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1. The Predator (2018)

R | 107 min | Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi

5.4
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48 Metascore

When a young boy accidentally triggers the universe's most lethal hunters' return to Earth, only a ragtag crew of ex-soldiers and a disgruntled scientist can prevent the end of the human race.

Director: Shane Black | Stars: Boyd Holbrook, Trevante Rhodes, Jacob Tremblay, Keegan-Michael Key

Votes: 97,689 | Gross: $51.02M

2. Transformers: Dark of the Moon (2011)

PG-13 | 154 min | Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi

6.2
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42 Metascore

The Autobots learn of a Cybertronian spacecraft hidden on the moon, and race against the Decepticons to reach it and to learn its secrets.

Director: Michael Bay | Stars: Shia LaBeouf, Rosie Huntington-Whiteley, Tyrese Gibson, Josh Duhamel

Votes: 367,649 | Gross: $352.39M

3. The World at War (1973–1976)

TV-PG | 52 min | Documentary, History, War

9.2
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A groundbreaking 26-part documentary series narrated by the actor Laurence Olivier about the deadliest conflict in history, World War II.

Stars: Laurence Olivier, Anthony Eden, Averell Harriman, Albert Speer

Votes: 18,919

4. Che: Part One (2008)

Not Rated | 134 min | Biography, Drama, History

7.2
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In 1956, Ernesto 'Che' Guevara and a band of Castro-led Cuban exiles mobilize an army to topple the regime of dictator Fulgencio Batista.

Director: Steven Soderbergh | Stars: Julia Ormond, Benicio Del Toro, Oscar Isaac, Pablo Guevara

Votes: 42,269 | Gross: $1.73M

5. The War (2007)

TV-14 | 124 min | Documentary, History, War

9.0
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A seven-part series focusing on the many ways in which the Second World War impacted the lives of American families.

Stars: Keith David, Katharine Phillips, Tom Hanks, Paul Fussell

Votes: 4,090

6. Che: Part Two (2008)

Not Rated | 135 min | Biography, Drama, History

6.9
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64 Metascore

In 1967, Ernesto 'Che' Guevara leads a small partisan army to fight an ill-fated revolutionary guerrilla war in Bolivia, South America.

Director: Steven Soderbergh | Stars: Demián Bichir, Rodrigo Santoro, Benicio Del Toro, Catalina Sandino Moreno

Votes: 30,673

7. G.I. Joe (1985–1986)

TV-Y7 | 30 min | Animation, Action, Adventure

7.8
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An elite special missions force fights against the terrorist forces of Cobra.

Stars: Jackson Beck, Christopher Collins, Michael Bell, Neil Ross

Votes: 4,186

8. G.I. Joe: The Movie (1987 Video)

Not Rated | 93 min | Animation, Action, Adventure

7.1
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The heroic G.I. Joe action force must oppose the ruthless Cobra organization that has secretly allied with a subterranean reptilian people who were their founders.

Director: Don Jurwich | Stars: Charlie Adler, Shuko Akune, Jack Angel, Michael Bell

Votes: 4,693

9. Frontline (1983– )

TV-MA | 60 min | Documentary

8.5
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Investigative journalist documentaries.

Stars: Will Lyman, Sarah Childress, Arun Rath, Priyanka Boghani

Votes: 1,394

10. The Fog of War: Eleven Lessons from the Life of Robert S. McNamara (2003)

PG-13 | 107 min | Documentary, Biography, History

8.2
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87 Metascore

The story of America as seen through the eyes of the former Secretary of Defense under President John F. Kennedy and President Lyndon B. Johnson, Robert McNamara.

Director: Errol Morris | Stars: Robert McNamara, John F. Kennedy, Fidel Castro, Richard Nixon

Votes: 21,828 | Gross: $4.20M

11. The Geisha Boy (1958)

Approved | 98 min | Comedy

6.5
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Gilbert Wooley is a second-rate magician who is sent to entertain the troops in the pacific. During his time in Japan he becomes attached to a little orphan boy.

Director: Frank Tashlin | Stars: Jerry Lewis, Marie McDonald, Sessue Hayakawa, Barton MacLane

Votes: 1,651

12. No End in Sight (2007)

Not Rated | 102 min | Documentary, War

8.3
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89 Metascore

A comprehensive look at the Bush Administration's conduct of the Iraq war and its occupation of the country.

Director: Charles Ferguson | Stars: Campbell Scott, Gerald Burke, Ali Fadhil, Omar Fekeiki

Votes: 7,904 | Gross: $1.43M

13. Night Will Fall (2014)

Not Rated | 75 min | Documentary, History, War

8.0
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85 Metascore

Researchers discover film footage from World War II that turns out to be a lost documentary shot by Alfred Hitchcock and Sidney Bernstein in 1945 about German concentration camps.

Director: André Singer | Stars: Helena Bonham Carter, Jasper Britton, Leonard Berney, George Leonard

Votes: 2,789

14. Truman (1995 TV Movie)

PG | 135 min | Biography, Drama

7.2
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Though considered unqualified, Harry S. Truman becomes the 33rd president following the April 1945 death of Franklin D. Roosevelt.

Director: Frank Pierson | Stars: Gary Sinise, Diana Scarwid, Richard Dysart, Colm Feore

Votes: 2,084

15. Battlefield (1995– )

Documentary, History, War

8.6
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Major battles of World War II are recounted in depth.

Stars: Jonathan Booth, Tim Pigott-Smith

Votes: 398

16. G.I. Joe: Renegades (2010–2011)

Animation, Action, Adventure

7.1
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This animated series shows the Joes on the run from the Government, trying to clear their names and stop their evil nemesis, Cobra.

Stars: Jason Marsden, Matthew Yang King, Kevin Michael Richardson, Natalia Cigliuti

Votes: 868

17. The Missiles of October (1974 TV Movie)

150 min | Drama, History, Thriller

8.3
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In October 1962, the Kennedy administration struggles to contain the Cuban Missile Crisis.

Director: Anthony Page | Stars: William Devane, Ralph Bellamy, Howard Da Silva, James Hong

Votes: 884

18. The Power of Nightmares: The Rise of the Politics of Fear (2004)

157 min | Documentary, History

8.9
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78 Metascore

A series of three documentaries about the use of fear for political gain.

Stars: Gilles Kepel, Melvin Goodman, Stephen Holmes, William Kristol

Votes: 3,709

19. 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: 9,562 | Gross: $1.44M

20. Cold War (1998)

1,120 min | Documentary, History

8.6
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A 24-part series which deals with the relations between the United States, the Soviet Union and their respective allies between the end of World War II to the collapse of the Soviet Union in 1991.

Stars: Kenneth Branagh, Anatoli Dobrynin, Robert McNamara, Vladimir Yerofeyev

Votes: 721

21. Sworn to Secrecy: Secrets of War (1998– )

TV-14 | 53 min | Documentary, War

7.4
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Based on information derived from formerly classified documents and messages, coupled with interviews with experts, authors and eyewitnesses from all over the world, SECRET OF WAR is the ... See full summary »

Stars: Charlton Heston, Thomas B. Allen, Norman Polmar, Mark Seaman

Votes: 125

22. Vietnam: A Television History (1983– )

660 min | Documentary, History, War

8.7
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An in-depth look at the Vietnam War.

Stars: Will Lyman, Henry Kissinger, Tin Bui, Van Dong Pham

Votes: 277

23. We Too (2019)

Drama

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An autistic boy and his Father who returns from war with PTSD help each other find peace with the help of martial arts and music. As a man Rob also learns to follow his heart when he finds a woman who loves him just as he is.

Director: Deborah Hadfield | Stars: Cengiz Dervis, Silvia Busuioc, Nigel Lowe, Jake Levitt

24. Countdown to Zero (2010)

PG | 91 min | Documentary

6.9
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70 Metascore

A documentary about how the likelihood of nuclear weapons (or fissile materials) usage has increased due to the rise of terrorism and lack of safeguards and verification.

Director: Lucy Walker | Stars: Graham Allison, James Baker III, Bruce Blair, Tony Blair

Votes: 2,074 | Gross: $0.27M

25. Oi fantarines (1979)

115 min | Comedy

3.9
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As both mother and daughter struggle to establish the position of women in the male-dominated armed forces, an unforeseen affair and a dangerous spy threaten everything. Can the female recruits live up to the army's expectations?

Director: Dimis Dadiras | Stars: Rena Vlahopoulou, Dinos Iliopoulos, Mary Vidali, Danos Lygizos

Votes: 220

26. Iraq for Sale: The War Profiteers (2006)

Not Rated | 75 min | Documentary, War

7.7
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68 Metascore

Robert Greenwald looks at war profiteering in Iraq by private contracting companies Halliburton, CACI, and KBR.

Director: Robert Greenwald | Stars: Katy Helvenston-Wettengal, Scott Helvenston, Donna Zovko, Jozo Zovko

Votes: 1,559

27. War of the Century (1999– )

200 min | Documentary, History, War

8.2
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Documentary examining Operation Barbarossa, Hitler's invasion of the Soviet Union in 1941.

Stars: John Erickson, Stephen Walsh, Samuel West

Votes: 397

28. Divide and Conquer (1943)

Not Rated | 57 min | Documentary, History, War

7.3
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The World War II US Government account of the European theatre of the war from after the English and French entry to the fall of France.

Directors: Frank Capra, Anatole Litvak | Stars: General Bergeret, Karl Brandt, Winston Churchill, Warren J. Clear

Votes: 635

29. Superpower (2008)

PG-13 | 119 min | Documentary, History, War

7.2
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Superpower illustrates how the United States has leveraged its position to ensure unilateral world domination through absolute economic and military superiority and government deception.

Director: Barbara-Anne Steegmuller | Stars: Christy Johnson, Max Carter, Harry S. Truman, Eric L. Haney

Votes: 312

30. Otvetnyy khod (1981)

84 min | Drama, Action, Adventure

6.7
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Sequel of "In the Zone of Special Attention" about military training of Soviet paratroopers and marines.

Director: Mikhail Tumanishvili | Stars: Boris Galkin, Vadim Spiridonov, Valentina Berezutskaya, Anatoliy Kuznetsov

Votes: 143

31. The American President (2000– )

Documentary, History

7.4
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Stars: Walter Cronkite, Morley Safer, Andrew Young, Dale Bumpers

Votes: 52

32. The Life and Times of Rosie the Riveter (1980)

65 min | Documentary, History, War

7.2
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Documentary about women working in factories during WWII and resultant loss of jobs after the war. Five women tell their stories. Fascinating clips of racist, sexist propaganda of the era.

Director: Connie Field | Stars: Lola Weixel, Margaret Wright, Lyn Childs, Gladys Belcher

Votes: 261

33. This Is Korea! (1951)

Not Rated | 50 min | Documentary, War

6.1
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Director John Ford's documentary about the beginnings of the Korean War, after North Korenn troops invaded South Korea and battled U.S., South Korean and United Nations forces. Notable in ... See full summary »

Director: John Ford | Stars: Edward A. Craig, John Ireland, Turner Joy, Douglas MacArthur

Votes: 131

34. A Call to Arms (2009)

85 min | Documentary, History, War

6.7
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The eyewitness story of the illegal U.S. and U.K. military anthrax vaccination programs, which is recommended by Montel Williams as the Must-See Documentary of the Year. Because of the ... See full summary »

Director: Scott Miller | Stars: Michael Douglas, Linda Hamilton, Scott Miller, Melissa Mosich Miller

Votes: 44

35. The Century of Warfare

50 min | Documentary, History, War

Through the use of archived films and photos, major conflicts are chronicled from early WW1 (1914) through current day.

Stars: Robert Powell, Dai Bao, Fulgencio Batista, David Beatty

36. Submarines: Sharks of Steel (1993)

240 min | War

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Director: Scott Hicks

Votes: 30

37. Soviet War Scare 1983 (2007 TV Movie)

120 min | Documentary, Drama, History

8.0
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On November 8th 1983 World War III almost began, and with it a nuclear apocalypse. This day is now acknowledged as one of most perilous on the whole of the Cold War.

Director: Henry Chancellor | Stars: Robert Cambrinus, Olegar Fedoro, Gina McKee, Boris Isarov

Votes: 84

38. Crusade in Europe (1949– )

TV-PG | 30 min | Documentary, News, War

7.2
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Based on the title of General Eisenhower's book, combat film from from World War II. This was the first documentary series produced for television.

Stars: Maurice Joyce, Westbrook Van Voorhis, Hugh James, Dwight D. Eisenhower

Votes: 34

39. Rethink Afghanistan (2009)

Not Rated | 62 min | Documentary, War

6.9
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Rethink Afghanistan is a ground-breaking, full-length documentary focusing on the key issues surrounding the war. The film raises critical questions regarding Afghanistan. Segments of this ... See full summary »

Director: Robert Greenwald | Stars: Tariq Ali, Faiysal Alikhan, Andrew Bacevich, Robert Baer

Votes: 88

40. Air Power (1956–1958)

30 min | Documentary, War

7.7
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Produced shortly after the fiftieth anniversary of powered flight, this documentary series, hosted by veteran news anchor Walter Cronkite, traced the development of flight from the Wright ... See full summary »

Stars: Walter Cronkite, Michael Redgrave, Art Carney, James Doolittle

Votes: 25

41. Pax Americana and the Weaponization of Space (2009)

Not Rated | 43 min | Documentary

7.0
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When a war starts in space, can anyone really win?

Director: Denis Delestrac | Stars: George W. Bush, Helen Caldicott, Kevin Chilton, Noam Chomsky

Votes: 72

42. The Battle of Broken Hill (1981)

60 min | Adventure, Drama, History

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On January 1 1915, two Muslim men from British India went on a murderous rampage near a place called Broken Hill in New South Wales, Australia.

Director: Robin Levinson | Stars: Michael Pate, David Robertson, Harold Berrett, Margaret Atkinson

43. Pete Roleum and His Cousins (1939)

Approved | 25 min | Animation, Short, Family

5.9
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Pete illustrates the many uses of oil in daily life, showing that the world depends on it.

Director: Joseph Losey | Star: Charles R. Bowers

Votes: 84

44. WW1: The First Modern War (2014– )

Documentary

8.5
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Get a firsthand look at how a new breed of weapons like WMDs, submarines, armored tanks and air attacks changed modern warfare forever.

Stars: Thomas Bromhead, David Silbey

Votes: 24

45. 28i Oktovriou, ora 5,30 (1971)

102 min | Drama, War

5.6
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During the German intervention in the Greco-Italian War, Lieutenant, Willy Knut, and his men invade a Macedonian village, forcing the inhabitants to work in an ammunition assembly line. Can the fervent patriots thwart the Nazis' ambitions?

Director: Kostas Karagiannis | Stars: Hristos Politis, Vera Krouska, Fernando Sancho, Lakis Komninos

Votes: 96

46. Israel's Secret Weapon (2003 TV Movie)

60 min | Documentary

7.6
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A documentary of Israel's weapons of Mass destruction.

Stars: Ronen Bergman, Mary Eoloff, Nick Eoloff, Uzi Even

Votes: 52

47. The Other Side of Suez (2004 TV Movie)

59 min | Documentary, History

8.4
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Stars: Ben Miles, Mohamed Auda, Talaat Badrawi, Mordechai Bar-On

Votes: 16

48. Korea: The Unknown War (1988– )

360 min | Documentary, History, War

7.0
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A documentary about the Korean War by Thames Television that aired in the Summer of 1988 and in the US in August 1990 through WGBH Boston. Including interviews with participants from both ... See full summary »

Stars: Ho-sang An, Keyes Beech, Valentin Berezhkov, Wilfred Burchett

Votes: 20

49. The Great Wall of Iron (1989– )

60 min | Documentary, History, War

5.6
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A five hour television series in five parts examining China's People's Liberation Army.

Stars: Jack Thompson, Anthony Brandon Wong, Martin Dew

Votes: 5

50. Die Kuba-Krise 1962 (1969 TV Movie)

85 min | Drama

8.0
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Director: Rudolf Nussgruber | Stars: Helmut Förnbacher, Werner Kreindl, Hanns Ernst Jäger, Herbert Tiede

Votes: 9



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