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1. Air Force One (1997)

R | 124 min | Action, Drama, Thriller

6.5
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61 Metascore

Communist Radicals hijack Air Force One with The U.S. President and his family on board. The Vice President negotiates from Washington D.C., while the President, a Veteran, fights to rescue the hostages on board.

Director: Wolfgang Petersen | Stars: Harrison Ford, Gary Oldman, Glenn Close, Wendy Crewson

Votes: 169,719 | Gross: $172.96M

2. A Good Day to Die Hard (2013)

R | 98 min | Action, Thriller

5.3
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28 Metascore

John McClane travels to Russia to help out his seemingly wayward son, Jack, only to discover that Jack is a CIA operative working undercover, causing the father and son to team up against underworld forces.

Director: John Moore | Stars: Bruce Willis, Jai Courtney, Sebastian Koch, Mary Elizabeth Winstead

Votes: 190,583 | Gross: $67.35M

3. Child 44 (2015)

R | 137 min | Crime, Drama, History

6.5
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41 Metascore

A disgraced member of the Russian military police investigates a series of child murders during the Stalin-era Soviet Union.

Director: Daniel Espinosa | Stars: Tom Hardy, Gary Oldman, Noomi Rapace, Joel Kinnaman

Votes: 60,749 | Gross: $1.21M

4. Munich (2005)

R | 164 min | Biography, Crime, Drama

7.5
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74 Metascore

Based on the true story of the Black September aftermath, about the five men chosen to eliminate the ones responsible for that fateful day.

Director: Steven Spielberg | Stars: Eric Bana, Daniel Craig, Marie-Josée Croze, Ciarán Hinds

Votes: 200,856 | Gross: $47.40M

5. The Last Emperor (1987)

PG-13 | 163 min | Biography, Drama, History

7.7
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76 Metascore

The story of the final Emperor of China.

Director: Bernardo Bertolucci | Stars: John Lone, Joan Chen, Peter O'Toole, Ruocheng Ying

Votes: 86,454 | Gross: $43.98M

6. Ghost in the Shell (1995)

Not Rated | 83 min | Animation, Action, Crime

8.0
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76 Metascore

A cyborg policewoman and her partner hunt a mysterious and powerful hacker called the Puppet Master.

Director: Mamoru Oshii | Stars: Atsuko Tanaka, Iemasa Kayumi, Akio Ôtsuka, Kôichi Yamadera

Votes: 118,067 | Gross: $0.52M

7. Gandhi (1982)

PG | 191 min | Biography, Drama, History

8.0
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79 Metascore

Gandhi's character is fully explained as a man of nonviolence. Through his patience, he is able to drive the British out of the subcontinent. And the stubborn nature of Jinnah and his commitment towards Pakistan is portrayed.

Director: Richard Attenborough | Stars: Ben Kingsley, John Gielgud, Rohini Hattangadi, Roshan Seth

Votes: 209,534 | Gross: $52.77M

8. Die Hard 2 (1990)

R | 124 min | Action, Thriller

7.2
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67 Metascore

John McClane attempts to avert disaster as rogue military operatives seize control of Dulles International Airport in Washington, D.C.

Director: Renny Harlin | Stars: Bruce Willis, William Atherton, Bonnie Bedelia, Reginald VelJohnson

Votes: 317,364 | Gross: $117.54M

9. The Colony (2015)

R | 110 min | Biography, Drama, History

7.1
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33 Metascore

A young woman's desperate search for her abducted boyfriend draws her into the infamous Colonia Dignidad, a sect nobody has ever escaped from.

Director: Florian Gallenberger | Stars: Emma Watson, Daniel Brühl, Michael Nyqvist, Richenda Carey

Votes: 43,119

10. Doctor Zhivago (1965)

PG-13 | 197 min | Drama, Romance, War

8.0
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69 Metascore

The life of a Russian physician and poet who, although married to another, falls in love with a political activist's wife and experiences hardship during World War I and then the October Revolution.

Director: David Lean | Stars: Omar Sharif, Julie Christie, Geraldine Chaplin, Rod Steiger

Votes: 65,358 | Gross: $111.72M

11. Red Dawn (2012)

PG-13 | 93 min | Action, Sci-Fi, Thriller

5.4
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31 Metascore

A group of teenagers look to save their town from an invasion of North Korean soldiers.

Director: Dan Bradley | Stars: Chris Hemsworth, Isabel Lucas, Josh Hutcherson, Josh Peck

Votes: 70,416 | Gross: $44.81M

12. Invictus (2009)

PG-13 | 134 min | Biography, Drama, History

7.3
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74 Metascore

Nelson Mandela (Morgan Freeman), in his first term as President of South African, initiates a unique venture to unite the Apartheid-torn land: enlist the national rugby team on a mission to win the 1995 Rugby World Cup.

Director: Clint Eastwood | Stars: Morgan Freeman, Matt Damon, Tony Kgoroge, Patrick Mofokeng

Votes: 142,400 | Gross: $37.49M

13. Hunger (2008)

Not Rated | 96 min | Biography, Drama

7.6
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82 Metascore

Irish republican Bobby Sands leads the inmates of a Northern Irish prison in a hunger strike.

Director: Steve McQueen | Stars: Stuart Graham, Laine Megaw, Brian Milligan, Liam McMahon

Votes: 62,103 | Gross: $0.15M

14. The Jackal (1997)

R | 124 min | Action, Crime, Drama

6.4
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36 Metascore

An imprisoned I.R.A. fighter is freed to help stop a brutal, seemingly "faceless" assassin from completing his next job.

Director: Michael Caton-Jones | Stars: Bruce Willis, Richard Gere, Sidney Poitier, Diane Venora

Votes: 100,836 | Gross: $54.93M

15. Rang De Basanti (2006)

Not Rated | 167 min | Comedy, Drama

8.2
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The story of six young Indians who assist an English woman to film a documentary on the freedom fighters from their past, and the events that lead them to relive the long-forgotten saga of freedom.

Director: Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra | Stars: Aamir Khan, Soha Ali Khan, Siddharth, Sharman Joshi

Votes: 102,701 | Gross: $2.20M

16. Ghoul (2018– )

TV-MA | 45 min | Drama, Fantasy, Horror

7.2
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In a totalitarian near-future India, a mysterious prisoner is sent to a remote military interrogation center where he turns the tables on his captors by exposing their most shameful secrets and unleashing a demon from Arabic folklore.

Stars: Radhika Apte, Manav Kaul, Rohit Pathak, Ratnabali Bhattacharjee

Votes: 10,492

17. A Twelve-Year Night (2018)

TV-MA | 122 min | Biography, Crime, Drama

7.7
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1973. Uruguay is governed by a military dictatorship. One autumn night, three Tupamaro prisoners are taken from their jail cells in a secret military operation. The order is precise: "As we... See full summary »

Director: Álvaro Brechner | Stars: Antonio de la Torre, Chino Darín, Alfonso Tort, César Troncoso

Votes: 5,573

18. Persepolis (2007)

PG-13 | 96 min | Animation, Biography, Drama

8.0
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90 Metascore

A precocious and outspoken Iranian girl grows up during the Islamic Revolution.

Directors: Vincent Paronnaud, Marjane Satrapi | Stars: Chiara Mastroianni, Catherine Deneuve, Gena Rowlands, Danielle Darrieux

Votes: 83,222 | Gross: $4.45M

19. Europa Europa (1990)

R | 112 min | Drama, History, War

7.6
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75 Metascore

A boy in Nazi Germany, trying to conceal that he is Jewish, joins the Hitler Youth.

Director: Agnieszka Holland | Stars: Solomon Perel, Marco Hofschneider, René Hofschneider, André Wilms

Votes: 14,081 | Gross: $5.58M

20. Nothing But the Truth (I) (2008)

R | 108 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

7.2
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64 Metascore

In Washington, D.C., a female reporter faces a possible jail sentence for outing a CIA agent and refusing to reveal her source.

Director: Rod Lurie | Stars: Kate Beckinsale, Matt Dillon, Vera Farmiga, Angela Bassett

Votes: 34,625 | Gross: $0.00M

21. Indochine (1992)

PG-13 | 159 min | Drama, Romance, War

7.1
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Eliane adopts Camille, whose Vietnamese parents were friends. In 1930, a French navy officer is interested in Eliane (owns 60km2 plantation) and later in Camille. There's an uprising in Vietnam against French colonial power.

Director: Régis Wargnier | Stars: Catherine Deneuve, Vincent Perez, Linh Dan Pham, Jean Yanne

Votes: 8,671 | Gross: $5.73M

22. The Baader Meinhof Complex (2008)

R | 150 min | Action, Biography, Crime

7.4
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76 Metascore

A look at Germany's terrorist group, The Red Army Faction (RAF), which organized bombings, robberies, kidnappings and assassinations in the late 1960s and '70s.

Director: Uli Edel | Stars: Martina Gedeck, Moritz Bleibtreu, Johanna Wokalek, Bruno Ganz

Votes: 33,925 | Gross: $0.48M

23. The Big Doll House (1971)

R | 95 min | Action, Drama, Thriller

6.0
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Beautiful women prisoners are abused in a Philippine prison, until 5 of them plot an escape by taking the evil female warden hostage with the reluctant help of 2 male fruit vendors.

Director: Jack Hill | Stars: Roberta Collins, Pam Grier, Judith Brown, Brooke Mills

Votes: 2,017 | Gross: $10.00M

24. Army of Shadows (1969)

Not Rated | 145 min | Drama, War

8.2
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99 Metascore

An account of underground resistance fighters in Nazi-occupied France.

Director: Jean-Pierre Melville | Stars: Lino Ventura, Paul Meurisse, Jean-Pierre Cassel, Simone Signoret

Votes: 18,404 | Gross: $0.74M

25. Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom (2013)

PG-13 | 141 min | Biography, Drama, History

7.1
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60 Metascore

A chronicle of Nelson Mandela's life journey from his childhood in a rural village through to his inauguration as the first democratically elected president of South Africa.

Director: Justin Chadwick | Stars: Idris Elba, Naomie Harris, Terry Pheto, Robert Hobbs

Votes: 25,354 | Gross: $8.32M

26. Infinity Chamber (2016)

103 min | Sci-Fi, Thriller

6.2
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A man trapped in an automated prison must outsmart a computer in order to escape.

Director: Travis Milloy | Stars: Christopher Soren Kelly, Cassandra Clark, Cajardo Lindsey, Jesse D. Arrow

Votes: 6,724

27. Danton (1983)

PG | 136 min | Biography, Drama, History

7.5
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In 1793, as the Terror begins in France, Georges Danton, a champion-of-the-people, returns to clash against Maximilien Robespierre and his extremist party.

Director: Andrzej Wajda | Stars: Gérard Depardieu, Wojciech Pszoniak, Anne Alvaro, Roland Blanche

Votes: 5,801

28. Ghost in the Shell 2.0 (2008)

TV-14 | 83 min | Animation, Action, Crime

8.0
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A hacker known as the Puppet Master is hunted by a female cyborg cop and her partner. This film is a revised version of Ghost in the Shell (1995).

Director: Mamoru Oshii | Stars: Atsuko Tanaka, Akio Ôtsuka, Kôichi Yamadera, Tesshô Genda

Votes: 12,957

29. The Lady (2011)

R | 132 min | Biography, Drama, History

7.1
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43 Metascore

The story of Aung San Suu Kyi as she becomes the core of Burma's democracy movement, and her relationship with her husband, writer Michael Aris.

Director: Luc Besson | Stars: Michelle Yeoh, David Thewlis, Jonathan Raggett, Jonathan Woodhouse

Votes: 9,825 | Gross: $0.36M

30. Beyond the Limit (1983)

R | 104 min | Drama, Romance, Thriller

5.8
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During Dirty War, half-English doctor in Argentina befriends the police, the rebels and the alcoholic Honorary British Consul, whose Latino wife he seduces. When the consul is mistakenly kidnapped by the rebels, he must pick a side.

Director: John Mackenzie | Stars: Michael Caine, Richard Gere, Bob Hoskins, Elpidia Carrillo

Votes: 1,120 | Gross: $6.00M

31. No (I) (2012)

R | 118 min | Drama

7.4
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81 Metascore

An ad executive comes up with a campaign to defeat Augusto Pinochet in Chile's 1988 referendum.

Director: Pablo Larraín | Stars: Gael García Bernal, Alfredo Castro, Antonia Zegers, Luis Gnecco

Votes: 21,700 | Gross: $2.34M

32. Is Paris Burning? (1966)

PG-13 | 173 min | Drama, History, War

6.9
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The departure of the German Army from Paris in 1944.

Director: René Clément | Stars: Jean-Paul Belmondo, Charles Boyer, Leslie Caron, Jean-Pierre Cassel

Votes: 3,561

33. Maze (2017)

Not Rated | 92 min | Adventure, Crime, Drama

5.9
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Inspired by the true events of the infamous 1983 prison breakout of 38 IRA prisoners from HMP, which was to become the biggest prison escape in Europe since World War II.

Director: Stephen Burke | Stars: Tom Vaughan-Lawlor, Barry Ward, Martin McCann, Eileen Walsh

Votes: 2,610 | Gross: $0.02M

34. Shame (1968)

R | 103 min | Drama

8.1
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In the midst of a civil war, former violinists Jan and Eva Rosenberg, who have a tempestuous marriage, run a farm on a rural island. In spite of their best efforts to escape their homeland, the war impinges on every aspect of their lives.

Director: Ingmar Bergman | Stars: Liv Ullmann, Max von Sydow, Sigge Fürst, Gunnar Björnstrand

Votes: 10,813

35. Six Flying Dragons (2015–2016)

Drama, History

8.8
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Story of the the foundation of the Joseon Dynasty in Korea and ambition, success and fall of several real and fictional characters.

Stars: Ah-in Yoo, Yohan Byun, Se-Kyung Shin, Kyun-Sang Yoon

Votes: 478

36. La passante du Sans-Souci (1982)

110 min | Drama

6.6
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Being imprisoned for murdering a politician, husband tells his wife why he did this.

Director: Jacques Rouffio | Stars: Romy Schneider, Michel Piccoli, Helmut Griem, Dominique Labourier

Votes: 825

37. Rosewater (2014)

R | 103 min | Biography, Drama

6.6
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67 Metascore

Iranian-Canadian journalist Maziar Bahari is detained by Iranian forces who brutally interrogate him under suspicion that he is a spy.

Director: Jon Stewart | Stars: Gael García Bernal, Kim Bodnia, Dimitri Leonidas, Haluk Bilginer

Votes: 9,920 | Gross: $3.13M

38. The Day the Clown Cried (1972)

90 min | Drama

A circus clown is imprisoned by the Nazis and goes with Jewish children to their deaths.

Director: Jerry Lewis | Stars: Jerry Lewis, Peter Ahlm, Lars Amble, Harriet Andersson

39. Septembers of Shiraz (2015)

PG-13 | 110 min | Thriller

6.1
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16 Metascore

Prior to the Iranian revolution it was a place where people of all religions were allowed to flourish. This is the story of a prosperous Jewish family who abandon everything before they are consumed by the passions of revolutionaries.

Director: Wayne Blair | Stars: Salma Hayek, Adrien Brody, Shohreh Aghdashloo, Alon Aboutboul

Votes: 3,431

40. The Official Story (1985)

Not Rated | 112 min | Drama, History, War

7.7
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During the final months of Argentinian Military Dictatorship in 1983, a high school teacher sets out to find out who the mother of her adopted daughter is.

Director: Luis Puenzo | Stars: Norma Aleandro, Héctor Alterio, Chunchuna Villafañe, Hugo Arana

Votes: 7,018 | Gross: $0.03M

41. The Reports on Sarah and Saleem (2018)

127 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

7.3
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69 Metascore

The affaire of a married Palestinian man and a married Israeli woman in Jerusalem takes a dangerous political dimension when they are spotted in the wrong place at the wrong time, leaving them to deal with more than their broken marriages.

Director: Muayad Alayan | Stars: Maisa Abd Elhadi, Mohammad Eid, Kamel El Basha, Ishai Golan

Votes: 609 | Gross: $0.12M

42. When Father Was Away on Business (1985)

R | 136 min | Drama

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A family is deeply affected by father's extramarital affairs and the turbulent consequences of Tito-Stalin split.

Director: Emir Kusturica | Stars: Moreno D'E Bartolli, Predrag 'Miki' Manojlovic, Mirjana Karanovic, Mustafa Nadarevic

Votes: 8,072 | Gross: $0.02M

43. Besieged (1998)

R | 93 min | Drama, Romance

6.9
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While in exile in Italy, an African woman finds herself trying to get back home and free her imprisoned husband. But the only man that can help her do so is in love with her.

Director: Bernardo Bertolucci | Stars: Thandie Newton, David Thewlis, Claudio Santamaria, John C. Ojwang

Votes: 4,413 | Gross: $2.03M

44. Goodbye Bafana (2007)

R | 118 min | Biography, Drama, History

7.1
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GOODBYE BAFANA is the true story of a white South African racist whose life was profoundly altered by the black prisoner he guarded for twenty years. The prisoner's name was Nelson Mandela.

Director: Bille August | Stars: Joseph Fiennes, Dennis Haysbert, Diane Kruger, Patrick Lyster

Votes: 11,293

45. Coming Home (2014)

PG-13 | 109 min | Drama, Romance

7.3
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81 Metascore

Lu and Feng are a devoted couple forced to separate when Lu is arrested and sent to a labor camp as a political prisoner during the Cultural Revolution. He finally returns home only to find that his beloved wife no longer recognizes him.

Director: Yimou Zhang | Stars: Li Gong, Daoming Chen, Huiwen Zhang, Tao Guo

Votes: 4,763 | Gross: $0.38M

46. Midnight's Children (2012)

TV-14 | 146 min | Drama

6.2
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56 Metascore

A pair of children, born within moments of India gaining independence from Britain, grow up in the country that is nothing like their parent's generation.

Director: Deepa Mehta | Stars: Rajat Kapoor, Vansh Bhardwaj, Anupam Kher, Neha Mahajan

Votes: 2,769 | Gross: $0.14M

47. In the Time of the Butterflies (2001 TV Movie)

PG-13 | 95 min | Crime, Drama, Romance

6.7
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In the Time of the Butterflies is inspired by the true story of the three Mirabal sisters who, in 1960, were murdered for their part in an underground plot to overthrow the government.

Director: Mariano Barroso | Stars: Salma Hayek, Lumi Cavazos, Edward James Olmos, Mía Maestro

Votes: 2,044

48. Wolfenstein: The New Order (2014 Video Game)

M | Action, Adventure, Drama

8.3
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After regaining consciousness following an injury sustained in World War II, legendary American commando, B.J. Blazkowicz, awakens from coma in a dystopian Nazi dominated world of 1960s. He tries to locate the remnants of the resistance.

Director: Jens Matthies | Stars: Brian Bloom, Alicja Bachleda, Gideon Emery, A.J. Trauth

Votes: 3,870

49. Daniel (1983)

R | 130 min | Drama

6.7
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Daniel Isaacson attempts to determine the true complicity of his parents Paul and Rochelle Isaacson, who were executed for espionage in the 1950s.

Director: Sidney Lumet | Stars: Timothy Hutton, Mandy Patinkin, Lindsay Crouse, Edward Asner

Votes: 1,040 | Gross: $0.28M

50. Seven Beauties (1975)

R | 116 min | Comedy, Drama, War

7.8
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The defense of honor, a strong value in Neapolitan society, and his effects on the life of everyman Pasquale Frafuso.

Director: Lina Wertmüller | Stars: Giancarlo Giannini, Fernando Rey, Shirley Stoler, Elena Fiore

Votes: 4,476 | Gross: $0.01M



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