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Movies Set in 1947

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The Shawshank Redemption(1994)

R
| 2h 22min | Drama, Crime
4.4/5 (with 9,515 votes)

Framed in the 1940s for the double murder of his wife and her lover, upstanding banker Andy Dufresne begins a new life at the Shawshank prison, where he puts his accounting skills to work for an amoral warden. During his long stretch in prison, Dufresne comes to be admired by the other inmates -- including an older prisoner named Red -- for his integrity and unquenchable sense of hope.

Lolita(1997)

R
| 2h 17min | Drama
3.5/5 (with 514 votes)

Urbane professor Humbert Humbert marries a New England widow to be near her nymphet daughter.

Paul(2011)

3.4/5 (with 2,138 votes)

For the past 60 years, a space-traveling smart-ass named Paul has been locked up in a top-secret military base, advising world leaders about his kind. But when he worries he’s outlived his usefulness and the dissection table is drawing uncomfortably close, Paul escapes on the first RV that passes by his compound in Area 51. Fortunately, it contains the two earthlings who are most likely to rescue and harbor an alien on the run.

Who Framed Roger Rabbit(1988)

3.8/5 (with 2,068 votes)

'Toon star Roger is worried that his wife Jessica is playing pattycake with someone else, so the studio hires detective Eddie Valiant to snoop on her. But the stakes are quickly raised when Marvin Acme is found dead and Roger is the prime suspect.

The Aviator(2004)

PG-13
| 2h 50min | Drama
3.6/5 (with 1,974 votes)

A biopic depicting the life of filmmaker and aviation pioneer Howard Hughes from 1927 to 1947, during which time he became a successful film producer and an aviation magnate, while simultaneously growing more unstable due to severe obsessive-compulsive disorder.

Dominion: Prequel to the Exorcist(2005)

R
| 1h 57min | Horror, Thriller
2.7/5 (with 100 votes)

Haunted by terrible acts the Nazis forced him to participate in, the disenchanted Father Lankester Merrin focuses his energies on helping with an archaeological dig in the northern part of Kenya. There, the crew uncovers a church that predates Christian missions into the area, but the discovery also causes strange events to start occurring -- including physical changes to a young, disabled boy, whom Merrin grows to suspect has been possessed by a demon.

Mr. Holmes(2015)

PG
| 1h 44min | Drama, Mystery
3.3/5 (with 735 votes)

The story is set in 1947, following a long-retired Holmes living in a Sussex village with his housekeeper and rising detective son. But then he finds himself haunted by an unsolved 50-year old case. Holmes' memory isn't what it used to be, so he only remembers fragments of the case: a confrontation with an angry husband, a secret bond with his beautiful but unstable wife.

Kalashnikov AK-47(2020)

1h 45min | War, History, Drama
3.8/5 (with 66 votes)

Tank commander Kalashnikov is severely injured in battle in 1941. The accident leaves him incapacitated and unable to return to the front line.While recovering in the hospital he begins creating the initial sketches of what will become one of the world’s most legendary weapons. A self-taught inventor, Mikhail Kalashnikov, is only 29 when he develops the now iconic assault riffle— the AK-47.

Capone(2020)

1h 43min | Crime, Drama
2.6/5 (with 79 votes)

The 47-year old Al Capone, after 10 years in prison, starts suffering from dementia and comes to be haunted by his violent past.

Directed by Josh Trank - With Tom Hardy

Gandhi(1982)

PG
| 3h 11min | Drama, History
3.8/5 (with 822 votes)

In the early years of the 20th century, Mohandas K. Gandhi, a British-trained lawyer, forsakes all worldly possessions to take up the cause of Indian independence. Faced with armed resistance from the British government, Gandhi adopts a policy of 'passive resistance', endeavouring to win freedom for his people without resorting to bloodshed.

The Black Dahlia(2006)

R
| 2h 1min | Drama, Crime
2.9/5 (with 371 votes)

Lee Blanchard and Bucky Bleichert are former boxers-turned-cops in 1940s Los Angeles and, when an aspiring young actress turns up dead, Blanchard and Bleichert must grapple with corruption, narcissism, stag films and family madness as they pursue the killer.

Raging Bull(1980)

R
| 2h 9min | Drama, History
4.0/5 (with 1,482 votes)

The life of boxer Jake LaMotta, whose violence and temper that led him to the top in the ring destroyed his life outside of it.

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Kon-Tiki(2012)

PG-13
| 1h 58min | Adventure, History
3.5/5 (with 254 votes)

The true story about legendary explorer Thor Heyerdahl and his epic crossing of the Pacific on a balsa wood raft in 1947, in an effort to prove it was possible for South Americans to settle in Polynesia in pre-Columbian times.

Viceroy's House(2017)

PG-13
| 1h 46min | Drama, History
3.3/5 (with 103 votes)

In 1947, Lord Mountbatten assumes the post of last Viceroy, charged with handing India back to its people, living upstairs at the house which was the home of British rulers, whilst 500 Hindu, Muslim and Sikh servants lived downstairs.

Trumbo(2015)

R
| 2h 4min | Drama
3.6/5 (with 597 votes)

The career of screenwriter Dalton Trumbo is halted by a witch hunt in the late 1940s when he defies the anti-communist HUAC committee and is blacklisted.

The Right Stuff(1983)

PG
| 3h 13min | History, Drama
3.8/5 (with 290 votes)

A chronicle of the original Mercury astronauts in the formation of America's space program: Alan Shepherd, the first American in space; Gus Grissom, the benighted astronaut for whom nothing works out as planned; John Glenn, the straight-arrow 'boy scout' of the bunch who was the first American to orbit the earth; and the remaining pilots: Deke Slayton, Scott Carpenter and Wally Schirra.

Sophie's Choice(1982)

R
| 2h 31min | Drama, Romance / Love
3.7/5 (with 298 votes)

Stingo, a young writer, moves to Brooklyn in 1947 to begin work on his first novel. As he becomes friendly with Sophie and her lover Nathan, he learns that she is a Holocaust survivor. Flashbacks reveal her harrowing story, from pre-war prosperity to Auschwitz. In the present, Sophie and Nathan's relationship increasingly unravels as Stingo grows closer to Sophie and Nathan's fragile mental state becomes ever more apparent.

42(2013)

PG-13
| 2h 8min | Drama
3.6/5 (with 671 votes)

The powerful story of Jackie Robinson, the legendary baseball player who broke Major League Baseball’s color barrier when he joined the roster of the Brooklyn Dodgers. The film follows the innovative Dodgers’ general manager Branch Rickey, the MLB executive who first signed Robinson to the minors and then helped to bring him up to the show.

The Little Stranger(2018)

1h 51min | Mystery, Drama, Horror, History
2.9/5 (with 90 votes)

In a dusty post-war summer in rural Warwickshire, a doctor is called to a patient at lonely Hundreds Hall. Home to the Ayres family for over two centuries, the Georgian house is now in decline. But are the Ayreses haunted by something more sinister than a dying way of life?

Young Black Stallion(2003)

3.4/5 (with 34 votes)

When courageous young Neera becomes separated from her family in the desert, she chances upon a wild colt. Together they find friendship, trust, and their way back home only to discover her family is about to lose everything!

Directed by Simon Wincer - With Richard Romanus

The Notorious Bettie Page(2005)

R
| 1h 31min | Comedy, Drama
3.2/5 (with 52 votes)

Bettie Page grew up in a conservative religious family in Tennessee and became a photo model sensation in 1950s New York. Bettie's legendary pin-up photos made her the target of a Senate investigation into pornography, and transformed her into an erotic icon who continues to enthrall fans to this day.

The Man Who Planted Trees(1987)

30min | Animation, Drama
4.1/5 (with 54 votes)

This animated short film tells the story of a shepherd who repairs the ruined ecosystem of a secluded valley by singlehandedly cultivating a forest over a thirty year period.

Directed by Frédéric Back

Alien Hunter(2003)

2.6/5 (with 45 votes)

Government agents find evidence of extraterrestrial life at the South Pole.

Directed by Ronald Krauss - With James Spader, Leslie Stefanson, Carl Lewis, John Lynch, Roy Dotrice, Keir Dullea, ...

The Black Stallion Returns(1983)

PG
| 1h 43min | Adventure, Kids & Family
3.4/5 (with 17 votes)

"Black" is a stunning fire-and-silk stallion celebrated the world over. But to his young American owner, Alec Ramsay (Kelly Reno), he's much more. So, when the amazing animal is stolen, Alec will stop at nothing to get him back. Alec finally unravels the mystery of Black's theft...only to discover that he must overcome even greater odds to reclaim his beloved horse.

Imitation of Life(1959)

NR
| 2h 5min | Drama, Romance / Love
3.7/5 (with 82 votes)

Lora Meredith, a white widow who dreams of being on Broadway, has a chance encounter with Annie Johnson, a black single mother. Annie becomes the caretaker of Lora's daughter, Susie, while Lora pursues her stage career. Both women deal with the difficulties of motherhood: Lora's thirst for fame threatens her relationship with Susie, while Annie's light-skinned daughter, Sarah Jane, struggles with her African-American identity.

Pollock(2000)

R
| 2h 2min | Drama, Romance / Love
3.4/5 (with 106 votes)

In August of 1949, Life Magazine ran a banner headline that begged the question: "Jackson Pollock: Is he the greatest living painter in the United States?" The film is a look back into the life of an extraordinary man, a man who has fittingly been called "an artist dedicated to concealment, a celebrity who nobody knew." As he struggled with self-doubt, engaging in a lonely tug-of-war between needing to express himself and wanting to shut the world out, Pollock began a downward spiral.

Christmas Evil(1980)

R
| 1h 40min | Drama, Horror, Thriller
2.7/5 (with 50 votes)

A toy factory worker, mentally scarred as a child upon learning Santa Claus is not real, suffers a nervous breakdown after being belittled at work, and embarks on a Yuletide killing spree.

Directed by Lewis Jackson - With Jeffrey DeMunn, Brandon Maggart

Exodus(1960)

3h 28min | History, War, Action
3.4/5 (with 55 votes)

The theme is the founding of the state of Israel. The action begins on a ship filled with Jewish immigrants bound for Israel who are being off loaded on Cyprus. An Intelligence officer succeeds in getting them back on board their ship only to have the harbor blocked by the British with whom they must negotiate. The second part deals with declaring independence and the resulting warring.

Love & Passion(1987)

1h 38min | Drama
2.7/5 (with 14 votes)

After the renewed flings with their former lovers prove to be disastrously unlike the romantic memories, an unfaithful couple returns to each other.

MacArthur(1977)

PG
| 2h 10min | Drama, History, War
3.1/5 (with 24 votes)

The film portrays MacArthur's (Gregory Peck) life from 1942, before the Battle of Bataan, to 1952, the time after he had been removed from his Korean War command by President Truman (Ed Flanders) for insubordination, and is recounted in flashback as he visits West Point.

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