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The Imitation Game(2014)

PG-13
| 1h 53min | History, Drama, Thriller, War
4.0/5 (with 6,526 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 | War, Action, Drama
3.8/5 (with 6,158 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
4.1/5 (with 5,602 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 5,418 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, Marek Brodzki - With Ralph Fiennes, Liam Neeson, Ben Kingsley, Caroline Goodall, Embeth Davidtz, Jonathan Sagall, ...

Hacksaw Ridge(2016)

R
| 2h 19min | Drama, History, War
4.1/5 (with 4,538 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.

12 Years a Slave(2013)

R
| 2h 14min | Drama, History
4.0/5 (with 4,280 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, ...

Braveheart(1995)

R
| 2h 58min | Action, Drama, History, War
4.0/5 (with 3,590 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.

The King's Speech(2010)

R
| 1h 58min | Drama, History
3.9/5 (with 3,264 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, ...

Hidden Figures(2016)

PG
| 2h 7min | Drama, History
4.0/5 (with 3,242 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, ...

Dallas Buyers Club(2013)

R
| 1h 57min | Drama, History
4.0/5 (with 3,182 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.

Spotlight(2015)

R
| 2h 9min | Drama, Thriller, History
3.9/5 (with 3,159 votes)

The true story of how the Boston Globe uncovered the massive scandal of child molestation and cover-up within the local Catholic Archdiocese, shaking the entire Catholic Church to its core.

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

Sully(2016)

PG-13
| 1h 36min | Drama, History
3.6/5 (with 2,612 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, ...
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The Last Samurai(2003)

R
| 2h 34min | Drama, Action, War, History
3.8/5 (with 2,386 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
3.7/5 (with 2,351 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
3.5/5 (with 2,277 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 38min | History, Drama
3.7/5 (with 2,064 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 25min | Action, History, War
3.7/5 (with 1,941 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, ...

The Untouchables(1987)

1h 59min | Crime, Drama, History, Thriller
3.9/5 (with 1,916 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 Garcia, Richard Bradford, Jack Kehoe, Robert De Niro, Sean Connery, ...

Apollo 13(1995)

PG
| 2h 20min | Drama, History
3.7/5 (with 1,913 votes)

The true story of technical troubles that scuttle the Apollo 13 lunar mission in 1970, 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, ...

First Man(2018)

PG-13
| 2h 21min | History, Drama
3.6/5 (with 1,885 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.

The Favourite(2018)

R
| 2h | Drama, History, Comedy
3.8/5 (with 1,858 votes)

England, early 18th century. The close relationship between Queen Anne and Sarah Churchill is threatened by the arrival of Sarah's cousin, Abigail Hill, resulting in a bitter rivalry between the two cousins to be the Queen's favourite.

Darkest Hour(2017)

PG-13
| 2h 5min | Drama, History
3.7/5 (with 1,855 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 Post(2017)

PG-13
| 1h 56min | Drama, History
3.5/5 (with 1,722 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, ...

The Founder(2016)

PG-13
| 1h 55min | Drama, History
3.6/5 (with 1,664 votes)

The true story of how Ray Kroc, a salesman from Illinois, met Mac and Dick McDonald, who were running a burger operation in 1950s Southern California. Kroc was impressed by the brothers’ speedy system of making the food and saw franchise potential. He maneuvered himself into a position to be able to pull the company from the brothers and create a billion-dollar empire.

Directed by John Lee Hancock - With Michael Keaton, Laura Dern, Nick Offerman, John Carroll Lynch, Patrick Wilson, B. J. Novak, ...

Zero Dark Thirty(2012)

R
| 2h 37min | Thriller, Drama, History
3.5/5 (with 1,612 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, ...

Snowden(2016)

R
| 2h 14min | Drama, History, Crime, Thriller
3.6/5 (with 1,611 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, ...

Steve Jobs(2015)

R
| 2h 2min | Drama, History
3.4/5 (with 1,598 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, ...

Public Enemies(2009)

R
| 2h 20min | Crime, Drama, History
3.3/5 (with 1,553 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, ...

Invictus(2009)

PG-13
| 2h 14min | Drama, History
3.6/5 (with 1,477 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, ...

In the Heart of the Sea(2015)

PG-13
| 2h 2min | Thriller, Drama, Adventure, Action, History
3.4/5 (with 1,459 votes)

In the winter of 1820, the New England whaling ship Essex is assaulted by something no one could believe—a whale of mammoth size and will, and an almost human sense of vengeance.

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