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The Imitation Game(2014)

PG-13
| 1h 53min | History, Drama, Thriller, War
4.1/5 (with 4,267 votes)

Based on the real life story of legendary cryptanalyst Alan Turing, the film portrays the nail-biting race against time by Turing and his brilliant team of code-breakers at Britain's top-secret Government Code and Cypher School at Bletchley Park, during the darkest days of World War II.

Directed by Morten Tyldum - With Benedict Cumberbatch, Keira Knightley, Matthew Goode, Charles Dance, Mark Strong, Allen Leech, ...

Dunkirk(2017)

PG-13
| 1h 47min | Action, Drama, History, Thriller, War
3.7/5 (with 3,529 votes)

The story of the miraculous evacuation of Allied soldiers from Belgium, Britain, Canada and France, who were cut off and surrounded by the German army from the beaches and harbour of Dunkirk between May 26th and June 4th 1940 during World War II.

Directed by Christopher Nolan - With Kenneth Branagh, Harry Styles, Fionn Whitehead, Jack Lowden, Aneurin Barnard, James D'Arcy, ...

Saving Private Ryan(1998)

R
| 2h 49min | Drama, History, War
4.0/5 (with 3,477 votes)

As U.S. troops storm the beaches of Normandy, three brothers lie dead on the battlefield, with a fourth trapped behind enemy lines. Ranger captain John Miller and seven men are tasked with penetrating German-held territory and bringing the boy home.

Directed by Steven Spielberg - With Tom Hanks, Matt Damon, Edward Burns, Tom Sizemore, Jeremy Davies, Adam Goldberg, ...

Schindler's List(1993)

R
| 3h 15min | Drama, History, War
4.3/5 (with 3,171 votes)

The true story of how businessman Oskar Schindler saved over a thousand Jewish lives from the Nazis while they worked as slaves in his factory during World War II.

Directed by Steven Spielberg - With Ralph Fiennes, Liam Neeson, Ben Kingsley, Caroline Goodall, Embeth Davidtz, Jonathan Sagall, ...

12 Years a Slave(2013)

R
| 2h 14min | Drama, History
4.0/5 (with 2,691 votes)

In the pre-Civil War United States, Solomon Northup, a free black man from upstate New York, is abducted and sold into slavery. Facing cruelty as well as unexpected kindnesses Solomon struggles not only to stay alive, but to retain his dignity. In the twelfth year of his unforgettable odyssey, Solomon’s chance meeting with a Canadian abolitionist will forever alter his life.

Directed by Steve McQueen - With Chiwetel Ejiofor, Michael Fassbender, Benedict Cumberbatch, Paul Dano, Paul Giamatti, Lupita Nyong'o, ...

Hacksaw Ridge(2016)

R
| 2h 20min | Drama, History, War
4.0/5 (with 2,663 votes)

WWII American Army Medic Desmond T. Doss, who served during the Battle of Okinawa, refuses to kill people and becomes the first Conscientious Objector in American history to receive the Congressional Medal of Honor.

Directed by Mel Gibson - With Andrew Garfield, Vince Vaughn, Sam Worthington, Luke Bracey, Hugo Weaving, Ryan Corr, ...

Braveheart(1995)

R
| 2h 57min | Action, Drama, History, War
3.9/5 (with 2,280 votes)

Enraged at the slaughter of Murron, his new bride and childhood love, Scottish warrior William Wallace slays a platoon of the local English lord's soldiers. This leads the village to revolt and, eventually, the entire country to rise up against English rule.

Directed by Mel Gibson - With Mel Gibson, Sophie Marceau, Brendan Gleeson, Patrick McGoohan, Angus Macfadyen, James Cosmo, ...

Dallas Buyers Club(2013)

R
| 1h 57min | Drama, History
4.0/5 (with 2,044 votes)

Loosely based on the true-life tale of Ron Woodroof, a drug-taking, women-loving, homophobic man who in 1986 was diagnosed with HIV/AIDS and given thirty days to live.

Directed by Jean-Marc Vallée - With Matthew McConaughey, Jennifer Garner, Jared Leto, Bradford Cox, Dallas Roberts, Denis O'Hare, ...

The King's Speech(2010)

R
| 1h 58min | Drama, History
3.9/5 (with 2,030 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.

Directed by Tom Hooper - With Colin Firth, Geoffrey Rush, Helena Bonham Carter, Guy Pearce, Timothy Spall, Michael Gambon, ...

Spotlight(2015)

R
| 2h 8min | Drama, Thriller, History
3.9/5 (with 1,969 votes)

In 2001, editor Marty Baron of The Boston Globe assigns a team of journalists to investigate allegations against John Geoghan, an unfrocked priest accused of molesting more than 80 boys. Led by editor Walter "Robby" Robinson, reporters Michael Rezendes, Matt Carroll and Sacha Pfeiffer interview victims and try to unseal sensitive documents. The reporters make it their mission to provide proof of a cover-up of sexual abuse within the Roman Catholic Church.

Directed by Tom McCarthy - With Mark Ruffalo, Michael Keaton, Rachel McAdams, Liev Schreiber, John Slattery, Stanley Tucci, ...

Hidden Figures(2016)

PG
| 2h 7min | Drama, History
4.0/5 (with 1,840 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.

Directed by Theodore Melfi - With Taraji P. Henson, Octavia Spencer, Janelle Monáe, Kevin Costner, Kirsten Dunst, Jim Parsons, ...

Sully(2016)

PG-13
| 1h 36min | Drama, History
3.5/5 (with 1,556 votes)

On 15 January 2009, the world witnessed the 'Miracle on the Hudson' when Captain 'Sully' Sullenberger glided his disabled plane onto the frigid waters of the Hudson River, saving the lives of all 155 aboard. However, even as Sully was being heralded by the public and the media for his unprecedented feat of aviation skill, an investigation was unfolding that threatened to destroy his reputation and career.

Directed by Clint Eastwood - With Tom Hanks, Laura Linney, Anna Gunn, Aaron Eckhart, Sam Huntington, Shane P. Allen, ...

The Last Samurai(2003)

R
| 2h 34min | Drama, Action, War, History
3.7/5 (with 1,411 votes)

Nathan Algren is an American hired to instruct the Japanese army in the ways of modern warfare, which finds him learning to respect the samurai and the honorable principles that rule them. Pressed to destroy the samurai's way of life in the name of modernization and open trade, Algren decides to become an ultimate warrior himself and to fight for their right to exist.

Directed by Edward Zwick - With Tom Cruise, Ken Watanabe, Shin Koyamada, Tony Goldwyn, Masato Harada, Hiroyuki Sanada, ...

Gangs of New York(2002)

R
| 2h 47min | Drama, History, Crime
3.6/5 (with 1,411 votes)

It's 1863. America was born in the streets. Amsterdam Vallon returns to the Five Points of America to seek vengeance against the psychotic gangland kingpin, Bill the Butcher, who murdered his father years earlier. With an eager pickpocket by his side and a whole new army, Vallon fights his way to seek vengeance on the Butcher and restore peace in the area.

Directed by Martin Scorsese - With Leonardo DiCaprio, Daniel Day-Lewis, Cameron Diaz, Jim Broadbent, Henry Thomas, Liam Neeson, ...

Pearl Harbor(2001)

PG-13
| 3h 3min | History, Romance / Love, War, Drama
3.4/5 (with 1,368 votes)

The lifelong friendship between Rafe McCawley and Danny Walker is put to the ultimate test when the two ace fighter pilots become entangled in a love triangle with beautiful Naval nurse Evelyn Johnson. But the rivalry between the friends-turned-foes is immediately put on hold when they find themselves at the center of Japan's devastating attack on Pearl Harbor on Dec. 7, 1941.

Directed by Michael Bay - With Ben Affleck, Josh Hartnett, Kate Beckinsale, Cuba Gooding Jr., Tom Sizemore, Jon Voight, ...

Les Misérables(2012)

PG-13
| 2h 37min | History, Drama
3.7/5 (with 1,336 votes)

An adaptation of the successful stage musical based on Victor Hugo's classic novel set in 19th-century France, in which a paroled prisoner named Jean Valjean seeks redemption.

Directed by Tom Hooper - With Hugh Jackman, Russell Crowe, Anne Hathaway, Amanda Seyfried, Sacha Baron Cohen, Helena Bonham Carter, ...

Black Hawk Down(2001)

R
| 2h 24min | Action, History, War
3.7/5 (with 1,242 votes)

When U.S. Rangers and an elite Delta Force team attempt to kidnap two underlings of a Somali warlord, their Black Hawk helicopters are shot down, and the Americans suffer heavy casualties, facing intense fighting from the militia on the ground.

Directed by Ridley Scott - With Josh Hartnett, Eric Bana, Ewan McGregor, Tom Sizemore, William Fichtner, Sam Shepard, ...

Apollo 13(1995)

PG
| 2h 20min | Drama, History
3.7/5 (with 1,151 votes)

The true story of technical troubles that scuttle the Apollo 13 lunar mission in 1971, risking the lives of astronaut Jim Lovell and his crew, with the failed journey turning into a thrilling saga of heroism. Drifting more than 200,000 miles from Earth, the astronauts work furiously with the ground crew to avert tragedy.

Directed by Ron Howard - With Tom Hanks, Bill Paxton, Kevin Bacon, Gary Sinise, Ed Harris, Kathleen Quinlan, ...

Zero Dark Thirty(2012)

R
| 2h 37min | Thriller, Drama, History
3.5/5 (with 1,092 votes)

A chronicle of the decade-long hunt for al-Qaeda terrorist leader Osama bin Laden after the September 2001 attacks, and his death at the hands of the Navy S.E.A.L. Team 6 in May, 2011.

Directed by Kathryn Bigelow - With Jessica Chastain, Jason Clarke, Joel Edgerton, Jennifer Ehle, Mark Strong, Kyle Chandler, ...

Steve Jobs(2015)

R
| 2h 2min | Drama, History
3.4/5 (with 1,085 votes)

Set backstage at three iconic product launches and ending in 1998 with the unveiling of the iMac, Steve Jobs takes us behind the scenes of the digital revolution to paint an intimate portrait of the brilliant man at its epicenter.

Directed by Danny Boyle - With Michael Fassbender, Kate Winslet, Seth Rogen, Jeff Daniels, Katherine Waterston, Michael Stuhlbarg, ...

The Untouchables(1987)

1h 59min | Crime, Drama, History, Thriller
3.9/5 (with 1,072 votes)

Young Treasury Agent Elliot Ness arrives in Chicago and is determined to take down Al Capone, but it's not going to be easy because Capone has the police in his pocket. Ness meets Jimmy Malone, a veteran patrolman and probably the most honorable one on the force. He asks Malone to help him get Capone, but Malone warns him that if he goes after Capone, he is going to war.

Directed by Brian De Palma - With Charles Martin Smith, Andy García, Richard Bradford, Jack Kehoe, Robert De Niro, Sean Connery, ...

Snowden(2016)

3.5/5 (with 998 votes)

CIA employee Edward Snowden leaks thousands of classified documents to the press.

Directed by Oliver Stone - With Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Melissa Leo, Shailene Woodley, Zachary Quinto, Tom Wilkinson, Scott Eastwood, ...

Darkest Hour(2017)

PG-13
| 2h 5min | Drama, History
3.7/5 (with 962 votes)

A thrilling and inspiring true story begins on the eve of World War II as, within days of becoming Prime Minister of Great Britain, Winston Churchill must face one of his most turbulent and defining trials: exploring a negotiated peace treaty with Nazi Germany, or standing firm to fight for the ideals, liberty and freedom of a nation. As the unstoppable Nazi forces roll across Western Europe and the threat of invasion is imminent, and with an unprepared public, a skeptical King, and his own party plotting against him, Churchill must withstand his darkest hour, rally a nation, and attempt to change the course of world history.

Directed by Joe Wright - With Gary Oldman, Kristin Scott Thomas, Lily James, Stephen Dillane, Ronald Pickup, Ben Mendelsohn, ...

The Monuments Men(2014)

PG-13
| 1h 58min | War, Drama, History, Action
3.0/5 (with 961 votes)

Based on the true story of the greatest treasure hunt in history, The Monuments Men is an action drama focusing on seven over-the-hill, out-of-shape museum directors, artists, architects, curators, and art historians who went to the front lines of WWII to rescue the world’s artistic masterpieces from Nazi thieves and return them to their rightful owners. With the art hidden behind enemy lines, how could these guys hope to succeed?

Directed by George Clooney - With Matt Damon, George Clooney, Cate Blanchett, Bill Murray, John Goodman, Jean Dujardin, ...

Lincoln(2012)

PG-13
| 2h 29min | History, Drama
3.4/5 (with 960 votes)

A revealing drama that focuses on the 16th President's tumultuous final months in office. In a nation divided by war and the strong winds of change, Lincoln pursues a course of action designed to end the war, unite the country and abolish slavery. With the moral courage and fierce determination to succeed, his choices during this critical moment will change the fate of generations to come.

Directed by Steven Spielberg - With Daniel Day-Lewis, Sally Field, David Strathairn, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, James Spader, Hal Holbrook, ...

Public Enemies(2009)

R
| 2h 20min | Crime, Drama, History
3.3/5 (with 949 votes)

Depression-era bank robber John Dillinger's charm and audacity endear him to much of America's downtrodden public, but he's also a thorn in the side of J. Edgar Hoover and the fledgling FBI. Desperate to capture the elusive outlaw, Hoover makes Dillinger his first Public Enemy Number One and assigns his top agent, Melvin Purvis, the task of bringing him in dead or alive.

Directed by Michael Mann - With Johnny Depp, Christian Bale, Marion Cotillard, Jason Clarke, Channing Tatum, Billy Crudup, ...

In the Heart of the Sea(2015)

PG-13
| 2h 2min | Thriller, Drama, Adventure, Action, History
3.3/5 (with 906 votes)

In the winter of 1820, the New England whaling ship Essex was assaulted by something no one could believe: a whale of mammoth size and will, and an almost human sense of vengeance. The real-life maritime disaster would inspire Herman Melville’s Moby Dick.  But that told only half the story.  “Heart of the Sea” reveals the encounter’s harrowing aftermath, as the ship’s surviving crew is pushed to their limits and forced to do the unthinkable to stay alive.  Braving storms, starvation, panic and despair, the men will call into question their deepest beliefs, from the value of their lives to the morality of their trade, as their captain searches for direction on the open sea and his first mate still seeks to bring the great whale down.

Directed by Ron Howard - With Chris Hemsworth, Ben Whishaw, Cillian Murphy, Tom Holland, Brendan Gleeson, Frank Dillane, ...

The Post(2018)

PG-13
| 1h 56min | Drama, History
3.5/5 (with 867 votes)

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 journalist and government. Inspired by true events.

Directed by Steven Spielberg - With Tom Hanks, Meryl Streep, Sarah Paulson, Bob Odenkirk, Tracy Letts, Bradley Whitford, ...

Pompeii(2014)

PG-13
| 1h 45min | Action, Adventure, History, Romance / Love, Drama
2.7/5 (with 863 votes)

In 79 A.D., Milo, a slave turned gladiator, finds himself in a race against time to save his true love Cassia, the beautiful daughter of a wealthy merchant who has been unwillingly betrothed to a corrupt Roman Senator. As Mount Vesuvius erupts in a torrent of blazing lava, Milo must fight his way out of the arena in order to save his beloved as the once magnificent Pompeii crumbles around him.

Directed by Paul W. S. Anderson - With Kit Harington, Emily Browning, Kiefer Sutherland, Jared Harris, Jessica Lucas, Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje, ...

Invictus(2009)

PG-13
| 2h 14min | Drama, History
3.6/5 (with 857 votes)

Newly elected President Nelson Mandela knows his nation remains racially and economically divided in the wake of apartheid. Believing he can bring his people together through the universal language of sport, Mandela rallies South Africa's rugby team as they make their historic run to the 1995 Rugby World Cup Championship match.

Directed by Clint Eastwood - With Morgan Freeman, Matt Damon, Scott Eastwood, Adjoa Andoh, Bonnie Henna, Leleti Khumalo, ...
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