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1. Murder on the Orient Express (2017)

PG-13 | 114 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

6.5
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52 Metascore

When a murder occurs on the train on which he's travelling, celebrated detective Hercule Poirot is recruited to solve the case.

Director: Kenneth Branagh | Stars: Kenneth Branagh, Penélope Cruz, Willem Dafoe, Judi Dench

Votes: 184,506 | Gross: $102.83M

2. 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: 602,565 | Gross: $138.80M

3. Gosford Park (2001)

R | 131 min | Comedy, Drama, Mystery

7.2
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90 Metascore

The lives of upstairs guests and downstairs servants at a party in 1932 in a country house in England as they investigate a murder involving one of them.

Director: Robert Altman | Stars: Maggie Smith, Ryan Phillippe, Michael Gambon, Kristin Scott Thomas

Votes: 74,857 | Gross: $41.31M

4. Mudbound (2017)

R | 134 min | Drama, War

7.4
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85 Metascore

Two men return home from World War II to work on a farm in rural Mississippi, where they struggle to deal with racism and adjusting to life after war.

Director: Dee Rees | Stars: Jonathan Banks, Carey Mulligan, Garrett Hedlund, Jason Clarke

Votes: 35,287

5. Miss Pettigrew Lives for a Day (2008)

PG-13 | 92 min | Comedy, Romance

7.1
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63 Metascore

Guinevere Pettigrew, a middle-aged London governess, finds herself unfairly dismissed from her job. An attempt to gain new employment catapults her into the glamorous world and dizzying social whirl of an American actress and singer, Delysia Lafosse.

Director: Bharat Nalluri | Stars: Frances McDormand, Amy Adams, Ciarán Hinds, David Alexander

Votes: 25,261 | Gross: $12.29M

6. The Way We Were (1973)

PG | 118 min | Drama, Romance

7.1
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61 Metascore

Two disparate people have a wonderful romance, but their political views and convictions drive them apart.

Director: Sydney Pollack | Stars: Barbra Streisand, Robert Redford, Bradford Dillman, Lois Chiles

Votes: 20,603

7. In the Realm of the Senses (1976)

NC-17 | 109 min | Drama, Romance

6.6
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A passionate telling of the story of Sada Abe, a woman whose affair with her master led to a sexual obsession which then came to a violent end.

Director: Nagisa Ôshima | Stars: Tatsuya Fuji, Eiko Matsuda, Aoi Nakajima, Yasuko Matsui

Votes: 16,698

8. Swing Kids (1993)

PG-13 | 112 min | Drama, Music

6.8
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39 Metascore

A close-knit group of young kids in Nazi Germany listen to banned swing music from the U.S. Soon, dancing and fun lead to more difficult choices, as the Nazis begin tightening their grip on... See full summary »

Director: Thomas Carter | Stars: Robert Sean Leonard, Christian Bale, Frank Whaley, Barbara Hershey

Votes: 14,799 | Gross: $5.63M

9. Jules and Jim (1962)

Not Rated | 105 min | Drama, Romance

7.8
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Decades of a love triangle concerning two friends and an impulsive woman.

Director: François Truffaut | Stars: Jeanne Moreau, Oskar Werner, Henri Serre, Vanna Urbino

Votes: 34,046

10. The Rules of the Game (1939)

Not Rated | 110 min | Comedy, Drama

8.1
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A bourgeois life in France at the onset of World War II, as the rich and their poor servants meet up at a French chateau.

Director: Jean Renoir | Stars: Marcel Dalio, Nora Gregor, Paulette Dubost, Mila Parély

Votes: 24,688

11. A Special Day (1977)

Not Rated | 106 min | Drama

8.1
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Two neighbors, a persecuted journalist and a resigned housewife, meet during Hitler's visit to Italy in May 1938.

Director: Ettore Scola | Stars: Sophia Loren, Marcello Mastroianni, John Vernon, Françoise Berd

Votes: 10,158

12. Ship of Fools (1965)

Not Rated | 149 min | Drama, Romance, War

7.1
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A varied group of passengers boarding a ship bound for pre-WWII Germany represents a microcosm of early 1930s society.

Director: Stanley Kramer | Stars: Vivien Leigh, Simone Signoret, José Ferrer, Lee Marvin

Votes: 4,755

13. The Serpent's Egg (1977)

R | 119 min | Drama, Mystery, Thriller

6.7
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Berlin, 1923. Following the suicide of his brother, American circus acrobat Abel Rosenberg attempts to survive while facing unemployment, depression, alcoholism and the social decay of Germany during the Weimar Republic.

Director: Ingmar Bergman | Stars: Liv Ullmann, David Carradine, Gert Fröbe, Heinz Bennent

Votes: 4,757

14. The Sound of Music Live! (2013 TV Special)

TV-PG | 180 min | Biography, Drama, Family

5.8
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A live telecast of the famous Rodgers and Hammerstein musical.

Directors: Rob Ashford, Beth McCarthy-Miller | Stars: Carrie Underwood, Stephen Moyer, Laura Benanti, Christian Borle

Votes: 3,453

15. Cluny Brown (1946)

Passed | 100 min | Comedy, Romance, War

7.5
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A free-spirited parlor maid and a Czech refugee surprise an English village with their unconventional ways.

Director: Ernst Lubitsch | Stars: Charles Boyer, Jennifer Jones, Peter Lawford, Helen Walker

Votes: 2,466

16. Legend of the Fist: The Return of Chen Zhen (2010)

R | 106 min | Action, Drama, History

6.3
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49 Metascore

Seven years after the apparent death of Chen Zhen, who was shot after discovering who was responsible for his teacher's death (Huo Yuanjia) in Japanese-occupied Shanghai. A mysterious ... See full summary »

Director: Andrew Lau | Stars: Donnie Yen, Alex Ahlstrom, Qi Shu, Anthony Chau-Sang Wong

Votes: 9,312 | Gross: $0.05M

17. 13 Minutes (2015)

R | 114 min | Biography, Drama, War

7.0
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58 Metascore

In November 1939, Georg Elser's attempt to assassinate Adolf Hitler fails, and he is arrested. During his confinement, he recalls the events leading up to his plot and his reasons for deciding to take such drastic action.

Director: Oliver Hirschbiegel | Stars: Christian Friedel, Katharina Schüttler, Burghart Klaußner, Johann von Bülow

Votes: 7,482 | Gross: $0.16M

18. Time to Kill (1989)

R | 110 min | Drama, War

5.2
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1936, Italian army is invading Ethiopia. Lieutenant Silvestri suffering toothache decides to reach the nearest camp hospital. But the lorry has an accident and stop near a rock, so ... See full summary »

Director: Giuliano Montaldo | Stars: Nicolas Cage, Ricky Tognazzi, Patrice-Flora Praxo, Gianluca Favilla

Votes: 589

19. Guernica (2016)

R | 110 min | Drama, History, Romance

5.8
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The fates of Henry - a cynical American correspondent who has lost his soul - and Teresa, one of the Republic's censors and in charge of overseeing the news that journalists can send abroad, cross in Gernika.

Director: Koldo Serra | Stars: James D'Arcy, María Valverde, Jack Davenport, Ingrid García Jonsson

Votes: 1,942

20. Love in Thoughts (2004)

89 min | Drama, Romance

7.1
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A posthumous look at the last days of Guenther's life as he, his best friend, and his sister let loose on a four-day binge of alcohol, drugs, and sex.

Director: Achim von Borries | Stars: Daniel Brühl, August Diehl, Anna Maria Mühe, Jana Pallaske

Votes: 3,787

21. Coup de Torchon (1981)

Not Rated | 128 min | Comedy, Crime, Drama

7.6
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A pathetic police chief, humiliated by everyone around him, suddenly wants a clean slate in life - and resorts to drastic means to do so.

Director: Bertrand Tavernier | Stars: Philippe Noiret, Isabelle Huppert, Stéphane Audran, Jean-Pierre Marielle

Votes: 4,550

22. A Month by the Lake (1995)

PG | 92 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

6.2
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For 16 years Miss Bentley has been spending April at an elegant hillside villa on Lake Como. This year, 1937, her London society artist father has recently died and the only other ... See full summary »

Director: John Irvin | Stars: Vanessa Redgrave, Edward Fox, Uma Thurman, Alida Valli

Votes: 2,044 | Gross: $2.20M

23. Buck Privates (1941)

Passed | 84 min | Comedy, Musical, War

7.1
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Two sidewalk salesman enlist in the army in order to avoid jail, only to find that their drill instructor is the police officer who tried having them imprisoned.

Director: Arthur Lubin | Stars: Bud Abbott, Lou Costello, Lee Bowman, Jane Frazee

Votes: 3,738 | Gross: $4.00M

24. Mosley (1998– )

Biography, Drama, History

7.2
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An account of the colourful life of the infamous British fascist Oswald Mosley, concentrating on the period between the end of WW1 and his imprisonment at the beginning of WW2.

Stars: Jonathan Cake, Jemma Redgrave, Hugh Bonneville, Flora Montgomery

Votes: 107

25. Down Argentine Way (1940)

Approved | 89 min | Comedy, Drama, Musical

6.5
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An American girl on vacation in Argentina falls for a wealthy racehorse owner.

Director: Irving Cummings | Stars: Don Ameche, Betty Grable, Carmen Miranda, Charlotte Greenwood

Votes: 877

26. The Adolescent (1979)

PG | 90 min | Drama

6.7
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The summer of 1939. Marie, at 13, goes with her parents to visit her grandmother in a small town near Avignon. Although rumors of war reach the countryside, it's an idyllic place. Marie's ... See full summary »

Director: Jeanne Moreau | Stars: Simone Signoret, Francis Huster, Laetitia Chauveau, Edith Clever

Votes: 139

27. The Nazis: A Warning from History (1997– )

292 min | Documentary, History, War

8.6
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An examination of how a cultured people could have allowed Adolf Hitler's rise to power.

Stars: Samuel West, Adolf Buchner, Jutta Rüdiger, Günther Ruschin

Votes: 1,478

28. Vabank (1981)

108 min | Comedy, Crime

7.9
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Set in Warsaw in 1930's. After six years in jail, framed for bank robbery by an accomplice, the legendary Kwinto has only revenge on his mind. He is a safecracker in the old style, a thief ... See full summary »

Director: Juliusz Machulski | Stars: Jan Machulski, Leonard Pietraszak, Witold Pyrkosz, Ewa Szykulska

Votes: 3,389

29. The Moromete Family (1987)

142 min | Drama

8.9
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The story of a family: Problems, marriage, taxes, revenge, friendship, army and much more.

Director: Stere Gulea | Stars: Victor Rebengiuc, Luminita Gheorghiu, Gina Patrichi, Dorel Visan

Votes: 3,421

30. Brainwashed (1960)

102 min | Drama, War

6.9
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In 1938 Austria shortly after the Nazi occupation, a prominent Viennese intellectual, Werner von Basil, is arrested for smuggling art treatures out of the country and imprisoned by the ... See full summary »

Director: Gerd Oswald | Stars: Curd Jürgens, Claire Bloom, Hansjörg Felmy, Mario Adorf

Votes: 477

31. The Lone Wolf Spy Hunt (1939)

Passed | 71 min | Adventure, Comedy, Crime

6.5
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A group of "spies" is after the plans for an anti-aircraft gun, and the leader uses the opportunity to embroil the Lone Wolf in the plot. Trying to settle an old score, this shady character... See full summary »

Director: Peter Godfrey | Stars: Warren William, Ida Lupino, Rita Hayworth, Virginia Weidler

Votes: 536

32. Bethune: The Making of a Hero (1990)

115 min | Biography, Drama, Romance

6.6
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Canadian surgeon Norman Bethune journeys 1500 miles into China to reach Mao Zedong's eighth route army in the Wu Tai mountains where he will build hospitals, provide care, and train medics.... See full summary »

Director: Phillip Borsos | Stars: Donald Sutherland, Helen Mirren, Helen Shaver, Colm Feore

Votes: 306

33. Paris 36 (2008)

PG-13 | 120 min | Drama, Music, Musical

6.5
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40 Metascore

A man is charged with murder. He is Pigoil, the aging stage manager at Chansonia, a music hall in a Paris faubourg. His confession is a long flashback to New Year's Eve, 1935, when he ... See full summary »

Director: Christophe Barratier | Stars: Gérard Jugnot, Clovis Cornillac, Kad Merad, Nora Arnezeder

Votes: 2,581 | Gross: $0.85M

34. Stand-ins (1997)

Not Rated | 89 min | Drama

4.8
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Hollywood. 1937. The Golden Age of Cinema. Six women, who come to Hollywood with the dream of becoming famous, find themselves working as stand-ins to the glamorous stars of the era. They ... See full summary »

Director: Harvey Keith | Stars: Katherine Morris, Costas Mandylor, Jordan Ladd, Daphne Zuniga

Votes: 103

35. Paragraph 175 (2000)

Not Rated | 81 min | Documentary, History, Romance

7.7
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85 Metascore

Historian Klaus Müller interviews survivors of the Nazi persecution of homosexuals because of the German Penal Code of 1871, Paragraph 175.

Directors: Rob Epstein, Jeffrey Friedman | Stars: Rupert Everett, Klaus Müller, Karl Gorath, Pierre Seel

Votes: 1,765 | Gross: $0.07M

36. Cadet Girl (1941)

Approved | 68 min | Comedy, Romance

7.2
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West Point cadet Tex Mallory falls in love with Gene Baxter, a girl who sings with his brother's band. Even though it will mean his leaving the Academy, they decide to marry. But when ... See full summary »

Director: Ray McCarey | Stars: Carole Landis, George Montgomery, Shepperd Strudwick, William Tracy

Votes: 13

37. Zavtra byla voyna (1987)

89 min | Drama, War

7.8
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This movie is based on a novel by Boris Vasiliev and describes life in a small Russian provincial town in 1940 - one year before Germany invaded the Soviet Union. Two school girls for the ... See full summary »

Director: Yuriy Kara | Stars: Sergey Nikonenko, Nina Ruslanova, Vera Alentova, Irina Cherichenko

Votes: 690

38. From This Day Forward (1946)

Approved | 95 min | Drama, Romance, War

6.5
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Incidents of a marriage are recalled in flashback.

Director: John Berry | Stars: Joan Fontaine, Mark Stevens, Rosemary DeCamp, Harry Morgan

Votes: 351

39. Petria's Wreath (1980)

99 min | Drama, Romance, War

8.1
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This film takes place in a small mining town in Serbia, within a time span covering the prewar, war, and postwar period. "Petria's wreath" is a story about the tragic life of an illiterate ... See full summary »

Director: Srdjan Karanovic | Stars: Mirjana Karanovic, Dragan Maksimovic, Pavle Vuisic, Marko Nikolic

Votes: 522

40. Honeymoon in Bali (1939)

Approved | 95 min | Comedy, Music, Romance

6.4
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Bill Burnett, a resident of Bali, visits New York City, meets and falls in love with Gail Allen, the successful manager of a Fifth Avenue shop, who is determined to remain free and ... See full summary »

Director: Edward H. Griffith | Stars: Fred MacMurray, Madeleine Carroll, Allan Jones, Akim Tamiroff

Votes: 343

41. Colonel Effingham's Raid (1946)

Passed | 72 min | Comedy

6.0
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In 1940, Colonel Will Seaborm Effingham (Charles Coburn), a retired army officer, returns to his home town of Frederisksville, Georgia and is disturbed at the lack of civic pride. He writes... See full summary »

Director: Irving Pichel | Stars: Charles Coburn, Joan Bennett, William Eythe, Allyn Joslyn

Votes: 316

42. You're in the Army Now (1941)

Passed | 79 min | Comedy

6.3
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Vacuum-cleaner salesmen Homer "Jeeper" Smith and "Breezy" Jones are accidentally inducted into the army, and "Jeeper", who can sell anything, immediately begins to try and convince, Colonel... See full summary »

Director: Lewis Seiler | Stars: Jimmy Durante, Phil Silvers, Jane Wyman, Regis Toomey

Votes: 244

43. Chip of the Flying U (1939)

Passed | 55 min | Action, Adventure, Romance

5.7
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Duncan is secretly shipping explosives by ship and needs the Flying U ranch which has shore access. Chip breaks up his murder and robbery attempts and eventually captures two of his ... See full summary »

Director: Ralph Staub | Stars: Johnny Mack Brown, Bob Baker, Fuzzy Knight, Doris Weston

Votes: 24

44. Sweetheart of the Campus (1941)

Approved | 70 min | Comedy, Music, Romance

5.3
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A college Principal objects to a nightclub opening near his campus.

Director: Edward Dmytryk | Stars: Ruby Keeler, Ozzie Nelson, Harriet Nelson, Gordon Oliver

Votes: 114

45. The Fire That Burns (1997 TV Movie)

91 min | Drama

6.9
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Two boys in their early teens in a strictly-run pre-WWII Catholic School form a firm friendship which is troubled by an abbot who is obsessed with the younger of the students.

Director: Christophe Malavoy | Stars: Christophe Malavoy, Michel Aumont, Naël Marandin, Clément van den Bergh

Votes: 343

46. Lancer Spy (1937)

Approved | 78 min | Drama, Thriller, War

6.4
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An Englishman impersonates an imprisoned German officer and "returns" to Germany to become a national hero. A female German spy is assigned to check him out but falls in love with him.

Director: Gregory Ratoff | Stars: Dolores del Rio, George Sanders, Peter Lorre, Virginia Field

Votes: 117

47. Anni difficili (1948)

90 min | Drama, War

7.3
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Aldo Piscitello, a minor government clerk, is forced in 1934 to join the Fascist party. When the war comes, he finds himself able only to talk ineffectually in secret against Mussolini, ... See full summary »

Director: Luigi Zampa | Stars: Massimo Girotti, Umberto Spadaro, Ave Ninchi, Enzo Biliotti

Votes: 113

48. Don't Be a Sucker (1943)

Approved | 18 min | Short, History, War

7.5
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Propaganda short film depicting the rise of Nazism in Germany and how political propaganda is similarly used in the United States to recruit Nazi sympathizers from the ranks of American racists.

Stars: Lloyd Nolan, Robert Adler, Richard Alexander, Robert Bailey

Votes: 209

49. Bulldog Drummond's Bride (1939)

Approved | 56 min | Action, Adventure, Comedy

6.1
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A bank-robbery in London prevents - again - the marriage of Bulldog Drummond with his girlfriend. But this time when the delinquents are caught it will be celebrated at last.

Director: James P. Hogan | Stars: John Howard, Heather Angel, H.B. Warner, Reginald Denny

Votes: 320

50. Pals of the Saddle (1938)

Passed | 55 min | Action, Adventure, Drama

6.2
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Foreign agents are smuggling monium (a chemical used in producing poison gas) into Mexico. The three Mesquiteers get involved when they ride to save a girl (really a government agent) on a runaway horse.

Director: George Sherman | Stars: John Wayne, Ray Corrigan, Max Terhune, Doreen McKay

Votes: 269



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