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Midway(2019)

PG-13
| 2h 18min | War, History, Action, Drama
3.6/5 (with 808 votes)

The story of the Battle of Midway, and the leaders and soldiers who used their instincts, fortitude and bravery to overcome massive odds.

Chinatown(1974)

R
| 2h 10min | Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
4.0/5 (with 1,329 votes)

Private eye Jake Gittes lives off of the murky moral climate of sunbaked, pre-World War II Southern California. Hired by a beautiful socialite to investigate her husband's extra-marital affair, Gittes is swept into a maelstrom of double dealings and deadly deceits, uncovering a web of personal and political scandals that come crashing together.

The King's Speech(2010)

R
| 1h 58min | Drama, History
3.9/5 (with 3,449 votes)

The King's Speech tells the story of the man who became King George VI, the father of Queen Elizabeth II. After his brother abdicates, George ('Bertie') reluctantly assumes the throne. Plagued by a dreaded stutter and considered unfit to be king, Bertie engages the help of an unorthodox speech therapist named Lionel Logue. Through a set of unexpected techniques, and as a result of an unlikely friendship, Bertie is able to find his voice and boldly lead the country into war.

Pineapple Express(2008)

R
| 1h 51min | Action, Comedy, Crime
3.3/5 (with 1,406 votes)

A stoner and his dealer are forced to go on the run from the police after the pothead witnesses a cop commit a murder.

O Brother, Where Art Thou?(2000)

PG-13
| 1h 47min | Adventure, Comedy, Crime
3.7/5 (with 1,511 votes)

In the deep south during the 1930s, three escaped convicts search for hidden treasure while a relentless lawman pursues them. On their journey they come across many comical characters and incredible situations. Based upon Homer's 'Odyssey'.

The Color Purple(1985)

PG
| 2h 34min | Drama
3.9/5 (with 591 votes)

An epic tale spanning forty years in the life of Celie, an African-American woman living in the South who survives incredible abuse and bigotry. After Celie's abusive father marries her off to the equally debasing 'Mister' Albert Johnson, things go from bad to worse, leaving Celie to find companionship anywhere she can. She perseveres, holding on to her dream of one day being reunited with her sister in Africa.

The Butler(2013)

PG-13
| 2h 12min | Drama
3.7/5 (with 1,191 votes)

A look at the life of Cecil Gaines who served eight presidents as the White House's head butler from 1952 to 1986, and had a unique front-row seat as political and racial history was made.

The Eight Hundred(2020)

2h 27min | War, History, Drama, Action
3.7/5 (with 45 votes)

In 1937, eight hundred Chinese soldiers fight under siege from a warehouse in the middle of the Shanghai battlefield, completely surrounded by the Japanese army.

Directed by Guan Hu

Death on the Nile(1978)

PG
| 2h 20min | Mystery
3.6/5 (with 224 votes)

As Hercule Poirot enjoys a luxurious cruise down the Nile, a newlywed heiress is found murdered on board. Can Poirot identify the killer before the ship reaches the end of its journey?

The Thirteenth Floor(1999)

3.5/5 (with 450 votes)

Los Angeles. A wealthy man, known as Mr. Fuller, discovers a shocking secret about the world he lives in. Fearing for his life, he leaves a desperate message for a friend of his in the most unexpected place.

Blithe Spirit(2020)

PG-13
| 1h 39min | Comedy, Fantasy, Romance / Love
2.7/5 (with 25 votes)

A spiritualist medium holds a seance for a writer suffering from writers block but accidentally summons the spirit of his deceased first wife which leads to an increasingly complex love triangle with his current wife of five years.

City of Life and Death(2009)

R
| 2h 12min | Drama, History, War
3.8/5 (with 68 votes)

City of Life and Death takes place in 1937, during the height of the Second Sino-Japanese War. The Imperial Japanese Army has just captured the then-capital of the Republic of China, Nanjing. What followed was known as the Nanking Massacre, or the Rape of Nanking, a period of several weeks wherein tens of thousands of Chinese soldiers and civilians were killed.

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Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood(2002)

PG-13
| 1h 56min | Comedy, Drama, Romance / Love
3.1/5 (with 85 votes)

A mother and daughter dispute is resolved by the "Yaya sisterhood" - long time friends of the mother.

Love, Strange Love(1982)

2h 3min | Drama
3.0/5 (with 16 votes)

Man remembers 48 crucial hours in his life when, as a child, he visited his mother, the favorite woman of an important politician, in a bordello owned by him, right before some important political changes in 1937 Brazil. In those hours, he discovers his own sexuality.

Guernica(2016)

1h 50min | Drama, War, Romance / Love
2.7/5 (with 44 votes)

The fates of Henry - an American correspondent - and Teresa, one of the Republic's censors during the Spanish Civil War.

The Hindenburg(1975)

2h 5min | History, Thriller, Action
3.2/5 (with 42 votes)

In this highly speculative historical thriller, Colonel Franz Ritter (George C. Scott), a former hero pilot now working for military intelligence, is assigned to the great Hindenburg airship as its chief of security. As he races against the clock to uncover a possible saboteur aboard the doomed zeppelin he finds that any of the passengers and crew could be the culprit.

Suddenly, Last Summer(1959)

NR
| 1h 54min | Thriller, Drama, Mystery
3.7/5 (with 84 votes)

The only son of wealthy widow Violet Venable dies while on vacation with his cousin Catherine. What the girl saw was so horrible that she went insane; now Mrs. Venable wants Catherine lobotomized to cover up the truth.

Me and Orson Welles(2009)

PG-13
| 1h 54min | Comedy, Drama, Romance / Love
3.2/5 (with 71 votes)

New York, 1937. A teenager hired to star in Orson Welles' production of Julius Caesar becomes attracted to a career-driven production assistant.

The Uninvited(1944)

1h 39min | Drama, Fantasy, Horror, Mystery
3.6/5 (with 66 votes)

A brother and sister move into an old seaside house they find abandoned for many years on the English coast. Their original enchantment with the house diminishes as they hear stories of the previous owners and meet their daughter (now a young woman) who now lives as a neighbor with her grandfather. Also heard are unexplained sounds during the night. It becomes obvious that the house is haunted.

John Rabe(2009)

2h 14min | Drama, History, War
3.4/5 (with 41 votes)

A true-story account of a German businessman who saved more than 200,000 Chinese during the Nanjing massacre in 1937-38.

Cradle Will Rock(1999)

R
| 2h 12min | Drama
3.4/5 (with 28 votes)

A true story of politics and art in the 1930s USA, centered around a leftist musical drama and attempts to stop its production.

The White Countess(2005)

3.4/5 (with 26 votes)

Iin 1930s Shanghai, 'The White Countess' is both Sofia—a fallen member of the Russian aristocracy—and a nightclub created by a blind American diplomat, who asks Sofia to be the centerpiece of the world he wants to create.

Shanghai Surprise(1986)

PG-13
| 1h 37min | Adventure, Comedy, Crime, Drama, Romance / Love
2.0/5 (with 22 votes)

Glendon Wasey is a fortune hunter looking for a fast track out of China. Gloria Tatlock is a missionary nurse seeking the curing powers of opium for her patients. Fate sets them on a hectic, exotic, and even romantic quest for stolen drugs. But they are up against every thug and smuggler in Shangai.

Brighton Beach Memoirs(1986)

PG-13
| 1h 48min | Comedy, Drama, Romance / Love
3.3/5 (with 19 votes)

Eugene, a young teenage Jewish boy, recalls his memoirs of his time as an adolescent youth. He lives with his parents, his aunt, two cousins, and his brother, Stanley, whom he looks up to and admires. He goes through the hardships of puberty, sexual fantasy, and living the life of a poor boy in a crowded house.

Roaring Years(1962)

1h 46min | Comedy
3.4/5 (with 10 votes)

In this satire inspired by Nikolai Gogol’s The Government Inspector (aka The Inspector General) and transported to fascist era Italy, the (supposed) incognito visit of a Roman fascist official to a tiny country town shakes deeply the ruling class and their lack of integrity.

The Group(1966)

2h 32min | Drama
2.8/5 (with 9 votes)

Sidney Lumet's adaptation of the acclaimed Mary McCarthy novel. It's 1933, and eight young women are friends and members of the upper- class group at a private girl's school, about to graduate and start their own lives. The film documents the years between their graduation and the beginning of the World War in Europe, and shows, in a serialized style, their romances and marriages, their searches for careers or meaning in their lives, their highs and their lows.

A Month by the Lake(1995)

PG
| 1h 32min | Comedy, Drama, Romance / Love
3.4/5 (with 10 votes)

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 English-speaking guests are brash Americans. Then Major Wilshaw arrives. He suggests they meet for cocktails and Miss Bentley stands him up -- not even thinking about it -- as she helps the new nanny of an Italian family settle in. Miss Beaumont, a tall, young American who has dropped out of finishing school in Switzerland, is bored and finds some amusement in flirting with the major, whose libido is awakened for the first time since before the great war. And Miss Bentley now finds more about the major to admire than his ears.

All Creatures Great and Small(1975)

1h 32min | Drama
3.4/5 (with 7 votes)

James Herriot is a vet in Yorkshire, England, during the 1940's. He is assigned to the practice of Siegfried Farnon, who (together with his mischievous brother Tristan) already have a successful business. James undergoes a variety of adventures during his work, which are just as often caused by the characters of the county (including the Farnon brothers) as the animals in his care.

The Case of the Naves Brothers(1967)

1h 32min | Drama
3.6/5 (with 4 votes)

After their relative and associate runs way, the Naves brothers inform the police of the incident, who end up arresting them under the accusation of murdering the missing person. The brothers are tortured in order to confess a crime they did not commit while their wives are raped.

A Yank at Oxford(1938)

1h 42min | Drama, Romance / Love
3.4/5 (with 3 votes)

Lee Sheridan, a young American comes to study at Oxford University, but is instantly disliked by the other students, because of his brash and big-headed attitude. After several scrapes with the college professors, and the wife of the local book seller, he becomes a hero when he joins the rowing club, and coxes the boat crew to beat Cambridge, in the annual boat race.

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