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1. Emma (2020)

PG | Comedy, Drama | Completed

Based on the classic Jane Austen novel.

Director: Autumn de Wilde | Stars: Anya Taylor-Joy, Josh O'Connor, Gemma Whelan, Bill Nighy

2. The Personal History of David Copperfield (2019)

PG | 119 min | Comedy, Drama

5.5
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74 Metascore

Based on the novel by Charles Dickens.

Director: Armando Iannucci | Stars: Dev Patel, Hugh Laurie, Tilda Swinton, Peter Capaldi

Votes: 471

3. Les Misérables (2018–2019)

372 min | Drama, History, Romance

7.8
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Television adaptation of Victor Hugo's classic novel, which follows Jean Valjean as he evades capture by the unyielding Inspector Javert. Set against a backdrop of post-Napoleonic France as unrest begins to grip the city of Paris once more.

Stars: Dominic West, David Oyelowo, Adeel Akhtar, David Bradley

Votes: 4,849

4. The Vanishing (2018)

R | 107 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

5.8
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64 Metascore

Three lighthouse keepers on the remote Flannan Isles find a hidden trunk of gold, leading to their mysterious disappearance.

Director: Kristoffer Nyholm | Stars: Peter Mullan, Gerard Butler, Emma King, Gary Lewis

Votes: 11,039

5. The Illusionist (2006)

PG-13 | 110 min | Drama, Fantasy, History

7.6
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68 Metascore

In turn-of-the-century Vienna, a magician uses his abilities to secure the love of a woman far above his social standing.

Director: Neil Burger | Stars: Edward Norton, Jessica Biel, Paul Giamatti, Rufus Sewell

Votes: 342,889 | Gross: $39.87M

6. Emma (1996)

PG | 120 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

6.6
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66 Metascore

While matchmaking for friends and neighbours, a young 19th Century Englishwoman nearly misses her own chance at love.

Director: Douglas McGrath | Stars: Gwyneth Paltrow, James Cosmo, Greta Scacchi, Alan Cumming

Votes: 33,825 | Gross: $22.20M

7. Tess (1979)

PG | 170 min | Drama, Romance

7.3
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82 Metascore

A strong-willed young peasant girl attracts the affection of two men.

Director: Roman Polanski | Stars: Nastassja Kinski, Peter Firth, Leigh Lawson, John Collin

Votes: 14,058

8. Emma (1996 TV Movie)

TV-G | 107 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

7.0
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While matchmaking for friends and neighbors, a young 19th-century Englishwoman nearly misses her own chance at love.

Director: Diarmuid Lawrence | Stars: Kate Beckinsale, Bernard Hepton, Mark Strong, Samantha Bond

Votes: 4,980

9. The Warrior Queen of Jhansi (2019)

R | 102 min | Action, Drama

3.5
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27 Metascore

A tale of women's empowerment, The Warrior Queen of Jhansi tells the true story of Lakshmibai, the historic Queen of Jhansi who fiercely led her army against the British East India Company in the infamous mutiny of 1857.

Director: Swati Bhise | Stars: Jodhi May, Rupert Everett, Derek Jacobi, Nathaniel Parker

Votes: 224

10. Shipwrecked (1990)

PG | 92 min | Adventure, Family

6.7
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A young Norwegian boy in 1850s England goes to work as a cabin boy and discovers some of his shipmates are actually pirates.

Director: Nils Gaup | Stars: Stian Smestad, Gabriel Byrne, Louisa Milwood-Haigh, Trond Peter Stamsø Munch

Votes: 2,302

11. Lord Jim (1965)

Not Rated | 154 min | Adventure, Drama, Romance

6.8
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After being discredited as a coward, a 19th century seaman (Peter O'Toole) lives for only one purpose: to redeem himself. Based on Joseph Conrad's novel written in 1900.

Director: Richard Brooks | Stars: Peter O'Toole, James Mason, Curd Jürgens, Eli Wallach

Votes: 3,347

12. Payitaht Abdülhamid (2017– )

120 min | Action, Drama, History

5.0
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The fight of Abdulhamid II to keep Ottoman Empire and Caliphate alive.

Stars: Bülent Inal, Özlem Conker, Bahadir Yenisehirlioglu, Hakan Boyav

Votes: 7,126

13. Mysteries of Lisbon (2010)

Not Rated | 272 min | Drama, Mystery, Romance

7.4
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82 Metascore

Follows a jealous countess, a wealthy businessman, and a young orphaned boy across Portugal, France, Italy and Brazil where they connect with a variety of mysterious individuals.

Director: Raoul Ruiz | Stars: Adriano Luz, Maria João Bastos, Ricardo Pereira, Clotilde Hesme

Votes: 3,004 | Gross: $0.11M

14. Wuthering Heights (1998 TV Movie)

Not Rated | 113 min | Drama, Romance

6.5
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Mistreated foundling Heathcliff and his stepsister Catherine fall in love, but when she marries a wealthy man, he becomes obsessed with getting revenge, even well into the next generation.

Director: David Skynner | Stars: Robert Cavanah, Peter Davison, Orla Brady, Tom Georgeson

Votes: 844

15. The Whip and the Body (1963)

Not Rated | 87 min | Horror, Romance

6.8
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The ghost of a sadistic nobleman attempts to rekindle his romance with his terrorized, masochistic ex-lover, who is unwillingly affianced to his brother.

Director: Mario Bava | Stars: Daliah Lavi, Christopher Lee, Tony Kendall, Evelyn Stewart

Votes: 3,080

16. Snow Flower and the Secret Fan (2011)

PG-13 | 120 min | Drama, History

6.1
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42 Metascore

A story set in nineteenth-century China and focusing on the life-long friendship between two girls who develop their own secret code as a way to contend with the rigid social norms imposed on women.

Director: Wayne Wang | Stars: Bingbing Li, Ji-Hyun Jun, Vivian Wu, Russell Wong

Votes: 3,475 | Gross: $1.35M

17. The Two Worlds of Jennie Logan (1979 TV Movie)

96 min | Drama, Romance, Sci-Fi

6.9
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Jennie Logan discovers an antique dress in her attic that allows her to travel back in time. Soon she's torn between life with her philandering husband and a romance with a handsome artist who was murdered at the turn of the century.

Director: Frank De Felitta | Stars: Lindsay Wagner, Marc Singer, Alan Feinstein, Linda Gray

Votes: 689

18. Lines of Wellington (2012)

Not Rated | 151 min | Drama, History, War

6.1
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On September 27, 1810, the French troops commanded by Marshal Massena, were defeated in the Serra do Buçaco by the Anglo-Portuguese army of general Wellington. Despite the victory, ... See full summary »

Director: Valeria Sarmiento | Stars: Nuno Lopes, Soraia Chaves, Marisa Paredes, John Malkovich

Votes: 1,259

19. A Battle in Waterloo (2019)

12 min | Short, Action, History

2.9
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During the Battle of Waterloo, a soldier's wife searches for her missing husband in the nearby forest and must resort to extraordinary measures to survive.

Director: Emma Moffat | Stars: Jessie Buckley, Sophia Brown, Alistair Petrie, Samantha Spiro

Votes: 25

20. The Story of the Last Chrysanthemum (1939)

Not Rated | 148 min | Drama, Romance

7.9
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The adopted son of a legendary actor, and an aspiring star himself, turns to his infant brother's wet nurse for support and affection - only for her to give up everything for her beloved's glory.

Director: Kenji Mizoguchi | Stars: Shôtarô Hanayagi, Kôkichi Takada, Ryôtarô Kawanami, Kinnosuke Takamatsu

Votes: 2,900

21. Emma (1972– )

240 min | Comedy, Romance

6.7
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While matchmaking for friends and neighbours, a young 19th Century Englishwoman nearly misses her own chance at love.

Stars: Doran Godwin, John Carson, Donald Eccles, Constance Chapman

Votes: 468

22. Burke & Hare (1972)

R | 91 min | Horror

5.5
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Two men go into business supplying medical colleges with cadavers by robbing graves.

Director: Vernon Sewell | Stars: Paul Luty, Roy Macready, Derren Nesbitt, Susan Coates

Votes: 326

23. The Mystery of Oberwald (1980)

129 min | Drama, Romance

6.3
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One long decade after the assassination of her husband, a reclusive queen comes face-to-face with the deceased's doppelgänger and anarchist poet, and strikes a three-day pact; however, fate has other plans. What is the mystery of Oberwald?

Director: Michelangelo Antonioni | Stars: Monica Vitti, Paolo Bonacelli, Franco Branciaroli, Luigi Diberti

Votes: 728

24. Kundo: Age of the Rampant (2014)

Not Rated | 137 min | Action

6.8
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56 Metascore

A period action film centered on a militia group who turn against an unjust nobility.

Director: Jong-bin Yoon | Stars: Jung-woo Ha, Dong-won Gang, Sung-min Lee, Jin-woong Cho

Votes: 2,815 | Gross: $0.28M

25. First Love (1970)

R | 90 min | Drama, History, Romance

6.3
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Based on Ivan Turgeyev's novella, Erste Liebe is about two young lovers in czarist Russia. One is a 21-year-old woman, the other a young man of sixteen. Things take a tragic turn as the ... See full summary »

Director: Maximilian Schell | Stars: John Moulder-Brown, Dominique Sanda, Maximilian Schell, Valentina Cortese

Votes: 157

26. Private Collections (1979)

Unrated | 103 min | Drama, Fantasy

5.3
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Three stories. A solitary sailor falls from his boat and washes ashore on a tropical island. While seeking rescue, he's found by a nearly naked woman who is playful and compliant. He ... See full summary »

Directors: Walerian Borowczyk, Just Jaeckin, Shûji Terayama | Stars: Roland Blanche, Laura Gemser, Catherine Gandois, Marpessa Djian

Votes: 273

27. Passage de Venus (1874)

1 min | Documentary, Short

7.0
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Series of photographs of the transit of the planet Venus across the Sun in 1874.

Director: P.J.C. Janssen

Votes: 1,052

28. Conceiving Ada (1997)

Not Rated | 85 min | Drama, Fantasy, Sci-Fi

5.0
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Emmy Coer, a computer genius, devises a method of communicating with the past by tapping into undying information waves. She manages to reach the world of Ada Lovelace, founder of the idea ... See full summary »

Director: Lynn Hershman-Leeson | Stars: Tilda Swinton, Francesca Faridany, Timothy Leary, Karen Black

Votes: 376

29. Napoleon and Love (1974– )

60 min | Biography, Drama, History

7.2
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A dramatized account of Napoleon's (Sir Ian Holm's) love life and his many women. From first love, marriage, and betrayal with Josephine (Billie Whitelaw), liaisons with actresses, his love... See full summary »

Stars: Ian Holm, Billie Whitelaw, Peter Bowles, Ronald Hines

Votes: 63

30. Bluebeard (1944)

Passed | 72 min | Crime, Horror, Thriller

5.9
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In Paris, an artist hires portrait models, and after he finishes their portraits, he strangles them.

Director: Edgar G. Ulmer | Stars: John Carradine, Jean Parker, Nils Asther, Ludwig Stössel

Votes: 1,527

31. Magic Fire (1956)

Approved | 120 min | Biography, Drama

5.9
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The life and career of German composer Richard Wagner.

Director: William Dieterle | Stars: Yvonne De Carlo, Carlos Thompson, Rita Gam, Valentina Cortese

Votes: 110

32. Time at the Top (1999)

96 min | Family, Sci-Fi

6.0
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14-year old Susan Shawson travels back in time in her building's elevator. As altered by a retired physicist living in her building, it transports her from Philadelphia of 1998 back to the ... See full summary »

Director: Jim Kaufman | Stars: Timothy Busfield, Elisha Cuthbert, Gabrielle Boni, Matthew Harbour

Votes: 548

33. The Lady with a Lamp (1951)

Not Rated | 110 min | Drama

6.8
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Based on the Reginald Berkeley stage play, this compelling historical drama offers a depiction of the life story of Florence Nightingale (Anna Neagle), the young 19th-century Englishwoman ... See full summary »

Director: Herbert Wilcox | Stars: Anna Neagle, Michael Wilding, Gladys Young, Felix Aylmer

Votes: 90

34. The Maias (2001– )

Drama, Romance

8.4
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Portrait of the decadent Portuguese aristocracy, in the second half of the 19th century, through the tragic history of a traditional Lisbon family.

Stars: Fábio Assunção, Ana Paula Arósio, Walmor Chagas, Leonardo Vieira

Votes: 345

35. Cranford (1972– )

45 min | Drama

8.7
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Filled with the heartwarming humor and gentle pathos of Elizabeth Gaskell's classic novel, this original four-part BBC dramatization of Cranford is set in the early 1840s in a fictional ... See full summary »

Stars: Gabrielle Hamilton, Fabia Drake, Helen Christie, Ann Penfold

Votes: 7

36. The Pupil (1996)

92 min | Drama

6.0
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Morgan, a sensitive 12-year-old, growing up in richness and royalty, finds a true friend in Julien, a young man hired to tutor him.

Director: Olivier Schatzky | Stars: Vincent Cassel, Caspar Salmon, Caroline Cellier, Jean-Pierre Marielle

Votes: 165

37. Tierra del fuego (2000)

108 min | Drama

5.1
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The chronicles of the Romanian engineer Julius Popper, a nationalized Argentine and one of the principle actors in the genocide of the Selk'nam, one of the indigenous peoples who inhabited the Tierra del Fuego Archipelago.

Director: Miguel Littin | Stars: Jorge Perugorría, Ornella Muti, Tamara Acosta, Nelson Villagra

Votes: 148

38. Il Ritorno del Cigno (2014 TV Movie)

Documentary, Biography, History

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A documentary on the life of the great composer Gioachino Rossini.

Director: Ettore Florio | Stars: Bruno Praticò, Alessandro Gimelli, Angela Pascucci, Paola Antonucci

39. Congress Dances (1932)

83 min | Comedy, History, Musical

6.7
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An Austrian prince hatches a plan to keep his rival, the Russian czar, busy by keeping him surrounded by beautiful women and away from the negotiating table. The Czar, however, has his own ... See full summary »

Director: Erik Charell | Stars: Lilian Harvey, Conrad Veidt, Henri Garat, Lil Dagover

Votes: 32

40. Tsuchi (1939)

142 min | Drama

7.1
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The setting is that of a farming family in Ibaraki from where also the originating writers hailed. The film depicts the events of a year during the Meiji era and occurrences and actualities... See full summary »

Director: Tomu Uchida | Stars: Isamu Kosugi, Akiko Kazami, Donguriboya, Kaichi Yamamoto

Votes: 54

41. Croisée in a Foreign Labyrinth -The Animation (2011– )

TV-PG | 59 min | Animation, Drama

7.7
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In the late 19th century, a young Japanese girl comes to France for the first time.

Stars: Nao Tôyama, Takashi Kondô, Hideyuki Tanaka, Aoi Yûki

Votes: 56

42. Fannie's Last Supper (2010 TV Movie)

55 min | Documentary

7.0
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Join culinary expert Christopher Kimball and his team as they attempt to recreate an authentic turn-of-the-century 12-course dinner. For two years, Kimball researched and tested recipes ... See full summary »

Votes: 19

43. Investigatori d'Italia (1986– )

55 min | Comedy, Crime

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Torino in 1899, the local police as to face some implausible crimes and requires the help of the famous criminologist Professor Boato (and his as well implausible methods). As the Professor... See full summary »

Stars: Andy Luotto, Elio Pandolfi, Martine Brochard, Amanda Sandrelli

44. Idol of Paris (1948)

106 min | Drama

7.6
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Director: Leslie Arliss | Stars: Michael Rennie, Beryl Baxter, Christine Norden, Miles Malleson

Votes: 12

45. The Homefront (1985)

89 min | Documentary, War

7.6
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The Homefront tells the story of the American people during World War II.

Director: Steven Schechter | Star: Leslie Nielsen

Votes: 10

46. Frontier (1968– )

55 min | Adventure, Drama

5.7
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Stars: Gary Bond, Paul Eddington, James Maxwell, Patrick O'Connell

Votes: 7

47. Singapore and Jahore (1938)

Documentary, Short

6.3
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A visit to Singapore, an essential port city in Britain's empire, established in 1813 when Raffles negotiated its separation from the independent Malay state of Jahor. The camera observes ... See full summary »

Star: James A. FitzPatrick

Votes: 36

48. Maria Graham: Diary of a Residence in Chile (2014)

118 min | Biography, Drama, History

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A true story of passion and political intrigue in early nineteenth century Chile, based on the memoirs of the intrepid travel writer, Maria Graham.

Director: Valeria Sarmiento | Stars: Daniel Guillón, Miriam Heard, Viviana Herrera, Sean O'Callaghan

49. Vera, un cuento cruel (1974)

90 min | Drama

5.1
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Southern France, nineteenth century: Alfredo de Quiroga, a Spanish gentleman in exile, is unable to accept the idea that Vera, his wife, has died. He is so concerned that everything in the ... See full summary »

Director: Josefina Molina | Stars: Fernando Fernán Gómez, Mel Humphreys, Víctor Valverde, Julieta Serrano

Votes: 24

50. A Home Out West

Drama, History | Post-production

The story of the first generation of Americans to settle the Great Plains of Kansas and Nebraska, told in their own words. In evocative black and white, it combines documentary and dramatic techniques in a unique fashion.

Director: Steven Schechter



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