Most Popular History Feature Films


1. 12 Strong (2018)

R | 130 min | Action, Drama, History

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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: 18,950 | Gross: $45.50M

2. The Post (2017)

PG-13 | 116 min | Biography, Drama, History

7.2
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83 Metascore

A cover-up that spanned four U.S. Presidents pushed the country's first female newspaper publisher and a hard-driving editor to join an unprecedented battle between the press and the government.

Director: Steven Spielberg | Stars: Meryl Streep, Tom Hanks, Sarah Paulson, Bob Odenkirk

Votes: 65,015 | Gross: $81.87M

3. The Irishman (2019)

Biography, Crime, Drama | Post-production

A mob hitman recalls his possible involvement with the slaying of Jimmy Hoffa.

Director: Martin Scorsese | Stars: Robert De Niro, Al Pacino, Jesse Plemons, Bobby Cannavale

4. Chappaquiddick (2017)

PG-13 | 106 min | Drama, History, Thriller

6.8
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67 Metascore

Depicting Ted Kennedy's involvement in the fatal 1969 car accident that claims the life of a young campaign strategist, Mary Jo Kopechne.

Director: John Curran | Stars: Jason Clarke, Ed Helms, Jim Gaffigan, Kate Mara

Votes: 2,107 | Gross: $14.74M

5. The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society (2018)

124 min | Drama, History, Romance

6.9
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59 Metascore

A writer forms an unexpected bond with the residents of Guernsey Island in the aftermath of World War II, when she decides to write a book about their experiences during the war.

Director: Mike Newell | Stars: Lily James, Matthew Goode, Jessica Brown Findlay, Michiel Huisman

Votes: 709

6. Backstabbing for Beginners (2018)

R | 108 min | Drama, History, Thriller

5.9
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47 Metascore

A young program coordinator at the United Nations stumbles upon a conspiracy involving Iraq's oil reserves.

Director: Per Fly | Stars: Theo James, Ben Kingsley, Jacqueline Bisset, Rossif Sutherland

Votes: 431

7. Darkest Hour (2017)

PG-13 | 125 min | Biography, Drama, History

7.4
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75 Metascore

In May 1940, the fate of Western Europe hangs on British Prime Minister Winston Churchill, who must decide whether to negotiate with Adolf Hitler, or fight on knowing that it could mean a humiliating defeat for Britain and its empire.

Director: Joe Wright | Stars: Gary Oldman, Lily James, Kristin Scott Thomas, Ben Mendelsohn

Votes: 91,418 | Gross: $56.44M

8. Dunkirk (2017)

PG-13 | 106 min | Action, Drama, History

8.0
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94 Metascore

Allied soldiers from Belgium, the British Empire and France are surrounded by the German Army, and evacuated during a fierce battle in World War II.

Director: Christopher Nolan | Stars: Fionn Whitehead, Barry Keoghan, Mark Rylance, Tom Hardy

Votes: 381,182 | Gross: $188.37M

9. Troy (2004)

R | 163 min | Drama, History, Romance

7.2
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56 Metascore

An adaptation of Homer's great epic, the film follows the assault on Troy by the united Greek forces and chronicles the fates of the men involved.

Director: Wolfgang Petersen | Stars: Brad Pitt, Eric Bana, Orlando Bloom, Julian Glover

Votes: 427,331 | Gross: $133.38M

10. Amadeus (1984)

R | 160 min | Biography, Drama, History

8.3
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93 Metascore

The life, success and troubles of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, as told by Antonio Salieri, the contemporary composer who was insanely jealous of Mozart's talent and claimed to have murdered him.

Director: Milos Forman | Stars: F. Murray Abraham, Tom Hulce, Elizabeth Berridge, Roy Dotrice

Votes: 314,590 | Gross: $51.97M

11. 13 Hours (2016)

R | 144 min | Action, Drama, History

7.3
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48 Metascore

During an attack on a U.S. compound in Libya, a security team struggles to make sense out of the chaos.

Director: Michael Bay | Stars: John Krasinski, Pablo Schreiber, James Badge Dale, David Denman

Votes: 91,651 | Gross: $52.85M

12. Schindler's List (1993)

R | 195 min | Biography, Drama, History

8.9
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93 Metascore

In German-occupied Poland during World War II, Oskar Schindler gradually becomes concerned for his Jewish workforce after witnessing their persecution by the Nazi Germans.

Director: Steven Spielberg | Stars: Liam Neeson, Ralph Fiennes, Ben Kingsley, Caroline Goodall

Votes: 1,002,595 | Gross: $96.07M

13. Sgt. Stubby: An American Hero (2018)

PG | 84 min | Animation, Adventure, Family

7.6
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57 Metascore

The true story of a stray dog who joins his new master on the battlefields of the First World War. For his valorous actions, Sgt. Stubby is still recognized as the most decorated dog in American history.

Director: Richard Lanni | Stars: Helena Bonham Carter, Logan Lerman, Gérard Depardieu, Brian Cook

Votes: 354 | Gross: $2.25M

14. Hacksaw Ridge (2016)

R | 139 min | Biography, Drama, History

8.2
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71 Metascore

WWII American Army Medic Desmond T. Doss, who served during the Battle of Okinawa, refuses to kill people, and becomes the first man in American history to receive the Medal of Honor without firing a shot.

Director: Mel Gibson | Stars: Andrew Garfield, Sam Worthington, Luke Bracey, Teresa Palmer

Votes: 314,862 | Gross: $67.21M

15. Paul, Apostle of Christ (2018)

PG-13 | 108 min | Drama, History

7.1
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49 Metascore

The story covers Paul going from the most infamous persecutor of Christians to Jesus Christ's most influential apostle.

Director: Andrew Hyatt | Stars: Jim Caviezel, James Faulkner, Olivier Martinez, Joanne Whalley

Votes: 1,682 | Gross: $17.10M

16. Mary Queen of Scots (2018)

Biography, Drama, History | Post-production

Mary Stuart's attempt to overthrow her cousin Elizabeth I, Queen of England, finds her condemned to years of imprisonment before facing execution.

Director: Josie Rourke | Stars: Margot Robbie, Saoirse Ronan, David Tennant, Guy Pearce

17. American Made (2017)

R | 115 min | Action, Biography, Comedy

7.2
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65 Metascore

The story of Barry Seal, an American pilot who became a drug-runner for the CIA in the 1980s in a clandestine operation that would be exposed as the Iran-Contra Affair.

Director: Doug Liman | Stars: Tom Cruise, Domhnall Gleeson, Sarah Wright, Jesse Plemons

Votes: 95,222 | Gross: $51.34M

18. Les Misérables (2012)

PG-13 | 158 min | Drama, History, Musical

7.6
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63 Metascore

In 19th-century France, Jean Valjean, who for decades has been hunted by the ruthless policeman Javert after breaking parole, agrees to care for a factory worker's daughter. The decision changes their lives forever.

Director: Tom Hooper | Stars: Hugh Jackman, Russell Crowe, Anne Hathaway, Amanda Seyfried

Votes: 270,958 | Gross: $148.81M

19. Public Enemies (2009)

R | 140 min | Biography, Crime, Drama

7.0
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70 Metascore

The Feds try to take down notorious American gangsters John Dillinger, Baby Face Nelson and Pretty Boy Floyd during a booming crime wave in the 1930s.

Director: Michael Mann | Stars: Christian Bale, Johnny Depp, Christian Stolte, Jason Clarke

Votes: 250,024 | Gross: $97.10M

20. First Man (2018)

Biography, Drama, History | Post-production

A look at the life of the astronaut, Neil Armstrong, and the legendary space mission that led him to become the first man to walk on the Moon on July 20, 1969.

Director: Damien Chazelle | Stars: Claire Foy, Pablo Schreiber, Ryan Gosling, Jon Bernthal

21. Hidden Figures (2016)

PG | 127 min | Biography, Drama, History

7.8
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74 Metascore

The story of a team of female African-American mathematicians who served a vital role in NASA during the early years of the U.S. space program.

Director: Theodore Melfi | Stars: Taraji P. Henson, Octavia Spencer, Janelle Monáe, Kevin Costner

Votes: 147,573 | Gross: $169.39M

22. Patriots Day (2016)

R | 133 min | Crime, Drama, History

7.4
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69 Metascore

The story of the 2013 Boston Marathon bombing and the aftermath, which includes the city-wide manhunt to find the terrorists responsible.

Director: Peter Berg | Stars: Mark Wahlberg, Michelle Monaghan, J.K. Simmons, John Goodman

Votes: 64,536 | Gross: $31.89M

23. The Revenant (2015)

R | 156 min | Adventure, Drama, History

8.0
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76 Metascore

A frontiersman on a fur trading expedition in the 1820s fights for survival after being mauled by a bear and left for dead by members of his own hunting team.

Director: Alejandro G. Iñárritu | Stars: Leonardo DiCaprio, Tom Hardy, Will Poulter, Domhnall Gleeson

Votes: 556,879 | Gross: $183.64M

24. Apollo 13 (I) (1995)

PG | 140 min | Adventure, Drama, History

7.6
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77 Metascore

NASA must devise a strategy to return Apollo 13 to Earth safely after the spacecraft undergoes massive internal damage putting the lives of the three astronauts on board in jeopardy.

Director: Ron Howard | Stars: Tom Hanks, Bill Paxton, Kevin Bacon, Gary Sinise

Votes: 231,913 | Gross: $173.84M

25. Spotlight (I) (2015)

R | 128 min | Crime, Drama, History

8.1
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93 Metascore

The true story of how the Boston Globe uncovered the massive scandal of child molestation and cover-up within the local Catholic Archdiocese, shaking the entire Catholic Church to its core.

Director: Tom McCarthy | Stars: Mark Ruffalo, Michael Keaton, Rachel McAdams, Liev Schreiber

Votes: 321,013 | Gross: $45.06M

26. Zodiac (2007)

R | 157 min | Crime, Drama, History

7.7
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78 Metascore

In the late 1960s/early 1970s, a San Francisco cartoonist becomes an amateur detective obsessed with tracking down the Zodiac Killer, an unidentified individual who terrorizes Northern California with a killing spree.

Director: David Fincher | Stars: Jake Gyllenhaal, Robert Downey Jr., Mark Ruffalo, Anthony Edwards

Votes: 360,472 | Gross: $33.08M

27. The Lost City of Z (2016)

PG-13 | 141 min | Adventure, Biography, Drama

6.6
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78 Metascore

A true-life drama, centering on British explorer Col. Percival Fawcett, who disappeared while searching for a mysterious city in the Amazon in the 1920s.

Director: James Gray | Stars: Charlie Hunnam, Robert Pattinson, Sienna Miller, Tom Holland

Votes: 55,837 | Gross: $8.58M

28. American Sniper (2014)

R | 133 min | Action, Biography, Drama

7.3
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72 Metascore

Navy S.E.A.L. sniper Chris Kyle's pinpoint accuracy saves countless lives on the battlefield and turns him into a legend. Back home to his wife and kids after four tours of duty, however, Chris finds that it is the war he can't leave behind.

Director: Clint Eastwood | Stars: Bradley Cooper, Sienna Miller, Kyle Gallner, Cole Konis

Votes: 377,012 | Gross: $350.13M

29. Braveheart (1995)

R | 178 min | Biography, Drama, History

8.4
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68 Metascore

When his secret bride is executed for assaulting an English soldier who tried to rape her, Sir William Wallace begins a revolt against King Edward I of England.

Director: Mel Gibson | Stars: Mel Gibson, Sophie Marceau, Patrick McGoohan, Angus Macfadyen

Votes: 841,056 | Gross: $75.60M

30. The Imitation Game (2014)

PG-13 | 114 min | Biography, Drama, History

8.0
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73 Metascore

During World War II, the English mathematical genius Alan Turing tries to crack the German Enigma code with help from fellow mathematicians.

Director: Morten Tyldum | Stars: Benedict Cumberbatch, Keira Knightley, Matthew Goode, Allen Leech

Votes: 573,381 | Gross: $91.13M

31. The Big Short (2015)

R | 130 min | Biography, Comedy, Drama

7.8
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81 Metascore

In 2006-7 a group of investors bet against the US mortgage market. In their research they discover how flawed and corrupt the market is.

Director: Adam McKay | Stars: Christian Bale, Steve Carell, Ryan Gosling, Brad Pitt

Votes: 279,370 | Gross: $70.26M

32. Gone with the Wind (1939)

G | 238 min | Drama, History, Romance

8.2
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97 Metascore

A manipulative woman and a roguish man conduct a turbulent romance during the American Civil War and Reconstruction periods.

Directors: Victor Fleming, George Cukor, Sam Wood | Stars: Clark Gable, Vivien Leigh, Thomas Mitchell, Barbara O'Neil

Votes: 248,152 | Gross: $198.68M

33. 12 Years a Slave (2013)

R | 134 min | Biography, Drama, History

8.1
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96 Metascore

In the antebellum United States, Solomon Northup, a free black man from upstate New York, is abducted and sold into slavery.

Director: Steve McQueen | Stars: Chiwetel Ejiofor, Michael Kenneth Williams, Michael Fassbender, Brad Pitt

Votes: 533,991 | Gross: $56.67M

34. The Zookeeper's Wife (2017)

PG-13 | 127 min | Biography, Drama, History

7.0
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57 Metascore

The Zookeeper's Wife tells the account of keepers of the Warsaw Zoo, Antonina and Jan Zabinski, who helped save hundreds of people and animals during the German invasion.

Director: Niki Caro | Stars: Jessica Chastain, Johan Heldenbergh, Daniel Brühl, Timothy Radford

Votes: 24,750 | Gross: $17.45M

35. Bridge of Spies (2015)

PG-13 | 142 min | Drama, History, Thriller

7.6
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81 Metascore

During the Cold War, an American lawyer is recruited to defend an arrested Soviet spy in court, and then help the CIA facilitate an exchange of the spy for the Soviet captured American U2 spy plane pilot, Francis Gary Powers.

Director: Steven Spielberg | Stars: Tom Hanks, Mark Rylance, Alan Alda, Amy Ryan

Votes: 243,064 | Gross: $72.31M

36. In the Heart of the Sea (2015)

PG-13 | 122 min | Action, Adventure, Biography

6.9
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47 Metascore

A recounting of a New England whaling ship's sinking by a giant whale in 1820, an experience that later inspired the great novel Moby-Dick.

Director: Ron Howard | Stars: Chris Hemsworth, Cillian Murphy, Brendan Gleeson, Ben Whishaw

Votes: 100,256 | Gross: $25.02M

37. The Danish Girl (2015)

R | 119 min | Biography, Drama, History

7.1
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66 Metascore

A fictitious love story loosely inspired by the lives of Danish artists Lili Elbe and Gerda Wegener. Lili and Gerda's marriage and work evolve as they navigate Lili's groundbreaking journey as a transgender pioneer.

Director: Tom Hooper | Stars: Eddie Redmayne, Alicia Vikander, Amber Heard, Ben Whishaw

Votes: 130,305 | Gross: $12.71M

38. Lincoln (2012)

PG-13 | 150 min | Biography, Drama, History

7.4
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86 Metascore

As the War continues to rage, America's president struggles with continuing carnage on the battlefield as he fights with many inside his own cabinet on the decision to emancipate the slaves.

Director: Steven Spielberg | Stars: Daniel Day-Lewis, Sally Field, David Strathairn, Joseph Gordon-Levitt

Votes: 218,362 | Gross: $182.21M

39. Goya's Ghosts (2006)

R | 113 min | Biography, Drama, History

6.9
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52 Metascore

Painter Francisco Goya faces a scandal involving his muse, who is labeled a heretic by a monk.

Director: Milos Forman | Stars: Javier Bardem, Natalie Portman, Stellan Skarsgård, Randy Quaid

Votes: 26,997 | Gross: $1.00M

40. Queen of the Desert (2015)

PG-13 | 128 min | Biography, Drama, History

5.7
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39 Metascore

A chronicle of Gertrude Bell's life, a traveler, writer, archaeologist, explorer, cartographer, and political attaché for the British Empire at the dawn of the twentieth century.

Director: Werner Herzog | Stars: Nicole Kidman, James Franco, Damian Lewis, Robert Pattinson

Votes: 6,866

41. Tulip Fever (2017)

R | 105 min | Drama, History, Romance

6.2
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38 Metascore

An artist falls for a young married woman while he's commissioned to paint her portrait during the Tulip mania of 17th century Amsterdam.

Director: Justin Chadwick | Stars: Alicia Vikander, Dane DeHaan, Jack O'Connell, Holliday Grainger

Votes: 9,996 | Gross: $2.43M

42. Caligula (1979)

Unrated | 156 min | Drama, History

5.3
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Details the graphic and shocking, yet undeniably tragic story of Rome's most infamous Caesar, Gaius Germanicus Caligula.

Directors: Tinto Brass, Bob Guccione, Giancarlo Lui | Stars: Malcolm McDowell, Peter O'Toole, Helen Mirren, Teresa Ann Savoy

Votes: 29,882 | Gross: $23.44M

43. Tombstone (1993)

R | 130 min | Action, Biography, Drama

7.8
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50 Metascore

A successful lawman's plans to retire anonymously in Tombstone, Arizona, are disrupted by the kind of outlaws he was famous for eliminating.

Directors: George P. Cosmatos, Kevin Jarre | Stars: Kurt Russell, Val Kilmer, Sam Elliott, Bill Paxton

Votes: 106,969 | Gross: $56.51M

44. Robin Hood (2010)

PG-13 | 140 min | Action, Adventure, Drama

6.7
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53 Metascore

In 12th century England, Robin and his band of marauders confront corruption in a local village and lead an uprising against the crown that will forever alter the balance of world power.

Director: Ridley Scott | Stars: Russell Crowe, Cate Blanchett, Matthew Macfadyen, Max von Sydow

Votes: 229,875 | Gross: $105.27M

45. Silence (I) (2016)

R | 161 min | Adventure, Drama, History

7.2
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79 Metascore

In the 17th century, two Portuguese Jesuit priests travel to Japan in an attempt to locate their mentor, who is rumored to have committed apostasy, and to propagate Catholicism.

Director: Martin Scorsese | Stars: Andrew Garfield, Adam Driver, Liam Neeson, Tadanobu Asano

Votes: 74,415 | Gross: $7.08M

46. Alexander (2004)

R | 175 min | Action, Adventure, Biography

5.6
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39 Metascore

Alexander, the King of Macedonia and one of the greatest army leaders in the history of warfare, conquers much of the known world.

Director: Oliver Stone | Stars: Colin Farrell, Anthony Hopkins, Rosario Dawson, Angelina Jolie

Votes: 149,005 | Gross: $34.30M

47. Cold Mountain (2003)

R | 154 min | Adventure, Drama, History

7.2
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73 Metascore

In the waning days of the American Civil War, a wounded soldier embarks on a perilous journey back home to Cold Mountain, North Carolina to reunite with his sweetheart.

Director: Anthony Minghella | Stars: Jude Law, Nicole Kidman, Renée Zellweger, Eileen Atkins

Votes: 127,355 | Gross: $95.64M

48. Rush (I) (2013)

R | 123 min | Action, Biography, Drama

8.1
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75 Metascore

The merciless 1970s rivalry between Formula One rivals James Hunt and Niki Lauda.

Director: Ron Howard | Stars: Daniel Brühl, Chris Hemsworth, Olivia Wilde, Alexandra Maria Lara

Votes: 368,201 | Gross: $26.95M

49. Straight Outta Compton (2015)

R | 147 min | Biography, Drama, History

7.9
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72 Metascore

The group NWA emerges from the mean streets of Compton in Los Angeles, California, in the mid-1980s and revolutionizes Hip Hop culture with their music and tales about life in the hood.

Director: F. Gary Gray | Stars: O'Shea Jackson Jr., Corey Hawkins, Jason Mitchell, Neil Brown Jr.

Votes: 154,804 | Gross: $161.20M

50. Black Hawk Down (2001)

R | 144 min | Drama, History, War

7.7
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74 Metascore

160 elite U.S. soldiers drop into Somalia to capture two top lieutenants of a renegade warlord and find themselves in a desperate battle with a large force of heavily-armed Somalis.

Director: Ridley Scott | Stars: Josh Hartnett, Ewan McGregor, Tom Sizemore, Eric Bana

Votes: 322,864 | Gross: $108.64M