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Midway(2019)

PG-13
| 2h 18min | War, History, Action, Drama
3.6/5 (with 754 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 1,285 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 3,370 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 1,359 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.

The Eight Hundred(2020)

2h 27min | War, History, Drama, Action
3.6/5 (with 31 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

The Thirteenth Floor(1999)

3.5/5 (with 438 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.

O Brother, Where Art Thou?(2000)

PG-13
| 1h 47min | Adventure, Comedy, Crime
3.7/5 (with 1,441 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 Butler(2013)

PG-13
| 2h 12min | Drama
3.7/5 (with 1,149 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.

Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood(2002)

PG-13
| 1h 56min | Comedy, Drama, Romance / Love
3.1/5 (with 81 votes)

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

Me and Orson Welles(2009)

PG-13
| 1h 54min | Comedy, Drama, Romance / Love
3.2/5 (with 68 votes)

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

Death on the Nile(1978)

PG
| 2h 20min | Mystery
3.6/5 (with 210 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?

Suddenly, Last Summer(1959)

NR
| 1h 54min | Thriller, Drama, Mystery
3.7/5 (with 77 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.

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Guernica(2016)

1h 50min | Drama, War, Romance / Love
2.7/5 (with 42 votes)

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

Cradle Will Rock(1999)

R
| 2h 12min | Drama
3.4/5 (with 27 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 24 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.

Love, Strange Love(1982)

2h 3min | Drama
2.9/5 (with 14 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 her, right before some important political changes in 1937 Brazil. In those hours, he discovers his own sexuality.

John Rabe(2009)

2h 14min | Drama, History, War
3.3/5 (with 35 votes)

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

The Hindenburg(1975)

2h 5min | History, Thriller, Action
3.1/5 (with 40 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.

The Uninvited(1944)

1h 39min | Drama, Fantasy, Horror, Mystery
3.5/5 (with 62 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.

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.

City of Life and Death(2009)

R
| 2h 12min | Drama, History, War
3.8/5 (with 66 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.

Shanghai Surprise(1986)

PG-13
| 1h 37min | Adventure, Comedy, Crime, Drama, Romance / Love
1.9/5 (with 21 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.

A Month by the Lake(1995)

PG
| 1h 32min | Comedy, Drama, Romance / Love
3.3/5 (with 9 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
3.3/5 (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 Group(1966)

2h 32min | Drama
2.8/5 (with 7 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.

The Bay Boy(1984)

1h 47min | Drama
3.2/5 (with 5 votes)

A Roman Catholic teenage boy in Glace Bay, Cape Breton Island, Nova Scotia during the 1930s faces various growing-up problems: Should be become a priest? What should he do about the murder he witnessed, committed by a local cop and upstanding parishioner? And how far should he go with his girl friend, who happens to be the murderer's daughter?

The von Trapp Family: A Life of Music(2015)

1h 38min | Drama, Music
3.0/5 (with 6 votes)

Agathe von Trapp, the eldest daughter of a well-known musical family, overcomes many obstacles to pursue her musical career and move to the United States.

Cry for the Strangers(1982)

1h 37min | Horror, Thriller, TV Movie
3.2/5 (with 2 votes)

The little coastal town of Clark's Harbor seems like the perfect place for psychiatrist Brad Russell and his wife to get a little peace and spend more time with each other. But the locals don't seem very friendly and every time a storm rolls in another mysterious death occurs... Could an ancient Indian legend of ghostly tribes and human sacrifice have anything to do with it?

Directed by Peter Medak - With Patrick Duffy

Triple Agent(2004)

1h 55min | Action, Thriller
3.0/5 (with 8 votes)

The Popular Front wins elections, the Spanish Civil War begins, and Hitler and Stalin are manipulating and spying. The brilliant exile, Fiodor Voronin, a general at 20, is the deputy at the White Russian Military Union, probably slated to replace the aging Général Dobrinsky soon. Fiodor's Greek wife, Arsinoé, paints and stays away from politics, befriending Communist neighbors. Her health declines; the attentive Fiodor arranges care and, against the backdrop of Stalin's Great Purge, considers his options. He plays a chess game in which love of country, love of Arsinoé, ideology, petty jealousies, and the machinations of power roil in matters of life and death.

Molly and Me(1945)

1h 17min | Comedy
3.2/5 (with 4 votes)

A vivacious actress needing work becomes a housekeeper for a crusty retired politician, and gives his life the shaking-up that it needs.

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