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1. Apocalypse Now (1979)

R | 147 min | Drama, War

8.5
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94 Metascore

A U.S. Army officer serving in Vietnam is tasked with assassinating a renegade Special Forces Colonel who sees himself as a god.

Director: Francis Ford Coppola | Stars: Martin Sheen, Marlon Brando, Robert Duvall, Frederic Forrest

Votes: 552,536 | Gross: $83.47M

2. The Deer Hunter (1978)

R | 183 min | Drama, War

8.1
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86 Metascore

An in-depth examination of the ways in which the U.S. Vietnam War impacts and disrupts the lives of people in a small industrial town in Pennsylvania.

Director: Michael Cimino | Stars: Robert De Niro, Christopher Walken, John Cazale, John Savage

Votes: 285,701 | Gross: $48.98M

3. Platoon (1986)

R | 120 min | Drama, War

8.1
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92 Metascore

A young soldier in Vietnam faces a moral crisis when confronted with the horrors of war and the duality of man.

Director: Oliver Stone | Stars: Charlie Sheen, Tom Berenger, Willem Dafoe, Keith David

Votes: 353,127 | Gross: $138.53M

4. 13 Hours (2016)

R | 144 min | Action, Drama, History

7.3
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48 Metascore

During an attack on a U.S. compound in Libya, a security team struggles to make sense out of the chaos.

Director: Michael Bay | Stars: John Krasinski, Pablo Schreiber, James Badge Dale, David Denman

Votes: 104,482 | Gross: $52.85M

5. Secret in Their Eyes (2015)

PG-13 | 111 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

6.3
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45 Metascore

A tight-knit team of rising investigators, along with their supervisor, is suddenly torn apart when they discover that one of their own teenage daughters has been brutally murdered.

Director: Billy Ray | Stars: Chiwetel Ejiofor, Nicole Kidman, Julia Roberts, Dean Norris

Votes: 37,733 | Gross: $20.18M

6. First They Killed My Father (2017)

TV-MA | 136 min | Biography, Drama, History

7.2
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72 Metascore

Cambodian author and human rights activist Loung Ung recounts the horrors she suffered as a child under the rule of the deadly Khmer Rouge.

Director: Angelina Jolie | Stars: Sareum Srey Moch, Phoeung Kompheak, Sveng Socheata, Mun Kimhak

Votes: 10,709

7. Fahrenheit 9/11 (2004)

R | 122 min | Documentary, Drama, War

7.5
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67 Metascore

Michael Moore's view on what happened to the United States after September 11; and how the Bush Administration allegedly used the tragic event to push forward its agenda for unjust wars in Afghanistan and Iraq.

Director: Michael Moore | Stars: Michael Moore, George W. Bush, Ben Affleck, Stevie Wonder

Votes: 122,583 | Gross: $119.19M

8. 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: 21,527 | Gross: $2.34M

9. State of Siege (1972)

Not Rated | 120 min | Drama, Thriller

7.9
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Using the interrogation of a US counterinsurgency agent as a backdrop, the film explores the consequences of the struggle between Uruguay's government and the leftist Tupamaro guerrillas.

Director: Costa-Gavras | Stars: Yves Montand, Renato Salvatori, O.E. Hasse, Jacques Weber

Votes: 3,800

10. Battle Royale II (2003)

Not Rated | 134 min | Action, Drama, Thriller

4.7
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Three years after the failure of the last BR program, a second act is forged and a class of students are sent to an island with one objective: kill international terrorist Shuya Nanahara.

Directors: Kenta Fukasaku, Kinji Fukasaku | Stars: Tatsuya Fujiwara, Ai Maeda, Shûgo Oshinari, Ayana Sakai

Votes: 18,488

11. Tokyo Sonata (2008)

PG-13 | 120 min | Drama

7.6
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80 Metascore

An ordinary Japanese family slowly disintegrates after its patriarch loses his job at a prominent company.

Director: Kiyoshi Kurosawa | Stars: Teruyuki Kagawa, Kyôko Koizumi, Yû Koyanagi, Kai Inowaki

Votes: 8,094 | Gross: $0.28M

12. Samurai Marathon 1855 (2019)

103 min | History

7.2
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The American imperialists are at the door and intruding on Japan. To assess and train his troops the lord of the land announces a marathon through the land crisscrossing shores, forests and... See full summary »

Director: Bernard Rose | Stars: Takeru Satoh, Nana Komatsu, Mirai Moriyama, Shôta Sometani

Votes: 37

13. Boiling Point (1990)

Not Rated | 96 min | Action, Comedy, Crime

6.8
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Two disquieted junior baseball players seek revenge on the local yakuza for attacking their coach.

Director: Takeshi Kitano | Stars: Takeshi Kitano, Yûrei Yanagi, Yuriko Ishida, Taka Guadalcanal

Votes: 5,452 | Gross: $0.00M

14. Manufacturing Consent: Noam Chomsky and the Media (1992)

Not Rated | 167 min | Documentary, Biography, War

8.2
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A film about the noted American linguist/political dissident and his warning about corporate media's role in modern propaganda.

Directors: Mark Achbar, Peter Wintonick | Stars: Noam Chomsky, Mark Achbar, Karin Aguilar-San Juan, Paul Andrews

Votes: 4,095

15. Why We Fight (2005)

PG-13 | 98 min | Documentary, History, War

8.1
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68 Metascore

Is American foreign policy dominated by the idea of military supremacy? Has the military become too important in American life? Jarecki's shrewd and intelligent polemic would seem to give an affirmative answer to each of these questions.

Director: Eugene Jarecki | Stars: Gore Vidal, John McCain, Ken Adelman, John Ashcroft

Votes: 9,561 | Gross: $1.44M

16. The Battle of Chile: Part I (1975)

Not Rated | 191 min | Documentary

8.3
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The chronicle of the political tension in Chile in 1973 and of the violent counter revolution against the democratically elected government of Salvador Allende.

Director: Patricio Guzmán | Stars: Salvador Allende, Abilio Fernández

Votes: 1,049

17. Harvest of Empire (2012)

Not Rated | 90 min | Documentary, History

7.7
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66 Metascore

A powerful documentary that exposes the direct connection between the long history of U.S. intervention in Latin America and the immigration crisis we face today. From the territorial ... See full summary »

Directors: Peter Getzels, Eduardo Lopez | Stars: Junot Diaz, Luis Enrique, Juan Gonzalez, Maria Hinojosa

Votes: 141 | Gross: $0.06M

18. The Revolution Will Not Be Televised (2003)

Unrated | 74 min | Documentary

8.4
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81 Metascore

In April 2002, an Irish film crew is making a documentary about Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez, when a coup from the opposition is made.

Directors: Kim Bartley, Donnacha O'Briain | Stars: Hugo Chávez, Pedro Carmona, Jesse Helms, Colin Powell

Votes: 2,310

19. Hiroshima (1953)

85 min | Drama, War

7.7
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Brilliant retelling of the Day in Hiroshima the day the bomb dropped. A bit heavy handed at times, yet extremely realistic.

Director: Hideo Sekigawa | Stars: Eiji Okada, Yumeji Tsukioka, Yoshi Katô, Takashi Kanda

Votes: 57

20. Little Love Song (2019)

Drama, Music, Romance

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Inspired by a hit song by Mongol800, there is a small town in Okinawa where the US occupation forces are stationed and have fenced off their base. A popular high school band is scouted by a... See full summary »

Director: Kôjirô Hashimoto | Stars: Kazuhiko Kanayama, Gordon Maeda, Yûki Morinaga, Hiroko Nakajima

21. Ernesto (2017)

Biography

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The first film in forty years to be co-produced by Cuba and Japan, it recounts the story of Freddy Maymura Hurtado who was a Bolivian man of Japanese descent. He joined the freedom fighters... See full summary »

Director: Junji Sakamoto | Stars: Joe Odagiri, Alexis Díaz de Villegas, Kento Nagayama, Juan M. Valero

Votes: 36

22. The Empire Files (2015– )

30 min | Documentary, News, Talk-Show

8.0
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Stars: Abby Martin, Atossa Abrahamian, Ali Al Ahmed, Jared Ball

Votes: 33

23. Okinawa: The Afterburn (2015)

148 min | Documentary, History, War

8.3
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A major hit in Japanese theaters since its release in June, 'Okinawa: The Afterburn' is the first documentary film to provide a comprehensive picture of the 1945 Battle of Okinawa and the ... See full summary »

Director: John Junkerman

Votes: 145

24. Assignment: Venezuela (1956)

24 min | Documentary, Short

2.3
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An American goes to work in the booming oil industry of Venuzuela.

Director: Jack Tobin

Votes: 110

25. Midnight Eagle (2007)

132 min | Action

4.8
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42 Metascore

As the Americans run Japan they also reserve the right to fly aeroplanes with nuclear weapons on board over the skies of the country. The Japanese mountains are often referred to as the ... See full summary »

Director: Izuru Narushima | Stars: Tatsuya Fuji, Yoshihiko Hakamada, Ken Ishiguro, Nao Ohmori

Votes: 120 | Gross: $0.01M

26. Escape to Canada (2005)

80 min | Documentary

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A look into Canada's incredible strides with progressive politics, while at the same time the U.S. has become increasingly polarized on such issues as the Drug War and Gay-marriage. Canada ... See full summary »

Director: Albert Nerenberg | Stars: Pierre Berton, Bono, George W. Bush, Tucker Carlson

Votes: 164

27. Atomic Power (1946)

18 min | Documentary, Short

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A recreation of the making of the atomic bomb leading up to the Trinity test.

Director: Jack Glenn | Star: Westbrook Van Voorhis

Votes: 15

28. Days of Revolt (2015–2016)

30 min | News, Talk-Show

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Stars: Chris Hedges, Sabah Alnasseri, Eddie Conway, Ojore Lutalo

29. A Sign Days (1989)

111 min | Biography, Drama

8.1
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During the Vietnam War era, the influx of American soldiers to Okinawa boosted the local economy and introduced many bars and nightclubs.

Director: Yôichi Sai | Stars: Anna Nakagawa, Ryo Ishibashi, Leona Hirota, Yasuo Daichi

Votes: 12

30. Ikari no umi (1944)

88 min | Action, War

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It is 1921 and a town has a newspaper which prints urgent bulletins as required. The Washington-based CITES treaty, in which Japan participates, puts a limit on the number of warships any ... See full summary »

Director: Tadashi Imai | Stars: Denjirô Ôkôchi, Setsuko Hara, Seizaburô Kawazu, Hisako Yamane

31. On Contact (2016– )

30 min | Documentary, News, Talk-Show

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Stars: Chris Hedges, Anya Parampil, Tariq Ali, Taina Bien-Aimé

32. Machine Gun: History Down the Barrel of a Gun (1999)
Episode: White Smoking Devil (1999)

60 min | Documentary

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Stars: Lawrence Bayne, Tony Benn, Alan Clark, Richard Cornblum



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