Director: Samuel Fuller | Stars: Lee Marvin, Mark Hamill, Robert Carradine, Bobby Di Cicco

Votes: 17,482

32. Operation Mekong (2016)

Not Rated | 123 min | Action, Adventure, Crime

6.7
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Inspired by the true story known as the Mekong Massacre--two Chinese commercial vessels are ambushed while traveling down the Mekong River in the waters of the Golden Triangle, one of the largest drug-manufacturing regions in the world. 13 sailors are executed at gunpoint, and 900,000 methamphetamine pills are recovered at the scene. Upon discovery, the Chinese government immediately sends a band... See full summary »

Director: Dante Lam | Stars: Hanyu Zhang, Eddie Peng, Baoguo Chen, Chun Sun

Votes: 3,402 | Gross: $0.80M

33. 24: Redemption (2008 TV Movie)

TV-14 | 84 min | Action, Adventure, Crime

7.5
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Former Federal Agent Jack Bauer confronts African dictator Benjamin Juma, whose forces have been ordered to capture the children Bauer oversees for malicious military training.

Director: Jon Cassar | Stars: Kiefer Sutherland, Cherry Jones, Bob Gunton, Colm Feore

Votes: 25,730

34. White Material (2009)

Not Rated | 106 min | Drama, War

7.0
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81 Metascore

Amidst turmoil and racial conflict in a Francophone African state, a white French woman fights for her coffee crop, her family and ultimately for her life.

Director: Claire Denis | Stars: Isabelle Huppert, Christopher Lambert, Isaach De Bankolé, Nicolas Duvauchelle

Votes: 6,117 | Gross: $0.30M

35. Jesus Camp (2006)

PG-13 | 87 min | Documentary

7.4
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62 Metascore

A documentary on kids who attend a summer camp hoping to become the next Billy Graham.

Directors: Heidi Ewing, Rachel Grady | Stars: Mike Papantonio, Lou Engle, Becky Fischer, Ted Haggard

Votes: 25,334 | Gross: $0.90M

36. War Witch (2012)

Not Rated | 90 min | Drama, War

7.1
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84 Metascore

Somewhere in Sub-Saharan Africa, Komona, a 14-year-old girl, tells her unborn child growing inside her the story of her life since she has been at war. Everything started when she was abducted by the rebel army at the age of 12.

Director: Kim Nguyen | Stars: Rachel Mwanza, Alain Lino Mic Eli Bastien, Serge Kanyinda, Ralph Prosper

Votes: 6,690 | Gross: $0.07M

37. Innocent Voices (2004)

R | 120 min | Drama, Thriller, War

7.9
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66 Metascore

A young boy, in an effort to have a normal childhood in 1980's El Salvador, is caught up in a dramatic fight for his life as he desperately tries to avoid the war which is raging all around him.

Director: Luis Mandoki | Stars: Carlos Padilla, Leonor Varela, Xuna Primus, Gustavo Muñoz

Votes: 6,901 | Gross: $0.84M

38. The Bunker (1981 TV Movie)

150 min | Drama, History, War

7.0
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Dramatization depicting the events surrounding Adolf Hitler's (Sir Anthony Hopkins') last weeks in and around his underground bunker in Berlin before and during the battle for the city.

Director: George Schaefer | Stars: Anthony Hopkins, Richard Jordan, Cliff Gorman, James Naughton

Votes: 1,651

39. Johnny Mad Dog (2008)

98 min | Drama, War

6.8
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45 Metascore

A cast of unknown performers are used in this drama about child soldiers fighting a war in an African country.

Director: Jean-Stéphane Sauvaire | Stars: Christophe Minie, Daisy Victoria Vandy, Joseph Duo, Dagbeth Tweh

Votes: 3,100

40. 71: Into the Fire (2010)

Not Rated | 120 min | Action, Drama, War

7.4
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The story of student-soldiers trying to protect a middle school during the early days of the Korean War.

Director: John H. Lee | Stars: Seung-won Cha, Sang-Woo Kwon, Seung-Hyun Choi, Seung-woo Kim

Votes: 4,668

41. Hitler: The Last Ten Days (1973)

PG | 108 min | Biography, Drama, History

6.7
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A dramatization based on eye witness accounts of Hitler's final days in an underground bunker, his military henchmen, and his stormy relationship with Eva Braun.

Director: Ennio De Concini | Stars: Alec Guinness, Simon Ward, Adolfo Celi, Diane Cilento

Votes: 1,217

42. Hornets' Nest (1970)

R | 110 min | Action, Drama, War

5.8
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In 1944, during a sabotage mission, the sole surviving U.S. paratrooper is saved by a group of Italian orphans who later aid him in blowing-up a vital enemy dam.

Directors: Phil Karlson, Franco Cirino | Stars: Rock Hudson, Sylva Koscina, Sergio Fantoni, Giacomo Rossi Stuart

Votes: 750

43. The Ogre (1996)

R | 118 min | Drama

7.0
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Frenchman Abel Tiffauges likes children, and wants to protect them against the grown-ups. Falsely suspected as child molester, he's recruited as a soldier in the 2nd World War, but very ... See full summary »

Director: Volker Schlöndorff | Stars: John Malkovich, Armin Mueller-Stahl, Gottfried John, Marianne Sägebrecht

Votes: 2,203 | Gross: $0.05M

45. Now and Then, Here and There (1999–2000)

TV-14 | 25 min | Animation, Action, Drama

8.0
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A Japanese boy named Shu tries to save a strange girl, Lala Ru, from kidnappers and is transported to an alternate Earth on the brink of being swallowed by the sun. There he meets an ... See full summary »

Stars: Crispin Freeman, Dan Green, Ted Lewis, Dan Olk

Votes: 1,459

46. Zaytoun (2012)

Not Rated | 110 min | Adventure, Drama, Thriller

6.6
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39 Metascore

Beirut, 1982: a young Palestinian refugee helps an Israeli fighter pilot escape from PLO captivity because he wants to visit his ancestral family home. En route through war-torn Lebanon their relationship develops into a close bond.

Director: Eran Riklis | Stars: Stephen Dorff, Abdallah El Akal, Alice Taglioni, Loai Nofi

Votes: 1,486 | Gross: $0.04M

47. Prelude to War (1942)

Not Rated | 52 min | Documentary, War

7.1
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The official World War II US Government film statement defining the various enemies of the Allies and why they must be fought.

Directors: Frank Capra, Anatole Litvak | Stars: Walter Huston, Victor Bulwer-Lytton, Kai-Shek Chiang, Walter Darré

Votes: 1,626

48. Captive (I) (2012)

120 min | Drama, Thriller

6.1
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Follows the hostage crisis of the Dos Palmas kidnappings in the southern Philippines, the life of the hostages whose survivors were freed after an awful year in captivity.

Director: Brillante Mendoza | Stars: Isabelle Huppert, Katherine Mulville, Marc Zanetta, Rustica Carpio

Votes: 679

49. Lamhaa: The Untold Story of Kashmir (2010)

Not Rated | 152 min | Action, Drama, Thriller

5.1
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Indian Military Intelligence deputes an agent to Kashmir incognito to find out who is behind extremist attacks.

Director: Rahul Dholakia | Stars: Sanjay Dutt, Bipasha Basu, Kunal Kapoor, Anupam Kher

Votes: 588

50. The One That Got Away (1996 TV Movie)

110 min | Action, Drama, Thriller

6.2
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An army unit conducting reconnaissance on the enemy territory is disclosed and defeated. Several surviving soldiers has a desperate running to the border.

Director: Paul Greengrass | Stars: Jody Abrahams, Nick Brimble, Simon Burke, David Clatworthy

Votes: 346



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