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1. Apollo 13 (I) (1995)

PG | 140 min | Adventure, Drama, History

7.6
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77 Metascore

NASA must devise a strategy to return Apollo 13 to Earth safely after the spacecraft undergoes massive internal damage putting the lives of the three astronauts on board in jeopardy.

Director: Ron Howard | Stars: Tom Hanks, Bill Paxton, Kevin Bacon, Gary Sinise

Votes: 251,545 | Gross: $173.84M

2. The Last Czars (2019– )

TV-MA | 45 min | Documentary, Drama, History

7.3
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A Chronicled look at the fall of the Romanov dynasty in Russia.

Stars: Robert Jack, Susanna Herbert, Ben Cartwright, Oliver Dimsdale

Votes: 3,874

3. Mommie Dearest (1981)

R | 129 min | Biography, Drama

6.7
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55 Metascore

The abusive and traumatic adoptive upbringing of Christina Crawford at the hands of her mother, screen queen Joan Crawford, is depicted.

Director: Frank Perry | Stars: Faye Dunaway, Diana Scarwid, Steve Forrest, Howard Da Silva

Votes: 13,383 | Gross: $19.03M

4. The 33 (2015)

PG-13 | 127 min | Biography, Drama, History

6.9
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55 Metascore

Based on the real-life event, when a gold and copper mine collapses, it traps 33 miners underground for 69 days.

Director: Patricia Riggen | Stars: Antonio Banderas, Rodrigo Santoro, Juliette Binoche, James Brolin

Votes: 33,077 | Gross: $12.19M

5. United 93 (2006)

R | 111 min | Drama, History, Thriller

7.5
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90 Metascore

A real-time account of the events on United Flight 93, one of the planes hijacked on September 11th, 2001 that crashed near Shanksville, Pennsylvania when passengers foiled the terrorist plot.

Director: Paul Greengrass | Stars: David Alan Basche, Olivia Thirlby, Liza Colón-Zayas, J.J. Johnson

Votes: 94,272 | Gross: $31.57M

6. Good Night, and Good Luck. (2005)

PG | 93 min | Biography, Drama, History

7.4
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80 Metascore

Broadcast journalist Edward R. Murrow looks to bring down Senator Joseph McCarthy.

Director: George Clooney | Stars: David Strathairn, George Clooney, Patricia Clarkson, Jeff Daniels

Votes: 91,291 | Gross: $31.50M

7. Abducted in Plain Sight (2017)

TV-14 | 91 min | Documentary, Crime

6.8
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The twisting, turning, stranger-than-fiction true story of the Brobergs, a naive, church-going Idaho family that fell under the spell of a sociopathic neighbor with designs on their twelve-year-old daughter.

Director: Skye Borgman | Stars: Jan Broberg, Bob Broberg, Mary Ann Broberg, Susan Broberg

Votes: 11,038

8. Touching the Void (2003)

R | 106 min | Documentary, Adventure, Drama

8.0
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82 Metascore

The true story of two climbers and their perilous journey up the west face of Siula Grande in the Peruvian Andes in 1985.

Director: Kevin Macdonald | Stars: Simon Yates, Joe Simpson, Brendan Mackey, Nicholas Aaron

Votes: 31,925 | Gross: $4.59M

9. I Know My First Name Is Steven (1989)

180 min | Crime, Drama

7.7
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The harrowing true account of Steven Stayner, who was kidnapped by a perverted pseudo-priest and his lackey during the 1970s. As he gets older, he realizes that he needs to try to make an escape and get back home.

Stars: Cindy Pickett, John Ashton, Corin Nemec, Luke Edwards

Votes: 2,218

10. The Preppie Murder (1989 TV Movie)

100 min | Crime, Drama

5.5
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This is the story of a young woman who was found dead. Now the police investigate, and evidence points to a man she was seen leaving a party with. Now when questioned, he claims that her ... See full summary »

Director: John Herzfeld | Stars: Danny Aiello, William Baldwin, Joanna Kerns, Lara Flynn Boyle

Votes: 363

11. Sybil (1976)

198 min | Biography, Drama

8.0
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A young woman whose childhood was so harrowing to her that she developed sixteen different personalities is treated by a doctor.

Stars: Joanne Woodward, Sally Field, Brad Davis, Martine Bartlett

Votes: 6,125

12. Ghosts of Mississippi (1996)

PG-13 | 130 min | Drama, History

6.7
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A Mississippi district attorney and the widow of Medgar Evers struggle to finally bring a white racist to justice for the 1963 murder of the civil rights leader.

Director: Rob Reiner | Stars: Alec Baldwin, James Woods, Whoopi Goldberg, Virginia Madsen

Votes: 9,649 | Gross: $13.05M

13. Close-Up (1990)

Not Rated | 98 min | Biography, Crime, Drama

8.3
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The true story of Hossain Sabzian that impersonated the director Mohsen Makhmalbaf to convince a family they would star in his so-called new film.

Director: Abbas Kiarostami | Stars: Hossain Sabzian, Mohsen Makhmalbaf, Abolfazl Ahankhah, Mehrdad Ahankhah

Votes: 13,189 | Gross: $0.00M

14. A Mighty Heart (2007)

R | 108 min | Biography, Drama, History

6.6
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74 Metascore

Mariane Pearl embarks on a frantic search to locate her journalist husband, Daniel, when he goes missing in Pakistan.

Director: Michael Winterbottom | Stars: Angelina Jolie, Dan Futterman, Irrfan Khan, Archie Panjabi

Votes: 26,008 | Gross: $9.18M

15. Big Brother (II) (2000– )

TV-14 | 44 min | Game-Show, Reality-TV

5.3
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Contestants must compete against each other for a chance to win $500,000 in a house wired with cameras and microphones, capturing their every move for a TV and Internet audience.

Stars: Julie Chen Moonves, Phil Proctor, George Boswell, Clayton Halsey

Votes: 9,318

16. Demon House (2018)

TV-14 | 111 min | Horror, Thriller

5.2
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Paranormal investigator Zak Bagans documents the most authenticated case of possession in American history.

Director: Zak Bagans | Stars: Adam Ahlbrandt, Zak Bagans, Matthew Mourgides, Barry Taff

Votes: 4,970

17. Blaze (1989)

R | 120 min | Biography, Drama

6.0
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67 Metascore

A middle-aged Louisiana governor falls in love with a young stripper, which jeopardizes his political career and the radical policies which have made him a controversial figure.

Director: Ron Shelton | Stars: Paul Newman, Lolita Davidovich, Jerry Hardin, Gailard Sartain

Votes: 3,407 | Gross: $19.13M

18. The St. Valentine's Day Massacre (1967)

Not Rated | 100 min | Crime, Drama, History

6.7
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Al Capone's Valentine's Day surprise for the rival Bugs Moran gang in 1929 Chicago.

Director: Roger Corman | Stars: Jason Robards, George Segal, Ralph Meeker, Jean Hale

Votes: 3,270

19. Salaam Bombay! (1988)

Not Rated | 113 min | Crime, Drama

8.0
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78 Metascore

The boy Krishna is abandoned by his mother at the Apollo Circus and she tells him that he can only return home when he can afford 500 rupees to pay for the bicycle of his brother that he ... See full summary »

Director: Mira Nair | Stars: Shafiq Syed, Hansa Vithal, Chanda Sharma, Raghuvir Yadav

Votes: 7,897 | Gross: $2.08M

20. The Detectives (2018– )

60 min | Crime, Drama

7.5
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This show delves in to true Canadian crime stories by speaking with the detectives that lead the charge and has well known Canadian actors portraying the events. It is a gripping crime ... See full summary »

Stars: James Tupper, Tammy Gillis, Daniel Stolfi, Richard de Klerk

Votes: 218

21. Battle in Seattle (2007)

R | 98 min | Action, Drama

6.7
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54 Metascore

Activists arrive in Seattle, Washington en masse to protest a meeting of the World Trade Organization. Riots and chaos ensue as demonstrators successfully stop the WTO meetings.

Director: Stuart Townsend | Stars: André Benjamin, Jennifer Carpenter, Isaach De Bankolé, Woody Harrelson

Votes: 13,863 | Gross: $0.22M

22. BuzzFeed Unsolved: True Crime (2016– )

Documentary, Short, Comedy

8.9
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Conspiracy theory enthusiast Ryan deep-dives into mysteries surrounding notorious unsolved crimes, in order to convince his dubious friend Shane that, sometimes, the evidence isn't always as it seems.

Stars: Ryan Bergara, Shane Madej, Brent Bennett, Daysha Edewi

Votes: 607

23. Nanook of the North (1922)

Not Rated | 78 min | Documentary

7.6
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In this silent predecessor to the modern documentary, film-maker Robert J. Flaherty spends one year following the lives of Nanook and his family, Inuits living in the Arctic Circle.

Director: Robert J. Flaherty | Stars: Allakariallak, Alice Nevalinga, Cunayou, Allegoo

Votes: 9,915

24. Valley of the Boom (2019– )

60 min | Drama, History

6.4
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Docudrama crosscut with real interviews about the 1990s tech boom in the Silicon Valley.

Stars: Bradley Whitford, Lamorne Morris, Oliver Cooper, John Karna

Votes: 570

25. Too Young to Die? (1990 TV Movie)

R | 92 min | Crime, Drama

5.9
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An abused 15 year old is charged with a murder that carries the death penalty in this fact-based story.

Director: Robert Markowitz | Stars: Michael Tucker, Juliette Lewis, Brad Pitt, Alan Fudge

Votes: 3,520

26. The Gamechangers (2015 TV Movie)

90 min | Biography, Drama

6.3
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The struggle of Houser's legal feud against American lawyer Jack Thompson, over the morality of the Grand Theft Auto video game series.

Director: Owen Harris | Stars: Daniel Radcliffe, Bill Paxton, Joe Dempsie, James Gracie

Votes: 2,161

27. The Boys of St. Vincent (1992 TV Movie)

93 min | Drama

7.6
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The true story of boys being sexually abused at their orphanage ran by a religious community in Newfoundland.

Director: John N. Smith | Stars: Henry Czerny, Johnny Morina, Brian Dooley, Philip Dinn

Votes: 1,482 | Gross: $0.20M

28. Howl (2010)

R | 84 min | Biography, Drama, Romance

6.7
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63 Metascore

As Allen Ginsberg talks about his life and art, his most famous poem is illustrated in animation while the obscenity trial of the work is dramatized.

Directors: Rob Epstein, Jeffrey Friedman | Stars: James Franco, Todd Rotondi, Jon Prescott, Aaron Tveit

Votes: 12,211 | Gross: $0.62M

29. The Jayne Mansfield Story (1980 TV Movie)

100 min | Biography, Drama

5.2
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The gaudy rise and dizzy fall of the last great Hollywood blonde bombshell: Jayne Mansfield.

Director: Dick Lowry | Stars: Loni Anderson, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Ray Buktenica, Kathleen Lloyd

Votes: 723

30. Salvatore Giuliano (1962)

Not Rated | 125 min | Crime, Drama, History

7.4
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The unclear and complicated twists between governal powers, independentist party and Mafia in the Sicily of the '40s culminate with the death of Salvatore Giuliano.

Director: Francesco Rosi | Stars: Frank Wolff, Salvo Randone, Frederico Zardi, Pippo Agusta

Votes: 2,589

31. The Invisibles (2017)

110 min | Biography, Drama, History

7.1
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60 Metascore

While Joseph Goebbels infamously declared Berlin "free of Jews" in 1943, 1,700 managed to survive in the Nazi capital through the end of WWII. The Invisibles traces the stories of four young people who learned to hide in plain sight.

Director: Claus Räfle | Stars: Max Mauff, Alice Dwyer, Ruby O. Fee, Aaron Altaras

Votes: 902 | Gross: $0.41M

32. Unspeakable Acts (1990 TV Movie)

Not Rated | 100 min | Biography, Drama

6.2
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This is the story of child psychologists Dr. Laurie and Joseph Braga and their involvement in one of the worst child sex abuse scandals in the U.S.

Director: Linda Otto | Stars: Jill Clayburgh, Brad Davis, Sam Behrens, Gary Frank

Votes: 307

33. Rape and Marriage: The Rideout Case (1980 TV Movie)

96 min | Drama

6.3
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Based on the real-life Oregon criminal case which dramatizes the unique dispute in which Greta Rideout instigated the prosecution of her husband, John, charging him with raping her.

Director: Peter Levin | Stars: Mickey Rourke, Linda Hamilton, Rip Torn, Eugene Roche

Votes: 158

34. I Shouldn't Be Alive (2005– )

TV-PG | 60 min | Documentary, Biography, Drama

8.0
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Re-enactments of real-life tales of human survival against the savage elements, dangerous climates and physical hazards.

Stars: Eric Meyers, Paul McGann, Greg Rasmussen, Mykel Hawke Pierce

Votes: 1,729

35. October (Ten Days that Shook the World) (1927)

95 min | Drama, History

7.4
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A large-scale view on the events of 1917 in Russia, when the monarchy was overthrown.

Directors: Grigoriy Aleksandrov, Sergei M. Eisenstein | Stars: Boris Livanov, Nikolay Popov, Vasili Nikandrov, Layaschenko

Votes: 6,452

36. The Attacks of 26/11 (2013)

Not Rated | 116 min | Action, Crime, History

6.8
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The real story of ten terrorists, who sail to Mumbai and wage war on the populace for the next 72 hours.

Director: Ram Gopal Varma | Stars: Nana Patekar, Atul Kulkarni, Ganesh Yadav, Ferzad Jehani

Votes: 4,342 | Gross: $0.25M

37. Guyana Tragedy: The Story of Jim Jones (1980 TV Movie)

TV-14 | 192 min | Biography, Drama

7.6
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The real-life story of the Peoples Temple cult led by Reverend Jim Jones and the events involving its move to Guyana and its eventual mass suicide.

Director: William A. Graham | Stars: Powers Boothe, Ned Beatty, Irene Cara, Veronica Cartwright

Votes: 1,244

38. No Child of Mine (1997 TV Movie)

82 min | Crime, Drama

7.3
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A British schoolgirl struggles to come to terms with the horrific and disgusting sexual abuse inflicted upon her by the adults in her life. When she resorts to self-harm to escape her troubles, a caring teacher tries to get her some help.

Director: Peter Kosminsky | Stars: Brooke Kinsella, Colin Salmon, Billy Geraghty, Sharon Small

Votes: 422

39. See No Evil: The Moors Murders (2006)

180 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

7.1
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A vivid drama that documents the notorious "Moors murderers", Ian Brady and Myra Hindley.

Stars: Joanne Froggatt, Maxine Peake, Sean Harris, Matthew McNulty

Votes: 1,014

40. Victoria & Albert (2001– )

200 min | Biography, Drama, History

7.5
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The passionate love story that was Queen Victoria and Prince Albert's lengthy marriage. Beginning in 1837, the year of King William IV's death and eighteen-year-old Victoria's ascension to ... See full summary »

Stars: Victoria Hamilton, Jonathan Firth, James Callis, Diana Rigg

Votes: 915

41. Fear of a Black Hat (1993)

R | 88 min | Comedy, Music

7.2
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A mockumentary chronicling the rise and fall of NWH, a not particularly talented--or particularly bright but always controversial--hip-hop group.

Director: Rusty Cundieff | Stars: Larry B. Scott, Mark Christopher Lawrence, Rusty Cundieff, Kasi Lemmons

Votes: 3,703 | Gross: $0.24M

42. The Brave Don't Cry (1952)

89 min | Drama

6.8
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A story about a true mining accident.

Director: Philip Leacock | Stars: John Gregson, Meg Buchanan, John Rae, Fulton Mackay

Votes: 77

43. Ten (2002)

Not Rated | 94 min | Drama

7.5
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86 Metascore

A visual social examination in the form of ten conversations between a driving woman and her various pick-ups and hitchhikers.

Director: Abbas Kiarostami | Stars: Mania Akbari, Amin Maher, Kamran Adl, Roya Akbari

Votes: 6,363 | Gross: $0.11M

44. Project U.F.O. (1978–1979)

60 min | Sci-Fi

7.3
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Two agents of the U.S. Government's Project Blue Book project investigate sightings of extraterrestrials and unidentified flying objects.

Stars: Caskey Swaim, Edward Winter, William Jordan, Aldine King

Votes: 325

45. Dreams of a Life (2011)

Not Rated | 95 min | Documentary, Biography, Drama

6.8
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62 Metascore

A filmmaker sets out to discover the life of Joyce Vincent, who died in her bedsit in North London in 2003. Her body wasn't discovered for three years, and newspaper reports offered few details of her life - not even a photograph.

Director: Carol Morley | Stars: Zawe Ashton, Alix Luka-Cain, Alistair Abrahams, Mandy Allen

Votes: 2,851 | Gross: $0.01M

46. Dance with a Stranger (1985)

R | 96 min | Biography, Crime, Drama

6.7
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A stormy relationship, complicated by the strictures of 1950s social class and gender roles, ends in death. Based on the life of Ruth Ellis, the last woman hanged in Britain.

Director: Mike Newell | Stars: Miranda Richardson, Rupert Everett, Ian Holm, Matthew Carroll

Votes: 2,265 | Gross: $2.17M

47. Amy Fisher: My Story (1992 TV Movie)

TV-14 | 93 min | Drama, Thriller

5.0
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This sensational true story of a near fatal attraction left Mary Jo Buttafuoco paralyzed for life and made Amy Fisher America's most infamous teenager. Imprisoned 5-15 years for a crime she... See full summary »

Director: Bradford May | Stars: Ed Marinaro, Noelle Parker, Boyd Kestner, Pierrette Grace

Votes: 191

48. Elizabeth I (2017)

180 min | Drama, History

7.3
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Docu-drama starring Lily Cole as a young Elizabeth I, featuring dramatic reconstructions of key moments in her life. Presented by historians Suzannah Lipscomb and Dan Jones.

Stars: Lily Cole, Vincent Kerschbaum, Suzannah Lipscomb, Dan Jones

Votes: 184

49. Battle for Haditha (2007)

R | 97 min | Drama, History, War

7.0
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65 Metascore

An investigation of the massacre of 24 men, women and children in Haditha, Iraq allegedly shot by 4 U.S. Marines in retaliation for the death of a U.S. Marine killed by a roadside bomb. The movie follows the story of the Marines of Kilo Company, an Iraqi family, and the insurgents who plant the roadside bomb.

Director: Nick Broomfield | Stars: Matthew Knoll, Elliot Ruiz, Eric Mehalacopoulos, Nathan De La Cruz

Votes: 7,010 | Gross: $0.01M

50. Legends & Lies (2015– )

60 min | Documentary, Biography, History

7.1
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Profiles of notable figures in American history, through dramatic re-enactments, interviews with descendants and historians, and archival photographs.

Stars: Dermot Mulroney, Bill O'Reilly, Timothy Brooks, Brian Kilmeade

Votes: 258



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