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First Man(2018)

PG-13
| 2h 21min | History, Drama
3.6/5 (with 2,059 votes)

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.

Hidden Figures(2016)

PG
| 2h 7min | Drama, History
4.1/5 (with 3,611 votes)

The untold story of Katherine G. Johnson, Dorothy Vaughan and Mary Jackson – brilliant African-American women working at NASA and serving as the brains behind one of the greatest operations in history – the launch of astronaut John Glenn into orbit. The visionary trio crossed all gender and race lines to inspire generations to dream big.

Selena(1997)

PG
| 2h 7min | Music, Drama, History
3.9/5 (with 461 votes)

In this biographical drama, Selena Quintanilla is born into a musical Mexican-American family in Texas. Her father, Abraham, realizes that his young daughter is talented and begins performing with her at small venues. She finds success and falls for her guitarist, Chris Perez, who draws the ire of her father. Seeking mainstream stardom, Selena begins recording an English-language album which, tragically, she would never complete.

Jackie(2016)

R
| 1h 40min | Drama
3.2/5 (with 950 votes)

An account of the days of First Lady, Jacqueline Kennedy, in the immediate aftermath of John F. Kennedy's assassination in 1963.

Superman: Red Son(2020)

3.7/5 (with 291 votes)

Set in the thick of the Cold War, Red Son introduces us to a Superman who landed in the USSR during the 1950s and grows up to become a Soviet symbol that fights for the preservation of Stalin’s brand of communism.

Directed by Sam Liu

Radioactive(2020)

3.3/5 (with 256 votes)

The story of Nobel Prize winner Marie Curie and her extraordinary scientific discoveries—through the prism of her marriage to husband Pierre—and the seismic and transformative effects their discovery of radium had on the 20th century.

Transformers: Dark of the Moon(2011)

PG-13
| 2h 34min | Action, Science Fiction, Adventure
3.1/5 (with 3,225 votes)

The Autobots continue to work for NEST, now no longer in secret. But after discovering a strange artifact during a mission in Chernobyl, it becomes apparent to Optimus Prime that the United States government has been less than forthright with them.

The Good Shepherd(2006)

R
| 2h 47min | Drama, Thriller, History
3.2/5 (with 399 votes)

Edward Wilson, the only witness to his father's suicide and member of the Skull and Bones Society while a student at Yale, is a morally upright young man who values honor and discretion, qualities that help him to be recruited for a career in the newly founded OSS. His dedication to his work does not come without a price though, leading him to sacrifice his ideals and eventually his family.

Inside Llewyn Davis(2013)

R
| 1h 44min | Drama, Music
3.6/5 (with 1,025 votes)

In Greenwich Village in the early 1960s, gifted but volatile folk musician Llewyn Davis struggles with money, relationships, and his uncertain future following the suicide of his singing partner.

The Butler(2013)

PG-13
| 2h 12min | Drama
3.7/5 (with 1,212 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.

K-19: The Widowmaker(2002)

PG-13
| 2h 18min | Drama, History, War, Thriller, Mystery
3.2/5 (with 337 votes)

When Russia's first nuclear submarine malfunctions on its maiden voyage, the crew must race to save the ship and prevent a nuclear disaster.

Trumbo(2015)

R
| 2h 4min | Drama
3.6/5 (with 621 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.

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Grease 2(1982)

2.6/5 (with 260 votes)

It's 1961, two years after the original Grease gang graduated, and there's a new crop of seniors and new members of the coolest cliques on campus, the Pink Ladies and T-Birds. Michael Carrington is the new kid in school - but he's been branded a brainiac. Can he fix up an old motorcycle, don a leather jacket, avoid a rumble with the leader of the T-Birds, and win the heart of Pink Lady Stephanie?

The Siege of Jadotville(2016)

1h 48min | War, Drama, Thriller
3.6/5 (with 312 votes)

Irish Commandant Pat Quinlan leads a stand off with troops against French and Belgian Mercenaries in the Congo during the early 1960s.

Saving Mr. Banks(2013)

PG-13
| 2h 5min | Comedy, Drama, History
3.7/5 (with 1,351 votes)

Author P.L. Travers looks back on her childhood while reluctantly meeting with Walt Disney, who seeks to adapt her Mary Poppins books for the big screen.

A Brighter Summer Day(1991)

NR
| 3h 57min | Crime, Drama, Romance / Love
4.2/5 (with 77 votes)

A boy experiences first love, friendships and injustices growing up in 1960s Taiwan.

Directed by Edward Yang - With Chang Chen, Elaine Jin, Chen Yi Wen, Chang Kuo-Chu, Zhang Han, ...

An Education(2009)

PG-13
| 1h 40min | Drama, Romance / Love
3.5/5 (with 509 votes)

Despite her sheltered upbringing, Jenny is a teen with a bright future; she's smart, pretty, and has aspirations of attending Oxford University. When David, a charming but much older suitor, motors into her life in a shiny automobile, Jenny gets a taste of adult life that she won't soon forget.

White Squall(1996)

PG-13
| 2h 9min | Action, Drama, Adventure
3.2/5 (with 114 votes)

In 1960, a hardy group of prep school students boards an old-fashioned sailing ship. With Capt. Christopher Sheldon at the helm, the oceangoing voyage is intended to teach the boys fortitude and discipline. But the youthful crew are about to get some unexpected instruction in survival when they get caught in the clutches of a white squall storm.

Hannah Arendt(2012)

NR
| 1h 53min | Drama
3.5/5 (with 101 votes)

HANNAH ARENDT is a portrait of the genius that shook the world with her discovery of “the banality of evil.” After she attends the Nazi Adolf Eichmann’s trial in Jerusalem, Arendt dares to write about the Holocaust in terms no one has ever heard before. Her work instantly provokes a furious scandal, and Arendt stands strong as she is attacked by friends and foes alike. But as the German-Jewish émigré also struggles to suppress her own painful associations with the past, the film exposes her beguiling blend of arrogance and vulnerability — revealing a soul defined and derailed by exile.

Alice, Sweet Alice(1976)

R
| 1h 48min | Horror, Mystery
3.2/5 (with 80 votes)

Alice is a withdrawn 12-year-old who lives with her mother and her younger sister, Karen, who gets most of the attention from her mother, leaving Alice out of the spotlight. When Karen is found brutally murdered in a church, suspicions start to turn toward Alice. But could a 12-year-old girl really be capable of such savagery?

Directed by Alfred Sole - With Linda Miller, Lillian Roth, Alphonso DeNoble, Brooke Shields

Adam Resurrected(2008)

1h 46min | Drama, War
3.2/5 (with 31 votes)

Before the war, in Berlin, Adam was an entertainer- cabaret impresario, magician, musician-loved by all until he finds himself in a concentration camp, confronted by Commandant Klein. Adam survives the camp by becoming the Klein's "dog", entertaining him while his wife and daughter are sent off to die. "Adam Resurrected" is the story of a man who once was a dog who meets a dog who once was a boy.

The House on Sorority Row(1982)

R
| 1h 31min | Horror, Mystery, Thriller
2.9/5 (with 61 votes)

After a seemingly innocent prank goes horribly wrong, a group of sorority sisters are stalked and murdered one by one in their sorority house while throwing a party to celebrate their graduation.

The White Crow(2018)

2h 7min | Drama
3.3/5 (with 79 votes)

The story of Rudolf Nureyev, whose escape to the West stunned the world at the height of the Cold War. With his magnetic presence, Nureyev emerged as ballet’s most famous star, a wild and beautiful dancer limited by the world of 1950s Leningrad. His flirtation with Western artists and ideas led him into a high-stakes game of cat and mouse with the KGB.

Experimenter(2015)

PG-13
| 1h 37min | Drama, History
3.3/5 (with 173 votes)

Yale University, 1961. Stanley Milgram designs a psychology experiment that still resonates to this day, in which people think they’re delivering painful electric shocks to an affable stranger strapped into a chair in another room. Despite his pleads for mercy, the majority of subjects don’t stop the experiment, administering what they think is a near-fatal electric shock, simply because they’ve been told to do so. With Nazi Adolf Eichmann’s trial airing in living rooms across America, Milgram strikes a nerve in popular culture and the scientific community with his exploration into people’s tendency to comply with authority. Celebrated in some circles, he is also accused of being a deceptive, manipulative monster, but his wife Sasha stands by him through it all.

If These Walls Could Talk 2(2000)

R
| 1h 36min | Romance / Love, Drama
3.5/5 (with 36 votes)

The stories of three lesbian couples -- who live in the same house at different periods of time -- who are at a crossroads in their lives. In 1961, Edith loses her lover, Abby, to a stroke. Linda and Amy struggle with feminist issues in 1972. And, in 2000, Kal and Fran try to have a baby with the help of sperm donor.

Directed by Anne Heche - With Vanessa Redgrave

To the Stars(2019)

1h 49min | Drama
2.9/5 (with 16 votes)

Under small-town scrutiny, a withdrawn farmer’s daughter forges an intimate friendship with a worldly but reckless new girl in 1960s Oklahoma.

61*(2001)

2h 9min | TV Movie, Drama, History
3.5/5 (with 43 votes)

In 1961, Roger Maris and Mickey Mantle played for the New York Yankees. One, Mantle, was universally loved, while the other, Maris, was universally hated. Both men started off with a bang, and both were nearing Babe Ruth's 60 home run record. Which man would reach it?

Gagarin: First in Space(2013)

PG-13
| 1h 48min | Drama, History
3.2/5 (with 46 votes)

The film is dedicated to the first steps of mankind on the path of space exploration and direct the fate of the first cosmonaut Yuri Gagarin. The main motif - the fight for the right to be first: the competition in the first cosmonaut, competition in missile technology, the confrontation of superpowers - the USSR and the USA. In the first group of astronauts were selected from three thousand fighter pilots across the country. In twenty of the legendary got the best of the best. Which of them will fly first, no one knew. In this way, had to contend not only with the pull of the earth ...

Directed by Pavel Parkhomenko - With Yaroslav Zhalnin, Mikhail Filippov, Vladimir Steklov, Vadim Michman, Nadezhda Markina, Viktor Proskurin, ...

Hospital Massacre(1981)

R
| 1h 29min | Horror, Thriller
2.5/5 (with 22 votes)

After making what should have been a routine visit to a local county hospital on Valentine's Day, divorcee Susan Jeremy finds herself detained for further observation. Meanwhile, a homicidal maniac disguised as a surgeon wanders around the hospital, killing all the staff members associated with her.

Directed by Boaz Davidson - With Barbi Benton

The Tunnel(2001)

2h 30min | Drama, Thriller
3.5/5 (with 34 votes)

Inspired by true events, Olympic swimmer Harry Melchior defects from East Germany in the 1960s and hatches a daring plot to help his sister and others flee East Berlin through a 145-yard underground tunnel.

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