With David L. Wolper Productions (Sorted by Popularity Ascending)



1. Roots (1977)

TV-14 | 588 min | Biography, Drama, History

8.4
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A dramatization of author Alex Haley's family line from ancestor Kunta Kinte's enslavement to his descendants' liberation.

Stars: LeVar Burton, Robert Reed, John Amos, Louis Gossett Jr.

Votes: 16,972

2. North & South: Book 1, North & South (1985)

TV-PG | 561 min | Drama, History, Romance

8.1
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Two friends, one northern and one southern, struggle to maintain their friendship as events build towards the American Civil War.

Stars: Kirstie Alley, Georg Stanford Brown, David Carradine, Philip Casnoff

Votes: 10,313

3. North & South: Book 2, Love & War (1986)

570 min | Drama, History, Romance

8.0
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The story of two friends and their families on opposite sides of the American Civil War.

Stars: Kirstie Alley, David Carradine, Philip Casnoff, Mary Crosby

Votes: 5,369

4. Surviving Picasso (1996)

R | 125 min | Biography, Drama, Romance

6.4
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55 Metascore

The passionate Merchant Ivory drama tells the story of Françoise Gilot (Natascha McElhone), the only lover of Pablo Picasso (Sir Anthony Hopkins) who was strong enough to withstand his ferocious cruelty, and move on with her life.

Director: James Ivory | Stars: Anthony Hopkins, Natascha McElhone, Julianne Moore, Joss Ackland

Votes: 7,323 | Gross: $2.00M

5. Roots: The Next Generations (1979)

840 min | Biography, Drama, History

7.8
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The dramatization of Alex Haley's family line from post Civil War America to the writer's search for his roots.

Stars: Debbi Morgan, Dorian Harewood, Paul Koslo, Stan Shaw

Votes: 2,524

6. The Undersea World of Jacques Cousteau (1966–1976)

60 min | Documentary, Adventure

8.6
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The aquatic explorations of Jacques-Yves Cousteau and the crew of the Calypso.

Stars: Jacques-Yves Cousteau, Rod Serling, Joseph Campanella, Philippe Cousteau

Votes: 411

7. The Man Who Saw Tomorrow (1981)

PG | 90 min | Biography, Drama, History

6.1
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The story of Nostradamus and his predictions about the future.

Director: Robert Guenette | Stars: Orson Welles, Philip L. Clarke, Ray Laska, Bob Ruggiero

Votes: 1,109

8. Victory at Entebbe (1976 TV Movie)

Unrated | 119 min | Action, Drama, History

6.1
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In 1976, terrorists hijack an Air France airplane, and divert it to Uganda, where they demand to exchange their hostages for fellow terrorists held in Israeli jails.

Director: Marvin J. Chomsky | Stars: Helmut Berger, Linda Blair, Kirk Douglas, Richard Dreyfuss

Votes: 1,147

9. Roots: The Gift (1988 TV Movie)

Not Rated | 100 min | Drama, History

6.6
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On Christmas Eve 1770, a young African warrior, who three years prior had been captured and sold into slavery in America, leads a desperate group of runaway slaves as they attempt to reach freedom in the North.

Director: Kevin Hooks | Stars: Louis Gossett Jr., LeVar Burton, Avery Brooks, Kate Mulgrew

Votes: 565

10. I Will Fight No More Forever (1975 TV Movie)

Not Rated | 105 min | Action, Drama, History

7.3
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In a period when many thought that "the only good Indian is a dead Indian," Chief Joseph and the Nez Perce won the admiration of the American public.

Director: Richard T. Heffron | Stars: James Whitmore, Sam Elliott, Ned Romero, Linda Redfearn

Votes: 680

11. National Geographic Specials (1965– )

60 min | Documentary, History

8.6
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For over 30 years, the National Geographic Society has presented specials on nature, foreign culture, scientific breakthroughs, and things which fall under the general category of "neat ... See full summary »

Stars: Alexander Scourby, Leslie Nielsen, Joseph Campanella, Richard Kiley

Votes: 313

12. Napoleon and Josephine: A Love Story (1987)

285 min | History, Romance, War

7.2
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Epic story about the romance between the most powerful man in the world and the woman who conquered his heart.

Stars: Armand Assante, Jacqueline Bisset, Stephanie Beacham, Anthony Higgins

Votes: 454

13. This Is Elvis (1981)

PG | 110 min | Documentary, Biography, Music

7.5
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The life and career of Elvis Presley are chronicled in home movies, concert footage, and dramatizations. Subjects include early performances, army service, Ed Sullivan Show appearance, marriage, 1968 comeback, health decline and death.

Directors: Malcolm Leo, Andrew Solt | Stars: Elvis Presley, David Scott, Paul Boensch III, Johnny Harra

Votes: 1,269 | Gross: $2.03M

14. Dillinger (1991 TV Movie)

90 min | Action, Biography, Crime

6.2
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The film is based on the actual events of the pursuit of American bank robber John Dillinger during the 1930s.

Director: Rupert Wainwright | Stars: Mark Harmon, Sherilyn Fenn, Will Patton, Bruce Abbott

Votes: 516

15. The Rise and Fall of the Third Reich (1968 TV Movie)

180 min | Documentary, History, War

7.8
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"The Rise and Fall of the Third Reich" exposes the darkest chapter in history, from Adolf Hitler's rise to power as a Nazi demagogue to his ultimate fatal mistakes. Researchers spent ... See full summary »

Director: Jack Kaufman | Stars: Richard Basehart, Ernst Hanfstaengl, Adolf Hitler, Erich Kempka

Votes: 279

16. Movin' with Nancy (1967 TV Special)

60 min | Music

7.5
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Billed as the "full-hour musical spectacular that won Nancy Sinatra the coveted Hollywood Star of Tomorrow award," this 1967 NBC-TV special, sponsored by Royal Crown Cola, is hosted by ... See full summary »

Director: Jack Haley Jr. | Stars: Nancy Sinatra, Dean Martin, Lee Hazlewood, David Winters

Votes: 245

17. Four Days in November (1964)

Not Rated | 122 min | Documentary, Biography, History

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From more than eight million feet of newsreels, amateur footage, tape-recordings and more, David L. Wolper presents a priceless detailed account of the time and events surrounding the assassination of President John F. Kennedy.

Director: Mel Stuart | Stars: Richard Basehart, John Brewer, Raymond Buck, Earle Cabell

Votes: 574

18. Lincoln (1974–1976)

Biography, Drama, History

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The life of Abraham Lincoln is told in episodic parts.

Stars: Hal Holbrook, Sada Thompson, Michael Cristofer, James Carroll Jordan

Votes: 94

19. Brenda Starr (1976 TV Movie)

90 min | Adventure

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A newspaper reporter trying to track down a hermit-like billionaire goes to the Brazilian jungle, where she finds herself in the middle of an extortion plot, voodoo and supernatural occurrences.

Director: Mel Stuart | Stars: Jill St. John, Jed Allan, Sorrell Booke, Tabi Cooper

Votes: 46

20. Fatal Deception: Mrs. Lee Harvey Oswald (1993 TV Movie)

88 min | Biography

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The story of the widow of Lee Harvey Oswald, the man accused of shooting President Kennedy. Via flashbacks, the story traces the woman's life from her days in Russia, the turmoil following ... See full summary »

Director: Robert Dornhelm | Stars: Helena Bonham Carter, Robert Picardo, Frank Whaley, Bill Bolender

Votes: 210

21. What Price Victory (1988 TV Movie)

100 min | Drama

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One football player is in college on a scholarship and has not interest in his classes, and other has a fine academic record which becomes threatened by the demands of his sport.

Director: Kevin Connor | Stars: Jim Antonio, Judith Baldwin, Warren Berlinger, Elaine Bilstad

Votes: 32

22. A Laurel and Hardy Cartoon (1966–1967)

5 min | Animation, Comedy, Family

7.1
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The animated adventures of Laurel and Hardy.

Stars: Larry Harmon, Jim MacGeorge, Hal Smith, Don Messick

Votes: 186

23. The Betty Ford Story (1987 TV Movie)

96 min | Biography, Drama

6.5
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Based on the life of the former first lady, this film depicts the ups and downs of Betty Ford, the wife of President Gerald Ford. While Betty seems to ease into her prominent role in the ... See full summary »

Director: David Greene | Stars: Gena Rowlands, Josef Sommer, Nan Woods, Concetta Tomei

Votes: 112

24. The Thin Blue Line (1966 TV Movie)

60 min | Documentary

5.3
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This early film by William Friedkin is a documentary about the American police force and the difficulties they face in combating escalating crime throughout the country.

Director: William Friedkin | Star: Van Heflin

Votes: 28

25. Frank Sinatra Jr. with Family and Friends (1969 TV Special)

Not Rated | 60 min | Music

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Spanning multiple genres and featuring some of the leading names in pop and country, this rarely seen 1977 special offers wall-to-wall performances. Guests include Dean Martin, Tony Bennett... See full summary »

Director: Alexander Grasshoff | Stars: Jack Benny, Sammy Davis Jr., The Doodletown Pipers, Arte Johnson

26. Men of the Dragon (1974 TV Movie)

Not Rated | 74 min | Action, Crime, Drama

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Two men and a woman, all friends and martial arts experts, visit Hong Kong, where they grew up. When the woman disappears, the men find out that she has been kidnapped by white slavers, and... See full summary »

Director: Harry Falk | Stars: Jared Martin, Katie Saylor, Robert Ito, Joseph Wiseman

Votes: 56

27. Appointment with Destiny (1971–1973)

60 min | Documentary

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In my first post, I was talking about the film, Appointment with Destiny: The Last Days of John Dillinger (1971).

Stars: Lorne Greene, James Mason, Rod Serling, Hal Holbrook

Votes: 28

28. Hollywood: The Gift of Laughter (1982 TV Movie)

135 min | Documentary, Comedy

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A retrospective look at 60 years of great moments in film comedy, from the 1920s to the present.

Director: Jack Haley Jr. | Stars: Carol Burnett, Jack Lemmon, Walter Matthau, Burt Reynolds

Votes: 58

29. The Making of a President: 1964 (1966 TV Movie)

90 min | Documentary

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Director: Mel Stuart | Star: Martin Gabel

Votes: 15

30. They've Killed President Lincoln! (1971 TV Movie)

60 min | Drama, History

7.6
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The events surrounding the assassination of President Abraham Lincoln in 1865, dramatized using simulated documentary footage.

Director: Robert Guenette | Stars: Richard Basehart, Richard Bauer, Mark D'Angelo, Brian Donohue

Votes: 30

31. The 500 Pound Jerk (1973 TV Movie)

73 min | Comedy, Sport

6.8
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An advertising man's dream of turning a huge hillbilly into a weightlifting champion is blocked when the hillbilly falls for a Russian gymnast.

Director: William Kronick | Stars: James Franciscus, Alex Karras, Hope Lange, Howard Cosell

Votes: 75

32. Destination Safety (1966 TV Movie)

60 min | Documentary

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Directors: Bobby B. Cosner, Alexander Grasshoff, Fritz Roland, Donald Wrye | Star: Kenneth Banghart

33. The Explorers (1972–1976)

55 min

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Stars: Leslie Nielsen, David Attenborough, John Bell, John Cuffe

34. China: Roots of Madness (1967 TV Movie)

77 min | Documentary

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film attempts to analyze the Anti-Western sentiment in China from the American perspective during the Cold War.

Director: Mel Stuart | Stars: David Barrett, Stephen Becker, Pearl S. Buck, Joseph Campanella

Votes: 27

35. The Making of the President 1960 (1963)

90 min | Documentary, History

7.5
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The story of the 1960 US Presidential election.

Director: Mel Stuart | Stars: Martin Gabel, John F. Kennedy, Richard Nixon

Votes: 30

36. Biography of a Rookie: The Willie Davis Story (1963 TV Movie)

53 min | Documentary

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Directors: James Wong Howe, Mel Stuart | Stars: Buzzie Bavasi, Willie Davis, Walter O'Malley, Mike Wallace

Votes: 7

37. The Yanks Are Coming (1974 TV Movie)

Drama, History

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An hour-long documentary-style World War I drama, blending archival footage with a fictionalized account of four idealistic college buddies who ship off to France as doughboys. One of four ... See full summary »

Director: Ed Spiegel | Stars: David Huffman, Christopher Curry, Dennis Kear, Paulette Attie

38. The Legendary Curse of the Hope Diamond (1975 TV Movie)

60 min | Drama, History

6.7
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The curse of the legendary blue Hope Diamond on all its owners is dramatized from the gem's discovery in 17th Century India until its donation to the Smithsonian Institute.

Director: Delbert Mann | Stars: Jim Boles, Elaine Bolton, Christopher Cary, Robert Clary

Votes: 21

39. Plimpton! Shoot-Out at Rio Lobo (1970 TV Movie)

50 min | Documentary

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George Plimpton got a job playing one of the bad guys in the Howard Hawks-directed John Wayne Western "Rio Lobo." In this special we see him talking to Hawks about whether he'll be killed ... See full summary »

Director: William Kronick | Stars: Jack Elam, A.D. Flowers, Victor French, Howard Hawks

Votes: 13

40. Lincoln: Trial by Fire (1974 TV Movie)

60 min | Drama

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Director: Ed Spiegel | Stars: Cliff Robertson, Larry Lewman, James L. O'Neill, Robert Prosky

Votes: 12

41. Hollywood: The Great Stars (1963 TV Movie)

Not Rated | 51 min | Documentary, History

4.5
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Host Henry Fonda follows the creation of the star system with Mary Pickford in the Silent Era through its demise in the early Sixties.

Director: Marshall Flaum | Stars: Henry Fonda, Walter Abel, June Allyson, George Arliss

Votes: 96

42. Escape to Freedom (1963 TV Movie)

60 min | Documentary

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Director: Marshall Flaum | Star: Richard Basehart

43. Revolution in Our Time (1965 TV Movie)

60 min | Documentary

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Director: David H. Vowell | Star: Gary Merrill

44. The Bold Men (1965 TV Movie)

60 min | Documentary

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Director: William Friedkin | Star: Van Heflin

Votes: 11

45. Time-Life Specials: The March of Time (1965–1966)

60 min | Documentary

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Stars: William Conrad, Henry Fonda

Votes: 11

46. The Really Big Family (1967)

51 min | Documentary, Family

7.8
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Documentary film about the Duke family of Seattle, who had 18 children.

Director: Alexander Grasshoff | Stars: Bill Dukes, Louise Dukes, Henry Fonda

Votes: 23

47. The Honorable Sam Houston (1975 TV Movie)

60 min | Biography, History

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The life of Sam Houston, the founding father of the Republic of Texas.

Director: Richard T. Heffron | Stars: Charles Aidman, Norman Alden, Brian Andrews, Jim Antonio

48. A Nation of Immigrants (1967 TV Movie)

60 min | Documentary

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I like to know the immigrant history

Directors: Robert Abel, Aram Boyajian, Mel Stuart | Stars: Richard Basehart, Robert F. Kennedy, Buffy Sainte-Marie

49. Sophia: A Self-Portrait (1968 TV Movie)

52 min | Documentary

6.7
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A documentary on the life and career of Italian actress Sophia Loren, with clips from her films and interviews with her friends and colleagues.

Directors: Robert Abel, Mel Stuart | Stars: Sophia Loren, Joseph Campanella, Omar Sharif, Stanley Kramer

Votes: 12

50. Hollywood: The Golden Years (1961 TV Movie)

52 min | Documentary, History

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Host Gene Kelly takes a nostalgic look at silent films from their earliest beginnings to the introduction of sound with "The Jazz Singer."

Director: David L. Wolper | Stars: Gene Kelly, D.W. Griffith, Renée Adorée, Roscoe 'Fatty' Arbuckle

Votes: 51


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